*Hey folks. This is a repost of a blog I wrote for my good friends at Threads Podcast: Life Unfiltered. They talk about real life stuff, without the normal social filters. Please check them out, available wherever you get podcasts–links on their website.
That’s right, kiddos–Threads Podcast: Life Unfiltered is back with a not-quite-new-per-say… episode. Ben (of Ben and Jason fame) put together a-look-back-2020-style episode with a few clips from some of the more entertaining and powerful interviews of the year. He pulled clips from about a half dozen shows. Some were a surprise to me because they weren’t all necessarily the guys’ favorite episodes, but they were uncomfortable conversations that spawned growth. Which is what the show is all about. And life, really.
I’ve heard podcasters, writers, mental health people, athletes, you name it, say some version of this quote:
Learning to be comfortable in uncomfortable situations is the key to success/a happy life/overcoming past trauma/becoming a better person.Who knows…
Ben’s curation, though not a complete view of the show, offers anyone who might be new to the show (or returning from some time off) an essential starters guide.
Take a walk down memory lane with your friends Ben & Jason and listen in to clips from our favorite episodes of 2020. Can’t wait to be back with you again in 2021 with all new episodes!
Highlighted in this episode:
1. Natalie Wanner shares about her experience with open marriage
2. Babita Spinelli talks about narcissism and helps Jason identify whether or not he is a narcissist
3. Julian Newman gets real about doubt, faith, and mental health
4. Friends Megan & Brandi give their response to the statement “a woman’s place is in the home”
5. Ben’s then college classmate and now pastor Mike VanDrie claims Ben was popular in college! Mike also talks to us about skepticism and how to handle big doubts.
The boys are back in podcast town starting January 8. That’s right, dear Threadies–when this week is over, Ben and Jason will be ready to help you relax for the weekend. (The episodes typically drop fairly early, so you can get started on your way to work, on lunch, or throughout the final workday.)
Wanna know how the guys feel?
“We are so excited!”-the guys
And part of that excitement, as per my conversation with Jason, is because there are…
Nothing big is going to change. It’ll still be the guys you love to listen to, talking about the things that are important, but a few tiny tweaks here and there are necessary, from time to time, for growth. And, my sweet sweet Threadies, the guys have heard your feedback and are making changes in accordance with some of them.
Not all of them–I mean, some of them were pretty stupid, you guys. Just kidding! (Well, maybe they were; I wasn’t a part of that whole process. (I just write the blogs, folks.))
Threads Podcast: Life Unfiltered has a couple new things happening online!
First, there’s a new section on the website! At the top menu, right next to the tab for our favorite BLOG you’ll now see a NEWSLETTER heading. If you want to stay aware of everything going on, sign up for the newsletter.
Second, you can show your appreciation and support by buying the guys a coffee! Yeah, a normal-ass cup of coffee in return for the entertaining, emotional, real content the guys consistently give every week. Talk about fair trade!
(See what I did there? Sorry; bad dad joke.)
Buy em one for the road, or get em enough for the whole week. Up to you, and it’s one heck of a nice way to say, “I dig the show, man!”
Good things in store this year, folks. There’ll be change, discomfort, and ultimately growth. For the show. For the guys. For all of us.
Take care, Threadies!
Christopher Tallon writes, podcasts, and…wait a second. Are you actually reading this? High five! Follow me here:
So, this is actually a repost from the OiLuber Blog. Why would I repost that? Because I wrote it, silly! It’s for a pretty cool company that, for about the same price as going to the shop, will send a technician to YOU to change your oil, along with a handful of other services. Check em out at www.oiluber.com. (Or don’t. Totally up to you. (But do it!))
You know that little tag in the corner of your windshield? Yes, that’s right, the one that tells you when it’s time to get an oil change. Getting close? What’s wrong—not looking forward to the driving, the waiting, the cost, the constant upselling, being offered services you’re not even sure you need…?
Hey, we’re not fans of the typical oil change experience either, so stick around until the end if you agree with our 3 Reasons to Hate Going to the Oil Change Shop:
There’s no getting around paying for an oil change. But don’t spend more than you have to. Car and Driver did an experiment in 2019, calling several oil change shops to inquire about an oil change for a non-existent 2018 Mazda. They found that oil change prices ranged up to $95, with a mean average of about $80. Nerdwallet.com reported prices up to $100 for an oil change. Ultimately, an oil change costs money any way you look at it, but the cost of a typical oil change is just the beginning of why so many people hate going to the oil change shop.
The amount of time it takes to drive to and from the oil change shop varies by person. For me, only considering driving time, it’s about a 40-minute round trip. Considering how long you could be sitting in your car while you get an oil change in the shop, you can at least double that time for the overall experience. One dealership website touts that an oil change is an “easy commit” lasting only “about 30-45 minutes.” That’s 30-45 minutes sitting in your car or a waiting area. No thanks.
And if there is a line on top of that, we’re talking an almost 2 hour experience from start to finish. One that could cost upwards of $100. But that’s not the end of the oil change nightmare. We saved the worst for last.
Last time I went to the oil change shop, a technician looked me in my eyes and said, “Your windshield wipers are looking pretty bad. We can replace those for $25.” I had just put on new wipers the week before.
That wasn’t all! He also told me the car’s air filter needs to be replaced every visit. However, according to cars.com, your car “can go more than a year, at least, and probably more than two years between air filter changes.”
You might have experienced something similar. Maybe you’ve been pitched an engine flush (which cheetsheet.com reported contradicts specific auto-manufacturer’s guidelines), or a new belt, or new fluids, or windshield repair (which many insurance providers cover for free), or who knows what else?
You could easily spend a hundred dollars—and well over an hour—on an oil change at the shop. Never want to go to the oil change shop again? Good news!
Say hello to OiLuber, the rapidly-growing, new gig-economy site everyone is talking about! OiLuber is the new competitive marketplace for on-demand, at-home oil changes. Why is everyone talking about OiLuber? Remember all the reasons we hate going to the oil change shop? Now consider the advantages of using OiLuber:
Don’t waste your money at the dealership, either—dealers have insane mark-ups on parts, which is why—here at OiLuber—we use high-quality, competitively-priced products exclusively from AutoZone. OiLuber is serious about quality and cost-effectiveness. Save the trip to the shop—schedule easily online, pay quickly with a credit card, and keep doing what you need to do, while a highly qualified technician is sent to you. Forget the shop, forget the hassle. Visit www.OiLuber.com today!
Were you looking for this on Friday? Well, #CreativeOpsFriday has given way for #CreativeOpsMonday. Look for episodes to drop every other Monday until further notice.
Sorry for the inconvenience. I promise to let you know ahead of time next time. Maybe. No guarantees. But I will. I promise. Ya know…most likely.
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IN THIS EPISODE…
My in-studio producer/friend/technical overlord (Jason Tieri, Threads Podcast:Life Unfiltered; The Gig Economy Podcast; Hey Guys Media Group) and I discuss/reflect on the first year (13 episodes) of the show and all the behind the scenes gaffs/mishaps/mistakes/planning/preparation/etc….
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Thanks to all the supporters of the show:
And humongous thanks to all the listeners, especially folks like shakespeares_fire & cherylscreativesoup for reaching out on social media and helping to spread the word about the show–stuff like that keeps me excited about doing all this! (Even the writing-show-notes part…)
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Check out www.christophertallon.com for more on the show and its host (me!), read some blogs (my personal ones, not the ones I write for other people, although this and that aren’t bad writing…), and all that shnazzy stuff.
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See you on the next #CreativeOpsMonday everyone!
When we were by the Christmas tree, my kid asked me, “What do you want for Christmas this year, dad?”
“I dunno,” I said. “I think I’m good. I don’t need anything.”
“But there must be something you want.”
“Um…my two front teeth?” I said, pointing at them.
“Ya know–like the song?”
[Me awkwardly singing a flailing my arms in a dorky dad dance]: “All I want for Christmas is my two front…”
“Seriously, though,” I said, pointing at them again. “My two front teeth are fake.”
So, while we were standing near the Christmas tree, I told my daughter the story of why every Christmas, starting when I was 18, I’ve been able to literally say, All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth:
I was 18, as I mentioned. It was only a few weeks from graduation (an event my poor academic performance nearly caused me to miss…) when I was over at my friend’s house. It was a weekday, right after school, and his dad wasn’t around.
For context, my friend’s parents had recently split up, and this was his dad’s new place. This will come into play in a moment.
We were looking for something. It might have been a CD or a DVD. (Remember those?) At any rate, my friend said, “It might be in my dad’s room. I’ll go look.”
“You want me to wait here?”
“I don’t care, you can come in there. It’s messy though. He’s not much of a picker-upper.”
I could give a shit. I was an 18 year old man-child. My room couldn’t have been much better, right?
We went upstairs where the bedrooms were, and I hung by in the doorway while my buddy searched for whatever outdated technology we were looking for. Then I saw near the foot of the bed that his dad had a couple days worth of (what I assumed were) dirty, tight, white manties.
Fuckin gross! was my first thought. Then I had a different idea. Again–18 year old boy-man who barely graduated from high school. I’ve grown since then.
I thought: It would be pretty funny if I grabbed one of those high-mileage tighties and put it over his head while he wasn’t looking.
But I didn’t.
Just kidding. THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT I DID!
Luckily my friend had a really good sense of humor, and we had a good laugh.
Just kidding. HE LOST HIS GODDAMN MIND!
He gagged, took off his crown, and started chasing and swearing at me.
And, as you may have imagined, based on the kind of…person…who does that, I giggled like an idiot while we ran around and over the bed, and around the room.
I was spinning and juking like Barry Sanders, bro. For real. Getting that sweat in!
He finally gave up chasing me. But he had one last Hail Mary.
I was standing near the foot of his dad’s bed. And it was a monster bed. Big, but also had a really thick, hardwood bedframe with a raised footboard.
My friend did his best Pat Mahomes and launched the manboozled underwear at my face from mid-range with everything he had. I saw it coming with enough time to react. Barely.
I instinctively ducked. Down. In front of me. Into the solid piece of wood. And I mean I slammed my face into it. It made a loud thud.
I was sure something was broken, bleeding, both.
But to my surprise, nothing hurt. I smiled at my friend, like, Ha! Missed me!
Then he said, “Oh, HOLY SHIT DUDE!”
Then I breathed and it was like someone poured acid in my mouth. But only for a second. My mouth instantly went shut tight. Then I felt something sharp poking my lip. It was the shard remnants of the bases of my top two front teeth.
I called my mom, because her office was just down the road from where I was. She came and got me. While she was taking me to the dentist, she asked what happened. I told her, then said, “Too bad you paid for those braces, huh? I could’ve just knocked my teeth out and got straight new ones, right ma?”
Happy Holidays, everyone! Be thankful for all your loved ones and intact teeth.
Christopher Tallon writes, podcasts, and…wait a second. Are you actually reading this? HIGH FIVE!
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