Monday, July 11, 2016

Do For It!

by Patrick Bromley
We owe everyone more than 7,000 thank yous.

After much planning, preparation and promotion, our 18-hour F Breast Cancer! live podcast-a-thon was a success, raising over $7,000 for The Magnolia Tree Foundation.

I had no idea what to expect from a day like this. I didn't know if a live broadcast would work. I didn't know if I'd be able to make it for 18 hours. I didn't know if the technology would come together or do the things I needed it to do. I didn't know if we could fill the time or book guests or stay on schedule. I didn't know how much money we'd be able to raise and I was terribly nervous about the whole thing crashing and burning. After raising $7,000 and getting many of my favorite people in the world to come together and talk for 18 hours, it's hard to call the day anything but a success. I have so many people to thank for that.
As promised, I'm still working on getting the broadcast out in smaller segments. My fears that the whole 18 hours would not be properly recorded/archived did not go unfounded, however, and as of now I only have the first 12 hours available. If anyone was either recording the broadcast or has any knowledge as to how I can find an archive of the final 6 hours, please let me know. There are a number of segments and discussions that happened in the last third that I know many of us would like to hear or hear again.

Thank you to Chaybee Barber, aka Brahm, for being such a supporter of the site and of this event and for allowing us to play his excellent music. Everyone check out and download more of his stuff here.

Thank you to Ryan Ziolko and Kevin Coulton for all of your help with the technical side of things. I would have been lost without being able to turn to you with so many questions and glitches. Your assistance and patience is the only reason this thing actually got up and running.

Thank you to our friends at Dorking Out, Nerds of Nostalgia, Book vs. Movie, True Bromance, How Is This Movie? and Saturday Night Movie Sleepovers, all of whom stepped up without hesitation and recorded fun, heartfelt messages that reminded us of what it means to be a podcast family.
An enormous thank you to Barbara Crampton, Joe Maddrey, Kelli Maroney, Joe Lynch and Adam Green, all incredible talents and genre legends who took time out from their incredibly busy schedules to help us out and raise money for a good cause. I can't tell you what a thrill it is to confirm that the people you respect and admire most in the movies also turn out to be fucking awesome and generous and nice.

An enormous thank you to Erik Childress, Ian Simmons and Leo Brady for being so willing to pitch in and offer great insight into film criticism. It's an honor to know you boys.
An enormous thank you to the staff of Daily Dead: Jonathan James, Scott Drebit, Derek Anderson and Tamika Jones. It was great to talk horror movies with you all. Thank you for staying up so late and donating your time. I'm proud to write with such a positive, knowledgeable, good group of horror fans.

An extra special thanks to my friend Heather Wixson, not just for helping organize the Daily Dead roundtable but for helping book several of the day's guests. I hope I didn't embarrass you too much by being a fanboy dork.
The biggest of thanks to Adam Riske, Adam Thas, Alex Lawson, Cait Cannon, Doug, Erich Asperschlager, Heath Holland, Jan B., JB, Mark Ahn, Melissa Uhrin, Mike and Rob DiCristino. Every single one of you are so willing to contribute your time and your talent not just for the fundraiser, but every day on the site. You were all so great on the broadcast and I'm such a fan of all of you both professionally and personally. I love the group of writers and critics we've put together and feel myself endlessly lucky to call you colleagues and friends.

Thank you to Erika Bromley for being endlessly supportive and encouraging of this event and patient with me when I was panicking and for making me to want to try and be a better person. Schmoop.

Thank you to the Rodheims: Dianna, Steve, Alexa, Zach, Kendall, Aubrie, Hannah and Connor. Your incredible family was the reason for the entire day. You inspire all of us, and I thank you for allowing us to organize this event in honor of your incredible daughter and sister and The Magnolia Tree Foundation. You guys are the best.
And, of course, thank you most of all to you, listeners and readers and supporters, who tuned in for part or all of the 18-hour broadcast, who joked along in the comments section all day long, and who donated your money to this cause. I am forever moved by your generosity, whether you donated $5 or $500, and all of us -- not just F This Movie!, not just The Magnolia Tree Foundation, but literally humankind -- are better for people like all of you existing in the world. You make the world a better place and demonstrate time and time again that it's no bullshit when we go on and on about how we have the greatest, most positive community here at F This Movie!. I couldn't believe that by the end of 18 hours many of you were saying you'd like this to become an annual event. I can't promise anything (zzzzzzzz), but if I knew we could continue to raise dat mad money for The Magnolia Tree Foundation I'd certainly be open to it.

We did it, everyone. In the words of listener Kyle Hall, we stared into the face of Rahn and he spoke only three words: "Do for it."

Thank you all for doing for it.

81 comments:

  1. Patrick, you executed this event perfectly. This was honestly one of the most fun and inspiring Saturdays I've had in a long time! Every single segment and every guest had something interesting and knowledgeable to offer. F Breast Cancer!

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  2. Everything about the day was phenomenal, and it was a pleasure to hear it all come together over the full 18 hours. Also, the Superman Heroclix at the top of this page put a giant smile on my face, and that's an awesome feeling. Thank you to EVERYONE, from the participants to the listeners. It was truly wonderful.

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  3. Hopefully someone managed to record the last few hours because Youtube doesn't seem to have much in the way of support. It would suck if that stuff got lost forever but then the lost 6 hours would become a mythical part of fthismovie lore.

    I'll also echo Luke in saying, Patrick, you absolutely nailed this. I'm sure the interviews in particular couldn't have been easy but you made it sound effortless.

    I'd really love to see something like this again next year, although maybe Youtube has almost helpfully set the limit at 12 hours. At this point you could announce an fthismovie community meet-up and I'd probably have my plane ticket purchased within a day.

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    1. A meet up would be two tons of fun!

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    2. I missed most of the first hour of the podcast trying to record it, but then I gave up. It's too bad, because the last 6 hours was some of the best, with the Rodheims, Erich and Patrick loving Star Trek, Bromley kids chanting Face Of The Rhan (??? still laughing), tired spent JB, and time zone fresh Doug. Daily Dead was great but intermittent, no fault of anyone.

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    3. I know when a lot of people in the past have done live video streaming on Youtube (and not through Google Plus) there is a 2 hour limit to each video.
      I was happy to see the whole thing streamed as one video but I'm not surprised about the technical aspects on YT's end for the upload. Unfortunately Youtube has no customer support either.
      Not to worry. The whole day was blessed so I'm sure it will work out fine in the end.

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  4. In the words of of Saturday Night Movie Sleepovers, "Save the breasts!"
    We all love breasts, but none here has spent more time and effort to preserve them than Patrick. We were chanting Do For It, but you were the one that was actually Doing For It. Awesome, man, just wicked awesome. Your love of breasts made a difference, small or big, doesn't matter, you've done more than most.

    Also Erika, who was picking up the slack when Patrick was investing time in this. Thanks.

    From the chat room...."Frozen 2: Planes and Monsters of the future (that you know)" - Erika Bromley

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    1. The Future (That You Know) needs to be its own meme too. That was hilarious.

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    2. Rosie taught us all not to donate to the future that we know. She is high priestess of the Face of Rahm, and therefore her demands must be followed.

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    3. Right! By banding together for a worthy cause, we changed the Future (that we know) into an even better future. FTM community is RAHN: Readers And Hearers Nonpareil. That's how we Do For It.

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  5. I'll just echo everyone else's sentiment - it was such a well planned and successfully executed event in all aspects. So much fun and the donation total was amazing! I don't think any other community could have pulled this off so well. Everyone was great, the guests were all really good and no one seemed to sound "inconvenienced", they all seemed happy to be doing it and it was just an all around awesome day.

    Also, thanks again for supporting Brahm. I was truly surprised and grateful.

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    1. That was a cool collaboration, Chaybee :) I enjoyed your songs! I also liked the context someone put to them - was it "driving at night to find hitchhikers to kill"? :)

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    2. That was a cool collaboration, Chaybee :) I enjoyed your songs! I also liked the context someone put to them - was it "driving at night to find hitchhikers to kill"? :)

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    3. Thanks so much, Meredith! Yeah, I think that's gonna be a tagline to try and sell the new record now :) I'm gonna get Mcconaughey driving a Lincoln, song in the background, scoping out erect thumbs. Brilliant!

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    4. lol..."sweet 'cruising for hitchhikers to murder' music" was the official quote (for the back of the CD).

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    5. It really has a ring to it.

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  6. This was a wonderful event. Congrats on its success! You guys are the best!

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  7. Being an fthismovie fan just seems to get better and better. From awesome new contributors to the core crew and a bunch of great interviews, this was amazing! It was a busy day for me, so I can't wait to hear some chunks on their own. Thanks to everybody involved. Way to go Bromley!

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  8. I was able to listen to about 10 1/2 of the 18 hours. So glad I was able to be there at the start, when Patrick nervously started the broadcast, and at the end when he triumphantly wrapped up the day. Such a cool day. Great guests, and a real sense of community in the live chat. If love to see this be an annual event. Even if not a 18 hour session, but a long block of live podcasting for a great cause.
    Thanks to all the F This Movie family for putting that together.

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  9. Another fave moment, Patrick to Barabara Crampton: "I love you (pause) in those films"
    At that moment the live chat exploded. "Patrick said I love you to Barbara Crampton!!!!"
    All the while Riske sat silent in the corner ;)

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    1. That was so good! A legendary moment.
      I swear I missed 5 minutes and that's when Do For It happened. I'll never forgive myself.

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    2. More faves:
      -Barbara Crampton actually donating $50 right after her interview
      -People making Patrick sell his soul/whore himself out for fifty dollar donations
      -JB logging into the chat to literally post 1 message about how great Jan was and then fucking off forever (as far as I was aware anyway)
      -Gil Bert promising to donate if one of my shit comments got read on air and then following through (Sorry Rob, but it was for a good cause!)
      -Basically every time someone on air would acknowledge the chat with a general "these people need Jesus" sentiment

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  10. "as of now I only have the first 12 hours available."
    NNNNNNN literally right after I left. Coincidence? I think not!

    I'll just have to imagine Doug's segment. In my mind he talked about how great I am for at least 15 minutes.

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    1. There was a DracuDoug appearance that may be only a memory.

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    2. Fuck! Stupid time zones.
      At least my favorite part (me calling Rob DiCristino a flop failure) has been preserved for posterity.

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    3. I'm not sure if that whole thing/event was a weird memory. I sometimes wake up with those, and they are the BEST!

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    4. Rob, you KNOW I'll be making that my ringtone.
      (I missed the Rahn stuff too, unfortunately)

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    5. We'll always have the shower, Rik...

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  11. Though I couldn't stay for every minute, I loved every minute that I did hear. I guarantee I would be more than willing to contribute again if this became a regular thing in some capacity. This was WAY more fun than some lame ol' barrel of monkeys. Bravo everyone!

    And I will also say that this timeframe provided me with a list of movies I need to either rewatch or even see for the first time, namely:
    Reanimator
    The Black cat
    Christine
    The man from Laramie
    A Decade Under the Influence
    The Chinese boxer

    Thanks again, guys and gals!

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  12. One of the great surprises of the night was how amazing the Rodheims were! I started feeling a little emotional listening to Mr. Rodheim talk about his daughter and thought it was going to be the necessarily sad segment of the night, but then it turned into a lively and wonderful discussion about both Alexa and great movies - awesome people - I wish I could have done more to support what they do and I think we can all feel good that the cause was beyond worthy.

    I've gushed enough about what a great job Patrick and everybody else did in the other thread but I'd just like to add how cool it is, as a fan of this site and community, to see every one of these "erm, I wonder how this is going to turn out" experiments - F This Filmfest, Junesploitation, 18-freakin-hour Podcastathon - go over like gangbusters. We make special things happen 'round here!

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  13. That's an amazing amount of money! Great job Patrick and crew, and bravo to all donators. I had a great time listening and a great time chatting with all of you crazy people. I wish I could have listened for the full 18 hours, but hopefully a full copy of the stream will be found somewhere even if I have to drive to YouTube HQ to get it.

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    1. Unfortunately this post means nothing now that everyone knows I am a bot account created only to get more views and donations. But I like to think that I am developing self-aware feelings, and my first feeling is that I like Jow Lynch.

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    2. That is totally what a bot would say...

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  14. Really upset I fell asleep before Douglas's segment now. But great work Patrick, you literally did more talking Saturday then I'll do all year. Every minute was gold.

    Disappointed to not see anyone mention my favorite part of the chat though. A little running gag we can boil down to "Heath Holland has never seen a movie."

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    1. "No I haven't seen Star Wars yet but I'll add it to my list." Heath Holland, 2016

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    2. Good point!
      I'll take a second to brag about how the one Patrick McAllister just posted was probably my finest moment of the night.

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    3. I couldn't remember who said that, but it made me laugh a lot. Good one as usual Rik.

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    4. I completely missed this stuff about me not seeing movies. When did it happen? I've seen...like...a few. Not only have I seen Star Wars, but it's the thing I've written about most for this site. At least I think I saw Star Wars. It might have been a dream.

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    5. Within half an hour of you showing up, I think. There were two or three instances where Patrick mentioned a movie and you hadn't seen it, and then we ran with it and ruined it.

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    6. Hahah - like "Do For It!" I also somehow missed why we were razzing Heath for not watching movies - still funny tho!

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    7. Yeah. My tastes run a little on the eccentric side a lot of the time, which means I end up watching old B-movies or some David Hasselhoff TV movie over something GOOD. One day I'm sure I will watch your Star Wars Awakening of Forces.

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    8. Everyone tearing into Heath was super funny. Don't worry Heath, we love you and your divergent tastes. Like silent animation movies from the 20's....!! kidding, seriously, we love you.

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    9. Heath, that's Star TREK Awakening of Forces. Please don't embarrass yourself.

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    10. Heath keeps digging his own grave...where most of the people are that are in the movies he's seen(sorry).

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    11. Heath, by the time your segment ended, we were getting ridiculous.
      "Podcasts?" Heath 2016
      "F This Movie?" Heath 2016
      And the now famous:
      "Mo-vie?" Heath 2016

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  15. Only caught the first four hours and a couple of hours and the end, but what I heard was great stuff, and well executed too. B-Cramps is amazing, I love her (in those movies). Jan was lovely, I wish we'll hear her more on the podcast in the future. And JB and Doug are always really fun.

    Can't wait to (hopefully) hear the rest of it so I'll be caught up with all the memes people keep repeating (The face of Rahn? Do for it?).

    Oh, and I also just ordered a DVD of Hausu, which Doug mentioned in the wrap-up section.

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    1. I'd also like to take this opportunity to apologise for forcing Patrick to say he loved The Boondock Saints and opening the floodgates to all manner of humiliating things he had to say.

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    2. Congraduations Patrick, you pulled off something unbelievable. The money you raised and the awareness you raised, because all breasts are forever. I felt like I made friends that day. And look really forward to hearing the stuff that was saved, that was still 10 hours worth of stuff, I mean wow! Oh and #BringBackJan.

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    3. Oh yeah! We totally annihilated that $5000 goal! I think this warrants a Jan spinoff podcast.

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    4. Better yet I think Erika and Jan should do a podcast together. They could totally Ghostbusters (2016) Patrick and JB.

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    5. Yes! Super great idea, Ross!

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  16. I arrived at about 8:45am and signed off at about 2:30am. I think I was listening for about 14 hours, commenting on most of it. I'm glad to say I was there at the very end with Gabby and Lindsay. And right before that Kyle H and Paul Calvert were still hanging out. I guess I didn't want it to end. We were just staring at a black YouTube screen. I kind of had a sad moment by myself and thought I wouldn't have that much fun for a long time. I tweeted to Erika that her husband was my hero. What he does and the rest of the crew do is just amazing. I'm just glad I found about F This Movie when I did. I consider all of you my friends and I can't wait to see what's next.

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    1. It was good times! I agree with finding F This Movie, it has opened my world exponentially, to all the werid and wonderful. That being people and movies. Yah F This Movie.

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    2. I'm replying so much on this damn page but YES! This post is wonderful and I wish I could have been there with you guys at the very end. (What kind of Doug shenanigans did I miss, besides DracuDoug?)

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    3. We were the last 7 ish people staring at a blank screen saying our goodbyes, I'm glad I came back for the last hour, I could not do the full 18, I tried but fell asleep after about 12 hours ish, I about 2am UK time, tough with the time difference, You guys all rock

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    4. Sorry, Dennis. You were there right there too. You will always be the man, sir.

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    5. Such a dramatic end scene, Brent :)

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    6. Dennis, the chat room was all waiting for you to wake up and return to us. People were placing bets whether your first (post-sleeping) post would mention Xtro. It was great when they mentioned BreXtro on the podcast. Crazy talk to anyone not following the chat!

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    7. It was about 4pm on a sunday for me. I was happy to be hanging out with all you fine people. So next weekend again. I know how easy it is to set this up ;) - just kidding

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    8. It was Sol who said "this is music for driving at night to find hitchhikers to kill"....and then he left the chat (insert suspicious emoji)

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    9. What can I say, Chaybee's music was super-inspirational.

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    10. We were all still waiting at the end to hear those last few minutes of the podcast that got cut off when the time stream repaired itself.

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    12. We got a lot of Xtro love, I might have to design a t shirt with the BreXtro logo on it

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  17. Damn I loved reading all of that above, I'm really happy all of Patrick's efforts were worthwhile, we blew the Donations out of the water, "Were gonna need a bigger boat"
    Patrick you are a star!
    This is the best community of people out there, I feel lucky to know so many people here I have never met but feel a connection too, we had so much fun in the chat room it should be illegal, well done everyone, you made me proud to be a F-Head

    Ps dont forget the British nightmare

    Xtro and Brexit was combined to form "BreXtro"
    Do for it,

    Same time next year, new year different charity

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    1. Alert the media! Brexit is now BreXtro! This is much worse, right?

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    2. But with better sound effects.

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    3. The more I think about it, Xtro is very similar to Italian horror, it has the dream logic and a structure that follows no logical reasoning, you don't know where its going or what will happen next, which to me is a lot like Giallo films

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    4. Xtro would be great if Mr. Giallo has directed it.

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  18. Amazing job. The live podcast-a-thon was a huge success, thanks in no small part to Mr. Bromley for organizing it all. And for recognizing that a Jan appearance would rake in the big bucks.

    Every time I was able to peek into the chat room, it was hilarious, so thanks also to those of you who were in the chat room to comment / cheer Patrick on / try to distract Patrick / psych out Cait and Rob before their time slot.

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    1. Any time Cait or Rob are on a podcast from here on out Patrick should broadcast it live.

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    2. If you want it to be an hour of me stuttering, then definitely.

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