I AM A REDNECK KIND OF

I was born a redneck and now my neck just hurts.  That is why I will be gone for a couple of weeks.  I will be having neck surgery on December 11th to repair some problems there.

So how did that happen?   I don’t know.  A guess would be a lot of sports when I was younger, a couple of wrecks and just getting older.

This will be my 3rd surgery since September and if you want add a wisdom tooth extraction, it has been an interesting fall of 2019.  But that is nothing compared to the year 2000 when a very serious illness led to 11 surgeries in in 18 months.

I am fine, just have been slammed in life just like many of you.  I tell you this because over the years I have become friends with so many of you.  Some friends I only know phone or on Facebook, but I still am humbled to call so many people friends.

I hope to be back soon after Christmas. So this is my opportunity to wish you a Merry Christmas!   If you don’t celebrate Christmas like I do please take my greeting as wishing you only the best not only during the holidays but year round.

 

HAVE A KOOL YULE!!!!!!!!!!

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IT’S THE GIFT KEEPS ON GIVING

I made an admission on air this morning

Christmas time is so fun, with parties, movies, TV specials, and spirt lifting Church services.

And the most important thing THE JOY OF GETTING!

Of course I am kidding because there is nothing better than on Christmas morning watching for the reactions of gifts  they are being opened.    Growing up we would all try to guess which present would make my sister Sandra cry!!!!!

There is one gift I have never given or received that is The Chia pet,   possibly the best white elephant gift ever

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I DO LIKE CHRISTMAS MUSIC

 

Christmas music can be fun.  Christmas can be inspiring.  Christmas music can make you cry.  Christmas music can bring back memories. 

Later in this blog post I will tell you about my favorite Christmas songs and why.

How about some triva about Christmas songs

  1. “All I Want for Christmas Is You” was written in 15 minutes, was originally recorded by Vince Vance and the Valliant’s and Mariah Carey recorded it in August
  2. When Brenda Lee recorded “Rockin’ around the Christmas Tree” in 1958, she was only 13 years old.

 

  1. “Jingle Bells” is over 150 years old.  It was published in 1857 . . . and was intended to be a THANKSGIVING song, not a Christmas song.

 

  1. Thurl Ravenscroft sang “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” . . . and was also the voice of Tony the Tiger for over 50 years.

 

  1. Irving Berlin wrote the song, “White Christmas” . . . and hated Elvis Presley’s version so much, he tried to get it BANNED from the radio.

 

  1. “Silver Bells” was originally called “Tinkle Bell”.

The writer changed it after his wife mentioned the double-meaning of the word “tinkle.”

  1. “The Chipmunk Song” is still the only Christmas song to ever hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
  2. “Do You Hear What I Hear?” was written as a call for peace during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962.
  3.   Bing Crosby did not want to record Little Drummer Boy / Peace on Earth with David Bowie.  But after hearing it he loved it

 

 

It is well known I grow tired of Christmas music, but I am not a Bah Humbug kind of guy.  So now a list of my favorite Christmas song

  1. Little St Nick, Dr Teeth and the Electric Mayhem (Muppets) it was part of the John Denver and the Muppets Christmas.  I crack up every time when Animal sings background vocals
  2. Do you hear what I hear, just a beautiful song

8… White Christmas, the Drifters not because of Home alone but it is one of my favorites because of a former Co- Worker.   She could sing really deep and I would chime in with a Falsetto voice.  It was really funny!

  1. Tennessee Christmas, The 1st time I heard this song I was living in Idaho and very homesick and it just hit me that I really missed my family
  2. The 12 pains of Christmas. Face it sometimes the Holidays are a pain.  I laugh every time I hear the man say “One light goes out they all go out”

5 Christmas in Dixie.  Another song that came out while I was so far away from home.  The line about “Graceland all in lights” hit home.  We used to go see Graceland every year,

  1. Celebrate me Home—Kenny Loggins. Not just a favorite Christmas song, but one of my favorite songs of all time.    I saw Kenny in concert and he sang this song in August!
  2. Merry Christmas Darling. Karen Carpenter singing a great song from my favorite Christmas album.  And on top of that I get points from my wife every time I play it!    I need all the points I can get.  I wonder if I will get points for putting this in my blog!
  3. Little Drummer Boy/ Peace on Earth – Bing Crosby and David Bowie. The Harmonies are incredible
  4. O Holy night- it says it all why we celebrate this season in one of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard.

 

So there you go.  By the time Christmas arrives I will be so sick of Christmas music but that doesn’t mean I don’t love it.

On top of that my wife loves Christmas music and I need all the points I can get!  Teresa notice the Carpenters reference in the blog…POINTS POINTS POINTS!!!!!!!

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IS THIS THE NBA OR WWE

Remember when Karl Malone and Dennis Rodman took on each other inside the squared circle of a professional wrestling ring.

That one match must have been the training ground for today’s NBA referees.   How else can you explain how in last night’s NBA game between the Lakers and the Jazz that LaBron James got away with this?

Just like watching a WWE match everyone but the official saw King James stop his dribble hold the ball and start again

WWE official Charles Robison should be proud.

NBA refs are well known to turn the other check on traveling violations, three second calls and more.  But to any Jazz fan the worst NBA call of all time involves Michael Jordan and B-russ

Am I bitter- you bet I am, but not as bitter when Hulk Hogan beat Sting  when the first ref was knocked out and a second official  came in thinking the match was still going on even though the first official  had called for a stop of the match.  That was the worst NBA I mean wrestling ref ever.

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I’M IN A FOG — OR AM I JUST OLD

With winter here we all need to take a little more care in our driving.  Not only because of slick roads but FOG!  It was a very foggy commute and as you know when we get inversion we get even thicker fog.  One concern I have is not just driving early in the morning, but also later in the day when it lighter and we can see somewhat better.  But it is still a good idea on a foggy day not for you to see better but for other drivers see you better.

I wonder if those safe driving apps work for this.

Then last night I saw a dangerous situation as it started getting darker.  There was a car in front of us who had one tail light working   ONE!  Brake lights nope, turn signal yes.  But no brake lights.  That is a downside to not having safety inspection anymore.

Just be careful:

As you know I have had a difficult fall and early winter.  2 months ago I had surgery for damaged wrist, things are better but today I am on my 3rd brace with lots of rehab work that is painful as I try to regain use of my wrist and fingers.  I have also has a tooth extraction and now one week from today I will have neck surgery and will probably be out of action for a couple of weeks.  Man do I feel old.

I found this survey about how old we are when our bodies start to fall apart and it said 40.

The survey found that we start noticing things don’t work quite like they used to between 37 and 40.  And then all this happens . . .

  1. Back pain starts at an average age of 44.
  2. Our sense of smell dulls at 46.
  3. Our ankles get weak at 47.
  4. Our knees start hurting at 47.
  5. And we start losing our hearing at 49.

But did you notice with all this losing of youth we don’t lose weight.

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I DON’T WANT MY MTV —I WANT COMFORT FOOD

 

With my upcoming neck surgery I have been trying to convince my wife that I will be needing comfort food and a lot of it

Ah, comfort food  the food we eat when we are down, depressed or sick.  It is the foods we crave that in our minds will make us feel better.

Me?   All food is comfort food  but  my favorite  is simple.   Ground beef that has been cooked with some onion and garlic then after it is cooked you bowl it up add some Mayo or Ranch dressing and let the comfort begin.   I know it is kind of strange but that is my comfort food. That some bacon  and a box of Little Debbie Snack cakes.  Yes a box!  I said it was comfort food not smart food and I need comfort a lot

Here are the top ten comfort foods   . . .  1.  Grilled cheese sandwiches. (I am not a fan of cheese but grilled cheese is yummy, add Tomato Soup)  2.  Chocolate. Mmmm 3.  Ice cream. My favorite flavor is COLD   4.  Pizza. . I rarely eat pizza   5.  French fries with Fry sauce of course.   6.  Macaroni and cheese NOPE, NOPE, NOPE I do not like Mac and Cheese.   7.  Mashed potatoes real ones not the powdered spuds.   8.  Cookies.  Specifically chocolate chip  or the  no bake cookies   9.  Fried chicken, I can do that 10.  Donuts as Homer Simpson said “Donuts isn’t there anything they can’t do.

So did you favorite comfort food make the list?  If not let me suggest a box of Little Debbie Snack cakes and you will feel better in no time.

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HELP FOR VETS

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As most of you know I have a special place in my heart for those who severe our country in the military. I was seriously considering enlisting until I decided to be on the radio.

 

There has been an ongoing effort to bring more services to northern Utah to help Veterans and their families who find themselves in need of help.  Over the past year it has been my honor to talk to veterans who have been working hard to get the center opened, this morning I spoke with Phillip Redlinger with the Cache Valley Veterans Association about the work on the center.

Here is that interview

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A SNOWY FLASHBACK

Growing up in Memphis TNI didn’t see a lot of snow but about once a year we would get a couple of inches.  Of course the town shut down and we had snow days from school. A few times we would get a lot of snow but rarely

My 1st year Ricks College I wasn’t prepared for a real winter.

It was a day like today the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, like today it was cloudy in the early morning hours and about 8 am it started to snow.

One of my friends, Kevin had invited me to have Thanksgiving at his home in Carbon County Utah, but the storm then like today was a big one.  Kevin called and said he had a full car sharing gas money but with the storm we needed to leave ASAP.

Everyone gathered about 10:30 and we were off, driving south and in that short two and a half hour span the roads were awful.  Kevin was driving near Rigby and we did a 360 but we just kept diving and the 8 hour trip to Carbon county wound up to be almost 13 hours.

So when I read the forecast at 5am this morning I had a flashback to my 1st real winter storm

Please be safe and Happy Thanksgiving

 

Pecan-Pumpkin Pie

3 eggs

1 cup dark corn syrup

1/2 cup sugar

4 tablespoons butter, melted

1 cup canned pumpkin

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup pecans, chopped

1 9-inch deep pie shell

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. With a hand beater, beat eggs well. Beat in corn syrup, sugar, butter, pumpkin and vanilla until well beaten. Arrange pecans in single layer in bottom of pie shell. Slowly pour egg mixture over pecans. Bake 1 hour or until knife inserted 1 inch from edge comes out clean,

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SNOOPY AND PIE

The many faces of Snoopy.

 

On this date in 1922 Charles Shultz was born. The man who gave us countless hours of smiles with the creation of the comic strip “PEANUTS”

Charlie Brown, Linus, Sally Brown, Lucy Van Pelt, Peppermint Patty…the list could go on and on.  But if asked most people would agree the most popular character is the one born at the Daisy Hill Puppy farm SNOOPY.

Was there anything this beagle couldn’t do? He is a World War One Flying Ace, a world class Athlete and philosopher.

But my favorite one time strip only had one character in it.  That was Sally Brown who was giving her report in front of the class on Dinosaurs.  Like any good public speaker she started with a joke.

My favorite dinosaur is the Bronchitis!  But is now extinct because it coughed a lot.

 

I never get tired of that joke, I have stolen I mean used it many many many times myself, just ask my wife!

 

Speaking of my wife, we celebrate a little extra on Thanksgiving night.  It was 25 years ago I asked her to be my wife!

 

Speaking of my wife, several years ago she and my mother in law tried a new recipe for a pumpkin pecan pie that is now my favorite pie.    Here is that recipe

 

Pecan-Pumpkin Pie

3 eggs

1 cup dark corn syrup

1/2 cup sugar

4 tablespoons butter, melted

1 cup canned pumpkin

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup pecans, chopped

1 9-inch deep pie shell

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. With a hand beater, beat eggs well. Beat in corn syrup, sugar, butter, pumpkin and vanilla until well beaten. Arrange pecans in single layer in bottom of pie shell. Slowly pour egg mixture over pecans. Bake 1 hour or until knife inserted 1 inch from edge comes out clean,

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DESPITE LIFE I AM THANKFUL

Like most of us life can be a little difficult!  Dace it “LIFE IS A ^&*()…

The last 6 months of 2019 have seen a few up and a lot of downs.  I injured my wrist.   How, I don’t know. Tried to ignore it because ….well I am a man and thought a little duct tape and superglue would fix it.  I was wrong.

I decided it was time to see what is wrong and test found more than a few problems.  The wrist needed surgery, at the same time a nerve was moved on my arm.  After 2 months I struggle with the use of my left hand but physical therapy or as I like to call it TOUTURE has helped.

Test on the wrist also found some neck issues that need to be repaired just two weeks before Christmas and that might mean I will not be on the air for a couple of weeks.

The stress at times has been….stressful to say the least but through all this I want to take a few lines to be grateful.

I am blessed to have a job that doesn’t feel like a job on most days.

I have a beautiful and comfortable home.

I have friends old and new that I cherish.

I am thankful for my Podcast “Turnbuckle Trash”  I shouldn’t say my podcast because of the efforts of  my Tag team partners  Zane Petersen and Chris Evans  who make talking about Pro Wrestling so much fun.

I am thankful for the new friends I have made who are wrestlers and for the chance I had to be a ring side announcer and do a bucket list item for me.

I am thankful for Sundays when I get to help those at the Williamsburg Retirement Center.

Most of I am Thankful for BACON!  MMM BACON.

No most of all I am thankful for my wife Teresa who 25 years ago on Thanksgiving night said yes!!!!!!

She has been there to drive me, to help feed me and anything I need during the past few months.  I don’t know what I would have done without her.

I am thankful for all of you.  The ones I have met, or those that listen.  It is such fun to come in and Play radio each day.

So despite the stresses of life even ones that are painful I am Thankful.

 

Now bring on the Turkey and all the fixings including pie.  And of Couse leftover turkey Sandwiches made with BACON!!

 

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