Jim finds himself thinking he is in a rut, ruminating on stagnation and possible depression. The best thing he can imagine is at the core of his belief, that hope and motivation come from within. These thoughts drive out the other thoughts. Thank you listeners, please be kind to yourselves and be your own cheerleader.
Abby and Jim go to a restaurant in Islamorada, FL. The bartender is a competent young fellow who gets to talking to Jim about training an experienced (older) and how difficult it can be. It is tough to train a new employee who think they are in no need of supervision or instruction. You know what is worlds better than a highly skilled and experienced new hire? A new hire who is competent ,reliable and teachable, add highly skilled and experienced then you become unstoppable.
Jim recounts his history of relationship development over his life. The journey was circuitous to the present. Ultimately it was a desire for a romantic connection. *Listener note Don Knotts was an actor whose characters displayed very little romantic relational skills.
Its the end of Lobster Mini Season in the Florida Keys but the season for scammers is always going strong. Jim gives a summary of more recent scamming techniques of the 21st century. We end with a retelling of a new texting to the wrong number scam. Jim has fun with a scammer who texts him about a "Golf Course BBQ Party"
Jim attempts to acquire audio editing skills reaffirming the adage about old dogs. After renewing his license in about 12 minutes at the local DMV.......jealous...... his license photo becomes another reminder of the universality of aging.
A rumination on the summer heat brings Jim to discuss technological change. The progression of discovery, introduction, and widespread use is similar in most forms of the inventions that have changed the way we live. The only thing we can take for granted is change will occur and in many cases it will be positive. Don't fear the change.
Abby and Jim avoid being run over by an aggressive Pick-up driver. Weird sh*t happens at night everywhere. Knowing the difference between a want and a need can help you through economic insecurity. Want to motivate, support, or console yourself try talking to yourself using "you" instead of "I".
Fourth of July maybe Jim's favorite holiday. It has the perfect mix of dehydration and minimally safe pyrotechnical displays. A party host inadvertently makes Jim unsure of his podcasting skills. A look at the "Sangria Method" to diffuse awkward situations. Jim talks about his awareness of his social skills or lack of skills. Everything you do actually changes the world. P.S. Not in the show- At the Pool Party during some woman's retelling of a bucket list item in an Adult Store "Porn Shop", she said she was shocked in 1 particular section. I blurted out "Was it the Anal stuff?" luckily it was ignored or wasn't heard.
The Fourth of July brings the whole of South Florida to the Keys. Jim ruminates about a story told to him by his sister of which he has no recollection. the fact he was very young does not stop him from comparing it to later in life blackouts. It is a strange thing to get second hand reports of interesting or significant events.
Abby goes to her last Radiation Therapy treatment. Both Abby and Jim immediately feel a lessening of anxiety and stress. Now Jim can return to discussing communication mix-ups with Abby. What is an Oriental Message? Did you mean massage or am I going to have to learn Vietnamese?
Jim is frequently interrupted while trying to explain his inability to focus and stay on topic. The gang from the Catch have a birthday party for one of the owners.
A tropical depression hits the Florida Keys. Abby and Jim travel to Miami for Abby's radiation therapy. What kind of parent is God? An attentive hands on parent or the kind that gets the ball rolling and then lets go.
An anonymous donor leaves a gift for the Catch Restaurant. Strange as it seems it was not as shocking to the staff a you may expect. Begs the question who and why would someone do that.
Jim experiences a less than busy Memorial Day Weekend. Several speculations addressing the volume defecit are proposed. Sometimes a person will come into the bar to share their trauma with you. Sometimes all you need to do is listen.
Jim tries to transfer his Podcast to another podcast service. Variety of action, experience, thought, etc. is Jim's way of keeping engaged.
Abby is resolving a medical issue which has both she and Jim making regular trips to the Miami Cancer Institute. A pre-Covid regular\vacationer, Mike from Canada, returns to his home away from home after almost 3 years. Jim has a dream and his take on his behavior is self condemnation. Finally , teens try to shock the adult world through the pretense of outrageous behavior and or speech. It is Jim's belief that most of the talk is just.talk.