When going through a few of my father’s things after he passed away, I found a Xeroxed copy of a letter addressed to a co-worker at the office my father worked in for the City of Saginaw. It was from a young man named John Castillo, who had worked in my Dad’s office while studying in graduate school. John was later drafted into the Marine Corps and served with the First Battalion First Marines in Vietnam. Here’s what he wrote:
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After a lengthy delay, we’re back with a new show, which features Josh, who joins me via Skype while holed up in a hotel room because of the snow storm. At least he has wonderful art to look at. On this episode, we honor the weather by talking about Philly’s decision to not allow you to mark your shoveled out parking spots anymore. Is this good or bad? Derek Jeter goes into Jojo’s lothario hall of fame (and there should be one), and we look at the wonderful contrast between the snow boarders and figure skaters at the Winter Games in Sochi.
The Super Bowl Kind of sucks when your team isn’t in it, doesn’t it? But the weird prop bets always make it more interesting, and this year you can wager on whether or not the Red Hot Chili Peppers will take off their shirts. Also — violence in Columbia sucks, but we’re not immune, dating is weird these days, and I play the Roman Numeral bit again. Why? I still think it’s funny…
After a while, when you’re looking for full time work, all the want ads look the same, but when one is different, it’s definitely worth sharing with you guys. Also — forget Florida, WalMart is the new place where weird shit happens, from the Jojo Files, a great 2010 interview with actor John C. Reilly, and the final word on Richard Sherman.
I can relate to Richard Sherman, I liked to trash talk, the difference being, I had no skill to back it up. My ambivalence to snow makes me rant about the incessant whining people do about it, and from the Jojo Files, it’s a 2000 interview with the always entertaining Penn Gillette. Also — The Bachelor has beady eyes and death comes knocking in Sweden.
Did a TV show or a movie ever prevent you from doing bad things? Did you see “Trainspotting” and say to yourself, “I’ll never do heroin?” I explore that topic. Also, weird TV crushes; a quick news update; saying thanks to teachers that inspired you can be awkward; and I recall a terrible turnaround similar to the Houston Rockets awful second half vs. OKC this week.
MUSIC: “Somebody Loves You” Betty Who
COMEDY: Brian Regan, “Baggage Claim”
I explore why throwing boiling water into 40 below cold isn’t always a good idea, we take a look at “The Word of the Year” from other countries, how we’ve regressed to 8 year old logic when arguing politics, and what computer hackers should dress like. PLUS: Bad Joke Theater, Captain Trivia gets thwarted and interview outtakes.
We find the answer to the long asked question “Why is cold compared to a witch’s breasts?” and a great advantage to the cold snap when it comes to dog walking. From the Jojo Files, a 2009 interview with a yet to be famous Jesse Tyler Ferguson of “Modern Family” fame; Hotel Nastiness; a trip back in time to 1987 when Jojo was known as “Big Al” (huh?); and more nonsense to stun your senses from feeling frozen.
MUSIC: Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings “Stranger to my Happiness”
It’s a mish mash of stuff for the first pod of 2014: I talk about the weird human hypocrisy towards change, sharks that tweet, snakes in your couch, the NFL playoffs, and gym etiquette. Plus — Audio Vault and Werid News. As always feel free to contact the show, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or find us on Facebook at “Jojo Girard” or on twitter @jojo1065.
The main thrust of show 74 is a pretty good interview with Bryan Cranston from 1998, where he shares a couple of good stories including the horny reason he pursued show business, a light brighter than the sun, and why he gets song writing residuals to this day. But before that, I explore the art of swearing, my romantic relationship with Google Plus, and it wouldn’t hurt if Joe Flacco feigned excitement every once in a while. Enjoy, and Happy F***king New Year!!!
MUSIC FROM The Talking Heads, Paul Simon and Sturgill Simpson, “You Can Have The Crown”
ALSO COMEDY: “Jerry McGuire” by Patton Oswalt