Podcast

  • Episode 57: Frustrated Black Men

    This week Dan is joined by Paul to voice their frustration when it comes to this presidential election, the mismanagement of our country, the pandemic response, and how it affects us. It seems like nearly everyone is angry in 2020, no matter who or what they support. We talk about distancing ourselves from Trump supporters, withdrawing from social media and social interaction, and having to deal with an antagonist that looks like low budget versions of us. Dan shares his thoughts on the murder of Jonathan Price and how he would never find humor in the death of an unarmed Black man at the hands of the police, no matter the victim's personal beliefs.

  • Episode 56: Judgement Day

    Dan is joined by @PFromCharlotte to discuss how everyone's so blatantly judgemental in the social media age. It can be really brutal for people that have low self-esteem. It's even spilled over into working from home during quarantine by people judging other people's backgrounds and living conditions. We also talk about racism, anger management, and conflict avoidance.

  • Episode 55: Social Interaction

    Dan reiterates how awkward and drained social interactions make him feel. He talks about making a totally out of character move by recently appearing as a guest on another podcast, which he usually declines due to his severe social anxiety. Dan also talks about being struggling with 2020 and being unable to cope with any more trauma, bad news, or anything not useful. Lastly he talks about how the internet has made people extremely comfortable disrespecting people online, especially Black women, but wouldn't say anything to a man on or offline.

  • Episode 54: Growth vs. Hypocrisy

    Dan opens up about the uncomfortable but brutally honest dialogue he's been having internally. He talks about learning to be able to laugh at himself, friendships based on terms and conditions, and how people often hide behind who they want people to believe they are.

    Dan explains how he's conflicted between growth and being a hypocrite. A lot of the things Dan will not tolerate or finds reprehensible, he's done before. Things like being judgemental, having a huge ego, lying, taking advantage of people, and being mentally/verbally abusive at times. How can you despise someone for doing some of the same things that you've done yourself? Does being ashamed of and finding these actions disgusting represent growth? Lastly, Dan shares why he keeps a comfortable distance from people that are close to him.

  • Episode 53: Becoming Men.

    Dan is rejoined by P to talk about some of their "OGs." We talk about some of the people who were instrumental in helping us become the men we are today. Dan talks about how one of his OGs that used to be heavily involved in the streets pulled him out of the streets, leading by example.

  • Episode 52: Coping.

    Dan talks about how he copes with being anxious. Before being prescribed medication a couple of years ago, Dan was forced to find ways to cope with anxiety and panic attacks. Boxing was one of the first things he found that helped, followed by high intensity workouts. He also talks about not talking through his issues or talking to anyone about his issues.

  • Episode 51: F**k It! I’ll Do It Myself.

    Dan talks about not being able to ask or accept help even if he needs it. A lot of people would attribute that to the male ego, but Dan thinks that it's a mixture of his distrust toward people, learned behavior, and not wanting to feel indebted.

  • Episode 50: Depressed in Isolation.

    Dan talks about battling depression during his self-quarantine and how he's lost the passion for podcasting, even questioning if he wants to continue being a podcaster. Dan gets depressed every single spring as discussed in previous episodes, but the additional stress and isolation from coronavirus pandemic have only amplified it. Dan also realized after 2 weeks of isolation that he needs small doses of human interaction. Things as minor as interacting with a cashier, or just being in the presence of people at the gym.

  • Episode 49: Pandemic Panic.

    Dan personally knows 6 people who have tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID19) and he has been unnecessarily in direct contact with 3 of them for about a week. He also talks about why the virus is spreading so rapidly in New Orleans and how his employer is only adding to the problem by encouraging the spread of the virus. Dan compares the feeling in New Orleans to the feeling right before Hurricane Katrina. Much like Katrina, not many people are taking a life-threatening situation seriously. Our lives are at risk!

  • Episode 48: Leave Me TF Alone! (But Don’t)

    Dan talks about the cycle of pushing people away or keeping them at a distance and then feeling lonely as a result. He also shares his anger-inducing jury duty story but then explains how he's normally the calmest in the middle of all-out chaos. Dan talks about how his anxiety manifests in anger, hostility, and subtle aggression. In his younger days, the aggression towards others wasn't so subtle. Lastly, he talks about how we all have that "f**k it" mode that we can be pushed into where consequences don't matter.