It’s here! The very first episode of the highly anticipated People & Pints & Podcasts series. Well, maybe not highly anticipated. Either way, here we go…
For the inaugural episode I invited my very good friend Bill Lavelle, another student at Boston College. I might not have made this clear in the podcast but Bill and I have known each other for several years. He and I attended Saint Peter’s Prep High School in Jersey City, NJ and we got to know each other through extracurriculars, classes and–as Prep is a commuter school–on our usually adventurous train rides. So perhaps it’s fitting that Bill joins me in this adventure into podcasting, or “quest” as Bill dubbed it.
Bill was gracious enough to carve out some time during his very busy week and especially on the night of his birthday! We also toasted a few friends who happen to share a birthday with Bill, including our very good friend Colleen, who goes to Fordham, and one of my roommates Marcelino.
Bill is a fellow Junior and is studying History and Political Science. He spends the rest of his free time training and completing paperwork for the Army ROTC. As Bill and I were roommates last year I was very much aware of his busy schedule and commitment to serving the ROTC. However, late on February 22, he and I made time to celebrate his birthday over a glass of Fort Point Pale Ale from award winning Trillium Brewing. If I hadn’t made it clear in the podcast, Trillium is a big deal in the craft beer world. And, so, I trekked into Boston to secure a bottle of their delicious beer.
And it was delicious! Bill and I noticed how once we had cracked open the giant bottle (750 ml) the scent wafted through the air and tempted us to preemptively enjoy our beverages. But we waited and had our first taste on the podcast. For the next few minutes we deliberated how to review the beer in understandable language settling on descriptors like: lingering, spring, blue jay, fox, professorial and others! We had a few laughs and thoroughly enjoyed Fort Point Pale Ale.
For the remainder of the podcast Bill went on to describe the kind of work he would normally perform for ROTC and we discussed movies and television shows. I made a few predictions for the Oscars and Bill suggested a few movies that I should watch, including Dazed and Confused. We didn’t necessarily have any groundbreaking or deeply profound conversations but we did get a chance to catch up and enjoy a few worthwhile laughs.
This first episode of People & Pints & Podcasts was certainly a test run as we attempted to discern the direction of our show. It was certainly a bit silly and nonsensical but we really enjoyed ourselves and look forward to future laughs. People & Pints & Podcasts will have a new episode every week, hopefully with Bill joining as frequently as possible as a recurring guest or a co-host.
If anyone has comments, suggestions or wants to be a part of the podcast please let us know! We hope you enjoyed this episode and will share it with others who might enjoy it too!
Special thanks to Tyler Coyne and Starving of Thirst for allowing us to use their song “Sleeveless Shirts” as our intro and outro song.