Are you an expert yet?

Alternate title: Popcorn, Disney, and a Tesla ride

Josh and Rob catch up after the holidays!

Rob got an Artiphon Instrument 1 for Christmas and looooves it.

We talked about those refillable popcorn buckets from AMC Classic, Josh and his wife’s Disney ANNUAL passes, (sometimes) boring museum visits, his Lyft ride in a Tesla that sparked a newfound obsession.

Rob brings up his financial anxiety and obsessive budgeting. (Check out Simple, the bank we both use, and/or YNAB a handy budgeting app).

Per the provocative title (how do you like it?), Rob asks if at this point in life Josh feels like he’s an “expert” in what he does. Something about the age we’re at now, it feels like we should have expertise in something.

Lastly, you can get the latest reaction ever to Star Wars episode 9. No real spoilers, if you haven’t seen it, just generalized thoughts.

Disaster Transport

The smoke from the California wildfires made the air quality here in the San Francisco Bay Area worse than ever, with the Air Quality Index measuring in the mid-300’s at one point. Normal levels are somewhere around 10 – 40.

If you’re seeing this on our website, here’s a before & after from Instagram that’s pretty unreal:

Smog on IG before/after

While many people slap a case on their phones, Josh likes to use a ‘sleeve.’ This doesn’t provide protection against drops while you’re using the phone of course, but it does help prevent scratches when you’re putting the phone down on rough surfaces. Here’s the $9 sleeve that he’s been using (bonus for other vegan folks, it’s faux leather!) [on amazon]

Josh and his wife Vanessa went to Disneyland recently, and Josh couldn’t help but think about his favorite amusement park, Cedar Point in Sandusky, OH. Space Mountain at Disneyland brought up memories of another far crappier indoor roller coaster at Cedar Point called Disaster Transport.

Here’s a video about that ride, and the channel has a lot of interesting stuff about old defunct rides too:

Disaster Transport Wikipedia

This episode was edited by Rob. You can forward any complaints to him.