RL182 - House Trotter

This week Merlin and John talk about

  • Merlin's collection of super hero action figures (Merlin Mann)
  • John amassing boxes from the listeners of his other show Roadwork in front of his office (Packages)
  • Their weird lunch at a Chinese place that used way too much MSG (Food and Drink)
  • John getting a 40 ounce flask (Food and Drink)
  • John getting a speeding ticket (GMC RV)

The Problem: Acid Droplet Beans Pork, referring to the poor translation of dishes on the menu of the weird Chinese place they went for lunch.

The show title also refers to poor translations on the menu of the Chinese place. John made it clear he didn't want any House Trotter.

This episode was recorded face-to-face at Merlin's office in San Francisco, the first time ever they did a show looking at each other. The dynamics of their conversation was changed accordingly, especially because John did not quite get Merlin's love for action figures and old computer parts. There was a lot of banter, especially about the weird lunch they had and there were no longer story and no continuation about the RV in this episode, except for the fact that Merlin and his family loved the vehicle and drove around in it for some short time. On a side note, somebody had tweeted John that they also take Lamictal and they get horny as a side effect. John also reflected on that fact that drowning after falling into a pool when drunk is the number one cause of death in Arizona and how the corpse decomposes by the water and heat.

There were three sponsors in this episode and John participated in all three sponsor reads, turning them into quite extensive stories, for example about his current mattress that has a history of its own.

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