How I Lost My Green Thumb: ODO 194

I know I promised new music and all the segments and stuff, but ya know what, stuff happened and I didn’t get that done. So in the mean time, in honor of the start of the new year, I’m gonna start to tell you about what I was up to last year and then get hung up on a couple of those things, including a return to home schooling, an update on my autumn garden, and, oh yeah, how I sliced off a chunk of my thumb.

*I actually put a trigger warning in this one for one particularly gross detail in the story. Everyone I’ve mentioned it to has visibly cringed, so I decided to be nice and warn you…

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Odd Dad Out is getting kind of a reset…

Time away to think

Being away from the podcast for these last few months has given me some time to think about what I want to do with things. Honestly, the way the world is right now made me seriously reconsider whether or not I should come back to the podcast at all. In the last year I have struggled a lot with, besides just getting content out, coming up with topics to cover on the show. I haven’t listened to a great number of new podcasts lately to offer many new recommendations.

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International Podcast Day 2020

International Podcast Day

International Podcast Day is September 30. You can find out more about the full day of livestreams and more at https://internationalpodcastday.com/

This year I reached out to the podcasting community to ask about their favorite thing about podcasting.

Included are clips from Derek Graziano of “Lifeworld” and “Rolling Misadventures
Tim from “Radio Clash
Freya from “Your Friend Freya” and “Trashy Romance Pod
Heather from “Sunshine and Powercuts” and the “Sunshine Summit

Thank you as always for listening, and if you get the opportunity, tell a podcaster you listen to that you’re a fan. Trust me. They’ll appreciate it.

Something’s Gotta Give, and I’ve Only Got One Thing That Can: ODO 193

The situation with “distance learning” and the battle over mine and my wife’s schedules has reached a point that we are having to make serious changes. Because of our separate work schedules, it has been very difficult to balance work and our boys’ school lessons. We are now having to look into changing our work schedules to accommodate it all. Ultimately, the issue lies with the need to supervise our younger boys during their school day, my wife working during school hours, and my graveyard work schedule necessitating me sleeping during the day. There’s only so many hours in a week, and I need all of the ones available to get sleep and take care of home business.

With that, I’ve decided to put the podcast on an indefinite break until a time that I will be able to continue producing it without having to sacrifice my limited sleeping hours and potentially my health.

I know I have said this in the past, even as recently as earlier this year. But under the current circumstances, I simply cannot continue the show. The stress of trying to navigate my children’s education mixed with my already questionable work/life balance just doesn’t leave any room right now for podcasting. I have even had to pass up paid podcast editing opportunities due to the current lack of any time to do so. I have to take some time to try to find a balance, and hopefully, before too long, I’ll be able to come back to the show. Unfortunately, I do not know when/ if that will happen.

I would like to say, thank you for listening. Thank you for your support for the last 5 years. I know there are far more entertaining shows to listen to than my ramble fest, and you are an amazing group of people that have continued to motivate me to keep going for all this time. And you are also the reason that I will do whatever I have to do to figure this out and come back with all of the energy I had before the world turned upside down.

Is It Friday Yet?: ODO 192

Kind of a follow up to last week’s freak out over the upcoming “distance learning” back to school season; this week I’m talking about how it went and how we addressed that pesky issue of when I’m supposed to sleep.

Side note: With Episode 200 coming up soon, what sort of giveaway would you like this time around? Any ideas for what you’d like me to do for the big show? I honestly have no idea. Maybe another livestream giveaway, if I can swing it…

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I’m Kinda Freakin Out: ODO 191

Long story short: school is starting back up this week for my boys and it’s got me a little freaked out, especially for our new Kindergartner. Add that to not knowing how/if I’m going to get any sleep during the boys school days, how/if I’ll have time to manage the podcast, and my half-brained idea to start live streaming the podcast and my art. Yeeeeaaahhh I’m kinda freaking out. Did I mention I’m freaking out?

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ODO 189

Tales of Corona and Cowdogs: ODO 189

This week I’ve got a couple stories for you. First off, I got tested for Corona this week. I’m still waiting on the results by the way. That has lead me to part two where I’m spending my evenings reading “Hank The Cowdog” to my boys. Plus, this week’s garden update brought to you by Hank himself.

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Five Years of Rambling: ODO 188

July 22nd marks the 5th anniversary of the start of this podcast.

Am I feeling a little nostalgic?

Yes.

Did I do an emotional clip show?

HELL NO!! I AINT GOT TIME FOR THAT SHIT

This is prime rambling random train of thought stuff. From show changes caused by the new recording schedule, to binge watching horror movies, a few semi-reviews of some of our recent watches, a rant about the Halloween films, and an impromptu commercial for the new Dr Pepper with Cream Soda.

After 5 years, 269 total episodes, (188 real ones) and over 20,000 downloads, I just want to say thank you for listening.

“Taste the flavor.”


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