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Goodbye "Old Blue"

Wednesday, May, 1 2013

Well, I guess I knew this day might come on my watch.

Today, Wednesday May 1st, I say goodbye to a bit of a PhilCast legend, a furnace that's so old it sort of became a part of the history of the show.

It even has a name.

And as of today we say so long to "Old Blue" the furnace that kept me company for two years of recording the PhilCast show in what was at the time  my basement "Man Cave" studio.

Listeners learned of Old Blue at the time when, on very cold winter days, I would have to at least keep a little heat on in the house. Old Blue would kick in and I'd joke about it while recording the show.

From time to time there would be an issue with Old Blue, and I'd talk about that on the show as well. And each and every time if a repair guy came over he would say just about the same thing...

"Well, they don't build 'em like that anymore."

"Haven't seen one this old in a while."

"She'll run forever but it's not very efficient."

Nope, they don't build 'em like this anymore.

Take a look at the tag the original owner of our house slapped onto Old Blue;

  1970.

 Old Blue has been running since 1970. Wow.

Nope, they don't make 'em like they used to, that's for sure.

And the thing is, she didn't die either! I'm putting her out to pasture.

Old Blue just needs a few hundred dollars in parts to keep going. But with a house that's for sale we decided to just go ahead and update at this time to avoid an 'old furnace' issue at the time of sale.

It's just time to say goodbye to the old and hello to the new.

So during the show from PhilCast South on Wednesday the crew will be installing a new furnace in my basement.

We even have a tribute song to play that has been sent in by Gold Club PC member Glenn in West Bend.
Give it a listen today after the Brewers' game on HBY.

So long Old Blue!





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Pro-gun billboard controversy

Tuesday, Apr, 30 2013

A pro-gun billboard in Colorado has some American Indians angered.

Here is a look at what's at the center of the story.

We don't know exactly who paid for it to be put up because they want it that way.

We do know some native Americans want it taken down.

More during the Tuesday PhilCast.

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HowzYer Weekend?

Monday, Apr, 29 2013

It's Monday and that means time for stories from the weekend. Among mine:

--A visit from the 'furnace guy' spells a tough decision on "Old Blue"

--A flat tire on a bike ride leads to the "Walk of Shame"

--A classic movie on a Saturday night

--Spring fever leads to my giant burning pile on Sunday.

Talk to you this afternoon...

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T-Ball Shooting

Friday, Apr, 26 2013

Ah yes, the time-honored tradition of young boys and their dads bonding over some T-ball out on the old diamond.

Did I forget to mention the shooting?

You read right. Shooting.

One of the stories I'll be talking about on the Friday PhilCast involves a T-ball game and a couple of dads who get into an argument about the game. (Isn't that bad enough right there? Really? An argument over your kid's little league T-ball?)

I'm not sure what the kids were doing while these two idiots were setting a great example in front of them. But at some point one of the dads pulls out a gun and starts shooting.

As Paul Harvey would say, the rest of the story on the PhilCast.

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Supporting good kids in our community

Thursday, Apr, 25 2013

You hear so many stories about young people going down the wrong path in life. That's why I try to support organizations that help kids stay on the right path...organizations like the Makaroff Youth Ballet.

Here's the gang that was in-studio with me on the Wednesday show.

Left to right:
Mallory Garrison, Rebecca Fitton and the 'boss' Linda Drezdzon.

We talked about their upcoming spring concert event on the first weekend in May.

CLICK HERE for more info about that event and the organization.

I admire the kids' dedication and told them so during our interview. They work hard and we should support their efforts when we can.


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