May 8, 2009
This episode is not our usual show.
On 4/20/09 we lost a good friend Joseph Johnson aka Punk Rock Joe. Early on Joe had became a part of the podcast, in that JC regularly had stories involving Joe. Over the past few months Joe also starting giving me ideas for the show and more importantly suggestions on how to fuck with JC on the air (Joe was responsible for the shut the fuck up junkie clip). So, it seemed right to me that we do a show about Joe, and who better to tell the stories than his friends.
I wasn't expecting the impact it was going to have on everyone, including myself. This project became a chance to share with the world our friend, and more importantly a chance for several to offer him the goodbye they didn't get too tell him in person.
I collected nearly 3 hours of audio which sadly I had to edit down to less than 80 minutes. So, not everyones stories made it into the final cut, and many stories that have been included where edited down for time restraints. To that end JC & I intend in the future to make all the stories in their unedited form available for those who would like to hear them in their entirety.
My apologies to anyone whose stuff didn't make it on the final cut. I wish I could have included everything and everyone.
Through these stories I have found myself both laughing and crying. There are moments of this show that may be difficult to listen to. The last story is from Chris Greer, who was in the passengers seat during the accident. His account of what happened that night is probably one of the most powerful 5 minutes of audio I think I have ever heard. Chris's story goes a long way to sum up the kind of person Joe was.
All too often we take for granted the treasures in our life. As sad as these times are to deal with, they at least remind us of what and who are truly important in our lives. Remember those things, and cherish them daily.
I only hope this show will maybe help those still lost from his passing find a bit of closure, and serve to remind everyone how wonderful Joe truly was.
Joseph "Punk Rock Joe" Johnson