Thoughts on Episode 21: The Word on the Street is That the Word is Obsolete w/ John
This episode is pretty special to me. Throughout my life, I did this thing where I kept in contact with my previous educators. In most cases, these were my high school teachers. But for the first time -- and on this episode -- I got to talk to one of my college professors after graduating.

John Proctor was one of my favorite professors while I was still working through my academic career. The class I took with him had a really long name but we listened to podcasts and wrote on a blog as our homework. In all honesty, it's probably the only class I took that actually got me ready for my post-grad life. Aside from looking up to him as a teacher, I always thought it was cool that we, basically, had the same taste in music. 

I was eager to have him guest on Dear Stranger and Friend, and I was happy that he accepted. I felt a little nervous asking him to be on the podcast, I figured that he probably had much better things to do. But again, I'm so glad that he accepted because this conversation is one that I'll cherish for a long time.

I'm also happy that I got to talk to him about some of the pieces he writes on his blog. I follow it almost religiously, so it felt kind of funny asking him about it. Not in a bad way, but it felt like I was asking one of my favorite artists about their art (which I think is why I sound so awkward and weird when I ask him about his blog). But I'm glad I got through it.

Hopefully, we'll get to have more conversations like these in the future.

You can read some of John's writing at: