RANDOM THOUGHTS FOR WEDNESDAY MAY 20TH, 2015

HEY HOWDY EVERYBODY!!!

This weekend is the Memorial Day weekend.  Have fun. Unwind.  Go boating.  Do whatever you want, but PLEASE take the time to remember what Memorial Day is all about.

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Today’s blog is sponsored by Pierson Ford in Aberdeen.  You may know by now, and maybe I’ve bragged about it before, but the brand new 2015 Ford Edge is here!!  And wait until you see the new design!!

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1.  LET’S HAVE SOME FUN!!

I don’t know why my doctor needs this, but, well, OKAY!!

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A few of my friends got a kick out of this next one!

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Some girls are SO touchy!!

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This next one made me hungry.

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2.  VACATION CHANGE!!!  After hours and hours of deliberating, my beautiful wife and I have decided NOT to go to Colorado this summer, but to head east.

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That’s right, we have decided to go stay in the woods around Two Harbors, MN, and to spend a few days in Duluth.  We have been told by many friends, including a couple that used to live there, that Duluth is a great place to visit.  We will find out.  We are very excited about it.

However, the place that I am MOST excited to see is in Grand Rapids, MN.  We will be seeing the childhood home of Judy Garland.  If you know me, you know that my all time favorite movie is “The Wizard Of Oz”.  This will be exciting.

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Apparently the museum near her home has the carriage that was pulled by “a horse of a different color” in the movie.  I didn’t know that Abraham Lincoln was the original owner of that carriage!!!

3.  Tom Brady this. Tom Brady that.  I’m getting tired of hearing about “inflategate.”  My feelings?  Not that my opinion matters, but I think this may be a whole lot of nothing.  I guarantee you that stuff like this and even WORSE stuff happens all the time in the NFL.  Yes, granted that Tom may have been caught red handed, but there have been other penalties dealt that should have been way way worse.  With that said, I am no big fan of Tom Brady.  I RESPECT what he has done, and yes, he will end up one of the top five quarterbacks of all time. I do believe this.  I just feel a little bad for him that his squeaky clean image has been tarnished by something that may be going on with all 32 teams.

By the way, one place that Tom doesn’t have many fans is New York City, the home of the New York Jets.  The fans didn’t waste much time after the announcement to get their “digs” in on Tom Brady.

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4.  Hey, Yogi Berra turned 90 recently!!!

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NO!!!  Not YOGI BEAR, Yogi BERRA.  He is one of the true living legends of major league baseball.

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Granted, he played for my most despised team in the league, but you have to respect Yogi.  Here are a couple of pictures of Yogi Berra recently, including one with Tommy Lasorda.

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5.  WOW!!  The Minnesota Timberwolves won the number one pick in the NBA draft last night!!!  I was watching it, and I was SURE that there would be a conspiracy, and the Los Angeles Lakers would get number one.  They received number two by the way.  The Lakers are my most despised NBA team.  ( Have you noticed that my most despised teams are coming out of the wood works today?  Well, I will tell you, there are no stories about my MOST despised team in any sports…the Dallas Cowboys.)

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I heard a couple of commentators on ESPN the other night say that the T-WOLVES are one of the teams to look out for in the next year or two.  WOW…Those are words we have NEVER heard in this region.  Let’s hope they are right.  They seem to have the right nucleus of players in place.

6.  And, I supposed I should be a big boy and mention my beloved Minnesota Wild.  The last time we talked they were getting ready to take on the Chicago Blackhawks in round two of the Stanley Cup playoffs.  Well, things didn’t quite work out as we had hoped.  In fact, they weren’t even CLOSE.  The Blackhawks buried my Wild four games to none.  We are done for the year, and frankly, I don’t even feel bad that we are done.  You don’t deserve to move on when you play like they did.  it’s almost like the Wild have the “Yankees and Twins” syndrome when they play the Blackhawks.  My Twins always struggle against the Yankees, and it looks like my Wild will not get Chicago off of their backs anytime soon.

7.  Speaking of my Minnesota Wild, we wouldn’t have even GOT to the playoffs if it wasn’t for our newly obtained goalie, Devan Dubnyk.  The Wild’s top priority in the offseason is to sign Devan to a long team deal.  I saw a picture of Devan the other night, and I think I figured out who is DADDY is. 

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I think it’s DOUG MCKENZIE from the movie “Strange Brew” seen here on the right side.

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And, they both talk Canadian, AYE?

8.  Here’s the ironic thing about talking about Doug McKenzie.  He is played by actor Dave Thomas, and while grabbing a picture of him, I found out that today is the 66th birthday of Dave Thomas.

I first remember him from the great comedy sketch show “SCTV.”

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He also starred in the movie that I just talked about, “Strange Brew”, with Rick Moranis as his brother Bob McKenzie.

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You probably also remember Dave Thomas from the hit TV show “Grace Under Fire.”

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Here is Dave Thomas recently.

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9.  Burt Reynolds used to be every woman’s dream guy.  Like back in his “Smokey And The Bandit” days.

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Burt Reynolds has changed a BUNCH in recent years.  Of course, he’s one year short of 80, though.  Burt recently appeared at a Comic Con festival, and shocked a lot of people by the way he looked.

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We are all getting older.  Even our Hollywood legends.  I love Burt Reynolds. I wish him nothing but the very best!

10.  Remember the “Little Rascals” movie back in the 90’s?  It celebrated it’s 20th anniversary last year by getting the kids together for a remake of their movie poster.  THIS IS TOTALLY COOL!!!

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11.  JOKE OF THE DAY!

A lady was walking down the street when she was accosted by a particularly dirty and shabby-looking homeless woman who asked her for a couple of dollars for dinner.

She took out her wallet, got out ten dollars and asked, ‘If I give you this money, will you buy wine with it instead of dinner?’

‘No, I had to stop drinking years ago’, the homeless woman told her.

‘Will you use it to go shopping instead of buying food?’ the lady asked.

‘No, I don’t waste time shopping,’ the homeless woman said. ‘I need to spend all my time trying to stay alive.’

‘Will you spend this on a beauty salon instead of food?’ she asked.

‘Are you NUTS!’ replied the homeless woman. I haven’t had my hair done in 20 years!’

Then the lady said, ‘I’m not going to give you the money. Instead, I’m going to take you out for dinner with my husband and me tonight.’

The homeless Woman was shocked. ‘Won’t your husband be furious with you for doing that? I know I’m dirty, and I probably smell pretty disgusting.’

Then the woman said, ‘That’s okay. It’s important for him to see what a woman looks like after she has given up shopping, hair appointments, and wine.’

HAVE A GREAT WEEK AND A GREAT MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND!!!

JAY DEAN

RANDOM THOUGHTS FOR TUESDAY MAY 5TH, 2015

GOOD TUESDAY EVERYBODY!!!  Wow.  Can’t believe how fast time flies!  51 candles on my cake today.  It seems like just a year ago that I was celebrating my 50th birthday!  Anyway, here’s what my cake looks like today.

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And, by the way, you can tell that I’m 51 years old and slipping.  While preparing for this blog, I had to look at my phone to see what THE DATE WAS!!!  Unreal!

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1.  LET’S HAVE SOME FUN!!

I never knew the moon had it in him.

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My cousin Lori posted this on my Facebook page.  LOVE IT!!

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I could give you a list of people that fit into this next one!

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This one makes me mad. It’s just not fair to us guys!

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NO KIDDING WOMEN!  This one is So true!

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2.  Well, the good news is, my Minnesota Wild are in the playoffs!!!

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The BAD news is, that they are down 2 games to none to the Chicago Blackhawks.  Here’s the deal, the Blackhawks are an incredibly talented team.  However, they are the Wild’s arch rivals.  And they are beginning to become my “Dallas Cowboys of the NHL.”  Which isn’t a good thing!  Anyway, my birthday wish for today is that the get a big win tonight!  We will find out later tonight if my wish comes true.

3.  One of my favorite shows on TV is “The Simpsons”.  It amazes me that a cartoon show can stay fresh and funny after almost 25 years.  “The Simpson’s” started out in 1987 on the “Tracey Ullman Show”, and got their own show in 1990 on Fox.  It is now the longest running TV show in history.  I believe it was “Gunsmoke” that ran for 20 seasons.  Anyway, my point is, someone had some fun and posted pictures of real life people looking like Simpson’s characters.  Check this out.

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This one is good.  Bart’s good friend Millhouse.

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And, by far, my favorite one, the Simpson’s nerdy next door neighbor, Ned Flanders.

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4.  I’m sure that most, if not all of you know that I am a huge Washington Redskins fan.  And, obviously, if you are a Redskin’s fan, you CANNOT like the Dallas Cowboys.  (see post #2).  With that said, I found a t-shirt that I think I truly must have.  See what you think!

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LOVE IT. MUST FIND IT.

5.  My beautiful wife and I celebrated our 28th wedding anniversary on April 25th.  Being the romantic person that I am, I planned an entire weekend with her without her knowing anything about where we were going.  That is, until the night before we left when she practically beat it out of me.  My wife despises surprises, so she FOR SURE wanted to know where we were going.  (That’s why at Christmas time I don’t buy her gifts until December 23rd or 24th!!)

Our journey started out on the Friday night of our anniversary weekend,  as we trekked thru my wife’s hometown areas of Roslyn, SD and Eden, SD.  We actually lived in Eden for a short time after we were married.  We ate at the hotspot in town called “Club Eden.”  EXCELLENT FOOD. EXCELLENT SERVICE.

After we ate we traveled a few miles down the road to Sisseton, SD to see the great Eddy Raven in concert.  Eddy was a favorite of ours in the 80’s and 90’s in country music.  We even had the opportunity to meet him afterwards.

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Eddy Raven has had some great songs in the past like I’m Gonna Get You.”

And, one of our personal favorites “In A Letter To You.”

Eddy Raven was awesome.  He has had so many hits from the 70’s thru 90’s that you forget about.  The opening act was called “Just Between Friends”.  They are a bunch of Sisseton friends who got together to jam.  Seriously?  THEY ARE MY FAVORITE REGIONAL BAND THAT I HAVE EVER HEARD IN THIS AREA.  They played all kinds of classic songs.  LOVE THEM.

After the concert we ventured off to Watertown, SD to spend the night.  The next morning we took off for Minneapolis for a play.  Here’s the deal.  We were on our anniversary weekend, and I got tickets to see a play called “THE GREAT DIVORCE.”  ha ha.  It’s not about divorce, however.  it’s about heaven and hell.

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After the play, we enjoyed a very very expensive meal at the place called “Seven.”  We have never before, and probably will never again spend $200 dollars on a meal for two.  But, it was fun once.

That night, we took our son’s advice and went to a scary movie called “Unfriended.”  I use the word “scary” lightly.  We did not like the movie at all.  With all the computer crap in the movie, it was way more geared towards people like our sons.

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We spent the night at a very ritzy hotel that is hooked on to the Mall Of America.  It’s called Radisson Blu.

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It was the most amazing hotel we have ever stayed at.  From the moment you get out of your vehicle they wait on your hand and foot.  For a tip, obviously. But it was so cool.  On Sunday we shopped at the Mall Of America, and then we had lunch at Dick’s Last Resort.

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If you have never been there, here’s what they do.  They are kind of an “insult food and drink place.”  The waiters are kind of rude to you, but not offensive.  IT WAS A BLAST.  They put silly paper hats on your head and they write something on them.  We saw a little kid with his hat that said “Daddy’s little mistake.”  HILARIOUS.  We gave the waiter back about as much crap as he gave us.  And then it was homeward bound after a beautiful weekend together.  Aren’t I a romantic?

6.  Which brings us to our summer vacation.  We can’t decide where to go, so it’s looking like we’re going back to our favorite place.

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COLORADO.  We love being in the mountains.  In fact, we love it so much that we’re planning on moving out there sometime in the next three or four years.  And, just to beat some of you to the punchline, NO, we are not moving there for the WEED.  That’s the first comment we hear from people.  But, NO. And I mean a BIG “NO.”

7.  With all the negativity coming out of Baltimore recently, I thought I would pass along a couple of things. First of all, sometimes I’m ashamed to have come from the “media” area in radio.  Radio and TV are vastly different, but we are both “media.”  I think that 24 hour news channels like CNN and FOX can make or break news stories.  They can turn them slightly positive, or focus on the negative.  Unfortunately, they both went for the negative.  All we saw were the riots and clashes.  They never posted pictures like this.

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A picture like that goes a long way in the healing department.

8.  We lost a goodie in the past week.  Singer Ben E. King died at the age of 76.

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  He is mostly known for singing one of the biggest ballads in the history of music.  “Stand By Me.”

I think about everybody knows the words to that song.

9.  A couple of us were talking the other day about the great comedian Jerry Lewis.  My friend wondered if he was still alive.  Yes he is.  Jerry Lewis is now 89 years old.  89!!!  He got his start as part of the duo of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis.  By the way, I am a HUGE, HUGE Dean Martin fan.

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Here’s Jerry Lewis today at 89!!!

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10.  Apparently, I’m not supposed to see Alan Jackson in concert. 

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For my birthday, my beautiful wife bought me tickets to see Alan Jackson in Brookings, SD.  Well, the original date of May 2nd was postponed until May 7th.  Now, the May 7th date has been postponed to a later date which has not been announced yet.  So now, we are sitting on tickets to see AJ and have no idea when or IF he is even going to play.

The fun story about seeing Alan Jackson is this.  Alan played at We-Fest in Detroit Lakes, MN probably 10 years ago.  My two brothers and their wives and my wife and I attended the event.  All I wanted to see was Alan Jackson.  His show begins are 10:30-11:00 at night, and he had a period in his concert where he played like 3 or 4 slow songs back to back.  My fellow concert goers had a few too many, were sunburned and were extremely exhausted.  So, they all voted to leave the AJ concert and head back to the hotel.  This totally infuriated me, because I bought the tickets for the event for everybody, and all I wanted to see was Alan Jackson.  Well, this has become a running joke in my family, so now I’m thumbing my nose at them because I’m FINALLY going to see his entire show.  MAYBE.  POSSIBLY.  WHO KNOWS? 

11.  JOKE OF THE DAY!!

A guy is going on an ocean cruise and he tells his doctor that he’s worried about getting seasick. The doctor suggests, ”Eat two pounds of stewed tomatoes before you leave the dock.” The guy replies, ”Will that keep me from getting sick, Doc?” The doctor says, “No, but it’ll look really pretty in the water.”

HOW ABOUT ONE MORE.

A husband got his mother-in-law a cemetery plot for Christmas. It came with a coffin, tomb stone, the works. Next Christmas comes by and the husband gets her nothing. When the mother-in-law asks, “Why didn’t you get me a gift?” the husband says, ” Because…You haven’t used the one I got you last year!”

HAVE A TERRIFIC WEEK!!

JAY DEAN

OH, AND ONE MORE THING….

In my most recent blog I mentioned my brother, Troy. Well, this past Sunday, Easter Sunday, my brother Troy turned 50….FIFTY!!!  And the cool thing?  We are both 50 for exactly one month.  That’s right folks.  For those of you keeping score at home, Troy was born ELEVEN MONTHS TO THE DAY after I was born….What the heck were my parents thinking?  HA HA…Anyway, Troy and I were like twins growing up. We did practically everything together.  here are a couple of pics of the birthday boy and his family…Mostly me…HA HA

Here is one of Troy with our awesome awesome awesome Grandma Ramsey.

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Here we are in our matching sweaters.  NERDS…I am on the left, Troy is on  the right….Obviously….

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Here I am trying to GENTLY rock my brother Troy. hee hee

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And here we are with our baby brother, Trevor. 

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I LOVE YOU, TROY…And I hope we have fifty more years together!!!

RANDOM THOUGHTS FOR THURSDAY APRIL 9TH, 2015

I COULDN’T AGREE MORE!!!

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1.  LET’S TICKLE YOUR FUNNY BONE!

This is exactly the way my wife and I are….probably you, too.

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I saw this one around Easter and it cracked me up.

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This one is dead on.

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And, finally, a little “CHICKEN” humor.

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2.  There has been a lot of talk about the fact that newsman Brian Williams exaggerated his personal news stories on TV.  Do you remember when newspeople actually REPORTED THE NEWS?  When they didn’t INFLICT THEIR OWN PERSONAL AGENDA IN EVERY STORY?  It drives me crazy.

When I think integrity in news, I have to go back to the 1970’s.  People like Walter Cronkite.  There was nobody better.

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And, who didn’t like the pair of David Brinkley and John Chancellor?

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The days of real news are over.  It is only going to get worse.  Back then at least ONCE in awhile you got a “good news story.”  Today, watching news is depressing.  And they hit the same story OVER AND OVER AND OVER AND OVER.  They run stories into the ground.  I miss the old days.  They are a memory, and that’s all they will ever be.
3.  Want some candy?  I would LOVE to have about three pounds of these!!!

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4. I made a huge mistake.  I made the mistake of letting my friends on Facebook know that i despise clowns.  I have always been “uneasy” around clowns, dating back to my younger days.  I used to love going to the circus, as long as the “evil clowns” stayed away from me.  I don’t know what it is, but they bother me greatly.  And, so, with that said, this is what my so called “friends” are sending me now.  HA HA….

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5.  Speaking of the circus, the Shrine circus is in Aberdeen this weekend.  I have many memories of taking our boys to the circus when they were small.  Probably the greatest memory is spending all that money, and having our boys tell us that their favorite part of the circus is when the “elephants pooped.”  Yep, that’s what we were told.  Hilarious, huh?

6.  I’m so excited.  My Minnesota Wild hockey team made the playoffs!!!  They have been playing incredible hockey since they picked up their new goalie, Devan Dubnyk.  All I was asking for was a playoff appearance.  A CHANCE to show people what they can do.  You have it now Wild.  Work your butts off.  Show the whole league that you are worthy of winning the Stanley Cup. 

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7.  They say that deaths “come in threes.”  Well, in the entertainment world, they did…Kind of….They were a couple of days apart on two of these.

First of all, “Roscoe P. Coltrane” from “The Dukes Of Hazzard” passed away.  Actor James Best was 88, and was busy portraying his famous character at autograph signings up until close to his death.

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I had no idea that actor Geoffrey Lewis was the father of actress Juliette Lewis.  Makes sense now, but I never knew it before yesterday.  The actor Geoffrey Lewis died this week at the age of 79.  You probably most remember him as comic relief in some of Clint Eastwood’s movies including the 1978 smash, “Every Which Way But Loose.”

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And, the great minister Dr. Robert Schuller died recently at the age of 88.  He was the host of the worldwide Sunday morning TV show “The Hour Of Power,” and he was the person that started the famous megachurch “The Crystal Cathedral.”  Unfortunately, in recent months and years, the Cathedral has gone bankrupt.

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8.  OK, let’s talk horror films.  Believe it or not, I am a HUGE fan of the horror movie genre.  In fact, both of my boys are too.  There is a new low budget horror movie called “It Follows” which is out in select theaters.  The movie is in limited release, yet made the top ten it’s first week out.  And by the way, critics are raving about this movie.  And, this is unheard of.  “Rotten Tomatoes” website has given the movie a 95….A 95…They never do that.  Well, my boys saw it last week in Madison, Wisconsin, and said it was every bit as promised and more.  Now, I need to see it.  I am seriously pondering driving to Sioux Falls or Fargo to see it in the theater. My wife will think I’m out of my head.  I am one of those guys that has to see a horror movie in the theaters.  TV is fine for a second viewing, but the first one MUST be in the theater.

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9.  Speaking of horror movies, I was up wide awake the other night.  (See the funnies at the top of the page.)  And what movie was on?  “PHANTASM.”  My brother Troy and I first saw the movie in 1980, while lying on the floor of our aunt and uncle’s house in Redfield, SD.  Isn’t that crazy that I can remember where I first saw it?  I remember that the “tall man” in the movie scared us to death.  The premise is kind of cheesy, but the movie was horrific. 

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Now I hear word that “Phantasm 5″ is coming out.  Yeah, FIVE…Plus some of the original actors are in number five.  Even the character “the tall man” is back for number five.  Let’s see what they look like today.

Actor Angus Scimm played “the tall man”, or the leader of the funeral home.  YUCK….That in itself is scary.

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Angus is now 88 years old.  (He is the third 88 year old I’ve featured on the blog today.)

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Actor and singer Reggie Bannister played “Reggie” in all of the movies.  Wow, must have been hard to remember his characters name.  He is now 69 years old.

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And, actor A. Michael Baldwin played, you guessed it, “MIKE” in all of the movies except “Phantasm 2″.  He is now 52.

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Looks like someone is going to have to order the “Phantasm” box set on DVD and watch them again before number FIVE comes out.

10.  JOKE OF THE DAY:

A football coach walked into the locker room before a game, looked over to his star player and said, “I’m not supposed to let you play since you failed math, but we need you in there. So what I have to do is ask you a math question, and if you get it right, you can play.” The player agreed, and the coach looked into his eyes intently and asks, “Okay, now concentrate… what is two plus two?” The player thought for a moment and then he answered, “4?” “Did you say 4?!?” the coach exclaimed, excited that he got it right. At that, all the other players on the team began screaming, “Come on coach, give him another chance!”

OK..ONE MORE….

You are on a horse, galloping at a constant speed. On your right side is a sharp drop off, and on your left side is an elephant traveling at the same speed as you. Directly in front of you is another galloping horse but your horse is unable to overtake it. Behind you is a lion running at the same speed as you and the horse in front of you. What must you do to safely get out of this highly dangerous situation? Get your drunk butt off the merry-go-round!!!!!

HAVE A TERRIFIC WEEK!!

JAY DEAN

RANDOM THOUGHTS FOR TUESDAY MARCH 24TH, 2015

HEY HOWDY PARTNERS!!!  IT’S A NEW SEASON!!!

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1.  LET’S HAVE SOME FUN!!!

I have always respected and loved George Strait.  And even more now.  (Even though he didn’t REALLY say this.)

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Sometimes I find one that completely cracks me up.  THIS IS ONE OF THEM.

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Ummm…I can think of a few roads around here where this could happen already!!

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And, just in time for Easter!!

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We need to have more fun with hit songs like this.

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2.  I had a good laugh early early this morning.  Like 2AM early.  I couldn’t sleep so I was up watching ESPN when one of the guys delivered one of the funniest likes I have heard in a long time.  He was talking about a play from a game that day and he said, “that was UGLY.  I mean Aunt Esther ugly.”  Of course, referring to the lady from “Sanford And Son.”

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Fred Sanford, played by Redd Foxx, always talked about “old ugly Aunt Esther.”  I thought that was a hilarious reference on ESPN.

3.  Kudos to actor Vin Diesel.  He starred with actor Paul Walker in all of those “Fast And Furious” movies, up until Paul Walker was tragically killed in November of 2013.  Vin loved Paul.  And he did something a few days ago that touched everyones heart.  He named his new baby girl in honor of his friend Paul.  Her name?  PAULINE.  That, my friends, is totally awesome.

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4.  I have been fairly impressed in recent months with the influx of Christian movies in the theaters.  Usually we have to wait YEARS to get one, and now, another one is out.  We have seen the likes of “God’s Not Dead”, and “Heaven Is For Real”, and now there’s a new one called “Do You Believe?”

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I don’t know much about it yet, but I have seen reviews where critics say it’s the best Christian movie they have EVER seen.  I can’t wait to see it.

5.  I have always had a crush on Valerie Bert-N-Ernie.  I mean, BERTINELLI.  When I was young, I had her pictures on my wall because I had a huge crush.  Especially this one.  Didn’t know she’s a Washington Redskins fan.  That makes her even MORE beautiful!!!

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6.  Last night after the Minnesota Wild game, I turned to our movie channels and guess what was on?  “Mississippi Burning.” 

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If you have never seen this movie about segregation in our country, you need to see this.  Frankly, I am embarrassed that something like this actually happened in our country.  It’s pathetic!!  I may be blind, but I don’t think it happens to this length anymore.  At least I PRAY it doesn’t.  Great movie….a real “eye opener.”

7.  Speaking of the Minnesota Wild, they are officially the “hottest team in the NHL” right now.  They are playing fantastic hockey, and are peaking at the perfect time, right before the Stanley Cup Playoffs.  GO WILD!!!

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I heard a story on the radio the other day about how awesome Zach Parise is.  He apparently had a home on the market in the Twin Cities, and PULLED it off the market when the Wild signed their hot new goaltender Devan Dubnyk.  Parise pulled it off the market so that Devan and his family had a home to stay in.  What a class act!!

By the way, I WANT THIS TROPHY IN MINNESOTA.

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8.  There seems to be a lot of optimism with our Minnesota Twins.  Torii Hunter is back.  New coach in Paul Molitor.  I hope that our favorite team does better than previous years.  Another 90-100 loss year and they are going to have fans jumping ship TREMENDOUSLY. 

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9.  Remember this guy?

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That’s 70’s teenage heartthrob Tony Defranco, from the group, “Tony Defranco And The Defranco Family.”  They had a couple of huge huge hits in the early 70’s. 

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The band was still on tour last year.  I don’t know if they are touring this summer or not.  Tony Defranco is a big time realtor out in Hollywood today.  He is now 55 years old.  Here is what he looks like today, and what his family looks like today. 

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And now, THE MUSIC.  I will never get tired of listening to this song. 

Or this one!!!

10.  JOKE OF THE DAY!!!

Two brooms are getting married. Before the ceremony, the bride broom says to the groom broom, “I think I’m going to have a whisk broom..”

The groom broom says, “How can that be? We haven’t even swept together!”

HAVE A MOST GLORIOUS DAY!!

JAY DEAN

“NIGHT COURT” FOLLOWUP!!!

It was brought to my attention that I forgot a couple of key figures in my “Night Court” salute in the previous blog.  Truth is, I thought about them but didn’t act on it.  But, I should have, because they were key characters for awhile.  Let’s check them out. 

****Including a SPOOKY similarity about these two!!!

Actress Selma Diamond played bailiff Selma Hacker when the show started.  Her raspy voice smart-alec comments were a building block for the show.  Selma and “Bull” played by Richard Moll played off of each other incredibly well.

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Selma Diamond was an original cast member, and passed away from lung cancer at the age of 64 while still on the show.

Now comes the creepy similarity.

Selma Diamond’s replacement was an actress by the name of Florence Halop.  She played “Florence Kleiner” on the show. 

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The similarity?  Florence Halop died of LUNG CANCER at the age of 63 around a year after Selma’s death.  TWO ACTRESSES, TWO BAILIFF’S, FROM THE SAME SHOW, DEAD IN A LITTLE OVER A YEAR OF THE SAME ILLNESS.  Isn’t that wild?

Selma Diamond, by the way, was a very creative show writer in her younger years.  She wrote for “Ozzie & Harriet”, Sid Caesar’s “The Show Of Shows”, and many others.

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Florence Halop was also an actress years before “Night Court.”  Check out this beautiful picture of a very young Florence Halop.

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So, there you go.  Two more cast members of a great show. 

RANDOM THOUGHTS FOR TUESDAY MARCH 10TH, 2015

I’M BACK…..and I’m LOVING this weather…Highs in the 50’s and 60’s all week long…..

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Sorry, you’re ALREADY dead to me!!!

It’s daylight savings time. Never quite understood why we do it.  And really never understood how some parts of the country DON’T switch their clock around…..

Anyway, this wise old native American hits it right on the head!!

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1.  LET’S ENJOY SOME FUN AND SMILES!!!

I’m a history fan, but I never quite thought of it like this!

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Wait a minute!  I think I’ve seen this woman!!

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UMMM….GROSS!

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This one hits close to home…REALLY CLOSE…

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This one is great for us who are 100 percent Norwegian….I despise the stuff….

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And finally…..

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2.  I know it’s coming soon.  And I’m not ready for it.  Our favorite TV show, “Justified” is in it’s final season.  And, I believe we’re down to the last three or four episodes.  I have never had a show make me sad when it ended.  But this one does.  I wish there was some “write in” campaign that would keep it on, but it’s not possible.  Oh well, I have almost all of the box sets.  I’ll have to keep them handy. And a box of Kleenex.

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3.  I am a huge fan of the hit TV show “Family Guy.”

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However, after this past Sunday night’s episode, I think it’s time for a letter to the show creator, Seth MacFarlane.

Dear Seth,

First of all, let me tell you that I am a HUGE fan of “Family Guy.”  But, I have some reservations after watching this past Sunday night’s show.  If these are all the ideas that you can come up with, maybe it’s time to gracefully head off into the sunset, and let the Griffin family go by the wayside.  Seriously?  Stewie the baby getting PREGNANT by Brian the dog?  And then having little human/dog puppies?  A baby in the stirrups at the Doctor’s office?  I don’t know, man.  You have had some brilliant plot lines for this show, but this past weekend was just an all time low.  I know that it’s great to “shock” your viewers once in awhile, but not like this.  And, I have never ever appreciated the slams on Christianity.  But that’s your freedom to say things and believe what you want.  it’s also my freedom to switch channels and delete the  show.  Anyway, Seth, you are a brilliant mind.  You are an extremely talented young man.  Maybe the movies are calling.  Maybe “Family Guy” needs to join “The Cleveland Show” in syndication. 

Yours truly,

A BIG FAN

4.  NFL NEWS!!!  It’s one of my favorite days in the NFL year.  It’s FREE AGENCY day.  By the time some of you read this, dozens and dozens of players will have changed teams.  In fact, some of your favorite players probably won’t be on your favorite team by the end of this week. 

But, in other NFL news, there was a couple of young artists who developed new helmets for NFL teams.  Keep in mind, that these will never be used, but I wish they would be used!!  Check out a couple of these. 

Here is the Washington Redskins newly designed helmet. 

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These are for you Minnesota Viking’s fans!!

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I LOVE that last Viking’s helmet! Even though I’m not a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers, I think that their newly redesigned helmet is one of the coolest!

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I wish the NFL would step out of the box, and use some kick butt wild uniforms and helmets.  At least two or three times a year.  Just stop letting Pittsburgh wear their “retro” uniform.  YUCK…It feels like they will STING their opponents instead of tackle them!

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5.  I have never been a fan of Lady Gaga.  But after a few recent events, I definitely respect her more.

First of all, she has a new duet album out with the ultra-cool Tony Bennett.  They performed a song on the Grammy’s and MAN, was that good!!

Lady Gaga also appeared on the Oscar’s and KNOCKED IT OUT OF THE PARK!  She did a salute to the movie “The Sound Of Music” and it was outstanding. 

Lady Gaga and her boyfriend Taylor Kinney also participated in a Polar Plunge in Michigan.  That is a very honorable thing to do.  She helped out charity while freezing her behind off.

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And finally, it was announced that Lady Gaga will be the star of next season’s “American Horror Story” which will be based in a hotel….CAN’T WAIT…

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You keep up this cool stuff Miss Gaga, and I may have to give your music another listen to.

6.  I have always loved the TV show “Night Court.”  And periodically, when I’m heading off to bed, I hit it just perfect to watch an episode on one of our channels.  My wife doesn’t think that the comedy of the show works today, but I think it still does.  It cracks me up each time I watch it.  They had a pretty great cast assembled for this show.

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I thought it would be fun to update you on the stars of “Night Court.”  A couple of these pictures are two or three years old.

First of all, Harry Anderson played “Judge Harry Stone.”  He is now 62 years old.

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The beautiful Markie Post played “Christine Sullivan” on the show, and even though I think I featured her recently, she’s gorgeous enough to be featured again.  Markie is now 64.  And still a KNOCKOUT.

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John Larroquette played the perverted lawyer “Dan Fielding.”  He played this character to a tee!  John is now 67 years old.

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Actor Richard Moll played “Bull Shannon” the bailiff.  I either didn’t know this, or forgot, but his real name on the show was Nostradamus “Bull” Shannon.  Richard is now 72.

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Marsha Warfield played the sassy “Rosalind “ROZ” Russell”.  She is now 61.

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And, Charles Robinson played “Mac Robinson”.  Shouldn’t have been too hard to remember the character’s last name.  Charles is now 69.

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Let’s end our tribute with the theme song to “Night Court.”

7.  JOKE OF THE DAY:

(Just in time for baseball season)

WHEN WAS BASEBALL MENTIONED IN THE BIBLE? right away in Genesis…..”IN THE BIG INNING.”

BASEBALL IN THE BIBLE. “In the big inning, Eve stole first, Adam stole second, Cain struck out Abel, and the Giants and the Angels were rained out.”

HAVE A GREAT WEEK!!

JAY DEAN