The sport of motorcycling in general.
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!
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.
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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!
These last couple of months have taken a toll on us all. I don’t think the social isolation has bothered some of us much, but for others it has been traumatic. Combine that with the fact that many businesses that we simply took for granted before, were forced to just pause operations, and if they were not financially secure enough to take that “pause” from income coming in, they had a hard time surviving. Many closed for good! Others must henceforth alter their mode of doing business.
In the meantime, we here at Slablog Podcasts decided to limit our times recording together and began only doing 2 podcasts per month. I like that schedule better actually. It gives us time to line up other possible guests. The interviews also last longer. Thirty minutes, as opposed to 15 minute chats. The time increase allows us to talk more casually and more at length with our guests without worrying about the time limit so much. It makes editing and post production much easier for me also. It seems approximately 30 minutes is a good podcast time anyway. One hour seems too much and can become very boring. Fifteen minutes just isn’t enough to develop a conversation very well.
We are recording an interview with a guest today and will be publishing it about June 1st. Our guest will be another motorcycling buddy of mine, Ron Curtis, that I left behind in Georgia when I moved south. He has agreed to call in and catch up a little and talk about what he’s been up to, motorcycle wise. Look for that podcast in about a week and a half.
Another idea we’re tossing around is doing short 5 min interviews on the street or in public places remotely then publishing those as bonus content under the title of “Slablog Shorts”. Lloyd and I will have to be mindful of possible opportunities as we go about our days and carry a small remote recording device around with us. This will also be a way to get short interviews at motorcycle gatherings, like rallies and group rides.