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It’s Been a Year

We’ve reached the one year anniversary of the Mousepad Heroes podcast.  Our first episode  was released on January 8th, 2017 and my initial plan for the podcast was immediately torpedoed by a bad winter cold.  I love the podcast medium that’s what led us to create Mousepad Heroes.  My original vision for the show was a generational gaming & pop culture forum.  Poparella and I would discuss our online adventures, the latest in pop culture and provide the audience with a compelling contrast of the two perspectives.  The vision seemed viable but we went off the rails from the start.

On the weekend we were set to record our first episode, Poparella fell ill with a pretty serious cold.  I had spent a couple of months learning, gathering equipment and preparing to podcast.  Like a proper man child, I was despondent when my plan to test out my new toys was upended by the flu.  Liz offered to sit-in with me so I could at least test out the production process.  What happened next became history in northeastern Pennsylvania podcasting lore.  We had so much fun recording together, we decided we’d put the generational gaming & pop culture show on the side burner and take a Seinfeldian leap in to a show about nothing.  Poparella made frequent appearances throughout the year, but Liz turned out to be a much more reliable host.  We went looking for our voice and it proved to be quite enjoyable for us along the way.

We put the show on hiatus for most of December while we kicked-it Christmas-style and took a break from what was a colonoscopy of a year.  The hiatus gave us some time to reflect and we’ve decided to take another shot at using an actual format for the show.  Our rambling musings are entertaining and therapeutic for us but they don’t exactly translate to a broad audience.  We set out to make something compelling, we know we can do better, so that’s what we’re going to do.

Liz, Poparella, Wyatt and I are working on the new show format and content.  We’ve got some pretty crazy stuff planned for 2018 and we’re looking forward to the ride.  Episode 24 will drop in the next few weeks.  In the meantime you can get caught up on the back catalog right here or on iTunes, Google or wherever you download podcasts.  Thank you for the support in 2017 and cheers to a giggity 2018.

MPH Podcast EP #23 – Revelations

Poparella joins Jay & Liz in this episode as Liz reveals a clever ruse perpetrated by Poparella and comes clean about her own recent shenanigans during a mom’s night out trip with friends.  Poparella schools us on her obsession with The Sims and as always we talk a little TV.

Show Notes:

  1. The Turbie Twist as mentioned in Poparella’s ruse
  2. You can follow Poparella on Twitter and check out her many hours of Sims videos on her YouTube channel
  3. Correction: Riverdale is on the CW and not the WB, which may have become the CW but whatever

MPH Podcast EP #22 – Nostrovia

Liz joins Jay as she tries to emerge from another post-neighborhood-libations induced haze.  (e.g. Saturday afternoon in the ‘heights)  Our hosts discuss the nature of suburban life, Stranger Things season 2 and other meandering topics.

Next episode – the return to Oak Island!

Show Notes:

  1. David Barbour plays “Chief Jim Hopper” in the Netflix series, Stranger Things.
  2. Brett Gelman plays investigative reporter / conspiracy theorist “Murray Baumann” in the aforementioned series.

MPH Podcast EP #21 – Bad Bulbs

Jay & Liz are back after a few weeks off.  Our hosts discuss their recent wedding anniversary trip sans kids and the craziness that ensues on the sidelines of youth sports events.  This week also features the debut of 3 Minute Theater!

Show notes:

  1. US olympian Aly Raisman’s parents as “physical spectators”
  2. David S. Pumpkins on Saturday Night Live
  3. Reflections on the last season of The Curse of Oak Island

MPH Podcast EP #20 – Even the Losers

This week our hosts reflect on the loss of musician Tom Petty and comedian Ralphie May.  Liz confronts her own self-loathing as manifested in the TV show This is Us and the dynamic duo introduce a new Social Media Peeve of the week feature.

MPH Podcast EP #19 – Catdog DNA Reveal

The results are in!  Jay & Liz reveal the result’s of Catdog’s DNA test (#firstworldproblems) and discuss the science and logic behind having your dog’s DNA tested.  In other news, our hosts reflect on their first year in #NEPA and the nature of roots in a community.  Liz talks about the post Game of Thrones show hole and we mourn the loss of two great actors this week in Harry Dean Stanton and Frank Vincent.

Reference:

  1. Wisdom Panel pet DNA tests
  2. Memorable Red Dawn Scene https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_S1F1Zha_k
  3. The Sinner on USA
  4. Ozark on Netflix
  5. Harry Dean Stanton interview from The Village Voice