Too Much Time On My Hands?

I’ve been doing some voices (No, not the ones in my head) for SOS Radio on Party 934. I was asked to do a promo for my own show to air on SOS.

Playlist 12/15/2012

Playlist 12/15/12
1. Grateful Dead – Midnight Hour
2. The Who – Reign O’er Me
3. Neil Young – Cowgirl In The Sand
4. Dirty Guv’nahs – Goodbye Chicago
5. Luther Allison – Sweet Home Chicago
6. Cold Blood – Understanding
7. The Rolling Stones – Silver Train
8. Evis Costello – Out Of Time
9. Dirty Names – Salt Water Jackie
10. Tom Waits – The Heart Of Saturday Night
11. Neko Case – Christmas Card From A Hooker In Minneapolis
12. Alejandro Escovedo – After The Meteor Showers
13. Danny O’Keefe – If Ya Can’t Boogie Woogie
14. The Mothers Of Invention – Trouble Every Day
15. EM Drew – 1000 Souls
16. Levi Weaver – I Am Certain I Am A Train
17. Amber Hunter – Empty
18. Trixie Whitley – Breathe You In My Dreams
19. Daphne Lee Martin – Sweet & Low Down
20. Delta Spirit – French Quarter
21. Sally Majestic – Donut Shop On Mars
22. Bob Dylan – Talkin’ World War III Blues

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Voted Yet?

I just mailed my ballot, the day before election day. I’d intended to do so a week ago. Oh well, at least it’s done. The State of Washington, in it’s infinite wisdom has decided that we all shall vote by mail now. I don’t like it. I guess it’s convenient, and all and I’m not limited to a such a small window of time to vote, it just needs to be postmarked by election day.

I miss going to the polling place. There, It feels like I’ve voted. It’s the experience. All of us from a precinct gathering at one place, and interacting with the volunteers. I miss that, the personal nature of it.

Now, voting by mail I feel less certain that it will be counted. What if the mail plane gets hit by a terrorist attack? What if the postal worker drops my envelope behind the desk? What if…?

Well, at least I voted.

Robert J Program Playlist, 09/30/12

Playlist 09/30/12
1. Spanky & Our Gang – Sunday Will Never Be The Same
2. Taj Mahal & The Phantom Blues Band – Bob Dylan’s 115th Dream
3. Tom Waits – On The Road
4. Fiawna Forte – No
5. Weather Report – Birdland
6. Blood Sweat & Tears – Maiden Voyage
7. Elvis Costello – Jimmie Standing In The Rain
8. Al DiMeola – Midnight Tango
9. Cold Blood – Funky On My Back
10. Tower Of Power – You Got To Funkifize
11. Daphne Lee Martin – Nostradamus
12. Sally Majestic – Scottalicious
13. Riley & The Roxies – OceanGold
14. The String Cheese Incident – Best Feeling
15. Santana – Singing Winds Crying Beasts
16. Peter Green / Fleetwood Mac – Black Magic Woman
17. Willie And The Poor Boys – Baby Please Don’t Go
18. Philip Peters – Such a Little Lover Such a Little Tease
19. Alejandro Escovedo – Sally Was A Cop

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1. Azteca – Peace Everybody
2. Santana – Mother’s Daughter
3. Cold Blood – Funky On My Back
4. Robin Trower – Too Rolling Stoned
5. Wishbone Ash – Blowin’ Free
6. Shawn Philips – Lookin Up Lookin Down
7. Los Lobos – The Word
8. The Beat Farmers – Reason To Believe
9. The Smithereens – Behind The Wall Of Sleep
10. Elvin Bishop – Travelin’ Shoes
11. Tipsy McStagger Band – Have Mercy
12. Alejandro Escovedo – Big Station
13. Iona – Treasure
14. The Who – 5 15
15. Leon Russell – Magic Mirror
16. E M Drew Band – Salvador Dali Blues
17. Buck 69 – Cold Wind
18. Mary Ann Redmond – Many Rivers To Cross
19. Harper Blynn – Dandelion Head
20. The Logues – No Place Like Home
21. Sally Majestic – Donut Shop On Mars
22. Calexico – Black Heart

A perfect Sunday Blend. Listen as we soar across genre and generational barriers.
Disclaimer: The Robert J Program is not responsible for potential side effects such as becoming addicted to music once again.

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Summers at the Angie Hotel

Three or four years in a row we drove from California to Lawton Oklahoma to visit Grandma Lee, my paternal Grandmother. Seems like I was between 8-12 years old during this time. All the time I knew her, she was morbidly obese, and had one leg. She’d lost her other leg as a “young girl”, the result of an accident of some kind. We had lived with her in Houston, when I was 2-3 years old, but sometime in the sixties she moved to Oklahoma. Lawton was an Army town, with Ft Sill being the local base. Back then it was a town loaded with pawn shops and whore houses.

She owned or managed a couple of hotels while she lived there. The first couple visits, she was at a hotel called The Wolverton. The next two, she was at The Angie. The Angie was an old fashioned Hotel with a long stairway from the street up to the lobby. It was kind of a seedy place. The beds were old, squeaky, spring style beds high off the hardwood floors. My grandmother lived in an apartment on the lobby level.

I remember one summer she was to go with us out to the wildlife preserve near Ft Sill. She called up a moving company. “Send me two men who can move a piano.” When the two guys showed up, they came to her apartment. “Where’s the piano?” they wanted to know.

She looked up from her wheelchair. “You’re looking at her” (She had a sense of humor about her size)

We got to know all of the porters. I don’t remember all of their names. There was Stepp, S.D., Sammy, Freckles, and others who’s names escape me. All of them treated our family like their family. I remember one of the guys taking me to the local drug store for a burger. Must have looked funny, this lanky back guy with a pudgy little white kid. I remember Sammy taking my dad and I fishing out at some lake one summer. We always looked forward to seeing those guys.

There was a geeky guy named John who lived there and was sort of an assistant manager for my grandmother. He taught me how to play ‘House of the Rising Sun’ on the guitar, as well as The Chords for ‘Gloria’. He seemed a bit of a big talker.

An attractive blond woman named Ruthie would take my sister and I swimming at The Lawtonian, a more upscale hotel around the corner. “I have friends who work here” she told us. We thought it was cool that we could go swimming, what with the hot dusty humidity of the place.

Ruthie used to help my grandmother out around the place; do her shopping for her, and whatever else she needed. There were two or three other women who were always around, helping out. I don’t remember all their names. I just remember that none were as cute as Ruthie. One of them, (Judy?) was actually kind of scary looking. Red Hair and freckles, always smoking. She was missing a tooth. She wasn’t mean to us or anything, just kind of rough.

I think I was 11 years old on this particular trip. I got my own room on one of the floors. I don’t remember what time of night it was, but the walls were not particularly sound proof. In the next room, the bedsprings were in full squeak, and whoever the woman was in the room, was in full voice. Quite the educational evening for these young ears.

The next day, I told Geeky John about what I heard. He must have reported to Grandma, because the next night I was on a different floor. I learned later that the woman in the next room was Scary Judy. I remember wondering to myself what a guy saw in her.

So it turns out that the girls there took care of Grandma Lee during the day, helping clean her apartment, and doing the shopping. In exchange, Grandma looked the other way as they plied their trade at night. After that, it made more sense, that Ruthie had friends at another hotel. I think Geeky John was sort of a wannabe pimp, and helped drive business their way. I don’t know that any of the porters ever had anything to do with that end of things.

My sister and I always laugh about our Grandma, the Madam.




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Winter Wonderland?

No white Christmas. Will a white MLK Day suit you? There was a bit of snow on the holiday and on Tuesday. Today we have 5-6 inches and it’s still snowing.  May not be the full Snowmageddon they’ve been hyping, but I think I’m staying in for the day.

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Okay, it’s been over a year since I’ve posted anything. I wish I could say that my life has been so busy with adventures that there was never time. Nope I’m just a procrastinator. Also, I always seem to think I need to wait til I have something Pulitzer worthy before I sit down to write. Hopefully I’ll be a little bit more consistent this year. Not going to promise a daily post, but at least I’ll check in
This past March I began working as a substitute Para-educator in the Kent school district

In may I began a weekly radio show at Party 934, an online independent station, run by the Freeform Radio Initiative. Yeah, I know, one more thing I do for free. Everyone needs a hobby though, and it helps keep my voice in shape for potential voice work. Right after high school, my major at Foothill College was broadcasting, so it feels like a full circle deal to me. I’m on the air twice a week. Friday/Saturday

A Face Made for Radio

Midnight to 2 am PT, and Sunday 4 am to 6 am. I play a mix of older music for burned out hippies, and contemporary independent artists. All shows are available as podcasts at:  The podcasts are also available at iTunes. This weekends shows will feature Christmas music of all shapes and sizes. I’m trying, for the most part,  to avoid the usual ones that you’ll hear everywhere else. So tune on in to the Robert J Program this weekend,either live, or by podcast, for some holiday cheer. Also, if you happen to be in the Hudson Valley area of New York, tune in at 94.9 FM.

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From The Genesis Project

This is from the Genesis Project Website:


The numerous estimates of juveniles involved in prostitution in the United States range from 100,000 to 3 million. The U.S. Department for Health and Human Services cites 300,000 as the number in the U.S. based on estimates of runaways who become involved in prostitution.[2]Prostitution is illegal for all parties involved- unfortunately, it is the only crime in which you can be labeled as a criminal and a victim

Pimps target girls or women who seem naive, lonely, homeless, and rebellious. At first, the attention and feigned affection from the pimp convinces her to “be his woman.” Pimps ultimately keep prostituted women in virtual captivity by verbal abuse – making a woman feel that she is utterly worthless: a toilet, a piece of trash; and by physical coercion – beatings and the threat of torture. 80% to 95% of all prostitution is pimp-controlled.[3]

The average age of entry into prostitution is 13 years.[4]

In a study by Farley in 1998[5], 73% of DMST victims reported having experienced physical assault in prostitution; 72% were currently or formerly homeless, 62% reported having been raped in prostitution, and 92% stated that they wanted to escape prostitution immediately.

65% – 95% of sex-trafficking victims were sexually abused as a child.[6]

75% of sex-trafficking victims are frequent drug users and 26% are frequent users of alcohol.[7]

69% of sex trafficking victims in the United States suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.[8]

When asked if they had a safe place to go if they would leave the “prostitution business”, 87% said yes.[9]

48% of sex-trafficking victims stated that they needed individual counseling.[10]

28% of sex-trafficking victims stated that they needed protection from a pimp.[11]
PLEASE NOTE: Most DMST victims will not state that they need protection from a pimp, as they “believe” that they are in love with their pimp, and that their pimp loves them as well.


In 2009 in the city of SeaTac alone, 81 DMST victims were arrested. Unfortunately, this is the only crime in which one can be labeled as both victim and offender.

In a 2008 study by Debra Boyer[12], service providers reported increased incidents of youth ages 13 and 14 involved in prostitution and reported an increase in gang-affiliated prostitution.

Service providers also reported an increase in prostitution-related violence including pimp kidnappings.[13]

It has been estimated that 300-500 youth are involved in DMST in the Seattle/King County area[14]; however, the number is more likely as high as 1,000.

The average age of a traffic victim in the US is 11-14.[15]

A minor involved in trafficking has a lifespan of 7-10 years.[16]
“Youth under the age of 18 involved in prostitution should be considered victims. Arrest and conviction of youth under the age of 18 for prostitution or loitering contradicts the status extended to minors under the United Nations protocols on human trafficking, the United States’ Trafficking Victims Protection Act, and the Washington State laws on trafficking and commercial sexual abuse of minors.”[17]

[1] D. Boyer. (2008) “Who Pays the Price? Assessment of Prostitution in Seattle”; 1-44; pg. 9
[2] Boyer, 2008
[3] M. Farley, Isin Baral, Merab Kiremire, Ufuk Sezgin, “Prostitution in Five Countries: Violence and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder” (1998) Feminism & Psychology 8 (4): 405-426
[4] M.H. Silbert and A.M. Pines, 1982, “Victimization of street prostitutes, Victimology: An International Journal, 7: 122-133
[5] Farley, 1998
[6] Farley, 1998
[7] Farley, 1998
[8] Farley, 1998
[9] Farley, 1998
[10] Farley, 1998
[11] Farley, 1998
[12] Boyer, 2008
[13] Boyer, 2008
[14] Boyer, 2008
[15] Federal Bureau of Investigation. Congressional Testimony by Chris Swecker, Criminal Investigative Division. (7 June 2005).
[16] Information adapted from
[17] Boyer, 2008, pg. 33


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