March 18th – National Awkward Moments Day with Mark Pagán

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Today’s guest is Mark Pagán, host of the Other Men Need Help podcast.

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Hey. This is Paul Kondo. This is the Podcast Gumbo podcast and I’ve got a rhetorical question for ya.

Are you like me and find those things we call National Days, like Cheeseball Day or worse, Moldy Cheese Day, amusing? Yeah, me too. So each week, I’ll have one of my podcast friends challenge me to find an episode related to one of those days and I’ll be releasing it on the actual day it occurs. 

So, let’s get to it. What is today’s National Day?

Hey folks, this is Mark Pagán and the holiday I’m picking is National Awkward Moments Day on March 18th. I mean really, who needs March 18th when so many of us live this day so much of the rest of the calendar year. But thankfully, they gave us one day in which we can all get together and be awkwardly silent or I don’t know what else. See, even right now, I’m being awkward. Alright, that’s my holiday. I’m sticking to it. 

As Mark awkwardly said, today is March 18th and it’s National Awkward Moments Day. Someone really needs to get that man some help. 

Of course, when you get him some help, get me some as well. I’m no different than anybody else in this world that hasn’t been mortified about something they’ve done, many times over.

So today, think about that time when you asked someone when she was due and she wasn’t pregnant. And try to laugh it off. 

True story, I was at a party and I was in the conversation where that happened. I wasn’t the one that said it and luckily the woman elegantly brushed it off but since that day, I don’t ever ask someone if they’re pregnant until I see their kid on the playground.

Have a hearty laugh today by sharing your stories using the Awkward Moments Day hashtag.

There’s a good chance that you had a lot of awkward moments when you were a kid. Some people relive them by digging up their old diaries. Inexplicably, some people read those diaries in front of a large audience. Well, that’s the premise of the Mortified podcast. And in the Love Hurts episode, you get to hear two young love stories that indeed hurt.

This week’s suggestion comes from my friend, Mark Pagán, the host of the Other Men Need Help podcast. Mark’s podcast dissects the way other men avoid accountability, cling to power, mask insecurities, and quietly scream for connection. 

In this episode entitled, She Makes More, Mark talks to a few other men about their feelings whose partners make more money than they do. But as it turns out, it’s not just other men. 

For our closing recommendation, Mark recommends the Latino USA podcast episode on Orlando “El Gato” Melendez, a performer on the Harlem Globetrotters, which Mark says he’s listened to multiple times as it gives him such optimism.

No extra hot sauce today except to say that I once was daydreaming and a girl yelled at me for staring at her. That happened in the 8th grade and I’m still not over it. 

Come back on March 25th to appreciate everyone’s favorite herbivore, the manatee.

As always, take a look at the show notes for links to all the podcasts mentioned in this episode as well as other life-altering information. To make it easy for you, there’s also a link to a podcast playlist that will contain all the episodes ever mentioned in this show. 

See you next week sometime for another round of recommendations. 

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