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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 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.

It’s Been a Year

We’ve reached the one year anniversary of the Mousepad Heroes podcast.  Our first episode  was released on January 8th, 2017 and my initial plan for the podcast was immediately torpedoed by a bad winter cold.  I love the podcast medium that’s what led us to create Mousepad Heroes.  My original vision for the show was a generational gaming & pop culture forum.  Poparella and I would discuss our online adventures, the latest in pop culture and provide the audience with a compelling contrast of the two perspectives.  The vision seemed viable but we went off the rails from the start.

On the weekend we were set to record our first episode, Poparella fell ill with a pretty serious cold.  I had spent a couple of months learning, gathering equipment and preparing to podcast.  Like a proper man child, I was despondent when my plan to test out my new toys was upended by the flu.  Liz offered to sit-in with me so I could at least test out the production process.  What happened next became history in northeastern Pennsylvania podcasting lore.  We had so much fun recording together, we decided we’d put the generational gaming & pop culture show on the side burner and take a Seinfeldian leap in to a show about nothing.  Poparella made frequent appearances throughout the year, but Liz turned out to be a much more reliable host.  We went looking for our voice and it proved to be quite enjoyable for us along the way.

We put the show on hiatus for most of December while we kicked-it Christmas-style and took a break from what was a colonoscopy of a year.  The hiatus gave us some time to reflect and we’ve decided to take another shot at using an actual format for the show.  Our rambling musings are entertaining and therapeutic for us but they don’t exactly translate to a broad audience.  We set out to make something compelling, we know we can do better, so that’s what we’re going to do.

Liz, Poparella, Wyatt and I are working on the new show format and content.  We’ve got some pretty crazy stuff planned for 2018 and we’re looking forward to the ride.  Episode 24 will drop in the next few weeks.  In the meantime you can get caught up on the back catalog right here or on iTunes, Google or wherever you download podcasts.  Thank you for the support in 2017 and cheers to a giggity 2018.

MPH Podcast EP #23 – Revelations

Poparella joins Jay & Liz in this episode as Liz reveals a clever ruse perpetrated by Poparella and comes clean about her own recent shenanigans during a mom’s night out trip with friends.  Poparella schools us on her obsession with The Sims and as always we talk a little TV.

Show Notes:

  1. The Turbie Twist as mentioned in Poparella’s ruse
  2. You can follow Poparella on Twitter and check out her many hours of Sims videos on her YouTube channel
  3. Correction: Riverdale is on the CW and not the WB, which may have become the CW but whatever

MPH Podcast EP #22 – Nostrovia

Liz joins Jay as she tries to emerge from another post-neighborhood-libations induced haze.  (e.g. Saturday afternoon in the ‘heights)  Our hosts discuss the nature of suburban life, Stranger Things season 2 and other meandering topics.

Next episode – the return to Oak Island!

Show Notes:

  1. David Barbour plays “Chief Jim Hopper” in the Netflix series, Stranger Things.
  2. Brett Gelman plays investigative reporter / conspiracy theorist “Murray Baumann” in the aforementioned series.

MPH Podcast EP #21 – Bad Bulbs

Jay & Liz are back after a few weeks off.  Our hosts discuss their recent wedding anniversary trip sans kids and the craziness that ensues on the sidelines of youth sports events.  This week also features the debut of 3 Minute Theater!

Show notes:

  1. US olympian Aly Raisman’s parents as “physical spectators”
  2. David S. Pumpkins on Saturday Night Live
  3. Reflections on the last season of The Curse of Oak Island