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Phil and Rita Reebius

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Back From Wherever

EMany podcasters do seven or eight episodes and then disappear. You probably thought that happened to us. Well, for a while it did. Now we’re back. Sorry for the delay. Life sometimes has a way of making itself a priority and you can’t say no to that. In this episode, Rita and Phil discuss a variety of things including work, life and the attendant frustrations. All in all, we’re glad to be around, so we can’t complain. One of the things we’ve been dealing with the Alzheimers and aging parents. There will be more of that to come, but for this episode we wanted to just get our sea legs back. Please enjoy this episode and prepare yourself: we have more ideas for some fun episodes and topics.

36 min2018 JUN 18
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Back From Wherever

PG-009 Musical Impressions

EHello everyone! Can you believe we’re actually putting out two podcasts within a 4 week period? No shit! Well, part of it is due to the fact that we recorded a longer than usual show on New Year’s Eve. Then it took us forever to get it together. We decided to divide it into two shows. Trouble is, in between all this, there was a parade of death. David Bowie, Lemmy Kilmister, Paul Bley, Paul Kantner, Glenn Frey, et. al. In this episode we start the discussion of what our most influential musical connections are. In some cases, as with Rita, we look at the perfect albums. Phil talks about experiences with music. Keep in mind, none of this is comprehensive and it is all subject to continued discussion. There is much to discuss. We love music. I think our collection includes over 1000 LPs, well over 1500 CDs, hundreds of cassette tapes, and yes, we still have 45s. Not the largest collection in the world mind you, but we have invested in tunes. This episode also includes a new Shart In...

29 min2016 FEB 23
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PG-009 Musical Impressions

Fine pickings from the internet

EHi everyone! Gosh dang, it’s been a long time since our last post. And we apologize for that. This episode is the first half of a longer piece we recorded on New Year’s Eve, if you can believe it. Things have just gotten out of hand and well, it took a while. Plus, Phil was all obsessed with the various transitional elements of this episode and he lost control of time. Seriously, this was recorded on New Year’s Eve. And we still have another piece, the second half, to go, which will come out soon. You’ll also hear things on this episode that will sound like anachronisms but that’s because we talked about them before some major changes happened in the world. Then, because we were tardy in getting this out, it sounds all fucked up. Sorry. You’ll know what we’re talking about when you hear us tallking about it. December and January have been brutal for the music industry. Enough said. Well, in this episode, Phil shares some interesting shit he found on this thing called the “in...

28 min2016 FEB 10
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Fine pickings from the internet

PG-007.5 Hidden Track

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8 min2015 NOV 29
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PG-007.5 Hidden Track

PG-007 Back from beyond wherever

EYes, it’s been way too long since the last episode and we’re very apologetic about it. Too much going on. Sepetember was crazy with volunteer activities and then October came and went. Rita and I have been anxious to get another episode your way. So here it is! In this episode, we jabber about several topics. We cover Halloween, Patti Smith live, kids, dogs, and much more. Plus, we start to zero in on our sponsors, Shart Industries. Shirley Shart has been an elusive sponsor, but our secretary Blanche talked to her so we manage to find out from her that she has Shirley’s phone number. Thanks again to Shart for sponsoring the show! Two new commercials make their debut and we’re proud to be the only podcast sponsored by Shart! If people can be all excited about the commericals for the Super Bowl, they can be excited about this too damn it… Since it’s been a while, we did a longer, bonus length episode for you to enjoy. Let us know if you have any questions for us or for Shirley S...

46 min2015 NOV 11
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PG-007 Back from beyond wherever

PG-006 Phil reads Randy Scuffle and a walking tale

EHi there, Rita couldn’t join us this time around because she’s been super busy with volunteer work and this is the high-season for the Berwyn Historical Society and their annual Bungalow tour. That takes place September 27. You should go! Okay, I admit I’m a walking snob. I walk fast and I want everyone to get the hell out of my way. But I’m polite about it! I share a walking in Chicago story. I’ve promised (threatened) to do this before and this time I finally come around to fulfilling my promise. In this episode, I read a handful of letters from The Randy Scuffle Papers. Randy basically lives in his mother’s backyard, and he is an artist whose main material is meat. He loves hot dogs. He invents things. he has plans to save the world. Randy is a nut. Well, no, not really, if you read the book you’ll see why. I hope you enjoy these samples. Let me know what you think! Don’t forget, if you have any comments, send them to us at comments at PrehensileAndGretel.com. You can als...

24 min2015 SEP 9
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PG-006 Phil reads Randy Scuffle and a walking tale

PG-005 Odd food products, God speaks and basketball

EHi everyone! This episode is a good one, with a variety of memories, commentary and juvenile behavior. Food:Phil and Rita frequently talk about food and this is no exception. In this episode we manage to discuss Hamdingers, Orbit gum, and the kind of food you cannot eat as an adult because of some unfortunate incident in your childhood. On the topic of Orbit, Phil says he saw commercials for this gum in the 70s in the upper midwest of the US. According to Wikipedia, Orbit was introduced during WWII, then discontinued after the war. According to the article, Orbit was reintroduced in Germany, Switzerland and Holland in 1976. During the last of the 70s, it was available again in the US, which is when Phil saw the robot commercial playing frequently. Then, due to some cancer scare, it was taken off the US market again until 2001.It’s only gum. How can it give you cancer? God’s latest guidance: Phil reads the contents of an email he received from God, which aims to clarify some of the...

31 min2015 AUG 19
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PG-005 Odd food products, God speaks and basketball

PG-004 Juvenile Flatulence and Childhood Woes

EIt’s been a bad couple of weeks, so Phil and Rita start off with some juvenile humor. Hey we’re all still 12 years old. Celebrity farts:We play the game and make some noise perfect for laughter around the dinner table. Sickness:We touch on our summer colds which put us out of commission while we should have been recording podcasts. Sorry. At least we’re on the mend. So now we’ve done farts and sickness. Where does it lead next? Food:Of course! Food! Rita makes an awesome amazing Vietnamese noodle salad she found on allrecipes.com. A couple of tweaks to fit our palate and we’re good to go…when we find the exact recipe we’ll update the link. UPDATE: here’s the link to this really tasty Vietnamese noodle salad. Injuries around the home:Of course Phil’s memory is forever stained by injuries caused by those who should love you. This leads to the next topic however. Parents:They can be bizarre with the way they raise you. If you confront them about it however, they have no memory...

26 min2015 AUG 4
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PG-004 Juvenile Flatulence and Childhood Woes

PG-003 The Fourth of July Show

EIn this episode we welcome our new sponsor “Lightnin Buggzzz,” the “Diaper With A Social Conscience.” Plus, we dive into the following topics: Fireworks: What would the 4th of July be without fireworks? And what would it be like in a state in which fireworks are completely illegal, so nobody has them at all, right, because everyone is a law-abiding citizen, right? Well, not in our neighborhood. Actually this year was a relatively quiet one, but you’ll hear a few clips recorded in our back yard. Other than that, the safety people are always happy to blow up a watermelon! The Randy Scuffle Papers: Yes, we pitch the book, but not too hard. Just a brief discussion of the concept and some discussion of bologna and meat as art. You really should check out The Randy Scuffle Papers. Phil also has a blog he updates every once in a while. Check that out too! ICD-10 Codes: More ICD-10 codes. This time Phil and Rita have a plan to take down the entire healthcare system’s ability to monito...

33 min2015 JUL 8
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PG-003 The Fourth of July Show

PG-002 Vegetarian Options

EIn this episide of Prehensile and Gretel we unscientifically examinea wide range of topicsthat, without any prior planning, ended up loosely connected to food. Lemons and Limes:Juice, zest and the summer sun. Vince Van Patten gets a mention in this segment. This episode was recorded just a day before we heard the news of Vince’s father, Dick Van Patten passing away at age 86. Our condolences to the family. Beans:Well, not so much as you normally think of them. Rita remembers hearing the word used as slang for drugs, possibly barbiturates. Possibly amphetamines. We don’t know cause we never used them… Spam:Phil does an impromptu dramatic interpretation of garbage words embedded in spam. Possibly some haiku coming of this for a future episode? Vegetarian options: We pull a phrase from our universal box of all that is good and noble get the phrase:“vegetarian options.” Tofurkey anyone? This also leads to organics and GMO commentary from Rita and Phil. Farts: What becomes of all th...

26 min2015 JUN 24
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Latest Episodes

Back From Wherever

EMany podcasters do seven or eight episodes and then disappear. You probably thought that happened to us. Well, for a while it did. Now we’re back. Sorry for the delay. Life sometimes has a way of making itself a priority and you can’t say no to that. In this episode, Rita and Phil discuss a variety of things including work, life and the attendant frustrations. All in all, we’re glad to be around, so we can’t complain. One of the things we’ve been dealing with the Alzheimers and aging parents. There will be more of that to come, but for this episode we wanted to just get our sea legs back. Please enjoy this episode and prepare yourself: we have more ideas for some fun episodes and topics.

36 min2018 JUN 18
Comments
Back From Wherever

PG-009 Musical Impressions

EHello everyone! Can you believe we’re actually putting out two podcasts within a 4 week period? No shit! Well, part of it is due to the fact that we recorded a longer than usual show on New Year’s Eve. Then it took us forever to get it together. We decided to divide it into two shows. Trouble is, in between all this, there was a parade of death. David Bowie, Lemmy Kilmister, Paul Bley, Paul Kantner, Glenn Frey, et. al. In this episode we start the discussion of what our most influential musical connections are. In some cases, as with Rita, we look at the perfect albums. Phil talks about experiences with music. Keep in mind, none of this is comprehensive and it is all subject to continued discussion. There is much to discuss. We love music. I think our collection includes over 1000 LPs, well over 1500 CDs, hundreds of cassette tapes, and yes, we still have 45s. Not the largest collection in the world mind you, but we have invested in tunes. This episode also includes a new Shart In...

29 min2016 FEB 23
Comments
PG-009 Musical Impressions

Fine pickings from the internet

EHi everyone! Gosh dang, it’s been a long time since our last post. And we apologize for that. This episode is the first half of a longer piece we recorded on New Year’s Eve, if you can believe it. Things have just gotten out of hand and well, it took a while. Plus, Phil was all obsessed with the various transitional elements of this episode and he lost control of time. Seriously, this was recorded on New Year’s Eve. And we still have another piece, the second half, to go, which will come out soon. You’ll also hear things on this episode that will sound like anachronisms but that’s because we talked about them before some major changes happened in the world. Then, because we were tardy in getting this out, it sounds all fucked up. Sorry. You’ll know what we’re talking about when you hear us tallking about it. December and January have been brutal for the music industry. Enough said. Well, in this episode, Phil shares some interesting shit he found on this thing called the “in...

28 min2016 FEB 10
Comments
Fine pickings from the internet

PG-007.5 Hidden Track

E

8 min2015 NOV 29
Comments
PG-007.5 Hidden Track

PG-007 Back from beyond wherever

EYes, it’s been way too long since the last episode and we’re very apologetic about it. Too much going on. Sepetember was crazy with volunteer activities and then October came and went. Rita and I have been anxious to get another episode your way. So here it is! In this episode, we jabber about several topics. We cover Halloween, Patti Smith live, kids, dogs, and much more. Plus, we start to zero in on our sponsors, Shart Industries. Shirley Shart has been an elusive sponsor, but our secretary Blanche talked to her so we manage to find out from her that she has Shirley’s phone number. Thanks again to Shart for sponsoring the show! Two new commercials make their debut and we’re proud to be the only podcast sponsored by Shart! If people can be all excited about the commericals for the Super Bowl, they can be excited about this too damn it… Since it’s been a while, we did a longer, bonus length episode for you to enjoy. Let us know if you have any questions for us or for Shirley S...

46 min2015 NOV 11
Comments
PG-007 Back from beyond wherever

PG-006 Phil reads Randy Scuffle and a walking tale

EHi there, Rita couldn’t join us this time around because she’s been super busy with volunteer work and this is the high-season for the Berwyn Historical Society and their annual Bungalow tour. That takes place September 27. You should go! Okay, I admit I’m a walking snob. I walk fast and I want everyone to get the hell out of my way. But I’m polite about it! I share a walking in Chicago story. I’ve promised (threatened) to do this before and this time I finally come around to fulfilling my promise. In this episode, I read a handful of letters from The Randy Scuffle Papers. Randy basically lives in his mother’s backyard, and he is an artist whose main material is meat. He loves hot dogs. He invents things. he has plans to save the world. Randy is a nut. Well, no, not really, if you read the book you’ll see why. I hope you enjoy these samples. Let me know what you think! Don’t forget, if you have any comments, send them to us at comments at PrehensileAndGretel.com. You can als...

24 min2015 SEP 9
Comments
PG-006 Phil reads Randy Scuffle and a walking tale

PG-005 Odd food products, God speaks and basketball

EHi everyone! This episode is a good one, with a variety of memories, commentary and juvenile behavior. Food:Phil and Rita frequently talk about food and this is no exception. In this episode we manage to discuss Hamdingers, Orbit gum, and the kind of food you cannot eat as an adult because of some unfortunate incident in your childhood. On the topic of Orbit, Phil says he saw commercials for this gum in the 70s in the upper midwest of the US. According to Wikipedia, Orbit was introduced during WWII, then discontinued after the war. According to the article, Orbit was reintroduced in Germany, Switzerland and Holland in 1976. During the last of the 70s, it was available again in the US, which is when Phil saw the robot commercial playing frequently. Then, due to some cancer scare, it was taken off the US market again until 2001.It’s only gum. How can it give you cancer? God’s latest guidance: Phil reads the contents of an email he received from God, which aims to clarify some of the...

31 min2015 AUG 19
Comments
PG-005 Odd food products, God speaks and basketball

PG-004 Juvenile Flatulence and Childhood Woes

EIt’s been a bad couple of weeks, so Phil and Rita start off with some juvenile humor. Hey we’re all still 12 years old. Celebrity farts:We play the game and make some noise perfect for laughter around the dinner table. Sickness:We touch on our summer colds which put us out of commission while we should have been recording podcasts. Sorry. At least we’re on the mend. So now we’ve done farts and sickness. Where does it lead next? Food:Of course! Food! Rita makes an awesome amazing Vietnamese noodle salad she found on allrecipes.com. A couple of tweaks to fit our palate and we’re good to go…when we find the exact recipe we’ll update the link. UPDATE: here’s the link to this really tasty Vietnamese noodle salad. Injuries around the home:Of course Phil’s memory is forever stained by injuries caused by those who should love you. This leads to the next topic however. Parents:They can be bizarre with the way they raise you. If you confront them about it however, they have no memory...

26 min2015 AUG 4
Comments
PG-004 Juvenile Flatulence and Childhood Woes

PG-003 The Fourth of July Show

EIn this episode we welcome our new sponsor “Lightnin Buggzzz,” the “Diaper With A Social Conscience.” Plus, we dive into the following topics: Fireworks: What would the 4th of July be without fireworks? And what would it be like in a state in which fireworks are completely illegal, so nobody has them at all, right, because everyone is a law-abiding citizen, right? Well, not in our neighborhood. Actually this year was a relatively quiet one, but you’ll hear a few clips recorded in our back yard. Other than that, the safety people are always happy to blow up a watermelon! The Randy Scuffle Papers: Yes, we pitch the book, but not too hard. Just a brief discussion of the concept and some discussion of bologna and meat as art. You really should check out The Randy Scuffle Papers. Phil also has a blog he updates every once in a while. Check that out too! ICD-10 Codes: More ICD-10 codes. This time Phil and Rita have a plan to take down the entire healthcare system’s ability to monito...

33 min2015 JUL 8
Comments
PG-003 The Fourth of July Show

PG-002 Vegetarian Options

EIn this episide of Prehensile and Gretel we unscientifically examinea wide range of topicsthat, without any prior planning, ended up loosely connected to food. Lemons and Limes:Juice, zest and the summer sun. Vince Van Patten gets a mention in this segment. This episode was recorded just a day before we heard the news of Vince’s father, Dick Van Patten passing away at age 86. Our condolences to the family. Beans:Well, not so much as you normally think of them. Rita remembers hearing the word used as slang for drugs, possibly barbiturates. Possibly amphetamines. We don’t know cause we never used them… Spam:Phil does an impromptu dramatic interpretation of garbage words embedded in spam. Possibly some haiku coming of this for a future episode? Vegetarian options: We pull a phrase from our universal box of all that is good and noble get the phrase:“vegetarian options.” Tofurkey anyone? This also leads to organics and GMO commentary from Rita and Phil. Farts: What becomes of all th...

26 min2015 JUN 24
Comments
PG-002 Vegetarian Options
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