In this bonus episode hosts Koji Steven Sakai and M. Martin Mapoma speak to Katie Banh and Stephanie Sheppard about their best or worst day of their lives.
Voice Over Host 0:02
This is the best or worst podcast. And now here are your hosts Koji, Steven Sakai and Martin Mapoma.
Koji Steven Sakai 0:13
Hi this is Koji just wanted to release this episode. We did this before. We kind of changed our format but such a great interview. It was with our friends Katie and Stephanie. So have a listen and enjoy. Yo Yo, yo.
Martin Mapoma 0:28
What’s up what’s up?
Koji Steven Sakai 0:29
That’s like the worst intro ever. Welcome to the show. My name is Koji
Martin Mapoma 0:32
and my name is Martin.
Koji Steven Sakai 0:33
And you have listened to the show. We This is episode number 5
Martin Mapoma 0:38
Koji Steven Sakai 0:40
- Technically four, okay. Yeah, I should write this down before we get started because it’s kind of super unprofessional.
Martin Mapoma 0:47
Koji Steven Sakai 0:48
How are you doing tonight?
Martin Mapoma 0:50
I’m good. Did you notice how I did not interrupt you or speak over you?
Koji Steven Sakai 0:52
Yeah, that was nice.
Martin Mapoma 0:53
I do my best.
Koji Steven Sakai 0:54
Are you feeling okay? I know you weren’t feeling well.
Martin Mapoma 0:56
Yeah, I feel like hammered shit, but you know,
Koji Steven Sakai 0:59
I’ll give you a massage later.
Martin Mapoma 1:03
We have this. I don’t if I can say it, you can say it.
Koji Steven Sakai 1:10
Martin Mapoma 1:11
Yeah. going on between the two of us.
Koji Steven Sakai 1:12
Yeah That might be racist. We probably don’t want it
Martin Mapoma 1:15
you can get away with it because
Koji Steven Sakai 1:17
Martin Mapoma 1:18
No. So so it’s kind of funny. He says this real quickly is that okay? I say this because so I was a So I was at to the gym the other day and
Koji Steven Sakai 1:31
you saw an Oriental person.
Martin Mapoma 1:32
No, no so my buddy Jeff and I were, you know, you know working with him and we have a new chiropractor in our space and her assistant came out earlier this that doesn’t matter. Anyway, so this guy’s really nice guy and we’re like so we’re I wasn’t sure who they were the two chiropractors in this office acupuncturist actually. Anyway, long story short, so this guy comes out we’re talking about it. So, uh, who were the two acupuncturists over there? This is a JC he’s Yeah. Her and then there’s another oriental girl.
Koji Steven Sakai 2:02
Martin Mapoma 2:03
my buddy Jeff was married to an Asian woman. We kinda both looked at each other. This guy was so nice. We knew he had no idea what he just said.
Koji Steven Sakai 2:11
That was a really long story for that. I was waiting to try to figure out
Martin Mapoma 2:14
Oh, come on here. So I know the reason the where I was going on was that you know, when you said I went to massage, I in my head was playing it back. I had that conversation with you, but I had it was my buddy Jeff. You know what I mean,
Koji Steven Sakai 2:24
So you’re saying all Asians look like?
Martin Mapoma 2:26
Of course they do.
Koji Steven Sakai 2:27
Okay, and just just make sure that that’s what you’re saying? I am well, thanks for asking, Martin.
Martin Mapoma 2:31
I did ask you how you were.
Koji Steven Sakai 2:32
Oh you did
Martin Mapoma 2:32
Koji Steven Sakai 2:33
I totally missed that. I’m sorry. I’m gonna I’m gonna have to listen to see if you actually asked me.
Martin Mapoma 2:37
Koji, How are you?
Koji Steven Sakai 2:38
I am busy.
Martin Mapoma 2:39
You look busy. You look a little stressed
Koji Steven Sakai 2:41
super, super, super stressed. I had like three to three projects at the same time come my way, like this Chinese production that I’m writing. It’s like it’s supposed to be like, I suppose write it last year. They paid me a bunch of money last year to do it. And then I never
Martin Mapoma 2:55
they came to collect
Koji Steven Sakai 2:55
no and like and then all of a sudden they’re like, well, so they paid me to write the treatment. I wrote the treatment. And then I suppose read the script, but I never wrote the script because they never they never move forward with it. And then like suddenly like now I’ve write it so well. And then I had like two other projects same time. So I’m super super stressed. We’re not here to talk.
Martin Mapoma 3:10
No we’re not but hold on real quickly enough to hang out with Koji. Every time I met with this guy, I feel so lazy. And like the worst parent in the world, because Koji is like, super dad. You know?
Koji Steven Sakai 3:20
And plus my stripping career.
Martin Mapoma 3:22
Oh, man, it’s amazing. It’s amazing. He is a hot property.
Koji Steven Sakai 3:26
Okay, so. Oh, wow.
Martin Mapoma 3:30
Look at that face.
Koji Steven Sakai 3:33
Alright, let’s get started with our show tonight.
Martin Mapoma 3:34
Koji Steven Sakai 3:36
We have a show right now. So we have two guests. I thought we were gonna have one. But now we have two which is two is always better than one. That’s what I always say
Martin Mapoma 3:43
two for the price of one.
Koji Steven Sakai 3:44
Guest: Stephanie Shepherd 3:46
Good little surprises.
Koji Steven Sakai 3:47
Yes. Good little surprises. So why don’t you guys introduce yourselves.
Guest Katie Kooms 3:52
Hi, my name is Katie Kooms.
Guest: Stephanie Shepherd 3:55
And I’m Stephanie Shepherd.
Koji Steven Sakai 3:57
Martin Mapoma 3:57
Katie Coombs, Stephanie Shepherd,
Koji Steven Sakai 3:59
Katie. We know each other for a very long time. Why don’t you tell people how we know each other?
Guest Katie Kooms 4:02
Yes, Koji and I went to school together Monterey hills. We were first grade. Right?
Koji Steven Sakai 4:09
I think so
Guest Katie Kooms 4:10
Koji Steven Sakai 4:11
I was really cool back then
Guest Katie Kooms 4:12
way far back. you know what I was gonna introduce myself. And I told Stephanie weird as Katie banh because people know me as Katie Banh. Nobody knows.
Martin Mapoma 4:24
how do you spell Banh?
Guest Katie Kooms 4:25
Banh? B boy A as apple N as in Nancy. H as in Heather?
Martin Mapoma 4:30
Koji Steven Sakai 4:30
that was practiced. That felt very Practiced. And we don’t know each other.
Guest: Stephanie Shepherd 4:37
Koji Steven Sakai 4:38
we just met right now, but that’s okay.
Guest: Stephanie Shepherd 4:40
Koji Steven Sakai 4:41
How are you? What do you do for a living?
Guest: Stephanie Shepherd 4:42
Um, well, I work at a bakery and I also have my own radio show.
Koji Steven Sakai 4:47
Wow. Oh, okay.
Guest: Stephanie Shepherd 4:49
Koji Steven Sakai 4:50
What kind of radio show do you have?
Guest: Stephanie Shepherd 4:51
um, rock and talk and everything in between a do a two hour show on KLAS. 89.7 and it’s get real.
Martin Mapoma 5:04
What kind of rock?
Guest: Stephanie Shepherd 5:06
Any kind of rock, any kind of talk any kind of you know, basically it’s a it’s a radio show that that has lots of different facets can pretty much talk about anything
Koji Steven Sakai 5:21
Guest: Stephanie Shepherd 5:22
Yeah, it gets real on there.
Koji Steven Sakai 5:23
What do you do Katie?
Guest Katie Kooms 5:25
Well, I own Chinese noodle restaurant in Orange County and Garden Grove. And we specialize in egg noodles. And that’s what we have been making for 40 years.
Martin Mapoma 5:38
Guest Katie Kooms 5:39
Martin Mapoma 5:39
wait, so it’s a family thing.
Guest Katie Kooms 5:40
It’s a family thing. My parents and my uncles came over from Vietnam. And that’s what they’ve been doing since all of them. That’s what has sustained us through the years.
Martin Mapoma 5:52
Your coolness factor just went way up now that it wasn’t already up there. But that’s such a cool story. I’m a foodie. And you know, it’s funny if you go to the to the page it says aspiring chef I’m gonna actually have to change that to aspiring grill master because that’s my thing. But food is my thing period. So when you say 40 years family recipe it’s I’m already hooked So anyway,
Guest Katie Kooms 6:12
Yeah, we make our home we are egg noodles are homemade.
Martin Mapoma 6:18
And those that’s what’s in the
Guest Katie Kooms 6:20
That’s what I brought you guys tonight.
Koji Steven Sakai 6:21
We’ll try it out later.
Guest Katie Kooms 6:23
We should have those here slups up into the microphone.
To go up there to eat. It is way better at the restaurant
Martin Mapoma 6:31
in Orange Grove.
Guest Katie Kooms 6:31
in Orange County in Garden Grove.
Martin Mapoma 6:34
Is that where you drove from?
Guest Katie Kooms 6:35
Koji Steven Sakai 6:36
Thanks for coming way out here. And where are you?
Guest: Stephanie Shepherd 6:39
I’m actually no, I’m in Glendale. I did go to South pass.
Koji Steven Sakai 6:45
When did you graduate?
Guest: Stephanie Shepherd 6:47
Koji Steven Sakai 6:48
Oh, so you’re one year behind us? You know, Scott? Brian. all those guys
Guest: Stephanie Shepherd 6:52
Koji Steven Sakai 6:52
They’re in my they’re the part of the basketball team that I coach
Guest: Stephanie Shepherd 6:55
Koji Steven Sakai 6:56
So we’re like, oh, I mean, all Japanese Americans kind of know each other.
Martin Mapoma 7:00
two random names. You know Scott and Brian from South Pasadena
Guest: Stephanie Shepherd 7:06
Scott’s and a lot of Brandon’s but I do know I know majority of my class so yeah
Koji Steven Sakai 7:13
it’s a pretty small school.
Guest: Stephanie Shepherd 7:14
It is tight knit. You know people stick around for a long time it was for sure safe it smells so good.
Koji Steven Sakai 7:21
Katie How did you how did we get reconnected? And what was it that brought us together again?
Guest Katie Kooms 7:26
Well, I finally got Facebook
Koji Steven Sakai 7:28
You didn’t have facebook?
Guest Katie Kooms 7:29
I had face i the only reason why I got Facebook was I was getting divorced. And I don’t know if it’s on Facebook, then it’s real, right? .
Koji Steven Sakai 7:40
That’s like my wife and I we one time before we were married, we both had it’s complicated at the same time, so all our friends were like, something happened. And they were like, single for a while. And then we put it back to like,
Martin Mapoma 7:52
Oh, that’s because you broke up, right?
Koji Steven Sakai 7:53
Martin Mapoma 7:54
Koji Steven Sakai 7:54
It was just like a pretend thing you did over
Martin Mapoma 7:56
just messing with people.
Koji Steven Sakai 7:57
Martin Mapoma 7:57
I’ve seen that before people go. It’s complicated. I’m like C’mon, Really? So not you
Guest: Stephanie Shepherd 8:03
how complicated Could it really be?
Martin Mapoma 8:05
I know, right?
But Katie you uh, so you wrote out so you just joined Facebook?
Guest Katie Kooms 8:10
Yeah, I’m very, very very behind in social media.
Martin Mapoma 8:14
It’s like It’s like the little mermaid song. A whole new world
Guest Katie Kooms 8:17
Yeah. I’ve been married for 24 years. I this is a whole new world for me.
Martin Mapoma 8:22
You have Kids.
Guest Katie Kooms 8:23
Yes. I have one daughter. 15 years old.
Martin Mapoma 8:26
Guest Katie Kooms 8:27
Yes. Stephinie knows her. She’s a little crazy right now.
Guest: Stephanie Shepherd 8:30
She’s a 15 year old. Yeah.
Guest Katie Kooms 8:32
She’s getting me back for all the years that I was wild in South pas. That’s why my parent’s moved me out of here to Orange County.
Martin Mapoma 8:42
Guest Katie Kooms 8:42
Koji Steven Sakai 8:43
how could it how crazy Could it be in South Pasadena?
Guest Katie Kooms 8:45
Oh, it got crazy. Right? It did. Yeah, this is this is a rider die right here.
Guest: Stephanie Shepherd 8:55
We’ve been best friends for 30 years.
Guest Katie Kooms 8:58
Guest: Stephanie Shepherd 8:59
Guest Katie Kooms 8:59
Guest: Stephanie Shepherd 8:59
Martin Mapoma 9:00
Guest Katie Kooms 9:01
Martin Mapoma 9:02
With no break in between just always been there?
Guest Katie Kooms 9:04
Well, I was married, for years and I was you know, away. I was just married.
Martin Mapoma 9:13
You will not have Facebook and now you can.
Guest Katie Kooms 9:14
Yeah, yeah. Well, is he allowed me to be on his Facebook Katie and Doug Coombs. Oh, you know, it wasn’t really a, but it wasn’t really my a.
Martin Mapoma 9:28
He allows you
Guest Katie Kooms 9:29
Well, he did not allow it. You know, I was in no social media kind of person.
Koji Steven Sakai 9:37
So do you have Facebook?
Guest: Stephanie Shepherd 9:38
Koji Steven Sakai 9:39
Okay, good. Are you married, are you?
Guest: Stephanie Shepherd 9:45
No, I’m not married. I’m very single and happy
Koji Steven Sakai 9:49
Anybody out there.
Guest: Stephanie Shepherd 9:50
Happy to mingle.
Koji Steven Sakai 9:51
I’ll take a picture for everybody.
Martin Mapoma 9:52
Her name is Stephanie, with the show on KL…
Guest Katie Kooms 9:56
I’m single too
Koji Steven Sakai 9:57
Oh, sorry. Sorry.
Martin Mapoma 9:58
I wasn’t sure if we were taking like baby steps with you.
Guest Katie Kooms 10:03
We’re taking big steps.
Martin Mapoma 10:08
Kitty bomb Bs and boy
Koji Steven Sakai 10:14
Have you tried Tinder yet?
Guest: Stephanie Shepherd 10:18
Haven’t even introduced her to that?
Koji Steven Sakai 10:21
Martin Mapoma 10:21
You’d be very popular.
Koji Steven Sakai 10:22
Guest Katie Kooms 10:23
I’m very very scared of Tinder. She’s told me about it, but I’m very very scared.
Guest: Stephanie Shepherd 10:27
There’s a lots of different
Guest Katie Kooms 10:29
Koji Steven Sakai 10:31
Guest: Stephanie Shepherd 10:33
I think that it’s your amount of time from the last time that you were single to now like it’s a whole new world.
Martin Mapoma 10:44
very simple guy.
Koji Steven Sakai 10:45
Wait… wait… there were more diseases before because like AIDS and HIV was a lot more serious back then. My cousin was even telling me about how like, in when she was in college, he’s about 10 years older than me but in college, they used to have like, testers, right, like everyone had to be tested to prove you’re tested. Like that’s not the way is anymore. I remember that like you’re always I mean, you’re old. So you remember that but when
Guest: Stephanie Shepherd 11:04
There’s a huge rise in like syphilis, chlamydia?
Koji Steven Sakai 11:08
No, no, not nearly as much as it used to be.
Martin Mapoma 11:10
No, it was crazy.
Koji Steven Sakai 11:11
At first Okay, so the baby boomer generation has had more sex than any other generation more diseases in a generation. They had more abortions than any generation, every generation since it’s gone down. The perception of those those things have gone up, but in actuality all the numbers wise, it’s not even close. Like that generation was like, they fucked everybody all the time constantly.
Guest: Stephanie Shepherd 11:37
It was the free love movement
Koji Steven Sakai 11:40
Since the free love too
Martin Mapoma 11:41
When was the baby boomer movement, when were baby boomers born?
Koji Steven Sakai 11:45
They were 50s
Martin Mapoma 11:47
Yeah, it was until 1965 though it’s baby boomers.
Koji Steven Sakai 11:50
Guest: Stephanie Shepherd 11:51
Martin Mapoma 11:52
what was after that? What was 66?
Koji Steven Sakai 11:54
that’s Generation X. That’s like beginning of Generation X. Anyway I’m super generation, dude. I spent a lot time studying generations. Anyway let’s let’s get into the story. Because we have two we’d love to hear kind of two stories. So we need to get jumped into it right away, we have and end we have another interview so we need to Yeah, no you guys aren’t the only one I’m sorry. I love you but it’s
Guest Katie Kooms 12:16
KojiI, I’m hurt
Koji Steven Sakai 12:19
All right, so this is the point of the show where we ask you guys our guests the best or worst day of your lives and we get to choose so you guys don’t get to choose and so Martin and I will kind of decide what we want to hear and probably most likely one of you guys will get one so the other one will get the other kind unless we feel unless we want to trick
Martin Mapoma 12:38
I’m still trying to decide because
Koji Steven Sakai 12:43
I’m going to Martin You decide.
Martin Mapoma 12:45
Okay, I want to hear Oh, and it could be same
Guest Katie Kooms 12:48
this is really exciting
Koji Steven Sakai 12:49
I know this is super, super excited.
Guest Katie Kooms 12:50
I’m so excited right now.
Koji Steven Sakai 12:51
By the way. Wait, wait, think about it a little bit and I’ll tell them the story. Okay, so just as an FYI, so we’re not going to choose things like the day You met your significant other, which some of you guys won’t be that happy.
Martin Mapoma 13:03
no, no, no. But birth of a child is all great things. But it has to be profound.
Koji Steven Sakai 13:07
Martin Mapoma 13:08
Something that you can look back on that we reminisce about immediately and have an immediate immediate response to it. whether it’s good or bad. It has to be pretty strong response
Koji Steven Sakai 13:16
so not like death of a parent, because obviously
Martin Mapoma 13:18
that’s horrible that’s little too easy.
Koji Steven Sakai 13:21
Guest Katie Kooms 13:21
Koji Steven Sakai 13:21
we want something a little bit more. deeper. Okay, so, Martin, have you decided yet?
Martin Mapoma 13:27
Yes. Okay. I want to hear the best day of Katie’s life.
Koji Steven Sakai 13:31
Martin Mapoma 13:32
And the best day of hers.
Koji Steven Sakai 13:35
Okay. Okay, it’s up to you. Dude. I told you. I let you decide. No,
Martin Mapoma 13:39
Yeah, I do.
Koji Steven Sakai 13:40
Martin Mapoma 13:40
I have a good feeling about this.
Koji Steven Sakai 13:42
All right, let’s do it.
Martin Mapoma 13:43
The best day
Koji Steven Sakai 13:45
of your life, the first
Guest Katie Kooms 13:46
The best day of my life is got to be coming back to South pas and meeting of all of my old friends again. I mean, that’s really have to be the best
Koji Steven Sakai 14:00
Martin Mapoma 14:01
that was a that was a one day single day
Guest Katie Kooms 14:02
That was I mean, it seemed like one day, I have reconnected with so many people that I have not spoken to in 30 years. And I was
Koji Steven Sakai 14:15
Why is it the best day?
Guest Katie Kooms 14:16
Why is it the best day because I’ve been thinking about you guys through all these years as I’ve been married, and I’ve never I just wonder what everybody has been doing it catching up with the Koji again. And my best friend Stephanie has just made getting divorced and you know, just just looking for finding who I am again, you know, because I, I only know who I am with my husband because I’ve been with him for 24 years. So to to to come back to South Pas and to be who I am it to be happy is great.
Martin Mapoma 14:54
Koji Steven Sakai 14:55
What have you learned about yourself through these people? Like as you said, You it helps you reconnecting with everybody is is helping you learn something about yourself.
Guest Katie Kooms 15:03
Yeah, it’s made me learn that I would used to be fun when being in this relationship for 24 years. I just been, you know, married and been with one guy. I’ve hung out with him. It was just me and him for 24 years. You know, and I don’t know really? Who what kind of person I am without him and hanging out with you guys again, it just makes me feel like, you know, I’m that old Katie Baun again.
Koji Steven Sakai 15:36
It’s like almost going back to who you were before.
Guest Katie Kooms 15:39
I had so much fun here. Koji Oh my gosh, when I left here, I was so sad. My parents yanked me out of here, because I was so wild here.
Koji Steven Sakai 15:48
So almost coming back to that that moment.
Guest Katie Kooms 15:51
It’s like coming back here is that I was talking to Stephanie on the we’ve talked on the whole way from Orange County to down here and it’s it It’s like going back into memory lane. You know, everything has changed koji 30 years things have changed.
Martin Mapoma 16:09
I can see I can see on your face like, Oh, I’m so it’s pretty cool.
Guest Katie Kooms 16:13
I’m so happy ask Stephanie I mean, this is a very happy that I have been through my divorce.
Martin Mapoma 16:20
Guest Katie Kooms 16:21
this has been a nightmare.
Martin Mapoma 16:22
Yeah, well, that’s why, you know, it’s one of the reasons why I actually had the best day because it’s, uh, you know, when, you know,
Guest Katie Kooms 16:29
I really didn’t know what I was gonna say whether you asked bad or good.
Martin Mapoma 16:34
Guest Katie Kooms 16:34
but I’m glad you asked that because they just came out. Like, I didn’t rehearse it. I didn’t rehearse it. I didn’t, you know, it just came out. I’m happy. This is my happy place.
Koji Steven Sakai 16:49
Tell me about the person that you’ve met. That was the most awesome besides myself. Of course,
Guest Katie Kooms 16:54
The person that
Koji Steven Sakai 16:55
that really like has changed a lot or surprised you or Became really handsome.
Guest Katie Kooms 17:02
Koji Steven Sakai 17:02
I mean I was always super handsome.
Guest Katie Kooms 17:04
That’s Koji’s all the way
Koji Steven Sakai 17:07
Do you even remember me as a child?
Martin Mapoma 17:08
course I remember. Oh, you know,
do you you you leave an impression? You know that right
Guest Katie Kooms 17:13
Of course I remember you. I was gonna tell you to call me did I tell you? We? I miss Koij’s call like every single time that he had called.
Koji Steven Sakai 17:22
Cuz I call it random times but yeah I have like random
Martin Mapoma 17:26
too busy being super dad.
Guest Katie Kooms 17:28
No he’s too busy being everything. It seemed like I read on your Facebook like Wow, I can’t hang out with you anymore. Koji I only cook noodles. Oh my
Martin Mapoma 17:40
god, I want some of those noodles.
Koji Steven Sakai 17:42
Don’t worry. All right, Stephanie.
Guest: Stephanie Shepherd 17:43
You’re an overachiever.
Koji Steven Sakai 17:45
Yeah, I do a lot of stuff.
Martin Mapoma 17:46
Look around this room.
Guest: Stephanie Shepherd 17:47
A lot of stuff.
Martin Mapoma 17:48
Koji Steven Sakai 17:49
I do a lot of stuff. But number one being a dad though. That’s like my number.
Martin Mapoma 17:52
Koji Steven Sakai 17:53
I do. Um, all right. What’s your best day of your life?
Martin Mapoma 17:58
We are now talking to Stephanie.
Koji Steven Sakai 17:59
Guest: Stephanie Shepherd 18:00
Best day ever
Koji Steven Sakai 18:01
best moment. Whatever.
Guest: Stephanie Shepherd 18:03
best moment, I’d have to say it was all my dirty 30 birthday
Koji Steven Sakai 18:07
dirty 30. I’ve never heard of that.
Guest: Stephanie Shepherd 18:11
do care anymore about what anybody thinks you just
Koji Steven Sakai 18:15
Martin Mapoma 18:15
What no one. No one ever told me that
Koji Steven Sakai 18:21
I have a rule of 30 that that’s when you stop using that’s when you stop. You can’t experiment with drugs anymore. That’s like, once you hit 30 it’s like, no longer experimenting drugs. It’s like your drug habit in the 20s experiment, and that’s okay, but 30s is like I can I think I have a different perspective
Martin Mapoma 18:37
What about late bloomers who will pick up drugs later on in life.
Koji Steven Sakai 18:40
That’s crazy. Okay. Wait, why is it Why was it your best? Sorry we interrupt you?
Guest: Stephanie Shepherd 18:44
Oh, that’s all right. Because Ben and Jerry’s made their 30th anniversary ice cream edition and it was yellow cake with chocolate frosting which is my special birthday cake that my dad always made for me.
Koji Steven Sakai 19:01
I was wondering where that was going.
Guest Katie Kooms 19:06
And then I went to Outside Lands as well.
Koji Steven Sakai 19:10
Outside land. What’s that?
Guest: Stephanie Shepherd 19:12
festival up in Northern California.
Koji Steven Sakai 19:14
What happens there? Drugs?
Guest: Stephanie Shepherd 19:18
Music, drugs, sex.
Koji Steven Sakai 19:21
Remember my rule about 30 though
Guest: Stephanie Shepherd 19:22
Koji Steven Sakai 19:23
I have a lot of rules
Guest: Stephanie Shepherd 19:24
right? That day happened to be just a fantastic day we me and my sister went and we made it all the way to the front. Incubus was playing
Koji Steven Sakai 19:36
Incubus I remember them
Guest: Stephanie Shepherd 19:37
and then Pearl Jam came on and we were up there rocking out. We were trying to you know, make a mosh pit people don’t mosh anymore. It’s kind of a it’s kind of lost art
Martin Mapoma 19:47
too many injuries.
Guest: Stephanie Shepherd 19:48
Koji Steven Sakai 19:49
This was a while ago.
Guest: Stephanie Shepherd 19:52
Oh, yeah. A little while ago. Yeah.
Koji Steven Sakai 19:55
Like a 100 years ago. We’re about the same age though.
Guest: Stephanie Shepherd 20:05
Well, you know, no, what happened was we were so far up in the front that people were like, pushing us up against the guardrail. And Pearl Jam was on, and my sister and I looked at each other, and she’s all I’m thirsty. And I’m like, me to you. And once you’ve made your way from the way back of a crowd, all the way up to the front. There’s nothing to do but go over the guardrail, and like make a make out with Eddie better. No, literally, the guy picked me up and put me right in front and Eddie Vedder was right there. And I got to say, Thank you, Eddie. I’m gonna go get up beer. And that was my fantastic.
Martin Mapoma 20:48
Did he look at you?
Guest: Stephanie Shepherd 20:49
He totally looked at me and smiled. And he was singing, and I was like, Oh my gosh, that was just the coolest thing ever, you know? I mean, I’ve had way better time. And other things that have happened but you know, your nice show is short. So
Koji Steven Sakai 21:06
what did the moment mean to you? Like, like now thinking back at that moment what what do you what do you?
Guest: Stephanie Shepherd 21:13
Well, I guess it was a definitely an experience that of course maybe I’d had it before but the the experience itself it’ll never happen again. It’s just something that was fantastic it was euphoric. It was it was like epic You know, it was a it was it was a rush. It’s like when I come back to South pas
Koji Steven Sakai 21:40
Always coming back to South Pas. Have you ever felt that that other concert sense or is that like, pretty much the last time was it like a last hurrah? Or was it like a beginning of a new thing? I mean, what do you what do you think that was?
Guest: Stephanie Shepherd 21:54
That was just super cool experience?
Guest Katie Kooms 21:59
Guest: Stephanie Shepherd 22:00
The last hurrah is never the last hurrah. No way. And I’ve seen
Koji Steven Sakai 22:05
I haven’t been to a concert for so long
Martin Mapoma 22:08
Guest: Stephanie Shepherd 22:09
I went I saw them at the subohm Theater. I bought tickets an hour before the show for 16 bucks. I thought they were like parking tickets. You know, like, I thought I would get to park my car sweet. And they were actually like front row seats. And I got to see my seats at a tiny little itty bitty venue at the Sorbonne theatre once spawn Theatre in Beverly Hills.
Martin Mapoma 22:38
You look like Tool?
Koji Steven Sakai 22:42
Yes, this is terrible music guys.
Martin Mapoma 22:46
Koji’s a hip hop guy, which I am too.
Koji Steven Sakai 22:49
The only time I want to name my son Tupac. Second biggest regret of my life was not naming him 2Pac
Guest: Stephanie Shepherd 22:57
not naming and POC
Koji Steven Sakai 23:02
his mom. His mom would kill me.
Guest: Stephanie Shepherd 23:05
Koji Steven Sakai 23:06
He doesn’t. Yeah. But he probably would had a tough time getting a job.
Martin Mapoma 23:09
I tried to call him 2Pac when we went to Disneyland
Koji Steven Sakai 23:12
He didn’t appreciate that. Actually.
Martin Mapoma 23:14
He didn’t mind.
Koji Steven Sakai 23:15
Well. So the best side story about the Tupac one was me and him. Were at the Ferris wheel at the zoo when he was a little younger. And he’s like, Daddy, you should call me to 2Pac. I was like, Oh my gosh, I almost had like an orgasm. I went home and I told my wife I was like, thinking that we could like actually change his name. And I was like, Marcia, my kid, he our son wants to be to 2Pac and then like, I was like, come over here come over, and then my son was like, denied it. I was like, and I talked to my best friends late and he they’re like, you had a bro moment and you just ruined it by telling somebody else. And I was like, No, no, he like I like when he said when he said he didn’t want to be to 2Pac it was like the worst thing I’ve ever had. It was terrible.
I learned something new today Koji. I didn’t know that growing up
Martin Mapoma 24:14
Hip hop guy?
Guest Katie Kooms 24:16
That he wanted to name his son 2Pac
Martin Mapoma 24:17
Well he didn’t know 2Pac then.
Koji Steven Sakai 24:18
No I did. He was in my soul.
Martin Mapoma 24:22
He really loves 2Pac
Koji Steven Sakai 24:24
dude. He’s my hero
Martin Mapoma 24:25
I’m still waiting for that damn shirt by the way
Koji Steven Sakai 24:26
oh yeah that Tupac Bruce Lee.
Martin Mapoma 24:27
Yeah, we’re gonna get it.
Koji Steven Sakai 24:29
All right. Yeah, one of my friends made a shirt that had Bruce Lee and Tupac because they’re homies. Not really though cuz he passed away before.
They’re like soul brother.
Martin Mapoma 24:44
Guest: Stephanie Shepherd 24:45
Tupac may not be dead and maybe Bruce Lee.
Koji Steven Sakai 24:51
2Pac’s personality is like way too big with. There’s no way there’s no way he could have he’s just like, he’s like there’s just there. He’s such a huge guy. Oh, he like takes in a whole room like seriously I mean like the stories I can tell you about Tupac but anyway guys
Guest Katie Kooms 25:09
why is our show so short?
Koji Steven Sakai 25:15
Your show is actually longer than the other shows
Guest Katie Kooms 25:17
Koji Steven Sakai 25:17
Martin Mapoma 25:18
sd doubled up that’s why
Koji Steven Sakai 25:19
Yeah, we doubled up so it’s a little bit longer so it’s not you it’s me so
Guest Katie Kooms 25:22
do we get invited back or this is it like once in a lifetime
Martin Mapoma 25:26
nothing’s ever set in stone nothing’s ever set
Guest Katie Kooms 25:28
we’ll just camp out here every day. Until
Martin Mapoma 25:32
if you bring noodles
Koji Steven Sakai 25:34
Yeah, we wjll listen to you
Martin Mapoma 25:35
Guest Katie Kooms 25:35
I endless amounts of noodles.
Guest: Stephanie Shepherd 25:38
I can bring French pastries
Koji Steven Sakai 25:41
what bakery do you? What bakery?
Guest: Stephanie Shepherd 25:48
Pasadena Baking Company.
Martin Mapoma 25:50
Guest: Stephanie Shepherd 25:51
It’s in Pasadena, of course. You know. We are live. We’re located right next to MiPiche On Colorado Boulevard.
Martin Mapoma 26:02
Is that new the spot where you guys are in new ?
Guest: Stephanie Shepherd 26:05
No No, we’ve been around for 30 plus years.
Martin Mapoma 26:11
When I first moved here I worked at a place called breadcrumbs on a few doors down from MiPice.
Guest: Stephanie Shepherd 26:17
pasadena baking was right next door, but when we did the remodel at mi piace, they expanded into Pasadena’s spot, and we moved to a way bigger, huger commissary
Martin Mapoma 26:30
So you’re not there anymore.
Guest: Stephanie Shepherd 26:31
No, we deal strictly wholesale now.
Martin Mapoma 26:33
Okay, that’s why I wouldn’t seen you
Koji Steven Sakai 26:34
Yeah. Hey, all right. as fascinating…
Martin Mapoma 26:43
It’s never it’s never goodbye.
Guest Katie Kooms 26:46
Koji Steven Sakai 26:46
thank you so much
Guest Katie Kooms 26:47
So sad that went by so quick
Martin Mapoma 26:51
this is gonna be the longest shortest half hour show. Time was gonna fly
Guest Katie Kooms 26:59
Who this handsome man following into this place?
Koji Steven Sakai 27:03
Wait, we’re talking about modern?
Martin Mapoma 27:04
That’s right man but recognize
Guest: Stephanie Shepherd 27:09
what made you guys last hour as far as your podcast goes because people have short attention spans.
Koji Steven Sakai 27:15
No because it just you know typically for us for I think for the subject matter like 20 to 30 minutes seemed like it makes the most sense for this show. You know, if we had more guests we could do more for sure. But at this point I think it’s 20 minutes is what it is. Yeah, all right. Well, thank you.
Martin Mapoma 27:39
Koji’s idea not mine.
Koji Steven Sakai 27:40
So if the listeners if the listeners want to hear more then yeah, could they could send me more messages
Martin Mapoma 27:45
and where to subscribe?
Koji Steven Sakai 27:48
So please, everybody, please subscribe to this show. This is helps us get on the ratings. Please write a review.
Martin Mapoma 27:58
Please, please write a good review.
Koji Steven Sakai 28:00
Please rate us and please tell a friend or an enemy.
Martin Mapoma 28:02
Yes, tell an enemey they tend to listen more.
Koji Steven Sakai 28:04
Thank you. Thank you so much for coming really, really appreciate
Martin Mapoma 28:08
and this has been the best or worst day of your life
Koji Steven Sakai 28:12
is that the title of our show is?
Martin Mapoma 28:15
for now, I don’t know, change
Koji Steven Sakai 28:16
whatever. Alright, thanks bye
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