Joe Black

April 16, 2019

Game of Thrones is finally here.  I have to say I am disappointed with the first two episodes being less than an hour, but the first one was GOOD!  TJ and I made our picks as to who would rule Westeros.  My first thought was Dany, and that Jon would die protecting her. She says Jon of course…LOL!  I’m already starting to second guess myself.  She’s being a little too cocky right now with the Stark girls, and it’s kind of changing my opinion of her.  I never even thought about Yara Greyjoy!!  She could end up ruling!  She and Theon’s army could save everyone, because there home is near the ocean.  The dead can’t swim.  It’ll be cool to see how it all rolls out.  I think episode 2 will see another popular character go down fighting.  We’re going to have a “holy crap” moment every week, I think.  It’s going to be interesting to say the least.  Enjoy the rest of your week!!

April 5, 2019

Happy Friday!!  TJ and I had a blast on the show this week!  We hope you were entertained!  We felt the energy this morning rolling into the weekend.  The days are starting to warm up, and hopefully the rain moves out quickly, so we can enjoy some more sunshine.  I’m REALLY looking forward to some Yankees baseball down in Baltimore on Sunday!  I know O’s fans cover our Rocky Nation, but I’d really like to see a big W for the Yankees.  I haven’t seen them play in over 10 years!!  The Grand Slam of Rock continues next week.  Thursday we’ll give away a pair of tickets to see two Rock Hall Inductees…Heart & Joan Jett and the Blackhearts!!  That show is going to be killer!!  Listen to get qualified again on Monday morning!  Until then, be safe and have a CRAZY fun weekend!!

 

March 21, 2019

Spring is HERE!!!  Winter wasn’t too bad this year. I’m looking forward to some warmer days, like last Friday!  That was AWESOME!!  I had one of those four day, sneezing, stuffy head, irritating sinus issues.  What a great way to spend the day.  Hang in there, the warmer weather is coming!  With that…the honey do list…UGH!  Clean the flower beds, get the shovel, and lets make a NEW flower bed here, oh and the mowing…LOL!  My favorite seasons are upon us!  Major League Baseball  starts next Thursday, O’s and Yankees…Go Yankees!!  Bring on the shorts and t-shirt weather!!  Here’s hoping all is well with you, and that we have a the perfect sunny spring!  Keep on rockin’!!

 

February 14, 2019

Happy Valentine’s Day!  If feels like it was just New Year’s Day!!  TJ loves to hate this day, as you may have heard countless times on the air!  She DID get some flowers and balloons today!! I didn’t find out until right after I signed off the morning show.  It was hilarious!!  I don’t care what she says…she liked them.  People say all the time, that Valentine’s Day is a made up holiday, JUST to make money. I say, if you don’t want to celebrate…don’t.  Some women love it, and some don’t really expect anything.  Personally, I think wedding anniversary’s and birthdays are more important, but that’s just me.  I guess if you’re with someone, or even if your not, use this day, to remind you to do nice things for each other.  I don’t think a day on the calendar should tell you, that you have to do it.  I’ll admit that I slack off in that department from time to time.  No matter if it’s getting or doing something for your wife/girlfriend, or vice versa.  It’s nice to have something nice done for you, if for no other reason, because you care!  Those are the words of wisdom, or lack thereof…from Joe Black. 🙂 Have a great one!!

 

February 6, 2019

It’s the end for a few favorites coming up this spring. In April, the final season of Game of Thrones begins! Who will be left standing at the end, as king or queen of Westeros?  Since I’ve read the books, I’ve been thinking it’ll be Tyrion…somehow.  Coming in March we have “Captain Marvel” in theaters, leading into late April blockbuster “Avengers: End Game”  The Marvel movie series has been spectacular for super hero movie lovers like me!  I’ve come to look forward to them, as much as “Star Wars”.  It’s said to be 3 hours long, so at least we get our money’s worth of movie time.  I have some ideas about who will be left, and who won’t make it past this movie.  It will bring an end to this particular team of Avengers.  Who lives and who dies?  We’ve seen the teasers, but it really gives us no clue.  People have been speculating about who is missing, and who will save those lost in “Infinity War”.  If my sister is reading this, she’s already checked out…LOL!!  Spoiler alert: There is one Avenger that will return for sure…if your spider sense is tingling, then you know who I’m talking about.  After it’s all said and done…I’ll look forward to the New Avengers in theaters!!

 

January 31, 2019

Tomorrow we flip the calendar to February…already!! I’m looking forward to my 3 day weekend to start off the month. Who do you got in the Super Bowl? I’m thinking, it’s going to be another close one.  No matter how good that Rams’ Offense is…Bill Belichick always has his defense ready.  The Rams defense has been suspect this season, and if Tom Brady starts off fast, it could be a long night for LA.  I’ve said it all season, if you can keep the Rams offense off the field you’re going to be sitting pretty.  Dallas could NOT stop the run against them two weeks ago, and they still had a shot to win.  I’ll watch my wife stress through the game, for the third year in a row.  There’s been a lot of talk about Brady being the best QB ever.  If they win, that’s a 5-2 record in the Super Bowl.  That’s pretty awesome over an 18 year span.  It might not be the last he plays in, if he plays to 45 years old.  I think he’s the best in this era, but he’s never dominated a team in the Super Bowl.  All the Patriots wins have been close, as have their losses.  Montana had come back wins, AND he had two easy wins.  Tom is the best in this era of football, but Montana…in my opinion, is the best ever.  It’s a whole different league then it was in the 80’s.  As much as he broke my heart with “The Catch”, I grew to respect and admire how cool he was in any situation.  I’m hoping it’s another nail biter this Sunday!  Stay warm!!

January 25, 2019

Welcome to the cusp of another weekend!!  Maybe I can get my wife to the movie theater to see “Glass”. If you didn’t know, it’s the 3rd in a series of movies by M. Night Shyamalan.  The first two being “Unbreakable” and the second was “Split”, both very good movies.  I’ve heard the critics haven’t been too kind to it, but we’ve gotta watch it!!  We watched the first two again on Monday afternoon.  Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson were in “Unbreakable”, and Bruce shows up at the end of “Split”.  I’d forgotten the two were tied together. In M. Night’s movies…there’s always a twist, but most are pretty good movies.  The only disappointment was “The Last Airbender”, based on the cartoon tv series Avatar.  If you want to binge watch some movies on a cold day, check out his movies.  “The Village”, “Sixth Sense”, “Signs”, and “The Visit”, were all really cool flicks!  He’s not my favorite director, but he is climbing my list!  However you spend your weekend…be safe, and enjoy it!!

 

January 22, 2019

I know Eagles fans!  We spent the weekend in Philly for a wedding, and I took my Cowboys duffel bag.  I told my wife, somebody is going to comment.  Sure enough, first thing in the door, the desk manager calls me out.  He was cool about it though.  I can only imagine how that exchange would’ve gone, if they’d met in the NFC Championship game!  I’ve gotta say, every place we stopped at, the people were VERY nice.  Sometimes in bigger cities, people don’t even bother to acknowledge each other.  We spent time at the oldest pub in Philly, and it was packed!!  It took me by surprise how everyone was just so cool.  I can say, I’ve never heard that many cheer for the Sixers.  It was too bad they couldn’t hold on to win.  I enjoyed my few days there, but $56 a day to park!!  Come on!!  I guess I’ll do research the next time I go.

January 14, 2019

If you’d like to see how well you and your friends or co-workers, work together…you’ve got to do an escape room.  I did my first one on Saturday night. We had a total of 8 people in the room, and we got out in just under an hour.  I was told you have to do it a few times, before you can do it without any hints.  We had just a couple, but did a great job at finding the clues, and working out the riddles.  In this case, we had to open like 15 or more, different types of locks, to find the clues. It may be the same for other escape rooms, but like I said, it was our first time.  I was worried I’d get frustrated, but surprisingly I didn’t!  We each played a part in figuring our way out.  My wife and brother in law had no idea they had unlocked the final lock, because they were debating the last clue.  The limit was one hour, and we did it with just 3 to spare.  I’m anxious to do more of them.  I highly recommend it, along with a celebratory brew afterward.

January 8, 2019

My Cowboys sure did look good last Saturday night!!  I REALLY feel bad for Chicago Bears fans, that ending was a heart breaker.  The Eagles have some lucky Nick Foles’ streak, that hasn’t dissipated since last year’s Super Bowl run.  Why do I get this feeling Dallas will be seeing them in the championship game.  I’m pretty sure Dallas can handle the Rams.  No mistake football, and a strong running game will keep the Rams offense in check.  The question is…will I be able to watch it, even if they do make it to next weekend!!  I’m going to a wedding that begins at 3, and it’s in Philly!!  No way I can go all day, without finding out what happens.  I will say, it’s nice to see the NFC East looking so strong in the post season.  This is the best I’ve felt about the Cowboys since the playoffs in 1996!!   If they lose a close one this, or next week…they’ll be ready to roll next season!  Let’s go Cowboys!!!

 

January 3, 2019

Another memorable holiday season has come and gone, and he we sit in 2019.  I’ve decided not to try to look too far ahead on the calendar, because I feel like it makes time SEEM to go quicker.  So I’ll try not to look forward to summer too much.  I hope you all have a great year this year, and that all you wish for, comes your way.  It really is heard to believe we’re almost through another decade, and what a decade it’s been.  Just in the last 5 years, so many things have happened…mostly good!  I got married at one of the places I’ve dreamed of visiting since I was a teenager…Jamaica, I’ve risen to new challenges, been given new opportunities, and have had more fun than I could’ve imagined.  Here’s hoping we can all finish this decade with the best year yet!!!  Happy New Year everyone!!!

December 19, 2018

Okay, now I’m up against it!  I’ve gotta finish my Christmas shopping in the next 3 days!!  I thought I’d have it finished after a few days off, BUT I was lazy!  I haven’t done so little, in such a long time.  Honestly it was much needed!  Give yourselves time to breathe over the next few weeks.  We’ll be running from here to there, trying to see everyone we need to see, doing what needs to be done, whether it’s Christmas parties, family get-togethers, it can all seem overwhelming.  Try not to stress, and just enjoy your time with loved ones.  Even the Griswolds manage to turn what could’ve been the worst Christmas, into one of the best and most memorable.  Here’s hoping you’re not entered into the “Jelly of the Month” club!

 

December 12, 2018

It’s full steam into Christmas now!  How’s the season going for you, so far?  I’m happy that it doesn’t seem to be going too fast.  We’re usually so busy, it goes by in a blink.  Got some baking to do, some shopping to finish, and wrapping to do, but overall it’s stress free.  Well, except for that Cowboys win on Sunday…what a roller coaster!!  The worst part about this week was the untimely death of a raccoon, in my driveway Monday morning, because of my frosty back window, I hit him.  It hasn’t dampened my spirit, although TJ did give me a hard time about it…LOL!  My week has gotten much better since then.  Our schedule is starting to fill up…with cookie baking Saturday, dinner with friends next Friday night, and playing trivia for $1000 next Saturday.  Wow, what a day it’ll be if we can pull that off!!  As you mark the days off on your calendar, try to remember to enjoy each day, and If you can, help someone that needs it!  13 days ’til Christmas!! 🙂

 

December 4, 2018

I know a lot of you think we start talking about Christmas too early.  When it’s October and you see decorations for Christmas up for SALE, then I know where you’re coming from.  Think about it though…is celebrating and talking about Christmas too early…a bad thing.  Most of the people I’m around in my everyday life, seem to be in a better mood.  People are more giving, and forgiving. I think if we’d take a little of that Christmas spirit along with us all through the year, we all may be more tolerant of each other, a little bit more caring and giving…maybe.  All I know is that I see all the good that people do over the holiday season, from Thanksgiving through Christmas.  Why can’t we see that much caring for each other 365 days a year.  You don’t have to buy presents, you don’t have to decorate (you can if you want).  I was just thinking about this on my way to work.  It could be the memories from Christmas with your family in the past, maybe it’s the joy on your kids or grandkids faces.  Whatever it is…it’s a pretty good feeling.  Well it is for me.  I pull from my past Christmas memories, and it helps me create new happy memories.  I remember a few weeks ago sharing something similar with a woman in an email.  One of my favorite Christmas songs, is “I Wish Every Day Could Be Like Christmas” by Jon Bon Jovi.  I think that song kind of sums it all up.  BTW…TJ put up a Christmas tree. 🙂  Merry Christmas season!!!

November 30, 2018

TJ is trying so hard to not LOVE Christmas!  First she said she didn’t want a tree, now she’s  getting excited about getting a black Christmas tree!  I never knew they had them, BUT they  do!  Honestly…if we hadn’t talked about that today, we wouldn’t have heard about Oreo candy canes.  A listener delivered them, and honestly…they are PRETTY good!!  TJ gets to keep the rest as tree decorations. I’m just anxious to see if she actually decorates.  I told her, by the time Christmas is here…she’ll love it!  I thinks she’s tired of the over commercialization , but I’ll make sure she’s a holly jolly co-host!!  Looks like it could be an ugly weekend!  I hope it doesn’t mess up any plans for you!!  So enjoy, be safe, and I’ll talk to you early Monday morning!!

November 27, 2018

Here we are…the Christmas season is a go!!  All of our decorations are up in the house, and even in my office.  I can’t believe I’ve actually got some Christmas shopping done too!!  I didn’t go out Black Friday.  I did some Sunday and Cyber Monday shopping.  Today is giving Tuesday, so if you think about it…maybe you could donate to your favorite charity!  TJ had a good idea.  You could go out and donate blood today.  What better gift, than the gift of life.  We’re all on this “big blue marble” together, let’s help each other make the most of it!

November 16, 2018

Wow, Thanksgiving is upon us already.  Not to mention our first snow storm of the season.  As we steam toward the holiday season, I hope you can all find a way to not stress too much about it.  Before you know it, it will have passed, and we’ll wonder why it went so fast!  A few years ago, I shared my 25 favorite Christmas memories on Facebook.  It honestly helped me enjoy the holiday season more!  Every day I typed out a Christmas memory, from childhood and my adult life.  They still pop up on my wall every Christmas season, so it still continues to bring back the magical memories.  Here’s hoping you enjoy every holiday moment this year!!  Have a great weekend!!

 

November 2, 2018

We’re trying not to push Christmas on you too early, during the Rocky morning show.  Trust me…TJ won’t let me.  It will be on us soon, so it’s on my radar!!  I’ve seen on Facebook, since summer, people counting the weeks and days until it’s here!!  The tree for the square in York has been chosen, and will be delivered on Tuesday, and lit Dec. 1. Hey at least it’s after Thanksgiving!!  TJ and I talked about leaving your tree up year around.  Decorate it for whatever holiday or event is coming up!  The novelty of the tree may wear off though, and it wouldn’t be as special at Christmas.  That’s what would happen for me.  Until then, we’re gearing up for Thanksgiving, and helping those in need around our area.  We’ve chosen to help New Hope Ministries feed families this Thanksgiving.  You can stop by Hanover Foods Outlet to purchase your donation, and leave it there for New Hope to pick up.  We are also doing appearances at Kennie’s Markets locations around the area, collecting donations while you do your grocery shopping.  Check out our website, to find out where and what times we’ll be at each location.  We make it easy to help our neighbors, and who knows, it could be someone you know. Thanks in advance!!!

October 25, 2018

Halloween fun!!  For the third year, I’ll be emceeing the Hanover Halloween parade.  I honestly can’t remember the last time I missed being in, or being a part of this parade in some way, for the radio station.  It’s amazing how great a job area businesses and organizations do on the construction of their floats, and the time you know they must’ve spent creating them!  The best thing about emceeing the parade, is that I get to see all of the participants, and not losing my voice shouting out to the crowd along the parade route. I have a microphone to help with that now.  The new tradition is having a pumpkin brew from my favorite brewery on the square, walking around catching up with old friends, and teaming up with my spotters Stan and Christine to enjoy the parade.  Tonight will be a night for hot chocolate, blankets, and lots of layers.  It’ll be chilly out there, but the Hanover Halloween parade is worth it.  I hope you can come out and enjoy the fun with TJ, Flick, and I!  If I don’t see you before…I hope you have a happy and safe Halloween!!

 

October 11, 2018

The Yankees season is finished, the Cowboys look mediocre, and my fantasy team is tanking…WOW!!  My fall sports season is not the greatest right now…LOL!  It used to be my week could be ruined by a Cowboys loss, and I’d be pretty bummed if the Yankees fell in the post season.  I’m thankful that is no longer the case.  Oh sure, I still get pumped while I’m watching the game, and still love to see my teams do well, but I just don’t see the need to get my blood pressure up over a loss.  There are much more important things to get excited or upset over.  For instance, why can’t Jerry Jones JUST walk away!!! LOL!!  No seriously…as long as my family and friends are safe and healthy, then I’m okay.  My uncle is in the fight of his life, and undergoing chemo and radiation.  Like my mom, before him, he is fighting hard!!  So far he’s hanging in there.  I’m hoping at the end, his cancer will have disappeared!  This is National Breast Cancer Awareness month.  Have the ladies in your life get tested, and don’t be afraid to keep up with your health too.  If you notice something isn’t right, don’t assume everything will be just fine.  Go to the doctor, and get a medical opinion.  Sometimes the possibility of bad news can be too scary.  If you don’t kno2, how will you find a way to get better, or know that you have nothing to fear?  My hope is, you’ll stay safe, happy and healthy!  Here’s to all those that have beaten cancer, and the hopes that those fighting will stay strong!

Sept. 25

The York Fair is behind us, and let me say…Alice Cooper ROCKED!!  Now we’re already heading into the last weekend of September, and looking ahead to October.  It’s the month of pumpkin spiced beer, and well pumpkin spiced everything!!  Bring it on Halloween, and the classic scary movies too!  TJ and I will be discussing some of the scariest, in the coming weeks.  We may even give you some cool costume ideas.  I think one of you Flyers fans should dress as the new mascot…Gritty.  He’ll scare plenty of trick or treaters!  I can NEVER pick the perfect costume for myself!  I’ll have a great idea, and then it just kind of falls flat.  Maybe this year will be different.

Sept. 14

It’s hard to believe, but the York Fair is coming to a close, and so is summer.  We have just over a week, before fall begins!  WOW!  I hope you enjoyed your summer as much as I did!!  We try not to let the time get away from us, but somehow it always seems to fly.  I guess as adults, we just keep ourselves too busy.  We’re always thinking about when the next bill is due, or the next event on our social calendar.  It’s hard some times just to be in the moment.  So lets enjoy the last week of summer!!  I’ll see you at the fair tonight!! Happy Friday!!!

July 26, 2018

One more day until my vacation!!  It’ll be great to unwind next week, and hang at the beach. The bad part is, we’ve got a weight loss challenge going here at the radio station, and I know I’ll never lose any while I’m off for a week.  I say I’ll find the gym, BUT let’s be honest.  My work outs will be swimming, and lifting a few drinks.  TJ will be hanging in through your afternoons next week.  Until I return…be safe!  I’ll talk to you on August 6th, which will be the first day of winning tickets to Alice Cooper at the York Fair!

 

July 16, 2018

I was telling my wife the other day that the best concert I’ve ever been to, was Prince.  That was one show I couldn’t miss back in 2004.  In 2007, the other concert that was a must see, was Van Halen.  I always said, when Diamond Dave returned, I’d see them.  What a show that was!  I wish I’d seen the Eagles, when Glen Frey was still alive.  That’s one I could kick myself for.  My list of “must see” concerts isn’t very long.  Kiss, Bon Jovi, and yes The Eagles…are close to the top.  What if Zeppelin reunites for one big show, to celebrate their 50th anniversary? That would be one of those “must see” shows, that I doubt I’ll get to, unless I win the lottery. The price for that, would no doubt, be sky high.  Our night, guy Alice Cooper is doing a show, you don’t want to miss!!  Friday, night September 7th, you can see Alice perform at the York Fair.  I’ve heard nothing but good things, about his concerts.  Listen for details on how you can win tickets, and maybe even meet him before the show!!  It’ll be an evening to remember!

July 10, 2018

Great news to start my day…all 12 kids, and their soccer coach safely rescued from the cave in Thailand!!  The only news I watch is on the Today Show, then it’s on to Live with Kelly & Ryan.  I can’t  deal with all the negative news!  It’s terrible that the only thing that brings us together is a crisis!  It’d be so refreshing, if we could all just find that common ground.  Of course, that will NEVER happen, but one can dream.  I guess it all starts with each individual, to make their little part of the world a better place.  I hope I do that for you on the air, but doing things in the community to help others…yeah that’s the stuff!!  I’m looking forward to helping to raise money for the YWCA’s Safe Home program, on August 10th.  Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, isn’t far away!!  Join our team, or donate to help us in our efforts.  Click on the Walk a Mile banner, here on the Rocky page!!  Have a great afternoon!!

 

June 29, 2018

The kid in me will never go away.  If you’re a Star Wars fan, you’ll appreciate this, and maybe even do it yourself.  Every time doors open automatically at a store, I swipe my hand, as if using the force to open it.  Nobody notices I do it.  Even my wife doesn’t see when I do it.  I honestly can’t remember the last time I didn’t do it.  When my lawn tractor was running, it had chains on the tires.  When I’d drive it on the driveway I’d make a noise, because it sounds funny when you’re bouncing.  Again, nobody noticed me doing it, but it made me laugh to myself. I do things like that all the time. Do you? Hey, when is the last time you talked into a fan?  Never let the kid in you go!

 

June 25, 2018

We are already into the final week of June.  I’ve had a pretty fun month!!  I’ve done some camping, hit the Snack Town Brew Fest, enjoyed a suite at the Revs game, and will finish it off with a friends wedding.  Sure the calendar’s been full, but it’s been worth it.  Next month I’m looking forward to not one, but 2 trips to South Carolina.  I’m REALLY looking forward to meeting my youngest nephew for the first time!  I know July will be gone quickly, so I just gotta remember to soak it all in!  I guess this weekend is the “unofficial” 4th of July weekend!  Here’s hoping we end June on a high note!  Tonight is going to be perfect…enjoy!!

June 15, 2018

Hey could it be a summery…sunny weekend?!  I think so!  I’m looking forward to a relaxing weekend at the campground!  Fire pit, float trip, and cold brews!  I hope all of you dads out there have an enjoyable weekend!  It’s been 21 years since I’ve been able to wish my dad a Happy Father’s Day, and 18 since my step dad.  Kids my advice is…take advantage of all the time you have together, and have some fun.  Make some great memories, and let your dad know how much you appreciate him.  I think of them quite often, while I do the  things I do every day.  I chuckle thinking of what they may think, at the stupid things I do.  I remember how my dad didn’t really believe my career of choice would turn out to be…well a career.  All he said was…make sure you get good benefits. HAHAHA!!  I’ve got SO many benefits!!  I’m sure both the dads in my life would’ve been proud.  Thank you both for sticking with me every day!  Happy weekend everyone, and Happy Father’s Day!!!

June 11, 2018

I am solo for the week.  My wife is having a girls weekend in Ocean City.  I need to figure out my menu for the week, and having the TV to myself…figure out what I want to catch up on.  I may even read the latest Dan Brown novel.  I’m not quite sure what all I’ll get into, over the next few days.  Speaking of solo…I saw Solo: A Star Wars Story on Saturday, and I was pleasantly surprised.  I still wish they had cast somebody else as Han, but he did a pretty decent job.  I mean if Harrison Ford gives it the thumbs up…ya gotta give it a shot.  Next up, Deadpool 2!  Enjoy your evening!!

 

June 4, 2018

I saw a post on FB…”what was the number one song on your 14th birthday?”.  The song turned out to be Tears For Fears “Shout”, the weekend after my birthday was Huey Lewis & The News “The Power of Love”. I looked over all the number one songs from that summer, and realized how much I loved that summer of music.  The summer of  1985 was one of the best summers of my life.  It was the summer before I went to high school!  We played baseball as often as we could, we slept over nights in the clubhouse (our first little taste of independence), and I spent two weeks in Disney World!  Not to mention my HOT summer romance with Nikki…LOL!  Okay, okay, we held hands and kissed a few times…ooooooooo!!!  Something about the songs that came out, just stood out for me though.   I guess I am truly in the right career.  I can hear a song, and it takes me straight to a memory.  Especially the ones from the summer of ’85.

May 29, 2018

Long weekends…mean a short work week!!   I’m lovin’ it!!  I hope your Memorial Day weekend was nothing but fun!  Mine was great!  The Chinese menu at our get together was very good, but I do wish I’d had some burgers and dogs at some point during our weekend.  Trust me, I’ll have plenty of opportunities for that! Hey, it’s almost June!!  Let’s start the summer off by saving people’s lives!  The Rocky 98-5/American Red Cross Summer Blood Drive is next Wednesday and Thursday.  It’s at 2 locations:  The Wyndam Garden York, and the North Hanover Mall from 11:30 until 5PM.  Come out and help us save lives!  Make your appointment to donate at Redcrossblood.org.

 

May 21, 2018

Yard work is NO fun at all!!  It made it really difficult to enjoy the first sunny day, since last Saturday.  I was happy to mow the wheat field, that my lawn had become though. It looked terrible, and my poor dog was too short to walk in it!!  It wasn’t anything I’d like to do again, especially without the riding mower working…AGAIN.  One of these days, I’ll suck it up and just buy a new one.  I’d much rather spend my money on something I enjoy, like a vacation!  Nobody wants to spend money on something they despise doing.  Another example being a vacuum…who gets excited about buying one of those?  Well unless it’s a Roomba, then you can watch it do the work.  I guess it’d just be nice if everything worked for a change.  It would definitely make my life on the lawn much more enjoyable.  NOW!!!!   How about this day!!  It’s perfect!!!

May 18, 2018

The weekend is upon us!!  I used to enjoy a weekend night home alone, watching a couple of movies, and a pepperoni pizza!  When I was younger it was a 2liter of Pepsi, now it’s a 6 of my favorite beer. It’s nice to sit back and be lazy once in a while, but it’s so difficult, when there is ALWAYS so much to do!  I was talking to a friend of mine, who said a 3 day weekend would be perfect.  One day to catch up on things around the house, one to have some fun, and the other to relax.  I like that idea.  I’d work 10 hour days, for a 3 day weekend!!  Could you handle me on the air that long?  This is the first weekend in a long time, where the calendar is WIDE open.  What will I do with myself?  I’ve become notorious for constantly doing something around the house, if I’m home.  I haven’t been a bum on the sofa, for a full day, since New Year’s Day. So the to do list grows…lawn, laundry, grocery store…ugh.  Don’t worry…I’ll find the fun in my weekend.  I hope you do to!!!

 

May 17, 2018

I think the sun needs a new battery!  WOW!  What a dreary week!  I’m sure by the time next Wednesday rolls around we’ll all want to play hooky from work, because it’s suppose to be bright and sunny.  Can you believe Memorial Day is next weekend already!  This month just FLEW by!  Let’s put the summertime in slow motion, so it doesn’t get away from us too fast.  Got a lot to look forward to over the next few months…Memorial Day cook out, vacations, camping weekends…and the next thing you know, the York Fair will be here.  Crazy!!  Think sun shiny thoughts everyone!!

 

May 11, 2018

48 hours…and no squirrels harmed.  Hey!  Happy Friday!  Mother’s Day Weekend is here!!  My Mom is AWESOME!!  There isn’t enough space available on this site, to describe how great of a Mom she has been to me.  I can tell you she’s my biggest fan!  My sister calls me “Golden Child”, because my Mom and I have always been very close.  Maybe it’s because I was her 21st birthday gift!  🙂 The hardest thing in my life,  was seeing her fight cancer in 2005.  She did it though, and proved how strong she really is.  I don’t know what I’d have done, had she not made it through.  Every day I’m so thankful for her, and all she’s done for me in my life.  Growing up with her as my Mom, made life SO MUCH better!!  As an adult…I realize now is her time!  She was everything she ever needed to be for my sister and I, and for that I am truly grateful!  My wish is that my Mom has the happiest of Mother’s Days, and every day after!  Thank you for being my Mom!!  Happy Mother’s day to my Mom, and to all of you Mom’s in Rocky Nation!

 

May 9, 2018

Squirrels are kamikazes!!  On my way to the gym in the morning, at least four squirrels will be on the road.  Trying to figure out which direction they are going to run, is impossible!!  I’ve been getting better at paying more attention to  them, but just as I was thinking of how good I was doing…yep, one darted in front of me and BAM!  I felt terrible!  So on my way home from the gym, I took the same road, and the little guy I hit was gone.  I thought maybe I just knocked him out, which made me feel better.  Do you remember the video game Frogger, that is my drive at 7:15 in the morning.  The thing is…they make me laugh, so I always go that way in the morning.  They remind me of the squirrels in the Geico commercial, who high five after making a car swerve off the road.  I will not swerve.  I’ll slow down…heck…I’ll even stop, but you won’t get the best of me…LOL!!

May 3, 2018

WOW!!  This is spring!  My mood has been great all week, just because the temps are over 70.  TJ doesn’t like it, but I LOVE it!!  I’m just sad that it’s yard work season.  My luck with the riding mower continues to be terrible, and the grass must have some miracle grow in it!!  It’s crazy!!  On the bright side…it’s better than shoveling snow!  I’ll bet lots of you have fired up the grill, and maybe have enjoyed eating out on the picnic table.  Yep, that’s what we did last night, and got the fire pit going!  I hope you enjoy your day…wherever you are, and whatever you’re doing!

April 30, 2018

It looks like warmer spring weather for this week.  I’m feeling for the kids playing spring sports.  It’s been a really cold season for them all.  I remember how miserable it was playing baseball in the cold.  Man you hit the ball wrong off the bat…you couldn’t  feel your hands for an inning!  If I could go back in time…I’d go back and play little league baseball.  That was probably one of the best times of my life.  Every spring brings back memories of hanging out at the ball field, even if we didn’t have a game.  We’d go check the girls out, during their softball games!  My step dad was president of our league for a few years, so we were there most of the week.  Every time I play “Centerfield” by John Fogerty…it takes me back.  Enjoy the rest of your Monday!!!

 

April 27, 2018

It really does make my day, to hook someone up with $100!  We’ve had a few callers get so pumped up, that they forgot what to say!!  I feel so bad when that happens.  I remember when I was able to win on the radio…how nervous I’d get while I was on the phone with the DJ.  The first time I ever won was a very warm day in the spring.  I was in middle school and “overslept”, and didn’t go to school that day.  I listened to the radio all day to try and win the contest our local station was running, and I got through to the DJ.  My Mom helped me with the answer to the question, about what year the events they mentioned happened.  The REALLY cool thing is…I ended up working with the same DJ only 6 years later!  He was my boss for 4 years.  I’ll never forget it!  Being on the other side of the phone…I get how exciting it can be, to win!!!  Here’s hoping I can make your day, with a phone call!!  Remember the phrase that pays is…Rocky 98-5…Where Classic Rock Lives!

 

April 26, 2018

Bright sunny day, and it seems like my mood gets better and better!! Not that I’ve been a grouch or anything!  I think spring is FINALLY here!!  The Yankees are on a bit of a winning streak, and it’s Thursday…my second favorite day of the week!!  Hey, it’s trivia night…wings and brews!  It’s all sports trivia tonight. Should we not win…I’ll feel I’ve failed my team.  There is not as much pressure as a few months ago, when it was classic rock trivia.  You know I had the pressure on me that day…nope….we lost.  Here’s hoping 70 degree weather gets here and stays here soon!!  Here’s to Thursday!!

March 23, 2018

Two days of snow to start spring…who would’ve thought that would happen.  I guess that was payback for the 2 days of mid-70’s in February.  I guess it wasn’t too difficult to deal with.  I was able to get where I needed to go, so no complaints.  The worst part was…my curse continues…I’ve had enough bad luck with my lawn tractors, push mowers, and now the snow blower.  The small engine gods just won’t let up.  Here’s hoping mowing season starts out smooth, and continues through the fall.  Oh…the lawn tractor DID start up on Tuesday…figures.  Have a great first weekend of spring!!

March 13, 2018

I love short work weeks!!  My four day weekend begins tomorrow, and wouldn’t you know…Round 1 of the NCAA tournament begins tomorrow!!  I’m sure I’ll take in a few games, catching up on DVR’d shows, and maybe get a few things done around the house.  There will be some planned laziness built into my weekend…for sure!  I almost forgot…Saturday is St. Patrick’s day!!  Have a great one, and be safe!  I’ll look forward to hanging out with you on Monday afternoon!!

 

March 9, 2018

Today I was following a smart car with a vanity plate tha,t in a really unique way spelled out “easy to park”. It gave me a chuckle.  At least it was easy to figure out.  When people have vanity plates, and I’m sitting behind them at a red light…it drives me crazy if I can’t figure out what it means.  I guess it’s a challenge to work out “the puzzle” in front of me.  I played a game once…where you had to figure out messages like that, and I did a pretty good job at it.  I’ve actually got a vanity plate number picked out for myself.  When I get it, only Star Wars fans will understand it, and I can start frustrating those that can’t figure mine out!!

March 6, 2018

Here we are with a winter storm warning in effect for tomorrow. Fortunately, it’s a Nor’easter that is going to dump most of the accumulation to the east of us…whew.  I remember the blizzard in March of ’93! We pre-gamed for the blizzard the night before, by hitting a few clubs in the area.  Then just after 1AM the snow started.  I can’t believe that was 25 years ago!! I didn’t worry too much about it, because I was lucky enough to only be 15 minute walk from work.  Driving to work wasn’t an issue, but digging out my car was a pain in the butt!  We were all new in the radio business, so it was really cool, banding together, and getting the all the info out to our listeners. They really counted on us to help get them through the storm, and it showed.  Countless businesses sent free food, to those that stayed at the radio station through it all. I remember one of the guys I worked with, driving us around in an 4-speed ’86 Nova, like the snow was nothing at all.  We had a blast!!  I’ll NEVER forget it, and all the fun we had!!  The snow may be make it a slow go, but try not to let it ruin your day tomorrow.

 

March 2, 2018

I know March is supposed to be windy, but HOLY COW.  Let’s go to the extreme!!  Do you do things, on purpose, to drive your significant other crazy?  We were talking earlier today, in the office about it.  Yes I’ll admit I do it. Lately I’ve been scaring her…hey I’m just trying to make her more alert!! 😉  Hey…she doesn’t change the toilet paper roll, just to drive me nuts.  Honestly, I’ve done that to people since I was a kid, but just started getting her.  Usually by accident…hehehe…  My friend said her husband bought suspenders, because she didn’t like them, and now she’s already snapping them!  Gotta love it!  The things we do to the people we love…hey…it’s all in fun!!  Have a great weekend!!!!

February 28, 218

Happy last day of February everyone!!  We only have 3 weeks until spring!!  I was watching the Today show this morning, and they said that Barbara Streisand had her dog cloned.  I’ve said I’d love to clone my dog, because he’s AWESOME!  I’m sure it was pretty expensive…to say the least.  The more I thought about it, after hearing that this morning…made me think, would I really want to?  Certain things have given your pet their personality, and I don’t think cloning it, would guarantee it would be the same.  Starting from a puppy, maybe you’d change the way you’ve trained them, or something could happen to make them not as friendly.  Not that I’m looking forward to it at all, but I think, when the day comes…I’ll just start anew.  Not that I had the money to clone my little buddy anyway.  Here’s hoping for many more years, my little fuzzy friend!

February 26, 2018

Lately my wife and I are on a binge watching tear!  We’ve been revisiting our favorite vampire TV series.  It started out with her wanting to watch every season of the “Vampire Diaries”…ugh.  I suggested “True Blood”, and surprisingly she’s been liking it!  I was okay with another go around of Sookie.  I had gotten her into “Cheers”, but she didn’t like it after Diane left, so she gave up on it.   The old shows are still great!  “Friends” and “West Wing” are both “old faithful” shows for me.  I wish Netflix would get “Family Ties” or “Happy Days”, I’d watch every episode again!!  Oh wait!!  How about “The Fall Guy”?!  We haven’t really had that cabin fever binge watching weather, but what else can I fill a weekend without football with?  Have a great one!!  Can’t wait to see the sun again!!

February 22, 2018

This has got to be the strangest winter weather, that I’ve ever seen!  We got from wind chills of negative whatever to 40, to 75, then back to 40…what?  It looks like we’re going to get through the next week and a half without any wintry weather.  Does that mean we’re going to have a snowy March?  I sure hope not!!  It was weird going out to get gas for my snow blower, when it was 75 degrees out on Tuesday…LOL!!  Honestly, I won’t complain…even if we do get a few more snowy days.  As winters go…I’ll take it!!  Big smile!  Tomorrow’s FRIDAY!!!

 

February 15, 2018

On Thursday mornings, I usually get up early to go to the gym.  This morning my wife walks in, and asked if I was getting up?  When I told her I had a headache, she gave me this smile, that to me said…SURE you do.  She claimed she was just smiling.   I REALLY did have a headache, but after a couple of minutes of being frustrated with her…I got up, and went to the gym.  By the time I was in my car, and on the way…my headache was all but gone.  I had a good work out, and felt better because of it.  Whether she admits to it or not, her smirk got me motivated.  Thanks honey!!  Have a great Thursday everybody.

 

February 14, 2018

I doubt I’ll be catching any of the Olympics tonight, being that it’s Valentine’s Day.  I’m VERY happy I got to see Shaun White grab the gold medal last night in the half pipe. Can you imagine the pressure he felt, waiting for the go ahead to start.  It seemed like forever to me, and I was sitting on the couch.  It was great to see him nail his run, and get the gold.  It never fails…the Olympics always bring those memorable sports moments.  Happy V-day!

 

February 12, 2018

How was your weekend?  Mine was very relaxing, yet a little frustrating. So we’re two days away from V-day, and I’m happy to say I’ve got everything squared away.  I always plan dinner at a place we’ve never eaten before, and I always get her some type of jewelry.  I picked up the gift Friday, and made the mistake of going in with her on Saturday to have her other jewelry inspected.  Needless to say, by the time we left…she had gotten herself a ring she liked…crap!  That meant that yesterday, I took ANOTHER trip back to the jewelry store, to exchange the gift I’d gotten her on Friday!  Yep!!  You guessed it…I bought her a ring on Friday!  The ladies in the store know me very well, and I was in and out pretty quickly.  Whew!!  I’m all set for Valentine’s Day…FINALLY!!  I hope you are too!  Have a great afternoon!!!!

February 7, 2018

I hope everyone is safe out there today!  A pet peeve:  People who tailgate someone driving slow and cautious in winter weather.  Riding someone’s rear is only going to make things more dangerous.  It’ll make the person getting tailgated nervous, and you’ll have less space to maneuver.  You’ll still get to where you need to go, just give yourself  a little extra time to get to where you need to go. That way, everyone has a better chance to get to their destination safely.  Thanks to everyone out there, who keeps the roads safe to drive!!

February 6, 2018

I didn’t pick the Super Bowl right this year, but I knew it’d be a great game!!  I’ve gotta say, I’m genuinely happy for the Eagles fans in my life. I’ve seen them suffer through some heartbreaks over the years, and to see how excited they are…makes me feel good for them!  I know how it feels to wait…and wait…and wait…and then your team finally wins the big one!!  That being said…I hope they don’t repeat..LOL!!  Cowboys are gonna bounce back next season, so watch out!!  Up next…the Winter Olympics…come on Lindsey Vonn!!!

 

February 2, 2018

Two days from the BIG GAME!!  Who do you got?  I’ll give the Patriots the edge, ONLY because New England has so much experience.  Bill Belichick is a great game planner, and Brady…is Brady.  If Philly gets pressure on him, and forces some mistakes…they’ve got a great shot. If Nick Foles can get comfortable in the pocket…they have a shot.  I’m officially going to pick the Patriots, but I’m not ruling out this Eagles team!  I’m looking forward to a fun evening with some family and friends, eating some good food, and hopefully seeing a good game for 4 quarters.  Patriots: 23 Eagles 21  Have a great weekend!!!!

February 1, 2018

The shortest month of the year is here, and our favorite rodent is set to come out of his hole!!  No not Gus…Phil!!  I feel like we’ve had hints of spring throughout our winter, and I’m fine with that!  It’d be kind of interesting to go to Gobbler’s Knob tomorrow, and check out the Groundhog Day festivities.  Maybe I’ll put that on the list of things to do next year!  If you get a chance…celebrate by watching the movie.  I’m sure you’ll find it on TV somewhere!!  Have a great Thursday, and here’s hoping good old Phil won’t see his shadow.  I’ll take spring weather any way I can get it!!

January 30, 2018

Christmas decorations are all packed away, now on to the next thing.  We’re almost to the last day of January…now I’m starting to have some anxiety, about what to get my wife for Valentine’s Day!  YIKES!!  I’ve gotten her necklaces, rings, bracelets, and earrings.  I set a high bar our first V-day together, and I keep trying not to fall short.  Don’t get me wrong…she’s not always “expecting” jewelry.  I know she likes any kind of jewelry, but I’d like to surprise her with something new!   My choice of places to go for dinner have all been good, so I don’t worry too much about that.  I know I’ll come up with an idea soon.  I just wish it’d come to me, so I can start to work on ideas her birthday in April…LOL!

January 26, 2018

When is it too late to take down the Christmas decorations? Believe it or not, we still have our tree up, and STILL decorated. I know some people, that re-decorate every month for each new holiday. I guess that’s not the worst idea in the world. I guess we’ve just been a little busy, and sometimes…just don’t feel like dealing with it. Who really wants to pack up Christmas?  Let’s face it putting it up is much more fun, then having to box it up, and throw it in the basement.  I suppose my weekend will consist of doing just that. There’s always something to do…right?  I hope you all find some fun, and some relaxation this weekend!!!

January 24, 2018

Okay…I get that you want your team to be a winner.  Who doesn’t!?  The run the Patriots have had, has NOTHING to do with the NFL fixing games!  Any missteps that came up, they paid for it accordingly.  The fact is…they have a talented QB, and a coach that knows how to game plan.  He fills the holes, where they’re needed, and the team continues it’s winning ways.  Does anyone remember the 49ers run in the 80’s, the Pittsburgh run in the 70’s…okay they were different eras, but I never heard anyone complain about games being fixed.  Bill Walsh and Chuck Noll, were GREAT coaching minds, as is Bill Belichick.  That man almost made the Cleveland Browns a winner in the 90’s!!  If you have the support of your owner, the coaching mind, and the talent on your team…you’ll win!  If the NFL wanted them to win all the time…why did the Giants ruin an undefeated season?  We all know everybody wants to see the king of the hill get knocked off, and root for the underdog!  Great!!  Just don’t cry foul if your team can’t  close the deal, and say the fix is on!  If you remember, as good as the Jags defense was, they gave up 42 to Pittsburgh in the divisional round.  Do you really think Brady wasn’t going to find a way to get his team in the endzone too?  If Philly wins the Super Bowl, I’ll be truly happy for all of the Eagles fans, that have been so patient, and had their hearts broken so MANY times.  I don’t think Patriots fans will say it was fixed.  I heard it after Super Bowl XXX, when Dallas picked O’Donnell twice.  It takes away the fun for fans, when someone says that about their team.  It may all be in good fun, most of the time, but I’ve seen things get down right nasty on social media about it over the years.  Can’t we just enjoy the game, and may the best team win!  Ok…rant over.  Happy Hump Day!!!!

January 23, 2018

I can tell you this…I don’t care WHO is in the Super Bowl, it’s a good time!!   We’re having some family and friends over, and I’m trying to think of some things we should make.  I’m thinking 50/50 menu.  Clam Chowder…some Lobster roll…maybe?  Definitely Philly Cheese Steak or Cheese Steak bites, with Stromboli to go along with it.  Of course we’ll have our chips, dips, pretzels, and maybe even a cake.  To top it off…some brews from my favorite Boston and Philly breweries.  I’m looking forward to it!!

 

January 22, 2018

I hope your weekend was as good as mine!   I had a great day on Saturday spending time with my family, and got to watch some good football, with chili and brews yesterday!!  I feel so bad for the Jags and Vikings, but I’m happy for my friends and family that are Eagles fans.  If the Eagles play like they did yesterday, they’ve got a real shot of winning their first Super Bowl.  You know Brady and the boys, can never be counted out.  They’ll be more than ready.  Even though my wife is a Patriots fan..I wouldn’t mind seeing Philly get this one.  Just don’t tell her I said so!!

January 19, 2018

The weekend is upon us, and WOW…no specific things planned for the weekend, except watching football on Sunday.  Is it possible I can be lazy for the weekend?  I doubt it!  The last REAL lazy day I had was New Year’s Day, and that felt odd to me.  I can always find something around the house that needs to be done.   Then Sunday is here, and back to work is just a day away…LOL.  Being away on vacation, is the only time I can truly RELAX.  Here’s hoping we can all find some time to relax this weekend!  No snow to shovel, no cleaning to be done, and nothing to be fixed!  Glasses up…CHEERS to the weekend!!

January 18, 2018

Thursday is one of my favorite days of the week.  I get an early morning work out in, and finish the day off with Trivia Night  at “my Cheers”.  I’m a bit of a trivia junkie, and we do pretty well…most of the time!  I’m a wealth, of what some would say, is useless knowledge.  Hey, it’s useful if we win…right?  It kills me when I don’t get a music question correct, or a sports question that isn’t in my wheel house.  We have a great time with all the teams…eat some wings…have a few drinks, and hopefully win!!  Whatever you’re doing on your Friday eve…I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

 

January 16, 2018

Winter break is over for a lot of the prime time shows.   MY DVR is filled with things I need to catch up on watching, and I really need to give up on a few shows.  I love my super hero shows, but the chop list has “Gotham” and “Marvel’s: Agents of Shield”.  One of my favorites this season, which is “binge worthy” on a snowy day…is “Shameless”.  I’m really not a couch potato, but when I talk of everything I watch…I sure sound like one.  Still to come…”Homeless” in February!!  I’ve got a few days off soon, so I’m hoping to clear out the DVR!  BTW…we have snow in the forecast tonight, so be safe!!

 

 

January 15, 2018

We saw some really good football action over the weekend!  For my family and friends that are Philly fans…I’d like to see the Eagles push through.  How can you not feel good for Case Keenum though?  Seeing his reaction to the winning touchdown yesterday, kind of made the playoffs for me!  Who’d have thought…Brady…yes, but Keenum, Bortles, Foles?  WOW!!  I hope the championship games are as exciting as the games this past weekend!!