Happy Friday! The last weekend of April 2013 is almost upon us. I hope you have fun plans. Since the weather is going to be nice, I hope to get outdoors and prep some things for spring planting. Last weekend in Fort Dodge, Iowa, Ray bought several plants that we’ll be putting in the ground. I hope they are hearty because I don’t trust this Midwestern weather!
Old Farmer’s Almanac says to “plant trees and shrubs while it’s still cool and wet”. Ray and I did just that two weeks ago with a couple of trees. Gretel and I really want a cherry tree and we saw a nice one last night, so maybe we should get it.
Although I have to work Saturday afternoon and evening, I still plan on getting out and enjoying the very nice weather this weekend and maybe even mow the yard for the first time this season. All of the recent rains have really greened up the lawn and the grass is growing. By the way, don’t expect to see me on the air Saturday. I’m only there as behind the scenes support for our new weekend meteorologist, Kyle Kiel, who is making his Quad Cities’ and CBS4 debut. Check him out!
Even though we have a few days of mostly dry weather in the forecast, this April is already going down in the record books as one of the wettest Aprils on record in the Quad Cities. And, we still have four more days to go and rain is expected Monday and Tuesday. (This graphic was from earlier in the week. We now stand at 7.21″, since we’ve added a whopping 0.01″ more!)
ANOTHER REASON TO WATCH CBS EARLY IN THE MORNING
Other than joining me for your latest Quad City weather forecast Monday through Friday from 5-7 a.m. on CBS4 and to get live updates during the national morning show from 7-9 a.m., national publications are telling you why you should check out Norah, Charlie, and Gayle on “CBS This Morning”.
“Broadcasting & Cable” recently commended the show for being a “bright spot” in the morning. And, affiliates like mine, CBS4, are happy, too. Chris Cornelius, the chairman of the CBS affiliates board, told the the group at a recent gathering in Las Vegas, “We’ve got a wonderful advantage in that we do [hard] news in the morning.”
It’s working. While those other two national morning shows are fighting each other for number one, mediabistro.com just reported, “The big winner again is “CBS This Morning” which, while still trailing by two million viewers, is up +24% in viewership vs. last year.”
Up 24%! Incredible!
DO YOU THINK ABOUT DYING?
Normally, I’m a care free kind of guy that always looks and plans for the future. I rarely think of dying except in mid-February when my mother’s birthday and the anniversary of my father’s death comes around (February 14th & 15th) and in early November around the anniversary of my mother and grandmother’s deaths.
However, lately, I just get a weird feeling that the hereditary curse of my father (brain cancer) and grandfather (colon cancer) is catching up to me. I know I’m getting older, but I’m noticing more and more aches and pains internally that I didn’t have before. I know it could very well be from the lack of sleep with my new position at work. Is three or four hours enough sleep to thrive on during the week? 🙂
I saw this on someone’s Facebook page the other day and it got me to thinking even more! Luckily, if I were to die tomorrow, I don’t share four of those regrets: I definitely have the courage to be true to myself (#1), I express my feelings (#3), I do a relatively good job staying in touch with my friends if they want to (#4), and I allow myself to be happy (#5).
The only regret that I have is #2, working too hard in life. But, short of winning the lottery, how do you get around that one?
“I’M TOO SEXY” FOR THIS COUNTRY
After that buzz kill random thought, let’s lighten the mood. “Out Traveler” is reporting that three men have been kicked out of Saudi Arabia because they were “too handsome” and that women “might fall for them.” Seriously! One of the men is actor/poet/photographer Omar Borkan Al Gala from Dubai.
Now, you can thank me for getting that #1 hit from 1991 by Right Said Fred stuck in your head for the day!
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
I LOVE FOOD, BUT NO THANKS!
My friend, Joan, always teases me that many of my blogs and posts have to do with food. Yes, I love food. I love talking about it, posting pictures of great culinary treats that I make, and restaurant entrées or buffets that I’ve sampled. However, I came across an entrée in a past “Boston” magazine food review that I had to say, “no thank you” to and turn away!
I’ll just have the fish and chips, please!
BEY BEY BEY
There is no doubt that Beyonce is gorgeous and hot. Okay, there are a couple of pictures that you can argue about and I want to share one of them with you!
She’s now less than two weeks into “The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour”, her new 65-date, three-leg concert across Europe, North America, and South America. While some are surprised that the concert doesn’t feature any new music (her new album is due later this year), one thing that is definitely turning heads is the costumes.
This one has me saying “Bey Bee” (baby)!
And, this one has me saying “Bey BOO!”
You go on with your bad self! Lady Gaga and Madonna, watch out, Bey has gone “Boobie-liciuous”.
AWESOME SURPRISE FROM HELEN REDDY
Last month, I blogged about finally getting to see one of my childhood idols, Helen Reddy, in concert in St. Charles, Illinois. As you already know, back in the 1970s, she was one of the biggest pop stars in the world. In 1992, Helen gave up touring and started enjoying life and doing whatever she wanted. Luckily, for her fans, she decided that she wanted to tour some more this spring.
Although I didn’t get a chance to meet the 71-year-old singer after the show, her great fan club president and Facebook page administrator, Jim Keaton, made my day recently. Look what he got me!
Jim and Helen, thank you very much!
CHRISTMAS IS ONLY EIGHT MONTHS AWAY!
Too early to think about it? I don’t think so considering we had just snow flurries in the Quad Cities last weekend!
While Christmas is still eight months away and I have no desire to even think about what to buy people this Christmas, I already have the first new Christmas album on my list to buy.
Erasure, the new wave/dance band from the 1980s, is recording a Christmas album that is expected to come out in November or December!
While the duo of Andy Bell and Vince Clarke have dominated the Billboard Dance charts with 21 hits, 15 of which have made the Top Ten, and two reaching #1, they’ve only charted with three Top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100: “Chains of Love” (#12, 1988), “A Little Respect” (#14, 1988), and #Always” (#20, 1994).
Since this isn’t my Flashback ’80s hit, I’ll share “Always” from 1994 with you since it has a wintry, holiday feel to it.
FACEBOOK FLASHBACK PICTURES
Three years ago this week, we purchased two “King Winter Hawthorne” trees for our front yard.
Interestingly enough, we didn’t have to convince Miss ABBA and Gretel to help us dig the holes for the news trees. ABBA thought it was fun because she got to dig in the yard without getting reprimanded and Gretel pretended to be a ghoul rising up out of a grave! The trees have done very well in the three years since we planted them and I can’t wait for the new leaves to sprout out so I can share a new picture with you from this spring to show how they’ve grown.
And, this awesome photo is from April 28th of last year. I wasn’t lucky enough to “catch” the lightning streak. I had to cheat. I recorded a video and was able to capture frames from the video. Nevertheless, it’s a cool shot.
PEEPS’ ’80s FRIDAY FLASHBACK
Why not have another dose of Erasure? I met the band briefly when I was a writer for “Fox News Chicago” when they were on the morning show about ten years ago. They even signed my VHS copy of “Erasure Live!”
The synthpop band first charted on the U.S. Dance chart with 1985’s “Who Needs Love Like That” and first topped the dance chart in 1987 with “Victim of Love”.
When I was a club disc jockey in the 1980s, “Oh L’Amour” and “Sometimes” were two of my favorite Erasure songs.
MY FINAL “THE FOLLOWING ” THOUGHT BEFORE THE FINALE
“The Following” season one finale is Monday night at 8pm Central on Fox, that other network!
Have yourself a great weekend and thank you for checking out my weekly random Friday thoughts.