Ep 69 - A Vacuum Of Culture
"No risk, no reward". that's what, stunt man, Evel Kneivel, was fond of repeating while consuming his meals through a straw. In April of 2017 the Lousy Podcast followed in the footsteps of Evel by embarking on a five week stint at the Fame venue on Broadway in SF...Drink up!
In lieu of excitement, there was a scent of never-properly-mopped up beer in the air as SK and Pete made preparations for this, the 1st of 5, live recordings at the former Mabuhay Gardens - a popular punk venue in the 70's, 80's and one weekend in 2012 when hipsters' favorite cupcake bar, Shipwright & Cheese, underwent renovations to convert into a dub step falafel disco. Not unlike any number of Geraldo's news specials, the show was poised to be a great success.
After an inadvisable attempt at an opening monologue, SK introduced Pete and the rest of his guests: Architect and Telegraph Hill expert, Joe Butler and returning friend of the show, and SF comic, Andrew Holmgren...all seems fine so far. But during the updates portion of the show, somehow things went South (or perhaps more accurately, North). Pete discovered a Throng member from the great state of Alaska and things began to unravel. Were it not for the crowd's (The term crowd here is being used with an expired poetic license) collective disdain for Ruby Sky we might have ended things right then and there.
Enter Joe Butler. A virtual dusty encyclopedia of San Francisco knowledge. If SK and Pete hadn't interrupted the man at every third sentence he might have been able to save things but such are the dreams of Parrots and Men. To Joe's credit he did manage to get in some interesting stories about the early adopted Telegraph Hill semaphore, Layman's Castle for the people, how the ground was pulled out from under the Gray Brothers, Bill Bailey's cottage and how he didn't come home, Pasquale's blue ball, the beat generation and the, not-to-be-outdone, CIA trip.
Babette in Squidges role as producer and sound engineer as well as a very funny set by Andrew Holmgren made it look, for a second, that we'd clear the last bus but here we are...back in traction.