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A Tribute to My Rock ‘n’ Roll Crush: Benjamin Orr

Benjamin Orr wasn’t my very first Rock ‘n’ Roll crush. That would be Tommy Shaw, whom I saw playing with Styx on the Grand Illusion tour. I was 6-years-old and I don’t know WHY I was at that concert, but I was transfixed by his flowing blonde locks.

Benjamin Orr of “The Cars” was different because I loved his voice long before I saw him. It was the early 1980s and still the golden age of RADIO so I didn’t know what my favorite musicians looked like until I saw them on “American Bandstand” or in my sister’s Teen Beat Magazine. Even then, everyone seemed focused on Ric Ocasek and his giraffe-like neck so I didn’t really SEE Benjamin Orr until The Cars “Drive” video. I had no idea a man could be that pretty. Seriously, even prettier than Paulina Prizkova (who after a fresh viewing, was batshit crazy in that video. Never noticed THAT before either!) Continue reading →

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Emily Trube and THE EGYPTIAN

I adored Emily Trube long before we started working together at KRLD.

I would listen to the station for school-closings on snowy mornings and hear poor Emily reporting from the icy roads. She has the voice of a teenager so she sounds like someone’s really smart daughter. Maybe that’s why I always worried so much about her driving on 635 in a snow-storm. I remember laughing out loud when she warned everyone to drive slowly, “like my Meemaw!”

I loved Emily even more after meeting her though because I saw how incredibly REAL she is. People in radio often craft a persona but not Emily Trube. That’s probably why she’s so good at what she does. I offered to take her to lunch and we threw a few ideas around before I said, “Just pick you’re favorite place and we’ll go there.”

It was no contest. She chose Campisi’s but it had to be the ORIGINAL Egyptian Restaurant. Continue reading →

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36 Hours of Non-Stop Meows

I’m writing this from the parking lot of an animal hospital. It is the second animal hospital I’ve visited today and the cat in the carrier next to me will not stop meowing. It’s this SAME meowing that brought us here to begin with because she’s been at it nonstop for about 36 hours. Sometimes it will slow down and turn into an “Ooo Ooo Oooo” sound. Then she’ll kick back in and scream MEOW.

Maggie has a multitude of issues (some renal, some relating to the sore teeth in her mouth) and it’s going to cost a shitload of money to deal with it all. I don’t really care as long as it stops the meowing. I’d like to say I’m worried about how scared she is or if she’s in pain but that is all outweighed now by my desperate need for SILENCE. Continue reading →

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Why Am I’m Hiding in the LA Fitness Parking Lot?

I’m writing this from the parking lot of a gym near my house. I’m hiding out here because I don’t want to be home when the woman who cleans our house gets her “Your Services Are No Longer Needed” note. Yes, I am firing her via note and I feel absolutely terrible about it. I LOVE this woman and so do my kids. They got all weepy when I told them we had to part ways with her. That’s not why I’m dodging her though. Continue reading →

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Jessie & the Haunted Schnitzel

If you don’t know Jessie Jessup from 102.1 The Edge, you’ve either been living in a cave or you’re an avid country music fan. She has been the Afternoon Drive Queen at the Edge for 15 years now, which is like a lifetime for radio DJs. One of the things that makes Jessie so awesome is that she doesn’t disappoint when you meet her in person. Most radio DJs are pretty boring, average people when you see them in public. I can say that because I was a radio DJ and was told on multiple occasions, “Ew, you don’t look ANYTHING like I imagined. You’re just…YOU.”

Thanks asshole. Continue reading →

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CITY HIKES: Cedar Ridge Preserve

One of my 2015 New Year’s Resolutions was to exercise outside more often and one of my FAVORITE outdoor activities is hiking. Unfortunately, living in the city doesn’t afford many hiking options. At least, that’s what I THOUGHT until I searched “Hiking in DFW” and found loads of trails that I’d never even heard of. I decided to try these trails and blog about what I find, at least until it gets too hot to do anything outside. (Honestly, I’m also scouting a location for my daughters birthday because she decided she wants a “Bigfoot Party.” Speaking of which, does anyone have a gorilla suit & a tall man I can borrow?) Continue reading →

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The Awkward In-Between Phase: Adult Edition

The last time I saw my hairdresser, he said that my hair was in an “in-between phase.” That was 6-weeks ago so my hair has officially entered the “AWKWARD In-Between Phase.” Even worse, I forgot to make my next appointment and my hairdresser isn’t available for 6 MORE weeks. That should explain my Something-Akin-to-a-Wookie look the next time you see me.

I was trying to pull my hair into tiny pig-tails recently when I realized that my entire LIFE is in an Awkward In-Between Phase. Continue reading →

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KIDDO THE CAT: You Mean Da Plane ISN’T a Band Made Up Of Little People?

I live in a house of lies.

My husband tells me lies all the time, just for the hell of it. Then he forgets that he told me these lies and I tell them to everyone else and insist they are true.

He told me that Spike Jones directed all of the “Roaming Gnome” commercials and that Brendan Fraser was going to star in a remake of “Blue Lagoon.” (That was during the height of my Brendan-Fraser-Crush-Years.) He also told me that there was a cover-band made up entirely of little people called “Da Plane,” then forgot to tell me it was a joke. Of course, I told EVERYONE I knew. Just last night he told me that there are bars in China filled with cats so people can have a cocktail after work and pet a cat. They feature tuna fish entrees and lots of whipped cream so the cats won’t run off. I have no idea if that one is true but it caused me to tell my own story.

I’d just read an article about a pilot in the early 1900’s who liked to fly with his cat, named Kiddo. Continue reading →

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SNOWBALL: Zombie Hamster

Our hamster Snowball is sick.

It all started about 6 months ago when my daughter Emma noticed something inside Snowball’s ear. I didn’t think it was serious until it got so big that it was growing OUTSIDE of Snowball’s ear as well. That’s when I took her to the vet.

Yes, that’s right. I took a hamster to the vet which is an endeavor in itself since NO ONE treats hamsters. We found the only place in Dallas that would see her and that’s where they determined she has cancer. Hamster Cancer, believe it or not, is quite common and is the #3 killer of hamsters, right behind:

#1- Other Housepets and

#2- Neglectful Children Continue reading →