Lizard Lick Towing Returns On June 11

Ron Shirley, Amy Shirley and Bobby Brantley of Lizard Lick Towing.

Lizard Lick Towing will return to TLC on June 11. The show will be broadcast at 10PM EDT on Mondays.

Some critics of the show say it not a reality show, but instead is a fake reality show. They may be right, but it still shows a humorous side of repossessing vehicles and the lengths owners will go to so they can keep their vehicles from being repossessed. Former pro basketball star Charles Barkley is a fan of the show.

Ron Shirley and his wife Amy are the owners of Lizard Lick Towing and Recovery with Bobby Brantley assisting Ron in the repossessions. Ron and Bobby rarely can hook a vehicle up, without the owners knowing what is going on. Instead there is almost always a confrontation, with the owners before the vehicle is towed away.

Even Bobby Brantley has admitted some scenes are staged. If that is correct, then the show stops being realistic and instead is being manipulated by the producers, to make the viewers believe, that whatever is being shown really happened.

It is amazing how many times the lobby of the Lizard Lick Towing has been damaged by irate owners, returning to the office to pick up their vehicle. You would think that they wouldn’t bother to redecorate after the lobby has been trashed several times.

The show is a mixture of laughter and serious situations, where gunshots have been directed at Ronny before.

First show of the new season will be airing in only 11 days. Tune in June 11 to see the first show of the new season.


Brother-In-Law of Buddy Velastro (Cake Boss) Receives 9 Year Sentence

Remy Gonzalez brother-in-law of Buddy Velastro of Cake Boss fame has been sentenced to a nine year sentence for child sexual assault.

Those who have been watching Cake Boss since the first show, on TLC network have noticed that Remy Gonzalez who was shown working in the bakery often has been missing from the show, for the last two or three years.

It will be interesting to see if his former boss and brother-in-law makes a comment regarding the situation.

Remy could often be seen in the background during the Cake Boss shows. There has been no mention of the reason for him not being on the show that I know of.

He could be deported after his nine year sentence is served.

Classic Television: Shindig

Sept. 16, 1964, January 8, 1966

Shindig was a show featuring many of the best known singers of that era, that was first televised on the ABC television network on September 16, 1964. The Beatles had started the British invasion, in February of 1964 and the show featured many British singers.

The show featured regular singers like Bobby Sherman, Jackie DeShannon and Donna Loren and Teri Garr was one of the dancers and went to be a movie actress.

Guest hosts on the show were a strange mix of Boris Karloff, Mickey Rooney, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Ed Wynn, Hugh O’Brian, Jackie Leonard and others, who were not known for their musical talent.

This video features Herman’s Hermits singing I’m Into Something Good. The harmony from the background singers reminds me of the Beach Boys sound. The next song is Doo Wah Diddy sang by the Manfred Mann. Gerry and the Pacemakers close out the video with Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying, their signature hit.


The Isley Brothers sing Shout in this video, that also features the Shindig dancers.


Bobby Sherman singing the Frankie Ford hit Sea Cruise.


Jackie DeShannon sings her hit song What the World Needs Now, which peaked at No.7 in 1965.


Donna Loren singing Shakin’ All Over which also features the Shindig dancers.


Bobby Vinton singing his classic Mr. Lonely.


The Supremes singing Stop in the Name of Love.


The Beach Boys singing Do You Wanna Dance.


Patty Duke singing Say Something Funny, the only time I have ever seen her sing.


The Temptations featuring David Ruffin sing My Girl.


Shindig may have ended 46 years ago, but we can still enjoy the videos of the singers from those shows, that lets us go back in time. I had a little portable TV while in the Army in Hawaii and was able to see some of the Shindig shows. Ironically the show went off the air, about the same time that I was boarding a troop ship for Vietnam.

It is just my opinion but the music of today doesn’t come close to the music of the middle 1960’s.

Chicago White Sox Win 8th Consecutive Game

The Chicago White Sox won their eighth consecutive game yesterday, with a 4-3 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. The win came on a day when Adam Dunn and Paul Konerko were 1-10 and struck out a combined five times.

Adam Dunn is currently in a 1-14 slump in his last four games, but the White Sox won all of those games. It is a given that Dunn will strike out a lot, but his power numbers are about normal for him. He only hit 11 home runs in 2011, but has already hit 16 in less than a third of the 2012 season.

Dayan Viciedo has taken up some of the slack, having hit .425 in his last ten games. He also has hit four home runs and driven in 13 runs in his last seven games. Viciedo started slow this season, with a .206 batting average in April, but has rebounded to hit .351 in May.

Paul Konerko has hit .447 in his last ten games, while Alex Rios has hit .342 in his last 10 games. Alexei Ramirez has hit .297 in his last ten games. He was 2-18 in the first five games of that stretch, but has been 9-19 in the last five games.

Chris Sale is currently leading the AL in ERA with a 2.34 mark and struck out 15 earlier this week and has posted a 6-2 record.

Robin Ventura the White Sox manager made an excellent choice, in adding Chris Sale to the starting rotation. He was briefly sent back to the bullpen, but looks like he is in the starting rotation to stay. Sale and Derek Lowe have allowed the fewest home runs (3) of any pitchers with at least six wins in the AL. 

Sale and Jake Peavy have a combined 12-3 record this season. Peavy has a $22 million option for the 2013 season. It looked like a no-brainer that the White Sox would decline that option, during the coming postseason, but now Peavy is making that decision more difficult for the White Sox. If he wins 20 games he will make that decision even more difficult.

While Sale and Peavy have a combined 12-3 record in 2012, the other six starters have a combined 10-12 record. Jose Quintana is the only other White Sox starter with a winning record with a 1-0 record.

The other three starters in the rotation, Gavin Floyd, Phillip Humber and John Danks are 12th, 13th and 14th among all 15 White Sox pitchers this season. Floyd has posted a 5.02 ERA while Humber has an ERA of 5.37 and Danks has an ERA of 5.70. 

Floyd has allowed 21 runs and 28 hits in his last 14.2 innings, while Humber hit a wall after his perfect game, by allowing 20 runs and 21 hits over the next three starts. It took 38 days after the perfect game, to win another start.

Danks is currently on the disabled list, but hadn’t pitched well, when he was healthy. He has only won twice since April 11. 

The White Sox offense has scored the fourth most runs in the AL, while the pitchers have allowed the third least runs. The White Sox are second in opponent’s batting average at .232, with only the Los Angeles Angels better allowing opponents a .231 average.

Even though three starters have ERA’s over 5.00, the Sox still have allowed the third least runs in the AL, so that tells me the White Sox should compete all season long for the AL Central title. 

Captain and Tenille: Love Has Kept Them Together

Captain & Tenille both played keyboard for the Beach Boys, early in their careers and Tenille was the only Beach Girl.

It doesn’t seem possible that Toni Tenille was 72 last month and her husband Daryl Dragon will be 70 in August. Daryl was a keyboardist for the Beach Boys. Toni later would play the keyboard for the Beach Boys and was their only Beach Girl. They were married on December 11, 1975.

Their first hit single Love Will Keep Us Together went to No.1 on both the pop charts and the adult contemporary charts. The song won a Grammy for Record of the Year. It  was unusual in that it was their first single and for it to win a Grammy and go to No.1 made it their signature song.  The Way I Want To Touch You also reached No.1 in 1975.

Captain & Tenille had three singles, Shop Around, Muskrat Love and Lonely Night (Angels Face) , that went to No.1 in 1976.  It would be three years later in 1979, when they recorded their last No.1 song in Do That To Me One  More Time.

It has been 33 years now since their last No.1 hit and they haven’t even a song make the charts since 1980, when Love On A Shoestring went to No.27 on Hot 100 chart  and Happy Together peaked at No.27 on Adult Contemporary chart.

There are some performers that you instantly like and Toni Tenille and Captain Daryl Dragon were prime examples.

Toni Tenille singing Love Will Keep Us Together with Captain Daryl Dragon on the keyboard.

Toni Tenille singing Shop Around in a lower quaility video but only video found of it.

Captain and Tenille are still together after 37 years of marriage. Toni has recorded some jazz standards on albums.

There was a six year span, when they were at the height of their popularity from 1975-1980. They may not have not have had the longest career in music, but for six years it was magic when Captain and Tenille took the stage.

Captain and Tenille’s website:

Toni Tenille’s website:

2012 American Idol Tour Schedule

The 45 date American Idol tour kicks off in Detroit, Michigan, on July 6 at the Joe Louis Arena. The tour will end on  September 11 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at the Bradley Center. Phil Phillips should be on the tour, when it starts, barring any medical complications from his surgery, but he may miss significant rehearsal time.

The ten singers on the 2012 tour:

Heejun Han

DeAndre Brackensick

Elise Testone

Hollie Cavanagh

Phil Phillps

Joshua Ledet

Skylar Laine

Colton Dixon

Erika Van Pelt

Jessica Sanchez

The American Idol singers on tour last year reportedly received $1,000, for each of the 49 dates. There has been no indication, of how much the singers will earn in 2012, that I know of. The American Idol contracts change from year to year, so the singers could earn more or less than the singers on the 2011 tour. There are reports that the singers will earn $50 spending money on days, that they don’t perform.

Joshua Ledet will be happy to return to Louisiana for the show at the Cajundome in Lafayette, Louisiana, which is about 80 miles from his hometown of Westlake, Louisiana.

Those attending the last four concerts, in the following cities should see the singers at their best,  as they will have already been singing for two full months:

9/7 Atlantic City, NJ Boardwalk Hall

9/8 Reading, PA Sovereign Center

9/10 Cincinnati, OH US Bank Arena

9/11 Milwaukee, WI Bradley Center

Complete Tour Schedule

The complete tour schedule:

Recording Contracts

Some of the singers may be working on recording projects during the tour, but they probably won’t be able to finish any projects, till the tour ends on September 11.

I think it is safe to say that Heejun Han and DeAndre Brackensick won’t be offered recording contracts. Hollie Cavanagh, Colton Dixon and Erika Van Pelt could possibly be offered recording contracts, in the future but  Phil Phillips, Jessica Sanchez, Skylar Laine, Elise Testone and Joshua Ledet are almost sure, to have albums recorded before any of the other singers.

Ticket Prices

Prices for American Idol tour tickets will vary from venue to venue. An example of the pricing is the concert at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. The seats furthest from the stage are priced at $41.25. Seats a little closer to the stage are $58, The seats in the center section on the floor have been sold out, but the sections on both sides, of the center section are priced at $79.85.

The center section up front, may be reserved for American Idol VIP ticket holders who will be charged $277 and have the following privileges.

American Idol Live! Tour VIP Package

American Idol Live! returns this summer for another hit tour to showcase this season’s talented top 10 finalists. Get the ultimate fan experience when you choose the American Idol Live! Tour VIP Package, which includes:- Premium Seat in the 1st 15 rows
– Exclusive tour laminate and tour lanyard
– A signed 8×10 photo of the 2012 Idols
– An American Idol tour program
– An approximately 45 minute meet and mingle with the Idols from the 2012 season (all 10 Idols may not be present at the meet and mingle)

Received Blogger Award

It was a pleasant surprise to find a very inspiring blogger award in the email inbox this morning. I started blogging at in 2004, before moving to


1. Display the award logo on the blog.

2.Link to blog of the one nominating you.

3. State seven things about yourself.

4. Nominate 15 other bloggers for the award and provide links to their blogs.

5.Let those bloggers know they have been nominated and what is expected of them.

7 Things About Me

1. Was born in West Lafayette, Indiana on October 14, 1944, just four months and eight days after the D-Day invasion. Moved to Pineville, Louisiana in 1946 when my dad left Purdue University to teach at Louisiana College.

2. Have always had a passion for baseball, from an early age and have been fortunate enough to see Ted Williams in 1959 shortly before he retired from baseball. I played three years in Little League and one year in Pony League, before retiring at the age of 13.

3. Struggled through high school, spending three summers in summer school and missing out on family vacations those three years, since my dad, who was a chemistry professor at Louisiana College in Pineville, Louisiana worked those three summers at the nuclear institution in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

4. Joined the Army in October of 1962, right in the middle of the Cuban missile crisis and singing this song while marching in basic training at Fort Polk, Louisiana:



5. Arrived at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii in June of 1963, where I saw many musical acts at Conroy Bowl, the outside arena on the base. Saw Buck Owens, Johnny Cash, Beach Boys, Sue Thompson, Jimmy Wakely while in Hawaii, plus others I can’t think of some 49 years later. Will never forget the beautiful sunsets on Waikiki Beach and want to thank Uncle Sam for my two and-a-half year vacation, but didn’t like being sent to Vietnam in January of 1966. The soldier that took my place died,  when a mortar shell hit the post office two months after I was discharged.

6. Returned home from Vietnam and was hired by newspaper, after the previous worker at my position had died in a drowning accident. Worked there for eight years, then Elvis Presley indirectly found me another job, when we attended one of his concerts in another city and we happened to pass the newspaper office and eventually was hired there. Then returned to previous newspaper two years later and worked another 28 years there before retiring, on Halloween night of 2004.

7. Have learned to appreciate having a steady job for 38 years, since I have had numerous jobs, since leaving the newspaper. Am finding employers are not lining up, to hire 67 year-old workers. Am looking for work again now.

Favorite Bloggers

Maryanne Mistrietta writes very interesting blogs and I particularly enjoyed the one she recently wrote about seeing Butch Patrick of the Munsters and Candy Clark who appeared in American Graffiti movie. I also enjoy reading her accounts of attending concerts.

The one thing that stands out about her blogs is that they are very well written and capture your interest from the first word. Maryanne posts great photos with her blog. It is always exciting to see that she has written another blog, knowing that she consistently writes excellent articles.

You Jivin’ Me Turkey is a great place to read quotes of famous people in history. You are able to read quotes from such diverse people as Napoleon, Robert Frost, Abraham Lincoln, Groucho Marx and Harry Truman.Brad also writes very interesting posts about baseball.

Lesley Carter has an excellent blog and this recent blog has many photos of her mother and her. In a time when so many mothers and daughters don’t get along well, it is refreshing to know that mothers and daughters can still have a great relationship.

This blog is called Just Another Day and currently the writer is revealing her thoughts, about whether to have the baby or have an abortion.

This lady writes one of the best nostalgic blogs out there and I can guarantee it will bring memories flooding back from the past. The blog is written sporadically, but each blog is worth the wait. If you love nostalgia, this blog is for you.I particularly liked her article on soda fountains.