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Podcast Episode 0058 - “Prima Donna”
34:03
Frank & Friends Show

Podcast Episode 0058 - “Prima Donna”

Frank Murphy welcomes Kathryn Frady back from her vacation. Frank is concerned that they have 665 YouTube subscribers and he hopes they will get well past 667 subscribers quickly. Frank enjoyed Kathryn’s performance as Julia Lowell in Marble City Opera’s production of The Copper Queen. You can rent a video stream of the opera at https://www.marblecityopera.com/tickets Frank surprised Kathryn by giving her a congratulatory hug after opening night of The Copper Queen. Frank sat behind Mary Costa, an opera singer who was the voice of Aurora in Disney’s Sleeping Beauty. Reviewer Alan Sherrod called the shoe “operatic gold.” Kathryn feels depressed when a show ends, especially when she is involved as both singer and producer. Kathryn just became the General Director of Opéra Louisiane in addition to her job at Marble City Opera. Frank has started lining up guest co-hosts for when Kathryn will be in Baton Rouge. Frank used to buy 40 pounds of chlorine tablets for about $80. A problem at the factory caused a shortage and a price increase to about $200. Frank switched to liquid chlorine, which he could get for about $6 a gallon at Lowe’s. Frank and Jere took their grandsons Timmy and Charlie to Lowe’s to buy chlorine using gift cards Frank bought at Kroger, which gave him bonus gas points. Lowe’s could not complete the purchase because they said their gift card reader was down. They drove to another Lowe’s but that store’s gift card reader was down too. Frank then went to a nearby Home Depot and bought liquid chlorine for only $4.50 a gallon. Marble City Opera is working on an opera about body-snatching. Grave robbers used to dig up bodies for use in medical research. Dr. Bill Bass started a collection of donated modern skeletons at the Body Farm. Kathryn and her husband took a vacation to Santa Rosa Beach in Florida. Kathryn’s brother and his family went surfing in the Gulf of Mexico. Frank's family used to go to ocean beaches on Long Island. Frank remembers the surf as being rough and uninviting. Frank had hoped to come to an artist reception after the final performance of The Copper Queen. He had a paid comedy improv gig that night. Einstein Simplified was hired to perform at the reception after a renewal of vows ceremony. The brewery that was supposed to host the event canceled on the bride so they could show a Vols baseball game instead. The improv gig was moved to the married couple’s house in South Knoxville. Frank's maps app went haywire and told him to make a U-turn, which turned out to be incorrect. He drove up as the ceremony was underway on the front lawn. This episode is sponsored by BoneZones.com (don’t forget the S). Buy books and other merchandise autographed by Body Farm founder Dr. Bill Bass at https://bonezones.com/ Support the Frank & Friends Show by purchasing some of our high-quality merchandise at https://frank-friends-show.creator-spring.com Sign up for a 30-day trial of Audible Premium Plus and get a free premium selection that’s yours to keep. Go to http://AudibleTrial.com/FrankAndFriendsShow Find us online https://www.FrankAndFriendsShow.com/ Please subscribe to our YouTube channel at https://YouTube.com/FrankAndFriendsShow and hit the bell for notifications. Find the audio of the show on major podcast apps including Spotify, Apple, Google, iHeart, and Audible. Find us on social media: https://www.facebook.com/FrankAndFriendsShow https://www.instagram.com/FrankAndFriendsShow https://www.twitter.com/FrankNFriendsSh Thanks!
Podcast Episode 0057 - "Happy Flag Day"
45:29
Frank & Friends Show

Podcast Episode 0057 - "Happy Flag Day"

Frank Murphy’s wife Jere is filling in for Kathryn Frady. Frank and Jere are celebrating their wedding anniversary. Each year, they both try to be the first to say “Happy Flag Day” to the other. Frank had a discount code from Amazon for $10 off an order that would be shipped to an Amazon Locker at Whole Foods. He tried to order HVAC filters but was told those were too large for a locker. Instead he bought two packages of bronzer. Jere was away for three weeks. She brought two of their grandsons to Tennessee with her to stay for a week. When the two boys leave, their eldest grandson, Artie Rocket, will arrive for a two-week stay. Frank thinks Jere didn’t tell him about her plans for them to travel to Northern Virginia together when it’s time to bring Artie home. There were several ideas proposed, including taking Artie to North Carolina while his dad was there on a business trip. Frank was happier about traveling when they decided to stay in a cheap hotel rather than with family. While the idea was being discussed, Jere went into the other room and made the hotel reservations. Frank sent Jere a screenshot from @thedealguy 's latest video about ALDI. Frank thought they should get a fire safe for their documents and passports. Jere bought it as their anniversary gift to each other. Jere reminisces about their “second honeymoon” on their tenth anniversary. At a silent auction at the National Press Club in DC, Frank’s mom had purchased a stay at a condo resort on the island of Molokai. She offered it to Frank & Jere but then decided that she would like to go to Molokai with them. Frank’s grandmother also decided to go, as did one of Frank’s sisters and her husband and his mother. Frank got cheap airfare by purchasing unused seats on a charter flight. There were complications with the return flight, resulting in an extended layover in Honolulu. Frank’s grandmother said she wanted to see the hand of Fr. Damien De Veuster (now Saint Damien) which was on display in a series of Catholic parishes in Honolulu before it would be buried in Damien’s original grave on Molokai. Frank used a payphone and a phone book to call at least five parishes in search of the hand. They ultimately saw the box that contained the hand on display at the cathedral. This episode is sponsored by The Middleburg Barn at Fox Chase Farm. The Middleburg Barn is a perfect venue with rustic luxury for your wedding or special event. Located 40 miles outside D.C and 25 minutes from Dulles Airport. Visit https://www.themiddleburgbarn.com/ or call (540) 687-5255. Support the Frank & Friends Show by purchasing some of our high-quality merchandise at https://frank-friends-show.creator-spring.com Sign up for a 30-day trial of Audible Premium Plus and get a free premium selection that’s yours to keep. Go to http://AudibleTrial.com/FrankAndFriendsShow Find us online https://www.FrankAndFriendsShow.com/ Please subscribe to our YouTube channel at https://YouTube.com/FrankAndFriendsShow and hit the bell for notifications. Find the audio of the show on major podcast apps including Spotify, Apple, Google, iHeart, and Audible. Find us on social media: https://www.facebook.com/FrankAndFriendsShow https://www.instagram.com/FrankAndFriendsShow https://www.twitter.com/FrankNFriendsSh Thanks!
Podcast Episode 0056 - “No Murders in the Basement”
40:03
Frank & Friends Show

Podcast Episode 0056 - “No Murders in the Basement”

Frank Murphy offers Kathryn Frady a frozen wine slushie, once it thaws enough to pour. He bought the slushie mix during the first episode he recorded with Kathryn about a year ago. You can watch that episode here: https://youtu.be/qZDy2zWnEBw It’s still hot in the Podcast Ponderosa. The HVAC system will be replaced soon. Frank finds it difficult to use his phone for calls or podcasts while he is doing yard work. Frank’s wife Jere will soon return with their grandchildren Timmy and Charlie. After a week, they will leave and Artie Rocket will arrive. Frank bought a pole saw but hasn’t used it yet. He has been digging up weeds and tending to his fig plants. While digging up rocks and roots, he made an unusual discovery. His shovel hit something about a foot deep. After some effort, he excavated a rectangular bath mat or similar piece of carpet. He wonders why it was buried instead of being washed or thrown into the garbage. Kathryn is suspicious. Frank asked neighbor Nancy if anyone on their street had ever gone missing. Nancy thinks it might have been from a kids’ clubhouse in the woods. Frank threw away the rug. Kathryn thinks it should have been tested for evidence. Frank tells about the divorced couple who sold the house to him. Kathryn wants to turn this show into a murder podcast. Frank serves the wine slushie in celebration of Kathryn’s successful performances in The Copper Queen. If you missed it, you can still buy a streaming video ticket at https://www.marblecityopera.com/tickets Kathryn did some drywall repair at her house. Frank didn’t know she was so handy. He imagined her doing the work while she was sick at home. Frank tells Kathryn how he got a dirty look from half a block away for coughing on a street downtown. When the grandchildren are visiting, Frank teaches them how to get out of the pool. Last year, Artie played a Wii dance video game in silence while Frank did his radio show from the kitchen. He wonders if he could ask neighbor Nancy to invite the kids to try out her son’s new disc golf game in the yard. Frank suggests that the kids could shoot baskets in the driveway. Kathryn thinks he will need to keep the door open to watch them in case the basketball rolls away. Frank thinks they will be fine. Kathryn asks if Frank’s kids had curfews when they were teenagers. Frank doesn’t recall them ever wanting to stay out late. One time Frank Jr. had high school swim team practice on a Tuesday night at the same time as Frank’s improv show and Jere’s dress rehearsal with the Knoxville Choral Society. Frank asked another swim team dad to give Frank Jr. a ride after practice to Patrick Sullivan’s Saloon in the Old City. This episode is sponsored by BoneZones.com (don’t forget the S). Buy books and other merchandise autographed by Body Farm founder Dr. Bill Bass at https://bonezones.com/ Support the Frank & Friends Show by purchasing some of our high-quality merchandise at https://frank-friends-show.creator-spring.com Sign up for a 30-day trial of Audible Premium Plus and get a free premium selection that’s yours to keep. Go to http://AudibleTrial.com/FrankAndFriendsShow Find us online https://www.FrankAndFriendsShow.com/ Please subscribe to our YouTube channel at https://YouTube.com/FrankAndFriendsShow and hit the bell for notifications. Find the audio of the show on major podcast apps including Spotify, Apple, Google, iHeart, and Audible. Find us on social media: https://www.facebook.com/FrankAndFriendsShow https://www.instagram.com/FrankAndFriendsShow https://www.twitter.com/FrankNFriendsSh Thanks!