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TGP Episode 9: Food Porn, Friends w Benefits, School Dilemma

Pet Peeves: Food porn, Baseball players

Ask the Guys: Group Dating

Father Stories: What dad’s do (Special guest)

THE MEAT: School Dilemma

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4 Comments on TGP Episode 9: Food Porn, Friends w Benefits, School Dilemma

  1. First off, that was another excellent podcast episode. I love this show.

    I wanted to comment on the Pet Peeve section: I’m in total agreement about cooking shows. I’ve always loved shows like this. Anything hands-on, from mechanical stuff and tinkering to even arts and crafts, and especially cooking, I’m all on-board with it. I really think the TV execs believe that the public want competition-style shows. Look at our political atmosphere right now. People are competing cats-and-dogs for who’s right and who gets the right to be on top. It’s a very black vs. white world (I don’t mean race, here, necessarily, but that is part of the problem.) So the folks who are responsible for TV programming believe the TV-viewing public would be happier watching Gordon Ramsay scream bloody murder at people than a calm, entertaining and even (gasp!) educational show on how to prepare food and enjoy food. However, I also believe Ramsay’s act is just an act. He gets paid to play a character and he does it very well. I do enjoy his shows, Hell’s Kitchen was probably the only “reality” TV show I ever enjoyed. But I think it’s overplayed to get ratings.

    Secondly, on the costs of higher education, I really wished that my parents gave me the opportunity to have a year off when I was 18 and fresh out of high school. I had NO idea what I wanted to do with my life. I still don’t, tell you the truth, and I’m 34 now pushing 35 in a month. I remember back then even wanting to take a year off, discover myself, maybe travel a bit. However, because I was reliant on my dad’s insurance for the many health problems and treatments I was getting, I needed to either get a job immediately after school or go to college full-time. I wound up entering community college full time and working part time. When the family budget got out of control due to my mother’s mishandling of my dad’s income, I quit school and worked full-time to help out. Tough times. I did have some memorable experiences in college, but today, in my mid 30s, I still haven’t finished my degree. I would like to go back, but now I fear it might be too late. My health has never been very good and has kept me from doing things I’ve always wanted to do. I don’t have kids and don’t plan to, but I encourage anyone who does have children or plans on having them to give their kids space as new adults right out of high school to meditate on what they want to do as adults. 18 year olds often don’t know what to do and they need urging and nurturance. I never got that opportunity and I never wish for anyone to have to be in that same position.

    Finally, I just want to remark that I’m a total softy. The soundclip you play right before the Father Stories segment always tugs at my heartstrings, especially the small child on the phone asking for pancakes. So adorable! But I’m still trying to place the movie quote line that goes “I never knew my father!” Which film is that from?

    Keep up the excellent work! Did I ever tell you all how much I love this podcast? I LOVE it! I’m trying to get my brothers into it, too, but they tend to be a bit slow on the uptake. 😉

  2. @KYLE
    Kyle thanks for such an articulate and open comment. I agree that Gordon Ramsay probably puts on that persona for the ratings. That being said he’s still not on my top 100 list to have a beer with.
    Sounds like you had a lot going on during your college years. College is tough enough without the outside difficulties and financial concerns. If you are thinking about going back I strongly suggest looking into sooner than later. It’s like watching Bill Murray’s “Groundhog Day”. You think to yourself what would I do if I had all that time? Then you look around and ten years of real life has gone by and you realize that you did have that time, just not all in one magically repeated day.
    Finally about the “I never knew my father” quote, let me let you off the hook so to speak. It is from “Finding Nemo”! One of the sharks says it at the shark 12 step meeting.
    Thanks for the encouragement and if you haven’t yet leave us an iTunes review and comment. You might win some free merchandise from our store.

  3. Cannot agree more about the school loans. Education is not a priority in this country and our government is just not interested in giving people the tools to pull themselves up. Rawr!

    Second, I love Father Stories. Since we’re talking about quotes…where is the quote from that goes, “My father worked in profanity like others work in clay- a master.”? That’s such a good one.

  4. @Lovy Boheme It’s the man trying to keep us down! And they say we have no cast system in the U.S.

    BTW Lovy, that quote is from one of my all time favorite movies, “A Christmas Story” by the late, great Jean Shepherd. “You’ll shoot your eye out kid!” If you haven’t seen it, I will personally reimburse your rental cost if you don’t like it. (Just don’t forget to return it for 2 weeks as I normally do)

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