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Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Strawberry Letter 23

OInce again, Spike Priggen comes though on Bedazzled. Everytime I stop by, I always get smile on my face with all the great music, blaxploitation flicks, and retro commercials. This time, he hits it home with what I think is one of the greatest songs ever made, which until I got to the site, never thought it was a cover tune. So, in my radio voice ,"Ladies and gentlemen, all the way from 1977, here's The Brother's Johnson, along with the orginal artist, Shuggie Otis, with their versions of 'Strawbery Letter 23", in mp3."

A Call to Action

I'm gonna talk about Hurricane Katrina and YOU will read this.

I've been looking around some of the blogs of late today and the ones I've looked into really haven't talked about the aftermath of the storm or the loss of lives in Louisiana. Perhaps they feel that it's too depressing of thing to write about, or that on one wants to hear about something that's been getting wall to wall coverage on televison since last week. I'm gonna be proactive about it and talk about it, because I have a blog that's public and I think I have a responsibility to say something, even if this is a dog and pony show.

I've been watching the stories onm the news with tears in my eyes and saying to myself that it could have bnen me there. Savannah,Georgia is right on the Atlantic Ocean. We have skirted so many hurricanes here, it's amazing. But one day, this town won't be lucky. Neither will your town from a tragedy such as this one day, God forbid.

I've asked you to make contributions before for my kidney transplant. To you, I say thank you very much. Now, I want you to give again. Not for me. I'll be fine for now. But for the many families out there whoes lives have been destroyed by Katrina. Watching people leaving the homes they worked so hard for. Seeing houses underwater and looking at the faces of the citizens of Louisiana looking for loved ones now lost in the floods. You realize that somehow you have to help.

Here's a link to the American Red Cross who is doing all they can, and they can do more with your help. This weekend during the Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon, they'll make an appeal for hurricane relief as well as working for funds to fight muscular dystrophy. On NBC this Friday, there'll also run a telethon for disaster relief for those in need of help, just like the one heald for those caught in the tsunami in Thailand just months ago.

For those of you who thought what happened in Thailand couldn't happen to us, now it has. Now, it's time for us to help our own. I hope the other bloggers out there will take the stand on this and rally as much help as possible. Thank you.

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

"Dig If You WIll, A Picture"

Swiped from Ivan, who got it from Pop Culture Gaddabout, who used Music Outfitters a meme where you find the top 100 songs of the year you graduated from school, then strike out the songs you hate. Since I don't know how to stike out a line since I'm dumb, I'm just gonna leave 'em normal. The ones I like are in bold.

1. When Doves Cry, Prince
2. What's Love Got To Do With It, Tina Turner
3. Say Say Say, Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson
4. Footloose, Kenny Loggins
5. Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now), Phil Collins
6. Jump, Van Halen
7. Hello, Lionel Richie
8. Owner Of A Lonely Heart, Yes
9. Ghostbusters, Ray Parker Jr.
10. Karma Chameleon, Culture Club
11. Missing You, John Waite
12. All Night Long (All Night), Lionel Richie
13. Let's Hear It For The Boy, Deniece Williams
14. Dancing In The Dark, Bruce Springsteen
15. Girls Just Want To Have Fun, Cyndi Lauper
16. The Reflex, Duran Duran
17. Time After Time, Cyndi Lauper
18. Jump (For My Love), Pointer Sisters
19. Talking In Your Sleep, Romantics
20. Self Control, Laura Branigan
21. Let's Go Crazy, Prince and The Revolution
22. Say It Isn't So, Daryl Hall and John Oates
23. Hold Me Now, Thompson Twins
24. Joanna, Kool and The Gang
25. I Just Called To Say I Love You, Stevie Wonder
26. Somebody's Watching Me, Rockwell
27. Break My Stride, Matthew Wilder
28. 99 Luftballons, Nena
29. I Can Dream About You, Dan Hartman
30. The Glamorous Life, Sheila E.
31. Oh Sherrie, Steve Perry
32. Stuck On You, Lionel Richie
33. I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues, Elton John
34. She Bop, Cyndi Lauper
35. Borderline, Madonna
36. Sunglasses At Night, Corey Hart
37. Eyes Without A Face, Billy Idol
38. Here Comes The Rain Again, Eurythmics
39. Uptown Girl, Billy Joel
40. Sister Christian, Night Ranger
41. Drive, Cars
42. Twist Of Fate, Olivia Newton-John
43. Union Of The Snake, Duran Duran
44. The Heart Of Rock 'N' Roll, Huey Lewis and The News
45. Hard Habit To Break, Chicago
46. The Warrior, Scandal
47. If Ever You're In My Arms Again, Peabo Bryson
48. Automatic, Pointer Sisters
49. Let The Music Play, Shannon
50. To All The Girls I've Loved Before, Julio Iglesias and Willie Nelson
51. Caribbean Queen, Billy Ocean
52. That's All, Genesis
53. Running With The Night, Lionel Richie
54. Sad Songs (Say So Much), Elton John
55. I Want A New Drug, Huey Lewis and The News
56. Islands In The Stream, Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton
57. Love Is A Battlefield, Pat Benatar
58. Infatuation, Rod Stewart
59. Almost Paradise, Mike Reno and Ann Wilson
60. Legs, ZZ Top
61. State Of Shock, Jacksons
62. Love Somebody, Rick Springfield
63. Miss Me Blind, Culture Club
64. If This Is It, Huey Lewis and The News
65. You Might Think, Cars
66. Lucky Star, Madonna
67. Cover Me, Bruce Springsteen
68. Cum On Feel The Noize, Quiet Riot
69. Breakdance, Irene Cara
70. Adult Education, Daryl Hall and John Oates
71. They Don't Know, Tracy Ullman
72. An Innocent Man, Billy Joel
73. Cruel Summer, Bananarama
74. Dance Hall Days, Wang Chung
75. Give It Up, K.C.
76. I'm So Excited, Pointer Sisters
77. I Still Can't Get Over Loving You, Ray Parker Jr.
78. Thriller, Michael Jackson
79. Holiday, Madonna
80. Breakin'... There's No Stopping Us, Ollie And Jerry
81. Nobody Told Me, John Lennon
82. Church Of The Poison Mind, Culture Club
83. Think Of Laura, Christopher Cross
84. Time Will Reveal, Debarge
85. Wrapped Around Your Finger, Police
86. Pink Houses, John Cougar Mellencamp
87. Round And Round, Ratt
88. Head Over Heels, Go-Go's
89. The Longest Time, Billy Joel
90. Tonight, Kool and The Gang
91. Got A Hold On Me, Christine McVie
92. Dancing In The Sheets, Shalamar
93. Undercover Of The Night, Rolling Stones
94. On The Dark Side, John Cafferty and The Beaver Brown Band
95. New Moon On Monday, Duran Duran
96. Major Tom (Coming Home), Peter Schilling
97. Magic, Cars
98. When You Close Your Eyes, Night Ranger
99. Rock Me Tonite, Billy Squier
100. Yah Mo B There, James Ingram and Michael McDonald

Not bad. I only hated ten of them, and they where all cheesy to me. Yes, I hated "The Warrior". I thought that video was so stupid, I turned it from "Night Tracks" on TBS to "Night Flight" on USA everytime. God Bless "Night Flight". "J-Men Forever", The Tom Tom Club, "Thank You, Masked Man", Old Bowie clips. "Night Flight" rocked! Shout out to "Radio 1990", too.

I'm Going To Hell For This Post

I went shopping today at what could be the Compton of grocery stores named Sav-a-Lot. Now, I don't know if you have a store like that near you, but I gotta say, they are the cheapest store in the world, and they like like it like that. I bought food there that would have cost me over forty bucks in a major chain store, including Wal-Mart, where at Sava-Lot I walked away with twenty five bucks worth of stuff. Why is that possible? Because everything is an off brand name. Where you have Hawiian Punch, you have Tiki Punch. Cheeze Whiz is Cheeze Magic. Beef is called Beaf. Chicken is called Cooter.

I did find one cool thing that I have to share with you that will probably send me to the principle's office after I' m done here, but it's worth it. I found an off brand soda pop while I was there that was so convincing, I had to pick up a bottle of it, just to say I have it.

Here's a Cream Chubby.

Fill in your own blank here.

Where Da Comments?

I got asked a couple of times from folks where are the comments for the RSJS? Just to let you know, there are here, only you can't see the button. But it's there. All you have to do is click on the time of the post. That'll take you to another spot, where you'll see the comments button. I know, it's kinda confusing, but that is the way of the template.

I've been secretly been working on yet ANOTHER TEMPLATE that will have a coments button on it, plus more stuff. That one will be along soon. Not shortly, but soon.

Loverboy Comin' At Ya!

I have just one statement to make:

I LOVE THE 80'S IN 3D!

This is gonna be the coolest thing ever! We get finally see the glory of Micheal Ian Black in 3D! Think of it...Twisted Sister, "Sixteen Candles", Mullets, all in the thrid dimention! I pray that both my eyes are working well in October.

Monday, August 29, 2005

COOKIES!




Hello. After a long weekend or radio, I finally get to do me soem re-laxin'. And, what a better way to do it with than with some snickerdoodles.

I got a parcel from Oklahoma today and let me tell you, I am a happy Sam. MIss RSJS herself, Kristen a.k.a. Redneck Diva made good on her promise of sending me cookies and dang if she didn't. I got some chocolate chip and some snickerdoodles, all in a wonderful dishwasher safe container. As I sit here and type this now, I chew on a wonderfully soft 'doodle and let my eyes roll into the back of my head. If you could only taste how heavenly they are, you too would be floating aagound like I am right now. This is the best treat I've had in a long time. Thank you very, very much, Kristen. You've made me a happy man today.

Saturday, August 27, 2005

DAMITTA JOHNSON READS THE RSJS!

My sister Damitta reads The RSJS! DAMITTA READS THE RSJS! She's been reading it for years now and I just found out.

Folks, that's the best news I could have heard all year.

Now, get the hell outta that hospital and come home.

Love you, girl.

Red Kool-Aid

You how you think about a food or flavor that will flash you back to a previous time in your life and bring back those tastes? That's kinda wha's called an olfactory sense. I've one of those goin' right now, and it is a major jones

It all started with an innocent joke from Kevin and a remix of a cover from an Captain America comic from 1969, featuring The Hulk yelling, "Hulk want some watermelon, some grape soda and some fried chicken!" Now, you all know me well enough to know that I can take a joke like the best of 'em. Some would say that is stereotyping, but I know it's true, unless you're a muslim. Yes, we like the yardbird, the more flavor, the better. Yes, the watermelon is wonderful as well. However, let's talk about that grape soda thing. If you want to know the truth, then you betta ask somebody. Where I grew up, here in Savannah, Georgia, we had the drink of choice...RED KOOL-AID.

See, when I grew up on East 37th and Price in the seventies, we had the Kool-Aid house. My moms was known thoughout the block as making the best red Kool-Aid around. Everybody came out to get 'em a glass of it. Not just the kids, either. Nah, we had grown folks lining up for it, too. Now, mama was a good cook, a great cook. She's bust her ass getting food on the talbe and we were happy to get it and glad it tasted fantastic. Red rice, chicken terazini, collard greens, corned beef, if you sold it in the grocery store, she'd fix it up and make your mouth water. But it was that red Kool-Aid that had you hooked. Not sweet tea, which is a staple here in the South. Naww, kid. That red Kool-Aid was what you needed to beat that heat.

Now, I know what you're sayin'. Kool-Aid comes in flavors, not colors. I know all about the grape, the orange, the lemon-lime. But it was the red that did it for us. You see, red comes in three flavors: Cherry, strwberry, and fruit punch. That last one became the official red for us and we stuck to it when General Foods finally came out with it in 1975. But the trick to making it never following the recipe on the back of the pack. You know...1 quart of water to two cups of sugar. But see, Mama never followed that. She made it just sweet enough, but just enough tartness to savor the flavor. I have seen some moms take four cups of sugar to their Kool-Aid and I can't drink that mess. I don't need diabetes when I drink red Kool-Aid.

Now, you got the imitators out there and they just can't compete. Your Wylers, your Flavor-aids, your Jolly-aids. Jolly-aids was the worst. It was like if you can't even afford ramen noodles, then this was the drink mix for you. Like imagine that crazy idea you had as a kid if you didn't have Kool-Aid at home, so you took a Pixie Stick, or worse, food coloring, and tried to make Kool-Aid that way. No flavor, no kinda color at all. Just sugar and water. You wind up in sugar coma and headache in a second after drinking Jolly-aid. UGHHH.

Every once in awhile, I'll head off to the store and I'll still buy a a pack of red Kool-Aid and make a pitcher of the stuff. I'll sit back on the couch and soon flash to the days of growing up, sitting on the stoop of the porch, drinkin' in the red, with a cold sour pickle and stack of comic books on the side on a Saturday afternoon. That to me was growin' up. I don't care if you're white, black, yellow, polka dotted with plaid stripes. Red Kool-Aid brings everybody together. Go get youself a glass. Prove me wrong.

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Friday, August 26, 2005

I'm A Toolbar




I told you I was coming up with cool new stuff here. Introducing...FELDMAN. I had to come up with a name for the toolbar, so it stuck. It's actually a pretty effective tool, as you can use Google, MSN or Yahoo for searching, a news and stock ticker, it even plays music! Plus, it carries a pop up and ad blocker. Most of all, IT'S FREE! So, use Feldman today! It's approved by me, created by me and the only tool you'll ever need!

Gawd, I'm good.

Thursday, August 25, 2005

It's Not Right, But It's Okay

Not to steal the tv review thing from Brent, but today I decided to watch "Being Bobby Brown" on Bravo (say that ten times fast) since they ran a marathon leading up to the final episode. I don't watch reality shows much these days, but this was hilarious. "Newlyweds" was a funny show, but only for a few moments to me. "The Osbourns" was a very funny program and I watched that often. But "B.B.B" was plain out wacky, I thought. Bobby reminds me of alot of the guys from my old neighborhood, just as nutty as anything. After watching some of the shows, it really puts the guy in a new light to me. Yeah, he's cocky as hell, loud, arrogant, and yeah, he had (has) a drug problem. But, he's also a loving father who wants to make his kids happy and stay in love with his wife. However, his wife is Whitney Houston, who doesn't look as anorexic as she did a while back. She's the perfect woman for The King Of Stage, since she's just as loopy as he is. Yeah, she has a dynamic range, but this woman is just plain crackers and he has to deal with it. What makes it so funny is as many hits and arrests that Bobby's had, he's still known as Mr. Houston in some circles. Okay, let's just say it, to be honest...Middle aged white guys. All the guy wants to do is just have a recording carreer, have a cold beer and enjoy life with his family. But that'll never hapen in this lifetime.

Watching celebrity reality shows can be interesting, as it shows that they lead life just like us after they get trashed in the tabloids. Thanks to editing, anyone can be made to look as good or as bad as they need to be shown. From the looks of it, "B.B.B." looks about as wholesome as a episode as "Good Times". But it makes you wonder when the camers aren't running is it really like "Traffic" in the Brown household.

Sammy-bay

Cojo on "Entertainment Tonight" doesn't worry about having to do fundraisers for a transplant. Neither does George Lopez or any other celebrity who needs a kidney transplant. I do, and let me tell you, it sucks. Really, I'd rather have my own tv show like those guys, but instead I get the bad kidney. I gotta raise money because it that. Blechhhh.

I kinda mentioned this before, but I'm thinking of having an online auction, thru Ebay. I plan on holding it sometime in late November and would like to have items from celebrites, if possible. That shoukdn't be too much of a problem I think, as I'm going to to go to the folks at Cumulus Broadcasting ( your radio home for The RSJS and Blackstone) and talk to them about getting together with some of the record companies and asking them if I can get some posters, cd's and whatnot authographed by some of their artists. I would think that would be a cool thing. Also, maybe some of the faithful readers could kick in something cool as well to through into the auction so I can get as much as I can. I'm just askin'.

I'm also hinking of doing a local auction as well, with some of the items, hopefully getting some of the local businesses to kick in as well. Plus, as it seems the only way for me to gete a date as well, doing a bachelor's auction. I do know a lot of single folks here in town, and I know that some money can be made off of that. Okay, so I'll stay out of that, as I want to make money, not lose money.

This seems like good ideas and all, since I've haven't done any fund raisers since June. But, I gotta do something to get the money rollin' in. The tv show ain't comin' anytime soon.

By the way, you can go to The National Tranplant Assistance Fund's website to find out how you can make a cash donation.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Pat Down

Pat Robertson apologized Wednesday morning for caling the assasination of Venezualan President Hugo Chavez on Tuesday. If he didn't call for it, he wouldn't have to say I'm sorry.

Talking about news or religion on a blog that mainly does the funny stuff can be a tricky thing, but this was too much. If you read the last post, you can see it was the only way to tackle it. But see, Pat talks to God obviously a little different than you or I. I'm thinkin' Pat has a kinda God Signal or a red God Phone that he calls him up on. When ever he wants a Supreme Court judge capped, he pulls out the high frequency God Whistle, and The Lord comes a'runnin'.

In a CNN/Showbiz Tonight poll ran earlier today, 20% said that Robertson's apology was fine. 80% said it wasn't enough. However, over eight hundred thousand watch The 700 Club every day and are faithful to the program, so it ain't like the man is going anywhere. It was like a pundit on CNN said last night. He's like you're really old grandpa who justs talk plain nonsense. We're just stuck with him until his pal calls him home. Sad to think, eh?

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

An Open Letter to Pat Robertson

Dear Pat,

I am NEVER talking to you again.

Lose my number,
GOD

Monday, August 22, 2005

Snakes On A Plane

Have you noticed that Samuel L. Jackson is now just workin' to get a paycheck these days? It's getting to be like he's just waiting to get that paycheck so he can go golfing now. This is the baddest man to walk on the screen since Cary Cooper, and now Sam's just takin' a role for the fun of it. He's working on a movie now called...."SNAKES ON A PLANE". Not "Venom", not "Slither" (that's been done), not even "AIR VIPER". No..."SNAKES ON A PLANE". I've always wanted a title to just get to point, so I'll know whether or not the movie sucks or not.

I found this still on Blackfilm, who probably gave a glowing review to "Soul Plane". I don't know that, since it was the first time I ever went to the site. However, they had stills of "Snake In A Plane" up and it looks like it ought to be a great comedy. Oh, it's not a comedy. WHOOPS! Anyway, here's one of the stills. It doen't have Sam, but it does feature either Kenan or Kel up front. I think It's Kenan, 'cause he's the fat one who played Fat Albert. He looks nothing like me.

I don't know about you, but I can already hear the dialalog from this one photo...

Kenan (excitedly):

Hey, man! They got some snakes on this damn plane! You see this s---, man! They got some damn snakes on this plane, man! What kinda s--- is this when you got snakes on the plane, man! Stewardess! Stewardess! Hey, I don't give a gawdamn what they call you now! You see these damn snakes on the plane?! I ain't paid for this s--- here! I will box somebody in the head if y'all don't get these damn snakes off this plane! Bee-yotch!

Feel good hit right here, I tell ya...

I think I finally got the new look worked out. As you may notice, I changed the look of the font from black to white, so I'm hoping that you're able to read things better here. I've also added Google Ad Sence here, as if you see below. Anything that's mentioned here in the posts will wind up being mentioned in the ads, so just as a test...

Superman
Columbian coffee
Coochie-coochie girl, Charro
Beef

Nude Rue McClanahan

One of those has to get in those ads. If they do, please click on them, as they get me money. Not a lot, but hey, why complain?

I also tried to get this little thing on the top of the page, but couldn't due to the Blogger Bar. See, it's supposed to say, "Now with more sugar", but it just won't seem to stay up, so I said screw it. I talked to May*star about it and she mentioned to me not to worry about it. So, I stopped. She did a great job creating this however and I feel bad that I can't show everything, but I think she understands. By the way, I got the design from Blogskins, which has all types of templates for blogs, all free. And, if you know how to tinker around HTML, you can fix up the skin the way you like, just like me.

Thanks to all of you guys for the comments I've gotten on all of this so far. I've got a couple of other things I'm gonna do here to keep things more entertaining, so I hope you'll stay tuned for those as well. Oh, andI gotta thank Miss RSJS. She's sending me a batch of cookies in the mail. YUMMMMMMMM.

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Sunday, August 21, 2005

The Bumstead's 75th


I hope that Mark Evanier doesn't mind me getting this pic from him, but I gotta mention this. Blondie and Dagwood Bumstead are celebrating their 75th anniversary, or at least, the comic strip is celebrating 75 years come September. What's really cool is they they are crosing over into other strips, sort of as a thank you from the younger artists who influenced them. Mark has the rundown of the comics involved. Obviously, The Boondocks, Get Fuzzy and Doonesberry are too afraid to tackle such a tough subject.

Saturday, August 20, 2005

Friends 360

For those of you just joining in, thanks for stoping by. New template here and everything , which I'm still working on. For those of you checking me out on the new Yahoo site reading the feed, this one is for YOU and about You. Not you in particular, but...Just read on.

Just to make things more interesting, I decided to set up yet another site. Howver, this time I'm syndicating the site through Yahoo 360. Now, for those of you who've never checked it out, it's almost like a Friendser kinda thing. The bad part about it is you're gonna get hit with alot of folks who want to connect to you. Mostly to try to get laid or pretending to lay you. I call this a tease. I don't do the whole online porn thing, being single and all. Mind you I look since I am single, but in the long run, it ain't worth it. So, if you're one of those spammers who just want me to connect you to my little circle of friends on the 360, it ain't gonna happen. Also, if you don't have a profile up and running when I get your email so I can see who you are, you can let that one go, too. Let's not waste anyone's time here. You want me to connect you so you can send me mail on some video on a woman or women doing freaky stuff I'll never meet, then my comupter gets hit with some virus from a crappy site that is the equivilent of herpes. Let's just say thank you for the offer and I'll just go grab a Pepsi. You do the same.

Second, and I may be picky here, but I write a blog. I write all the time. I don't write in caps because, one: It makes it look like you're yelling to someone and it looks rude; and two: My keyboard seems to work well. Unlike some folk, like this one. True letter, cut and pasted, swear to God..

MY NAME IS NATA AM NEW HERE AND I AM ALSO NEW ON THIS INTERNET SEARCHING AND I HOPE YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT I MEAN ABOUT THIS?. I CAME ACROSS YOUR PROFILE AND I BELEIVE YOU ARE A GOOD WOMAN AND WOULD BE THE KIND OF WOMAN I WILL LIKE TO HAVE RELATIONSHIP WITH AND I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT I AM VERY SERIOUS ABOUT WHAT I WANT AND I HOPE YOU ARE ALSO A SERIOUS ONE AND READY FOR WHAT YOU WANT. PLEASE EMAIL ME AT (email deleted by me) AND LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT ME AND MY PROFILE

Okay...I'm gonna talk to you here Nata. Your way.

ONE: I'M A GUY. SEE THE PHOTO THERE? A MAN...AND DAMN GOOD ONE, TOO.
TWO: GET THE PROFILE GOIN', MMMKAY? AND WHILE YOU'RE AT IT, MAKE SURE FOLKS CAN REPLY BACK TO YOU SO I DON'T HAVE TO DO THIS AGAIN

There...now that wan't so hard. Let's all try to be friends here and have a good time and thanks for joining in. I fyou want to be friends here of the RSJS, just connect to me on Yahoo 360. The more friends, the better. Just as long as you ain't a skank.

Friday, August 19, 2005

Whaddya Think?

After searching and searching, I finally found a template I can work with. I gotta give thanks to May*star for this one. You should check her out. Not only does she do web designs, but she's a modeland does clothing as well. I still have to find a background for this as the white surrounding this kinda puts me off. Still, I kinda like the way it's set up. I even have my theme song here on the page, so that's cool. Feel free to crank that mutha up at anytime you feel.

As for comments, they are still there thanks to Haloscan. You just have to click the time of the post , then you gotta do more stuff. I don't have to explain...I think you can handle it.

Anyway, I've been whining about a new template for a bit now, plus with all the crap happening lately, I figured I needed a change and kinda brighten things up. I'll update the blogroll with new entries over the weekend and I'll even work on some surprizes as well here. One word of warning though...I'm not certain if the page works well with Firefox, so if it doesn't load up well, don't hate. That would suck. Really. So, let me know what you guys think. Is this a keeper?

Test test

Mic one two...mic test one two...

SYBILANCE SYBLIANCE SYBILANCE..

just testing the new look. don't mind me..

Haloscan commenting and trackback have been added to this blog.

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Well, I thought I'd have the new template up tonight...

But, I'm working on it. I had a couple of glitches here and there, since I don't know how to really work HTML well. But, there's nothing like fakin' it to get it right. Still, if you guys know of any really cool blog skins, let me know, eh?

All Is Well

I had to take the time away from the computer to sort through the crap that's been going on in my life, and let me tell you, it's been crazy. So, I've been taking the time to just try and relax here. I removed the last post also. The last thing I need is doing my best to bum myself out, nor any of you. People need to laugh and smile and that's what we're here for.

One thing I did do while taking the time off was work on a new look for the page. I sorted though a group of templates and found one that I liked. It's bright and colorful and I thought that this could be that one. I'll have it up later today, but I'll want to know what you think of it when it pops up. Remember, be nice when you see it, as I had to reconfigure it for my needs. So, stay tuned...

Sunday, August 14, 2005

Another Sunday With Sam Blackstone

I'm trying to geet back into posting normally again, as it was a tough week, what with Dad passing and all. The funeral was held on Wednesday and was wonderful. Thanks to everyone who sent well wishes, by the way. I meeded those. Like I said before , the man wasn't my real father, but he was a close to me as father should be.

I did get some good news though as the days went on. One was the Ebay sale. As the days went on, not too many folks made bids and I was geting worried that noone was biting and that I would wind up holding the bag on the press kits. However, a nice battle started and it wound up ending at 113 dollars! I'll receive the check later this week, which is much needed at the Ha-hacienda. Big shout out to teh winner and all who bid, including the the very first bidder. You know who yuou are...

This brings up something important. I'm getting back into fundraising again and I think I'd like to do an online auction. I have no idea what to put up however to make it worthwhile,as I don't have much of anything to put up. I'll try and keeep you posted on this.

Finally,I have found out that WEAS is once again the nuber one radio station in Savannah, according to Arbritron ratings. Which means my Sunday show is number one again! Thanks again to all the listeners out there for for letting me rant again and making an old pro feel good. Now, if Ican do the same thing on WIXV, I can two of the hottest shows on the radio down south. Let's just hope...

Enjoy your Sunday, everyone!

Thursday, August 11, 2005

The RSJS Mailbag

We don't get the letters often, and when we do, it's aways about hot sluts or how somebody just kicked the bucket and the widow can't get the money outta the bank unless I can help 'em out. You probablly get them too, but I bet you don't get letters like this...ORDINARY LETTERS.

Hey there:
I read in your blog that you went to a bar called Notorious. What kind of bar is that? I only ask because I was in Savannah more than 10 during St Patrick’s day; what an awesome time. Anyway, I am planning a return trip and was googling around trying to find some of the places we went to down by the river. I know this is not one of the places but the name is so familiar… Oh yeah, it’s not a strip club is it?


Thanks,
James Keuning

Whassup dere, Mr. Keuning. (Is that pronounced "Cue-ning" or "Cunning"? I have no idea, but then, I don't think I'll ever pronounce your name in public. Sorry, I was trying to act like Strongbad for a second there. Forgive...)

Honestly, as a guy who used to frequent the downtown Savannah bars alot, I can tell you that Notorious is a bar to be seen in if you're young and hip and love to be crowded. It's not a strip club, although I have seen a naked woman once or twice there. Okay....Not really at that bar and it was after hours. NO...I will not tell you where that bar was. There are no after hours bar here in town. Just a place where I hung out with the bartenders after they closed up shop and we got to shoot the breeze. The place is on Congress Street, where alot of the downtown bars are. With at least five bars located in the same radius (Notorious, The Mercury Lounge, Jinx, Sorry Charlie's, and one who's name escapes me as they just changed hands) it gives folks lots of options on where to hang out. The best thing about it all is that Savannah is one of the very few cities here in the U.S. where you can walk around town with your alcoholic beverage, as long as it's in a 16oz. cup so you can enjoy the sites here drunk. The sad part about that is when you're really sober, the place is like Afganistan meets Hazard County. It's the booze haze you get that makes it look pretty, kinda like a fugly girl in Notorious at the end of the night.

Y'all comeback now, ya hear?

Drop me a line sometime soon too, okay?

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

And Your Bird Can Sing



That was the theme to the Beatles cartoon that ran on ABC from 1965 to 1968, althoug that's what MTV used when they ran it in 1985. I have a couple of them on my computer, but until I get a DVD burner, it's stuck here. Yep, it's the forerunner of every Saturday Morning cartoon that came afterwards, from Scooby on down, plotwise: Go to a new town, get in trouble, musical montage, solve problem, everyone dances away happy. Simple enough. But, you gotta remember that this was John, Paul, George aand Ringo, so the music has to be good. Say what you will about them these days, they're still my favorites and they stilll sound as fresh as a Coldplay disc to me. If you've never seen the 'toon version of the Fab Four (other than "Yellow Submarine"), then check out this. The link to the cartoon is below, so scroll down and head off to Strawberry Fields.

Life Goes On...

As it should. Dad's funeral is tomorrow night at seven and I will be there for it, even though I have dialysis eariler that day. I don't do well at funerals. I won't go into it, but I hate the damn things. But, I will go to this one.

For the most part today, I just sat around the house and got lazy. I didn't want to go anywhere or do anything. I didn't want any calls today, except from Bob, and wasn't in the mood to talk much. I just want to do the whole "refect on life thing" you do after soemone close dies. I know he wasn't my real father, but the guy was as close to me as my real father could never be. This man liked me for being ME, not what-have I done-for him-lately. But enough for that. Life will go on and so will stupid stuff to talk about here. I have to laugh at things, after all. In my state of life these days, if I don't laugh, it's back to Zanax. That stuff blows.

McSweeney's is one of the best humor sites on the web. Why I haven't added it to the blogroll is beyond me (and why I haven't added more sites including the Miss RSJS noms is way beyond, but I'll worrk on that later this week). But, this struck me as very funny and a much needed guffaw. A list of lesser known movie prequels. Got any of your own? Here's mine...

The Not That Fantasic One
Bachelor Party Crashers
Thursday Afternoon Lights (Sometime around 4:32 P.M.)
That's all I got for now...

Sunday, August 07, 2005

Dad


This was not a good weekend for me. I got word that my dad passed away after a battle with pnumonia. Now I know what you're saying. He looks nothing like me at all. But, I think I got his sense of humor. I'll explain...

Robert Wiley, Sr. was one of the nicest guys in the world. I became freinds with his son Bob while working on my cable access show, Underground Savannah in 1993. Bob had a twisted mind, and after meeting his dad, I could see why. Bob Sr. was a very funny man who had a wonderful life. He was a Boy Scout as a kid, served in the military as he was older and was father to three wonderful children. Somehow, when I came along later in his life, I wound up becoming one of the family and became his fifth kid. Now, folks would always ask when we went out together how in the world was that true, especially since I didn't look the part when he introduced me as such. Sometimes he would say, "You know that thing Micheal Jackson's got? Well, I got it too." Folks would shake their heads and realize, "Yep, Sam's his kid".

A few years ago, Dad wound up having a stroke which damaged his left side and his abilty to speak clearly. It took alot of therapy, but he wound up talking again, but it was never the same. The stoke left Dad with trying to form words and sentences, with it mostly coming out with stammers. Thank God the old bird still had his sense of humor. When he couldn't get the word out, the sentence always ended with an "fuck". I recall a story of when he asked his wife Jerry if she wanted to go for a ride (he was still able to get around well after the stoke and dove often), it came out...Okay, you get the picture.

I got the call about Dad yesterday afternoon from Bob, just three hours after I got the call that if I wantred to se him, I better get there quick,. I couldn't however, due to the fact that I just started at WIXV that day. Bob told me that Dad had gone to the hospital a couple of weeks ago and doctors told him he wouldn't recover. So, Dad decided to spend his last days at home with family. He passed away in his sleep after four p.m. peacefully, I was told.

I talked to Bob later that night and although he was still crying, he knew that dad was much better off and wasn't feeling pain anymore. We joked around that Dad was finally gonna get his chance to get a crack a Marylin Monroe if he could just get around those dang Kennedy boys, and then afterwards dive bomb us with the good news. Dad didn't want us to morn for long. Just enjoy life for what it was and go from there. Ever since I met him and after my troubles, I've taken it to heart.

Thanks for fishing lessons, Dad.

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

I've Gone Ebay!


I need a few bucks to get caught up on bills, so I decided to sell some stuff on Ebay. It's a bunch of movie stills and press kits I've collected over the years, thrirteen in fact, incluing "Godfather II", The Sunshine Boys", "French Connection II", "The Brady Bunch Movie", "Race For Your Life, Charlie Brown" and more. If you're interested, ckick here and please make a bid. Thanks.

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Lazy Day

I'm not gonna lie to you today. I did ABSOLUTLY NOTHING today. I had planned to go out and do some radio stufff today, but I said "frig it" and just sat on the couch and watched tv. I was too dang tired to do anything but sit on my duff. When I got tired of that, I went online and surfed for a spell. I even did that "kill the space alien/hit the mailbox/beat up Estelle Getty and get a free Xbox 360" thing. I wound up going theru a bunch of xrap before it wa sover and wound up signing for AOL. I then installed it, played with it for a half hour, then uninstalled it, 'cause all I realy want is the Xbox. I hate AOL. Time-Warner doesn't hate it as much as I do, belive me.

My central air wasn't working, my car was dirty and it was raining today. I had a mini pity party today, and I just didn't feel like things were great. Fed Ex even had a package for me, and I missed getting that since they showed up at nine in the morning and I don't wake up on Tuesdays till ten. I don't even know who it was from. The whole day blew.

That is when I saw this...























It was the first good laugh I had all day and I needed it. Kristin's freinds really went all out to celebrate her win and that made me feel good. She deserves it. All I know now is SOMEBODY BETTER HAVE A MR. BLOG CONTEST SOON AND I BETTER BE IN THE TOP FIVE 'CAUSE I NEED TO FEEL WANTED!!! Sorry, that was part of that whole pity party thing from earlier...

Monday, August 01, 2005

Stardust Meme-mories

Whenever somebody who has a blog runs out of ideas or is just plain bored, they come up with a meme to pass around to other bloggers. WELL GUESS WHAT RANDY DID AND SENT TO PANDORA, WHO SENT IT TO ME!? Welp, I better get started...

Five Light Reads
Cruel Shoes by Steve Martin
The Cowboy Wally Show by Kyle Baker
Here's Groucho by Grouch Marx
Superman: True Brit by John Cleese and Kim Howard Johnson
Bizarro World Anthology by Various Writers and Artists

Five Reads To Make Me Think (then give me a headache from thinking too much)
The Holy Bible
Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons
Jimmy Corrigan, The Smartest Man In The World by Chris Ware
R. Crumb's Kafka text by David Zane Mairowitz
Any instuctions

Five Songs Which Turn Me On
"Laugh, Laugh" by The Beau Brummels
"Easy" by The Commodores
"Paid In Full (Coldcut 7 minutes in Heaven remix)" by Eric B. and Rakim
"As We Lay" by Shirley Murdock
"I Believe (When I Fall In Love, It Will Be Forever" by Stevie Wonder

Five Best Movie Dramas
"A Face In The Crowd"
"Imitation Of Life"
"GoodFellas"
"The Manchuiran Canadate" (Both)
"Ray"

Five Best Movie Comedies
"Blazing Saddles"
"Animal House"
"Kung Pow!"
"Wake Up, Ron Burgundy", the DVD only sequel to "Anchorman" with Will Ferrell. It's all the edited fottage not shown in the original version, made up into it's own movie and it's just as funny as the first one. Good luck finding it, as it was only out for a limited time. I LOVE LAMP!
"A Hard Day's Night"

The Five Next Suckers....errr, Willing Participants
Ivan
Brent
The Retropolitan
Redneck Diva (just becaue you're Miss RSJS doen't exclude you from this)
SwanShadow

And once again, I'm spent....

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The Ramblings of a Redneck Miss RSJS

After a wild three weeks, The 2005 Miss RSJS is over. I never really got any sleep afterwards, due to celebrating too much afterwards by watching Adult Swim until three in the morning. I know that The Redneck Diva is enjoying her win and basking in the glow of victory. Here she is with her first speech as Miss RSJS. We couldn't have a more wonderful winner, don't you think?