The radio show that I used to produce is still on the air. Legally Speaking is broadcast live every Saturday night on WLAC 1510 AM, from 7:00 pm until 10:00 pm.
The attorney who I worked with the most and became good friends with was the anchor and show host, but he left the show a few years ago and I left shortly right after. I still like the other guys, but the show is just not the same without the anchor.
They changed the format slightly – each of the lawyers on the show plays an instrument and sings old country songs as the show cuts to commercial or comes back from station breaks. They aren’t exactly great musicians, but I think it helps make these guys seem a little more human and approachable to listen to them sings and play guitar for a few minutes every hour. As I said they aren’t exactly great musicians but thank the good lord that they have enough talent not to chase away their listeners. They really took a chance with that path.
Even though I don’t work with them any more, I try to listen to the show if I’m home on a Saturday night and think to tune in the radio to their show. I always learn something new about the law and the legal system and it’s good to hear familiar voices, too.
Interesting how many different types of sleep disorders that are now being treated for these days. Sleep, or the lack of it, is a hot topic of discussion and concern for many people, so many studies are being done, media attention is rampant and sleeping disorder centers are popping up all over all in an effort to make us all sleep better at night in today’s crazy and hectic fast paced world that we are now living in.
The economy and all its issues has taken its toll on so many people, stress is overwhelming and sleeping issues are a major concern and the need for treatment is growing by the bounds. Stress is something that affects your health, mind, body and soul, and we have more than enough of it to go around at this point.
The Internet offers an avenue to take in order to research the issue and find the right doctor and treatment center for any sleeping disorders that are invading our sleeping patterns. Snoring, sleep apnea, insomnia, bed wetting, restless leg syndrome, narcolepsy, sleep walking, night sweats and even jet leg, are all examples of sleeping concerns that treatment is now readily available, affordable and accessible to more people each year.
Your company picked a 401K plan as part of their benefits package. They tempted you to sign up for it and then promised to match money up to a certain (low) percentage of your salary. For a lot of people, the 401K is the only retirement effort they can afford to make. Matching contributions were considered as part of the overall compensation package. Plus, you trusted the CFO to pick out a good plan – one that was safe and would grow over the years.
Now there are so many companies that are tightening their belts and instead of cutting management bonuses and excessive management salaries, as they should, they have found a new way to screw over the desk jockeys and warehouse workers. They have pulled out of matching the 401 K contributions. So you non-upper management workers have just taken a pay cut that you didn’t even know you were taking. How depressing is that?
One of my favorite shows that I really enjoy watching is Undercover Boss. This inspiring reality show is where the big bosses are in disguise work amongst their employees to see how their companies are actually being run and what they plan on doing about it. There is a U.K. version as well, but I like the American version much better. If you ever get the chance to watch this reality show on CBS I think you would be impressed.
This video that is on YouTube.com is one of my favorites “Undercover Boss US Hooters”
It is so refreshing to hear some good, exciting positive news for once. I swear it seems like all I hear is sob stories from friends and family, co-workers and neighbors, along with all the other people who I come in contact with while I’m going about my daily business. Believe me I have had my own issues along the way as well. It’s just that it gets to me sometimes being surrounded by such pain and misery as what is being experienced since this economy crisis just keeps ruining people’s lives in so many ways, as you well know.
Once in a great while I will run across someone who has just gotten married and are buying a new home or having their baby and seem to be healthy and happy, weathering the storm fairly well with a big genuine smile on their face. Today while I was standing in line at the bank, I over heard the bank teller telling the customer in front of me about how excited she was over finding out that her 22-year-old step-son has finally “snapped out of it” as she put it and has been seriously looking into training to be mortgage broker something that he can do from home online. I have been going to this bank for so long that I know all the good folks that work there, so I didn’t feel bad about over hearing their conversation and having her (the bank teller) elaborate a bit more of her good news while taking care of my transactions. I just loved the look of happiness and pride on her face and wanted to savor every moment of that glow, because those types of faces have been few and far between these past 6 years.
Unfortunately there is still no light at the end of the tunnel which would provide so many people with some kind of hope.
Today we almost hit the 70 degree mark for about an hour and it was great. The little bit of snow that we had last weekend is ancient history and I can tell that spring is on its way. We should have 4 days of temperatures in the upper 50′s and 60′s this week. That’s enough to bring the early spring blooms out. Yesterday I noticed some the very beginnings of some daffodils and crocus coming up in neighbor’s yards. Today I noticed the forsythia and several trees starting to produce their red buds.
Imagine the colors we’ll have in just another month or two. The azaleas and dogwoods will be blooming and the grass will start peppering the yards with bright green blades. This weekend will be the start of my gardening efforts and my Spring landscaping chores. I’m sure a lot of other people have the same thing on their minds, so I might get an early start on the hardware store by stopping by Friday afternoon rather than waiting until Saturday.
This has been such a wacky weather winter that so many trees, bushes, flowers, shrubs are totally confused. This makes me wonder how that will affect how they actually grow this year. I mean we have had so many false “springs” that have got to have played havoc on the poor things. We didn’t get much snow at all this winter so I imagine we will be experiencing some effects of a drought. This is so stressful for people who spend so much time, energy, work and money on their landscaping. But when the county puts restrictions in place and tells us not water our yard or wash our cars, that means everyone, and a neighbor will snitch on another neighbor in a heart beat to get revenge. There are a lot of people who hate their neighbor(s). It is a perfect way to get back at someone, sad but true.