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It’s the beginning of a new week, and an interesting week it will be.

I’m glad I began the week (or ended last week) with a very wonderful Saturday and Sunday.  One very fun thing that was available to me was a thirty-six-hour binge of Dark Shadows on one of our local TV stations.  I remember rushing home from school oh so many years ago (grade school – Catholic grade school!) to watch this macabre, supernatural soap opera.  I’m surprised my mom let me watch it.  Seeing it nearly fifty years later was hysterical.  Not only did it have the dialog of a soap opera (generally pretty bad) but the lighting, the pace,  and the “scary” subject matter were really fun to watch.  Jonathan Frid was a pretty schmaltzy vampire, but he got me hooked on the genre at an early age.  Plus I have a ring just like his because of my great affection for Barnabas Collins.  Luckily I didn’t incorporate his hairdo .

I did lots of yard work and winter preparation at my parents’ house.  I finally got some cleaning done in my own house – I haven’t spent much time with that since before my vacation in August.  Dust bunnies were breeding like crazy!  I did laundry and cleaned toilets, along with may other tidying and cleaning up.  It was a very domestic weekend and it felt great.

I listened to FoJo’s radio show yesterday.  For those of you who haven’t kept up, Fojo is my nephew.  He’s the foremost radio personality on the U of M Morris radio station,  presenting a show every Sunday on KUMM.  It’s always fun listening to him, and I even called in a music request – a very obscure one at that.  Mel Brooks singing High Anxiety.  Fojo tracked it down and played it for me.  The song was running through my head all of last week.  Gee, do you think I might be a little high strung these days?

High strung, probably because it’s the beginning of a week at the day job that will be quite interesting.  Today I’m going to meet with a couple of people to see what’s really going on at the Agency of Free Handouts.  I’m angry and frustrated about what’s going on concerning my replacement once I retire; on the other hand, why do I even care?  Because I’ve got nearly thirty-six years invested and have become enamored with some of the people I’ve known for nearly as long, that’s why.  Red tape and secret practices are a bad thing when it comes to government employment, and I plan to blow the situation sky high if I can help it.

I’ve developed a lot of nerve now that the end is near.

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There’s a little part of me that wants to be heard by people far and wide.  I don’t know that I want to be famous, per se, but sort of.  Having a blog hanging out there in the universe gives me a little of that, and someday I hope to publish a novel or two that will be read by more than my immediate family, but right now I’m relatively unknown.

In my estimation people on the airwaves are totally famous.  And guess what?  I know people who have been on the airwaves.  Radio, to be precise.  Am I famous by association?

My nephew Fojo has a weekly radio show at KUMM.  OK, I know that sounds really icky and perverted, but it’s actually the local radio station at the University of MN, Morris.  Get it?  KUniversity-of-Minnesota-Morris (KUMM).  If you ever want to listen to it you can stream at KUMM.org.  O-R-GIf you search for KUMM-dot-anything-else you might find something a little less savory than a wholesome college campus radio station.

Fojo’s show contains an eclectic mix of music because guess what?  Not only does he have interesting taste in music he takes requests.  Seriously, he plays everything from Waylon Jennings to Led Zeppelin.  He’s like Dr. Johnny Fever, programming his own music and has probably even said “booger” on the air.

Fojo’s on-air prowess was most likely inherited from his mother, Charlotte, who also had a radio show when she was in college.  Her sultry voice, heard on KVSC in St. Cloud, MN, was a big hit with the guys taking residence at the local prison – KVSC was the only radio station they were allowed to listen to.

Charlotte’s day in the radio sun has past, but Fojo reigns every Sunday afternoon from noon to 2:00 p.m., except during spring break and summer break and any other breaks the school has.  I’m impressed that he’s able to talk and work all of the radio knobs at the same time – I doubt I’d be able to do that.  So I just tune in and enjoy the show.

I may never be famous, but at least I can hobnob with people who are.

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