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Episode · 1 year ago

007 - The Christmas Recap!

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This week, Andrew discusses the Christmas celebrations, the boys gifts, and watching the old classic Christmas stuff, as well as the Mandalorian Gallery episode for Season 2. Also, we talk listener feedback!

Dad podcast. This is the thank you for joining double o seven of the Dad Dolrian podcast. Bottom Bata, but Adam. Okay, sorry, that was totally uncalled for. You didn't really need a double o seven joke there. Yeah, anyway, Hey, James Bond, I'm sorry. Please don't sue me. anyways, hope you guys are had of a great week this week. You know, we're so a week after Christmas and so we've got a lot to kind of discuss there. So for us this was a lot of fun for this week because Alton got to re enjoy stuff. I mean Austin, he's still at a point where he doesn't necessarily show that much interest in unwrapping gifts and like, even if you get the package started for him, he's just kind of like no, I kind of want to go over and do my own thing here. Alton, on the other hand, is at the point where everything, and I do mean everything, is exciting and just new and it's for is a great age. That's I'm pretty much I could just have to put it that way. So Alton, for one of his presence he got a older Lego set. It's slave one. It doesn't have any of the minifigures, but it is something that Amanda and I went through painstaking we kind of logged everything, figured out what pieces were missing for it. We've got to get some of those pieces still, but that is something that he was super excited about with. The other fun thing, though, is we got him, I think I brought this up last week, where we got him one of the fifteen hundred lego piece sets from Costco. That's just a bunch of lego pieces that he can do with it whatever he wants and kind of opening up his creativity, letting him play around with that, because that's something that we noticed with another set that he had, which is just one of the little ones that comes in the little plastic briefcase. He really enjoys occasionally taking that and making whatever he darned well pleases with it. And what's funny is it wasn't until the drive home that he really came to the conclusion that, oh, that's just a bunch for me to mess around with. Like we're driving home he's like can I make my sets tomorrow? And Right, well, buddy, you only got one set that you have together, but what about the other set? And my wife is like, well, but that's just a bunch of assorted pieces that you can build with whatever you re mind can think of. And he had this moment where he like puts his hand over his mouth. He's like really like it was just the greatest thing because it had been two days at this point that he'd been wanting to open them but couldn't open them because we weren't at home with them, and we weren't we weren't cracking up one fifteen hundred legos somewhere else while we were out and about. So it's like that was our excitement, was him getting that. Well then, also, on top of that, this has been a very heavy lego presence for him this year because he got a little bit of Christmas money and decided that he wanted to get the Lego Star Wars clone wars tank that comes with the Ahsoka Tano minifigure and a Soaka Toano clone trooper, which is the Soaka Tono minifigure. Is My wife's new favorite minifigure, must be honest. I mean she's awesome. She's got two lightsabers, like, how can you go wrong with that? So that has been kind of the thing for him. Today he got to put that together. He picked it up at Walmart and we took it home and he wanted to get into it. I opened it up so that you could take a look at what was in there and told him he could put together the minifigures. I was going to go use the bathroom. Well, by the time I got done in the bathroom, he was fifteen steps in on a hundred and eight step Lego set, and this Lego set in particular light, it's for ages seven and up. My four year old did that and I was there to, quote unquote, help. You can't see me doing the air quotes, but I promise that's what I'm doing and realistically, he didn't need my help for most of this particular set. It was actually really impressive to watch a four year old go and put everything on where it needed to be, and he had some moments where he may have had something backwards something like that, but overall it was really, really fun to kind of get to...

...experience that and watch him putting it together. So that has been kind of our week this week. I'm excited by self personally, I didn't get a lot of gifts this year, but the gifts that I did get were the type of gifts that I wanted. I got three things over all that were really, really good, and one of the things that I got, the kind of the big gift this year, was I actually got a one year subscription to master class, which I had been seeing the ads for it. They've been doing a fantastic job of target marketing me and making me go, Oh, that looks interesting, Oh, that looks interesting. For those of you who don't follow me over on my diy home improvement account at the hesitant handyman, I recently finished restoring a old trigger smoker over there and so that's something that I've started putting into use and I've kind of been figuring out smoked meats and how to do barbecue. I've done some pulled pork, I've done a brisket, so you know, all sorts of different stuff that I'm kind of learning with that. But I wound up one of the classes that I was really interested in that I wound up starting this week has been the barbecue class taught by Aaron Franklin of Franklin Barbecue, which I don't know anything about Franklin Barbecue other than apparently they have people lining up around the block down in Austin and it's supposed to be this amazing Texas Barbecue. The master classes are shot incredibly well, like I almost feel like I need a masterclass to teach how they do the master class photography, because it's amazing. But there was the first episode was how to build your fire, and I'm a tregger guy, so I don't need to know how to build a fire. I watched the whole thing anyway, enthralled because it was incredible to watch and see how he went about build this fire, stoking it, the principles behind it and all that, and it was just gorgeous to watch. So that was the one thing. The other big thing that I wanted up getting is my wife wanted up getting me a extra hard drive for I my xbox one. I've got an xbox one that only had a five hundred Gig hard drive and for those of you who know anything about xbox ones, you know that it gets a little bit tricky trying to make sure that you can play all of your games with only that much space, because if something needs an update, you have to delete it. Like I had NBA k twenty one wanting to do an update and it was like a ninety gigabyte update or something like that, and I couldn't install it because there wasn't enough room on my hard drive. So, yeah, she got me a three gigabyte hard drive and I don't think I will be filling that up anytime soon. I actually went through and set it up to download a bunch of games that I hadn't downloaded in a while, just so that they were there. So that was exciting for me, but I barely put a dent in it. So that was kind of my big things for Christmas this year. But for me it was really getting to see the boys and kind of see them have fun with it. He Austin, got a little people farm. He loved that thing and it was one of those things like we didn't open it towards the end of his presence and he'd been kind of acting like little terror and he sat down in for that thing for probably good ten minutes and we're like, why didn't we open this one first? This would have made the most sense, but it was the biggest present. So you know, it is what it is, so any gates. That is what we had going on this week. I want to hear from you did you have a good Christmas? What you do? Anything like that. Anything you want to talk about, you can always hit us up on instagram is the best way to reach us at the Dad Delrian podcast. You can reach out to us via email, the Dad Dolorian podcast at gmailcom. Send us a voice message there if you want. We'll share it on the air. If you want to go ahead and reach out to us to be our website the Dad Dolorian dotnet, and that is something where you can go ahead and reach out there. There's an option for a contact form. You can also go ahead and use a voice recording feature there. They'll send us a voice recording and we can go ahead and use that in this show. So we're going to go take her first break here then we're...

...going to come back and discuss what we watched this week. Thanks so much for listening and we're back. Thanks so much for hanging out with us this week on the dad do Lorian podcast. So what we watched this week? This week, so last week was the last episode of the Mandalorian so this was the first week since we've started the show that you've not had an episode to get feedback from me on. But we did get to actually watch the MANDALORIAN season two gallery which, I'll be honest, I was kind of disappointed that it looks like they're only doing one episode on less. I'm totally wrong, but it looks like they just did a making of season two, and part of that, I'm sure it's probably dude of covid protocols. I could see in some of the videos that we got to see in the behind the scene stuff, that crew were wearing masks. So I think they were still tidying things up towards the beginning of the pandemic, and so I have the fewing that may have had something to do with the decision to only do a single episode for an hour. That used a lot of behind the scenes footage and no round tables, because the round tables, for me, getting to see the different directors sitting around and discussing what had happened throughout the season and all of that. That, for me was, I think, the really cool part of it. That being said, what I do have to say, though, is getting to hear the behind the scenes from Robert Rodrigue, specifically, who handled the Boba Fette intro episode, and just kind of how he approached the character and just hearing the stories about what he did with that was phenomenal because you could tell that Robert Ergus had a great deal of respect for the character overall and he's said we need to get this right. I want to get this right. He said I took a three page action sequence and turned it into it was nine minutes long, I think, is what he said. It was amazing to see kind of his thoughts behind it and he showed some pre visual stuff that he did using his kids a storm trooper helmet, a Boba fette mask and some action and figures and like they showed just a little bit of it. He's talking about it and felony apparently when he saw it was like did you use action figures in there? He's like yeah, I didn't really have anything else to use this to end and he's like actually, that makes it that much cooler, kind of thing. So it was a lot of fun to kind of hear his take on it and then also hearing how they worked in Tamura Morrison's background as a Mayori and the Hakkas and different inspirations that came to Boba fette's fighting style and how he wound up differing from Mando, where man it was more of a gun slinger, and how Boba fette was basically like a barbarian going through there and just smashing his way through it, and so that was very, very fascinating to kind of see how they went about doing that. Beyond that, we did watch our usual Christmas tradition, which Christmas Eve we always watch white Christmas and eat Mexican food. That is kind of our tradition in our household. That's something that comes from my wife's side of the family and that's a good, good tradition to have. Make enjolatas and we sit around and eat and watch white Christmas, which all of us at this point can repeat over and over. So she didn't go to college, so she didn't go to Smith go to Smith. She couldn't even Spell Smith, you know, or just the different things like that. It really is one of those things like we've done it every year for as long as we've been married and probably since before that when I got to spend Christmas with them for the first time. So I've gotten used to the tradition and it is something where, like I didn't have a ton of traditions of my own coming into Christmas with a family. So it's something that I've definitely willingly adopted. We also got to watch you know, your usual your Rudolf, your Santa Claus is coming to town, you know...

...your quick Christmas classics, frosty, this snow man. I watched frosty this now man and realized I did not remember any of that storyline. Like okay, so there's the evil magician trying to get his hat back and the Little Girl Who's getting frost bite and frosty nearly melts away, but Santa brings him back and then gives him a ride, and that was just like one of those things. I'm sitting here going I don't remember any of this. I know I have to have seen this at some point in my childhood. So it was definitely weird. And then also put one foot in front of the other from Santa Claus is coming to town. For whatever reason, I always thought that was a part of Rudolf, and so seeing that and going wait, hold on, what like? Yeah, that was definitely a a interesting experience for me, kind of having all these moments that I had so ingrained into my head come back and then looking at them and going, Um, this is not exactly how I remember this. Okay. So yeah, that is what we watched this week. So we're going to take another break or going to come back if there's any listener questions. We're going to go over that, anything you guys want to discuss, and then we're going to go ahead and talk about our favorite thing of the week. So we will be right back. Stay tuned and we are back. Thank you so much again for hanging out with us here on the dead Doloran podcast. So going back to this week's thoughts from people, first of all, Garrett wants to fight Donovan. Guys, please, no fighting, nothing but love here. We all have our different opinions on things and I get it right, there will be no fighting in here. This is not fight club. We're not talking about fight club. We're not even thinking about fight clubs. So none of that, guys. I Garrett absolutely met that kid and Garrett and Donovan both are great guys and I don't think either one of them is going to try to get into fisticuffs over difference of opinion on this. But Garrett said that he did love the generation getting a set of parting gifts and he's getting ready for a new book. He loved my story about laser tag and Sega. He's got similar memories, but with the original Nintendo. They never had much money and never expected to get it. As little brother and and he screamed with joy and gratitude. They played it together for actual decades until it full on died, and they have some of the most favorite memories together with it. Yeah, for me too, I mean that's one of those things. Like thinking back on it, a lot of my childhood memories like Surround Video Game Games and it is really interesting. I mean I think about my friend Kennan, and you know he's younger than I am and I was really more friends with his brother at the time, but early on we were playing starcraft and it was one of those things I learned how to edit maps and I also learned how to very secretively start an edited map without somebody realizing that it was being used as an edited map. And basically I edited the map so that all of his units had one hit point and did zero damage and all of my units were basically invulnerable and could destroy anything with a single shot. So I let him do a marine rush on me. He comes in there and for all intents and purposes my base was not defended. I had a few SEV's doing some building, doing some harvesting and I had a barracks, but I hadn't built anything deliberately because I wanted to get his genuine reaction when I went and walloped him. So he charges in with ten marines in the usual rush time that you would expect, goes to work and then nothing's happening and I let him sit there and it was kind of like in that one scene in Batman begins where Batman's sent the tumblr up into the thing. It wasn't Batman Begins, I'm sorry, it was the dark night. He sends the Batmobile in there and it's in intimidate mode where it just sits there in...

...the bad guys are like what's going on? What's going on? And then I just sent out a single firebat and I proceeded to mop up his entire force of Marines and then go chasing out everything else in his base and just mop the floor with him in under five minutes. I don't know if he's ever forgiven me on that. To be totally honest. I think he might harper a little bit of bitterness on that twenty years later, but regardless, it was a fantastic gag. And then thinking on other times, like he and his brothers, Ryan, who's one of my best friends, and his other brother, Kyle, who is Ryan's twin brother, we used to sit around having game days where we were playing the Nintendo sixty four and I remember we would play the wwe no mercy and spent so much time doing that or playing gold and I all of those games. Like I have a lot of video game memories that kind of go back on there, and so that's, I think, one of the reasons why when I get to spend time with my boys and get it to play video games. Austin's not really at the video game stage yet. Alton is actually getting pretty good with it and we're pretty excited because he's one of the things that he's getting to do for Christmas that we haven't got to do yet, but we did a digital copy of the cars three video game driven to win, which looks like it's basically Mario Kart with cars characters. So looking forward to that and kind of getting to get his experience with that. But that's one of those things that I think is the reason that when I get to spend time playing video games with my boys, I think that that's one of the reasons I enjoyed is because so many of my childhood memories tie back to video games. So I will say that my friend David over at Rowdy Penguin, he is guy that I met at workbench conference as the hesitant handyman, but he and I met at workbench conference in Atlanta back in two thousand and nineteen. I think it was February, if I remember correctly. And so he has been going through he has a bunch of his brothers stuff as far as star wars stuff, and we've been kind of talking about things with that and he sent me a bunch of pictures of things that he's gotten and it it's been eye opening to how much stuff that he has. He's been going through kind of cataloging and showing me all of the cool stuff, and so I've been really enjoying that, just charing a lot of stuff. He's got one of the seventy nine Boba Fett action figures and I was just like, are you serious? The KENNER action figure? Yep, that one. Whoa what? So his uncle apparently worked for Kenner when Star Wars was coming out and so he's got a bunch of stuff that like it's just really cool, like history of star wars kind of things. So that has been kind of fun to hear from him on that. Just looking through here, talking to Nick Minerva at Nick Dot Minerva on Instagram, and he and I were kind of having a discussion on the aftermath books and I will say I did finish the trilogy this week, despite the fact that the writing was terrible, and I will go to my grave saying the writing was terrible. I don't know if you're a chuck Wendig Fan, but I absolutely hated his writing in this aside from that, when you get past the fact that he writes everything in present tense and it's jarring and you don't understand why anybody would be motivated due to writing in that particular manner, the story overall was pretty good because it gives you an idea on how Princess Lea winds up setting up the resistance with, quote unquote, the support of the republic, without it actually being a republic entity, and it all ties back to Kashik which they wound up liberating without being officially approved to do so, and so her thoughts during that time we're really about how do I find a way to do this in a way that provides plausible deniability to the republic while also making sure that we're able to help where we're needed, is opposed to just helping when we're's quote unquote okay to do so, and that was, I think, really fascinating for me. The other thing that came out...

...of it that was really fascinating was the battle of Jaku, because you see the planet of Jaku in Star Wars. The Force Awakens and it's littered with Star destroyers and everything on there, and just you look at it and you're going, what on Earth happened here? And you find out that really the empire made its last standard just coup. And there was a lot more intrigue going on with it as far as kind of the main character who was pulling the puppet strings behind the scenes on everything that happened with Jaku. But the whole story wine winds up leading to the battle of Jaku. What happens there? WHO's lost there, who wins there, what happens to certain characters, and really it kind of winds up being an origin story for Snap Wixley, Aka Greg Grunberg, in the post star wars trilogy, episodes five, five, seven and eight. Wow, six, seven and eight. I can count you, guys. That was really I think the fascinating thing on that is you had a character who you wind up meeting later on, but he has more backstory than, I think, you really realize at that point. So, but he and I were just having a conversation on he's like. I don't remember liking it, I said. Honestly, from a writing standpoint they were terrible, but from a star wars content stance, this their receipts planted for a lot of what they did and then they're doing. and honestly, if I had read that trilogy beforehand, by the time we got to rise of Skywalker, I could have probably told you that palpatine was going to be alive and they were going to use the whole cloning stick, because they actually did quite a bit of set up for that just in people denying that the emperor had died, and then also there was mentions of cloning and all of those different things. There were so many seeds that they planted there that you look at it now in hindsight and go yeah, they really did know where they were going with all of this. They planned this all out, even though it may not have been terribly obvious and it may have felt like Ryan Johnson was kind of steering away from it, but I think it was something where they were going there one way or another. It was just a matter of time. So I at that time it also was acting nick about any ideas as far as things that I hadn't read yet. They might be good for the new cannon. He brought up the Asoka book, as well as do COO JEDIWSS and then master and apprentice, which is more qui gone content. Honestly, I never got enough of Quaigne to begin with because episode one he's there and then he's gone and then you get him for a couple of episodes in clone wars and that's about it. And so I personally loved William Neeson as a Jedi and if they could figure out a way to make more qui gone content, I'd absolutely be on board with that. There was a fun thing this week where the found on facebook market place. It's it's something that I do over on the hesitant honeyman instagram account, or occasionally I'll find random things on facebook market place that are just bizarre and random but hilarious, and one of them this week was actually specifically star wars related, and that was is the fact that somebody was selling a quote unquote, Seni our thie fighter chassis and like the ad was perfect because it looks like the thie fighter in terms of set up. What it really is it's just a giant spool that has the hexagonal wings look to it and is missing the ball in hundred thousand dollars, but, quote unquote, price negotiable. I just about died. That was probably the greatest thing I saw. They talk about this will be a project. Parts are hard to come by unless you have imperial connections, no title, but autoween source might be able to help. Prices negotiable, but you have to haul since it doesn't fly at the moment. It was great. So yeah, I took a look at it was like...

Ooo, project maybe, and my wife gave me that look that always says don't you dare, and so that was the end of that. All right. Well, we are going to take one last break then we're going to come back and we will talk about our favorite thing from this week. So stay tuned. I'll right and we are back. Thanks again for hanging out with us. We do appreciate it. We know that you've got plenty of podcasts out there to choose from, in the fact that you come here week to week that is amazing to me. I love it and I love you for doing it. So this week favorite thing, it's got to be Robert Rodriguez jamming on his guitar. Our well, Baby Yoda BOPs his head to the beat. I don't know if you saw it. It you can see it. I'll make sure to post a link to it on my instagram stories. There was something where I posted it earlier in the weekend. But like, honestly, after kind of hearing Robert Riguez talk and kind of getting an idea of who he is as a director, but then also seeing him playing guitar as Baby Yoda is just jamming out. And I mean props to the puppet controllers, like I don't know how many buttons they have to push to make baby, you know, do what he does, but it is incredible to watch him moving in basically real time, bobbing his head with this music and you're sitting here going how is whoever do does this doing it? I want to know. I want to know more about what kind of controls you have on this thing, because it's incredible to watch. So that was my favorite thing from this week. Also, I got to give props to the battle of Jaku because it was actually pretty fascinating how that all wound up ending and the sacrifice that it required from the rebellion to basically snuff out the empire for the most part. Before people take off for the onion regions. There was a great admiral throng drop in there as well, which I think is also going to tie into what's leading up to the Asoka series. I'm excited for Grand Admiral thrown. I just I'm going to be totally on with with you, and I heard a rumor. I don't know, it's one of those random room recites where they say hey, yeah, we have this rumor and they basically throw every rumor at the wall hoping something sticks. This is one that I hope sticks, and that is that if they are bringing in marage aid as a character in the upcoming star wars. Properties that Karen Gillan is high on the list of people to play her and I think she would be incredible in that role, because she's been fantastic as Nebula and she has been fantastic in the Jumanji films, and so I think that's something she could actually pull it off. She's got some pretty good dramatic range and I think she could bring some Gravitas to that character. So, any case, that is what we've got for this week. Hope you guys are having a great week. Look forward to talking to you in the New Year. You know, do my normal dad joke. Well, see you next year, because that's basically what it's going to be. So hope you guys are having a great week. Hope you go out there, crush whatever you're doing and remember parentings a complicated profession. Stay safe out there, take care.

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