Mugly MayAhem

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Have you ever had a day where, on the whole it is quite wonderful, but just under the surface everything seems just a tad…off? The juxtaposition of great weather, being outdoors in the fresh air with family and friends, eating great food and having no pressures or stress weighing you down but mixed with just a hint of, “mhmmm that’s weird”? Yeah, that was Saturday.

Meet Mooch the Mugly Truth Mascot! Photo courtesy Kristen Core. All rights reserved.

May has been such a busy month (only a couple weeks in, but it seems like a full one already), we decided to do a catch-up episode. Kris went to Canada on business, The Mugly Truth has a new mascot (Kym’s new Mini Australian Shepherd named MOOCH!), Kris’ oldest is driving, her youngest made cheer squad going into high school, we’ve been bingeing amazing new podcasts, documentaries, audiobooks, and t.v. shows….SO MUCH to talk about!!

Our lovely view while we record. Seriously wonderful. Photo courtesy Kristen Core. All rights reserved.

So we settled down under a lovely oak tree, chattered gleefully about all the things – completely topic-less – wrapped the episode, and started packing up the equipment only to discover the recording was useless. USE. LESS. #SIGH. Our producer/audio technician (ummmmm, KRIS) failed to notice the mics weren’t running to the recording software, blah, blah, blah (really, no need to go into details). Let’s just say it was an inauspicious start to what would become a kind of bizarre day.

Ah well, shite happens, eh? We shrugged it off as exactly that, made plans to regroup in three hours and went separate ways for nourishment. Oh the things that can happen in three hours. You can hear Kris recount channeling her best foul-mouthed New Yorker spirit outside the local Hobby Lobby upon discovering two very large (seriously, at least 6′ 5″) dudes being vurrrrrry interested in the contents of her car. For whatever reason, her 5′ 1″ self with 10′ tall East Side attitude (aided by 16 oz of Vietnamese coffee) managed to shoo them away without incident. On second thought, that probably doesn’t sound so weird depending on where you might live, but at the time it was not something one expects to have to cope with whilst leaving the secondary house of the Lord with a bag full of craft paints and resin decorative items scored at 50% off.

Perhaps the oddest event of the entire day was the first stop for Kris and the kids getting lunch…parking in an everyday parking lot of a typical busy strip mall in a (fairly) quiet, (fairly) mundane little suburb town in Southern California…basically a spot one doesn’t usually come across evil symbols of hate, yet there it was. A swastika, written in what looked to be red lipstick on the hood of a pretty, white new(ish) car. Just sitting there. A Nazi f**king swastika. Initial reaction? Photo posted to Facebook with a rant about #noH8.

Do you know the difference between a hate-filled swastika and a swastik that means this car runs well? Kris didn’t. At first. Photo courtesy Kristen Core. All rights reserved.

That’s when a friend posted in the kindest way stating while it might LOOK like the wretched Nazi emblem, the way it was written didn’t match how the Nazis used the swastika (tilted to the right). He further pointed out there was a figurine on the dashboard that appeared to be Hindu (or perhaps Buddhist) and that the symbol was ancient, used in other societies, religions and cultures as a sign of good luck or divinity. In Sanskrit, the word swastika is a combination of ‘su’ (meaning ‘good’) and ‘asti’ (meaning ‘to exist’). After researching a bit, we’ve found a couple really good articles, one actually being this Quora forum which provides all the information you could want to know about why someone might draw a swastika on their car. And maybe why they shouldn’t do it in such a blatant spot. It’s worth reading all the answers. Then there’s this BBC article about the symbol, some group’s efforts to revitalize the true meaning of the swastika, and why it is highly unlikely anyone is going to be able to get past how any iteration is seen as representing the highly effed-up and hateful ideology of Hitler (and later Charles Manson who carved it on to his own forehead).

Purty painted rocks. Visit OrangeTustinRocks on Instagram for more! Photo courtesy Kristen Core. All rights reserved.

By the end of the day (literally) everything turned out to be an amazing kickoff to a wonderful Mother’s Day (oh yeah, that happened too!)…we got the recording done right the second time around. New things had been learned and shared. We then sat and talked more with Kym’s folks, Kris’ girls painted more rocks. The barbecue was started and really good food was consumed as the sun set, the breeze calmed, and the owls and mockingbirds serenaded little Mooch to sleep (again).

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Intro and outro music, “Clever as a Fox”  by Espresso Music through premiumbeats.com.
Photos courtesy of Kristen Core.

The Mugly Mindset

Kris and Kym talk about the latest Mindset List!

Greetings friends! Today marks a solemn and life-altering anniversary in the lives of hundreds of thousands of souls world wide. Of course, we’re talking about 9/11. We didn’t set out to do an episode about 9/11 today. The episode we are airing was recorded a couple weeks ago, with no thought of calendar, dates, or timely topics. We didn’t even know 9/11 fell on a Tuesday this year. So when it came time to schedule the episode we recorded for today, we realized it wasn’t quite appropriate when it finally dawned on us what day today is. So we swapped episodes. Ironically enough, we DO talk about 9/11 to some degree in this episode (which we absolutely swear on our Keurig’s life was unintentional!), so in the end, the Universe has a way of making things work out.

Today we talk about the Mindset List for the Class of 2022. This list comes out of Beloit College in Wisconsin. The list began as an email back in the 1990s and has now become a full-fledged “thing” with a website, books, and oh so much more. On their website, they describe the origin and function of the list this way: “The Mindset List has delighted millions for over a decade about what has “always” or “never” been true for entering college students. It was created at Beloit College in 1998 to reflect the world view of entering first year students, and started with the members of the class of 2002, born in 1980.”

For more history about The Mindset List (because we do not want to claim any credit for any of this writing whatsoever! It’s all theirs!!!), go to THIS link.

Ahem. Now for our words: Basically it began as a way for professors to share tips and tricks for wrapping their heads around the things their new students either take for granted or never will experience in their lifetimes. For us, and our listeners, and anyone interested in this amazing list, it’s a way to expand your perception, look at the generation gap issues, and connect with the youngsters (prolly gonna be known as the iGens…) in a way you might not have thought of before.

And, of course, one of the things that came up in our discussion is the fact that Kris’ kids will never know what it’s like to go to an airport without a TSA security line…or waiting at the gate with loved ones, kissing them as they board the walkway, and standing at the window waving as the plane taxis away. They’ll never know that because their world exists AFTER 9/11/2001.

So. First of all. Hug all your friends and family, tell them you love them and take a look around and truly appreciate everything you have (and don’t have). Take time to make a bit of positive change, try a little more kindness, tolerance, and grace. Try repeating a little more of that each day, after you’ve perfected your technique on this very sacred day of rememberence. Maybe if we all do that we can effect longterm, beautiful change in the lives of all those around us.

In the meantime, move over Millennials. Take a chill pill GenXers. Sit back and relax and let the Mugly Truth tell you all about the new wave of kiddos and how their world stacks up to ours. To hear about the Mindset List, check out the newest episode, The Mugly Mindset, on  iTunes and Apple Podcasts, SpotifyOvercast, Libsyn, Pocket Casts, Stitcher, (we are working on GooglePlay too for Android listeners!!) or any podcast player you prefer and then subscribe, download and listen! If you enjoy what you hear, please leave a review! The more subscribers and reviews we get, the more opportunities we get to grow this podcast and bring you richer content.

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© The Mugly Truth 2018 and © The Mugly Truth Podcast 2018. All rights reserved.
Intro and outro music, “Clever as a Fox”  by Espresso Music through premiumbeats.com
Location photo by Kimberly Sickel, @riverdeer at 500px