Sixteen years ago today my phone rang in Cleveland and I looked at the caller ID. It was the neighbor of my father. I knew what this was about before I even answered…..my father had died at the age of 57. There is no way to prepare anyone for the feelings you will have when losing a parent. It’s almost like you become a member of “The Club” where you and the others don’t even have to speak your feelings to know what the other has gone through.
After getting the news I remember looking out the window and thinking: “Why are there cars on the road, why are the banks open, why are people grocery shopping and why are people at work?” It was a big glass of reality for me. The time we have here on this planet is undetermined and people suffer the loss of loved ones every day but as far as the planet it’s “business as usual.”
I was thirteen and in the basement with Dad when he gave me the greatest advice ever. He said “Just remember, no matter what, your parents will be the best friends you ever have.” Of course being thirteen I knew it all and it didn’t really sink in. Over the years I have truly found not only those words to ring true but also words that have become more relevant and accurate as the days go by.
I really miss the opportunity to grab the phone in my times of trouble or confusion. I knew that a helpless situation would be put into proper perspective with a five minute conversation with my father. Now I’m left to figuring it out by myself and I’m not very good at it.
Dad taught me what it was like to be a man. A man isn’t someone that lifts a lot of weight, can chop down a tree with four swings of an ax, or someone who has to tell anyone “ I’m a man!” A true man is one that thinks of others instead of himself, gives of his time without expecting anything in return and isn’t afraid to cry from time to time. I’m still working on so many things he taught me and I hope to have those lessons learned by the time we meet again. I love you Dad…and look forward to when we meet again…..I got a lot to tell ya!
This is our first audio blog. Basically Danny focuses on a current news story and instead of offering his opinion in the written word he opens his big pie hole and breaks the situation down how it really is and not how the mainstream media wants you to believe. Just click media player below.
Here we go again. Every time a nutball goes on a shooting spree taking innocent lives people pop up all over the place clamoring for the need of gun control. Obviously I think this makes as much sense as giving an entertainment system to an Amish family. Follow me on this. Think the war on drugs is a success story? Look out…here comes the clue bus: “Not a chance.” Those that want/need their drugs have no problem getting them at any time. The same thing will happen if the government tries to control guns. Those that want them will easily be able to access them through illegal means. How about approaching these horrific crimes in a manner that will actually benefit and protect those of us that are law-abiding citizens?
If a citizen is able to legally obtain a fire arm they should be allowed to go through proper training to obtain their right to carry and conceal a firearm. Get rid of “Gun free zones” and let those that have taken the measure to properly educate and train themselves for protection purposes legally carry their fire arm. If this were the case in these senseless mass shootings there would have been far less deaths/injuries as someone would have been able to pull out their legally concealed firearm and end the massacre.
One thing I have learned living in Florida is you can’t rely on protection from the police. They are the LAST people you want solving your problem. Before it’s all over they may leave a kilo of coke in your refrigerator and a submachine gun on your hat rack. Anti-gun people will say “We don’t need people running around our streets with guns.” In a perfect world I couldn’t agree more but let me just pour you a reality cocktail. Very bad people have guns. These very bad people are carrying these guns with them as they go to the mall, fast food restaurant, or ride around your town. What are ya gonna do if, heaven forbid, one of these thugs pulls a firearm on you or a loved one? Pull out your smart phone and show him the highest level you completed on candy crush?
Look…..I don’t like anything in my pockets….drives me nuts, however, when we are talking about the possibility of life or death then my snub nose .38 slides into my pocket with the greatest of ease.
Posted: March 1, 2015 in Content, Entertainment, Pop Culture
Tags: comedians, Danny Czekalinski, Green Room, Improv, Jeff Dunham, puppets, radio, socks, Stephen Hawking, Walter, West Palm Beach
I hate puppets. I just find the entire process a bit freaky. There’s a man with his hand up a sock trying to convince those around him that his talking sock is real. For my mind this doesn’t work.
Jeff Dunham is a successful comedian…..why? I have no idea but he made $25 million one year and has his own private jet and he makes his living talking to a sock. I should also mention he is a great ventriloquist which is also very creepy. Unless you are Stephen Hawking I expect you to move your lips when you speak and people who have conversations with themselves usually are in a rubber room weaving baskets out of cooked spaghetti.
So Jeff Dunham was in West Palm one weekend playing the local comedy club and part of the deal upper management made with the club is that each comedian in town that week would appear on my show every Friday. Don’t get me wrong. Some were GREAT but others didn’t want to be there and they basically brought the show to a screaming halt. Jeff shows up and goes in our “green room.” During a commercial break I walk in and introduce myself. I said “Gotta be honest. Puppets freak me out and this is radio so there is no reason to bring in a puppet. Do all the voices ya want. We’ll have fun.” I then walked back in the studio as the commercial break was about over and I like to bring my guests in live. Have them walk in…get settled….introduce the rest of the show, let them adjust their mic, etc all LIVE on the air because I think it involves the listeners and is much more REAL.
You can guess what happened right? Dunham brings in “Walter” which is the old man puppet pictured above. Dunham starts in on me right away with Walter, “What’s a matter Danny? Afraid of an old man?” Now I’m an honest guy and I replied “Look Jeff. You have your hand in a sock. I am not talking to a sock.” Well Dunham only saw this as a challenge and tried to get me to talk to Walter. “You’re grumpier than me. You look like you haven’t had a bowel movement. How long have you hated old people?”
Well I refused to be sucked into this game and I found the tension in the room to be riveting….who is gonna turn this off? I came back at Jeff, “Look….we talked about this before. I will talk to you all day but that is not an old man. That is a very expensive sock. You have your right hand in a tube sock and I can’t engage in a conversation with something that belongs in a shoe.”
Dunham’s next move shocked me. He barked out “Fine.” He stood up, grabbed Walter, threw him….yes THREW him in a guitar case and stormed out of the studio. The sight of an adult throwing a puppet in a guitar case in a fit of anger made me laugh uncontrollably. To this day whenever I put on a pair of socks I think of Jeff Dunham. I also think of the $25 million he made in one year. Scoreboard Dunham and his sock.