HEY, I’M ALIVE!!!  I thought I would sneak in a quick blog before the big day!!



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This next one sounds like a total CROCK.


There are some people that I know that I wish would have to have this kind of medicine before surgery!


Speaking of the SAME people that I just talked about……..


It’s all fun and games until you get home!!


Some relationships seem to take forever to end!!



2.  Well, since we last talked, my favorite high school volleyball team made it to another state tournament.  My Warner Monarchs volleyball team has been ridiculously successful in the past few years.  Are you ready for this?  In the past four years, my Monarchs had a record of 127-7.  127-7!!!  And five of those seven losses were THIS YEAR!!  Warner also has won the past three state titles in Volleyball in South Dakota.  A couple of years ago my Monarchs DIDN’T LOSS A SET all season long.  CRAZY!!  Anyway, the girls made it again this year and took 2nd place after a super hard fought game with Chester Area.  Those girls were excellent as well.  Nothing to be ashamed of.  Warner has proven to be one of the most successful programs in South Dakota volleyball history, and the girls should all be proud!!!



3.  I love when I see a funny on Facebook that just about makes me choke on my Diet Pepsi.  The following is one of them!


Honestly made me laugh out loud.  Also, I just laughed out loud AGAIN while putting it in my blog.


4.  Two Sundays ago, the Detroit Lions shocked the world by upsetting the Green Bay Packers AT LAMBEAU FIELD in Green Bay.  Other than Detroit homers, nobody picked that upset.  The Packers lost three games in a row until they came to Minnesota this past Sunday and stomped the Vikings.  Anyway, the Lions hadn’t won in Green Bay since 1991.  How long ago was that?  THIS WILL BLOW YOUR MIND!!


Brett Favre was still a Falcon.  Hardly anybody even remembers that he was a Falcon.  Plus Lion’s wide receiver Calvin Johnson was in kindergarten.  Hard to believe, but good for the Lions.


5.  My absolute favorite Walt Disney movie is this one.


Recently I bought the BLU-RAY disc of this movie, and the other day I had a day off so I watched it at home.  It took me right back to the Strand Theater in Britton, SD, when my brother Troy and I saw it as kids.  I was in movie heaven the other day singing the songs and watching in delight as Mowgli made his trip thru the jungle.  Baloo the bear was, AND is, my favorite character.  The movie is amazing in the respect that it still stands tall today.  There have been a few other Jungle Book movies that tried to catch the enthusiasm of this movie, but NOTHING, and I repeat, NOTHING will ever top the original.  Plus, I have been singing the songs from the movie over and over in my head, and, unfortunately for the employees of Pierson Ford, out loud. 


6.  When I was talking to a couple of people at work about my favorite Walt Disney movies, this movie came up.


I love this movie!!  (I must have some infatuation with jungles or something.)

Talking about this movie made me think of the super good looking star of the movie, Jan Michael Vincent, and it made me wonder where he is today.

First of all, let’s talk about his early years.  Jan Michael was in quite a lot of movies and TV shows, including “Airwolf”, which ran from 1984-1987.  He played a character by the name of Stringfellow Hawke, and starred alongside veteran actor Ernest Borgnine.


And all the ladies LOVED him.


Unfortunately, the recent years haven’t been kind to Jan Michael Vincent.  He has had numerous health issues including amputation of part of his leg.  He is now 71 years old, believe it or not, and is retired from acting.


EXCLUSIVE: "Airwolf" star Jan-Michael Vincent tells how leg amputation nearly cost him his life


7.  But, there is some GOOD Hollywood news.  Actually rather shocking news.  Are you ready for this?  ARE YOU SURE?


A source close to them said that they are getting married in 2016 after THIRTY years together.  THIRTY.  I wonder what made them take the plunge after three decades of being together.  I’m glad to hear that they are doing this.  They are a rare Hollywood couple that has stayed together, even though it was probably tough being a Hollywood couple.  I know they have a ranch in my favorite state of Colorado, so that probably kept them sane.

Here is the happy couple back in their early years.


It doesn’t seem possible, but Goldie Hawn is now 70 years old.  Kurt Russell is now 64.  Here is what they look like today.



8.  Do you know what my absolute favorite part of Thanksgiving meal is?


The stuffing.  Or dressing, whatever you call it in your region.  I actually could eat a huge plate of stuffing and not touch anything else.  Something tells me that it probably wouldn’t be a very healthy meal, though.  Of course, what is truly healthy at the Turkey Day table.  We eat ourselves silly, unbutton our pants a little, take a nap, watch football and maybe play some cards or board games.

With that said, PLEASE do not forget to think about what you truly are thankful for.  Pray if that’s your thing.  It’s definitely our thing.  We are so truly blessed, aren’t we?  There are so many gifts that we are given, and these gifts can be taken away at any given time.  Cherish what you have. And use this special day to be thankful for what you have!!



An Avid Sportman and hunter, Tim decided to tie the knot with his longtime girlfriend.One evening, not long after the honeymoon, he was getting his equipment ready for an upcoming hunt.His wife was standing there at the bench watching him. After a long period of silence she finally speaks. “Honey, I’ve been thinking, now that we are married I think it’s time you quit hunting, shooting, and fishing. Maybe you should sell your guns and boat.”

Tim gets this horrified look on his face.

She says, “Darling, what’s wrong?”

“You were beginning to sound like my ex-wife.”

“Ex wife!” she screams, “I didn’t know you were married before!”

He replied, “I wasn’t.”







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1.  As the Partridge Family used to say,  “C’MON GET HAPPY!!”  Let’s have some fun!!!

Unfortunately, the following pertains to a lot of people I know.  Possibly, and I mean POSSIBLY even me.


Being an old “video junkie”, this one cracked me up.


Hopefully this next one doesn’t pertain to anyone that I know.


This next one actually took me a short while to catch on to it.  Then I did.  Then I laughed.


And finally, I hear the world is going to the dogs.


2.  Well, another Halloween is come and gone.  Hopefully you are still eating candy from last weekend.  Or hopefully you’re not, depending on what you think.  We have ZERO candy in the house.  We bagged up the excess candy to give to a few young relatives, so Jay is completely out of eating some chocolate at 11:00 at night.  Probably a good thing.

You may recall that our friends and both my wife and I were going to a party as the cast of Gilligan’s Island.  You tell me if we pulled it off or not.

Here’s my extremely beautiful wife and I as Mr. and Mrs. Howell.


And here is the whole gang.


And then on Saturday, which was actually Halloween day, we decided to get dressed up at work as well.  This gave me the great idea of recreating my Pee Wee Herman costume from years ago.  I walked into a thrift store, walked up to the suit section, and the FIRST suit I pulled out was the perfect Pee Wee suit.


Couldn’t believe it.  The suit was short on the legs and short on the arms which is the way Pee Wee wore it.  And it buttoned and snapped perfectly.  It was obviously my lucky day.

3.  I just read online that comedian Eddie Murphy and his gal pal Paige Butcher are having a baby.  Turns out that this will be Eddie’s NINTH child.  Maybe I should draw a picture for him to show how this keeps happening.

4.  Donald Trump is scheduled to be host of “Saturday Night Live” in the next coming weeks.  It amazes me all the so called “celebrities” that are coming out and saying things like “I will never watch SNL again if Trump hosts.”  RELAX PEOPLE.  We get so doggone upset about everything nowadays.  Yes, he is a political candidate.  Yes he’s getting exposure, just like EVERYONE else.  And to his detractors, maybe he hangs himself on the show.  Maybe the show will ruin his election plans.  Who knows.  But the reality of it is this. Donald Trump has a polarizing personality.  SNL knows that, and they’re ready to run with it.  AMERICA…RELAX A BIT.  (And to beat you to the punch, I would feel the exact same way if they had Jeb Bush, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, or any other candidate host the show.)

5.  We lost  a couple more celebrities since we last talked.  You have probably heard that actor/politician/senator Fred Thompson has died at the age of 73 from lymphoma.  Don’t think you know the name?  Well, you will certainly know who he is.

Fred Thompson was on a Watergate special committee.  He was a U.S. senator from the great state of Tennessee for 8 years.


He even dated country star Lorrie Morgan for a while.


Fred Thompson used his 6 foot 6 inch frame to bolster his career in the movies and on TV.  He was in a few dozen movies including “In The Line Of Fire”, “Hunt For Red October”, “Cape Fear” and many more.  But he is probably more well known for his recurring role as District Attorney Arthur Branch on the hit TV show “Law And Order.”


Fred Thompson had been very sick in recent months, as seen in a photo from a short while ago.


6.  You probably didn’t even know that the owner of “Arnold’s Diner” on “Happy Days” was even alive anymore.  Well, he was until a few days ago.  Actor Al Molinaro was 96 when he died of complications from a gall stone operation.  96.  HOW ABOUT THAT?


If this next picture holds true, then Al lived a great life until 96, and looked GREAT in doing it.


7.  I was one of he CORNBALLS that loved “KORNFIELD KOUNTY” on the hit TV show “Hee Haw.”  I did love the goofy jokes and the terrific country music, and apparently there were girls on there too.  Hmmm….


The reason I am bringing this show up is for two reasons.  Number one, it’s still on TV.  Yep, I have enjoyed watching a few episodes.  Plus you can buy DVD’S of the show as well.

Secondly, watching the show has refueled my desire to own some “Hee Haw” coveralls.  I saw them in Nashville years ago, and SHOULD have bought them.  I might not have been allowed back in the house though.  And, I CERTAINLY wouldn’t have been allowed OUT of the house with these on!!




8.  As many of you may know, I am, and have always been a die-hard Glen Campbell fan.  And, like millions of others, my heart is broken for him and his family as we watch him come to the end because of that dreadful disease Alzheimers.  You probably already know about the movie that was made show his progression in this horrible disease.


This movie moved me beyond what I can even tell you.  I brought it to work and let a couple of co-workers watch it too.  I highly recommend this movie.  It’s true.  It’s real.  And it done in a classy way.  Some people might say that his family took advantage of his illness to make a movie.  Not true.  It is done with incredible kindness, and incredible class.  You will see Glen Campbell not even know things at home, but get on stage and remember the words to his hit songs. 


May God bless this wonderful man on his journey.

9.  I am a huge fan of the western movie genre.  And there hasn’t been a good western out in years.  But now there is.  My wife and I watched the new Kurt Russell western called “Bone Tomahawk.”  Great story.  Kind of gory in places, but yet a good story.  All star cast, too. 



Patrick Wilson is in a lot of movies recently. And he is GOOD in all of them.  I think you will like this movie, but be warned again.  IT’S GORY AT TIMES.

10.  Speaking of Patrick Wilson, as I mentioned before, he stars in season two of “Fargo”, which is on right now.  I LOVE THIS SEASON.  I think season two is way better than season one, and I LOVED season one.  My wife doesn’t quite agree though.  She thinks this season is a bit slow.


An old man and his wife went to the doctor for a check-up. While the man is with the doctor, the doctor asks him, “So how has life been treating you?” The old man replies, “The Lord’s been good to me. Every night when I go to the bathroom, he turns the light on and when I’m finished, he turns the light off.” While the old woman is with the doctor, the doctor told her what her husband said. She replied, “Doggone it! The old fart’s been peeing in the ice box again!”






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I’ll probably never eat this candy bar again.


I should pass this along to a few witches that I know…hee hee hee


Speaking of Jay’s ridiculous puns…..


Just take a little off the side please.


I can’t remember if I posted the next one before or not, but it’s still hilarious.


2.  Alright, I will admit, there are SOME scary costumes out there today for Halloween.  HOWEVER, I find costumes from years ago to be the scariest.  I’m talking back in the 40’s and 50’s or earlier. Check out these creepy pics.




I have to admit.  These give me the willies.  I have probably seen too many horror movies.

4.  IT’S CANDY TIME.  It’s the same conversation every year.  “Do we REALLY need this much candy?  Seriously?”  And, every single year THIS happens!!


5.  This time of year always makes me think about Halloween’s past.  I remember numerous times trudging thru a foot of snow trying to get free candy.  I remember many times having it so cold that we had to wear our coats over our costumes, so it really didn’t matter what our costume was. 

But, I also remember the cool costumes.  The next three pics are some of my favorites.  The first one is me and my brother Troy back in our Grandparent’s Coast To Coast store in Britton, SD.  Troy is on the left.  DIG THOSE PANTS!!


A couple of years ago my buddy Rob and I went as my favorite comedy duo, “Laurel and Hardy.”


And, probably my favorite costume was back around 1992 in Lisbon, ND when I dressed up as Pee Wee Herman.  (before his theater arrest…YIKES.)


My son Tyler was two and was TERRIFIED of me.  Come to think of it, I did look kind of creepy.

6.  Time stops for nobody.  We hear that all the time.  I look in the mirror sometimes and cannot believe that I’m 51, gray, and pudgy.  High school seems like it wasn’t so far away, and the birth of my sons SURELY doesn’t feel like 25 and 23 years ago.

With that said, one of Hollywood’s iconic characters turned 70 today.  Well, actually the person playing the character turned 70.  Ready for this?  HENRY WINKLER IS 70!!!!  Yeah, “the FONZ” is seventy. 


Here is what Henry Winkler looks like at 70.  Not bad at all!

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 10: Actor Henry Winkler attends Broadcast Television Journalists Association's third annual Critics' Choice Television Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on June 10, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for CCTA)

7.  Sad news in the NBA.  Sad news for all of us Minnesota Timberwolves fans.  Our leader, coach, and general manager has died.  Flip Saunders was only 60 when he passed away this past week.  Way too young. 


His team is devastated.  But they did something very cool.  They dedicated their first game the other night to Flip’s memory.  And guess what?  They went out to Los Angeles and beat THE LAKERS BY ONE POINT.  When I went to bed they were down by 15.  Pretty impressive.

Immediately after his death tributes began streaming in.  Non more special than Kevin Garnett’s photo of himself sitting by Flip’s parking spot.  Very moving.


The Timberwolves are loaded with talent.  Perhaps this is the year they turn things around and become a playoff team.  And they will do it all in the memory of the great Flip Saunders.

8.  You probably don’t know the name Dick Maugg.  I didn’t either until I read the article on his this week.  Dick Maugg passed away recently at the age of 83.  Don’t know him?  You probably do.  He was the silent member of the Bartles and Jaymes TV commercials from years ago.  That’s him on the left.


They had some real creative commercials back then.  By the way, the founder of Bartles and Jaymes wine coolers is Ed Jaymes.  He died of a heart attack in 1996 at the age of only 61.  That’s him on the right in this photo.  I haven’t had a Bartles and Jaymes in years.  Don’t know if they are even around anymore.  I may have to enjoy one again, in honor of Dick Maugg.

9.  Comedian David Spade of “Saturday Night Live” has a brand new memoir out.


Almost interesting.  That’s an extremely funny title.

David Spade, in his book verifies what SNL creator Lorne Michaels has said, and many other SNL alumni have said.  He said that the worst host ever on SNL was…..ready for this?



They said that he was hard to work with and didn’t find a lot of stuff funny.  Oh well, you can’t win them all.  SNL has had some other incredible hosts over the years.  Steve Martin, Martin Short, Alec Baldwin.  The list goes on.  You are going to always once in awhile get a Steven Seagal.  That’s Hollywood. 


Three vampires went into a bar and sat down. The barmaid came over to take their orders. “And what would you, er, gentlemen like tonight?”
The first vampire said, “I’ll have a mug of blood.” The second vampire said, “I’ll have a mug of blood.” The third vampire shook his head at his companions and said, “I’ll have a glass of plasma.”
The barmaid wrote down each order, went to the bar and called to the bartender, “Two bloods and a blood light”.


There was a haunted house on the outskirts of the town which was avoided by all the townfolk – the ghost which ‘lived’ there was feared by all.

However, an enterprising journalist decided to get the scoop of the day by photographing the fearsome phantom. When he entered the house, armed with only his camera, the ghost descended upon him, clanking chains and all. He told the ghost “I mean no harm – I just want your photograph”. The ghost was quite happy at this chance to make the headlines – he posed for a number of ghostly shots.

The happy journalist rushed back to his dark room, and began developing the photos. Unfortunately, they turned out to be black and underexposed.

So what’s the moral of the story?

The spirit was willing but the flash was weak.






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I absolutely LOVE this one.


My buddy Jason and I laughed out loud at this next one.

who died

Sounds like a little surgery is coming for this guy.


This would be my ULTIMATE yard decoration for Halloween.


Hope you’re feeling a little “witchy.”


And finally!!!


2.  Speaking of Halloween, it’s the time of the year when evil clowns come out.  As you probably already know from reading my blogs, I despise clowns.  Must have been a traumatic experience at the circus when I was young, I don’t know.  Anyway, this past Saturday at our hunter’s breakfast, a couple of strangers came to see me.  CLOWNS…YEAH, CLOWNS….


I was creeped out enough, but then it got worse, because the clown with the chainsaw cranked it up and came after me.  Ruined a good pair of underwear.

3.  I was looking around for some incredibly awesome Halloween costumes, and I came up with the following ones.  THESE ARE GOOD!!!

Gum anyone?


This is creative.


How about a couple of cool ones for the kids!!




I think I would be chicken to wear this last one.  (GROAN)  Seriously, though, there are some incredibly creative parents out there.

4.  A few years back,  my brother and a few other friends went to a Halloween party dressed as “The Village People.”  We even sang the Y.M.C.A. for people.


This came to mind because of the following funny that I found.


5.  November 13th is going to be a huge day for my son Mitchell and I.  Why, you may ask?  Because “Jeff Lynne And The Electric Light Orchestra” are releasing a BRAND NEW CD.  Plus, we hear that a tour is coming.  I will guarantee you this.  It doesn’t matter what I am doing, I WILL be at one of the concerts, even if we have to fly.


6.  The Vikings can’t do it.  The Timberwolves can’t do it.  And the Wild have come very close.  But one Minnesota team is a THREE TIME CHAMPION.


I watched quite a few games this year of the WNBA.  The Lynx have some incredibly good players, especially Maya Moore.


  Can’t wait till next year to see if they can do it again.

7.  Speaking of basketball, an NBA player is in trouble.  I’m sure by now you’ve heard the hundreds of news stories about Lamar Odom.  A friend of mine posted this on Facebook, and it really shed light on one of the things that is wrong with our world.


8.  We are pretty excited!!  Season 2 of “Fargo” is back on TV.  Even after the very first episode, we were thinking maybe it would be better than season 1.  Critics are saying it’s WAY better than season 1.  Pretty cool all star cast, too.



9.  My beautiful wife saw a really good movie, and a really bad movie this past weekend.  How about the good one first.


First of all, you can’t go wrong with Robert DeNiro.  And, Anne Hathaway is gorgeous in this movie.  I highly recommend this one for all to see.  Very entertaining.

One of the surprises in the movie was seeing actress Linda Lavin again.  I’m sure everyone remembers her from the hit TV show “Alice.”



Linda Lavin just turned 78 last week.  Here is what she looks like today.


AND NOW….THE HORRIBLE…..I am a huge fan of the horror movie genre as everybody knows.  So, when the trailer for the new movie “Crimson Peak” came out, it was easily known that I was super pumped.  And then, I saw it.  My gorgeous wife liked it, but I hated it.  I think she liked it because it wasn’t super scary.  It had potential though.


The poster says “BEWARE”…….Beware indeed.


One day a man goes to a pet shop to buy a parrot. The assistant takes the man to the parrot section and asks the man to choose one. The man asks, ”How much is the yellow one?”

The assistant says, ”$2000.” The man is shocked and asks the assistant why it’s so expensive. The assistant explains, ”This parrot is a very special one. He knows typewriting and can type really fast.”

”What about the green one?” the man asks.

The assistant says, ”He costs $5000 because he knows typewriting and can answer incoming telephone calls and takes notes.”

”What about the red one?” the man asks.

The assistant says, ”That one’s $10,000.”

The man says, ”What does HE do?”

The assistant says, ”I don’t know, but the other two call him boss.”




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This one made me giggle to the BONE….


It’s almost Halloween, so why not a couple of “pumpkin” jokes.


I think I’m going to do this decoration!!

1-halloween Funny Pics

I don’t think that this is what Pink Floyd meant.


If you have issues, don’t worry. Apparently EVERYBODY does.


2.  We unfortunately start out today’s blog with some sad news.  Pop music sensation turned country star, Billy Joe Royal died unexpectedly on Tuesday at the age of 73.  He apparently died in his sleep.  How sad, but what a way to go, right?

As I mentioned, Billy Joe Royal started out in pop music back in the 60’s, and had some tremendous hits, none bigger than this one.



And then, in the late 80’s, he turned to country music and actually had a few nice hits, including this one that kicked off his country career.



Here’s Billy Joe Royal in concert just a few short months ago.

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3.  Crank up your speakers and listen to some great music from a great superstar.

Here’s the classic “Down In The Boondocks” performed a few years back.

I remember this song as a big hit for Linda Ronstadt back in the 80’s, but it is originally done by Billy Joe Royal.  “I Knew You When.”

And here is one more. It’s his first country hit “Burned Like A Rocket.”

4.  If I had my way, I would re-do my basement bathroom to add this ULTIMATE SHOWER.  I would probably have trouble leaving the shower every morning if I had this.  WOW.


5.  I try to attempt some humor when I change the signs at my church in Hecla.  Here is one of my attempts.  I actually saw this in Sioux Falls and used it.  That way you don’t think that I’m this creative.  Ha ha.


6.  Any time I can spend time with my boys is a special time.  We just spent five days in Nashville, TN, and Montgomery, Alabama.  Here some special moments from our trip.

The best part of the trip was the 18 hours down in my car and 18 hours back.  Seriously, it was.  Just being with my sons that long warmed my heart.  And we had some great conversation.

The first thing we did was absolutely my favorite part of the trip, as far as sight seeing.  We made the four and a half hour trip to Montgomery, Alabama to see items about my musical hero, Hank Williams.  We all thought that we were crazy making another four hour trip after just traveling 18 hours the day before, but it was SO worth it.  People ask me why Hank Williams is my favorite.  Well, here’s the deal.  Hank Williams had an 8th grade education, and wrote some of the biggest songs in country music history!  And he did it all before he died at the tender age of 29.

*****A little “Hank” trivia for you.  Do you know which one of his songs was number one in the country the day he died?  IRONIC…

It was called “I’LL NEVER GET OUT OF THIS WORLD ALIVE.”  Unreal, right?

The first thing we did was go to his museum.


It’s inside a very small store on main street, but it houses incredible Hank memorabilia including the car in which he died in the backseat.  I spend almost $175 dollars on store items before I left.  I probably shouldn’t tell you that.  Ha ha.

Here is a picture of the loves of my life with a statue of Hank Williams in downtown Montgomery.  The statue is across the street from the Municipal Auditorium which housed Hank’s funeral.


After the museum, it was time to make the trek to the cemetery and see the grave that I have wanted to see since I was five years old!!!

It was extremely emotional for me.  My son Mitchell has also become a huge “Hank” fan, so he was “in the moment” as well.  My son Tyler also likes his music, but graves aren’t something on his agenda.

When we pulled up, my heart was pounding once we saw the graves from the distance.




Hank Williams sang and recorded under the alias of “Luke The Drifter.” 


I still look back at that day, and I can’t believe I was actually there!

Back in Nashville, we also found another grave.  I had seen pictures that George Jones grave was pretty spectacular.  IT WAS.



When “Take This Job And Shove It” star Johnny Paycheck died, Johnny didn’t have any money for the funeral or burial.  His good friend George Jones paid for it all, and buried Johnny a few feet from his own plot.  Great guy, huh?


On to happier parts of the trip.  I wasn’t sure that my boys would like the Grand Ole Opry.  But to my satisfaction, THEY LOVED IT.  It probably didn’t hurt that we were front row center for the show.  A show at the Grand Ole Opry is a MUST for anyone who comes to Nashville.

We had a huge surprise that night.  The announcer said that they always have “moments that are part of country music history”. And we saw one.  RANDY TRAVIS SHOWED UP.  If you know the story, Randy had a massive stroke months ago, and probably should have died from it.  He has trouble getting around, but had Tanya Tucker to help him out on the stage to give the crowd a nod and a wave.


Speaking of Tanya Tucker, she was the closer of the night and sounded great!



Teri Clark opened the show.


My highlight of the night was seeing one of my all time favorites, Mel Tillis.


Wade Hayes was one of my faves that I played on the radio in the 90’s.  He was there, and played a couple of great songs, including one I will talk about in a short while.


Both of my boys favorite was former “Hee Haw” star Mike Snyder and his bluegrass band.  Mike has some very funny cornball comedy that my boys loved.  And of course, his music was awesome!


One of the cool parts of the show was a little pistol who was 9 or 10 years old.  Her name is Emi Sunshine.  Look up her music, she is super talented.


On Saturday the boys and I spent a day at “Comic Con”.  Now, I have seen pictures of this event on TV, but have never attended it before.  IT WAS SUPER COOL!!!

Here I am flexing my muscles with a couple of people who decided to dress up.


This next one was, by far, my favorite costume of the day. In case you don’t know who it is, it is Johnny Depp’s character, “Edward Scissorhands.”


And, yours truly had the thrill of sitting inside the “General Lee” from the “Dukes Of Hazzard.”


There were also a bunch of stars at the event, but we didn’t meet them, because it cost MONEY to be able to talk to them and get pictures.  The boys were excited because action star Danny Trejo was there. We also saw “Ponch and John” from “C.H.I.P.S.”.  Actors Erik Estrada and Larry Wilcox.  And, the gang from the Dukes Of Hazzard were there.  I’m talking about John Schneider, Tom Wopat, and Faith, SD’S own, Catherine Bach.

And then on Sunday, it was time to attend the event that was the original reason we went to Nashville.


Mitchell and I are huge Washington Redskins fans, but we decided to support Tyler on this trip.  We all wore Titan’s gear, and I got to wear Tyler’s Warren Moon Houston Oiler’s jersey.


Handsome boys, aren’t they? I could never spend enough time with them.  By the way, the Titans lost the game in the final minutes of the game, but it was a goodie.

Trip over.  Major success. Great memories.  Can’t wait for the next one with my boys.

7.  I mentioned a little bit ago about Wade Hayes on the Grand Ole Opry.  As I mentioned, I was a big fan of his back in the 90’s.  I didn’t know this, but Wade is a cancer survivor.  You should google it and find out what he went thru.  Very inspirational.  He has a new song and new album that features the title cut that talks to anyone who has suffered thru cancer, thru depression, thru major losses.  It is incredible.  It’s called “Go Live Your Life.”

8.  One more thing about Hank Williams.  Back in the 90’s, I had the super thrill of sitting at the Eagles Club in Lisbon, ND and talk to Don Helms and Jerry Rivers.  Who are they?  Only the original steel guitar and fiddle player for Hank Williams.  They were in Hank’s band, “The Drifting Cowboys,” and we had them in Lisbon for a show.  I was in heaven talking about Hank with these guys.  here’s a picture of us.  They are both deceased now.  (No making fun of my clothes, my hair or my glasses.)



A man who is just married is flying to the Florida Keys for a business trip. His new bride is to accompany him the next day. When he gets there, he e-mails his wife to let her know he made it there safely. When he sends the e-mail, he mistypes the address. In Boston, a grieving widow, whose husband has recently passed away, receives the e-mail. She reads it, screams, and faints. Hearing her grandmother’s cry, the widow’s 18 year old granddaughter runs into the living room to see the computer on, with a message that reads, “Dear love, I just got here. Preparing for your arrival tomorrow. Can’t wait to see you. Love, Me. P.S. Sure is hot down here.”




CALL OFF THE DOGS!  STOP THE SEARCH PARTY!  I AM ALIVE AND WELL!!  Wow, I have really missed doing the blog.  Just wanted to let you know that life has been very, well, let’s just say hectic recently.  Hopefully I’m back on schedule here, so I don’t have to have “blog withdrawal” anymore!




Here is some pretty good advice that you should probably share with your kids!


I sent this one to my wife, and she said, “NO KIDDING.”  Yeah, it’s kind of my favorite food!


This next one made me physically laugh OUT LOUD!


Speaking of animals……


And, finally, a little “Wizard Of Oz” humor.


2.  Well, my little “mini vacation” with my boys is coming up quickly.  You probably remember that we are going to Montgomery, Alabama to live out my dream of seeing the grave and museum of my all time favorite singer/songwriter, Hank Williams.  Plus we are staying in Nashville to see the Grand Ole Opry, plus take in a Tennessee Titans and Indianapolis Colts football game.

So, I’m doing some searching on the internet to see what else is happening in Nashville while we are there.  I just about swallowed my tongue when I found this.  Plus, I think my boys screamed on the phone!!


That’s right, COMIC-CON is going to be in Music City while we are there.  And, yes, I already have tickets in hand.  This is going to be pretty good.  We have always wanted to attend one of these.  Hopefully we won’t be too “nerdy”.  But then again, we want to fit in.  Ha Ha.

There are going to be some pretty big and important people signing autographs and taking pictures the day we are there.  Check this out.  Yes, the “Full House” girl.


Plus, “Dukes Of Hazard” stars John Schneider, Tom Wopat, and Faith, South Dakota’s own, Catherine Bach.

In case you’re wondering, here is what they look like today!



And, Ponch and John from “C.H.I.P.S.”. 



Next week can’t get here soon enough!!

3.  My super gorgeous wife had a hair appointment the other day.  I am so glad when she warns me ahead of time.  Many times I cannot tell if she got anything done or not.  Which, as you married guys know, creates, shall we say STRIFE in the household.  That’s why I have been practicing this line.  “Honey, I love what you DID, or DIDN’T do to your hair today.”  That doesn’t work however.  It comes off as very insincere and sarcastic.  Which is, by the way, what I was trying to do!

4.  I have a movie that you need to see.  It’s called “War Room.”


This movie is a great story about the power of prayer.  If you like inspirational films, do not miss this.  The cool thing about this movie is that it was NUMBER ONE in the nation one week, and NUMBER TWO the other week.  You usually don’t see movies with this theme end up number one!  Go see it, I think you’ll love it!!

5.  We have had a ton of celebrity deaths since we last talked.  First of all, the most recent ones.

We just found out today that “R.E.O. SPEEDWAGON” guitarist and songwriter Gary Richrath has died at the age of 65.  He is known for his superb guitar licks, and for writing a few of their classics including “Ridin’ The Storm Out”, and “Take It On The Run.”  Here he is in the 80’s and recently.



Over the weekend we heard more shocking news of yet ANOTHER Philadelphia 76’ERS star passing away.  Just a couple of weeks ago we hard about Darryl Dawkins dying, and now it’s Moses Malone!!  Moses died at the age of 60 this weekend.  He apparently didn’t show up for a golf tournament,  so officials went to his room and found him dead.  Moses Malone was part of my favorite 76’ERS team that won the championship in 1983, and he’s named in the NBA’S top 50 greatest stars of all time.  Here he is back in 1983 with Dr. J. Julius Erving, and one from recently.


Former Philadelphia 76ers star Moses Malone talks to reporters before the start of the 76ers' game against the Portland Trail Blazers, Friday, March 14, 2003, in Philadelphia. The 76ers' 1982-83 NBA championship team was to be honored at halftime. (AP Photo/George Widman)

Veteran Walt Disney actor Dean Jones died at the age of 84.  You will no doubt remember him from dozens of great Disney movies including this one.


Dean Jones Art Directors Guild Awards held at Hollywood & highland Los Angeles, California - 12.02.06 Credit: Dimitri Halkidis / WENN (Newscom TagID: wennphotos212613) [Photo via Newscom]

And, we lost a giant in the horror movie business.  Wes Craven died from brain cancer at the age of 76.  Wes is credited for creating one of the most horrific villains in horror movie history.  Freddy Krueger from “Nightmare On Elm Street.”


Plus these two classics.  The first one is one of my “secret loves” in the horror movie genre.



And, I did not know this until recently, but Wes Craven delivered one of the best horror movies of all time.  A movie that scared the buh-jeezus out of my parents back in the early 70’s.


I will forever remember being in second grade and having my Mom and Dad come home from watching this movie.  They were both terrified, and they have both talked about it until this day. 


6.  My wife and kids and I miss “The Office.”  It was one of our favorite shows and guilty pleasures that we had together.  With that in mind, the other day I ran into a quote by Kevin from the show.  It’s actually the favorite line of the show for my wife and I.  Here it is.


Kevin was such a loveable buffoon on the show.  This line was, as they say, “TOTALLY KEVIN.”


Well, week one is almost in the books.  Two games coming up tonight, including the Minnesota Vikings playing at 9:15 tonight.  CRIPES…I won’t be in bed until, (GASP) after MIDNITE. 

My Washington Redskins started out their, hopefully new regime, including our new QB, the guy who I have wanted to be our quarterback for the past three years.


I have nothing personal against RG3.  I was totally on his bandwagon when he first came out.  But he has had so many injuries and has missed so much time.  We need stability on the QB position.  It’s stability that we haven’t had for years!!

Other notes:

Titan’s new QB Marcus Mariota was incredible yesterday.  He threw four first half touchdown passes in a route over Tampa Bay.  My son Tyler was leaping with joy!!

It looks like Green Bay it taking off from where they left off.  Even without Jordy Nelson, the Packers cleaned up on the Bears.

The Dallas Cowboys scuzzed out in the remaining seconds of the game to beat the New York Giants.  Basically the Giants handed them the game with poor play calling.  I’m glad I fell asleep with a minute and a half to go.  I couldn’t have handled that.

BUT THE BEST NEWS, IN MY OPINION….The Seattle Seahawks were BEATEN by the St. Louis Rams.  I’m not a fan of the Seahawks head coach at all.  I thought that he left USC right before all the penalties were handed out.  He walked away unscathed while his former program took a beating.  I have never respected him after that.


A man had six children and was very proud of his achievement.
He was so proud of himself that he started calling his wife, ‘Mother of Six’, in spite of her objections.
One night they went to a party. He decided that it was time to go home, and wanted to find out if his wife is ready to leave as well.
He shouted at the top of his voice,”Shall we go home, Mother of Six?”
His wife, irritated by her husband’s lack of discretion shouted back, “Anytime you’re ready, Father of Four!”






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IT’S FOOTBALL SEASON BABY!!  Well, preseason…But its still time to start bashing my least favorite team!!


Yeah, I would be in the majority on this one.


Need someone to drive an ark?  I NOAH guy……


And, finally……


2.  This is COMPLETELY who I am!


The other day I hopped in my car and drove to Sioux Falls to stay overnight before our big trip to Des Moines.  (Info on that coming up)  ANYWAY, the point on this subject is this.  Music has ruled my life and been a life saver to me since I was a small child.  I drove the three hour trip to Sioux Falls with my I-pod BLARING!!  It was a classic country trip. Hank Williams, Kitty Wells, Billy “Crash” Craddock, Patsy Cline, George Jones, Merle Haggard…You get the point.  Nothing soothes my soul and relaxes me like SUPER LOUD music.  When I listen to my jukebox at home I crank it.  I had a neighbor tell me once that they can hear my jukebox in their house two houses down, but they can’t tell what songs playing. 

3.  Speaking of Des Moines!!

My son Mitchell and I made the long trip to Des Moines to head to the Iowa State Fair to see the legendary rock bands “Toto” and “Yes.”


My beautiful wife was supposed to go with, but she backed out at the last minute because rain was forecast for three days in a row in Iowa.  Guess what happened?  IT POURED the entire way down and most of the afternoon.  Then suddenly at 4:00 as my son and I pulled into the fair parking lot, the clouds broke and the sun came out and it go HOT!  Talk about luck!!

I have been waiting 35 years to see Toto.


And, it was WELL WORTH THE WAIT!!!  Toto blew us away.  Amazing concert, and it looked like after all these years they were still having fun on stage!!  Hit after hit.  Memory after memory!  Mitchell came into the show enjoying a couple of songs by Toto, but not a big fan.  He left the show IN LOVE with the band.  He could not believe how good they were!  I can’t wait to see them again.  Let’s see.  In another 35 years I’ll be 86…Yeah, that should work. 

Toto drove us all crazy with awesome songs like these!  “AFRICA!!”

And the classic “Hold The Line.”

Want to hear something wild?  As I am typing this, “Hold The Line” just came on the radio in this room!!

I have never been a huge fan of the band “Yes.”  I appreciate who they are and what they have done for progressive rock, but it’s just not my kind of music.  My son Mitchell, on the other hand, has become a HUGE “Yes” fan. 


Their show started out with a tear jerking, very heart felt tribute to Chris Squire, one of their founding members who died recently.  They played one of their songs, as a single spotlight shined down on an empty stool with Chris’ guitar leaning against the stool.  POWERFUL.


I came out of the show appreciating the music of “Yes” a little more, and Mitchell came out of the show kind of disappointed in the lack of chemistry of the band, and the fact that they played their songs slower than the album versions.  Trust me, my son KNOWS MUSIC!  And if he says they’re playing slower, then they ARE!

I have to be honest.  I was there waiting for one song.  It’s their 1984 smash “Owner Of A Lonely Heart.”

The entire 14 hour round trip was completely worth it.  Just the fact that I had quality time with my son made the trip worthwhile.

4.  COME ON.  ADMIT IT.  Their is at least an iota inside of you that’s wondering how Donald Trump would do in the White House?  C’MON….  Here’s the deal.  Whether you like him, love him or despise him, it would be fun watching him take NO CRAP from anyone in the Oval Office.  I would feel sorry for North Korea and other countries who cause problems.  Donald Trump says that we’re too politically correct, and that he’s not and we shouldn’t be either.  HE’S RIGHT.  “The Donald” says things that many of us think, but don’t say.  Now, just because I said that doesn’t mean I’m supporting him or voting for him, I’m just pointing out a feeling.

5.  Many of you know, and many of you don’t know that for over 15 years I had a highly successful D.J. service called “Jay Dean’s Dancing Jukebox.”  We used to do 65-70 shows a year on average.  Figure that out.  That’s a lot of weekends tied up!  But we had fun.  Anyway, when I was doing the show I had t-shirts created promoting the “jukebox”, and all of the towns we’ve played.  I had my “world tour” shirts, which basically were a three state area, thus the “world” joke.  Plus I did a “farewell tour” shirt that featured my ugly mug on it.  Keep in mind that I haven’t done a dance in probably 8 years or a bit more.  In the past couple of weeks, I have seen NOT ONE, but TWO people walking around Aberdeen with my old t-shirts on.  It warmed my heart.  When I posted my thoughts on Facebook, many people commented that they still had my shirts, too.  Very cool.  It’s nice to know that people liked me and my “dancing jukebox” enough to still wear them!!

6.  OK.  I am HUGE potato chip fan.  You know that old commercial that you “can’t eat just one?”  Well I can.  ONE BAG.  One bag at a time.  With that said, Lay’s potato chips are having a contest to see what “different” kind of flavor that we would like.  AND I MEAN DIFFERENT!!

I can honestly say that I will not try ANY of these!  YUCK!!



“Biscuits and gravy chips?”  NO THANKS.  Give me bbq or plain any day.  I do have to give Lay’s one compliment.  I like the name of their contest.  “Do us a flavor.”  CUTE.

7.  However, I did find a new snack food that I REALLY like.  I’m a fan of the “smartfood” popcorn that is out.  Well, recently i found a “buttered” flavor of the popcorn. AND I LOVE IT!!


It is seriously good.  I don’t see it around town a lot, so I may have to do what I did one other time.  I just ordered a case of them from the company.  Don’t tempt me.  I WILL!!!

8.  Here’s my “feelgood” story of the day.  Country music legend and Hall of Fame songwriter, Bill Anderson got quite a surprise recently.  First of all the back story.  Well over 50 years ago, country singer Billy Grammer presented Bill Anderson with a guitar made especially for him.  It came complete with the words “made for Bill Anderson” on it.  Well, it was stolen.  Bill was heartbroken.  Recently a pawn shop employee found the guitar and returned it to Bill on the Grand Ole Opry stage!!



Bill was extremely emotional over the happenings.  And rightfully so.  See folks?  There are still some good people in this world!!

9.  OK.  Most of you know that I am terrified of clowns.  Yep, I am.  I’m not afraid to admit it.  Years ago, the movie “It” by Stephen King terrified me.  Pennywise the clown, played by Tim Curry was EVIL!!  And creepy!  And lots of other words.


You may have heard the news, but the movie “It” has gotten a facelift and is coming back out with a new storyline and a new cast.  Actor Will Poulter is going to play Pennywise.  This is what the clown is SUPPOSED to look like.  It’s not an “official look” but people say it will be like this.  I’M TERRIFIED ALREADY!!



Satan appeared before a small town congregation. Everyone started screaming and running for the front church door, trampling each other in a frantic effort to get away.

Soon everyone was gone except for an elderly gentleman who sat calmly.

Satan walked up to him and said, “Don’t you know who I am?”

The man replied, “Yep, sure do.”

Satan asked, “Aren’t you going to run?”

“Nope, sure ain’t,” said the man.

Satan asked, “Why aren’t you afraid of me?”

The man replied, “Been married to your sister for over 48 years.”