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Episode · 10 months ago

034 - After a brief intermission...

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

After a short midsummer hiatus, we return to talk about our first camping trip, our next camping trip (hint: there’s something new parked in the Laine driveway), and… wow, a lot of streaming, including the Bad Batch, Monsters at Work (John Ratzenberger makes his triumphant return to Pixar!), and a revisiting of the Batman films. No, not the Christopher Nolan ones. The OTHER Batman films. 

Dad because well, Helo, and welcome to episode Thirty Four of the Dad do Lorian podcast. I'm your host, Andrew, and after a brief hiatus, we are back. So you may be wondering what on Earth happened. Well, wife, happens sometimes guys like it's been a busy few weeks and what kind of kicked everything off? Was the week before the hiatus. Actually it was the week of the hiatus. Really, it was not planned at all. This was something that just it was one of those things. We had a bit of a vacation that turned into some other stuff. And Yeah, so we did her about three weeks ago now, I think it was, we went on our very first camping trip and we rented a travel trailer from a guy locally and went about going to basically tried trailer camping for the first time, and this is something we've been talking about doing for quite a while. My wife and I had been thinking about it. We both have great memories from our childhood of our grandparents having our V's and we're in a position where it was very feasible that we could look at getting one, and so we started looking. We started looking. You know, it was a ways back. I know we I brought it up on the show before. I think back around may was when we really started going and wooking at our vas to figure out what we wanted and kind of figured out the travel trailer we wanted. And it that point in time it is peak season, so you do not have any good deals going on anywhere. Everybody is overpaying and on top of that, I think with the pandemic, the prices have been up, up, up, and it's been impossible to find anything that was within our range. So we decided we were just going to go ahead and take a trip in a rental camper and rented a travel tray. Were made by the same manufacture of the one that we wound up wanting to get, and it was just a smaller version of it. And I say much smaller, I mean it was only a twenty two foot camper, but it was it was a nice little trip we got to go out there. It had bunk beds in the back for the boys. The First Night Austin fell out of the bunk bed on the bottom because they were both on the bottom because we didn't want him up on the top and didn't have any space for Rom up there anyway. But yeah, Austin took a nose dive and was bleeding and that was fun. He wind up sleeping in bed with us both nights because he doesn't fully understand the concept of the bunk bed yet. He is still in his crib at almost two and or at some point we're going to have to get him into a big boy bed, but we're not there yet and so trying to get him to understand no, you need to stay over here. That doesn't really work yet. But we still had a blast. We went up to substuart state park and I had never been out there and one of my friends who was originally planning to camp with us but then had to back out at the last minute, he still came up and helped us get set up so that it wasn't like, Oh, I have absolutely no idea what I'm doing. What, what, why have I done this kind of thing, and so we got it, me set up, help me figure out what I needed to know and from there we were just we had fun. We played disc golf couple times. Alton plays a very interesting variation on disc golf that I call running disc golf, where it's not about how few throws you get it. It's about getting it done fastest and he would throw it, chase it, pick it up, throw it while still running like it was. It was a very unique version of it. Would never pass in any tournament play, but it was amusing to say the least. You know, we went on walks around the campground. There was a playground there that Alton loved and wanted to go and play at any moment that he could. We've scoped out for the next time that we go back to that campground, which campsites at steb steward, our closest to the playground, and have kind of that ideal set up so that we can watch the boys without having to make too much effort to get out of our campsite. And so that was a that wasn't fun experience. We really enjoyed it well. During this time going on kind of in the background, we had been looking for...

...a travel trailer for a while and we wound up finding a dealer in Elkhart, Indiana, which Gulf stream coach, which is the company that makes the travel trailer that we wanted. They are actually based out of Elkhart, Indiana, and so there was a dealer out there that had the one that we wanted at the price we were willing to pay for it, because we were very specific on what we wanted to get out of it, how much we were willing to pay for it. All of that, and it was not what anybody was charging, will just put it that way. Like camping world has their own version of this trailer. It's made by the same manufacturer. I've talked to them and it's just got their exclusive branding that nobody else gets to use. And it it costs about Twelvezero more than what we were budgeting for. So long story short, this dealer in Elkhart, Indiana, I was a little bit skeptical. I wasn't sure if it was legitet any of that. Well, at the time that it first turned up on my radar, one of my friends who is originally from Indiana, his dad was out visiting and he said, look, I'm about an hour away from there. If you want me to go check the place out, make sure everything's legit, see the trailer, all of that. He's like, I'm more than happy to go out and do that. It's not a long drive for me anything like that. I was like, Oh okay, that I'm totally down with that. Let's go with that. And so we got back. He went out and visited the place and checked out. He's like, yeah, this guy's been in business for forty years. He said he's legit. I would be completely comfortable doing business with him. I'm like, all right, well, let's get this started. Well, on top of that, the friend who helped us set up the campground, his father used to do while the hotshot hauling, like delivering travel trailers, and they had had discussions about my dilemma of not being able to find anything in the area and having to look at places is like Elkhart, Indiana of all places, and trying to find a trailer that worked for us. Well, come to find out that he was willing to do it for basically the price of fuel and a couple nights hotel. He and his wife wound up wanting to go out that direction anyway to do some visiting, and so we wound up basically saying okay, will pay you to go out there and pick up our trailer and homet back for us. So that all being said, we are now the proud owners of a Gulf Stream, a Mary light two hundred and sixty eight bunk house, which is just under thirty feet. It's a twenty nine and a half foot trailer and it's got full bunk beds in the back. It's got a slide with both a dinet and a couch on it. Then the couch is a jack knife couch that actually folds down into a bed. The dinet folds down into a bed and then there is a queen bed up in the front. There as a door, set of doors and a wall that separates it from the rest of the thing. It's got a very nice kitchen. My Wife's big thing was she wanted something with a tub. She wanted the superslide that had both the dinet and the couch and she also wanted the oven in the kitchen, and this had all of that. I had one very specific thing and that was that I would be able to actually haul it with my truck, because I might truck when I bought it. I was not thinking about hauling a travel trailer, and so the travel trailer that we bought is light enough that I am able to tow it currently. I just have to be cautious about not overloading it, which shouldn't be a problem because there's about a thousand pounds between my truck's gross vehicle toe capacity and or in Grocy ecle weight rating, and the trailer's maximum. So like there the trailer can actually haul about two thou pounds total, but I've still got a thousand pounds head room there, so I'm going to have enough that I can be able to haul it with no problem. Basically, I'm not going to be doing anything...

...where I'm hauling a large tank of water or doing anything crazy yet. And so the thought process that we had was by the trailer that we want now and then when we upgrade the trailer, let her we update the truck later than we don't have to upgrade the trailer because now we've got more coing capacity. So it's it's definitely something we are excited about to kind of get started with it. It is it fits in the driveway. That was the other thing that I was a little bit nervous about. Buying it sight unseen. Let me tell you, like for me personally, buying something as big as a travel trailer from the other side of the country without getting the chance to actually see it first, that's kind of a very stressful thing because I'm running through all of the worst case scenarios in my head, and that's really just the nature of who I am. I wind up thinking and overthinking and before long here we are going, what if it doesn't fit in the driveway? What am I going to do? Well, the good news is the friends dad was able to get it into my driveway and he was driving a long bed pickup, so my bed is short bed, so I should be able to have no problem with it. Now we live on a Flaglat so what that means is I'm going to have to get it around a ninety degree corner to get it into my driveway. But it can be done. I've seen it done and I am actually already working on my first upgrade for it, and that is a complete set of backup cameras, and I mean it's one of those things. I had a friend I was talking to found camera that he's been using that he really liked. That is a little bit less expensive than the cameras that the mounts were specifically made for, but they still fit in where the cameras go. And on top of that, basically I was able to get the full three camera set up so that I can see both the sides and the back without spending as much as I would have spent on just being able to see out the back. So it's exciting. I'm waiting on those upgrades. They should be here on Sunday and then I can go about getting those installed and then once those are installed, I should have an easier time backing things down. I think we didn't have to do it this time, but I'm preparing for that. Still got a couple things I got to work out with my truck. My trailer break that came with a truck has been on the Fritz ever since I had them install the seven way plug for the traveltary work, knowing that I was going to need to do that at some point. I do went ahead and had him do it, but as soon as they did it, it started making my trailer break act up, and when you're hauling a thirty foot trailer, trailer breaks are not something you want failing on you. So that is what we've got going on there. So this is it's very exciting for us because, I mean again, we are looking at all the different things we can go out and do, the places we can go, that sort of thing. We're going to plan a trip out to the coast as soon as we can get everything ready to go, but it's just one of those things, like it's making memories with the boys and that is, I think, one thing that's really important for us, particularly knowing that Amanda has summers off during the Scher because she works during the school year, and having that ability to kind of pick up and go wherever we want to go. You know, my job, because I am working remote, I don't have to be in a specific location to do my work as long as I've got an Internet connection, and I've gone out and I've worked in the trailer, like I did conference calls the other day, just using my phone as a hot spot and I had absolutely no problem with it. It was a little bit hot because right now we don't have a thirty amp plug that we can plug the trailer into at home, and basically the reason that I would need that is to be able to run the air conditioner in the trailer, because otherwise it is getting beat down on the sun and it is pretty freaking hot. So that but it's not a bad place to be working, you know, and it's one of those things her brother having just taken a job in Pennsylvania. There's an excuse right there to drive across the country at some point. There are places we want to go and visit. You know, we sat down the other night and basically made a list of all of the places that we are wanting to go and take the trailer people. We were wanting to visit, places we want to see,...

...things like that, and so it's one of those things. Now we're kind of getting to the point where we can start to play those out. Now, obviously this is getting right back towards the school year, so we're not gonna be able to do a lot of these really fun big excursions, but we're still going to try to get in a couple weekends here and there just to kind of get warmed up and get ready for something bigger, kind of work the kinks out, that sort of thing, figure out what we need to get fixed, if there's any warranty issues, things like that, because you don't want to be a long distance from home and have something like that go wrong. So that is been what we were up to and that is kind of the excitement. Like Alton is, Alton has loved it ever since we went and one thing I got to say about this kid, like he is the consummate outgoing person, like I can't even begin to describe what it is like seeing him at the camp ground and everything made him super excited about this trip. He wanted anybody he could meet to come and do a tour of our little twenty two foot rental trailer and I'm like, buddy, there's really nothing to see. I mean that thing didn't even have a slide in it. It was about as compact as you could be with for people in there, and I mean right say for people, I meaning that obviously I've got two small boys, so they're small, but they still take up space and can get underfoot very easily when you don't have the extra space of a slide. So that like he was enjoying that. He made friends at the campground playground. There were people that it was like he wanted to go see. There was one kid that he met and I joke it was really like the a team or something, because I feel like every kid that was at the playground that week was an a name, because he made friends with a girl named Abbey and there was a boy named Ari and like that was just a whole bunch of kids with a names. I think there was an Alex at one point, and so it was it was really funny. But he like had no problem making friends and then he was like super sad when his friends had to leave, like are left before we did, and he was like I'm going to Miss Ari and I'm like keeve known him for a day, but yeah, so that was kind of our first adventure in camping and now we're going to be having many more because we are we've bought a trailer and we're not just going to let it sit there in the driveway, although we did get our first night camping out in it. Alton loves it. Alton got to sweep on the top bunk this time because we a, we had the room and be it's a full size bed. It is not a twin bed, wake it wasn't the other one, and so he like basically got to sprawl out up at the top of it and like there was still plenty of room. Like I wasn't at all concerned he was going to roll out of bed because of how much room he had. So it was it was good for him, like, you know, he got kind of out of his system that he wanted to stay in there and we got to do it before it got too Dang hot because we've been in all the heat wave right now. So all right, we're going to go headhead to our first break when we come back. We were going to talk about our streaming stuff and we've got a lot to catch up on this week. I'm going to try to do it in as rapid pace as possible, but there's a lot to cover. So yeah, will stay tuned and we are back. Thanks again for tuning into the dead Delirian podcast. So this week we've got a lot to catch up on because I've been gone for three weeks. So, yeah, what have we got going on in the world of streaming? Well, one thing I'm going to start out by saying is I am not going to address the first episode of what if, and this may surprise you because I've been super excited about it, but I want to save that for next week after the second episode is out. Primarily I really kind of want to get a better feel for it. I enjoyed the first episode, but I'm kind of curious for more before I kind of way in on it. So that is where I am at on that. It's not that I have...

...blatantly forgotten to put it on this episode, despite the fact that it's premiered. It is something that I am kind of looking forward to doing a little bit more digging into, but right now now we are at a point where I am still reserving judgment. So yeah, but bad batch, we are going into the last episode and tomorrow is the last episode. So like at the time that I'm recording this, I'm sitting here going Oh, at midnight tonight I can go watch the last episode of Season One. And I don't even know where to begin with this up her series, honestly, because the last couple episodes have just been huge in kind of getting things set up for the end of the season and the final kind of confrontation between the batch and crosshair and the whole situation. One, we're getting the back story on why you never see Caminoan's outside of the prequels. Spoiler alert. Yeah, the ones that were useful were kidnapped. The ones that weren't useful we're killed and their planet was raised by the Empire. Yeah, so that's that. But the whole time that we've been talking about what's been going on with that. The assumption is been that at some point down the line Crossair is getting his are going to have to get his chip removed so that he stops acting like he's acting. Well, it sounds like, and this is going to be one of those things that I'm hoping they address in the next episode. Cross are may have already had it out and we still deciding to serve the empire as opposed to going his own way and and so I'm not sure how that's going to all play out. I'm definitely interested, I think, getting to see the situation where the batch was without hunter because hunter got captured as they were escaping from job to help out Gregor, who we hadn't seen. We hadn't seen Gregor for a while, but Gregor who winds up being available with rex and Wolf in the rebels era. So you know that he's one of the ones that makes it out what you get to see him escaping from an imperial base with the batch and that's where hunter gets captured, and so getting to kind of tie more of those stories back. We all know foloneyves tying everything together with his stories. I am personally super excited to see where all of it goes to, and there was, before we got to the end of this season, the announcement that it is getting a second season, so there is that as well. I mean you've got now wokey second season to look forward to, as well as the bad batch season too. So there's some good stuff going on right now. But I'll be really interested to see how this last episode of season one plays out because again, it's been a wild ride throughout the season. This has been one of my favorite and it's definitely something that I'm looking forward to more episodes of. So next up what I am calling my personal favorite Pixar sequel, monsters at work. You guys, this is the show I did not know why I needed, because basically, the whole concept of it is this show is set after the end of the First Monsters Inc movie, where they figure out that laugh power is a thing and the company is making the transition to it. But on top of that you have the main character, is a character named tyler who just came out of monsters university to be a scarer, only to find out that scarers aren't jobs anymore and he wants to be a jokester now. And honestly, you guys this show for me. Some people were not a big fan of it or just like it doesn't hit right. For me it's fantastic. It's...

...a little bit of the office, a little bit of Monsters Inc and like it's fun to see Mike and Silly now in charge of monsters and corporated, trying to turn around a company that had been on one particular type of fuel and going it to another direction, and that it's been a very fun thing. You get some callbacks and my personal favorite up to this point is John Ratzenburger in the most recent episode as the Adorable Snowman, Aka the guy that Mike and Slowly got banished with by waternoose in the first movie and then they took off to go fight waternose and wound up leaving him there and we never heard from him again. Well, turns out he was still there. Tyler accidentally winds up letting him back into monsters AKE. They didn't really know why he had been banished in the first place and so they were trying to get him back out through his banished door because they thought that they were going to get in trouble on it. Only come to find out the reason that he was it banished in the first place was by water news because he found out about the scream ex reactor, which was obviously a problem. So he got to come back. But there was a fun gag where Ratsenburger is playing abominable, obviously, but tyler has been introducing him to everybody as his dad in attempts to cover up that he's not the abominable snow man. And Long Story Short, Tyler's dad actually winds up bringing him lunch and it turns out the Tyler's dad is also voiced by John Ratzenburger. So yeah, the conversation between the two of them was hilarious and overall it's been a fun series. It's, you know, thirty minute episode. It's nothing too heavy, just really like kind of I think of it like a palate cleanser if you need something humors after something really dark happens. Like it's been fun for that. So I really, really enjoy it. It may not be Your Cup of tea, but for me I really enjoy it. I also really like Mike Wazowski's comedy class. Like there's a little segment that they put the end of each episode where he's teaching about different things about humor to make kids laugh and it. The first one is a musical number with him. Comet a can be dangerous, my friend. I'll tell you what, if you make kids laughing giggled, they could bust a gut. And like he's going through him he's got like a chart that he's flipping through on the background as he's telling about all these different things they can happen to kids when they're telling jokes. There's another fantastic one where he is trying to explain how knock knock jokes work and the other monsters are not getting it. Yeah, it hall. It is really quite amusing and, like the the score for it is been really good. It very much touches back to the Brandy Newman score of the original film but like, for instance, the opening theme is actually a variation in Acappella and then every week during the closing credits they have different versions of it that they play by different instruments. But the thing with tyler is he comes into monsters ink not having a job as a scarer but winds up getting assigned to mift, which is the monsters incorporated facilities team, and that group it. That's what gives it the kind of the office feel, because you've got right, not Randall. Oh Gosh, what's his name? Oh, I can't think of the character's name right now for some reason, but he's basically your Dwight shroot. You have the manager of the MIFT team, who is voiced by Fonsi, and then like the person that Tyler went to college with that remembers everything about their college experiences. Bye The fact that he has no recollection of anything other than the one class that they took together, like, is...

...voiced by Mindy Kalnk. So the voice cast is phenomenal. It's hilarious kind of getting to see them get into their high jenks, kind of seeing what happens when, say, one of the monsters accidentally spits acid on a kid's wall and they have to go and fix it. Just different things like that. It's very much a very fun show. I very much enjoyed it, and I mean I'm a giant Nerd, so I mean that's part of the deal too. So any case, and that beyond that, my biggest thing lately has been I've actually been like I will sometimes turn on something in the background wall I'm working to kind of keep noise in the background. And I've been rewatching Batman films, more specifically the Tim Burton and Joel Schumacher ones, not the ones that we know as the kind of iconic ones from everybody's favorite Christopher Nolwan. Yeah, these. Looking at it, I can see why nobody took superhero movies seriously for quite some time. Like I don't even know where to begin. Like the first thing that I think about is, you know, Batman's rule is he doesn't kill, and yet Michael Keaton's Batman seemed to have absolutely no problem offing people like just at random, like he likes some dude on fire. During Batman returns, he dropped somebody off a building at some point, if I remember correctly, like it was one of those well, I'm not going to kill you, but the fall will kind of thing. Like just different situations like that. It was just very can't be very like it's not even like the s camp where like you've got Adam West jumping around like doing a dance in the middle of the show kind of thing. Like it's just like weird. I think the thing that probably made me lose it the most was during the climactic scenes of Batman returns where the Penguin is using the what are they? Penguins? He's using penguins with rockets strapped to their backs, like what in the world is going on here? And then we've got these little like targeting helmets, like that makes any difference. And you know, I'm sure there's probably pieces of the story that they're eathing out is to why all that exists, but it was just like, oh my gosh. And then getting into Batman forever, I meant as far as Batman forever right now. I haven't gotten to a Clooney's turn in it yet, but val kilmer's Batman and Nicole Kidman having a crush on Batman and like just wow, like the neon, the Black Lights, Chris O'Donnell, you mean to tell me that this guy's a teenager that is in need of a parent figure? Really, like sure, okay, yeah, he's a baby face at this point in his life, but I'm not buying it. Like seriously, okay, okay, yeah, no, no, that dude, that dude wrote it in on a motorcycle and rolled out on a motorcycle. And Yeah, no, he's not some kid like you would normally think of when you're thinking of Robin. So it was it made me chuckle and just looking at it and seeing how bad it was, I'm really very much looking forward to revisiting Batman, is it, and Robin. Yeah, Batman and Robin, where George Clooney takes up the mantle and we get Arnold Schwarzeneggar as me stuff for use, because giving Arnold Schwarzeneggar a corny costume and puns, that wouldn't it all be over the top. So I think what made Nolan's go as well as they did was the fact that they were, in fact, like they felt very grounded, like you didn't have anybody too absurd running around making, you know, Weird Street gangs of people that show up under black lights and things like that, but it was still like, I mean, they're they're decent movies, like I'm not going to cock them. They...

...were very much like they were very big productions. It was just one of those things that, looking at it, I'm like, my goodness, this is so corny. Okay, well, it is what it is. So I'll be interested to see because Michael Keaton will be reprising his role as Batman in the flashpoint movie, as I understand it, so I getting to see him come back to that'll be good. But yeah, any case, we're going to go ahead head to our last break. When we come back we are going to do our question of the week. It's not going to be a podext question of the week this week because I've got something else in mind. So stay tuned and we're back. Thanks again so much for tuning into the DEADLORIAN podcast. It really means a lot to me that you guys listen to this and, furthermore, that you notice when I'm not here. So I do appreciate everybody that checked in and was wondering, Hey, why hasn't he posted any new episodes? Well, you you already know what that is. So my question for you today, this is just off the top of my head, because this is the season of life I'm in and this is the fun that we're having, is if you could pick any ideal trip to go anywhere in the United States in your own motor vehicle of choice, whether it be a travel trailer, whether it be like a Winnibego, you can get the custom road warrior plates that Fraser had in the TV show Fraser, you know, things like that. Like what would you do? I think for me personally, I think it would be to be able to go across the country, make some stops along the way, see the some of the sites. I think about the national parks, I think of Yellowstone, I think of glacier, I think of the the Black Hills of South Dakota, getting to see the area where my grandfather was originally from and then getting to visit my my brother in law on the other side of the country and while we're out there, because you can't go out there and be that close and not visit Hershey, Pennsylvania, where they make all the chocolate. Like. I think that is kind of my like ideal trip at this point in time is just being able to do that with the family, kind of make the memories going across there, see all of the sites and just I think it'll be something that when we get to that point, it will be a lot of the fun. But I want to hear from you what your ideal trip would be. So, with all that said, we are going to head out this week but we tune in next week. We will be back. I've got some ideas for something I want to do. I just kind of figured out how to pull it off, but I'm going to save that for when it actually happens. So stay tuned. We will have more for you later. Remember, my friends, parenting is a complicated profession. STAY SAFE OUT THERE.

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