Saturday, June 16, 2012

We Won the LOTTERY...the DOG lottery

Happy Hour with my Boy..
Many friends say that Bucky won the LOTTERY, when he found us.. Debe (my wife) and I say, WE won the lottery when we rescued him from the Cocker Spaniel Rescue..

We had raised a wonderful liver and white Springer Spaniel  named BUCK. As all dogs do.. he was getting older and with failing health.. we eventually had to say Goodbye..

 I remember saying  "I will never go thru the anguish and hurt of putting another dog to sleep".
 That was it.. we are not getting another dog.. Years pass and now our Cat is getting old.. failing health.. You know the drilll. same ending.. same emotions!! :( Tried a rescue facility for another Cat.  Health problems from the beginning.. Medvet.. and now.. here we are again.  another life or death decision..I am thinking NEVER AGAIN for ANY kind of animal.  Debe thinks maybe we should try a DOG again....I am not so sure.
With an empty house to come home to..I walk in and on the kitchen table is a print out..A print out of a DOG!!!  This DOG had the same markings on his face as our Old Springer...(only difference.. Black and White)   This dogs Name was BUCKY!!!   oh no.. and the contact number was central Ohio..oh no again!!

Staring back at me was a picture of our new Bucky..I was not too sure at the time, till Debe says look at all the similarities... the Face, the Name and the location...Its a gift from GOD!! 

We bring him home..and our first visit to our Vet..."Nice dog but WHY did you get this one??" The medical sheet on Bucky was a mile long.. Our vet knew we would be visitng Many times.. Not sure, but I think he went out and bought a new truck the next day!! haha 
Ear infections monthly, skin issues always, you name it..we were at the Vet monthly. For the last 7 years, Bucky was with us always. We met more dog loving people having him by our side, more small kids wanting to pet him....To all of you, I want to say Thank You.. You made our day and Bucky's as well.

It has been a week now since he left our home. You never quite get over putting a dog to sleep.. having to make that decision..What you do, is remember the Wonderful times we had.  With BUCKY... those times were MANY.. Yes  WE WON the LOTTERY!!! the DOG RESCUE LOTTERY

Friday, February 24, 2012

FRAMPTON'S in the HOUSE!!!!!

    The excitement was building with every step. Getting close to the great Midland Theater in Newark Ohio. Where's our seats? Whats the stage set up? What's the drum set look like? Will Peter be as good as he was 36 years ago??
A guy was talking about buying CD's after the show.. Big deal.. Everyone sells CD's after a show. Not like this though.. We were recording the whole show...the whole 3 HOUR show and everyone tonight is going to be a part of it.. Oh yea!! This is gonna be fun!!

Peter and his band started the night off right with  "Something's Happening"..  from Frampton Comes Alive. Rumors and web messages said that we will hear the whole Comes Alive album. The night has started.
 I get a text.. "Is the show really 3 hours long??   Yes it is, I replied with a big smile on my face..

Going into the funky groove "Doobie Wah"  Long time friend and Bass player Stanley Sheldon with drummer Dan Wojciechowski traded chops, laying a solid foundation for the star of the night.
Peter then brings down the tone with some smooth riffs on his Les Paul.
He then pulls out his best friend  (missing for 31 years from a plane crash in Venezuela) his beautiful 54 Gibson Les Paul..(guitars age like a fine wine)   Peter eases into "Lines on My Face"

Frampton then played songs from his storied past and we loved the songs from his 2007 Grammy award winning "Fingerprints".  Even some Humble Pie for the early fans!! Loved this..

This was the theme for the night. Playing with his crowd and teasing his fans.
His voice was as good as ever, and his fingers were flying over the fretboard.
Rob Arthur (Keyboards Vocals), Adam Lester (Guitar, Vocals) held their own. They knew when to let loose and when to hold back and let Peter loose.

First seeing Frampton with Humble Pie, in the early 70's and then 1976 with "Frampton Comes Alive', I admired his guitar playing, but I never put him in my "Top Ten" list. After last night Peter has moved up to number 5 or 6.  The licks and the sounds coming out that Les Paul were heavenly..
Shows done...don't forget the CD's. Yes. many of us were waiting.  What a night, what a show.

Peter mentioned early on he loved the theater and Newark was a "sleeper" town for him.
He was IN the HOUSE Tuesday night, and says he will be "IN the HOUSE" again.
Yes I'll be there and I know you will be too.

Jeffrey is the manager of the local Coldwell Banker King Thompson office. He has been playing drums professionally for 45 plus years. Currently a member of Columbus band "Old School" and locally with " The Mill Dam Jam Band"

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

2012 Starts with A BANG!!

The first month of 2012 is done. 10:19pm.. The market is hot, the office is hot!! My very good friend Scott Walters joined our office. Jenny Cannon from the same office..another good agent and person joined as well.
The newer agents are getting the hang of this business. They are coming on stronger each day.
This is a great bunch of HARD WORKING agents.

For me???  This month has flown by. Very fortunate to being playing my drums with some very talented musicians. I played out twice this month, once with "OLD SCHOOL" the other with "THE MILL DAM JAM BAND"  sad to say the night at the PUB was the last. The PUB has gone into foreclosure and now up for Sherrifs auction.  After playing there for over a year, you start to look forward to seeing the regulars,the musicians who came to JAM, the bartenders, the manager.  These are people through out life travels that come in and then they are gone. Some time at a later date.. you wonder what ever happened to that guitar player, bartender.. customer...?? Will you ever see them again??
Hopefully our paths will meet one more time.

This is much the way of life of BANDS. You make magic on the Stage..have a few beers., then come back and do it again.. You hope you play again and again and again..but that rarely works out.
Life gets in the way?
We all have met some great people in our travels. I just hope we all can  meet again.