Category: Len’s Blog

LuBecke (Iconic Opera)

Michael LuBecke, Matt Gehlsen

Fridays are for Mayhem in the AM Presents Lakeland Live!! Today we welcomed Michael LuBecke and Matt Gehlsen to the show. It’s always a great time when we bring in these local musicians. Sometimes I feel like I’m doing it more for me than for them because of my love of live music. I hope they’re as happy to be here as I am to have them here. It’s my pleasure to share local musicians and their talents on the show. Listen to today’s Clip of the Day to hear a couple of original tunes and find out how you can see where the guys are playing. Go to our Facebook page for a video of the song “Depraved.” Have a great weekend and please join us again next week.

You’re Getting Sleepy…

We talked about a sleep study on the show today that claims a cumulative lack of enough sleep could be just as harmful as no sleep at all. Being early risers, whether by choice or by necessity, we don’t always get enough sleep. That can lead to a cognitive decline. Without a full nightly compliment of slumber, that means eight hours, you risk a decline in reaction time, critical thinking and other cognitive skills. Listen to today’s Clip of the Day and hear us talk about how much sleep we don’t get!

Rockin’ For the Vets!

Today we learned about an organization that’s raising awareness to the plight of our veterans. Did you know that 22 ex-service members commit suicide every day? It’s a fact and Wretched Few wants to do something about it.
Wretched Few is based in Lake Wales. They started up last year and are registered with the State of Florida as a non-profit corporation. Their purpose is to educate veterans about suicide and mental health awareness.  Visit their web site and listen to today’s Clip of the Day to see what great work these guys are doing.

Evil Genius or Just a Jerk?

You decide. Is it something you’d even consider? I think most people wouldn’t do it, but I also think there’s a number of people out there that would try it. A guy in the Washington D.C. area went to an Outback Steakhouse alone on Valentine’s Day and pretended his date stood him up to see if he could get a free meal.  And since he live tweeted the whole thing, we know that it WORKED.  Someone felt bad for him and bought him a steak dinner. But then the guilt set in…

New Show Segment

And now for a brand new segment on Mayhem in the AM entitled; “Christopher is a Horrible Boyfriend.” Here’s Christopher out to eat dinner with his girlfriend:

And that was the first installment of the new Mayhem segment; “Christopher is a Horrible Boyfriend.”


Blew It

I was going through some old files and I found some poetry I’d written. This one particular piece seems to fit my recent mood so I thought I’d share it with you. It’s called “Blew It.”

A gentle breeze brushes against the edge of your conscience
You relish the warm wind on your maddening mind
A song of revolution wafts through the air
Like a butterfly bent on passionate pollination
You rise on the breeze of beatitudes
Caught between remembrances and forgotten falsehoods
As a changing wind billows through your brain
While you lean against a rail of random wrongdoings
A blast of bold brashness takes you beyond your wildest illusions
Where gods and goddesses yield before your mounting mistral
Flutter beneath your brilliant countenance

An imaginary gale of good providence whisks you away to your distorted destination
But a fierce and howling tempest violently blows heart and soul
Further from your collapsing kingdom
The prevalent wind wounds your will

Blusterous broken bubbles
Devour defective dreams


Thomas Payne

Our latest addition to the Mayhem in the AM Hall of Fame is British actor Tom Payne!! He stars on AMC’s “The Walking Dead” as the character everyone calls Jesus. With the Season 8 midseason premiere looming, we caught up with Tom to see what’s happening. Spoiler Alert!! If you’re not caught up with the show, you may learn something from this chat that will change your world. Otherwise, please listen to Len and Tom talk about everything from long-dead philosophers to home ownership to the rhythm of accents! Really!!

What? Again?

We can say that we live in an unprecedented time. The tragic school shooting yesterday in Broward County is just another example of someone who fell through the cracks of society and decided shooting innocent people would fix it. The media is saying it’s the 18th school shooting this year. That’s a stretch. Most of the incidents they’re including in this statistic don’t even start to approach the level of what happened here. A couple of them were suicides and in another, a 3rd grader pulled the trigger on an officer’s gun (no one was hurt.) Is it accurate to say those are school shootings?  I guess, technically, if they happened at a school. But the exaggeration by the media grabs your attention, doesn’t it?

I have to say this before I go on. I don’t have the answer. I’m not some all-seeing guru who can fix the ills of society. I’m just like you. I’m living in it. That being said, I feel like there were lots of warning signs surrounding the shooter that no one seemingly did anything about. Social media postings with guns, threats of violence and other anti-social behavior should’ve raised a red flag for someone close to this guy. Reports say the shooter wasn’t allowed to bring a backpack on campus because of previous threats to other students. So the school knew there was a problem. Was law enforcement ever involved? I don’t know.

I’m wondering if this tragedy could’ve been prevented. Maybe. The gun used was legally purchased by the shooter. Should he have been allowed to buy a gun? Probably not, but he did. Maybe a closer look by someone in his life could’ve led to counseling or maybe even hospitalization. Once again, I don’t know. But if someone close to him had shown even an iota of concern based on his social media and problems with social interaction, maybe he feels like someone cares and he doesn’t go off the deep end.

It’s all speculation on my part and it doesn’t change what happened. 17 people are dead and a dozen others are injured. It’s a sad time in America. I don’t know how to fix it.

There is something you CAN do. Give your child an extra hug before you send them off to school.


What Happened to 2017?

We’ve been commenting recently about how fast 2017 has flown by. That may or may not be the case for you but did you know you’ve worked a months worth of time this year for free? Apparently this is on of those sad but true facts of life in America. Also, not necessarily sad but true, Len isn’t a grandfather yet. Could that be changing soon? Maybe. Check it out in today’s Clip of the Day!!

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