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Where have we been and where are the podcasts?

If you’ve been visiting this blog for the past three and a half weeks or happened upon it in your internet searching and wondered what happened to the updates and new podcast episodes, then this post is for you. If you’re looking for what happened to Evel Dick in Big Brother 13 or a picture of the So You Think You Can Dance logo, the two most visited and searched items on this blog, then please click on the respective links. If you’re not here for those two items, then read on to find out why Meghan and I went absent the past several weeks.

We should have informed everyone that we were going on a trip home to visit friends and family and do all sorts of fun things. That’s what we were up to from August 17th until the 29th. Of course, we wanted to pretend like we didn’t go anywhere. For this time period we formed this brilliant plan. Right before leaving we’d recover from our lapse in Big Brother podcasts and get a catch-up episode published. Then I’d write a post or two while at home during my free time. Nobody would suspect a thing. Following a lovely vacation, we would be re-energized and recharged, ready to tackle a new set of podcasts. With a roadmap like this, nothing would go wrong.

Before I even left the apartment, the days prior to August 17th saw a setback in my physics research. This required my sudden, undivided attention. It sucked up the little free time I set aside for recording a podcast with Meghan before leaving for home. So it goes. Because the pre-vacation podcast was a no-go, we decided that I would record a solo podcast while I was at home. Why a solo podcast instead of our usual dual hosting? Meghan was going to be in Disney World with her mother most of the trip and I was going to be at my parents’s house. I would have all sorts of free time. I duly recorded a solo podcast. After that all that’s left is editing right? That’s simple!

Meanwhile somewhere in the Caribbean, a little thing called hurricane Irene formed, threatening the east coast beginning with Florida, which was where Meghan was at the time. Many stressful phone calls followed. I put aside the podcast. In the end, Meghan and her mother cut their trip to Disney World short and rescheduled their flight to an earlier time. Hurricane Irene didn’t end up hitting Florida hard, but it was on a warpath towards the New Jersey area, the location of the airport that would fly us home. Our flight was rescheduled from Sunday, which was when the hurricane hit, to Monday. This gave us an extra day, perfect for editing a podcast! The power went out that day. Shelved again.

After braving hurricane Irene and getting on a plane ride home, I had one final surprise waiting for me at the airport parking lot. It was the last thing I needed to have happen and the picture to the right shows what I had waiting for me. You see, unknown to me until two days before returning home was the freak hail storm that passed through the airport and the surrounding area. We’re not talking pea or pebble size hail. This was once-in-a-lifetime stuff, hail the size of baseballs and softballs falling from the sky and laying ruin to anything and everything in its path. I never believed such hail was possible and considered descriptions of ice balls the size of grapefruits to be exaggerations. One look at my car convinced me of the truth. Nature can be brutal. My car was one of the unfortunate ones that suffered heavy damage during the storm. At the bottom of this post you can see three other pictures detailing the state I found the car in when I returned home.

I’ve spent the last week on the phone with the many departments of my insurance company and with a body shop. It hasn’t been a pleasant experience. This is my first time dealing with an insurance claim, so I didn’t know what the procedure would be. Of course, at no point was I given a picture of what to expect, but I learned that insurance claims require talking to several departments that don’t communicate with each other. After a week of phone tag and general feelings of despair, a member of the insurance company’s catastrophe department tells me the car is being totaled out. It’s been a hell of a week and adding in the appearance of hurricane Irene along with my explosion of work right before I traveled home with Meghan, I think you can see why updates to this blog ceased and the podcast went on an unannounced break.

To be honest I wasn’t satisfied with my solo Big Brother podcast, so it’s not a loss that it never was edited and published. It was boring and awkward, personal touches that Meghan’s presence suppresses. That does leave us with the question of what is going to happen with the Big Brother podcasts for Reflections on Pop Entertainment since the show is almost over. As far as the podcast goes, we’ve decided to hang up the towel on this one. At this stage in the show, we won’t have much to contribute to the dialogue. If anyone was looking forward to listening to us discuss the recent events in Big Brother, we apologize. All my joking aside, I am sorry that we weren’t able to keep up with the show. But as you can see, life happens and other things take priority. For those wanting anything Big Brother related, Meghan wants to write a couple posts about this season, so keep a lookout for those.

With the fall lineup we’re getting ourselves ready to record again. As we mentioned in recent podcasts, we’re going to do a weekly episode covering The X-Factor. The previews promise lots of drama and ridiculousness, as well as some genuine talent. And it’ll allow for some self-indulgence, as I get a platform to make snarky comments about people that I don’t think can sing well, but are being heralded as the next big pop star. I’m looking forward to it.

Another fixture will be a week-in-review podcast. We watch a lot of shows during the fall and spring television seasons and we want to discuss anything interesting. Although we haven’t done one of these yet, we’re planning for these episodes to be informal and unstructured. The shows we discuss will vary from week to week, based on what we find interesting. We’re excited to see where this format goes for us.

That brings us to the present. I’ll leave you with this graphic, which gives a summary of all the new shows premiering this fall. Maybe it’ll help you find something new to watch in the coming weeks. At least it will make you laugh.


Other pictures of my totaled car. Thanks a lot hail.

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  1. Claire
    September 9, 2011 at 8:21 AM

    Ten years ago, we had hail just like this. Smashed car windows at St. Louis’ airport and all over North County. The storm is up on the list of 10 most damaging storms ever because it hit a densely populated urban area with the kind of hail you got. We were living in Jennings at the time, on the south fringe of the storm, and escaped with no damage. But our current house, in Spanish Lake, got a new roof, new siding, a new awning in back, and a couple of windows replaced as a result of the storm, just before we purchased it. So my sympathies to you; weather in the Midwest is a big deal, nothing to mess with.

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