Pretending to Amuse

We discuss why Jason’s son will probably become the next Batman, we make an Interstellar correction, we marvel at the expanse of the universe, and talk about meeting an alien species. We pin down Bill Murray’s best roles, and discuss the best comedic actors of our lifetime. Jason explains his hatred for women comedians, and why Jason Bateman is the best straight man in the business Plus, is this the saddest show ending of all time?

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Bipolar Thoughts

Tomorrow is Christmas Eve, and it certainly doesn’t feel like it; maybe 60 degree weather doesn’t help.

Oddly enough, my daily readership is only down a couple points despite not posting any content since before Thanksgiving. So that is awesome! Thank you so much for continuing to dig through my archives and enjoying yourself.

I have not been doing well. This has been the most difficult holiday season I can remember, and I will go into great detail when I come back in January.

For now, I just want to wish you all happy holidays and I hope you enjoy your family, friends, and yourself for the next couple weeks.

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Pretending to Amuse

We discuss our new reality of watching children’s television. We wonder about what we have been missing with Sesame Street and al of their celebrity guests and parodies. We talk about our favorite shows as kids and how some of them are still around, or even reincarnated, like Daniel Tiger. We then discuss cutting the cord with cable and make such compelling arguments we have both gone through with it since recording.

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Pretending to Amuse

Steve discusses a serious IRS phone call. We talk about how we have been scammed in the past, and wonder why honesty isn’t more effective. We dive in depth into a Batman V Superman theory that the newest trailer has seemed to have debunked.

We found the article discussed at www.totalspoiler.com, written by Rick the editor.

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Bipolar ThoughtsBlog

Thanksgiving is tomorrow, and this is my final post of the year. Things are busy both at work and at home, for all of us I am sure, and I think it might do me some good to schedule in this little holiday break every year. I want to be able to spend my nights and weekends with my family enjoying the holidays, and all the movie watching, carol singing, show going, family dining, cookie baking, snow playing that it all entails, without obsessing over pageviews and SEO and most importantly, content.

I will continue to write during the break, of course, especially with the recent change in my mood, but it will be unscheduled. And unless something really profound happens, it will go un-posted until the new year.

I do plan on republishing old content that strikes me in some way. So please come and visit the site, dig through the archives and hopefully find something that you enjoy. And of course, the podcast will continue throughout.

But onto Thanksgiving!

Pretending to Amuse

It is the big Thanksgiving episode! First we dive into the Starbuck Red Cup controversy. We talk about how to manage your time on the big day, who you spend what, where. We get into our favorite foods and what dishes we could pass on. How do the Lions fit into the day? What foods are unique to our families. And if our real lives are anything like TV shows. We also take some time to rant about social media trends this time of year. And Jason gets serious about veterans.

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Bipolar Thoughts

The following essay goes in tandem with the post directly previous to it. Please take the time to read them both.

Well, the ‘no depression’ grace period from the ECT is officially over.

My doctor has put me back on Latuda (for depression), upped my Lithium, and put me back on Klonopin (anxiety). He has also given me his personal cell phone number and did the standard suicide screening. He appears more concerned by my current state then I am. I just want to lie in bed all day. I go back to see him mid-December.

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Bipolar Thoughts

How do you know when things are starting to slide for you, one direction or the other?

You don’t for sure. But, the longer you live with the disease the more you sense a change.

Today is one of those days. It started yesterday, actually. All I wanted to do was go home and go to bed. When I did finally go lay in bed after dinner my wife and daughter kept coming into my room to bother me. You would think that going to bed, at anytime, would be a sign to leave someone alone. But especially going to bed before 8pm when normal bedtimes hover around 10:30. Not in my house, apparently. Not with a wife who should know the meaning of that early departure from the living room.

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Detroit Tigers

Well, in the first week of free agency the Tigers have made a number of interesting moves!

First, I will start with the 40 man roster moves.

I’m not going to get into the Rule-5 Draft, suffice it to say that players that have been around for awhile without sniffing any major league experience are available for other teams to pluck during a draft called the Rule-5. To protect a team’s very valuable prospects that are not quite major league ready, there is the 40-man roster. 25 of these men have contracts owned by the major league club. The other 15 play somewhere else in the system. Everyone on the 40 man roster is protected from Rule-5 drafting.