Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Things you can only say at Thanksgiving

1. Talk about a huge breast!
2. Tying the legs together keeps the inside moist.
3. It's Cool Whip time!
4. If I don't undo my pants, I'll burst!
5. Whew, that's one terrific spread!
6. I'm in the mood for dark meat.
7. Are you ready for seconds yet?
8. It's a little dry, do you still want to eat it?
9. Just wait your turn, you'll get some.
10. Don't play with your meat.
11. Just spread the legs open and stuff it in.
12. Do you think you'll be able to handle all these people at once?
13. I didn't expect everyone to come at once!
14. You still have a little bit on your chin.
15. How long will it take after you stick it in?
16. You'll know it's ready when it pops up.
17. Wow, I didn't think I could handle all of that!
18. That's the biggest one I've ever seen!
19. How long do I beat it before it's ready?

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

And thanks to my friend Karen for sending me this list.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

The cup runneth over ...

So Monday night we went to the Eastern Hills Mall to see the Stanley Cup.

We got there a little before six because my littlest little one took a million years to eat her dinner ... And the line was closed. Can you friggin' believe it? Oh well. We'll see it in a few weeks when the Sabres win it.

But at the mall, there are two guitars - part of the Guitars For Hope campaign. So I thought, "All is not lost." I'd get a couple snap shots of me in my logo shirt with these guitars and post it on my web site. Stood in front. Wife took my picture. Or ... I Should say Wife took A picture. I wasn't in it. Well, my sleeve was. But that's it. *sigh*

We went down the street to Target cause the kids needed sandals and my wife apparently was in need of a summer purse. Why do you need a special purse for the summer? And where is LAST summer's purse? Will she need a new winter purse in six months? Anyway, she didn't find one. But the kids got their sandals.

After that it was Sabres time. Man, they looked good. I'm a little disappointed cause I won't see the next two games. Tomorrow I'm going to Mohawk Place in Buffalo to catch a couple bands ...

And Friday, we're going to the Bisons game thanks to my buddy Gary from Papa Leos. Let's hope we see more of it than we did the last game. We went to a game last Wednesday compliments of the Speer family and didn't show up til the 8th inning cause Jackie got out of work late.

Since I'm sharing my whole personal schedule, I might as well tell you that I'm going to a show at Club Infinity on Saturday to see Gorilla Punch, Amnesty Box and three other bands. It should be a great show. You should go, too.

Well, I have another blog to write for my other persona, so I gotta jet. Later.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Clinton vs. Wallace

Kudos to President Clinton for reminding Chris Wallace that not all Democrats will roll over and let you piss on 'em.

My understanding of history is that Republicans chided Clinton for being "obsessed" with Bin Laden. Now they're saying he didn't do enough. Which is it? Seems to me that Clinton looked for Bin Laden more before 9/11 than Bush has since.

I think it's funny, too, that this whole thing has been a GOP talking point since Sunday. "Did Clinton go too far?" They forgot what a terrible record they've got fighting and losing to Bill Clinton. Maybe they ought to leave him alone.

Lastly, I think it's disgusting that the major networks and media in general would use their might and power to pretend that everything is still Clinton's fault. Six years after he left office, everything is still his fault. Is it his fault that a study states what Democrats have been saying for years? That the war in Iraq has created more terrorists than it's gotten rid of? I'm sure they'll try to find a way to blame that on Clinton.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Bill ... O ... Reilly

So it's Constitution Day in the United States. And the Constitution itself is in danger. It could simply disappear because it is being ignored by the federal government. Your First Amendment rights are being dismantled by the GOP. The Fourth Amendment has been shredded by the Bushies. Democrats are trying to undo the Second Amendment. And the government as a whole said goodbye to the 10th Amendment during the Lincoln administration.

We are literally waging war with our own government.

And tonight Bill O'Reilly plans an in depth expose into "why all the late night talk show hosts are Left wingers."

Thank Bill. Thanks for "looking out for me."

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Local "news" website defies odds ... gets worse

I don't know why I can't just ignore what ails me. But I can't.

Like picking at a festering wound, I typed lockport-ny.com into my web browser to see if the pathetic cermudgeon had actually made any significant updates to his site.

Not really.

Now before you whine that I shouldn't pick on Bob Rooney because he recently recovered from a stroke, don't. Being a stroke victim doesn't entitle you to be an asshole any more than being molested as a child entitles you to take out a school full of children with an AK47.

Anyway, there was one update of note ... a jab at the Union-Sun & Journal.

Here's the text:


Our flag is down but our tree still stands. When the new Alabama owners of the Lockport Union-Sun & Journal looked over what they bought they decided to sell out the landmark US&J building at Transit and Summit Streets and move most of operations out of town, the rest into rented space above a drug store. Residents were worried about the fate of this giant tree when the newspaper's property was bought to build a stand-alone drug store. It's several years later and the tree still stands. But the American flag, another display by the former local newspaper, is gone.

Updates. Your editor has been forced to travel out of town on business and the distances are getting longer. Thus I have a bigger domestic backlog when I get back and, of course, up-dates to the Lockport Home Page suffer. I don't have a solution yet but I'm going to try to keep up publication. We have enough money to continue at least until October.

Now, you should all know that I've had my disagreements with the Union-Sun & Journal ... and moreso with it's parent companies, Greater Niagara News and Corporate Newspaper Holdings Inc. (CNHI). I still believe that I was screwed by Terry Shaw becuase I wouldn't publicly fellate him. But that's another point.

Thing about it is, the US&J might not be perfect, but they do pretty well with the limited resources they have. They cover local news. They cover local sports. They publish local letters to the editor. They ARE a local newspaper. In addition to the traditional stuff, they have a pretty decent website at LockportJournal.com, with story archives, video, podcasts, and a forum that makes the old forum at ScottLeffler.com look ... well ... like crap.

Note in Rooney's post, though, how he goes immediately from trashing to local paper to giving excuses why his own POS web site isn't up to snuff ... and then to backhandedly asking for more money.

Mr. Rooney has previously claimed that his costs of running his website are something like $5,000 a year. That really caught my eye ... and the math just didn't add up. So about six month ago, I offered Rooney a slot on my show. We'd do a fundraiser to help raise money for Lockport-NY.com ... if he'd tell me what the money was really for. Needless to say, he hasn't gotten ahold of me.

The worst part of this is that some people trust and believe in this snake oil salesman.

I hope you aren't one of them.


Currently listening to:
All WNY Radio
By All WNY Radio
Release date: 01 April, 2006

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Just stuff ...

I ate way too many friggin' Pierogis last night. But it's all good. I gazelled this morning.

How ya'll been? I'm well. Just been busy with the big secret side project that most of you know about anyway, so it's a really bad secret. But ... you know ...

I'm hoping to line up a guest for Thursday to discuss legalizing marijuana ... which is what I'd do if I ruled the world. How very Libertarian of me, huh?

If I ran the zoo - the McGrew Zoo ...

Sorry, must still be drunk from last night. And yet, I'm not. Just goofy I guess. Maybe from going to bed at 1:30 and getting up at 6:30? Maybe.

Well, I'm off to work. Call the show today. I have no plan or topic. It'll be fun.

Currently listening to:
All WNY Radio
By All WNY Radio
Release date: 01 April, 2006

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Tuesday morning thoughts ...

It's the "Phyllis Green Show" Part 2 today. There's a huge part of me that wonders if it's just goign to come off as a repeat or if there's anything new to be heard. I guess we'll find out.

One of Phyllis' contentions for not hiring firefighters is that "it's a wash." To me, that's a good thing. If we can get five more firefighters - a higher level of protection - and not lose money on the deal, how is that bad? It's not like the fire union will actually work to save the city money anyway. Actually, that always bugs me. When they whine about "public safety," and you can tell they just want cash money. I hope I'm never that self-serving.

You might notice that there's a new menu option at ScottLeffler.com. Music. It's part of my side project to promote music in this part of the world. Every band that sends me their info will get a bio page with a photo and a link to their web site. I'm also going to do whatever I can to uplift the local music scene, which already rocks out loud.

On that note, plans for Saturday's concert are coming together nicely. I'm really looking forward to it. Hope you are, too.

Remember Katherine DeBrecht? The children's author? She has a pretty cool auction going on on eBay. You can win a walk-on role in her next book, basically. And your job in the book? You get to arrest Hillary Clunkton, the congresswoman from New York. Check the auction.

That's it for now. Hope you're all well. TTYL.

Saturday, March 25, 2006

Just stuff ...

Hey all.

For some reason or another, people actually read this. I've yet to really figure out why, but ...

I don't have much to say today, but thought I'd check in and let you all know that I'm alive.

I went out with Jasper last night. We went to the Icon in Buffalo to check out a band. Ended up checking out two of 'em. They were both very good. I apprecieted the invite and that they took care of my cover. I've never been to a bar before where I was on "the list." You know when you go someplace and there's always some pretentios looking person going - "I'm supposed to be one the list!" Well, I was that person ... minus the pretentiousness.

Anyway, Left of Oblivion and Standard of Living ... both very good local bands. By local I mean Buffalo. Some in Lockport might not call that local, but we are all in this together in WNY. Buffalo is one of us fo sho!

Speaking of local bands, Jasper and I are putting on a concert next week at the UAW. Four local bands (all from Lockport) for just $5. Show starts at 7 p.m. and goes til ... 11? There will be cheap beer and pizza. Maybe cheap women if you're lucky. Maybe cheap women who buy you beer and pizza if you're REALLY REALLY lucky.

That's all part of my new side project which I've been somewhat secretive about. I'll spill some of the beans. Can't spill all of 'em. Not here. You want to know the rest? email me. I might tell ya. :)

Anyway, I've been working with local bands for "The Interview" and now for this concert that Joe and I are doing - (we want to do one a month, BTW, so expect another in May).- and I'm working on a website that allows me to promote bands, both with booking and PR, etc.

Western New York has such a great music scene and I love music. I just want to get involved. As such All WNY Music was born. A website and more details will be forthcoming. But for now, enjoy the concert and the interviews on WLVL.

Looking for a band to play a party? a picnic? a barbeque? You name it, I can find it for you. Want more details? Let me know. I'll work the network.

Other than that, not much going on ... oh ... except.

I got a friggin' speeding ticket last night. 62 in a 40. Ouch. I think I'm going to plead not guilty and go for a reduction. Any advice? I have until April 14th to decide. 62 in a 40. On New Road in Amherst. There's NOTHING THERE!!! Why is the speed limit 40 miles per hour?

One more thing real quick. Went to the dentist yesterday. It's a new dentist so I had to fill out medical paperwork. It was asking about medication that people take ... do you take ... aspirin ... muscle relaxants ... inhaler ... alcohol or cocaine ... errrr, what? Alcohol or cocaine. That's one question. So I had to say yes. But I felt real dirty doing it. Why the hell would alcohol and cocaine be one question? Weird. The dentist said that's just the way the form is. And everyone asks why it's worded as such.

Alright. I'm out. Later.

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Poor Bob ...

I got an email today informing me that Bob Rooney updated his crappy web site. That in and of itself is an accomplishment. But apparently, it included a little something about me. Aw, Bob. How thoughtful.

"I was talking with one of our city leaders a couple months ago and he was telling me how one member of the local media had taken to airing nasty smears against me over the radio."

A couple months ago ... the LAST time Rooney updated pieceofcrap.com, I was complaining about his shady fundraising efforts. Mr. Rooney is claiming that it costs him $4,000 to run his web site for a year. And unfortunately, people were buying into it, but according to his new post (click here for the whole thing), his fundraising efforts are flailing.

While I'm not typically one to stand in the way of someone elses success, if that success depends on the fleecing of people who don't know any better, I'm happy to stand in his way.

Of course, Mr. Rooney will paint this as David and Goliath ... and of course I'm Goliath. (Just like Congressman Tom Reynolds constantly tells people that he won't come on my show cause I'm mean to him.) But back to Rooney. When his website only sucked 1/2 as much, his postings were daily smears of the Sullivan administration and the Democrats in the county legislator.

Rooney can lie in the bed he made. He just can't lie to the public anymore without getting called out.

Sorry, Bob. Your free reign is over. But I'll have a pity party for you.

Poor Bob.

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Spring fever ...

Blogging was on my list of things to do for the day. I don't want you all to think that I've disappeared or stopped blogging ... but I've noticed that some people have ... if you're reading this, you know who you are ... RJ ...

Despite my lack of blogging, people keep checking it out. That's good, I think.

The reason I've been writing so infrequently lately, by the way, is that these side projects are consuming all my free time. And I have less free time, too, cause I've been picking up shifts at my part time job so that I might be less poor some day.

I Gazelled two miles this morning in 21 minutes. that's almost six miles per hour. Might not seem like a big deal, but it's a pretty good pace. I wanted to get another mile or two in this afternoon, but instead Jackie and I went for a walk out in Amherst on the bike path that runs along Tonawanda Creek Road. It was so nice out.

Apparently, though, we burned too many calories, cause we both had a craving for ice cream ... so we went to MarLyn's Eatery on Saunders Settlement. 99 cent cones, baby!

And to make matters worse (or better?) we're having burgers for dinner. Maybe I should Gazelle some more, huh?

Watched the end of the Sabres game. They rock. We took the lead wth 4.6 seconds left in the game. Man, that's demoralizing for Philly. Good for them.

I see Phyllis Greene is back in the news again for her absence. Been there done that. I wrote that story four years ago. And the people keep electing her. They get the representation they deserve.

I know I had more I wanted to mention, but my mind is blank. Oh well. I'll think of it later ... when I'm no where near a computer.

So ... have fun. Talk to you later.

Saturday, March 04, 2006

Please don't call me Bob Rooney ...

My appologies for not posting to the blog in a while. A couple of side projects that I'm working on have got me very distracted. Unfortunately, they probably will for a while. Fortunately, they're really cool. Unfortunately, I can't tell you about them ... at least not yet.

Some catching up ...

I thought Jason Wilhelm sounded real good on "The Interview" yesterday. The best part was the way he blew through the songs. Got six done in the 22 minutes we had together.

The Faso interview from Thursday, however, was a bit disappointing. It reminds me why I don't have guests on all the time. He didn't say much different from when he was on two months ago. Oh well. We'll check in with him again, for sure. Just not so soon. Or maybe not for so long.

That being said, I'm having another Interview guest back after a short while and it should be interesting.

You may recall that the first Interview was actually with my daughter, Emily. I interviewed her about a "childrens book" she had read for me. The book was called "Help Mom, There are Liberals Hiding Under The Bed," by Katherine DeBrecht. It went well and then I took Emily's take on it to interview Miss DeBrecht.

Well, she's got a new book out, "Help Mom, Hollywood is in the Hamper," so I had Emily read it again and I interviewed her again. That will air on Monday (along with the old Emily interview so you can catch up). And then I interview DeBrecht again on Thursday. Looking forward to it.

The First Amendment bit from Thursday still shocks me. I understand not knowing all of it. But you should at least know, "free speech, press, and religion." I was really disappointed in Joe Public.

Rooney finally did a real update of his page. Some fun stuff. The most telling thing is that he continues to collect money in his absence. I don't get it. I had to scream and shout to collect $250 for the Polar Bear swim (and $50 came from one person), which is a good cause. Rooney just types a couple stories here and there (or doesn't, rather) and people send him $3,000?!?!?!? Color me lost.

I was driving down Main Street last night and saw this ...



In case you don't know what you're seeing, that's garbage in front of the County's Social Services Building on a Friday night. Why is that a big deal? Because the city is allegedly cracking down on garbage violations ... and who's violating? None other than Niagara County. Hmm. Very interesting.

That's it for now.

I'm going to shuffle off to Buffalo to do some drinking and listen to a live band or two. Then tomorrow I'm goin' in the lake. *sigh* I'm really not looking forward to that part. But the rest of the day (bus ride, drinking, debauchery) ... that'll all be fun.

Til next time, I'm Scott Leffler. Actually even after next time, I'll still be Scott Leffler.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

The gloves are here ...

PC Tony dropped by the station today to drop off the boxing gloves that his uncle, Jake LaMotta signed for Winterfest.

Also today I had the opportunity to interview Jake. We talked about his career, and boxing today. There were things that I wanted to ask, but we never got there. Oh well.

If you'd like the opportunity to own the glove below, buy a raffle ticket at a local drinking establishment or buy a ticket to see Rocky III this Saturday at the Palace Theatre as part of the Winterfest fun.



Extreme Kudos to PC Tony for all he's done.

Much love and more later.

Valentines Day cards that weren't

Thanks to Henry Fischer for the following list of Valentines Day cards that Hallmark rejected.

VALENTINE'S CARDS THAT DIDN'T MAKE IT

10. I admire your strength, I admire your spunkbut the thing I like best, is getting you drunk.

9. Our love will never become cold and hollowUnless, one day, you refuse to swallow.

8. I bought this Valentine's card at the storeIn hopes that, later, you'd be my whore.

7. This feels so good, it feels so rightI just wish it wasn't $250 a night.

6. You're a woman of style, you're a woman of classespecially when I'm spanking, your big-round-fat ass.

5. Before I met you, my heart was so famishedBut now I'm fulfilled...SO MAKE ME A SANDWICH!

4. Through all the things that came to passOur love has grown but so's your ass.

3. You're a honey and you're a cutieI just wished you had J-Lo's "booty."

2. I don't wanna be sappy or silly or cornySo, right to the point, let's do it, I'm horny!

1. If you think that hickey looks like a blisterYou should check out the one that I gave to your sister!

Monday, February 13, 2006

More thoughts ...

I ran across a bunch of cool stuff, so I thought I'd post another blog ...

First of all, in honor of Valentines Day, I created a special valentine for all my online friends. If you didn't get yours, there's a replica of it below ...



While searching for a Brokeback photo to put on the valentine, I ran across a great movie preview parody of the gay cowboy epic. It's definately worth the time if you've got the bandwitch, click here. If not, just trust me when I tell you, you're missing out.

I want a new Palm Pilot. Having done my taxes and expecting the return on Friday (e-filing ROCKS), I'm hoping to buy one in the not too distant future. Like the next couple weeks. I want one with Wi-Fi. I know there's a couple places in the area that offer free Wi-Fi ... one being the Brewhaus and the other being Paneras. Anyone know of any others? Any help would be greatly
appreciated. As far as the Palm Pilot itself, I'm currently leaning towards the Palm Tungsten C. Anyone have one? Love it? Hate it? Want to sell it cheap? Let me know.

Got a letter from my friends at NewfaneCares. The text follows:

Hello again Newfane C.A.R.E.S. members:

Tomorrow (Tuesday) afternoon (4:30pm at the N.E.C.C. building) the School Board
is holding the first of only two (scheduled) forums where they will accept
public input on the development of the 2006-2007 district budget. The forums
that they boast about in the budget calendar are after adoption of the budget. In essence they try explain why they need the spending levels that they have already approved. The second public input session is on the same night the budget is scheduled to be adopted. Public input there will have no impact on the crafting of the budget
either way. So tomorrow is it for questions!

If anyone has specific questions regarding the spending plan for 2006-2007 you
should either; 1) attend the meeting Tuesday afternoon or 2) forward your
questions via email so they can be asked by those in attendance. This is one of
the few times where there is no time limit for questions or limits on what can
be asked.

Please forward your questions to:

questions@newfanecares.org
.

Thank you for your support.

I'm still laughing (literally) over this "Vice President shoots hunter" story ... but now is where the news takes flight. A British paper is reporting that the Veep is taking heat for trying to cover up the shooting. I'm not sure I buy it ... but then again, it was almost a whole day after it happened that it finally came out. Another story - this one in the Wall Street Journal - explains a little bit of the back story. This wasn't just some huntin' buddy. He was Mr. GOP in Texas. Interesting stuff. The funniest part in the WSJ piece is the right-wingers who comment at
the end that the author was implying that Cheney shot the guy on purpose. Um ...
yeah ... I just don't see that impication. Do you?

Another story with legal implications ... this one one The Great One, Wayne Gretzky. I never liked him. I hope he goes down. Frogmarch his ass in front of congress in an ankle bracelet. Mr. "there's too much fighting in hockey." Idiot. I hope they put him in a "pound me in the ass
prison" with Mike Tyson or something. Jerk.

But Pete Rose should be allowed in the Hall of Fame.

More and more seems to come out all the time about secret pacts between Bush and lapdog Blair. Looks like January 2003 is when they decided to go to war. Oh, and they had
plans to paint planes like they were UN planes and try to get Iraq to fire on
them in order to say they were ignoring UN sanctions
. Are you f'n kidding me?

Okay. I've said too much. I'll talk to ya'll tomorrow. Or something.

What's on my mind today ...

So today's show was really weird ... but funny. Thanks to Michele for trying. Thanks to John Lombardi for stopping by. Thanks to Sal Paonessa for calling in to let folks know he listens. And thanks to everyone else who did their part by calling or tuning in.

Alderman Lombardi made it sound like there wasn't much dissent over the July 4th fireworks issue. It's funny, cause I must have read too much into the US&J story on the issue. And yet, I probably would have written it the same way. As a reporter, you're supposed to give both sides of the story ... and often you give them equal treatment ... even if the "other side" is pathetic. That still doesn't excuse their poll. But that's another issue.

Well, that's really it for now. More later.

Sunday, February 12, 2006

WLVL and City Hall ... fireworks?

My boss, Dick Greene, owner of the local radio station WLVL, is considering sponsoring the city's fireworks again this year. He sponsored it last year after the previous sponsor, Cornerstone Community Federal Credit Union pulled their sponsorship, citing a desire to sponsor more smaller events. I think they felt they weren't getting the "bang for their buck," (pun obviously intended).

Well, one of the things Dick has mentioned that he'd like to do is he wants to move the celebration to July 2nd this year - a Sunday - in order to get more family participation and make it an all-day event instead of just fireworks.

Well, don't ya just know that some city officials are balking at the proposal, citing "tradition," etc.

Click here for story.

Let me make sure to make clear that this is my opinion and I'm speaking for me ... as only I know how.

"Tradition" is also that the city pays for it's own damn fireworks and as far as I'm concerned if they've found someone kind enough to sponsor them, they should take the offer. Obviously I have a vested interest in this as it is my employer that's involved in this, but I would say the same no matter who was sponsoring it.

Once again, we have an example of city officials wanting to free themselves of the burden of an event - financially and otherwise ... but still be in charge of it. How typical.

If I were Dick Greene, I'd make it clear: "I'm offering to sponsor it Sunday. You want it Tuesday, you'll need another sponsor? Can't find one? You explain to city residents that you cancelled their fireworks cause you couldn't have it your way."

But as I said earlier, that's just me. My boss probably has more class than I do.

By the way, the Union-Sun & Journal has a great poll on this topic. I love the wording. Check it out (it's on the bottom of the page). You'll love the wording, too.

Later.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Random stuff ...

This morning's program with Greg Lewis went well, as usual. I always find Greg refreshing. It amazes me that "they" haven't gotten to him yet.

One bit of information I found interesting, Bill Ross is now the county's liason to the relicensing deal. So three different people in three years just so Lee Simonson could get his nose in there. Someone might want to check out what Simonson is up to now. Makes ya wonder.

I ran across a very funny column on wired.com dealing with Google's records and what happens if the government gets them. This is laugh out loud stuff. Wish I had written it.

I got an email from a listener with a link about the bad effects of plastic bags on the environment. Interesting stuff. click here for story.

Listening to Ed Schultz earlier, he was talking with John Kerry about the Duke Cunningham Act which would strip the federal pension from any member of congress convicted of official misconduct. I think it's a great idea, personally. Someone found guilty of stealing from the government should not get a pension from the government. Steal from your boss and see if they give you a bonus.

I had a great interview today with Gary Grossman, author of Executive Treason. The book has a really good premise, which is why I interviewed him, despite the fact that he's a fiction writer (the interview gets into it). Anyway, the interview is actually airing Monday, but I thought I'd put it here now and if you're bored over the weekend, you can take a listen ... or whatever.

Winterfest is coming up. I'm looking forward to it. I took Sunday off of my other job so I could be around for the events. I'm glad it didn't die.

The kids are excited cause there's snow on the ground and they can go sledding. We go to Roy B. Kelley. Is there a better spot? I don't want to go to the country club. F them. Growing up, I used to sled down Resevoir Hill in the Town of Niagara. That rocked. Now it scares the shit out of me. I can't believe my parents let me do that. In the summer, we'd fish in the resevoir and just hang out and smoke. Cigarettes, too.

That's it for now. More later.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

A fine line ...

It's always difficult to know when to play and when to be serious. I've made a few mistakes in my life in this particular area.

Once when I was young, I was swinging on a swing in a friends yard. For some reason, I recall that someone was coming to fix something ... I want to say it was the swing, but that doesn't make any sense. Anyway, I'm swinging on the swing and this car stops in front of the house. Guy gets out of the car and heads towards the swing set. And he says to me, holding a wood chip in my face, "How'd ya like me to cram this wood chip down your throat?" I said something sarcastic back, thinking the guy was playing ... He wasn't. He grabbed me by my ear, literally, and made me tell him where I lived. I dragged me by the ear, literally, all the way home (several blocks) where he proceeded to tell my mother that I threw this woodchip at him and hit him in his nose (I'm not kidding). Of course, I hadn't ... but he wouldn't believe me becuase given the opportunity, I decided to be a bad ass. (I was probably 10 or younger).

Moral of the story: Take the high road.

A couple years ago, I was stuck doing PM Tradio and I would constantly play with callers, harassing them ... and them harassing me in return. Well, this kid calls in and makes his voice all gravelly ... like he's using a voice box. "Can you hear me," he said in his mock voice box voice. "I can hear you just fine," I said in my own mock voice box voice. To which he replied, "Don't pick on me," in what I quickly figured out was not a mock voice box voice. And this was not a kid. So, in my attempt to be funny, I mocked a man with a voice box.

And today ...

Anyone who caught today's phone call with Conspiracy Bob heard me pick on him, as I often do. I do it because I like him. Some people find him dry, but he's one of the nicest people I know. And he's one of my favorite callers. I tell him all the time. On air. And I mean it. But towards the end of the phone call with Conspiracy Bob, in which I was picking on him for telling me something that he had just told me a month ago, I heard his voice crack ... in a way that told me he was scared (probably cause he really didn't remember having this conversation a month ago) ... and hurt (cause I was being less than understanding at the time). And when I heard his voice crack, I felt like the biggest ass. And I'm not one to cry, but as I type this, knowing that I hurt someone I care for, it's really hard not to. There are a lot of people that call that show that I pick on, but I like most of 'em. And I wouldn't hurt someone's feelings on purpose, but I DEFINATELY wouldn't hurt Conspiracy Bob's.

Did you laugh at my juvenile antics? It was funny. Honestly, it was. Until his voice cracked. Did you hear it? (It was at 23:12 on the podcast, if you missed it). Did you feel like a jerk, too?

It's like laughing at someone who fell down ... and then you find out that they really hurt themselves. I mean REALLY hurt themselves. And you laughed.

When does funny become hurtful? It's a fine line and I walk it every day. And today I took a big step over it. Sorry, Bob.

Sorry to be such a downer tonight, but I wanted to let people know that I don't want to be a jerk. Not really. I mean, I know I have the persona and all ... but I don't want to hurt people. Especially not ones I like.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Former Dialog Guest down on MySpace ...

Dominick Maglio, author of Invasion Within, says MySpace is a dangerous place ... Check out the press release:

MY SPACE IS A DANGEROUS PLACE

The Associated Press has brought the My Space internet problem to Americas attention. The problem is they only scratched the surface. My Space is A Dangerous Place. It a problem and American parents need to take notice and take action.

Interview Domenick Maglio, Ph.D., a moral culture expert who has written and lectured extensively on a variety of subjects affecting American teens and children. He has been in private psychotherapy practice for over a quarter of a century and is the founder and director of Wider Horizons School, a private K-12 college preparatory school since 1983. Maglio deals with the My Space issue at his school and has written an Op Ed piece on the topic. Please contact me to set up an interview. I have attached an Op Ed piece as background for you.

Thanks,

Deborah Ruriani
TCI-SMITH PUBLICITY
www.smithpublicity.com


MY SPACE IS A DANGEROUS PLACE

By Domenick J Maglio, Ph.D. Moral Culture Warrior

The days of thinking children are safe in their own rooms, in their secure gated communities are gone. Children as young as eight years old are going into cyberspace to expand their universe. They travel without an understanding of the dangers to which they are exposed. My Space, like Face book for college students, contains photos that verge on soft porn. The difference is younger children are flocking to My Space. Parents of young children are obliged to go online and browse the website www.myspace.com to judge for themselves.

You will not be alone. Although under many parents radar screen, over 40 million mostly young people throughout the world use this site to become virtual friends with total strangers. Over 87 percent of youth in the twelve to seventeen age bracket are actively involved online. Ask your ten-year-old about My Space and he will probably have some knowledge of it. The concept of being highlighted online is spreading like wildfire in the youth culture. It is seen as being sophisticated.

In our fragmented existence children have little responsibility in helping the family and too much idle time on their hands to create a fantasy existence. As the proverb states, An idle mind is the devils workshop. Our youth, with their abundance of unsupervised time, are writing up biographical sketches with often provocative photos exposing too much skin and too much information to attract new so called friends. The interests and photos are usually altered to present an image of what she wants to be rather than what she really is. There is no easier way to develop an identity than to instantly project one to an unknown audience. Most of modern young people know more about the perverted world of Hollywood than they do about their own relatives. On My Space anyone is given a stage to be a celebrity to an anonymous audience.

Children feel invincible. They may have been taught the dangers of being online but they think any problems would never happen to them, only to someone else. The real danger to our children is that there are many deviant people who can view the childs website by only clicking on their picture, name, address or zip code .By this simple procedure your daughter or son becomes vulnerable to become the next potential victim of a predator.

Do not feel too complacent if your child is younger than 15 years old. According to the guidelines of My Space, anyone under the age of fifteen would have a limited website viewed only by their friends who have their email. However there is no check on any material entered on the site including age -- so younger children often make themselves appear older.

My Space is not a master plan to gain access to children. It is an enterprise for making a profit. The business purpose of My Space is to make money through advertising. The more people driven to the site the more a business can be charged for ads.

My Space has found a sure fire way to increase traffic to its site. It provides a vehicle for youngsters to become popular at least online and in their own minds. The seductiveness of My Space for children is to develop a network of friends. The more risqu the photo the more hits you get. You are advertising yourself to get people to click on to contact you. The number of friends is listed on the persons website so the more friends the greater the bragging rights of being cool.

Young people placing their photos and interests online is a frightening process for those of us with life experience. Children with a limited number of years on earth have an equally limited knowledge of human nature. More and more stories are appearing with people who have met an evil person online and have come to a bad end. The unlimited access to millions of people will only add to the number of these tragedies.

There is no denying that cyberspace is a reality of modern times. There are no fool proof means of insuring our children are not venturing into this precarious world except one: their WORD. We need to depend on our children pledging themselves to do what they say they do. They must tell the truth.

Instilling a moral code in your children by teaching them to be honest will prevent them from doing things behind your back. The cost of embarrassing ones parents becomes too great to distort their personal history to impress others.

Involved parents are the antidote to the world of ever expanding temptation. Stronger parenting will stop boys and girls going wild into the dangerous world of online fantasy and into the arms of waiting predators.

Dr. Maglio is a moral culture expert and has written and lectured extensively on the subject. He has been in private psychotherapy practice for over a quarter of a century and is the founder and director of Wider Horizons School, a private K-12 college preparatory school since 1983. Dr. Maglio holds a Ph.D. in Human Development and has 40 years experience working in the psychology/educational field. He has also worked as a professor in the university system for a decade, been a clinical psychologist in a Florida prison and spent ten years directing a domestic violence counseling program. Dr. Maglio is the author of Invasion Within: Overcoming the Elitists' Attack on the Moral Values and the American Way, Regnery Publishing; and Essential Parenting: Revitalizing and Remoralizing the Family in the 21st Century. Invasion Within is available for purchase in bookstores and online booksellers. Please visit drmaglio.com for additional writings.



You're kidding, right? Moral Culture Warrior? That's what the guy put as his "title." What is he? Bill O'Reilly's protege?

He makes it sound like MySpace was invented by predators and pervs for the mere sake of getting 15 year olds into bed, but then he points out that that's NOT the case:

My Space is not a master plan to gain access to children. It is an enterprise for making a profit. The business purpose of My Space is to make money through advertising. The more people driven to the site the more a business can be charged for ads.

So which is it?

Just like Robert Peters, the guy I had on the Interview Friday, Maglio blames the media, in this case, MySpace. It's funny how these "moralists," seem to want the government to protect us from the real world instead of insisting that parents RAISE THEIR OWN FRIGGING CHILDREN!!!! But these are the same folks who whine about liberals and their "big government" policies.

In fact, if you listen to the podcast from Maglio, you'll get the gist - just as I did, that "smuggers" is just a new way to say "liberals."

Mr. Maglio ... Mr. Peters ... get your government the hell away from my internet and my cable. If they want to control "the airwaves," that's fine. But they can't control speech. A little something called The First Amendment says so.

Okay, I've espoused enough. Have a good night.

Welcome to the new competition ...

For those that don't know, two Buffalo radio stations are "flipping formats" to liberal talk.

The Mighty KB, AM 1520 switched yesterday with a decent lineup of Bill Press (6-9 a.m.), Stephanie Miller (9 a.m. - noon), and Ed Schultz (3 p.m. - 6 p.m.). Some holes still exist, but those three shows are pretty decent and if they find fill-ins for the rest, they'll be in good shape.

WHLD, AM 1270 is morphing next week. They already have some lib-talk ... and some other stuff that's ... not good to listen to. Next week, they'll be adding in Al Franken and the crew from Air America. I'm not sure what shows will air and what won't. Plus they'll have local content with Ray Marks (formerly of WGR) and local news.

It will be a pretty interesting battle between the two. I'll be watching from the comfortable confines on the WLVL studios.

One of my big problems is that I don't fit in with an all-liberal format ... But I also don't fit in with an all-conservative format. As has been the custom in my life, I just don't fit in. I've dealt with it for 30 years ... I'll deal with it for another 30, I'm sure.

Today's show will be about a variety of topics, including the sham NSA hearings, garbage on Main Street, and whatever else comes up.

I see in the news that Donald Trump endorsed Eliot Spitzer for governor, saying he'll "be good for business." That screws up the GOP talking point that he hates business, doesn't it? Ha. Ha!

That's it for now. More later.

Monday, February 06, 2006

Morning morning marketing director ...

So today, Racin' Ray and I are going to review the commercials from yesterday's "Big Game."

The game sucked ... and frankly, the commercials weren't that much better.

I missed the first quarter and a bit of the second quarter, so I had to catch up on the commercials via the lovely internet. Thank God they make it easy now, in fact, TV.com has a nice little interface that will even allow you to rate them yourself.

Of course, USA Today has it's annual Ad Meter in today's paper. Always a good way to follow along.

Can you believe this is the fourth year in a row that I've done this particular show. And the second time that Racin' Ray has co-hosted.

Yesterday, while working, I was driving out in Timbuktu and I saw a house for sale (no big deal) ... but in the back yard was ... a CANNON!!! That was too cool. I want a cannon for the Ranch. How cool would that look sitting in the back yard? Anyway ... I thought since these people are selling their house, they might not want to lug the cannon to wherever they're moving to, I'll go see if they'd be interested in selling it. (I really do want a cannon - I'm not playing). But here's what sucks. As I got close to it, It wasn't a cannon. It was just a two wheeled cart that was propped up and looked like a cannon from afar. Crap. I'll keep looking.

Less than a month now to the Polar Bear swim. I have $130 pledged (only $75 in hand, though). I need AT LEAST another $120 ... and I'd like to get $500 altogether. We'll see what happens.

That's it for now. I'm off to work. *sigh*

Later.

Oh, one last thing ... I wish that MySpace would put a "currently listening to" section and allow you to pick Sirius radio channels. I'm currently listening to Octane ... and can you believe, they're playing Ministry. NWO. How friggin' very.

Saturday, February 04, 2006

KFC - they do lunch right ...

Protesting Lunch

KFC Protestors get ready

In this photo, the protestors are just getting set up ... getting their game faces on and getting out their PETA supplied signs. I walked up and told them that I admired their resolve ... but disagreed with their specific cause. They asked why ... I told them that it's cause their trying to champion CHICKENS, to which one replied: "Studies show that chickens are just as smart as dogs or cats or monkeys." I added - "But dogs and cats and monkeys are cute," which got me in return: "Chickens are cute." I had 'em. "Do any of you have a chicken for a pet?" Silence.


KFC Protestors with signs
Despite my disagreeing with their cause, they were kind enough to pose for me to take a picture. Most - if not all of them - are in high school. Good for them.


What the protest looked like as I ate my chicken sandwich
This is the view from inside KFC while eating my chicken sandwich. Poor kids. They look so cold out there.


Joe posing with lunch (protestors in background)
Joe Speer. He's the man.

So the moral of the story is: Protesting is great. But pick a good cause. Not one your local radio talk show host is going to mock.

Catchin' Up

Yesterday's show was interesting. I really am upset that the US&J allowed FMC to get away with that smear job ... and then to aid them with that "nun" headline.

By the way, it wasn't Bertell that I had on the plutonium-related show ... it was Janette Sherman. Oops. My bad. Scientists. They all look the same to me. :)

I'm waiting for Joe to come over so we can go to KFC for lunch. I'm bringing the camera. I'll post some pix here later.

I also thought yesterday's Interview went pretty well, although I still disagreed with the guy. Oh well. But the kicker was that the boss yelled at me cause he didn't think it was appropriate. We were broadcasting live from DeSales for Catholic Schools week and he seems to think talking about porn was off-key. Hmm. Maybe he was right. I didn't consider that, though.

We went to see the Harlem Globetrotters last night. Pretty cool. The girls enjoyed it. The little one wanted to buy a basketball afterwards, but they were too expensive. I'm hoping we can get our driveway paved this spring. Then we'll get a basketball net and a ball to go with it ... but one from WalMart - more my price range.

I just watched # 1 Single on E! It was cool. Lisa Loeb, the star of the show, went on a blind date with Allen Salkin, author of The Festivus Book. How very.





Um, Lisa Loeb is kinda hot. Bet she'd look good in a t-shirt.

That's all for now, folks.

More later.

Friday, February 03, 2006

Morning thoughts (Friday 020306)

The show yesterday with Racin' Ray was fun. The best part was Sonya telling me I was being chauvanistic ... and then that woman from Niagara Falls arguing with me about whether or not I was beautiful. Some people just don't get humor.

I'm starting to dread Sunday ... I think I'm going to get my ass kicked (collectively with the rest of the people at work). But I should make lotsa money. So that's good.

We're taking the kids to the Harlem Globetrotters tonight. I'm excited. I went once with my dad when I was young. Tonight will remind me of him. Bittersweet.

I have no particular plans for the show today, so we'll see what happens when we get there. The guy on the interview is kinda interesting. He thinks that the FCC should enforce "decency standards" on satellite radio and cable TV. The "No arguing. No fighting." part may be difficult today.

Gazelled this morning: 2 Miles - 24 minutes - 242 Calories. It's the first time I've Gazelled in like a week. I'm such a loser. And it's not like I stick to my "diet," either. Pathetic. *sigh*

That's all for now.

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

(Dis)order in the court ...

So it looks like Sam Alito has been confirmed to the US Supreme Court. I'll be blunt ... we're in trouble. With the block of Alito, Scalia and Thomas all solidly in the pocket of radical conservatism ... and Kennedy and Roberts tipping in that direction, the Supreme Court has entered the dark ages.

As I said on the show last week, I would have voted against Alito ... but I wouldn't have fillibustered. But there was a part of me that was hoping the Democrats could find their manhoods (and womanhoods) and fillibuster. How odd that John Kerry seemed like the voice of reason last Friday.

As a member of the "elite media," I get faxes and emails and press released galore on stuff like this. I got one from Judicial Watch today that just made me laugh. It goes on an on about "the liberals" and ends by pointing out that they're glad about a "conservative block on the high court for decades to come," but then later states that they're non-partisan. Where do they get off like that? In another part of their "non-partisan" website, they use the Jack Abramoff scandal as an excuse to rip on the Clinton administration. Non-partisan my ass. Now I don't mind groups with a point of view (like Fox News, for example), but don't then pretend you don't have one.

On Fox News, I'm listening to Bill O'Reilly talk about the "elite media," and he always talks about these "liberal newspapers," pointing to their editorial positions as proof that they're part of the "secular progressive" movement, but says Fox News is down the middle. Whenever someone calls him on it, he says ... well the news is down the middle. The commentators aren't news. But editorials in the LA Times are? I don't get it. More doublespeak from Mr. No Spin.

I'm really looking forward to tonight's speech. I hope I get hammered. If I follow the rules of my drinking game, it'll be hard not to.

Norm Palmer is my guest tomorrow. I love Norm. He's a good guy. And he knows a lot about sports. But he's way to friggin' organized and generally anal for my liking. He's been asking me details about how tomorrow's show is going to go for like three weeks. He's got an outline and knows all this stuff. I'm just not that on-the-ball. I start planning for a show the day before ... at MOST!!! Usually it's more like that morning. I'm an on-the-fly kinda guy. Alright. Nuf' bitchin'.

Peace Out!

Monday, January 30, 2006

Scott Leffler's Jump in the Lake Fund ...

I'm really hoping to raise more money this year for the Olcott Lions Club Swim for Sight Polar Bear Swim than I have in years past.

So far, I've got $110 in pledges ($65 actually in-hand), which is a good start ... Last year, I raised almost $300. I need to beat that total.

The Polar Bear Swim, for those of you who don't know ... or for those who don't know what I'm talking about ... is when a bunch of (typically) drunken idiots jump into Lake Ontario in March. This year it's March 5th at 2 p.m. Usually, March in Niagara County is pretty damn cold, but this year, who knows? Hundreds of people do it annually, but most actually fundraise very little. In fact, most of the people I know give very close to the $10 minimum. As you can tell, I'm not happy with the minimum. Below is a picture of some of the people who participated last two years ago ... My profile pic is of me two years ago ... appropriately titled, "drunk before noon."

Bad blogger ... no cookie

So it's been a whole week since I've posted here. Sorry. I got no excuse. I just suck.

What a great week it's been, though. I can't seem to recall any of it, but I have a warm tingly feeling that tells me it was good.

I thought today's shows went well. Open Dialog can always be scary cause I never know if people are going to actually call and save my sorry non-planning-ahead @ss or if they'll let me drown. Today I was saved.

It was nice to see my buddy Dave. He was supposed to come into town Saturday and we were going to go out, but he stayed in Pottsdam and I ended up workin', so, it's all good. After work I went out. Drank a few. Officially it was "only two." You know how that works.

So back to Dave. If you know Dave, you'll understand this. Otherwise ... Well, here's the thing. The girl he was with ... Lisa ... she was very cute. Dave usually doesn't hook up with cute girls. We usually have to push them back in the water, if you know what I mean. So ... go Dave.

I also really enjoyed todays Interview. I really like interviews that don't FEEL like an interview. Aaron was really smooth and I have mad respect for Urban Dictionary - fo sho.

More later. Thanks for dropping by!

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Weekend Wrapup ...

Here it is Sunday night and I haven't blogged since Friday. Oh well, I guess that isn't too bad. I have a friend with a podcast ... and it's like monthly or something. I think he originally planned to do two or three a week. Sometimes I have to call him just to make sure he's still alive.

But I'm alive. Had a great weekend. It was a MySpace buddies party at the Leffler Ranch on Friday. Joe, Kelly, Dennis, Racin' Ray, and Nuclear Lou all came over to play Poker. Bob and Ratty Jenn were invited, but didn't make it. Anyway, we never got to play Poker. It started with Shots and Ladders and ended up with everyone just chillin' around the kitchen table talkin shit. In other words, it went well ... oh, other than the fact that Dennis kicked my ass at air hockey.

Saturday, the big one went to a birthday party so the little one and I went to the Toys R Us that's closing out by the Summit (Mall) and then we looked at the trailers and played in the play place that's in there. We played bubble hockey. She scored two goals. I was proud of her.

We're thinking we'd like to get a pop-up trailer this spring if we can find a good used one at a great price. If not, we keep waiting. We also want to get the driveway paved and I'd really like a new car ... but that'll probably wait another year.

Today was a work day. So I worked. We were hopping.

I'm getting really frustrated with my Sirius Satellite Radio. Every day I find a new favorite station. Today I discovered BackSpin, which is all old-school Hip Hop. It was sweet. LL, Kool Moe Dee, Public Enemy, A Tribe Called Quest, DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince and (get this) Kris Kross. I had to call Jackie to tell her that my Sirius Satellite Radio made me JUMP JUMP.

I didn't neglect the Gazelling over the weekend.

Saturday I did 5 miles even (made up that missing one from Thursday) 64 minutes. 604.8 calories.

Sunday I did 2 miles. 23 minute. 242 calories. Wanted to do two more miles after work, but since we were so slamming, I stayed two hours later than I was scheduled. *sigh* Oh well, we could use the money anyway, right?

Anyone else sick of those Nanny McGee commercials? Not only am I sick of "Every Little Thing She Does is Magic," I might just boycott the Police entirely. And that baby in the commercials (and subsequently the movie) is BUTT UGLY!!!

I'm trying to figure out this story about two men who were arrested for using Liberty Dollars at a Sabres game. Or were they? The charges don't match the description in the story. For my interview with Liberty Dollar architect, Bernard Von NotHaus, click here.

That's all for now. Hope your weekend was as good as mine.

Friday, January 20, 2006

Thoughts (Friday 012006)

I started writing this this morning, but I got distracted by something shiny.



I thought today's show went well. I'm sure I'll take flak from city officials who think I'm just being mean to them. Boo hoo. I just don't get how they can fine someone who wasn't there for a crime. Just cause they don't want to do the leg work. Others disagree. I've already gotten a couple emails on the topic.

Today's interview was interesting. The guy stands no chance and I'm not sure if he can really influence the race. I mean, if it were going to be close, he might, but that's just not the case. I wish him well. I think Hillary's pro-war stance is sad. I mean, it's not going to get her the respect of the GOP and most Democrats (and Libertarians) opose the war. So what's she gaining with her stance. I don't get it.

After The Interview, I had an interview with Lyndon LaRouche. I'll play part of it Monday during Dialog and use it as a springboard to talk about the Alito nomination. Should be fun. The rest will be exclusive to the podcast.

The Interview slot is full for the next couple weeks. If that trend continues, we might have more podcast exclusive stuff.

If you're keeping track, you might notice that I didn't Gazelle yesterday afternnoon. Instead I met some folks from Newfane C.A.R.E.S. out for drinks to talk about their planned lawsuit. They're having a meeting Tuesday at Scruples at 7 p.m. (it's wing night, by the way). If I can make it, I plan to. I support them and hope the school district folds. Might does not make right and these people need to learn that.

Anyway, so I have to Gazelle 5.3 miles today to make up for it (and that doesn't make up for the three beers I drank or the bag of chips I ate (I didn't really eat the whole bag)).

So far, here's what I've done:
 
Morning session: 2.3 miles - 29 minutes - 278.4 calories
Lunchtime session: 2 miles - 22 minutes - 242.5 calories

So I still have a mile to do. I'll have to do it after dinner. *sigh* And we're having company over tonight. Very much looking forward to it. You'll hear all about it tomorrow, I'm sure.

Later.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Morning thoughts (Thursday 011906)

I'm still pretty irritated from yesterday, but I'm going to try to move past it. As you may have figured out, I don't get in bad moods all too often. I'm a pretty happy go lucky guy. But when I get pissy, it's hard for me to break the cycle.

I have this thing with the Dale Association and LCTV this morning. I have to talk about WLVL. Hmm. Not sure if today's the best day for me to do that. :smile:

Music can change my mood like crazy. I've been listening to on my Sirius Satellite Radio. It's pretty peppy and it helps. Jackie's been hording my radio for herself lately. I'd get her her own, but whenever I do something like that, she doesn't use it. Got her a palm pilot for example, a couple years ago, which was good cause when mine died, I was just able to take hers back - cause she didn't use it.

Got an email from Angela Vullo, Lyndon LaRouche's publicist. She wants to know if I want him or someone else from EIR on to talk about labor issues. I think it might be time again. I also need to get Jack Davis on again soon. My opinion of him hasn't really changed in the last two years. He might be better than Reynolds, but that's not too hard. Maybe if we can build the Libertarian Party locally, we can run a LP candidate in a few years. That'd be sweet.

So Rooney updated his website Monday. Nothing since. Should I start a new count up? In a related matter (read old posts if this doesn't seem related to you) I'm down to 189. This is what happened last time. I dropped from 222 (that's where I was at the beginning of last summer) to like 190 quick fast in a hurry. Then 189 came slowly. Then 188 came even more slowly. And then I hurt my knee. Never got to 187. I think when I hit 187, I should have a big party: pizza. wings. beer. lard on a stick. buncha trans fats. :smile:

Here's the morning Gazelle log: 2.71 miles - 30 minutes - 328.5 calories. So I have to do 1.3 miles this afternoon and I'm free and clear for the day.

Have a good one. More later.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

What's up? Ain't nothin ...

Not too much to say this evening.

I had what I considered to be a shitty day at work. It started good with a staff meeting about the July 4th celebration (WLVL sponsored it last year and are going to again this year - boss just wants ducks in a row) and then went downhill from there with a Historical Society Dialog, a late lunch and more work to do than I wanted to. Had a disagreement with the boss and although I'm sure he's pleased with how it ended, I'm not, so I'm in one of those pissed-off, f***-it-all moods where I'm thinking it'd be better to just deliver pizzas full time ... even though the rational part of me knows that's not really the case.

Spoke with Joyce Miles this afternoon about Winterfest. I hope I didn't say anything too stupid ... but I probably did. :) Joyce is good people. I'm glad she's back in Lockport. She was trapped out in Medina for a while. Come to think of it, so was Tim Marren. Tim's going to be a guest on the show coming up some time soon along with a reporter-to-be-named-later.

Actually, I think there's a bunch of good guests coming up on both Dialog and the Interview. Check the Calendar for more information.

On The Forum, Jim Sacco says he has to quit MySpace cause 20 and 30 year-old girls keep asking to meet him. What the shit? There's no girls asking to meet me. I must be doing something wrong. :)

I think it rocks that Newfane C.A.R.E.S. is suing the school district over Mills' life insurance policy. I'm sick of government entities believing that they can do whatever the f*** they want just cause they have a team of lawyers.

Similarly, I think Wal-Mart should sue the hell out of Amherst. That "now you see it - now you don't" zoning shit is pure B.S. No matter whether you like Wal-Mart or not, that's a crock. (imagine Ruthie).

I'm looking forward to tomorrow's show on stupid things politicians say, starting with Hillary Clinton and Ray Nagin's comments from MLK day (Hillary said the GOP runs government like a plantation and Nagin said he's looking forward to a "chocolate New Orleans ... like God intended." What fools. My only fear is that the right-wingers will just want to bash Hillary for an hour, refusing to believe that their people say stupid shit, too.

Okay, now that I've sworn a lot, here's the good news. I Gazelled again tonight: 1.54 Miles - 16 minutes - 187 calories. That puts me over 4 miles for the day. Good progression. I'm going to aim for 4 miles again tomorrow. I don't want to overdue it yet.

That's all for now. Talk to y'all later.

Just a Gazettle log ...

G (2.48 M - 31 m - 300.1 c)

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Afternoon bloggin' ...

Just got done with a nice afternoon Gazelle session (1.57 miles - 18 minutes - 189.9 calories). That puts me at 3 1/2 miles for the day. Not too bad. Aim higher tomorrow.

I thought the Ed show went well. What'd you guys think? My goal was to be fair. I thought I accomplished that. I never want to softball guests ... but I also don't want to act all macho and hard@ss. It's a fine line between tough questions and being a dick. It's also a fine line between being nice and being easy. (Personally, I always liked girls that were both ... but that's another thought for another blog)

I interviewed John Faso this afternoon. That was pretty good. I'll be airing it tomorrow at 12:30, but it'll be up on the podcast later today. I'll post a link to it here. It's tough to think that the election is right around the corner (didn't we just have one), but it is.

That's all for now. Off to pick up the kids. More later.

Morning thoughts ...

Gazelled this morning (2 miles - 243 calories - 25 minutes). I'd like to do another mile or so this afternoon. Even though Rooney updated his site, I still need to get down to 180. Maybe I should set a more reasonable goal. Like getting to 180 before the mayor does.

Speaking of the mayor - met with Tuck and Joe Speer yesterday afternoon to discuss Winterfest. Politics is so funny ... and I'll leave it at that. Looks like our plans as planned are moving forward, but the youth department really wants to make Friday night a blowout ... which is cool, but will likely be daunting once they get there.

Watched 24 Sunday and Monday nights. It's a cool show, but the whole thing is so implausible. Four hours in and the former president was assassinated, as was a former member of the CTU (counter terrorist unit - like the CIA), an airport was taken over by terrorists ... and taken back by the good guys, the president signed an accord with the president of Russia, the first lady was drugged, and more. Did I mention that the "day" has only progressed four hours?

Todays show with Ed McUnion should be fun. I hope the folks call. I don't want to just argue with the guy for an hour. Maybe we'll talk about our favorite TV shows if no one calls.

Tomorrow is the Historical Society. As much as I like those people, those shows are so hard to get excited about.

But tomorrow's interview should be cool. John Faso - Republican for governor. Wonder what dirty trick the GOP plans on doing to sink Spitzer? You know they're going to form some "ex-girlfriends of Eliot for justice" or something and some bitch is going to say he used to beat her ... or something ... I don't want to give them ideas.

That's it for now. I gotta get ready for work. More later.

Monday, January 16, 2006

Quick thoughts ...

I just got done gazelling (1.71 miles - 204 calories - 22 minutes) and I'm on my way to a meeting with the mayors about Winterfest, so I only have a minute, but I wanted to share my thoughts before I forgot them.

I'm disappointed that I didn't get down to 180 before Bob Rooney updated his piece of crap web site. But I love his "out of town excuse." I'm at 190 now, which is where I was on Friday. But considering what I ate Saturday night, I'm happy with that. When I'm drinking, I'll eat anything and everything. And I had some beers Saturday. Went to Witz End with Joe and Kelly and Joes brother and sister, their dates and Kelly's parents (a family affair that we snuck in on, really) ... and then hung out on Chippewa, where I couldn't find the elusive woman in the gold lame suit. After that we closed down the Ski Lodge.

Yesterday I drove all around town listening to my Sirius Satellite radio. I love it. :)

I thought Dialog went well today. I hope you listen to the full Bob Barr interview. And this afternoon's interview was pretty cool, too.

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Post-show notes for Jan. 11

Today's show went pretty well - although people gotta start calling. I'm not going to beg any more. I'm just going to start playing calypso music or something.

It's nice to hear that I'm not the only one that thinks Bob Rooney is full of it. For the record, I've never met the guy and I wouldn't know him if I ran into him on the street. I don't have anything against him personally ... I just think he has no journalistic integrity. And his panhandling routine is tired, too.

On the note of AnnMarie Reeb, here's here last visit to the WLVL studio (with Sara Siracuse on the Interview) ... and here's the one before that (on Dialog last June).

Just for kicks, I've attached the notes I wrote for myself before the show started:

SHOW NOTES FOR 1/11/06

1)INTERVIEW WITH DOROTHY DRUMMOND ON MIDDLE EAST (SHARON AND ABBAS) – WHY ARE WE SO IGNORANT ON THAT PART OF THE WORLD? DO WE NOT CARE?

2)WALMART DEAL WITH AMHERST/LOCKPORT. HOW IS THIS GOING TO PLAY OUT? IS WALMART JUST TOYING WITH LOCKPORT? WOULD THEY BUILD TWO? IF THEY END UP IN AMHERST AND NOT LOCKPORT, NIAGARA COUNTY'S OUT OF SALES TAX REVENUE. PLUS THE CONSTRUCTION'S GOING TO BE IN ERIE COUNTY – DOES THAT MEAN THE LABOR'S GOING TO COME FROM ERIE COUNTY? HOW MUCH MIGHT THIS COST US?

3)ONE OF THE THINGS WE MENTIONED YESTERDAY WAS THE AQUAHOLE. I HEARD SOMEONE SAY RECENTLY THAT THE ROCK THAT CAME OUT OF THE HOLE WAS VALUABLE AND SOME PEOPLE ARE NOW THINKING THAT THEY NEVER HAD ANY PLANS TO DO ANYTHING WITH THE HOLE – OTHER THAN REAP THAT VALUABLE ROCK. ANYONE KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THE STRATA IN NIAGARA FALLS? GEOLOGY WAS NEVER MY THING. SOME EXPERTISE WOULD BE APPRECIATED.

4)YOU MAY HAVE HEARD THAT ANN MARIE REEB WAS BARRED FROM THE STARPOINT CAMPUS. SHE'S ACCUSED OF BEING THREATENING AND DISRUPTIVE. ANYONE ELSE NOT BUY THIS? WHAT DO YOU THINK OF A TAXPAYER AND PARENT BEING BARRED FROM SCHOOL PROPERTY. PUBLIC PROPERTY?

5)IT'S NOW BEEN 11 DAYS SINCE THERE'S BEEN AN UPDATE AT THE LOCAL WEBSITE OF HALF TRUTHS AND MISINFORMATION. A WHILE AGO, BOB ROONEY – FORMERLY OF WLVL – SAID THAT HE NEEDED $4,000 BY THE END OF 2005 IN ORDER TO KEEP HIS WEBSITE UP. ACCORDING TO MR. ROONEY'S OWN ACCORD, HE GOT $2,500. ABOUT $1,500 SHORT OF HIS GOAL. AND HE WAS GOING TO KEEP THE SITE UP AND KEEP RAISING MONEY. BUT 11 DAYS LATER ... NO UPDATES. NOW I KNOW SOME OF YOU OUT THERE SENT YOUR MONEY TO MR. FALWELL. ER, I MEAN ROONEY. HAS HE SENT IT BACK? AND HOW LONG ARE YOU WILLING TO NOT RECEIVE SERVICE BEFORE YOU BECOME IRATE? IF YOU HAD A CABLE BILL – LETS SAY IT'S $50 A MONTH. AND FOR THE FIRST 11 DAYS OF THE MONTH, ALL YOU COULD GET WAS NEWS FROM NEW YEARS EVE ... YOU'D CALL ADELPHIA AND COMPLAIN, RIGHT? NOW LET ME BE HONEST HERE, I'VE NEVER CARED FOR MR. ROONEY'S POINT OF VIEW. HE HAS AN EXTREMELY SKEWED VIEW OF THE WORLD AND IT'S 180 DEGREES AWAY FROM MY OWN SKEW. SO I'M ALREADY BIASED AGAINST HIM. BUT EVEN IF THIS WERE A FRIEND OF MINE, I'D BE IRATE. TAKE PEOPLE'S MONEY AND THEN NOTHING. I RUN A WEBSITE. I DON'T CHARGE PEOPLE. I DON'T THREATEN TO SHUT IT DOWN. I SURE WON'T TURN DOWN MONEY – IN FACT, I'VE GOTTEN DONATIONS AND I'VE ACCEPTED THEM. AND IF YOU SEND ME MONEY, I'LL USE IT TO DEFER MY EXPENSES. IF YOU'VE NEVER BEEN TO SCOTTLEFFLER.COM, CHECK IT OUT. I UPDATE IT DAILY. THERE'S A USER FORUM. A BLOG. PODCASTS OF THIS SHOW GOING BACK OVER THREE YEARS. AND MORE. IT COSTS ME ... ABOUT $25 A MONTH. I INCUR THAT EXPENSE. DICK GREENE DOESN'T PAY IT. AND I DON'T GET THAT MUCH IN DONATIONS. SO WITH ALL THAT I DO, IT COSTS ME $300 A YEAR. WHAT DID BOB ROONEY NEED $4,000 FOR? I'M JUST ASKING. ANYONE HAVE A CLUE?

6)WENT TO THE SABRES GAME LAST SATURDAY. SAT IN FRONT OF THE RUDEST PEOPLE. ANYONE ELSE HAVE A SIMILAR STORY?

More later. Thanks.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Post show notes ... (Niagara's Choice Awards)

Today's show was a lot of fun. I wish that there had been more phone calls, but it was good nonetheless. Here's the categories and votes.

BEST HAIR BY A TALK SHOW HOST:
1)TOM CHRISTY (1 vote)
2)SAL PAONESSA
3)SANDY BEACH

BEST TALK SHOW HOST ON AT 11 A.M. IN LOCKPORT
1)SCOTT LEFFLER (1 vote)
2)SCOTT LEFFLER
3)SCOTT LEFFLER

BIGGEST MEDIA PIG
1)CHUCK SCHUMER
2)ELIOT SPITZER (1 vote)
3)GEORGE MAZIARZ

BIGGEST WEIGHT LOSS BY A POLITICIAN
1)MIKE TUCKER (1 vote)
2)MARC SMITH
3)DENNIS VIRTUOSO

BEST TAG LINE BY A CALLER
1)WAKE UP PEOPLE
2)YEAH RIGHT
3)HAVE A NICE DAY YOU LIBERAL SOCIALIST PIG (2 votes)

BIGGEST SWITCH IN POSITION
1)ARONOW'S HEALTH CARE (1 vote)
2)MAZIARZ' CASINO COMMITMENT (2 YEARS NOW � 11 LATER)
3)DAVID ULRICH ON IDA LOANS

BIGGEST POLITICAL MEDDLING
1)MAZIARZ (1 vote)
2)SHELDON SILVER
3)RICK UPDEGROVE � CASINO CASH SETTLEMENT
4)GREG LEWIS (added by caller) (1 vote)

BEST LOCAL PAPER
1)NIAGARA FALLS REPORTER (negative one vote)
2)BUFFALO NEWS
3)LOCKPORT JOURNAL/GAZETTE (3 votes)
4)BUFFALO BEAST

BIGGEST WASTE OF PUBLIC FUNDS
1)COUNTY SUING NIAGARA FALLS FOR CASINO MONEY (1/2 vote)
2)RENEE KIMBLE'S AIRPORT FEES (1/2 vote)
3)FLIGHT OF FIVE (1 vote)

BEST POLITICAL COMMERCIAL
1)ANTI APOLITO AD
2)BILL THE BUTCHER RICHARDSON (2 votes)
3)DIANE HAS THE PLAN

BRIGHTEST LIPSTICK ON A PIG
1)THE COUNTY LEGISLATOR'S REPUBLICRAT MAJORITY
2)AQUA HOLE COMING SOON SIGN (2 votes)
3)MEDIAN ROCKS DOWNTOWN (1 vote)

COUNTY LEGISLATOR YOU FORGOT WAS STILL IN OFFICE
1)CLYDE BURMASTER
2)PETE SMOLINSKI (1 vote)
3)SEAN O'CONNOR

FAVORITE BUSHISM
1)FOOL ME ONCE � SHAME ON YOU. BUT FOOL ME CAN'T GET FOOLED AGAIN (1 vote)
2)OUR ENEMIES ARE INNOVATIVE AND RESOURCEFUL AND SO ARE WE. THEY NEVER STOP THINKING ABOUT NEW WAYS TO HARM OUR COUNTRY AND OUR PEOPLE. AND NEITHER DO WE.
3)IF THIS WERE A DICTATORSHIP, IT'D BE A HECK OF A LOT EASIER. JUST SO LONG AS I'M THE DICTATOR.

SAVE OUR CITY AWARD
1)DAVE ULRICH
2)DAVID ULRICH (1 vote)
3)DAVID L. ULRICH

BIGGEST DRAMA IN THE STYLE OF A SOAP OPERA
1)YOUTH DEPARTMENT FIRINGS
2)VIRTUOSO VS. SIMONSON (ON POWER RELICENSING) (1 vote)
3)UAW LOCAL 686 VS. DELPHI

BIGGEST AGITATOR (added by caller)
1)SCOTT LEFFLER (2 votes)
2)TED KENNEDY
3)CHUCK SCHUMER
4)NEAL BOORTZ (1 vote)
5)TOM DELAY (1/3 of a vote)
6)KARL ROVE (1/3 of a vote)
7)BILL FRIST (1/3 of a vote)

BIGGEST WASTE OF AN HOUR
(added by caller)
1)ME TALKING ABOUT THE NIAGARA'S CHOICE AWARDS (1 vote)
2)GUY LISTENING AND WAITING ON HOLD (2 votes)

BIGGEST POLITICAL MISSTEP (added by caller)
1) TOWN OF LOCKPORT PLAYING HARDBALL WITH WALMART (2 votes)

Feel free to add more.

Monday, January 09, 2006

Daily Bushism ...

For Christmas, I got a calendar from my friends Jim and Karen, filled with stupid things the president has said. Jim wanted me to read one a day on the show, but I instead decided to make promos for the show based on the calendar. Since Jim and Karen live out of state, they can't hear the promos, so I decided to upload them and make them available to the world via download. I've podcast up to date and will keep it up from here on out. For the podcast of the Daily Bushisms, click here.

Post show notes (Dems and GOP both corrupt)

I thought today's show went quite well ... but I get frustrated cause I think that although people agree in principle that both the GOP and the Democratic Party are corrupt, they'll vote the same next time they go to the polls. It's like being in an abusive relationship ... and not getting out cause it's better than nothing. I just don't get it.

My hope is that people will get frustrated enough and join the Niagara Libertarians. If they understood the party of principle, they'd join in droves, but they're afraid of what they don't know and will continue to stay with the Dems or with the GOP even though they figuratively beat them.

I'd like to do a show in the near future on school boards cause before you know it we'll be having school board elections and I don't want it to sneak up on people. Lets find the best qualified people and get rid of whoever's in there.

What would YOU do if you were on the school board? I'd vote to get rid of all federal funding ... and with it, the strings attached. I'd also vote to get rid of any state funding that comes from the Lottery. And to make up for the loss of funding, I'd cut anywhere I could - starting with administrative positions. I'd also instruct the school attorney to look into merging with Roy-Hart, Starpoint or Newfane (or all the above). Niagara Falls and LaSalle merged. Why couldn't we? But although I have these good ideas, I can't get them into place cause I don't want to be a school board member. Maybe you could run and employ these good ideas on my behalf?

I'm listening to this Spencer interview again right now. I think he's a typical right winger with typical right wing advice. He wants everyone to get along ... but mocks the left while saying so. It's a shame we couldn't have a REAL consensus person running for senate. Looks like I'll have to look into 3rd party candidates. Google, here I come.

More later.

Sunday, January 08, 2006

Evening thoughts ...

I had a good day today.

Woke up and lounged around. Read the paper. Had to go off to work, which was a shame cause Will and Megan were still here. It really sucked cause we had a really good night LAST NIGHT. Would have been nice to duplicate it ... but, alas ... work was calling.

So I did the whole work thing, but got out early, which allowed me to go to WLVL early and get that stuff done. Just as I got there, female voice extraordinaire Ellen Platt was showing up to do her thing, so I let her voice her stuff so I could mix it and go home. Ellen and I talked for a little bit about nothing in particular. I've always liked her. All the way back to when I was at the US&J and she was a reporter for WLVL. Anyway, at one point in our conversation, Ellen said something along the lines of "but I'm too Libertarian for that," which just made my jaw drop. So I showed her my Libertarian Group on MySpace ... which she mocked cause it only has three people and me. (always looking for good Libertarians) And we talked politics for a bit. In all, a good conversation.

Anyway, so I finished up at WLVL and came home to play Clue with the fam and watch Extreme Makeover Home Edition. Now Jackie's watching Desperte Housewives, which I don't care for ... so I'm in here blogging.

I found an interesting news story that explains the hubris of the Bush White House ... Read it here. It basically says Bush breaks the rules because he knows he can get away with it.

That's all that's on my mind for now. Talk to ya later.

Sabres game ... and more

So my friends Will and Megan came to town last night to go to the Sabres game. It was a lot of fun apart from the fact that they lost ... oh and the most rude people sat behind us and talked for the entire friggin' game. But other than that, it was great.

Before the game we went to the Anchor Bar. I've never been there before. Of course, we had wings ... which were good. But not great. I would expect the wings at the Anchor Bar to be exceptional. Oh well. That place is so cool, though. There's decorations and license plates all over the place. It was a good time. I'm definately glad we went.

After the game we just chilled out at the ranch and played foosball and air hockey. Will, Megan and Jackie drank wine. I drank beer, thank you. Ended up going to bed at like 1.

Now I'm up for the day and have to get ready for work. Don't really want to, but ... ya gotta do what ya gotta do.

I'll write more later.

Have a good one.

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Morning thoughts ...

Today is the first day in a while where I don't see a noticable improvement in my health over the day before. But I'm still better than I was TWO days ago ... so that's good, right?

I was watching the Rose Bowl last night before I crashed. They were talking about some kid who won the Heisman and was offered millions to play in the NFL, but decided to go back for his senior year, blah blah blah. My wife thought it as a great decision on his part. I think it's stupid. Take the money. What if you get hurt your senior year. You coulda been a millionaire. Now you're going to sell cars. Take the money. My wife thought it was smart cause if he gets hurt later at least he'll have his college degree. Anyone know anyone that's actually USING their college degree? Take the money.

Stopped in to the US&J yesterday to say hi and invite them to come back on the show some time soon. I got a vibe that I was annoying them. Guess I won't just drop in anymore. I was just being friendly.

I wish more people would just drop in to visit me at work. It would break up the monotony. My job is often boring (aside from the show). A lot of mundane paperwork crap. Pity party for Scott.

I have a meeting this afternoon with Joe Speer and Tony Nemi to discuss winterfest plans. Looking forward to it. Still looking for help (I'm talking to you).

Was listening to Sal Paonessa this morning. He started by talking about the fact that 12 miners died in a shaft and WNY was all talking about the Bills. He thought it was a sad sign of our priorities. He's probably right, but the fact of the matter is - no matter how sad the story of the dead miners is - no one here knew them. It just doesn't affect us.

My friends over at WNYMedia.net ripped Jeff Bono for giving money to Joe Illuzi, who it was reported in a recent Buffalo News story trades cash advertizing dollars for positive stories in his magazine. I hope this isn't the way Jeff plans on doing business if he defeats Sanda Lee Wirth.

On that note, I'm signing off. Hope all is well in your world.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Better today than yesterday

Today's show was almost back to where I want to be. I think that by Monday I'll be my normal asshole-ish self again, bitching about nothing in particular and irritating the blue hairs around the world.

I was capable of squeezing out a bit of a rant today. It felt nice. It's tough to hold your tongue when you're used to speaking your mind. I'm sorry, but the state senate is evil and they must be stopped. Here's Bob Confer's column that I was talking about. There are some good ideas in the plan, don't get me wrong. I just find it deplorable that the state senate knows how EVERYONE ELSE can save money when, in fact, they could save us a lot more by just NOT SPENDING!!! It's like in your own budget. You can cut open the toothpaste to squeeze out every drop - saving a nickel a month ... or you could STOP EATING DINNER AT GARLOCKS EVERY NIGHT. The senate would rather focus on toothpaste.

County manager Greg Lewis is on again tomorrow. I like Greg. I hope he doesn't come unglued again tomorrow like he did last month. Then tomorrow afternoon, I'm interviewing John Spencer, one of the Republicans to lose to Hillary in this year's senate race.  But that's being taped and run back on Friday afternoon. (check the calendar)

Hot dogs for dinner. I'm excited.

I'm also excited cause a friend of mine in coming to town this weekend and we're all going to a Sabres game. I love hockey.

There's a new poll asking how you think 2006 will compare to last year. I think it'll be better in every way. What say you? (I'm Bill O'Reilly).

Oh, speaking of O'Reilly, anyone see him get his ass handed to him by Letterman last night? I didn't see it live, but it's available on Crooks and Liars.

That's all for now. More later. Thanks for reading.

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Post show notes ...

Today's show was essentially a bust. If I don't get better soon, I'm going to have to find a new line of work. Honestly, I probably shouldn't be doing what I am doing - but it's my job and who the hell else is going to do it?

One good thing today is that I got out there that we ARE going to save Winter Fun Fest. Just cause the city dropped the ball doesn't prevent us from picking it up. From what I have gathered so far, my man Joe Speer has had a meeting of the minds with Tony Nemi and the two of them have started planning things out for Winter Fun Fest 2006. I'm meeting with the two of them on Thursday to see how I can best help.

PC Tony offered some autographs and collectables as a means to help get the ball rolling. I'm going to put Tony in touch with Joe. Should be good.

Off-air a caller said she had a cure for me. 1/4 cup of milk and a teaspoon of my favorite hot sauce. Drink it thrice daily. It'll fix me up. Sounds yummy.

Once a year someone from WLVL has to go on LCTV to discuss our programming, etc. This year that someone is me. Sounds like fun. It's later this month. Can't wait.

I'm getting some more older shows on the podcast. Working on September 2004 right now. Eventually, I'll be all the way back to the beginning.

That's it for now. More later.

Monday, January 02, 2006

Monday morning - not sure how I feel

I definately don't feel "good." But I'm trying to determine if I feel better than I did yesterday or not. I'm really not sure.

One thing I've figured out. If I just sit on my @ss and don't talk, I don't cough much. I've also determined that the aforementioned scenario is really hard for me to pull off.

Today's show is a rebroadcast of the "bareback mounting" episode from a couple of weeks ago When I could breathe. And talk.

Apparently it's raining on the Rose Parade. Oops.

That's all for now. Hope you're doing better than me.

Sunday, January 01, 2006

Happy New Year ...

Well, if I'm starting the new year feeling like I feel, the only way to go is up, right?

I guess I would say I feel better today than yesterday, though, so we keep heading in the right direction.

We went to a house party last night for a little bit. Very enjoyable. Met a ton a people. Won't remember any of their names next time I see 'em.

Then we went bowling at South Transit. Frankly, it was kind of disappointing. It was moonlight bowling, but without the moonlight bowling rules or prizes. The guy at the desk OBVIOUSLY didn't want to be there and didn't seem to mind if the world knew it. And the food wasn't very good. But it was good to spend time with friends.

Today includes taking down Christmas decorations, resting, and likely playing Clue. Santa got Clue for the kids for Christmas and we've played it 10 times in the past two days. I've won 9 times. Jackie's won the other. But she's obsessed with this game. Yesterday, I walked into the living room and it was just already set up. How odd.

Santa also got the kids LIFE, which seems vastly changed from when I was little. It's very complicated. That game won't get played much.

Frequently on New Year's Day we go to Ransomville to watch "the Hangover," but with my sickness ... it's a home day.

I was supposed to work my other job today, but called in sick ... on Wednesday. They had a hard time believing me that I would be sick today, but alas, I am. I just wanted to give them ample time to find someone to fill in.

More later.