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ODO 49: I Suck at Valentine’s

I Suck at Valentine’s

Valentine’s Day is here so I’ve committed to focusing the entire episode on the holiday. The problem with that is, in a very general way, I’m no good at Valentine’s.

It’s not that I am not romantic. The problem comes mostly in that I’m too practical. I dislike giving flowers because they barely last a few days before dying. Chocolate seems very impersonal. There’s a million different heart shaped boxes of candy out there, and everybody has particulars about box chocolates. Don’t believe me, just look at any variety box of candy after a couple days. You’ll find a lot of the same things left behind. 
Ultimately my failure boils down to a simple fact: I’m not that creative about gifts and the good ones are STUPID expensive. 

VALENTINE NEWS

Pokémon GO is keeping up its habit of introducing holiday themed updates with a Valentine’s Day event. To celebrate Valentine’s Day, Pokémon GO ‘s first in-game event of 2017 began February 8 at 7pm and ends at February 15 at 7pm. Among the features are increased candy and the spawning of more “Pink” pokemon.

A Henryetta, Oklahoma shop tried to hold a Valentine’s Day dance to raise money for renovations. Unfortunately, the town has a city ordinance that prohibits dancing within 500 feet of a church. Guess who the neighbors are…

Somebody decided it would be funny to make a Hitler themed Valentine’s card and hand it out at a school function. The school has said that this was, obviously, not a sanctioned incident



Recommended Listening

darkangelsandprettyfreaks.com

Married couple, Annaleis and Neil C live together in Northern California with their pets and egos. Both have a wide variety of interests including animal welfare, video games, comic books, reading, music, Jamaica, podcasting, travel, NASCAR, and other crap. These two started podcasting because they couldn’t seem to get enough of their own voices. Hearing the beautiful sounds made by their mouths, they were inspired to allow everyone to experience the joy, so they began sharing their sweet vocal love with the masses…

Don’t let the name and logo fool you. This is, at its most basic, a couple’s comedy show. Their theme song says it perfectly, “They only talk about themselves, I figure I’d warn ya.” Honestly, I’m ok with that. These two may just sit around talking about “whatever” as a couple, but it works because they’re funny. Considering we do a similar thing on “Mom and Dad Cuss” how could I really have a problem with it. You can’t fake the authenticity of a married couple picking on each other and fighting with the dog’s chew toys. It’s like hanging out with your cool married friends every week.

ODO 49: I Suck at Valentines

Valentine’s Day is here so I’ve committed to focusing the entire episode on the holiday. The problem with that is, in a very general way, I’m no good at Valentine’s.
It’s not that I am not romantic. The problem comes mostly in that I’m too practical. I dislike giving flowers because they barely last a few days before dying. Chocolate seems very impersonal. There’s a million different heart shaped boxes of candy out there, and everybody has particulars about box chocolates. Don’t believe me, just look at any variety box of candy after a couple days. You’ll find a lot of the same things left behind.
Ultimately my failure boils down to a simple fact: I’m not that creative about gifts and the good ones are STUPID expensive.

VALENTINE NEWS

Pokemon GO has special Valentine’s Day update
Pokémon GO is keeping up its habit of introducing holiday themed updates with a Valentine’s Day event. To celebrate Valentine’s Day, Pokémon GO ‘s first in-game event of 2017 began February 8 at 7pm and ends at February 15 at 7pm. Among the features are increased candy and the spawning of more “Pink” pokemon.

Oklahoma town to cancel Valentine’s Day dance due to anti-dancing law
A Henryetta, Oklahoma shop tried to hold a Valentine’s Day dance to raise money for renovations. Unfortunately, the town has a city ordinance that prohibits dancing within 500 feet of a church. Guess who the neighbors are…

Central Michigan University apologizes for Hitler Valentine’s Day card
Somebody decided it would be funny to make a Hitler themed Valentine’s card and hand it out at a school function. The school has said that this was, obviously, not a sanctioned incident

Recommended Listening

Dark Angels and Pretty Freaks
http://darkangelsandprettyfreaks.com/

Married couple, Annaleis and Neil C live together in Northern California with their pets and egos. Both have a wide variety of interests including animal welfare, video games, comic books, reading, music, Jamaica, podcasting, travel, NASCAR, and other crap. These two started podcasting because they couldn’t seem to get enough of their own voices. Hearing the beautiful sounds made by their mouths, they were inspired to allow everyone to experience the joy, so they began sharing their sweet vocal love with the masses…

Don’t let the name and logo fool you. This is, at its most basic, a couple’s comedy show. Their theme song says it perfectly, “They only talk about themselves, I figure I’d warn ya.” Honestly, I’m ok with that. These two may just sit around talking about “whatever” as a couple, but it works because they’re funny. Considering we do a similar thing on “Mom and Dad Cuss” how could I really have a problem with it. You can’t fake the authenticity of a married couple picking on each other and fighting with the dog’s chew toys. It’s like hanging out with your cool married friends every week.

http://odddadout.blogspot.com/

http://darkangelsandprettyfreaks.com/

ODO 48: Big Dumb Ape

Big Dumb Ape

This week, I had a very upsetting encounter at work with what can only be described as a bully. A great big gorilla looking guy decided that he wanted to cuss me out and push me around for being professional and doing my job. Unfortunately I’m just not a very intimidating looking person and I’ve kinda been pushed around for most of my life. As much as I wanted to cuss him out in return, my professionalism beat out my temper.

Long story short, while I was at a job site this week, a guy came up to the front of the building saying he needed to get in to drop something at one of the offices. He said he worked in a neighboring office but his badge did not work for this side of the building. Of course, for security reasons, I can’t just let somebody into the building that I don’t know. I explained that to him and told him that I could take his envelope to the office he needed and drop it off for him. This then turned into him insisting that he come along.I told him I couldn’t let him in the building so he began cussing at me and repeatedly giving me the old poke in the shoulder like he’s tougher than me and I need to get out of his way. Eventually the building janitors, who had been witnessing his increasing aggression, escorted him to where he wanted, but not without him throwing me one more “fuck you” for good measure.

I hate bullies. To be fair, I think everybody does. But it’s strange having this sort of thing happen as an adult. I’m a scrawny 6 foot 140 lbs guy with thick glasses and a ponytail. I am not an intimidating presence. That being said, I’ve had little real “bullying” experience in my life. I had an incident in kindergarten that I can remember, but for the most part that’s it. I don’t really consider bitchy people in restaurants wanting to yell at the manager (which would be me,) bullying. That is just general human idiot rage. Honestly I  can’t believe there are still grown adults who would treat a complete stranger with such disrespect and hostility for simply doing my job. Maybe it’s because I have very limited adult social interaction. Maybe it’s because I try to avoid hostile situations. I don’t know really. What I do know is that this guy is a piece of shit and should be glad that I didn’t file a police report on him.

Should I have pushed back? Maybe. Would it have ended well? Absolutely not. Like the song says, ” you gotta know when to hold ’em and when to fold ’em.” This was time to fold ’em. Only things that would come from me pushing back with this guy were an ass whoopin for me and losing my job. Neither option is to my benefit. Personally I would have loved to clock this guy for his utter disrespect. Rage monster inside would want to stab him in the throat. Of course that’s what “anger management” is for. Logic brain says stay professional but firm, so I did, because that is what the situation required. Sometimes that’s just what you have to do.

There are absolutely cases where you have to fight back. If you are in a constant abusive situation, you have to do something about it. It doesn’t matter if it’s domestic abuse, workplace aggression, or cyber bullying, you have to stand up and report it to whoever you can. If it’s the police, parents, teachers, supervisors, neighbors, somebody has to be told so that you can escape the abuse. Nobody should be bullied for any reason. Why, then, did I not stand up to this guy? Simply put, I’m never gonna see this guy again. This was a one-off incident that will not be repeated. If I ever run into this guy in a similar fashion again, I’ll absolutely report his ass. Buy for today it’s in the past. I’m still a scrawny twig nerd guy, and he’s still a piece of shit gorilla asshole. But I’m the bigger man.

The Incident: Afterthoughts

I think that just about every member of my family has probably listened to “The Incident” by now, save for maybe my parents. I know for a fact that 2 sisters and at least 1 brother have. I also know that this episode is, hands down, one of the darkest and most difficult things I’ve had to do. I knew at the time we sat down and recorded this story that it would get some reactions. I didn’t expect it would make my sisters cry, although I probably should have. I can imagine that my parents either have not listened to it either out of nervousness of the subject or just the fact that they don’t listen to podcasts.

I feel weird asking people to listen to us telling the story of me being hit all those years ago because it is such a heavy subject. At the same time, it is a very deep and real experience in both the content of the story and just sitting down to recall it. It seemed like a part of who I am and who we are that deserved to be shared. I think we mentioned that I intended to share this story in the early days of the podcast, which would have been this time last year. Having gone through it now, I am glad that I didn’t do it then. I honestly don’t think I could have gotten through it at the time by myself. Having ReAnna there with me and telling the story together made it much easier to get through.

I do want to say thank you to my amazing wife, ReAnna, for being there through all of that and still now. And for convincing me to sit down and tell the tale and send it to the world. It was not easy for either of us to experience then, or to relive now telling it to our listeners. I want to apologize to anyone who was sort of traumatized by the story in any way, especially my family, who obviously have a much more personal connection to what happened. Thank you for sharing your experiences listening to my story again after all these years. I know it couldn’t have been easy. Thank you to everyone out there that listened to my story. We used to joke that it took getting hit by a baseball bat to get me out of that job. It seems like that’s also what it takes to get people to listen to my show… Too soon? 
We probably will not talk about it publicly anymore. It’s not that we are going to avoid the subject, but to be fair, if you wanna know something, it’s probably in the episode. ReAnna did mention that we didn’t talk about the tattoo I got as a symbol of moving on from it. Then again, we also didn’t talk about a lot of things. A few years back I got a tattoo of a hodgepodge quote from Dr Seuss and a baseball bat on my side. The bat has in a small way become a symbol of my survival as it was the instrument used to try to take my life. 

All that being said, I am okay. It has honestly been a very heavy week between recording day, publishing, and taking in reactions. It has left me with more than a little pit in my stomach as the experience of sharing this story has brought so much back to me. But again, I’m okay. In time the new nerves will subside and things will go back to normal again. Maybe now and then someone new will listen to my story and comment on it. Whatever the case may be, it’s over and done and out there for the world to know. It is time to return to my life as a dad and cleaner and ranty podcaster, making fun of crap in the news.

The Incident

On February 13, 2010 Adam was the victim of an “aggravated robbery” in which he was held at gunpoint and beaten over the head with a bat. After 7 years we are now sharing the most complete version of this story as it is a major part of who we both are today. It is not pretty, it is not funny. We make a few jokes to relieve tension, but it is still quite a heavy and dark tale to tell for both of us. We intentionally avoided names out of respect to others involved, and did not get into the court case involved, although it has already been settled.

If you would like a link to the video mentioned, email me odddadout@gmail.com

As an aside, I have moved on from this incident. A few years ago I actually had my first and only tattoo done as a sort of symbol of my surviving this ordeal.

ODO: The Incident

On February 13, 2010 Adam was the victim of an “aggravated robbery” in which he was held at gunpoint and beaten over the head with a bat. After 7 years we are now sharing the most complete version of this story as it is a major part of who we both are today. It is not pretty, it is not funny. We make a few jokes to relieve tension, but it is still quite a heavy and dark tale to tell for both of us. We intentionally avoided names out of respect to others involved, and did not get into the court case involved, although it has already been settled.

If you would like a link to the video mentioned, email us momanddadcuss@gmail.com

ODO 47: Podcasting as a Dad

 

Podcasting as a Dad

 Congratulations to Daniel J. Lewis from “The Audacity to Podcast” on the birth of his first son, “Noodle Baby.” 

The birth of “Noodle Baby” inspired me to talk about the idea of how having kids kills your podcast. Of course I can’t keep to the topic at hand and go on talking about general Dadness. I love being a dad, and I love being a podcaster, but those things do in fact butt heads at times.
I have missed many weeks on this show due to family life, but that is part of the trade off of wearing both hats. Something has to take priority, and in my life that is always going to be my family.

BULLSHIT FROM THE NEWS

  • Man fights speeding ticket, says radar caught deer going 40 mph not him

A Massachusetts man fighting a speeding ticket in court had a unique explanation — the officer’s radar gun may have picked up a deer.

When police officers in Western Australia stopped a speeding pickup truck, the unidentified driver claimed to be exceeding the legal limit because “the wind was pushing me.” 


A man in South Wales was caught on camera stealing two pizzas from a “Papa Johns” while dressed as a Heineken bottle.

RECOMMENDED LISTENING

THE AUDACITY TO PODCAST

Daniel J. Lewis hosts what has to be the most thorough and complete podcast about podcasting. The Audacity to Podcast was actually awarded #1 technology podcast in 2012. If you are at all interested in starting or improving your podcast, this is the show to listen to.
thyeaudacitytopodcast.com


ODO 46: Nerding Out And Super Moms

 
 
This week I’ve got  a story about a mom who built her entire family home by hand using YouTube. I’ll cover some fun entertainment news, and in “Recommended Listening” I’ll probably spend more time talking about this week’s show than it takes to listen to it.

 

 

-ENTERTAINMENT NEWS-

 

  Giant Alligator video from Florida park.

 

 

Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events  

Informal poll (let’s see how many votes we get in 24 hours)
Hellboy III

— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) January 18, 2017

 

New Power Rangers Trailer shows EVERYTHING

-Recommended Listening-

thestorybehindpodcast.com
thestorybehindpodcast.com

Normally I’d write something about the show but Emily puts it so perfectly herself:

 

The extraordinary history of the ordinary. Do you like trivia and fun facts? Have you lost hours to Wikipedia rabbit holes? Do you ever wonder about the history of everyday things in your world? The Story Behind … is the show for you! Warning: Your friends might tire of you starting sentences with, “I learned on a podcast …” 

I am a fan of strange trivia, and this show has that in spades. Whether it’s the many origins of pretzels, or a deep dive into the legend that is Betty White, Emily always delivers great information with just a pinch of humor. Her pun game could only be matched by my wife’s. You will come out of every episode smiling having learned something cool. Five stars all the way.

 

http://www.smallthings.net.au/


“Small Things is a project that was started in late 2016. The idea was there for a while but we only decided to act upon it once my studies were complete. The aim is to do daily random Small Things that will make a big difference in the world and share my journey along the way. We hope that Small Things will be able help others who also want to make a difference in the world. We believe that if enough of us do Small Things then the world will be changed for the better.”

ODO 45: Texas Pride w/ ReAnna

Texas Pride w/ ReAnna

This week I’m joined by my wife ReAnna from “Mom and Dad Cuss” because she just had to talk crap about the Dallas Cowboys loss this weekend. We then get into the exciting news that Bluebell Ice Cream is returning to Arizona just in time for our anniversary. She helps out with “BS From the News,” and nags at me while I talk about the “Epic Film Guys” in Recommended Listening.

 

Bullshit From the News

German Lawmaker: Paid Sex For Patients Could Be Subsidized 

Boots leaving swastika-shaped prints are recalled

 

 

Man buys 100’s of news papers to hide DUI arrest

 

Recommended Listening

Epic Film Guys

In simplest terms, if you like comedy and you like movies, the “Epic Film Guys” podcast is the only movie podcast you need to listen to. Nick and Justin (and Justin’s assorted multiple personalities) talk craft beer and movies and don’t act stuck up about it. They’re funny, informed, and easy to get hooked on. Check them out, you wont regret it.

 

Check out all the Odd Dad Out Podcast Network shows at odddadout.tumblr.com

ODO 44: King of Queens

King of Queens

 Hello 2017! For this week’s recommended listening I’ve got a double shot from the “King of Queens” RuPaul. In “BS From the News” I’ve got an epic case of the silent treatment, an epic prank, and a pair of really dumb criminals. (As if there’s any other kind.) Plus I wrap things up with a rant about the phrase “drive it like you stole it.”

“What’s the Tee?” with RuPaul and Michelle Visage

 

Hurricane Bianca starring Bianca Del Rio