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JD's Blog, a place where sight and sound have no meaning, where time and space are illusions, and where a DJ  air personality posts his slightly off-kilter take on this, that, and the other thing.
I was born in Philadelphia and lived many years in the Baltimore area. I've loved radio since I was a kid and consider myself extremely lucky to get paid to do it. I'm a 2002 graduate of the DC campus of the Connecticut School of Broadcasting, I'm a writer, musician and cartoonist in my free time. And I'm a huge fan of the Philly teams: the Phillies, Eagles, Flyers and Sixers as well as the Maryland Terrapins.
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Posts from July 2013
by JD posted Jul 29 2013 6:22PM
Tonight, after my shift ends and I have completed the various other tasks I am required to do before I leave for the night, I will be prowling the aisles of some supermarket. I always shop late at night. It's less crowded and I find it so much easier to find what I'm looking for when I don't have to worry about someone ramming me in the hip with their shopping cart (which actually happened to me once; I had a bruise for about a month afterwards. The kicker: the woman who hit me didn't apologize or even acknowledge what happened. I was standing there in obvious pain and she had to change her direction just to get around me, and she didn't say a single word. I mean come on, who does that?! But I digress.)

I've told you before about my culinary pursuits. I'm not a great cook, but there are a few things I do well. One of them is chili. I'm obsessive about chili because there is a certain specific way I like it. That is, when I make it myself. When I order it in restaurants (which is to say every time I see it on a menu), I like a little variation. But I'm still perfecting my own recipe. For starters, I always use pinto beans. Some people will use black beans, many will use kidney beans. But I don't like black beans; the husks always come off and get stuck in my teeth. And I'm just meh about kidney beans. They just don't do it for me.  So it's got to be pinto beans. And only one can. Ideally you should get one or two beans per spoonful. I don't like chili that's all beans and you have to search to find the meat.

Speaking of meat, I use a combination of ground beef and country sausage. The ideal ratio is one pound of beef and a half pound of sausage. They taste incredible together. Just put them in the pot together and cook the sausage as you brown the beef. I also prefer tomato sauce as opposed to stewed tomatoes or paste. I think sauce takes on the flavor of the seasonings better. I also pour in a bottle of beer, preferably a full flavor American lager. If you do it right, you'll still taste a hint of the beer in the final product. One of these days I'll get it just right and post the recipe here. In the meantime I'll keep tinkering because tasting those prototypes is half the fun. Cheers.
by JD posted Jul 26 2013 11:19PM
Have you ever gotten the birthday restaurant ambush? It's agonizing and mortifying and the whole nine. The staff gathers around your table and they sing while every person in the place stares at you like you're some kind of goofball.

It happened to me once. It was in a mexican restaurant and they sang to me in Spanish, which was kind of cool. But it was mostly embarassing. The only good thing about it was that instead of giving me a birthday cake as is often the custom, they gave me flan with a birthday candle in it. I have loved flan ever since and that day was the first time I had ever had it. If you've never tried it, do yourself a favor; it's delicious.

Since then I have avoided restaurants on or around my birthday. My sister has always had lasangna made by my mom as her birthday dinner. I don't get a birthday dinner since my mom's birthday is the same day as mine and it would be kind of rude of me to expect her to cook for me on her birthday. And since, as I said, I don't go anywhere near restaurants on my birthday I usually end up cooking for myself or ordering out. I don't mind this, though. I try to make it fun. Cheers
by JD posted Jul 24 2013 5:45PM
So my birthday was on Sunday, and I'm just like "meh." I mean birthdays are cool when you're a kid. People throw you parties and give you presents and cake and ice cream and it's really fun and you're the center of attention. When you're a kid, each year older was a milestone.

Once you reach a certain age, things change. Every birthday is another reminder that you're getting older. And that's OK I suppose. But I see no reason to make a big deal of it.

That said, a lot of people took time out of their days to wish me a happy birthday and I truly and sincerely appreciate that. I will happily accept good wishes no matter the occasion. And it's taught me something. For years now I haven't acknowledged other people's birthdays. I figured if I don't make a deal out of mine, why would I make a deal about anyone else's?

The reason is that it may not be important to me but it is important to others. And I totally respect that. And I have you to thank, the listeners who wished me a happy birthday. You taught me something, as do often do,and I intend to continue to live it. Thank you again. Cheers.
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by JD posted Jul 20 2013 6:27PM
It's Saturday, and I'm at work even though I'm not on the air tonight. Why? The dreaded vacation hangover. This has nothing to do with alcohol consumption and everything to do with the sluggishness that ensues when you return to work after a good, relaxing vacation.

When I got here on Monday I couldn't seem to get myself into gear. So I put off a few things, thinking, "Tomorrow I'll be on top of it." Then the same thing happened the next day, then the next, and before I knew it it was Friday and I still couldn't quite get myself all the way into gear. That's a good analogy, so I'll go with it: I couldn't get myself all the way into gear, and so I ground my gears all week.

Last night I was going to get all caught up. I told myself that I wasn't going to let myself go home until every last task I had still incomplete was finished. Then one delay led into another and the next thing I knew it was 1:30 in the morning, I was completely exhausted, and I said, "OK, I'll come in tomorrow, knock it all out."

I even set myself a timetable. I figured I'd get here around 4, be really diligent, and knock out my whole list. But then I woke up today. I felt totally refreshed, as though I had caught up on all the rest I had missed out on all week. I was raring to go. That lasted until I turned on the TV and saw there was a Teen Titans Go! marathon on Cartoon Network. I love that show. It's hilarious. If you haven't seen it, definitely check it out. And then I looked at the clock and it was nearly 5. So I shut off Robin and company and finally made my way to the station.

So here I am now, working on stuff I should have done days ago. It's nobody's fault but mine that I'm here at work while most everyone else I know is out enjoying their Saturday night. If nothing else I intend to take a lesson from this: STOP PROCRASTINATING ALREADY!!! It never helps. All that ever happens is I end up having to do everything from today along with everything from yesterday and the day before and all of a sudden that small, manageable list of tasks becomes a big overwhelming mountain. The to-do list grows longer and longer while the day gets shorter and shorter.

So I'm going to wrap this up and start knocking that list out, and the next time I go on vacation I'll make sure I don't let this happen again. Cheers.
by JD posted Jul 16 2013 6:23PM
There was a song out around 15 years ago called "Everybody's Free To Wear Sunscreen." It was a surprise hit, and an odd one at that. It wasn't so much a song as a spoken word piece set to music, the brainchild of movie director Baz Luhrman.

In the song, a man dispenses nuggets 'o' wisdom and general life advice, one of which gives the piece its title: wear sunscreen.

Last week at the beach I was reminded once again how important this is, a reminder that is now resurfacing as I peel dead skin off my limbs in alarmingly large pieces. I forgot the sunscreen my first day on the beach and am now living with the legacy of that forgetfulness: a nice red uneven sunburn. The next time I was out there I remedied the situation but by then the damage was done.

So yeah, wear sunscreen. The alternative is painful. Cheers.
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by JD posted Jul 3 2013 4:30AM
With tomorrow being Independence Day, I'd like to wish you a happy 4th. Stay safe out there and don't injure yourself or anyone else. You know what I'm talking about. Cheers and enjoy.
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