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Let’s Talk About A Past Blog Post: My green and yellow Brasil jacket

Today, I would like to talk about one of the first blog posts that I ever wrote on my blog.  I wrote my seventh blog post down on September 7, 2014 … and it is entitled “My green and yellow Brasil jacket.”  In the post, I talked about my green and yellow Brasil jacket, which I purchased at Bridgeville T.J. Maxx back in February of 2014.  I showed you both sides of my jacket in the blog post.  I also bought one for my cousin and friend, Shane Trylko.  He likes his jacket as much as I like mine.  These jackets are our “friendship jackets.”  I was inspired to write this blog post because I wanted to show you guys a fantastic jacket.

Last March, I was able to revisit that blog post as my blog was celebrating its fifth year.

Before I show you the link to the blog post, I would like you to see me and Shane wearing this green and yellow Brasil jacket in some photos.

Here’s the link to the blog post …
My green and yellow Brasil jacket (September 7, 2014)

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Joseph’s Senior Class Photo

Happy Easter, my friends!  I hope you are staying safe during the Coronavirus Outbreak.

Since we probably won’t have anyone at our house today because of the fact that we are still practicing Social Distancing, I thought I would try to perk things up a little bit by showing you my Senior Class photo from 2003.  Now, I snapped a selfie in our living room early this morning … and I wanted to include my Senior Class photo in the selfie.  This photo is nearly 17 years old … and it’s holding up pretty well.  There might be some dust on it, but you can’t really see it from a distance.

Please enjoy your Easter … and stay safe and stay home.  Make sure you practice Social Distancing by staying at least six feet away from the nearest person … and wear a mask that covers your mouth and nose.

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I snapped this selfie in our living room on April 12, 2020 … and I also wanted to include my Senior Class photo, which is from 2003, in the selfie. You can see it on the top right hand corner of this selfie.
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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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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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Joseph’s Flashback: I remember going to the pool in Scott Park years ago!

If you ride along Lindsay Road in Scott Township, you may come across a place called Scott Township Park.  I have been to that park several times over the years … and, whenever I was younger, I went to the pool that’s in Scott Park.  Now, that swimming pool is fantastic … and the water slide is fantastic.  I rode on it many times while I was the pool in Scott Township Park.  You would go up one flight of its stairs and wait before the lifeguard tells you to walk up the next flight of stairs.  Then, when he or she says, “go,” you would go down the water slide.  Then, when you get to the bottom of the water slide, you may briefly go underwater for a couple or seconds or so.  It’s happened to me maybe once or twice over the years.  I don’t like to go under the water, though.

While I was there, I remember seeing them doing “water breaks” near the end of every hour.  They lasted for 10 to 15 minutes every hour … and they were announced by a man named Ronald Ellis.  He worked at Scott Township Pool for many years … and, in 2018, he passed away at the age of 79.  Now, during the “water breaks,” the kids would leave the pool … and the adults would remain in the pool.  I thought that was kind of neat.  Mr. Ellis always did a fantastic job in telling us when the “water breaks” would start and end … and he also told us to “give the adults a few more minutes.”

I like the pool in Scott Township Park a lot … and, while I don’t really go there anymore, I may be able to see it while I ride along Greentree Road as I go towards Route 50 in Heidelberg.  It’s a fantastic pool!

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Let’s Talk About A Past Blog Post: Joseph’s New Hewlett-Packard Computer

In February of 2019, I wrote a blog post entitled “Joseph’s New Hewlett-Packard Computer.”  In it, I talked about the computer that I purchased at Best Buy back on February 7, 2019.  At the time, I purchased the keyboard the computer’s tower.  Six days later, the LG computer monitor would come to my house.  I still like the computer … and I have used it nearly every day since I got it last year.  I would start using my new Hewlett-Packard by Valentine’s Day in 2019.  In fact, next month, my computer will be celebrating its first year in my house … and I will talk about the event in a blog post next month.

Here’s the link to the blog post …
Joseph’s New Hewlett-Packard Computer (February 17, 2019)

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Joseph’s Flashback: Joseph used to watch WQEX a long time ago!

For a few years, Pittsburgh had two public television stations … and they are WQED, which is still Pittsburgh’s public television station, and WQEX, which is now WINP, our city’s ION Television station.  Now, WQEX was on Channel 16 here in Pittsburgh for a number of years … and they aired some fantastic programs, including British sitcoms, shows that weren’t on WQED’s schedule because Channel 13 had no room for them on its schedule and a fantastic show called “AgeWise Weekly” with Eleanor Schano.

Now, in the ’90s, I would sometimes watch WQEX mainly out of boredom.  I would watch some fantastic shows on channel 16, including a fishing show called “Rod and Reel Streamside.”  Now, I also remember some of WQEX’s IDs that they showed in the ’90s.  At least one of them spooked me a little bit, but I think it was pretty neat.  I also remember the music that went with it.  I watch that channel before it started simulcasting WQED for a few years.  After Channel 16 stopped simulcasting Channel 13, it became an affiliate of two different shopping channels, including America’s Store and ShopNBC, which is now ShopHQ.  That is on Comcast Channel 89.  Nowadays, it is an ION Television station … and it is WINP.  WINP is mainly a generic ION station, showing a legal ID at the top of every hour.

Finally, it was airing its programs in black and white as late as the mid 1980s.  From the late ’50s until 1985, it used the old WENS transmitter to air its programs.  Now, WENS was originally on channel 16 back in the 1950s … and, believe it or not, the station had its studios on Ivory Avenue, which is where WPGH and WPNT have their operations today.  I recently saw a video on YouTube … and it showed how WQEX aired its programs in black and white before 1985.  The video was from 1983 … and, three years later, it finally started airing its shows in color.

So, while WQEX has been gone for several years, I can still remember the station for a long time.  WQEX was (and still is) one of the best stations in Pittsburgh.

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Joseph’s Top Blog Posts Of 2019 (Part 2)

Today, I am writing the second part of my two-part blog post, which talks about my top blog posts of 2019.  Today, I will show you the blog posts that have been seen 8-9 times by various people this year.

These seven blog posts were seen 9 times this year …
The second part of a two-part blog post entitled “Joseph Goes To The South Fayette Fire Hall”
Joseph Goes To Wahlburgers At The Mall At Robinson!
Joseph Celebrates His Blog’s Fifth Anniversary At Fairview Park!
Remembering Piglet Four Years Later
Joseph’s Christmas Presents For 2018
7,000 Views And Counting
First part of a two-part blog post entitled “Joseph’s Top Blog Posts For 2018”

These nine blog posts were seen 8 times this year …
The second-part of a two-part blog post entitled “Joseph Visits Kennywood On KDKA Summerblast Day”
Thank you for following my blog for over 5 years!
The first part of a two-part blog post entitled “Joseph Goes To The South Fayette Fire Hall”
“Mr. Classy” Goes To Pittsburgh Twice!
Joseph wants to show you his new bathroom again!
No Bad Days For Joseph
Joseph’s Top Blog Posts For January 2019
Seeing clouds in my neighborhood
Say hello to a principal named Kevin Maurer!

I hope you liked this two-part blog post as much as I do.  I hope you all have a Merry Christmas!  On December 26th, I will show you the presents that I got for Christmas … and I will talk about some of them in my blog posts as we begin the year 2020 together.

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Joseph’s Top Blog Posts Of 2019 (Part 1)

As we get ready to wrap up the year 2019 in just a matter of days, I’m going to show you the year’s top blog posts in a two-part blog post.  In the first part of this post, I will show you the posts that have been seen 10 or more times by various people in 2019.  You may remember some of these blog posts.

Joseph Gets “Railed” With Some Friends (39 views)
Celebrating My Blog’s Fourth Year: Supporting My Blog On Social Media (35 views)
Joseph Is Switching Barber Shops In 2019 (27 views)

Two posts were seen 14 times each in 2019 …
Blog Post Number 1,075 Is About A Terrific Disc Jockey
Say hello to my friend, Jessica Asti

These four posts were seen 11 times each in 2019 …
“Mr. Classy” Goes Shopping!
My fame actually lasted longer than one second!
My Blog Is 4 1/2 Years Old Today
Say Hello To Victor Iagnemma!

These three posts were seen 10 times each in 2019 …
Say hello to Dom Lazzini
I have my Yeti Coolers hat one year later!
Meet Our New Bulldog, Brady

Next time, I will show you the posts that have been seen 8-9 times in 2019.  You may remember some of those blog posts as well.

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Joseph’s Flashback: Joseph is staying at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Resort in Orlando!

Today, you will be getting two blog posts in one day.  I wrote a blog post for you guys at 7:00 this morning … and now, you will get a blog post this afternoon.  I will be getting some dental work done on Tuesday … and I will be giving my computer a break from 7:00 this evening until either 1:45 on Wednesday afternoon or 5:00 on Thursday morning.  I will see how I’m feeling then.

In the Summer of 1998, I was spending some time in Orlando with my relatives.  While I was there, I was able to stay at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Resort in Orlando for a few days.  I like the hotel a lot … and I was able to enjoy myself while I was there.  The hotel is still there today.  It’s still pretty much the same on the outside, but the current Hyatt Regency logo is on the top of the building.  I believe it would be on the back side of the hotel.  Now, the hotel has some terrific amenities there … and their swimming pool is fantastic.  They also have a neat suspension bridge that goes over the pool.  The hotel has a fantastic golf course as well.  I didn’t check it out, though.

The hotel is fantastic … and, if I ever visit Orlando again, I will try to stay at this hotel again.  I really like it a lot.

Next time, I will write my 1,250th blog post for you guys.  What do you think it will be about?