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Greg Jefferson Gives His Worth Repeating Favorites

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Our Season Two opener for Worth Repeating is less than two weeks away. (Buy Tickets Here!) In order to get people primed for a fantastic season of stories, our storyboard looked back at season one to bring you some of our favorites.  Greg Jefferson (storyboard, storyteller: Lies Damn Lies & Statistics) tells you about his top three.

Jeanette Reynolds

Most of us have taken on jobs that were too big for us once or twice. Or we've challenged nemeses who were a bit smarter or stronger than us. And we did it without a second thought. What I love about Jeanette Reynolds' Worth Repeating performance is that she captures this workaday hubris in a simple, hilarious story about getting in over her head - in the Pacific. A Peace Corps Volunteer in Fiji, she decided to clear her head during a break by kayaking around a neighboring island. Two Problems: turns out some islands are bigger than  they look, and kayaking in the ocean is very different from kayaking in a lake or river. 

In 2005, I took a job selling vacuum cleaners door to door.

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Looking at Todd Wright, a writing instructor at UTSA, it’s hard to imagine him as a vacuum-cleaner  salesman. But that’s how it is. Even George Washington probably waited tables as a young adult. Selling vacuum cleaners wasn’t a side hustle for Todd. It was the hustle, and in 2005 he was learning how to pull it off. Then he knocked on the front door of a woman who had just enough money to get by. His slick, cynical sales pitch collided with her decency and vulnerability. He came out of the experience a poorer salesman but a better person. Todd’s story is simple, funny, and poignant, packed with tenderness and the quiet pleadings of a guilty conscience. Click below for the story.

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Luis Muñoz, an independent TV producer, knows how to combine work and pleasure. Specifically, he’s skilled at lining up assignments at Mexican resorts. Luis has a great eye for the comic detail, and he flaunts it in this story about the drug lord he thought he’d befriended over margaritas and cigars at a luxury hotel’s pool. Turns out the guy did have a lot of power and prestige, just not the kind Luis imagined. Do yourself a favor and listen to the story.