The Tale of the Running Beaver (Updated)

The crew is back to normal this week with a tale of a running beaver, email, old shirt talk, and examples of Monteblanc bullshitting being a genetic trait.  After two fairly serious and intellectual episodes, we returned to our natural style of aimless rambling.  This episode is sponsored by KJ of Partial Recall fame. Right out of the gate the gentlemen fire off some old man opinions about flip flops.

Gustav keeps the momentum going by telling how his sons are carrying on the fine tradition of talking about things they have no clue about and failing at telling jokes.  Heavy then recalls what it was like to be around a young Gustav and tells the unfortunate tale of when he listened to Gustav about the constellation of Subaru (not the crunchy granola car company).

Cody sends us an email which at first is dark but opens up the question of what do you call a group of hobos?  A murder of hobos, a herd of hobos, a harem of hobos?  I wish we knew.  Then he asks us about non-native species encountered in North Texas.  It may surprise you, but Heavy has a lot to say about this.  This leads to big cat (cougar, puma, mountain lion, sabertooth, etc.) and then ultimately Heavy’s running beaver story. Much to the dismay of Gustav, Heavy is now updating his classic tale of the running beaver.

giant beaver can you hear me

Watch Out for Those Big Running Beavers

They then somehow get onto old shirt talk, bedding talk and go off on a Richard Gere tangent.  It’s hard to keep track of how these things go from point A to point B.  In response to Cody’s email, Heavy talks about old cartoons from World War II where we first heard of gremlins and got some very adult level messages due to wartime propaganda in the form of a cartoon.


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Four Takes on Blood Meridian

In a departure from the normal shenanigans, the Can You Hear Me team puts on their thinking caps and discuss the novel Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy.  On of the crew’s favorite fellow podcasters, Brad from the Below the Belt podcast joins them to add the perspective of a historian to the discussion.  Below the Belt is a Mixed Martial Arts podcast with historical twist.  Brad cohosts Below the Belt with his friend Ryan.  The Below the Belt podcast is part of the Blowout Podcast Network and is one of the Can You Hear boys’ favorite weekly podcasts.

Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian Novel

Blood Meridian or The Evening Redness in the West

Blood Meridian or The Evening Redness in the West was first published in 1985 by Cormac McCarthy and is by many accounts, one of the finest novels ever written in the history of American literature.  Brad has a background in 19th century American and Mexican history and he was kind enough to join the guys for this special episode.

The novel is stark and often times disturbing look at life on the Mexican frontier in the early 1850’s.  It follows a young man, simply known as “the kid” as he joins in with a band of filibusters who take on a commission to collect the scalps of Comanches and Apaches who during that time were conducting raids along the borderlands of Northern Mexico.  The gang of scalphunters themselves devolve into savagery and McCarthy documents this devolution with clipped yet descriptive prose that conveys the violence and the oppressive environmental elements which at times act as characters in the narrative themselves.

The four friends bring four different viewpoints to the discussion and each find different meanings from this scant yet dense novel.  Much to McCarthy’s credit, Blood Meridian is a novel which it seems each person who reads it, takes away a different meaning.  The group discusses the novel from historic, literary, psychological and religious perspectives.

A novel of such imagery and violence is full of disturbing events and themes.  The team tackles them head on and eventually stumbles into spoilers of the story for anyone who may not have read it.  But with such a complex subject, the themes and elements of Blood Meridian cannot be discussed thoroughly without talking about the cryptic and much debated ending.

Despite the seriousness of the novel, the guys can’t help themselves from making their normal style of irreverent jokes, but in this case at a much lower rate of fire.  Many thanks to Brad from Below the Belt for appearing on this week’s episode.  Hopefully, he will return at some point in the future.

Blasting Caps, Dodgeball, and Near Beer

This week finds the Can You Hear Me podcast taking a walk down memory lane and discussing everything from dodgeball to blasting caps.  The guys recorded this episode right after they got back from the first ever “Battle of the Bastard Podcasts” meet up at the Pancho’s in Denton, Tx.    Representatives from Partial Recall (a Generation Y Nostalgia podcast), Below the Belt (a MMA/History podcast), Tell Me Where to Turn (a Guy Talk/Fantasy Sports Betting podcast) and several listeners/emailers such as Tom, J.J. and the Crandyman met up for a lunch of greasy Mexican buffet food and a lot of laughs.  The group stuck around and talked for three hours before everyone dispersed and the Can You Hear Me guys headed for Heavy’s garage to record.

Primed  for conversation after the luncheon, Gustav dives head first into vasectomy and uterine ablation talk, much to this dismay of Heavy and Ty.  Heavy doesn’t have much tolerance for medical procedure talk so he steers the conversation back to some elements that long time listeners may recall: the General, the Dairyman, and the ex-Air Force Pilot P.E. Teacher.  Dodgeball was the P.E. Teacher’s signature activity and he had the boys play it in a fashion that you just couldn’t get away with today.  It was kill or be killed and the implements of war were deflated basketballs, footballs and soccer balls with hand holds cut out of them.

You can’t tell stories about the P.E. Teacher without mentioning the time the General got a Carpenter’s Pencil stuck in his mouth in fourth grade.  Gustav and Heavy told that story in detail in the first episode of the podcast if you want to go back and revisit it.  We touch on some additional tales of the General that involve blasting caps and general shenanigans.  And then we remember the Dairyman’s war with the Head of the Class teacher and how he infuriated her with a six pack of Texas Select (near beer) on school field trip.

There’s also some physics class talk as well as fond memories of their chemistry teacher that looked and sounded like a real live version of Lurch from the Addams Family.

lurch on the Addams Family and a gorilla

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Ointments, Copays, and a Snakebite

This week’s episode begins with Gustav recounting the story of the snakebite his seven year old daughter received on Memorial Day weekend.  She’s fine now, but it was a scary weekend followed by a few days at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas.

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The Big Toe Two Days After the Copperhead Snakebite

With all the medical talk, Heavy asks the guys to think about how fathers approach health care versus the way that mothers might.  As you can imagine, Heavy has some very specific ideas about the subject.  Along the way, Gustav gives tips for how to procure IV saline solution without a prescription for your emergency preparedness needs.  Heavy provides his own questionable tips and then shares his run in with Lyme Disease back in his scouting days.

juvenile copperhead after snakebite

The Juvenile Copperhead that Bit Gustav’s Daughter

An email from the Fake Bailey Jay spurs Gustav to talk about how her appearance and sweetness causes people to want to share all sorts of stories with her even though she is an introvert who doesn’t want strangers talking to her.  Fake Bailey Jay and Gustav ran the Tough Mudder in Austin and had no shortage of new friends.

The guys also talk about Heavy’s irrational dislike of anything to do with clowns, Tough Mudder, sunburns, and sunscreen.  And no episode would be complete without a walk down memory lane.  The guys babble about Buck Rogers and Silver Spoon, which both featured the super hot Erin GreyErin Gray in Buck Rogers

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Merle, Burials, and Boxer Briefs

The Can You Hear Me? crew finally addresses the loss of the late great Merle Haggard on this week’s episode.  They’ve been talking to one another off air about how much Merle meant to them in their personal musical pantheons, but they finally bring it out to the public.

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Merle Before the Beard Was One Cool Looking Dude

But, as you know by now, they can’t stay on topic and in short order, Gustav yanks the wheel hard to the right and they go careening into the bar ditch for their normal bumpy ride.  The first thing to derail Gustav is the professional connection between Merle Haggard and Clint Eastwood in the late seventies/early eighties.  Instantly, it’s no longer about Merle Haggard, but instead turns into: an dust up over spaghetti westerns, harsh opinions about Sandra Locke (Clint’s girlfriend during that era), and the iconic status of Johnny Cash, both in his heyday and in the final years of his life.

The day before this episode was recorded, Heavy and Gustav had gone back to their hometown which is somewhere in the 903 area code.    They attended a funeral for a long time family friend who had been in bad health for many years.  As they stood at the graveside on a hot June afternoon, they both were contemplating the phenomena of the rural funeral.   A heated discussion ensues which devolves into doctrinal differences between Methodists and Baptists, Gustav’s tale of dueling preachers at his great-grandmothers funeral and the wonderful book Salvation on Sand Mountain, which details a snake handling congregation in Appalachia.

After such serious topics as funerals and theology, the guys lighten up with some banter about our fathers with smart phones, Heavy’s new underwear and Gustav and Ty stockpiling socks. The guys also give a big shout out to their fellow podcasters at Partial Recall who fondly look back at the nineties and aughts.   Take a moment to check them out.

 

Unexpected Merle Haggard Vinyl

Because the Can You Hear Me Podcast? records multiple episodes in one sitting, we aren’t always able to deal with topics in an immediate manner, like the recent death of Merle Haggard.   We are working on figuring out the technology to record a quick episode in order to deal with breaking news, but so far we are still out of step with the rest of the world, which could be a metaphor for our lives.

One potential good thing about us not being able to respond to things on the podcast in a timely fashion is that it gives us a chance for reflection on a topic.  The death of Merle Haggard falls squarely into this category.  Merle Haggard was Country and Western Music.  He lived a hard life at times and made a lot of great music.  But like most artists who’s careers span multiple decades, the listeners and fans have their favorite eras.  For me, I prefer Merle’s work “Before He Grew the Beard”.  I saw him in concert in the early nineties “After He Had the Beard for Many Years” and thoroughly enjoyed it, but I didn’t head out and buy any new Merle albums after the show.  Instead, I kept listening to what I had always listened to.  It’s  shame that I had fallen into the “play the hits” trap, but I feel that is all too frequent a danger with the icons of Country and Western.

As the next recording session for the Can You Hear Me? Podcast draws closer and closer, I had been thinking about what Merle Haggard meant to me.  I had been revisiting his albums and thinking about the working relationship he had with Clint Eastwood in Bronco Billy which always stuck out in my mind or how he guest starred on an episode of “The Waltons”.

I ventured out last night from my hotel in Pennsylvania and visited a string of thrift stores that are strung out down a particular stretch of highway.  I had bought a few board games for my board game collection that we talked about in a previous episode but hadn’t found anything particularly special or exciting.  But much to my surprise at my last stop at a Salvation Army store, the selection of vinyl records had changed dramatically.  In the past, the store’s record assortment skewed heavily towards an odd assortment of Finnish records and easy listening artists.  I first noticed a few Country and Western albums of the Eighties, which if you listened to Episode 2, you’ll know that I am not a fan of that era.  There were several Seventies light Rock albums as well, but I passed on them.  Then I hit the jackpot!

Merle Haggard classic vinyl "Rainbow Stew Live"

“Rainbow Stew Live”

I found “Rainbow Stew Live” by Merle Haggard which was recorded at Anaheim Stadium and released in 1981.  I kept digging and there was more Merle!

Merle Haggard Classic Vinyl Record "The Best of the Best of Merle Haggard"

“The Best of the Best of Merle Haggard”

While I was pretty sure that I already had this album, I wasn’t going to risk it, so I added “The Best of the Best of Merle Haggard”, which was published in 1972, to my pile.  Even if I may have this one back home in the collection, I’m sure I can find it a good home to a fellow Merle fan.  I kept digging and found one more!

Merle Haggard classic vinyl "Back to the Barrooms"

“Back to the Barrooms”

The third Merle Haggard was “Back to the Barrooms” which was published in 1980.  All three records were in great shape.  I was grinning ear to ear.  Then I found a copy of the Rolling Stones “Hot Licks” and was on  cloud nine, until I saw how scratched up the second LP of the Stones album was so I passed on it.

The elderly lady at the counter chatted to me a bit about how lucky I was to find Merle albums after his recent death.  Then after I had payed, I told her “I don’t need a sack.” and she laughed and said “Oh that’s right you’re from the South!” She then had to explain to her much younger co-worker what a sack was, just like we talked about in the Can You Hear Me? Podcast Episode 7.  I got three great “Before He Grew the Beard” Merle Haggard records for $5.28, but I had to go to Eastern Pennsylvania to do it.