Some have skill and talent, others the fortitude to try #humor

Posted By on March 20, 2018

Although the .mp4 video clip does remind me of some good times down at Delray Beach Florida with our family!

Music Monday: Steve Carlisle singing WKRP in Cincinnati

Posted By on March 19, 2018

SteveCarlilseWKRPDuring a couple evenings last week I enjoyed a Twitter back and forth with Charlie Wilde, a disc jockey filling in for the vacationing JJ Walker on SiriusXM 70s on 7. Our conversation turned to Cincinnati and the radio industry we both remembered a few years ago … and of course the TurkeyDropCincinnatihit 70s TV show about radio and my city …  WKRP in Cincinnati. (starting to feel old!)

So for this Music Monday, how about a great shared Google Spreadsheet of all the music played on the show (with links where possible) and with a few extra links.

No doubt the theme song will bring back a few memories, like the ill-fated and fondly remembered turkey drop, if you listen to Steve Carlisle singing WKRP in Cincinnati.

  Steve Carlisle | WKRP in Cincinnati – 1978

Who is Steve Carlisle, who sings this theme?

He’s a singer who was based in Akron, Ohio and worked with Hugh Wilson, who created WKRP. In 1982, he released an album called Steve Carlisle sings WKRP in Cincinnati, which contains 10 songs, including this theme. A full-length version of this song, running 2:51, was released as a single in America in 1981, charting at #65. This version explores more of the DJ’s journey as he leaves his girl behind to make it in Cincinnati. "The price for finding me was losing you," he sings.



Katelyn, Drew and Annalyn are home, but I doubt rested?

Posted By on March 18, 2018

AnnalynDrewKatelynSanDiegoCA180316Katelyn, Drew and Annalyn are back from their busy trip to San Diego. It is great to see them taking advantage of their medical conference trips and extend them into a fun family time. Katelyn was a bit nervous flying alone with a 1-year old to meet up with Drew after his conference, but it ended up looking like a great trip. From the San Diego Zoo to the USS Midway Museum and hikes along the shoreline, the photos were great. Very well planned as usual!



With Harry’s, I now look forward to shaving in the morning

Posted By on March 17, 2018

Just to set the stage when it comes to shaving … I’m a “humble twin” or cheap Schick ST2 razor kind of guy. I usually add a little Barbasol Aloe shaving cream or CVS equivalent and rarely opt for an after-shave lotion. BarbasolIt is a daily chore that I’ve repeated daily for decades, although have switched to an electric razor off and on. I’ve never looked at shaving to be much different from washing or showering … it was just a chore.

BUT … recently I clicked a link for a $3 trial from Harry’s because it was inexpensive and I needed a new razor handle (I refused to buy one from The Dollar Shave Club — yes, I’m a cheapskate). Anyway, after receiving the nicely boxed sample pack, I proceeded to take the small 2 oz can of shaving gel, fancy German 5-blade razor and shave lotion with me when traveling.

Wow, what a pleasure. It was not only the nice razor with trimmer blade, but the wonderfully scented (think aroma therapy) shaving gel and masculine after-shave lotion that has now spoiled me to the chore of shaving as it is now something I look forward too! Do yourself a favor and give up a few bucks for the trial … but be warned, you might get hooked on a better razor, cream/gel and after-shave lotion!


The Mỹ Lai Massacre happened 50 years ago #VietnamWar

Posted By on March 16, 2018


If our remembering the  Mỹ Lai Massacre and teaching the history prevents the mass killing of civilians by U.S. soldiers in the future, it is a sober lesson No_Gun_Ri_bridge-1960that needs to be taught. One would have hoped we could have learned from a prior military actions, like from the No Gun Ri massacre in Nogeun-ri, South Korea … but few remember it.

Now 50 years after the killing of between 247 and 504 unarmed Vietnamese civilians in hamlets and sub-hamlets in South Vietnam on March 16, 1968, we still struggle to come to grips with U.S. soldiers committing such atrocities. I suspect most going to war sympathize with the anger, hate and mindset of soldiers seeing their buddies killed daily in a guerilla war like in Vietnam, but also know their training and humanity needs to override behavior that would have them massacre civilian men, women and children.

I’m hoping that these ugly reminders, and the airing of bits of history like Ken Burns and Lynn Novik’s The Vietnam War last year, will impact enough of our next generation enough to prevent these kinds of undisciplined action in the future? For now though, let’s remember, teach and prepare those we ask to be our next warriors so we can always honor their service to our country. As the over and sadly all to often used "never again" statement applies — never again should U.S. troops have to be remember for such a massacre.


The My Lai massacre was one of the most horrific incidents of violence committed against unarmed civilians during the Vietnam War. A company of American soldiers brutally killed most of the people—women, children and old men—in the village of My Lai on March 16, 1968. More than 500 people were slaughtered in the My Lai massacre, including young girls and women who were raped and mutilated before being killed. U.S. Army officers covered up the carnage for a year before it was reported in the American press, sparking a firestorm of international outrage. The brutality of the My Lai killings and the official cover-up fueled anti-war sentiment and further divided the United States over the Vietnam War.


Can a small cheap wet saw double as a small portable table saw?

Posted By on March 15, 2018

In preparation for an upcoming project that I would usually rent a wet saw for tile cutting (Home Depot’s price is $26/day), but this time I decided to buy a cheap one on sale HF_WetSaw1803014for $49 at Harbor Freight.

I’ve never been impressed with the well used ones I’ve rented in the past, nor am I ever really impressed with the quality at Harbor Freight. That said, the cost to buy is lower than the cost to rent for a couple days, let alone a second and third tile project later this year or next. Another thing I’ve learned over the years is not to skimp on quality blades … they are probably as, if not more, important than the tool.

As I started to put the portable wet saw together, I pondered being able to use it, "if need be," for a small table saw. I will not have access to my large shop cabinet saw with the project I’m planning, so mounting an old 7-inch Nicholson blade might come in handy? I’ll modify the under-guard a bit to make switching blades out easier – at least it looks do-able and likely better than hacking a long rip cut with a saber saw or portable circular saw (at least my lessor quality one). If it doesn’t work well, I’ll just keep the segmented diamond wet/dry blade mounted and use it only for tile cutting  I doubt I’ll want to tackle bricks as I did a couple years ago (or 35 years ago #TBT) with this saw though.


Internet Speeds continue to rise – 100 then 300 now 500 Mbps

Posted By on March 14, 2018

After switching from TWC/Spectrum one year ago, Cincinnati Bell’s Fioptics (Fiber) delivered television video and Internet to our house as been CincibellSpeedsFiber180313excellent. Their Internet speed continues to rise (currently checking with DSLReports/speedtest).

Last year I was happy to have my speed increase to 100Mbps down when switching to CincinnatiBell, but then after losing promotional perks was disappointed to have my bill rise by 35%. After complaining and several calls, my account was mildly adjusted (still 25% higher than the 2017 promo) and a promo tweak boosting Internet speed from 100Mbps to 300Mbps. Unfortunately we’re hitting a speed where "tripling" doesn’t make much of a noticeable different.

This week a promotion arrived offering to increase speeds from 300Mbps to 500Mbps … just as my computer, router, network and MIND are slowing down.
Winking smile 


Desultory - des-uhl-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee

  1. lacking in consistency, constancy, or visible order, disconnected; fitful: desultory conversation.
  2. digressing from or unconnected with the main subject; random: a desultory remark.