Episode 18: 80’s Rad Retro Run – Pre-Race with Toni McAlister

A new podcast episode is finally back up! My two worlds collide in this crossover episode – Return to the ’80s, and Journey of the Rhode Runner. I will be traveling to the Atlanta, Georgia area for the 80s Rad Retro Run, which is being held on May 5, 2018. I had the privilege and honor to speak with the race founder and race director, Toni McAlister. Come join us, as we discuss the history of this race, the great charity that it is for, the awesome 80s band that will playing live at the race, the cool cutting edge technology of the race chips. Oh and by the way, Toni is a huuuuge 80s fan! So we talk a lot of 80s as well.

– Meet Toni McAlister – 80’s Rad Retro Run organizer
– In the early days, the race was on a farm. Now it is on the grounds of a university
– How the 80’s theme and charity was decided
– Money raised to support rescuing women and children from human trafficking
– Kids sparked the idea
– The most awesome medals ever! Started with mini rubiks cubes. Now the medal is an actual cassette tape
– One of Atlanta’s top local bands, Wicked, will be playing at the race, and donated their services
– 80s talk – the best music evah!!
– Atlanta is the biggest hub for human trafficking
– Life of a race director
– Sponsors – Chuy’s and Big Peach
– Favorite music
– How Toni got Wicked to join in on the cause
– 80s movies
– 80s hijinks in Germany
– Things to do in Atlanta
– Trail running talk
– High tech chip timing
– Dress up in your 80s gear
– Ultra Hourly races

Visit https://tortoiseandthehareracing.racesonline.com/ to see the schedule of all the Tortoise and the Hare races, including the 80’s Rad Retro Run.

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Remember That Song – 4/20/18

Can you name the artist and song:

Here’s your ticket pack your bag
Time for jumpin’ overboard
The transportation is here
Close enough but not too far


Last Song: “Empty Garden (Hey Hey Johnny)” by Elton John from the album Jump Up! (1982)

Great job Mary (@nakedplanet2)!!!

Now we pray for rain and with every drop that falls
We hear, we hear your name

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Quote of the Day: Clue

Wadsworth: The game’s up, Scarlet. There are no more bullets left in that gun.

Miss Scarlet: Oh, come on, you don’t think I’m gonna fall for that old trick?

Wadsworth: It’s not a trick. There was one shot at Mr. Boddy in the Study; two for the chandelier; two at the Lounge door and one for the singing telegram.

Miss Scarlet: That’s not six.

Wadsworth: One plus two plus two plus one.

Miss Scarlet: Uh-uh, there was only one shot that got the chandelier. That’s one plus two plus *one* plus one.

Wadsworth: Even if you were right, that would be one plus one plus two plus one, not one plus *two* plus one plus one.

Miss Scarlet: Okay, fine. One plus two plus one… Shut up! The point is, there is one bullet left in this gun and guess who’s gonna get it!

Happy 72nd Birthday to Tim Curry!!!

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Remember That Song – 4/19/18

Can you name the artist and song:

Now we pray for rain and with every drop that falls
We hear, we hear your name


Last Song: “Like A Prayer” by Madonna from Like A Prayer (1989)

Great job Tori (@toristeele57ke1), Drew (@ChristiedDrew), and Steve (@ToSleepOnceMore)!!!

It’s like a dream, no end and no beginning
You’re here with me, it’s like a dream

If you’d like to get this song from Amazon, you can click on the album cover below

Quote of the Day: Ghostbusters

Woman at Party: [coming up to Louis during party] Do you have any Excedrin or extra-strength Tylenol?

Louis: [opening cabinet] Gee, I think all I got is acetylsalicylic acid, generic. See, I can get six hundred tablets of that for the same price as three hundred of a name brand. That makes good financial sense, good advice…

[takes platter back into living room]

Louis: Hey, this is real smoked salmon from Nova Scotia, Canada, $24.95 a pound! It only cost me $14.12 after tax, though.

[walks up to a hapless guest, speaking confidentially]

Louis: I’m givin’ this whole thing as a promotional expense, that’s why I invited clients instead of friends. You havin’ a good time, Mark?

[heads across the room, greeting other guests]

Louis: How you doing? Why don’t you have some of the brie, it’s at room temperature!

[to the Tall Woman]

Louis: You think it’s too warm in here for the brie?

Tall Woman at Party: [standing] Louis, I’m going home.

Louis: Aw, don’t leave yet. Well, listen, maybe if we start dancing other people will join in!

Tall Woman at Party: [pauses] Okay!

[Louis and the Tall Woman begin disco dancing. Suddenly the doorbell rings]

Louis: Oh, don’t move, I just gotta get the door.

[opens door, greeting guests]

Louis: Ted! Annette! I’m glad you could come, how you doin’, give me your coats. Everybody, this is Ted and Annette Fleming! Ted has a small carpet cleaning business in receivership; Annette’s drawing a salary from a deferred bonus from two years ago! They got fifteen thousand left on the house at eight percent.

[throws the guests’ coats in the closet, oblivious that they hit the demon Vinz Clortho hiding there]

Louis: So they’re okay! So, does anybody wanna play Parcheesi?

[Vinz Clortho growls from inside the bedroom]

Louis: [grinning] Okay, who brought the dog?

Happy 65th birthday to Rick Moranis!!!

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Remember That Song – 4/18/18

Can you name the artist and song:

It’s like a dream, no end and no beginning
You’re here with me, it’s like a dream


Last Song: “Breakin’…There’s No Stopping Us” by Ollie and Jerry from the Breakin’ Soundtrack (1984)

Great job Karen (@dovey_karen) and Kelly (@KellyCiesielski)!!!

Out in the street
You don’t survive by being weak
This is our time
Walls were made for us to climb

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R.I.P. Harry Anderson (October 14, 1952 – April 16, 2018)

We lost another iconic character of the ’80s. Harry Anderson, who was mainly known for playing Judge Harry Stone on Night Court, died in his home in Asheville, North Carolina yesterday.

Anderson, a fellow native Rhode Islander, got a huge break, with his recurring guest role, the hilarious con man Harry “The Hat” Gittes, on Cheers. That role led to him playing Judge Harry Stone on Night Court, from 1984-1992. Harry was just as zany and eccentric as the crazies who passed through his courtroom. And just like his character, Anderson was a magician at heart. And thanks to both Anderson, and his Night Court character, we all discovered the jazz great Mel Tormé. Anderson was nominated for three consecutive Emmys, from 1985 to 1987. In 1990, Harry played the adult Richie Tozier in the 1990 miniseries It, based on the Stephen King novel.

After Night Court’s run ended, Anderson went right back at it, playing Dave Barry on “Dave’s World,” which ran from 1993 to 1997. After that, he was not very active in the acting world anymore.

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Morgan, and he had two children from a previous marriage.

If, for some reason, you have never seen Night Court, I cannot recommend it enough. I have seen some episodes recently, and it is just as funny now, as it was back then.

Remember That Song – 4/17/18

Can you name the artist and song:

Out in the street
You don’t survive by being weak
This is our time
Walls were made for us to climb


Last Song: “Back in Black” by AC/DC from the album Back in Black (1980)

Great job Roy (@rbutt14)

Number one with a bullet, I’m a power pack
Yes, I’m in a bang
With a gang

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Quote of the Day: Full Metal Jacket


Gunnery Sergeant Hartman: I am Gunnery Sergeant Hartman, your senior drill instructor. From now on you will speak only when spoken to, and the first and last words out of your filthy sewers will be “Sir”. Do you maggots understand that?

Recruits: [In unison in a normal speaking tone] Sir, yes Sir.

Gunnery Sergeant Hartman: Bullshit I can’t hear you. Sound off like you got a pair!

Recruits: [In unison, much louder] SIR, YES SIR!

Gunnery Sergeant Hartman: If you ladies leave my island, if you survive recruit training, you will be a weapon. You will be a minister of death praying for war. But until that day you are pukes. You are the lowest form of life on Earth. You are not even human fucking beings. You are nothing but unorganized grabastic pieces of amphibian shit! Because I am hard, you will not like me. But the more you hate me, the more you will learn. I am hard but I am fair. There is no racial bigotry here. I do not look down on niggers, kikes, wops or greasers. Here you are all equally worthless. And my orders are to weed out all non-hackers who do not pack the gear to serve in my beloved Corps. Do you maggots understand that?

R.I.P. R. Lee Ermey (March 24, 1944 – April 15, 2018)

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