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Station intern Kareem writes home and receives an unexpected reply.
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let's make this quick by speeding up my voice by ten percent boom has this great I need to tell you about our live show those stories many people around the world have seen it and know this is genuinely some of our best work yet it is sad and creepy and take to all the way back to the beginning of time really and we are taking it on one last store before we never tore it again we're doing six shows in the west of North America this February the six cities are Las Vegas San Diego Santa Barbara Sacramento Eugene and Vancouver come see the show that held over two thousand seats sold out west and Peter in London in captivate its islands tickets go on sale this Friday December second see you soon West world that's what you're called right remember that we have all sorts of stuff in her store from super professional ties and scarves to super professional baby onesies so you can definitely find the perfect gift for the weird person if you haven't listened to the orbiting human circus of the air here's what you've missed Tim Robbins as a cricket singing sauce the story told in a rowboat on the set lost dogs living in a city of drowned sailors under the sea and Charlie Day and Ellis performing Macbeth it is like nothing else that anyone is doing a podcast you need to hear it hey here comes the sun here comes the sun here comes the Sun it does not stop well go to Night Vale The The The The The The The to start today's show I wanted to talk a bit about art in the Medical Review interred Korea this become such a talented reporter here at the station green told me this morning that he had written to his family back in his home state of Michigan did it again to tell them about all the recent events he's reported on like the fight the dragons and the strangers led by that horrible people and the reopening of the laser tag center at the Desert Flower bowling arcade fun complex they must be really proud of you Karim and all the great work you do the fantastic stories you've gotten to cover here at your internship thank you for your good work and now when update many of you have written in with your concerns over old woman Josie well good news listeners after suffering a broken hip and the series of infections that kept her bedridden most of that time she is feeling much better she still needs a cane and occasionally a wheelchair to alleviate bodily exhaustion but she is out and about I got to see her last Tuesday at the Desert Flower for bowling league night she hasn't been able to bowl but she has not lost any of her skills she kit with her many friends named Erica who claim to be tossed she bowled a perfect score came and all her delivery did seem a bit weaker than usual and her friends often stood right behind her she rolled the ball the air because wood home and close their many eyes and lift their many arms slowly into the air and chasing his ball would straighten out pick up speed and demolish all ten pins the opposing team complained she was cheating receiving help from Angels but that team was probably rested for acknowledging the Angels existence and had to forfeit Josie being a good sport protested their rest and said the error because we're indeed angels and that we should all be free to acknowledge that no one wanted to rest and debilitating old woman so they left it alone I am so glad my friend is feeling better she looks quite a bit older than I remember but I'm just happy she's back at the bowling alley oh okay Karim is telling me I apparently didn't tell his whole story earlier I thought we were just talking about what a good job he did but I guess there's more okay then cream says after he wrote his family he did not receive back a letter of pride and congratulations he got a letter that said lies in all capital letters and several exclamation marks he continued You are a liar you are a liar and we don't understand why you were doing this to us please do not write us again you are an impostor it is then signed the Shah Karim tells me that this is indeed his mother's handwriting and that is her name I told him that parents don't always communicate their love exactly how we would like radio was not a lucrative business maybe she is just expressing motherly concerns about his career choice and well being he says she's always been so loving and supportive so my explanation makes no sense part of an internship is learning to receive feedback Karim well thanks for the whole story and now an update on the Dragons after last month's accidental murder of one of hiring McDaniels five heads a dose of McDaniels firing sister her lawyer and several other dragons from whatever world they came from have taken up hopefully temporary residence in dike failed claiming they will not leave until they get retribution by which I'm hoping they just meant the heartfelt apology no one has seen or heard from hyper sense the tragedy the side of the pea beneath the routes where all of the dragons are now living weekday shift manager Charlie Bears of the heat of the Dragons cumulative breath even underground has ruined their produce section most of the greens have wilted the whole store smells like onions now he said they are added to be fair the Dragons have been coming up to shop for groceries so I don't want to complain about new business but they don't like our selection of meats and have been eating a few of our regular customers we can't have that or I guess we can be said as long as they pay for whatever food they take which they've been good about so and then he rattled the loose change in both pockets and lit a cigarette with just his mind and now look okay I thought I was just going to do a quick spotlight on a good intern to start the show but Corinne is nudging me again listeners apparently I left some details out of his story not everything needs to be a hundred percent accurate account of your personal history Karim this is a radio show not Patrick offices bestselling The Name Of The Wind demand for details makes me look bad listeners creams really focused on correcting every little fact which makes him a good reporter but also kind of a snatch so to start it seems I've been mis pronouncing Karim zz home state of Michigan how do you say Karim which again right that's what I'm saying it again Mitt Chik n mish again missed again mistaken missed again okay I'm sorry cream I just can't hear the nuances of her regional accent the point is listeners green said that he had sent a second letter home to his family asking if everything was okay and if they were happy with his career and how he's living his life he just wanted to make them proud he received another letter back in his mother's handwriting the letter read my son Karim is in my home I am looking at him right now he's tall has long black hair and green lies is a beautiful honest and hardworking boy he has a birthmark on his right hand shaped like a salamander this is not you you are not this person the letter continued Karim is in college studying broadcast journalism he is not you I do not know you who are you why are you pretending to be my son we cannot find any record of a town called Night veil anywhere please stop writing be whoever you are and then it is signed the Shah Karim you are tall with long black hair and green eyes who have a birthmark on your right hand it's shaped more like a lizard though so maybe you have the wrong house who knows just one of those things I guess anyway thanks for the story Kareem the the the and now an update on our schools the enormous blow cloud all hail which serves as president of the Night Vale School Board called for an increase in education funding to support the influx of new students after the annexation of neighboring town desert blocks as well as the new Five headed Dragon kids arrived with the five headed dragon delegation Night Vale schools desperately need more teachers and classrooms to mention additional fire perfect glow cloud all praise the mighty cloud delivered this message via press release scrolled in the paint across several dead animals which dropped from its great translucent body above town it took reporters several hours to place each of the animals in the correct order to make sense of the press release they think they got it Mayor Dean of Cardinal and share it Sam sent out their own press releases claiming a lack of available funding for the schools the mayor said she will look into it but does not want to raise taxes the sheriff simply growled and fired a pistol into a target dummy shaped like a dragon the City Council mind this newest member to meet the Flynn shrieked and then left on a beach vacation saying they needed an increase in sunlight and tropical drinks and that so what if sometimes they don't call it doesn't mean that they aren't into our relationship just that sometimes they're busy here at the review studio are brokenhearted station management cried quietly in their office which was truly off putting and strange sound low cloud we are not worthy to rub our faces in the mud before its benefits and present homemaker and a maker of all things indicated that it would continue to bring up this issue at school board meetings or on the story as it develops a God dream really was okay cream is now telling me that he told his parents to talk to them about the letters they sent to him but a familiar voice answered the phone was not his father Rahim nor his brother um year it was him Green answered his own phone call cream try to explain who he was to himself but the other Karim said that it couldn't be true that there was only one to him and he was shipped cream asked to speak with his mother but Corinne said I don't know Gore mother I only know my mother enough cream said he wanted to go home to see his family I told him he might be confused by it but to take a close look at the back of the United States he did and was dismayed to find there was no woman should get which did she get I think that's it right he said his home state should be right between Tokyo and Canada that shaped like a mitten I said he's thinking of Maine which looks like a mitten that's been wadded up and are looking at it from my side and he said U S map looks correct when he stares at the whole thing but when he looks closely at where Michigan should be there he's now pacing in the cubicle area pulling it is here sweating and worried about him he's never quite behave like this before and I'm in a tone to go home this is his family take some time off work while I do that here is today's weather The The The The The The The The The The The The The The The The the the the only the the The The The The The The The The The The The The Fall the Joker The The The The The The The The Karim is back already said he spent the last two weeks at home I told him he'd only been gone about five minutes long enough to report the weather but he pointed to the counter and the door and he's right it's been two weeks weather report took way longer than I thought Cream City took a flight to Grand Rapids but when he landed was back in my face he tried several flights even to some of the cities of it why and try to go neither of which I've never heard of hoping to just catch a bus or something from there but all flights landed back at the Night Vale airport greens are good in turn but not very knowledgeable of how air travel works the whole point is the joy of flying not the destination no one likes going play since they just like the comfort of flying airlines send you in the air for a few hours and serve you good food while you relax then they take you home the airport having failed him Corinne got his car and drove to min to get getting lost and ending back up where he started but after days of trying and finally arrived he found his family was there joyfully surprised to see him he told them about the letters he sent and the ones he received was crying they said they hadn't heard from him in ages and were starting to get what they didn't receive or write any letters he asked if he was already there was I home this whole time he asked his mother she just hugged him and said You're here now yes to me or was I here to see me here while I was gone Amir said You'll always be here Kareem Guest his father are dragons real are there other worlds is Satan a beagle puppy his father laughed and said You were always the funny one they embraced cream stayed for a few days they had dinners together and watched movies cream try to talk about his time in Knight failed but found he was not able to remember any of it eventually cannot even remember the name of this town he'd been living in for two years and after awhile he forgot that he had ever been anywhere else at all but forgotten like Vail and its people in his mind but not in his body he could feel he was suppose to be someplace else he didn't want to be anywhere else but he didn't feel like it was his decision he fought this feeling for dates finally one day his father asked if he wanted to go see a University of Michigan football K Rahim said they're a talented team this year it's been nearly twenty years since they won a title Karim said he thought they won a championship two years ago with someone named Sam Darrow at quarterback his father said that wasn't possible the team was terrible two years ago cream had some errands to run so he told his family he would meet them at the game he got in his car fully intending to see them in less than an hour but instead he drove and drove not knowing to bear and after several days with no map or destination he arrived back in Night Fey and he remembered his life here to get he called his mother when he got home to tell her he was safe but she only screamed into the phone saying no no your here I'm looking right at you Corinne your here in my home your right here in my home how are you calling me love our internship program Karim has become an excellent reporter and editor maybe one day he will replace me here at the station notes but be on professional development I want our interns to learn the bigger lessons of life and love and family and death dream hasn't thought much about aging I'm sure but as we get older as we leave home we form for ourselves an independent identity no longer impressed upon by families we take the last shape they crafted a partially chiseled stone sculpture and we are left to try to finish the work ourselves hopefully they have provided good to us hopefully the world teaches us how to better use them and for the rest of our lives we are gently hammering away at the curves and crevices of the great masterpieces that are our lives sometimes as we work we become less recognizable to the families who first shake to us they critique the craftsmanship the artistic direction they worry too much has been cut away or that quote those arms just don't look proportional in some cases they no longer recognize us for the adults we all are family expectations are high but underneath it all is love worry and to knowledge that you will do you write yourself or family may not trust that knowledge but they know they have to try cream is back at his desk staring at a map of the US but it doesn't look fearful or worried anymore he looks like a young man a grown man but still a young man with a purpose is a journalist doing a journalist's job to seek truth is to understand the world I'm proud of him proud of you Karim is giving a thumbs up ok let's talk about your editing though that weather report was like way too long like five minutes max ok stay tuned next for the slow low sounds of enormous plates shifting deep below us listeners will be taking off work in a couple weeks to about just to take some time off but will be in touch again in the New Year as always good Night Night Vale by the the the the um tonight they'll is a production of Night Vale presents it is written by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey trainer 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