Thursday, August 7, 2008
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
A few weeks ago a friend suggested the freakiest thing I've ever heard for better sleep. It's called The Earthpulse BioMagnetic Field Supplementation machine. I'm a pretty open-minded dude but this machine is way out there. But I'm willing to try it.
Here's the description off their web site:
EarthPulse Sleep on Command™ is the most potent sleep, rejuvenation and performance enhancement technology ever discovered. PERIOD, or money back.
Here's the web site: http://earthpulsetechnologies.com/. There's some seriously freaky things going on at this site. But, hey, I'm willing to try this. Here's the description of this device:
In 2001 we stumbled upon a way to "tune" - down the neurological system into the deepest, most reparative sleep we'd ever achieved; while protecting the neurological system from the effects of constant ELF and radio frequency electromagnetic pollution (stress). Without deep sleep the body's cells can't fully recover from normal wear and tear, let alone heal its diseases or injuries. No other electromagnetic device in the world is designed for nighttime use, while you sleep. Its design allows for local application throughout the night as well as to work on stubborn issues.Think of EarthPulse™ as a tempo controller for your neurological and physiological system. Slowing down the rhythm results in deeper sleep and far better recovery.
EarthPulse™ provides a reliable method of utilizing sequences of very-weak magnetic fields, broadcast through your mattress, at frequencies that nature used to provide, to help lull you into deep and recuperative sleep (while supplementing a full range of geomagnetic 'vitamins' for improved health and vitality).
There's a 90 day money back guarantee on this thing. So if I don't get better sleep I have nothing to lose. But my friend swears it's done wonders for her.
Wish me luck.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
Good news and bad news. Three out of the last six nights have been Lunestaless. I'm not kidding when I say that every night I've had to fight myself NOT to take one. But I haven't. The bad news is that I've slept like ^%$# in those nights. Most nights without the Lunesta I'll get like 4 hours of sleep. And it's taken its toll. I've really been exhausted the past 48 hours. Like not being able to focus, cranky, short-fused. Not fun. Today I woke up and felt what was as close to a Migraine as I've ever felt. Muscles ached. Head was blazing. Just fatigued. I called in sick and just wanted to sleep.
But there is SOME good news. Maybe it was just catching up. But today was the first time in 4 years that I've gotten decent, solid sleep without the Lunesta for over 6 hours. I couldn't sleep at all last night. Got about 45 minutes of sleep before 3:30. But then went back to bed and didn't wake up 'til after 9:30. And I woke up feeling great. Headache? Gone. Muscle ache? Gone. I feel like I could run a marathon, actually. Like I said, it's possible it's just because this is the first time I've gotten sleep all week. But I haven't felt this GOOD after sleep in a very long time.
The goal is to go all weekend with no Lunesta at all. I'm over it.
Monday, July 21, 2008
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Sunday, July 20, 2008
Friday night. No Lunesta. I went out to dinner at Chima and for drinks at the W. Got home around 1:30. Was beat by 1:45. You can't take sleeping pills if you've been drinking. I crashed pretty easily. But I was up every few hours tossing and turning. It wasn't a sound night of sleep. But it was some sleep. Can't tell if I felt crappy 'cause I had a few drinks or because I didn't sleep well. I didn't drink that much so it's probably a combination of both. But it was one night.
Saturday was all about family. We went to the aquarium. And by the time we got home it was time to put Hollis down for the night. The rest of the night was hanging with Hayden. Stacey and I went to bed around 11. No Lunesta. I couldn't sleep at all! I stared at the ceiling 'til about 1:30. Then I got up and took ¼ a pill. No real effect. I think I did go to sleep. But it was one of those sleeps where you're really not sleeping at all, ya know? So I'm pretty cranky today. The good news is I didn't have that heart-racing thing I always have. I didn't feel awake. Just couldn't sleep.
Not sure how to handle tonight. My alarm goes off at 3:20am so my Sunday/Monday sleep patterns are all jacked up. I'll probably concede and do another ¼ tonight with the goal of being off it entirely by the end of the week.
Friday, July 18, 2008
It looked as though last night had to be the night. I was going to an event at Door 44 and wouldn't be home 'til after 9pm. The usual time I take the Lunesta. Rather than stick the Lunesta in my pocket and take it at the event, then drive home in time for it to kick in, I wasn't going to bring it at all. And I didn't! Stacey and I went to the event. We then met some friends out. We got home about 10:30. Way too lat to take a Lunesta before bed. But, again, I gave in. I will give myself a little credit. I only took ¼ a pill. So I've weened down from ¾ to ¼ in one week. But I had a Lunesta hangover all day today. I took the pill too late. When you do that you have a headache and you think slowly most of the next day. That was sure me this morning. So, going into the weekend I'd like to set the goal of ¼ a Lunesta each night. Then next week we can be done.
My wife Stacey had a talk with me that really made sense. First, she corrected me. I haven't been taking Lunesta for 2 ½ years. I've been taking it for about FOUR. She reminded me that I started to sleep poorly right after our first son was born. But she told the that it's not like I don't know how to sleep. I slept fine for most of my life. I've just freaked myself out. I have to change my mentality and just realize that I don't need this for my body to be tired. She made it sound so easy. And I think she's right. By the end of next week I'll be off this sh^%!
Thursday, July 17, 2008
In the morning I'm now drinking a protein drink to go along with about half a cup of oatmeal. I have to tell you. This drink gave me so much energy 'til about 1:30 that I'm thinking about losing coffee once I'm done with the Lunesta war. The protein drink consists of:
8oz. waterA shot of Acai 100 (it's a fruit that has higher detoxing qualities than blueberries)
1 Tablespoon of Flax Seed
A whole Banana
Handful of strawberries
Quick squirt of Organic Blue Agave
1 Scoop of Nitrogreens
2 scoop of Living Fuel's Living Protein
I was focused, sharp and, as I said, energetic 'til about 1:30pm. The thing I like about all of this is that ALL OF IT IS NATURAL outside of the Lunesta. Tonight's goal is a little less Lunesta.
I saw Darren, the "health coach," today. Here was his advice:
-the weening can't hurt. Might even help.
-take tryptophan and magnesium before bed
-Use only low level light the final hours of the night.
-DO NOT watch tv before going to sleep. He thinks the images and light are stimulating from some and wants to create an atmosphere of calm.
-Delegate more work to avoid stress -Make a list of the items in my life I actually have control of. He thinks seeing the amount of stuff that you DON'T have control of gives some peace of mind.
-Exercise every day
-Try and get a little sunshine every day
-More sex (Doctors orders!)
I usually take a short nap in the daytime. Around 12:30 I'll fall asleep. For five minutes. Never more than 10 minutes. My body won't let me sleep any longer or I would. But today I couldn't fall asleep. So, maybe I'll be tired tonight and will take only ¼.
It's 8pm. My eyes are tired but my body is awake, damn it. I'll check in with ya tomorrow.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
I know a lot of you struggle with sleep, as well. Maybe we can share our stories and help each other out.
It started about two years ago, I guess. One night I put my head down on the pillow and my heart started beating like I had just finished 45 minutes of cardio.
I wasn't stressed out. I wasn't thinking about work. I wasn't thinking about anything personal. My mind wasn't even racing.
I was tired but my heart just kept racing enough to keep me up. I figured it was one bad night of sleep. Well, that turned into another bad night of sleep; same symptoms. One night led into another 'til I was averaging about 2 hours of sleep a night. I was cranky. I was short tempered. I was tired all day.
Again, not even stressed out.
I had to get some sleep. Somebody told that you couldn't get addicted to ambien so I started to take it. It was too strong for me. I was stumbling up the stairs to get bed. So I switched to Lunesta. I'm a little dude so a pill of 3m seemed like plenty. But, again, it was too much for me. So I started taking ¼ of a pill of Lunesta every night to go to sleep. That did the trick. For a while. Then ¼ turned into ½. Now ½ has turned into ¾. My body is adjusting.
My addiction is so bad that I'll take the pill in my pocket when I got to events during the week. I have to pop it by 9pm or I'm too groggy in the morning to do the show. So, I'll leave the party at 9pm and pop the pill on my way home. I have exactly one half an hour 'til the effects kick in and I have to be off the road. By 9:30 I'm home. By 9:40 I'm in bed. By 9:45 I'm out like a light.
If I go to a movie with my wife during the week I'm constantly checking the time during the movie and will pop the pill at 9pm before the movie is over. Stacey will drive home from the theater at the grogginess kicks in for me.
I take them on vacation.
I can't sleep without them anymore. It's got a hold of me.
This year my goal was to get into great shape. And I have. One of my best friends, Dolvett, owns a gym called Bodysculptorinc (http://www.bodysculptorinc.com). He has busted my ass. Years ago I started seeing a nutritionist (illana katz at http://www.thesportfactory.com/site/coaches/ilanakatz.shtml) and she taught me how to boost my metabolism by eating properly. I feel great and my body is right where I want it to be. I feel some pride when my shirt is off. I really feel like I'm in the best shape I've been in for some time.
Except for this damn pill! So last week I saw a "health coach." His name is Darren Fink (4047863612) and he specializes in holistic medicine. He has done all sorts of tests on me. I'm waiting on the results from a cortisol (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cortisol) test that I took. But Darren thinks that due to me weird work schedule that my Circadian Rhythm is all jacked up (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Circadian_rhythm). He has me on a phosphatidylserine (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phosphatidylserine). It's a natural way to suppress those cortisol levels. We'll see if it works. I trust this guy. He actually got rid of my wife's migraines. Got her off all the drugs she was on and into a healthy pattern and after 5 years she'd not having headaches. I'm gonna give this guy a shot.
Either way, tonight is the night I'm going cold turkey off the Lunesta. No more. Just gonna stop taking it! I might only get two hours of sleep each night for the next week but I have to get off this stuff. I don't want to be dependent on it anymore.
I'll let you know how it goes. But I'm scared. I'm scared to go to sleep tonight. I'm scared of being frustrated by staring at the ceiling wondering when I'm going to get tired. I'm tired of getting up, going downstairs to watch TV, and going back into bed only to go back downstairs to kill more time. I'm afraid it's going to affect my job performance. I'm scared I'm going to snap at my wife and kids for awhile. I'm afraid I'm going to be back on this computer at midnight writing you guys again.
All I know is that I have to shake this 'cause the thought of being addicted to anything is worse than anything for me.
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Here's one from this week. Warning: there's a bad word in here. But imagine that you have no idea that your soon-to-be husband is THIS guy right before your wedding.
Monday, July 7, 2008
Women are sexual liars! I don't blame you. If men had the same impossibly restricting sexual code that women have placed on them from birth then men might lie about their sexual past like most women do. I just think it's important to get to the truth; women are sexual liars!
Women are well aware of how many sexual partners that they've had. But, as a rule, women will divide that number in about 1/3 in public conversations. Women have a sexual "number" that they MUST stay under. If not they brand themselves as dirty. And no woman can admit she's dirty, right? If a woman has sex with an "ex" it doesn't get added to her sexual odometer because they've had sex with him previously. This defies the rules of basic math. But I understand that women can do that because…because they are women.
It's still not acceptable that women have as high a sexual need as men. So the "he forced me into cheating" lie was created. We're supposed to believe that men cheat because we are insatiable. It's not acceptable for a woman to have the same sexual appetite so women lie and say that her partner was so rotten that she had no other option. Is it a crazy thought to assume that one option was to actually leave the relationship?
The "Born again Virgin" lie protects a woman's self esteem as well. Common sense tells you that if you have sex ONE time you're not a virgin anymore. Ladies, there is no way to erase your sexual past. If you had sex with half of the Lambda Chi house back in '94 you can't be a virgin anymore because you will it.
Lie. Lie. Lie. Protect your sexual self esteem, ladies. Guys do it. Few men have as many sexual partners as they say. Few men are as well endowed as Sea Biscuit. And most can't last 'til midnight much less all night long.
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
I'll call date 29 "Artist." He paints, which I thought was really cool. We went and sat on a couch outside the venue and just chatted. He was funny...and now he owes me a painting! Haha...it was fun...(I caught him off guard in the pic)
Date 28...Again, I was at the concert and just chatted. Another speed date OLE!
Date 27...Was with good ole Johnny O! We ended up at delicious Applebees. He is such a genuine, nice guy. Seriously, it was his birthday the day we went out on our lunch date. I got him a present...but he would NOT let me pay for lunch, even though it was his birthday! I need to find him a good girl! Any takers?
Date 26...was with a guy I am calling Mr. Burns...haha...he said he got sunburnt easily! =) We went to Twisted Taco and had some delicious food and a drink. He's a super good guy...very sweet! Definitely a great catch.
*Forgot to upload the pic of 25, but needed to get these posted ASAP*
Date 24...was with a guy I'm calling "JT." I'm calling him this because I asked him what he did for a living, and he told me he was in a boy band. It kind of threw me off, but it was hilarious! I met his sisters (on the right) the past Thursday at Twisted Taco. They wanted me to go out with "JT" who was in town from Philly. We ended up at Park Tavern on Sunday. It was such an awesome day...we ate outside...had great conversation! (Definitely a great date place). He was funny and we got along great! His sisters ended up joining us about an hour and a half later...and we all had a couple of drinks! His sisters are sooooo much fun! It just sucks he doesn't live here. =(
Date 23...was another speed date...he is such a sweetheart!
Date 22...is definitely recognizable...I'll call him "DJ" cause that's what he does. Needed a date for the night and he was there!
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
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Friday, June 20, 2008
In front of a painting in the restaurant:
Us being goofs in the parking lot:
Car picture OLE!
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Me with Ernest (the bowling league champ!):
Monday, June 16, 2008
Date 15 and 16...
...one was at Hooters, since I was judging a bikini contest there. Pretty chill...ate some fried pickles, YUM!! Watched girls in bikinis, a guys fantasy date haha. But no real chemistry besides being friends. (And yes, I think everyone knows this guy from the clubs...he's fun!) =)
Me with my Hooters date:
Date 16...was also with a guy I already knew. Went to Moe's after work, had good conversation. But he is just out of a relationship and still has feelings for the other girl, so I don't think I wouldve had a shot even if I had any sort of connection. But it was still fun! =)
(I had to post this fast so I could get Mr. Sawyer posted, but I will upload the rest of the pictures before I get out of here today!)
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Group Hug! Haha:
Monday, June 9, 2008
...were in grand ole L.A! I had to keep it consecutive right? So ended up getting there at 11:30 on Friday night and my date was already there (calling him Spencer). Spencer is an old friend I used to have a thing for. Never did anything before and I haven't seen him for 2 years. We ended up going to the hotel bar (Beverly Wilshire bar was amazing!) People watching was fun! He bought me a couple of drinks, including the good ole Jager Bomb! YUM! It was a chance to catch up. The conversation was like we had just seen each other the day before...it was weird...just comfortable. We goofed off, took fun pictures. But I only got the friend vibe on my part. He did try to smooch me, but I didn't let it happen.
(Pic pending...haha waiting on a friend to send it...so check back soon =p)
...was with "Brenden." Brenden is the guy from the TBS show My Boys. Super hottie, and Brenden is his character name. We had sort of a speed date. We were at the Dodgers game and I took him and told him he was my date for the next 30 mins! =p Surprisingly, we had great conversation. I don't think there was a real awkward moment while we were talking, it was always back and forth. He does live in L.A. though, which would make it hard to obviously go on another date. But if you are ever in California, I would recommend him to date. He's nice, good looking, and can carry a conversation well.
This was us at "Crowley's" (which is the bar in the TV series):
...was with another actor from My Boys. I had my eye on this one all day. He was at the Dodgers game too, but never got a chance to cross paths. I'm calling him "Hottie" because I can't think of a better name for him. That night, we were all at a poker party. Still noticed him from across the room. I was playing Blackjack for most of the night. Well, I saw my opportunity. He was sitting at the Texas Hold 'Em table. There was one opening so I grabbed the seat, made eye contact and introduced myself. I told him about 30 dates in 30 days and said I needed one more. He was game! I "bought" a drink...which was funny because it was an open bar. We got up to get a drink and my date from before was up there. "Hottie" told "Brenden" we were on a date and they wanted to see which one was going to be the best. haha..it was funny. We grabbed our drinks, went back over to the poker table and played a couple of rounds (while trying to have a conversation). "Hottie" wanted to continue the date at a table, so we went and got some dessert and sat down and just chatted some more. It was fun! He eventually got pulled away for some interviews. Boo haha. Near the end of the night, I needed a picture for the website, so I went grabbed one...gave him a hug and gave him this line: "You should take my number in case you're ever in Atlanta. I also take drunk dials." CHEESY, I know. But it worked. The hottness has my number! It makes me a little excited...he may never use it, but it was a great time!! The whole weekend was fab!
Me and "Hottie" known as "Bobby" on My Boys:
Umm...I don't think I realized all the strapes were in my face!
We are posing by the car tire...tried to keep with the theme:
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Super Crunch and me:
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Tommy Lee and me...tattoos were awesome:
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
By the way, thank everyone who has commented! =)
He was shy to have his picture taken:
Blurry, but maybe the camera had some drinks too...hehe:
Monday, June 2, 2008
Me with Jack Black below:
So, Saturday rolls around....And we all know that I've been hanging with volleyball players all week...blah blah...and "Spike" had been hanging out in the group. Very attractive...great body! =p Of course I want to take him on one of my little dates. We decide on the pool and Margaritas...soooo hot outside! So that meant I got to see him without a shirt! Yum! We did the pool for a couple of hours, chatted, laughed...threw x's over each other's head (inside joke)...and then headed to the AVP, where we watched some more volleyball and had a couple more drinks...ended the date with a hug (yeah, no smooch haha) and that was that.
Me and Spike...super tall! (Sorry, I forgot to get one without the shirt, but e-mail me if you want his Myspace page =p)
And then Sunday...there was Miami. I know that some of you guys have e-mailed saying he's a player and poser, but he's not that at all. He is so sweet and so fun to be around. Ok..so Miami had to leave Sunday, so I wanted to make sure I sqeezed in a date. I met him at the hotel he was staying at and we ended up walking to Hooters (yes, my idea...one of my favorite places). We sat and talked and laughed for a good hour and a half. We get along so well...I love his personality. After that, walk back to the hotel and just hung out/talked for another hour and he left for the airport. It was sad to see him him go...I think if he lived here, I would keep going on dates with him. Oh well. The Miami is cool =p
And...late Sunday...I did end up at Cuddles place =p
Friday, May 30, 2008
Date today...not sure...nothing lined up so I'm kind of nervous...I'll let you know what I find out...
Picture of me and Cuddles...the camera man got a little close...must have been the Patron!
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Well this morning, both boys text me and I have to say I was pretty stoked about it. I think me and Miami will have a date before he leaves this weekend, which will be fun!
...is tonight! It's with cuddles...the guy who I hung out with a couple of times before. Even spent the night at his house and he was very respectful...didn't try anything, which I liked. I think tonight, it's either out for drinks or I'm going to bring food over to his new house and we'll have a pow-wow..haha...do you think I need to bring him a plant too for his new house?! Well I'll let you tomorrow what happens!
It's me and Miami! I'll have more pics up soon...(Mr. Volleyball won't be up until his date =p)
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Monday, May 19, 2008
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Friday, May 9, 2008
These past couple of weeks doing "Who Do You Know" on The Bert Show got me thinking how fun it would be to actually date someone in Hollywood; even if it's just a week.
I know my previous blog said 'I need a thick skin...blah blah' and to be in tabloids you need to have one, but I think it would be fun. I'll develop one quick, I think.
Hi my name's Wendy. I work at Q100. I'm 22. Single. Who's on board for my quest? =)
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
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Monday, April 28, 2008
The way you read the traffic in the morning is sorta the way the girl talks that wants to be Paris's friend, you read one word at a time, you sound like a 12 year old girl-trying so hard to do the traffic-I turn the radio when you do traffic cause I can't stand to hear you read it so slowly-Sorry, but when I heard you comment on the girls voice this morning-I thought I had to tell you-that you sound the same, Sorry for being so hard, but I would rather have redicolous Crash back doing the traffic."
If you had a chance to listen this morning, I spoke my mind about what I thought about Jessica (the girl who wants to be Paris's best friend for the new MTV reality show). I said her voice sounded fake and she took forever to finish a sentence. That's what most people who called up this morning said too. But to get such a hateful e-mail about it makes me just want to stay mute. I wish I had this huge thick skin, but sometimes it bothers me. I've had a pretty good day so far, and then it's like a buzz kill when I read it. I just wish people knew that I have feelings too. I'm human. I'm still trying to find my spot on the morning show and in life in general. I finally get "guts" to say what I'm thinking and it backfires. I guess 'don't dish it unless you can take it.'
Thick skin here I come.
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Here's the deal. And it's pretty simple. Hoss transferred over to the Promotions Department. He's still at Q100. Just not on the Bert Show.
Q) Will Hoss be back on the Bert Show
A) I sure hope he checks in from time to time.
Q) Has Hoss had sex with his virgin girlfriend yet
A) I don't know. But I do know that Jeff DID have sex with her last week
Q) Did he get fired because of the Press Pass situation at Georgia Tech
Q) Who will replace Hoss?
A) I don't know yet. We're searching for just the right person. And we're taking our time. We're looking for someone that can answer phones, handle all the technical stuff behind the scenes, a small detail person and someone that can go out and do stunts for us. It's a tough order. Maybe it'll take more than one person. I really don't know. The search continues.
But no court room was involved, since I had the pleasure of serving on a jury for the Atlanta Film Festival this year!
Read more here...
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
My wife and I have had this debate. She wants to teach our 5 ½ year old that there is never a time when things should resort to a physical fight.
In all honesty, I don't agree. I can tell you that as a guy that grew up under sized you get picked on a lot when new kids don't know you. If you don't know how to handle yourself verbally and physically you can get swallowed up, abused or ostracized.
So I want to teach him that, as a last resort, you have to be ready to physically stick up for yourself. My kid is as sensitive as I've ever seen a child. There are already times when he's getting bullied out of playing with a toy. And I rarely see him stick up for himself. He knows how to share. But there are times when some kids will take things from him without his permission. And he doesn't stand up for himself. I get worried about this. I get worried that my kid can end up like the victim in this video. She never even tried to fight back. Even though it would have been useless 'cause this was truly a pack mentality. So as a parent, how are you handling this with your kids?
Monday, March 24, 2008
He-whose-name-I cannot-remember got sick while at the weekend camp, and instead of going to get medical help or drugs, he instead lugged around a gallon jug of water. My having been used to the idea that once you're sick you pop a pill, I was fascinated by what I considered his naive approach to illness.
Read the rest HERE...
Thursday, March 20, 2008
So last night my girlfriend came home CONVINCED she saw a face in the cloud, after she and a friend analyzed Shane's picture (over a bottle of wine, let me add.) I thought it was a stretch, but what do you think?
Read more HERE....
Friday, March 14, 2008
Speaking of busy, did you see this: "Mom's and dads get to be alone as a couple for an average of just FIFTEEN MINUTES a day before going to sleep, a survey revealed yesterday. The precious moments when they can relax, chat or have sex add up to less than ten days a YEAR. Typically they get five minutes together in the morning and ten minutes at night as they go to bed. On average they will get in a babysitter once a month for a night out. Once a year they manage to spend a single night away from home without the kids.
Can this be true? Stacey and I are really, really lucky. Her mother moved down from Maryland five years ago when Hayden was born. Plus, our babysitting depth chart goes about three deep. So we're really lucky to be able to do our date night every Wednesday night. Then we usually get a night out on the weekend if we want, too. I know some couples that will go months without hanging out alone together. Maybe they can't get somebody to watch the kids? With some, even if they have help they just don't feel right leaving the house without the kids. The wife of a former co-worker of mine went their baby's first three years without ever leaving the house without the baby. Is this the rule or the exception?
But still, it's no wonder couples have such a tough time staying connected. Even after we put the kids to bed and we finally do get some time to hang out it's the the last crumbs of the day and we're both exhausted. Too many times we'll sit on the couch mindlessly watching television and not talking.
I'm sure there's a future blog entry about managing time. It feels like no matter how I change my schedule I never have enough time to do the things well. Like I feel so average at every aspect of my life 'cause I feel like I'm just rushing through things to get to the next thing. Most times there's not a lot of enjoyment. It's just a bubbling anxiety that I won't get to everything I have to get to. If any of you have figured out this balance I so want to know how you do it!
Why the Saturn, you ask? Honestly, because I was able to get a great deal from a private owner.
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Live in Brazil for a year
See a World Cup final in a country outside the United States
Learn how to play the sax
Learn how to surf well
Shape my own surfboard
Surf at sunset with both my kids
Study more Eastern Philosophy
Buy a house on the beach
Trace my wife's genealogy and take our kids to Croatia to follow her family tree
Live out of an old school, airstream trailer for a summer with my family in California
Leave a strong legacy of letters and pictures for my children
Write a hit song
Monday, February 11, 2008
Finally, I mean, FINALLY, I took the advice of several dynamic women friends and read Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat, Pray, Love. Although it meant giving in to the Oprah hysteria over the novel, I took the plunge while on vacation last week. And wow, those women know what they're talking about... who knew? I devoured it, embraced it and I think I will read it again... starting tomorrow. I dog-eared pages and underlined passages. "Liss" is an incredible writer; funny, self-depricating, smart. I connected quickly to her joy and her sorrow. No matter what journey you are on, I fully recommend reading hers. I admire her brave spirit to break the mold, as terrifying as it must have been. I envy her travel-savvy, I hope for her language skills and I covet her depth of self-understanding.
Monday, February 4, 2008
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Where did Jamie Massey Go?
Jamie left us to co-host on another morning show (see past blog entry). I won't spend a lot of time on this one 'cause you can scroll down and get a more lengthy response in a past blog entry. But to add Wendy Adams is doing our traffic now. She worked on Adam Bomb's Show for awhile. If she can handle the hours I think she's gonna eventually be one of the best. She's 22, a Kennesaw State student, busts her a$#@ and isn't afraid to be real on the radio. In the past year she's shed a lot of tears on the Bert Show over boy problems and her relationship with her dad.
Where did Dylan go?
For whatever reason Dylan's contract didn't get renewed by Cumulus. The truth is that these decisions are made way above my level. I do know that Dylan worked his $%# and was completely dedicated to making sure Q100 was running at its highest level. Not only was he our afternoon guy but he was the Program Director; my boss. It's one of the strongest working relationships I've ever had. Sometimes business sucks 'cause Dylan had a lot to with our success and it doesn't seem right that he can't be in the halls during our switch to the bigger signal at 99.7.
Where did Jeff Dauler go?
Just kidding. Jeff hasn't gone anywhere.
Is the station still going to be Q100
Yes. Everything is the same. Same Bert Show. Same radio station. Same radio station name. We're just moving to 99.7. Now you'll be able to hear us clearly all over Georgia. No more static. No more overlapping from that damn country station out of South Carolina.
You're still going to be called Q100 even though you're on 99?
Yes. And we're really going to need your help with this. When you tell friends about the Bert Show or Q100 PLEASE tell them we're at 99.7. My fear is that new listeners will tune into 100.5 looking for the Bert Show. Not find us then, naturally, scroll /scan up or to the right. We have to make sure we are directing them to 99.7. Management felt that the brand of Q100 was too strong to lose so they didn't go with anything like Q99 or Q99.7. Jeff and I pleaded with them to make it Q99.7. To their credit management listened to every word we had to say about it. But they decided to go with Q100. It's a good business debate actually. But, honestly, as an employee the only thing you can really ask for is to be heard. And they debated with us for hours on it. But they feel like we've done such a good job building the Q100 brand that it wouldn't be good business to change the name of the station.
99x is gone???? I hate you. I hate you. I hate you!
They are still a station!!!! You can find them at 99x.com. Now turn the car off and get out of the garage.
Will I be able to get you in Athens, now?
Yes. Here is the entire list of cities that can now receive Q100 clearly: http://allthehitsq100.com/bertshow/bertfeature.asp?id=13390. My only focus now is to be the most listened to morning show in Homer, Georgia!
Where is the station located now?
Same place. 780 Johnson Ferry Road.
What is the new phone number for Q100?
As of this writing I just don't know. I'll update this next week.
What's the big deal about having 100,000 watts?
I wrote a blog about this a few days ago. Scroll down.
What are they doing with 100.5?
I could tell you but my Chief Operating Officer, John Dickey, would hire a van to come to a come to a screetching halt in front of me while I'm in the station parking lot, throw me in the back, tie and gag me and you'd never hear from me ever again. You'll know on January 28th. There is a rumor going around that the new morning show will consist of Steve McCoy, Vikki Locke, Fred Toucher, Steve Barnes, Clark Howard, Southside Steve and Captain Herb Emory. Honestly, I don't see how Captain Herb can possibly part of this 'cause I know he's under contract.
Back to John Dickey. If the ratings don't go up significantly with this signal upgrade please have the police begin to investigate John Dickey first when I go missing. Here is a link to the man I believe will have me unwillingly relocated if The Bert Show is not successful: http://www.corporate-ir.net/ireye/ir_site.zhtml?ticker=CMLS&script=120&layout=-6&item_id=76435
Friday, January 25, 2008
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Let me give you a little insight as to what's been going on at Q100 and 99X the past few weeks. But bare with me 'cause it takes a little bit of history to explain.
The first week we started the Bert Show almost 7 years I told Jeff that I wanted The Bert Show to be the most listened to show in Atlanta. That has always been my goal.
When we started the show 7 years ago we were on a 3,000 watt radio station. Being the most listened to show in Atlanta couldn't happen with 3,000 watts. The top stations have 50,000 or 100,000 watts. So Q100 petitioned the FCC and we got upgraded to 12,000 watts. Four times as many as where we started. But still our signal didn't reach far enough OTP to really be able to ever be number one.
I've always been frustrated by this. Why compete if you CAN'T win? And while morning radio is fun it is about getting the highest ratings and winning. Imagine being a race car driver knowing that the car you were driving in every week could never cross the finish line first.
I'm a workaholic. I know most of you think that The Bert Show must be done working when we get off the air at 10am. But I can honestly tell you that I can't think of the last time I stopped working before 5pm. On what? That's another blog for another time. But I can tell you that it's taken a lot of sacrifice by everybody on the Bert Show to achieve the ratings that we have. I've sacrificed time with my family. My social life has suffered. This job doesn't allow you to sleep very well and you never quite feel 100%.
So many at Q100 have made the same kind of sacrifice that I have made for this radio station. Maybe even more so. I feel like the entire staff has earned and deserves to be on a signal that can reach its optimal potential. We have that now on 99.7 because it's 100,000 watts.
I'm bummed that some aren't here to take the next step together. My former Program Director, Dylan, didn't have his contract renewed. Those decisions are made WAY above my head. But that dude was so passionate about Q100 that I really wish he could have been at Q100 to enjoy the success of something that he worked so hard on every day.
It DOES suck that 99x isn't on the signal anymore. That station defined Atlanta radio for a long time. A lot of blood, sweat and tears went in to making that station a part of Atlanta's fabric. Leslie Fram practically built the damn thing with her own hands. People grew up with that station and its part of your youth. I grew up listening to a station in San Diego called 91x that was very similar. If I woke up and THAT station wasn't on the air anymore I'd be pissed!
But this is a business. It's about making money. 99x's ratings have declined and they weren't making as much money for the mother ship: Cumulus. Cumulus feels like they made the proper moves to fix 99x and couldn't. They also have confidence that the Bert Show and Q100 is ready to reach it's potential.
It has been a mixed bag of emotions in the building over the past week. Q100 employees are happy but reserved to be on the new signal. Watching 99x employees leave the building permanently has been awful.
Yes. I want to be on a bigger signal. If I'm going to put in 13 hour days I want to know that I have a chance of being the best. Did I want that signal to be 99x? NO. Quite honestly, I really thought that Cumulus would buy Star 94 and they'd put the Bert Show on that 100,000 signal.
I think that covers it. I'm really stoked. I'm really excited for the Bert Show. I'm really excited for our production guys, our promotions people, our sales people, our management and I'm happy for the people that work behind the scenes that I see from time to time but don't know even know their names. But, at the same time, I'm also being respectful of the same kind of energy that 99x employees have put in to make that station an Atlanta icon.
Thursday, January 17, 2008
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Monday, January 14, 2008
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
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Saturday, January 5, 2008
Thursday, January 3, 2008
So during Christmas vacation my family and my girlfriend's family merged for a holiday gathering, when Mama Jo (Katie's Mom) thought she was innocently creating casual holiday conversation by asking, "Does anyone watch Jon & Kate Plus 8?"
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