The Mason Minute

The Mason Minute
Kevin Mason’s Daily 60 Second Podcast
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…
Front Door (MM #2548)
Mar 14 • 1 min
The rules about smoking in public have changed. But you can’t pass by the front door of any big building without walking through a cloud of smoke. I don’t think the no smoking rules are working…
Finding A Handyman (MM #2547)
Mar 13 • 1 min
Back in the good old days every neighborhood had a handyman. But finding a handyman today is much tougher. And when you live in the “it” city, it’s nearly impossible…
Bond With Strangers (MM #2546)
Mar 12 • 1 min
Sometimes I find myself in the strangest situations. I can find myself in a store and another shopper will ask me a question. I find it odd to bond with strangers while shopping. But I doubt that I’m alone…
Junior High (MM #2545)
Mar 11 • 1 min
I was thinking about my Junior High years the other day. Junior High is that time of life when we become aware of the real world. At least I thought we all became aware of the world…
Cheat Day (MM #2544)
Mar 10 • 1 min
Today is my diet cheat day. My wife and I have found that having a day to eat pizza or burgers is necessary. In other words it’s the one day a week we truly look forward to. Obviously I try to be a healthy guy 6 days a week. But on Saturdays I just want…
Live Music (MM #2543)
Mar 9 • 1 min
Nashville is becoming a town known for live music ALL the time. But it’s not just the honky-tonks of Broadway where you’ll find it…
Everyone Is Biased (MM #2542)
Mar 8 • 1 min
Recently I’ve heard so many people want to offer their unbiased opinion on a host of topics. But we all know that everyone is biased in some way. We truly can’t control our biases. There are many factors that influence our thoughts and feelings. And there…
Sunny Days (MM #2541)
Mar 7 • 1 min
Have you ever noticed that the sunny days that follow periods of cloudy days seem brighter? I know it’s not true, but it sure feels that way. The sunny days that follow, cloudy, rainy, or snowy days are the best…
People Are Outraged (MM #2540)
Mar 6 • 1 min
To me, more people are outraged about life in general these days. I was too young to notice, but the climate of the 1960’s might have been worse. Today, almost any subject will offend someone. Does the rise of social media help magnify our outrage, or…
Listening Options (MM #2539)
Mar 5 • 1 min
For podcasters like me one of the biggest challenges is to make sure you can listen when and where you want. With podcasts you have so many listening options. Now we’ve found a way to make it even easier to listen if you have an Amazon Alexa. All you need…
More Subscriptions (MM #2538)
Mar 4 • 1 min
Our life is filling up with more and more subscriptions. I remember when the only things we subscribed to were magazines and newspapers…
Another Phone Scam (MM #2537)
Mar 3 • 1 min
I was talking with my father yesterday. He called to tell me about another phone scam that someone tried to pull over on him….
Goodbye Kmart (MM #2536)
Mar 2 • 1 min
We’ve finally said goodbye Kmart here in Nashville. I know that most people truly don;t care anymore, but it makes me sad. Of course I still get nostalgic when I think about the good old Blue Light Special…
Sponsorships (MM #2535)
Mar 1 • 1 min
Sponsorships are truly a huge part of major sports. For NASCAR fans like me they’ve always been part of the game. But in all honesty, I’ve never really cared about who sponsors what…
Balance The Calendar (MM #2534)
Feb 28 • 1 min
I really hate the month of February. Even though the weather usually stinks that’s not what drives me crazy; it’s the calendar. Surely we could balance the calendar and give February 30 days, couldn’t we?!
Mowing The Lawn (MM #2533)
Feb 27 • 1 min
I was sitting in my home office yesterday and all of the sudden I heard a ruckus. It was someone in the neighborhood mowing the lawn. What?! It’s only February….
Scandal (MM #2532)
Feb 26 • 1 min
Our mayor is in the middle of a scandal that’s making national headlines. By all means, bad behavior has always been around, it’s just easier for anyone to spot today…
Cookie Time (MM #2531)
Feb 25 • 1 min
It’s Girl Scout cookie time once again. And I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who didn’t have a favorite…
Milk Going Bad (MM #2530)
Feb 24 • 1 min
Over the last few years we’ve had a problem with milk going bad. Many times our jug of milk doesn’t even make it to the expiration date…
Guns (MM #2529)
Feb 23 • 1 min
Since the Florida school shootings guns have again been in the news. I have a healthy respect for the power of guns. But there is something I wonder…
Bad Grammar (MM #2528)
Feb 22 • 1 min
I’m not a huge stickler for proper grammar, but every now and then bad grammar bothers me…
School Zones (MM #2527)
Feb 21 • 1 min
How do they determine the speed for school zones? Is there a particular reason that 15 miles per hour is usually the chosen speed? I don’t have any problem with the speed limit, I just wondered, why?
Compromise (MM #2526)
Feb 20 • 1 min
One of the first skills we learn in school is how to compromise. Now our teachers don’t use the word, but they focus on sharing and getting along. Obviously we’ve forgotten a few things we learned in school…
Researching Doctors (MM #2525)
Feb 19 • 1 min
Looking for a new doctor or dentist is always frustrating. I needed to find a new dentist, so I was researching doctors the other day. And I truly wish I knew how to find the perfect one for me…
Smiling (MM #2524)
Feb 18 • 1 min
I realize that this is audio, so you can’t tell that I’m smiling a bit more today. This has nothing to do with my recent trip to the dentist. Today, is one of my favorite days of the year…
Closed Sign (MM #2523)
Feb 17 • 1 min
I always find it odd when I see a closed sign on a fast food restaurant. Now, I don’t mean closed for the day, I mean closed for good…
Headaches (MM #2522)
Feb 16 • 1 min
I’ve suffered from headaches most of my life. For the most part they’re sinus related, so I’ve learned to deal with them. But sometimes…
42 Hours (MM #2521)
Feb 15 • 1 min
I was chatting with a friend recently and they were asking me about the Mason Minute. I’ve been doing this day in, day out for a long time. In fact, it would take 42 hours to listen to every minute…
Cruel Day (MM #2520)
Feb 14 • 1 min
For many people Valentine’s Day is a pretty cruel day. I’ll be the first to admit, I’m not the biggest fan. But this year, Valentine’s Day is much crueler…
Waiting Room (MM #2519)
Feb 13 • 1 min
I had to make a trip to the tire store over the weekend. And as I sat in the waiting room I finally realized something. The tire store waiting area looks exactly the same today as it did many years ago…
Ask An Expert (MM #2518)
Feb 12 • 1 min
When it comes to technology I can usually work my way through problems. But every now and then you need to ask an expert. Hopefully, you choose the right one…
Creaking Floors (MM #2517)
Feb 11 • 1 min
The house we live in has a problem with creaking floors. Nearly everywhere we step upstairs, the floor makes noise. Now, our house isn’t very old so it shouldn’t making so much noise…
Winter Olympics (MM #2516)
Feb 10 • 1 min
The Winter Olympics are underway, and I honestly won’t be watching. I guess I’m not a winter sports fan. The only winter sport I really pay attention to is basketball, and that happens during the summer games…
Four Seasons (MM #2515)
Feb 9 • 1 min
For years people have joked about the weather in Nashville. In fact many claim you can truly experience all four season in about 48 hours. Now I know that they’re being facetious, but in the end they’re actually pretty close to being truthful…
Flu Shots (MM #2514)
Feb 8 • 1 min
It’s already been a horrible flu season across the USA this year. Not to mention that doctors keep telling us we need to get flu shots. But sadly, those shots don’t seem to be working…
Political Office (MM #2513)
Feb 7 • 1 min
When I was in college, I entertained the idea of running for political office at some point in life. But I received some great advise from one of my professors…
Be A Critic (MM #2512)
Feb 6 • 1 min
Now that everyone on social media has some sort of platform, everyone feels that they can be a critic….
Double Dipping (MM #2511)
Feb 5 • 1 min
What is one of the biggest social faux pas you can make? Double dipping your chips? Although I may be exaggerating a bit, there is no doubt that double dipping is a no no…
Less Hype (MM 2510)
Feb 4 • 1 min
Today is the Super Bowl, and I’ve noticed that there’s less hype surrounding the game this year. Is it the teams, the location, the state of football, or is it just me? I’m just not seeing the excitement leading up to tonight’s big game…
NOT (MM #2509)
Feb 3 • 1 min
Mike Myers popularized the sarcastic catchphrase; NOT on SNL and in the Wayne’s World movies. However, like most catchphrases, NOT faded away after a few years. But it looks like NOT might be making a comeback. And trust me, I’m not being sarcastic…
The Perfect Quote (MM #2508)
Feb 2 • 1 min
I often find myself reading something interesting and wanting to save it for later. But even if I find the perfect quote, I can never remember where I placed it…
Bullying (MM #2507)
Feb 1 • 1 min
Bullying has truly been around forever. And like many people Like many, I encountered bullies as a kid, too. All things considered, I wonder if bullying more of an issue today than it was back in my day? Obviously, bullies aren’t going away…
Residue (MM #2506)
Jan 31 • 1 min
Do you have a problem with the residue that collects around the top of your ketchup bottle? Furthermore, that smag seems to gather around the top of all my condiments, ketchup, mustard, hot sauce, salad dressing…
Vast Wasteland (MM #2505)
Jan 30 • 1 min
Back in 1961 the FCC commissioner called television a vast wasteland. And until recently I would have argued that point. But I think we might actually be getting closer to Newton Minnow’s claim from many years ago…
Bacterial Infection (MM #2504)
Jan 29 • 1 min
Every time I check my news feed or the TV news there’s info about the outbreak of another bacterial infection. The latest affects cream cheese at Panera Bread. But that was just yesterday’s breaking news…
Bacon And Chocolate (MM #2503)
Jan 28 • 1 min
For years people have claimed that bacon makes everything better. Recently I read something that too the statement to a new level. It’s not just bacon, but bacon and chocolate that make things better. However, I think they mean either makes things better…
Worldly (MM #2502)
Jan 27 • 1 min
I’ve always felt that I was a fairly worldly person. Okay, I may not be the most sophisticated, but I’m definitely very shrewd and practical. But am I really?
Age Spots (MM #2501)
Jan 26 • 1 min
There are many things we can do to slow down the aging process. But no matter what we do, we can’t avoid, wrinkles, thinning hair, and age spots…
Movies On Cable (MM #2500)
Jan 25 • 1 min
We now have thousands of cable channels and dozens of streaming services at our disposal. You can find movies on cable all the time. So why do some once popular movies disappear?
One Hit Wonders (MM #2499)
Jan 24 • 1 min
I was listening to XM radio the other day and stumbled upon their one hit wonders channel. I never realized how many of these songs I loved, and had in my music collection. In fact, I actually have a ton of these songs…
Royal Family (MM #2498)
Jan 23 • 1 min
The British royal family is in the news again. I’ve never understood why Americans care. Although, the fact that I’m talking about it must mean something…
Desk Space (MM #2497)
Jan 22 • 1 min
When you work for yourself your desk space is usually anything you want. That space is unlimited until you literally run out of room…
Watching More Football (MM #2496)
Jan 21 • 1 min
I’m not a very big football fan. But for some reason I’ve been watching more football this year. And that’s posing a bit of a problem…
Stupid Pranks (MM #2495)
Jan 20 • 1 min
Stupid pranks are something that young people have done throughout history. Most are harmless, but sometimes they cross into dangerous territory. It looks like putting Tide Pods in your mouth is one of the more dangerous stupid pranks…
Stir Crazy (MM #2494)
Jan 19 • 1 min
Winter weather has again wreaked havoc on Middle Tennessee. Many schools and businesses have been closed for days. And of course after a few days many people including my wife are going stir crazy. For me, since I usually work from home it’s business as…
Replacement Parts (MM #2493)
Jan 18 • 1 min
We now live in a disposable world. It’s easier to replace something than repair. But every now and then you want to track down some replacement parts…
Middle Of The Night (MM #2492)
Jan 17 • 1 min
I’ve been working what amounts to a split shift for years. There are actually a few benefits to working in the middle of the night. Then again I doubt most would agree…
Needing Help (MM #2491)
Jan 16 • 1 min
It’s never a good feeling when you’re needing help from customer service or tech support. But I think I’ve stumbled upon an interesting solution…
Fulfillment (MM #2490)
Jan 15 • 1 min
Undoubtedly the world of retail is changing. And there’s a word you’re going to hear more and more; fulfillment. Many big companies have begun converting retail space to warehouse space. Soon we’ll have more fulfillment centers than big box stores…
Depressed (MM #2489)
Jan 14 • 1 min
Have you been feeling depressed lately? Sure, it could be politics or even the holidays causing this feeling. But, more like it’s social media…
Grocery Shopping (MM #2488)
Jan 13 • 1 min
We went grocery shopping the other night and battled the people panicking about the winter weather. I don’t normally need to pick up last minute grocery items. But I will admit the trip was eye opening…
Keeping Kids Entertained (MM #2487)
Jan 12 • 1 min
Growing up I stayed entertained by playing outside or simply watching TV. But times have definitely changed. Keeping kids entertained today is much different…
Panic (MM #2486)
Jan 11 • 1 min
People in parts of Tennessee and Kentucky are starting to panic. We could be getting our first snowstorm of the year. In this case some could see 1 to 3 inches of the white stuff…
Time To Hibernate (MM #2485)
Jan 10 • 1 min
As the weather gets colder, it’s time to hibernate. I don’t sleep much throughout the year, but when the weather grows cold that’s all my body wants to do…
Who To Root For (MM #2484)
Jan 9 • 1 min
I’ve often wondered how people determine who to root for in college football. If you’re an alumni the choice is obvious. But after all these years living in the south the most rabid fans usually aren’t grads…
Everyone Is Stupid (MM #2483)
Jan 8 • 1 min
Whenever cold weather or snow hit Middle Tennessee this time of year I get a strange feeling. I honestly get the feeling that the TV news people think everyone is stupid…
Color Of The Year (MM #2482)
Jan 7 • 1 min
As the new year begins we all learn of the new color of the year. Did you even know that there was such a thing? Well indeed there is…
Cold Weather (MM #2481)
Jan 6 • 1 min
Like almost everyone across the country we’ve had cold weather this week. Now that should be a big deal, but it is! People actually seem to be panicking…
Big Coats (MM #2480)
Jan 5 • 1 min
The winter weather has set in across the US. And while many people hate the cold, the wind, and even snow they don’t bother me. My concern is big coats…
The Calm (MM #2479)
Jan 4 • 1 min
The holidays are finally over and life is getting back to normal for everyone. I love the calm that exists when life gets back to normal…
Survived The Holidays (MM #2478)
Jan 3 • 1 min
I’m extremely thankful, I think I survived the holidays. Now I’m not talking about parties and celebrations, I’m talking about my health. So many people have a cold of the flu right now, I need to watch out…
Home Phone (MM #2477)
Jan 2 • 1 min
I recently realized that we haven’t had a home phone in nearly a decade. All in all I don’t think I’ve ever missed it…
Who Are We Kidding (MM #2476)
Jan 1 • 1 min
Everyone is making New Year’s resolutions, but who are we kidding? Is now really the right time to make a change. Why couldn’t you have made the change last month or even next month?
Final Countdown (MM #2475)
Dec 31, 2017 • 1 min
The final countdown is on. The new year is almost here. And while many people get excited about the turning of the calendar, I’m a curmudgeon…
Worthless Skills (MM #2474)
Dec 30, 2017 • 1 min
We all possess skills that are honestly not very useful. Of course these worthless skills are ones that we learned along the way and hoped we could use forever. Are these skills standing in the way of other things we can learn that are actually useful?
Holiday Overload (MM #2473)
Dec 29, 2017 • 1 min
I’m feeling a bit of a holiday overload. I don’t mean to be a Grinch, but I’m just ready to get back to normal…
Revising History (MM #2472)
Dec 28, 2017 • 1 min
I’ve noticed that revising history is something that most of us do as we get older. I don’t think we do it on purpose. Perhaps memory fades or we want to remember the good rather than the bad…
Weird Facts (MM #2471)
Dec 27, 2017 • 1 min
I love to stumble upon weird facts. I’m not sure what to do with them, but I get excited when I learn something strange…
Boxing (MM #2470)
Dec 26, 2017 • 1 min
It’s Boxing Day, so I think it’s only fitting that we talk about the sport of boxing today…
White Christmas (MM #2469)
Dec 25, 2017 • 1 min
I honestly believe that today is the only day of the year that everyone loves snow. Perhaps it’s not truly everyone, but do you know anyone who doesn’t wish for a white Christmas?
Christmas Eve (MM #2468)
Dec 24, 2017 • 1 min
Have you noticed that Christmas Eve has become more of a big deal throughout the years? Christmas Eve is no longer just the evening before Christmas. It seems that now it’s an excuse for many to add an extra holiday…
Excited About Omelets (MM #2467)
Dec 23, 2017 • 1 min
I have to admit, I can sometimes get a little excited about omelets. I’ve loved them since I was a little kid. But I learned something the other day that shocked me…
Out Shopping (MM #2466)
Dec 22, 2017 • 1 min
I was out shopping the other day, and sadly Home Depot was out of what I needed. And that missed opportunity gave me a great idea…
Gift Exchange (MM #2465)
Dec 21, 2017 • 1 min
If you work in an office you’ve probably just wrapped up your Christmas gift exchange. Some companies call it Yankee Swap or Dirty Santa, but no matter the name it’s usually disappointing…
Fall Finale (MM #2464)
Dec 20, 2017 • 1 min
Today is the Fall Finale of the Mason Minute. Sorry, we won’t be taking any time off. But we figure if the prime time TV shows can have a Fall Finale so can we…
Simple Skills (MM #2463)
Dec 19, 2017 • 1 min
There are many skills that we all learn throughout life. These are simple skills, like tying your shoe. But over time, some skills become obsolete…
Drivers To Avoid (MM #2462)
Dec 18, 2017 • 1 min
We all know the myth of the Sunday driver. But for many, that myth is reality. I’ve recently found another set of drivers to avoid. And I think you’ll agree…
Opening Scene (MM #2461)
Dec 17, 2017 • 1 min
I’ve often stated that I probably watch too much TV. I watch Law & Order so much I can usually tell the plot of the episode from the opening scene. But in my house, that’s nothing…
Purple Lights (MM #2460)
Dec 16, 2017 • 1 min
People get upset about the strangest things. Take for instance purple lights. Right now people in my neighborhood are angry about the color of Christmas lights…
What Did I Forget? (MM #2459)
Dec 15, 2017 • 1 min
I’ve been going crazy the last few days. I have the feeling I’ve forgotten something. But what did I forget? Am I just imagining this?
Missing Socks (MM #2458)
Dec 14, 2017 • 1 min
Many people believe that there’s a sock monster that causes all of our missing socks. In all honesty, socks aren’t my problem, it’s gloves. Fortunately, I don’t lose just one glove, I lose entire pairs. Maybe there’s a glove monster, too…
Royal Blue (MM #2457)
Dec 13, 2017 • 1 min
We all know that colors have meanings. And sometimes, colors mean different things to different people. Take royal blue for instance. To me, it was the colors of my high school basketball team. But to others, it means something completely different…
Creature Comforts (MM #2456)
Dec 12, 2017 • 1 min
With all the cool gadgets and technology we have in our life, we still just want the creature comforts. At the end of the day it truly is the simple things…
Revisit Our Youth (MM #2455)
Dec 11, 2017 • 1 min
As we get older we often yearn to revisit our youth. Now I realize that we truly can never go back, but it is fun to revisit yesterday…
Pain Relief (MM #2454)
Dec 10, 2017 • 1 min
People have been warning us about the aches and pains of aging for years. In fact pain relief is something all of us old-timers seek. Sadly, I’ve been searching for pain relief solutions for many years…
Giving Directions (MM #2453)
Dec 9, 2017 • 1 min
I was giving directions to my house the other day and my friend remarked that I had obviously been living in the south for a long time. I use landmarks to give directions and I guess that’s a southern thing. Sometimes, I even give directions using old…
Vacation Days (MM #2452)
Dec 8, 2017 • 1 min
The end of the year is almost here. And of course everyone I know is trying to squeeze in their last few vacation days. I’ve never been a big fan of vacations, and truly don’t miss the end of year vacation rush…