My story is typical. I was born a poor, Black child. I survived the mean streets of the Buffalo suburbs and four straight losses in the Super Bowl, grew into a mature adult and pillar of the community, and made my parents proud. OK, well, part of that is true. I was indeed raised in the Buffalo 'burbs...North Tonawanda, to be exact. The rest? Well, can't a guy dream?
Here's some highlights. I was a big baby. Like, 20 lbs. Maybe a few less. Mom always reminds me of the pain. The guilt ensures she gets great birthday presents. I have a brother two years older, and he used to make my life a living Hell, like any good brother should. That stopped when I turned 12, and was bigger than him. I spent most of my formative years annoying my elders. That includes parents, teachers, and the police. If I wasn't in after-school detention, I was being questioned for the latest neighborhood "incident". Looking back, it a was all pretty harmless. Well, maybe not the thing we did to our Spanish Teacher. But that's a story for another time. Sports helped keep me out of any serious trouble. Get suspended...and you were kicked off the team. So that only happened once. Maybe twice. With hopes and dreams, and a suitcase filled with Molson Canadian Lager, I headed off to college. Less than a year later, and a plea agreement with a reduced sentence (like I said...never convicted), my college experience wasn't exactly going as planned. But, with threats of bodily harm from Mom solidly in my back pocket, I managed to graduate from Gannon University in Erie, PA, and looked forward to a lucrative career in broadcasting. Soooooooo...I've bounced around from station to station in such vacation hot spots as Clearfield, PA, Joplin, MO, Evansville, IN, and Fayetteville, NC. In February of 1999, I took the job that I have now (more or less).
I never did find that pot of gold, but I've had a lot of fun along the way. And moving here was the best thing that ever happened to me. I met my beautiful wife, Stacy, while watching a Bills game at what used to be Damon's on Tunnel Road, and we were married in September of 2001. I lost my wedding ring in a bizarre chicken wing incident (true story), so I really have no proof. But I think she'll vouch for me. We don't have any children, but we do have cats...lots and lots of cats. I'd love to tell you exactly how many, but I lost track. Seriously, I started counting them the other night, but had to stop after I'd used all my fingers and toes. I was plum out of digits.
So that's my story. Of course, some of the sordid details have been left out due to pending legal action. But, Judge...I swear I had no idea that pig was your pet!
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We've been hearing it for a while...Christine McVie was done with the music biz. She was quite content on her farm. She said so herself. Well, Mick Fleetwood now says that McVie may be rejoining Fleetwood Mac after all. Stevie Nicks previously shot down any rumors about McVie's potential role in the upcoming Mac reunion, but now Mick says it's not so cut and dry.
Speaking with The Sun he said they've not only been in contact but he's convinced her talk reunion plans with the band:
"I'm seeing Chris here in London before I leave and even though she loathes flying and she's never been back to the United States since the day she left, she is getting on a plane and flying to Hawaii with me. I'm going to hold her hand all the way - even if I have to handcuff it," he said.
"We miss her and love her, and I hope I'm a part in persuading her to return. She's going to come and stay for three weeks in Maui - I'm getting goosebumps just thinking about it. John's going to come over from Honolulu to see her. And then she's going to LA to see Stevie, who misses her terribly and is really excited to see her. But it'll be her decision."
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News of Fleetwood Mac's impending tour has been circulating for some time, and along with it came the question whether Christine McVie would re-join her old bandmates.
McVie initially responded in the negative, prompting Mick Fleetwood to publically say that he might be able to convince her to change her mind. Now, Mick, speaking with The Telegraph, says he's been asked to cease his appeals to her:
"I've had to agree to stop asking her," he said, according to the paper. He did not elaborate on what convinced him to do so. "We miss her and love her, and I hope I'm a part in persuading her to return," Mick told The Sun just last week. "She's going to come and stay for three weeks in Maui - I'm getting goosebumps just thinking about it. John's going to come over from Honolulu to see her. And then she's going to LA to see Stevie, who misses her terribly and is really excited to see her. But it'll be her decision."