58: Travis Baker — IRS in Cahoots, Until ...

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This is a story that affects a special place in the heart of the host of the Story Night podcast, because of a 2-year period in which the host was party to a "too-good-to-be-true" scheme, because of his parents and because it was told by a former colleague at the Kitsap Sun.

Travis Baker tells us of a venture he participated in on the promise of legitimacy, only to find out later that it was as illegitimate as a $3 bill bet on a sure thing with a bookie. The host's own parents were suckers to the same kind of thing, the host worked for two years with a company that sold dreams to would-be strike-it-rich suckers, and has in his own right been seduced by the lure of easy money.

Travis told this story at the October 2017 Story Night, when the theme was "Hoodwinked." It was quite the night.

Props to Travis for his long career as a journalist with the Bremerton Sun/The Sun/The Kitsap Sun. May he enjoy his current days in the sun. Come back when the sun returns when the sun returns to the Pacific Northwest.

Thank you for listening. We look forward to hearing your story.

52: Craig Gurney — Whatever Doesn't Kill You Hurts Like Hell

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dive, spine, injury, story, stories, storytelling, Bremerton

This is a "Hold my beer" story in spirit if not in fact. Craig Gurney had moved from Idaho to Oklahoma and with some friends in his new state got pretty close to something major. He lived to tell about it, and told us the story at the July 7 Story Night of Champions. He was the ninth and final speaker of the night, so that means our nine-episode run featuring stories from that evening is over.

Craig was a little surprised when one element came up, so listen for that.

Also, I introduce this episode from a motel in California where interesting things happened. This episode is long because of Craig, and because of me.

The song is "Hell Hole" by Spinal Tap, for reasons I'll tell you in the podcast.

Thank you for listening. We look forward to hearing your story.

44: Kim Weaver — A Slightly Reckless, Way Cooler Brother

World Trade Center Memorial

World Trade Center Memorial

It's difficult anymore to tell a story about 9/11 that doesn't sound like everyone else's. Somehow Kim Weaver manages to give us a memory that is fresh and compelling.

Weaver made a friend in college who she worried was killed in the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The thoughts she had until she knew were overwhelming, and could have involved major life changes. In the long run she learned that sometimes the difference between one major life choice and another is thin.

This story was the first at our Story Night of Champions on July 6, 2017. The theme that night was "Sacrifice." For the following eight weeks you'll hear the other stories we heard that night. It was a night of vulnerability.

Thank you for listening. We look forward to hearing your story.

42: Jeff Allen — Kitty Cupboard

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cat, story night, storytelling, Bremerton

For this episode, as we approach the next Story Night of Champions, we bring a story from the first time we did this. If you've listened to every story of the podcast, you've heard this one. Listen again.

Jeff Allen told of us a kitty who took advantage of openings in a house undergoing renovation to drive Jeff to desperation to make a home for the cat. The cat wasn't ready for all that. Jeff resorted to several genius ideas to come to a resolution.

Jeff told this story in December 2015.

See you at the Not Quite Annual Highly Irregular Story Night of Champions on July 6.

Thank you for listening.

We look forward to hearing your story.

40: John Karnes — The Wind in His Face

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story, storytelling, Story Night, flying, pilot

If you are a pilot, there is no end to the detail you must study if you wish to survive. Even then, all that study may not tell you everything you will need to know. And 1,000 feet in the air is one of the worst places for a surprise. Sometimes it takes relying on rules in books that were never written.

John Karnes got his surprise on his first flight in a plane he built. Obviously, he lived to tell that story. He did so at the June 1, 2017 Story Night when the theme was "By the Book."

Thank you for listening. We look forward to hearing your story.

25: Andrew Binion — Cherry Boy Meets a Real Woman

Ed McDonald

Ed McDonald

Ed McDonald, aka "Cherry Boy," had one job to do to make his shipmates happy; become a real man. There was a catch Ed couldn't reveal, but eventually he lived a life free of secrets.

This story first appeared in the Kitsap Sun in October of 2015 and received first place in Personalities Reporting from the Pacific Northwest Regional Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. It was well deserved. In addition to the story, you can find more pictures of Ed when you go to the link.

By request, Andrew Binion, the story's author, read this piece at Story Night on February 2, 2017. The night's themes were numerous, all coming from the book A Sudden Light by Garth Stein.

Thank you for listening, we look forward to hearing your story.

9: Lorinda Esposito - She Gives a Hand

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SNimpossible

Despite being born missing one hand, there didn't seem to be much of anything Lorinda Esposito could not do. That included executing justice on fellow second-graders who doubted her abilities and taunted her. The real hero of this story was Lorinda's mother.

The schoolyard is home to many of our outdoor memories. On August 6, 2015, Esposito won the Story Night event themed, "The Great Outdoors." At 11 minutes, she showed that a longer story doesn't have to feel longer.