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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Frank Nora Show 1641 – Escalator Gods (1/28/11)

54:41 – Seventh major snowstorm, skull pattern in the snow and ice on the sidewalk, weather control, last night’s Clusterflux, Samuel Smith’s Organic Cider, The Knot, woke up in the middle of the night feeling ill, Alka-Seltzer, parking difficulties, power meter icicles. the icicles strike back, snow day, radio experiment, production note, pop culture and infrastructure, rice pasta, serious icicles, woman wearing veil, music radio, The Stone Roses, Onsug Music Clubhouse, Codamagger Lullabies, police scooters, 25th anniversary of the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster, hand wringing, having to act a certain way after a disaster, jokes, hypnotic music, Space Shuttle conspiracy theory, disasters, staring at a lava lamp, Fringe, 2/17/09, critical breakfast error, end prohibition, elevator fear, photocopies, snowing again, a half a bagel, chili cheese falafel burger at Crisp, Zen Burger, Zin Burger, Le Frite Kot, fancy flavors, “Savannah” Blueberry Dum-Dums, Jim Shore Statler and Waldorf Disney Traditions figurine, slush, fortunate broom disposal event, Dreacast Crazy Taxi on the big screen TV, Tower Records, Popcorn Mania, the curse of the escalator gods, heading over to Williams-Sonoma, Time Warner Center, checkout annoyances, pompous attitudes, fancy restaurants, panic attack, Salvador Dali statues, sick from a strong cigar, walking into a glass door, excessive packaging, and the explanation for the pomposity of the rich.

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Released January 2011 on The Overnightscape Underground (, an Internet talk radio channel focusing on a freeform monologue style, with diverse and fascinating hosts.

posted by Frank at 12:46 am filed in Frank,Jan11  


  1. Nice skull pict

    Comment by Bob LeMent — January 29, 2011 @ 10:27 am

  2. Yeah, very cool! I saw it right away 🙂

    Comment by John — January 29, 2011 @ 8:58 pm

  3. Hi Frank, to be more specific, northern NJ has received 7 feet of snow within the last 31 days and very little of it has melted. That really gives your listeners an idea of how bad the sidewalks are!

    Comment by Rob — January 31, 2011 @ 10:46 am

  4. Okay, so I’m going to keep commenting as I listen. Regarding the women with the full head coverings… I used to see them often in NYC. I referred to them as female ninjas. They literally looked like that. It’s scary because what if some wacko put on a costume like that and did committed crimes or mugged people? Nobody would ever know who it is and he/she would blend in with the other “female ninjas.” It’s the perfect crime.

    I agree about the excessive hand-wringing and guilt. Being sensitive and empathetic is good, but too much becomes silly. What is everyone overcompensating for? And you’re right, it’s only select tragedies. How come people don’t feel bad about all of the animals that are locked in cages, electrocuted, injected with drugs, and thrown into grinders alive every day? How come people don’t feel bad about all of the men and women who don’t have homes and have to sleep on the sidewalk in the snow and rain every night? It doesn’t make sense. There’s an earthquake in Haiti and everyone feels bad, but a man has to sleep outside with rats and pigeons and people call him a crazy drug addict. Nice.

    Last thing: I hate how wasteful stores are. Do I need a plastic bag when I buy a roll of toilet paper? Can’t I just carry the roll in my hand or throw it in my shoulder bag? I’ve been in line behind customers wearing empty bookbags and instead of putting their purchases in their bookbags, they have the cashier put everything into a plastic bag. Why?? What’s the point of the bookbag?? 99% of the time, I just tell cashiers, “I don’t need a bag.” That really confuses them for a few seconds, but I hate wasting. Next time you go into Williams-Sonoma (or any other store), tell the cashier, “I don’t need a bag.” That way, you won’t waste bags or tissue paper.

    Comment by Rob — January 31, 2011 @ 12:59 pm

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