Thursday, August 11, 2022

Slaughterhouse Five

Saturday 9: W.O.L.D. (1973)
Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1)
This song tells the story of a man who has made a career in radio.  How many professions have you worked in? Five major ones, of which radio was one. Hotel, Furniture, Video and Liquor were the others with liquor longest after radio.
 
2) He describes himself as "45 going on 15." This morning, do you feel older or younger than your years? I spent last night on a first contact phone call. I forgot how bad they can be.

3) He estimates that he's traveled thousands of miles, from town to city, as disc jockey at various stations. Have you ever relocated for a job? Yes. I left Hartford for Boston in 1995 for a radio job at WBCN.

4) This song is written as though he's reached out to an ex. Is there someone from your past who is on your mind this morning? My past is always on my mind. It's unavoidable.

5) Tell us about a radio personality you grew up listening to. Joey Reynolds was primarily on WPOP in Hartford but was on WDRC as well. I met him when he did a guest show on my station 91Q.

6) This week's featured artist, Harry Chapin, was an Oscar nominee. Before he became a musician, he wrote and directed a documentary about boxing called Legendary Champions. When you sit down to watch a movie, would you prefer action, comedy, drama, fantasy, horror, mystery, romance, thriller or documentary? It depends on who I am with...
 
7) Today Harry Chapin is fondly remembered for his philanthropy. He filled his calendar with benefit concerts that supported local food banks all around the country. How would you like to be remembered? As a good brother/father/grandfather/friend.

8) In 1973, when this song was popular, one of the top-selling toys was a Curious George book packaged with a plush Curious George. Can you recall a favorite book from your childhood? I loved Animal Farm & 1984. And later Kurt Vonnegut
 
9) Random question: Here's $100. What will you spend it on? Dinner with a beautiful woman. Who I've yet to meet. But I'm working on it...

 

Saturday, August 6, 2022

Those Were The Days, My Friend

 


Sunday Stealing: Personal History

1.  What would you like people to know about your mother? For a woman who didn't particularly want children, while flawed, she did a remarkably good job.

2.  What would you like people to know about your father? My dad was my best friend. He had a wicked sense of humor and fun. Before my stupid and ill-fated 3rd marriage, my dad and I went out at least weekly while he sang at piano bars. 

3.  What was your childhood bedroom like? It was paneled. I had a bunch of sports pennants up till high school. 

4.  What was your favorite activity as a child? Playing doctor with the girl next door.

5.  What was high school like for you? I was the ringleader of WTIT which had 5 main guys and another 5 who were more social than pivotal. We had parties all the time. Those were the days, my friend.

6.  Write about your cousins. Nice people. Those I know. 

7.  What was your favorite food as a child? Steak.

8.  What was your most memorable birthday? My 40th. I was  newly single and dating a lot of women. My dad told me to enjoy my 40s cuz they were the best. He was right in that regard. 

9.  What world events were significant to you as a child? JFK's, RFK's and MLK's assignations.

10. What did a typical day look like as a child? Bought the same as now. Sun came up around 6...

11. Write about your grandparents. I only knew one well. My mom's mom was widowed young and raised six kids then raised four grandchildren (my cousins). The best woman.

12. Did you move as a child? Only once when I was 7.

13. Who taught you to drive? My dad.

14. Which job has been your favorite? Morning DJ.

15. What was the best part of your 30s? I was wealthy and raised my kids. Great years! (But I learned far more from the lean years that followed)

Saturday, July 23, 2022

Not at Giunpoint


 

Sunday Stealing: Hodgepodge

1. What's something you've recently accomplished solo? At 70 I moved from New England to Arizona. I think that qualifies.

2.  What's one product you use that never ever fails? I'll go with Dawn.

3. Have you found your place in the world? Where is it? Apparently it's in Phoenix.

4.  Worst movie you ever saw? The first three-Star Wars films sucked moose.

5. What's the last fun thing you did? I hit a bar with good people.

6. What's your favorite Italian dish? I like Italian, but it does not agree with me. Mama Grillo's meatballs were the best!

7. Have you ever been to France? Any desire to visit there, and if so what would site or city would you most want to see? No, but both my daughter & granddaughter have spent time there, if that counts.
 
8. Have you ever been to Disney, any of the parks at all? Are you a Disney superfan or something less than that? They're open right now so tell us, would you go if you had the time/money/a free trip? Not at gunpoint.

9. Your favorite place to go when you want to be quiet as a church mouse? Would those who know you well describe you as more church mouse or perhaps more like mighty mouse? They'd say "mighty" but they might not be right...

10. Do you bake your own bread? Last time you had hot out-of-the-oven homemade bread? What's your favorite kind of bread? Ha

11. What's something you might say is 'the greatest thing since sliced bread'? A great blowjob.

12.  Share with us five little things you're grateful for today. Small blessings. One catch-they all must start with the letter T. Tuck tou.

13. Tell us where you were and something about what life was like when you were 20- 21.I got my first full time radio job. And I got married for the first of three bad choices...

14. What's on the menu at your house this week? Grubhub.

15.Something you recently purchased where a coupon was involved? Do you regularly shop with coupons? Ha, what is a coupon?

 

Thursday, July 21, 2022

Thursday Thunks

A shout-out to the former author of "Thursday Thunks" Kimber! There was a period (short) that I help author the blog. I was just helping out now and then. But I also was still involved with the weekend memes, so it was a very long time ago. We had spoke on the phone years ago, but moving here, we had to meet up. Kimber's daughter works in my part of town, so I bought her lunch!

 

Friday, July 15, 2022

It's A West Coast Thang


Sorry that I haven't posted in a while. Not much is going on. My ankle is better, but it's summer in Arizona. No one is out. I'm not complaining. I don't mind 105 at all....when it's dry. So yesterday was the day I was supposed to meet this guy who lives in my community who's from the next to me back in Connecticut. It was a reschedule because he canceled the first time because "of an existing mold dilemma". Yesterday we were to meet at 11 AM at the communities' golf course's grille. It's a small place. I waited till 11:15 and called it a day. My son said I should have waited longer. "It's a west coast thing".  

So, I worry enough to call the fucker the next day. His wife answers, so I asked for him. She asks who I am, and I answer...then wait...and...wait... finally HIM gets on the phone and I ask if I had the day or time wrong. He responds that he should have called me. It was his "mold dilemma". Oh. That must have knocked out his phone line. Holy shit! How rude can you be? He ends by saying he'll call after the mold thing is over. I said, "Do that".  

 


Monday, July 4, 2022

Happy 4th

It was 2007, and I was having my annual July 4th party. My granddaughter Lauren was turning 5 in this picture. So, she's about to turn 20. I am an old guy! But here she had just asked me, "Grampy, are there gonna be big booms?" I love that age. Now I see my granddaughters Zoey (11) and Evie (5) all the time! This alone was worth the move. My name & number were in the resident's monthly "bulletin" & a guy asked me out to lunch because he's from Hartford as well...

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Out & About

I drove for the first time yesterday! I was a bit apprehensive, not only because of my ankle, but also I am not familiar with how traffic works here. I bopped around for a couple of hours, but was always withing 10 or so miles from my house. I am in my studio as I write this, but it's still mostly Ben's bedroom. 

Ben's wife, Maria, and 11-year-old Zoey will arrive on Thursday! Ben rented them a house because their house is being renovated. I'm guessing they will be there a month. I don't get the rest of my stuff that was accidentally put into storage with all of Ben's stuff, until they move in their new home. But I'm just fine.

I'm getting contacted by women on Match, but I haven't done anything yet. I'm in no rush. I still have appointments with two doctors to review my ankle. Plus, it's summer. When it's 107 every day, people tend to stay in. I don't mind the heat at all. Today I've got a few errands to run, so I'll be out and about again.

Sunday, June 19, 2022

Even Hedonists Have Their Limits

Sunday Stealing: From Danielle

1. If you could live in a house shaped like anything what would it be? I'll sy a Hobbit house. Not that I'd like to live on the side of a fucking hill, but the answer allows me to move on.

2. What do you think is in outer space? Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock & Dr. McCoy.


3. Where is the most wonderful place you’ve ever been? St. Martin.


4. If you were invisible for a day, what would you do? Find Jill Hennessy.


5. What is the worst smell in the world? Nope. I won't go there. Even hedonists have limits.


6. If you could, what animal would you be? I got asked this in an interview. I responded, "An eagle so I could fly away from this interview. I got the job. It sucked.


7. What is the greatest thing ever invented? 331/3 record album.


8. What is your favorite word? Why? Fuck. Fuck if I know why.


9. Who is someone in history that you’d like to be friends with? Why? JFK for the babes.


10. If your pet could talk, what would it say? My pet is a picture of a dog. Woof?


11. Were there dinosaurs on Noah’s ark? How does Santa get down that chimney? Your turn.


12. What makes you cry? Bad memes.


13. Have you ever played a joke on someone? What was it? No never. I am not a funny personality.


14. What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever had to do? Moving four thousand miles. But it will be the best, too.


15. What is the most important appliance in your house? Refrigerator. Need ice for Smirnoff...

Saturday, June 18, 2022

The Bigger Question

Saturday 9: Yesterday (1965)


Chosen because June 18 is Paul McCartney's 80th birthday.


1) Paul McCartney sings that yesterday all his troubles seemed so far away. Can you recall a time when your life seemed carefree? College. We never knew what was coming. One night, I was so high on Quaaludes that I fell down 9 flights in an elevator. The elevator was fine, I just couldn't stand up.

2) He has always insisted the melody to "Yesterday" came to him in a dream. Did you dream last night? I always dream, but I don't always remember. Last night, no idea. I was on a narcotic once that allowed me to remember ever detail of my dreams. It was very weird.

3) The lyrics were inspired, in part, by the death of Paul's mother when he was 14. Thirteen years later, he named his daughter Mary after her. Are you named after anyone? If you're a parent, did you name your children in honor of anyone? I am named after my dad, I am a junior. I named my son Ben, is the III.

4) Over the years, Paul has performed on bass, acoustic and electric guitars, keyboards and drums, but not the first instrument he owned: the trumpet. A present from his dad for his 14th birthday, he exchanged the trumpet for a guitar because, "you can't sing while playing the trumpet." Have you more recently a) exchanged a gift, b) donated a gift you didn't want to charity or c) regifted? No. But I bet there is a bigger story behind this question...

5) Paul grew up seeing how much his dad enjoyed placing a bet and then listening to the horse race from his favorite armchair in the living room, so he took his salary from making the film A Hard Day's Night and surprised his father with a racehorse. After father and son proudly watched Drake's Drum win at Liverpool's Aintree Racecourse, the horse retired to Paul's farm in Scotland. If money were no object, what gift would you give a loved one? I'd love to pay for college for a grandchild. Or ten.

6) Paul is considered one of the world's wealthiest entertainers, worth an estimated $1.2 billion. This month, as he approaches his 80th birthday, he is winding up a 16-city North American tour, during which he performs 30+ songs in a 2 hour, 40 minute show. If you had all the money you needed, would you continue to work? Or would you kick back and relax? As an entertainer, of course. I do not mind that I do not sell liquor anymore.

7) Paul first joined the Beatles when he was recruited into the band by John Lennon. They met as teenagers when Paul showed up at a church picnic where John's band was performing. Paul recalls pedaling over on his bike to hear them, his guitar flung over this back. When did you most recently ride a bike? Not since I got my driver's license. Oh, I got my AZ license yesterday.

8) Paul met his first wife, Linda, at a London club and then again four days later when she was a photographer at a press party for Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band. Think about one of your romances. Where did you meet? When I was at a radio station in Hartford, I had to do a promotion at a nightclub for Valentine's Day. It was sponsored by Together, a dating service that was Match before the internet. At 11PM when my role was over, I said to my boss, "One lap. If no women pop out, I'm home." I took three steps and met my second wife.

9) TV journalist Barbara Walters played matchmaker for Paul and his current wife, Nancy. During the summer of 2007, when Paul was vacationing in The Hamptons, Barbara repeatedly and intentionally invited them to the same parties and picnics. Have you had any success in a matchmaking scenario -- as either the matchmaker or one of the dates? Never. 

My stalker has texted twice. Last night I finally replied with, "Please stop." So far, so good. See ya soon!

 

Saturday, June 11, 2022

A Break in the Action

So I didn't just hurt my ankle I broke my ankle it. So here I am in a goddamn boot! So, no singles club. In fact I haven't been able to do much. It SOOOOOOOOO frustrating having my car arrive and I can't go anywhere. I love my new house. I;ll be back when there's action to report!