OK, this episode of “Navel Gazing: The Valley Indy Podcast” is a little weird, I guess.
The NY Times recently did a “Living In” feature on my hometown of Somers, N.Y., an affluent New York City suburb.
It stirred some feelings in me, and I was in a bad mood to begin with, so I invited two people I went to school with from Somers on the podcast to learn whether the article bothered them.
We talk about bullying, being poor, unchecked residential development, being single in a yuppie bedroom community, and what it’s like to watch as your neighborhood transforms from working class to wealthy.
Guest Brian Spears is a special effects makeup guy with an IMDB credit list as long as my arm.
Guest Shannon Heuston channeled her grade-school suffering into “The Playground,” a well-received novel.
At the start of the podcast I go over a few things happening this month in the Valley, including:
- An update on the Ansonia v Ansonia lawsuit
- A scheduled “state of the city” in Derby
- An upcoming public hearing on a 50-foot-tall water tank to be built in west Derby
- A food collection organized by the Derby Town Clerk’s office.
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This podcast is sponsored by ValleyGivesBack.org.