Would you rather, if you had to choose: get walked in on the bathroom or walk in on someone in the bathroom? I’ve asked numerous people this over the past few days and while the answer varies, the reason for their choice is the same: “it would push the embarrassment on to the other person”. I’ve had both of these situations happen to me; they’re both humiliating in different ways. If you get walked in on, it’s the exposure type of embarrassment. They’re seeing a part of you that they probably would never see but also in the most vulnerable position you can be in. If you walk in on someone in the bathroom, there is an underlying perception of being a voyeur and a creep. Sure, it was an “accident”, psycho. You didn’t know someone was in here? Yea, okay Deviant Don. So, if you have to choose to be walked in on or to walk in on someone, what would you choose? Leave a comment below or leave a text/voice message on the #HMBradio line (813) 693-2124.
The question itself is a great ice breaker. Interviewing people I know a little bit or not at all is tough. I’m always afraid I’m going to say something off-putting, which I do a lot and lose the guest. Then the podcast is weird and tedious trying to win them back and trying to get them to open up a bit. It happens rarely and most of it is my paranoia but it can happen. I think it’s a good way to start cold with someone you don’t know. It will lower their defenses and get them thinking about the question at hand as opposed to sitting across a table from some dude they don’t really know in his apartment and wondering if they (me) are going to murder them. I know that by saying I’m trying to lower their defenses sounds like that’s what I’m trying to do but I swear, I’m not.
This week on the podcast, prolific St. Pete muralist/artist/designer Sebastian Coolidge stops by. I always admired Sebastian and liked his story. He moved here to St. Pete from Kansas City…uhhh…Kansas? No, Missouri? Uhm…one of those places to pursue art and was one of the first to just ask for a wall. It was on the now defunct Freshly Squeezed store across from The Bends on 1st Ave N. He went and asked the owners if he could paint a mural on the store and they said, “OK, sure”. That spawned more and more business that wanted him to paint something on their businesses and now that’s his job now: painting. I always love to see someone making a living from what they like doing. That’s really all you can ask for in life, the American Dream. Check out the podcast below: