Meet the parents: The Piatts tell you about technology and small town life

December 2, 2011

This week, we're podcasting a family affair: First, Nancy Piatt mother of Machete host Christopher, talks about how very far far away from anything the Piatt's home in Victoria, Kansas is, but how that might not be such a bad thing. 

Well here we are, at the beginning of another holiday season, and people are making reservations and plans to head home for those special celebrations.

When our kids come home, it's a bit more challenging than for many of you, because we live five to six hours away from any major airport. Depending on which direction you're coming from, our little town of Victoria, Kansas (population 1200) is located right on I 70, but not close to any metropolitan area.

We are a mere pin-dot on the map, but having lived in placees like Denver, Omaha and Cincinatti, I want to tell you why we find the pluses of living in this little place to far outweigh the minuses.

And next, it's her husband, Bob Piatt, father of Machete host Christopher, who gives us a senior citizen's perspective on how technology has changed over his lifetime. As usual, if you can hear us, this magazine is LIVE.

Strangely enough, I've been in this bar before. Several years ago, I was here for a fundraiser for a local roller derby team. I don't remember, was it Windy City Rollers? (Christopher answers "Yea" from off-stage). Or Hells Bells maybe? (Good job!) I remember thinking at the time, 'This is a little different than the bake sale or car wash fundraisers we have back home.' 

Since this is my second appearance at the Machete, and for almost a year, as Christopher said, I've been trying to think of a phrase topic to bring to this stage. And I think perhaps I have it.

Since I can now qualify for a 69 cent senior citizens discount off the grand-slam at Denny's, I would now feel qualified to discuss a senior citizens perspective on technology.

This Saturday at the Horseshoe, Chicago author Stuart Dybek will be reading a Christmas short story, burlesque artist Plucky Rosenthal will be performing Hanukkah music from the 19th Century New York Yiddish theater, and Christopher Piatt and Amy Verdon read a radio play by the lateArch Oboler. With Maggie Anderson of the Gift Theatre; Josh Zagoren and Chad the Bird; comedian Nicky Margolis; comedian Katie Rich; and University of Chicago scholar Neil Verma. And eclectic orchestral pop music from Canasta.

The Paper Machete is a weekly live magazine at the Horseshoe in North Center. It's always at 3 p.m., it's always on Saturday, and it's always free. Listen to the most recent The Paper Machete Radio Magazine here, or download it from iTunes here.