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Remembering

Today’s episode, “Remembering” is on Apple Podcasts, SpotifyOvercast, Libsyn, Pocket CastStitcher, iHeartRadio, or anywhere you listen to podcasts.
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“Remembering” is another organic conversation with a couple of loose topics. We pay homage to some celebrities who passed this year (some to Covid) but the two who took Kym down the rabbit hole are the recent loss of both Michael Constantine and Ed Asner (both natural causes). The talk flows into the ongoing pandemic and mask/vaccine division before heading into discussion about how we remember exactly where we were when 9/11 happened and what it means to both of us today. We also discuss the Columbine High School massacre, and the overall, far-reaching ripple effects of mass trauma. We wrap it up with some stories of people who were in the World Trade Center towers and survived.

Two podcasts we recommend highly are 9/12 and Confronting Columbine.

9/12 is a podcast that looks at how we as a nation coped in the days after 9/11, from multiple perspectives, including the writers of The Onion, a parody news publication that makes a living poking fun at the world. How do you be funny when something so devastating has happened? This Rolling Stone article talks more in depth about the podcast.

Confronting Columbine focuses on giving voice to various survivors, first responders, and detectives from that horrific school shooting in April 1999. It was a tragedy that changed the way emergency personnel train for and respond to mass shootings. Host Amy Over was a senior at Columbine High, and had just received the news from her basketball coach Dave Sanders that she had received a scholarship to college. Later that morning when she saw him again in the hallway, the look on his face indicated something was horribly, horribly wrong. The last thing Coach Sanders said to Amy was, “Run!

In the space of just over 2 years, the world as we knew it was irrevocably changed, and we have become a nation motivated…by fear. But no matter how crazy the world gets…we’re here just trying do what we can to strive to be better human beings: being the happiness, the hope, and the love we want to see in the world. It’s not always we’re successful at, but we keep trying.

Links to Articles

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Thank you so much for visiting our blog! If you made it this far, why not give the episode a listen?

Check out The Mugly Truth Podcast’s episode “Remembering” on Apple Podcasts, SpotifyOvercast, Libsyn, Pocket CastStitcher, iHeartRadio, or (almost) anywhere you listen to podcasts. Then all you need to do is 1) subscribe 2) download and 3) listen! AND!!! 4) If you enjoy what you hear, please leave a rating and a review (pretty please?). The more subscribers and reviews we get, the more opportunities we get to grow this podcast!

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Outtake music
At the Fair by The Green Orbs, courtesy YouTube Audio Library.
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Magical Scrolling

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Today’s episode is two basically polar opposite segments. First up is all things Disney: Magic Keys, our favorite latest Disney+ channel shows and movies, and Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser experience—yay or nay? Then we switch over to the less pleasant topic of internet trolls and the toll they can exact if you get caught up in a cyber-argument with one. This was actually supposed to be the topic for the entire episode. Honestly, this is how conversations over coffee go…and we’re not hating that we talked just as much about Disney than we did jerky trolls who wouldn’t say boo to their own shadow in real life away from their computer keyboard. We wrap up the episode with a list of days you can celebrate in September. Oh and we throw in a bit of a lament about summer, heat, and pray for the onset of Fall. Would it be an episode during summer if we didn’t?

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So have you been back to Disneyland (any resort) since they reopened? Have you used the new “Magic Keys” system? Paid extra to get on a ride sooner? (Honestly it smacks a bit of nickel and diming, but it’s so soon in the process it’s hard to say. Plus we think we’re just jealous. Because we sure do miss our Disneyland!) As for the Galactic Starcruiser experience one of us is totally for it and the other…meh…not so much. At least until the Keys are obtained, there’s Disney+ content that brings the parks and rides into our homes through the fantastic Behind the Attraction series. 10 out of 10 highly recommended! Speaking of Disney+ lineups, have you seen Cruella yet? We can’t wait for THE ROCK…ummm…THE JUNGLE CRUISE (with Dwayne The Rock Johnson, ahem.) Oh, yeah, by the way, Dwayne Johnson is executive producer for Behind the Attraction. Hmmmm…coincidence? (((((We think not.)))))

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As for segment two of the episode, or, internet trolls, our advice is scroll on by, pure and simple. These days getting into a comment section argument can have dire consequences as one of Kym’s acquaintances recently found out. How about you….what’s your stance on freedom of speech? Cancel culture has become very dangerous, as discussed in this forbes.com article from 2019. Where do the lines become blurry about what can and cannot be said out loud or in a public forum? When does “my opinion” cross a line? How far does it go before dire consequences set in? How effective are no-tolerance policies in companies…is posting an emoji the same as posting a hateful slur-laden paragraph of vitriol? And this isn’t just about hot topics like Me Too, BLM, or Red vs. Blue. This type of negativity has trickled down to the mundane, every day life postings about gym workouts, pumpkin spice, and Christmas decorations. It seems these days nobody can Agree To Disagree or Live and Let Live. Usually when someone feels they must post a dissenting opinion we get more and more angry and spiteful remarks. Like, you’re actually losing your s**t over a coffee flavor/fitbit readout/Christmas tree in November and shaming those who do find happiness in those things. Why?

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This age will likely be known as the Era of Judgment.

All we can say is 1) know your company’s policies about employee behavior and speech outside the company, 2) is it really worth the energy to get involved in these (inane) arguments) and 3) if what you want to say is not true, kind, helpful, or necessary, just maybe keep it to yourself because you never know how far that stranger you just pissed off will take their grievance with you. If you want to be an activist and change the world, there’s better ways to do it than argue with a lonely, miserable person on a computer. Just. Keep. Scrolling.

Links and Answers

Like today’s episode, we are NOT ENDING ON A NEGATIVE NOTE! For links to the article we cited and answers to the questions brought up during the conversation, read just a liiiittle bit more:

CORRECTIONS

  • Kris stated our outtakes music from our last episode Whadya Say? was Big Top by the Green Orbs. The song title is Big Top by Sir Cubfest. The outtake music from two episodes ago (How It Started) is At The Fair by The Green Orbs.
  • Kym’s statement about missing a reserved attendance day at Disneyland landing you in Disneyjail for 90 days was a tad off; the policy is 3 no-shows in a 90 day period will get you a 30-day suspension from booking additional reservations. So know before you go!

Thank you so much for visiting our blog! If you made it this far, why not give the episode a listen?

Check out The Mugly Truth Podcast’s episode “Magical Scrolling” on Apple Podcasts, SpotifyOvercast, Libsyn, Pocket CastStitcher, iHeartRadio, or (almost) anywhere you listen to podcasts. Then all you need to do is 1) subscribe 2) download and 3) listen! AND!!! 4) If you enjoy what you hear, please leave a rating and a review (pretty please?). The more subscribers and reviews we get, the more opportunities we get to grow this podcast!

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Outtake music Big Top by Sir Cubfest, courtesy YouTube Audio Library.
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Whadya Say?

Today’s episode, “Whadya Say?” is on Apple Podcasts, SpotifyOvercast, Libsyn, Pocket CastStitcher, iHeartRadio, or anywhere you listen to podcasts.

Shakespeare penned, “what’s in a name?” and here we are, 1) thinking we’ve used this same opening line in another blog but we’re too tired to check, and 2) releasing today’s episode which truly embodies that question. Those rubber-soled nylon foot coverings you wear to the gym? Well, they may be tennis shoes to us, but in other parts of the United States, they’re sneakers. In London (and, we might add, Hogwarts), they’re trainers. You may wear a sweater, but Harry Potter wears a jumper. Spewing in one state is burking in another. Want tomato sauce on your pasta? Well, if you don’t ask for gravy in the midwest, you just might get your noodles bare. If you get ice cream with dope in Ohio, you’re getting your frozen dessert with a topping. In other areas of USA, you’ll get your treat, a baggy of something illicit, and possibly a stint in county jail.

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Definition of colloquialism

b: a local or regional dialect expression, such as “Bodacious” which originated as a Southern colloquialism.

A colloquialism is used in informal, day-to-day speech, such as conversational phrases or words that are common to specific regions or nationality. So we pretty much used that word correctly although it is still very hard for some of us (Read: Kris) to pronounce.

Once we get past Pretty Litter and Val Kilmer (the two of which have NOTHING NOTHING NOTHING to do with each other OR our topic), we actually get to the meat of our episode: things that are called different things in different regions (in case we hadn’t made that perfectly clear yet). We also bring you some pretty fun phrases unique to various states (um, heretofore mentioned colloquialisms) and what some US brands are called in other parts of the world.

In true TMT fashion, let’s detour here in writing to recommend the documentary Val on Amazon Prime. We’re not sponsored by either Val or AP, so this is just a shoutout to a very talented and creative spirit in this world: Val Kilmer. If you have an opportunity to watch the documentary, do it do it do it. He is truly one of a kind and a treasure, and we (specifically Kris) send huge hugs and lots of loving vibes Val’s way.

Links and Answers

For links to the articles we cited (or forgot to cite…KRIS) and answers to the questions brought up during the conversation, look no further, especially since we are at the end of this very short blog:

  • For Kym’s state phrases, find her source article at npr.com called Do We Talk Funny? 51 American Colloquialisms which is a hella-cool article (see what we did there? You will when you read the article…), so check it out because Kym didn’t cover all the states. Don’t be huhu.
  • For different names for different things in the United States, see bestlifeonline.com’s article 25 Things That Have Different Names Throughout the U.S.
  • Sticking with bestlifeonline.com, check out what your favorite soap, fast food, and other US brands are called in 27 Famous American Brands That Have Different Names Abroad
  • And to find out why Harry Potter and company would need a translation spell, see Another page of words which are different in the U.K. and America at hintsandthings.com.uk which Kris failed to cite in the episode (for shame). And, as hinted (pun not intended) in the title, that website has more than one page of these kinds of words, so go hunt to your heart’s content.
  • For Kym’s America’s Funniest Home Videos clip of the frog and the lightning bug, check out AFHV’s Facebook post.
  • Tim Horton’s in Canada is NOT the same as Carl’s Jr., but it IS the same as Burger King, since the King took over the brand in 2014. Soooo close.
  • Ketchup vs. Catsup: We’re still not sure why Ketchup is sometimes spelled Catsup here in the States, but this article helps explain the etymology.
  • Psychokiller is, in fact, a song by The Talking Heads. Read this article for the inspiration story.
  • For the fair food episode, start here with Who’s the Fairest Food of All?

In case you were wondering, here’s Kris’ bucks travel mug with the 2020 Wash Your Hands Plague Doctor sticker from redbubble.com:

Photo by Kris Core, 2021, all rights reserved. Not that we think anyone actually wants to steal this picture, but whatever.

Ooooh. One more thing. Is it NevAda or NevAHda? We still do not know.

Thank you for reading! If you’ve come this far, head on over to listen to the episode!

Check out The Mugly Truth Podcast’s episode “Whadya Say?.” on Apple Podcasts, SpotifyOvercast, Libsyn, Pocket CastStitcher, iHeartRadio, or (almost) anywhere you listen to podcasts. Then all you need to do is 1) subscribe 2) download and 3) listen! AND!!! 4) If you enjoy what you hear, please leave a rating and a review (pretty please?). The more subscribers and reviews we get, the more opportunities we get to grow this podcast!

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How It Started…

Today’s episode, “How It Started…” is on Apple Podcasts, SpotifyOvercast, Libsyn, Pocket CastStitcher, iHeartRadio, or anywhere you listen to podcasts.

…and how it’s going now. Yep, we are talking about aging. That’s us, two ladies sandwiched between spry and feeble, oldER than we think, sometimes feeling older than we are. You know…the creaky backs, the squitchy knees (yes, SQUITCHY…it’s a Kris word), expelling a grunt as you get out of that chair…not to mention expelling other, ah, well, just other things. Forget about gracefully getting up off the floor. Do you know how hard this is as a Gen-Xer? We are the generation of latch-key kids, rebels, punk rockers, rappers, glam rockers and new wavers. For some of us, our music heroes wore eyeliner and platform shoes and really rocked (literally) the gender-bender boundaries. We had parents who married during the emergence of civil and equal rights. For many of us our moms were some of the first working mothers and some of our dads were kind of confused about the state of the union both government and marital. We were born in the aftermath of Vietnam, sex/drugs/rock’n’roll, and parenting styles were shifting from kids-should-be-seen-and-not-heard to tough love. We came of age when punks used blood as an accessory, rock glittered, and rap told the bitter truth of the streets.

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We are Toys’R’Us kids who never wanted to grow up. We wanted our MTV…stayed on the phone for hours while we danced to our favorite bands and learned all the latest music and world news from VJs Martha, Alan, JJ, Nina, Mark, and Kurt. We slammed the door on disco, bell bottom jeans and rainbow suspenders as video “killed” radio. We morphed into dayglow baggy clothes/big hair, or ripped jeans/leather jackets/big hair…or jazz shoes/fedoras/big hair, or safety pins/pegged pants/docs/big hair (albeit liberty spikes). We carried our music with us in boom boxes and Sony Walkmans. We made excellent use of cardboard scraps during street dance-offs. We smoked cigarettes in the smoker’s quad at school with no fences or armed security keeping us from going to lunch at the burger joint across the street. When we played (or hung out) we went where we wanted with zero supervision and stayed out til the street lights came on (and beyond). The best place in town to hang out was at the mall…the spot to see and be seen. Bikes were ridden all over town without helmets. Beds of pickup trucks were crammed with teenagers driving to the roller skating rink, and we bounced around like monkeys in our parent’s cars without seatbelts. We grew up at the tail end of the cold war, saw the Berlin Wall come down and watched in horror as the space shuttle exploded mid-air. For those of us who miraculously survived all this, the prevalence of designer drugs became an escape for a few.

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Gen-Xers were told we’d do better then our parents and grandparents and a lot of us are still wondering what the hell happened. We jumped, ran, danced and felt the burn as we tried to get healthy in spandex leggings with leg warmers and high-cut leotards, or muscle shirts and MC Hammer pants. As we went off to work or college we tried to leave the excesses (and mullets) of the 80s to change the future with the new cultural and social revolutions of the 90s. We watched In Living Color, Friends, and Seinfeld one episode at a time once a week and if we were lucky, we recorded the shows on VHS tapes so we could rewatch them whenever we wanted. Gen-Xers embraced revolutionary technology and adapted lightning fast as everything became better, faster, smaller, and portable. We ushered in cable tv, compact discs, video games, desktop computers, cellphones and mainstream internet. By the time the early 2000s came around we were trying to capture that American dream…and saw everything change on 9/11, some wondering if this was the world we wanted to bring children into. Still reeling from that, lots of us felt the pain of the the housing bubble bursting as we watched American dreams fall away. For those who survived the designer drugs, rehab was the place to clean up. We highlighted our favorite music and sorted our best friends on MySpace. Right about now, lots of us realized things just weren’t turning out the way we envisioned as little kids back in the 70s and 80s. At least we normalized tattoos and unnatural hair color. And we have Stranger Things to remind us what it used to be like when the upside down isn’t wreaking havoc.

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So now…here we are, hovering around the half-century mark, a little wrinklier, definitely creakier, and having to pee a lot more than should be legal. We’re starting to forget things more and more, and repeat our funny stories and jokes just a little too much. It hurts in so many places to walk, sometimes we walk a little crooked, and might have to ask “WAAAT??” a couple times to move forward in the conversation (years of head-banging can do that to you). We are learning to master the art of placing our cellphones in just the right spot (arm distance + head tilt = acceptable bifocal range) so we can read our friends latest Instagram post. And MAN! Do we appreciate the fact there was no internet when we were sowing our wild oats. We’re still trying to decide if we are ok with the trade-off of complete lack of privacy for conversing with our friends, families and trolls all over the world via Facebook and Twitter. Some of us understand Snapchat. Most of us don’t know what a Vine used to be. But even through all this, we still know we’re cool and demand some respect for that toughness – we can rock a trending TikTok dance with attitude. We’re stuck between Boomers and Millennials arguing and all we want to do is shout to all of them, “F**k off! Shut up already! Quit whining and deal with it, whatever “it” is, FFS!” We just don’t brook idiots. We suit up, show up, and get the job done. And you know what? It’s pretty cool when the music our doctor listens to in his office is classic punk. So what if the music of our childhood is played on the oldies and moldies stations.

But most importantly, young Xennials, Millennials, and Gen-Zs…now come closer children, as this is very important: as stupid and irrelevant as you think we are now, that’s exactly as stupid and irrelevant YOU ALL will be when the next batch of kids start coming of age and forming opinions. And yes, you will grow chin hairs, ear hair, pee when you laugh, crap your pants, and sound like a damp sponge as you walk upstairs…and those fries and burgers and milkshakes you eat with impunity will no longer serve you my little dears. Also, we’re going to spoil your children and then give them back to you at the end of the day laughing heartily knowing vengeance has come at last. When you’re ready, we’ll tell you about the importance of prunes.

Links to our topics

Our Questions Answered

  • For our favorite original VJs in the world, check out biography.com‘s The Original MTV 5:Where Are They Now? article to celebrate all the goodness that was Alan Hunter, Martha Quinn, J.J. Jackson, Nina Blackwood and Mark Goodman.
  • No, Richard Blade was never an MTV VJ although he was a consultant for MTV and VH1 at various points in his career, and had his own show called Video One. In our hearts and minds, he was, and always will be, one of the foremost kickass radio DJs at KROQ in Los Angeles (which now literally sucks a$$. Kevin and Bean forever!!!!).

Thank you for reading! If you’ve come this far, head on over to listen to the episode!

Check out The Mugly Truth Podcast’s episode “How It Started…” on Apple Podcasts, SpotifyOvercast, Libsyn, Pocket CastStitcher, iHeartRadio, or (almost) anywhere you listen to podcasts. Then all you need to do is 1) subscribe 2) download and 3) listen! AND!!! 4) If you enjoy what you hear, please leave a rating and a review (pretty please?). The more subscribers and reviews we get, the more opportunities we get to grow this podcast!

Don’t forget to follow us here at themuglytruth.com (click that blue WordPress Follow button on the right side of your screen) so you get notifications every time we post an episode blog! You can also follow The Mugly Truth on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Please also follow Kym on Tiktok at kymtok.

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Guess Who’s Back

Today’s episode, “Guess Who’s Back” is on Apple Podcasts, SpotifyOvercast, Libsyn, Pocket CastStitcher, iHeartRadio, or anywhere you listen to podcasts.

It’s US! We’re back! We miss podcasting too much to stay away for long. Like Ross and Rachel, WE WERE ON A BREAK! Today’s episode is a two-parter…for the first half we play catchup and the second part focuses on the American Independence Day holiday and Old Glory (or, the American flag) since we just celebrated that momentous day only two days ago.

This blog is going to be short and sweet, just a primer for us getting back into the groove, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t include at least some links to the topics we discuss and expound upon the questions we had throughout the episode.

The articles we cite in the podcast are below:

  • Find the article, 11 Unusual Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About the Fourth of July, by Hillary Hoffower here.
  • The article, History of the American Flag, by pbs.org can be found here.
  • For the article on fireworks, 14 Fun Facts About Fireworks, at smithsonianmag.com (the one Kris did not get to), check here, because it’s got some really interesting facts about the history of fireworks.

And now to highlight some interesting points brought up in the course of our conversation, and also try to answer some of those pesky questions that popped up:

  • Mask Lanyards As Kym stated, these are a thing (’cause she uses them, no-doy). Kris didn’t know. So if you’re still planning on doing the mask thing out in public OR as a way to help your littles not lose theirs, this mask lanyard might make life a little easier for you.
  • RULES ABOUT FLYING OLD GLORY: Did you know there’s a US Flag CODE? OF course there is! Alllll the rules are here at ye olde almanac.com, including how two nation’s flags (the United States and another nation) should be flown together, how to display the flag on your vehicle, and definitely how it should appear in a school auditorium assembly (hint: NOT on the ground, people). Honestly, this is the end-all be-all of flag etiquette.
  • UNIFORMED PERSONNEL AND THE FLAG: Here’s EXACTLY what to do (and it’s a downloadable pdf if you’re so inclined to really study the information) if you are in uniform and the American flag/National Anthem is presented. In the episode Kris was a bit confused by the verbiage in the list from the Smithsonian Magazine article of what uniformed military personnel are supposed to do…quick answer, in civilian clothes, place their hands over their hearts, but when in uniform, they must salute. Ah. Makes so much sense.
  • JOHN ADAMS AND THOMAS JEFFERSON DEATHS: Whoa. This is something we definitely do NOT remember from history class. Jefferson and Adams did in fact die within five hours of each other on July 4th, 1826, and this history.com article outlines their adversarial political relationship, their friendship, and their deaths.
  • BONUS CONTENT: If you stuck around long enough to hear the outtake at the end of the episode you’ll know Kym’s medicine lid life hack blew Kris’ mind. This is what all the hubbub was about! Mind. Still. Blown.

Check out The Mugly Truth Podcast’s episode “Guess Who’s Back” on Apple Podcasts, SpotifyOvercast, Libsyn, Pocket CastStitcher, iHeartRadio, or (almost) anywhere you listen to podcasts. Then all you need to do is 1) subscribe 2) download and 3) listen! AND!!! 4) If you enjoy what you hear, please leave a rating and a review (pretty please?). The more subscribers and reviews we get, the more opportunities we get to grow this podcast!

Don’t forget to follow us here at themuglytruth.com (click that blue WordPress Follow button on the right side of your screen) so you get notifications every time we post an episode blog! You can also follow The Mugly Truth on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Please also follow Kym on Tiktok at kymtok.

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