162: Baseball's Green Fields Give Way to Winter

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As baseball season ends we take a moment to reflect on its place in its fans' lives. Maybe it's mostly in my own. We're into fall now, and for reasons explained here, that breaks my heart.

This episode does not come from a Story Night event. It comes from a moment that happens each year.

The music for this episode is Frank Sinatra's There Used to Be a Ballpark.

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92: Mike Etgen — Winning when Losing

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Mike Etgen drove the bus for a high school football team experiencing what sports people call "a rebuilding year." On the bus he saw something so gracious for a team that won while losing. Mike told the story at the September 6, 2018 Story Night, when the theme was "sport."

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90: Andrew Binion — A Culminating Feast

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Andrew Binion rode his bike from the Pacific Northwest to San Francisco and along the way dreamed of eating Chinese food. His dream came true in a way.

Trigger warning: You might find this story gross.

Andrew told this story in November 2015 when the theme was Breaking Bread.

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89: Scott Park — Still He Rides

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Some pretty big news isn't reason for Scott Park to put away the bike yet. Scott told this story at the June 2018 Story Night when the theme was "flight." It's worth noting that Scott is still biking, evidenced by the photos on his Facebook profile this week.

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88: Jeff Allen — Bringing on the Culture Shock

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culture shock, friends, be nice, story night podcast, bremerton, kitsap

Jeff Allen wants to create a culture shock. A couple of encounters with Canadians made it seem possible. Apologies for the audio quality. The recording quality was not great that night, August 2, 2018 when the theme was "Culture Shock." We'll bring more stories from that night, at least the ones we can hear.

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84: Alicia Morales — Lucky 23

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concert, newsboys, storytelling, stories, Story Night, Bremerton

Alicia Morales wanted to see Newsboys in concert, but was 14 and didn't have the money. A local radio station was willing to send someone. Mom made sure she got there without the danger that happens in the city on Halloween.

Alicia told this story on July 5, 2018 at Story Night when the theme was "Winning."

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83: Ian Logan — Into the Great Wide Open

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Tom Petty provided the soundtrack to a relationship Ian Logan had when he was younger. You can guess for yourself what the last song in that relationship might have been.

Ian told this story in December 2017 when the theme was soundtrack.

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82: Alison Loris — A Place for Mom

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Some of us have wishes for what happens to our physical selves after we die. Some of us don't care, but some of us do. Alison Loris helped her mom find her place.

Alison told this story in May 2018 when the theme was "Remembering."

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80: Doug Avery — Love Spins

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Doug Avery, on the verge of making a major life decision, told us about how he learned at a young age what the feeling is that motivates that kind of a decision. Doug told this story at the May 3, 2018 Story Night when the theme was "Remembering."

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78: Amanda Rodgers — Running to Know You

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It was Amanda Rodgers' fourth wedding anniversary when we met at Story night in May, so she took the occasion to tell us how she and Chad met. It's a story about breakups, choosing to participate and the things that happen that seem insignificant until huge life changes happen.

If you think you might want to run Ragnar, check this out.

The song for this episode is "Run" by Vampire Weekend.

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77: Nessa Goldman — Small Traveler

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botfly, storytelling, story night, larvae, bite

Nessa Goldman doesn't like bugs. She clarifies that a little bit up front, but gives us all the more reason to believe her. Nessa told this story about a botfly from Belize at our Story Night in April when the theme was "Taxed."

After listening to the story, if you're interested, check out a YouTube video of a woman having botfly larvae removed, if you think you can stomach that.

I'm not positive the insect pictured here is an actual botfly, but place I got it from said it was. Even if it isn't, do you want that thing visiting you?

The song for this episode is "The Passenger" by Iggy Pop.

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76: Rosi Farley — A JB Encyclopedia

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obsession, jonathan brandis, story, storytelling, bremerton, story night

Rosi Farley was obsessed to the point of tears and decided to take action instead of wallowing, The result probably wasn't what she expected. And the ending was sad. Rosi, who forever will be known as the first winner of a Story Night event, spoke at what was the final Story Night at the Manette Saloon. It was in February of 2015.

The theme that night was "Obsession"

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75: Jeanne' Sparks — See It, Report It

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vegas fun getaway parents vibrator storytelling Bremerton Kitsap Story Night

Here's the trigger warning. If your kids are around while you're listening to this, you might get asked a question you're not prepared to answer. Know what I mean? Wink, wink, nudge, nudge, say no more. Jeanne' Sparks was exhausted from being a mom of three and got away to Vegas with her husband to have the kind of fun adults have when they get away from their children. She brought an accessory that earned some attention on the way home.

Jeanne' told her story at the April 5 Story Night when the theme was "taxed."

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74: Steven Gardner — A Stupid Story About a Beard that Meant Too Much

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challenge, goal, Story Night, storytelling, Bremerton

The only reason this story seemed relevant for the podcast was because it was timely and reflected another challenge we're undertaking. We're moving. This move was 90 percent necessary. As much as we're moving into a new home, we're moving into a new situation that represents growth for us. So, I've been working steadily in any spare moment I had in the last few weeks making this house in Silverdale emptier and the one in our new place fuller. As of this post we're a few days away from spending the first night in our new place. A new chapter, to borrow a cliche.

Thanks for indulging me. The story was off the cuff, clearly unplanned and probably touched on something few people cared about. I hope you could at least relate. Surely, there's a beard in your life.

The song for this episode is You're My Home by Billy Joel.

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