The previous owners of my house had the basement floor lined with old newspapers. I’ve slowly been getting rid of them and looking at the pages along the way. It’s a great look back in time, with plenty of material from the 80s & 90s mainly. Here are a few pics from the 1998 era featuring some local businesses, radio station contests, and more.
The boys start the show with a wrap up of summer and talking about how school is back. Clarenville’s municipal election is canceled, someone vandalized an election sign in a funny way, and people are comparing Andy Wells to Trump which is complete foolishness. We continue the election chat looking at some St. John’s candidates and wondering why a handful of them aren’t making any effort. We check out an inappropriate ice cream picture from a local shop, someone from the Aquaman crew was stabbed on George Street, and we debate whether or not a “soda tax” is a good idea. Food banks need help, we talk about the health benefits of Kraft Dinner, donating to charities, and we finish up talking about how Joel is doesn’t really have a heart but he wants one.
Note: Since the recording of this episode, Tracy Holmes has provided information on her platform. We will share it next time.
Nick is back! We hear a bit about Nick’s trip, how we survived without him, and a magical Japanese beverage he brought back and got Joel drunk with. Chase The Ace didn’t go, and now it’s finally ending next week somehow. Sunrise Records is opening in St. John’s and we aren’t too confident in it succeeding. Newfoundland has a ton of bars, we’ve been drinking beer wrong, and moose are idiots. We look at some dumb stuff from the St. John’s council including a terrible roundabout, a family trying to open a restaurant getting screwed over, and a second road to Signal Hill. We end the show talking about how VOCM backpedaled on its changes and is going back to its roots of what people know and love.
The boys are drinking strong beer and the windows are open so you can enjoy some local Newfoundland neighborhood sounds. We hear about some other Newfoundland or not so Newfoundland things like those purple electric bug zappers and hanging a paper bag over the door. Joel expresses his frustration with flies and how stupid they are, then tells about getting a wasp nest out of his shed. We talk about tourism season and how summer makes you drink. Joel explains his night out drinking and meeting tourists, and then we wonder what’s up with dudes who can’t drink without trying to pick fights. The Bowring Park pool is open again, a mom is upset with Tim Horton’s summer camp, Joel recommends cold showers, and we analyze a driver reversing her truck through a store. There have been protests about crappy Fogo Island ferry services, and we talk about how much these ferries are costing taxpayers. Some random person is upset about the term “come from away,” and ironically, the definition fits her to a tee. Wrapping up, we talk about our plans to win Chase The Ace.
It’s cold as hell outside, but that’s nothing new. Nick tells us what May 24th weekend in the cold was like, and we hope for better weather on Canada Day when there will be some Canadian bands playing on George Street. Some hunters are saying there aren’t enough moose, which is odd since we’re used to hearing that there are far too many. Randy Simms is retiring so there will be a new mayor of Mt. Pearl, although we’re not sure who will run. The Halifax Chronicle used the word “Newfie” in a headline, and some people got mad. Newfie’s will have to start dialing 10-digits next year because we’re getting another area code. A dead whale is drawing lots of attention and spectators, although we think it’s a bit strange. Somebody has placed a cross by it. DFO is scrapping their plan for recreational fishing tags, and we wonder if there is some sketchy business going on with fish sales. A strange guy pretending to be a cop pulled some people over, and a creepy guy exposed himself to a dance studio. He had previous offenses and Joel thinks these people need to be removed from society. Students had to run away from one of our crappy school buses which caught fire, St. John’s says people are flushing the wrong things, and Joel tells a gross story about cleaning a drain. We finish the show talking about Bitcoins and how you can help the show.
Nick is drinking to celebrate the end of exams, so he talks a lot. He tells us about trying to make plans to go downtown with his class, then we wonder if downtown is becoming worse or if we’re just getting too old. There’s a new no-frills airline coming, so we talk about flying and what frills exist already. Joel is concerned about the safety of planes if we’re getting such cheap tickets. Nick had a run-in with the electronics recycling rip-off fee so we hear a bit about that and why it’s just another scam. We look over spending plans for St. John’s this year, including (wasting?) more money on bike lanes and other studies. We get an update on the Richmond Cottage heritage property and Joel explains why he hopes it gets bulldozed. Whitbourne is angry over a potential composting facility, people in Corner Brook are using their garden hoses to melt snow, and Nick accurately predicted a Signal Hill attempted murder. A victim of theft posted a funny classifieds ad, and we wrap up talking about the fish protests and hunger strike.
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.
Jill returns as a special guest, and we spend the first part of the show breaking down the Douglas Snelgrove case and discussing all the things that come along with it, such as consent, the outrage over a Telegram headline, and Joel explains why he is predicting he will not be found guilty. We move on to some lighter topics like a parent giving their son’s Xbox away for failing exams. A building collapsed after the storm last week, a bar has had their liquor license suspended, and another bar has a secret code for if you’re uncomfortable. Newfoundland has the tiniest town in the country, and we wonder what life is like there. We debate whether the government job cuts are a good thing or not, and end talking about those dumb public pianos.
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!