As this Friday comes to a close I wanted each of the handful of you who read my attempt to “blog,” to have a great Christmas and New Year celebration.
The policy regarding vacation time here at Entercom is much the same as it is at most companies…..”Use it or lose it.” With that in mind I will be taking my last few days from Monday the 24th thru New Year’s day.
Be safe and I promise to be just as obnoxious in 2013 as I have been…..well….. my entire life.
Out now via iTunes is 12-12-12: The Concert For Sandy Relief. The collection, which features highlights from the December 12th star-studded concert at New York's Madison Square Garden, includes tracks by Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones, the Who, Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Roger Waters, Billy Joel, Bon Jovi, and more. Vintage Vinyl News reported that the Robin Hood Relief Fund will receive a minimum of $6.50 from each sale of the album. A CD version of the album is scheduled for release on January 22nd.
Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend were among the first artists to sign on for the charity concert. Daltrey has been adamant that the Who's main purpose has always been to help its audience lighten their load:
The full tracklist to 12-12-12: The Concert For Sandy Relief is:
"Land Of Hope And Dreams" - Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
"Wrecking Ball" - Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
"Another Brick In The Atlantic Wall" - Roger Waters
"Us And Them" - Roger Waters
"Comfortably Numb" - Roger Waters with Eddie Vedder
"Hallelujah (Sandy Relief Version)" - Adam Sandler and Paul Shaffer
"It's My Life" - Bon Jovi
"Wanted Dead Or Alive" - Bon Jovi
"Got To Be Better In A Little While" - Eric Clapton
"Crossroads" - Eric Clapton
"You Got Me Rocking" - The Rolling Stones
"Jumpin Jack Flash" - The Rolling Stones
"No One" - Alicia Keys
"Who Are You" - The Who
"Baba O'Riley" - The Who
"Love Reign O'er Me" - The Who
"Miami 2017 (Seen The Lights Go Out On Broadway)" - Billy Joel
"Moving Out (Anthony's Song)" - Billy Joel
"You May Be Right" - Billy Joel
"Viva La Vida" - Chris Martin
"Losing My Religion" - Chris Martin and Michael Stipe
"Us Against The World" - Chris Martin
"Helter Skelter" - Paul McCartney
"Empire State Of Mind" - Alicia Keys
A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.
The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.
The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full.. The students responded with a unanimous ‘yes.’
The professor then produced two Beers from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand.The students laughed..
‘Now,’ said the professor as the laughter subsided, ‘I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things—-your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions—-and if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house and your car.. The sand is everything else—-the small stuff.
‘If you put the sand into the jar first,’ he continued, ‘there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life.
If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you.
Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness.
Spend time with your children. Spend time with your parents. Visit with grandparents. Take your spouse out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house and mow the lawn.
Take care of the golf balls first—-the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.
One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the Beer represented. The professor smiled and said, ‘I’m glad you asked.’ The Beer just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a couple of Beers with a friend.
You never know how a day will progress. Mine starts around 4am and by the time the Big Show is over at 10 it’s safe to “assume” the biggest challenges or distractions are out of the way. Beyond that it’s dealing with other business components, decisions, commitments, etc. for a separate firm I’m involved with. Friday was no different…..until around noon.
I’m sitting at my desk doing some research into a problem; the TV is on but muted, as Ilisten to a conference call regarding this problem. I happened to look up and one of my favorite news people, Lester Holt ofNBC
is on the air with a ‘breaking news’’ graphic on the lower portion of the screen.
It was at that moment my quite, pre-holiday Friday afternoon emotionally went in a different direction.
The initial accounts of the school shooting in Connecticut were coming in. Every channel had something different to report regarding the shooter, his mother, the location of
her death, the growing body count, and of course the early comments regarding gun control. I was reminded of one thing Friday as I watched all of the television news outlets scramble for the next new detail……TV is the first draft of history.
It is now Sunday afternoon. The NFL is in full swing and in Connecticut, the numbers of the dead and wounded are pretty stable, the names are factual, and the accounts of both the horror and the bravery are beginning to circulate. Earlier this morning in church we were asked to remember those that survived and the families with those that didn’t. Beyond that, while it seems so far away, its discomforting to realize that the same evil, that same mental instability, that same level of violence could happen here……at any time.
During the service this morning I saw someone I hadn’t seen before enter the sanctuary and walk down the center aisle. For a brief moment I tensed up and wondered if something was about to happened right in front of me. I watched carefully for a sign of anger, or a move to a weapon under his jacket. Naturally it was nothing
more than a late arrival to a peaceful service.
I wonder if I was the only person among 300 that had the same apprehension.
I suspect I was not alone in being a little more on guard.
1) You don't have a job. You don't want to lie and say you're employed if you're not, but it's not the best thing to lead off with. If you're on food stamps and have a housing voucher or your parents still support you, that may look like a sign of weakness and a threat that you could become dependent on him - or that you may be looking for a meal ticket and not a boyfriend.
2) You slept around in college or high school. Your youthful experiences are your own private business. Too much casual sex is not going to send a good signal. Just be quiet.
3) You were arrested, in a psych ward, or fired. The accepted wisdom is that leopards don't change their spots. It might be a great story or an unfair consequence you didn't deserve, but it is still going to take the shine off your attractiveness and turn you into damaged goods in his eyes. Just don't go there.
4) You haven't dated or had sex in a long time. If you tell him you've been out of circulation for a long time, the next question will be "Why?" And there's never a good answer. It will reflect badly on you and your value as a dateable woman.
5) You were sexually abused. This is an issue that could affect your approach to a sexual relationship and must be addressed at some point. But it is best for a man to see you as a strong woman before he sees you as a victim. This will not make you damaged goods to most men, but it is still best to keep it to yourself until a bond and deeper knowledge of each other has developed.
6) Your ex is abusive and unstable. A man may think physical abuse can change a woman's perception of all men and he also may not want to get into a situation where a crazy dude might barge in on him and get violent.
7) You get dumped a lot. You know they were all jerks and cheaters and derelicts, but your date doesn't. Men want a woman of high value, just as you want a man of value. Don't devalue your currency with stories that won't help your situation and that he doesn't need to know.
8) You cheated. Once a cheater, always a cheater. That may or may not be true, but you don't want to plant a serious reason for him to always distrust and disbelieve you. You are just undercutting your relationship before it really begins. If the question comes up, just look him in the eye and say, "I will never cheat on a man." It's the future tense, so it is not a lie - unless you plan on cheating.
Here we are in mid December so it seems like a good time to look back at some of the things that comprised the year 2012.
Its easy to remember all of the awful things such as the Dark Knight shootings...storm damage, etc. For this post, I wanted to give you a more inspiring review.....posssibly something to help us look forward to 2013 with....hope.
Talk about being brainwashed by TV listen to this. Police in Nassau County New York said a man shot his girlfriend during a fight about whether a zombie outbreak as seen on AMC's "The Walking Dead" could actually occur. Jared Gurman, 26, argued via text messages with his girlfriend, Jessica Gelderman, 27, just after 2:30 a.m. Monday about the possibility of a zombie apocalypse as depicted on the AMC series. When she went over to his place to calm him down he shot her in the back with a .22-caliber rifle. He’s now being charged with attempted murder.
The increasingly massive 12-12-12 benefit concert to help Hurricane Sandy relief efforts will now be broadcast live from Madison Square Garden in New York City on December 12th, beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET. The show will be broadcast worldwide on TV, radio and the Web, with an estimated one billion viewers or listeners potentially tuning in globally. Among the TV and cable channels carrying the concert in the U.S. are CBS, AMC, HBO, MSG, Showtime, VH1 Classic, Fuse and PBS. Websites that will stream the broadcast include AOL, Hulu, MTV, Yahoo, Vevo and more.
The show will also be beamed into movie theaters in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area via satellite.
The show's organizers said in a statement, ""The fact that so many major media companies are joining forces to distribute and stream this important event to homes worldwide will enable us to create a tremendous and unprecedented fundraising effort on a global scale to benefit the victims of this devastating storm."
The concert's all-star lineup includes Paul McCartney, Bon Jovi, Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, Coldplay's Chris Martin, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, Roger Waters, Kanye West, The Who and a newly added Eric Clapton, and The Rolling Stones!
All money raised through ticket sales for the event will benefit the victims of Hurricane Sandy via the Robin Hood Foundation.
Sandy lashed the East Coast in late October, devastating parts of New York and New Jersey, causing more than 100 deaths and leaving behind tens of billions of dollars worth of damage.