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A December Ride

Monday, Dec, 19 2011

I didn't think I would get another ride in before Christmas, but with some sun out and 40 degrees on Monday morning I couldn't resist. Why should I?

So I pumped up the tires on my backup Klein bike in the basement and located some winter gear to wear.

I managed to get in a 26-mile route today despite a few patches of ice that I had to walk over along some path portions. 
At 40 degrees with sunshine and even a little wind I was plenty warm on the entire ride, although with the wind in my face and the sun behind the clouds on the way back things were a little less fun.

Still, it sure felt good to be back on a bike, even it if was for only 26 miles today. Any time that I can get a ride in on Christmas week that's a little plus for me before the real snow hits.
Season Miles: 2,300

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Snow

Saturday, Dec, 17 2011

Saturday morning a lot of people in Wisconsin woke up to white, a dusting of snow having dropped overnight. And for many residents it was the first time this season that things went white. The grass was gone.

I had to chuckle to myself while making my morning rounds on the web today viewing all the posts at Facebook and Twitter from people who took grainy photos of a dusting of snow in their backyards and rushed to post them. It's as if they feel we need a reminder of how the stuff looks.

I'm good, thanks. No need for proof that it snows in Wisconsin in December.


In my world we've escaped the stuff pretty deep into the month, and that just means we're that many days closer to spring without having to deal with snow.

Yup, I complain a lot about it...got no use for it. But I've always said at least I'm not fickle about it. It hate cold and snow. I love sun and hot. I'll give you $100.00 if you ever hear me complaining about it being too hot and humid in the summer. 

So I figure since I don't complain about the hot I get to complain twice as much about the cold and snow. And I do.

Snow at Christmas? Okay, I'll give you that much. But I'd still rather set myself down in a beach chair right here...

Later.

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It's a Wonderful Life

Friday, Dec, 16 2011

Some people call it sappy. Some people call it tired. I call it one of the greatest movies ever, and it's that time of year again, time for "It's a Wonderful Life."

 This is one of my favorite movies, not just at Christmas time but all time.

And for a while now I have had it in my head that I want to put on an old-fashioned radio production of the movie, you know, with all the sound effects and music to go along with live reading of the parts.

Now that the PhilCast has the backing of an entire radio station staff the time has come to make a push to actually do this!

No, not this year. I'm already planning for next Christmas season. I'm envisioning a major production with the various people you hear on WHBY as main characters in the show.

No recording either. We do it live one afternoon on the fly, and you guys hear it all...the good and the flubs. Heck, we could even put this production on at the PAC in downtown Appleton and have listeners there to watch in person. (go big or go home I say)

I had some fun with this topic on the Thursday show, as some listeners already started to audition for parts! (you can hear that on the podcast version of the show of course)

Today, Friday, I'm hoping to have an answer from our program director as to whether or not he can get behind the project.
Who wouldn't I ask?
But Reggie the Grinch doesn't think we'll get the green light.

We'll see.
More about this on the Friday PhilCast.

Later.

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Tree time

Thursday, Dec, 15 2011

It's Thursday so that means my brother in broadcasting "Lips" LaBelle is in-studio talking Hollywood news on the show, on this the day that the Golden Globes nominations are out.

I like watching the Globes award show, but they need to figure out a way to cut back on the thank you speeches. It would make things move along faster for sure.

I also love to watch Fashion Police the day after, just hear them rip what people were wearing on the red carpet. I know, it's an odd thing to enjoy. What can I say?

10 days to Christmas and I'm just not into it this year. No time. Our family focus has been on my father-in-law Bob, who at 85 took a nasty tumble down a flight of stairs a couple of weeks ago. How he survived is beyond me, and the struggle ahead is a mighty one. So Christmas and all its trimmings won't be the same for us this year.

Lips, as regular listeners already know, really gets into it with numerous trees set up at his house.
Here is a shot of one...as we talk about on the Thursday show.

I've had a naked tree up all week long, sporting nothing but the white lights. 
But last night while I was in bed someone must have stayed up late and did a little decorating. I awoke today to find most of the tree decorated.

At the same time Sandy slept in today on a rare day off. Either she was a busy elf last night or Santa came early.

I'll post a picture of our tree here once we finish putting up the rest of the ornaments, which I believe may be on the docket for tonight.

Sooner or later I better start thinking about shopping for a few gifts. But like a typical guy....I'm gonna say there is still plenty of time for that.
Later.

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Well that was fun

Tuesday, Dec, 13 2011

Just a quick note to everyone who stopped by to visit WHBY on Monday for our Christmas show. It went by way too fast for me. You can hear the madness via the podcast version of the show if you missed it.

As is always the case, I'm swamped with trying to run a live radio show with microphones in two different places, two producers, Santa, an elf, a chorale group, food, drink, photographs....you get the idea. It gets a little busy and I never seem to have enough time to spend with the listeners who drop by.

The little girl who took over my elf machine was just too cute all afternoon.
It sure was a treat to hear the White Heron Chorale group singing at the event. I hope many of you support them by getting to their concert at Lawrence this weekend.

And how about Mike Woods from the Post-Cresent with some solid Yak of the Pack on Pack Yak with Rich Ratay and me. Nice job. I hope to have Mike back on before the season ends.

SuperFan Judy sure rocked that elf costume as well. Ya gotta like the fact that she made that outfit all by herself.

Those of you who purchase PhilCast gear know her work is quality. She also makes all that gear in her sewing center.

As you browse through the pictures we have posted at our web site the one guy you will NOT see is of course the guy who took all the nice pictures. That would be "Handy Andy" who did such a great job of capturing the event on camera. He also provided the tasty hot cider folks were enjoying.

It was cozy.
It was fun.
It was the kind of thing that makes radio so magic to me...we got to spend a little special time together at a special time of year.

Thanks to everyone at WHBY Radio who helped make this happen. You know who you are, and the PhilCast Family appreciates it very much.
Later.

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