Drafting NBA Franchises, White Lotus, and Linville Falls

Anne puts down almost every NBA city on today’s show as she and I draft the franchises we’d like to own. We also discuss leaving mom behind at the gas station on a family vacation and the HBO show White Lotus Season 2, Episode 2. This episode was recorded on November 13, 2022.

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Be sure to scroll down for images and video from the Torg family outing to see Linville Falls right after the remnants of Hurricane Nicole rolled through. After our visit to the falls, we stopped off at the quaint Old Hampton store for some live music and BBQ.

Check out the links below to connect to some of what we discuss on this week’s podcast:

  • We enjoyed great BBQ and live music at the Old Hampton Store & Barbecue in Linville, NC. Click here to view their Facebook page.
  • In order to check out the falls after Hurricane Nicole, we parked at the Linville Falls visitor center off of the Blue Ridge Parkway near mile marker 316. Check out this website for more details on how to visit the falls.
  • Here’s a list of the cast and characters from HBO’s White Lotus Season 2.
  • For a cool map of NBA cities, click here.
  • Thanks to Megan Torgerson Real Estate for sponsoring the podcast. Click here to visit Megan’s real estate page.

Live music inside the Old Hampton Store in Linville, NC:

Live Music and BBQ at the Old Hampton Store in Linville, North Carolina

Torg family at pool above falls Lost Province Octoberfest food from the Old Hampton Store

Top of Linville Falls after Hurricane Nicole in North Carolina Nov / 2022

A view of Linville Falls, NC after Hurricane Nicole / Nov 2022

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White Lotus Predictions and the NBA’s Nets, Bucks and Pacers

Welcome to the Torg Stories podcast Sun Nov 6th, 2022 edition. Tonight my sister Anne and I talk NBA Hoops and about episode one of the HBO show White Lotus. 

We’re excited to announce a new partnership with Megan Torgerson Real Estate as a sponsor. 

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We open the show with predictions on the following:

  • Does Indy Colts Coach Frank Reich finish the season?
  • How many regular season games will Kyrie Irving play for the Nets this year?
  • Make a prediction for HBO’s White Lotus Season 2.
  • Who wins more games this week, the Nets or the Clippers?

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NBA Fandom and a 67 Game Winning Streak

My sister Anne Torgerson joined me from Los Angeles on this Halloween Eve edition of the Torg Stories podcast.

Anne and I opened the show making some plans about what we would watch this week for a discussion next Sunday. We agreed on this:

  • Mon Oct 31: Pacers v. Nets
  • Fri Nov. 4: Bucks v. Timberwolves
  • White Lotus Season 2, Episode 1
My Larry Bird costume came out on the creepy Tiger King side. Click below to listen to the pod:

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Here’s a list of additional topics discussed on this episode:

  • Anne is trying to force an NBA Fandom by subscribing to NBA League Pass and she attended a Clippers game.
  • We looked back on Anne’s high school basketball career in Indiana during which time her team won 67 regular season games in a row.
  • I outlined my Brooklyn Nets take that the team is going to turn it around. We also discussed the Golden State Warriors.
  • We discussed the beginning of high school basketball season here in North Carolina.

Head Basketball Scout: David Kent

Coach David Kent divides his time working as the head basketball scout for Insider Exposure and also the Finest Basketball Club (FBC) Carolina Elite travel team. I met David when he started writing about and working with one of our players at Watauga High School in Boone, North Carolina: Kate Sears. Kate attended some Insider Exposure showcases and that led to her playing for a Carolina Elite Under Armour sponsored team. This past summer of 2022, I coached a Carolina Elite team that both of my daughters played for. As an assistant coach in the girls program at Watauga, I’ll travel with our team to compete in the Cherokee Invitational December 20-22, 2022. The event will be held at the Cherokee Resort and Convention Center. Coach Kent and I opened the conversation talking about some of his responsibilities with Carolina Elite and Insider Exposure.

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What Do We Mean, College Writing?

Like me, both of my guests on today’s episode are lecturers in the Rhetoric and Composition program at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. At App State, we have what is called The Vertical Writing Curriculum, which is a series of four required writing courses for students. The first-year course is called RC 1000 Expository Writing and the second year course is called RC 2001 Writing Across the Curriculum. Each of my guests coordinates one of those required courses.

  • Ben Good coordinates the RC 1000 Expository Writing courses
  • Kelly Terzaken coordinates the RC 2001 Writing Across the Curriculum courses
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We begin this episode by discussing the problematic nature of the phrase, “college writing” and then we begin to work our way through a discussion of the course goals and outcomes for both Expository Writing and Writing Across the Curriculum. We also reference the Writing Across the Curriculum office and the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) position statement about the teaching of writing.

I’d love to hear from you with comments or questions about your own ideas related to the notion of college writing. Thanks so much for checking out the podcast!