Episode 17 – Holiday Decorations

After a spooky intro, Katherine and Michael dive right into a crocktacular Holiday Decoration discussion. They kick off with a fun back and forth about how much our silly country spends on these decorations in a single year. The numbers might surprise you, but Michael guessed them with terrific accuracy.

Guess what’s spent on Halloween Decorations

When to take Holiday Decorations Down

Michael chuckles at a story he read on hellogiggles.com that talks about when to pack in the Christmas decorations. He then asks when people should do this as a policy. This reminds Katherine about her minimalist Christmas of yore when she just didn’t feel like decorating. Thing is, when you barely put any decorations up it’s pretty darn easy to put stuff away right after the gifts are unwrapped.

K’s Minimalist Christmas – including a tiny Lego snowman and lego “snow”

EXTREME Outdoor Christmas Decorations

But let’s just admit it, most people who celebrate Christmas don’t show Katherine’s level of restraint. In fact, Plantation, Florida filed a lawsuit against a family in their community for EXTREME holiday decorations. Can decorations really cause enough harm to warrant a lawsuit?

Introducing, The Hyatts. This family doesn’t just love Christmas, they gotta blow out the power grid. In fact, only lighting the sky for miles can satisfy their intense lust for Holiday Decorations. Listen to the podcast to find out what happened with the Hyatts. Did they win the lawsuit? Do they wear matching holiday sweaters? (Yes) Are they still married? (No) Did they start a GoFundMe? Listen and learn it all, bro.

Sample of the Hyatt brand holiday madness

 Speaking of Bad Neighbors…

Then Katherine and Michael wax nostalgic for their horrendous neighbors of yore who partied every night at 3AM to the Macarena. It’s relevant because of Michael’s take on a bad boy named Barry who lost his mind on a bulldozer. Let’s just say Barry might have some anger issues and  impulse control presents a bit of a challenge to him. At least that’s what his neighbors think… as well as the cops who took him away for several assault counts and massive malicious mischief. Here’s a tip if Barry moves in next door to you: Don’t build a fence. It’s triggering AF.

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Episode 16 – Normal

 

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Weirdos Rule! Normal drools.

Katherine and Michael fill their Such a Crock podcast with frivolity and rebel against normal this week. That’s because they agree that normal is a total crock. Weirdos rule!

The podcast goes a bit off the rails this week as Michael and Katherine flit around “normal” topics. They engage a lively debate around Blockbuster Video, technology, and progress. In fact, there’s even talk about the very last Blockbuster in existence. Then Katherine and Michael shift into a meditation on the gold rush and prostitution. This, of course, ends with a lesson for Michael on raw dogging and love between strangers.

Meaty Fruit Stench and “Normal”

 

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1) Ginkgo fruit & leaf 2) ginkgo fruit smashed by NYC runners 3) book on history of the ancient ginkgo tree

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Katherine shares her noxious personal experience of 200+ million year old fossil, the gingko tree. She dodged the stinky fruit of this ancient tree on a daily basis for twenty five years before learning the truth of the ginkgo. Turns out, in other cultures such as Korean, Japanese, and Chinese, the precious gingko plays an iconic role. In fact, according to the gingko expert, Peter Crane, these trees are revered for many reasons.  Check out his book, Gingko, The Tree Time Forgot for all the glorious details.

Meanwhile, New Yorkers are pounding these stinky fruits into the pavement and crinkling their noses in utter ignorance of why other cultures feel quite the opposite. Not only do they adore the gingko fruits, but these other cultures collect the fruit right there off the pavement to concoct delightful treats. In other words, there is no “normal” when it come to the gingko experience. It makes one person gag and another turns it into dessert. This serves as a prime example of how normal isn’t real or even a particularly useful concept. It can even keep people from understanding and appreciating other cultures in some cases.

Nothing is Normal

The SAC duo wax philosophic on many more examples of how normal is a crock. “There is no normal!” Michael declares. “We’re all prostitutes!” Katherine claims. So, let’s just embrace our weirdness and love each other, dammit. The alternative, turning our noses up at the “abnormal”, doesn’t seem like much fun, after all.

Speaking of fun, Michael brings up the prescient hilarity of The Onion and how they seem to foretell our cultural future on the reg. He gives the uber-relevant example of a video they ran long ago about how Blockbuster Video became of museum… a current reality according to the article we cited for you above in our very last Blockbuster in existence link. Check it out!

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Episode 15 – Stuff

This week’s Such a Crock podcast revolves around the crockery of STUFF. In many cases stuff is more trouble than its worth. Katherine opens with a prime example of precisely this sort of stuff quandary.

Honest Abe’s Topper – It’s just Stuff

She harkens back to the days of yore when the dapper Prez, Abraham Lincoln, sported an iconic beaver skin stovepipe hat. Today this hat serves as the foundation of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum where people gaze upon it with ardor and amazement. Trouble is… it may not be Lincoln’s hat after all. Currently, an FBI investigation in progress holds the fate of this museum in its grasp. In fact, they may go bankrupt and close. Concerned? You can donate to their gofundme if you’re feeling generous.

Stuff #1 The hat in question, made of beaver skin and arousing doubt on its provenance.

 

 Hoarder or Collector of Stuff?

Next the duo discuss some funny personal touchstones about their opposite perspectives on stuff. In order to call it a crock, Michael had to dig DEEP into the recesses of our culture’s worst case scenarios. In other words, hoarders. He horrifies Katherine with tales of hoarding insanity including a woman who not only filled her house with fifty live cats but also 75-100 dead ones, many which she liquified. He also provides an instance of a woman collecting garbage out of dumpsters and then destroying the family fridge with her “collection”.

Comic Books – Controversial Stuff

Katherine and Michael talk a bit about his collections of magic cards and comic books which makes for a fantastic segue-way into the next topic. Comic aficionado, Michael tells the story of Nicholas Cage’s copy of Action Comics #1. It’s a fascinating tale of a rare comic that portrays the introduction of the world’s first superhero for the very first time – Superman. Cage had the comic framed and up on his wall when it was stolen along with some other framed rare comics. Years later the comic appeared in a storage locker and was then sold at auction in 2011 for more than $2million.

Stuff #2 Nicholas Cage cries himself to sleep missing this comic

Michael sees this as evidence that comics can be worthwhile investments. He sees it a validation of “collectors”. Katherine sees it as yet another example of how ownership is a transitory relationship; things don’t last no matter how tightly we cling to them. They get stolen, they deteriorate, and we get bored of them, etc.

Minimalism – You Don’t Need Stuff!

Katherine then lists her incredibly non-judgmental reasons why living a minimalist lifestyle can help make your life better. She’s a big believer in this way of life and highly recommends it. In fact, if you’d like to check it out for yourself, try the movie Minimalism: A Documentary on Netflix or Amazon.com. These guys are drinking the same Kool Aid Katherine purveys and are just as happy and preachy about it as she is.

Stuff #3 See the movie! It’s fab and free!

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