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.