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Rob Lucas No Voice Social Media Tour - Update!


I really didn't have a lot to report in this latest Rob Lucas No Voice Social Media Tour update…until Sunday morning. The past few days have been nothing special for voice recovery…two steps forward, one step back. Glimmers of progress between long periods of silence, and a voice that sounded only slightly better than a week ago.

But on Sunday morning, I spoke a clear sentence, actually a few sentences, with very little rasp, and total clarity. It wasn't close to my voice, but it was a communicable voice, that wasn't breathy or forced. It had bottom and more depth. Pretty incredible! I was so excited to have some bottom end and not get out of breath while saying things, that I started to blurt out the bass line of Marky Mark's "Good Vibrations". You know…bumb bumb BUMB bumb, bumb bumb BUMB BUMB! Did it about 3x till my wife correctly told me to shut up and let my larynx heal more! And then it was back to silence, with a few blurbs here and there. And yes, I know doing the Marky Mark thing is something Phil on Modern Family would do. Most days seems like I'm either pulling a "Phil" or a "Sheldon" (Big Bang Theory). So that was the highlight of the weekend…along with discovering that I like receiving Reflexology, which I think has really helped with my weekend improvement.

My wife is working towards her Reflexology certification, along with continuing her studies for massage therapy, and practicing and teaching Reiki (she is a Reiki Master).
While she was performing reflexology on my feet, which I found TOTALLY relaxing (which is odd for me, I can't lay still for more than 10 minutes), everything was great 'til she got to the gap between my first toe and big toe. Incredibly painful…sensitive to the touch around the base and inside of my big toe, which in reflexology is officially called the "GREAT TOE." "Interesting," she said regarding my pain in that area. "That's where your throat/neck area is on your feet. All connected to where you are in pain."

Pretty amazing…she didn't say anything beforehand about how she would be working on my feet or why. So she continued to really work on the bad areas leading to my throat/larynx.
About an hour after the reflexology session, I spoke an incredibly clear and unforced response to something she asked. I don't think it was a coincidence, especially because since then she has been performing min-reflexology sessions on my pain areas, and each time there has been noticeable improvement, even if just for a short period. Pretty cool!

More thoughts since the last time I checked in:

The Good:

Being able to project…to be heard in another room, or downstairs to upstairs. Not doing it much, but it's nice when it happens without force.

Knowing that after such a long period of no change, things are getting better. My sneezes are even starting to sound more normal…more human like, not like they are taxing my throat, or a cat sneeze, which they were.


The Bad

Not being able to leave the house without a pile of post it notes and a pen. Try doing research on cellphones and data plans without speaking…only writing short notes to the salesperson. It can be done…but very clunky.

Not having CONSISTANT vocal recovery. Sounding better in the morning in no way means you will sound as good in the afternoon…even after not speaking all day. I still just wanna hope that someone will throw a switch while I'm sleeping, and I'll wake up all good to go. But it just doesn't happen that way.

If you care at all about what you do for a living, every day you're away from work makes you feel a little less like a part of the team. I've heard so many athletes say the exact same thing…being injured and just standing around watching is the worst. I can identify. You feel awful not being able to contribute. But I do feel better about it after getting some much support from everyone last week.

The Ugly:

Even though we've had some progress, and I know there is a whole lot worse that I could be going through, it's still very disconcerting to not know just when my voice will be radio-quality, and how close to my "real voice" it will be.

On tap this week, more silence and vocal rest, with a major follow-up with the Ear Nose and Throat specialists on Thursday, which will probably show if there is a need for a further look at my larynx through a Videostroboscopy. Sounds appetizing. Let's hope we make progress BIG TIME between now and then.
Talk soon. Get it????




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It’s Local Restaurant week!


Hundreds of local restaurants are participating in Local Restaurant Week. Most restaurants are offering meals for $20.14 and up! Check out the list of participating restaurants here. They've even got a great promo jingle "I'm So Hungry"





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Egg on Your Faces!

So again, the folks at The Tonight Show sat around a production meeting, and came up with a game plan.

"Let's have Jimmy and a guest play Russian Rouelette, but with eggs!

So, they grabbed a carton of eggs. Hardboiled eight, left four raw.

The idea: Jimmy and his guest will smash those eggs against their own foreheads until someone has smashed two raw eggs.

But who to get?

"I know! Let's get Bradley Cooper! He'll do it!"

And they did. And he did. And it's done. And it's hilarious.

Check it out!

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Fight at the Kardashian Corral!

Step aside, Kim, Khloe et al.

According to a new survey and report, the most influential Kardashian right now is...

Drum roll, please...

Kylie Jenner.
 
 
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A fashion website says that Kylie's popularity is consistenly rising - compared to the peaks and valleys experienced by the other young ladies in the Kardashian Kompound.

And last week, Time magazine called Kylie one of the 25 Most Influential Teenagers list for 2014.

People are saying this is the Kardashian to watch - and she'll eclipse her siblings soon enough.
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It's Not Shoplifting - It's Scoring an Endorsement!


Last week, Joseph Randle, a running back for the Dallas Cowboys, was arrested for shoplifting at Dallas-area mall.

He allegedly walked off with underwear and cologne. He's facing legal action, and the NFL hit him with a fine of $29,500.

Not to worry. A marketing company in Los Angeles just signed Randel to a contract to help them market underwear.

The company - MeUndies - will pay Sticky Fingers at least enough to cover the fine from the league.

I guess there will be a separate cologne deal to cover the court costs.

Yeah, this is a great example for kids everywhere.
 
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Now That's a Good Start

If you're a Game of Thrones fan, you undoubtedly remember Khal Drogo, the Dothraki war lord who dominates and is then dominated by Daenerys Targaryen.

He was about as intense as they come - dark, brooding, completely the opposite of Daenerys.

Until his appearances on GOT as Drogo, Jason Momoa was a relative unknown.

Now, thanks to GOT, he's getting all sorts of opportunities - not the least of which is he recent casting as Aquaman in an upcoming DC Comics film.

His GOT audition tape has been making the rounds lately. He landed the role after performing a fierce Maori dance.

After watching the tape, I can't imagine ANYONE saying no to this guy. Ever.

 
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Something's Amiss in the Sullivan Theater

Bill Mendez, a long-time cue card guy on The Late Show with David Letterman, lost his job recently.

According to the reports, he got into an argument with one of the show's writers over the cue cards. The fight allegedly ended with Mendez grabbing the writer by the front of his shirt and pinning him to a nearby wll.

So that's it - the cue card man has been fired.

If you've got cue card experience and don't mind a short-term position, be sure to send in your application.

Letterman is retiring in April.

Maybe it would be better to apply with Stephen Colbert...
 
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She Ain't Heavy, She Also Ain't My Brother

The head of the Russian Tennis Federation has been fined $25,000 for referring to Venus and Serena Williams as “the Williams brothers.”
 
He’s also been suspended for a year after his comments on a talk show on Russian TV.
 
Funny how the world works.
 
This guy’s got to pay a hefty fine and lose his job for a bit for saying that same things that earn guys like Jimmy Fallon, Conan O’Brien and Jon Stewart millions.
 
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Valentine's Day In October? Sweetest Day Is Tomorrow!



Sweetest Day is tomorrow (October 18th). Here are some great, inexpensive ideas for celebrating with your loved ones, relatives and close friends from
TheNest.com.
I know I wouldn't mind some chocolates tomorrow!



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Feel Good Friday Video - Jessie J Covers Rock With You!



Watch the totally cool Jessie J perform Michael Jackson's "Rock With You" as she belts out the classic hit!





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