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Episode #22 - Felicitations (Kiki Do You Love Me?)

Amitai and Katie-Ellen get in some quality couch time this week where they dig into communication styles. But first, they explore the symbol of pride and pain - the personalized keychain.

The pair also discuss the challenge of wanting to connect with people these days, but not wanting to burden someone with the question "how are you?" The answer to that question for Katie currently, which will tell you everything you need to know about her emotional state is, "Katie is watching Felicity."

Don't worry though. Katie is Season 1 Felicity, all sweaters and sweet '90's drama where no matter the stakes everything is fine within the hour. We'll send up warning signs if we suspect any Season 2, aka "the haircut" Felicity on the horizon.

In conversation around how to connect with others right now, Amitai brought up the topic of direct vs indirect communication and summarizes a 2019 New York Times article by Brian X Chen titled "The Cultural Truth at the Heart of the Lies in 'The Farewell'", a reaction to the movie that stars Awkwafina that came out that year.

In indirect communication, also known as high-context communication, what’s not said is more important than what is said. Eastern philosophy emphasizes balance and harmony, and indirect communication minimizes conflict. So some Asian cultures prefer communicating in a “show, don’t tell” manner and value the ability to decode indirect messages.

Amitai goes on to suggest we normalize not saying "I love you" at the same time - which is to say couples not feeling pressure to say it or not say it and to only say it when you're ready. To Ami's sweet "I love yous" Katie shares characteristic less sweet more borderline sad examples and then a bunch of butt stuff. Like, kind of a surprising amount. Whoops. Sometimes butt stuff is like that.

Upcoming Event - Save the Date

A chance to hang out with your horny hosts LIVE (from your respective home or wherever you're most comfortable). The fourth installment of Katie-Ellen's Online Comedy Variety Show Show OFF GO OFF (SHOW OFF GO OFF IV: Zoom is for Lovers) will happen Saturday February 13th, 2021.

The show takes place online via Zoom and features standup, storytelling, music and fav segment Audience Show & Tell where members of the SOGO community invite viewers into their home and show or tell us all something weird or wonderful or some combination therein.

This month's show also happens to take place on Katie's birthday - a thing she would normally never share but if it improves the chances of you coming to the show, so bit it.

Tickets are by donation with 100% going to PHS Community Services Society.

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