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Epilogue

After a storied three-year run, we have decided to close the books on the Mousepad Heroes podcast. I wish I could say I’m deeply saddened by the decision or that I’m writing this with furrowed brow. None of that would be true. The truth is that we’ve had an incredible experience making a podcast and now it’s time to move on to the next adventure.

I started the MPH podcast because I have a fascination with the medium and the accessibility made it easy for me to act on my inspiration. Studying everything I could find, I descended in to full nerd-mode researching and selecting gear. The original idea for the MPH podcast was a pop culture and gaming themed show. (Because there aren’t enough of those available, right?) Our angle would be to pair Abby and I together as hosts discussing our shared interests from different generational views. Witty banter would highlight the contrast of our perspectives and hilarity would most certainly ensue. Naturally that’s not how the plan unfolded.

The flu laid Abby low the weekend we were set to record our first show. Proving yet again that my wife is better than your wife, Liz stepped in to make sure that her man-child husband could still play with his new podcasting toys. That weekend we recorded what became the first episode of the MPH podcast. Liz had unintentionally usurped Abby’s cohost seat before first appearance. It didn’t matter and that dynamic only made it more fun for us in the end.

Over more than thirty episodes we learned quite a bit about the process of producing a podcast. We learned that it’s incredibly difficult just to produce a podcast, never mind one that’s actually listenable. Technical execution is not enough. We could spin gold riffing for hours when there’s no pressure, but it’s a different story when you have to do it in front of a microphone. That pressure began to shape the experience and we both agreed it was time to try something new. We’re not expecting any iTunes Podcast awards but are rewarded for our efforts with hours of recordings featuring our family talking and laughing with each other that we can save forever. Years from now we can go back and listen to what our lives sounded like and that is pretty damn cool.

mousepadheroes.com will continue to live on indefinitely. I haven’t quite figured out what to do with the site but the relatively cheap cost of web hosting means we can leave open until we have a better idea. The podcast episodes will continue to be available as well. I’m hoping to find a low cost hosting option to serve the shows indefinitely but that may not be possible. Otherwise, you can continue to follow us on all the same social media accounts. I’ll continue to use our MPH Twitter and Instagram accounts (likely under my personal name), so you can still get your fill of retweeted Lost memes.

The best thing about turning the page is discovering what lies in the chapters ahead. Of course we’re a little sad to see the MPH podcast go, however we’re more excited about what’s to come. We have more ideas and more adventures ahead of us to share. On behalf of Liz, Abby, Wyatt & Catdog, thank you for supporting us and for being a part of this journey.

Jay, Liz, Abby, Wyatt & Catdog

MPH Podcast S2E9 – The End

In the series finale, we wrap up the MPH podcast with appearances from both Poparella and Wyatt. It’s been a slice of heaven and we really appreciate all of the support! Keep an eye on us on Twitter (@mousepadheroes) for news on our next adventure.

MPH Podcast S2E8 – The Lost Beach Tapes

In July of 2017, the MPH crew traveled to the Maryland shore for a much needed break from the stresses of podcasting. For years it’s been rumored that a special episode of the MPH podcast was recorded on the beach during this trip. The micro SD card this special episode was supposedly recorded on was also rumored to have been lost in a freak Hooters float accident. That was until now.

Please enjoy this very special episode of the MPH podcast, presented as it was heard with minor edits for excessive background noise. Our apologies as we didn’t spring for the wind guards.

MPH Podcast S2E7 – We’re Back With Cable

The show is back after a brief five month hiatus. Liz & Jay have moved the MPH crew yet again as they once again settle down in a new location. Our hosts discuss the premier of season three of Stranger Things, Wyatt drops by to give us an update on Fortnite and the cord cutting experiment comes to a close.

MPH Podcast S2E6 – Singularity

The crew returns after a brief hiatus and the discussion topics are wide-ranging. Our hosts lament winter in San Diego as they discuss the new Netflix series The Umbrella Academy and the cult video game hit Undertale. We’re also treated to live Daytona 500 commentary from Pop.

Show Notes:

  1. Cover art credit: @mphpoparella
  2. The Umbrella Academy source

MPH Podcast S2E5 – Are Kitchen Tables Old?

In this episode, Liz explains why millennials have ruined the bar scene on the night before Thanksgiving.  Pop drops in for a few minutes as well to tell us she’s bored with dropping in.  Happy Thanksmas!!

Show Notes:

  1. “The Poddys” from SNL
  2. Sea 180, scene of our now infamous and spectacular Thanksgiving dinner