Sunday, February 24, 2013

Rhythm of the Rain

Sunday Stealing: The (20) First (Questions) Meme

No, this was not the place.
First Job: I worked a snack bar at a country club. The guys they hired for the summer fucked them by quitting the first of August. A guy who recorded once or twice on WTIT, Tiny Tim, was asked to get a partner to finish the summer. I wasn’t even 16 yet. We were terrible. We couldn’t get fired and acted like it. The manager actually had to sit us down and tell us not to throw the food at the customers.

First Real Job: My first radio job was in the summer between my junior and senior years at college. A college friend (more of a friendly acquaintance) had worked there summers since high school and for reasons still unknown to me, got me the job. To thank him, I threw my first “groupie” his way.

First Volunteer Job: I coached Little League for over a decade.

First Car: A 1962 Chevy Impala that I burned to the ground after a night at a drive-in movie. My girlfriend and I both smoked and obviously we didn’t put them all out that night. When my folks got home, Gypsy Joe’s sister was cooking hot chocolate for the firemen in the kitchen. It was 2 AM. They asked my sister why she hadn’t called them. She replied, “You said only for something really important.”

First Record: The first album I bought was “Rick is 21” by Ricky Nelson. I believe the first single was “Rhythm of the Rain” by the Cascades.

First Sport Played: Baseball.

First Concert: Chubby Checker.

First Country Visited: England.

First Kiss: With who? I don’t honestly remember.

First Speech: Was in a speech class in high school.

First Girlfriend/Boyfriend: This first of consequence was named Debbie. We were 14. She was the first girl I ever saw naked.

First Encounter with a Famous Person: I crashed a small class in college to meet Rod Serling (Twilight Zone). I couldn’t believe I was the only guy to do it and no one in the class turned me in. I was in a group that stayed after class to chat. I gave one of my wise guy quips to him. First he looked startled then got the joke. He roared with laughter. A very nice down-to-earth gentleman.

First Brush With Death: I’ve told that story way too often.

First House/Flat Owned: I bought a condo after my first child was born. (I would father three more.)

First Film Seen at a Cinema: You’re fucking kidding, right?

First Media Appearance (Radio, Newspaper, TV): Newspaper for winning a costume contest.

First Hospital Stay: Was when I was born. Is this meme on steroids?

First Book You Remember Reading: The Hobbit.

First Pet: Blaze was a collie that looked just like *drum roll* Lassie.

First Election You Voted In: I voted for George McGovern over then President Nixon.

That was a rather good steal. We hope your weekend is swell. We could return. If we do it will be here. Same time. Same blog.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Everyone Knows This Is Nowhere

1) Do you owe anyone a phone call? Not at the moment. I usually owe my mother call. But I’m good this week.

2) Do you still have a landline phone? Yes, and why I have no idea. The only calls I get on it is from my folks. 90% of the calls are now telemarketers. I thought signing the “no call” list was suppose it end that.

3) When was the last time you looked up a number in the phone book? Within this century, but I don’t even know if we have phonebooks. I’ll ask me wife. She’s very smart.

 4) Do you receive more calls or texts? Calls. I love the fact that CVS texts you when your prescription is ready. Amazon announcing where your fucking package is in transit, is annoying as hell.

5) Carly Rae made the Final 3 on Canadian Idol. Can you name another cultural import from Canada? Neil Young. Everybody Knows This is Nowhere.

 6) Sam grew sick of this song by hearing it too often on the radio. Where do you listen to the radio most often? Car? Work? Somewhere else? I listen to radio only in my car, but (shockingly) I don’t often listen to music. I drive so much for my job, I listen to sports talk radio. It keeps my mind more activated, rather than dwelling on how much driving that I’m doing or the hectic life in sales. I listen to music on my 15,000 iPod. A couple of times a year I research the top songs and add the ones I like to my iPod.

7) Mother Winters can work wonders with an iron and a can of spray starch. Every blouse and shirt she presses looks good as new. Is there a domestic chore you excel at? I excel at not doing them.

8) Do you consider yourself competitive? Less and less as I grow older. I’m competitive watching sports. I used to be very competitive in the blogosphere. I wanted the most readers and comments and “followers”. I think if you look at Sunday Stealing you can see it. I remember going crazy to get 300 followers. Then, when that happened. I realized that there wasn’t a “prize”. When I play Sat-9 or Stealing now, I just do it for me. I don’t usually comment on anyone’s blog until they comment on mine. That’s a huge change. I also don’t post every weekend. I just had to let it go. I took that energy and now I’m dubbing the remaining WTIT tapes to digital. From there I plan to write a book. I would not have had the patience to fast forward or rewind tapes. The tapes cover 45 years of my life. We tell the stories of our lives from high school to being a grandparent. I have no idea if anyone would be interested in reading it, but I’ve got to do it.

 9) Tell us your superhero name -- as determined by the color of your shirt and an item to your right. For example, Crazy Sam now fights crime as The Light Blue Coffee Mug! The Black Stapler. If you break the law I will staple you to a jail.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

To the Moon, Alice!

Sunday Stealing: The Basically Obscure Meme-Part 2

21: Would you swear in front of your parents? Of course I would. I’m 261 years old. My folks are 287 & 289. We are WAY too old not to be real with each other.

22: Which continents have you been on? Just North America & Europe.

23: Do you get motion sickness? Any horror stories? No & no. My kids have. On the way to Yankee Stadium, my daughter Heather lost it completely. She was about 12. I’m sure now 38 she will love my sharing the story.

24: Why did you name your blog whatever you named your blog? When I decided to end WTIT: The Blog it was because I now was just doing a “meme blog”. Don’t get me wrong, I loved it. But when I went from six days a week (when Iwas was producing 5 memes myself a week) to two, my audience vanished. I enjoyed it, but had other projects with WTIT that  wanted to do. Our Facebook page has over 100 followers. We are recording more and I’m turning 23 years of actual tape to digital. My plate was filled. I missed doing the memes, so I invented The Bud Blog to occasional chime in. I love what the folks who took over Saturday 9 & Sunday Stealing are doing with those memes. It was a seamless transition. So a big shout out to The Gal & Lance for breathing life into the weekend memes! Now as to why my new blog is called The Bud Blog, is anybody’s guess.  

25: Would you wear a rainbow jacket? A neon yellow sweater? Checkered pants? Nah, nope & seriously?

26: What was your favorite cartoon growing up? Post a picture if you can. The Flintstones. Probably the reason I loved it was because I was raised on The Honeymooners (its inspiration) because it was my dad’s favorite sitcom. To the moon, Alice!

27: In a past life I must have been a... star. Confidence? I got it…

28: If you had to look at one city skyline for the rest of your life, which would it be?
The capital city of Vulcan.

29: Longest plane ride you've ever been on? To Europe, it was a 12 hour plane ride at the time.

30: The longest you've ever slept? 11 days. When I first was sick in 2002, I got a staph infection that nearly killed me. I am not exaggerating. My doc told me if I did not respond to the last drug, I’d live 6 months to a year. One of my hospitalizations for it lasted 12 days. I was only awake to try to eat.

31: Would you buy a sweater covered in kitten pictures? Would you wear it if someone gave it you for free? Gag me with a proverbial spoon. I hate sweaters and you ask me if I’d wear an UGLY one if it were free? They could have tried to pay me and I’d pass.

32: Do you pluck your eyebrows? No.

33: Favorite kind of bean? Kidney? Black? Pinto?
Beans are the sweaters of the vegetable world. So while tempting, no.

34: How far can you throw a baseball? In the day, from the outfield to home plate.

35: If you had to move to another country, where would you move? St. Martin.

36: Have you ever eaten Ethiopian food? Vietnamese? Korean? Nepalese? How was it? I thought Ethiopian food was a oxymoron.

37: How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood? This one reminds me of Thursday Thunks. I miss Kimber & Berleen. I’m still friends with them on Facebook, but they blog no more.

Hope all is well in your world. A yard of snow has slowed us down in Connecticut. The Bud Blog will post again. Same time, same blog…

Saturday, February 9, 2013

I'm A God, But Not "The" God

1) In honor of Valentine's Day next week, what's the most romantic movie you can think of? In honor of Groundhog Day this month and the fact that Kathy and I watched it on the 2nd, I’ll go with that.

2) The Way We Were was a tearjerker. Do you think that most real-life love stories end in heartbreak? Or do you believe in happily ever after? I do not believe in happily ever after. In my experience, I’ve never experienced it or have seen it. When I met my wife, she knew this. Then I said, “At our age happily ever after is not that long.” Perhaps we can do it…

3) What's your favorite love song? First thing that popped into my head was Jim Croce’s I’ll Have to Say I Love You in a Song”.

4) In 1993, Barbra Streisand married actor James Brolin, who first became famous as Dr. Steven Kiley on Marcus Welby, MD. Who is your favorite TV doctor? Mark Greene on ER. I was sick for almost two years and watched tat series beginning to current at the time. The character amazed me. Althouh a tip of the cap to Allison, for Clooney was fabulous as well. The story arc when the character of Mark Greene dies

5) In 2012, Streisand renewed her contract with Columbia, where's she's been recording since 1963. So she's been with the same label for fifty years! Where have you worked the longest, and how long was that? I operated my family business (hotels) for 9 years. My video stores (8) that I owned were around that same length of time, but they overlapped for five years. I will be nine years at my present job in May. I think short of death or retirement (due to injury), it will win.

6) Sam Winters once worked as a hostess in a chic bistro in Worcester, PA. That's why she frequently gets frustrated by bad service in restaurants -- she's certain she could make it run more smoothly. Where do you find yourself getting annoyed most often? Bad service followed by awful food is the winner for me. But I do not get annoyed easily. I tend to go with the flow.

7) Have you ever taken a polygraph test? No. The French twins once asked me to do so they’d know who I cared for more, but I convinced them that I was allergic.

8) Crunchy, smooth or organic peanut butter?
Whatever Annette likes.
9) Describe your favorite sweater. I don’t wear sweaters.

What about this storm? I had not got around to hiring a removal service. I called plenty on Thursday, but no one was accepting new customers. We got a yard. Our neighbors Ray & Cal, have been super helping us out. (It’s now officially over a year since we bought our dream home. Time does fly.) They mowed our lawn until I hired a firm. Kathy is our shoveling now. (I have had nine spine surgeries and a bad heart.) I went to check om her and she said that Cal came over to say Ray will snowplow us out when he’s rested fro his own. Yea Ray! I hope if you are part of this monster blizzard that you are safe. Peace.