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Tuning in to ‘This week on South Whidbey’ | Jim Freeman

Thanks again for showing up.

Sometimes showing up is the most important part.

If we don’t show up, how can we be?

What do we do if we aren’t showing up?

What about showing off?

“Quit being a show-off, Jimmy!” still echoes in my ears despite some hearing loss in the left ear due to wearing a one-eared headphone while disc jockeying in Bend, Ore. at KGRL 94 AM and KXIQ FM.

Speaking of radio, with the help of two other families, we were able to complete our Arbitron ratings for the recent listening period.

Through the magic of the Internet, I was able to include the stations I still listen to that were part of my childhood.

KDKA in Pittsburgh.

WBZ in Boston.

WCOL in Columbus.

It’s like voting for your favorite baseball players at each of the positions.

Baseball and radio go together.

They are exact sciences.

Filled with precision, radio stations and baseball players both know where they are supposed to be, what they are to do and when the day is done.

One is likely to find a first baseman in or around first base.

More than likely, KJR 950 AM will be a few clicks away from KOMO 1000.

If I had this same type of consistency in my life, I would know where all my remote controls are.

Thank goodness I have no garage or I’d be looking for that opener.

Speaking of openers, two events I embrace this week include tomorrow’s Class of 2008 Bayview School graduation ceremony at 4:30 p.m.

I am not sure if you need an invitation. If so, just pretend to be a relative and stand in the Bayview Hall balcony. After all, we are all extended family on South Whidbey.

Surfing legend and wave analyzer Drew Kampion will be the guest speaker for a wonderful gathering of young adults.

Special congratulations to grad Carrie Garrison, the first, last and only Bayview mom to be born in our red caboose.

Secondly, if you feel like dancing to the music of the ’60s,

DJ Bob and I will be spinning the hits at the marvelous M-Bar-C Ranch this Saturday from 8 p.m. till the horses come home.

Join in benefiting the kids who visit the M-Bar-C and the enthusiastic girls who attend the South Whidbey Soroptimist “Island Girls” Day Camp.

Snacks, appetizers, beer, wine, soda, coffee and a raffle featuring a $1,400 trip to Mazatlan are part of the fun.

Twenty-five bucks a ticket.

That’s only five gallons of diesel, kids.

Contact Coldwell Banker Tara or the M-Bar-C at 331-6019 if you want more scoop.

Hippie dress is encouraged.

Shouldn’t be too tough.

Most of us over 50 dress that way already.

In closing, via Justice Felix Frankfurter, no relation to Oscar Meyer:

“Indiscriminate use of the radio denies a man the opportunities for reflection and for satisfying those needs of withdrawal of which silent prayer is only one manifestation.”

Amen!

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