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!
How much would you spend to see Bea Arthur's golden girls? Me? I'd pay to NOT see her naked. But for an art collector, it was $1.9 million.
The oil painting "Bea Arthur Naked," by John Currin, sold at auction Wednesday night for that staggering price tag. It was expected to fetch between $1.8 million and $2.5 million.
Want to see the (NSFW) portrait? Yeah, you do. CLICK HERE.
Black Sabbath went prime time on Wednesday night when they appeared on the season finale of the CBS drama, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. The band is shown in a club performing “End of the Beginning” from their new album, 13, in stores June 11th. Ozzy Osbourne also has a brief cameo with one of the episode's characters. Bassist Geezer Butler, who, like Ozzy, lives in Los Angeles, says he's a big fan of the show, having never missed an episode.
Here's a taste.
Add Guns n' Roses to the list of artists who have licensed their music for a commercial.
A soft version of "Sweet Child O' Mine" provides the soundtrack to Johnson and Johnson's "For All You Love" campaign, which "celebrates the importance of putting the needs of others first and all the ways people care for the ones they love. Love is the most powerful thing on the planet. Love is family. Love is life. Love is in a baby's first smile, in a grandmother's comforting touch and in all the wonderful moments in between."
The song is by Capital Children’s Choir, a London-based organization, and was released in 2008.
When you think "retirement", what state comes to mind? You might say our very own North Carolina. Or maybe the beaches of Florida or South Carolina. Perhaps Arizona.
According to a new BankRate.com poll, Tennessee is the best state in the U.S. for retirement. Tennesee? Really? Yes, really, at least when you use statistics on cost of living, crime rates, tax rates, access to medical care and average annual temperatures. They crunched the numbers, and ranked all 50, and the Volunteer State came out on top.
But wait, it gets crazier. How'd you like to retire to Louisiana? It came in second, followed by South Dakota at number-three. Kentucky and Mississippi round out the top five. Retire to Mississippi?
Where did North Carolina rank? Tied with New Jersey for 31st? Wow. Oregon (which is hear is beautiful, and makes great beer), came in dead last.