Episode 212 – Cheepers, Letters


Hi Folks! This week we check in with our hosts Kevin and Ursula, and find out how they are being productive. We also discuss Ursula’s feelings about having to replace her laptop – before it is an emergency. After that, we’ll read your letters!

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5 Replies to “Episode 212 – Cheepers, Letters”

  1. Sharon Gochenour

    Random comment related to bag discussion — I’ve had a Chrome Soma backpack (the one with two snap buckles) as my only bag for two years, and it is extremely durable and (very important for me as a year-round cyclist) pretty near perfectly waterproof. I highly recommend it for anyone who wants to invest in just one bag that’s good for flying, commuting, wandering around town, etc. Before that I used a Timbuk2 classic backpack for eight years, and this feels like almost exactly the same bag but with fixes for a few minor issues (again, largely to do with waterproofing).

    Question possibly for Ursula — do you recommend any charities that work specifically on restoring peatlands? Obviously I can do my own research, but I was curious if you’d encountered any you were really excited about.

  2. Damien Ryan

    OMG, talking about not getting your references. Two things that made me want to book my ticket to Geneva:

    In the before-time, I gave a talk to that year’s intake of interns and, being a good GenXer, used the difference between World War II and the Cold War as a comparison. Thirty minutes of explaining what the Cold War was to a bunch of people who were born this century later.
    Even earlier, a colleague turned around and said, “I remember what iPhones were like when I was a child”.

    Le sigh.

  3. Vik-Thor Rose

    Do y’all still have the PO Box, if we would want to send physical letters / postcards? (to show off fountain pen ink?)

  4. Rix Scaedu

    I greatly enjoyed this letters show, as I always do.

    This time I have two comments.

    Firstly, cloth diapers, or nappies as they are known in this country. These don’t go into storage when the last child has finished with them – they become large, durable cleaning cloths. The last one can finally give up the ghost when the last user is ten or fifteen years old.

    Secondly, travel. I am looking forward to travel resuming because I retired from the day job in early 2020 with plans to travel for fun. I don’t think the virus had started making a stir when I looked at my options and put in my paperwork. At least I had cut out the four and a half hours of daily work day commuting before it became an issue.

    Thank you for doing these podcasts.


    • Patricia P

      Just wanted to chime in here as well on the cloth nappies thing too! Disposables back when I was a child (and by extension, my younger cousins) were too expensive and inconvenient to use, so most defaulted to cloth nappies. After the last child is done with them, like what Rix said, they’d be turned into cleaning rags and other rags as needed.

      I’m pretty sure at one point my grandmother probably had a nappy that was as old as my oldest cousin (who’s a decade older than me no I am not doing the math). Additionally, there were very few places you could discreetly dispose of disposable nappies as bins were just too small.

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