Reviewing the News w/ Cody Townsend (Aug 2021) (Ep.181)

On our latest Blister Podcast, Cody and Jonathan discuss wildfire management; athlete sponsorships and why the current model needs to be fixed; emerging technologies designed to capture CO2; having to pay to ski uphill; the prospects of Airbnb returning to its roots; and they also fight about coffee, share what they’re reading and watching, and more.
Skinning up Mt. Crested Butte on January 14th, 2021.

Today, Cody and I are discussing wildfire management; athlete sponsorships and why the current model needs to be fixed; emerging technologies designed to capture CO2; having to pay to ski uphill; the prospects of Airbnb returning to its roots; and we also fight about coffee, share what we’re reading and watching, and more.



8 comments on “Reviewing the News w/ Cody Townsend (Aug 2021) (Ep.181)”

  1. I commented on another podcast about the airbnb situation, and I still stand by the fact that airbnb isn’t the real problem. The real problem is an affordable housing shortage. If you look at anything being approved to be built in these towns, they are not affordable, and on the flip side if they are affordable, you have to be in near poverty to be considered. The way things are going, mountain towns will have no middle class, only the poor that serve the rich and the rich, nothing in the middle. I’ve lived in the mountains and in the front range, I do fairly well, and would love to move back to the mountains, but cannot afford it without being totally house broke (and barely making it at that). The shrinking middle class in the mountains will be the reason there is no heart in the towns. There will be young people/J1s/H2Bs that will serve for a few years to ski and the rich that are barely around. I know there are outliers, but the lack of middle class will be a huge problem for sustaining the towns we all love.

    I really didn’t like Succession when I first watched it. I did a rewatch and thought it was really good. At first I could not get over how unlikable and incompetent everyone was, but the two season build up to the line, “daddy loves the broken you” sealed it for me.

    Love the discussion guys! Keep it up!

  2. This podcast makes me glad I’m a corporate schmo. Yes, it’s boring, I don’t get to do cool stuff everyday, but thank god I don’t have to do cool stuff everyday to eek out of living.

    Cody, no matter how many books you read, you’ll still do it wrong or won’t have the answer. Thank god kids are resilient. Best thing you can do is love your kids (no matter what…harder than you think), and continuously learn because they are. On a pragmatic note, at the beginning my wife and I picked a time of night to do any feeding or deal with any issues. Say 2am. Before 2am, as she was a night time kind of person, she’d get up. After 2am, I’d get up. Saves a lot of discussion. And you can train your kid to sleep at 5 months. It’s worth it. People who go for months letting their kids cry through the night are….ill advised. Lack of sleep and/or anger and frustration never solve anything parenting related. Good luck!

  3. cody ! cody cody cody… while i agree with your general defense/support of dark roast coffee, PLEASE do not uphold Stumptown as a purveyer of such. please. i lived in portland for 30+ years. it WAS a great coffee town until stumptown’s mediocre coffee and great account servicing changed that… Stumptown does not offer the great complexity of great dark roasts : sweet and bitter and burnt and aromatic… their offerings are heavy on sour and musky. sure, tastes are subjective. but, please…

  4. I think you were talking about a tv show, where the guy’s dad messed up his mind, and now his corporate wealth spreads those issues around the world. But maybe you were talking about the Koch Brothers?

  5. The section about pro athletes and how that most are taken advantage of is something that more people need to know. An interesting interview on that topic would be Scotty Cranmer. Not sure that anyone was more at the top of their sport than he was when he sustained his career ending injury.

  6. Re: Wildfire – I recommend books by Stephen Pyne (Fire: a Brief History). Dig around for articles and research by both Jack Coen (extensive research on the wildfire-urban interface) and Thomas Swetnam (fire/forest historian, tree-ring counter extraordinaire).

  7. I’m with Cody on the dark roast claims of that coffee special. I get regular gifts of Japanese dark roast. For a long while I’d drink a bit and then let the remainder get old before I quietly threw it away. Finally, I thought to follow the instructions for water temperature on the back of the packet – 80-85 celsius (not the more usual 90+ I’d do for a lighter roast). Suddenly, the dark roast began to work for me – subtle flavours coming through the smoke and burnt bitterness. Look up Kurasu Coffee from Kyoto talking about their dark roast house blend.

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