My friend Hnin is a really interesting person. I haven’t known her all that long, we met because we briefly worked for the same Group. Most of our friendship is based on one long conversation at a company party, which she references later. I called Hnin and we had recorded one conversation, but in the end, she sounded too uptight and not quite herself. Part of that was my fault for not explaining exactly what I was going for, so anyhow we had a second conversation where everything was much more relaxed and went as planned. Ok, so that being said I hope you enjoy this longer, more relaxed conversation with Hnin where we seriously geek out.
I think everyone probably has at least one friend like Rodrigo Rivas. He’s kind of the scrappy, likeable guy, whose heart is in the right place, but he can also rub people the wrong way. The kind of guy who maybe is a bit too honest and abrupt. Most of the time that works in his favor, but not always.
Rod calls himself a citizen of the world, and that seems about right. He’s from Mexico. He’s lived in the US, Japan and Singapore. He’s also a jack of all trades, kind of like me. He even designed the logo for this podcast.
Jess Herbst is someone you may have heard about. Or you may have heard about the “first openly transgender mayor in Texas as well as the first openly transgender elected official in Texas” that’s Jess, and she has been getting a lot of press, especially in her role as an “accidental activist” for LGBTQ rights.
I first met Jess as Jeff Herbst back in the late 90s. We were professional colleagues. I was an editor and also in charge of all the video equipment at ZEE TV, the Indian Satellite Network’s US Headquarters in Arlington Texas. Whenever I had a technical problem I couldn’t solve on my own, I would call Herbst, the smartest, most logical video and software engineer I’ve ever met. After we did all the troubleshooting, we would invariably end up chatting about who-knows-what for an extra hour or so and became quite friendly. And since I had a lot of technical problems we met fairly often.
Flash forward about twenty years, and we reconnect on Facebook, and then last year I notice, Jeff has become Jess, and she’s also entered politics.
Kyle Reynolds is one of the nicest people you would ever want to meet. I met him years ago when he worked at Half Price Books and Records in the Dallas area. He’s always been a musician and creative person. You may have heard about an event he organized called the Open Carry Guitar Rally, which was a light-hearted response to Texas gun activists. He also went off and started an online political cartoon called The End Times found at slugnuts.com and more recently launched the Slugnuts Radio Hour Podcast.
Mike Simeone is someone I met at a very important stage in my life…that small window when you are out in the world as a young adult…struggling to “make it.” That was ages ago. We were very close, but lost touch as time went on, and of course, we reconnected much later on Facebook.
Mike is outrageous, he’s outspoken, and a bit odd. He’s done a lot of things, he’s been a DJ, a film and video producer, and he hosted his own radio show for many years.