97 - Josefina
A visit with an old friend. Plus, updates on Hiram, and changes to the subway.
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go get cool gifts for your night Belle loving holiday celebrating friends welcome to my Dell dot com click on Store lets welcome the night till the com click on Store hey we appreciate you why do birds appear every time you are near it's likely they planted a tracking device on Welcome to the the the uh The The The listeners I've been thinking about old woman Jo see a lot lately she broke her hip a couple months ago and has been recovering at home with her daughter laundry as well as several beings named Erica whom Joe C refers to as it's illegal to acknowledge the existence of angels in Night Vale but it's certainly not illegal to point out how loving and kind to those beings whatever they maybe have been to Joe C I really miss having to see around especially since bowling league started back up last month apparently her hip healed but she has had a series of infections that led to her going back to the hospital where doctors told her there was nothing they could do about the polio virus longer said that her mother didn't have polio but the doctors explained it to matter the virus existed in the world and there was nothing to do about it under pointed out that there was a polio vaccine had been one for decades doctors closed up their books snorted and walked briskly from the room saying good day without taking a hike on the Angels tried to physically carry the doctors back into the room but wonder just got an antibiotic prescription and took Josie home in today's show I wanted to share a little bit with you my tale about Josephine Ortiz her life as an ideal citizen lover of the arts and friend of mine but first a word from our sponsors Today Show Is brought To You by Walmart for every product you can think of home office garden automotive toys clothes groceries there's your neighborhood Wal Mart and are always low prices for every product you cannot think of repressed memories for bid knowledge and in corp or real twin sibling dwelling in the back of your brain 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rolling but I think he's a quick learner our team will be just time to see we're talking today about your history in Nine tails I think more than anything your love of opera has been your greatest gift to our town my favorite opera grown up with Cheney's Tosca mother had a copy we played our patrol which we disguised as a nice pots so that the secret police did not know about it listening to music was illegal then a minimum ninety day sentence for anyone caught hearing opera jazz or symphonies it when hearing someone walking in rhythm could be construed as a crime it wasn't legalized until John cage wrote four minutes thirty three seconds the sheriff had to arrest anyone caught in silence for that like the time the prisons became quickly over crowded so they to criminalize was no music this was great for my father who had run the old knight the upper house it was built in nineteen o four his early productions were rich with colorful ornate fence and glorious costumes specially trained singers only allowed to describe what they would think with their gorgeous booming voices and orchestras who shout Out loud music here or whispered to meet the test when listening to music became legal I begged Papa to make toast of the first after he performed with full string orchestration it's about an Italian singer whose city is invaded by Napoleon a young man falls in love with her but she doesn't notice because she is also the general of the Thai army crushes Napoleon and brings peace to Europe and freeze the enslaved people of sweats you play for me a version of Lee in teen priced singing the famous Aria from Tosca what was that cold it was called What's that you're free now sadly the Old Opera House at Dorman after its last performance in nineteen eighty three and ultimately we had to tear down the nineteen nineties because of a Poppy infestation we began demolition in nineteen ninety four I first met the angels that would reveal themselves to me for another eighteen years but they were very tall and the promise to tell me they had no money and no skills and of opera I gave him a dollar and told him again lost just to the surveillance van across the street can hear on I totally don't believe in angels thanks to see more stories from your time in nine Phil soon first let's get to some news in turn Karim reports that Hyrum is in surprisingly good spirits for a five headed dragon who is on death row his execution is slated for later this month his sister had Asa and her five headed dragon lawyers have been negotiating with Mayor Dean a Cardinal for his release but talks seem to have stalled late last month when the Dragons destroyed most of Night Vale Hiram spelled out a pretty elaborate escape plan he told Karim he'd been watching the patterns of the guards in the prison befriending a few key members of the security staff and it got a friend of his to slip in some contraband to help with breaking the shackles can straining his five necks wings tail and feet Iran would not identify the exact name of his friend but he said she was a faceless old woman who secretly lived in your whole mouth cream your port is really hard to read it's all crossed out the road a bunch of stuff in black marker over it what is this mess even say off the record do not read on air oh okay none of what I said just happened to listeners my room's in prison that's the news and now back to old woman Josie tells us more about her life in opera mother passed away when I was twenty eight the Poppy did not last long after that they were in love says they were fifteen did not want to be apart for longer than they had to be so I joined the night billboard of culture in order to stay active with the Hopper House and to support other artistic endeavors in town last fifty years on the board of culture we started a youth orchestra society founded the night Hill Community Theatre ordered the removal of all French horn from the high school marching band in support of performance art initiative to put tarantula in bags and leave them in the backseat of unlocked cars are to call a strike here in I fail and many people have applied to serve on the border culture during my last few years of service several of the beings who call themselves Erica began applying to be on the floor they still had no money or skill but they seem to know a lot more about opera and music and theater but the city would not allow them on the board because they said the beatings named Eric that did not exist I didn't understand a time so as the law to serve on an unofficial advisory committee made up to give art lovers and bomb I do believe in angels certainly but I do believe whatever they were they cared about art let's take a news break here and then will return to old woman Josie the night Bill Transit Authority today announced that they would be reopening the subway which was closed three years ago less than half a day after it opened spokespersons from the transit authority wearing d or masks and performing a ritual dance involving waving hands above their heads while squatting with their legs spread out word distributed roaches to citizens upon each Roach was a single word sometimes the word was something obvious like train or service or schedule but others had less mass transit related words like crates and desert and destroyer and on one particular Roach just the word Hon tow car after several hours of people screaming and swatting at their hair and pants reporters determined that all of the word marked roaches comprised a press release detailing all of the pertinent information about the subway reopening so as soon as we find all the roaches and place them in the correct order we'll bring you more information on the subway speaking of re openings to see you manage to construct the new old Knoxville Opera House last year it was three years before that when I realize it was possible the Angels who had served for ten years in a secret advisory capacity for the border culture finally reveal themselves to me I was chained to my pups on the porch and my back in balance when not what they once were and I fell off my step ladder these tall winged friends all named Erika lifted me before I hit the ground of great black glow illuminated the air around them and me one of the Angels gently twisted out the old bulb and replaced it they handed the burn but to me and said we can change things I told them Yes you are angels I believe in you you are angels and you can change things we We can change things and in the same angel said I just met the light bulb we can change like pups I wanted to change the burned out Opera House I wanted to build a new one and angels called upon my bills richest citizen billionaire Marcus Vincent to join their ranks and they bought this track's CT Corporation to liquidate its assets things like office computers military grade helicopters in mind control collars angel who used to be Marcus managed to stretch its core foundation and use those funds to build the new opera house I always wonder what happened to markets offer is vital to the city more than you know a la entre is a good daughter moving back to her hometown a town she never liked nuts to take care of her ailing mother in around I really am better season but wonder she's treating this hip thing like hospice is something she's asking about my will but where I keep my records he's going to mess the past what things I want to keep and what we can get rid of she's always been a high strung and organized I'd like your bowling ball if you're getting rid of things it's your Cecil thanks Josie I will need it for a long time I'm sure of that let's finish up her retrospective of the woman Jo see in just a moment listeners but first let me get to the weather in we are back in the studio with Old Woman Joe see the are you in a laundry getting along ok the answer is a good girl but she never wanted to live in a bell haven't seen for almost twenty years issues don't find that whoever she's livin' up close and I think she caught it apparently it's a natural state but I couldn't find anything about it when I look at a Texas somewhere either way I left a London mostly out of my will the family things like photo albums in history workers many of the hot milk I keep in my heart melt or out of tune I wanted and not have anything I'm over but I left struck score to the Angels to air those who helped establish the foundations and manage the foundation had done nothing but support Opera and all the arts here in my tail for decades makes perfect sense she's mad though that none of the money you have this going to go she understands what she's built a comfortable life for so she doesn't want or need money but the city does not recognize the existence of angels Cecil without me they cannot legally run stretch cord so it will be left to my next of kin which is all Andra Andra doesn't want to manage an Arts Foundation just want to stay in night they'll to underwrite new play openings or porch or shaming festivals or stop for punching gardens she plans to close down Foundation and donate the money back to the city that sounds great see saw the Eric is built that foundation they built that upper house everything they have worked for will be liquidated and given to the very city which denies their existence I need your help the Angels need your help the opera teacher help Joe C I A Change is a real Cecil St Joe CU said it yourself you're feeling better you were up in about a Londres just reacting to stress but she'll get to go home soon now that your heels the whole talk about this more next week at least night when I'm done here the agency oh and before we go thanks everyone who's been bringing food by the house while I've been under the weather year old friend came over I remember you too used to be joined at the hip wearing your Boy Scout uniforms and neck or chips in baseball gloves remember me brought me a delicious apple pie he baked himself he used a butter crust and fresh picked the counter Apple's even added some cranberries capers a metal shavings and a clever chef so thanks to Earl and use these old looking out for me thanks for sharing your life with me fail to see stay tuned next for the sound of a balloon popping stay tuned it will happen eventually a Amy now stay tuned and is always good not like they'll the the ah the Welcome to Night Vale is a production of Night Vale presents it is written by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey trainer and produced by Joseph think the voice of Night Vale is Cecil Baldwin the voice of old woman was read a original music by discretion all of it can be found at desperation dot info for a description got band camp dot com This episode sweater was everywhere by ex Texas find out more at Ex hex bands dot com comments questions email us at info at the Welcome to Night Vale dot com or follow us on Twitter at night no radio or meditate for hours in silence check out 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