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Wednesday, Dec, 21 2011

On the Wednesday PhilCast I talk to someone I have wanted to chat with for almost a year now. He's an athlete, but not a household name from the NFL or NBA who gets paid bundles of cash for what he does.

No, this guy isn't in it for the money or the glory, and that's one of the reasons I admire him.

His name is Dominic Gill.

Who, you ask?
I don't blame you. I had no clue as to who he was either until I received an email from a cycling friend of mine that contained a link.

It was THIS LINK.

I proceeded to watch this "Take a Seat" story, fascinated with the concept, amazed at the accomplishment and touched by the human spirit of both Dom and the riders whose worlds he changed forever.

That's a photo of Dominic and Ernie.

And so it went all across the country through all kinds of conditions and with all sorts of riders taking a seat, making the effort despite their physical shortcomings.

Some how, some way, with the use of his custom-made bike Dominic was able to take these riders places they had never been before nor could have gotten to without his help.

As you watch the story there are sad moments that go along with the triumphant ones, but those moments only make the entire story richer.

At this time of year do yourself a favor and take some time out to watch the journey and be thankful for all you have this Christmas.

Later.

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Your Christmas Traditions

Tuesday, Dec, 20 2011

Hey PhilCast Family...
Lets share some Christmas traditions and stories for this Thursday's show.

Executive producer Reggie has volunteered his WHBY voice mail to take your messages (we're still working on getting a dedicated PhilCast recording line in place for you) for the show on Thursday.

Just call 920-733-6639 and record your family Christmas tradition or memory for us to play on the Thursday show, which will be the final PhilCast before Christmas (no show on Friday the 23rd).

....

Were you a fan of the old "Dallas" TV show?

It's coming back to the airwaves in 2012 and on Tuesday's show I've got some news about the new version. 

Plus I talk about why THIS re-make has a better chance of being pretty good, unlike how I felt about the new Hawaii Five-O coming back. Yuk.
Yup, old JR will even be in the new Dallas. Who can forget the whole "Who shot JR" thing....although I admit I now can't even remember who DID shoot him!


Later.

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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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