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Las Vegas. It’s a storied city. The home of The Rat Pack, The Strip and The Bellagio. But when Tim’s guest this week mentions that he recently returned from Las Vegas he focuses on something else entirely.
“Do you have any stories about hookers and blow?” Tim asks Josh Stratton.
Josh is a pretty reserved member of the Stadia and Byrne on Demand team and politely declines to fuel Tim’s lascivious imagination. Instead he shares the story of his recent divorce tour of Las Vegas. He and a friend went for dinner and drinks shortly after arriving in Sin City. They staggered back onto The Strip at the exact moment a group of parachuters landed right in front of them. It seems a group of intrepid base jumpers took advantage of quiet Vegas night to jump off the top of a construction crane. Tim, unfortunately, is totally unimpressed by this story.
“I think you should have added some hookers, nudity and blow to that story.” He says.
Tim had to beg Josh to do this interview. It seems that not only do Stadia’s customers think this podcast is a terrible idea, so do most of the staff. It’s just another example of the loony owner with another dog shit idea that is likely going to sink the entire company. Josh is used to this of course. He’s been with the company for five years.
Tim and Josh have known each other for longer than that, though. They first met through a mutual friend named Fraser who worked at an electronics store. Tim had done quite a bit of work for that store. But the owner was late paying the bill. Tim rolled up on his Harley, hopped off the bike, stormed into the store and politely told Fraser that if he didn’t pay what was owed he was going to destroy every TV in the place. Without missing a beat Fraser cut him a check and the two became fast friends. It was at Fraser’s wedding that Josh and Tim met each other. They were both getting trashed at the bar when Tim decided Josh would make a good addition to the company.
Josh didn’t know a fucking thing about door and glass when he first joined Stadia. Tim said not to worry about it and the he would learn on the fly. Josh did figure out the business eventually but only after more than a few mistakes. The most famous example occurred while changing the giant windows at The TD Towers. It was a frozen January weekend and they had to swap out a 20 foot piece of glass using the remote controlled suction gear. The glass was out and set to be installed when the R/C unit stopped working. The glass sat hovering just a few inches off the ground for six hours as Josh desperately tried to figure out what was wrong. In the end the solution was the same as with every piece of electronic gear. Just restart the fucking thing.