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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STUPID STUPID COMPUTERS

Just living life can be frustrating enough but when you add technology problems well let’s just say THE FOUR LETTER WORDS CAN FLY!!!

Let me explain from something that happened just last night.  I was doing some volunteer work with another man and we needed to do that work on a computer.

When it comes to computers I know enough to get myself in trouble but last night an issue came up and it took 10 minutes but I figured it out, I was as surprised as you are.

Back to work and we need to print a report.   The computer prompts were a great help.  I hit print and a window opens to ask which printer to send the document, I checked the printers and matched up the identification number and hit print.   Wait , wait , wait , wait.  No printing yet, I checked my work.  NOPE.  I must have tried 5 or 6 times and the frustration level grew.

Another man comes into the room and I asked for help.  As he looked at me and shrugged his shoulders a mechanical sound started and then then _______ thing started to print.   I had not done anything different I mean the stupid printer started working out of nowhere!

A few weeks ago my work computer started acting up and I asked for help.  The tech comes in and I explain what the computer was doing, he looks at me and says “That can’t happen”

Are you kidding me I have watched it do the same thing over and over and here he was telling me it can’t happen!  Frustration level is rising.  I did have a little vindication about 2 weeks later when the same problem happened again.  This time they found the problem and fixed.

So I have locked away that memory for the next time a tech tells me I can’t happen.

As I always say I might be dumb but I am also ignorant

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EXCUSE ME IF I DON’T SHAKE YOUR HAND

As I was considering what to write about today I really couldn’t think of much to say.

The news is dominated by the near panic of the corona virus.  Am I concerned, sure I am.  I don’t want anyone to be sick and in some cases die because of the illness and I hope that this scare is more of a scare than a pandemic.

I don’t understand the panic buying of items that are flying off the shelf in stores.  Hand sanitizer and hand soap.  Stocking up on food and OTC meds I get but honestly toilet paper yes TOILET PAPER!  Need it you bet but to see videos of people filling shopping carts and then the arguments over squeezing someone else’s Charmin.

I don’t get it.

One popular brand of TP says to enjoy the go!  Be honest I can think of many many many and many things I enjoy than ENJOYING MY GO!

I will agree with many experts that it might be time to get away with the handshake greeting.  One Dr. suggest going all Start trek Spock by doing the Vulcan greeting sign and saying “Live long and prosper”

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But I prefer another space alien greeting

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NAN NOO NAN NOO

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A CLASS REUNION — I DON’T THINK SO

 

This week I had two times I had to think about my high school years.

Saturday night at the wrestling event I was at one of the wrestlers was introduced as being from Memphis Tn.  So later in the evening I introduced myself and we both grew up in the same area of town.  But I am way older than this young man.

The second time I thought about my high school years also happened this weekend when I got a message from a class mate from high school asking if I was going to attend our class reunion this year.

NO NO NO A THOUSAND TIMES NO!

I won’t bore you with all the details but my high school years were anything but pleasant.  As a matter of fact the last time I went by my old high school I had a panic attack.

My high school years were full of things I had little control over including violence, seeing friends almost die because of drugs and you add that I was a shy fat kid who didn’t like going to school in the first place and I think you can understand why I don’t look back at those years fondly like a lot of people do.

On top of that I bet there are less than 10 people out of a class of over 300 who could even remember me if I showed them a picture from “Back in the day”

I will admit I am a little jealous of you that enjoyed that time of your life.   Not everything was horrible in my life I had friends I enjoyed a lot of aspect of my life but school was not one of them. Honestly I prefer to enjoy my life now way more than them even with the health concerns , the surgeries the recovery and the everyday stresses of life if someone said I could go back to being 16 or 17 again I would not do it.

I am more than just happy with my life at this time and even though I would like to know what has happened to a few (very few) of my classmates, I will be here with you on the dates of the reunion and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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