Here are the highlights from Tuesday’s Three for All on Middays with MFB with Lou Merloni, Christian Fauria and Tim Benz. To hear the segment, go to the MFB audio on demand page.
– Benz recounted an experience he had flying from Boston to Pittsburgh over the weekend. One of the other passengers on the plane was Sean O’Malley, the Archbishop of Boston, giving Benz confidence that he arrive safely.
“I was texting with a friend of mine, I said, hey, this plane’s not going down, I’m on board with a guy who was almost pope. Nothing’s going wrong with this plane, right?” Benz said.
However, as the plane started to descend it dropped quickly and there were some indicators that something might not be right.
“Everybody’s looking at the pope guy,” said Benz, who was seated directly behind O’Malley. “Now I don’t think too many people realized who he was. They just knew it was some guy in religious garb. ‘¦ So everybody’s looking at him and he’s just reading — reading the Bible it whatever he was reading.”
After a second drop and a hard landing, Benz addressed O’Malley.
“I get up and I put my hands on the guy’s shoulder and I say, ‘I’m glad your here.’ And he looks at me and he says, ‘I was in South Africa taking seaplanes that were about five- or six-seaters for 10 years. This was nothing.’ He gives me like this Vince Lombardi, grizzled, flying veteran speech, and I felt so small, so insignificant.”
– Merloni took a trip over the weekend to Storyland in New Hampshire with his wife and son and a few other families, and he’s still recovering from the stress and anxiety.
“Every one of the couples, they’re fighting with their wives, everybody hated the kids, yelling at the kids, they’re tired, running around all day long, they go to sleep late, they’re running around all day at the park, your kid’s a little wise-ass. The next thing you know that carries over to you and your wife, you’re yelling at each other, the other guy’s wife, she’s yelling at my wife ‘¦ everybody was on edge.
“It’s great for the kids. Everybody is on edge. You go up there and it’s fun but you’re pulling your hair out. And you just want to say, ‘Whatever happens up here, let’s leave it up here.’ ‘¦ We’ll let it all go and just relax. Because it is chaos for like 24 hours.”
Fauria said it’s a similar experience at Disneyland.
“They are selling such a crock to families — the happiest place,” Fauria said. “If you really want to get a good laugh, if you don’t want to ever have children, sit at the exit of Disneyland at around 5:30, 6, 7, 8 o’clock at night, when it’s starting to close. You’ll see kids crying, melting down over balloons, a churro, you name it. ‘I want a shirt, daddy.’ Moms yelling at daughters, husbands yelling at wives, grandparents just pissed off being pushed in wheelchairs. It is the most terrible experience in your life.”
– Fauria’s weekend was highlighted by an early birthday present from his girlfriend, who presented him with a black labrador retriever that he named Lola.
Fauria played the audio from the moment his girlfriend surprised him, when he repeatedly asked her, “What the hell are you doing?”
“Do you think I was a little too rough?” Fauria said. “Initially I was like, whoa, what are we going to do with the dog?”
Said Merloni: “Keep the dog and your kids out of Storyland. I don’t think there’s any pets allowed in there anyways.”