So it’s that time of year again. Christmas. A time for caring, a time for loving, a time where families come together. It is a day of joy and happiness and a day for celebrating baby Jesus. Or in some people’s eyes, like Aaron, it’s all about the gifts. Regardless of what you do on Christmas, we hope you can spend part of it listening to episode 14 of our podcast. In this episode, we launch our brand new merchandise store where you will be able to buy Weekly Madness embroidered apparel. As a special treat, you can get 25% off your purchase by using coupon code SF8C11 during checkout. The discount code will be valid until January 7, 2019. In this episode, Aaron talks about his madness at the dentist office. We also go over information about the ring doorbell and how it can be beneficial for your home. Especially when you have strangers who come knocking at your door at 1 AM like I did. Also find out if you are safe using public wifi networks. They may not be as secure as you think they are and we will tell you about how you can help defend yourself from the prying eyes of others.
Does the first sign of snow trigger winter weather madness around you? In the Carolinas we see it happen all the time. The first snow fall triggers excitement as well as massive panic and chaos at the grocery stores. Listen to us discuss our winter weather madness as we go into detail about weather related traffic problems, grocery store issues, as well as the unexpected. We also discuss in this episode people who think they know it all and car insurance madness. When was the last time you got a car insurance quote? Are you paying to much? Why does the price of car insurance rise every year?
We have all seen it. Every day we turn on the television and there is someone in our government blaming someone of something. President Trump did this. The head of the CIA did that. It is always the fault of somebody and we are never satisfied until we get to the bottom of who is responsible! That’s right, we are talking about the blame game. Why are we so focused on who is responsible for what happened rather than fixing the issue in the first place? Because nine times out of ten we are blaming someone for doing something wrong. Nobody ever wants to take responsibility for that! But, sometimes it is just the responsible thing to do. Do you ever see people blame someone for doing something good? In today’s podcast episode we discuss blame, fake people, the madness of technology tracking people, and misleading advertisements.
This week on Weekly Madness, we go over how our Thanksgiving was and follow up on Aaron’s Black Friday experiences. We discuss how businesses are open more often now on holidays and how families have evolved over time into living a faster paced lifestyle here in the USA. Also, have you ever noticed that when you travel to different parts of the country, you cannot always find some of the food items you enjoy? Sounds pretty maddening doesn’t it? Well it maddens us too! Listen as we discuss what some of our favorite food items are and how we cannot obtain them in certain parts of of our own country.
In today’s episode of Weekly Madness, we introduce 2 new team members to our podcast. Nora Speakman is from San Antonio, Texas and has experience hosting her own podcast called the Liminality Life Podcast. Chelsea Baker is from Fort Bragg, North Carolina. We are happy to give a warm welcome to both of these new team members and are pleased to have them as a part of our show.
During this episode, we discuss what maddens us during Black Friday. Have you ever had to wait in line to get the number one selling item of the year? Do you find that you end up buying more gifts for yourself during Black Friday rather than for others? Perhaps this day brings out more greed in people rather than kindness. What about Cyber Monday? Do you find yourself on Amazon trying to get the best deals?
While Black Friday may bring out our crazy side, I would like to feel that Thanksgiving brings out our generosity and kindness. I feel there is no holiday that brings people together better than Thanksgiving. It is the one holiday where family can get together and pig out on a wonderful meal. There is no need to be concerned about religious or ethnic background. There is no need to be concerned with political correctness. It’s a time of giving each other’s company. We live our lives in such a fast paced society today, that this is probably one of the few times you get to sit down to a great home cooked meal. Enjoy it.
As part of this episode, we will be giving away 2 free Amazon gift cards valued at $25. All you have to do is visit our facebook page located <HERE> for more information on how to participate. The winners of the gift cards will be announced at 12PM Eastern Time on Black Friday.
So, Thanksgiving is on its way. One of my favorite holidays. I feel it is the one holiday that brings the whole family together. Christmas may bring family together, but it is religious based. Thanksgiving in my opinion is the one holiday that brings people together regardless of their religion which is what I think makes it so special. You also don’t have to worry about buying Christmas gifts for those you are visiting. That all starts the next day. The day the madness begins. Black Friday craziness. In this episode, we begin discussing madness in the parking lots, behind the wheel of your car, and madness when it comes to education. We also give thanks to the Veterans as well as extend our hearts out to those who are affected by the fires in California.
Sign! Sign! Everywhere a sign! Do political signs, bulk campaign mail and telephone calls drive you crazy when elections are near? We feel your pain! While everyone should be doing their part and voting, there is definitely a level of madness that comes along with it. Hear about some of our election madness in this episode. We also discuss voter ID and the good and bad of social media. We also go into madness around job interviews as well as internet or text messaging scams. This episode is a treasure chest of great madness you won’t want to miss. So listen today!
Do telemarketers drive you crazy? You are not alone. In this episode, listen to us talk about our madness with telemarketers and scammers. But fear not, we also go over some valuable tools you can use to help reduce telemarketing calls. In our technology section, we discuss the Be My Eyes app and Aaron’s smart bed. We also ponder on what it would be like if smart devices began to outsmart their operators. Also, last but not least, hear about our trip to Asheville and learn about the great art of Sayaka Ganz.
Do you ever have issues at the doctor’s office? Perhaps you don’t like all the waiting you have to do before actually being able to see your doctor. Or perhaps your doctor is never available when you try to make an appointment to see them. In this episode, we discuss the frustrations of going to see our doctor and some of the implications you may sometimes encounter with medical billing. We then share our opinions on smart homes in our technology section. Followed by discussing current events involving Walmart and Carnival cruise line.
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.