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Building a Better Dave

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The personal diary of Dave Jackson. Each short episode attempts to make you laugh, cry, think, groan, educate, or entertain. Sometimes, you get to play therapist as Dave attempts to share life's lessons from Father Time.

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Hey There You Are!

April 22nd, 2021

12:49

Today I explain some side effects of 2020. 

COVID 19 where 19 stands for how many pounds did you gain?

It turns out 444 lbs is heavy. 

I may have more deliveries in the future.

My gut is ruining my aim

I have carried on …

I Don't Want to Do My Homework

March 22nd, 2021

17:11

While many people may find themselves crying watching This is Us, I thought things had taken a weird turn when I found myself choking back tears when I was watching the Real World Reunion (on the Paramount Network).

Where in the World is Roy?

February 24th, 2021

18:53

This episode really makes me sound weird. What I'm getting at is how things make you feel. 

“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made …

Just Me And My Thoughts and an Empty Old House

October 19th, 2020

21:11

I found myself in my new old house. This was different. I had no speakers, no Internet, and my phone was there, but that wasn't going to work. 

I was …

Bags, bags, and More Bags

August 28th, 2020

16:14

Today I share some insights into love and living with people who had disorders. 

I currently get annoyed with how cashiers bag things at the store. I end up with twice as many bags as needed. It just seems everywhere I …

Not As Hard As You Thought

August 5th, 2020

18:14

I lost a lot of sleep worrying about talking to my sister. My sister (who I love dearly) has always had my back and has a very unique set of skills. While never officially diagnosed, I think it is safe to say she has …

Without a Care in the World

July 3rd, 2020

11:51

It's always weird how any stories in my childhood involving animals of some sort have a weird outcome, In this case, it was lightning bugs.

I took a …

There Goes My Hero

June 17th, 2020

9:00

Why is it that the people that seem to make the best points ae comedians? 

The other night I watched 8:46 by Dave Chappelle. It's an amazing presentation. I also loved his last special on Netflix called Sticks and …

Do Your Homework Watch the 13th

June 4th, 2020

13:33

I am an ill-informed middle-aged white dude. A black man was lynched in 2020 in broad daylight as George Floyd was pinned to the ground by police and …

Grumpy Turtle

May 19th, 2020

11:16

I've never been able to get passed the "woo woo" part of Yoga. However, when I see fit people one of the words that comes up in regards to how they stay fit, it's Yoga.

Lost In My Yoga Class

Any time I tried yoga the …

Shades of Gray

May 17th, 2020

15:03

I watched a movie called Bowling for Columbine, and one part really caught my attention and that is how many things on the news are based on fear. 

Hey, Let's Try That...

May 14th, 2020

4:33

 I just have a really weird thought today. I don't know why this popped into my brain. I'm making my breakfast. And this thought pops into my brain and that was:

How did Adam and Eve figure out how to have sex that …

Kicked in the Taint

April 30th, 2020

15:55

April is the month that all my relatives died in. Mom, Dad, Aunts, it just seems like every day my phone reminds me how many years ago somebody died. 

Throw on top of it being locked in due to a pandemic it makes from …

Shout it Out

March 17th, 2020

11:25

I had something happen yesterday, and you just kind of think, well, that was weird. And that was a, I think I told you about my neighbor next door …

Another Bikini Story

January 26th, 2020

5:47

Why are people in their 50's wearing bikini's news like they've found a long lost animal species? HERE IS ANOTHER ONE!

see https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/elizabeth-hurleys-flawless-figure-baffles-010458031.html

 

What's a Mall Uncle Dave?

January 18th, 2020

10:22

A mall that was a part of my childhood is on life support and in April the last store (JC Penny). I'm not sure why this is making me so sad. Sure it's part of my childhood, but I guess in a way the Mall is a mirror of …

It's Not Fair

January 15th, 2020

10:05

My Dad would always let me know that life is not fair. 

I have found that weight loss is a lot like walking the wrong way on one of those moving …

Merry Wednesday

December 29th, 2019

10:01

While I plan for it, and know its coming, and still make the day special, not celebrating Christmas on December 25th is still a little weird. 

Today I talk about how it appears people have given up on going to Christmas …

I'm Happy You're Happy

December 22nd, 2019

18:48

This weekend I attended the wedding of my ex-wife. Awkward? Maybe a little, but not really. I am getting more comfortable in my role as a "family …

Everything Old is New Again

December 15th, 2019

12:56

My brother leaves for Floriday and my family celebrates Christmas before he leaves (in this case almost two weeks early). It was a great time with family, food, and loud squeals of delight over one gift.

The gift is …

If the birth of the messiah happened today

December 4th, 2019

3:33

I was singing some Christmas songs in the kitchen when a very strange question popped in my head. What if the birth of Jesus happened today?

Quick Reviews To Chew On

November 30th, 2019

13:31

Merry Happy Whatever. It's like fuller house without the boobs.

The Irishman - Great cast. Three and a half hours. Surprise (spoiler) a bunch of mom …

Homework For Life

November 29th, 2019

5:29

WOW 2019 is almost over. Matthew Dicks has an exercise he swears will slow things down. You write a sentence or two about your day. So many people think they don't have stories. They do, but they don't remember them. …

Turkey, Football, and Butterman

November 29th, 2019

11:51

Sports are kind of weird as we:

  • Watch millionaires comment on
  • Athletic millionaires
  • In front of people who can't afford the tickets
  • Who can't afford …

Its Been a Long Time Since I Pooped My Pants

November 28th, 2019

11:32

Today I talk about some steps I took to make riding my new exercise bike a little easier. It brought back some memories. 

I also apologize to anyone …

Dolly Parton's Wholesome Cleavage

November 27th, 2019

8:53

Dolly Parton Confuses me. She comes across as family-friendly. We all know she has giant boobs, and somewhat defies gravity when she stands up. 

I …

My Reminiscenses

November 26th, 2019

18:10

A four-page typed up a letter from what I believe is my Great-great-grandfather as he talks about the days Oklahoma becomes a state. This makes me believe I was born to be a podcaster. 

I was also glad to hear nobody …

I want to Ride My Bicycle

November 25th, 2019

13:18

Today I share some thoughts about a new large purchase for the Nordictrack S22i, and how I made some changes to be able to afford it.

I'm also using …

The Spirit of Settling

November 24th, 2019

10:34

I can tolerate a sappy romantic Christmas movie, but this one takes the cake. I will give them the credit they through in a ghost story (so kudos for …

Don't Forget Plan C

November 23rd, 2019

13:49

I decided to put up my Christmas Tree, and at times when I do this solo, it makes me a little melancholy. So when I did it tonight, I didn't do as …

Why You Do What You Do?

November 22nd, 2019

14:38

I was interviewed for a show about not being able to have kids. That's not a door I open often. 

I was just interviewed to talk about #metoo and how guys can understand how to talk to women without being creepy. I'm not …

The Chicken Shack?

November 20th, 2019

4:47

have you ever been so mad you can't fall asleep? I can't believe they are replacing another Akron Ohio landmark Stricklands Ice Cream with the chicken shack. This is insane...

Paybacks a Bitch

November 20th, 2019

14:04

While its fun to pick on your little brother, little brothers don't stay little forever. We remember the times when we got hit in the head with your class ring, the swirlies, and more. 

You know what they say about …

Van Halen I

November 19th, 2019

12:43

Scott and I went to Al's house. He put on this song and we looked at each other. How is he doing that? Wait, play it again (and again, and again).

Electric Ladyland

November 17th, 2019

17:16

I was three years old when my brother called me into the "Rec Room" and put an album on, turned out the lights, and locked me in the room. I was …

Double Live Gonzo

November 16th, 2019

10:30

I walked into my basement to shoot some pool in 1978 and the sounds of Ted Nugent Double Live Gonzo and where you hear some guy say, "Anybody wants …

Not Fragile

November 15th, 2019

9:08

While all the other songs on the radio were soft and fluffy, I found an album that had some of the heaviest music I had heard, and they were …

A Night at the Opera

November 14th, 2019

10:45

While Queen's a Night at the Opera has hits like "Your My Best Friend" and "Bohemian Rhapsody " but the AMAZING song is The Prophet song and it somewhat gets overlooked because of Rhapsody, and it's a musical …

Your Package is in Bay Three

November 13th, 2019

10:58

It's weird as a person in his fifties who loves technology. I find it cool, and it scares me to death. 

Today I share a story about picking up a …

Beware of Math

November 12th, 2019

10:55

I have found when you start doing math to see if you can eat or afford something. When this happens you may be very close to doing something that you regret. 

I saw the peloton bike and then read about the NordicTrack …

Blizzard of Ozz

November 11th, 2019

11:54

This is the album that introduced me to Randy Rhoads. Randy WAS MY DUDE. I LOVED the mixture of classic and heavy metal, and I learned every note on every record. It took me hours, but I did it. 

When Randy died in 1982 …

Kiss Alive I

November 10th, 2019

7:19

I'm 11 years old in Mrs. Lewis' class who was the coolest teacher ever. Everyone had gone out to recess but me and my best friend grabbed the little …

Let there be rock

November 9th, 2019

8:30

My first concert was the World Series of Rock

July 28, 1979[24]

But I saw Angus Young and …

Ride the Lightning

November 8th, 2019

5:24

I saw a band open for Ozzy I had never heard of, and MAN WERE THEY HEAVY. I immediately went out to buy their album. 

There was only one problem. My …

British Steel

November 7th, 2019

5:33

In looking at 10 albums that changed my life, starting at number 10 is British Steel by Judas Priest. It was like nothing I had never heard of. It was HEAVY and it wasn't by accident. 

The singer was amazing, and I …

Courage is a Decision

November 6th, 2019

11:10

Fear is a reaction - courage is a decision

  • a fluke of getting up early is my catalyst.
  • Planting your flag can make it easier to move

I'm playing …

Dude Where's Your Beard?

November 5th, 2019

10:13

Attention: There has been a shaving accident. 

You gotta me kidding me.... Oh Geez...

Hmmm....

Here we go.....

I'm a Sh*tty Friend

November 4th, 2019

12:52

I had a second family in my early twenties. Post Mom, they were my cheerleaders, my support group, and all-around second family. 

Over the years different insecure girlfriends steered me away, and we lost touch. With …

Getting Your Way All The Time

November 3rd, 2019

10:04

Thinking of the rubber bowl, and remembering some interesting times there. 

It was a huge (for Akron) stadium

Teeth, Hair and Tear Gas

November 2nd, 2019

6:12

When I was a kid big acts like The Rolling Stones, the Grateful Dead, Simon & Garfunkel, Bob Dylan, Black Sabbath, Alice Cooper, Three Dog Night, …

The Not So Great Pumpkin

November 1st, 2019

6:33

I watched the "Its the great pumpkin charlie brown" special as I do every year, and I was surprised at how scattered, and in general, "Not good" this special was. 

National Podcast Post Month

October 29th, 2019

2:16

I'm going to try to put together 30 days straight for National Podcast Post Month http://napodpomo.org/

A Very Good Week

October 6th, 2019

19:29

It's weird how we remember things that hurt us in living color. These vivid memories never seem to fade away like old polaroid pictures. 

I've shared …

I Got No Problem With Jesus

August 25th, 2019

12:38

Christians are known for being:

Judgemental

Disliking Homosexuality

Asking for Money

So when I see a church that pushes the stereotype it drives me nuts as none of the above is biblical. 

Sure homosexuality is mentioned …

Moments of Awkwardness

May 1st, 2019

16:28

So my ex-wife calls me and wants me to be an escort to a meetup party at a normally off-limits room at the House of Blues in Cleveland. This is one …

One Day at JFK

March 21st, 2019

10:11

Download File

I get to the airport hours before my plane leaves. I need to pee. The woman sitting next to me seems nice. Will she watch my stuff while I go to the bathroom? Yes she will, and this turned into a bond …

Night at the Bondage Barn

March 11th, 2019

44:26

So my friend Master Kuldryn invited me to go to a Dungeon in Orlando Florida. While I didn't originally want to go, a few of my friends decided it …

Treading Water

February 18th, 2019

12:55

Download File

I was in a meeting with some people preparing for a podcast roast. Last year they were roasting me, this year we're roasting John Lee Dumas.

This made me reflect on where I was last year, and where I am …

We’ve Always Done It This Way

December 23rd, 2018

20:11

Today at my church they are having a children's program. There is only one problem. We only have one child, and “Child's Program” doesn't roll off …

What I Did on My Summer Vacation

December 3rd, 2018

15:40

I had a great time in Australia. I really miss those people

I was asked to speak in Australia. This is one event that I had to pick up the ticket, …

Bohemian Rhapsody For the Win

November 26th, 2018

10:07

My first time I ran into someone speaking in Tounges I was working as a Janitor for the church I was attending. It freaked me out. 

I thought the guy was having a seizure.

I started attending a different church, and …

Rejecting the Hoarding Gene

November 24th, 2018

17:12
  • The 1.3 Megapixel Digital Camera
  • Which phone the one with the answering machine or the cordless?
  • The 14" Computer monitor
  • The drawer full of dark …

The Rock Bottom Pillow

September 14th, 2018

9:18

People are paying $80/hr to cuddle. What? You heard me. I did a google search and there are multiple companies. So I thought, "Well is that what the …

Huckster?

August 4th, 2018

15:02

Today I talk about an interaction with Frederick Michael Plant which goes from zero fo FU in a very quick time

Marriage at First Sight - Horrible …

Hall of Fame Podcaster?

June 8th, 2018

13:55

Today it's 5 AM again, and I can't sleep. I'm slowly starting to work on my speech as on July 24th, 2018 I am being inducted into the Academy of …

Damsel in Distress

March 10th, 2018

14:32

I had an epiphany and I'm not sure if I dreamed this, I don't know where it came from. I looked at the previous Mrs. Jacksons (since I have a matching set now) and I noticed that both of them were someone in a situation …

The Gullible

February 16th, 2018

10:06

So if you looked up the word Gullible it says, "easily persuaded to believe something; credulous." So I looked up credulous and it said, "having or …

How to Make Everything Cool

January 21st, 2018

8:30

So I'm watching Jerry's Seinfeld's Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee on Netflix.  It's amusing. He gets these obscure cars and picks up celebrities and talks with them over coffee. He gets paid a lot of money for this.  …

Now I'm Done - The Big Screen TV

November 29th, 2017

12:44

I have some friends who have giant TVs. Two years ago I bought a 32" flat screen. Now when I go to their house and come home, my 32" looks like a toy. So I decided to buy a bigger 1080 TV.

This lead to me asking about …

A Hallmark Christmas

November 26th, 2017

4:13

You must run do not walk to your television listing and find the Hallmark Channel. They are running the same movie (disguised with a different name) over and over. 

There will be lots of crying as Christmas is almost …

Grief is Like A Website

November 19th, 2017

29:45

I went to Washington DC last week. I met a girl who does a show called "Good Grief." She started recording her podcast after he died and she found out he had a second family with two additional children of which she was …

The Death of Common Sense

October 25th, 2017

9:19

A West Virginia school during Patriotism week made a sign about their opponent from Pittsburgh. They made the sign red white and blue, and the sign …

White People Training

September 16th, 2017

15:23

I was born and raised in Akron Ohio, and my elementary school had one African-American student (Melody Hardy) and she sat right next to me. What I'm …

Tackleface

June 20th, 2017

15:26

I haven't been to a McDonald's in quite some time, and apparently, we've come a long way from the days of the paper hat and smock. Maybe it's just me …

Surviving April

April 27th, 2017

13:29

Today I talk about how I'm stuck.

I don't want to be a person who lives in the past. 

On the flip side, if I don't remember life changing events is …

I Still Remember the Pain of Childbirth

January 24th, 2017

15:31

So I was halfway filling out the application at match.com when I hear a familiar voice in my head ask, "Is that what you're going to wear?" 

There is a part of me that feels I need someone to go through life with, and …

Taking a New Look At the Holidays

November 28th, 2016

14:10

Today I share what it was like to go through the holidays ALONE last year. 

As horrifying as that might sound, there were some perks. 

Whambualance

November 14th, 2016

15:26

Today I talk about the lost art of losing gracefully.

If You're Happy and You Know It

August 4th, 2016

18:47

Today I talk about a negative voice in my head that just always seems to be there. Always.

Lately something has not felt normal. Something was weird. Something didn't feel right. 

It turns out the thing that wasn't …

Marriage Advice from the Divorced Guy

July 22nd, 2016

46:38

Last weekend I was driving to the place where I ride my bike. It beautiful. I get out there, relax, and enjoy nature.

This week I was driving and I …

Why Is Everyone Fighting?

May 11th, 2016

15:22

I went and saw Captain America Civil War, and I missed Batman Vs Superman. Why is everyone fighting? What is up with that?

I also talk about "The new …

Hostile Territory

January 15th, 2016

8:15

Today Dave shares his insights from a tip to Michigan where Toyota owners are not exactly welcome. Really? This is how you get me to purchase your car in the future by punishing me?

Then my phone went into roaming….

The High Road is Covered in Goose Poop

January 4th, 2016

15:26

It’s been 5 months since I’ve documented my life. I’m trying to do this without throwing people under the bus, pointing fingers, cause in the end – it doesn’t matter. I am now divorced. Pointing fingers will not change …

The Other Side of Christmas

December 18th, 2014

16:18

I ruined an Angel. I did. There was an Angel in my mother-in-laws bathroom. Its been there for years. One day while peeing, I looked up and noticed it had something (maybe a book) in its one hand, and in the other it …

Chasing the High

November 18th, 2014

20:34

Today I share a story about playing an outdoor festival with my band "The $ugar Daddies" on a July fourth weekend. We headlined this outdoor …

I'll Sleep When I'm Dead

June 26th, 2014

12:02

This week I am home alone (feel free to put your hands on your face and make a face like Macaulay Culkin). I did something I hardly ever do.

I Miss Talent

May 22nd, 2014

16:12

Today I talk about the train wreck that was American Idol 13.

What My Mother Meant To Me

May 11th, 2014

45:01

When I was 24, my mother passed away from her second (well technically third) heart attack. It was April 27, 1989. It had been 6 years since she had passed. As someone who talks in public for a living (teaching …

Do We Have to Become Our Parents?

February 21st, 2014

19:23

Today I talk about turning 49, and making the same mistakes our parents made. The website is www.betterdave.com

Greedy Santa

December 22nd, 2013

12:51

I was very surprised when I went to the mall and saw there was no line to sit with Santa. Santa looked pretty good (probably an out of work …

THANKSGETTING

December 13th, 2013

22:33

Today Dave talks about the disgust that Dave is feeling based on the current holiday season

A Tribute to Dudley

August 30th, 2013

23:57

Today I talk about putting me dog to sleep. The behind the scenes story. FUN!

Charles Ramsey For Mayor

May 9th, 2013

20:19

First things first. I am NOT taking light the horrible situation these women went through. What I'm pointing out is the media, and asking the question, "Do they help create these monsters?" Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, …

The Last Semester

January 14th, 2013

18:08

Today I talk about how the University of Akron has no clue about customer service, how my ethics class is a bunch of crap.

Zombies in Vegas

January 14th, 2013

22:07

Today I talk about my trip to Vegas

Can You Guess Where I Am?

December 21st, 2012

3:45

Today we have a short show where I am motivated by the fillings being rattled out of my jaw because of loud music at a restauarant to record a podcast. Our website is betterdave.com

Deafening Silence

December 20th, 2012

14:58

Today I talk about a new twist the justice department through into the mix - a restraining order. I had no contact with my wife for weeks.

Through His Stripes

December 20th, 2012

29:38

Today I talk about my night in jail. Whatever you do, do what you have to do to stay on this side of the bars.

Courage & Stupidity

December 20th, 2012

29:49

Today I talk about moving out of my house after some serious arguing gets out of control. I contemplate what is the difference between courage and …

The Ripple Effect

December 20th, 2012

21:42

Today I wrap up my discussion of 2010. Time to look forward. Thank you all for listening.

Every Day Should Be Mother's Day

December 20th, 2012

15:31

Today I talk about not blowing off Mothers Day, and how shields can't always protect you. Our website is betterdave.com

Whacky Bible Stories I Samson and Delilah

December 20th, 2012

11:11

Today I share some confusion that I felt after reading some scripture in Judges 13-16. Our website is betterdave.com

Put Up or Shut Up - Getting Weird

December 20th, 2012

34:17

Today I talk about Forgiveness, and strange circumstances that lead me to believe God wants me to work on my marriage. Our website is betterdave.com

YOU'RE AWFUL - YOU'RE HIRED

December 20th, 2012

4:26

Today I talk about moving home, Health Care, and Honey Boo Boo. Our website is betterdave.com

I Don't Want To Freak You Out

December 20th, 2012

20:00

Today I talk about my wife having a fake heart attack, and how I can't read her mind.

Hungry For America

December 15th, 2012

19:03

Today I talk about voting and the queasiness it causes, and one of my students who understand American a lot better than I probably do.

Dear Gay Fan

December 15th, 2012

25:47

Today I address my fake gay voice. OUr website is betterdave.com

The Power of the Boo

December 15th, 2012

18:37

Today we talk about how nothing seems to change no matter how much we scream BOO! I also talk about the two weekends I worked ina haunted School House

Fun at the Football Game

December 15th, 2012

15:43

Today I provide my insights into the observation at the local football game. our website is betterave.com, support the show by going to supportthisshow.com

Tales From The Couch

July 11th, 2011

16:25

Ah yes. Therapy. The lovely activity of paying someone insane amounts of money to have them tell you-you suck. You pay someone to basically watch you argue. We did, and at the end, he said, “I don’t care if you use me …

Role Reversal

July 28th, 2010

13:14

It’s funny when you have young kids. How do they get your attention when they are hungry? They scream and cry. You can shake keys at them, put on Barney (or whatever the latest kid tv is), bounce them on your knee and …

The Wildest Ride of My Life

April 24th, 2010

7:54

I spent the weekend with a bunch of Humor Writer at the Erma Bombeck Writers Workshop. I had an absolute blast. I sat in on a session or two. One was …

Half Way To Dead

February 4th, 2010

20:56

I will turn 45 in a little less than two weeks (Feb 8th). I’m starting to feel like Andy Rooney. Looking back at my life here are some thoughts:

Every phone had a chord on it. The phone RANG. There were no ring tones.

Problems Vs Annoyances

November 29th, 2009

9:29

Today I share a voicemail I got from a friend of mine Fred Castenada. He is a great guy, great entrepreneur, and has tons of experience. Fred is a Vietnam veteran. Now when I say Vietnam I don't mean the fun, wacky …

Just Plain Hungry

November 19th, 2009

9:08

Today I talk about a lovely trip to Chicago where we stop at a Burger King to get something to drink. When we go back to the to the car only to find our GPS missing.

We noticed the homeless guy near my car, and like my …

Dave the Baptist

October 29th, 2009

12:54

So where have I been? Well I got a job I hated, and now I have a job I love.  Then the dog ate a whole box of Trix, and then a WHOLE chocolate cake, …

Can I Help You?

September 4th, 2009

15:56

Today I talk about the sport of having sex when you have children in the house.

I also relive July 1972 when the Stones came to town. I wasn't …

A Relaxing Float Down the River

August 27th, 2009

19:37

Today we finish up with stories from my honeymoon. This time we relive the "relaxing" trip we had riding inner tubes down the little river in Pigeon Forge TN. We had a great time. We have the scars to prove it.

We talk …

Who Wants Pancakes?

July 14th, 2009

12:49

 

Pancake House

Diane (my wife) and I  headed off for our honeymoon. Destination Pigeon Forge Tennessee. It was about a 9 hour drive and on the way we listened to the radio, and finally popped in an audio book about …

Just What I Always Wanted

January 20th, 2009

8:58

Today I talk about a gift I got for Christmas. I’m going to be 45 in a few weeks, so I know I’m “Half way to dead.” However, what does it say if someone gets you the clapper? I mean the commercial shows some woman who …

Sex, Drugs, and Christmas

December 31st, 2008

12:42

Today I come to you with the demented slant on Christmas music. This was caused by hearing the same 14 songs over and over. I mean I love Andy Williams, but not for four weeks straight. It turns out that while rock …

She Said Yes

November 26th, 2008

14:57

Today I talk about me popping the question last week to "The Nurse" and she made me very happy by saying yes.  Today I talk about the absolute guys …

Flight of Ideas Friday

August 22nd, 2008

19:43

 

This show originates from www.betterdave.com

 Words are fun. I want to know who gets to decide when a word is officially a word. I was at a Cleveland Indians game and the other team had a guy named Chone Figgins. …

When I Grow Up…

July 7th, 2008

13:07

Normally I don't talk about things that involve other people, but this weekend I attended a great event. I went to a family reunion with the Nurse.  …

He Was Here A Minute Ago

July 2nd, 2008

18:45

I lost my cousin Shawn Steinmetz this week. He was 33, and has two very young daughters. It was a freak bike accident. He was here a few weeks ago for my niece's graduation party, and now he's gone. I don't have all the …

Kids Are Like Electric Football

June 8th, 2008

19:47

Today I introduce you to my new Great Nephew. He sure is little. It really drove home the point of how absolutely life-changing kids are. I can …

Cereal Killer

May 13th, 2008

14:12

Today's show has the F word it. You've been warned.  

This is one of the "weird" episodes where I just wonder why things go into my mind at certain times. I happened to notice that Apple Jacks has no mascot while most …

Drive By Schooling

May 7th, 2008

20:16

Today I talk about one of my life’s most embarrassing moments. I made a huge mistake, and I thought about not talking about it on the show. However, the “teacher” in me took over and I thought “If someone can learn from …

It Ain’t Easy Being Green

April 28th, 2008

17:05

Today I tell the story of trying to help my niece as she is in labor. The bad news is Hospitals make me physically sick due to some psychological …

Hey It’s Your Birthday

April 22nd, 2008

3:25

I’ve noticed that when you go to just about ANY restaurant these days, if its someone’s birthday they bring the whole kitchen crew out to sing their …

Rubber Band Man

April 9th, 2008

16:17

So my girlfriend and I listened to the book "Men are from Mars, women are from Venusin the car ride to Dayton Ohio where I was talking to the Erma …

Over the Top Cosmo

April 3rd, 2008

5:25

Today I talk about being in a house that is 75% percent women most of the time (and how it makes toilet paper and endangered species).

Also, this …

Relationship2.0

March 31st, 2008

17:24

So my trust went left of center this weekend as I let some small circumstances get the best of me and get “in my head” making me act like someone I don't want to be. I'm not very proud of myself.

In the end, my …

DRAMA STEW

March 18th, 2008

22:10

Today we welcome a new listener - and then piss them off. Wonderful.

This podcast is kind of "my diary." But not really the truth. You only get MY …

Dad For a Day

March 4th, 2008

18:46

Today I talk about how “The Countess” and I performed in a talent show.

It was amazing, and I am so proud of her. It was great to make a memory with such a great kid.

Then I thought about it. As much as we know …

Congratulations it’s a Boy!

February 18th, 2008

20:00

 I went to a Casting Crowns show last night. It was amazing. I had never heard of them (I went to see the opening band), and they just blew me away. Check out their latest CD from iTunes and AMAZON.COM  

I've always …

I'M NOT QUITTING!

February 7th, 2008

15:38

I'm trying to learn new things as I try to "better" Dave.  The one thing I think I stink at is quitting.  I've been thinking about quitting things. You can only take so much right?

I was watching the movie "Rocky …

I Don’t Undertstand Women

January 24th, 2008

18:24

OK, it's official. I don't understand women.  Today I return to one of my favorite topics which is how men and women are so different. Here are some topics:

Nails: I don't know a guy who picks a woman based on their …

Koochie Don’t Fail Me Now

January 1st, 2008

11:58

Before we even set foot in Fat Fish Blue in Downtown Cleveland, I knew what to expect. You see a large female soul singer (who happened to be …

Top 10 Holiday Tips for 2008 from JESUS

December 28th, 2007

8:51

This year it was interesting as the conductor at the High School said "Happy Holidays" and someone from the audience shouted out MERRY CHRISTMAS. The …

Popo Reads the Christmas Story

December 24th, 2007

9:53

Today  I tell the story of Christmas Eve. For a child this was known as “Hours of Torture” followed by some presents. The “finish line” of the …

The Christmas tree From Hell

December 23rd, 2007

5:05

My Grandfather was one of the first people to have an artificial tree. He had a unique way of decorating it. It sticks in my mind even though it was so many years ago.

Santa's Workshop

December 21st, 2007

4:39

Today is Day #9 in the Twelve DAVES of Christmas. Today I talk about how we turned the tables on our parents and had a Surprise for them when they …

Merry Christmas, SMILE!

December 20th, 2007

3:37

Yesterday I talkeds about Surprising your parents on Christmas. As I got older I took this to a new dimented level. I would talk pictures of my …

10 Little Fingers and 10 Little Toes

December 20th, 2007

5:30

Welcome to another installment of "The 12 Dave's of Christmas" (#8 for those keeping Track)

Today I'm going to do something I've NEVER done in any of my 100s of podcast episodes. I'm going to SING.

It's a Christimas …

What I Always Wanted

December 19th, 2007

4:48

OK, We all have stories of odd gifts. However, looking back these many of my "unique" gifts came from family members who lived out of town and saw me …

Archie the Giant Demonic Snowman

December 18th, 2007

5:44

Welcome to day #6 of the "12 Dave's of Christmas"  

When Santa's line got too long the genius staff of Chapel Hill Mall in Akron, Ohio decided to …

Grandma’s Role Call

December 17th, 2007

12:03

http://www.betterdave.com/ is the home page of the Podcast.

 Welcome to another installment of "The 12 Dave's of Christmas"

I talk about the spooky basement with the hand grenade, the shell, and the doorway to hell. A …

Decorating the Christmas Bush

December 16th, 2007

6:53

While my Grandmother was sharp as a tack into her 90's, the woman could not pick out a Christmas tree to save her life.

One weekend every year my …

SANTA WAS HERE

December 15th, 2007

5:24

Welcome to Building a Better Dave "12 Dave's of Christmas" where today I talk about the joy of waking my parents up when myself (and my brother and sister) had found out that Santa had come!

Music "What Child is this" …

No Bass Solos in Christmas Music

December 14th, 2007

10:06

Today I talk about the excitement when Dad would bring home a new LP of Christmas music. For me, I love warm, cozy music. The albums would have …

Grandpa’s Toboggan Shoot

December 13th, 2007

11:50

Welcome to the “12 Daves of Christmas” where over the next 12 days I will be relating Christmas themes memories. Today I relive the tale of almost decapitating my cousing Kevin.

Please note this picture is not my …

The Nurse Strikes Back

December 12th, 2007

13:27

It's been a while. I had to prepare for and then take my final exams and my first semester at Akron University is in the books. FINALLY.

Get ready for "12 Daves of Christmas" coming tomorrow!

Dave tells about a fun trip …

OH HAPPY DAY!

November 20th, 2007

22:46

Show #55 from http://www.betterdave.com/

I've been saying "It's going to Get Better" for quite a while. "The Nurse" and I were coming to a crossroads if something didn't change, and we got some great news in regards to …

THE FLEETWOOD MAC

November 15th, 2007

17:58

NOT ENTIRELY WORK SAFE

I'm amazed at the generation gap when it comes to college kids. I guess I was weird as I grew up listening to everything. I …

There ARE Consequences

November 1st, 2007

22:59

The dumbing of America, Teen Pregnancy is now invading my life. I share my thoughts on the subject and what is possibly some of the reasons.

Parents …

Anybody Want to Get Mellow?

October 22nd, 2007

20:18

NOT WORK SAFE

For some people, it was the Beatles on Ed Sullivan. While I grew up watching Glen Campbell, and Tom Jones on TV. I had my Bachman …

Feeling Homeless

October 19th, 2007

16:55

Missing the days of comforters and hot chocolate. The joys of living out of a suitcase are slowly eroding my attitude. We take for granted that …

Rope a Dope

October 8th, 2007

19:32

You will not believe this episode as I take on the subject of Menopause and all the joys that it brings...

We also have some listener feedback from Wayne, Rich Palmer (who really liked the episode "Only in America") and

Only in America

September 13th, 2007

2:41

I heard about this and I thought, "This is a joke." However, it is real.

Then when I read about it at www.dietfacts.com I was blown away.

 I mean if you feed this to your kids is it breakfast, a snack, or child abuse?

Squeeze This...

September 7th, 2007

18:52

OK, I just saw a Charmin commercial and we now have Soft and Strong toilet paper. STOP THE MADNESS. have you been down the frozen pizza aisle lately?

Where is Mrs Fresh?

August 27th, 2007

15:47

Dave talks about going to his new school that is 4 times as expensive. See www.betterdave.com/support And we listen to an episode of Dr. Phil. Kind …

Table For Two Please

August 20th, 2007

7:51

Look if your kid can't read the menu - LEAVE THEM HOME.

That's what Babysitters and grandparents are for!

I'm tired of dodging forks during my …

Dumb as a Crayon

August 13th, 2007

16:35

Teenage boys can be stupid. I talk about a tale that happened right in front of my face, and why I use books to lie to myself. Website is www.betterdave.com

Music From the Podsafe Music Network http://music.podshow.com

The Truth About Teenage Boys

August 7th, 2007

28:08

I work with teenagers a lot. I have nieces who are teenagers, my girlfriend has teenage daughters, and I work with the youth of my church.

While I realize that saving yourself for marriage may be a pipe dream, I thought …

Outlawing Broccoli

July 19th, 2007

12:25

Dave talks about having a "hero" moment with "The Senator" (the 10 year old son of his girlfriend). It was an amazing moment.

Music From the Podsafe …

Red White and Screwed

July 4th, 2007

11:52

Is it too much to ask all of our new neighbors to learn English? Why do new immigrants not embrace English like the ones who came over in the early 1900s. Dave expresses his frustration about being asked to speak …

Bring Your Brick

June 30th, 2007

12:09

The planet is going down the tubes.  Want some very disturbing television to watch?

My Sweet 16 or

Engaged or Underaged

Music from "Life Has Teeth" from the Podsafe Music Network http://music.podshow.com

Wisdom From the Bathroom Wall

June 21st, 2007

7:22

I recently came across a very unique bathroom experience. You could witness the battle of good and evil all in one place.

I was amazed at the …

Examining Mating Habits

June 18th, 2007

15:44

Hey, I made it through my first weekend with the new band. Nothing like playing music you've never heard in front of 100 people.

Also, the people in these clubs are WASTED.

Welcome to sleep deprivation theater as I've …

Focusing on Train Wrecks

May 31st, 2007

17:18

I talk about regaining some weight, and how interesting it is that we all focus on the freaks. It appears the worse we behave the more attention we …

Growing Pains

May 28th, 2007

15:52

I was tempted to call this Episode "Growing up Brady," but changed my mind. This episode has me remembering one of my most embarrassing moments in …

The Children Are Our Future?

May 18th, 2007

19:32

I talk about getting straight A's for the first time in my life, possibly getting into a new band and a trip to the baseball park with 29 of my closest friends.

I'll Be Right Back

May 3rd, 2007

4:07

 Just a quick blurb to let everyone know I'm going to be taking a small hiatus as I prepare for my final exams (a week, maybe ten days). Don't worry. All is well.

Musicby Leerone - "All is Well" from the Podsafe Music …

Don't Forget Mother's Day

April 26th, 2007

15:55

I tell the story of buying a dress for my Mother's 59th birthday. Little did I know that she would be wearing it to her funeral.

Now you may wonder …

One Good Idea

April 25th, 2007

16:01

Dave answers some email from Slau, and talks about Women being from Venus and the Genius of John Gray. Actually, it's a good book. A big surprise …

The Weight of Words

April 24th, 2007

19:15

I talk about the courage to do the right thing, and the stamina to work through your problems. If you can work through your problems you come out …

Fourth Time is the Charm

April 16th, 2007

12:57

I talk about a lesson he learned this weekend when "The Nurse" seem upset about something that was "no big deal" to me.

I also comment on a wedding went to where it was wedding #4 for the Bride. God bless her for having …

Keep Your Legs Moving Forward

April 6th, 2007

15:54

Today I discuss the day at his elementary school when all the boys decided to race to determine who was the fastest.... and the slowest.

I also talk …

WHAT IF YOU'RE SCREWED?

March 21st, 2007

12:10

Dave takes some time to realize how much time we can waste asking "What if?" Don't get lost in "What-ifville." He also talks about some of the comforting words of wisdom his father shared with him growing up.

Music: …

Silent Convulsions

March 9th, 2007

11:10

Dave talks about "Silent Convulsions" (those time when you're not supposed to laugh - but can't help it). His love of "Literature", his winter coat …

My Little Skank

February 28th, 2007

10:18

Dave talks about a recent trip to Toys R Us, and he's noticed that while you're not allowed to judge anyone, everyone seems to be pretty judgemental about Christians....

Music by WII  F-in-A, I Love Jesus!

Pushing Peanuts

February 23rd, 2007

16:09

Dave talks about Carpe Diem (and doing everything) vs Doing Nothing Well. Prioritizing, and having a Superman complex. Call in your comments 888-563-3228 .

Music "New Day" by Nate McDonough from the Podsafe Music Network

Open Valentine to the Nurse

February 13th, 2007

15:00

Guys Valentine’s Day is here. So I talk a bit about the differences between Men and Women.  Guys we have an oppotunity to open up and bust that stereotype about guys not talking about their feelings. You have the …

I Love Ewe - You Love Me

January 23rd, 2007

15:01

Dave talks about his junk, and asks why are bathroom stalls becoming extinct? He talks about his new college classes, appreciating diversity, …

Daves First Day of School - Again

January 16th, 2007

11:46

Dave goes MOBILE and talks about his very first day of school as he battles whiteout conditions on his way to his first day of College - again.

Music …

My Daughter Googled You

December 24th, 2006

6:57

Dave has a guest in studio as it turns out "The Nurse's" children are checking up on me. Lucky me, they found the masterbation episode.

Merry …

The Best Teacher I Ever Had

December 20th, 2006

15:01

Dave talks about his favorite teacher and his retirement party. (Sharon I love you too - his wife). Jim's retirement part was wall to wall people - because he impacted people. You, yes YOU impact people every day. Make …

Born Again Hypocrite

December 15th, 2006

20:37

Dave "comes out" of the closet. He's Christian and explains that if nonchurch going people call Christians "hypocrites" because they are "not like Jesus" then yes - He is a far-from-perfect born-again hypocrite. He …

Have You Seen My Joy?

December 13th, 2006

15:01

Dave is having a bad day. The holidays are taking its toll. He pulls out his blue "Attitude is everything" card, but even that won't work. However, …

Helping the Homless to Lie

December 7th, 2006

14:02

Dave shows off his new announcer Scott "Mr Podcheck" Fletcher. Check it out at http://voice.caraworks.com/

Dave gives his input on a homeless person …

OH MARY I'VE GOT A WOODY

December 1st, 2006

12:31

Sleep Deprivation Theater Returns!

CHRISTMAS EXPOSED!Dave talks about Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and It's a Wonderful life. Hermie the Elf Gay? …

Control Yourself

November 10th, 2006

13:31

Dave talks about the theory of controlling yourself. You may think you can't (but you probably do it every day).

Music  (from the IODA Promonet) from …

Agreeing with Andy Rooney - Sign of the Apocalypse ?

November 5th, 2006

8:06

Dave talks about his child hood and some of the television he was forced to watch. He also unveils what might possibly be the world's worst Andy Rooney imitation.

Music: "Clean" by Matthew Casteel (www.matthewcasteel.com

8 Return of the Nurse

November 3rd, 2006

13:35

Dave talks about a nurse who is a "keeper" and ponders the actions he is taking to "court" her and notices that many of the "nice things" he does now (at the beginning of a relationship) he failed to do at the end of …

Facing Mistakes

October 29th, 2006

12:56

Dave is having a bad day. Do you have anything in your life you KNOW is a mistake? I pondered not publishing this episode as its not my usual “Positive Upbeat” approach to life, but I thought I'd show I'm human and have …

Back Away From the Twinkie

October 26th, 2006

13:37

Dave talks about how he has lost 15 lbs. It's all about commitment. He explains what is working for him in terms of weight loss. It's all about making the right choices. Do you have the ability to commit?

Music Moose …

Amish Porn

October 23rd, 2006

5:38

The first “Sleep Deprived” episode where Dave has a weird thought, and decides to share it with you. Today’s thought? Amish Porn. This brings back …

She said she'd wear a short skirt - and she DID

October 21st, 2006

9:58

Dave discusses further things about attraction, but more importantly the dilemma of "NO YUCK ROOM." She's not a psycho, she's not on meds, NOW WHAT?

You're Wearing That? Fashionably Challenged

October 18th, 2006

8:09

Dave talks about a small discrepancy that he finds some women put upon men. No win questions such as "Does my butt look fat in these jeans?"

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