WWCD 102.5 Guest D.J. Recap!

Editor’s Note: If you’d like to listen to my Guest DJ appearance, you can get the MP3 or zip file by using the links below:

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As I mentioned in a previous post, I had the opportunity to be the Guest DJ at CD102.5 on April 4th from 1-2pm. For those unfamiliar with CD102.5, it is one of the last independent stations around and is generally awesome. And for those unfamiliar with what the Guest DJ is, it’s exactly like it sounds. They let a person on the air for an hour to play their list of songs.

The Guest DJ process starts by submitting a list of 10-12 songs to the station and then being selected. One of my favorite things in Columbus is the Big Room Brunch on Sunday mornings from 9-11. It’s hosted by Ed Francis and is two hours of songs that were recorded acoustically in the CD102.5 Big Room. I love grabbing a cup of coffee, the Sunday Dispatch and listening to the Brunch.

Since I’m such a fan of The Brunch, I thought it would be fun to submit a list of all Big Room Brunch songs. I compiled my list of 10 songs and sent it in to CD102.5.

Seven days later, I received an email from Brian Phillips asking if I would be available on 4/4 to be the Guest DJ. I quickly replied a resounding ‘yes’ to which he replied I should think of a couple more songs to complete the hour.

When the day came, I updated my list and headed to the station with my main man Jonny-Boy. We stopped at Wendy’s and then went to the station. I checked in at reception and they showed us to the basement where I met some of the D.J.’s and received the outline of my hour. I read through it and was good to go.

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My time on the air started with two of my songs being played, then Brian introducing me and doing a quick interview. From there, it was my hour to play and introduce the music.

My set list and some of why I selected the songs are below:

  1. Ben Kweller – Thirteen – Quite possibly my favorite song ever and why I love The Big Room. I still remember hearing it for the first time and thinking how much I hope to feel that way about someone. I made a push to have this be the song of our first dance at my wedding but wasn’t successful.
  2. Pete Yorn – Closet – I’m a big Pete Yorn fan and this is my favorite song of his. This is off the album ‘Music for the Morning After
  3. The Airborne Toxic Event – Sometime Around Midnight – Another one of my favorites. This is also on my running mix so I get to hear it a lot.
  4. Death Cab for Cutie – Cath – I love that this song was inspired by a book (even if the book was horrible).
  5. Sea Wolf – Wicked Blood – I like how this song builds in intensity as it goes on (ember in the rafters). I also have this on my running mix.
  6. Grouplove – Tongue Tied – I originally wanted ‘Itchin’ on a Photograph’ but they had never performed that song in the Big Room so Tongue Tied was my second choice.
  7. Tegan and Sara – Nineteen – Next up was a double exposure of Tegan and Sara. I choose Nineteen because it expresses how intense and fast young love can be. I also really like angry chick music.
  8. Tegan and Sara – The Con
  9. Metric – Help I’m Alive – Another one of my running songs.
  10. Franz Ferdinand – No You Girls – I originally wanted ‘Do you Want To’ but wasn’t available. ‘No You Girls’ was a good second choice. This came from my running mix as well.
  11. Keane – Somewhere Only We Know – I wanted ‘Crystal Ball’ because that song is awesome, but sadly wasn’t available. Somewhere Only We Know was the next best Keane song.
  12. Of Monsters and Men – Dirty Paws – My wife and I say that this is Tobey and Lili’s song every time it comes on the radio so I wanted to play it and dedicate to the Superfriends.

In the end, I was amazed how fast the hour went and how much fun it was. I want to thank Jonny-Boy for taking the pics and coming along for moral support, thanks to Brian Phillips for selecting my playlist and a huge thanks to CD102.5 for being awesome and giving me this opportunity.

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If you have any thoughts on my hour on the radio or want a leave a general note, please use the box below.

A Cartoon by ‘The Captain’

I met my good friend ‘The Captain’ (his last name is Tennill) out for lunch a few months ago at Ted’s Montana Grill and he had just created the below comic. I thought it was well done and true.

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If you have any thoughts on the cartoon, feel free to drop a note below.

Tobey Update & Guest D.J.

Couple of quick updates. I’ll be guest D.J. today at 1pm on FM 102.5, THE Alternative Station. My set list is below:

  • Ben Kweller – Thirteen (Big Room version)
  • Tegan and Sara – The Con (Big Room version)
  • The Airborne Toxic Event – Sometime Around Midnight (Big Room version)
  • Death Cab – Cath (Big Room version)
  • Sea Wolf – Wicked Blood (or some other Sea Wolf Big Room Version)
  • Grouplove – Itchin on a Photograph (Big Room version)
  • Pete Yorn – Closet (Big Room version)
  • Tegan and Sara – Nineteen (Big Room version)
  • Metric – Help I’m Alive (Big Room version)
  • Franz Ferdinand – Do You Want To (Big Room version if available)
  • Keane – Crystal Ball (Big Room version)
  • The Shins – Something from the Big Room
  • Of Monsters and Men – Dirty Paws (Big Room version)
  • Lana Del Rey – Video Games

Tune in if you get a chance.

The other update is that Tobey has a hurt ACL. He started limping yesterday I took him to the vet this morning. The vet examined him and got a lot of resistance when he moved his knee. He’s on the shelf for 7 days of no running or playing and also on anti-inflammatory medication. We’ll re-evaluate from there. The official prognosis is a strained or partially torn ACL.  We’re praying for strained.

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Despite being in pain, Tobey was in good spirits at the vet.

If you have any thoughts on the playlist or want to wish Tobey a speedy recovery, feel free to drop a note below.

It’s Almost Next Year! 2014 Twins Preview and Over/Unders

After what seems like an eternity, it’s finally opening day across Major League Baseball! My favorite team, the Minnesota Twins, is coming off of three consecutive ninety loss seasons (which is really really bad). Unfortunately, with the roster they’ve assembled, I’d be shocked if it doesn’t reach a fourth consecutive year. With that said, I’m still excited to watch the games on the visiting team feed through mlb.tv (listening to Twins announcer Burt Blyleven is excruciating…. for specific reasons, see here or here) because baseball is awesome.

2014 Twins Preview

Pitching Additions

Last year, the Twins had the worst starting pitching in all of baseball. It was so bad that the starting pitchers gave up almost a half run more than the second to worst team. It was so bad that opposing teams hit over .300 versus the Twins starters. To put this into perspective, there were only 19 players who hit .305 or above on the season and this was what the entire league AVERAGED versus the Twins. To combat this problem, the Twins signed Ricky Nolasco, Phil Hughes and brought back Mike Pelfrey. As individual moves, all but the Pelfrey signing made sense. The fact of the matter is that Pelfrey was really bad last year, he doesn’t strike anyone out, and it’s like getting a tooth pulled watching his pace on the mound. Anyway, Mike Pelfrey aside, the pitching moves are not nearly enough to make the Twins relevant. Grade – C-

Hitting Additions

As if the pitching wasn’t enough to make a Twins fan cringe, the hitting was just as bad. The Twins were 25th out of 30 in team batting average and runs scored and did virtually nothing to improve it. The big addition was bringing in Jason Kubel who was released by Arizona last year and finished last year with a .216 batting average and 5 home runs. The other “addition” was bringing back Jason Bartlett to be a utility player. This move makes even less sense since he hasn’t played since 2012, and he seemed totally washed up then (for a local MN view of Barlett making the roster and how dumb the move is, click here.) Lastly, they added Kurt Suzuki to be their everyday catcher. Suzuki isn’t good. He’s not going to somehow turn good. How does this make the Twins any better? Why bother? Grade – F

Returning Players

I’ll talk about a handful of players and offer a few thoughts…

1. Starting with the incomparable Joe Mauer – This year Mauer moves to 1b to avoid concussions that have plagued him in the past. Mauer remains one of the best hitters in the league. His value is slightly diminished because he’s no longer playing a premium position, but you can still expect his career averages, which put him soundly on pace for the Hall of Fame and one of the greatest Twins ever.

2. Josh Willingham – The best hope is that he gets off to a hot start and the Twins can trade him. The worst-case is that he was what he was last year and is old and slow and washed up. My prediction is that he’ll hit around 15 hr’s, play horrible defense and the Twins will have to give him away at the trade deadline for a very low-level prospect.

3. Brian Dozier – One of only a handful of players who could have a role once the Twins are done rebuilding. The hope is that he continues where he left off in the second half of last year and becomes a solid every day 2b.

4. Oswaldo Arcia – Like Dozier, if things work out for Arcia, he could be with the Twins a long time. He’s arguably their best power hitter and is only 22 years old. The hope is that he continues to develop and the Twins play him everyday.

5. Josmil Pinto – See Arcia above and replace age 22 to age 24 for Pinto.

6. Glen Perkins – From Minnesota and played at the University of Minnesota. An all-around good guy and an absolute stud on the field. If Perkins continues from the last few years, he’ll assert himself as one of the best closers in all of baseball and one of the few bright spots on this roster.

2014 Prediction

Anyway, you can see the outlook doesn’t look good aside from a small handful of players. Las Vegas predicts the Twins will win 70.5 games. I think it’ll be even less. Hopefully the few young prospects will develop, and next year, my preview will be a lot more optimistic.

2014 Over/Unders

The last couple of years, a group of friends and I have been predicting the over/unders for the American League. My buddy Tom and I have a lunch bet on who gets more correct. I’ve included the great Gleeman and the Geek on the list since they are the impetus behind this.

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If you have any thoughts on the 2014 season, or want to get in on the over/under….. drop a note below or shoot me an email.

The Great Skunking of 2014

Since the weather has been warming up lately, I’ve started running again with the Superfriends. I started in February with a modest 6 runs for close to 13 miles. Once the snow melted in March, I’ve been able to kick it up a notch and have 13 runs under my belt for nearly 36 miles. My 2014 log is below.

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If I run outside, I always take at least one of the Pups. This year, I’ve been taking both of them. If they’re being good, I’ll let them run around off leash. It’s usually harmless as they sniff everything and have a great time running around. This leads to today’s run when I let them off leash and they encountered a skunk.

I had them running next to me because we were coming around a bend and I didn’t know what was ahead. Once the coast was clear from people and dogs, I told them to run ahead. They both took off at full speed up a hill. I couldn’t see what was going on but I could hear intense barking and I could see fur flying in the air. I immediately started sprinting to see what was going on. When I got within sight, Lillian was rolling on her back on the ground and Tobey was attacking a skunk.

I immediately started calling them back to me to get them away from the skunk. Lillian came first and I could smell that she had gotten sprayed. Tobey really wanted to avenge his sister so he was still attacking the skunk and refused to leave. Once I got his attention, I called him back and immediately got him on the leash and headed for home at an increased pace to assess the damage.

Miraculously, Lil was the only one hit. I was a slight casualty from her rubbing up against me trying to get the smell off her but Tobey had managed not to get hit. My first thought was “What’s the best way to get rid of skunk spray?”

Thankfully, I starred an article from Lifehacker in my RSS feed. As it turns out, the only things needed are Baking Soda, Hydrogen Peroxide, and Soap. The ratio is:

  • One large bottle of hydrogen peroxide
  • One quarter cup of baking soda
  • Two teaspoons of liquid soap

Of course, I had none of these things on hand so I tied the dogs to the front door and rushed to CVS to buy the supplies. I mixed everything up and did a quick assessment of the situation. As I mentioned, Tobey avoided getting sprayed. He kept licking his chops so I think he managed to get a few good bites in. Since he didn’t stink, I got him inside and started using the solution on Lils. After several minutes, the smell was still in the air, but Lillian was ok. I washed her off and got her in the house.

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Since the house had a smell, my next move was to rush to the grocery store to get some vinegar to boil to neutralize the inside smell. I got back, I put it on the stove to boil and proceeded to give the pups real baths.

In the end, the house still has a slight smell. I can’t tell if it’s from the vinegar or the skunk… but more importantly, the pups don’t smell and the formula worked like a champ.

If your dog ever gets skunked, I highly recommend the formula above and the below video.

If you have any thoughts on Lil getting skunked or any other tips or tricks, please drop a comment in the box below.