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 My girlfriend pointed out to me how out of date my bio is, and suggested I change it just a little.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.
Yesterday the first official trailer for the new Godzilla was released, and as someone that grew up watching the cheesy rubber suit monsters of the 60's (and loving them) I'm psyched for May 2014.
Until this comes out I highly recommend a couple flicks you'll probably enjoy if you haven't seen them already...
Pacific Rim from this past summer was a great homage to the Japanese monster movies of the past, and no long, boring "origin story". A quick explaination of the situation, and then it's off to the races with the giant robots fighting gianter (if that's a word) monsters ....
The other one is a film from 2008, but I just saw it a couple months ago, and it really captured my imagination in a big bad way as a cast of unknowns try to escape NY from a terrifying and humongous creature in "Cloverfield", and it's all filmed from the point of view of one of the heroes as he records what is happening on a home video camera. I really loved this movie.
Even if you don't regularly dream, you can probably remember at least one that was off-the-wall INSANE. Here are seven random things that can influence the kind of dreams you have . . .
1. Your favorite sleeping position. That's the one you usually wake up in. Stomach sleepers tend to have erotic and perverse dreams. If you sleep on your left side, you have more nightmares.
Right-side sleepers have the most relaxing dreams. And they also feel the best in the morning.
2. Whether or not you had music lessons as a kid. People who had music lessons early . . . while their brains were still developing . . . usually have music in their dreams. Sometimes it's music they've never even heard before.
3. The kind of cheese you like. Cheddar cheese supposedly inspires peaceful dreams. And blue cheese, especially the pungent stuff, causes freaky ones.
4. The planet's magnetic field. Basically, if the earth's geomagnetic activity is calm, your body can produce more melatonin. That's a sleep hormone, so you sleep better and have more vivid dreams.
5. What time you go to bed. Night owls have more nightmares. The theory is that if you go to bed late, you're waking up EARLIER than you naturally would. Probably in the middle of a deep sleep. And that's when intense dreams tend to happen.
6. Your video game avatar. Weirdly, people who play a lot of video games have more control and awareness in their dreams . . . almost as if they're playing a game character.
7. The one thing you want to avoid. If there's something that you want to NOT think about . . . it's pretty much guaranteed that it's going to show up in one of your dreams.
Sometime in the next day the trailer for the new Godzilla movie will be released. The flick stars Bryan Cranston of "Malcolm In The Middle" and "Breaking Bad". Who would win in a battle between the giant reptillian monster, and the Breaking Bad baddie?
I'm gonna post a few Christmas songs I love over the next couple weeks, and here's Big Bad Voodoo Daddy covering the song everyone remembers about the TV special "The Year Without Santa Claus".
I know times are still tight and people need money around the holidays and blah blah blah . . . but $16 is an awfully cheap payout for sacrificing your dignity.
A new survey asked people whether they'd do different embarrassing things for $16. If that number sounds random, it was a British survey, and they used 10 British pounds . . . which translates to about $16.34.
Here are the results . . .
Eat dog food . . . 22% would do it.
Run naked down the street . . . 19%.
Be someone's personal slave for the day . . . 17%.
Kiss your boss for 10 seconds, regardless of gender . . . 15%.
Let an ex take control of your Facebook page for an hour . . . 11%.
Wax your entire body, including your head . . . 8%.
I'm not doing any of this crap for sixteen bucks.