A very happy belated Valentine’s Day to you all.  I thought I would share this with you.


I also missed Abraham Lincoln’s birthday this past Friday.  Plus it is President’s Day today.  Honest Abe has some incredible quotes over his lifetime.  This one may be my favorite.



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You already know that I’m a Washington Redskins fan.  With that said, it’s time to nail my least favorite team, the Cowboys.  And feature my wife’s favorite, Bruno Mars.


This seems like something I would do.


Here’s an oldie but a goodie.


All I can say is…YEP.


I literally laughed out loud when I saw this one.


I’m glad this happened, because it would have been WAY TOO HARD in my history class.


This would be no big deal for me, but I know some that would agree with this.



2.  WHAT A CONCERT.  I still haven’t gotten all of my hearing back.  And I’m not kidding.  My ears are still buzzing.  My brother and his sons, along with a cousin of ours and a friend went to the Fargodome in Fargo, ND to see the legendary rock band AC/DC.  This was the third time that I have seen them, but by far the best performance.  AC/DC lead singer Brian Johnson is 68 years old.  SIXTY EIGHT.  And still rocks with the best of them.  Band co-founder Angus Young, the guitar legend is 60.  They probably have more energy onstage on a BAD night, than I have on a good night right now. Also, over 20,000 people were there with us. PARTY!!!

We had great seats, too.



And, I was dressed for the show, baby.  I got to pull my AC/DC shirt out of storage just for the event.


This concert kicks off my “concert circus” that goes on thru the Fall.  In April we will se Chicago/Earth, Wind, and Fire, Loverboy and Foreigner, Night Ranger, and country legend Gene Watson.  In the summer we have tickets already for a living legend Gordon Lightfoot, plus “Moondance Jam” in Walker, MN. which so far has booked Boston, Chicago, Loverboy and Rick Springfield.


  I hope my hearing comes back soon.


3.  Speaking of concerts, my ultimate concert may be coming true. 


Both of my boys and I are HUGE fans of Jeff Lynne and the Electric Light Orchestra.  I had tickets for their “Zoom” tour a few years ago, but they ended up cancelling it.  I have always been a big big fan of this group, and have ALWAYS wanted to see them.  And then, one day on his Facebook page, Jeff Lynne posted this.


They are going to be doing three shows over three days at the Hollywood Bowl in Hollywood.  I told my boys that come hell or high water, we will be going to one of the shows.  It doesn’t sound like they will be booking a lot of single night dates around the country, so I am going to be ready to buy tickets ASAP when they go on sale.  Music has been such an integral part of my life.  Plus my boys and music fanatics too.  I thank God all the time for my boys, and for the fact that we have so much in common.  So much in common that we can travel places for a week and have a great time.  I will cherish those memories forever.


4.  I don’t get super duper thrilled about movies coming out.  For the most part.  But when a much anticipated movie about my all time favorite singer comes out, you can BET that I’m excited.  “I Saw The Light” comes out in March, and it, obviously, is the story of my fave, the legend, Hank Williams, SR.


Tom Hiddleston looks dead-on like Hank.  And this will be the true story, that apparently doesn’t shy away from his troubled life.



If you recall, my boys and I went to see Hank’s grave and museum in Montgomery, Alabama this past October.  It was a dream of mine.  So, I promised my son Mitchell, that I would come to Sioux Falls on opening night and see this movie.  March can’t get here soon enough.


5.  Last night I took the most beautiful woman in the world out for Valentines Day.  My wife and I had a delicious supper and then headed to see a movie that is nominated for best picture at the Academy Award.  We went to see this one.


In case you didn’t know, this movie deals with the Catholic church sex scandals back years ago.  Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams and others are fantastic in their roles.  It’s a very unsettling movie because of the content, but it is real.  It features the facts and doesn’t leave many stones unturned.

But it is still not my favorite to win best picture.  I am still in love with “Room.”

Room - Poster[3]

Plus, you heard it here first!  BRIE LARSON WILL WIN BEST ACTRESS FOR HER ROLE IN THIS MOVIE.  I don’t normally watch the Academy Awards, but I’m anxious to hear if my favorite movie of the year does some big damage.


6.  This picture is supposed to be funny.


OKAY.  It is funny.  But it also ticks me off.  Why?  Because I am getting SO SO SO TIRED of my banks, TV and radio subscribers, schools, hospitals, wherever, when they have the automated welcoming service.  “Please push this for this….Please push this button for this….Please tell me why you’re calling.”  NO.  I WANT TO TALK TO A PERSON THAT IS ALIVE AND REAL, PLEASE.  It seems like the automation asks you all of these stupid questions, and then the “real person” turns around and ask the SAME DOGGONE QUESTIONS.  It really burns me how we’re becoming a society of not being able to communicate with each other.  The art of communication is going down the drain quickly.  I deal with a couple of banks in Aberdeen that still have someone answering the phone.  I will stay with them forever, if they keep answering the phones. 


7.  This one really hit home for me.


It brought back some incredibly cool memories, because I used to spend countless hours with my little portable cassette player, taping songs off the radio.  You probably did the same thing.  You would recognize your favorite song and hit the “record” button.  You usually missed the first two seconds of the song, and sometimes the announcer would talk all over the intro our the outro.  I had NUMEROUS, I mean DOZENS of cassettes full of music taped off the radio.

And the cool thing?  Some of the announcers I taped when I was in junior high and high school ended up working with me in my 25 years on radio.  WHAT A THRILL FOR ME.  Les Cummings, Mark Remily, Denny Pitman….The list goes on and on.  I seriously was in radio heaven working with these guys.  And, it brought back tremendous memories of their voices on my cassettes.



An old cowboy told his grandson “The secret to a long, healthy life is to put a pinch of gunpowder in your oatmeal every morning.” The grandson took this advice to heart, and everyday for the rest of his life put a pinch of gunpowder in his oatmeal every morning. When he died at the old age of 109 he left behind 5 children, 12 grandchildren, 35 great grandchildren, 78 great great grandchildren, and a 50 foot hole in the creamatorium wall.








  1. Hi I love your blog. I am a 56 year old happily married (retired from the steel mills in Indiana) man and now live in The beautiful Smoky Mountains. I saw AC/DC in Chicago in 1978 at the old Cominsky Park (White Sox) summer of jam concert. Angus wore the english school outfit. Bruno is a kid in Honeymoon in Vegas as Elvis. Bad spelling. Keep up the good work. Bob

  2. I am still following your blog from Australia Jay Dean and always enjoy your very informative news. I must say that I too am looking forward to “I saw the light” as that horrible abortion featuring George Hamilton some years ago was an absolute disaster. Good luck, good health and happiness to you and all your family. Laurie Cunningham

  3. Hey Jay, good luck in getting tickets to see ELO. It was very hectic when I acquired tickets to Adele. Waiting and waiting, wondering what would happen next on the ticketmaster website.

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