My friend, the awesome Tristan Tarwater of Back That Elf Up, has suggested an alternative to NaNoWriMo for those of us that don’t participate. Her recommendation is, “Every day this month, write a review for/rate/share one piece of media you’ve enjoyed. Book, game, comic, etc.” I have accepted this challenge.
I have a whole list of things I plan to review, ranging from books, movies, blogs and clothes. I even have one idea in the chamber for my favorite thing in the whole world, which will be a surprise for later. Today I will write about my favorite podcast in the world, My Brother My Brother and Me, from the Maximum Fun network.
The first thing you’ll notice listening to this show is that it is an advice show for the ‘modren’ era, and that it is not for babies, unless those babies are cool babies. However, I usually describe it thusly, “three brothers receive the most ridiculous questions that fans could find on Yahoo! Answers, and they answer these questions to the worst of their ability.”
This is kind of true. It’s true in the sense that they would tell you that they give the worst advice and it should never be followed. However, I have learned a practical thing or two from MBMBAM over the course of the 275 episodes currently out. I have learned that the easiest way to keep the cat from scratching at the door thereby keeping me awake all night, is to put a baby gate in front of the door (tested and approved). I’ve also learned… well, that might be it.
The podcast is so riddled with ongoing inside jokes, that I kind of feel like I can’t write about it properly. What I suggest is picking a starting place a few episodes back (perhaps a Bro’s Better, Bro’s Best episode) and giving yourself a few episodes to acclimate. Before you know it you’ll be up on the goofs, themes and songs that permeate each episode. You might even begin shopping the Money Zone, which has revolutionized the way I sleep, shave my armpits, wear underpants, and shop for… toys.
I have enjoyed this podcast for many years now – it used to be part of my commute and work day. However, this changed after I exposed my partner to it. It then became a program to save until we could listen to it together. Now every Monday evening we head to fartpatrol.com to see if the new episode is loaded up. We read through the description together, and get the show downloading. Then we roll out the yoga mats, stretch, and diffuse the knots in our backs by laying on tennis balls. And we laugh our asses off along to the show. It’s a part of our self care routine, and a cherished part of our relationship.
And if that’s not enough, listening to MBMBAM automatically gives you friends. I’m not sure what it is about this show, but it brings people together. If you want proof, just check out the MBMBAM Appreciation page on Facebook. Or go see them live, if you can. Holy crap, what a great experience!!
In any case, no matter how you enjoy it or who you enjoy it with, I encourage you to give it a shot. If you don’t laugh, I don’t know what’s wrong with you.