Episode 79: This Must Be The Place by Elliott Bangs

Andrea was lonely and vulnerable when she met Loren Wells in San Francisco. He came up to her and introduced himself, telling her favorite joke. He seemed like a great guy. But when she started to respond to his attentions, Loren fled, leaving her only a cryptic note on a napkin…
Also, Rish and Big are joined by several guest stars in the studio today including Wolfman Jack, Casey Kasem, and Casey Kasem? They throw out the question, if you had a time machine, where would you go?

Special thanks to Bryan Lincoln for producing today’s story, and to R.E. Chambliss and Abigail Hilton for lending their voices to today’s episode.

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Related Links:
Elliott Bangs’s site
Bryan Lincoln’s Full Cast Podcast site
R.E. Chambliss’s site
Abbie Hilton’s Cowry Catcher’s Site
Some sound effects were provided by freesound.org.
Music was The Source Of Rejuvenescence by Reju, Les Poulains Disco by J.C. Pierre and Francois Rolland, and She Could Be In The Beatles by the Mod-est Lads.
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16 Responses to “Episode 79: This Must Be The Place by Elliott Bangs”

  1. I’m sorry, Big, but Rish’s impressions are way better than yours, and if you ever feel the compunction to do Wolfman Jack again… please don’t. :)

    STORY: I think I needed to know earlier that this was the 80s. I might have been able to pick up on it earlier if I was reading the text, but I don’t know. Other than the musical interludes, there was no real “80s feel” until I was told it was the 80s. Also, like the previous story, the denouement went on WAY too long — okay, he’s dead, you have the motorcycle, do you really need to be spending months just sitting on it? Or could you have saved several paragraphs by looking it over, opening the seat, and zooming off to the 60s?

    PRODUCTION: Pretty good.

    COMMENTARY: I’d probably go back to 1996. Senior year of high school; girlfriend who, well, let’s just say she was more like one of Big’s than one of Rish’s; I liked the music and the movies (Grosse Pointe Blank FTW); and then I started college in the latter half. That was cool.

    But I wouldn’t want to LIVE there.

    • It’s all Rish’s fault. He just doesn’t get that not everyone can do these impressions that he can do. It’s like one of those math savant-types that just expects the rest of the world to be able to keep up with them when discussing calculus. So when he says, “let’s do Wolfman Jack and Casey Kasem,” even though I know it will suck, I’m kind of obliged, because he won’t let me say no.

      But, yes, I’m well aware that Rish’s impressions are better than mine. That’s why I always start out whatever impression I might be doing by saying, “I’m Casey Kasem,” or, “I’m Wolfman Jack,” or whatever. Because if I don’t, people won’t have the slightest idea who I’m supposed to be.

  2. Cambodia Carl Says:

    I think you’re selling yourself short, Big Anklevich.

    NOBODY knows who Wolfman Jack is anymore.

  3. I really dug the story. Neat twist on time travel. I do wonder if the ending was suggesting she’d go back and loop herself in the ’60s like this guy did in the ’80s. I donno, it didn’t work out too well for him, you’d think she’d learn. :P

    I was 7 in 1984, so when I think of that year, I mostly think about He-Man, Transformers and Thundercats. :p I grew to appreciate the music and movies and whatnot of the era as an adult, but there’s no emotional connection in that regard for me. I don’t think I’d care to loop myself in any time period I hadn’t experienced extensively – it’d be too alien for me.

    Finally, BOOOO for all the ‘Kokomo’ hate! :p My taste in music is morer betterer than your taste in music, etc, etc. ;)

  4. I thought the the story was only okay, but mostly because I thought, why would you track down a looser like this? But then, a time traveler does hold a certain appeal, so who knows, maybe I’d even track down a looser if he were a time traveler.

    1984 was a tough year. I graduated high school that year, and it was a stressful time for me and I don’t think I’d want to relive all that drama. I’d go back to the summer of 81. That was a great summer for me.

    The summer of 1977 is kindof fuzzy, but I do remember going to see Star Wars. I remember the line running all the way down the block and we didn’t see it that day, but we did go on a later date. While the theater was still packed, we didn’t have to stand in the crazy line.

  5. Just found your podcast, enjoyed the story and, surprisingly, the banter between the hosts! I have fond memories of 1984. I think some one mentioned the story was very unique, but the couple with one partner time travelling is heavily influenced by the “time Traveller’s Wife” surely, and repeating the same chunk of time over and over again? Groundhog Day anyone? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Time_loop
    Did not harm my enjoyment of the story though.

    Now I am going to check out some of your other podcasts, thanks guys.

    • Groundhog Day is hardly the first. This story’s premise reminded me completely of “A Very Good Year,” by Roger Zelazny. I think I prefer that story overall. There were some good lines in this one, but the emotional responses felt oddly off-kilter in places. I think one of the hardest things is to base a short story on a romantic relationship and try to portray the beginning of it. If the chemistry doesn’t work, there aren’t a lot of ways to force it within the confines of the word limit. She only ever seems vaguely annoyed with him in the story.

  6. Elliott Bangs Says:

    Generally I feel like I should keep out of a discussion like this, for fear I might make someone self-conscious about being justifiably brutal in their critique of the story.

    HOWEVER, I just need to say, under oath and for the record, that I had never heard of The Time Traveler’s Wife until roughly two weeks after Strange Horizons told me they’d accepted the story. It was a depressing moment.

    Of course, all creative work is derivative, so depending on what you mean by “influenced”, Pat, I might completely agree. But on any conscious level, in any useful sense of the word, I promise that this story is original. At least it was to me, when I wrote it.

    Carry on.

    • Sean Ford Says:

      You shouldn’t get too defensive about this one, Mr. Bangs. I’ve read alot of time travel stories and yours wasn’t like any I’ve read (including Time Travelers Wife). Sure, it may have a thing or two in common with another story, but just because “Terminator” and “Back To The Future” are both about time travel and came out around the same time doesn’t mean one ripped off the other, or had anything in common with it.

      I don’t know if we can swear on this page, but I think your story kicked ass.

  7. It’s tough not to chime in when it’s your story being discussed! I’ve read Time Traveler’s Wife and aside from the time travel and love story aspects of it, there really isn’t much of a similarity. The time travel in it is completely involuntary, unlike what Loren is doing!

    I had so much fun recording this! The “Stop blinding me with science!” line was my favorite. And I loved hearing the other voices’ in the final production. I’m glad you liked how your cereal-slurping Bud turned out, Big. And I thought Rish brought Loren to life in such a way that Andrea’s interest in him made a lot of sense. Abbie was great as the PI too.

    My take on their relationship is that Andrea has so many problems of her own that she can’t admit, even to herself, all of the reasons why she’s drawn to Loren. She tells us some of them, and that she looks him up in Chicago because she’s lonely, but she’s so closed off emotionally that she can’t go into great detail about what she likes about him. I hope she’s happy back in the 60s, but I doubt it.

    I’m old compared to most of you. I do remember 1977. In fact, Star Wars came out on my 7th birthday. My dad won tickets to an early screening and he brought me to see it. He told me it was going to be about robots. I remember coming home and telling my mom how tired I was because of all that had happened in the movie. I loved it. We watched it again later-but twice was nothing in comparison to some people. They would brag about how many times they went to see it. And it was SO exciting when Empire Strikes Back finally came out, but agonizing to have to wait until Return of the Jedi to find out what happened to Han.

    As for what year I’d like to repeat, I don’t know… College was fun, but probably because I was in college, not because it was the late 80s early 90s, necessarily. I don’t think I could choose just one year…

    A few more comments: I do still like you guys! You can call me Renee, or REC, whatever. And huge thanks to Bryan for thinking of me for this and doing such a great job with the production!

  8. The Mod-est Lads Says:

    Thanks for playing our song! Nice story, too!

  9. I was there in May 1977 when Star Wars came out and what you have heard is true. The build-up for it started at least a year earlier as stories began to dribble out on this new movie that was using brand-new technologies that would blow our minds. The articles about Lucas, about the main characters, about the world-building, about the costumes. Everything. This stuff is common-place now, but it was a first back then.

    I didn’t make opening night, but I was there the second night. Star Wars was showing in half of the eight theaters (in what passed for a multi-plex back then). Our theater was packed and when the “STAR WARS” icon flashed on the screen the entire audience burst into spontaneous, sustained applause. We were eating out of the palm of George’s hand for the entire flick. At the end — standing ovation.

    It remains, to this day, my favorite and best movie-going experience.

    Phantom Menace, on the other hand, may have been the worst. That kid! That damned kid! That Jar Jar! Ugh.

    My pick for Anakin as a boy? That kid from The Sixth Sense. Wouldn’t he have been awesome?

  10. I really loved this one. I’m very much a child of the 80’s and the playlist itself was enough to make me experience a sort of time travel myself as I was listening. Those music clips really worked for me. I liked the story, the acting, the production… this was pretty much a big win all around for me. Thanks everyone.

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