#74: The Walkabout

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Dale Thomas Vaughn [Twitter] spent six weeks walking across Spain and France, doing the famed Camino de Santiago.  He's a podcaster, Editor at the Good Men Project, and does lots of great work with men

In this class we talk about:

  • Texan stereotypes.
  • Doing the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage in Spain. 
  • Walking through France and Spain over six weeks.
  • Working as a speech writer for a Member of Parliament in London.
  • How it pays to be precocious when looking for a job.
  • Speaking out against sexual abuse.
  • Doing a 100 mile walk in four days through Scotland solo.
  • Doing the trails too fast.
  • Dealing with blisters.
  • Having his Camino family.
  • Having questions he was looking for.
  • Moments of clarity.
  • Working on his inner world.
  • Having some love connections.
  • Staying in monasteries.
  • The feeling of completion and a new perspective.
  • Wanting to see life and death.
  • The Running of The Bulls in Pamplona, Spain.

 

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#73: A Type of OCD

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Lyle Nagy has a type of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder called Pure O, or Purely Obsessional OCD.  This week he talks about the dark places it has taken him.

In this class we talk about:

  • Having pure obsessional compulsive disorder.
  • Public perception of OCD.
  • The feelings and urges that come with OCD.
  • Being fully aware of the ridiculous habits he does.
  • Being obsessed about intelligence.
  • How his compulsions made life hard at a young age.
  • How his OCD manifested in college.
  • Questioning his sexuality but wanting to be straight.
  • Having understanding friends.
  • Coming out of the closet... sort of.
  • Having thoughts to hurting and killing others.
  • Getting therapy.
  • Being scared to drink alcohol.
  • Figuring out what was wrong with him.
  • Having a helpful father.
  • The difficult of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

 

Related Resource: OCD Online

Related Resource: The video series with Lyle's doctor

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#72: Organ Donation & More

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Alonzo Bodden [Twitter] is a stand-up comic and podcaster who only has one kidney.  That's because he donated the other one to his brother.

In this class we talk about:

  • Donating his kidney to his brother
  • The great amount of medical tests that were done prior to surgery.
  • The procedure being nothing more than an "inconvenience".
  • No medical complications.
  • His brother's excellent health today.
  • The dark side of comedy.
  • Personal depression.
  • His Facebook post about Robin Williams.
  • Not trading the darkness for the funny.
  • The life of a comedian.
  • Watching the fame of other people.
  • Fear of success.
  • How the lows stays longer than the highs.
  • How the stage is his comfort zone

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#71: Coming Out

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Ben Mandelker [Twitter] is a writer and a podcaster who hosts both The Banter Blender and Watch What Crappens. He also writes for the B-Side Blog.  And, a few years ago, at the age of thirty, he came out of the closet.

In this class we talk about:

  • Being okay with his sexuality in his small town growing up.
  • Having crushes on girls in high school.
  • Watching TV talk shows to see male strippers.
  • How his college was very conservative.
  • How coming out wasn't a high priority.
  • Avoiding certain behaviors as to not be found out.
  • Having a girlfriend in high school for two weeks.
  • Living a mind fuck 24 hours a day while in the closet.
  • How the gay culture has evolved.
  • How some of his frat brothers came out after college.
  • Coming out when he was 30.
  • Suppressing his peak hormonal years.
  • How his writing was affected because he hadn't come out.
  • Living in the gay mecca: West Hollywood.
  • His first physical experience.
  • Coming out to his best friends.
  • Getting love and support.

Related Link: Coming Out with Dave Holmes

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#70: Religion and The World

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Jeff Whitby is a former US Army Green Beret who has experienced a lot of religion and the world.  Thanks to his life experience growing up in a small religion in the state of Washington and traveling the globe with Special Forces, he's certainly a life expert.

In this class we talk about:

  • Going from shooting a gun to shooting a camera.
  • Having especially religious parents.
  • Seeing real life effects of not having religion.
  • Meeting different groups of people through religion and the Army.
  • Sexual scandals within his church.
  • Seeing the business side of the church.
  • Having parents that practiced the spirituality they preached.
  • Being shunned by his church.
  • Majoring in Pastoral Theology in college.
  • Handling independence for the first time at 18.
  • Being drawn to the laid back group in college.
  • Discovering music at the age of 24.
  • Leaving school early, after three years.
  • Joining the Army at 24.
  • Traveling to Afghanistan.
  • Training Ukrainian and Russian special forces.
  • Seeing religions that take total control of people.
  • Seeing how poorly women are treated in the Middle East.
  • Living a simple life.

 

Related Link: Losing Friends with Robert Patrick Lewis

Related Link: Coming Home From War with Robert Patrick Lewis

 

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Class #69: Married with Jason Nash

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Jason Nash [Twitter] is an actor, comedian, director, writer, and former podcast host.  He's also just released his first feature film, Jason Nash Is Married.  So, today we're talking marriage.

In this class we talk about:

  • Going back and forth about liking marriage.
  • Having TV star, Busy Phillips, play his wife in his movie.
  • A boring adult dinner party.
  • Knowing he's the jerk of the group.
  • Looking like and idiot in front of 20 year olds.
  • Having two kids.
  • Being recently diagnosed as Bi-Polar. 
  • Being suicidal.
  • Getting on medication.
  • Needing adventure in his life.
  • Being the odd one out of his group of friends.
  • Keeping his kids happy.
  • Being married for ten years and counting.
  • Being lost and self hating.
  • Losing his confidence in Los Angeles.
  • Constantly doubting himself.
  • Having time off while his wife works.
  • Finding a stay at home dad role.
  • Shooting a hot tub sex scene.
  • Married sex with his wife.
  • Taking things personally.
  • Liking to be alone.
  • Not being good under pressure.
  • Having an urge to not be in the family.
  • Having to be around his wife's friends.

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Extra Credit #17: Being A Parent Is Scary

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Steve Belanger [Twitter] got that call no parent ever wants.  It was his son's school and they said that Steve's three year-old had a seizure.  Last time, on Man School, Steve talked about quitting his job to follow his dreams.

In this Extra Credit we talk about:

  • Being a father of two boys.
  • Getting the worst phone call for a parent and the initial shock.
  • Not calling his wife right away.
  • Having to worry about his oldest son as well.
  • Seeing all the school staff crying and having to wait for the EMT.
  • The entire event happening in fast motion.
  • Finally calling his wife.
  • His son having a febrile seizure.
  • Thinking about what could have happened and bawling like a little girl.
  • Crying in a lottery store.
  • His son now being the picture of health.