The 9th of December marks one year since our last show on WGN Radio. On one hand, we’re thinking … “Already!?!?” On the other, we’re thinking “Wow, what a year of ups, downs and VERY significant changes this has been.” So, we thought this might be a good time to look back, catch up and share a few random thoughts.
First off, to answer a question we’re frequently asked, “Do we miss being on the air?” Yes and no. We absolutely miss our much more regular contact with you and, quite often, we REALLY miss being able to share some of our musical discoveries and talented friends with you. We’ve got some thoughts on how to remedy the musical discoveries and talented friends part and, if you’ll keep pointing your browser back to this blog now and then, we’ll share them with you soon.
Many nights, when an important computer-related story would surface, we missed the opportunity of sharing some of our Website Wednesday Night Cybersquad’s expertise with you. During the election campaign there were nights when we wanted to share some thoughts with you. On the other hand, there were many election campaign nights when, because of the divisive nature of this campaign, we were very happy to NOT have to get into a topic we knew would be very hard to discuss without having someone call and try to inject a political harangue from one side or the other.
Even though she’s not physically with us, Johnnie’s Mom’s spirit is present every day helping us make our way through our new “normal.” Getting used to that new “normal” is a work in progress and that’s not necessarily a bad thing at all. For example, it’s taken a while and we’re still learning but, little by little, we’re starting to get the hang of loosing consciousness during the hours when the moon is out. Although, there are still many nights that find us wide awake, on line, attending a midnight movie premier, meeting friends at a 24 hour restaurant or maybe watching “The Big Bang Theory” reruns.
Speaking of “The Big Bang Theory,” for quite some time, ace producer, Dan Sugrue tried to tell us just how good that show was but, until recently, we never had the time to get into it. Now, it’s not unusual for us to spend three or four hours doing our best to catch up on what we’ve been missing. Once again, you were right, Dan.
We’ve learned the value of an afternoon nap, particularly when it doesn’t have to be interrupted for show prep. Speaking of sleep, we found that one of the benefits of having the option of sleeping at night is that, for the first time in our married life, we didn’t have to try to ignore the sounds of daytime construction as we finally had the time to do some long-planned remodeling on two bathrooms and a kitchen.
More frequent business trips to and through Nashville have made that town more familiar to us and given us a more intimate perspective as we watch the TV series that “Music City” is named after. Speaking of our trips to Nashville, if all goes well, in 2013, we’ll have an update on some really cool changes involving our friend Doyle Dykes. In addition to the new Guild Doyle Dykes Signature Model guitar, some exciting new plans are in the works for Doyle’s upcoming TV show. We’d love to tell you now, but Doyle swore us to secrecy.
We continue to have fun sharing our love of motorized things with wheels with you by making regular contributions to Consumer Guide Automotive’s Daily Drive website. Most recently, during our stay in Panama City Beach, we had the opportunity to visit the 2012 Emerald Coast Cruizin’ Car Show and share some of the sights and sounds of REALLY cool vintage cars and hot rods we saw.
BTW, during that Panama City Beach trip, we wound up staying longer than we had originally intended when Johnnie had to have gallbladder surgery. We don’t want this to sound like one of Kathy & Judy’s “Merry Medical Christmas” shows so, suffice it to say, Johnnie has “been there, done that” and is doing a lot better.
As we take stock of some of the significant changes in our life over the past year, we have to say a, heartfelt, “thank you” to you. Your e-mails, comments on our YouTube page, your Twitter replies, Facebook or Yahoo Group posts, comments about our posts in this blog or whatever form of continuing contact you choose to use really do mean a lot to us. We’ve always felt that our relationship with you was not one of performers to fans but, rather, friend to friend. We’ve never taken that friendship lightly.
So, the bottom line of this missive is, while we wouldn’t trade those many years of spending our nights with you and the wonderful relationships we made with you for ANYTHING and while we won’t rule out the possibility of spending a little time in your radio speaker now and then, if you’re getting the feeling that we’re not at all unhappy with life and having the luxury of picking and choosing the projects we want to be involved with and the time of day we want to do them, you’d be on the right track.
December 9, 2012 finds us well, looking forward to the holidays, anticipating some exciting things in 2013 and wishing the same for you.
Steve & Johnnie