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What Did You Learn from your 20's?

This week on GIRL TALK with Melissa from The Weekender we reflected on our 20's. What was the biggest thing you took with you from your 20's?

I learned how to be independent. After college, I moved to Ohio and lived in a small apartment on the first floor of a house. I thought this was the coolest thing ever. My own place! But I didn't know the first thing about cooking, cleaning, or keeping the place up and running. It was on the job training. And for me, the ultimate learning experience.

And I also learned how to drive a stick! :)

How about YOU?

Here's a few comments from listeners...

--I wish I had the knowledge in my 20's that I have now...but what I have learned is what is meant to be will ALWAYS find it's way & does not need to be forced.
--I didn't think that I had a look at price tags so in my 20s I had that same attitude so I was robbing Peter to pay Paul until one day they took my car so I went to my parents for help and for once my parents did not help me. They said "figure it out" and I did. I learned a really good lesson from that!
--In my 20s I learned that it's ok to be single. Worry about your goal because there is always time for a relationship.
--I'm only 24, and realizing just how real those college loans are at a few hundred $$$ a month on top of rent, gas, groceries, cell phone, etc. I have an elementary teaching degree and of course I'm still trying to get a permanent position.
--Don't loan money to friends!
--I learned to not compare my accomplishments to anyone else's. We all do things in our time. Who cares if all your friends are married, that doesn't mean they are all happy.
--I learned to talk things out instead of getting angry and letting things ruin my day. This has made every day happier!
--I learned that student loans are real, and not "so off in the future".
--I learned it's all downhill after 25 (I turn 47 next month)
--I learned not to base life decisions on a guy. I have 2 daughters and my hope is they learn from my experience.
--I had triple digits partners, thought it was cool then, but now not so much. Alot of women don't take me serious or won't give me the time of day because of how many women I've been with....they think I'm after one thing. So my lesson learned is, don't sleep around. Even though I was safe, its not cool. They remember.
--I learned the value of patience and taking my time with pretty much everything.


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What a First Impression!!!

You never get a SECOND chance to make a FIRST impression. How about the way this teacher showed up for work on her first day on the job! Stay classy, Tulsa.


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It's a twister with teeth!

Good news SHARKNADO fans.  They'll be more sharks in the air next summer!  SHARKNADO 3 has already been given the green light.  Keep your eyes to the skies.  Maybe sharks will hit PA!

As we recover from Thursday night's shark attack on NYC, here's my favorite lines from SHARKNADO 2.


Tara Reid:  The shark kept chasing me, like he knew who I was.
Ian Ziering:  He didn't know who you were.  If he did, he would've run the other way.

Ian:  Anyone plays me in a movie, it's gonna be me!

Matt Lauer:  I don't want to alarm anyone, but there is a concern that New York could be facing a Shark storm.

Al Roker:  Think of it this way, this is a twister...with teeth.

Ian:  Even the Sharknados are tougher in New York.

Mark McGrath:  You know what it just did, don't you?  It jumped the shark!

Robert Klein:  This is the big apple.  When something bites us, we bite back.

Ian:  They're sharks.  They're scary.  And no one wants to be eaten.
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You Can't Take a Bad Photo in Maine



Sue and I just got back from an amazing week in her home state, Maine.  What a great road trip!
And yes, YOU CAN'T TAKE A BAD PHOTO IN MAINE!!!



Look closely.  Those are seals or sea dogs as they call them in Maine.  Our captain pointed them out as we took a day trip to Monhegan Island.



This incredible view is on Monhegan Island, an island accessible only by boat.  And as you can imagine, this point has been a favorite of painters for years.



The majestic Island Inn on Monhegan.  This classic Maine hotel has been on this spot since 1907.



The view from the porch at the Island Inn.



It wouldn't be Maine without lobster.  This is one of many little fishing villages you can find along the coast.



By far, the best lobster roll we ever had, came out of this little food truck in Cape Elizabeth.



One of 7 lighthouses spotted on our river boat cruise along the Kennebec.



A little roadside Americana in Midcoast Maine.



And our kids, Frankie & Sammi had just as much fun as we did!



If you are ever planning a trip to Maine, feel free to give me a shout at rocky@985krz.com

And check out some of these links:

http://www.visitmaine.com/
http://www.islandinnmonhegan.com/
http://www.capeelizabeth.com/
http://owlshead.maine.gov/

 
 




 

Don't Phunk with my Heart




(Day 2 after heart surgery. Nice puffy hands from all the fluid in my system. That heart pillow wasn't for show. It made it less painful to cough or sneeze!)

It was 5 years ago today that I had heart surgery. I am forever grateful to Dr. Casale, Dr. Stella, my PA Doug Long and all the nurses & staff at the Geisinger Heart Hospital that got me through a difficult time in my life.

Before I left work, I sent out the following email.

From: Rocky
Sent: Wednesday, June 24, 2009 12:19 PM
To: WILKES-BARRE USERS
Subject: ROCK'S SUMMER SABBATICAL
Hello everyone!

I thought I'd get everyone caught up on my "Summer Sabbatical" in case you haven't heard. I will be off the radio for the entire month of July.

Last October I went in for a physical, and my doc found a heart murmur. Pretty crazy because just a month earlier I ran a 1/2 marathon and had no symptoms at all. More tests determined I had a leaky valve.

Hold off on the pig valve jokes as I won't need it replaced. Thankfully. Tuesday I am having valve repair surgery @ Geisinger, WB. My surgeon, Dr. Casale, says I should be in the hospital 3-5 days and home 4-6 weeks. After that, I should be good as new and able to run & workout like before.

Have a good day,
Rock

It’s still hard to believe.  One minute you are feeling perfectly fine, and the next, doctors are telling you that there are serious problems.

What did I learn from all this?

Be proactive! Take care of your body. And don’t write off those annual checkups. One exam could save your life. It saved mine!
--Rock

Drugs are not always necessary. Belief in recovery always is.  ~Norman Cousins
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No Slippers Before 70!

I love it when one of our off-air conversations make it on air.

This morning, while a song was playing, Freddie was telling us about walking out to the garage in his slippers to check on his cats.

Slippers???  Freddie wears slippers?  Who knew?

He turned to Lissa for validation.

“You wear slippers, right?”

I hear the word “slippers” and I immediately think of my Dad.  Not that that’s a bad thing, but it brings back memories of my Dad.  Sunday morning.  Robe.  Slippers.  V8 Juice.  Later, he’d sit on the couch and light a pipe.

Slippers to me, are something Dads and Grandpas wear.

Are guys in their 20’s and 30’s that listen to our show REALLY wearing slippers???

Apparently I’m kind of standing alone on this!  :)
#NoSlippersBefore70

Here’s what some of you said in the Text Club--

I absolutely hate feet so I'd rather have them covered by socks, slippers, or something. Everyone I know wears slippers.

My son is 19 and he is very particular about his footwear and he rocks his slippers!

I agree with Rocky. I'm 34 and don't plan on getting a pair of "slippers" for at least 30 years from now.

I'm a guy 23 and I wear Spongebob slippers...my girlfriends loves them too.

Rocky we can slap some skull and cross bones on them and whatever else you want on there to help you feel better about them

My boyfriend is 28 and wears his slippers (moccasins) all the time. I had to buy a new pair for Christmas last year bc his old ones were too smelly and ratty, I couldn't stand them.

Rocky join the dark side you get a Cookie with your slippers

I'm 53. Slippers? No way. Ever.

Yes! My 35 year old boyfriend wears slippers. Usually to step outside to smokeI am 39 and wear tweety slippers

Rocky that if you have a pet and have ever stepped in something warm and squishy at 2 o'clock in the morning you would wear slippers too

I am 33 and I have been wearing slippers since I'm like 16.

I agree with Rocky.  Slippers remind me of my Dad.

I love it when a guy will wear slippers and be cozy with me. I wouldn't want him cuddling with me, with sneakers on xD LOL

Slippers are INSIDE SHOES that are clean! Why would u wear disgusting outside shoes that u step in spit, pee or whatever else on ur rugs!!!!!

I'm 35 and I wear slippers around the house and outside to water the flowers and my girlfriend 26 she also wears them

My husband is from Eastern Europe and as soon as he walks through the door at home, on go the slippers! - Allison

 
 
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Heritage Valley Bike Tour



Thanks to everyone that rode in the 5th Annual Heritage Valley Bike Tour on Saturday.  Despite a limited amount of sunshine, it still turned out to be another great day on a bike.  In fact, any day on a bike is a great one!



My team, the 4 Stooges, rode the 22 miler to Carbondale & back.



The start of any bike ride is always the most challenging part of the day.  One screwup, and it's Dominos!
 



Hello Carbondale!  We're halfway to the finish line.




I took a second to take a selfie in Archbald.  Not sure why my piehole is open.  Things with wings soon discovered it.




My ride, thanks to my friends at Cedar Bike & Paddle in Scranton.
I love Trek bikes!!!




The Lackawanna River Heritage Trail is a 70+ mile long recreation trail along the Lackawanna River.  It runs from the NY border south to Pittston.  It's a simply amazing trail system with new sections opening all the time.

Check it out for yourself at www.lvha.org

I hope to see you at next year's ride!

--Rock

 

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Take Me Out to the Ballgame


Dads got an early Fathers Day gift Sunday...the chance to play catch with their kids before the Railriders game at PNC Field.


Seconds after this pic was snapped Champ kissed me on the mouth!


Imagine being 11 years old and playing catch with your Dad on a real baseball field.


A photo op with Railriders mascot Champ.



This lucky Dad, Nick from Hanover Township, won a $500 backyard makeover from Corky's Garden Path Greenhouse.

Happy Fathers Day to all our Dads.

Special thanks to Rob, Katie, Jeremy and the rest of the crew with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders for making this a memorable day for the Dads & their kids.

 
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Living with Your Parents

Welcome home!  This morning we talked about this growing trend…living with your parents.  In fact, one third of American adults ages 18-34 now live at home.

When I graduated from college I was forced to move back home until I found a full-time radio job.  It was the longest 6 months of my life!

If my Mom & Dad were reading this, they would understand.  We had a great relationship.  I loved them very much.  But it was a tough adjustment going from living on my own for 4+ years in school and then returning to “the nest.”

Even though I was lucky enough to find full-time work, it wasn’t in my field.  In fact, it wasn’t even close.  I was working the overnight shift as an orderly at a nursing home!  And I was reminded of that fact EVERY DAY by Mom and Dad.

Dad:  “How’s the job search coming? Any prospects?”
Mom:  “How was your day? Hear from any radio stations today?”
Me: “No. But the guy in room 217 peed his bed twice last night.  And Fred in 206 was screaming out Elvis lyrics til 2am.”

I understand times are tough.  A lot of you are socked with college loans, or are having a tough time finding work.  But if you CAN swing it, GET OUT OF THE HOUSE!!!

Nothing burns me more than a kid that still lives at home with Mom & Dad just so they can drive a hot car with sweet rims.  I’d much rather live paycheck-to-paycheck and drive a beater knowing that I’m trying to make a go of it on my own.

It might be a struggle but at least you're trying to be independent.

Cut the cord!
 
Comments from todays show--
 
--My 34 year old son moved back home and I want him to leave. I constantly have to tell him to clean up after himself
--I totally agree with Lissa that living alone is awesome. I'm a single mom of two and I'm in no rush to have a man live with me again. They're like another child. Love you guys!
--I'm 32 an still live at home. Reason being I work so much that it makes no sense to take on a mortgage or rent for a place to just eat and sleep. Don't get me wrong I pay more than my fair share at home. Least I could do.
--I just moved back home. I moved out at 18 and was gone for 10 plus years. I moved back home after getting out of an abusive relationship. It's been tough to be back under their roof but it is great to have a safe place to get my feet under me. Hopefully I'll only be there short term.
--I'm currently 20 and living at home with two more years of college left and I lived on campus the first two years and now I'm moving home to save some money. The good things are it's cost effective and you're with your family. However the bad things may be that you might not have that freedom like you would at school and it might hold you back! It's always great to get the experience of living on your own. –Rachel
--My parents are as busy as me so it's pretty much like I'm living alone. However my dad still picks on me when I get home late
--I'm 27, female and have been living with my dad for about 4 years now. I’m totally not planning on moving out until I’m ready to settle down! Been there...done that..not making the same mistake of moving in with someone who’s not compatible.
--I'm 24, moved out at 17 moved back at 23, moving out in a month. I'm a full time student, hold down a pretty good job and take care of a little boy. Kids need to be OUT at 18 haha!
--No privacy.....someone always giving their 2 cents when you don't really want it......much better paying rent and being on your own!!!!! I'd rather live in a cardboard box than live home again!!!! LOL
--Generation of entitlement. Most don't take jobs because they think they are worth more where the older generation worked 2 low paying jobs to make ends meet. In the 80s my first mortgage was 14%. Our parents told us you make your bed you lie in it moving home was not an option.
--I would never be able to live at home with my parents or my Hubby's, can u say no privacy?

 
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Getting Caught Up



Say hello to #TeamPeyton!

A few of Peyton Rusyn's  family members, including her twin brother Preston, joined us in studio this morning to give us an update on the 7 yr old’s condition.  Peyton was involved in a serious car accident last week and is recovering at Geisinger in Danville.

The family has a few fundraisers planned to help offset the medical bills.  And brother Preston even designed a Team Peyton t-shirt with his sister in mind.



Get the latest on fundraising efforts at the Team Peyton Facebook page:

www.facebook.com/teampeytonrusyn
 
 


How about those Penguins!  Last night they held off Providence in game 7 to advance to the Eastern Conference finals of the Calder Cup playoffs.  After playing twice on the road vs. St. John’s, the Pens return home for games 3, 4 & possibly 5, next Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday night. 

Grab your tickets in advance by calling 570.208.PENS or win them on KRZ next week!

LET’S GO PENS!


 
And our new summer intern started today.  Alexis admitted off air that she has no idea how to celebrate her 21st birthday next month.  Guess who’s going to be a major topic of discussion on the show next week? 

Share the road!
-Rock

 
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