I grew up in Strongsville, Ohio. At the end of my street, about four hundred feet from my driveway, there was a Sohio gas station. In 1977 I started to hang out there. Times at the gas station were much different back then. You would pull up to the pump, a bell rings inside and the “gas station guy” would come out and fill up your tank. When no one was wanting gas the “gas station guy” would work on a car that was in need of service in the garage. I was thirteen. I thought this type of atmosphere was great. I soon discovered the evils that permeated the gas station.
They had a cigarette machine. I had a bunch of quarters in my piggy bank so I started buying packs of Vantage. I didn’t know ya had to inhale so I could have experienced the same thing by just being inside aa burning building. They had stacks of porn. I thought it was cool but in hindsight it’s a bit disturbing to imagine a man in his twenties passing the time at his job by reading Penthouse forum. They had weed. That’s right. Smoked a joint before I ever tasted alcohol. Thirty-eight bucks for an ounce of Columbian Gold. At this point in my life I sincerely thought I landed on Fantasy Island.
Mom put a stop to me going to the gas station when she caught me with some H-100’s. H-100’s are equal to a quarter stick of dynamite. I bought a gross of them for forty bucks at where else????? The gas station!!! For FUN us kids would go into the woods and put H-100’s in freaking trees and we would just laugh as a ten year old maple eviserated into a pile of mulch. Who needs a video game when you can enjoy the great outdoors while blowing shit up?? Gas stations sure are different today. You can get a freaking latte’, some lottery tickets, a ham sandwich and a snow brush except you pump your own gas. They now refer to this place as a “convenience store.” I will always remember what it used to be before it went through rehab. It was the portal to temptation. It was and always will be…..the GAS STATION!!!!
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It’s been an odd year. That may be the greatest understatement of all time. We are being told by government officials and scientists to not gather in large groups this Thanksgiving because of the ongoing pandemic of Covid 19. I moved back to the Cleveland area over two years ago to be near my family but I have spent MANY Thanksgivings alone when I was in the wild and wacky world of morning radio and it’s really not that bad.
You don’t have to shower and it isn’t necessary to wear pants. Think about some of your greatest memories. If all of these memories happened while you were wearing pants….then you are NOT enjoying life the way it was meant to be. Life gets to be fun when you remove your pants.
No one kicks you under the table because you are drinking too much wine and all the booze in the kitchen belongs to YOU! There is nothing more frustrating than watching a fat ass relative opening the $100 bottle of Dead Arm wine you brought and drinking it out of a plastic cup.
Best of all…..you can pass out on the recliner any time ya want. I can’t tell ya the number of times I ate shitty, dry turkey that I washed down with a generous amount of wine in the box and ended up snoring and drooling on a stranger’s couch only to get shaken back to reality by a slap on my head from a female friend. I’m not gonna miss that freakshow! There is no reason to social distance when you are thankful for being alone. Take you pants off and have some fun!! Happy Thanksgiving 2020!!! 🦾🦾🦾
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I’m fifty-six years old. I’m just sitting back and watching the shit show that is 2020. I actually feel that I am very blessed to be in the position that I am currently in during this tumultuous time. It’s because I really don’t give a shit what people think about me anymore. It’s a wonderful feeling to be in this position. Please don’t think for one moment that I have stopped caring. That is far from the truth. I am at a point in my life where I have looked “behind the curtain” an am confident I figured out what is important in life.
I wasted a lot of time in my career focusing on what others thought of me. I compromised my beliefs in order to be that “team player.” If I truly had confidence in myself I would have followed my instincts. Don’t get me wrong; telling people what they want to hear has it’s benefits. You climb the corporate ladder quickly and are rewarded financially but you have sacrificed your integrity and you will never be happy.
Eventually the sacrifice of your integrity becomes too much to handle. You enjoy the two hundred dollar Friday night dinners and the one-hundred and fifty dollar jeans you purchase impulsively but something is missing in your life that cannot be filled financially. You don’t feel complete. You feel like a cartoon character that is on stage in the theatrics of life. I enjoyed my time in the world of radio when it was relevant but I was really playing a character. I wasn’t totally open and honest with myself so how could I expect to be open and honest with others? I had great parents. They raised me well. I needed to reexamine the basics. What did they stress that I missed out on?
It didn’t take me long to figure it out. It was “honesty.” I am not alone in this mistake. A lot of us make it in our journey in life. Being honest is not easy. People will not like what you have to say. People like to be assured. They do not like to be challenged. Do NOT make the mistake that I made. Get used to being honest from the beginning and not telling people what they want to hear. It will not be easy but you will eventually build respect and integrity. Funny thing about always telling the truth is you never have to think back to try and remember what ya said. Thank you for your time and for sharing with others. 🦾🦾🦾
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I’m not a doctor. I actually failed tenth grade Chemistry. Our teacher was named Fen Lewis and I couldn’t understand a damn thing she was saying. Because of our lack of connection through the English language I almost blew up Strongsville High School trying to learn about fractional crystallization. That’s a story for a different time as some people want you to believe that we all need to wear a mask, stay in our house and never go to church again. I’m not saying that there isn’t a Chinese Plague but we all need to use something that can’t be taught in a classroom or from a book; it’s called common sense.
I live in Willoughby, Ohio which is twenty miles east of downtown Cleveland. On Thursday our Governor will decide if he will close bars, restaurants and gyms. Bars are currently open but they must have last call by 10PM and be empty by 11PM. The Plague continues to rise in our state and Governor Harry Potter thinks the lockdown of bars, restaurants and gyms will stop it. Here’s where common sense should come in but it doesn’t since the Governor doesn’t have any. The bars, restaurant workers and owners I know have been abiding by the rules. They have invested thousands of dollars on cleaning supplies and team members that do NOTHING except focus on keeping their location sanitized and spotless. I’m in a high risk group and I feel safer there more than I do at the grocery store or at Walgreens getting my prescription filled. I actually think closing the bars early is the WORST thing you can do.
People love to socialize. People do not like to be told what to do. If you are standing in a bar in Ohio you must wear a mask. When you sit down you can remove it. Evidently scientists have determined the virus will not attack anyone in a chair. Perhaps we should make it mandatory to carry around a bar stool? Just because you give last call at 10PM it doesn’t mean the party is over. House parties are booming and no one is wearing a face mask while they slam dance to hair bands in someone’s basement at an after hours party that starts at 10:30 PM. You can’t control what happens in the privacy of someone’s home so why not keep them outside in a controlled environment? The conditions at any bar or restaurant right now are much better than the bacteria that can found growing in the kitchen sink of neighbor Nick’s after party that looks like a petri dish. We can make sure people are social distancing and still keep the local economy going. Isn’t it time to stop punishing those that are NOT breaking the laws? Like I said at the beginning of this blog….I’m not a scientist…..but I DO have common sense.
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Well I don’t think anyone of us thought this would happen. We have a complete shit show on our hands. How did this happen? No matter what the outcome of this election…..no matter who is declared “the winner”….this is inexcusable for ALL Americans. I have said for a long time that our government is polluted with corruption. Remember the disaster of the Election 2000. That was twenty years ago. We all realized that this was an election like no other. This country is on the brink of a Civil War. Everyone is pointing the finger of blame at somebody else. The very last thing we needed as a country was an election shadowed in doubt….and that is EXACTLY what we have.
We as a nation, do not deserve this. Kerosene has been thrown on the bonfire. I do not hide my intense hatred for our government. What exactly do they do that doesn’t end up needing to be flushed? The bigger the government gets the more problems we have. It’s always been that way and now we have a huge problem on our hands. Turn down the sound of your television and you can hear the rest of the world laughing at us. There are states in this election that had more votes than registered voters. Now we have the perfect storm.
The country needed to be united. Now the problem is worse. The shit show that is 2020 continues. Lawsuits will be filed in many states. People needed to calm down. People are now more pissed off than ever before. I’m not even a Republican. I am a Libertarian. The Patriots have been quiet this summer. They sat back and watched the social terrorist organizations that is ANTIFA and BLM assault citizens and the police. They watched these urine bags burn buildings, take bottles of Hennessy and washing machines and topple statues. I can assure you that they won’t sit back and be quiet if they believe the Constitution was attacked and the Presidency was stolen. I don’t know what happened. I just know that this battered and bruised nation did not deserve this and we have a very severe problem on our hands. Thank you government for that.
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Joe Biden recently called Trump supporters “ugly people.” Oddly enough I wasn’t offended. Funny thing happened during the past four years as us “ugly people” seem to have come together in a common bond…..a love for our country. This country was formed by a bunch of rejects. People of all ethnicities coming together with a common goal; to experience freedom and opportunity. I hate the government. It’s the biggest threat to our freedom and on this Election Day I firmly believe our Constitution is at risk.
A funny thing happened in 2016. America elected a President with zero political experience. He was a successful businessman. His name is Donald J. Trump. Trump is a lighting rod. There is no grey area with this man. You either love or hate him. He’s a billionaire. Most of us are not. So how would this billionaire with zero political experience deal with becoming the most powerful man in the world? I’ll admit he is like a bull in a China shop. He didn’t back down. He took on everyone in Washington. He tells you what he is gonna do….he does it….then tells ya what he did. That is the formula of success for Donald Trump. People noticed. People reacted. People came together. It truly was one of the most amazing things I have ever witnessed in my life.
As an “ugly person” I am not judged. I am accepted. No one cares how much money I have or how I dress. I have always been a very insecure person. I have an incredible need to be loved and accepted. As a teenager I just wanted to be popular. I was class President my junior year but it still wasn’t enough. I felt alone. This may sound silly but you may be able to relate to this. I can’t dance. Not at all. I look like I need medical attention. I was VERY self conscious of this all my life. I didn’t want to make a fool of myself. I didn’t want people to make fun of me. I think a lot of people in this world feel alone. During the last four years something happened. No one can deny this. No one.
The “ugly people” came from EVERYWHERE!!! Rich, poor, black, white, male and female. Some are rednecks….some are fat….some are skinny…yet we share a common bond; a love of our country and freedom. It all came full circle when Donald J. Trump started to dance to the YMCA at the end of his rallies. He can NOT dance at all. He looks like the drunk Uncle at the wedding reception that is the first on the dance floor when the DJ plays “Old Time Rock and Roll.”
He just doesn’t care what people think. Suddenly everyone is doing the Trump Dance. I know it sounds stupid but it’s very important to me. After fifty six years on this planet I am able to dance. I still dance like shit but I really don’t care. This man deserves four more years. He has been through hell. He gets knocked down and he still gets up. He’s not perfect. No one but God is. Thank you Donald J. Trump for making me feel important. I’m proud to be an American. I’m proud that I can’t dance. I’m proud to be an “ugly person.”👇👇👇
As I write this we are slightly more than forty-eight hours away from the close of the polls for 2020, This will be an election like no other in my lifetime. You can feel the tension in the air. You can just sense that something is different this time around.
Years ago politics seemed like something that old people that smelled like urine and Vicks talked about on a Saturday morning coffee at Bob Evans. I never could relate to anyone that ran for office. No one talked about the things I cared or worried about and everyone seemed to just care about promoting and bettering themselves. Then Donald Trump came along. He wasn’t like those people. He didn’t fit in but he spoke about things I cared about and he spoke in a way I could relate to. He wasn’t politically correct but he believes in God, will protect my right to have firearms and will continue to drain the swamp of corruption that is Washington politics.
I’m not alone. Thousands have responded the same way. People that have been ignored for years have reacted and joined the movement. They come from every walk of life and every color. We are very different in background yet so similar in what unites us: Our love for God and this country of America. We are under attack from within. Our Constitution and freedom are at risk so the stakes are high and the time is turbulent. I am afraid that when the sun goes down on Tuesday November, 3, 2020 things will get very violent across the country.
This is the Super Bowl for Black Lives Matter, Antifa and other social terrorist organizations. They really don’t care about the outcome they are looking for a reason to cause violence, hate and destruction. Force MUST be met with GREATER force to be effective. You get one chance to make a first response. Let’s hope those that protect us will be prepared this time for what will indefinitely happen. Use your right to vote and GO HOME. Be part of the solution and not the problem. A true Patriot does not go looking for trouble. If trouble comes marching up your driveway…then you know what to do. 🦾🦾🦾🦾
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Everybody I know likes to bitch and moan about their cable company. That was never me….life is a series of ups and downs and I pretty much expect certain businesses that have a monopoly with their services to not care about their brand or customer service….they just want their check. What happened to me was just a new level of low and inconsideration.
I spend two hundred dollars a month with a company that rhymes with Spectrum. I have my internet and five TV’s connected with this company. I moved into my condo in September of 2018. I had four of the five boxes hooked up to television sets. The fifth box was active and left in the living room for when I decided to hook up the television. I am charged eight dollars every month for each active box.
About a month ago I finally got around to hooking up my television in the living room. I connected the box expectig all the services I have been paying for but the only thing I got was the logo of the company that rhymes with Spectrum. I called technical support. We all can relate how this experience is for anyone let alone someone, like me, that has hypertension. The man was very kind and helpful. He explained to me that my signal gets turned off after a certain amount of time if it’s not in use. I was confused. They were still charging me and never notified me they would continue to embezzle eight dollars a month from my account.
I physically visited my business that rhymes with Spectrum and exchanged my box. I explained the problem to the man behind the counter. He told me to go home, hook up the box and call the toll free number and talk to billing. After being on hold for a most pleasant forty-five minutes (and listening to their sales pitch to switch to their mobile plan over and over and over…) I young lady answered and did exactly what I expected……nothing. I then asked for the Supervisor….his name was Maurice….he was a perfect selection to be the Supervisor of Nothing. 😜😜😜. Maurice and I did not agree. He was just doing his job and protecting the brand of the company that rhymes with Spectrum. Sorry….ya just can’t deep fry a turd. 💩💩💩
I told Maurice HIS Supervisor should cal me…we agreed this would be best and hung up. Two days later Julio calls me from North Carolina. I can tell right away he is not my friend. No bueno Senor. 🤣🤣🤣 I explained to Julio that I didn’t care they shut off my signal but just credit my account and I’ll pour a Corona Light and Run With The Bulls. Julio stood his ground and protected the company line. So what’s the message here? Protect the brand at all costs. The company that rhymes with Spectrum is the only game in town where I live. When I have a different option I will “run to the border.”
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I’m fifty-six years old and enjoy being on social media. I have a twitter account, am on Facebook, do a weekly podcast and of course I have my blog that I thank you so much for reading. I mention my age for a reason. I’m not sure of what exactly happens on Facebook but all of a sudden some of my adult friends have been acting like a bad scene from “Beverly Hills 90210.” I understand that these times are tumultuous and people are on edge but why would anyone get angry over the opinion of someone else? If you are confident of YOUR belief then shouldn’t you feel sorry for the person of different opinion?
If you are familiar with Facebook then you are aware of how to drop “friends.” You highlight their profile, click on the mouse a few times and they are now eliminated. It’s quite similar to getting a ride home from Aaron Hernandez. Facebook teaches you a lot about who your “true” friends are. One weekend, as a kid, my father was in the basement saying “fuck” a lot. That meant he was working on the washing machine. Dad liked to give life advice while he was doing this so I made my way into the utility room. Within five minutes Dad told me; “You watch…later in life you will be able to count your true friends on one hand.” Then he lost his grip on the ratchet and slammed his hand against the agitator and yelled “Son of a Bitch!!!”
A few days ago I was looking at my friends list on Facebook and noticed more than a handful of people had “dropped me as a friend.” I was taken aback at first. I used to work in the radio business for close to thirty years. Some of these folks were colleagues and people that tried to HIRE me. I paused…took a breath…..and thought back to what my dad told me when I was a kid. Then I laughed and said “Son of a Bitch!!”
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