The Victory Couch

Julie & Rick Rando

The Victory Couch addresses high & lows of daily living from two different perspectives. Join a uniquely matched couple reliving their work days, parenthood & side projects with faith, realism, humor, & authenticity. Rick Rando (speaker, black belt, father, husband) & Julie Rando (higher ed professional, photographer, wife, mother) welcome you into their world with a mission to provide a safe landing space for singles & couples alike. Come alongside this inspirational & vibrant journey with tips on how to navigate life’s adventures, only to crash at the end of the night, on the Victory Couch.

Episode 17 - about multi-generational friendships, Halloween costumes of the past, and a pet piranha named Meatball
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Episode 17 - about multi-generational friendships, Halloween costumes of the past, and a pet piranha named Meatball
This one takes an unexpected emotional turn discussing heroes specific to us and the blessing of multi-generational friendship. We find out who reigned as regional champions in the 80s at the Hagerstown Mummers’ Parade, reflect on Halloween costumes of the past, talk about pets and dig up some memories about a friend’s pet piranha named Meatball. Show notes: Sides of the couch, unity and listeners Do you have a memory of a favorite childhood Halloween costume of your own and/or is there a Halloween costume either of our kids have been in that you are particularly fond of? Cleopatra Parade (Hagerstown, MD) It Studios, Cumberland, Maryland Tiger Shark Spice, Spice Girls M&Ms Pan & Tinkerbell George and the Man with the Yellow Hat Wars Vader Imperial March is the best age to introduce a pet to your family? Toy poodles Geckos Piranhas Barrel is it important to consider having multi-generational friendships? Other than family members, can you name a few super heroes that are specific to you? FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) Flame – Master Motivation crumbs: rained out soccer game, high school classmates still stuck in high school cliques Prop your feet up: doing a broad range of speaking engagements over a period of eight days including a correctional institution, leaving work early to fish with dad and son Gary Vaynerchuk are welcome, not “You’re Welcome,” Maui reference This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast.
Episode 16 -about family road trips, being a fun but respected parent, bubble baths, and sushi
Sep 22 2022
Episode 16 -about family road trips, being a fun but respected parent, bubble baths, and sushi
Break out your Mad Libs! In this episode, we take a journey back to our childhood conversion van and head down I-95, reflecting on what it was like to travel in the 80s and 90s and what is different for our kids today. We discuss being a fun parent vs. being a respected parent….can those two co-exist? From gymnastics to hockey, coleslaw to sushi, we share what we have tried to like but simply don’t-- and handle the tough question of how do you remain kind and generous to those who aren’t. Show notes:  Connect with us on Instagram @thevictorycouch, Facebook, victorycouchpodcast@gmail.com, or www.thevictorycouch.com,  How do you balance being a fun dad (parent) and one that our kids respect? Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip Play-doh parents who are struggling to gain their kid’s respect what advice would you have? How is travel different today vs. when we were kids? Sunkist Fruit Gems Bolton Amy Grant Mariah Carey John Michael Montgomery Boyz II Men The Beach Boys I-95 The Little Mermaid Video Game Mad Libs Travel/Roadside Bingo Boys Woody Woodpecker The Statler Brothers Matchbox Twenty Kelly Clarkson Dixie Chicks (The Chicks) is something you’ve tried in your life to really get into or to like but you just can’t?  Tsunami Looking For Lovely Type 3 Joey Chestnut Caps The Penguins do you keep showing kindness and generosity to people who might be unkind or ungrateful? --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast.
Episode 15 – about combating negativity, supporting your kids, and life lessons from a biker bar
Sep 15 2022
Episode 15 – about combating negativity, supporting your kids, and life lessons from a biker bar
This episode has us using our fighting words-- words to combat negativity that is. We dive deep into what it looks like to support our kids in activities we know nothing or very little about, love on teachers some more (we just can’t help it), share which one of us has a longing to learn violin, and discover a life lesson or two from a biker bar. Show notes:  Connect with us on Instagram @thevictorycouch, Facebook, victorycouchpodcast@gmail.com, or www.thevictorycouch.com How do you support your kid in a skill or an activity they’re into where you no nothing or very little about? Baseball there an instrument you wish you knew how to play? Guitar Violin Back to school night What are a couple things that make a great teacher great? What’s the biggest or most impactful quote or saying or piece of advice that you’ve been given to combat negative thinking or negativity towards you? Just breathe Do you be you. Why would you listen to someone’s criticism from someone you wouldn’t take advice from? You’re never going to be criticized by someone doing more than you only by someone doing less. Couch crumb: missed tap class for the week Dance Moms Power crumb: teacher who had some tough life experiences happen this week Prop your feet up: our laundry mountain is a mole hill and the dishes are all done Prop your feet up: father son experience at the biker bar Taco Bell Davidson Hogs This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast.
Episode 11 — about school subjects and traditions that matter & Denzel Washington
Aug 18 2022
Episode 11 — about school subjects and traditions that matter & Denzel Washington
In this episode we reflect on which school subjects we most value and apply in our life as adults. We discuss what each of us don’t mind spending money on now that we wouldn’t years ago. Quick responses are shared answering who we would like to play us in a story about our life, and we list which family traditions matter to us most. Show notes:  Sharing feedback from listeners, Back to school, Which school subject was the most impactful to prepare you for life as an adult? Where the Sidewalk Ends, Shel Silverstein Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle   The Next Right Thing by Emily P. Freeman The Next Right Thing Podcast What To Expect When You’re Expecting The Sleepeasy Solution Outsiders by S.E. Hinton, Romeo & Juliet, EntreLeadership by Dave Ramsey Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling Good to Great by Jim Collins John C. Maxwell Max Lucado Lee Cockrell Bob Burg (the book on Julie’s nightstand was actually by Bob Goff) What’s something you don’t mind spending money on now as an adult that you wouldn’t when you were a teenager or young adult? Dixie Chicks/ The Chicks is your favorite family tradition (for the four of us)? Cheaper By the Dozen would you want to play you in a movie about your life? Denzel Washington Man On Fire Remember The Titans Alexandria City High School Formerly known as T.C. Williams High School Flight, Billy Zabka, The Magnificent Seven, Sandra Bullock, Julia Stiles, Neighborhood news, No live music, cabin getaway, unique victory couch locations --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast.
Episode 10 - about wedding day advice, Disney movies, fame & the ultimate acts of kindness
Aug 11 2022
Episode 10 - about wedding day advice, Disney movies, fame & the ultimate acts of kindness
This first double-digit episode is celebrated with a new segment, rapid-fire style called “on the tens.” We discuss fame, wedding day advice, spend a considerable amount of time (well, Julie does) gushing over the top 3 Disney movies of all time, and reflect on ultimate acts of kindness we’ve received. Show notes: Fandom names (The Victory Couch Potatoes, Third Cushion Club, The Ottomans), Scott & Ashley shout out, On the tens (new rapid-fire segment for every 10 episodes), King of Queens Everyone Loves Raymond Wedding day advice, JAJP julieannasjoy.com, Rando Speaks randospeaks.com, Magic Castle David Copperfield What would you want to be famous for?, Magazine features with Rick Fulton’s Crab House (renamed Paddlefish) Top 3 Disney movies of all time, Groundhog Day The Lion King (1994) He Lives In You (The Lion King on Broadway) Elton John “The Circle of Life” Aladdin (1992) The Little Mermaid (1989) Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl The Parent Trap (1961) Encanto The Princess and the Frog Tangled Mandy Moore Sleeping Beauty Maleficent Moana Frozen Monsters University Poor health diagnosis for relatives, Aging and deteriorating health, Being sick on vacation, Being on time or early for church, Going fishing more, Lone Star Law Rick’s plea to be friends with Game Warden Mike Boone --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast.