|Posted by Danny Mendez on May 4, 2014 at 12:35 AM||comments (0)|
A tale of two Brothers:
Many of us in the reptile world are familiar with the name Jim Harrison, along with his wife Kristen Wiley as they make up part of the team behind the Kentucky Reptile Zoo. One of the most respected names in the world of venom collection and herpetological knowledge, I can personally watch him do venom extractions all day long with nothing but admiration for one of the most adept handlers of venomous snakes on par with the likes of the legendary Bill Haast of the Miami Serpentarium. But do you know about his brother? Why would you care?
Jim Harrison extracting venom with Kristen Wiley in the Background
Jim’s brother Tim Harrison is no stranger to the animal world, in fact he’s knee deep in it, but few realize who he is and what he stands for. You’d only have to watch the movie “Elephant in the Living Room” to understand what side of the zoological spectrum he resides on. In a fascinating juxtaposition to his brother, Tim Harrison has been on a mission to force himself into the consciousness of exotic animal owners and in most cases is no friend to the hobby. Tim has been known in the circles of exotic animal keepers, as a bit of an attention monger stopping at nothing to grab a chunk of the spotlight in order to spread his view on why exotic animal keepers should not be keeping any pets that are not domesticated. This is important for you to know because he’s often in the practice of reaching out to exotic animal owners in order to make them look….well, bad.
Tim Harrison of Born Free
Recently he started a kickstarter program along with Director Michael Webber who is primarily backed by the Humane Society of the US to try and develop a new show, which really would do no favors for anyone keeping reptiles or any other exotic pets. Do your homework and know which Harrison you should side with. It’s not that difficult.
|Posted by Danny Mendez on May 28, 2013 at 8:25 PM||comments (0)|
Not to age myself too much, but as a kid I distinctly remember running home at certain times or waking up early on a Sunday morning to catch Sir David Attenborough, Jacques Cousteau and Marty Stouffer on PBS in their latest adventures and discoveries of the natural world. As lonely city kid, until I was old enough to drive this was my escape from the Urban Jungles of NJ to the distant corners of the planet to see creatures I never even imagined existed.
I was hooked on nature as translated by TV, and why wouldn’t I be? Shows like Wild America and Nature on PBS traveled to places both near and far to present the interesting fauna and flora first hand. Often the presenters had not only a knowledge and confidence I envied but an appreciation that I admired. This admiration was presented with little script or prejudice and was often a true reflection of the wonder within the host of the natural world. Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined as a kid that one day there would be a network devoted entirely to discussing animals and exploring their beauty and wonder, unfortunately I’m still waiting for it.
Animal Planet as well as its affiliated Discovery Networks has begun an assault on human intelligence and perception of the natural world. Animal Planet wants us to believe that animals are ever prone to attack, and that Nature as a whole is a scary, scary place. Long gone are the days when a nature show was about, well…nature. Gone are the days when a respected host travels across the globe in pursuit of a rare species previously unseen by the general population. It would seem that these days Animal Planet devotes more time to the pursuit of mythical creatures and legends instead of legendary creatures quickly vanishing from our fragile planet.
(Joshua Ledet's sister and father being badass-maybe if you cleaned up your yard you'd have less snakes)
It’s no wonder that in a world where social media can be used by influential people to educate, we see instead the likes of NFL player Patrick Willis and American Idol contestant Joshua Ledet who’ve chosen to kill snakes on their respective properties and post about it complete with pictures of the vanquished (and all non-venomous) harmless snakes. Animal Planet shows us that these cold-blooded beasts are on a one-way mission of delivering slithering, needle pointed or crushing death and should be perceived with caution. Not willing to take a chance since giant invasive pythons are taking over the world, the average non-educated person will choose to kill and ask questions later thinking they’ve done the right thing. Not realizing that they are removing vital rodent predators that under most circumstances are facing other increased threats such as habitat fragmentation, destruction, and road mortality often due to human encroachment.
(NFL Player Patrick Willis poses with a wild yet harmless Gopher Snake he got gangsta with after it "intruded" on his property)
Animal Planet has taken a shit on education and instead prefers sensationalism and fear mongering to the appreciation and knowledge of the natural world. In essence, Animal Planet is slandering nature and as long as it continues to do so I’d rather my kids watch Jersey Shore for its educational factor over what Animal Planet has to offer. It is every nature lover’s duty to boycott Animal Planet and inform everyone how misleading their perception of the natural world really is. Explain that by being in bed with the Humane Society, AP is contributing to animal abuse and as an animal lover you will have nothing to do with it. Make sure that they realize the difference between the HSUS and your local animal shelter.
Another important thing to keep in mind as an exotic pet keeper is that Animal Planet will never perceive you in a positive light. It is common practice for production companies that will often film for Animal Planet to contact exotic pet owners on Facebook or through web sites with request to appear on a show. Some people are even promised more and teased with potential shows of their own. Please don’t fall for the charade no matter what is offered or how much you’re told that “the networks” are interested in what you do. The majority of the time they will mislead you into filming something you’ll regret as many people in our hobby can already attest to. You’ll often find that the most respected names in herpetoculture and venom production do not have a show on this network for a reason. Please DO NOT invite them into your home or allow them to film you. Do not contribute to this network’s attempt to portray exotic pet owners in a negative light, often as social misfits with hints of hoarding or obsessive behaviors.
Do not let these networks insult your intelligence and spoon-feed you garbage about the world around you as they see it. Use your own senses to perceive it and interpret it as you will and if you love it share your passion. Getting someone else excited about the natural world is one of the best things you can do for our planet. Boycott Animal Planet and be vocal about why. Don’t let a TV network shape the world around us and more importantly don’t let them get away with talking about mother nature the way they are…it’s basically like saying something about your mom. Danny UrbanJunglesRadio
|Posted by Danny Mendez on December 6, 2012 at 11:55 PM||comments (8)|
This week, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) announced the “2013 Python Challenge”. According to the release, “the goal of the event is to increase public awareness about Burmese Pythons and how the invasive species is a threat to the Everglades Ecosystem, including native wildlife”.
How would FWC do this you ask? By encouraging the public to assist FWC in helping them remove pythons from public lands in South Florida via a month-long harvest which kicks off on January 12th. Essentially, the state is inviting anyone to come on down and catch or preferably kill a wild Burmese python. As many of are probably aware, the Burmese Python became an introduced species into relatively small pockets of South Florida and has been the source of a lot of media hype and attention especially in light of recent legislative action attempting to restrict the transport and ownership of this speciesnationwide.
In recent weeks, several organizations including the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) have sponsored attempts to make the transport and ownership of Burmese Pythons and several large constrictors illegal. For years now, we have heard State officials warn the public of the danger that these gigantic invaders pose and in recent hearings there was testimony that it’s feared the presence of the pythons are keeping people out of the Everglades. Why then, would these state agencies now advocate for the general public to seek out these ambush predators in the wilds of the Florida Everglades? For years, only Florida residents who had undergone specific training to receive an official “Python Hunter” license were allowed to actively hunt these snakes because of the perceived danger involved. Now FWC is actively campaigning for people to run amuck in the ‘glades with little python hunting experience in hopes that they will not slaughter every snake on sight due to a prejudice involving cash incentives. The logic of this type of conservation attempt escapes me, it really does. I mean, if the overall health of the everglades ecosystem is the paramount concern here…then shouldn’t someone focus on the real blight affecting the everglades, which is most definitely Big Sugar.
The sugar industry has singlehandedly decimated the everglades with rampant disregard for its flora or fauna and the repercussions will be felt permanently even if the entire industry was shut down today. Aside from its physical footprint, the Sugar Cane industry has slowly choked out the majority of the Everglades and the rampant use of fertilizers and destruction of vital filtering plants have already scarred and in many cases killed the ecosystem. Much faster and more destructive than perhaps all invasive species combined. Truth of the matter is, no one will ever admit this because it all comes down to how much money is paid to avoid attention on the problem. In the case of recent hearings involving HR511 you can best bet that the people speaking out against the pet industry had no personal interest in our pet snakes whatsoever. They could care less what snakes we choose to keep. Those people were up there arguing that day because they are paid to do that by organizations with other interests. That’s what it all comes down to really, is who pays the most money or what favor is owed to whom.
At this point it’s obvious that FWC cannot see that two wrongs, don’t’ make a right. Staging an event that encourages an open hunt will only bring more problems than solutions. People unfamiliar with the area’s local wildlife may not be adept at identifying fast moving snakes and kill with reckless abandon putting threatened species at risk. Even if one does happen to find a large python, capturing a wild snake that size is not something that should be taken lightly. Someone unskilled at capturing and restraining large snakes can & will be seriously injured and this will only add to the hype of the invading Everglades monster serpents.
January through February is a time of overwintering for many species that normally live on a limited metabolic reserve. Being disturbed by unknowing hunters/hikers and burning unnecessary calories or being exposed to suboptimal temperatures and stress can mean the difference between life and death for some native species. Not that many protected or endangered species reside in the Everglades during that time of the year right?
The biggest issue I have with this is the fact that there is a $1,500 bounty for the largest & most snakes. All of a sudden this is starting to smell like the Sweetwater Rattlesnake Roundups to me. It’s almost gaining the same mentality already from some of the comments I’ve read on other websites. When you start offering bounties on living animals things just tent to go awry, history has taught us this many times over. I mean, the eradication of wild, invasive pythons is a good thing but when you involve money and human nature it’s a mix that easily corrupts even a good intention. I can totally see someone bringing in large captive animal (perhaps starved & kept sub optimally for a few weeks to fit the bill) as a ringer to collect the hefty reward. I can also see this as a way for irresponsible pet owners to get rid of their unwanted snakes. I think this also sets things up for inaccuracies to occur. Animal rights groups can easily take this opportunity to inflate numbers and occurrences of wild pythons to further the pet legislation agenda.
If FWC is so desperate for help, how about calling upon the very people that are often erroneously blamed for the establishment of the pythons?
The Pet experts.
I’m sure members of the reptile industry and advanced hobbyists would be more than happy to help capture and humanely euthanize these animals in collaboration with FWC and with a hell of a lot more respect for the environment and its amazingnative herpetofauna.
But instead of opening up some channels of communication, the Python hunt of 2013 will end up being a media spectacle, further establishing a negative image that so many people familiar with these wonderful serpents are trying to dispel. All snakes captured will be depicted as aggressive, invading aliens and further attempts at legislating the reptile hobby will succeed. I for one am very disappointed with this event and the FWC decision to hold it. I am not against hunting the pythons since they are indeed invasive but I feel that it needs to be done correctly, especially if the protection of the Everglades habitat and its native fauna & flora are the common goal as is being depicted.
|Posted by Danny Mendez on August 16, 2012 at 9:20 PM||comments (0)|
UJR is not your typical Internet podcast, since day one the goal around here has been to make an impact and we know it’s hard to do that sitting behind a keyboard all the time. We have a very tangible presence on the front lines in the real world especially when it comes to education and standing up for what we believe in when it comes to animal conservation. The power of UJR lies in its strength in numbers. Like the show, a true Jungle Junkie should be ready to stand for what they believe in especially when it comes to animals. Like any good army, we want to arm our listeners with facts and education and of course they should be rockin’ the ultimate uniform, the Black Hoodie of the Urban Jungles Marching Society. It’s a simple way for like-minded people to visually identify each other at zoological or expo gatherings and also a way of telling the world who you are…A Die-Hard Jungle Junkie!
But wait, it’s not that simple…
This Hoodie is more than just a piece of Swag you know. If you wear this Hoodie, you are taking on the responsibility of explaining to anyone who asks what it means. You are taking a pledge to change something in this world for the better in order to make animal injustice and ignorance disappear. Wearing this hooded sweatshirt means you are now part of the Urban Jungles Marching Society, an organization that should not be taken lightly. Being part of the UJMS means you are willing to do something significant, and you’ll be wearing your uniform in the process to let everyone know. Please don’t attempt to obtain this Hoodie if it is going to sit in a closet somewhere, that’s an injustice.
The mission of the Urban Jungles Marching Society is to represent UJR in a capacity that means to bring awareness, education, or conservation to a situation where animals may be in need. The UJMS believes in peacefully protesting and raising awareness and in no way condones any type of violent or unlawful behavior nor are we responsible for the actions of those wearing an official UJMS hoodie. The UJMS represents a higher consciousness of awareness when it comes to exotic and wild animals and signals to others around you that you are part of a movement that is looking to make a difference in the world. I chose the name of The Urban Jungles Marching Society to reflect the pro-active nature of the average UJR listener. Although we take animal education and conservation seriously, the overall goal is always to have fun and enjoy animals in the process.
Many years ago, Marvel Comics created the Merry Marvel Marching Society which was also the inspiration for the name. especially since we are all superheroes at least part time.
If you want to purchase a Hoodie, you will unfortunately have to wait until we release them at the Chicago NARBC Show in October. They will be available at the show and from our web store on October 14th.
But, do not dispair...I will be selling 2 Hoodies in each size (md-Lg-XL) Starting on midnight Thursday August 16th until supplies run out in order to promote the Appearance of Dominic Monaghan on the show Friday 8/17/12.
Starting at Midnight, visit out store for your chance to score a UJR Hoodie!
|Posted by Danny Mendez on August 15, 2012 at 1:25 AM||comments (4)|
Seem like many of you loved Jen's editorial on our episode last week.....
She was Awesome enough as Awesome Jen usually is to write up her editorial for you to peruse! Check it out and commment here so that she can see what you have to say.
As usual, thanks for listening!
The Following was Written by Jennifer Greene for UrbanJunglesRadio:
As reptile keepers and generally responsible, high functioning adults, we are all aware of the common sense sort of things that go with taking home a new reptile. I won’t waste your time regurgitating the same bits of wisdom and common sense that go into acquiring a standard new pet. Yes, you should do your research, have the cage ready, be prepared for the new life you will now be responsible for. You know that, I know that, that is not the issue here. Instead, I am talking about the wild animals in your yard that you come across, that one snake you found that you want to keep, interacting with the reptiles you see in the wild, and even those times you think you’re rescuing a wild animal from a terrible fate.
Let’s talk about that last part first. Rescue. When are you really “rescuing” an animal? This term is one that many keepers have a bit of a pet peeve about, including myself. Let’s get this straight: Unless you, yourself, are taking an animal from poor conditions and putting it into better conditions, it is not rescue. If you PAID for that animal, it is not being rescued – you paid for a sick animal knowing that it was sick. You are funding that store’s ability to continue to sell sick animals. If you saw a 3 legged lizard labeled as only having 3 legs and got it at a discount, you did not rescue a 3 legged lizard. You bought a 3 legged lizard knowing it had only 3 legs, which again, is NOT rescue.
Another common “rescue” situation is “rescuing” wild animals. Finding an animal on the side of the road by a bush and then taking it home without knowing anything about it is not rescuing it. You just took an animal from its natural environment (and yes, baby lizards, adult lizards, snakes, you name it, they all are often found in suburbia!) and are now keeping it in an artificial environment that is probably not meeting a single one of its needs because you don’t know what those needs are in the first place. I fail to see how that is an improvement on that animal’s living situation! This sort of “rescue” is the worst because you are, in fact, putting the animal into the kind of conditions it should probably be rescued from.
Along that train of thought, there is the idea of catching your own pet reptile from the wild ones you find in your yard. Many of the older (40s or 50s +) herpers remember doing this with impunity when they were younger, back in what some call the “golden age” of herpetoculture when interest in reptiles was really beginning to boom. However, these days, times have changed. Many reptiles and amphibians that were once extremely common just aren’t anymore – this includes horny toads, rosy boas, certain box turtle species, and indigo snakes, just to name a few. Urban sprawl, overcollection for the pet trade, just plain human encroachment on the environment has drastically reduced most wild populations of animals. We just aren’t able to sustain the kind of willy nilly collection that took place back in the 1950s up through to the 90s and even to a certain extent now.
Something that makes me sad every time I talk to someone about reptiles that was a kid during the “golden age” is the following bit of dialog that I hear far, far too often: “Oh, those! I used to catch those all the time! Whenever one died, I’d just go out and catch another one. You never see them anymore, though.” Okay, one person, catching one reptile, is not going to crash a population. But imagine 100 people catching one kingsnake, one box turtle, one horny toad. Imagine 200 people. Imagine 1,000. And each time one died, they’d just catch another one! Suddenly, the reason there aren’t any native species left isn’t such a mystery. If that many people are catching and keeping not just baby reptiles, but breeding size adults, that is a huge, huge drain on the wild population. That isn’t just the adult animals being taken out of the wild, that’s the dozens, the hundreds of babies they would have had if they had been left in their natural habitat.
This sort of over-collection issue is at the root of an issue with box turtle populations around the Gulf of Mexico. For many years, several species were very heavily collected for the pet trade, particularly lots of breeding age adults that were within a certain size range. Collecting in and of itself is not necessarily a bad thing when done with an eye towards the future – unfortunately for the box turtles, this was not the case. When most of the breeding age adults are removed from the population, all that was left were old, non-breeding turtles, and babies, no adults to repopulate for the 10 to 15 years it takes for the babies to grow up and start breeding. So be aware that when you take an adult animal out of the wild, you aren’t just taking that adult animal, you are taking away all of the babies that reptile or amphibian would have had if you had left it where it belongs.
Okay, you say. I won’t keep any wild animals. I’ll just catch something, keep it for a few days, feed it real good, give it a head start, let it go again. I’ll give it a head start, that’s great, that makes me awesome, right?
No it doesn’t. That might even be worse. Let’s think about what you’ll be feeding this little lizard you caught in your yard. You’re going to feed it crickets from the pet store, right? Maybe for the tortoise you found, feed it greens you got at the grocery store. A mouse from the pet shop for that snake. Think about what else is in that pet store – in any reptile store, any pet shop with reptiles, any pet shop, period, there are animals from all over the world that have been exposed to (and could be carrying) diseases, parasites, illnesses that those reptiles have developed some immunity to, but our native species likely haven’t. Think the Native Americans and how well they fared against smallpox when the Puritans came over. That is the kind of thing you are not only exposing the wild animal in your care to, but if you release it, that is what you are sending out into the wilderness to infect anything else that reptile comes into contact with.
The California Desert tortoise is one such example of this. The population that resides in the Mojave Desert area has been hit hard by a disease referred to as URTD, Upper Respiratory Tract Disease. How did this population get exposed to this illness? Evidence suggests that someone released a sick tortoise into the wild, infecting the wild tortoises and as a result, wiping out a huge portion of the population.
Okay, so you’re not going to catch and keep the reptiles at all. You’re going to catch them and relocate them. That’s fine, right? No. Wrong again. Reptiles and amphibians are particularly poorly suited to relocation, with the vast majority typically dying once they have been relocated. One study looked at a broad range of relocation data for various species of reptiles and amphibians, hoping to find a trend that would indicate if certain species (or many species) would be suitable for more dedicated efforts at relocation and attempts to re-establish wild populations. What they found was that prior to 1991, the last time this sort of study was undertaken on a grand scale, the rate of success (just based on whether or not the population increased due to new recruits from relocation) was at a measly 19%. In the 20 years since then, the success rate has slightly more than doubled to 41%. That is still a success rate of less than half of all relocated or released reptiles and amphibians.
One likely reason for this kind of poor success is that many reptiles and amphibians, especially longer lived ones such as box turtles and tortoises, have very high site fidelity. They spend their entire lives in a specific area, learning where they can find food, shelter, water, and mates, all during the times of year when they need each thing most. The learning curve for these things is steep, and a majority of baby reptiles and amphibians do not figure this out, and either do not survive or are eaten by predators before they can reach breeding size. Again, back to that idea of not taking breeding size adults – You’re taking away an animal with ideal genes for survival, an animal that should be contributing to the gene pool! So, when you take an animal with high site fidelity, and relocate it to a completely new area, it is just not able to figure out the same scope of places to hide, eat, and drink within a single season. The result is that when hard times come during an off season, the animal that was moved simply cannot adapt quickly enough and ends up dying.
If there is one thing you take away from all this, it is that there is so much more to interacting with wildlife than just playing around with what you find in your backyard. If you’re not sure what you are doing is going to be for the benefit of the animal, don’t mess with it. Take pictures, look it up online, document your sighting and share it with others who want to experience it in its natural habitat. If you are forced to take an animal from the wild, don’t release it – find a nature center, find a school, find a home for it that will care for it in captivity for the rest of its days. When it comes to interacting with wildlife, be responsible, be aware of the greater impact your actions could have, and above all, let wildlife be wild.
The study referenced: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1523-1739.2008.01123.x/full
|Posted by Danny Mendez on August 9, 2012 at 2:30 AM||comments (1)|
What a strange, long trip it’s been Jungle Junkies…UJR is going through some crazy but wonderful growing pains as of late but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Sponsorship for UJR is something that I’ve painstakingly thought about almost since day one of knowing we have something special here. There are a lot of pluses and minuses to taking on a sponsor and for the longest time I’ve opted to stay away from sponsorship despite a few difficult to resist offers. My biggest issue with taking on a sponsor is having to yield to what the sponsor thinks is acceptable which may not often be within the scope of our operation. Urban Jungles Radio is built upon being edgy, different, and basically my playground to have some fun with and learn a few new things along the way. I love the fact that if I feel like cursing I curse, and if I feel like pranking, or laughing about something completely ridiculous with my friends there’s nothing to keep me from doing so. I love that no topic on UJR is taboo, it’s our biggest strength as an entertaining show and something I’m not willing to compromise on. For the longest time I thought I would never feel comfortable taking on a sponsor because of the restriction that come along with it. But that was before I realized there are so many awesome like-minded people out there, enter Ben Siegel.
I realized that by seeking out a company that I thought embodied the basic, fun-loving nature of UJR sponsorship wouldn’t mean limitations but instead opportunities, newer greater ones to be precise. I ran to Ben with my ideas and he of course agreed; now you get to reap the benefits of a great friendship and great minds taking things to a newer level. For those of you not familiar with Ben Siegel Reptiles, it is easily the premier Reptile Store in the country. It’s a place where I feel quite comfortable sending someone because of the combination of high-quality captive born animals often not found elsewhere as well as his knowledgeable and purely awesome staff. Ben Siegel Reptiles embodies what most shops should strive for as retailers or wholesalers; much like everything else we recommend here at UJR it’s the best of the best. Ben Siegel realizes the importance of conservation and proper animal care as well as responsible ownership, all qualities we firmly require of anyone associated with the UJR brand.
So with this Blog I make it official that we have taken on our first sponsor and I’m proud to say it’s the one and only Ben Siegel Reptiles out of Deerfield Beach, Florida. In combination with Ben Siegel Reptiles and perhaps other sponsors in the near future, we plan on bringing you the next level entertainment and knowledge you’d’ expect. We plan on continuing the greatness you know and adding on so much more! Be sure to stay tuned and also drop by Ben Siegel Reptiles by visiting them on Facebook or on the web at AlbinoNile.com
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Let me know what you think of the new Blog and thanks for listening to UJR, stay tuned for an amazing month!
|Posted by Danny Mendez on July 30, 2012 at 10:00 PM||comments (1)|
The flustering social-media fury over Blake Shelton is starting get rediculously dumb at this point. Seriously.
Mostly, because the man has shown in the past that this kind of attention is exactly what he wants. Blake Shelton has historically made an ass of himself via his Tweets on numerous occasions going so far as to infuriate even the Gay & Lesbian Community which most people know, you just don't mess with. Hell hath no fury as a dragqueeen scorned.
Even when he made tasteless Gay jokes, the backlash only brought more attention to this talentless hick just as this latest incident of "Turtlegate" has. Since the incident where the country singer aparently jokingly tweeted about running over an Eastern Box Turtle, several blogs (like this one) have popped up and even a few blurbs on The Huffington post. A testament to more attention falling on this hack as he really had made no major headlines prior even though he's apparently on a popular TV show as well. Churning this non-event up only adds to his cavalier and bad boy reputation.
The bottom line is, I highly doubt everyone's complaining will cause any irrepairable damage to a person who's in an industry that caters to lawbreaking and leniant penalties. In a Lindsay Lohan world, a non-existent dead turtle will not be avenged as much as we'd like to seek out justice. Shit, even in a world full of regular people who slaughter rattlesnakes inhumanely we can't catch a break for the animals. By no means should you give up fighting for animals, just make sure you pick your battles carefully and then see them through to the bloody and painful end. Aside from firing off his mouth, this asshole didn't do anything illegal so let's all gather our arms and move to a front that really needs it.
You know, like Rattlesnake Roundups....
"I suck...c'mon sing it now everyone......I suuuuuuuck........"
|Posted by Danny Mendez on July 29, 2012 at 1:15 AM||comments (2)|
Yes yes, so I've decided at the advice of a good friend I'm going to Blog
*yuck* - I have always thought of Blogging as being cheesy and cliche but let's give this a try.
What say you...good idea or not?
Oh yeah, and don't forget to listen Friday nights at 10pm easter right on this damn awesome site!