Last Week In Hive Mind
Sundance from home, missing cans, a slow speedway, and some egregious bucket hats.
Last week was great for a lot of reasons. Amanda Gorman moved me to tears. Our nation collectively ignored all work and responsibilities the day after the inauguration to put Bernie everywhere. Our Patreon subscriber list grew (Bridgerton Episode 2 is available to patrons now!) and I ate some of the best tacos of my life from Taco Land. (If you go, try the ribeye).
But perhaps the greatest moment of my week was the moment I watched Jen Shah fall from a bar on the latest episode of The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City.
Read my recap of the infamous fall and the entire episode 11 (minus Whitney’s dad’s stuff because I don’t like it) here. Then listen to Emily and me (over?)analyze the episode and share our worst blind date experiences on The Green Room:
A while ago I panicked when I found empty shelves where Diet Coke should have been at Harmons and Costco. Turns out I’m not the only one struggling to find my favorite canned beverage. (Don’t you dare suggest I should buy bottles instead. I’d rather buy garbage.) Hive Mind contributor Rachel Harris can’t find her favorite Fresca flavor anywhere.
So she dug in to find out why. What she found will shock you. Just kidding. We don’t do click bait. What she found is just typical corporate idiocy during Covid, but Rachel explains it so well.
What this year lacks in our favorite sodas, however, it makes up for in a super accessible Sundance Film Festival.
Hive Mind contributor Jon Eyre highlights some of this 2021’s buzziest premieres, streamable from the comfort of your own home. Also his friend insulted Paul Rudd at a Sundance party once and maybe made Paul Rudd who he is today? There’s no proof that’s not the case.
Have you made your predictions for episode 4 of The Bachelor? Do it before tonight’s episode at 6 pm MST. The fan with the most correct predictions at the finale will receive a $100 Amazon gift card. Second and third place will receive $50 and $25 gift cards respectively.
If you need a refresher on what happened last week, listen to Irene and I discuss the Sarah of it all on Trash Talk:
We’re heading into movie awards season, which for us at Hive Mind is what I think the Super Bowl feels like to people who like or at least understand football. We can hardly wait to dig into the nominations and make our usually bad predictions. But we also know that it takes a lot of time, energy, and commitment to see every movie nominated, which we always try to do, so Eli and I have been spending time with some easy, breezy classics to rest up before the game. Last week we did Father Of The Bride,
and this week we’re doing Father Of The Bride Part 2, because watching one without the other is like watching only one Banks woman experience a luxurious pregnancy in a beautiful home when you could watch two Banks women experience a luxurious pregnancy in a beautiful home.
Coming This Week On Hive Mind
Contributor Paige Wightman grades the best Utah foodie accounts on Instagram as only a seasoned teacher can, and contributor Amanda Darling finally answers the question we’ve been asking since the Soda Shop explosion along the Wasatch Front- who has the best sugar cookie? I love those cold chunks of sugary butter covered in cold pink sugary butter.
Plus it’s the penultimate episode of RHOSLC, midseason of The Bachelor when things really start cooking, and we’re going to record a Hive Mind episode on Garden State so I’ll finally watch Garden State for the first time in my life despite lying about having seen it since 2004.
Around the Internet
I recently rewatched the Soup Nazi episode of Seinfeld inspired by a real Soup chef in NYC named Albert Yeganeh. I adore this New Yorker profile of the man behind the crab bisque that brought Elaine Benice to her knees.
And If you were confused by the New Radicals performing at the inauguration, you weren’t alone. Rob Sheffield at The Ringer offers a history of “You Get What You Give” and its significance in 2020.
How bout those hats though?
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