IS IT REALLY A BLOG

What do you do when it is time to write a blog and you get sick to your stomach?   And when my tummy hurts it is A BIG PAIN.  You write a short blog and go home.

So here is my blog, I AM GOING HOME!

AM I A HALLOWEENIE

Am I becoming a Halloweenie?

Over the past few years my thoughts on Halloween have been changing some.   When I was a kid I was a fan of the Halloween candy but somewhere along the line I just didn’t enjoy Halloween.   At one time I would even say I was ANTI HALLOWEEN!

But now I kind of enjoy Halloween time.  Why?  Ghoul 103.9   Several years ago we at KOOL thought it would be fun to supply the soundtrack for Halloween.   At 4pm the transformation begins and KOOL becomes Ghoul with 5 hours of music, comedy and sounds about all hallows eve.  As I started to put the show together I started to see the fun side of Halloween.   The costume are amazing especially the kids when they come by trick or treating.

I am not much on dressing for the Holiday but I did last year.  Dressing like a Pro Wrestler no speedo’s no Latex but a  Mask and  a Lucha Underground shirt and I was ready for trick or treaters.

One quick story from last year.  Some friends came by with their kids and I had just taken the mask off because it was HOT.  We let the kids have a little extra candy because they were so dang cute. The family left to visit more homes in the area and in about 15 minutes they were walking by our house once again.  I had put on the Mask again and said Hi to the family again.  The little toddler who I had been playing with a few minutes before was awestruck as I called out his name “PETER”

He knew my voice but now I had on the Mask.  Peter froze on the sidewalk and didn’t take his eyes off of me, He didn’t scream he just stared as I talked to him through the mask.  His look was priceless as I imagined his little mind trying to figure out who this was.  Yes it was Dave’s voice but Dave looked different.

It was one of the funniest things I had seen.  So I took off the mask and believe it or not Peter still had that look in his eye like “who is this dude”  “he gave me candy so he must be cool”

Here is a list of Halloween movies you might consider.  1st Scary movies.   I am not a fan of slasher movies and scary movies so I think I have only seen one on this list from Society19.com

Movies they recommend.  A quite place… Truth or dare…  Before I wake…. The 1st purge …Predator.

Now I have seen the original Predator with Arnold and Jesse the Body Ventura. I really liked it.  (I ain’t got time to bleed)

But there are also a lot of movies that are fun and scary , I call them Halloween lite.  Some movies you might consider.   Fright night…. The Adams family… The monster squad… Shaun of the dead… this movie has a cult following and I tried to watch it, notice the word tried…. Ghostbusters…. Abbot and Costello meet Frankenstein and the one I have to watch every year is Young Frankenstein.   Honestly one of the best movies of any genre every made.

One other movie that you might consider is not really a scary or a funny Halloween movie but it is a Bio movie called ED WOOD.   Johnny Deep as a real life movie writer and director who was more than a little out there.  He was the king of the old B movies and directed what a lot of movie critics say is the ‘Worst movie ever made” Plan 9 from outer space.   As bad as Plan 9 was Ed Wood was the opposite.   This is one quirky movie that to me is a must see.   I would probably put it on a personal Top 10 list.

So as we get closer and closer to Halloween maybe I will try a few scary movies… Nah, but I will watch the fun ones.   Maybe I will become more of a Halloweenie

 

Today on the morning show: Dave’s matter of perspective and a look at the postal service.

Stupid news: Macaroni and Dog Poop

Laff lines: weather reporters

 

A STRANGE WAY TO START MY DAY

I am going to start today’s blog with something serious.  Yesterday a co-workers Father in Law got that phone call.  It is called the Grandparents Scam.  When Loralee from Q -92 asked me to pass along some information to warn our KOOL listeners I thought it important enough to have her on the air with me and tell her story:  Please take a few minutes to listen and to inform yourself about this scam and then tell everyone you know.  We might not be able to stop all the idiots who prey on us, but maybe we can educate ourselves and others on what to do.

Now for today’s blog:

I had one of those mornings, you know it starts off kind of strange and them KABLAMO, It gets stranger.

I woke up this morning to my alarm clock at 4:15…. I thought but I must have went right back to sleep after hitting the alarm.  Five minutes later it rings again.   I haven’t used my snooze in years.  I found out that I felt worse using a snooze so I started the process of getting up at the alarm.    I guess it is a good thing I use the snooze as a backup.

I should copy right that ‘USE THE SNOOZE”

As I came into the station this morning something felt kind of off, yeah I was right something felt off and that something was.  “THE STATION WAS OFF THE AIR”.

I calmly drove to the station, of course obeying all traffic laws.   (Sort of).  Now I have been in radio for all my adult life and I thought I had seen it all.  But my see-er was about to see what it had never seen.

My computer that I use every day crashed.  I won’t go into any details, mainly because most of you know more about tech that I do.   I just punch a button and let the magic begin.  But I knew I needed to think things through to be able to get us back on the air.

Using my limited skills I found a way to get us on the air but not at full capacity. (I am so smart).  Then I placed a phone call to the I.T. guys.  I continue to search to find ways to fix the situation.  One of the I.T. guys suggested something that sounded like, yep that will work.  But NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Then this time I couldn’t even get us back to where we were.   Face it Dave there is no way you can do this.

About this time I had one of the I.T. guys here trying to help and nothing worked.  Frustration is starting to get to me as another I.T. guy is asking me questions that had no answers.  Finally, Lynn Simmons of KIX 96 came to my rescue and we are back fully on the air.

My blood pressure started to level off the frustration level was still high because I was taken out of my routine and how I do my show on the air.  I shouldn’t fret so much things went great but man was I stressed out this morning.

Today on the morning show: Do you like your boss?   And a story from North Dakota that will renew your faith in Humanity.

Stupid news:  There is no place like home, A Stamp of approval and an update on the service squirrel.

Laff Lines: How being married changes a man

 

 

MY LOVE HATE RELATIONSHIP WITH POLITICS

All my life I have had a love hate relationship with politics.  Or should I say a love hate relationship with the election process.

When I was a kid I really enjoyed watching the news and observing the political process.  But things have changed over the years.  Maybe I just get tired of excuse me for saying this ‘POLITICAL B.S.”

Here is a small example of what I mean. NOW I WANT YOU TO REMEMBER THIS IS NOT SLANTED TOWARDS ANY POLITICAL PARTY OR CANIDATE. 

On my recent vacation to Laughlin Nevada, I was watching a TV program in my room when I noticed a lot of political ads that proved my point.  All but one of the ads were negative about the other side, and since I do not know what parties were affiliated with the political ads.

Slam this issue, slam this vanadate, do some name calling but there was no substance to say “Hey this is what I stand for and why”

 All but one ad.  No mention of how bad the other vanadate was.   The ad took time to tell how he would vote on issues and why he was running.   I don’t remember him even saying the others name. I found that refreshing and it left me with a positive impression of the candidate.   

 

So if I have this love hate relationship with politics why am I writing this blog because this morning I came across a survey on the PR news wire?  Here are some of the hi-lites  

87% of people said they think this is the most divided the country has been in their lifetime.  So almost 9 in 10 people agree with that.

That just makes me sad, and I think we can place at least part of the blame on social media.  Sitting behind a keyboard and posting opinions and being cruel in your comments to those you disagree with.  It has happened to me so I just avoid politics on social media.  To paraphrase

“IF YOU POST IT I WILL IGNORE IT”

But the survey had some good news most of us think we CAN get through it.  77% of people said they think we can still overcome our differences and come together as a country.

Here are three more stats that DO make it seem more possible than you might think . . .

  1. Only 14% of Americans fall into the categories of EXTREME left or right.  8% are extremely liberal . . . 6% are extremely conservative . . . everyone else falls somewhere in the middle.  I am proud to say I consider myself a middle kind of guy.

Think about this, I believe it is the EXTREME that seems to define our differences.  Any issue, any group of people, the extreme defines,

  1. Most of us don’t disagree on everything.  For example, 82% of people in the poll said they think the country still has a serious problem with racism.  But 80% ALSO agreed that political correctness is out of control. So don’t assume every opinion someone has fits the “left” or “right” stereotype.  There’s a lot of overlap.

I see stories or read thing about the PC police that just make me scratch my head.  Ron Darling an announcer for major league baseball used a very common terms to describe a weakness in a players game.  Some people got angry and demanded an apology.  Look it up it was stupid and those who raised such a stink about it need to apologize to Ron Darling…  Remember words can have 2 sometimes more meanings and this was the situation

  1. Two-thirds of us think compromise is necessary.  And when you remove the “extreme” people on each side, more than half of voters think BOTH parties are responsible for how divided we’ve become.

Amen to that.  I want you to know I support the right to disagree.  I have no problem with someone who is passionate about an issue to fully support and defend it.  But when the debate gets personal, that is when I draw the line in the sand.

Grow up, and understand that not everyone agrees with you or me. (But I think you should agree with me!  LOL)  Enjoy your life and instead of looking for things to disagree on how about we focus on what makes us the same and work to understand why we have some things we disagree on.

Agree or disagree that’s Ok with me.  Let’s do lunch and celebrate our lives!

In the past I have ended my radio show with this silly saying.

The comments heard in the previous program are not necessarily those of an intelligent human being.

 

Today on the morning show:  The Weather Channel is still putting its reporters in the storm.  It is Homecoming week at USU and Jimmy Fallon has some great fails

Stupid news – Bugs and Squirrels

Laff lines: Popeye

I NEED SOME SLEEP

Sleep.  Oh boy do I need sleep.

When you do what I do for a living sleep can be at a premium.  I get up at 4:15 am to be on the radio with you and I love what I do, but sleep can be a problem.

This past year has been rough for sleep.  Some medical issues mixed with insomnia and YAWN I need more sleep.

There was even one morning this summer where I knew something was wrong.  I came to the station and could not function.   I was a walking Zombie, I could not concentrate and decided that I needed to go home.  I called my wife to come get me knowing it would be very dangerous for me to drive even the short distance to my home.

The next 24 hours were spent in bed and I slept for almost 21 hours.

My doctors ordered a sleep test which I failed (I was always bad at test) so now I sleep with a CPAP machine.  I am still not used to it but I am trying and hopefully I will be able to report improved sleep soon.

A story came out quoting the new study, sleeping too much is just as bad as sleeping too little.

The researchers found that people who slept for four or five hours a night would perform on tests like their brains were nine years older.  BUT . . . they saw the same effect on people who slept for over 10 hours a night too.

The biggest abilities you lose when you sleep too much or too little are you’re reasoning and verbal skills.

So it’s probably best not to get into a serious argument or negotiation when you’re super tired . . . or super well-rested.

In an article from the Sleep foundation here are some sleep fact

Most of us know that getting a good night’s sleep is important, but too few of us actually make those eight or so hours between the sheets a priority. For many of us with sleep debt’ve forgotten what “being really, truly rested” feels like.

How much sleep do we need?

  • Newborns (0-3 months): Sleep range narrowed to 14-17 hours each day (previously it was 12-18)
  • Infants (4-11 months): Sleep range widened two hours to 12-15 hours (previously it was 14-15)
  • Toddlers (1-2 years): Sleep range widened by one hour to 11-14 hours (previously it was 12-14)
  • Preschoolers (3-5): Sleep range widened by one hour to 10-13 hours (previously it was 11-13)
  • School age children (6-13): Sleep range widened by one hour to 9-11 hours (previously it was 10-11)
  • Teenagers (14-17): Sleep range widened by one hour to 8-10 hours (previously it was 8.5-9.5)
  • Younger adults (18-25): Sleep range is 7-9 hours (new age category)
  • Adults (26-64): Sleep range did not change and remains 7-9 hours
  • Older adults (65+): Sleep range is 7-8 hours (new age category)

 To pave the way for better sleep, follow these simple yet effective sleep including:

Stick to a sleep schedule

Get a bedtime ritual

Exercise every day

Sleep on a comfortable mattress and pillow

Turn off electronics before bed

Most importantly, make sleep a priority. You must schedule sleep like any other daily activity, so put it on your “to-do list” and cross it off every night. But don’t make it the thing you do only after everything else is done – stop doing other things so you get the sleep you need.

Today on the morning show: Slinky

Stupid news:

Laff lines: Dating

MY COUCH MEETS MY POTATO!

 

I’ve known it for years but now I David Denton confess.  I AM A COUCH POTATO.

I grew up watching TV and I love it, sometimes too much but I try to have my priorities right.

Today I pledge that from this date forward, if something I need to do or interferes with my TV viewing I will set up my DVR and watch it later.

I found this from the New York Times

On average, American adults are watching five hours and four minutes of television per day. The bulk of that — about four and a half hours of it — is live television, which is television watched when originally broadcast. Thirty minutes more comes via DVR.

I watch all kinds of TV, comedies’, drama’s documentaries, movies and more.

Now with the new TV season here I will be packing that DVR with stuff and using the on demand programing tool

Over the past few years streaming services are adding to our list of shows to watch.  Hulu, Netflix, cable channels, and specialized streaming services.  This week DC comics will launch a steaming service that I would love to have but just don’t have time for.   It will feature DC superhero movies, animated movies and animated TV series.  They even will have original programing like Titans.   This will be a dark series based on the team called Titans led by Dick Grayson the original Robin now known as Nightwing, it looks awesome.

So why the popularity of streaming services?  Technology has driven it plus I believe the success of on the services I subscribe to.  The WWE network!

On Valentine’s Day of 2014 Titan sports and the WWE launched the WWE network.  The network’s drawing card was not only 24 hour a day content but all the PPV shows were included in the monthly subscription cost of just 9.99.

I was not sure if the idea would last so I didn’t sign up for 1st year but I finally relented and now I am a subscriber and happy with the service too.  Now the WWE network is closing in on 2 million subscribers.  Think about that for just a moment….. This is very limited market yet there are almost 2 million people who pay the 9.99 a month. (Recent pricing changes have been announced)

So as I have my DVR set up to record my favorites.  The big Bang theory. Young Sheldon, Homicide Hunter, The Next Food Network Star, Live PD and more I think my next Staycation will be called making a permanent butt print on the couch cushion staycation.

Dang I love TV.

Today on the morning show; a good news story, Memories   and some fresh air

Stupid news; a man’s purse leads to charges and a new Christmas treat.

Laff Lines: Rap Music

 

WHY IS THAT COP BEHIND ME

We have all had it happen at one time or another and it freaks us out.  What is it?  Having a police car right behind us and you wonder “DID I DO SOMETHING WRONG”

That happened to me Saturday night in Salt Lake.  I was on my way to see a Professional Wrestling event and Nature was calling but I didn’t have call waiting so I see a Truck stop and pull over to take advantage of the facilities.   As I parked my car I noticed a UHP patrol car right behind me and that old feeling started up. Did I run a red-light, forget to signal, was I speeding?

I took a deep breath and proceeding into the store and notice the UHP trooper was at a gas pump!  However, walking toward me with a purpose was a Trooper and he looked like he meant business.  Know I hadn’t done anything wrong (I hoped) I politely said good evening officer and opened the door for him.  The officer then said no let me hold it for you.  OK, that is cool and I walked in the store with the UHP trooper and I headed to the facility and he to another part of the store.  So I thought

As soon as I enter the facility once again he is right there behind me then at the standup facility (if you get my drift) I went to wash my hands and there he is washing his.  I wanted to sing out “ME AND MY SHADOW”.  By this time I am a little nervous and amused at the same time.  He was too, as we walk out of the store the trooper said “It seems we are going everywhere together” I explained I was going to see the wrestling at UCW –Zero and he laughed, I told the officer to have a great night and to be safe.

It was a moment that I have laughed about all weekend.  Let me tell you I have a great deal of respect for our Law enforcement officers but they still can freak me out.

I had another little ah ha moment as we left the event and Nature was calling again!  No there was no cop behind me as I pulled into a convenience store went inside and looked for a facility when the clerk behind the counter said you need a key.  OK can you give me a Key and he did a small door key attached to a huge Ice scraper I think it was the biggest heaviest one I have ever seen but the key worked and after buying a few snacks for the road I left Salt Lake and about 1 and a half hours I was home safe and sound and glad I was back in Cache Valley.  Oh yeah the UCW –Zero show was fun but I will talk about that on my Turnbuckle trash podcast on Tuesday.

I found this little article for you about things that annoy us.  I was surprised to see have a cop follow you to the bathroom was not one of them.

From SWNS digital

A new survey found the little things that stress us out on a daily basis.  And here are the top 10 . . .

  1. Your computer freezing. 2.  Slow Internet.
  2. Screaming kids. 4.  Misplacing your wallet.
  3. Traffic.   6.  being late.  7.  Misplacing your phone.
  4. Annoying coworkers.  9.  Being on hold with customer service.
  5. A rude waiter.

Today on the morning show a Halloween costume idea and sometimes the media just doesn’t get it.

Stupid news: A rock, a Microwave and Art

Laff Lines.  Jimmy Fallon “Thank you notes

I LOVE FALL—– I HATE FALL

          

I LOVE AUTUM!  IT’S MY FAVORTIE TIME OF YEAR.

I HATE AUTUM!   LET’S GET IT OVERWITH ALREADY

This is kind of a Matter of Perspective subject that we do on the morning show.

I do love autumn but there are things I don’t like about autumn too.

The weather becomes cooler and crisper and that cool air is awesome

It gets dark entirely too early.  I go to work in the dark and come home in the dark.

Comfy clothes, I love long sleeve T- shirts and hockey jerseys   Hoodies and leather jacket.

The weather can’t make up its mind cold and wet one day the next warm and dry.  I must leave 5 or 6 jackets at work every year and don’t get me started on dressing in layers! 

FOOTBALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Watching the Boys of Summer play the World Series in freezing weather. 

Hot chocolate

Spiced Apple cider

Homemade soup!  My wife makes this incredible Cabbage stew!

COLD WET WEEKENDS.

Fall Colors as the leaves become all shades.   I don’t know what these bushes are called but one turns red (I call it a fire bush) and one turns a deep purple

Raking the &*() leaves!!!!!

Starting to really plan for Christmas

Realizing the last time you put a penny into your Christmas fund was just before Valentines and remembering taking cash out for your summer vacation!

 Here is one final reason to hate autumn.

Spiders come into your home they are in every corner!

 

 

Today on the morning show we talked about flying and how to pick a perfect pumpkin

Stupid news: That’s not my Meth and Season tickets to see the Utes

Laff lines; jobs

 

 

 

 

I HAVE A STORY ABOUT THAT

Everybody has a story, something about them that is unique and I find that fascinating.

I have been thinking a lot about that the past 24 hours, WHY?  Because of the situation in Logan yesterday.

I was on an errand and driving on 2nd west, a road I drive every day.  There were police everywhere and lots of official looking vehicles and when I saw 4 men in black t-shirts with FBI on them I knew “THIS MEANS SOMETHING”!

But as I was talking to different people they would add tidbits of information about the incident.   My thoughts turned to people who know this man, his neighbors, his friends and families.  They will have a story to tell for years.

Stories, they are part of our lives.  I have friends who love to hear my stories.  I have had an interesting life, and was a witness to the turbulent times of the 60’s and 70’s.  My radio days have led me to meet or interview lots of celebrities and people with great stories.

Think about your life and the stories that are there.  I have had people say “oh, my life is so boring” but as we talk something comes out that is incredible.

I have a sister and a Nephew who were in NYC on 9-11.

A friend who survived the San Francisco Earthquake

I know a lady who as a child lived on Alcatraz!

I met a man who was in Tokyo bay on ship when the peace treaty was signed ending WW II

Not all stories are huge like those.  I love stories of how couple met.  Or how a child took his 1st steps.  And I think every parent can tell a story about a child who started using curse words and trying to figure out where they had heard such words?             DAD!!!!!!!!!!!!

Stories can be funny, amazing and can be heart tugging and sad.

We can also learn from stories, peoples mistakes can keep us from making the same mistake. Or they can give us an idea how to be happy.

Stories are in books, movies, music and TV.    Stories are life.

So I will tell you one story on how I met my wife Teresa.

I was out of work, down on my luck and miserable.  I packed up all my stuff and left Missouri to come to Utah to live with my sister while I looked for work.

Before I went to Salt Lake I came to Logan to drop off some things that my best friend said I could keep at his house until I found a job and settled down.   This is where Teresa comes in.

My best friend Lary (yes that is how he spells it) had a wonderful wife Patty.  I was the best man at their wedding.  Patty had a friend name Teresa, doesn’t that name sound familiar.  Patty called Teresa and asked her to come over the next day to meet me.

Teresa knew a lot more about me than I knew about her.  Patty had plenty of stories to tell about me but about I could get out of Lary was “Oh she is a nice lady and a good friend of the family”

Thanks for all the details Lary.

But we met and after  short time I popped the question and for some unknown reason she said yes and here is it almost 24 years later I would ask her again and this time she would have to think about it!    No, I know she would say yes again.

So that is my story about stories.

I think the people who use social media as a political platform are ruining what makes social media appealing to me.   STORIES!   Good or bad.

Right now I have a Nephew and his family on vacation and I love the pictures and stories his wife post on Facebook.

I also have a childhood friend who is dealing with her mom’s serious and possibly life threating illness.

I could care less about the latest political or social controversy.  With both sides throwing accusations that make me want to scream.  Not that it is not important, but I little if any control on a situation and I doubt you do to anything about it. So I exercise my rights to ignore those post and since I have started doing that I am more at peace than ever.

Colin Raye a country singer had a song that said “That’s my story, and I am sticking to it”    and as Forrest Gump said “That’s all I got to say about that”

Today on the morning show we talked the situation in Logan along with it being National Taco day and a possible Toys R Us return.

Stupid news included Brownies and clapping

Laff lines getting old

 

WHAT TO DO WHEN THERE IS NOTHING TO DO ? YOU WRITE A BLOG

What do you do when you can’t do nothing, nothing really?

Maybe you write a blog post about weather.

After this hot dry summer we finally get some rain but that is good and bad.   We need the rain but sometimes the systems just can’t handle the change.  Power outages and some flooding can happen all the time.

My 1st radio station related weather problem when I was working in Rexburg and we had a ground blizzard and as I was driving in the announcer on the radio was talking about road conditions in the area and said “Well Dave is on his way I can see him coming down the road and now he is in the ditch!”   I hit a snow bank and kablamo I was stuck.  In just a few minutes people listening to the station with 4 wheel drives came to my rescue , got my car out of the ditch and took me to the station where I was stuck for 3 days.   There were 3 of us rotating to remain on the air giving updates on some nasty conditions.

The best part was area restaurants sent snowmobiles packed with great food and provisions for us.  Yes there was a shower at the station so the smell didn’t get bad and I had extra clothes in my car…

In Paris TN a series of bad weather had us on edge for flooding and tornadoes.  On one mooring the AP news machine started to give us emergency information.  I was the news director and as I ripped off the information walked down the hall and as I handed the information to the DJ Kablamo!  The lights went out.  What happened was less than a mile from the station a Tornado set down causing major damage to a shopping center and several homes (only one bad injury) that tornado happened in the middle of the day and touched down in sight of 8 different schools that day.  We dodged a bullet that day, it could have been even worse than it was.

In Missouri I was called out of my bed to go to the station at midnight to give out information about nasty storms moving through our area.   I was on the air when Kablamo lighting struck our tower which was right next to the studio and traveled around the station causing thousands of dollars in damage.

I was lucky because the electric charge that was going through the building did get into the studio and threw my arms off the control board. I was ok but dang my arm hurt for weeks

I was on the air and told everyone I was ok but in just a few minutes the county Sherriff and the city police chief ran into the station to check on me

In 2002 the winter Olympic Games.  If you were here you know that was not a good snow year and the officials were worried if we would have enough snow. Then KABLAMO.  A Major winter storm dumped several feet of snow.  I made it to the radio station but the drive home was iffy to say the least.  When I get home my wife had taken a shovel and basically made me a tunnel for me to get home.

The Olympic torch run came through Northern Utah a few days later and I was asked to be on one of the trucks to announce to the crowds that the torch was coming soon.  I was in the open bed of the truck with a sound system   I did this in Tremonton and Garland.  Yes it was cold but  …… Then KABLAMO

Coming into Logan on the Valley view Highway we watched the temperature plummet from just above freezing to minus 13 in just a few miles.   But it was time to get back into the bed of the truck and do my job!   Freezing body parts off!  Dang it was cold.

As I type this at 8 am still off the air wondering if the truck stop down the street is still cooking breakfast.    Doing nothing make me hungry!

Oh and by the way they still had breakfast!!!!!!!!!

Today is National Boyfriend day:

Stupid news Karma is funny and Jazz Hands!

 

Laff lines working at a Hospital