WORKING FROM HOME

 

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I am going to do something starting on Monday that I have only done once in my entire life….

Work from Home!

With the Covid 19 pandemic it has been decided since I am in the group of people who would be adversely affected by the Corona virus I will be working from home starting Monday.

This is something I have done before almost 23 years ago.

I had injured my knee doing something stupid I am sure and needed to have surgery to repair a torn meniscus.  That meant lying in my bed a few days and we tried an experiment I did my entire show in my bed.

Technology was a lot different then.  Before the surgery we lugged up a flight of stairs a small transmitter and an antenna and for a week while lying in bed I was on the air.   It was different and kind of fun

Fast forward to 2020 and the Covid 19 crisis and I am working from home for hopefully just a short time but who knows.

The Biggest change over the years.  Cell phones and the internet.

On Duck Dynasty I heard this “I am a low tech man, living in a High tech world.  I am sure there will be a huge learning curve but I am going to face some challenges.  I have a small studio at my house and I do Turnbuckle Trash podcast from there.  But here at KOOL 1039 our studio has a lot of the bells and whistles that I just don’t have.

To me I am looking forward to the challenge of working from home and would like to thank the Management and staff here at the Cache Valley Media group who are supporting me in this effort.   I and when I say I — I mean we are very lucky to have this organization of caring people here.

See you Monday from my kitchen studio or as my Turnbuckle Trash co – host Zane Petersen calls it

THE STICHEN.

I found some tips on working from home on PCMag.com

  1. Maintain Regular Hours

Set a schedule, and stick to it…most of the time. Having clear guidelines for when to work and when to call it a day helps many remote workers maintain work-life balance. That said, one of the benefits of remote work is flexibility, and sometimes you need to extend your day or start early to accommodate someone else’s time zone. When you do, be sure to wrap up earlier than usual or sleep in a bit the next morning to make up for it.

  1. Create a Morning Routine

Deciding you’ll sit down at your desk and start work at a certain time is one thing. Creating a routine that guides you into the chair is another. What in your morning routine indicates you’re about to start work? It might be making a cup of coffee. It might be returning home after a jog. It might be getting dressed (wearing pajama pants to work is a perk for some, but a bad strategy for others). A routine can be more powerful than a clock at helping you get started each day.

I say “morning,” but not everyone who works from home follows a nine-to-five schedule. Yours might be a “getting started” routine at another time of day.

  1. Set Ground Rules with the People in Your Space

Set ground rules with other people in your home or who share your space for when you work. If you have children who come home from school while you’re still working, they need clear rules about what they can and cannot do during that time. Additionally, just because you’re home and can let service people into the house or take care of pets doesn’t mean other family members should assume you will always do it.

  1. Schedule Breaks

Know your company’s policy on break times and take them. If you’re self-employed, give yourself adequate time during the day to walk away from the computer screen and phone. A lunch hour and two 15-minute breaks seems to be the standard for full-time US employees.

  1. Take Breaks in Their Entirety

Don’t short-change yourself during breaks, especially your lunch hour.

  1. Leave Home

Try to leave your home or work space regularly. The same advice applies to people who work in traditional office settings, too. Leave the building at least once a day. Your body needs to move. Plus, the fresh air and natural light will do you good.

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SOCIAL DISTANCE , I KIND OF LIKE IT

To be honest I am kind of liking this Social Distancing.  I am basically a home body anyway. Don’t get me wrong I enjoy seeing my friends but I have found with everything going on and being asked to not gather in groups of more than 10 and if the “COVIDIOTS” of this world don’t comply we could see stronger restriction like were order in Idaho.

Ask me again in a few weeks when my eyes start bugging out and I am screaming for more social interaction but for now I am really enjoying a simpler life style.

I do have one worry and it has nothing to do with the virus in a technical sense.

‘It’s the economy stupid” I feel horrible small businesses who were struggling and now this.  I know the federal government is addressing how to deal with this economic downturn.

I am worried because my perception of Washington is not good.  I see grown men and women who firmly believe in issues but to see both sides of the isles trying to fund pet projects that don’t address how you and I are going to survive this.  But to see and hear the name calling from both sides of the political spectrum really disappoints me.  I have seen 5 year olds who act better than these “ADULTS”   I told a friend of mine recently I am seriously considering not voting for any sitting federal government officer.  But when I say this I see a candidate who I cannot support in any way.

SO I will spend my social distancing day trying to keep my distance from the politics in the news and focus on the human impact and try my best to help those around me.

But only if they have TP and hand sanitizer!

Here is some lighter moments in the Covid 19 news

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HARD TO BELIEVE BUT I DO MAKE MISTAKES !

 

When you are on the radio you are constantly trying to communicate in a way that is informative and entertaining but as the song goes

“Mistakes I’ve made a few, but then again too few to mention”!

Anyone who has ever been on the air will be able to tell you story upon story about the bloopers.  Before I tell you about a couple of mine let me tell you of some others I have been 1st hand knowledge of although I did not do them.

In Montgomery city Mo.  I had been doing play by play  for a high school football game  about 200 miles from home, I thought all had gone well until the next morning when I got a call from the Mayor, The Chief of Police and County Sherriff.  It seems the young man who was at the station made a mistake on the air and lost his temper.  He did make the matters worse when he FORGOT TO TURN OFF HIS MIC.   What the 3 officials told me was that the young man was using every word that George Carlin said you couldn’t use on TV and added to the list too!

While in Rexburg Idaho I was on a date while listening to the station and a young man was doing a news cast on the air and not doing a very good job.  He was mispronouncing names and places that should have been easy but not for him.  I got angry and drove to the station with my date and proceeded to … how I say this nicely…CHEW HIS BUTT OUT!

Now before you think I was a jerk let me complete this little story?  Part of the solution I came up with was to ask the young man to start watching the CBS evening news to get the pronunciation of people and places in the news.   To his credit he did it.

Fast forward a few years and of course the young man had moved on and when I say moved on he did it in a big way.  I was watching the CBS evening news and there was a familiar face and name reporting a story.  That young man’s name is Art Rascone whose brother Dan works for KUTV in Salt Lake City.  I found out that Art went on the great career in broadcasting.  And he has even written a book about his experiences.

I have had a few on those mistakes myself.  Once in Paris TN on a Saturday afternoon I got the 1st sounds of a man’s name and the words that came out were………….. NOT GOOD.  I dropped the word the same word that Ralphie on a Christmas story said when He had to but soap in his mouth (Lifeboy Yuk)

When you are doing a live sporting event you need to be aware on what you say.  One game we were having Tech problems and I was attempting to repair.  My on air partner decided to tell the world that I was leaving an impression on the press box with my PLUMBERS PANTS.  Before I knew what I was saying I said “oh was I showing major league butt crack?”  For weeks after everywhere I went someone was asking about my MAJOR LEAUGE BUTT CRACK”

Then there is the spider!  Doing a game broadcast in a very small Utah town the press box was even smaller with board placed over sports where windows should have been, the boards were removed the game started and it turned into a blowout quickly/ What do you do when the a game is boring and you want to keep those listening a reason to stay.  That came in to form of a very large spider who started to build his web in the opening not 2 feet from my face.  The play by play quickly turned into a play by play of the Spider web.  Yes watching a spider was more interesting that a game of football.

 

Things do happen and will continue to happen because we all make mistakes, from this moment on I will not make any more bloopers.  YEAH LIKE THAT’S GONNA HAPPEN.

 

 

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EARWORMS NOT AS GROSS AS IT SOUNDS

EARWORMS!

 

 

Now before you take off for Insta care an Earworm is a song you can’t get out of you head.   They can be aggravating.  Sometimes aggravating to your friends and family

Example the song Come on Eileen by Dexy’s Midnight Riders.  That song gets stuck in my head and I will just start singing it out loud.   When that happens I get the look from my wife Teresa!

Other Ear worm songs for me include

The Proclaimers: I’m gonna be (I would walk 500 miles)

Happy – Pharell Williams

Bohemian Rhapsody _ queen

Hello Mary Lou- The Statler Brothers version, don’t know why

Living on a prayer- Bon Jovi

Beat it – Michael Jackson

Don’t worry be happy – Bobby McFerrin

These are just a few that I find get stuck in my head from time to time.  But about 6pm last night for some unknown reason a song I don’t even like hit my head.  It was a big hit twice once for actor Richard Harris and Donna Summer.   The song “MACARTHUR PARK” not one of my favorites.  To be honest I hate that song.

Not that the entire song is in my head just a lyric line.  THIS LYRIC LINE.

“MACARTHUR’S PARK IS MELTING IN THE DARK

ALL THE SWEET SWEET ICING FLOWING DOWN

SOMEONE LEFT THE CAKE OUT IN THE RAIN

CAUSE IT TOOK SO LONG TO BAKE IT

AND I’LL NEVER HAVE THAT RECIPE AGAIN.

OH NO”

Oh no is right that lyric makes no sense to me all I can think of now is having cake.

SOMEONE BAKE ME A CAKE!

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Today we had some lighter news about Covid 19

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WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT AND MY PUPPY

I think of myself as an optimistic person, but I also know that the situation that we are in can really make it difficult.  To use a popular term about all the negative news “IT’S A REAL BUZZKILL”.

So during this time I want to share some word of encouragement I found on the website FTD by design

“We can do no great things, only small things with great love.” — Mother Teresa

“If you’re feeling helpless, help someone.” — Aung San Suu Kyi

“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” — Maya Angelou

“Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance. Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion.” — Martha Graham

“I may not be perfect, but parts of me are pretty awesome.” — Anonymous

“I’m stronger than I thought I was. My favorite phrase has been ‘This too shall pass.’ I now understand it really well.” — Robin Roberts

“When there is no struggle, there is no strength.” — Oprah

“I don’t think of all the misery but of the beauty that still remains.” — Anne Frank

I hope you know how seriously I take my position as I try to find ways to give you a chance to smile a few times each morning.  Times are hard right now and I fear that this is the new normal at least (the very least) for a couple of weeks.

If I was to create a quote that best summarizes my thoughts it would be this.

“There are a lot of things in my life that I can control.  The things I can control will help me keep perspective about my life”

I wish you all the best during these times and remind you that a smile , a kind word, a phone call, holding a door for someone at the store  are just a few little things we can and should be doing.

Now on a lighter note, today is National puppy day.  Puppies are so cute and can melt the hardest hart.

The only puppy I had was a mutt but a cute mutt.  One Saturday I was playing in the back yard I heard my sister’s excitement as they came through the house holding a PUPPY!  A Small white dog with some brown markings.

That little pup was awesome, even if I was upset at the time my sisters picked for the name.  “PRECIOUS” Not a name a boy would name a dog.

As Precious and I grew up together, we became the best of friends.  As my sister’s moved on in life and left the house I was there as a teen with my dog, my Precious.  I remember some friends coming over and asking my dogs name I was slightly embarrassed to say precious, as we all had a good laugh talking about how our sisters were sooooo strange.  (Sorry Judy Sandra, Edwinna, and Betty)

So today I proudly pronounce to you my puppy was named PRECIOUS and I would not change a thing about that little dog.

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PUTT PUTT

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Writing a daily blog post each day has been a lot of fun and also hard at times. Subject matter is the hard part and with all the serious news I have to report on each day I have found it difficult.

BUT NOT TODAY!

As I was preparing for the morning show I came across something that brought a great deal of joy in my heart.  It was a story from ESPN 2 which talked about the lack of live sporting events for them to program so this Sunday on ESPN they will be showing some kind of strange events.  AX throwing and something called “Slippery Steps” which is fun because you get to see people slip and fall ….now that is almost as fun as watching Pro Wrestling.  But the thing that got me excited was watching Miniature Golf.  I prefer to call it PUTT PUTT.

I found my love of PUTT PUTT with my cousin Randall, when he would visit we would make our way to one of many courses in Memphis.

Most people enjoy the unusual layout of the holes, the loop to loops the secret passages, the moving obstacles. Yeah that is fun but I really liked what we would call a PUTT PUTT course.
To me a real PUTT PUTT course use sloping hills some stationary obstacles that were placed perfectly so you would not have a straight shot to the hole.  You would have to bounce your ball off the board to get it rolling in the right direction and if you hit it right A HOLE IN ONE!  I actually got pretty good at the angles and the boards but man the slopes and hills would frustrate me.

Randall and I would play for hours because we would go at times when they had play all you want for one price!

On my 18th birthday I hit the legal age in the state of Tennessee and that day was another special day.   It was the day I graduated from HIGH SCHOOL.   (I might write more about that day at a later date because most of the day was not good)   I had friends who found out I was 18 and legally by beer invited me to after graduation parties  but that was something I never got into so a few friends and I celebrated by going to a 24 hour PUTT PUTT !   Yes I am a party animal.   We started at midnight with no one else there for most of the night.  About 3:30 were PUTT PUTTED out.  We ended the day with an early morning breakfast at Waffle House.   Then it was home by 5am.   That is a favorite memory.  Maybe my best memory from my high school years.

About 20 years ago a local miniature golf course here was wanting to do something fun with the radio station.  So we had our own golf tournament called the MINI MASTERS.  No green jacket for the winner but dang we had fun.

So this Sunday on ESPN two I will try to take a little PUTT PUTT in but I would guess that PUTT PUTT will turn into a NAP NAP!

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STRESSED OUT! TAKE TIME TO LAUGH

I have a ritual every morning when I wake up at 4:15am to get ready for my day.  I do the three s’ss  SHOWER , SHAVE AND ……. SHAMPOO.  This is a family blog after all.

Another ritual after I get to the station is to prepare for the morning show and today I found out is

NATIONAL LAUGH DAY!!!!!!!

Perfect timing I think.  We need to laugh with so much news to make us sad and stressed out news. We need a break… we need to LAUGH

On KOOL today we have standup comedy to help lighten the mood and the funk we are in.

This made me think of some of my favorite Comedy and some of the influences that help shaped my deformed mind.

TV COMEDY’S

Lavern and Shirley

Seinfeld

Everybody loves Raymond

The Big Bang theory

The Odd Couple (Tony Randall and Jack Klugman)

The Andy Griffith show

The Carole Burnett show

3rd Rock from the sun

There are two I will list in TV comedy’s but originally they were released to Movie houses  then repacked for TV and these two have and will still entertain me and I have seen each one so many times

The Little Rascals- I grew up wanting to be like STYMIE

The Three Stooges- when I walk into a Hospital I think to myself “DR HOWARD DR FINE DR. HOWARD”

Movies

The Marx brothers – Can’t pick a favorite just love them

Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis- so many great ones

More modern movies include

Animal House

Revenge of the Nerds

The Jerk

Tommy boy

Comedians

I have admired the work of so many comedians over the years but I have to admit most of today’s big stars are not my cup of Diet Mt Dew.   Ben Stiller and Will Ferrell come to mind.  Will is sometimes OK

But influences are more fun to talk about. Groucho Marx, Flip Wilson, George Carlin, Paul Lynde Robin Williams, John Bulushi, Bill Murray oh who am I kidding the early stars of Saturday night live.

One of the highlights of my life was the time I got to interview Tommy Smothers of the comedy duo The Smothers brothers.   Not only is Tommy a comic genius he and his brother changed the world with their Comedy Tv show which was so controversial and might I say funny  that they were fired.

Here is my interview with Tommy Smothers

So today be safe hunker down keep up to date with the latest news but don’t forget one thing

IT’S NATIONAL LAUGH DAY!!!!!!!

 

Here is about 5 minutes of stand up for today.

And just because I want to Some Lenny and Squiggy

AND IT KEEPS PILING ON

The question is are you stress out?  YEP!

I have been trying my best on my morning show to be entertaining and informative the past week.  This is an unusual time in all our lives with all the illness and news about Covid 19.

I come to work each day knowing that part of my job is to let you know that things are OK and any information that can help us get through this together.

This morning I found this kind of hard to do.  About 7; 10 this morning I am working on my Stupid news and things started moving.  I told myself I’m not drunk, heck I don’t even drink.  But there it was a 5.7 magnitude earthquake.

My first thought was to be honest “HOLY ^%$#” WHAT NOW.   I looked at the studio next to me VFX and McCall and I looked at each other and mouthed “HOLY ^%$#   the I see Loralee in the hall and all I can imagine was she was saying “HOLY &^%$”   Then I had to get my on head together to be on the air trying to inform you about the quake.  During emergencies it is most important for us in the media to remain calm, but we are human. As we found out when a Tornado hit Salt Lake City a few years ago. 1999

Now I have had the adrenaline dump and taken a few breaths I can look back at the few times I have felt a quake

Several years ago I was on the air at about 7:10am I don’t know what I was talking about but I saw the microphone start swaying in front of me and then it bonked me on the nose.  That was strange, but a couple of months after that I was in Wendover Nevada and we were going to drive west to Wells to see the damage from that quake there.   I was sitting by the window and the window stared shaking AFTERSHOCK!  I thought it strange to be getting ready to see damage and we almost had some right there.

My most memorable earthquake story was the 1st year of Monday night football as the Dallas Cowboys were playing my favorite team The St. Louis football cardinals.  The game itself was great for me with the Cards blanking the Cowboys 33 to 0 but the New Madrid Fault decided to release some energy.   It was a real shaker freaked this young dude out but there was little damage.

I hope and pray that there was little to no damage from the 5.7 quake and that the aftershocks will be minimal, but forgive me if I also hope and pray that Covid 19 will end soon so we can get back to some sense of normal.  I worry about the economic impact this is going to have on all of us.

My best advice is only this : do the best you can , be kind to one another be patient take the precautions you need to make hunker down as best you can and try to find something each day that makes you smile.   OK several things to make you smile!

I will try each day to be serious when I need to be and to spread some good news too.  WHY?  Because we all need more smiles

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SPORTS STARS PLAYING WHERE?

 

I am a fan of sports, all sports and especially when you are young you have your favorite players on your favorite team, and it breaks your heart when that favorite players “takes his talents elsewhere”

Today’s news that Tom Brady would not be playing for the Patriots next season was not a surprise and to be honest I don’t care.  I have never been a fan even if I think he is one of if not the best to ever play Quarterback.

But the announcement did make me think about other famous athletes who spent the twilight of their careers with another team.

The player that affected me the most, is not a house hold name, he was one of the best of his era of football and he played for my favorite NFL team THE ST. LOUIS FOOTBALL CARDINALS.  His name was Jim Hart, Hart was the QB that had a great arm and could really throw for accuracy down field.  He had some great seasons with teams that were good and some not so good.  But I was a fan and was hart broken (Jim Hart—Hart broken get it) when he played his final season with the Washington Redskins

But alas I have a happy ending to this story because a co-worker of mine at WTPR in Paris TN and I went to Bush Stadium and got to see Jim Hart play for the Redskins.  Well he did dress out anyway.

Our seats were on the 3rd row in the end zone and as the players came out of the locker rooms  here comes my childhood hero #17 Jim Hart about 10 feet away from me!  I shouted to him and he turned and waved!  That made the entire trip worth it.  That a 2 stops at Whitecaslte before and after the game.

Other stars that I was surprised that ended their carriers with another team

Johnny Unitas- The high top black cleats just didn’t look right in the Chargers powder blues

Hakeem the dream Olajuwon a 12 time all-star in the NBA for the Rockets was traded to the Toronto Raptors

The Say Hey Kid Willie spent most of his career with the San Francesco Giants but was traded to the Mets

Joe Montana won super bowls with the 49’s but despite playing well for the Kansas City Chiefs he retired.

After I moved to Utah 25 years ago I became a huge fan of the Mailman Karl Malone of the Utah Jazz.  I mean what sports fans hasn’t hear the phrase ‘STOCKTON TO MALONE”    Karl spent 18 years with the Jazz only to leave  chasing a championship ring with the L.A. Lakers.   I think the most hurtful thing for me and Jazz fans was Karl playing in a Lakers Uniform.  I don’t think I will ever get that memory out of my mind.

There are plenty of others in sports but these were the ones that shocked me the most

Today on the morning show Updates and St Patty’s day

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TODAY WAS A TOUGH DAY

There are days when I find it very difficult to be on the radio.  Those reasons are varied, illness, a family tragedy or like today  a day where all the depressing things going on in the past 48 hours  with covid 19 and its aftermath just put me in a funk.

Days like this I find it difficult to find the right balance or seriousness mixed with trying to give you a reason to at least smile to lighten the mood.

I woke up early this morning and was finding it hard to go back to sleep so I checked my Facebook page and it was so full of people posting about who they blamed or didn’t blame for this situation  and why or why not certain decisions were made.

I remind you decision makers are in a can’t win situation.  Someone will find fault in any decision or in the timing of it all.

Then there are those who are putting a political spin on it.   I just don’t understand or is it I can’t stand the politics of this.  I remind you that you have a right to post your opinion but know this not everyone will agree with you and if you do a political post expect a response that might or might not agree and that is ok.  But what is not OK with me is the way some people respond.  The bullying that take place online is like that of a 2nd grader.

During this time I hope that the keyboard courage some people have will be tempered after all we are in this together.

You might or might not have to change you plans or modify them.   But I think it is a mistake for us not to finding ways to support our local shop owners and above all support each other.   Contact a friend, contact family members and please remember to contact any elderly you might know.

Be careful, smart, kind and above all LIVE YOUR LIVE!

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