What is proper AirPod etiquette in public spaces?

A new hopefully regular segment where we try to answer common questions and dilemmas facing us in modern culture. Today we start off with AirPods etiquette, butternut squash, calling my hubby "Papa" and more.

What is proper AirPod etiquette in public spaces?
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J:

Airpods have become a must-have accessory in today's society, but what is the proper etiquette when using them in public spaces? My teen wears his none stop. There was a viral video surfaced of a heated argument between two strangers over the use of Airpods on a crowded subway. So, what do the experts say about this modern-day dilemma?

Don't share them, it's gross.

Now, picture this: you're sitting on a crowded subway, minding your own business, jamming out to your favorite tunes on your beloved ear pods. Suddenly, your seat neighbor decides to tap you on the shoulder and ask if they can borrow your ear pods. Cue the record scratch. Sharing ear pods? That's a big no-no. Not only is it gross, but it's also a surefire way to spread germs and unwanted earwax. Plus, who knows where those ear pods have been? They could have been dropped on the street, stepped on, or even used as makeshift chew toys by someone's dog. So, save yourself the horror and politely decline any ear pod sharing requests. Trust us, it's for the best.

Don't blast your music, please.

Now, let's talk about another ear pod etiquette rule that should be carved in stone: don't blast your music, please. Sure, we get it, you've got killer taste in music and you want the whole world to know about it. But remember, not everyone shares the same appreciation for your eclectic mix of death metal and polka fusion. So, think twice before cranking up the volume to maximum decibels and subjecting innocent bystanders to an impromptu concert they didn't sign up for. Trust us, their eardrums will thank you, and you might even avoid getting booted off the subway. Let's keep the peace, one ear pod at a time. 

Don't lose one, good luck.

Ah, the notorious struggle of keeping both ear pods intact. It's like playing a never-ending game of Hide and Seek, with one pod constantly hiding in the most inconspicuous places. You'd think they were equipped with teleportation abilities, the way they mysteriously disappear into thin air. And let's not forget the sheer panic that sets in when you realize you've lost one - it's like losing a precious treasure, a tiny technological gem. Good luck retracing your steps and scouring every nook and cranny in a desperate attempt to reunite the lost pod with its twin. Just remember, in the world of ear pods, losing one is almost a rite of passage. It's a badge of honor, a symbolic reminder of the eternal struggle we all face with these tiny, yet oh-so-elusive gadgets. So, don't lose one, good luck. May the odds be ever in your favor.


The title for this segment inspired by the great TFI Friday


Sue:

Is butternut squash underrated? Butternut squash has been flying under the radar for far too long, but it's finally getting the recognition it deserves. I'm so happy to see it. From flavorful soups and hearty stews to savory casseroles and sweet desserts, this versatile vegetable is quickly becoming a staple in kitchens everywhere. So, is butternut squash truly the unsung hero of the season?

Is butternut squash underrated?

As a nutritionist and avid cook, I have come across numerous food trends and fads throughout my career. However, one ingredient that constantly seems to be overlooked and under appreciated is the humble butternut squash. Often overshadowed by its more popular cousins, such as pumpkin and sweet potato, butternut squash tends to be relegated to the sidelines in the world of seasonal produce. However, as I delved deeper into the nutritional benefits and versatility of this versatile vegetable, I began to question why it is not given the recognition it deserves. Is butternut squash truly underrated, or have we been missing out on a valuable ingredient all this time?

Yes, it's a vegetable. Duh.

Alright, so here's the deal: butternut squash may not be the sexiest vegetable out there. It doesn't have the flashy fame of kale or the trendy allure of avocado. But let me tell you, my friend, butternut squash is a true gem hiding in plain sight. It's like the Clark Kent of the vegetable world, unassuming and mild-mannered, but with a hidden superpower of deliciousness. Don't be fooled by its beige exterior; once you peel away that tough skin and slice into its vibrant orange flesh, you'll be greeted with a sweet and nutty flavor that will make your taste buds do a happy dance. So yeah, it may not be the most glamorous veggie, but trust me, butternut squash deserves some serious respect. It's the unsung hero of the produce aisle, and I'm here to spread the word. 

Move over pumpkin, squash is here.

Alright folks, listen up: pumpkin has had its time in the spotlight. Every fall, it's all about the pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin pies, and pumpkin-flavored everything. But I'm here to tell you, there's a new squash in town, and it's ready to steal the show. Move over pumpkin, because squash is here to take its rightful place on our plates. Sure, pumpkin may have its own holiday and a whole patch dedicated to its glory, but let me introduce you to its underrated cousin, butternut squash. It's like the rebellious sibling that never got the attention it deserved. But trust me, once you try the creamy texture and subtly sweet taste of roasted butternut squash, you'll be wondering why you ever settled for pumpkin. So grab your aprons and get ready to embrace the squash revolution, my friends. It's time to give butternut squash the recognition it deserves and let pumpkin take a backseat for once. Trust me, your taste buds will thank you.

Sweet and savory, a perfect combo.

Alright, let's talk about the magical combination of sweet and savory flavors. You know, like that time you accidentally dipped your french fries into your milkshake and realized it was a match made in culinary heaven. There's just something about the contrast of sugary goodness and salty satisfaction that makes our taste buds do a little happy dance. It's like the yin and yang of the flavor world, bringing balance to our plates and smiles to our faces. Whether it's a drizzle of maple syrup on crispy bacon or a sprinkle of sea salt on gooey caramel, sweet and savory is the dynamic duo we never knew we needed. So go ahead, embrace the delicious harmony of flavors and don't be afraid to get a little adventurous with your taste buds. Trust me, life is too short to stick to just one side of the flavor spectrum. So, grab a fork and join me in celebrating the perfect combo of sweet and savory. Your palate will thank you, and your taste buds will be forever grateful for the culinary joyride. Cheers to the delicious harmony of flavors, my friends! 

Can we make butternut squash pie?

Alright, confession time. I may or may not have found myself standing in front of a mountain of butternut squash, contemplating the age-old question: can we make butternut squash pie? I mean, we've seen pumpkin pie, sweet potato pie, even pecan pie, but where's the love for our underrated butternut squash? So, armed with a sense of culinary adventure and a deep-rooted love for all things pie, I embarked on a mission to put this humble squash in the spotlight. After a few trial and error moments (let's just say my first attempt resembled more of a butternut brick than a pie), I finally found the perfect recipe. The result? A velvety smooth filling with just the right hint of sweetness, nestled in a flaky, buttery crust. It was a triumph, my friends. So, the next time you find yourself with an abundance of butternut squash, don't just settle for soup or roasted chunks. Embrace the pie life and let your taste buds experience the underrated glory of butternut squash pie. Trust me, it's a game-changer. 

Confession: I'm addicted to butternut.

Alright, I have another confession to make. It's not just butternut squash pie that has me hooked - it's butternut squash in all its forms. I've become a butternut fanatic, if you will. It started innocently enough, with a simple roasted butternut squash side dish. The sweet, caramelized flavors had me coming back for more. But then, oh boy, things escalated. I found myself adding butternut to everything - salads, soups, even my morning smoothies. It's become an obsession, a love affair with this underrated vegetable. Friends and family may raise their eyebrows when they see me sneakily adding butternut to every dish, but I can't help it. I'm addicted to the creamy, comforting goodness of butternut squash. So if you ever spot me at the grocery store, hoarding all the butternut in sight, just know that it's all for the sake of my insatiable addiction. But hey, at least it's a healthy one, right?

Kath:

As a close friend of mine, I have always admired the unique relationship between my friend and her husband. They have been together for over a decade and have always seemed to have a strong bond filled with love and respect for each other. However, there is one thing that has always caught my attention and that is the way my friend refers to her husband. Instead of the traditional terms of endearment like "honey" or "sweetie," my friend calls her husband "papa." While I understand that nicknames can be a fun and affectionate way to address loved ones, this particular one has always struck me as odd and even uncomfortable. In fact, I have come to realize that this seemingly harmless nickname is not as cool as it may seem. Am I mean to think it's gross and that she should show him more respect with an adult sounding name?

Let me tell you, folks, I've witnessed some nicknames in my time, but your friend's choice for her husband takes the cake. Yes that sounds embarrassing for her and all the friends listening to it. Maybe just tell her to stop and keep the burner desire for her husband without looking at him as a father. Sounds like daddy issues.

Most likely, hearing "papa" makes you envision someone in their retirement years, wearing socks with sandals and insisting on eating dinner at 4 pm. Not exactly the picture of coolness, am I right?

And let's not forget the potential confusion that could arise from calling your significant other "papa" in public. I can only imagine you being at a trendy restaurant, trying to impress your friends with your sophisticated tastes, and then suddenly hearing a loud "Hey, papa!" from across the room. It's hard to maintain your cool factor when your nickname is drawing attention like that.

Tim:

Is it me or are ev cars the biggest scam?

As a car enthusiast and consumer, I have always been fascinated by new technologies and advancements in the automotive industry. However, amidst the buzz and excitement surrounding the rise of electric vehicles (EVs), I can't help but feel skeptical. While EVs have been marketed as the solution to the world's environmental problems and the future of transportation, I believe they are nothing more than a cleverly disguised scam. In recent years, there has been a significant push towards EVs, with major car manufacturers investing billions of dollars in their production. But after extensive research and analysis, I have come to the conclusion that EVs are not the revolutionary game-changers they claim to be, but rather a deceptive ploy to drain our wallets and deceive consumers.  

Okay, I have to vent about this charging cable situation in particular for electric vehicles. I mean, come on, I just shelled out a small fortune for an EV and now they want to nickel and dime me for a cable? It's like buying a fancy sports car and being told the steering wheel costs extra. I can just imagine the sales pitch now, "Oh, you want to charge your car? That'll be an additional fee, my friend!" It's like they're saying, "Hey, congratulations on going green and saving the planet, but we're going to make you pay for the privilege." I guess it's just another reminder that even in the world of electric cars, nothing comes for free. Well played, EV manufacturers, well played.

Might as well pedal myself! I mean, think about it. No more worrying about charging stations or paying extra for a fancy cable. I'll just hop on my bike and pedal away, getting my exercise and saving the planet at the same time. Sure, maybe I won't be able to reach highway speeds or have the convenience of a car, but hey, at least I won't have to deal with all these charging cable shenanigans. Plus, think of the money I'll save on gas! So, while everyone else is busy raving about electric vehicles, I'll be peddling away with a big grin on my face, knowing I've outsmarted the system. Who needs EV cars when you can be your own eco-friendly, budget-savvy transportation? Pedal power, here I come!

And you won't believe the shock I got when I asked about replacing the battery in my electric vehicle. I mean, forget about a simple swap like you would with a regular car. It's more like you're trading in your firstborn child for a new power source. The moment the mechanic gave me the quote, I had to do a double-take. I could practically hear the sound of my bank account weeping in the background. It's as if they think we're all walking around with pockets full of gold bars, just ready to hand them over for a battery replacement. Who knew a few volts could cost more than a designer handbag? Forget about my dreams of an electric car revolution, it seems like my budget is the one in need of a recharge. Looks like I'll be sticking to my trusty gas-guzzler for the foreseeable future. At least I can fill it up without needing a second mortgage on my house. Vroom vroom, baby.


Related to Tim's question, we can drill down more into the shady business benefits of ev cars, carbon credits and why they want to sell you a new form of vehicle:

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James:

Is making a youtube channel going to make me rich?

Probably not. Search YouTube and you'll see lots like this:

Maybe you can; maybe you can't

At lot of us have always had this grandiose vision of making it big on YouTube and swimming in a sea of cash. But let me tell you, reality hit me harder than a failed jump off a diving board. Turns out, becoming an overnight sensation with a YouTube channel doesn't exactly guarantee a one-way ticket to the land of the rich and famous. I mean, sure, there are those lucky few who seem to hit the viral jackpot and rake in the dough, but for most of us mere mortals, it's more like a slow trickle of spare change rather than a shower of dollar bills. So, if you're dreaming of quitting your day job and living off YouTube ad revenue alone, you might want to think again. Unless, of course, you have a hidden talent for juggling cats or can breakdance like a pro in a panda suit. In that case, count me in for a front-row ticket to your money-making extravaganza!

Fame and fortune? Ah, fame and fortune, the elusive duo that tempts us all. As I sit here contemplating the possibility of achieving such heights through my YouTube channel, I can't help but chuckle at the absurdity of it all. I mean, let's be real, my videos showcasing my incredible ability to balance spoons on my nose might not exactly be Oscar-worthy content. But hey, you never know, right? Maybe one day I'll stumble upon the secret formula for viral success. The world will be captivated by my spoon-balancing prowess, and I'll be signing autographs on red carpets faster than you can say "silverware sensation." Until then, I'll continue to chase my dreams with a dash of humor and a pinch of self-awareness, because who knows? Maybe someday, fame and fortune will be more than just a punchline in my YouTube journey.

You may not have the most glamorous or high-budget channel out there, but hey, if you've got charm and a knack for entertaining people with your spoon-balancing skills, then give it a go. And if there's one thing I've learned from countless hours of binge-watching YouTube tutorials, it's that those ad dollars can add up. Sure, you might not be buying a yacht or a mansion in Beverly Hills anytime soon, but a few extra bucks from ads? That's like winning the lottery for us aspiring internet sensations. So, YouTube ad revenue, bring it on! You may not become the next Jeff Bezos, but it's better to take all the pennies and dimes you can get while you continue to chase your spoon-balancing dreams. Who knows, maybe one day your spoons will become the hottest trend since fidget spinners. A spoon revolution, if you will. Until then, keep uploading your videos with a sprinkle of comedic flair and a spoonful of optimism.