Saturday, August 20, 2022

Where We Met

(All images on this page courtesy of Gurple Merps)

On this day in 2001, twenty-one years ago, at a bus stop at Duval & 48th in Austin, Texas, I met the woman I would marry.  It was a very hot day & there was a small tree at the corner which we stood under to find relief from the oppressive sun.  She talked to me.  I talked to her.  We rode the bus to the University together - I worked there, she was a graduate student there.  We had no idea that we had a future together.

Unfortunately there are no pictures online of that little tree, but Gurgla Marps has pictures that go back to 2007.  That's the picture above.  Come with me, let's look how that corner has changed.

By 2009, the year we left Austin, the tree was large & gorgeous.  If there had been that much shade on that day in 2001, I wouldn't have stood that close to her, & we may never have spoken.

It charms me that in March 2011, when this picture was taken, there is a couple sitting there.  Maybe they met there too?

In May of 2013, the tree is serving as shade to a bunch of folks doubtless going to school.  I am sad to see that the folks in the house have abandoned their ostentatious cacti in the front.  I liked those.

In October 2014, the corner seemed completely happy to have that wonderful tree standing guard & looking majestic there.  But...

By August 2016, it was gone.  You can see the stump, it must have happened relatively close to when this picture was taken.  I guess it lived maybe sixteen years?  Was it just cut down?  Did some weather event cause it to break & possibly endanger someone?  I don't know.

Here's the corner in May 2018.  The yard looks zeroscaped, & the corner looks quite bare.

A little under a year later, February 2019, & it's downright bleak.  I used to joke with the woman who's now my wife that as the tree grew, our love too would grow.  I guess it's nice we didn't know it was chopped down while we were in Kentucky!

February 2021.  Grim, lonesome, sterile.

April of this year.  The wife & I just talked about how maybe the owners took down the tree to discourage people from waiting at that particular bus stop, if there were more trees at the other nearer spots.  I of course can't say.  But I find it weird that anyone would chop down a tree in its prime.  & I'm glad the little tree under which I met my love grew as beautiful as it did.  It certainly encouraged us when it was small.

Friday, August 19, 2022

Wasting Time At The Movies

(image from the IMDb)

Did you know that on lucky weeks Self Help Radio's resident cinephile Chuck stops by to talk about movies related to the week's theme?  It's true!  This past week, on the show about "wasting time," I challenged him to share with us some films about time travel (arguably a "waste" of time) & he responded with several films that he enjoyed which were perhaps lesser-known.

If you didn't listen, his was the first interview on the show, & you can find it at both the Self Help Radio website & at the KBOO website.  Then check out the following links!

Here's the IMDb keyword list he organized his viewing around.

Here is a Letterboxd list of the films he watched (which you may notice contains many of the same links I'm going to share here because I am fond of redundancy).  His Letterboxd reviews are here.

Want to see some of these movies?  Check out Chuck's YouTube playlist as well as the IMDb list of films you can stream elsewhere for free.

& to keep up with what Chuck is watching, please follow him on Twitter.  Real time commentary & reviews!

Never say Self Help Radio doesn't give you plenty of ways to waste your time!

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Self Help Radio 081622: Wasting Time

We at Self Help Radio know that the world is designed to maximize the amount of time you can waste at any given moment.  With that in mind, with our show about "wasting time," we have chosen both music & interviews which on the surface may not seem as much a waste of time as you have come to expect from this show but which, when taken with the show in toto, represent a more profound waste of time than usual, perhaps too much of a waste of time, one that might cause one to reconsider one's entire life &/or seek out a new therapist.

We certainly hope, if a sincere attempt at time-wasting is what you are looking for, this one is as wasteful as your expectations of it.  If not, at least it was a waste of time, even if it wasn't the wastiest waste of time imaginable.  Reality television has everyone beaten in that competition.

Listen to this show - which I'm not kidding is quite a waste of time - at either the KBOO website or at the Self Help Radio website.  At the Self Help Radio website, you'll need a username (which is SHR) & a password (which is selfhelp) but you can download the show to waste your time when you don't have an internet connection.  What happens on the show is below.

Self Help Radio Wasting Time Show
"Wasting Time" Jackie Ross _Jerk & Twine: The Complete Chess Recordings_
"Wasting Time" James Phelps _Windy City Soul_
"Wasting Time" Tashaki Miyaki _Castaway_

introduction & definitions

"Wasted Time" Meshell Ndegéocello _Bitter_
"Time Wasted" Banditos _Right On_
"Wasted Time" Best Coast _California Nights_
"Wasted Time" Idle Bloom _Flood The Dial_
"Time Wasted" Shopping _Why Choose_

our resident cinephile Chuck stops by the talk time travel movies

"Wasting My Time With You" The Lodger _Cul-De-Sac Of Love_
"Wasting Time" Reading Rainbow _Prism Eyes_
"Wasting My Time" Klaus Nomi _Klaus Nomi_
"Wasting Time" Juliana Hatfield _There's Always Another Girl_
"Why Did You Waste My Time" Screamin' Jay Hawkins _The Whamee 1953-55_

interview with performance artist Jay Arvis

"Sin Of Wasting Time" Zander Schloss _Song About Songs_
"Waste Your Time" Jackson+Sellers _Breaking Point_
"I Wanna Waste My Time On You" The Crookes _Lucky Ones_
"I'm Just Wasting My Time" J.D. Short _The Sonet Blues Story: A Last Legacy Of Blues From A Pioneer Delta Singer_
"I Ain't Gonna Waste My Time" Wiley Barkdull _Hillbilly Rock_

interview with author Dan Spock about his book Wasting Time In Fandom

"I'm Wasting Your Time & You're Wasting Mine" Porter Wagoner & Dolly Parton _Porter Wayne & Dolly Rebecca_
"Waste Of Time (feat. Therese Johansson)" Elias & The Wizzkids _Just Do It!_
"Time's A Wasting" The Fuller Brothers _The Golden Torch Story (A Collection Of 30 Classic Northern Soul Shakers)_
"Time Wasting" Baby Charles _Soulshaker Vol. 5_
"Am I Wasting My Time" Eli "Paperboy" Reed & The True Loves _Roll With You_

interview with heavy metal guy Robin Shank about his Youtube series "Wasted Time"

"Don't Waste My Time" The Sinceres _The Deepest Soul_
"Wastin' My Time" Creation _Creation_
"Baby, Baby Don't Waste My Time" Gladys Knight & The Pips _Touch_
"Don't Waste My Time" Jerry Washington _The Northern Soul Of Miami_
"I Love Wastin' Time With You" The Brecker Brothers _Back To Back_

interview with columnist Millicent Post about her book Don't Waste Time

"Don't Waste My Time" The Daughters Of Eve _Girls In The Garage Vol. 1_
"Waste Of Time" The Turncoats _The Fridge Freezer EP_
"Why Waste Time" Caramel _Punkpopgaragemods_
"Waste Of Time" Dropper _Don't Talk To Me_
"The Time You Wasted" Chicpeas _Summerbaby EP_

conclusion & goodbye

"Don't Waste Your Time" The Five Stairsteps _The Five Stairsteps_
"Waste Of Time" Eddie Spaghetti _The Value Of Nothing_
"Don't Waste My Time" Cy Dune _Against Face_
"Wasting Time" The Glazzies _Kill Me Kindly_

Monday, August 15, 2022

Whither Wasting Time?

(image from here)

Self Help Radio's theme this week is "wasting time."  Is it because listening to Self Help Radio is a waste of time?  Or is it because in general listening to the radio is a waste of time?  Could it be that listening itself is a waste of time, what with all the thoughts that consume you that demand your complete attention?

Further, what possibly can be accomplished listening a show about wasting time?  Isn't that by definition wasting time?  Aren't we at this moment wasting time just talking about wasting time, promoting something that promises to focus exclusively on wasting time?  Do we have the time to waste wasting time on something that's going to be three hours of wasting time?

Please waste your time answering all seven questions above in "short response" format - no more than a paragraph please - & have your papers ready to turn in when the show airs, tonight from midnight to 3am, on 90.7fm in Portland, & online at  We will accept your assignments no later than 2:50am.  & as for grades, well, I probably won't waste time grading them.  Sorry.

Sunday, August 14, 2022

Preface To Wasting Time: Top Wastes Of Time

(Wish I knew where I found this! Schulz would not be pleased.)

We conducted an informal poll amongst ourselves, my pets & I, to determine things we do that are a waste of time.  These are they, in no particular order, because it was hard enough agreeing on the whole thing with them, I didn't dare try to rank them.

The first two: Interacting with the cats (say the dogs)/Tolerating the dogs (say the cats).

They're mortal enemies & pretending anything different is, according to them, a waste of time.

Next: trying to get one's life organized.

What a waste of time!  Just put post-it notes everywhere & hope they don't fly away.  Spending hours each week to organize an online calendar is a waste of time.  The pets ask me what time is, anyway.

Next: doing anything other than eating meals.

It was unanimous that the time spent between eating, sometimes including sleep, is a waste of time.  I am aware that if I ate all the time, it would lead me to be even more unhealthy than I already am, so I do my best not to eat all the time, but this logic is lost on the animals.  Who tell me at the moment they are fucking hungry.

Plus: making radio shows.

Yes, I have fun doing this, but virtually no one listens to the radio shows I make, & almost certainly they find when they listen it's a waste of time, so naturally I am wasting an extraordinary amount of time putting these fuckers together.

Penultimately: writing in this blog.

If no one listens to my shows, a negative amount of people don't read this blog.  It's true!  No one has read my last two entries.  Perhaps no one will read this one.  It certainly feels like a waste of time.

Finally: everything but eating & sleeping.

The animals talked it over, & they've decided that everything but eating & sleeping is a waste of time.  So I need to feed them now because they need their twelve hours' beauty sleep.