Episode 520 – Gil Roth and Aaron Finkelstein

Virtual Memories Show 520:
Gil Roth and Aaron Finkelstein

“There’s no sense of who I am without this show. Between the relationships I’ve built and the humanity I’ve learned to mimic through interacting with so many people, it’s been great!”

Let’s kick off 2023 with . . . me! I My long-time pal Aaron Finkelstein returns to interview me for what we’ve decided to make an annual Virtual Memories tradition. Listen to Two Gentlemen With The ‘Rona (okay, he’s recovering, but I tested positive a few days earlier) check in on the changes a year has wrought. We get into how a Yom Kippur fast sent me on some strange paths, how our cultural touchstones mark us, what it means to be fair to our college-aged selves, and the one Watchmen character I never identified with. Along the way, we work through some of my personal failings and my ego-vanity complex, the analog/digital tightrope, whether bookishness is something we need to get over, and a LOT more, including an intro about my end-of-year COVID experience. Give it a listen!

(& go listen to our end-of-2021 conversation, where we started this tradition, and frankly had a lot more pep)

Enjoy the conversation! Then check out the archives for more great episodes!

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About our Guest

Aaron Finkelstein is a writer, sound designer and musician living in Seattle, Washington.

He has for more than a decade played the role of Trickster Uncle to his young nephews, Kai and Kenji. He teaches them board games, iambic pentameter, pop music trivia, comic strip history, theoretical and applied geekery, and the power of the written word.

Mr. Finkelstein has held the job titles of Coal Scuttle, WebMonkey, Don Juan’s Feckless Tobacconist, Sprinting Cubicle Troglodyte, Copyflogger, Phonics Monkey, Tritagonist, and the Much-Maligned Voice of Reason. Currently, he is seeking gainful employment as a Luftmensch, License Plate Alphabetizer, or Color Swatch. He no longer accepts appointments as a Social Creature, Stage Foot, Perhaps Man, or Peacekeeper.

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Credits: This episode’s music is Fella by Hal Mayforth, used with permission from the artist. The conversation was recorded remotely via Zencastr. I used a Heil PR-40 Dynamic Studio Recording Microphone feeding into a Zoom PodTrak P4. All processing and editing done in Adobe Audition CC. Photo of me & Fink from … 2006? … by my wife. Photo of Fink by himself. Same with my solo one. It’s on my instagram somewhere.

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