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 My girlfriend pointed out to me how out of date my bio is, and suggested I change it just a little.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.
Maybe you've seen this already, but either way it's worth another look...
If you didn't see the end of the Alabama-Auburn football game on Saturday, it was pretty incredible. The score was tied 28-28 with one second left, and Alabama's kicker tried a 57-yard field goal.
But his kick was SHORT, a player for Auburn named Chris Davis caught the ball in the end zone . . . then ran it back 109 YARDS for a game-winning touchdown.
When I was a kid I used to read trivia books to learn all the weird crap in my head, but now I just go to YouTube...
Here's some random Thanksgiving trivia for you . . . arm yourself, and bust it out when there's a lull in dinner conversation and a debate about gay marriage is about to break out.
1. This is the 150th anniversary of Thanksgiving. Yes, the FIRST Thanksgiving happened in 1621 . . . 392 years ago. But Thanksgiving wasn't OFFICIALLY an American holiday until President Lincoln made it one in 1863.
2. Thanksgiving is on Thursday because . . . that day seemed like it was the most wide open. There's no real significance to Thursday, people just didn't have much going on.
3. The woman who pushed Thanksgiving from an informal tradition into a holiday was Sarah Hale from New Hampshire. She was an author . . . who also wrote "Mary Had a Little Lamb". Yes, one woman is responsible for both.
4. Did you know turkeys CAN'T HAVE SEX? Today's turkeys have been bred for meat, so they're TOO FAT TO HUMP . . . and now they're all artificially inseminated.
5. To date, there have officially been FOUR DEATHS and 64 INJURIES during Black Friday sales. There's a website called BlackFridayDeathCount.com that will update those numbers in real time this year.
From Bruce Springsteen's official website...
Bruce Springsteen will release a new album, titled High Hopes, on January 14th. The album is available for pre-order now at smarturl.it/highhopes, and the music video for the title track can be seen now at brucespringsteen.net.
High Hopes finds Bruce in a number of different musical settings, and includes the members of the E Street Band as well as guitarist Tom Morello and many additional players. Recorded in New Jersey, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Australia and New York City, High Hopes marks Bruce’s 18th studio album and includes his own liner notes that detail the album’s evolution, viewable now at brucespringsteen.net.
Morello joined Bruce and the E Street Band on tour in Australia in March 2013 (sitting in for Steve Van Zandt), and became, as Bruce says, “my muse, pushing the rest of this project to another level.” Besides his guitar playing on the album, Morello also duets with Bruce on ”The Ghost of Tom Joad.” Clarence Clemons, who passed away in 2011, and Danny Federici, who passed away in 2008, also appear on several songs of what Springsteen calls “some of our best unreleased material from the past decade.”
To celebrate the album’s announcement, director Thom Zimny built a collage featuring photos from Danny Clinch, Australian tour footage featuring Tom Morello shot by Chris Hilson, and vintage documentary footage set to the title song. Click here to watch the video now.
High Hopes tracklisting:
- 1. High Hopes (Tim Scott McConnell) – featuring Tom Morello
- 2. Harry’s Place * – featuring Tom Morello
- 3. American Skin (41 Shots) – featuring Tom Morello
- 4. Just Like Fire Would (Chris J. Bailey) – featuring Tom Morello
- 5. Down In The Hole *
- 6. Heaven’s Wall ** – featuring Tom Morello
- 7. Frankie Fell In Love
- 8. This Is Your Sword
- 9. Hunter Of Invisible Game * – featuring Tom Morello
- 10. The Ghost of Tom Joad – duet with Tom Morello
- 11. The Wall
- 12. Dream Baby Dream (Martin Rev and Alan Vega) – featuring Tom Morello
All songs written by Bruce Springsteen except as noted
Album produced by Ron Aniello with Bruce Springsteen
*Produced by Brendan O’Brien
**Produced by Brendan O’Brien, co-produced by Ron Aniello with Bruce Springsteen
Here is the video of the title track, "High Hopes"
I won't be going to the malls on Black Friday, but I will be doing some online shopping... I love me some Amazon.
If you're going online to get your shopping done early, watch out for these four scams.
1. Gift cards and coupon deals. You'll get a lot of emails offering you free gift cards, or gift cards with ridiculous discounts. The scam is to get you to enter your personal information online, so they can hack into your accounts or buy stuff in your name.
2. E-cards and video greetings. Some scammers will send you e-cards or videos that download malware to your computer when you click on them. They might even come from a familiar email or Twitter account, if one of your friends gets hacked.
3. Secret shopper jobs. You might get a job offer to be a secret shopper at stores in your area, and you'll even get real checks in the mail. They'll tell you to cash the checks, go shopping, and then wire the rest of the money back to the company.
These ones are rough because your bank will tell you the check has cleared, and the money is available. But later they'll take the money back, when they find out the check was forged. And meanwhile you already wired money from your own account.
4. Incredible discounts from unfamiliar sites. You make a purchase and give them your credit card info, and they use it to buy stuff on the REAL site where you should have gone in the first place.
This posting is also an excuse to post a Barenaked Ladies song... not one of my faves, but it fits.