Saturday, December 7, 2013

I Dig a Pony

WTIT 2013
1) "Stand by Me" is one of the songs John Lennon did at his last public performance back in 1975. First recorded by Ben E. King, "Stand by Me" was also covered by Mickey Gilley and Otis Redding, among others. Can you think of another song that has been recorded and then re-recorded by someone else? “Yesterday” has been recorded by 2218 people. BRB with that list of recording artists.

2) The lyrics say, "Whenever you're in trouble, you can stand by me." Tell us about someone you know you can count on. I’d start with my wife and include quite a list of both family and friends. And of course drug dealers.

3) While "Stand by Me" was solo Lennon, John is best known as one of the Beatles. Which group do you listen to more often -- The Beatles or The Rolling Stones? Seriously? The Beatles were innovators while the Stones were imitators. From “Let It Be” John Lennon wrote, “I roll a stone-ie, you can imitate anyone you know…” I own every Beatles song, every Lennon song & most of McCartney’s. I do like The Stones, but I wouldn’t drop a dime on anything they do today. Mick Jagger once said, “You won’t see us playing “Satisfaction” when we’re old, like 40.”

4) Lennon liked to tell how, when he and Paul McCartney were teens, Paul's father used to discourage friendship between the boys. Paul ignored his dad's advice and the result is the most successful songwriting partnership of the 20th century. Tell us about a piece of advice you're glad you ignored. “Get a real job” referring to my radio career.

5) John loved cats. When he was a teenager, he first met his favorite, a stray he named Tich, in the snow and gave the cat a safe, lifelong home. John was very proud that Tich lived to be 20 years old. Tell us about a pet who has a place in your heart. I’m not a pet person. So I’ll go with my virtual dog, Happy.

6) John unsuccessfully tried hypnosis in his quest to stop smoking. Have you ever been hypnotized? No. But when I worked at a comedy club in the 90s, the owner could do it. I was in awe watching him.

7) John has been inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. What Hall of Fame would like to see yourself in? At this point I think my only shot is in the WTIT Hall of Fame. Oh by the way, we totally redid the WTIT website. I couldn’t get anyone to update it. The last person to do so was in 2009. He was the lead singer in my son’s band So Long Davey. I contacted him. He emailed me that he only did flyers now. I did not know at the time that when he broke up the band, my son James and he have not spoke since. Kathy decided we could learn Yahoo Sitebuilder and do it ourselves. I really didn’t think we could. She figured it all out with me and then I was free to have the freedom, to do what I always envisioned it would be. Check it out here. Oh, and listen to a comedy bit or two…

8) John had a passion for slot cars and raced them on an elaborate track in his game room. What games or toys do you still enjoy? I never imagined Samantha asking (mostly) other women what toys they like.

9) John wrote about his jealous streak. What personality trait of yours do you wish you could change? I usually do well handling it but I can hav
e a temper. I think it’s an Irish thang.

At this point I usually do a rant. But since it's been so long since I wrote in this blog, I'm not sure what I've covered. (Oh and yes, Gal, the Lennon thing drew me in. :) Oh, I do think the whole Cano the the Mariners story has a missing piece. On the surface what either the Yanks or Robbie did makes no sense. And Ellsbury's contract is mind blowing. That's the sports. I'll do news & weather next time, whenever the fuck that is... 

Friday, November 1, 2013

Golden Finger, Goldeye or Something Like That

Saturday 9: Twilight Zone

1) This is one of the first songs to see a bump in sales after its video was shown on MTV. Do you ever watch music videos? Only while listening to a new song or group. That happens a lot now because I don’t listen much to music radio anymore. New songs I pick up are suggestions from my wife or my kids.

2) Golden Earring is from the Netherlands. The average life expectancy there is 79 years old. Who is the oldest person you know? My mom turned 90 a few weeks ago. My brother and sister gave her a great party.

3) The song's composer says the song and especially the video were inspired by the 1980 book, The Bourne Identity. The espionage thriller was finally made into a movie with Matt Damon in 2002. Do you have a favorite secret agent/spy? 007. I convinced Kathy to watch (really do) a James Bond marathon. I owned all the films from Dr. No to Skyfall. We watch one every weekend. We just watched the two Timothy Dalton films. I really liked him, but thought the films weren’t well written. My least favorite has always been Moore. Maybe it is because he followed the best, Sean Connery, the originator of the role. This weekend we will see the first Pierce Bronson film. Oh as a side note, some of the collection as of DVDs were dubbed from VHS. Kathy saw 10 seconds of one and said, “No way. Buy the damn DVDs or all bets are off.” On Amazon, the six flicks cost me a whopping $40. I felt stupid for dubbing the VHS.

4) The song's title comes from The Twilight Zone TV show, which ran from 1959 to 1964. Are there any old shows that you enjoy watching in reruns? Right now I am burning through NYPD Blue. As a prime member at Amazon, I get to watch every episode commercial free. I tell you other than the typewriters, lack of computer anything & payphones, it holds up well as a human drama.

5) "All guys cheat on their girlfriends, so yeah, I forgive him." Sam heard a young woman say that into her phone as they waited in line at the drugstore. While Sam is always surprised by how much personal information people share in the public, that's not what we're concentrating on this morning. Do you think that it's true? Do all guys cheat on their girlfriends? No. Unless the guys are gay. In that situation the number is over 100%. I also think that cheating has a lot more to do with various factors other than sex. I can honestly say I do not have a black & white statement here. It all depends…

6) Whenever Sam goes to the grocery store she picks up Snausages because her dog looks at her with sad eyes when she tries to reward him anything else. What product has your brand loyalty? At my age, almost all products I buy is about experience, not loyalty. But I am older, and I know marketing. By 50 you don’t change soap or deodorant or almost anything else… Me? Things like Diet Coke. Smirnoff. My Ban, Edge shaving cream & all stuff Beatles. Gal, have you heard “New”? It’s great. Let me know if I should get it to you…

7) Do you have a piggy bank or a coin jar? No. I used to have a bucket until Kathy found it. Now I spend my change.

8) Sam knows that she's always supposed to wear sunscreen, even on cloudy days, but she sometimes forgets. What do you know you should do, but sometimes don't? It could be food or drink. I usually follow my rules, but every now & then…

9) Retailers report that sales of Halloween costumes for grown-ups are strong. Since Halloween was earlier this week and there will be parties this weekend ... What's your costume for Halloween 2013? If you aren't dressing up this year, tell us about one of your favorite outfits from a Halloween gone by. This year I was “Goron” head of the Klingon High Council. If you care to see me in action, the video is posted on the WTIT Facebook page.

OK. I got another birthday coming. So I'm cranky! Aren’t I already old enough? While my operation (10th on my back) was successful, I am still in way too much pain. But, I found out that a close friend and original WTIT DJ, is in stage 4 COPD. I had called him and his sister returned the call. That’s how I found out. My back is minor in comparison. But as my wife says, it still sucks. I’m sorry I’m not around much anymore. Don't tell me that "Never Say Never Again" wasn't an "official Bond film". Sean Connery played James Bond. "Nuff said. I’m writing a book and WTIT recordings are increasing. Our last WTIT recording of the year will be on the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assignation. Obviously, our pick of the date wasn't about that. We’ve got four DJs confirmed with one to hear from. Can you believe that the U.S. hired an Canadian company that was fired from hem, to design the Health Care Website? Really? Obama cannot go away fast enough. And I’m a liberal. End the damn wars. It’s easy. Send our kids home. Period. Take that money & fix our economy. Peace & love...

Till next we meet-


Saturday, October 19, 2013

It Was a Year Ago This Weekend

1) What room are you in? When I’m on my computer, I’m always in the WTIT Studio.

2) Can you solve a rubix cube? Yes. You throw it away and do something that’s more important, like taking a nap.

3) Are you psychic in any way? I knew you’d ask me that.

4) What star sign are you? Scorpio. Now you can tell me that you figured that. I never understood why anyone thinks this is important. You’d be better off talking to my wife. She’s very spiritual. I’m not so much, the Catholic church cured me of any reason to waste my time figuring out why we’re here. I’d rather write comedy and leave the rest for those who get something out of it.

5) What's your favorite color? Really?

6) What's your lucky number? 3. I was born on the 3rd day of November. I was one of 3 children. The 3 children were born 3 years apart. I am the oldest. I graduated high school (Kingswood) on June 3rd. I graduated college (Emerson College, Boston) on June 3rd. I am one of 3 in my family with the same name, I’m a “Jr.” My son Ben is the 3rd. He was born on May 3rd. I have always loved the Yankees. The most famous Yankee, and all time the best baseball player, was Babe Ruth. He wore number 3. I have been married and divorced twice. Kathy is my third wife. It was the charm. Tomorrow is our first wedding anniversary. We were married at 3:33 PM.

 7) Do you have any chores that should be done now? I should be working on my book. Perhaps after I post this. I’m still recovering from my 10th back surgery. No chores this week.

8) Did you have a cherished childhood teddy bear or other toy? Just the WTIT Studio. I was 15 when WTIT began. I don’t remember ever not having a radio studio in my home. I just counted, this is the 15th studio.

9) What was the last thing you bought from a vending machine? A Diet Coke.

10) What shoe size are you? The last time I answered this my date said, “that explains it”. To this day I have no idea what she meant. She was the only woman who sent me flowers. Weird since I think we dated three weeks.

11) How many pairs of shoes do you own? 4 or 5.

12) If you were prime minister/ruler of the world what laws would you make? The people in any country should have the exact medical insurance that their rulers get.

13) If you were a super hero what powers would you have? If it would just fix my back, that would seal the deal.

14) and what would your hero name be? Budman.

15) and what outfit would you wear? See the pic on the top of this post.

16) What was your last dream about? Going back to radio. I have thought of that a lot, but it will not happen.

17) What would you do if you won the lottery? Buy a radio station.

18) Would you like to build/design your own house? No. I’ve done that. Once was enough.

19) Which form of public transport do you prefer? I miss Hamied, who was my taxi driver for years. The last I saw him was when he drove me to a bar to meet Kathy in early 2010.

21) Can you juggle? I never get sick of a question such as this. And what happened to question 20? I got asked this alot. It's hard enough to steal the meme, correcting it is crazy work...

I think the job Gal does with Saturday 9 is fabulous. Her spin and effort has it much more interesting that anything I did with it. I feel the same way about Stealing. The memes Allison finds are a hell of a lot better than mine were. The fact that I last hosted those blogs over a year ago and they never missed a beat. I believe we are celebrating a year of marriage this weekend is very cool. The time went by so quickly. I wish the Tea Baggers would all go back under the rock from which they emerged. I wish Obama could make a fucking decision. Our government is embarrassing. “Liberal” is a great word. I don’t care what anything in The Bible means. It was written by a generation that thought horses were the best mode of transportation. I wonder how much music John Lennon would have given us. I still miss him. I love Paul McCartney, but I think he’s a bit over exposed these days. I haven’t heard anything but the title on his new CD “New”. At least he didn’t continue his American Standards the way Rod did. But a guy in his 70s, with the greatest rock career ever, is still rather irrelevant. Brian Wilson got Al Jardine and Jeff Beck in his new band. The reviews were unbelievable. Meanwhile, Mike Love gets the Beach Boys name. Without Brian, it’s a joke. Enjoy your weekend. Peace & love.

Your bud,


Saturday, October 12, 2013

My Mom Turned 90 on Monday

Saturday 9: Hopelessly Devoted to You

Olivia Newton-John is a breast cancer survivor and October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Please spread the word about early detection. 

1) This is a sad song about unrequited love. What's your favorite love song, and is it happy or sad? The Jimmy Buffett song, “Why Don’t We Get Drunk & Screw.” VERY romantic.

2) This song is from the Grease soundtrack. When that movie came out in 1978, the price of a postage stamp was just 15¢. When's the last time you visited the post office? I’ve gotta go on Monday. I am in need of stamps. The last time was when I needed stamps the last time. Am I making any sense? No? Good. At least you know whose fucking blog that you are reading.

3) Not many people know that Olivia's maternal grandfather, Max Born, won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1954. Share something about yourself that we might not have known before this morning. My mother turned 90 on Monday. Her party is tonight. I’ve not mentioned it for a couple of reasons. The first is so you wouldn’t be stressed on what to buy her and the second is that the guest list is the same as it is on Christmas Eve. Kathy & I bought her an organizer for her walker. Seriously.

4) Olivia's father was an officer in MI5, the UK's secret service. Sam's most recent run-in with the authorities had less intrigue or glamor, as it included a policeman pointing out the stop sign she'd somehow missed. Tell us about your most recent encounter with law enforcement. Recently I was driving. This itself is not noteworthy, since I am a salesperson. They are doing all sorts of stuff on I-91 outside of Springfield. I'm listening to some inane sports talking head interviewing another sports talking head and I realized WEEI was interviewing the same guy I just heard on ESPN's Mike & Mike.

I look up and all I can see is a dump truck ahead of me so I follow it through the cones. A trooper immediately pulls me over. I have NO idea why. You guessed it. I followed the dump truck into the traffic site. This cop is yelling and screaming and going insane.

He asks "Who do you think you are?" I said I thought the truck was in a lane and I was sorry. He starts screaming at me as though I were two. When he asks for my license I remember it's in my scanner at home, because annually I have to scan it and send it to work. Now I'm wondering if he will handcuff me or let me follow him to jail. He looks at the registration that I gave him. He starts ranting all over again. He tells me that I am too stupid to live. At this point, I am expecting the electric chair, although I think the firing squad might be better. I digress. So now he's kicking the cones all over the place. He yells at me that's he's gotta reset them all. I avoid the urge to ask if he wants some help. He glares at me and tells me doing what I did was "a ONE HUNDRED dollar fine." I nod. Better than the chair, I'm thinking. All of a sudden he yells, "I don't have time for this." He stops the traffic on 91 to let me out. No ticket, nothing. So the moral is "Go figure."

5) Olivia is part owner of an exclusive, luxury retreat called Gaia. If you had a day of free access to a heated pool, golf course, tennis court, gym, and day spa, but could only use one, which one would you choose? Why can’t you pick Olivia and call it a day?

6) Are you flirtatious? I have been told that I am.

7) Do you more often wear silver, gold, or platinum? I only wear one piece of jewelry and that is my wedding ring. So, “gold” for $500, Alex.

8) When you're on the phone, do you usually make the first move toward ending the call? Or do you find it hard to say goodbye? Why anyone would find hanging up the phone difficult? Oh I get it. It is a “You say goodbye. No you say goodbye first…”

9) Would you rather be smarter, richer, or more attractive than you are right now? Just richer. I just had my tenth back surgery on September 24th. My job and my back do not get along well. It’s good that I love the job. Did you know that 9 out of 10 Powerball players say that they'd quit their job. The tenth person is fucktardian.

I know it's been a while. Since last we spoke I had the aforementioned back surgery. Kathy quit her job to take one with a 25% increase in pay. The job lasted roughly four days. She had a major case of the blues. But today it ended. A friend from the last job, who happened to marry us told her of an opening in her company. She interviewed yesterday and will start on Monday! We will see you next time, whenever that is. Peace & love-


Saturday, August 10, 2013

From the Past to the Future

Saturday 9: Waking Up in Vegas 

Thanks to Cat for recommending Katy Perry

1) As she sings about her night in Las Vegas, Katy wonders if she "got hitched last night dressed up like Elvis." Tell us about the last wedding you attended. It was my own. Kathy and met at a disco where I headlined (as a DJ) for three years. Our back yard borders a state park. We got married I our backyard with the most beautiful fall colors that you could imagine. Every thing went well from the caterer to the entertainment.

2) Whenever Crazy Sam visits Las Vegas, she stays at the Paris Hotel and Casino. Have you ever been to Las Vegas, Nevada? What about Paris, France? Yes to Vegas, no to France, not even in my underpants.

3) Do you enjoy gambling? Have you had any success at it? At a time I did. Everyone has success on some level, but the house always wins. Gamblers choose to only remember the winning. It’s been a long time since I sat at a blackjack table. My son’s stag party was in Vegas nearly seven years ago. That was the last time that I gambled.

4) Las Vegas is served by the RTC Bus Service and the Vegas Monorail System connects many of casinos on The Strip. When was the last time you rode a bus or a train? My son Ben and I rode a train from New Haven to Yankee Stadium a couple of weeks ago.

5) It's not unusual for the mercury to hit 100º in Vegas in August. Which are you more comfortable in -- extreme heat or bone-chilling cold? I’ll go with the heat, but both suck moose.

6) As a little girl, Katy Perry sang nothing but gospel. Do you remember any church songs from your childhood? Thank god, no.

7) She made her film debut as the voice of Smurfette in The Smurfs (2011). Who is your all-time favorite cartoon character? Fred Flintstone.

8) Do you consider yourself a picky eater? A bit, yes.

9) You receive an invitation to a party that starts at 7:00 PM. When will you arrive? I’d arrive between 8-8:30, unless it’s a dinner thing. In that case 7 PM.

1976 Standing from left: Johnnie Walker, Bud Weiser, Ken Kolt & Galloping Gary. 
Seated: Gregarious Greg, Teddy Q & Bouncing Billy.

In two weeks we do our next recording session at WTIT. I always look forward to them, but this one is special. One of the original five, who left WTIT in 1985, is returning. We met at a bar last week and he said he’d like to return. So along with the current group, I asked another DJ (that just comes to our reunions every 10 years) if he’d like to join us as well. He said yes. So along with Johnnie Walker and me, will be Bouncing Billy (last heard in 1985) and Gregarious Greg (last heard in 2007) will have at it. The last time the four of us recorded together was in 1974. Our last picture together was in 1976, but we did not record that night. Rock Rolling and The Midnight Plowboy (current DJs) are not confirmed yet. Peace & love.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Sunshine Of Your Love

1) This song is about a guy who fell in love when he saw her face. Do you believe in love at first sight? No. I do believe in lust at first sight. I am also sick of Neil Diamond (who wrote I'm a Believer). Because of the Boston bombings, he’s running around leading stadiums to sing “Sweet Caroline” in the way the fans changed the song. Bwa da da.

2) "I'm a Believer" is the best-selling Monkees song. Can you name another one? No. There is only one best selling song.

3) On their TV show, the boys competed for the same girl. Have you and a friend ever been romantic rivals? Of course. Mostly with Harvey Wallbanger. He usually won.

4) In another episode, the Monkees visited the circus. If you were confident there was a good strong net beneath you, would you walk across the high wire? Not with a gun pointed at my temple.

5) The Monkees show originally aired on Monday nights. Do you have a favorite day of the week? Saturday. There is no work, way till Monday.

6) Davy Jones guest starred on an episode of The Brady Bunch. The plot revolved around Marcia's efforts to get him to perform at the prom. Share one of your memories from a school dance. The last high school dance was my senor prom. WTIT DJs from that prep school that I hated were the only good thing that I remember. None were part of the “starting 5” or original five as I like to call us now. But, we had no limit on DJs and many joined just to go to out infamous parties. That night, Ken Kolt & I (with dates) drove to the school. Bull Durham, Hunt Winklee, Carter B. Teddy Q & Benny Hedges met in the parking lot and went in as a group. We could not have been drunker. I total no-no are our conservative school. The band sucked so we built a pyramid of Coke cans. When you are that fucking bored, you leave. We decided to head to the after party. As Ken and our dates and I headed to the car, Ken got grabbed by the athletic director who latterly looked like a big penis. Everyone called him “Pud” behind his back. He tells Kenny that he is so drunk that he should be expelled.

I was leaning on Ken’s car as I overheard this. I hear the teacher say, “I tell you what, if you promise to drive right home, I will not report you.” Ken replies, “Ya know Pud, everyone thinks your are an asshole. You’re not nearly as big an asshole as they say…” I’m thinking, “Great. We get busted and tossed out of school.” Not that I wanted to stay, but we were graduating in two weeks. To my amazement, Pud laughs and says, “Just get the fuck out of here.” So off we were to the after party. I had the directions, since the dude’s cabin was in the middle of nowhere. I was too drunk to sit upright, so I read the directions to Kenny as I was lying with my head on my date’s lap. By the time we arrived, the party was in full swing. The Cream’s “Sunshine of Your Love” was playing and we were finally in our element. The irony was that we turned out to be the only kids that didn’t get lost. I should have decided to call my method of directions “LapQuest”. Maybe I could sue now.

7) At the height of their popularity, the Monkees' faces and logo appeared on a lot of merchandise, including lunch boxes. Which would you rather have for lunch -- chicken salad, tuna salad or egg salad? Man, Gal, this was a stretch. I’ll go with tuna.

8) You have an afternoon all to yourself. Would you rather spend it at the mall, checking out what's new in the stores and people watching, or walking through the forest, observing the birds and trees and leaves? I’ll do the walk. I hate malls which is why I LOVE Amazon. I find very few people worth watching.

9) Do you have a good memory for names? No, but I never forget a breast.

That’s it. Kathy & I see her brother and his wife this afternoon. Why we are going is anybody’s guess. They clearly don’t like each other. They opted out of our fucking wedding. I asked Kathy why we were going. She replied, “To get it over with.” How do you argue wit that stupidity? I’m starting bloody’s at 11 AM. Peace & love…

Sunday, July 28, 2013

The Ballad of John & Yoko

Sunday Stealing: Massive Alphabet Meme, part one 

The Letter A 
Are you agnostic? Very. My dad, an atheist, once told me an agnostic is someone who won’t commit. I replied, “Atheists are like Catholics. They both think they have all the answers.” After he stopped laughing he said, “That’s pretty good.”
What is your age? 262
What annoys you? Being asked my age.

The Letter B  
Do you like bacon? Yes.
When is your birthday? On the anniversary of the day I was born.

Who is your best friend? I hate this question. Let’s move on. Nothing to see here.

The Letter C
What is your favorite candy? I don’t eat candy. I used to love Heath Bars. Who is your crush? Me lady, me wife.
When was the last time you cried? The night John Lennon was assassinated. “The way things are going, they’re gonna crucify me.” Lennon-McCartney 1968. Twelve years later on a December night after a record session, they did.

The Letter D 
Do you daydream? What a Day for a Daydream.

What is your favorite kind of dog? Whatever kind that my virtual dog Happy is.
What day of the week is it? You ask this on a blog called “Sunday Stealing”?

The Letter E 
How do you like your eggs? Cooked.
Have you ever been in the emergency room? Too many times.
What’s the easiest thing to ever do? Snore.

The Letter F
Have you ever flown in a plane? Yes. 
Do you use fly swatters? No, I catch them with my teeth. It gives them a fighting chance.
Have you ever used a foghorn? I wouldn't know one if it were in my radio studio.

The Letter G
Do you chew gum? No.
Ever tried gazpacho? I’m not looking this up, so I’ll go with an uncertain “no” here.
Are you a giver or taker? We all do both. We just lie to ourselves so we aren’t feeling guilty.

The Letter H
How are you? An all time spectacular meme question. No wonder Tense Teacher stopped blogging.
What’s your height? A tad under 1.822m.
What color is your hair? Just fuck off.

The Letter I
What is your favorite ice-cream? Gongerling.
Have you ever ice-skated? Yes. I was in the Olympics in 1920.
Do you play an instrument? Yes. I was the bassist of Nirvana. I just never got the credit. I’d say more, but my attorneys have advised against it.

The Letter J
What is your favorite jelly bean? Gongerling.
Do you wear jewelry? Only my wedding ring. Before that, I hadn’t worn jewelry in over a decade.
Have you heard a really hilarious joke? A girl decided to ask her mother "how do you get a baby?" The mother goes through all the details and ends with "And that's how you get a baby." The girl thinks for a moment and asks, "If you were to swallow the semen, what would you get then?" Her mother replied, "Jewelry."

The Letter K
Whom do you want to kill? Whom? Really?
Do you want kids? No. Four is enough.
Where did you go to kindergarten? I didn’t. I was raised by wolves.

The Letter L
Are you laid-back? Sometimes.
Do you lie? Everybody lies, It’s okay ‘cuz no one listens.
Do you love anyone? Yes. This meme was written by a fucking kindergarten kid. That’s why he asked that kindergarten question. He thinks we might be in his class.
The Letter M
What is your favorite movie? Notting Hill or Casablanca.
Do you still watch Disney movies? Did you figure out “gongerling” yet?
Do you like mangoes? And on this note we bid adieu. Hope your Sunday is great! My son & I had a great time, even though the Yanks lost 1-0. A pitcher’s duel took over three hours. They gotta fix the time thing.Til next time, Peace & Love.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Still Making No Sense After All These Years

Sunday Stealing: Collapse 

Have you ever clicked on an ad on the side of your screen by accident?: Of course. When those thongs arrived I was shocked.

When was the last time you were disappointed?: Maybe an hour ago. When you get to be a certain age your body betrays you. The eight back and one neck surgeries hasn’t helped much.

Do you like the smell of rain?: Yes. When the rain comes they go and hide their heads, they might as well be dead, when the rain comes”

What was the last thing you took a picture of?: It had to put up Don Julio (premium tequila) posters in two stores and then take a fucking picture and sent it to HQ. What they do with those shots is anybody’s guess.
When you go to McDonald's, what drink do you usually get?: Diet Coke. There should be a McBar so I could a McSmirnoff.

What were you doing today at 2:15 in the afternoon?: When it comes along, I’ll get back to you.

What's the nickname of your home state?: You gotta be shitting me.

What's the worst type of weather in your opinion?: Ones that kill people.

Do you have a Kindle, Nook, iPad or none?: None.

Would you rather read or write?: Read. Which is why my book is going so slow.

When was the last time someone took a picture of you?: Kathy took pics when we saw Mark Farner (lead singer of Grand Funk) on our town green a couple of weeks ago.

Do you own a pair of slippers?: Yes. Didn’t we cover this a few weeks ago?

Name something negative that you hate about yourself: I’d rather talk about slippers, if you get my drift.

Is your house currently hot, cold or just right?: It’s just right because of four air conditioners.

Is there a Dead End road near where you live?: Yes.

Do you roll your eyes often?: I am now.

Growing up, did you see your cousins often?: Some on my mom’s side. I only met my cousins from my dad’s side once.

Where was your first job at?: The Hartford Country Club.

When's your birthday?: In November. Send me a god damn gift!

Is life a party to you?: A laugh a minute…

Who are you tired of seeing in the news a lot? : George Zimmerman. They should have fried his dumb ass. I know that I may be the only white guy who thinks Trevor Martin should not have been home. Johnnie Walker and I fught about this just before the verdict. He actually said to me, “It’s Trevor’s fault for not going straight home” and “Zimmerman didn’t know Martin was black”. I told him to stop watch fucking Fox News. About a minute after he declare that George told police the “he didn’t know what race he was” the anchorman on CNN played the conversation where Zimmerman told police he was following a black kid. Johnnie said, ”Wow. I didn’t know.” He still had no problem with Zimmerman. Some people. I hate it when it’s one of your best friends…

When was the last time you flew a kite?: When my oldest kid was 10. She’s about to turn 39.

How long have you had a blog?: WTIT: The Blog started in February of 2006.

Have you ever had to call and complain about a product you bought?: No, just bad service or some crap that happens at restaurants.

Name something positive you love about yourself: When you’re as great as I am, it’s hard to be humble.

Next weekend I’m going to NY City with my son. We’re taking a train on Friday and seeing my Yanks play. Gal, I don’t know how you and my dad endure The Cubbies. I hate it when my team sucks. If it weren’t for Mariano, this season would hold no interest. I’d rather not seeing A-Rod ever again, which with his new injury could happen. I am really scared that Jeter may be gone. Both are 38 and in baseball terms it is your late 80s. That said, I won’t be here. Not that I’m around a lot, anyway. Peace & love…

Saturday, July 20, 2013

I Shoulda Stuck to "Yes or No"

1) The best-selling Beach Boys album of all time is this two disc greatest hits compilation. Do you have favorite Beach Boys song? “God Only Knows”. This is not a great version, but adding Paul? I had to do it for The Gal.

 2) The original members of the group were the Wilson brothers, their cousin Mike and a friend from the neighborhood. Have you ever worked with a family member? As a kid I worked in some of my dad’s hotels. Between radio years, I owned a motel with him and was GM of another. My brother is president of the company that I presently work for. Although, he’s in Boston and I’m in Western Massachusetts, so it’s not like we run into one another.

3) Originally released in the mid-1970s, Endless Summer was one of the first fast-selling albums sold on TV. Have you ever picked up the phone and purchased anything directly from TV? In the 80s Time-Life released a series of oldies albums with what we’d now call remastered songs. They were fantastic and I’ve still have them. When the world switched to mp3s, most of those albums cuts were better than the ones you’d get off napster. So I recorded them directly to my Sony Vaio computer.

4) The Beach Boys are very popular in Australia. Have you ever been Down Under? Is this a sex question? I thought those stopped when I left Sat-9.

5) Actor John Stamos played bongos on the Beach Boys' hit, "Kokomo." In his younger days, Stamos was Blackie on the daytime drama, General Hospital. Have you ever followed a soap opera? Just the primetime ones. I think I saw every “Dallas” episode. Remember the summer of “Who Shot JR?” Nowadays, it would have leaked. I started watching the new version on TNT. It’s just as stupid, but now with Larry Hagman’s passing, I haven’t a clue if they will survive the ratings.

6) Many Beach Boys songs revolve around the surf. How are you on a surf board? No, never have I tried. I can barely walk on flat ground.

7) Would you prefer summer to be endless? Or do you enjoy the changing seasons? In my perfect world, we’d have a long spring that followed the eight days of winter we got from 12-24 thru 12-30. New Year’s Eve would be the start of a spring that ended May 1st. We’d have summer until the World Series was thru in November. Then after a brief fall, we’d be back at The Eight Days of Winter. What’s that you say? I shoulda just said yes or no?

8) Do your summer 2013 plans include a trip to a waterpark? I’m not sure. My older grandkids are spending a weekend here in August. Kathy and I haven’t completed the agenda.

9) Describe your swimsuit. It’s blue, or to remind you whose blog you are reading: It’s a blue job.

Enjoy your July weekend. We will return. Be there!

Sunday, July 7, 2013

But I Kinda Like The Beatles

Sunday Stealing: The Wackadoo Meme, Part One

The hand signs are from the deaf alphabet. F. U.
1.] What age is your youngest aunt? Living or dead?

2.] Do you miss someone right now? I always miss my kids. The closest lives 2 hours away, the furthest is 3000 miles away.

3.] What can you see North West to you? I thought North West was a fucktardian name.

4.] Do you like bowling? As something I do once a decade, it’s not bad. A couple of years ago Kathy and went with my daughter Heather and my grandkids Lauren and Lindsay.
5.] Can you pronounce Italian words? Và a farti fottere!

6.] Do you prefer black or beige coloured jackets? I am very excited to see how others respond to this! (I’ll know everyone SO much better.)

7.] Do you own a hoodie? Nope. I live in New England. No one but Bill Belichick may wear one.

8.] Do you like roasting marshmallows on a bonfire? What brand?

9.] Do you like cheesy puffs? When I used to snack I did. But it has probably been 20 years since I’ve done them.

10.] What's your name without vowels? I’ve got 50 bucks for anyone who can explain this question’s cosmic significance.

11.] How many layers of clothing are you wearing? It’s 90 degrees in July, so seven. I’m still trying to sweat off my Thanksgiving dinner.

12.] When was the last time you got a take away? What did you have? I don’t know much about hockey.

13.] If you could climb any mountain or range which would you choose? To jump off.

14.] Do you alphabetically arrange anything in your room? What? My LP collection.

15.] Have you ever visited fat-pie [dot] [com]? No. But I've never been to Spain either, but I kinda like the Beatles.

16.] Do you prefer sweet or sour fruits? Move right along here, folks. There’s nothing to see.

17.] Do you like Flo Rida? Which song of his? No. I like Conn Necticut.

18.] How are your dancing skills? I’m a regular John Ravolta.

19.] What is your favorite number? 3. I’m one of three children born three years apart. I was born on the 3rd. I graduated high school on June 3rd. I graduated college on June 3rd. I’ve been married 3 times. My son who is Bernard III was born on May 3rd. Kathy & I therefore got married at 3:33 PM.

20.] Describe your best friend to me? I really don’t have just one best friend. I have at times. Now it’s a toss up between Harvey Wallbanger and Johnnie Walker.

21.] What is your favorite alcoholic drink? Smirnoff. Shaken, not stirred.

22.] Do you do any sports or have you done any sport professionally? The furthest I got was playing high school football.

23.] What is your ringtone? This is SO ‘00s.

24.] Do you like chilli flavoured chips/crisps? This is where Jimmy Hoffa is buried. Oops, sorry. That was Gal’s Saturday 9. This is the Kwizgiver meme.

25.] Do you curl or straighten your hair? You know guys play here, too.

26.] What's the nicest smell of shampoo? What I said on the last question.

27.] What smell turns you on? How about turns you off? I love the smell of napalm in the morning. Turns me off? You can’t handle the truth.

28.] Who's your favorite comedian? Louis Black. No one else is close.

29.] RnB or Reggae? Who the fuck says I have to choose? Oh righ, I did decided to do this meme. I’ll go with R&B. I like reggae, but I love the Tops, Temps, John Legend, Stevie Wonder, The Supremes, Gladys Knight, Martha Reeves, Smokey Robinson. I’m sure I’m leaving someone out. Oh and Cee Lo Green. I’ve seen all this bands but Legend & Green.

Kathy and I went to our town's 4th of July festival last night. We ran into a friend that I was very close to after my first marriage. He was the leader of our single guys club. He always said he hated kids and would never get married. Our group fell apart when he got married and had kids. It was great for me in a lot of ways. He was our leader. Fridays he'd call and tell the eight of us what we were doing all weekend. It was the only group of friends I had that had nothing to do with WTIT and that I didn't lead. We also got to see Mark Farner of Grand Funk. He was terrific with the Grand Funk songs. His solo stuff (fortunately he only played 3) sucked. But before he started his encore of "I'm Your Captain" he went of on gun rights. A regular NRA rant that ended with, "If you don;'t agree with me you are un-American." Kathy's jaw dropped and I said "I wanna hurl". But we stayed for a great rendition of "Closer to Home". We didn't bother with his "meet and greet" because of it. And that’s the way it isn’t. July 7, 2013. That’s all folks.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

I'm Your Captain


Thanks to Diana for recommending the Mamas and the Papas. (You can listen to the song here.)
1) The lyrics include the line, "Love can never be exactly what we want it to be." Are you happy with your love life? Extremely. But the line is only true when you are young and naïve. As you age you realize that no one is going to be perfect. You learn to love someone who is perfect for you.

2) Another lyric is, "Each night before you go to bed, whisper a little prayer for me." Do you say your prayers? I just got out of the hospital. When asked which religion I responded, “None.” So, no praying here.

3) Mama Michelle and Papa John were married in real life. It didn't end well -- not for the couple and not for the band. Do you believe you could work successfully with a romantic partner? No. I believe it’s over exposure.

4) After the band broke up, Michelle tried her hand at acting and eventually became a regular on the nighttime soap, Knott's Landing. Of course, she could live off of her music royalties while she learned her new craft. If money was no object, what career would like to try? If talent was no object, I’d be just a singer in a rock & roll band.

5) There is a famous rumor -- completely false -- that Mama Cass died while eating a ham sandwich. Can you think of another urban legend? Jimmy Hoffa being buried in the old Giants stadium was a good one, no?

6) In the 1960s, every high school girl wanted to wear her hair like Michelle and Cass -- long and straight. Can you recall a fashion trend from your school days? Tight white jeans. Everyone looked liked they sold Good Humors.

7) With the Fourth of July falling on Thursday, are you able to enjoy a looooong four-day holiday weekend? It started oddly, but tonight we are going to see Mark Farner of Grand Funk. Our town has a spectacular 4th celebration that is considered the best in the state. WTIT DJ The Midnight Plowboy is working there, so I hope to chat with him. Johnnie Walker is coming into town next weekend and I want to invite him to sit in on a WTIT session.

8) Many communities have parades to celebrate Independence Day. Have you ever ridden on a float or marched in a parade? When I hosted a morning show at WMAS, I was on the station’ s float in Holyoke (Mass.)’s St Patrick Day Parade. Other than NYC, it;’s the biggest parade on the date.

9) In honor of the Fourth of July, name your favorite Founding Father. John Hancock. That fucker could sign his name very big.

Hope your holiday weekend is going great! Peace, love and apple pie! See you next time...

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Perhaps After the Honeymoon

1) When was the last time that you got dressed up, or to borrow from Mr. Timberlake, "fixed up to the nines?" At our wedding, I dressed to the nines. Kathy bought me a very sharp tux that was about the same price as a rental. (Thank you, China!) I’ve never owned one before, but our photographer liked my pic in it so much it was on his website with the caption “Shaken, not stirred.”

2) Justin Timberlake is known for his threads. Do you try to keep up with fashion trends? Yes. I am on the constant look out for new Beatles’ tee shirts.

3) While on tour, Justin has a cigar roller on call so that he and the band can enjoy a "gentleman's club" atmosphere back stage. Do you enjoy the smell of a good cigar? Yuk.

4) Justin appeared on Star Search when still in grade school, and he's been working ever since. When Crazy Sam was that age, her only "job" was to load the dishwasher and for this she earned her $1/day allowance. Did you work when you were a kid? I got an allowance, but I don’t remember doing much to earn it.

5) JT has appeared several times on Saturday Night Live, a show that premiered before he was born. Who is your most favorite ever SNL castmember of all time? John Belushi, hands down. He could be funnier with an expression than others were with their lines. 

6) Justin is a very good golfer (6 handicap). Will you play this summer? 9 back surgeries have curtailed what was a promising career. OK, that’s bullshit. But, I did golf for years, but never cared about getting good at it.

7) A round of golf requires hours outside in the elements. Have you ever endured a painful sunburn? At age 12 my mom took us kids to the Bahamas. No sunscreen. We got first-degree burns. Ouch.

8) When they were young, Justin dated Britney Spears. Obviously, it's been easy for him to keep up with her successes and problems over the years. Do you wonder how one of your exes is doing? Of course. When I was single, I called exes to see what was new. My buddy Harvey Wallbanger used to say that I could call up a woman from ten years ago and if I wanted she’d show up the next day at my door. I thought everyone could do that. The worst one? I called an ex that I really blew it with on so many levels. I was interested to see if after five years she’d give me another shot. As I said, my exes (that were not ex-wives) always seemed glad to hear from me. This woman answered the phone. She coldly asked why I was calling. I said I was thinking about her and wanted to catch up and perhaps get together. She replied, “Your timing sucks. I’m getting married tomorrow.” I responded, “Then how ‘bout after the honeymoon, then?” At that point she roared and we had a nice conversation.

9) Ever since his days with N'Sync, Justin Timberlake has supported music education. Did your grade school offer music classes? If so, do you remember any of the songs you learned then? E I E I O.

Hope all are doing well. I’ve got to work today because of July 4th we are delivering Monday. Have a great weekend!

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Pass the Pickles But Hold the Sign

Sunday Stealing: The Weird Question Meme, Part One 

Do you wear slippers? I bought my first pair in years when we bought this house. My garage has a refrigerator in it right outside my man cave. Whether I’m going out for soda or ice, I wore the slippers. Till we got a mat, so know I have no ideas where they even are.

How many pictures are in your living room? Really? Go upstairs and count them yourself.

Do you ever watch Brady Bunch reruns? No. I never even saw the original show. Some woman took me to the movie with Shelly what’s-her-name from Cheers. That did not prompt me to seek out the TV show.

Are you allergic to anything? Just myself. They say if you get eczema, it’s because of that.

When was the last time you called in sick? Just two weeks ago with a wicked stomach virus. I hardly ever miss work.

Have you ever been in a car accident? You cannot live to my age and not have gotten to a few. Some my fault, others not.

What is your favorite snack food? Garlic pickles. I know, but you did ask. I gave up most snack or desert stuff years ago. I save those calories for something more import like Smirnoff.

Have you ever seen a tornado? A tornado hit Springfield, Mass a couple of years ago. While I was not in it, a customer of mine had the thing actually circle his liquor store. He had the whole thing on his security footage. You saw a women walk into the store before it hit. When it did it lifted and dropped her car. Ashe came running out because this fucktard had left her baby in the damn car. Everyone had heard the warnings. Some people are too stupid to be allowed to breed. Another car wasn’t lifted but all its windows shattered at once.

If you won a million dollars, what would you buy first? After I set up a retirement plan (better than the practically nothing I presently have), I’d probably buy a luxury car. It’s been at least twenty years since I last owned one.
What time is it right now? It must be five o’clock somewhere. It’s exactly noon here.

Do you think it's cool for men to wear flip-flops? Only at the beach. It’s a nerd look anywhere else.

How many pairs of shoes do you own? I think around 5.

Do you think you are a hypochondriac? No I’m just a chondriac, I’m working my way up to the “hypo” part. And yes, I have no idea what the meant either.

Do you own a dictionary? Possibly, but who’d use it now a days?

Where was the last place you went on vacation? We toured New England for our honeymoon.

Do you talk about your friends behind their back? I must. Since I am writing a book about WTIT. But wisely, I never use really names. I mean, my best buds are Johnnie Walker, Galloping Gary, Rock Rolling and Harvey Wallbanger. When DJs used their really names (a practice that stopped in 1982) they had those surnames which is great so that I will leave it up to them to share the stories or not.

Are you actually fat but in complete denial about it? No.

What color is your mouse pad? Lots. It is a UConn 2004 Championship pad from their 2004 and second of three national championships.

Does your kitchen have a theme? Could I ask Kathy and get back to you? I have no idea what a kitchen theme is.

Wow. Two memes in the same weekend. Even I never saw that coming. You be happy. I will "see ya" when we return. Same time. Same blog.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Some Call It My Woody

Saturday 9: Sweet Caroline

1) "Sweet Caroline" has been sung during every Boston Red Sox home game since the 1990s. (Click here to watch Neil Diamond lead the fans in the first game after April's bombing.) Do you know the words well enough to sing along? Yes. At our wedding in October, we had Joe Greico (keyboard and singer extraordinaire) play the song. Being near Boston, everyone went crazy singing and dancing along. It really was the best wedding I’ve been to. Kathy’s plans seemed crazy to me. And then magic happened. Do I sound like a happily married guy? Yes I am.

2) Do you have a favorite major league baseball team? I’m all about The Yankees. My Dad is a Cubs fan because during the first World Series he remembers, he picked the Cubs over the Tigers. So when I watched my first World Series, I picked The Yanks over the Braves. I think I was luckier than he. My younger brother is a Cubs fan because of Dad. I hope he sees the Cubs win. He’s 87 and it’s never happened in his life.

3) Budweiser is the "official beer of major league baseball." Do you reach for a cold beer on a hot summer day? No, in spite of my name, I hate beer.

4) Every season, more than a million Vienna Beef Hot Dogs are consumed by baseball fans at Chicago's Wrigley Field. When you get a hot dog, what do you put on it? Usually just mustard and relish. But I love chili dogs the most.

5) The odds of a fan in the stands being hit by a baseball are 300,000 to 1. The odds of winning the lottery are (approximately) 1 in 12,000,000. Do you play the lottery? No. You can’t lose if you don’t play.

6) Though his song has been adopted by faithful Boston Red Sox fans, Neil Diamond was born and raised in New York City. Have you ever visited The Big Apple? Being in Connecticut, Boston & New York are both just 100 miles from me. I’ve been to The City many times. But, I’ve lived in Boston four years in college and over a year as Sales Manager of WBCN during my second marriage.

7) Baseball players are notoriously superstitious. For example, the Cubs' Matt Garza eats Popeye's fried chicken every day that he pitches. Joltin' Joe DiMaggio touched second base with his foot every time he ran on or off the field. Do you have any superstitions? Yes, I am sorry to admit. One day when I was still single they put some wood slabs in my favorite spot in the parking lot near my apartment. One day after a year or so, I saw they moved them to the grass to toss. I grabbed one to put it back. It stayed there another five years. When Kathy and I bought our house I left it there. One weekend Kathy insisted we go back for it. It’s now in my garage in front of my spot. What this all means is anybody’s guess.

8) A ball signed by Babe Ruth can fetch tens of thousands of dollars at auction. Have you ever asked a celebrity for his/her autograph? Ony with my kids at minor league games. Once when we saw the Albany Yankees we met Bernie Williams and he gave both my son’s autographs. We knew he was a top prospect, but his career really was borderline Hall of Fame.

9) Baseball means summer and summer means sun. Are you working on a tan, or do you slather on the sunscreen? No. I’d rather avoid cancer.

We are not around here much these days. But it’s is good to visit now and again. Hope you are all well. Peace.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Good Bye Edith Bunker, We Will All Miss You

Those were the days...

No sitcom has ever had the cultural impact as "All in the Family".

While it was Carroll O'Connor who led the laughter with his portrayal of Archie, it was Jean Stapleton as the matriarch of the Bunker family that was heartbeat of the show. She provided the moral compass that was desperately needed. While her career would go on to projects like her stint as Eleanor Roosevelt, she won her Emmys and Golden Globes for Edith.

A piece of our childhood died this weekend when Jean Stapleton passed away at age 90. May she rest in peace.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Sunday, May 5, 2013

I Saw Her Again

Sunday Stealing: The Three Wishes Meme, Part Tooth

26.) If you had to order from a kid's menu, what would you get? Sick.

27.) Do you speak any other languages? Goa’uld and Ancient.

28.) Do you use Twitter? We have an account @wtit. Can’t say we use it much, but we grabbed WTIT at both Twitter & Facebook when they started. Facebook we are active on.

29.) Do you go onto YouTube? Yes. Who wouldn’t?

30.) Do you play Angry Birds? No. I guess I’m not angry enough.

31.) Do you like theme parties? I did a longtime ago in a universe far, far away.

32.) Do you like current cartoons? I read Dilbert & Zits.

33.) Have you ever cried because you were so happy? I don’t recall.

34.) Who would you like to see in concert? I’d see Paul again. I’m a lot less a concert going person now than when I was younger. Too much of the scene is annoying. The only person I’d love to see for the first time is The Boss.

35.) Can you swim well? Yes.

36.) Ever won a contest? I won a 45 when I was a kid. It was “I Saw Her Again” by The Mamas & the Papas. Years later I saw “The New Mamas & Papas” at a restaurant. Mackenzie Phillips had taken her step mom’s place and Spank McFarland sang Cass Eliott’s part.

37.) Ever won a giveaway? Moving right along…

38.) Do you get a full 8 hours of sleep every night? Yes, but I prefer 10.

 39.) What tea do you like? None of the above.

40.) What mixed drink do you like? Smirnoff & Water.

41.) Do you shop at Walmart? Only as a last resort. I do 99.9% on line. I last went to try the Dr. Scholl’s foot machine.

42.) Do you shop at Target? No.

43.) What do you order at your local coffee shop? I don’t do coffee or its shops.

44.) Do you drink bottled or tap water? Tap.

45.) Do you like homemade meals? No, I’d rather them frozen and tasteless.

46.) Do you like homemade baked goods? No, I’d rather them frozen and tasteless.

47.) Do you shop online? Just shoot me.

 48.) Name 3 stores online stores you would like to shop at: If it’s not on Amazon, then I probably don’t need it.

49.) What holiday don't you like? I never gave this a thought until this question. So, after much thinking…{drum roll} I can’t think of any.

50.) What do you eat more when you're sick? Won ton soup is my sick food of choice.

A player on Saturday 9 left a message on that post asking me my age. She wanted to know if I had children her age (I do). For the life of me, I cannot figure out how this will change the universe as we know it. My best guess is for some reason she always thought I was her age. Why I am mentioning it here is anybody's guess. Since I haven't wrote for Saturday 9 for at least 6 months, it's weird that I even read it. As far as you knuckleheads go, have a great week. See you next time, if there is one. If yes, same time & same blog.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Here's Johnny!

Saturday 9: Tunnel of Love

1) Do you enjoy amusement park rides? Not really. My daughter, who is now 38 and has two kids of her own, once wrote in her blog that she loved that I rode on every ride with her at amusement parks. Then she added, “It meant a hell of a lot more when I found out later that he didn’t like roller coasters or Ferris wheels.” Truthfully, I still miss my kids. I mean AS kids. They thought I knew EVERYTHING. We are best friends now & I love being with my grand-kids, but nothing tops watching them grow up.

2) In this song, Bruce likens romance to riding through the tunnel of love. The Red Hot Chili Peppers sing about a "Love Rollercoaster." What amusement park ride reminds you of your relationships? The Fun House.

3) Bruce's nickname is The Boss. Who was your best boss? What made him/her a good supervisor? When I was in marketing at a Fortune 500 company, my boss not only took my advice on my projects but also had me help her deal with other projects. I never felt more respected, since I left radio.

4) Bruce's father was a bus driver and his mother was a legal secretary. What professions did/do your parents work in? My dad owned a hotel chain. Mom, worked for the state before becoming a full time homemaker.

5) Bruce met his wife Patti at a bar in Asbury Park. Do you believe you can pick up lasting love in a bar? I don’t really believe in “lasting love”. At least until Kathy. I met both my 2nd and current wife at bars, so yes. I believe that’s why god made bars.

 6) Springsteen was unable to work for years because he was embroiled in a lawsuit with his management company. Have you ever been sued, or sued someone else? Other than a couple of small claims matters, no.

7) Bruce won an Oscar for writing the title song for the Tom Hanks movie Philadelphia. Do you have a favorite Tom Hanks movie? No.

8) Bruce's official Twitter account (@springsteen) has more than 389,000 followers. Do you tweet? If so, how many people follow you? No, I just do facebook. I have a twitter account @wtit. But truthfully it was more to hold that handle if I got into serious tweeting. So far, it hasn’t happened.

9) Bruce's drummer, Mighty Max Weinberg, led the band on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien. Who do you think is funnier -- Conan or Jay Leno? Or are you looking forward to Jimmy Fallon? Can I go for Door Number 4? No one has come close to “Heerrreee’s Johnny”! Jay Leno and I went to college together. So of the rest, I’d pick him.

Another stellar effort from The Gal. We will join Kwizgiver’s Sunday Stealing next time! Today is my son Ben's 36th birthday. Party! Peace. Join us then, same time & same blog.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Rest in Peace, J. R.

Sunday Stealing: The Wish List Meme, Part One

1.) What are 3 things on your Wish list and why? World peace, politicians working together and a ton of $$$ for me. I gotta be honest.

2.) What do you miss about your childhood? Not worrying about anything. Mom and Dad had all the answers.

3.) What do you do on your spare time on the weekends? This shit, obviously. Although, since I no longer write the memes, I enjoy doing them more. Here’s a fee for yesterday: Kathy put together the gas grill I bought. (She can put ANTHING together, which saves a ton…) I can’t help for three reasons: 1- My back. 2- I’m an idiot with directions. 3- I took a picture of Kathy putting it together for her facebook page. She took one of me having a Smirnoff. Her nephew wrote to me on facebook, “Way to go Bud! You drink and have her work!”

4.) What do you appreciate most in your life? Kathy.

5.) Would you rather be rich or healthy? Healthy. What a fucking stupid question.

6.) If you could go back in time would you and why? Yes. Just cuz…

7.) Favorite game as a child? Doctor.

8.) What is your dream career? I’d be back in radio doing a morning show somewhere.

9.) What do you do in your free time? Last night we watched “The Hunger Games”. That was one intense flick. I still can’t say whether I liked it.
10.) Favorite clothing stores? Tees and shorts.

11.) What TV shows can't you live without? I cannot believe I’m watching Dallas again. Larry Hagman’s death is now a plot point. Rest in peace, J.R.

12.) 3 things you need in your life are: Diet Coke, Smirnoff & Kathy. Not in that order. I think…

13.) What can't you sleep without? My iPod. I listen to WTIT comedy to drift off.

14.) What are you currently a nerd for? Currently, Stargate Atlantis. I got a Roku (A device to watch internet shows on your TV. It's a one time charge.) I can now watch a ton of things for free. The Crossing Jordan series is not available on DVD or regular TV. The fight is over music fees. Netflix has it and I finally got Kathy to watch it and find out about my crush on the Jordan character.

15.) What is your favorite seasoning? Garlic.

16.) What is your favorite wild animal? Lion. I can watch documentaries about them all day.

17.) Name 3 of your favorite childhood shows: Bite me.

18.) If you could live as a character in a movie who would it be? Captain Kirk.

19.) Favorite vegetable? Corn.

20.) Favorite Fruit? Grapes.

21.) If you had a dragon what would you name it? Puff. Is there another one that smokes pot?

22.) What do you put on hotdogs? Why would anyone care?

23.) Do you play online games? Just Saturday 9 & Sunday Stealing.

24.) What's your favorite way to get inspired? Give me some good old rock ‘n roll.

25.) Do you have a middle name? Yes.

What a great start to a new era of Stealing! Great job, Allison! See you next weekend. Same time, same blog. 

Saturday, April 27, 2013

I Know It Isn't the Same

1) In the movie Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Ferris climbs up on a parade float and enthusiastically lip synchs this song, encouraging the entire crowd to join in. Do you know the lyrics of "Twist and Shout" well enough to sing along? No. But let me think...Well, shake it up, baby, now, (shake it up, baby) Twist and shout. (twist and shout) Cmon cmon, cmon, cmon, baby, now, (come on baby) Come on and work it on out. (work it on out) Well, work it on out, honey. (work it on out) You know you look so good. (look so good) You know you got me goin, now, (got me goin) Just like I knew you would. (like I knew you would, oooh!) Well, shake it up, baby, now, (shake it up, baby) Twist and shout. (twist and shout) Cmon, cmon, cmon, cmon, baby, now, (come on baby) Come on and work it all out. (work it all out, oooh!) You know you’re a twisty little girl, (twist little girl) You know you twist so fine. (twist so fine) Come on and twist a little closer, now, (twist a little closer) And let me know that you're mine. (let me know you’re mine oooh) Ahhhhhhhhhh(root) Ahhhhhhhhhh(third) Ahhhhhhhhhh(fifth) Ahhhhhhhhhhh(seventh) Ahhhhh Ahhhhh Woah, Yeah

2) What other Beatles' song do you know all the words to? That would just be “Is there a Beatles song?” This was originally Top Notes song that Phil Specter produced. It flopped. The Isley Brother’s had a huge hit with it. The Beatles covered the Isley’s version. Oh, to the question, yes I know them all except Revolution 9.

3) 49 years after their American debut, The Beatles are acknowledged as having a lasting impact on both music and culture. What performers on today's music scene do you think will be remembered 50 years from now? I waited for years to hear the next band that would have The Beatles impact. It was to my surprise that no band has even come close. So, no to this one too.

4) Paul McCartney is an enthusiastic advocate of the vegetarian lifestyle. Could you/have you tried to "go veggie?" No to this one, three. I love you Paul, but your diet sucks.

 5) As a young boy, Ringo Starr suffered a severe attack of appendicitis and almost died. Do you still have your appendix? What about your tonsils? Yes to appendix, but no to tonsils.

6) John Lennon sketched and doodled when he was bored or nervous. Do you have any nervous habits? Yes, we call it Smirnoff.

 7) George Harrison loved Hawaii so much he bought a 63-acre estate in Maui. Have you ever visited our 50th state? No, but my son-in law’s mother lives there. And yes, I know that isn’t the same.

8) Yoko Ono was a polarizing character in the Beatles' saga. Has any of your friends ever dated/married someone you just could not stand? Not in the Yoko sense. I have had several that I didn’t get the up side to the person, but never a deal breaker. I've had several that maneuvered their husband to leave WTIT, but even that is not a problem for me. We always found another to take that chair.

9) Paul has had dogs his entire adult life, including a sheepdog, Martha, and a black lab, Jet. John was especially fond of a cat named Elvis and a tomcat he found in the snow and named Tim. Tell us about one of your pets. I have my virtual dog, Happy. He’s great! I never have to walk or feed him and he never barks too loud! The real “Happy” story is this: In WTIT’s movie spoof, “The Bounty Hunter” Galloping Gary plays a returning war hero named "Reb". When he returns home he finds his family is so broke that they have had to sell his sister and warned that if they don’t get some cash, Reb’s dog “Happy” is next. Reb does a few minutes on how much “Happy” means to him. Later, during a bank robbery the Sheriff (played by Bouncing Billy) has some bad news for Reb, “My wife is dead, Reb and so is your dog”. Reb is heartbroken. “I can see killing people. But a dog? He was such a good dog! I make this pledge, I’ll find the bastards who killed you. And, I will never forget you, Rover!” The Sheriff whispers, “Your dog’s name was ‘Happy.’”

We will be back tomorrow for Stealing. See you then. Same time, same blog.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Happy Trails Mr. Lance

Stealing: The Unlucky 13 

1. On average, how long does it take you to get ready for work/school/a day or night out? Overall this has been a bang up day. And I started it with a sucko question. For the record: Lance did do a long rambling explanation as to why he quit and then did a last meme of questions from memes we’d already done. I do wish him well. I just hope as I start the process of looking for a new host, I feel that I’d just do this new one instead, without the letter from Lance. This is just a meme I actually stole last night. I knew from the start that Lance was overwhelmed. I just didn’t know to what extent. Stealing, as the author, is much tougher than it would appear. If any of you (those who read my nonsense) have any clue on what we should do here. I’d love ideas. I know that I won’t have it in me to do this again long. I’d hate to see it die.

2. If you could ask your favorite author one question about the book(s) they wrote, what would it be? I’d ask Tolkien what he thought of his one book becoming three movies.

3. What do you think is the hardest thing about growing up? I’ve learned that the older you get, the less you know. It took a long time to realize it.

4. Who would you rather switch places with for a day: your favorite celebrity, or your favorite fictional character? Since my favorite celebrity is Jill Hennessy, I’ll go with a character. Perhaps Jack O’Neil of SG-1. 5. Who would you rather have point out a flaw that you weren't aware you had: a close personal friend, or a total stranger? I guess the point is that a stranger might not embarrass you as much. I’m not keen on strangers giving me opinions on my life. 6. Do you get jealous easily? If so, what sorts of qualities or characteristics in other people are you most likely to be jealous of? These are two completely different questions. The first answer is that I generally don’t do jealous. As far as a characteristic I’d want, has to do with work. There’s a couple of areas in which I’d love t improve.

7. Which version of yourself would you rather have a conversation with: the one from ten years ago, or the one you turn into ten years from now? I always want to know the future.

8. Were you ever bullied in any way as a child? If so, how has it shaped you today? Most of us were bullied at some point. It effected my life at the time but now, not so much.

9. What is one fear you would like to overcome in your lifetime? Fear of writing. I, unlike most people, have never thought I had “a book in me”. Since I have strong and unheard of interpretations of The Beatles lyrics from Rubber Soul to Let It Be, I thought if I ever wrote I do it on that. I did a paper on it for a psych class in college and got an A+. Kathy has encouraged me to write. But as I started that book, I realized I’d much rather do a book on WTIT and my DJ career. I’ve still got every tape that we recorded since 1967. I’ve been transferring cassettes to digital for a half-year or so. As I hear parts of them I hear so many stories of my life that I’ve forgotten. It’s like a journal, but you are totally there. I can close my eyes and know where everyone was sitting. One DJ who occasionally did solo show at his home did a “final solo show” after we graduated from high school. He spoke directly to me as he did it. Talking about what the experience and our friendships meant to him. I listened to it in its entirety yesterday. The music was super and I don’t think I realized how grateful guys have been when asked to join in. I think this will be the book that I write.

10. What is one food you haven't tried yet that you would like to? I’m really adventurous with that. The last new food I had was at an Indian wedding. I had goat and a bunch of new food that was great.

11. Is it easier to forgive someone for the wrong they've done you or to seek forgiveness from someone that you've wronged in any way? I’m pretty forgiving. It’s like that with Stealing. I could have been pissed off with a week’s notice, but I wasn’t. The only thing I wouldn’t do was to give him my platform to say goodbye. Not because he didn’t deserve to, but rather because I want the next transaction to go seamlessly without the drama. I would imagine that he’s probably pissed, but I’m more interested in the players than the host. I was up to 4 AM returning the meme to the way I originally set it up. I did not mind the changes, since I gave him the keys, but while I briefly host again, I’ll do it my way.

12. Let’s go random: What did you do for New Year’s Eve for the turn of the millennium? I went to a nightclub with my girlfriend of the time. It was a dive bar that I loved had good bands. She was a good sport since she was not used to that scene. She was the first serious girlfriend after my second marriage. It was a long trip before I met Kathy and wed yet again.

13. What else around here have you noticed? I just hope I don’t fuck up stealing. I’m so fond of it, but can’t do this and my book. Perhaps next week when I start the process of finding the next “Judd”, I’ll get lucky fast.

 Yesterday I wrote about the infrequent posts that I’m doing. I said something like “See you again if I ever come back”. I just didn’t know it would be today. Peace. See you next weekend…

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Wake Up Maggie

Saturday 9: I Don't Want to Talk about it

1) Crazy Sam is beyond sick of all things Kardashian! What's a topic you're just tired of and don't want to talk about anymore? The political divide. Having grown up watching politicians working toward compromise, seeing what goes on today makes me want to hurl. Personally, I blame Rush. It seems his was the first shot fired that beget Fox News and the rest. To watch reporters show no respect to our President is nauseating. Growing up, anchors like Walter Cronkite or Huntley/Brinkley tried to be objective. Today, everyone has an agenda.

 2) Rod Stewart has been recording for more than 40 years. Do you have any of his music on your iPod/mp3 player? I have close to a hundred songs of his on my iPod. Keep in mind though that I have 15,000 songs on it. I slapped Rod five once during a concert. He was very cool. He lost me at his first Great American Songbook. I will say that while he hasn’t lost me, McCartney doing the standards sucks equally as well. He can kiss my bottom.

3) Rod Stewart is known for his coif. How much time do you spend on your hair each morning? I do comb it, but have never timed it. My bad, apparently.

4) Rod's first child, a daughter, will turn 50 this year. His most recent child, also a daughter, is 2. How close in age are your children? If you don't have any children, how close in age are you and your siblings? If you don't have children OR siblings, well, tell us what's immediately to your left as you respond to this meme. If you don't have anything to your left ... Oh, hell, I give up! My kids have an 11 year span. I have four, all from my first wife. We divorced when my kids ranged from 4 to 15. I really tried to hang in there, but I could not forsake any shot of happiness for theirs. I am extremely close to my oldest three. I have three grandchildren ages almost 1 to almost 11.

5) Which do you prefer -- french toast or pancakes? French toast.

6) When was the last time you lost your cool? I am always cool.

7) Crazy Sam once had a pet hamster she named Bart. Have you ever cared for a hamster or a gerbil? No. But we did rid the house of a couple of mice.

8) Are you ticklish? No.

9) Ouch! You have a headache! What's your go-to remedy? Any old narcotic lying around generally does it.

Well, we have not been around in a while. But after all, that was the point. When I signed off of The Blog I figured never to come come. But Gal & Mr. Lance occasionally draw me in. If there is a next time, we'll see you then. Peace.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Allison Told Me to Say It

Saturday 9: I Don't Want to Wait

1) Are you impatient? No. Can we get to the next question faster please?

2) Do you believe some people have a gift for predicting the future? Yes. Here’s mine: “Easter is tomorrow”. I know. It’s a fucking gift.

3) The microwave is a great invention for those who "don't want to wait." What was the last thing you prepared in yours? I’m allergic to cooking. My bad.

 4) This was the theme of the TV show Dawson's Creek. Michelle Williams, a costar on the show, went on to earn multiple Oscar nominations. Name another performer who started out on TV and then became a movie star. George Clooney, cuz Allison told me about him.

5) What's the last bit of advice you received? “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Then quit. No sense being a fool about it.”

6) What's the last advice you gave? “If you keep your head while everyone is losing theirs, then you don’t understand the problem.” Both are from Bud’s Laws, featured on WTIT: The Blog.

7) Easter is considered the season of rebirth. What leaves you feeling refreshed or rejuvenated? Sex.

8) Easter is also recognized as the start of the spring season. What are you looking forward to this spring? The end to the cold weather. I swore that when my youngest child turned 21, I’d move to warmer weather. She turns 28 this year. I did not count on getting a job that I could not replace.

9) Which would you rather find in your Easter basket: yellow marshmallow chicks (aka Peeps) or a chocolate bunny? You got a third choice?

That’s it for a Saturday. Happy Easter if you celebrate. Happy Easter if you don’t. We could return. You have been warned.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Over, Under, Sideways, Down

Saturday 9: In the Wee Small Hours 

My dad singing last spring.
1) Crazy Sam's mom and dad still talk about how exciting it was to see Sinatra in Vegas! What music did/do your parents enjoy? My mom was never a music person. She did, however, ask me to record a CD of her favorite songs (There were 12…) in the early 00’s. I offered to make a second CD. She replied, “Nope you got them all.” Trust me, I’ve never suggested an mp2 player. My dad at 87, the life long Cubbie fan who got to stand at home plate and in the dugout last season, sings at a piano bar every week. He sings mostly Louie Armstrong, but his taste is for all things standards. If you’ve read anything I’ve written in any of my blogs, you know I believe in rock there are The Beatles and there is
Ned, brother Mark, whoever & my dad.
everything else. That doesn’t mean I don’t follow current rock. I’ve recently added songs from Foster the People and Gaslight Anthem. I digress. My dad not only immediately recognized the greatness of the Fab Four, but also listened to nothing but my favorite rock station for 20 some years. He then went back to standards. He sand four songs at Kathy and my wedding to standing ovations.

2) We all know Sinatra sang, and he won an Oscar for his acting. But he also painted and was proud to sell a few canvasses anonymously (signed "Artanis"). Do you have a secret talent? I’m about all things music and radio. I’ve been a disco star. I guess if I have any degree of talent in writing, of which I have no idea, it would be a secret. I should find out, however. In the process of research for a book I plan to write., I should find out.

3) Those close to Sinatra maintained that every time he sang,"In the Wee Small Hours" (hear him perform it live here) he conjured up how it felt to lose his great love. Have you ever had your heart broken? Just Over, Under, Sideways & Down.

4) In 1966, when he was 50, Sinatra married 21 year old Mia Farrow. Their union lasted less than two years. Do you think a wide age gap necessarily dooms a romantic relationship? Yes. Have you noticed that it’s only millionaires and stars that young women “fall in love” with?

5) Offstage Sinatra wore orange sweaters and liked seeing orange throw pillows in his home and dressing room because he believed "orange is the happiest color." What color raises your spirits? None, but spirits have raised my color..

2012 - (from left) Cos (last heard in 1999), Galloping Gary (1967 founding member, last heard in 1982) & current DJs ~ Rock (since 1987) Bud (1967 founding member), Johnnie (1968 completing the original 5) & Midnight (1968-1995, 2012-present)~
6) Frank and his loyal buddies were famously known as "The Rat Pack." How many people do you consider close friends? Just my fellow WTIT DJs. In high school we had the original five plus five more who were “co-stars”. Since 2006, Johnnie Walker, Harvey Wallbanger, Rock Rolling and I have been the DJ staff. At our 45th anniversary party (my “stag” party), I was joined by Rock, Johnnie and The Midnight Plowboy, after a 17-year absence. At my wedding Midnight said that he’d return for any future recordings. What my wife observed, meeting Midnight for the first time, was how he seamlessly fit right back in.

7) Sinatra's children followed their father into show business. What advice would you give a young person entering your career of choice? “Have the ride of your life!”

8) Legend has it that Frank was embarrassed by a scar on his face (received at birth from the forceps used in his delivery) and worked hard to cover it. Do you have a physical characteristic that you try to hide? Nope. When you’re as great as I am, it’s hard to be humble. (Actually Galloping Gary’s sign-off on WTIT during his 15 year reign from 1967 to 1982.

9) In 1964, when he first heard The Beatles, Sinatra was very dismissive. By 1970, he called the Beatles' "Something" one of the most beautiful ballads ever. Tell us about something you changed your mind about. I never thought I’d marry again. I am so glad I found Kathy.

We will return. Let’s hope. Same time. Same blog.