It’s the first show of 2018. We talk about the strange warm weather that melted all the snow and is now causing serious problems for western NL. Some parents were mad that kids got sent to school in bad weather and there’s a new winter parking ban in downtown St. John’s. Two schools in Gander have problems, one smells like crap and the other one has the wrong name. A ton of money is being invested in rural broadband internet and we’re not sure if it’s a good thing, but hopefully brings the North of NL podcast to more people.
Joel starts by telling about how he was thankful to be recognized by a podcast viewer, we have our weather chit-chat, and then talk about high-school graduations and why we didn’t go to ours. There were some peaceful anti-abortion protestors near a high school and Joel doesn’t understand why everybody cares so much. After talking about some feminist and free-speech stuff, we move on to a plastic bag ban, the Outer Ring cleanup, and wondering why people toss garbage around so much. Nick talks about speed bump silliness, then we talk about cars getting stolen and wonder why anybody would leave their keys in the car or house door unlocked. Torbay & Portugal Cove-St. Phillip’s hired some extra help since the RNC patrols were not enough, which we think is a decent idea. Moving on, we look at some Craigslist missed connections to attempt some matchmaking, Nick talks about Come From Away, and then we say goodbye for another week.
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.
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.
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.
Newfoundland had a crazy wind storm so we talk about the weather records, damages, and power outages. Nick tells a story about how great he felt seeing a dumb driver go off the road. Gander wants a movie theater. This leads to talking about how boring NL is and how any type of leisure business that opens is successful. Even a new boring store that opened has been blocked. We look at the success of the Brier and then move on to the guy facing charges under the medical act, and it’s weirder than anybody could have guessed. We look at some investigative journalism into a fake twitter account, a new tool library, and strikers who are going too far. We wrap up talking about St. Patrick’s festivities this weekend.
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.
There’s a big-ass storm outside, so Nick joins us through video chat. He wasn’t prepared for the storm so he’s drinking a strange mix of whatever alcohol could be found in the house. We chat about the snow, Valentine’s Facebook posts, how the day was ruined, and Joel tells a funny Valentine’s story from back when he was still romantic. We discuss “live music” and wonder what the appeal of a dude with an acoustic guitar is. Nick talks about drunk axe-throwing, and then Joel asks what is with people who leave their curtains wide open at night for people to see in. The new fog landing system at YYT is living up to its promises, somebody flipped their car on the roof in a parking lot, and we wonder if St. John’s will finally get traffic planning right when it comes to Dannyland. Joel gives an update on jury duty, and Nick tells about some people who have asked how Joel is doing these days and we think people don’t believe that I am doing fine. Joel addresses another local group talking incorrectly about the wage gap, then we talk about 4 day work weeks and difficulty napping. We discuss the snow-clearing plan for once the storm ends and predict if the storm will close things again on Wednesday. Which is all outdated info by the time you hear it!
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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.