Phillip Albritton

AWOL

Yes, I have been AWOL. Away WithOut Leave. That’s a military status and I am not in the military anymore but it succinctly defines my status nonetheless.

Slablog is still up and running but we haven’t done any interviews or posted anything in quite a while. It’s mainly because my stomach hurts! Yes, my health downturn has taken a toll on my excitement for Slablog…or podcasting these last few weeks.

I attended an annual Hungry Mother get together in Virginia on August 21, 22 and was having intestinal issues then but recuperated somewhat only to come down with a sinus and gut infection that caused me to think I had Covid 19. I didn’t eat anything but liquids for about 2 weeks and lost some 20 pounds. Once I consulted a doctor back home in Alabama he ordered a big dose of broad spectrum antibiotics, a week of steroids and a Covid test. The test came back negative, but my stomach still aches. Fast forward a bit to today and I am taking some pro/prebiotics to give me back some good bacteria in my gut biome. At least I am back to eating somewhat normal. When I was the sickest, normal food smelled and tasted wretched! I recall distinctly peanut butter smelled like dirty socks!

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I haven’t given up on Slablog. If I had, this web site and my podcast host would have been canceled…fired…gone by now. It doesn’t cost that much to hold onto them, and I had a lot of fun doing it when I felt good…so I will try to continue one day soon.

If you read this, just put this web site as a favorite and depending on your browser settings, you may be notified of new content. Don’t go to Facebook! I’m leaving Facebook and Twitter as a place to profile Slablog so you have to just return here and check.

The format for the Podcast will probably be a little different, but I want to continue talking to and recording conversations with fellow motorcyclists and enthusiasts. I just enjoy that. If I ever get back out on the road touring around the country, I’ll carry my portable recorder and get as many conversations with random people that I can.

In the meantime, send me a word of encouragement or suggestions…or even let me know if you’d like to be on the Podcast. I would literally be ecstatic to interview just about anybody!

That’s about it for now. Keep the rubber side down and stay between the lines!

Episode 12 – The Old School Bus Route

Our three hosts conspire with their other siblings to take a diversion from the normal motorcycling theme, and ride together along the old school bus route from about 1951 through 1965.

Episode 11 – Ian Scobie Chat

Ian Scobie, a very likable bloke from the UK, chats with us about his motorcycling habit and life during the pandemic of 2020.

Pandemic Inspired

Having the whole world locked down and staying home has spawned a new kind of entertainment and content broadcasting. I see innovative ways the internet is being used to bring talent and information to us that were not used so extensively before.

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I’m wondering if the “forced” trend will bring about some radical changes in the way the internet is used. Television also has undergone some unique approaches to the confinement restraints. News shows are synchronized broadcasts with each participant sitting in his/her own living space at home. Talk shows have the host at home using a laptop and cameras to do just about the same things they did in a studio…all dressed up. Of course getting the bands to play together requires a little more thought and effort…and technological uses unheard of until now.

The medium of digital sounds tapped into from servers all over the world bring us front porch concerts and podcasts galore. It reminds me of the old 40s radio shows where folks sat down in front of the radio and enjoyed sounds from all over; songs, radio dramas, talk shows and game shows.

I don’t think things will ever be back to what we called “normal” before all this happened. Too many discoveries have been made out of the necessity to just keep going. Its similar to what happened, albeit at a slower pace, when news outlets and magazines discovered they could send out content over the internet instead of selling hard copies at physical newsstands on street corners and storefronts across the globe.

I don’t know if Slablog will benefit from all this or be harmed. I really don’t. I guess that all depends on the quality of content we manage to dispense and how long we can keep it up. I am editing Episode 11 tonight and tomorrow morning, and expect to have it published tomorrow sometime. Ronnie and I chatted with Ian Scobie today, a UK lad who rides an old K75 BMW with a small trailer in tow. He hails from Columbus, Georgia these days but is a Brit through and through. I’ve known Ian through my motorcycling hobby for many years now and he is a quality mensch! I hope you enjoy his words.

Episode 9 – Pootie Barnhill, Snipisode 2

The hosts discuss dreams, out of body experiences and coronavirus…And present the second installment of Pootie Barnhill’s Life and Times.

Episode 8 – Charles Barnard Interview

Our three hosts have a fun interview with guest Charles Barnard from Georgia.