To quote my hero/mentor Jim Nantz, “Hello Friends.” It’s been busy, and therefore TOO LONG since we’ve shared a little “WHATNOT” time. So, let’s get started.
· I am no expert on Football, but I did have a Sonny Jurgensen poster hanging over my crib as a baby, so I am qualified to tell you this. Redskins? To quote my nephew Baby Dylan, “Yuck”. I have said it for years, but anytime that a team gives up a safety, they will lose. And they should lose. But on the bright side, the safety is the most comical way to score in pro sports. Oh, and by the way… if you had offered me the Titans and 58 and a half points, I would’ve taken it. See? I told you I’m no expert. But I do like to look at sports contests.
· Balloon Boy? I TOLD you this was a hoax on Friday morning. I mean, COME ON. His father is a “storm chaser” who has been on Wife Swap. I’d sooner trust a crooked carnie with mob debts. And I have, which is surely a mistake.
· The second water heater DID have a leak in it! (see below for exposition) After 10 days of so-called “Condensatin’” (about 8 saturated beach towels’ worth), Cletus the Red-neck Tech came back out and exchanged the “new” tank for a third one. Then he told me that they air-tested the flawed tank at the warehouse, and it DID have a leak in it. No kidding? A leak? I wish that I had thought of that…
· I will be the Master of Ceremonies (the MC, as it were) at The Seventh Annual Dinner and Silent Auction for “Teardrops to Rainbows”. The organization does amazing work, and it staggers me with what it accomplishes. PLEASE check out www.teardropstorainbows.org and buy a ticket! This outfit raises money to provide support, services, and financial assistance to children with cancer and their families in the DC area. If you have even a dollar to spare, send it there. They really help out families that are going through undeserved misery.
· My 20-year High School Reunion was last weekend: Vienna, Virginia’s James Madison High School Class of 1989. I went without my wife, so I was without a chaperone… and therefore it was 6th gear all night long. Suffice to say, if I act like I did at the 20th when I attend the 30th, I won’t live to see the 40th. A great bunch of folks, those ‘89ers… so much love. A great time, and if you ever doubt whether you should go to a reunion, doubt not. GO. And leave your wife at home. Oh, and by comparison, I seem to have held up pretty well. I’m just sayin’…
· Speaking of imbibing, if you wanna make a financially-responsible Old Fashioned, Try Canadian Hunter whiskey. Tastes just like Crown, at a fraction of the price. You’ll thank me later.
· And regarding Old Fashioneds, I can’t find Angostura Bitters (the KEY ingredient) ANYWHERE in Leesburg. I’m afraid that I’ve bought it (and consumed it) all. I found some in a Manassas grocery store this weekend, and I bought all 6 bottles. The bottles were literally dusty from being on the shelf for so long. But I am hoarding them now. Do you think I have a problem?
· Other brands of bitters aren’t as good as Angostura. Only Angostura tastes like a Barber Shop.
· I have actually picked up a gig as a “Radio Consultant” for the Department of Transportation. Can you fathom your Ol’ buddy Robb as a consultant for the Federal Government? I can’t. At all. But it is true. So keep that in mind the next time you pay taxes.
· I spent no less than 3 hours today getting my son’s XBOX-360 on-line today. At one point (at the peak of my frustration), his friend Zack came up and said, “Mr. Spewak, my dad got my XBOX on-line in about 2 minutes… what’s taking so long?” It took all the self control I had not to introduce a wireless controller to young Zack’s teeth. But I did not, and we are on-line now. Hooray for Dad.
· Oh, and I was informed today that many of my kid’s friends are scared of me. I am the neighborhood “Scary Dad”. Good. The plan is working…
· I am headed to Iowa this week to spend some time in KCJJ-land, and to meet and greet some really nice folks in the heartland of America. If you are anywhere near there on Saturday, October 24... c’mon out. I hear that Murphy’s (?) has the best lasagna in the world… I’ll see you there! And thanks (as always) to Steve Bridges for keeping me on the air. I have more fun on KCJJ than I can possibly explain in a silly blog, and I owe Steve a LOT. But I will NOT mow his lawn. Go Hawks!
· I had a stone-cold blast at Mike and Carla’s “We Got Married” party yesterday. It was a pot-luck thingy (I brought a home-made apple crisp, yum… and I put a plastic bride and groom on it. OLD QUEEN!). Sheerly delightful to see everyone, and I got a good deal on the gift I brought, natch. If I work as hard as I can for the rest of my life, someday I may be 75% as cool as Cerphe (www.cerphe.com). But I doubt it. What’s it like to hang with the guys that made you want to get into the biz in the first place? Kind of Amazing. Mazel Tov, O’Meara’s!
That’s enough for now, because my glass is empty. Have a great week everyone, and check back soon… OK? OK.