Tag: Neighbors

Tad Monroe, The Deal with Mr. Cooke

Drunken Telegraph co-founder Tad Monroe was a new minister serving in Tacoma’s Hilltop when he bought his first house. He expected to make a difference in the neighborhood, but didn’t expect the┬ábare-chested, bench-pressing, rottweiller-wielding, foul-mouthed 81 year-old man next door to teach him about being a good neighbor. CLICK THE TRIANGLE BELOW FOR THE FULL STORY http://www.drunkentelegraph.com/09-21-13%20Tad%20Monroe.mp3

Story Slam: Neighbors

Takimo Nimura, one of the story slammers from our "Neighbors" show. PHOTO: David Matsui

Takimo Nimura, one of the story slammers from our “Neighbors” show.
PHOTO: David Matsui

At every show, after our Main Stage storytellers, we invite the audience to take part in a Story Slam where they can share their own 5 minute story on the night’s theme. (If the story is really rolling, people can sometimes squeak past the clock.) Our audience votes for the winner with the highly calibrated (not) Human Applause-O-Meter. The winner gets a gift certificate to Tacoma’s King’s Books.

This is what the Slam at our September show, “Neighbors”, sounded like.┬áThe stories below aren’t edited. These are people speaking in the moment, moved to reveal their lives to strangers.

**SLAM WINNER**
Sandy King, Scraping By With The Neighbor

Tamiko Nimura, Meeting At The Corners

Dean Burke, Practically Joking Neighbors

Glenn Sukys, Upstairs from Big Twist

 

 

Megan Sukys: Sunday Morning Stakeout

The view of the neighbor's house.

The view of the neighbor’s house.
Art by Britton Sukys

 

Fearing that a work hiatus was turning into unemployment, Drunken Telegraph co-founder Megan Sukys was determined to accomplish her to-do list on the very Sunday morning that the Tacoma SWAT team surrounded her neighbor’s house.

 

Rachel Doll O’Mahoney: Violently Non-Violent Vashon Island

PHOTO: The_April www.flickr.com/photos/the_april/

This is not a photo of Rachel or her landlord.
PHOTO: The_April www.flickr.com/photos/the_april/

 

Rachel Doll O’Mahoney is a minister by trade and vocation, so she’s pretty committed to peace and understanding. But, a passive aggressive landlord on bucolic Vashon Island, Washington drove her to the darkest fantasies.

 

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Tom Llewellyn: Mrs. Johnson and The Thunder Bomb Dogs

Tom Llewellyn waged a war of harassment with his beloved Thunder Bombs.

Tom Llewellyn waged a war of harassment with his beloved Thunder Bombs.
PHOTO: David Matsui

Tom Llewellyn’s family lived in Redondo Beach, WA before waterfront living was a ‘thing’. But when wealthy business owners started buying up the surrounding property, his single mom found herself the target of unasked-for advice from a well-to-do wife. So, Tom took it upon himself to defend their native rights with a full brick of Thunder Bomb firecrackers.

 

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Tracie Bonjour: The Possibility of a Neighborhood Watch

Tracie Bonjour shares her harrowing encounters with bad neighbors.

Tracie Bonjour shares her harrowing encounters with bad neighbors.
PHOTO: David Matsui

Tracie Bonjour had big plans when she and her husband moved into the Hilltop neighborhood of Tacoma. They wanted to do big picture work in the community, being a part of redevelopment. She didn’t guess that her first opportunity would come from the rowdy, randy folks next door.

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