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Day 2 Germany...Pizza from Pisa...O.J.


It's Friday April 12 where I am.


66 for a high over here today with sunshine.



Day 2 here in Germany was relaxing. My son in law Casey had to fly for the Army so my wife and daughter and I did a little local trip here in Wiesbaden.


While we were doing that our son in law was having lunch in Pisa, Italy on a training flight. He left at 10 in the morning and was back here at the house around 9 pm. How cool a job is that? Pisa is beautiful, a little touristy but well worth seeing as my wife and I did a few years ago on a trip to Italy with Brent Burns and a bunch of Parrot Head fans that was pretty incredible.


The great part was that we got to watch Casey bring the plane home from Pisa and an Army buddy of his who is also a pilot gave my wife and I a tour inside an aircraft that was in the hangar just like the one Casey flew to Pisa and back yesterday. Kathy sat in the co-pilot seat and we got a great overview of the instruments, what they do, and what it’s like to fly a fixed wing all over Europe. Pretty danged cool job. And when we got back to the house we had pizza from Pisa, Italy that he brought home with him!


Pretty memorable 2nd day in Germany.



While Casey was flying to Pisa yesterday we had lunch at the ole Commissary.


In the mall area we fell in love with some little moving music boxes that were hand carved by the vendor who was there selling them.



Then we made a trip to a local nursery where my daughter used up a coupon for some free plants. They have quite the little garden behind their house with lots of stuff growing right now.


We spotted these bad boys inside the nursery. Pompelmos. Translated? Grapefruits. Big ole grapefruits.


Again, a pretty chilled day in and around Wiesbaden.



Check out this year’s poster for the Frank Brown Songwriter’s Festival down in Gulf Shores-Orange Beach Alabama.


I’ll be back again this year in November. I can’t even think of the number of these I’ve been too by now, but a lot. I always look forward to this two week event down on the Gulf Coast.  This year I’ll be playing shows on November 7, 8 and 9 with “Hits & Grins” featuring Steve Dean, Victoria Venier, and yours truly.


And on Veteran’s Day Tuesday November 11 Steve Dean and myself will join some other songwriters who work with Freedom Sings USA for a very special Veteran’s night where each songwriter will be playing some of the songs we each wrote with veterans. This event will be held in the Flora Bama Main Listening Room, and last year the event was PACKED. So if you’re coming to the festival, do make plans to not miss this event that honors our veteran’s on their day.



Some Veterinarians are concerned because some anti-vacc pet owners are opposing rabies shots.


One leading cancer doctor says lifestyle changes CAN help one avoid a cancer diagnoses. These include tobacco use, body mass index, alcohol consumption, fruit and vegetable intake, and physical activity.


A study concludes that puberty blockers could cause long term fertility and health issues for boys and that those issues could be permanent.



He passed at the age of 76…cancer. Talk about having the world by the tail and then just throwing it away. I was on the air at WMIL radio in Milwaukee when the Ford Bronco chase happened. After that, our morning radio show seemingly talked about O.J. forever on the air. Pre-trial, trial, post-trial. It was a country music radio station and I mistakenly assumed early on that our audience did not want to hear a ton of coverage on the murder and the trial. I assumed wrong. The entire world was caught up in it. So I wrote multiple parody songs (comedic) about it…and there were plenty of “If the glove don’ fit” jokes. I was glad when it finally faded from the news.


Someday it will make for a drama filled movie I’m sure. Or a horror movie.


And this morning there’s not a lot of people saying RIP O.J.



The greatest golf tournament ever “The Masters” is here this weekend. Yesterday was family day and pro-golfers like Bubba Watson. His  VERY young daughter Dakota played a round with Dad and  had an INCREDIBLE  highlight day putting the ball in front of her Dad who was catching it all on his camera. Watch THIS highlight reel.


How about actress Margot Robbie producing a “live” action film based on the Monopoly game?  It’s happening. Normally I would laugh at the chances of a board game being successful at the box office. But I also laughed at the chance that a mass audience would go see a movie about “Barbie”…like the one Margot Robbie starred in that did HUGE numbers. 




Get this. 1.500 firearms were intercepted by TSA at US airports in the last 3 months. And 93% of them were loaded. Yep. Hard to get a Glock by security as your one “carry on” item.



Quoting the late comedienne, “I knew I was an unwanted baby when I saw that my bath toys were a toaster and a radio”.



We’re off to the Netherlands to see the Efteling Theme Park which should be great fun. And the trip promises to be filled with beautiful scenery. Look for some pictures of that here in the next Blog.

Have a great day!


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