Wednesday, August 12, 2020
WILL THE REAL DAVID DeCOSMO PLEASE STAND UP!
I was off to PenDot to renew my Driver's License Wednesday.
Smooth sailing, for the most part! The clerks were very friendly
and getting the new license took only a few minutes.
But, I wanted the new "Real ID' too.
I brought my passport, a bill with my name and address, and
a media ID card as well. But that little card I keep in my wallet
as my social security card turns out NOT to be the card itself!
It was detached from the actual card when I got my SS number
(about a hundred years ago!).
Since they needed the real SS card I was out of luck.
Now the clerk did say the passport would do everything the
Real ID does. So, why wouldn't they accept the passport as ID
proof for the Real ID? I never thought to ask at the time.
Guess I'll have to get to a Social Security office to get
another "actual" card do I can get my Real ID to be sure who I
Hope you're well and that all of your NEWS is good!
Tuesday, August 11, 2020
GOING FOR A "SPIN!"
One of the great things about summer is
the large number of "unusual holidays" I
love to tell you about!
Today, for instance, is Home Sewing
Machine Day." We have a couple of those
around although I'm not permitted to touch
them because they're mechanical and my
wife says I'm not good with machinery!
She works them very well without my
But it's also Vinyl Day! I've got a nice
collection of old albums and a lot of 45's!
In case you didn't already know I was a
DJ before I got into news. DJ's have more
fun that news reporters!
I remember a time in Berwick at the old
WBRX when I locked the control room door
with a chair brace and played "Summertime
Blues" over and over till the chief engineer
forced his way in and took my record!
Vinyl went away for awhile but over
the past 8 to 10 years it's been making a come
So grab those old records, scratches and
all, and celebrate the day!
Hope you enjoy the music, that you're
well, and that all your NEWS is good.
Monday, August 10, 2020
A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE WHITE HOUSE!
I've have checked my calendar for unusual observations and
find that August 11th is "Presidential Joke Day!"
Now, before all you Democrats start offering suggestions.
And before all you Republicans get angry for what you expect
to come. You should understand that this is not a day to tell jokes
about a President. This is a day for Presidents, if they wish, to
It all stems from a not so funny incident in 1984.
One of the first things you learn in broadcasting is to assume
if there's a microphone in front of you ...it's on!
But President Ronald Reagan, a broadcasting veteran himself,
apparently forgot that basic rule! On this date in 1984, while
preparing for a national speech, was testing his microphone. He
said 'My fellow Americans I am pleased to tell you I have just
signed legislation which outlaws Russia forever. The bombing
begins in 5 minutes." But his remarks went out over the air!
Needless to say a lot of people didn't find that very funny.
But it did lead to Presidential Joke Day.
Perhaps it might better to remind Presidents and the rest
of us to think before we speak. A closed mouth gathers no
Hope you're well and that all of your jokes and NEWS
Sunday, August 9, 2020
A LAZY, CRAZY, HAZY DAY DAY OF SUMMER!
August 10th! One of those unofficial holidays I've
not only looked forward to, I've rehearsed for it!
Holidayinsights.com lists August 10th as
The name says it all. It's a day to be lazy. You
goof off! Pretty much do nothing! Certainly put off
whatever you can put off. Enjoy yourself by doing
Now, if by chance you're locked into some task,
take heart! August 15th is "Relaxation Day" So you'll
get another chance!
Hope you're relaxed, taking it easy, and that all
your NEWS is good!
Saturday, August 8, 2020
READ ALL ABOUT IT!
It's August 9th everyone. Book Lover's
Day. Time to spend some tyime with a good
book. My wife is an ardent reader. She reads
all the time.
I used to be that way. Then I got into news
where I had to write all the time and read
news copy. At least everything was non=fiction.
Now that I'm retired my wife says I should
be reading more. And should consider fiction.
She picked out a book to start she says is
about my speed.
It's called "The Monster At The End Of
The Book" and if features Grover from Sesame
Street. Sounds scary but I'll give it a try.
Hope you're settled down with a good
book and that all your NEWS is good!
Friday, August 7, 2020
PERSON TO PERSON!
The virus pandemic has forced many
folks to to learn to live their lives by
remote.Everything from paying bills
to ordering food on line.
There's a lot less of a personal
touch and it seems people are really
The bank that I visited Friday has
a drive through ATM machine and
two lanes for people who need, or
just want, to do with a teller.
I found both of those lanes filled
with a line of cars! You had to wait in
line for your turn to speak with a teller
even though you did so via a TV screen.
Only about 3 cars used the ATM drive
through while I waited. But the two lanes
designated for connection with a teller
continued to get longer.
I suspect many of us are anxious
for the day we can get back into the
bank....to wait in line inside!
Hope you're well and that all your
NEWS is good!
Thursday, August 6, 2020
FRIDAY, AUGUST 7TH., 2020
ON THE RIGHT TRACK!
I spent Thursday evening at a BMX Track!
BMX stands for bicycle Motocross. Riders, on
bicycles, not motorcycles, peddle around all
kinds of curves and jumps to get to the finish line.
My son started BMX racing when he was 8.
He's 44 now, and into his third "comeback." My 5
year old grandson was out for his first race!
Year back, when my son was just starting,
I got aboard a bike and went sown the sttarting
hill. I stopped at the bottom, realzing my role
in this sport would be that of a spectator!
As I watched the "kids" roar around the track,
with an occasional spill I might add, my decision
looks brilliant. And so, a spectator I shall remain!
You never forget how to ride a bike. But I
never forget a crash!
Hope you're well and that all your NEWS