Happy 2018! First, I want to start off by thanking you for listening, and making it possible for us radio people to work and have fun all at the same time... you are the bomb dot com.
So far, 2018 has been pretty fantastic due to 2 awesome things happening. The second one is a very fun one, so I swear.... this won't be all tears!
My dad started smoking when he was 12-years-old. TWELVE! Can you imagine?! He is now 63-years-old, and has finally come to terms with the fact that he is not invincible. It's also hard for me, at 30, to look at him and realize the same. When did life flip and we started being concerned for them & their health instead of the opposite? Being an adult is sometimes too much for my brain.
Anyways.... moving on to good things... REALLY good things.... after over 50 years of being a smoker, my dad has quit with the help of his doctors and my persistent & amazing mom. I couldn't believe it when my mom told me. It's super sappy, but I cried reading her text message about it. Knowing that my dad is taking steps to be a healthier person makes me so happy for him, and selfishly for myself so I can spend more *quality* time with him.
This is one of my favorite pictures with him at our wedding in 2016. I'm so grateful to have had this moment with him, and to have so many more now too.
The second one you may not be as happy about if you're not a fan, but for the first time since 1999...
THE BUFFALO BILLS ARE GOING TO THE PLAYOFFS!
This may not be super exciting for you depending on who you cheer for because it may be a regular occurrence for your favorite team, but for us Buffalonians (I lived there for the first 25 years of my life, if you didn't know) it's a freaking miracle. I have been a fan of this crazy football team for as long as I can remember. My first game that I can remember going to was when I was 5-years-old where I may or may not have fallen asleep due to the excitement of a Bills/Dolphins rivalry game.
The overwhelming amount of positive videos where the Bills made the playoffs is so amazing to me. Some of them even got my teary eyed, but let's keep that between us and the rest of the internet, k? I've included 2 of my favorites below for you to check out. Even if you're not a Buffalo fan, some of them will still give you chills, and even make you laugh a little.
On top of that, let me tell you about the people of my hometown.... and how big their hearts are.
After Andy Dalton threw that touchdown pass, and the Bengals solidified our team's playoff place, a ton of Buffalo Bills fans went to his charity website, and donated as a "thank you" to him. Last I checked on his Twitter account, the amount was almost to $60K! That's how much this city loves their team.
In the 24 hours since the 1st donation came in, over 2500 donors and just over $57,000 and counting! Last update for the night! I will update tomorrow. We can’t thank y’all enough!— Andy Dalton (@andydalton14) January 2, 2018
Here's where the whole team was anxiously watching the Bengals/Ravens game (the Ravens had to lose on top of the win against the Dolphins for the Bills to make the playoffs).
This one made me laugh, and cry, at the same time. They put Kyle Williams, Bills vet & captain, in as a full back (he's a defensive tackle) to get a TD. Not only that is featured, but I love this person's choice of using Celine's song from "Titanic".
Overall, 2018 has been pretty awesome so far. I'm looking forward to celebrating even more Bills wins with my dad in the future.
I truly hope you have an amazing 2018, and again... thank you for listening! :)