Happy birthday, Jenny

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On the first of August, I sat down to work, and found my mouse was difficult to move. I should mention that's unusual. It's a laser mouse, I have a fairly smooth non-reflective mouse pad, and my wrist is in fine shape.

It turns out there was a sweet note from my wife, Jenny, who decided August was going to be "love notes for Josh" month.

Awesome, right? Definitely. She always is.

It's Jenny's birthday. So, happy birthday, my love.

If you're looking for something to get Jenny for her birthday, might I suggest liking her Facebook page and following her on Twitter?

Still one of my favorites, this song was the recessional at our wedding.

Josh: The Podcast, Episode 19: Time out

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We're out on vacation for a little while, and we want to make sure you remember to take a break every now and then, too! Enjoy this story of a little misadventure adventure weekend.

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Feather Nest Inn (they seem to have cleaned up a bit!)
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The songs of our lives: A music meme

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Mitch did this post about songs, and I thought, oh, hey, Mitch has a good idea once in a while, maybe we'll make that a meme and steal it. Sorry, Mitch. At least I credited you.

That's OK. We don't have much in the way of overlapping answers. But now I need to dig out my "Thriller" album. Thanks for that, Mitch.

Anyway, feel free to keep it going. What are the songs in your life?

1: A song you like with a color in the title

"Man in the Long Black Coat" by Joan Osborne (covering Bob Dylan)

2: A song you like with a number in the title

"Gimme 3 Steps" by Lynyrd Skynyrd

3: A song that reminds you of summertime

"Bittersweet Symphony" by The Verve

4: A song that reminds you of someone you would rather forget about

"Everything About You" by Ugly Kid Joe

5: A song that needs to be played LOUD

"Thank You (Falletin Me Be Mice Elf Again)" by Sly and the Family Stone

6: A song that makes you want to dance

"El Sopon de Yuya" by Edesio

7: A song to drive to

"Blitzkrieg Bop" by The Ramones

8: A song about drugs or alcohol

"Lust for Life" by Iggy Pop

9: A song that makes you happy

"What I Got" by Sublime

10: A song that makes you sad

"Strange Fruit" by Billie Holiday

11: A song that you never get tired of

"Thunder Road" by Bruce Springsteen

12: A song from your preteen years

"Bonin' in the Boneyard" by Fishbone

13: One of your favorite 80ís songs

"Superman" by R.E.M.

14: A song that you would love played at your wedding

"Home" by Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros (this was our recessional)

15: A song that is a cover by another artist

"Everybody Knows" by Concrete Blonde (original by Leonard Cohen)

16: One of your favorite classical songs

Mozart's 41st Symphony

17: A song that you would sing a duet with on karaoke

"Opposites Attract" by Paula Abdul and Wild Pair

18: A song from the year that you were born

"Play that Funky Music" by Wild Cherry

19: A song that makes you think about life

"Knowledge" by Operation Ivy

20: A song that has many meanings to you

"Goodnight, Irene" by Brie Sullivan, Andrea Coller and Zach Root (original by Leadbelly)

21: A favorite song with a personís name in the title

"Jolene" by Spring Heeled Jack

22: A song that moves you forward

"Sometimes" by Michael Franti & Spearhead

23: A song that you think everybody should listen to

"U.S. Blues" by The Harshed Mellows (original by The Grateful Dead)

24: A song by a band you wish were still together

"King of Spain" by Moxy Fruvous

25: A song by an artist no longer living

"Under Pressure" by Queen with David Bowie

26: A song that makes you want to fall in love

"When I Fall in Love" by Nat King Cole (too obvious?)

27: A song that breaks your heart

"Martha" by Tom Waits

28: A song by an artist with a voice that you love

"Take This Waltz" by Leonard Cohen

29: A song that you remember from your childhood

"Perhaps Love" by John Denver and Placido Domingo

30: A song that reminds you of yourself

"Comfort" by Emily Shore

Josh: The Podcast, Episode 18: A monologue about dialogue

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"I never learned anything while I was talking," Larry King tells Lewis Howes in a recent podcast. "If you could put a billboard anywhere in the world, what would it say?" Tim Ferriss asks Cal Fussman. "One word: Listen," the writer replies.

Have a conversation, learn something. We are way more alike than we are different.

Links:
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Conversation: Remembering a time before social media and cell phones
Cal Fussman on Tim Ferriss' podcast
Larry King on Lewis Howes' podcast

Bonus material for patrons is about stillness.

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Small decisions are the difference between good enough and great

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I was running south down Drayton Street, along Forsyth Park, on yet another high-heat, high-humidity day in Savannah.

It seems like every time I've looked down at my phone's weather application the past two months, it says something on the order of "92°, feels like 109°."

I'd been frustrated by my inability — really, lack of true desire — to push past two or three miles (I'd been running two or three times a day sometimes to get some time in on the pavement).

That particular day, I had set out to run five miles, and here I was, about 2.25 miles in, drenched, sagging and miserable. Up ahead about a quarter mile — well within my view — was a corner.

I could turn left, and get home in about a mile, or I could turn right and keep going. I could go home, get comfortable and tell myself I was going back out later, or I could push myself through.

Let me note here that in general, five miles is not a stretch for me. I'll run my second half marathon this fall, and I've set a running goal of 1,000 miles this year.

At 10 minutes per mile, a quarter mile is two minutes, 30 seconds. That's not a long time if, say, you're driving to Baltimore. But just sit there and count off two and a half minutes. Go ahead. Bet you last about 15 seconds and say, "OK, I get the point."

Two and a half minutes of norepinephrine nudging me to the left, saying, "hey, three-plus miles on a really hot day isn't all that bad!" And a piece of my brain, feebly frying in the July heat, meekly responding, "no...I'm...running...five...today."

Kelvin and I did a podcast on this yesterday.

It's these bouts of internal arguments that make the difference between settling for good enough and going for great.

It's these little corners — turn left or turn right — that make the difference between the comfortable status quo the uncomfortable moments required for growth.

It's these decisions you make — be good enough or turn toward greatness — that define who you become.

I ran a touch over 5.6 miles that day. Which way would you turn?

Josh: The Podcast, Episode 17: Nothing is irreversible (well, almost)

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Talk yourself into the hard stuff

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Work-life balance for the perpetually busy: Join my Circle

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Before you read this, you should go learn about Creative Coast Circles from the other two charter hosts, Andy Cabistan and Casey Herrington.

Look, we all struggle from "busyness." We're all employees or employers or entrepreneurs or parents or husbands or wives or children or siblings or, more likely, some combination of all of those things. We all need sleep, exercise, food and a bunch of other things for healthy living.

Before you get mad about being asked to do one more thing, remember the old Zen proverb, "You should sit in silence for twenty minutes a day, unless you are too busy, in which case you should sit in silence for two hours."

On the second Wednesday each month at 1 p.m., I will host a Circle at Gallery Espresso, on the southeast corner of Chippewa Square in Savannah. We'll limit the group to seven participants, and we're willing to be flexible on the time and location after a few meetings, BUT understand that The Creative Coast requires commitment for this: you must attend each month.

We'll discuss things like routines, understanding the difference between important and urgent and in general flush out how everyone deals with the everyday challenges of being able to enjoy your life.

Our first meeting will be August 10. Fill out this form to RSVP. Hope to see you there.

Josh: The Podcast, Episode 16: A viable third party by 2020?

We talk primarily about the Democratic National Convention this week. Also, a reminder that we are a Republic, not a Democracy.

Links:
• Work-life balance for the perpetually busy: Join my upcoming Circle by filling out this form.
• DNC and other politics coverage from PennLive and NJ.com
Donald Trump's reddit AMA
#WeThePeople Live
Wait, what did Gary Johnson call Donald Trump?

Bonus material for patrons is really some rambling at the beginning and the end. Here's Joe Rogan's discussion with Justin Wren and Malcolm Gladwell's podcast.

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17hundred90 and Segway of Savannah: Our experiences

Happy second wedding second anniversary to my lady love! A little explanation: We got married in a small private ceremony on July 24, 2014, then had a big ol' family wedding on July 26 of that year. So, celebrating two years of marriage, and this happens to be the date of our second wedding.

So. We got a recommendation for the 17hundred90, a beautiful little haunted inn and restaurant with a bar attached.

We made reservations but showed up 15 minutes early and were seated immediately anyway. The dining room is like stepping back in time. A piano player sits in the corner playing everything from Pachelbel to Disney themes. The dining room is small, and the carpet and low ceiling keeps the sound in check. It really is a lovely room with great atmosphere.

We shared a house salad with a house-made raspberry vinaigrette (creamy and delicious) and an appetizer of bacon-wrapped scallops, seared in butter. The scallops were amazing.

We each opted for a blackened New York strip steak with a bleu cheese sauce (medium rare), served with mashed potatoes and green beans. Everything was excellent. I paired with a Malbec; J— with a white zin.

The restaurant comped us dessert for our anniversary — we opted to share a "chocolate bomb," essentially a chocolate tort — and a cup of coffee.

If we'd paid for the dessert, dinner would have come in just under $125, including four glasses of wine. Definitely reasonable for such a nice place. I'd highly recommend it.

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We'd been talking about doing a Segway tour for over a year now, and J— surprised me with one. It was a lot of fun. It started with a quick lesson in how to actually work a Segway — pretty easy if you balance well or ride a bike often. And then off we went onto the streets of downtown.

Now, I don't know about the place you live, but it's easy to play tourist in the town we live in. The city itself has about 100,000 residents. We get something on the order of 12-17 million tourists a year.

We take a lot of different tours — trolleys, walking, museums, houses of worship. We hear a lot of the same stories, but this was fun. It was only us on the tour, so we got to trade stories with Bill, our guide.

We stopped at famous houses and squares and got to hear stories, and experience the city at a pace we don't often take time for, particularly without a destination in mind.

Again, something else we'd highly recommend.

Josh: The Podcast, Episode 15: Flag-burning, intellectual property and #FreeMilo

The world feels a little strange this week — I've been immersed in coverage of the Republican National Convention, to the point where it almost seems like everyday life when it's clearly a circus. My work shifts have been strange this week, which means I'm not rested at all; instead I've been trying to regulate my energy with a combination of running and meditation. The air conditioning has been out much of the week, which makes for grumpy Josh on top of the mixed realities.

Links:
• Work-life balance for the perpetually busy: Join my upcoming Circle by filling out this form.
• Full coverage of the Republican National Convention from cleveland.com.
• Was Melania Trump's speech plagiarized from Michelle Obama's?
• Does Meredith McIver really exist? (Appparently)
• Third Eye Blind trolls Republican fans
Ted Cruz didn't endorse Donald Trump
• Protests include flag-burning: Should that be a crime?
• Queen complains about use of their music
• Kelvin and I discuss living your life when the world is full of chaos
#FreeMilo: Banned, but seriously, listen to him; he's a troll (if a funny one).

Bonus material for patrons is about the power of words — specifically, do we make them too powerful?

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