I have not posted in over a month. I am in the middle of a huge transition in my life. I turned fifty-seven at the end of May and my eighty-one year-old mother relocated from West Palm Beach after thirty-four years to move in with me for the summer until she decides on what her next move will be. I’m an only child without any kids. I have severe OCD, am a neat freak and a germaphobe and am very much set in my ways. Mother is cut from a similar mold so this is a very interesting social experiment. It will be two weeks on Wednesday that she has arrived and in fourteen days I have experienced memories that will last forever.
Mom doesn’t know ANYTHING about Willoughby, Ohio. She might as well have relocated to Yemen. I only ride Harleys so Mom has to drive her car while I navigate. Don’t assume that an eighty-one year old will slow down at a railroad crossing. I found out the hard way. Think back to the opening of “Dukes of Hazzard.” That was me in a car Mom was driving less than a half a mile from my house. My lower lip is still bleeding from the landing. If there was a video game where the goal was to drive into every chuckhole on the street then Mother would be a World Champion. I won’t even share with you the fear I experience when she is wandering through a parking lot looking for that “perfect” space.” When it takes five minutes to get to the store it should not take you TEN minutes to park the car. This is all new to me as I have been away from Mother for three years. Time changes. People change. We all must prepare to adapt.
Mom has always been there for me. I have been the focus of her life. I traveled the country doing morning radio while she relocated to West Palm Beach in 1987 in a company move. She left everything behind. I started having health issues in 2011. I had a heart block. I flat-lined in the ER for75 seconds. I was in a coma for six days. Mother was there when I woke up. I had a pacemaker installed. I’ve had a heart Catherization. I’ve been in AFib. I’ve had an ablation. I overcame addiction. I am NOT the victim. A lot of this could have been prevented but we can only control the present. We have the ability to change. We don’t have to repeat our mistakes. I am at a very interesting point in my life. My purpose is to be there for Mother like she has always been there for me. This is HER time. What can I do to make it easier for her? She HAS to feel out of her element. She abandoned everything she knew for thirty-four years. She has to develop a new routine. It can’t be easy.
Here is the lesson I have learned; Money, stature, your job, success and possessions mean NOTHING. They do NOT define who you are. When it is our time to go to the next level no one will be saying “I wish I worked more!!” There is NO loyalty in business. It’s best to be your own boss. I pray for patience and understanding. It’s a day by day process with Mother. I have learned so much in the past two weeks about her and about myself. It’s gonna be an interesting summer. Wish me luck. I know I am gonna need it.
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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.”👇👇👇
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Danny makes his BEST funny phone call EVER!! He calls a body shop in the Bronx asking for “dipshit.” 😁😁😁 Things black guys can do that white guys can’t. The reason why Taylor Swift is not a nice person. 😈😈😈 Did Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield have a bad season because he got married? Controversy on Ground Hog’s Day and much more!! 🔥🔥🔥🦾🦾🦾
I’m a pretty lucky guy. I’m fifty-six years old and my mother is still alive and well. I found out today we will be together for Christmas and that’s the greatest gift I could ever ask for. Mom lives in West Palm Beach and is in the process of moving back here to Cleveland. A lot of people do that when they have the gift of time. They finally figure out what truly matters in life…..and that’s family.
I was like most kids. Christmas is a day of gifts. Christmas is fun. Christmas is a bunch of free stuff that I will probably break in the next two weeks. As an adult I wasn’t much better. Christmas was stressful. Lists to fill. Gifts to buy. People to impress. I threw money at these problems. They were solved. I still felt empty and alone.
Let’s fast forward to today as the reality of life has begun to set in. Christmas is a celebration of life, opportunity and salvation. Of course my mother drives me crazy and raises my blood pressure. That’s what mothers do. They know how to hit your hot spots because THEY installed them. We both made it another year. There will be a Christmas one year when we won’t be able to say that. It is my greatest fear my friends. As I said at the beginning….I’m a pretty lucky guy. I don’t need a gift. I don’t need a fancy meal. I’m gonna have a Merry Christmas. I hope you do as well.
I give nicknames to everyone. The greatest I have ever bestowed was “The Freckle.” That was reserved for a freckled female that was my General Manager for my final years in radio in West Palm Beach. I walked away back in 2011 and “The Freckle” was a big reason why I did so and have not come back since.
She was an interesting character. First time as a General Manager and always sticking her nose into things she had no knowledge of and if her friends from church would say anything about the station during Sunday services it would be on the agenda Monday morning. We were on a collision course. Me and “The Freckle.”
I don’t play games. I work hard and made the mistake of letting a job define me. Some have called me “difficult” but that is a mask for someone that doesn’t appreciate anyone that is lazy. I have no room in my life for lazy people. If that makes me difficult then I will proudly wear that crown. “The Freckle” did not like to be questioned. You had to kiss her ring or you weren’t part of the tribe. We were on a collision course. Me and “The Freckle.”
I don’t like bullshit. When it became clear to me that the Sheriff was corrupt and the TV/gossip columnist was an ass I took them on. I have a big mouth and I really don’t care what people think. That’s not how it was done in West Palm Beach. The more you shoot your mouth off the more you become a target and I found that out the hard way. The vermin came out of their holes and came after me. One day I was falsely accused of something and of course all charges were dropped. That didn’t matter to “The Freckle.” Even though I was innocent and was basically a target of retribution by the Sheriff, she never stood by me. I was off the air and banned from the station and all events. When the truth was told, all charges dropped, I could see “The Freckle” steaming. She had no choice to put me back on the air and why not? I had solid number one ratings in all key demos. The irony was that I was making “The Freckle” look good. We were on a collision course. Me and “The Freckle.”
Back in 2010 I told “The Freckle” the days of music are dead. We need to do podcasts after the show. It’s the biggest threat to commercial radio. We need to drop all music in the morning and work harder on compelling content. What did “The Freckle” do? Ignored me and demand I play more music. This arranged marriage was nearing the end. “The Freckle” started to eliminate those that questioned her and wouldn’t kiss the ring. The mental games had taken their toll on me. My health was suffering and I had lost my edge and my confidence. Long story short, I walked away from that toxic situation in early 2011.
Funny thing about history. It will make you look like a prophet or a fool. Today that morning show that replaced me is doing well. They have a podcast after every show and they don’t play music. I look at those days with “The Freckle” and I wondered why I waited so long to walk away. I have so much more to share with you about “The Freckle”, but those stories will have to wait for my book.