Flying Cars, My Parent’s Vaccine Hunt, and the 3-Hour Revolution
Kathleen opens the show drinking a Bloody Mary and providing her overview of the first week of 2021, stating that she thinks the events this week haven’t improved the outlook of the new year. Kathleen recommends liquor and snacks to get everyone through the insanity carrying over from 2020, including the 3-hour revolution on the US Capitol, and another missing airplane. Those familiar with Kathleen’s comedy know of her obsession with missing Malaysian Flight 370, as depicted in her bit “Wrong Ocean” from her Bothering Jesus album, and Kathleen carries that enthusiasm when researching the latest commercial aircraft to “disappear.”
“BAD GOOD FOOD”: In her quest for new and delicious not-so-nutritious junk food, Kathleen makes and describes to listeners Cheetos Bold n Cheesy Mac n Cheese, stating that she prefers Kraft Mac n Cheese. She moves on to try Kellogg’s Jumbo Snax, which comes in Fruit Loops (Kathleen’s absolute favorite,) Tiger Paws (made with Frosted Flakes,) Apple Jacks, and Corn Pops.
DOLLY PARTON QUOTE: Instead of choosing a weekly Dolly quote, Kathleen switches to a recent tweet from Dolly’s sister, Stella Parton, involving the potential of a 2021 Civil War and “numbnuts.”
DOLLY’S 75th BIRTHDAY REMINDER: Kathleen reminds listeners that Dolly’s 75th birthday is approaching, and she provides an address to send birthday cards to Dolly: PO Box 150307 Nashville, TN 37215-0307
THE 3-HOUR AMERICAN REVOLUTION: Kathleen discusses the attempted “revolution” at the US Capitol building on January 6th, 2021 when Trump followers stormed the building trying to prevent the certification of the 2020 Presidential election in favor of Biden. Kathleen provides commentary on their motivation and the actual events of that day, including her perception of the rioters based on their “outfits” and their signage. She refers to those people dramatically scaling the front of the building instead of using the steps as “Honky Kong.”
FAR-RIGHT SOCIAL MEDIA: In conjunction with the January 6th riots, Kathleen reviews the alt-conservative social media platform, Parler. She tells listeners the history of how Parler was formed, the financial backing that the Mercer family provided, and how the platform was used to align the mob that stormed the Capitol building, seemingly in support of President Donald J. Trump.
WORLD CHESS HALL OF FAME: As a follow up to Episode 14 where Kathleen discusses the game of chess and the Netflix series “The Queen’s Gambit,” she proudly announces to listeners that the World Chess Hall of Fame has been established in her home city of St. Louis, MO.
LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM SELLS SONG CATALOG: It’s commonly known that Kathleen is a massive and life-long Fleetwood Mac fan, and she is amazed at a recent announcement that Lindsey Buckingham has sold his song catalog to a single publisher. Kathleen ponders the reasons why this action might have occurred and shares with listeners which Buckingham songs are her favorites.
FLORIDA’S ONLINE COVID VACCINE SCHEDULING: Kathleen describes the current state of Floridians age 75+ attempting to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. She receives daily updates from her own parents, who are in Sarasota for the winter and have been directed to sign up for email lists, obtain QR Codes on their cell phones to put them on waiting lists, and most recently directed to event ticketing company Eventbrite to sign up for vaccine appointments. Kathleen goes on to detail the fake Eventbrite sites have been created as scams asking senior citizens to pay for a spot in line to guarantee the vaccine availability, and describes her father’s reaction to anyone asking him to provide a QR code prior to getting vaccinated.
ANIMALS MOST LIKELY TO KILL YOU BY STATE: Kathleen continues with the segment Animals Most Likely to Kill You (By State), as reported by the Center for Disease Control. If you live in Georgia beware of snakes as snake bites have increased by approximately 40% in 2017. In Iowa and Kansas, keep your wits about you around domestic cattle 😉
THE LAST KNOWN CIVIL WAR WIDOW: Kathleen reads to listeners an article about the recent death of the last known Civil War widow. Helen Viola Jackson’s 1936 marriage to Union veteran James Bolin was extremely unusual: he was 93 and in declining health, and she was a 17-year-old schoolgirl. Kathleen goes on to read that the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War and other heritage organizations have recognized Jackson’s place in history, which was never revealed until the final years before her death.
ORLANDO FLYING CAR HUB: Kathleen laughs when reading an article announcing that the city of Orlando, FL, and a German aviation company has unveiled plans to build the first hub for flying cars in the United States. The 56,000-square-foot transportation hub, or vertiport, resembles an airport terminal and is designed to enable passengers to bypass Florida’s notoriously congested highways, the city and the hub’s developers contend. Kathleen is beyond amused that taxpayer money has been dedicated to this project for use by 2025 when flying cars haven’t yet been invented for use by the general public.
WHAT TO WATCH THIS WEEK: Kathleen tells listeners to watch the final season of “Vikings” which was originally made for the History Channel but the entire series is now available on Amazon Prime.