Billy here!!! My girlfriend pointed out to me how out of date my bio is, and suggested I change it just a little.
I'm not the new guy on 95.1 The Brew's "Wease Show" anymore. In fact in terms of senority I'm second only to Wease.
I'm no longer single, living alone with my cat Geraldine (a tribute to one of my comedy idols, Flip Wilson). Geraldine and I have been joined in my house by my girlfriend Susan (#BestGirlfriendEver) and the cats she brought with her when she moved to Rochester from Akron Ohio, Dora and Precious. One of the great things about Susan is she's as silly as me, and we've made up voices for the cats, and speak to each other in those voices. At least we don't have voices in our heads.
Susan has also helped me rediscover my love for comic books, superheroes, and other nerdy things I enjoy. I've started rebuilding my collection of books, toys, statues, figures, etc... and actually display them in our house.
Before I was asked to come back to The Wease Show I spent ten years working at a sheet metal factory called Barthelmes Manufacturing as a shipping clerk and machine operator. It was a good job, and worked with lots of great people, but I can't tell you how happy I am to be here instead. One day I was getting dirty and sore lifting heavy, sharp steel... the next day I'm getting paid to do something I love.. To quote Yakoff Smirnoff (when was the last time his name was mentioned)... "WHAT A COUNTRY!"
In my spare time I enjoy listening to music (obviously), going to concerts (obviously, again), movies, reading, writing, tv channel surfing to see if I'm missing something more entertaining than what I'm already watching, and am especially good at taking naps... To quote the great Ralph Wiggum "When it comes to sleep I'm a Viking".
I'm also a huge fan of baseball and football. I try to go to 5-10 Rochester Red Wing games a year, and am an insane fan of the NY Mets... during the season while normal people are out enjoying warm weather there is a good chance I'm sitting in front of a television watching my favorite team break my heart. During the fall and winter I spend lots of time on the weekends watching football, and managing my fantasy teams.
Favorite musical acts include.... Elvis (both Presley and Costello), The Beatles, Bruce Springsteen, Barenaked Ladies, Counting Crows, Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers, Steven Kellogg and the Sixers, Eddie From Ohio, U2, Old Crow Medicine Show, and many, many more. Motown music from the 60's is the best.
Favorite movies... I once wrote a whole blog about my ten favorite movies. I just looked at it, and it still holds up. Check it out. Scroll about half way down the page to see the list.
Favorite TV shows... Comic Book Men, The Simpsons, The Office, Rescue Me, Mystery Science Theater 3000, Freaks and Geeks, MASH, and 24 are all among my favorite shows in TV history. Netflix will help me someday catch up with stuff like Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Walking Dead, and maybe even some shows that aren't on AMC.
You're still reading this? Wow. Even I'm not that interested in me. Thanks for checking out my page, and for listening to The Wease Show.
I'll be at the Lilac Fest today (Fri. 5/17) from about 3:30 on introducing bands, eating, making more announcements, eating some more, listening to music, maybe a between band snack, and then watching the great band The Smithereens rock Highland Park around 7pm. Say hi if you feel like it.
Some of the best money I've spent recently is paying $120 for the MLB TV package where I can watch every major league baseball this season. I love baseball.
This is from last night's Red Sox vs Tampa Rays game...
Really moving! Best soldier return surprise ever! Army Lieutenant Colonel returns home to surprise his family at Tropicana Field When nine-year-old Alayna Adams threw out the first pitch before Thursday's game between the Boston Red Sox and tampa bay Rays 5/16/2013 , she had no idea that the catcher was a hero -- her hero, specifically.
Unbeknownst to her, the USO brought in her father, Army Lieutenant Colonel William T. Adams, to participate in the first-pitch ceremony after finishing a one-year deployment in Afghanistan.
After tossing the ceremonial offering, Alayna was not prepared for what she saw next. As the catcher removed his mask, she was stunned to see Lt. Colonel Adams staring right back at her and immediately rushed to hug him.
The USO and Tampa Bay Rays pulled off their surprise perfectly, and the result was an emotional and poignant moment.
UltimateClassicRock.com has put together a list of the Top 10 Hand Clap Songs . . . and the #1 spot went to "Jack & Diane" by JOHN COUGAR MELLENCAMP. Here's the Top 10:
1. "Jack & Diane", John Cougar Mellencamp
2. "My Best Friend's Girl", The Cars
3. "No Fun". The Stooges
4. "Another One Bites the Dust", Queen
5. "No Matter What", Badfinger
6. "I Want to Hold Your Hand", The Beatles
7. "Take the Money and Run", Steve Miller Band
8. "Only the Good Die Young", Billy Joel
9. "Bang a Gong (Get It On)", T-Rex
10. "Stuck in the Middle with You", Stealers Wheel
For links to the songs and brief write-ups on each one, hit up UltimateClassicRock.com
I think they missed the best clapping song ever... from the singer of "The Name Game", here is Shirley Ellis with "The Clapping Song".
Wease went to see the new Star Trek movie last night. He hated it, but he did tell me about a bunch of stuff in the movie that I find hard to believe... Here are the Top Surprises in "Star Trek Into Darkness".
Six people seeing it on opening night have actually had sex.
Shannen Doherty plays a crewmember whose face gets misaligned by a transporter mishap.
Even though it's from the team behind "Lost", the ending makes sense.
Blue shirts are assigned to medical staff, yellow shirts to officers, and "Affliction" shirts to morons.
William Shatner's not in it. But his toupee makes a cameo as a Tribble.
Thanks to her giant forehead, Nicole Kidman is made an honorary Klingon.
In a lame crossover storyline, the crew visits a planet inhabited by a lonely Tom Cruise.
To boost its popularity with "Game of Thrones" fans, the Enterprise adds a sword-wielding midget.
All hell breaks loose after Spock uses his Vulcan pinch on Uhura's ass.
Sulu reveals he isn't Asian, he's just really baked.
The Enterprise goes someplace where truly no man has gone before: Ellen DeGeneres.
(CAREFUL) Uhura lifts up her skirt to reveal that she's gone from "Tribble" to "The Full Picard".
Spock debuts a new hand gesture after the Enterprise gets cut off on the Freeway.
The numbers meant nothing, the smoke monster was just some guy in black with hipster facial hair and . . . what? Wrong J.J. Abrams story?
Spock's advanced reasoning skills fail him for the first time ever, when he's asked to explain why Ke$ha is famous.
Sulu spends 20 minutes berating his daughter, when she comes home with an A-minus on a math test.
George Takei shows up and asks Zachary Quinto if he'd like to "boldly go where no man has gone before" in the Enterprise sauna.
The Enterprise crew once again vows to do everything in their power to ensure the safety of the galaxy's many creatures. Except, of course, the Puerto Ricans.
The Enterprise stops for fuel in the most desolate, terrifying landscape in the galaxy: Detroit.
Kirk's uniform is specially tailored to show off his chiseled physique, rippling muscles, and gigantic camel-toe.
The crew gets beamed to the most lifeless location in the universe: the Clintons' bedroom.
Kirk gets depressed when it's revealed that he'll one day leave the Enterprise and begin hawking cheap hotel rooms.
Sulu has to go to the hospital to have a Tribble removed from his rectum.
The crew travels to a parallel universe where Leno is actually really funny.
This is the final season of The Office here in the U.S. Soon we'll only be able to see Jim, Pam, Dwight and the rest on reruns, Netflix, DVD, etc... If you still haven't seen the original BBC version with Ricky Gervais I highly recommend it, and once you're done with that there is still more.
Gervais is bringing back his character from the British version of "The Office" . . . for a new YouTube series called "Learn Guitar with David Brent".
There's a promo clip where he talks about his teaching style . . . or lack thereof. And he also does an original song. The YouTube series premieres on Monday.