For today’s episode, Joakim puts his faith in the random universe to deliver a theme and a topic. Was this a good idea? Can the thin air act as a foundation to build a podcast episode upon?
Yes and no. Regardless, Joakim will always find a way to talk about his failed marriage.
The water of the week is a triplet interpretation of another jazz standard: LIME!
- Signature Select
- Topo Chico
Today, we learn that Joakim struggles with a hoarding disorder fueled by narcissism and a persistent delusion of success: Nothing can be deleted from his hard-drive, because soon all these adoring fans might want to study every .txt and decode every .jpg and nod along to every .mp3.
Luckily, a Dropbox subscription is only twelve bucks a month.
Oh, and lastly we pick a winner from the Little Black Dog competition. This week’s water is anot installment of the Grapefruit sessions: Topo Chico, Polar Seltzer and Soleil by Signature Select.
For this episode, we raise our cups and monologue about humiliation, fear and watermelon. Somehow, while speaking of these things, Joakim’s mind will always wander back to Jojje Olsson—a “journalist” from Sweden.
Another week, another water: Kiwi-Watermelon by La Croix (Curate), Watermelon by Hint (sparkling?) and Lime-Watermelon by AHA.
GUEST-OF-THE-YEAR MARISSA is brought back for another open therapy session where host M. Joakim Eriksson is forced to accept a difficult truth: Other people are never the problem. This is followed by light banter about alcoholism, racism and how to excommunicate a parent. Fun.
Water of the week: Orange from Field Day, Bubly and Crystal Geyser.
This episode is one hour and seventeen minutes of hard-hitting questions followed by a fearless pursuit of answers. Which berry is Joakim’s biker grandpa allergic to? Did Napoleon figure it all out in the end? Death before decaf? Has Max always been playing too many video games? Seattle’s “utomsocknes” with a terrible fashion sense—where are they really from? Ohio or Florida?
That’s all from the first fifteen minutes, because pretty soon we arrive at the China question: wet markets, Chinese politics and concentration camps in Xinjiang.
Water of the week: Watermelon, Grape and Strawberry from Waterloo.
For our second session with Lacey, we talk about our experiences inside and outside the world of sexual harassment, then we touch on drugs and/or parenting. Again, a big thank you to Grey Block Pizza for sponsoring the episode.
Water of the week: Plain by San Pellegrino, Perrier and SmartWater.
For today’s episode, we monologue with the ghost of Max Loring about why we can’t just be happy for each other—why does everything have to be so petty and small-minded? Why do I want everyone else to fail?
This week’s water is a follow-up to the Grapefruit Sessions: Spindrift, Good & Gather and Kirkland Signature.
This is our much anticipated interview with ousted co-founder Ivan the Betrayer. Working out of a family garage, Ivan and I attempted to produce a user-friendly podcast about Sparkling Water—staying up all night, tinkering with the recipe for hours and hours, manically talking to ourselves about the perfect format.
As you all know, Ivan abandoned us amid a power struggle over creative control. This might be the return of a disgraced co-founder, but make no mistake: Ivan is no Steve Jobs.
This week’s water: Cucumber Mint from Good & Gather, Múre Pepino from La Croix (Cúrate), Cucumber Lemon by Voss.
We sit down with Straight-Shooter Lacey Starr and talk memes and momos before wandering into the mysterious forest of Sushi. Many things are revealed during the recording of this brief episode, most notably we finally know who has a crush on whom—judge for yourselves.
Water of the week: Peach from Bubly, Ginger-Peach from Good & Gather and Peach-Nectarine from Talking Rain.
And now we are asked to shelter-in-place. How long will this last? Will we ever be the same? How short is shortness of breath?
This morning we allowed ourselves “little a AHA sparkling water, as a treat.” And to Chase Windu, wherever you are: Stay Safe, My Brother.
This week’s water is three flavors of AHA from Coca-Cola: Grapefruit + Orange, Green Tea + Citrus, Bluberry + Pomegranate.
In response to the COVID-19 outbreak and with guidance from public health bureaucrats, the M. Joakim Eriksson Center for American Decline will now be housed at AmericanDecline.org so that we can continue to provide our services in a manner which is safe for our staff, clients and larger community.
Thank you for your patience and understanding during this unusual time.
We sit down with Max “hardest worker in Seattle coming through” Loring and have a brief conversation about social media and unemployment in the age of Coronavirus before we completely lock horns on the issue of Talking Rain.
The water of the week is two flavors of caffeinated sparkling water from Talking Rain: Summer Melon and Blood Orange.
We drink raspberry-flavored sparkling water from Cascade Ice, Bubly, La Croix and Talking Rain, and then we finally face our fears and talk about the issues we’ve been afraid to approach.
Here, in the second half of the Grapefruits, we review La Croix, Bubly and Waterloo.
We also introduce a new segment (Sparkling Water Myths) and then talk Carbonara recipes, early childhood memories, physical fights, and the Madison Diner on Bainbridge Island (Family-owned? Family-owned!).
We wrap up the episode in agreement: We both love working for Eric Bahn and Ba Bar.
In our first session with Coop, we review six brands of grapefruit-flavored sparkling water and talk about Ramlösa and how sparkling water is perceived in Joakim’s native Sweden.
We also touch upon Coop’s upbringing in Los Angeles which obviously leads to a conversation about God and restaurants in Seattle. Part one is a review of the Grapefruits by Signature Select (Safeway), Talking Rain and Cascade Ice. Part two will feature La Croix, Bubly and Waterloo.
Please note that all M-CAS offices will close on July 13 in accordance with the “Swedish Knowledge Worker Mandatory Paid Leave” statute of the 1974 Instrument of Government. Continue reading
Field Research: Day 28
My first job in America was not really a job. Continue reading
Here in America, banks provide a valuable service to their community. Continue reading
Here in America, there are no penis catalogs that wives can flip through to pick out the perfect penis for their husband’s penis augmentation surgery. Continue reading
Field Research: Day 3
On my third day in America, I walk downstairs to get a haircut. The hair-dresser is a pleasant local woman in her early thirties. Continue reading
Field Research: Day 188
I arrived at work and noticed that something was different. The sound of vegetable chopping was muted and anxious. The small-talk was subdued and peppered with dry throat-clearings. A sweaty mechanic was splayed out on the floor in front of me. He was tightening some bolts on the bottom of a sink. Continue reading
Today, as President Trump announces America’s intent to retreat from reality, make sure to plant your feet firmly on the right side of history and purchase the “Accelerate The American Decline” coffee mug. Continue reading