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Episode 10 · 2 years ago

Sub-Episode 9A - Meet Ashley

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Nathanael went to Pennsylvania so instead of a normal podcast we have a special session with Regular Contributor Ashley Thomas and a few clips too hot for air! [caution: widely variable audio quality in this one]

Hey Double D's, it's your boy nathaniel. Hey, double D's, it's your boy nathaniel. We weren't able to record a normal episode because I was out of town. However, we are we do have a special recording. We asked our regular contributor, Ashley Thomas, are meet yourself questions, so you'll get to know a little more about her in this episode, and I also have some special clips that were too spicy to make the make the cut. So please enjoy. We have a normal episode coming out soon. Also, please excuse the audio quality on this episode. We had some technical issues. The audio quality in this episode of Little Bit Wild. So now what I want to do is I want you, guys, before we close, I want to show you guess the always wants the x trailer, Y night drover object. Lights are honest. Some kids play basketball after school. I have a reputation to defend, but if I made time for everyone to be with a nitrous kit that called me on, I'd never get my homework done. He's the worst. This would be like the coolest kid on earth and distress signal from home base time to cut and run. Looks like finish this another time. Pal duty calls out of me. That easy justice whatever.

So school, whatever, whatever. By who about this run? Never learn. Do you ever play chicken? It's easy. Never shut your eyes. Key driving that guy. Apparently not, but I'm still too late. This is more than a simple breaking. Somebody was looking for something for your head. Your head is one of Dad's gizmos. Much exposition happened. Where's dead? Location unknown. Can't tell if he got away. I know one thing, though. Somebody's missing with the wrong family. Good. Oh, I love this game too. It's like and and every time you like pull a trick or anything like that, he says something, you know, like radical, radical, like who Hargol? Strange. All right, special guest, Astley Thomas, recently promoted to regular contributor. Actually, Thomas, it's time for our meters, eaters, it's time for our listeners. Who meets you? So now I as I went through this list, I realize you've actually answered a lot of these kind of passing, so let's go through them anyway. So first off, where are you from? I am from a little town called Marrable, Tennessee. It's spelled m Aar Y Ville, but nobody...

...says it that way. But it's an east Tennessee's right outside of Knoxville. Where did you go to college? So for Undergrad I went to Maryble college because my Mama worked there and it was free, so it but marriable is a small liberal arts school in East Tennessee. It is consistently ranked in the top ten writing schools in the south. So I do a lot of writing. That was where I learned to do my writing, which is now my job. My master's degree is in literature and language. I concentrated in imagined of fiction. I got that from Signham University, which is completely online. I graduated from there. I finished my course work in fall of two thousand and seventeen. But because my school is very small, I was in a graduating class of six, which was the largest graduating class to date at that point. I not one hundred percent positive if we've exceeded it that yet, but I walked in spring of two thousand and eighteen. What was your childhood cream job? So if you were to go back and look at those little booklets that my mom filled out for for being my preschool and elementary school days, if you ask me what I wanted to be when I grew up several of those years. I said teenage mutant Ninja Turtle. I think that's a perfectly respectable career. They they are, you know, they fight crime. Who else is standing up the shredder? I don't think anyone. No one very reasonable. I don't think it's you know, you're obviously not any for the money's I think. You know, Noble, Noble, Noble, cause you get to do Ninja moves and you get to eat pizza. I feel like that's pretty pretty good lifestyle choice. What hogwarts house? Are you in? GRYFFINDOR? GRYFFINDOR, no question, you're in Gryffindor and not none. Every single test I have taken has put me in Gryffindor, except for one which put me in huffle puff, because I which is fine. I like to like to work hard. I'm hard worker. I'm married to a huffle...

...puff. No, no disrespect to huffle puff from here, but I want to be brave and be a good friend, so I feel like Gryffindor's a good place to be for me. How many countries have you been to, if any of them, let's say, besides the United States, I've only ever been to Nassau Bahamas. I've never gotten to travel internationally, which is unfortunate. I would really love to do that at some point, preferably not during a pandemic. Yeah, probably. Do you have any secret talents that people, most people, don't know about? I don't know because I'm really loud and I so. Why'd you run down a couple of your not not hidden talents? Okay, I can play several different instruments. It's never been particularly difficult for me to pick up a new one. In total, I play seven right now. You do the do you do the Dick vandyck thing where you play them all the same time? I can't say I've ever mastered that. I need a few more arms and a couple more feet to make that work. But if you'd like a list, I started playing piano when I was a little kid. Then I in middle school I joined the band and are playing sax. Then after that I learned guitar, drums, Bass, guitar, Harmonica and Mandolin. Did I name everything? Yeah, what is one or two of your biggest pet peeves? So when I am watching like a movie or a TV show, it drives me absolutely bananas when people do not shut the door. They come in and they don't shut the door, shut the time door, like in the movie they come they come into the house and don't close the door in a movie, or like someone comes into the room you're watching and doesn't close the door. Either one either. Typically like it bothers it doesn't really bother me so much. Like if if they're just coming in from one room to another, that doesn't really bother unless there's a need for the door to be shut. But it really gripes me like when somebody comes into a house and then it just cuts to the remainder...

...of the scene and it doesn't show them shutting the doors, like we hang there condition in the whole outside to that you're letting bugs in. That that that really bugs me. I think the other thing like a pet peeve in real life, not just I think that would probably have to be not finishing what you start. HMM. It's like if you're if you're taken out the trash. Yeah, you take out the trash, but then you put another you put another bag in the trash can. That completes the job. If you don't do that drives me bananas. It's just not that, just that thing in particular, but, like you know, don't halfway do something all like that now. You definitely answered this when we did our boats favorite Disney princess. Favorite Disney princess is sleeping beauty, for sure, and for you know, if you haven't listened to the boats episode, I get into a little more detail about that. But I love that particular film because it taught me about beauty. I think the music is beautiful, I think art is beautiful, and Mary Costas from my hometown. So get a little bit of a hometown connection that I didn't know existed until I was an adult. So, and did you know? She was a pirate, the sleeping beauty? That's why the name her a raw terrible Jack Terrible. I'm a little ashamed of that, but not really. All Right, and you've answered this one as well. Favorite movie, okay, favorite movie of all time is alien. Hit's all the right notes for me. KICK ASS leading lady. She Wears Chuck Taylor Hi tops, she wields a flamethrower, monster and shadow and she has a kitty cat sidekick. There's it's pretty pretty solid Ashley movie right there. Favorite television show, one that's currently on the air one that's currently off the air. Probably a toss up between stranger things in Brooklyn Nin nine, for currently on the air. I love both for very different reasons. Yeah, couldn't imagine not watching either of them. Favorite show off the air. Now that one is harder. Yeah, that opens up a lot of...

...options. Until season they I would have said game of thrones. That's ha ha. Yes, say that anymore. There's a certain point where I will watch and then I will stop, but I'm so angry about how it ended I I can't. I haven't even been able to bring myself to rewatch and I've probably watched the entirety of the show, except for like the last season, like twenty times. Other than that, I would definitely say I'm gonna have to say, Parkson, did you have you seen that pitch meeting, the game of Thrown Season Eight pitch meeting? I feel like I have, but I can't remember. You should. You should definitely go watch that. It'll make happy. Okay, it will make me happy. Give you more episodes? No, we don't want more episodes. Favorite book, favorite book, Flash Book series. Okay, I'M gonna have to say two because I they both affected me in different reasons, but Harry Potter. Harry Potter was life changing for me in a lot of ways, and I think the other one would probably be at that's my favorite fantasy series, which is my prefer genre. My other prefer genre of science fiction, and that one is ready player one by Ernst client. Favorite all the different notes. For me, a couple rapidfire ones, sharevort favorite flavor of ice cream, chocolate, JAP cookie dough. Favorite cuisine, type of food. I'm going to agree with you on that one. That Daniel Sushi. Yes, I'm so I'm so sad that it's quarantine is preventing Mr Tokyo from opening. I just I know that's a bummer. Favorite holiday freeway to eye between Halloween, thanksgiving and Christmas. Did so in the fall, in the fall, winter. Yeah, yeah, no, I love I love Halloween because I get to wear costumes and be a basic white girl and drink pumpkins spiced coffee. Thanksgiving and Christmas I love to cook, so I love all the food. Thanksgiving I like the focus on being grateful, even though origins of the holiday or a little murky these days. Christmas because Hashtag Jesus Juke, but also I legitimately really...

...love giving presents, being celebratory. If you could travel back in time and you you're not locationally locked, you want to travel back in time to somewhere in Charlotte, where would you go? What would you want to what would you want to witness firsthand? I would like to see like the late s or early S, because I want to be there at the start of the era of video games and computing, because I think that's really fascinating. And is the summation of half the PODCAST. So I listened to and also, you get to see like alien and in theaters. Absolutely that was the other thing I was good to say too. So you've got so many great films, iconic things that influence the fantasy and science fiction genres, and that that's all my wheelhouse. So I would really love to be there right at the start. So it was about ten years too late for that. If you could go back, kind of a link question by time travel, if you can go back and talk to thirteen year old Ashley and give her life advice, what would you tell her? At Greg and I we're both like yeah, Greg and Greg and I both copped out of this. Anson said thirteen year old Greg slashed athaniel would not listen to now greg slice to thaniel. M Calm Down, calm, calm down, would be the main thing. I kind of had a moment this this week. With some of my my birthday gift cards and birthday money, I bought the Josie and the pussycats soundtrack on vinyl because they released it on vinyl a few years ago. I recently are and I was like, man, I would love to go tell fifteen year old Ashley, don't you fret, you're going to be just as cool when you're thirty five as you are now, which is not very cool at all. But wait, so when was your birthday? July seventh. Happy Birthday, a little bit, a little bit late for a that, but happy birthday. That's all right. So, all right, thanks, thanks for that. I believe in celebrating all months, so absolutely. And it's it was thirty five, so it's a multiple five. That's one of the...

...important ones, right. That's I mean, you know it's fine that once you get past twenty five, only multiples of five are really important, you know. And in five years, apparently they give you black balloons on your birthday and a great fair cake. So it's fine. The more birthdays you had, the longer you live. I'm gonna take as many. Dan Get man. People will born on February twenty nine get chipped. I know, I know. I know one person, maybe two people, who were born up every twenty nine. If you could choose a fictional world to live in, which rule would you pick and why? We talked about if you're in Harry Potter, you get to use magic, because right you could be in Harry Potter and just be a muggle. If you go to Harry Potter, you get to use magic. I am inclined to say Harry Potter because I get to use magic. But if I think, if I were going to pick another one, I would I would legit choose a song of ice and fire and I would be brilliant of tarts squire. That would be what I would want to do. That's bold because that seems like a miserable world to live in. It's it's it's rough, but I would gladly brave it to be her squire. I think the other one I would probably choose would be twenty four century USS Voyager. Yes, so I could. I could hang with Janeway drink my coffee black. If you could domesticate any animal and have it as a pet, really animal, what would you choose? Any animal you can domesticate? Tiger. Yeah, tiger, I I. I'm a cat person. I love cats, I love tigers. There my favorite animal besides like the cats that live in my house. I would like to have a tiger. There's a great good game song about that. I would like by a Tuger. I knew you would be tame. Well, there you go. It's just literally answer that question. How did they know it's so? What would if you could travel anywhere in the world, like right now, if we gave you infinite money and infinite plane tickets and I wasn't a...

...pandemic, where would you want to go? And I can't say everywhere. Yeah, yeah, everywhere. So where I would like to travel is typically based on you, because I'm an extrovert and I work from home. So even as an extrovert that works from home, I make friends on the Internet. So I would probably go to Scotland. I've got a buddy out there here and I've been Internet friends since two thousand and six and we've never met in person. So I would probably go out to Edinborough, where he's at, and we would go for a pint because he tells we bonded over our love of craft beer. So we we probably go for a pint in some of his favorite local breweries, because there are many in edinborough and they all sound amazing. That would probably be where I would go. So so just because it Scotland's is just really beautiful. Yeah, great, Greg and I also send Scott's. Maybe we need to actually get something and say it's a maybe we need to work something out and my old sister Hannah is about to be in England for the next three years, so I it might be feasible. Hey, pandemic that in. Yeah, let's let's put that on the calendar for a couple of years from now. So okay, little more personal question. Did you have any quarantine breakdowns? Yes, I'm an extrovert. Quarantine is hard. My husband is introverted, so he he still needs his down time because he know he was considered essential, so he's still working. I work from home pretty much anyway, so wasn't really a big change for me, other than that getting to see by people and just thought throughout quarantine I could feel myself as like anybody really loved me. I have serious concerns. Do People still love me, because I not only am I extroverted, I'm a physical touch person and so you know, I can't see my friends and I can't hug them. Most of my friends are introverts, except for like you and Greg. So I was. I also not only was concerned, do they love me? Also, I'm probably driving them all insane, blowing up like text messages and stuff. Hey guys, what's gone on?...

They're like nothing, it's quarantine, nothing's happening. Calm down. Have you ever watched pushing daisies? No, I have not, but I have been told it. It was. It was very good. Had She McBride, had the guy. I don't remember his name, but he played he played leg glasses. I only know he played leg glasses dad in the hobbit movie. He's the main character and it's like he touches someone, if he touches a dead thing, it comes back to life, but then if he touches it again it dies forever. Believe that's Lee Pace. Yeah, Lee Pace, yes, yeah, yeah, also grown in. Yes, Oh, yeah, but but but so he you're the the physical touch thing and been quarantine. Just reminded me of he brings the girl those back to life. Obviously they can't touch again, and so they're like kissing through plastic rapt to consider bring her out a sheet of plastic rap you like Hug Tonga. Go get some plastic or happen. That's what I gotta do. Yeah, all right, rap you and and the introverse will be able to escape like a plastic wrap spider. Just come down and just OK, code them. You're you're safe now. Okay, a couple of would you rather beat your mountains? You have to pick one. Honestly, it depends on my mood. I'm from the mountains, so I will say we would you rather have all your all four limbs, be arms or all four limbs be legs? Like arms would be more useful. I feel like if they were all legs one maybe I could master the art of running. Like I couldn't do anything useful, I don't I couldn't play guitar with my toes or right. Yeah,...

...that's the consistence we came to as well. Also, wouldn't running get harder when you have more limbs to keep track of? I don't know. Zom He's in the middle of the night, through through coffee or tea. I think I know the answer that one. Pancakes or waffles. Celebrity crush, male and female. I know the female, but I don't know the male. Well, good and Christie all the way, a wonderful human and on a good day, I get you look like Wendel and Christie, but short I was like, yeah, I know, she's, she's she's my hero, honest to God. Best like celebrity encounter every and male male, any male celebrity class crushes. They don't have to be alive. Yeah, think if I've got one, it's it's not too basic, but I nickel. I coster Wald out like Jamie lanister and game of thrones, and he was. He was also a really, really sweet guy. I didn't get to talk with him as long as I did Gwen, but he was a very sweet guy. He loved my Brienne of Tart cosplay because brine of tarth is his favorite character. I'm came out. That was fun because he got to night me in our photo walk together and he's perfect gentleman. I could kneel down but I couldn't get back up. Because I'm wearing thirty pounds of bar not done nearly enough squats to be able to do that, but he helped me up like it was no big deal. So so he's throwing up. He's a good guy. He also, like genuinely seems like a good human as well, so I appreciate that. Awesome Favorite Candy gummy chocolate. Gonna go gummy, and gonna have to say Sour Gummies, with the exception of Sour Patch kids. I don't like those as well, and any others our is okay, though. Okay, chocolate, favorite chocolate? Yeah, could be a candy bar, could be. It's something that has chocolate in it. When I was a kid I would go through like different phases, so it won't point, partially because the simpsons were banded in my house. I was like I want butterfingers, Dang it, and Bart's Simpson was their spokesperson...

...for a long time. I also went through like a baby ruth phase and went through like reese's phase, and I still like all of those things. If you right now had to grab a candy bar or a piece of chocolate, what would you reach for? I would probably go with some kind of dark chocolate let and like none of this half past dark chocolate. I want all of the Cacao and I want like the caramel filled stuff. That's favorite cereals, okay, favorite fruit, probably, if I get a flavored something, Cherrier, strawberry. Okay, and then one of those. And last question on my list. Favorite Soda Water Flavor and brand, if you can name it so like, as in like sparkling water or just soda. You can do both. Give us favorite soda and favorite sparkling water. Who? Who? If I? If I'M gonna do soda, it's either it's going to be either Cherry Cooke or Cherry Pepsi, and I like them both about the say. So, if I'm going to do like a sparkling water, I really like older Black Cherry. HMM. I'm I'm not like like a super big like must get XYZ brand of sparkling water. They all taste about the same to me, pretty fair. So, regardless of which brand it is, I tend to go for the so, Carrie, I guess this much. Either soda or sparkling water. Yeah, how do you feel about your wine? I I'm I'm a fan. It used to be like a real delicacy in east Tennessee, because only you can only get it in certain places, if you could get it at all. And so when Ryan and I were dating, we did a long distance. He's from Chapel Hill, so Richard, I was gone villainy. No, you're thinking Durham. Take...

...that, Durham. That would be what he would say. Anyway, I have no opinion. Better, forgive me all people from girl but that that would be what he would say, mostly because he's a he's a tar heel and his brother's fans. Oh, there's, there's in the tea and their house. But whenever I would go visit him, we trade off, like visiting once a month, like he would come to me or I would go to him. Whenever I would go, on the way back, I would stop and get cheer one from the Grocery Store and bring it back with me because that was a big deal. There you go. But the first time I tasted is like this tastes like cheering Dr Pepper. But I feel like the most controversial thing you've ever said in any of our podcasts is that you like coke and Pepsi equally supposed to pick one. You know, you know where I come from IFF. Somebody asks you. If you're in a restaurant and you order a coke, they will ask you what kind of coke, and Pepsi is an example acceptable. So like all, all, all, soada pop or carbonated sweetened carbonated beverages are coke. But yes, like you could. If somebody asks what kind of Coke do you want, you say mountain dew. That's an acceptable answer. Dr Pepper, that's the kind of Coke I want. Or sprite or Pepsi is. All of those are acceptable answers. To what kind of cookie one? Honestly, I don't I don't care. It totally depends on my mood that day or what is accessible. Okay, was on sale? Yeah, I got one more question which I don't think I know the answer to. Okay, spite how long I've known you, how did you and your husband Ryan meet? We met at Inner Varsity Christian Fellowship in at Merrill College. That was where we met. We...

...also worked with a local ministry for Middle School Kids in East Tennessee called yoke. So why O L K or why OK? Why okae? Because it now it's just yoke, but it used to stand for youth of Knoxville in it. So it's kind of kind of like young life for Middle School, but it was. It was a locally blazed based ministry. I went to it when I was in middle school and it made a big impact on me. So when I got into college and there was opportunity for me to be a yoke folk, so I'm I also interned there for a couple of summers in between my junior, senior senior year and then after my senior year I turned with them as well. But anyway, so we met but at those two ministries got to know each other really well. We were friends for about year and a half and I liked him a lot. Ryan's a Shag Guy. He's kind of hard to read sometimes, and so mostly what happened I would be awkward in his General Direction and then it apparently it worked, because threw at the end of fall semester sophomore year. I'm a couple years older and wee were having this really long, like Awkward Hug cryfest in the middle of the parking lot. My Sweet Fatherin law decided this is not going to be the place for me and he took a walk around campus while we tried to figure stuff out, but we decided that we really liked each other that we wanted to start dating as he was moving six hours away. So thus the longestance relationship. But uh, it was good. It's good. It did it was, you know, yeah, it sucked, but it did make us learn how to communicate really well. That's that's been a gift for me. Now who officially asked out who? It was more of a what are we? And we both said I don't know, and then finally I...

...asked, are we more than just best friends or what? And he said I think so, and I was like, I think so, terrible, while we're both crying. So it was kind of a mutual admission of Hey, I like your face. So yeah, yeah, that was that was fun. But yeah, so we that was December two thousand and seven and we've been together ever since. Thanks. Why. So how did YOU GUYS END UP IN CHARLOTTE? He was going to so we were engaged at the time and he was looking for where he wanted to finish school and he was kind of between UNC Asheville or Undy Charlotte, and he chose Charlotte. So that was how we ended up in Charlotte. Glad to have you here. Thank you. You know, Charlotte, it's nice. It's it's in between both sets of parents and close enough to fairly easily visit either one. So it's good. It's good in between for both of us. Well, that's all the questions I have, which I shouldn't have crossed them out because I got to ask them to Jason some time. It's okay, such as life, such as life. Check marks are your friend. Yes, all right. Well, I I too am a fan of the here. Let me like scrub this from all memory by putting several lines through a thing. How else will I know I completed it exactly? Well, Ashley, thank you very much. We're giving me some of your time, sharing some of your time with me, my friend. All right, well, so, we'll guess. We'll see one whenever the next time you're you're on all right, sounds good. Was Mellow. That's not supposed to happen. Hang on a second. Technical difficulties. That's finding the wrong way duo, when you try...

...your best but you don't succeed, when you get what you want but not what you needs, when you feel so tired that you can't sleep, stuck in reverse and the tears come streaming down your face when you lose something you can't replace, when you love someone, but it goes to ways could be lights,.

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