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 My girlfriend pointed out to me how out of date my bio is, and suggested I change it just a little.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.
Since my diabetes diagnosis I've been learning mor about what makes people healthy (and unhealthy). Actually, Susan researches most of it, and then tells me.
In a country where two out of every three adults are overweight, there's bound to be a lot of bad information floating around about how to stay healthy. And a lot of it comes from OURSELVES.
Here's a list of seven popular health lies we tell ourselves, from MSN Health.
1. If I skip breakfast and lunch, I can eat as much as I want for dinner. In fact, as we ALL should know by now, research shows that people who skip breakfast tend to weigh MORE than people who eat it.
It's because they overcompensate. They eat unhealthy snacks and then gorge themselves at dinner, because they think they've earned it. This is the one I was most guilty of.
2. I can drink coffee for energy instead of eating. Coffee stimulates your brain. It doesn't give you ANY energy, because it has no calories. Real energy comes from healthy, high-protein foods. Drinking coffee just makes you crash harder later on.
3. I don't need a vacation . . . I thrive on work. Studies show that people who take vacations are healthier in just about every way than people who let their vacation days pile up. Less stress, less depression, and fewer sleep problems, just for starters.
4. I don't need sunblock. Even if you rarely go outside, you can still get skin cancer from UV rays. Sunlight comes in through the windows, of course.
But fluorescent lights can also cause problems. They're a weaker version of the lights in a tanning bed.
5. I get enough exercise from running around all day. A recent study reported that the average American takes about 5,000 steps a day, which is only half the recommended number.
You THINK you're running around . . . but it's mostly DRIVING (or in my case, riding).
6. A drink or two before bed helps me sleep. Alcohol might help you get to sleep FASTER. But you won't sleep as DEEPLY, and you'll tend to wake up more . . . and feel more tired in the morning. Luckily, I don't drink alcohol.
7. I'm older, so I don't need to sleep as much. In fact, our sleep needs stay the same throughout adulthood. Older people may sleep less at night, but then they need to sleep more during the day to make up for it.