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The Bellwether Dispatch 6

By , 10 April, 2016, No Comment

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“In which Sherwin and Ronald Vinegar begin to share something unexpected.”

“The Bellwether Dispatch” weather report, treasure hunt, and story can best be understood by listening to “The Bellwether Dispatch” either below or, better yet, through subscription to the AMV podcast on itunes.

Read more about it in the posts below. Questions or want to subscribe? Write to Sherwin at bellwetherdispatch@gmail.com.


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Week 3 – Part 2

The Bellwether Dispatch 5

By , 26 March, 2016, 1 Comment

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“In which Sherwin – determined to get down into the Cottis – stumbles upon a strangeness.”

“The Bellwether Dispatch” weather report, treasure hunt, and story can best be understood by listening to “The Bellwether Dispatch” either below or, better yet, through subscription to the AMV podcast on itunes.

Read more about it in the posts below. Questions or want to subscribe? Write to Sherwin at bellwetherdispatch@gmail.com.


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The Bellwether Dispatch 4

By , 12 March, 2016, 7 Comments

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As a reverse happy birthday present to myself (I am 79 years old according to the most recently agreed upon calendar invention) I am pleased to present, a day early, the 4th installment of the Bellwether Dispatch.

“In which Sherwin attempts to locate the Cottis – a mysterious hole in the abandoned mill floor.”

“The Bellwether Dispatch” weather report, treasure hunt, and story can best be understood by listening to “The Bellwether Dispatch” either below or, better yet, through subscription to the AMV podcast on itunes.


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The Bellwether Dispatch 3

By , 6 March, 2016, 1 Comment

“In which we learn a bit more about Ronald Vinegar and the origins of the Bellwether Dispatch.”

“The Bellwether Dispatch” weather report, treasure hunt, and story can best be understood by listening to “The Bellwether Dispatch” either below or, better yet, through subscription to the AMV podcast on itunes.

The 2nd Postcard will be dispatched by mail tomorrow with clues as to the whereabouts of the 2nd treasure of Amory Snow.

Bellwether Second Online Postcard FInalFor those far off Dispatchers, the Online Postcard can be seen at right. Please examine it closely and minutely as though with a magnifying glass. Discover the secret word, send it to me at bellwetherdispatch at gmail dot com to win the 2nd Collector Card.

At the moment only 4 Dispatchers have the first Collector Card – and so I would suggest that there is no wrong time to start listening, looking, playing. If you are just coming upon the Bellwether Dispatch now and would like to more actively participate, please send an email to bellwetherdispatch at gmail dot com and express your desire to participate – along with your mailing address.

Reminder: to win the Grand Prize, one must either locate the 4 actual treasures hidden in NH and take a Collector Card from each – or get a Card by finding the secret words buried in the 4 online postcard images – or some combination of the two. Collect all 4 Collector Cards, get your Victorious Proof to me before anyone else, and win the subjectively styled Grand Prize.

Happy listening, looking, hunting, collecting.


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The Bellwether Dispatch 2

By , 21 February, 2016, 6 Comments

“In which Sherwin details the aftermath following the release of the first postcard.”
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“The Bellwether Dispatch” can best be understood by listening to “The Bellwether Dispatch” either below or, better yet, through subscription to the AMV podcast on itunes. In fact, certain clues may be buried within the audio stories themselves.

A Number of Things to Note:

1. There are currently 36 Dispatchers. The First Postcard has been dispatched and should be arriving early in the week.
2. Only one person has solved the Online Postcard mystery and emailed the secret word. A Collector Card has been sent off to this person and – to be clear how this works – if that person manages to collect all 4 cards (despite doing so virtually), they will be the Grand Prize winner.
3. Two people – that I know of – have discovered the location of the actual treasure – but they have not yet secured it.
4. The first treasure site will feature an endless supply of rare coins and Collector Cards. The second treasure site will be more limited, 20 coins and 20 Cards. The third will have less of each and for Grand Prize purposes, the final treasure site will feature only one Collector Card.
5. I believe this Treasure Hunt will take some time before all the cards are found and collected. So feel free to begin whenever you like.
6. Hint for the Online Postcard: Examine the properties.
7. Real treasure hint: see the photo below. The treasure is somewhere in there. FullSizeRender (2)


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The Bellwether Dispatch 1

By , 13 February, 2016, 4 Comments

What is “The Bellwether Dispatch”?
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1. “The Bellwether Dispatch” is a series of 8 AMV stories that detail Sherwin’s unfortunate involvement in a town-wide reenactment of a century old historical event in Lemon.

2. “The Bellwether Dispatch” is and was both an inaccurate weather report postcard service and a treasure hunt.

3. “The Bellwether Dispatch” can best be understood by listening to “The Bellwether Dispatch” either below or, better yet, through subscription to the AMV podcast on itunes. In fact, certain clues may be buried within the audio stories themselves.

4. “The Bellwether Dispatch” postcard service can be subscribed to by emailing your name and mailing address to bellwetherdispatch@gmail.com. Sending such information will entitle you to four uniquely beautiful postcards that will arrive via rugged mail. The postcards will not only provide wildly mistaken weather information but also secret clues to special treasure. If you do not wish for an actual postcard, but prefer a virtual one, you can request one at the above email address and you will be directed to the image as housed in a secret internet storage facility.

5. “The Bellwether Dispatch” is in all ways free. It costs nothing to play, listen to, subscribe to – the words we are looking for are these: you have nothing to lose.

6. How valuable is this treasure? It is a little valuable. It will be hard to find in some instances. It may be along one side of the road, it may be on top of a mountain. It will be a pleasing keepsake and a pleasure to find. Riddles may be involved in some cases but never puns.

7. If you find a treasure, it is requested that you send a photograph of yourself – or your hand – securing the treasure as you do so to bellwetherdispatch@gmail.com. These images may be used by the good people of Lemon to further the cause of their reenactment.

8. Each treasure site has more than one item. The sacred contractual notion is this: if you find the treasure site, please take only one “artifact” and leave the rest for others. If and when all the treasure in a particular site is depleted, more will be added.

9. Grand Prize – whoever secures a treasure from each of the four sites will win a Grand Prize. The best way to think of the Grand Prize is like this: the Grand Prize will be Grand. It will be custom fit to the winner based on a pleasingly subjective series of questions. Sherwin will determine the exact nature of the Grand Prize following an awkward interview with the winner and the Grand Prize will exceedingly please said winner and instantly seem to be exactly the right thing.

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In summation, every other Sunday, for the next 8 weeks, a new Bellwether Dispatch postcard will be dispatched. Four postcards in all, four inaccurate weather reports, four sets of clues to four different real treasures buried in 4 different real somewheres in New Hampshire. In the intervening weeks, there will be update narratives of the fallout of each week.

Lamplighters 17 – Bird on a Wire

By , 17 October, 2015, No Comment

TheLamplightersImageWe talk about life and death and decaffeinated coffee and death and dreams and babies!

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Lamplighters 16 – Fun & Dumb

By , 4 October, 2015, No Comment

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Oh we talk about the old timey things like humming and whistling. Also Rick won’t go on vacation with me in a sleeper car. Rick confesses to the freakdom of drinking warm water.

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Last Song for R&F

By , 7 April, 2015, 16 Comments

IMG_0393I wrote the YMB song a little while back when I thought Ron & Fez was ending and then when it didn’t I just kept it to post if the fateful day ever came. The YMB song is not a great song and it’s super short and kind of badly produced and it didn’t feel very meaningful to me yesterday when I uploaded it. But I didn’t want to be silent and I’d done it and so felt some obligation I guess. So this morning while I was driving my son to school I started singing a new song which sort of expressed my feelings about the show and about Ron in particular I suppose. A sort of thank you and an acknowledgement. My gratitude to him. Before R&F I’d been writing music and stories for a long long time and no one ever said a thing about anything I ever made. I didn’t have one of those teacher cheerleaders who funneled me along in the direction of glory etc. So much so that I hadn’t shared a story or song with anyone for years. I just wrote them and kept them. But there was something about the Ron & Fez show that made me feel like my odd brand of whatever might fly in some way. Ron just casts a net so wide that it doesn’t seem to have any visible edge or end point. It’s horizonal. He likes what he likes and it can come from wherever – but he does seem to especially like when people try to figure out their own way toward who they are, however awkward or bizarre. He likes people or artists who fall out of themselves no matter how awkwardly rather than the polished dude imitating the other polished dudes.

So really for me sending stuff in to Ron and my favorite radio show – and him liking it and playing it – marked a huge shift for me. Which then allowed other things to happen. I wouldn’t have written my two plays or done my Atoms Motion podcast. I wouldn’t be working in radio now. It all really goes back to Ron & Fez.

I don’t think I’m alone in that. I think a lot of the R&F fans found in the show a place where they felt some kind of acceptance they never felt before.

So this song, which I guess is the last R&F song I’ll ever write, is about that. The video is below and the song can be downloaded below that.

Feel free to download, but if you want to buy on iTunes you can here.

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Lyrics:
We all come a drowning in the deep blue sea
Hard to find an island that will care for thee
Rowing all alone and singing merrily
Hard to figure out when someone rescues thee
I know your hands tied you’re blowing out the fire
But you helped me push my boat out on the waves
I was out a drowning in the deep blue sea
Couldn’t find an island that would care for me
Rowing all alone and singing merrily
A song I wrote about a man helped rescue me

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By , 6 April, 2015, 4 Comments

Goodbye to my favorite radio show…when it was rolling it was the best thing ever. One amazing thing that Ron did – and I think he did this with other listeners and fans…when I was doing my play, he secretly drove out 5 hours from NYC and sat in the front row. Here’s a little song to say goodbye. IMG_0396_2-300x224


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