088 “Guppy Tank: The Girl with the Dragon Shaped Camel Toe” John is a low budget left handed shark, a shout out error, sound problems were everywhere, Marc risks frostbite, John might become a snowbird, no Florida income taxes, cat alarms, a discussion of Reddit and online comments results in a Reddit search for camel toes which brings surprising results, the story of showtime kids on the subway and the crunched cup, subway littering and the lack of regard for anyone else, has the cold snap come from thumbing your nose at mother nature, film sequels we’d love to see and what we’d do if we were the last person alive on Earth. Plus a new hilarious improv game “Guppy Tank” gives businesses with products designed to solve problems of subway performers and public camel toes the chance to pitch The Guppies to invest in them.
Last week, my evasive Christmas spirit was uncovered by a stranger I met on the subway, as he put his safety on the line to fight for peace and respect.
Christmas is done for the year. So why has the Christmas spirit stayed with me? It is all about how it came to me in the first place.
For a number of reasons, I did not go into Christmas Day with a sense of Christmas spirit. Not moping around, or emulating Mr. Scrooge. I was just not feeling it.
Shortly before the holiday, in the New York City subway, I got onto the 1 Train. When I sat down, I realized quickly I had sat down in the middle of something. Not sat on something, like gum. In something.
Across from me was an African American man, with an African American female companion. He didn’t look entirely hardened but he indeed looked like he could take care of himself. Someone I wouldn’t want to piss off. Very sure of himself.
There were also five to seven largely African American teens (no census was taken, it’s an estimate) a few feet from us, further up the train car. The gentleman across from me was exchanging heated words with them, with volume and determination. The essence of conversation, impossible to avoid, revealed that this group of teenagers had been expressing themselves in a manner which does not portray the African America culture in the most mature, positive, productive light. Liberally exchanging “The N Word” (which I indeed understand is an often used part of vernacular within the African American culture), the group had seemingly been loud, aggressively rude and disparaging/discussing a female passenger with high disrespect.
The animated gentleman across from me was liberally and actively chastising them for not conducting or carrying themselves and acting as young men (stressing the word “men”). For some reason, the group of teens felt the compulsion to save face and defend themselves and their unearned sense of pride in very active, crude and aggressive manner. The interaction commenced to superheat.
It was very impressive that this man, along with the cheering on of his female companion, appeared entirely fearless in his aggression towards the out-of-line teens and their point. He puffed up and advanced, commanding “ You better not be getting off at my stop” A threatening suggestion of violence if they exited the train at the same station as him. I don’t approve of violence, but there needed to be fear of consequence. He shouted out his stop, inviting them to stay on until he exited, taunting them and showing the absence of fear, despite their advantage of numbers.
They didn’t stay. Predictably, the gang got off two stops prior to the gentleman. As they exited, the doors remained open for a protracted period, and tension rose quickly as an exchange between the one and the many escalated. Will the doors ever close? We all waited to see if they would surprise us and foolishly charge the train, a substantial melee about to unfold.
If a melee scores at 100 on the tension meter, this was at an 85. I might even go to an 87. Funny enough, even with all of this within five feet of me, I wasn’t fearful—just wondering what do I do? Get off now, stay in seat, run, move, start videotaping on my phone for the next potentially viral video?
Ultimately, it did end peacefully. The gang got off the train for good, the doors closed, the teens shot a machine gun fire of additional insults, including generously suggesting the man was a homosexual. All while hiding behind their numbers and the steel doors between them. I promise you: if any of them were by themselves with this man, they could not have defended themselves—he could take care of himself. Self-assured, very. It seemed that the young men became braver when the door was between them. How brave would they have been without the safety in numbers? A gang makes you act as if you are much braver. Courage by companionship.
Even after the train departed, the gentleman was still continuously remarking to himself, and to others, how unfortunate it was that these young men conducted themselves in that manner.
I felt compelled to reach out, to congratulate him for a job well done, for being a positive force, for being brave, for being a lone voice, and for saying what needed to be said. I spoke. “You don’t need approval from me.” (After all I am Caucasian person, so how could I relate? Plus, I didn’t know the guy) I fist-bumped him for effect. “More of that, “I said, with a focused and earnest look in my eyes, hoping he would take away the core-reaching encouragement to continue ministering peace and good sense “More of THAT.”
I wanted to salute him for promoting civility and peace and acting like adults, discouraging negative behavior. This was a reminder of the Peace on Earth concept so prevalent at Christmastime. In a small way, this gave me a nugget of the evasive Christmas spirit as I sat by the person marveling at their mildly heroic act of unflinchingly standing up for an ideal, and an idea.
I realized later I was able to record a short snippet, the ending of the exchange. The most important words the hero had spoken. He is heard to say “It’s nothing personal–We have to sit back and conduct ourselves like young men.”
To promote peace. Particularly at this time, with heated concern about racial relations and respect and widespread protests motivated by racism—a remarkable thing. To watch an African American man take on a group of African American young men to tell them to behave themselves was an extraordinary thing to witness. And the truth is—it shouldn’t feel that way.
Peace on Earth. Good will toward men.
Maybe there’s something to that…
“Fights” A giant, world-class episode filled with bacon, guests, music and questions! Marc and Ben are on location at Baconery’s New York City headquarters, with special musical guest guitarist extraordinaire Steve Benson. They resurrect the 21 Questions game, check in with Santa’s descendent and Christmas squasher Mr. Bumblebrinks, Elsie presents a celebrity version of News That Matters, and with Manshee Movie Reviews husband and wife movie review team try to keep their marriage together as they discuss the Oscar-nominated “Silver Linings Playbook.” Bacon treats are everywhere including in a special edition of End of Show Food—and the first ever Beginning of Show Food! Plus, a truly inside-look interview with celebrity guest Cara Castronuova! The 2-time Golden Gloves boxing champion, actress and reality television star and motivational fitness trainer, and formerly on “The Biggest Loser” reveals surprising details on how she got the job on the NBC show, how she dealt with losing it, overcoming self-doubt and what she and Paul McCartney have in common.
“Outlaws” A truly unleashed episode, with a near miss with the law just before showtime in Ben’s World, a new game “The Real Story” gives a warped look at current events, and Elsie presents our first recently-illegal substance for End of Show Food!?!?! Special Guest: One of the most popular female comedians in America Maija DiGiorgio. Also an actor, film director and host and activist, the one-time radio cohost for New York City’s #1 radio show and curent president of Hollywood Outlaws Comedy Network dives into what’s funny, who’s not, what Richard Pryor had to do with benching her documentary, the phone call that led to a huge radio gig and a lawsuit, why she has 400 hours of interview outtakes of famous comedians, her in-progress film about Famika and how she is all over Obama, The Tea Party and the USA.
“A Kardashian Who Matters” – The Amazing Story of an Extraordinary American Special Memorial Day Episode In an extended interview, Marc and fill-in co-host Elsie welcome to the show a real life angel —Angie Kardashian—who lives a life of selfless service. The long time successful California restaurant owner gave it all up and exhausted her personal savings after September 11th, to move to New York City to cook for more than 100 Firefighter stations in The Big Apple. She shares this amazing two year story, and how it is merely the first chapter of how she has committed her life to impacting others. Marc and Elsie share how they became introduced to Angie–another intriguing tale. Visit her website at www.acalltoserve.com. Marc and Elsie play a quick round of yet another new guessing game (like name that tune, only with snapping) “Snaps” And Elsie brings Salsa #3 to End of Show Food, courtesy of Casa de Jorge salsas.
Monkey Radio with Marc is announcing that it’s first annual “American of the Year” is Angie Kardashian.
Angie is an extraordinary person and American, who exemplifies the spirit of selflessness, patriotism and humanity which inspires others. Already a philanthropic pillar of her California community in 2001, she gave up her time, personal savings and business momentum to spend nearly two years, thousands of miles from her home, cooking and serving meals for more than 100 fire houses in New York City in the aftermath of the September 11th attacks. She has continued her spirit of giving and empathy above the call of duty in her work as a JetBlue Flight Attendant, and addresses whomever will listen around the country about the importance of “paying it forward” and spreading kindness.
Amazingly, even after all she has given, her single primary goal is to be able to tour the country in a motor home, between flight attendant assignments, as a mobile museum of the stories and remembrance of 9/11 firefighters. She is committed to keeping her promise to keep their memories alive, and hopes to do so in a perpetual grass-roots manner, assuming she can find a way to obtain an RV and equip it as a mobile museum.
You can hear Angie’s full story in an inspiring interview in the episode A Kardashian That Matters starting May 28th, 2013.