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Now Appearing in an Extended Engagement! Join Dave Robison as he takes you into his world and his daily life of reviving a stand-up comedy career. Prepare for side trips exploring Public Relations, marketing and business ethics. Enjoy some frequent detours describing his observations on life. Read the exploits of this self-proclaimed Renaissance-man and blooming blogger as you go On The Road With Dave.

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Name: Dave Robison
Location: Mobile, Alabama, United States

From Mobile, Alabama comes Dave Robison, a confessed Internet-aholic, middle-aged-married-man, who's generally a nice guy--he just has one or two issues. Stand-Up Comedy by Dave Robison is available for corporate events, college campuses, and nightclubs.



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Friday, February 26, 2010

Happy Living In Alabama

Alabama is a happy state.

I say that with assurance and evidence provided by a scientific study. And this writer is happy that he lives in a state that ranks high on the "happy" list. If you will recall, I was rather "bummed" a few months ago, when another study ranked my current home city of Mobile, Alabama as a home for ugly men.

But revenge is sweet; and thanks to Rob Zeiger,who alerted me to the story; I happy to say that the "Happy study" beats the "ugly study", hands down.

The study was conducted by Professor Andrew Oswald of the UK's University of Warwick and Stephen Wu of Hamilton College in the USA.

The two professors first relied on research from a 2005-2008 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System random sample of 1.3 million United States citizens in which life-satisfaction in each U.S. state was measured. People were asked about their health and just how satisfied they were with their life. This provided a table of happiness by US State. But the survey is/was subjective. How do you rely on someone's self declared level of happiness? How do you know they are telling the truth?

Wu and Oswald state, "Researchers have, for decades, longed for a more clearly external scientific check on, and corroboration of, well-being survey answers."

The researchers discovered data conducted in 2003 by Stuart Gabriel and colleagues from UCLA which considered objective indicators for each individual State of the USA such as: precipitation; temperature; sunshine; coastal land; inland water; public land; National Parks; hazardous waste sites; environmental "greenness"; commuting time; violent crime; air quality; local taxes; cost of living and other factors. This allowed the creation of a rank order of US states showing which should provide the happiest living experience. This was truly external data that could be used to check Wu and Oswald's survey study.

When the data was combined, Oswald and Wu discovered that people were telling the truth. The "happiness" answers matched the data that would logically define a happy place to live. Citizens who described themselves as happy and satisfied tended to live in areas where it was warm, safe, secure and the cost of living wasn't a stone around their necks.

And yeah those big states, like California (46) have sunshine and New York (Dead Last) have opportunity but the researchers also say they have a self-non fulfilling prophecy of dissatisfaction and unhappiness, because people rushed to them to "be happy" and wind up in crowded cities with a high cost of living, crime, and resulting unhappiness from those factors and others.

I kinda felt sorry for New York Times writer, Clyde Haberman as he tried to justify his city's ranking as Number 51 out of 51 on the list. New York is a unhappy place to live, but Haberman states unhappiness could be a good thing, "More important, might contentment be overrated? Seriously, isn't restlessness, even outright discontent, often a catalyst for creativity?"

Sounds to me like New Yorkers are getting a small taste of being on an "Ugly List".

So, where are the happiest places to live in the United States?

1. Louisiana
2. Hawaii
3. Florida
4. Tennessee
5. Arizona
6. Mississippi
7. Montana
8. South Carolina
9. Alabama
10. Maine

That's right, Alabama is in the Top 10. My home state of Mississippi is Number 6 and one of my favorite cities, New Orleans; is in the #1 Happiest State in America. And this study was conducted before the Saints won the Super Bowl. In fact, six of the top ten states were in The South. It's about time, Southern states land on a list that's good and doesn't rank them last. New York will have to "get over it"; this time.

I knew it all along, but now, Science proves I'm happy living in Alabama.


Thursday, February 18, 2010

Getting Re-Married: A World Record Attempt

It's not everyday that I'm challenged to break a world record. In fact, up until last Friday, I've never been challenged to break a world record. But my dear wife of 26 years asked me to participate in a world record breaking attempt that she figured I could handle. Her challenge--"Let's get re-married!"

The "re-married" part seemed easy enough. Rustle up a preacher, justice of the peace, or local Elvis impersonator and say the "I do's". How is that breaking a World's record?

Gulf Shores, Alabama restaurateur, Lucy Buffett(sister of singer, Jimmy)and owner of Lulu's Homeport had staged a Valentine's Day event to break the World's Record for most Married Couples to Participate in a Re-Vow Ceremony. The record stands at 1087 couples according to Guinness Book of World Records.

Last Sunday, on Valentine's Day, my dear wife and I made the 40-minute drive down to Gulf Shores and was greeted by other couples standing on the white sands of Lulu's complex which includes her restaurant, marina, playground, gift shop, and her outside bar, Bama Breeze.

TV crews from Good Morning America and local news stations as well as official Guinness record keepers were in attendance to witness the event. "Lulu" had prepared a stage for preacherman, Steve Durkac, and an emcee, that I swear must have had some Buffett blood in him somewhere to officiate the ceremony. Wedding cake, champagne, flowers, were all provided by Buffett.

Each couple, held two helium-filled red balloons during the ceremony ready to be lofted into the air upon saying, "I do", once again.

The Gulf Shores Fire Department provided a ladder/boom truck as a photographer pedestal to capture the crowd on film. The truck positioned itself across the dock canal/marina. In addition to the record attempt, Lulu provided prizes to the couple that traveled the farthest for the ceremony(3031 miles); Longest-married couple(68 Years); and Shortest-Length Married(3.5 hours).

My wife and I stood among the crowd as preacherman, Durkac, spoke to the couples and then we stared into each other's eyes and repeated the vows as they were given. We said our "I do's" and laughed and we were pronounced, "re-married" and kissed as we let our balloons free.

Did we break the record? Yes and No. We broke the record for the state of Alabama with over 400 couples in attendance, but well shy of the 1087 needed for a World's Record. A gallant attempt, indeed; and "Lulu" set a new vow to continue the tradition next year. I think I can be up for another attempt; after all you can get "re-married" to the same person more than once and in my case, that's a pleasure.

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Saturday, October 24, 2009

The Ugly Men List --I Must Be On It

Last week the website, Total Beauty came out with a list of the 8 cities in America with the Ugliest Men. It just so happens, I live in one of the cities and like all the other men in the cities on the list, I took a little bit of offense.

I decided to take a look at the website that condemned me to a life of "uglytude" and I'm not impressed with them either. Total Beauty says it has an audience of 12 million women and apparently the website thinks all of its readers need vast amounts of improvements. The site is not much more than pages of beauty cream ads, shampoo ads, and age defying cream ads interspersed with videos with titles like "How To Properly Pop A Pimple".

But before you think I'm just filled with sour grapes, the Ugly Men List was supposedly compiled using criteria that included more than superficial looks. The Ugly Men were ranked using obesity statistics, education levels, smoking, and dental statistics(bad teeth are ugly) as well as gym memberships. (Ugly men rarely work out)

If I had stayed in my original hometown in Mississippi, I would not have made the list, but I just had to up and move to the Number 5 Ugliest Man City in the Nation. I think that's unfair to my new hometown, they might not have made the list, except that they must have "bussed" in some ugly men along with me.

In case, you didn't see the article, here's Total Beauty's List and what they said about my city of Mobile, Alabama. I also included a few other quotes about two other cities on the list.

8. Houston Texas
7. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
6. Detroit, Michigan
5. Mobile, Alabama and Huntington, West Virginia (tie)

The men of Mobile and Huntington have it all -- terrible teeth, according to (a) worst-teeth cities list, a high rate of unhealthy, inactive and obese men and a paltry number of gyms.

4. Greensboro, North Carolina
3. Miami, Florida

You're thinking, 'Seriously? Miami?' And we're saying: yup. If for no other reason than a whopping 21 percent of men 25 and up didn't make it past 9th grade, the highest rate in the cities we studied. Oh, and did we mention gnarly teeth? And believe it or not, more than 27 percent of Miamians don't exercise regularly. Sure, they're not the fattest or unhealthiest in the country, but given the year-round gorgeous weather and huge number of gyms, you'd think these guys would be a little less-lazy.

2. Hagerstown, Md.

Less than 10 percent of the men in Hub City hold a bachelor's degree. They're not spending their spare time in gyms, either -- nearly 30 percent don't exercise regularly, 30 percent are obese, and an off-the-charts number of Hagerstownians smoke, compared to the rest of the country.

(Sorry Hagerstown...I once visited your city, too. I was smoking a cigarette when I visited. I guess my "ugly" got all over you, too.)

1. El Paso, Texas

We're not looking for Stephen Hawking level brain-age -- just a good, solid education. But nearly 15 percent of the dudes in this Lone Star city have less than a 9th grade education. The city also suffers from a notably high rate of obesity, 32 percent are in below average health and 30 percent do not exercise regularly, which is probably why there are so few gyms in town. There is such a thing as too much Tex-Mex.

But, I won't despair much about the Ugly Men List, because just last week I was complimented by a much younger woman who told me, "You are a pretty man". I was at first concerned by the word, "pretty", but she assured me she was definitely complimenting me. Another woman also told me that I had "beautiful eyes". So, my ego is not too shattered by living in a city labeled for having ugly male residents. On the other hand; I smoke, I don't have dental insurance and my teeth are not in great shape these days and I don't have a gym membership. Maybe, I deservedly need to be on the list

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Saturday, August 22, 2009

Getting To Know "My Ryla"

Last week, I announced my new job at a new call center. At the time, I held off announcing the name and giving any details about the job, until I found out about the corporate policy regarding blogging about my job. I'm a big promoter of corporate transparency and as you know I have always been pretty honest about my day-to-day life, but I didn't want to break any rules the first week on the job. I also didn't want to end up like this person and create a major Social Media faux pas.

I'm happy to report that I now work for Ryla, Inc. Ryla was founded in 2001 in Georgia by Mark Wilson just a month after the "September 11" attack on the World Trade Center. In that time of uncertainty, starting a new business might not have seemed promising but Mark Wilson and the team he developed, has grown Ryla, Inc into a company with a 2009 revenue of 100 million dollars. Wilson was named a 2009 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® Southeast Regional finalist. Ryla has been listed 3 consecutive years as one of the nations fastest growing companies on the Inc. 5000.

Ryla is headquartered in Kennesaw, Georgia but recently spent 8.5 million dollars to open a regional headquarters, corporate data center and regional customer contact center in Saraland, Alabama. The expansion means over 1200 jobs to the Mobile, Alabama area and was greeted by extensive press coverage, a whirlwind of job fairs, and a visit to Saraland by Governor Bob Riley.

Now, before this article starts to sound like a Public Relations press release, what's it like working there?

So far, not so bad. I'm still in the training environment preparing for a job as a customer service representative for Verizon Wireless. It's intensive training. The attitude at the company is upbeat and positive. Ryla has a corporate culture unlike any I have ever worked for. Having a positive attitude is promoted and stressed throughout the company. There are "cheers" performed in the training class and management stops by often to talk to employees and encourage their work. There is always a sense of duty for the clients that Ryla services, such as Verizon; and you are always aware that without these clients; Ryla does not not exist and neither would your job. Ryla truly wants to live up to their slogan of providing, "The Best Job You've Ever Had".

A lackadaisical attitude won't get you far. When you are at work, you must be professional, be positive, you need to do the job you were trained to do and remember rules are rules. If you can't hack that, you can't hack the job.

My training class started with 60 people and we've lost 3 or 4 in the past week who decided it wasn't for them. Overall, I'm in a class full of some pretty cool people with a diverse background. Young, old, experienced, inexperienced, traveling from all over Mobile and Baldwin Counties to work for Ryla. A few have even expressed interest in coming to see me perform at my next comedy gig and have already sent me MySpace friend requests.

Our trainer is Kate West. She has a background in pharmaceutical sales and started working for Ryla as a contractor, she has since joined the Ryla company full-time. Kate makes the 8-hour classes interesting with personal stories, motivational video clips and she has that positive attitude and a desire to make each of her class graduates ready to hit the ground running. Our class has been dubbed, "The Untouchables"(Each class has a nickname) Several times a night, she yells, "Are You Heated Up?" We reply loudly, "SMOKIN'!". (Yeah, I suggested it)

For a look at what a training class is all about--

Take The Ryla Virtual Tour and click on Training.

Ryla has one of the lowest employee turnover rates in the Teleservices industry, so I'm gonna do my best to provide them with another quality employee without breaking any disclosure rules.

"Did you hear the one about the customer who called in to the call center and asked"...wait--never mind.

UPDATE: MARCH 12, 2010

This entry at On The Road With Dave has become a depository for former Ryla Teleservices employees to leave comments expressing dissatisfaction with the company. It is the policy of this blog to allow free discussion of entries posted; however, this company currently provides me with a paycheck and I appreciate the employment and my creditors and local utility companies appreciate my timely payments of my bills.

If you must leave a negative comment--own it. Leave your name in the comment. Anonymous comments can no longer be approved on this entry. If you hated the job, you can say it, but you'll have to identify yourself. After all, I identify myself with every word I write.

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Monday, August 3, 2009

Cruising On The Fowl River

I've lived in Mobile, Alabama almost 7 years now; and in that time I've experienced a lot of water. The kind of water that falls from the sky, the salty kind that you swim in at the beach; and I've driven over many a bridge that spans a muddy, lazy river, bayou, or the Mobile Bay. But in all that time, I have yet had the chance to experience being on a boat cruising one of those bodies of water. Last weekend gave me that experience.

A buddy of mine invited my wife and I to test ride a boat he had bought recently and we gladly accepted. The offer carried with it a warning that we might be part of a rowing crew if the engine did not perform as expected. I considered that just part of the expected adventure. I wasn't going to pass up the offer. Although Mobile, Alabama is considered a great "boating destination"; you can't really enjoy boating unless you:

A)Have money to afford a boat or

2)Know someone with a boat.

I was glad I knew someone with a boat.

Our little cruise was on Mobile's Fowl River. The river winds through Mobile County and splits to travel out into the Mississippi Sound on the West and into Mobile Bay on the east. We launched up from the mouth of the bay at Pelican Reef Marina. I had been pass the marina many times on Highway 193 in my previous job, that included driving all over the area, but until now I did not belong to the "club" of "boaters".

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Right away, let me say as soon as we launched the boat, I was having a good time. "Cap'n" Paul Glass, our host, opened the little boat up and we were speeding down the river at about 40 miles an hour! That seems really fast on the water. As we past other boats we encountered their wake and waves and our boat bounced and jumped over the waves with some fun, "butt-bruising", bumps. I felt sorry for my wife who had opted to sit forward in the boat on the floor in order to take photographs. Her small cushion she sat on seemed of little use on the jolts.

Cap'n Paul decided to take us by his family's old fishing camphouse to see how the old property was holding up and we pulled the boat up on the sandy shoreline to get out and take a look. Unfortunately, the boat encountered a small problem and would not restart. The battery was not holding a charge. Thankfully, cell phones are the norm these days and Paul called a cousin who lived down from the camphouse and he drove up to help us out. Renee and I volunteered to stay with the boat, while Paul and Cousin pulled out the battery and took it to charge and fetch back the portable charger/booster in case it was needed again. So, Renee and I were shipwrecked on the river for little over an hour.

We passed the time by wading in the cool water and silty sand and admiring the scenery. Renee found a shady spot to read a book and I encountered 10,000 snakes as I wandered the property. (Okay, I passed by a pile of leaves and tree limbs and heard something and saw something long and brown slither underneath. Whether it was one snake or 10,000 didn't matter to me...I headed back to the water's edge at the speed of "scared")

Paul returned with a fully charged battery and it appeared we would not have to row the boat after all. After the battery was re-installed, we cranked the boat and headed back out onto the water. We cruised the river and took in the sights.

We passed other boaters pulling water skiers, we passed people on jet skis, and we saw people sitting on their docks relaxing, enjoying a cold libation, or watching their kids swim. As we floated by other boats, the folks seemed friendly and smiled and waved. Obviously they assumed I was a member of the "boating club".

The scenery along the river was beautiful. Trees lined the shore broken up by magnificent manicured lawns, boat docks and high-dollar homes. I wondered about the jobs the residents had and how they afforded these estates on the water. There were older modest homes as well that looked well lived-in and obviously were some of the first homes along the water.

After speeding along the river for a while, Cap'n Paul piloted the boat into a "No-Wake" area of the river and we idled along the calm waters. The area was serene and the water was glass-like. We passed by Memories Fish Camp/Bait Shop/Convenience Store and, I'm not certain, but it may have been a Bar, too; and made our turnaround to head back down the river.

As we came back to the boat launch, Cap'n Paul decided to run past the the marina and take us just barely to the mouth of Mobile Bay. The change in the water and the boat's maneuverability was quite sudden. It was apparent our little boat did not want to venture much further into the bay and we made a slow turn back to the marina.

We were about 50 feet from the boat launch when our boat's engine died again. Our day's activities had used all the gas in the motor except some "old fuel" in the bottom of the tank. Our motor decided it did not like that fuel and quit drinking it. Luckily, Paul maneuvered us in to the boat launch by repeatedly turning the motor over and letting the momentum float us in to the launch area. Fellow boaters who were loading their boat back on its trailer gave us a hand by grabbing our hands from the dock and pulling us and the boat into position to lift it out of the water.

Our adventure over, we secured the boat to the trailer and headed back home. I forgot to reapply sunscreen during the day, so I sported a nasty sunburn/windburn on my face for the next days after the trip, but I had a great time and would gladly do it again.

It was nice to be a member of the "boater's club" for a day, and I'd welcome temporary membership on someone else's boat whenever asked.

For a complete detailed account of the Robison's Fowl River Trip, check out my wife, Renee's blog, "Boating On Fowl River" at See Mobile Alabama. And More photos for your viewing pleasure are at David Robison's Flickr.

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Saturday, August 1, 2009

Cool Jazz On The Coast

It was cool jazz all weekend in Mobile, Alabama and what was cooler was my wife and I attended the event Saturday night. Read Renee's full review at See Mobile Alabama.

(I had to go back and post this with a Saturday date, just because I really "dig" the poster and wanted people to see it and read Renee's review)

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Monday, July 13, 2009

See Mobile, Alabama With Renee

The above lovely feet belong to my lovely wife. Those waves lapping over them are from the Gulf Coast waters of Dauphin Island Beach. A day at the beach is the subject of my lovely wife's first blog entry at "See Mobile Alabama".

After 5 years of putting up with a husband that blogs and lives on the Internet, Renee has decided to provide a service to vacationers, tourists, and local residents in Mobile, Alabama on the subject of "what is there to do here".


"Since I moved to Mobile several years ago I have repeatedly heard the locals complain that they hate living here because there is nothing to do. Really? Nothing? I have lived in towns where there is truly nothing to do and Mobile is not one of them. I'm guessing that these people just don't know enough about our community to know where to go for fun....In fact, there's always something to do in Mobile and a lot of it won't cost you a dime. Join me as I give an honest critique of the best and worst of what the area has to offer for our entertainment."

Of course, you've already guessed, I'll be putting "See Mobile, Alabama" under my "Links That I Like".

Good Luck, Renee with your blogging efforts and one more thing..."It took you long enough!"

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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

No Blog Award

At the end of May, I asked local readers of "On The Road With Dave" to vote for my blog as Best Blog or Website in Mobile, Alabama for Lagniappe Magazine.

Lagniappe sponsors the "Nappie" Awards annually and I really thought I had a shot at the award. Besides, my article here at the blog, I also contacted people on Twitter, MySpace and Facebook. I received some feedback from many of my readers that had indeed voted for "On The Road With Dave" as Best Blog in Mobile, Alabama.

Next week, an awards show will be held at the historic Saenger Theatre, but unfortunately, I won't be attending the festivities and picking up an award.

It seems that there was a flaw in the published ballots. I contacted Lagniappe Editor, Rob Holbert, and was informed that the printed ballots published in the magazine did not include the "Blog" category this year, even though the online ballot did include the category. It had been decided to drop the category from this year's awards.

In response to an email I sent to Mr. Holbert, Rob apologized for "the snafu" and informed me that they will,

"definitely re-include it again next year as
we try to keep up with the growing number of blogs and Web sites."

So, I'll try again try next year. If you happened to have voted for me at the online ballot, thank you very much for the effort. It was still much appreciated.

And congrats in advance to all of this year's winners. The winner's issue of the magazine will be published in the next few weeks; be sure to pick up a copy of the newspaper free at local Mobile and Baldwin county newsstands every other Wednesday.

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Saturday, July 4, 2009

4th Of July From Mobile, Alabama

As you read this, I'm on Dauphin Island off the coast of Alabama enjoying a day at the beach, and awaiting a 4th Of July fireworks display later on tonight.

After a day of picnicking, swimming, digging in the white sand, and most likely getting a tad bit sunburned; my family and I will watch a patriotic display of fireworks celebrating our country's 233rd birthday while enjoying a cool nighttime ocean breeze and the sound of waves lapping at the beach.

I hope your Independence Day celebrations will be just as pleasant, wherever you are.

"All we have of freedom, all we use or know -
This our fathers bought for us long and long ago."

--Rudyard Kipling

USS Alabama, Mobile Bay, Mobile, Alabama
photo courtesy of pixe_annie

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Mobile, Alabama Vote For Dave

I'm a fan of Mobile, Alabama's bi-weekly newspaper called Lagniappe. I was even interviewed by the paper back in March of 2007. Regular sections in Lagniappe are Commentary, Cuisine, Music, Style, Arts, and Classifieds.

Since 2003, Lagniappe has featured the annual "Nappie Awards", where favorite local people, places, and things are chosen by readers' votes. The next two issues of Lagniappe feature the ballot for the 2009 Nappie Awards.

One particular category--MEDIA: Best Local Website or Blog; is my interest.

If you are a reader of "On The Road With Dave" and live in the Mobile area. Please fill the ballot out listing all your local favorites and include www.ontheroadwithdave.com as your favorite blog.

If you don't want to mail in a paper ballot, you can submit the online version at Annual Lagniappe Nappie Awards Ballot.

Lagniappe is published every other Wednesday and is available free per person at over 300 locations in southwest Alabama, including Mobile County and Baldwin County.

Don't Forget--Vote For "On The Road With Dave.Com" Best Local Website/Blog.

And as they say, Thank You For Your Support!

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Monday, March 16, 2009

Meet Johnny Sullivan: More Than A Barbershop

Most people have their favorites.

I have my favorite bartender. I have my favorite mechanic. I have my favorite cashier at Walgreens. Meet Johnny Sullivan, my favorite barber.

Johnny Sullivan has been cutting hair in Mobile, Alabama since 1972 and if you are currently male and visiting one of those sports-based haircut places, then you are visiting a mere facsimile, a cheap imitation of what Johnny Sullivan's is all about. But Johnny Sullivan is more than a tonsorial artist, more than a barber; and Johnny Sullivan Haircuts is more than a barbershop.

As you step into the place, you realize that while New Media and Social Networking sites allow us to put our lives out there on the Internet; Johnny has put his life on the walls of his barbershop.

Johnny served two tours in Vietnam as an MP(Military Police), but his real love was photography. Johnny says, "I told them I wanted to be a photographer, they said they already had plenty of them, I was gonna be an MP"

But that didn't stop Johnny from taking photographs and collecting photographs and posters that now adorned his shop walls. Scattered among the photos, are posters and memorabilia of Johnny's passion for football and The New Orleans Saints.

Once inside, Johnny will greet you with a smile covered by his trademark handlebar moustache, reminiscent of his namesake, John L. Sullivan. and shake your hand. He'll be sure to ask you about what ever it was, you last talked about. Johnny knows his client's lives and interests. He's more than your barber, he's your friend. The next thing he'll offer you, if you are a "regular"; is a beer.

A beer? That's right. Johnny is more than your barber, he's your bartender. For years, clients have dropped off six-packs and cases and Johnny buys stock, too for the "Who Dat" beer locker. It's a special treat for his clients to enjoy while they wait. If it's your first time, wait for an invitation; and remember it's free beer--don't ask what kind he has, when he offers.

While you wait, you can sit at the bar or relax in a chair and read a magazine. Sure, there are Sports Illustrated's laying about, newspapers and hair style magazines mixed in with Allure magazine. But, you'll also find Maxim, FHM, and if you are so inclined you can check out Miss March in Playboy magazine.

Nothing interesting to read? Then sit back and watch the latest football, basketball, or baseball game; or enjoy the race as the cars speed by on the television screen mounted over Johnny's styling area.

But you'll most likely find yourself watching Johnny cut the hair of the person occupying the chair, while listening to Johnny tell you his current joke. No, the joke will probably not be current, but you won't be able to help yourself; you'll laugh. You might share your latest joke or story with the rest of the clientele as well.

Once you are in Johnny's chair, it's pretty much business as usual. Johnny can wash your hair, cut your hair, and style your hair with the latest trends in fashion or "shape you up" with the same cut you've had for 30 years. The man is a barber, first and foremost. Last May, Johnny suffered a bout of pancreatitis and gall bladder surgery, 4 days later, he was back at work cutting hair.

Ladies should not feel uncomfortable in this testosterone-infused haven, Johnny welcomes women into his shop, although during recent years, his clientele is mostly men.

"I used to cut a lot of women's hair. In fact, a lot of the dancers in town used to come here to get their hair styled."

"My customers range from minimum wage workers to millionaires. When you come here, you are among friends. It doesn't matter who you are."

After any haircut, a barber usually takes a soft brush and whisks away the small cut hairs from the back of your neck, so you leave the shop feeling comfortable. Johnny goes one step further. Once your style session is complete, Johnny takes a small electric hand massager to your neck and shoulders. Just one addition that leaves you not only comfortable but relaxed as you step out of the chair.

But you probably won't leave right away; maybe you'll stay for one more story, while Johnny takes a "smoke break" as the next client climbs in the chair. Oh yeah, did I mention? Smoking is permissible at Johnny Sullivan's. Ash trays are plentiful, and yet the shop is never smokey. You gotta love it.

Johnny Sullivan's is open Tuesday through Saturday and by appointment. Take my advice, make your appointment early and tell Johnny, Dave Robison sent you.

And while you are there, listen to some of Johnny's advice, because Johnny likes to add to a quote of George Burns,

"I could be doing something else, it's too bad, but the only people who know how to run the country are too damn busy driving cabs and cutting hair."

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Sunday, March 15, 2009

A Weak Week Ending With Tweats

For those wondering where in the hell I have been lately; I'm here to "esplain" it to you.

Saturday, a week ago, I did an interview with a local Mobile businessman with the intention of posting a new article later on in the week.(That article is STILL forthcoming)Sunday afternoon I started feeling a bit sick. My stomach was hurting and I had some accompanying heartburn. As the night progressed, symptoms presented themselves that are better left undescribed. Tactfully, I can say that if was not walking the floor of my living room with massive stomach cramps; I was laying in a chair watching infomercials at 3AM and running to the bathroom to take care of not one, but two vile activities.

Monday morning came, and I was in no shape for work. I stayed home all day with lessening symptoms, provided my diet consisted of tea and crackers. Monday night brought another round of previous symptoms and on more than one occasion I screamed to the guy that must live inside my toilet bowl, "WANNABUYABUICK!"

Again Tuesday, I stayed home from work.

By Wednesday morning I felt better and went to work to be greeted by two full days of work that I was behind on. Catching up on calls and paperwork and orders took me well into Friday afternoon just so I could be "still behind" by quitting time. If I'm lucky, I should be back to a normal workload by this coming Monday afternoon.

But I have to tell you, this weekend has been much better.

Saturday night I attended a "Tweetup" at Panera's Bread in Mobile, Alabama. A Tweetup is a face-to-face meeting of online members of Twitter. A group of Mobile Tweeple met for some good food, some conversation, and for meeting the people that they "follow" and are "followed by" on Twitter.com.

It was cool to see some faces behind their Twitter avatars, although I'm happy to say most Twitterers(Tweeple)use an actual photo of their face for their profiles. It was funny to see and talk to these folks who brought their laptops and iPhones to meet live people and send photos and Twitter messages(tweets) to those not in attendance. At one point some of the attendees were "tweeting" each other via computer, while talking to other attendees. Think of it as "cyber whispering".

I came home feeling good about being involved in another aspect of Social Media that allowed me to connect with real live people.

With my health intact and feeling good, I'm looking forward to a great week with much more blog entries.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Mardi Working Gras

I worked today. It's the first Mardi Gras day I have had to work since I moved to Mobile. I'm sure most of my readers are saying, "So?" It's Tuesday, you are supposed to be at work. Yeah well, maybe in a normal world; but on the Gulf Coast on Mardi Gras day, schools are closed and some businesses close or work a skeleton crew.

At least one of my co-workers brought all the staff some cool Mardi Gras beads this morning. That helped.

So, for everyone that had to work today and didn't attend the festivities in Mobile, Alabama or New Orleans, Louisiana or Rio De Janerio...enjoy a Bourbon Street Web Cam high atop the Cat's Meow on Bourbon Street, New Orleans.

Mobile has a Street Cam but it's located on a corner where not much happens and it is not a live stream(3 second refresh).

And remember, after Mardi Gras they still operate with lots of stuff to still see along Bourbon Street.

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Sunday, February 22, 2009

Joe Cain Day On TwitPic

Martini's/Grand Central Nightclub on TwitPic

More Photos At Dave's Twit Pics

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Friday, January 30, 2009

Bloody Monday; And Would This Week Ever End?

If you currently google the phrase, "Bloody Monday"; you'll read countless media stories about the some odd 71,000 people that lost their jobs this past Monday and this week. It was like all of the nation's employers got the same memo and decided to downsize en masse.

Oddly enough, my employer got the same memo. No, I didn't lose my job. I lost my position. I'm not unemployed, I've been re-employed. The option of lay-off was presented to me matter of factly; and the alternative was a new position in my employer's business partner's other business. I had little choice at the time, except to take the new position.

So this week, I've been learning a new job, while staying in the same building with my former employee friends. We pass by each other, still talk, still take "smoke breaks" together or go to lunch--except now we don't really work together. We are in different parts of the building and my new position is far removed from my old position. It's not like I was "down-sized", but rather "re-sized". Suffice it to say, it's been stressful, different, and challenging. The week seemed as if it would never end and frankly I'm glad it's Friday and I have the weekend to breathe and evaluate what just happened. But, I am grateful that "Bloody Monday" only wounded me, and that I was not a fatality.

On a "up" note, I checked out a nightclub here in Mobile, Alabama called The Blind Mule that offers an "open mike" night and I am gonna schedule a night in a week or two to tell a few jokes. I may even invite my bosses, as long as they remember I'm not on their time when I'm doing stand-up comedy and every topic is fair game.

Speaking of "every topic" and lastly for this entry--I discovered a new blog this week and I've added it to my "Links That I Like". The Gun Toting Liberal has enough controversy and opinion to suit anybody. For me, I can agree with one entry and then in an instant, think the author is way off base. The author(s) are "Liberal-tarian". So, they say stuff that will both infuriate and inspire residents of both Blue States and Red States. And the site owner is a fellow resident of Mobile, Alabama and has had an interest in Quixtar and Amway like myself; so that's a plus. Go take a look and comment, if you dare.

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Thursday, December 11, 2008

Cold On The Coast

Oh my lord, I am stooping to blog about the weather.

Mobile had some sleet and I did see one snow flake as a cold wave swept through the deep south today. West of us, over in Mississippi and even in New Orleans, people not used to snow had 2-5 inches of snow to deal with.

When I lived in Northeast Mississippi, we would get snow every three years or so and folks would go crazy. School was out, and people flocked to the grocery stores to buy bread. (I never could figure out why bread was the big commodity) In the South; 5 inches of snow causes traffic accidents and for some reason the cold, white stuff affects our southern brains the way the crystal white powdered drug affects a cocaine addict. We just become stupid.

While there were a few people here in Mobile wishing that the snow would have made its way towards us, we mainly received a cold wet rain and a little sleet. Tomorrow, the temperature is expected to be back in the 50s. That's fine by me.

I still get a thrill, when I'm corresponding with someone from the Northern states during the winter and can brag that my weather is still in the 60s or 70s, when they are experiencing below zero temps. Warm winters is one reason I moved to the coast. Yeah, we still get cold in January, but I've had at least one Christmas on the coast when the weather didn't require a coat, but merely a light long-sleeve shirt.

I've experienced a Michigan winter and an Indiana winter in my life, and truthfully, I don't miss it. Next week, my wife and I will be spending a few days over in New Orleans for our 25th wedding anniversary, and while I'm looking forward to walking the streets of the French Quarter and doing some last minute Christmas shopping at The Shops At Canal Place; I'm glad that the forecast is for some warmer weather.

The forecast tomorrow for Mobile, Alabama is sunny and 54 degrees. I can live with that.

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Saturday, September 27, 2008

A Night At The Blue Gill

For 50 years on the Causeway across Mobile Bay, The Blue Gill Restaurant has been a mainstay for purveyors of fine seafood, burgers, cold beer, and live music.

On most weekends, diners are treated on the covered deck to either a national act, local talent and regional musicians and bands on the verge of breakout on the national scene.

Last night I took the wife, and family to the Blue Gill to enjoy Atlantic Recording Artists, NeedToBreathe. This South Carolina-based rock band just released their second album, The Heat; and they brought the heat and passion of their music to the cool breezes blowing on the deck stage of the Blue Gill.

There were ballads to sway to and rock anthems to "bob" your head in time and quite a few times, audience members joined in and clapped along with the tunes.

I found myself comparing the lead singer's appearance on stage to a young "Kid Rock, but his music wasn't anything like The Kid's music.(That's no slight on either artist) The band's show and stage antics were filled with energy and showed no boredom or frustration from extensive travel or from playing the small venue. I had heard of the band, but wasn't familiar with most of their songs, so no one near me was cursed with me singing along with the band, however, upon hearing NeedToBreathe, I can say that I'll be listening to them more and in no time will be singing along. Watch out next time they are in town.

Even before NeedToBreathe came on stage, the music from the opening acts were also a pleasure to listen to. My wife bought a CD from the opening act, Birmingham, Alabama's, Matthew Mayfield. Mayfield is an acoustic guitarist with a soulful, blue-sy sound and my personal favorite was "Still Alive", which I would categorize as a "protest" song. Matthew was at home in the small venue and made a personal connection with the crowd.

In the "comedy world", audiences are usually treated to an Opener, A Feature, and A Headliner. Last night's schedule "featured" Keyboardist, Guitarist and Singer Andy Davis. I told Andy after the show that he made a good "Feature" performer, because he was on his way to "Headliner" status.

Andy was amusing when he spoke to the crowd, provided a "sing-a-long" segment with his "Let The Woman walk in", and was self-deprecating when introducing his "i-band" accompaniment via his cell phone. He did a wonderful job of covering Etta James', "At Last". Andy is an artist than can hit a falsetto note without sounding annoying.

In our little group, (we had friends meet us and offered some seats to some strangers) everyone had a favorite. My wife, daughter and my daughter's friend like Matthew. I, along with a few of my friends, like Andy. Everyone seemed to rock out to NeedToBreathe.

Last but not least, let me say the food was fantastic. Simple, affordable and tasty. The waitstaff was friendly, prompt, attentive, and not a bit shaken by the large crowd.

In my opinion, The Blue Gill Restaurant and last night's performers proved once again why the Blue Gill is a frequent winner of "Best Place to Hear Live Music" competitions (as well as being named one of the Best Bars in America by Esquire Magazine), the Bluegill features great food, a gorgeous waterfront deck as well as an Amphitheater where patrons can enjoy great live music.

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Thursday, September 4, 2008

I Love Mobile(MOE-Beele)

Yesterday I replied to an entry at a YahooGroup about living in a hurricane-prone area, such as Mobile, Alabama or New Orleans, Louisiana. The discussion was basically about why anyone would live in a city such as New Orleans because the city is below sea level and Hurricane Katrina almost washed it from the map. Or, why anyone would live in an earthquake prone area like San Francisco or Los Angeles. And why, would anyone who has lost his home due to a flood caused by a river overflowing next to their city AND then building a NEW home right on the exact spot. Why indeed?

I live on the Gulf Coast in Mobile, Alabama. I moved here over 6
years ago. In that time, I evacuated for Hurricane Ivan and came
home to 8 days of no power and some minor damage, I evacuated for
Hurricane Dennis and came home to no damage and no money from the

I stayed for Hurricane Katrina. Lost a tree.

I stayed for Gustav. For Mobile, that was a large thunderstorm that
lasted two days.

For someone that transplanted to the coast, I have found "home" and
understand completely why people stay. It's really the reason why
anyone stays anywhere that they live. It's "home". You put up with
the problems, just like anywhere.

I can put up with the wretched summer humidity because I love the mild winters that allow me to sometimes wear short sleeves in December. I put up with the threat of Hurricanes in order to be only a short drive to the beach. I handle evening news stories about someone suffering a gunshot in one part of the city, in order to strike up a friendly conversation with someone in a check-out line. For every problem your "hometown" has, you could cite a multitude of other reasons why you stay.

Mobile, Alabama is my "home". Sure, I grew up somewhere else, but here; I feel like I belong. I plan to set my roots deep into the Gulf Coast--so deep, that no hurricane with any strength shall move me.

I've added a new banner to my sidebar highlighting a new website called "I Love Mobile". It's just getting started, but it hopes to be the source for all things in the Port City. You'll find some history, photos, business listings, events...and even a mention about a local Mobile, Alabama comedian that writes "On The Road With Dave." You can even add them as a MySpace friend.

"I Love Mobile" is a new "Links I Like" about a city I love and a city this comedian calls home.

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Monday, September 1, 2008

On The Edge Of Hurricane Gustav

If you've been watching any network news this morning then you are probably experiencing Hurricane Gustav coverage fatigue. Since early yesterday afternoon CNN, MSNBC and The Weather Channel have all converged onto The Gulf Coast and New Orleans as Hurricane Gustav moved close.

The Hurricane moved on shore early this morning and most news footage has centered on New Orleans. Here in Mobile, Alabama we are experiencing the edges and outer bands of storms accompanying Gustav's landfall. Last night the Bankhead Tunnel's doors were closed and our Causeway is flooded. The Causeway is a highway that crosses Mobile Bay at the water's edge. It's prone to flooding. A higher Bayway,
(part of Interstate 10) is the raised artery between Mobile and Baldwin Counties. It is open.

Rain has been steady this morning with numerous Tornado warnings across the area. Currently, as of this writing, there's another Tornado warning just issued for north of my area.

We expect rain and more rain for most of the rest of the day. No damage to speak of where I am. But, I have seen problems on television for Mississippi. This could affect my job over the next couple of days and I'm hoping all the preparations we took for my job prior to the storm will prove helpful.

If you're interested in our local news coverage, I'd suggest WPMI.COM. Usually, I suggest WKRG-TV; but they have me confused today.

Last night, we got wall-to-wall coverage at WKRG pre-empting network shows for local interviews with everybody and their cousin prior to the storm--and today as the storm has made landfall; all we're getting is CBS tennis coverage with a small picture-in-picture "radar box" in the corner of the screen.

But for those concern with my well-being--all is fine over here on the edge of Gustav. I think I'll watch the Star Trek: Next Generation marathon on the SciFi Channel for a while.

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Friday, August 29, 2008

Preparing For Hurricane Gustav

I'm tired.

As you might know, I work for a medical equipment company. One of the services we provide is home oxygen therapy.

Patients who need assistance with breathing and maintaining a proper oxygen saturation in their bloodstream are provided oxygen via an electric oxygen concentrator. The Concentrator basically takes "room air" and filters it to release pure oxygen that runs through tubing to a nasal cannula. This machine provides great relief and a certain amount of freedom in the patients' homes.

The main problem with these oxygen concentrators are that they operate on electricity.

Let me direct you to the following map.

That's Hurricane Gustav entering the Gulf of Mexico.

I looked up the meaning of the name, "Gustav". It means Staff of the Gods or the Lord's Cane. Which means if the storm happens to hit Mobile, Alabama or the Mississippi Coast then thousands of people will have their electricity fail due to being hit by a really big "stick" swung by God.

Part of my job for the last few days has been preparing my patients for possible power outages due to the impending storm. So, my co-worker Paul and I have been riding the roads of Lower Alabama and Mississippi delivering supplies and portable oxygen cylinders to all our patients not evacuating for the storm. Amazingly, many(and I mean many) are electing to stay in the area for a variety of reasons.

Paul spent the day in the Gulfport/Biloxi, Mississippi area dropping off racks of these cylinders to patients with the memory of Hurricane Katrina still fresh in their minds. (Today, is the 3-Year Anniversary). Of course with each delivery, was time spent talking and calming the anxieties of these older citizens of the Gulf Coast.

My job was to deliver cylinders as well as Liquid Oxygen containers called Dewars to patients in the Mobile and Baldwin county area.

A dewar(pronounced like the fine Scotch whiskey)provides a self-contained refrigerated liquid oxygen that fills a portable unit worn by the patient to provide oxygen therapy. A dewar can fill and refill the portable unit for weeks at a time.

These dewars are the reason why I'm tired.

Besides, climbing in and out of the back of my van to get the smaller cylinders I also delivered 4 of these containers. When they are full, they weigh about 170 pounds. Unlike the photo, mine had no wheels and like an idiot I did not have a moving dolly in my van today. So, after lifting these dewars down out of the van and tilting them slightly and rolling them to the patients' doors. I also encountered many many thousands of steps and stairs(okay, okay, it wasn't thousands) in order to get the units into the patients' homes. Did I mention the weight?

After my last delivery, I headed back to the office to finish preparations for the office, and for the weekend. Paul and I re-stocked all of the vans in case we have emergency deliveries over the weekend and immediately following the storm.

Paul will officially be "on call"; but I could be called in as well, if the volume of calls are extreme.

All this preparation could be for nothing, if Hurricane Gustav decides to move and hit further westward. But an ounce of prevention is still worth a pound of cure.

I'm hoping all of the preparations and sweating in the 90 degree heat is for nothing. But, the "overtime" will be nice.

I'll keep ya informed as Hurricane Gustav moves closer to the coast. Keep your fingers crossed.

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Friday, August 22, 2008

Fay-ed In: Interior

Get it?

Fade In?

Tropical Storm Fay?

I have to stay inside?

Aww hell, it was funny in my head, anyway.

It wouldn't be summer in Mobile, Alabama if I wasn't watching a weather map of the tropics and tracking a tropical storm or potential hurricane.

It looks like Tropical Storm Fay that has soaked the state of Florida for the last week will finally arrive in Mobile, Alabama tomorrow.

We are expecting lots and lots of rain, but relatively little wind. Forcasts predict 30 or 40 MPH gusts. That's not bad.

I'm "on call" this weekend for my day job, so I might have to venture out into the storm in case of an emergency, but preparations have been made, so the possibilty is slight.

So, I should be inside for the weekend watching it rain...and rain...and rain. Hopefully, that will be the extent of Tropical Storm Fay on Mobile, Alabama.

(Please, Don't sue me Weather Channel)

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Thursday, August 21, 2008

I'm Not A Doctor; But...

I'm not a doctor; but I sort of work for them. It's not as good as playing one on TV, but with this economy, you take what you can get.

As some of my readers know, I work for a home medical equipment company and pharmacy as my "daytime gig". Yes, even aspiring comedians have to pay bills and eat on a regular basis and a full-time job is a necessity at this time.

Ordinarily, there's not a lot of excitement at work worth blogging about, except that time I wrote about work and voting. But, we have something new at work that's pretty exciting...a website.

MEDI-STATRX.COM was unveiled August 15th, 2008 and is set up to serve patients and physicians on a national basis.

We, at work, are pretty proud of it and I asked one of my bosses if he'd mind if I blogged about it. Since, he was the chief designer and put in some countless hours and a few sleepless nights, he was pretty jazzed about the idea. I even managed to add a little "copy" to the new site, so I'm pretty jazzed, too.

Medi-Stat Rx was founded with the goal to provide health professionals and clients with specific medications through innovative professional compounding services. Medi-Stat Rx prides itself in high quality customer service one customer at a time.

To put it simply, compounding is the process of mixing medications by a pharmacist or physician to meet the unique needs of an individual. The ability to compound medications gives the patient a much wider scope of prescription medication strengths and forms.

Throughout history, there has always been a need for pharmacists to compound drugs in individualized dosages. Mass produced products contain standard drug strengths that may help one patient, but can be adverse to another. A compounding pharmacy solves this problem by using a pharmacist to tailor mix drugs to fit the uniqueness of the patient according to a doctor’s prescription. Medi-Stat Rx prides itself on its service and experience in providing prescription compounding and nutritional supplements for the individual.

Originally founded in 1996 under the name Newman Pharmacy, Medi-Stat Rx has grown from a small neighborhood pharmacy and durable medical equipment company in Mobile, Alabama to a nationwide presence in the compounding community. In the beginning Medi-Stat Rx’s primary focus was on respiratory medications and equipment. Through the evolution of pressures of an ever-changing medical industry we moved our interests into the newly revitalized compounding industry. Medi-Stat Rx has expanded its product lines to include Sterile Injectables, Hormone Replace Therapies, Topical Pain Creams, Skin Care Products and other highly specialized medications to meet individual needs of each and every patient. Medi-Stat Rx adheres to the strict guidelines set forth by United States Pharmacopeia to ensure the highest quality medications are available to our patients.

So, if you've got the time, if you think you might need our services, or you just want to keep me gainfully employed; check out Medi-Stat Rx-- there's even a photo of me on the site, but you'll have to squint.

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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

The Smoking Moose

If you're interested in how my last stand-up comedy performance went; then go check out Comedy This Exit to read about my "Father's Day" weekend performance at The Smoking Moose in Anniston, Alabama.

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Saturday, May 24, 2008

"Our Bodies" In Mobile, Alabama

Next month we celebrate Father's Day, but today I got my "Father's Day" present early.

For the last several months here in Mobile, Alabama at the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center; visitors have been fascinated by the "Our Body, The Universe" exhibit.

The traveling exhibit features Human specimens that have undergone the "plastination" process of preservation.

My daughter and I have talked about going to see the exhibit since it arrived in Alabama and it ends next weekend. She thought it would be a great early-Father's Day present to take me today to "oooh" and "ahhhh" over the exhibit.

Although some people may feel queasy at the sight of looking at cadavers and Human body parts carefully infused with a "wax" process and displayed in cross section, dissection and full view cutaways--I'd have to say the exhibit was fantastic and the exhibitors treat the "subjects" with a reverent dignity.

As I viewed the specimens there was no doubt I was looking at what was once a fully living breathing human being from China; but there was also a scientific detachment that allowed me to learn and explore the human body from the inside out and appreciate the universe that resides in each of us.

The Our Body exhibits are currently in Mobile, Alabama, San Antonio, Texas and Oklahoma City and will be in Wichita, Kansas soon.

Certain parts of the exhibit may be too intense for small children and people with religious sensitivities may find some of the specimens in the Human Reproductive System area offensive as they explain the stages of pregnancy.

I'd also recommend the IMAX film we watched at The Exploreum as well. "Wired To Win". is a great documentary explaining the processes of our Brain set upon the backdrop of riding with the Australian Biking Team on the Tour De France.

Thanks Erica, for a great day.

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Friday, May 23, 2008

Final Destination 4: My Son Will Be A Movie Star...Sorta

It seems that Hollywood decided that Mobile, Alabama might make a good place for a movie and decided to have a casting call for movie extras for the upcoming Final Destination 4 movie. My wife and oldest son decided that they'd like to get up at 5AM last Saturday morning and head down to the Mobile Civic Center to stand on line for a chance at being a face in the crowd.

I'm happy to report that today, my oldest son, Aaron, was "called back" and will be an extra portraying a photographer(among other "photographers") in the opening sequence of the movie to be released in 2009.

Filming starts Tuesday.

(By The Way, the "casting call" link is a news story from Mobile's FOX10 news and at the video link of the story; watch carefully the first 4 seconds and you'll get a glimpse of my wife and son. My wife is in what appears to be a white shirt on the video and sunglasses.)

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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Historic Photos Of Mobile: A Review

I was born and reared in Mississippi; but for the last 6 years I have called Mobile, Alabama, home. Actually, I think of Mobile as "Home"; more so than where I grew up. I'm comfortable here, I belong here.

And I still have a fascination with the city...kinda like a tourist. I've talked to life-long natives of Mobile who have lost that sense of wonder at the historical sites of interest in the city, the events, the history that makes up Mobile. Luckily, I haven't reached that cynicism that comes with living somewhere for so long that you stop noticing the things in your city.

So, I was thrilled when I was contacted by Turner Publishing from Nashville asking me to review a book about my city, Mobile, Alabama. Turner publishes a series of books focusing on historical photos of different cities across the USA. These books are suitable for coffee tables, local business office waiting rooms, and for those houses where books are strategically placed for interior design purposes.

BUT... "Historic Photos Of Mobile" is worth picking up and reading. Residents of the Gulf Coast can look into their past and experience some rich history through the photographs and commentary inside the book. And you don't have to reside on the Gulf Coast to enjoy the photographs; the book arouses your curiosity about the city of history and makes you want to explore the city of today.

The book's content begins in 1870 and carries the reader or researcher through to 1979. One critique of the book is that it ends too soon and abruptly with 1979, with no explanation as to why. However, the book shines with its small stories tucked away in the captions of the photos. I learned of John Fowler, an inventor at the turn of the 20th century who built his own airplanes in Mobile, and may have superseded the Wright Brothers in flight. I saw what may be my boss's father on a Mardi Gras float in 1949, and I read about how a tunnel I travel through everyday was built.

"Historic Photos Of Mobile" was written and compiled by Carol Ellis and Scotty E. Kirkland, both Archivists at the University of South Alabama in Mobile. I had the chance to meet the authors at Bienville Books in Mobile last Friday for their book signing.

Many purchasers of the book, including myself, had a story to relate to the authors about a particular photograph in the book and the authors spoke at length asking as many questions as answering.

I did ask the authors about the ending of the book and was informed that the publishers stick to a particular style in the series and most of the books end similarly. I suppose as a city enters the 70s, it's considered less and less historically significant. I guess those modern photos will be significant in another 50 years or so.

If you are a history buff, a resident of the Gulf Coast, or someone that enjoys those bygone days of yesteryear; take a visit back in time with "Historic Photos Of Mobile"

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