Welcome to the eleventh installment of LAST WRITES.
The premise is simple. My guests face their final rest, but before Death claims them they are granted a few earthly pleasures, the memories of which will travel with them into the great unknown.
Today’s very special guests are four members of the cast and crew of what I think is the best damn RPG podcast on the internet — Gamerstable. Sadly, but triumphantly, Gamerstable will be airing their final weekly episode, their 300th, tomorrow, Tuesday, January 10th.
I discovered Gamerstable a couple of years back and have spent every Tuesday morning with them since. I will most assuredly miss them when they’re gone, but we have one more episode to look forward to.
I would like to thank Eric, Dan, Jayson, and Brandi for taking the time to join us today and share their Last Writes with us.
ERIC: I am a seafood nut. I would love to have a prolonged fresh seafood feast. I, like Jayson, had weight loss surgery. While it was the best decision I have ever made, it limits my intake. So the feast would have to be small portions served over a prolonged timeline. Yes, I realize in doing so staves off my demise.
DAN: I’ve never had authentic French cuisine so I would want the finest French Chef to make me their favorite meal.
JAYSON: Seiji’s Sushi, Kailua Kona, Hawaii. I ate there with my oldest kids, Caitlin and Corey, in June 2015. Best sushi I’ve ever had.
BRANDI: Mom’s homemade chicken and dumplings. I beg her to make them all the time. She never does. I hope she would if I were terminal.
ERIC: My all-time favorite book is Rant by Chuck Palahniuk. The irony of my last book being about a man who strives for immortality isn’t lost on me.
DAN: The Old Man and the Sea, I’ve never gotten around to reading Hemingway.
JAYSON: Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert Heinlein. My favorite book of all time.
BRANDI: Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. I love all things depressing.
ERIC: I re-watch very few movies. The exception is David Lynch’s Dune. Herbert’s seminal work is very close to being my favorite book (see above) but the movie resonates with me more than any other. It was a family favorite growing up and I watch it annually around the day my mom passed because she loved Francesca Annis’ portrayal of Lady Jessica, and it always reminds me of her.
DAN: Early Screening of the next Star Wars Movie
JAYSON: Star Wars. Relive it like I was 4, in 1977, with my parents, Stadium Theater, Jerseyville.
BRANDI: Labyrinth. It’s been my favorite since I was a child. After my book choice I’d need something a little more light hearted.
ERIC: Fade Into You by Mazzy Star. For my wife and I, it’s our song. While I love Hope Sandoval’s haunting voice in basically everything she’s done, Fade will always have a special place because I can’t hear it without seeing Jennifer’s smile.
DAN: All Along the Watchtower – Hendirx, my love of music and more importantly guitars begins with this and to this day makes me pause and gives me goosebumps.
JAYSON: Angel, Aerosmith, Permanent Vacation; slow dancing with my wife.
BRANDI: Hallelujah, Leonard Cohen. I’ve always found this song hauntingly beautiful in all of its versions.
FIRST PERSON YOU’D LIKE TO MEET ON THE OTHER SIDE
ERIC: Seeing my loved ones again is the easy answer. You’re asking who I would LIKE to meet. My choice of any influential, historical figure is Siddhārtha Gautama, just for a chance to hear him speak.
DAN: At this point I’m not sure, but I guess I’d like to meet a better version of myself.
JAYSON: My best pal, Corey Heberling; killed in a car wreck in 1988.
BRANDI: My grandpa Ronnie. He passed when I was young and I still think of him every day. He’s still my hero.
And thus ends another Last Writes. Thanks again to those crazy Gamerstable kids for sharing their final moments with us. Be sure to join them tomorrow for the landmark finale to their podcast.
While I’m sad to see them go, 300 episodes is an impressive run. Thankfully, they’re all archived. I think after tomorrow’s farewell I might just have to start from episode one and give them all another listen…