Our can’t-miss “weather chit-chat” starts off the show this week. Nick wonders why cashiers aren’t saying hi to him, then Joel tells a story about a long lineup at the bank. This leads to talking about bad customer service from giant companies (like Air Canada) and how they don’t want to talk to anyone. Newfoundland has forgotten how much they dislike Paul Davis and the PC’s, so he’s leading in the polls now, but there’s not much of a choice. A new pizza chain opened here, a music venue closed, and someone wants to open a library in downtown St. John’s, although Joel thinks we should have a room full of computers and Kindles instead. The dead whale is finally gone from Outer Cove and Ravens are attacking a house, so we brainstorm ideas to get rid of them. Joel is in awe of the amazing pesticides and chemicals that are banned and shares some of his personal life after hearing a story about a prank where a guy ran nude through the Avalon Mall. We talk about growing up, following rules, school, teachers, and the early days of texting. Nick says Joel was lame years ago, and Joel things he’s compensating for it now by being a rebel. We end the show talking about Salmon Festival and the other moderately fun things to do during summer in Newfoundland.
We start the show looking at how low recycling rates are in CBS, but then realize it’s probably just the entire province. Joel wonders where some people get mountains of trash to throw out during bulk day each year. We talk about illegal dumping, how the MMSB is running an ad campaign to discourage it, and yet St. John’s canceled their bulk trash pickup – which likely makes the problem worse. The Avalon Mall is getting upgraded with a parking garage and other stuff (but no fountain), and we wonder why it’s always so busy there. Rogers TV is laying off people in NL, and their PR team has found a great way to spin it. Basketball could be coming to Mile One, and Joel doesn’t think we have enough people to support it. Another fisherman is burning his stuff, we do our new “They’re f**king us” segment, and look at a big adventure park that the province is stalling. Motor Registration is bringing in some new features to cut down on waiting and peeling license plates are being replaced. The rest of the show covers MUN protests, the new fees / tuition hike, international students using the food bank, CNA job cuts, and a silly comment from NAPE about rural Newfoundland.
We get some drinking talk out of the way and quickly move onto our newsmaker of the week: FHRITP! Somebody yelled it at a local reporter, police laid charges, and everybody has gone mad about it. We give our thoughts and get the straight facts out. That takes up the first half of the show, then we look at the Richard Gillett hunger strike and a fisherman trying to haul a door off. MUN is asking students to stop banging on campus, but we think it’s a lost cause. A restaurant says they got a bunch of fake reservations, but it turns out to be not a big deal and we wonder if it’s worthy of being in the news. Nobody can have babies in Gander, we talk about new schools, the old schools we went to, and how things got too out of hand at school dances.
We have storm beers but there’s not much of a storm yet. Joel explains why a rogue air freshener made the house smell gross and tells a story of seeing two guys fight in the mall food court. We talk about the RNC’s problems and how their chief is retiring now, then move on to look at a silly plan to bribe people to live in Newfoundland, and the new provincial budget coming next week. We question whether there should be a stigma around using hard drugs, talk about a downtown bar that’s for sale and wonder if we should buy it, and then Joel ends the show telling a crazy story about his first time at a strip club.
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.