Today on “In the Dark” we review. It’s been 75 long episodes. We’re almost at the end! Join me won’t you as we take a trip down fave mems lane and revisit some highlights of the last 25 episodes.
Willkommen to In ze Dark. Another Complaint Department today, this time about Uber (which means “about” in German). Have you been replacing the word “super” with “uber”. We’ve been mis-sprechen sie deutsch for years. When did we start saying “uber”? And why? And now that it means a car-share service do we even like it anymore?
Stephen from Toronto calls in with his complaint that Uber drivers don’t really know what they’re doing. J’agree, Stephen. But that’s what you get when you take a discounted ride from a guy that last week was working at Best Buy. Don’t get me wrong, it’s no better taking a cab. But Uber drivers don’t want to be driving for Uber. It’s not a good job as much as it is a cheaper car service to hire. I think we could all lower our expectations. Besides, Uber could be banned here in Toronto like it is in Denmark, Hungary, Finland, South Korea, Vancouver, Austin, Portland, Italy and parts of Australia. It’s license will not be renewed in London next year. Transport for London ruled that Uber was not “fit and proper” to operate in London because of safety concerns, including its failure to report alleged sexual assaults by its drivers (Monday, Oct. 9th, 2017, Financial Times, Madhumita Murgia). In India, where it is still operating in cities despite being banned, sexual assaults are prevalent enough that Uber now comes with an SOS feature. Great, now you can text somebody you’re being molested by the man in the front seat. Maybe his mother will drop by to throw acid on your face as well. Way to go India!
If you have a complaint you want to share call 1-437-888-3261. We’d love to hear from you.
J.B. and Diana in a sunny Toronto
I missed putting up last week’s episode because my brother was in town so I’m gonna double-up this week with two Complaint Departments.
Today Mo from Vancouver complains about those motorbikes that blow your eardrums out when they race by you. They are one of our (many) pet peeves as well.
You can join the chorus of complaints by calling 1 437 888 3261 anytime and leave a short message with your name and where you’re calling from. Tell someone that cares… Call the Complaint Department now!
J.B. in a hot and stormy Toronto
Madge from Toronto provides us with this week’s complaint. She hates the busy brag and so do we. You know when you ask someone how they’re doing and they immediately give you their schedule? They make their lives sound like apart from being the ambassador they also do all the cooking? Friend, if you’re not a surgeon or have 8 kids and run an organic farm nobody wants to hear how busy you are. Everybody is busy. Busy looking at their phones, busy bragging on twitter and Facebook, busy binge-watching. We’re not busy. Out-of-control maybe. Bad at prioritizing for sure. Captains of industry are busy. Anderson Cooper seems busy. If you have time to post a photo of what you’re eating you’re not busy. You’re a liar.
But I love ya anyway! And so does Big D my beautiful co-host.
Fucking call 1 437 888 3261 like so many have already and leave a complaint.
The Complaint Department: Tell Someone That Cares
JB & Diana
Do you like podcasts like “Stuff You Should Know” or “Things You Missed in History Class” or “Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History?” There’s another show out of England called “Rex Factor” (https://rexfactor.wordpress.com/) and it is royal history at its juiciest. Ali and Graham review and rate all the kings and queens of England and Scotland and you don’t have to be a monarchal nerd like I am to be entercated (edutained?) by this great show. I Skyped with these fellas from their hometown of Chelmsford, England.
I hope you like our chat. If not why don’t you call The Complaint Department at 1 437 888 3261 and bitch about it for a while.
JB in a warm and sunny Toronto (Sept. 15, 2017)
Old friend Bruce Horak drops by to talk cancer of the eyes and failure of the career. The former he has intimate knowledge of. I take care of the latter for both of us.
Loved talking to ya Bruce baby!
J.B. in a sunny and fresh 416
DJ Hall… Great right? These ladies could be my mum and her friends in the 80s.
Today I deliver unto thee my current top ten truthisms that you might not agree with. Hopefully, it’ll entertain you and inform you. I wanna be like Louie CK or any of the great comedians that say things in a way that you may not have considered. Thank you for indulging me.
Call Me! 1 437 888 3261 and leave a complaint! It’ll make you feel better.
Milky D and his beautiful wife, Christina Christina, hustle acting, writing and producing in Vancouver.
I guess I just feel so comfortable with this fellow that I completely cross the line of propriety. Is that the right word?
Milky D was on his way to rural Ontario to visit his mum when he stayed with us in Toronto. It was great talking to him about: making babies, boner pills, shocking transactions with wardrobe ladies and coffee tables. Love hanging with Milky!
J.B. in hot, sticky, sexy Toronto
Motek Sherman is a thinker, an investor, a lawyer and he’s got a big, fat brain on him.
Mo is definitely the smartest person I know. But this time he doesn’t just educate me, he blows my mind. He enlightens me on some introductory broad strokes of the occult. It immediately gets deep. There’s mystery, there are secrets, there’s weirdness. You’re gonna love it. And it’s a bit of a departure from the usual ITD.
ITD looks like an STD, hey? ITD: Irrevocably Transmitted Disease. That’s me. I’m in your ears and I won’t go away no matter how much Polysporin you put on me.
Thanks for listening.
J.B. in a sultry, sexy Toronto
I never remember to take a photo of my guest so I then have to get one from the internet. What I’m saying is I didn’t take this picture.
Steve Carter and I went to university together one million years ago. Now he’s a political strategist. I fell in love with his defunct podcast and listened religulously. After months of bugging him I finally got the chance to talk to him only by going all the way to his home in the Rockie Mountains in Alberta. Yeesh. It was worth it though. Great chat. This is the guy that made politics exciting for me. And he explains it well too. I hope he gets another podcast going. Secretly I want to do one with him where I ask dumb questions and he explains stuff to me about what’s going on in politics. We could call it Steve Carter Explains Politics To An Incredibly Handsome Guy Named J.B.