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Spent the holidays catching up with @ScottAdamsSays at Real Coffee with Scott Adams on YouTube.

I like listening to Scott Adams. First of all, he’s funny. I guess it’s not a surprise that he’s funny, but not all cartoonists are funny in real life. But Scott Adams is funny in real life. He’s funny in a casual, conversational way that makes me wish I was sitting in his kitchen. And hanging out on his tennis court.

And he’s well-informed too. He’s all kinds of seriously educated and highly informed. The guy doesn’t sleep much so he gets to read a lot while the world is quiet. And it sounds like he talks to other smart, informed, well-read people. He gets fact checks with just a request. I’m guessing he has some good dinner conversations.

Best of all, Scott Adams has a white board. With all of this pandemic isolation, I didn’t realize how much I was missing presentations. Mr. Adams’ whiteboard lessons make me feel like I’m back in the boardroom. Or conference room. Or classroom.

Or any room outside of my living room.

But the thing that really draws me (pun only intended after editing) to Scott Adams is his focus on habits and the ability to reprogram the brain. I’m not sure all he’s been through or how he’s learned it, but the guy gets the relationship between mindfulness and behavior modification. I’m tempted to start diagramming Adams’ talks in terms of their CBT -traceable content, but that might be crossing an observer line. He uses different terms, different language, but the guy is a walking cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) model. It’s great to hear him talk about reprogramming the brain, since that’s my focus. It’s especially cool to hear a multimillionaire who hob knobs with high up smarty pantsies talk about how he learned to choose yams over Snickers.

Adams also posts at a locals site now. I hadn’t heard much about locals and I’m still figuring it out. But Adams promises he’s ‘extra-provocative’ over on locals, so I’m in. Because I need Scott Adams to be even more extra than he already is.

BTW, if you’re into Scott Adams, his 2015 interview on Tim Ferris’ podcast is good. Even fresh considering the date.

And also, BTW, Tim Ferris’ podcast is always amazing. But I’m still waiting for his Top 25 list of 2020. If anyone sees it, let me know.

xoxo, d

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xx’s and oo’s from the Reply All family

And now it’s July. TGIJ.

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The name of this post really should’ve been “and on a different subject” since my brain is flitting all over the place today. It’s almost noon and I’ve been at this ” work” thing for several hours now – and I have very little to show for it. It’s not for lack of wanting to work.

It’s for lack of brain cells to do my work, apparently.

Oh well.

And on a different subject, yesterday and today’s Reply All comic strips are about baseball!

I love baseball. In theory.

I love sitting in a baseball park sipping on a huge, cold drink.

And I love the smell of hot dogs.

And I love getting a sunburn.

And I love the sound of the ball hitting the bat.

And, truth be told, I love a guy in a baseball uniform. My first official crush in this lifetime was someone who played baseball. I won’t say who he is because he has a wife and I wouldn’t want to offend her, but damn… he was really cute in elementary school.

My brother play baseball. But I don’t think he ever really took to it. It was probably too slow for him.

That’s my guess but I’ll ask him to confirm.

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And while we’re on baseball, slight plug for my adorably adorable cousin Dan Kolko….listen to him and watch him and read him and love him over at MASN.

So the boyfriend in the strip is Drew. And I’m so in love with Drew that I’ve lost interest in actual humans. Drew was the man of my dreams.

Today I reminded Drew’s real world inspiration that he was Drew’s real world inspiration. Citizen Bill was flattered all over again and doesn’t seem to recall giving me permission to use his image, likeness, inspiration and general vibe.

I feel a lawsuit coming.

I can guarantee, however, that I got Mr. Bill’s permission to use his likeness.  I’ve gotten permission from all of the lovelies who my characters are based on.  Even Deborah Tannen, who gave me the thumbs up for using her character only after her sister and daughter had considered the character first.

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Speaking of inspiration, last night I cartoon one of my favorite artists, the very kooky and cool Darryl Kravitz. You can find more about him here.

Thank you to Darryl for letting me use and abuse his karma and essence for my cartoon pleasure.  And for making his character slightly snarkier than he might approve of.

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Okay, back to work.

Listening to:

Aubrey Plaza on Anna Faris is Unqualified

John Doe (yeah, THAT John Doe!!!!) on Walking the Floor with Chris Shiflett and

Radio Andy on Sirius.

And leaving you with today’s Reply All Lite. Inspired by every office I’ve ever worked in.

Every single office….every day….3pm or so…the smell of burnt popcorn….aaahhhh….

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Be well. Be safe. As Ellen says, Be Kind.

xoxoxoxo, d