Episode 214 – Put on Your Big Girl Pants

by admin on February 3, 2014

Surprisingly, with a title like that – this is the etiquette episode. Dawn is joined by Mary-Suzanne Lamkins to answer questions from you: The Fifteen. Yes, tens of people wrote in about their social quandaries, and Dawn, Mary-Suzanne and Patrick all weighed in with their takes on how to best navigate your way through the interpersonal minefield that is life.

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Episode 213 – Cocaine and Vodka

by admin on January 20, 2014

The two aren’t mixed, or even used, during the course of this show’s taping. But boy, do Dawn and Patrick miss them. Patrick’s longing for transgressions gone by is spurred by Dawn’s caffeine fueled reminiscense on her powdery past adventures. That caffeine not only inspired some inappropriate memories, but some impromptu photography, and a near-explosion in the middle of the podcast, to the horror of Jaime Kirk. Somehow, the show rambles towards Jezebel’s massive miscalculation, and an explanation as to why there aren’t more women in politics, not counting the very (patriarchy) obvious (patriarchy) reasons, of course.

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Episode 212 – Yunno What You Should Do?

by admin on January 13, 2014

Dawn & Patrick are joined by Jaime Kirk to discuss secret codes. Not the kinds that give you 30 lives in Contra, but the kinds that reveal what you really mean when you say the things you say. There’s a lot more to conversation that just the words you say, which is something to keep in mind, except for the times you need to forget that fact in order to hear what it is someone is trying to tell you. Being a good friend is a careful walk across a tightrope — if only shoving people off the rope wasn’t so satisfying sometimes. All that, and a discussion about the possibilities of Landry Skywalker aka Darth Todd, and the interesting hole in Dawn’s foot.

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Not a Best of the Year List

by dawn on December 31, 2013

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Ha, just kidding! Oh, literary jokes are the best, aren’t they? Actually, for me, 2013 was sort of a slow, uphill climb. Believe me, it was a much better year than the previous two or three. But there weren’t a lot of highlights, and almost no real lowlights. It was an okay year. The sort of year where I feel it succeeded purely because not too much of it really, really sucked.

But there were new things! Good changes! Stuff that made me happy or just improved the quality of my otherwise drab existence! Let’s talk about those.

In no particular order, here’s some new stuff that I liked in 2013. [click to continue…]

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Episode 211 – Another Ham Fisted Year

by admin on December 30, 2013

Yeah, there is some stock-taking being done. Some looking back and summing up. But not all that much, and not until Dawn & Patrick are done talking about big boxes of Netflix, and giant Ape Heads, and the oily charm of Dean Martin, and the oily smarm of Charlton Heston, and why James Coburn is damned awesome, and why it’s probably better to be a wookiee than it is a Jedi. And then, yeah, the things we liked about 2013 come into play. Most of them center around not dying or going to a hospital, which is a good thing, overall.

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Episode 210 – Computer Love

by admin on December 23, 2013

Lots of love to go around this holiday season. Love in the form of cookies and highly alcoholic cider. Love in the exchange of gifts, and the lovely way Dawn and Patrick have put a neat twist on how gifts are normally given. And Love in the way Joaquin Phoenix loves his phone in the movie “Her,” which nobody on the show has seen, but sounds amazing, and prescient, and fascinating, especially as the discussion starts winding backwards from the future of that film and finds us using our electronics as a means to stimulate emotional responses, from the early days of the internet, to video games, to television. Also, some stuff Dawn DOESN’T want to talk about, a cat who knows sign language, and why Upworthy is terrible.

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Episode 209 – The CiderJuice Chronicles

by admin on December 10, 2013

Dawn is joined again by Jaime Kirk, and together, mysteries are unraveled. What’s the difference between Cider and Juice? Whatever happened to that fat, insouciant mouse in Dawn’s house? Can cat and dog really live together, or is mass hysteria guaranteed? What’s so hard about measuring the stocking so you know what presents actually fit in the damn thing? That, and of course, the ever-present mysteries about how we can all be this neurotic with this many years under our belt, and the answer is practice. Lots and lots of practice.

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A Ham Fisted Christmas, 2013

by dawn on December 8, 2013

It’s that time again, when we offer a Ham-Fisted pile of holiday tunes to play while you rustle up your Christmas stockings and deck your halls. Enjoy!  The full playlist is provided after the jump, and at the end of the post you’ll find links to our previous musical festivities (and no, for some reason we didn’t do one in 2010.)

Happy holidays!

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Episode 208 – A Mouse and a Ukelele

by admin on December 2, 2013

Dawn is joined by Jaime Kirk to discuss the finer points of making music, making merry, and making cute furry things dead because mice have invaded Dawn’s living room because nobody’s going to be fixing the giant hole in her wall caused by someone parking a truck in her bedroom. Of course, there’s quite a bit of discussion on social missteps, neuroses, and otherwise sketchy behavior, before the whole thing turns into a round robin tournament of “who can cut everyone else in the room.” It’s post-Thanksgiing, the Ham-Fisted Way.

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…NOT CHRISTMAS. NOT YET. But soon. And Dawn is surprisingly ready for the season, especially considering she only got about three total days of fall. There’s still a hole in her bedroom, there’s no room for a tree, and the past three holiday seasons have been “meh” to varying degrees, but for whatever reason, Dawn is ready for Thanksgiving to be over, and Christmas season to begin, with stories of crazy mothers and their Christmas traditions, hapless Patricks and their gift-buying woes, and the decision every child must make at one point or another: Do you want the one huge box under the tree, or would you rather have 4 or 5 little boxes instead?

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