Sunday, December 23, 2012

War Is Over (If You Want It)

1. How many songs are in your library? 15,113

2. Do you like Christmas music?
Only right at the holiday. I find it putrid when I start hearing them in retail outlets in October.

3. What magazines do you have subscriptions to?
None. I get all my news from the weather report.

4. What is your favorite scent? Napalm in the morning.

5. Do you give money to charity?
I thought that all you need is love.

6. What is your theme song?
In the very first year of WTIT, I used “Goldfinger” with my own lyrics. When Gypsy Joe started calling it “Budfinger” I stopped.

7. What's in your wallet? This meme is brought to you by Capital One.

8. Do you generally think before you act, or act before you think? I think.

9. Is there anything that has made you unhappy these days? Only the dark blue lettering on Sunday Stealing. It helps when you can read the questions.

10. Do you have a good body-image? I have a great body for a 261 year-old guy.

11. How are you spending your holidays? Today Kathy and I host kids and grandkids. It's my dad's 87th birthday. He'll be be here with my sisters and their spouses. My sister Amy just had twins. I'll meet them for the first time. I'll see my 89 year old mother and my 88 year old aunt tomorrow...

12. What have you been seriously addicted to lately? Twizzlers. And I never eat sweets.

13. Tell us a secret? I just did. Twizzlers. Shhhhhhhhhhhhh.

14. What’s the last song that got stuck in your head?
Don’t start with me.

15. What’s your favorite item of clothing? I don’t play favorites. Why hurt the feelings of the rest of my fucking wardrobe?

16. Do you think Rice Krispies are yummy? This also brought to you by Kelloggs.

17. Is Santa real?
Are you?

18. What should you be doing right now? I don’t know yet. I just got married. But I’m sure Kathy will tell me.

I hope whatever you are doing for the holidays, is better than you hope for. 

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Running With Lions

Who is your favorite artist (Any field.): The Beatles.

Describe yourself: I am the Walrus. Coo, coo ca fucking choo.

How do you feel today: With my hands, mostly.

Describe the area where you currently live: Our home has a nearly 300 square foot state park. A cocktail on the deck together is awesome.

If you could go anywhere, where would you go? I’d love to see the Serengeti in Africa. There are not of films (or TV shows) on animals that I don’t watch.

Your favorite form of transportation: Das auto. Although, I do drive a Chevy.

Your best friend is: I have several. Johnnie Walker and I have been friends since high school. Rock Rolling I met in the early 80s. Harvey & I go back to the early 90s.

You and your best friends are: WTIT DJs, duh.

What's the weather like: We are freezing our asses off.

Favorite time of day: 3:33 PM. It when we got married.

If your life was a TV show, what would it be called: My Friend Flicka. I’d play the horse.

What is life to you: This type of question may be why I never used this fucker.

Your relationship: Married and happy with Kathy.
 Your fear: I used to worry whether WTIT would go on. There were several years when we didn’t tape at all. This year we recorded about four times. Which for me is about right. If we lived closer, monthly or weekly might work, but Johnnie is two hours away and Rock is about 45 minutes from here. Midnight, (who returned after a 17 year hiatus) lives about 20 minutes away. But top the point, I don’t fear us stopping anymore. It’s been 45 years. If we stopped now, I’d say we had a great run.
What is the best advice you have to give: Only get angry with another driver if he/she is doing something that you’ve NEVER done. It eliminates road rage.

Thought for the Day: Bud’s Law #13: How long a minute is depends on which side of the bathroom door you are.

How would you categorize your soul's present condition: Rubber.

 Gotta rock 'n roll. Love somebody...

Friday, December 14, 2012

RIP: Children and Adults in Newtown, CT

It's hard to understand.
All we can do is offer support and have a good thought
for the victims.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Viva Lost Wages

From top left: My brother Mark & wife Kathy, My sons James & Ben and his wife Maria, Daughter Heather and husband Alec holding 3 year old granddaughter Lindsay, sister Amy & husband Mike, sister Diane and wife Courtenay. Seated from left: Mom, me, granddaughter Lauren, my wife Kathy and my dad.

1) Do you ever suffer the blues during the holidays? The holidays have changed. My mom’s family has had a Christmas Eve party since 1910 or so. It was so much easier for them. Family married and said in the town they grew up in. By the time my generation had kids, my brother Mark lived in Boston with his family. He stopped coming so his kids could wake up on Christmas morning in their own beds. His family returned when they were all over 18.

My daughter and her family stopped for the same reason a few years back. They live near Rutgers in Jersey. One of my son’s lives single in San Diego. My other son just had a daughter and was conflicted since he lives near Providence. About 10 years ago I started hosting a pre-Christmas Eve party before the “big one” at my mom’s. A few years back we switched it to a January date as my kids dropped out of Christmas Eve.

This year my sister Diane, who took over the party about five ears ago when my mom moved in with her, has decided to end it. While it seems a shame to end a family tradition that lasted over a hundred years, it was time. All we saw there were cousins and their kids, who we love, but are not at all close to. Diane will host a small party for my mom, aunt (88 & 89) and a cousin or two. 

Meanwhile, my party has moved to December 23rd, my dad’s 87th birthday and will be well attended. My daughter Heather and her family and my son Ben and his family will be there. My dad and my sister Amy who just had twins, and my dad are coming, as are my sister Diane and her wife. So, I guess the party switched here. I am REALLY psyched. Not that anything about all this has anything to do with the question. I just thought I’d share.

2) More than 18 million visitors have toured Elvis' home, Graceland. Have you ever been there? No.
3) Elvis dyed his naturally light brown locks black. Do you dye your hair? My hair is dark brown. Recently, as some gray has crept in I occasional remove it.
4) He also insisted his young girlfriend, Priscilla, dye her hair jet black. If your lover asked you to change your hair, would you? Kathy and I asked each to wear our hair longer, which we now do.

5) Elvis served his country at an Army base in Friedberg, Germany. Have you ever been to Germany? Nein.

6) Elvis famously had an affair with Ann-Margaret during the filming of Viva Las Vegas. Have you ever indulged in a dalliance with a coworker? Yes, and it was a huge mistake. Once we broke up, the tension was unbelievable. She even made me destroy that video we made. Bitch.
7) Thinking of his movies ... Elvis was, by and large, unhappy with his film career and once said, "The only thing worse than watching a bad movie is being in one." Are you happy with the way your career is going/has gone? I miss radio. I’d love to do a show again. Fortunately, with WTIT recording more frequently, it scratches the itch. Rock Rolling, seen in this picture phoned yesterday to set up a recording date before Christmas. My actual job is about perfect for me.
WTIT 2012: Cos, Gary, Rock, Bud, Johnnie & Midnight
8) Elvis lost "the battle of the bulge" toward end of his life. Are you happy with your weight? I’m about ten pounds from where I’d like to be. But my doc says I really only need to lose five. I guess that means I’m pretty good.

9) As a teenager, Elvis worked as an usher at a movie theater. What was your first job?
My first job of any consequence was working at one of my dad’s hotels. Years later we owned one together.

We may return, until then Give Peace a Chance.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Time to Move On

Sunday Stealing: The Not So Manly Meme

I tried to post a guy wearing something.

1. Boxers? Briefs? Boxer briefs? Thongs? Bikinis? Commando? You are right. No “manly” meme starts with a question that anyone but your wife cares about. I don’t think even she cares all that much. She might tell me when to buy some new ones.

2. What’s your fussiest personal care routine? Flossing.

3. Do you have a favorite tool? Power or manual? Another brilliant question. If the answer (and it is) to the first part is “no”, then what shall we do with the second part?

 4. Can you change your own oil? Do you? Not even in the frying pan. Wait. Upon further review, we could do that. It’s the cooking part with the oil that’s tough.

5. What’s the “manliest / 'womenliest” thing you do on a regular basis? Shave.

6. What’s something “manly” that you never learned how to do? Apparently using a power tool. It is obvious CV Rick was an expert on this shit.

7. Do you ever cry? If so, what’s your trigger? Yes.The trigger is sad shit happening.

8. Do you have a chivalrous streak? How does it manifest itself? I randomly throw coats on puddles and yell, “To Sir Walter, whoever the fuck you were!!”

9. Do you have a chauvinistic streak? How does it manifest itself? I watch my Patriots, UConn men and Yankees.

10. What’s your favorite movie? I refuse to ever answer this question again. I'll from here forth go with "latest". Last night Kathy and I watched Flatliners on my new Roku device. If you don’t have one yet, you will.

11. What’s the dumbest, testosterone-inspired thing you’ve ever seen? Wrestling.

12. What quality do you think makes a good man good? Do you have that quality? Compassion and yes, I believe I do.

13. Toilet seat up or down? Really? This is Stealing after all.

14. If your significant other is away, do you cook for yourself or eat out of cans and boxes (or rely on local drive-throughs and delivery)? I spend my days switching the oil in my fucking frying pan. I even can change it.

15. What societal expectation of being a man / women do you most resent? I don't worry about anyone's expectations but my own.

16. What’s the best part - societal-wise - about being a man / women? Shaving.

17. Will you stop to ask for directions? I checked. This question was written before the invention of GPS.

18. What’s one thing about your significant other that you just cannot understand, no matter how hard you try? I've been married less than two months. I think that makes this the perfect time to start fucking complaining.

19. What do you need to have in the shower? Soap & shampoo. I hope this all stops soon.

20. Do you burp/fart/scratch? Do you do anything stereotypically male? Wow.

Time to move on. See you if I get back from the other side...

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Wieją (Niszczyć) Mnie

1) Have you ever danced the polka?
I had a very serious lady in my life who was Polish. She stated that all I had to do for her to marry me was to learn the Polka. So, naturally I did not. I was so in love. I wonder what her name was?

2) Frankie Yankovic was a stellar accordion player. What instrument have you mastered, or would like to learn? A real one. I’d love to play the electric guitar ¼ as good as my son James.

 3) When Frankie died in 1998, his obituary proclaimed him as "America's Polka King." Lucille Ball was "The Queen of Comedy" and Michael Jackson was "The King of Pop." What royal title do you deserve? “He was named after ‘The King of Beers’”.
4) Do you like light beer? No. Did you that “The Hartford Courant” interviewed Kathy and me this week? They do a weekly feature on unusual “love stories”. O thought ours was same-oh. Boy meets girl. Awards girl “Foxy Lady of the Week” ten times at his nightclub. She was the one girl he didn’t sleep with. 30 years later, girl spends five years to find boy. Girl finds boy. Boy thinks, “Hey, maybe I can sleep with that one girl that I missed.” Boy marries girl because she fulfills him in a way he has never known. Then the newspaper calls. Keep tuned.

5) In 1901, daredevil Annie Taylor successfully went over Niagara Falls in a barrel. She was badly bruised but otherwise fine. How much money would it take for you do to do something that dangerous? $12,562,987.89. Not negotiable.

6) When was the last time you visited a pet store? How long is never?

7) What's your favorite salad dressing?
Bleu Cheese or Balsamic Vinaigrette. Sometimes both.

8)  Sam Winters is crazy about her smart phone. She uses it to take pictures, record videos, listen to tunes, answer emails and surf the net and, oh yeah, she even uses it to make calls. How indispensable is your mobile phone in your day-to-day life? All that and more, I watch TV shows and listen to radio shows from all over the country as I drive in my job. I love sports. When a great story is about a player or team in another city, I will listen to a local show from that city, as an example.
9) "Kocham cię" is "I love you" in Polish. Can you say "I love you" in a language other than English (and Polish)? Wieją (niszczyć) mnie. Which loosely means, “blow me” in Polish.

Is it true that “In Heaven There is No Beer” and that’s why we drink it here? How about Smirnoff? See you out there...

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Everybody Knows This is Nowhere

Sunday Stealing: The Social Meme

1. Where was your profile picture taken?
It is a caricature that Kathy had done of me with the Beatles on my 260th birthday.

2. Name someone who made you laugh today.
Even though it’s noon, I got up a half hour ago. So while I’ve spoke my lady, me wife, we don’t chat much until I’m awake.

3. Do you believe exes can be friends? Yes. But in my experience, something usually trips it up. More than anything it is usually is that one person starts developing feelings again. Then you fight over something really stupid. The person with the feelings usually calls off the friendship. 

4. How do you feel about Dr Pepper? I went to junior high (remember when middle schools were called that?) with the guy who sang "Be a Pepper".

5. Who was the last person you took a picture of? Kathy was wearing her Pilgrim’s hat and homemade pies when were leaving for my sister’s. I snapped a good one.

6. Are you upset about anything? I think things that happen only upset me concern my job. Every customer is “my boss”. And I have a real boss, too.  

7. Do you think relationships are ever really worth it? What 14-year old did you get this from, Kwizgiver?

8. Are you a bad influence? I try to be.

9. Night out or night in? Night in: Watching movies with Kathy.

10. Has anyone ever called you perfect before? Like being a “perfect” ass? Yes.

11. What song is stuck in your head? Music is always on unless we’re watching TV. That’s what two DJs marrying gets you. Right now Neil Young’s Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere is playing.

12. Someone knocks on your window at 2:00 a.m., who do you want it to be?
Someone with a death wish.

13. Do you smile a lot? Yes.

That's it. Keep the line moving. You can get home by following The Long and Winding Road.

Friday, November 23, 2012

In the Still of the Night

Saturday 9: Cold Turkey

1) Are you still feasting on cold turkey, or any other leftovers, from your Thanksgiving meal? Nope. We had the dinner at my sisters. My parents, Aunt Helen and my sister and her wife were with us. Had they ASKED for a “to-go bag”….
2) AAA says Thanksgiving is a big travel weekend. Did you venture far from home for your holiday dinner? No. The last time that I did was at least one wife ago and we lived in Boston. I'm guessing it was 1996.

3) Is this weekend the official start of the Christmas season for you? If by that you  mean that were gonna have to listen to caroles for a month, then yes.

4) Which couple would you rather hang out with -- Fred and Wilma Flintstone or George and Jane Jetson? The Jetsons. While I by far preferred the Flinstones, the future intrigues me more that the past.

5) Have you/would you ever get your teeth whitened? Yes.
6) Do you still have your high school class ring? Yes. (Although my college ring was stolen.)
7) Here's $50. You must spend it all in one place. What are you going to do with it? I’d buy something for my bride.

8) Could your vehicle use a trip to the car wash right about now? Of course.

9) Did you hit the snooze button this morning? Nope. ON most Fridays we report to work as we see fit. If we don’t have a meeting. Today I did all my stuff starting around 11 AM. But snooze alarm? Nope.

We might do this again. Do your best In The Still of the Night...

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Working For a Living

 Sunday Stealing: What Ifs & Have Yous

1. Have you anything to confess today? Because of Thanksgiving, I have to work today. We normally don't deliver alcohol on Mondays. We're doing it this week because of losing Thursday. I confess that it sucks.

2. have you ever broken a law? If so, what was it? This is why Lola doesn't write memes anymore. Who'd admit this on the Internet? I know, everyone will say “speeding”. I'll go with that.

3. have you ever committed an act of betrayal against a friend or family member? Explain. Another brilliant question. When did you stop beating your wife?

4. Has someone else done something that, to this day, makes you cringe when you think about them committing the act? Yes. It involved stealing a laptop and giving it to a child. Rather than just giving it the person said, “I found this on the train. If the person cared about it, they'd have remembered it.” I nearly hurled when the child told me the story.

5. Have you ever found yourself sexually aroused by someone that you absolutely should not have been? I'll go with “no” here. This is a classic Lola question. I think she wanted to do her brother-in-law.

6. have you ever cheated at school? how so? Watch how many people say they didn't. Everyone has, but we all say we did not. I did not.

7. What if you came across a backpack stuffed with one hundred thousand dollars. Would you keep it? Yes. I'd throw a party for my blogging buds.

8. What if you were the most powerful person in the world. How would you use that power? I'd feed the hungry, create jobs for all and stop all wars.

9. What if you found a magic lamp? I'd rub the fucker.

10. What if you could change one thing about the world. What would that one thing be? War. Give peace a chance.

11. What if you could take one thing back. What would that one thing be? Working today. Did I mention that it sucks moose? I thought so.

12. What if you were stuck on an island forever but had all the water, food and shelter you needed. What would you do? Go crazy.

13. What if the internet didn't exist? That facebook stock would plummet.

14. What if you never started blogging? I would have not gotten to know so pretty neat folks.

15. What are your November 22 Thanksgiving plans? A family get together with lots of alcohol so we get along.

That's all from Studio 33 1/3 today. Keep on rocking in the free world...

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Never Say Never Again

Saturday 9: Live and Let Die

1) "Live and Let Die" was nominated for an Oscar as best song. Do you have a favorite movie song? She from Notting Hill sung by Elvis Costello.

2) The latest Bond movie, Skyfall, is crazy successful. Have you seen it/do you want to see it? I love all things Bond. I cannot wait to see it. In fact years ago in my former blog did a meme and here were the rules:

Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to:

1. Choose a category from one of these: Television, Stage & Screen, Nightly News, Publishing, Lives & Times, Music.

2. Find 8 bits of trivia about your selected category

We narrowed it down even further. We decided to do screen, specifically James Bond film.
1. The first James Bond film was Dr. No. It was a second choice. While Casino Royal was the first Ian Fleming novel, it was decided Thunderball would be the first movie. There was a problem, however. Ian Fleming had plagiarized the book from a movie script that was written for him by Kevin McClory and Jack Whitingham. Fleming was sued and the studio decided to go with Dr. No instead. More on this in a bit.

2. Only one singer has sung the lead song more than once. We don’t say “title song” because some of the themes use the movie title while others do not. The one singer to perform on two films was Shirley Bassey. She sang probably the most famous theme, Goldfinger starring Sean Connery. She would later sing Moonraker, a Roger Moore film.
3. Paul McCartney recorded the theme for Live and Let Die. It is a staple to his concerts, along with a huge fireworks display, to this day. When Quantum of Solace was filmed, the second film starring Daniel Craig, Paul McCartney turned down the chance to record the theme for that movie and for him to do a second Bond film.

4. Paul McCartney’s turn down may have created good news for a a pair of singers.  Jack White of The White Stripes and Alicia Keys collaborated on "Another Way to Die," becoming the first duet as a Bond theme.

5. Ian Fleming lost his law suit concerning Thunderball to McClory and Whitingham. They were awarded the movie rights. They had no backing to make the film, so they sold the rights back to Eon, the official production company. They sold them the rights for ten years. When the ten years were up Sean Connery and McClory started writing a film that they were to call Warhead, essentially a remake of Thunderball. Eon sued and McClory backed down lacking funds to fight. By 1983, Warner Brothers decided to back McClory and they won the lawsuit. The film title became Never Say Never Again and starred Sean Connery in his last go round as 007.

6. At the same time as Never Say Never Again came out, the official company released Octopussy starring Roger Moore. Both films did very well, but Octopussy grossed more money.
7. Casino Royal, as we stated, was the first Fleming James Bond novel. It also was the first production of the Ian Fleming character. The book was written in 1953 and in 1954 CBS got the rights to do a one hour adaptation. So who played the first Bond? It was Barry Nelson. Linda Christian was the first Bond Girl and Peter Lore played the first villain. For some reason CBS made “Jimmy Bond” (Yes, that’s what they called him.) a CIA agent and his best friend Felix a British agent in a nationality reversal of sorts.
8. We all know that the first three film actors were Sean Connery, George Lazenby and Roger Moore. But did you know that they all filmed a role as James Bond at the same time? You can probably guess that it was in 1983. Moore was in Octopussy and Connery in Never Say Never Again and George Lazenby filmed The Return of the Man from U.N.C.L.E. reunion film as Bond. You see Ian Fleming was also behind the original The Man From U.N.C.L.E. TV series.


3) What do you think makes Bond movies so enduringly popular? They are basically a formatted film including the music, the villains, and the women. They have evolved yet are always familiar.

4) Do you have a favorite among the actors who have played "Bond, James Bond?" Sean Connery IS James Bond. But, I’ve liked most of the actors. I didn’t really care for the way Roger Moore spoofed the character. But, I own all his films as well. Daniel Craig is good, and a bit overrated. I would have preferred that he had black hair.

5) Bond orders martinis -- "shaken, not stirred." What's your regular drink order? Ketel One on the rocks.

 6) Moving from the bar to breakfast -- do you have a favorite cereal? Raisin Bran.

7) Let's daydream about warm weather. Would you rather swim in a lake, the ocean, or an outdoor pool? I’m partial to pools. My son Ben and his wife have a great one.

8) Did you get 8 hours' sleep last night? I didn’t time it. Sorry. Will I fail this quiz now?

9) What are you wearing on your feet right now? My feet are naked.

I couldn't stay away. I really enjoyed my weekend starting with a meme. I guess I just couldn't write them any more. I am very happy with the work The Gal has done. Maybe we'll do it again. You never know. Peace & love.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012