Round 2!

Here we go! Another night of the #DemDebate even though I have to admit that the 1st night was much better than the 2nd. It was a bit rough this go round and it wasn’t just because of my lack of sleep.

For this podcast, we tried a completely different format. I wanted to jot down some questions that came up and try to tackle these from this type of approach. That way, you can see (I’ll post down below) the questions and you’ll know what more so is being discussed.

Now, we are still doing this on FaceBook Live, however, we still allow and want others to chime in to add to the conversation in realtime.

As always, let me know what you think ( @Terrance_Blount and Jeremy Thompson @ImaHockeyGuy )! Also note Jeremy and I completely disagreed on one of these touchy questions at the very end.

Democratic Debate Questions:

  • Debate Night 2
  • Who are you top 2 candidates? (Biden and Harris)
  • Your surprise person? (Kristen Gillibrand or #YangGang and even Tulsi Gabbard is interesting!)
  • Who are the 2 you think won’t be returning? (Staying is Biden, Harris, Booker)
  • 911 First responders Health Care
  • Are you tired of hearing about Trump?
  • Should we intervene on pricing for life-sustaining drugs like insulin?
  • Would you be willing to give up your current health plan for Universal care?
  • What is up with all this “jail” talk?
  • Would decriminalizing border crossing bring an open boarder approach? 
  • Weren’t the policies the same in the Obama era vs. Trump when it comes to the border? 
  • Shouldn’t we embrace and try to get other countries to treat their people better vs. saying they are shitty? In other words, would helping them out alleviate the border situation?
  • Do you think illegal immigrants should get free medical and free college?
  • Did you get the feeling this debate had more to do with yester-year than actual today?
  • Do you think economy needs will change, like jobs, and where do you see things going when it comes to a form of socialism?
  • How would you balance disruptions created by technology with its beneficial impaction our economy?
  • Will finning companies help fix the gender pay gap?

Questions we wanted to ask but didn’t get to:

  • Do you think people really went too hard on Biden to lessen his chances of the presidency? 
  • Why do you think President Trump doesn’t believe in Climate Change?
  • Is Andrew Yang not wearing a tie a play?

We wanted to take a moment to reflect and make some predictions prior to Mueller’s testimony. Clearly this has already happened BUT this is taken from a FaceBook Live video and we’ll follow-up here on Wednesday, July 31st, 2019.

So 👀… we realize President Trump goes on his rampages on Twitter and we thought it was interesting what he said about 🇦🇫. Some things shouldn’t be said, however, and it can be dangerous in the game he plays.

Specifically, don’t be distracted. There’s certainly a lot going on. Some things said. Keep your 👂 open to the context and the message in between.

Looking forward to a most robust post to discuss what has happened afterwards and what it REALLY means. Well, what it means and some predictions, of course.

As always, we’re curious to hear 👂 your thoughts 💭!


Certainly we are living in interesting times. Hopefully you’ll find this podcast the same as we dive into these discussions:

  • BMW’s Boss is out because… Tesla
  • Trump’s version of the 4th July
  • Beta Testing the public… good… or bad


As always, let Jeremy and I know what you think as we simply 🧪 👂 👨🏾‍💻 🗣

You can 📧 or iMessage me at:


  • @Terrance_Blount and @Imahockeyguy
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    Been a pretty long time since I have uploaded any content! So I at the very last minute decided it was time to tackle a few topics.

    I was fortunate enough to have Jermey Thompson join me to discuss a few topics:

    • Moderators who have to view online, flagged content and the affects on their mental health
    • Nike Betsy Ross controversy
    • Free Speech online

    I hope you enjoy and after you listen, I would absolutely ❤️ for you to share your thoughts here or via 📧 or iMessage at:

    Of course there’s Twitter too: @Terrance_Blount


    Ahhhh….positivity. The attitude that we all admire, and if we are honest, sometimes struggle with. We all have GREAT days and then there are days where things aren’t so well. And you know what?! I’m not one to pretend that all’s well when it’s not. I typically even throw people off when casually asked “Hey, how are you?!” and I respond “not so well.” or just “OK” and often “today is a GREAT day since you asked..” Regardless of how I actually feel, I respond to be honest AND attempt to engage if the other party wishes. Even in passing. It has unfortunately become a formality in our day-to-day lives and maybe we should take a deeper look.

    Now, back to the word itself. Positivity is defined as: “the practice of being or tendency to be positive or optimistic in attitude.” Key words that stand out to me would be “practice and attitude.” It’s so easy to say aloud and/or even truly want for ourselves. To practice it, to be, well…that’s the REAL challenge. Here are 5 thoughts I have on not just the what, but the “how” do we be/practice this attitude in our daily lives.

    1. Surround Yourself and Shields Up

    1. Surround yourself with those who display the attitude in which you wish to be. It’s contagious! I mean, who doesn’t want to be around a happy and entertaining individual?! It’s safe to say we all want to be in a good, mental well-being space and something we should consider is limiting the amount of time we spend with those who love to hang out on Negative Lane. Some will tell you to cut them out of your life. That’s a bit drastic, cruel, and not supportive of those who may need you. However, you only have so much energy you can spend on those types, so I would argue limit your time with them. Have that friend that always complains at work during lunch? Don’t go to lunch with them and find another crew. Brother/sister always complaining?! Limit the time you lend your ear and give the silver lining feedback; no more giving your friends and family that pass when they go to that dark place, those energy vampires!!! That saying “you’re are the company you keep.” couldn’t be more true and your 5 closest friends do tell a lot about you. Not everything, every time, BUT those trends do and will impact you, which are exerted by your company. You’ll have to protect your attitude as others can and will, regardless of intent, simply bombard you. To bring it to the vivid imagination, I imagine that video game energy level or hearts. I can take some damage throughout the day but I have a limit before my positivity meter is drained. So basically not trying to explode my humanity into bits and pieces. (I’m thinking the Mega Man X series BTW, if you are familiar. Maybe it’s because I have spent a lot of time with that on my Nintendo Switch Christmas gift that Mrs. Santa got me?!) But I digress….

    2. Start Your Day

    1. Have you ever woken up in a bad mood?! Chances are of course not! We wake up refreshed everyday! It’s how we wake up and what happens throughout that throws it off. Wake up late this morning?! Yeah, your whole day seems jacked. To start and maintain, I make sure I start the day of selfish. That’s right. You heard me! SELFISH!!!! It’s all about me! My time, what I want to do, and everyone else, wife and son included, will have to wait! Sounds horrible at first but what if I told you I started my day at 5:00 in the morning?! My wife and son are asleep. No messages from my boss Brandon (he gets up early too BUT at least he’s in Dallas Fort-Worth!) calls, notifications, and so on. Silence. Me, my mind, my thoughts… a couple hours to do what I want to do. Typically I go to the gym and take time to write and ponder a bit. So once my days starts, I am willing to let events unfold and feel obligated to help others as my day has gone so well so far while being all about me.To be clear, I’m NOT saying others are not important and don’t deserve your time. What I AM saying is that YOU are equally if not more important often that not and that YOU have to live for YOU. Otherwise, regret and anxiety will set it. If you know what I’m talking about, hopefully you are already well on your way to making the necessary changes. Next up, let’s talk about how I try to maintain my friends.

    3. Take Time to Breathe and Visualize

    1. As our day continues on, stress can creep in along with unexpected events. LITERALLY as I writing this section of thoughts prior, I have had a few hours in my day hijacked. That’s OK though seeing I have done my important tasks already and completely committed to flex for my colleagues. Now perhaps you have a fancy smartwatch that sets out times for you to take a moment and just breathe. I certainly do and I have mine notify me throughout the day in hopes to catch me when I can take a minute to close my eyes, breath, relax, and calm my thoughts. Not always can I do this nor should I. The idea is to try to balance the weight of the day and keep perspective. One of my most important advices as perspective is what saves me from a spectacular fail. For those of you who REALLY know me, not only do I have faults like every other human being, I have some serious, serious life events that have taken me to an emotional bottom and has shattered my world to a million pieces, which I have talked about on a prior episode. So now onto perspective…

    4. “P” is for Planning Positive Perspectives

    1. Schedule/sleep/food; it may sound silly BUT I somewhat plan these to bring balance to my day. Let me specifically share what I mean. My wife and I share a calendar and we put everything that we want to accomplish on it with a place and timeframe. Why?! Well it takes the pressure off of remembering AND allows us to block out periods of time that we have alone, together, and so on. I put my work travel calendar in there as well. Gym time. When I WANT to eat. I even stole an idea my cousin mentioned about not eating after 6:00 or 18:00 as a good practice. And my bed time consistently is on or before 10:30 or 22:30 so I am well rested and the time is know. Anything outside of those “controllable” for the most part I just let be. And I try to just adapt and go with it. I cannot control it all, nor do I want to, seeing it’s impossible and BORING. The perhaps most potent of thoughts to me is that after losing my brother and then my second son, I am so thankful to be in the situation I’m in, even though I have issues and obstacles that may keep me up at night. It certainly beats that feeling I have during thoughts of missing my loved ones and most certainly what other people around the world are living through and going through at the very moment I type this. If I have my health and family, everything, and I mean EVERYTHING else is secondary meaning in perspective it doesn’t even REALLY matter in comparison. So think about that one for a minute. It’s a great time to pause and reflect. My life experiences is exactly what led me to not giving a poo emoji to caring about what anyone wants me to think, feel, or say while also on the same hand executing empathy and not simply being an eggplant emoji to those around me. BTW, not to take away from a serious point but like those emoji examples?! Helps me keep it PG within iTunes and curb my cursing. 🙂

    5. Read to get Inspired

    1. Reading is awesome and unfortunately despite ALL of the tech we are surrounded with, we rarely do so. Now I will say “reading” is what I do, but there’s so much more. I could watch inspiring content. Or my favorite other than reading is podcasts. Find voices and minds that can inspire you to push yourself to your limits. And just when you think you found your limit, push again. Reading is like inserting your mind into somebody else’s body for an experience. It’s experiences that teaches you things in life and one of the quickest shortcuts that still is mightily effective. Choose what moves you: reading and writing, watching content, going out into the public space and having fireside chats, whatever will give you new perspective. It is how we grow as humans both emotionally and intellectually. For we all feel exhaustion from time to time. Getting inspired it what allows us to absorb that positive energy, those positive vibes, where we can be that beacon of hope. And more likely than not, you in turn would have inspired some one else to do something great with their time and their lives, as short as it may be. Wishing you all the best and PLEASE, as always, share with me your thoughts here, email, on Twitter, wherever, however. And THANK YOU. ❤

    2. Twitter: Terrance_Blount Instagram: terranceblount Snapchat: terrance.blount

    It has certainly been a very difficult time for me and my family. For those of you really close to me, you know the true trials and pain my wife and I have been through. It is certainly not for the faint of heart and I cannot tell you in simple words as to how this experience has really changed me and hurt me all at the same time.

    As a man, I can tell you this is something we typically do not discuss socially. And not just me as an individual, but as a people; this is something we typically shy away from due to uncomfortability.

    I poured my heart out here in the podcast below with Kyle on “Dads and Angels.” My wife also has posted on her blogs on living with loss and I hope this is something we socially start talking about. Women and men should never have to suffer in silence nor be alone. There is support and love all around us and I fell the need to put out these positive vibes. I will NEVER move on. But I can and will move with. 👶🏻 ❤️

    Blount Family

    Does your phone REALLY make you feel all that good? /CNET Article by Chris M.

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    From the time we wake up until the time we go to bed, there’s that one magical “thing” that we reach for first and set down last. Can you quickly guess what that is? Of course you can! Our phones, duh! I am even reluctant to call them “smartphones” seeing that it’s pretty much the majority out there to begin with. Well, at least in North America.

    I read a great article earlier this year that I really wanted to reference this morning with you all in thought. You see, many argue that the phone is the crippling of society. I feel, on the other hand, it can truly be empowering. Like anything else in life, even too much of a good thing can be bad. (eg. Water, food, and exercise) So when’s enough, enough? When have we gone overboard and how do we know that we are truly addicted?

    Chris Matyszczyk wrote a good article back in Jan. 2nd, 2018 (attached above) and I wanted to read with you all some excerpts from the article and discuss aloud. As always, please share your thoughts here or in social media. Happy Listening on this nice Saturday!

    Here we are on January 1st, 2018. The best way to kick off the new year is to get right to it. Without further ado, I am posting my thoughts here and why I’m getting this kicked off. There will be a bit to learn as I navigate uncharted waters for me but no worries. Committed and looking forward to a GREAT 2018!

    Episode 1- Who, What, Why and How?.logicxLogo

    Self Driving,  Card, and Pro Recording

    Right before the Thanksgiving Holiday, I was able to speak with Jared Gault, a long time friend, that I have somewhat lost touch with. I met him when I was working for MarketSource during my tenure on the Nokia program and I could tell from a very young age that he’s going to be super talented. As a matter of fact, it was Jared originally who turned me onto  as I begin to diversify my personal tech journey. I will spare you all the details, however, I was an extreme die-hard Nokia fan and without ever using  , was a complete hater. So thank you Jared for helping me open up my mind even when I thought I was in that open space when it came to tech.

    Without further ado, during this podcast, we tackled some thoughts on autonomous driving,  Card, and even how recording on your phone has come a long way producing studio-like quality. The audio will be a little challenging in the beginning seeing Jared was on a long car journey. I wanted to seize the moment as it has been a bit since I have posted.

    Do note my kid came through a few times, so I do apologize for that audio disrupt. The #Dadlife is real you all and now having a newborn at home, I have to get it done when I can. 🙂

    Dem Debate 7.30.2019 Discussion Podcast

    What….a…night! Now, the first series of debates were meh, however, the first night here was so good in my view. REALLY loved what Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders had to say. The #DemDebate will be interesting moving forward.

    As for the purpose of this podcast, we are trying two different formats. Focusing on tonight, we simply wanted to share our thoughts right after the debate. We wanted to just dedicate 1 hour (ended up being closer to 2) to share our immediate thoughts afterwards.

    To provide more context, originally when we host these, we do so online via FaceBook Live. This matters to us because we can get some live feedback on thoughts of others as we share. It allows the conversation to take a more natural flow and this is the format we’ve done so far.

    So take a listen and share your thoughts with Jeremy and myself. We’d GREATLY appreciate it! As for tomorrow, we’ll supply the Q&A format we used instead where we’d also love to hear your thoughts! @Terrance_Blount and Jeremy Thompson @ImaHockeyGuy