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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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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’s Moment Of Peace: My Burt’s Bees Gloves

Today, I would like to tell you about one of the most relaxing items that I have ever owned.  In this case, they would be two of the most relaxing items I have ever owned.  I’m referring to my yellow gloves, which are from Burt’s Bees.  These gloves are perfect for people who have dry, cracked hands like myself.  Now, I usually wear the gloves while I’m sleeping at night, but, sometimes, I’ll wear them during the day as well.  First, I’ll put on one of my hand creams that I have at home.  I’ll put them on either one or both of my hands … and, after I put the cream on one or both of my hands, I’ll put on my gloves from Burt’s Bees.  I like wearing my gloves while I’m sleeping.  It allows my hands to get better overnight.  The gloves relax me big time, especially while I’m sleeping at night.

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These are my yellow gloves, which are from Burt’s Bees. I like these gloves a lot … and they relax me big time, even while I sleep at night. Sometimes, I’ll wear them in the daytime as well.
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On July 22, 2019, I purchased Burt’s Bees gloves at Wal-Mart. You wear them overnight while you’re sleeping. Of course, you would put Burt’s Bees hand cream on your hands before you put the gloves on. They would soften and moisten your hands if they are rough, cracked and dry.
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This is how Joseph stops Brady from sitting in the blue living room chair with him!

This morning, I was able to watch Brady in our living room for almost three hours or so.  I usually sit in the blue living room chair whenever I watch him during the day … and he likes to be close to me whenever I sit in that chair.  On some occasions, he has been able to sit in the blue chair with me … or he is able to sit in it by myself.  He has done both of those things successfully in recent months, but, lately, I’ve been doing my best to stop him from doing those things.  I don’t like it whenever he tries to join me in the blue chair.  I was able to pet him whenever he would try to steal the blue chair from me.  He was able to get that chair for a very short period of time today, but he did realize his mistake … and then he went over to the next chair.  I guess petting him worked to some extent.  He was sad that he wasn’t able to sit in the blue chair with me, but I had to do what I had to do.

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Brady is between my legs!

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On March 9, 2020, Brady was near the blue living room chair while I was watching him that morning. In this photo, his head is sideways. Now, Brady’s head was between my legs while I was sitting in the blue living room chair. I stopped him from sitting in the blue chair with me at that time.

On March 9, 2020, I was watching Brady in the living room for a couple of hours or so.  Now, while I was watching him yesterday morning, I was sitting in the blue living room chair like I always do whenever I watch him in the daytime … and Brady has able to go in between my legs for a while.  When I snapped a photo of Brady doing just that, his head was sideways.  He always tries to get into the blue living room seat with me whenever I sit in it, but, this time, I stopped him from doing just that.  Brady can be pretty nosy at times!

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Joseph’s New Red Sean John Sweater

Yesterday morning, I received a rather classy item … and that would be a red Shawl-collar sweater, which is from Sean John.  Sean John is a company that is founded by hip-hop singer Sean “Diddy” Combs.  This is the first item that I have ever owned from this company … and I like it a lot.  I was able to wear it to work yesterday … and it went very nicely with white jeans, but, of course, it also goes nicely with blue jeans and very nice dress pants.

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This is my red Shaul-collar sweater, which is from Sean John, a company that was founded by hip hop mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs. The sweater is very classy!

Yesterday morning, just minutes after I got the sweater, I snapped two photos of myself wearing this sweater.  I hope you guys like it as much as I do.

As you can see here, this red Sean John sweater is very classy … and you can wear it with either blue jeans, nice dress pants or, in my case, white jeans.  It may even look classier with very nice dress shorts as well.  If you do buy yourselves this sweater either in a store or online, please take very good care of it … and you may be able to wear it with class as well.

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Joseph Has A New Chair In His Computer Room!

On February 28, 2020, I said good-bye to my old chair, which was in my computer room for a few years.  It was one of the most relaxing items in my house … and, that same afternoon, I said hello to my new chair, which is from Serta.  I purchased it this past Tuesday at Wal-Mart in Washington … and I really like it a lot.  Believe it or not, I was able to try out the chair before I bought it.  They had a “sample chair” there … and I liked it so much, I decided to buy it.  The chair is very comfortable … and I hope you guys like it as much as I do.  Now, Serta is a company that makes mattresses and it also has their counting sheep in their commercials, so don’t be surprised if I just happen to fall asleep in this chair while I’m in it.