Archive for December, 2005

Reel Radio

Saturday, December 31st, 2005

“The Repository is a wonderful ‘Collection of Collections’, a continuing and combined effort of broadcasters and listeners who remember Top 40 Radio.”


Wednesday, December 21st, 2005

Let me guess. You realize that there are drummers in most bands, but you pretty much take them for granted. Right? There are probably a few exceptions (i.e. Neil Peart of Rush) but for the most part, they are the sweaty guys in the background providing the heartbeat of the music. You’re thinking “hell, anyone can play drums.”

Wrong. Dead wrong.

I dare you to explore Drummerword. If you are like me, you will have a new respect for the artists. Watch a few of the videos and you’ll know what I mean.

It’s a Wonderful Life!

Saturday, December 17th, 2005

Happy Holidays from the Weidemannians

Erica Shaffer

Friday, December 16th, 2005

Tonight I decided to do a bit of homework and this is the result. For the last year or so, I noticed an actress appearing on various commercials whose mannerisms, voice, and smile remind me of Patricia Heaton. Everytime they come on, I tell my wife “Hey, look – It’s Patricia Heaton!”. Its starting to get old, but I can’t help it. Sherry rolls her eyes.

Anyway, tonight I happened to get caught channel surfing and came across the Time/Life infomercial for the 70’s Music Explosion. It was hosted by the Brady Bunch’s Barry Williams, and (here’s where I found out her name) Erica Shaffer. A quick Google search and Ta-Da! Everything you want to know about her, and more. Quite a beauty, if I must add my two cents.

Well, I guess that puts an end to me making any more “Patricia” references to my wife in the future. But you can bet the next time we are watching reruns of Everybody Loves Raymond, I’ll be sliding in “Hey, look – It’s Erica Shaffer!”

p.s. And don’t get me wrong – Patricia Heaton is a fox, too. (That’s her picture to the left, in case you didn’t know.)

Christmas Gifts

Friday, December 16th, 2005

He knows when you are sleeping.

He knows when you’re awake.

He knows if you’ve been bad or good.

But it really doesn’t matter if your name is on the list for staff reductions and the “gift” must be delivered before the end of the year and there is nothing you can do to stop the inevitable – so don’t even think about trying to protest or challenge decisions that are outside of the control of the person responsible for wrapping your “gift”.

Happy New Year!!!

Buzz Game: Standings – Current

Friday, December 16th, 2005

How about that! As of today, my excellent trading skills and long history of investments put me in the top 7%. I’ll have to stop by every once and a while to see where this goes. Perhaps there is yet another career in my future…

Broker Training: Course 1 Completed

Sunday, December 11th, 2005

In order to prepare for the California DRE Broker’s exam, I need to successfully complete 5 college level training courses. My goal is to have all of them wrapped up by mid-May, 2006. Theoretically, this is the earliest date I would be qualified to take the California State Real Estate Broker’s exam.

Spent the last month reviewing the Mortgage Brokering and Lending Strategies material, and just passed the online exam with a 91%. Interesting side note, you only need 60% to pass. Seems like there may be a lot of marginal brokers in the business…

Next up (and I’m planning each of these courses to take about a month each) is Real Estate Brokerage and Office Administration. Will have this one over and done with by January 15.

See you then!

Hot or Not Tips

Sunday, December 11th, 2005

I’ve had a link on my dropping crumbs page for years pointing to the “Hot or Not” website. When its time to escape the life of a loan officer, and kill a few minutes on the computer, rather than boot up some first-person, online, roll-playing shooter bloodfest, I put on my god-hat and make subjective decisions on who at the moment is worthy and who is not worthy of being considered “hot”.

Well, I’ve thought about this a lot and I have come to the conclusion that there are a bajillion idiots out there in this world who think if they post their picture and let the world vote, they will come away with the knowledge of which limb on the 1-to-10 tree of life their name is etched. I wonder how many of them “cuties” posted their picture, without thinking of how they would fare. There are a lot of unsavory pictures on the site.

If you are considering posting YOUR picture, in the interest of coaching for success, let me offer my personal tips and tricks on what you can do to be rated as “hot”. Or better yet, let me list the specific things that annoy the hell out of me, and will get you an extremely low score when I’m in charge of pushing the button:


– Pierced nose, lip, tongue, eyebrow. Its just not right.
– Tattoos larger than a quarter. Murals are for museums and churches.
– Hats or caps of any kind. A 10 with a hat is a 2 in my book.
– Goofy expressions and pucker, kissy faces. Goofy is not hot. Got it?
– Hand signs, peace signs, gang signs. Appears like a handicap.
– Overabundance of exposed weight; the “ripple effect” of low-rise jeans.
– Cleavage for cleavage sake is NOT necessarily hot.
– Black fingernails. May be great among the goths – but not the hots.
– Protruding tongue. Keep your tongue in in your mouth.
– Costumes. Fairy wings will not turn a sow into a silk purse.
– Thrift store chic. Mismatched colors not found in nature – not hot.
– Avoiding the camera. For heaven sake, look at the camera.
– Red eyes. Neither the pupils or whites should be red. Scary.
– Kids in the picture. Sorry, may be cute as bugs, but buzz kills.
– Taking the picture of yourself in the mirror, including the camera. Stupid.
– Dinky images or out of focus. We know what you are trying to hide.
– Orientation. Not sexual. Upload the picture sideways? Lose a point.
– Being a Slob. Clean up your freakin’ room before you snap the shot!


– Nice, pleasant and natural smile.
– Posing for the picture. Make it important to you.
– Skin is always welcome, but in moderation, please.
– Hair that has seen a comb and shampoo recently.
– Cleavage, when it enhances the total package.
– Natural tan – not leathered or bottled.
– Personality. We can tell.
– Punctuation and grammar. Use proper case. Intelligent is hot.
– Composition. No reason to have the top of your head cut off.

There. I said it. I needed to get that off my chest.

So, let me suggest you print out a copy of this list, and then take a few minutes and visit the site. If you don’t have it added to your favorites already you can find it at Let me know if I’m off base, or if there are some other pet peeves you have that need to be added to the list.

Have fun!