What's The Matter With Me? Podcast

I have multiple sclerosis, trigeminal neuralgia and I made this podcast to share what I’m going through.

  • I got my computer back from the shop, and I’m back up and running again
  • Shout-outs to Etan Rechra
  • I made some production work for KFJC, featuring my buddy Jack Tar

JOHN HOPPIN: All right, what’s up? Thank you for tuning in to What’s The Matter With Me? Podcast. Let me find my notes. It’s good when you have notes. When you make a podcast, you want to put together some notes ahead of the time. Or not, I guess. To each his own, or her own.

I think that’s what qualifies as a meandering introduction. Thank you for tuning in to the What’s The Matter With Me? Podcast. My name is John. I’m 41 years old. Husband, a father of two, small business owner, review, DJ, podcaster, and I have Multiple Sclerosis. So, I made this podcast to share what I’m going through.

Thanks for tuning in. Past episodes can be found on Apple podcasts, at whatsthematterwithme .org and wherever you want to listen to podcasts. What’s The Matter With Me? is there. I might put myself somewhere. Somewhere peaceful or by a road or in a machine shop or somewhere else even. In the middle of the ocean. I have no idea. I’ve been putting myself somewhere.

I don’t have to this time because I got my computer fixed. Thank goodness. Thank goodness. I got my computer fixed. The power button was broken. John-John, my son, got upset. He smashed on the power button. I was, “Stop playing ROBLOX. Turn that off. It’s time to take a bath.” And, he was like, “Aaaah.” He was all grunon. Grunon is grumpy in Spanish. So, it’s a vocabulary word because El Trol is muy grunon. He lives under the bridge, which is called el puente. These are all my Spanish vocab words right now for second grade. The three little pigs and los tres cerditos lopez. I’m not a native Spanish speaker although I speak Spanish as much as I can. But, my son is in dual language Spanish immersion.

Anyway, I was, “Turn off that ROBLOX.” And, he was, “Argh!” He was being grunon. Really grunon and he punched on the power button. And, then the thing never turned on again. The guy at the… The computer guy, I’ve got to give him a shout out with his name, man. I already gave him a shout out, but I’ll give him another one, man. Michael Lopez was Super Tech Geek. That’s his name. Super Tech Geek. Look him up, he’s on Google or with the internet. My Super Tech Geek, Michael Lopez. He’s in downtown San Jose. He fixes my computer and this was the second one I brought to him, man. I was concerned that he was going to die of coronavirus and have my computer and I wouldn’t be able to get it back. So, I will warn you, getting computer repair right now will stress you out. You will worry for the health of the computer repair man.

You’re like, “I wanted to repair my computer, but I hope he’s not in the computer repair shop too often. I hope he hasn’t seen too many people, even though a lot of people are home and trying to get the computer working for the Zoom or whatever.” Super Tech Geek fixed my stuff. It turns on, so now I’m recording on my regular microphone, my regular way. I don’t actually have to use this sound bed. I don’t know if I’ll use one, that’s some suspense. You’ll see. I’ll probably put a sound effect. Let me get another sound effect. I liked that last time. Here, sound effects.

sound effect

What’s The Matter With Me? Podcast has a Facebook page. Anyhow, I’ve written on it, “Reply to this post and I’ll give you a shout out in the next episode of What’s The Matter With Me?” And, I think it was a couple episodes ago if I’m honest and so I’m a little bit of a lying slacker. Now, I’m not certain, this is not a real name because it’s Nate Archer backwards, but a thing called Etan Rehcra put, “Keep up the good work.” So, shout out to you, Etan. Etan, that’s what we can all hope in life to be doing. Eat, sun, water. Etan Rehcra. Shout outs. All right, go ahead and get your computer fixed and check out my Facebook page, I guess.

Last time I was talking about how my doctor told me, that I personally am not at increased risk for hospitalization from COVID-19. And, that was kind of a relief. So, something I’ve been talking about, my family is all in my bubble, I guess. So, I have to discuss every plan with them, and something I was talking about is returning to the air on KFJC. And, I talked to with Ras Babo who is the fill-in coordinator. He’s in charge of making sure all the air is full and people are DJing. Because of coronavirus, Foothill College has special protocols. I think it’s closed. I have to be on a list, I’m thinking about returning to the airwaves, but I’m now on the list. I think it’s kind of imminent.

The other day I was listening on Tuesday and it’s the Blues Collective on Tuesday. It’s fundraiser time and we’d been talking about that. I often host the Blues Collective on Tuesday afternoon. In normal times I often will join my buddy Jack Tar. And, he’s kind of an older guy. He’s older than my parents. He’s just old as hell and I love hanging out with him. It’s so good to hang out with somebody who’s from a totally different place and time. He’s from San Francisco in 1974, I think. That’s when he was shining.

That’s his perspective. We hang out, we’re both into blues, we talk about blues records and play them. It’s cool to hang out with somebody and get a different perspective than my friends or my family provides. So, that’s one of the cool things. He’s often dallying; his brain is addled. I mean, seriously! He was on the Blues Collective and he took this break to try and tell people to call in and it veered all these different ways. It’s totally weird. I recorded it off the radio and then I kind of didn’t do much editing really. I just put a couple parts together and then I put a lot of sound effects.

One of the things I did at KFJC a lot is production. And, the production manager just passed away in April. At the beginning of all of this., This guy, Roy. He was a really healthy guy, died from mad cow disease or something kind of happened totally out of nowhere and it killed him. And, he was this great guy. He was a randonneur– a long distance bicycle rider. He was a funny kind of guy. He was with his hands pockets, kind of like, “Oh, man. I don’t know..” But, he also just had this hilarious… This great smile and sense of humor. He would do a lot of the advertising at KFJC and so he would always tell me, use more sound effects. So, when you listed to the spot I made with Jack Tar, I used so many sound effects, check it out.

JACK TAR: You know what time it is? Yes, you know what time it is. 11 minutes after 10. It’s 10:11 now. Oh my goodness. This is all happening. 10 minutes after 11. That’s right, that’s right. You got it. It’s fundraiser time. Here at KFJC, we only do this once a year, and we try have some fun with it, and people send us lots of money and pretty soon it’s over, and everybody has a good laugh, and we got the money. Okay, so we continue on. Imagine yourself in the Count of Monte Cristo or The Three Musketeers, something by Alexandre Dumas and, what can happen next? Lots of stuff can happen next. And, you’ll just have to roll with it. Mm-hmm, that’s right, including: go to KFJC.org, find out just about how to scroll this way and that way, and donate. By now it’s 10:12. All right.

So that’s the spot. It’s Jack Tar, kind of edited together, fundraiser stuff. Sorry to go on about that. But, I think I’m going to return to KFJC. I got my computer fixed and I got to use the sound effect here, so everything’s good. Thank you for tuning into the What’s The Matter With Me? podcast.

Give me an email via the contact form. Send me an email, give me a shout out or hit me up on my Facebook page like Etan Rehcra.

All right, man. Thanks for tuning in. You can find out everything at whatsthematterwithme.org and then you’ll be set forever. Set for life.

Thank you for tuning in. Catch you next time.


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