The End

Episode 200: The End

We have come to the end of Serious Talk. Seriously. Like Baby’s unforgettable summer in the Catskills of 1963, (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life and I owe it all to you.

The Fans

To everyone who listened to the podcast: Thank you. Sincerely, thank you. It’s been an honor to be allowed into your lives for nearly six years. When I started this podcast, I did not think it would ever gain an audience. In spite of the times I didn’t record episodes correctly or when I went from weekly episodes to a 25-episode season, and even when I was burdened with a job that was burning me out and gave me a bitter aspect on life and this podcast, the show somehow found an audience that kept growing.

The response to the podcast gave me the self-confidence to pursue podcasting as a career. I decided to take a leap of faith that I could make an income from helping other people make their own podcasts. So for better or worse, my current life is all your fault!

If you love comic books and haven’t tired of me yet, I’ll continue to co-host Graphic Novel Explorers Club.

The Guests

I want to say thank you to all of my guests (especially the elite club whose episodes I never posted — sorry). My invitations to be on the show were quite short. The usual question I got when I asked someone to be on the podcast went something like this: “What are we going to talk about?” My common response was, “I don’t know, but don’t worry. It’s my job to keep the conversation moving. I’ll make sure we have fun.” It’s amazing how many people were up for something as loose as Serious Talk. Seriously. My gratitude to everyone that appeared on the show cannot be expressed. Thank you for your time and willingness to participate in this experiment with me. What a blast I had chatting with each of you.

The Comedians

Sacramento has an outstanding comedy scene. If you doubt me, check out any of the comedians I’ve interviewed during six seasons of this show. Be thankful we have comics that are brave enough and crazy enough to do what they do and for doing it here in Sacramento. Seriously, you’ll be doing yourself a favor. It’s only a matter a of time before Sacramento gets a well-deserved reputation as a place with a deep well of comedic talent.

My Friends

I’ll continue by saying thank you to my friends for their support. How lucky am I that my friends are some of the funniest, most decent, and thoughtful people living in Sacramento? A special thanks to the friends I’ve made through podcasting, or existing friendships that grew stronger because of podcasting. This includes Elizabeth & Matthew, Siino, Kempa, Heather Smith, Dennis “Super” Supachana, Frankie Preziosi, Brian McComas, CJ & BK, Chris and Ricky, Hagel, Daniel & Corky, Allison Joy, and Comedian Ben Rice. Additional thanks to Leah and Nicole for the theme songs! Please accept my apology if I left you off of the list.

An extra-special thank you goes out to Siino for recording this final episode with me! I also owe a debt of gratitude to Isaac Gonzales for approaching me about starting a podcast all those years ago (R.I.P. No Nipples on the Suit).

My Family

My Family, Serious Talk Seriously
My family and I in Ireland, May of 2019

Now on to my sister, my dad, and Sue. Some of us don’t get to see others as much as we would like to, but when we do, it’s like there was no gap in time at all. We laugh so much whenever we are around each other and I appreciate that most of all. I love you all! Oi-cha-choi-choi!

Finally, Sasha. The Official Girlfriend of the Podcast. You never bat an eyelash when I talk about any hair-brained idea I have. You challenge me to make them better and, just as important, you fully encourage me to pursue them. You are sweet, funny, engaged, and incredibly smart, all while consistently having the coldest hands of anyone I ever met. This podcast, my business, and the life we share are all possible because of you. Especially for all of those times you willingly banished yourself to our bedroom back when I recorded in our house. Thank you for your love, patience, and belief in me. I love you so!

The End

P.S. How could I forget my dumb dogs?! They’re pretty great, as far as dogs go. Now it really is The End.

Franny and Ellie, Serious Talk Seriously
Franny and Ellie

Featured music
“Serious Talk Theme Song” by Leah and Nicole
“Hungaria” by Latché Swing
“Serious Talk Theme Song (Quick Version)” by Leah and Nicole

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