snakes

on the metro?

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Well, snakes were not exactly on my metro but they were apart of the podcast that I was so intently listening to. Last Friday it seemed like anyother. I was running a head of time, and things were going smoothly until I turned my podcast on. Let me preface this by telling you lately, Matt and I have been getting really into the show River Monsters with Jeremy Wade and by “really” into it that’s exactly what I mean. There is not a night that goes by where River Monsters is not on our Netflix cue. It’s an incredible show.

Back to my Friday morning commute. There I sit on the train and I turn on The Moth podcast to get me through my morning commute and luckily it’s a radio hour which is featuring “a squeamish writer is sent on an assignment to locate enormous poisonous snakes; a hippie kid seeks the approval of his conservative father; and two child refugees from Afghanistan arrive in America without their parents.” All hell breaks loose as soon as I turn on the podcast. I sit on the train listening intently and the next thing I know, I look up and I am TWO stops past my transfer location. All I could think of was “wait, this is not right”. After I got back on track to get to the office, I turned my podcast back on and finished listening to the stories.

This is a pointless funny story for me to share with you. It just goes to show that all parts of your life truly are interconnected. That, and well the fact that you should really be paying attention to what’s going on throughout your morning commute.

coincidences

=stories

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I love listening the podcast, This American Life. Recently, TAL reposted a show called  “No Coincidence, No Story!” I am a firm believer in coincidences and without them we wouldn’t have stories. Reaching out to listeners they received over 1,300 stories- can you believe that? Thankfully they made a show devoted to coincidences and stories. The episode will take you from a chance encounter at a bus station to a romantic dollar bill to a baffling apparition in a college shower stall. This is one of my favorite episodes and I wanted to share it with you. You can listen to the episode here.

a solid

the good guy

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On my way to work this morning I was listening to the This American Life podcast. This particular episode I was listening to is entitled Good Guys. The episode is asking the question: what does it take to be a “good guy”? What does it take to truly be a  good guy.  You will hear stories of valiant men attempting to do good in challenging circumstances: in war zones, department stores, public buses, and at the bottom of a cave 900 feet underground.

This is a great way to start my morning and you will even hear about the “good guy discount”.

The Good Guy Discount:

a technique where you say, can I get a good guy discount on that? You’re a good guy, I’m a good guy– come on, just, you know, a good guy discount.

I dare you to try this next time you’re purchasing something. I would love to hear if you actually get away with getting a discount because you’re a good guy.

You will be faced with a moral dilemma, like Ben Calhoun says: It’s me saying, I’m a good guy, which I feel like it’s the kind of thing of saying, I’m so humble. The second part of it is, you’re saying, and the thing I’m going to do as a good guy is I’m going to ask you to do me a favor and cost yourself money. That’s what a good guy I am. And I don’t know. I find it to be not the behavior of a good guy.

So, with all of that said and after you listen to the podcast, would you use this trick of the trade? Do you think asking for the “good guy discount” defeats to purpose of being a good guy?

teaser

tinfoil dinosaur

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Walking to and from work each day can get pretty boring. In order to occupy myself on my walk, most mornings, I talk on the phone with my Aunt, Mom, sister or boyfriend. More often than not, I am listening to music but that gets really boring too. My playlists stay the same, Spotify isn’t working with my mood or something in between. Lately, I’ve been getting back into podcasts. For me, it’s hard to listen to podcasts at work because I get so into them. Instead of working, I find myself listening intently.

This morning on my way to work, I geared up The Moth Podcast and was on my merry way. Today the episode was an interesting mix. (If you are interested check this link out). All of the stories were touching, but one hit me a little different than the others, The Tinfoil Dinosaur. I made the honest mistake of missing my building to continue listening to this story. Three blocks away from my building, I noticed that I had two minutes to make it into the office on time. I decided that once I made it into my office, I would make tea and finish this interesting podcast.

I will give you a little teaser: you will laugh and it features Canadians.

A huge thanks to both Sam and The Moth Podcast for this fantastic episode. It added some extra pep to my step this morning! Keep on keeping on!

Credits:

Sam S. Mullins lives in Vancouver, Canada where he tells lots of stories, often on the CBC show, Definitely Not The Opera. http://samsmullins.com/

The MothPodcast, The Moth is an acclaimed, not-for-profit organization dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling. It is a celebration of both the raconteur, who breathes fire into true tales of ordinary life, and the storytelling novice, who has lived through something extraordinary and yearns to share it. At the center of each performance is, of course, the story – and The Moth’s directors work with each storyteller to find, shape and present it.