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The July 2019 Episode

In our July 2019 episode, we have a summer surprise! Special guest host Bob Brink fills in for Rob while he recuperates from a solstice cold. Bob, who also happens to be J.’s husband, is a fine wine buyer and hospitality expert. He’s also not a regular BHG magazine reader, but you know what, sometimes an honest outside opinion is refreshing…like the Sandy Bottom, a watermelon-flavored signature cocktail. We talk frankly about hot dogs, toppings (of course), where not to put your child during a magazine photo shoot, more white walls, and the biggest light fixture ever featured (size does matter). Plus: a cameo by the Queen of Tennessee and a return to crafting! So Happy Independence Day, safe travels, and let’s just call it what it is, all right?

Our teaser photo on Instagram: who was in the guest host chair?
The Sandy Bottom cocktail, perfect for summer sipping! This rum-based concoction features watermelon water: just puree seedless watermelon with a few cups of water. We left out the bitters in favor of a little triple sec.
Get creative with garnishes.
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Tag for Hate: We Didn’t Make the List

Advocate Magazine recently declared “Now, we have officially entered The Golden Age of podcasts, many of which are explicitly, overtly, outrageously queer. These 12 are the best of the best and the queerest of the queer.

In case you’re wondering…Could Be Better Podcast did not make the list.
And while we would love to tag our omission for hate, we really must tag the rise of LGBTQ podcast for LOVE!

LGBTQ podcasts have been getting attention for a few years now. What we love about this year’s Advocate’s list is the increased diversity and perspectives featured. We are the first to acknowledge gay, white, cisgender, men have taken up a lot of space in the LGBTQ universe. Queer podcasts offer us a way to plug into a multitude of voices. Dare we say they are a pathway to greater understanding, celebration, and equality?

It is probably safe to say that the patrons of the Stonewall Inn could have never imagined a world where LGBTQ experiences could be so easily accessed when they rose up and fought against police harassment and brutality 50 years ago this month.

Our LGBTQ (Podcasters) Pride keeps us from being too upset we haven’t made the best of the best Queer podcasts list just yet.

But watch out next year, bitches! 😉

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Tag For Hate: Gen X Beige

With all this talk about Millenial Pink and Gen Z Yellow, our March episode finds us on the hunt for a signature color for our generation: Generation X.

Ascribing colors to generational cohorts appears to be based on the popularity of a color among young adults and the application of the color in their personal fashion and home décor. Following that logic, it wasn’t too hard to uncover the most popular color among Gen Xers in their early adult years. Sherwin Williams Color Through the Decades confirms it, (see also here) the signature color for Generation X: BEIGE!

We all know this house. Also note the ubiquitous Tuscan elements!

How dreadful! But true. Throughout the 1990’s as Gen Xers were coming of age, furnishing their first apartments or buying their first homes they turned to the color beige over and over again. Beigey Beige Beige décor was everywhere. Top colors of the era had names as uninspiring as the color itself. “Whole Wheat”, “Basket Beige”, “Urban Putty.” Fibrous not fun!

Blame it on our being raised in households full of dusty rose, country blue, and mauve. Or maybe we were so oversaturated with neon and color blocking that we rebelled…with beige. Whatever the reason for Gen X’s love affair with beige, it lasted longer than most of JLo’s marriages. Indeed, well into the 2000’s we couldn’t get any more exciting than “Latte”–how very Central Perk of us!

We may not love Millenial Pink or Gen Z Yellow, but we definitely hate Gen X Beige!

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Extra Episode 3a: Pink and Blue

CBB_3a_PinkandBlueThis episode is extraaah! We’re sharing our uncut conversation about the “Colorful Past” feature in the April 2018 issue. You heard a little bit of it during Episode 3 but we cut a bunch out to fit (because as you know we always run long) and we didn’t have a lot to like (Rob didn’t even tag it!). But, as you listeners keep saying, you like it when we don’t like stuff, so…here it is. Grab an extra cocktail and have a listen. We’ll be back in just a few short weeks with more drinks, more dish, and hopefully a return to paint can lid color samples with the May episode. Cheers!

https://player.pippa.io/couldbebetter/episodes/pink-and-blue

You can also listen to this episode on YouTube.

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Welcome to Could Be Better.

Hosts Rob Conlon and J. Dewey, two friends from New York’s Hudson Valley, have a mutual love and appreciation for Better Homes & Gardens magazine. In this podcast, they pour drinks and spill the tea about what they really think about the latest issue. It’s queer eye for the semi-straight-laced magazine. Tune in because your home and your garden can always be a little bit better than your neighbors’…and your best friend’s.