Fighting Cabin Fever with Dr. Tom Muha

We’ve been stuck in our houses for the past five years now…or at least it feels like it. As every possible commercial has mentioned in the past few weeks, “we are in uncertain times.” We’re sick of hearing that. Of course, we’re sick of a lot of stuff right now. So how do you fight through the negativity and make the whole situation manageable and, dare we say it….enjoyable? Tim talks with Dr. Tom Muha, founder of the Propel Institute and weekly columnist for the Capital for the past thirty years, about how to change your frame of mind to meet this unprecedented challenge.

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Rocky Horror, Philly Cheesesteaks and the Census with Sen. Mary Washington

If you ever told me that we’d do a podcast about the importance of the 2020 Census and somehow it morphed into a discussion about the Rocky Horror Picture Show and Philly Cheesesteaks, I’d have never believed you!  But it happened!

Have a listen to the important parts about how critical it is to respond to the 2020 Census!  Senator Mary Washington joins me today on the phone to talk about it.

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Phone numbers:

  • 844-330-2020 (English)
  • 844-468-2020 (Spanish)

And as for the Rocky Horror Picture Show–we need to hold the Senator accountable and make that happen!

Beercast: What do Budweiser and Katcef Brothers do during a pandemic?

This is a Crabcake from The Maryland Crabs! What is a Crabcake? Well, it’s a very short snippet of something you need to know. It might be 5 minutes long..or it might be 20….or longer in this case, because..well…beer! In any event, enjoy your Maryland Crabcake!

This is a Crabcake from The Maryland Crabs! What is a Crabcake? Well, it’s a very short snippet of something you need to know. It might be 5 minutes long..or it might be 20….or longer in this case, because..well…beer! In any event, enjoy your Maryland Crabcake!

Today, we continue our monthly series (no set schedule other than monthly) about beer.  We have a huge distributor of beer right here in Annapolis–Katcef Brothers Inc. and they have a ton of experts on hand to de-mystify beer for us.  Now, full disclosure–I like beer! I like beer a lot!  But, I am not a beer snob and a Bud Light will suit me just fine.

For two months in a row, we are off the rails, but with good reason! First, there’s a pandemic!  Second, this was all recorded from a Zoom call. And third, most all of what we wanted to talk about has been canceled or postponed! So, we punted and talks about coping, about what Budweiser is doing from a corporate level to help out America. And what Katcef Brothers is doing to help out our own community. Let’s just say that Betsy Ross has NOTHING on these guys!

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One Love Annapolis and perseverance with Steve Samaras

We are all in this together!  As businesses are (for the most part) shuttered, we wanted to catch up with Steve Samaras from Zachary’s Jewelers to talk about a video series he has created and to find out how Zachary’s is doing during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

If there ever was a man who sees the positive in a tough situation it is Steve who was burned out of his store 15 years ago the day after Thanksgiving, survived the recession of 2008 and now the COVID-19 virus.

Aside from keeping all of his employees working, to cutting Constance Polamalu (the COO who joined us on the call) loose to develop a new e-commerce business model with virtual appointments, while maintaining the Zachary’s model of customer service.

But more importantly, with some time on his hands, Steve and his wife Challie have been visiting their favorite places around town and explaining why there is such love–a One Love for Annapolis.

If you are a bit down about this pandemic, have a listen, and be sure to check out the videos on Steve’s Facebook Page –the link is below!

Videos: https://bit.ly/OneLoveAnnapolis

COVID-19…Voices from the Community

We are in uncharted waters, folks. Between cable news and social media, there is an avalanche of information, innuendo, and speculation coming in. It’s exhausting and scary. So John and Tim decided to practice some social distancing and call a bunch of people to talk about what’s going on over Facebook Live. It was a busy one. Go to All Annapolis on Facebook to watch Saturday’s broadcast.

We started with Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot to see what the state has been doing up to this point and what is planned next. Steuart Pittman, Anne Arundel County Executive, was up next to talk about business assistance as well as public safety, followed by Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley who let us know what this this means to our tourism-based business community.

Katie Redmiles of Maryland Hall for the Performing Arts introduced “Pay It Forward to the Arts” to help both businesses affected, as well as our arts community. Monica Alvarado, owner of Bread and Butter Kitchen in Eastport, talked about what they are doing to help the community and their employees during this business shutdown. Heritage Baptist Church, on Forest Drive, has always been front and center when it comes to meeting the needs of the community, and this time is no exception. Pastor Scott Shelton talks about their food pantry and the best way people can contribute.

What does this mean for businesses? Jared Littman, owner of K&B True Value and former Ward 5 Alderman, talks about what they are doing to serve the community as an essential business and what he is doing to protect employees. Small business owners are being hit particularly hard. Denise Pearson, owner and proprietor of Paradise Float Spa in Eastport, has shut down completely until this crisis ends. What does this mean to people in her shoes? Jeff Jacobs, owner of the iconic family business, Carrol’s Creek, has also shut down restaurant for the duration. Some of his employees have been with him for decades, and wait until what you hear what is doing for them! And finally, we end on a positive note when we chat with Kimario Ballyntine, a server at 49 West, located in Inner West Street. Yes, he’s out of work amidst a global pandemic, but he is incredibly upbeat and positive, and his attitude is infectious! In a good way.

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