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Entries from May 2016

Blog: Dave vs Birthday Season

May 31st, 2016 · Comments

My sister and I made a calculated decsision last week to move back our joint-birthday party to Memorial Day weekend.  A great choice that was, too!   It was a tremendous weekend for a party.   My family set up a great time for us both.  We had the usual treats, desserts and such.  We did the barbecue again, with some well barbecued skewers and chicken.  My Dad was on fire this weekend... he really nailed those grilled meats.  


We got our presents.  Wildest one I got was these Homer Simpson slippers.  Each one is a fascimile of his face!   Now when I go to the kitchen I can put on my "Homers."

We celebrate our birthdays together because her birth date is two days before mine, albeit several years apart.   It kicked off a very fun weekend.

A lot of folks I know spend Memorial Day weekend with their families and parents.   I really enjoy that, and I'm glad to have done the same.  I remember the one year I stayed home and I thought it was extremely awkward.  I'm sitting on my couch going "what am I doing?   I could be grilling things with my family right now."

I was invited to a departmental end of year potluck party, and once again I will make the annual tradition of not going.

The basic things in life are universal, except in other countries.

I saw the "Angry Birds" movie this weekend.  If you can make that into a movie, you can make *anything* into a movie.  Coming soon to theatres:   He was an underprivileged letter growing up in the streets of Chicago, but then he found some other letters.  Together, they fought for what was right and tried to win a tournament.  WORDS WITH FRIENDS - THE MOVIE.


You know how they say you should mix in a salad?  I like to mix in taco salad.


Is there anything at all that cannot be improved by adding cheese?   I never like to over-do it with the cheese, but adding cheese to a cheeseless situation creates an unexpected harmony.


Does your meat shop still sell you pounds of meat wrapped in paper?   It threw me off one time ordering meat from Bay Cities.   I thought "how is this going to keep?  it's just wax paper."   I took it out of the paper and put it into tupperware to make sure it sealed well.


Nothing's deflating like that container you get that won't seal.    Even if it doesn't need the seal you want the damn seal!  things have to be maintained with proper air environment.  Food ages less with the properly sealed container.


We haven't heated up out here like most of the nation yet, but we will in due time.  Watch out SF Giants!


More to come at a time later than this one, have a good Tuesday.



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Podcast: Catching Up with Tom and Junkie (05-18-16)

May 18th, 2016 · Comments

It has been quite some time since we last heard from our co-host Kevin on the Cape (now Stamford).   Dave welcomes "Junkie" back on the show for a special announcement plus Random Q's.  Tom in NJ joins in for this edition of the RQ's and we'll have much to discuss: wedding planning, the NBA Lottery, and many other topics.  We catch up with long time friends and share some special surprises for longtime listeners.

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Podcast: Steph Curry Beats the System (05-11-16)

May 11th, 2016 · Comments

After Fox Sports Radio host Jason Smith compared Warriors point guard Steph Curry to a "System Quarterback," Steph goes off for an NBA record 17 points in overtime of Game 4 of the West Semis vs Portland.  Dave runs down this feeble, silly troll job and how stupid it really is to compare a future NBA Hall of Famer to a System Quarterback.

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Blog: The Paper Journal

May 6th, 2016 · Comments

I got a paper journal as a present recently.  I still don't know what to do with it.  I wrote one line into it so far.   Any ideas I come up with I usually put them into my phone or on here.

It got sad though, I had quite a zinger this morning and lost track of everything; I can't remember it any more.  I even started this blog entry to write it down, and I forgot.  Don't you hate when that happens?  You're about to write something great and you forget what it is after five minutes.  No fun.

There was a guy yesterday on the bus who was really getting loud making phone calls on the bus.  But here's what's weird: I don't think any of us have problems with folks who talk with *each other* on the bus.  I do it, you do it, when we have friends or family with us, we talk to each other on the bus.  Does that make the guy on the phone a problem?  He's having a conversation but the other guy just isn't there.  I don't know what to do to with that, dude was annoying but I quickly went from pissed to confused.

Souplantation is rolling out the Mexican food favorites -- it's a healthy grade of Mexican food so it will have less salt and less fat, but its quite good.  Actually, the "Nacho Pasta" truly challenges Souplantation's mission statement of healthy eating.  That's just pure cheese, literally!  ...and olives.

Do you have the same thing on your pizza every time?   Some people do... most of the time I would get bored with such practice, but it turns out I wind up getting the same stuff on most thin crust pizzas.  Thick crust I mix it up more.  The reason for being consistent with thin crust is because adding too many toppings makes the pizza soggy.  So!  On the thin crust pizza, I usually go plain, pepperoni, sausage, or a combination of those.  I'm all right with mushrooms but generally its the first three.

That's it for right now, have a wonderful Mothers Day everyone!  If you missed it check out my previous entry, had a few random ideas in there.  Enjoy!

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Blog: Runts vs Skittles

May 4th, 2016 · Comments

I'm a big fan of Runts, a lesser known fact.  Much of the time I prefer runts to Skittles, although Skittles are very good.  Here's the deal: Runts finish what Skittles started.


Skittles comes out, tells you to "taste the rainbow" and suggests many fruit based flavors, but once you actually eat them they just taste like different levels of sugar.  Taste a runt, not only do they taste like the fruit you think they are, but they are shaped like the same fruit types.  Banana looks like an actual banana.   Orange is round just like an orange.  Strawberry has the shape of a strawberry, and so on.  Little did I know that Runts rolled out these new grape flavored runts.  Those are fantastic!

Hard to believe I came on here to blog just one thing, but here it is.   I'm very sorry I couldn't find the topic or guests to put on a show this week.   This year is a little different than most with the DITCOW podcast.   I have to take the stories as they come.  It hasn't been a whole lot of show material.  I was thrilled to see 5000 to 1 underdog Leicester City win the BPL, "Premier League" championship in soccer.   The only thing is, I'm so unfamiliar with the sport of soccer that to try to cover that without a strong core of guests would do them a dis service.   I would have needed to catch on to the story sooner to book the guests that would properly cover a BPL story.  Here's how out of touch I am with the Premier League.  I only found out a week ago they don't have a playoff system. Can you believe that?!  Hahahahahaha, they don't even have a championship game a la the World Cup.

Aside from that we had the good fun from the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, which, while very enjoyable, don't present a lucrative opportunity branch out into any particular theme for the show; we're going to save our continuing NHL coverage for the final two rounds.   

I do not know what is going on with the NBA; I think we have one series with potential in progress and that's OKC/Spurs.  I'll comment more on that later; obviously a huge win for the Thunder to tie up the series, we'll see about Game 3 in OK.

Speaking of "OK" do you guys remember those signs at Chevy dealerships that had the  circle and the scribbled "OK!" inside the circle?   What was the deal with those "OK's?"   They seemed so friendly and even kid-like, but I didn't think much else of them.

You guys heard on here about "the baby" but we have some other characters around the neighborhood.

  • Introducing Mr. Cougher.  This old guy coughs up a lung without fail, EVERY FREAKING NIGHT.   I reached a point where I genuinely worry about his health.  Some nights are worse than others.   One night recently he was really going at it, coughing so hard to the point of puking.  I really hope he's ok.
  • Mom the Yeller -- wait, this is a really bad name to use.  The "mother who yells a lot" is too verbose.  This quite non-PC name will have to do.  Anyway, man she is yelling at her poor kid all the time.  Just letting him have it.   but in fairness, Moms have to be tough on their children.  She isn't saying anything abusive, just stuff like "put that down!"  "Don't run around the house!"  but she really belts that stuff out.  Kid must misbehave a lot haha.
That's who we have as our neighbors; it's a wonderful neighborhood and these silly antics are so tame compared to most neighborhoods out there.   I'm much better off listening to this than sirens and gun shots.

My mom was very nice; she would get tough on me sometimes, but usually she was very understanding and giving.   I love my Mom.  She's wonderful.  Happy Mother's Day!

I think that's all for now, but yes, hope Mothers Day is good for you all.


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