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Storytime with GamerDude

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Stories inspired by GamerDude's Twitch stream. They're about gaming, growing up, family, relationships, food, music, movies; basically, stories about life.

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Stories inspired by GamerDude's Twitch stream. They're about gaming, growing up, family, relationships, food, music, movies; basically, stories about life.

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Wonderful storytelling

By CloudNumberNine$ - Jan 31 2020
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I look forward to this podcast every Wednesday. Gamer Dude sure knows how to tell a story. Always interesting stories that are informative and captivating.

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3 Ratings
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Wonderful storytelling

By CloudNumberNine$ - Jan 31 2020
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I look forward to this podcast every Wednesday. Gamer Dude sure knows how to tell a story. Always interesting stories that are informative and captivating.

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Storytime with GamerDude

Latest release on Jan 20, 2021

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Water, Water Everywhere

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As anyone who follows GamerDude's Twitch stream knows, he recently had a flood in his basement, which inspired this week's episode. He first talks about what it was like growing up on a house with a constantly wet basement. He talks about how he and his siblings had "squeegee duty," which involved pushing the water out of the basement, through the garage, and into the driveway. He also talks about how a wet basement leads to a constant state of dampness, which leads to mustiness, which drives GamerDude absolutely crazy! He explains how growing up in a house with a slightly musty odor is probably why he's such a huge fan of scented candles.

GamerDude also talks about his own flood of 2021 and how his previously dry basement was flooded when an outside drainage problem caused his sump pump to burn out. He talks about how he discovered the two inches of water covering his more than 200 square feet of basement, and how he quickly decided that trying to use a wet/dry vac on that water would be like emptying the Atlantic Ocean with a teaspoon.  He also talks about the lessons he learned from the flood, the most important of which is that "things" and "possessions" can be replaced, but people and the experiences you share with them cannot.

Jan 20 2021

24mins

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It's Another "Best of Storytime!"

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This week features another "Best of" episode, with stories from Season 1. First, GamerDude shares part of his "very special episode" about bullying, and talks about what it was like to be bullied as a child, through middle school. He then switches gears, and shares some lighter stories about his love of music, and how his mother tried to teach him piano. He also talks about how manners are so important in the world, and explains how "please," "thank you," and "excuse me" are the building blocks of learning how to be polite. GamerDude then closes out the episode with a story about cursing, and owning the words when you say them.

Jan 13 2021

23mins

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Classic Cartoons and Why Bugs Bunny Is The GOAT

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Long time listeners know that GamerDude loves TV, and grew up watching a lot of different shows, including cartoons.  He talks about the "packages" of classic cartoons from the '40s and '50s the local channels put together when he was a kid, almost always featuring Bugs Bunny. He also talks about the kid-centric cartoons that began to develop in the '60s and "70s, including Quick Draw McGraw and Baba Looie, Huckleberry Hound, and Mr. Peabody. He also talks about how Scooby Doo and the gang premiered on Saturday mornings, and how other kid-centered cartoons also developed, like Speed Buggy and The Wacky Racers, with Snidely Whiplash, his dog Muttley, and Penelope Pitstop.

Even with all of those choices, GamerDude nevertheless gravitated towards Bugs Bunny. GamerDude talks about how Bugs always seemed to be more than "just a cartoon character." Because of his style, his personality, and his story, it always seemed that Bugs actually existed (at least to GamerDude) and that the cartoons we watched were just snippets of his life. GamerDude also talks about why Bugs was so appealing - he is smart, funny, and uses style, grace and intellect to get out of the tough situations he finds himself in. Perhaps most importantly, Bugs was never the aggressor, and was never the bully, but he would stand up for himself, and for the little guy, and finally prevail because he was smarter than the "bad guy," whether it was Elmer Fudd, Yosemite Sam, or even Daffy Duck.  Basically, classic Bugs was - and is - the "guy" that you would want to be (at least to young GamerDude).

Jan 07 2021

23mins

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That Same Auld Lang Syne

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As a New Year looms before us, GamerDude talks about the weird little period between Christmas and New Years, where some people (as in retail) work like crazy, and other people try to do nothing at all. He talks about a serendiptous trip to New York City to see the Christmas decorations after Christmas, and how it still felt Christmasy even a week after the holiday.

He also re-visits some of his family's laid back New Year's Eve Traditions, which include going absolutely no where. Thanks to GamerDad and his annual warnings about "all the drunks being on the road on New Years' Eve", GamerDude has made it a life-long tradition (that, thankfully, Mrs. GD shares) not to go anywhere for New Year's Eve. Instead, he and the family load up on Chinese food, stay at home, play board games, and watch the ball drop in New York City on TV. GamerDude also talks about the origins of the ball dropping in New York City, which stemmed, in part, from a desire not to burn the city down with fireworks.

GamerDude also shares some writings he found, with some food for thought as we look back on the year just past, and how to make the most of the new year coming up. He also shares his thanks for your support over three years of Storytime!

Dec 30 2020

22mins

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Christmas Stories and Christmas Wishes

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This week, GamerDude visits the Christmas Room once again, to talk about how every family seems to have its own "Christmas stories" about things that have happened in the past.  He then re-tells two of his favorite family Christmas stories.  The first involves hearing sleigh bells one clear, dark Christmas Eve. The second involves Uncle John and the Christmas Puzzle.

GamerDude also talks about giving thanks, and sharing friendship and love during the holidays, and passes on his thanks, and his gratitude, for all the support, and kindness, and friendship he receives throughout the year.

Dec 23 2020

19mins

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Smoking Bishops, Christmas Carols, Fruitcakes, and Other Christmas Traditions

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Christmas time has always included traditions, like fruitcakes and Advent calendars, and hanging garland on the tree and going caroling. This week, GamerDude talks about all of these traditions, as well as several others that used to be just as familiar, but have disappeared over the years.  He talks about the Feast of the Donkey and the Lord of Misrule, and how those were regular things hundreds of years ago. He talks about the Advent calendar, and where it came from, as well as why there's a song about the Twelve Days of Christmas. He also talks about how ghost stories and dressing in costumes used to be a part of Christmas celebrations, and also talks about some of the Christmas drinks people shared during those celebrations, like wassail, smoking bishops and eggnog. 

GamerDude also talks about some of the traditions he grew up with, like grandma's Christmas pudding, and going caroling with friends. He also talks about hanging garland on the tree, how he made garland from construction paper in school, and how he and his family strung popcorn garland when he was a kid.  And he gives you George Washington's recipe for eggnog (yes, that George Washington!), from the late 1700s.  If you like alcoholic eggnog, President Washington's recipe will certainly satisfy your tastes!

Dec 16 2020

25mins

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"That's Not Christmas Music!"

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This week, GamerDude talks about his love for Christmas music. He talks about playing traditional Christmas carols during the holiday band concerts (which were called Christmas concerts when he was in school), and he talks about singing Christmas carols in music class. He also remembers singing Christmas carols around the piano at home, and how much the prospect of having to sing "O Come All You Faithful" as a solo for his family caused him to break down in tears.

GamerDude also gives a list of 10 of his favorite "non-traditional" Christmas songs. He talks about how a lot of these songs were viewed as "rebellious" and "not really Christmas music" when he was growing up, because they weren't "traditional Christmas carols." No spoilers! You'll have to listen to the full episode to get the list, but it does include music from Jimmy Buffett, The Beach Boys, and The Pretenders.

*Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, allowance is made for "fair use" for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. Fair use is a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing. Non-profit, educational or personal use tips the balance in favor of fair use. No copyright infringement intended. ALL RIGHTS BELONG TO THEIR RESPECTIVE OWNERS*

Dec 09 2020

29mins

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Best of Storytime Christmas Stories

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GamerDude has re-mastered some of his favorite Christmas stories from Season 1 for this "Best of" episode.  He has put together some stories about Christmas shopping, and how important it is to give gifts that actually have meaning. He talks about some of the Christmas decorations he grew up with, from a two-foot tall stuffed Santa, to a green flood light, to his dad's prohibition against "fake" Christmas trees.  And, he also includes his explanation about why Die Hard is not a Christmas movie.

Dec 02 2020

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Pilgrims, Turkeys, and Sweet Potato Casserole

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Even in 2020: The Year of the Pandemic, GamerDude talks about the importance of being grateful for the things we do have. He talks about how, even in tough time, even in angry times, there are still things that we can be grateful for, and we should remember that, this year and every year.

GamerDude also talks about how everything we thought we knew about Thanksgiving is probably wrong. He talks about the "history" of Thanksgiving, and how it may have its origins in a harvest festival in 1621, it wasn't an official national holiday in the United States until 1863. He talks about who the "Pilgrims" really were and what they came to North America for. He talks about Squanto's actual back-story (not the one you read about in your grade school text book). He also talks about what was (probably) actually served at that first festival in 1621 - and it probably wasn't turkey!

GamerDude also gives you his recipe for Sweet Potato Casserole.  It's a super-easy side dish to bring to Grandma's house for Thanksgiving (or any holiday), and is complete with butter, sugar and marshmallows. If nothing else, it will help satisfy all the people with a sweet tooth in the family.

Nov 25 2020

20mins

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Silly Shows, Ridiculous Plots, and Great Theme Songs

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Regular listeners know that GamerDude loves his TV shows.  This week, he talks about some of the sillier shows that he grew up with, like I Dream of Jeannie and Bewitched. He also talks about some of the fairly ridiculous plot points he found in some of the shows he loved as a kid, like Starsky's "girlfriend of the week" who always seems to wind up dying.

GamerDude also shares some more of his favorite theme songs, this time from some of the lesser known shows from the 60s, 70s and 80s. He includes some iconic themes that are easily recognizable, and some that might be familiar but you can't quite place them.  No spoilers! You'll have to listen to the episode to find out which themes are in the episode!

*Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, allowance is made for "fair use" for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. Fair use is a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing. Non-profit, educational or personal use tips the balance in favor of fair use. No copyright infringement intended. ALL RIGHTS BELONG TO THEIR RESPECTIVE OWNERS*

Nov 18 2020

24mins

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