Blog of Geoff Pinkus (The Pinker) Tue, 13 Dec 2011 00:00:00 CST Tue, 13 Dec 2011 00:00:00 CST en-us RSS feeder Content (c) copyright 2007-2022 by Geoff Pinkus. All rights reserved worldwide. comedy Geoff Pinkus geoff.asp Tue, 13 Dec 2011 00:00:00 CST <![CDATA[The Blogger is Back]]> The blogger is back on the beat. Since the last time we were together I have lost close to 90 pounds. An amazing transition if I do say so myself. I could never stand when people would say "such and such" changed my life but I have to say that Losin Large has changed my life.

(I want to punch myself out for saying that).

Clothes fit, the chins are history and this is really Livin Large. Do yourself a favor if you have weight issue... start thinking about your health sooner rather than later. If you continue to with the same routine, one day you will be in jeopardy. Type 2 diabetes is almost a guarantee.

I started slow, working on the having a level patience that I don't normally have. Changes like this don't happen in a week and you must stick to a good routine. It's really about discipline combined with patience - most success stories are.

Whether you like it or not your image and how you look means everything. Would you respect someone with tomato sauce on their shirt trying to make a serious presentation?

Believe me, your appearance counts.

You may think I am insulting, but it's not an insult at all. It's the damn truth. Even heavy people discriminate against other heavy people.

If you a visiting this blog through the LOSINLARGE App - congratulations. Go through the App completely. I worked hard to make it right for you. I know what its like to be fat. For those of you that have a smart phone download the App now. Search for LOSINLARGE (ONE word) on either the iPhone App Store or the Android Marketplace.

I hope this holiday season is a happy one for all of you. It will be for me. When I go to parties I don't mind getting dressed. Ring a bell!!!! See you next week.

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Sun, 27 Mar 2011 00:00:00 CST <![CDATA[Radiogirl Interviews Me!]]> Hey everybody, I did an interview for the Radiogirl podcast. You can listen to it at the site, or just play it right here. I talk about my new cigar, my show, and I also give some words of advice. Hope you're motivated to do what you love.

Radiogirl Interviews Geoff Pinkus (The Pinker)

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Thu, 31 Dec 2009 00:00:00 CST <![CDATA[Get a grip on things]]> 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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Sun, 13 Dec 2009 00:00:00 CST <![CDATA[The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year]]> 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?

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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Wed, 18 Nov 2009 00:00:00 CST <![CDATA[Don't Be Bullied Into Following the Masses]]> 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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Fri, 13 Nov 2009 00:00:00 CST <![CDATA[Smoke and Mirrors for the Corporate Slave]]> 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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Sun, 8 Nov 2009 00:00:00 CST <![CDATA[Remember: can't never could]]> 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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Fri, 30 Oct 2009 00:00:00 CST <![CDATA[Sick of P/C in the Media]]> 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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Wed, 28 Oct 2009 00:00:00 CST <![CDATA[LOL LOL Ha Ha Ha]]> 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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Tue, 27 Oct 2009 00:00:00 CST <![CDATA[Happy Halloween]]> 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."


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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Fri, 4 Sep 2009 00:00:00 CST <![CDATA[Doprah - There she goes again...]]> 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 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.

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Wed, 19 Aug 2009 00:00:00 CST <![CDATA[The Pinker is Back!]]> 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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Thu, 9 Jul 2009 00:00:00 CST <![CDATA[Interview with Simon Badinter: "The French Guy"]]> 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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Tue, 7 Jul 2009 00:00:00 CST <![CDATA[Raise Your Standards]]>
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.]]> (Geoff Pinkus)
Mon, 29 Jun 2009 00:00:00 CST <![CDATA[Stop Playing the Race Card]]>
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.]]> (Geoff Pinkus)
Thu, 25 Jun 2009 00:00:00 CST <![CDATA[Michael Jackson was a CHILD MOLESTER!]]> "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.]]> (Geoff Pinkus)
Tue, 23 Jun 2009 00:00:00 CST <![CDATA[Be Professional]]> 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.]]> (Geoff Pinkus)
Tue, 16 Jun 2009 00:00:00 CST <![CDATA[Throw a Party for Charity]]> 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 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.]]> (Geoff Pinkus)
Sun, 31 May 2009 00:00:00 CST <![CDATA[Say Sorry]]>
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.]]> (Geoff Pinkus)
Thu, 21 May 2009 00:00:00 CST <![CDATA[Be a Patriot]]>
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

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. ]]> (Geoff Pinkus)
Wed, 13 May 2009 00:00:00 CST <![CDATA[Happy Being Bored]]> 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.]]> (Geoff Pinkus)
Mon, 4 May 2009 00:00:00 CST <![CDATA[Pay Attention]]> 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".]]> (Geoff Pinkus)
Mon, 20 Apr 2009 00:00:00 CST <![CDATA[Adopting Heroes]]> 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.]]> (Geoff Pinkus)
Wed, 15 Apr 2009 00:00:00 CST <![CDATA[Support This True Hero]]> 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 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.]]> (Geoff Pinkus)
Mon, 13 Apr 2009 00:00:00 CST <![CDATA[Family Working Together]]> 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.]]> (Geoff Pinkus)
Wed, 8 Apr 2009 00:00:00 CST <![CDATA[Who Cares if We Get the Olympics?]]>
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.]]> (Geoff Pinkus)
Wed, 1 Apr 2009 00:00:00 CST <![CDATA[Don't Compare]]>
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.]]> (Geoff Pinkus)
Mon, 30 Mar 2009 00:00:00 CST <![CDATA[Two Words That Will Fix Our Health Care System]]>
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.]]> (Geoff Pinkus)
Fri, 27 Mar 2009 00:00:00 CST <![CDATA[I'm back from Mexico!]]> 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!]]> (Geoff Pinkus)
Fri, 20 Mar 2009 00:00:00 CST <![CDATA[I'm in Mexico!]]> 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!]]> (Geoff Pinkus)
Sun, 15 Mar 2009 00:00:00 CST <![CDATA[My Interview with Drew Peterson]]> 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.]]> (Geoff Pinkus)
Thu, 12 Mar 2009 00:00:00 CST <![CDATA[Don't Let the Kool-Aid Kill You]]> 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]]> (Geoff Pinkus)
Mon, 9 Mar 2009 00:00:00 CST <![CDATA[Look Them in the Eye]]> 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.]]> (Geoff Pinkus)
Wed, 4 Mar 2009 00:00:00 CST <![CDATA[The City that Works It]]> 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.]]> (Geoff Pinkus)
Mon, 2 Mar 2009 00:00:00 CST <![CDATA[People Matter]]> 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.]]> (Geoff Pinkus)
Thu, 26 Feb 2009 00:00:00 CST <![CDATA[Follow Through]]> 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.]]> (Geoff Pinkus)
Mon, 23 Feb 2009 00:00:00 CST <![CDATA[Pay it Forward]]> 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.]]> (Geoff Pinkus)
Wed, 18 Feb 2009 00:00:00 CST <![CDATA[Good Selfish]]> 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.]]> (Geoff Pinkus)
Mon, 16 Feb 2009 00:00:00 CST <![CDATA[Stay the Course]]> 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.]]> (Geoff Pinkus)
Wed, 11 Feb 2009 00:00:00 CST <![CDATA[Give 'em the Benefit of the Doubt]]> 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.]]> (Geoff Pinkus)
Mon, 9 Feb 2009 00:00:00 CST <![CDATA[Have Some Class]]> 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.]]> (Geoff Pinkus)
Wed, 4 Feb 2009 00:00:00 CST <![CDATA[Stop the Blame Game]]> 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.]]> (Geoff Pinkus)
Mon, 2 Feb 2009 00:00:00 CST <![CDATA[Try Apologizing]]> 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.]]> (Geoff Pinkus)
Wed, 28 Jan 2009 00:00:00 CST <![CDATA[Have Respect!]]> 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.]]> (Geoff Pinkus)
Mon, 26 Jan 2009 00:00:00 CST <![CDATA[Don't Be a Moron]]> 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.]]> (Geoff Pinkus)
Thu, 22 Jan 2009 00:00:00 CST <![CDATA[It's About You, Not Him]]> 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.]]> (Geoff Pinkus)
Mon, 19 Jan 2009 00:00:00 CST <![CDATA[Calling is Better]]> 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.]]> (Geoff Pinkus)
Wed, 14 Jan 2009 00:00:00 CST <![CDATA[It's the Weather, Sherlock]]> 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.]]> (Geoff Pinkus)
Mon, 12 Jan 2009 00:00:00 CST <![CDATA[Mooches]]> 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.]]> (Geoff Pinkus)
Wed, 7 Jan 2009 00:00:00 CST <![CDATA[Go for it!]]> 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.]]> (Geoff Pinkus)
Mon, 5 Jan 2009 00:00:00 CST <![CDATA[Tonight's the Night!]]> 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.]]> (Geoff Pinkus)
Wed, 31 Dec 2008 00:00:00 CST <![CDATA[Big Possums Walk Late]]> As this year winds down, I would like to take a moment to tell the folks out there that anything is possible in the New Year. This blog does have my opinion, but quite frankly I write it to open up the eyes of the "gray" thinkers out there.

In my world, there is black or white. Period. You're either good or evil. This is how the Pinker's mind works. One year ago, I didn't have a job. My real estate show on WIND was canceled on December 15th. I was in real estate. Like I said, I didn't have a job. The radio station gave me a tremendous opportunity to sell for them. They also gave me a couple of hours each week to do my show "Livin Large with Geoff Pinkus" on Sundays from 5-7 PM.

If you think and ACT correctly, anything can happen. In a little less than one year, I have achieved over 100% of my radio budget. Who said times are tough? You just have to work a little longer and smarter to get there. My Sunday show is a massive hit, and starting January 5th at the strike of midnight, which technically is the 6th, I will be doing an overnight show from midnight until 4 in the morning on AM 560 WIND.

For those of you who enjoy radio but don't know the business side, let me explain to you that this is HUGE. Chicago is the number three market in the nation behind New York and LA. This opportunity doesn't just happen. WIND has a huge history and is a major player in the news/talk venue in Chicago. Folks, going from my Sunday show which I will still be doing is like going from Triple A to the major leagues, plain and simple.

I hope you will join the fun starting next week. We'll take calls on the "underdog" shift at 312-642-5600. You can also listen online if you go to this very web site. Just think: a year ago I had little going. With the grace of God and a little work and luck along the way, it's been an amazing year.

If you are in a similar position, just look to me for inspiration. I realize that is a scary thought, but if I can get up off of the ground at 53 years old, you can too.

Speaking of baseball: as Harry Caray used to say when the Cubbies were coming back, "BIG POSSUMS WALK LATE." See you this Monday and have a safe and happy new year.

What are you doing for the New Year? Do you have any resolutions? Contact me to let me know.]]> (Geoff Pinkus)
Mon, 29 Dec 2008 00:00:00 CST <![CDATA[Good Help is Hard to Find]]> One of the topics on last night's show was how to find good sales help. We had Dan Mahony on, who is a national sales manager for a company that sells high-end equipment to dentists. He manages 80 sales people who call on 140,000 dental offices. I would say he is very qualified.

My sales ability is excellent, but my hiring ability sucks. I seem to want it more for my sales people than they want it themselves. Dan advises I have to basically shut up in the interview and stop selling them. Dan also advises that a candidate should prepare by knowing a little bit about the company before they come to the interview. They should pitch me on the radio station and why they should get hired instead of the other way around.

I am also way too impatient in the process and need to ask questions and more questions and keep the candidate talking. They will either talk themselves in or out of the job. There is really no way of monitoring the person's motivation. There are many people who are professional interviewers but aren't worth a damn. By having the candidate talk and talk, hopefully I will be able to read the situation a little better.

I am great in judging a person's character but obviously not too swift on picking the right candidates. I received an e-mail from a listener that said I shouldn't knock the people when I don't go out and sell myself. I do, in fact, go out and talk to sponsors all of the time. They obviously don't know that.

I also love the cowardly way people send an e-mail with no name or e-mail address, so there is no way to respond to their stupidity. If you are going to e-mail me, at least have the guts to leave an e-mail address so I can explain the other side. The phantom e-mailer was right about one thing, though: I kept calling one of my guests Ron when his name was Rich. My bad totally. If the phantom had the stones, they would open themselves up for some confrontation.

Oh my goodness--taking it and giving it. I give it Big Time on the show. I can also take the criticism. I would just like to respond to a person, not a "your name" and have it blank. I hope they keep listening in. There no such thing as bad press. Just ask Amy Jacobson.

If you want to hear my interview with Dan Mahony, go to my podcast page and choose "Hour 1 Part 1" from the December 28 show.

And if you want to contact me, click here.]]> (Geoff Pinkus)
Wed, 24 Dec 2008 00:00:00 CST <![CDATA[I'll say it: Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah!]]> The holidays are here. It blows my mind that people get offended if someone says Merry Christmas or Happy Hanukkah. What's the difference and who really cares? The world has gotten so politically correct, it makes me sick. Wishing someone a Merry Christmas or a Happy Hanukkah only means "Have a happy, safe whatever." Why do we always look for trouble? When you look for trouble, you'll find it every time.

I didn't celebrate Christmas until I married out of my faith. Growing up, people wished me a Merry Christmas all the time. I didn't stop and say, "What about the Jews? I don't celebrate the holiday." I merrily went along and wished them Merry Christmas in return.

One should take the meaning of Christmas as a time for celebration, family, friends, love, warmth, and peace. I have a great time during the holidays because our family celebrates both Hanukkah and Christmas. My kids are the ones that really make out because there are eight days of Hanukkah. They don't get something huge every night, but they do get a gift. One might say this is a little over-the-top. Quite frankly it is, but my wife and I decided long ago that the kids would be spoiled during the holidays and their birthdays. They don't get an iPhone on a Tuesday in August. I look forward to giving them things because it makes me feel good that we can do a few extra things this time of the year. The economy has affected our family as well, but we set aside a few bucks each month for us to have a good Christmas.

I hope everyone who reads my blog has a safe, happy, and healthy holiday. Things will turn around--they always do. I have good advice that a dear friend once told me that I would like to share with all of you: for the New Year, think only about what you want as opposed to what you don't want or don't have. This applies to all aspects of your life. Adversity prepares us for greatness. You just have to get your head out of the sand to see the opportunity, or you'll miss it. With all the adversity that has come along for people this year, many great things are going to happen to them next year. You truly have to believe and think that way. Are you ready for the opportunity?

Here's the most important thing of all: when the opportunity or idea comes, ACT on it. If you don't, the idea wanes into the atmosphere, and opportunity is lost. You are only a dreamer at that point. You are responsible for you. Only you can make it happen for you. You are responsible for your own happiness in life. Happiness just doesn't come. Happiness is a luxury that you have to pursue. Nothing comes easy. What fun would there be if it did?

Enjoy and have a great time wherever and whatever you are doing. See you on the radio!

Click here to contact me.]]> (Geoff Pinkus)
Mon, 22 Dec 2008 00:00:00 CST <![CDATA[Some People Wouldn't Know What Gratitude Was Even if It Bit Them]]> Last night on our show I had a wonderful opportunity to give away tickets for a spectacular event at the Meadows Club in Rolling Meadows for New Year's Eve. The cost of the tickets is $700 per couple. It includes a full open bar, seven-course dinner, top flight entertainment, a midnight champagne toast, and free valet parking. What else could you want for FREE?

The guy who won the first giveaway asked what kinds of drinks would be served: "What is the liquor situation--call brand or top shelf?"

Are you kidding me? This guy would be at home making a banquet TV dinner for himself and he is picky about the bar? Where is the grace? What about being grateful? I made a joke about the caller, and he e-mailed me saying he hasn't won anything in 25 years and said all of this other B.S. on what he expects. He also said that if I was really Livin' Large, I should smoke a cigar and drink some high-end cocktails during my show. He must not get out much.

Last year on January 1st, the State of Illinois passed a law saying that you could not smoke inside ANY building such as a studio, restaurant, bar, etc. No smoking, period. The only place you can smoke a good cigar is in a cigar lounge that has a special license.

The economy sucks, and people would give anything to get out for a special night with their significant other, and this guy is complaining. Dealing with the public can get old at times. I really don't understand what makes some people tick. You have to work at being grateful and happy. It just doesn't come automatically. I wouldn't be surprised if this listener calls to complain after the event. I feel sorry for whoever he is bringing. The club is absolutely beautiful and the food is great as well.

There are some people you just can't please. Hopefully I will be pleasantly surprised. Maybe he'll write me a thank-you note. I better put down the egg nog. What the hell am I thinking?

What are you doing during the holidays? Let me know.]]> (Geoff Pinkus)
Wed, 17 Dec 2008 00:00:00 CST <![CDATA[Jerry! Jerry!]]> A few months back, I had the pleasure of going to a fundraiser for our troops. I met Todd, who produces the Jerry Springer show. He invited the Livin' Large radio crew and me to a taping of the show.

At first I wasn't interested, but Frank E. Boy persuaded me to go to the show. We had VIP seats and were treated like royalty. The perks of being a big time radio host comes in handy from time to time.

The show was absolutely nuts! It was a combination of a circus freak wrestling extravaganza. Where they get those people for the show is beyond me. What blows my mind is that there are people who would stoop to that level to go to a show of that sort for a few minutes of fame. I was embarrassed for them and felt like I needed to take a shower to rinse the stench off. The best part was watching Jerry do the show. Actually, he really has to do nothing. He shows up, reads a few lines from a teleprompter, and has index cards on all of the guests. He has the greatest job in show business. He throws the peanuts to the animals and watches them kill each other for millions of dollars each year. He turns 65 this year and has been doing it for eighteen years. What a gig. He is also very friendly with the audience. Nice to see talent acting like a human being. Unlike most of the audience, he is the only human in the building. The rest of the guests are animals masquerading in human skin. When will people start to get that this doesn't look good on the old resume? Pardon me, I'm not thinking correctly. The prerequisite to get on that show is being illiterate.

Je-rry, Je-rry, Je-rry!

Do you like Jerry Springer? Let me know.]]> (Geoff Pinkus)
Mon, 15 Dec 2008 00:00:00 CST <![CDATA[Manly Massage]]> I realize that we are in a recession but sometimes, especially in these times, it's nice to treat yourself.

I have this great sponsor called Asha Salon. They really know how do do it right. I have had a massage, facial, manicure, and YES a pedicure in the last few weeks. The people who work there are awesome. They are highly trained and they treat you like a king or queen. It's a wonderful way to get away for a mini-vacation. It's quiet and relaxing and a great way to gather your thoughts. It isn't inexpensive, but compared to a small vacation or a couple of nights in the city, it's very reasonable.

These are tough times on the mind. When you go into Asha, you forget about your troubles for awhile, and a person concentrates on *you* for a change. Doesn't that sound nice? The atmosphere is wonderful. You get offered tea or water with cucumber or lemon. You receive a nice hand massage, and they give you a warm neck pillow to relax before your treatment.

If this doesn't sound like your cup of tea, consider getting someone you care about a gift certificate for the holidays. Take care of yourself, and you will be better prepared to take care of the people who are important in your life.

I wasn't one for this kind of thing. But the old saying "Don't knock it 'til you've tried it" certainly applies. My co-host Amy Jacobson is getting a massage this week. She balked when I suggested to her that we do a "platonic" couples massage.

Listen in this Sunday between 5 and 7 PM for the happy details. I am going in for the body elixir (!)--I have no idea what it is, but it sounds intriguing.

Have you ever gone to a spa or had a manicure or massage? Share your story.]]> (Geoff Pinkus)
Wed, 10 Dec 2008 00:00:00 CST <![CDATA[Choices]]> With the holiday season upon us, I want you all to know that the choices we make today can haunt us tomorrow.

Please don't drink and drive. I know you've heard it a million times, but if you hurt or kill yourself or someone, the pain is everlasting. Watch the company you keep and the parties you go to. With YouTube, if you make the slightest indiscretion, the whole world will know about it.

Believe me, there are people out there who would sabotage your life. For some reason, misery loves company and for whatever reason at this time of the year, people are a little crazier and more depressed than usual. It's a wonderful time of the year in my book. But not everyone is reading my story.

I really and truly think most people are good. That being said, you must stay on guard until you know people. Don't automatically trust someone as soon as you meet them. What I'm writing might sound a bit mistrusting. It's not intended to be at all. I just think that it's a good reminder, especially about the choices you make and the people you hang around with this time of year.

I hope everyone is enjoying the weather and the atmosphere. It's a glorious time.

Write me to let me know how you are doing.]]> (Geoff Pinkus)
Mon, 8 Dec 2008 00:00:00 CST <![CDATA[A Big Responsibility]]> I have been doing my Sunday night radio show for a little over nine months, and I am starting to realize how much of a responsibility it has become. I mean this in the most positive way. Listeners are starting to depend on hearing the show each week.

With my new show starting up January 5th from 12-4 AM, I can just imagine how many people I will be able to keep company and entertain. I like the "underdog" shift. I think overnights have been a throw-away in radio far too long.

As big as Chicago is, we only have one other station with a local show. I realize that we don't have the quantity of people listening, but we do have the quality. In morning and afternoon drive, everyone is rushing to and from work, picking up the kids, making dinner, and going nuts. The overnight shift is quiet. It gives you time to LISTEN. Workers are looking for company, and I have this wonderful opportunity to be it.

I received an e-mail from a listener yesterday complimenting my direct style and wondering what he should tell his friends about wanting to sit out the holiday season. He has no family to speak of (he lost both of his parents and has no brothers or sisters) and wanted to ask me what to tell people when they invite him over.

My advice to him was to either make up a white lie, or be totally honest. If he did make up a white lie, he should stick to it. He could say, "I am going over to my neighbor's house but if something changes, you'll be the first to know."

My own explanation would be something like, "I appreciate the invitation very much, but the holiday time for me is a little bit of a bummer and I wouldn't be good company, so thanks but no thanks." Polite, simple, and direct.

To me this comes easily, but to many people it doesn't. This is the responsibility I am talking about. People look to me to help, entertain, and give my opinion. It is truly an honor and a pleasure, and I can't tell you how much I look forward to doing my new show starting in January to continue this glorious ride.

What do you think? Contact me--I like reading emails!]]> (Geoff Pinkus)
Wed, 3 Dec 2008 00:00:00 CST <![CDATA[My New Overnight Show!]]> I am very excited to announce that I will be doiing an overnight show starting January 5th from midnight until 4 AM, five days a week, Monday through Friday, on AM 560 WIND.

Chicago is the THIRD largest radio market in the country. At the present time, there is only one other local show on overnight. The radio market in all areas is taking a bath. Syndication is practically a reality on all radio stations all over the country. It's very cost-effective for stations but adds no local flavor to the city. Chicago is a "homer" town. We are too big to care what goes on all over the country. That is why it's so incredible that I have this chance to entertain and inform the 3rd shift.

I have nothing but respect for the truckers, nurses, doormen, convenient store workers, etc. who work that shift. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

That being said, in this economy with people being negative about the sky falling, it goes to show that if you think positive, work hard, and maintain a good work ethic, good things can happen.

The media preaches doom and gloom. This is what sells for some reason. Don't listen to the news or read the papers if you're going to be affected by it. I know what's going on. How can you avoid not knowing? The key is to literally put the horse blinders on and go forward.

The rich get rich because they know that a long-term strategy is the key to life. They believe in family and friends. They realize good and bad is going to happen. The biggest thing they do is stay the course. You must stay the course and not constantly react to every bad thing you hear.

My show is going to be fun and positive. Please tell all of the people you know that they have a friend at night starting January 5th on AM 560 WIND, from midnight until 4 AM. If all goes well, I will be on until 5!!

What do you want to hear on my new show? Contact me and let me know!]]> (Geoff Pinkus)
Mon, 1 Dec 2008 00:00:00 CST <![CDATA[My House, Animal House]]> AHHHH--The kids are back in college. I loved every minute of both my kids being home for Thanksgiving. That being said, the house was tossed upside down.

My son had a party that would have made the Animal House movie proud. There were wall-to-wall kids that made Disney World look vacant. I have to say, I don't miss those when they are away. My son is a chip off the old block. A real BS artist.

He told my wife and myself how much he appreciates us sending him to a good school. Our reward was tickets to some downtown comedy club. On Thanksgiving he said, "Mom and Dad, I love you and here are some tickets. Happy Thanksgiving."

On the way downtown, my wife and I were beaming that our son was finally starting to mature. Yeah right. We had a great time, and when we got home, we had to walk a block just to get to the house. Wall-to-wall cars. The word was out: the Pinkuses are having a party!

The next day, the basement was trashed. Dirty carpeting, cigar ashes, and a whole array of other souvenirs. Being an empty-nester is not so bad after all.

I can't wait to see what's in store for the Christmas holidays. He'll be back in 17 days, but who's counting?]]> (Geoff Pinkus)
Wed, 26 Nov 2008 00:00:00 CST <![CDATA[Have a Laugh]]> If you go on to the homepage of my website, you will see a hilarious picture of me not wearing any pants with my suit coat on. The other day I went to work out at the gym that is in the radio station's office building. I took the usual toiletries, suit, socks, shoes, etc. After my shower, I was dressing and discovered that my pants were not on the hanger that my suit coat was on. Oh my God!!

I would have left and gone home immediately, but the station had a mandatory meeting. If I left and went home, I would have not made it back on time. So being The Pinker, I went through the building in my shorts and suit coat. BEAUTIFUL. People on the elevator thought I lost my mind. I came into the station and immediately went to our GM and asked him permission to leave for obvious reasons. He declined and I showed up in my uniform.

Everyone had a great laugh, including me, and I realized in these tough economic times, that I was able to deliver some comic relief at my expense. I never had minded in the past and quite frankly enjoyed people being more embarrassed for me than I was embarrassed for myself.

I actually wasn't embarrassed. I thought it was funny and got to thinking that most people take themselves way too seriously. Lighten up a little. We are ALL flawed creatures that make mistakes daily. Laugh at yourself. It's quite healthy. It keeps you grounded and makes you realize that we all make mistakes. Be thankful that God made us flawed. Wouldn't it be boring if we were all so perfect?

Enjoy yourself and Happy Thanksgiving.

I'll still be checking my email during the holiday weekend so contact me and say "hello"!]]> (Geoff Pinkus)
Mon, 24 Nov 2008 00:00:00 CST <![CDATA[Be Thankful!]]> Back in the Depression and the days when Americans had way less money, people had to deal with people because this is all they had. Because of financial hardship, many families were extended and had to live with each other, especially when we had World War II apartments and housing was very tough to come by.

Money in many cases separates us, for what ever reason. Jealousy, competition, keeping up with the Joneses. Back in the day, we all knew our neighbors. How many of us can say that today? Most of us hardly have anything to do with our neighborhood because we pull into our fancy garage and close the door. I'm not saying that having a few bucks isn't a good thing or that there is such a thing as poor and happy.

All I am saying is that in these tough economical times, it's time to rely on people, not the mighty dollar. It's time to learn not to define one's self on the net worth that thy possess. Many folks, especially men, do this. Hopefully we learn that our families and friends are the most important things in life. Things will get better--they always do.

The pendulum has swung a little more than usual, but things will come back. We live in the greatest country in the world. This week count your blessings, give your spouse a little more love. Tell your kids how much you love them. Find out who lives next door to you. I hope all of our listeners out there have the greatest Thanksgiving. God bless this great country and all of you.

Feel free to say hello to me--I love hearing from listeners! ]]> (Geoff Pinkus)
Wed, 19 Nov 2008 00:00:00 CST <![CDATA[Thanksgiving Thinking]]> With Thanksgiving approaching and many college students returning home to enjoy the holiday, I started to think back about the parents and kids I have met through the years. I always loved the kids, but the parents (in many cases) and their views on life (at least in my neck of the woods) seemed to get on my nerves.

Today's mommies and daddies are all about making the kids feel good. "Oh my gosh--the teacher yelled at my child!" or "The coach benched my son or daughter who, by the way, will be going pro some day."

Yeah right--your kid and every other kid. What the hell is wrong with some life lessons for the youngsters today? Do you think parents today are doing the kids a favor by them always having to feel good?

I get sick and tired of this crap. Be honest with them. Crap happens, and will, to all of us from time to time. Lets face it: life is hard, period. We have to work at happiness and not let the everyday stuff get us down. That's right: work. It's not a dirty word. Entitlement is. Look around you. Kids today feel like they are entitled more than ever. Who raised them this way?

Another pet peeve is the parents that come from the school of "not my child": "He would never do drugs, have sex, drink, whatever."

Wake up!!! The school you should come from is "so far, so good". For example, both of my kids have caused my wife and myself little or no grief. One is 21 and one is 18, and both are in college. When someone asks me how the kids are, I say "So far so good, they are great." Thanks for asking. I don't go around like Mr. Parent saying "My kid would never do this or that" or "My kid is the best".

You never know. Things can change in a blink of an eye...Keep this in mind Mom or Dad when you have the holier than thou attitude. You think it's the light at the end of the tunnel? Incorrect--it's the train coming down the track. Have a great Thanksgiving.

Feel free to contact me to let me know what you think.]]> (Geoff Pinkus)
Mon, 17 Nov 2008 00:00:00 CST <![CDATA[Why I'm Thankful]]> We were Livin' Large last night on the show. We had delicious gourmet food delivered to us by our friends from Carlos Restaurant in Highland Park, Illinois. They have carried a superb 5-star rating for their outstanding cuisine.

We had the owner, Carlos, and his lovely wife, Debbie, on the program. To complement the great food, Tom Jeris from the International House of Wine and Cheese in Richmond, Illinois poured some great wine.

Thanksgiving is right around the corner. I am very thankful that we get a chance to inform and entertain our audience each and every Sunday. Amy Jacobson is finally getting the hang of radio. Taking yourself seriously with me is bad for business. Amy is now having a great time. Sometimes these local celebrities have to get a small dose of reality. We are happy to oblige on the "Man's Show".

Listen to my show at my podcast page.

Contact me and tell me what you think of the show.]]> (Geoff Pinkus)
Wed, 12 Nov 2008 00:00:00 CST <![CDATA[Bail Out]]> What are we teaching our kids if we constantly are bailing out the businesses that made terrible decisions? I don't want to see workers lose their jobs. That being said, take GM for an example. The workers and the union stuck it to them so much that there is $1500 PER CAR of health benefits for each worker in a General Motors car compared to $115 worth of health benefits in a Toyota.

I am no foreign car lover, but we all vote with our wallets. Why should we pay for less quality and more money just because of a GM car? They made bad business decisions, period. If they go, they go, period.

Should the government also bail out the morons who signed the mortgage papers without realizing what was at stake? Where is the accountability? Should I tell my kids that if they make a bad decision and not study, only to get a bad grade on a test, that Daddy will run and complain to the professor?

This country really has gotten soft. It has nothing to do with being a Democrat or Republican. Remember Harry Truman? His nickname was "Give em hell Harry." He was one tough customer whose motto was "The buck stops here." I know times have changed, but certain principles apply. Don't blame other people for your mistakes. Be accountable. Seek wisdom and take action and you will live a productive life.

Email me and tell me what you think.]]> (Geoff Pinkus)
Mon, 10 Nov 2008 00:00:00 CST <![CDATA[Off the Plane]]> Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, and Oprah Winfrey were flying on Obama's private plane. Obama looked at Oprah, chuckled and said, "You know, I could throw a $1,000 bill out of the window right now and make somebody very happy."

Oprah shrugged her shoulders and replied, "I could throw ten $100 bills out of the window and make ten people very happy."

Michelle added, "That being the case, I could throw one hundred $10 bills out of the window and make a hundred people very happy."

Hearing their exchange, the pilot rolled his eyes and said to his co-pilot, "Such big-shots back there. I could throw all of their asses out of the window and make 56 million people very happy."

Think this is funny? Let me know.]]> (Geoff Pinkus)
Wed, 5 Nov 2008 00:00:00 CST <![CDATA[Manners Matter]]> With the holidays coming up, I have been thinking about my kids coming home. They both go to major universities.

I was at a party the other night, and the topic of conversation was where all of our kids go to school. It's amazing to me the "bragging" rights that parents have about where their kids go to school: "Mine goes to Illinois," "My kid goes to Stanford," "My kid goes to Harvard." Blah, blah, blah--you get the idea.

Frankly, school is overrated, but you have to go. It's overrated BUT you have to go. So many of our successful people such as Bill Gates didn't finish college. The only thing that separates us from one college to the next is our first job. I would take a kid with will over skill any day. It's not where you go, it's what you do with the degree.

I am not saying one should not do their best to get into a good school. It's just that instead of pressuring their child about where to go to school, the pressure should be on them to have some good manners and social skills. Shake an adult's hand firmly. Look them in the eye. Have some grace. Say: "Hello, how are you? It's nice to see you," "It's nice to meet you," etc.

It's amazing to me that many kids from ALL areas would get an F in social skills. Good school, bad school, sad school--if Mommy and Daddy don't start to teach these kids social skills and manners, Obama or no Obama, this country is in a heap of trouble.

Do you agree? Let me know what you think!
]]> (Geoff Pinkus)
Mon, 3 Nov 2008 00:00:00 CST <![CDATA[Will there be riots?]]> Wow! Last night's show was explosive.

One of my guests was Paul Huebl, who is a former Chicago cop. He now resides in California and works as a private investigator in California and Arizona. He is from the old Mayor Daley era: shoot and ask questions later. Paul has strong ties to the Chicago Police force and predicts a major riot in Grant Park whether Obama wins or loses. He feels Mayor Daley is nuts to encourage the citizens of Chicago to go to Grant Park--the past history of the Chicago Bulls championships and the Martin Luther King assassination is fueling his opinion.

The phones lit up for both sides. The Chicago Police force rank and file is at an all-time low. They are working without a contract, and many of the areas that need two-man cars have one. Chicago is becoming the murder capital of the country because of the depleted police force. More officers each day are retiring and new officers aren't being added at the pace needed to keep our great city safe.

Many callers agreed with Paul, but many also felt he was a racist. I don't know how he could have been accused of racism. He was just giving out the facts, ma'am. Our last caller who was African-American was the best when he went on record saying, "Man they are gonna tear e'm up."

Enough said. Talk radio is a riot. (No pun intended)

You can listen to my November 2 interview with Paul at my Podcast page (click on Hour 1 Part 1).

What do you think? Let me know!]]> (Geoff Pinkus)
Wed, 29 Oct 2008 00:00:00 CST <![CDATA[Obama's Redistribution Plan in Action]]> The other day, I went out for lunch with a friend to a pretty nice restaurant in the City. On my way in, I encountered a homeless gentleman with an Obama button on his shirt. When I arrived at the restaurant, we were seated by a hostess that was an Obama supporter as well. She was wearing an Obama tie. The waiter ALSO was wearing an Obama tie and button.

The one thing I noticed about the two restaurant workers is that they were under 25. As much as I am against Obama, I have to admit he has done one helluva job going after the young idealistic voter.

When lunch was over, I went outside and delivered my tip to the homeless man. I had fun making our waiter work his ass off: "I need more water. Can you bring over some hot sauce? Why is the portion so small?" etc.

I am not in the habit of doing this, but I have to admit it was fun. I purposely wanted to make the point of income distribution. The waiter worked very hard for his tip. The homeless guy is a lazy bum preying on people for handouts.

Welcome to voting for Obama and his philosophy. I went back into the restaurant and could see that the waiter was really pissed off that I stiffed him. I confronted him with what just happened and he told me to go F myself. I guess the truth does hurt.

What do you think? Let me know!]]> (Geoff Pinkus)
Mon, 27 Oct 2008 00:00:00 CST <![CDATA[Man Boobs]]> Amy Jacobson, my co-host on the Livin Large Show, is starting a segment each week on men's news. This week, plastic surgery was the topic of conversation.

The number one plastic surgery for men is breast reduction. Oh my man boobs.

I always swore that I would never have plastic surgery. That being said, if my boobs started to sag, I would go under the knife. I can't imagine taking my shirt off at the pool and having breasts. The thought of it makes me sick. If I had a big nose or a large ass or many other flaws from God, I wouldn't have surgery.

The only preventive surgery I did have was a vasectomy. I had no choice in that matter. It was either getting cut off from sex or getting cut. I chose option B. Women, in my opinion, use sex as a weapon. Unfortunately it works. That's why I do the Man's Show.

You can listen to the October 26 show with Amy's new Men's News segment at my Podcast page.

What do you think? Tell me!

]]> (Geoff Pinkus)
Wed, 22 Oct 2008 00:00:00 CST <![CDATA[My Pal Sal]]> I had Salamander, who is Dennis Miller's sidekick/co-host, on my show. Sal loves a great martini. When they do the show, Dennis Miller is in a different location, but it sounds like they're sitting next to each other.

Next time I talk to him, I want to ask him if he drinks while he does the show, and also how he got the name Sal. I know his real name is David Weiss.

I should try to get him on again--I'll let you know when.

You can listen to my September 21 interview with Sal at my Podcast page (click on Hour 1 Part 1).

What do you think? Tell me!]]> (Geoff Pinkus)
Mon, 20 Oct 2008 00:00:00 CST <![CDATA[Joe and Doprah]]> Yesterday, I had Joe Jammer on the show, who's an accomplished guitar player. Joe has played in many bands for the past several years. He said Ringo Starr is the most down-to-earth musician he has played with.

He also accompanied Joe Cocker for a couple of weeks, who was acid tripping the whole time he played with him. Joe also played with Led Zeppelin and was a roadie for The Who when he started.

He dished a little dirt about Oprah: Joe received a call from Oprah's people, who asked him to do a guitar sound track for the show. Joe gave them his fee and Oprah balked, claiming he should do it for nothing so it would look good on his resume. Excuse me, Ringo and the rest of the gang. He doesn't need Doprah. Joe did the gig anyway just because he is a good guy.

I wouldn't have done it. Would the infamous self-righteous Doprah work for free? Yeah right.

You can listen to my October 19 interview with Joe at my Podcast page (click on Hour 1 Part 1).

What do you think? Tell me!]]> (Geoff Pinkus)
Wed, 15 Oct 2008 00:00:00 CST <![CDATA[I Wanted More]]> This week I interviewed Phillip Carlo, who's written several books on crime. His latest book is Gaspipe: Confessions of a Mafia Boss, which marks the first time a mob family member has granted complete and total access to a journalist.

Phillip Carlo actually grew up right next to Gaspipe, a guy who has inside information on what happened to Jimmy Hoffa and John F. Kennedy. Gaspipe had a stranglehold on the unions and had a very good but unusual relationship with the Russian mob. He hired police officers to carry out killings for him.

Philip also wrote the book The Ice Man. The Ice Man's name is Richard Kuklinski, who had a hand in over 200 contract mob killings. The trail of murder lasted over thirty years and took Kuklinski all over the earth including Brazil, Asia, and Europe. Along the way he got married and had three children and was even active in his church, but his family never suspected a thing.

Philip had me on the edge of my seat and made me and my listeners want more.

You can listen to my October 12 interview with Philip at my Podcast page (click on Hour 1 Part 1 and Hour 1 Part 2).

What do you think? Tell me!]]> (Geoff Pinkus)
Mon, 13 Oct 2008 00:00:00 CST <![CDATA[Too Much Heat]]> Sometimes I get crazy e-mails from my listeners. One guy from the South wanted to say "F-you" to my face but didn't have the guts to leave his phone number or e-mail address. Typical sneaky Southerner who can give it but can't take it.

The other one was from a trucker in Texas who told me that sandals is an acceptable form of shoe if you live in a hot place. I disagree.

He didn't want to leave me his cell phone number because he was "afraid" that I would do a prank phone call. This guy sounds like the Teamsters should throw him out. I am extremely respectful of truckers in this country--they haul our goods 24 hours a day, coast to coast. But this Yo-Yo wears sandals and doesn't have the stones to leave me his number, yet says he's funny and wants to come on my show.

I think he's been in the heat too long.
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What do you think? Tell me!]]> (Geoff Pinkus)
Wed, 8 Oct 2008 00:00:00 CST <![CDATA[Don't Be Rude]]> I had Mike Adamle on my show this week. Mike has been in TV for close to thirty years. He now subs on NBC 5 now and then, and has worked for CBS 2 and ABC 7. He is the General Manager of the WWE--it's the number one rated show on the USA network.

That being said, when he is asked to be on a radio show, he should respect the host and appreciate the opportunity to plug his show.

Unfortunately, this was not the case. He was in a loud locker room making chit-chat with the wrestlers during the interview. When I asked a question, he said, "What? I didn't hear that." That is extremely rude and bad etiquette amongst broadcasters. Can you imagine doing that to him? Not a chance. He would have one of his wrestlers body slam you.

You can listen to my October 5 interview with Mike at my Podcast page (click on Hour 1 Part 1).

What do you think? Tell me!]]> (Geoff Pinkus)
Mon, 6 Oct 2008 00:00:00 CST <![CDATA[Happy Trails!]]> What's up with the people who ride those damn bicycles, especially on the weekend?! Don't they realize that the road is for cars?!

When you have to get into the other lane and possibly have a head-on, they could care less. If you give them the slightest horn, you get the finger.

With the world becoming an angrier place these days because of the economy and all that is going on, these folks better watch out. One day they will become casualties of road rage, and I hate to say it. It's the only thing that I think will cure them.

Happy trails.

What do you think? Tell me!]]> (Geoff Pinkus)
Wed, 1 Oct 2008 00:00:00 CST <![CDATA[Rick Kaempfer is Livin Large]]> I had Rick Kaempfer on the show this past Sunday. Rick is a former producer who has worked with the Greats in Chicago radio. I enjoyed talking with him, but the fun part was off the air. We got the "411" on the diva radio personalities in Chicago.

It's truly amazing--instead of being grateful for being able to talk for a living, some of our hosts think their crap doesn't stink. Don't they get it? When they get canned, their reputation follows.

Oh, I forgot--they are Talent. They can do anything they want. The trouble is in radio, now more than ever, one must go the extra mile to be advertising-friendly and promote their show on their own time. It's a business, not a job. Unfortunately, Talent for the most part doesn't get it.

You can listen to my September 28 interview with Rick at my Podcast page (click on Hour 2 Part 1).

What do you think? Tell me!]]> (Geoff Pinkus)
Mon, 29 Sep 2008 00:00:00 CST <![CDATA[Take Off the Cap]]> Respect is a big thing that is lacking in this country. One of the biggest problems our country has is lack of respect for money. This is why we are in such a mess. It's easy to blame the government for the mess we are in. The fact of the matter is, no one put a gun to any head to sign mortgage papers to buy real estate.

Which leads to me my Cap Theory. I am from the old school, and in my day when you sat down for a meal, you would take off your cap. Go into a restaurant today and witness the utter disrespect of guys not taking off their caps. Lack of respect. What's even worse is that they wear the cap backwards! If the manufacturer wanted the back to be on the front, they would have designed it differently!

Go to a sporting event today and witness what goes on: THESE MORONS that are wearing caps don't have the decency to take them off while our American national anthem is played.

If we started to respect our money and our country, we would be far better off.

See my uncensored Rant about my Cap Theory at the American Rant Network (click on "Take Off the Cap").

What do you think? Tell me!]]> (Geoff Pinkus)
Mon, 22 Sep 2008 00:00:00 CST <![CDATA[Why my Wife is Livin Large: Sarah Palin]]> John McCain is a genius for picking Sarah Palin. She is the ultimate fantasy for the Man's Show. Men want to live large by fantasizing about her. Take off the glasses Sarah and let your hair down. Hot.

I told my wife about this and she doesn't blame me at all. As a matter of fact, she agreed. She said: "What man wouldn't want Sarah Palin?"

Is that the response most men would get from their wives? I think not. She understands that our sexual appetites grow daily. She also understands that I better spend my appetite on her. She is truly Livin Large.

See my uncensored Rant about Sarah Palin at the American Rant Network (click on "Oh Sara!").

What do you think? Tell me!]]> (Geoff Pinkus)
Thu, 29 May 2008 00:00:00 CST <![CDATA[Buying vs Renting]]> I'm out of ideas this week for a blog so I'll use an email someone sent me.

Buying vs Renting

I did the math on the Paul McCartney-Heather Mills divorce. After 5 years of marriage, he paid her $49 million. Assuming he banged her every night during their 5 year relationship (and being married men, we all know THAT doesn't happen), it ends up costing him $26,849 per lay, not counting attorney's fees and court costs. On the other hand, Elliot Spitzer's call girl Kristen charges $4,000 an hour. Crazy, right?


Had Paul McCartney employed Kristen for 5 years, he would've paid $7.3 million for an hour of sex every night for 5 years (a savings of $41+million). Value-added benefits are: a 22 year old hot babe, no begging, no coaxing, never a headache, wide open menu, ability to put BOTH legs around you, no bitching and complaining or "to do" lists. Best of all, she leaves when you're done and comes back the next day ready for another round. All at 1/7th the cost, with no legal fees.

Is it just me, or is it better to rent?]]> (Geoff Pinkus) Mon, 19 May 2008 00:00:00 CST <![CDATA[Wash Your Hands!]]>

As long as my co host is talking about the crapper, I thought I would add one thing and move on to more important issues like prom.

Wash you damn hands!

I can't believe any body in this day and age would not wash their hands. Especially after they get out of the crapper. Being the parent of a high school student as many folks who listen to the show know, is no picnic at times. Most of the time all you have to do is look forward and you can see why many of these kids are idiots - Look at mom and dad.

Last weekend the prom was held at our high school. After the prom most kids go to one of the houses's and have an after party. On Friday my son announced to me that the parent hosting the party kicked out. (That's livng large language for canceling). After beating me for an hour and a half I caved in. I have held many parties and I wasn't in the mood to keep one eye open last weekend.

What truly amazes me is the parents. How can they look at their kid and let down 26 kids at the last minute? I saw the old man at pictures for the kids before the prom and he tells me he's indignant because other parent's have not stepped up. Thats's fine but why does this mope do it 24 hours before? It's a mystery to me. My luck - his daughter was my kid's date so I held my tongue for a change. I guess I am ranting because so many kids get a bad rap today. I am not a blamer, BUT in the case of young people they only know what they know from the way they have been raised. The parents are the idiots not the kids.

I guess I should feel honored about my son coming to me at the last minute. He obviously trusts me enough that I won't make him look like a fool in front of his friends. He's a pain in the ass like most teenagers but I wouldn't trade him in for the world. For those parents out there that have a few more years to go before prom, my advice is to remember how it was when you were a teenager. Remember they are people as well, with thoughts and views just like us. To the guy that cost me a night's sleep my only advice to him is: wash your hands!]]> (Geoff Pinkus) Mon, 31 Mar 2008 00:00:00 CST <![CDATA[Domestic Violence]]> On our March 30th show we had Mike Bischof on as a guest. His sister Cindy Bischof was tragically murdered by her ex-boyfriend who ended up turning into her worst nightmare. He vandalized her home with paint throughout her house. He tried to hang himself in her backyard. This woman lived in four houses and numerous hotels in a ten month period trying to escape. One in twelve women will be stalked in this country. As a protector of women the "mans show" is getting behind this issue in a large way. Write your legislators. Give to Cindy's web site:

Mike is crusading on his sister's behalf to get "Cindy's" bracelet passed which is an electronic monitoring bracelet that is worn by a stalking offender. This bracelet is now used in the state of Illinois to track sexual predators and dead beat dads. This is ridiculous. I am all for the former wearing the bracelet but the state is telling us that these bracelets, at this time, are too harsh for stalkers.

Are you kidding me?

The bracelet is the best thing that could happen to them in my book. They should take these guys and teach them a little religion if you know what I mean. This is what happens when we have a permissive attitude and treat a stalker like a victim. The poor baby had a tough childhood or he was having financial difficulties. We ALL face problems in life.

Let's reach out and get this passed. Today it was Mike's sister - tomorrow it might be your sister or loved one. Please go to or you can check out the link on our home page.]]> (Geoff Pinkus)
Sat, 15 Mar 2008 00:00:00 CST <![CDATA[Elliott "Ness" Spitzer Governor of NY]]> Why should any of us be surprised by the "GUV' of New York? Its residents are probably the most cruel and obnoxious individuals on this planet. I realize there are other cities in the state. That being said, we all judge New York by New York City and the "GUV" is from NY city.

Any one living in New York City has to have their head examined. It is truly an outstanding city for a visit, but that's as far as it goes. Mr Spitzer is a perfect poster boy for NY. He is loud, opinionated, obnoxious, mean spirited and hypocritical; I am sorry that he got caught.

His image was beautiful for the state of New York.

On the subject of his indiscretions: paying five grand per hour for a prostitute, some have joked that it only takes 5-10 minutes to do your business and the rest of the time its wasted. I disagree.

Maybe 5-10 minutes works for you young guys out there, but for the 50-plus crowd it takes a wee bit longer to get excited. Fifty plus isn't old, but to focus and concentrate can take up to thirty minutes. Add a little foreplay, do your business and it times out right at 59 minutes which is just enough time have one leg in your trousers and off you go.

I would never pay for sex and think Govenor "Spock Ears" has some definite rage and anger issues going on. For future political sex lessons, he should watch "Blazing Saddles" which featured Mel Brooks starring as the "GUV" chasing around Madeline Kahn in his office with his sport coat and black socks on. It's a "Good Look" and would save him a whole lot of cash and embarrassment.

The good guys that we are on Living Large, we would even throw in a pair of sandals. Now, THAT is a "Good Look."]]> (Geoff Pinkus)
Tue, 26 Feb 2008 00:00:00 CST <![CDATA[Where Do You Winter?]]> Have you ever been to a stuffy cocktail party? Of course you have. In the course of trying to promote my radio show, I now go to events or parties I never would attend if I were just a regular schmuck. Now that I am embarking on a radio career I have to "get around" as they say in many social circles. I guess I shouldn't complain. I get a chance to talk about my true love (no not me) which happens to be radio.

The great thing about radio is that you have to use your imagination and "think" - what a unique concept in our cocoon world of today.

AnyWHO, I was recently thrown into an event with a high brow crowd when the conversation turned to me and an ugly old broad asked me what I did for a living. Needless to say when I told her I do a Man's Show on the radio she was not too delighted. She asked me how I came up with that concept and I explained to her that for the longest time, the males of the world have become emasculated. With Oprah, Kathy and Judy, the guys in Chicago don't have a chance. I went on to explain the part about being called a "broad" is a good thing in "our radio world."

I wasn't much of a hit. However, I had a great time pissing off most of the women. The guys seemed to like it, but were afraid of giving their opinions, which is exactly my point for doing the show. Just around the time I was digging a deeper hole with this broad, another snob entered the group and starting asking the question:

"Where do you Winter?"


Of course Naples (way overrated in my opinion unless you are looking for a deal on tucks), Scottsdale, Miami and Vegas were mentioned.

When eye contact was made with me I blurted out "Rockford."

The ugly broad asked me, "Why Rockford?"

I answered, "Because I need to get away from people like you."

She replied, "You are disgusting."

I thanked her and walked away with my merlot in check.

Where do you Winter?]]> (Geoff Pinkus)