The Big Board (Topics)

Here are some of the topics and stories I’ll be getting into as time goes on. I’ll link the topics here to relevant shows once they’re posted, and will note when things are recorded or scheduled.

  • introduction to the show (Estranged #1)
  • How I Became Estranged (Estranged #2)
  • the beats on the way to “Estranged” (the show) (Estranged #5)
  • the process of realizing that going against the system would divide me from friends etc. (recorded)
  • “This is not a sad show…” (Estranged #7)
  • responding to my “suicidal” “friend” (recorded)
  • realizing that being smart wasn’t nearly enough (Estranged #4)
  • who I am now
  • the past versions of me (college activist, mountain man, etc.)
  • disorders I might have if I believed in disorders
  • being defensive about who I am/what I’ve become
  • how I accepted that my pets were my family
  • the one-sleeve phase and other intentional freakishness
  • failure
  • gratitude
  • taking risks vs. playing it safe
  • creating my own career(s)
  • how I’ve walked away from everybody, repeatedly
  • my old resolutions – scoring and review (a column about my old resolutions)
  • friends
  • family
  • delusion(s)
  • whether other people can relate, share my situation (are we all estranged, etc.)
  • my column(s) (a link to my columns)
  • my pets and how much I’ve learned from them
  • Agoraphobia? Who, me? Nuh-uh, couldn’t be!
  • being repulsive
  • my presidential campaign
  • my history (and future) in activism
  • my relationship with women (and my relationships with women)
  • about realizing you’re like the pathetic guy in a movie
  • getting kicked out of college
  • work, and leaving the workplace-based workforce
  • how I tax people (and/or wear them out)
  • my ‘monkish’ time
  • my big moves
  • my trip around the country
  • my work habits, workaholicism, and unmanageability
  • the peacock years
  • on being an automatic leader
  • how I haven’t found a place yet that seemed like ‘my place’ to be
  • being antisocial, or shy, or not
  • drugs and me (and drugs and me and drugs and me and drugs and me…)
  • how, while I’ve been becoming ‘estranged’ from people, I’ve deepened my connection with animals, insects, and plants
  • the law, and my relationship with it
  • self-sabotage (Estranged #3)
  • times I have connected with people, groups (2 parts recorded)
  • the “mid-life crisis”
  • having no points of reference, and few checks & balances (and then forming new points of reference) (Discussed off-site here)
  • being tied down by raising “kids”, and preparing for the empty nest
  • the profile I’ve developed for myself