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Road Trippin' Away from Heat Dome Hell - ATS - 6.17.24

Mature couple on Roadtrip

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This is just a small taste of the show overall, the bits and bobs that I found interesting, funny, insightful and relevant. To hear everything that happened, check out the podcast of today's show. However, if you're looking for a quick read along with random self inserts and my personal thoughts, you've come to the right place.

Call in Point:

(This is the broadstroke canvas on which I base my call, obviously these notes are going to be longer and more detailed.)

It happens every year and we seem to forget it but when it arrives like a wrecking ball through our bodies, summer makes sure that its presence is felt. The heat dome hell that will be cooking Chicago this week is all part of the fun rituals of summer like BBQing, your neighbors lighting off all the fireworks they have until October and of course, road tripping. A poll of people revealed that 93% of people enjoy them and 70% of people want to do them. The last one I did was from Chicago to Florida and then back when I lived there for six months and while fun due to the company, it was a tiring time. Marris added that any trip under 5 hours and Angi said any under 3 work for either of them. Though they could both work with running it solo or with others, Marris said it's better and more tolerable with others. His longest solo trip though was 7 hours and he was not a fan. As for who likes to get behind this nonsense, Gen Z likes it for the bonding, Millennials like it for the adventure, Boomers enjoy the scenic views and Gen X just doesn't really care at all (that's right!) As for where to trip to, the Midwest likes to go to Florida, California and Georgia. The South flock to Michigan and Florida. The East coast is apparently fond of Massachusetts. As for what the point of the road trip was, going to the beach, staying at family/friends houses and visiting national parks topped the list. It was suggested that the longest trip should be 10 hours max that Angi and Marris both said no way to. It's really just too much sitting upright and if you need to nap while switching drivers, it's awful. However, the best part of the road trip is our Daily Discussion Topic this morning. Grab the aux cord and tell us what is on your road trip playlist. Marris picked Tool because he wants energy laden music and you can coast along to the songs while you journey to like outer space. Angi, on the other hand, likes to chill and usually listen to albums front to back (as opposed to how she...nevermind.) Her choices were Fleetwood Mac, Eagles and Boston. This reminds her of driving with her parents (insert any number of jokes here.) For myself, I'm the resident dance/house/EDM guy in my group so I'm playing Eric Prydz's "Opus" the entire way through on a night drive. With our choices locked, let's turn to the roadies. Brian chose Sublime's "40 Oz. to Freedom" album. Chris added Tom Petty's "Running Down a Dream." Mark said any Bruce Springsteen which immediately caused Angi to jump out of the speeding car. Matt wants to be rockin 'with Dokken. Another Matt added station favorite Metallica and then if he his traffic, Limp Bizkit's "Break Stuff" comes out. Frank capped us with The Offspring but if whittled down to a choice, then "Gone Away." If you are looking for more roadie thoughts or have your own, hit up our Facebook group (Angi Taylor Show) and drop us a comment.

Other Stuff from Today's Show

Seeing as the road tripping topic mentioned being with others as something nice, perhaps it would make sense that the next two topics are about dating and marriage. The first is about wild messages, those awkward icebreakers that some people use thinking that throwing something insane onto the table immediately will open the floor with ease. Pulling from Reddit, we were given a sampling of some of the weirdest ones offered up. One guy matched with a woman who said "I guess you'll do," to open their chat. Another "Wow, your eyes could start a cult." Someone used a dated niche reference that was missing in "My hovercraft is full of eels." "Excuse me good sir, would you kindly like to hookup," sounds lovely actually. "Where's the nearest KFC to you, Friday nights are for chicken and dickin'," is honestly pretty great tbh. A person was asked their Myers–Briggs personality type and then immediately unmatched. An idea offered when you have nothing to say is to comment on the background of a photo like "How do you feel about these geese?" A great one though was one person asked for their detailed plan for the zombie apocalypse. This was so good that it led to them eventually getting married and they've been together for 12 years. Marris too loves the idea of the question because it brings a flow of conversation. As you'll remember Marris is the king of prepping, be it zombies or cicadas but you know, he's just too lazy to enact it. One you probably shouldn't use is "I want my wife to have your eyes" because that is either a threat or demand. "You might not be the prettiest girl here but beauty is just a light switch away" probably is not the smartest idea as well. A few more included asking for dirty panties, to come have dinner at their house, let's go to Burning Man and a perfect "Fight me!"

Moving along, this is a message for all you philandering dudes and ladies who may not know but deleting a text off your phone is not a hard delete. A wealthy man in the UK discovered this the hard way and is now suing Apple after his wife discovered the texts he was sending to hookers. See, the genius was deleting them off his phone but nowhere else and did not realize everything Apple ends up in all their garbage products (my notes, my slander Angi!) Assuming he was in the clear did not mean that as his wife ended up finding the messages on their iMac. Angi added that she knows someone who was busted cheating because he deleted the messages off his phone but they were still on the iPad. As for the Brit, he was divorced a month later and his wife took him to the cleaners. He is suing Apple to cover the cost of the divorce and get back some of the money he lost. He explained that he had a 20 year superb marriage and it wouldn't have been as big of an issue if the text had stayed gone for good. Apparently looking for ladies of the night is okay and can be gotten over if she learned through a call, in person or through one of those string can phones. The texts though were pretty graphic so working past them seemed to be a lost cause. Marris added that the guy will probably be fine but still the lawsuit is looking for more idiots for the class action. Needless to say, the guy probably had a bad Father's Day (eye roll emoji.)

Finally, Angi wasn't feeling that great on Saturday (see: hungover,) and so she ended up watching the new Hulu documentary Brats. No, this was not based on those dolls that were based on Angi and her friends as teens, this was about the brat pack of the 1980's movies. However, as much as Angi loves documentaries, this one was apparently awful. It was made by big eyed bratpacker Andrew McCarthy (who was in Weekend at Bernie's as Marris pointed out,) and he spent 90 mins whining and being all emo that the title of "brat" ruined his career. Oddly enough (see: duh) none of the others wanted to talk to him or be part of this slam piece though Rob Lowe and Demi Moore jumped on to say they loved it while McCarthy cried that it ruined his life. Everyone seemed to have a better attitude because they were better actors and he went out of the decade thinking he would be some big dramatic actor. Even though Angi loves the movies of that era, she said this watch is a waste of time.

Request Wars 3.5

Theme: Songs with "Hot, Fire or Hell" in Them

Current Champion: Marris (4x)

Angi's Song Choice: “Hot for Teacher" by Van Halen

Marris' Song Choice: "Burn It to the Ground" by Nickelback

Winner: Angi

10 O' Clock Toast:

Toastee: Pollard Middle School (Mass)

Their "Moving Up" ceremony (see: graduation) had an astounding 23 sets of twins in the graduating class. There was also one twin with another who went to another school. Angi assumes that IVF is the cause for the insane twinning that has actually been increasing for the last 30 years. Angi then blamed twins she worked at Dairy Queen with for her getting fired for stealing from the register since she was not a twin and had brown hair (see: delusion.)

Show Quotes and Tidbits:

"You gotta do a hard delete sir when you're talking to the hookers." - Angi

"Smooth sac, that's not okay." - Marris