Two days after the new Samsung S5 was released, the Twisted Missus and I went to Verizon to look into getting new phones since both of us hated our Motorola Razr M's. Unfortunately, we were not up for new phones until September. However, they do have a new plan called Verizon Edge which allows you to basically lease a phone for a year then trade in for a new one every 12 months which is just as well since new phones become obsolete like every 12 days!
So Tessa went ahead and got the iPhone 5s while I decided to go with the new Samsung S5 since I had been coveting one ever since they were announced. Unfortunately, all the black models were sold out and I did not care for a white one so they went ahead and ordered one for me. So, last Thursday, I sat at home until a little after noon anxiously awaiting delivery of my new toy. I then immediately took it to Verizon to get it activated and I have been loving it ever since!
As I mentioned briefly in my previous blog, I went to Chesnee last Wednesday to participate in Rainbow Lake Middle School's career day. This was my second year in a row so I suppose they enjoyed having me last year. That seemed to be the case once again this year even if the kids were not listeners of the Planet in particular. It was interesting talking to a group of kids that were not even born when I first started at this station back in March of 1999. It made me feel old that a handful of kids informed me that their dads listen to the station. What made me feel even older was that, when I was showing pictures of me with some bands, they did not know who they were. They were not familiar with The Offspring or even Evanescence! Many of them knew Chris Jericho from my pic with Fozzy and, of course, they knew Kid Rock and Ozzy.
After my presentations to several classes, I posed for a pic with the other presenters as well as some students in front of the school.
Friday after I got off the air, I made my way down the opposite way on I-85 to Anderson for the Boogerman Bounties release party. Boogerman Bounties is a horror web series directed by a friend of mine named Robb Baker. The perks of having a friend with a video camera and accompanying skills is getting to make cameos in some of his projects! I will have to post my scene when I get my hands on it!
I helped emcee the event even though I had no idea what I was doing (as is usually the case with a lot fo things I do)! Afterwards, I joined the cast and crew for a group photo.
The next morning, I got up and made my way to Cabela's which was having its grand opening weekend with a little help from some TV and film stars. One of which being the one and only R. Lee Ermey (aka "The Gunny") best known as Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in the classic Vietnam war flick Full Metal Jacket. Being a big fan of that film as well as other films such as Switchback, Se7en, The Frighteners and his History Channel documentary series Mail Call, I had to meet him so I put on my Entercom collared shirt and joined Stoneman from our sister station, Classic Rock 101.1 for his live broadcast there. I looked official enough to get in and get a picture and an autograph with him right after Stoney did his interview with him and before his autograph session started in the store.
Damn right I had him sign my copy of Full Metal Jacket! Wanna guess what me and the Twisted Missus watched that night?!
Last Thursday, one of my favorite bands, Skillet returned to the Upstate for a show packed with fellow Christian rockers at Bon Secours Wellness Arena. The opening act, who happens to not only share the bill with Skillet but their label as well, dropped by the studio for a quick interview and acoustic tune. If you missed it, you can catch We As Human playing in the Planet studio here:
And, of course, I got a pic!
Later that night, Tessa and I took some friends of ours' kids to the show since they are both big Skillet fans. What they didn't know going in was that we were all going to the meet n greet with both Skillet AND Third Day!
As I said earlier, We As Human opened the show followed by former American Idol contestant Mandisa for an interesting mix in the lineup! Third Day was next for a little country rock flavor followed by former Newsboys frontman Peter Furler then Skillet to tear it down at the end of the night!
With yesterday being April Fools' Day, I thought it would be fun to switch places with Diesel for a day and have both of us pretend to be the other. I was inspired by Drew Carey and Craig Ferguson who did the same on CBS with Ferguson hosting "The Price is Right" and Carey filling in on "The Late Late Show". Needless to say we had a lot of fun making fun of each other as Diesel portrayed me as an angry little elf or dwarf or whatever and I played the bonehead gymnut. Good times!
This morning I was in Chesnee, SC for a career day at Rainbow Lake Middle School corrupting the youth of the Upstate! I always enjoy working with adolescents and teens so it was good to get to do that and take a break from the office.
After yesterday and this morning, I am trying to get back into my usual TWISTED routine! Back to the airwaves....as MYSELF today!
Well this has certainly been an interesting week thus far. At least I had a good weekend as Tessa and I took our moms and my mom's friend, Janice out to the Greenville Road Warriors hockey game at Bon Secours Wellness Arena. My mom had never been to a hockey game so she had a ball as we all did. I think we are going to have to make a more frequent occasion of this!
On Monday, I was saddened by the news of the passing of Dave Brockie better known as Oderus Urungus, frontman of the notorious shock rock band Gwar. I am, however, thankful that I did get to attend at least one Gwar show and that was just last April at the Handlebar. Having heard to great detail about the abundant amount of fake bodily fluids that get sprayed and splattered about at one of their shows, I did my best to stay at one side of the stage in order to avoid getting soaked. Despite my attempt to stay dry, it was Oderus himself who spotted my group of relatively dry soon-to-be-victims of his bountiful green demon semen which gushed from his oversized codpiece. As reluctant as I was to get soaked with the green colored liquid, I am now grateful and honored. RIP ODERUS!
Yesterday as I got to work, I ran into Nine in the stairwell who asked if I had heard that morning's show to which I replied that I had not. He then told me that there was a bit involving me and how I was, apparently, a prick.
Needless to say, as soon as I turned on my computer, I was pulling up the audio before FatBoy even had the podcast up. The bit centered around an email from a listener who had asked me for a song request which was a song that we do not play. As I am with most listeners who ask for left of center requests, I informed them that we do not play it. As with some who get news that their request is not 'up to snuff', they got offended so therefore, for being honest, I am a prick.
With the reading of the email, phone calls and texts (all of which I read) followed, 70 to 80% of which were negative and featured some stories about me that were not exactly accurate. One caller claimed that I was booed off stage at a Megadeth show at Ground Zero in Spartanburg back in December 1999. I honestly cannot remember if I was since I was just some weekend overnight jock at the time still in my rookie year. However, I am fairly certain that I wasn't still holding a grudge years later as the caller claimed.
Another caller even said that I went off on him for spilling beer on me at the Evanescence show at Littlejohn Coliseum in Clemson back in January 2012. I don't even remember the incident but, again, I am fairly certain that I would not have yelled at the guy for an accident. I asked my wife if she remembered the incident and she said she did and confirmed that I did, in fact, keep my composure. She, on the other hand, said she shot the guy a nasty look. I suppose had the guy spilt beer on my wife, I might would have been quite a bit more aggressive.
No matter how hard I strive to be a nice guy when dealing with people in the public eye, I am still going to be deemed a prick. So, with that in mind, what's the point of trying? It is much easier to just be a prick and save myself the futile effort of being the 'nice guy'. Make it so. Oderus would be proud.
One irrefutable fact I've learned in my 5 months at High Performance Gym is "It doesn't get any easier". The fact is, you just keep getting better. If you're working out and it's "easy" you aren't working hard enough. Pure and simple. I'm doing work outs these days that would've left me puking on the High Performance lawn a few months ago. These last few days have been absolute killer workouts.
Today was a miniature version of the Apex Games base line workout:
30 dead lifts @ 225
30 wall balls
2 laps farmer's walks
As many reps as possible for 10 minutes. If you finish, you start again until time is up. I was able to finish 1 round + 14 reps on the dead lifts.
What I am most grateful for is Clay's meticulous eye for form, and his ability to diagnose the problem that is causing it. I was rounding my back more than I should on the dead lifts. He diagnosed it as tight calves not allowing me to get my butt low and my chest out (creating a flat back).
So, after an exhaustive weekend of either attending or participating in benefits for some very worthy causes, Karma decides to go and take a crap on me on St. Patty's Day. Just my luck.
Before I get to the core of my bitching, I will first cover the weekend. I had a Facebook friend ask for some help promoting a barrel race benefiting the Wonded Warrior Project. Since I had St. Baldricks coming up the same weekend, there wasn't much I could do as all my on air and Facebook plugs would be to support that since I was actively involved. However, I did agree to at least come out and support in person as an unofficial appearance of sorts. So my wife and I made our way to Donalds, SC near Greenwood on Saturday. Keep in mind that the entire weekend of St. Patrick's Day I wear my lovely $30 Party City kilt and matching plaid green fedora so I, of course, got a lot of interesting looks among a sea of cowboy hats and belt buckles!
Regardless of the looks and whispering gestures as well as the extremely corny country songs the DJ was spinning, I managed to enjoy the timed races and the terrific fair type foods like fried Oreos! Not to mention the Twisted Missus got to see some baby cows and pet a few horses. And they managed to raise over $3500 for the Wounded Warrior Project!
Sunday was St. Baldrick's so I threw my Irish garb back on and braved the considerably colder-than-the-previous-day's elements!
My good friend Blake was joining me and the Borderlands Comics and Games team this year for the first time as he had a TON of hair to cut much like I did my first year! And, as did I my first year, he donated it to Locks of Love!
Before I got up to get shaved, Rob, the owner of Borderlands Comics and Games and by default the team leader, auctioned off his eyebrows while he was in the barber chair. I had been considering it myself since I have to constantly manscape the cooky things but that made my mind up! So auction them off I did! And the money came pouring in: four twenties, four fives and three ones for a grand total of $103 on the spot and placed in my hand while I was in the chair!
After the event, many folks on the team went over to Local Cue for some food and drinks. Tessa and I shared a build-it-yourself mac n cheese that had bacon and tomatoes in it as well as some wings and a BBQ chicken quesadilla! We also had fun playing a game of giant Jenga that was handmade by using cut up 2x4s! Props to Rob our team leader for paying for the food!
When Tessa and I got home, we were too tired to bother with any of our household chores (Sunday is usually laundry day so I wouldn't be sniffing my clothes too closely) so we rested the rest of the evening before going to bed and starting another work week. We did, however, find time to play with my newly shaved eyebrows!
BTW, my wife has to close her eyes to kiss me now! And, no, she didn't have to before, wiseass!
The next morning I had to go to the doctor for a follow-up to some blood work I had done recently. The results weren't bad but my triglycerides have always been an issue for me as they are a bit high. However, all things considered, I was pleased with the results as was my doctor who encouraged me to continue doing what I am doing in an effort to shed some more weight and get healthier.
When I got back into my car, I turned the ignition and nothing. Since I had to hurry and get to work, I called Tessa and told her to come get me while I tinkered with the battery and froze my shamrocks off in my cheap ass kilt. Later that evening before coming to get me from work, Tessa along with her grandmother and Aunt Cheryl tried to boost my car but to no avail.
After leaving my car at the doctor's office overnight, Tessa and I got up early this morning and went to Advance Auto Parts for some jumper cables and supplies to clean off the battery terminals which had some built up corrosion. Then we jumped the car and it went! So I drove it back to Advance Auto to get the battery itself tested and came to the conclusion that it was time for a new battery.
Now that I've got a new battery and my car appears to be running well (for now), I suppose I don't really have much to bitch about. I guess it just bothered me to have had such crappy luck after a weekend of trying to do good. Good thing I don't really believe in Karma in the first place. I believe one should do good deeds with no goal in mind save that of the deed being done itself.