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Two Words That Will Fix Our Health Care System

3/30/2009   Comment on This

I am back from Mexico from some much-needed R&R. I did absolutely nothing. I just woke up and stayed at the pool/beach all day. My biggest decision was where I should go for dinner. One day, however, I had a little action.

Happy hour is always a fun time, and we met an elderly couple who were a blast, and who liked to tip a few back. One evening while I was enjoying a drink and a cigar, the gentleman we met dropped his glass and cut his foot. It looked to Dr. Pinker that he would need stitches, so off we went to the hospital. I was sober but he wasn't, so I thought someone other than his wife should go to the hospital.

The first word out of the receptionist's mouth was "crrrrrrrrrredit card". Not "your name", not "what's wrong", but "crrrrrrrrredit card".

I looked in disbelief and laughed to myself. Can you imagine, if we here in this liberal country of ours adopted the same measure for all of the illegals? We could clean up all of the healthcare problems by two words: "crrrrredit card". If an illegal has one, then take the name and find out what was wrong with the patient. If not, its "hasta la bye bye" for you, sir.

I asked the receptionist, "If we didn't have a crrrredit card, what would happen?"

"Oh senor, then we could not treat you."

"Not even if he needed stitiches?"

"No senor, they only do that in your country."

Spoken out of the mouth of babes.

Have you been to Mexico? Let me know.

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I'm back from Mexico!

3/27/2009   Comment on This

Hola! I got back from Mexico a couple days ago, and I had a lot to do since then. So I'll make this post short just to say "hello". I'll do my usual post on Monday.

In the meantime, check out my Livin' Large show this Sunday on AM 560 WIND, or listen live right here at my home page. You can also listen to the podcasts of the show anytime.

Gracias and have a good weekend!

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I'm in Mexico!

3/20/2009   Comment on This

I've had no blog for the past couple days because I'm in Mexico! I had to get away from Drew Peterson--ha ha.

My only plan is to sleep, enjoy martinis on the beach, and be with my wife. And smoke cigars of course.

Hasta la vista baby!

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My Interview with Drew Peterson

3/15/2009   Comment on This

Last night (Sunday) I had Drew Peterson on my show. For those of you who don't know who Peterson is, let me explain. The guy has been married four times. His third wife was found dead in a bathtub with no water in it. His fourth wife, Stacy, disappeared. It has been all over the news for a year and a half now.

What makes this case so intriguing is that Peterson is a former cop who loves the spotlight. He goes to bars where girls sit on his lap and love the bad boy. He preys on people who have problems and then becomes their daddy. This is one sick SOB. His wife has been missing for over a year and he has to move on with his life, according to him. No mourning, just that's it, according to him. He has no remorse and claims he didn't do anything wrong. He is as guilty as sin, but one cold customer.

I questioned him last night, even told him I thought he killed his wife, and he stared right through me. The only thing my co-host Amy Jacoobson got out of him is that he was looking into a storage facility right before Stacy vanished. How coincidental. His step brother was on Good Morning America today to discuss his involvement with the case, claiming Drew and he took out a blue barrel after Drew's wife vanished. The step brother has all kinds of problems, which kills his credibility.

Peterson is a true master of crime. Being a cop has taught him well. He surrounds himself with losers to make him look like he is the perfect child. He attracts garbage. His curent fiance is 23 and has two kids. Nice. He is engaged but can't get married because his wife has disappeared and a divorce is not easy to get, according to his attorney. Why get engaged? He has to move on with his life, so he says. He drives around, smiles, and hasn't a care in the world.

His behavior as a role model to his kids is beyond belief. Ask him about it, and he says that "Life moves on." It's not every day that you sit across a murder suspect and get to interview him.

When you get a chance, go to the podcast page and check it out (March 15 podcast). Then let me know what you think.

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Don't Let the Kool-Aid Kill You

3/12/2009   Comment on This

With the economy in the shape it is, attitude is extremely important. In the movie "Shawshank Redemption" Morgan Freeman's character says, "Get busy living or get busy dying."

Touche. Get busy living or get busy dying. In these times, we have to be grateful and have this attitude: either get it into gear, or fold up and stay under the covers in the morning. I don't see a choice.

Why give up? Is it easier to do? Absolutely. It's a whole lot easier to give up than go out and do something about it. Going up the hill is tough, but well worth the aggravation. You prove to yourself that if you can come through the turmoil, there is a future. This country was founded on hard work, guts, and common sense. Can you say that today?

I think we have become lazy and feel entitled for whatever reason. The country is going through a correction right now and you must be up to the challenge, no matter who is running the country. I don't like many of the things going in our government. I can only get busy living and try to make things better.

Sitting around and drinking the negative kool-aid might make you feel warm and fuzzy, but you're giving in to the dreaded attitude of negativity. There are very few people who make a living that way. Unless you're Sean, Rush, or a few other people, I suggest you listen less and work more. The kool-aid will kill you.

What flavor Kool-Aid do you drink? Tell me

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Look Them in the Eye

3/9/2009   Comment on This

Looking people in the eye is one of the keys of life. When my kids were little, I could never get over the fact that parents of youngsters would let the inmates run the asylum. In places like Costco or the grocery store, the kids would run wild. The parents would not even say a word in many cases.

Not that I am the perfect parent, but when my son would try to run wild and knock into a cart, I would grab him by the arm (uh oh--lookout--someone will call the DCFS!) I would have him look into the person's eyes and apologize.

Where have we gone wrong as parents? Where is the respect? It's not the kid's fault, it's your fault. When kids come over to play, "AHHHHHHHH" is not an acceptable greeting. It's "Hello" and "How are you?" Is that too much to ask?

Kids need structure, not the coddling that constantly goes on today. I am not strict, but demanding a "Hello, how are you?" is not too tough. Do you think you are doing your kids a favor by not raising them to be polite?

I was at a restaurant the other day, and I went over to say hello to some friends. The kids looked down at their meals. No "Hello," no "How are you?" Mom and dad sat like a couple of schmucks. They should've looked over to their kids and said, "Say hello to Mr. Pinkus." And when they got home, mom and dad probably told them to go do their homework.

I have news for you, ladies and gentleman: school will only get them a part of the way. If your child, who has no grace or social skills, interviews for a job against a person who has a little less grace but a whole lot more going for them, your kid will lose. You're not doing your kids any favors by permitting them to be smug, arrogant, and unfriendly unless you want them to get a job where they sit in a closet and put their ideas under the crack of the door.

Wake up and run the asylum yourself. If the DCFS comes, look them in the eye and tell them to get lost. You run the ship, not them or your kids.

Am I too harsh? Tell me what you think.

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The City that Works It

3/4/2009   Comment on This

The City of Chicago really does know "how to work it". It's the city that works--right?

A few years back, there was a terrible tragedy in Chicago: an apartment building's porch collapsed in the Lincoln Park area. The city was outraged and vowed to have porches all over the Chicago fixed. And they made a killing.

I owned a six-flat at the time in the city. They would send trucks through all of the alleys ticketing every single three- or six-flat that had a porch. I watched them pass out tickets, and they didn't even get out of the car.

Well one day, I received my citation, and the City told me that my whole porch needed to come down. They said there were too many violations. So I had plans made and went to court.

All they were looking for was money. They basically told me that if I paid a fine of $1000, my porch could remain. Gee, thanks Mayor Daley, I really appreciate that. The porch on my building was, in fact, built correctly just two years before the accident. What a scam. The City made millions on a tragedy from some nice innocent people.

And the Mayor is the biggest bag man of them all. The reason why the city looks so great is because people like you and I pay for it through high sales taxes, fines, and a crooked government that screws the people. Look at the streets: they use Elmers glue to fix the pot holes and don't have enough salt for the streets. The city is called the Chicago Outfit for good reason. It starts on the fifth floor where our wonderful Mayor resides.

I love Chicago, but the way it's run makes me sick. They can get you for anything and everything. If they say something is wrong, well, it's true. You really can't fight City Hall.

What's your city story? Tell me.

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People Matter

3/2/2009   Comment on This

We have all heard a million times that it's not what you know but who you know. This is the truest of all statements. I would also like to add that networking (hate that word) is extremely important because it gets you out to meet people.

Case in point is my friend George Bliss. I thought I knew people. This guy knows the world. I met him through some people I know and he has introduced me to Garry Meier, Mike North, Walter Jacobson, and Amy Jacobson, just to name a few. Amy is now a co-host on my Sunday evening radio program "Living Large".

There are so many egomaniacs out in the world, it's incredible. The way to get farther in life is wisdom through other people. That's how it works. The only way to get wisdom is to meet people who you can help, and who can also help you. You have to be in the know, not become a self-absorbed monster, which has become so common in life.

The only thing we have besides material possessions is people. You would be better off investing your time and effort into people you could know than worrying about not having enough things. You never know where that next person can lead you or vice-versa. If you talk to ten people in a day and ask them the same question, do you think you know more or less at the end of the day? Get to know people, have them get to know you, and you will accomplish a whole lot more in life.

Agree? Let me know.

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Follow Through

2/26/2009   Comment on This

One of my biggest pet peeves is people who say they are going to do something and drop the ball. If you tell someone you're going to call them, then call! I love the expression, "Hey, let's get together for lunch sometime--I will give you a call". BS. Don't say it unless you mean it.

I get knocked all the time because I am straightforward, but for some reason, people like to be lied to. It makes their day better if they hear what they want to hear. You have to have hard conversations with people sometimes. If a friend or relative or employee doesn't follow through, you have to--shall I dare say the word--confront them. Most of the time, they try to make you feel like the bad guy.

Look, knowing where people stand with you and vice-versa is a breath of fresh air. There is an old saying that if you try to please everyone, you'll please no one. The problem is that most people still do it. Don't make promises and comments you can't keep. If something you promise can't happen, communicate with that person and follow through. They will appreciate your candor and honesty. If they don't, it's their problem, not yours.

I will give you a case in point. I have this listener guy, we'll call him Mr L. He calls me all the time and tells me how many guests he wants to help me with and how he wants to come in and answer the phone. Blah, blah, blah. A real stroke. I have no time for strokes. Who in the hell is he trying to impress? I call and he doesn't call back. Does this sound familiar? Do you see yourself in this guy? Zero follow-through. Amazing. Who has time for this nonsense? You get the idea.

Say what you mean and mean what you say. Believe it or not, it's better to be respected than liked. We all want to be liked, but getting respect, especially with the under-thirty crowd, is a hard commodity to come by.

Do you follow through? Tell me about it.

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Pay it Forward

2/23/2009   Comment on This

I have an intern who started on my overnight radio†show last week who seems to be a really nice young man. He is very young and is lacking self confidence. He's a bit awkward, but has great ambition and passion. We had a therapist on the show last week and he had the guts to go on the air and explain that his self confidence is lacking with the ladies.

My own opinion is that he is too nice. I am not saying that being nice isn't important, it's just that too nice too quick can kill anything early. Diane Geiser, who is the therapist, gave him some great pointers. The best part of the interview was the callers. They actually took the time to call in and give the kid great advice and some self confidence.†

I couldn't help but think how people really are awesome and unselfish and if you put them in the right situation, most people will help. Pay it forward. I have no idea how many people were listening, but the power of radio is truly a beautiful thing. It really helps us get the word out when you use it the way it's suppose to be used.

The show is about the audience. Period. That is my philosophy. I know many egos in the business would disagree with me. But if you put it out in slices, it comes back to you in loaves. The callers make or break the show. Yes, it's my show. Yes, I am the host. But who in the hell wants to listen to me talk for four hours?†I get to talk plenty as it is.

Today, don't make the day about you. Make it about a friend, a co-worker, the guy in the mail room, etc. Go out of your way to pay it forward a bit. We have such a self-consumed society†in this tough time, it's ridiculous. I found out last night that my intern met a girl at church and has a date this weekend. Nice. See what a little kindness does?

How do you pay it forward? Tell me about it.

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Good Selfish

2/18/2009   Comment on This

As many of you know, I do two radio shows. My weekly show is from Midnight to 4 AM Monday through Friday, and my other show is on Sunday from 5 to 7 PM.

I am amazed at the selfishness this business seems to attract. I am not saying there aren't good people, but many are so self-absorbed, its ridiculous. They worry that if they help someone else, that person might get ahead of them. Helping people, whether you give them a few minutes on the air or give them good advice, can only come back to help you.

When you help or mentor someone, it makes YOU feel good about YOU. It's a good selfish thing--get it? You're giving of yourself, but the end result makes you feel good about yourself. The industry doesn't breed that attraction for some reason. I am not bitter, it's just the way it is. I am no star (yet--LOL), but I can tell you that whatever I have to offer, I will be glad to share.

I had lunch last week with Garry Meier, and he was such a breath of fresh air. He is a radio star in Chicago, having been in two of the most successful partnerships with Steve Dahl and Roe Conn. I have to say that Garry spent two hours with me talking about radio, and he is the exception to the rule. At the end of lunch, we ran into some people who recognized him. He was very cordial and appreciated their kindness. In the end, Garry walked away feeling good about Garry.

Take a hint from him, ladies and gentleman. If you are doing well and making it, share the wealth. It won't kill you. Being self-absorbed is obnoxious and is not a good moniker to have. Open yourself up a bit. You'll feel good about you. That's a good selfish thing to do.

Got a selfish story? Contact me to tell me about it.

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Stay the Course

2/16/2009   Comment on This

Disappointment is a funny thing. It happens to all of us on many levels in life. Depending on your attitude, disappointment can either be a positive or a negative. You might be wondering: How can a positive come out of disappointment? Easy. It's God's way of molding and shaping you into the person you can be. Who likes disappointment?

That being said, you have to sit back and look at why it happened. Believe it or not, you have no control in many cases in your life. Disappointment can make you a stronger or weaker person. Do you give up? Do you blame and whine and complain because it didn't come your way? Most of you would probably go that route because our human DNA is wired that way. Negativity, which comes in the form of disappointment, affects the soul in a more severe way than a positive situation.

Let me give you an example: You're in for a job promotion. You get the promotion. You are happy and you go out and celebrate your victory. Then it's back to work because you have a job to do. Maybe you treat yourself to something nice. You keep moving forward.

Now let's take that in reverse. You get screwed. Royally screwed. How long will that disappointment affect your life? For many of you, way more than if you got promoted. You kick yourself, the worker who beat you out, your boss, and anyone who may get in your way. Disappointment is a form of loss.

Winning, my friends, is easy. Losing sucks, but it tests the soul. Even though you know you're being tested, you have to have faith and not give up. That's the secret. Mourn your loss for 24-48 hours. You have that right. Then get back out there and kick some ass.

We all fall on the sword from time to time. It doesn't matter who you are, what you are, or what you have. Disappointment comes in many forms. Job loss or promotion, relationships, the loss of not getting something you went after.

And if you have kids out there, you set the example of how to act if you face disappointment. You either teach your kids to stay the course or give up. I pick the first option.

What do you think is the best way to deal with disappointment? Contact me to tell me about it.

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Give 'em the Benefit of the Doubt

2/11/2009   Comment on This

Judging people is the one thing we all do and it's probably one of the worse things we do. When something happens, it is so easy not to examine everything and jump to conclusions. Society today wants a quick answer. If something happens in the workplace, right away the mentality is "If there is smoke, there must be fire."

We are in a rapid society, but you need to give people the benefit of the doubt and think about their reputation, which is good for most people. We do that with kids as well. If a kid has an earring or he is a bit edgy, we jump to conclusions that he is a gang member or does drugs in many cases. That might be a stupid idea, but people still think it.

We are judged by our cover, not what is inside. Loyalty is gone today. We jump and judge and decide that if things aren't pointing in the right direction, someone must be guilty.

Calm down, be more positive, and think good of people. Give them the benefit of the doubt and check out the facts before you light the torch on their character. You must peel it like an onion and then decide. I know I am guilty of this in many cases, but I am working on it.

I invite all of my blogging buddies to think about being a little less judgmental and slow down and give the person the benefit of the doubt before jumping to conclusions. If you get the facts and realize you were wrong, you'll feel better about yourself as opposed to feeling like a fool.

Have you been judged unfairly? Tell me your story.

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Have Some Class

2/9/2009   Comment on This

It's all over the news that Warner Saunders, the top anchor at Channel 5 news, went off on Robert Feder, the former TV and radio critic at the Chicago Sun-Times, last week at an event. Mr. Feder was an invited guest to the event and got ambushed by Mr. Saunders. This troubled me when I heard it because Mr. Saunders aired his dirty laundry in public to humiliate Mr. Feder.

Where is the class of a top anchorman? He is retiring in May, so he obviously felt he had nothing to lose even if he got fired. He blasted Mr. Feder in front of one hundred people or more. I'm sure he had some valid points, but to yell and scream in front of people and make racial undertones, all is lost in your delivery.

That being said, Saunders made it a race issue. He brought in the likes of David Duke, who is associated with the Nazi party. Come on, Warner, can't you just get upset and tell the guy off without pulling the race card? Your reputation goes down the drain in no time with that kind of behavior.

He also should've pulled Feder aside and done this privately. Man to man. Mano E Mano. No matter how much you are tempted if you are wronged, believe me, it is true that it's not what you say, it's how you say it. And you can add "where" to that statement as well.

If you have a problem with someone, then take them off to the side with no witnesses and tell them how you feel. This way, it's your word against theirs and it's the classy thing to do, especially if you're going to pull the race card.

So what do you think about it? Let me know.

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Stop the Blame Game

2/4/2009   Comment on This

I don't know about you, but I am getting tired of the blame game. It seems like people today blame everyone else for their problems: "My spouse sucks, she is possessive, and that is why do whatever," or "My kids drive me crazy so I don't go home at night," or "My boss is a total jerk and has no management style." You get the idea.

Did you ever stop and look in the mirror for a moment? Afraid of what you may see? Who took the job, married the spouse, and decided to have the kids? YOU dummy, not anyone else.

For now, we live in a democratic society that accepts divorce and job change and whatever you don't like. YOU can change it, period. Blame is a cancer and it helps people sleep at night, but it is extremely paralyzing. You can change your circumstances. If you don't like what you are doing, buck up and take the bull by the horns.

I got a kick out of an article recently that BLAMED people who lived near a highway who also had a higher percentage of obesity. So the car doesn't drive itself to the highway all the way to Pizza Hut. You know the Aladdin genie that said "Your wish is my command"? When you say "I can" or "I can't", the message that goes to the universe is "Your wish is my command." So be careful what you wish for.

Think about what you want for a change, as opposed to what you don't want or have, and things will change. It's not an easy process, but well worth it. Stop blaming the other guy. Be accountable for a change and look in the mirror. If it's not a pretty picture, blaming won't fix the problem. Only you can do that.

Is this just fluff? Let me know.

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Try Apologizing

2/2/2009   Comment on This

Apologizing in today's society seems to be a big deal. They say it takes a big man to apologize. I say it takes a wise man.

We all make many mistakes, especially rapid people such as myself. I remember years ago when I was in the furniture business, the factory that I represented hauled the New York sales rep and myself down to the factory in Virginia, in a small town called Galax. I was furious because they called me on a Friday to be there on the following Monday, and I had to pay a full fare, which was something like $800 back in the early 90's. I had no choice. I didn't think they were going to fire us because they would have done that on the phone.

They were trying to make a point that if they called down the two largest territories to read them the riot act, the rest of the sales force would also be put on notice. I remember sitting in a room, and management started firing away at both of us. They had zero class, calling both of us into the room at the same time, but it was their bat, ball, and playing field.

The New York sales rep was a great guy. Much nicer than myself. Fortunately for me, they started with him first. He tried to defend himself with facts and figures and got hammered even more. When it came to the Pinker, they looked at me and blasted away.

After the owner and sales manager talked to us so unprofessionally, they asked, "Pinkus--what do you have to say for yourself?"

All I said was, "Sorry guys--I will improve my performance."

In amazement they had no words. What can you say back to someone if you say you're sorry? If the person doesn't accept your apology, it's now on them.

I also remember when I was a kid, my parents never said they were sorry. They were good people who came from a different generation. Kids of all generations put their parents on a pedestal. It's human nature. We all make mistakes as parents. The key is to apologize when you screw up. You are teaching them two important lessons: One is that mom and dad do make mistakes. We are also human. The second part of the equation is teaching your kids to say they're sorry as well. It takes the bullet out of the other side. If you are sincere, people do pick up on it. Try it sometime. Instead of arguing your point, ALWAYS just say, "Hey, I screwed up. It was my bad. I'm sorry." It takes a few seconds and it works wonders.

Have you found that apologizing helps? Tell me your story.

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Have Respect!

1/28/2009   Comment on This

I realize I'm from the old school, but respect should not have a time frame attached to it. In recent days and weeks, I've noticed that it seems to be the younger generation from 25-35 that has this unbelievable entitlement issue going.

It's worse from the younger adults under 25, but I have to deal with the 25-35 age group in my daily radio life. They act as though I am their peer and respecting an elder is a thing of the past. I think it is the thing of the past with them.

Case in point: I had this intern who came in last Friday. He is 26 and is trying to break into the business. He acted like he was the host. An intern is like a pledge in a fraternity house. They are grunts, period. The funny thing is, I don't treat them as such. I can get my own coffee, thank you, and put things in my own car. However, if I don't like something, don't give me any lip.

This disrespectful yoyo had his hat on backwards. When I told him I didn't like the cap on backwards and it wasn't professional, he said "I like it" and gave me a dirty look and just kept going. He referred to me as JOHN Pinkus. Who? The whole night, he paid me no mind and acted like he was the man.

Where is the respect? The younger generation doesn't have any clue about how to play the "game".

Do you get respect? Contact me to let me know.

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Don't Be a Moron

1/26/2009   Comment on This

I had Jim Laski on my Chicago Overnight radio program last week. Jim is a former Chicago City Clerk who got caught with his hand in the cookie jar. He wrote the book, "My Fall from Grace: City Hall to Prison Walls".

What struck me most about him was that he was completely honest. Instead of blaming everyone for his mistakes, he admitted to the fact that he was guilty. No blaming whatsoever. He had his hand out, and it was clearly wrong. The Feds have a conviction rate of a little over 98%. When they want you, they will get you. Their pockets are deeper than yours can ever be.

What does this moron Blago think he's doing by going on this sympathy tour with appearances on "The View" and "Good Morning America"? Put him up against Michael Savage and that would be great. But he's too much of a wuss for that.

My point here is that they got Blago, they got Ryan, and the only thing Blago has to decide now is how long he wants to spend in prison.

Laski admitted that the first three weeks after he was indicted, he was going to fight all the way. But after a lengthy talk with his attorney and his wife, he decided to plead guilty and was out in 11 months as opposed to spending 6-10 years in prison like Ryan, who is serving a 6.5 year sentence.

The egos are enormous in politics. The whole point here is accountability. When you're wrong, take the punishment like a man and move on. This country really and truly has gotten soft.

I am a moderate more to the conservative side simply because the conservative way is to stand on your own two feet. Depending on ANYONE will only lead you into mediocrity. This country is now depending on Obama to get them out of a mess. It has nothing to do with Obama. It has to do with you. Pull up your boot straps, get accountable for whatever you're doing and let's get moving.

Contact me to let me me know what you think of the show.

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It's About You, Not Him

1/22/2009   Comment on This

After listening to Obama at the Inauguration, I appreciate the fact that he filled us with hope, but hope doesn't pay the bills. People are depending on the government to help, and that is insane. Obama talks about helping our fellow man. Is your neighbor going to pay your mortgage for you?

Come on America--wake up! Mediocrity has set in on this country in the worst way. Where is the ambition and work ethic we once had?

I am 53 years old, and I am not DEPENDING on social security. Do I hope it's there in 10 years or so? Of course. I don't depend on anyone but myself.

I have news for you: the Obama Nation is one big bag of wind. He talks about change. What is he going to change? Help your fellow man. How?

I'm not being selfish, just being honest. You have to depend on YOU, plain and simple. He is giving us this warm smooth feeling of hope, but there is nothing behind it. The government should be "in addition to" not "in place of". This Robin Hood mentality of socialism is not what the country was founded on.

Be careful what you wish for America. The guy is probably the most charismatic man we have ever seen. Have you read the papers lately about the guy who swindled people out of 50 BILLION dollars? Obama upped him one. He swindled America.

Depend on yourself, not him. As a matter of fact, always depend on yourself. No one is going to do it unless you do it yourself. That hasn't changed no matter what Obama says.

Am I wrong? Tell me.

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Calling is Better

1/19/2009   Comment on This

Technology is a wonderful thing today. That being said, technology should be used in the correct situations. E-mail is great for supplying information to a client, and computers are great for making plane reservations, looking up information on people, and getting knowledge about topics we used to use an encyclopedia for.

Communicating in a personal manner is not acceptable whatsoever. There is no emotion or tone in an e-mail. How many times have you received an e-mail and taken it the wrong way depending on your mood?

My blood pressure went up last week when an intern who works on the radio show TEXTED Bonnie, my producer, notifying her that he had the flu. That is B.S. One: he probably didn't have the flu because it was his first Friday night to work, and Two: you don't conduct business by text. It is highly unprofessional and it shows you have no substance.

The phone was made to talk on. Just today I was looking to interview a salesman for my show. I had an appointment at 11. At 9:20, he conveniently texted me to inform me that he couldn't make it. This schmuck is unemployed in his pajamas, eating his cheerios, and decides he doesn't want to work on straight commission. That's fine, but the first rule of thumb in business is to talk to everyone. You never know where it can go. You listen, then decide--not the other way around. It's bad business to text in a situation like that.

There is an old rule in business, and that is talk to everybody. It gets me thinking how many relationships have been ended by text because it's easier to stand behind the phone. There is no substitute for professional courtesy. Don't e-mail or text. Pick up the phone and CALL.

Am I out of touch? Let me know.

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It's the Weather, Sherlock

1/14/2009   Comment on This

Oh my God--it's cold outside. We are breaking records. The news people are all over the city explaining to you how to stay warm.

Huh: it's January--have you looked at the time of the year? WINTER. Complain, complain, complain. Hats, coats, and gloves. Next.

That is what Americans do now: "My job sucks, my wife sucks, my boss sucks." Blah, blah, blah. Shut up already and dress as warm as you can and go outside and get some fresh air.

We have heat in our home and in our cars. It's only for a few days, but we get wrapped up in nonsense. Why can't we be positive? There are no germs with cold weather. We don't have to cut the grass. What about sitting in front of the fireplace and relaxing?

If you're stuck in the house, you get a chance to bond with your family. If your budget is tight, invite people over and cook for them. Believe me, if you stay positive in this world, positive things do in fact happen. If you stay negative, you attract negative, angry, worthless people into your life.

Take a moment to think about it. What kinds of people are attracted to you and vice-versa? Do you stand around the water cooler complaining about the weather, or do you hang with people who can enjoy a fresh, cold, clear day?

Shut up and stop whining. There is nothing worse than a whiner in my book. Have a great winter. "Oh my gosh--it's 95 degrees out." That's right dummy, it's July. See you in the summer.

How are you dealing with the snow? Contact me to let me know.

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1/12/2009   Comment on This

As much as I detest shopping, I do occasionally go to help out with the day-to-day mundane activities. My bride works full time, so I can at least go to Costco where everything you buy is by the truck. I don't mind because the deals are good, but I have to say the mooches who go for the free food samples make me crazier than I already am.

We all like a free nosh from time to time, but blocking the aisle just because you think the sample lady is your own personal chef is nonsense. They block the aisle and wait for a fresh tray after they have cleaned off the previous one. They look at you like you're nuts because they have nothing better to do. Why do people bring the whole family to shop in those places? Mom and dad and the kids. Haven't you heard of a list?

Where are the manners from people today? They have gone by the boards. If someone is standing behind you with one or two items and you have a full cart, what would be the harm in having that person go in front of you? The best part for me, though, is when Mommy is talking to the baby and trying to prove to the world that she is a Super Mommy: "Honey, do you want a grape while we're in line? You're such a sweet baby for being patient...OOOOOH, I love you so much."

Maybe I'm jealous. My kids would have torn the line apart. That's why I kept them home where they belong and I could get my shopping done for the "wife". Did I say that?

What do you think of mooches? Contact me to let me know.

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Go for it!

1/7/2009   Comment on This

Dan Ponce, who is a great reporter, has resigned from Channel 7 WLS-TV. I bring this to your attention because Dan is going for his passion. He is a singer and will be pursuing this full time. His last day on the air is January 16th. His father is with Channel 11 WTTW and his brother is with Channel 5, which is an NBC-TV affiliate.

Do you think he heard, "Are you crazy to give up your Channel 7 gig?!" (which by the way is first place in Chicago with news). I guarantee you he did. There is no way Dan won't succeed--he will be doing what he loves full time.

It is IMPOSSIBLE to not be good at something you love. When I started this radio gig a couple of years ago, not too many people took me seriously. Two-and-a-half years later, I have a full-time gig on AM 560 WIND.

You hear people saying all the time that you should go for your passion. Are you going for yours? Are you in a job just for the money? Do you hate your job and/or your boss? As Dr. Phil would say, "How's that working for you?" Sad to say, many people hate what they're doing and don't know what to do with their life. There are many more who know what they want to do but live in a prison within their mind each and every day.

My only advice is to do what you love and you won't have an unhappy day. There will be unhappy moments, but at the end of the day when you put your head on your pillow, you will have a great feeling of accomplishment. I wish Dan Ponce all the success in the world. I wish you, my blog buddies, to take a chapter out of Dan's book and GO FOR IT!!! I will see you on the radio.

Have you heard my new overnight show? Tell me what you think.

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Tonight's the Night!

1/5/2009   Comment on This

There is a saying: "Good things come to those who wait." I have been waiting 38 years for this opportunity and have wanted to be on the air full time since I was about 16 years old. My buddy, Rich Cowin, and I use to get into the old WCFL on Friday nights. I don't remember how we got in, but we did. The engineer took a liking to us, I guess. I remember watching Big Ron O'Brien doing his magic and thinking, "This is exactly what I want to do."

For a million different reasons that I don't need to cover, I never went for it. I have had a great life. I made a great living in other industries, found a woman to put up with me for 24-plus years, and I have two great kids in college. This in itself is a major accomplishment.

However, for years I always thought, "Could I do it?" Not to knock any of the talent on the radio as of late, but I feel with hard work, time, effort and energy, I could do a great job on the radio and be the best.

Well, folks, tonight is the night. This is no dress rehearsal. The "Pinker" attacks at Midnight on AM 560 WIND. Two and half years ago, I did a real estate show for one hour on a small station in Elgin. A year and half later, I took the show to WIND on Saturdays. The "Livin Large with Geoff Pinkus" show came next on Sunday for 2 hours. And now I get to play with the big boys 4 hours a night, 5 days a week, plus I will still be doing the Sunday show.

As the New Year work week officially begins today, I hope all of you love what you are doing. I know MANY of you hate what you do and your lives are empty because of it. You have a great job, family and kids, or you are fearful to go for "it". I use to lie in bed with that pit in my stomach wondering, "Can I do it? Can I?" You bet your ass I can, and if you give yourself half a chance, whatever it is, you can do it as well. I am living proof. Throw the ambien out and check in with the "Pinker" tonight. See you all on the radio!

Listen to the show, then let me know what you think.

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