We do some pre-gaming on a Sunday, and as soon as the conversation turned to nerd talk we were saved by our own favorite meathead. Don't forget to bury your booze folks!
There are good deals and there are bad deals. Movie theater concessions are universally a bad deal, but also a lesson in how to frame a bad deal to make the large look better. Free hot dogs at a block party are a great deal, but what if they are all chicken dogs? An ice cream truck at the same party should make up for it, but even that can go wrong if you don't pay attention to the numbers. When things go wrong though it gives hero's a chance to step up, and meeting those people is always a good deal. Speaking of good deals we may have found one of the better ones in this week's first Fall beer.
Expectations and reality don't always line up and often times this can be traced back to the hype we have allowed to creep into our own minds. A biscuit shop with a great name can thrive despite a less than stellar offering, and the excitement of a drive thru liquor store can offset higher prices. A beer with a great product tie in will sell; even if it it may have received the lowest DELI rating of all time (nice try Ommegang). Movie monsters are a scary thing until you know how they are created, while a side glance of some things can be scary for another reason. Having "a guy" may be the only way to make sure your expectations are at least close to your reality, and Best Buy is banking on this.
It is an interesting time of year for those of us who like sports both real and fake. Fantasy football has been regarded as the purest form of fake sports, and some people take it more serious than real sports. We saw another line in real sports blurred this week as we entered into the grey area between boxing and mixed martial arts, and a predictable outcome was realized. Outside of the sports world we saw an unexpected move from a man known more for his knowledge of brass monkey than that of fine wine. I guess things don't always have to make sense to turn out well...enjoy.
This has been a crazy week. Maybe it was the total eclipse, or maybe it was the steroids, but it seems like things are getting out of hand. We have seen events presented one way turn out to be something else entirely, and other events not happen at all for cowardly reasons. Whatever the cause for the week that was; we can always fill our belly's with 5lbs of rice and hope that next week has less drama.
One constant in this human existence is the desire to always improve. We try and coach our kids to make them better versions of ourselves. The same can be said for each product or innovation we create to make our lives better. The example we often site is the mousetrap, but soon enough we may look to the lowly toilet, bubbly soda, indulgent desert, or even the trusty prophylactic as the next great improvement.
This week we are joined by Cheats, Big Rich, and KB of the Cheats Movement Podcast, and we do our part to celebrate Big Rich's birthday. Even a vicious dog couldn't keep us all from making the party, and it is a good thing or we would have missed out on some of Big Rich's old references. We tackled the age old question of whether women and men can really just be friends, and we learned that if stats were kept in relationships you just might be able to negotiate some changes, but keep in mind that stats are kept on both sides. The debate about old school vs new hip-hop is revisited, but we can all agree that the Go-Go scene's best days may be behind us. We also receive a mystery package from the West Coast, and in our experience if someone sends you something from a trailer park, you open it.
Everybody has their own way of doing things, and just because it works doesn't make the next person's way of doing it wrong. Some like their drinks ice cold while others prefer a more ambient glass. You can make a really tasty tray of brownies right out of the box, or you can take that extra time to really put your all into it. If you are negotiating in the North you best get to the point, but if you are in the South it would serve you better to take your time. Some "special negotiating techniques" do seem to work with the right audience regardless of geography. A Cajun chicken biscuit may be most at home in the Bayou, but a drive-thru can be good place to find one as well. About the only technique that can't be debated is if you are looking for an asteroid you should probably start by looking up.
Another PPP Festival in the books, and it sounds like this year may have been even more crazy than the last. There was still a lot of boats, plenty of police, bikinis galore, and partying to be had, but the addition of a bull horn brought about some new found aggression. That aggression was even felt miles away at an otherwise enjoyable rooftop bar. Sometimes love is in the air, sometimes the opposite is in the air, but don't feel threatened it all works out in the end...depending on who is telling the story.
Your weekend is almost upon you; do you know what you are going to do with it? If suddenly left to do whatever you wanted would you change your plans? A few of us found ourselves in a similar situation, and the results were all over the board. Another factor that varied greatly was the price associated with the nights. A quick Google search could probably have provided some much needed insight, or even just a discussion around the many devices listening to our lives might have shed some light. That is of course assuming you have the internet.
Being bold can be a good thing or it can be a bad thing. Some people are bold for no reason, and demand what they want even when they have no right to demand it. Some kids will just do what they want in the face of adults, and it can leave you in awe...for better or worse. Then there is the type of bold that will send a man back to try the same thing that went horribly wrong yet again. At least this week we hear a story in which this type of boldness is rewarded.
Concerts can be a pricey experience, but when they are worth the money you don't hear a lot of complaints. U2 has managed to charge more now for a concert they did in the 80s, yet no complaints...well the cost of parking doesn't get a passing grade. The value factor of visiting Ocean City, MD is rising as they review some of their laws. Answering your phone this summer is getting more expensive depending on who is on the other end of the line. The phone scam is nothing new, but the stories they feed you just may be.
This week we are joined by Sara and Cazey from the "As Told Over Brunch" blog to discuss what else ...Home and Self Improvement. When it comes to doing work around the home you can either do it yourself, or you can hire a contractor. Both methods are filled with pitfalls, but typically these are faced after you begin. This week we learn about the issues presented before any work is even attempted. Travel is often times great way to improve upon and learn more about yourself, but knowing the language will go a long way to determining just how much. The written word even in your native tongue can also be difficult, and if you are not careful you can easily offend with an errant comma, or simply too many spaces. Grab a Shirley Temple and a buffalo chicken sandwich, and enjoy the show.
The Summer of Tom is in full swing, and the North American part of the journey is coming to a close. So what has been learned; quite a bit actually. Did you know that blue lights in a bathroom can tell you a lot about the community around you? How about how mead and your honeymoon go hand in hand? Apparently some of us still have a lot of unanswered questions about geography, and talking road trips has a way of bringing these to light. We also learn about the next stops on the tour, and it sounds like Tom's passport is going to get a workout. Grab a Zima and enjoy the ride.
Some events and stories are a long time coming, and after too long of a hiatus we can honestly say Pat is back. A positive DELI rating is one we may still have to wait a little while longer to see, or will we. The best stories though take years to set up, and then the climax is reached in a matter of seconds. It is those stories that grow larger each time they are told and become the thing of legend. Williamsburg has seen its fair share of legends, but this one will loom large for a long time to come.
This week we are joined by Sean from Nectar Sunglasses, and it sounds like this winter was an amazing one, but not without some close calls. We learn of another close call when texts are returned without knowing who is really on the other end of the line. Voices can also be distorted to hide who is really on the line, and we found a new toy that helps us to do just that. This week we also receive a gift that we didn't see coming, and we couldn't be more excited about it...now if we could just figure out how we are supposed to use it. Enjoy the show sport.
What you miss can often be more important that what you actually make. Missing a significant other's birthday should have dire ramifications, but sometimes it can lend itself to unexpected bonuses. Never getting an ailment fixed means you never have to know all that you were missing by having it rectified. Motorcycles are usually a blast, but sometimes missing your mark can mean you get to ride yet another day. Pranks have are often a source of joy among good friends, but as of late these tend to be more about causing harm and that seems to miss the point that made them great to begin with. Records have always been special because of their impermanence, but this week we learn of a medium that takes this to another level and makes sure you will miss what you once had.
This week we are joined by Trae Crowder, Corey Ryan Forrester, and Drew Morgan from the WellRed Comedy Tour, WellRed Podcast, and authors of The Liberal Redneck Manifesto : Draggin' Dixie Outta the Dark. During our conversations we are reminded that viewpoints can vary dramatically, and this can be amplified by geography. What is deemed left leaning in the south can quickly look right if you are on the west coast. A long standing right of passage in some areas can just be a really crappy liquor in other areas. We are reminded what is acceptable at a football game may not pass during a Disney movie, but you might just hear song quotes at either of them. There are good drugs and there are bad drugs, but if either of them makes you lose your appetite for mac and cheese it should be stopped immediately. We also learn that one man's beef might just hit for another.
All of us dream about taking a summer to travel, party with friends, and basically just take it easy. The problem is that we all have responsibilities both financial and personal that keep us from taking this epic journey. This week you will meet a man who was dealt the perfect hand to make this dream summer a reality, and he is going to play it. If the way the conversation twists and turns is an indication of how the summer is going to go; it should be a wild one.
This week we remember a musician who actually died doing what he loved, and those around him just kept on living while doing the same. As other rock stars continue to age you have to wonder if stories like this one are going to become more commonplace. Less common is a fight in a church, but even more rare is when the fight involves the Bishop. Almost as rare are the differences in the big box hardware stores, but we are reminded of how little it takes to shift ones loyalty between them. For the record I am a Lowes guy now...this week.
What's old is new again, but does that make it good? Vinyl has been making a comeback for a while, and we understand some of the logic behind this rise in popularity. Tape decks are another story all together, but big battery loves the sound of that revolution. We get our hands on an old style mug made of horn, and the limitations of this medium become obvious pretty quickly. Gift cards are the gift that rarely gets old, but that is because if they don't get used they are often lost before they can age. Strap on your drinking sandals because we have found a familiar Cinco De Mayo beer for your enjoyment.
Rules can come in written and un-written form, some are more like suggestions, and others are outright ignored. The rules on charm are often spoken with a southern accent, but in many ways acted upon in the mid-west. Festival rules are known to be written for the sake of having them to point to and not much more, but you would expect the laws of commerce to still apply. As a rule of thumb anything fried will taste better, but we learn how far this can be taken and no one is complaining. The rules of sportsmanship are unwritten, and when bent can often be pretty funny. What rules do you abide by...we will hang up our flip phones and listen for your response.
The world is full of scary things both past and present. This week we learn about the most popular podcast in America at the moment, but if they found the scary story they were looking for is still very much up for debate. We are still discovering dinosaurs that are more terrifying than we ever believed them to be. A Hermit terrorizes the woods in the night, but a simple Blue Apron meal could have easily kept him busy for hours. The horror of an episode that arrives a day late, and certainly a dollar short is also realized. The good news is they are still handing out credit to the uneducated every chance they get...and that is scary in its own right.
Rental cars keep finding their way into the show, and this week we may have found the fastest one yet, or at least the fastest wearing tires. They can be a necessary evil if you want to travel, but they can also be a welcome end to a difficult journey. Some missions last forever, and we recall the good and bad of a classic never ending story. Debating the finest burger coast to coast is a voyage that will probably never be finalized, but is always worth exploring. At least the story of crazy manatee love has a finale, and it isn't as bad as it seemed at first.
This week we are joined by Ryan from www.MilkAndHoneyLuxuries.com and his story reminds us that the American Dream is alive and well. Even when you are pursuing a solid career an even better option can always fall in your lap. The same can be happen if you are on a pilgrimage for the best Nashville Hot Chicken so always keep your options open. Sometimes we don't want to be open to a new experience or conversation so we pull the old my headphones are on trick, but even then you may have to hear a new take on old story. We meet another man who even after a potentially life altering tragedy manages to find a fresh outlook on life, or at least his face. Try the Lengua.