DOC SPEAKS WITH RETIRED POLICE SGT. WILL SPENCER 9/16/14

Sargent Will Spencer retired recently from the Lopatcong Police Dept.   I believe served for 21 years .  He was nice enough to come by and tell what it was like to be a policeman.  Listen to this and, you’ll find it’s not all doughnuts and fist fights.  There’s an awful lot of just trying to help people out of the jams they find themselves in.  Like anything else, there’s good days and bad days.  You’ll love hearing from this great down to earth human being.

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DOC SPEAKS WITH DOG TRAINER JERRY CACAGNO 9/9/14

Jerry is the chief of a North Jersey canine search and rescue team.  This is a team of dogs and humans who go out and find missing people by tracking their scents.  Actually, the dogs do the tracking, the people hang on for the ride.  Jerry was also a member of the World Trade Center recovery team.  You’ll hear some great and touching stories here.  Dogs are just wonderful critters.

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CHRIS, DOC, AND, ALAN JOHNSON DISCUSS EMAILS 9/30/14

Evidently, there’s more to emails than you might think.  You’ll find lots of advantages but, you’ll also encounter many pitfalls.  In this episode, Doc learns as much as he can about the wonderful world of emailing.  At least there’s no postage involved.  I think Alan had himself a great time.   You’ll see.   Drop me an email and tell me  your opinion.

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POP POP GETS IN A JAM MORE THAN ONCE 9/29/14

We’ve all been in deep doo doo at one time or another and Pop Pop is no exception.  Be there as he climbs up the side of a tall chimney.  Thrill as his “friends” take a break for lunch halfway through lowering him down the side of a building.  Spend some time under a leaking hydrogen tanker.  Oh, it was such fun gathering these stories.   Enjoy while you can.

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THE EIGHT LEGGED HOUSEKEEPER GIVES UP

So, you think you’ve got housekeeping problems?  Wait till you hear this.  Not that I should talk but, yesterday I saw someone whose has a messier home than me.  Just outside our kitchen window a small spider erected a very nice web and has had some luck catching an errant fly or two.  She has had a humble existence and by small spider standards wasn’t doing too bad.   At least that’s how it was till just the other day when fall came and, the winds started to blow.  Somewhere nearby there must be a patch of ragweed or something like it.  This time of year such plants release their seeds in a way similar to dandelions.  They use a kind of kite and parachute  type of flying seed.  So, from somewhere nearby, all these seeds released at once and, off they flew, right into that poor spiders web near our window.  Webs are sticky and, these seeds like to cling to whatever they land on.  Long story short that spiders web has gotten real fuzzy.  Now, the web looks like it’s made out of pipe cleaners.  It’s actually kind of pretty to look at.  At night, it’s dark outside and the light from the kitchen shines on it making the web sort of glow in the dark and look like some kind of Halloween window decoration.  Of course the spider isn’t very happy, I saw her trying to pick the seeds off a short strand of web.  It was more than her little brain could handle.  Looks like she’s moved on.

OH NO!!!! IT’S THE DEATH STAR RIGHT IN MY BACK YARD!!!

Whoa, momma!   I was just walking Millie out in the side yard. While she was poking around trying  to find  the exact right spot, I was noticing  that last nights rain knocked down quite a few leaves off the trees surrounding our house.   Most of the summer, pretty much all we see here is a thick wall of green.  The river behind the bungalow is only thirty feet away but, in the summer months, about all you can do is listen to it.  You certainly cant see very much of it.  So, I spent a bit of time just slowly turning around like a human periscope seeing if much of the far away sights have changed over the past few months.

     I saw that the neighbor to the east must have installed a LP Gas tank behind their house,  I thought I heard construction about a month ago.   Guess they’ve changed from oil.  The folks across the road moved the Trans Am from one  side yard to the other.  It’s still on blocks.   I saw where bears got a hold of the neighbors to the west garbage can and had a pretty good meal.
     A sure sign of summers end is that I can see the cell tower across the highway and next to the used car dealership. out on the main road.  It’s a big tower and your radio hums when you drive by it.  I’m usually driving by it when whatever show I’m listening to gets real interesting.  Naturally, at that time, I’ll be behind someone who’s driving even slower than I do.  Maybe I’ll be behind a broken down steam roller and I’ll miss out on a really good punch line and get the signal back when they’re doing a commercial.
     So, I’m looking at the cell tower and notice this huge bird on a very tall tree standing along side the structure.  The tree is about sixty feet high and has lost all of its upper leaves.  I guest that maybe it’s windy up at higher elevations.   Then, it hits me, what I thought was a big bird wasn’t a bird at all.  It was instead the biggest hornets nest I think I’ve ever seen in my long life.  Actually, it was too big to be a turkey buzzard.  In fact it was really too big to be a hornets nest you get right down to it.  But that’s what it was.  It’s about the size of three pillows tied tightly together and it’s got to be chock full of hornets loaded for bear.  Even though it was at least a hundred yards away, it gave me the willies (Whatever they are.).
     It kind of made me remember the first Star Wars movie and the scene where the Millenium Falcon first sights and approaches the Death Star.   Didn’t Hans Solo say something to the effect of  “I got a bad feeling about this”?.  Well, I was feeling the same way.  Just like the Death Star would send out patrols and raiding parties, that nest would send it’s minions out to lay scourge to the country side. Our bungalow was well within its range.  Remember that Death Ray planet destroyer on the Death Star?  Well, if you went and tried to stick a broom stick into that nest, you’d get first hand experience on what death rays were all about.  A cloud of hornets would chase you to the far corners of the universe.  Heck there’s probably deep inside that nest an emperor hornet plotting on some grand evil scheme with his henchman a big and rotten to the core Darth Vader hornet.
     I don’t know but, I’d stay away from that thing.   It’s something mere mortals should avoid.  Attack is out of the question.  There’s no leaves on the nearby limbs.  No birds nests are near by.  No squirrels play on the branches and it’s a lousy place for a picnic table.  Sunbathe at your own peril.   Perhaps in time, the force will send one of it’s greatest weapons, a cold winter gale to rid us of this evil.  Till then, may the Force be with us.   Close your car windows when you drive by.

POP POP REMEMBERS THE NICE THINGS PEOPLE DO 09/22/14

Yes, there’s a lot of bad things happening in the world.  There’s stinkers everywhere.  But, there’s also many, many, wonderful folks out there doing such great things for so many less fortunate people.  In this episode, Pop Pop remembers and tells all about the god folks he’s run across.  Hopefully, this episode will set you to remembering the good people you’ve seen in action too.  Forward ho!!!!

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POPCORN WAS JUST A DIME AND, NOT $20

Back when movies we’re just invented, Pop Pop used to go a lot with his hoodlum friends.  Return with him now to those thrilling days of yesteryear.  You’ll only need a quarter to get in, a dime for popcorn, and, a nickel for a soda.  Just don’t throw licorice at the screen.  The lady who owns the theater goes nut when you do that and she might throw us out.

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POP POP DOES HIS CHORES 09/09/14

We all had chores back in the day.  Not too many people had butlers and maids sitting around the house.  Well, actually, they did.  They were called kids.  In this episode Pop Pop recalls his daily grind back in the day.  Watch out for the demon in the coal bin and the weir wolf behind the garbage can.  Get busy and check this one out.

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