Practice English Speaking&Listening with: What Happened To Rhett's Mom In Scotland?

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Welcome to Ear Biscuits, I'm Rhett.

And I'm Link.

This week at the round table of dim lighting,

we ask the question, what the crap happened

to Rhett's mom in Scotland on vacation?

This is a continuation as you might be able

to tell if you're watching, we literally are continuing.

That's why Link still has an enema

on the table, an enema that looks like a lollipop.

Well let me tell ya, brother,

from here on out on Ear Biscuits,

I'm always gonna have an enema right here

'cause as I've established--

Can you keep it in your pocket?

It's important to me.

Well I mean my pants are a bit tight.

I'd rather not look at it.

You don't wanna put an enema in a high squeeze environment

like a pocket. That's true.

You wanna keep in a loose environment, ooh,

which I'll get to in a moment.

A loose environment .

I'll get, it'll make sense.

So I'm gonna tell the whole story of what exactly happened

to my mom and the significance of that

and there's quite a lead up so there'll be plenty.

We'll get into that after the break.

'Cause we don't talk on vacation.

Our wives-- They text a little bit.

They text a lot back and forth and at one point,

either Jessie or Christy started a text thread

with all four of us which I thought was sweet

and there was one day where I had had a few beers

and I started to-- I could tell.

Let me just say-- To participate

in the text thread.

And the reason I was not participating in the text thread

is I was driving. On the wrong side

of the road. On the left side

of the road the whole time

and then Jessie was just telling me--

What I was saying. What you were saying.

Yeah Jessie just thought I was being friendly

and she said that you asked her to ask me

if I had been drinking.

Yeah 'cause I was like Link's not normally like this.

I'm on vacation, what's with the judgment?

It was not judgment, it was just detective work.

Well you sent a picture of a French man.

Well no, Jessie sent a picture of you driving,

and she said, "Look at what I'm next to,"

or something like that and I was like,

"Well look at what I'm next to,"

and I was poolside at my second location up in Chiang Rai,

the northern most mountainous territory of Thailand.

I was at a mountainous resort that was also

an elephant sanctuary and to my left was a guy from Paris

who I took a picture of and texted it to you

because I had had a few beers.


And I'll share it with all of you right now.

If you're watching the video, here he is.

Friendly guy. Oh wow you can do that huh?

He's on his phone looking at this video right now.

That's what the picture is, him on his phone

looking at himself in the Ear Biscuits video version.

Because time-- I doubt he's watching.

Doesn't apply to Parisians.

They Eiffel Tower above it.

That's a reach, anyway. Yeah.

So yeah that was my second stop was Chiang Rai

and oh boy, this place I stayed at, I'm poolside,

it's like an infinity pool overlooking the river

that forms the boundary with Laos and Myanmar,

the Golden Triangle, Rhett.

Yeah, I didn't experience any of that.

Sometimes, and I'd look down there and it was way down,

it was up on the hill and then you look down there

and it was just like what I call the jungle

but it wasn't.

And there's elephants, freakin' sanctuaried elephants

in view, just living their sanctuaried lives,

rescued from whatever questionable activities

they had to be doing.

Of course logging was outlawed.

Using the elephants-- They would use elephants

as trackers, of course, for the longest time,

elephants were used in war.

They got the big elephants.

You've seen Lord of the Rings?

I've seen it a few times.

Well I'm not saying that that was the Thai people.

I don't know who those people were but--

Well they were fictitious. They were fictitious

and they were on these huge elephants leading in the war.

I went to the bar-- In frickin' Thailand

they frickin' warred on elephants, man.

Here's a connection, I went to the bar where C. S. Lewis

and Tolkien would-- Tol-keen.

Meet. Really?

It's called the Eagle and the something,

and it's in Oxford and we went in there--

That's cool. And it's like,

it had quotes from them on the walls and stuff

because it's like their bar that they would go

and hang out, smoke pipes and discuss things.

Really? Yeah.

Text pictures of Parisians to each other.

Yeah yeah yeah.

We got to spend some time with the elephants,

getting to know the story of where they're rescued from

and how they're taken care of

and it's a complicated situation.

The elephant economy of Thailand and trying to figure out

how to do right by elephants that were raised

in captivity and also to, in the long-term,

have elephants thrive in the wild as much as,

I will say as much as humanly possible.

Because humans aren't gonna say, oh well,

this is the elephants' land, I'm not gonna have anything

to do with this.

Within the realm of humans, how well can elephants live?


Hopefully better and better.

And sanctuaries like this are contributing to the care

of those that have been caught in the crossfires of tourism.


Ironically as a tourist, I saw and hosed off elephants,

so go figure.

Well they gotta be hosed off.

You gotta hose 'em off.

They have a nose that's a hose.

I mean the humans gotta come in and clean it.


Hey man, I'm not gonna argue with you or anybody else

about the treatment of elephants.

I love elephants.

They're very smart, smarter than humans.


But not dolphins.

No, dolphins are the smartest, then elephants,

then humans.

Didn't have anything to do with dolphins

on the trip so at least we don't have to bring that into it.


So we were there at that resort.

Also took a cooking class.

One of the things-- I did see that.

That was-- A lot of the people offer--

On your wife's Instagram. In Bangkok in Chiang Rai,

everywhere, is because Thai cuisine is so famous

and so unique.

People wanna learn how to cook it.

Of course I don't.

'Cause I don't wanna learn how to cook anything.

Right. But I find myself

in the cooking class and I'm paired up with Lando

'cause he doesn't wanna be alone

and I'm paired up with Lando because I don't wanna be alone.

I mean they actually gave me a knife

and I'm cutting this kaffir lime.

They don't know, they don't know, huh?

And they don't know and then by the end of it,

yeah it's like they knew.

So Lando's using the knife and it's like,

I'd hold the knife and Lando would take it.


As it should be.

I made a pad thai.

Burned it, Lando made a pad thai and I ate it.

Because it was good.

By the end of it I was kinda tired of Thai food

because to us it's a special thing.

To them it's their food. Right.

But we're just not used to eating it all the time.

The Eagle and the Child pub.

That was the name of it, thank you Jenna.

Is the name of that pub you went to.


So we went there, spent I think five nights there.

It was an amazing, amazing place.

I went on an excursion one morning into town

and spent an hour and a half going to every place

that could maybe have fiber

with a driver from the resort who barely spoke English.

Didn't find any.

And I would Google fiber and then he would translate it

and give it to the person working at the pharmacy.

Google fiber.

Isn't that a thing?

Isn't that something they try?

That's something different,

and the woman finally understood what I was asking for

and she came back with more of these.

Ah good yeah, it's all you really needed.

I have so many of these bulbs of enemas now

and then we went to Ko Samui and I'll just say

that I was on a hammock on a beach drinking

out of a coconut. Sounds like you relaxed

quite a bit.

I relaxed quite a bit.

I needed a vacation from a vacation but I didn't get that,

I got work.

The thing that had the biggest impact,

I'll never forget Thailand.

I think at the end of this whole thing

I'll give a complete conclusion about my vacation

so I'll save that but there was one thing

that I think changed my life in the most practical sense

as a result of this trip.

And it was something, I got a little souvenir.

It's not another enema, it's this.


Fanny pack.

Now, this fanny pack has a Snapchat logo on it

'cause I got it for free.

That was the only way you'd end up with a fanny pack.

I got it at VidCon two weeks before we left

for our vacation and 'cause I got too much pride

to actually buy a fanny pack and you know what,

I'm sorry for that.

I realize the err of my ways.

There is nothing better when traveling than a fanny pack.

I mean especially if you got five people's passports.

You got two different kinds of legal tender.

You've got a wallet, you got a phone,

you got lip balm, you've got sunglasses

in a sunglasses case.

So you did a full transfer.

Man, I can't live without this.

I'm back in the real world, I'm off vacation,

and I can't stop using this thing.

Okay well this is a good time for me to interject

that I also used a fanny pack throughout my entire vacation.


Somebody actually, I got a picture with somebody.

Now I wore it cross the chest as opposed to cross the--

That's a chest pack. The fanny.

You talking about a chest pack?

No it's a fanny pack, I just wear it,

there's multiple places you can wear it.

Now it's cool because they sell 'em in Urban Outfitters

for the kids now apparently. I bought one over a year ago

when I knew I was gonna go to Scotland

and I got one that packs, I got--

A year ago? I got a fanny pack

that packs down to like that size and a whole backpack

that packs down, Matador I think is the brand.

I got a packable back pack too.

And so I ended up using both depending on what the day was

but somebody criticized my placement of the pack

and that it was up here but--

A little too high, kinda like the dorky way

to play a guitar.

I feel like wearing around the belt did some weird things

with my mid-section and I already have a belt.

Yeah I had to figure out how to do,

it enables a French tuck of sorts.

I don't believe in that. You know.

Freedom fries, man.

I'm with the Parisians now.

I sunbathe with Parisians and I wear a fanny pack

with a French tuck.

But I ended up using it because the passport thing

like you said, it's great in the airports.

Going through security and everything,

having to reach for all that crap.

But the, and I don't know-- It's beautiful.

What it was like in Thailand but in the UK,

they still use coinage a lot. Oh really?

For like parking, for using the bathroom

and you're in public, you gotta have coins.

For tolls, so I had a lot of coinage in there.


It's good for that.

But I kept my phone and my wallet in my back pockets

because I wanted the quicker access.

Nothing is quicker than the fanny pack access

if you have it properly places.


There's no zipper on my pocket, I just .

You gotta unzip. Oh hey.

Pick pockets, big--

Yeah I didn't have to worry about that.

A big thing where I was so it's like you wanna have--

But if somebody takes your whole thing, you're screwed.

I am screwed, yeah.

You gotta diversify, it's like a portfolio.

You gotta have something in other pockets.

Have a lock on my, I have a lockable fanny pack.

I could get that off of ya.

I don't have a lock, I was lying anyway but so are you.

You couldn't get it off if it had a lock.

I bet ya I could if I pull hard enough.

Pair of scissors.

Pull hard enough, pair of scissors--

Cut it right off. That's not a sentence.

I'm just going through the ways I could take

a fanny pack off a man.

Pull hard enough, pair of scissors.

Explosive device.

I think I could just go with--

Asking nicely. Pull hard enough.

I think I could stay right with pull hard enough

and get a fanny pack off just about anybody.

I'm willing to put on this fanny pack

and have you pull hard enough, see what happens.

Okay can I use my other hand to press the button

to get it , to unlatch it.

Well that's what they would do, a pick pocket can easily

just take that off and then you're right,

they have everything. Well this is funny

'cause I did, I thought as I was coming back

am I gonna transfer this to my every day life in America?

And I haven't.

Well listen and I thought I wasn't either.

What are you keeping in there now?

I put the fanny pack down and I put,

I started taking my stuff out and then we have to go

to the grocery store.

Lily's like, "Let's go to the grocery store

"and get some stuff because you know,

"we need some stuff.

"Mom made a list."

I'm like, "Great."

I gotta make sure I got everything for my smoothie

and that fiber.

And we get there, we get to the check out and I'm like

I'll be damn.

I don't have my wallet.

It's I'll be damned with a D at the end but--

I'm not good at cursing.

Once we started doing it on Ear Biscuits, I'm like--

Oh man, I gotta figure out how to curse.

You just fed right into a lot of people's fears.


I'll be damn.

Can you keep my groceries so I can go home

and get my wallet?

I usually would have it in my fanny pack.

That's what I've been doing for the past two weeks

but I didn't think I could do fanny pack

back here in America.

And he's like, "Yeah."

So I go home and I get my wallet, I put it in my pocket

and I come back and I'm like, I still miss the fanny pack

because I'm like, when I walked into the grocery store,

I had on my regular glasses, not my sunglasses

because I had to leave why sunglasses in the car

but if I had my fanny pack, I could have--

I see where you're going. Put the sunglasses

in the pack. I see where you're going

with this, this is not-- You know how I am.

It's not sustainable. I like to have everything

with me at all times. This is not sustainable.

Three lip balm,

I could probably fit a little flask of water.

It's not sustainable.

Because it drastically impacts your overall look.

It's a giant pack that you've secured to yourself.

But isn't it cool though?

Yeah but-- For the kids.

You gonna go to a party with a fanny pack on?

I don't go to parties.

I go to the grocery store, I go to work.

You gonna go to a get together with a fanny pack on?

Fanny packs are for travel,

I just believe they're for travel or maybe for days out,

like I'm going out for the day and I need this stuff.

If I went to a get together with our friends

and I had my fanny pack on, what,

you think somebody would be like, ooh,

you got a fanny pack on.

Would it be conversation-- No no no no.

I'm not saying that, I'm saying that--

Would there be judgment? The reason I wouldn't do it

is because it's like whether you wear it

across the chest or around the fanny ,

to me it's like, it's an accessory that does more

than like a purse.

A purse is something I can hang it on my shoulder

and then I can set it down or hang it--

You have a purse?

No I'm saying I think a man purse makes more sense

than a fanny pack.

This is a Seinfeld episode.

There was a man purse episode.

I don't know what the conclusion was.

Yeah well it's 2019, man purses are kind of

a thing for a lot of men at this point.


And I'm saying the reason I don't have a man purse,

and first of all, I have a backpack

so if there's things like I need my laptop

or whatever, I'll just wear my backpack

but the only things-- It's a middle ground.

I really need are my wallet and my phone.


Sunglasses, lip balm, flask of water.

You need more than I do.

Perhaps a paper map, folded.

Cargo pants, man.

Cargo pants.

No see cargo pants are also a look.

I like to have stuff, you know?

I'm just saying, if you commit to that,

you're gonna go to a formal event

and now you've become dependent upon a fanny pack?

What are you gonna do at the formal event?

You don't wanna go to a formal event

with a guy with a fanny pack, that's what you're saying.

Well definitely that's true

but I don't think you do either.

No I would be the guy.

I'd be going with myself.

Okay well we can continue this discussion later.

I mean, I don't know if we've come to any conclusions.

I think if we-- I think they're

great for travel. I think what would tip

the scales for you is if we sold a Mythical fanny pack.

I think we should sell a Mythical fanny pack.

I believe in them as an item and I've used it

to great effect on my vacation.

But then I-- Life is a vacation, Rhett.

But then I just made the decision

that this is not practical.

I don't need my 360 camera and all those other stuff.

But I could carry stuff for you.

Okay well then wear one.

That's all it took to change your mind?

Okay we need to move on. Now something small.

I don't wanna do a whole episode about a fanny pack.

Like a book of matches,

that's all I'm gonna carry for you, like matches.

Matches are all, you ever read "The Little Match Girl"?

Matches are useful, she had one more match,

she'd probably not be dead.

Spoiler alert.

But first--

Oh you know what, we got a new item,

a new item we're very excited about.

You've seen us wear blindfolds.

You've slept before, well now there is a blindfold

slash sleep mask available at

You can get it in the Rhett style or the Link style

or both. That's right.

Sleep with it on a plane, sleep with it in your bed

if you're sleeping with lights on.

I have it on over my headphones so it probably fits

a little interestingly.

Use it when doing blind taste tests at your home.

You really can't see anything.

I can't see anything, I can't see out the bottom,

top, side, nothing.

If you want people to feed you nuggets or other types

of foods for you to identify, you can do that now

with the official Rhett and Link blindfold sleep masks,

available at

As well as other stuff, TBD fanny packs.

I'm fully behind selling a fanny pack.

Just to make that clear.

Okay I'm gonna tell the story about my mom.

I do wanna, I was kinda thinking about what I talked

about in the first episode about our vacation

and just realized that I kinda made it seem like

I haven't done anything on my vacation.

You drove horribly.

I went a lot of different places.

Your hair looks nuts right now.

I think you should go with that though.

It's good. Is it back?

It's like--

I look like Elaine from Seinfeld.

It's flat and good, it's good.

Flat and good.

I saw a lot of amazing things.

I actually, I played golf with my dad and my brother.

One of the things that I had been wanting to do

for a long time was be able to give the gift

of playing golf at St. Andrews,

the birthplace of golf to my father.

It's the city of St. Andrews, right on the 17th.

Having a good time.

Each McLaughlin has one hole to their names.

One one one.

And we were able to do that. Wow.

Didn't play the old course 'cause it was completely booked

even months ahead of time.

But played one of the courses, the castle course.

Played match play against each other.

For those of you know what that is, makes it more fun,

especially when you suck at golf.

Which-- Matches.

We're actually all pretty good at golf

but not good enough to take on this course

and have a respectable score.

But we had a great time.

Like I said, stopped in Oxford for the day,

saw what I believe is the, it's what every college campus

in every college town aspires to be

but will never even approach.

Just fascinating history everywhere.

And it was really an incredible vacation,

as much as it was a lot all packed into

a very short period of time,

and as much as I felt like I was not getting

to really experience any one location

as much as I wanted to or could if I chose to,

it was a great time

but something happened.


Okay so, one of the things that I had been really,

I think was the, with you it was your dad saying thigh food.

For me it was a little deeper than that.

It was the idea, I had this romantic idea

that I wanted to take all the McLaughlins to Scotland

as this sort of like, let's go to the home country

kind of trip and I knew that there was a,

through just very brief cursory research,

I knew that there was a Lachlan Castle

which was basically where it started

with Lachlans, son of Lachlans, MacLachlan

and all that stuff, and so, I was like,

and I have looked, years ago I had seen

on the internet that hey there's still a Lachlan castle

and there's still a chief of the MacLachlan clan.

And did you do some sort of family tree situation

or is it just--

No, I tried. You basically know

because of that, that's where that name came from

so you kinda know.

So and I'll get into a little bit more of the history

in a second but I tried using,

not a sponsor, to trace back my family,

and basically on both sides of my family,

you get back to about the 1700s and it's just some,

what seems to be just sort of a poor farmer somewhere

that wasn't wealthy enough to have good records

and there's no father or mother listed for them.

So it gets back to a guy named Edward McLaughlin

who was born in 1822 in Pennsylvania

and no known father.

Okay. So it's like okay Edward.

That's as far back as I can go and then on the Cowan side,

my mom's side, basically about the same time,

you get back to the 1800s and so not very far at all.

So I have not been able to definitively trace myself

to the MacLachlan clan but I was like, ah,

doesn't really matter.

I can't do it but I'm a McLaughlin and when you go look

at Lachlan clan on Wikipedia it says,

or MacLachlan, it says alternative pronunciations

or spellings and McLaughlin spelled my way is one of 'em.

So I'm like okay it's good enough.

But it's really more about the event of,

getting this group of people together that we've never been

on vacation together, like I have not vacationed

with my brother and my parents

since we did vacations as kids.


And Micah, my oldest nephew,

is going into his senior year in high school

so I was like this might be the last time

that we're all available to just go on a trip together

and I had this idea like it'll be fun to go over there,

we'll go meet the chief, we'll get kilts,

we'll take pictures.

Family photo.

And that'll make it all worth it.

Now, so we were in the process of working out the details

in order to make what I just described happen.

And one of the things I was concerned about is

my mom has become less mobile over the past,

she's getting older and so she's become less mobile

and I knew that going over to, she can still walk

and everything but she's just walking more slowly

and steps and long distances and that kinda thing

become sort of a concern.

So I knew that going to a country as old,

a civilization as old as Scotland was, you know,

it's not like there's a bunch of ramps and stuff around.

We're talking about castles, we're talking about stone steps

that are not up to modern day codes.

So I knew there'd be a lot of walking

and so what I did and I think I've talked about this

but I got her a trainer back in North Carolina,

somebody who can meet with her

and basically help her work out and get stronger

and get her legs stronger and that kinda thing

so she'd been doing that for seven or eight months

leading up to the trip.

So she was open to that, she was cool with that.

Yeah. That's good.

I mean it took a little bit of talking her into it

but then she did it and she loved it and she would,

I talked her to her on the phone and she would say

I'm having a great time with my trainer.

Even the trainer kinda switched in the middle

'cause one woman left and she got a guy that came in

but she's like, "I love my trainer.

"I love what I'm doing, I'm getting stronger,

"I'm feeling good."

Sometimes when a trainer switches, you don't even notice.

You've seen that magic trick where it's like--

The trainer switch.

A guy can kind of come in-- David Blaine,

David Blaine invented that.

And become a different person you won't even notice.

Criss Angel maybe.

I think it was that red-headed--

Carrot Top. Mormon magician on YouTube.

I don't know about him.

He's the guy-- But I'm interested--

He does the switch, man.

So you know, we get there and I said earlier

that the forecast was rain basically every day

and we experienced a lot of rain the first day

but then it kinda cleared up and it would rain a little bit

but we had all the sunlight that we needed to do

the things that we had planned for each day.

I kinda had a thing that we were gonna do every day.

We saw Edinburgh, we saw the castle,

we took a tour of Mary King's Close which is basically

how they built the city up over centuries

and you can go down and my mom took all these steps

and she kept comin' up and she's like,

"I couldn't have done this without

"that training I've been doing."

She kept coming up to me and just saying like,

"This has been so helpful.

"I wouldn't be doing this."

And then we go to Glencoe and we do a day of falconry.


I got a guide to, had this hawk named Elsa

that we all got to spend time with

and she would fly off and then we'd put some chicken

on our hand and she would come and fly back

and eat it and everybody did it.

When I was at Ko Samui, I went to a falcon sanctuary

where they don't make 'em do that anymore.

Just kidding.

She seemed to be happy.

So, and also on that day, we were supposed to get rain

and it didn't rain.

I was just like this is just going so well.

Everything is going well. Oh yeah.

The weather's great, and then, the next day--

To your credit. Yeah yeah, the next day,

we're gonna go and the plan is we're gonna go down to,

we're gonna drive like an hour or so south

of Glencoe, we're gonna go to the old Lachlan castle.

We're gonna meet the chief of the clan.


We're gonna hang out with him for a little bit.


And then we're gonna go to-- Maybe knock back a few.

We're gonna meet a photographer Paul, that's his name.

And he's going to, oh, we're going to get into full garb:


Bagpipes. Kilts basically.

No bagpipes involved and we were gonna try

to do the MacLachlan tartan 'cause every family has

their own tartan but they didn't have enough.

We used just a general Scotland millennium tartan.

Still looked very Scottish.

Now is a tartan just a pattern or is it a flag?

It's a pattern, it's basically what we would,

just dumb rednecks would call plaid.

It's a type-- Special plaid.

It's a type of plaid, man. Okay.

And every family has their own

and you go into these shops, they're all around Scotland,

it's like here's all the families, all the clans,

and here's their special tartan

and it's like the MacLachlan tartan has an old tartan

and a new tartan. Wow.

And there's tartans for special events

and all kinds of things, anyway.

So we've got dressed and got completely in the stuff

at the hotel basically so we were all ready to go.

Everybody's looking great, feeling great,

we did put-- Kinda feels like

a wedding day. It's a lot like

a wedding day 'cause this is how traditional,

this is how Scottish people dress for weddings.

That's what the kilts are for most of the time,

formal events and weddings.

And for Braveheart. We put the kilts

on backwards.

I will say that, until then we looked at the picture

on the internet and just, it's real easy to fix that,

you just turn it. Turn it around.

180 degrees.

So again it's supposed-- Because it's a skirt

for men. Yeah it's supposed

to start raining, not only--

It's like a purse for men.

Speaking of fanny packs. Yeah?

I put the thing on, I'm like, there's no pockets in this.

Well there's this thing.

Jenna you can look up the official name of this.

I can't remember it now.

There's a purse that you wear right over your crotch

and that's where you keep all your stuff.


A Scottish crotch patch. So Scottish men

are the ones who came up with skirts and purses for men.

Own it man, come on! The most manly men

in the world are okay with wearing skirts and purses.

The water's fine, jump right in.

So, she'll find out what it's called.

I think the most manly men in the world are wrestlers

but whatever.

Well there's Scottish wrestlers.

The Bushwhackers.

They were New Zealanders right?

You talking about Rowdy Roddy Piper?

Yeah exactly, no he's Irish.

I don't know maybe he's Scottish.

He was a bagpiper. So yeah, Scottish yeah.

So it's called a sporran, yeah, a sporran.

And so-- S-P-O-R-R-A-N?


And so we've got our sporrans and our knee-high socks.

Freakin' fanny packs.

Look like a bunch of school girls, it's great.


And it's supposed to rain at like 11:30 based

on the forecast and 11:30's when we're supposed

to meet the photographer.

But okay, so we pull up to the new castles.

There's the old castle ruin and then there's the new castle

and the new castle, you can stay there.

It's got a restaurant, hotel, whatever

and it's also where Ewan MacLachlan lives,

the chief.

Does it look like an old castle?

The old or the new castle?

The new one. New castle just looks like,

I mean it was built in the 1700s so it's still pretty old.

It looks like a house but like a old-school house

that you might call a castle but not like stone spires

and stuff like that, it's like white.

The one in your Instagram that I saw.

That's the old castle. That's the old castle.

Which is still standing,

it's a ruin but it's still standing.


So we pull up, we meet the chief

and then we meet basically the chairman

of the MacLachlan clan worldwide who kinda took us around.

He ended up taking us, he's the one that kinda took us

around to most of the stuff and kinda like gave us a tour

of things and would give us information about stuff.

What was he like?

Was he yelling in a Scottish accent?

No he actually had a British accent.

Because he grew up in England but he is a,

he's a MacLachlan so--

But was he yelling like it was like

about to go into a battle?

No, that's in the movies, Link.

He's just pretty much a mild-mannered, well-tempered man.

Was he in a kilt?

Yes, he was definitely in a kilt and they were both

in the MacLachlan tartan.

He was in the old school MacLachlan tartan the whole time.

Was the chief, had a gruff beard, a gruff voice

and was he gnawing on a chicken leg?

I'll show you a picture of my dad with the chief.

And what was his demeanor?

His demeanor is as captured

and there he is with the chief.

Which one's which, dude?

They're freakin'--

They look a lot alike. They frickin' look

a lock alike.



Look at that.

They do look very much alike.

And so the fanny pack is more of like a--

It's a crotch purse.

It's a crotch cover.

It looks like a bull scrotum.

Well his is made of a badger.

And my dad's-- A badger's head.

Yeah and my dad's is made of just, you know,

metal and leather or something.


As you can see, they didn't hug or anything.

That was as close as he was willing to get to my dad

in the picture.

Did he shake hands?

Yeah of course. Okay, okay.

So we got a picture-- Is that the greeting,

Scottish greeting?

We got pictures with him.

He's a swell guy.

Is he a figurehead or does he do stuff?

Basically at this point it's kinda like a,

it's kinda like a club, essentially,

you know what I'm saying? Okay.

But they-- A club.

They're raising money to restore the castle.

They've done a bunch to the castle but--

Did they hit you up?

Well, in so many ways, yeah.

He gave me a brochure if that's what you mean.

So we begin, we meet him

and then we go to the old graveyard.

This graveyard and there's an old chapel that was built

in the 1400s that the Lachlans had built there,

MacLachlans had built there and then a graveyard

with all these old gravestones, we find right next

to each other a Cowan which is my mom's maiden name.

What? And a MacLachlan

right next to each other and he's like yeah,

the Cowans are Scottish and so I'm--

Really? Whoa this is crazy.

My mom's standing next to the grave stones,

basically about to be in tears.

She's like, "Years before your daddy

"and I ever got together, the Cowans

"and the McLaughlins were together."

And so I'm just like, I'm feeling so good

about this decision. Validated, man.

I'm like I did this right, man.

Yeah! Like everybody's coming up

to me about how great a time they're having and--

Yes! And it's just,

everything is going so well.

What about the group photo?

Did that work too?


'Cause that's the moment right there when you say cheese.

We got many, many group photos which actually

I don't have those on my phone 'cause they're--

Did you get some

of just your parents? We'll show them.

Yeah, dude. And did you get some

of just your brother's family? Yeah.

Just like at a wedding, some of just your family?

All kinds-- And then some of everybody?

Lots of different combinations.

Yes! Just the older boys,

just the guys, just the girls.

You started thinking like-- Jumping up in the air.

When people start dying, these are the photos

that we'll show at the funeral type stuff.

Well some of them. Yeah.

So we did some with the old castle in the background,

then we did some with the new castle in the background

and then-- Shoot different ways.

Get a silhouette.

We walked to the old castle, oh there's--

Yes! That's,

Jenna's going through some. Frickin' water,

is that the moat?

That's the loch so Loch Fern is the,

it's the longest sea loch in the entire nation of Scotland.

So that means that that eventually opens up to the ocean

but it's a very long,

the lochs are absolutely amazing, beautiful.

This one goes all the way up.

Now what's under the kilts?


So I did say that I would be wearing nothing

but then the rental agreement stated very clearly

that you had to wear underwear underneath these kilts.

Yeah but how are they gonna know?

So we didn't.

They gonna lift the kilt before you return it?

No I did, there was lots of talk,

there was lots of confident talk about not wearing underwear

but then everybody ended up wearing underwear.

Mm-hmm, well it's wool. Most of it was

we had to help each other put them on.

You know what I'm saying,

we were helping each other put them on.

Fastening them and you don't have

to be sitting there naked before that.

So anyway-- Speak for yourself.

There's lots of great photos happening.

Everybody's having a great time and again--

People jumping in photos.

I emphasize the weather--

Gotta watch the come down with the kilt on the jump.

I don't think I can, I may sound crazy that I'm talking

about the weather so much but listen,

it was supposed to rain and it rains all the time there

and it was literally supposed to rain all day

and look at the weather that we got for these photos.

Perfect, perfect. And it just kept going

and going and going, there's a cloud in the sky

but not a rain drop.

So then we go to the old castle,

which all this is very close to each other.

You can see it all and you can walk right around

the end of this, right around the bay.

Which is a little bit of a walk for my mom

but nothing too difficult.

So we get to told castle

and that's where I took my sorta epic photo

that I posted to Instagram.

Actually my wife took that photo,

not Paul the photographer because I posted that before

I got Paul's photos back.

But that was the moment where we were just kinda getting,

here we are at the old castle.

This thing's been here for thousands of years.

We've got the guy telling us, he's telling us all about

the history of the castle

and how powerful this family used to be

and the MacLachlans basically controlled both sides

of the loch and it was a powerful family and,


Could do anything.

Again, repeatedly my mom is coming up and saying,

"I couldn't have done this without working out."

She said it more times than she needed to.

Now based on what I'm about to tell you,

I wish she hadn't said it at all.

But so,

we walk around the castle and we get all the pictures

and then, and this is, it's a little treacherous

around the castle.

It had been raining, it's always raining

so it's a little bit slick in places

and so there's like places that were helping her step down

and that kinda thing and then,

we get up to, we've gotten all the pictures

and it's time to go.

We have reservation at the restaurant

which is the Inver Restaurant which is right there next

to the new castle.

By the way, incredible restaurant.

Like award winning.

I was like everything's going really great.

We're gonna take these pictures,

we're gonna have this amazing meal.

And then, somebody somehow it gets communicated

that hey, go around this way, this is the easier way out

than the way that we came in.

Like you got a castle that's kind of on a peninsula.

You got a path that comes up to it,

then you have a path that goes around it.

We had come around it all the way.

So my mom is on the outside of the castle,

in between the castle and the water

and now we gotta go back.

So somehow it gets communicated that this is the easier way.

But and so my brother is with my mom

and then my dad and then there's me

and then everybody else and we're walking.

I'm actually kinda filming some of this.

But then we get down to the side of the castle

and it looks like, man, these are like rock steps

that it's kinda uneven and this doesn't seem like

it would be the easier way.

And we're like, my mom was like,

"This doesn't seem like the easier way."

I'm like, "Yeah, it doesn't seem like the easy way

"but they said it's the easier way,"

and we're kinda like, just,

yeah, you're almost there anyway.

So she starts taking a couple of steps down

and she gets to sort of right on the side of the castle

and at this point, my brother and my dad and I are all,

it's kinda hitting us that

there's been some miscommunication.

This isn't the easier way.

Turns out later what we realized is that

what the chairman had told us is that this is the easier way

to see this side of the castle or something

and it got through 12 people through the grapevine,

somehow it got communicated

that this was the easier way back.

Mm-hmm. And then she was basically

already almost all the way through it.

And who, who's to blame?

I mean, me, my brother, my dad.

We're all to blame and I think at this point,

we're all just taking-- I wasn't there.

We're all just taking the blame equally.

Okay. Even though my brother

was the one who was in the lead and he is the one

that is taking the blame more than me,

which we're all just like, this was a mistake.

Someone should have sounded the alarm and should have said,

"This is not the best way.

"This is not the easiest way, let's go back around."

But none of us did.

So we're all to blame.

But-- For what exactly?

I turned my camera off 'cause I was like

I gotta get down here, I gotta spot my mom.

'Cause I got my dad and my brother there and I'm like,

if she misses a step, she could fall into the loch,

so I get down there and I'm like on the rocks like spotting.


And then there was like one more step

to get down to basically be on dirt.

I'm like she's gonna do this.

She's gonna make it.

She takes this one step.

Lost her foot.

Falls down, her legs sort of buckle underneath her

and then she immediately begins screaming and she says,

"I broke my leg!"

Oh no!

Oh no!

And so I look down expect-- She's screaming.

I broke my leg!

And basically cry-- Oh no.

Crying, she's crying.

On my last step.

And so 50 things go through my mind.

The first thing is I'm gonna look down

and see a compound fracture and see my mom's bone coming out

of her leg and I don't see that

and I'm immediately like okay,

maybe she didn't break her leg.

But I do see her, one of her ankles is kinda,

it's kind of in an awkward angle.


But we immediately begin to get her and,

second thing I'm thinking is, if she has broken her leg,

how in the hell are we gonna get her out of here?

We're like way out in this place where you have

to come down this dirt road and--

Build a raft!

We're gonna float her down the loch!

And then we had to go down this little path

and then there's these rocks and--

Everybody take off their kilt,

we're gonna make a parachute!

And so, I think we're all kinda thinking,

we gotta get her up and get her out of here

so I'm like you know what, let's just stand you up

so we stand her up and she's like ,

"It really hurts, it really hurts, really hurts."

And I'm like, "Okay, but can you, with us kinda helping you,

"can you walk out of here?

"Because we really need you to walk out of here."

So she takes some very labored steps,

putting most of her weight on us but she's kind

of putting equal weight on both feet

and then we talked to the chairman who says,

"I'll drive my car up here to the place

"you can get the car the closest."

She's a Cowan, they married the MacLachlans.

And so as she's walking--

Hard, hardened people. As she's walking,

we're kinda talking amongst ourselves

and we're kinda like a few feet away from her.

My brother and my dad have her and then Jessie was like,

"She's putting a lot of weight on it,

"maybe it's not broken," and then the nephews are like,

"It's not broken, it's not broken."

Everybody's like, "It's not broken."

She turned it, she may actually be in shock at this point.

Let's just get her to the restaurant

'cause we got this reservation at the restaurant

and let's elevate her foot, you know,

give her some pain reliever. Yeah.

And hope for the best.

Right, I mean you can turn your ankle,

it can hurt pretty bad.

So we do, we get her to the restaurant.

We elevate her ankle, give her some pain reliever.

Ice it?

We did not ice it because,

you know how Locke is like mister expert

about lots of things?

He gets it from the best.

And so with a sprained ankle, the latest research apparently

is that the immediate icing is not actually

what you're supposed to do with a sprain.

I don't know whether he's right or wrong.

Elevation is definitely a good thing

so we were like, all right, let's just do this

and have a good meal.

I mean Locke did know about the website

where you could take the size--

He did-- The size of continents

and put them over other countries and--

So we have a great meal and I think we've all kinda

just talked ourselves into, yeah,

maybe she sprained it or whatever.

Now she's saying, "I need to go to a doctor."

And we're just like, don't wanna have to deal

with taking her to a doctor.

Where we gonna go?

We just don't wanna face,

we don't wanna face that potential reality.


So-- And it's not your ankle.

Right, come on.

So now, it hasn't rained this whole day

but it's supposed to rain-- You don't wanna face

that reality, I get it.

And it looks like the rain clouds are really coming in

and then I'm like, we need to get her into the car.

We need to get home to the hotel

and then we kinda need to regroup.

Now keep in mind we're like an hour and a half

or so away from where we were staying.


So we get her into the car which was not easy,

had to take her down the steps.

It ended up being that Jessie

and my dad were the two best people to do this.

I'm too tall.

She needs to put her arms on someone's shoulders

and I'm so much bigger than her that like--

You're less of a crutch and more of a crane.

Yeah and so Jessie's the perfect height

for her to do that and my dad is 5'9"

so he's able to get down.

So they get her to the car.

Plus you need to film it.

Yeah and I didn't film a lot of this.

I will say, I felt bad.

So we get her in the car and I'm not kidding,

two minutes later it just starts pouring down rain.

I was like oh gosh, I'm so glad we got her

into the car before this happened because this would have

really complicated things. Mm-hmm.

We start driving back, now, she's in my brother's car,

the van he's driving.

And so I'm driving along and we get up to,

we're following the road and all of a sudden,

there's a bunch of cars stopped

and this woman says, tells us to roll down the window

and she's like,

"The river's bursted."


"The river's bursted the road."

The river's bursted.

Yeah and I look down and I see just this torrent

of water just barreling across the road,

carrying large things across the road.

Everybody take off your kilt!

We're gonna build a raft!

And I'm like okay, so I'm like, "Okay, well,

"there's another way out of this place."

You could just get up a lot of speed.

Vroom! So I turned around

and then get the map out and start looking

and quickly realize that no,

this is the only way out of this place.


There is no other road.

It literally is this or take a boat.

So Cole and I go back, at this point I'm beginning

to get a little panicked because I'm like,

my mom needs to get back to her stuff.

She's got like her medication

and I don't know what the deal is with her ankle

but it's starting to get dark in a little bit.

This is late in the afternoon

and we go into this little local pub and hotel area

and we're just like, "What do you guys think?

"We gotta get back to here," and they're like,

"Oh, you're gonna have to take the ferry."

I'm like what, we have to take a ferry?

I got a woman that can't get anywhere right now

and I got 12 people in two vans.

It's no ferry involved here.

Did I mention I'm an internet celebrity?

Did you think about pulling that card?

No and they're like, "You can stay here tonight."

Oh what, okay.

Turns out they had two rooms which would not

have gone over well.

But 'cause I was like we got 12 people

and so then they're like, "The best thing to do

"is just wait it out.

"You should probably just wait it out

"and eventually the road will clear up,"

but then a guy comes down and says,

"There's giant boulders and trees on the road

"and the estimate is that it will take six hours to clear."


"So you've gotta take the ferry."

So I don't think I do very well in these situations.

I think I did okay.

I don't think I panicked too much and I kept saying,

I was telling Jessie, I was like,

"If Mama Di," that's what we call her,

"If Mama Di didn't have this ankle situation--"

I thought you said, "If mama dies,

"this is what we're gonna do."

No, Diane is her name, Mama Di,

that's what all the grandkids call her.

So if Mama Di was not in this situation,

this would be a bit of an adventure,

stuck on a peninsula in Scotland and having to take a ferry

to get back home but because she's in this state--

For her it's not, but it can still be for us.

I feel pretty bad. Okay yeah.

So we, turns out the ferry is one of those ferries

you can drive your van onto.

That's what I thought all along, man.

Okay so we go down and we get the next to last ferry

for the day. Oh nice.

It takes us across a loch

to almost all the way to Glasgow.

It took us a long time, we added like almost two hours

to our trip to get back home.

And I call ahead of time to the place, I'm like,

'cause there's no elevator to the first floor.

The first floor in the UK means the second floor.

Ground floor means ground floor.

First floor is the one above it, and there's only stairs,

stairs that kinda go, this was kind of a pretty rustic place

were were staying in Glencoe 'cause everything's rustic.

Like call ahead and say, "Is there a way to get there

"more easily, like a luggage lift or whatever?"

You gonna put her in a--

Yeah. In a dinghy?

What's that thing called where the--

Well not one of those, it would have been electric.

But there was a fire escape that has just like

two steps that she can use so we go to that,

we get her into bed that night

and we kinda take a picture of the ankle

and send it to a doctor friend.

The doctor friend is like,

"Yeah, you should get that looked at."

So that was when I was on the phone

with Jenna who at the time was at Disneyland.


I ruined her day.

And you know, interestingly my brother

and Jenna both independently found a place

that was close by that specialize,

it said it specializes in mountain injuries.

Ah. You know,

'cause we're in the mountains

and apparently people get injured.

And so the first thing in that next morning,

we take her to this hospital

and shout-out to socialized medicine

because it was completely free, even for Americans.

It's free for anyone-- Really.

Who gets their stuff looked at.

And what was your mom's disposition going to bed

the night before and then the next morning?

She was actually in really good spirits.

She felt bad but we were like listen,

it ain't your fault, it's our fault.

We're the ones who led you down this path.


And you know what, there are only a couple more days here

that, basically all the major stuff, we've done it.

We got all the pictures.

We're gonna just take you to this hospital,

get you looked at. If you lose a foot now,

you'll have 'em in the photos.

And I was just thinking, okay, we're gonna go

to this place and the doctor's gonna be like,

oh it's a sprain-- Wrap it.

Let me wrap it in something and then just give her,

you know, just give her some prescription painkillers

or something, I don't know.

And actually I ended up, so Cole and my dad

and Jessie took her to that and then I had

to take all the kilts back to the place

and so we kinda separated for that.

It's like what are 12 people gonna do,

sit around and wait.

But we get a text.

We get a text from Micah, my nephew.

No Micah's with me, he gets a text,

'cause he was the one that was checking his phone first

when we were out and

the ankle is broken.

In four places. What?

Four places?

Yeah. How,

I didn't even know an ankle had four places.

Ankle's got lots of places, man.

What? At least four

that you can break.

And first of all, you know,

my mom was in really good spirits.

She really liked this doctor who was like funny,

spent like five hours with them.

Of course he did the x-ray and then he--

Are you sure he didn't break her ankle

in a couple of places? And then he put her

in a cast but then he x-rayed it after the cast

and he wasn't happy with the way that it set

so we took it off and did it again

and got it set just right.

Gave her some laughing gas, she had a great time.

Oh yeah she did.

And again this was all free.

They'd hardly had to wait and the guy was super competent.

Gave her laughing gas.

And but then he's basically like,

"As soon as you get back to the US,

"you need to present yourself in an emergency room

"because you're not gonna be able to get an appointment

"with an orthopedist."

I thought you were gonna say, you need to present yourself

to a lawyer and take your son out of the will.

And he's like, "You need to go to an emergency room

"'cause this is an emergency and they're likely going

"to want to," because she's not very mobile

and that other leg is not very strong so she,

it's really hard for her to not put any weight on it.

She's basically immobile at this point.


Can't put any weight on it and he's like,

"You need to get somebody to look at it.

"They're most likely gonna have to do surgery

"to get a plate and some screws and a plate installed--"

Good God. Because that's what you

have to do when someone is inevitably gonna put

some weight on it and it doesn't need to move.

So of course at this point it's like,

I just feel horrible, right,

and whether or not, first of all, I take,

I share the blame with my brother and my dad

in not stopping and not going down this path.

But I take more of the blame because this was all my idea.

You know, and I'm the one that got her the trainer

and gave her the confidence that she could do anything,

walk around this place and now she's sitting in there,

she's sitting with a cast.

We go to, the last two nights we stayed in a place

called Broomhall Castle in Ministry

which outside of Edinburgh which is an old,

it's a castle that you can stay in, it's very cool.

And they thankfully, they did have a luggage lift

that was not intended for people but was big enough

for people and she was able to use that

to get into her room and I went and I rented a wheelchair

from a place that you can rent wheelchairs from

and then we arranged a whole deal about okay,

well she's gonna have to have a greeter meet her

at the airport with the wheelchair

and then she's gotta have somebody help her get

onto the plane and there's a special chair

that you get, an aisle wheelchair that takes you

down the aisle and then you're put into your seat

'cause she's really not able to put any weight on it.


And just very immobile.

So you made all those arrangements.

Made all those arrangements and where it ended up is

she was able to get an appointment on Monday morning

that she got back with an orthopedist

who looked at it and said, "You know we need to do surgery,"

scheduled surgery for two days later.

She got the surgery and she's got like people

from her church coming and building a ramp for her to,

the church had a wheelchair and then they're like

giving her basically a handicapped toilet

with railings on the side and stuff so everybody's kinda

coming together and taking care of her

but she's gonna be in this splint as the swelling goes down

for two weeks and then I think she's in a cast

for like six weeks, then she's in a boot for four weeks.

This is the next three months of her life basically,

drastically altered.

My dad's time drastically altered.

We got a woman who's coming to spend all her time

when my dad's not there 'cause my dad teaches law,

still is teaching law.

When he goes to school, we gotta have somebody watch her.

So that is the situation now is that, again,

she's in good spirits.

She's gonna be fine.

She's not mad at you.

No, well, if she is, she hasn't stated that.

She's been very, she is not, there's been no blame placed

on any of us.

But I mean obviously I feel horrible about this

'cause I'm like, all right, now I feel like

all the progress that she made to get ready

for this trip, I feel like that's kinda undone.

Because it's like no, okay well, she's gonna have to,

she's gotta go through this recovery process

which who knows how long that'll take, I mean at her age,

she may take longer to heal or whatever,

there may be another setback and I don't want this

to be the beginning of her being more immobile

than she was before the trip.

'Cause for me it was sort of like win-win,

it was just like, you know, she's gonna be better

for this trip but this will also be a way

to kinda get her into the habit.

She was like, "I'm gonna go back to my trainer

"after I get back from the trip."

She ain't going back to the trainer anytime soon.

So yeah, that's what happened.

Well listen.

It wouldn't have happened if it weren't for you.


Thanks, Link. That doesn't mean

that it's your fault.

So I agree with everything you're saying but also...

It was an accident.

Accidents happen all the time but it happened

in the context of something that also,

a bunch of positive and a bunch of positive can still come

out of this that wouldn't have happened

if it wasn't for you as well.

So I mean she's got one hell of a story.

So do you which--

If you're gonna break your ankle,

this is not a bad place to do it.

She got a great, if you're gonna break your ankle,

you might as well have a great story to go along with it

and she's got not only a great story but a great picture

from just hours before.

But this is probably a good time

to tell you another key piece of information.

After all this, paying a lot of money

to have the McLaughlins go back to their ancestral home

to meet the chief of the clan,

to get their picture taken at the Lachlan castle,

to having my mom break her leg--

In four places. Ankle in four places

at the Lachlan castle, turns out we're Irish.

We're Irish.


What are you?

What are you talking about?

What do you mean?

We're Irish.

Yeah but--

We're not Scottish.


What do you, what happened?

Well, I probably could have done a little more research.

But who did research afterward?

That's the wrong time to do research.

Well, I will say that I actually knew this

before she broke her ankle.

Because my brother picked up a pamphlet.

It turns out all you gotta do is pick up a pamphlet.

What? We were in,

it was actually in Edinburgh,

we were in St. John's Cathedral.

Now okay, that was a great punchline.

I will say, we don't--

Just tell me what happened.

Just tell me what's on the pamphlet.

So Cole says, "Hey, in this thing

"that says McLoughlin on it," spelled with a O,

kinda like how Jacksepticeye spells it

which is basically interchangeable, the O and the A.

It says here that the GH spelling is from Ireland

and that some of the Irish McLoughlins came over

many years ago and became the MacLachlans.

And so the MacLachlans, if I'm already A-U-G-H--

So every Scottish MacLachlan was an Irish McLoughlin?

This is where it gets very complicated

because if you, it's very difficult to research this stuff

and it's like, first of all, within McLaughlin,

spelled my way, you go back

and there's two completely distinct, unrelated groups

and there's really no way to know which one you're from.

But one of those groups went across the channel

to Scotland and became the MacLachlans but then,

there was another tradition that basically says that

the McLaughlins spelled my way can be traced back

to MacLachlan but that's a little bit less

of a popular tradition.

This is very, the records were horrible.

One of the reasons that there's all the different spellings

is that they couldn't spell.

Somebody would just be like, "What's your name?"

"McLaughlin," and MacLachlan, he would just write it down

and so there's literally like 200 different ways

to spell it if you go into the book

of Scottish names or whatever.

And when we were at the castle, there was a bridge

that you could cross and on the bridge

where people who had donated money to this bridge

and one of the people was a McLaughlin spelled

exactly my way that said, McLaughlin with so-and-so clan,

and they identify with this, so--

He's hoping the same thing

you were hoping at this point.

What I'm saying is that--

What you're saying is that

your mom broke her ankle for nothing.

Or something. No now I gotta--

Depending on-- Now I gotta take a trip

to Ireland. Yeah you do.

Yeah you do!

That's right, do they have castles?

Yeah they got castles. They got castles.

So-- And sheep.

That made it a little less special.

Listen man, it's--

But ultimately-- It's all what you

wanna believe. Well first of all,

it ultimately is impossible to trace

and you can't really know but traditionally speaking,

it is most likely that the McLaughlin name

that I have came from someone in Ireland.

I can't trace it because we don't have good,

my records aren't good enough.

But maybe there's some Scotland connection

but it's definitely not a definitive, like I know,

I can trace it, I should definitely pay thousands

of dollars to send my whole family over there

so we can put on kilts and have my mom break her ankle.

It's not that kinda connection.

It's not that definitive.

It's not ankle-breaking in four places definitive.


Wonder what'll happen in Ireland.

Oh man. Wonder what'll get broken

in Ireland.

Had a great time otherwise. You had a great time.

I mean it was a great vacation.

You know what-- A lot of good stories.

A lot of memories, lot of memories, lot of good memories.

One in particular but a lot of memories.


No one will be the same.

And you could still be, everyone can be better

as a result of this, you know.

With her recovery, she's gonna be much more confident

in physical therapy and to go back to this trainer

than if she would have just broken her ankle--

That's true. Back and she hadn't had

the trainer experience, a lot of people just,

they flake out on physical therapy

and they don't believe in it but she,

once you experience the benefits of something like that,

she's much more likely to say, hey,

I want to recover everything that I experienced

in preparation for the trip and leading up

to the one last step that I would have just taken

a little bit differently, this never would have happened.

I was trying to make you feel better

but I keep going back to that.

Yeah I think that the, I completely agree that

any sort of tragedy like this is an opportunity

without doubt, you know, it's obviously affecting

the relationship, the fact that my dad has

to basically serve her when he's there

is gonna do something for their relationship.

That's inevitable and the way that her community's

kinda coming around her and showing her that they love her.

There are definitely positives that can be taken out of it.

And I do hope, I mean my hope is that yes,

she is going to make a full recovery

and get back into her training.

I just don't want her to get too comfortable

in basically, in a wheelchair, you know what I'm saying?

That's my fear is that just be like, okay well,

I can't really do things anymore.

I'm not saying that that's what her mentality is

but I don't want that being a temptation.

So anyway, that's my trip in a nutshell.


I have some other things but we're basically out of time

and that's really all that I needed to say.

Thanks for taking us on that trip.

Wow, I'm still kinda reeling

from that left turn at the end.

And I will say that my wife is the perfect person

for situations like this.

Like she is so good at talking someone through

a difficult situation in way I am not good at at all.

She was so good at talking, saying,

"It's just a couple more steps.

"Just one step at a time," very simple, comforting things.

After the injury. And also,

that night we got home after she had her leg in a cast

and the next day was the one we had slated to go play golf

in St. Andrews and my dad was like, "Well I'm not gonna go.

"I need to stay with your mom."

She needed help doing everything.

She needed help using the bathroom.

She needed somebody with her at all times.

And Jessie was like, "I am not letting your dad

"not go play golf, that was one of the things

"that you had your heart set on

"and I know he's feeling that way,"

so she stayed with her the entire day that day.

Didn't go into town or do anything.

And stayed with her so shout-out to Jessie

for being a voice of reason in difficult times

but also watching after my mom so we could go play golf

because even though I was thinking the whole time,

I feel kinda bad, my mom's back there

with a broken leg, I had a great time playing golf.

I mean it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience

and one of the things I will also post on my Twitter,

@rhettmc, is I did a bunch, not a bunch,

but a good number of 360 photos,

kinda like what I did when we did the one in here

and show everybody what it looks like

at the round table of dim lighting.

I did that as we went around.

It took me a little bit late in the trip to start doing that

but both in Scotland and England when I was in places

of note, I would get a 360 photo that you can go

over to the site that I posted 'em,

kinda enter into that world yourself.

Oh that's cool. Including when we were

playing golf at St. Andrews.

Just watch your step.


All right Recs in Effect, short and sweet here.

Get yourself a fanny pack.

Don't knock it 'til you try it 'cause I made that mistake.

Along with many Scottish people.

Of course there's many mistakes you can make.

I mean, I you can plan an entire trip to go

to a place with your family and

be in the wrong place.

So get a frickin' fanny pack.

#EarBiscuits. It's much easier,

much easier.

Let us know what you think, give Rhett some more comfort.

I've done a lot but I mean can't hurt that anymore.

And we'll speak at you again next week, wow.


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