1000 – A Round of Thanks
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Episode 1000 – A Round of Thanks
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SCOOTER: Friends beyond the binary, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, and my patron peeps, what up, patron peeps? It’s Scoots here with sleepy beats. Thanks, my patron peeps.
INTRO: [INTRO MUSIC] Hey, are you up all night tossing, turning, mind racing? Trouble getting to sleep? Trouble staying asleep? Well, welcome. This is Sleep With Me, the podcast that puts you to sleep. We do it with a bedtime story. Alls you need to do is get in bed, turn out the lights, and press play. I’m gonna do the rest. What I’m going to attempt to do is create a safe place where you could set aside whatever’s keeping you awake. It could be thoughts, you know, things on your mind. So, thoughts, feelings, anything you’re feeling physically or emotionally. Thoughts, feelings, physical sensations, changes in time or temperature or routine. Could be something else. Whatever it is, I’m gonna try to take your mind off of that. So, if it’s mysterious, if it’s situational, or if it’s just something going on, I’m really here for you.
I’m here for you not to listen to me or pay attention to me. I’m here for you. So, what I propose to do is I got this safe place, like I said. I smooth it, I pat it, I rub it down…you know, smooth it out…oh, smooth it out; I smooth it, then I smooth it out again ‘cause you say, why’d you smooth it and…then…you should pat it, then smooth it, then rub it, then smooth it out. Not rub it down. I say wow, you…are you in the bedding industry? ‘Cause that’s great tips. You’re actually right. Speaking of which, I was trying to empower my daughter to make her own bed. It’s been quite the experience. But her bed is up against a wall in a corner, so the right side of the bed and the foot of the bed would…are where there’s free…open zones or whatever you call them where you get in and out of bed.
Then the left side of the bed and the head of the bed are in the corner against the wall. So, I was saying okay, usually…once…it usually takes me four or five times to figure out the sheets; which is the elastic corner and stuff like that, and then once you get over that mix-up, then I say okay, let’s do the outside-right corner. That’s the easiest one, then the wall…the butt, the left butt of the bed. Foot of the bed, they call it. I call it the butt of the bed but usually I’m the butt of beds’ jokes. Believe me. So, then I put that one in there, so the left and the right feet of the bed…that doesn’t make any sense, though. It’s more of a butt. A butt is…even though you have two butt cheeks, you have one butt. You have a butt…your butt is one unit. Your feet are not one unit, you know what I’m saying?
Why don’t they call it that; your butt unit? If you’re a kid, you could start saying that tomorrow, even if you have to do one of those natural experiences where your body releases stuff. I mean, in air form. You’d say, message coming in from my butt unit. Anyway, I didn’t mean to get into fourth-grade jokes because…so, once you have the…once you’ve dealt with the butt of the bed, then I go up to the right corner because that’s the open zone. So, then I have, whatever, 75% of the bed…the initial…whatever the fitted sheet made. Then what I do…I call it the dolphin dive because you really gotta get…you gotta get the corner of the bed up and you gotta taut the other three corners. I told my daughter…she had never witnessed this before. Maybe no human being has seen this other than her.
I said well, I call it the dolphin dive. You take your hands in a prayer or a dolphin-nose form, stick it in the sheet, fold the sheet over, like the elastic part inside out, then you extend your arms, then you kinda do some scooting. Oh, you’re on all…your elbows and knees in your bed and then you do a dolphin dive where you dive forward towards the wall, but before you hit the wall you’d go down and under and around, and ideally you deliver the elastic part underneath the corner of the bed. A little something called the dolphin dive. It’s some…a big part of my…’cause my bed is also against…in a corner. Actually, opposite…it’s actually not even in the opposite corner but anyway, not important. But went way off-topic too, so if you’re new, whatever’s keeping you awake, I’m gonna send my voice across the deep, dark night.
I’m gonna use lulling, soothing, creaky, dulcet tones, pointless meanders, and superfluous tangents which you just got a couple of there. But you probably never have said to yourself you’re right, it is a butt. Well, one, I don’t want to quibble with…when I’m…bare…I’m barely correct. But you might say okay, not to quibble, but you’re…well, you’re right; beds do have…are more…they’re not butt-like or feet-like. We could all agree on that, I guess. So, let me see. So, yeah, so…oh, well, I don’t want…yeah, so anyway, if you’re new, let me get into what’s in it for you. If you’re here…now, this podcast…a couple things to know; this podcast is not for everybody and even for the people it works for, it only works for them after a few tries.
Like, hundreds of thousands of reviewers have said hey, it took two or three tries for me to get used to the show. So, that’s one thing. The second thing is…so, give it a few tries. If you’re skeptical or doubtful or unsure, that’s a totally normal response. If I was listening to a sleep podcast for the first time, oh boy, would I be skeptical. That was before the person declared that beds have butts and that he dolphin-dives to put on sheets. Also, don’t…if you’re listening in your…whatever age range you’re in, don’t recklessly dolphin dive, because you do have to be careful. You don’t want to crush your dolphin nose on the wall. Don’t get overexcited.
I’m not…like, I dolphin dive for a purpose, not for…I mean, it’s a joyful…’cause it says wow, I’ve solved my sheet…I never figured out how to…no matter how I stretch my arms with the fitted sheet, I’m always wrong, and that is a metaphor for my life anyway. Okay, so give the podcast a few tries. See how it goes. The second thing or the second…first…that might be the first thing. A couple other things to know if you’re new; this is a podcast you don’t really listen to. I mean, clearly, you say this is the most half-bed-butted advice I’ve ever got. Speaking of bed buds…bed butts, your advice is right around…worth a half…it’s a half-bed-butted advice. I’d say, you’re correct about that. So, that’s why people barely listen to me. Just kinda listen to me droning on the in background.
Now, you can listen ‘cause the other side of it is this podcast does not put you to sleep. It keeps you company while you drift off. I’m here to be your bore-bud, the butt…I’m here to be the butt of your bed’s jokes, really. I know people…you could laugh with me or along with me or around me. It’s okay if I’m the butt of your bed’s jokes. It’s fine, my talking about bed butts. So, oh, so don’t really listen to me. I’m here to keep you company while you drift off. That’s why the shows are over an hour, so you don’t have to worry about when I’m gonna stop talking. You could just fall asleep while I’m talking or set a sleep timer. But yeah, I’m here to keep you company while you drift off. It’s kinda different.
If you can’t sleep, I’m here to very…I’m here to keep you company whether you’re listening or not but if you need me, I’m here for you to keep you company with my nonsense. The next thing is…the reason I make the show is because you’re important and your sleep is important, and I know there’s a lot of messaging out there internally and external…oh, you gotta get over it. Oh, you’re doing it wrong. Oh, you should try this. Oh, this, this, this. It’s tough. I know what’s tougher is not being able to sleep. Tossing, turning, mind racing, trouble getting asleep, trouble staying asleep. I know how that feels, so if I can help keep you company and help you fall asleep, that would be my honor because if you get the rest you need, your life’s gonna be better and that is very, very important to me.
It really is like a butterfly-wing situation. If I can talk in a boring way about butterfly wings or go off-topic so that you drift off, that’s really my honor. So, that’s why I’m here. The other…yeah, ‘cause I know how it feels and because your sleep is important. The other thing that really people have strong feelings about, and understandably, ‘cause our show structurally is different and it’s a free sleep podcast…so, let me explain to you the structure of the show. Show starts off with a greeting [00:10:00] so you feel welcome and seen and…or at least invited in. You say well, let me walk around and check this podcast out. I say, great; that’s what the greeting’s there for. Then there’s listener support if you need extra support right now or you want to support others in our community.
Then there’s support for the show so it can come out twice a week and be free, even in this environment of changing and how to keep stuff free versus all that stuff. I’m able to do that because of the people that participate in that and so, that’s a…so, that’s part of our goal. Then…so, there’s that, and then…so, there’s business that does that, then there’s the intro. Now, the business is shorter than the intro. The intro’s much longer; ten to twenty minutes long. We’re already almost done with it, but it’s where I try to explain what the podcast is and then I get distracted a few times for like, ten or fifteen minutes, and then I come back and try to explain what the podcast is. That serves a purpose.
It is a show within a show because the intro gives you a chance to breathe, get comfortable, get settled, and get some distance from the daytime or all the stuff…all the other stuff. You know what I’m saying, whether…so, you could skip the intro. There is 2% or 3% of people that skip the intro, and then there’s patrons that listen to story-only episodes. There’s actually more patrons that listen to all-intro episodes, but that’s…as you become a regular listener, you could decide what works for you. But so, for the most…there’s no wrong way to use the intro, but for a lot of people, they use it as part of their wind-down or they’re getting ready for bedtime. Or you could fall asleep during it; that’s awesome. If you’re falling asleep, wow, you look good. I’m so happy for you. So, that’s the intro. It eases you into bedtime.
Then there’s business between the intro and the show just ‘cause that’s where the messages are…that’s where the companies like them, and that’s where people are still easing their way into bedtime. So, that’s how we keep the show free. Then tonight it’ll be a…strangely enough, I think this will be…this could be one of our Episode 1000s. I don’t know if we’re gonna do one or two. I haven’t recorded them yet. I record the intros on the day before I record the episode, so I don’t know if I’ll replace…I don’t know if there will be a grander intro or what, but…yeah. So, I think this will be…so, there will be a bedtime story. It might be some navel-gazing if it’s our 1000th episode. So, there will be the bedtime story and then thank-yous at the end. So, that’s the structure of the show.
The reason I make the show; for you, if it works for you. But it doesn’t work for everybody, so give it a few tries. You got nothing to lose, really. I mean, if I really get on your nerves, go to sleepwithmepodcast.com/nothankyou ‘cause there’s other podcasts out there. But I’m here to help. I’m here to keep you company while you fall asleep. I appreciate you coming by. I yearn and I strive to do this, and here’s a couple ways I’m able to do it for you for free twice a week.
Alright, hey, everybody. This is Scooter; Drew here. Actually, it’s probably Drew here with Scooter, leaning into Scooter. So, I don’t know what order or what I’m going to be putting out for our 1000th episode, but this will be one part of it as I’m envisioning it today, which I think is about three or four months before our 1000th episode comes out, is…it may be a two or three-episode series. If you’re a new listener, maybe I’ll put this earlier somewhere; this will kinda come across like navel-gazing or self-congratulatory, maybe. I don’t know, because I haven’t recorded it yet. I guess…but maybe I shouldn’t even bother guessing what people are gonna be thinking. But that’s why I make a sleep podcast, is those kind of relatable things, that I’m just a human being.
I’m far, far, far from perfect, and I get to put my best foot forward in the show, but part of putting my best foot forward is putting some of my more relatable things forward. So, anyway, moving towards the content, I have a episode that I’m kinda working on around the making of the show kinda stuff, like a little bit more story-based. This episode or two…I don’t know how long this is gonna take me, so this could be two episodes, this might be one episode. This one is based…and I will say with the 1000th episode, I have so many people to be grateful for, then I’m gonna be more thanking people as the roles…not thanking people personally because…I mean, part of it is just reality. Like, I’m gonna be getting…for me, there isn’t a pause to appreciate the…the 1000th episode for me is just process-based.
It’s not a destination. But I do have incredible appreciation…or these…I guess episode…milestone episodes offer me a chance to at least think how much I appreciate that we’re able to stay in process and production of the show because of all of you. Maybe I’ll do more of whatever you call this. I’m trying to…this is just self-soothing talking. I say okay, well…and to be honest, this kinda stuff is way outta my comfort zone. Not the appreciation part, but the acknowledgement and the acknowledgement of even making a milestone. I mean, if you could hear what my nana says about it, the nana that lives within me, it would be just keep moving on; don’t stop to reflect other than if it’s gonna be really lulling.
But so, these…this episode and maybe one other episode if this is split into two parts…a few months ago, some listeners reached out to me and I know…this I’ll name just because they led this effort; is…these two I’ll name just ‘cause they contacted me directly was Lyda and Jennifer. They had all these listeners record thank-you messages and I’m gonna respect people’s privacy, so I’m not gonna be…I’m gonna be getting rid of names and places in here and kinda making this a little bit more dreamy. I may be…like, I greatly appreciate knowing how the podcast impacts people and I’m loathe to share people’s personal stuff except in a…just like if I was redoing a TV show episode.
But I do also think it’s important to share some of this stuff because it is relatable, and one of the things about the deep, dark night is it’s incredibly lonely. Sleep With Me is really more of a distraction from that fact and a reminder that yeah, the…we feel lonely in the deep, dark night, and it’s a feeling that’s in the deep, dark night, but we also have this connectedness. So, a lot of this to me feels normalizing, like when I am able to be imperfect on the show. Again, there’s…not all my mistakes and imperfections are suited for a sleep podcast and I’ll probably talk about that in another episode, how it’s kind of…part of making a podcast is putting your best foot forward but…yeah. Anyway, the whole idea of projection and that kinda stuff…again, outside of my comfort zone.
But this part is, is that normalizing the…normalizing projection stresses you out. I know it would be inappropriate for me to sit down or get on the video with my therapist and have them tell me how stressed out my projection makes them. But I mean, that’s just a different relationship. But it would be normalized. I’d say well, jeez, I know how you…then I’d say okay, you owe me now. Can you pay me for the…? I’d say, I know how you feel. But there’s a lot of stuff that people go through and I don’t know, hearing that other people are dealing with it I hope can be normalizing. So, I don’t know, I may record this episode…I don’t know how it’s gonna turn out. But I’m gonna go for it.
So, without further ado, this is Scooter Thanks 11/18/20 is what we’re calling this, Part 1 or just Part…well, I guess it’ll be Part 1 even if there’s no Part 2. This will be…this is from a…this is a merchine…why did I just say it that way? This is a machine transcript that then I’m gonna be doing some paraphrasing and sleepifying. Hey, this is Light, and all the way from the N to…N-N-A to the T-A, there’s big sky here and I wanted to say thank you. 1000 episodes or maybe it’s past, and you’re getting closer to the holiday season. Whatever the case may be, just want to thank you for all the effort and hard work over the years you’ve been putting me to sleep. The coolest thing was the other night I heard my child listening around 11:00 PM.
My child’s in that age [00:20:00] where you’re not quite a kid and you’re not quite a teen. Maybe you’re not even a tween; I don’t know. But that makes a difference and I thought you should know this is a loyal listener and I don’t know how many messages this is gonna generate, but I hope it brightens your day and you get some sleep knowing you’re helping others get some sleep. Thank you. This is…I’m coming in from Terrapin Station next. You could call me Sea Shells, and I’ve been living on the road in an RV. Life can be strange and you’ve helped me through the strangest times in my life, and I appreciate it. I just wanted to make sure you knew how grateful I am, what a difference you make. A true, true difference down to the heart. Thank you. I’m coming to you from a place in Canada where they speak French.
It’s not easy to go to bed, but now it is a little bit less so because I have you to keep me company and get me to sleep. You know, sometimes you’re a new parent and sometimes you have a mix of bunnies making noise. Also, I’m coming in here from down under, and down under the covers or down under the…what do you call it? The top of the world; it’s just your northern by…and I say, you’re right. I just wanted to say thank you Sleep With Me, and how helpful it is, especially when you’re dealing with things that are really not easy at all and you’re meeting with people and the people are trying to help you. There’s things when you’re lying there awake and the podcast was there, so thank you so much. Yeah, I tell all my friends about it, too. Hello there, Scoots. This is A from the state with an N and a Y in it.
Not sure if you’re the same A that sent me a inflatable pumpkin, but you’re a long-time appreciator. I wanted to give you a happy holiday and let me know it’s been helpful. Getting sleep is hard to come by and when you have a child…I know you were privy to that, too. It’s really special, a really special part of my day, and it makes me look forward to bedtime instead of dreading it like I used to. I wake up feeling better. As a result, I’m more patient and more accepting, and spreading love…a lot of love in the world and a lot of good to people. So, have a fantastic holiday. Hey Scoots, this is me and I’ve been a patron for a while. I’m in grad school and I wanted to thank you for helping me sleep. Sometimes when you’re sleeping on your own, it’s not easy.
Then school’s…when they’re…when you’re going to a school with the ivy, not only is it not easy, but what if you’re going there remotely and screens make it harder to sleep? But having the podcast means I can sleep, so I’m super grateful. This is me; I’m a singer in PA and you helped me with all my nights of sleep. I can’t thank you properly. It’s a big deal. You helped me cope with a lot, a lot of things. You’re good at human…being a human, so thanks. This is someone who was just like…there once was a web named this. Now, I’ve dealt with insomnia my whole adult life and I would get into bed tossing and turning from the night before; frustrating. I found out about Sleep With Me on Nova and I thought huh, this is interesting.
Of course, like every other insomniac, I was skeptical, didn’t want to…it didn’t start to work for me ‘til two or three months later. During that time, I signed up for the Facebook group and I noticed how much it was helping people. The podcast was working, and I decided to become a patron even though it wasn’t working for me at the time. Then finally about two or three months later, something just clicked. It was somehow working for me on some level and I identified with Scooter’s quirky sense of humor. I don’t usually fall asleep to the podcast, but Scoots is there to keep me company, so thanks for all you do. Hope you do get a good night’s sleep as well. This is CC coming to you from the Western Tier and it’s 2:00 AM and I’m awake.
But instead of being lonely or angry, I’m hanging out in a pool in Orlando with Ray. Thanks for making the deep, dark night a little less lonely. This is coming to you from a place where there’s more reflecting pools than anywhere else Scoots might know about, and I just wanted to say thanks for helping me sleep. I introduced you to my esposo who also listens now, and our toddler asks. It means all the world that I’m not alone in the deep, dark night. This is your friend that likes cold brew, and shout out to Ronkonkoma; congrats on 1000. I’ve been listening for four years. There’s many mornings I wake up and I’m in awe of the fact that I had slept the night before. I think to myself, I totally wouldn’t have been asleep if it wasn’t for the podcast, so thank you so much for your hard work.
I hope you feel proud of what you’ve accomplished and feel good about what you’ve put into the world and that you deserve to feel that way and the best moving forward. Then; hey Scoots, this is coming in to you from a song by that band who got their music made into a movie and then a sequel and a musical, but this is coming to you from a place that was just one particular song named after a famous moment in history that became a synonym, maybe, or whatever, a met…I don’t know. When you live alone, it’s tough, and then it’s tougher in these…‘20 and ‘21, so thank you so much. This…Scoots, I’m coming to you from a place that sounds like it could be in the Pacific Northwest or in New England because it ends with a -wick, but not John.
I’ve been listening to you for three, three and a half years, and a patron member for the last couple of years. I wanted to reach out and say congrats on 1000 episodes and how much I appreciate it. I listen every night and sometimes all night just ‘cause I can’t sleep, and it’s given me a lot of comfort and sleep. Anyway, thank you. Love the philosophy on life, your sense of humor, and love for humanity, and acceptance of all things. With that, I just want to say thank you again and congratulations. I appreciate you. Bye. Hey, Andrew and Scooter, be…coming to you beyond the podcast. I’m someone you put to sleep, someone who’s…may have never rocked it in Rockaway, but could rhyme with it. When cars raced in 500 laps or 500 miles, I just wanted to say thank you for the podcast. I appreciate what you do.
You make me smile, and there’s times where I was going through stuff and not sleeping where I rest best, and going through a recovery. The podcast sure helped me get through those long nights before that, and I just wanted to add my voice to say thank you, so thank you. Thanks, thanks, and goodnight. Goodnight. Hey, Scooter, this is your non-reader and I wanted to accept…thank you…to you for over the past couple years, five years, six years; don’t even know how long I’ve been listening at this point, but I want you to know that I even named my dog after you. That dog…I don’t know if you know that, but during every recording, it gets me through the night and you have…that I have a friend in the deep, dark night. I can’t even begin to express how grateful I am for your friendship and kindness.
Just like…[00:30:00] I can’t even begin to express. So grateful. I’m proud of you for doing 1000 episodes. I really…I can’t believe it. I remember 200 episodes in, Lady Witchbeard, and I thought the Story Swamp was a real place and I was confused, and it was…but that’s the point, and that’s okay. So, I hope you’re well and that you’re doing good, and I’m excited for all things that are coming for the podcast and beyond. So, I hope when you hear this you’ll have a great day and we’ll talk to you soon. So, it was…so, Scoots, it’s Monday and I’m having some veggies. I feel like we’re friends and I’m coming to you from a rural place and a southern place that doesn’t get…that maybe hobbits roamed here; maybe not, but I want to thank you so much and I love your stories.
Well, when I first found this…the podcast, it…I was nervous because it’s like, you’re vulnerable when you’re going to sleep and I didn’t know what you were gonna say. Then I realized it was a safe place and the things you would say were good things and funny things and clever as well. They helped me get to sleep, and I love your stories and I’m enjoying Otter Things. That’s really all. I just want to say a big, big thank you, and I’m sending lots of love to you and to everybody over there. It’s not a easy place any of us are in, but I wish it was as easy as it was here, so thanks a lot and…from all of us in this area, too. Hey Scoots, this is someone who doesn’t listen anymore and I’m no longer a patron, but you helped me in a really, really dark time, so thank you for helping people like me.
Hey Scoots, this is FL from a state like…I don’t know if it’s famous for boiled peanuts, but we’ll say it is for now. I just wanted to say thank you for all of your hard work. I’ve been listening to your podcast for a couple of years now and it’s helped me with the anxiety around bedtime, ‘cause I know even if you can’t help me fall asleep, I have a friend in the deep, dark night and a comforting, friendly voice to talk to me while I lie there. So, thank you. Thank you for your hard work and for being there. It really means a lot. Hey Scoots, this is the Britler and I’m from a little bit of everywhere, but residing in Delaware. I wanted to take a quick moment and say thank you.
I was introduced to Sleep With Me by a friend a couple of months ago and I was having a hard time in my life in sleeping and staying asleep and going to sleep. I started listening to Sleep With Me regularly and it just kinda quiets my mind. It helps me focus on something else other than what’s going on. So, seriously, you’ve helped me and touched my life in more ways than you’ll ever know. So, I wanted to make sure I got in a hearty thank you. You’re definitely giving back to a wonderful community and doing more than you would have ever realized. Yeah, for sure. So, from the bottom of my heart, from all of us, thank you.
Hey Scoots, this is not Griswald, but I have…share a name with a Griswald, and I don’t live in Chicago, but I do live in a state that…if you were pointing at a map, you might get…you’d say, that…and I’d say no, it starts with a C; a different state and different city. I wanted to congratulate you on 1000 episodes. I’ve been a proud patron going on three years and I just want to thank you for all the rest and sleep I’ve been able to get over this time. Getting personal; the reason I found your podcast is that I…so, it’s…changes in relationship status, and that’s a hard time. Getting to sleep is affecting so much, and even not just the personal stuff, but work stuff, too. Then I’d be tired at work, and you know the story, but I found the podcast and I love it. I’m such a big proponent of it, just with everybody I know.
Like, anybody who says I’m having trouble sleeping, I say this is a great podcast. I’m really thankful for all the things you’ve done and all the things you can dish…continue to do in addition; caring about social justice and stuff. I really like what you’re doing and I’m glad I can support you. I just wanted to keep going…thanks again, Scoots. Here’s to 1000 episodes and 1000 more. Hey Scoots, this is coming…I’m coming to you from a place known for roses and wanted to say thank you. I’ve had insomnia literally my entire life. Even when I was a little kid, I could never sleep and especially as I got older, it got worse and worse and more centered around anxiety. But just having the podcast to turn to…other stuff would be going on and that would keep me awake, and it’s really meant a lot.
It’s really been good for me to be able to get the sleep I need. Just, thank you. I really appreciate it and you’ve made a big difference in my life. Hey Scoots, this…I’m coming to you from a place where the wind blows, as the song once said, at least as you remember it, Scoots. Probably not the actual lyrics from the song, and I wanted to send you a big, big thank you. I found your podcast after becoming a parent and that was four years ago, and now we sleep great, still listening to Sleep With Me, so congratulations on 1000 episodes. Glad to be part of your community. Hey Scoots, I’m not coming to you from a place in Michigan famous for cars; I’m coming to you not far from Central New York and I wanted to give you a big thank you to everything you’re doing, especially during the 2020, 2021 time even if it’s during the day and it’s not about sleep.
It helps me to listen to your voice and chuckle and it’s helped me sleep many, many times. I just wanted to thank you for what you do and to thank you for what you’ll be doing in the future. Hey Scoots, this is your friend from a place that has a fort named after it. Don’t know why you remember that, but I wanted to say thank you. Your podcast has dramatically changed the way I fall asleep and stay asleep. Got a lot of different things that I deal with. I have trouble winding down at night. I’ve tried all sorts of things and for some reason, your lulling, soothing, creaky, dulcet tones seem to do the trick, and the meandering not only makes me laugh but helps me fall asleep and stay asleep all night. So, thank you. I’m grateful. Thank you, Scooter.
Hey Scoots, my…I might be…share a name with a famous otter and I just want to put in a big thank you. I’ve never slept better and yeah, I guess a little one is a big thing. Can I tell you the whole thing you take? Thank you. Hey Scoots, this is your friend who shares a name with a beloved actress who once played the V of Ps. I wanted to say thank you. Who knew six years ago when I first heard your voice in a dark hotel you would become such a major part of my life? With a community as you approach the 1000th episode, I just wanted to say how thankful I am for the…your presence. That’s it, and goodnight. Hey Scoots, I wanted to thank you for all the help you’ve given me over the last couple years since the podcast and begin to help you fall…you’ve helped me fall asleep at night.
Hey Scoots, this is a doctor whose name…you might think of someone who’s…who had a TV show that took place in Texas at some point, and I wanted to give you a special thanks and shout-out to Scoots. I know you love old-school hip-hop and that’s…here’s my way of thanking you. Can it be my lack of paper? Is it just my brainy? Well, what I do is make the leap. People say I have impact, so when it comes to being rested, it’s just me, myself, and school. It’s just me, myself as good. It’s just me, myself. It’s just me, myself. So, that’s cool, because I don’t want to get the real song hit by a…what do you call that? Copyright detector. Thank you.
Hey Scoots, this is coming to you from a state [00:40:00] where their schools might have powder blue and maybe some sort of a ram on it or something, and I just wanted to say thanks so much for making the podcast. I discovered it I think a little over a year ago, at least I think that’s how long it’s been. I listen most nights; not every night. Doesn’t always do the trick for me but it’s always there in the deep, dark night. I struggle a lot with insomnia and a lot of the time, I’m able to use the episodes of the podcast not only to listen to but to fall asleep at night or play in my car when I’m driving or while I’m working on something in the background to stay calm, and I appreciate it. Also recommended it to so many people.
My boyfriend likes to listen and I told the other therapist about it and she passed it along to a couple other people. Yeah, that’s really how it works. I appreciate it so much. Thank you for what you do and being our bore-friend, our bore-bae. I enjoy all the names and it’s a wonderful community that’s come up around this creation of yours. So, thank you so…thank you so much. Hey Scoots, I’m coming to you from Sweden. I listen to your show almost daily. I wanted to create…congratulate you on 1000 episodes and give you a big hug and say thank you for making it easier for me to fall asleep. Keep up with the awesome work you do and thank you very, very much, mates…mate.
Hey Scoots, this is kind of ROMO, coming to you from something named…a place named after somebody who has a cooking show that’s not totally based on science but has scientific aspects, and I’m not sure they even still have a show, but they were really popular, particularly I think in the aughts or maybe the tens. Coming to you about four years now since I found your podcast and I can’t thank you enough from the bottom of my heart. A chronic insomniac my entire life, and this is literally the only thing that has made a difference. Please keep doing what you’re doing. Couldn’t get a good night’s sleep without you. Big love. Gooder Podman, or all the other characters you play.
Hey Scoots, I’m not a blue bird but I’m named after another type of common bird but people love more than blue birds, and I’m listening to your podcast every night. Without them I would not be able to sleep, so I really appreciate what you’ve done for me and I’ve given your podcast info to people I work with and friends who can’t sleep, and they appreciate it, too. I don’t know where you’re going or if you’re going or if this is just the 1000th podcast celebration, but if you’re not going anywhere, have a great night. Goodnight and sweet dreams, and thank you. Bye, Scooter. Hey Scooter, this is your friend. I’m coming for you…from…to you from a place that rhymes with kazoo, kind of, and maybe you sent something to a cereal company, but not…it would have been to our state but probably…I don’t know.
I wanted to thank you for the podcast. I’m a listener of a couple years now and I really appreciate it, especially lately. Wow. Dealing with a lot, and your creaky, dulcet tones have been helpful in the deep…in the middle of the night when I start thinking or feel overwhelmed. I appreciate having something familiar to anchor me in the deep, dark night, so keep going. I really appreciate all you do and I know it’s a lot of hard work. Believe me, there’s a lot of us out there that rely on you for…then for sleep for comfort, too. For more than sleep, but comfort too, so thanks. Hey Scoots, this is your friend coming in. I’ve been around a while and I wanted to drop you some of these notes ‘cause honestly, you’ve had an incredible impact on some of the most important years of my life.
I think I explained to you before, but I went back to study a couple of years ago and I happened upon your podcast during my masters in psychology. I was having quite a tough time at that; relationships, academics, S-T to the R to the S-S, difficulty sleeping, falling asleep, and your podcast really helped me. Since then, I’ve gone on to work with…in homeless services and working the night shift and sleeping during the day. Your podcast stepped up in a huge benefit for me. Now I’m in my final year of PhD in psychology and at some point I may be recommending your podcast to my clients. As soon as somebody says I’m having trouble sleeping, I’m having trouble staying asleep, I say well, have you heard of Sleep With Me podcast? So, I’m happy to spread the word. I don’t have to use it as much.
Things have gotten really good, but the few nights where I do have a difficulty or insomnia, I’ll switch back to the podcast. So, thank you for all the years you’ve been doing it. You’ve made a huge impact, so keep going. It’s important. Hey Scoots, this is someone whose name rhymes with banana in a place that had a…one of the first podcasts you listened to which was a poker podcast. I thought the people on the poker podcast were famous because it was the first…it might have been the first podcast I ever listened to, but really I think that now I realize they were probably just doing the best they could out of their basement or whatever. 1000 podcasts; I can’t believe it. You were just starting to get out 22 and then 10; oh my goodness, where to start?
I know that you’ve yearned and striven and striven and strove and you’re striving to help us fall asleep, and you’re doing that every night for two years and two days now. I just can’t tell you how much I appreciate it. I don’t dread going to bed at night anymore and I think, yeah, this is a emotional thing, amazing. You’ve made a huge difference in this world and I wish you all good things. There’s more to say but I’ll leave it there ‘cause I know you have a lot of people that are gonna say hello, so take care of yourself and your daughter and Koa. Hopefully we’ll get to meet someday, somewhere. Bye for now, Dearest Scoots. Hey Scoots, this is your friend from the NYC that’s the greatest referrer and super cool person.
I wanted to say thank you, thank you, thank you for helping me get through eight months of what would have been extremely lonely nights. You made bedtime something I look forward to again. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Hey Scoots, I want some Oklahoma. I’ve been listening to the podcast for a little over a year now, two and a half, and it’s done wonders for me. It’s the first time since I was five years old, I think, but I go to sleep every night and I appreciate all the work you do, so thank you very much. Thank you, and goodnight. Hey Scoots, this…I’m coming to you from a state with…that you say have orange license plates, I think. Maybe say it was a keystone. I want to congratulate you on your 1000th episode. Can you believe it? No. It’s fantastic.
I’m so proud to have been supporting you for a couple of years, and I just want to give you a sincere thank you. No longer dread bedtime whether I have…or a good night or a difficult night; I know I can just turn on the podcast and have you there to keep me company. I really enjoy the original stories again and again, and I hope the podcast continues for a long time. Take care. Hey Scoots, this is somebody coming from…to you from the 209, I think, and just wanted to let you know how much your podcasts have helped. I’ve had insomnia since I was a kid and now I’m sixty. I could tell my doctor I’m no longer an insomniac. Thank you so much. You’ve made a huge difference in my life.
Hey Scooter, this is somebody coming to you from a state well-known for shoals, coming to you for a state that you could just use four letters to describe it, even though there’s more letters and, you know, that I wanted to thank you and let you know how much I appreciate all the hard work you put into the Sleep With Me podcast. Hearing your voice at night helps me go to sleep, stay asleep, be calm, and stop those brain buddies from going wild in my head. So, thank you, thank you, thank you. Greatly appreciate it. Hey Scooter, congrats on your 1000th episode and thanks for always being there through some tough times. You’re my best bore-bae. Hey Scooter, coming to you from a state capital that maybe you’ve been to, maybe you haven’t. But for years I’ve been having trouble sleeping.
I turned to your podcast…I’m not sure if it was recommended from where, but it worked wonders to help me get to sleep, if I had trouble falling asleep, and more importantly when I woke up at 3:00 in the morning and [00:50:00] couldn’t get back to sleep, I could listen to it. Never heard more than your intros. Usually I was back to sleep soundly and happily, and I’m not having so much trouble sleeping anymore. I’m back to sleeping like a baby on my own. But when I travel — not this year, but you know, when I can travel, that there’s not a pandemic, I can still rely on your podcast to help me rest on the airplane or in unfamiliar settings. Thanks so much for your podcast and congratulations on 1000 episodes. Much love and stay safe. This is coming to you from a place that you…where mechanics love the name of this place.
Congratulations on your 1000th episode. I want to say I love your sense of humor, imagination, compassion. Like a lot of others, you’ve helped me get through some tough times in the past years and sleepless nights and get some much-needed sleep. I always appreciated the company in the deep, dark night, so congratulations again. Give Koa some scratches and tell Ray I said hey, and keep doing what you’re doing. Can’t wait to hear what comes next. Hi Scooter, this is somebody coming from a place where you talked to one of our bridges once. I want to thank you for all your work. You’ve helped so many people. I’ve been listening two and a half years, and I’ve only missed a handful of nights due to batteries.
So, the difference this made to mine…sleep is immeasurable and I listen during the day when that internal voice won’t be quiet. Your kindness shines through on the show. Hey Scoots, this is someplace known for gophers but also you could say it blooms here. I’m thankful for your commitment to the show and the creative process that makes it special and unique. Your openness and willing to share yourself with us is a big part of the magic you create. Thank you so much for making me laugh and guiding me to sleep each night. It means so much. Congratulations on this milestone episode. Hey Scoots, thanks for keeping me company and getting me to sleep…1000 episodes. I’m in high school, so this is a big help. You could call me CC.
Hey Scoots, this is your friend AA, but every morning I wake up; I say, thanks. I’ve got a burden of gratitude from my goodness. It’s like I want to pay you for your poignant poetry. You’ll miss mischievous wordplay which Rick has his shades around my mind, and the kindness in your voice. I can always follow your train of thought and I love your introductions to your stories, but I can only remember fleeting, drifting phrases in the daytime. Thank you so much for everything you do. Hey Scoots, this is your friend that actually has met you more than once at what we’d say are cons of pods. Grateful to have a chance to thank you. Millions of people who just…no thank you. Congratulations on 1000 episodes. You rock.
I found this show four or five years ago in a hotel room when I wanted something to distract me, and I searched for sleep podcasts, and yours came up. Now I use you as an example when I teach about podcasting stuff, and I love saying you’re my bore-bud. Hope to see you again at one of those con podding things when things get back to normal. Congrats. Thank you so much for many nights of peaceful sleep that have gotten me over the past few years I’ve been listening. I’m a light sleeper and for a year I used medication to help me fall asleep, and most nights woke up frequently. The first night I found your podcast, I fell asleep within minutes. I haven’t had to use anything else to help me sleep. One second I found your podcast and then you put it into the deepest sleep.
I often play your podcast throughout the night; within a couple minutes I fall back asleep again. When I wake up, I’ll admit I don’t actually know 99% of what it’s about, which is a testament to the great job you do. But there have been a few times where I listen in and I’m thoroughly entertained. Often thought of listening at work so I can listen to stories, but I would be…fall asleep at my desk. I wish you the best in everything you do. Congratulations on the 1000th episode. Thanks for being a bore-bae. Hey Scoots, this is your buddy…not Clyde but known to hang out with Clyde, that…and that was my message. This is someone you…don’t call me Bill or Buffalo, but two years ago I was going through some things and I did a search for sleep podcasts and I found yours. I feel like I’m one of the lucky people.
It’s worked for me on the first go, so thank you for that. It immediately made me feel safe and comfy, and has continued on the rough nights; usually by 3:00 AM when I wake up and want to pee and can’t go back to bed, so that’s just how it is. I hope you found something that works for you as well as your stuff works for us, ‘cause it’s a gift and we’re grateful for it. You know, it’s interesting to meet people that help other people in similar circumstances they find themselves in, and Scooter’s one of those people, a genuine individual, a friend and a colleague. This is someone who I get to eat dinner with every once in a while from STEM-Talk podcast, and STEM-Talk is two…one word, not two, and somebody else who produces podcasts and kinda has a general idea how hard it is to sit down and open your heart to people and your soul.
Really kind words. Looking forward to our next 1000 episodes. So, thanks bore-bud, and hopefully I’ll see you soon, too. Hey, this is somebody coming from a place where woods…not from Woods Hole but not…that’s in the same state area. Thanks for everything you do. I’m a all-night listener so not only do I listen all day long, but I…at night I listen when I’m stressed out during the day. Part of that is anxiety and Sleep With Me helps with that. I’ve definitely had times when I’ve been going through some stuff and the podcast helped out, and I’m grateful for you to create it and fostering a community. So, thank you so much for everything you do. Please keep doing it. I think that I don’t just speak for myself when I say that, but the work that you’re doing is really important and it makes a big difference for sure.
So, thank you. Hey Scoots, this is your friend from a place where champagne wishes and caviar dreams may come true, but Robin Leach is not here, but I wanted to take a moment to thank you from the bottom of my heart for being a presence the past two years. 2020, 2021 have not been easy for anyone or their families or loved ones. Lots of ups and downs. I just want you to know that you’ve been a constant presence of comfort for me and I appreciate it, and there’s somebody in the deep, dark night helping me sleep as well. That’s what I need and I appreciate you. Thank you for all the work, and I’ll see you in a few hours. Thanks. Hey, this…Scoots, this is your friend from the place with a lot of lakes, and I wanted to say thank you for your good work. You’re helping a lot of people and I thanking…thank you.
Hey Scoots, this is your friend that you just e-mailed with about something on Patreon. Thanks, thanks, thanks, and goodnight. Hey Scoots, this is someone coming from you not far south but maybe over ten hours if you’re driving. Been listening to the podcast for three and a half years now to go to sleep. Told people about it; family, friends, patients. I’m a doctor. Anytime I have a patient who can’t sleep, I go through all the things about sleep hygiene and then I bring up your podcast and I tell them how silly it sounds but how well it works. I’ve used it for the last three and a half years, and that is the only thing that helps me sleep. Glad there’s someone out there who really puts so much time into taking off…something off our minds, off of what we go through during the day.
So thankful for you, Scoots, everything you do. Keep it up. I look forward to hearing you every night walking us through the deep, dark night. Thanks again. Cheers. Hey Scooter, this is someone that says Roll Tide and I just wanted to thank you for quieting my brain so I can get some sleep. Congrats on the 1000th show. You’re the best bore-friend in the whole wide world. Indeed, I’m pretty sure you have no idea how dear to my heart you are. Thanks, Scoots. [01:00:00] Hey Scoots, I’m in the ‘burbs and not far from Terrapin Station on the east coast, and fairly new.
It was at March 2020 and I know you say on the intro it takes a few listens and a few times for the podcast to work, but I gotta tell you the first time I heard the intro, you just said everything I needed to hear and you weren’t there to put me to sleep but to keep me company, be mildly entertaining and distracting, and just be a friendly voice through the deep, dark night while I fall asleep because you get it. Suffering a restless night or insomnia is the worst and you’ve been there. It’s comforting to know that you empathize and when you tell me you care and you want me to get a restful night’s sleep, I believe you. It warms my heart. I fall asleep peacefully. I hope you know what a tremendous gift you give not only to me; so many others; your silly, nonsense podcast.
Such a small thing helps so many people get a good night’s sleep so that each and every one of us have a great day and share our gifts with the world. Yeah, that’s for sure. That’s really the best part, is you’re flourishing or on the road to that so that other people benefit…when you flourish, other people benefit from that. I flourish all the time, believe me. For me, I say…I use the reverse Pareto…I say, I’m a reverse-Pareto…or whatever they say with…this is my words; sorry, this isn’t a…this is a tangent. I say well, I’d like to…say, okay, the Pareto…whatever that’s called; it’s the 80/20 rule or something like that. 80% of something comes from 20% of the stuff. I say well, I’m more like a 20/80. If I could be…if I could flourish 20% of the 20% of that time…so, you say okay, 20% of your normal time; out of that 20% you just want to flourish 20% of that time?
I say, yeah. Could we try to do the math here to help listeners even though…? Yeah, so, 100; so, 20% of 100 is…good…20? Yeah, so then 20% of 20 is 4. 4% of the time I’d like to flourish. That’d be great. So, yeah, you don’t…it’d be great if you did, but don’t feel any pressure to flourish all the time. But if I can help…any…let’s get back. And now I lost my page. Gifts with the world…oh yeah, so everybody can share their gifts with the world. You’re making a difference. I’m grateful to find Sleep With Me. Thank you so much and keep up the good work. Hey Scoots, this is a neighboring state person where you could drive across the border from LA and go on a roller coaster. Not that I’m there, but that’s probably the main thing you’d associate our state with.
Probably the most-listened to podcast, Sleep With Me, that I’ve never actually listened to. I always end up falling asleep almost instantaneously even when I’m up late and I feel like I’ll never fall asleep. I just put on Sleep With Me and almost instantaneously fall asleep. I do want to thank Scooter from the bottom of my heart. Thanks for getting me through this year, 2020. It’s been hard on a lot of people. Can’t say thank you enough. Not only does it help me get to sleep, but stay asleep as well. That’s really important for us to get some sleep, so again, I want to say thank you. Thanks, thanks so much. Definitely my bore-bae, bore-bestie. Excited to continue listening. Hey Scoots, this is someone also from New England. I’ve been listening for quite a while.
Now, one of the [inaudible] was one I did ‘cause I appreciate the work that goes into helping us sleep. Congratulations on your 1000th episode and thank you again for helping us. Hey Scoots, this is your friend coming all the way from…I think if you were on the 210, you’d drive through here, and just want to say thank you. Really helped me get to sleep. Fostered a great community. Oh, this is…I just made the association of who this is; this is the artist that works with the show. It feels good to know somebody understands and has a hard time when you can’t rest, and I hope you know the impact you’ve had and that you get a good rest knowing you’ve helped a lot of people, and thanks so much for sharing my artwork and saying Black Lives Matter. Thanks.
Hey Scoots, this is someone coming to you from the other side of the shores of Lake Terry. I wanted to mainly thank you for making a safe place for so many people around the world. From the beginning, if you know, friends beyond the binary to lately making a real point that black lives matter, financially supporting groups, and to take care of your community members and how…and also how you write stories, how you modify the TV stories you tell us, the ways you’re vulnerable in your own story. Can’t tell you how much you inspire me and written that before. Don’t think I could tell you in different ways. I’m happy for the 1000th episode. Please keep going. Thank you for everything you give us. Hey Scoots, this is your friend and I wanted to thank you for all the good night’s sleep I’ve had.
I started listening to your podcast then became a patron, listen all night, every night. I enjoy the podcast. I like Big Farm, Get Besos, Otter Things. The machine transcriptions spell that Get Besouse. Otter Things, Nuns in Space…I like that I can hardly stay awake for the series. I sure hope another Big Farm series comes. I miss G and DK. I hope you’re doing okay during this tough time. Thank you for supporting BLM. Hey Scoots, this is one of your friends from Sweden and I wanted to say thank you for changing my life three years ago. It was really tough and I discovered Sleep With Me, and it’s a stepping stone to all the good things that have happened since then. I’m in a much better place now. First of all, it just helped me put to sleep and stay asleep, also let me get off my phone, get away from my anxiety.
It took the pressure off about sleep and rest and meeting…getting to sleep. It’s also been a huge comfort taking the edge off of things. From there, I’ve been actually…to move on and fall asleep and…through meditation, and I use Sleep With Me as part of my comfort and wind down. Then I could fall asleep to silence or meditation and I sleep a lot better now. I’d like to thank you for your compassion, openness, vulnerability, and the way you share your personal development. It shows that I’m not alone in struggling, I’m not alone in judging myself, and it shows that yes, it takes hard work and time to make progress, but progress is possible. You’ve been a great inspiration and hope…oh, thank you so much. Hey Scoots, this is somebody call…coming to you from a place where the stars at night are big and bright.
I want you to know I really appreciate everything you do, the hard work, the thousands…or happy 1000s. Hey Scoots, this is your friend K to the M and I wanted to say thank you for being there every night and helping me go to sleep. It meant more than I could tell you. Hey Scoots, this is your friend J and I wanted to thank you for getting me through the deep, dark night. Couldn’t do it without you. Thank you Scooter for all that you do. The podcast is wonderful. The care you put into using sleepy words and not being triggered makes me confident in telling anyone that Sleep With Me might be the right thing for them whether it’s to get to sleep or anxiety during the day.
Everything you do brings me joy and comfort and knowing that you’re there to just sit with me whether I can fall asleep or not, thank you so much, and congratulations. Hey Scoots, this is a friend from a place that goes a…like, that…yeah, that has a name that’s similar to a name, and I really need a good routine so I can function, and you’ve helped me with that. The effect the podcast on…has made on the quality of my life’s incredible. I struggle a lot, especially at night, and knowing I just need to put a episode on and it’ll make everything quiet, or even after a few hours is an incredible help. So, yay for a helping…a helpful coping mechanism. This is like, the fifth time I’ve tried to record this and I start to cry. I burst into tears every single time.
I hope you know this is a positive impact you’ve had on so many people and yeah, don’t forget to take care of yourself first. I hope you can understand. We love you all very much, and thanks to everybody that helps out on the show. You are all amazing. Thanks. Hey Scoots, this is someone from a place where you watched the movie that had a bike ride going through our state. I just want to tell you how happy, relieved, and grateful I am to have found your podcast. You’ve guided me through so many rough nights, and finally I look forward to going to bed every night without my mind racing. Some nights I don’t even make it past the opening. [01:10:00] Thank you so much. Thanks for making everyone feel welcome and being you.
I cannot truly imagine…begin to express how much your work’s changed over my life…yeah, especially over the past year. Hey Scoots, this is your friend from P and W. I’ve worked as a teletherapist during the pandemic, and I have a daytime message helping people and soothe them and help their landscapes of mind find a horizon of glowing, warm hope. To complete my mission, I use my tools but your heart and…your heart…your…absorbs heart and holds brain process the montage of emotion, uncertainty, and try to mend it with empathy and compassion as a therapist during the pandemic. I also have a special nighttime mission; get the beds, turn off the lights, and press play on Scooter. Then I can rest and let go of all the pain and fall into the welcoming world of intros and sponsors and stories.
It’s all in my head and it’s all from my bed. It’s a huge relief, replaces my battery, and decompress…’cause it can be all about me for us for a little while. I totally get that, and we deserve to sleep, what our bodies and brains and emotions need, just like water and air and food. We can play with our childhood and help learn and…oh, help play with our children and learn in fun ways. Even with everything going on in these past couple of years, beyond the binary, community resources, self-care, I can switch out and de-stress for a comforting, smooth, rubbed, patted-down sleep skates repeat with superfluous, meandering, creaky, dulcet tones, where my mind can barely listen, to treat us about fresh-smelling baths, purer drinking water, soft places to lay down, fluffy towels.
I get to be here and not alone in the deep, dark night. But now there are others who are here; swimsuit, boxes, frogs, and a guy named Ray. 1000 episodes of Sleep With Me have become my deep breathing, my exhale, my safe place, meditation, neuro feedback, CTB, DBT, EFT, EMDR, and all of it, the magical trips to Trader Joe’s…gratefully rested…help this therapist be gratefully rested and reset, ready for tomorrow, paying it forward and doing my part ‘cause Scooter does his part so none of us fall apart. What a gift it is. Thanks and goodnight. Hey Scoots, this is another one of your friends coming to you from outside of that place with the reflecting pools and I wanted to know what a great service you offer. You provide us with a kind, creative, interesting distraction.
I deal with migraines in the middle of the night and I kinda have to wait for the medication to kick in, so I’m grateful that you’re company during that time. I’m a bit of a overthinker like you might be as well, so I’m grateful for the distraction you provide around bedtime to help me get my brain bots to settle down a little bit. My favorite characters are Ray, Bernie the Butterfly, Real Time episodes, and the kinda personal essay style. I also want to thank you for some of the things you said with regard to reassurance and provide it when…other times in…that were not easy, like 2016. So, thanks for that. I know you take the time to think about how to speak about this stuff, but I’m glad you did because it makes me…good to know the person who’s putting me to sleep values dignity and kindness and respect.
So, thanks for all you do. Hey Scoots, this is someone who shares a name with one of your neigh…former neighbors. Truly an honor to help you celebrate the 1000th show along with so many other devoted listeners around the world. Thanks so much for all you do. Especially proud to say I’m a patron, so here’s a haiku so that I can post just for you. Are you ready? This has been machine transcripted, though. So, sleepy, creaky pro…I’m not also smiling. There’s a little haiku that I post just for you. Are you ready? Sleepy, creaky pro. I’m not also smiling. Oh hey, this is my…another friend from Gagglepod wishing you a happy 1000 episodes. I wanted to say I’ve been listening to Sleep With Me for many, many, many years. Thinking about the great episodes you had and 1000…I don’t even remember any of the episodes.
Was that The Mandalorian, really? I don’t remember that one, but the snore track that would…that had as well. Okay, I got like, five minutes. Nope, but I don’t remember that. Otter Things has to be my favorite. Bards and Big Bunnies? Come on. I can’t explain it. It’s a show I love. Can’t remember a dang thing about it, and all that means is you’re good at what you do. Never stop. Look forward to more advanced Bards and Big Bunnies. Take care. Hey Scoots, this is your friend from a place with a football club that…or a town where Heid’s hot dogs is. I first found the podcast in 2015 when I was stressed and anxious. I was a new teacher and I had some trouble sleeping, and you helped me through those nights. One of the episodes I listened to was the N-O-X episodes. That’s what it says here; Nox.
Oh, the Nox episodes. N-O-X; that makes sense. I love this. Still one of my favorites. Now I’ve never stopped listening. Once again, you help me through real tough times and brought me confidence over the years. Thank you so much. Hey Scooter, this is another listener coming to you from a place where I think you offered once to kiss one of our bridges. I’ve been listening to the podcast for a few years now. Helped me greatly. As someone who has a lot of sleep problems, this is beneficial. I no longer have to take sleep medication or anything like that and to be perfectly honest, it’s made the daily task of getting sleep not so daunting. So, it plays a major role in my life on a daily basis and I just wanted to say thank you from the bottom of my heart. [Inaudible], Scooter.
Hey Scooter, this is one of your friends and someone that’s in…close to Dollywood but not too close. When I found your first podcast it was during a sleepless night. Insomnia, anxiety plagued me since my mid-twenties and every night was a battle. The podcast managed to put me right to sleep and I was so gracious…grateful that I instantly became a patron ‘cause I didn’t want to lose the miracle remedy I had found. The podcast would turn out to be a godsend even in grander fashion because there’s a lot of big challenges and my husband and I drove to home…our hometown and…yeah, we went through a lot, a lot, and on the drive I didn’t want to talk, I didn’t want to listen to music, and I didn’t want to watch something on my phone, and I wouldn’t…couldn’t sleep, so I put the podcast on on my headphones hoping it would distract my thoughts, and it comforted me.
I’ll never forget the episode…was, because I listened to it dozens of times; it was Data’s Day. It just happened to be a recap of a favorite show of somebody really important and I don’t believe in coincidences. It must have been fate or destiny. At the end of the episode when you went through your personalized thank-yous and goodnight messages, you said my name there. I was slipping into a void, alone and scared in the deep, dark night. Truly felt like you were there to help me through it. It wasn’t easy even after that, so I can never repay you for what you and your podcast did for me and continues to do for me. Now it’s just so much more than a podcast to me and I’m grateful for you and all you do. Hey, this is your friend…your really good friend, and one of the originals.
You know, I haven’t heard the five minutes of your show in years but you’re important to me ‘cause I know I’m not alone in the deep, dark night. You have an amazing talent you discovered and cultivated, and you’re the only person in the world who can do what you do, and you work so hard at taking this talent and turning it into something. I’m grateful that you’re in my life, and I’m so grateful that you can be an inspiration. Maybe someday I can find my superpower and talent and cultivate it and maybe I can be there for somebody in the deep, dark night the way you were there for all of us. Thanks for everything you do, my friend. You’re a real treasure. Hey Scooter, this is one of your friends from one of the lakes in a state full of lakes, but a really great lake; but not one of the Great Lakes.
I’ve been listening to you for five years, a little bit more than five years when we moved to this house. [01:20:00] I wanted to say you’ve been a huge comfort to me. A lot of laughs. I had a period of time after we had a baby and I wasn’t able to drive. Thinking about height-type stuff, and I would have to take the long way around. One of my favorite episodes was the Morley and Borley episodes with old Derek; Derek, Morley, and Borley on their adventures. So, it was a good daytime anxiety reliever. I really appreciate it. I’m glad you opened up your list…with your listeners and been vulnerable, and I feel like I can relax when I’m hearing you. My kids too, my husband too, and my dog as well. I think Koa and my dog would get along; he doesn’t like broccoli.
But I want to let you know your podcast has…you’ve made a number of friends around the world, and this is…including some people that have met you in real life. So, I made invaluable friendships and I felt so much a part through the years. I really appreciate you and I hope you have a good night as well. Thanks, Scooter. Hey Scoots, this is your friend who shares a name with someone who once…coach that you knew, and I just wanted to let you know so much…how much work you’ve done on Sleep With Me and congratulate you on 1000 episodes. Incredible achievement, and I think even greater than the creativity it takes to come up with all those stories so many times a week has been your love for your listeners and your caring that comes through your voice and the ability to help people feel calmer, especially in these times they are now.
But for a variety of reasons, people can feel better and sleep well. So, I just want to thank you, and love from all of us to you and hope you continue for many more episodes to come. Hey Scooter, this is someone coming to you not far from the continental divide, and sometimes in my dreams I go from Frau Nollen. My gratitude overrides my shyness recording a message, and I’m so grateful. Thanks so much. There was a time in…when I’d lie in bed and W-O-R-R-Y, and would run around, and I wouldn’t sleep well. Now it’s a time I look forward to and I’m full of gratitude to you for what…even my dreams are different. It’s really big what you’ve brought into my life and the people around the world, and I’m getting choked up. That makes a bunch of us, huh?
I’m going to end with laughter which is what happens when I think about…this is…I have to tell you; put a…dipping my elbows. Thanks so much for everything and congratulations on 1000. From your good friend…from one of your good friends, EJ. Hey, sorry it’s…so late, and let’s keep our bedtime no matter how dime…dark the night is. I know my bore-bro will be there until the final. Thank you, thank you. At night I got a lot going on and I keep my eyes open and sometimes they’re full of tears, but the comfort you give, no matter if it’s Emma Otter or Doctor Who or a shopping list, you bring these small moments that make it a bit easier. So, to you, Scoots, I pat this soft, swishy chair. I’d like to offer you a safe place with a cupboard of soup and a toasted roll of lulling, soothing tones as we share our gratitude for you and all anxiety and loneliness…the safest places you fluffed and patted.
We thank you. I thank you. As you say from the Sleepy Supporter Zone, Scooter supporter, the anxious, depressed insomniac, perpetually busy mind, thank you, thank you, and goodnight. Hello, Scooter. This is somebody from a place known for peaches. I wanted to thank you…congratulate you on your 1000th episode. I’m in my late twenties and I’ve dealt with a lot; anxiety, depression, insomnia, and I’m also a member of the trans community and I always appreciate your inclusiveness of friends beyond the binary. I do listen to your podcast during the day but mostly at night, very late at night, as we both understand the value of a friend in the deep, dark night.
Your voice has been invaluable to me, given me a lot of confidence, my ability to control my intrusive thoughts, and my ability to get a better control on things and how I sleep, and I just want to let you know that I and many other people care about you and we want to let you know how much you mean to us. I appreciate your kindness and understanding, and we could all use a lot more of it. Thank you. Hey Scoots, this is someone from one of those states that people say is small, but we have big hearts, and it’s a goodnight to Scooter, Podboy; thank you, thank you, goodnight Little Andy, and goodnight, Drew. Thank you and goodnight, Scoots.
Thank you and goodnight, thank you and goodnight, and thank you and goodnight to Lyda and Jennifer who shepherded this project, goodnight to Posty Posterson who let us use the background music, and everybody’s…yeah, Jennifer…Lyda who shepherded the project, Jennifer brought it all together. Thanks, thanks, and goodnight. I just have to say thank…I mean, this is…I feel like…thank you everybody who recorded a message, but I mean, I also realize that those messages are representative of what a lot of people hold in your hearts. I hope you hold it in your heart as much for yourself and the…all the other listeners as you do for me, ‘cause I mean, I’m barely holding it together while I’m recording right now. That’s a good thing. But the thing is, this is counter-cultural now, and we really need this.
Not just me or the podcast or whatever that feeling is, you know, that I’m feeling right now. That’s what’s really important. Believe me, I hear…all that anxiety I have all the time too, and sometimes I let it get in the way of doing the best job I can with the show or focusing on the wrong things. This is a gift because it’s a reminder around Episode 1000 of what’s really important, and that’s what…that we all are connected, and some of it’s in pain or challenges, but even those people that are challenging to all of us, that’s probably the path forward together. Yeah, I don’t know what else to say other than thank you. I do say it but thank you for the reminder of what’s really important and really what the podcast is about and why it exists.
Those of you that just have the message in your heart and you didn’t share it, that’s…I feel it too, so thank you so much. I mean, holy cow. I’ll probably put the…maybe I’ll put this at the beginning. This message is something I’m recording after what’s coming…recording…you’re gonna hear now. Maybe you’ll hear it at the end, too. You might hear it between…I don’t know. But what it comes down to for me is that…yeah, it hurts sometimes being alive, not being able to sleep. Sometimes you can’t sleep ‘cause you’re hurting and then it hurts when you can’t sleep. But that’s also during the day, what can bring us closer together or at least help us…I don’t know. Maybe I’m just now talking out my own stuff. But as someone that’s made a lot of mistakes and not been perfect and not been kind and wondered in the last few years, what do I do?
How do I find the empathy and compassion I need instead of overthinking? You’ve given me or shown me those stepping stones and reminded me okay, well, let’s just do our best and let’s just try to be ourself. The podcast is a little bit different than that because I get to be my best self, but I can bring this all back to my…I guess that’s it; you’re all Promethia…Prometheis. So, if we can bring this fire of connectedness even a little bit back to our lives and days tomorrow and the next day and even say oof, I wonder if that person’s hurting too and maybe in a different way than I am, maybe…I don’t know. But thank you so much. So, this…yeah, this will be I guess at the beginning and the end ‘cause this is kinda…the messages in here…[01:30:00] I’ll talk more about it. But yeah, I gotta…I’m just kinda speechless. Thanks, everybody.
[END OF RECORDING]
- Butt Unit
- The Dolphin Dive
- What rhymes with Kazoo?
- “Me, Myself, and I” – De La Soul
- “Terrapin Station” – The Grateful Dead
- Dolly Parton
Notable Talking Points:
- A listener that sent Scooter an inflatable pumpkin
- The Greatest Referrer in NYC
- Cultivating your own superpower and talent