Saturday, July 18, 2015

No Purchase Necessary

I have a habit of signing up for freebies, sweepstakes, frequent customer cards, etc.  The result is mainly an awful lot of junk mail and junk email that I send directly to my spam folder.  However, this month, July, has made all of that junk mail/email worth it.  Why?  Well, let me tell you.

As my long-time fans are well aware, July is the month of my birth – which is entirely appropriate …

Ex. A – July’s birthstone is the Ruby and according to Proverbs 8:11 – “wisdom is far more valuable than rubies..” (NLT) … And I am nothing if not a smart cookie (although my cookie probably contains its fair share of nuts).

Ex. B – my Zodiac sign is Cancer the Crab.  I don’t follow horoscopes and such and, while I am usually a pretty happy person, I’ve been known to have crabby moments. 

Ex. C – also regarding Crabs – I adore them… especially the cartoon variety! (I know that isn’t a very strong reason and should be party of Ex. B, but I needed a third one and couldn't think of one and I wanted to be able to use both the Lucy pic and the crab cartoon.)

Now, I’ve long said that the ONLY good thing about summer in general, and July in particular, is my origin.  Otherwise, since I’m not longer a student who has a summer break to look forward to, the calendar might as well go straight from May to October.  I would say June to September, but we can have some pretty hot weather even in those months and Rose doesn’t like the heat.

Any who, it started about two weeks ago, when I received a postcard in the mail from Shoe Carnival wishing me a Happy Birthday and containing a coupon good for $5 off on any purchase in the month of July. 

Then I received another postcard – we aren’t sure how or why I received it, but I must’ve signed up for something somewhere, they had my correct birth month – from three local restaurants (Wolf’s Bar-B-Q, Acropolis, and Highland Pizza something I’d never heard of) wishing me Happy Birthday and containing coupons for each restaurant good for a free meal at each.

Last weekend, Mom and I knocked out the Wolf’s coupon after going to see the Terminator movie (more on that in another blog, possibly).  Then on Sunday, after church, we invited Aunt Marilee and our “adopted family member for the summer or until her mother returns from Iowa and she’s no longer an orphan” Amy to join us at the Apocalypse.  It just so happened that the coupons said that if I (the birthday girl) brought three or more of my friends with me, we’d get a free appetizer!  

Meanwhile, an email from Kohl's - $10 off my next purchase!   And that was on top of my $30 in Kohl's bucks and $10 Kohl's Rewards!  Which was nice, since I was on the lookout for some new work clothes.  

Just today, I printed out coupons from Dairy Queen (buy one get one Blizzards - will come in handy for my traditional birthday Blizzard); O'Charley's (free piece of pie); and Schnucks (free cookie from the bakery).

I also received an email from the Ahh Spa, the place where Jennifer and I go for our birthday massages - her birthday is the day before mine, so instead of exchanging gifts, we celebrate by going out to eat and then going and getting massages.  From them, I get a free aromatherapy foot scrub with the purchase of my massage.  Oddly enough, poor Jennifer doesn't receive these emails, even though she has signed up.  Fortunately, when we make the appointments, she points out that it's her birthday too and why didn't she receive the same email? and she gets the freebie too. 

Anyway, the lesson of this story is that I'm having a great birthday so far! 

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

If I Could Save Time in a Bottle

In the past couple of weeks, I have been blissfully living in the past.  Figuratively. 
Flipping around through my cable channels one evening, I happened to notice a channel called “Retro TV” that was airing old episodes of Dr. Who.  Now for those of you who aren’t in the know, Dr. Who is a British TV show that’s been airing (more or less) since 1963.  It’s a show where if the actor who plays the “Doctor” quits, the Doctor regenerates into a new version who looks like the new actor playing the Doctor.  I remember watching Dr. Who with my sisters on PBS – it was on Saturday evenings, as I recall – and they were on the Fourth Doctor by that time (mid/late 70’s.)  He’s the one with fro-like hair and the long multi-colored (or coloured, for my British fans) scarf. 
The sibs went off to college in ’79 (I’ll pause as you do the math of how OLD they are).  So I’m going to say that’s probably why I don’t remember seeing any of the episodes with the Fifth Doctor (1981) through the movie with the Eighth Doctor (mid-90's).  Plus I was in college during part of that, and although I did have a TV in my dorm (sophomore year at least), there was no cable and I could only get whatever stations whose signals made it from Indy to Greencastle.  So, between, say 1979-ish, and about 10 years ago, I was Who-less.  But then, “they” revived the series, life has been Who-filled. 
See the picture of the British fake “Lego” versions of each of the 11 Doctors!
What was my point?  Well, this Retro TV channel is airing episodes from the Third Doctor (circa 1970-74) on the weekends and the Sixth Doctor (circa 1984-86) on week nights.  Why not just air one Doctor and go with it?  I don’t know.   But I have truly been enjoying the campy goodness that was these old episodes, the “special” effects, the cave that it seems that every other episode was filmed.  You get my point. 
After a week of watching Who each evening before going to bed, I was again flipping through my cable channels and I happened upon another odd channel – the Heroes and Icons channel.  This channel airs 2 episodes of Roger Moore’s the Saint each evening.  See, I grew up reading Leslie Charteris’ books about Simon Templar a/k/a the “Saint” - the "modern day Robin Hood of crime" and then on Friday nights at 11:30 pm (after the Avengers) on CBS, I watched the “Return of the Saint” with Ian Ogilvy. 
To me, Roger Moore was James Bond.  But I’ve been watching for the past couple of weeks. My immediate thought while watching is how young Roger Moore looked.  These shows were on 1962-69 (before he became James Bond).  Also, the fight sequences are so obviously faked – I can only assume I’ve been jaded by all the sax and violins on TV.  Of course, the whole it being in black and white transports me back in time too! 
At this point, what with an hour of Dr. Who each evening (2 on the weekends!) and 2 hours of the Saint, my DVR is beginning to fill up.   Aren’t I happy that it’s summer and there’s not too much else to grab my attention. 
So, the next thing I know... last week, I heard that Comedy Central was going to stream the entire series of the Daily Show with Jon Stewart on its website and app starting last Friday (and it's going to take over a month - it boggles the mind, but it is 4 nights a week, about 40 weeks a year for 17 years...) 
Anyway, starting Friday night, when I got home from work, I put my ear buds in and enjoyed old episodes from 1999.  Again, it’s a shock to see how young these people looked!  Over the weekend, we got to relive the build up to the 2000 election.  It struck me particularly funny, when announcing Donald Trump’s announcing his run for the presidency,
Stewart’s jokes were oddly similar to the jokes he used just a couple of weeks ago when Trump announced his run for the presidency.   This week, we’ve been reliving the zaniness that was the year 2000.  One painfully ironic moment being when Bush, in a campaign speech, claimed that if Gore were to win "we'd be in a war within a year."
Anyway, as I’m typing this, the episode for Election Day is coming on.  I can’t wait to see who wins!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Murder She Wrote

My mother tells me I should use my copious extra time to write a book.  I (semi-irregularly, as I like to put it) write this blog and since I recently resumed blogging after a "dark period," a variety of people have told me I am talented and funny, and should write a book.  My response is, “Is there money in that?”  Because I am nothing if not in it for the money.
Now my thoughts regarding my writing a book are as follows: 
A) first and foremost - - No, really, is there money in that?  I mean, I have a mortgage, a car payment and four cats that have to be kept rather expensive kibble and litter – they eat and poop a lot!  Not to mention me and mom, we eat and poop, too!  And there’s the co-pay for my therapy! While I may believe I’ve got a book of John Grisham quality in me, odds are that no one’s going to pay me in John Grisham-like quantities, at least not until after my first bestseller or two!
B) what if I pour my wit and soul into a book and no one likes it?  Fear of rejection – another line item on the therapy to do list;
C) “they” say to write what you know.  Well, I want to write a smutty murder mystery and I have yet to happen upon a dead body during my wanderings through daily life.  Now, there was a time in my glorious past when my friend Jennifer and I were toying around with the plot of a murder mystery that was a thinly-veiled expose (don't know how to get the little thingee over the last "E" there) of the law firm we worked at at the time.  As you might guess, the main character was an adorable, fun-loving, incredibly talented paralegal who happened upon the dead body of one of the attorneys in her office and, with the assistance of a hunky homicide detective, solve the mystery.  BTW, the guilty person just happened to be the thinly-veiled version of our “secretart” of the week, who we really didn’t care for.  My problem is that when I sit down and think about writing a mystery, our “plot” is what comes to mind.  I’ll have to talk to Jennifer about that.  Hmm…; and
D) who would we cast in the movie adaptation!?  Obviously Gerard Butler as the hunky detective.  (WITH the accent.  Duh!)  I know, cart before the horse, but these are things I must consider!
So I sit here, with a blank screen before me, I have difficult decisions to make.  One, who do I kill?  This is a rougher question than you might think.  I’ve worked in two big law firms for a combination of 25 years… I have encountered several really good potential murder victims over the years!  (And I'm not just talking the lawyers!  There have been both co-workers, AND clients who would make great dead bodies!)  I suppose that I don’t have to kill them all off in one book.  I really should leave fodder for the "by public demand" sequel.  Second, who did it?  Obviously not the “adorable, fun-loving, incredibly talented paralegal!”  I could resurrect that secretart character!  Hmm.. 

For the sequel, maybe our heroine and Gerard Butler will get to take a vacation, and she’ll find a dead body on the beach!!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Product Placement 101

Having recently watched Jurassic World, I have decided that I need some of that cool product placement money.  Never let it be said that I can't be bought!

Here is my Dream Team - product placement wise. 

1.  Wendy's.  I normally go to Wendy's at least once a week with my friend Kathy and her three adorable younger daughters.  (The older one can be adorable, but she has a job now so she isn't available for lunch, but more importantly, she isn't available to babysit the other three so Kathy and I can dine together alone!)  Where was I?  Oh, Wendy's.  I generally get the small size of their BBQ Ranch Chicken salad.  However, I have been known to get the small chili with onions and shredded cheese on top.  If anyone out there has any pull with Wendy's, I promise to casually mention going to Wendy's from now on in my blog. 

2.  Lemon Oreo's.  I happen to think that  Lemon Oreo's are the world's best non-chocolate cookie and I highly recommend them.  They started out as a limited edition flavor and I think I must have eaten enough of them (Evansville is sometimes a test market, you know) that now they're no longer limited!  Yeah!  In future blogs, you may get to hear about how my therapist and I are working on my addiction to them.  OR I could mention munching on some while contemplating the meaning of life (doubtful, as that would be a particularly deep subject for me to tackle, but.. you never know!)  My point is Nabisco, call me!

3.  Crystal Light's Mojito flavored drink.  Now my hopes in hawking this product would be that they might resume production as it appears they no longer make it.  I have personally cleared out the shelves of all the local grocery stores of any remaining containers and if I want anymore, I have to pay outrageous prices on the black market (i.e., ebay and Amazon).  If Crystal Light reads my blog and resumes production of this wonderful drink, I promise not to drink anything else for the rest of my life!  If this campaign is not successful, I may be able to live with the Hawaiian Punch Lemon Lime flavored drink, but would rather stick with the tried and true.

4.  Amazon.  Not that Amazon needs little old me.  But, I figure that I already mention it enough in my blog that I ought to get paid for it.  Or at least get my Prime membership free!  As everyone should realize by now, I frequently extoll the virtues of shopping at Amazon.  I was even able to buy kitty litter to be donated the Vanderburgh Humane Society for their recent Kitten Shower, and it was delivered FREE, so all I had to do was press the Submit Order button, AND the purchase was tax deductible!  OO-RAH!  I am able to buy things from all over the world through Amazon, and sometimes for free shipping!  (Mom thinks that our mailman must be really impressed by the variety of packages I receive.) 

5.  BBC America.  As I may have previously mentioned (or maybe not.  I tend to whine about it frequently, so I forget who I tell,) my cable company stopped carrying BBC America because it raised its prices so high and they, my cable company, would have to raise everyone's rates if they kept it.  Consequently, I no longer have access to my beloved Dr. Who, Orphan Black, the Three Musketeers, Broadchurch, and other fabulous programming!  I even would have been interested in seeing the "new" Top Gear show post-the recent kerfluffle over its hosts.  Thank God that I can get my new Sherlock from PBS or I'd really be upset!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

It's a Jurassic World After All...

(Disclaimer: If you haven't seen this movie, there may be information in this review that might be considered a "spoiler" - although I consciously try not to put major spoiler info in my reviews. Please proceed with caution.)

I did not intend to go see Jurassic World this weekend.  In fact, I sort of planned on going to see Inside Out.  During the course of the weekend, however, circumstances, the need for a nap, and an invitation that included a free ticket changed all those plans.
Sunday, after church and lunch at Wendy’s, I was going to go to Kohl’s in an attempt to find what my mother would call “more attractive clothes.”  Plus I had a 30% off coupon, so bonus!  The only thing that could have made it better would have been if they were giving out Kohl’s bucks!  (But there was no Kohl’s ad in our Sunday paper, so I didn’t know.)
Anyway, it was hot outside and I had just changed into cooler, more comfy shopping clothes when my phone rang.  It was my friend Donna who, I’m VERY happy to say has recently moved back to the Tri-State area from living like one block from the beach in the Charleston SC area.  Now the part of me that firmly believes I was switched at birth from the seaside dwelling parents who were supposed to get me to the land-lubbers who actually raised me has a problem understanding why she’d move away from the beach.  But the part of me that when she moved away from home only moved 3 MILES AWAY FROM HOME totally understands it.  Either way, I’m totally happy to have her back. 
Back to the story, Donna was calling at 1:30 (from Boonville) wanting to know if I’d like to go see Jurassic World with her… she had free tickets, and the movie starts at 2 at AMC.  I’m like, “Sure!”  No problem for me, I could walk to the theater and still get there in plenty of time.  Not that I’m that stupid – it was hot out there!  The issue was that it really takes more than a half hour to get to the Westside of Evansville from Boonville, but Donna got there exactly at 2!  I’ll assume that the Lord was her co-pilot because I’m pretty sure I would have gotten stopped by the po-po, but….
The movie. 
I’ve seen the original, Jurassic Park.  But it was probably 20 years ago.  I know I’ve seen parts of it multiple times over the years on TV, but while I remembered it, I’m thinking it would have been good to view it again before watching.  I remember Sam Neill being all hunky and being happy when the bad guys got eaten.  But other than general plot points, I couldn’t remember details.
First, let me say that I enjoyed this movie a lot!  It was action-packed, funny, scary, it even made me tear up at one point although at the moment I can’t quite remember what the reason was… hmm..   So anything I proceed to say are just observations, and in no way affected my enjoyment of the movie as a whole.
First, product placement.  I don’t consider myself very observant.  But the product placement was very, uh… direct, let’s say.  I can clearly say that Mercedes Benz, Coca-Cola, Starbucks, Margaritaville, and Pandora jewelry all sponsored this movie.  Unfortunately for at least the last three on that list, their stores within the park were decimated.  But not before we got a clear look at their logos.   And every vehicle that was driven around the park?  You guessed it, Mercedes.  Product placement doesn’t really bother me.  In fact, I’m usually excited that I catch it.  I suppose the fact that I noticed it so clearly in this movie speaks volumes. 

Humorously, there’s one part in the movie where the main female character is working with Verizon Wireless to sponsor the new dinosaur attraction and another character jokingly asks “Why not just call it the “Verizon Wireless (something, Rose doesn’t do dinosaur names)-adon?”  and “What’s next?  The ‘Pepsi-asaurus’?”  Cleverly skewering the characters within the movie for doing what the movie was doing as a whole.
B:  predictability.  Again, I don’t consider it to have been a bad thing, and maybe it’s just that I’ve seen a lot of movies like this, but I found it amusingly predictable.  At one point, our hero, played by Chris Pratt (more on him later), and some other man entered the containment area for THE main dinosaur… I really ought to know what it was.  Hold on, let me Google it.  It’s an Indominus Rex.  Anyway, the two men enter the containment area and I leaned over to Donna and said, “that guy might as well be wearing a red shirt.”  Just a minute later, yup, he was toast.  I can’t detail the other items because doing so would definitely qualify as spoilers.  Just let me say that there were several instances of “Uh oh, he’s gonna die” or “He sounds sneaky… I just bet he’s a bad guy” and “oh Lord, I can see a bunch of dinosaurs making short shrift out of that!”  Actually, I think it would have been fun if they’d dressed some of those miscellaneous characters in red uniforms. 
Lastly, PG-13!?  Mid-way through the movie, I leaned over and asked Donna if the first movie was this graphically violent.  She said yes.  I just can’t remember.   There were just a lot of violence and dinosaurs jumping out at us.  Watching it in 3D may not have helped.  I really have to remember that I prefer 2D movies.  And don’t even ask me about what happened at the petting zoo!  I had to close my eyes several times during the movie.  Yikes!  There’s a difference between watching a movie in the safety of your well lit living room on a small screen and watching in the dark (in 3D… I’m thinking that really made the difference) on a big screen.
My final observation regarding this movie is that I have whole-heartedly jumped on the Chris Pratt bandwagon.  I never watched Parks and Recreation, so I’d never heard of him before Guardians of the Galaxy.  And I really didn’t want to go see Guardians of the Galaxy.  But I did and I really enjoyed it.  I’ve even seen it a couple more times now that it’s showing on Starz.  But still, in Guardians, he was just one of this merry band of weirdos.  After seeing Jurassic World, I’ve totally drunk the Kool-Aid and I’m a fan!  I’ll go see any movie (assuming it’s in my preferred genres) he’s in!
So my final verdict regarding this movie is...

As I said earlier, I enjoyed this movie a lot!  It was action-packed, funny, scary, it even made me tear up at one point.  And it even has a hot/cute hero.  It was like the people who made it read my mind!

Monday, June 22, 2015


It would seem that I've rocked Gizmo's world.  And not in a good way.

See, for years now, the boy has enjoyed napping on the DVR box - for the warmth, I would assume, after all, he's not got too much extra padding on him.  The box sat in front of the TV in the living room.  Personally, I would have thought that, being that close to the TV, the volume would have deafened him by now, but it doesn't appear to have done any damage.  He doesn't ignore me anymore than he did before he took up residence on that box. 

Anyway, that DVR box died about 6 months ago, and the technology has changed so that the box that replaced it in the living room is the size of a thick CD case.  (i.e., too small for one long, lean, cowardly lion).  Meanwhile, a box of similar size was installed to replace the deceased DVR unit and my as-of-yet-still-living-maybe-because-Gizmo-didn't-nap-on-it DVR in the bedroom.  This new box had to be close to the internet outlet, so it sits on the desk in my bedroom. 

It didn't take long for my handsome boy (he may not be quite the dim bulb I've always thought him to be) to realize that the new box on my desk was THE place to be. 

Now I know I am not Bill Gates, technologically speaking.  But I think it is reasonable to believe that while Gizmo's sleeping on (and therefore covering up) the heat vents of the old DVR might not have been the ultimate reason it died, I figure at a minimum it didn't help.  So for about six months now, in the evening, I'd crawl into bed and sit there facing Gizmo on the (I'm going to say "DVR," because I don't know what it is exactly) and think to myself... "I really need to do something to keep him from frying this thing by smothering it to death."  Plus the wireless modem sits on it, and he keeps knocking it off because there's not room for both of them in that town - and NO ONE comes between me and my wireless!

Well, again, after SIX MONTHS of this, I finally got around to it.  At first, I planned on hitting the Office Depot store a couple of miles from the 'Do, but that didn't happen so I hit up the Office Depot website!  I knew exactly what I had in mind and 1) they did not have anything similar; and B) what they did have was incredibly expensive!  After about 40 minutes of surfing and wobbling back and forth between the dining room, where the laptop was, and my bedroom, where the DVR thingee is, to get the thingee's measurements (and yes, I could have written them down, but this was really my only exercise that day) I found one that I liked and could stomach the price - $59, but shipping was free.

I have no idea why it didn't occur to me first thing, but I thought I'd see if I could find it on Amazon.  (My favorite website in the world!)  Not only did they have the exact same thing, it was literally HALF the price AND would ship free with my Prime membership.  But, upon reading the reviews, I realized that even though it said it was 15 inches wide (and the DVR is 14), that wasn't the width between the legs.  Between the legs, it was only 12 inches.  Back to the drawing board.

Another half hour, but on Amazon this time, I found a very nice "monitor stand" (in case you want to know what to look for) for $30!  It arrived in 2 days (Prime - free 2 day shipping) and I put it together.  Et voila!

It's wide enough for the thingee; tall enough for the thingee AND the modem, and there's room for it to breathe.  I'm not sure Gizmo is thrilled about the change, though.  When I compare the face in this picture to the one above, I see disappointment and sorrow. 

Friday, June 19, 2015

Previously on Lost....

As previously discussed, I tend to be doing other things as I watch TV.  Mostly because I watch a lot of TV and if I didn't do other things simultaneously, I'd not get anything else done.  That's not to say that the other things I'm doing are very important, but it is what it is.

Years ago, I watched Lost.  You may have seen it, an airplane crash lands on an island in the tropics.  There were mysterious lottery numbers that kept reoccurring, and the island had polar bears - it was not a show for the shallow watcher.  I think the show was on Wednesday evenings, and on Thursday mornings, my bosses (Steve and Carrie) and I would gather around my desk (as opposed to the ubiquitous water cooler) and discuss the previous night's episode.

If I hadn't already realized that I skim-watched TV, this series would have made me aware of the fact.  There was way too much "What? I didn't catch that!" and "Whoa! When did that happen?" coming from me during those post-episode wrap-ups.  Fortunately, a couple of seasons into the show, I found this guy online who must not have had a paying job because, although it would generally take him a day or two, he would post a blog going through each episode almost frame by frame.  It was really nice because he would connect the dots that I missed.  Like, Claire goes to look for her long lost father, and it turns out he's also Jack's father who we'd seen in a previous episode, but I didn't recognize the guy.  Or before the flight took off from the airport, as we watched Hurley interacting with someone over here, in the background, we see the guy that sold Locke a car in episode 6.  I enjoy that stuff; I'm just incapable of recognizing it on my own.  And when (or more like IF) I do, I'm VERY proud of myself!!

There have been (and are today) other TV shows similar to Lost in this regard.  But either that guy got a job, or doesn't watch the same shows I watch, because I never found anything quite like his blog for any other show.  Until...  two or three years ago, I discovered the world of Afterbuzz TV podcasts.  I've mentioned them before.  It's this group of people who get together and recap/dissect all sorts of TV shows post-episode.  I can't remember what show was my first... maybe it'll come to me.  But they have shows for almost every show on TV.  Wait a minute.  I think it was Revolution, which was a very Lost-y type of show.  Anyway, they do "shows" on like over 100 different TV series.  Even shows you wouldn't think need dissecting... like Brooklyn 99.

The "hosts" of the Afterbuzz Revolution podcast watched the show with the intensity of the guy who wrote the Lost blog, only they then discussed it in a 30-45 minute podcast.  See I'm an aural learner.  I don't learn from what I read (#1 - because I skim; and B - because I'm easily distracted), but I learn from what I hear, assuming I'm paying attention.  So I quickly became addicted to these podcasts.  Every show that I watch on TV, if there was an Afterbuzz recap podcast, I subscribed.  I started watching Scandal about two seasons into the show over a summer, and as I binged on the older episodes during the weekends, I binged on the older podcasts recapping those episodes during the week.

Now the hosts.  Some are better than others.  I am absolutely in love with a couple of them; and I absolutely hate others.  If the TV show is good enough, though, I put up with them.  For example, there is a woman in the Scandal podcast who LITERALLY uses the word "literally" at least 10 times a show, and she LITERALLY uses it incorrectly 9 times out of 10.

Alternately, the only reason I watch the TV show Under the Dome is because the podcast is so enjoyable.  The TV show is just horrible... although the first season was pretty good. 

But the second season they just veered as far away from Stephen King's book (by the same name) as possible, and it is just inane.  The hosts of the podcast tend to agree that it is ridiculous and have a great time talking about it.  The third season starts next week, I believe, and I have purposely deleted it from my DVR's scheduled recording.  However, if my pod people have the intestinal fortitude to return for the 3rd season, I may too.  Sigh.

Unfortunately, most of my TV shows are off for the summer, and, while there are a few summer shows that Afterbuzz recaps, I've still been going through podcast withdrawal. 

I read an article on Facebook from the BBC about "Five Podcasts You Should Be Listening To" and was intrigued.  I downloaded one of each and the only one I subscribed to is "Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo's Film Reviews."  Basically, these two British guys discussing and reviewing the films that debuted the previous week, and they generally interview a star from one of the new 
films.  The only problem I've encountered so far is that movies sometimes premiere at different times in the UK, so they may be reviewing something that hasn't come out here yet, or they might not review something that's come out here because it hasn't come out there.  I really enjoy these guys.  They argue like an old married couple, and one of them went to school with Jason Isaacs and they say hello to him or get texts or tweets from him all the time.  The fans of the podcast, whenever they see him, always say "I'd like to say hello to Jason Isaacs." 

Another podcast that I found in my search for something new to listen to is called "Mystery Show."  This woman decides she's going to solve mysteries.  Not life or death mysteries like in the podcast "Serial," but everyday mysteries like one day a friend rents a movie at a movie store and then the next day she goes to return the movie to find out that the store gone - out of business, the place is empty; or another friend wrote a book, and one day she saw a picture of Britney Spears with the book in her hand, so the friend wanted to know Britney how got it, did she read it, and did she enjoy it.  Following our detective through the solving of the mysteries has been very fun.  There are only 4 episodes so far, but I eagerly await the next one.  Two thumbs up!

I'm also using the summer to catch up on some of the other podcasts I have got behind on.  The Bugle - an "audio newspaper for a visual world."  Hosted by two British comedians, Andy Zaltzman, in Britain, and
John Oliver, in the US.  John Oliver, who I originally knew from  the Daily Show with John Stewart; they discuss current events.  For a new listener, there are over 280 "official" Bugles (and at least half as much non-official ones) so it would be quite an undertaking to bring yourself up to date, but I must say, having done it myself a couple of years ago when there weren't quite so many to catch up on, it is interesting to listen to them discuss "current" events that happened five years ago!

As for another Daily Show irregular, John Hodgeman has the Judge John Hodgeman podcast where people call in with various disputes, and he then makes a "binding" decision.  And of course it isn't necessary to listen to them in order, but it helps because he will sometimes revisit old rulings by having the people call in for updates on their issues.  Or there's the reoccurring jokes like the "Canadian House of Pizza and Garbage," that you wouldn't know what it was about if you hadn't heard that episode.
And yes, I own this t-shirt. 

So there, you have my plans for the summer in a nutshell.  I'll be podcasting it.  Maybe you'd like to join me... in your own home, office, or car, of course.