Show #036: Laptops for Truckers

kalasThe thirty-sixthst episode of our podcast, Paul and Storm Talk About Some Stuff for Five to Ten Minutes (On Average), is now online.

This week’s rough-and-tumble episode: morning people, night people, and taking care of needs; expressions of love, including eye removal and fistfuls cat poop; the loss of Harry Kalas; improper engine designations; the rise and allure of CB culture, and parallels to modern times; and standing in front of a net.

AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION ALERT: Tell us where you think the nickname “Mookie” comes from; also, tell us how you express your love for your loved one(s).

Featured post-show song: “The Trucker Song” – Lindsay Thomas Morgan

Show #036: Laptops for Truckers (Some content NSFW)


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  1. Jack F.
    Posted April 14, 2009 at 5:48 am | Permalink

    Summer won’t be the same without Harry Kalas. He’ll be missed.

  2. Tam o'Shanter
    Posted April 14, 2009 at 1:06 pm | Permalink

    It’s “Be sure to drink your Ovaltine.” but your version is funnier.

  3. Posted April 14, 2009 at 1:13 pm | Permalink

    I’m not a morning person either.

    Great show guys. Awesome new song, too!

  4. Eric
    Posted April 14, 2009 at 11:25 pm | Permalink

    Cool show. The stuff about the influence of the interstates and trucker culture was actually fascinating — no irony! Love the connection between CB jarbon and leetspeek.

    Good luck writing the song this week, looking forward to hearing it when it’s done.

  5. Robin
    Posted April 16, 2009 at 12:14 pm | Permalink

    I, like Mrs. Paul, am a member of the coffee generation. Left to my own devices, the body prefers a schedule of going to bed between midnight and 1am and sleeping until 8 or 9 in the morning. That doesn’t work out so well when one’s workday starts at 9 o’clock. :-\

    Good luck on the song. (I assume it’s for Song Fu. I missed you guys last round.)

    By the by, I’m two steps ahead of you on my own Whedon Watch. I met him for the second time last Friday when he received the 2009 Cultural Humanism lifetime achievement award at Harvard. Such a thoughtful, gracious, funny, and passionate guy. And busy. Between the TV series, the movie, overseeing two comic book series, and spending time with his family, I don’t know how he had time to come all the way out to the east coast, but I’m sure glad that he did.

  6. Posted April 17, 2009 at 4:07 pm | Permalink

    First, RIP Harry Kalas. 🙁

    Great topics in this episode. In fact, I was so interested in the CB/leetspeak section that I almost missed my exit on my drive home Tuesday. 😛 I would have liked to hear more, but I understand that you were feeling a bit off. I have to admit that your botched attempts at engine analogies made me giggle, though.

    I’m a night owl, too. Unfortunately, between my commute, and that whole “teachers must contractually report by 7:15” thing, I have to fight my natural inclination and drag myself out of bed at about 4:30. In the morning. Thankfully, I have a husband who is a morning person, and he’s kind enough to show his love through the beauty of hot black coffee (and, no, I don’t mean the GTA-blend of hot coffee).

    Since no one else has touched the audience participation, I guess I’ll be the first. I think that expressions of love really do depend on the relationship. What works for one couple (or family) doesn’t necessarily constitute love for another. In my marriage, we show our love in many ways, some of which are of the “scoopin’ the cat poop” variety. But, I have to agree with Paul that those tasks alone don’t make a loving relationship (though my husband can feel free to continue to show his love by eliminating the spiders in our apartment). This topic was interesting, too, and I honestly thought that since I’m so late in commenting I’d come here to see lots of discussion from the masses on this…

    BTW, between my students and Storm, I’m beginning to get a complex about my age. My freshmen say anyone over 25 can’t possibly know anything about current culture, and Storm seems to have the assumption that those of us under 30 are living in this fog of ignorance about anything before our time (see this episode’s CB discussion and previous tweets re: Bay City Rollers). Guess I’m stuck in an age fail. 😉

  7. Alyssa
    Posted April 18, 2009 at 10:57 am | Permalink

    Sorry, Paul, helping your wife remove her contacts and fulfilling her emotional needs is lovely but it doesn’t get you out of cleaning the garage…..

    Get to work!

  8. DJ
    Posted April 20, 2009 at 10:54 am | Permalink

    Don’t forget that Eisenhower also created the interstates so that in case of emergency (i.e, Cold War) planes would have the means to land. I’m almost 28 and I had a cb hooked up in my truck (pickup) when I was in high school. I lived in a rural community and we were constantly using them.

  9. RHenjum
    Posted May 4, 2009 at 9:17 pm | Permalink

    Not that I know the origins but my cat is named Mookey, which is pronounced the same way.

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