I've been a gadget guy for a long time. From the functional to the downright silly, I've always liked how technology can enhance our lives.
We've come a long way in technology since the Reagan years. Back then, I never thought I'd have the equivalent of a Star Trek communicator in my pocket. Even though I love being able to have hundreds of songs to play on my phone, I will always have a special spot on my heart for my very first boombox.
Cnet has put together a list of the hot tech of 1987. Some live on in a fashion, like lazer tag (at Chickasha's own Zippety's), and some are long gone. There are even a couple of items I didn't know existed thirty years ago.
Here's the entire list:
5. Accidentally locked yourself inside your car
4. Calibrating the points on your pencils
3. Overheard singing the Norwegian National Anthem again
2. Caught again talking to the stapler!
1. You're scheduling meetings with yourself
All I will say is...I understand. I've been to the brink of that abyss. I thought the darkness that beckoned would be so much better than the crushing, perpetual anguish that bored into my soul. But it is, as Andarko Police Chief Jason Smith said, a permanent fix to a temporary problem.
If you ever find yourself at that brink, please...step back. Call a family member or a close friend. At the very least, call 1-800-273-TALK(8255). Please.
2015 Don Collett, Rocky Horror Screening, OAB Entry.
If you're a fan of our Facebook page, you may have noticed a change in our name. Instead of the generic "Classic Hits", we're owning our name loud and proud. You don't have to like us again; as Bon Jovi sang, "It's all the same...only the names have changed". You'll still get our posts. (And if you're not a fan of our page, you can fix that problem right now.)
There's also a second, brand new page. It's Don Collett Radio, and as you can probably guess from the incredibly clever title, it's the page for my radio show. I would have used a cooler name, but "George Plummer" was already taken.
Why Don Collett Radio? Well, a lot of you have been sending friend requests to my personal profile on Facebook. That's the page where I keep in touch with family and close friends. Instead of mixing up my private and public life (and we all know how painful that can be for a guy over 40), I have a new page you can follow if you want. I hope you will. I think we'll have fun.
I ordered pizza a few nights ago, because I didn't want to cook. The No-Longer-Teenage Son wasn't home, so I thought "I can order one and have two or three meals taken care of".
When the pizza arrived, and I signed for the order, the pizza guy asked, "Don Collett? THE Don Collett?"
Yes, I now have a definitive article, just like THE Batman.
I still don't have an awesome car. Baby steps.
Happy Star Wars Day! Just in case you don't have a Star Wars fan in your life (which is an uncommon occurence these days), it's an unofficial celebration by fans of the Star Wars movies, books, TV shows and characters. May 4th was chosen because it's a play on words on the famous line, "May the Force (Fourth) be with you".
I've been a fan since I was a little knee-high DJ. I never got to see the first film in theatres. I read the Marvel Comics adaptation and I was hooked. By the time I got to see "The Empire Strikes Back", I was a fan for life. You can imagine how excited I was to hear that new films were coming, especially after seeing this trailer.
It's Han Solo! HAN SOLO!!!! I saw the last two seconds of that trailer, and it took me beack to being 12 years old, scarfing popcorn and keeping my eyes glued to the screen for 90 minutes of wonder, fun and excitement.
Some still say Star Wars, and stories like it, are kid stuff. Some of it is. However, I view Star Wars as part of our modern mythology, like Star Trek, Harry Potter and the seemingly never-ending stream of superheroes. In a world that seems like it's getting worse all the time, we need an escape sometimes. We need a reminder that it can be possible to triumph over apparently hopeless odds.
More than ever, we need heroes.
May the Fourth be with you.
(P.S. "Star Wars" also gave us this. It's one of my guilty pleasure songs.)
(NOTE: There are some SPOILERS ahead.)
"Avengers: Age of Ultron", starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, and Scarlett Johansson. The PG-13 movie is now showing at Heritage Park Theatre in Chickasha.
I got into a converstation today on the Facebook group "*Chickasha, Ok* Buy Sell or Trade or info around the area" when someone asked if there were specific local Facebook groups where people facing hard times could find help. The BST has those types of posts, but with many people also placing their items for sale or trade, they can get lost in the shuffle.
The local Facebook community stepped up with some links to pages specifically created to help Grady County people down on their luck. I'm happy to share those with you here.
If you're needing some help, financially or otherwise, visit these pages. There are a lot of good people in our county that may be able to give you a hand.
I'd like to know if there are similar pages for other communities and counties in our listening area. If you have that information, share it on the comments below. Times can be hard, but pulling together can make them a little easier.
I was part of a small audience Thursday night who saw a sneak preview of this weekend's Chickasha Community Theatre dinner theatre production, "The Dixie Swim Club".
The play follows five decades in the lives of a women's college swim club team and their summer weekend meetings at a cottage on the Carolina shores. Together, they share laughs and heartache, good times and bad.
Before you think "Oh, great, a 'chick play'", think again. This is a sometimes funny, sometimes sad, and always heartwarming presentation about being human and the highs and lows that come with that experience.
The cast includes Christy Clift, Lezlie Hollowell, Carolyn Howard, Kristy Jarnigan, and Maurie O'Neal. Two of them have never performed in a stage production before. I won't tell you which because it doesn't matter. All of them bring their characters to life very well. The conversations sound like the ones we have with our friends, with all the odd pauses and talking over each other. I was drawn to their stories, and I was a bit sad when it was all over. These characters are people I would like to know in real life, flaws and all.
Kudos should also be given to director Dillon Pierce, who took challenge of presenting a play in an unorthodox venue (the local Masonic Lodge) and putting together a stage where the viewers can see all that's going on no matter where you sit.
"The Dixie Swim Club" runs today and tomorrow (April 24 and 25) and also May 1 and 2 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge. Dinner begins at 6 p.m., and the show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets for the Friday shows have been sold out, but there is still a limited supply for the Saturday night performances. They are available from Jay's Jewelry at 4th and Chickasha Avenue.
How good is "The Dixie Swim Club"? My son went with me last night to watch. He's not one to repeat watching plays or movies. When it was over, he said, "I'm going to need a ticket for Saturday night. I need to see this again."
Friday's here, and that means new movies! Here are the new releases you can find this weekend in Chickasha.
First: "Insurgent". In this sequel to "Divergent", Tris must confront her inner demons and continue her fight against a powerful alliance which threatens to tear her society apart with the help from others on her side.
Also out this weekend, is "The Gunman", starring Sean Penn and Idris Elba. A former Special Forces soldier and military contractor suffering from PTSD tries to reconnect with his long time love, but first must go on the run from London to Barcelona and across Europe in order to clear his name.
Enjoy your weekend!
I hit me a few days ago...in just a few months, my youngest will graduate from high school. The baby boy is a young man now. I don't know if he'll leave the house any time soon, but he doesn't need me the same way that he did when he was learning to walk and talk and say the words "We'll be right back!" Someday, though, he will leave to take on the world on his own.
Where did all that time go?
Today, while I was wondering that, I came across this poem. If you've already been there and done that, you'll get it. If you're there now, you'll understand. If you're still parenting young ones and wonder how you'll ever survive...read this. Time is precious. Enjoy every moment you can.
Some of you know I like to sing. If you've been out at karaoke any given weekend, chances are you'll find me there. One of the things on my bucket list is singing the National Anthem at a sporting event. No one's ever asked me, though, so that hasn't yet been checked off...but it may be soon.
I've been selected to audition for the Oklahoma City Dodgers baseball team's National Anthem singers. Now, getting to sing "The Star Spangled Banner" at an event is cool...but at a baseball game? That's just about perfect.
My audition is March 21st. I'll let you know if I'm chosen, and at what game I'll be singing, as soon as I find out.
Then, after that, I'll move on to the next item on my bucket list...marrying Kate Upton.
That one may be a WEE bit more difficult to accomplish.
Hello! Welcome to the All-New, All-Different KOOL 105.5 website. We did more than just throw a new color scheme on the place; you'll find lots more to see and do here. I'm pretty excited about it.
As for this spot...well, I'll be sharing stories, videos and whatever else I find interesting. You can leave your thoughts on all those here, too.
I hope you'll bookmark the blog and come back often. Otherwise, I'll be talking to myself.
Oh, wait...I already do that four hours a day.