Wanna know what goes into making award-winning cannabis? Oh good, because I packed up my podcast gear and drove into the wilderness of northern Michigan to record–on location at their grow facility–with Ross from Fresh Coast Seed Co., a medical marijuana and seed company. He has an interesting backstory–including time on an Alaskan fishing boat–and got into the cannabis industry first and foremost to help people. Fresh Coast is well known in the marijuana community, especially after taking gold at the 2019 Detroit High Times Cannabis Cup for vape cartridges. This interview is informative on an easy to understand level. I hope you enjoy it. Check out Fresh Coast Seed Co. on Instagram, and order seeds from The Bean Lodge.
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For those of you who don’t know, I was in the military. I enlisted after dropping out of college to figure out what I wanted to do with my life. The conversation at the recruiters office looked like this:
“Hi, welcome to–“
“Hey, I’m already sold. What’s the soonest I can leave?”
“First take this aptitude test.”
(A week or so later…)
“Your test said you should be a nuclear tech or a journalist.”
“Cool. When do I leave?”
“About a year for either.”
“Oh. Uh…I want to leave as soon as possible.”
[Recruiter typing on the computer, looking, looking…]
“Airplane mechanic. Leaves for boot camp in 4 weeks.”
Then I went and told my family and friends what I just did.
(Fast forward to boot camp.)
There was a dude named Jones who bunked near me. He was from Alabama, and loved to talk sports and music. I couldn’t help but jump in one time, and we quickly became friends. Then Jones was put in charge of the daily bathroom cleaning, and was told he could choose 8 people to help him. He chose me–and seven other guys–to be, what they called in boot camp, the “Nasty Nine”.
You might be thinking, Wow, cool friend–making you clean the shitters…
It was actually a sweet job. Everyone else was cleaning the larger main area, which was harder: you had to move lots of stuff and the drill instructors (we called them RDCs) were constantly in your face yelling at you. You got to clean the bathroom in peace, with people you liked and trusted to do a good job. We cleaned the bathroom in 10-15 minutes, then sat around, until everyone else was done cleaning the main area, and had conversations like this:
We would break it into categories sometimes, or just go for something eclectic. So here are some of my all-time groups by category. Comment with your own groups, or to make fun of mine!
I haven’t done a ton of episodes yet, so each one is a learning experience. I had notes for one interview on my computer, but it wasn’t working so I had to wing it. Now I write them down on paper. I didn’t follow up with one of my guests the day before, so when it was time to record, they were still asleep. One time I started recording but didn’t tell my guest, so they kind of figured it out a few minutes in. All part of the learning curve I suppose. But I’m really enjoying talking creativity with such cool people.
Got the next few episodes planned out. In the meantime, check out the available episodes:
Oh. If you’re wondering why I don’t write more lately–I’m working on a new book, sprucing up the old one, watching these dang kids, and…
Check out the blogs on Threads Podcast: Life Unfiltered. I wrote most of em. Check out the podcast, too. It’s a good listen.
That’s it. I’m out.
Christopher Tallon writes, podcasts, and has a collection of old gaming systems.
Alfonso Civile of the Lansing-based metal band Heartsick joined me on my podcast, Creative Ops, recently. A few of the things we talked about: the 20 year history of the band (formerly Know Lyfe), how they’re adapting during the stay-at-home order, what they have planned for the future, the band’s creative process, and more!
Alfonso is super creative, and just a really nice guy. I hope to have him back sometime; I could’ve talked to him way longer. Hope you enjoy our chat as much as I did.
Find out what else he and the band are up to, how to watch/listen/support them in these odd times:
Now go listen!
I’ve got another episode of Creative Ops ready for your listening pleasure. I had my podcasting mentors, Ben Kraker and Jason Tieri (host of 2 podcasts, and host of 2 podcasts and producer of 2 other podcasts, respectively, and collectively, the co-hosts of Threads Podcast: Life Unfiltered), on the show. I picked their brains about all things podcasting, and several things not-podcasting.