Tossing Salt Presents:
July 4, 2018
One of the great things about Facebook and social media in general is that people have no sense of personal space and will ask you absolutely anything without hesitation or shame. The following questions all come from my Facebook timeline, including several groups of which I count myself a member. I’ll save the really spicy adult questions for the “Hot Seat Topics” piece later on this week (hopefully), but the rest of these? I just have to go with it and give them a shot. Let’s do this…
If video killed the radio star, what killed the video stars?
Reality TV. First it was the “Real World” and then it exploded on MTV where videos became memories and “16 And Pregnant” became the must-watch feature of the day. It was then that I realized once and for all that we are freakin’ doomed.
What is your television “guilty pleasure”?
I rarely watch TV due to my screwed up life schedule, with the exception of wrestling of course. And the super-hero shows on the CW. But my “guilty pleasure” that I do enjoy watching, even though I’m not sure why exactly, is still “The Jerry Springer Show” and “Maury”. White trash at it’s very best and so bad, it makes “Cops” and “The View” look respectable. But I watch when I can and I can promise one thing always. I will NEVER BE that baby’s daddy.
What is your music “guilty pleasure”?
I hate her politics and think she’s a bit of a tool and lacking when it comes to common sense, but I love to listen to Cher. The woman is old-school talent and can definitely sing. Must be the “homo-gene” in me for that.
What is your movie “guilty pleasure”?
All of the Kevin Smith movies are good and I love the old comedies like “Airplane” and the “Police Academy” series, but none of those would really count as “guilty pleasures”. How about “Hocus Pocus”. I watch that movie several times every year around Halloween time and it’s a true favorite. I liked the “Halloweentown” movies starring Debbie Reynolds as well.
What is something that you liked as a child, but don’t like now?
When I was a kid, I used to love to eat peanut butter and bologna sandwiches. Don’t laugh. They were good and for some reason, that was all I wanted for lunch. Now, the very thought of those two products, which I do like as solo meals, put together on a piece of bread makes me cringe.
What is something you hated as a child, but enjoy now?
Almost everything because I was a very picky and bratty child, but the biggest thing I can think of now is probably fish. I’m still not a big fan of most fish, a result of working as a cook in a seafood restaurant for two years as a teenager, but I do enjoy some fish now and love popcorn shrimp. When I was a kid, all I had to hear was “fish” and it was not only no, but heck (I didn’t cuss yet) no.
Favorite restaurant that doesn’t exist anymore?
A place here in Laurinburg that used to be downtown where the Burger King is now located called Deedales. It wasn’t there long, but they had the footlong hotdogs and a juke box. That’s the main thing I remember. And where Captian D’s is now, also here in Laurinburg, used to be a chicken place called Holly Farms. They had the “taters” going on that put the ones at Nic’s Pic to shame. Great food that I truly enjoyed as a youngster.
Do you smoke? If so, what brand?
I don’t smoke, but have on occasion mainly when I was drinking regularly. My brands of choice were usually either Camel Light Menthols, Marlboro Light Menthols or Kools. But generally if I was three sheets in the wind and getting blitzed, any cigarette would work quite well and do. Now the only time I smoke, since I don’t drink, is when I’m stressing really hard or am totally pissed off and ready to explode. So the warning is, if you ever walk into a room and see me smoking and there is not a beer in my hand, just be quiet and slowly back away. And now you know.
What were your favorite TV shows as a kid? As a teenager? As an adult?
As a kid, I liked my cartoons (Super Friends) and of course, shows like Happy Days, Mork & Mindy, The Six Million Dollar Man, etc. As a teenager, I was really big into General Hospital (Luke and Laura), Dallas and my wrestling. And now, it’s wrestling, the comic book based shows like Arrow, Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, etc on the CW and Family Guy.
Do you like family reunions?
I don’t do reunions, be it family, high school or any of that stuff. I’m not a very sociable person and avoid large gatherings as much as possible. However, I would one day love to host a “Stoney Crew” reunion of all of the people I used to chill with and party with back in the Showtime Pizza / St. Andrews / Mans days. Those were some great people and some of the best times of my life and I’d love to see some of the old crew and get everyone together and play catch-up.
What are your biggest pet peeves?
People. ‘Nuff said!
If time and money were no problem, what are three things you’d like to do?
Attend Wrestlemania as well as the Hall of Fame Inductions and the RAW and Smackdown tapings the nights afterwards. Just make an entire week of it. Then I’d like to just get in a car and travel across the U.S. and Canada and meet all of the people I’ve become long distance friends with via Yahoo Groups, MySpace, Facebook, etc. Just travel and meet these people I’ve already established a friendship with, but in the flash if you will. And finally, with my buddy Bryan by my side, travel to Europe and visit all the historical sites of World War II including the major battlefields, the concentration camps, etc. Just travel and experience and live the history that is Europe.
If you were just introducing someone to Alice Cooper’s music, what three albums would you use?
The three that I would use are “Welcome To My Nightmare”, “The Last Temptation” and “From The Inside”. He has so many great albums and songs to choose from, but in my opinion, those three are the best of the best and my personal favorites.
If you were able to host the “Tonight Show” for one night on NBC and have on anyone you want, who would be your guests?
My guests for that night of the “Tonight Show” would be Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes (Jay & Silent Bob), Alice Cooper, Ric Flair and musical guest Shooter Jennings.
And that’s that for now. Thank you for reading. Comments, thoughts and any questions are welcome and appreciated and feedback is a good thing. Until the next time, take care and stay safe. Happy July 4th (Independence Day). I loves ya!