Fear!(new Blog for Nov 21/16)

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While celebrating my daughter Cami’s 21st birthday a few weeks ago I started thinking about all the adventures and fun we’ve had over the last 21 years but unfortunately with the good comes the bad. One of those scary bad times occurred a couple of years ago when we were flying to San Diego for my birthday party arranged by my daughters. I’d surprised Cami and her friend Brynn by giving them my first class seats while I sat in the back with my friend Linda Duffy.(all pictured above) About an hour into the flight I heard the words you never ever want to hear on a plane at 35,000 feet, “if there is a doctor on board would they please identify themselves.” A short while later I watched as one of flight attendants who appeared to be looking for someone began working her way to the back and when she made eye contact with me she locked on I thought … Oh oh! When finally she got to me she asked me to follow her up to the front where I saw Cami stretched out on the floor. Thankfully there was some sort of a doctor with her who was advising the flight attendants what to do because he suspected that she had a bad reaction to the nuts they served. After about a half hour we got her back to her seat but she was still in terrible shape and I was scared to death. When we landed in Dallas she had to be taken off the plane on a stretcher where we had about 90 minutes before our next flight so she managed to get some sleep. When it came time to board she was a little better but we had to con our way onto the plane because they’d all heard about her incident. She slept most of the way to San Diego and when we finally landed and got off the plane I heard some fantastic words, “Daddy can we get some pizza, I’m starving.” 


Hall of famer from Dallas, Ron Chapman claims that it was fear that motivated him to get up at 4:00 every morning, the fear that the other guy had gotten up at two.

Some of us need a sign nearby that reads … Do not engage mouth until foot is removed.

One cannot grow until they attempt to do things they can’t do.

Do I finally have this right, there were no bad Democratic presidents including Jimmy?

Speaking of Liberals, since Trump won the election the Democrats have resembled Cam Newton after his Superbowl loss and we all know how that turned out for him this season.

Speaking of football I think Tony Romo now has the best job in the world, he makes huge money fo just sitting there.

Speaking of the election again it seems to me that it proved how obsolete and out of touch both parties as is the media. Bernie and Trump weren’t from either party and the media had no idea at all that Trump had any chance at winning. In fact, they all looked visibly shocked.

It’s not about what kind of work you should do to make a lot of money it’s about how to make a lot of money without feeling like you’re working.

This just in … Marijauna won more states than did Hillary.

Life always ends too soon.
I’m hearing that a lot of black people saying that they would be a lot more vocal about how pissed they were about how little Obama did to help black folks if he wasn’t black.
The amazing thing about my daughters is that they are nothing alike but are very similar to me. My youngest is more like who I used to be and my oldest resembles more who I became.
Suddenly realizing what the next step should be is when change begins.
In order to be insulted, one must value the opinion of the insulter.
To be or not to be is not the question the real question is whether to stay or walk away.
I think a lotta bad things show up just so you’ll notice the good things.
In order to be popular one must be disliked just ask Howard Rush Elvis and The Beatles.
If you’re depressed you’re living in the past, if you’re anxious you’re living in the future. if you’re at peace you’re living in the present – Lao Tzu
You’re the only person that can make you happy.
The most dangerous person in the world you that could ever lie to is yourself.
Being angry at the right person at the right time for the right reason is righteous.
Have you ever noticed how distinctive the voices of Hollywood movie stars are, most of them sound like they were in radio.
If it looks like trouble it’s probably a great opportunity.
Crazy people never wonder if they’re crazy.
Enthusiasm is the secret ingredient you’ll need in order to produce any greatness.
It’s a hell of a lot easier to figure out what you did wrong than right.
It is said that in order to become a great man one has to forgive his enemies. Hmmmmm!
No matter how terrible a country may be the neighborhoods where the rich live are always wonderful.
Getting permission to win is often harder to get than the win itself.
I wonder what the belly buttons on Adam and Eve were for?
Women will give up “eye candy” in a heartbeat for an intellect whereas men aren’t that smart.

Men never brag to their buddies what great lovers their wives are and in fact, it’s quite the opposite.

I know very few single men who are actually looking for wives.

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To Tat Or Not To Tat … That’s The Question.

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What with my daughter, Cami’s 21st birthday coming up soon I’ve been thinking a lot about some of the memorable moments we’ve had together. One of these was when she had to write an essay for her AP Language and Composition class which had to be in the form of a letter asking her parents for something she already knew they didn’t want her to have. Some of the radio folks who have read her presentation have already offered her sales positions at their radio stations and as I was and still am against her having a tattoo you can see by the picture above that I obviously caved. Not only did I pay for the tattoo but because she was only 17 I also had to drive her there so I could sign the release. Damn! geo


Camera Johns Summerfield
Mrs. Rigolo
AP Language and Composition
November 11, 2012
Dear mom and dad, I’ve looked up to your guidance while growing up and you’ve never
let me down or let me go askew. Your opinion has always been the most important
so your permission and acceptance means everything.  Which is why this is such a meaningful topic to discuss, in detail, with the both of you. I understand both of your views on tattoos already, and the way they come across to other people, which I know
also concerns you. I’m hoping though to wane you away from those thoughts for a
just a few moments and listen to mine. I desire this specific tattoo because it is sentimental to me, it’d help me through my anxiety and depression, and it is small and elegant.
There is usually a reason or a story behind someone’s tattoo. Sometimes it is really
inspiring and meaningful, and other times it was just an excuse to add another
to their collection. Since it has become so common for people to get
meaningless tattoos it has slowly ruined the reputation of them and has taken
away the beauty and art of the ones that do represent something significant to
the person wearing it on their skin. The main significance behind the tattoo I
want relates to you, daddy. Most people have a prominent memory from something
that was reoccurring in their childhood, like a place, or a smell, mine is a
song. Remember all those days driving around while you played your CDs trying
to teach me the “good old music,” like Fats Domino, The Beatles, and The Beach
Boys. Especially The Beach Boys. You’d quietly sing “Don’t Worry Baby” while
casually looking back at me in the back seat, like self-consciously reassuring
yourself and me, that everything was going to be alright. But back then that
constant reminder went through one ear and out the other, and I paid no
attention to it, it was just an everyday routine. So now, I realize all that
time I was trying to grow up as quick as I could and I began turning off The
Beach Boys and replacing it with the newest pop song, I was turning that
routine into a memory.  As time goes on we are both growing older, and time to relive this memory is running out. So, having the phrase “Don’t Worry Baby” tattooed on my wrist will keep the memory with me forever.
During the time I would hear this repeated phrase I was little and still learning
about life and all that it comes with, as I still am today, so I didn’t know
much about stress or what to worry about, making the valuable reminder
meaningless. Now that I’m learning of and dealing with the stresses of life,
worrying will get the best of me. Both of you have held me together to the best
of your ability, with your open arms on a weekly basis for my sobbing self,
mom, and you being there as fast as you can with just one phone call, dad. But
as I grow older and continue to struggle with my anxiety and depression I
won’t always have the comfort of your arms to go to, and the distance will
become too far to travel no matter how many phone calls. I know you both feel
helpless sometimes, watching me go through things either because of my
depression, or just regular teenage drama and not knowing how to help or what
to say but I do need to slowly learn how to deal with incidents on my own. This
phrase would be more than a childhood memory since worrying is the core of my
anxiety. Every time I would look down whether I’m about to have a breakdown or
am having a good day, it’d still be a reminder not to worry, and everything
would be alright.
The meaning and significance of the tattoo is the main portion of the decision making
of actually getting one but I also believe that the price and visibility are factors. The price of a tattoo depends on many different characteristics of it such as color, location, size, and complexity.
Since I am still young, and this would be my first tattoo I would want
it done very simple. No color, and quite small, also for issues concerning
visibility. A brightly colored tattoo tends to cost more than just a solid
black being used like I want.  I understand the difficulty of covering up a wrist tattoo for a job, or any professional setting but it isn’t impossible. For instance, it’d be small,
elegant and simple so easily hidden by a couple of bracelets or long sleeved
shirt. I currently don’t have a job though and during the time it needed to be
bandaged I would not participate within settings where visibility could cost me
something important.
You both are probably thinking about my blood and needle phobia and wondering how I
could even withstand the process of getting a tattoo. I have learned though
that the needle of the tattoo gun only goes in 1/16th of an inch,and the little to no blood that is produced gets wiped away before I probably could even realize . Also, everything the tattoo will mean to me after the frightening process is over will make it worth it.
In conclusion, this tattoo would be more than just some ink in my skin to be
“cool.” I have put a tremendous amount of thought into this, especially for
being my first tattoo. It would represent a memory in my childhood, it would
help me to continue moving forward, and it would be simple and easy. Thank you for
giving me these couple of moments to share my insight on this.















Racist! (new Blog for Nov 14/16) #11 of my 12 most read Blogs in 2016.

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Other than a couple of red necks from Alabama the most racist person I ever met lived in California. I was consulting an oldies-based AC station there at the time and they had just hired a new program director who was originally from South Africa. After meeting with him where we discussed the station’s concept and a little philosophy he seemed fairly competent so I headed back to Florida thinking the station was in good hands. About a month later though when I came back for one of my regular visits I noticed that the station sounded a little strange and I couldn’t put my finger on why. Every tune was perfect and true to the format but then it finally hit me. It was what the station wasn’t playing that was causing all the strangeness so when I went in the next day I asked him where the Motown music was. He told me that he had pulled it all and when I asked him why he claimed that white people don’t like to listen to black music. I tried in vane to convince him that the most popular music in the world was actually the fusion of the black and white music and that the most popular tuned were white people sounding black and black folks sound white but he stuck to his guns anyway. I couldn’t order him to play any of it because I wasn’t his boss I was only his consultant however my ultimate responsibility was also to advise station management which included the ownership what was happening at the station or in this case what was not happening. When I next returned, he was gone. Whew!
The closest you’ll ever get to being confident is pretending to be.
It doesn’t matter how many times you fail all that really counts is the time you win.
I’ve always liked the way Alicia Keys sang but really disliked how she talked. However, now that she’s on “The Voice” I truly love the way she talks so you can color me in love!
Selling your dream to others takes brass balls especially if you need their money.
The thing that brings a group together the quickest is laughter.
For every bad story women have about men a lot of men have a matching story.
A trot down the aisle does not change love into unconditional love.
Sharing your dream with others is the beginning of a new reality.
If one could live beneath their means there would be no need for credit cards.
Everybody wants to project an image of always being calm and collected but the truth is that we’re all uptight.
Fear is not very inspirational but it sure is a great motivator.
Do you think the Clintons are welcome at the Obama’s?
Subtleties don’t work as well as exaggeration does on the radio.
All great fiction is rooted in truth.
Unfortunately, tattoos last a lot longer than the person whom you got it for.
Do well-endowed ladies have any outfits that don’t have a plunging neckline?
Most guys get into bands and even sometimes politics for free beer and chicks, not sure why women do.
Why don’t we just let Israel do what we armed them to do?
How come the play by play guys don’t call out the coaching staff for stupid play calling.
Gifted people aren’t necessarily smart.
The most popular people on the radio tend to be the folks who are for all things that are good and against all things that are evil.
Wise radio hosts lure their guests into saying what they can’t say on the radio.
Great radio hosts are the ones who know a little about a lot.
Neil Simon’s play “Laughter On The 13th Floor” was about the death of manufactured humor on the radio.
Systems may be able to prevent you from losing but only talent can give you a shot at greatness.
I’ve never heard Michael Jordan disclose who he thinks was the greatest basketball player ever because I think he already knows it was him. Wayne Gretzky on the other hand disagrees with those who claim that he was the greatest hockey player who ever lived. He gives that honor to Bobby Orr who he says changed the game.

Well I guess the undecided decided huh?

Speaking of Trump, it is a little known fact that in order to succeed one must be First, Best, or Different. It appears though that a lot of people must have made the mistake of underestimating the importance of different.

I think that Trump may have also beaten Obama for his second term.

Oh and by the way Bernie won the popular vote also.

I wonder how long it will be until Google stops asking me if I mean George Jones whenever I Google my name.

You seldom see what you don’t expect to see.

Damn, Leonard Cohen and Leon Russell are both gone now. Very sad!

Wow, the Dolphins are all by themselves in 2nd place.

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