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Barbara Finds Out She’s Big in Japan - #40

Always Open: Barbara Finds Out She’s Big in Japan - #40

Join Barbara Dunkelman, Chris Demarais, Mica Burton, and Mariel Salcedo as they help Mariel with a personal problem, discuss Mica's Japanese Adventures, and the talents they find attractive! This episode is brought to you by BioClarity (http://bit.ly/2eZSeI1) and Lyft (http://lft.to/2xkPlF2)

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  • Wotster FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    6 days ago

    So they talked about being into handy people but I dated this girl who was the complete opposite. I worked as a contractor for like 2 years and she hated that because I whenever there was something wrong in like her apartment or mine I would always try to fix it instead of just ignoring it. 

  • funhausjet FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    You couldn't write someone like Chris.  Such a dear.

  • bittersweetbee FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    yo mica it's not bad cultural appropriation when you're invited!

    • AxelDrake FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 week ago

      See, people messed up a while ago, and the bad kind is Cultural Misappropriation. A perfectly good word was ruined ;_;

  • reganator500 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    weirdly, on the opening doors for people thing, I always hold doors for people, and always say 'ladies first' if it's someone i know, regardless of gender. It's just good manners coupled with a very bad joke (if you say 'ladies first' with enough sarcasm, its a joke no matter whether the person going first is a lady or not- obviously its hard to convey it in text, but this is a matter of tone)

  • Ginger_McNugget FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Ginger McNugget

    1 week ago

    So, my crush has all of Barbara's attractions traits, and Im crying because he has a girlfriend already

  • Buck_Wylder FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    What if you're dude is allergic to lobster ;w;

  • SatelliteTor FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    Mariel's hair is amazing. 

  • Rocknelson FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    Shout out to Texas for his Cowboy Bebop shirt

  • AutumnOnFire FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold How may I be of service?

    1 week ago

    Here's the thing, Mica has probably only seen the good parts of Japan. Every country has its dirt, and Japan is no different. For example, you're guilty till proven innocent and when they say that, they mean it.

  • RemyLeBro FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    Man, 2/3 of the link dump is the sponsors. I mean they do a good job of showing pictures throughout the show so that's good.

    • DancinShroom FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 week ago

      To me it looks like the link dump must be at least 6 points long and because there were only 4 it looks like it looped, which is why the sponsors appear in the same numerical order they started in.

  • JoshuaKazemi FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    Ugh. Love Disneyland. Want to go to Japan. Disneyland Tokyo sounds like the best thing. 

  • Bekitty FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    Mica, I am in tears. I want to go there.

  • l6e5i4n3a2d1 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    Chris, you never fail to continue to amuse me. Please don't change. xD

  • bswenzel FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    now i know how to get barbara to notice me. fidget spinner on the dick, yo'. lol jk

  • CamSmi FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    I appreciate her actually understanding the culture, but, Mica's Japan trip sounds like the most privileged vacation ever. 

    • janas FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 week ago

      She literally has been wanting to do this for almost her entire life, it's not like she just thought about going to Japan one day and then did it because she could. Also just let the girl enjoy things jfc.

    • PasvSmkng FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Worst ever, of all time

      1 week ago

      Somebody going on vacation somewhere they always wanted to go is privileged (assuming they earned the money to pay for the trip themselves)?  Get the fuck over yourself.  

  • alexciolek FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    Hearing Mica's story about Japan makes me want to go back so bad! There wasn't much RWBY stuff when I went, seeing as though a kid thought my Yang beanie was a Minions beanie because that was the hit big thing when I was there.

  • Ryokugan FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold 俺はのんびりやるために生まれてきた。

    1 week ago

    Glad Mica enjoyed Japan. Especially Kyoto, seeing as I lived there for a year and I'll be headed back in a few months more permanently. She was also probably about a kilometer down the road from my dorm during Okuribi (lighting the mountains). Though I could see the mountain from my dorm so I didn't bother going out into the crowds, just hung out with people there. The Kamogawa (the river she was at) is a nice place to hang out, though.


    As for how would I feel if the girl proposed to me instead of me to her, if I wanted to marry her I'd just be happy she felt the same. Who cares about masculinity? I've got better things to worry about than whether or not I look "manly".

  • Hammerhead2412 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    As a guy, the idea of holding a door or the idea of proposing to a girl isn't really to make me feel masculine it's just what I feel is right. In the idea of holding a door it's not even just for girls; it's for guys who may have their hands full, and older person who may not be able to push/pull a door, a toddler or a person with a disability. There are a number of reasons and all of them are just to be helpful. 


    As for proposing its not that I would feel masculine if I did it in front of a girl it is just the etiquette of how a proposal usually works. If a girl decides to initiate it: good on her. But we should not put men who do it into a box if they decide to do it.

  • MrsRoper FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Cosplayer/Hair Bow Maker

    1 week ago

    Mica talking about her trip was so heart warming

  • camsteirie FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold The rest is history

    1 week ago

    My partner and I have always agreed on paying turn about for dinner. He insisted on paying on the first date, so I insisted on paying for the second. We've just gone on from there, with the understanding that it evens out over time and it's way easier than splitting every bill every time. 


    Having said that, we also have the caveat that if one of us is celebrating, or has had a particularly shitty day, then the other will pick somewhere special and pay. That way, we still get to treat each other, and feel a bit special. 

    I think if I was dating someone who wasn't willing to split things equally most of the time then it would be a sign that things were never going to go anywhere, because they had a different idea of roles in a relationship. That's not to say that I think they're wrong, just that they're wrong for me. So to the original question I'd say that you shouldn't worry about what other people think, but you should consider what you are and are not comfortable with in general, if that makes sense? 

  • Mecha_Dragon FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    Suggestion for  next week's "Shot of the Week"


    "Starry night"

    1/3 Goldschlager

    1/3 Jagermeister

    1/3 Peppermint Schnapps


    Tastes like Christmas in your mouth.

    • RemyLeBro FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 week ago

      I dunno about Christmas. It's more like Santa baby birding his cookie and milk fueled vomit into your mouth. Gets you pretty messed up though, so I'd love to see them take it.

  • JUSBLZ FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    Anyone know the cosplayer Mica is dating?

  • Deafdragon FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    I like Mika. Where has she been?

    • Mecha_Dragon FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 week ago

      Japan for a little while.

  • Quizzical_Quark FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    Exposure is what changes mentalities, my grandma didn't talk to my niece for the longest time because she was living with her boyfriend before marriage... And then my sister introduced her girlfriend to my grandma... Everyone was expecting grandma to call an exorcist, but the opposite happened, she completely opened up, and said fuck it to her conservative mindset. She even started talking about her old boyfriends. Fear of the unknown is responsible for so much shit in this world. 

  • Swogle FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    Can we replace them with the AH guys once? That would be fun.

    • Icemankiller8 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 week ago

      Just watch Off Topic it would essentially be the same.

    • Swogle FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 week ago

      I mean we replace this with another Off Topic.

    • Blue6erry FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 week ago

      And what would that accomplish? Their performance in a week with two podcasts would be terrible. Not to mention that they're all very busy people. Two hours is more than enough a week.

  • SavourySwissRoll FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    Is it just me or do Texas and Chris just seem a bit off?Like I don't really know how to explain it, but they just seem off?

    • LaAssassina2 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Kate

      1 week ago

      Chris seemed a little quite, but usually when Mica is on everyone else is quite. (Not a stab to Mica, she just has a lot to say!)

  • lcephoenix FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    The best part wasn't Mica's stories, it was Barbara's reactions to them that actually had me laughing; especially when Mica mentioned the owl cafe, haha. Great episode!

  • TheFainTrain FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Jimmy

    1 week ago

    I freaking love Texas' shirt!

    • blah_blah91 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 week ago

      I wonder if he's gonna carry that weight... 

  • attazone FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Pro Rooster Toother

    1 week ago

    So about paying for the meal: I think it entirely depends on who asked who to dinner (at least on the first few dates). You don't ask someone to potentially waste their time and then expect them to pay. Splitting is still acceptable.

  • overkill2009 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Wanna-be Pro Streamer

    1 week ago

    2/3 damn i cant get with barb

  • GabrieleLove FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    ALWAYS OPEN RWBY CAST: REACT TO RWBY PORN. 

    • Arkatox FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 week ago

      I don't think RT particularly wants to promote/feature porn of their underage characters. :P

  • M19A85T FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    Culture Appropriation is Bullshit!

    • Blue6erry FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 week ago

      Tries to sound culturally intelligent

      -Can't pronounce Blaque

    • M19A85T FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 week ago

      Blue6erry - She educated your sorry arse in Culture Appropriation, like it or not she is right Culture Appropriation is Bullshit!

  • M19A85T FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    Cultural Appropriation is a Myth!


  • MasterDutch FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    So Barbara wants an engineer who can cook?

  • AceHufflepuff FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    I'm so glad Mica enjoyed Japan, my family and I are currently planning our fourth trip there, we all love Japan so much. We went the first time because my sister and I liked anime and JRPGs, but we keep going back because of the people and the culture. Everything Mica said was exactly the same as our experiences.


    Multiple times when we were lost in train stations people who knew English came up to us and offered to help us just because we were foreigners looking confused with a map. One time a woman who was driving past on a motorbike noticed us asking directions from someone else and pulled over to help us because she knew the area and spoke fluent English, and another time we were looking for a shrine in Kyoto and a man walked us there, it must have been about half and hour, and told us all about the history of the area along the way. Everyone we met there was so friendly.


    My sister has studied Japanese, though she struggles to keep up when speaking it, I only know a tiny bit of Japanese and my parents don't speak it at all, but everyone we spoke to was very patient with us. The only places we struggled with language were small towns that aren't generally popular tourist locations, and some restaurants that didn't have English menus (the most amusing case of this was in the surprising number of bakeries around Japan, my sister was sounding out the labels trying to make sense of them until we realised most of them were French pastry names written in katakana). (Also, can confirm that Japanese food is both amazing and cheap. Also, we discovered that Japan does very good Italian food.)


    Anyway, I won't ramble on any more, but I can completely understand why Mica loved Japan so much, it's an amazing country to visit, even if you don't know anything about anime or other Japanese pop culture stuff. We've spent about a combined two months there over three trips and we're still going back.

  • Delivery_McGee FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    "I just realized this is a pun." Chris is so adorably derpy.

  • stayfr_sh FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    wait Chris was on this episode?

  • Mrmcnerdy101 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    In Japan, graves and the dead are actually a big deal, and this is part of the reason Oban is so important in Japan. For instance, while disowning someone might be pretty bad, in Japan, if someone is denied from being put in the family grave, it's basically saying that they cannot be acknowledged in any way as part of the family.

  • cheezeblade FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    LOL. oh no... how many people are gonna be pissed that mica just said "gettin Dragged to the bahamas" 


    Jack sparrow.: " OH it musta been so difficult for ya"

  • Karashou FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Karashou

    2 weeks ago

    I love happy, bliss, japan fangirling Mica

  • Monokite FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    If Mica has her way, she would probably move Rooster Teeth to Japan. I'd be for it 

    • janas FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 week ago

      I bet ever since she came back she hasn't stopped bugging Bethany about making an RTX Japan lol

  • DecoyDamsel FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    I don't think Mica's fantastic band name pun got enough appreciation. The Exes was pretty damn clever

  • Slythiechick FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold All Hail the Mad King!

    2 weeks ago

    Chris looks sad for a good chunk of this...I hope he is ok.

  • MissKazy FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Magical Anime Girl °☆.。.

    2 weeks ago

    Mica talking about Japan makes me nostalgic for when I went there in April for my honeymoon. I went to Tokyo, Hakone, Kyoto & Osaka and Mica's description of everything is super on point

  • That_Clay_ruh FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    i dont like mica 

    • imaginationequalszero FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      2 weeks ago

      Okay

    • ZenLikeCalm FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      2 weeks ago

      Not sure why you thought we needed to know that, but...sure.

    • Dexxin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 week ago

      She seems like a really nice person, but it's hard not to think of her as being a little spoiled when she keeps throwing out lines like "My parents wanted to apologize for dragging me to the Bahamas when I was younger." 

  • dachibi FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    Why do so many people with people and social skills do not consider those skills as talents. And puns. How can Barbara not consider her artistic skill at comedy a talent.

  • RelaxCourtney88 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    Can we have another Tyler and Max show?

  • Jacecam32 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Jacecam

    2 weeks ago

    I'm glad that Mica enjoyed herself. But I just couldn't bring myself to go to a maid cafe. I'd feel like such a creeper walking in the door. Maybe it's cause I'm a guy.

    • rogiraffe FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      2 weeks ago

      My friend told me that the maid cafes are usually patronised by older guys... It is definitely creepy, unless you're Mica and being all wide-eyed and amazed and excited.

  • acdickson222 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    The guys need to talk more haha it's like barbara on the rt podcast hahaha

    • attazone FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Pro Rooster Toother

      1 week ago

      It's probably mostly edited out. Gotta remember young females are probably their main demographic.

  • Zazie122 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    I went to Japan for the first time in June. It was amazing. Everyone is really nice (or at least the people I dealt with), the food is wonderful (holy shit, the FOOD) and there's so much stuff to buy that I ended up with an entire suitcase full of things (no regrets). I'm already wanting to go back. Too bad it's super expensive getting there (at least from NZ) and I don't have the stamina (mental or physical) to go by myself.


    I mainly stayed in Tokyo but also visited Nagoya, Kyoto and Osaka. Would love to travel around the country more now that I know how easy it is. The trains are super convenient once you work out how the fuck they work. The Shinkansen is great.


    I will say, though, that being able to speak some Japanese does help. Most people will try to communicate with you in English, but it's much easier for them if you can ask for directions or whatever in Japanese. It also helps with food menus. Most things in Tokyo are signposted in English at the train stations, but I'd imagine in the smaller cities/towns it might not be so bilingual.