Writer, artist, former web snake oil salesmen, father, futurist and lively sub-clinical paranoid Jay O'Connell takes you on a tour of his fevered imagination as he remembers growing up in the 70s and 80s with an odd and wonderful group of friends.
Jobs. Remember the first job you had in high school? The reality of work was a bracing slap in the face for the pampered tail-end of the baby boom. That generation faced a moribund economy and a job market sucked dry by the boomers that had preceded them. The kids of the suburban professional class worked in chain restaurants at malls, in fast food, in market research. Soul crushing hell-jobs; prisons of measured time. But that which doesn't kill us... Listen here, and learn of Andy Dunlop, Paragon of Procrastination, the meaning of 'mung', and cringe at the Lovecraftian terror of The Plastic Factory at Midnight.
Jay recounts several dates with oblivion leading up to his stay at the booby-hatch. Adolescent angst, booze, sexual harassment, dancing in the rain, pants-free LSD freak-outs in the snow, cops, parallel universes filled with after-school special agony. Back in the 80s it was called 'losing it,' and boy, did Jay ever. Big time. Or as our "President" put it, "When I was young and stupid, I was young and stupid." You can listen to this 20 minutes of inappropriate sharing by clicking here.
Jay struggles to remember everything he has ever stolen--and everything ever stolen from him. From comic books to coffee cups, it's all here, in black and white, clear as crystal. The names have not been changed to protect the innocent. (21 min 19 sec) Let Jay steal a tivo-ed sitcom length hunk from you life by clicking here.
Jay, still writing about himself in the third person, recounts his earliest memories of God. From the hat he never wore, through the Jack Chick hellfire, strained parental conversation, towards Kubrickian cinemascopic transcendence. For more madness, cryonics, singularities, and vicious nuns, listen here to Jay's confession.
Before Jay's first official girlfriend there were a number of false starts and tragi-comic incidents with the opposite sex. These are some hilights. (Jay was a pioneer in what we now know as 'stalking.') You can listen to this ten minute confession by clicking here.