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VOA Connect Episode 322 - Fostering sustainable farming and nurturing ocean health.

VOA – CONNECT
EPISODE # 322
AIR DATE: 03 15 2024
FULL SHOW TRANSCRIPT


SHOW OPEN ((Animation))
((VO/NAT/SOT)
)
((Title))
Community Supported Agriculture
((SOT))
((Hana Newcomb
Potomac Vegetable Farms))

What the populace needs to do is say that farming is important to them. And that it is just as important as park land or other public amenities that people really enjoy living near.
((Animation))
((Title))

Sea Mammal & Ocean Health
((SOT))
((Dr. Jeff Baum
External Relations Officer, Marine Mammal Center
))
In late eighties, 1989, suddenly at Pier 39, over on the San Francisco Embarcadero, sea lions started to show up in great numbers, took up residence there, and now are iconic, not just for the pier, but for the city itself.
((Animation))
((Title))

Senior Move Manager
((SOT))
((Anna Novak
Senior Move Manager))

When people call me, usually it's because they're feeling overwhelmed. They just don't know where to start.
((Animation))


((TITLE)) COMMUNITY SUPPORTED FARMING

((TRT: 05:48))
((Reporter/Camera/Editor: Jeff Swicord))
((Map: Washington, D.C.))
((Main characters: 1 female; 0 male))
((Sub characters: 3 female; 0 male))
((Blurb: Community supported farms are growing in popularity across the US. Rather than depending on banks to fund their operations they sell shares to their customers who are paid back with fresh food throughout the season.))

((MUSIC/NATS))
((Hana Newcomb
Potomac Vegetable Farms))

I am a second-generation farmer. My parents started this farm in 1962. My father started out not as a farmer but as a government economist, and he decided to be a farmer when he was in his late twenties. And they started out with sweet corn because he thought that that's what the world needed, was fresh sweet corn.
The land that we are sitting on right now, they bought in 1966. I actually am somebody who has never missed a single summer on the farm. I love growing vegetables because it's the one thing that seems like will never go out of style. Everything else that's a food seems to be under some health questions, but vegetables are completely uniquely healthy.
((MUSIC/NATS))

This is the cool view. What did I do with my knife? Here we go.
((Hana Newcomb
Potomac Vegetable Farms))

How hard is it to get land and start a farm? It takes more than most people have. More like 60 years ago, Fairfax County was transitioning from being dairy farms to being suburbs. That development there was the Front field. And if you go further, that's the Thompson field. And if you go across the street, that's the Whiteman field. And if you go over there, that's Bradley Thompson's. And so, all of these are old farmers from 50 years ago or 60 years ago, who rented us property all along this road, all the way to Tysons Corner.
((NATS/MUSIC))
((Hana Newcomb
Potomac Vegetable Farms))

And so, when my parents bought this piece of property, there were no suburban developments around here. It was a two-lane highway, Route Seven, which is now currently a six-lane highway,
and all the old dairy farmers were sitting on their property waiting to sell it and waiting to make a lot of money. If you can believe this, the land that was sold adjacent to our property in 2008, was $500,000 an acre undeveloped, an insane amount of money to have to spend, to come up with, to grow vegetables.
((NATS/MUSIC))
((Hana Newcomb
Potomac Vegetable Farms))

What’s the solution? What the populace needs to do is say that farming is important to them, and that it is just as important as park land or other public amenities that people really enjoy living near. And this is a big step toward keeping agriculture going in a metropolitan area.
((NATS/MUSIC))
((Hana Newcomb
Potomac Vegetable Farms))

Farming basically means at the end of the year, hopefully, you paid all your bills. But that doesn't mean you have any money left to start the next season unless you happen to have such a good season.
CSA [Community Supported Agriculture] is a great fit for our farm. I think I have about 600 CSA members.
((NATS))

Happy to be here. We’re so blessed, yes.
((Hana Newcomb
Potomac Vegetable Farms))

My father used to borrow $25,000 at the beginning of the season and pay it back to the bank in September. Instead of that, now we ask our customers if we can borrow that money, and they give it to us in February and willingly, and then we pay them back in vegetables through the season. They have three different size shares: mini, regular, and robust. If you're a mini share, you get six, and you just come and pick out whatever six things you want. And if you decide you want six bags of tomatoes, you get six bags of tomatoes.
((Chris Toye
CSA Member))

Oh my gosh, the produce is so fresher, has better flavor. It just… and you get to pick and choose what you want to use. It is just wonderful.
((Hana Newcomb
Potomac Vegetable Farms))

When you do something the same for 20 years or 15 years or ten years, and you keep coming once a week to somebody's house every week, they're going to get to be like family.
((NATS))
Bye!
((Hana Newcomb
Potomac Vegetable Farms))

So, the farmer's market part of our business is roughly 40%. So, we're very dependent on it.
((NATS))
We do have some spinach in the back corner there.
((Hana Newcomb
Potomac Vegetable Farms))

We go to five markets a week for 30 weeks of the year, and one of them we go year-round. 20 weeks the year that we don't have a market really. So, we make a lot of…as much money as we can in those 30 weeks.
((NATS))
Thank you so much and there is your five dollars.
((NATS/MUSIC))
I think the end closest to the stand is where it's a little bit biggest now.
((Hana Newcomb
Potomac Vegetable Farms))

I do not think I'm the last generation to farm this land because I have my nephews who are how much younger than I am. They're 30 years younger than I am. And then we have Kerry, who is one of the co-owners, and she's 20 years younger than I am.
((NATS))
This is supposed to be the size of a ping pong ball.
((Hana Newcomb
Potomac Vegetable Farms))

I think the land will stay because my siblings and my, the next generation down, have unanimously agreed that we will not sell the land. I don't think that people should be so fearful all the time about change. I think that there's opportunity all the time for change to be good. And that's why you have children. That's why you raise people to be better people. It’s because you want the opportunities to come up.
((NATS))


((TITLE)) SEA MAMMALS AND OCEAN HEALTH
((TRT: 06:25))
((Reporter/Camera: Aaron Fedor))
((Producer: Kathleen McLaughlin))
((Editor: Kyle Dubiel))
((Map: Marina Del Rey, California; San Francisco, California))
((Main characters: 1 female; 1 male))
((Sub characters: 5 female; 3 male))
((Blurb: California sea mammals are a favorite tourist attraction but they are also frontline indicators when it comes to assessing ocean health and the effects of pollution on humans.))
((MUSIC/NATS))
((Courtesy: The Marine Mammal Center))
((Speaker 1))

I think they're cool. They look really friendly and I'm glad they have a place to rest.
((Speaker 2))
I think they're really silly and it's funny to watch them.
((Speaker 3))
I think they're very cute. They're napping. They're very loud. ((Speaker 4))
They kind of fight a lot.
((Speaker 5))
Yeah, they have really cool personalities, like really fun personalities. It's really fun watching them like interact with each other.
((Speaker 6))
They're better than humans because they don't destroy our environment.
((MUSIC))
((
Dr. Jeff Baum
External Relations Officer, Marine Mammal Center
))
California Sea Lions are a ubiquitous marine mammal species in the San Francisco Bay Area, and up and down the west coast of North America. They, like so many marine mammals, were hit hard more than a century ago when they were hunted. But, thanks to legislation like the Marine Mammal Protection Act, they have rebounded and they're here in large numbers now and generally celebrated up and down the coast.
((Courtesy: The Marine Mammal Center))
((
Dr. Jeff Baum
External Relations Officer, Marine Mammal Center
))
In late eighties, 1989, suddenly at Pier 39 over on the San Francisco Embarcadero, sea lions started to show up in great numbers, took up residence there, and now are iconic not just for the pier but for the city itself.
((Courtesy: The Marine Mammal Center))
((NATS/MUSIC))
((
Dr. Jeff Baum
External Relations Officer, Marine Mammal Center
))
The Marine Mammal Center is an ocean conservation organization. We've been at this work for 50 years, trying to make a difference for every patient that we can treat, but also trying to learn what is affecting the ocean, what's causing these problems, and how can we mitigate those. And this five-decade journey has allowed us to do the right thing by every patient that's come our way, but also, they're like these little canaries in the coal mine. They're teaching us about what's going on out in the ocean,
((Courtesy: The Marine Mammal Center))
((Dr. Jeff Baum
External relations officer, Marine Mammal Center
))
and we are literally on the front lines of observing really dynamic ocean change. We're seeing ocean temperature changes. We're seeing movement of feed fishes, which have been present in really predictable places for great times. We're seeing species of marine mammals, like bottlenose dolphins, showing up in San Francisco Bay where we didn't used to see them.
((Courtesy: The Marine Mammal Center))
((
Dr. Jeff Baum
External Relations Officer, Marine Mammal Center
))
All of that is an impetus for us to be on our toes, to be gathering as much information as we can, to understand where the problems are, so that we can gather all the right stakeholders to solve those problems.
((NATS/MUSIC))


TEASE
((VO/NAT/SOT)
)
More after the break…
((Title))
Sea Mammals and Ocean Health
((SOT))
((Dr. Jeff Baum
External Relations Officer, Marine Mammal Center
))
We're seeing infectious agents hitting these animals in ways that we didn't see in decades past. The rate of cancer in California sea lions along the West Coast is really astounding. Of patients that come into us, one in four of the adults that we have in care, we're going to find cancer in 25%.

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((TITLE)) PARALYMPIC CHAMPION
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1:00))
((Original Producer/Camera: Aaron Fedor))
((Original Producer:
Kathleen McLaughlin))
((Original Editor:
Kyle Dubiel))
((Social Media Producer
/Editor: Lisa Vohra))
((Blurb: Brad Snyder, a Paralympic champion has already won eight medals, was as an explosive ordnance disposal officer in the US Navy, with deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan. It was during one of those assignments that his life took a significant turn.))
((Brad Snyder
Paralympic Athlete))

((Courtesy: Brad Snyder))
On September 7th, 2011, I was part of an assault team that was doing combat operations in the Kandahar province of Afghanistan.
((Brad Snyder
Paralympic Athlete))

At about seven thirty in the morning, I stepped on an improvised explosive device that detonated about a foot and a half [half a meter] in front of me.
((Brad Snyder
Paralympic Athlete))

((Courtesy: Brad Snyder))
As a result of the blast injuries I sustained to my face, I lost my vision permanently.
((Brad Snyder
Paralympic Athlete))

This diagnosis of blindness was not going to get me down. And sports sort of entered the picture.
((Brad Snyder
Paralympic Athlete))

I did what I could to get into the rankings as a
((Brad Snyder
Paralympic Athlete))

((Courtesy: Felix Chen/USOPCS))
Paralympic athlete in 2012 and had the opportunity to join Team USA exactly a year from the day that I lost my vision.
((Brad Snyder
Paralympic Athlete))

((Courtesy: Manda Weaver))
I'm incredibly proud to be a part of the Paralympic
((Courtesy: Joe Kusumoto/USOPC))
movement. I think it's a really important sort of mechanism to have a real positive,
((Brad Snyder
Paralympic Athlete))

cathartic conversation within our society about
((Courtesy: Focal Flame Photography))
disability. And I'm just so proud that not only
((Courtesy: Sara Snyder))
are our Paralympic athletes doing incredible things at the Paralympics themselves but then that carries out
((Courtesy: Brad Snyder))
and permeates throughout our society in a positive way.
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((TITLE)) SEA MAMMALS AND OCEAN HEALTH….continues
((NATS/MUSIC))
((Courtesy: The Marine Mammal Center))
((Krista Malloney
Director of Marketing and Communications,
The Marine Mammal Center))
The Marine Mammal Center doesn't just work with seals and sea lions. We also work with animals like
((Courtesy: The Marine Mammal Center))
Director of Marketing and Communications, The Marine Mammal Center))
sea otters, whales, dolphins. So, for example, we have a team that will go out when a whale is entangled out in the bay and work to free it.
((NATS))
((
Dr. Jeff Baum
External Relations Officer, Marine Mammal Center
))
The Marine Mammal Center is a teaching hospital, the likes of which you'd find for people in any major urban setting. We're that for marine mammals. We attract scholars from around the world every year, who come to work with us because we're the largest marine mammal hospital on the planet.
((Courtesy: The Marine Mammal Center))
((
Dr. Jeff Baum
External Relations Officer, Marine Mammal Center
))
This is a place that is seeding the future of marine mammal biologists and veterinarians, and we need a lot more of us out there to help these animals.
((NATS))
((
Dr. Jeff Baum
External Relations Officer, Marine Mammal Center
))
We're seeing a more and more call for our work. We've had, in the last decade, an incidence of a massive stranding of young sea lions that just weren't getting enough food from their moms when they were nursing and were coming up orphaned on our shores. We're seeing infectious agents hitting these animals in ways that we didn't see in decades past. The rate of cancer in California sea lions along the West Coast is really astounding. Of patients that come into us, one in four of the adults that we have in care, we're going to find cancer in 25%. That's a really startling figure. And disturbingly, it's correlated with legacy chemicals in the ocean. In addition, there's a viral cofactor, not surprising in cancers in general. But what is surprising is that right off the coast of very urbanized and very population dense San Francisco is a population of wildlife that is afflicted by cancer. If that doesn't give us pause, I don't know what does. And that has oncologists, who study humans and cancer in humans, looking over our shoulder at what's going on out here? What can we learn from this wildlife laboratory that's showing us this really, really frightening disease?
((NATS))
((Speaker 7))

I've always, since I was really young, been fascinated with sea life. We actually didn't even know they were here. We just wanted to bring the girls to see the ocean, see the water, and stumbled upon them.
((Courtesy: The Marine Mammal Center))
((Speaker 8))

Well, every time I'm in town, I come to see the sea lions, and I've probably been coming for 40 years or so.
((NATS/MUSIC))
((Courtesy: The Marine Mammal Center))
((
Dr. Jeff Baum
External Relations Officer, Marine Mammal Center
))
The most important thing I would ask of people is to care, to take the time to think about what's going on on this planet at this time, and what impacts they're contributing to, either positively or negatively, to the environment. It's everything as basic as how one uses their pocketbook. What are we purchasing? Are we demanding that something get delivered on our doorstep the very next day after ordering it? What's the impact of that on the environment?
((Courtesy: The Marine Mammal Center))
((Dr. Jeff Baum
External Relations Officer, Marine Mammal
Center
))
So I think personal responsibility and then aggregate responsibility is the answer.
((NATS/MUSIC))


((TITLE)) HELPING SENIORS DOWNSIZE
((Previously aired August 2023))
((TRT: 11:18))

((Reporter/Camera/Editor: June Soh))
((Map: Alexandria, Virginia))
((Main characters: 1 female; 1 male))
((Sub characters: 0 female; 0 male))
((Blurb: Moving is stressful at any age and it can be overwhelming, especially for seniors who have belongings that accumulated over decades. Meet Anna Novak, a downsizing specialist and learn how she helps a senior make transition to a lighter life.))
((NATS/MUSIC))
((Leonard Johnson
Client))

Hi. Come on in.
((Anna Novak
Senior Move Manager))

Do you want to go over the plan?
((Leonard Johnson
Client))

Yeah.
((Anna Novak
Senior Move Manager))

Okay.
((Leonard Johnson
Client))

It would be good.
((Anna Novak
Senior Move Manager))

I brought you your own copy.
((Leonard Johnson
Client))

Yeah.
((Anna Novak
Senior Move Manager))

You can look at it while we're talking.
Starting today, we have less than three weeks to go. So, today is Wednesday, and we're going to look at the kitchen kind of briefly.
((Leonard Johnson
Client))

Okay.
((Anna Novak
Senior Move Manager))

We're going to take a peek into your storage room downstairs. And then we're also going to go around the house and look at all the furniture that you're taking with you to your apartment. And we're going to put a piece of green tape. So, we're going to start that process and…
((Leonard Johnson
Client))

It’s just to identify the pieces that the movers will take.
((Anna Novak
Senior Move Manager))

Right, and we have a floor plan that we're working from, but we're going to compare the floor plan with the furniture you have. And we're going to agree that we agree with the floor plan.
((Anna Novak
Senior Move Manager))

Ready?
((Leonard Johnson
Client))

Yeah.
((Anna Novak
Senior Move Manager))

All right.
((Anna Novak
Senior Move Manager))

My name is Anna Novak. I'm a senior move manager and I specialize in helping seniors and older people downsize.
((Anna Novak
Senior Move Manager))

It's just going to be too big.
((Leonard Johnson
Client))

It’s too big.
((Anna Novak
Senior Move Manager))

Yeah, it's going to be too big for your space. And we'll have to just allocate space for the things that you choose out of here.
So, we'll sort through this, and we'll take what you want from it, but this is not going to go to the apartment, but this is going to go to the apartment.
((Leonard Johnson
Client))

And the four chairs.
((Anna Novak
Senior Move Manager))

And the four chairs. Okay. So, I'm going to put tape on the table and all four chairs. And then what about the rug?
((Leonard Johnson
Client))

Yes.
((Anna Novak
Senior Move Manager))

Okay.
((Leonard Johnson
Client))

I'm a retired government scientist. I am living at the present time in a four-bedroom house in Alexandria, Virginia. My wife recently died six months ago, and I have to downsize.
When I realized how much stuff I had accumulated over 35 years and that I was moving to a two-bedroom apartment, I panicked. I really realized this is a near impossible task without some help. And it was great relief that I was able to find someone who was an expert in downsizing.
((Anna Novak
Senior Move Manager))

I started in real estate and found that the part that I really liked about real estate was helping the people get out of their house. They really needed that additional help, arranging the movers, sorting their belongings, just dealing with the complex process of moving. I got super excited about that and I started writing about it. I started blogging about ‘how to’ tips, checklists, how to get this done. And my blog got really popular. And I started hearing from people saying, we need extra help. And so, I turned my attention towards being a senior move manager instead of real estate.
((NATS))
((Anna Novak
Senior Move Manager))

So, about 40 [inches].
((Leonard Johnson
Client))

Uh huh.
((Anna Novak
Senior Move Manager))

And another 40 [inches].
((Leonard Johnson
Client))

80 [inches].
((Anna Novak
Senior Move Manager))

You're the scientist. And another 28 [inches].
((Leonard Johnson
Client))

Another 30 [inches]. So, it's 110 [inches].
((Anna Novak
Senior Move Manager))

Yeah. I think you are going to fit. And this isn't, you know, you could always squeeze it in a little more tightly.
((Anna Novak
Senior Move Manager))

When people call me, usually it's because they're feeling overwhelmed. They just don't know where to start. And it's because there's so many decisions that have to be made, especially if they're moving to a much smaller space, which a lot of them are. They typically need to eliminate 80% of their belongings. So, that creates a real stressful situation for them because they have a lot of kind of high stakes decisions that they need to make.
((NATS))
((Anna Novak
Senior Move Manager))

During the process of downsizing, we keep the focus on what's going with them. So, the process is evaluating what they have, comparing it to their future life, and being very selective on what they're taking with them. And it is hard a lot of times. But if they have a big collection, for instance, we'll coach them to take only a few pieces of that collection. We really want people to take what they care the most about.
((Leonard Johnson
Client))

This is actually my father's toolbox. And when he died, I took his toolbox. This one.
((NATS))
((Leonard Johnson
Client))

One of these, I'll take. I'm not going to take three of them.
Every man has to have a toolbox, right?
((Anna Novak
Senior Move Manager))

Absolutely.
((NATS))
This is a box that I acquired when I traveled to Japan. I am taking this with me along with a number of these other boxes and memorabilia from my travels because I do have an emotional attachment to them. They remind me of very pleasant times and friends that I made.
((NATS/MUSIC))
((Anna Novak
Senior Move Manager))

Okay. They're done.
((Leonard Johnson
Client))

Uh, yes, they are. Thank goodness.
((Anna Novak
Senior Move Manager))

All right, come on.
((Leonard Johnson
Client))

It's been an adventure.
((NATS/MUSIC))
((Anna Novak
Senior Move Manager))

So, the movers came today, and they took everything that Leonard is taking to his new apartment. Therefore, everything that's left behind will need to go to donation or auction, including this bedroom suit and all of these clothing.
((NATS))
((Anna Novak
Senior Move Manager))

Who was Virginia E. Johnson?
((Leonard Johnson
Client))

She was my mother.
((Anna Novak
Senior Move Manager))

And this was her silverware?
((Leonard Johnson
Client))

Yes.
((Anna Novak
Senior Move Manager))

Sterling silver, it has value by weight. And we usually will sell this to a metal dealer and get market price for it.
((Leonard Johnson
Client))

Uh huh.
These are some hand-carved wooden animals. They were carved in Oaxaca, Mexico. My wife, who is now deceased, collected these animals. She had a particular passion for these.
((Anna Novak
Senior Move Manager))

When there's something special like this that has special meaning to the family, especially if it's fragile like these, we will hand carry these to your apartment instead of sending them with the movers.
((NATS))
((Anna Novak
Senior Move Manager))

Don't worry. We're going to make it perfect. At the end of the job, we will make it all perfect for you.
((Leonard Johnson
Client))

Well, the right side needs to come down a bit.
((Anna Novak
Senior Move Manager))

Make it look exactly like you want it to look. It's the final details that really make a big difference.
((Anna Novak
Senior Move Manager))

One of the things I love to do is make the new place feel as much as possible as like the old place. This little tree had a very prominent position in Leonard's living room before, and we were happy to be able to bring it back and give it new life here.
((NATS))
((Anna Novak
Senior Move Manager))

Okay, Leonard, how is this new configuration in your drawer working out?
((Leonard Johnson
Client))

It looks fine. I think it's going to work. I haven't used it much, but I will for sure.
((Anna Novak
Senior Move Manager))

Great.
((Anna Novak
Senior Move Manager))

I love seeing the relief in my client's face when they see all of their favorite belongings and a new, clean, tidy space. It really makes it all worth it, because when we began, it's very overwhelming. It's very messy at times. It's emotionally challenging. But when we bring everything into the new space, we set it up for them, it feels like home to them. And you can just see the relief of not only having the process behind them, but also having a new life that's lighter, you know, with only the things that really matter to them.
((Leonard Johnson
Client))

I guess one of the main feelings I have is, I feel a lot freer in a sense. Because I realized that over 35 years, I collected just a lot of stuff, and it's good to get rid of that stuff that you don’t use. And you feel lighter and more nimble.
((Anna Novak
Senior Move Manager))

The number of people requiring these services is really growing because a lot of people are coming into this age of, you know, over 60 [years], over 70 [years], and a lot of them want to downsize or they need to downsize for health reasons or economic reasons. And they need help, you know, and that's why they would call somebody like me. It's because they don't have the energy that they used to have to do this kind of work. It's a ton of work. It's a big job and it's stressful. It's a lot of decision making. And they really need the support that we provide. And it's very rewarding to be able to give them the support that they need to make the transition and start a new life where they can move on and enjoy life a lot more.
((NATS/MUSIC))
((Leonard Johnson
Client))

Well, I guess we are done.
((Anna Novak
Senior Move Manager))

We are done.
((Leonard Johnson
Client))

It’s been fantastic. I couldn’t have done without you. Thank you so much.
((Anna Novak
Senior Move Manager))

It’s been really good for me too. Thanks a lot.
((NATS/MUSIC))
((Anna Novak
Senior Move Manager))

Bye, Leonard. Let me know if you need anything.
((Leonard Johnson
Client))

Okay. Bye.
((Anna Novak
Senior Move Manager))

Bye.
((NATS/MUSIC))


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((TITLE)) WASHINGTON, D.C. AUTO SHOW
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((Map: Washington D.C.))
((Description: A walk around the D.C. auto show with a quick look at new electric and gas-powered vehicles.))


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In coming weeks…
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LOVE THROUGH DEATH
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((Original Producer/Camera/Editor: Gabrielle Weiss))
((Original Assistant Editor:
Andrew Odeh))
((Social Media Producer
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((Blurb: Carlos Nunez made a promise to his father, who was battling advanced stage kidney disease, that he would be there for him throughout his journey and remain by his side until the very end.))
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((Carlos Nuñez and Carlos Nuñez, Sr.))
Did you finish eating your tacos and beer?
((Carlos Nuñez, Sr.
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Well, I got neither tacos nor beer.
((Carlos Nuñez
Son))

My father, he did a lot for me. It's part of what you do. Someone dies and you take care of that, too. I want to give him this gift. ((Carlos Nuñez
Son))

It can be a beautiful thing. It's not a heavy, dark, you know, taboo thing that we don't deal with. You know, on the contrary, this is part of being a family.
((Carlos Nuñez
Son))

A person who dies has to go through a process and it takes time.
((Carlos Nuñez
Son))

I'm going to deal with the hospice agency. You know, at the time of death, I'm going to call them. They're going to send a nurse. ((Jay Donaldson
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We would have to receive the body before 2:00 o’clock.
((Carlos Nuñez
Son))

In the afternoon?
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Yes, for the cremation to take place that same day.
((Carlos Nuñez
Son))
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My dad passed away about an hour and 10 minutes ago.
((Carlos Nuñez
Son))

It was a beautiful pass because we were next to him and we were talking to him and telling him that we were with him and that we would always be with him. And he just had to focus on that. And he exhaled one last time.
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((Carlos Nuñez
Son))

Thank you, Dad.
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