The Blunder Years
The Blunder Years
Ted Bauer
An examination of what happens to people between 25 and 45 or so: Marriage, kids, divorces, aging parents, career adjustments, new homes, and the like.
Episode 79: Coming back in January 2021 with a renewed focus
I let my podcasting slip in November because a bunch of stuff kinda came together at once: I was doing more paid work (good), I turned 40 (jury's still out), I got remarried (good), I bought a house (good/jury's still out), etc. I needed to pay more attention to what I was doing here, and I didn't, in part because my audience wasn't huge or anything. So, I'm gonna be back in January 2021 with a renewed focus on discussions about adulthood and transitions, friendships and relationships, etc... as opposed to going into work or other topics. I might hit up stuff about male friendships too, as that's clearly near and dear to my heart. I know 2020 has been a weird year for many. Enjoy the end of it. Do your best. The sun shall rise again. 
Dec 1, 2020
3 min
Episode 78: 18 or so minutes on the experience of getting married a second time
This is an audio version (well, similar to) of this post. Just out here trying to grow as a human being where I can, ya know? Here's a video of the ceremony, too.
Oct 29, 2020
19 min
Episode 77: "You are not a genius" + The emotional toll of white-collar work
Got remarried about two weeks ago, then went out of town for a few days, so I've been sitting on this interview with Jim Monroe for a minute, and it's time now to release it into the broader world. He's the author of a book called "Don't Be A Dick Manager," and if you know anything about my seven years of blogging, that's a theme I hit on a lot. This conversation is about management, life, business models, California, the propensity of world-building executives to think of themselves as geniuses, and more. We get into some emotional labor near the end too. Hope you dig it, and I'll be back with some more consistent episode bases coming up in a second.
Oct 29, 2020
50 min
Episode 76: Getting married. For a second time. In a pandemic. This weekend.
Here we go ... and how does that feel?  If you want to understand the "A" to "B" narrative of divorce to new marriage, read this. My ceremony is at 11am USA Central Time on Saturday, 10/17. I don't expect a lot of people to be around or remember it, because it's a second wedding, COVID, etc. If you want to shoot me a text or something, it's 860-967-7667.
Oct 13, 2020
5 min
Episode 75: I'm a guy, and often feel lonely and depressed. That should be OK to say, right?
Let's do some backstory to start, with some reading materials to boot. Start with me at this present moment. I'm sitting in a coffee shop typing. Well, on what appears to be December 10, 2013, I was also sitting in a coffee shop -- that one was in Minneapolis -- writing about the decline of male friendships. That was almost six years ago and I doubt much has changed. As for reading materials: Here's a little ditty on "male loneliness killing millions," here's one calling the whole deal "an epidemic," and maybe the No. 1 thing in this canon, a Boston Globe article about how loneliness is a bigger threat to dudes than obesity. You also might enjoy "Why do we murder the beautiful friendships of boys?"
Oct 8, 2020
9 min
Episode 73: Trump and the rise of the douchebags
Oct 6, 2020
6 min
Episode 72: Divorce sucks, but divorcing the friends is probably worse
Somewhat adapted from here and the experiences of people I know.
Oct 5, 2020
10 min
Episode 71: Why are so many managers so f*cking awful at respecting their employees?
Why is appreciating employees for what they're worth as contributors to the brand so hard for bosses? Oh, right, it's not natural and no one seems to get trained on it. More on how to respect and appreciate employees can be found here.
Oct 5, 2020
6 min
Episode 70: Rump Got Rona'ed and the dangers of Boomer loyalty
What now for "the leaders of the free world?" Some references can be found in this post.
Oct 2, 2020
11 min
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