Episode 4 – Growing Up Online

788648283_52041507c6_oThis is part one of a 2 part series. That is the plan, lest there be even more dating stories that come my way in the next few weeks and it is expanded to a 3rd part. This story is from me, and it is is about dating digitally. I started chatting online when I was 10 years old, believe it or not. The dating- more like chatting with intention to meet- came around 13 or 14. To the left is a photo of me when I was about 17 or possibly just after my 18th birthday, taken with my webcam in my bedroom (stuffed animals, futon, and all).

This episode features music from my friends The Lions Rampant and Lisa Cantrell who is also the creator and host of the podcast An Inexact Science.

Look for part 2 of this episode in the coming weeks! Subscribe on iTunes or add Brain Beans to your RSS for updates.  You can also keep up with us through the social media icons at the top right of your screen.  Add us on Facebook, like us, comment, subscribe, rate, review, share, and then take a nice hot bath because you’ve done a lot for us.

This episode features some freeware audio loops.  Under the ‘links’ tab you can find where to download each of these loops and other sites with songs and loops available for download that are used on this podcast.

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Tig Notaro Live Show in Columbus Last Night

Yesterday my pal Corrie and I drove a couple of hours to Columbus to see Tig Notaro preform again.

Neither of us had ever been to The Bluestone for any reason and we were both pretty blown away with how gorgeous and clean and well maintained the place was.  Hell, they even had a handsome 17 year old taking our $5 parking payment.  (ugh, I’m going to jail now I think).  Neither of us could think of anything in Cincinnati that compares, but was sort of like the former Southgate House (now the Thompson House) if it was super clean and thoughtfully renovated.  It was so pristine, from the white folding chairs to the glass surrounding the balcony.  No a single initial scratched in the glass.  What was it, magic glass?  Some respectful-ass Columbus residents?  With a good amount of traffic and some light snow/rain on the way in, we arrived only about 1/2 an hour before the show began.  I had really wanted to get up close like a proper creep, but we found that there were prime empty seats in the balcony.  Creeping from above is great too! Plus the balcony had its own bar with zero wait and $6 well cocktails. In all of the excitement and day long panic attack I literally didn’t remember to eat anything after like 1:00 pm yesterday.  So, cheap and short-lived drunk, basically.  It was already shaping up to be the perfect show.

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 This was our vantage point from the balcony.

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 There was a pretty large population of straights in the audience.  Because comedy transcends sexual orientation, you guys.

IMG_4636No one ever sat in the seats behind us, though most of the front row seats finally filled up right before show time.  Still, super intimate up there.

Tig’s set ended up being pretty much identical to the set she preformed just a few months ago in Cincinnati.  Which is, you know, totally expected.  But it was still completely hilarious and wonderful and I enjoyed every second of it.  After a few more months of practice, some of the stories were even richer in depth and detail and humorosity.  We laughed ’till we cried and heckled her only a little.

After the show I had every intention of saying hi to Tig’s face.  I found myself standing in line and sweating like a whore in church, despite the fact that Corrie  was wearing her winter coat (along with everyone else in line) and holding mine while little sweat droplets fell out of my sleeveless tank and I fluffed my hair nervously.  Tig was as gracious as always, taking her time to sign the poster that I bought.  She asked who to make it out to and I pointed to my name on my vest.  She asked “Is that it?” and I though for too long then asked if it would make me a jerk to ask her to correct a mistake she had made on my vest when she signed it last time.  I think I asked her if it would make me a jerk about 47 times.

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“You, um, forgot to write the ‘is’? Oh God, I’m a jerk”

IMG_4643This actual face I was making conveys just how much of a jerk I felt like.

She was super nice about it and did not think that I was a jerk. Then promptly wrote on my poster. “Casey, you are a jerk.”  Which was the most perfect thing and that is when we became best friends and went out for drinks and texted all night about our lives and go to know each other and she invited me to Christmas with her and her fiancée.  Jk. That is when she invited me behind the counter and threw her arm around me and pointed at me saying “THIS GIRL IS A JERK” while Corrie continued over-documenting the event (lets be friends forever, Corrie).  I put my arm around her waist (yeah, you jelly) and could NOT hold it together enough to smize and turn up one corner of my mouth.  I’m full on guffawing in this picture. Best night.

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On the way home, Corrie and I had epic girl talks and the 2 hour drive back home was almost just as fun as the show we had just been to. So glad we didn’t miss it.

Tig is still has a ton of tour dates, I can’t recommend enough that you see her live in your town.  Her website is tignotaro.com.

I realize that this post is not exactly Brain Beans related, but I thought it would be a nice excuse to recap the show last night.  Since Tig was such a big inspiration for me starting my own podcast, it still seems fitting.  I’m working on a really great episode right now that’s almost finished.  I’m excited enough about this one that an early release is highly likely!

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Episode 3- Soupruary

photo cred Corrie Loeffler

photo cred Corrie Loeffler

In this single story episode, contributor Corrie Loeffler and I rap about her yearly blog called Soupruary. This isn’t a story as much as it is just a chat between two gal pals (I really wish I could edit out more giggling. Wine was involved) for a story that I wrote for our local alt weekly last year.  The audio was just for my own notes for the article, but there were a lot of things that I couldn’t include in the original story that you’ll get to hear here.

Here is a link to Corrie’s blog and here you can read the original article on CityBeat’s website.

Look for episode 4 coming in March! Subscribe on iTunes or add Brain Beans to your RSS for updates.  You can also keep up with us through the social media icons at the top right of your screen.  Add us on Facebook, like us, comment, subscribe, rate, review, share, and then take a nice hot bath because you’ve done a lot for us.

This episode features some freeware audio loops.  Under the ‘links’ tab you can find where to download each of these loops and other sites with songs and loops available for download that are used on this podcast.

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