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Curmudgeon’s Corner: Double Hosts, But Not Double Coes

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner, Ivan ditches Sam, so Sam’s 11 year old son Alex cohosts! Well, sorta. First Sam does a solo show, talking about the Democrats and how they are dealing with the Covid bill and other priorities, then the Republicans and how they are continuing to prove themselves to be solidly the party of Trump. But after that, Sam turns the show over to Alex, and so the rest of the show is Alex discussing his YouTube channel, answering a few questions from his Dad, and wrapping up with describing some of the things he has been doing in Minecraft and Terraria lately. If you’re not into that kind of thing, you can of course skip the last part. But Alex would appreciate it if you didn’t! :-)

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Recorded 2021-02-27
Length this week – 2:37:02

  • (0:00:27-0:30:14) Sam A: Democrats
  • (0:32:15-1:06:50) Sam B: Republicans/li>
  • (1:07:36-1:47:51) Alex A: YouTube
  • (1:49:08-2:11:48) Alex B: Interview
  • (2:13:11-2:36:42) Alex C: Video Games
The Curmudgeon’s Corner theme music is generously provided by Ray Lynch. Our intro is “The Oh of Pleasure” (Amazon MP3 link) Our outro is “Celestial Soda Pop” (Amazon MP3 link) Both are from the album “Deep Breakfast” (iTunes link) Please buy his music and support his GoFundMe.

Curmudgeon’s Corner: Some Kind of Bird

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner Sam and Ivan once again do it lightning round style. Eight topics, averaging about 15 minutes each. This week we have the calming of the news cycle, the pandemic, impeachment, the crisis in Texas, Sam watching Back to the Future, the death of Rush Limbaugh, the Mars rover landing, and Ted Cruz. Plus some special contributions from Sam’s son Alex. Enjoy!

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Recorded 2021-02-20
Length this week – 2:03:02

  • (0:00:34-1:18:23) Round 1
    • Sam: The Calm
    • Ivan: Pandemic
    • Sam: Impeachment
    • Ivan: Texas
  • (1:21:38-1:58:53) Round 2
    • Sam: Movie: Back to the Future (1985)
    • Ivan: Rush Limbaugh
    • Sam: Mars Rover
    • Ivan: Ted Cruz
The Curmudgeon’s Corner theme music is generously provided by Ray Lynch. Our intro is “The Oh of Pleasure” (Amazon MP3 link) Our outro is “Celestial Soda Pop” (Amazon MP3 link) Both are from the album “Deep Breakfast” (iTunes link) Please buy his music and support his GoFundMe.

Curmudgeon’s Corner: Panda Mice

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan of course talk about the impeachment trial. This was recorded before it was over though, so “Sam from the Future” breaks in a few times with updates. Cause that is how it goes when there are breaking news events and you don’t publish instantly after recording. The discussion is still highly relevant though! Aside from that, they discuss hybrid cars, the cryptocurrency bubble, the cat lawyer thing, Lou Dobbs, and of course the pandemic. Lots of good stuff! Tune in!

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Recorded 2021-02-12
Length this week – 2:05:28

  • (0:03:28-0:59:40) Hybrids, Crypto Bubbles, Cats, and Dobbs
  • (1:01:41-1:53:43) Impeachment
  • (1:54:23-2:05:08) Pandemic
The Curmudgeon’s Corner theme music is generously provided by Ray Lynch. Our intro is “The Oh of Pleasure” (Amazon MP3 link) Our outro is “Celestial Soda Pop” (Amazon MP3 link) Both are from the album “Deep Breakfast” (iTunes link) Please buy his music and support his GoFundMe.

Curmudgeon’s Corner: Whoop-De-Doo

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner, now that the news is slowing down a bit, and things are not quite as crazy… for now anyway… Sam and Ivan do something they haven’t done in a long time… an all lightning round show! Of course, being who they are, the lightning isn’t all that fast. But they cover a wide range of topics, from an update on how remote schooling is going, to a movie review, to the politics of the Republican caucus, the second impeachment, and the stimulus package, to protests in Russia. All in all, a nice full show. With a few appearances from Sam’s son Alex as well. Enjoy!

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Recorded 2021-02-05
Length this week – 1:58:46

  • (0:00:37-1:25:29) Round 1
    • Ivan: Update on how remote school is going
    • Sam: Movie: Blair Witch (2016)
    • Ivan: Cheney/Greene votes
    • Sam: Impeachment Stuff
  • (1:26:14-1:58:15) Round 2
    • Ivan: Stimulus and Such
    • Sam: Russian Protests
The Curmudgeon’s Corner theme music is generously provided by Ray Lynch. Our intro is “The Oh of Pleasure” (Amazon MP3 link) Our outro is “Celestial Soda Pop” (Amazon MP3 link) Both are from the album “Deep Breakfast” (iTunes link) Please buy his music and support his GoFundMe.

Curmudgeon’s Corner: Such A Relief

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan finally get to reviewing their 2020 predictions. Because of the multi-week delay, they don’t spend the whole show on it and don’t review every prediction, but they get to the important bits. Then they get to the actual news of the current week, with segments on the GameStop nonsense, the pandemic, and goings on in Congress. Enjoy!

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Recorded 2021-01-30
Length this week – 2:21:23

  • (0:00:22-0:39:56) 2020 Predictions Review
  • (0:41:17-1:23:13) GameStop Nonsense
  • (1:23:50-1:50:22) Pandemic
  • (1:51:07-2:21:00) Congress
The Curmudgeon’s Corner theme music is generously provided by Ray Lynch. Our intro is “The Oh of Pleasure” (Amazon MP3 link) Our outro is “Celestial Soda Pop” (Amazon MP3 link) Both are from the album “Deep Breakfast” (iTunes link) Please buy his music and support his GoFundMe.

Curmudgeon’s Corner: Goodbye and Hello

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan mark the Presidential transition with one segment wrapping up the end of Trump’s presidency, and another on the beginnings of the Biden administration. Before that though, they share a few thoughts on YouTube, corporate annual review processes, family members getting the Covid vaccines, and even the MegaMillions hitting a billion dollars. Enjoy the show!

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Recorded 2021-01-23
Length this week – 2:05:18

  • (0:00:01-0:06:54) Cold Open
  • (0:07:17-0:36:36) But First
    • Annual reviews
    • Still no 2020 review
    • Vaccination updates
    • MegaBillions
  • (0:37:26-1:20:06) Goodbye Trump
    • Last pardons
    • Invisible Trump
    • Desperate Trump
    • Diminished Trump
    • Impeachment
  • (1:21:16-2:04:58) Hello Biden
    • Covid memorial
    • Inauguration
    • First Biden actions
    • Competence and honesty
    • Boring Biden
The Curmudgeon’s Corner theme music is generously provided by Ray Lynch. Our intro is “The Oh of Pleasure” (Amazon MP3 link) Our outro is “Celestial Soda Pop” (Amazon MP3 link) Both are from the album “Deep Breakfast” (iTunes link) Please buy his music and support his GoFundMe.

Curmudgeon’s Corner: Fully Half

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan continue blowing off the 2020 review in favor of discussing breaking news events. Trump is kicked off social media. The second impeachment. More on the insurrection at the Capitol. Security precautions for the upcoming inauguration. It has been another busy week. Maybe things will slow down once Biden is President? We’ll find out soon enough. In the mean time, another busy show.

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Recorded 2021-01-16
Length this week – 1:48:39

  • (0:00:22-0:37:47) First Part
    • Ivan’s glasses
    • Still no 2020 review
    • Trump kicked off social media
    • Trump job approval
    • Ivan’s car auction
    • Tech regulation
  • (0:39:30-1:47:10) Second Part
    • Capitol attack worse than it seemed
    • Was there a plan?
    • Profiles of the rioters
    • Republicans divided
    • Second impeachment
    • Trump’s missed opportunities
    • Inauguration plans
    • The future
The Curmudgeon’s Corner theme music is generously provided by Ray Lynch. Our intro is “The Oh of Pleasure” (Amazon MP3 link) Our outro is “Celestial Soda Pop” (Amazon MP3 link) Both are from the album “Deep Breakfast” (iTunes link) Please buy his music and support his GoFundMe.

Curmudgeon’s Corner: Attack on the Capitol

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan throw the previous plan out the window, and spend the entire show talking about the January 6th attack on the Capitol and all the ramifications of that attack. There really was no other possible topic this week. They’ll circle back around and do the review of their 2020 predictions some other time.

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Recorded 2021-01-08
Length this week – 1:34:28

  • (0:00:22-1:34:07) Attack on the Capitol
    • 2020 Review delayed
    • Could have been worse
    • Security / Use of force / Arrests
    • Administration responsibility?
    • Counting the Electoral Votes
    • MAGAworld Reaction
    • What about the Inauguration?
    • Fleeing rats
    • 25th Amendment?
    • 2nd Impeachment?
    • Resignation?
    • Emotional impact
    • Not out of danger
    • Consequences
The Curmudgeon’s Corner theme music is generously provided by Ray Lynch. Our intro is “The Oh of Pleasure” (Amazon MP3 link) Our outro is “Celestial Soda Pop” (Amazon MP3 link) Both are from the album “Deep Breakfast” (iTunes link) Please buy his music and support his GoFundMe.

Curmudgeon’s Corner: 2021 Predictions Show

This week on Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan do their traditional annual predictions show, this time for 2021! They cover politics, international, economy, technology, and a hodgepodge of other things, which of course this year includes the pandemic. So tune in and hear what they think will happen in 2021! Then next week, come back and see how they did a year and a week ago in their predictions for 2020! These annual predictions shows are always long, so buckle up!

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Recorded 2020-12-31
Length this week – 3:08:03

  • (0:01:05-0:14:19) But First
  • (0:16:39-1:23:38) Politics
  • (1:24:47-1:50:13) International
  • (1:50:50-2:07:31) Economy
  • (2:08:17-2:25:57) Technology
  • (2:26:47-3:07:41) Hodgepodge
The Curmudgeon’s Corner theme music is generously provided by Ray Lynch. Our intro is “The Oh of Pleasure” (Amazon MP3 link) Our outro is “Celestial Soda Pop” (Amazon MP3 link) Both are from the album “Deep Breakfast” (iTunes link) Please buy his music and support his GoFundMe.

Curmudgeon’s Corner: Face In The Middle

On this week’s Curmudgeon’s Corner, Sam and Ivan once again encourage people to send in suggestions for next week’s predictions show. But aside from that, they talk about movies and printers and cars. Oh yeah, and the continued chaos of the Trump to Biden transition, and of course an update on pandemic developments. All the usual. Enjoy!

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Recorded 2020-12-24
Length this week – 2:19:35

  • (0:00:22-0:38:29) But First
    • Agenda
    • Year end specials coming!
    • Ivan family update
    • Sam movie: Team America: World Police (2004)
    • Bad printers
    • Cars
    • Feedback
  • (0:39:47-1:43:11) Presidential Transition
    • 2016 vs 2020/li>
    • Pardon barrage
    • False rumors
    • Trump fatigue
    • Autogolpe talk
    • Trump exit plan
    • Vetos and veto threats
    • A little on Biden
  • (1:44:01-2:19:15) Pandemic
    • Weekly stats
    • New variant
    • Impacts on freight
    • Ivan’s trip
    • Vaccinations
The Curmudgeon’s Corner theme music is generously provided by Ray Lynch. Our intro is “The Oh of Pleasure” (Amazon MP3 link) Our outro is “Celestial Soda Pop” (Amazon MP3 link) Both are from the album “Deep Breakfast” (iTunes link) Please buy his music and support his GoFundMe.