Bill O’Brien

March 1st, 2019

O.K. ! Phil didn’t see his shadow, right? So that means winter needs to be outa’ here!  I’m O.K. with a little more winter weather, including a little snow, then I’m done with winter this year. Who’s with me? Excellent ! Oh, by the way, we spring forward March 10th, so it’s time for an early spring this year, right? After all, if you can’t have faith in a groundhog in the commonwealth of PA! Here’s to spring, sooner, rather than later!  – Bill O’Brien

January 15th, 2019

Don’t blink !  January will be gone in a minute, How’d that happen? It seems like I’m still wrapping my head around the exciting possibilities of a new year and BOOM ! We’re blasting down the New Year highway fast enough to get pulled over and given a very large moving violation citation, that is if we were actually behind the wheel of a motor vehicle ! So as I motor down the 2019 road in my mind, I take a look at things from two views. That oh so amazing “what if” view, and the realistic. Why ? Why not ? I’ve come to the following realization: If I hit the lottery, I’ll have more toys, and more projects to play with as long as I’m here on earth, and there will always be a 2 wheel, or 4 wheel “work in progress”, and that extra $$$ would, no doubt be amazing. That view taken, I’m thankful everyday for the toys and projects currently in my hands, and the part vision, part money pit “work in progress” that’ll always be there, with – or without the extra Lottery winning funds ! Good luck with your 2019 “work in progress” projects, and Thanks for listening!  Bill O’Brien

December 28th, 2018

Happy New Year!!!  So, the top 2 resolutions everyone seems to make are to lose weight and to get in shape. By February, about 80% of us have given up completely on the resolutions we’ve made. Listen up! Let’s not bail on what’s going to help us look, and feel better! Two things from the Bill O’Brien playbook: 1) Set realistic, and reasonable goals. If you wanna lose 50 pounds (and your doc is ok with that) that’s a great goal, but it’s not going to happen in a month. Or two. Or maybe three, or more. How about 50 pounds off in twelve months? This time next year you’re looking, and feeling better, and that’s good, right?  Think you can rock that goal a bit more? Go for it! Just be realistic with yourself, and your expectations. 2) Have a wing man/woman. Someone who will encourage you, pump you up, and cheer you on while you rock your “take the pounds off”, or “pump your body up” goals. That wing person in your corner will help you help yourself stay motivated, pumped up, and in the game. Be realistic with yourself, your New Year’s resolutions, and how you can follow through on them without getting frustrated about your progress, or lack thereof!  Happy New Year! Wishing you Peace, Blessings, and all good things for you & those close to you In 2019! Thanks for listening, it means a lot to me!  – Bill O’Brien

December 5th, 2018

Is there such a thing as too many Christmas lights, or decorations? Nah – No way! Now I’m not saying that I go overboard. My motto is “everything in moderation”. Including Christmas decorations. That said, I’ve heard others complain that some people go over the top (and front to back!) when it comes to decorating their house and yard for the holidays. Hey! If that’s what turns them on, and they’re the ones paying the electric bill when they turn the bright holiday lights on, I say have at it. We all could use more of the Christmas spirit and good will towards each other, and if 50,000 watts of holiday lights does it for you, I say go for it! Just make sure you’re not overloading the circuits! Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and the best of safe & happy holiday fun for all of us. Now plug those lights in, and hand me that spiked eggnog… Cheers ! – Bill O’Brien

February 23rd, 2018

Plant another candle in that cake, and light up those candles. Wait? You really think I can’t extinguish those “can’t blow out candles”? Hey, I got this! Soooooo… Bring. It. On! Yep, another year on the planet, another birthday, and I find the longer I’m here, the longer I’d like to hang around. So how old can we – will we live? Pretty amazing to me that so many are living past 90, and even 100. Think about that. 100 years old! Though, when I think about 100, I think about what kind of technology changes will happen by then. Will there be flying cars….and will we as a society be reaching for the possibility to live even longer? Cool things to ponder, as I slow down for a minute to reflect on my years in the rear-view mirror, and ponder the adventures that await on the road ahead, while of course celebrating the day with a nice big piece of delicious, old school, German Chocolate Cake! Thanks for listening, and many thanks for the Happy Birthday wishes. Now, about that flying car I’ve been asking for…………

January 19th, 2018

There’s nothing like the joy of a funeral. Sure, there’s plenty of sadness and tears, but there’s also so much joy. It took me several funerals to appreciate that. If you’re not careful, the sadness can be overwhelming, but if you tap into the joy of the one the send off is for it may help carry you – and help you carry them in your heart and mind. If you tap into the celebration of their life, and how it has touched you, and those joining in this celebration with you, there can be a sense of overwhelming joy, even through the tears and sadness. Joy that you had the priveledge of becoming a part of that persons world. Joy for all of the moments you shared together, those amazing moments that come rushing back as you’re saying goodbye at their celebration of life. In that moment, I also find myself looking in, and thinking about other important people in my life. Yes, I appreciate them, but am I letting them know, by action and deeds, just how much they mean to me. Perhaps while we’re there for the final goodbye for one special person, and celebrating that amazing persons’ life that we’ve been blessed to be a part of, maybe then we should start putting the wheels in motion to make sure all of those special people still here now in our world know how much they mean to us, before we find ourselves – or perhaps they find themselves – in that place of sadness and tears again. There to celebrate, but saying goodbye again, and maybe wishing we/they would have said so much more. Be good to yourself. Let someone know how special they are to you. Let people know you appreciate them. Thank you for listening, and being a part of my world. I do truly appreciate you being there. Peace & Blessings, Bill O’Brien

January 5th, 2018

It’s cold outside! So how do we best deal with these way too cold temps? The advice from our Finally Friday “Rocky Roulette” player was perfect. Tim didn’t miss a beat, when he said, “Stay inside!”. Tim, by the way, works outside, so I’m inclined to seriously take his advice. So I guess that means, as much as I wanted to play outdoors with vehicles this weekend, it’s a better and warmer bet to review that list of indoor projects and see if I can’t work on a thing or two. My hands, and the rest of me will thank me, right? Thank you for listening to the Rocky Morning Show, with me ‘n T.J.! Now do the best you can to stay warm, will ya’??!!!! Thanks for listening, Bill O’Brien

December 26th, 2017

Wow! Christmas is barely in the rear-view mirror and 78% of us going to do this before the end of the year! Do what? How about re-gift? Yep! Maybe it’s not the right size, maybe it’s something you didn’t really want, but you’ve decided to re-wrap and re-gift it to someone else. Know what? If you’ve thought enough about someone to give them a gift – even if it’s a re-gifted gift – I think that’s O.K……. I mean, it’s the thought that counts, right! So happy post-Christmas regifting season! – Bill O’Brien

December 22nd, 2017

Some of us smile, some of us cringe, but you can’t mention it during the holidays, and not get a reaction, good – or bad ! Ready ? Here it is………. Fruitcake ! See….I told you ! Just the mention of the word, and you’re smiling, maybe even laughing, but seriously, why how did the poor Fruitcake become so misunderstood? I’ve had the pleasure of eating some amazing fruitcake, and I think I have the secret – Or at least part of it! However it’s made, I’m thinking it’s gotta’ be kept moist! Seriously! Every fruitcake I’ve seen that wasn’t kept moist, could be used as a brick, maybe even a block to keep your vehicle from moving. Good thing I’ve had the pleasure of enjoying moist fruitcake, or I might cringe when the word is mentioned too! So, from what I’ve seen, asked questions about, and tasted, here’s the secret. I’m pretty sure it’s cheesecloth. No seriously, there really is a thing called cheesecloth. So you buy, receive as a gift, or – if you’re adventurous – make/bake/create a fruitcake. The secret cheesecloth? Soak that bad boy (the cheesecloth) in your favorite spirit, then wrap it around your fruitcake, and put that soon-to-be-amazing fruitcake in a metal cookie tin. Re-visit your soon to be new fruitcake friend daily to re-soak the cheesecloth with your favorite spirit, for at least a few weeks. After a few weeks of bathing in that cheesecloth drenched with spirits, that fruitcake gets a lively spirit of its’ own. If the spirit moves you, find – or make/bake/create a fruitcake, track down some cheesecloth and your favorite spirits and give it a try. It could change the way you think about – and even enjoy fruitcake, forever! Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Enjoy! – Bill O’Brien

December 20th, 2017

Christmas is just days away. Are you in a hurry for it to get here? I don’t rush it. For me, Christmas is here, then BOOM ! Gone in one quick day. It seems that everyone is moving at an incredible pace to get to New Years’ Eve, and into the New Year. So why not slow. Down. The. Pace. Just slightly as you’re able to, and enjoy the true spirit of Christmas. Think about and share the gifts of your time, treasures, and talents as you’re able to during this holiday season. The holiday spirit you share could be the difference in someone else feeling good during this holiday season. Be good to yourself, be good to others, and enjoy what’s left of December. The New Year will be here soon enough.  – Bill O’Brien