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Ep 0144 – Getting Over Hard Times and My Reaction to Oprah

Laurie looking over the tops of her glasses
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Here I am ready to have a little chat with myself down at the podcast rock.

Podcast Recap

I let go of assuming good things are always hard, share snippets and comments from BCs Dawny, Amy from WI, Josephine and Stéfanie from Quebec. I ponder my take on Oprah Winfrey’s oft-quoted comment about acceptance of herself when over 200 lbs. I read an excerpt from my blog post about the spaced out time warp I experienced in Vegas while attending a live concert by The WHO.

Laurie putting on her mic under the tree over the podcast rock

Getting ready to record day 144

Mentioned

Last show and comments

Dawny’s comment from day 143

BC Josephine’s support of Dawny

BC Josephine’s reply to Stéfanie from Quebec

BC Josephine’s support of Mark’s fun pronunciations

Stéfanie from Quebec’s comments and support for Dawny

Amy from WI’s comment and list of 5 things she’s good at

The New York Times Article where Oprah was quoted

My blog post and YouTube video links for The WHO concert Mark and I saw in Vegas

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Ways to support the show financially

Credits

Host: Laurie Weaver

Main Theme: I’m Letting Go by Josh Woodward from The Simple Life Part 1 Used by permission of Josh Woodward under a Creative Commons License

Dun Dun Dun! Sound used in Laurie’s Letting Go segment used under a creative commons license by copyc4t via freesound.org

What? Sound used in Laurie’s Letting Go segment used under a creative commons license by yugi16dm via freesound.org

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WHO are you? – Laurie’s Weird Time Trip on the Magic Bus

Laurie and Mark in front of The Who 2017 concert poster
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Mark and me just before we head inside to see and hear Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend of ‘The Who’

Mark’s Big Birthday Trip

Mark faced – er celebrated – his big 65 with me in Las Vegas. We went all out and had a great time. And though Mark had fun, I noticed a few of the celebratory events were more geared to the Laurie side of joy, because that is WHO Mark is. He loves to bring joy to others, especially me.

So to that end, Mark agreed that our ‘Big Deal Vegas Outing’ for HIS birthday would be seeing The WHO live at Caesar’s Palace, because The WHO is one of MY top 3 bands. And back in my young, dance all night, concert days my fondest memories were of when I had seen them twice on tour at the Seattle Center Coliseum. Once in 1975 and again, in 1976 and those songs were the soundtrack of my teens. Yikes!

Fast Forward over 40 years and I, who used to swing the long brown hair and skin-tight denim of my g..g..g..generation, was about to swing the long DYED-brown hair and COMFORT-sized denim of my DE-g..g..g..generation.

Check out the proof!

And for grins and giggles, a snippet of the same song from the live WHO concert from 1976.

I so enjoyed this concert, but at the same time….

Laurie FINALLY Understands the dang space baby scene in 2001: a Space Odyssey

That movie is a trip – if you haven’t seen it check it out, but in the end of the movie, one of the main characters experiences weird time shifts from current to old to aged to middle age and back to baby all at the same time.

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Here is Roger and Pete from 1976

Black and white photo of Roger Daltrey singing and Pete Townshend on guitar.

Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend circa 1975 or 1976

Here they are from 2017

Black and white photo of Roger and Pete at Caesar's Palace

Roger and Pete in Las Vegas, Aug 1, 2017.

And for EXTRA grins and giggles…
Here’s my Fantasy Roger from 1975

Photo of the original Who on tour 1975

This was the first time I saw the Who in 1975. This is how I think of Roger Daltrey – flowing golden curls, tight fringed vest. I was 16 or so.

Time don’t change all…

Notice in the above photos that Pete still holds his guitar in the same way. And I can attest, that Roger STILL has his pipes. Man, can that dude sing! And he is probably one of the last rock frontmen to use a wired mic, as he is renowned for his thrilling and varied mic tricks where he tosses the mic, swings the cord and makes awesome shapes and lassos it in like a rock god cheerleader all while belting high notes like you can’t believe! And HE CAN STILL DO IT!

But time can be trippy…

Time rained down on me and sent me back to being a teen screaming for more with all of the time in the world to make things happen. My vision kept seeing Roger and Pete as they were – as they are – as they were – as they are in a weird other worldly version of time-pong. I too became old, young, old, young, noticing the same chords, same mic tricks, same magic on the stage – like a stereoscope slightly out of focus.

I experienced my entire life bookmarked between those concerts all at once and the tears flowed. Two of The WHO had long since passed. Keith Moon, the drummer died in 1978 and bassist, John Entwistle, right here in Vegas in 2002. John ‘The Ox’ actually passed away at age 57, one year younger than I am now. Roger and Pete actually made no bones about the difference time made to them. They laughed about it. Many oldster quips peppered the evening. They looked different. The energy was a bit different, and yet, there they were, doing as they had done all of those years ago. The remaining members of The WHO could still deliver what they loved to the audience who still loved them for it.

In the glow of the concert hall, I felt all of my victories and defeats slide over me, all of my friends, celebrities I’d followed and family were there and gone, my hopes that vanished, unexpected dreams that came true, all of my physical sizes large and thin, one after another in that concert seat in Vegas. I was scared this might be a heart attack and this was the famous ‘end of life review’. But it was just me, once again on the Magic Bus, realizing that WHO I am is not static, that there were and are, many, many sides to me, and all of them equally Laurie. I don’t need to be perfect, or thin, or the best voice actor in the world. I don’t need thousands of dollars or FB likes. I am a miracle. Mark is a miracle. You, are a miracle. All I need is to be like Roger and toss my mic in the air trusting that somehow, I’ll catch it – and knowing that even if I don’t, this kid will be all right.

xoxoxoxo

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Ep 0143 – Mindfulness and Overcoming Lies We Tell Ourselves

Laurie gives an emotional smile in close-up under the trees
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Glad to be back on the podcast rock and surprised at what I’m letting go of today!

Podcast Recap

YAY! Wearing sneakers again, so back to the podcast rock. After hearing my surprising answer to Stéfanie’s secret topic of the day on Day 142, I’m inspired to clean up my subconscious. Comments following last show from Dawny and Stéfanie from Quebec. A great idea for us to be more positive based on Stéfanie’s comment. Thanks to Amazon Shoppers and to BC Mary S. for joining me on a project that’s just between us. Mark the Meditator returns and he shares some vulnerable truths from his heart.

Close up of Laurie's sneakers

Proof that the shoes are back on!

Mentioned

Last show and comments from Dawny and Stéfanie from Quebec

Insight Timer, the app Mark and I use for guided meditation

The Morning Mediation Mark Likes – on youtube (on the Insight App it also has music)

Our Social Media TAG is #CODBCS

Ways to support the show financially

Credits

Host: Laurie Weaver
Special Guest: Mark ‘The Meditator’ Weaver

Main Theme: I’m Letting Go by Josh Woodward from The Simple Life Part 1 Used by permission of Josh Woodward under a Creative Commons License

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Ep 0142 – Hello – Goodbye – Hello

Laurie in her straw hat with the Puget Sound in the background at daybreak
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Smiling at the good memories as I emotionally let go of my past before flying home to California.

Podcast Recap

From Tacoma, WA, I record a special letting go of my past identity across from my old home on Puget Sound. Comments about Day 141 from BCs Josephine, Petra and Dawny. More ponderings along the waterfront as I process how it felt saying a final good-bye to Mom and how BC Dave gave me comfort in an unexpected way. We celebrate a huge milestone with BC Jo from the UK and hear some samples of her many comments. Stéfanie from Quebec returns with a brand new Secret Topic of the Day.

Sun across the water with pilings and still blueness

The early morning view of Browns Point where I grew up


Rows of headstones with the grave digging backhoe behind

Emotional. We watch the gravediggers open my Dad’s grave in the veteran’s cemetery, so they can place my mom’s ashes in with him.


Flowers on the grave for Mom along with a small American flag to honor my dad's military service

After my parent’s grave a recovered with sod, a temporary marker was placed.


Laurie and Mark smiling in front of a banner that says Kent Downtown

Mark and I prove we visited unexpectedly Kent, WA


Laurie wearing a Disney Princess Girl Squad shirt

It’s not all gloom and doom, I model one of my favorite T-Shirts.

Mentioned

Last show and comments (Including BCs Dawny, Petra, Josephine and Jo from the UK)

Solvang Bike Century that Laurie will do next year

Certificate of Episode Completion

Reward yourself for catching up with a certificate that’s yours to keep! Hooray!

A few of BC Jo from the UK’s many comments

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Ways to support the show financially

Credits

Host: Laurie Weaver
Stéfanie’s Secret Topic Intro Announcer: Mark Weaver
Stéfanie’s Secret Topic concept, content and voice by: Stéfanie Lepage

Main Theme: I’m Letting Go by Josh Woodward from The Simple Life Part 1 Used by permission of Josh Woodward under a Creative Commons License

Sounds used in Stéfanie’s Secret Topic Intro

  • Space background loop
    http://www.freesound.org/people/zagi2/sounds/178573/
  • Space Alien ray gun zap sound
    http://www.freesound.org/people/NoiseCollector/sounds/43041/
  • The Human Has been Neutralised
    http://www.freesound.org/people/cityrocker/sounds/128649/
  • Eating Chips
    http://www.freesound.org/people/fresco/sounds/48933/
  • Zen Cello
    http://www.freesound.org/people/Nightlife999/sounds/144971/
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Ep 0141 – Mommy Would You Love Me?

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It’s emotional as I ponder the complex and tender relationship between my mom and me.

Podcast Recap

I’m back down to my local park recording from the trusty old podcast rock. Mark and I are busy getting ready to go back home to Washington to lay my mother’s ashes to rest. It’s emotional letting go as I remember my complex feelings around my relationship with Mom. Comments from Petra, Dawny and Mark. Dawny brings some fresh summer-time Foolish Fun. We greet New BCs Rebecca and Kelly from Michigan. The Coffee Klatch is reopened for show supporters. How to switch the country of the iTunes store. BC Jo from the UK’s kind review on iTunes UK. A poem I wrote many years ago – originally, called, ‘Daddy would you love me?’, changed to honor my Mother.

Cute little girl from 1935

My mom at two years old.

Laurie at two in pony tails with red ribbons in a sailer dress

Me as a two-year-old rockin’ my sailor dress that Mom, a talented seamstress, made for me.

Young lady Laurie with a braid over one shoulder and Mom in a formal looking over at a lit birthday cake

Mom wishes me happy 22nd birthday in my apartment with a cake she’d made me. Mom was also a talented baker.

New BCs

Mentioned

Last show and comments (Including Dawny and Mark

Day 139 and comments – where Petra responds to Dawny and me.

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Ways to support the show financially

Mommy Would you Love Me?
by Laurie Weaver
Link to the original version on ToonaCat.com

Carla colored in her great big book
And took it to Mommy for a look.

Mommy would you love me if I colored rainbows in the sky?
Oh Carla dear, I’d miss you if you went away so high.

Carla pulled her shoes on,
The new ones nice and white

And Mommy tied them up,
Not too loose, or tight.

Mommy would you love me if I marched a Zillion miles?

Carla Dear, if you marched ALL that way, how could I see your pretty smiles?

Carla dug the dirt, with her little hoe.
While Mommy planted flowers in a nice, neat, pretty row.

Mommy would you love me if I dug the biggest hole of all?
Oh Carla Dear, it would scare me silly to think that you might fall!

Carla splashed while Mommy Scrubbed, Giggling silly in the tub.

Mommy would you love me if I blew bubbles across the sea?

Oh Carla dear, how could I get your ears all squeaky clean if you were so far from me?

Carla snuggled onto Mommy’s lap, eye still sleepy from her nap.

Mommy, won’t you love me for ANYTHING I do?

No Carla Dear, my Dearest Dear,
I’ll only ever love you just because you’re you.

Credits

Host: Laurie Weaver
Foolish Fun Announcer: Mark Weaver
Foolish Funner: Dawny

Main Theme: I’m Letting Go by Josh Woodward from The Simple Life Part 1 Used by permission of Josh Woodward under a Creative Commons License

Sounds used in Laurie’s Foolish Fun Intro

  • Slide Whistle sounds
    http://www.freesound.org/people/plingativator/sounds/188873/
  • Background Tune/Beat
    http://www.freesound.org/people/siakitty/sounds/38478/
  • Girl’s Laughter
    http://www.freesound.org/people/choplin/sounds/109759/
  • Phone Ring
    http://www.freesound.org/people/winsx87/sounds/152028/
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