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 My girlfriend pointed out to me how out of date my bio is, and suggested I change it just a little.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.
Last night was an episode of one of my favorite TV shows that I've both been waiting for, and dreading at the same time... the episode of "Glee" that addresses the death of lead character Finn Hudson, and therefore the actor that played him Cory Montieth who died earlier this year of a alcohol/drug overdose.
I didn't watch last night, but will be watching it On Demand eventually.
This is a show that I always watch with Susan (and I'm the one that turned her on to this show, not the other way around like you'd think), but I may have to watch this one by myself because I'll feel like the biggest baby in the world as I cry for an hour at a TV show.
I came across this list of quotes from characters on last nights show, and just reading them have me choked up (although a couple of them seem to be transcripted incorrectly, or are at least out of context).
1. Kurt Hummel (Chris Colfer)
"Everyone wants to talk about how he died, too, but who cares? One moment in his whole life...I care more about how he lived."
2. Mercedes Jones (Amber Riley)
"I remember Finn telling me that he sang this song ["I'll Stand By You"] to his baby's sonagram - well, he thought it was his baby. He was the first cool kid to be nice to any of us and he was our leader in here. We love you Finn."
3. Burt Hummel (Mike O'Malley)
"I should have given him more hugs. You know the last time I saw him, he was so bummed out about some test at school and I just, you know, told him to 'get back at it,' he was worth it. It was the perfect time for a hug, but for whatever reason I gave him a pat on the back. Just that. Now he's gone."
4. Carole aka Finn's Mom (Romy Rosemont)
"How do parents go on when they lose a child? You know, when I would see that stuff on the news, I would turn it off, because it was just too horrible to think, but I would always think, 'How do they wake up everyday? How do they breathe?' But you do wake up. And for just a second you forget and then oh, you remember. And it's like getting that call again and again every time. You don't get to stop waking up. You have to keep on being a parent even though you don't get to have a child anymore."
5. Santana Lopez (Naya Rivera)
"I have hated you ever since the day I met you [Sue Sylvester]. You are a horrible person who never had a nice word to say about Finn Hudson. So you don't you dare think he didn't hate you, too."
6. Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison)
"I feel more than I know how to express; I'm heartbroken. To be honest, I don't know how we're all supposed to move forward. But, in the meantime, I have to make sure that the people around me are taken care of."
7. Puck Puckerman (Mark Salling)
"What chance do I have of not being an idiot and hurting people without him being around and reminding me who I really am?"
8. Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch)
"Cut the crap, will ya? I don't care about that. I don't care about people. I care about him. He was such a good guy and I'll never get to tell him. There's not lesson here. There's not happy ending, there's just nothing. He's just gone."
9. Rachel Berry (Lea Michele)
"I talk to him a lot. I can still see his face and I can hear his voice so clearly. Do you think that I'll ever forget it, because I'm afraid that one day I will."
Lea Michele was Montieth's real life girlfriend, and played Finn's Girlfriend Rachel on the show. Here's Rachel singing the Adele hit "Make You Feel My Love" on the episode. I'm posting it here, but I'm not watching it... I'm saving it until I get to see the whole show.
I still feel the need to give out a piece of musical info... this song was originally written and recorded by Bob Dylan, and covered by many other people before Adele made it a smash.