Man Reluctantly Subscribes to Roommate\'s Podcast

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Man Reluctantly Subscribes to Roommate's Podcast

by Joe Virgillito | Wet Socks | Apr 19, 2017

After months of hearing about its production and experiencing an inordinate amount of related personal guilt, Wet Socks confirmed early Wednesday that Grady Sandler, 27, finally subscribed to his roommate’s podcast on iTunes despite the fact that it would completely clog up his feed and likely sap the last of his phone’s remaining storage.

“It just seemed like the right thing to do,” said Sandler, who maintains no intention of ever actually listening to the podcast and was spurred into a subscription by a mutual friend who said it was “kind of messed up” that he hadn’t already. “I don’t even really know what it’s about, but he’s always working on it and he’s really into it, so I might as well show him my support.”

The podcast, a biweekly Garageband-edited smattering of random interviews spliced together with poorly constructed rants about politics and current events, is a passion project of Sandler’s roommate, Tim Bagger, 26, and it does indeed take up an unreasonable about of his time. Sources close to the situation speculate that the uninteresting subject matter was among the primary reasons Sandler had avoided listening to the podcast in the first place, as well as the poor audio quality and inevitable feelings of guilt that would set in as soon as he pressed play.

“Grady told me he subscribed, and I’m really excited about it! I can’t wait to hear his feedback and discuss some shows with him,” Bagger said, blissfully unaware of Sandler’s intention to listen to the first two minutes of each episode to get a gist of its topic before moving on to podcasts he actually enjoys and is invested in. “He’s a really smart guy and I value his opinion.”

“I already listen to a bunch of different podcasts during my commute and while I’m at the gym, so this will work nicely into my rotation,” said Sandler, who is likely to unsubscribe by the end of the month and will squirm to avoid Bagger’s attempts at podcast-related conversations altogether, assuredly plunging his already strained living situation into a cesspool of deceit. “I love learning and hearing different perspectives.”

“It means a lot to me to get support from friends and family members, especially when they know how much I enjoy doing this,” Bagger said. “It makes me feel like I’m working for them, to make this podcast the best it can be for the people I know listen, even if it’s only a few.”

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