Saturday, December 30, 2006

The Pain Chronicles - Countdown to Tooth Pain, Day 7

Seven days until I get all my wisdom teeth removed. Opted for the 'twilight sleep' instead of general anesthesia because. . .because I'm a tough motha f*cka! Sorry - just watched 'Boyz in the Hood' . . . Would you believe I opted for the blissful, slap-happy, nausea-inducing route of 'twilight sleep' rather than the voluntary comatose route because it costs about $250 less? I though you would.

I've heard you can hear your teeth being gripped and crunched by the pliers, but the Valium and nitrous makes you not really care all that much. Hey - can I get a bag of that to go?

If you have any experience with either pain control method for wisdom teeth extraction, Ema and I would like to hear from you. Drop us a line, or add a comment below, and let me know what I'm in for.

Stay tuned. . .

Monday, December 18, 2006

Episode 35 - Cherry Mishmash!

Merry Christmas to all our listeners! Join us in this special holiday episode as we dangle from the end of our rope. If misery loves company, we're having a block party!!!

Click HERE to be transported directly to the episode.

Click HERE to visit The Unreal OC website.

Thanks for listening!


Monday, December 04, 2006

The Unreal OC - Episode 34 - The Sister

It's two against one with Ema's sister Linda joining us as a special guest; Armenian food for Thanksgiving; Salvation Army toys for the kids, and throat surgery for Tom.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

The Unreal OC - Episode 33 - Tossin' Shrimp

No - The woman in the photo here is NOT Ema. She would never be caught with such unsightly roots!

Join us for another romp through suburbia in Episode # 33 where Tom discovers his favorite store has a whole other floor filled with shoes; you'll learn the history of scatting; discover why apple pie may be the only antidote to the texture of raw scallops; Find out why Ema thinks there’s no excuse for bad roots, Ummmm McUnderbelly. . ., and finally we discuss the very personal and sometimes scary subject of personal hygiene.

Click HERE to be transported.

ALSO - You can leave a message for us directly from our website - click on the TUROC Voicemail on the LH side of the home page. Thanks!
- Tom

Friday, November 17, 2006

Frappr No More

After spending the better part of three hours fighting with our Frappr account trying to gain some 'manual' control of pin placement and other vital account settings, I was forced to abandon the account. If any of you know an alternative to the confounding, user-hostile Frappr, or want to share your secrets of how to play nicely with its interface, please let me know.

Thanks to all of you for joining the map. I had to manually export this list, so hopefully I'm not leaving out anyone. Thanks to:

noi - Centralia, WA

Aaron - Queen Creek (AZ)

matt - Israel

Jen and Jason Tucker - Whittier, CA, USA

Chugabug goodnight - West Palm Beach, FL

Seth - Riverside, CA, USA

Hiram - Aurora, OH,

Drew - Anaheim, CA,

Al - Burlington, VT,

Linda – Rancho Santa Margarita,

Jon – Seal Beach,

Tim A – Tustin,

Jason Watts – Irvine ,

Bill Lovelace – Buena Park,

Vic – West Hills,

Aaron – Queen Creek AZ,

Tim – Mt. Pleasant NJ,

Pat – Austin TX,

Win - London, UK

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

The Unreal OC - Episode 32 - UnHoly Matrimony

Ema and I celebrate 11 years of blitzfull harmony, Tom masquerades as a courtesy clerk, and is there every really a correct answer for “how do I look?”

Click HERE to be transported to our website so you can download our latest episode and otherwise loiter about and get into trouble.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

The Unreal OC - Episode 31 - Trick or Ramen

Yet another use for Top Ramen, Christmas music year-round, and how DARE they interrupt my nap!

Click HERE to be transported to The Unreal OC website. Use the new PuPu player on the page to listen to any new episode or subscribe via iTunes by clicking on the link below the player.

- Ema and Tom

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

The Unreal OC - Episode 30 - This Show is XXX

Hey - What are you waiting for? Click HERE to be transported to The Unreal OC website so you can listen to our latest episode. Use the new PuPu player if you want - I won't tell anyone!


Monday, October 16, 2006

The Unreal OC - Episode 29 - Chicagogoogoo

C'mon - you know you want it! Download TUROC episode 29 - Chicagogoogoo by clicking HERE.


Ema and Tom

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Stuff Store - Buy The Unreal OC Shirts, Mugs, More!

Christmas is right around the corner, so jump on over to The Unreal OC home page and click on the link at the top to visit our Stuff Store. There you can find original, authentic, certified, guaranteed fresh, clothing, ceramics, and other fine merchandise. We've kept the prices at their Cafe Press MSRP - no added charges to pad our wallets. Drop us a line if you have any questions - Click Here to send us an email.

Thanks and happy shopping!


Wednesday, October 04, 2006

PuPu Player Now on The Unreal OC Website

Can't say much for the name of this service, but it seems to work just fine. now has a built-in audio player so you can easily listen to all episodes from your computer - if you so choose.

So check out our PuPu player - it's a real gas! . . .sorry.

Monday, October 02, 2006

Episode 28 - Don't Zamboni My Baloney

Check out the latest episode of The Unreal OC - Don't Zamboni My Baloney!

Download HERE.



Saturday, September 23, 2006

Portable Media Expo - The Unreal OC

Hey folks - If any of you will be at the PME in Ontario, Ca next weekend (Setp 29th and 30th), be sure to stop by the Orange County Podcasters booth. You'll get an opportunity to visit with some of your favorite podcasters like Ron from Griddlecakes Radio, Adam from The MacCast, Steve from Lifespring, Jason from History Podcast, Jeremy from Second Life Podcast and plenty of others. I'll be there too on Saturday afternoon - Hope to see you there!


Monday, September 18, 2006

Weekend Off

Ema and I took a short break this past weekend, but will be back with another episode soon. In the meantime, feel free to listen to one of my archived storytelling episodes HERE.

See ya soon,


Saturday, September 09, 2006

Removing Feed: "therabbit.xml" in One Week!

These feeds: and will not be updated after 9/16/06.

Please switch the feed URL in your aggregator to:

Or, alternately, to my Feedburner feed:

Also – Remember that all storytelling episodes, #’s 1 – 23 can be found HERE.

Please contact me at with any questions.



Saturday, August 26, 2006

New Format - New Co-star

I'm excited about the new format for The Unreal OC. Elizabeth (my funnier half) and I will be doing a podcast twice a month - maybe more often, depending on our schedules. I think you'll find it to be a refreshing change, and hope you'll stay with us and maybe even tell some friends.

The new format is still family-safe and work-friendly. That's a bit of a departure from most couple-casts, and something we hope will be appreciated by our existing listeners - you folks.

Thanks for sticking with me, and for checking out our new show. If there's anything you'd like to share with us, please send us an email.


Tom and Elizabeth

Saturday, August 19, 2006

'The Block' - Story Available Daily

Hi folks – Just a quick message to let you know that I’m
publishing ‘The Block’ as a serialized story in daily installments. This will be published in daily installments starting Sat. August 19th. Those of you who have heard this series may want to read along or suggest the feed to a friend who may not be into
podcasts. It should make for a nice, daily distraction from whatever important things you might be doing.


Here’s the feed:

Here’s the site:

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Free Screensaver For All my Listeners!

Forget the old addage that 'you can't get something for nothing.' For a limited time I'm offering a FREE screensaver and free desktop wallpaper to all my listeners. It's my way of saying 'Thanks for supporting the show!' Just shoot me an email at, and let me know that you want the FREE screensaver. I'll reply with the website address where you can download it. No gags, no gimicks, no spyware!

The screensaver was created in conjunction with my new business - Dream Listen to Episode 23 for the history of this project.


Sunday, August 06, 2006

Show Correction and Stuff

I mentioned in my latest episode - #22 that I received a MySpace shout-out from someone named John. Turns out that this was from James Yorkotoro. Sorry James for the mixup, and thanks for your support!

I've noticed that I've got several new listeners from Illinois as well as Cork, Ireland. Welcome, and consider joining The Unreal OC Frappr Map. Thanks.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

This week's Frappr Mappers

Hiya folks. This week I'd like to welcome Seth from Riverside, California to The Unreal OC Frappr Map. Thanks for joining, Seth!

Remember - If you join the Frappr Map - you can send me an email containing a website, blog, or podcast promo, or even a personal shout-out which I'll post on The UnBlog as well as possibly read on the show. It's a great way to promote your site, or to give that troublesome mother-in-law a long-distance, free birthday howdy. I know - most mother-in-laws don't read blogs, and even fewer listen to podcasts, but it's the thought that counts - right?

I'll be back this weekend with another episode. Thanks for reading. . .and listening!


Sunday, July 09, 2006

Welcome New Frappr Mappers

I'd like to welcome Hiram from Aurora, Ohio and Jason from Whittier, California to The Unreal OC Frappr Map! Jason has two websites you can check out: and .

Thanks Hiram and Jason!

If you'd like me to list your website, podcast, blog or even give a special 'shout out' on The UnBlog, then join my Frappr Map, and shoot an email with your site links or message to

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

The Block - Season One - Download as One File

I've received a few requests to do this, so I consolidated all six parts of The Block into one 50MB file. The running time for this is 1 hour, 11 minutes, so it fits nicely on one CD.

Please visit my website and click on the link at the top of the page to be directed to the download page.

I edited out most of the intros and outros so you'll hear the whole story without many interruptions. Enjoy.

Sunday, July 02, 2006

The Block - 'Wrap Party' - A Total Success!

Thanks to everyone who made it to The Block's Second Life Wrap Party last night. We all had a blast. Nice to speak to all of you new listeners as well as some of you who've been dragged along for the ride from the beginning :) If you couldn't make it to the party - no worries; you can always look me up in SL - usually hanging out on Podcast Island. My name there is Tommy Burma.

Reminder: There will be no show this coming weekend. Look for a new episode on July 15th.

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Second Life Wrap Party - Tonight!

Hiya - Just posted the Season Finale of The Block. Looking forward to meeting some of you tonight in SL. Here's the coordinates to Podcast Island: _Podcast Island, Podcast Island (162, 54, 25)

See ya,


Monday, June 26, 2006

Second Life 'Wrap Party' for The Block - Details

The party will be this Saturday, July 1st - 6:00PM PST in Second Life on Podcast Island in the Podcaster Lounge. Look for me, Tommy Burma. Questions? Email me at

See you there!

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Me On My Space?!? C'Mon! Well, OK

OK - As if this graphic doesn't say enough. . .Yes, I finally joined My Space. You can find me at . I just joined yesterday, and as you can see - I'm off to a roaring start! How many people do you know that can actually say that they have ZERO friends, and can verify it? Anyway, what kicked me into deciding to set up an account was I listened to 'The Bitterest Pill' on Friday, and Dan mentioned that he checks his 'My Space' page all the time to see just how many new friends he has. I thought - hey - What a great way to interact with the podcasting community, make new friends, share stories. . . I'm not even sure how My Space works. Do I have to invite people? Do they just show up - uninvited? Pitiful - I know. But don't fret. By this time next week that '0' should be in the triple digits, and I'll post it right here for all of you to see so I can stand proud and say "I HAVE FRIENDS!"

Saturday, June 24, 2006

The Block - Season Finale 'Wrap Party'

Join me and a few other podcaster friends including Lance Anderson (Verge of the Fringe, The Lance Anderson Radio Experiment) next Saturday evening - at 6pm - 7pm PST for a 'Wrap Party' in Second Life celebrating the end of season one of The Block. Check this UnBlog is a few days for party details!


Wednesday, June 21, 2006

New Frappr Mappers

I'd like to thank listeners Al from Burlington, Vermont, Drew from Anaheim, California, Bellamacchina from Santa Cruz, California, and Tim from Tustin, California for placing a push pin on The Unreal OC Frappr Map.

There seems to be a conspicuous lack of pins in the middle part of our fine country, as well as the middle parts of South America, Australia, Africa, Asia, and - well, Greenland. . .C'mon Greenland! Well, actually, I don't remember seeing any stats from Greenland, but I know I have some listeners in Australia. . .where are you?

OK - I'm done harassing my listeners. Time to blast off to work. See ya.

Monday, June 19, 2006

The Block - Characters - Brent

Samantha was looking for a loveable rebel with whom she could attach herself for the sole purpose of getting her mother, Christine's attention. But if 'loveable rebel' sits at one end of the 'bad boy' continuum, Brent sits at the far, opposite end, in the 'bad seed' category. Your typical rebellious teenager is scared to death of people like Brent, and for good reason. He isn't going through a teenage phase - he's nurturing a life-long commitment to corruption. While other bad boys try to figure out which liquor stores might accept their fake ID's, Brent scouts out the one with the weakest security so he can knock it off and grab the cash from the register. Brent lives with the unfortunate delusion that he has nothing to lose. That he wasn't made for this world, and this world certainly doesn't want him around for long. In his mind, Samantha was delivered to him by whatever dark forces rule the universe. Yes, you could say that with Brent, Samantha got more than she bargained for.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

The Unreal OC - Emails, Voicemails and More

Hi folks - Some exciting news on this end - My audience doubled during the month of May, and I'll bet that much of that increase is due to you telling your friends about the show. That's terrific! As a podcaster, It's easy to get caught up in trying to build your listener base - at any cost. When I find myself going in that direction, I try to focus on who really matters - meaning you fine folks who do listen to the show - not the 5.2 billion others who don't. It's like the old theater adage about playing to the audience who IS in the theater, and not worrying about the next performance or what the people in tomorrow's audience might think (maybe that was a baseball adage. . .oh well). My point is: You people - reading this blog and listening to my podcast - are the ones that matter. Your loyalty is very much appreciated - so thank you.

I think I've mentioned this once in the past, but it's worth repeating - Did you know that I answer ALL my emails. I know what it's like to write an email to a podcaster and not get a response. That's why - early on - I decided I'd take time to answer all listener emails. AND - If it's appropriate, I'll read the email on my show. My email: Aside from Email, there's all kinds of way to talk back to The Unreal OC - Here's a few more:
  • Show comments can be left on my The Unreal OC Hotline at 1 (206) 333-1185. I'll play these on the show.
  • Then there's my Frappr Map, where you can place your pin on the map, letting me know where you're listening from. You can leave a message there too if you'd like.
  • Finally, there's the ability to leave comments on each of these UnBlog posts.
So let me know how you like the show, or . . .how you don't like the show. C'mon - I can take it - give it your best shot!

Thanks again, and remember to stay tuned for The Block - part 4 - Coming this Saturday.


Thursday, June 08, 2006

The Block - Characters - Christine and Samantha

There isn't enough Zoloft in the known universe to explain Christine's perpetual perkiness. She walks through each day with the same contrived, contorted smile that's plastered on real estate signs throughout our neighborhood. I suspect that there's probably a real person somewhere beneath the synthetic sales persona she projects; but I've never seen it. Perhaps Swingin' Steve will be able to peel back her layers and expose the real Christine.

Samantha, Christine's 17-year-old daughter, has learned well from her mother on how to project a false personality while keeping the real, more fragile one safely hidden. Between cheerleading, drama club, her advanced placement science and math classes, Samantha has tried every conventional way she knows to win the attention of her mother. Now, with those attempts apparently failing, she's forced to take a less conventional, more dangerous approach.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

The Block - Characters - Swingin' Steve

Everyone should have a friend like Swingin' Steve. He's a carefree, party-at-the-drop-of-a-hat kind of guy who seems to float through life. He's the kind of guy your parents would have hated for you to associate with because he seems to live 'outside the system,' yet he isn't really a rebel - that would take too much effort! He's found success despite himself, bypassing all the things you've learned that are important to becoming successful. He's perpetually tardy (possibly because he doesn't own a watch), not entirely tactful (remember the incident with Herman at the BBQ?), and, to an outsider, seems careless and irresponsible. Christine finds all of this fascinating. Possibly because she is the polar opposite of Steve. Will their hook-up at the barbeque turn into something more than a casual romp? Hmmm. . .Only one way to find out. . .stay tuned.

Monday, June 05, 2006

The Block - Characters - Scott and Charlotte

Thoreau said "The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation." Well, I don't know about "the mass of men," but Scott certainly does. He's just found out that he only has weeks, perhaps a few months to live, and he's got some housecleaning to do before he leaves. His wife, Charlotte, sees life through the distorted, green hue of a wine bottle, and doesn't know yet about Scott's fate. She's walking the line of infidelity that Scott swore would be the final straw in their already disastrous marriage. Can Scott maintain his fury as the end of his life draws near? Can Charlotte maintain her fidelity in the light of her new, young fireman friend? Stay tuned to find out.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

The Block - Characters - Julie and Jerry

Every neighborhood should have a couple like Julie and Jerry. Young, carefree, fun-loving, and fit, they seem almost too perfect. But these are real people who harbor real secrets; and they're finding that the more open their lives become as they entwine themselves into the block's social scene, the harder it is to keep their darker natures private.

We all build walls around us. Some of us do so to keep the ubiquitous negative forces at a distance. Others, like Julie and Jerry, might build theirs to keep those forces close.

Monday, May 29, 2006

The Block - Characters - The Hermit

Everyone knows someone who's a little 'off.' Herman, or The Hermit, as he's become known, thrives on most of the things that normal people try to avoid: fear, pity, disdain, and retribution for a deep, painful secret. He's the one in the grocery store that cuts you off at the checkout line even though you've got one item and he has a cart-full. The one who speeds up at every yellow light, pumps his brakes when you try to pass, and enjoys Disneyland for the sole purpose of discretely popping the $13.00 Mickey Mouse balloons. Is he dangerous? We don't know - he may not even know. One thing for sure, he crossed a line at the BBQ with 40 witnesses, and now his little, warped world is in danger of being exposed.

A Rankings and Ratings Rant

It's funny. . .The more popular this show becomes, the lower I fall in the Podcast Alley Storytelling ratings. Must be because I don't shameless ask for your votes on that site. Hey - I'm # 2 on IdiotVox. . .for what that's worth. . .I slipped from 7th to 23rd place on in the same span of time my subscriptions jumped 20%! Go figure. Anyway, if you'd like to vote for me on Podcast Alley and help The Unreal OC climb back up in the Storytelling category or de-throne King Bonk from his # 1 seat on IdiotVox ( and move me up to 1st place, then don't let my passive-aggressive tone here stop you. Either way, I sincerely appreciate your support.


Newspaper Article Highlights The Unreal OC

Long Beach, California Newspaper Article Highlights The Unreal OC!
The Long Beach Press Telegram's Tim Grobaty wrote a nice article on the show - Click HERE to view.

Call the Show! - (206) 333-1185

It's not a toll-free number, but hey - you've got a cell phone with free evening and weekend minutes - right? Call and leave a voicemail message, and there's an excellent chance I'll use it on my show if it meets the following criteria:1) It's clean, family friendly
2) It's under 1 minute in length
3) It glorifies or otherwise praises the show. . .just kidding about this one.Here's your chance to tell me, and potentially the world, what you think of the show. Feel free to comment on anything you'd like about the show, reality TV, California in general; or ask questions about any topic under the sun. If I can't answer them, perhaps a listener can.