Sunday, September 25, 2011

Sage Advice from my Dad

On November 14th, it'll be two years that my Dad passed away.  On December 4th, it'll be 20 years that my Mom passed away.  I think about them both often.  This past week, I said a final goodbye to some friends and a cousin.  My band's first fan club president, Barb Geissler passed away after a brave battle with cancer.  I got to see her the day before she passed away.  I'll never forget that visit, as despite the fact she was in a lot of pain, she still managed to smile for me and recall some fond memories we shared.  Looking at her, I thought to myself that if she can smile, knowing the pain she was going through, then I could certainly find a way to smile.  I know sometimes people complain (myself included) over something that in comparison to what she went through, well, it's really nothing.  I attended Barb's calling hours on the 20th and was honored to speak at her funeral the next day.  The evening of the 21st, I attended the calling hours of my cousin, Stuart.  I last saw him at one of my band's gig a little over a month ago.  Then, on Friday, I attended the calling hours of fan club member, Clara Baker.  So, three different calling hours for three different people in one week.  Crazy week!

Anyway, this leads me to the lyrics of a song (Life On Earth) that my Dad wrote a few years back.  Thinking of this past week and my parents (and how much I miss them), I share a sample of these lyrics from my Dad as some sage advice:

"Life on earth doesn't last forever, so please make the most of every day
Be nice to your friends and family, and treat them in a very special way.
When this time on earth is finally over, and all your friends come here and say
The good things you have done for one another, will mean much more than how long you stay."

In other words, do good things for one another as it really doesn't matter how long you're here on earth.  Rather, make the time count that you're here and do good things. 

Monday, September 19, 2011

Town Hall-Style Meetings Scheduled

In my role as Councilman on the Verona Town Board, I have scheduled two town hall-style meetings for Monday, September 26th in the Town of Verona.  The first meeting will take place at 6pm at the New London Fire Hall, located on Cornell Street in Rome.  At 7pm, the next meeting will take place at the Durhamville Fire Hall, located at 5305 Church Street in Durhamville.  I also scheduled a town hall-style meeting for Wednesday, September 28th at 8pm at the Verona Fire Hall, located at 1 Volunteer Ave in Verona.  

I want to point out that these are not town board meetings, but rather an opportunity for residents to connect with me personally.  So, if you live in the Town of Verona, I hope you'll consider stopping by one of my town hall-style meetings and sharing any ideas, concerns, and/or questions you might have.  Thanks.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

My band's song in Breaking Bad TV Show!

A few weeks back, I was quite excited when I found out that a tune (Grandparent's Polka) that my Dad wrote and that I helped a bit with was selected to be in an episode of the TV show, Breaking Bad.  Our song appeared in the 'Hermanos' episode back on September 4th.  It was sooo exciting to hear my band's song playing on a hit TV show.  I really thought that was quite a pinnacle.....until......

....I found out that another of my band's tunes was going to be on yet another episode of Breaking Bad!!! of now, another of our tunes (can't say which one, as there's a lot of secrecy surrounding the upcoming episode) is scheduled to be in the October 9th episode of Breaking Bad. 

One song on a hit TV show is awesome.  Two songs on a hit TV show within a little over a month is beyond awesome!  I'm still so excited by this.  And, I'm very appreciative of everyone that helped make this possible.  Cheers!

My first blog post!

Greetings....not sure what to say, since this is my first blog post.  I guess I'll say that I'm trying something new here, so this post really won't be too exciting.  However, I do want to give thanks to my friends that suggested I start a blog, especially Kurt Wanfried, as he's really been very encouraging. 

A little about me....I have a full time day job, I play in Fritz's Polka Band (about 100 gigs a  year), teach college part-time (usually in the spring and fall semester) at the Norwich Campus of Morrisville State College, and am busy being Councilman on the Verona Town Board.  Given all this, I don't know how often I'll blog, but will try to share my thoughts from the various worlds of Fritz.  :)