Not only back with me, but TOLEDO BLADE FOOD EMPRESS Mary Bilyeu is back...Empressing at her day job. Some peeks at what she has coming up, but first Mary's had a busy summer, filled with food, TEARS, thankfulness, lots of books and so much more to discuss with one of my favorite people. We will start with whether or not she has pushed me to the boundary of my candy corn affinity.
Times to be at Pride for weekend festivities. Alex wants to share thoughts about the Perrysburg students. Floyd is just hearing about the city flag drama. We cannot let these people combine their DNA! The genetic gap is already too wide. Ezra, Demi, and their personal issues.
I was fortunate to meet the cancer ass kicker and semifinalist of season 11 of AGT A LOT of years ago. So glad to have her back, in the studio, for a chat about LA life, writing music now vs. then, WHO is here with her on guitar, Home Depot hot dogs, and justtttt a bit of mental health. You an hear Caly's new song Prescription here as well. See her Friday night at Pride!
Privilegeburg has a nice, accurate, ring to it doesn't it? It's called Perfectsburg on occasion too, no? You may or may not have heard what was going on with some students after a horrific rape charge, and their return to the school setting. No? Catch up here https://www.wtol.com/article/news/local/perrysburg-teens-rape-charges-returning-to-school-perrysburg-board-of-education/512-49ebacf9-e50d-4c05-addc-8a6383470f93. When reading things like, protecting children in libraries, hallways etc, and the word predator, I wanted the expert child psychology advice from my good friend, and fellow mental health crusader, Dr. Andrea Mata from Brightspot Families https://www.brightspotfamilies.com/about. She can shed light on whether or not those kids are truly predators, and perhaps better ways this situation could've been handled. Before that, how we make decisions. You may be more of a cold, brutal algorithm than you give yourself credit for. Also, what happens if what could come to Waterville is more disruptive than the proposed amphitheater.
Instead of cohosting, Alex is the guest on today's episode. First, upcoming levies, Jeepfest and other weekend successes. The loss of Anne Heche. Why did I ask my dad about this vaccine!? Bad leadership, and entitled adults. This show is SO much like Game Of Thrones to me. Consequences mattered and were mostly final.
As many have found out, Toledo does indeed have a city flag. Many, if not all. cities have them! Jacob Parr is, for lack of a better way to put it, a flag nerd! He's been working tirelessly for quite some time to reimagine our boring, seal stamped flag. Why? Listen in, and you'll be on board!
There's several people here whose name you HAVE to get right. The boat police came after Alex on her kayak on the Maumee. You, if you won Mega Millions. I think you'd be MUCH different. My Dad made prefuneral arrangements, for himself, so this led us into a long discussion about death. We need more retail downtown.
I don't think I will ever have to say Heather's title again. It's testing my brain, tongue and Invisalign (dizzy emoji!). Her title is long and her passion for TPS is enormous! So glad Zepf Center friend Larry Smith connected us so Heather can talk about an upcoming community event for TPS, and a nice little preview of the 2022/23 school year. First up! The meeting for the Waterville amphitheater was...overcrowded, so postponed. And, I need to apply an Ed Sheeran song analogy to some things you love, that won't stop arising.
It's Taco and Marg Fest week at the Huntington Center. Will it go off smoothly? It's a strength to know your weaknesses. Deshaun Watson was suspended (only) six games. A mf'er of a dog in the neighborhood. I stole a lot when I was a kid. Technically, I'm never allowed back into Sports Authority. It doesn't matter if WE are in the R word.
Ch. 43 of When Should Kids Go Back To School? Madi Words, with inflection and tone from Mom/Bethany. The 80s and 90s music that the Beyonce album sounds like. Bethany a billionaire? I shed a few tears Wednesday and yesterday over the end of a long relationship, and other judgments from Bethany about my home.
A month or so ago I was told that a local individual was working on the new Beyonce album. What?! Renaissance hits tonight/tomorrow at midnight, but please let me introduce you to a local producer/creator Jameil Aossey. Track 1 and 13 are works of his. From Cedar Rapids, to Marco's to Symbolyc One and collaborations with some of the big artists you know and love. It was a blast of an hour talking his (humbled) dedicated moves through the industry, the contact from Team Beyonce, and our soon to be recorded fantasy football podcast. I'm half serious/kidding.
Just yesterday I learned what a STROAD is. It's not good! Good, and beyond, is what Sean Burnett is and all of his vast knowledge as the Commissioner of Traffic Management for Toledo. That sounds really mundane. But he wants to make sure we get around town as safely, quickly and efficiently as possible. If his lights aren't working, we are in chaos. We need to work with him, and he wants to work with us so Vision Zero is a success. First up, HE doesn't need charity and that was a lousy word to use. I hope there was an apology.
Maybe Cheese Born With It were the Great Food Truck Race runner ups. Despite all the blistering reviews, the Gray Man was a worthy watch. I don't think I mentioned it in the episode, but lousy reviews of Netflix movies can be misleading because SO many want Netflix to fail From the Gray Man ASSHOLE words. I have a list. I have HAD a list. The next Phases of Marvel content (not TOO nerdy). I'm equally excited and scared. As soon as I read the word ENCROACHMENT I knew I wasn't going to like a blog post on a site I really really enjoy.
I came across Tramain's name in this WTOL article https://www.wtol.com/article/news/local/advocates-working-with-toledos-youth-to-stop-gun-violence/512-82c52d42-4d0b-48ea-80cd-ed3c36155b85 last month after another teen shooting. His advocacy work to help teens need better role models or influences fascinated me so of course I wanted to do a podcast visit. I wasn't quite sure to expect. But I found out about the needed VOLUNTEER driven work The Program does, and the fantastic places Tramain has been, and the perspectives that have come with that.
The Ability Center's initiative, and new podcast are live! Oh no, is it too small!? Kengo-nation expands, to this casino this time. Cosmic Zillow. I'm in some modest HOA drama. Maybe Cheese Born With It is in the Great Food Truck Race semifinals. A very interesting BG pet show is tomorrow. Imagine a new show taking you back to the best version of where that show came from.
Is Stranger Things a kids show? Brittney Griner is in a terrible situation, of her own carelessness. You missed $2.38 gas this morning. Waterville may be getting a 9000 seat amphitheater. Unbelievable microbrewery laws in NJ. Bethany is back from the land of Coke. Madi's got moves. No Thor spoilers.
Thank you SO much to Wendi Huntley, who was recently in this space, for the tour of her fantastic operation Connecting Kids to Meals. Reminder about the daily blog page. It's getting harder and harder to find shows you like that others are watching too. A tattoo story that will have you thinking differently about them.
Much like Nature's Nursery, Fur Angels Rescue takes care of injured animals. Thanks to Jill Borkowski for taking time to tell me (and you) all about what they do, how you can help (foster foster foster!) and their upcoming Putts For Mutts event on July 24th at Legacy Golf Club. They have a truly money-can't-buy (OK, A LOT of it could) auction item at a historic American venue that will catch your attention.
Something may have toppled Kate Bush's resurrected hit. My first afternoon/night with Invisalign was a bit of an adventure, and lots of mental gymnastics. Things are much better now! Seriously, the closest I've ever ever to a gun, or what war is like. Fewer flags for July 4th? More people than not, are miffed about late night firecrackers*. That's what they are. Fireworks were what you saw Saturday over the river. The 6th Backstreet Boy, and it's not me. It's nearly 40 years ago, so yeah, that counts as a fossil!
I'm happy to have Alona Matchenko back in studio. She recently was overseas providing aid, so we talk about that, and the upcoming Toledo Helps Ukraine wine and canvas event in BG next, wait no, later this month. First, I DO feel positive we have hit the peak of gas prices and inflation. My work neighbor is a tortoise? The UT and BG football programs may be in peril due to what the Big 10 just did.
I know a good amount about East Toledo, but I've not spent enough time there. So I was really thankful to get an invite to get to know and see all the East Toledo Family Center has to offer. It's an irreplaceable part of the 05. Before the visit with Jodi and Shelby...WORKCATION!
How long can we go before we talk about THAT? I've never had a bad experience at this place most people hate going. Don't just give money to the Social workers. Hire them. How do you pronounce Thehater? Alex should have no shame for her Kroger delivery. Now we talk about that. A different way of approaching it. Important aspects that haven't been much discussed.