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Shenanigans Mini Episode 1: Sneaking Into the Drive-In

November 13th, 2018

This week we had some fun as Rick Cohen, owner and operator of the Transit Drive-In in Lockport, was our special guest. There was a lot of good material on the drive-in throughout the regular Shenanigans episode, that I decided to make a mini-episode just on that alone. We talk about the situation regarding the Starlite Drive-In in Wichita, Kansas and Rick's involvement in trying to save the cultural icon. We also get a little history about some local drive-ins and some great stories about someone trying to enter the drive-in in an entirely unique way. We also talk about the passing of Stan Lee.

Cast: Craig, Rich, Vinnie, Walden, and Rick

Running Time: Approximately 30 minutes

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Shenanigans Episode 53: Dancing On the Ceiling

November 9th, 2018

If you've never been to a Bills game (like Vinnie) we talk a little about what it's like. It's not all burning tables and toys in the endzone. Howie seems to get lost driving through Lockport. What did you do with your pile of unwanted Halloween candy? We talk about farting boobs, the right and wrong way to eat a hamburger, and the mermaid economy. There are too many visual jokes for podcasts this week, and Rich made sure we finally got to his Tetris article.

Cast: Craig, Howie, Rich, Vinnie, Walden

Running Time: 113 minutes

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Shenanigans Episode 52: That One Time We Recorded Underwater

November 2nd, 2018

What can I say? Sometimes we have some technical difficulties. This was one of those weeks. Somehow, one of the mics hung open creating a terrible case of reverb. Rich and I did some editing and you can hear most of a pretty funny episode. There are still some garbled spots, but it is very listenable. This week, the US military is drinking all the beer in Iceland. It's cold there, you know. In Africa, they're making pee bricks and fertilizer, while an old dentist's office in Georgia made a weirdly gruesome discovery behind the walls. If you're having a bad day, cuddling with a cow might be the release you need to make everything better. Vinnie has a new emotional support animal named "Brad" and hotdog water is selling like diet water in the Pacific Northwest. You can get a pint, complete with the hot dog for $40. What a steal!

Cast: Craig, Rich, Walden, Howie, Vinnie

Running Time: 102 minutes

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Shenanigans Episode 51: How to Build Your Very Own Beer Cave Fallout Shelter

October 26th, 2018

We need to get Rich to speak into the microphone. He is just so hard to hear during casual conversation moments. But he did tell us about stinkbugs in Paris. We also learned about the Dog Days of Fall at the Dodge residence. Have scientists finally figured out what smacked Uranus sideways? Rich shows us a video of Paula Abdul...on a podcast. Who stole a huge, inflatable colon? In this week's PSA, please don't cement your head inside a microwave. 

Cast: Craig, Rich, Vinnie

Running time: 120 Minutes

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Shenanigans Episode 50: Can Someone Here Speak Moose, Eh?

October 19th, 2018

Holy cow! We made it to 50 episodes. Be prepared: This is a long one, over 2 hours long. But worth it. We talk about parental torture devices. You remember those things. We learned that spending too much time on the toilet may cause serious injury to your backside, so be very careful. Vinnie has a lexicon, and a fancy one at that. Kansans seem to have a special affinity for their cars and they really love pumping iron. Halloween is off-limits for anyone over the age of 12 in some Virginia towns. You might actually spend time in jail for breaking that law. Texas has beer for dogs and the Buffalo Bills were asked to be pallbearers at a funeral. Craig regales the group with some zaniness that happened at Wendy's Restaurant. And what album changed your life? Rich and Walden have the best choice for that little nugget.

Cast: Craig, Rich, Walden, and Vinnie 

Running Time: 136 minutes

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Shenanigans Episode 49: Going For the Gold

October 13th, 2018

We are still on Gronk watch, but it is not looking good. Only time will tell, I guess. But if you know him, let him know we're looking for him to be our special guest for Episode 69 at the end of February. Meanwhile, the city of Houston blocks the erection of a brothel before the owner can even get the signs up. We have a list of things that should never be microwaved. Speaking of lists, there is a list of girlfriend/boyfriend rules floating around. Howie doesn't know his neighbors and he doesn't know his pals even though he lives on the Erie Canal. Steven Tyler is the world's coolest grandmother. Dr. Phil makes a very special visit to the show.

Cast: Craig, Rich, Howie, Walden, Vinnie

Running time: 113 minutes

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Shenanigans Episode 48: They Used to Call it a Jump-o-line

October 6th, 2018

This week is a bit more risque than normal, but very funny. This episode was fun to record. There is a man running for political office in Europe named Luc Anus, and Facebook doesn't like his name. But only Facebook. Arby's is rewarding people for getting Arby's-themed tattoos. Did you know you can't walk around the world because the world is flat? Walden was sure surprised. In this week's Public Service Announcement, Please beware of Prius drivers.

Cast: Craig, Rich, Walden, Vinnie

Running Time: 108 minutes

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Shenanigans Episode 47: Rich Will Love Sports. Rich Will Love Sports

September 29th, 2018

Well, much to Rich's chagrin, we talk a lot of sports. Of course, Howie is blind to anything not Syracuse, and we're all upset with the NFL's roughing the passer calls. A school in China has a very special way of welcoming back students and their parents. Vinnie thinks he's ready to go back to school. Did I say we talk a lot about sports? Also, a Canadian entrepreneur has decided he wants to expand his buisness into the United States, because, except for Alabama, there are no regulations to hinder his business. 

Cast: Craig, Howie, Rich, Vinnie, Walden

Running time: 98 Minutes

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Shenanigans Episode 46: The Best Use of Three, 1 Cent Stamps Ever

September 22nd, 2018

Guess what?!? George is back! So is Charlie, although to be fair, he was actually here every week. We just didn't turn on his mic. There's a new newspaper in Missouri that will begin publication in October called The Uranus Examiner. Shenanigans may get a subscription. As if Segways weren't already cool enough, now they have a new option available: You get get guns on your Segway. Think of the talent you'll need to not knock yourself over with the recoil. The group is infatuated with terrible Italian accents this week. And a man in New Zealand get his ass kicked by monkeys after he tried to spank one.

Cast: Craig, George, Rich, Charlie, Walden, Vinnie

Running Time: 88 Minutes

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Shenanigans Episode 45: Putin Pockets and Laser Ladies

September 17th, 2018

Where do I start with this episode? First off, if you're at work, you'd better put on the headphones. This one goes off the rails pretty quickly. We learn that Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop is being sued because her quack remedies are simply just that. Sciencist are trying to figure out how often we should be pooping for our best health. Walden does the math for us. Apparently some women are concerned that their lady parts aren't pretty enough. In steps a woman who will prepare a plaster cast of them for you. These casts can be the artistic centerpiece for your next holiday gathering. A family in Connecticut has learned that you should never, ever use dynamite as a candle during a power outtage. For some reason Craig tried to shut the show down early before Rich had a chance to talk. So what does he want to discuss? How many communion wafers would it take to eat an entire Jesus. Some things are better left unsaid...

Cast: Craig, Rich, Walden, Vinnie

Running Time: 88 Minutes

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