1. What Did You Have For Lunch? It’s Easter. It will be ham is my best guess.
2. Do You Dance In The Car? No but I listen to The Cars a lot. Rik & the boys are till great.
3. Favourite Animal? Lion. You can’t beat life in a pride.
4. Do You Watch The Olympics? No. Do they watch me? Oh wait. My late friend Johnnie Walker did get me to enjoy Women’s Beach Volley ball.
5. What Time Do You Usually Go To Bed? I seldom see 11.
6. Are You Wearing Makeup Right Now? No. I usually wait till 5.
7. Do You Prefer To Swim In A Pool Or The Ocean? Can’t swim in an ocean. So put me down for a pool. Or a pond. Or a lake.
8. What Was The Last Thing You Ate? An omelet I made for Kathy for dinner.
9. Bottled Water Or Tap Water? Tap. But most bottled water is tap. Folks are fooled so easily.
10. What Makes You Happy? Saying “Happy Easter” to my blog buddies.
11. Did You Like Swinging As A Child? Do You Still Get Excited When You See A Swing Set? Yes and No.
12. Do You Work Better With Or Without Music? Music is always on here at WTIT.
13. Do You Make Your Bed In The Morning? Nope.
14. Do You Like Your Music Loud? A bit.
15.Do You Fear Thunder / Lightning? I love it.
Happy Easter & Passover!
It’s been a couple of days. I’ve lost 30 pounds since I retired. So I am doing test (the colonoscopy was 100% fine) and the blood work revealed nothing wrong. So next up – scans. I think it just may be that I ate at McDonald’s or fast food anywhere five days a week. Now I eat fruit or omelets. I think I gotta start milkshakes.
My kids and grandkids are doing well. Kathy and I drove to Jersey to see my granddaughter’s play Spamalot. It was great. WTIT is still recording in our 52nd year. Johnnie’s death was a bummer, but we’ve marched on.
One of my best elementary school & on – friend was Bouncing Billy. He recorded with us from 1967 (he & I did the first tape) to 1974 & once in 1985. He was a cop and drifted away due to ours & such. In 2013 I emailed him. He has been back with us 2013- longer than the first time. We record every other month, and he and I pick a sporting event to attend on the “off months”. I am SO lucky he’s back. Takes a lot of the pain away.
Meanwhile Rock’s job is so demanding that when he can he just calls and I try to rally the boys in the band. Monday night it was just Rock & I and we recorded our 611th session.
I think of you guys every weekend. I hope to join you more. Peace & love-
1) This week’s Saturday 9 has a football theme because there’s a big game Sunday. Will you be watching? Of course. I became at Pats since I went to college (1969-1973). While it was easy to drop the Football Giants, in baseball, I became a Yankee fan in 1958. That never changed. So yes, I will be watching.
2) The Super Bowl is the second-largest day for food consumption in the US, second only to Thanksgiving. What’s on your menu this weekend?Smirnoff.
3) Super Bowl Sunday is the #1 day for consuming guacamole. When did you most recently eat something with avocado in it?Not at gunpoint… 4) The Pro Football Hall of Fame is in Canton, OH. Have you ever visited Canton, or any other city in Ohio? My BFF Harvey is from Canton, CT. My son Ben & his family live in Canton, MA. Does that count at all?
5) This song mentions different moves that football players — and, it seems, girlfriends — can make that will result in penalties. What’s the last rule you broke? What were the consequences? Kathy and I have a lousy garbages retaines and the landlord won’t buy new ones. We realized a dumpster boarders or side backyard and they leve the dumpster open. Voila, broke rules, but a perfect solution.
6) In 1969, the year this song was popular, the Colts lost to the New York Jets in Super Bowl III. The game is famous because of all the hype leading up to it, including Joe Namath “guaranteeing” his underdog Jets would win. Tell us about a time when you felt like an underdog. I spent fourteen years selling liquor. Because I was the president of sales brother meant I should be seen, not heard. I wish I had been able to return to radio after my staph infection from 2002-2004. But I grabbed the higher paying gig. But, I wasn’t popular, so I was an underdog. And I stayed one until my retirement in 2017.
7) This week’s featured duo, Mel and Tim, are cousins from Mississippi. Tell us about one of your cousins. I received a call that my cousin Pam was dying. While I like he, I don’t know her well. Well it’s been three weeks, so the dying thing appears to be relative. Pun intended.
8) The song is about a man who catches his girl cheating and he just won’t put up with it. In romance, do you find it easy to forgive and forget?Not for that. I would leave cheating woman, no “forgive or forget”.
9) Random question: You’ve collected a box of gently-used items to donate to a second hand store. What would it be most likely to contain: clothes, housewares, or books/video/music? Clothes. My wife gives away a lot, so when I have something to go (I weighed 205 forever. Since my retirement I have lost over 30 lbs, but I wasn’t dieting. I thinks it because I eat healthier. I used to eat lunch at fast food every day. Today I eat home and even have learned to cook some.
Every time I try to get away I always get pulled back. But, I like it. We survived January. Only ten more months till spring. We will do this again. Same time. Same blog.
1) As 2019 kicks off, what are your hopes for the brand new year? A long December and there is reason to believe that maybe this year will be better than the last. (Apologies to Adam Duritz.)
2) Just because an item isn’t brand new doesn’t mean it isn’t valuable. Have you scored any fabulous finds at a second hand store or website?I love the chance to respond to this question. There are so many items that you use to have or miss. I need new speakers for my radio studio. My fave of all time? The original Advent speakers. I paid more, but they were the best. While the large ones wouldn’t work in this studio, but the smaller ones did. And I need them used. Advent was sold circa the late 70s and the speakers while good, don’t touch the originals. My Advents were sent in the original box, with all sales receipts from 1972. The year I bought my Advents! I bought them early 2018. I replaced my audio mixing board with the same one I’ve missed since the the late 80s. My board died just before Xmas. My Radio Shack 1980s mixing board was on sale – get this I paid $150 back then. I bought one for $40. It works perfectly.
3) This song is sung by The Stylistics, a group from Philadelphia. Have you ever been to Philly?Yes, long ago. The Cubbies were in town when I was around 12. So my whole family went to Philly to cheer on Ernie, Billy & the Cubs.
4) This song was co-written by Thom Bell, a Philadelphia-based musician/producer who was born in Kingston, Jamaica. The average daily temp in Kingston in January is 87º. Do you have plans to get away this winter and go somewhere warm? Yes. We’ve decided to drive south. I have never driven anywhere like this. Memphis, Nashville & New Orleans. I was inspired by Johnnie Walker’s story of his final vacation and that’s what he did before he moved to the Rockies in 2015.
5) The Stylistics took their choreography very seriously. As you can see from the video, they even carefully synchronized their hand movements. Do you use your hands much when you talk? I think everyone does to a certain extent.
6) The lyrics tell us that the singer is grateful for a friend who will walk with him.
Johnnie & I (circa 2012)
along a path that “sometimes bends.” Looking back on 2018, tell us about a time that life’s path took a bend you didn’t quite expect.That’s simple, the death of Johnnie Walker. He turned 67 in June 2018. He died two weeks later. He was always 6 months my elder. Now I am already older than he when he died. We texted a lot. The last thing he said to me was, “Let’s talk more.” I think if we had paid for his move, he was ready to return. It was an event that was not to be.
7) In 1974, when this song was popular, Chicago’s Sears Tower opened and was for years the world’s tallest building. Its elevators can carry you to the 103rd floor in approximately a minute. When were you last on an elevator? I had a stress test (routine – I have heart disease) and the elevator took me down to it. I have it every two years. Since 2004 when I had two stints put in, I have passed all tests & have no problems. I don’t follow and of the rules except one – I quit smoking (two packs) cold turkey a week later. My cardiologist is amazing. I was told I was her favorite patient. Kinda cool, no?
8) Also in 1974, the 55 mph speed limit was imposed nationwide. When you drive, are you careful to stay within the speed limit? Or do you have a led foot?Since I drove as a sales guy for a decade in radio and the last 14 years selling liquor (So I did not nee tickets). I only go 10 mikes over the speed limit. I don’t drive much since my retirement, other than local or Drs appointments. Kathy drive when we’re together.
9) Random question — It’s time to pose for your Saturday 9 yearbook picture. Will you show us your right profile, your left profile, or will you look directly into the camera?Direct. If you go to my wife’s YouTube page I appear in some of the videos. I only do comedy on her beauty vlog. It’s funny it’s a beauty for over 40 somethings, but when she asks I join in. She has nearly 11,000 subbies and when I appear her 200+ comments usually turn to 400 when I’m on. It’s only 3-5 times a year but I enjoy it.
Well we all know my return to daily blogging didn’t work. The book questions were not right for me. Oh, but ladies (Gal & Bev) if you want a book I have two. There are a million questions and good ones. I’m SO glad 2018 is over. Obviously, I am not over Johnnie’s sudden death. My mom, as I’ve mention passed as well, but she was 95.
I want to get off opioids. I tried it for a week. My doc sent me to a doc that recommended medical pot. So, I can now purchase up to 2 and 1/2 oz a month. They want to to smoke from morning to night. Some would be thrilled. Not me. I think I will need my day pill, and I don’t mind smoking at night.
The only weirdness is that I have lost my appetite. I am 5-11 and weighed 200 lbs my entire adulthood. I hit 240 in the 80s, but by 1987 I was back at 200. Three months ago I weighed 180. This morning I weighed in at 167. Something is not right. There has never been cancer in my family on either side. (Other that skin cancer) I’ll keep you posted (if you comment – I will only update in the blog would be if it were very bad. But don’t worry – I feel great. But I have no appetite…
I almost forgot about the twins. So they are here today. I wish you all a Happy New Year! I hope it is both happy and in good health. I will return to the Tape Radio blog. Join us then. Same time. Same Blog.
After a radio, nightclub and television career of over 25 years,we still write and perform comedy with essentially the same group of guys that we started with over 50 years ago. We began as WTIT: Tape Radio and have kept the moniker ever since. We did comedy using this "WTIT Tape Radio" station as the backdrop. it is also a journal of a group of friends done in a radio morning show format playing the music of the era. We have every recording. We interviewed our girlfriends before “The Prom” or whatever. We shared growing up, getting married and having kids on WTIT. Later it was stories of divorces, new wives or girlfriends and grandchildren.
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