Shapeshifters, Bounty For Bigfoot, & The Family Gambling Pool
2021 “DO YOU HAVE ANY RANCH TOUR”: Kathleen follows up with her announcement that her Fall 2021 Tour goes on sale on June 4th, and that Termite Willow Hess’s tour poster design (forwarded on Twitter) was selected. She also thanks Greg Lynn for his key tour design support.
TERMITE SHOUTOUT: Kathleen gives a shoutout to a few Termites who have sent funny gifts to her PO Box. Big thanks to Jean who sent a Round Rock Chupacabra jersey to her parents’ address, Mandy who sent her a custom-designed tour poster, and Chris who sent a Richard Simmons “Farewell To Fat” cookbook in respect of the demise of Kathleen’s “Richard” Chia Pet.
UPDATE ON KATHLEEN’S QUEEN’S COURT: In an update on her Queens, Kathleen is excited to announce that Stevie just celebrated her 73rd birthday, and Cher has officially signed off and is moving forward with her biopic.
“GOOD BAD FOOD”: In her quest for new and delicious not-so-nutritious junk food AND in continuing her search for the best Ranch, Kathleen samples Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, Ken’s Steakhouse Ranch dressing (which she finds to be too tangy), and Red Velvet Cupcake Pop Tarts, which she thinks are too sweet but thinks her Mom will love. She then gives the Termites advice on what to watch out for when grocery shopping at Trader Joe’s.
WeWork TANKS AGAIN: As a follow-up to Episode 36, Kathleen reads an article about the latest stock plunge of WeWork shares as it prepares for its IPO. WeWork lost $3.2 billion last year, according to documents shown to prospective investors by the office-sharing startup as a part of a pitch for $1 billion in investment and a stock market listing. The company’s losses narrowed from $3.5 billion in 2019 and it plans to go public at a valuation of $9 billion including debt through a merger with a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC), the report said.
LATEST BANKSY SELLS FOR CRYPTO: In continuing with her obsession with cryptocurrency and her love of art, Kathleen reports that Banksy’s “Love Is In The Air” recently became the first piece of fine art to involve a crypto sale for $69.3M.
THE WORLD’S FIRST BITCOIN COMMUNITY: Kathleen reads an article about the Caribbean island of Bequia, where a housing developer is creating the world’s first bitcoin community where residents will pay for property, goods and services entirely in cryptocurrency. The 18 sq km island is part of St Vincent and the Grenadines, and In March 2021, the Eastern Caribbean became the first digital currency union in the world with the launch of “DCash” across four island nations, St Lucia, Grenada, Antigua, and Barbuda, and St. Kitts and Nevis. Stay tuned, Termites ☺
A BOUNTY FOR BIGFOOT: As a follow-up to Episode 25, Kathleen reads an UPDATE out of Oklahoma where Rep. Justin Humphrey recently announced a $3 million bounty on the State House floor. The bill, HB 1648, would ask that the Oklahoma Wildlife Commission to establish annual season dates and create any necessary specific hunting licenses and fees for hunting the mythical Sasquatch. Kathleen then reviews the Idabel, OK gas station Gasquatch,which she wants to visit but maintains that it could never replace her beloved Love’s Truck Stops in order of cool factor.
BOB DYLAN “RETROSPECTRUM”: A fan of art and its influences, Kathleen is interested to read an article from Florida International University who is proud to announce that Retrospectrum, the most expansive and detailed exhibition of Bob Dylan’s artwork ever seen on U.S. soil, will have its U.S. debut at the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum on November 30, 2021. Running through April 17, 2022, Retrospectrum spans six decades of Dylan’s drawing, painting, and sculpture. The exhibition’s curation has been designed to showcase the development and diversity in Dylan’s visual practice, while immersive and interactive displays will simultaneously illuminate the context of that development in tandem with that of his musical and literary canon.
A LOW-BUDGET HOLLY PONZI: Kathleen reads an article out of Los Angeles outlining one of the most audacious Ponzi schemes in Hollywood history. Low-budget actor Zachary Horwitz collected $690 million from investors for movie deals authorities say were fictitious. The HBO and Netflix contracts he presented to potential investors to prove that his business was legitimate were forgeries, the government says. For years, Horwitz kept the con going by using loans from one group of investors to repay what he’d borrowed from another, according to a federal criminal complaint. The investors are now trying to recover $235 million that he never repaid.
MORE ALIENS: Kathleen reads an article uncovering dozens of recent UFO reports from Air Canada, WestJet, Porter, and other airlines in a Canadian government aviation incident database. The data adds to the increasing number of commercial airline pilot reports out of Nevada, Ireland, and Northern Canada increasing pilot-witness accounts of presumed extra-terrestrial sightings which denotes that life exists on other planets.
SKINWALKER RANCH SHAPESHIFTERS: In continuing with her interest in potential alien existence and all things extraterrestrial, Kathleen is thrilled to read an update from Utah’s Skinwalker Ranch, where a specialist team has been recruited to probe the specific area where the Pentagon funded a top-secret study into UFOs and alien life. The isolated spot is at the center of some of America’s most baffling mysteries including horrific cases of cattle mutilation and sightings of “bulletproof” shape-shifting creatures. Real estate tycoon Brandon Fugal bought the ranch from paranormal enthusiast Robert Bigelow and has since given full access to a research team headed by Dr. Travis Taylor – who has worked for the US Dept. of Defense and NASA. Dr. Taylor’s full-scale investigation is now the focus of a new eight-part series available on History Channel called the ‘Secret of Skinwalker Ranch,” which Kathleen is immediately adding to her watch list.
WHAT TO WATCH THIS WEEK: Kathleen highly recommends watching Canadian singer (and Kathleen’s friend) Jann Arden’s comedy “Jann” on Hulu, because Kathleen absolutely loves Jann’s songwriting and thinks she’s unbelievably hilarious and fun. Kathleen also tells Termites to watch Jean Smart in “Hacks” on HBO Max, and “Halston” on Netflix