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Get a grip on things

12/31/2009   Comment on This

Look at yourself in the mirror pal.

You - Yes YOU.

Get a grip on things.

I am so tired of people whining and bitching about 2009 and this past decade. Does anyone say anything positive? Hey it was a great year. I'm alive and well and have two arms and two legs to go out and make something happen. Create your own economy perhaps? What a novel idea... Stop watching that idiot in office who rules to the weak hearted. I don't like getting to political in these blogs but it is so clear that he wants us to depend on the government. It’s like being thirsty in the Sahara and here comes Obama with a glass of water to quench you thirst. You’re the moron that went to the desert on his advice in the first place. This country was not founded on depending on someone else. That is pure weakness and laziness. Stop watching Entertainment Tonight and putting your energy into Oprah and “The Stars” that don't give a rat’s ass about you.

George CostanzaGod gave you a brain that is a zillion times stronger than a computer.
Use it.

Resolve to depend on you for a change instead of hating your boss. Most people can't stand their boss. If that’s the case don't blame him/her - you took the job. Go out and use your brain and rescue yourself. All the government is going to do is keep preying on the weak. Get smart. Do the opposite like George Costanza. Dare I say, you should be accountable in this world for the actions YOU took? Blaming is a terrible waste of energy.

Just yesterday I was talking to a friend of mine that said her mother never got over her divorce FORTY years ago. She blamed her dad for this, that and the other thing. The woman is now eighty three. Now I ask you out in “blog land” - what is the point of all of this misdirected energy? Did she say yes when he proposed? He may be a loser at this or that but she said yes. Does the EX see and feel her hatred day to day? Who did she screw? Herself of course...

Get off of you ass and change your loser attitude and you won't have to make any resolutions ever again. Things will come to you, take action and you'll be fine. Enjoy 2010 and kick some ass. See you on my podcasts and on the radio.

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The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

12/13/2009   Comment on This

AHH... the most wonderful time of the year - the holidays.

I do enjoy the holidays like most of you but I have to admit to me sometimes they are more trouble than they are worth. You only know what you know and being raised Jewish it was a low maintenance holiday. You light the menorah, it takes one minute. You throw your kid a small gift and move on. There are eight nights of Hanukkah: one small gift for eight nights. If you were good you may have gotten a "big" gift at the end of Hanukkah. On Christmas, our family went to a movie and then out for Chinese food because that was the only restaurant open at the time.

Merry Hanukkah from Santa PinkerWhen I got married things changed because I married a catholic girl. My first attempt at church was not very successful. I thought the Catholics had it right with the "foot rests". I discovered they were for kneeling purposes and received many dirty looks.

I never quite understood about all of the gifts. Why so much I asked my wife? She just told me to shut up and go along with the program; marriage truly is give and take.

The tree was another concern. I had to schlep that horse in and put it in the round stand? I don't get it -working for the holidays. Then we trim the tree. Careful now, the ornaments are everything.

Shopping for several people beside my family?
What did I get myself into?

Going into debt for a holiday?
Nice.

Things started to turn around when we had kids. To see them walk down the steps with the look on their faces when Santa came was priceless. Bribing them to be good or Santa would not be as nice was a great specialty of mine. I wouldn't trade all of the experiences I had for anything. The bottom line is: appreciate other peoples’ cultures, laugh at yourself along the way and remember no mayo on corned beef kids or I get to laugh at you.

Have a safe fun happy holiday.

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Don't Be Bullied Into Following the Masses

11/18/2009   Comment on This

I love reading about stories of kids in our schools. I read today about some kid in Arkansas who didn't want to say the pledge of allegiance. This has nothing to do with my blog but it sparked me thinking about my son in school before he went off to college. When he played hockey on the high school team in his freshman year some kid started to bully him. He is not the type of kid to get bullied, but none the less this other kid was a year older than him and outweighed Harrison (my son).

I remember telling him the bullshit of humoring the kid and see if that worked. I knew it wouldn't. Bullies need to get knocked on their ass to get the message across. When he came home from practice one night he had a big scar on his face. Is that from ... I asked? What do you think was his reply? Always the wiseass; wonder where he gets that from?

I then went into the parent manual which told me to say “hey buddy why don't you try to just talk to him and let him know your teammates think enough is enough”.

Another gash to his forehead...

This time I said if the kid starts up with you again kick his ass. He may kill you, but he'll go onto the next victim I promise you that. The following Friday night all of the kids were at school at a soccer game and Mr. Bully started up again and Harrison closed his eyes and hit him smack dab in the lip. One should never strut up in front of the ladies.

The kid took five stitches and my son took a three day suspension.

AHHH, isn't life fair. Here is my point. Life isn't fair. Never was or will be. You have two choices. Either to be a wuss and take it from your spouse or boss or whoever – or don’t.

Here is the deal, the boss, bully, corporation feels they always have the upper hand and can give you crap. What are you going to do about it buddy? My advice is don't take any crap from anybody. Most folks don't live this way because they live in fear. Most of you reading this probably live this way. You all have a voice out there. Use it. I am not suggesting you give them five stitches to the lip. What I am suggesting is that you start to look inward instead of outward and do something about a situation if you’re in one. If you want to change anything in your life look in not out. You have to be strong because you will be in the minority with the Pinker.

Believe me, its a good place to be.

Remember this as well - 1% makes up 96% of the wealth.

Following the masses is not the way to go. Don't do what everyone else is doing. Go against the trend. Yeah, people will laugh and knock you, but that's because they don't have the stones to stand up. Ask yourself, do you want to be like the 96% or the 1% in anything you do? It won't be easy, but it will be worth it. Enjoy the three days off. Thanks Boss.

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Smoke and Mirrors for the Corporate Slave

11/13/2009   Comment on This

Its Friday folks - The day you get to go to work and be casual. Doesn't that feel good! This is a little tidbit of freedom you get when you work for the big corporation. It’s a bunch of nonsense. Don't be fooled for one minute. Its smoke and mirrors for the corporate slave. YOU!!!

Wouldn't it be nice to be able to do what you wanted to do everyday?

Everyone has it inside of them. It’s just a question of having the courage to go out and do your own thing. The reason one feels great one Friday is because you feel some freedom. The weekend is coming and you get to wear pretty much what you want to work. This is not really your fault. We have been trained since we were little children. Grow up, get a JOB and try to live a decent life. Did anyone ever tell you when you were small to go for it? If you did something out of the ordinary people told you that you were crazy to be thinking differently. Corporations could care less about you. They don't encourage you. It’s all about them.

Do you think they care about your family?
They could give a rat's ass.

You are just a number, sorry to say. You’re there to get your boss a bonus. The ones that succeed sell their souls to big brother and could care less what happens to you. They give you the B.S. about how much you are valued and then either fire you or cut your salaries. That is why America is so miserable. They eat and drink and do drugs to numb their pain.

They don't feel like they have a voice. I encourage all of you, for thirty minutes a day, to do some personal development. Read a book, watch a tape, journal. Find your self and your voice and stop letting these people take your life. Take some action. Do something for yourself today. Everybody says you should exercise. I suggest you exercise your mind as well as your body.

When is the last time someone suggested that?

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Remember: can't never could

11/8/2009   Comment on This

Lets face it folks. Most public corporations suck... Plain and simple. Not all of them, but most.

The Pinker on his soapboxI don't care what industry it is. The corporation of today has the P/C mentality not to mention all people do is try to cover their ass so they don't get fired. We all know most people hate their "jobs". They go to work hating what they do and work for a check. Thats the way it is but doesn't have to be that way. Each and every one of you reading this blog has or had a dream. With the recession at hand now is a good time to take a good look at yourself and at least consider "going for it" instead of looking to be a slave at a corporation.

At one time, the so called corporations appreciated you as an employee. Then, little by little they started taking things away; your voice as well. God forbid if your boss asks you a question - its only to hear what they want to hear.

That is P/C.

Its basically lying in the nicest sense. Then at work there is always the moron that has no talent but has some power and knows it. They are beauties throwing you under the bus to save their souls. Gone is the creativity.

The mentality is: "lets play not to lose instead of playing to win."

What a lousy way to live.

I think that is why so many Americans are miserable today. Even if its a hobby or something that you always wanted to do - give it a try. If you're unemployed, you have no excuse.

Remember: can't never could.

If you think you can't, you're right. If you think you can, you can. Don't keep letting these dopes steal your thunder. You have a voice in the world. There are many ways to be heard.

Go for it!!

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Sick of P/C in the Media

10/30/2009   Comment on This

I just read that Josh Mora who works for Comcast is not going to get his contract renewed after it expires in February. The reason is a bunch of P/C crap.

“We have decided not to renew his contract. It was an internal decision,” Comcast says.

That’s a bunch of crap. The fact of the matter is: Josh wrote a blog about Dale Tallon who was the Hawks GM until he got canned. He only took them to the Western Conference finals last year. I didn't read the blog but it seems that Josh gave his opinion that the firing was bull. The Blackhawks apparently didn't like this opinion and bye-bye Josh. I think Josh broke the story as well.

Josh MoraJosh is part of the media and the Blackhawks should have a thicker skin. I love the Hawks and hockey but Tallon did get screwed - plain and simple. This has nothing to do with Stan Bowman the new GM whose daddy, by the way, is Scotty Bowman who won several Stanley Cups and is a senior advisor to the Hawks.

Now the media is being censored? A few years back Steve Stone who is the best analyst in baseball ruffled Dusty Baker and he also went bye-bye along with Chip Caray. When are these stations going to stand up and grow some stones? The Hawks SUCKED for years. Now that they have a couple of good seasons they put a guy out on the street? They canned Denis Savard a few games into the season last year. No loyalty. It did work out for them but loyalty is a thing of the past. If you don't say the right thing you’re gone.

How sickening is that?

That’s why P/C to me is just a form of a lie. You don't dare tell the truth or you’re out. Even if it’s in a blog or when you’re on the beat, managers and bosses only want to hear what they want to hear. The next time you’re in a meeting, take my advice. Have the attitude: “yes sir, yes sir three bags full.” Tell them what they want to hear and get the hell out of there. In today's environment it’s all about CYA (cover your ass).

What a shame.

We teach our kids not to lie and then we are the biggest hypocrites and lie all day long to keep our jobs. Get smart - get out and find something you love and pursue it. These corporations are robbing us of our souls.

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LOL LOL Ha Ha Ha

10/28/2009   Comment on This

Who in the hell came up with this LOL crap?

When you’re in a conversation after you say something funny (so you think) do you say LOL out loud?

Of course not.

The Grim PinkerOr the other one is ha ha ha. If someone thinks what you say is funny you either laugh or you don't. Why coax a reaction from the other person especially when you can't see their face?

I don't get it.

When we do the "Man’s Show” we don't say something like “Doprah is an idiot - LOL LOL ha ha ha”. That is seriously one of the dumbest things I have ever seen. When someone LOLs me I delete them.

Most people think they are funny and they aren't. Take Jimmy "The hat" for instance. He is Frank E. Boy's friend. I say that because Frank E. is always defending the guy. I'm his friend too but he makes me nuts when he tells jokes that are older than the water cooler and the coffee maker put together. He’s like Red Skelton. Remember him - the only guy that laughs at his own jokes? He LOLs himself to death. I know this blog seems a wee bit cruel but I can't be the only guy that hates LOL and ha ha ha and Red Skelton.

Don't we all have a friend like this?

Next time you think you’re funny, tell a joke, make an ass out of yourself, whatever... See if you get a reaction without you LOLing. Do this for awhile. If no one thinks you’re funny you'll know in a hurry. Then you can start to write a blog and you can use LOL and think you’re funny.

Trick or Treat.

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Happy Halloween

10/27/2009   Comment on This

The other day, riding through the neighborhood, I noticed a bunch of kids and their parents trick or treating. I thought Halloween was this coming Saturday but they want to have their special day in their subdivision.

The kid rings the bell and I have no candy. The parent looks at me like I am nuts. I may be “a little nuts,” but my kids are grown, I don't live in their subdivision, and the look of entitlement on mommy and daddy's face is overwhelming.

This is my fault I ask?

Why don't you put a note about your "special" day in my mail box so I can make sure I have candy for those little monsters?

I don't get it.

I then go out to get candy and as I drive very carefully in the neighborhood some parent with their 3 or 4 year old kid BEHIND them is walking on the street. Mom has the two dogs on the other side of the street. Why they take Rin-Tin-Tin and Sparky with them is a mystery to me. I thought if dogs eat chocolate they get sick.

This little beautiful girl darts in front of my car to get to mommy and the dogs. Thank God I have my foot on the break pedal going 3-4 MPH. I still missed the kid by an eyelash.

Daddy looks at me with his palms up and has a few choice words for the Pinker like this is my fault. I Have a few choice words for this idiot and explain that the kid should be in front, not behind you.

Accountability? None.

People are always saying” “look at the kids today.”

Correction...

Look at the parents today. Maybe there is something in the well water. In the meantime no one else comes after I get the candy and my dogs get into the milky ways.

Happy Halloween.

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Doprah - There she goes again...

9/4/2009   Comment on This

Oprah (doprah) closing down ChicagoThere she goes again. Our friend Doprah has waved her magic wand and is going to shut down the city off of Michigan Avenue between Wacker and Ohio. Da mayor says he wishes he could do this every day! What a combo Da Mayor and Doprah. They could care less about the residents, workers and businesses that will be affected.

When is someone going to stop this horse?

There is a website out called www.jailforoprah.com. All of you Oprah suckers out there think she is a real sweetheart. From what I understand the Queen makes you sign documents about what you can say about her. What is she hiding? People say she is going to pay for the cost of the shutdown.

Will she be paying businesses the lost revenue?
What about the inconvenience of the residents?

Mayor Daley (Da Mayor) says he wishes he could do this every day!Da mayor loves it because it puts the city in a national spotlight on TV.

It’s all B.S. to me. Image here is the key. It doesn't matter what goes on in the city as long as it looks great. Look at our coppers. They are running around with squirt guns without a contract. They sure look good in uniform though. I would like to see Doprah in a cop uniform.

Yikes!!!

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The Pinker is Back!

8/19/2009   Comment on This

Took a little hiatus from blogging this summer and now The Pinker is back!

It amazes me the lack of guts people have in today's society. It seems like fear is running things nowadays. What ever happened to the resolve of the American people? Why do so many people want to depend on the government for things? Is life weak? Is God weak? We are all God's children in one way, shape or form. People don't want to believe that they can do things anymore.

I CAN’T get a job...
I CAN'T lose weight...

Where is your belief system that You Can? If you think You Can't you’re right every time and you will wonder in mediocrity for the rest of your life. Herein lies the deal: You must never quit and must believe in yourself no matter what turn in life you’re at. Fear is false evidence appearing real. Fear is a vapor in your life nothing else. Adversity is a test to see if you pass or fail. Sadly, today people are "throwing in the towel" waiting for God (or someone) to help them. God is waiting for you.

It’s a stand-off. The only way you can help yourself is to get moving. Whether you have to fix a relationship, lose weight, make more money whatever, stop being a baby. Get off your ass and get moving and for crying out loud have some resolve. A lot of the negativity in the media that spells fear is all nonsense. If it smells it sells. Good stuff doesn't get reported. Good stuff in, good stuff out.

Stay away from the media and cleanse awhile; Detox, if you will.

Read a book, play with you kids. How about having a good positive conversation with a friend or your better half? Believe what you want and “live it” and good things will happen if you act. Bad things will continue to happen if you don't move, think negatively or don't act. If you think this is hocus-pocus, look at your life and tell me I am wrong if you’re not taking the proper steps to prosperity in all of the areas of your life.

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Interview with Simon Badinter: "The French Guy"

7/9/2009   Comment on This

This week, Margaret got the chance to ask Simon some questions--he's the only French guy on American radio. Listen to the interview at her blog.



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Raise Your Standards

7/7/2009   Comment on This

We have really lowered our standards when it comes to celebrities. A celebrity in my book should be someone who has accomplished something in the media. Like Jon and Kate. They had eight kids. They are now headed to divorce court. Big deal. People sit around and watch these two morons raise kids. This Kate "broad" ordered Jon around like he was a maid. No wonder he cheats on her. Who wouldn't? This is a celebrity?

Then take the rich Paris Hilton. I was flipping around on the television yesterday, and she and the worthless Kathy "plastic" Griffin were shopping, and there were camera crews and security following them. Paris Hilton is a member of the lucky sperm club. That's it. This is a celebrity? Oh yeah, one more example: Denise Richards, who was married to Charlie Sheen. She was better off with him than doing a reality series that is soon to be canceled.

Why does the public make celebrities out of these people? The American public is pathetic. It's obvious their lives suck, so they plow energy into worthless people who can't do a damn thing for them. I just read that the list to see the King of Molesters has grown to over one million people to have a lottery chance to go to the memorial service. To see what? Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson and Jamie Fox are all talking about Michael Jackson. Look at the time energy and cost that entails. On top of that, over half a million people will be standing outside mourning.

If the public spent their time with a book or volunteering or actually looking for a job, their energy would be put to better use. Being honest is not always the most popular thing, but it is the truth. People keep saying this is the greatest country to live in. I do wonder. I really do.

Are you caught up in all this celebrity stuff? Let me know.

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Stop Playing the Race Card

6/29/2009   Comment on This

What's with all of these celebrities dying? We have lost several in just a week or so. The most high profile is, of course, Michael Jackson. It is really so sad how sick he was mentally and physically. He was a talent who had a death wish. All that money and fame and eventual death.

What strikes me, though, are some of the comments that accuse me of racism and the e-mails I have been getting since his death. I take the position that where there is smoke there is fire, and MJ took advantage of young boys. This is not a blog to defend myself, but more to point out that people still use the race card. Why? Can't a white guy have an opinion about a black guy and not be called a racist?

On my radio show, we go after the likes of Da Mayor, Jody Weis, and many other white guys. Just last week we had a debate about a copper who beat the tar out of a bartender but received no jail time. He is a white guy too. I tore into him pretty good.

But as soon as MJ is mentioned, the race card comes out from under the deck:
"Take off your white sheet."
"I am sure you don't care about the guy because he is black."

These are the funny, entertaining, and ignorant comments I am receiving. Guess who makes those comments? Is this payback for previous years of racism? Why can't we just give an opinion and take a stand whether someone is white, black, Asian, purple, orange, etc? I know the race debate has been beaten a million times, but I am still amazed that people actually still play that card. Those are the ones who are the racists, in my opinion.

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

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Michael Jackson was a CHILD MOLESTER!

6/25/2009   Comment on This

"The king is dead. I can't believe it!"
"I am so sad."
"I am flabbergasted."

These are some of the comments I have read on Facebook today. Let me go on record by saying goodbye and good riddance to Michael Jackson. Not because he was nuts or changed his skin color. Not because I didn't like his music. At one time. I loved his music.

He was a CHILD MOLESTER, remember kids? He lit a kid’s hair on fire. Gave children a "kiddie cocktail" to put them to sleep and then raped them. He had underage boys sleeping in his bed.

I don't wish bad on anyone, but the public is feeling bad for this guy? What about our troops? We crap on them after they come home from the war. What about the maniacs who run Iran and North Korea? Are you worried about your safety or your county? NO, you are worried about a CHILD MOLESTER.

Why don't you go out and spend the money on some of his music? You don't have to make his estate richer. How quickly we forget. He is a low life that took advantage of the underage population. Who is their voice? Only in California, the great state that acquitted Robert Blake and OJ, could this animal have gotten off. I don't know how they convicted Scott Peterson. I guess there is an exception to every rule.

We in this country put celebrities on a pedestal. They are not heroes, they are entertainers who entertain. The real heroes are our troops. And firemen, policemen, and teachers are taken for granted too.

On top of it all, Michael Jackson blew every penny on nonsense and is not to be admired for his overspending or luxurious lifestyle. You idolize this guy. You put him up to the stars. He is not a star. He is a CHILD MOLESTER that should be buried and forgotten about. That of course won't happen because of the stupid celebrity-worshipping society we have become.

North Korea must be loving this. We take our eye off the ball for this jerkoff while they plan for all of us to land up in Michael Jacksonland: DEAD!!

So am I being cold-hearted? Insensitive? Not showing "The King" respect? Or do you agree? Let me know.

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Be Professional

6/23/2009   Comment on This

Lately I have come across some NON-professional behavior. To me, there is the Pinker Way and the wrong way. Allow me to point out the difference.

Let's take my wife, for example. She is a realtor that helps people buy or sell a house, which in most cases is their single largest asset. Let's say her client put an offer on a piece of property. As most of us know, this is a very emotional experience. She would get a hold of the other agent and ask that they get back to her by the end of the day so that she could report to her client, who is on pins and needles. It cracks me up when the other side doesn't follow through and communicate what is happening. In many cases, people are busy or out of touch.

Communicate that. Be professional. Even if you have nothing to report, report nothing. But the excuse is always something like, "I couldn't get a hold of the person because they are out of town."

You must realize that your conduct matters, always. We are all busy, but you need to communicate and be a pro. How many times have you been left hanging by a boss or a client? If you say, "I will let you know by Thursday," then let the person know something by Thursday, even if you're just letting them know that you may need more time for whatever reason. Be a pro, not a lazy human being. It costs nothing. Believe me when I tell you that people are constantly being judged on how they act, look, and dress.

There is a certain aura you carry around. Make it a professional one.

Have any stories to share about dealing with unprofessional people? Let me know.

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Throw a Party for Charity

6/16/2009   Comment on This

This past Friday night I went to a cigar party called The Little Smoke. It started about four years ago with about fifteen guys. The gentleman who hosted the party is a listener and invited me to the event last October. He holds the event twice a year at his home. It’s in May or June in the summer and October in the fall.

Last October I was able to hook the "boys" up with two cigar sponsors: Tesa Cigars and Los Blancos Cigars. We had an amazing time. This year, the same two cigar vendors came and we added International House of Wine and Cheese to the event. They have a beautiful wine-cheese store and restaurant in Richmond, Illinois. We also added a couple of charities to the event.

Pizza4Patriots: This charity was started by Master Sergeant Mark Evans, who is raising money to send pizzas to our soldiers over in Iraq for the Fourth of July. DHL has donated a 747 and we are going to fill the whole plane up with pizzas for the troops. Our other charity was Mullenfoods.com. Mullen Foods is a company started by a disabled Chicago police veteran, Jim Mullen, who was shot in the face in 1995 and now lives in a wheelchair. He has come out with a recipe for delicious applesauce.

What a glorious night it was, and the weather was perfect. This is how life should be lived. Friends, food, cigars, and great music. Joey Privea, who does Sinatra and Dean Martin, was awesome. The nice thing is that each guy threw in a few bucks, had a blast, and we raised close to $2000 that will be spread amongst the charities. We even had a couple of the Evanston PD coppers come by to say hello and they took up a collection for $185. How cool is that? They are listeners who were on duty. Their commander let them stop by and they stayed for a while. This party was karma working its magic: giving, living, enjoying a beautiful night with friends.

We are going through some tough times right now, no doubt about it. Think about getting together and re-connecting with people, not "STUFF", in these times. A correction might be a good thing to make us wake up. Have a party, have everyone bring something, and think about a charity to help out. You will have a blast with your friends and when the night is over, you'll have some money to give back to someone. It takes a little time and effort, but it’s well worth it.

So are you going to have a party for charity? Let me know.

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Say Sorry

5/31/2009   Comment on This

Sorry I haven't been as attentive to writing my blog as I should be. No excuses. I am super busy but we all are, so no excuses here.

"Sorry" - that word is a thing of the past in my opinion. Why is it so tough for someone to admit they were wrong? We all make mistakes, but most of us like to blame it on the other "guy". It feels better to be above the line and admit you were wrong.

Think about this for a minute or two. If you are a boss or a parent (who's also the boss), do you realize how powerful it is to admit you screwed up? In the case of a boss, the employee realizes you are also a human being and you can relate. As a parent, you teach your child that even though it's natural to put you on a pedestal, the fact remains you are human.

Our egos today are enormous. It's "This guy did this" and "She did that" or "I would have done...." If you say you're sorry to someone, the onus is on them. If they don't forgive you, it's now THEIR problem because you had the courage. If they want to hold a grudge against you, there is nothing you can do about it.

Being the bigger man or woman does take some courage, but in the end it's not only the right thing to do, but it's the smart thing to do. The only trap is you have to mean it or people can pick up on it. Falling back on it as an excuse for bad behavior won't cut it. When you really screw up, mean it, own it, and you'll feel much better.

So am I right? Let me know.

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Be a Patriot

5/21/2009   Comment on This

Memorial Day is coming up in a few days, and I think it would be nice to honor our past soldiers who passed on our behalf instead of thinking of the holiday as just a day off. All I hear people talking about is if the weather will be good. How many rainy cold damp nights did our guys spend in the field working to keep our freedom? What you need to do is to honor them by helping out the ones who are alive.

There is this wonderful charity called Pizza4Patriots that an ex-sergeant by the name of Mark Evans started. He and his son were eating pizza one day and thought about sending some deep dish pizza overseas to our troops. They hatched Pizza 4 Patriots.

On July 4th, a DHL 747 will be taking a WHOLE plane full of pizza and beer over to Iraq and Afghanistan. How cool is that? You can help by donating 10 bucks for our soldiers who are alive to show some appreciation by going to www.pizza4patriots.com.

I guarantee that if you donated some "dough" each and every time, you would be locked into thinking about the brave men and women who fought for us and who fight for us now. There is too much lip service going on about how much we appreciate them.

Put your money where your mouth is and give 10 bucks to Pizza4Patriots. If the weather sucks, stay in, grab a pizza, and enjoy. Have a great holiday.

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Happy Being Bored

5/13/2009   Comment on This

I had Stuart Jacobson, who is a humorist and entertainer, on my radio program last night. He was explaining the events he emcees. One night he could be doing a charity dinner, the next night he could be doing a fetish festival or a swingers party. My mouth dropped wide like I was catching flies when he told us about these parties. With all due respect, people today are nuts. They look for crazy ways to get that next buzz or excitement in their life. I am not naive by any stretch of the imagination, but he was telling me nurses, teachers, doctors, and many profesionals attend these events.

I'm Mr. Milk Toast.  I Don't Get it! Doing this overnight radio show is a kick. I meet people and get to discuss overnight topics that are edgy and out of line of everyday life. I always thought I was a little off center because of my take on life. After I had this guy on, I feel like Mr. Milk Toast. He was even telling us about a website that you can go to if you're bored and get hooked up. They have close to Four MILLION subscribers. From his experience the more educated you are, the more likely you are to visit one of these festivals. He even said the WOMEN suggest these more than the men! You know the old saying, "It's a man's world and the women run it. Amen to that.

I am still happy to come home and get a nice meal, pet the doggies, and be bored. One of my e-mails to me was about my lack of education because I mis-pronunced a word. I will take being uneducated and being undersestimated any day of the week. Boredom for the Pinker is a beautiful thing. It keeps me out of trouble and festivals I should not be attending any way. If you concentrate on what you have and try to make it better you don't need this crazy crap. I don't get it!!!

Have you done anything crazy to beat boredom? Contact me to tell me about it.

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Pay Attention

5/4/2009   Comment on This

I haven't blogged in a couple of weeks. So sorry for that. I know my regular readers look for that breath of fresh air each and every week. I have been very busy like all of you out there. My producer quit last week and it's been very hectic getting a new one. There is an old saying that good help is hard to find. There is more to that. Good help is understanding what you want and need.

When looking to hire someone, I have realized that I need to ask more questions than I normally do. The job market is a desperate one and people will "sell" you on themselves if you let them. It's not about like, but more about respect. I've realized now that I am not going to worry if my producer likes me or not. No, I won't mistreat him, but it's about respecting the person's talent and getting each other to jive in the work environment. Especially when it's just the two of you against the world. Otherwise, it won't work.

Of course we all want people to like us, but at the end of the day you have to respect each other in the workplace. If you don't have that, you've got no foundation to grow on. If you're searching for a job, it's a whole lot easier believing in the company/product, ie, our radio station is a news talk station. If you're looking for fun all of the time, you've come to the wrong place.

My show is the least serious of all of our hosts, but it's not a party all of the time. Our listeners like to have fun, but they listen because most of them are conservative and the issues are compelling to them. So whether people work in radio or another business, it's important to try to match up some of your personal feelings to the company. Just don't take the job as a stepping stone or because you are desperate. At the end of it all, you'll be on the street looking again because your work will show for itself.

If you're an employer, ask a ton of questions. The more you listen, the more you know. Pay attention to body language. It's very telling.

Contact me to let me know what you think, or just to say "hello".

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Adopting Heroes

4/20/2009   Comment on This

I had the pleasure of attending a very special event this past Saturday night. My new best friend David Flood, who is one of the owners of the Chicago Slaughter indoor football team, invited my bride and myself to a fundraiser for FRC. FRC stands for a Family Resource Center that provides services for domestic and overseas adoption.

I never had to think about adopting children. I have two very healthy pains (just kidding kids). When you are not exposed to something in your world and then you become educated about it, it can really open up your eyes. I have never seen so many happy parents in one room at one time. They are spending money in these tough economic times for a near and dear cause. I am sure most of these parents tried to have kids on their own. To me, these adopting parents have a special place in heaven. They are literally taking a young, strange baby into their home and giving the child a family and a home through love and devotion. The appreciation that they have for the opportunity to adopt is quite amazing. It is very costly and one must go through a whole lengthy process.

It seems like it's all worth it to me. Many of us take what we have and our family for granted. We had kids when we wanted them and the rest is history. We have never felt the pain of this wonderful moment or had our dreams dashed because for one reason or another we couldn't have kids. The children, in my opinion, benefit the most. These parents offer a solid foundation on which to raise these kids.

It's really a beautiful thing to witness some joy in these troubling times. A few of the adopted kids who were there were young adults smiling, dancing, and loving life. In different circumstances, that may not be the case. My hat's off to these adopting parents. You are true heroes to American society. Thank you.

Have you ever adopted kids? Let me know.

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Support This True Hero

4/15/2009   Comment on This

I had James Mullen on my show the other night/morning. He is the Chicago disabled police officer who took a bullet in the face in 1996. This man has been through sheer hell and torture. He has had four heart attacks, lives in a wheelchair, and can't go outside in the cold because his body is now cold-blooded because of the shooting.

He was on the show to promote his new applesauce, which is close to his heart. It is his mom's recipe. I bring this to your attention not to feel sorry for him but to learn from the example he is setting. There are no words to describe his attitude. He is more than positive and grateful for his life. He has a wonderful wife who is a detective in the Chicago police department. He has a 12 year old daughter who was only three months old when he was shot. He is truly happy.

Here is the $64,000 question: if he is happy upbeat and positive, what the hell is wrong with many of you who go around with the glass half empty? Most of you can drive and use your limbs to do all of the things we take for granted. Man-up, folks. This recession will make all of us stronger or it will kill you. In most cases, you'll be better off for it.

In the meantime, go to Mullenfoods.com and buy some apple sauce. It's good for you and you'll be helping a true hero out. We all clap at sports events and have great lip service for our heroes, but at the end of the day we do nothing for them most of the time. I thank you and Jim Mullen does as well.

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Family Working Together

4/13/2009   Comment on This

It's nice to see family working together. Last Saturday night, I had the pleasure to emcee an event at Fitzgerald's in Berwyn. It's a classic bar that has been there for years.

I, of course, had my entourage with me: my sports guy, Dan Levy, was there to mooch my beers (LOL). Bonnie, my producer from the Chicago Overnight show, stopped by. My wife, Angel, who can't let me out of her sight was on hand, along with George Bliss, who helps me on my program, and Garry Meier, who is a Chicago radio legend (and just landed a gig at WGN).

The opening act was a group called Lobster Newburg--an unusual name, but nonetheless a great band. It features Colin Peterik, who is Jim Peterik's son. The group is fresh and exciting and had the whole crowd going. There was no bad economy gloom and doom in the air. Music is great therapy for the soul. The band played for 45 minutes and the crowd had a great time.

Jim Peterik may not be a household name, but you all know him. He started the band the Ides Of March over 40 years ago: "I'm your vehicle baby, I'll take you anywhere you want to go." He also wrote the "Eye Of The Tiger" song for Rocky III. He has a new band called Lifeforce that puts a jazz spin on all of his old music. He wrote new music as well and jammed for close to an hour and a half. His new song "Joy" is in the top 10 on the Jazz charts.

It was so cool to see father and son admire each other and really kick some ass on the stage. All of the guys in both bands were very cool. I have such admiration for musicians. I have no idea how they do it. True passion is a cool thing to witness.

Do you listen to my overnight show? Tell me what you think about it.

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Who Cares if We Get the Olympics?

4/8/2009   Comment on This

News flash! The Olympics are coming to Chicago. Why are people even thinking otherwise? We have the Bagman aka Da Mayor, Doprah, Oblah Bla and Michael Jordan. It's a dog and pony show on the road just to make us look good. This is what politics is all about. Bullsh-t. We have meetings, cocktail parties, and speeches all to make the politicians look good.

The Bagman is the most corrupt, powerful mayor in the country. Our Prez has come out of our political machine. This happens to be a great city, so the sell is very easy. I could care less if we have the Olympics. I think the cost will kill the city financially but Da Mayor will figure out how to screw the residents and businesses to make up the money. Maybe he will send the porch crews through the city and ticket everyone who has a piece of wood out of place, which he did after a porch collapsed a few years ago. Believe me, he will think of something--he always does.

The ego of Da Mayor plus his connnections to the White House assures us that we'll get the Olympics. It's seven years away, but with the political machine that keeps working, this will guarantee that Da Mayor keeps his office for as many years as he wants to be there. I have to give him credit for one thing: he stays ahead of everyone and his daddy taught him well.

Do you want the Olympics here? Tell me what you think.

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Don't Compare

4/1/2009   Comment on This

Comparison is a horrible habit to have. Let me give you a few examples. If you have kids, it's tempting to compare the negative behavior to the positive one, ie, you have two kids, one is an athlete, the other is not.

When a parent compares the two kids, it is very rare that the parent goes to the stronger athlete and advises them to help the weaker sibling. It usually goes like this: "How come you can't play baseball like your brother?"

Or someone might talk about their work situation: "My last boss was wonderful, my current boss does such and such."

How about comparing YOURSELF with others? Do you see a pattern that you always compare yourself to others who you think have a better life? Think about it. When you compare, you are not grateful, you are jealous or whiney to yourself: "I am going to do my spring break in Florida. My friends are going to Mexico. I am getting the wrong end of the stick. That's not fair."

So I say to someone who complains like that: hey dummy, you get to go away. Are you catching my drift? Don't compare yourself, your children, or anything you have because you will always be on the bottom or put the person you are talking to on the bottom.

By the way, if you don't like the situation, shut up and change it. You made the choice to do whatever you did and you are comparing because of the choices you made.

Am I being too harsh? Let me know.

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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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Mooches

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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