My Cancer Story Ch. 62 “Love and Loss”

Chapter 62: “Love and Loss”

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It was difficult for me to live so far away from “Tonya.” I had finally found a steady girlfriend and she was three hours away. My mind tinkered with ways in which we could spend more time together. I decided to use some of my time off for Christmas from MBNA so I could go down for more than just the weekend.

 

Taking time off from MBNA was actually rather easy to do. Since it was an outbound call center, all you had to do was to work the twenty hours that you’re required by front-loading the week with longer days. They would always advise against it, however, because it would affect your “numbers.” But I never cared about that; I sucked at selling credit cards anyway.

 

The distance also made me wonder what life would be like if I continued on with my plan to go to the University of Maine at Orono (the O.G. UMaine) and finish my schooling down there. It certainly would be nice to get out of town sooner rather than later and I could be closer to Tonya.

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Ep. 50 Extravaganza!

In honor of making it to FIFTY episodes, this one is JAMMED-packed today!

We talk our favorite movies from each year that we’ve been alive with our guest Dan Davis of the 44 Minutes Podcast (and this topic is LONG). ALSO: Share your lists with us on Facebook!!

Then, we quickly discuss my #52PickUp, and finally, we reach back into the annals of time and find every single guest and former co-host we’ve featured so far and chat with them about their experiences recording Not Quite Hollywood.

So enjoy this EXTRA long episode!

Alex– Favorite Movies from Every Year We’ve Been Alive (Starts at 00:00)

Tim’s Communal Movie Announced! (45:34)

#52PickUp– Eraser (46:00)

Jamie– An Introspective on Not Quite Hollywood (47:49)

Brian [I apologize for the audio issues with this one] (48:16)

Tony (53:19)

Brandon (58:51)

Joel (1:06:31)

August (1:14:36)

John (1:22:03)

Plugs and Close (1:30:55)

Listen here.

Download us on iTunes every Thursday!! Subscribe and comment below to join the conversation!

Follow us on Twitter! @NQHPod

Do you have questions, suggested movies, or topics for us to discuss? E-mail us at  NotQuitePod@gmail.com

Visit Jamie’s blog at GuyOnAWire. Here’s the #52PickUp I mentioned!

Subscribe to Dan’s Podcast: 44 Minutes: A Record of Records.

See Tim on the Universal Lot! He’ll be the one showing you around!

And visit Alex’s blog at Doggone Movie Reviews.

Then John’s new blog (!!) at They Called Him Red.

See Brian AND Tony on the streets of Maine!

Check out Joel and his wife Hailey’s photography work at HaileyandJoel.com and his work at the Bangor Daily News.

Watch Brandon and his movie reviews on WABI TV5 Bangor and Cinema Savvy here.

And finally, see what Jamie (and Brandon) look like (hint: not so good) at their other project: We Need Movies.


-Jamie (@GuyOnAWire)

My Cancer Story Ch. 36 “The Destructive Shell”

Chapter 36: “The Destructive Shell” 

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The need for things to keep me preoccupied was ever present and even more so when I would stay at the Ronald McDonald House. This first smaller-dose treatment of the back half of my chemotherapy was boring. I wanted to go out in the town of Bangor and explore, but there were a few problems with that:

 

  1. My counts were devastatingly low again.
  2. I needed to wear a mask at all times.
  3. Oh yeah, and it was frigid out there; well below zero frigid.

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Bonus Ep #1: The Year in Film (So Far)

This week is a little different as we break out the previous episode’s first topic into its own segment.

The landscape of film has changed. Once, we looked to the summer blockbusters for a little substance along with the entertainment, but lately, they’ve been lacking on both; so we rate the year and offer our Top Three films (so far).

(Normally) each odd-numbered episode we talk specific films, and each even-numbered episode we discuss topics regarding Hollywood and the things we’re passionate about (either way).

Listen here.

Download us on iTunes Tuesdays AND Thursdays! Subscribe and comment below to join the conversation!

Do you have questions, suggested movies, or topics for us to discuss? E-mail us at  NotQuitePod@gmail.com

Visit Jamie’s blog at GuyOnAWire.

And visit John’s new blog (!!) at They Called Him Red.

Watch Brandon and his movie reviews on WABI TV5 Bangor and Cinema Savvy here.

And finally, see what Jamie (and special guest Brandon!) look like (hint: not so good) at their other project: We Need Movies.


-Jamie (@GuyOnAWire)

21- The All Horror Episode!

Episode 21- The All Horror/Thriller Episode!

In typical Not Quite Hollywood fashion, we didn’t plan to have all of our films (including our special guest, Brandon Doyen [from We Need Movies]) be in the horror genre of films, but it’s a happy accident nonetheless!

 

Brandon– Return of the Living Dead (Starts at 00:00)

John– Bone Tomahawk (10:26)

Jamie– The Invitation (17:38)

August– House [1977] (23:41)

Naturally SPOILERS for each film ahead!

Each odd-numbered episode we talk specific films, and each even-numbered episode we discuss topics regarding Hollywood and the things we’re passionate about (either way).

Listen here.

Download us on iTunes Tuesdays AND Thursdays! Subscribe and comment below to join the conversation!

Do you have questions, suggested movies, or topics for us to discuss? E-mail us at  NotQuitePod@gmail.com

Visit Jamie’s blog at GuyOnAWire.

And visit John’s new blog (!!) at They Called Him Red.

Watch Brandon and his movie reviews on WABI TV5 Bangor and Cinema Savvy here.

And finally, see what Jamie (and special guest Brandon!) look like (hint: not so good) at his other project: We Need Movies.


-Jamie (@GuyOnAWire)

My Cancer Story Ch. 10 “Self-Imposed Isolation”

Chapter 10: Self-Imposed Isolation

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Normal sucks. This TV was getting boring. I had already grown bored of the PS2, and now, I wanted out. It’s about half past September and I still needed to get out and hug that damn tree before our winter began in a few weeks. Hey, it’s Maine.

 

As soon as my counts are up, I’m going to run outside whether they like it or not. I’d made it known (several times) that I wanted out and it was making some headway. The doctor was well aware, and it looked like they may actually let me go outside (!!).Read More »

My Cancer Story Ch. 4 “Media Madness”

Chapter 4: Media Madness

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Eventually everyone had to get back to his or her job (or in my brother’s case: high school), and the fervor died down. It was back to my Mom and Stepdad for the most part, as it was the majority of the weekdays. At any rate, it was amazing to consistently have family there when able, for their company made the harder days just that much easier.

 

A few days into my chemo, I had expected my hair to hop off of my head like rats off of a sinking ship, but surprisingly these follicles were holding strong. Every morning I’d take a shower, and every morning there was maybe a few, but nothing more than a normal Monday. Will I even lose my hair? Maybe I have some rare resistance to the popular side effect– a key within my DNA! Perhaps not.

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