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Celebrating One Year Of Friendship With Bill Ali

One year ago today, I became friends with musician Bill Ali.  I would see one of his concerts on April 7, 2019, while I was at Railyard Grill and Tap Room in Bridgeville.  That afternoon, while I was there, I became an official fan of Bill Ali’s work.  As of today, the show that I saw him do there last April is the only Bill Ali show I had ever seen.  I almost made it two last month, but I was unable to go there because I was very busy, but, hopefully, I can see one of his shows again whenever I’m able to go there again.  Bill is a terrific musician … and he and his band, which is called The Bill Ali Band, are able to put on some of the best shows in and around the Pittsburgh area.  I hope you will be able to see one of his shows if you happen to be in the Pittsburgh area in the future.

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On April 7, 2019, I met Bill Ali, who is the leader of The Bill Ali Band. He and his band put on a fantastic show at the Railyard Grill And Tap Room that afternoon.
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Does Joseph Like Soap Operas?

Back in the 1930s, Procter and Gamble, the company that makes fantastic products like Crest toothpaste, Tide laundry detergent and Ivory soap, invented soap operas.  The first soap opera was a soap opera called “Painted Dreams,” which premiered on the radio in 1930 … and, for 90 years, we have had some fantastic soap operas on both radio and on TV.

Over the years, I have watched some soap operas, including “The Young and the Restless,” “The Bold and the Beautiful,” “Another World,” “Passions,” “Days of our Lives,” “General Hospital,” “One Life To Live,” “All My Children,” “Guiding Light” and “As the World Turns,” just to name a few.  Only four of these soap operas are still on TV … and you can find them on your local stations on weekday afternoons.

If I have to pick a soap opera that I like the best out of all of them, I would probably have to say “General Hospital.”  It premiered on ABC back on April 1, 1963 … and this is no April Fools’ joke.  Tomorrow, the soap opera will turn 57 years old.  Only “Guiding Light” has reached the 57-year mark on TV.  It did so on June 30, 2009, nearly three months before the show ended its long run.  Two more soap operas aired for 50 or more years.  “Days of our Lives,” which is still on NBC, has aired for more than 54 years … and “As the World Turns,” which ended its run nearly 10 years ago in September of 2010, aired for 54 years.  Now, “Coronation Street,” which airs in England, has been on the air for nearly 60 years.

So, do I like soap operas?  Well, sometimes I do … and sometimes I don’t.  Of course, you don’t have to watch soap operas just on weekday afternoons anymore.  Now that all four soap operas are now viewable both on demand and online, you can watch them anytime, even on weekends.  They’re that good.

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Brady Has Been With Us For One Year Now!

One year ago today, Brady came to our house for the first time.  He is originally from Ohio.  Brady is a fantastic bulldog.  Brady is a brown and white English Bulldog.  Even though Brady can be bad, sneaky and nosy at times, we still like him a lot.  This morning, I snapped four selfies with Brady.  I snapped the first two selfies in our kitchen … and I snapped the other two selfies on our front porch.  Since we are still dealing with the Coronavirus Outbreak, Brady and I did our best to practice Social Distancing in the selfies.

Today, as we celebrate Brady’s first anniversary at our house, I would like you take a look at some photos of Brady, which I took over the past year.  I actually talked about Brady himself in a few of my blog posts throughout the past year.

As we wrap up today’s blog post, I would like you to see the blog posts that are mainly about Brady.

This is how Joseph stops Brady from sitting in the blue living room chair with him! (March 11, 2020)
Brady is between my legs! (March 10, 2020)
I refuse to share a seat with Brady! (February 19, 2020)
Brady is riding with me in our silver truck! (January 17, 2020)
“I want to sit in that blue seat!” (January 13, 2020)
Joseph’s Moment Of Peace: My bulldog, Brady (January 9, 2020)
Brady Is One Year Old Today! (December 18, 2019)
Brady loves to relax! (November 17, 2019)
Don’t Drop It! (November 11, 2019)
Is Brady allowed to sit in the blue seat? (October 29, 2019)
Joseph Has A Question For You: Should Brady dress up on Halloween? (October 22, 2019)
Brady has been with us for six months now! (September 30, 2019)
Brady Has Been With Us For Just Over Three Months Now! (July 3, 2019)
Meet Our New Bulldog, Brady (April 2, 2019)

Let me just say thank you to Brady, our bulldog, for allowing us to be a part of his life for the past year now.  Let’s see how things go in his second year in our house.

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Joseph’s Top Blog Posts For April 2020

Spring is now in full swing … and, before you know it, the month of April will be here.  Then, in just a few weeks, I will be celebrating my 34th birthday.  Just don’t ask me how I’ll be celebrating it just yet.  Fears of the Coronavirus may cause me to celebrate it at home; however, you will have to answer a question about my birthday plans in a blog post in April.

Now, today, I’m going to tell you about some of the blog posts that I’ll be writing down in April.  I will give you guys some fantastic posts throughout April … and I hope you guys can check out at least one of these posts whenever you can.

One of my blog posts will be entitled “Brady Has Been With Us For One Year Now!”  Brady first came to our house on March 30, 2019.  It seems like he first came to our house yesterday.  He’s a fantastic dog … and I will talk about his first year with us in a blog post on March 30th.

Another one of my blog posts will be entitled “Happy 3rd Birthday, Ezra!”  Ezra is the son of my cousin, Sarah Smith, and Tim Smith, who is Mr. Classy’s “stand-in.”  I will wish Ezra a happy birthday in a blog post in April.

Another one of my blog posts will be entitled “Jay Papuga Is A Very Classy Friend Of Mine.”  I will talk about my friend, Jay Papuga, in a blog post in April.

Another one of my blog posts will be entitled “I still have my grey and black Puma jacket two years later!”  I will talk about my grey and black Puma jacket in a blog post in April.

Another one of my blog posts will be entitled “Blog Post Number 1,350 Is About A Classy Jacket!”  In my 1,350th blog post, I will talk about one of my jackets.  I can’t tell you which jacket it will be about, but I’ll give you a hint.  It won’t be about my grey and black Puma jacket.  I will actually talk about it in one of the blog posts that I just mentioned before.  It will be about a jacket that’s just as classy as that Puma jacket is.

I will also be using my blog’s features in April.  Let me tell you how I’ll be using them this time…

Joseph’s Flashback-Our house was partially empty for years before we bought it!
Joseph Has A Question For You-Should Joseph go to DeBlaze Grill for his birthday this year?
Joseph’s Moment Of Peace-Joseph’s Hand Creams
Let’s Talk About A Past Blog Post-My green and yellow Brasil jacket

I hope you guys will check out at least one of my blog posts in April … and I hope you guys will continue to stay home and stay safe during the Coronavirus Outbreak.  We will do our best to get through it together.  Enjoy your day!

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Joseph Still Has A Classy Chaps Button-Down Shirt One Year Later!

I have owned my plaid long-sleeve button-down shirt from Chaps for just over one year … and my uncle, Thomas Papakie, has one as well.  The shirt has several colors on it, including white, blue, pink and purple.  There is a front pocket on the shirt … and the Chaps logo is easily visible on the pocket.  I bought the shirts for me and Thomas at T.J. Maxx and HomeGoods in Bridgeville last March.  We both like these shirts a lot … and we have worn them several times since I bought them last year.

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I have owned this plaid long-sleeve button-down shirt from Chaps for just over one year now. I bought the shirt at T.J. Maxx and HomeGoods in Bridgeville in March of 2019. The shirt has a front pocket with the Chaps logo on it … and the colors that are on the shirt are white, blue, pink and purple.

As I said at the beginning of this blog post, I also bought this shirt for Thomas Papakie at T.J. Maxx and HomeGoods in Bridgeville last March.  He likes it as much as I do.  Not long after I bought the shirts, me and Thomas wore them for a few minutes before I went to bed one evening.

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On March 20, 2019, me and my uncle, Thomas Papakie, wore our plaid long-sleeved button-down shirts with class in my “computer room.” The shirts go nicely with jeans, shorts and dress pants … and they may sometimes go with lounge pants also.

As you can see here, me and Thomas both like our plaid Chaps button-down shirts a lot.  As I wrap up the blog post, I would like you to see me and him wearing our shirts from last March until the present day.

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How are you guys staying safe during the Coronavirus Outbreak?

For the next several days or so, a lot of us will have to stay at home as the Coronavirus Outbreak continues.  I am staying safe by staying inside of my house as much as possible.  I will be walking to my mailbox on most of those days … and, of course, if I do go outdoors during the day, I am doing my best to stay at least six feet away from the nearest person.  Of course, I am still writing blog posts on my computer in my house’s “computer room” four to five times a week.  In fact, today, I am writing a post at home on my computer … and I would like to know how you guys are all staying safe during the Coronavirus Outbreak.

Please enjoy the rest of your day … and stay safe and stay home during the Coronavirus Outbreak.  We will do our best to get through it together.

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Joseph’s Flashback: I heard a classy voice-over artist on FOX 53 whenever I was a kid!

Since October of 1986, WPGH has been Pittsburgh’s Fox affiliate.  At first, FOX only had a late night talk show with Joan Rivers … and, then, it would start airing FOX’s programs for several hours at night, starting in April of 1987.  Over the years, it would start airing programs in various dayparts … and, in primetime, they would start airing shows in primetime every night by 1993.

Now, WPGH is a fantastic station to watch … and, from the late ’80s until around the late ’90s or so, one man did the voiceovers for the promos that aired on FOX 53 every day.  He always did a fantastic job in doing voiceovers for the station.  His name is Bob Karson.  These days, he does a short program called “The Discovery Files,” which is from the National Science Foundation.  Those programs last for about one to two minutes or so.  Mr. Karson is a terrific voice-over artist, no matter what he does.  For example, if you were to watch WPGH in the early ’90s, you would likely hear him say, “You can watch a movie, Sunday afternoons at 2 on FOX 53.”

To say the least, the best years of FOX 53 were the years that featured Bob Karson’s voiceovers in the station’s promos.  If you were watching the station back then, you may have also heard him doing the movie intros, bumpers and outros that WPGH had at that time.

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Staying safe during the Coronavirus Outbreak

Now, for the past several days now, lots of people have been talking about the Coronavirus Outbreak that’s been sweeping through our country in one form or another … and they have been seen stories about it just about every day for the past few days or so.  Now, the Coronavirus is in Pennsylvania and it’s also in Allegheny County, so a lot of people, including myself, are doing whatever they can to stay safe during this Outbreak.  That means a lot of us will have to stay home as much as possible for the next few days or so … and many of us won’t be able to work for a while.

This past Friday, for the first time in quite some time, I was able to stay home for the entire day on a Friday.  I was not able to work at T.J. Maxx and HomeGoods in Bridgeville then since the store would be closed for the next few days.  I am doing everything I can to stay safe during this Coronavirus Outbreak … and I hope you guys are also.

Now, as you may have guessed, I write all of my blog posts at home on my computer, which, of course, is in my “computer room.”  I generally write four or five blog posts on my blog every week … and I will still write blog posts for you guys while I’m in my “computer room.”  I know you guys like my posts a lot … and I hope you guys will like the posts that I write down as we continue to deal with this Outbreak.

Enjoy your day … and stay safe as we continue to deal with this Coronavirus Outbreak.  We will try very hard to get through it.  Yes, I will continue to write my blog posts at home.

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Joseph Puts “The ‘Classy’ Test” To The Test

Now, almost one year ago, “Mr. Classy” brought you “The ‘Classy’ Test” in a blog post.  In it, I asked you three questions that I thought would be perfect for classy people, like myself.  Today, I’m going to put “The ‘Classy Test” … to the test.

Question One: Are you able to wear a jacket or a sweater with class regularly?

If you answer “yes,” then you’re doing a fantastic job in doing so.  If you answer “no,” then you can try to wear a jacket or a sweater with blue jeans or dress pants … and a very classy shirt.  For example, if you have a black leather jacket, you can probably wear it with a very nice button-down shirt and either some dark blue jeans or some very classy dress pants.

Question Two: Do you say “please” and “thank you” to your friends and your relatives at least 50% of the time?

If you answer “yes,” then you are truly a classy person.  Please keep up the good work.  If you answer “no,” then you need to practice a little bit more.  It takes lots of courage to be this polite, but with a little luck and a lot of work, you, too, can be as polite as “Mr. Classy” just by saying “please” and “thank you” to any person in any situation at least half of the time.

Question Three: Is your hair pointing upward a little bit towards the front?

If you answer “yes,” then you have some class.  If you answer “no,” well, you can try to point it up a little bit in the front soon.  It might take some work, though.

Did you pass “The ‘Classy’ Test” with flying colors?  If you said “yes,” then, congratulations!  Hopefully you answered all three questions truthfully.  If you said “no,” then, you still have some work to do.  Hopefully you answered either one or two questions truthfully.  If you answered none of the questions truthfully, then you might not be as classy as “Mr. Classy” is.

Enjoy your day, my friends!

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Joseph Has A Question For You: What should Joseph do in his “computer room” in the early evening hours?

Now, the days are starting to get a little bit longer … and it may be hard for me to stay indoors after my “cut-off times,” but I’m doing a good job in doing so so far.  My outdoor “cut-off” times are 2:30 p.m. on weekdays and 5:00 p.m. on weekends.  I will try to keep myself busy in my “computer room” in the early evening hours … and I have a question about it today.

Here’s my question … what should I do in my “computer room” in the early evening hours?  I may clean a little bit and give myself “me time” while I’m in my “computer room” in the early evening hours, but you guys can give me suggestions as well.