This morning on the show we were talking about things teenagers should experience before they enter adulthood, and I spoke without thinking it through. I said drugs. I received an email from a listener who called me on the irresponsibility of that statement and at first I got my back up and said she was overreacting. But she’s right. The three of us sit in a small studio and talk and try our best to be engaging, funny and, I admit it, sometimes shocking. And sometimes I need to be reminded that there’s a whole world outside this studio who is listening and may not know the ‘gist’ of what I’m saying or who may not get my intention: People who may not know me well enough to know what I meant.
I had a pretty well-behaved childhood and adolescence and didn’t take any risks. You may think this is great, but it kinda bit me in the butt when I hit 30. Stuff I maybe should have gotten out of my system in those crazy teen years crept up on me. And I’ve always wondered if there isn’t ideal timing for testing certain boundaries. Still, I used a term that encompasses a lot of dangerous things and it shouldn’t be thrown out there for entertainment purposes. For that, I really do apologize.
To the listener who took the time to email me, thank you for calling me on that and reminding me there’s an audience outside us three knuckleheads who, after years of working together, sometimes just ‘get’ what the other is saying.