Feb. 3, 2021

Season 2 Episode 1

Season 2 Episode 1

Back for a second season, topics include our reactions and thoughts on the January 6th insurrection, the inauguration and our opinions on the Super Bowl.

Transcript

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Eric:

Hi, and welcome to The Q Lounge. I'm Eric and I'm Gil. Today we are going to just catch up we haven't really talked to each other a whole lot over the break. And thank you guys for coming back to hang out with us in the Q lounge. So Gil, how are you doing?

Gil:

Oh, I am doing well. I'm so thankful. We got renewed for a second season. Oh,

Eric:

I know. It's so great.

Gil:

You guys didn't have a choice. You guys got a second season,

Eric:

but we came back regardless. We opened that door and we're not going back in.

Gil:

Oh yes. But quite a few things have changed since. What? Eight, how long have you been gone for five weeks? Five weeks, six weeks. Six weeks. Yeah. Yeah. We have a new president, the old one, God,

Eric:

but he just opened that office of the former president down in Mar-a-Lago. Yeah. He is like really grasping.

Gil:

How was your time off? Did you do anything? During quarantine,

Eric:

we can't really do a whole lot. So I mainly worked finished up a bunch of projects that I had done. I got my t-shirt line up and going. I think I had gotten that done at the end of last season or towards the end of last season. And that's at SEKSTEEZ.COM. I'm going to put in the shameless plug that's S E K S T E E Z.com. I got my first book published. It's self published through Amazon. So you can look up A Moment of Death. it's a collection of poetry by yours, truly Eric Salazar. Yay. That's so

Gil:

awesome.

Eric:

So I did a lot of that. I got super, super drunk for new years. Oh. Which was really weird. Cause I just don't drink that much. Yeah. And I usually have rules where I don't drink by myself, but I decided I was going to get drunk for new years. And because I have a low tolerance, it just took a bottle of wine and two beers and I was. Gone. And I posted photos of my journey on Facebook of starting to drink and then being drunk. And luckily, nothing too. I think it was all pretty G-rated though. And then I was hung over two days. It was not fun. So the first day I was pretty out of it until about 4 :30, 5:00 PM. And I was like, okay, I can actually drink water and eat a little something. And I felt, actually I felt fine. And then the next day I got up was all ready to work out, started working out. I got super dizzy. I laid down on my yoga mat for 45 minutes. And then I slowly crawled my ass back to bed. And I think I slept for six hours.

Gil:

Oh, wow. Ladies and gents, this is what happens when you enter your thirties. That bounce back time is a little rough.

Eric:

So yeah, that was pretty fun, it probably would have been more fun had I'd been with someone else drinking, but it was also a good reminder of why I finally tried edibles for them. I was that. I wasn't a fan personally. So what happened is I got an, a pretty severe car accidents early in December. Yes. And my car was totaled. Luckily I had bought another car earlier this year but you're fine. I'm fine. I'm going to chiropractor and I have acupuncture weekly. But other than that, I'm for the most part, I'm fine. Everyone was actually surprised that I wasn't more injured after seeing my car. Yeah. Yeah. I walked away pretty lightly injured. Just like some soreness. I did have whiplash, which I wasn't aware. Cause I guess it was pretty minor. But x-rays revealed that I did have a little bit of pain and soreness, a lot of tightness. So I did try edibles for the first time. And. Yeah, I just, wasn't a fan. I have a really low tolerance. So I ate like a square it would hit me two hours after I took it. And then it would last for 16 hours. So like the next day I would be like, still really out of it. And so it was just, wasn't fun for me. So I ended up doing half a square. I still have Three quarters of that Candy bar I might have two thirds, but yeah, it's, there's a lot there left, but so I did that and that was pretty much my whole

Gil:

So you should find Mercedes soon then out of the situation.

Eric:

Oh yeah. Okay. Hopefully I don't think that's going to happen anytime soon, but yeah, we'll see. And

Gil:

I was going to say, but my time has been, it was mostly because I work in retail, so it was high season for me, but it was a definitely, it was a different year because obviously normally we'd be absolutely. Packed beyond recognition. And this year wasn't it was very calm in that regard. It was a lot of safety measures were placed in, so at least I didn't feel for my safety. I never felt Oh my God, this is, putting me in a weird bind. Now it was empty in the city for this holiday season. It was very. Unspectacular. That's pretty

Eric:

Eerie

Gil:

actually. Yeah, it was very, for us, it was very eerie and things were not as decorated. It was a lot of locals to put it. Yeah, very, a lot of locals were used to getting a lot of tourists there or people from other parts of the Bay area who flood in because it's the city. Obviously everyone wants to be in, in town or they're staying in town to make it a full holiday, experience. And we didn't get any of that. So he was very, it was a very different time busy, but not. Yeah. Like I said,

Eric:

I used to do I get that because since this year has been all crazy and I had to close my acupuncture clinic, I've basically just been dog grooming is my main job. I I do teach dance here and there. And like I said, I had all these other little projects, but for the most part I've been dog grooming and Christmas time is usually a super busy time for a dog grooming. And not that we weren't busy. But it was a different type of busy and plus because of where I'm at, we've been closed. We were closed for a week, at least six or seven months. So I didn't work for that much time. And so people are still like, Oh, you guys are open now. Oh, you're grooming dogs now. So people aren't really aware plus because my clients that come in are pretty regular. They're not like scheduling Oh, for the Christmas rush. So they just come in when their appointment happens to fall. Cause they come in every, like two, four, six weeks. Correct. And so they've just, they just stick with their schedule. They're not like all, Oh, I have to get in right before Christmas. They're like, yeah, we get done a week before we get done a week after whatever. So it was weird in that regard, too, as far as like you were talking about it was busy, but a different type of busy and it was just not. Your typical.

Gil:

Yeah, it's definitely a year you'll remember. Or you'll speak about in those, back in my day. That is one of those that's it's going to be a moment.

Eric:

Oh yeah. 2020 will definitely be, Oh, that moment 2021 is still. Pretty much part of it.

Gil:

No, it definitely is, but they, I think the difference with 2021 is we are already in it. We know the expectation with COVID. That's why with me 2021 will be another wash year, but it's a year that we expect it to be a wash versus 2020. The expectation, at least for me with going in, it was like, this is a brand new century or that's a new decade, all the holidays aligned. Yeah. I had such a high expectation for 2020. And it turned out to be one of the worst years or the most, very unique years in our life. That's a good way because, as a fellow millennial, it's like, we need more of these moments. Apparently, we need your 9/11 moments again and again.

Eric:

Yeah. You have to remind people of what's happened and give them something to care about other than themselves. Other than the American privilege that we all care about.

Gil:

Jesus. Yeah. So 2020 was definitely like, as a recap a year was definitely an experience to say the least.

Eric:

Yeah. So 2020 I have mixed feelings about 2020, because, so don't get me wrong. 2020 was. Helacious year, it was shitty beyond anyone's assumptions or thoughts or anything else. So I'm not saying it wasn't a bad year because it was a pretty shitty year. Just because of everything, like we said, COVID murder, Hornets All the racial injustice, all the white supremacy, all the misogyny, all that stuff. So yeah, but 2020, in some ways to me, it was like a reset year. Like it really just stripped everything down and put things into perspective. Yeah. So it was like, for me, it was actually like, when we talked about this last season, it was a really good year for me emotionally. Because I really grew a lot. I was able to like strip away a lot of. Things about myself and really take look into myself. So in that regard, it was amazing for me. And like I said, I think it was a reset for everybody. So it could be like, this was your plot twist where. Oh, this is how things worked. So in those regards, I thought it was actually a pretty awesome year, but I'm not going to say, Oh yeah, 2020 was a great year. It was great for me in some ways it's actually in some very important ways. But it was also, I'm not going to say it wasn't a shit a year. It was a really shitty year and 2021. We're only a month in and people are already like, I am canceling my subscription to 2021. That 30 day free trial is over and done with Michael Cimino posted something like that. And I thought it was cute.

Gil:

We'll try to get him on the show. That's the goal I would

Eric:

love to got him on the show. Or anyone from the Love, Victor cast. If you guys want to come on our show, you're welcome. Yeah. So I know 20, 21 is a wash too, but like you said, we're, we've, we're expecting it. Like we're already not Oh yeah, we're in, COVID still, this is happening. You have to wait until vaccinations get out, which I have my first vaccine, by the way. Congrats. Thank you. I had the Pfizer vaccine and I know there's a lot of talk about side effects. Me personally. I didn't have really any side effects. I had a minor headache the day of, and a sore arm for a day and a half. But I've also heard other people have had more severe side effects. I'm not saying that those aren't there I go for my second shot next week. So we'll see what happens, but yeah, that's kind of 2021 for me. My book actually published this year in 2021

Gil:

It's looking good. Yeah. Cause I was going to say 2020 was very, for me, it was definitely part of that reset. I started doing things that I normally wouldn't have done. Like I picked up baking and picking up. I were doing the podcast. I kinda out of my comfort

Eric:

zone, by the way, you guys,

Gil:

It's been a very grounding experience for 2020, definitely. Oh, now that the year's over and I can really look at it. It definitely even within my career, like looking back at work and how monotonous things were in questioning, why the hell am I doing this? And I think re assessing the value of what am I doing? It what? It's time to change shit up. And I think that's what it's coming down to and I'm like, why am I pouring all this effort into X, Y, Z. It really does bring me any joy. I felt what is it? The Marie Kondo, where it was like, do you like it? Or no?

Eric:

Yeah. No. And that's true because I've been thinking about that too. As far as that's part of my mindset, I have a habit of. Working a lot and I'm always involved in tons of little projects because it keeps me distracted from my own head, just from the chaos. That is my brain. And so I decided to like really step into that and do away with a lot of the projects and take my hands out of some of those pots and just like really work on myself, which is freaky and scary and all bunch of like. Tragic extremely shit, but I realized that I'm living to work instead of working to live. Like I'm not really living granted we can't really do a whole lot right now in a COVID kind of world, but we can at least set the groundwork for once restrictions start really lifting. We can I want to enjoy life. I'm still young enough that I can really enjoy it. And so I think that's what this year has also put into perspective for me, piggybacking off of what you said was I'm not trying to steal your spot.

Gil:

That's exactly. Yeah, because even like music, I guess I was revitalized last year, I had a great music year, like artists that I started discovering, or I was relistening to certain songs and I'm like, Oh my God, it's hitting me a little bit different. Or of getting nostalgic over certain things. And I was like, Oh my God. It's just a lot of flashback memories. And it was a really from a health, like a psych, like my own mental health was really good. Even during furlough. And I actually, that was probably my favorite part was being on furlough and a part of it was hoping to be like, Oh, it's terrible. Say, but I think it's just because as part of that same thing as I, up until that point has shifted even my damn wedding. Was shifted around when am I working when are peak times? When is this? Okay. Is, is everyone to accommodate it? Now we're going to go and take my wedding here. I could take a vacation here. It was all for work

Eric:

You pick the best day to get married for you. it's national voter registration day.

Gil:

Yeah. And Folsom was happening

Eric:

and Folsom was happening, which I had a blast at you. Next time you're going with me to Folsom. You're going to go watch all the fisting and all the flogging. Oh

Gil:

dear Lord. My poor Catholic pearls

Eric:

that don't exist. Chris has licked that Pearl necklace off of you.

Gil:

Oh my goodness. Yeah, but from obviously from a news in dealing with that fuck fart of, presidents prior. That was just a nightmare. So

Eric:

here's my thing. If any, one of us acted that way at our jobs, we would be fired so quickly. Absolutely. We would be held completely accountable. Oh yeah. And there'll be nothing we could really do about it. Absolutely.

Gil:

Abs are fricking lonely. I think a lot of them forget that they are elected into these positions. These aren't permanent positions, th they have a job to hold. Like I don't understand. They act like these are you're once you're elected, you're appointed there forever. These are permanent positions.

Eric:

lot of them treat it that way, especially in the house and in the Senate. Come on. People have been there for way too long.

Gil:

I think it's time to put some limits on those senators.

Eric:

I fully, I support term limits. McConnell should not be there anymore. Ted Cruz would definitely not be there anymore. Josh Holly needs to be gone. Yeah. All those people inciting insurrection.

Gil:

Hi, while we were gone. Yeah. While

Eric:

we were gone. Oh, what was your take? W how was that for you? I have a self, but go

Gil:

ahead. No, I watched it live, I sat there watching the whole situation pan out and my first. My thought was, if these were Black people, these were minorities. They all would have been shot. That national guard would have been there faster than you could imagine. And they would have been shooting, but because these are white people having white tantrums, then it's like, Oh no, they won't do that. That's not possible. I don't understand. I'm like, look at the mass shootings we've had, I'm just saying these were all white people. That's the thing I could not facet. And what also fascinated me was the way that they talked about these people. It was. Not until hours and that they suddenly start talking about, it was like insurrection that they're invading. They were like, these are just a mob of people. These are just angry. No, they are not. You're waving those Nazi flags are waving those Confederate flags. These are anti-American and they should be treated as such.

Eric:

Yeah. Get really irritated cause they keep saying, Oh, the rioters or the protesters. And I'm like, fuck that. they are terrorists. It was a terrorizing act. It was an insurrection. It was an attempted coup however you want to frame it that way, it was not a protest.

Gil:

And then the audacity of these elected officials who still stood by it, they gotta be removed. And that's the point. I don't, I do not understand because could you imagine if Obama said, like I said, if he had said any of what Trump has said, would he still have been in office? No, they would have been demanding him to be just killed.

Eric:

Let's be real. Oh yeah. They wanted to impeach him off of a fucking tan suit. I know that's a little bit of a reach, but come on now, come

Gil:

on. They were, the guy holding the umbrella, he had a soldier holding the umbrella for him. God forbid they, they hung him

Eric:

in effigy. Yes. So when this whole thing happened, I had told myself that because I had gotten super political and I was like super in it all of last year or actually the last four years. But even more so towards the. Election and post-election and all that other stuff. I was like, just really in it. And I was like, okay, I think I might need to pull back a little bit just for my own sanity. Probably it's because people are tired of seeing all this shit that I'm posting. So I actually like wiped Facebook off of my phone. I took myself off of all social media, like that Monday. So on January 4th, I was like, okay, I don't need any of this. I'm going to be off of it. It was weird that day, but by Tuesday I was like, okay, cool. I got this. This is no problem. And then I'm at work on Wednesday. Cause I oddly didn't work Monday or Tuesday, I don't think, but I had to go to work Wednesday and I had a full day on Wednesday. And then I started getting text messages from my mom and she's Oh my gosh, this is happening. Oh my gosh, they're doing this. Oh my gosh, there's this crazy mob at the Capitol. Oh my God. Think people are going crazy. And I'm like, what the hell is that going on? So I'm like as okay, shit, I have to get back on to social media. I didn't see it pan out live. I saw all the recaps throughout the night and of course the next day and all that other stuff. And I was actually off the next day. So then I got to see all those playbacks.

Gil:

Yeah. I was off that day. It was just one of those rare moments that I, I woke up my mom and I were just having coffee. We're having our bagel we're watching it. And then all of a sudden What the hell? Cause it started out okay. They're at the steps and I'm like, my God, that looks funky. It just to me, it just wreaked something bad was going to happen.

Eric:

And so like my first, my very first question when I called my mom when I got off of work and I was like, what the hell is going on? My very first question to her was so was anyone shot was tear gas used on anybody? Was anyone beat with a Baton? Was anyone shot with pellet guns? Anyone tear gas. And she's Nope. I'm like exactly. And therein lies the issue. Cause look at all those protests that happened for fighting for racial justice and racial equality and all these people were met with batons and shootings and pellet guns and tear gas and all this other shit. And then you actually have people who are storming the Capitol. Looking to hang Mike Pence who I don't like, he's a fucking Cunt, excuse my language, but he's a fucking cunt. And he needs to go to his own conversion therapy.

Gil:

There was a while that

Eric:

They support it. Yeah, but they are trying to hang him and looking for Pelosi. You have that little excuse my language twat in Colorado, who was just elected to Congress. Who's live tweeting Pelosi's location. And then you have that nut job from Georgia, that little funky snatch from Georgia who anyways I digress, but you now they're like, Oh, people are saying like, Oh my gosh, five people died. I think it's now six people. Cause I know of two police officers actually committed suicide based on the trauma from that. And then the one was. Killed. And then these other people, I really have no sympathy for them because they were there as a terrorist attack. Yes. One woman, I forgot her name. Cause I don't really want to pay attention to it or give her any acknowledgement But people are trying to like, Oh, say her name. I'm like, no. You are not going to make that equivalent to Breonna Taylor. You have a woman who was in her bedroom watching a movie who was shot versus someone who legitimately just went to the Capitol building to terrorize people there. And we're forgetting about the custodial workers and the people that are just there as staff in the Capitol building. Yeah.

Gil:

If Americans do not acknowledge that, the difference in even the way they were treated yeah. yeah. It's blatant, exact same thing. You want to treat them as protesters, but like I said, how were they treated? They were met with, they would

Eric:

say open the fucking barricades and let them walk through. Yeah. And now, they now have that proof that there was inside jobs. What is it? They saw 20% of the people there were veterans. I don't know if that's legitimate, something like that, but I know that they, I think they just arrested like 21 veterans in association and that woman who stole Pelosi's laptop and was going to sell it to the Russians

Gil:

The one thing that I would only criticize for that gets, I think also everyone up in arms is when you're listening to and I do enjoy them, but it's like CNN, MSNBC, our fellow liberal, if they want to call it liberal media, but it's just because they also amp up the intensity on there. Whereas this. Repetitiveness when you have was Don Lemon and some other ones who just would not, they just continue on

Eric:

Don Lemon, but he's relentless. Yeah.

Gil:

Let's, we get it, but it just keeps on and on. And that, and I get, we're trying to, it sells. Violence sells. We know that gets your ratings going, but from a, just a, like a standpoint. And I think that's part of my questioning of journalism. It's just sometimes just let the cameras do the work because it paints more than you could say,

Eric:

but I don't know. Don Lemon's background fully, but to me, he's like an opinion. Pundant kind of person like you have Caitlin Collins. Who's an actual journalist who's like reporting. And is there and Manu, Raju, you and Jim Acosta. Yeah. So who is actually just now been promoted? I think they've all been promoted now because of everything they had to deal with the last four years. Deserve the promotion. But no, I definitely think mainstream media totally amps it up.

Gil:

It, it does. And I think it's not healthy. Cause even when I was watching, I was like, Jesus Christ, my heart rates, like skyrocketing and blood pressure and all, I was like, I need to stop this. And I. I switched over to NPR and at least for me, I felt a little bit Calmer and the way it was delivered, even BBC news was a BBC America did, BBC is great to watch. Yeah. And it's like this, it's not that you just need to deliver the news the way it is just sometimes just showing it, just shut the hell up. Just literally watch it. And it's watch

Eric:

Fox news.

Gil:

Oh Lord. Here we go.

Eric:

Carlson. Oh, and Ingram.

Gil:

I can't I've tried to try, do to be like, let me see what they're talking about. I can't, Oh my God. Yeah. And now they acknowledged science on Fox news. Do they really? Oh, because Biden president. That's why now they're acknowledging Corona virus or acknowledging all the deaths and they're blaming it already on him.

Eric:

Okay. And I actually blame all 400,000 plus almost 500,000 deaths on Trump. I'm still

Gil:

blaming every death until we're done on him because this is what his legacy. If you want to say legacy is. Same thing with Reagan, Reagan owns the AIDS epidemic and everything that came with it. The lack of response at all, that he owns that. Yeah. As far as I'm concerned, everything going forward, it's been 40 years. That's him. That's his failure. Amongst others, but yeah, but definitely it was definitely an experience. Oh with that situation at the Capitol, obviously, and it just it's fascinating. It just fascinates me.

Eric:

I found it very triggering. I'm sure a lot of people found it very triggering and upsetting I've found it. Just upsetting that it happened. Yeah. But again, I was more upset with. The blatant differences of how BIPOC was treated and supporters of Black Indigenous People Of Color were treated over the summer versus like you said earlier, Oh, white tantrum. It is, they were all these little white privilege, mostly white privilege people throwing a tantrum.

Gil:

Yes.

Eric:

And they were pretty much Oh, come in, do what you want, wave your Confederate flag around, dress up like a little Buffalo and scream and then cry later. Cause you can't get organic food in prison. But yeah that's what really angered me more than anything else was seeing. It just amplified social injustice even more. Which we've been fighting all year. We've been fighting for hundreds of years for equality, but it was even more magnified this past year in 2020 with all those Unfortunate and wrong deaths that occurred.

Gil:

Correct. Then again, on the positive note, we got to swore in our first Madam vice president.

Eric:

Yes. So we did, and I have to say she is everything that, that group hates. Yes. Because she is a person of color she's biracial and she's, and she's a, she's a woman. She identifies as a woman. Yeah.

Gil:

And a California Lord knows they hate us as they ain't us

Eric:

either, but

Gil:

that's okay. You're honorary you've been here enough times.

Eric:

No, that was pretty great. I saw the inauguration and. I've never really watched an inauguration before, but I was like counting down cause I was like, I can't wait until he is sworn in again, I'm not a huge Biden supporter and I haven't been his biggest cheerleader. Obviously I did vote for him, but it still gave me at least a sliver of hope. So we're not in utter chaos anymore.

Gil:

The bar is so low, I would have voted for a rock. Yeah no. I would have voted for someone in a coma. Literally can not get worse than this. I would hope not,

Eric:

but I will say Biden is surprising me in a good way, with his executive orders with some of his cabinet picks,

Gil:

Very diverse cabinets,

Eric:

extremely diverse. I don't think there's ever been a more

Gil:

diverse group You have Deb Hollaand from New Mexico, our office. I'm like, yeah, that's amazing. Yes.

Eric:

Secretary of the interior, right? Yeah. Yes.

Gil:

There was a lot of great picks. Like I said, I have a lot of hope for him. The last inauguration I watched was Obama. First term. Oh eight.

Eric:

You mean you didn't watch the biggest inauguration of all time?

Gil:

No, it was just, the crowds were so overwhelming for me. I couldn't watch it. It was just like, Oh my God, this is just too good.

Eric:

And then you look at the picture and you find out that they had to crop it and zoom in on it. Cause there was like 10 people there.

Gil:

It's It's like the same thing with the, by the way Twitter, there are protests Twitter here in San Francisco. Not knowing that there's literally no one at headquarters. Everyone's remote it. All. Two people showed up to protest. Jesus.

Eric:

He always said he liked the uneducated and they're just proving his point.

Gil:

Oh, they absolutely are. Yeah, it was quite a first couple of days, I must say to the new

Eric:

year chaotic, but I also look at it is it was tying up those loose ends that from that we're still hanging on from 2020. So I think 20, 21 will be a lot of that.

Gil:

Yeah, it just tied in all the loose ends. But I was going to say I'm very thankful that I w we went a full week now with the country, not ready to be on the fringe of war or a famine or anything because of a tweet.

Eric:

True. It's been so nice to not have to worry about Oh, what the fuck did he tweet this morning?

Gil:

Yeah. Did he say to this, or what did you know? Who said some dumb ass response to that conference? You had a press

Eric:

conference. Who was he picking on this time? Yeah,

Gil:

nothing. It's

Eric:

lovely. That's been wonderful. And I have to say the inauguration moved me to tears. Like it was beautiful. It was well done. Very well done well done. I really liked the way they did that. And even the celebration that night was taught to me too. And the fireworks

Gil:

at the very end. I'm sorry. That was, I was like, she never

Eric:

seen fireworks at grand and that amazing. No me either. And I've also never heard Katie Perry sing her song firework. Other than, obviously on the recorded vocal, but the live vocal was pretty damn

Gil:

amazing and she's such a hit or miss for me with being live, but she did. She hit that

Eric:

day. Yeah, she

Gil:

did. It was Gaga did fantastic. As we expected,

Eric:

Gaga is a vocal powerhouse and you expected nothing less than that from her. You could tell she was emotional yeah. And choked up, but that just added to the authenticity of her performance. Yeah. And so I really joined that. I have to say people give her grief all the time for her vocals, but J-Lo killed it with her rendition of this land is our land. I have never heard a more beautiful rendition of that song personally. That's just my opinion. I know there's a lot of people who disagree with me and I know there's a lot of people who are upset that she spoke or sang in Spanish and then said, let's get loud because, Oh, she's promoting her own song and, Oh, she's speaking Spanish. Why isn't she just singing in English and all that racist people were all like freaking out and like tweaking because She said something in Spanish and they were all mad, but like that rendition was amazing. Amazing.

Gil:

I think she did very well. It was better than expected because it's, J-Lo, same like with me with Katy Perry or like even Rihanna live where it's I hope for the best, because it's not a guarantee like a Celine Dion, the Whitney Houston's out there. Where it's like, Oh, power vocals. We got this, we know this is going to be some mammoth thing. They're going to be holding the same note for six minutes. It's, it was different. But I think the overall, it was excellent even I've always, I apologize to everyone. I forget her name, the gal who did the poet. Oh, Amanda, Gorman Amazing. She

Eric:

was phenomenal that Amanda Gorman was a phenomenal, I was impressed. I was like crying, listening to her words. She was full on inspiration. And to find out that she has a speech impediment. And she had to like, really, she really was worked with herself on pronouncing things. She said it was R'sthat gave her the problems, an interview with her and Anderson Cooper. And it was really cute. Anderson Cooper not stop. Like he was like, totally in love with her. Like he was completely just infatuated with her. He thought she was just like the greatest thing. And she's an awesome, I don't know her personally, but from what I seen of her and just that whole performance, and she's going to be part of the Superbowl. Sure.

Gil:

Oh God. And so let's talk about

Eric:

that. SO is Miley

Gil:

because they have to enhance the weekend. Are you fucking kidding me with this? All right.

Eric:

The weekend is halftime. Don't get me started on that. I'm so mad about that. We'll get to the super bowl in a second. Yes. But yeah, Amanda Gorman was amazing and yeah, Anderson Cooper was just like, so infatuated with her. He was like, giggling like a little school girl. It was the cutest interview ever. You could just tell, like he was just smitten with her because she's just that amazing in that talented. Yeah. And she just got signed by, I think IMG models. Oh, really? Yeah. And so did what's her name? I think Ella Kamala's stepdaughter. She's a fashion designer and she also just got signed with IMG as well. Oh, that's so awesome.

Gil:

That is awesome.

Eric:

Are big, which is a big modeling company that people don't know that. So

Gil:

here comes to Superbowl.

Eric:

Okay. So we have, I F I flashed my gay card knowing IMG models. And now I am flashing my straight card.

Gil:

I always get, this is our type of the year. We do enjoy our little football

Eric:

fall with our rosé and our crudite.

Gil:

Of course we bougie. We bougie on this side. Bougie. Yeah. So we have the, obviously Maholmes, who's an excellent quarterback from Kansas city and taking on the, future hall of Famer legend, Tom Brady. And I'm always going to be quite, I it's hard because I heats from the Bay area. He's a grew up in Montana fan, he rooted for the right person, but. It's Brady.

Eric:

Yeah. I have mixed feelings with Brady cause I've always hated Brady. I hated the Patriots so much

Gil:

because it just spits so much, their history. It's not only they won where it's been like, Oh my God, they did it on normal merit. There's deflate gate, the tuck roll. They, it's just this. Yeah,

Eric:

that's the whole learning their hand signals and reading. That was the other, and then Edelman with his enhancing drugs.

Gil:

So there's been things that are throughout their history where it's kinda, know, you questioned versus former dynasties where it's like, Oh no, they were good. They were dominant. And then we moved on. Yeah. And it, this one in particular we know, yes, it's doubled, he's has more championships then, Bradshaw, Montana. He has more, Superbowl appearances that I forgot. Who's the closest one with six. Yeah. He has 10, this is 10th appearance. But like I said, there's always that question.

Eric:

So I don't think there's a question this season. No, but so let me. So let me say, like I said, so I've never been a big Brady fan. I hated the Patriots and I still don't like the Patriots. I can't stand Belicheck, although I do give him props for refusing to take the president's medal of honor from 45. But I've always liked Tampa. I haven't always liked Tampa Bay ever since Tampa Bay revamped there, I'm going to

Gil:

go, wait God awful. I'm going to flash my Gay

Eric:

card again. Once they like got rid of that logo and they changed their colors to that burnt orange and pewter color, I was like, Oh, I love their color combination. I'm a total Tampa Bay fan. Now they're not my favorite team because the Steelers are still my number one, although they totally just blew it this year. This season. They are, there's just not a fourth quarter team. They always fuck it up in the fourth quarter. And it was the fourth quarter of the season when they just lost it all anyways. Yeah. So I've liked the bucks for a long time since they changed their colors. Since they redecorated

Gil:

the creamsicle orange, they had. It was ugly. It was with a bucker, whatever the nickname was for the Buccaneers. Yeah. The Buccaneers, the guy, Joe poem from what the hell his name was. Yeah. But that was an ugly logo. Oh, I agree. Yeah. The whole thing, I love the new one. This is much better.

Eric:

Yes. And so since then, I've actually really liked the Buccaneers they've. Only had one really good season up until this last season. During that time they had a couple, but nothing spectacular. They won the super bowl once. But when Brady went to the Buccaneers, I was like, damn it. I like the Buccaneers. I can't just like, not like them because Brady's, they're like, I hate Ben Roethlisberger, but I'm still a Steelers fan. I don't know, Brady seemed very happy this season. He did. And he seemed a lot lighter. This season, Gronkowski. I'm just a fan of, he's a, he's sexy as fuck. And he's super goofy and you just want him to like, hold you and pound you. So anyways. But here's my issues with Brady. Besides the deflate gate and him having been a Patriot and stuff like that. I know he's a friend of the dude who's left 1600 now. And I know that he's I know I did read an interview where he said he. Just because you're friends with someone doesn't mean you agree with their politics or their policies, whatever. But in that case, if you're not speaking out against it, you're supporting it. You are supporting it. So there's my issues. And then people are so willing to forgive his politics, but they were not willing to forgive Kaepernick. Yeah. And I know I just took that to a much bigger scale than what we were talking about as far as what's happening with the Superbowl. But I never thought I was to go for a team that Brady was on just because I liked the bucks. And I did say from I think week five or week six, I was like, the Buccaneers are going to be there. And I was like, Oh no, they have such like a they're up and down. They're hit or miss they're very Katy Perry, ish.

Gil:

With that. I'm sorry. They have Brady quarterback. Yeah. And we've learned, that we don't bet against them. Yeah.

Eric:

And so

Gil:

unless it's Eli, Manny,

Eric:

but Maholmes seems to have his number too.

Gil:

Yeah we'll see how that

Eric:

If the Buccaneers want to do good and want a chance of winning, he can't throw three interceptions like he did in that last game. Yeah. They have to have a almost perfect game in order to hopefully win, whereas Kansas city, which I'd be super happy if Kansas city won too. I'm going for the Buccaneers, but I'll be happy if Kansas city wins too. They can have a few slips and they are still probably gonna win.

Gil:

Yeah. The chiefs are very, I they're a great team. They are very, they're great. But mostly comes down to the quarterback to say things like Maholmes is a, he's a really good quarterback.

Eric:

He's amazing. And then him and Kelci together,

Gil:

I'd be as a Niner fan. Trust me, I witnessed that firsthand and I'm like, huh? How could my team possibly fall apart? That was like, Oh, here we go. It's because it was him.

Eric:

You know what I actually, because I haven't been a 49ers fan for a long time. I think, you know that I know you're going to like, Oh, I know you guys he's like crucifying me through zoom right now he's shooting daggers at me for having said that, but I actually did go for the 49ers last season for the super bowl. I was like, I hope they win. I I was happy that Maholmes won and that was great too. But yeah. Yeah,

Gil:

I know. I I just want to see my team winning super bowl again. It's been a lot. I I was a kid when they want their fifth. You guys have

Eric:

a hot quarterback too. Oh

Gil:

God. But broke right below. I was like, hello?

Eric:

It's It's it's time to go back into the splits.

Gil:

I was like, that's our quarterback. Oh, Jesus.

Eric:

My

Gil:

jaw just

Eric:

unhinged.

Gil:

Yeah, I it's just, it's one of those, but like I said, we lost Maholmes and I was kinda like, it w it, it shocked me. I was pissed off in 2012. I think when the diners lost to Falco, I went to what's his name? Sorry. It was the Ravens who was a Raven's quarterback by, yeah, I can't stand him. Oh, really? Yeah. I met him at the Ray. It was Ray Lewis. I don't like the murderer or what for murdery I don't like, so he's getting,

Eric:

wasn't it like domestic violence, domestic assault, something like that. Yeah. But he shouldn't have gotten a pass for

Gil:

at all. Yeah. It's the NFL, that's another subject.

Eric:

The misogyny of the NFL I have, I actually really hate the NFL. So I hate that. I like football. Yeah, because I don't want to watch the end. I don't want to watch it because I have issues with the NFL in general.

Gil:

Yeah. The way they handle, especially if that, because like I said, it's yeah, it does it to them. It doesn't matter. It's all about the players in a sense of keep them on the field. Yeah. At all costs. It doesn't matter how they could kill somebody. It's

Eric:

The misogyny of the NFL

Gil:

it's Oh, here's a couple of mil. Yeah. Yeah. I know it

Eric:

does have some white guy rip your chest plate off. Then you're banned from ever being a part of the NFL. But yeah, we'll go there.

Gil:

Yeah. So I'm, let's see, I'm torn with the Superbowl. I can't quite decide who I want to root for to be wants to see the chiefs win. But a part of me also really wants to see the bucks win at home. Home team win and I'd be really intrigued.

Eric:

I love the fact that it's a home team. It sucks because it's a COVID kind of world. So there's not like going to be a full sellout, but it's also Florida and DeSantis is a numbnut. So he'll probably let them sell it out.

Gil:

Yeah. So I haven't quite decided yet. I'll decide who I'm exactly rooting for.

Eric:

I'm actually torn too, because I'm just, like I said, I'm going for the bucks just cause I like the bucks more overall. It's like a franchise team, but I really don't want Brady to have that many. Oh yeah.

Gil:

He already has six.

Eric:

Yeah. Go have the most won't he. For him he's

Gil:

already passed by two. Yeah. Or for a quarterback say he's already passed both of our legendary quarterbacks, but I the only difference is that both Bradshaw and Montana were undefeated. I'm just saying for each thank you. Eli Manning.

Eric:

That was an amazing game. Yeah,

Gil:

that was you and I were watching it out. That was excellent. It was

Eric:

like excellent in the fourth quarter. Yeah. I don't think the second half of the third through the end of the game. It's the, it was

Gil:

the giants of all fucking teams.

Eric:

And I don't like them either. I hate

Gil:

to know would it gets Brady. Oh my God. I know. I hate the Cowboys number one, and that's more from a historical standpoint.

Eric:

I always hated the Cowboys number one too, until two years ago. And I was like, no, it's the Patriots.

Gil:

Oh yeah. For you to move to the pay. I was always in different with the page. Cause we don't play them often. It just mostly came down to the Tom Brady. Yeah. I can't stand that. And then Historically, always hate the Packers. Hate the

Eric:

hate, the Packers. I was so glad that Aaron Rogers lost. I'm not going to say the Packers. I'm going to say Aaron Rogers. I hated Brett Farve too. So I hate all their legacy quarterbacks.

Gil:

That's another one. It looks like we had hit an eight minute. Troy Aikman. I'll fuck him. Emmett Smith. Oh Jesus. So over them

Eric:

Smith was really good though. Like in his position he was fuck him

Gil:

too. She has a cowboy in any other team I would have liked to

Eric:

Gil you're sounding like me with your mouth

Gil:

football. So I'm like, it's funny because actually I always liked when the Seahawks were in the AFC. I love the colors. I like their colors. I like the logo. They moved to the NFC and it just caused me emotional pain. They can't

Eric:

stand the Seahawks. And I really hate Pete Carroll for everything he did. Cause I used to love USC and I think he single handedly almost ruined that whole program. They haven't recovered. No, they have not. I do Russell Wilson though, and I'm a fan of Ciara. So the fact that they're married and they're acute. Yeah.

Gil:

I can't stand Russell Wilson, emotional pain. Like I said, in our division. I'm like, God damn it, guy. Doesn't go down ever

Eric:

go down on a guy. Always.

Gil:

You heard gentlemen, of course don't want to be rude. Yeah. So there's our football team. And then we also have baseball returning. We have hockey, I don't

Eric:

follow baseball. I, and I don't really follow hockey either. I love my

Gil:

hockey.

Eric:

I am. I don't know that they're going to actually have the Olympics. I know Japan that they don't know that they're going to have it in. Florida's give it to us. I'm excited for the Olympics. If it happens, if it doesn't happen this year, I'll be excited for it to happen hopefully next year, which will be interesting because the winter and summer used to be in the same year and then they decided to split it, which I thought was stupid. But then I got used to it.

Gil:

Yeah. That's going to be definitely interesting how they do the Olympics because the two years later is supposed to be the summer again and Paris. I think so 20, 24 is in Paris because 20, 28, which is what you and I are going to be doing is LA yay. That's so exciting.

Eric:

Okay. Tennis is on though. They're having issues with the Australian open, but yeah, I love tennis. It's I will sit there and watch, I will watch tennis for days. If I can. And rugby I'm actually started getting into rugby and rugby seven.

Gil:

Oh, you have, Oh, I have not. I

Eric:

have not watched it just, I like just those big guys tackling each other and hitting each other and pinning each other down. It's been a really long time since I've had any, as you guys can probably tell, so everything is just taking me there.

Gil:

I I guess the time what we do, like you watch soccer. I love soccer. Yeah. Soccer. I

Eric:

love, I don't get to follow it as much as I would like to though, because. Of just my schedule. And so I never know exactly when it's on, but if I walk in on a soccer game, I will stop everything and just watch it.

Gil:

Oh, I used to love,

Eric:

although I don't like British soccer cause I, to me, you too. Yes. When they play, I prefer South American styled soccer. Oh.

Gil:

There. Yeah, that's good. I will normally watch LA Liga in Spain,

Eric:

Yeah. Oh

Gil:

yeah. Yeah. I love my Spanish league Real Madrid fan. Oh, yeah. Forever has been so long. But I remember I used to love going to a, if you're in Albuquerque, Saggios near, near UNM, used to love watching soccer matches there because to get all the international students are watching and they're just like screaming bloody murder. And it was so fun. World cup is intense.

Eric:

I love the world cup. And what about those women world cup players? Oh yeah, they totally deserve the same. Salary is the man. I they've done more for soccer honestly than the men's team.

Gil:

Oh yeah. For the U S yeah, the U S women's is just phenomenal. Yeah. And that they get paid. What a third?

Eric:

Is it even a third? They might, I think it's like a quarter

Gil:

horse. Jesus. Yeah. Of what the men's do or men's pay is, and they have one, three or four championships.

Eric:

Yeah. Something like that. Something ridiculous. Yeah. But that's what happens when you have a patriarchal society?

Gil:

Oh yeah. The sports talk with Gil and Chris Gil and. Eric, see it's right here.

Eric:

I know. I see his head and not that head, his actual head on his shoulders.

Gil:

Gosh. So who 2020 all done. 2021.

Eric:

It's, it's interesting to me. I don't know if you're ever like this and I know a lot of people are like this. So when the new year happens, You always write the last year's date. So like in the year, like you forget Oh, I have to write 20, 21. Like I'm still writing 2020, but for me this year, I've just been writing 20, 21. Like I've had no issue about 2020.

Gil:

Me too. I have totally this year, I just made quick, as if 2020 never happened, why mine was like 21, everything that's ready to go last year or every year prior, I've always had an issue the first month. It took me to okay, I'm so ready,

Eric:

2018. And it's 2019. Yeah. Yeah,

Gil:

exactly. No, this year I was starting right off the damn bat. I'm like 2121.

Eric:

Another thing I also noticed especially when I was writing deposit slips and stuff like that, I always wrote 2020. Instead of just writing 20. Yeah. I always wrote the four digit year, last year, but this year I've gone back to the two digit year. I don't know why, but yeah, I guess

Gil:

it was what it was

Eric:

2020 was a clusterfuck.

Gil:

It really was. Another thing I forgot, I totally forgot. It was sidetracking going back to the to the people who are trying to commit treason against this nation I just found it. Another thing appalling, I forgot, totally forgot to bring this up. What I found also appalling is that Republicans were so quick to use the words unite. We need to unite the country. Let's ask for forgiveness and I'm like, honey, there are some consequences before we get to unity. There's some consequences. There's accountability. I could not believe that they had the audacity to just straight jump to the let's forgive and forget. Yeah, nothing happened.

Eric:

He's not the president anymore. We can't hold him accountable bitch we can. Yeah, fuck. Yeah. And the salty. Yeah, that whole thing of, Oh, if you want to unite, like you're talking about, we need to unite. This is only going to further divide. No, you guys have already divided

Gil:

us. The nation is divided and there's

Eric:

going to be a reckoning. You want to see further division. You let, all those people who terrorize the Capitol, all those white terrorists off and let them go. You will see the division between BIPOC and the rest. Yeah. And. The whole fact that the FBI and DOJ are like maybe we shouldn't charge everybody that was there. Only the people who actually caused actual violence, but those that were just there and didn't actually do anything. No bitch. It's accessory to the crime. The

Gil:

intent was there. Yeah. I, that's the part. I, I really don't understand because as we already mentioned, if this was a Black Lives Matter movement, March. They would have arrested everyone if they had the opportunity to do, especially what happened, what the outcome was, they would have done it. We know that we absolutely know that, and this is, I think this is the same issue.

Eric:

Had a dude there. W who was a veteran with zip ties? Yes.

Gil:

Absolutely. What do you think? What did you bring that there? Oh, just for fun to, There was intent on everything. It was not by accident that just coincidentally, I had a gun on me. Ready to go fully loaded. And this also stems back to, I think the civil war is that when the nation was finally, I United, if you want to say it that way, there was no consequences. For the Confederate, they should have made a statement and say thing happened in Germany. They, once the war was over the Nazis, everyone was tried and they consequences. Everything was striking down because it's still outlawed and they didn't do that with America, though, with the civil war, you allow these fucking things to be going up or allow some of the tensions to still be there because there should have been a reckoning. He shouldn't have been wiping it under the table with everything will be for forgotten.

Eric:

No, it's just when you think about you're talking about Nazi Germany and all that other stuff, what was it like two years ago they found like Nazi soldiers was it in South America? I think. And they arrested them and they tried them and put them in prison and I was like, good. Yeah. But here we're like, Oh no, that's okay. You're white. You can get away with it. Yeah. And I hit have all

Gil:

these underlying issues. Yeah. And then everyone's shocked, everyone's, this doesn't shock me. The tea party should have been awake up call when that was, the tea party movement during the

Eric:

yeah. And now we're going to have the Patriot party. They put the riot and Patriot.

Gil:

Yeah. Yeah. hey, Eric, I hear we have swag now.

Eric:

Indeed, we do. We have shirts, beanies and drawstring backpacks.

Gil:

How and where do our listeners find this cool stuff. They

Eric:

can visit SEKSTEEZ.Com that's S E K S T E E Z.com and click the Q lounge menu. While there have a look at some of the other collections, or you can simply click the swag icon on TheQLoungePodcast.com. There's free shipping with every order. And if you use the code QLOUNGE10 you'll get 10% off. I think that was a nice little intro back for our second season.

Gil:

Yeah. It's a little sample there. Yeah. Yeah. But at least we know we have a lot great guest on their

Eric:

way. Yes. We have some amazing guests this season. Like we had some great guests last season. Like I was shocked some of the guests we had last season.

Gil:

Yes. Very impressed Very impressed.

Eric:

We have some even. More amazing guests. This season. We actually have more guests this season and we have more fun planned.

Gil:

And then we also have tea time with The Q Lounge. Stay tuned for that one, for sure, because that's going to be quite entertaining.

Eric:

I think we might do a couple of tea time sessions.

Gil:

we're do, we're do for some, or

Eric:

do for some tea. It's been great being with all of you. I hope you guys listened to us again in the future. Thank you so much for spending your time in The Q Lounge and remember to live in your authenticity.

Gil:

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Eric:

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