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Tony on the Mic
67 minutes | Jan 26, 2022
Episode 67: Tony on the Mic - Kyle Keys life with AMN and in a wheelchair
Todays guest is Kyle Keys! Kyle has Adrenomyelonueropathy – AMN. I it is an inherited condition that attacks the nervous system. At 21 he started showing symptoms and at 26 he was confined to a wheelchair. At 36, he talks about dealing with the slow degenerative process, accessibility in today’s world, and the lessons he learned. We discuss the soft bigotry of low expectations and people wondering how he could always or be in a good mood or drive. We hear about his trip to Russia and seeing the actual body of Lenin AND George Hamilton, one was tombed one was tanned (guess which is which) we talk about his favorite movies, Laker <yuck> his new found love of Tuna Mac and his adeptness at Hambone – a craze that is coming back! Adrenomyeloneuropathy(AMN) is an inherited condition that affects the spinal cord. It is a form of X-linked adrenoleukodystrophy. On average, people with AMN begin to develop features in their twenties. Signs and symptoms may include progressive stiffness and weakness of the legs; ataxia; speech difficulties; adrenal insufficiency. Some people with AMN also have brain involvement which can lead to behavioral abnormalities, vision loss, hearing problems, and/or seizures. AMN is caused by (mutations) inherited in an X-linked manner
97 minutes | Jan 12, 2022
Episode 66: Tony on the Mic - LOCAL - FHLL little league round table
Hello folks – if you have ever played little league, had kids play little league, coached little league or even heard of little league – today’s podcast is for you! Three former league presidents sit down and reminisce about kids, parents and coaches and try to stay civil and semi discreet. This was 3 hours of letting off steam and laughing, cut down to about 90 minutes. It could have been a whole podcast series on its own – and might still be! We namedrop and tease some people we like and respect, we edit out many others and try to stay on track sharing what it is like to run a youth sports organization! - Complete with outtakes at the end...
45 minutes | Dec 31, 2021
Episode 65: Tony on the Mic - Japanese football with Kido and Anthony
Kon'nichiwa people! Today I am joined by Takato Kido, star receiver for the Panasonic Impulse and his sidekick QB Anthony Lawrence ahead of the big game – the Rice bowl, The Japanese Super Bowl. We navigate the language divide to learn about American football in Japan, how it’s integrated in the culture and how it compares to the American version. We learn about Japanese food, movies, music and more! We pay homage to a Jackie Chan reference (even though Jackie Chan is from Hong Kong, and Kido is Japanese, the bit still holds up… pretty well…) We dump on the city of Irvine and try to coax Kido to come to San Diego! Kido wades through the language gap and the foolishness and shows a sense of humor that almost matches his football prowess.
83 minutes | Dec 24, 2021
Episode 64: Tony on the Mic - Spiderman No Way Home
On today’s episode, I am joined by 2 of the biggest web-heads on the planet – no, not internet website guys, but Spiderman fans Jarrod Weintraub and Richie Lawrence. We spoil Spiderman No Way Home – if you have not seen it – don’t listen! Just download because I need the numbers, then come back and listen later. I crown it my favorite superhero movie of all time. We have several covers of the iconic theme, spoilers and Easter Eggs galore, internet chatter and call backs. Anthony unwittingly chimes in from Japan via text. If you like Spiderman, you should listen. If you love Spiderman – you HAVE to listen! Make sure listen (or fast forward) to the end for a nice Christmas / Spiderman song parody by Chris Pine – How did I miss this?
77 minutes | Dec 14, 2021
Episode 62: Tony on the Mic - I'm Hip with BJ Lawrence
Today my guest is my brother BJ! We start out talking about his impending hip replacement (his second) and do some “hip” puns. It quickly devolves into story time about adult softball, what happens when you don’t warm up and trying to get your body to do what your brain still thinks it can do. We chop it up about the time he chopped it up with Donnie Most – you may know him as Happy Days’ Ralph Malph, being on Game shows, being called onto the stage to sing during a Michael Franti and Spearhead concert, and we complain that our father was too noble, and not enough Joel Osteen. We also answer the age-old question – is listening to a book on tape the same a actually reading a book?
66 minutes | Dec 6, 2021
Episode 61: Tony on the Mic - Return of the Doc - Davey Smith returns
Today is the return of the Doc – my wife’s favorite guest, doctor Davey! We talk about the latest on Covid (a little) and he shares some fun tales from the ER (No, he was not an ER Doc, but it sounds more catchy than “tales from the virologist and contagious specialist”) We talk about myths and facts in the supplement fields (yeah, you are probably wasting a lot of money, I was) The placebo effect, Keto versus Mediterranean diet, Cryotherapy, B-12 shots and more! We also learn that to be a drug, there has to be a controlled series of tests, but supplements and other stuff need no such tests. So if you have a general question, Davey is the perfect guest of patient and funny, but VERY non committal about results – he relies 100% on data and test results, no emotion1 He is like Spock and Dr. McCoy had a baby! Follow him @ DaveySmithMD on your socials.
66 minutes | Nov 30, 2021
Episode 60: Tony on the Mic - Searching for birth parents with Jennifer Mutter
Today my guest is Jennifer Mutter, she went on a years long journey in search of her birth parents and the results will surprise you! She shares a tale of a series of remarkable coincidences and a story filled with laughter, tears and inspiration. With her trusty personal Sherlock Holmes (our friend Nelson Dean) she delves into the internet and ancestry websites and more to unlock a part of her past. We had to condense some of the details for time, I found a fun and funny way to do that. We also learn about her, her kids, her first crush on Little “Wonny” and who wins the celebrity crush battle – tops seeds are Bradley Cooper and Vince Vaughn. That and lots more good stuff
50 minutes | Nov 26, 2021
Episode 59: Tony on the Mic - My first "TRIP"
Hey Folks – I’m back! Sorry for the downtime, but an out of town funeral, followed by a covid scare and – three count ‘em THREE negative covid tests, then an accidental overdose on cough syrup that landed me in the hospital … well… it has been a month. My brother Bj helps me navigate this episode as I try to describe my first “TRIP,” and defend my honor and integrity against the accusation that I was trying the sizzurp, lean, or “Purple drank” for fun, because it was no fun at all. (Fun fact – in 2019 an estimate 1 out of 10 teenagers used cough syrup or cold medicine to get high) … Anyway, my family thought I was having a stroke, I thought I was dying and a few days in the hospital later – they found a cyst on my brain… good times…
63 minutes | Nov 2, 2021
Episode 58: Tony on the Mic - Mindful Dying with Tom Owen-Towle
This Episode is part two with Reverend Dr. Tom Owen-Towle. He does seminars on graceful aging and mindful dying, and we talk about preparing to die … seriously, it is more fun and more interesting than that makes it sound. Nobody wants to talk about, or plan for, death. Tom points out all data and science points to death happening in 100.00% human lives. Talk to those nearing the end. Mend fences. Spell out your wishes. Tom tells us all the things we should be dealing with, celebrating and getting rid of – material possessions as well as emotional baggage. This touches home as I board a plane for Massachusetts to say good bye to my Uncle Cliff who passed away. Talking with Tom helped me formulate my thoughts and feelings and prepare to say good by to a close relative.
55 minutes | Oct 27, 2021
Episode 57: Tony on the Mic - Tom Owen-Towle on mindful Aging and Cliff Lawrence summary
My guest today is the Reverend Dr. Tom Owen-Towle. He has written books on Conscious Aging and Mindful Dying, as well as many other books on spirituality and living. The timing on this is a bit distracting as I had a death in the family shortly before recording. If you only listen to the first couple minutes, hear this: Say I love you. Make the call. Make amends and mend fences. It sounds cliché, but it is so important. Also, take care of the practical – do you want to be cremated? Buried? If so where? What kind of funeral? Formal? Casual? Theme? Try to arrange for payment of most if not all of it and make sure it is easy for those left to have the information. Do you have a will? If not, make one? Be as specific as possible. Check out www.TomO-T.com to get books and more info on Tom. To those left, communicate your feelings early and often Ask questions. Ask for what you want, don’t expect it, you may not get it, but let them know it means something to you. Don’t be a turd and ask for the most expensive things they own, but ask for something that means something to you. The valuables will hopefully sort themselves out. Letting someone know they have something that means something to you is a wonderful gift. For me it was one of Uncle Cliff’s signature hats. I am not the only one who wants one, and I already have one, but I wanted a few. He had several and I would ask him when is going to die and to make sure I am in the will for those hats. It is not as funny now that he has passed, but anyone who knew him, even for a minute, knows he is laughing at that right now.
10 minutes | Oct 17, 2021
Episode 56: Tony on the Mic - LOCAL - GHS 2021 senior Cheer messages
The 2021 GHS cheerleaders share their reflections about walking onto the field for the last time as Foothillers.
16 minutes | Oct 17, 2021
Episode 55: Tony on the Mic - LOCAL - GHS 2021 senior football messages
The senior night speeches from the team in the boys' own voices!
69 minutes | Oct 7, 2021
Episode 54: Tony on the Mic - Reunion Episode, Pt 2
Here we go with part two of the awkward meets the awesome weekend! The grown up “cool” Tony revisits the stomping ground of clumsy, evolving Tony. We meet the legends Gail and Kimmie face-to-face. Kelly Dufford’s light still shines as bright as it did in high school. I come to terms with my preconceived notions of Summerville versus the reality. I have a new nemesis – Randy Ward – he thought he was so cool on the dance floor… My wife rents me out to anyone who doesn’t have a dance partner, and much much more about people you probably don’t know! We pick up after me, a racially mixed kid moved from an all black Chicago neighborhood to a more segregated South Carolina in the late 70s. I had a huge chip on my shoulder, like most high school kids. I felt invisible, like most high school kids - dealt with divorce, crushes, insecurities and triumphs. We talked last time about the trip and the events leading up to the first night gathering. If you missed part one, go back and check it out as it sets the stage for the 40 year reunion on Summerville high school! If you are listening to this live (or semi live, it is a podcast) Summerville takes on Fort Dorchester high school THIS Friday night, October 8th at Summerville! Lets go Green Wave!
59 minutes | Oct 6, 2021
Episode 53: Tony on the Mic - Reunion Episode, Pt. 1
The long-awaited reunion episode! Part one! So many memories it is a 2 parter! With my brother BJ as co-pilot I talk about how this summer, the wittiest person in the class of 1981 (750+ graduates) went to my 40 year high school reunion in Summerville SC. Everyone was so much older than I was! And I was so much cooler than they all remembered. I talk about how teenage Tony processed the south and how the grown up Tony reconciled it. I pay tribute the holy trinity of high school crushes, invite the most well know alum of that year – Perry Cuda – to come on the podcast. I was also crowned king of the dance floor. Talk about shark’s teeth, grits, and southern hospitality – which is a real thing! Shout outs to Jamie at Waffle House, Blake at Hyman’s and congrats to Bryn and Nigel – a couple we met in the lobby after their wedding, they all get mentions in this episode. I went on a diet, bought some Rogaine and wrinkle cream and held my stomach in for a 48 hour trip down memory lane!
78 minutes | Sep 28, 2021
Episode 52: Tony on the Mic - Scott Atwood
Today I sit down with Scott Atwood, recovering alcoholic. He has not a drink in 17 years, but still has to focus day to day and considers himself “recovering.” He talks about his days of hiding vodka bottles in snowbanks and nights of drinking alone. He has sponsored several people, why some were successful, and some weren’t. We also talk about some of his youthful shenanigans, his go to deep dish pizza joint, his faith in mankind – moving to new regions without a job. And his great leap to San Diego for Love – and the ultimatum that made him face his demons and make a choice.
80 minutes | Sep 24, 2021
Episode 51: Tony on the Mic - Valory J Lawrence
On this episode I sit down with Valory J Lawrence and she opens up about her struggle with weight, injuries and pain. She is battling depression, injuries and immobility. We launch a contest to name her crippling bitch of an inner voice, and hatch a plan to kill it. We talk about her comedy touring days and how that was. We also try to look forward and lay out a plan to mobility and health.
84 minutes | Sep 12, 2021
Episode 50: Tony on the Mic - God Squad
Can I get an Amen? Today I talk to the God Squad - shout out to Keeping the Faith – Ordained Reverends Tom Owen-Towle and Richard Lawrence met in the stands of a little league field watching their grandkids play. They enjoyed each other’s company and talked about sports, life and Religion. Then years later, they discovered they both participated with Martin Luther King, John Lewis etc. and marched from Selma to Montgomery for voting rights for black people. They came from Chicago and California and helped clean fields prepare sleep areas for the famous multiday march. Here their tales about the march, their view of the progress over the last 50 years and what we can do today to keep doing God’s good work. We mix in some gospel music and spread the word and my dad talks a little about … Kale?
68 minutes | Aug 25, 2021
Episode 49: Tony on the Mic - Brian Trenkle
Brian is a 26 year-old Engineer with a great job, a wife, new baby and just bought a house. Then, during Covid, he was diagnosed with Lymphoma. He shares how he tried to make sense of it all and how he coped with it. He is in the middle of his Chemo schedule and the prognosis is good! We also talk about his days as a science nerd, band nerd and just all-around nerd. We talk about the time he saved a 2 year old from drowning in a neighborhood pool, his scenic proposal to his wife, he tells me what songs “slap” and more!
56 minutes | Aug 19, 2021
Episode 48: Tony on the Mic - LOCAL - Chris Holmes
On this episode I get to know Chris Holmes, the new head coach of the Grossmont High school football team. He talks about his history coaching high school football here in east county, much of it with Foothiller rivals. Chris credits his coaching influences and mentors, some of his favorite teammates, players and moments and his goals with the team. We talk about student transfers, 7 on 7s, and other high school football topics. We learn he is a SpongeBob guy, a big Tupac fan – that took a turn – and we discuss which John Wick was the best of the trilogy.
86 minutes | Aug 16, 2021
Episode 47: Tony on the Mic (ZOOM) Author Jonathon Evison
My guest today is Jonathon Evison, New York Times best selling author. Adult content, lots of candor and I stopped beeping about 1/3 of the way through… Jonathon wrote All about Lulu and Lawn Boy, both of which I read and recommend, and he just released Legends of the North Cascades, which I have bought, but not read yet, its on the list! He has another half dozen books and his latest, small world, is due out next year. We talk about his process and inspirations, generational parenting and do a deep dive into Seattle Music and some Seattle sports. He sings his rejected original jingle for the Seattle chamber of commerce. He once kicked someone out of his band, who later help form, and is still a member of Pearl Jam… I guess it worked out for both of them. A little "adult" language, and less than perfect sound due to the zoom - but a fun, nonstop ride!
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