Geoff Becomes Our Best Friend - #51

Always Open: Geoff Becomes Our Best Friend - #51

Join Barbara Dunkelman, Geoff Ramsey, Bethany Feinstein, and Mariel Salcedo as they play a game of Most Likely To, discuss what they take for granted, and answer a few questions from the Box of Issues! This episode brought to you by Lyft (http://lft.to/2k09gCG) and MVMT (http://bit.ly/2xJDj8o).

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

    6 days ago

    I love my Twinnie (pop!), Mariel, and Barbara too! I'm sure Geoff is pretty cool but i've never met him before. I always find myself laughing out loud when watching these episodes! Keep up the great work!

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

    1 week ago

    I do agree that Amanda should do whatever she needs to, with in the law, to get her or her ex out of that apartment. However, I feel like the cast kind of glossed over the part where she looked through his phone, and I don't think that behavior should be treated so lightly.

    Maybe I'm in the minority here, but that's a big breach of privacy in my book. Regardless of your feelings towards someone, that felt like an extreme over reach. 

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

    1 week ago

    As per lawyers' advice, I had to stay with my ex for about a year after we decided on the divorce. That's how long it took for the lawyers to decide how much money each of us would get. (And what kind of place I could afford afterwards). I could have moved out, but then the "Former Matrimonial Home" would have instantly become "Her Home". I moved out as soon as the papers were signed.


    Thank fuck that's over now. I live in a place half the size of my first home, and the ex bought me out just a few months ago, so if I wanted to, I could start looking for a place of my own again. Whether I'd want to in this country is a subject for another day.


    Want marriage advice? Don't.

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

    1 week ago

    Stopping drinking cold turkey can kill you if you are physically addicted. More the litre+ a day for years people. Still a good idea to see a doctor if you know that you go through physical withdrawal when quitting. Delirium tremens is no joke.

  • Fr0zen12

    1 week ago

    This is the first always open that I decided to watch and felt like I really really wanted to be watching it all. I mean I don't dislike the series, Barbara does a great job, but I don't love it personally. But having Geoff on here? Man did I love that. It's really interesting having someone like him on there, especially because this shows kind of more serious, where we usually see him in a much much less serious environment. It was really striking to see him in this completely foreign environment, and it really made the show stick out more. 


    PS: Geoff I've watched your content for a little over 5 years now probably, and can I just say that you getting sober has been one of my favorite parts of it all. It's so awesome to see you healthy and sharp, that I almost feel proud of you for doing it without having ever met you in person. I hope your health continues for many years to come. 

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

    1 week ago

    60,000 thoughts a day? That's over 1 thought every waking second... Not sure about that.

    • Fr0zen12

      1 week ago

      I don't think that's an exact statistic, sounds more like a guess. There's literally no way you could have recorded that, and then there's the fact that a "thought" isn't exactly a standardized measurement (meaning like is a thought a whole hypothetical scenario/situation you run through in your head or just knowing 2+2=4). 

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

    1 week ago

    As someone who's physically chronically ill and watches people take their health for granted everyday, honestly thank you so much Barbara for openly appreciating your health. ;w; It's so common for people to not understand what they have until it's gone, as I did. Never take what you have for granted, and use it to get where you need to go. ♥

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

    1 week ago

    Holy shit. I thought I was the only one who chews on my fingers when they're nervous! My left index finger is always dry and cracked from it.


    ...Maybe it's a gay person thing?

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

    1 week ago

    GEOOOOOOOOOOFF  sob  sparkling_heart I'm so glad you're healthy and in a good place now. Also, leave Bethany alone maybe? I know you're teasing her

  • 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

    Geoff's vocabulary is SAT worthy

  • loneseeker90 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Lone

    1 week ago

    my heart goes out to geoff. I am so happy hes sticking with his sobriety. Proud of you bby boy.

  • Tantalus43 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    I have a question, why is it that the woman always gets the house/apartment regardless of the reason for separation? I know in this scenario he has agreed to leave but in many stories the man gets kicked out, even if he pays for the house. Anyway, what are your thoughts?

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

      1 week ago

      In Amanda's case, it's left open on whether she moved in with her S.O. or if the scenario is the other way around. I don't like that the assumption from the cast is largely, kick him out because it's your apartment, to paraphrase. But I appreciate that they do say if you can't kick him out, figure out a way to get out of the shitty situation. 


      In general? I don't follow many cases of separation. But I would assume that whoever's name is on the lease/deed/whatever the hell papers gets to keep the place.

  • 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

    Oh man, please, bring Joel next time. Imagine that nightmare.

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

    1 week ago

    What a lovely episode, Geoff is genuinely a delight and I'd love to hear more of his advice some time

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

    1 week ago

    While obviously nowhere near Geoff's experience quitting drinking, I decided one day that I wanted to quit caffeine cold turkey. I was at a friend's house, and I guess I was coming down from a caffeine rush, and I was just acting really stupid. I'd say things that didn't make any sense, laugh for no reason, twitches etc. My friend asked me if I was feeling alright, and for some reason that stuck with me. If I'm acting weird because I'm coming down from a caffeine high, and it is a drug, then obviously I've reached a bad point.


    Decided the next morning that I was quitting cold turkey. I had tried to stop multiple times before, but I was in too deep. I would justify it by figuring people get coffee every morning, so why can't I just get a soda first thing in the day? For some reason, though, this last time felt like it was actually going to do something. Over a year later, I feel amazing. Being able to get to sleep easily, not having as many twitches (I still have a nervous twitch that's just kind of there), and generally just being a more normal person is such a great feeling.

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

      1 week ago

      You are awesome and I love this post! I feel like legal drugs such as caffeine, nicotine and alcohol are the hardest to quit,since they're, well...legal, and hence "socially acceptable". I also really get the whole justification period (my own issue was with alcohol, so it might be slightly different).


      My personal advice for anyone else reading this with similar issues is to make sure you are quitting for the right reason. Do not do it for anyone else/people's expectations. I found that once you admit you are addicted and you truly believe that the drug you are consuming is affecting you on a fundamental level -health, lifestyle,relationships, performance at work- it is much easier to let it go.


      Sorry for the rant, and akelm, congratulations again, keep up the good work :)

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

    1 week ago

    im so happy for sober geoff

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

    1 week ago

    I kinda want to chip in my own thoughts about the girl whose boyfriend was having another girl over and whatnot. I COMPLETELY AGREE that as soon as she can that she gets his ass out or gets herself out of there. The only issue I have with their comments about leaving regardless of a lease or anything, is that not everyone is financially safe to break a lease like that. I feel incredibly bad that someone is subjected to something like that, but sometimes the knee-jerk reaction is not the safest route to take. Moving out is a definite must, but there may not be a choice to go somewhere else at this time. But that's all I'll say.

  • erick_3 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    are bethanys eyebrows crooked? Its driving me insane

    • Rendr44 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 week ago

      Just tilt your head to the side and it'll be fine.

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

    1 week ago

    Kudos to Geoff. He is one of my favorites at RT. Dude looks great.

    One time I ran into him at Alamo Drafthouse and offered to buy him a beer not knowing that he had stopped drinking. He kindly declined. I was a few weeks behind on the pod and had no idea. So when I caught up, I felt like such an idiot. He was a super nice guy though! 

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

    1 week ago

    Geoff and Barbara have matching outfits, cute.

  • RyanMan12 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    go to the still open video and look at Geoff s hat 

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

    1 week ago

    #DBAB


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

      1 week ago

      PETER. <3

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

    1 week ago

    More Geoff in everything please.

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

    1 week ago

    More Geoff on the show, please.

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

    1 week ago

    The town I grew up in didn't even have a Wal-Mart, but I remember going to K-Mart to hang out. 

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

      1 week ago

      W00t w00t K-mart~~

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

    1 week ago

    barb, if youre reading this, WHAT LIPSTICK ARE YOU WEARING IN THIS BC WOWIE

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

    1 week ago

    I'm very high again and this was good...

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

    1 week ago

    haha, im watching this as I sew

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

    1 week ago

    yes, box of issues good

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

    1 week ago

    I've always been super proud of Geoff ever since he announced he was kickin' the booze. Sobriety is rad, dude. Keep it up!heavy_multiplication_x

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

    1 week ago

    If anyone on Always Open is reading this, please get Geoff on more. Please. I love him so much. I need his wisdom on my life. 

    • jmrush1 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 week ago

      I was just saying the same thing. Capable of mad genius comedy and mad dad wisdom. Geoff is a pretty cool guy.

  • AFinney FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold I can put anything here?

    1 week ago

    60000 thoughts a day is 62.5 thoughts a minute (if you don't count 8 hours of sleeping)

    If they managed to find a way to the count the thoughts a person had while sleeping then its 

    41.666(repeating of course) thoughts per minute. That many thoughts per minute is Sugar Pine 7 levels of ADHD.

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

    1 week ago

    "everybody loves a good waffle"
    yay! :3 lol 

  • moaibr101 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Open Source Forever

    1 week ago

    I was (and still am) going to comment on how Bethany's statistic on both the number of thoughts and quality of them is an almost certainly false and bullshit claim as the earliest version of the claim i could find was this https://subliminalpro.com/thoughts/ and their source being the NSF (not an article just citing the nation science foundation in general), an organization WHICH DOESN'T DO RESEARCH OR PUBLISH (it's a government funding program). Furthermore a quick google search and google scholar search revealed no other article that didn't use the aforementioned link as a source. BUT more importantly i misspelled "Bethany's" and the auto correct suggested euthanizes........  

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

      1 week ago

      Let's be clear that wasn't my statistic....it was something told to us at the seminar we attended and I thought if true, it was kinda cool. That's all. :)

    • d3adandt0ast3d FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 week ago

      I didn't know you attended that Seminar either. I'm sure they probably had a source but shit. Do you trust every #1 search pulled from google? lol
      Someone needs to brush up on their high school research classes. 

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

      1 week ago

      I really love how you have spent the time to look this up in more depth, I feel like another big thing most of us take for granted is information!

      Still, for this topic, I don't think the "true" number of negative thoughts actually matters. I think that no matter what number you hear, it would make you stop for a moment and reflect on your own thoughts and attitudes, which in my opinion is the takeaway message from this

      (especially since even the most awesome scientific research is near impossible to interpret on the individual level without avoiding ecological fallacy).

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

    2 weeks ago

    Came for Geoff, was not disappointed. You could always tell he was a complex individual and I feel like now that he's sober you can really appreciate him more than ever. 

  • Youkolvr89 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    Walmart is all we have where I live too.

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

    2 weeks ago

    I've watched Geoff do stuff for nearly 6 years, and nothing has made me like him more than watching him get embarrassed by compliments

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

    2 weeks ago

    I normally have to watch this show in two parts but this episode flowed so well that even watching the show in one sitting seemed short. Bethany and Geoff are great guests

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

    2 weeks ago

    Geoff gives great advice! I know he won't, but it would be cool to have him on more

    • CoffeeNut78 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold PUC the Lunatic

      1 week ago

      He gives some good advice and then... "Sleep with his dad!"Hilarious advice.  The post show should be titled Geoff says sleep with your ex's dad.

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

    2 weeks ago

    I loved the answers to the question of what they each take for granted in life. They showed a lot of wisdom that will help many people feel acknowledged and many others feel appreciation/grateful.

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

    2 weeks ago

    "We got some of the Sugar Pine boys in town"

    *Camera Sways Ominously*

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

    2 weeks ago

    The last Box of Issues person made it sound like they were thinking of "fighting" fate or some mysterious abstract force trying to keep them from being friends, but I mean, you wouldn't be fighting fate, you'd be fighting him. And that's obviously not going to result in a friendship. It sucks, but it takes two people to make a friendship work. There's just no way around that.

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

    2 weeks ago

    That warmed my frigid heart.

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

    2 weeks ago

    Can we take a minute to appreciate how real Geoff was on this episode? Like funny when it was appropriate and super serious when needed, and he didn't dance around any issues. He was blunt and honest at the right moments. Geoff was awesome to have on!

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

    2 weeks ago

    This episode was not long enough

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

    2 weeks ago

    The minute they reached the stretch goal to get Geoff on Always Open, i been hyped for this episode and it did not disappoint!  Love seeing a more "serious" Geoff and hearing him talk about his sobriety makes me swell with pride.  When he said he had quit drinking, I thought i had misheard him, but after seeing the positive changes that have happened to him over the past few months, i'm so proud of him!

  • Scally43 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Scally43

    2 weeks ago

    Real talk, did Geoff lose a bet? This is not a show i would have expected him to take part in of his own volition lmao

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

      2 weeks ago

      It was a last minute Extra Life stretch goal

  • deviouslyxnice FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold 1000% Tsun

    2 weeks ago

    I've never clicked so fast in my life.

    Edit: (⋟﹏⋞) Geoff is just a giant ass Tsundere and we must protect him at all costs.

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

    2 weeks ago

    So glad Geoff was on! Next Achievement Hunter get... Team Nice Dynamite?

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

      2 weeks ago

      I was thinking that same thing when they were talking about merch. Gavin ia always good for saying something shirt worthy.

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

      2 weeks ago

      It would be super weird and interesting to see team nd on here, being halfway serious. Most of the time, we get bird noises and extremely entertaining rage.

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

    2 weeks ago

    Clicked just for Geoff!