The Toronto-Gunma boys come in hot on the very first episode of 2018. Gavin, Andrew, and Jeef reconnect after a two-week winter vacation. The gang is immediately trusted into car talk as we talk about Andrew’s busted bumper. Gavin also talks about getting a flat tire.
Afterwards, Gavin retells the tales of his two-week long southwestern Japan road-trip. Many places were reached, and many more Instagram photos were farmed. The gang compares the differences between being a tourist in popular Japanese tourist spots versus the Japanese countryside.
Picking up from Episode 3, Gavin talks about the possibility of staying in Japan for another year and half. He talks about the internal and external struggles of finally coming to a decision. The guys also talk about what to do with their remaining time in Japan. Immediate goals include studying Japanese, travelling, and starting a language exchange group.
Gavin and Andrew check back in for the second installment of DIU Japan. This time they are joined by fellow Canadian English teacher, Jeef. This week, the gang focus their discussion heavily on driving in Japan.
Now well into their first few months in the Gunma prefecture, the gang all have rented kei (yellow plate) cars – expanding the realm of possibilities while exploring the land of the rising sun. But not all is right in this seemingly beautiful paradise.
Gavin rants about the fact that there is no “left on red,” how he paying more for insurance than Andrew and Jeef, and how amber lights literally last half a second.
We also talk about our boy Ebachan – A.K.A. a NPC mechanic character straight out of Initial D – and our two-hour hike up a mountain during a typhoon.
Other topics include super thin apartment walls, the legendary gaijin smash ability, and the group of people known as gaijin hunters.
(Recorded on September 18, 2017)
Apologies for the delay, as it took me two-plus weeks to edit this episode (read: get my shit together)
Join Gavin as he keeps an audio log to make the first ever international DIU Podcast (bonus) episode. Gavin, Jack, Michael, and Dr. Eugene Tang visit various parts of California, Nevada, and Arizona. Tune in to see if Gavin can survive nine whole days of Jack (and his constant interruptions), among other exciting topics and issues to be uncovered on the road!
Jack wanting to mend a broken relationship with Eugene as we learn about why Dr. Tang dislikes the former Love Guru.
Gavin ranting about hotel etiquette when it comes to sharing space and utilities with three other dudes.
Michael almost dying from a movie-esque bike accident.
Eugene’s traumatic fall from grace: from aspiring PhD student to alleged convict.
Gavin brings in the topic of self-driving cars as we discuss possible safety concerns and what implications the technology will have on everyday life. Meanwhile, Jack brings in the issue of how he feels emasculated when women earn more money than him. We also learn about why Jack is in constant fear of being overshadowed by females.
Some statistics which were referenced but specific numbers were not provided:
– There are more women in colleges than men: in America, 57% of college students are females
– There are more women in Canada than men: women account for 50.7% of the population (17.2 million)
This week, Gavin brings in the Cincinnati Zoo shooting incident. The conversation dives into discussions about what the value of life is. Meanwhile, Jack brings in another woman-based topic; this time, claiming that women who drive luxurious cars bad drivers.
The Justice for Harambe online petition; aiming to call for the parent’s of the child to be investigated.
I briefly mentioned how plants can feel pain (well technically they can react to it, whether or not it’s actual pain – in the sense humans feel – is still unclear).
I mentioned the California study which found that people who luxurious cars are assholes. (On the episode, I said this was a 2003 study. I actually meant it was a study from 2013)
Jack briefly mentioned a Middle Eastern country where woman can’t be Uber drivers. After a brief Google search, I believe he was referring to the situation in Saudi Arabia.
The Cincinnati Zoo is planning to re-open the gorilla exhibit with a higher, reinforced barrier.
Zoo spokeswoman Michelle Curley said the outer barrier will now be 42 inches high — a half foot taller than before — with solid wood beams on top and at the bottom, plus knotted rope netting at the bottom (via Daily Advocate).