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96 minutes | Dec 15, 2018
November 9, 2018, I experienced a series of wonderful surprises. I had the extraordinary opportunity to sit down and interview Ian Moore for my podcast in the Green Room of the Kessler Theater before his show. Let me say that again, I interviewed Ian Moore, in the Green Room of the Kessler Theater, before his show. How cool is that? I just like saying it. Let me back up. Recently I starting sending emails to some entertainers, authors, and other persons of interest that I would like to interview for my podcast. I would check Prekindle and other event sites, and reach out to the people that look interesting. People that I think are extrausual and that I would love to sit down and question. Being new to the podcasting medium, I had no expectation on what the response might be to my emails. I mentioned in my emails that the interviewee would have to travel to Waxahachie for the interview. Ian Moore emailed back and said that he would do the podcast if I traveled to the Kessler. Wow! Surprise number one. This caused me a huge dilemma. I could not pass up this opportunity but I have never tried to interview a person outside of my office. I went to Office Depot and bought a rolling computer/briefcase, and said yes. I stuck with my commitment to saying yes. I came home and crammed all of my stuff into the one new briefcase/rolling bag and started researching Ian Moore. Wow! Surprise number two. I was just floored by Ian’s career and life story. Ian grew up in Austin where he was a child prodigy on the violin. Because of an incident in his teens, which is described in the podcast, he cut the tendons in his left hand. After the incident, he couldn’t play the violin anymore and started playing guitar. Ian played the Honky Tonks and Bars of Austin in the late 80’s and 90’s. In 1993, he released his first record, self-titled – Ian Moore. As Wikipedia describes the record and his career, “The success of this album spawned multiple radio hits, TV appearances, and tours with artists such as Bob Dylan, ZZ Top, Paul Weller, and the Rolling Stones. His second record, Modernday Folklore, was voted one of the greatest art moments in Art of America, and led to more high level touring through the US and Europe, as well as his top charting song, Muddy Jesus, which made it into the top 5 AOR rock radio charts… …Though mostly busy with his solo releases and touring, he has scored film and TV, as well as stints as a sidemen with artists as diverse as Jason Mraz and Roky Erickson. He has been on late night shows (Letterman), morning shows (Today show). He has collaborated with Ice Cube, Prince B, Spiral Stairs, and more. His ambition and drive keep him operating at a breakneck pace, releasing records and touring throughout the US and Europe. 2016 has found him touring the US 5 times, releasing a new soul covers EP, The Noble Art, starting a charity, SMASH, which assists Seattle musicians with health care, and becoming a Grammy Governor. 2017 will see the release of his next album, Strange Days and quite a bit more touring, recording, and collaborating.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ian_Moore_(musician) Bob Dylan, Rolling Stones, ZZ Top, Jason Moranz, and Ice Cube, these people are not normally associated with me. I was immediately intimidated. I do not have a musical bone in my body. So, I recruited my little brother, Jarrett to do the podcast with me. He is the Hinds’ Family Musician. I definitely needed back up. The more I read about Ian, the more intrigued I became. This is not just a musician, but a man that gives back to the art. SMASH is mentioned in the Wikipedia article, Seattle Musicians Access to Sustainable Healthcare. After leaving Austin, Ian moved to an island off the coast of Washington near Seattle. To help the local musicians, Ian started this charity to get healthcare for musicians in the Seattle area. The charity’s idea is based on a similar type of entity in Austin. Ian replicated the charity in Seattle for the benefit of the local musicians. SMASH’s website state’s the following: “SMASH is a nonprofit organization dedicated to keeping our music community healthy and thriving by providing health education, advocacy, and access to preventative healthcare to Seattle area working musicians.” http://smashseattle.org/ Ian is the Founder and President of this organization. What a great cause! Not only does Ian support his musical brethren with healthcare, he also conducts songwriting workshops. Ian gives back to his craft by teaching others. You can check out his workshops on his website at: http://www.ianmoore.com/songwriting-workshop/ This is a man with altruistic and philanthropic values. Surprise number three. Ian is a rock icon, one of the best guitar players ever, obviously intelligent and driven, and willing to sit down and let me interview him (more altruism). Wow! I showed up at the Green Room. Initially, my little brother patiently waited while I did my last minute research on Ian in the truck. I did not want to look like a complete idiot. Jarrett and I set up the equipment. Jarrett fixed my settings on the mixing board for me. I was very nervous. Ian comes in, sets his guitar down, and says he only has a few minutes. He and the band have to get something to eat before their show. And we start. Huge surprise number four. I found an extremely intelligent, thoughtful, humble person with deep thoughts on all sorts of subjects. I can not describe how impressed I was with this man. I believe Ian can hold his own on any topic with any person. This guy is sharp. I was just blown away. We talked about his childhood, his family, his career, the music industry, raising kids, philosophy, religion, spirituality, and all kinds of stuff. I think I could talk to this guy for hours. I know we talked for over an hour and a half. Although Ian initially said he only had a few minutes, I was the one that stopped the interview because I lost track of time and talked through my dinner reservation at Bolsa. I was meeting my wife and daughter there and let time get away from me. We parted ways quickly. Jarrett said Ian’s band was sitting in their van to eat the whole time we were doing the interview. If I ever get the chance, I have to apologize to the band. I got to Bolsa late, had a great dinner and got back for the show. Now comes the biggest and best surprise of the day, the performance. I still didn’t know what to expect. I read about Ian and listened to some of his songs on Spotify, but what I experienced at the Kessler that night was amazing. I am far from an expert in music. My musical tastes usually run about twenty-five years behind the times. But I will try and relate my experience at the Kessler by comparing it to some of my best experiences with live music. Most of my live music memories occurred before kids, bear with me. The best showman I have seen (before Ian) was Rusty Weir. I saw him at the Texas Theater in Waxahachie. It was an intimate setting and Rusty walked in with a bottle of tequila and controlled the room. If there were hecklers, he heckled back. It was greatness. I have never seen anyone control the room like Rusty did, until Ian. For overall vibe of performance, without a doubt, my best experience was B.B. King at the Longhorn Ballroom in Dallas. I saw B.B. King at least three times that I can remember. He was awesome every time. But that night at the Longhorn Ballroom, it was something special. We were part of the extremely minority number of Caucasian attendees. It was bring your own liquor and we came prepared. The electricity in the room was contagious and B.B. put on an amazing show. This show was without a doubt the best show I have attended, until Ian. Ian’s fifth surprise was the grandest. His performance brought back to me the memories of B.B. King at the Longhorn, of Rusty Weir at the Texas Theater, of Eric Johnson, and many other musical experiences in my life. These experiences were lost deep behind the memories of raising kids, paying bills, work, and everything else in life. Ian reminded me why I saw the Grateful Dead three times, why I saw Robert Earl Keen four or five times, memories of Cooder Graw and Houston Marchman. Ian reintroduced me to live music in an intimate setting. I want to thank him for that. Ian was the best showman I have ever seen. He controlled the crowd, rocked the theater, and made the guitar sing. The songs I listened to on Spotify before the show did not prepare me for the performance I experienced. Some musicians must be seen live. I think Ian is one of these special musicians. During the podcast, Ian talked about introducing his nineteen-year-old son to Bob Dylan. He gleamed when he talked about the opportunity to relive the discovering of Bob Dylan’s music for the first time. I can’t describe how impressed I was with Ian and how much I enjoyed our conversation. This is why I got into podcasting. Ian is playing December 14th at Poor David’s Pub in Dallas. Do yourself a favor and go see this great musician and great man. Someone described him as a renaissance man. I believe this is just about the best comment you can bestow upon a person. I concur in their opinion. Ian Moore is a real renaissance man. Ian Moore Christmas Acoustic Shoe, December 14th at Poor David’s Pub, 8:00 p.m. Ian Moore’s Website: http://www.ianmoore.com/ Ian Moore Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IanMooreOfficial/ Ian Moore Instagram: @gogoian Ian Moore Tweeter: @gogoian
125 minutes | Dec 12, 2018
I talked my childhood friend, Kyle Fuller and his wife Lorraine Fuller, into a podcast after our Saturday night party of our 35th High School Reunion. Kyle grew up on the same street in Waxahachie as I did, Grand Avenue. We both lived on this street while attending Waxahachie Independent School District schools for twelve years. This means that Kyle and I were in the same school for 12 years. In the early days, we would walk home together. We had a crew of friends that all walked home together. Back in those days, we played all of the sports, each with its own season. We played football together through graduation from high school. Our senior year, Kyle was the starting left guard on the line, and I was the starting right guard. Kyle was always brilliant in school but very quiet. A man of few words. After high school, we parted ways and never stayed in touch. Kyle played football for the University of Texas at Arlington. Kyle was on the last team ever fielded by this university. They shut the team down after Kyle’s junior year. Coincidence? They say there are no coincidences. Kyle “The Football Program Killer” Fuller graduated from UTA and went on to work all over the world. His extracurricular activities included weightlifting, competing in the Scottish Highland Games, and working the Byron Nelson Golf Tournament. Through Facebook, I have come to really admire and appreciate his humor, wit, and intelligence. Kyle’s Facebook posts are something to behold. This man is truly an intellectual, gentle, giant with a great sense of humor. He even lets Lorraine dress him up for any occasion. It was great getting the opportunity to sit down and catch up with Kyle. I would venture to bet that the words in the podcast added together may total more than all of the words in the conversations we had from first through twelfth grade. It was beautiful. If you want a glimpse into the psyche that is Kyle Fuller, follow him on Facebook at: HighlanderKyleTX Vance Hinds For information about the Scottish or Celtic Games, Kyle provided the following information: TCAA (Texas Celtic Athletic Association) – (https://txceltics.org/) https://www.facebook.com/groups/261887637287209/. Note, the TCAA only runs/organizes some of the games in Texas, and some are run by others. Movember Foundation website (focus on men’s health): https://us.movember.com/ NASGA (North American Scottish Games Athletics) Database: http://www.nasgaweb.com/dbase/main.asp (where athletes can look up the results for a given games, see their overall ranking in their class, and get info on upcoming games across the nation) Scottish Master’s Website (I’d love to qualify for one of these): http://www.scottishmasters.org/home Here’s a list of Scottish games held in Texas and nearby states that are typically held annually in these months: February: North Texas Kickoff Games, Denton (TCAA) March: Rocky Smith Memorial Highland Games, Midland (http://www.chspb.org/scottish-irish-faire/) (TCAA)Sherman Celtic Festival and Highland Games (TCAA) (https://www.shermancelticfest.com/) April: San Antonio Highland Games (https://www.sahga.org/)Wichita Highland Games (KS)Iron Thistle (Yukon, OK) (http://unitedscotsok.com/iron-thistle-scottish-festival/) May: Texas Scottish Festival, Decatur (http://www.texasscots.com/)Rio Grande Celtic Festival & Highland Games, Albuquerque NM September: Sherwood Celtic Gathering, McDade TX (http://sherwoodforestfaire.com/more-events/celtic-gathering/)ScotFest, Broken Arrow OK (https://okscotfest.com/) October: Celtober/Movember Games, Denton (TCAA)Tyler Scottish Festival & Highland Games (https://tylerscottishfest.weebly.com/)Kerr County Celtic Festival & Highland Games, Ingram (http://www.kerrcountyceltic.com/) (TCAA) November: Austin Celtic Festival (http://austincelticfestival.com/)Salado Gathering & Highland Games (https://saladomuseum.org/scottish-gathering-and-highland-games/)Freaking-Old-Guys (FOG) Games, Johnson City This page shows video demos of most of the HG events (some of the world records have been surpassed since). https://www.shermancelticfest.com/highland-games.html.There are other good ones on YouTube. Also, here is the website for Kyle’s trainer: /http://www.warriorsciences.com/
117 minutes | Dec 11, 2018
In October of this year, I attended my 35th High School Reunion. I graduated from Waxahachie High School in May of 1983. Time flies when you are having fun. I love seeing my classmates at the reunion. There are always some surprises. This year one of the surprises was John Mansell. I saw him at the football game Friday night for the first time in over twenty years. After the football game, the Class of 1983 went to Buffalo Wild Wings and caught up. It is always great to see my classmates. With my newfound podcasting venture, I decided to commit John to do the podcast on Saturday the following morning. I wanted to record his life since high school. After meeting John at the Smoothie Factory for a breakfast smoothie (I think this was all his stomach could handle at the time), we came back to my house and strapped him into the chair for an interview. At the Saturday night party, I was able to talk another classmate to come in on Sunday, Kyle Fuller. Recording these two classmates got me to thinking. I decided to do a series called, “WHS Class of 1983, Where Are They Now?” I want to interview everyone in my high school class, or at least as many that I can talk into doing it. The series would be a snapshot of a whole classes’ life after 35 years. Welcome to the first podcast of the series, WHS Class of 1983, Where Are They Now? I first met John in elementary school. His family moved in down the street from the house I grew up in. We went through school together. We both played all of the sports as a kid. We both played football in high school. For nine to ten years of my adolescent life, John was always around. I remember going to Dallas Cowboy games with his family and always competing against him in sports. I remember he had a pinball machine in his house. I thought that was the coolest thing. After high school, we drifted apart and never stayed in touch. I had to stick him in the chair and pick his brain about life after high school. What I found out is that John was successful in business and athletic ventures after high school. A family business John and his father started to track stolen vehicles was very lucrative. John has owned and or started many other businesses, including a high-end ski production company. Athletically, John got into bodybuilding, mountain climbing, and competitive bike riding. John competes to this day in many different types of bicycle races. He has held records and hopes to set some more. John is competing with the best in the world at this age group, and sometimes in any age group. John also coaches and trains other cyclists. It was a podcast of many surprises and memory spurring. I hope you enjoy the podcast as much as I did. I enjoyed it so much, I decided to try and interview my whole class. I give you, WHS Class of 1983, Where Are They Now? – Series Episode 1 – John Mansell – Tour De Boulder. Class of 1983 you are on notice, your day in the chair is coming. If you are interested in being coached by John, you can reach out to him at his website: Boulder Cycling Coach Vance Hinds
109 minutes | Dec 11, 2018
Harper Lee in her book, To Kill A Mockingbird, gave the world the quintessential depiction of a lawyer. Harper Lee gave us Atticus Finch. Lee’s fictional character became the gold standard to which lawyers are compared. Atticus Finch was a virtuous man, fighting against all odds to do what was right. Finch’s intelligence, moral compass, and conviction for the rule of law were beyond reproach. This is what it means to me to be a lawyer. Growing up in a family of lawyers, the book and the movie are revered. In fact, the 1999 Dodge pickup that all three of my kids’ drove as their first car was named Atticus. My middle daughter’s 2010 Ford Fusion is named Scout. Harper Lee’s book had a profound effect on three generations of my family. This brings me up to my podcast’s interviewee this week, Jason Willett. He is a local attorney here in Ellis County. He has practiced law for twenty plus years and made a living in the pit fighting for his clients. Jason has done it with virtue, ethics, and humility. Jason is probably the best civil lawyer and comes closest to the embodiment of a real Atticus Finch here in Ellis County. I jumped at the opportunity to interview Jason. Outside of the practice of law, Jason also has a topic of great interest to me. Jason is a gear head and has driven some great cars. For the last year and a half, he has owned a Tesla. Jason is the only person I know that owns a Tesla. I picked his brain about the car, its ownership, maintenance, and travel. After the podcast, Jason took Mary and me for a ride in the car. Wow, what an automobile! I hope you enjoy this podcast as much as Mary and I enjoyed doing it. Jason opened up his heart about the law, its practice, and its effects on a person. He also went into detail about his Tesla. When I first started practicing law with my dad, I can’t tell you how many times lawyers on the other side of the case would tell me that my dad was old school and a gentleman lawyer. If he gave you his word, you could take it to the bank. These types of lawyers are few and far between today. I think one of the greatest compliments you can give a lawyer is to call him a gentleman lawyer. Therefore, I give you Jason Willett, the Gentleman Lawyer, and Tesla Owner. Vance Hinds I can’t leave without giving you some quotes from To Kill A Mockingbird: “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view – until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” ~ Atticus Finch, Chapter 3 of To Kill a Mockingbird “They’re certainly entitled to think that, and they’re entitled to full respect for their opinions… but before I can live with other folks I’ve got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.” ~ Atticus Finch, Chapter 11 of To Kill a Mockingbird “Our courts have their faults, as does any human institution, but in this country our courts are the great levellers, and in our courts all men are created equal.” ~ Atticus Finch, Chapter 20 of To Kill a Mockingbird And my favorite line, after Atticus lost the trial, Reverend Styke says, “Miss Jean Louise, stand up. Your father’s passin’.” ~Reverend Styke, Chapter 21 of To Kill a Mockingbird Also, I have not read, Go Set a Watchman. I have a lifetime of respect for the fictional character, Atticus Finch. From all, I have read and the comments I have heard, my high opinion of Atticus Finch will forever be tainted if I read it. I choose not to read it. If you look real close, you can see my son Don working on my old pickup in the background. Great juxtaposition!
88 minutes | Nov 17, 2018
This week on the podcast, I interviewed Colonel Ben Danner, retired Colonel of the United States Army. Otherwise known as, Coach Ben Danner, the most overqualified and distinguished coach and teacher of Jarrell Middle School in the history of the world. But I get ahead of myself. Ben’s story starts in Bonham, Texas (I am skipping the non-Texas roots); then detours through Austin College in Sherman, Texas (where my tentative connection with Ben originates); through Westpoint; through Europe and the Middle East; through the command of a tank division in Kuwait; to being awarded the Bronze Star; to Alaska; to College Station where the Army paid for Ben to obtain a Master’s in Philosophy; to teaching philosophy at West Point for three years; to Florida where the Army paid for Ben to obtain a Master’s in Public Relations; to many other places where Ben was in charge of the press corps for the Army; to Fort Hood where Ben was in charge of the media relations when Nidel Hasan fatally shot 13 people and wounded 30 others; to being a Military Analyst at KCEN-TV; and finally to coaching junior high athletics and teaching English to the teenage boys and girls of Jarrell Middle School. This little summary does not nearly touch everything this man has accomplished. You need to listen to this podcast. During the interview, I felt that Colonel Danner was minimizing his accomplishments and being humble. Yet, I will say again, Ben Danner, the most overqualified and distinguished coach and teacher of Jarrell Middle School in the history of the world. My path crossed Ben’s this past summer at my college fraternity retreat. I had never attended this annual event but decided to do so with my newfound journey and philosophy on life. Upon meeting Danner, I was fascinated with his life. I had never heard of the Army paying for anyone to get a master’s in philosophy, much less met someone that taught philosophy at West Point. I learned that I missed Ben by one year at Austin College. He was there the year before I got there. I learned that he pledged Beta Chi Omega (my fraternity) and has the distinction as being the only sole maggot to complete the difficult process, the others in his class quit. He accomplished this feat knowing he was transferring to West Point the next year. This is crazy. After meeting him at the retreat, I knew I had to get this man on my podcast. It is with great honor that I present to you, my interview with Colonel Ben Danner, Retired United States Army. “Retired Army Colonel just trying to enjoy this thing we call life… and do right by others.” ~Colonel Ben Danner, Retired U.S. Army and 8th Grade English Teacher And of course, the Beta Brick in Baghdad! For those interested, here is a link to Ben’s very impressive resume: https://www.coachdanner.net/uploads/4/8/7/7/48772993/vitae_danner_2.2_website.pdf Here is his promo video on Vimeo for KCEN HD News: https://vimeo.com/107191892 As I said earlier, Colonel Danner has humble in his interview. Vance
103 minutes | Nov 14, 2018
I had the pleasure of interviewing Crazy Chuy Hernandez. In the Tejano Music World, Chuy Hernandez is a superstar. In 2003, Chuy was inducted into the Tejano R.O.O.T.S. Hall of Fame. In May of 1998, Chuy received the “Living Legend Award” at the 3rd Annual Tejano Connection’s Music Awards. Chuy began his professional musical career in 1963 at the age of 12 as a drummer with his brother Refugio n a Rock & Roll band. In 1966, influenced by the Tex-Mex sounds of the Legends, Little Joe and Sunny Ozuna, Chuy joined the Sun-Lites (Tex-Mex Orquestra) and has never looked back. His career spans more than 45 years as a musician with Los Latinos, Chayo Luna Y Sus Tres Reales, The Organization Band Band, The Laymen Gospel Quartet, and many more. He has, on numerous occasions, performed as a special guest drummer with grupos such as Fandango U.S.A., Texas Latino, Johnny Bustamante & L.A. Band, Conjunto Villarreal, plus many more. In 1977, still very active as a musician, Crazy Chuy also became a broadcaster beginning his radio career at KXCL 108.5 FM with his Chicano Express Show where he played Chicano and Tejano music until 1979, and then again from 1982 through 1984. In the 1980s, due to legal blindness, Chuy left playing with bands and became a radio announcer with KUQQ 1540 AM in Ft, Worth, Texas where he earned his radio name of Crazy Chuy for his humor and wild antics on the air waves. In 1983-84, he produced and hosted The Chicano Express on cable television in Dallas. In 1985 he came to KEBC and produced the radio show, Chicano Express, where he promoted Tejano music of the present and Chicano classics of the past until 1996. In 1988, Crazy Chuy presented Selena with her first Female Entertainer of the Year Award at the 8th Annual Tejano Music Awards in San Antonio, Texas. From 1994 through 1996, Crazy Chuy co-produced and hosted Tejano music videos in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Chuy also worked with another living legend, Super Loop Figueroa at KNON 89.3 in Dallas. Numerous awards adorn his office wall such as the Tejano Connection’s Living Legend Award from 1998, the Hispanic Broadcaster’s Association Most Promising Deejay Award from 1992, and most recently he was inducted into the prestigious Tejano R.O.O.T.S. Hall of Fame in 2003. There are also many awards from civic organizations, bands, and car clubs for his contributions on working to raise funds for scholarships, and youth gang preventions. In November of 2007, Crazy Chuy was presented with a Proclamation from the State of Texas Senate for his longevity, love, and devotion to Tejano Music. Presently, Crazy Chuy is still very involved in the music world with his Chicano Express Radio Show, the first Tejano Music radio formatted program on the internet, coming online in 1999, and still broadcasting great Tejano and Chicano Music at: www.chicanoexpress.com Check it out, you’ll be glad you did. CRAZY CHUY, STILL CRAZY ABOUT TEJANO MUSIC AFTER ALL THESE YEARS! You can also find him on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/crazychuy.hernandez
106 minutes | Oct 30, 2018
In January of 2013, Chief Felony Prosecutor for Kaufman County, Mark Hasse was gunned down between his car and the courthouse. Two months later, the elected Kaufman County Criminal District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife were gunned down in their home. There was speculation that the killers could be the Aryan Brotherhood or others. It was a turbulent time in Kaufman County. Governor Rick Perry had to appoint a person to take the helm of the Kaufman County Criminal District Attorney’s Office within 21 days. Erleigh Norville Wiley stepped up to the challenge. Judge Wiley, the sitting Kaufman County Court at Law Judge, volunteered to step down from the bench and take control of the office. She did this knowing the killer was still on the loose. In this podcast, Judge Wiley discusses her life growing up in Kaufman. She discusses her career in the legal profession: from law school at the University of Texas to the Dallas County’s District Attorney’s Office to the County Court at Law Judge in Kaufman County, and to become the First African-American Criminal District Attorney in the State of Texas. Judge Wiley discusses the 24-hour Homeland Security protection and life in Kaufman County after the killings. Judge Wiley also talks about being next on the killer’s list and testifying at his trial. This is an awesome podcast. I can’t describe how excited I am to bring this one to you. You need to hear to this story straight from Judge Wiley. You can also read about the murders and their aftermath, in Judge Wiley’s book: A Target on my Back: A Prosecutor’s Terrifying Tale of Life on a Hit List. The book is available from Amazon. Kaufman County Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse (AFP/Getty Images) Mike and Cynthia McLelland were slain on March 30, 2013. (COURTESY) Eric Williams Eric Williams Kim Williams Kim Williams Judge Erleigh Wiley with her husband, Aaron Wiley and Lieutenant Colonel Allen West.
110 minutes | Oct 16, 2018
Picture Les Mills Body Pump, 5:15 a.m. in the morning, Gold’s Gym in Waxahachie. Then picture a mid-twenties, super positive, bubbly ball of energy, coaching the class at 5:15 a.m. on a Wednesday morning. This was my introduction to Marisa Sibley. A high school classmate of mine said I should try the class. I had recently committed myself to say yes and try things out of my comfort zone. Therefore, I showed up at Gold’s Gym at 5:15 a.m. For those that don’t know, Les Mills Body Pump is a special kind of modern day torture. You take very light weights, the size of which are embarrassing to be seen with anywhere in the gym, then you lift them over and over and over and over and over again. All the while listening to pop music with ladies throughout the room, both younger and older than you, making it look easy. It is a special kind of torture at 5:15 a.m. on a Wednesday morning. Marisa did this to me. I kept going back for more torture with her. As I did, I got to know Marisa. I found a super intelligent, uber positive, hardworking young lady that is definitely extrausual. Not only was she teaching Body Pump at 5:15 a.m. twice a week, she taught classes at 5:30 p.m. twice a week, and 10:00 a.m. on Saturday mornings. All the while, working a full-time job at ClinPoint Trials in clinical research and pursuing her Master’s Degree in Clinical Reseach Management. Just thinking about this makes me tired. I learned that she battled a binge eating disorder and that therapy, education, hard work, and programs at her church keep her demons at bay. Marisa challenges herself daily. We titled this episode, Dare to Be Brave. This is a nod toward her favorite program’s motto, Les Mills. But it is very appropriate for Marisa. She is extremely brave, honest, transparent, and open. She came to my podcast and let me open her life up like a book. Not many people are that brave. Check out Marisa’s interview. She will make your effort in your twenties feel inadequate. Don’t miss the opportunity to get to know this young, beautiful, overachieving lady. Be careful though, she may make you lift 2 pounds, 750 times in a row, to pop music you have never heard before. Vance Hinds
102 minutes | Sep 30, 2018
Howard Stern, Mick Jagger, Charlie Sheen, and Vance Hinds, what do we have in common? Dr. Natasha Janina Valdez Solomon. Can you believe I said those names in the same sentence as mine? Our guest on the podcast this week is a published author, a syndicated radio show host, and a nationally recognized expert in her field. Dr. Natasha is a successful sex therapist, clinical sexologist, and former radio host who has counseled thousands of couples over the years through her own radio show and appeared on programs like The Howard Stern Show. She has written for many national publications and has sold more than 100,000 copies of her instructional sex DVDs. Dr. Natasha has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Texas, a Masters Degree in Clinical Sexology from the Institute for Advance Study of Human Sexuality, and a Doctorate Degree in Education for Human Sexuality from the Institute for Advance Study of Human Sexuality. She is Board Certified by the American College of Sexologists. Dr. Natasha has published two books: A Little Bit Kinky. A Couples’ Guide to Rediscovering the Thrill of Sex. Vitamin O: Why Orgasms are Vital to a Woman’s Health and Happiness – and How to Have Them Every Time! Dr. Natasha is this generation’s, Dr. Ruth. She’s owned a couples-oriented sex shop in Austin, Texas: 365 Days 365 Ways. She’s dated, Charlie Sheen and Mick Jagger. She’s been featured in Playboy magazine and designated by Playboy as a Vixen of the Internet. I have to say, I was a little bit intimidated by interviewing Dr. Natasha. But Mary, Wynne, and I had an absolute blast with her. Wynne Stallcop filled in for Kevin for this interview. You will remember Wynne from Episode #1. Dr. Natasha made us feel at ease and accepted our amateur podcast ways. I promise you do not want to miss this podcast. We discuss everything mentioned here, as well as how motherhood has changed her opinion of her life’s passion. It was a great interview. Thank you, Dr. Natasha Janina Valdez Solomon for taking the time to slum with me! I cannot thank you enough for the interview. Vance Hinds
99 minutes | Sep 23, 2018
Sometimes I wallow in self-pity. After interviewing Seherzada, I don’t know if I have that luxury anymore. Sherry Burris was born Seherzada Kantarevic in the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina during the breakup of Yugoslavia. She was born near the beginning of the Bosnian War. The Kantarevics were Bosnian Muslims and fought against the Serbians. Sherry describes this as a civil war between Muslims and Christianity. Her family was on the losing side. The Kantarevics fled the country. For three years of Sherry’s young life, age 3-6, she lived in Bosnian Refugee Tent Camps. It was this experience that shaped the focus and direction of her life. Sherry remembers the individuals that would come and meet with the refugees, the lawyers. Sherry remembers that these individuals were there to help them. Sherry knew she wanted to become a lawyer. Sherry’s family immigrated to the United States. The Kantarevics settled around the Garland area of Texas. Sherry grew up a Muslim in Texas. Sherry was in middle school during the 9/11 attacks. Her family lived through the anti-muslim sentiment in Texas and the United States following the 9/11 attacks. When Sherry became an adult, she made the bold choice to convert to Christianity. Her family abandoned her. A friend’s mother adopted her as an adult and she changed her name to Sherry Burris. She continued to pursue her dream of becoming a lawyer, putting herself through college and law school. Now a newly licensed lawyer in the State of Texas, she is currently working in the Ellis County and District Attorney’s Office. She obtained her dream of becoming a prosecutor. Her passion is to eventually prosecute crimes against children. Sherry has not forgotten where she came from. When I learned of Sherry’s history, I knew I needed to interview her for my podcast. This is a serious, passionate, dedicated, young lady. She is a superstar lawyer in the making. We all can learn from her dedication, hard work, and passion. Check out her story. Vance Hinds
126 minutes | Sep 17, 2018
The Sea Wolf is a novel written in 1904 by Jack London. I love this book. I think it is a proper title for Gary’s sailing adventures. Kevin wanted to name it, Captain Ron’s Adventures. This is a reference to the 1992 movie, Captain Ron. I think this is also a fitting title. But I just love Sea Wolf. Gary is my second cousin. Our family is from Ellis County, mainly around Italy, Texas. He is a few years older than I am. He is also my cohost’s Kevin’s older brother. Many of my life’s experiences involved the Helms family. I asked Gary to let us interview him because of his of his extrausual life. Gary put himself through school and worked his way up through the many corporate identities of Vought Aircraft. Gary became a quality control inspector for their aircraft parts suppliers. This job took Gary all over the world to different supply plants to inspect their processes and products. In addition to his career, Gary has had a lifelong passion for sailing. He is currently in the process of sailing his 42-foot yacht down the Pacific Coast side of the continent and is attempting to sail it through the Panama Canal. I guarantee if you listen to the podcast, you will learn something about aircraft and sailing. I hope you enjoy the podcast. Vance Hinds
90 minutes | Sep 8, 2018
This week’s Extrausual Podcast is all about chasing your passion. We have the pleasure of interviewing Eugenio Torres. Born in Puerto Rico, Eugenio followed the path of many in his family and graduated from college with an accounting degree. Many in his family were accountants or attorneys. After working in his uncle’s accounting firm for a short-term, Eugenio knew this was not the life for him. He decided to chase his passion for cooking. Eugenio was accepted into the prestigious Johnson and Wales Culinary Program in Miami, Florida. After graduating Johnson and Wales, Eugenio chased his passion from Florida to St. Kitts to the exotic location of Waxahachie, Texas. Chef Torres now owns and operates a healthy meal prep business for the fitness inclined, Fresh N’ Rico. Learn about Chef Torres and his chase for his life’s passion. Fresh N’ Rico, Providing a Culinary Experience for a Healthy Lifestyle. You can order Chef Torres’ Meals online at www.freshnrico.com. The Waxahachie Daily Light did a story on Chef Torres: Fresh N’ Rico is delivering chef inspired, fresh meals for those on a budget. Sarah Horvath also reported on Chef Torres for Tasteaholics: Low-Carb Culture is on the Menu at Fresh N’ Rico. Social Media: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/freshnricomeals/. Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fresh_n_rico/?hl=en.
217 minutes | Aug 31, 2018
When I first started to seriously consider starting this podcast, I knew immediately who I wanted as my first official interviewee, World War 2 Veteran Bobby E. Osborne. I came to know Bobby over the last ten years or so. During this time, I picked at Bobby’s memories each time we spoke. At 94 years old, his mind is still incredibly sharp. Bobby’s story demands to be told. Bobby is holding a Japanese rifle taken off the Island of Saipan. Bobby arrived at my house on the day of the interview driving a custom made three wheel motorcycle that he made himself. Bobby took the rear end of a Volkswagon Beetle and welded it to the front end of a Honda Gold Wing. Yep, that is a correct sentence. He said a few years ago, he took a pretty good spill on a motorcycle and his daughter made him get a tricycle instead. So he made one himself. An original just like Bobby. I made a short video before he got off the trike. On his vest that day, Bobby wore a button that read, “I’ve Survived Damn Near Everything!” I believe him. That’s why I decided to name this episode, I Survived Damn Near Everything! On his trike, Bobby brought a Japanese rifle taken off of the Island of Saipan, as well as a tub full of treasures and keepsakes that Bobby has kept safe for over seventy (70) years. When Bobby turned 18, he was drafted into the military for World War 2. The year was 1943. Bobby was a senior in high school. They took Bobby into an auditorium and told him to choose a desk. Each desk was a separate branch of the military. Bobby chose the Navy. They sent him directly to boot camp and within a couple of months or so, he was assigned to the USS Chester CA-27 Heavy Cruiser. This was his home for the next three years from 1943 through 1946. Bobby didn’t even graduate high school. During his three years on the Chester, Bobby participated in many of the Navy Battles for Islands in the Pacific, including Iwo Jima, Saipan, and many others. Bobby manned the 8″ guns in the front of the Chester. His job was to load a primer shell (similar to a 45-70 round without the lead) into the barrel chamber after the shell and bag of powder were loaded. The Chester was tasked with softening up the islands for the Marines. Getting the opportunity to interview this extraordinary gentleman was a pleasure. Not only did we talk about his three years on the USS Chester, we also talked about all of the mementos and keepsakes he brought back from the war. Bobby brought a treasure chest of memories to my house. I videotaped Bobby unpacking his stuff before the podcast. These are tags from some of the gunpowder bags used in the 8″ guns. Bobby tore some off and kept records of some of the battles. Notice the wooden clothespins. When the Japanese surrendered, this brochure was passed out to everyone on the Chester. Bobby also kept his Bible assigned to him upon entry into the Navy, as well as his Dad’s and Grandfather’s. It is amazing the history that Bobby has scrupulously maintained. Here’s a news story Channel 8 in DFW did on Bob in 2017. https://www.wfaa.com/article/features/meet-the-92-year-old-wwii-vet-keeping-busy-at-a-motorcycle-shop/382668460 Here’s a news story Channel 5 in DFW did on Bob in 2016. https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/WWII-Veterans-Still-Getting-Riders-on-the-Road-after-92-Years-398093791.html Here are some photos and other information relating to Bob. http://www.vintagemilitarytrucks.com/Bob%20Osborne.htm An article in the local paper about Bob. http://www.waxahachietx.com/article/20140225/News/302259975 Another article in the local paper about Bob. http://www.waxahachietx.com/news/20170104/osborne-im-still-around-says-92-year-old-world-war-ii-veteran USS Chester. http://www.vintagemilitarytrucks.com/USS_Chester.htm USS Chester – Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Chester_(CA-27) USS Chester – Mare Island Navy Yard 16 May 1945 USS Chester – Mare Island Navy Yard 16 May 1945 USS Chester http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/weapons_USS_Chester_CA27.html USS Chester https://www.navsource.org/archives/04/027/04027.htm Youtube footage of the USS Chester Youtube video of the USS Chester. Youtube video of USS Chester http://www.criticalpast.com/video/65675069341_OS2U-Kingfisher_USS-Chester_recovery-sled_hoisted-aboard_pilot-in-a-cockpit I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed interviewing Mr. Osborne. We talked for over three hours. I chose not to attempt to edit or change anything. I am posting it just as it happened. What an experience. Bobby Osborne is definitely Extrausual! I hope you enjoy this as much as I did. And yes I videotaped Bob driving off on his trike. I couldn’t resist. Vance Hinds
66 minutes | Aug 23, 2018
Welcome to my first podcast. This interview is sort of a test run. I interviewed a family friend, Wynne Stallcop. My thought was, if it didn’t work, maybe Wynne would not be too mad at me. The interviewers are my cousin and best friend, Kevin Helms; my beautiful wife, Mary; and myself. Wynne sort of volunteered to be the test interviewee. I got him to my house stating that I needed 4 people to test all 4 microphones. After we got him wired in, we told him he was the interviewee. Although Wynne insists his life is not extrausual, I beg to differ. As you listen to the podcast, you will learn that Wynne’s life is anything but usual. Wynne oversees two cement aggregate plants, one in Texas and one in Indiana. His company provides Diamond Pro, the infield dirt for a majority of the Major League Baseball Parks. His father was a snake wrangler, hauled moonshine, and was bitten by a cobra on the forehead. Wynne was an outstanding first interviewee for my podcast. Additionally, he has been with me from the very beginning of my weight loss journey. He kept me on track and moving forward. Wynne has lost fifty pounds himself over that time. I am proud to call him my friend and to have him as my very first guest on the podcast. I hope you enjoy our interview. Vance Hinds
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