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by Ron St. Pierre and Jen Brien, commentary
Fall has officially arrived
Yep. True story. Today I was cruising through Walmart and BAM! There it was! In all of its glory – HALLOWEEN CANDY! Am I the only one who’s thrilled that we are inching away from temps that give us a glimpse into hell?! Anyone else happy that in a few weeks Starbucks will be offering the Pumpkin Cold Brew once again, and we will start seeing an onslaught of HOCUS POCUS 2 GEAR?! C’mon fall! Listen, this time of year is my fave. We get football back, the nights are cool, and the days are filled with the smell of harvest candles. I really hate summer. Moreso now that people think I want to hear their music at a stoplight, and don’t even get me started about beach traffic. It’s all madness. I realize there’s a method to God’s grand scheme and each season serves a purpose but give me fall and winter ANYDAY! Who doesn’t love a big pot of beef stew and Monday night football! So, enjoy these dog days of summer friends… cause fall is creeping in on us! Oh, PS, enjoy fall ‘cause on September 1st, I’m sure, Walmart goes – all Christmas! (Wink)
But I’m serious. Till next time friends!
The Summer of our Discontent
A U.S. Census Bureau survey says more Americans are reporting that they’re having trouble paying their bills than did during the 2020 pandemic peak. A whopping 40% of U.S adults say it’s been somewhat or very difficult to cover their usual household expenses in the poll taken in late June and early this month. That’s the highest since the Census started asking the question in August of 2020, which was about 5 months into the pandemic. Back then, one third of the respondents reported difficulty covering their usual household bills. It declined from that over the following year, but when the government pandemic relief spigot got shut off and the worst inflation in 40 years hit, the number started to spike again.
Bust out those old Baseball Cards
If you’re lucky enough that your mom didn’t toss out all your baseball cards from when you were a kid, you might want to sift thru them to see if this one’s in your stash. A 70-year old Mickey Mantle baseball card could break auction records next month. Right now, a New Jersey waste management entrepreneur owns the 1952 card, which is reportedly in mint condition. He bought it back in 1991 for $50,000 at a New York collectors show. Now that card could exceed… wait for it… TEN MILLION BUCKS when the auction ends August 27th. As the late great Mel Allen would say, “how about that!”
Some summer tips from Ron & Jen
Here are a few home remedies for summertime ailments. For DEHYDRATION you don’t have to spend a lot for some fancy sports drink. Make your own electrolyte drink by mixing water with freshly squeezed lemon juice and/or other citrus fruits, raw honey, and a pinch of sea salt. For SUNBURN, dissolve one or two cups of Epsom salt in a bath and soak the body parts that are burned. You can do an Epsom salt compress too. For bug bites and bee stings roll on or apply a few drops of Lavender essential oil. It controls inflammation, itching, and swelling. And, for Poison Ivy, mix together aloe vera and tea tree oil for relief. Mix 3-5 drops of tea tree oil with a teaspoon of aloe, BUT make sure to wear gloves when you apply directly to the skin.
Ron St. Pierre is a veteran broadcaster whose career has spanned over four decades. Ron has programmed, performed on and managed WHJJ, WPRO, WWRX, 790 The Score in Providence, as well as WBZT and WKGR in West Palm Beach and WABC in New York City. Ron also anchored sports on WPRI Ch 12 in Providence. He is a member of both the Rhode Island Radio and Television and the City of Pawtucket Halls of Fame. He was born and raised in Pawtucket.
Jen Brien has over 20 years of radio broadcast experience having hosted shows on WPRO and WHJJ with Ron as well as her own shows on WRKO and WBZ in Boston, WXTK on Cape Cod and WHAM in Rochester, New York. Jen was born and raised in Woonsocket and served six years in the Army MP Canine Unit.
Hazel, Ron’s dog, makes regular appearances.
“Ron and Jen’s Great Escape” podcast, a more lighthearted look at the events happening around us, can be found on YouTube and wherever you get your podcasts, with new episodes premiering each Wednesday and listen to Ron and Jen’s Great Escape call in radio show Friday afternoons 2 til 4 on 101.1 FM, 1540 WADK and streaming everywhere on WADK.COM.
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