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Night time is the right time!
I've been a night person all my life and this is the first time anyone's appreciated it! 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 do it for a living. 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 Philadelphia Phillies, Eagles, Flyers and Sixers as well as the Maryland Terrapins.
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Posts from October 2013
by JD posted Oct 31 2013 10:11PM
I would now like to gloat that I accurately predicted the Boston Red Sox would win the World Series in six games. I'm not right in very many predictions, but I called this one. Why did I pick the Red Sox? I don't know. Just a hunch. Maybe it was the beards...beards do convey an air of expertise (see above photo). Cheers.
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by JD posted Oct 30 2013 10:13PM
Halloween is tomorrow. I hope you enjoy it and do so safely. If you're going to be out on the roads, drive carefully and watch for pedestrians because there will be many more than usual. And if you encounter anyone giving out Cookies & Cream bars, let me know. I love those. Cheers.
by JD posted Oct 25 2013 10:14PM
I cannot believe it's nearly November already. Where have the last two months gone? It seems like summer went by nice and leisurely and then fall arrived and everything speeded up. Just the opposite of when you're a kid. Weird. Cheers.
by JD posted Oct 22 2013 11:45PM
This year's World Series will feature two of the most storied franchises in Major League Baseball, the St. Louis Cardinals and the Boston Red Sox. Despite not being a fan of either of these teams, I like this matchup, both for its historical significance as well as for the promise of some good baseball. Both of these teams are experiencing a renessiance after some lean years, and this series promises to be a good one. Cheers.
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by JD posted Oct 18 2013 11:13PM
The high five. Has it run its course? This correspondent says yes. Like many postmodern fads appropriated from the world of sports, this one has gone through a series of transitions through its use by everyday people, and these days is most often seen in an ironic context, most often by so-called hipsters expressing disdain for those who use the gesture earnestly. One school of thought holds that the exposure brought about through the use in media, specifically by the character Barney Stinson, portrayed by Neil Patrick Harris in the American sitcom How I Met Your Mother, has led to the decline of the high five as an honest expression of jubilation. My own feeling is that this use, while widely known, is not itself the cause but rather one of many effects of this increasingly maligned sign of positivity. In short, the high five has been dying for years, and no single television show is to blame. No, this is nothing more than a systemic failure of the type that TV and movies are frequently known to catalogue simultaneous to their demise. You have most likely noticed that in the days prior to the ubiquity of social media, trends known to young people generally did not appear in mass media until after they were no longer relevant. This phenomenon gave the world one the most bemusing movie subtitles of all time: Electric Boogaloo, the meaning of which remains obscure even thirty years later. The same can be said for countless movies in the 80s and 90s, as producers crassly attempt to exploit cultural trends even as these trends gave way to new ones, frequently accompanied by a backlash that hurt the performance of these works rather than helped them. Social media has helped to alleviate this situation somewhat. As popular trends become much more widespread faster than ever before, it is easier for the tastemakers to capture the zeitgeist as it happens. As a result, sometimes fads explode at the same time in reality as they do onscreen. However, such synchronicity continues to be the exception, rather than the rule, as writers and producers continue to try to play catch-up. In the coming years it will be interesting to see how this pattern develops. Cheers.
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by JD posted Oct 15 2013 11:46PM
The baseball playoffs are in full swing, and I can't help but wonder why it is that they seem to stretch on a lot longer than they used to. Of course, that seems to be the case in all sports anymore, with the basketball and hockey postseasons now seemingly longer than the season.

They call Derek Jeter "Mr. November," and I figured at the time it was because of the gap in the season resulting from the games cancelled in the aftermath of 9/11. But the World Series has happened in November every year since. I don't get it. Of course, there are a lot of things I don't get. I don't mind, though. Gives me something to do when the power goes out. Cheers.
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by JD posted Oct 11 2013 10:53PM
You know what really grinds my gears? When it's raining and you step in a puddle that's deeper than it looks and you end up soaking your shoe and pantleg. And you can't go home and change and you're stuck walking around with one wet shoe and pantleg. And then you get home and your sock is soaked and when you take it off your toes are all wrinkly because they've been wet for hours. I hate when that happens.

by JD posted Oct 8 2013 5:34PM
There's been some question as to where I've been the last few days, so I thought I'd share some pics from my world tour!

by JD posted Oct 3 2013 6:00PM

I used to belong to a fantasy football league, but I quit. At first it was fun: do the draft, make your roster, select your defense. Then it became work. I found myself trying to keep up with players on 10 teams and getting angry at the Sunday game commentators when they didn't talk about my players. Of course, the reason they didn't talk about my players was simple: none of my players were in the game they were covering. I didn't care about that, though. I was crazed, see?

And then there were the other team owners in my league, who were just as insane as I was, maybe more so. I can't tell you how many phone calls I recieved at 3:20 am that went about like this: "Hey. JD. You awake? Hey, man, I need you to trade me Steve Smith. Who do you want for him? Come on, man, what do you mean you have to get some sleep?"

After two years of this madness I decided enough was enough. When the time came to finalize league membership this year, I let the other owners know I would not be participating. They made fun of me. They cracked jokes at my expense. They insisted that I was quitting because I was mad I never won a championship. Can you imagine such a thing?

On a completely unrelated note, I'm thinking about getting back into it next year. I'm reasonably sure with one more season I can win the whole thing.

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by JD posted Oct 1 2013 6:50PM

I have a confession to make: I loved New Coke.

Sometimes a product just doesn't catch on with the public, for whatever reason. Maybe it doesn't taste good. Maybe it's not user-friendly. Maybe it costs too much. Maybe it just doesn't work right. A few of these are sodas. One is the aforementioned New Coke, which lasted a mere 77 days back in 1985. I really liked New Coke. I grew up in a household where Coca-Cola was forbidden, so I when the urge for a can of Coke struck, I would be obliged to buy it in secret and drink it outside the house, which sounds just as ridiculous now as it seemed to me as a kid.

In any case, as a kid I was pretty impressionable. My sister convinced me that the word "gullible" had been removed from the dictionary. I checked not one, but three of them, and one was Webster's New English Dictionary, which was about the size of a telephone directory. To put it another way, when advertising executives are dreaming up ad campaigns for cereals, they're thinking about the type of kid I was.

So when I saw the press barrage regarding the launch of New Coke, I was intrigued. By this time the Coca-Cola embargo in my house had lessened, and so I asked my mom to pick me up some of this New Coke from the supermarket. She obliged and brought home a 2-liter bottle of the stuff. I remember taking my first taste and being very impressed. It tasted like a cross between the old Coke and Pepsi.

After that I was hooked. I drank it constantly, sometimes to the chagrin of my parents, who then had to deal with me in a state of caffiene overload. I touted the stuff to my incredulous friends, who told me in no uncertain terms that they hated New Coke and suggested I consult with my doctor to see if there was something wrong with my tastebuds (something I still haven't entirely ruled out).


And then, just as soon as it appeared, it was gone. The executives at Coca-Cola admitted while wiping egg from their faces that they had made a horrible mistake. New Coke was mothballed and the old formula was reinstated, now called Coke Classic. However, the stores and vending machine operators weren't about to just throw out perfectly good product, so for a while I stockpiled it. At one point I had ten cases of it in my pantry. But of course this soon dwindled and was soon gone. I mourned it for a time, then went on to Mountain Dew, which wasn't going anywhere and had even more caffiene.


Even after the original formula was restored, New Coke continued to be produced. It was reintroduced on a limited scale in 1990 under the name Coke II. It remained in certain pockets of the country but its sales eventually dwindled to nothing and it was discontinued for good in 2002. Until that time, you could still get it from the massive soda fountain in Coke headquarters in Atlanta that dispenses every drink Coke produces.


Interestingly, New Coke is still around in one form. When you drink Diet Coke, you're drinking New Coke. The formula for both is the same other than the artificial sweetener used in the diet version. That's why they've got Diet Coke and Coke Zero. Coke Zero uses the original formula. That's also why there is both a Diet Coke and Coke Zero. With all of Coke's other products, such as Sprite, the Zero name supplanted the Diet. But only the name changed. With respect to their formula, Diet Sprite and Sprite Zero are identical.

Even after my heartbreaking experience with New Coke, I still fall for this kind of stuff. When Crystal Pepsi was launched, I embraced it whole-heartedly. It didn't last. Same thing for 7-up Gold, which was, if you can believe it, spice flavored soda. I loved it. I also loved Pepsi Blue, which was blue raspberry flavored (well, it was raspberry flavored; there is no actual difference in taste between raspberry and blue raspberry flavors) This one lasted a year or so before getting the axe, then recently it was reintroduced as a Mountain Dew flavor and last I checked was still available in that form.

The point I'm driving at here is that if there is some bizarro flavor of soda introduced, I'll try it right away. And then usually I'll develop a taste for it. Then it will disappear. Remember Coca-Cola C2? It was Coke with half sugar and half artificial sweetener. I went nuts for that stuff. They pulled it. These days I'm drinking mostly Pepsi Max. I'm hoping that this fact doesn't contribute to its demise.

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