Archive for January, 2012

Miss ABBA Makes Snow Angels; Defies Odds

Ten months and counting and it makes an inch of snow feel like you’ve won the lottery.  Rather cryptic, huh?

As you recall, in late March of last year I discovered a tumor on Miss ABBA that was unlike the “fatty tissue” tumors that are common in older, larger breed dogs.  I immediately made an appointment for ABBA to see her veterinarian, Dr. Scott Macon, the following Monday.

That examination confirmed it wasn’t a “fatty tissue” lump like the few others that ABBA had growing just under her skin for years.

The next morning, Dr. Macon was going to remove the cancerous tumor and we’d begin chemotherapy and radiation.  However, he called and told me the x-ray confirmed his suspicions that the cancer had already started metastasizing.  He could remove it, but since it had spread to the lymph nodes, it would be a painful process because it would require more surgery to remove the nodes, in addition to the chemo and radiation.

Those surgeries and the recovery would take place over several painful months and it might buy Miss ABBA another year.  Without surgery, chemo, and radiation, she would live about two to three months.

I made the painful decision to let it be and make sure she had the most enjoyable two to three months on top of the wonderful almost 11 years we had already shared together.

I watched her closely to see if I noticed the changes.  First, it would be heavy breathing as the cancer spread into the chest and lungs.  Other than the summer heat and humidity that caused us all to pant, I didn’t see any changes.

She made it to her 11th birthday in May and celebrated with us and Mr. Panda, the shar-pei from Chicago that we had for five months last year.  Summer turned into fall and in late October, ABBA went back to the vet to have another series of x-rays done to see how the cancer had progressed.

Great news!  The doctor said that the tumor from the typically aggressive form of cancer, anal sac adenocarcinoma, was not getting bigger and was not spreading.  The only down side was that the lumbar lymph nodes (near the back hips) were swelling and pushing onto the colon.  However, he said the colon had a lot of room to move around and as long as she continued to eat and poop, everything was good.

This past week, I called and asked if Miss ABBA should come back in for more x-rays since its been three months and he said if nothing has changed, wait until our typical early spring visit.

So, this long back story gets me around to the first line.

Miss ABBA loves to swim and she loves the snow.  After she was diagnosed, we had one more day in early April when a few big, wet snowflakes started falling.  While it didn’t stick, I was convinced that would be ABBA’s last snow.  I’m so glad I was wrong.

While this has been a very boring winter by Quad Cities’ standards with only 9″ of snow this season (typically, we should be close to 19″), Miss ABBA has enjoyed every snow.  Last night, only 0.9″ of snow covered the ground and you’d think we had a record snowfall.

Here’s a video of my little angel making her own snow angels.

And, check out this short video of her acrobatics and dismount in her own little snow dog Olympics.


Amazing “Hair” (Gaga) Video For The “It Gets Better” Campaign

Earlier this month, I submitted a video for the “It Gets Better” campaign and while it hasn’t been published nationally yet, I’m glad I did it.  Here’s an inspirational and touching video I just saw and I highly recommend it.  While I mentioned Lady Gaga in my video, these kids can really get down and I love it.  Enjoy!

And, here’s mine if you didn’t a chance to see it yet.

It Gets Better!


New Weather Technology To Lead Us Into The Future

It’s Friday afternoon and in about 90 minutes, I will be making my on-air debut with our weather graphics system from Weather Central.  It’s called “Fusion”.  It debuted Wednesday afternoon at  5 p.m., but this will be my first time working with it for you.

So far, so good.  That’s from the perspective of putting my forecast and show together.

In the past, I’ve worked with the WSI weather system in Youngstown, Ohio, and Salisbury, Maryland, and with Weather Central here in Moline, Illinois, from when I started in November 2005 until April 2009 when our news director, at the time, thought it would be best to switch to Accuweather.  Big mistake!

What a depressing time for us meteorologists to have to use that sub-standard weather system.  There’s a reason that it’s known as “Crap-uweather” in the industry.  Good riddance!

Once again, I feel competitive as we head into the spring and summer severe weather system with the tools that we now have available.

I’ve always said that I don’t care if I had to draw on a weather map or have fronts, highs and lows, rain and snow symbols, or clouds made out of poster board and taped on a map to present my weather.  Don’t laugh.  I did that at Murray State University in the 1980s when I was in college.  I have my college weather resume tape to prove it complete with a very southern accent.  I’ll have to get it transferred and post it for you. 🙂

So friends, join WQAD on a fantastic weather ride into the future with a fresh new way to look at the weather again!


They Said What??? Joan Rivers, Spike Lee, & Fidel Castro!

People are talking so much this week, I can’t wait until Monday to share my “They Said What??? quotes with you.  Don’t worry (and I know you aren’t fretting), I’ll have new ones next Monday. 🙂

JOAN RIVERS — Potty Mouth!

Here’s what 78-year-old Joan Rivers told Howard Stern after Chelsea Handler spouted off about Rivers– and it’s naughty, so be warned:  “she’s fine, she’s ordinary, she’s not a genius, she’s an ordinary girl that f*cked someone high up in the industry and they gave her a break and she’s doing o.k. And, that’s not all, whatever she is, she’s a drunk.  She has her own show, I don’t wish her good luck, I don’t wish her bad luck.  I don’t care, I don’t think she’s particularly funny, but don’t you come after me, you whore!!”

SPIKE LEE  — Rants at Sundance

African-American Director Spike Lee about why he didn’t ask for studio money for his latest film, “Red Hook Summer”:  “I didn’t want to hear no motherf—er notes from the studio telling me about what a young 13-year-old boy and girl would do in Red Hook.  They know nothing about black people.  Nothing!”

And he wasn’t done!  Lee also looked into the audience and said, “Is Brooklyn in the house? We doubled the black population of Utah, maybe tripled it, up in this room!”


Rapper A$AP Rocky to “Complex” magazine about gay fashion designer Jeremy Scott, who’s worked with Lady Gaga and Katy Perry:  “I’m not homosexual. That’s not where I’m at with my life. But I can still be greatly inspired by a homosexual. It has nothing to do with their sexuality. If I start discriminating against people, that will stop me as a person. That’s ignorant. What the f*ck does that have to do with anything? It’s not like I want to date this motherf—-r—I’m inspired by this dude.“

In the same interview, Scott adds, “I don’t know why people care about what other people do. When this becomes an issue in politics, that’s the thing that boggles my mind. I heard on CNN that Republicans won’t get behind Mitt Romney because of abortion and gay marriage. Why do you care?”


A mother to the Republican Presidential Wannabe:  “I’m a proud mother of a gay son graduating from Georgetown law in May, I want to know why he can’t have the same rights as you have?”   Santorum replied, “Every American child has the right, and the government should support the right, to have and know their mother and father and be raised by their mother and father.”


In Thursday night’s Florida debate to Newt Gingrich.  Womanizer Gingrich didn’t want to talk about comments he made to the press earlier in the week:  “Wouldn’t it be nice if people didn’t make accusations somewhere else that they weren’t willing to defend here?”

And, Romney wasn’t done with the other front-runner in the Florida primary:  “Mr. Speaker, you’ve indicated that somehow I don’t earn that money.  I have earned the money that I have. I didn’t inherit it. I take risks. I make investments. Those investments lead to jobs being created in America. I’m proud of being successful. . . . What you’ve accomplished in your life shouldn’t be seen as a detriment, it should be seen as an asset to help America.”


Rep. Michele Bachmann announced she is running for a fourth term in Congress in Minnesota. “I’m looking forward to coming back and bringing a strong, powerful voice to Washington, D.C.”


Former Cuban President and Prime Minister Fidel Castro about the Republican candidates for U.S President:  “The selection of a Republican candidate for the presidency of this globalized and expansive empire is – and I mean this seriously – the greatest competition of idiocy and ignorance that has ever been.”

Peace ☮,


Hate Talk Gets Disgusting

Mark this day, January 27, 2012, when I say one nice thing about Rick Santorum.  He is not the biggest, most out of touch, ignorant right-wing hater out there.

I was watching an interview of a television debate in Washington, which is very close to becoming the seventh state that grants marriage equality, and this is what Antioch Bible Church pastor Ken Hutcherson called in and said about legalizing same-sex marriage, “Do they believe that if they change the definition of marriage being between one man and one woman, what is going to stop two men one woman, two women one man, one man against a horse, one man with a boy, one woman with anything.”

This is the same “man of God” that recently compared Washington Governor Christine Gregoire to President Abraham Lincoln’s assassin for proposing marriage equality.

WARNING:  Graphic Talk !!

And, it gets even worse on the East Coast.

North Carolina pastor Patrick Wooden, a favorite of hate groups like the Family Research Council, the American Family Association, and the National Organization of Marriage, can’t stop talking about gay men and their sex lives.  (By the way, some of these groups are supporting Santorum in his bid to become the Republican Presidential nominee!)

He even goes into graphic detail with “Americans For Truth About Homosexuality”, a  group dedicated to exposing the homosexual activist agenda, saying that gay men will have “to wear a diaper or butt plug just to be able to contain their bowels” by the time they’re in their 40s or 50s, because of all of foreign objects they use in gay anal sex.

Seriously?????  Does he sit online and look up porn sites all the time?

It’s one thing for Wooden to say that gay people are “wicked, deviant, immoral, self-destructive”, but really to be so disgusting and appalling in your morbid closeted fascination of what gay men do in their sex lives is another.

If you do a Google search, you can find many medical reports of what medical professional find inserted in the human body, male and female, gay, bi, straight, or asexual.  But, really, take your hate agenda and shove it up your a**.  Take that to the doctor!

Marriage equality DOES NOT lead to polygamy, bestiality, and pedophilia.


Talented Chicago Hottie Goes Gaga

You know I love Chicago and I love Lady Gaga.  It looks like she’s in no hurry to release a sixth single from “Born This Way”.

I lived in Chicago twice now two years each time and there are some very talented people there — singers and actors.  Clearly, they weren’t in some of the low-budget Chicago-based movies I’ve watched lately.  “Sister Mary”,  I’m talking about you.  Yes, there were some funny lines, but overall, the movie was clearly done on the cheap.

Back to Chicago, talent, and Gaga.  If you thought Mother Monster’s 14-minute epic video to “Marry The Night” was a little weird, here’s a version of the song out of Chicago from Steve Starchild.  He can sing, dance, and is easy on the eyes.

*Sadly, this video was removed and I can’t find another version!*


ACM Nominations Announced — None For Reba, SHOCK! Not!

The nominations for the 47th annual ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS were announced today.  Who cares!  Reba wasn’t nomination, but that isn’t a surprise since radio won’t play any of her new songs.

However, just in case you want to know who got nominated for the award show that will be hosted by Reba on CBS on Sunday, April 1, 2012, beginning at 7 p.m. Central time, here are the nominations:

Entertainer of the Year

  • Jason Aldean
  • Kenny Chesney
  • Brad Paisley
  • Blake Shelton
  • Taylor Swift

Male Vocalist of the year

  • Jason Aldean
  • Kenny Chesney
  • Brad Paisley
  • Blake Shelton
  • Chris Young

Female Vocalist of the year

  • Sara Evans
  • Miranda Lambert
  • Martina McBride
  • Taylor Swift
  • Carrie Underwood

Vocal Duo of the year

  • Love and Theft
  • Montgomery Gentry
  • Steel Magnolia
  • Sugarland
  • Thompson Square

Vocal Group of the year

  • The Band Perry
  • Eli Young Band
  • Lady Antebellum
  • Rascal Flatts
  • Zac Brown Band

Album of the year

  • Chief – Eric Church
  • Four The Record – Miranda Lambert
  • Hemingway’s Whiskey – Kenny Chesney
  • My Kinda Party – Jason Aldean
  • Own The Night – Lady Antebellum

Single Record of the Year

  • Crazy Girl – Eli Young Band
  • Don’t You Wanna Stay – Jason Aldean With Kelly Clarkson
  • Red Solo Cup – Toby Keith
  • Tomorrow – Chris Young
  • You And Tequila – Kenny Chesney Featuring Grace Potter

Song of the Year

  • Crazy Girl – Eli Young Band
  • Home – Dierks Bentley
  • Just A Kiss – Lady Antebellum
  • Threaten Me With Heaven – Vince Gill
  • You And Tequila – Kenny Chesney Featuring Grace Potter

Video of the Year

  • Homeboy – Eric Church
  • Just A Kiss – Lady Antebellum
  • Mean – Taylor Swift
  • Red Solo Cup – Toby Keith
  • Tattoos On This Town – Jason Aldean

Vocal Event of the Year

  • Country Boy – Aaron Lewis Featuring George Jones & Charlie Daniels
  • Don’t You Wanna Stay – Jason Aldean With Kelly Clarkson
  • Old Alabama – Brad Paisley Featuring Alabama
  • Remind Me – Brad Paisley Duet With Carrie Underwood
  • You And Tequila – Kenny Chesney Featuring Grace Potter