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Friday, Jul, 19 2013

Today it's Mary Hirvela joining us in the sweat studio at 4:30-ish for the weekend lineup of things to do during "Chadoin' This Weekend?" Give us a call with your plans or post them at the PhilCast Facebook page.

Pippa has a summertime ReciPIPPA the Week after that. And this time around she even brought me a sample of the recipe to try ahead of time. I'm trying it for lunch before the show today.



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Warm Fox Valley Welcome

Thursday, Jul, 18 2013

I'll be honest with you.
Moving has been a long, difficult haul.

First of all, there is the matter of packing up 22 years of 'stuff' into boxes and slogging your life up to a new location. Then comes unpacking all that stuff, a process that is still playing itself out.

You leave behind all the friends and family you've gotten used to having around for a few decades and hope for the best in your new location.

Last night I experienced some of that 'best' when I returned home from the radio station, and I wanted to share the experience with you.

Listeners know that my wife Sandy (Mrs. Biggest Name) is not here yet with me. It's just my dog Gabby and me until September when Sandy is finished with her current job. Last night I had two appointments dropping over to the house and the plan was to perhaps make a frozen pizza for dinner late in the evening.

However, that plan changed when, as I got out of my car a new neighbor I had not yet met walked across the street with a big box and a bigger smile. The box contained all kinds of home-made food, a veritable picnic featuring grilled brats, beans, potato salad and more. It was like I struck gold. Food. Real food! The frozen pizza would remain frozen.

She introduced herself to me and pointed out there were even treats in the care package for Gabby.

But as excited as I was to meet a great new neighbor bearing edible gifts, here comes what really mattered to me. It was as if she knew me, like we were old friends. Why? Because she's a listener. She knew all about the PhilCast show, telling me how I make her laugh every afternoon.

"I brought you some real food 'cause I know Mrs. Biggest isn't here yet with you. And there's something for Gabby in there too," she said.

All this simply means I'm doing my job on the radio. I've always believed a radio talk show should be like a conversation between neighbors on the front porch. It's just my style. And yesterday's meeting with a friendly new neighbor is proof to me that it works.


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Hydrangeas rock

Wednesday, Jul, 17 2013

PhilCast friend Van Zeeland's in Little Chute sent me a few pictures of hydrangeas they have in stock there.

I love these things. I think it has something to do with childhood memories when my grandma's yard always seemed to have these 'snowball bushes' in bloom.

Having just moved into our new house I have been thinking about what to do with a side yard area that need some landscaping and a plan down the road.

I was just thinking about wanting to somehow include hydrangeas in the plan when Joe from Van Zeeland's sent me these pics.

Seems like my timing might be just right. The white ones are 'old school' to me and I'm all about old school. I've seen more and more of the ones with the blue tint...and now...how about these?! Almost a purple color.

Hydrangea time at Van Zeeland's Nursery in the "LC".



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Too hot or too cold?

Wednesday, Jul, 17 2013


It's all everyone is talking about. It's hot. Really hot.

As long as I have AC to escape to at night to get some sleep I'm good with the heat.

In that age-old argument about too hot or too cold, I'll always take too hot over the  cold. I'm just not a winter guy.

Sure, I'd like it to be less extreme in Wisconsin, but I can't afford to live in San Diego where it's in the 70's all the time.

Besides, I do enjoy the change of seasons in Wisconsin and would miss that. Fall brings out the sweaters after the heat of summer breaks, and spring brings the promise of sun and warmth after a long, cold winter. Of the two, I just prefer no snow and warm temps.

Having said that, this humidity is rough. And what's even rougher is the fact that our studio needs some cooling updates because we have no air in there. And when it gets this hot outside the inside is no day at the beach either. The good news is that after spending over three hours a day in there Reggie and I have been losing weight just sweating it off in there. Maybe this is some sort of twisted company health plan.

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It worked for Dave Mathews...

Tuesday, Jul, 16 2013

...why not me?

I had to laugh today when I heard that the very thing that happened to me on a bike yesterday happened to Dave Mathews too, only with different results.

He had a flat tire while out riding his bike and a lady randomly pulled over to help him out with a ride, not knowing who it was at the time she pulled over.

Now why didn't my associate producer Peel do the same thing for me when he saw me roadside with a flat tire yesterday?

We'll hear from the Dave and the lady involved on the PhilCast this afternoon.

You listening Peel?


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