We do a live “storm” podcast and hope the power doesn’t go out, since it’s been so cold we had a warning that the province could be in the dark again. Joel wonders about people who can’t dance, and then sings songs from a guy who is returning to town to play a concert. We talk about when Karl Wells used to be the weatherman, and appreciate his “no stars” restaurant review. Joel shares his idea for a new restaurant but Nick doesn’t think it will work. We quickly debate the word “Newfie” and then move onto some funny news stories from here and laugh at Vancouver fighting over free road salt. NL is getting a new area code and we’re too broke to buy liquor anymore. We look at the population of some Newfoundland towns, many are shrinking, some are growing. One of the shrinking towns will surprise you! We wonder how a picture from a community with no internet got posted to the internet. Nick forces Joel to skip a topic, and then we laugh at Peter Mansbridge saying the word “cuck.” See you next week!
It’s February so Joel is drinking again and enjoying it! We talk about falling off treadmills, then Joel makes a big announcement to top last week’s announcement about quitting Twitter. He explains the reason for the decision, and then we get into the fake/misleading news that’s everywhere, even in local news. Nick talks about the sad Quebec shooting. Joel shares a personal story about being afraid to go to the can in public. We get into a story about a citizen winning a case against the city for a dumb traffic ticket, how you have to pay to volunteer at the Brier, then Jim calls and explains how much money we could save by brewing our own beer. Joel wonders if potholes can be avoided by better driving, and then we laugh at the city causing trouble for owners of heritage properties. Our health care system gets laughed at a lot, but we can’t even get simple things right like enough parking spots. Joel explains how a mom needs to deal with her kid who was bullied, then we end looking at a pro-life group for chickens and watching a training video for a chicken restaurant. CHICKEN!
Brandon joins us for the final episode before Joel is allowed to drink again. We do the inevitable and chat quickly about Trump and the “Women’s March” which wasn’t for women at all. This leads to Joel making a big announcement about Twitter and talking about how tired he is of reading crap from people on Twitter, the real fake news, such as CBC’s fake story on Marketplace. Joel got called for jury duty but thinks he won’t have to go thanks to the people who wanted him fired from his old job. Cheaper gas prices are leaving the east end and moving to Dannyland with the move of a giant store. We go through some funny local news like a pizza guy having his car stolen and a dildo thief, then talk about door to door solicitors and this leads to other scams people fall for. We wrap up the show talking about banks and lineups, and with Joel reflecting on his alcohol-free January.
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We get off to the usual rocky start, then dive into a busy show! Newfoundlanders love to talk about the weather, so we talk about recent snowfall, the risk of a big storm coming soon, grocery store panic when there’s snow forecast, a new documentary about sidewalk snow-clearing, Joel tells a story from his broadcasting days during Dark NL, and shares a new winter activity he invented. A pizza delivery man came to Joel’s place incorrectly, but we talk about keeping the pizza. We try to move off the snow topic but end up talking about a dude who stole a snowmobile, crashed it, and had to be rescued after spending a night in the woods. A restaurant in Gander was robbed but we thought they went overboard on the violence. There’s a local version of the Women’s March scheduled for Saturday and we explain why the cause is unfounded, while celebrating Trump becoming president this week. On to more bad news, we look at a new winter tourism campaign from the NL government who seem to have forgotten that we’re all too broke to afford gas or ski. We wonder why immigrants don’t stick around in Atlantic Canada, and it’s not hard to figure out! After talking about George Street and Bologna, it seems we’ve covered all our bases. Joel talks about living around seniors and then we finish up with the dude who lit 3 buildings on fire in Milltown.
Another podcast and another week closer to the end of Joel’s “No Drink January.” Joel came home to find Nick drinking a beer outside on the step, making things even more difficult. We quickly run through some half-interesting news bits, then get into a discussion about reports of people breaking into cars. Snow-clearing is the next topic as the city asks how they can improve, then we move on to the story of a woman who fell on stairs and is now considering the homeowners. We wonder if there’s something more to this situation. The RNC have a perfect video of a dumb driver being pulled over in Corner Brook. We watch it and then try to quickly move on since talking about bad drivers is boring, however, the next story is about bad parking which isn’t much better. A mother who can’t park is upset that she got a note calling her out, but not many people sympathized with her! Next, we delve into the “missed connections” classifieds list and have a good laugh. Have these ever actually worked for anybody? Anyways, it’s hilarious so we talk about them until the end of the show.
It’s our first show of 2017 and there’s lots to talk about. The annual “ban fireworks” petitions are out, and Joel isn’t drinking for January. We talk about New Years Eve celebrations, how drunk Nick got, and how chill concert security is here in NL. Nick talks about how the first day back to school sucks and is annoyed that we can still only get $20 bills from bank machines. Days after Joel saw a suspicious business, turns out it was selling drugs and police shut it down. We check out a heartwarming story of some local kids building a huge snowman, but it didn’t last long. We go over some of the new fees and tax increases that came into effect for 2017 and look at a bookstore owner that only earns $6000 a year. We check out some local serious music videos by a funny guy trying to not be funny anymore and think he should go back to doing funny stuff. There’s a news story about Adam Sandler being in St. John’s and we can’t figure out if it’s real. This leads to a talk about how everything on the internet is an ad or fake. That’s enough for this week so seeya next time!
Merry Christmas! It’s the Boxing Day episode! Nick is as drunk as he promised he would be. We’re on day 3 of Christmas drinking and drop in to do a live podcast and talk about the fun of Christmas and Nick winning a bologna stick! Many others have nothing to do and are watching live on YouTube and commenting. Joel polishes off a bottle of wine and then, to finish off the show, attempts to chug a beer with terrible results.
It’s the final episode before Christmas! We cover some Christmas topics, including Nick getting loaded to mark the start of holiday drinking. Joel doesn’t like mummers. We laugh at women’s groups who get something totally wrong about female inmates being moved to HMP. An 85-year-old man is caught doing something gross at a restaurant, but we decide we’d rather put up with this than annoying kids. A pic of a snow-covered van from Corner Brook was popular this week after a lazy driver didn’t prepare their vehicle for winter driving. We discuss learning that Santa isn’t real, and talk about re-gifting. Moving on, we wonder why the Village & Avalon malls took out their fountains. Nick thinks this was the first move that led to the Village’s downfall. We check out some cool 90’s Village commercials and love the song, then discover some guy who loves toilets. After some more old-time mall chat, we shut it down for Christmas. We’ll be back around Boxing Day with another live show.
It’s Friday and the holiday season, so we’re pretty hammered by the time the show starts. Susan returns as a guest. We talk about how great the Trailer Park Boys were at Mile One and parking boots on cars. We’ve had a big storm nearly every day this week, and nobody hates snow and snow-blowing more than Nick, so he vents his frustrations. We talk about sharing snow duties in the neighborhood, and feeling obligated to do driveways for others. Christmas is almost here and Joel wonders why the jail is decorated, and if inmates know what date it is. In the spirit of the season Joel explains why he hates decorating a tree and thinks it’s a waste of time. He then tells a story about how he was followed by an undercover security guard with a shopping cart, and then getting ID’d downtown for an “attitude check”. Somebody who is weirdly obsessed with Joel sees him downtown and then writes a tweet about it, prompting other creeps to chime in. The most popular word found in online dating profiles of people in Newfoundland is… We find out! Then we try to figure out the difference between a cottage and a cabin. It wouldn’t be complete without chiming in on the Cathy Bennett mean messages story, so we address it and explain why it is not a gender issue. Newfoundland & Labrador is unhealthy and new stats show just how bad it is! We also have a terrible drinking and driving rate, and we talk about how people do that around the bay. We finish up talking about how cool CD’s are.