David Bryan, Brian Balestri, and Paul “Blah Blah” Blomkalns
“The thankfulness washes away the awkwardness” – Paul Blomkalns
My guest for this episode is Paul Blomkalns – a Nurse Practitioner and a really great guy who I met through my good friend David Bryan. Both these guys are a lot of fun to hang out with and tell great stories. But both were quite reserved for the first part of the conversation which really surprised me. I hadn’t expected them to be so professional and take my little talk show so seriously. But after lobbing several ridiculous questions at Paul they eventually relaxed and we had a great conversation.
Our topics mostly centered around what it’s like to be a nurse practitioner and included things like:
What is the grossest thing Paul’s ever seen
Who make better patients – men or women
And what he does when he’s propositioned by cougars
I have to apologize for the video and sound quality in this episode. We recorded this episode at my cabin on a beautiful July day, and I apparently set up the camera wrong so the whole episode is slightly out of focus. Plus there’s background sounds through out, and then near the end I start getting pinged on my phone because we were late for a floating happy hour.
If you only have five minutes, skip to minute mark 44 where Paul tells a story about how he almost kills himself while duck hunting alone.
PS. If you get a chance, leave some feedback in the comments below.
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Grace Nxx, Brian Balestri, Jill Strickland, and Matt Beukelman
“I refuse to wear my own hair.” – Jill Strickland
In this episode my friend, Matt Beukelman, and I talk with our good friends Jill Strickland and Grace Nxx about what it’s like to be black women in America. As you see in the Show Notes below, we cover all sorts of interesting topics including:
The extraordinary lengths that black women go to for their hair
What it’s like to work in predominantly white and predominately male company
Why you should never ask a person “where they learned their English.”
How few available/eligible men there are for black women
Plus we talk about how I became the “3rd blackest white guy in IT”.
And if you only have 5 minutes – jump to minute mark 32:10 in the YouTube video or 33:30 on the podcast to hear Jill’s story about the time she caused “all hell to break out” in her high school cafeteria.
Watch Episode #2: Jill Strickland, Grace Nxx, and Matt Beukelman – Ride or Die | The Extraordinary Friends Show
Listen to Episode #2: Jill Strickland, Grace Nxx, and Matt Beukelman – Ride or Die | The Extraordinary Friends Show
Here’s a fun little time lapsed video of the setup for the very first show with Steven Meade and Chris Alme as guests. My good friend, Paul Kibbe, showed up to help me out. He learned to be a cameraman and a sound guy in less than an hour, and he did a fantastic job.
You can see him in the credits at the end of the first show.