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Travelogue 019: North Western Washington

One thing about the State of Washington that I’ve gotta give it.. It has a LOT of diversity. That’s why there will have to be more than one episode dedicated to the Evergreen State.
In this episode, we take you to the world-renowned “Skagit Valley Tulip Festival” near Mount Vernon, WA. It is a breathtaking spectacle that I recommend everyone see at least once in their lifetime.
After the pretty things are over, we get a brief education on “Exclaves” from a random Canadian hitchhiker that we picked up near a golf course. Then we visit a pleasant little boutique wine emporium called “The Liberty” located in Washington’s very-own exclave, Point Roberts, WA.
We wrap up this tidy little episode with a trip to the “Outback Kangaroo Farm” somewhere outside of Arlington, WA.
Enjoy your life, and keep exploring!

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Travelogue 018: Austin

The city that has music… at all hours, also happens to claim residence to some pretty weird people and places… Including the “The Museum of the Weird” and Marti Motormouth’s painful sideshow act.
Steve Busti, owner and founder of the Museum of the Weird was like the most long-form storyteller I had ever met, so I had to be selective. Go and meet him yourself and ask him about his “Haunted” Oddfellow Skeleton…
Trust me there is something odd like this in every town in America, you just have to find it.
Oh, did I mention all the Bar B Que joints? Iron Works BBQ is the jam.

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Travelogue 017c: Bay Area Punk

This is the story of going to the famous Santa Cruz Mystery Spot, which in all reality, is nowhere near as fun as the “Montana Vortex/House of Mystery” as you may have seen in the “Montana” episode.
But hey, you can watch this, and see everything that you’d ever need to see… all without the pain of having to leave your chair!

Cool bumper stickers though?!

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Travelogue 017b: Bay Area Punk

This Travelogue dives into the world of “Independent Record Labels” in the form of a two part interview with the Bay Area’s legendary labels Fat Wreck Chords (and Owner “Fat Mike” Burkett) and Asian Man Records (and Owner Mike Park).

Mike Park is a humble, unassuming, and handsome record label owner. When not touring the country with one of his many musical endeavors (including, but not limited to, Skankin’ Pickle, The Bruce Lee Band, the Chinkees, or as a solo artist), Mike has been running an ultra-DIY record label since 1996 that has been home to such incredible and legendary acts as Alkaline Trio, The Queers, The Lawrence Arms, Slapstick, and The Toasters.

Mike shows you around his famed “parents garage,” where he has run the label since its inception. We also get a little slice of horticultural heaven in the form of Mike’s mother’s meticulously-manicured back yard. What a treat.

Get in touch with Mike if you’re ever in the South Bay. He is quite a cool cat.

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Travelogue 017a: Bay Area Punk

This Travelogue dives into the world of “Independent Record Labels” in the form of a two part interview with the Bay Area’s legendary labels Fat Wreck Chords (and Owner “Fat Mike” Burkett) and Asian Man Records (and Owner Mike Park).

In these tours, you’ll find out some interesting tidbits about how these labels started, and have managed to survive and thrive while the rest of the music industry tanks.

The people at Fat Wreck Chords are great. Fat Mike was surprisingly candid and casual during our interview and the warehouse tour. It may have been the jet lag he had from just returning from South America (where he’d just wrapped Season 2 of his own TV show, “Backstage Passport”), but we really got along like gangbusters.

Go visit fatwreck.com and find out when their record shop opens next, it is well worth the trip to pick up your favorite record for cheap (as well as colors of records exclusive to the store)!

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Travelogue 016: North Central Washington

In this Episode, I visit the unique town of Winthrop, Washington… which was created to have an “Old Western, wood-plank sidewalk facade” in the early 1970’s (for what reason, no one really knows). I meet a guy at Glassworks Windsor with the coolest name in history: Garth Mudge. All of the sudden a giant navy plane buzzed over my head. I got super scared.
I also get some fake history lessons from a lady about some old mining equipment that were either “Built on Site OR brought here…” Is there a third option that I didn’t know about?
Your mission, find a small, weird little town within 100 miles of you and spend a few hours there talking to the locals.. it’ll do your soul some good.

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Travelogue 015: Hawaii Part One

In this episode, my lovely cohost Emily and I travel half way across the Pacific to the beautiful Island of Oahu.
Per usual, we mix the unusual with the historical as we learn about Pacific Island history at the Polynesian Cultural Events Center, watch Teddy Bears assassinate other Teddy Bears with extreme prejudice (on more than one occasion), meet Babe, the most inspiring two-legged dog in the world, explore Pearl Harbor, and more!

Smile! The world is a remarkable place!

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Travelogue 014: Utah Part Two

I explore some of the most strange, and some of the most commercial parts of Southern Utah. From the “Abandoned” Little Hollywood Movie Set in Kanab, Utah to the “High School Musical 2” film locations in Saint George, we sure find out how commercially viable this area is for movie makers.
Oh, and don’t forget my short stop in at Lance’s Antiques in Orderville, Utah, proclaiming itself to be “One of the CHEAPEST Antique Shops in the USA.” We’ll see if you agree.
As an interesting aside, the tiny town of Orderville was originally established by Brigham Young as a planned “United Order” community… an idea founded in roots of Communism, where everyone in the town contributes equally and lives communally, without divided incomes. Orderville, and its residences experienced one of the most successful runs of this “Ordered” style of government, and continued it long after the Church’s sanction had ceased.
As a guy like Lance WOULD say, “There ain’t nothin’ special.”

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Travelogue 013: San Antonio

It’s time to take a trip down San Antonio way… Where nothing happens. Except for me meeting the most amazing gentleman to ever don a Plumber’s Uniform: Barney Smith, Owner and Creator of “Barney Smith’s Toilet Seat Museum.”
Barney is the nicest guy you’ll ever find. Go visit him, and you’re sure to have a fantastic time. Call ahead to make an appointment, and give yourself plenty of time… with over 1,000 ornately-decorated toilet seats (and counting), each one with its own unique tale to tell, you’re sure to be in that garage quite awhile.
I am humbled by this man’s creativity and his infectious smile. If you don’t find yourself smiling at least once during this adventure, you need to get a better job.

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Travelogue 012: New Orleans

In this episode, I take you on a journey to Ol’ New Orleans. I bring a special guest along with me for this adventure, as we compete in the Great Urban Race National Championship, visit the NEW ORLEANS VOODOO MUSEUM, and try some of the local cuisine.

I must say that New Orleans is a fabulous experience. Not to be missed (especially at night)!

Also, Find out how to make a famous New Orleans-Style “Voodoo Daiquiri!”

Live your life with wonder and enjoyment,

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Jason