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Politics Done Right
Mainstream Media was called out by the President and one of their own and it was sweet

Politics Done Right

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 3, 2021 56:07


Watch Prez Joe Biden call out mainstream media about lying about the vast empty shelves: President Joe Biden took the mainstream media to task. And he did it with class and urged them to go back and do their job. BAM! Chuck Todd busted in real-time twisting guest's poll of youth participation in Election 2022: This Chuck Todd interview is a real-time illustration of the mainstream media trying to influence an election with a narrative change. Stephanie Ruhle comes out swinging to defend the president against a misleading mainstream media: Stephanie Ruhle was clear. The media is misrepresenting the president's record. Why Is The Pandemic Takins So Long? In One Word: Greed: The longer it takes the world to get vaccinated, the more variants we'll see. Stop me if this sounds familiar. It's been kind of a hard year, but I felt optimistic about the holidays. My wife and I had just scheduled our COVID-19 boosters. Even better, we'd been able to get our young child vaccinated. We imagined a cautious return to simple family pleasures like indoor dining—and maybe playdates at indoor play centers during the long Midwestern winter. Maybe we'd even test our kid's appetite for air travel and visit relatives in different parts of the country. --- If you like what we do please do the following! Most Independent Media outlets continue to struggle to raise the funds they need to operate much like the smaller outlets like Politics Done Right SUBSCRIBE to our YouTube Channel here. LIKE our Facebook Page here. Share our blogs, podcasts, and videos. Get our books here. Become a YouTube PDR Posse Member here. Become a Politics Done Right Subscriber via Patreon here. Become a Politics Done Right Subscriber via Facebook here. Consider providing a contribution here. Please consider supporting our GoFundMe equipment fund here. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/politicsdoneright/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/politicsdoneright/support

Eat Your Heartland Out
Shared Cultural Legacies Across Oceans and Borders

Eat Your Heartland Out

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 3, 2021 52:09


On this week's episode of Eat Your Heartland Out, we discuss similarities in the food histories of regions separated by oceans and borders.  First we welcome journalist Samira Mohyeddin, the host of CBC's Unforked, to compare the impacts of migration on Canadian and Midwestern foodways. Then we speak with food historian Emma Kay about many centuries of evolving food culture in the British isles, and how it's similar or different from the evolution of midwestern foodways.Heritage Radio Network is a listener supported nonprofit podcast network. Support Eat Your Heartland Out by becoming a member!Eat Your Heartland Out is Powered by Simplecast.

Circle City Success
147. Learning to Lead & Examining Your Purpose with Jimmy Rayford

Circle City Success

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2021 61:49


Jimmy Rayford is the CEO of Dealers Wholesale which is a company that sells and installs building materials for the construction industry in the Midwestern part of the United States. In this episode, you'll hear Jimmy tell us about how he accepted a job offer with IBM before he started his senior year of college and how at his first department meeting on the job he was told that the division was up for sale and how he moved on from that, how he has learned to be a leader throughout his career and why he sees the CEO role as helping remove obstacles for employees, and why it's important to take a step back and examine your purpose. Jimmy: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jimmyrayford/ Dealers Wholesale: Website: https://www.dealerswholesale.com/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/dealerswholesale/about/ CCS Podcast Partners: Broad Ripple Magazine: https://townepost.com/broad-ripple/ Synergize: https://synergizeindy.com/ Connect with CCS: Connect with Jason: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jason-ulm-0919123/ Connect with Drew: https://www.linkedin.com/in/drewfeutz/

Nick Nack Goes To The Movies
Nick Nack New To Theaters (Catchup Edition Pt. 1) - No Time To Die, Halloween Kills, and Dune

Nick Nack Goes To The Movies

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2021 45:52


On the latest episode of Nick Nack Goes to the Movies, we are back after a month and a half hiatus.  But now that Midwestern me is here and mostly settled in, it is time to get back to the things you need, what movies am I watching and such.  So we have a whole cinema slate to catch up on, we got the end of the Daniel Craig Bond era, we got the latest of Haddonfield Halloween, which somehow jumps to all eras of the history Michael Myers.  Lastly is the latest cast-loaded Sci-Fi show Dune.  I mean Jason Momoa, Oscar Isaac, and Josh Brolin, enough said.  So get caught up as I catch up on the used to be new to theater films of October.  What did you think of these flicks?  Let me know what you think of Halloween, Dune, and No Time To Die, on social at Nick Nack Movies or Nick Nack_IC on Twitter, Tik Tok, Instagram, and Letterboxd, where you can see my updated Halloween franchise rankings among other movie magic moments. 

Nerd and Tie
173. The Death of Daisho Con

Nerd and Tie

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2021 106:44


So the biggest news in the Midwestern con scene this last week has been long running Wisconsin anime convention Daisho

Art World
Ep. 89 Caitlin Mary Margarett

Art World

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 26, 2021 51:50


Caitlin Mary Margarett is a Midwestern artist, born and raised between Minnesota and Iowa. CMM attends the University of Wisconsin-Madison, seeking an MFA in 4D (2024). She holds a BFA in performance art and a BA in art history from the University of Northern Iowa (2018). Rooted in a durational, performative practice, CMM's work shifts between seeking an esthetic, spiritual ambience and an immediate, frenetic urgency about our climate crisis. Her work is a multimedia exploration of place and the near past; utilizing video, photography, ceramics, antiques, and textiles to evoke both nostalgia and solastalgia. She has most recently been analyzing her local ecology and considering the Midwest landscape as an article of history in and of itself. The 100 Days project is a durational performance practice that began in 2020, illustrating the timeline of the Midwest's loss in biodiversity alongside her maternal family's immigration from Denmark to Iowa. The project is focused on generating a discussion surrounding our concept of time, ecological and cultural erosion, and grief. In 2021, her 100 Days V.ii documented the Iowa Derecho's damage and showed her multi-day pilgrimage across the state. In the final days of V.ii, CMM documented the homes, graves, and churches of her maternal line, and the Rompot prairie that was destroyed by Cargill and the City of Cedar Rapids. Through 100 Days V.i in 2020, CMM cataloged much of her surrounding landscape and domestic rituals at the onset of the pandemic. CMM's art practice is a means to make sense of her own feminist spirituality within systems of cultural / ecological flourishing and suffering. Her work poses questions about individual agency, and the experience of being locked in cycles of redemption and reemergence. These recurring threads, woven into narratives around site specificity and our connection to place, coalesce into new work that asks what our roles are as we brace for the impact of our climate emergency. Her work has been shown throughout the Midwest, at 2021's Miami Art Week as a part of the PERFORMANCE IS ALIVE / Satellite Show that runs concurrent with Art Basel Miami; at Louisiana State University for the 2019 Queeramics Symposium; in Ceramics Monthly; Emergency Index V. 8 and V. 9; and Aesthetica Magazine. She is currently preparing for her research trip to Denmark in 2022 and her solo show in Berlin, Germany, at LiTEHAUS GALERIE & PROJEKTRAUM, also slated for 2022. CMM's next upcoming solo show is scheduled at ARTIFACT Gallery, New York, NY, on January 11-29, 2023. https://www.caitlinmarymargarett.com/

My First Band Podcast
144 – Emily Wolfe

My First Band Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 26, 2021 55:43


If you don't know the name Emily Wolfe yet, you will soon. The Austin-based singer, songwriter and guitarist is a few months removed from the release of Outlier, her excellent sophomore album that's earned acclaim from listeners and critics alike. Epiphone now produces a signature model guitar that bears her name, and she's about to take that guitar on the road again when she embarks on a Midwestern tour next month before what's sure to be a busy and bountiful 2022. Long before Wolfe was collaborating with Queens of the Stone Age members and sharing the stage with the likes of Joan Jett and Heart, she was playing acoustic brunch sets at restaurants and trying to make a name for herself in the Texas capital. Prior to hitting the road again (including a Dec. 9 headlining show at Cactus Club in Milwaukee), Wolfe spoke with My First Band host Tyler Maas about what it's been like getting back on the road again, the process of recording the new album with Michael Shuman and highlights from her already impressive and still-blossoming career. Over the course of the conversation, Wolfe talked about being drawn to guitar at the age of 5, immersing herself in songwriting in her teens, diving headfirst into Austin's music scene during her college years and some of the formative experiences and opportunities that — combined with her years of hard work and natural talent — helped her become the artist she is today. My First Band is sponsored by Mystery Room Mastering and Lakefront Brewery. The show is edited by Jared Blohm. You can listen to My First Band on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify and wherever else you get podcasts. You can also listen to rebroadcasts of previous My First Band episodes on WMSE every Wednesday from noon to 12:30 p.m. CST. Music used in this episode comes courtesy of Devils Teeth ("The Junction Street Eight Tigers") and Emily Wolfe ("Damage Control").

Kyle Meredith With...
Houndmouth on Good for You's Midwestern Style with a Southern Gothic Twist

Kyle Meredith With...

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2021 70:00


Houndmouth's Matt Meyers and Shane Cody catch up with Kyle Meredith to talk about their new album, Good for You. The pair called in from the very practice space and recording studio that they made the record, affectionately known as The Green House. Coming from Southern Indiana (just across the river from Louisville), Houndmouth take us inside the characters that populate the new LP's songs and tell about basing the lyrics in the Midwest with a Southern Gothic twist. They also explain why they return to the Kentucky Derby in the title track and how it ties in with the song "Las Vegas" and Matt's love of poker. Listen to the episode now, and then make sure you're subscribed to Kyle Meredith With… wherever you get your podcasts. For more information on all our shows, you can also follow the Consequence Podcast Network. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Bread and Circuses
B&C 128: Midwestern Is A Culture

Bread and Circuses

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2021 55:26


Caleb & Nick talk Kyle Rittenhouse's innocence, the Omaha Creep Control (OCC), the Women's March's BIG RACIST MISTAKE, the missing people the media won't tell you about, Caleb's latest war with a big tech company, the things your child did not say, and much more on this week's episode of Bread & Circuses. Use the promo code BREAD for $5 off tickets to Harmful Content Comedy on December 4th at Wired Pub & Grill: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/harmful-content-comedy-matthew-blevins-tickets-216352655617 Please donate to help this podcast continue to grow on Anchor and support the audio version of this podcast and donate funds at: https://anchor.fm/big-bill-media If you are interested in becoming a guest, or have any other booking inquiries, please contact: breadncircusespodcast@gmail.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BreadAndCirc... Twitter: @CircusesBread Instagram: Breadncircusespodcast Redbubble: https://www.redbubble.com/people/bigb... Caleb's Social Media: Twitter: @CalebIsntFunny Instagram: @CalebIsntFunny Snapchat: @DelonteEast Minds.com: @CalebSalvatore Clubhouse: @calebisntfunny YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEmT... Tik Tok: @CalebSalvatoreComedy (With the exception of the Bread & Circuses podcast logo & Big Bill Media logo, all visual art used in the cover image of this video is property of neither Bread & Circuses, Big Bill Media, nor any of its affiliates) --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/big-bill-media/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/big-bill-media/support

Blind Shots Podcast
Blind Shots Podcast Season 3 Episode 9 – Americans in Wisconsin Roundtable – Lawsonia Links

Blind Shots Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2021 54:44


In this third and final installment of The Americans in Wisconsin Roundtable, we discuss the experience of playing the Links Course at Lawsonia. Nestled above Green Lake, the Links at Lawsonia simultaneously reminds me of several great Midwestern courses I've played and looks unlike anywhere I've seen before. From the hands and minds of the…

Authentic Influencer Podcast
EP 167 So You Want to Start A Side Hustle

Authentic Influencer Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2021 30:02


 So You Want to Start A Side Hustle   “Find the people who have the lifestyle that you want and really tap into how they think.”   Craig Clickner       Today's Podcast is number 167. Brooke has a meaningful conversation with a Midwestern husband & wife duo, Craig Clickner & Carrie Bohlig. They realized that if they wanted to create an exceptional life with choices and autonomy, they had to go out of bounds on the mainstream “go to school and get a good job” adage. Since they were not hardcore enough to quit their jobs and attempt to gut out a startup, they instead jumped into the world of moderate entrepreneurship, meaning they started their first wave of side hustles.   Craig and Carrie talk a lot about an idea called Life Set.   “If mindset is your way of thinking, then life set is your way of living.” Craig Clickner   Mindset is like your opinions and how you think, life set is your way of living in your choices. What they have found is a lot of people are chasing the money, but the foundation is all messed up. If you don't have ongoing revenue set up it's going to be really hard to build something substantial outside of the day job.    Craig and Carrie talk about finances and family, faith, having fun and your relationships. If those areas can be in decent order, then can go build a real business on top of that. The best thing that you can do is set a good life example.  They also talk about life vision, which is like you asking yourself not what do I want to do, but how do I want to live? They have seen people in a lot of different industries who are very successful, but they didn't necessarily invest the time early on for laying a firm foundation.    Laying a firm foundation is such an important area to slow down and learn about personal develop, growing your leadership, and really live out success principles. It should really bleed and transfer into every area of your life if you're doing it well.    Some things that people can do to create that solid foundation are first get a good job, but put boundaries around it. And then don't waste time at the office. Then stop spending money on “stupid stuff.” You don't need the expensive car or gigantic house. Don't try to impress people with what you have, especially when you haven't built and created and earned it yet.    “Be smart, impress people with your thinking, impress people with your work ethic, impress people with your conviction. ” - Craig Clickner   Craig and Carrie have written a book that covers the whole spectrum from a comprehensive standpoint on how to actually build something, but not short-term and, and commission-based, but very significant in nature that actually can change your lifestyle and have a really big impact on you and your family's life.  There's a link for the book and a few free downloadables on their website, tandem consulting.co.   How to get involved If you are ready to take your business online and have the system to free up your time AND bring in the customers and recruits you want, check out www.socialtenacitytraining.com! If you want to continue the conversation, join the Official Authentic Influencer Marketing Community on FB HERE   If you liked this episode, be sure to subscribe and leave a quick review on iTunes. It would mean the world to hear your feedback and we'd love for you to help us spread the word!

The Freeing Energy Podcast
Tim Montague: How is good old fashioned midwestern grit helping shape a clean energy future in Illinois?

The Freeing Energy Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2021 34:58


Midwest solar and storage leader and Clean Power Hour podcast host, Tim Montague, shares with host Bill Nussey how clashing titans in Illinois crafted a grand legislative bargain taking big steps toward a clean renewable energy future. Plus, Montague shares insights on how the simple economics of solar power and storage is changing minds in both boardrooms and around kitchen tables across the state.

The Movie Podcast
Resident Evil: Welcome to Racoon City Review

The Movie Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2021 17:28


Daniel, Shahbaz, & Anthony try and survive the night in their review of Johannes Roberts's RESIDENT EVIL: WELCOME TO RACOON CITY. The film stars Kaya Scodelario, Hannah John-Kamen, Robbie Amell, Tom Hopper, Avan Jogia, Donal Logue, and Neal McDonough. Resident Evil: Welcome to Racoon City releases exclusively in theatres November 24, 2021.INTERVIEW WITH ROBBIE AMELL, CHRIS REDFIELD IN RESIDENT EVIL: WELCOME TO RACOON CITYListen now on all podcast feeds and on TheMoviePodcast.caContact: hello@themoviepodcast.caIn RESIDENT EVIL: WELCOME TO RACCOON CITY, once the booming home of pharmaceutical giant Umbrella Corporation, Raccoon City is now a dying Midwestern town. The company's exodus left the city a wasteland…with great evil brewing below the surface. When that evil is unleashed, a group of survivors must work together to uncover the truth behind Umbrella and make it through the night.FOLLOW USDaniel on Twitter, Instagram, and LetterboxdShahbaz on Twitter, Instagram, and LetterboxdAnthony on Twitter, Instagram, and LetterboxdThe Movie Podcast on Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, Discord, and YouTubeThe Movie Podcast is on a mission to hit 200 Apple Podcast reviews, click here to head over to our show page on APPLE PODCASTS and leave us a 5 STAR review!ABOUTThe Movie Podcast is one of Canada's top film and review podcasts. Every week you'll hear film lovers Daniel, Shahbaz, and Anthony discuss the biggest movie news, talk trailers, what's coming soon, ponder a unique topic of show, and speak to special guests from across the film industry. Catch a new episode of The Movie Podcast every Monday and watch out for Review episodes on all the latest movies and series.

Average Joe Finances
69. So You Want to Start a Side Hussle? With Carrie Bohlig and Craig Clickner

Average Joe Finances

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 21, 2021 52:59


Join Mike Cavaggioni with his guests, Carrie Bohlig and Craig Clickner, on the 69th episode of the Average Joe Finances Podcast as they talk about venturing into the world of side-hustling. Carrie and Craig met as singles while building their businesses. Living a modest life, Carrie began her business while studying sociology and Women's Studies. Meanwhile, Craig first considered creating his own business while working as a banking risk analyst in 2003. And while their paths to entrepreneurship were different, the two bonded over side-hustling, building each other up and creating the life they wanted together as a family. Today, Carrie and Craig share their experiences to inspire people worldwide to do the same.In this episode, you'll learn:●     The value of building good relationships with business owners in affiliate marketing.●     How much of our success results from the people and media we associate with.●     The advantage of honing your communications skills to better connect with people.●     How to grow ourselves as products to monetize our knowledge and skills over time.●     Why vetting our referrals is vital in maintaining our credibility as an affiliate marketer.●     And much more!About Carrie Bohlig and Craig Clickner:Carrie Bohlig and Crag Clickner are a Midwestern husband and wife duo who wanted to build an exceptional life and create the autonomy they desired. And so, they knew they had to do more than the mainstream “go to school and get a good job” adage. But, like many, Carrie and Craig were not hardcore enough to quit their jobs and gut out a startup, so instead, they ventured into the world of moderate entrepreneurship, also known as “side hustling.”The willingness to embrace the side hustling adventure has revolutionized the way they live, allowing them to step away from their traditional careers, becoming full-time parents and entrepreneurs.  Having helped others acquire similar results, they now have the privilege of speaking to thousands annually. The couple also shares their foundational success concepts such as implementing the proper “Life set,” elevating the right WHO, and developing a Life Vision in their book, So You Want To Start A Side Hustle.Unfortunately, Carrie and Craig see too many people starting side hustles but very few who know how to finish them.  As such, they look forward to being a resource to support your journey to diversify not only your income but also your skills sets, and most importantly, elevate your quality of life.Find Carrie Bohlig and Craig Clickner on: Website: http://tandemconsulting.co/Carrie's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/carriebohlig/Craig's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/craig-clickner/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tandem.consulting/Linktr.ee: https://linktr.ee/tandemconsultingAverage Joe Finances™Our social media links can be found here: https://flow.page/avgjoefinancesCheck out: https://averagejoefinances.comUse the same Audio/Video Editing Team that I use: https://editpods.comHost your own Podcast here: https://averagejoefinances.com/buzzsproutSocial Media Management Tool: https://averagejoefinances.com/social-mediaEpisode Sponsor. Your Multifamily Mentor: http://www.yourmultifamilymentor.com/*DISCLAIMER* https://averagejoefinances.com/disclaimerIf you are interested in writing for Average Joe Finances or joining us for an interview on the podcast, please visit https://averagejoefinances.com/contact Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/avgjoefinances)

#SUNDAYCIVICS
Episode 162: Clearing Up Misconceptions About Rural America

#SUNDAYCIVICS

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 20, 2021


When discussions turn to the people of Rural America, oftentimes descriptors of Mid-Western, white, and conservative are used. Guess what? That is totally wrong! L. Joy brings Cynthia Wallace and Paolo Cremidis to the front of the class to give us what we need to know, and clear up misconceptions about the people living in Rural America. 

Behind the Mic with AudioFile Magazine
THE BOYS by Ron Howard, Clint Howard, read by Ron Howard, Clint Howard, Bryce Dallas Howard

Behind the Mic with AudioFile Magazine

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2021 8:07


Entertainment icon brothers Ron and Clint Howard share a memoir that doesn't stray far from being a sincere loving tribute to their late Midwestern parents and grandparents for the values they instilled. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile's Sandi Henschel discuss this personal shared narration as the Howards tell of their lives at home, and their journey into acting and directing careers in the 1950s and 1960s and beyond. A delight, and a must-listen. Read the full review of the audiobook on AudioFile's website. Published by Harper Audio. Find more audiobook recommendations at audiofilemagazine.com Support for Behind the Mic comes from Graphic Audio. Graphic Audio, A Movie in Your Mind featuring dramatized adaptations of the TERRA IGNOTA science fiction series by Ada Palmer. Savings of up to 60% Off this month! Discount prices reflected on product pages at GraphicAudio.net Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

My First Band Podcast
143 – Ashley Smith (Whips, Red Knife Lottery)

My First Band Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2021 86:18


These days, Ashley Smith stays busy as the owner and operator of Alive and Fine — a vintage shop in Milwaukee's Bay View neighborhood — and as one of the founders/organizers responsible for the annual Hover Craft maker fair (which is set to return to The Pritzlaff Building on Dec. 5). She also runs the recurring One Trick Pony pop up flea market and, oh yeah, is a mother of two as well. Though she's developed quite an impressive reputation in the Midwestern vintage, maker, arts and craft realms, Smith is also one hell of a lead singer. Recently, My First Band host Tyler Maas stopped by Alive and Fine and asked Smith about her business, Hover Craft's return and her on-stage alter ego as the frontwoman of renowned Milwaukee acts like Red Knife Lottery and Whips. Over the course of the conversation, Smith spoke about singing harmonies on her mother's church compositions as a kid, finding and quickly immersing herself in the basement show and legion hall scene as a teenager, recording with John Congleton and playing with Paramore during the Red Knife days, memorable moments from her Whips tenure, and much more. Along the way, Smith also talked about co-founding Girls Rock Milwaukee camp and teased an upcoming song she's working on. My First Band is sponsored by Mystery Room Mastering and Lakefront Brewery. The show is edited by Jared Blohm. You can listen to My First Band on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify and wherever else you get podcasts. You can also listen to rebroadcasts of previous My First Band episodes on WMSE every Wednesday from noon to 12:30 p.m. CST. Music used in this episode comes courtesy of Devils Teeth ("The Junction Street Eight Tigers") and Whips ("Nobody's Fool").

The Movie Podcast
Interview with Robbie Amell, Chris Redfield in Resident Evil: Welcome to Racoon City

The Movie Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2021 15:35


This week on a SPECIAL EDITION of The Movie Podcast, we welcome Robbie Amell who plays CHRIS REDFIELD in RESIDENT EVIL: WELCOME TO RACOON CITY! The film is a reboot of the popular video game franchise and was shot in Toronto. In their discussion, Daniel & Shahbaz talk with Robbie about preparing for the role, his love of the video game series, favourite spots to hit up in Toronto, and lots more. Resident Evil: Welcome to Racoon City is in theatres November 24, 2021.Listen now on all podcast feeds and on TheMoviePodcast.caContact: hello@themoviepodcast.caIn RESIDENT EVIL: WELCOME TO RACCOON CITY, once the booming home of pharmaceutical giant Umbrella Corporation, Raccoon City is now a dying Midwestern town. The company's exodus left the city a wasteland…with great evil brewing below the surface. When that evil is unleashed, a group of survivors must work together to uncover the truth behind Umbrella and make it through the night.FOLLOW USDaniel on Twitter, Instagram, and LetterboxdShahbaz on Twitter, Instagram, and LetterboxdAnthony on Twitter, Instagram, and LetterboxdThe Movie Podcast on Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, Discord, and YouTubeThe Movie Podcast is on a mission to hit 200 Apple Podcast reviews, click here to head over to our show page on APPLE PODCASTS and leave us a 5 STAR review!ABOUTThe Movie Podcast is one of Canada's top film and review podcasts. Every week you'll hear film lovers Daniel, Shahbaz, and Anthony discuss the biggest movie news, talk trailers, what's coming soon, ponder a unique topic of show, and speak to special guests from across the film industry. Catch a new episode of The Movie Podcast every Monday and watch out for Review episodes on all the latest movies and series.

Trek to the Holodeck
S3E15 - “Looking for par'Mach in All the Wrong Places” featuring Kirie! (DS9 S5 E3)

Trek to the Holodeck

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2021


Episode Notes Brilliant. Thoughtful. Midwestern. These words describe this week's guest, Kirie, who flat-out levels the holobois in smarts with her insights to one of the silliest (and best?) episodes of Deep Space Nine. It's simple, really: Quark has the hots for his Klingon ex-wife Grilka, Worf has the hots for Grilka, Dax has the hots for Worf, Worf and Dax help Quark seduce Grilka, Grilka's bodyguard challenges Quark to a duel to the death, Dax invents space marionette technology so Worf can puppet Quark in his mortal combat on... THE HOLODECK! Hosted by Darius Hamilton-Smith, Dylan Hamilton-Smith and Jan Lefrancois-Gijzen Computer Voice provided by Verona Blue Music by "b o d y l i n e" available on Bandcamp

The Cabin
How to Live More Sustainably (ft. "The Mindfluencers")

The Cabin

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2021 47:30


The Cabin is presented by the Wisconsin Counties Association and this week we're featuring Brown County; https://bit.ly/3BDNdsXCampfire Conversation: Do you want to live more sustainably? Does living a ‘green' lifestyle seem too difficult to do? Have you met The Mindfluencers?The Mindfluencers mini-series follows parents, Corrina and Patrick Cunningham, as they navigate a sustainable lifestyle that's practical for the average Midwestern family. They came to The Cabin (with their youngest child in arm) to share some of their sensible tips and tricks to living a more sustainable life that anyone can do. Whether it's choosing the grocery store you shop at, how you bag up your food, or tips on reducing, reusing, and recycling, they've got great advice for people at any stage of life to be mindful of the environment we live in! To learn more tips on how to live more sustainability, make sure to follow The Mindfluencers on:Facebook;https://bit.ly/3GfofU2Instagram; https://bit.ly/3jnxtnFYouTube; https://bit.ly/3C45GPvBehind-the-Scenes of Discover Wisconsin: “Wisconsin Campgrounds: Fun For The Whole Family!” with Producer, Andy Meddaugh: https://youtu.be/1hxfaR4YzocCobblestone Hotels; The Official Hotel Chain of Discover Wisconsin; https://bit.ly/3zv0mE9UW-Platteville; Affordable and Impeccable Education in The Driftless Area; https://bit.ly/3nz1XpEMarshfield Clinic; All of Us Research Program; https://bit.ly/3klM56EKnow Your Wisconsin: Beer Distributors: Customer Relationships 

This Is Your Afterlife
The Last Opportunity to Do What I'm Best At with Nicholas Ward

This Is Your Afterlife

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2021 48:35


Nicholas Ward talks to me about the deep friendships that have shaped his life, including in difficulty and tragedy. We also talk about his plan to get an urn shaped like Prince's symbol and engineering car rides to catch the sunset. Nick's book, All Who Belong May Enter, is a reflective AND FUN tramp through Midwestern restaurants, neighborhoods, and suburbs, all the while examining the privilege that so many in his (and my) position never question. Listen to this episode, and then check it out! Get Nick's extended episode at https://www.patreon.com/davemaher (patreon.com/davemaher), and enjoy fun bonuses while supporting me and the show! Buy https://www.autumnhouse.org/books/all-who-belong-may-enter/ (All Who Belong May Enter) from Autumn House Press: https://www.autumnhouse.org/ (autumnhouse.org) Follow Nick! His website: https://nicholascward.com/ (nicholascward.com) Twitter: https://twitter.com/NicholasCWard (@NicholasCWard) Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nicholascward/ (@nicholascward) Transcript: https://app.podscribe.ai/series/1246109 (This Is Your Afterlife on Podscribe) --- Follow me @thisisdavemaher on https://www.instagram.com/thisisdavemaher/ (Instagram) and https://twitter.com/ThisIsDaveMaher (Twitter), and subscribe to my weekly newsletter, Hella Immaculate, at http://thisisdavemaher.com/ (thisisdavemaher.com). Want to learn more about or sign up for my Unblock or Personal Story Workshops? Email thisisdavemaher@gmail.com. --- Intro Song = Future: "Use Me" Transitional Music = James Blackshaw: "The Cloud of Unknowing" Outro Song = Johnnie Frierson: "Miracles" Support this podcast

Windy City Slam
Calling it down the middle with Dan Perch

Windy City Slam

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2021 50:30


Chicagoland and Midwestern independent wrestling referee Dan Perch joins Windy City Slam Podcast to talk about the enthusiasm he has for the business, being trained at Thumper's Den up in the Milwaukee area, learning Spanish to work Lucha Libre matches and much more. Plus, Mike recaps the top matches at AEW Full Gear, runs down the local scene, including a stellar Dynamic Wrestling Alliance show last week, and previews a huge weekend around Chicago. Mike Pankow is a wrestling super-fan who covers local Chicagoland wrestling and national promotions like AEW and WWE. If there is something going on in Chicago, Mike knows about it. Enjoy "Wrestling, Chicago-Style" on The Broadcast Basement On-Demand Radio Network! Music by Jason Shaw on Audionautix.com. Get your local wrestling fix every Tuesday everywhere podcasts can be found and always at WindyCitySlam.com!

National Wildlife Federation Outdoors
Problematic Paylakes with Aaron Wheatley and Greg Schwipps

National Wildlife Federation Outdoors

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2021 69:58


In our latest episode, we sit down with two Midwestern fisherman and catfish advocates. They have grown increasingly concerned with "paylakes" in their region. We discuss what paylakes are, how they operate, and how they are decimating the public resource of catfish by largely unregulated and unethical means. We detail the situation, what it's meant for average anglers, fishing tournaments, invasive species spread, management, and for the rivers of the Midwest that grow very large catfish. Last we touch on how you can learn more, and get involved in helping to better manage the resource and getting a fair shake for regional anglers.  Links: Lots of info about paylakes: www.exposingpaylakes.com  Indiana Catfish Conservation Association https://www.facebook.com/IndianaCatfishConservationAssociation Home site of the catfish tournament Aaron Wheatley started: https://www.monstersontheohio.com/ National Wildlife Federation's work on invasive carp in the Midwest https://www.nwf.org/Our-Work/Environmental-Threats/Invasive-Species/Asian-Carp Show notes: 1:00 - intro to episode 2:08 - intro to guests 4:45 - Greg's recent small mouth fishing trips 6:10 - what is a paylake 9:05 - the situation in Kentucky 13:15 - monetizing a natural resource through paylakes 15:30 - methods of take and "netting" 19:45 - what did it look like for average anglers leading up to this situation 22:05 - the Monsters on the Ohio catfish tournament - how this paylakes situation has degraded the tournament experience and local tourism 26:45 - catfish are being exploited all over the Midwest 32:45 - one thousand people in the crowd at the Monsters on the Ohio tournament 34:57 - a message from the Artemis sportswomen podcast 35:30 - the scope of the problem 40:12 - problems with transporting live fish 43:00 - how the current paylakes situation exacerbates invasive species issues 46:45 - we know large catfish are feeding on invasive carp 48:15 - what do we need to do about this 51:00 - pushing for no transportation of live fish in KY 55:00 - the need to change limits, take methods, and size thresholds 1:00:20 - the need for cooperative interstate regulations 1:03:20 - checking out the "exposing paylakes" website 1:08:15 - fighting this fight for the next generations 1:08:30 - listening to the side of those who operate paylakes                                

REAL PARANORMAL ACTIVITY - THE PODCAST/NETWORK
(VIDEO) ENTERTAINING SHORT FILMS: The Landing

REAL PARANORMAL ACTIVITY - THE PODCAST/NETWORK

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2021 17:47


ENTERTAINING SHORT FILMS is a new category on the RPA Network, which features indie short films for your enjoyment! We applaud these creators!   As a child in the summer of 1960, Edward lives with his father on a Midwestern farm, with no mother in the picture and a palpable, almost lonely quiet around them. One night, he and his dad watched something land in a field. Whatever has landed seems to unleash his father's inner turmoil, and haunted the young boy as he grew into a man. Years later, Edward goes to unearth the truth of what just happened -- and reckons with the legacy and shadow that it cast on him and his family.   This sci-fi short -- by writer-director Josh Tanner and co-writer Jade Van Der Lei -- has all the trappings of a classic in its genre, seemingly hearkening back to the 1950s, which its evocation of Cold War paranoia, pastoral innocence and UFOs.

The Playlist Podcast Network
'Yellowstoners' Podcast: You're Not Watching 'The Godfather' In Montana With 'Succession' Family Dynamics, But You Should

The Playlist Podcast Network

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2021 41:38


Welcome to "Yellowstoners," a new podcast from The Playlist Podcast Network dedicated to the one and only "Yellowstone," Paramount Network's most-watched show and the most popular drama series on cable TV. Surprised we watch, and care enough to do a whole podcast dedicated to "Yellowstone?" Well, so were we. But the cowboy ranchers in Montana show is pretty damn addictive, y'all. Created by macho Mid-Westerner writer/director/showrunner Taylor Sheridan ("Sicario," "Hell Or High Water"), the appeal of "Yellowstone" feels head-scratching until you figure out the gist of it. It's essentially "The Godfather" set in Montana or a Mid-Western version of "Succession." So that means, family empires, dynasty, greed, money, struggle for power and control within the moral milieu of trying to navigate family while you also cross criminal lines you can't uncross. There's a cost on the soul and a cost on the family. "Yellowstone" is also a little bit of "Breaking Bad" in that sense (the cross between family and crime and how the two never mix) and "Game Of Thrones," (everyone trying to claim the throne of power). Only on this show, like "Succession," Kevin Costner and the Dutton family already sit on the throne, but every single day, there is some kind of contender trying to get their main prize title: the precious and lucrative land they own. Sheridan's films and TV series are always about men in their environments and how the environments shape the men who live in them. In "Wind River," set in Wyoming, it's a cruel and merciless environment of freezing temperatures and hostile weather that makes for a milieu of cruel humanity around it. In Sheridan's upcoming series, "The Mayor of Kingstown," it's the prison industrial complex of Michigan, and the limitations it places on a town with no other hope, that informs the men there. And in "Yellowstone," it's nostalgic men and family trying to hold onto the legacy of what they own and trying to fight against the progress around them that wants to dismantle that old cowboy way of life. "Yellowstone" ain't perfect, but it's got a terrific cast and it's super watchable and intriguing. From here on out, we should be plodding about every episode. But in this debut episode, we break down what "Yellowstone" is for newbs, what the appeal is, and dig a little deeper into the season four premiere that debuted recently on Paramount Network. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/theplaylist/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theplaylist/support

Marked Safe: A Disaster Podcast
What Boy Wouldn't?: Urban Legends Part 2

Marked Safe: A Disaster Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2021 59:36


AUDIO DISCLAIMER: Melanie is at it again - she attempted a new recording set-up and the audio did not work out as planned. We've learned our lesson and won't be mixing it up again, sorry for the iffy sound this week!This week, the Midwestern food bracket has two tasty contenders, Melanie forgets this is a family show and is too willing to exhume a corpse, sewer alligators get gaslit out of existence, Brianne faces her phobia head-on for the sake of research, and reptiles encounter labia yet again.Content warnings: live burial, dissection of corpse, stillbirth/infant loss 15:40, depression, coma, graphic murder of dog in urban legend 23:55, another dog murder at 28:14, meanness to alligators, decapitation, death from hit and run, brief mention of alcoholism, knife assault, non-graphic mention of rape.Links:A decades-old ‘slasher' tale is circulating on TikTok nowCan Alligators Live in Sewers?Can Humans (Briefly) Survive Decapitation?Corpse mistaken for Halloween decorationDecapitation in Rats: Latency to Unconsciousness and the ‘Wave of Death'Did Anne Boleyn really try to speak after being beheaded? Do You Really Stay Conscious After Being Decapitated? How Urban Legends Like 'The Licked Hand' Are BornPolice still searching for man in brazen Salt Lake City rapeSewer AlligatorSewer alligatorSlasher Under the CarThe Alligator In The Sewer: Evidence Behind NYC's Urban LegendThe Horrid Story Of Octavia Hatcher, A Grieving Mother Who Was Buried AliveThe Licked HandThe Story of Octavia HatcherThe True Story Of Octavia Hatcher - History vs. Myth The Truth About Alligators in the Sewers of New YorkURBAN YARN OF `MALL SLASHER` JUST WON`T DIEWoman raped in downtown parking lot in broad daylight

The Vets Unleashed
Ep 58: Stories of a Vet Student with Adriana Razo

The Vets Unleashed

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2021 25:27


The vets take a trip down memory lane with their guest, Adriana Razo, a third-year vet student at Midwestern University College. Adriana shares why she chose to enroll in Midwestern University College, what made her decide to pursue an advanced degree, what it's like as a third-year vet student, and so much more. If you want the inside scoop into a vet student's world, this episode is for you. Tune in and sit back as class is officially in session. A Closer Look at the Episode: [3:45] How different is Midwestern university college's program [5:25] Third year as a vet student and going into junior surgery [8:07] Being a first-generation college student and grad [12:11] Transitioning and moving to a different state [13:25] Adriana's expectations going into vet school [20:07] The scariest thing about going to vet school [22:55] Adriana's advice for vet students Connect with the Vets on Instagram @Thevetsunleashed and head to the website Thevetsunleashed.com to get the episode cocktail recipe.

Hysteria 51
Double Walker w/ Sylvie Mix and Colin West | 262

Hysteria 51

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 8, 2021 34:14


A little girl is found dead on Christmas day in a small Midwestern town. That same night a mysterious young woman moves to town and is revealed to be none other than the ghost of the little girl, and she is determined to piece together the vague memories of her own demise. That's the short-short run down of Double Walker a new movie from Colin West and Sylvie Mix.  They both join me this week to talk making ghost stories, living in a haunted house, and what it's really like to make a movie. Plus, CBot tells us his favorite paranormal comedy (It's disturbing),  KYLE talks REVENGE (spoiler, it involves cheese muffins), and Brent tries to keep it all together while John is still out welcoming in his new baby girl to the world.  All this and more on the podcast that doesn't always talk about ghosts. But when we do, they are out for revenge - Hysteria 51 Special thanks to this week's research sources: Videos Double Walker IMDb - https://www.imdb.com/title/tt12752246/  Websites Colin West - http://colinwestm.com/ Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/doublewalkerfilm/?hl=en Movie Insider - https://www.movieinsider.com/m19452/double-walker Screen Anarchy - https://screenanarchy.com/2021/10/clip-from-double-walker-a-good-haunting.html Pop Horror - https://www.pophorror.com/colin-wests-double-walker-2021-a-ghost-story-set-to-debut-in-theaters-and-vod/ AV Club - https://www.avclub.com/a-new-film-imagines-what-itd-be-like-to-blend-a-ghost-s-1847904422 Cracked Up Films - https://crankedupfilms.com/doublewalker?doing_wp_cron=1636060976.3874049186706542968750 Gateway Film Center - https://gatewayfilmcenter.org/movies/double-walker/ Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/Hysteria51 See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Unpleasant Dreams
Did This Physician Murder His Wife - The Sheppard Murder Case Part 2 – Unpleasant Dreams 11

Unpleasant Dreams

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 8, 2021 21:52


Part two of our program on The Sheppard Murder case which spawned the American “Trial of The Century” before OJ. A physician is suspected of murdering his wife in a quiet, affluent 1950s Midwestern bedroom community. Did Sam Sheppard kill Marilyn Sheppard? That is the topic of this week's edition of Unpleasant Dreams. --- Cassandra Harold is your host. EM Hilker is our principal writer and researcher with additional writing by Cassandra Harold. Jim Harold is our Executive Producer. Unpleasant Dreams is a production of Jim Harold Media. A copy of EM Hilker's original article can be found HERE -PODCAST TRANSCRIPT- Perhaps the most thorough and well-balanced of the Sheppard trials was the one held long, long after Marilyn Reese Sheppard's death. In the first installment of this saga, we discussed the first trial of her husband and accused killer, Sam, some of the questionable decisions made by the trial judge, and the media circus that surrounded it; we also explored briefly his retrial in the 1960s where the evidence intended to prove Sam's motive was kept from the jury and where the science of the time, much of which has been debunked over the roughly 40 years since the retrial, favoured Sam's innocence. This was the opportunity, in many ways, to finally reach the truth; a sequestered jury untainted by a riotous media, the benefits of the 50 years of advancement in both biological and behavioral sciences , and all the evidence on the table,   At last, the chance to accurately assess whether or not Sam H. Sheppard murdered his wife. FOR THE REST OF THE TRANSCRIPT CLICK HERE – FURTHER READING AND SOURCES – Affleck, John. “Bailey Testifies in Sheppard Case.” AP NEWS, Associated Press, 16 Feb. 2000. Retrieved 9 October 2021.  “AMSEC 04 — Richard Eberling Background Investigation.” EngagedScholarship@CSU, 9 Mar. 1995. Retrieved 9 October 2021. “Blood 5: Transfer Bloodstains – Crime Scene.” Google Sites. Retrieved 9 October 2021. Butterfield, Fox. “New Clues in an Old Murder Case.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 5 Feb. 1997. Retrieved 9 October 2021.  DeSario, Jack and William D. Mason. Dr. Sam Sheppard on Trial. Kent State University Press, 2003.  “Did Ancient Teeth Decay?” ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation), 28 May 2008. Retrieved 9 October 2021. Drenkhan, Patrolman Fred. “Statement given to BVPD by Esther Houk.” EngagedScholarship@CSU. Retrieved 9 October 2021. “Fetus DNA Tests Inconclusive in ‘The Fugitive' Murder Case.” Deseret News, Deseret News, 18 Jan. 2000. Retrieved 9 October 2021. Finn, Peter. “Loudoun Firm Made Sam Sheppard Case Its Own.” The Washington Post, WP Company, 9 Feb. 1997. Retrieved 9 October 2021. “Forensic Anthropology.” Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Retrieved 9 October 2021. Gilbert, Terry H., and George H. Carr. “Motion in Limine to Limit Testimony of Dr. Roger Marsters.” EngagedScholarship@CSU, 13 Mar. 2000. Retrieved 9 October 2021. Linder, Douglas O. “Sam Sheppard.” Famous Trials, UMKC School of Law. Retrieved 9 October 2021. Neff, James. The Wrong Man: The Final Verdict on the Dr. Sam Sheppard Murder Case. Open Road Media: 2015. “Richard Eberling Dies; Inmate Denied Killing Wife of Sam Sheppard.” The Buffalo News, 27 July 1998. Retrieved 9 October 2021. Simon, Scott. “Son of the ‘Fugitive' Defends His Father.” NPR, NPR, 12 Sept. 2009. Retrieved 9 October 2021. “Testimony Reveals That Sheppard Sought Out-of-Court Settlement.” CNN, Cable News Network, February 23, 2000. Retrieved 9 October 2021.   Wendling, Mike. “Marilyn Sheppard Body to Be Exhumed.” AP NEWS, Associated Press, 20 Aug. 1999. Retrieved 9 October 2021. “William D. Mason.” Academic Dictionaries and Encyclopedias. Retrieved 9 October 2021.

Christmas Clatter Podcast
Grandma Put Them In The Yard Sale

Christmas Clatter Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 8, 2021 25:52


Callisters Christmas is a family-owned and operated business selling Christmas tree ornaments and holiday decorations for 30 years and starting in 1991 in regional shopping-mall kiosks, with an inventory of about 400 ornaments. Today, they do seasonal pop-up stores in Midwestern malls, including Mall Of America and state fairs.Tami Crouch joins Todd to tell the story of Callisters, upcoming trends in ornaments, and the value of using decorations to remember the years past.Follow Callisters ChristmasFacebookInstagramTwitterPinterestTikTokChristmas Clatter MerchBuy Me A Coffee-----Affiliate Links-----Podcast Host-BuzzsproutEquipment Used In Video-Sony ZV-E10 (Amazon)-Rode Podmic (Amazon)-Rodecaster Pro (Amazon)-Rode PSA 1 Mic Arm (Amazon)Affiliate links mean I earn a commission from qualifying purchases. This helps support my channel at no additional cost to you.

Our Daily Bread Podcast | Our Daily Bread

The heat and humidity of the Midwestern summer closed in on us all week at the discipleship conference, but on the last day we welcomed a front of cooler air. Giving thanks for the break in weather and the amazing work God had done, hundreds joined voices to worship God. Many felt liberated to sing wholeheartedly before God, offering our hearts, souls, bodies, and minds to Him. As I think back to that day decades later, I’m reminded of the pure wonder and joy of praising God. King David knew how to wholeheartedly worship God. He rejoiced when the ark of the covenant, which signified God’s presence, was placed in Jerusalem—by dancing, leaping, and celebrating (1 Chronicles 15:29). Even though his wife Michal observed his abandon and “despised him in her heart” (v. 29), David didn’t let her criticism stop him from worshiping the one true God. Even if he appeared undignified, he wanted to give thanks to the Lord for choosing him to lead the nation (see 2 Samuel 6:21–22). David “appointed Asaph and his associates to give praise to the Lord in this manner: Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done. Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts” (1 Chronicles 16:7–9). May we too give ourselves fully to worshiping God by pouring out our praise and adoration.

Jesup Group Podcast
Jesup Group Startup Stories- Midwestern Interactive Developing a Digital Workforce in Southwest Missouri : Episode 15

Jesup Group Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2021 58:54


Bart Paden is a Jasper County native and co-founder of Midwestern Interactive, a rapidly growing software development firm located in Joplin, Missouri.  Bart discusses how he developed an entrepreneurial mindset that's allowed him to try, fail, and try again- eventually building one of the most robust digital services firms in the four-state region. To most people, growing a software development company in Joplin, Missouri is an unlikely proposition. Bart shares how he is growing digital talent in the region with a servant leader culture and the incredible potential of the digital economy in southwest Missouri. Listen and learn more about this improbable journey and the steps and mindset that is propelling Midwestern Interactive forward.

Marked Safe: A Disaster Podcast
Monstrosities Abounded: Urban Legends

Marked Safe: A Disaster Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2021 62:42


This week, Brianne throws a wrench in the Midwestern food bracket on day one, Melanie is forcibly drafted into the world of hot takes, we investigate the secret lives of farm children, Brianne has questions about necking, and we offer legal advice for anyone with a Kyle in their inbox.Content warnings: vomiting/nausea, adult jokes, murder, pigs eating people, violence, robbery, brief mention of rape, decapitation, bugs/spiders laying eggs under your skin, very gross veterinary medicine story, trypophobia, pimple popping, stalking, brief mention of threatened suicide, depression/mental health crisis.Links:Fed to PigsOregon farmer eaten by his pigsCan Pigs Make A Body Disappear? Almost.Pig farmer 'eaten by his own pigs' leaving only bones for neighbours to findFarmer EATEN ALIVE by his own pigs in shocking attackSusan MonicaItalian mafia boss ‘fed alive to pigs' The HookTexarkana Moonlight MurdersLovers' laneTexarkana Murder MysteryThe HookBloody Mary (folklore) Strange-face-in-the-mirror illusionTroxler's fadingLocking Eyes with a MonsterIn a Dark, Dark Room and Other Scary StoriesA Wife Should Have No Secrets: Unthinking Privilege and Privacy in Carmen Maria Machado's “The Husband Stitch”The Husband Stitch11 Bugs That Will Lay Their Eggs Inside YouReal-Life ‘Alien': Meet The Parasitic Botfly That Bursts Through Human SkinMyth: Spiders can lay their eggs under human skin in wounds created by their bites.Stalker broke into teenage girl's home and spent the night hiding under her BED after sending a text saying 'I'm watching you'TEEN'S HORROR I found stalker under my bed

The Remote Real Estate Investor
How to achieve financial independence to retire early with Diania Merriam

The Remote Real Estate Investor

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2021 36:29


Diania Merriam is the founder of the EconoMe Conference, a financial independence conference, and the host of the Optimal Finance Daily podcast. At the age of 28, Diania climbed out of $30K of debt in 11 months to begin her journey to financial independence.  In this episode, Diania shares about what it took to reach debt freedom and how she is powering her path to retiring early. This episode is loaded with actionable insights for you to get your finances in order and start building real wealth. --- Transcript   Before we jump into the episode, here's a quick disclaimer about our content. The Remote Real Estate Investor podcast is for informational purposes only, and is not intended as investment advice. The views, opinions and strategies of both the hosts and the guests are their own and should not be considered as guidance from Roofstock. Make sure to always run your own numbers, make your own independent decisions and seek investment advice from licensed professionals.   Michael: Hey, everyone, welcome to another episode of The Remote Real Estate Investor. I'm Michael Albaum. And today with me, I have Diania Merriam, who's going to be talking to us today about the economy conference that she is the founder of as well as some financial independence tips that she has learned along her life's journey. So without further ado, let's get into it.   Diana, thank you so much for taking the time to come talk personal finance with me today. I really appreciate it.   Thanks for having me.   Michael: No, my pleasure. So you are the founder of a really cool conference called economy.   Diania: Yeah.   Michael: Tell us a little bit about what that is. Because I know it's coming up here in like 30 days, right?   Diania: Yes, we are exactly a month away at the time of this recording. But essentially, economy, the easiest way to describe it is it's like the TED talks of the fire movement. And you guys can't see me. But I'm doing air quotes over here, because we're not associated with TED talks, which is like the easiest way to explain what it is. So we have amazing mainstage speakers that talk about financial independence from a lot of different angles, whether it be really tactical information, or just more inspiring stories. And then we also do a number of breakout sessions to kind of connect you with like minded people. Because as you know, money is such a taboo topic, right? And we don't often get the opportunity to surround ourselves with people that are comfortable talking about this stuff.   So one of the things I like to say about pursuing financial independence is like what's the point of being FI and retiring early if you have no one to hang out with? Right, here's your opportunity to meet your people to meet your tribe.   Michael: Your playmates yeah.   Diania: Exactly. So we've got all these breakout sessions, we do an after party, we do a lot of social activities on the last day of the event. So it's really just an amazing weekend, someone last year describes it as a party about money, which is exactly the vibe I was going for.   It's really, the point of it is inspiration and community around a topic that is so you know, influential for us all?   Michael: Oh, that's awesome. And is I know, this year, it's out in Cincinnati. Is it always in Cincinnati? Or does the location move every year?   Diania: Yes. So we're actually in our second year, because I had the brilliant idea of launching an event based business in the middle of a pandemic.   Actually, our first event was March 7 of 2020. It was one week before everything shut down due to COVID. But I had been planning the event for 20 months. This was like something I could have never anticipated that I would have to navigate. So yeah, we got really lucky on our first event. And this is actually going to be our second and yes, it's at the same venue, which is the University of Cincinnati.   Michael: Awesome, awesome, awesome. So I've got kind of a question for you. And I'm curious, why did you think you were qualified to host and found a conference talking about money? What's your story? Like?   Diania: Yeah, like who the hell do I think I am? I mean, as far as qualifications? Um, that's a great question. I think that I was just someone with a really ambitious idea. That's probably crazy. Most people told me I was crazy. When I when I first came up with this idea, but the reason why I wanted to do this is because figuring out my financial situation completely changed my life. So my background is that, you know, my 20s, I was very focused on my career, living in New York City. I got to my late 20s, about 28. I decided I should probably look at my money situation, like what's going on here, right. And I ran a credit report on myself and realize that I was 30 grand in debt for like no good reason. It was simply living outside my means.   And half of that debt was student loan debt, which doesn't sound too bad until you consider that I got a full academic scholarship to college. Like, the fact that I had any student loan debt is just ridiculous. It still blows my mind. But when you're at that age, and you're completely financially illiterate, you know, someone offers you loans, and you don't really…   Michael: Oh look free money!   Diania: I mean, you Yeah, you just, it's just what you do, right? No one like advised me that maybe that wasn't a great idea. So I found myself in this situation where I'm 30 grand in debt in my late 20s. My 30th birthday is looming. I think it's one of those really reflective birthdays for like, what am I doing with my life?   Michael: Yep, right.   So I came across this article that was sent to me by a friend from Mister Money Mustache. I'm sure you know that blog, right?   Michael: Know him very well, yeah.   Diania: Yes, one of the most popular probably the most popular blogger in the fire movement, which I keep throwing around this word fire. I want to make sure everyone's on the same page stands for financial independence retire early. Right, To me it's a it's a lifestyle movement with a goal of financial freedom. But a lot of people look at it as like a bunch of frugal weirdos and we're all in a cult.   Diania: It's not   Michael: Chanting about money.   Diania: Yeah, exactly. So I discovered Mister Money Mustache. And I like to say that I think the article was something about like, viewing your debt as an emergency. And I like to describe finding that blog as a refreshing punch in the face, because I had never heard anyone talk about money the way that he did. And I just devoured that blog with a spoon. I read like every single article, I got a little obsessive over it.   But it really inspired this very deep mindset shift within me. And I did a complete 180 I got out of that 30 grand of debt and 11 months. And from there, I started saving about 60% of my income. And it completely changed my life. It opened up so many options. That just didn't seem possible for me like that, it allowed me to dream bigger, you know. So one of the things that motivated me to even want to get out of debt is I had this goal to go walk the Camino de Santiago, which is a 500 mile trek across Spain. It just seemed like this ridiculous life adventure that felt so outside my comfort zone. But it's what I wanted to do for my 30th birthday.   So getting out that was kind of a motivator for me to get out of debt. And then when I got back from that trip, so that was in 2017.   Michael: Wait, timeout. So you did it?   Diania: I did it. Yes.   Michael: So when I got back, you just glossed over it! Oh, that's incredible.   Diania: Yeah, it took me 38 days, and it was a wild adventure. absolutely wild. Yeah, I walked with anywhere between 10 to 20 miles a day, with like, 20 pounds on my back, I met incredible people. That's actually I have an arrow tattoo on my wrist,   Michael: Okay.   Diania: And it's because the whole way is marked by arrows. They're like spray painted on trees, or like, carved into these stones. And so every time I would see an arrow, it'd be like a very comforting symbol that I like, wasn't lost.   Michael: Still on the right path.   Diania: So yeah, yeah. So um, when I got to Santiago, which for many people is the finish line, I ended up getting this tattoo. But yeah, that's something that I would have never dreamed would be possible, given my financial situation in my late 20s. And, you know, a lot of the people that I met on the trail were in their 60s or they were at traditional retirement age, they had to like wait to be able to do that. So it just getting my money in order opened up this incredible option.   And I just feel like my getting my finances in order almost allowed me to ask bigger questions like, What do I want to do with my time? What do I want to create? What kind of people do I want to surround myself with? And so getting out of debt was a big milestone in that regard. Walking the Camino was a big milestone. I negotiated a remote working arrangement with my employer. So I moved from New York City to Cincinnati, which people are like, what, why? Why would you do that?   But I will tell you that Cincinnati has everything that you would want out of a big city with like none of the downsides. And the cost of living, you just can't beat it. I mean, I really am marketing Cincinnati as the number one city to pursue financial independence. And a couple things we're doing actually at the economy conference in that regard, like our coffee vendor as a local vendor.   We're doing an urban hike on Sunday morning of the event, a three hour urban hike to show off how amazing Cincinnati is. And then with Roofstock, we are doing a chartered real estate bus tour. It's a two hour tour where we're going to drive you around the amazing neighborhoods in Cincinnati that are really good investments. And we have an expert that owns 42 doors here. He's flipped three dozen houses, and he's going to do some case studies on his best properties.   So if you are interested in low cost of living in an amazing city, you've got to come out to Cincinnati and I feel like I have the authority to say that because I came from New York City that's usually whatever where everyone wants to go.   Michael: Yes.   Diania: Now come to Cincinnati.   Michael: I love it. And I'm gonna second that call to action to get out to Cincinnati. I do a lot of investing out in Cincinnati and across the river in Covington, Kentucky, and I went out to visit a property and I happen to be there actually around this time a little bit later in October and found myself and I think the second largest Beer Fest or Oktoberfest, rather outside of Munich, Germany, and just had an absolute bombing, the food scene. I think they've got the most micro breweries like per capita of maybe any city. Tons of coffee places, Coffee Roasters popping up, it is just a very, very cool city for no one who, for people who haven't been before, so totally love it. Love it. Love it.   Diania: Yeah. Yeah. So, you know, being out here getting back from the Camino, you know, I adopted dog, I buy a house, I find myself a Midwestern gentleman, you know, life is good. Yeah. But I was still kind of asking myself these big questions like, What do I want to do with my time. And so at this point, I'm saving 60% of my income, I'm still, you know, fully employed with the same company that I had worked for nine years in New York City. And I had this idea that you know, what I was asking myself, what would I want to do with my time if I no longer had to work for money?   And I decided I wanted to create this party about money. And a big reason for that is because I had been going to different events, and exposing myself to people that were very, like, growth oriented, their life seems so expansive, and it really helped me broaden my perspective on what's possible in my own life. So for example, one of my favorite events is called World Domination Summit. I know that sounds insane, like who produces that, pinky in the brain?   Michael: Pinky and the brain, yeah, exactly.   Diania: But this event, I mean, as someone as frugal as me, you know, I got out of 30 grand of debt and 11 months, I really brought down my spending in order to do that this event is $700 A ticket. And I will tell you, it is worth every single penny. Because the people that you meet there are just incredible, and they're doing such amazing things. And every time I would leave, I would feel like my life is so full of possibility. I also had gone to events like Camp FI, or Camp Mustache, sense positive. These are kind of rooted in the financial independence community. And it's a way for people to spend a weekend together with like minded people.   Now, I saw an opportunity to create kind of a large scale event. So like Camp FI, Camp Mustache, usually around 60 people for like a weekend at a retreat center. Right? I wanted to do something more like World Domination Summit that's a little bit more grand. It's more of a production. You know, it's more of a show. It has a really strong entertainment element to it. And so I modeled my event really after World Domination Summit, but I brought that price tag way down. I'm actually doing it for $200 A ticket, but it is definitely worth $700 A ticket. I'm not charging enough.   But yeah, it's funny, because this event was supposed to be my early retirement project when I reached FI at 40 years old, but I just got so excited about it. I couldn't wait. I had to do it now. And I'm really glad that I did. Because it's been quite the adventure.   Michael: Oh my god, what a cool story. And next time someone asks, don't gloss over the fact that you hiked 500 miles. That's an amazing feat, among many others. You just mentioned that is so cool. That is so cool.   So I,   Diania: Well thanks so much.   Michael: No, of course, of course, what I'd love to do is kind of get into the meat and potatoes, if you will, of financial independence and just kind of getting your finances or so I think your story where you found yourself in your late 20s is so common for so many people, they don't realize what student loans are, how the payback works, how debt works, how finances work. So what did you do? Other than change your mindset, like brass tacks, what did you do on a daily, weekly, monthly basis? And you were able to pay off 30,000 in debt in 11 months? Because that's that's something no small feat.   Diania: Yeah, I would say big lifestyle changes, right. So when I looked at where I was spending money, then I would say the first thing I did was increase my awareness around my situation, honestly, because a lot of us are just swiping the credit card, we're not paying attention of where our money is going. So I started tracking every single dollar I spent. And I saw that I was spending a ton of money eating out, you know, going out for happy hour. I mean, let's be honest, I had my 20s in New York City, you know, like I was a party animal.   And I think what I obviously like I was very social creature, I mean that's kind of another reason why I'm into these in person events. I'm a very social person, very extroverted. So I was spending so much money going out. And so what I ended up doing, and I think this is really important, when you think about decreasing your expenses, a lot of people look at that as deprivation, they look they think of it as I can't go out anymore. And I saw it as an opportunity to be resourceful and creative, and really to get to the root of what are my values and how do I align my spending with my values in a more efficient way.   So the value for me was spending time with other people, I don't need to remove that from my life, let me just do that a little bit more efficiently. So I started like hosting these elaborate dinner parties in my apartment, where I would like makeup games, I made my apartment more fun than a bar, everybody else would bring the booze, I would cook the food. And you know, I'd always have themes like, I just, I think back on that time, and it was so wild. Like I would tell people, you know, bring a photo from your awkward phase. And then we'd like all pass around these photos around and like make fun of each other or like   Michael: That's so good   Diania: The night was like, was like tonight's the evening of compliments. And it was like a game of who can give the most compliments to other people at the table. And we would like, we would like keep score. I mean, it was just silly, but it scratched my itch for human connection in a really resourceful way. Another thing I did was, you know, rather than buying clothing, I would host these clothing exchanges, all of my more fashionable friends would clean out their closets, I would do like a clothing swap, while sipping mimosas and listening to music in my apartment on a Sunday afternoon, you know, I started to see my, my frugal behaviors is actually far superior than the convenience of swiping a card because I not only got my needs met, but I also got to be creative in the process.   And so I kind of feel like if you're reducing your expenses, and it feels like deprivation, I think that you're not being creative enough about it, I think it can be a really fun thing. And I also think the other piece of it is really understanding that that hedonic treadmill, we're all on when it comes to consumerism, right? We all want, you know, the new shoes and the fancy car and the nice stuff. And I think that I had to really grow a new sense of gratitude for what I have. Now.   If you develop a deep appreciation for what you have now, you're almost combating that desire for more. Right, I think you're combating your consumerist conditioning. And I started to see things that I used to think were a burden, I would just laugh them off as a first world problem. So for example, we all know, the big three, right? And personal finance, when you're reducing your expenses, you want to reduce your housing, transportation and food, those are the things that people spend the most money on. And so I was locked into a lease, you know, or, you know, with my apartment, so I couldn't really do anything about that transportation. I didn't have a car, I was using public transportation. And I had, like, commuter benefits through my job. So I feel like I was optimized there.   But when it came to food, I could I could really have a huge effect there. So I started cooking every meal that I ate. I was bringing lunch every single day making, you know, gourmet breakfast, of like omelets with goat cheese and smoked salmon. I mean, I was eating very well, I'm not talking rice and beans. But for most people, when I would tell them I'm cooking, every meal I am eating, they look at that as such a burden.   And it's like, actually, no, I should be celebrating the fact that I have access to a grocery store that I can get any ingredient I want at any time at that grocery store, right? Like, we are so fortunate and I think if we can shift our mindset and be grateful for how fortunate we are, we're combating that desire for that consumerist convenience. Another thing that really struck me when I was reading Mister Money Mustache is he says that luxury is a weakness. And that really helped me shift my mindset because I realized if I can be happy on very minimal amount of money, that's like a superpower. Right? And I wanted to learn that skill before something externally happened.   So I think self imposed restriction, it has the opportunity to lead to a lot of personal development, when it's externally imposed by a job loss, or like a health scare. I didn't want to try to learn it under those conditions, I think it would have been a lot less fun, you know. And so I think it was really empowering for me to just learn to live on less and enjoy it. I mean, I spent a lot more time reading books from the library and working out and journaling. And I stopped wearing makeup for a long time and got comfortable with my with what my face looks like. I mean, you know, these are all things that you can look at it as deprivation or you can see it as incredible opportunity to grow.   Michael: That's incredible. Total side note. Do you know Wim Hof?   Diania: Yeah.   Michael: Are you a big Wim Hof fan?   Diania: Oh, What a weirdo. Yeah, that guy. My boyfriend does his breathing every morning. It's really obnoxious.   Michael: Oh, that's awesome.   Diania: Yeah, here I'm like huffing and puffing in the living room this morning. So my wife is a huge fan. And I've come on board to the cold plunge thing I totally buy into, but he talks about forcing yourself to be uncomfortable and putting yourself in uncomfortable situations. So when life throws something that you, you can handle it. And that totally sounded very similar to what you're talking about of, hey, do it for yourself. So that way, when life throws you a curveball, you're more than ready.   Diania: Absolutely.   Michael: No, I love that. I love that. But you also did. I mean, you also uprooted your life and move that in New York and to Cincinnati. So yeah, I mean, you said that you were locked into this lease, but it doesn't sound like you renewed that lease, or you stayed in New York much longer after having this revelation.   Diania: Yeah. And, you know, when I was in New York, for about 10 years, I had to move almost every year. I think the longest I stayed in a place was like a year and a half, maybe two years. But it's, you know, you're constantly changing roommates, because no one can afford to live alone. And then the rents will go up like $100 every year. So you're really forced, I was forced even deeper and deeper into the bowels of Brooklyn, you know, and then I ended up, I ended up getting this. The last place I lived. I did live there for two years is the first time I've ever lived alone as an adult.   It was in Sunset Park and I was paying $1,800 a month for this like cockroach infested apartment. That was just Yeah. So when I was making the decision to go walk the Camino and 2017 My I did the Camino in the fall, my lease was up in May of that year. So my landlord wasn't going to let me sublet for those two months. So I knew I was going to have to leave anyway, and find a different situation. And so it was like if I'm gonna move again. And I'm in this situation where I've got no man, no kids, no debt. Let me just go, like, put my big girl pants on and move to the Midwest and try something different, you know?   Michael: Yeah totally.   Diania: Just, I was always intimidated by the idea of like uprooting my life and starting over in a new city. But I had the benefit of I had a really close friend in Cincinnati, who I visited a few times. And so I got the sense of the area. And she was my only connection to Cincinnati isn't like I grew up here. I grew up in New Jersey. I had no other friends or family or anything besides her. And that was really helpful, though, because she was another very social person. So she just dumped me into her friend circle. Oh, and that's kind of how I got going here. Yeah, yeah.   Michael: That's great. That's great. And so now that you are kind of on the other side of the wall, or standing on top of the wall or the mountain, what advice do you have for people? I mean, in addition to the wealth of knowledge you've already shared, what do you what do you see looking forward? And what can you share with people?   Diania: Yeah, um, I would say when you're first starting out, like I'm helping a friend right now who's really deep in debt, who is just starting from scratch, trying to clean up her finances. And when I sit with her in our meetings, it's like, she's just so overcome with shame, and fear. And she's like sweating, as we're talking about this stuff. And I encourage her as well as anyone else in that situation, let your curiosity be bigger than your fear.   Because when it comes to money, it really is all figureoutable. But you have to have the mindset that it's fixable in order for you to be able to kind of face the music and like look at the reality of your situation, so that you can come up with a plan to dig out of it. It's totally possible. But it really all starts with your belief system. So there's a lot of people where I'll tell my story, and they'll say, Well, you could do that. But here are all the reasons why I can't do that.   Michael: Why I can't, right. Yeah.   Diania: And and I think if that's your initial reaction, that's your first thing that you got to tackle. I think you've got to change your belief system to recognize that it is possible and start to get curious about how it could be possible versus just immediately dismissing it. I think that's good advice for when you're first starting out. I think as you move through your financial journey, and you start hitting milestones, like for me, I hit debt freedom. Amazing. Then I had a fully funded emergency fund. Awesome. Then I started fully funding my retirement vehicles to the point where I reached Coast FI, which for those who aren't familiar Coast FI means that I have invested enough in my retirement vehicles that in 30 years because I'm 34 right now, it will grow to what I need for traditional retirement. So in essence, I don't really have to save for traditional retirement anymore. If I didn't care about early retirement and I can kind of take my foot off the gas a little bit because I've hit those certain milestones.   And then, you know, saving to a place where I got my first side hustle so I started hosting this podcast called optimal finance daily, which is a daily show, 10 minutes or less, I'm reading you articles about personal finance. So I like to say that all these amazing personal finance bloggers wrote these great songs, and I get to perform the covers, you know.   Michael: That's great.   Diania: It's, it's a show that's been around for five years, and they were looking for a new host, and I just went for it. And so this is kind of my first, you know, little side hustle income.   So, I would say though, as I've progressed through these milestones, my trajectory and goals for the future have definitely shifted. So I would say, like, be flexible about financial goals, because when I first started this, I thought, What I wanted was to just reach financial independence and retire early. And then as I've gone along through the years, and it's only been, what, six years that I've been on this journey, my desires and goals kind of keep shifting and changing, because the, it's almost like, the universe presents you with opportunities along the way.   And so if you're so laser focused on just reaching financial independence, you may miss out on these opportunities to learn about yourself and learn about what do you want to do with your time? What do you want to create in the world? And who do you want to spend that time with those three questions to me, has become kind of the focus on my path to FI. It's not like I gave up on my goal. But I just I've kind of, I'm not so laser focused on the money piece of it. Because I've realized that money is only as valuable as your clarity on how you're going to use it, and your comfort level with how much is enough.   So if you don't have clarity and comfort around your money, yeah, if you don't have those two pieces, you could be a multimillionaire and still be miserable. Right? I don't want to reach that point. I want to use my financial bandwidth to kind of explore those two things along the way. I also love this quote from Ayn Rand who wrote like The Fountainhead, and she says, money is only a tool, it will take you wherever you want to go. But it won't replace you as the driver.   And I just think for so many of us, we look at money as the goal versus as the tool to use to reach our goals. And that's something that I had to learn in in for myself, because I had always just kind of had money as the goal once I discovered the fire movement.   Michael: Yep. Yeah, no, I'm right there with you. And I always said, I'll figure it out when I get there. But then I realized, oh, there's too many other things to figure out along the way, that having money be the tool is a much better way to go.   Diania: Absolutely. If you're miserable on your path to FI you're likely going to be miserable when you reach FI   Michael: Yeah. Yeah, I think that's so well said. So well said. And so then I'm curious if you can share with everybody, what is it? What is your investment kind of portfolio look like? Is it stocks? Is it bonds is a real estate? How do you see yourself hitting that hitting the hitting FI?   Diania: Yeah, so I went for the Simple Path to Wealth model. And I would say that most of my money is in the tax advantaged accounts of what my 401k So I actually quit my job in January of this year. That's crazy. That was 10 months ago.   Michael: Congratulations that's awesome.   Diania: Yeah. So okay, so little sidebar, that's kind of a really good representation of what I mean about being flexible, because I had just thought that I was going to stay with my employer until I reached financial independence. But things changed, right, I ended up getting this new boss, the dynamic of the company, after nine years of being employed, there changed considerably. And so, you know, the, I kind of felt like the party was over, and the company didn't value me anymore.   And so I could have just put my head down and pushed through it because I have this goal of financial independence. But instead, I decided to kind of take a risk and a bet on myself to see like, Okay, I've got this, but I like to call FU money. So that that's defined as a year to have your expenses liquid. So I had a year in cash, and I had a year in after tax brokerage, which I really don't want to touch the after tax brokerage, but it's almost like my backup plan, my additional layer of a safety net. But that's something that it was almost like the universe presented me an obstacle and an opportunity at the same time. And so that could potentially slow my path down to FI.   Or something could happen. And I could, you know, find a new source of income. I'm exploring like 14 different sources of income right now. And so one of those could blow up and then it could expedite my path to FI. It's almost like I gave up the security of a regular paycheck and opened myself up to the uncertainty. You know, like I had plotted out my whole plan before because it was based on a steady paycheck. And now it's not. So who knows? Maybe I reach FI by 40? Maybe not. But to answer your question directly, um, I have my IRA. Now a traditional IRA, that was a rollover from my 401k. I've got a Roth IRA, and also my HSA   Michael: That is tough to say five times fast.   Diania: Yeah yeah So I have, I would say, the bulk of my money is invested there, and I am like, VTSAX all the way, I just, I'm 100%. In stocks, I don't have any bonds, because I have a very high risk tolerance. But also I don't want to be, I don't want to have to rebalance every year. Right? It just is simpler for me that I don't need to rebalance every year. It's all in a total market index fund, set it and forget it. I also own my home.   Now, for the first two years, I had a roommate who was paying like 95% of the mortgage. So I did a little bit of house hacking. But I did buy this house with the knowing that it would be an amazing rental one day, so I'm living in it for now. And I believe that this will I don't look at it as an investment yet. I think it's going to be once I start renting it out sometime in the future.   But yeah, I would say that my investments are very much so just simple stock portfolio with my retirement vehicles, a property that could become a rental property, I do want to get more into real estate in the future. I will be honest, that is something that has intimidated me so much I should take your course.   Michael: Come to Roofstock Academy, Yeah absolutely!   Diania: Yes, yes. And all of my friends are reaching financial independence so much quicker than me through the real estate strategy. So I'll tell you a fun story. My one of my first events that I went to five events was called Camp Mustache. It's like followers of Mister Money Mustache. And I actually ran a breakout session. That was all attendee case studies. So there were four of us, who basically opened up the books on our finances, here's our income, here's our expenses. Here's where our portfolio stands today, here are the assumptions that we're making. Here's our growth trajectory. Here are some, you know, nuances we want to point out, and we let people like poke holes in our plan, because we're in a room full of   Michael: Vulnerable that is awesome.   Diania: So yeah, it was, it was great. For me, because, you know, I'm figuring all this stuff out on my own reading about stuff. And to be able to, like be in a room of other really smart people, many of which, who have already reached financial independence. And for them to be like, No, you're good. Like, do you don't need to stress about tax loss harvesting, you're fine. You know, like that, that was really reassuring to me to have. So it was almost like, I was always a good student, you know. So it feels like I got the good star that a plus for my teacher.   But what was fascinating about that breakout session is that two of the case studies, were these two guys, that made half my income, literally half my income, but they were on this fast track to FI they were going to reach it and half of my time, because of their real estate strategy. So I really do think like real estate is the way to do it the fastest. I think it's obviously more complex, it can be more labor intensive than just, you know, buying index funds. And, you know, you don't have to plunge a toilet on an index fund in the middle of the night. You know, you don't have to deal with tenants and all that stuff. So I definitely think that index funds strategy is easier. But it I think it is faster if you go with real estate.   Michael: Yeah. And just for everyone listening, how much did we pay you for that plug for real estate?   Diania: Nothing. I mean, it's just me watching all of my friends killing it. And like trying to work up the courage to do it myself.   Michael: Yeah, come on over. We I know a great place for you, we can get you all squared away. Because I couldn't agree more I think it you hit the nail on the head that anybody can go pick a stock and just put their money into it. And they can make money, they can lose money. I think real estate is more complicated. Coach Tom and I want to do their coaches at the Academy just put out a YouTube video talking about how passive real estate investing really is?   And the answer is, it's not for most of us, it's not here to go buy property it's not. So you really need to go learn about what's involved, versus kind of just throwing mud at the wall and seeing what sticks in terms of stock picking. Or you get this collective, you know, collective safety when you're buying the entire market. So I love that. I love that data. This has been so awesome. Thank you so much for hanging out with me. Do you have any final parting wisdom for everybody who's listening?   Diania: Oh, man, I feel like I gave you all my gems, all of my sound bites.   Michael: So then let's go back and re listen to this episode if you're listening at home, and where can people find out more about you and the economy conference?   Diania: Yeah, so if you go to economeconference.com. And that's econome with an ME at the end, not an MY, because if you look at the spelling of my name, I really appreciate misspelled words.   Economy conference.com, you can read about all our speakers, you can see all the programming we have planned. You can buy tickets there. Again, it's happening in just a month. So it's right around the corner at the University of Cincinnati. And then you can also subscribe to Optimal Finance Daily, which is the daily podcast that I host and you can allow me to serenade you with the sweet sounds of personal finance knowledge.   Michael: Fantastic. Well, thank you again. I definitely look forward to seeing you again. And I will talk to you soon.   Diania: Awesome. Thanks so much, Michael.   Michael: Thanks and talk to you soon. All righty, everybody, that was our episode a big big, big thank you to Diana that was so much fun. One of one of the most fun episodes I think we've recorded in a long time. So a big thank you to her again. There are so many nuggets of wisdom, pearls of joy of gold, whatever the expression is, so definitely go back and give that episode another listen to again, thanks so much for listening. And as always, we look forward to seeing you on the next one. Happy investing

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Podcast #60: Vail Resorts Eastern Region VP & COO Tim Baker

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Play Episode Listen Later Nov 2, 2021 65:39


The Storm Skiing Podcast is sponsored by Mountain Gazette - Listen to the podcast for discount codes on subscriptions and merch.WhoTim Baker, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Vail Resorts’ Eastern Region. His territory includes Wildcat, Attitash, Mount Sunapee, and Crotched in New Hampshire; Stowe, Okemo, and Mount Snow in Vermont; Hunter Mountain in New York; Jack Frost, Big Boulder, Liberty, Roundtop, and Whitetail in Pennsylvania; Mad River, Alpine Valley, Boston Mills, and Brandywine in Ohio; Mount Brighton in Michigan; Paoli Peaks in Indiana; Wilmot in Wisconsin; Afton Alps in Minnesota; and Hidden Valley and Snow Creek in Missouri.Recorded onNovember 1, 2021Why I interviewed himBecause Vail, suddenly and indisputably, is the new king of Northeast skiing. In three surprise acquisitions between February 2017 and July 2019, the Colorado-based company vacuumed up four ski areas in New Hampshire, three in Vermont, one in New York, and five in Pennsylvania. It changed everything. Immediately. A ski region puttering along on the decades-old model of $1,500 single-mountain season passes found itself in a cage match with the feisty Epic Pass – Vail instantly dropped Stowe’s season pass price from just over $2,300 to around $800. The ink wasn’t dry on the contract before Sugarbush dropped its pass price by 30 percent. At least seven other Vermont ski areas followed, to varying degrees. Former Sugarbush owner Win Smith cited Vail’s purchase of the 17-mountain Peak Resorts portfolio, just over two years later, as one of his primary motivations for selling the mountain to Alterra. Empire established, Vail popped open the nuclear suitcase with a pair of Northeast-specific Epic Passes that undercut even most family-owned single-lifters. For skiers, the direct and indirect impacts of this takeover are widespread and mostly positive. Northeast season passes haven’t been this affordable in decades. Almost any resort of size or note that didn’t get swept up by Vail joined the Ikon or Indy passes, meaning skiers can now access 26 of New England’s best ski areas on just three passes. A savvy early-season shopper who grabbed a $359 Northeast Epic Midweek pass, a $729 Ikon Base Pass, and a $279 Indy Pass can resort-hop the Northeast all season – and tack on a Western trip or two – for just $1,367. In 2016, a season pass to Stratton – just Stratton – was $1,199. Okemo, which likely included some level of Mount Sunapee access – was $1,619. Imagine? A month’s mortgage payment for nothing more than 8,000 miles of Okemo groomers. No more. Frequent skiers who think ahead have never had more options across a broader spectrum of the ski landscape. They have Vail to thank for that, whether they like it or not.What we talked aboutLife in the National Football League; growing up as a skier in West Texas; Vail Resorts in its real estate development days; the value of candid feedback; the special challenges of working at Beaver Creek and Crested Butte; how do deal with the great migration to the mountains over the long term; Vail’s institutional enthusiasm for its Eastern expansion; the “intense love” of Midwestern and Northeastern skiers and riders; how the different sorts of resorts in Vail’s vast portfolio works together; whether Vail is open to more acquisitions in the Northeast or Midwest; if they’re bidding for Jay Peak; what Vail looks for in a new mountain; whether the Epic Pass could add partners – à la Telluride or Sun Valley in the West – in the East; integrating Vail’s Eastern resorts within the company’s culture; adapting to Eastern weather; why Vail offers Northeast-specific Epic Passes; a brief history of the Epic Pass from someone who saw it emerge first-hand; broadening the season pass beyond the interests of a small group of locals; how the Epic Pass and its early deadlines helped stabilize a traditionally fickle industry; why Vail isn’t concerned about crowding even after the 20 percent price drop and booming Epic Pass sales; why Vail is still selling expensive day tickets even as its Epic Day Pass product offers the same access for a fraction of the cost; why Vail discarded the reservation system that it developed for the 2020-21 ski season; the transformative lift upgrade in progress at Okemo; why Vail isn’t worried about overcrowding with a half-dozen high-speed lifts now at the ski area; the new six-packs coming to Mount Snow and Stowe; the status of the Mount Sunapee expansion; why Vail prioritized upgrading the beginner double-double and whether they’re considering an upgrade to the summit triple; details on the Wildcat Express upgrade; whether Wildcat will return to its former commitment to the long season; why Vail is replacing the double-triple at Jack Frost with a quad and how that will increase uphill capacity; determining what to replace on a small hill with a dozen or more antique lifts; and Afton Alps’ mammoth, antique lift fleet and why Vail has no intentions to upgrade it anytime soon.Why I thought that now was a good time for this interviewBecause if we thought Vail went nuclear with Northeast-specific Epic Passes, it went – what’s after nuclear? Super nuclear? It went super nuclear with 20 percent Epic Pass price drops last spring. While Vail’s competitors, flush from a Covid-charged burst in season pass sales, did not respond with price drops of their own (yet), the surprise move did hit big. First, Epic Pass sales exploded 67 percent compared to last year. It’s impossible to say, at this point, whether those sales came at the expense of other ski area operators’ pass sales, or if, as Vail claims, a large chunk of those are skiers who used to buy lift tickets switching to Epic Day Passes. Either way, Vail’s huge price drops, combined with its decision last spring to ditch its pandemic-era reservation system, have catalyzed concerns about overcrowding once the lifts start spinning.At the same time, Vail is launching the first phases of a gut renovation of its Northeast properties, starting with a monster lift project that will drop new six-packs on Stowe and Mount Snow and materially change the ski-day experience at many of its mountains across the region. Okemo will have a massive lift overhaul in place for this season. Nearly five years after kicking the Northeast door down with the Stowe purchase, Vail is settling into the the region and sending the very clear message that the East is a huge and growing priority for the company. I wanted to get Tim’s insight into how Vail planned to manage crowds, why the company focused investment where it did, and what may be next for the ever-growing king of lift-served skiing.Questions I wish I’d askedI had planned to ask about longer-term plans for upgrading Wildcat’s fleet of aging triples, any plans for Hunter mountain, why Vail isn’t taking a Mount Brighton-style demolition derby approach to its antique Ohio and Pennsylvania mountains, Vail’s vaccine mandate, Powdr’s Fast Tracks program, and a few other items, but we squeezed as much as we could into an hour. Considering the size of Tim’s realm, I think we covered quite a bit of the most important things.Why you should ski Vail EastLet me start with this: having the largest collection of ski areas in the East is not the same as having the best collection of ski areas in the East. The Ikon Pass’ seven New England ski areas – Sugarbush, Killington, Pico, Stratton, Loon, Sugarloaf, and Sunday River – are a far more interesting set of mountains than Vail’s: Stowe, Okemo, Mount Snow, Wildcat, Attitash, Mount Sunapee, and Crotched. The reason is simple: these particular Ikon mountains, in general, do a far better job of curating a balanced skier experience than the New England Epic mountains (they also tend to stay open later, with Sugarbush, Sugarloaf, and Sunday River aiming for May closings, and Killington typically shooting for June). Stowe is, without question, outstanding, as good a mountain as you’ll find in the Northeast, nearly without peer. Okemo and Mount Snow, however, are deeply flawed operations – they likely have the highest grooming-to-total-terrain ratio of any large mountains in North America. This serves their demographic of big-city-intermediates-who-think-they’re-experts well. The rest of us are left begging for more terrain variety, a bit less grooming, a lot more glading. Again, Vail inherited these mountains, and my expectation is that the company will eventually nudge them into a 21st century terrain philosophy (which all of their Western mountains follow). For now, the expert Epic skier really has little compelling terrain beyond Stowe and Wildcat, with a little Attitash and Sunapee when conditions are good. If Vail has an opportunity to buy Jay Peak, Smugglers’ Notch, or, eventually, Saddleback, they should do it, as adding any of these would help immensely in correcting this imbalance.All that said, most skiers are not experts and do not care about my preoccupation with a balanced mountain. For those folks, for families, for explorers, for the midweek cruisers or the early-morning corduroy-chasers, Vail’s sprawling empire is almost too good to be believed. The Midwest and Pennsylvania mountains give desk-chained cityfolk a way to make midweek turns. Hunter is one of the largest ski areas in New York State and just over two hours from Manhattan. Mount Snow has probably the best terrain park in the East, and one of the best in the entire country. Okemo – the second-busiest ski area in the Northeast, behind only Killington – is absolutely huge (all the more reason they can probably let a bit of it stay wild). Crotched has one of the wildest night-skiing scenes in the region.All of which, when combined with the Western access included on an Epic or Epic Local Pass, makes it almost impossible not to buy some version of this pass if you live anywhere from Philadelphia north.Additional ResourcesVail buys Stowe (Feb. 22, 2017)Vail buys Triple Peaks (June 4, 2018)Vail buys Peak Resorts (July 22, 2019)Vail buys Wilmot (Jan. 19, 2016)Vail buys Mount Brighton (Dec. 12, 2012)Reflections on Vail buying Afton AlpsLift Blog’s lift inventory for:VermontStoweOkemoMount SnowNew HampshireWildcatAttitashMount SunapeeCrotchedNew YorkHunterPennsylvaniaJack FrostBig BoulderWhitetailRoundtopLibertyOhioBoston MillsBrandywineAlpine ValleyMad RiverIndianaPaoli PeaksMichiganMount BrightonWisconsinWilmotMinnesotaAfton AlpsMissouriHidden ValleySnow Creek is one of the very few U.S. ski areas the site has not inventoried yet Get on the email list at www.stormskiing.com

Unpleasant Dreams
Did This Physician Murder His Wife: The Sheppard Murder Case - Unpleasant Dreams 10

Unpleasant Dreams

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 2, 2021 21:20


The Sheppard Murder case spawned the American "Trial of The Century" before OJ. A physician is suspected of murdering his wife in a quiet, affluent 1950s Midwestern bedroom community. Did Sam Sheppard kill Marilyn Sheppard? That is the topic of this week's edition of Unpleasant Dreams.

Word Balloon Comics Podcast
Cooking With Greg Pak

Word Balloon Comics Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 2, 2021 84:38


We talk about his Hulk run, Darth Vader Firefly and more, but Greg is promoting his new kickstarter for Cooking Will Break Your Heart as he shares Korean Texas and Midwestern recopies

FIlm Trace
Young Adult (2011)

FIlm Trace

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 31, 2021 54:36


Juno landed like an atom bomb. Diablo Cody's zeitgeist script mixed with the chemistry of Elliot Page and Micheal Cera became a cultural phenomenon in the winter of 2007-8. Millennial hipsters and their boomer parents, along with everyone in between, flocked to see this little slice of plucky Midwestern smarm. Cody's script won an Oscar, and Juno was nominated for Best Picture. Diablo Cody was supernova, but this began to fade as her follow-up Jennifer's Body stumbled at the box office in 2009. Here we have her 3rd script and 2nd film with Reitman, 2011's Young Adult starring the motley crew of Charlize Theron, Patton Oswalt, and Patrick Wilson. The film is almost unclassifiable: black comedy or doomed romance or domestic horror. Cody's dark script with Reitman's lowkey direction creates an uncanny valley between pity and empathy. Young Adult is Diablo Cody's very personal nightmare about what might have been, and we attempt to psychoanalyze her distraught fever dream.

Entrepreneur Network Podcast
Social Media is Here to Stay

Entrepreneur Network Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2021 18:07


Nestled in the crossroads of downtown Kansas City, Missouri, KC Wineworks is not your typical winery. Owner Lindsay Clausen takes advantage of the shop's unique Midwestern location and multifaceted wines in order to create a welcoming, friendly wine tasting experience for customers of all experience levels. In this episode, Yelp reviewer Kristina discusses the atmosphere and customer service that has made her a WineWorks regular.

America Meditating Radio Show w/ Sister Jenna
Light in the Mourning with Author, Margo Lenmark & Sister Jenna

America Meditating Radio Show w/ Sister Jenna

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2021 34:00


While growing up in a Midwestern funeral home where her dad was an undertaker, Margo Lexmark not only learned about death, but also received clear messages from deceased loved ones about how to live life. These messages changed how she lives her life. Margo has journeyed far from her Midwestern roots to live a fulfilling life in service of others. She has taught meditation and stress management in major corporations, as well as in other countries. She joins us to share her fascinating experiences and insights in her book "Light in the Mourning: Memoirs of an Undertaker's Daughter." The book has received glowing reviews from a number of prominent authors and spiritual leaders including Deepak Chopra and Marci Shimoff. Sister Jenna is a trusted spiritual mentor committed to bridging divides in societies and building relationships between global influencers. She has impacted lives around the globe, inspiring change and finding solutions to current day crises as the founder and director of the Brahma Kumaris Meditation Museums in the metropolitan Washington D.C. area. She is also the host of America Meditating Radio. Visit www.lightinthemourning.com. http://www.lightinthemourning.com Listen to the Om Shanti album by Sister Jenna on Spotify. Visit www.americameditating.org and subscribe to our YouTube page at www.YouTube.com/AmericaMeditating.  

ESPN Daily
The Mystery of the Backyard Bowling Balls

ESPN Daily

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2021 32:03


David Olson is a quiet, Midwestern father of three, living an ordinary life. That is until one day this summer, when doing some home renovation, he discovered some bowling balls buried under the steps leading to his backyard. And not just two, or three, or 10 or 20 bowling balls. In total, Olson uncovered a whopping 162 bowling balls from his property, and ended up going viral with his story. Where the balls had come from? How did they end up at Olson's house? Ryan Hockensmith explains this stranger-than-fiction story of man's unexpected discovery…and the unexpected way in which it ultimately transformed his life.  

GoodKnight Podcast
44: Trick 'r Treat (2007)

GoodKnight Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 62:26


Spooky Season concludes with 2007's “Trick r Treat!” Since its release in 2007, “Trick r Treat” has become a mandatory viewing among horrorphiles and Halloween fans alike. It's portrayal of four interwoven stories on an otherwise mundane Halloween night in a Midwestern town that takes a turn for the ghoulish is an anthological triumph that should be appreciated by even those that are not a fan of the genre. The Knights finish off their third Spooky Season with this modern horror classic, featuring the iconic demonic pumpkin-creature, Sam, and learn the rules of Halloween once and for all! Like what you hear? Feel free to subscribe and rate us 5-stars on your favorite podcast service. Know someone that would like this podcast? Please share and help us grow! Want to be a part of the growth of GoodKnight Life? Support us at these links! WEBSITE: www.goodknight.life PATREON: patreon.com/goodknightlife TWITTER: twitter.com/goodknightmc IG: @goodknightmovieclub Follow your hosts Freddy and Mike or hit up Ryan on the official GoodKnight Twitter account

The Jake Feinberg Show
The Jozon Mezak Interview

The Jake Feinberg Show

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 60:27


Midwestern touring circuit veteran talks about playing spiritual music.

Pie Factory Podcast
Episode 124: Toobin' and Pooyan

Pie Factory Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021


What?? A new episode already?! Yuh-huh!!! This time your ever-lovin’ Midwestern video game fan duo take a look not only at the featured games but also indigenous urban cuisine. Episode 124 is guaranteed to be a mammoth blockbuster with several listeners.

Pie Factory Podcast
Episode 124: Toobin' and Pooyan

Pie Factory Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021


What?? A new episode already?! Yuh-huh!!! This time your ever-lovin’ Midwestern video game fan duo take a look not only at the featured games but also indigenous urban cuisine. Episode 124 is guaranteed to be a mammoth blockbuster with several listeners.

Brevity Box
We've been triggered!

Brevity Box

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 23, 2021 71:12


  This episode discusses the context of our words and how we communicate in this day and age, what really grids our gears and what one word triggers fits of rage and forces our Midwestern accents to come out! Then we shift to talking about all things Spooky Season and you find out what the hosts will be dressing up as this year! The episode finishes with a deep dive into the Urban Meyer controversy. Tune in and try not to get triggered we dare you!www.RuminationsRadioNetwork.comhttps://www.instagram.com/brevityboxpodcast/www.instagram.com/RuminationsRadioNetworkTwitter: RuminationsRadioNetwork@RuminationsNEmail: RuminationsRadio@gmail.com Email: BrevityBoxpodcast@gmail.com https://www.patreon.com/RuminationsRadioMusic and Production by Mitch Proctor★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★

Navigating the Customer Experience
147: Building a Meaningful Customer Experience – Moments That Matter with Darin Dawson

Navigating the Customer Experience

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2021 22:50


Darin Dawson is the Co-Founder and President of BombBomb, a Human-Centered Communication Platform that enables users to use simple, personal video messages to leverage their best asset – themselves!   Darren leads all sales, marketing, customer success and product development at BombBomb, a fast-growing, Colorado-based software company. He's on a mission to re-humanize the planet and he wants to start with your business communication. He believes that human beings have intrinsic value and that every person deserves to be seen, heard and understood. That's why he co-founded BombBomb.   Questions   Could you share with us a little bit about your journey in your own words and how you got to where you are today, could you share that with us? Could you share with our audience for those who may not have listened to Ethan's episode last year or never heard of BombBomb, what is it that BombBomb does and how can that help a business? Why video, why should we use video to connect and communicate daily with people? What is customer experience and why do you think it matters? Could you share with us maybe some of the values that BombBomb is built on that has helped BombBomb to really be able to realize fulfilling those needs for your customers? And why do you think an internal culture needs to be very impactful in order to execute a strong external culture? Could you explain to us in very layman terms, what does it mean to re humanize people? What are we lacking that we need re humanization? Could you share with us what does that really mean? Could you also share with us what's the one online resource, tool, website or app that you absolutely can't live without in your business? Could you also share with us maybe one or two books that have had the biggest impact on you, it could be a book that you read a very long time ago, or even one that you've read recently, but it still has had a great impact on you. Could you also share with us what's the one thing that's going on in your life right now that you're really excited about? It could be something you're working on to develop yourself or your people. Where can listeners find you online? Do you have a quote or saying that you use in times of adversity or challenge? This quote kind of helps to get you back on track and get you refocused if for any chance you got derailed.   Highlights   Darin's Journey   When asked about his journey, Darin shared that he feels like it may be a little bit non typical, so for instance, he never graduated the university, so he didn't go to college, he did but he didn't graduated as his father said very good advice to him at that age, “Maybe college isn't for you.”   He was always entrepreneurial, he saw that in him and thought that he should pursue that and kind of get after doing his own thing. He grew up on a farm, hard working all his life, got given a good what they call there a Midwestern work ethic and ended up moving to Colorado in 1995 when he was 21 years old and have been there ever since.   So, then graduated school but then started this kind of painting business out in Colorado when he was young, he grew that business, it was actually successful. But then in the late 90s, early 2000s he started being interested in all things to do with internet marketing, Pay Per Click strategies, On Demand strategies, things like that and he got involved in the marketing business, was lucky enough to get ownership in that business, to sell that business and then do that again with another marketing company and then ended up working at a TV station actually running online, marketing the website salespeople for that, also content creators for that and he learned a lot about mass media marketing and really led him to think about what he didn't like about that led him to create BombBomb which he does today.   What BombBomb Does and How Can That Help a Business   Me: Now, we had the awesome pleasure of interviewing one of your employees, Ethan Beaute last year, we had him on our podcast as well as on a Facebook Live and I was supremely blown away by how he responded to my messages through video, I thought it was just brilliant. And so, of course when you reached out to me and I was like, “Oh my goodness, another person from BombBomb but even the person who created it, this is amazing.” So, could you share with our audience for those who may not have listened to Ethan's episode last year or never heard of BombBomb, what is it that BombBomb does and how can that help a business?   Darin shared that first of all, he loves that guy (Ethan). And actually Ethan is a dear friend and he convinced him to leave that TV station where they worked together and come to BombBomb with him.   And so, he's been there over 10 years, he couldn't have done it without him, he's fantastic, he's their Chief Evangelist, he's a good friend and a valued, valued person to him. He believes and we at BombBomb believe that all human beings has an intrinsic value, that we are special, that we are unique, how we communicate with each other is unique.   And the software that they enable you to use is sending video messages to the people who matter in your life, which could be the people in your life, personal life, it could be colleagues that you work with, it could be your prospects, it could be your existing customers.   So, you can send yourself video messages so they can see you, know you, and understand you in that way, so it's very simple to do, takes no time at all and they allow you to do in every message platform that you may be using.   So that could be your email, that could be in social media messenger systems, it could be in LinkedIn for example, so anywhere you're saying a message, they allow you to use a video as well.   Why We Should Use Video to Connect and Communicate Daily with People   Darin stated that if you believe, like he just mentioned that we are unique human beings, the way we talk is unique, then you should be considering video. And here's a very good example, if he was to ask 10 business owners:   “What is your most valuable asset in your business?”   He believes at least 9 out of 10, maybe 10 out of 10 would tell him that their people are their most valuable asset. But more often, what we're doing is we're hiding these best assets, the ones that we spent a long time interviewing, if you're interviewing a salesperson, you're trying to say, “Are they good with people? Are they good at presenting passion and enthusiasm for your product?” You're trying to assess all these things about people, and then we hire them and then we make them look like and feel like everyone else with text email, texting, phones, all that stuff, phone's better.   But behind these technologies that we have chat, we're just like everyone else. He thinks we're removing the most uniqueness that we can bring in our people, our diversity, how they interact, and all the things that we want in our culture, in our business, we're withholding from our customers in a lot of ways when we don't put people in front of people more often.   What is Customer Experience and Why it Matters   Me: Now, as we talk about video, and connecting with people daily, and really seeing the intrinsic value in a human being, in your view, Darin, what is customer experience and why do you think it matters?   Darin shared that he believes the customer experience is every touch point that you have with either potential customers or existing customers, anything that could be an in person event, it could be a podcast, it could be a webinar, it could be when he calls your business, and what's the experience he gets when that phone is picked up by someone who works there, that's it.   So, let him frame it this way. If there were two businesses that did the exact same thing, they sell the exact same service, for the exact same price, how do you decide which one to choose if they're very much the same?   He believes you choose the one you like and that could be for a lot of different reasons. But the experience that you bring ultimately becomes your unique selling proposition that is what makes us unique in a business.    He has a software business, he competes against people who do similar things to what he does, he has some features they don't have, they have some features that he doesn't have, but they are basically the same and at the end of the day, people are going to choose who they know, like and trust, he still believes that that's what they do.   So, in that case, his customer experience has to be better, he wants to deliver on that more over than anything else. It matters in the product, it matters in all these motions that we look at in a business, but to him, again, customer experience is your unique identifier. Values that BombBomb is Built On    Me: I totally support everything that you just said. And I think a lot of businesses lose focus of that. Now, in trying to deliver that customer experience as you mentioned, is your unique proposition. I think it's important; the organization has to have a really good culture, because customer experience starts from within, how you deal with your employees, how responsive you are to them, how you support them in whatever initiatives they're trying to accomplish. And of course, all businesses came into existence because we're all trying to solve some problem for customers that have a need. And so, could you share with us maybe some of the values that BombBomb is built on that has helped BombBomb to really be able to realize fulfilling those needs for your customers? And why do you think an internal culture needs to be very impactful in order to execute a strong external culture?   Darin shared that they have five core values at BombBomb, they are Relationships, Humility, Flexibility, Service, and Fun.   So, those are five core values and he thinks that really, businesses need to give the people that work there a reason to work there, that's beyond money, that's beyond the work necessarily. Because you can go answer the phone anywhere, you can go do customer success service anywhere, you can do sales anywhere, you can run these teams anywhere now and from anywhere for that matter.   He believes that we want to give people a purpose behind why they do what they do at BombBomb. So, they do that in a few different ways. First of all, their book is called Re humanize Your Business and that's what they want to do with their product but their mission at BombBomb is to humanize the planet.   And this is what he means by it has to matter more than the word. And locally, they support a few organizations, one is called Dream Centers in Colorado Springs, it actually provides free health care for women and also it provides homeless families off of the streets of their city and into a safe place where they can thrive, where they can go to school, where the mothers can get an education.   They have the women's clinic and they have a thing called Mary's Home and they're fantastic. And those are two organizations they support and they support them financially, but they also support them with their time. So, every year they do a trunk or treat for the children at Mary's Home.   And another organization they support is called the Springs Rescue Mission and it's in Colorado Springs, and they support the homeless population, helping them to get out of homelessness, a cycle of homelessness, help them to get food to eat. Just last week, he took about 30 BombBomb folks down there and they did a barbecue where they cooked burgers, he smelled like Burger King when he got back.   They grilled like 300 burgers and hotdogs and they serve those people. So, it's beyond money, why do they do what they do?   Because they're humanizing your business but they're also trying to humanize the planet and that planet starts right their own backyard in Colorado Springs, Colorado.   What is Means to Re Humanize People   Me: You spoke a little bit just now about rehumanizing your business. And when we read your bio, a big part of BombBomb's mission is to re humanize the planet. And so, could you explain to us in very layman terms, what does it mean to re humanize people? What are we lacking that we need re humanization? Could you share with us what does that really mean?   Darin shared that he thinks its two things in your business it may exist that he thinks participating right now in this insanely, it's like nuclear proliferation but it's different, it's this digital pollution.   So, after he gets off of this call, he will have no less than 30 unsolicited emails in his inbox, LinkedIn will have a few and people are just being bombarded. And so, we need to get back to building know, like and trust with the people that we want to work with.   We need to communicate in a way that solves problems for people we know that we can solve problems for. He thinks the problem right now in marketing and sales is that we're just holistically blasting everyone to kingdom come with unwanted, unsolicited messaging. And frankly, he doesn't even believe it's from real people anymore. So, all we're doing is we're desensitizing people, nobody believes that you actually wrote the email anymore, actually wrote the LinkedIn messenge, they thing it was written for you, sent by some sort of system and what that does is it takes away the idea of reciprocity on his part.   Five years ago, even three years ago, if you sent him an email even if he wasn't interested, the reciprocity effect says, “I'm going to respond to you even if I'm not interested.”   Now, we've made it so very easy to ignore everyone, everyone is complicit in this digital pollution that we're all participating in, we send too much of stuff that doesn't matter.   Therefore, the stuff that does goes by the wayside. So, he believes using personal video, personal messaging to people succinctly for them, to them, from human to human, to solve the problem that you very well solved for this type of business. So, you have to have that figured out. What's the problem I solve?   How do we succinctly solve it in 20 seconds, deliver a video for that person? Or in the customer experience, side, if it's retention. Don't make him feel like just another number of your business. How many customers do you have? Don't make him feel like number 569, make him feel like the only one.   And so, how do you do that, you do that by taking time and sending personalized communications whenever possible, doesn't have to be every time but he calls them “Moments That Matter.”   What are the very important moments that matter when he knows? Easy way to do this is to say to yourself, “Would this be better said face to face? If so, send a video.”   So, that's re humanizing your business. We're re humanizing the planet or humanizing these things, he believes people have intrinsic value, he believes all over the world people are being dehumanized right now probably more than they ever have been, ever.   We have more slavery, we have more sex trafficking, we have more abuse, we need to get in front of that. And to him, we need to do our part here and so that's why, as he mentioned, they support these local organizations.   They actually even support a community in Africa, where some kids in Africa got to adopt BombBombers, it was amazing. So, the kids got to look at pictures of people who work here, choose them to be someone they want to communicate with and then, of course, they help the organization but they help with food and medical care and things like that. But he's got to tell you, some of the best joy happens from these kids sending letters to people who work here. And that's a connection that they build.   So, they're now we're re humanizing the people of BombBomb by doing that, just as much as they are those kids in Africa. So, that's a big part of their mission. He just believes that the world we live in, if we just want to turn a blind eye to it, that's not responsible as a business owner.   App, Website or Tool that Darin Absolutely Can't Live Without in His Business   When asked about online resource that he cannot live without in his business, Darin shared that it's a pretty generic one, but it's Spotify. What couldn't he live without; he can't live without a podcast. He listens to podcasts like crazy, he got a bit of a commute, and he enjoys it. His kids play soccer 4 days a week, so when he's waiting for them to be done; he's on the podcast. So, he's trying to build himself up to that. So, he's going to say Spotify.   Books That Have Had the Greatest Impact on Darin   When asked about books that have the biggest impact, Darin shared that Seth Godin was a very much a part of the foundation of this business in early 2000s. He has read every Seth Godin book he's ever written. And so, he's just going say Seth Godin. So, Seth Godin Podcast, Seth Godin Books. The early ones, he thinks it was even Purple Cow, New Edition: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable it was really transformational. Just about being unique and how you stand out. And I believe the book, he might get this wrong is 1000 true fans, it might have been one of his earlier books is the idea if you have 1000 fans, that you'll never have to work again. He thinks we're seeing this, he was an early projector of this, this influencer movement that we see very common today and that's exactly what he was talking about in that book. And that's how they thought about sending video messaging that you could be this influencer.   And then he's going to say, Verne Harnish wrote a book called Scaling Up: How a Few Companies Make It…and Why the Rest Don't (Rockefeller Habits 2.0) and then Scaling Up 2.0 and it's about mastering the Rockefeller habits as he calls it. And these are just these business motions that has made them very successful at BombBomb, how to run the business, how to plan for the business, how to do stand ups in the morning, all these things are very fundamentally ingrained in who they are at BombBomb. So, Seth Godin and Scaling Up 2.0, those are his two recommendations.   What Darin is Really Excited About Now!   Darin shared that he's really excited about this growth team that they have put together, he gets to lead, it's fantastic, it's a cross functional team many people coming from lots of different parts of the organization are focused on how do they get after better growth for the business? So, that means acquiring new customers, better keeping the customers that they have, making the product more aligned towards those things. So, it's been a lot of fun and he loves that team.   Where Can We Find Darin Online   Website – www.bombbomb.com LinkedIn – Darin Dawson   Quote or Saying that During Times of Adversity Darin Uses   When asked about quote or saying that he tends to revert to, Darin shared that it's Peter Drucker and the quote is, “Focus is the key to all economic success.” So, if he needs to get refocused, if his team does, he brings that out. Focus is the key. So, are we focused? Do we need to get more focused? Are there things that we should stop doing so we can start doing the right things?   Please connect with us on Twitter @navigatingcx and also join our Private Facebook Community – Navigating the Customer Experience and listen to our FB Lives weekly with a new guest   Grab the Freebie on Our Website – TOP 10 Online Business Resources for Small Business Owners   Links   Seth Godin Books Seth Godin Podcasts Purple Cow, New Edition: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable by Seth Godin Scaling Up: How a Few Companies Make It…and Why the Rest Don't (Rockefeller Habits 2.0) by Verne Harnish    The ABC's of a Fantastic Customer Experience   Do you want to pivot your online customer experience and build loyalty - get a copy of “The ABC's of a Fantastic Customer Experience.”   The ABC's of a Fantastic Customer Experience provides 26 easy to follow steps and techniques that helps your business to achieve success and build brand loyalty. This Guide to Limitless, Happy and Loyal Customers will help you to strengthen your service delivery, enhance your knowledge and appreciation of the customer experience and provide tips and practical strategies that you can start implementing immediately! This book will develop your customer service skills and sharpen your attention to detail when serving others. Master your customer experience and develop those knock your socks off techniques that will lead to lifetime customers. Your customers will only want to work with your business and it will be your brand differentiator. It will lead to recruiters to seek you out by providing practical examples on how to deliver a winning customer service experience!

Deep South Humor and Heart
Midwestern Mom and Her Miracles

Deep South Humor and Heart

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 17, 2021 46:24


Nancy Kurre moved to Birmingham, AL in the early 90s from her small hometown in Illinois.  After years of traveling and working, Nancy wanted to start a family.  You'll love Nancy's story and her three miracle babies.  Give a listen!

One of Us
Screener Squad: Ted Lasso Season 2

One of Us

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2021 31:17


TED LASSON SEASON 2 SERIES REVIEW America's favorite wholesome sports sitcom is back, with the recent release of Apple+'s “Ted Lasso” season 2, following Ted (Jason Sudeikis), a Midwestern do-gooder at the head of the U.F.C. Richmond soccer team run by Rebecca (Hannah Waddingham). As the Emmy winning comedy launches into its second season, Ted's… Read More »Screener Squad: Ted Lasso Season 2

Growing Up Christian
Ep. 46 - The Faith/Filth Dissonance of Midwestern White Trash Rubes w/ Dustin Philipson

Growing Up Christian

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2021 132:48


This week we're joined by former Master's Commission leader, Dustin Philipson! Dustin grew up in the Evangelical church, but drifted in and out as a teenager. He found his niche in the Christian punk and metal scene, and spent a lot of his formative years in Midwest venues. We had a lot of fun talking to Dustin, and we hope you enjoy the conversation as much as we did!   Treat yourself to Captain Cecil's Coffee Roasters by going to www.captaincecilscoffee.com. Enter the promo code “growingupchristian” at checkout for 10% your first order, and free shipping on orders over $50!