Episode 45A: A Silver Lake & a Tan Caucasian

Show Notes:
Recorded Friday, July 20 2007 (11:00 PM - 12:00 AM), at Silver Sands Resort, Mears MI
    “A remote podcast from the upper reaches of the Lower Peninsula.  Mickey joins Mike & Schmoe on their annual Silver Lake pilgrimage, by the shores of Lake Michigan, to review White Sport Coat and a Pink Crustacean and to hold an HP7 vigil.

    Your humble podcasters spent most of the last week on vacation, up north at Silver Lake.  Since the core group was all together, we recorded two shows, both of which have now been uploaded.  Along with recording, we also shot lots of photographs, many of which can be viewed over in our Gallery.
    And now, the notes:
    01:59 - I’m trying to recall information I learned twenty years ago in one my geology class, when my instructor described the North Pole glaciers growing bigger, increasing southward, and pushing sand into the moraines which became the dunes along our Lake Michigan shoreline.  According to this informative PDF from the Geological Survey Division, “These dunes are a result of massive ice sheets which covered Michigan, and much of North America, during what geologists call the Pleistocene Epoch, some 1,800,000 years ago.  Glaciers transported sand and other materials and deposited them as glacial drift.  Large masses of glacial ice gouged out the basins that now confine the Great Lakes.”
    03:29 - I’m revealing a common prejudice.  Your right palm is not a map of Michigan, it’s a map of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula.  You’ll need your left palm too, pinkie tucked in if possible and thumb pointing slightly upward, for the Upper Peninsula.
    06:10 - it was actually my coworker’s jury duty.  I could not take a vacation day because I had to cover for him, and if he was chosen for a jury I probably wouldn’t be able to go up to Silver Lake at all.  He was part of a jury pool in a case with a black defendant, and the defense attorney was fairly obviously trying to get as many African Americans onto the jury.  My coworker’s name got picked, but he was quickly dismissed.  And that, since it allowed me to take Thursday and Friday off, is the kind of racism I can live with!
    06:54 - long story short,  I dropped a brand new HD camcorder into the lake.  I was disembarking from our boat and the camera fell into the surf.  Mike spotted it first and when he lifted it up the camcorder had water pissing out of it from every opening and crevice.  What really hurt it more than the water was the sand.  Even though it was in the water for only a few moments, it somehow got gritty sand all inside its works.  I’ve let it sit for several days and was eventually able to power it up, get the LCD viewfinder working, as well as its CMOS chip; but there’s still so much sand in the works that I yet to get the tape ejected.
    07:51 - Goin’ Coastal.  Goin’ Coastal!  Goin’ Coastal.  Why couldn’t I think of that during the show?! 
    08:46 - some piece of shit with the inevitable “.ru” extension took advantage of the fact our e-mail was a catch-all.  We had fun creating new e-mail names to use, secure that they’d all wind up safely at our .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) location.  But, early on the morning of July 9, some took advantage of our catch-all and started spewing out all sorts of bullshit, male enhancement e-mails with our domain name.  Between that asshole’s spam and all the Mailer-Daemon replies, we were inundated with hundreds and hundreds of e-mails filling up our inboxes.
    And now the fun is over.  Because of that shitsucker, we had to disable our address being a catch-all.
    Our three working e-mail address are .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), and, if you’d like to send us an audio comment, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
    14:30 - in fact, Texas Connection, which ran weekly on TNN (1991-1992), was hosted by Jerry Jeff Walker.  [Source.]   I can’t find any video links, so maybe I might have to dredge up some 3/4” player and digitize my tape.
    20:48 - this is answered in Episode 46
    22:15 - the book was torrented the previous Tuesday.  Despite what Scholastic said, it was obviously not a fake, and I couldn’t resist finding out the ending.  I figure it’s not a spoiler when it’s the book itself giving the secrets away.  And besides, it was too difficult to read as much as I wanted to on vacation, and now the pressure was off me trying.




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