Tuesday, September 2, 2008

I'm The New Guy

So, I'm the new guy coming into the radio station as the Program Director. I've been in Radio broadcasting since I was 17 years old and I have a great staff to work with. I had my first day on the air today... I'm working on air afternoons 2pm-6pm. I feel like I did a decent show considering I haven't been on air for two years.

The station owners have a dog, she's named Coco... and I think I have a new best friend already. I was sitting in the GM's office this morning snacking on some Quaker rice snacks and broke off a piece for Coco... then another.

The station's right downtown and every once in a while Coco needs to be taken out for a walk so I volunteered to take her out to do her "business". She did good and when we were on our way back to the station there were a couple of guys out in front of the local print shop calling me and Coco over to them. Turns out that one of the guys, Joe often give Coco a Milk Bone treat. So, after the treat we walked across the street to the station and I did my first show on the station starting at 2pm.

It was fun... the station plays "Solid Gold Oldies". The first song I played was Doors, Love Her Madly. This should be a fun ride. L8R.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Sunny Days And Mondays

My family came to visit today. Mom, my Aunt (her sister) and my mom's companion, Nick. My mom was happy to help me cook up some meals to last me through the week while I'm on the road starting my new job. We made a nice rice, vegetable and ground turkey dish for my dinners while I'm staying with Keith in Olympia. Also pre-packaged in zip lock bags servings of rice snacks, tortilla chips, cereal and such so I wouldn't be caught unprepared.

Starting my new job tomorrow in Shelton and staying with Keith in Olympia during the week cuts my commute in half.

Sunday, August 31, 2008

No Labor Today

Pretty much a slug all day today. I sprung up from a nap at 5:10 this afternoon to realize the pharmacy where I get my prescriptions would not be open tomorrow Labor Day. Called the pharmacy and asked about their hours and found out they close at 6pm. The lady said that she couldn't promise anything but would try to get them filled for me. Amazingly when I got there at 10 to 6pm my 'scripts were ready. Shopped for groceries after that and came home to be a slug for the rest of the eve. Watched "Casino" (the movie) on UHD and am now going nighty night. Later.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Lava Jive

Today marked yet another trip out to Shelton (50 minute drive) in search of a decent place to live since I start work there this coming Tuesday. I picked up Harper in Olympia, which is about the halfway point and we drove out together. Looked at a duplex which is on the property of the home owner. In fact the duplex is attached to their home and although it's very nice, modern and clean with a great view of the South Puget Sound... sadly, it's too small.

While we were there I was taking measurements and a few pics and as it turns out there's no way I could fit my king size bed in the bedroom, let alone my bedroom set with dresser and night tables. The upside is that the owners are really cool and I hope to see them around town once I move there. They're into karaoke and they tell me they often host karaoke parties at their home. So, after Harper and I looked at the place we hooked up with our boss for lunch at the Ritz... yes, the joint is actually named the Ritz. Burger and teriyaki place. Nice, nice people that own and run it.

You're wondering about the Lava Lamp? Yeah... well after Harper and I got back to Olympia we went to the Capital Mall to find a leather cover for my new cell phone and to walk around a little and check out the scenery. Well, no visit to the Capital Mall is complete for me without a visit to Spencer's. Upon trying on various sunglasses and hats and such, I decided since I've never owned a Lava Lamp I wasn't going to leave the store without one. I'm sitting on the couch now watching COPS and spacing out to my Lava Lamp. Goodnight.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Friday State Of Mind

Friday night. Back to Shelton once again to look for a place to live. I may have found a nice rental on a dead end street to where there's no constant run of traffic. Here's a pic of the house I'm hoping to get.
But prior to looking at this house I went to a place in a private community on Island Lake Drive where there's a lake for the community members. Not really my style since there's a Mother In Law House in which this guy named Gordon lives. My first encounter with Gordon entailed his dog, Barney running toward me and jumping up on me. Not cool. I know I'll catch shit from my friend Tiffany about the dog thing... but, unwelcome "jumping on" by strange dogs is not my thing. Anywho the house, as you can see below is very cool, but there are no laundry hookups in the actual house however, they ARE in a common area shared by Gordo and the occupant of the lake house. In short, my Realty Agent Melissa showed me the place, then turned me on to the yellow house pictured above.
Almost hated to pass on the lake pad, but it just didn't feel right. Nice looking place but I passed when Melissa told me she had the other rental that I might want to look at. It's Seahawks on the TV against my team... THE OAKLAND RAIDERS... THE MOST WINNING TEAM IN MAJOR LEAGUE SPORTS HISTORY. Anywho... I'm watching the game here in Olympia with Keithie baby and his girlfriend Lisa... pictured below. Good night and God Speed.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Get A Job... Sha Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na

I went to Shelton yesterday after my client meetings. The boss and I made a quick stop at The Martini Bar at Steven's Restaurant in downtown Shelton. Then it was on to Olympia for a visit with my best friend Keith. Hung out for a quick drink and a bite to eat. Sleep now. Bye.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Who Says You Can't Go Home?

I was fortunate enough to have Birthday Dinner with my Mother and Nick last night. Spent the night at Mom's on the coast of WA. Sadly, I forgot to pack my nighty-night prescription so I was up with the "big eye" around 3:30am. I was somewhat surprised to find my Mom awake as well. We hung out and watched TV including some TruTV show "Forensic Files" or something like that. We both went back to bed around 5am. Up at 7am and out the door by 9am with a trip to Starbucks and off for client meetings and commercial recordings on location for clients.

After all that, I went looking for a new house to rent. I think I've settled on one in particular. Going to bed now.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

You Say It's Your Birthday - It's My Birthday Too--Yeah

Ah... the strains of the Beatle's "Birthday" are running through my mind today. Today marks my 48th birthday. It's nice when people remember... my sister, my good friend Michelle, my friend Amy texted me a H.B.D. last night.

I've been working on an advertising proposal this morning. Heading to Aberdeen to have a late dinner with my Mother tonight. Then client meetings most of the day tomorrow.

I asked my mom last night what she was doing exactly 48 years ago and she said she was at home and didn't go to the hospital until mid-morning the day I was born when she started feeling pains. She said I came in at 10 pounds 3 oz and have been a pain ever since. I was born at 1:32pm on Tuesday August 26, 1960.

I notice something funny on my birthday and maybe you've experienced this too... when you go to write the date, say on a check or document... you almost invariably write your actual BIRTHdate instead of the day's date - you know, with your birth year instead of the current year.

Am I the only one to experience this? Prolly not.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Rainy Days And Sundays...

Harper and I went to the Little River Band show last night at the Napavine Amphitheater. We had the best of intentions of watching the concert from the front row and going back stage to see the band prior to the show. Our instructions in our little VIP envelope told us to be at Will Call by 4pm to pick up our credentials. We were there at 3:58pm, picked up our wristbands and back stage laminates. We then proceeded to our seats -- OH!! Did I mention this whole time it was pouring down rain? So, rewind to earlier in the day yesterday when Harper called me to say he'd take me out to dinner prior to the concert as a thank you for taking him to the show. We meet at the restaurant and get seated... the manager of the restaurant, Nathan asks me if I have any tickets for him. It was at this point that I realized that I left the VIP envelope at home in my laptop case. I order the BIG spinach salad (shaken, not stirred) and high-tail it for my house to get the envelope. We have dinner and get on our way to the concert venue. I did mention this whole time it was raining heavily, didn't I?

We get to the concert venue at a couple minutes to 4pm and go to our seats to wait for the back stage cattle call. LRB is on stage sound checking until around 5:30pm... the show was supposed to start at 5pm. Anyway, Harper and I go wait in line for the back stage thing in the pouring rain and I asked the bouncer who was tending to the line when we were supposed to be let in for the meet and greet and the photo ops etc. He told me 5:30pm. So we wait and wait and wait in the torrential downpour and finally at 6 o'clock Harper turns to me and says "this is bullshit", let's leave. I said "let's go".

Adding insult to injury I failed to take my nice big golf umbrella because I didn't want to be rude to people sitting behind me... MISTAKE! Everyone there except me and Harper were packing an umbrella. I'm an idiot!! Also on the way there we stopped by the ACE Hardware in Napavine and I got one of those rain ponchos... piece of crap! Turns out it was made out of the same crap the dry-cleaning plastic is made of... you know that plastic that they drape over your shirts and trousers when you get them back from the dry cleaners? So, no LRB and no autographed CD for my client and good friend Jack. The whole shindig turned out to be a fiasco. I'll tell you this much - if I ever go to a concert in Napavine again I'm not even going to leave my house until the time the show's scheduled to start.

Do I sound bitter about pissing away my whole day? So I got home and put my jacket in the dryer and put in a load of laundry and vegged out to watch my 42" Plasma - a little DVR action was definitely in order.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Sunday FUNday

Last night after the Grand Re-Opening festivities at one of my clients, I came home and decompressed a little bit before heading out to check out the studio at the new Radio station that I'm going to work for with Steve Harper, the host of the Saturday night show "The Musical Depreciation Society" http://www.musicaldepreciationsociety.com/. Believe me, it's a fun show with songs you wouldn't expect to hear on the radio.

I start at the station on September 2, so I thought I'd get a head start on learning the ropes. After what seemed like months of negotiating to come on board there we finally came to an agreement a couple of weeks ago and I'll be coming on board as Program Director and Afternoon Show Host. Looking forward to it. It's the most powerful AM station between Seattle and Portland at 10KW and plays the Good Time Oldies.

The station owners are great people. I've known DJ Dale since I was a Junior at Raymond High School when he worked for the local station there called KAPA. More on KAPA later.

Prior to going to the station though I met with my new friends, Tom and Amy for a soft drink and appetizer at The Webb Lounge in Shelton. It's part of Vern's Restaurant and it's the new bar Tracy built in the back of the restaurant... very cool. If you get the opportunity to dine at Vern's you should give it a try. Absolutely the best salad bar I've had. Went to the station after that until about midnight, and yada yada yada... needless to say I was a little tired this morning

It may turn out to be a typical NW day today... rain. I am hoping for the best as my long time friend and co-worker, the afformentioned Steve Harper and I are heading out to a concert this afternoon at the Napavine Amphitheater (15 minutes from Centralia) http://www.thenapavineamphitheater.com/ to see Little River Band perform. I was fortunate enough to get front row seats and backstage to meet LBR prior to the show. Looking forward to it although I've never really been a huge LRB fan, they've had numerous Top 10 hits so it should be good. Now I have to find a CD of LRB's Greatest Hits so I can get an autograph for one of my clients.

I've known Harper btw since we were in 3rd grade together at Riverview Elementary in Raymond, WA... our home town. We both worked during our senior year at KAPA Radio which the local station. KAPA - the Sporty 1340 on the dial. I recently came across this bumper sticker on a car in the parking lot of my local Wal Mart and couldn't resist...

The funny thing is that the original KAPA is now off air and has been for almost 20 years I guess. This KAPA station is in Hawaii. It was just funny to see it and I happened to have my camera at the ready.

My mother and Nick were originally going to come visit today but we're getting together next Tuesday (my birthday) instead. I suspect she has a birthday surprise or two in store for me. She's very generous and thoughtful.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Day Three Of Three

Today marked the final day for the Grand Re-opening at my client, Kilmer's Flooring America. We did the whole free hot dog and pop thing. This was the third day in a row we had radio remotes there. Thursday was 97.7 The Eagle Classic Hits out of Olympia, yesterday featured Matt Shannon of Live 95 in Centralia and today was KMNT Country 104.3 FM out of Centralia featuring Jonny Day. It was really a lot of fun.

Above, Jack Kilmer is pictured on Friday afternoon being interviewed by Matt Shannon of Live 95 Radio.