Affluenza is a word that a lawyer made up when defending an indefensible little turd raised by his imbecilic rich parents to convey the teenager’s complete lack of understanding about consequences. Young charmer Ethan Couch drove drunk and killed a few people, which is actually quite an inconvenience for the families of the deceased. When the term affluenza was born, the world laughed, and to the surprise of no one, the kid got off with nothing but probation. Sure, it came with strict rules, like don’t drink alcohol- which the rest of society also must do before the age of 21- but those who suffer from affluenza don’t understand that probation is an amazing outcome for killing people. So, violating probation is basically a foregone conclusion. When pictures surfaced of Ethan Couch drinking at a party, it could’ve been a problem for those who can’t hire a good lawyer, but that doesn’t concern the Couches… except that the Couches aren’t just rich; they’re incredibly stupid, too. Fearing the worst, mother Couch smuggled young Loveseat out of the country to Puerto Vallarta, a beautiful resort area in Mexico. Once there, the affluenza intensified as Ethan Couch hits the strip club… forgetting that he actually needs to pay for booze and strippers. He may have been confused, thinking that the strippers were just so grateful to be around his sleepy, dopey face that there was no payment required. So he asked mommy to pay the tab at the strip club, which she promptly did. It was these low profile activities that likely led to them being found and caught, and are now going the process of being sent back to the states. Even affluenza may not save him from getting his salad tossed in prison now. Some stories really do have a happy ending. Maybe trying to time travel out of 2016 so quickly won’t be necessary after all with such positive stories.
Everyone wondered if and how the show would come back in 2016 after the final episode ended on such an uncertain tone. Well, we’re still here, Ben and Chris haven’t killed themselves, and the show is soldiering on for the moment, but we have an honest discussion about why we’re continuing the show, what we can expect to happen in 2016, and what it means to each of us at this point in our lives. Many aspects of the show have become quite tedious, especially for Ben who does every single part of the show upkeep himself. Things like social media, audio engineering, artwork, site updates, promotion, writing jokes and material, show prep and research… these are all things that take a large amount of time (10 – 15 hours per week) and they’re not fun for him anymore. Recording is still fun for the crew, but as our lives conrtinue to go in new directions, it’s harder to find the joy in what we do and why we do it. The listeners’ feedback certainly helps, because entertaining people was always jon one. Having honest conversations about controversial subjects was always job two, because most people are afraid to say the things we will- whether in jest or for real- but lately the therapeutic nature of spilling your guts to thousands of strangers has become the most redeeming factor of the show. That works for now, but it’s not a long term solution. So, we’re gonna try and figure this out as we continue to do the show. And if we can’t figure it out, well you know what happens then. Help us out by interacting with the show- Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Soundcloud… most importantly, share the show with people. When the numbers are going up, it feels like there’s a reason to do the show. Shalom, bitches.