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If Not Now, When?

Life is an incredible journey.  Many of us are very blessed to have had brushes with some of the greatest people in the world.   Artists, Musicians, Athletes, Leaders.  People that other people look up to.   Then we have also had brushes with the truly greatest people in the world.  Mothers, Fathers, innovators, givers, the selfless and at times the hopeless.  We always like a great rag to riches story.  A story where someone overcomes great odds to succeed.  Mostly sheer will and determination plays a part.  Throughout my life, I have met many people who have been a part of all of the above.  The most memorable are the ones that have stories to tell.  Stories of despair, stories of hope, stories of perseverance and stories of beating the odds.  You see it isn’t about fame or status, but life is really about courage and character.  I have been shaving my head to raise money for St. Baldrick’s for 12 years now.  Along that journey, I have met parents who have endured triumph and heartbreak.  I have met children who were courageous beyond any adult I’ve ever known.  I’ve met great people and good friends who have both given of themselves to raise money and have donated.  You see, we all get to play a part in a bigger cause.  Mine is simple…I work to raise money to cure childhood cancer.   So if you click a link to help a candidate fund their campaign, then I’m sure you can donate to something that really gives a ROI…a donation to help kids with cancer.  https://www.stbaldricks.org/participants/CatThomas2020

Now that I’ve given my pitch, the best people in the world are the ones who are given challenges that they never asked for, yet fight with all their energy to overcome.  If I have to pick a team, I’d give up everyone I’ve ever met to make sure that no parent will ever have to hear a doctor tell them that their child has cancer.   So be a part of something greater.  Join me to help the greatest people in the world.   The kids.   Thank you.

 

Cat’s Quote For Today

I have always loved quotes.   Many times there is a lesson of hope, a lesson of failure, a lesson to motivate or drive one to succeed.   They are small pearls of wisdom that give us something to think about as we ponder our own path.  So many times we are looking for outlook or perspective on things we come across in life.   Over the years in my weekly jock meetings, I would look for quotes to fortify our situation or support a teaching moment with my staff.   Quotes many times take long, verbose thoughts and deliver them in PPM fashion with just a single thought.   So as you check back from time to time, I will share with you those pearls of wisdom that I have captured along the way.   When I’ve been asked to describe myself, I’ve always had a philosophy.  I might not be the smartest, fastest or strongest competitor, but I’ll always give it my all and I will be relentless.  People have rarely outworked me and the ones that have, I hired for my team.   As we all continue to grow and look for resources to help us succeed, remember that by going the extra step when others won’t is the quickest way to succeed!   So I leave you with Cat’s Quote…

“I’ve got a theory that if you give 100% all of the time, somehow things will work out in the end.”

Larry Bird

The Strong Hand Of Vince

Many times in life, we have that one person who becomes a friend, a confidant and a kick in the ass when you need it.  For me, that guy was Vince Pellegrino.   Vince was one of the strongest and most straight forward people I’ve ever know.  Whether it was in person where he grabbed your neck in his vice grip like hands or on the phone where his thick New York Italian accent would yell out “Are you F***in’ crazy?”    Vince was a man of passion and conviction.  I was proud to call him my friend.  I remember sitting at my desk when he called me to tell me about his “bad report” from the Doctor.   He had been diagnosed with Prostate Cancer.  Many people would have sounded scared or lost.  Not Vince.  He told me he looked the doctor in the eye and said, “I’m gonna beat this.”   I know I believed him.  Vince was amazing.  Even when I knew he had Chemo treatments, he was on the phone telling me how strong he felt after the treatments.  How energized he was.  He sounded good.  For the next few years Vince would get a good bill of health only to report a few weeks later that he needed more treatment.  Honestly, he may not have had a good bill of health but I’ll be damned if Vince was going to let anyone think something might be wrong.  As time went on, I could tell that treatments were taking a toll on him.   That he was getting tired.  I think that I would intentionally tell him I didn’t like a record that he was passionate about just to get him fired up and yelling at me.   I always enjoyed the heated arguments with Vince when we were on opposite sides of the music issue, but now I found myself taking the opposite side just so I could get that vocal kick in the ass that only Vince could deliver.  I miss those times.   Vince was taken from his family and friends two years ago this month.  I still can’t believe that he’s not here.  Cancer sucks.  It has taken so much from so many.  I know many reading this enjoyed the time with Vince.  The weekly calls arguing music passionately.  The Annual S.I.N. Awards which really brought so many of us to NYC in December.  The SIN Awards were more like a family reunion than an awards gathering, at least it was to me.  It was liking coming home at Christmas to visit your favorite Uncle and your extended family. It honestly reminded me of The Dropkick Murphy’s video “The Season’s Upon Us” with a Soprano’s theme!  Dropkick Murphys Video   Today I wanted to honor not only my great friend Vince Pellegrino but all those whose lives he touched.  He was a great friend to me and my wife.  He was a good man and most importantly he was the Godfather to a generation of Radio and Record people.  All those that spend time with him are better off for knowing him.  Yes…Cancer Sucks.

In Vince’s honor as well as all those I am blogging about as I raise money for The St. Baldrick’s Foundation, I would like to ask for your help by clicking the link:  Donate To Fight Cancer By Clicking Here  It is my goal to help support Childhood Cancer Research and Care.  If we can cure cancer in our children, it is like pulling out the roots before cancer can develop in adults.  In essence, curing Childhood Cancer is how we cure cancer altogether!  Thank you for you time and help.  I know that Vince, who supported me when I started raising money NINE years ago, is smiling down on us all!   Actually, he’s probably fighting with God on why he can’t get several records in rotation up there!

SIN Vince Pellegrino
Vince, We all love and miss you!

 

So You Don’t Like Justin Bieber…

Well…it’s soap box time!  I’m tired of the people who bash Justin Bieber.  People who hate him for the simple reasons that he friggin’ talented, girls think he’s cute (I hear it from my daughter everyday) and his future is pretty much a lock!   Do I love seeing Justin Bieber at every turn?  Not necessarily, but you will not hear a derogatory term from me.  As I told my buddy Mike A. (name is redacted to protect the innocent) back in October 2009 when he asked me “Who in the hell is Justin Bieber”, I told him then that he’s the next HUGE artist.  By the way…was I right Mike?   The kid plays 5 instruments, can really sing, seems to be a good kid, was very respectful and humble when I met him and stayed an extra hour to make sure that every one of his 300+ fans got an autograph and picture with him.   I can see why people would dislike him.  He’s a very talented 16-year-old kid who has hit the lottery.  All I can figure is anyone who has something derogatory to say about the kid has either never met him or is just insanely jealous of his success!   So, with that being said, I’d like to say thank you from my family and co-workers to Justin for giving us music that drives listener passion and ratings.   The reality is I wish at any point of my life I can suck enough to become independently wealthy like him.  So I lift my Diet Coke to you, your music and in 5 more years, I’ll happily buy you your first beer!