Thursday, January 26, 2017

I Could Kick Myself for Not Bringing a Camera


[Tight Ends photo cribbed from the Internet Web will appear clear down at the end of this thing so cubicle dwellers will have plenty of time to see it coming and avoid it.]

As you know from the last thread, I made my way to Guys Night Out on Wednesday.  Looks like I missed East Texas P1, or he missed me.  Sorry, ETP1.

I don't have anything to say about The Ticket presentation because I didn't spend any time in that room.  I had a meeting in Frisco that afternoon, so got there around 4:15 or so, and the place was already packed.  I was by myself.

Noticed something I've never noticed at a Ticket remote, which was that they were taking names at the door, apparently for people to wait for reserved tables.  That wasn't objectionable, not to me, anyway, but it did somewhat detract from the informality of the occasion.  Perhaps it's a way to control the crowd in the part of the bar where the tables are.

If so, I violated the policy because the first thing I did was to walk into the room where The Hardline was broadcasting and stroll around between the tables, see if I saw any friendly faces at a table where I might linger for a bit until either I was invited to sit down, or I asked if I could join the group if they didn't seem too put out at this strange-looking guy.  (I had a suit on from my meeting; did loosen my tie, though.)  But didn't see any likely candidates (sorry ETP1, I didn't wander too close to the broadcast), so thought I would move away from the action at least to find a place to sit.  I saw some tables with "RESERVED" signs on them, but way in the back in the far room there were a number of empty tables with no signs, so I sat myself down.

Before continuing my not-very-interesting GNO story, I pause to reflect on the Tight Ends wait staff.  I don't know -- should I feel sorry for them?  Some extremely attractive young women, some pushing the needle over into beautiful, but most dressed as revealingly as North Plano community standards will allow, and some beyond.  I'm not a prude and I derive about the same amount of enjoyment as most males in viewing a woman wearing something that approaches the borders of the naughty bits.  And I really liked looking at these young women.  Yeah, really did.  Hey, look at that one  .  .  .  .  and whoa, looka tha --    But [shaking head to clear thinking and conscience] jeez -- pasties, thongs, some items whose names I don't know, some items that appear improvised and nameless, aimed at enticing the male to stay, spend money, tip lavishly, dream foolishly.  So one line of my thinking is -- man, we haven't come very far since the Fifties as far as exploitation of women is concerned.

But the other line of thinking is that these women are volunteers.  They were not pressed into service shortly after getting off the boat.  They put in their application, they get hired, they know what they're going to be required to wear (although there didn't seem to be a particular uniform, a fair amount of improvisation seemed to be de rigueur).  They're working, working hard.  I'm guessing the P1 crowd isn't going to be too forward.  (Also guessing there's security in place.)  Some may be single mothers.  Some may be a young wife making sure that mortgage gets paid.   Others may be students.  Perhaps models.  Maybe some professional women or administrative types in between jobs or picking up some extra dough.  But whatever they are, they all gotta eat, pay the rent, buy gas, and a day like that is probably good money for each of them.  Someone is going to make money off men's unconquerable urge to self-delude, and maybe they figure it might as well be them.

So -- no judgment, just curiosity.

I will say this -- they didn't seem very happy.  Photos below to the contrary.

As it turned out, I was served by a comely blonde named Stephanie who was more modestly dressed than most.  She took my order, and she had just stepped away when I was accosted by another waitress who asked me if I just sat down at the table without putting my name in at the front.  I confessed (of course) immediately.  She told me I couldn't sit there.  OK, whatever the rules are, don't want to cause trouble or take cuts over a deserving P1 who was waiting for a table, but GNO was getting to be more of a challenge than I really cared to deal with.  I rose to try to find a spot at the bar and got Stephanie's attention to tell her where I was going, and she said "Sit down, you're fine.  It's my table."  She then sought out the other waitress and, I gather, they had a chinwag and my eviction was abated.

While the wait staff seemed rather morose, the trio of brunette Ticket Chicks who stopped by to sign me up for a drawing were very cheerful and quite attractive, all three of them.  If I'd had my wits about me I'd have interviewed them on the life and career path of a Ticket Chick, which strikes me as a great topic for a post.  I'm something of a camera guy, if not an accomplished photographer, and am almost never without some decent glass, but yesterday found me lensless.   (Phone camera busted.)   So I got nothing for you on the three lovely Chicks.  The last time I got involved with a drawing at a remote (it was purchased raffle tickets, not just a sign-up), I won several times and the grand prize of Mavs courtside seats.  See:  http://myticketconfession.blogspot.com/2012/12/duckandcover-goes-out-on-some.html 

This time I did not win.

Well, this was a pretty dreary entry, wasn't it?  I did enjoy just hanging out there, chatting with the Ticket Chicks, having a couple, reading.  Next time I'll try to be better prepared, maybe give you guys some better notice so we can find each other.

Not sure if I'll make Ticketstock, but I hope to stop by sometime.  Hope to see you there.  Photos liberated from the Internet (and these were some of the more conventionally revealing ones) follow the jump  .  .  .  .



















































43 comments:

Shaggy said...

Official pics here:

http://www.theticket.com/2017/01/25/come-to-guys-night-out-in-frisco/

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness God bless the servers at Tight Ends.

TC proving once again he has no business being on radio. Nice e brake.

The Plainsman said...

Thanks, Shaggy.

I can assure the Confessor that the service technicians portrayed in those photos are among the more covered-up of the Tight Ends staff.

Anonymous said...

I've enjoyed many P1 bits over the years, but the best one has to be the George sex party calls. Makes me laugh every time. Yes, I am immature.

James said...

Is it just me, or have those awful Meador car commercials gone away?

The Plainsman said...

Just you. The latest iteration is "Al" answering the phone with an endless description of the latest sale at Hidden Cost Motors and finishing up with "I've quit better jobs than this," which makes one yearn mightily for the day he quits that one.

Anonymous said...

It is interesting, at least to me, that Ed Wallace dropped Meador from his "Best of DFW Dealers List" a couple of years ago. The main criterion for his list is integrity. As the kids say, "just sayin'".

Arky P1 said...

Nice of the Catman to pony up and buy some new wireless equipment, but Gordo fishing for bear traps is a bad bit!

slinky said...

Today Ben & Skin was touting some top 20 list of morning shows that featured RJ & Choppy as #13. What? No Musers? What top list doesn't have the Muser's listed?

Anonymous said...

The FAN now has a JV dude whose surname is Ship. Guess what they call him? Ya, you guessed it, "Shippy." Just call him Shoopy and get on with it already. What a terrible station. Not one ounce of originality.

Colorado P1 said...

I thought the segment yesterday on The Shake Joint about the immigration ban was interesting in large part because of how tense things were between Jake and Sean. (I think it was the first or second segment of the show.) Sean gave a little spiel about it and Jake's response was basically "I'm not going to say anything at all about the issue because I don't think this is an appropriate forum for the discussion," and he stuck to his guns throughout. I was surprised that they had decided to proceed with a segment that one of the two hosts had no intention whatsoever of participating in -- I'm sure they discussed it in a show meeting beforehand -- but perhaps they thought it would make for good radio.

It seemed like part of Jake's reasoning was that 60-80% of the listeners agree with the ban and he didn't want to get flamed on Twitter or something, but I would be surprised if that's true. I think it's more likely that 60-80% of TSJ's listeners are opposed to the immigration ban, based on an assumption that their audience skews younger and the kids these days tend to be more progressive on social issues in general.

DA said...

@slinky,
http://sportsradiopd.com/2017/01/the-top-20-major-market-morning-shows-of-2016-are/

Barrett explained the voting and methodology last week.

Last week, he also interviewed PDs across the nation regarding if there really was a benefit from broadcasting on Radio Row since it's pretty expensive. It's $2K for an ISDN line for the week.

Boo! said...

@coloradoP1

I was also surprised, but Jake is a guy that probably receives all sorts of unnecessary hate, it's really hard for me to put myself in his shoes to try and relate

Anonymous said...

I think this shows that Jake, who, by the way, now has a kid coming, is beginning to think big picture career wise. Which, if that's the case, is smart on his part. He might be in lock step with Sean on this (and on nearly every other socio-political issue), but it serves neither him nor the listener nor his bosses any good to immediately jump in on a very hot button issue that at that time (and still is) was only hours off the presses. Sure THL does it, but guess what? they're THL, Jake is neither a Muskateer nor a Varsity host; and TSJ sure as hell isn't a Varsity showgram. Frankly, this shows some maturity on Jake's part. Something his on air presentation sorely lacks at times. Indeed, if not for his far too often Dylan the Argumentative Teen act, Jake would be damn damn the hell crap damn good. Perhaps he's starting to figure this out. If he is, look out, because this not so young anymore (once you hit 30, you ain't a kid) man is going places in the sports media world.

The Seans, Fahy's, TCs, Machines, et alia can virtue-signal to their hearts' content. But that doesn't genuine and if Jake chooses not to, it doesn't make him any less virtuous.

Anonymous said...

doesn't mean it's genuine...

slinky said...

Well, I'm sorry! I see the Muser's are #3! I don't remember them saying that when they were going down the list.

Jake Kemp said...

My apologies if in speaking in general terms about parenting I mislead or misspoke, but I do not, in fact, have a baby on the way. My guess is when we were talking about children and internet privacy this weekend, something I said was too general. Again, my mistake.

Anonymous said...

Dang it, Jake. I too thought you had a kiddo arriving. The way you were speaking seemed to strongly indicate that it was the case. Thanks for setting the record straight. Stay hard. Dig your stuff, man.

Anonymous said...

Although I am sure that Jake and I completely disagree on the immigration ban, kudos to him for actually putting his money where his mouth is and actually doing something to help those helping others(taking pizzas and water to the lawyers working pro-bono). Not just holding a sign or screaming and yelling. Every interaction I have had with Jake has been positive. He has been really nice and professional every time. I feel like Jake has pretty left leaning views, but he doesn't beat people over the head with them, and he doesn't sound like a crybaby all the time like his TSJ counterpart.

Anonymous said...

@Jake
Sorry, I truly thought you and your wife were having a baby. Still, I stand by the gist of my comment. You are one helluva talent, but I for one would like to see a more centered approach. When you do that, as you did Sunday, you're a compelling host. A hipper Sturm. In my book that's quite a compliment.

I concur with 110am: thank you for setting the record straight.

DRW1961 said...

Can anyone point me to the source of the list of top 10 Primetime lineups that the Musers were discussing this morning at 7:40? I got in about halfway through.

Shaggy said...

Here's the list

http://www.metv.com/lists/what-was-the-best-network-television-lineup-ever

Anonymous said...

the last segment on the last cirque show was heavy

The Plainsman said...

A belated thanks to Jake for checking in.

Jake has always had high marks from Confessors for accessibility and cordiality, despite occasional differences in viewpoints.

I thought this was on prominent display in spades in his dealings with Mike from Palookaville, when he gave the guy more of his time and AM/FM exposure than MfP could conceivably have hoped for.

Anonymous said...

Did I just hear Cooby say that he wishes the Bills would have won one of the Super Bowls against the Cowboys back in the 90s? Get him off the air!!!

Anonymous said...

Donovan on the Hardline. No thank you.

Big Tex said...

Went to the Houston meet up. Very cool, access to the hosts was amazing. Talked to all the majors except Junes and Norm. They all seemed very into it and shot the shit for a long time. Mike especially seemed to dig meeting Houston P1's.

Anonymous said...

Were Joonz and Norm not there or did you not get the chance?

How were the drinking hosts throwing down? Getting sauced-ish?

Big Tex said...

Norm and June's were not there.

Corby was taking shots with hots all night, he hit #4 when I left, was getting a little sauced. Everyone else was keeping it pretty chill.

Cody Patterson said...

This morning is the first morning that I've listened to the Ticket stream from the Super Bowl and everyone sounds like they are about an octave lower and talking much slower. It sounds like everyone is on 1/2 speed, not sure what is going on there.

Anonymous said...

'Terminally Concussed' Fleming with yet another ebrake win this morning. If he has a broadcasting career that lasts as long as Norm's (please God no), he will retire with somewhere in the neighborhood of 275,000 ebrakes.

Anonymous said...

Why did Corby not do a wireless segment on Thursday? The day before he talked about wanting to do one early on Thursday so that he could catch Mike Francessa. How do they forget about that!?

DRW1961 said...

Some strong e-brake candidates this morning.

However, the highlight of the segment for me was the rare Craig "Junior" "Spank Spank" Miller impersonation of one Norman Elizabeth Hitzges. Well done, Junior.

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Anonymous said...

Newsflash: SOME of our heroes at times live life like rockstars. One of these days someone's either gonna write an actual tell all or one of our heroes is gonna slip up. When either happens, some of ya'll are gonna be taken aback. That's about as much as I'll say.

The Plainsman said...

CONFIDENTIAL TO 204: Your comment was a fair report on what you observed at a public Ticket event, but on balance I decided it landed on the "private life of Ticket guys" side of the meter, and so I took it down.

Nothing personal, 204; I appreciate all reports from Confessors on Ticket-sponsored activities.

Thanks, and sorry I had to delete you.

CrayTrey1310 said...
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The Plainsman said...

204, in the words of a recent cable TV ad: “I gotta make it up to you. Here’s Vinnie’s watch. I want you to have it.”

CrayTrey1310 said...

I've already secured the publishing rights. On the second draft. You won't believe the stuff about Norm in chapter 8!

Gopher said...

I heard the tail end of Junior talking about going to Galveston yesterday and that was why he wasn't at the meet and greet. Something about his parents owning a house there at one time or another.

Anonymous said...

Cray Trey, nice to see you pop on Jer here. Also 'preciate yer sense of humor couched in a bunker mentality protect the troops sort of way. But we both know they ain't all boy scouts. A few of 'em have committed some, how shall we say, faux pas over the years that if made public would stun a mastodon. We both know it, bud. I know of a few but I don't name names or the games played. But yeah, we both know.

Shaggy said...

On twitter Greggo claimed to be writing a tell-all Ticket book

Anonymous said...

Greggo claims a lot of things on Twitter. Besides, Greggo's tell all would end around ten years ago. Rhynes was just getting into his kool kid rockstar persona.