Class #37: Chasing The Boom

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Download: The MP3 File (Length: 44m -- 31 MB)

Andy Wood is a stand-up comic who also runs Portland's Bridgetown Comedy Festival and the LA Podcast Festival.  He also hosts the podcast Probably Science.  Andy is a guy who has been at the place and time to be part of two major economic booms: the dot com boom and the early 2000's housing boom.  It turns out those booms were bubbles and they burst.... on Andy. 

In this class we talk about: 

  • The lavish excess of San Francisco's dot com boom.
  • The bursting housing bubble and the mortgage crisis.   
  • Owning multiple homes and being a landlord. 
  • A housing lawsuit.   
  • Being a victim of a Nigerian scammer. 
  • How these bursting bubbles lead him to comedy. 
  • How he almost died in 9/11. 
  • The suicide of a business associate. 

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