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Saturday, December 28, 2019

[Episode 81] Holiday Special

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The gang get together to unwrap their #SecretSanta gifts, talk about the things they've been up to, and their #Holiday plans!
BONUS: those of you have bought us a Coffee should've already received links to the RAW, Unedited version of this podcast!

David Cameo:
Carol Gallardo:
Chris Valerius (BMNY DeadCast):
Ashley Weidman (Talking Dead's Ultimate Fan 2018):
Meg The Geek (Dendy):
Rachael Burt:

  • Meg organizing our Secret Santa
  • Grab some #SchweddyBalls in NJ
  • Next @BMNY_Deadcast on 1/8 @ 8pm with #LindsleyRegister
  • Ashley’s gift from Carol: school supplies and children’s book!
  • Rachael’s gift from Chris: Coffee mug, TWD socks, and “We’re all infected” Hat
  • Dave’s gift from Ashley: bluetooth receiver & tripod with “Octopussy” legs
    • Rachael discovers #ASMR
  • Chris’ gift from Meg: #Punisher #TShirt & #Michonne #IttyBittys
    • What a pretty “box”
    • Dave’s full-blown panic when not everyone received their gifts, close to the episode recording
    • #ShoutOut to @iowamamaof3’s #ChristmasCards and #ZombieApocalypse survival tip cards to Chris & Dave
  • Meg’s gift from Dave: #RobotChicken Special, “Look Who’s Walking”
    • she opened hers early/accidentally
    • #CelebrityDeathmatch is coming back!
  • Carol’s gift from Rachael: a diffuser
    • For farty bedrooms
    • childhood trauma of #VicksVapoRub. #Vicks #VapoRub
    • useful during the smelly apocalypse
  • Rachael lets Silas play #FridayThe13th & #DeadByDaylight, while snuggling #Pennywise & #JasonVoorhees plushies
  • Meg, Cleaning for Christmas
    • assembling furniture
  • The last #CampMarimac. #Orgy #TogaParty
  • Carol’s dad is coming for Christmas
    • brings his wife, smuggles in his step-daughter
    • Meg’s #DesperateHousewives encounter
    • Carol’s flight with #HoneyBooBoo
  • Chris sign’s off (work emergency)
  • What Meg’s been up to:
    • appearance on @freelancenetworkpodcast
    • her new #WonderWoman1984 trailer breakdown. #WonderWoman #WW84
    • Meg Sign’s Off: Lots of unboxing left, possible proposal during Italian Christmas
  • Rachael’s Christmas Tradition: lots of traveling, no cooking
  • Carol’s Christmas: busier and more of a to-do in NYC, less so in Florida
    • 3 years since she’s seen Dad
    • Impending Language/Conversation barriers
    • Smuggling in Step-Daughter means less Dad-time
    • Carol’s #Trekkie dad didn’t spot #DeniseCrosby at #Terminus. #TashaYar #StarTrek
  • #StageFright reminds us of what’s important
    • Dave’s #ChildhoodAnxiety / #FirstDayJitters
    • why we’re less excited about things as adults
  • Dave’s #EscapeRoom Rooftop Employee Dinner and subsequent #Casino escapade. #PennySlots
  • Dave & Dave’s Wife’s “Trashy Christmas”
  • Dave’s newborn nephew
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Friday, December 13, 2019

[Episode 80] #WSCAltlanta2019: Mo Collins Interview (with Recap)

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O.G. SQUAWKING D. Carol G. sat down with none other than #SarahRabinowitz herself, Mo Collins, during #WalkerStalkerCon
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Carol Gallardo:
Mo Collins:

A lot can be said about the entity that is Walker Stalker Con.  Unfortunately a lot of things that can be said lean heavily on the negative nowadays, for a variety of reasons that I will not get into on this post.  My point of this post is focus on the two specific interviews that I was able to conduct at the convention in Atlanta this year (one arranged in advance, one that was arranged on the fly, very spur of the moment).  In particular, I want to talk about my pre-arranged interview with the one and only Mo Collins, from Fear the Walking Dead (and many other works).

I arrived at Walker Stalker con on Friday morning and was told by Press Relations that day that Mo Collins would likely be available to speak sometime Saturday morning.  Nothing long, nothing beyond 10 minutes or so.  I was fine with that.  These are actors that are being pulled in more directions than one can think of therefore I'm grateful for whatever time I can get.  Plus, do you know how LONG ten minutes are?  Let me tell you, when you don't know someone and you have to sit and have a conversation (since that's how I prefer to conduct my interviews, not so much question/answer, etc), ten minutes can be an ETERNITY.  Think of being on a bad date.  YEAH.  Not so much fun right?

In any case, Saturday morning comes and I'm told that I'm scheduled to meet Mo Collins behind her designated booth at 10:55am in the morning.  The time comes and I head over to her booth...and no one is there.  Hmmm.  I ask the adjacent booth worker if they know if Mo Collins momentarily stepped away and they weren't really sure to be able to say either way.  At this point, I reach out to my podcast partner and the press relations contact who immediately shows up and lets me know the interview will actually be in the Green Room, where Mo Collins is on break.  NICE.  At this point, Press Relations escorts me behind the curtains and down the floor to the Green Room area where I get to sit and have a little chat with Mo Collins herself.

I walk over and introduce myself to her and she automatically greets me with a warm smile.  She's dressed casually with long flared jeans and a fitted casual top.  Her hair is golden blonde, long and flowing with loose waves capped off by a stylish hat.  Finally, her makeup is light but accentuating her naturally sparkling eyes that light up especially when she laughs.  Very bohemian, but very stylish.  I can dig it.

We both pull up chairs to a table to start talking and she tells me that she's already had quite a morning because one of her fillings came loose and she needs to find an emergency dentist ASAP.  Yikes.  Poor Mo.  That couldn't be fun.  All the more reason I was appreciative of her time.  And what a pleasant conversation it was.  As soon as we sat down, I had to ask her about her comedic background (since it is extensive) and how any of that influences her depiction of her character on Fear the Walking Dead.  Without a doubt, she concurred that her comedic background has influenced how she depicts her character of Sarah on the show, a character that tends to serve as the comic relief in a show full of despair and heaviness.  Being able to play a character such as her has allowed her the privilege of not having to turn her back completely on comedy because she's able to still infuse comedy into a very dramatic situation.

So in that respect, does she miss comedy?  Not really because she brings comedy to everything she touches.  And if she really needs a comedic fix, there are other gigs as well.  Being a mom of two under the age of five, I am VERY well versed in the world of kiddie entertainment and I was familiar with her voice acting on the animated series "Puppy Dog Pals" on Disney Junior (that's right, I watch "Puppy Dog Pals").  Voice acting is a completely different animal and she eagerly explained to me that with voice acting, she's able to let her whole body express herself through the conduit of her voice and not worry about how it LOOKS like.  Sounds pretty liberating if you ask me.

Finally, I had to ask her about her poker playing skills since I know she's competed in Celebrity Poker Championships for charity.  She laughed and said that she was in fact an avid poker player but she hasn't played in so long, her poker face was probably long gone.  As someone with NO POKER FACE, I can appreciate that.

And that was the end of our conversation.  I thanked her for her time and wished her luck for the rest of the day and the rest of the convention, to which she gave me a big hug and thanked me as well.  Oh and of course I had to ask for a quick selfie (hey, I had to take advantage right?).  And that was that.

There was more that was discussed in regards to hopes for her character of Sarah on Fear the Walking Dead and the evolution of her character in the incoming season, but overall, beyond it being an interview, it felt like a comfortable conversation between two individuals having a quick little chat.  Too bad it wasn't over beers, but hey, you can't have it all right?

Thursday, December 5, 2019

[Episode 79] Season 10, Episode 8 of The Walking Dead, "The World Before"

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Aww Dante, we hardly knew ya! Wouldn't you follow Carol into the shed with all the chainsaws? Though this #MidSeasonFinale comes to a hurried close, SQUAWKING DEAD keeps on truckin'
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David Cameo:
Carol Gallardo:
Ashley Weidman (Talking Dead's Ultimate Fan 2018):
Rachael Burt:

  • Ashley was convinced #Siddiq survived #DanteTWD’s attack
    • Carol and Rachael are bummed Dante is so different than the #comicbook
    • Round of applause for the writers
    • Doctors command a lot of respect
    • Easy for Dante to be trusted
    • Dante responsible for campsite deaths in ep1
    • #NoHopeforDante: #AlphaTWD had her hooks in him
    • Questionable timeline revolving Dante / #LydiaTWD
    • Was Alpha testing Dante?
    • Holding Siddiq in the barn
  • #Negan / Lydia dynamic if she returns to #TheWhisperers
  • Is Alpha using #GammaTWD?
  • Rachael and @celtictso fight
    • Not everyone wants #CarolPeletier to DIE
    • TWD unafraid of killing off ANYONE
  • OG SQUAWKING D Carol G makes prediction about #RositaEspinosa
    • Will she meet the same fate #AndreaHarrison did in the comics?
  • #FatherGabriel’s evolution
    • Dave sheds light on Gabe’s eulogy
  • Did Dante have ulterior motives, painting #SilenceTheWhispers?
    • Cast doubt over Lydia?
    • Does #BetaTWD care for Lydia?
    • Only enough to support Alpha’s ideals
  • #AaronTWD back to his roots
    • So nice seeing Aaron and Gracie together
    • Gracie has a knit glove to match Dad's "Metal Arm"
  • Carol is letting her heart make decisions
    • Does she ultimately blame herself?
    • Letting #HenryTWD go to #TheHilltop in the first place
    • Carol’s feelings are justified, not her actions
    • #DarylDixon understands Lydia better than most
    • Daryl reminds Carol HE’S the one to confide in
    • we all find ourselves needing help, but don't know who to tell
    • #Selfish isn't a bad word
  • Carol has a history of acting without permission
    • Karen/David - prison
    • #Terminus
    • Burning #TheSaviors alive
  • Dave surprises us
  • Alpha can convince The Whisperers that society is an illusion
  • #TWDLuke’s favorite song references The Day of Wrath/Judgement
    • DON’T WORRY, #DanFogler is healthy!
    • Seems like #KingEzekiel is hinting at a future death
    • JULES at #TheOceanside - the big mystery
    • A love triangle between #EugenePorter, Rosita, Stephanie?
  • #JudithGrimes is wise beyond her years
    • Dave fanboys over #KevinCarroll
    • Judith is reading "The World Before"
    • Dave reminds us that Siddiq said to #RickGrimes "May my mercy prevail over my wrath"
    • #Michonne thinks the risk is worth the reward
    • Going with #VirgilTWD
    • Informed vs. ignorant decision making
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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

[Percolation Nation] December, 2019

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Welcome to the first of many monthly [Percolation Nation] addresses, where we shout-out the ☕coffee-backers who generously support us on, be they monthly-subscribers or one-offs! As you may or may not know, even a single ☕coffee ($3 - less than your average cup of actual coffee) grants you 30 days of access to the following perks:
  • The ability to join us in our exclusive, real-time chat, while we record our episodes!
    We used to go live to the general public and, although we enjoyed it very much, we found that our episodes were a little less polished, struggling to keep up with the public conversation. Pre-recording our podcast has not only freed up our mental bandwidth, but the real-time, no-lag chat means that we receive instant feedback/corrections from our coffee-backers. Doing this also frees up our hands/fingers for when we premiere the podcast to the general public - via YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Periscope, Twitch, and Mixer - allowing us to take part in the live-chat, responding to questions/thoughts, and just having a great time with great people, reveling in the banter.
  • a link to download the entire, raw, and unedited video!
    As a backer, you're not only entitled to the times when you're able to attend our recordings, but receive a copy of the raw podcast for your offline viewing pleasure for the times when you aren't! What does this mean? You basically get all the behind-the-scenes banter between we hosts/coffee-backers: before, after, and in-between the episode! This means bloopers, pre-show banter, post-show cool-down, etc! For all intents and purposes, you kind of receive 2 podcasts in one! We get pretty personal!
  • Early Access to new perks
    As more folks take the plunge and subscribe to monthly coffee-support, we'll be rolling out new features. What will that look like? Oh, I dunno... maybe early-access-entries to giveaways? Perhaps the ability to be pulled onto the podcast? We are also open to suggestions, too! If you have any good ideas for perks, let us know on our website, leave a comment in this blog, or just DM us on our social media (all are open!)
With that out of the way, it's time to shout-out our [Percolation Nation] for the month of December, 2019!

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