RANDOM THOUGHTS FOR THURSDAY AUGUST 20TH, 2015

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1.  LET’S HAVE SOME FUN!!!!

UMM…WHAT?  WAS I TALKING?

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

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

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

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And, finally……

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2.  This is COMPLETELY who I am!

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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.”

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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!!

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“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!!

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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!!

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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.

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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!!

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10.  JOKE OF THE DAY!!

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.”

HAVE A GREAT DAY!

JAY DEAN

RANDOM THOUGHTS FOR THURSDAY AUGUST 6TH, 2015

Best wishes today to you, my friends!!

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1.  LET’S TICKLE YOUR FUNNY BONE!

I have, unfortunately ran into some of these “angry ones.”

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Hmmmm…I was wondering why I haven’t seen them on TV lately.

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I love this one. 

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Will they have a great date?  Of CORPSE they will.

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I remember the GOOD OLD DAYS!

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2.  I am proud to announce, MY LIFELONG DREAM TRIP IS FINALLY COMING TRUE!!! 

At the end of September, my beautiful boys and I are traveling to Nashville to watch my son Tyler’s Tennessee Titans play the Indianapolis Colts.

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I can’t wait to show my boys around Nashville.  “MUSIC CITY U.S.A.”

HOWEVER, the highlight for me is going to be my dream of finally going to Montgomery, Alabama to see the museum and grave of my all time favorite singer/songwriter, HANK WILLIAMS, SR!!!

YAY FOR ME!!!

The cool thing is, that my sons are also into Hank Williams.  They appreciate his music and songwriting.  I checked the mileage from Nashville, and it’s only FOUR hours from there.  I figured, hey, we’ve already driven 17 hours to get to Nashville, what’s another 4?

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I’ve already warned my sons that I may be moved to tears when I get to the cemetery.  I have wanted to see this since I was like five years old!

3.  Speaking of Nashville, I was shocked to hear of the sudden death of the great Lynn Anderson.  She, of course, was known for many country hits, including this country standard.

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From what I hear, Lynn Anderson just got back from a long tour across the waters and developed pneumonia.  Apparently she had a massive heart attack during the healing and died at the age of 67.

I had the pleasure of meeting Lynn in Fargo a few years back.  She was delightful, as I thought she would be.  I had her sign a greatest hits CD of mine, and she said, “Where in the world did you get this CD?  I have never ever even seen this one!!”  How about that!!!

Lynn Anderson, in her early days was on the Lawrence Welk show.  Here she is with Mr. Welk, and her parents.  her mama was a singing star as well.  Her name is Liz Anderson.

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Many people don’t know this, but Lynn Anderson is a “DAKOTA GIRL”.  She was born in Grand Forks, ND.

Here is the album that sold millions.

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And this is Lynn Anderson just a few months ago.  God bless you Lynn!

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4.  Of course we cannot salute this wonderful lady without playing some music!  Turn up your speakers and enjoy!

Here’s the all time classic, “Rose Garden.”

I was a huge fan of this song.  “Listen to a country song.”

And she did a bang-up job on a Carpenter’s classic.

5.  There was also another major loss in Nashville.  Legendary producer Billy Sherrill died at the age of 78.  You may not know the name, but you know the songs he produced.  LEGENDARY SONGS….

Billy Sherrill wrote and produced dozens upon dozens of songs for many different artists.  He either co-wrote or produced most of Tammy Wynette’s music, and George Jones music as well.

Ready to be dazzled?  Here is a PARTIAL list of songs either written and/or produced by Billy Sherrill.

“Delta Dawn” by Tanya Tucker

“Take This Job And Shove It” by Johnny Paycheck

“Behind Closed Doors” by Charlie Rich

“Stand By Your Man” by Tammy Wynette

“He Stopped Loving Her Today” by George Jones

“Almost Persuaded” by David Houston

You get the picture……Amazing man.

Here he is with the great Tammy Wynette.  I share my birthday with this beautiful lady.

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Here he is with Charlie Rich in the studio.

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Guess who the next one is!  It’s Billy Sherrill with a much younger Jimmy Buffett and Willie Nelson!!

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Billy Sherrill may be gone from this earth, but trust me, his music will live on FOREVER!!

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6.  GUESS WHAT TIME IT IS?

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I could not be more excited.  My family’s fantasy football draft is in a couple of weeks, and it’s a highlight for all of us.  Plus the trash talking is lots of fun!!!

7.  Speaking of football, I saw some footwear online that I may have to get.

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OK, I probably won’t.  I already have some Redskin’s shoes that I don’t wear often.  But I do think that I’ll buy these for my beautiful wife!!

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I’M KIDDING.  There is not a snowballs chance in “you know where” that my wife would EVER wear these.  In the house, outdoors, NOWHERE.  They are kind of cool, though.

8.  This “Cecil the lion” stuff is getting so old.  Let’s move on to something else.  Whether this dentist is in the right or in the wrong, it doesn’t give us the right to ruin his life and his business practice.  We have become such idiots with the protesting every time we get our feelings hurt. 

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It’s time to keep our nose out of other people’s business and tend to our own.  If you are so offended, find another way to express.  Yes we have the right to protest, I’m not saying that we shouldn’t.  BUT FIND SOME WORTHWHILE CAUSES, PEOPLE!!!!

9.  IT HAD BETTER NOT RAIN TODAY!!  Tonight is the final downtown concert in Aberdeen, and it’s by far the best one!  The “pied piper” of the midwest is coming to town.

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I have followed this guy around since high school.  When I was in college, we would go to Lane, SD to see him, to Watertown and Brookings, SD, and of course, to our favorite hangout, The Rainbow in Britton.  LOVE LOVE LOVE JOHNNY HOLM!!

10.  It’s “debate season.”

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ENOUGH SAID!!!

11.  My gorgeous wife and I went out to Wylie Park the other night and did our first round of miniature golf for this summer.  It may be our last, too.  Ha ha.  Both of us are so competitive.  We were tied into the 18th and final hole.  I COMPLETELY tanked it with a five.  She had three.  She won by two for those of you who know math.  I demand another game!!

12.  JOKE OF THE DAY!!

Bernie was invited to his friend’s home for dinner. Morris, the host, preceded every request to his wife by endearing terms, calling her Honey, My Love, Darling, Sweetheart, Pumpkin, etc. Bernie looked at Morris and remarked, “That’s really nice, that after all these years that you have been married, you keep calling your wife those pet names.” Morris hung his head and whispered, “To tell you the truth, I forgot her name three years ago!”

HAVE A GREAT WEEK!

JAY DEAN

RANDOM THOUGHTS FOR WEDNESDAY JULY 22ND, 2015

YEP.  YOU CAN FEEL SUMMER BEING WASHED AWAY, ALREADY!!!

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It almost makes you sick how fast summer goes by…..and how LONG winter sticks around!!!

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1.  LET’S BEGIN WITH SOME MADNESS!!!

This one is SO WRONG.  But SO DOGGONE FUNNY!!!

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And now, for your enjoyment, a little “musical humor.”

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This one is completely MY sense of humor!

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Oh, did I mention, ANOTHER musical joke!!

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And finally, MORE MUSICAL HUMOR!!

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2.  Going to the “potty”, the “bathroom”, or “the restroom” is vitally important.  In fact, your good health depends on you doing “your job” properly.  With that said, I think I would be HOLDING IT FOREVER if I had this toilet.

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Or I would end up “going” while I was standing there. YUCK!!

3.  OUR VACATION WAS HEAVENLY!!!  My beautiful bride and I got back from vacation last week, after spending about 9 days together in Two Harbors, MN and Duluth, MN.  We had a great time, and got to get to know each other again, because we don’t see each other enough during the work year.  (And, I must say, she seems like a very nice lady!)

Here are a couple of pictures from our vacation.  I ABSOLUTELY overshot my limits on this woman!

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We have always wanted to see a lighthouse.  On our vacation, we spent time at the Split Rock Lighthouse.

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We had a nice surprise in Duluth.  Not even three blocks from our hotel was the site of a concert.  Not just any concert.  RICK SPRINGFIELD.  And his opening act, THE ROMANTICS.  Yep, a couple of staples from the 80’s were playing outdoors near our hotel.  We had quite a thrill running into the drummer for “The Romantics” in a record store in Duluth.  (A record store called “The Electric Fetus.”)  YUCK.

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We were down front for the Rick Springfield concert.  Rick even came out into the crowd and brushed against my wife’s shoulder.  He was nice and close.  Looks pretty doggone good for 65!!!

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We did a lot of things in Duluth that we have never ever done before.  We took a lake cruise, we fed the seagulls, and, we took a horse ride in a carriage!  We have ALWAYS wanted to do that!

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Mapquest.com would be angry with us on our directions we took on the way home.  We went from Duluth to Aberdeen VIA Minneapolis….Yeah.  And then, we went from Minneapolis to Aberdeen VIA Sioux Falls!!!  We probably went a total of 6 hours out of our way, but we wanted to have a birthday supper in Sioux Falls with our son Mitchell and his girlfriend Jessica.  We can NEVER have enough family time!

We went to Minneapolis for a reason. We decided, as long as we were on vacation, that we should go to a Minnesota Twins game!!  The Twins were playing the Detroit Tigers.  We expected a pitching duel between Ervin Santana and Justin Verlander.  Unfortunately, it was one way, as Verlander shut the Twins down.  The Twins trailed 6-1 going into the bottom of the 9th inning, and BOOM!!!  They exploded for SEVEN RUNS in the bottom of the 9th, including a three run homer by Brian Dozier to end the game.  IT WAS UNREAL!!!  As you can tell, we were pumped after the game.

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This was one of the best vacations we have ever taken.  I love going places with this woman.  I just wish we could go more places together.  Maybe closer to retirement.

4.  I have a cousin named Tara who thinks she is a comedian.  Actually she has a pretty great sense of humor.  She sent me a message on Facebook the other day that cracked me up.

She said that her and her young son were watching the classic movie “The Sandlot”, and they noticed one of the main characters named “Squints.”

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And she was trying to figure out who “Squints” reminded her of.  AND THEN, SADLY, SHE REMEMBERED….

ME!!!!

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Yes, that is one of my grade school pictures from Britton Elementary School.  It’s no wonder I got beat up a lot! I hate to admit it, but Tara has a pretty good eye!

5.  Here’s the “true picture of the day.”

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This picture struck me because this is how I feel.  It seems like every single day there’s someone new who’s “OFFENDED” by something in this world.  Here’s the deal.  People have the right to be offended and whatever.  But it makes me angry to no end that when just a handful of people are angry or offended, then we have to change the entire structure of something to please them.  WHAT ABOUT THE MASSES THAT THINK WHATEVER IT IS IS OKAY?  This “politically correct” B.S. drives me up a wall.  Everyone need to take a deep breath and relax!!!  I’m surprised that some people even have the time to work, eat and sleep with all of the crap they are “offended” by.  RIDICULOUS!!!

6.  We lost a pretty good actor a few days ago.  Alex Rocco died at the age of 79.  Don’t know him?  I BET YOU DO!!

Alex Rocco starred as a Las Vegas casino owner in the legendary movie “The Godfather.”

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From 1981-1988 he played Jo’s father, Charlie Polniaczek on the hit TV show “The Facts Of Life.”

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Alex Rocco has literally been in dozens and dozens and dozens of movies and TV shows.  Including playing Playtone Records founder Sol Siler in one of my faves, the Tom Hanks movie “That Thing You Do.”

Alex Rocco was a fantastic actor.  He seemed to play a villain quite a few times, but he did it perfectly.  Here he is in recent years.  R.I.P.

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7.  My wife and I went out the other night with some of ours friends, and went to see a movie.  This movie!

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Yes, it was the classic “Grease”, only this time, WE got to SING ALONG.  All of the words were on the screen when the stars were singing these timeless classics.  It was a BLAST.  We actually had a young couple in their mid 20’s with us, and they loved it too.  The theater people said that “The Sound Of Music” might be next.  THAT SOUNDS AWESOME!!!

8.  I am ABSOLUTELY going to the movies in the next few days.  The new Adam Sandler movie “Pixels” is here.  I know I talked about it before.  All of my favorite 70’s and 80’s video games come to life and try to destroy earth. 

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Sounds like a very silly premise, but the movie looks good in spite of that.  I mean, who wouldn’t want to watch Pac Man munching down on a big city!!!

9.  We are getting closer and closer to the new Fall TV season, and my wife and I are patiently waiting for the new installment of “American Horror Story.”  This year’s season is based in a HOTEL.  And the weird part of it?  It stars Lady Gaga.  YEAH, LADY GAGA!!

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I also just found out today that the incredibly beautiful and incredibly talented Lily Rabe is going to be playing a serial killer in the hotel.

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So, we have had a season in a haunted house.  We have had a season in an insane asylum.  We have had a season in a carnival.  And we have had a season about witches.  And now a hotel.  This one could be horrifying.  The problem is, we have STAYED at hotels that have been a nightmare.  Ha Ha

10.  JOKE OF THE DAY:

A woman gets on a bus with her baby. The bus driver says, “That’s the ugliest baby that I’ve ever seen. Ugh!” The woman goes to the rear of the bus and sits down, fuming. She says to a man next to her, “The driver just insulted me!” The man says, “You go right up there and tell him off – go ahead, I’ll hold your monkey for you.”

HAVE A GREAT WEEK!!

JAY DEAN

RANDOM THOUGHTS FOR THURSDAY JULY 2ND, 2015

HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA!!!!  We are truly the greatest country in the world.  The “LAND OF THE FREE.”

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This blog is sponsored by Pierson Ford in Aberdeen, SD.  Well, the vehicles keep coming in day after day.  We have received a number of 2016 Ford Fusions.  I am not joking when I say that we cannot keep Fusions on the lot.  About 7-10 days ago, we had ONE Ford Fusion on the lot.  ONE!!!  We are now restocked and ready to go.  It seems like the color that is going to be a biggie is the new “shadow black.”

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It’s a sharp new shade of black, and the rims look incredible with it!  Stop by and see us at Pierson Ford in Aberdeen, SD.  We are located in the auto plaza, north highway 281, right across from Shopko.  You can always call us at 1-800-627-1237, or check us out online at http://www.piersonford.com/

1.  LET’S HAVE SOME FUN!!

I got a kick out of this one.

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This one is funny.  A little bit cringe worthy, but funny.

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This one may take you a minute, but once you get it, IT’S HILARIOUS!

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This next one is SO my sense of humor.

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AND, this one…..

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And….well, you get the picture!

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2.  I saw that someone had a picture of what “our society” looks like today.  Isn’t this the truth?  People have to gripe and moan about EVERYTHING.  And, nothing seems to be good enough for us.  This one should be funny, but in many ways, it’s not.

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3.  My wife had her class reunion this past weekend.  I won’t tell you how many years, because then it won’t be fun at home for a couple of days.  Ha ha.  Anyway, we played a fun game at the reunion.  It was “JENGA”, only it was “REAL LIFE JENGA.”  I couldn’t play, because the game makes me crazy.  Or crazier, depending on who you talk to.

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4.  SOMEONE HAS A SENSE OF HUMOR.  There is a guy in Fargo, or WAS a guy in Fargo, who apparently has my sense of humor.  He had made his demands about how he wanted his obituary in the newspaper after he passed away.  Well, he died this past week.  And to honor his wishes, his family posted his obituary in the Fargo Forum, JUST THE WAY HE WANTED IT.

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I would have LOVED to have met this guy.  It sounds like he had a wonderful sense of humor.

And, even in death, he got the LAST LAUGH!!!

5.  Speaking of obituaries, a great comedian from the days past has died.  Jack Carter was 93 when he passed away a couple of days ago.  You may remember him from “The Dean Martin Show”, “Laugh-In”, “The Ed Sullivan Show” and many others shows.  I remember him being a panelist on “Match Game.”  Another of the comedic legends is gone.

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 25:  Actor Jack Carter arrives at LA's Premiere of Twyla Tharp-Frank Sinatra Musical "Come Fly Away" at the Pantages Theatre on October 25, 2011 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images for Pantages Theatre)

6.  Most people know that I am a country music diehard.  But, my country music is from the 50’s thru the 90’s.  I can’t really stand the new country music today.  But, that’s just my opinion.  I go WAY BACK in history for my favorite country music.  I would have been completely satisifed growing up in the late 50’s and 60’s in country music.  With that said, check out the shirt that I ordered that should be here any day.  (And, no those are not my arms.)

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7.  MY DAY WAS MADE THE OTHER DAY.

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Yes, the Minnesota Wild signed their goalie from this past year.  The goalie that made a huge impact on the team.  Devan Dubnyk got a six year contract, which may be a big one, but my gut tells me that he’s worth every penny.  AND WHAT A GUT I HAVE!!!

And then yesterday, my day was made again.  Another great signing!!

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In case you haven’t noticed, I have become a hockey fanatic.  A hockey die-hard.  Plus, it’s driving me crazy waiting for the next season to begin!!  I am almost more excited about the hockey season than the NFL season.  And I have NEVER EVER uttered those words before!!!

8.  I finally got to see the documentary about Glen Campbell and his decline from Alzheimers.  It showed on CNN the other night, and I caught the last hour.  I was mesmerized.  I give Glen and his family lots of credit for having the heart to put this out to the public.  It shows a man who loved his family and loved his music, and it shows how both of his loves slowly began to decline.  Sad.

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You find out in this show just how important his music was to his mind and his heart.  I strongly urge you to watch this.  Plus maybe have a few kleenex available.  I am a HUGE Glen Campbell fan, and have even met him once.  He was incredibly nice.  Even after a few decades in the business, he took care of his fans, and was so genuine.  I love you Glen Campbell, and I thank you for the impact you made and had on the music world!!

9.  THIS WORLD HAS GONE CRAZY.  I didn’t have to write that, you probably already knew that.  We have become so touchy about everything.  Now, even practical jokes.  Who hasn’t played a practical joke on somebody else?  And if no one was hurt, what’s the big deal?  A tenured teacher in Tennessee may be fired for participating in a prank on other teachers.  Plus, the kids weren’t even in school, so nobody witnessed it.  The prank included the following.

****a lotion like substance put on classroom door handles.

****chairs and desks overturned in a couple of classrooms.

****vehicles moved around the lot without permission.  (That’s the fun of it.)

****and, finally, the one that just about put me over the edge.  Non-edible styrofoam packing peanuts were taken and put in someones car.  The reason this is bad?  THEY WERE THE PROPERTY OF THE SCHOOL.

C’mon people.  Nobody can have fun anymore.  Now, if they had started something on fire, or crashed a car or something like that, then throw the book at them.  But this was just a few pranks.  That they did every year on each other, by the way.  I think a reprimand would have been fine with this.  NOT A POSSIBLE FIRING.

10.  Speaking of overreacting, check out what TV-LAND did.  With all the controversy of the confederate flag happening in this country, TV-LAND decided to pull all of the “Dukes Of Hazzard” reruns because the confederate flag is on top of the car?  REALLY?  SERIOUSLY?  Now, don’t get me wrong.  I think that this confederate flag debate is real, and needed.  But to yank a TV show off the air from the 80’s because the flag is on the top of the car?  To this blogger it seems ridiculous.

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I love this country.  I love this world.  But, I’m getting super tired of having a few people offended, and then having to change EVERYTHING because of a few people.  WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE MAJORITY RULES?

11.  It’s almost VACATION TIME.  I will be gone from the 4th thru the 13th.  Heading to Minnesota with my baby.  We are taking some much needed and much deserved time off.

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We have never been to either community, but since I announced where we were going, I have received numerous suggestions on what to do.  WE CANNOT WAIT!!!

12.  JOKE OF THE DAY:

Batman and Robin are camping in the desert, set up their tent and are asleep. Some hours later, Batman wakes his faithful friend. “Robin, look up at the sky and tell me what you see.”

Robin replies, ” I see millions of stars.”

“What does that tell you?” asks Batman.

Robin ponders for a minute.

“Astronomically speaking, it tells me that there are millions of galaxies and potentially billions of planets.

Astrologically, it tells me that Saturn is in Leo.

Chronologically, it appears to be approximately a quarter past three.

Theologically, it’s evident the Lord is all-powerful and we are small and insignificant.

Meteorologically, it seems we will have a beautiful day tomorrow.

What does it tell you, Batman?”

Batman is silent for a moment, then speaks:

“Robin, you idiot, someone has stolen our tent.”

HAVE A GREAT NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS!!

JAY DEAN

RANDOM THOUGHTS FOR TUESDAY JUNE 23RD, 2015

This is what THEY say!!!

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This is what I SAY!!!!!!!

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We leave July 4th for an eight day vacation. It cannot get here quick enough!!

This blog is sponsored by Pierson Ford in the auto plaza, north highway 281 in Aberdeen, SD.  We are just across the street from Shopko.

New on our lot right now, a “summertime toy”.  We have a 2008 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, with, get this, only 5800 miles on it…..5800 MILES!!!  Crazy.  Plus it has a manual transmission, which a lot of people look for in this car.

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You can see all the information on the picture. The phone number, the website, everything!!!  Get a hold of us on this beauty.  It won’t last long.

1.  IT’S JOKE TIME!!!

Sometimes auto-correct can cause many problems.  This is one of them.

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I have had some bullies in my lifetime, so naturally, this one made me laugh out loud!

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You almost feel sorry for this fella….Until you eat him.

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It must be “bird day.”

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Ok.  What the heck!  How about ONE MORE?  (And it’s a classic)

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You have to know that a date with Dracula must “really suck.”  OK. that was bad, even for me.

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2.  Sad news to report.  “Eight Is Enough” Dad, Dick Van Patten has died at the age of 86.  He apparently died of complications from diabetes.  Everybody remembers one of America’s favorite Dads.

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Probably my favorite role of Dick Van Patten, was playing the ruler in the classic Mel Brooks movie “Spaceballs.”  Featuring the classic lines, “1…..2……3…..4……5….”, and the line “Would I lie to you?”  They may not sound funny in this context, but trust me, they are hilarious in the movie.

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Here is Dick Van Patten recently.  R.I.P.

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3.  So, this past Sunday was Father’s Day.  Hopefully all of you Dads had a wonderful day!  I know I did.  Hmmm….what gift to get Dad.  How about a gift that will LAST FOREVER.  A gift that you’ll NEVER FORGET.  WAIT….I HAVE A GREAT IDEA!!

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4.  IDIOT OF THE DAY:  Sean “P. Diddy” Combs.  Most everybody knows this rapper/producer/agent, and one coach at UCLA wishes he didn’t know Sean very well.  Apparently P. Diddy didn’t like the way a certain coach was handling his son Justin on the football field, or how the coach was talking to his son, so he let his emotions get the best of him.  Sean Combs apparently assaulted one of the coaches with a gym kettlebell.  Whatever the heck THAT is.  Charges have been filed against him, including assault with a deadly weapon.  Yikes.  He may be in a TON of trouble.  Oh wait, no he won’t.  He’s a celebrity.

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5.  Anyone who knows me very well knows that I am a HUGE fan of Laurel And Hardy.  I think that they are the best comedy duo of all time.  Jerry Lewis and my man, Dean Martin are in second place.  But a pretty far away second place to Stan and Ollie.  I had a friend send me a picture on Facebook of the last photo session of Laurel and Hardy.  This photo was taken in 1956, just months before Oliver Hardy passed away at the age of 65.  Stan Laurel died in 1965.  By the time this photo was taken, Oliver Hardy had OBVIOUSLY lost a bunch of weight, and Stan Laurel had unfortunately had a stroke by this time.  What a classic photo!!!

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6.  IT’S ROCK AND ROLL TIME!!!  My beautiful wife bought tickets to a Boston and Eddie Money concert for me and both of my boys for our birthdays this summer.  What a great gift!!  The big concert is this Thursday at Scheel’s Arena in Fargo.  It’s funny.  I have wanted to see Boston in concert since back in the mid to late 70’s.  I never got the chance.  Now, I have seen them THREE TIMES in the past four years!!!  LOVE THEM.  Here’s a photo of the group Boston, and a video of my favorite tune from them.

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Eddie Money will be opening for Boston.  He puts on a pretty good show and has had a bunch of hits.  Coming up is my personal favorite from “The Money Man.”

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I have to remember to pick up some earplugs.  HECK NO!!!  NEVER, NEVER NEVER EVER WILL I WEAR EARPLUGS.  I came to rock out, and I want it as loud as humanly possible!!!  ROCK ON, BABY!!!

7.  Speaking of music, let’s do a “where are they now?”  Today, we feature Benny Mardones.  What? Never heard of him?  I bet you have.  Benny Mardones had ONE big hit, but he did something that only a few artists have ever done.  He had this song on the charts, not ONCE, but TWICE.  First of all in 1980, and then in 1989. 

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This awesome song came from this 1980 album.  Yes, I said ALBUM!!

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Benny Mardones is now 68 years old, and even though he has Parkinson’s, he still performs to sold out crowds everywhere.  All because of one great song.  THIS great song.  I still listen to it a bunch!!!

Here’s Benny today at 68.  He’s the one on the right.

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8.  OK.  I am NOT a fan of cats.  I have said that before.  However, with that said, there are some cute videos of cats out there.  THIS is one of them.

Apparently not only adults get cranky when you take their nicotine away. 

9.  JOKE OF THE DAY:

“I was in the restaurant yesterday when I suddenly realized I desperately needed to pass gas. The music was really, really loud, so I timed my gas with the beat of the music.

After a couple of songs, I started to feel better. I finished my coffee, and noticed that everybody was staring at me….

Then I suddenly remembered that I was listening to my iPod.”

YIKES…That would be MY luck.  Here’s one more!!

A man asked his wife, “What would you most like for your birthday?”

She said, “I’d love to be ten again.”

On the morning of her birthday, he got her up bright and early and they went to a theme park. He put her on every ride in the park – the Death Slide, The Screaming Loop, the Wall of Fear.

She had a go on every ride there was. She staggered out of the theme park five hours later, her head reeling and her stomach turning.

Then they were off to a movie theater where they ate popcorn and sweets and drank Cola. At last she staggered home with her husband and collapsed into bed.

Her husband leaned over and asked, “Well, dear, what was it like being ten again?” One eye opened and she groaned, “You idiot, I meant DRESS SIZE!!”

Sometimes you just can’t win for losing…ha ha.  HAVE A GREAT WEEK EVERYBODY!

Jay Dean

RANDOM THOUGHTS FOR FRIDAY JUNE 12TH, 2015

OH YEAH!!!

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Your favorite blog is sponsored by Pierson Ford in Aberdeen, SD.  Hey, the new vehicles keep rolling in.  It’s kind of fun watching the big loaded trucks pull up with new vehicles.  Today I want to show you the brand new Ford Flex.

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Lots of room in this baby!  This is a very popular vehicle among families.

Also, just put on the lot yesterday, a brand spanking new, newly redesigned Ford Edge.  This is the titanium package, so it’s LOADED.  And, I mean LOADED. 

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You can stop and see us in the auto plaza in Aberdeen.  Phone number and website address is listed on the above vehicle.

1.  LET’S HAVE SOME FUN!!

This sounds like something sarcastic that I would do at home.  ONCE.

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I put this next one on Facebook trying to get a rise out of my family.  Sadly, my wife agreed with this.  Ha ha.

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I am not a “cat person”, so I don’t know if this is true.  But, I hear it is.

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Awww.  Look at the cute babies!

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This next one cracked me up.  Although for most men, It’s not funny.

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2.  I don’t have much to say on the following subject, except this.  It pretty much speaks for all of us.

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3.  Today we are going to talk mostly movies and deaths.  Mmmm. Sounds appealing, right?

Let’s, sadly, start out with deaths.

I was so sad last night to hear of the passing of one of country music’s great stars and great ambassadors of classic country music.  Jim Ed Brown died at the age of 81 Thursday due to complications from cancer.  I have visited with Jim Ed on a few occasions, and I will tell you this.  He was so warm and down home.  He acted like he truly loved talking with you, which I’m sure he did.  He made you feel special, like it wasn’t just a normal person meeting a “big star”, but it was a normal person meeting another normal person.  Jim Ed Brown was a giant of a man in talent, stature, and personality.

I have, luckily, been a guest backstage at the Grand Ole Opry, probably 6-8 times in my radio career.  I would go back as guests of Little Jimmy Dickens or Charlie Walker, both of whom are gone from this earth.  Jim Ed was always backstage and was one of the kindest, warmest people that I met backstage.  You see, classic country stars are different than today’s country stars, and CERTAINLY different than rock musicians.  They truly appreciate their fans, and NEVER forget where they came from. 

Jim Ed Brown started his career alongside his sisters Maxine and Bonnie.  They had a monster hit in 1959 that is still known today.  In fact, in our sales meeting this morning I was talking about Jim Ed’s passing, and I sang the first line of this song, and someone finished it right away.  It’s that great of a song.

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Here’s the classic song, “The Three Bells.”

And, of course, in his solo career, Jim Ed Brown is known for a huge huge hit.

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Not only did Jim Ed appear with his sisters and a solo career, he also was part of one of the biggest duos in country music history.  Jim Ed Brown and Helen Cornelius.  Featuring this tremendously big hit.

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He also did what many legendary artists did not do.  He released a new album last year!

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Jim Ed Brown, you will be missed.  You were a gentleman and a tremendous country singer. 

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4.  We will talk one more celebrity death a big later.  First of all, let’s lighten the mood by talking HORROR MOVIES.  ha ha.  Yeah, that’s right, I saw a couple of horror movies recently that need to be talked about.

My darling sister, Krista and I went to see the third installment of the “Insidious” movie franchise, appropriately called “Insidious 3.”  (GREAT NAME, HUH?)  This movie terrified me.  I actually screamed once in the movie.  But, I wasn’t the only one screaming in the theater, so I didn’t feel too bad.

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My sister, my boys and I LOVE horror movies.  And this is one of the best ones we have seen in recent months.  Was it as good as the first two?  I will say this.  The first one was awesome.  The second one was good.  This one ranks up there with the first one.  If you like suspense, jumping out of your seat, and occasionally possibly wetting your pants a little bit, then this movie is for you!!!

Oh yeah, and one more thing.  The “witch woman” appeared in this one, too.  CREEPY WOMAN.

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5.  Speaking of horror movies, there was a night this past week that I couldn’t sleep.  (Well that’s about every night, but this one was special….not really.)

I turned on the TV and there was a movie called “Patrick”.  I figured it had to be a remake, because I remembered the one from the late 70’s.

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I was correct.  This is an Australian remake of the movie.

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As you can tell by poster number one, the premise of the movie is that Patrick is “out cold”, but can still make things happen with his brain.  Scary stuff.  Not a big big horror kind of movie, but yet creepy.

There was a young lady in the remake that I instantly fell in love with.  One of the main reasons?  She is beautiful.  But mostly because she has that sexy Australian accent.  You know the same accent that drives me crazy from that one lady?  Olivia Newton John? 

This young lady’s name is Sharni Vinson.  She has appeared in other movies, but is really good in this one.  Here she is.  You be the judge if she is a beauty or not.

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Don’t worry, Olivia.  You are still, and will ALWAYS be my favorite Aussie.

6.  One more movie tidbit.  I am a fan of Adam Sandler.  Not a HUGE fan, but a fan.  He has a few movies that I absolutely love.  ( Mr. Deeds being one of them), And he has movies that I despise.  ( Little Nicky makes my skin crawl.)

He has a new movie coming out soon called “Pixels” that has my complete attention.  it makes the video game world of the 80’s come alive.  Pac Man is on the loose and others, like Donkey Kong are called in to help.  Sounds cool, right?

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I will give it a shot.  It’s too bad that we can’t see the movie for the same price of playing the video game.  (One thin quarter.)

7.  This past week marked the 43rd anniversary of the Rapid City flood of 1972.  This was one of the most deadly floods in our country’s history.  Over 200 people died.  Over 5,000 vehicles were ruined.  Homes were demolished. Water gushed everywhere.

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My dearly departed Papa was a National Guard member, and was “training” at Camp Rapid above the city.  I use the word “training” lightly.  Ha ha.  Anyway, while playing cards one day, (see?)  a guy came running in and said “RAPID CITY IS FLOODING, WE NEED TO GET DOWN THERE.”  Dad said that nobody believed him.  Until they looked out and windows and only saw water.  My Dad, along with hundreds and hundreds of others came to the rescue of Rapid City.  Dad told us stories about it that were horrible.  I have an Aunt and Uncle who lost their car in the flood.  This was horrible, and we just have to pray that something bad like this never ever happens again!!!

8.  One more celebrity death.  The legendary actor Christopher Lee died this week at the tender age of 93.  AND HE WAS WORKING RIGHT UP UNTIL BEFORE HIS DEATH.   Impressive!  Christopher Lee was an actor for many decades.  Try this on for size.  His first role was in 1946, and he acted up thru 2015.  WOW…

Christopher Lee played many legendary movie monsters.  Among them, Frankenstein….Count Dracula…Fu Manchu….The Mummy…..and more.

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He also played James Bond’s enemy, “Scaramanga” from the movie “The Man With The Golden Gun” from 1974.

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Most recently, Christopher Lee starred as Saruman in the “Hobbit” movies.

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Christopher Lee was 93, and leaves behind a legacy of hit movies that could fill anybody’s movie closet.

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9.  My wife’s birthday is coming up in July.  I’m planning on buying her a nice gift, taking her out for supper at the eatery of her choice, and then letting her pick out the evening’s plans.  Normally, it’s a movie, or miniature golf, or something like that. 

I am also embarrassed to do that after hearing what Kim Kardashian did for her man, Kanye West.  Granted, they have a LITTLE BIT bigger pocketbook than I do, but WOW….Kanye had a birthday the other day, so Kimmy rented out the Staples Center in LA, and got a couple dozen NBA stars and singers and actor buddies together for a basketball game.  Total cost?  A mere $110,000.  ONE HUNDRED AND TEN THOUSAND DOLLARS.  That seems a big too much.  In fact, a LOT too much. 

10.  JOKE OF THE DAY!!!

Reaching the end of a job interview, the Human Resources Officer asks a young engineer fresh out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, “And what starting salary are you looking for?” The engineer replies, “In the region of $125,000 a year, depending on the benefits package.” The interviewer inquires, “Well, what would you say to a package of five weeks vacation, 14 paid holidays, full medical and dental, company matching retirement fund to 50% of salary, and a company car leased every two years, say, a red Corvette?” The engineer sits up straight and says, “Wow! Are you kidding?” The interviewer replies, “Yeah, but you started it.”

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!

JAY DEAN

RANDOM THOUGHTS FOR TUESDAY JUNE 2ND, 2015

OK…This is scary to think about!

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Today’s blog, and EVERY blog is sponsored by your friends at Pierson Ford in Aberdeen, SD.  Hey, listen, we’ve talked about leasing before, but I want to really hit it again.  I have had at least 10 people lease vehicles in the past three months.  Why are people leasing?  Easy.  Low monthly payments.  Full warranty the entire time you’re driving it during the lease, plus roadside assistance, and peace of mind.  You can, right now, find great lease prices on great Ford products like the Fusion, Focus, Explorer, the newly designed F-150 and a whole lot more. 

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To find out more, contact Pierson Ford at 1-800-627-1237, or better yet, stop and see us in the auto plaza, north highway 281 in Aberdeen.  You can also see our entire lineup at http://www.piersonford.com/

1.  LET’S KICK IT OFF WITH SOME FUN!!!

HMMM.  This seems legit.

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This is absolutely the way that I would cook this crap.

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Give you a little Star Wars humor I must.

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And finally, this completely makes sense.

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2.  I have found a pair of shorts that I MUST HAVE.  I’m pretty sure that I will be ordering these in the next few days.  BEAUTIFUL!!!

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3.  ROAD TRIP!!!  I am taking my beautiful baby sister on the road for a couple of days this week.  We are traveling to Fargo, to meet up with my son Mitchell and his girlfriend Jessica.  We are going to eat ourselves silly at Ribfest in the parking lot of the Fargodome. 

The food is fine, but I’m going for the MUSIC!!!  Wednesday night, we get to see rock and roll legend “38 SPECIAL.”

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We get to rock and roll outdoors to great music like this!!

And, on Thursday night we get to jam with 90’s band, “GIN BLOSSOMS.”

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  We will hear awesome hits like this one.

Opening for “GIN BLOSSOMS”, will be the band “REMBRANDTS”, who will be singing their hit, the theme from “Friends.”  And, we’ll see the band “Fastball”.  It’s a 90’s blast!!!  Should be fun.

4.  We had a celebrity death in recent days that is worth mentioning.  One of the most famous ladies from a horror movie passed away.  Betsy Palmer died at the age of 88.  Do you know which horror classic she was in?  I’ll tell you.  She was in a little movie from the 80’s.

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Betsy Palmer starred as “Jason’s Mom” in the legendary horror movie.

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Even though this was probably her most famous role, Betsy Palmer had been around for decades in Hollywood.  Check out what a beauty she was in her younger days.

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Here is a picture of Betsy in her final years.

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5.  Uh-oh….The man upstairs must be coming back soon.  Why?  Because the two worst baseball teams in the league last year are LEADING their divisions right now.

My beloved Minnesota Twins are in first place, and had the most productive month of May than any other baseball team in major league baseball.  CRAZY, HUH?

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Plus, the Houston Astros are leading their division and they were HORRIBLE the past few years.

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All of us Twins fans stuck with our favorite team, even though they had 90 plus losses in a few straight seasons.  I just hope that they can keep it going.  It would be fun seeing them in the playoffs again.

6.  CAITLYN JENNER?  SERIOUSLY?  This Bruce Jenner thing has become even weirder in the last few days.  Now HE, I mean, SHE, or whatever, is coming out on a magazine cover, and this is her new look.

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The ironic thing is that Bruce, I mean, CAITLYN, said that all they want is their “PRIVACY.”  Really?  So you give numerous TV interviews and photo shoots, but you want your PRIVACY?  Ummm.  Privacy is going away and not coming out in public and trying to stay out of the limelight.  Try it.  I dare you.  No, seriously.  TRY IT. 

7.  I have to admit it.  I was incredibly sad watching the very last, final episode of “Late Night With David Letterman.”

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I was sad, because we will probably not see him very much the rest of his life.  Dave is a very very private person, and now after leaving the show, he’ll probably just go away for good.  (Take notes Caitlyn.)

I am nothing but impressed and have nothing but respect for David Letterman.  He was completely screwed out of getting the “Tonight Show” after Johnny Carson retired.  Dave was TOLD by numerous sources that he was a shoe-in.  But, they ended up giving it to Jay Leno, and a feud was about to begin.  But, God bless Johnny Carson.  He loved Letterman, and he even came over to CBS to Dave’s show to wish him well.

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David Letterman has had literally thousands of guest in his over three decades of being on TV, but his show insiders say that Bill Murray was his all time favorite guest.

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We will miss you Dave.  Thank you for making our lives a little better for so many years.  Thank you for being the creative genius that you are.  Late night will never ever be the same now that Carson and Letterman are off the tube.  Although, I will say that Jimmy Fallon is doing great!  But still, he’s no Letterman.  And he’s CERTAINLY no Carson.  WE LOVE YOU DAVE!!!

8.  JOKE OF THE DAY!!

A farmer and his brand new bride were riding home from the chapel in a wagon pulled by a team of horses, when the older horse stumbled. The farmer said, “That’s once.”

A little further along, the poor old horse stumbled again. The farmer said, “That’s twice.”

After a little, while the poor old horse stumbled again. The farmer didn’t say anything, but reached under the seat, pulled out a shotgun and shot the horse.

His brand new bride raised all kind of heck with him, telling him, “That was an awful thing to do.” The farmer said, “That’s once.”

HAVE A GREAT WEEK.

JAY DEAN