Dick Summer Connection

January 22nd, 2018

Today’s podcast is about a Gratitude Attitude check up. Our Gratitude Attitude doesn’t mean looking at life through rose colored glasses. Bi-focals will do just fine. “Big Louie” the head guy in my book Staying Happy Healthy And Hot, keeps reminding us that we sometimes can’t help what’s happening in our lives, but we can help how we feel about our lives. I guess you could say it’s about taking charge of where we put our emotional focus. There is a nut case dictator in North Korea, and we need to recognize that threat. But not when there’s a scoop of cherry vanilla ice cream in a dish right in front of you. There’s a time and a place for everything. Dig in. Enjoy. And remember that not too many North Koreans have a dish of cherry vanilla ice cream in front of them. That’s the Gratitude Attitude. It’s all about how you look at things. Like these pictures. 

Dick Summer Connection

January 21st, 2018

I’m sitting here in my big, manly, black leather poppa chair in my living room. I just finished recording today’s podcast. It’s about reminding myself to take note of some of the good stuff in my life. Call it taking time to smell the roses if you like. I call it feeding my Gratitude Attitude. That means having just as much gratitude for the little stuff like taking a deep breath when you open a fresh jar of coffee, as for the big stuff like cashing a very nice check. Our Gratitude Attitude doesn’t mean looking at life through rose colored glasses. Bi-focals will do just fine. It doesn’t mean pretending bad stuff won’t happen. But I don’t have to let the  bad stuff spoil the good stuff. Gratitude/attitude.

Dick Summer Connection

January 20th, 2018

Happy Saturday! I had to break out the sunscreen today. It’s above freezing! Every time I consider complaining about the cold, I’m reminded about a short poem that’s in today’s podcast about an even colder place. It goes like this: : It’s winter in Massachusetts, and the gentle breezes blow, at 70 miles an hour and at 35 below. Oh how I love Massachusetts when the snow’s up to your butt, you take a breath of winter, and your nose gets frozen shut. Yes the weather here is wonderful, so I guess I’ll hang around. I could never leave Massachusetts, cuz I’m frozen to the ground.” 

Dick Summer Connection

January 19th, 2018

It’s Friday, which means it’s time for Dick’s Details from today’s podcast. Dick’s Details is a bunch of totally unimportant stuff for you to stuff into one ear, so you can squeeze the important stuff that’s giving you chills out the other ear, and you can calm down and get cozy. The world’s largest herd of Holstein cows is in Michigan. In a town called…wait for it…Elsie. I hope the farmers there warm their fingers before they do the milking tonight, because if they don’t there is the distinct possibility of actually seeing a cow jump over the moon. If the answer is Rose Bowl, what is the question? Don’t know, do you? I’ll tell you in a minute. On hot days a baseball travels farther than on cold days because the air is thinner. That’s one reason there’s no baseball on cold winter days like today. It wouldn’t be exciting. A home run would travel about two feet. The term “Brain Freeze” was invented by 7-11. The 7-11 down the street from here has a big sign out in front that says, “Open 24/7.” Question: If they’re open all the time, why do they have a lock on the front door? The smart guys in the white lab coats tell us that you emit a half a ton of carbon just bybreathing. I probably emit a lot more than that when my Lady Wonder Wench walks into the room wearing just her two piece. That’s what I call her bedroom slippers. Her two piece. If the answer is Rose Bowl, the question is, “What do you say when it’s Rose’s turn at the bowling alley? Gotta get your mind out of the gutter to knock all of that one down. Dick’s Details. They take your mind off your mind. A little housekeeping here: If you like these podcasts, or my spoken word story CDs at dick summer.com, or my book Staying Happy Healthy And Hot at Amazon.com, please tell a couple of friends, because they might like them too, and you’ll be doing me a favor.

Dick Summer Connection

January 18th, 2018

Today’s podcast is a plea for some serious shared bodily warmth. We are God’s frozen people. Guys are wearing their hair pieces upside down around here these days. The forecast was for three inches of snow. Look out the window. Looks like we got miles of it. Actually, I kind of like snow. When there’s snow on the ground my garden looks just as good as my neighbor Randy’s garden.

Dick Summer Connection

January 17th, 2018

Today’s podcast claims that some of the few Lenape Indians left around here asked their medicine man if the winter was going to be cold. He didn’t know for sure, so he just told them that, “Yes it will be cold. You should go and collect firewood to be prepared.” Then he called the National Weather Service, and asked “Is this winter going to be cold?” The weather guy said “Yes this winter is going to be quite cold.” So the medicine man went back to speed up his people to collect even more firewood, so they’d be prepared. A week later the medicine man called the Weather Service again and asked if it was going to be a very cold winter. The weather guy said, “Yes, I can guarantee this is going to be a very cold winter.” So the medicine man went back to his people and told them to go and find every scrap of wood they can find. Two weeks later he called the Weather guy again, and asked, “Are you sure it’s going to be a very cold winter? The guy answered, “Absolutely. “The Indians are collecting firewood like crazy.”

Dick Summer Connection – Part 2

January 16th, 2018

Bill Killeen is one of my favorite members of “The Huddle.” He sent this very worthwhile clip. Watch especially the sequence with the bull. All guys will understand…and possibly weep. 

https://youtube.com/watch?v=xKy2lLNQYrI%3Frel%3D0

Dick Summer Connection

January 16th, 2018

Here’s why you need to listen to today’s podcast. It’s called “Shared Bodily Warmth.“When I came into the house from getting the mail this morning, I spent a few minutes standing in front of the refrigerator to warm up. Playboy magazine can’t publish because there’s no amount of money that could make a girl take her clothes off. Hitchhikers are holding up pictures of their thumbs. The optician down the block is giving away free ice scrapers with every new pair of eye glasses. Over by the town hall a while ago, a streaker froze in mid streak. The town council decided to just stick a plaque on him and pretend he was a Greek statue until spring.

Dck Summer Connection

January 15th, 2018

Today’s podcast explains that it is so cold, flocks of chickens are trying to break into the KFC so they can warm up in the fryer. Male dogs are getting stuck to fire hydrants in the most embarrassing way. Guys are no longer accepting phone calls from funny wise guy relatives in Florida. People are shivering like donuts at a weight watchers meeting. 

Dick Summer Connection

January 14th, 2018

I recorded today’s podcast while I was sitting in my big, manly, comfortable, black leather poppa chair in my living room…by the fireplace. I’ve got the kindling in place, and a couple of logs stacked on top. When I am finished recording this podcast I am going to start a big, beautiful, warm, cozy fire, and I may try to interest my Lady Wonder Wench in an experiment that has to do with shared, bodily warmth. It is so cold out that when somebody says “Hello,” you can see his lips move, and a little puff of cloud comes out of his mouth, but all you hear is a little clunk because the frozen sound of the word hits the ground. You’ve got to pick it up and thaw it out to hear it.