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The ONE YEAR Anniversary Special!!!

The ONE YEAR Anniversary Special!!!

Happy Anniversary!!

Has it REALLY been a year already? We decided to forego the usual format of our show and instead reminisce about our beginnings, our changes, our successes (and room for improvement), and play some of our best spoofs. We also talked about our plans and hopes for the future of our show.

When Proof offered us our own time slot on Sundays (after co-hosting on his show), we had a vague idea of what we wanted to accomplish…some political talk, maybe some interviews. Mélanie came up with the idea of DOG ABBY, which Jim thought was a silly idea, but went along with it. It has become one of Jim’s favorite parts of the show (you go, Abby!)

Eventually we decided to devote the second half of each show to an interview. Since then, we have booked authors, Vegas entertainers, political candidates of all stripes (no “gotchas” on this show, EVER!), renowned motivational speakers, you name it! The best is yet to come.

Jim has found his artistic groove again, writing spoofs and sketches for the show, which Mélanie records and produces. Jim says that he likes to take real-life situations (and stupid things politicians and pundits say) and stretch them into the absurd. He has had particular success with his character FBI Agent Orange. We played our series of Orange sketches, every single one of them based (sadly) on actual events. We also presented one of our CNN spoofs.

We then switched focus to the Dog Abby segment, which Mélanie produces. She puts herself into the mind of a Golden Retriever and helps give advice that is sweet, sensitive and simple, yet at the same time, wiser than that which most humans are equipped to give.

We are still looking for sponsors to help us upgrade our equipment and our production level. Please go to our Support Us page to find out how you can help!

Throughout the show, we received tributes from many guests and fans of the show. We are so grateful to you all…we wouldn’t be here without you! Also, special thanks to Proof Negative and Freedomizer Radio for the opportunity.

Year Two begins next week-don’t miss it!

 

Dog Abby

All three pets wanted to give advice. Abby had to step in to fix it.

Doggie Dollah

 

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Knights and Daze

Knights and Daze

Catching up

Jim

Jim is now writing daily! He is also reading autobiographies of and interviews with his favorite actors to get re-inspired. Currently reading a series of interviews with Al Pacino, for example.

Mélanie

Melanie is still working on her books, several of which are scheduled to be released later this year. As summer is here, she is not tutoring as much, although other work continues to occupy her time.

Good news

They said that a hockey team in Las Vegas was folly. But in their first year, the Golden Knights have made it to the Stanley Cup! 

From Jim (or more accurately, Max von Regalbeezer and Phrytzie Phluphybottom): How to Fix Group Photos With Ex-Boyfriends: Replace Him With the Family Cat!

From Melanie: In 1998, She Found A Baby Buried Alive. 20 Years Later, They Reunite

Rants and Rabbit holes

Colin Kapernick still sucks, and is even less relevant with each passing day. His name will no longer be mentioned on our show, and actually wasn’t tonight.

Moving on from whats-his-name, we present our newest sketch, a CNN spoof that takes euphemism to its logical extreme. Welcome back our old friends Don, Christianne, Monica, and General Havoc!

 

Dog Abby

What do you do if you are a football widow and your husband just doesn’t care? Read Abby’s answer here.

Doggie Dollah

 

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Angelo Casino

Angelo Casino

If it can be made better, then it IS broken.”
~Angelo Casino

Our guest today has been blessed with the perfect name for the county is running for office in. Mr. Casino says on website that his promise to you is “a revitalized and modernized County Assessor’s Office that champions fairness, transparency, and efficiency.” He has served in the public capacity on several levels from working with the Department of Defense to teaching Social Studies at a local school. In this interview, Mr. Casino tells us a little more about him and his platform as the democratic candidate for the Clark County Assessor’s Office.

Mr. Casino is passionate about this position, and he was open about his desires to change things for the better. His focus is on transparency and ease of access.

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Carolyn Pelletier

Carolyn Pelletier

You want to captivate your audience and keep them entertained.”
~Carolyn Pelletier

Carolyn Pelletier was one of the first friends I made when I moved to Las Vegas. I met her first at Toastmasters — where she is quite the celebrity after having gone all the way to the semi-finals of the World Championship of Public speaking TWO YEARS IN A ROW! I met her again when another Toastmaster took me to an improv show, and I could not wait to start attending the workshops and share the stage with her and several of the other talented performers that we have had on this very show. Carolyn has it all: she works hard for a charitable organization, she’s cute, she’s funny, she sings, she speaks, she does stand up, and she’s an amazing storyteller. Oh, and men, she’s SINGLE! Just saying…

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Blood, Ice, and Veterans

Catching up

Jim

Jim wishes everyone a great Mothers Day. He has finished Philip K Dick’s masterpiece FLOW MY TEARS, THE POLICEMAN SAID (Thanks, Tessa!) Great, great novel. This has inspired him to continue writing. More stuff to come.

Our friend Jennifer (a real live Vegas chef) prepared a sumptuous meal for us on Wednesday in exchange for our feedback on a speech she is preparing. It was a great evening. Jennifer also came to Las Vegas Improvisational Players. We love friends like her!

Mélanie

Speaking of LVIP, our friends Mitch and Wendy came in from Seattle on Saturday and surprised Melanie by coming to the show. We will hopefully get to see them once more while they are here. As for Melanie, she had a successful live webinar on Wednesday, Essential Communication Techniques for Administrative Professionals. She has committed to finishing at least one book per year.

 

Good news

Our friends and past guests Darryl Small and Lauren Coe have tied the ol’ knot! Congratulations, love, and best wishes for a long, loving life together.

From Jim: Billionaire Opens New Mental Health Clinic In Colorado To Treat Veterans And Their Families This puts the lie (again) to all rich people being greedy and selfish.

 

From Melanie: Man Who Has Saved The Lives Of Over 2 Million Babies Makes His Final Blood Donation An amazing man has saved many lives.

 

Watch the Moment When ALS Patient Who Inspired the Ice Bucket Challenge Speaks With His Voice Again

 

Rants and Rabbit holes

We present a new Starcucks ad. Find out what happens when they capitulate and let EVERYONE use their restrooms.

 

Dog Abby

What do you do when your new boss insults you in the form of jokes? Read Abby’s answer here.

Doggie Dollah

 

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Daniel Hofstein

Daniel Hofstein

Daniel Hofstein

My biggest edge is that I do not have to pander to either side of the aisle. That means I can take a hybrid approach and not be an extremist either way.”
~Daniel Hofstein

Daniel is running for Assembly District 35 Candidate under no political party (NPP). He has some amazing ideas on how we can save money from incarceration and spend it on education.

Daniel is a Toastmaster in the same club as Jim, I’ll Drink to That. He is the author of 13th Grade: Real World 101, a controversial book about acting like a grown-up in a world that teaches you stupid things instead.

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Barefoot trophies and Paper Bottles

Barefoot trophies and Paper Bottles

Catching up

Jim

Jim continues to work on his writing projects (two scripts and finishing his novel, plus our sketches and other fun stuff). He is finishing reading Philip K Dick’s novel FLOW MY TEARS, THE POLICEMAN SAID. He has many great ideas flowing right now. Is he experiencing an artistic renaissance? Stay tuned.

Mélanie

Just returned from the District 33 Toastmasters Conference where she competed in the final round of the Table Topics contest. She took third, and did it barefoot. She was proud to be part of #barefootagainstbullying

Good news

Saved by Chrome
Dog saves an entire family (shared by Abby)

Wet & Wild
Man finds a way to give back to both the needy and the environment via bottled water

Rants and Rabbit holes

Agent Orange is back, delivering his FBI know-how to the world. Based on a true story.

Dog Abby

What do you do when your boyfriend can’t keep a job? Read Abby’s answer here.

Doggie Dollah

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Jobless Faire – Dog Abby

Jobless Faire – Dog Abby

Dog Abby:

Yesterday, my boyfriend came home early from work with an all-too-familiar look on his face. He had lost his job. Again. Abby, he hasn’t been able to hold down a job for more than a year in the five years we’ve been together. He is intelligent and charming, but I’m now convinced that he is also incredibly lazy. We argued for about half an hour about it with no resolution. I admit, I simply wasn’t willing to listen to his reasons anymore. I consider them nothing but excuses now. I got in my car and drove to a motel so I could be away from him and gather my thoughts.

As I’m writing this, I am trying to decide whether to leave him, or give him another chance with severe conditions imposed. But I don’t want to come across as a mother to him, although it seems he could use one. Can you guide me in some direction?

Giving Up in Galveston

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Dear Giving Up:

When I was a puppy, mom and I lived in Washington State close to the famous Green River. It is actually a very nice river, and I loved swimming in it. One of my favorite things in the world was when mom would throw one of my tennis balls far, far up the river. I would calculate how fast the current was and where I should jump in so that I could cut up against the current and meet my ball on the way down. Mom said that I was clever for figuring out all these things and that pattern recognition was a sign of intelligence. I learned that no matter how many times my mom threw the ball into the river, the speed of the current was not going to change. One year, we came to our favorite swimming spot early in the spring, just after a big storm. There was a giant tree that had fallen into the water! The river went around it, but the current had changed. It took me a couple of times to catch my ball, but I figured out the new pattern.

I do not know much about those longer words mom used, but I do see a pattern here. After five years, your boyfriend’s pattern has not changed. I do not recommend dropping a giant tree on him, but I can say that changing a river’s current or a person’s habits requires really big things. These things are not things that you can do for them.

I was not sure of the difference between giving up and giving in, and so I asked mom. She told me that they mean the same thing, which is even more confusing because up and in are not the same directions. Mom added that giving is not always a good thing, even though everyone says it is. She added that in one of her most famous speeches, she said, “A chance is not something that can be given or granted, a chance is something that you must TAKE.”

Both mom and I read your letter, and we are concerned that you are constantly giving your boyfriend chances, and he is wasting them rather than taking them. You are not taking any chances for yourself, and it might be time. Being alone is scary, but it is better to depend on yourself than to continue to depend on someone else who cannot even depend on themselves.

With Love,

Abby

BIL & Bill

BIL & Bill

Catching up

Jim

Shave and a haircut… too short! (Had a run in with some clippers a few days ago) Jim also made another concession to old age: getting reading glasses. Oh well…After hearing Philip K Dick’s speech at the end of Ancient of Days, Jim picked up a copy of his novel FLOW MY TEARS, THE POLICEMAN SAID. He is enjoying the book, and will talk about it more when he finishes it.

He also wished his dear old Mum a happy birthday. She must marvel at how the boy whose diapers she changed is now a wrinkled, balding old fart with reading glasses.

Mélanie

Melanie is getting ready for the Toastmasters contest in Bakersfield next weekend. (She shall bring it!) She is also continuing work on her books and webinars. You can find her latest Clear and Persuasive Business Writing 101 here.

 

Good news

This is insanely cool…Friends of Disabled Man Carry Him Up Mountain So He Can Go Volcano Surfing

 

Rants and Rabbit holes

Our scheduled AGENT ORANGE sketch has been postponed due to technical issues. We will play it next week! We are proud of this one.

We talked about the rise and fall of one Dr. William H. Cosby Jr. Although we believe that many of his accusers were liars, hangers-on and “serial accusers,” we know that he has admitted drugging women and having sex with them. The fact that he made his Pound Cake speech knowing that he was hardly the role model he made himself out to be was the beginning of his downfall. He was one of our favorite entertainers (Jim in particular cites Cos as a huge influence on his stand-up comedy), and this is a huge disappointment.

We also made a jab at 60 Minutes, and Fake News in general. (Our show is better —- tune in!)

 

 

Dog Abby

How does a man deal with his new girlfriend’s teenage sons? Read Abby’s answer here.

 

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