317: We’re Back!

Four months between recordings is FAR too long. Y’all can thank our old sound mixer which lived a very long life but finally kicked the bucket. That and Victoria apparently morphed into Donald Trump.

Our beers of the week aren’t enjoyed on the show but were enjoyed with Victoria’s parents at Modern Times Beer, Mike Hess Brewing, and Rip Current Brewing. If not for the amazing food at Boston Pete’s Seafood, Tacos Perla, Streetcar Merchants and the lumpia at Sublime Ale House, we might not have survived the day. Also, shout out to Mike Hess for trolling their customers by using a teal label for their orange wit. Also listen to Daniel use Trump logic when Victoria talks about the previous weekend. So for the beers this episode, we’ll give you the beers we liked most overall this day:

 

  • Modern Times Schwartz (Uncast favorite)
  • Modern Times Blood Orange & Hibiscus Fruitlands (Bart’s favorite)
  • Mike Hess Oktoberhess (Uncast favorite)
  • Mike Hess My Other Vice (Bart’s favorite)
  • Rip Current Delaminator Smoked Doppelbock (Uncast favorite)
  • Rip Current High Surf Helles (Bart’s favorite)

 

Transitions be damned! We move from our beer trip right into wearing socks (or not) with slip-on shoes. Continuing this, we also briefly discuss the awesomeness that is weekend karaoke at Hole In The Wall in San Diego. Flaco makes awesome burgers, Chris puts on an amazing event and we had a great time with mini pitchers of booze and amazing friends.

Daniel talks about his Canada trip very briefly. Not on the show: Vancouver could be my second home if it wasn’t so expensive. Hidden gem there is Japadog, which I sadly missed this trip. Everyone needs to do The Canadian on VIA Rail between Toronto and Vancouver. The amazing views were not a surprise. The spectacular 5-star meals was definitely a surprise. Beer Bistro in Toronto is awesome and can’t wait to do Bar Hop in 2018. Hidden gem there though, is the Avenue Open Kitchen. Ottawa’s Sconewitch is a hidden gem that everyone should go to and keep open until I can get back and then disappear while I’m there. Also awesome, Sir John A Pub and Deacon Brodie’s.

Victoria talks about her Los Angeles trip with Andrea which included the most pretentious grocery store in the world. They saw the Robert Mapplethorpe Exhibit at the LACMA which is definitely worth a visit, when you’re not enjoying the J Paul Getty Museum. Harry Potter World apparently is totally worth any cost and crowd. Becky drove up to join them for this and was chosen for a wand then Andrea and Victoria become the pariahs of Hogwarts. Speaking of Harry Potter, we discuss Pottermore and how we got sorted, found our patronus, were chosen by our wand and more. FUN!

We discuss recent Facebook memes and Victoria’s frustration with a few of them. Is she an elf and faerie or is she a hydra and a Zeus swan? Daniel thinks she just wants to break a piece off of Layla. Victoria is also practically sleepy in every fish. Daniel chooses Don Draper, Peregrin Took and Arthur Dent but the blend of Barney, Nymphadora Tonks, and V from V for Vendetta.

We’re also going to be speaking a lot more about Dungeons & Dragons in forthcoming episodes, since we’ve sort of gotten into it a little bit or a lot. Thanks to Titansgrave and Critical Role for that. Oh and I guess a side-credit to Munchkin which sort of started me down that road. BTW if you have any thoughts that maybe you’re too cool for D&D, check out Critical Role which shows you how the roleplaying, humor, etc can make it pretty fun. Don’t have 3-4 hours a pop to commit? Here’s a few animated shorts, the 20-minute backstory of the group Vox Machina, and this cool one minute intro video to give you an idea. Also, there’s some one-shots and also the HarmonQuest which takes a more comedic parody of it. Lastly, YouTube will bring you back to where you left off on a video. So, watch 30-45 minutes at a time or whatever works for you. If you’re looking to start a campaign yourself, there’s a good series by Matthew Mercer and also the dude he learned from, Matthew Colville. First name similarity purely coincidental. We end with a bit more Harry Potter and then we’re out in 55 minutes!