It Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time

The deep dark decision-making process. Tune in for witches, wheelchairs and the 4:30am shift at the local strip joint with Jackie Vleck, Lance Whinery and Matt Flanagan.


Show Notes:

Form: The 3fer: Three people, three stories, one theme.

Theme: It Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time

Storytellers: Jackie Vleck, Lance Whinery, Matthew C. Flanagan

Part One: “Dumpster Audition” by Jackie Vleck

Part Two:  “Forget It, Lance, It’s Chinatown” by Lance Whinery

Part Three:  “The 4:30am Shift” by Matthew C. Flanagan


Our opening and closing music is a selection from “Unlocked Door” used by permission of Alex Cook. Thank you Alex!

If you want to hear the complete songs, check out Alex Cook’s bandcamp page and his website Stonebalancer

You know you want it:  White Wizzard’s “High Speed GTO

The following song from The Free Music Archive also appeared in this episode under a Creative Commons License:

This Party” by Jimmy & The Threats

Oh and this article about Wheelchair Etiquette might come in handy some day…


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3 Replies to “It Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time”

  1. I’m in a wheelchair and I laughed when Lance first mentioned the guy in a wheelchair in his story. Of course, mine was a nervous, sympathetic, ‘glad it wasn’t me’ kind of laugh. paired with a wince and an “oh no”, because I knew that the guy in the wheelchair in the story probably wasn’t going to fare terribly well. I also liked hearing Matt talk about Jeff, the Wheelchair Dick. All too often, we’re treated with kid gloves and spoken about as if we aren’t human and flawed so to hear about someone in a chair who was so very flawed was really refreshing and normalizing.
    Even though I know that it’s usually well-intentioned, I’ve always been extremely irritated by people who treat me as ‘special’ because I’m in a wheelchair and, as a result, I try to deflate those beliefs whenever I can. For example, I make it a habit to crack a joke about my disability when I meet someone. It helps me gauge how likely they are to treat me that way and, most of the time, lets them know that they don’t have to. Of course. there are always those who can’t handle it and get offended on my behalf (even though I made the joke) and in those cases I take it as free rein to mess with them.
    Sometimes I even get friends in on the act. Back in college, I told several people to make up outrageous stories whenever anyone asked them why I’m in a chair instead of asking me. My favorite of these stories was that I was run over by an ice cream truck. There have even been cases where close friends have joked about it to me without me instigating it. For example, one day while hanging out at the local mall a friend yelled “How many times do I have to tell you, John, you can’t walk!” at me while I was pushing up from my chair to adjust my weight. I had no idea it was coming so my jaw hit the ground, as did those of several onlookers. After a few seconds, the shock wore off, I got the joke and we both started laughing profusely. Needless to say, this was met with some offense by the aforementioned onlookers, which was even funnier than the intended joke.
    In short, if that’s possible at this point, with regard to wheelchair etiquette, I think that the best thing to do is to, as much as possible, treat us the same as you would if we weren’t sitting in a wheelchair. Love the show, keep up the great work.

    1. John! First, thank you so much for listening to the show! Second, thank you SO much for writing such thoughtful comments and sharing such a great story here. It made me and Matt laugh so hard. The next time we do a listener show we’d love to have you on! 🙂 JJ

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