I Hate Leaves

After many hot days, it finally feels like fall is here in the Carolinas. The county fairs are popping up, the renaissance festival is in town, and the hot air balloon festival is coming to Statesville, NC. While some of us will be getting out of the house and enjoying the changing colors of the fall leaves, other people like Aaron will be staying home being miserable raking the leaves and complaining about it.

In this week’s podcast, we talk about what we enjoy and dislike about the fall as well as the madness of seasonal employment and people being nosey. In our technology section, we talk about the right to repair bill and the new Google Pixel 3. We then complete our podcast with discussion about Donald Trump signing a bill to remove the pharmacist gag clause on drug prices.

Also mentioned in today’s podcast, we checked out an event called Cotton Ginning Days which featured crafts, rides, food, and old buildings where you got to learn about the old ways of living in the cotton ginning era. It was amazing seeing the old steam powered engines and tools used to aid in everyday tasks such as cutting wood. One of the crafts that really stood out was from BR Primitives Handmade Instruments & More. The owner, Brian Revels, seen in the picture below, shows off one of his handmade instruments made from a cigar box. It was fascinating listening to him play, and we felt it was truly worth a mention in our podcast. For those of you who are music lovers, these instruments are unique and are worth checking out on his Facebook profile to learn more.

 Brian Revels playing one of his custom made cigar box guitars.

Brian Revels playing one of his custom made cigar box guitars.

They Blew up the Bridge

Have you ever been stuck in traffic due to road construction? Or perhaps maybe you have just been stuck in traffic in general due to an automobile accident. In this week’s podcast, we discuss the madness of road construction and how it always interferes with our travel plans. It is the necessary evil that always gets in the way of our most important trips. We also talk about cyber warfare and how the future of technology may also bring sophisticated options to the table in terms of war. Lastly, learn how technology advancements are changing what we already know about concerts.

Going Postal

Have you ever encountered shipping problems? This week Aaron tells a story about his shipping madness. We also discuss the evolution of shipping and where it is heading next. Look in our show notes to learn more about drone deliveries using Prime Air from Amazon. We also spend some time reviewing the Apple Watch and discuss the rising cost of smart phones. Do you have any shipping madness to share with us? If so, feel free to leave a comment below or share it with us on our facebook. It is great to know when others can relate to our madness.

The Customer Is Always Right

Is the customer always right? Find out in this 2nd episode of Weekly Madness where we cover companies who don’t always return your call. We also explore introductory pricing and how customer service has changed over time. In our technology section, we go more in depth with our special guest Cameron Lundy to discuss the benefits of heated ceilings and how they may work differently than one might expect.

There's a Hurricane Outside

I would like to thank everyone for your patience while we have been getting our new podcast ready to launch. This is the first episode of Weekly Madness which was recorded during a storm and it is great to finally get it out there. In this episode, we discuss Hurricane Florence and how it impacted the Carolinas. We talk about the Apple keynote. Then, we finish off our episode talking about the gas explosions in Boston, MA. Please excuse us if our first episode is a little rusty.