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Episode 0124 - Grinch Regs and Wham

57 minutes | Tuesday, December 19, 2023

Frank Murphy is joined by his friend Becca James, the girl with two first names. Frank has been resisting the urge to buy Weigel’s eggnog but has been seeing online ads for Weigel’s new delivery service. 
Frank’s friend Houston Vandergriff played a shepherd in the Nativity Pageant of Knoxville. Frank met Houston when he played a toy soldier in the Nutcracker with the Oak Ridge Civic Ballet Association. Becca knows Houston from his volunteer work on the Culinary Arts stage at the Tennessee Valley Fair. Houston is a photographer and advocate for people with Down syndrome. He gave Frank a calendar with beautiful photos from his worldwide travels. Visit 
The Knoxville Ice Bears had to postpone their games for the weekend after the Nativity Pageant because of an equipment malfunction that prevented the ice from freezing. Frank recalls a similar problem from two years ago when Kathryn Frady was scheduled to sing the national anthem and Frank was scheduled to drop the puck but the game had to be rescheduled due to soft ice. 
Becca lost at Whamageddon when the song “Last Christmas” played at the Christmas party for her company’s employees and their children. Frank realized that he lost his own similar game when he heard the song “Mary Did You Know.” The lyrics of the song are contradicted by the Gospel of Luke. 
Frank’s friend Bean says “Last Christmas” is not really a Christmas song and the movie Die Hard is not a Christmas movie. They just happen to take place at Christmas. Becca believes that Die Hard is a Christmas movie. Frank learned that Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho was almost ruined by the Christmas decorations visible in the background of the Phoenix scenes. Hitchcock solved the problem by displaying the words “Friday, December 11” on the screen at the beginning of the film. 
Frank was listening to ChristmasFM when the song “The Christmas Shoes” came on. Frank is frustrated that the kid in the song left his dying mother’s side to go shopping for shoes instead of spending time with her. Frank wonders what the dying woman would do with the shoes. 
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Becca is disappointed with Frank’s opinion of kolaches, a pastry that can be filled with sweet or savory fillings. The one that Frank tried seemed like a hot dog in a bun. Becca suggests trying different fillings, perhaps with cheese. 
Frank and Becca were pleased with how well things went at the Karns Christmas Parade. Frank also announced the Rocky Hill Christmas Parade and watched the stream of the parade in downtown Knoxville. He feels there are too many Grinches in the parades. He also noticed an increase in Grinch decorations around town. 
Frank noticed some inflatable Buc-ee’s Beaver decorations. Becca and her husband dislike inflatables because of how they look when deflated during the day. 
Frank and Becca both went to see the Christmas decorations on Gray Eagle Lane off Bob Gray Road. Frank saw on the news that the owner of the house with the most decorations became president of the homeowners association. All but two of the houses on the street are decorated. Christmas lights in Knoxville map: 
Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland has moved from Smokies Stadium to Soaky Mountain Waterpark. Last year Frank recorded a video with Victoria Henley for the light show’s final year at Smokies Stadium. Watch it here: 
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Episode 0124 - Grinch Regs and Wham
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