Show #086: Pigpen’s Consent

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

This week’s episode: we once again podcast from the road, while on the long drive home from our tour of Canada; we are no good with numbers, mis-attributing both the episode number and the number of Minions; we engage once again in the gentlemanly sport of Hypothetical Battles; zoot suits, social diseases and Pigpen; still more poutine; what to call us or not call us; we narrowly avoid the local constabulary—though we weren’t quite so lucky earlier in the trip; eyeball soup and squid; useful crotch hits; light switch and ACE bandage confusion; our particular brand of dumbness; incredible suspense at the toll plaza; and Storm’s further theories on the appeal of Pac Man.

AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION ALERT: Share your own experiences of embarrassment stemming from language and/or cultural barriers.

Show #086: Pigpen’s Consent



  1. Posted June 2, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Permalink

    Don’t you mean Wooronto? 😛

    We had a blast at your show, sorry we kind of centred on JoCo after the show, but we really wanted to give him that poster. 😛 My husband laughed so hard he cried at points in your performance. He, who had never heard any of your songs before, was moved to buy a Dejected Arr t-shirt. Also, I had no idea Mike and Murray were there! I must have totally missed seeing them. Too focused on your show! You guys are awesome!

  2. Robin (the Mini-Minion)
    Posted June 2, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Permalink

    The only language barrier incident I can recall at the moment is from when I was about six and my family went to Toronto for a week. Since it was Summer, we decided to stay at a campground. One afternoon, I was kind of accosted and teased by a group of Quebecois kids on the playground there. At least, I assume they were mocking me. I didn’t speak a lick of French at the time, but their tone was certainly unkind. (This is, you understand, not a slam on Canadians in general or the Quebecois specifically. Kids are just mean all over.)

    My choices — Chuck Norris, Faceman, and the scrubbing bubbles.

    Apropos of absolutely nothing, I’ve had The Ballad of Rufus Amos Adams in my head since the morning commute. 🙂

  3. Annette
    Posted June 2, 2010 at 8:01 pm | Permalink

    If your podcasts are really going to be this long, you should give folks the opportunity to rewind them. If we missed something interesting, we have to start all over at the beginning and, as pleasant as it is to hear your charming voices, it’s a bit of a drag in terms of time, etc…..

  4. Paul and Storm
    Posted June 2, 2010 at 8:58 pm | Permalink


    Are you listening on the player on the site? You should be able to click and drag anywhere inside the player (in the part where it says “Track #1”) to go directly to any point in the podcast, or slide back and forth.

    See if that works…


  5. Anne-Marie
    Posted June 2, 2010 at 11:30 pm | Permalink

    In other news, today Randy Newman got a star on the Hollywood walk of Fame. Eric Idle spoke, among others:

  6. mtgordon (Non-Specific Minion)
    Posted June 3, 2010 at 11:41 am | Permalink

    You mention late criers. I was sobbing on Tuesday, and I’m forty. In my defense, my grandfather had just died.

  7. Posted June 3, 2010 at 11:27 pm | Permalink

    I have the cultural barrier embarrassment story that beats everyone else’s (though, in our defense, it wasn’t our fault).

    Traveling companion and I were wandering around downtown on our last day in Cairo, when this guy came up to us and tried to say hello. Now, everyone in Cairo does this, so we didn’t think anything of it at first…until he just stood there, staring at us in a way that we really didn’t like.

    So we walked away and he followed us. We made several turns, and he followed us. So we finally went and stood next to Cairo’s ever-present police in which uniforms…and that finally shook this guy off of us.

    Once we had proof that he was walking away from us, we ran in the opposite direction, constantly looking over our shoulders to make sure that we weren’t being followed. Another guy stopped us and asked what had happened. We told him and he claimed to be a lawyer and gave us a card and offered to help if anything else happened (Egyptians are the nicest people ever). But in the process of explaining to us what might have happened…

    …it turns out that we looked like Romanian prostitutes.

    And again in our defense, we were completely covered…hair and all.

  8. Posted June 4, 2010 at 8:16 am | Permalink

    You guys made a throwaway “Lost” comment, and I need to set the record straight.

    **Spoiler Alert!***

    The were NOT dead the whole time. Everything that happened on the island (time travel and everything) actually happened. In the sixth season, there was a “flash sideways” story line. They’re all dead in that part – it’s like purgatory. But listen carefully to Jack’s dad at the end: he says to Jack “Some of them died before you, some long after.” They were NOT dead since the first episode.

    Sorry about that. Love the podcast!

  9. Posted June 4, 2010 at 9:01 am | Permalink

    becky b:

    ***Spoiler Alert*****

    Yeah, we knew that. (And in fact, get angry at folks who claim they were dead the whole time, because they apparently don’t watch TV very carefully) Just making an offhanded joke there.


  10. Posted June 4, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Permalink

    Ok, I feel better now. I was worried because apparently a lot of people didn’t figure that out. My roommate, for one, and she’s a smart cookie. Sorry about lashing out at you!

  11. Patrick
    Posted June 6, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

    I once got corrected on my German by a 5 year-old. multiple times.

  12. Bruce
    Posted June 7, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

    The only language barrier I had a problem with was in Japan when I was eight.

    My mom and I were walking around Kyoto when we found a large event going on. I found out that it was for a Gameboy Advanced game. I can’t remember what the name was, but it that game where you had to charge your gun by going into light in real life. Anyway, after about five minutes of playing everybody gathered around a stage. They were giving away a copy! Of course, eight year old me didn’t understand region locking, so I thought I could own this amazing game! They asked a question and everybody raised their hand including me. This is the only time in my life I had the chance to win something, and I couldn’t understand the question! A kid ran up to me giving me the answer, but he was talking too fast to understand. Once they figured out I didn’t speak Japanese, they called on somebody else and gave me a complimentary comic and flashlight.

  13. Erik
    Posted June 10, 2010 at 11:32 am | Permalink

    Just putting in my research on the Mr. Rogers v. Chuck Norris…

    Remember this?

    Also… come back to Penn State please…

  14. Posted June 15, 2010 at 6:45 pm | Permalink

    I keep waiting for Storm to say “On acid” instead of “On average”

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