Tuesday I had lunch with someone I hadn't seen since I lost my voice. He was pretty amazed at how close to myself I sounded, while still not being 100%. He asked how bad it was when I started, so I took out my phone and played him a recording made during my first speech therapy session. At that point, I noticed it was exactly one month to the day of that first session. Wow, much has changed in one month…and for the good. And I owe it all to Karen Bunce, my Speech Therapist at Buffalo Therapy Group. I can't imagine where I would be without her. I'm so happy and thankful to have her in my life as a vocal mentor and friend.
I'm also thankful for my co-workers, for all their mental and physical support. Especially the people you hear on-air every day, many of whom have had to add work hours onto their day, and in some cases turn their personal and business life upside down to fill in the places where I would normally be.
I am thankful for RLITM Producers Brandi, Jimmy, and Alex. They take random e-mail and texts I send them at all hours of the day, add in their personal magic, and use the result to make our morning show page and social media sites engaging and interesting. Though I do wish they would use spell check before posting! (I couldn't resist…)
I am thankful to all of you reading this and who have kept up with me via facebook and twitter posts. Your thoughts and wishes mean more than you know. I hope I can repay you.
I am thankful for having the chance to deliver Thanksgiving dinners to those in Kenmore-Tonawanda who can't get out or cook for themselves on Turkey day. Thank you Dan Wiles and Ken-Ton Meals On Wheels for showing me a new path.
And above all, I am thankful for my wife, Linda. The smartest, most thoughtful, least selfish person I have ever met. I have no idea how she puts up with me. And it doesn't hurt that she is a hottie! I adore her. Always will.
On Monday afternoon, President Obama presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom - the nation's highest civilian honor to singer Stevie Wonder, TV journalist Tom Brokaw, and Ethel Kennedy, wife of the late Robert F. Kennedy.
Oh, and he gave one to his girlfriend too.
That would be Meryl Streep, the actress.
“I love Meryl Streep,” the president said in front of all assembled "Her husband knows I love her. Michelle knows I love her. There's nothing either of them can do about it.”
No real scandal there. Just a nice bit of affection.
Oh, and he poked a little fun at his love too - pointing out that she sang Abba - "which, you know, that's something."