Let’s Talk About A Past Blog Post: Joseph’s Nike Air Jacket

Today, I would like to talk about a blog post that I wrote down in December of 2018.  The post is entitled “Joseph’s Nike Air Jacket.”  In it, I talked about my black and white Nike Air jacket, which I got for Christmas, more than two months after my mother ordered it for me online.  I said that I would wear it many times in 2019 … and I did just that.  I was inspired to write this blog post because I wanted to talk about a classy jacket like the black and white Nike Air jacket.  My uncle, Thomas Papakie, and my friend, Shawn Landy, have this jacket as well … and they wear it with class just like I do.  I also got to revisit the post back in July as I was celebrating my blog’s fifth anniversary.

This jacket is perfect for classy people like me, my uncle and my friend.

Here’s the link to my blog post …
Joseph’s Nike Air Jacket (December 27, 2018)

Is 4:30 a.m. too early to watch a newscast?

Since July of 1982, Pittsburgh has had a morning newscast of some kind on at least one of its TV stations.  Now, these are the newscasts that air before the network’s morning programs air.  Newscasts would air at various times between 4:30 and 7 in the morning … and they would air for either one hour, 90 minutes, two hours or 2 1/2 hours.

WTAE gave us Pittsburgh’s first early morning newscast in ’82, but they aired it in two 15-minute blocks.  They aired at 6:15 and 6:45 in the morning … and they were shown during ABC’s “World News This Morning.”  WPXI gave us our city’s first complete 30-minute newscast in October of 1986.  It aired from 6:30 until 7 in the morning back then.  KDKA would start an early morning newscast of its own in 1990 … and it was one hour long.  It aired from 6 until 7 in the morning.

Nowadays, all three of our local stations start their early morning newscasts at or around 4:30 on weekday mornings.  The 4:30 a.m. newscast first came to Pittsburgh in 2010.  In my opinion, I think it might be too early to watch a newscast at that time.  Then again, I’m always up just before that time … and I may watch bits and pieces of an early morning newscast on one of our local stations, if I’m up to it.

I hope you enjoyed my little history lesson in today’s blog post.  Pittsburgh has had early morning newscasts in one form or another for more than 37 years now.  So, maybe I will watch a morning newscast whenever I wake up tomorrow morning.

7,000 Views And Counting

On November 11, 2019, my blog reached another milestone.  It is the first of two milestones that my blog will reach this month.  Yesterday afternoon, my blog crossed the 7,000-views mark overall.  It missed it by one yesterday morning, when it had 6,999 views.  It surpassed it by one yesterday afternoon, when it had 7,001 views.  Thank you all for allowing my blog to hit the 7,000-views mark overall … and, later this month, it will cross the 2,000-views mark in 2019.  This will be the first year in which my blog has been seen 2,000 times or more by various people in a single year.  I will write a blog post about the event when that does occur.

Don’t Drop It!

Brady has been at our house since March of 2019 … and, at various times, he can be a very nosy bulldog.  Now you have to be on high alert whenever you come across Brady.  I have to do that on a daily basis … and that is especially true whenever I have to watch him during the day.  I do my best not to drop any items in his presence.  If any one of us should drop something in this presence, he may hear it and grab the item that one of us dropped.  He will get a firm grip on the item that’s in his mouth, but he does drop it eventually.  Sometimes, the item is still fine, but other times, the item is not so lucky.  I’ve had two close calls with my smartphone.  I dropped it on our dining room floor … and Brady almost got it.  Talk about a close call.  I also dropped it outside of our front door as I was about to take one of my walks recently.  Luckily, he was not there whenever that happened.  So, remember, don’t drop any items whenever you come across Brady, because there is a good chance that he may grab it almost immediately.

Now, as I wrap up today’s blog post, I would like to say that my blog did cross the 7,000-views mark today … and I will talk about the event in tomorrow’s blog post.

I have owned a classy leather jacket for two years!

For two years, I have owned a classy leather jacket from Vintage Leather.  I ordered the jacket online at kohls.com.  I like this jacket a lot … and I will try to wear it many times this Fall.  It goes nicely with jeans and dress pants.  This jacket is one of four jackets that turns me into “Mr. Classy.”  I hope you guys still like this jacket as much as I do.

Joseph’s Top Blog Posts About Brady The Bulldog

For just over seven months, Brady has been in our house.  I have written a few blog posts about him since then, but today, I would like to talk about two of my top blog posts, which are about Brady.

One of my posts is entitled “Meet Our New Bulldog, Brady,” which was written by me on April 2, 2019.  I wrote it just days after Brady first came into our house.  Here is a link to it …
Meet Our New Bulldog, Brady (April 2, 2019)

On October 22, 2019, I wrote a blog post in one of my features, which is called “Joseph Has A Question For You.”  In the post, I asked you if Brady should wear a costume on Halloween?  Now, Brady was originally supposed to be a Smurf, but, sadly, he chose not to wear the costume.  I also gave you some other choices, like pumpkins, avocados and unicorns.  Here is a link to the blog post …
Joseph Has A Question For You: Should Brady dress up on Halloween? (October 22, 2019)

Brady is, by far, one of the best pets we have ever owned.  I hope you guys still like him as much as we do.

On March 30, 2019, Brady, who is a male brown and white English bulldog, came to our house. The bulldog is from Ohio … and he’s three months old. He is full of class.

Joseph’s Moment Of Peace: Joseph’s West Virginia Public Broadcasting App

Last month, I talked about my 90.5 WESA app in one of my features, which is called “Joseph’s Moment Of Peace.”  Well, today, I’m using this feature again as I talk about another one of my public radio apps, which is on my smartphone.  This would be my West Virginia Public Broadcasting App.  Now, WVPB is affiliated with both PBS and NPR.  On the TV side, it owns some PBS stations … and, on the radio side, it owns some NPR stations.  Years ago, I listened to one of WVPB’s stations in the car.  The station is in Wheeling … and you can hear it on 89.9 on the FM dial.  I live in southwestern Allegheny County … and the station is quite listenable there.

Well, anyway, I have the West Virginia Public Broadcasting app on my smartphone … and it relaxes me in a big way, especially whenever I listen to classical music on it.  They play classical music on there during the day … and, of course, like 90.5 WESA, they airs lots of NPR’s programs at various other times.  Now, on Saturday nights, they air a show called “Mountain Stage,” which is produced by WVPB.  I don’t listen to the show myself, but I think it sounds pretty good.  I like the sleep timer feature that’s on the app.  It counts it down in hours, minutes and seconds.  The sleep timer feature is also on the 90.5 WESA app.  I like the WVPB app … and I will continue to use it whenever I can.

I see some lines inside of a golden sky!

On October 18, 2019, while I was taking my evening walk, I saw a nice golden sky … and I also saw a few lines in the golden sky. The sky here is orange, pink and purple.

As you probably know already, the sun is starting to set before 5:30 in the afternoon … and I will begin to stop taking my evening walks for a while.  I’ll be doing that before this week is over, but I will try to walk during the day if I’m not too busy.

Now, back on October 18, 2019, while I was walking around National Hill, I saw a “golden sky” above the neighborhood.  The sky was orange, pink and purple.  I did see some nice-looking clouds while I saw the golden sky … and I also saw some lines in that golden sky.  It was probably one of the best things I ever saw.  I figured I would show you this since I won’t be taking too many more of my evening walks in 2019.  I’ll try to take more of my evening walks in 2020.

Good Luck, Roger Huston

On June 28, 1963, The Meadows Racetrack first opened up for business in North Strabane Township, which is in Washington County.  Nearly 13 years later, a man named Roger Huston started calling races there for the first time.  Over the years, I would watch him call the races on the Meadows Racing Network, which has aired on various TV and cable stations here in Pittsburgh over the years.  Now, over the weekend, Roger called his last race at The Meadows.  I may have heard him call a race or two at The Meadows Racetrack itself over the years.  I actually did it on a Saturday afternoon not too long ago.  I was actually sitting in the food court at the time.  I actually heard his voice over the loudspeakers while I was at the food court.  Roger did a fantastic job in calling the races that I was able to see while I was there that afternoon.

Now, back in July, while I was at The Meadows Casino on a Tuesday morning, I was able to walk downstairs and see some of the exhibits that are there.  They can be found near Meadows Lanes, which is their bowling alley.  While I was downstairs that morning, I saw Roger Huston not once, but twice.  That moment really made my day.

The Meadows Racetrack won’t be the same without Roger.  He was able to give us some class for more than 43 years.  Good luck, Roger Huston!

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