782 – Its The Pits | Sleepin’ With Doctor Who S2 E10
We return to a sleepy planet where henna and oods become the drool on your pillow.
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Hey, are you up all night tossing, turning, mind racing, trouble getting to sleep? Trouble staying asleep? Welcome. This is Sleep With Me, the podcast that puts you to sleep. We do as a bedtime story. All's you need to do is get in bed, turn out the lights and press play. I'm going to do the rest. What I'm going to attempt to do is create a safe place where you could set aside whatever's keeping you awake, whether it's thoughts, feelings, physical sensations, changes in time or temperature. Whatever's keeping you awake. Work schedule travel schedule. Whatever it is. I'm here to keep your company and take your mind off.
The way I'm going to do it is I'm going to send my voice across the deep, dark night. I'm going to use lowing, soothing, creaky dulcet tones, pointless meanders, superfluous tangents, whatever those are where I take a word and I try to pronounce it. It's almost like too many letters are trying to get out of my mouth at the same time, so then they kind of get what is it called? Backed up and then they all kind of spill out. So, sometimes they call it word scrambles or word spillage. But it's more, I guess it's spillage. What happens after it gets blocked up? Kind of like in a comedy from like a silent movie when all the, I think it was called the Keystone Cops. I don't think I ever saw one. But I can imagine all of them trying to go through one door at the same time and then they kind of get stuck in the doorway and in the hallway to the door, and eventually they'll spill out the other side.
That's just one part of my brain looks like that most of the time. So I don't know if anybody can relate to that. Everything's running around and trying to go through doors. Climbing in the car, you say, “How'd they get into one car like that?” And then you say, “What's this car doing driving around my brain with these giant signs that I'm supposed to read that say what about tomorrow.” And you say, “Well what do you mean?” And they say, “Okay, well boy, I'm trying to go to sleep actually.”
That's a good point. Let me, if you're new, welcome. I'm glad you're here. This is Sleep With Me, the podcast that puts you to sleep. It's structurally what to expect if you're new is the show starts off with a few minutes of business. That's how we keep it free. Then there's an intro that's about 12 minutes long. And intro's actually a big part of the show. It feels something that never gets started or like a buildup where it's just kind of, yeah, it's like that part where everybody's, you say, “Well, what's on the other side of the door when they spill out the other side of the door?” And you say, “Another doorway.” Of course the brilliance of whoever came up with the Keystone, you say, “Another doorway for them to get stuck in.” Just when they all get in the other room, then they rush through another doorway.
And some reason in my brain on the other side of every door is a vending machine. I don't know. That does seem like an inane detail. Normally this is something a splainer would use, inane. But I guess part of my brain said I just see a vending machine there. I said, “Well, it's interesting, I won't call it inane.” Thought it's interesting. Okay, well let's back up. So, you have a bunch of Keystone cops or some other cartoon-like characters, they're all trying to get, so this is a workplace, like break rooms. No hallways. Maybe it's the hallway to a break room that they never reach. Oh, just like these intros that you're trying to explain to a new listener. Kind of, yeah, where it's a metaphor which you could say that is a metaphor. But you say, “Well, I don't understand that the metaphor is.” And I'd say exactly. It's a visual metaphor. Also there's a vending machine there. I'm not sure if ti's a vending machine. Doesn't seem to serve any metaphorical purpose. It's just there for snacks. Or other things like that. So, convenience. Oh yeah, especially if you're caught.
If you think about it, maybe good marketing. If all of those, let's say there's 14 Keystone cops, just off the top of my head. It wouldn't be 13 obviously. If they're all caught in the doorway, only four or five of them are going to be stuck there. So, a few of them are going to be in the back waiting. And they say, “Know what? I could go for some nougat right now.” Oh boy. I need some with a caramel center myself. I'm looking for something more in the Nature Valley range. And say “Look, who would've thought to put a vending machine there?” And they say some part of Scootche's brain that's inane.
Oh, but if you're new, the intro's where I try to explain what the podcast is and go off topic. Just unintentionally, I just did it. It's also part of people's wind-down routine. The majority of listeners that are here from they start the intro and they get ready for bed or they're already in bed and they're getting comfortable, and slowly wind down. Some people use it while they're brushing their teeth, brushing their hair. Maybe you're brushing your sweaters. I think that's called something else. Brushing your pets. Get a little furrmination going on. Right? M I right, pets? Oh yeah, I'm right. But so, it's part of a lot of people's wind-down routine. But two or three percent of listeners, I think, that statistic changes whenever I remember it. They skip ahead to about the 18, 20-minute mark. That's when the stories generally start. And more and more people listen to the podcast during the day, and probably mostly to the intro, just as part of aa wind-down routine at work or in the car. And obviously it's not for everybody.
So, that's the intro. It doesn't ever make a lot of sense. But I try to get there. And I really can't help myself. This is just how my, whatever my intro makeup, how my synapses work because synapse full of Keystone cops running into another synapse, and they say, “Actually Scootch, I just heard from a imaginary neuroscientist who said you just explained the whole synapse theory with your Keystone cps metaphor. Once you had the vending machine in there. Because the vending machine, okay actually, sorry neuroscientists, I don't have time to complete your thing, because I have no neuroscience understanding. So, I have to leave that unclosed. But yeah, my brain is a bit like, my brain does have synapses, as far as I know, and I try to use them. And i don't know, is there a gangly stuff in there? Because I have gangly and jangly stuff up in there. But okay.
Oh, so I was trying to explain to a new listener. So, the intro, you could skip it. But kind of see how it goes. Like podcast is kind of meant to be consumed a little bit passively. Just like watching Keystone cops at a vending machine waiting for the other Keystone cops to unjam themselves from the doorway, so they can spill out of that doorway, hardy har har, right into another one. Which sometimes, that metaphor for me is what bedtime feels like. I got thoughts spilling into thoughts. I got other thoughts milling around. Or I'd say, “Who's the supervisor? Oh Lucene, she's at the vending machine.” Okay, can't Lucene come over here and help migrate these thoughts to bed or something because I don't really need to think about spreadsheets or the slide decks or whatever. Well no, we're just running around. We don't have specific things. We're just yelling as slide decks. And, well exactly. You're running from doorway to doorway getting stuck and yelling about spreadsheets.
I'm actually, I got my room 64 degrees here. I got three layers of blankets. I got three layers of background noise. I got a cross-breeze. And by having used a device in 45 minutes. I'm reading like some, not reading. Re-reading a Dragon Lance novel, and I'm about to go silly. Like could you quit running around? Well no, no, it's what we do. Okay, well believe it or not, also I'm not actually in bed. I was actually trying to explain the structure of the podcast. So, I probably should, why don't you all listen in while I explain what the podcast is, structurally. Because next up after the intro, there's some business between the intro and the show. Then there's usually a bedtime story or a recap. Tonight will be a recap of Dr. Who. An episode, two-parter episode. It'll be second half. It's about spelunking, I think. So, it'll be good sleep material. I just kind of barely refer to the plot. I'll wonder, where is the origins of that word, the spelunk? Has there ever been a Funk album named [inaudible 00:10:42]?
Sounds more like, if somebody's looking, here's another branding opportunity courtesy of Scoots and a check for millions of Dollars. If you're going to open a cannabis business, Splufunk, you definitely need to pay me for that. That's probably, like I'm working on these, instead of book titles lately, I've been coming up with a lot of doozies. Also I think don't, worry, at some point I'll think of a business named Doozies. I don't know what it is yet. But like, because they could say, “What businesses you're based in?” Spinning. Because I said, “Oh, well that's one's a doozy. I mean, is there any roller coasters named Doozy? Any sentient roller coasters listening to this podcast named Doozy? Okay, well get a hold of me when you're not busy. I guess if you're a sentient roller coaster, I don't know. Does that mean you're not. That's actually, maybe I should come to your universe and help you out because it sounds like it wouldn't be great going in circles all the time. Doozy the sentient roller coaster, maybe that could be something I could work on.
Okay, so where were we? Oh, structure of the show. So, there's a story, then some thank yous at the end. That's what to expect structurally. As far as other things if you're new, and you're still around. You don't need to listen to me, you probably figured that out on our own. I'm here to distract from all that doorway clogging and spilling and thoughts and saying slide decks. Like I'm here to take your mind off it, to keep you company as you drift off. So, you don't need to listen to me. There's no pressure to fall asleep. I'm going to be here for about an hour. You can line up episode after episode. I'm here to keep you company throughout the night. I work on the show all the way to the end, so if you can't sleep, I'll be here to kind of keep you company. To barely entertain you. The reason I make this show is because I've been there in the deep, dark night tossing and turning. I just want to help.
I think that's it. Let's see, I'm trying to think of anything else you need to know. No, I hope I can help. I really appreciate you checking this show out. Most reviewers say it took two or three times. Sometimes I just read a review, that'll be the thank yous at the end of the show, the person, they listened once two or three years ago said, “No, thank you,” then rediscovered the show and now it's their favorite podcast. So, see if it works for you. Give it a couple of tries or give it a try, come back later. I'll be here to help you. That's what I want to do. And that's it. I strive and yearn to help you fall asleep, and here's a couple of ways we keep this show going.
All right, we're talking about season two, episode either 10 or 11, or no, episode nine or 10, depending on how you define your season. Part two of a two-part episode which we last left off last episode. This one's called It's the Pits, Man. It's the Pits. Looks like it's, I didn't write down if it's written or directed by Matt Jones. I think it's written by Matt Jones. In the show, what happened last time, which we're on the space space outside black hole. There's henna tattoos and ouds and closing doors and it opens with ouds being shushed. Everyone said, “Ouds, quit with the chattering. Ouds, don't be rude, please.” Something, oh stabilizing, or better out of orbit, so it must've got to orbit back.
When we last left off, they must have lost their orbit. So, it orbits back, let me just check yeah, they say Rose calls the doctor. “Oh, they're trouble. How many oud do we have?” All 50, they say. Then one of the dudes thinks he can out oud the oud. But oh boy, is he wrong. Don't be rude to a rude oud, dude. I don't know. I just think of [inaudible 00:15:12] that rhymes there.
He's wrong. Bolts station, it's time for strategy nine time. The ouds are taking out all the bolts on the doors. Strategy nine time. Doctor comes across the radio, “Hello,” with a cheery hello. Always good to hear from the Doctor any situation. Let's see. The Doctor's fine. Where are we? Chi chasm, or jazzem chasm. I try to write it in the enunciation way. No sign, Doctor? Is there such a thing? Withdraw now, strategy nine. That's what my notes say. Let's just look at what actually happened. Careful Meni, the seal's open. We got the chasm. Let's see. How far is the chasm? We don't know. It goes down for a while. It's open. No thing. No sign. They talk about who's literally, they didn't realize this was a crossover episode. They talk about the second Lord of the Rings movie a lot in this. Two Towers. And the log of bars. The famous log of bars. And it comes up in the end of Fellowship, the thing that transferred, the log of bars helped Gandalf the Gray become the White Wizard. It's through a series of trials. Who would have known?
I mean, where else would have happened, but in Dr. Who? It's doesn't make, it's a sleep podcast, so okay, withdraw, order, a lot of orders. Poor Zachary Cross Flame. He's got a lot of work being the leader of this crew. They're teetering on the edge of a black hole. I had to look up Ore-Ida. That'll come up in the research. Ida Rebels shuts radar. She says, she rebels. She shuts down a radio. She says, “Doctor we should go down in the pit.” And you say, “Well, we have order to come back.” And Doc says, “It's tempting.” And you say, “Well, what's down there?” We don't know.
And Doctor kind of makes, goes back to his cool monologues. At first he says, “Okay, wait a second.” He goes, “Is this human? We're angels for your tread, standing on the edge. It's a feeling you get right at the back of your head.” That impulse. That strange little impulse that says, “Go on, go on, go on.”
But the Doctor says, “What if the log or bars is counting on that?” And he says, “For once in my life, Officer Scott, I'm going to say retreat. Now I know I'm getting old.” He goes, “Rose, we're headed back up there.” Nice monologue for once in my life. Officer Scott. No Trouble, dude. Oh, he's going, “No trouble, dude.” Can you remember? Oh, they're talking to Toby. Because the log of bars can is intimately. It was a reveal. The log of bars is the one behind Toby's henna tattoos and getting caught up in henna. Also, Toby has a big Smartwatch on. Strategy nine, some of the oud are out. Doctor and Knight are coming back. Some kind of countdown. Oh, also the log or bars calls in and says, “Hey, I'm going to send you through the same trials but in a different way that Gandalf the Gray went through. This is my domain, clinging to your feeble suns. You things that live in the light.”
And this is just the kind of thing Gandalf the Gray had to deal with. And those, but they said, “That was fiction.” And they say, “How many different names and stories is it.” And the Doctor comments on it, “The universe has been busy since last we heard from you.” More religions and fictional fantasy stories and planets in the sky. Arsha Fetz orcology, Ish Ash, Sanclon, Church of the Din Vagabond. They talk about myth versus reality. Like is the logger bars real? Is Gandalf the Gray real? Well, Gandalf the Gray's saying, “I'm here to help you anyway.” Power goes out. This is my domain. Oh, the power went our earlier, I guess. What does this say? Torturama or Kevo. Maybe those were names for them. Don't mess with Zachary Cross Flame. That's what I know.
The Doctor's busy asking questions. They talk about the truth beyond the myth. Before I got busted, this is kind of, the Logger Bar's just kind of commenting on all this saying, and I think Gandalf covered this before time and space was the logger bars. That's just a saying. No one knows if that's true. Also knows everyone's weakness in the back. Oh, Torchwood Archives, that's what that handwriting says. I thought it said, that's who they work for, turns out. Where does that say that? I don't know. But this was Zachary Cross Flame says, oh sanctuary of '86 representing the Torchwood Archives. Okay.
Okay, oud eyes, what does that mean? I don't know. Oh, all the oud get Logger Bar's eyes. He lays down everyone's weakness. Someone says, “What in the H-E- double hockey sticks is going on here? I thought we were running a hockey academy in another hockey academy.” And this was a two-part episode about that. But turns out it's not. It's about to become a crossover. And I say, “Okay well, even Charles Dickens had to pay the bills.” Everyone was talking at once. That's why I may have got this mixed up with the whole hockey academy cross by last time.
Doctor takes over. Doctor goes back to his kind of human like stuff. He was, this is just trying to F-E-A-R you. That's how it works. Which version of the truth is better? You're going to be fine. Work as a team. We're only human. Humans who travel all the way across this space of flying in a tiny rocket. That made me think of Tiny Dancer. Right into a black hole. Amazing, you humans. Oh, boy. You can work as a team.
Then the cable goes out. They're star-struck. Oh, yeah. So, then they're stuck down there. Because they were going to take the elevator back up and the cable stopped working. They have about 60 minutes down there, 10 miles down. Captain situation our are, oh, this is when the ouds start knocking on doors and trying to open them with bolt cutters. Eight minutes and they'll be in. And everyone starts arguing and they say, “Okay, well we could stay, we could get them out or bolt. Which are we going to do? We could get out, they could get out, or we'll both get out.” I think that's Rose's leadership. And Rose has, and they say, “Well,” and Rose says, “T-E-A-M–W-O-R-K-H-U-M-A-N-S.” And then we see teamwork with, Zach says, “I'm good at pressing buttons.” And Rose goes, “Well, press the right buttons.” And he goes, “Oh yeah. We could bypass the whole thingamajig. It's a three, two, one power stuff. Like with the couplets. That's the way out.”
And Toby says, “I don't know nothing.” He goes, “Well, the letters.” And then Rose says, “Danny boy, get going.” Something about a shift. I think that was slang term that I didn't know. Let me take a look. Bypass conduits, three, two, one. Lights are on. Toby says, “Yeah, I can't do nothing. Translate the message, maybe.” Rose says, “Get to work, Danny boy. You're in charge of the oud.” And she goes, “Yeah, get moving so we can get the Doctor at shift.”
And then Ida says, “Let's use a cable and abseil down into the Peach pit.” Something she mentions even about a Tesco. Oh, Rose says that, “Well, a list of things we haven't got. We don't get a Tesco.” Then they say like, somebody says something. Oh, “I can totally scramble things for the oud. The oud habitation, that could be our way out.” And then they say, “There's tunnels through machines below. We could go through those.”
ZCF I put. I don't know if they call them ZCF or I just started calling Zachary Cross Flame. And she says, “Start pressing some buttons.” Then the Doctor as a big moment. Let me see. He says, “I get going. You guys are going down.” He goes, “The urge to jump for joy, where does that come from, that sensation? Genetics?” Or maybe Ida says that. And the Doctor goes, “No, no, no, it's not that. That's too kind. It's not the urge to jump for joy. It's the urge to slide down a slide. Whoopee, whee, whee, whee.” And the Doctor starts to abseil down.
The urge to, yeah, Doctor goes in. He's in the cavern. Walls are like, pit like walls are caverned or something. Lower me down. Rose says, “Danny, we got to go. We'll be back.” And then they say, “You all right?” Everybody's laughing and everybody's looking at each other's butts. So, Rose is looking at Danny's butt. She goes, “Not you best angle, Danny.” And then Rose says, “Oy,” because people are looking at her rear. They're at seven point one cramped in there. Half bower. Stinks in those hallways. Our are on their way. Eight poin one. They got to crawl to eight point two and aerate it. Jefferson has to do some hero action stuff. So, then they get to nine point two. Something for a junction or something. I put four three, K, two point one. Because Jefferson, some of the oud go to see the big farm. The oud are waiting, even when they try to go upstairs. Toby we see is still working undercover for Logger Bars.
So, Price go up and do 32 action music. I don't know what those notes mean. Let me see. Oud open the gate. They turn left. Okay, this is Jefferson.going up a bit slow. Let's see. You keep pushing the buttons. Yeah, so then they try to go up. I guess they go out near door 32 when they're on the run. Oh, that's when Toby's like, “Oh shush, I'm undercover.” They get through the door. I think they catch up with Zach. Zach is ECF or whatever. The oud marching, I thought. They say, “Hurry up, Danny.” They put the oud on basic zero, which is like a time out. We did it, the Doctor's on my way. Oh, Zachary's on his way. So he wasn't with them. The actor's on a string. He's just talking about sentient minds. A but of a thought experiment, what would happen if this. Does that make it real? Does thinking an idea make it real?
Myths and legends. Log or bars. Khalid. Deimos. Valid Constanine. But the same image. The thought in the back of every sentient mind. Ida said “Do you think it's emanating from here? It could be. But it says if it's the original, does that mean it's real?” And the Doctor, does, “Well, if that's what you want to believe. Is it something real or an idea?”
And the Doctor's at the end of the cable. He can't tell how far he's going to go down still. Old Kaiser Soze or something. That was something. End of the line. And the Doctor says, “I'm going to do an act of faith. Rose calls worried. And Ida says, “The Doctor made a leap of faith.” Oh , first he asked Ida what her faith is. Neoclassic aggregational. The Doctor goes, “I believe I haven't seen everything.” And that's what the Doctor's based on. The things you see. The rules. Is it from the universe? Is there something impossible? He goes, “That's why I keep traveling. To be proved wrong.” And he goes, “Tell Rose,” oh she knows. So, he doesn't say, “Tell her I love her.” But, so then Rose calls the Doctor. She says, “Doctor, took a leap of faith, Rose.” Probably to the big farm.
I keep traveling to be proved wrong. I love that philosophy. I practice it my whole life. Let's see, Blunge, he's in the pits. He said your name. Oh they say, “Ida, by the way. More bad news, Ida. We can't come get you.” And Ida says, “No worries.” They say, “We're going to take the rocket our of here.” And she goes, “This place is beautiful. And it's pretty cool. No one's going to see this again. So, good luck.” And the Doctor says, “Oh, cool, we got our retro topes online, so we're out.” And Rose says, “Well, I'm not leaving. Sorry. Sorry, I'm going to stay.” And they say, “No, the oud are coming back. They're waking up.
Doctor wakes up downstairs in the pits and he's breathing air, which is a surprise. Also a surprise for me. I didn't know the Doctor, you could say I always wondered. Did the Doctor need to breathe? I mean, I guess he has two hearts. How many hearts does the Doctor have? They must be heck of good lungs. And the Doctor wakes up, and meanwhile the rockets lifts off. Lots of cheers. Which WTF, why is everybody cheering? Maybe it's just a thrill. The Doctor sees or hears the rocket. Rose tries to turn them around. The Doctor starts looking around, sees cave paintings. It was some exposition about jugs that the, they keep the logger of bars barred in. And he says, “These glowing jugs, they must be the key, or the gates or the bus. The White Wizard's gourd.” Or something. That's what my note says, White Wizard's gourd or guard.
And Toby's laughing hysterically on the rock, the same way I laugh when I'm playing hide and seek and someone's going to find me. I find playing hide and seek titillating. Like a bit strange. And he's laughing about the gravity funnel. The Doctor's trying to figure out why he's down in the pits about to meet the logger of bars. “What do you need me for?” Then he meets the logger of bars who can't talk, which I'm not sure if the logger of bars they talked in the other movie. But he goes, “This must be where the White Wizard locked you up for eternity.”
Let's see. Wait. Oh, no, yes, no. The Doctor's trying to figure out who's tricking who. He says, “I accept you exist, but I don't have to accept who are you. But somebody expected me down here because there was a nice peach pit for me to land in and air. Who needs me for what? Or is this a ritual? Wait. I'll just, oh no, yes, no.” Intelligent voice. Brilliant. Just a [inaudible 00:33:28] mind. Oh, dear. Smooth as we can for planet Earth. That's what they say in the rocket. Maybe they still hadn't met yet. Doctor's still looking over the cave painting idea versus the body. “Is it you or the White Wizard that wants me to breathe this air?” But he goes, “Well, if I,” oh boy. Then he figures out, okay, “I can send the Log of Bars to the big farm, but then I would lose Rose.
Meanwhile, they cut to Rose. Rose is on a rocket. She goes, “This doesn't make sense. Why do we get away?” She goes, “Didn't you see the movie? You shall not pass. We didn't have Gandalf. They must have wanted us to escape.” And she goes, “was there something missing from the movie. I'm still not sure why Log of Bars lived in, what was it doing there anyway? Ancient something, right?” And Toby and Rose, somebody says, I think Toby says, “Rose, quiet please.”
So I say, “Oh boy, you just splain Rose?” And the Doctor's still kind of going over the ideas. He goes, “Well okay, if I get rid of you, then I get rid of Rose.” Or he goes, “But I've seen a lot of this universe. I've seen fake gods, bad gods, demigods, would-be gods. And out of that whole pantheon, if I believe in one thing, it's Rose. The whole pantheon, I believe in her.”
Gravity funnel goes out, so the Doctor starts the end of the Logger Bars. Doctor says, “I'm going to ride you into the black hole, Logger Bars. So, in a sense like the White Wizard did.” Then Toby gets all, his henna tattoos come back. So, Rose says, “Toby, why don't you hop out of the rocket ship and head over to the, scout the black hole and the big farm out for us?” And then Zachary Cross Flame says, “Okay, we got to get into the black hole ourselves. Oh boy. Oud and Ida already went in there.”
And then the Doctor finds the Tardis and he starts laughing. And Zachary says, “Good news is we'll be the first few humans ever fly into a black hole, so making history.” And there's big music. And then there's quiet. And then the Doctor comes along, he says, “Hey, it's the good ship Tardis. What do you say we swap,” he goes, “Is Rose Tyler on board?” He goes, “Swap Rose for Ida.” They say, “What about the gravity?” He goes, “Gravity shmavity. I mean, people invented black holes.”
And everyone cheers. Oh, Rose Tyler. He goes, “WE couldn't fit the oud in the Tardis. So that was too bad.” Then we hear Rose on the Tardis. There's a lot of music playing. It was also a phone by the front door on the inside. Then et's see. Oud, they go, “Okay, we're entering clear space. End of the line. Mission closed.” Then Ida wakes up, and they say, “what were you flying in?” And they say, “A box maybe?” That's what it looks like on the radar. Or that's what Danny saw. And then the Doctor calls and says, “Zach, we're going to be off. Thanks for that great hug and have a good trip home.”
And next time you get curious about something, what's the point? You'll just go blundering in. Humans, how much I love them. Onwards and upwards.” The Doctor also says, “I couldn't decipher the writing in the [inaudible 00:37:42] everything. I might as well stop Rose. Because what do you think? you really think it was Logger Bars from that,” she goes, “How do you say that? Tolken or Tolkien.” And the Doctor goes, “It's good enough for me, Rosie-Poo. Old Rosie mine.” And he goes, “Ida, maybe I'll catch you later.”
And they say, “Well, who are you two, by the way?” And Doctor a little bit like, he says, “Oh, we're the stuff of legends.” And then they do kind of a tribute at the end to all the ouds. They give honor to Tobias, Zed, Toby, 43 K two point one. And then all of the ouds, oud one, alpha one, oud ought one, alpha two. And the episode comes to a close. Let's look at some stuff that came up over this episode. It's the bits. How should I spell it's versus its?
I have to relearn this so I can forget it. And when you hurry, I see apostrophe S when you really mean I-T-S or the other way around. You need to be, this is from Marco Ticac on Grammarly blog. It's versus its. How should you use them? I-T apostrophe S, is it is. Contraction, it is or it has. I-T apostrophe S is a possessive determinant, or we used to say something belongs to or refers to something. So, it's the pits would be I-T apostrophe S because it is the pits. They're commonly confused. Pronounced the same, and there's very small difference.
So, rules are clear. I-T apostrophe S is the same type of contraction as where's or there's. And its is a possessive just like my or your. Okay? So, that's a little bit. Oh see, incorrect. He doesn't think I-T-S is a good idea to spend all his money on video games. It should be I-T apostrophe S. It's been a year since they last met, it should be I-T apostrophe S. The computer looked as thought its power supply had failed. It's possessive. Its power supply. I-T-S. The car is no good without its wheels. So, that would be I-T-S because it possesses its own wheels. At east the cars I know.
Okay, so that's all the examples to such grammar. What about this Matt Jones who wrote this episode? And presumably the last one, a British television producer and screenwriter. Began as a columnist for Doctor Who Magazine. Then wrote a novel Bad Therapy, which was part of a Doctor Who tie-in books. Big break came in 1999. He was a scrip editor on Queer as Folk on Channel Four. And that same year he edited another Channel Four drama, Love in the 21st Century, which he also wrote one episode. The following year, he worked for two series for Children's Ward and Coronation Street. Then he worked on Clocking Off. Now you See Her, a one-off drama. But eventually he got 2005 a second season of the BBC revival of Doctor Who. He also wrote a second series of the spinoff Torchwood. Wrote the second episode of Dirk Gently, and contributed to Stanley's Lucky Man. So, that's a little bit on Matt Jones. And gives you good advice on making it.
What about O-R-E dash I-D-A, Ore-Ida, which like it was around when I was a kid. I don't remember which food specifically. I think like frozen potato products. It's an American brand, Ore-Ida. Oh, oh, oh, Ore Ida. Oh, no, that's [inaudible 00:42:35]. Right now it's produced by the Heinz company. But it's potato-based frozen foods located out of Ontario, Oregon. It's generally considered a leading potato brand in the American market. It was formed in '34 in Eastern Oregon. The Greg brothers, they were distributors of corn, and with the backing from another person, Otis Williams, they rented a frozen food plant in Ontario on the border with Idaho. So, I guess there's our Ore-Ida. Converted to a potato-processing facility. And ti was originally called the Oregon Frozen Foods Company. Sold frozen corn and French fries.
And then, holy mackerel, this is big. They may have been the founders of tater tots. Right size log formed from seasoned slivers of potatoes. Which of course they were trying to maximize the production, leftovers from French fry production. And I guess we had tater tots, because that's maybe where I'd know it. I think maybe someone in my family's big on crinkle cut fries. Because I can remember those more. But yeah, they went public in 1961. Bought by Heinz in '65. Oh yeah. Heinz came up with a slogan, “When it says Ore-Ida, it's all right.” McCain's Food purchased their food service division in '97. They were located in Boise until 1999, and now they're based in Heinz headquarters in Pittsburgh. So, that's on Wikipedia. So, I'll link to it.
What about this song? A song about it made me think of it. Oh wait, that's not the lyrics. I'll do the lyrics first and then, this triggered a whole line of thought.
Blue jean baby, L.A. lady, Seamstress for the band. Pretty eyed, pirate smile, you'll marry a music man. Ballerina, you must have seen her dancing in the sand. And now she's in me, always with me, tiny dancer in my hand. Jesus freaks out in the street, handing tickets out for God. Turning back she just laughs. The boulevard is not that bad. Piano man he makes his stand. In the auditorium. Looking on she sings the songs. The words she knows the tune she hums. But oh how it feels so real. Lying here with no one near. Only you and you can hear me. When I say slowly, softly. Hold me closer tiny dancer. Count the headlights on the highway. Lay me down in sheets of linen. You've had a busy day to me.
I used to change this when it was more applicable to “Hold me closely, Tony Danza.” Who's the Boss is off the airwaves. And then I would kind of just try to make it, “Hole me closely, Tony Danza. Who's the Boss is off the airwaves. So, there we go. You could have fun with it from there.
And it's the lyrics to the Elton John and Bernie Taupin song Tiny Dancer. And it was on [inaudible 00:46:27] album Madman Across The Water that releases the single in '72. Certified Gold in 2005 and Platinum in 2011. Has been a really popular song. It was the opening track on that album. It was, the lyrics were inspired by a visit to the U.S., intended to capture the spirit of California and how it contrasted with England. Especially the personalities. A misconception is that it's about Bernie's first wife. But he said that wasn't true. But it was dedicated to her on the album. And due to the song's lengthy runtime and lack of a hook, it was originally, it didn't do well as a single, only reaching 41 in the Pop charts.
So, I mean, come on, I mean it's a great song. I think hod me closely is a, but it always reminds me of that scene in Almost Famous. And he said maybe it's the time to look back at Almost Famous and watch it. It's a Cameron Crowe movie that a lot of us are big fans of his movies. And I actually watched this a lot when I was trying to learn screenwriting. It's a comedy drama film. Stars Billy Crudup, Frances McDormand, Kate Hudson and Patrick Fugit. It tells the story of a teenage journalist writing for Rolling Stone in the 70s covering a fictitious Rock band Stillwater, and he's trying to get his first story published. It's semi autobiographical as Crowe himself was a teenage writer for Rolling Stone. And it's based on his early experiences touring with Rock bands Poco, Allman Brothers, Led Zepplin, Eagles and Lynyrd Skynyrd. And this was kind of his crossover from boyhood to manhood, I guess, Cameron Crowe.
It didn't do well at the box office. I think I saw it in the movies. Maybe I didn't see it until it came out. It did well with the critics though. One best original screenplay, a Grammy for best soundtrack album. Roger Ebert called it best film of the year, and best of the oughts. Won two Golden Globes. I think it's a movie, it's worth it. I'm just looking for the part where the band is getting ready to go somewhere, and the band's having disagreements. Is this when they sing it or is it at a good moment? I can't remember. But I'd say it's a really good movie. I really enjoyed it. And there's a lot of other, you'd be surprised. If you haven't seen it, it's definitely worth it.
Okay, here's another song. I won't read the lyrics to this one, but Danny Boy is a ballad that's set to an ancient Irish melody. English songwriter Friedrich or Frederic Weatherly wrote the lyrics, which are set to an Irish tune of Londonderry Air. It was written in a small town called Limavady, and it's associated with Irish communities. Various suggestions exist that the true meaning of Danny Boy. Some have interpreted as a message from a parent to a son going off or leaving as part of the Irish diaspora [inaudible 00:50:20] version has different lyrics. Has been covered by tons and tons of people. Yeah. So, popular, popular song. A popular song in politics, in film and culturally, at least in the U.S. So, I don't know. Just because Rose was calling him Danny Boy made me think of it.
What about Tesco? For those of you in the U.S. like me, you might not be familiar with Tesco except when you go visit Europe. And I'm pretty sure, I thought I encountered Tesco in Prague. I'm still not sure if Tesco owns Trader Joe's. We'll find out maybe in this, it's a multinational grocery and general merchandise retailer. Third to largest retailer in the world measured by gross revenues, and ninth largest retailer by just revenues. Shops in seven countries. Market leader of groceries in the U.K. Founded in 1919 by Jack Cohen as a group of market stalls. Started using the name Tesco in 1924 after he purchased a shipment of tea with T.E. Stockwell. Combined those initials with the first two of his surname. T-E-S-C-O, Tesco. Okay. First shop opened in 1931 in Burnt Oak. It expanded rapidly. Been global since 1990s. It was in the U.S. In 2013, it pulled out. It's diversified into books, clothing and more. In 90s, it repositioned itself from being a down market high-volume retailer to Tesco value items and Tesco finest, which broadened its appeal.
Let's see. Expanded. Jack Cohen's motto was, “Pile it high, sell it cheap.” He also, this is just according to Wikipedia, had a motto of YCDBSOYA, “You can't do business sitting on your arse.” It took over Hillard's chain of supermarkets in the 80s. Sainsbury. Let's see. It had a club card starting in '95. [inaudible 00:53:15]. Diversification. Retailing at grocery works, into all end TNS. Japan. I don't see anything about Trader Joe's in here, so maybe I'm wrong. Maybe I don't know my Tesco from my Aldi. You get that, that's a little bit of a joke. But yeah, there's a lot more about it. And I love shopping at random places that are new to me. It's always exciting. Tesco is known for its corporate social responsibility. It donates one point seven percent of pre tax profits, yeah. So, change for good. Advertising's popular. So, just a little bit about Tesco.
Okay, here's the lyrics of another song. The cavern reminded me of that. It may have to change some of its lyrics to the ones that I think.
Your time is near, the mission's clear, It’s later than we think. Before you slip into the night, you'll want something to drink. Steal away before the dawn, and bring us back good news. But if you've tread in primal soup please wipe it from your shoes. Just then a porthole pirate scourged the evening with his cry. And sanctuary bugs deprived the monkey of its thigh. A dusty rose caught my nose before I could think twice. Despite the but that scuttled up, I gave some last advice.
So, that's my lyrics changing.
The flesh from logger bar's dogs will make the rudiments of gruel. This is deduct the carrots from your pay, you worthless swampy fool. Just to bring us back, it will make the rudiments of gruel. Despite the, I don't know what I thought those were.
Exploding then through fields and fen and swimming in the mire. The septic maiden's gargoyle tooth demented me with fire. I drifted where the current chose afloat upon my back. And if perchance a newt slimed by I'd stuff it in my sack. Soon I felt a bubble form, Somewhere below my skin. But with handy spine of hedgehog I removed the force within. Suzie then removed her mask and caused a mighty stir. The angry mob responded taking turns at padding her on the back.
The foggy cavern's musty grime appeared within my palm. I snatched Rick's fork to scrape it off with deadly icy calm. [inaudible 00:56:21] The crowd meanwhile had taken Sue and helped her clean up some stuff. To mop the slime from where the slug had slithered with the bag. In summing up, the moral seems a little bit obscure. Give the director a serpent deflector a mud rat detector, a ribbon reflector, a cushion convector, a pitcher of nectar a virile dissector, a hormone corrector. Whatever you do take care of your shoes.
So, it's a Phish song, Cavern. It was written by Anastasio, Marshall and Herman. And I think probably some of the lyrics, some of those are probably, I don't know if they've ever said those through the lyrics of the song. But some of them are the ones that I hear in my head. And it's a popular song. It's one of the more popular songs. A lot of times it's like a set closer or, I think usually, or sometimes encore. Because they can just sort of listen to it and then hear it. And there's not a song after that.
What about Boi? O-I? That is a word that gets used in England a lot. Not as much here. It's interjection. It's just to get someone's attention or express a surprise or disapproval. From Cockney speech. It might effectively be a local pronunciation of hoi, with the dropping oh an H. It was being used in the 50s to call attention or to challenge depending on its tone or abruptness. It's jaunty in a self-assertive as well as intensely Cockney. A poll of non-English speakers by British Council in 2004 found that oi was considered the 61st most beautiful word in the English language. And here's a tip I'll also add to that. If you don't have an L or something, or two Ls and a Y, it's added to the acceptable words for U.S. Scrabble in 2006. According to Nietzsche, in Greek oi was an expression of P-A-I-N or M-I-S-E-R-Y. So, that's just a little bit, it's a word that comes up a lot. I said, “Let's put that out there, like what it is.
Okay, one more thing I hit up at briggsandstratton.com, and to find out what aeration in your lawn is. Because it's important to know, I guess. It's perforating the soil with small holes to allow air, water and nutrients to penetrate the grass roots. It helps the roots grow deeply and produce a stronger, more vigorous lawn. The main reason for aerating is to alleviate soil compaction. Compact the soil. So, you have too many solid particles in a certain volume of space, and it prevents proper circulation. Should you be aerating your lawn? I think we already know now. Yeah, one of those kind of questions. Should you aerate your lawn? It's a good candidate if it's had a use. Children, pets, et cetera. Was part of a new constructed home. That had construction traffic. It dries out easily. It has a spongy feel.
You may have an excess thatch problem, by the way. Not great news. What you can do is take a shovel, remove a slice of lawn. If the thatch layer is greater than one half inch thick, oh boy, you better aerate. If it was established by sod and the soil layering still exists, soil layering means that the soil of finer texture which comes with it, or its sod is layered over the existing coarser soil. And here's the big deal. Layering disrupts drainage. When do you want to do it? The best time is growing season when the grass can heal and fill any open areas. Ideally aerate the lawn with the cool season grass and in the early Spring and Fall. And with the warm season grass in late Spring. You can aerate with a spike or plug. Maybe to listen to the lyrics of Cavern, then aerate your lawn would be my advice.
But for now, I think that's it. I'll talk to you later. Goodnight.