FREEDOM FIRE

When Logan city put in their request for good weather for “FREEDOM FIRE” they got more than they asked for.   I know the organizers had to a little worry about on Tuesday with the wind kicking up and even some rain in the area.  However when it was time to open the gates at the stadium the weather was PERFECT!

I was asked to be the MC at FREEDOM FIRE a few weeks ago and it was a privilege to be a small part of a great show.

I showed up at the stadium about 6am and there were people in line to get the seat they wanted for the show, and by the time the gates were to open just before 7 the line was long to get in.

The small part I played as the MC started a little rough.  I spoke into the microphone and ….. Nothing….. Then BAM about 2 seconds later the words I had just spoked came back to me in delay and man was that hard to deal with.   Before the next announcement I had my fingers in my ears and hand covering them to so the echo would not freak me out.

I was brought some ear plugs and noise canceling headphones which made it a lot easier to announce the things I did.  All evening long I got to enjoy the show and be a small part of it too.  The music was incredible Mile Marker 6, The Strike (who made reference to being from Provo but to not to hold them to that, which was hard but I didn’t) April Meservy and Party Crashers.

During the Party Crashers set they sand “Hey Jude” with the crowd popping out the cell phones and swaying to the music singing along.  The stadium looked like it was full of fireflies and as darkness falls the crowd anticipates what they came for FIREWORKS!  Fireworks west did not disappoint with a spectacular display.

I had a blast watching some young men playing cards, one young man who couldn’t be away from his video game s had his head buried in his device all night long. There was a time where everyone danced and the camera would catch them and put them on the screen.  One enthusiastic young man was dancing while sporting an Incredibles shirt, then came the Grandma dancing with her kids, me I was shaking my groove thing but only in my mind!  (No one wants to see me shake it)

I am not sure how many people =realized that the Canyon winds kicked up as soon as the show ended.  Like I said when Logan city put in their request for weather, it couldn’t have been much better than what we had.

My personal thanks to Logan city Parks and Recreation for inviting me to be a small part of the show.  When I look back at the year 2018 FREEDOM FIRE will be one of the things I enjoyed the most.

Today on the morning show we talked Veggies, ice cream and fireworks

Stupid news:   An Alien Invasion and a World Record set on the 4th of July 5, 2018

Laff Lines:  Going to a 4th of July Fireworks show

 

 

 

 

WHY IS AMERICA GREAT AND WHY I SEE A GREAT DIVIDE

Several years ago I went to Memphis TN, my hometown to visit family on the 4th of July weekend. However I had to work that morning and my trip was delayed and I am glad it was.   I was on the interstate just as Memphis was shooting Fireworks over the Mississippi River.   I just happened to be in the right place at the right time to pull over and enjoy the display set to music on a radio station in Memphis.  I remember getting a shudder as one of my favorite Elvis Pressley songs played “An American Trilogy” and then Lee Greenwoods “God Bless the USA” all I can say is WOW.

Here it is 2018 and I see America divided in a way that I view as very dangerous.   Social media is part of the problem but also part of the solution.    Sounds kind of strange, but here is why I firmly believe that.

Social media can bring us together as Americans faster than ever.   However there are those that use Facebook twitter and other social media sites to bully those who might not agree with them socially or politically.   I don’t mind a little debate but there are those who always want to be right and” DAMN THE TORPEDOES YOU ARE GOING TO SEE IT MY WAY “

Guess what bucko:  NO ONE HAS ALL THE ANSWERS!  I know you will find it hard to believe but even I Dave Denton do not have the answers but I do have a belief system that has built me into the man I am today.

I recently asked a simple question on my personal Facebook that drew some responses and one from a person that I have respect for that seemed to accuse me of being insensitive about the situation.   I had to inform him that I was just asking a question that I could not find an answer too and that it was my sensitive side that made me ask the question.   Eventually my friend saw that my question was legit and was not asked with any malice.

That situation made me realize what a great nation we live in because we could disagree about a subject and still be friends but it also made me realize why we as a nation have a huge divide that seems to be getting wider.

We see people every day who break that law, simply because they don’t think the law is unfair.  Is the law unfair that is not for me, but to me if you are willing to break that law you must be willing to suffer the consequences of breaking that law.     You also have the right to try to get the law changed.

Here is something about obeying the law that I think makes my point.

LAS VEGAS

We make the choice to go to Las Vegas and go into a Casino, we sit down at a table or a machine and you lose a lot of money.  Do you ask for your money back?  You might but will you get it back is a better question.   NO! Why?  Because you made that choice to go into a casino and play the games.  You might win but you might lose.  I have been on both sides of that

That is the way I feel about the laws in this nation.   If I chose to break a law and get away with it yeah for me.  However if I break that law I should not complain that the law is unfair and I should not pay that fine or serve that jail time.   “You gamble you could lose”

I don’t want this to get into a big political debate about one law or another, this is not the time or the place.   What I am trying to point out is that we the United States of America are Americans because we have the right to disagree I just want you and I to be more civil, to respect the opinions of others.  On social media I know I have certain friends that will post things I disagree with and most of the time I do not reply for fear that a friendship could be ruined because someone got their feelings hurt because I don’t agree with them.

Is my opinion better than yours?   To me it is, but that doesn’t mean I am right or wrong it is my opinion and as long as I don’t try to impede your right to have an opinion (Breaking the law is different) Then we can still be friends and if my opinion is so offensive to you that you choose not be friends well that is OK by me.   HAVE A GREAT LIFE!

Today on the morning show:   How to make a PB&J plus the cost of the 4th of July

Stupid news: The Boss and an Electric Fence

Laff lines:  Fireworks

 

 

THE WEEKEND 2 -A SEQUEL

 

If I put a name to my past weekend I would call it ‘THE WEEKEND 2”   Just like most sequels, it was good just not as good as the original.

Two weekends ago I had a great time going to the  a visitor on Friday night , WWE, stating at a nice hotel in Salt Lake,  Going to a Flea market and to top it off Salt Lake Bee’s Baseball.

This weekend was like watching The Incredibles 2   Liked it, but not as good as the original.  Did I mention we went to see the Incredibles 2?

The weekend started off with more visitors a 9 year old and her 13 year old sister.  Great kids had a wonderful time with them, even took them to see Incredibles 2.

I didn’t get to stay at a nice hotel, so I had to sleep in my own bed!

Sunday was fine with going to church and then a quick trip to see the Ogden Raptors play baseball.   If you have never been to a Raptors game you need to go.  It is a more laid back than the bees and even though I enjoy the Bee’s but the Raptors games are more fun.

The owner of the club is on the PA and does a great job interacting with the crowd.  The view is incredible including the abandoned build in right Center field.     The fans are close knit and have a lot of fun including a woman with a giant Gummy bear doing the Gummy Bear dance song then passing out Gummies.  Just a heck of a lot of fun.

BUT I FORGOT TO GET A HOT DOG!

*** And now for the sad part of the weekend****

I decided to try a new flavor of slushy at   a chain fast food joint who shall remain nameless to protect the not so innocent.   Oh heck I will just come out and say it SONIC.   I tried the Pickle Juice slushy the have been advertising.   My wife tried to talk me into getting a small one just to try it.  Did I listen to my wife NOOOOOOOOOO and do I regret it YESSSSSSS! To describe the pickle juice slushy in one word it would be

NASTY

 

Today on the morning show Dave’s matter of perspective with King James and Rossana.

Stupid news:  Going to the dogs, a Mike Tyson impression and a Marriage

Laff Lines.   Thank you notes from the Tonight show with Jimmy Fallon

 

BRING ON THE CABBAGE

I admit it I tend to overdo things, more than just a little.  I  BINGE.

I binge watch TV shows.

I binge watch movies

I binge eat.

I am not talking about the serious binge eating, that is dangerous and can lead to horrible consequences.

I talk of binge eating one type of food and you want to eat all the time.   Right now for me it is Hot Dogs!  Yes, hot dogs I find myself craving hot dogs every day but I try to resist.  I know some people are going Yuk, but I love a good dog.  Most of the time I don’t even use buns.  Just cook them up put them on a plate.  Condiments optional and I am happy.

Most of the food I binge is not good for me!   You can tell it just by looking at me.   Over the past few years, I would binge on Cheetos’s, Bugles, Snickers and Little Debbie Snack cakes (that harlot tempts me every day)

Now that you think I am just a glutton who eats only junk food, I have also binged on some actually good for you food.   Right now I crave an orange, V-8 juice, Milk and baked not fried chicken, salads with an oil and vinegar dressing and a boiled egg.  I have been known to binge on each one.

My favorite binge worthy good for you food is (drum roll please)   CABBAGE.  Just about any way it can be prepared I like it, boiled, raw, stir-fry, Cole slaw, kraut,  If it is cabbage…….. Pile it on!

I already know what I am having for lunch.   A big bowl of Cole slaw, with my special sauce.  I will add some sort of meat, and devour.  But since I am not home I better run to the store and get some Cheetos’s and Little Debbie Snack cakes.

Have a great weekend

Today on the morning show–  diet busters –  why would you ride a bike when it is dark, with no light and a dark hoodie.  And Fried Rice Syndrom

 

Stupid news: a speeding ticket, a nasty man gets his and a world record for Gravy

Laff lines; Rodney Dangerfield working with other acts

 

THE ANTI BLOG

Is this writer’s block?   I guess so.   I just can’t think of anything to blog about today so I guess this will could be short or a long rambling segment.

I chose short!!!!

I will say how much I enjoy this blog and how it has let me explain a few things to you about me and even express a few opinions that I don’t address on the radio.

So to keep this short I will just say how grateful I am to be able to do what I do.   Sometimes when the alarm goes off at 4:15 am it is difficult to get out of bed to be here to be a part of your morning,   but it is worth it.

I love what I do!  I get to play radio and guess what?   I even get paid to do this!!!!  SHOCKING ISN’T IT

Today on the morning show Muffins, Vacations and a matter of perspective

Stupid news- Police in Alaska are looking for a thief, and a fire in Iowa

Laff lines: Great books

 

THE FEAR OF FAILURE IS THE FEAR TO SUCCEED

I try to make these blog post light hearted and fun but every once in a while something gets my goat and I have to vent.

A new study out of Stanford University found that obsessively following your passion ISN’T the recipe for success.  In most cases, it’s actually the opposite.

WHAT????????????????

 This research found that people who only focus on their passion narrow their interests too much, which keeps them from having creative ideas or coming up with new innovations.

I understand what they are claiming but don’t agree, it is the passion we have that leads to the creative process that leads to success and to failure

The study says you also don’t learn about new subjects or try new things . . . that you might find something you like more.

OK I will give them this one to a point.  It is good to keep doors open but it those who express a passion for what they do that leads to success.

The study notes that when someone’s following their passion and they stumble or run into difficulty, it makes them EXTRA depressed.  And that can make them give up and quit.

That my friends is a load of doggy doo!   I know failure is hard, I have been there I HAVE FAILED!  1993 Halloween was the worst day of my life I failed in ways I thought I would never fail Yeah it hurt, yeah I was depressed.  However looking back at my failure it was the best thing that ever happened to me.   My failure led me to Utah where I met my wife the 1st day here and led to me being on the radio in Logan at KOOL 103.9

The Stanford study went on to way when those people DO quit, they’re completely lost and directionless. The researchers say you should DEVELOP your passion, not follow it completely.  That means you should work at it and stick with it . . . but don’t focus so hard that it winds up backfiring.

OK you might find some wisdom there being a well-rounded person is the ideal but I also see something there that gives me pause.

THE FEAR OF SUCCESS!

I have known too many talented individuals who claimed to have the fear of failure, they want life to hand them all the breaks.  Yes, that can happened but more likely it is those who take to bull by the horns and make the breaks that lead them to success.

I guess I am getting old, but I do see to many people that are afraid of life, afraid they will fail.

Life is not easy

Life hands us setbacks.

Life hands us success.

Success can mean different things to different people.   I have been asked if I ever wanted my career to take me to the BIG MARKETS.  I tell them, not really because my ideas of success did not mean having a lot of money.   I have had my chances of going to the larger cities.  I have had job offers I from Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, Baton rouge, and St Louis.  But I knew they weren’t for me. I am happy being me and doing what I do and let me tell you one thing.  I am passionate about being on the radio, have been all my life and without that passion I would not be happy today.  Has it been easy?  ARE YOU KIDDING ME!  No it has not always been easy, but my passion made it worth it.

Today on the morning show:  Midvale Utah gets money, Working on the internet, and a classy politician

Stupid news:  Doing your civic duty lands you in jail.  A child’s melt down has nothing on this woman.

Laff Lines: Apologies

MONDAY’S HAPPEN

On yesterday’s blog I told the story of one of the most relaxing and fun weekends I have had in a long time.  IT WAS AWESOME!

THEN MONDAY HAPPENED!

Yep I had a Monday that was……. Interesting and frustrating at the same time.   Monday’s here at the Cache Valley Media Group tend to be kind of a busy day anyway, so when other life issues try to interfere that is where stress comes into play.    So I had my share of stress on Monday.

I shouldn’t complain too much it wasn’t life threating stress, not even a stress that makes you want to pull a few hairs out of the already thin layer of hair on my head.  It was just an aggravating stress, the kind that makes you want to say” OK I AM DONE NOW, I WANT MY WEEKEND BACK”

I was working in the mid-day getting ready to go to lunch when my wife texted me saying she thought the battery in her car was dying.  I told her I would take it to be tested after lunch and she could use the car I drive to go back to her job.

After lunch she gets into the car and leaves and I am getting into the car she drives to take it to be tested.  As she leaves I am turning the key and ….. Nothing.  Yep the battery is dead.  Now what, I am so mechanically inept that I was in a panic.   But I did know enough to say ‘I WILL BORROW MY MOTHER IN LAWS CAR”

I did borrow her car to come back to the radio station to take care of some pressing issues all the while stressing out about the car with the dead battery.   I made a call to borrow a battery charger went home clipped it on for about an hour and it still wouldn’t start.  The stress level rises and I clean the battery post then hook up the charger for a jump start.  VICTORY!    I drive the car to a local parts place and they get out the tester and yep dead battery (Taps was playing on the radio) But now comes how to change it out.   Easy peasy it wasn’t.

A PT Cruiser and it’s engine compartment is tiny and to get to the battery you need to take off a couple of things that I the mechanically inept person would never be able to replace so I drive it to a mechanic shop that was just about to close, more stress but I decide no hair pulling, (lack of hair on top) I leave it there overnight.

Like I told you not a bad Monday but the stress level seemed to be higher because I had enjoyed my weekend so much.   I guess the life lesson here is “Don’t have a great weekend, because”

MONDAY’S HAPPEN

 On today’s show I was joined by my wife Teresa to talk about wedding anniversary traditions.    Also Dive’s matter of perspective on the NBA

Stupid news: Shot guns on the fast food menu.  Scientist to the rescue

Laff lines: Mellinals

WHAT A WEEKEND

 

              

 

 

 

This kind of thing rarely happens to me, but it did this weekend.  From start to end it was great.

Friday, the oldest child of some friends of ours spent time with us.  He is 16 but we had a blast.  I even tried to explain Pro- Wrestling to him. (I don’t think he will be a fan like I am)\

Saturday was a day of looking for thrift store finds and I found more than a few.   We even visited two locations of Toys r us and the going out of business sale.   The deals were incredible but the selection is dwindling every day.

Saturday night was the WWE event at the Maverick center and as a lifelong fan I loved every minute of it.    I won’t go into a lot of details yet.  I will leave that to the podcast Turnbuckle Trash.  It is not online yet but I will let you know when.  It should be a good one all about the WWE experience.

The one thing from Saturday night that was exciting was watching with some friends, and making new ones.   One of the friends who was there was Mitch Henlin and his brother Drew  .  Mitch had his 1st live pro wrestling event ever.     I had Mitch in the studio this morning and wanted to hear what he thought

Sunday was full of Flea Markets and baseball.    At the Flea market it was HOT HOT HOT.  I also realized I am getting older, my old knees, even the new one was feeling old

When you go to a game you need a dog and I got a dog!   AND I ATE THE DOG!  It was a beautiful day, our seats were in the shade with a slight breeze from the north hitting my back.  I was so relaxed that I feel asleep for an inning and a half.   I don’t know the last time I felt so relaxed.  There is something about a ballpark that just mellows me out.

From start to end one of best weekends ever!   If only each weekend was that nice.  We know better, not every weekend can be fun, but we need them.

Hope yours was great too!  I am looking forward to another great weekend. Do I dare have two in a row?  You will have to tuned next Monday, same bat time and same bat channel.

 

Morning show fun:

Stupid news:  A stupid cop and a stupid crook

Laff Lines :  George Carlin  words

 

CHEAP OR FRUGAL

Have you ever heard the saying “MONEY TALKS AND ———‘

Let’s just say if money talks my money needs a larger vocabulary!

I try to be careful with my money.  I didn’t say frugal or thrifty but I didn’t say I like spending money at a whim either, but I do like to spend.

On out sister station KVNU we run THE DAVE RAMSEY SHOW.  I will listen sometimes trying to get some ideas about how to handle my money.  OH, I can handle it ok but keeping it is a different matter.

Today on PR NEWSLETTER they had a short article about being cheap vs frugal.  Here are a few items that caught my eye, I might even have to make a snide comment or two or three.

  1. Not leaving a tip . . . CHEAP. (If you don’t leave a tip because of poor service, tell the manager or the waitress why.)

 

  1. Buying generic groceries or electronics . . . FRUGAL. (Oh I will somewhat disagree on this one. There are some fantastic items that are generics.  I DRAW THE LINE ON ELCTRONICS!   There are some off brands that are just that off-full.  There was a chain that even had Radio in its name but over the years I found the items at this little shack to be less that what I wanted.

 

  1. Carefully tracking how much electricity you’re using . . . FRUGAL. (And a little cheap too)

 

  1. Reusing tea bags or coffee filters . . . CHEAP. (And icky)

 

  1. Calculating your portion of a group dinner bill to the cent . . . CHEAP.

 

  1. Diluting your hand soap with water so it’ll last longer . . . CHEAP.

 

  1. Using deals or coupons for everything you buy . . . FRUGAL. (Borders on the cheap with me, but maybe that is one reason I don’t have a lot of money)

 

  1. Always tipping 15%, regardless of how good the service was . . . CHEAP. (Agreed, sometimes they go out of the way to provide good service and if you want to tip more go for it.)

 

  1. Re-gifting . . . CHEAP. (NO NO NO NO NO! I disagree, if you are given a gift it is yours to do with what you want and if you can’t use it why not give it to someone else to enjoy.  Yes, I am a regifter!   I admit that I have only done it once or twice)

At a radio station Christmas party several years ago as a white elephant gift I wrapped up a can of SPAM!  The person who got it hated SPAM.  So the next year, his white elephant was the same can of SPAM and I got it!   He regifted, and I ate it!

Sometimes being cheap is frugal and verse visa as I say.

Is it cheap to squeeze Ketchup packets into your on bottle?  What about when you go through a drive through and they pack you up with napkins, do you put those in a drawer to use?

Why just this morning at 5am at a drive through I received about 20 napkins and some plastic cutlery.  The plastic knife is now packed away for future use and the napkins went into the stack.

 

DANG I AM CHEAP

Today on the morning show. Mr. T

Stupid news; a mother and son bonding moment and a drunk that just keeps digging in deeper and deeper.

Laff Lines: Department store dressing rooms

If you will indulge me just a little.  This morning just I was getting ready to come to the station I received a call, the kind of call no one wants to get at 4 am.   My nephew Jeremy passed away early this morning in Memphis.

I helped take care of Jeremy a lot when he was younger.  Seeing him and his cousin Kelly on sit in spins laughing is a great memory for me.  His family moved a lot and so did I for too many years so I had not seen him in several years.  He did come to Logan and was a witness at my wedding.

Last year while I was in Laughlin Nevada I came across a Wonder Woman slot machine and sat down to play.  WHY? Jeremy and I shared a love of the character Wonder Woman.  I took some pictures and sent them to him.  Didn’t send him my winnings, because there wasn’t any.

It is very hard to lose a loved one at any age.  I will take time to shed a tear.  But most of all I will smile every time I read a Wonder Woman story or watch a rerun or even the next time play the Wonder Woman slot machine.  I will think of Jeremy

MEMORIES OF FRED!

The Cache Valley Cruise In is just a few weeks away.   Today here at our Studio’s this years giveaway car is on display at 67 NOVA and it is SWEET.   Here are some Pictures

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I miss Fred!   Fred was the 1st car I ever owned.  It was a 69 Pontiac Le Mans.  It was SWEET!  Me and Fred or Fred and I had great times together.

Why did I name my car Fred?  “Smokey and the Bandit” Yep the movie.   Shortly after I bought my car I went on a date to see the film and the name Fred just hit me.  My car was Fred!

I loved that car and like most I wish I still had Fred but our relationship went sour when I was as the song say’s “Tempted by the fruit of another” a 72 ford which I got for a screaming deal.   But I had a dilemma on my hands.  What was this cars name?  Junior!   He was Fred Jr.  My 2nd car Jr. was his name.

Then Jr and I had a wreck!  No injuries, but Jr started having issues.  The gas gage stopped working and I didn’t realize it until…..  Well you know.

Then one horrible day I had a double date, my date was a great girl and I think I had fun on the date.  But like I said, I was having a bad day and probably it probably wasn’t a good date for the lady.

After dropping off our dates my friend and I were on our way.  I started up Jr. shifted into reverse and the entire gear shift lever came off!    I remember saying “What the _______    Oh the language that came from my mouth.  My friend thought I was having a breakdown and was actually worried about me.   He shouldn’t have worried because having the gear shift come off in my hand was just what I needed!  A bad day ended in laughter.   Thanks Jr.

I needed a car to replace JR.   That car was another Le Mans I think a 78, nice care, red with a white vinyl roof and white interior.   That car was not a Fred or a Jr.  I named it Fredrick!  A great car but one problem.  One day I was at work when the county sheriff came in for an interview with the news department and then he hung around for a purpose.

He asked who owned the red Le Mans.  I sheepishly raised my hand and asked if there was a problem?  His answer, “Not really, but that car is the same kind of car that was driven by the biggest drug dealer in Blackfoot Idaho” What a cowinky dinky.

After Fredrick, I stopped naming my cars.  The three best had been taken

Today on the Morning Show: The World Cup and Burger King

Stupid news;   A Hot Dog with and Pokémon go

Laff lines:   I don’t trust Hotels