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Reunited with my worm rod

Monday, Oct, 22 2012

As I bang out my daily blog this Monday morning there are parts of my body aching that I didn't even know I had. Details during "HowzYer Weekend" in the 4:00 hour of the show today, but suffice to say my weekend involved a lot of bending and lifting as it was 'take stuff out of the water' weekend at PhilCast West.

In addition to all the yard work and lifting on Saturday, the better part of Sunday was spent rebuilding the old shed out there, which brings me to the story of the day and the title of this post.


There she is:
"The Worm Rod"

As I pulled junk out of the shed Sunday that hadn't seen the light of day in years, there in a back corner was a piece of my childhood that brought memories of fishing with my grandpa out at the lake flooding back to me.

I thought the worm rod had been lost along the way. But no, it was just tucked inside the shed.

I do not believe this would have been approved for use by the general public.

It's a rod with a wooden handle and an old electrical cord taped to it.

No need to wait around for a rainfall and night time to search for night crawlers.
Want to go fishing and need some bait? Just plug in the worm rod, stick it into the ground, then stand back and wait for those crawlers to come dancing up out of their holes. It was as if we were snake charmers of a crawler kind.

As a kid it was like magic.

I can remember being warned a thousand times as my grandpa and I would wait, watch and pull out the crawlers tossing them into a can, "Don't get too close to the rod!"

Ya think?!

I even remember at times when you would pull a worm that was half out of its hole all the way out you could get a tingle yourself if it was too close to the worm rod. PETA would hate this thing.

Primative? I'd say so. Nothing fancy here, just a highly-illegal I am assuming piece of home-made genius for a kid who just wanted to go fishing in a hurry. I don't know if there were any other worm rods out there. Maybe this was a known thing to do in the 60's?

I threw some stuff away yesterday that had been pulled from the shed, but the worm rod stays. Not that I'd ever use it again (the old cord is now frayed showing exposed wires and making this dangerous implement even more dangerous) but there are just too many memories tied to it to throw it away.



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Welcoming the "Leak Squad" to the PhilCast Family today

Friday, Oct, 19 2012

We welcome new advertiser "The Leak Squad" into the PhilCast Family this afternoon with a new feature segment we will be doing each Friday.



"The Leak Squad Drip of the Week" debuts just before the 4:30 news today.
(and yes, of course I have some special theme music created by Kris Kraft just for the occasion)

Each Friday I'll have a trio of drips to tell you about from goofy news stories of the week.
Then Reggie will pick the winner as our "Drip of the Week".

Make sure to check it out....should be fun.
And remember to please support those who support the PhilCast....that's how all this works!
Thanks.

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Bill Cosby on the PhilCast today

Thursday, Oct, 18 2012

What do you ask a living legend?

Actually, I've already got a list of things to ask Bill Cosby when he joins us on the PhilCast at the start of today's show at about 3:10-ish.

Cosby brings his tales of life and living to the PAC next weekend on the 27th, part of a tour of concerts he is currently on.

75 years old and touring. My guess is he wouldn't have it any other way. It's certainly not about the $$ in his case!

In some ways I grew up a lot by watching The Cosby Show on TV back in the day. And I'll explain that to him and get his thoughts about it on the show this afternoon.

And I can't wait to hear what he has to say about what's on TV these days too. I've gotta ask about Honey Boo Boo!

Oh, tickets to his show on the 27th are still available, just check with the PAC.

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The debate was a 'tie'

Wednesday, Oct, 17 2012

For me the debate last night was a 'tie'.

No bold moves around either guy's neck. They came out in, you guessed it, red and blue ties. BORING. One last chance on Monday night in the final debate to see if either one of these guys steps out a little.

Like Mike Kemmeter here, a man known for his tie-wearing prowess.

Not THAT's a tie.

Although I must admit I had no idea that Mike moonlights as a construction worker on the side.

You see how he went with a neutral color so as not to conflict with the high-viz yellow of his vest? Brilliant choice.

And it's sort of a Regis thing going on too, with a like-color shirt and tie combo.

If only the candidates weren't so tie challenged maybe they too could pull off a look like this at the next debate for all the nation to see.

Yes, I've got yet another fashion-related question about last night's debate to go over on the PhilCast today.

And my comments on two big developments regarding Lance Armstrong in the news today as well.


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Tie watch

Tuesday, Oct, 16 2012

The Rumble in the Jungle...

Ah, not so much, but presidential debate #2 is on tap tonight and I'll be on tie watch again.

In the wake of my tie story on the show Monday I would suggest one of them walk out in THIS bad boy tonight.

Will either one of them break the red/blue pattern tonight?

If you didn't catch the story yesterday you can certainly check it out via the PhilCast podcast page from the 4:00 hour Monday.

The story lays out the entire history of the ties worn at presidential debates, including the only man to have worn a brown tie during a debate.

Yup, it was Ronald Reagan, whom, if you remember, had a thing for brown in general, something I was going to ask him about when I was at the White House during his presidency but I chickened out at the last minute. It's all there on the podcast.

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