Would You Like To Try A Meatball…

December 17, 2017

Everybody loves free samples.  You know it is a successful sales technique, but you fall for it anyway.  In this episode I look at a real hustler in a warehouse club, and his behind the scene dealings. 


For 34 year old Matthew Goldstein life hasn’t been easy, but that is not stopping him from doing the best he can in providing for his family.  Besides his sampling job, he works as a barrista, and donates blood. 


This story is told in 13:26


Heard in this episode:

Matthew Goldstein, 34 


From White Collar to Hot Dogs…A Very Intense Journey

November 24, 2017

How do you go from button down IBM to selling hotdogs?  In this episode, we show it is not easy, but when you are a laid off engineer…you have to scramble.  TJ has gone through many obstacles, but is here to tell me about how he is getting by.


This story is told in 30:10


Heard in this episode are TJ Chelak of T.J's Dawg House, and some customers.


State Fair Pt 3…Wait, There’s More!…Big Dreams Too.

November 14, 2017

In this episode, the final State Fair of Texas episode, I look at a 21 year old college student, whose dream is to become a doctor. And to achieve that goal, she works hard at selling a gadget at the state fair,  a vegetable peeler, to be exact.  This is Elleora Hernandez’s story of what it takes to come from a family of fair vendors, and leave that world for other pursuits.


This story os told in 8:18


In this episode we hear from Elleora Hernandez




State Fair Pt 2…Step Right Up and Win…A Carny’s Tale

November 5, 2017

The life of a traveling carnival midway worker is never easy, but for 23 year old Dave McGoldrick, it is the only thing keeping him from living on the streets.  Listen to his story about growing up in Philadelphia, PA, and becoming a ward of the state.  And hear how life for these vagabonds plays out.  For Dave,  he is trying to use music to make a better life for himself.  This, he hopes, will be his last Fair.

This story is told in 11:28


Heard in this episode is Dave McGoldrick

Dave's music can be found at https://soundcloud.com/a_m_o215


State Fair Part 1…SELL! SELL! and SELL! some more.

October 25, 2017

In this episode we look at how one vendor off the midway at the State Fair of Texas has made a comfortable life by traveling the country with just the right products.  We also see how his customers are changing with time, and what he does to counter the internet.

This story is told in 14:22.

Heard in this episode is Marius Jansen.



Long After The Saving Of Lives, New Heroes Are Needed In A Natural disaster.

September 12, 2017

Hurricanes Harvey, and Irma are immediate threats to life and limb, but what happens after the danger is gone, and the news crews have departed?  Recovery is long and energy zapping.  But there are people out there who put their lives on hold to quietly help rebuild the stricken communities.  

On December 26, 2015, a storm thrashed the eastern Dallas,TX suburb of Rowlett, spawning tornadoes that killed 13 people, and severely damaged hundreds of homes.  More than a year and a half after that hellish night, the communities are still not fully recovered.  In this episode we look at one man trying to put things back together. Steve Huston has been slowly helping get other volunteers to make Rowlett whole.  He has gone from  the Katrina disaster to the Missouri flooding disaster, and now he says Hurricane Harvey victims will soon be getting his relief.  

Gettingby-The Podcast has made many attempts to contact the homeowner mentioned in this story...both in person, and by phone, but we have been unsuccessful.  That is fine because this is the story of Steve Huston.


This story is told in 16:07


Heard in this episode:

Steve Huston/Desciples Volunteering

Rachel Nelson/Volunteer Coordinator

Kate Seaver/Volunteer

Charlie Johnson/Volunteer


Disciples Volunteering


Nine Years In A Suburban Trailer Park

August 14, 2017

A disabled veteran lives comfortably in a trailer park that is seen by tens of thousands of commuters as an anomaly in an upscale Dallas Suburb.


This Story is told in 13:43


Heard in this episode:

Don Wojan


Some Advice…From Someone Who Probably Knows More Than You.

August 6, 2017

This episode features an SMU finance professor talking about the costs of housing, education, retirement, and much more.

This story runs 25:14

Heard in this episode:

Don Shelly, Professor of Practice in Finance at SMU Cox School of Business in Dallas


We Invaded Your Country…Welcome To America

July 28, 2017

An Iraqi translator in support of American forces flees to Texas, and is helped by a special program for new immigrants.


Told in 18:03


Heard in this episode:

-Zainab Jaafar

-Stephanie Giddens/ President, Vickery Trading Co.


Additional information is at: VickeryTrading.org


Zainab Jaafar and family in photo



Banks…We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Banks!

June 30, 2017

This is the story of one woman's move away from traditional banks to alternative financial institutions that she says serves her better.


This story is told in 8:54


Heard in this episode is:

Stella Flores


Here is a link to the 2016 study of unbanking https://www.fdic.gov/news/news/speeches/spsep0816.html