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There are no heroes to rescue you from life.

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There are no heroes to rescue you from life.




Episode 13 - Good Vibes 2: Electric Boogaloo

I return to the track in this episode and discuss my time at The Sha Tin and Happy Valley Racetracks in Hong Kong. I also examine betting theories my running partner Martin and I would use to construct our bets such as: vary your sources. There are many ships at the bottom of the ocean because they only followed their charts. Also, I reflect on the unluckiest person I've ever come into contact with. A big shout out to Martin, John, Rei, Yumi, and Hannah, my crew from Hong Kong, as well as...


Episode 12 - The Aneurysm Revisited

I put horse racing on hold to take a trip down memory lane. While episodes 1 and 2 could be considered the macro view of the aneurysm (the broad strokes of the events as they chronologically happened) this episode takes more of a micro view. I look at the odds (something you should never tell Han Solo) and reflect on certain aspects of the event such as the location on the brain, as well as how accurate the game Life and Death 2: The Brain was with regards to completing the surgery for an...


Episode 11 - Good Vibes

In this episode, I am joined by my brother, and we reminisce about our time visiting The OTB in Queens where we lived to bet on harness racing at the Meadowlands. Similarly, we discuss our experiences at Rosecroft Raceway in Maryland, as amateur drivers, gamblers, and aficionados. A shout out to the tellers at the Astoria OTB as well as Gina, Doug, Tim Offutt, and Frank Milby. If you'd like to become a patron: This episode is also available on Itunes,...


Episode 10 - Jobs which are not careers

In this episode, which begins during the glorious Summer of 2000 and goes until September of 2010, I undertake a myriad of different jobs which include being a recruiter for software programmers, the office manager for a bus and truck theater company, a sell-side broker, and an options trader. While they were interesting and challenging, each experience was unique. Tune in and listen to my experiences navigating the waters of the working world!


Episode 9 - The Only Time Fun Comes Before Work is in The Dictionary

In the Summer of 2000, I had just graduated with a degree in theater, and I anticipated being able to find work as a writer. So, that Summer, along with my brother and my friend, I took advantage of all of the things which made life as a 22 year old enjoyable. We went to the gym, played Nintendo 64, listened to Napster, and recorded music as a rap group called The Artificial Implants. However, the good times can't always last... or can they?


Episode 8 - The Yin and Yang of Seagal and Van Damme

In this episode, I reflect on my experience going to a taping of "The Daily Show," in which I matched wits with the warm-up comic, and I delve into the film careers of Jean-Claude Van Damme and Steven Seagal. Also, there are some important life lessons learned such as chance favoring the prepared mind, not to attack a shotgun-toting thief with a baseball bat, and never under any circumstances antagonize said warm-up comic; even accidentally. Music by The Powdered Toast Men and Ironbar


Episode 7 - Weapon Wielding Primates

In this episode, I delve into the realm of online dating. For me, this is a less heavy subject matter than discussing the recovery from a ruptured brain aneurysm, but again it's all about perspective. I examine two email/text exchanges I had which I hope you will enjoy. Thank you for tuning into the podcast, which is now also available on Itunes. Please comment and let me know if you have topics you would like me to discuss. All the best. Music by The Powdered Toast Men, The Subversive...


Episode 6 - How Third Eye Blind's Debut Album Accurately Predicts the Major Events in my Life from 2009-Onward (Part 3)

In the final episode of a three-parter, we finish with our examination of Third Eye Blind's debut album. I go off on tangents with regards to philosophy and existential angst in this episode, but I also discuss whether a re-examination of the film/novel Jaws is a Ph.D. caliber project. So, I definitely discuss important things. Music by The Powdered Toast Men


Episode 5 - How Third Eye Blind's Debut Album Accurately Predicts the Major Events in my Life from 2009-Onward (Part 2)

In this episode, we continue to examine how the tracks from Third Eye Blind's debut album line up with the major events of my life. It's eerie. We delve into some of my experiences abroad in Macau and Hong Kong, as well as look at what it takes to teach middle and high school for students with attention deficit disorder and other learning disabilities. We don't cover many tracks in this episode, but these few, in particular, required a lot of time to explore. Thank you so much for...


Episode 4 - How Third Eye Blind's Debut Album Accurately Predicts the Major Events in my Life from 2009-Onward (Part 1)

Hey everyone, So in this episode, I do a deep exploration of how the tracks on "Third Eye Blind" line up or predict the major events in my life. Some of them are more literal interpretations, like the song "Graduate" coinciding with the end of my matriculating at graduate school. Some of the associations require some keen insight and abstract thinking. Regardless, I hope you enjoy it! Thanks again for listening. Music by The Powdered Toast Men, Ironbar, and The Subversive Vermin (who...


Episode 3 - Coffee Vs. Tea

In this episode, I examine the differences between coffee and tea, pick suitable musical representations for both, and generally just ramble about lighter topics than surviving a ruptured brain aneurysm. Hope you enjoy it! Music by The Powdered Toast Men, Ironbar, and The Subversive Vermin


Episode 2 - In patient, out patient, and everything in between.

In this episode, I continue to discuss my hospital stay and my discharge. During this time I also had both inpatient and outpatient therapy and focused on both my physical, mental, and emotional recovery from the ruptured brain aneurysm and subarachnoid hemorrhage. Music by The Powdered Toast Men


Episode 1 - An aneurysm is nothing like the song by Nirvana

In this episode, we examine the derivation of the title for this podcast as well as the experience of surviving a ruptured brain aneurysm and subarachnoid hemorrhage. The title addresses how in everyday life, the true villains according to David Foster Wallace in his novel The Pale King are things like boredom and apathy. A hero will not save you from these obstacles. It is up to you to address them. Similarly, we look at part one of the experience of adjusting to life after overcoming an...