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Every week Adam Higgins shares personal stories and rants, talks Dad life, and just generally empties his brain out for your listening pleasure, and wraps it up with a podcast recommendation for you to check out because "sharing is caring."
Odd Dad Out: "Normal Is Not My Specialty"

Odd Dad Ou‪t‬ Adam Higgins

    • Personal Journals
    • 4.9 • 28 Ratings

Every week Adam Higgins shares personal stories and rants, talks Dad life, and just generally empties his brain out for your listening pleasure, and wraps it up with a podcast recommendation for you to check out because "sharing is caring."
Odd Dad Out: "Normal Is Not My Specialty"

    Braces For A Bug: ODO 196

    Braces For A Bug: ODO 196

    https://odddadoutpodcast.com/braces-for-a-bug-odo-196

    Howdy there Oddballs! I'm gonna try my best this week to try and keep things to just a couple topics. Whether that actually happens is anyone's guess. On that note, we recently had a major trip to the dentist for one of our little monsters, and the outcome is going to get expensive. Also, I've got my more in depth review of "The Box Of Oddities." And in my new "What's Adam Listening to/ Watching" segement, my wife and I just finished binging the Netflix series, "Bridgerton."

    Recommended Listening

    The Box of Oddities
    https://www.theboxofoddities.com/

    The Good:
    Excellent Sound Quality
    Highly Informative
    Well Researched
    Wide Variety of Topics
    Twice Weekly Releases
    Bumpers Don’t Get Stale
    Great Chemistry
    Authenticity- No Phonies
    Damn Funny
    Not Above Self-Deprecation

    The Bad:
    Stories Can Get Graphic
    Ad Breaks Can Get Pretty Long
    Can Veer Into the Political

    The Verdict:
    Four Stars
    After I was introduced to the Box of Oddities, it quickly became one of my regular “must listen” podcasts. It’s been well established on my own podcast that I love weird stuff, and this show scratches that “weird shit” itch very thoroughly.

    Of course, no show is perfect. And no show is for everyone. But also, the subject matter variety in The Box of Oddities is suited to only a certain niche of people. I happen to be that kind of person, but I can also see where it could be very off-putting for some people. The listener base for this show is a bit more narrow than most, but if you are at all the kind of person that appreciates the strange and unusual, you absolutely need to open the lid and peer inside “The Box of Oddities.”


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    • 57 min
    Lets Finish Catching Up: ODO 195

    Lets Finish Catching Up: ODO 195

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    In the last episode I started to talk about all of the things that I've been up to during the hiatus, before getting thumb deep into a bloody mess. This time the plan is to give you the rest of the update that I meant to give last time. And oh boy! Do I have a lot of stuff to share with you! I'm not gonna cover everything right now. We all know that would take hours and I'm completely capable of doing it. Instead, I'll hit some high points, and if you want to hear more about something, you can just let me know.
    And finally, an update on how the featured podcast segment is changing, and my first rebooted podcast review feature is going to, my very first audio drama love, "Welcome to Night Vale."


    Recommended Listening

    Welcome to Night Vale
    http://welcometonightvale.com/

    "WELCOME TO NIGHT VALE is a twice-monthly podcast in the style of community updates for the small desert town of Night Vale, featuring local "weather," news, announcements from the Sheriff's Secret Police, mysterious lights in the night sky, dark hooded figures with unknowable powers, and cultural events."

    Pros:
    In the early seasons, the story arc that flows through between episodes really adds depth to the world
    Excellent writing and character development over the years.
    Cecil's voice and narrative style draws you in and makes you trust him, until you learn that he may have a little bit of bias.
    The complexity of the story after 8 years of building is amazing. So many things have changed in this world since the first season that it's hardly even the same world anymore. *wink*
    The little running gags and dark humor will have you questioning what you just heard while also laughing your head off at the absurdity.
    It's got a taste of Lovecraft inspiration, but not directly .
    The original musical score by "Disparition" sets the tone perfectly.

    Cons:
    You really can't just jump in at any time. You've gotta go all the way back to the start.
    The "weather" segments are very "hit or miss."
    There are way too many ads at the start of each episode. (I know it's s****y to complain about this, but after a while it gets really annoying to listen to.)
    The later seasons start dragging out and become difficult to follow.
    The main storyline in later seasons is less cohesive. It is obvious in the storytelling when the writers stopped focusing on this show.

    In short, I really do love "Welcome to Night Vale." The weirdness of it all is right up my alley. The character and lore development over 8 years is phenomenal. The contrast of the macabre with the humor is perfect. But after 8 years, the writing quality is starting to dip and the stories just aren't as engaging as they were in earlier seasons. Is it still a great podcast? Absolutely. But is it still as great as it once was? Not necessarily.
    3 1/2 stars.

    • 1 hr 19 min
    How I Lost My Green Thumb: ODO 194

    How I Lost My Green Thumb: ODO 194

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    I know I promised new music and all the segments and stuff, but ya know what, stuff happened and I didn't get that done. So in the mean time, in honor of the start of the new year, I'm gonna start to tell you about what I was up to last year and then get hung up on a couple of those things, including a return to home schooling, an update on my autumn garden, and, oh yeah, how I sliced off a chunk of my thumb.

    *I actually put a trigger warning in this one for one particularly gross detail in the story. Everyone I've mentioned it to has visibly cringed, so I decided to be nice and warn you...

    Then again, I bet you don't even read the show notes. I bet that I could put anything in here and you wouldn't even know. So how about this. The first person to send me a screenshot of this portion of the show notes, to prove that you read them, will get a special prize from the ODO Shop. There may be other prizes as well. May the odds be ever in your favor...

    • 1 hr 11 min
    The podcast is getting kind of a reset...

    The podcast is getting kind of a reset...

    https://odddadoutpodcast.com/reboot

    (This is the long version of the blog post linked above and written below.)

    Time away to think
    Being away from the podcast for these last few months has given me some time to think about what I want to do with things. Honestly, the way the world is right now made me seriously reconsider whether or not I should come back to the podcast at all. In the last year I have struggled a lot with, besides just getting content out, coming up with topics to cover on the show. I haven’t listened to a great number of new podcasts lately to offer many new recommendations. Much like Bandrew Scott from Podcastage, I’ve noticed that it’s become increasingly difficult to avoid political topics when covering any type of news. And when I do find news to cover, I get accused of racism because of the ethnicity of the people in some of the stories.

    Just as a tangent: I don’t care if you’re black, white, brown, green, orange, purple, red, yellow, blue, or polka dot. (But for some of those you really may want to seek medical attention.) If you do something seriously humorously dumb, I’m gonna make fun of you. It’s not about YOU it’s about the stupid thing that you did. Next time, don’t inject fruit smoothies into your veins and I won’t make fun of your dumb ass, ok? I’m not going to avoid making fun of someone over their race, the same as in not going to choose to make fun of someone because of their race. And if you think I’m being biased or discriminatory based on the news I cover, that’s your opinion, and you’re free to have it. (Unless you live in one of those places where having the wrong opinion can cost you your job or your life.)

    But it’s fun and funny to me pointing out some of the completely idiotic things that people do sometimes, and it’s something I intend to continue doing for as long as I can still find news stories of people being jackasses.

    Things were getting stale

    Honestly, I feel like, in 2020 the show got stale. I covered less news. I featured fewer podcasts. There were next to no guests all year. And, I really didn’t have much to talk about besides home schooling through Covid and gardening.

    I don’t really feel like most of the episodes of this year were very good. To tell you the truth, one of my favorite episodes this year was my mini bonus episode for International Podcast Day. Hearing all the podcasting stories from people was just fun. But for most of the year, I was just too tired and stressed to give the show the attention it needed to be entertaining. I neglected the news and the recommended listening segments in favor of just long ramble sessions, and I made no effort to secure my previously regular guest conversations.

    Starting fresh while keeping things the same
    I don’t have a date yet for when the podcast will be back. But I can say that while some things will be changing, the core of the show will stay the same.

    I’ve been working on creating a new original theme for the show. If you’re a long time listener, you’ll have figured out that I like to tinker with different creative outlets. Recently I’ve been trying my hand at making music. I’ve been playing guitar for over 20 years, but have never really tried writing my own music, so this is both exciting and super scary.

    Along with the new theme, I’m intending to create new bumpers for the different segments of the show.

    At the same time, I’m planning on keeping the same core segments of the show. I’ll be working harder to ensure that every episode has a podcast review/recommendation and at least one news story to make fun of. Although I’m probably going to drop the jackass of the week title. And of course I will still have my personal catch up stories and adventures. But I may also start digging into some parenting articles and giving my...

    • 43 min
    Bonus: International Podcast Day 2020

    Bonus: International Podcast Day 2020

    International Podcast Day is September 30. You can find out more about the full day of livestreams and more at https://internationalpodcastday.com/

    This year I reached out to the podcasting community to ask about their favorite thing about podcasting.

    Included are clips from Derek Graziano of "Lifeworld" and "Rolling Misadventures"
    Tim from "Radio Clash"
    Freya from "Your Friend Freya" and "Trashy Romance Pod"
    Heather from "Sunshine and Powercuts" and the "Sunshine Summit"

    Thank you as always for listening, and if you get the opportunity, tell a podcaster you listen to that you're a fan. Trust me. They'll appreciate it.

    • 28 min
    Something's Gotta Give, and I've Only Got One Thing That Can: ODO 193

    Something's Gotta Give, and I've Only Got One Thing That Can: ODO 193

    The situation with “distance learning” and the battle over mine and my wife’s schedules has reached a point that we are having to make serious changes. Because of our separate work schedules, it has been very difficult to balance work and our boys’ school lessons. We are now having to look into changing our work schedules to accommodate it all. Ultimately, the issue lies with the need to supervise our younger boys during their school day, my wife working during school hours, and my graveyard work schedule necessitating me sleeping during the day. There’s only so many hours in a week, and I need all of the ones available to get sleep and take care of home business.

    With that, I’ve decided to put the podcast on an indefinite break until a time that I will be able to continue producing it without having to sacrifice my limited sleeping hours and potentially my health.

    I know I have said this in the past, even as recently as earlier this year. But under the current circumstances, I simply cannot continue the show. The stress of trying to navigate my children’s education mixed with my already questionable work/life balance just doesn’t leave any room right now for podcasting. I have even had to pass up paid podcast editing opportunities due to the current lack of any time to do so. I have to take some time to try to find a balance, and hopefully, before too long, I’ll be able to come back to the show. Unfortunately, I do not know when/ if that will happen.

    I would like to say, thank you for listening. Thank you for your support for the last 5 years. I know there are far more entertaining shows to listen to than my ramble fest, and you are an amazing group of people that have continued to motivate me to keep going for all this time. And you are also the reason that I will do whatever I have to do to figure this out and come back with all of the energy I had before the world turned upside down.

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
28 Ratings

28 Ratings

HelloandNo ,

Very relatable

Love this show. Always keeps me interested and always look forward to new episodes. Can’t recommend it enough.

-Tabby from Your New Best Friends podcast

Moppy66 ,

I get it!

This podcast is one of my favorites! I can relate to so much of the content! And I personally just love a good laugh.

Some Kind of Brown Podcast ,

Oddly chill and entertaining!

Listening to the Odd Dad Out episodes is like hanging out with a good friend; kids being crazy, life being crazy, news being crazier. Adam is like the Northerlion of podcasts and I love listening to the episodes when I'm working on something!

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