Episode 298- Being Numb to Terror, Bricking the Precious Part II, and a Giant Place Filled With Air from an Airplane and Florescent Light but No Free Scotch or Blackjack.

March 23, 2017

In this episode, after a rumination on becoming callous to seeing terror on screens,  a tired, kicked, and beaten Andrew tells a late night saga of his day involving coffee, a Grace tune-up, burnt ends, meat candy, a broken and unresponsive iPhone, the universe laughing at his phone-based contingencies, ironic nomophobia, getting kicked by Verizon, being kicked while he was down by Google while down in Verizon, a trip to the mall, malls as casinos without the pure oxygen but with airplane air and no free scotch, being kicked while he was down in mall by Apple, an attempt at phoneless work, a second trip to the mall, being kicked by Apple again, brisket and the momentary solace of REM at Whole Foods, malls from his youth full of new games, cute girls, and dudes who looked like Duran Duran, Agua Preta Brazilian coffee, two Arabic dudes yelling at each to be heard over the music in their ear buds coupled with terror tension, a super loud phone talking guy sits right next to him in an empty cafe courtyard, a third…trip…. to the mall, 4 strikes at trying to buy a Santa Cruz hat, $138, a new screen on the iPhone, more information that he’s ever heard about Raider football, a scary and comforting story about a study on our brains, and………a shout out to Michael Miley. Boom!!


Episode 297- Welcoming Lennon, Weekend Recap, Trans Hope and Mom Jeans, and Verification by the Well

March 22, 2017

In this episode Andrew welcomes his new producer Lennon, while bemoaning the loss of his nerdy producer Jennifer, then proceeds with sinus headaches, organic urbanism, Benedictine monasteries as schools of hospitality, The Benedict Option, corned beef canon shenanigans, didgeridoo, putting a cheap bed together and feeling like building a frontier cabin, cleaning his room, adulating like a boss, revisiting a breakdown, St. Jospeh’s feast, reflections on alcohol and numbness of heart,  a lesson in spin, a trans person growing allergic to reduction, low rise vs. mom jeans, picking up chicks at wells in the OT, Ba’al worship, verification, encounter, and soooooo much more. 


Counter Position 296

March 21, 2017

Counter Position 275

March 20, 2017

The Counter Position Episode 296- Whaley is Irish, Jennifer is Moving on to Catch Other Pokemon, and a Conversation with Jon Ervin

March 17, 2017

In this episode, after a establishing himself as throughly Irish all year long, Andrew says good-bye to his long time producer Jennifer Longworth as she packs up her Pokemon and Star Trek uniform and leaves Breadbox Media for other media pursuits. Then, Andrew sits down with his friend Jon Ervin to talk about how much better the Cardinals are than the Cubs, growing up in a small town, legal drinks, college conversions, FOCUS, the “smell of money” (it’s not what you think), tubing in TX, having Jesus down the hall, and so much more. 


The Counter Position Episode 295- Weary From the Battle, It Was Totally Aliens, Heirloom Tomatoes vs. The Matrix, and Places of Presence

March 16, 2017

In this episode a weary and still recovering Andrew, recording from a cool new booth, explores being haunted by one sided conversations, reading on the front porch, real conversation with the guy next door, reminiscing about what cafes used to be like in the stone age of the 90s, scientists who have found order in DNA and are claiming it is alien, revisiting Elon Musk on the us living in a simulation and how he’s not allowed to bring it up to his brother in the hot tub, Kimbal Musk’s new project The Kitchen and the attempt to bring real food to the masses, rescuing factory farms one acre at a time, what flying into SBA, oxygen masks, truck stops, and coffeehouses have in common, and a muse on what it would look like if our churches were real places, with real people, actually present to God and each other. 


The Counter Position Episode 294- Sick Ramblings, Corned Beef and the Divine Localism, and Musings on Wellness

March 15, 2017

In this episode a sick but recovering Andrew does a freewheeling episode on sickness, NyQuil, sinus medicine vs. meth heads,a commercial for chicken stock,  corned beef, his “erotic” relationship to meat, St. Paddy’s Day, Irish immigrants, diocesan borders, the Divine localism, subsidiarity, John Senior, parishes as geographic reality, parish bells, The Angelus, how CL does the Angelus, wellness vs. not sick, snowstorms, the forceful impingement of the primacy of nature, stress, porn, fish’s relationship to water, Gary Wilson, cavemen in tennis shoes, and so so much more. 


The Counter Position Episode 293- Coffee vs. The Sushi Coma, Nap Hacks, Day-pesh Moe-Edd!!, Emojis as Esperanto or Cave Paintings, and Homogenous Cafes Are Boring

March 10, 2017

In this episode a sushi-coma-fied and over caffeinated Andrew talks about sushi, Indonesian waiters, Catholic News Agency peeps, being betrayed by babies, the challenges of not drinking on single Catholic social life, the British espresso nap, the reboot shower, liturgical imagination, ENFPs vs ISTJ in prayer, Stations of the Cross, Depeche Mode vs the Alt Right, Unlimited Data vs Wifi, the bots in your Twitter feed, trying to learn to use emojis, Esperanto, Werner Herzog, The Cave of Forgotten Dreams, Lo and Behold, universal emotional states, a queer cafe on Kickstarter, the Third Place, Goths in Ventura, what is means to be welcome or safe, and…..he threatens to put tin foil in the ceiling of his cafe so people can talk again!


The Counter PositionEpisode 292- Giving Up Giving Up For Lent, You Can’t Believe Your Digital Eyes, and Freedom on the Boat

March 9, 2017

In this episode, after a chatty segment including Spring springing, a Lent update, how he has given up reacting to one small slip in his Lenten practice and just quitting like he used to, how Mark from Over the Counter lost his voice, and an apology over skipping a couple days of shows, a cheery but tired Andrew gets sidetracked on what was supposed to be a passing point on his outline and explores the ramifications of Wikileaks, the problems with digital attribution, the loss of belief in our senses, what this all has to do with Trump, how the RNC is a dog who caught up with the car they were chasing and don’t know what to do with it, and much much more political musing and ranting, despite his intentions for the show. Finally, spurred by a recent conversation, Andrew delves into a couple of insight from a talk by RR Reno and David Brooks about life, decisions, freedom, limits, and how to figure out what to do with your life. This show had a mind of its own evidently. 


The Counter Position Episode 291- Lent is No Fun, Check Engine Lights, and Sugary Porn vs. Human Scale

March 6, 2017

In this episode Andrew, in a bit of a punch mood, after a weekend recap including laments over food and booze, Logan, great conversations, mentoring, 12 monkeys, Cardinal Stafford, and CL, turns to the fact that his Check Engine light came on. He uses this metaphor to explore our own physical and spiritual life, the current Tweeting presidency, the Gary Wilson TED talk on Porn, caveman brains, the availability of sugar, and sexual attraction. Finally, he looks very briefly at an idea in John Senior about “human scale” and “human pace”, along with Senior’s pessimism on technology, but instead of disagreeing wonders if Senior is going back far enough. 


The Counter Position Episode 290- Jeremy Rivera of The Little J Marketing

March 3, 2017

Andrew sits down with his friend Jeremy Rivera, founder of The Little J Marketing Company to talk about how Jeremy went from a cultural Catholic party kid at CU Boulder, to a Protestant pastor, then after a confrontation with Archbishop Charles Chaput, to return to his Catholic faith, work for FOCUS, and found an innovative new marketing firm. 


The Counter Position Episode 289- Digital Distraction: Hot Tub Selfies, Restaurant Security Footage, Vibrating Mice Up Pants’ Legs, and a 1990 Coffee Tour

March 2, 2017

In this episode Andrew, after a quick Ash Wednesday recap, wades into the topic of the digital effect on our lives and the way we communicate and relate, including a kid taking selfies in the hot tub and gripping his Jordans like “The Precious”, a restaurant that analyzed why dining took so much longer now vs. earlier in their space, an article in The Week about new tech-induced brain disorders, a story about Andrew getting surprised by the vibration of a new beeper and thinking it was something that crawled up his leg, Andrew’s mom hearing phantom drive-thru bell rings, the off-putting nature of someone’s full attention in a distracted society, and finally, a rapid fire walk through a bunch of stuff we think is normal but that is brand new in a coffeehouse and the we relate their. 


The Counter Position Episode 288- Presidential Pivot, Ash Wednesday, Possession vs. Possession, and The Removal of the Toxic

March 1, 2017

In this early morning episode a tired insomniac Andrew talks about people’s reaction to Trump deciding for once not to act like a divisive cartoon figure, talks about Ash Wednesday and why people like getting ashes on their forehead, muses on the word possessions and the distinction between what you have and what has you, and finally discusses his intended Lenten practice of Auto-Immune Paleo Protocol, less screen time, and a more analog life and uses that to give some principles you can use to tune your Lenten practice. 


The Counter Position Episode 287- Weekend Recap, A Straussian Reading of Envelopegate, True Diversity Requires the Universal, and In Defense of  Rachel Dolezal vs. Trans Activists

February 27, 2017

In this episode Andrew, in an “Indian food nap” but not quite the “sushi coma”, starts with a weekend recap including his experience of seeing the amazing work of Ali Cavanaugh at the Abend Gallery, a big Catholic Mardi Gras shindig, falling flat on his face on concrete while getting cigarettes for a friend, and an Oscar party full of CL types. Then, Andrew wades into the production of conspiracy theory with his own look at the potential explanation and meaning of the Oscars Best Picture envelope debacle and casts it as political kabuki. Then after a healthy rant about being sick of being given to false realities to choose between, demonization of the other and racism on one side and identity politics on the other, Andrew makes an argument that the pursuit truly Catholic (universal) things that answer the longing of the human person per se will end in a real holistic diversity and that the things bigger than man are what can bring different types of men from different backgrounds together into community. Finally, he talks about a story about Rachel Dolezal, the white woman caught passing as black and rising to a leadership position in the black community, and how she has been ostracized and attacked by trans activists for using the phrase “trans-racial” and “trans-black.” Andrew builds an argument/rant that race is why more logical to be viewed as based on perception than gender is, and threatens to start a Go Fund Me page for Rachel just to tick off the trans activists.


The Counter Position Episode 286- Colorado Weather Drunk, Seeing Unseen Sights at Sight Unseen, Building and Buildings, and Habitable Places Far Away vs. Inhabitable Places Under Right Here

February 24, 2017

In this episode Andrew talks about Denver going from 73 a couple days ago to a full on blizzard with some of the slickest driving he’s ever encountered. Then, he turns to going to see some works by his friend the painter Ali Cavanaugh at the Abend Gallery and their new show Sight Unseen, talks about the disclosure of the Divine in the particularity of the human person, and how the experience of seeing something or someone in person the first time is analogous to what we call “encounter” in the spiritual realm. He moves on to talking about the conceptual design of the new Calix space, the search for a building, and the disappointment of finding cool spaces that are already under contract. Finally, he talks about news stories about 3 new habitable planets found in a system called Trappist-1, the claim that there is an 8th continent under New Zealand, and how the pope watched a circus performance with women in “skin tight” outfits. 


The Counter Position Episode 285- Dancing, Sushi, and Charging Cables As Social Engagement, Free the FoCo, and Developments, Detachment, and Disappointment w/ Calix

February 23, 2017


In this episode, after a riff on the local schizophrenic weather, Andrew muses on dancing and public intimacy, women’s advice on dating, Milo cutting axed from CPAC and the politics of remembering/discussing abuse, Trump making the school bathroom sane again, and a decision to allow women to be topless in Fort Collins, CO. Then, he explores three experiences in public spaces of a stranger buying him sushi, another stranger offering a charging cable, and a free trying to have a loud video conference in his shop. Finally, he announces another stalled out project for Calix, the decision to build a prototype shop in Denver, and his experience of hope, disappointment, and detachment in these goings on. 


The Counter Position Episode 284- Andrew Finally Lets Sara “The Quitter” Stacey Be On His Show

February 22, 2017

In this episode Andrew sits down for a chat with his “friend” and former employee Sara “The Quitter” Stacey. After she curses on the air, which hopefully gets bleeped or silenced, they talk about her cursing habit, dead people’s FB pages, an episode of Black Mirror, a creepy phone booth in rural Japan where people leave voicemail for dead loved ones, the Incarnation, and the human impulse to stay connected to those we’ve lost by physical and now digital means. Then, he tries to get her, mostly unsuccessfully, to explain what it is like to be a girl. 


The Counter Position Episode 283- Weekly Recap, What Are You Not Telling Me, Pacific Storm “Lucifer?”, and Musings on Globalism

February 17, 2017

In this episode, after recap/catch-up including Candlelight Mass, Andrew’s single state getting put on blast, and a shout out to an old friend, Andrew, inspired by ICE’s tweets claiming there has been not uptick in immigration enforcement, but rather a slight drop, dives into the question of the media and how what they choose to silent on over time is as important as what they do say. Then, he bemoans the problem of looking to alternative media and the issue of fake news and admits to being almost faked out by links claiming that the storm hitting CA right now is named Lucifer, when in fact it is not named that at all. Finally, after a quick skim of Mark Zuckerberg’s new manifesto, he rants and muses about global vs. local, the rise of the increasingly larger contexts to live in, the concept of a citizen, whether borders or house walls are inherently racist or oppressive, and whether or not a global Common Good when taken as “overlapping concerns” would leave us much to be connected by. 


The Counter Position Episode 282- Weather Report, Immigrations Frustration, and The Glory of Disappointment in Reality

February 16, 2017

In this episode Andrew, drunk on Vitamin D from a 74 degree day in Denver, talks about the weather, the storms about to hit CA, his experiences of weather in CA, how wearing flip flops makes him want a giant salad for lunch, and how different situations, locations, and conditions in our lives can trigger us to certain actions. Then, after a sidebar on visioning ends before means, he talks a bit about the illegal immigrant woman in Denver holed up in a church basement, the nature of our broken immigration system, and his lack of desire to part of any movement that is going to start deporting people like her. Finally, based on a Robert Barron comment about C.S. Lewis, Andrew delves into the experience of disappointment that comes with any deep experience of a particular beauty, good, or truth, how reality is supposed to disappoint us to keep us moving toward the eternal goods themselves, and how faith in particular fills the role of giving us what our intellect craves but can’t achieve directly. 


Episode 281- Singles Awareness Day Episode, Weekend Recap, and Dominican Bathrooms

February 14, 2017

In this episode Andrew celebrates Singles Awareness Day, that darkest day of the year for single people, by doing a weekend recap including Dorothy Day, Peter Maurin, a delirious and brilliant Perry West, an “Abortion on demand without apologies!!” button, sketchy punch chicks at The Skylark, Luke Carey the host of Catching Foxes, Megan Mastroianni, people turning coffeehouses into cubicles, and a Faraday Cage. Then, Andrew turns to a story in which the East Coast Dominican Friars let 100s of women use there bathrooms during the D.C. Women’s March, what happened next, why this is the model of evangelization, why most of us don’t do this, and finally, how not doing this and treating people as placeholders for culture war issues is the same as porn.