The Mason Minute

The Mason Minute
Kevin Mason’s Daily 60 Second Podcast
Highway Hazards (MM #2648)
Jun 22 • 1 min
As we travel, we all encounter many highway hazards. Of course, people on cell phones are a big problem, but they’re not the only issue. Thankfully, one lone trooper did something about it…
New Law (MM #2647)
Jun 21 • 1 min
No doubt you’ve heard the adage of Murphy’s Law. Recently I discovered a new law, but I can’t figure out the proper name for it…
Eat Your Vegetables (MM #2646)
Jun 20 • 1 min
As we’re growing up we often hear our elders utter the words ‘eat your vegetables”. I eat them, but have never really loved them. And I think I’ve finally figured out why…
Riding A Bike (MM #2645)
Jun 19 • 1 min
I often hear people utter the expression ‘it’s like riding a bike’. Lately I’ve found that phrase by and large very amusing. I started riding my bike again and while I still know how, it’s not the same…
Blasting Zone (MM #2644)
Jun 18 • 1 min
If you do even a little driving, you likely see these orange signs every day but do nothing. The signs simply say Blasting Zone. But they remind you to something else…
Cheating Dad (MM #2643)
Jun 17 • 1 min
It’s Father’s Day, and as a result that has got me thinking. I honesty feel that we’re cheating dad by having his day just a short time after mom’s special day. Furthermore, was this on purpose?
Pop-Up Shops (MM #2642)
Jun 16 • 1 min
Pop-up shops are one of the hottest trends in retail right now. While they’re fairly new to cities like Nashville, they’ve actually been around for quite awhile…
Trade Schools (MM #2641)
Jun 15 • 1 min
The cost of college tuition continues to rise. Many suggest that college shouldn’t be the first thought for some students. Furthermore, some experts feel that trade schools should become a priority. In contrast, back in my day, not going to college wasn’t…
Working From Home (MM #2640)
Jun 14 • 1 min
For the most part I’ve been working from home for over a decade. I’ve had traditional business offices through the years, but truly love the ease of my home office. But, there is one problem with working from home I haven’t been able to avoid…
Taking Naps (MM #2639)
Jun 13 • 1 min
Taking naps is usually a kid thing. For much of our life we don’t actually have time to sleep. But, it seems as we get older we take naps whether we want to or not. Power naps are okay, but naps from sheer exhaustion are something completely different…
Eating Brunch (MM #2638)
Jun 12 • 1 min
I have always loved eating brunch. I don’t get to eat brunch very often anymore, but I truly think it’s the perfect meal…
Talking About Suicide (MM #2637)
Jun 11 • 1 min
Sadly it often takes a celebrity death to get people openly talking about suicide. Last week we had two celebrities take their own lives and now of course everyone is talking…
Straws And Cups (MM #2636)
Jun 10 • 1 min
Yesterday we talked about growing concerns over plastic bags in our environment. But plastic bags aren’t the only things many are concerned about. Some drinking straws and cups are also of concern…
Plastic Bags (MM #2635)
Jun 9 • 1 min
Plastic bags first became popular back in the late 1970’s. And from everything I read, they might not be around much longer. For the most part I’ve never like them. I always preferred paper rather than plastic…
Personal Flaws (MM #2634)
Jun 8 • 1 min
If you’re like me, you are keenly aware of your personal flaws. I try no to obsess on my flaws, but there are a few things that still drive me crazy…
Play Hooky (MM #2633)
Jun 7 • 1 min
Have you ever felt like playing hooky? Sure, most people think that only kids play hooky, but I think that it’s more an adult thing…
Business Hours (MM #2632)
Jun 6 • 1 min
I often wonder how some stores set their hours of operation. Some business hours make total sense, while others make me shake my head in wonderment…
Hold A Grudge (MM #2631)
Jun 5 • 1 min
I’ll admit, I can hold a grudge every now and then. Most of us hold grudges, but sadly for some people those grudges become dangerous. And that makes me realize that for some people grudges don’t fuel positive energy…
Tourist Traps (MM #2630)
Jun 4 • 1 min
I don’t need to point out that the world has changed a lot through the years. I’ve been on the road recently and that got me to thinking of road trips from the good ole days. And I’ve realized that we in fact don’t have any tourist traps like we did back…
Clowns (MM #2629)
Jun 3 • 1 min
Are clowns starting to disappear? To clarify I’m talking about real clowns, the ones with makeup and a red nose. Clowns were everywhere when I was young, but they’re very hard to find today…
Not Available In Stores (MM #2628)
Jun 2 • 1 min
Way back in my younger days you’d see TV commercials for items not available in stores. In essence they were usually crazy gadgets or special record albums. But today not available in stores has taken on a whole new meaning…
Vacation Time (MM #2627)
Jun 1 • 1 min
For kids across the US it’s their favorite time of year. Obviously, it’s vacation time! Of course I remember the days of being excited that I had nearly 3 months with no hassles. Now, I can’t even imagine taking a vacation for a couple weeks let alone a…
Self Checkout (MM #2626)
May 31 • 1 min
It seems that more and more stores are going the self checkout route. And while I definitely like to do things myself, I think I need to rethink my position on checking out…
Understaffed (MM #2625)
May 30 • 1 min
Lately I keep hearing that unemployment is at an all time low. And while that may be true, I wonder why restaurants, stores, and gas stations are always understaffed. Do they not have enough people to fill these jobs?
No Explanation (MM #2624)
May 29 • 1 min
Over the weekend I got into a discussion with my nephews about last week’s Indiana school shooting. The boy asked lots of questions. Some of their questions were easy to answer. But sadly I had no explanation for the BIG question…why?
Festivals (MM #2623)
May 28 • 1 min
It’s Memorial Day, and many towns across the US are having some sort of festival. But sadly, most of these festivals have nothing to do with honoring those who gave their life for our freedom…
Blackouts (MM #2622)
May 27 • 1 min
Obviously, we all know that television has become big business throughout the years. When I was growing up there were TV blackouts for many sporting events. Today local TV blackouts are less frequent, except in one state…
Humidity (MM #2621)
May 26 • 1 min
It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity. How many times have we heard that old adage? Obviously, humidity is a fact of life for most southerners even outside of the summer months…
Research Studies (MM #2620)
May 25 • 1 min
I honestly love research. I don’t know when I became so interested, but I read everything I can about research studies. And I’ve noticed one thing, you can usually find at least one pro study and one con study on any subject. Somehow I have a feeling…
Childhood Games (MM #2619)
May 24 • 1 min
I think we all can agree that childhood is much different today than back in our day. For example, we no longer live in a world with childhood games like tag or kick the can. Has our world truly changed that much?
Public Notice (MM #2618)
May 23 • 1 min
For years whenever you needed to post a public notice, you placed it in the newspaper. I’m sure that there’s a law that forces governmental bodies do this. Obviously it’s time we change this rule. How many people actually get a physical copy of the…
Biggest Problem (MM #2617)
May 22 • 1 min
I heard someone post an interesting question recently. What is the biggest problem facing Americans today? All in all this was a rhetorical question, and that’s a good thing. Because I honestly couldn’t come up with just one thing…
Parking (MM #2616)
May 21 • 1 min
I’ve been driving for nearly three-quarters of my life. I grew up driving a big 4 door gas guzzler, which was a pain to park. But recently I’ve noticed that any kind of parking has become a challenge for most people…
Toilet Paper (MM #2615)
May 20 • 1 min
Toilet paper isn’t the most glamorous thing to talk about. But in recent years toilet paper has become much more difficult to buy. For example, there are way too many choices on the store shelf…
Star Wars (MM #2614)
May 19 • 1 min
‘Solo’, the new Star Wars movie arrives this week. I know that there are still tons of fans who will make the movie a huge success. But don’t you think these movies are coming out too often?
Royal Madness (MM #2613)
May 18 • 1 min
The world is once again consumed with royal madness. Honestly, why do people care about the British royal family? In fact, didn’t we stop caring 200+ years ago?
What If Moments (MM #2612)
May 17 • 1 min
Every now and then we all have one of those ‘what if’ moments. And this isn’t one of those moments where you wished something had happened to change your life. We’re talking one of those moments where you realize nonetheless just how pivotal some moments…
Your Bio (MM #2611)
May 16 • 1 min
Before the era of social media most people never needed to share their life story in a few sentences. But now, thanks to sites like Facebook and Twitter your bio has become much more important. A brief bio has become one of the key ways people learn more…
A Little Good News (MM #2610)
May 15 • 1 min
Are news reports depressing you? It truly doesn’t matter if the news is from around the world or across the US. And like many people, I yearn for a little good news every now and then. But of course what I think is good news is likely different than what…
Pro-Grade (MM #2609)
May 14 • 1 min
I’m usually one of those guys who buys top of the line equipment. But I normally draw the line when it comes to pro-grade and consumer grade tools. Every man has his price…
Guilt (MM #2608)
May 13 • 1 min
I truly can’t believe a commercial I saw on TV the other day. One of the big jewelry stores is trying to use Mother’s Day guilt to sell jewelry. I’ve witnessed some sleazy commercial before, but this was a new low…
Milk Aisle (MM #2607)
May 12 • 1 min
Recently I needed to pick up some milk at the grocery store. And it seems like every time I go down the milk aisle there is some new type of milk. For example, have you heard of A2 Milk? And I’m specifically talking about cow’s milk here…
Eating Leftovers (MM #2606)
May 11 • 1 min
I’ve mentioned before that I’m not a big fan of leftovers. I truly don’t know why, but I’ve never ever liked eating leftovers. But recently I found a few people who prefer them…
Aging (MM #2605)
May 10 • 1 min
Let’s be honest. Overall, getting older isn’t fun for anyone. And we all deal with aging in our own special way. But while we can easily deal with our own aging, no one has figured out how to make everyone around us stop getting older…
Childish Challenge (MM #2604)
May 9 • 1 min
Recently everyone was up in arms with the news of teenagers eating Tide Pods. But Tide Pods isn’t the only childish challenge our teens are facing today…
Big Mac Guy (MM #2603)
May 8 • 1 min
Have you heard about the Big Mac guy in Wisconsin who has eaten 30,000 burgers since 1972? I like fast food, but I honestly can’t even process all of that…
Flying (MM #2602)
May 7 • 1 min
I used to love flying places. But I haven’t flown in a few years and honestly don’t plan on flying anytime soon. Over the last few years flying has become truly a hassle…
Every Night (MM #2601)
May 6 • 1 min
As we get older, sleep becomes more and more of a challenge. That’s because every night as you go to sleep you find another part of your body in pain. For example each night it can be your back, your neck, even your knees…
Ice Cream (MM #2600)
May 5 • 1 min
As the weather starts to turn warm, ice cream consumption rises. For many, ice cream is their favorite dessert. Now I like ice cream, but it’s definitely not my favorite sweet treat…
Look At The Calendar (MM #2599)
May 4 • 1 min
I don’t have to look at the calendar to know that Mother’s Day is just a couple of weeks away. In fact all I need to do is turn on my television…
White Out (MM #2598)
May 3 • 1 min
There are some things in life, little things, that are slowly becoming obsolete. Often we don’t realize that the time bell is about to ring. Yesterday I realized that White Out is perhaps soon to fade away. Once we stopped using the typewriter everything…
Coffee Shops (MM #2597)
May 2 • 1 min
In Nashville, country music is everywhere. But we may soon be giving Seattle a run for it’s money when it comes to coffee shops. Obviously, all that it takes to open a coffee shop in Nashville is a building and some coffee urns…
Big Brother (MM #2596)
May 1 • 1 min
Big Brother watches everyone in George Orwell’s novel 1984. And to this day people fear the mythical character. As a result we often talk about how Big Brother is watching. Surely the recent news about the Golden State Killer indicates that the time of…
Get It In Writing (MM #2595)
Apr 30 • 1 min
Back in the good old days we used to take people at their word. You could trust someone when they made you a promise. In today’s world you must get it in writing…
Teen Comedies (MM #2594)
Apr 29 • 1 min
I’ve always loved funny movies. In fact, I’ll take a comedy over anything else if given the choice. Recently I was scrolling through Netflix looking for something to watch and I noticed that there were hundred of teen comedies available. And these teen…
Beer Can Hat (MM #2593)
Apr 28 • 1 min
I have to admit, I grew up in some strange times. When you look at the clothing from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, they WERE interesting to say the least. One article of clothing that proves my point is the beer can hat…
Office Chair (MM #2592)
Apr 27 • 1 min
I love my office chair. I’ve loved it since I bought it over a decade ago. But I’m not sure how much longer my chair will last. And in all honesty I don’t know if I’ll ever find a chair quite as good…
Terms Of Service (MM #2591)
Apr 26 • 1 min
With all of the online privacy concerns we’re feeling right now, the words terms of service are everywhere. With that in mind, have you read any of these changes? And more importantly if so, do you understand them?
Mental Illness (MM #2590)
Apr 25 • 1 min
Every time we have a mass shooting in the US people start talking about mental illness and gun control. We all can agree that mental illness is a problem, but will we be able to agree on a solution?
Often Wonder (MM #2589)
Apr 24 • 1 min
Late at night I sometimes get reflective and look back through my younger years. And I often wonder whatever happened to many of the people I worked with in those younger days. We weren’t close enough to stay in touch, but since you work with people day…
Late Night Security (MM #2588)
Apr 23 • 1 min
Yesterday’s shootings at the Waffle House got me to thinking about late night security. It truly shocks me when any public place open 24 hours a day doesn’t have security. In short, am I overreacting?
Earth Day (MM #2587)
Apr 22 • 1 min
Today is Earth Day. To me in general, Earth Day is a noble yet confusing cause. I’ve often wondered why we don’t merge Earth Day and Arbor Day into a combined day of awareness. Obviously we should be looking at the BIG picture…
Gadgets (MM #2586)
Apr 21 • 1 min
If you’ve spent any time with my podcast, you know that I love gadgets. They can be tech gadgets, music gadgets, kitchen gadgets, it doesn’t matter. I spend hours and hours every week looking at new gadgets, whether I really need anything or not…
College Years (MM #2585)
Apr 20 • 1 min
It’s hard to believe just how long I’ve been out of college. Some parts of my college years I’ve completely forgotten while some parts seem like they happened just yesterday…
Acupressure (MM #2584)
Apr 19 • 1 min
I’ve been dealing with some major sinus headaches recently, so a friend suggested that I try acupressure. I’m not sure if it will work, but at this point I’m willing to try anything…
Carjacked (MM #2583)
Apr 18 • 1 min
Crime is on a rapid rise here in Nashville. For instance, every morning we wake to the news that someone has been carjacked. I have to admit, even I’m feeling a bit nervous when I drive…
Personal Shoppers (MM #2582)
Apr 17 • 1 min
Personal shoppers have been around for a long time. But now, thanks to technology they’re available to more people. But one thing bothers me about personal shoppers…
Synergy (MM #2581)
Apr 16 • 1 min
The word synergy has literally been around for hundreds of years. But it wasn’t until about the turn of the century that synergy seemed to become a huge business buzzword. And lately the need for synergy keeps getting bigger…
Buying Booze (MM #2580)
Apr 15 • 1 min
Soon, it looks like Tennessee residents will be able to buy wine and hard liquor on Sundays. I honestly haven’t been concerned about buying booze since I was a young man. I truly don;t understand why the subject has become such an obsession…
Drones (MM #2579)
Apr 14 • 1 min
I’ve had an interest in drones for a long time. And while they definitely have use in the business world, I’ve often wondered one thing. With all the concern we have about privacy why hasn’t someone created a technology to block them?
Tastes Like (MM #2578)
Apr 13 • 1 min
Sometimes when I eat at a restaurant that I loved as a kid it takes me back in time. The food that I’m eating tastes like my younger days. But does this food really taste the same, or is it my memory playing tricks on me?
Filling Out Forms (MM #2577)
Apr 12 • 1 min
I truly wonder how much time we’ve spent throughout our life filling out forms. I can remember back to my youth and all the hassle we had filling out financial aid forms. Who knew that filling out forms would become even more of a hassle….
More In Common (MM #2576)
Apr 11 • 1 min
I don’t know anyone who thinks that getting older is fun. But as we get older, I think we all come to the same realization. I now have more in common with people who are older, than people who are younger…
Snowbirds (MM #2575)
Apr 10 • 1 min
On Friday we saw snowbirds everywhere. Of course these weren’t flying birds, but the kind of birds that drive their Buick extremely slow…
Stay Out Of The Sun (MM #2574)
Apr 9 • 1 min
I usually try to stay out of the sun most days. Avoiding the noontime sun is usually pretty easy. But for some reason even after all these years I usually forget about the days with hazy sunshine…
Taste Better (MM #2573)
Apr 8 • 1 min
Some people prefer dining out more than home cooking. Of course, I love both. But I’ve always felt that some foods taste better served at a restaurant…
Road Hazards (MM #2572)
Apr 7 • 1 min
I’ve always loved driving. But over the last few years I do my best to avoid road hazards like ice and snow. I’m more worried about everyone else and their driving…
Needles And Knives (MM #2571)
Apr 6 • 1 min
We all have fears. For example, many people fear spiders or snakes. My biggest fears are probably medical, involving things like needles and knives…
Getting By (MM #2570)
Apr 5 • 1 min
Recently I’ve found that nobody seems to be doing fine. Whenever I ask anyone how they’re doing, they reply “I’m getting by”…
Repetitive (MM #2569)
Apr 4 • 1 min
I truly work at having a fresh topic to discuss every day. And while I never want to be repetitive, there is one thing I do seem to repeat…
Teachers (MM #2568)
Apr 3 • 1 min
Why do we for the most part undervalue our teachers in the US? Aren’t they the ones most responsible for improving our future?
Speak Up (MM #2567)
Apr 2 • 1 min
For the majority of my life I’ve kept quiet about my views on the world. Sure, I have a lot of opinions but I usually keep most of them to myself. But as I look at the world around us, perhaps it’s time to speak up…
Egg Salad (MM #2566)
Apr 1 • 1 min
Sure, it’s April Fools’ Day for some, but for many Easter is more important. And Easter means many things to many people. Of course, I’m an odd duck, because to me Easter means Egg Salad…
Lots Of People (MM #2565)
Mar 31 • 1 min
Overall, the world seems to be getting busier. Suddenly there are lots of people at every turn. The roads, stores, and restaurants are all extremely busy no matter the time of day…
Grandparents (MM #2564)
Mar 30 • 1 min
Getting older is inevitable, while feeling older is much different. Something that will make you feel old, is when you realize that many of your friends are now grandparents…
Privacy (MM #2563)
Mar 29 • 1 min
Do you have privacy issues? I truly think that ship sailed a long time ago! I specifically talked about Facebook privacy almost 7 years ago right here on the podcast…
Jaded (MM #2562)
Mar 28 • 1 min
I’ll admit, I’m pretty jaded. And I’ve honestly been that way for a long time. But every now and then it takes a child to remind you to enjoy the little things…
Misplacing Things (MM #2561)
Mar 27 • 1 min
Lately I’ve found that I’m misplacing things a little bit more than I used to. Fortunately it’s never anything big. I think I just have too much going on…
Back Seat (MM #2560)
Mar 26 • 1 min
Boy, times have sure changed. I remember sitting in the back seat of the car as a kid, just staring out the window. Now, kids have video screens and headphones, and surely air conditioning. All in all today’s long car trip isn’t anything like it was in my…
Spring Break Hotel (MM #2559)
Mar 25 • 1 min
Spring Break is here, and it seems that everyone we know is traveling. This year we’ve experienced something new. Our house has been a Spring Break hotel, at least for a couple of nights….
Board Games (MM #2558)
Mar 24 • 1 min
Do kids still play board games, or did video games make them nearly obsolete. I know that some of the classic games like Monopoly and Life still exist, but are there any new games?
Mind Plays Tricks (MM #2557)
Mar 23 • 1 min
When you get older, you often find that your mind plays tricks on you. You lose track of time, figuratively and literally…
Before Bedtime (MM #2556)
Mar 22 • 1 min
I usually work late, up until it’s time to go to bed. And usually before bedtime I’m listening to some sort of music online. Every now and then I encounter a song I just can’t escape…
Close School Early (MM #2555)
Mar 21 • 1 min
The other day we had the threat of severe weather here in Nashville so they decided to close school early. I honestly can’t remember school closing early back in the good ole days. Times have definitely changed…
Memorable (MM #2554)
Mar 20 • 1 min
People often say that I’m a memorable person. Now that can actually be both a good and bad thing. I usually don’t mind being remembered, but every now and then being memorable can freak me out…
Driving Around (MM #2553)
Mar 19 • 1 min
I spent most of yesterday just driving around, enjoying the nice weather. And of course, I noticed something odd about the potholes in Nashville…
Clean The Garage (MM #2552)
Mar 18 • 1 min
Our garage is a mess, and I have no one to blame but myself. I need to try to find some time to get everything organized. I know I should clean the garage, but let’s be honest…
Lock The Doors (MM #2551)
Mar 17 • 1 min
Today is truly one of those days where I want to lock the doors and hide. It’s Saturday, St Patrick’s Day, and the NCAA Tourney is in town. In other words, it’s going to be mass stupidity…
Wash Your Hair (MM #2550)
Mar 16 • 1 min
All of the sudden I’m hearing that you should wash your hair only 2 or 3 times per week. Can you do that? For the most part I know that I sure can’t. Our water heater blew up the other day and I haven’t in fact washed my hair in a couple of days, and I…
Eye Drops (MM #2549)
Mar 15 • 1 min
Recently I’ve had a difficult time finding the brand of eye drops I normally use with my contact lenses. Every other brand of eye drops were still on the shelves, but not mine. Then, I found out why…