(Joe Snedeker & I at last year's Tour De Scranton)
It looks like it's going to be a beautiful day Sunday to get out your bike and ride in the 11th Annual Tour de Scranton.
This will be my second year doing the tour. The cool thing about this ride is it's so well organized. And there are different courses for all levels of riders from novice to expert. It's a great way to get your biking legs back after a long Winter!
And this year they've added a 5K run and an off-road route using the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail.
Your entrance fee benefits the Eric Jessica Morekin Drug & Alcohol Treatment Fund. Erin's life was cut short by a drug overdose in 2002. The ride is held every year in her memory.
Captain America cleaned up at the box office again this weekend. That's 3 straight weeks as the #1 movie in the country.
I took 12 year old Jared to the movie on Saturday. No surprise...he LOVED IT!
Jared is another awesome kid in the Big Brother/Big Sister program waiting on a match. If you can give up a few hours a month, YOU can be a Big Brother or Big Sister. And you can REALLY make a difference in a young kid's life, just like Jared's.
Captain America has his shield. You can be just as powerful by volunteering with Big Brothers/Big Sisters.
The four building blocks of the universe are fire, water, gravel and vinyl.
Last night I decided to reach into the bowels of a spare closet in our guest room where I store my LAST CRATE of albums. At one point in my life I had 6 oversized crates jam packed with albums from all my years in radio. Rock. Punk. New wave. Jazz. Blues.
Yeah I'm one of those DJ's. I played albums at my first radio job. Vinyl. Records. Black plastic with a hole in the middle.
And for my money, there's no comparison.
Don't get me wrong. I absolutely LOVE digital music. It's portable. I take it with me on my bike, in my car, or when hanging out in the backyard.
But there's nothing like the look and feel of an album.
When I was a DJ at a little rock station in Parkersburg, WV, I used to do something my boss frowned upon: I raided the mail on the weekend to see what new albums came to the radio station. It was like Christmas every Saturday. The Police. U2. The B 52's. REM.
And I used to preview them on my Saturday show. Yeah, radio was a lot different in the early 80's.
Let my reminiscing be a reminder about what's on the calendar this Saturday: Record Store Day.
Our friends at THE WEEKENDER have done an awesome job previewing Record Store Day, and letting you know what local stores like The Gallery of Sound are offering AND what bands are appearing where.
Support your local record store. And pick up a piece of vinyl for your collection!
Vinyl is the real deal. I've always felt like, until you buy the vinyl record, you don't really own the album. And it's not just me or a little pet thing or some kind of retro romantic thing from the past. It is still alive.
I like to use the self-checkout at the grocery story whenever I shop. That way, complete strangers aren't handling my food (it's a germ thing) or judging what I put in my belly. And I like bagging my own stuff. It's an organization thing. I'm really not OCD, but I do have some of the traits!
But am I the only one that can't figure out how those dumb plastic grocery bag dispensers work? It happened again yesterday. I needed ONE MORE BAG to finish. ONE MORE BAG. I could sense the person next in line getting frustrated with my grocery bag incompetence. Their eyes were like lazer beams piercing holes in the back of my head.
I was clawing and ripping, pawing and scratching until finally I was able to set a bag free from its metal prison.
This heart-wrenching message popped up in my Facebook inbox last week:
You guys probably heard about it. My family lost our home on Monday. We lived there less than a year and we were remodeling it. We lost everything. It was me, my mom, dad, little brother, little sister with down syndrome, and my 2 month old son. I was wondering, people are throwing us a benefit on april 6th from 1-7pm at lyrics in Carbondale. Would you be able to announce it?
Thanks so much.
The fire at Diandra's house in Carbondale happened March 24. Please spread the word about this weekend's benefit to help the Bucksbee family get back on their feet.
What: Bucksbee Family Benefit
Where: Lyrics 18407, 76 South Main St, Carbondale
When: Sunday April 6 1-6pm
Greetings from beautiful Costa Rica! What an amazing place. It's a must if you are planning a tropical vacation.
Sue and I just got back from 6 days in the Papagayo region of Costa Rica. Here's the view from the lobby of our hotel. Not too shabby.
Our iguana friend in a tree just outside our room.
Ocean view from our room at the Occidental.
Sorry Dunkin, but Costa Rican coffee rocks! We brought back pounds.
These guys were also outside our room looking for food. They are a member of the raccoon family called Cioti (pronounced Quah-tee).
And yes, they are super friendly and super cute.
The Costa Rican countryside. It was the dry season while we were there.
Hunting for crocs.
We found one!
If you think the roads in PA are bad, wait til you drive in Costa Rica.
Crossing one of the hanging bridges in a rain forest. Check out our guide behind me...on his cellphone. Think about that the next time you drop a call. He's on his phone, IN A RAIN FOREST!
Natural beauty. The Bird of Paradise flower.
Sunset at Monkey Rock.
This is a Jesus Lizard. Why the name? He's got skills. When attacked he flees by running on water.
More wildlife. Monkeys are EVERYWHERE.
A 3-toed Sloth taking a lunch break.
Our Iguana friend again looking for a handout.
My favorite part of the trip...Arenal Volcano National Park. All it needed was a few Raptors.
So prehistoric. There are hundreds of volcanos in Costa Rica but this is one of the 6 that is active. It last erupted in 2002, killing 80 people. Real Estate is cheap! :)
Take only pictures. Leave only footprints. Costa Ricans, Ticos as they are called, take great pride in their country. Tourism is the #1 industry, and they aim to keep it that way. That's why the rain forests and wildlife is protected by very strict laws.
It was an awesome, WAY TOO SHORT trip. We're already planning our another visit!
Jennifer Aniston feels that tap water isn’t good enough for her dogs, she only gives them $2/bottle designer water.
Crazy? I deal with a similar situation in our house. Sue doesn’t think dog food is good enough for our guys. She insists on mixing in people food like ground turkey, hamburger or even rotisserie chicken. She’ll even bring home a kiddie ice cream cone for them to share.
I’m not totally innocent. When I leave the house I’ll keep music or Animal Planet on for them. But that’s about it.
What kind of EXTREME THINGS do you do for your pets?
Here’s a few texts from today’s show--
--I bake my dogs cookies! They love the applesauce/cinnamon ones!
--I have to agree with Jennifer Aniston. A few years ago both of our dogs contracted giardiasis from the tapwater. I'm very reluctant anymore to give them tapwater that is not filtered
--My friend had a chihuahua that she won't let walk. She carries it in a little purse.
--My grandmother cooked her shih tzu steak and eggs for breakfast every morning. We got cereal or oatmeal.
--My chow-pom is 6yrs old--never even tasted dog food strictly what we eat she eats and once a week she gets a bath, blowdry & pedicure and litterly jumps in the tub and stays stil thru the whole procedure all the way til the french manicure drys!!!
--My aunt only feeds her dog oven roasted rotisserie chicken and it can only be Perdue, no other brands or kind plus only filtered water. She says the dog won't eat anything else. She's been going it for 8 years now
--My dad's girlfriend will choose her menu item specifically so she can bring leftovers for her dog when they go out.
--My uncle’s dog eats at the table and has whatever theyre having. Steaks, burgers, ice cream, he has it all. I dont think hes had dog food since he was adopted.
--My dog does not eat any dog food. If we go to McDonald's, he gets a hamburger. If we make pork chops, he gets his own pork chop. He has a full wardrobe as well! Including a stroller!
--My friend buys frozen marrow bones from the grocery store- it's like a Popsicle but once it starts to thaw it looks like a murder scene
--I have a golden and on days i wear a head band or a tshirt his bandana matches me. We have to match.