“Helena - "Getting Away with It" Part 1”
Our podcast today was recorded in front of a live audience on May 9, 2019, at The Myrna Loy in Helena, MT. 8 storytellers shared their true personal story on the theme “Getting Away With It”. Today we hear from four of those storytellers.
Our first story comes to us from Gay Eyemon who drops acid with her boyfriend before embarking on a hitchhiking trip to San Francisco for a show at Winterland. Their trip takes an unexpected turn when their driver takes a detour to Oakland to meet up with some friends. Gay calls her story “Just One Look”.
Gay Eyemon is a mom of 5 children and 3 grandchildren. She and her husband farm in Helena, which has always been the dream for her hands *and* her heart. Gay was raised in the Bay Area near San Francisco, and has lived in Montana, her father’s home place, for over 40 years. Stories are the threads that weave her together in the fabric of grace and love. She is Nana to her grandchildren, like the dog in Peter Pan.
Our next story comes to us from Bryan Sharp, who lets us tag along on his mail route as he delivers mail in the neighborhoods of Helena, Montana. Brian’s story is called “A Day in the Life of a Mailman”.
Bryan Sharp started carrying mail before bar codes were used. In 40 years, he has experienced the changes in technology affecting all mail carriers. One thing has *not* changed however, in 40 years, and that is people. People make the job of being a mailman fun and full of surprises.
In our next story, Jenny Buchman Phelps invests the money she earned waiting tables into a new-to-her, Jeep. Knowing that Jeeps are notorious for tipping over, she selects a humorous vanity plate for her rig, with unintended, and unexpected, results. Jenny calls her story “Getting TIPSEE”.
Jenny Buchman Phelps was born and raised in East Helena, Montana. As a young woman she headed west, like the gold prospectors before her, and settled in Helena. Jenny has been doing hair and listening to stories for 11 years. She lives with her husband Colin, daughters Graycen and Grier, and her dog Lane.
In this episode’s final story, Chuck Parrett takes care of a quick chore before church one Sunday & is misdiagnosed with a terrible skin condition as a result. Chuck’s story is called “Sunday Morning Chore”.
Chuck Parrett is a retired water scientist who still likes to play around Montana streams, because, that’s where the fish live. He and his wife Bonnie are native Montanans, who were both born and raised in Butte, America. They have lived most of their lives in Helena, except for a brief stint in Bozeman and a 10-year sojourn in California. They have a son and family in Helena and a daughter and family in California.