There are 20,000 students at UCSB and this Scottish lady is in charge of 18,000 of them!
She was the first member of her family to attend college, she had a baby in Fiji, and she's an administrator who loves teaching. She's also my mother-in-law, which is perhaps the unlikeliest fact of all.
Find out what her deal is by listening to my interview with her for Real Gauchos Sunday at 1pm on KCSB 91.9 FM or KCSB.org. Afterwards, you can listen to or download the interview anytime on Real Gauchos or iTunes.
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Colorado Rockies outfielder and Santa Barbara super-loc Ryan Spilborghs is widely known to be one of the nicest people on Earth. Here he is after giving my wife a batting practice ball before playing the Mets in New York.
When Spilly was a redshirt sophomore in the midst of a 35-game hitting streak for the 2001 UCSB Gauchos, I was the team's official scorer and media guy. At the Long Beach State series, he lent me a glove so that I could shag balls during batting practice and feel like something more than a stat geek.
Had I asked, he would have done me the same solid when the Gauchos made the NCAA Regionals at Notre Dame. Then I would have shagged balls in the outfield during batting practice instead of jogging around the perimeter of the field and eventually getting brained by a Dave Molidor warning track shot.
Ryan Spilborghs is contemplative, hilarious and socioculturally astute, as can be heard in my interview with him for Real Gauchos, which airs Sunday at 1pm on KCSB 91.9 FM in Santa Barbara. Shortly thereafter, like 2:30pm, this epic conversation with the big leaguer who was once knocked out of a Little League majors game by the Life Artist Bubba Ray Robison will available to listen to and download on Real Gauchos and iTunes.
And yes, we will talk about the time he faced Bubba.
Tags: real gauchos, kcsb, ryan spilborghs, spilly, sb super-loc, 2001 ucsb baseball, gaucho baseball, colorado rockies, life artist, bubba ray robison
If you know people who are down with Argentina, do 'em a solid and let 'em know that the history of stand-up comedy in that country, as told in the first English-language interview with industry insider Gabo Grosvald, is now available on realgauchos.com and iTunes, after having appeared on the radio program Real Gauchos today at 1pm on KCSB 91.9 FM in Santa Barbara which, by the way, had its' third straight week without a tsunami or any other incident causing the red telephone in the studio to ring.
You can tune in to Real Gauchos live on Sundays at 1pm on KCSB 91.9 FM and kcsb.org. If you miss the live broadcast, you can always listen to or download the podcast of the show on realgauchos.com and iTunes.
Tags: real gauchos, gabo, ezequiel campa, malena pichot, merpin, jansenson, gabriel grosvald, paul rivas, el bululú, tim lee, louis c.k., lenny bruce, chris rock, george carlin, este gallego tiene menos talento que la concha de la lora
Real Gauchos had its second earthquake-free show Sunday 1pm on KCSB 91.9 FM in Santa Barbara. If you're concerned about earthquakes, it's good luck to listen to Real Gauchos!
This week's guest was Justin Mabardi, whose rise from holder of a single share of Disney stock to bigtime stage manager hinged on 10 days in Moscow and sounding older than he was. He's never been afraid to ride the Greyhound Bus in a suit, and he used to live at Caesar's Palace. He's traveled the world, but he kept it real in Santa Barbara after high school and went to UCSB, where he was an accidental drama major.
I hereby admit to having neglected to mention the second and third definitions included hereinbelow when I wrote that Gaucho story. The official RAE Spanish dictionary says gaucho also means 'distinguished invidivuals' (2) and 'badass' (3).
But on my new radio show Real Gauchos, which started today, I only interview distinguished badasses, so it pretty much evens out!
My first guest was Gaucho Joe O'Brien, who used to psych people up at UCSB basketball games in jeans and a Batman t-shirt back when we could beat the best team in the country and such things were still possible.
Real Gauchos is available everywhere at all times, but first on Sundays 1-2pm on KCSB 91.9fm in Santa Barbara and online.