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#213: Double Crown

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July 21st, 2023 · 89 minutes

John interrogates the source of Merlin's recent infection.

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Links and Show Notes

Things kick off with an exploration of sharing a mic on-stage and the Battle of Stalingrad. John reminds Merlin he's repeatedly tried to get him into airplane videos.

John's effort to get his username on a new site is being thwarted by a mom who claims to work too hard.

Lemongrab is discussed, and this leads to a real time review of your hosts' avatars on select streaming service. On my account?

Merlin shares that he needs to watch TV with his kid at night in order to feel alive.

A case is made for normalizing rest, and Merlin shares his worst-received onsite corporate visit. John has been lifting very light weights, and Merlin suggests John start really focusing on his core.

There's a brief discussion of Steven Spielberg in general and Jaws in particular. John informs Merlin that he's pronouncing the name of the movie wrong. Merlin teaches John how to pronounce an umlaut, and John reciprocates by explaining the automotive traffic of Long Island.

Unsurprisingly, this leads to yet another discussion of pronunciation, accents, and regional usage. Then, Merlin tells John about a time he barfed jimmies really hard.

(Recorded on Tuesday, July 11, 2023)


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