Welcome to Whats The Matter With Me? Season 2, Episode 14: Harvest & Wedding

  • My name is John, I’m 39 years old, husband and father of two, small business owner, radio DJ, podcaster, and I have multiple sclerosis so I made this podcast to share what I’m going through.
  • Whats The Matter With Me? is an MS podcast and it’s also about other things. I’m not a medical professional and you should not take this for medical advice. If you need medical advice, ask your healthcare provider.

Last Episode Recap

I got a new brace from a disabled provider; I am a creative person and for me that means I must take charge of my own representation in order to be who I imagine; Hoppin Hot Sauce is advancing, and I’m getting more disabled and simple things are getting harder.

Shoutouts

Shoutouts to Rocky- always listening; Kyle fromTwo Disabled Dudes podcast, to my wife who worked hard at the Harvest Festival and every other day too. Email me and I will give you a shout out free of charge.

Off The Air

I’ve been off the air for a few weeks, I took Hoppin Hot Sauce to a Harvest Fair. I’ve started a
Hoppin Hot Sauce Youtube channel, and I went on vacation to a wedding in Malibu. let’s get into it.

Harvest Festival

We went to the Harvest Festival at Marshall Cottle Park in San Jose, organized by San Jose Made, a local organizer of maker events and craft fairs. We set up a booth for Hoppin Hot Sauce, with bottles, poster easels, and myself and my wife passing out samples.. My goals were #1- to represent the brand and #2- to sell some sauce. We did well. It was 5 hours of talking, very tiring and I slept the whole next day. Next time I will be sure there are two people with me, not just me. I am no good to fold a popup canopy no matter how easy it is. i made a video about it and put it on the youtube channel.

YouTube Channel

I started the Hoppin Hot Sauce youtube channel. I made two videos: the zipa, and the harvest fair recap. i’ve been directing a lot of my energy that way, learning software i haven’t used in 15 years, learning about putting it online. I like it because I can tell my brand’s story, speaking directly to the customer, and also say things that are positive representations of disabled people.

Malibu

I went to malibu for a beautiful wedding under a big palm tree at a glamorous house overlooking the ocean. they were my wife’s oldest friends, they had grown up scampering over the fence to each other’s house in 1980s southern california.

Creating New Products

I’m working on some new products for Hoppin Hot Sauce , one is a spicy salad dressing which seems crazy but people often remark to me that they put it on salad.
when it was time to make lunch today i cubed up some leftover tritip, tossed it with arugula in a bowl, and put spicy salad dressing on it, some walnuts and raisins, and it was pretty good. I’m in mad scientist mode: I’ve got some ideas, and I’ll keep going. I’m also doubting myself constantly like always. The struggle is to move forward and to be comfortable with the unknown. i must always remember- move onwards.

Transcript:

Welcome to the What’s the Matter With Me? Podcast, season two episode 14.

My name is John, I’m 39 years old, a husband and father of two. Small business owner, radio DJ, podcaster, and I have multiple sclerosis so I made this podcast to share what I’m going through. What’s the Matter With Me is an MS podcast and it’s also about other things. I’m not a medical professional and you should not take this for medical advice. If you need medical advice, ask your healthcare provider.

Recap, recap. Last episode I got a new brace from a disabled provider, what that means is like the doctor lady in the co was disabled, I thought it was cool. I’m a creative person, I figured this out. Well I knew I was creative but I realized for me that means I must take charge of my own representation in order to be who I imagine. Hoppin’ hot sauce is advancing and I’m getting more disabled at the same time. Simple things are getting harder. It’s that time now, it’s that time. Gotta give shout outs.

Shout outs to Rocky, always listening. Shout outs to Kyle from Two Disabled Dudes podcast and to my wife who worked so hard at the harvest fair and every other single day too. Email me, john@hoppinworld.com and I will give you a shout out. Probably free of charge. Definitely free of charge, you can download the What’s the Matter With Me podcast on Apple podcast and on whatsthematterwithme.org.

I’ve been off the air for a few weeks. I’ve been busy though but definitely prostrate myself. I’m sorry to you. But here it is, here’s a new episode. In the meantime I’m gonna tell you what went down, I took hoppin’ hot sauce to a harvest festival and I started a hoppin’ hot sauce YouTube channel, and I went on vacation to a glamorous wedding in Malibu, so let’s get into it.

We went to the harvest fair in San Jose here, organized by San Jose maid, a local organizer of maker events and craft fairs. So they have a harvest festival every year at harvest time, around this time and they set up an arcade of vendors who sell candles and gluten-free baked goods and stuff. We went last year, and I was like I wanna be in there, I want hoppin’ hot sauce to be there. So this year I applied and we set up a booth for our hoppin’ hot sauce bottles and posters on easels, and myself and my wife passing out samples and selling bottles.

My goals were number one, to represent the brand and number two, sell some sauce. And we did that. We did well, I was happy at the end of the day. But it was five hours of talking, it was so tiring. I slept the whole next day and next time I bring the hoppin’ hot sauce tasting experience out in the open like that, I have to be sure there are two people with me, not just me. Because I’m no good to fold even a pop up canopy no matter how easy it is. I made a video about the harvest fair and I put it on my YouTube channel.

What’s that, what’s that about a YouTube channel? I started the hoppin’ hot sauce channel. I’ve made a couple videos so far, one is about the zebra who’s like the ancient king of Lake Guadaveda who started the myth of El Dorado or the myth of El Dorado centers around the zebra. And I made another one about the harvest festival recap, about the square dancers and the goats and other stuff. Check it out. It’s the hoppin’ hot sauce YouTube channel.

I’ve been directing a lot of my energy that way. Learning software, relearning software about video editing that I haven’t used in 15 years and I’m learning about putting it online. And I like having the video medium because I can tell my brand story speaking directly to the customer and also I can say things that create positive representations of disabled people. Check this out. Thanks for watching the pepper show, I’m John Hop and I make hoppin’ hot sauce, check it out at hoppinhotsauce.com. I have multiple sclerosis, it made it hard to work in the kitchen but it didn’t stop me from cooking. I made hoppin’ hot sauce to share the taste of my table with yours. Check it out, get some at hoppinhotsauce.com.

All right, see what I’m saying? I think that there’s something powerful about that, it’s telling my story, it’s who it is. Take it or leave it. I did this, I won’t stop. If you’ve been listening to my podcast you know nothing, I’ve decided over and over that I won’t stop. I’m sorry I took a break.

I went to Malibu with my wife to a big beautiful glamorous wedding under a palm tree at a big white house overlooking the ocean. The bride was my wife’s oldest friend and she’d grown up scampering over the fence. They both scampered back and forth to each other’s houses in 1980s Southern California. It was cool to hang out with this lady and her family and meet her husband and it was cool to get a glimpse of all these people that my wife had told me so much about. And it was cool to be in Malibu. I even hit up the weirdest spot, I had the weirdest day in Thousand Oaks.

I went to a place called the Record Outlet, which is a used record store in Thousand Oaks. It was awesome. And then for lunch I was like I don’t know anything, let’s go to a pub. You know how it is, you don’t wanna like look stuff up, I didn’t wanna see about the rating or whatever. So I just went, we went to this pub and it was like Hooters and it was a big room full of guys watching horse racing and another room full of college football and there was like betting going on and the ladies, it was called, what was the theme? Scottish Hooters. So everything was out there, it was just … we each had a beer and we split the spot. It was weird but the record store was really cool. Record Outlet in Thousand Oaks, I wanna go back.

That was not a paid advertisement, I just like used records stores. I’ll go to a used record store any day. I’m working on some new product, I’m working on some new products for hoppin’ hot sauce. One is a spicy salad dressing which seems crazy but people often tell me that they put the sauce on salad. So when it was time to make lunch today I cubed up some leftover tri-tip steak, I tossed it with arugula in a bowl and put spicy salad dressing on it. Some walnuts and raisins and it was pretty good, I’m in mad scientist mode now. I got some ideas and I’ll keep going.

I’m also doubting myself constantly like always. Maybe I should just give up. But the struggle is to move forward and be comfortable with the unknown, and I have to always remember onwards. Thank you for listening to the What’s the Matter With Me podcast, that’s another one in the books. You can download What’s the Matter With Me podcast on Apple podcast and on whatsthematterwithme.org. Thank you for listening.

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