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."

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

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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81: Rhonda Trevino — Flying to Impress a Guy

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skydiving, skydiver, Bremerton, story night podcast, storytelling

Rhonda Trevino explains from the outset that she did this thing to impress a guy. Like all our efforts, she got something more out of it. Rhonda told this story at the June 7, 2018 Story Night when the theme was flying.

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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.

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

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"

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

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."

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

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.

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

73: Craig Gurney — Songs Inspired by the Road

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road trip, Bartlesville Oklahoma, song parody, Bremerton, storytelling, story night, Kitsap

Craig Gurney took the invitation to sing and gave us a couple of parodies at Story Night in December, when the theme was "Soundtrack." The songs are charming reinventions of two popular songs. The music for this episode comes from The Beatles, the original version of Rocky Raccoon.

Below you can watch a sweet cover of Rocky Raccoon by someone calling herself Sofia Fakelastname.

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72: Mike Etgen — Adults Don't Always Have the Answers

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When the questions about the one true faith don't arise, life can go on untroubled. Once you realize those who weren't on your side were going to Hell, that's where the trouble starts.

Mike Etgen told this story on February 1, 2018, when the themes were based on the stories told in the book The Smell of Other People's Houses by Bonnie-Sue Franklin.

The song for this episode is Let the Mystery Be by Iris DeMent.

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

71: Bryan Lynn — Beds in Head

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Beds, bedrooms, close quarters, storytelling, stories, Story Night, Bremerton, Kitsap

Bryan Lynn goes down the list of living arrangements that led to where he is now.

Bryan told this story at the February 1, 2018 Story Night when the themes were pulled from the book, The Smell of Other People's Houses, by Bonnie-Sue Franklin. The book is Kitsap Regional Library's One Book One Community selection for 2018.

The song for this episode is Coming Up Close by 'Til Tuesday.

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69: Alison Loris — Longing to love and sing

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love, patterns, searching, la vie en rose, romance, storytelling, story night podcast

It's the truth for most of us that when we begin to take seriously our desire for love and romance, we spend a lot of time speaking the wrong language, maybe even singing the wrong tune, or the right one and just not interpreting it the way that works best for us. Alison Loris's story is about that, her own history with love and romance, and what she realized she was looking for. She told it in December 2017 when the night's theme was "Soundtrack."

You will also hear two versions of La Vie en Rose. The English one is by Cristin Milioti and was sung on the TV show "How I Met Your Mother." The French version is by Sophie Millman.

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

68: Chris Kornelis — Soiled (Not for the Squeamish)

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As the title suggest, if you go listening to this podcast episode you may come out the other end, so to speak, with images you won't soon be able to discard. Consider yourself warned. Chris Kornelis told this story in 2016 when the theme was "Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time." We make some of our worst decisions when so much is on the line. I wonder how that Ford Bronco recovered.

Kornelis writes for the Wall Street Journal and other publications and is the author of the book, Rocking Fatherhood: The Dad-to-Be's Guide to Staying Cool. The book has a foreword by Guns and Roses bassist Duff McKagan.

The song for this episode is "Dreams" by the Cranberries, chosen in honor of Dolores O'Riordan, the Cranberries lead singer. She died a couple weeks ago. She was 46.

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

67: Seth Park — Just Like You

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"Just like you," is a phrase many a mother will warn their children about the children they will one day have. Seth Park's mom did, and she was right. But the karma didn't just stay with Seth. Seth told this story at the November 2017 Story Night when the theme was "What Goes Around."

On a personal note, I had a good friend growing up who when he did grow up decided to not have children for fear they would end up just like him.

The song for this episode is "Once in a Lifetime" by Talking Heads.

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

66: Ian Logan — The Rise of Moxie

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In some of the moments we perform as someone else, we can discover who we always were. Ian Logan told this story at our Story Night event on January 4, 2018, when the theme was "identity."

The song for this episode is "Don't Stop Ne Now," by Queen. There is a bit of an audio funk toward the end of the song that after multiple attempts I couldn't figure out how to fix. I'll work on learning what that problem is.

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