I am always saying that because I have such a hard time believing some of the things people and say do, and the things I see. Since my mission when I'm on the air is to play as much music as possible, this is where I can kinda let it all hang out (my thoughts, not my bits and pieces, ya perv) and let you get a look into the mind of Cindy Miller. (It's a scary place to be....)
Wow - has it really been two months since I sat down in front of the keyboard? It has been CRAZY busy here at the station, and while I've attempted to get stuff done, there's always something else that pops up requiring my attention and then I wind up wandering off behind the little animals somewhere.
With Christmas just about here (where did the year go???), I've been trying to get into the spirit of the season, but even though I've lived in NC for six years now, it still just doesn't fully seem like the holidays without snow on the ground. Yes, I love the temperate weather, and yes, I hate to shovel snow and freeze my tail off, but in my mind, nothing says Christmas like looking out from a warm, decorated room and seeing snow. I won't be going home to Michigan for Christmas this year to be with my family, and with temps here near 80 this weekend, I'm guessing that I won't get my white Christmas. Sigh.
There's a new poll out that says 43% of American adults believe in Santa. I am one of them. Not the Santa you see at the mall (you know, the one who smells like beef and cheese, and sits on a throne of lies), or the Santa from your favorite Christmas TV special, but a Santa who lives inside us all year, and often only shows himself as Christmas nears. I see stories of people paying on layaway for folks they've never met; our clients here at the station generously donating goods and services so we can grant wishes for the 15 Days of Christmas; the people who drop gold coins and big checks into Salvation Army kettles; anyone who takes an angel off a tree in a store and buys gifts for a child....there are so many more examples of the Christmas spirit out there, and it makes me want to be a better person too. It's not a hard thing, to be a better person, but we all get sidetracked by the everyday things we have to deal with in life - paying bills, wondering how to pay the bills, griping about our jobs or just trying to find one, complaining about the government, arguing with family and friends....you know what I'm talking about. Sure it would be great to have unlimited resources - I've said it myself, that I would do this or that if I won the lottery, or if I was rich, but it doesn't take a lot of time or money to just be kind to someone, or to listen, really listen to them, and sometimes that's the greatest gift of all.
I wish you a joyous Christmas - I hope that the Santa in your life is good to you. Thank you for the gift you give me every time you read my ramblings, come out to a station event, or listen to the radio station. I know that you're busy, and sharing your time with me means more to me than just about any gift you could buy....well, except for maybe that one silver Fossil handbag, I am a girl after all.....Santa? Did you get that?
Woke up with a song in my head this morning, it was the Faygo song, "Remember When You Were A Kid". Not sure if it was something you heard in the south - Faygo was super popular where I grew up in Michigan since it was born and bottled there.
So that got me thinking about soda in general, and I gotta admit, it's still weird to hear myself saying "soda" instead of "pop". That started when I lived in Florida for a good bit, where I discovered sweet tea (yum!) and that every soft drink is either a soda or a Coke. One thing that still tickles me about Florida, is when someone asked me if I wanted a Coke, and I said sure, and then they asked what kind - 7-Up, Root Beer, etc. I was so confused, until it was explained to me that every soft drink was just called a Coke in this particular family, no matter what flavor.
Where I grew up, we also had Towne Club - that's another Michigan thing I think, and although they're still around, it's much different now. It used to be a cut-rate soda store, where you'd go in and buy a 24 bottle wooden case of soda on the cheap. Kinda of like a Walmart for soft drinks with funny names for knock off brands of Coke and Pepsi, plus a billion others flavors. I used to go there with some neighbors who had a bunch of kids - these were the same people who would take us to McDonalds and make us get two hamburgers instead of a Big Mac because it was cheaper. And there was Vernors, my favorite ginger ale, which I still love and can occasionally find here locally. I am also a fan of root beer...but I'm fussy about the taste...oh, sure, I'll drink an A&W or Barqs if I have to, an IBC if it's there, but Virgils is the real deal, and worth every penny. If you haven't tried it, you should!
Remember this stuff?
I had a thing for Surge for a while in the 90s - it reminded me of liquid sweet-tarts, but after a short affair, I returned to my ture love, Mountain Dew. There was also a brief flirtation with Pepsi Light (lemon flavored Pepsi that eventually lost the lemon flavor and became Diet Pepsi), and I remember that one of my mom's friends drank that nasty TAB crap, and there was Fresca too - ugh. I had a brief addiction to Peach and Grape Nehi, and still sometimes crave it. RC Cola - wow - forgot about that, haven't had one in years. I've had Cheerwine since I've been living here, something I'd never seen or heard of until I got to NC.
Amazing how one little song can bring back so many memories.
What is there to say about the government shutdown that hasn't already been said, posted, Tweeted or acted out on a late night talk show? Not much, would be my guess. I think every American is angry, frustrated and sick of the constant bickering and finger pointing by our elected officials - and, in my opinion, both parties share the responsibility for this debacle. (It takes two to tango, or in this case, tangle.) If you or I had a company and ran it the way that these political clowns have been running our country, we'd be out of business. By now, you've heard about all of the things being impacted by the shutdown, including 800,000 workers being furloughed, plus many more who are working essentially for free, and hoping to get paid when this all comes to an end. Meanwhile, the jacknuts responsible for this mess continute to collect their salaries, and there were even rumors yesterday of some of them getting drunk in their offices. Are you freaking kidding me? Hmmmm....I wonder what it would take to pass legislation that says that Congress won't get paid if the government shuts down. Yeah, I wonder how many of them would vote for that? Besides, I'm sure some lobbyist would be happy to take care of their mortgage if it did happen.
In addition to much of what you're heard about national parks and historic sites being closed, here are a few other things to think about during the shutdown:
Kids with cancer. For every week the government is shut down, 10 kids with CANCER won't be able to begin clinical trials on drugs and treatments that could help them. The National Institutes of Health had to furlough 75% of its staff. About 1,400 people who are currently on clinical trials will be able to continue, but no new patients can enroll.
Brain-eating amoebas might be coming after your kids. The CDC has furloughed 9,000 employees, so it can't track possible multi-state disease outbreaks. One example: There's a brain-eating amoeba that killed a four-year-old in Louisiana a few weeks ago. Now no one's monitoring it.
Microbrews. The Tax and Trade Bureau had to furlough 93% of their 518 employees, which means they can't issue new brewery permits. With the rise in microbrews and craft beers, they WERE approving at least one new brewery a day. So what are their remaining employees doing? Basically all of them were told to focus on collecting taxes and nothing else.
The only GOOD thing about the shutdown?
There was supposed to be a KKK rally at Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania yesterday. They had their permit and everything. But with the shutdown, the park was closed, all permits were rescinded, and the KKK rally was cancelled.
How much is this shutdown costing us? About $1.6 billion a week, $300 million a day, or $12.5 million an hour in work and services that the government isn't able to perform. Get your s**t together Washington, and do your jobs so that everyone else can do theirs. Clean up this mess you've made and earn the right to be called our "leaders".
By the way, if you wanna know what the world looked like the last time this happened, when Bill Clinton was in the White House, just click here for a trip down memory lane
9/11....everyone remembers where they were and what they were doing on that day. I remember how I felt, and how I still feel whenever the subject is brought up, or when I see something on TV or read about it online or in the paper. So many emotions - horror, rage, shock, overwhelming sadness....and then pride, when I think of those who ran in when others were running out; pride, when I think of all the first responders and everyday citizens who became heroes; pride, when I think of those aboard Flight 93. I have to be honest....sometimes when there's a special on TV, (there have been lots of them this past week), I almost feel as if it wasn't real, as if it didn't happen...because it was so huge and so awful that nothing like this should even be possible in the world we live in. This is the stuff of movies, not of real life....but it was, and it should never be forgotten.
I read a story online this morning about a golf course in Wisconsin offering a special deal today, $9.11 for nine holes of golf. They said they were doing it to remind people of the significance of 9/11. After serious backlash, they announced that this year, they would be donating the proceeds to a 9/11 memorial fund, but the damage was done. What is most disturbing to me is that they claim they've done it the past two years, and nobody said anything. NOBODY SAID ANYTHING. Are you freaking kidding me? I find this repulsive. Several years ago, a company I had done business with in the past sent me an email offering special Patriot Day deals on 9/11. I called the company and asked to be transferred to a supervisor, and the things I said to that person cannot be repeated in polite society. I did make sure to say "look, I know YOU aren't the person responsible for this, and I'm not angry at you, I'm angry at your company and your marketing department"....but I did let my feelings be known. 9/11 is a day of reverence and remembrance. It is a day to reflect on events that occurred, the acts of courage, the people who were lost. It is NOT a day to save 25% on some stupid crap you probably didn't need in the first place. And yes, I feel the same way about Memorial Day.
Hug your friends. Tell your family you love them. Smile at a stranger. Don't just do it today, do it every day.
The news is ugly and hard to watch. Fires, Syria, jobs, cuts to our military. Is there more bad news these days, or do we just have faster access to more of it because of the internet, social media and cell phones? Two recent stories have me all kinds of pissed off, and I gotta vent or I'll lose what's left of my mind.
A baseball player, 22 year old Christopher Lane, here from Australia, was killed because some punks were bored. BORED. Are you effing kidding me? I was bored plenty of times when I was a teen, and yes, I did get into trouble on occasion....stealing "for sale" signs and putting them in front of my high school; spray painting the town's water tower; smashing a mailbox while cruising back roads. I feel bad about those things....well, maybe not the "for sale" signs.....but a human being wasn't hurt or dead because of them. These guys were bored and decided to kill someone - how does it come to that? It wasn't an accident, it wasn't a so called crime of passion, done in the heat of the moment, a conscious decision was made to take the life of another person. And I don't buy that whole "they were kids" thing - the two charged with murder were 15 and 16, and by the time you are that age, you KNOW that killing someone is wrong. How does this happen?
A Montana judge sentences a man to 30 days in jail for raping a teenager. She was 14 years old and man, some 40 years her senior, was a teacher - and the girl later took her own life. Yes, I am angry at the teacher, but I am just as angry at the judge, who said that the victim was "older than her chronological age" and had "as much control of the situation" as the teacher. Bite my ass, that's what I say to you sir. This was a teacher, in a position of authority, which he blatantly abused. The judge also said, in an interview, "I think that people have in mind that this was some violent, forcible, horrible rape," and "It was horrible enough as it is just given her age, but it wasn't this forcible beat-up rape." Oh, excuse me......then does that mean if someone commits a murder in a very tidy way, like maybe by poisoning someone, then they shouldn't be held as accountable as a person who stabbed someone, because there wasn't much blood? The logic is flawed. Now the judge is apologizing for his comments, but it's gonna take more than that to bring my temper back down from the boiling point. Aren't our children the most precious things we have, and shouldn't they be protected and defended to the utmost of our ability?
My boyfriend and I were watching a movie one night, I can't even remember what it was, but there was a lot of violence and blood, and the only time I ever really got uptight was when the dog in the movie got kicked. The same thing happened to me over the weekend when we were watching "Taken 2". Liam Neeson kicked ass all over the place, but when he was in hideout of the bad guys and their dog was barking, I found myself tensing up and saying "oh, no, not the dog...NOT THE DOG!". I always thought this was odd, to be seeing people getting whacked left and right, but freaking out when the animal was threatened. Are we, as a society, so numbed to violence that seeing people killing other people doesn't even disturb us anymore? I've been having serious doubts about psyche. When I saw "Life of Pi", I actually had to leave the theater when the tiger was killing the other animals. I thought I was the only one who felt this way, but it turns out, I'm not alone.
There's a new study out of Northeastern University in Boston that shows that we feel more compassion and empathy for dogs than we do for adults. We also feel more compassionate toward babies. The main reason - we view dogs and babies as vulnerable, so we have an instinct to protect them, and feel bad that we can't. It's not that we think it's okay for people to be mistreated or harmed, it's that we feel more responsible for those who can't help themselves, like children and animals.
Whew.....for a while there I thought I was losing my humanity.
Feeling kind of nostalgic today, thinking about the way things used to be in the radio world. Back in the day, the only way to request a song from a radio station was to call in. Then came the fax machine, and to me, it was always very cool to get a fax from a business where all the employees scribbled all over and drew pictures and whatnot trying to get their request played. Email was next, then Facebook and texting came along, and now when I'm in the studio it's all I can do to keep up with everyone's questions, comments and requests. I do love the fact that no matter where you are or what you're doing, there's a way for you to get in touch with me.
I've been doing this a long time, and it's amazing to see how different radio is these days. I remember having staff meetings with 15 or 20 people, and now we're lucky if we have half that. Promoters are a lot tighter with concert and event tickets, and they expect much more from us in exchange for those tickets. We don't play songs off vinyl, or even from a CD anymore....everything is on a hard drive. (For anyone who has ever called and heard me say "I'm not sure if I have that, I'll hafta look".....we don't have entire albums on the hard drive, we have individual songs) We still have some CDs in the studio, and every now and then I can find something that someone calls in for, and I've even brought CDs in from home on occasion. (Sidebar - I am almost 100% convinced that I get requests for songs and bands that don't exist...I think people do it just to see what I say.....tee hee)
While music and news and other forms of entertainment are available in a zillion different ways, radio remains constant and free to anyone who wants to listen. I still smile and sing along when I hear a song I love on the station. I still tune in or call the station to find out why traffic is backed up. I still listen for weather updates, and I know that here in Eastern NC, radio can be your only contact with the outside world during a hurricane. (We take our responsibilities during emergencies and weather events very seriously - we may be goofballs, but we know how important it is to keep you informed. During Irene we all slept here for three days - my dog, Loki, was 10 weeks and we'd just brought him home, and he stayed here too!)
Even with all the changes, I still can't imagine doing anything else for a living, and quite frankly, I doubt have any marketable skills at this point. Pretty much everything I ever knew about work has been replaced in my brain with ways to give stuff away, cool things to do with WSFL rockers, like One Mother of a Cruise, playing on social media, coming up with ideas for the Theme Park, finding music and other videos to post on our website....not really a bad way to make a living. Thanks for letting me!
So the story that everyone is talking about this week is the cover of the Rolling Stone. I doubt that when Shel Silverstein wrote it, and when Dr. Hook recorded it, they had any idea that it would still resonate after all these years. Rolling Stone decided to put the Boston bombing suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarneav, on the cover of their magazine, and to write an article about how this once promising student turned into a monster. Rolling Stone is no stranger to controversy, and this isn't the first time they've featured a "monster" on the cover of their magazine - they had a Charles Manson cover years ago. Here are the two covers.
Manson just creeps me out - even in this graphic, the crazy just beams out of his eyes. The Tsarneav cover makes the bomber seem more like a rock star, (in fact, when I first saw this cover, the first thing I thought of was the iconic Jim Morrison cover), and this seems to have been the magazine's intention - to show that evil isn't always ugly on the outside. They must have expected some protest, but I wonder if they had any idea that it would be this big. Walgreens, CVS and other stores are refusing to carry this issue, petitions have been started to keep copies from being published and sold, folks are boycotting the magazine, and I know that one Boston radio station is buying back copies from people who subscribe to Rolling Stone, just to keep those issues from being read. And while Manson was indeed a monster, Tsarneav is a terrorist, and his crimes strike not only at our hearts and emotions, but also at our patriotism and love of this country. They say any press is good press, but this isn't the kind I would want, and many people have long memories when it comes to things like this. There was a magazine, maybe People, or some other mag, that had Mark David Chapman on the cover after Lennon was shot, and a friend of mine has never read that magazine since.
I don't know if you heard, but shortly after Tsarneav was captured and his pictures were circulating, thousands of young girls were enraptured by him and his story, and started several social media campaigns to support him, saying that someone this attractive and seemingly sweet couldn't possibly be guilty. These misguided teens are sending this guy money and love letters in prison based on his looks - they don't know him, they've never met him. This is so incredibly disturbing to me. A perfect example of how our society is so willing to judge a book by it's cover - guess what, sometimes beauty is the beast.
I think the story idea is a good one - how does someone seemingly so benign, become a monster - but I personally feel the cover photo was a very bad decision. In a statement, Rolling Stone said that while their hearts go out to the victims of the bombing, “The cover story we are publishing this week falls within the traditions of journalism and Rolling Stone's long-standing commitment to serious and thoughtful coverage of the most important political and cultural issues of our day." Hmmmm...if that's how you're selling this cover photo, I'm not buying.
Geez, I am really slacking in the blog department! I feel like I've barely been at work during the entire month of June, with my two trips to Michigan, a respiratory infection and a couple days in Greensboro. And this week is the 4th of July holiday, so it'll be another short work week.
July 4th always makes me think about summers gone by, and things I did as a kid, like the road trips we used to take when I was growing up. There was a post on the WSFL Facebook page this past week, saying that 90% of folks taking a summer vacation will be driving - we only took one real summer road trip when I was a little girl, and I doubt my family could have handled more than that. Dad was always big on Sunday drives, we took tons of them, driving out for a few hours and seeing the sights. The only problem was....we only got to SEE the sights. Dad would never stop the truck so we could actually visit anything. I grew up in Michigan and always wanted to see the Renaissance Center in downtown Detroit, so Dad drove us there one Sunday. As we sped by on the interstate going about 90, Dad pointed and yelled "there it is!". Same thing with the Pontiac Silverdome, Pine Knob and countless other buildings, landmarks, malls and restaurants that I thought would be cool to visit. Sigh. Luckily these trips were usually two or three hours long, so I was able to escape to the sanctuary of my room relatively quickly upon our arrival at home.
One year Dad decided that we needed to explore the state we lived in. It was an ambitious week long undertaking and we had a schedule...aww crap. We were up every morning at the ass-crack of dawn and outta the hotel in the blink of an eye. Dad ate breakfast like a machine, no talking, just shoveling, and when he was done, he left the restaurant, so Mom and I would grab random food items off the table and eat them as we ran to the truck. Bathroom breaks? Bahahahhahaha! They were scheduled too, and if you didn't have to go, you'd squeeze something out, because you never knew when we'd stop again. The cigars were probably the worst part....Dad smoked 'em in the truck with the window barely cracked, and I'd sit in the back, woozy from the smell and the vibration of the Chevy Blazer with oversize tires, thinking about how bad I had to pee and wishing I'd grabbed that last piece of toast from the restaurant that morning.
We went everywhere that summer, and Dad actually stopped so we could explore and do things, and man, did we see and do a lot of things: went through the Soo Locks, saw the Pictured Rocks, saw one of the lifeboats from the Edmund Fitzgerald, lighthouses, caves, dunes, beaches, Tahquamenon Falls, and of course, Mackinac Island, where transportation is by foot, bike or horse. Mom and I wanted to ride in a carriage, Dad wanted to ride bikes. We rode bikes. Dad and I fought over who had to take Mom on the tandem bike. I lost. The entire day was spent trying to keep the bike upright while Mom tried to steer from her spot behind me, and when I tried to explain that her handlebars were only so she'd have somewhere to put her hands, she persisted in trying to steer. It was the first and only true family vacation that we ever took in the truck - I am not sure any of us would have survived another.
I sure have missed being on the air - I think the last time I was off the air for more than a week, it was about 12 years ago when I went to London. This time, the reason for my absence was not a happy vacation, it was to spend time with my Grandmother. Gram turned 100 in February, and she was her feisty self at her huge birthday party, but her health really took a turn after that monumental event. After talking with my family just before Memorial Day, we decided we needed to make a quick trip to Michigan to see Grandma, so we packed up the car and the dog and set off on the 14 hour drive. (Actually, traveling with the dog added some time to the trip, because you can't just stop, get gas and use the bathroom - you hafta let the dog out, run him around, give him some water....it turns into quite an adventure.)
About an hour after we arrived in Michigan we got a phone call that Grandma was being taken to the hospital. Over the next three days we visited her there, and it was such a shock to see how much she had changed since her birthday party just a few months ago. She was like a tiny baby bird in that hospital bed, and the first day she only opened her eyes for a few seconds at a time. The second day she was better, and we were able to talk to her, and by the third day, she was resting in a recliner and was more alert. I asked her how she felt, and she said "good". My mom said "if you feel so good, why are you here in the hospital?" and Grandma said "well, I gotta be someplace". Classic Grandma response.
Not knowing what to expect, or how long she'd be hospitalized, we talked it over with mom, and decided to return to North Carolina. The family was all taking turns visiting the hospital, and updates were coming regularly. Gram seemed to be feeling better, but at her age, you never know. It's times like this when living hundreds of miles away from home and family really hits you. I was glad that we decided to make the trip and wished we could have stayed longer, but it was a long ride back home. Another road trip, then a relaxing weekend where we tried to unwind, but another update came. The doctors moved Gram to hospice and it wasn't looking good. Yesterday morning I got the call from my mom - Gram was gone. Even though I had been preparing myself for this, it was still a shock. She was so much a part of my life when I was little, because we lived with my grandparents. Some of my earliest memories are of Gram walking me to school, coming to get me afterward, and taking me to their store. (Gram and Gramps owned a party store with a soda fountain - what a great place for a little girl to play, I had a ball there!) I used to love wearing Gram's aprons and "helping" in the kitchen. Things Gram taught me: to make noodles (okay, I mostly ate the dough and she yelled at me); to drink pickle juice from the jar after the pickles were gone - yum; to put one TV on top of the other so you could watch two soaps at once; to wear a babushka on your head when you walk to church so your hair doesn't get messed up. Gram never learned to drive a car, never used a computer and never wore pants or shorts until she was probably 80 or so - she was always in a dress, and usually wearing an apron.
After 100 years, I know she was tired. Just imagine the things she'd seen in her lifetime. I don't want to mourn her passing, I want to celebrate her life and her spirit, and I will be doing just that with my family this week in Michigan. Rest in peace Grandma, I will miss you and love you every day.
Okay....final round-up of new shows coming to a TV near you. This time, CBS is in the spotlight.
"The Crazy Ones": A comedy starring Robin Williams as the owner of an advertising company, who hires his daughter to be the creative director. Sarah Michelle Gellar is playing the daughter. (Robin Williams? Might have to watch this one)
"Hostages": A "conspiracy thriller" about a surgeon whose husband and children are taken hostage right after she's selected to operate on the President. She's then ordered to KILL the President during the surgery to keep her family alive. (I fail to understand how this can be an ongoing show, rather than just a mini-series or a made for TV movie)
"Intelligence": A drama starring Josh Holloway from "Lost". He's playing a guy who has a microchip implanted in his brain that allows him to access the internet, hack computers, run facial recognition, and recreate crime scenes in his head.It also stars Marg Helgenberger from "CSI" as the head of a fictional agency called the "U.S. Cyber Command". (I have missed Marg ever since she left CSI, so this one will be on my Tivo list!)
"The Millers": A sitcom starring Will Arnett as a divorced news reporter whose mother moves in with him. Beau Bridges is playing his father, and the show also features J.B. Smoove from "Curb Your Enthusiasm". (Meh)
"Mom": A sitcom starring Anna Faris as a "newly sober" single mother, who's trying to rebuild her life. She moves in with her mom, who's played by Allison Janney from "The West Wing". It also stars French Stewart, who was on "3rd Rock from the Sun" and Matt Jones . . . a.k.a. Badger on "Breaking Bad". (Probably not for me, but it might be funny since it's a Chuck Lorre show. He's the guy behind "Two and a Half Men", "The Big Bang Theory" and "Mike & Molly".)
"We Are Men": A comedy starring Jerry O'Connell, Tony Shalhoub from "Monk", and Kal Penn from the "Harold and Kumar" movies as three guys trying to help their new neighbor after he gets dumped at the altar. (Possibly)
The following mid-season replacements were also picked up:
"Friends with Better Lives": A sitcom about a group of six friends who, quote, "covet each other's lives." The two most famous stars are: James Van Der Beek, who's playing a successful gynecologist, and Kevin Connolly from "Entourage", who's playing a happily married dad. (Pass, thank you)
"Reckless": A legal drama starring Cam Gigandet. It's about, quote, "A gorgeous Yankee litigator and a charming Southern attorney, who must hide their intense mutual attraction as a police sex scandal threatens to tear the city apart." (Sounds like a doap opera to me....pass, thank you)
The shows CBS is NOT bringing back next season include: "CSI: New York", "Golden Boy", "Made in Jersey", "Partners", "Rules of Engagement", "The Job" and "Vegas". (I'll miss Mac and the crew of CSI:New Yrok)
The shows they ARE bringing back include: "2 Broke Girls", "48 Hours", "60 Minutes", "The Amazing Race", "The Big Bang Theory", "Blue Bloods", "Criminal Minds", "CSI", "Elementary", "The Good Wife", "Hawaii Five-0", "How I Met Your Mother", "The Mentalist", "Mike & Molly", "NCIS", "NCIS: Los Angeles", "Person of Interest", "Survivor", "Two and a Half Men" and "Undercover Boss". (Yay - I watch a ton of these shows! I do wonder about Survivor - I didn't think many people still watched it, but it appears that they do. It's never been my thing, just don't really dig reality shows.)
More TV shows have been announced....Fox has, as I'm sure you've heard, confirmed that "24" and KIEFER SUTHERLAND will return for a limited run next summer, and a miniseries from M. NIGHT SHYAMALAN that will be similar to "Twin Peaks". (I never watche dthe original "24", did I miss out? Should I get it on DVD?)
Here's what else Fox has on tap for us:
"Almost Human": A drama set in the year 2048, when every L.A. police officer is paired with a ROBOT partner. The show was created by the guy behind "Fringe", and it's being produced by "Lost's" J.J. Abrams. (I like J.J. Abrams, but this sounds like "Robo Cop" to me)
"Brooklyn Nine-Nine": A sitcom starring Andy Samberg as a goofball detective, who has to deal with a tough, new, by-the-books boss. Andre Braugher from "Homicide: Life on the Street" is playing the boss. (Possibly on my list....I still miss "Barney Miller")
"Dads": A live-action comedy created by "Family Guy's" Seth MacFarlane. Here's the premise: Seth Green and Giovanni Ribisi star as successful founders of a video game company, whose somewhat stable lives are upended when their fathers move in with them." (I need more comedy in my life, so I may try this one)
"Enlisted": A comedy about three very different brothers who work together at a small Army base in Florida. (Not a lot of fino to go on here, and that makes nervous)
"Gang Related": A drama about, quote, "An elite police task force in L.A. that's charged with suppressing gang activity, but that sometimes falls on the wrong side of the law." It stars Terry O'Quinn from "Lost" and rapper RZA from the Wu Tang Clan. (Hey, it's almost the A Team)
"Junior MasterChef": A spin-off of Gordon Ramsay's "MasterChef" featuring younger "chefs" that range in age from eight to 13. (Pass, thank you)
"Murder Police": An animated comedy about an incompetent police force. (Not a big fan of the animated shows)
"Rake": A drama starring Greg Kinnear as, quote, "a brilliant but acerbic criminal defense attorney, who's great at his job but speaks his mind too freely and whose self-destructive behavior has left him with problems with gambling, the IRS, and an ex-wife." So it's a little like "House" . . . only with a lawyer instead of a doctor. (I loved Greg Kinnear in "As Good As It Gets"!)
"Sleepy Hollow": A supernatural thriller based loosely on Washington Irving's "Sleepy Hollow" story. In this one, Ichabod Crane is somehow resurrected in the present day, where the Headless Horseman has resumed his murders. (Hmmmmm....I don't know about this, but most liekly a pass)
"Surviving Jack": A comedy starring Christopher Meloni from "Law & Order: SVU". It's based on a book called "I Suck at Girls", which was written by the dude behind the infamous @[Crap]MyDadSays Twitter feed. (Not enough info to make a decision)
"Us & Them": A comedy about a young couple trying to make a long distance relationship work after meeting online. It stars Jason Ritter, Alexis Bledel and Jane Kaczmarek from "Malcolm in the Middle". (Pass, thank you)
The shows Fox is NOT bringing back next season include: "Ben and Kate", "Fringe", "The Mob Doctor", "Touch" and "COPS", although "Cops" will continue on Spike. The shows they ARE bringing back include: "American Dad", "American Idol", "Bob's Burgers", "Bones", "Family Guy", "The Following", "Glee", "Hell's Kitchen", "Hotel Hell", "Kitchen Nightmares", "MasterChef", "The Mindy Project", "The New Girl", "Raising Hope", "The Simpsons" and "X Factor". Fox still hasn't decided on the future of "The Cleveland Show". (There are waaaaaay too many cooking shows on TV for me)
Another installment of what's coming to your TV.....here's a rundown of ABC's new shows for next season:
"Back in the Game": A sitcom about a divorced single mom, who "reluctantly moves back in with her estranged father, who's a former baseball player." She starts coaching her son's little league team, and finds herself, quote, "drawn back into the world of sports she vowed to leave behind." James Caan is playing the dad. Maggie Lawson from "Psych" is the single mother. (Meh)
"Betrayal": A drama about a woman who starts having an affair with an attorney, but then finds out that her lover is going up against her husband . . . who's also an attorney . . . in an upcoming high-profile murder trial. (How can this be spun into an entire series????)
"The Goldbergs": A sitcom about an "in-your-face mother" and a "hot-tempered father" who are raising three kids in the 1980s. It stars Wendi McLendon-Covey from "Bridesmaids" and Jeff Garlin from "Curb Your Enthusiasm". (There was a show called "That 80s Show" that failed miserably.....will this be better?)
"Killer Women": A drama about the only female member of the Texas Rangers . . . the law enforcement agency, not the baseball team. It stars Tricia Helfer, who was Cylon Number Six on "Battlestar Galactica". (Meh)
"Lucky 7": A drama about seven gas station employees in New York who win a multi-million-dollar lottery jackpot. (And did they play numbers they got from a mental patient, then crash land on a spooky island in the ultiamte sturggle between good and evil?)
"Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.": The first live-action TV show set in "The Avengers" universe. Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) is a major character on this show . . . even though he pretty clearly DIED in the "Avengers"movie. (I'm not a big follower of movies and whatnot based on comics)
"Mind Games": A "quirky," confusing drama starring Christian Slater and Steve Zahn as brothers, who start an agency that solves people's problems, quote, "using the real science of human motivation and manipulation." (I do like Christian Slater)
"Mixology": A sitcom about "a group of 10 singles looking for love at a Manhattan bar over the course of a single night." That's right, the ENTIRE show will take place during just one single evening. (Even "24" was given an entire day, and it had insanely complicated plots. This show is BEGGING to be canceled after two episodes.)
"Once Upon a Time in Wonderland": A spin-off of "Once Upon a Time" that features an "Alice in Wonderland"-type storyline. John Lithgow will provide the voice of the White Rabbit. (I don't watch "Once Upon A Time", so I'll porbbaly pass on this)
"The Quest": A FANTASY reality show where competitors engage in various challenges in, quote, "a land of magic and malevolence, where mythical creatures lurk in the woods, agents of darkness stir in the shadows, and mystical beings infiltrate the keep." (Yeah . . . your guess is as good as mine.)
"Resurrection": A supernatural thriller set in a small town, where dead people begin showing up on their loved ones' doorsteps, looking exactly like they did on the day they died. (Not zombies, but kind of zombies?)
"Super Fun Night": A sitcom starring Rebel Wilson from "Bridesmaids" about some female friends who like to have fun on Friday nights. (Chick TV, but I did like "Bridesmaids")
"Trophy Wife": A comedy about a "reformed party girl" who suddenly becomes a "trophy wife," after marrying a divorced man with three manipulative children. (Pass, thank you)
The shows ABC is NOT bringing back next season include: "666 Park Avenue", "Body of Proof", "Don't Trust the B---- in Apt. 23", "Family Tools", "Happy Endings", "How to Live with Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life)", "Last Resort", "Malibu Country", "Private Practice", "Red Widow" and "Zero Hour". The shows they ARE bringing back include: "20/20", "America's Funniest Home Videos", "The Bachelor", "The Bachelorette", "Castle", "Dancing with the Stars", "Grey's Anatomy", "Last Man Standing", "The Middle", "Modern Family", "Nashville", "The Neighbors", "Once Upon a Time", "Revenge", "Scandal", "Shark Tank", "Suburgatory" and "The Taste". The shows that are still up in the air include: "Bet on Your Baby", "Splash" and "Wife Swap".
Let's talk TV! All the networks are announcing their new shows for the 2013-2014 season, as well as shows that are being dropped. There are a ton of them, so today I'll start with NBC.
NBC has announced that JAY LENO will leave "The Tonight Show" the week the 2014 Winter Olympics begin. JIMMY FALLON will be introduced during the Games, and will officially take over the week after the Olympics, just before the debut of "Late Night with Seth Meyers".(No big deal here for me - I never stay up this late, hee hee!)
"About a Boy": A comedy based on the book by Nick Hornby, and the movie starring Hugh Grant . . . about a lazy, immature bachelor, whose life changes when a single mother (Minnie Driver) moves in next door with her young son. (Meh)
"American Dream Builders": A reality show hosted by Nate Berkus, which will have teams of professional designers and builders competing against each other in a home renovation contest. (I gotta be honest, I'm pretty bored with all the competition type shows)
"Believe": A drama about, quote, "A young female orphan with powers ranging from levitation to telekinesis . . . and a wrongfully convicted death row inmate, who's sprung from prison to protect her as she goes on the run." It sounds a little vague, but that's not surprising. It's produced by "Lost's" J.J. Abrams. (I like J.J. Abrams, so I might give this one a try)
"The Blacklist": A psychological thriller starring James Spader as a notorious criminal, who unexpectedly surrenders himself to the FBI and agrees to give up all his criminal friends . . . but, for some mysterious reason, he will ONLY work with a rookie female FBI agent. (I find James Spader creepy, and this one might work for me)
"Chicago PD": It's a spin-off of NBC's "Chicago Fire". Some of the new characters will be introduced on the season finale of "Chicago Fire" on May 22nd. (I tried to watch "Chicago Fire" when it first came on, but it wasn't my cup of tea, so I'll probably pass on this)
"Crisis": A conspiracy thriller starring Gillian Anderson from "The X-Files" . . . that involves the kidnapping of a U.S. President's son. The show also stars Dermot Mulroney. (How long can you drag out a kidnapping?)
"Crossbones": A "pirate drama" set in the 1700s, featuring John Malkovich as Blackbeard. (Love Malkovich, might tivo this one)
"Dracula": A supernatural drama starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Dracula. (I thnk vampires are on their way out)
"The Family Guide": A sitcom about, quote, "an immature single mom, who finds herself becoming closer to her blind ex-husband." Parker Posey was supposed to play the woman, but she dropped out last week. There's no replacement yet. (Pass, thank you)
"Food Fighters": A cooking competition where amateur home cooks face off against professional chefs. Adam Richman from "Man Vs. Food" is hosting it. (Again, too many competition shows are on the air as far as I'm concerned!)
"Ironside": A remake of the late-'60s / early-'70s crime drama "Ironside", which starred Raymond Burr, a.k.a. "Perry Mason," as a paralyzed Chief of Detectives. The new version stars Blair Underwood. (Why???????)
"The Michael J. Fox Show": Michael J. Fox is starring as . . . well, himself basically. He's a news anchor who retired after being diagnosed with Parkinson's. But now, five years later, he's growing restless and is ready to restart his career. (I am curious about this because I love Michael J. Fox, will have to watch and see how it feels)
"The Million Second Quiz": A reality game show where contestants have to answer trivia questions in a 24/7, live event that takes place over 12 consecutive days from a public, "gigantic hourglass-shaped structure in Manhattan." (So this is a blend of Big Brother and Who Wants to be a Millionaire? I might have to watch out of curiosity because it sounds odd)
"The Night Shift": A medical drama set at a San Antonio hospital, during the graveyard shift. (Meh)
"Sean Saves the World": Sean Hayes from "Will & Grace" stars as a divorced, gay dad whose teenage daughter suddenly moves in with him. Thomas Lennon from "Reno 911" and "The State" is also in it. (I always liked Will and Grace, but a little Sean Hayes goes a long way)
"Undateable": Chris D'Elia from "Whitney" stars as a slacker who teaches his roommate's "undateable" friends the art of dating. (Pass, thank you)
"Welcome to the Family": A sitcom about two kids who fall in love soon after graduating from high school, and have an unplanned pregnancy. The show will focus on their families being brought together, and their "colliding cultures." One family is white, and the other is Latino. (Pass, thank you)
The shows NBC is NOT bringing back next season include: "30 Rock", "1600 Penn", "Animal Practice", "Deception", "Do No Harm", "Go On", "Guys with Kids", "The New Normal", "The Office", "Ready for Love", "Rock Center with Brian Williams", "Smash", "Take It All", "Up All Night" and "Whitney". (The only one of these I watched was 1600 Penn, because it was quirky. My heart's not broken about any of this)
The shows they ARE bringing back include: "The Biggest Loser", "Celebrity Apprentice", "Chicago Fire", "Community", "Dateline NBC", "Grimm", "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit", "Parenthood", "Parks and Recreation", "Revolution", "The Sing-Off", "Sunday Night Football" and "The Voice". The shows that are still up in the air include: "Betty White's Off Their Rockers", "Fashion Star" and "Hannibal". (As if Sunday Night Football was ever in question. I love Grimm, so I'm happy about that. I am still on the fence with Hannibal, much like NBC is!)
The passing of George Jones, and the fact that he was the first person I ever interviewed, has had me thinking about all the cool people I've had the chance to meet in my radio career. I consider myself lucky to work in a field where being normal is not the norm; where we scream and yell and holler all day and run around the building like five year olds at recess; where conversations are continuous contests of who can get in the funniest comeback; where going to concerts and sporting events falls under my job description; where giving away concert tickets and prizes, or even just playing a song request, can put a smile on someone's face. Here are just a few of the cool memories I've stored away over the years.
REO Speedwagon: Used to do a show in our area every year, and I would always get to interview to Kevin Cronin the week before the show, then get on stage on intro the band. One year, we did our interview as usual, but when the radio station got to the show, we were told there would be no intro. Kind of a bummer, but we went about our business, and then realized the band was late getting on stage. A runner for the concert promoter came hustling over to where we were set up and asked for me to come with her. We went backstage where the band was waiting, and Kevin came over and hugged me and said "We couldn't go on without a Cindy Miller intro!". What a cool guy.
Robin Cook: Always loved his books, and was excited that he was in town for a medical convention, which happened to be at the same hotel where our radio station was setting up for a Mens Expo. Unfortunately, the medical convention was invitation only, so we couldn't get in. Our sales manager had brought a Robin Cook hardback book that she was hoping to get signed, and was sad that she couldn't get Robin's autograph. I took the book from her, went through the catering entrance, found Robin's table and asked him to sign it. He was very gracious and wrote a little note in the book for her. I told him we were finishing up next door, and were going to bar afterwards and I'd love to buy him a drink. He laughed.....but dang if he didn't show up in the bar later! We sat and talked for hours.
Queensryche: They were promoting a new album, and we were invited to hear it and have dinner with the band. It happened to be my birthday, and I didn't know that the record label rep told the band earlier in the day. We sat down to eat and they sang "Happy Birthday" to me!
Spinal Tap: Yep, I actually saw this band in concert. Yep, they were terrible.
Meat Loaf: Before "Bat Out of Hell 2" was released, there was a huge buzz around the album, and the record label planned a huge release party. They rented the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland for a night, brought in radio people from all over the country and gave us free rein to run. We listened to tracks from the new album with Meat Loaf, had dinner, and then proceeded to drink ourselves silly!
Andrew Dice Clay: Saw him in concert back when he was still a hot ticket. Four of us had backstage passes (three guys from the station and me), and were taken into a very posh dressing room to wait. After about 20 minutes, a huge stereotypical bodyguard type came out, and in a no nonsense New York accent said "When I bring Dice out, no autographs, no pictures, and no stupid questions. Got it?" We all just nodded, wondering what would happen next. Dice finally came out, in a white hotel style bathrobe, smoking a cigarette, and stood staring at us for a long time. He walked over, walked along in front of us, and stopped in front of me. He finally looked at the guy standing next to me and said "She wit' you?". My friend nodded, Dice said "Too bad." and then walked away. Whew.
Aerosmith: Backstage at a show with contest winners, the band had a really nice room set up with food and drinks for all of us (you don't see that very often!), plus tables and chairs. The band came out with their "handlers", took pictures, signed stuff, then mingled with the crowd. The handlers were trying to round up the band and get them out of the room so they could get ready to go on, and I was chatting with Steven Tyler, asked about the song that he recorded for a Sesame Street CD - it was "I Love Trash". He said it was a blast to do, then he started signing it and dancing around. The handler was trying to get him to leave, but Steven was having none of it, so they guy finally picked Steven up, threw him over his shoulder and carried him out, still singing. Wanna hear the song? Of course you do!!!
I continually surprise myself with my ability to still be shocked at what horrible things people can and will do. I'm not even talking about bloody unfathomable things like murder and rape, I'm talking about scams and deceit; I'm talking about people who come around during destructive weather events and take money for work they never do, or people who think it's okay to just flat out lie in the most despicable way for money.
Not too long ago this photo moved me to tears - the compassion and caring shown by a police officer for another human being, as he bought boots, with his own money, for a homeless man.
Well, surprise, the homeless man isn't really homeless, and has over 30 pairs pairs of shoes. He showed no remorse when confronted after the fact about this photo, and this act of kindness. This is no way lessens the generosity of what the officer did, but it might make you question the honesty of the next person you run into who appears to be in need of help.
The latest affront to my sensibilities comes from Brittany Ozarowski, a woman with cancer trying to raise money for her treatment. A young girl, looking quite ill, who had business setting change jars on their counters, people putting together fundraisers for her, and even her own grandmother selling her home and giving her $100,000. Yes, a scam, and she scammed her own family, including her father, who went with her to various fundraiser and wiped out his own retirement account. Eventually, a couple that owned a non-profit foundation, whom she tapped for donations, questioned her - inquiring about her doctor. The girl refused to give them information and hung up the phone, which prompted the foundation to go the police. It was a very elaborate scam, made more believable by photos of the girl which were taken not recently, but after a car accident in 2011, to make her seem more sickly. This went of for two years before a 24 count indictment was handed down against her. And where did all the money go? Heroin.
Will these stories make me stop giving money to charity? Will they make me stop trying to help people when I can? No, but they might make me delve a little deeper, and ask a few more questions. Trust, but verify.
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Let's talk about your neighbors - do they do anything that really drives you crazy? I was whining recently on my Facebook page, about some people a few doors down from me who have a light on the back of their house that is aimed directly across a couple other yards and right into my screened porch, makes me nuts. I've lived other places where neighbors were noisy and annoying, but I don't think I've ever lived next to anyone who completely put me round the bend. Hey, does that mean I might be the neighbor everyone complains about? I think my only violation might be yelling "BACON" in the middle of the night when the dog won't come in from the yard. Or maybe having the music a little loud when I lay out in the backyard during the summer. I guess I've been pretty lucky when it comes to neighbors, considering the story I saw today about some folks in Converse, which is in Spartanburg County, SC. These folks have decorated the outside of their house with all kinds of dolls, and not the cute, cuddly dolls that you might see little girls playing with, unless they're Wednesday Addams from The Addams Family. These are random dolls, most missing parts, and looking like they've been seriously abused and tortured, as you can see. (Photos courtesy of WYFF)
Okay, first let me say, this doesn't appear to be the most well kept yard to start with, but supposedly these "decorations" don't violate any rules or laws, but dang, they are disturbing! As you can imagine, the neighbors in this area are not happy about having to look at this every day, and I can understand where they're coming from. I totally believe that you should be able to do whatever you like on your own property, but isn't this going a bit far? I could understand if it was Halloween, and you had something like this up for a couple days or whatever, but I don't get this at all. What would you do if something like this popped up next door to you? (Suddenly the giant inflatables your neighbor puts up every year at Christmas don't seem so bad, do they?)
Want to read the whole story? More pictures and even an interview with the owners of the house can be found here
We have some pretty interesting conversations on the patio out in back of the WSFL studio, and the subject matter is always very diverse. Just had a conversation about shop-lifting, that had me remembering the one and only time I tried it. (How'd it go for me? Not too good!) I was probably 10 or 11 years old, and a lot of my friends talked about how they would go to the store and sneak a lip gloss or candy or something small into their pocket or purse. They talked about how easy it was, and how they never got caught.....I guess eventually someone had to get nabbed, and I was that someone.
It was all the rage to make your own jewelry - necklaces, bracelets, anklets - and my Mom finally relented and gave me money to buy beads and stuff. She took me to the little strip mall not far from our house, and dropped me off at the craft store while she went grocery shopping. There were so many cool beads! Plus you had to buy the string and the little clasps to make your jewelry, and the costs started to add up. I got what I could with the $10 I had, and when they handed me the bag, I thought "wow, there's not really enough stuff in here to make much. I bet I can take this bag back to the jewelry section and drop a few more things in and nobody will ever know." So, off I went with my brown paper bag, craning my neck and looking all around for store employees while I headed back to the jewelry section. I looked around, dropped a few more things in my bag very sneakily (or so I thought), and made my way to the front door just as my Mom was coming in. Perfect timing for the store manager to walk up and ask to see my bag, as he told my Mom that a stock boy had seen me stealing. I protested my innocence, heart pounding, as my Mom defended me, and the manager kept saying "my stock boy seen her do it". (This event is branded into my memory so thoroughly that, to this day, I remember the store manager using very poor grammar.)
Of course, I was made to open the bag, the receipt was compared with the goods, and I was found out. The store manager said he wouldn't call the police, but I was banned from the local Ben Franklin crafts store forever. My Mom was embarrassed, shocked and very very very angry. I knew that her anger was off the charts because she said these words to me that chilled me to the bone: "Wait till I tell your father about this." Crap.
Mom pretty much had to drag me into the house, where Dad was relaxing on the couch. She told him what happened, and he just stared at me with that steely gaze that struck fear into your heart, and didn't say anything for the longest time. I was terrified. Finally he said "Where did you learn to steal?". I knew how my Dad's mind worked, and I knew that if I said "all my friends do it", I would never see a single one of them ever again. So, being the quick-thinking clever child that I was, I replied "I saw it on TV" and thus, my punishment was set. "YOU ARE GROUNDED FROM WATCHING TV......FOR LIFE" were the next words that came out of my Dad's mouth. "FOR LIFE".
I did not watch TV for almost two years. Not at my house, not when we visited friends or family, and if I went over to play with one of my friends at their house, my Mom called first to inform the parents of my little friend that I was not allowed to watch TV. This was back in the day when there were no computers, no cell phones and no video games (except for a few very low tech handheld games), so what did I do with my time? I started reading more books and listening to the radio.....ah yes, this was when I truly discovered radio and when my love affair with music began.
After the Super Bowl we never really heard much controversy about the event, other than Joe Flacco dropping an f-bomb and NBC accidentally airing it, and, oh yeah, the lights going out. People either raved or complained about Beyonce's performance, but there didn't seem to be any huge issues....or were there? Personally, I would have liked to see a band perform with actual musicians - I am not a big pop music fan, but Beyonce is hot and has a nice voice. I understand that the NFL is trying to attract more viewers, and attract those viewers who wouldn't normally tune in for the game. We see the same thing with concerts, like when Van Halen toured with Kool & The Gang - they were trying to pull an audience from two totally different demographics in order to sell more tickets, but that's a subject for another day. Well, the FCC got thousands of letters after the Super Bowl, most directed towards the half-time show, but some addressing other things, like a few of the commercials. They're pretty entertaining to read, so here are a handful of verbatim things that people complained about to the FCC:
--"[The] commercial [that] showed a women kissing a nerd: It was disgusting!!! My grandchildren was watching that! I had to hurry up and grab the control!!! . . . And also that raunchy Beyoncé girating her v***a in front of the cameras, and that is entertainment!"
--"I am appalled at Beyoncé's performance . . . she basically humped the air, simulating sex for 13 minutes. Completely inappropriate as family entertainment."
--"[Beyoncé's] outfit looked like it came out of a sex shop or a [porno] video. Her breasts protruded out, her butt almost completely showed . . . she wore hooker boots . . . and danced like she was in a strip club . . .
--"Beyoncé was dancing in a stripper-like provocative way in erotica fashion, opening her legs multiple times right in the cameras so we could see her crotch in tight leather undergarments."
--"There is NO REASON whatsoever for pelvic thrust dancing on national television . . . ever, much less by scantily clad women."
--"The commercial with the old people making out & the old guy plastering his chest on the window of the restaurant was uncomfortable . . . another channel changer."
--"If this performance was family-friendly, why not allow it for the Presidential Inauguration festivities?"
More are posted here if you'd like to read them
I never finished watching "Lost" when it was on TV. I watched the first two or three seasons, caught a few episodes here and there over the next couple seasons, and then kinda moved on to other things. I always wanted to watch the whole thing, so my sweet baby has been picking up the DVDs when he sees them at resale shops and whatnot, and we've been making our way through the episodes. (One day we'll get through the whole series, bur we're in no hurry.) I'm sure that you, like me, have questions when you watch a TV show or movie - there are always discrepancies and odd things that you see that can't be explained, or where someone made a mistake in editing. One of the glaring errors that comes to mind is in "Pretty Woman" when Julia Roberts is wearing Richard Gere's shirt and eating breakfast in the hotel room and they show her eating a croissant, then when they cut to her again, it's a pancake. That stuff cracks me up, because you know that hundreds, even thousands, of people watched the scene and nobody caught it. I love that stuff. There's even a website devoted to this kind of error - Movie Mistakes - and you can search by title and see how many problems there are in each one.
My issues with "Lost" aren't really mistakes, they are observations, and they have nothing to do with the subject matter of the show, they have to do with pretty basic stuff. Maybe you had the same thoughts too?
*How come the women don't have hairy legs and underarms? I know some of the gals got to shower and clean up in the hatch, but not all of them made it there, and surely they didn't all have laser hair removal before their trip. And their eyebrows are always perfect. For that matter, how come all the guys didn't look like Grizzly Adams?
*Why didn't everyone who wasn't allowed into the hatch make a fuss? If there was a place to relax, out of the elements, with water and bathrooms and a kitchen, you can bet your butt that I'd be all up in someone's face about getting in there.
*Bathrooms - why are toilet issues never addressed? There were a lot of people on that beach....that's a lot of doody. Did they dig a latrine somewhere and I missed it?
*They're on what appears to be a tropical island. Why are people wearing long pants, warm-up jackets and long sleeved shirts?
*How come nobody ever had a sunburn?
*Why did the women continue to wear earrings and other jewelry? It was hot and sweaty and dirty, and that's usually one of the first things I dispense with when I'm working in the yard or at the beach. These people were cooking and cleaning and building crap and still wanted to accessorize.
*And then there's this:
Yesterday, on the WSFL Facebook page, we posted this:
Wow, that sure did bring back some memories. I used to sit in my room (I loved being sent to my room. My Mom sometimes punished me by telling me that I COULDN'T go to my room!) and read and listen to the radio. Living in Michigan, I could pick up stations out of Canada, and one of my favorites was an AM station, CKLW, out of Windsor. They had a countdown show in the evening, I think it was on a weekend, and I would write down every single song and what number it was in the countdown, because at the end, they would tell you to be caller eleventy billion and identify song #84 to win a prize. Sadly, the line was always busy - I got through one time, but I wasn't the right caller....sigh. I had a stack of notebooks filled with song titles and artists that sat on my desk. And yes, I would record all of my favorite songs on cassettes.
Last night I went home and rooted around in my stuff and found not one, but two, boxes of cassettes and various other bits and pieces of whatnot. Tons of tapes of my old radio shows - some from my very first paid gig on a dawn to dusk AM classic country station. Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, Jim Reeves, Loretta Lynn, yep, I played them all, and it was the only time I worked a format other than rock. I even have the tape of my first big interview:
While I didn't find any of the tapes I recorded from the radio, (they are in my house somewhere - maybe that's a weekend treasure hunt project), I did find old radio photos, thank you notes from artists I played, old direct mail pieces from radio stations I worked at, signed photos and posters, and all kinds of cassettes that I collected over the years. Here's one box:
Great memories, and yes, I do still have a boom box with dual cassettes, so I was able to entertain myself for quite a while last night! I found some pretty unexpected things too, like comedy tapes from Steve Martin, Kip Addotta, Ray Stevens and Weird Al. My musical tastes mostly ran to rock with one or two surprises.
See, here you've got your VH, Foghat, Marianne Faithful, Alvin Lee, The Doors, Amboy Dukes, Don Henley, (ah, "Building the Perfect Beast", how I love "A Month of Sundays"), Janis Joplin, Loverboy, Johnny Paycheck ("Take This Job and Shove It" - hell yeah!), Journey, Trapeze. Holy cow - who else has a Trapeze cassette? Who else has a Trapeze anything??? But this, this right here.....cracked me up:
There's been a lot of talk about the airline industry lately, especially with the news that US Air and American might be merging, and the issues with the Dreamliner. I read some commentary online the other day about whether reclining seats should be banned from airplanes, and the writer said that is absolutely should, because the minor comfort it gives to the person reclining isn't enough to cancel out the major discomfort to the person sitting in the seat behind you. If the person in front of you reclines, then in order to have more room, you have to recline your seat, as does the person behind you, and so on....kinda like dominos. After flying to Michigan this past weekend, and having someone practically in my lap for a good portion of one flight, I would have to agree. In fact, there are a lot of folks who could use some air travel etiquette, so please, allow me to provide it, along with some basic observations.
*Before you travel, please shower, or at least investigate whether or not you smell funky, and then do something about it. Do not cover up your funk with cologne or perfume and call it good, because then you just smell like a funky flower. And along the funky lines - funky smelling food isn't the best thing to bring on the plane either.
*If you haven't flown before, or don't do it often, it might be wise to read up on what you can and can't take through security. Helpful info can be found on the airline/airport/travel booking website or by reading the 8 zillion signs posted everywhere in the airport or by listening to the TSA people who keep repeating instructions that you obviously have disregarded as you try to get through screening with a full bottle of water that you just bought before entering the screening line.
*Please keep track of your stuff while you are in the waiting area, and by stuff, I mostly mean your kids. Yes, it is a "secure" area, but that shouldn't lull you into such a false sense of security that you are comfortable letting your sticky 3 year old roam freely amongst other passengers, far away from where you are trying to take a catnap. Oh, and if your child is wearing a diaper, please, for the love of all that's holy, don't flip your kid onto the carpet and change that very aromatic diaper in the aforementioned waiting area where there are many other people who don't find your kid's "poopy" the least bit entertaining. They actually have changing tables in the restroom for that exact purpose. (Someone did this in Atlanta while I was waiting for my flight...ugh)
*Once on the plane, feel free to do as the flight crew says: "relax and enjoy your flight". Don't bounce around in your seat. Sleep, read, listen to music on your iPad, chat quietly with your traveling companion....don't keep wiggling and jiggling your seat - in case you hadn't noticed, they are all connected. And every time you bounce around, that tray table attached to the back of your seat bounces too, making it very difficult for the person behind you to keep their 17 airline peanuts on that tiny airline cocktail napkin...and don't get me started on how many times the little plastic beverage cup almost tips over every time you move.
*If you are in the back of the plane, please take your bag to the back of the plane with you and stow it back there. Don't jam your bag into the overhead bin at row 3 when you are sitting in row 37.
*What is the story with the priority boarding line? Elite flyers, first class, etc, get to board first from the right hand side of the velvet rope. Everyone else boards from the left hand side of the rope. The only difference I see between these lines is that on the right, there is a welcome mat. Does this mean that people on the left side are not welcome?
*Why do they board the front of the plane first? Wouldn't it make more sense to board from the back and move forward? This way, the people in rows 1-25 wouldn't get smacked in the head, knee and arm as overloaded passengers make their way down the aisle. Boarding sure would go more quickly. Of course, the first class passengers, (you know, the ones who get to walk on the welcome mat), would have to wait and we can't have that.
*Please put the armrest down. Unless you are sitting next to someone you know, that little armrest is all that separates us from total chaos. It's the border between my seat and your seat, and should be patrolled by the military.
*Be nice to others. Everyone wants to get where they're going in a hurry. Everyone is just as tired, excited, hungry and uncomfortable as you are. Act right.
*The airplane is not the place to take a stand with your kid. If little Bobby, Billy or Tiffany wants to go to the bathroom when Mommy goes, then take them with you. The rest of us don't want to hear you explaining for nine minutes why they can't go, what you're going to give them if they stay in the seat, or what's going to happen if they don't listen, only to be subjected to their wails the entire time that you are gone. Save the lessons for your next trip to Walmart.
So....there you have it, just a few observations and suggestions for your next plane trip. Reminds me of a great Bill Cosby bit from "Himself" - please enjoy, and thanks for flying Miller Time Airways!
I never cease to be amazed by the talent and creativity of artists of all kinds. The brilliant musicians whose melodies and lyrics inspire us, keep us company and remind us of people, places and things in our past blow me away. A sculptor who can look at clay or marble and see it come to life in his or her mind baffles me. People who design jewelry and clothes and furniture, geez I envy their abilities. And of course, painters and street artists, especially the ones that are unexpected and that you can watch while they do their thing. I came across just one of these individuals the other day and I wanted to share it with you. (Actually, my spouse like companion/boyfriend/love of my life/gentleman friend showed me this first video...just to give credit where credit is due. See blog post from 1-31-13 if you're wondering why I call my man such a funny name) Enjoy!
Next we move on to some pretty impressive 3D art
And finally...whenever you go to a big city you always see the spray paint artists out on the street
There were several good commercials during the game on Sunday, but one of the commercials really hit home with me because I had a similar experience. Did you see the Tide commercial? Check it out, then I'll explain:
Several years ago I was home for Christmas, and my Mom came up with the most excellent gift ever. Knowing what a huge Detroit Red Wings fan I am, she wanted to get me something special, and she sure did. When I tore into one of my presents, nestled there inside the box was a Steve Yzerman game jersey!!!! Are you freaking kidding me??? They are sooooo expensive! Mom said she had a story to tell me about how she got it. She had a friend who knew someone that worked in the Wings locker room, and that someone managed to snag this jersey, and he then gave it to his buddy, who then gave it to my Mom to give to me. Incredible! I was so excited, examining every inch of this jersey that had been worn by the one and only Steve Yzerman. Mom then said "There is one thing honey, and I'm really sorry about it, I hope you'll still like it after I tell you this. There's a stain on it." Yep, sure enough, a stain there on the front, near the bottom, which I inspected. Mom said "I guess Steve Yzerman got hit in the face and he wiped the blood on his jersey right there, and boy, did I really have to scrub to get the blood off." NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! I had Steve Yzerman's DNA and my amazing, wonderful mother scrubbed it away! I love you, Mom. (You can still kinda see the stain there between the logo and the red border at the bottom)
I need a better word for "boyfriend". Whenever I introduce my "boyfriend" to people, I feel like I'm 16 years old and wearing his class ring. I worked at a place where we used "SLC" for "spouse like companion", and at a recent get together, I used that term and someone living an alternative lifestyle said "hey, I have one of those too!", so I wondered if maybe people thought I was riding sidesaddle when I said it. (Sidebar: I don't have any issues with people who choose an alternative lifestyle, and I am cool if they wanna get married. As a comedian once said, "why should heterosexual couples be the only ones who have miserable marriages?") Using the word "partner" sounds like we're gonna play some doubles on the tennis court later, or we're going into business together. "Domestic partner" is even worse....ugh.
A guy I worked with once introduced his girlfriend as his lover - he actually said "this is my lover, Amber" or whatever her name was. That just sounded odd to me. The word "beau" sounds too old-fashioned, as does "gentleman friend" - after all, it's not the 1940s, and "significant other" is too dry. I must confess that yapping with some of the gals here at the station, I have, on occasion, referred to my boyfriend as "my meat", which, yes, is very sexist, but kinda fun to say when you're among friends. It is not, however, the way I would choose to introduce my boyfriend at events and whatnot. Just saying "this is my man" also seems uncomfortable to me, and a strange way to introduce someone. Somtimes I find myself saying "this is my sweet baby", and I feel pretty okay with that, but it still seems like there should be a better term. On more than one occasion I've just gone with "have you met Kevin?", and let people assume what they will. Got a suggestion? Email it to me and I'll trot it out and see how it feels.
I love hockey. (I know that here in the South I am in the minority, but I have been chipping away at a few people here and there! C'mon, we've even got the Canes in Raleigh!) I was pretty bummed when the season was on hold, but have been catching games when I can since the boys got back on the ice. Why do I love hockey? There are so many reasons:
Half my family is from Canada - a love of hockey is in the water in the Great White North, and being from Michigan, which is practically a Canadian territory, it's what we do during the winter.
I ice-skated when I was growing up, and I tried to play hockey (I sucked). I think playing a sport makes you more inclined to enjoy watching it as well. If you've never put on a pair of skates, you really have no appreciation for how difficult it is, and these guys get up to something like 30mph when they're out there playing. And they're handling a stick and trying to hit a puck the size of a Copenhagen tin. And they're getting shoved and hit by other guys with sticks.
I watched hockey on TV with my Grandpa when I was little. In fact, he took me to a game, and took me down to the ice afterwards so I could touch it. Great memory. Watching hockey was also something I could do with my Dad, who most likely wished I was boy.....he taught me to throw a football, play catch, shoot a gun.
There are fights. In almost every single game. With blood. Yay! (Geez, I sound like a psycho)
These guys get paid less than athletes in pretty much every other pro sport, and honestly, I think they get beat up the most. (Discounting people who actually fight for a living, like boxers and whatnot)
There is always action on the ice. The game moves fast and the score can change in a matter of minutes. (Yes, I know, basketball moves quickly too, but there's hardly ever any blood)
A hockey player will take a 80, 90 or 100 mph slapshot to the face, get up, and continue to play.
How about a couple videos to show you what makes me love it?
Here's a compilation of some great hockey fights
The 1980 Olympic hockey "Miracle on Ice"
I love to read the Sunday New York Times - the actual paper, not an online version. I love to kick back on the couch with my tea and just page through it. The travel section makes me dream of amazing vacations in far off places, Chuck Klosterman's advice column makes me laugh, the fashion section has me saying "WTF?" and I always get a kick out of the penthouse apartments for sale for a zillion dollars. By far though, my favorite part of the paper is the marriage/wedding announcements. (No, it's not a girly girl thing, it's pretty funny!)
Anyone can send an announcement to the paper for publication...BUT....their policy states that they only have limited space, so they can't print every single one. (In my mind, this means they read through all of them and find only the uber-snootiest, which must be tough, because most of them are so bluebooded that they're practically royalty. Either that, or some money is changing hands somewhere down the line to get little Winnie's wedding into the paper.) I read an announcement this past Sunday that absolutely cracked me up, and I wish I'd saved it, but I think it went into the recycle bin before I decided that I needed to keep it. Let me see if I can explain it to you, or at least, the parts I remember.
Included in the announcement were the dates and names and whatnot of the marriage, along with the very important information that the bride would hyphenate her name. The column (and yes, it was more like a column than an announcement, it ran forever) also included the bride's entire school and work history (and I don't mean, that she went and that she works....I mean all of it, kinda surprised they didn't include her salary and how much is in her 401k); where the bride's parents went to school and worked (and yes, they were scientists or CEOs of a think tank or some such nonsense); the fact that the bride's grandfather was a judge, and where he presided (Should I be impressed? Um, not yet); and the fact that the bride's great-grandfather was a US ambassador to somewhere or other. (After reading this pedigree, I felt like someone should be showing the bride at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show...oh my, look at her papers! Bet they can hardly wait to breed her!) This nonsense was followed by the groom's important info, which was not nearly as officious as his bride's, but high mucky muck for sure. (I am guessing that this couple was not registered at Target....just a guess.)
Best part of the whole announcement? After all of that "look at the station in life that we've achieved", the very last sentence....of the entire announcement.....separated by a space....as a stand alone....."The groom's first marriage ended in divorce". (Seriously? This is how the new couple chose to close out their wedding announcement, the celebration notification of their happy and never-ending, till death do us part union in a major newspaper? By talking about the last time the dude got married and what happened then? I wonder if this is how the ceremony ended too?
No matter what kind of person you are, you like candy. Even grouchy mean-spirited horrible people like candy. People who don't, or aren't allowed to eat candy, still have a favorite candy. I don't care who ya are, there is a candy out there that you crave at some point. The ones I think about most are always the ones that are hard to find, or aren't made anymore. I used to love Choc-o-lite bars....and now they have these Aero chocolate bars, but dammit, they aren't the same!!
Slo-pokes? Hell yeah! They actually don't make them on a stick anymore, but you can buy a bar, which sure does make it a lot less fun. Geez, I tore up my teeth on those things. Pop Rocks have made a bit of a comeback, you see them on store shelves at various places. Razzles can be found....I never chewed it as gum, I ate it like candy....probably bad for me, but when you're talking about candy, what isn't? Always loved Zotz and I found these at Neuse Sport Shop of all places! (Sidebar - I need a new desk)
Sixlets!!! Oh, they were delicious! Wax bottles with that sugar water stuff inside, loved them, even the wax! And of course wax lips and teeth and whatever else they could make out of wax. Rock candy on a stick or a string. Bit-o-honey....the whole bar with each section wrapped in paper, not those tiny individually wrapped pieces you see now in the bulk candy section. Freshen-up gum always kinda flipped me out, but it was so "holy cow...there's liquid in the middle, you guys!" when it first came out. Candy cigarettes rocked before it became a no-no for kids to even pretend they were smoking. Willy Wonka candy - there's still some out there, but I crave Peanut Butter Oompas, and no, I won't settle for Reeses Pieces and I don't want the fruit chew Skittle type Oompas they made later. Sigh.
There are some stores that still sell classic candy, and some websites that you can visit too:
And wouldn't it be nice, if, when you did finally find your favorite childhood candy, it tasted just as good as you remembered?
The children from Sandy Hook Elementary are going back to school today, their first day back since the tragedy in Newtown on December 14. I can't even imagine how the parents of those children feel, hugging and kissing their kids goodbye this morning, and sending them off to class, but a return to "normalcy" has to be attempted. The kids will be attending a different school, Chalk Hill Middle School, in a nearby town, which has been fixed up with their old desks and other furniture, items that were left behind, like backpacks and coats, and even the school's pet turtle. Teachers and other staffers worked over the break to decorate the new school, and make it as welcoming as possible for the kids, and of course, extra security measures are in place. The old school remains a crime scene, and is still being investigated. I wonder what will happen to that building once the investigation is complete? Certainly they can't continue to use it as a school, can they? I know that at Columbine, they have a memorial library that replaced the one where most of the horrific acts occurred in 1999. What DO you do with buildings where unspeakable tragedies happened?
A reopening is happening this month at the movie theater in Aurora, where a mass shooting happened on July 20. That theater has been renovated and revamped, and is set to open on January 17, with a "special evening of remembrance", followed by a movie. (What movie could they possibly show after a solemn event like that??? Nothing with violence, not a comedy; I have no idea what they could put on the screen that would NOT make me uncomfortable.) I understand that business is business, and life goes on, but the theater apparently sent invitations to families of the massacre victims offering them free tickets for the reopening, which I personally feel was incredibly insensitive.....okay, actually what I said out loud was something that company policy forbids me from writing here. The families are outraged about the invitations, (as well they should be) and while a survey of citizens in Aurora found that a majority wanted the theater reopened, I honestly don't think that I could go there if I lived in that town. You can read the story here, and the response of the victims' families.