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Episode · 1 year ago

018 - Country roads, take me... on vacation.

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

This week, Andrew talks about the current family discussion about eventually buying a travel trailer and seeing America. Additionally, we talk about the Falcon and the Winter Soldier premier, the live action Aladdin remake, Mandalorian season 2 (again), and the Snoopy Show!

Dad, I am not yet. Parenting is a Compliandi and welcome to episode eighteen of the Dad Olirian podcast. I am your host, Andrew. Really excited to have you back this week. Things sound a little bit wacky this week. We're having a little bit of technical difficulties with our recording set up, and so instead of recording this on a computer that is looked up to a soundboard that you should normally make everything sound nice and clean, I've got a microphone connected directly to my phone and I'm recording this in garage band. That's also why we've got a little bit different music this week, because I don't have the sound on my phone. So yeah, we're improvising, as we occasionally are having to do, and that is just kind of how it is right now. But that's okay. That's okay. We kind of roll with the punches, we do what we got to do and we'll hopefully get things figured out before next week's episode. So this week I want to talk a little bit about vacations and, more specifically, the fact that we currently aren't really taking a whole lot in terms of vacations, and it is something that I am hoping sometime in the near future we can possibly be addressing. It's been a just a different year for I think everybody. But one of the things that I think has changed for us within the last year is previously, when it would be around time for some kind of vacation of some sort, my wife's job before she took up teaching was something where she got to travel occasionally and that meant occasion only I would get to go with her, and so that was something. You know, she'd go somewhere nice like San Diego, and it's like hey, if all I have to do is pay for maybe an extra night of the hotel and pay for my air fare, that was a nice and expensive vacation. You know, we'd still have to pay for my food that sort of thing, but for the most part, like we would just go. You know, she'd do her work, I do my thing during the day while she was doing her work and then afterwards we go and spend some time together and that sort of thing, and so it's been kind of one of those things. And you know, I would do things like, for instance, I went to a conference couple years back...

...for workbench conference, and that was kind of more for my diy account. For those of you don't follow that, has a handyman. That would be me as well. But that is something where, you know, with the pandemic and everything like that, there's not been a whole lot of people making all those trips. You know, the airline industry is practically begging if people to get backs and dude so that they can come back onto planes, that sort of thing. It's one of those things, though, that I think, looking back through everything with the Lens of Hey, we can't really go anywhere, you know, just because of all the restrictions and are travel and all of that sort of thing, and kind of looking head to how we want to do vacations in the future. We've been having discussions around our household about eventually getting a travel trailer, and that is something. This is like one of those things. I personally have no experience with travel trailers, but it's something it I am really interested in the idea and it's something I think a lot of people right now are interested in the idea because they're looking for things they can do to get out of the House, get away and do something, but at the same time not having to go very far, and so that is what is currently on our kind of like radar. Is just kind of looking and seeing that and, you know, there's a couple of really good reasons why we could potentially do that and make it really work. One of the things is with my wife teaching now and me being full time from home, like I'm not really necessarily tied to having to be in an office or specifically at my home to be able to work. Really all I need is the ability to connect to the Internet and that can basically work from anywhere. And with that, combined with the fact that my wife, being a teacher, being off for, you know, three months in the summer and really gives us really an ample time to be able to do traveling as a family if we wanted to go that route, and so it's something that we kind of been looking at. I will say I've been really, really interested in following my friend Spencer and his wife as they actually sold their house...

...and have been living out a holiday of Rambler for I think, just over six months now. So it's one of those things where they're making like the big jump, where they're moving all over the place and they both have jobs where they can work from anywhere. As well, and so that's kind of an exciting thing for them and just kind of watching them, I kind of feel a little bit jealous of how they've been able to do it. Growing up, my grandparents actually had an RV. They had a bounder, you know fleetwood motor home and in this was back of the day when, you know, it was just you didn't have slides or anything like that. There wasn't a whole lot to a motor home back in those days. It was just, you know, a big straight bus kind of thing where you had all of your little furniture and spots and things. And growing up, my sister actually did do a lot of the travel with my grandparents and I didn't do that as much, and that, I will say, as far as just if there's one thing that I have to say I do regret as a kid, it's that I did not take the opportunity to do Morere of that travel, because my sister did get to see a lot of cool things that I didn't get to see. She also got to meet members the family that I never got to meet, and so it's just one of those things that like, I kind of feel a tie back to my grandfather with that and then, just on top of that, like the things that we can do if we were to take up rving and, you know, getting a travel trailer going through them, stuff on that. Like we've talked about going and seeing the national parks, and that's something I've gotten the opportunity to see some of the national parks a couple of times now, like yellow stone in particular. I saw it when I was a little kid. And then I think it was my quote Unquote Junior Year of college, which is to say I wasn't actually in college at that point in time, or at least I wasn't really hardcore pursuing it, since I didn't graduate for almost fifteen years after graduated high schoo but what would have been considered my junior year, I drove cross country with my friend Michael, who was the best man in my wedding, and he was going to school in western New York. He needed somebody to be a CO pilot, which I didn't actually do that much driving. I...

...really only drove on the first day of driving, after he nearly drove us off a cliff somewhere in the rocky mountains in Idaho. That's a totally different story. For a different time, but regardless, like that was really the majority of the driving that I did on that trip. But what was fun with it is we got to see different places. We got to go to glacier national park, we got to go to yellowstone national park, got to see grant Taiton, we got to see Mount Rushmore, Wind Cave National Park, we got to see Niagara Falls, just all of the things that we were able to go and do, just driving across the country and kind of seeing things. But I'm also not one of those people who really enjoys camping, particularly like that. Was the one drawback for me was most of the time what we were sleeping in tents and I don't do well with tents. Like there was one night where we were in Michigan and I'm an Oregonian, so you know, I'm used to rain, and the rain that they were getting in Missi miss it, Missigan, Michigan, wow, I can talk today. Anyway, the rain they were getting in Michigan was like hitting the windshield, about the size of a basketball. It was coming in sideways, lightning was splitting twenty different directions. I have very distinct remember telling Michael as we were pulling out by said I don't care if we have to pay extra, I am not pitching a tent in this we're weas getting a cabin, and we wounded up getting a cabin, and it want up being a good thing anyway, because when we got there we realize that there was apparently a slight leak in the car carrier in which our tent was and so we had to hang it out to dry anyway. So, you know, that was kind of the thing, just getting to go and see all the wildlife. I really really enjoyed getting to do all of that, but I am not somebody who really likes sleeping on the ground. It just at between that and the fact that you've got, you know, nothing but a piece of thin cloth between you and whatever random predators are out there. Like you know, I know, I know it's probably not as dangerous as my brain thinks it is, but I honestly do know that. But at the same time,...

...am I gonna get malled by a bear? I don't want to get made by a bear. I want something of substance between me and the bear. And so, you know, from that aspect, a travel trailer and our V does sound like a beneficial option for me and I have friends who do are being people that I know that I can go and go on trips with that can kind of show me the ropes, give me that sort of thing that I'm really looking forward to being able to do that. So we've kind of been just kind of looking out there trying to find the one we want. We've got the model that we want in mind and it's one of those things there's a few models that we like, but there's one specifically that I think we've kind of landed on as the one that we do really want and we're just trying to see if we can land one that is either used or is a really good deal, which, if you're looking at our V's in the market right now, there's not a whole lot of good deals, and I think it's because, a there was the shortage driven by the pandemic, because every place that was building these had to stop because they were considered a central business, and so there wasn't as many of them built probably last year and, as a result, people looking for a way to get out of the house without having to necessarily, you know, jump on a plane who want to get into our being are now going and doing that, which is then driving the prices up. The model that we were looking at, I want to say last year a brand new model would have been pre pandemic about twenty five grand, and right now they are showing an MSRP of thirty four grant, though most of the dealers that I've been seeing the new ones at have been anywhere from twenty eight to thirty. So they're that cheap, you know. And so a personally, I am one of those people who, if I can find something used and buy it used and have somebody else have worked through all of their problems with it, usually that's what I will do on it. But the thing about it is like, if you pay any attention to the RV market right now, it is nuts, watching how fast things go and how much things go for and all of that. So that has been kind of what we have been up to, is just kind of thinking about what we want to do with that. So and that's something...

I think getting to spend that time with the boys, going across the country. I've got friends all over the country that I would love to spend time visiting, going out and seeing, and you know, it basically is one of those things. I would like to be able to go across the country and see all fifty states. I don't have the exact account of how many states that I have seen. I've seen quite a few of them. I've seen more than a lot of my peers that I can think of, but I have not seen all of them and some of them it's been so long since I've seen them that I don't remember a whole lot about them. So I would really, really like to be able to kind of do that and that's something that I think both Amanda and I have really been interested and been thinking about, and so getting to kind of do something with the boys during the summer, kind of have that be our time. I can still get work done. I would just be wherever we happen to be at that particular time, have my time during the day to work and have other stuff that we can do later in the day, that sort of thing like. I think. I think that would be something that would be a really good thing for us. And you know, we still have our travel days where not going to get any work done because I'm driving from point a to point be that sort of thing. But I'm just looking forward. I'm picking the brains of people who know more than I do and kind of getting the ideas as far as what to do, how to do it, that sort of thing. And so, yeah, for those of you who are in that already and are really, you know, knowledgeable, hit me up if you've got any tips things like that. I am open to hearing suggestions about things to do, things not to do, things to watch out for, if you're looking for a used RV, that sort of thing. Like, just hit me up whatever you got. So that is what I am just looking at right now. So we are going to take our first break here and then when we come back we're going to talk about what we watched this week. So stay tuned and we are back. Thank you so much again for joining us on the Deadlian podcast this week. This week, our big thing to...

...talk about this week is obviously going to be the Falcon in the winter soldier premiere, because that is one of those things. I've been waiting for over a year for that to get here. I remember hearing it announced, it being super excited about it, and then the pandemic hits and they have to push everything back. And so really, I mean, when you think about it, we've been really subsisting on nothing more than really the Mandalorian is kind of the big new thing for quite some time with Disney, plus when there was a whole bunch of stuff that was supposed to have been released last year. So that has been kind of an interesting thing, kind of getting to finally get to some of that. And you mean, you think about we just get done with Wand Division and now we're on to captain her not Captain American, and the word soldier, Falcon in the winter soldier, and you know, we get through this, we take a little bit of time off and then we come back for a woke, and woke is going to be amazing. Like just we've got Tom Hidlston. How can you go wrong with that? It will be a fascinating set up. But right now with Falcon in the winter soldier, the first episode hit this week and that is one of those things, like I said, I've been anticipating for a while. It's only six episodes versus one divisions eight. So it's kind of interesting to kind of see them going, okay, we're this one's gonna be a little bit shorter. It's really going to be more like a long movie. The thing that I will say after seeing the first episode is I have to remind myself that I need to look at this as the whole feature versus just individual episodes. And the reason I say this is because, honestly, this week's episode felt like it kind of dragged, like you've only got six episodes the to get Falcon and the winter soldier together. You start the series off and they're both off doing their own things, separate from each other, and they, by the end of the first episode, aren't hanging out like you would think that something built on them as a relationship would have already been to that point. We did get a really great moment that I actually wasn't expecting, which was roady and Falcon talking at the Smithsonian donation of the shield, but...

...that really didn't, I think, satisfy what I felt like I needed out of the episode, which was the connection of the two to kind of get them together before they go on to fight whatever it is that they're going to be fighting in this it'll be interesting to see how it all plays out, but as far as first episodes goes, it was kind of like, okay, I guess that was where we're leaving off, like I didn't feel like the story advanced as much as it could have. Like we've established where Falcon is, we've established where Bucky is, we've even established where the shield is. And spoiler alert if you've not watched the episode yet, the Smithsonian does not wind up keeping it for as long as you might think and it winds up going to who the gentleman? Who is the quote unquote, New Captain America? Who is really it's Kurt Russell's kid, Wyat Russell, and honestly, I don't know if I'm the only person who looked at him and thought this, but did anybody else see him and think he kind of looked like adult joffrey from game of thrones? Like, I've not watched game of thrones, I would be totally honest with you guys, but I understand Jeoffrey as a character, is kind of a tool and got a his death that he really deserved from everything that I understand about the character. So you gave it. Thrones is not something that's ever really interested me, like it just it's not something I'm going to go down HBO Max and Go Hey, let me check this one out. Is Seems like a fun, lighthearted thing, like, and I know people are like, oh, but the story's great. Yeah, but it's just not the type of thing I watch. So it's something that I'm just going to pass on and just know that I have understanding of most of the character is, just because I've looked up wikipedia is on them to try to understand what the heck everybody's talking about, and it never...

...has interested me, but regardless. So, yeah, Joffrey the new Captain America. That's all. That's going to be stuck in my head. Now if you didn't see that before and now you're seeing it and going oh no, Oh no, why did you say that? Well, I'm sorry, but if I have to suffer through this, so are you. Like, that's just how it's got to be, guys it. It'll be interesting to see how that all plays out. I think you're obviously going to come to a point where Falcon gets the shield back and there's the whole debate of whether he should take up the mantle or not take up the mantle. And like, I think if they follow the comics accurate version of US agent he's definitely not going to be the type of person that you want wielding the shield, because I get the feeling the first thing that should probably tell you this guy is not cap is the fact that he bite a fault has a pistol on his hip, and I know that cap actually carried pistols during the war, but when you look at his appearances beyond that, he's really not had any like firearms during the series, like he's just been flating the shield and punching things. So I get the feeling that's probably going to have some blowback to it at some point, because I seem to remember that John Walker as a character winds up being a little bit more brutal old and cap was and as a result, probably isn't worthy, and the whole idea of worthy as brought to us by thor and his hammer, like you know that just that is just what I think is like. There should be a certain weight behind somebody taking up the mantle of Captain America, and I don't think this guy is going to be it, because obviously if they were going to make it, it would be US agent and the winter soldier, and now it's not. It's definitely going to be Falcon like. I can tell you that right now he is currently one wielding the shield in the comic books. I would absolutely...

...be shocked if he is not the one wielding the shield at the end of this because it feels like you put in a lot of work to give that character that shield. Why would you just go, HMM, nope, never mind, psych like it just it's not going to work out like that. That's just how it's going to be. So that was kind of the big thing this week. Other things that we watched this week, I actually finally got to sit down and watch the live action version of a Laddin with my wife and my in laws, and I will be honest with you, like it was. It was better than I expected. I did not like it better than the cartoon version, and really the main reason for that is Robin Williams was fantastic as genie and, like will Smith, a good well, I I did not have a problem with will Smith as genie. It just it wasn't Robin Williams. He had such iconic performance to kind of almost live up to. But you got will Smith as genie, was his own character and that was great. Like, I actually really enjoyed it. My wife, on the other hand, actually liked it better than the cartoon version because she always said that Aladdin was actually her least favorite Disney movie, and so the version that we provided in this was actually better for her. So it was a really, really fascinating movie. I really enjoyed getting to hear it and just see all of the different takes on it. Will Smith just any character you give him, he's going to really wean in on it and I think him bringing kind and more at his rap flavor to genie in the performances was actually really surprisingly good and I will say, just see a little bit of the behind the scenes, I feel like a Guy Richie said, would probably be a very interesting place to work because he seems very laid back and like hey, what's all have a say in this kind of thing and like it obviously worked in this case. I haven't seen any of other movies by Guy Ritchie, but this one very specifically, I think it worked and I think it was something that he really did bring a different feel to it from the cartoons and it was great. I really thoroughly enjoyed that. One thing...

...that I will say came out of this though, also is Mana Mussoud, who I'm probably mispronouncing his name and if he ever hears this, I apologize in advance for doing that. But he, as a Laddin, made me think the casting rumors that I've been hearing that I don't know like casting rumors being casting rooms, you just never know, but the rumor had been that he is actually in consideration for the role of Ezra Bridger in the live action star wars properties, because obviously Ahsoka is working towards thrown, which is, I'm sure, working towards finding Ezra. The rumor is currently that the episode where Asoka appears in the Mandalorian was actually set the for her appearance at the end of rebels, and so it would be interesting to kind of see she's obviously on that hunt and winds up going on that hunt with Sabine. And do they find Ezra? Well, obviously I think they're going to find Ezra at some point down the road. But who is going to play that in a live action? Honestly, I think Mina Musud would be fantastic in that role and like part of that is just from his performance as Aladdin, because when you stop and really think about the character of Ezra Bridger. He's basically the Star Wars version of a LADD. He is a street Urchin who is getting by on his wits. There's the whole Jedi thing, like now, obviously that's a little bit different, but you know, they're both using magic that they may or may not fully understand to basically advance the plot, and so that, I think, is something that will be very interesting. His physicality in terms of just his running through the streets during the one jump sequence. Like I'm sitting here going yeah, I could absolutely see this dude as edge Ra Bridger. I can absolutely see it. I think this would be a maybe good casting choice. So I don't know if that's where they're going to go with it, but I'm saying if they do decide to go that...

...route, I'm not at all going to be disappointed with it because I think it would be a solid casting choice. So other stuff we watched this weekend we watched the MANDALORIAN. We actually are on. We just got through the Oh, we just got through three episodes of the Mandalorian, the first one being the siege. So season two episode for I believe, is the one where he returns to Navarro gets his ship fixed and they go and they find the laboratory that they're clearing out the imperials from and be yeah, so we watched that one. Then we watched what is my wife's favorite episode, which is the Jedi, which is where Ahsoka shows up, and Alton was super geeked about that because getting to see live action Asoka was like the greatest thing ever for him. and honestly, just reflecting on this episode, I know we've discussed it in previous episodes, but just the beautiful imagery used by Dave feloney and directing that episode and just it very much felt like an Old Samurai feel, I'm which, when you think about the fact that star wars was really inspired by Old Samurai films, it makes a ton of sense and I think foloney really leaned into that in terms of the visual cues and everything, and I think it was something that worked very well for that episode. And also bringing in the grand daughter of Bruce Lee to play the main character in there. That was the bad person that Ahsoka has to face down with and they have that whole fight sequence like that. Mean that was just great, come on. So and then finally we got to watch the tragedy, which of course wound up getting Alton sad because baby Yoda's in peril now, and that was absolutely my fault. My wife was like, I don't know if we should watch this one right before bed, and I'm like, but this is my favorite episode from the season, and so we watched it and yeah,...

...it was ig eleven all over again. So we wound up going ahead and watching a couple episodes of the snoopy show on Apple TV plus, which, honestly, like Apple TV plus is one of those things I'm not going to pay for it. I have a year because, well, I got a free one with my phone, and so I was excited for pretty much this and that's really about it. So I did see the movie that Tom Hanks has on there, which, honestly, Tom it was not your best work, and I'm not just saying that because I didn't get to see it in a cinema. Like it. The visuals everything were gorgeous, but I just felt like it was a really, really not fantastic film. Like it was beautifully shot and all of that, but I just didn't feel it. So, like there hasn't been a whole lot on apple TV plus that I'm like, oh, that sounds good. Like most of the stuff that's on, there is stuff that like I'm not really interested in, like m night Shamlan Um. Yeah, I don't think I've seen one of his movies since I don't know, signs maybe like it just it's one of those things, like I don't do great with the psychological, you know, thriller Type Movies, like I'm just like I'm easily freaked out by things and I just I don't deal with it. So and like you know, people talk about well, the morning shows great. I don't know, like it just I feel like every streaming service is trying to be HBO and kind of push the envelope because their streaming services, and that's not really my jam, like I mean I'm not a game of thro ownes person. I'm not like I don't know what other things HBO puts out really like just different stuff like that. Like I'm not like somebody who's like looking for that. So I'm just like whatever. So, but the stuepy show is something that we were looking forward to and I got to tell you, guys like the artist who is in charge...

...of the score, I believe is name is Jeff Morrow. I've never heard the man before. I looked at his IMDB credits and he's done a lot of stuff where he's maybe been uncredited, doing like additional music that sort of thing. But you know he did music, her additional music for the peanuts movie and like he does a fantastic job of giving us that very girl dy esque score and that is something that I think really kind of makes it. The whole idea behind the series is kind of like almost bringing back the feel of those peanut specials and kind of a series format, and that I think has worked really surprisingly well in just the few episodes that we've seen so far. And so you've got all of the kids voices, you've got the dog and the birds all sound like they should. I don't remember if we've seen any of the teachers yet, if we've heard the trombone shorty wamp, want, want, but like it still feels like one of the old school specials, even though it's something that was obviously shot much more recently. So it it. They're fun, they're cute. Like if you've got an apple TV subscription and are looking for something lighthearted that you just want to kind of laugh at. I would recommend it. Like I think they're good, but that's just me. So yeah, we are going to head to our last break here and then we're going to come back for our pod dext question the week. Stay tuned and we are back. Thank you again so much for coming in for this week's episode of the Deadlian Podcast, episode eighteen, and this week on the pod deck question of the week, I'm asking if you had someone following you around all the time, what would you have them do? That is a fun question. There is one thing that I can think to do, and that is if I were to have somebody following me around and...

...just like scoring in real time my day and like. That sounds really ridiculous, but I had a whole thought behind it. Like there is a story that I'm rider here. I've been writing that I've not finished, but basically it's about a guy who moves back to his old hometown to take care of his mother's last affairs and in doing so rediscovers this kind of wake wilbegone esque town where everybody's kind of like got their own stories and there's all these little random quirks in the history of it. All of that like it's something that I put a lot of thought into developing and kind of like I've written part of one novel thinking of about everything there, but it's really one of those things that it's not finished and that I really should finish at some point, but I've just not felt super creatively inspired around it real lately. So bottom line though, like there's one thought that had come to mind and it was really just the idea of having a character that is hanging around town with a trumpet that just randomly start scoring moments just out of the blue for people, and it was really inspired by this is going to sound really crazy, but for a while there was a gentleman that would show up at our church on Sundays like occasionally. Just wasn't a member of the church, didn't really do anything other than he'd show up and then he brought his trumpet and wanted to help support our music ministry just randomly on his schedule. Well, the whole story behind it is this guy apparently went to another church where he played, but any week that he didn't play he went to other churches to bless them with his music, which, personally, I mean I would have just taken a day off if they're giving you the day off. But this guy apparently felt compelled to show up at random churches and start playing music and like he...

...apparently wanted to be up on the stage. Our pastor at the time told them, no, that's not happening, and so he's like well, okay, I'll just sit over here. And so, like I remember coming out one day for choir and there is this dude sitting in the front row playing trumpet along with the rest of the music, and I was just like, who is this guy? I've never seen him before, and it's just random dude rondering around the neighborhoods blowing strumpet, and that kind of inspire me to think about what would it be like if this guy we're just like showing up and randomly playing trumpet for just any random person for no obvious reason? And so wake thinking about the idea of, you know, somebody has a conversation and while this conversation is going on, maybe it takes a sad turn and he starts playing something Melo dramatic and you're just like wait, what is going on right now? Kind of thing, and so that's been kind of like the thought behind it, but I think it would be, wait, if nothing else, a conversation starter. If you've got some random dude with a trumpet following you around and like scoring your life, so you know you're having a nice upbeat walk and it's a world or Bomba Ball, kind of like just a little nice upbeat jazz thing, and then all of a sudden, like you have this serious moment and all of a sudden it's like wall like you know, just I don't know. It would be incredibly stupid. It would be hilarious and that is, I think, what I would have them do, for no better reason than my own personal entertainment. So, if you had somebody falling you around, what would you have them do? Let me know. Just shoot me an email, message me on Instagram, at the dead or in podcast. You can go ahead and shoot me an email at the dead or in podcast at GMAILCOM. And there's just any many other ways you can reach us the dead or in dotnet is our website. You can reach us through the comment section there. And Yeah, if you want to support the PODCAST, you can go ahead and go to buy me a coffeecom The dad delorian. There are options there where if you want to just do a onetime contribution, you can. If you want to support us on...

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