EP #2 Doug Karr

Audio link and video of the second episode of my podcast. My guest is local business owner Doug Karr. We discuss his weight loss journey, medical tourism and his struggle finding a proper bicycle.

http://thepsychicderailleur.buzzsprout.com/193775/807562-ep-2-doug-karr

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Podcasting (finally)

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There was a time in my life when all I wanted was to be on the radio.  I made that happen at a pretty young age.  By my sophomore year of college I had an actual job at an actual radio station.  It was small town AM radio, but I was doing it (and getting paid which made me a bit of unicorn among my peers).

I ultimately decided to not pursue radio as a career, but sometime in the mid 90’s I discovered podcasting.  It was the very early stages of the medium, but I saw potential.  I sat on the sidelines for years thinking that podcasting was something I would like to do.  Well, I’ve made the commitment and I’m going to give it a go.

The program will be discussions with people that I find interesting.  There will, for obvious reasons, be a strong bicycle component but it will not be the sole focus.

Even though this is a brand new endeavor I hope it sparks constructive conversation, and suggestions.  Links will be posted in the space as the episodes are finished.

Fingers crossed.

Slow Thinking

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Slow thinking is not a new concept.  If you’re anywhere near my age I’m sure you’re familiar with these sayings.

Look before you leap

Engage your brain before you open your mouth

Better to remain silent and thought a fool than open your mouth and remove all doubt.

Sleep on it.

If there are some of these that pertain specifically to the online world I would love to hear them.

I was reacquainted with this concept listening to economist Arnold Kling discuss his book The Three Languages of Politics.

The concept is pretty easy to understand.  Take a bit of time before you speak (or write, or tweet etc.).  How long do you wait?  It’s hard to say.  It could be a breath, a minute, hours or days.  The point is don’t just spout off.  How many disagreements, road rage incidents, or on line “flame wars” could be prevented this way?

Social media is littered with people who could learn from this.

Of course there have been times when I’ve been irritated, or angered by some random post.  I’ve taken to the keyboard and tapped out what I thought was a terribly clever response.  Righteous in my indignation was I.  I did not, however, hit “send”.  I read what I had written.  Then I read it again.  At that point I deleted the post.  It’s quite cathartic.  I recommend you try it.  Go ahead and use all caps!  What I realized was that what I wrote wasn’t going to change anyone’s mind.  It was only going to pull me down into the crevasse of crap that the original poster had created.

As someone who makes a living in the bicycle business, I’m acutely aware of the constant dangers that automobiles (and the drivers that pilot them) pose when I’m riding on city streets.  I have to think that I would, at the very least, feel much safer if the driver that passes too close (always with some choice words) would take a breath and realize that a bicycle is not actually an impediment to their day.  (Staying off phones while driving would actually accomplish a whole lot more, but that’s a different discussion.)

Now I’m quite sure, gentle reader, that none of these things apply to you directly.  Possibly you have a friend that could benefit from this?  We all have that friend.

Here’s to embracing the slow.

 

 

 

 

Social before social media

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Social media is a marvel.  I think saying “social” isn’t even relevant.  It’s just media.  There has never been so much information available, literally at the tip of your finger.  It’s provided a way to either reach out, or stay in touch.  In the blink of an eye it has changed the way we live our lives.  I’m using it to “talk” to you right now.

All of this hasn’t come without cost.  We are more disconnected, impatient, self involved and more likely to be just down right mean to people.  We seem to be at our worst with people we don’t even know.

I have no illusions that we will be magically transported back to a time when we were more civil.  A time when we said “good morning” to total strangers.  A time when you looked someone in the eye when you spoke, or shook hands.  My hope is that we can come back to some sort of balance.  I’m going to start by, sometimes, trying to have a conversation instead of just sending a text message (A friend did this to wish me a happy birthday.   It made me realize that I could take an extra minute or two for people that are important to me).

I spend a fair amount of time thinking about music.  How for a very long time playing, and sharing music was how we entertained ourselves.  It was how stories were passed down.  All of this happened on your front porch, not in your “news” feed.  These stories have survived because they are about people.  Real people that had real experiences.

Dan Carlin has two very successful podcasts.  He believes that we may be entering into a new “golden age” of storytelling.  I don’t disagree.  My concern is that if we stop talking to each other there won’t be any stories left to tell.

Thank you for reading.

 

 

When did everyone become so sure?

Of themselves, of their opinions, of their “facts”.  When did this happen?

I guess the answer is we’ve always been sure of our own postions.  What’s changed is the exclusion of those who have different opinions than our own.

Disagreement is fine.  Debate is healthy.  As long as we can still be friends when the discussion is over.  I wonder if that’s possible anymore.

People have the ablitly to be “heard” on a scale that we’ve never before experienced (this missive is just one example).  However, just because you can say something, doesn’t always mean you should.  I’ve never forgotten something I learned in my first speech class.  Once you say something, it can never be taken back.  Think first, then speak (or type as the case may be).  Just be nice to each other.