Ep 150 – A Fond Farewell From Randy -or- State of the Infant Union

Written by on January 28, 2015

Randy bids us all a fond farewell (again) as Tom, Matt, and Glenn respond to some listener feedback and discuss the general state of all things Infants on Thrones.
And if you like us as much as we like ourselves, nominate us for a pretty cool podcast award:

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  1. Frank   On   January 29, 2015 at 1:31 am

    The “be careful what you pray for” story was hilarious. How about an episode all about “superstitious” mormon anecdotes like that?
    P.S. “Randy” is the best song I’ve heard all week

  2. Uncle Ralph   On   January 29, 2015 at 5:03 am

    I rilly, rilly wanted to give you guys a five-star rating on iTunes, but I run linux on my desktop and am too lazy to install a Windows shell to run iTunes. Besides, I always feel dirty after using a Microsoft product and the repurification process can take weeks of fasting and praying. And, I use a Nokia phone from the ’90s that runs like NO apps. So, go bang on iTunes and get them to release a linux version. Or maybe I’ll get my laptop fixed—or not.
    Anyway, I enjoy your podcast immensely and have given it many a five-star rating in my heart. Oh, and don’t let Randy leave; he’s an indispensable part of the whole dynamic thingy.

  3. Heather_ME   On   January 29, 2015 at 5:20 pm

    Re: “We have no black sheep in our family.”
    Two kids in my family, just me and my sister and we’ve both left. I worry about my parents and what their experience must be at church… how they must compare themselves to their peers who had several children that are “successful Mormons.” It makes me sad. My parents are hard working decent people. They don’t deserve those feelings of failure and inferiority.

  4. Heather   On   January 29, 2015 at 8:20 pm

    I’m really sad Randy’s leaving. So one of you regulars should up your swearing game because there’s nothing better than a good fuck or shit or goddammit. It needs to happen to keep the memory of Randy alive. Please. Pretty PLEASE!!!
    Going to go vote and review now. Love this pod cast!

  5. Ray   On   January 30, 2015 at 12:09 am

    @Randy, hate to hear that you’re done, but totally understand. BTW, the ME episode “God of the lost keys”‘ was a life changer for me. I really like IoT. Keep it up all!

  6. John Hamer   On   January 30, 2015 at 6:10 am

    We should do a Saturday’s Warrior smack-down where we first have to sing the songs, then smack them down. And, yes, your daughter’s right, you guys need to avoid the word, even sardonically.

    • Glenn   On   January 30, 2015 at 2:07 pm

      I think there were a few words in this episode that shouldn’t be used, even sardonically. And as for a Saturday’s Warrior smackdown, I call “Sailing On.” 😉

    • Randy_Snyder   On   February 1, 2015 at 3:59 pm

      We are not the ordinary, fearlessly extraordinary, working righteous Harry Carey, in our humble waaay…

      • John Hamer   On   February 3, 2015 at 5:49 am

        It’s such a bizarre and amazing thing. So many of the lyrics are like this: at once unintentionally ironic and unintentionally honest. Or rather, they intend to be “honest” in a Mormon sense, but end up revealing actual truths. I mean, “hari kari” that the missionaries brag that they are working is ritual suicide —

      • Randy_Snyder   On   February 4, 2015 at 7:03 am

        Ha! I never knew what that hari kari reference was to. Always was like why are they referencing hall of fame Chicago Cub announcer? That is funny and reveals the kitsch that is Saturdays Warriors.

  7. Guest   On   January 30, 2015 at 3:38 pm

    Okay, well this is why I love the Infants. You guys are wonderful, funny, entertaining, thought-provoking, and just downright awesome most of the time anyway. But this is your best form, when you get vulnerable and let us in. Thank you for the act of service it is to show us this side of you. There are episodes I like, but these are the episodes I adore. Randy, don’t go. Glenn and Matt, thanks for the great discussion. Tom, your openness and courage have always touched me the most.

  8. Nat   On   January 30, 2015 at 8:00 pm

    Do I need to put my demographics on here to start? 33 year old man lover….. wait that could be taken a couple different ways. Totally get where Jill is coming from but those penis references, they work for me. Found this podcast in November when I needed more laughter and less anger. After growing up a BYU professor’s daughter in Provo trying to navigate and detox from the Mormon belief has been agonizing and fantastic. My husband stopped believing 8 years ago and it took me this long to join him. Your podcast reminds me that humor can be the best medicine to a shitty situation. I loved Randy’s Happy episode. I felt like he said exactly what I have been trying to explain to believing friends and family. Listening to your podcast while I clean the god damn house makes the time go faster and has me smiling when the kids come home.

  9. Daved6   On   January 30, 2015 at 10:15 pm

    You all have the same voice. I’m sure plenty of listeners can tell the difference but I can’t, mostly because you all have the same perspective. I don’t know how I ran into your podcast. I can’t remember. Poking around here or there, reading from others…whatever it was. I’d give ya feedback beyond this but I’m just not interested enough. Sorry, chumps.
    Well I will add…that story of the guy who spoke about the blessings of his family and how your family got all butt hurt was funny, not serious. You deserved to be butt hurt. The guy didn’t mean anything and didn’t need to be accosted by your angry daddy-in-law–“don’t you dare say something that can be construed as offensive to my kind…” I’d have been like, “what the hell? he missed my whole point. Ah well…sorry, my good man….I wonder if this angry bitch will let me go home and eat my lunch now…”

    • Brother Jake   On   January 31, 2015 at 2:37 pm

      Man, that was a hell of a lot of feedback from someone that’s “just not interested enough.”
      Methinks he doth protest too much…

      • Daved6   On   January 31, 2015 at 3:25 pm

        No need to get all defensive and accuse me of something (you realize that phrase you use suggests I suffer from the issue I accuse you of right?) I gave ya two little pieces to think about. Take them, let them sink in or dismiss them.
        Yeah what of it? I got an email notifying me of this response. I care too much about others to not say something.

      • Wendy   On   January 31, 2015 at 6:44 pm

        I think the whole point of the story about the guy sharing his joy that his family was all still active was to show that even if there is something in your life that makes you happy, bragging about it in mixed company can be insensitive and a dick move. So, the take away? Even if you think you’re right, and your perspective is important, maybe you should bite your tongue so that you don’t sound like an asshole. (This applies to your comment, not to put too fine a point on it)

    • Randy_Snyder   On   February 1, 2015 at 3:52 pm

      Dude, you’re a douchebag troll with a decidedly uninteresting opinion totally lacking insight. But thanks for listening. 🙂 Have a nice life. You won’t be missed.

      • Daved6   On   February 2, 2015 at 2:47 pm

        hmmm…trying to chase away any perceived dissent. That sounds eerily familiar.
        I didn’t mean any offense. I just think people get all worked up over nothing–you know like the perception members have of those who leave or are apostate. Hurt feelings and all that, blowing little things out of proportion. The perception certainly doesn’t come out of thin air. Seems like your lashing out leaves you with some heeling to do. I”ll leave you to it.
        Peace to you.

  10. Chad   On   January 30, 2015 at 10:37 pm

    I hate to hear that Randy is leaving.
    Good job fellers, another good podcast. Another good year of entertainment and discussions. Thanks for the work.

  11. Holly   On   January 30, 2015 at 11:33 pm

    Pretty sure you assholes are joking about Randy leaving. Or you better be. Should I do a winky face, so you know that was a joke? Text tone is so hard.

  12. Erica   On   January 31, 2015 at 12:56 am

    Hey Randy, just so you know, I have been waiting with bated breath for a Mormon funeral episode every since Glen mentioned it a few weeks ago.
    As a never-mo Catholic, this will be all new and super-fun stuff for me.

      • Matthew Vernon   On   February 4, 2015 at 4:57 pm

        I second this thought. I have always thought mormon funerals are really unique since I worked for a Provo burial vault company in college and spent a lot of times watching Utah funerals, albeit from across the cemetery.

    • Holly   On   February 4, 2015 at 8:17 pm

      I can’t wait for that one either. I lost my dad and my baby nephew within a week of each other, while a total disbelieving, yet active member. Their funerals were so infuriating and sad with my new perspective. The focus was so off.

      • Caligurl2012   On   February 5, 2015 at 1:51 am

        I am so sorry to hear about losing your Dad and your baby nephew within the same week. That is tough enough and then you add on Mormon funerals, that is especially tough. I lost my Mom in April of last year and the pain is still very real. Thankfully we didn’t have a LDS funeral for her. She wasn’t a member and I was beyond being disaffected.
        They say time heals all wounds and I certainly hope so.

      • Holly   On   March 23, 2015 at 6:34 pm

        I hope it does, too. It’s been almost 2 years for me (also April), and the reminders are just as painful, but maybe not as frequent. Do you sometimes wish you could talk yourself back into a belief in Mormon heaven, so you could look forward to seeing her again? My thoughts are with you as the shitty anniversary comes up. Virtual hugs your way.

      • Erica   On   February 6, 2015 at 11:52 pm

        My condolences for the loss of your father and nephew, Holly. I’ll keep you and your family in my non-Mormon prayers.

  13. Aksel   On   February 1, 2015 at 9:04 pm

    We are polyamorous. I can’t speak for my wife and we might have to anonymize (can you anonymize my voice without making me sound like a criminal?), but I at least am happy to come on and talk about my experience.

  14. Sam Loveland   On   February 2, 2015 at 8:42 am

    Just a shout-out to Randy – I appreciate what you bring, and that you’re passionate and snarky about shit. It gets awkward sometimes when you’re uber confrontational, but it reminds me of how I get when I really care about something… and one of the most valuable things about this podcast to me is that it NORMALIZES things, and helps me to stop obsessing about being/behaving “perfectly”. In the end, it’s nice to see a group of friends who can talk, argue, and even get pissy with each other and still be cool in the end.

    • Randy_Snyder   On   February 7, 2015 at 1:26 pm

      Ironically, I’m quite non-confrontational in real life unless my buttons are pushed and then my biggest weakness is revealed, my temper. When I was 4 I chased my teasing 11 year old sister with a baseball bat into a room and knocked 3 holes in the door trying to get to her. My dad thought he had a psychopath at the time. Glenn pushes my buttons but I’ve learned that’s his way of playing with his friends.

  15. Sam Loveland   On   February 2, 2015 at 8:44 am

    Oh and seriously, I really loved that Darth Oaks intro. The perfect laugh to counter-balance my fury over that press release.

  16. Pink-lead   On   February 3, 2015 at 7:23 pm

    I’ve listened long enough to know the voices pretty well. My biggest question is whether Tom or Randy sound most like Wreck-it-Ralph (listen to the film’s intro narration)….Anyway, thanks Infants.

  17. Mike   On   February 4, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    Great show guys! I haven’t commented a lot lately, but I really liked this. Some of the ideas you have sound great and can’t wait to hear them. I am so glad the Randy thing was a joke, which I heard on the press conference smack down before I listened to this episode. So yeah, you got me with that one. Thanks Glenn.

  18. glitchgirl555   On   February 6, 2015 at 8:00 pm

    I listen streaming straight from the website, chrome incognito mode, while I workout. It is my therapy, a little escape from being held in captivity with a TBM spouse. An episode about us captives would be great. It would make me feel less alone in my situation.

  19. Natalie Glaus   On   April 1, 2017 at 4:03 am

    I know I’m late to the game but I’m racing to get caught up because I only found you a year ago. I would give you a 5 star review but Android/PC user. ¯_(ツ)_/¯ You guys have been my therapy and helped me work through my anger with humor.
    Thank you Tom for being on the quorum. I’m the spouse who stopped going to church and my husband has dug in his heals. It’s helpful to hear I’m not alone.

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