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The WyzGuy Radio Show is dedicated to Educating and Inspiring through conversations with todays top-talents in the world of glass. Along with Artists, Host Jason Michael shares conversations with experts in areas pertaining to law, health, and business in hopes to bring light to areas of concern. Whether its heavy metal toxins, paying taxes, or how to properly set up a glass studio, we have a ton of fun in store for you.
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Aug 9, 2018
Episode 199 (Part 2.): JB vs. Lerker... The Path to Diversified Creativity
- continuing education is key to unlock the path towards mastery 
 
 
Part-2 starts at the conceptual point of his line "The Lerker" that led to His time teaching and accompanied gallery opening that showcased his current body of work.
 
Continuing education is key to unlocking the path towards mastery  
 
Hey hey hey hey!!!!   Thanks for tuning in to Episode 199.  This interview has been chopped into two episodes as they cover the last 7-years of Jarred’s glass journey.   In Part 1 we cover his beginnings up to his first solo class that he taught as well as his first gallery show which were held on the same weekend at Zen Glass Studios in St.Petersburg, Fl.    This interview has been in the works for sometime now and being that JB is my brother it seemed like it was time to bring him on. He’s super talented and has a great perspective and thoroughly shares his ups and downs.   
 
 
Truly Hope you enjoy our conversation and don’t forget to check his work out on Instagram @jb_glass and @lerk_the_world 
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Aug 3, 2018
Episode 199 Part 1: JB - Lerking in a World Of Glass 
 
 
Hey hey hey hey!!!!   Thanks for tuning in to Episode 199.  This interview has been chopped into two episodes as they cover the last 7-years of Jarred’s glass journey.   In Part 1 we cover his beginnings up to his first solo class that he taught as well as his first gallery show which were held on the same weekend at Zen Glass Studios in St.Petersburg, Fl.    This interview has been in the works for sometime now and being that JB is my brother it seemed like it was time to bring him on. He’s super talented and has a great perspective and thoroughly shares his ups and downs.   
 
Part 2-will start at the conceptual point of his line that led to his class and galary show.    
 
Truly Hope you enjoy our conversation and don’t forget to check his work out on Instagram @jb_glass and @lerk_the_world 
 
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Jul 25, 2018
Episode 198: Generating revenue in the "Shared Economy"- (On the Road Edition)
 
While behind the torch there is nothing worse then stressing about anything, especially bills. On this episode I discuss the different aspects and the importance of keeping a day job or generating revenue until you can TRULY afford to support yourself as a full-time glass artist.
 
Dave Ramsey, who has helped millions get out of debt and changed families finances for the last two decades, preaches the importance of an emergency fund. He describes the emergency fund as this... "An emergency fund is simply money you’ve set aside for unexpected events in life. We’re talking about true emergencies here, like a car wreck, a hospital visit, or a leaky roof........you’re self-employed, or you earn straight commission, then a six-month emergency fund is probably a better idea for you since a job loss could make you unable to pay the bills."  Dave suggests 3-6 months worth of savings should be able to pay all of your bills, groceries and any other necessity that will get you through whatever emergency you may have.                  https://daveramsey.com/blog/quick-guide-to-your-emergency-fund
 
When starting any business you should already have put away 90-days of savings to pay for the business expenses alone in the case you have Little to No sales. That way you can at least pay the rent, keep the power on and hope that patrons visit and spend money. In the case of the self employed artist  you should have 2-separate accounts, one personal and one-business, each containing a 90-day emergency fund.  This all depends on the type of business you have whether solo-preneur or a larger scaled business with lots of overhead. Either way there are many variables for each situation that will ultimately decide which type of  emergency fund is nedded.
 
The 3-6 month emergency fund is there to get you through the slow months but also there in case you burn yourself and can't work for a few days or even worse, weeks. What if you severed a nerve in your hand from a sharp rod of glass or something even as simple as slipping and landing on your wrist and spraining it.  If you can't take the time off to allow your body to heal the injury will be prolonged and inevitably not heal properly. Below is a simple method to help you calculate how much you will need to put in savings.
 
Here's a way to calculate you basic needs for the business: Sit down and write everything you pay to keep your shop running. This includes you average oxygen and propane costs, power(if it's separate from the house or at a studio location), average material bill(refer to B), rent (if paying), est monthly shipping costs, etc..
 
Once you have this written down plug your number into the PDF form I've made available for printing. You should have a folder dedicated to your business expenses to be able to keep track of your monthly average expenses.  REMEMBER- This is a monthly average so you need to take into consideration the slow times and busy times plus the importance of keeping your books up to date.  This will make the process of calculating these expenses simplified.      PDF LINK
 
 
I hope this helps you think about the seriousness of saving.  This is an area that isn't easy to start but once you do it becomes routine and habit.  Art is supposed to be enjoyed. Even wen its production. There is no reason to be stressed out while being creative as it will hinder your imagination and your glass will know it.  Free yourself with a safety net and feel proud that you busted your butt and were able to save a substantial amount of money. This might take 3 to 6 to 9 months to accomplish but as Dave Ramsey says "Live like no one else so later you can live like no one else.    Good luck..You got this
 
any questions check out Dave Ramsey's website and give his syndicated show or podcast a listen   
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Jul 15, 2018
Episode 197: Noah Loudon- Seeing glass from an Architectural Perspective

Bio: Born mothers day May 11, 1996 in Greenbre, California. Attended Hampshire college for 2 years. I began working with borosilicate glass in May of 2015. My now close friend Sky Hayze was selling his work at a small college Saturday market. I introduced myself and was blown away that he had created the glass pieces in front of me. From then on I slowly began to obsess over the glass more and more. It is now my center and growing into a full time career.
 
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Jun 25, 2018
Episode 196: Josh St.George- Talking Family, Glass, and Winning Round-1 in Season 2 Tournament of Fire


     I've been on the torch since I was 12 years old when I started making marbles in a family owned workshop. From there I worked my way up using the name Yoshi glass since I was always jumping around. As I grew and matured in life and in my art I took more pride in my given name and now sign all my work "St George." I like to challenge myself to try to make new designs, using my old techniques and making new ones as I go. When I'm not on the torch I build up my 4x4 truck, work on my house, my RC trucks and spend time with my with wife and baby girl. I love being a glass artist and having the opportunity to balance work and play. There is a constant evolution in this industry and I'm excited to see where it takes us.-St.George
 
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Jun 19, 2018

Episode 195:Josh(Smitty)- Co-Owner of Smokin Smittys smoke shop  with 3-locations in Montana. Bozeman-Billings-Butte.  You can find them on Instagram @smokin_smittys     

They are the Winning smoke shop Sponsor of Artist Josh St.George @st.george who won 1st place in the first round of Season 2 in The Tournament of Fire. An online social media glass blowing competition .  Check out @tournament_of_fire on Instagram

Smokin' Smittys won "Smoke Shop of the Year" at this years 2018 GlassVegas trade show.  In celebration GlassVegas is throwing a party with demonstrations by glass artists Hic Dogg, Tammy Baller, and Bob Harley Dawg with special guest Lacey St. George (Laceface) 8/18/18


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Jun 12, 2018
Episode 194: Geremiah Benge- Finding diversity to be the key to success
 
Bio: I'm Geremiah Benge of Benge Bang Glass. I'm 23, born in Houston, Tx and raised in the far out skirts in a town called Livingston. I've always had this drawing passion for all art, whether it be pencil drawings, music, or most currently, lampworking. I was enticed into the flame a little over a year ago by a good friend, and have been on this whirlwind journey ever since. As a dwarf amongst giants, I feel I am making my own way and forging friendships in the glass community that I wouldn't be able to do without putting myself out there and being knowledgeable about my trades. Whether my inspiration be this podcast, nature, or even dungeons and dragons, I isolate it, and execute what's in my thoughts. A quote I live by is from the football player Emmitt Smith. "All men are created equal, some work harder in preseason."
 
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Jun 4, 2018

 

Episode 193: Kevin Beecher-East Coast MELT

   
     
Kevin was born In 1976 and has been blowing glass for close to 21 years. He learned the basics of lampworking in  Arcata, California before returning to Pennsylvania and continued to learn this art on his own.  FInd out more about Kevin in his interview.

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East Coast Melt

     Come spend five days at Independent Lake Camp in Northeastern PA on September 10th - 14th, 2018, surrounded with like minded people. Not only will you get to see some of the best glassblowing in the country, but you'll also have access to as much torch time as you can handle. Learn from established artists through glass demonstrations and informative seminars. Come with a group and stay in one of the summer camp style cabins on site--complete with full baths and electricity. When you wake up, our kitchen staff will be prepared to provide you with three square meals a day, as well as late-night snacks. We will keep you fed, as you will need your energy to handle the many activities available at this camp. Including, but not limited to, a skate park, BMX track, paddle boats, canoeing and kayaking. To cap off each night, enjoy DJs throughout the week in the torch tent area. Be prepared for a couple great bands on Friday night and a spectacular fireworks display. Think of it as a summer camp for glass blowers. It's going to be the experience of a lifetime.

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May 28, 2018
     Episode 192:Rex Estrada- The love of science and exploration from the perspective of a glass artist


     Rex Estrada is co-owner of Blissful Glass with his wife Alaina who is a talented artist on her own and helps keeping the business running smoothly.

     Rex started blowing glass at the age of 14 as a hobby and has been in love with it ever since. His hobbies outside of glass are gardening and inventing.  He enjoys researching and discovering new things everyday. Whether it is learning how to take care of his garden like making his own soil and saving seeds or listening to the newest information being released on his favorite podcasts. Rex has many passions that cover many spectrum's of science and wants to help influence positive change in the world.
 
Find Rex on Instagram @blissfulglass
 
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Apr 25, 2018
Episode 191: Steven Geller-From Weekend Warrior to Full-time Artist 
 
This weeks episode was a ton of fun to record. Steven and I had a great chat about his early beginnings as a weekend warrior glass blower to where he is now as a full-time artist.  He finds that his favorite items to make are customs made for a specific person.  He shares how he was able to go from working a full-time job as a delivery driver to behind the torch full-time as well as some fun ideas on marketing and selling your glass.   
 
You can find Steven on Instagram @stellerglass 
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My name is Steven Geller (Steller) born and raised in stockton California.  I was introduced to the flame at the end of 2002 at the age of 18 and began my own journey in March of 2003 at 19. I learned sorta cave Man style with a lot of trial and error but came to be what I am now because of the friends I have who don’t accept “good enough”. Starting a family young I was a weekend warrior glass blower working all week and getting only my free time which was scarce to blow glass.  It was my one true hobby until 2015 when I was convinced by some friends to try a trade show and with no time to work I managed to make enough glass to convince my self I could make a living. I’ve since won 2nd place in the 2017 glassblowers challenge which is a team event at acala glass studio in Oakland ca then the following year won 1st is the 2018 glassblowers challenge.  I’ve participated in a couple Boro derby’s now, the most recent of which being at the glass Vegas event where I managed to get recognized with 2 award for my derby car. My education is actually very limited.  Until sitting in a salt lesson at east coast Melt 2 years ago I’ve never really experienced a class setting in the art but over the past few years getting out more and collaborating with more and more artists I have had the opportunity to ask questions and learn so much in a short period of time...
 
 
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Apr 10, 2018
Episode 190: Lacey (Laceface) St. George..."Elements of a Warrior"

     Lacey (LaceFace) St. George was born in Grants Pass, Oregon. She was exposed to the blossoming art form of glass blowing and pipe making from an early age. Determined from the beginning to create beauty, Lacey fell in love with the color, fluidity, and form of glass the moment she began working on the torch in 2004.
     
     Lacey spent the next several years concentrating on her growing skills as a glass artist while simultaneously putting herself through school. After graduating with an associate degree in the Arts, she become heavily involved in the expanding glass pipe art movement. In 2009, Lacey began attending several trade shows and flame off competitions around the country, her dedication was rewarded by her receiving several of  the pipe industries highest honor’s and awards of achievements. Wishing to evolve her artistry even further, Lacey St. George found that collaborations with her friends and peers helped her to accomplish creative and innovative artworks and also enable her to think and work outside of her comfort zone. Now Lacey creates with many of the industries most renowned artists, motivated as a community leader to push the limitations of glass art. Her modern masterpieces of glass art exemplify the power and spirit of this amazing woman and also speak volumes for her determination to succeed as a leading woman in the male dominated glass art industry.  
 
The medium of glass is my doctrine, teaching me the ways of patience, discipline, and determination.  Daily I praise the fluid like forms while dancing with the flames, willing them to speak, and to show me the light.           -Lacey St. George

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Apr 1, 2018

Episode 189- Pedro Grime..Accelerated Learning Through Necessity

     "Here is a brief summary and why you may or may not like my pipes. I was born and raised in Los Angeles California before moving and settling to Colorado Springs with my wife. My wife has four children, myself included. I became obsessed with glass the moment I tried melting boro in December of 2013. Since starting I have had the honor of placing at several Champs glass games events as well as a Firepower Production event. I enjoy the Neverending lessons that glass has to offer as they are the only thing that seems the quell the voices raging inside."-Pedro

 

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Mar 16, 2018
 Episode 188 Terry Sharp... Grand Champion of the First Annual “Tournament of Fire” 
 
I started blowing glass in 1997 in Eugene, Oregon making bowl slides for JBD with my friends Carter Masters and Sunny. In 1999 I relocated to Indianapolis and made various production pipes for local shops. 2008 I took a class with Marcel and Jason Lee they catapulted my skills and gave me the confidence to make more complex pieces. After that I continued to make production and art pieces and take classes with other great artists for several years. 2014 I moved to Denver and with the help of social media continued to spread my works all across the world.  -Terry Sharp
 
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Mar 8, 2018

Episode 187- Eric Goldschmidt..Don’t limit yourself by being a one-trick-pony

Erics bio :
Working as a candle maker for a few years, Eric’s interest in molten media was born in 1993. After three years of working with wax, flameworking found him. In 1996, Eric’s roommate set up a torch in their garage and Eric became captivated by the processes and possibilities of flameworking. Throughout the past 21 years he has devoted his efforts to practicing and developing the techniques of several well-known glass instructors, while studying and assisting with many of the World’s most talented glass artists. These experiences have given him a vast array of techniques from which to draw. He combines this wealth of knowledge with his own interests in the subtle energies of the natural world, delicate forms, and the capture of raw human emotions to create original new works.
Eric held the position of Resident Flameworker at The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass for six years where he was able to share his knowledge and passion for glass with thousands of students and museum visitors. He then worked with Arribas Brothers Company where he designed, developed, and produced works at Walt Disney World. He returned to The Corning Museum of Glass in the spring of 2008 to accept a position as Team Leader of the Flameworkers, and he is currently the Supervisor of Properties of Glass Programs. This position allows him to develop demonstrations that help to educate, inspire, and spread the word of the very fascinating glass World to hundreds of thousands of visitors per year. Of course, Eric will always be dedicated to the expression of his own voice through his favorite medium of glass. He continues to exhibit his work and teach both in the United States and abroad.


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Feb 16, 2018

Episode 186- (best of) Paul Stephan aka Micro

 

Paul has been a full time glass artist for almost 2 decades. He discuses his difficulties during his first year and how he almost gave up on his glass career. After pushing through his rough spot he found his groove and is now beginning his 8th year in his MARIO series. We discuss his he begins the process of designing each Milli image and how his wife is an intricate part of his success when it comes to the design and layout of each series. We also dive into how to get into the flow state, what the flow state is and how specific parts of the flow state affects us when it comes to being in the “zone” There's a chart post in the show notes showing the areas or creativity and where the flow state happens

Flow State Chart

Paul also shares his passion for racing and how he started that adrenaline filled journey as well as all his answers in the crashing the kiln round.

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Badda Skat. This track is titled "False Clouds". Stay tuned for the full track at for the end of the episode.


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Feb 3, 2018

Episode 185- Tax talk. Why you should Treat your business like a restaurant

 

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For merchants cost accounting is rather useful. The idea behind it is simple: buy cheap, sell expensive. To maximize your profits, you should use your limited resources (money) for activities that give you the best return on your investment. Manufacturing on the other hand, was usually less concerned with book keeping. With the different materials coming in and products going out, tools needed, and time used, it would have been difficult to keep track of it all.
Historically manufacturers probably used more of a gut-feeling approach and experience to set their prices. Besides, their goal was often not profit maximization but merely to have a good life. As Daniel Defoe observed: “There’s nothing more frequent, than for an Englishman to work till he has got his pocket full of money, and then go and be […] drunk, till, tis all gone.”

When manufacturing products each item has a specific COG(cost of goods) required to complete. This incudes the raw material to create,(direct cost), plus the gases, and labor(indirect costs)

Part of this issue is whether or not we should determine the waste left after the manufacturing process of said item. Whether you pull points or attach blowpipes, there will be material that is scrap and considered waste. In some fields scrap is considered reusable so for this chat I will be referring to the leftovers as waste which is unable to be reused and therefor sold. To use the food industry for a reference they have plenty of waste associated with the manufacturing of meals.

For example: If broccoli is on the menu, then a bulk order of broccoli is needed. Say each head of broccoli weighs 1lb and comes in a 10lb box that cost $20.00. . This would mean the cost of each unit of broccoli costs $2.00. When the broccoli is being prepped to cook a portion of the broccoli is removed and would be considered waste. Lets say 50% is how much of the broccoli is removed which would mean 50% is left. This would bring the true cost of each unit to $4.00 per head of broccoli since technically we just removed 50% of the weight but it still cost us $20.00 total for the initial 10lb box.

We can use the same mathematical concept when it comes to calculating cost of goods manufactured. Say for example initial material weighed 2lb.to create a- 3" wrap and rake spoon with .50 to make in direct cost (raw material)and an additional indirect cost(overhead) of .50. This unit would initially cost $1.00 to manufacture. After the item is made you are left with a little bit of waste which for the sake of this example lets call it 1/2lb. of material leaving the final product weighing 1.5lbs

When we estimated our baseline costs for this item we figured a 3"w/r spoon weighs 2lbs (chunky spoon) which costs $1.00 to make, so if we do the math and break down the cost, we can determine


SPOOON= initial cost to manufacture $1.00
(raw material + overhead)
Total weight = 2 lbs- 1/2 lb waste leftover after manufacturing waste = $.50

now if you work for a week and manufacture 100- 3'wrap and rakes you will have an estimated amount of waste at $25.00 multiply that by 12- months and you'll see that theres approx $300.00 in waste. this is one way to look at it.. 100(3”w/r)/week=$25.00 in waste

the other perspective is to increase the direct cost to manufacture each item by adding the waste back into the peice. We figured to waste cost $.50 and the actual item when complete weighs 1.5lbs. so you can then add the $.50 back into the cost to manufacture the item which would mean the 1.5lbs of material costs $1.00.

in the end talk to your accountant and ask them what they recomend you do to keep track of this info. whether A- you seperate the true cost to manufacture from waste. or B. you ignore the waste but increase the cost of goods by the amount of the value you predetermined for the item manufactured.

Either way before you begin adding new items to your catalog, estimate the direct cost(raw material) to manufacture as well as Overhead(indirect cost) when figuring out costs per item made. this will not only give you a baseline cost of your new products it will also give you a base line number to price your item to be sold at both wholesale and retail.


reference http://www.accountingcoach.com/

Manufacturing cost is the sum of costs of all resources consumed in the process of making a product. The manufacturing cost is classified into three categories: direct materials cost, direct labor cost and manufacturing overhead.

What are manufacturing costs?

Manufacturing costs are the costs necessary to convert raw materials into products. All manufacturing costs must be attached to the units produced for external financial reporting under US GAAP. The resulting unit costs are used for inventory valuation on the balance sheet and for the calculation of the cost of goods sold on the income statement.

Manufacturing costs are typically divided into three categories...
1. Direct materials. This is the cost of the materials which become part of the finished product. For example, the cost of wood is a direct material in the manufacture of wooden furniture.
2. Direct labor. This is the cost of the wages of the individuals who are physically involved in converting raw materials into a finished product. For example, the wages of the person cutting wood into the specified lengths and the wages of the assemblers are direct labor costs in a furniture factory.
3. Factory overhead or manufacturing overhead. Factory overhead refers to all other costs incurred in the manufacturing activity which cannot be directly traced to physical units in an economically feasible way. The wages of the person who inspects the completed furniture and the depreciation on the factory equipment are part of the factory overhead costs. Factory overhead is also described as indirect manufacturing costs.
Deduction for Food Waste

Restaurants, grocers and other businesses that carry food in inventory can deduct the cost of purchasing all of their food supplies like any other ordinary business expense. The business gains the tax deduction as soon as it incurs the expense, regardless of whether the food is sold to a customer or tossed into a dumpster. Because the deduction reduces the business’ taxable income, the total savings depends on at what rate the business is taxed.

Jan 22, 2018
Episode 184- Takoda Madrona: Discussing his new show “Double Blown
 
Takoda was born in Vermont,  went to school in Arizona and Hawaii, and returned to Vermont in 2009. He completed high school in Hawaii and then two years of community college before becoming a full time glassblowing instructor. 
 
     Starting in 2012 he began his journey in glass and continues to this day where he is currently living in Burlington Vermont.  From 2013-2017 Takoda taught beginner and advanced one on one glassblowing lessons, repaired glass, developed production line glass for a small local company, taught others to make said pieces, and took on custom projects. Currently he is no longer teaching but still repairs glass and the occasional custom order.  His teacher  was Dylan Davis who no longer blows glass.  Other than the 20 hours Takoda spent learning from Dylan, he gathered knowledge from watching others work online and at demos along with working with friends. He is fortunate to live in an area with a lot of local talented glass artists who occasionally get together and share each other’s .  
 
You can find Takoda on instagram @TakodaMedrona or on his YouTube channel search Takoda or Double Blown.    He has recently launched a new YouTube show called double blown where he shares tips and tricks as well as discusses topics that impact our community.   I’ve been looking forward to this chat since reaching out to Takoda when I was tagged in a post for his new show.   His pendant work is amazing and has a southwest Indian Look with his intricate patterns and use of colors in his fillachellos.   He has a turtorial on his YouTube channel sharing his process of this technique.   A few topics I wanna cover with him is the origin of his name as it is his really name.  Also how in the hell does one work as a glass artists in the winter if you’re not below the snow belt. 
 
 
    Some quick house keeping....
 
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Hope you enjoy this chat with takoda madrona as I know it’s going to be insightful and fun 
 
Love you bunches. Happy Melting and Have a Wyz Day!! ..  
 
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Jan 12, 2018

Episode 183- J.D. Maplesden returns to discuss his film  "Vagabong:The American Pipe Dream"

Follow the journey of J.D. Maplesden as he shares the stories and passion of an ever growing community of glass artists pushing the boundries of the glass pipe.

https://vimeo.com/ondemand/vagabong/248534498

 

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Jan 7, 2018

Hey everyone. Wanted to touch base and say hello and kick off the new year. Stay tuned for upcoming shows and announcements, as well as don’t forget to check out our sponsors.
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Happy melting and will talk soon!

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