Tue, 3 October 2017
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It's a busy week in Gorillamenville, so no real commentary -- just what we discuss this episode:
Thu, 28 September 2017
The days of working at a place for 30-40+ years is long gone...today, you're lucky to see five years at a job.
Right now, the company where Christopher works is dealing with more cuts...so...it seemed like a good topic for the week!
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We kick it off with this: who is the first person we remember being laid off from a job? After that, we discuss why we think layoffs have become more common in recent years.
There was a time you walked into a job, were willing to work, and retired at that place. That kind of situation is a thing of the past, however. Find out, if it were possible, if we'd work at a job for 30 years like "the good old days?" -- or if we'd be more like mercenaries and jump to better incomes and different job duties?
We chat about how layoffs factor into job loyalty...or a lack of it -- and then go into how many times we've been laid off. We also share some funny layoff stories, and then talk about whether we've ever been fired from a job...and how that's different than a layoff.
Find out how we prepare for layoffs...and how long we typically work at a job before layoffs come around.
We discuss whether or not layoffs are hard on us -- and why we think they are so hard on some people.
And we wrap it all up with the future, wondering if we will ever stop laying off so many people...or if this is just the way it is today...
Feel free to share your layoff stories in the comments...
Thu, 28 September 2017
Summer's gone, and that means some lakes will soon be covered in ice. Memories of swimming and boating will have to carry some through to next year. But others have warm oceans that offer underwater dreamscapes year-round -- and it's rare in a place like Texas that a lake will ever ice over, allowing for some forms of water recreation any month of the year.
We came from water, so it's no surprise we spend so much time returning to it as well. So, this week, we're talking about water recreation...
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We kick it all off with memories of our first swimming experiences -- as well as our first memories of being in a boat.
Find out if we're big fans of water recreation, or if we like having our feet planted firmly on land.
After that, we talk about the last time we did something on, in, or under water -- and things humans do in water that blow us away.
The cruise industry is pretty ridiculous, and we devote some time to chatting about if we've ever been on a cruise (or would like to).
Find out the dumbest thing we've done in the water -- and the fastest we've ever traveled across it.
Do the Gorillamen SCUBA dive (or would they like to learn)? Find that out -- as well as our most memorable experiences on the water.
Water freezes in some places...and the Gorillamen have lived in those kinds of places. We chat about things we've done on ice -- and then wrap it all up talking about something we'd like to do on, in, or under water someday...
Feel free to share some of your best water memories in the comments section.
Wed, 27 September 2017
What’s creepier than a clown in a sewer that eats children? How about a middle-aged Kentucky Fried Chicken Franchise Operator who kills children, stashes them in his floorboards, and sometimes *dresses* like a clown?
This week, we talk about what Shawn calls Murder Shows, but the rest of the world calls True Crime TV. Marvel at bad impressions, and our heroes treating the most serious of subjects — actual people who were actually murdered — with the same tact and compassion with which they treat everything.
So you *know* that’s not gonna go well.
Thu, 21 September 2017
We come from the water. We change...adapt.
We learn new ways of doing things...more times than not, better ways.
We adapted so well that we now adapt the things we adapted -- a strange mental and biological origami move that we will never stop...everything folding in and over on itself until new forms emerge.
So, with this in mind, this week the upright(ish)-striding Gorillamen talk about adaptations in many various forms...
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We kick it off talking about the first things we remember adapting to...before moving on to how well we adapt to change (and what's been the hardest things we've had to adapt to in life).
Next: people often fume about adaptations of entertainment -- like books to movies. We discuss adaptations better than their original material, our favorite adaptations...and the worst. We also take some time to talk about something we'd love to see adapted from one thing to another.
Find out what animal adaptation we'd take...and how well we believe we -- as a species -- have adapted to technology.
We get a bit more serious in discussing if we think there will ever be a point at which we will all adapt to changes in climate, hatred, and other things that ail us as a species.
Then, we devote a bit of time after that to how well we think humans have adapted to growing as a species...and if we're ready to adapt to life deeper in space.
And we wrap it all up in the future, wondering if we're ready for all it holds.
Thu, 14 September 2017
If Christopher's score this week in Fantasy Football is X, Shawn's score can be equated thusly:
Which is bad. Because Shawn is bad at Fantasy Football, and he should feel bad. But he doesn't. Because it's all just fun and games, right?
The Gorillamen explore these questions and (at least one) more in this week's classic episode!
Thu, 7 September 2017
Americans love junk food. The world loves junk food! We're sure somewhere on other planets, aliens eat junk food (and love it just as much).
The Gorillamen are powered by junk food, so...it's time we discussed everybody's favorite thing!
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It's a busy week, so here's what we discuss this time around:
Thu, 31 August 2017
You know, there's something about the smooth lines and refined styling of this vehicle that makes me feel that... well, here in my car, I feel safest of all. I can lock all my doors. It's the only way to live.
You know. In cars.
This week (or more accurately, many many weeks ago), we talked about cars! I will most likely be having to buy yet another car soon, so... relevant episode is relevant! Enjoy!
Wed, 23 August 2017
We remember the dates we're born, as well as the dates that will live on in infamy. Good, bad, and everything in between -- if humans can connect something deemed important to a date or passage of time, it seems we will do so. And, to that end, we decided to make August 23, 2017 the first annual Men in Gorilla Suits podcast about anniversaries...
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We kick it all off talking about cake. Seriously. Our first memories of anniversaries coincidentally involve cake. And then we move on to whether or not work anniversaries mean much to us. Also: find out how long the Gorillamen have been with their wives -- and what we usually do for our anniversaries.
We chat a bit about if it's important to recognize anniversaries -- and if birthdays are important to us.
Some anniversaries are gloomy affairs; we talk a bit about if those kinds of dates are important to remember. But after the gloom, we move on to cheerier things: the strange anniversaries we recognize.
Men in Gorilla Suits started on February 7, 2013. Find out if the upcoming 5th anniversary of the show is an important thing to us. Then we jump over to how some dates of remembrance fall from favor...and why some people get uptight about that. To that point, we devote some time to wondering if there is a time we, as a society, will ever forget 9/11...and if even people a generation or two below us are wrong not to care so much.
And we close it all out with two things: wondering if there are any anniversaries we think should be celebrated...and what we'd love to celebrate in the future.
Fri, 18 August 2017
So the opening audio on this week's classic episode sounds shitty, and I'm not changing it. Why? It's the last thing I recorded in the house in which I lived the longest I've ever lived in one place. I bought a place just down the street, but still... feels fitting to record one last MiGS classic intro there.
You know what else we recorded there? This episode about subcultures, three years ago! We spend a lot of time talking about The Gathering of the Juggalos in this episode, which is a harmless subculture, especially compared to the ones we've seen this week.
So, yeah. Might as well remember the good old days when our biggest problems were figuring out who would win in a fight: Juggalos or Goths? (The answer to that one should be obvious.)