BLAINESWORLD (formerly STUFF)--the newsletter--contains some jokes, hopefully not too risqué; websites; reviews, etc. It began in 1996 and has come out on a more or less weekly basis since then.
For this missive to work best, it needs to be a two-way process; i.e., you need to share your thoughts and ideas. I will do likewise. And toward that end, I'd like you to think about the following: If I gave you a dollar, and you gave me a dollar back, we'd each have a buck. However, if I gave you a joke, quote or idea, and if you gave me one back, we'd each have two.
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A. Cynthia, my beautiful bride, and I:
(1) Were recently joined by our friends Brian and Carole Aho Biro (top) for a concert in Myrtle Beach, SC. It featured The Turtles, arguably the greatest rock group of all time, along with several other fantastic performers who all joined together at the end to sing "Happy Together." L-R (bottom): Garry Lewis of The Playboys, Howard "Eddie" Kaylan of The Turtles, Mitch Ryder of The Detroit Wheels, Chuck Negron of Three Dog Night, Mark "Flo" Volman of The Turtles and Mark Farner of Grand Funk Railroad. To hear how they sounded, please click:
(2 We also saw a fantastic production of ONE: THE SHOW at the Alabama Theatre. It featured a G-rated comedian by the name of Grant Turner (below) who was as funny as anybody we've ever seen. To see him in action, please click:
Greg Rowles did a fine job as emcee, and we also enjoyed his singing. The rest of the cast was excellent, too. If you're in the mood for a tuneful variety show that also has both dancing and costumes that will dazzle you, don't miss this. I know we won't the next time we are in this area. For more information, please click:
(3) And we enjoyed fine meals at three of the restaurants in the area: River City Grill, Flying Fish Public Market & Grill, and TBonz Gill and Grill (below). That's a mouth-watering chocolate cake the latter establishment graciously served us on my birthday.
B. Kudos to Carole for handling all the arrangements for our trip. She got us a beautiful suite that we all shared in the Margate Tower, which was located right on the beach. So for the first time ever, Cynthia and I got to go to walk on the sand and go into the ocean. That's yours truly on the top and after a few short hours, you can see the difference on the bottom The only problem was that my mustache also got bleached.
C. Condolences to:
(1) The family of Jack Ready, one of my colleagues when I taught at Bucks County Community College. He died while snorkeling off the coast of Hawaii.
(2) Chelsea St John Wade and family on the passing of Dion E. St. John, Sr., Chelsea's father.
(3) The family of Charles Barsotti. He drew close to fourteen hundred cartoons for NEW YORKER magazine over the years. To look at some of his most memorable cartoons, please click:
D. Congratulations to:
(1) Zuzu Welsh on the birth of Lachlan Ensley, his grandson.
(2) Julie Piper on attaining her license as a Professional Counselor in Pennsylvania.
(3) Howard Debbs on the fact that "Running Out Of Gas" is up and running in the just published edition of Star 82 Review. To read it, please click:
(4) Diana Moore on attaining her doctorate from Nova Southeastern University.
(5) Althena Destiny on her graduation from Hopewell High School.
(6) Hilary Greenfield on her retirement from the East Windsor School District.
(7) Asheville! It was recently named one of the Top 10 Foodie Cities in 2014 by livability.com. For more information, please click:
And the city was also cited by foodandwine.com in "Why Food Lovers Are Loving Asheville." To read that one, please click:
(8) Mike Andrus on his promotion to Renshi Sensei 4th Degree Black Belt in Shorin Ryu Contact Karate.
(9) Jeanne Buckley on her upcoming marriage over Labor Day in Rehoboth.
I loved her Facebook comment about this happening: "As I said to my family, Hell has frozen over."
(10) Mel G. in CO, winner of Contest #12: a copy of FAILURE: THE SECRET TO SUCCESS, a book by Robby Slaughter. All told, there were 7 entries. And that reminds me that's it is now time to announce:
***** CONTEST #13******
One lucky winner will receive a copy of TRAJECTORY: 7 CAREER STRATEGIES TO TAKE YOU FROM WHERE YOU ARE TO WHERE YOU WANT TO BE. It is a book designed to help you build a foundation of achievement. I reviewed it in BLAINESWORLD #923 and enjoyed it.
To enter: Put "CONTEST #13 in the subject of an email and send it to:email@example.com. . . make sure you include your name AND snail mail address in the body of the email . . . all entries must be received on or before 9 p.m. on Monday, June 30.
***** BLAINESWORLD BEST AWARD WINNER *****
This week, it goes to Jamie Marley--an assistant manager at Walmart, North Myrtle Beach, SC.
When recently shopping there late one night, we were in a long line that wasn't moving very quickly. Jamie saw what was happening, and he came to the front and opened up a new register (as opposed to what I've seen far too many other managers do; i.e., just announce on the PA system that somebody else needed to come up to the front to help out).
We also liked his attitude. When I complimented him, he smiled and replied something to the effect of, "I have to be here anywhere, so I might as well help you out."
I only wish that all retail personnel had such a positive attitude!
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DEDICATION: This is for all my musician friends who in addition to the time performing at the wedding, spend additional hours packing up equipment, loading it up to drive to the gig, setting up, breaking down, loading the equipment back into the vehicles and unloading it when they get back home. And that doesn't even take into account the countless hours spent rehearsing before each performance!
FYI, part 2
(1) Nelson S. in NC: Bad move to PA
(2) Bob P. in NC: Rose of My Heart
(3) Shari S. in NC: Gospel challenge
B. Other tidbits from readers
To read each of the following contributions in full, please click:
(1) Zuzu W. in NC: Blaine, every picture I have ever seen of you, you have a thumbs up attitude. (2) Carol S. in FL: I enjoy your newsletters. (3) Natalie K. in PA: Saw J. Edgar Hoover [on DVD]. (4) Lee Y. in NC: Please note that I have traded my home from At&t to Magic Jack. (5) Powerhouse Fruits and Veggies. (6) Berta D. in NJ: This directly affects us. (7) 7 Social Media Tricks. (8) Marcie F. in PA: I grew up in an era where we pledged allegiance to the flag. (9) Sandy B. in PA: Especially good newsletter this week! (10) Scott P. in PA: Refer a Friend/Colleague to Become a KFS Professional. (11) Pat L. in CA: Hi! I know you said you'd be away, and this would be a shorter issue. (12) Eric M. in NC: Hey everyone, please help us win the Camp Bow Wow contest! (13) Jobs That May Be Slipping Away - And Those That Are Here To Stay. (14) Jeff T. in NC: It's time to get all of these new songs properly recorded! (15) Paul K. in NC: 4 Factors Every Business Plan Should Address. (16) Nelson S. in NC: Have You Been Using These Everyday Phrases All Wrong? (17) Bruce K. in PA: World's top museums. (18) Helping kids with homework.
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3. Joke 1
Methinks I need to be careful about what I wish for on my birthday! (Many thanks to all those who remembered the occasion this past Saturday, June 14, which was also Flag Day--my favorite holiday of the year. I don't see that I'm getting older; rather I see that I've had another great year with you as a friend. And I hope to have many more!)
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To see the following reviews, please click:
A. JERSEY BOYS
B. WINTER'S TALE (and also ROBOT & FRANK)
C. THE GIFTED: HOW TO LIFE OF YOUR DREAMS
D. TAILGATE: AN ORIGINAL SHORT STORY
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5. TV alert
A. ALMOST ROYALS has two actors pretending to be bumbling British aristocrats road-tripping across the United Sates, interacting with real, unsuspecting Americans in this improvised comedy. Saturdays at 10 p.m. on BBC.
B. THE LAST SHIP is a drama about a U.S. Navy destroyer at sea when a 100% lethal infectious disease wipes out most of the earth's population. According to THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, "What makes it truly exciting at times is a combination of speed, suspense and action. There are tense chases, firefights and escapes, or not, from death." Sundays at 9 p.m. on TNT.
C. THE CASE AGAINST is a documentary that looks at the two same-sex couples who led the charge for marriage equality by filing a federal lawsuit against California's discriminatory Proposition 8. Monday, June 23, at 9 p.m. on HBO.
D. FREEDOM SUMMER, from the acclaimed AMERICAN EXPERIENCE series, recalls the selfless efforts of hundreds of college students who descended on Mississippi in 1964, facing violence resistance in their determination to register African-Americans to vote. Tuesday, June 24, at 9 p.m. on PBS.
Note: PBS dates and times often vary, so check local listings.
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6. Joke 2
Just what I want! Anybody know where I can get such a dog?
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A. Strother S. in NC: Volkswagen - Eyes on the road
B. George B. in PA: Birthday song for you:
Note: To send birthday songs to those with different names, please click:
C. BLAINESWORLD, the website, remains up and running . . . to view it, please click:
If you've never seen my one appearance on the SART stage, click "Blaine's Best" on the left and then "Videos." Catch the third one from the top, and you'll not only see me, but also Bradshaw Call and Chandler Smith--two very talented guys.
D. Are you on Facebook? In the unlikely event we have not yet connected as friends there, please feel free to send me an invite by clicking:
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8. Technology tip
How to enable the "Kill Switch" on your iPhone or iPad, right now!
The big smartphone manufacturers-Apple, Google, Samsung and Microsoft-have all committed to introducing a smartphone "Kill Switch" for their devices by 2015.
But what is a "Kill Switch," why would you want one, and-perhaps most relevantly to readers of this blog-how can you turn on your very own iPhone/iPad Kill Switch today?
To find out how, please click:
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9. Joke 3
A Roman walks into a bar, holds up two fingers and say, "Five beers, please." . . . Or did you hear that there's a band called 1023MB? They haven't had any gigs yet. . . For the rest of these "20 Jokes That Only Intellectuals Will Understand," please click:
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10. A quote I like
Tony Gwynn, RIP, while on his way to the fifth of his eight National League batting crowns, spoke passionately about the attitude of the modern player: "They just feel like stuff is supposed to happen to them," he said. "They're not going to have to work for it. And that bugs me because I know how hard I had to work to get where I got. Sometimes they sit there in amazement at why I come out here every day. But I cannot let their way of thinking into my head."
Note: For more about this great player who many consider an even greater person, please click:
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11. Thought for the day
Why I Am Proud To Be My Father's Daughter And How I Almost Lost My Life As A Result
by Edie Weinstein
I am writing this article on Father's Day, while recovering from an event that never in a million years would I have imagined in this lifetime. This past Thursday, following a 'normal' workout at the gym, I experienced tightness in my jaw, radiating heartburn type pain across my back and chest, nausea and profuse sweating that I recognized as a heart attack in process. One thing to know is that these type of 'cardiac events' present themselves differently in women than in men. The chest clutching pain that men often experience is not as common for women.
I knew this, because my sister had two last year. She, unfortunately has become my 'been there, done that, got the t-shirt' go to person for what comes next. In the midst of the immediate experience, I was not in panic mode. In fact, I drove myself to the hospital 10 minutes away only after calling to cancel an appointment with a counseling client. In retrospect, I am aware of how irresponsible that was, since I could have jeopardized the safety of others as well as myself. Lesson # 1 Call 911 immediately, since not only could it prevent an accident and save a life, but they can begin the rescue process and relay information to the medical staff en route.
For the rest of this eye-opening article, click:
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12. Advance planning department
To read about each of the following NC events in full, please click:
(1) BJ Leiderman--Totally Unhinged. (2) Mark Jones returns as Buddy Holly. (3) Vic A. in NC: Saw Spamalot today [at ACT] and it was excellent. (4) Alison A. in NC: (4) Alison A. in NC: I had the pleasure of seeing this play [SHUNNED] last night. (5) Biro helps business leaders engage disaffected workers. (6) RAISIN IN THE SUN.
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PS. Make it a wonderful week!