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2.  SOAPBOX TIME:  Recently someone complained about the Aberdeen Central football team praying before games, with the coach leading the prayer……..Well, this ONE PERSON got things going, and now the coaches cannot lead the prayers……There was an atheist group in Wisconsin that got involved….SERIOUSLY PEOPLE?  ONE PERSON IS UPSET AND THINGS CHANGE?  WHAT ABOUT THE MASSES THAT WANT IT?  This country is getting ridiculous….everybody is so “touchy” and if their feelings get hurt even a little bit, then changes need to be made…..I, for one, am tired of this junk…….If the majority wants things to stay like they are, they should stay like they are….it’s that simple…….

3.  Speaking of football, last night I ventured up to Oakes, ND to watch the Oakes Tornadoes play football.  I have one of my church kids playing on the team, and I TRY to get to at least one game by my church kids each year….


This Oakes football team is GOOD…They are undefeated and are getting ready for the playoffs…..They have a very quick kickoff team, and a quarterback and running back that are super fast…..It would be fun to see an area team like Oakes go far into the playoffs in ND….And, of course, I personally want them to win, because my buddy Jeffrey plays for them…..By the way, this is not him in the above photo…..

4.  Well, we are literally hours away from boarding a plane and heading to our nation’s capitol……It is just me and the boys……Check out my incredibly handsome young men…..


Too bad I had to drag down that nice photo….Anyway, my wife decided she didn’t want to go, so it’s a guy’s trip…..That’s kind of scary….Actually, it isn’t, we are well behaved……

What are we going to do in the big city?  TONS OF THINGS…..

We start out by seeing the legendary 70’s band “AMERICA”…..Yes, you probably remember that My wife, Mitchell and I saw them a few months ago, but Tyler hasn’t seen them, and they are incredibly good…..I can’t wait to see them sing their big hits…..




And, of course, many many more….Here are the guys back in their heyday…..


And, here they are today…..


Let’s listen to a couple of their songs…This one is my fave…”Sister Golden Hair.”

And here’s the classic “Ventura Highway.”

5.  And what else are we doing?  Lots of fun stuff….History….Music….FOOTBALL AND HOCKEY!!!

As I mentioned before, we were granted passes to tour the White House!!!


The Capitol building is incredible….We will see the deep inside of it as well…..

inside the capitol

One things we didn’t have time to do last time, and WILL do this time is visit the Holocaust Museum…..


I told the boys we were going to spend a long time walking thru Arlington National Cemetery as well….


I made my boy’s day recently when I bought them tickets to see a band called “Minus The Bear.”  I don’t know them, but the boys love them……


All three of us have SERIOUSLY gotten in to NHL Hockey…..And we’re excited to see Alex Ovechkin play for the Washington Capitols, as they host Florida…….



And, of course, the main reason we are there….FOOTBALL….Mitchell and my Washington Redskins host Tyler’s favorite team, the Tennessee Titans…..I promised Tyler that whenever these two teams played we would go see them, so, HERE WE GO…..


Of course, I’m getting mentally prepared for our clashes with protesters…..They will be abundant and vocal….But I strongly feel that if they are allowed to give their views loudly, I am allowed to give MY views loudly…….So, I’m ready……

6.  Sad Hollywood news…..Former “SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE” member Jan Hooks has died at only 57…..TMZ is reporting that she was suffering from a “serious illness.”  Jan Hooks played some memorable characters on “SNL” including playing opposite Phil Hartman as Tammy Faye Bakker and Jim Bakker…..Remember how her mascara ran everywhere when she cried?  Ha ha…..


These two also appeared as “The Clintons.”



After “SNL” Jan appeared on “Designing Women”…Here she is with co-star Julia Duffy…


And, who can forget Jan Hook’s spectacular role in “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure”…..See if you remember this part….

Rest in peace, Jan Hooks….Here is a fairly recent picture of her……


7.  More sad news….My wife and I were huge fans of the movie “August Osage County” starring Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts and many more…The movie also featured an actress by the name of Misty Upham.  She played the housekeeper and cook for the family……She is now missing somewhere in the state of Washington…..She was apparently staying with her sister and wandered off…..Her family says she has a medical condition……We wish the best to her and we hope that they find her soon…She has been missing since October 5TH…Misty also appeared in the movie “Django Unchained.”  Here she is with Meryl Streep, and with the cast of the movie…Misty is on the left in the blue dress……




8.  Most people that know me know that I DESPISE clowns…I have been afraid of them since childhood, and while I am not “afraid” of them anymore, they still creep me out and I’d just soon not be around one……Well, “American Horror Story-Freak Show” debuted this past Wednesday, and wouldn’t you know?  THERE’S A DERANGED CLOWN IN THE SHOW….AND HE IS SCARY!!!!


I literally had goose bumps watching him the other night…..yuck……


So, I’m sure you all heard of John Hoki, the inventor of the Hokey Pokey. While John’s life is well known, what’s not so well know, is a story that happened at his funeral.

Being that John was quite a popular fella, mostly due to the Hokey Pokey, which spread like wildfire through his small Middle Eastern town, thousands showed up for his funeral, all coming to bid him farewell.

Well, it happened right before the ceremony was about to begin, when the undertaker gently lifted John up to place him in the coffin. The problem that arose was that as soon as they put his right foot in…….(I’m sure you can figure out the rest.)


Brian’s stress level was at unsurpassed levels.  His wife Maggie was in labor and Brian was sure it was time to head to the hospital.  Breathing heavily, Brian grabbed the phone and called the doctor.   “MY WIFE, SHE’S READY, SHOULD WE COME?”  The doctor tried to relax the poor fellow, “just try to relax, now tell me how much time elapses between the contractions?”  “SHIRLEY!”  Brian screamed on the top of his lungs,  “HOW MUCH TIME IN BETWEEN THE CONTRACTIONS? TEN MINUTES? OK, TEN MINUTES IN BETWEEN!”

“And is this her first child?” Questioned the doctor. “NO YOU STUPID NITWIT, THIS IS HER HUSBAND!”




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Well, I know that I’m not falling for this A THIRD TIME……..


I have a couple of people I need to take to the area around this sign so it’s “legal.”


Hmmm…My Papa knew “French” too…..


This is the one that made me laugh out loud and then feel bad about laughing…..


This sounds a lot like me lately…..


And finally……


2.  Well, I am officially CRUSHED…..After days, if not weeks of wrangling with some office people trying to get a Redskins tour of FedEx field on our D.C. vacation, it has all gone down the toilet…..I was informed today that they are no longer doing Thursday tours the weeks of gamedays……But, they didn’t know that last week…Hmmm….Anyway, they offered us the 11AM tour on Wednesday….The problem is, we don’t get in to D.C. until 10:35AM….Maybe DC isn’t that big of a city, and I can make it across town in 20 minutes…….(wink wink)

3.  But, we had some good news for the trip….I was just informed thru one of our Congress members, that my sons and I were granted passes to enter the WHITE HOUSE….Yeah, how about that?


To be fair, I have been in the WHITE HOUSE before on a bus tour many years ago….But since the horrible day of 9-11, things have changed…It’s tougher to get into the WHITE HOUSE….Unless, of course, you just jump the fence and run towards it…..IDIOT……

We are also having one our Congressional member’s staff give us an “in depth” tour of the CAPITOL building….


I also have had this tour before, but it’s been years ago…..I am a history buff, and traveling around WASHINGTON, D.C. is my kind of day……..I CAN’T WAIT!!!

4.  Since we last talked, three things have happened in sports that have made me a VERY VERY HAPPY MAN….

****The Minnesota Gopher’s football team beat Michigan, IN Michigan….

****Number 11 Mississippi knocked off number 1 Alabama…..Take that Nick Saban….

****The New York Yankees have missed the playoffs again……That probably makes me happiest……

5.  Speaking of baseball, ever since my Minnesota Twins were eliminated from playoff contention back in April when they were two weeks into the season, I have been wondering who I will be cheering for in the postseason….Well, I now know……


The ROYALS have not been in the American League Championship Series since 1985….Yeah, 1985…..It’s about time they do something, and they’re winning games in dramatic fashion!!  I never thought I would say this but…..GO ROYALS!!!!!

6.  All of this crap going on in the world is ridiculous……Why can’t we all just get along?  This person is trying to kill this person….This group wants this group dead……It makes me sick…..

Remember the good old days when “ISIS” was just a Saturday morning cartoon?

(seen here with SHAZAM)


7.  MOVIE TIME……Since we last spoke, my beautiful wife and I have been gracing the theaters watching a few movies…..Here is a short synopsis of each……..

Yesterday we saw the new Ben Affleck movie “GONE GIRL.”  Good movie, except the ending SUCKED….My wife had read the book and was waiting to see my expression when the movie ended….I don’t think she liked my expression…ha ha……And, they showed a certain part of Ben’s anatomy in the movie that really didn’t have to be part of the movie……


Most of you know that I am a horror movie buff, so it’s no surprise that I LOVED the movie “ANNABELLE”, which is the prequel to “THE CONJURING”, which scared the “you know what” out of me……”ANNABELLE” had some horror spots where you jump out of your seats, and I even yelled a word out loud during one of them, which brought sheer delight to my son TYLER…..


However, wait until you see which one was my FAVORITE of the three movies that I saw…….


Great story….Great acting by an all star cast…..Do you know how I knew I was going to like this movie?  BECAUSE THE CRITICS HATED IT!!!!  This is one of those movies that I could have gone to twice…….

8.  Speaking of “horror”, we are just days away from the long awaited new season of “AMERICAN HORROR STORY”…..This season is called “FREAK SHOW.”  And it looks superb…..



The show looks FREAKY….Oh wait, that’s in the title………What is surprising is that I can’t wait for the show, even though there will be CLOWNS in the movie….And I despise clowns…always have…always will……

9.  And now, it’s time for WHERE ARE THEY TODAY?  Today we feature actress OLYMPIA DUKAKIS….Remember her? 


OLYMPIA appeared in, and won awards for great movies like “MOONSTRUCK”.  She starred in this movie with CHER….


And, she was a big part of the all star cast of “STEEL MAGNOLIAS.”


And in case you’re wondering, yes, OLYMPIA DUKAKIS is related to MICHAEL DUKAKIS…They are cousins…MICHAEL, of course, was the Democratic nominee for President in 1988…….

2011 Gabby Awards - After Party

OLYMPIA DUKAKIS is now 83 years old, and here’s what she looks like today…..

Olympia Dukakis

10.  JOKE OF THE DAY……..

Mom and Dad were trying to console Susie whose dog, Skipper, had recently died.

“You know,” Mom said, “it’s not so bad. Skipper’s probably up in Heaven right now, having a grand old time with God.”

Susie stopped crying and asked, “What would God want with a dead dog?”


Two guys get pulled over while drinking and driving.

The driver tells his friend, “Peel the labels off these beer bottles, and we’ll each stick one on our forehead. Now, shove all of the bottles under the front seat. Just let me do all the talking.”

The cop walks up and shines his flashlight into the car. “Have you been drinking?” he asks.

“No, sir,” the drunk answers. “We haven’t had a thing to drink tonight.”

“Then what on earth are those beer labels doing on your foreheads?”

“We’re both alcoholics,” says the drunk. “We’re on the patch.”






Once again, I’M ALIVE…I have been so so so busy….So, let’s not waste time, let’s get right to it…..


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This one always cracks me up….


Sadly, this next one is true for me…ha ha


How about a little poultry humor?


HMMM…i’ve always wondered about the next one….


Wow, that is some great work!!!

funny-newspaper-article yuthink

And finally…..


2.  As you probably know, my boys and I are going to Washington, DC in October to see my beloved Redskins play football.  We are also doing a bunch of historical touring….I love going to DC…I am a huge history buff, so I am in second heaven when I go there….

One of the things we are signed up for is a tour of FedEx Field, where my favorite team plays……The only catch is, we are the first three to sign up…They must have 20 people in order to take the tour…All three of us will be brokenhearted if we can’t take the tour……One of the highlights of the tour is going in the Redskins locker room…..Yep, I may wet myself……..



3. Speaking of football, here are a couple of NFL notes to talk about…….

****First of all, some terribly sad news….Former Tennessee Titans kicker Rob Bironas was killed over the weekend in a car accident in Tennessee…….This impacted my son Tyler the most, because he is a diehard Titans fan, and loved Bironas…….Rob will go down in history as the FOURTH most accurate kicker in NFL history….How about that?  Sadly, also, he just got married to Terry Bradshaw’s daughter Rachel……




Rob Bironas was killed less than a mile from his home…He was only 36……

****Well, I could have predicted this one….RG3 is hurt and Kirk Cousins is in….And, if you are keeping track, Kirk is kicking butt and taking names…Wow…He is playing incredibly great, in fact, many people are thinking that if he keeps it up, my Skins might have to trade RG3 and keep Cousins to be their franchise quarterback….My opinion?  That’s okay with me…..I am still a huge fan of RG3 and always will be….But it all comes down to winning games………And RG3 hasn’t been able to keep healthy much in his few years in the NFL…..I will tell you this….If RG3 comes back and my Skins trade Kirk Cousins, I will throw A FIT……..

By the way, the nickname game has already started….First there was RG3…And now?



Kirk Cousins

****And, in Minnesota, the Teddy Bridgewater era is UNDERWAY…..Matt Cassel was injured last week, and just today was placed the injured reserve list, which means his season is over……And, “Teddy mania” is sweeping the upper midwest….Hang on folks….It’s going to take a little time for Teddy to adapt….Will he be great?  All signs point to yes…….But remember, we have all been excited before about rookie quarterbacks, and some of them have been total busts……


4.  My wife and I went to see a play in Aberdeen this past weekend at the Capitol Theater…I am not much on plays, but I am SO VERY GLAD that we went to this one, because it is, so far, the best play I have EVER seen, and I have seen plays at the Guthrie and Chanhassen…..The play was called “Leading Ladies.” 


We were blown away by the actors, especially the young red headed man, who is, get this….SIXTEEN YEARS OLD……My friend Kelsey also appeared in it, and she was MARVELOUS……The play centered on a couple of con men who were trying to get into the will of a rich lady who was dying….The only problem was, the two people who were named in the will were WOMEN….So, you guessed it….They dressed up as women…and then men…and then women…..I can’t imagine how fast they had to get changed…Anyway, hats off to Aberdeen Community Theater, proving once again, that you don’t have to travel to the “big city” for quality plays!!!!!

5.  Country music has lost their “International Ambassador Of Country Music.”  George Hamilton IV, died last week in Nashville after suffering a heart attack….He was 77 years old….George grew up listening to my favorite singer, Hank Williams……He then took on singing on his own, and because a member of the Grand Ole Opry….George Hamilton IV is known for a few hits, but none bigger than his 1963 hit that was produced by Chet Atkins……





If you ever had the chance to meet him, you will remember him as an extremely nice, soft voiced man…..Very pleasant……Remember his hit?

6.  Well, some people are getting my gander up again……I have had so much trouble lately with people driving in the LEFT LANE, which is the turning lane on our streets, in some cases…..If it’s not for turning, it’s CERTAINLY for passing other vehicles….The other day, we had a packed line in the right lane, and one guy driving 15 MPH in the left lane……Yep, you guessed it…My road rage set in…..ha ha….I need to relax more when driving…..But, I have always had trouble accepting poor driving skills…..Just this morning, I almost rear ended a guy who decided to switch lanes and hurry up and turn, with NO BLINKERS ON…..That would have REALLY upset me….

7.  I have good news and bad news concerning one of my favorite rock and roll bands of all time…..



The good news concerning AC/DC is that they are now recording their first album in six years called “Rock Or Bust.”   The sad news is, they are doing it WITHOUT founding member Malcolm Young, who has an “undisclosed illness”, although the rumor mill says it is cancer……..This will be the first time in 41 years that Malcolm has not recorded or toured with his band….Very sad……..Here is Malcolm Young, including a picture with his brother Angus, who formed the band with him……

AC/DC BLACK ICE TOUR; Madison Square Garden; Dan Acquilante


I have had the pleasure of seeing AC/DC in concert two times, and hopefully, there will be a third…..It also thrills me that both of my boys have already seen this rock and roll legendary band…..


After just a few years of marriage, filled with constant arguments, a young man and his wife decided the only way to save their marriage was to try counseling. They had been at each other’s throat for some time and felt that this was their last straw. When they arrived at the counselor’s office, the counselor jumped right in and opened the floor for discussion.

“What seems to be the problem?” Immediately, the husband held his long face down without anything to say. On the other hand, the wife began talking 90 miles an hour describing all the wrongs within their marriage.

After 5…10…15 minutes of listening to the wife, the counselor went over to her, picked her up by her shoulders, kissed her passionately for several minutes, and sat her back down. Afterwards, the wife sat there speechless.

He looked over at the husband who was staring in disbelief at what had happened. The counselor spoke to the husband, “Your wife NEEDS that at least twice a week!”

The husband scratched his head and replied, “I can have her here every Tuesday and Thursday.”




I ACTUALLY HAVE THIS WEEKEND OFF…YEE HAW…..this is what I’m going to be doing….frolicking in the fields with flowers in my hair…hee hee


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Yeah, this guy is in trouble DEEP….no pun intended…….


Halloween candy has been out for like four months, so this one is appropriate….


I think about my sister Lisa when I see this next one…She used to “cook” for me when she was young….


I hope this next one is never me….


And now, the nominees for “most creative answer” in school…Aw heck, just give him the award…..


And finally, yep…true….very true…..


2.  Well, since we last spoke, my WASHINGTON REDSKINS lost to the HOUSTON TEXANS in week one of the NFL…Here’s the deal…You CANNOT lose two fumbles within the 10 yard line and expect to win!!!!  Oh well, we may rebound this weekend against the JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS….I sincerely hope we start winning, being me and the boys are flying out to watch them in October!!!  ha ha


I thought the best comment about the REDSKINS and how they played last Sunday was given by Redskins special teams coach BEN KOTWICA….He compared their loss to the Titanic….He said this….”The food was great….the music sounded wonderful…..and then we hit the iceberg.”   Pretty darn creative if you ask me…..

The only thing that took away the sting of the loss was the fact that our arch enemy, the DALLAS COWBOYS were humiliated at home by the SAN FRANCISCO 49’ERS…..


3.  The hit TV show “MARRIED WITH CHILDREN” ran for 11 seasons and produced 259 incredibly funny episodes…..Recently the cast got together for “The Mom” on the show, KATEY SAGAL, to receive her “Hollywood Star.”  You probably remember what they looked like when the show started in 1987……


Since the show ended, the cast has had a bunch of success.  Here’s what they look like today……

Katey Sagal Honored On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame

4.  Back when I was in junior high, I had an INCREDIBLE crush on KRISTI MCNICHOL.  And seriously, how could I not?


KRISTI went on to start in great shows like “FAMILY”, and “EMPTY NEST.”  She turns 52 years old today…..Here is what she looks like today……


Do you remember her brother JIMMY MCNICHOL? 


He is now 53 years old…..And here is what he looks like today…..


5.  We lost of couple of celebrities since we last spoke…..The lastest one is RICHARD KIEL…He played the villain “JAWS” on the JAMES BOND movie “THE SPY WHO LOVED ME.”


RICHARD KIEL was 74 when he passed away this week…..


Here he is in 2007 with JAMES BOND himself, actor ROGER MOORE…..


ROGER MOORE by the way, is now 86 years old….Here he is with actor MICHAEL CAINE who is now 81…..


6.  And of course, unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that JOAN RIVERS has died at the age of 81…..Not meaning to be disrespectful to her, I have to tell you that I was never a huge fan…..I appreciate what she did for women comedians, and for what she did for the comedy circuit in general….I enjoyed her comedy, but was never a “huge fan.”  And that’s okay…We can’t be huge fans of everybody……


joannie rivers

And then, the plastic surgery nightmare happened….


Here’s one with her daughter MELISSA….



Ol’ Fred had been a religious man who was in the hospital, near death. The family called their preacher to stand with them. As the preacher stood next to the bed, Ol’ Fred’s condition appeared to deteriorate and he motioned frantically for something to write on.

The pastor lovingly handed him a pen and a piece of paper, and Ol’ Fred used his last bit of energy to scribble a note, then he died. The preacher thought it best not to look at the note at that time, so he placed it in his jacket pocket.

At the funeral, as he was finishing the message, he realized that he was wearing the same jacket that he was wearing when Ol’ Fred died.

He said, “You know, Ol’ Fred handed me a note just before he died. I haven’t looked at it, but knowing Fred, I’m sure there’s a word of inspiration there for us all.”

He opened the note, and read out loud, “Hey, you’re standing on my oxygen tube?”





SORRY…it’s been awhile…life has been crazy…..I had two funerals last week, plus family services, and three church meetings besides that….plus working full time here….it gets a bit overwhelming sometimes, and last week was one of them…..

HOWEVER, I’m ready to rock and roll again…so let’s get going…..



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Hmmm….I have been wrong all of this time about what a “DECOY” is used for when it comes to birds……




This is for all of the NDSU fans out there…ha ha….




This next one is TOTALLY my sense of humor…in fact, I’ve used it before…BIG SHOCK, RIGHT?




This one actually made me laugh out loud today…..




And to think, I did it wrong all of those years ago…….




And finally, I’m probably going to pay for this one…..





2.  OKAY…soapbox first…then some more fun….


I am not a big fan of war….I know that we need to go sometimes, and I support that…..I have nothing but respect for the military and it’s soldiers who put their lives on the line so that I can write stupid blogs……and say what I want….I just hate seeing our people killed in battle or having to live their lives with permanent injuries…..come to think of it, I don’t think ANYONE is a big FAN of wars…..


With that said, we have some whack jobs and nutcases that we need to deal with….These beheadings of our media members is insane……How anyone could do this is beyond me….and they do it in the name of GOD?  Obviously not the same GOD that I have……


We need to act quickly…..we need to eradicate those people who don’t value life…..And if they are a threat to our freedom, then we need to do something, just like we did in other wars when our freedom was threatened….We just cannot sit by and watch this happen over and over again…..


And a work to our leaders…..STOP GIVING OUR PLANS OUT ON WORLDWIDE TV….That drives me up a wall….”Here’s what we intend to do.”  NO….BE QUIET…Just do it and let us know the outcome…..it sucks when we continually give our enemies a chance to run and hide……



3.  A little sad news for you…..the lead singer of the band “SURVIVOR” has died…..JIMI JAMISON was 63 when he died of a heart attack in Memphis the other day……JIMI JAMISON did not sing lead on “EYE OF THE TIGER” but he sang lead on the other hits…..







4.   When I saw this picture, it made me laugh, and it brought back memories of my childhood…..




Many of you probably remember as children, going to RAPID CITY, SOUTH DAKOTA and having the donkeys roam up to your car and look for food…..This is about the face that I had in a couple of pictures in our scrapbook when I was probably seven years old, or younger…..It was terrifying having this great big head and great big teeth right next to you…ha ha….We could also get out of the car and feed them by hand…….Ahhh….great memories…oh wait, terrifying memories…ha ha…..



5.  check this out….




Isn’t that funny when you think about it?  I do believe that there is life other than us in the universe….There has to be…..Do I believe that they have ventured into our world?  Yes, I do….Maybe I am crazy for it, but I do believe that they have……These “crop circles” and “cows turned inside out” are something very freaky……and what about “area 51?”  It seems like they are hiding SOMETHING there…..I just wish that, if there is something there, that our officials would be honest with us…..But, then again, why start being honest now, right?



6.  Can you believe that they remake movie of the “LITTLE RASCALS” is twenty years old?  Man, time flies….The original gang got together from that movie and redid their movie poster….This is MAJORLY COOL……






This is sure wetting my appetite to watch it again….Of course though, I am a HUGE fan of the original “LITTLE RASCALS”…I even own some of their shows……







Quite possibly the best thing to come around is the “NFL CHANNEL”, which kept me sane during the offseason…ha ha….I am completely excited to watch my WASHINGTON REDSKINS play this Sunday against the HOUSTON TEXANS…I am excited to see what our new head coach can do…JAY GRUDEN took over for MIKE SHANAHAN, who had a disastrous few years in our nations capital…..


I am so pumped, because in a few weeks, my boys and I will travel to D.C. to watch my SKINS play TYLER’S TENNESSEE TITANS…..


And, of course, with the onset of football, I must continue my attack on others teams…ha ha….


This first one is hilarious, but it pains me, because the VIKINGS are my second favorite team….But, history doesn’t lie…it’s true…


It’s the VIKINGS trophy case…..




And, of course, I have to take a shot at my most least liked team….ha ha….





8.  Well, during the LABOR DAY weekend my wife and I along with a couple of friends went to the SOUTH DAKOTA STATE FAIR in HURON to see the legendary rock band “BOSTON.”  This was the second time I have seen them and they were WAY BETTER this time around……..




“BOSTON” founder, lead guitar player, producer, writer, and pretty much the brains and backbone of the band, TOM SCHOLZ was amazing….he is now 67 years old and certainly doesn’t look it……




It makes me sad that our biggest part of concert going is over for the years….However, I just ordered tickets to see “AMERICA” when we are out in D.C……You probably remember that I saw them a few months ago…Yes, they are that good that I want to go again……




No one in this town could catch any fish except this one man.
The game warden asked him how he did it so the man told the game warden that he would take him fishing the next day… Once they got to the middle of the lake the man took out a stick of dynamite, lit it, and threw it in the water. After the explosion fish started floating to the top of the water. The man took out a net and started picking up the fish. The game warden told him that this was illegal. The man took out another stick of dynamite and lit it. He then handed it to the game warden and said ” are you going to fish or talk?”



















PIERSON FORD is proud to announce a big event that will finish off August….It’s our “MEGA RED TAG SALE.”  All of us salespeople spent the entire day yesterday hanging RED TAGS in all of the new and pre-owned vehicles……Our entire lineup is priced to sell!!!!  And with school starting right now, and college starting soon, now is the perfect time to find a trusty reliable school car for your kids.  We all know that you, like me and other parents, only want THE BEST for your kids…..None of us want to get that call in the middle of the night or whenever, that the car has broken down somewhere.  Here’s the deal….Our service techs at PIERSON FORD go thru each vehicle from front to back before it goes on the lot…..I said BEFORE it goes on the lot, and BEFORE you buy it……That’s peace of mind that we all can live with.




We would love it if you stop out and see us in the auto plaza, north highway 281 in ABERDEEN, SOUTH DAKOTA……Plus, you can call us at 1-800-627-1237, and you can check out our incredibly large lineup of cars, vans, SUV’S, and trucks at the following address……http://piersonford.com/









I think I missed “shark week”, but this is still funny…..




I am SO GLAD that my name is Jay……




Hmmm…this songwriter may be on to something……




I guess the only thing I can come up with for this one is…….DUH!!!!!




Now this is MY KIND OF WOMAN…….NOT!!!




I’m not a “rainbow chaser”, but I know a lot of people that would be if this is the case…ha ha…..





2.  So, you are probably wondering, “how was WILLIE NELSON?”  Well, I’m here to tell you that I was fairly disappointed.  Willie has always sang his songs differently than what the records sounded like.  I was prepared for that.  What I wasn’t prepared for, is WILLIE actually “speaking” the words of the songs instead of “singing.”  Not all the time, but enough that I got annoyed……Here’s the sad thing……As you know, the only song I was waiting to hear was “Angels Flying Too Close To The Ground.”  I did hear it, but we left during the song…….I love WILLIE NELSON…..I was sad that we left, but I think one of my friends summed it up the best…He said this……”You know, Jay, it’s like having to go to a funeral for someone that was really sick.  You don’t really want to go because you want to remember that person the way they were, and not how they look in the casket after being sick.”  PERFECT…..I couldn’t have said it any better!!!!




Speaking of WILLIE NELSON, a friend of mine told me a good one……It was so doggone hot last Saturday, but it wasn’t super hot when my wife and I left our house, so we had long sleeve shirts on and jeans.  After we got to the fair, it was so hot that I went and bought a t-shirt and my wife bought a new short sleeved shirt at one of the booths.  My friend Doris was manning one other booth and she said, ” Jay, it really doesn’t matter how you look.  It’s not like WILLIE will be able to see you because of his glaucoma…….right?  That’s why he smokes pot so much, right?”  I about died laughing…..ha ha….And in her defense, she was only joking…….and her little joke was the “best line heard at the fair”, by this guy……



4.  TYLER, MITCHELL and I love to watch movies….And one of our favorite ones is “SIN CITY” from 2005……….




Last night, TYLER and I watched “SIN CITY” in it’s entirety to get ready for this Friday night….That’s when the long anticipated sequel comes out called, appropriately enough, “SIN CITY 2.”


SIN CITY 2 Banner


We love the “cartoonish look” of the movie and the “comic book” style of the stories……I seriously don’t get excited about seeing too many movies on opening night….This, however, is one movie that I want to see on opening night…..And barring a disaster, we will see it…….



5.  I talked earlier in this blog about “shark week.”  People go crazy over this week of television……I don’t get into it, but apparently many others do…..Much like VERNE TROYER who played “MINI ME” on the “AUSTIN POWERS” movies…..Remember him?




well, VERNE TROYER even admits that he might have gone a bit overboard with “shark week.”  You be the judge…ha ha….




That is hilarious….and it works perfectly with his other full time job…..a loan shark…….(ooh, that was bad…even for me….)



6.  C’MON JOHNNY MANZIEL…..Mr. so called “JOHNNY FOOTBALL” was playing my WASHINGTON REDSKINS on Monday night, when he apparently couldn’t take some good natured ribbing by my SKINS players……So, he did what any immature kid would do……..GIVE THEM THE FINGER…..




Unfortunately for JOHNNY FOOTBALL, all of AMERICA saw it too….in fact, if you were watching the game, you saw a man in a suit walk up behind JOHNNY and whisper something in his ear…..And then you saw this…..




We found out later that the guy was the public relations guy for the CLEVELAND BROWNS….And he was, indeed, letting MR. MANZIEL know that his “ooopsy daisy” went over live TV……You would think people would learn…Especially high profile sports and entertainment people……You have to be careful EVERYWHERE because of modern day technology……



7.  Okay, I have a question…..WHO IN THE HECK DECIDES WHAT WORDS MEAN?  I was very annoyed the other day to read that JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE was being completely torn apart on Twitter and other avenues because of something he said to MADONNA……The “material girl” had a birthday the other day, and apparently JUSTIN tweeted to her, “Happy Mother ‘F’ in birthday to my NINJA.”  Okay, truthfully, I wasn’t really happy with the language part of it, but NINJA?  I was told that NINJA is another “code word” for the “N” word….Yep…someone apparently decided that NINJA means a derogatory racist term now…….WHEN WILL THIS POLITICALLY CORRECT CRAP END?



8.  Speaking of being “politically correct”, my hat is off to football legend MIKE DITKA….He went off the other day about the WASHINGTON REDSKINS and the controversy surrounding their name…..Here’s a little bit of what “IRON MIKE” said….




“What’s all the stink over the Redskin name?” Ditka said. “It’s so much [horse feces] it’s incredible. .It was said out of reverence, out of pride to the American Indian.  This is so stupid it’s appalling, and I hope that owner keeps fighting for it and never changes it, because the Redskins are part of an American football history, and it should never be anything but the Washington Redskins. That’s the way it is.

“Its been the name of the team since the beginning of football. It has nothing to do with something that happened lately, or something that somebody dreamed up. This was the name, period. Leave it alone. These people are silly — asinine, actually, in my opinion.”

(And then, MIKE DITKA issues the line of all lines….)


“It’s all the political correct idiots in America, that’s all it is,” Ditka said.


Way to go MR. DITKA….It’s about time the “other side” has their say……



9.  Sad news to report…..The voice of “SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE” has died…..DON PARDO has been the one delivering the opening line since the show started….He actually has only missed a handful of shows since the show started in the mid 70’s….That’s IMPRESSIVE……The legendary voice was 96 years old and was still doing “SNL” up till recently…..  Everybody knows his voice…..And everybody waited to hear those words, “IT’S SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE.”  And then he would introduce the cast, musical guest and the host……..




Academy Of Televison Arts & Sciences' 19th Annual Hall Of Fame Induction


I’m sure a lot of you remember what I remember…That DON PARDO was the original announcer for the original “JEOPARDY” back in the 60’s and 70’s……Remember when the show was hosted by ART FLEMING?




ART FLEMING, by the way, died in 1995 at the age of 70…….


I also found a super cool photo of DON PARDO back in his way way way way way early broadcasting days………





10.  JOKE OF THE DAY: (perfect for school starting.)


On the first day of college, the dean addressed the students, pointing out some of the rules: “The female dormitory will be out-of-bounds for all male students, and the male dormitory will be off limits to the female students. Anybody caught breaking this rule will be fined $20 the first time. Anybody caught breaking this rule the second time will be fined $60. Being caught a third time will cost you $180. Are there any questions?”

One student raised his hand and asked, “How much for a season pass?”









After all the sadness of the week, I think we need this….




Your blog is sponsored by PIERSON FORD in ABERDEEN, SOUTH DAKOTA….Well, here it is….Fair week in Brown County!!!  Which means excellent fair food, fun and scary rides, great exhibits, 4-H achievements, great music, and…..FANTASTIC DEALS AT PIERSON FORD….


It’s our “Fair Week Sale” at PIERSON FORD….Many vehicles have been priced down, and don’t forget, the zero percent for 72 months is still going on….


I want to focus on a couple of pre-owned vehicles……..


This is one of the best deals on the lot in my opinion…..We have a 2013 FORD EDGE that has a lot of extra in it, and has only 24,000 miles on it……Great looking vehicle….




We also have a super sharp 2014 SUBARU FORESTER 2.0XT TOUR….This beauty only has 17,000 miles on it, and is LOADED…..




Why not check out our entire inventory of new and pre-owned vehicles on our website at the following address:  http://piersonford.com/


You can also call us at 1-800-627-1237, or better yet, buzz by our lot in the auto plaza, north highway 281 in ABERDEEN!!!!



Here come your midweek funnies…..


This school gets RIGHT TO THE POINT…




I sincerely hope that my voo-doo doll doesn’t get in the wrong hands…..




Hmm..I may try this next time….




And, if you add a little miracle whip……yummy……




I wish I knew the next one when I was in algebra class…Oh wait…I wasn’t smart enough to take algebra…..




And finally, one that made me laugh out loud…..





2.  They say that they go in “threes”….We lost ROBIN WILLIAMS a couple of days ago, and now, a movie legend if there ever was one, has passed away….The great LAUREN BACALL died after having a stroke Tuesday at the age of 89……LAUREN was in tons of great movies, including a couple with her then husband, HUMPHREY BOGART…..You may remember “THE BIG SLEEP”, and “KEY LARGO.” 






Here’s one of the happy couple with MARILYN MONROE….




LAUREL BACALL’S last “credited” role was one that I was happy that I got to see…She played in an episode of “FAMILY GUY” this past season….She played a friend of PETER GRIFFIN’S Mom named “EVELYN” in the episode called “MOM’S WORLD.”  LAUREN’S character was best friends with PETER’S Mom, who had died….She had a very funny role in that particular episode……




Thanks for all the memories LAUREN BACALL….May you rest in peace……Here are a couple of photos of MISS BACALL from the past few years…..







3.  Our “idiot of the day” goes to the following person…….Why in the world would you need a “tongue modification” like this?  YUCK…..




In addition to stupid, that had to be incredibly painful……I guess it brings a whole new meaning to the phrase “keep your mouth zipped shut.”



4.  Did you hear the story about the man at a Burger King recently?  This is hilarious….This particular Burger King was packed, and the line this guy was in was being taken care of by a “newby” who just started, so things were slower.  Behind this gentleman was a Mom and her extremely bratty young kid…..Apparently this kid was screaming and hollering, kicking his Mother, while she was on the phone, and screaming at the top of his lungs, “I WANT A (F-WORD) APPLE PIE.”  Everybody was staring at this Mom and child, and they didn’t seem to mind……So, when this man got to the front of the line, he ordered the burgers he wanted, and then……he ordered EVERY APPLE PIE that the store had made up….HILARIOUS….He didn’t need them, but wanted to punish the boy in his own way……When the Mom got to the front, the girl announced that they didn’t have any, and then she pointed to the man who bought them all….I guess if looks could kill this guy would have fallen quicker than my grades in high school……..Great story….Hopefully lesson learned, but that’s doubtful….





5.  Speaking of snacks, I tried out a new candy bar the other day and it was excellent…..




Kit Kat EXTRA CRISPY….I am not much on candy bars, as I’m not supposed to be eating them, but I was craving chocolate so I pulled one out of the vending machine at work…it was surprisingly really really good…….Now, I just have to pace myself on having another….and another…and another…….



6.  We loved going to a local steakhouse called “MAVERICKS.”  Every time I go, I have a steak with broiled, buttered shrimp on the side….The other night I decided to try something different, and break the trend of eating the same meals…..So, I looked at the menu and tried their BBQ RIBS that the menu said “fall off the bone.”  Guess what?  THEY WERE INCREDIBLE….And as soon as they set the plate down, I grabbed my fork and banged on one of them, and yes….the meat fell off the bones……..The ribs were incredible…in fact, I told my beautiful wife that they were the SECOND best ribs I have ever had….The top ribs were at a K.C. MASTERPIECE restaurant in KANSAS CITY…..They obviously were going to be great there…….



7.  As I mentioned awhile ago, it’s BROWN COUNTY FAIR TIME…..


Tonight, we are going to see a rock and roll tribute band that is exceptional…They are called “HAIRBALL”, and they have their lead singer dressed up like dozens of rock legends…If you have never seen “HAIRBALL”, you need to sometime….




For the first time ever, we are not going to the Thursday and Friday night entertainment, because we don’t listen to new country music, and we have absolutely no idea who these people are, or what songs they sing……Thursday is KIP MOORE and CASSADEE POPE, and Friday is CHRIS YOUNG and COURTNEY COLE…….


But, we are definitely going Saturday night!!!!




That’s right, the legendary WILLIE NELSON is coming to town…I am basically dragging my wife to see him…She’s not a big fan….I’m not a SUPER huge fan of WILLIE’S, but for crying out loud, a music legend is coming to town……And he’s 81 years old…He’s not going to be around forever!!!!  Plus, there are quite a few songs I hope he sings, including the following….






I am also a huge fan of “ANGEL FLYING TO CLOSE TO THE GROUND.”




Should be fun!!!!



8.  Fair time brings the opportunity to clog your arteries with “DEEP FRIED CRAP.”  Well, it’s not actually crap, but it could be close enough…..I put together five deep fried foods that I would NEVER, may I say again, NEVER try…YUCK….


A fan favorite is “DEEP FRIED BUTTER.”  Yep, a stick of butter deep fried…..You can almost hear your heart yelling “NO!!!!!!!”




Seriously?  DEEP FRIED BEER?




OH YEAH!!!!  I’m not saying I like these, I’m just using the “KOOL AID GUY’S” catch phrase, as I show you DEEP FRIED KOOL AID…..




I like my bubblegum, but not deep fried…yep…DEEP FRIED BUBBLE GUM….




Recently for the first time, I tried a fried egg on a hamburger….not super impressed, but one thing I will never try is a  DEEP FRIED ICE CREAM CHEESEBURGER……




No thanks….I will stick to my own artery clogging TUBBY BURGERS….MMMM…YUMMY…



9.  My wife, my son TYLER and I have started something at home….We now watch “THE OFFICE” reruns on NETFLIX….I would imagine that we watch four or five episodes every couple of nights, whenever we can……We are now in the middle part of the series, when ED HELM’S character ANDY BERNARD was introduced…..Well, I hate to say it, but time hasn’t eased my contempt for this character…..Have you ever had a movie character or a TV character that just makes your skin crawl?  ANDY BERNARD is one of those for me….




I never realized how much I missed “THE OFFICE” until we fired up the old shows……





What is the difference between the MINNESOTA TWINS and a mosquito?  A mosquito eventually stops sucking…….




How many MINNESOTA TWINS players does it take to change a flat tire?  Just one, unless it’s a blowout and then they ALL SHOW UP….