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In “Arte Povera,” Aaron “Wheelz” Fotheringham hits the skatepark in his WCMX wheelchair, we learn how to pronounce ‘arte povera’ and MS plays third wheel.

Shout out

  • Shout out to Jersey Girl who wrote in to let me know she was a diggin’ on the new theme song

@aaronwheelz WCMX GETTIN’ RAD

  • Aaron “Wheelz” Fotheringham WCMX disabled extreme wheelchair at the skate park. Watching his videos blew my mind and made me proud

Arte Povera Selfie

  • Put the selfie in and remind listeners to subscribe
  • When was the height of the sound effects- do you remember the sound effects? Contact me and I will give you an incredible shoutout that warps time and space due to its epicness

Famous Quotations: Edison & Rakim

When you have explored all possibilities, remember this – you haven’t.

Thomas Edison
Don’t sweat the technique

Cats are big

  • We can always make a social media profile for our pet cat. people love cats!

Video art, eh?

  • The video that comes up when you search “Arte povera pronunciation” is like a work in itself

Door Update

  • The ancient giant door of opportunity is wide open, with light shining through

Stitches/Staple Update

  • I don’t have any stitches or staples in my head or anywhere else in my body at the time of this recording
  • The stitches fell out in the shower. Just the end of them. They were brown

Three’s Company

  • Everyone who is in a relationship with me is also in a relationship with multiple sclerosis, including my friends and family

#1: Ask before you help

  • United Spinal Association disability etiquette guide was a concise read that offers interesting perspective on how to treat disabled people respectfully


  • acceptance of gravity like acceptance last time – gravity is a constant force

Time’s up

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Chapter List

Welcome to What’s The Matter With Me? Podcast Season 7. Episode 31, “God Of Thunder”


The provided text seems to be a collection of various unrelated topics and updates, including shoutouts, a fundraiser for KFJC, an art acquisition by SFMOMA, the outcome of a baseball game, discussions about tucking in a t-shirt, an exploration of self-sufficiency, cooking, and conversations about toxic behavior with your son.


Shout Outs

  • Shoutouts to Rocky who dug the face tattoo idea
    • Remember to use the drawer.
    • Repeat: do not get a face tattoo, just a drawer full of scraps of paper with tattoo ideas written on them
  • Shouts out to Max Level, standing at the edge of an inky black ocean holding a torch aloft

Fundraiser is done

2023 KFJC Artist Shirt by Abigail Mae
  • The KFJC fundraiser wrapped up bc we raised our operating budget for the coming year
  • I donated to fundraiser @ KFJC and got the artist shirt (pictured above)

Outsider Granted Entry

JOSEPH ALEF, UNTITLED (JA 072), 2018, WORK ON PAPER, 22 X 30 INCHES via Creative Growth

“SFMOMA’s investment marks a historic milestone in the contemporary art world,” said Ginger Shulick Porcella, Executive Director at Creative Growth Art Center. “It has been far too long that art institutions have ignored or underrecognized artists with disabilities. These talented creators can no longer be relegated to the category of ‘outsider artists’ as they firmly occupy the walls of museums worldwide.”


Rangers In 5

  • Diamondbacks lost the world series in five games to the Rangers
  • As promised, I now have an Adolis Garcia Rangers jersey on order for my son

Locked In With Deepak

Art School Job Prospects

  • The person who named cymbals had a really cool job
  • Do you think the hiring manager had other well qualified candidates?

Keep your shoes on

  • Tucking in a t-shirt in doesn’t make it look any more formal
  • If you are in my family, it makes you look like a pumpkin who thinks that a tucked in t-shirt is appropriate to wear to an event that it clearly is not
  • Otherwise, you wouldn’t tuck it in your silly t-shirt.

Everybody needs directions

  • Even Jesus Christ was not perfect

God of Thunder

  • I was the drummer from Def Leppard for Halloween
  • Tight reviews: one reviewer was 5’9″ 230 lbs “pretty sure my junk was showing”
  • The tights fit, and I don’t think my junk was showing

Exploration in Self-sufficiency

  • I took the kids to school by myself, picked them up, fed them, bath, and bedtime
  • So my wife could go to San Diego on a work trip

Green sauce for steak and vegetables

Get every last drop

Toxic messaging

  • Talking to my son about the imagined bullies in middle school
  • Trying to introduce the concept that making fun of a adisabled person is a toxic behavior, and as he gets older it’s going to be important to see that clearly
  • I am not at all sure that will help him

Welcome to “Chew On That”, an episode about new music, barbecues, and the cultural differences between cafes and diners

Best Sauce

Hoppin Hot Sauce Original Flavor

Check it out:
Hoppin Hot Sauce is on Amazon

News flash:
It’s the best sauce In the world

Big Up Listener

  • Shoutouts to Rocky
  • Shout outs to the people who listen to every episode

Boom Roasted

  • We needed to order another Filter for the ice Maker and bang i did it

Trip to the Cathedral

Tom's restaurant
Right around the corner
  • This is a podcast about nothing because i’m from the Seinfeld era

Ritual Hazing Absent Father

  • I had Dad drink cucumber skin juice
  • He grimaced. and we laughed and pointed at him

First Detroit Based Art Gallery And Studio For Disabled Artists

Progressive Art Studio Collective (PASC), a program of Services to Enhance Potential,  is seeking funding to complete the build out of our future Detroit Gallery and Studio in LANTERN. If PASC raises $50,000 by August 5, we will win a matching grant through MEDC’s Public Spaces Community Places initiative.

Sausages On Display

  • We hosted BBQs on July 4th & 5th
  • I’m an extrovert and my wife is an introvert
  • For the 4th we had sausages and ssteak
  • On the fifth, we ate hamburgers


Sonny Rollins & Leonard Cohen
Ghast “O Akhea Rheon”

Kids are into this

Purchased the catalogue


This Week’s Selfie

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Chew on that selfie


Every time we release an episode


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Auto-correct keeps messing with me

Welcome to “Happy New Yeast” on the What’s The Matter With Me? Podcast

In this episode, autocorrect keeps messing with me. After almost two years, I’ll get new teeth on Friday. I drove myself to KFJC and did a lot of cooking.

Buck Wild

  • I lost my buck teeth in the Spring of 2021 and, at long last, I’m getting them back on Friday

Live on KFJC

  • I drove to KFJC and hung out with Jack tar during the Blues Collective and also picked up some records to review
  • They had this year’s new years card and a past new years card up in the lobby
  • I got assigned a couple records to review and brought them home, fulfilling the original reason to be a member at kfjc: to get free records

Misadventures In Autocorrect

  • “Happy new yeast,” my phone is always autocorrecting me, when I try to write happy new years. And I’m like “No, man- that makes me sound weird.”

Plastic Tones

Cedell Davis
  • Cedell Davis was a disabled blues man with limited use of his hands

Doin’ drop off and pickup

  • I took the kids to school- Nami was working in San Diego,
  • End of day pickup & took them out to Taco Bell, because they see the ads on TV

Cooking While Disabled Jan 2023

  • Need a TED talk about making PBJ that addresses the importance of spreading the peanut butter and jelly to the edge of the bread
  • Made mojo sauce, its hard for me bc it had some tricky things like using the microplane, blender & a lotta juicing i extended the marinating time to break out the work over 2 days
  • Made soup again, the kale was a bit difficult to strip off the stems but i did it anyway bc it’s good to do things within reason. Part of cooking is prep, and it’s the work

Artist at the Grocer

Hold It Right There

  • The Amazon page holder device– I can read again. It’s called “Bookmark/Weight-Page Holder-Holds Books Open and in Place-Clear-by Superior Essentials” and it was Amazons choice. Using it is easy and I can read much easier without having to grapple with the book.
  • Currently, I’m reading The Year’s Best Sports Writing 2021 and Saxophone Colossus, Aidan Levy’s new Sonny Rollins biography and the page holder is doing exactly what they said it would- a useful product.
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At the first What’s The Matter With Me? Podcast Listener Appreciation Party, everyone gets their own booth

Welcome to What’s The Matter With Me? Podcast, “Midwestern Concepts”

Continuing my transition away from the protracted intense pain of Trigeminal Neuralgia that my successful rhizotomy has brought me. In this episode, I explore Midwestern Concepts such as the work of the artist Marc Fischer and holding a listener appreciation party/convention at a hotel ballroom in Chicago. I think the thing is, it’s centrally located, and I’ve never hung out there.

  • Sending huge geographical shout outs to listeners from 32 states in the last 28 days
  • Mega large shout outs to the people who donated to the school fundraiser. the fund rager *angry scream* Thank you for supporting the fundraiser, helping my kids do their part to help pay for unfunded programs at the school. I amalgamated them and created a genderless combination being. It’s unclear if that affected donations one way or another
  • email me via the contact form and tell me exactly what you are thinking and don’t leave anything out

Midwestern Concepts 1 & 2

  • Midwestern concepts #1: Marc Fischer / Public Collectors/ Half Letter Press’ new Protest Grim Reapers book
  • Midwestern concepts #2: What’s The Matter With Me? Podcast listener convention in chicago. *conference sounds* We rent a hotel ballroom. Everyone gets a booth. *ooh* I meet everyone. *aah* Guided meditations, *om* Accessible yoga, *sitar sounds* WTMWM? Live! *game show* door prizes- experimental trash punk bands *applause* cash- *ch-ching* gifts!
  • *orchestra tuning* A theory of the musically sublime at Stanford on friday
  • I pumped my own gas! Which is another one of these activities where you have to stand there the whole time. once I stopped taking anticonvulsants I was able to drive again
  • Lifeline crisis chat suicide prevention hotline (accepts texts): 1-800-273-8255

Very stable genius

  • I can do different things that seem to be helping me have core stability. I can step forward and land more naturally without in-toeing, flex my glutes and tighten my abs, and I can do it with increasing coordination. I can walk faster
  • I went to the kids team photoshoots and I walked up there by myself, I didn’t use my chair. I used my stick and sat on the bleachers while the kids were out on the field with the photographers
  • I walked to the bathroom which was over on the other side of the baseball field
  • The family piled in the car. family vacation time vroom
  • We went to the ranch and had paella and the kids roasted apples in the fire.
  • Koko had ash on her face
  • I want to go to the kfjc staff meeting, and there are 2 main obstacles- 1. long drive & 2. walk from car to the auditorium to the station and back.
  • I went to the nursery and the library and walked around those places- picked up the food lab J. Kenji Lopez-Alt book (a six and a half pound tome)
  • I’m going to walk at the market this weekend
  • carbamazepine side effects: confusion, balance

This Week’s Selfie

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Midwestern Concepts
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Artist Gary Cannone was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2013

Welcome to the Gary Cannone Interview Special

Gary Cannone Interview Special live and direct, in the fleshh, 100% active and happening. Thank you for tuning in to the What’s The Matter With Me? Podcast, the Godcast, the Dad bodcast. 💪🏼🎅🏼🎅🏼

Gary Cannone is a Los Angeles-based artist who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2013. His work examines being an artist with multiple sclerosis through his absurdist sense of humor. Gary grew up as an Italian-American in Chicago, and he was the drummer in a punk band, so its about that, too.

Interview 9/21/22

I had the chance to interview him and we spoke about his work, advocacy, and the experience of an artist with MS. Check it out.