The O Zone…

Was just speaking to a friend of mine and we were discussing how long of a ride it is from here to there and he turns and says to me “about an hour.” So I ask, “is that a good hour or just a regular hour?”

My friend looked at me as if I just asked him the meaning of life. In other words, he had no clue how to answer. See my friend in question is younger than I — nearly 15 years. And what I can glean from that is his parents never practiced the Window of Time Principle on him that mine did on me and my siblings.

Case in point. Circa 1975…

“Mom, how long will it take us to get to Uncle John’s house?”

“Oh, a good hour… at least.”

Translation: Using the operative word “good” and applying the Window of Time Principle, the trip would take anywhere from an hour and half to two hours. It would NOT take one hour as one would be led to believe.

You see the modifier “good” would allow my parents to appease mine and my siblings unabashed lack of patience while still allowing for a modicum of truth.

I’m sure anyone whose over the age of 35 is all too familiar with the Window of Time Principle.

Janet, I have a collect call from a Marlon Jackson, will you accept the charges?

According to a story in the New York Post, the once-mighty Jackson Five is barely scraping by, with one brother working at a supermarket, another fixing cars and others living at home waiting to see if little sis Janet will take their calls.

This is not your one-hit wonder group we’re talking about, either. Their first four singles went to Number 1. Four of their albums went platinum, and they sold more than 100 million albums, second only to the Beatles.

So what happened? A lot of of bad investments, poor advice, bankruptcy, stubborn pride, divorces, IRS debt, child support and Michael, the self-proclaimed King of Pop.

In 2001, MJ released the album, Invincible and celebrated 30 years in the music industry with two star-studded concerts in Madison Square Garden. He paid Marlon Brando $1 million to appear and gave five- and six-figure fees to artists such as Whitney Houston, Usher, Britney Spears and Destiny’s Child to perform BUT had his brothers sign a contract that would pay them just $1,100 each. He even charged them for hotel and travel costs.

Then following his acquittal in 2005 from child-molestation charges, Michael again turned his back on his brothers.

Randy Jackson, who persuaded several friends to re-mortgage their homes and used the cash to help pay Michael’s legal and other expenses, was left holding the bag when Michael fled to Bahrain. When Michael returned to the States, taking up residence in Las Vegas in December 2006, Randy tried to confront him, but Michael would not have it, refusing to speak to his younger brother.

On a brighter note and speaking of one-hit wonders, Tony DeFranco (pictured above) of The DeFranco Family and singers of the timeless “Heartbeat, It’s A Love Beat”, is the #1 producer for Sotheby’s International Realty in California.

Gotta love the 4-letter network…

Today on their dot-com domain, they posted a story about Pacman Jones appearing on the Michael Irvin radio show on, why lookey here, ESPN Radio 103.3 in Dallas. I thought Mr. Irvin and the four-letter network no longer did bidness together? Oh, that’s only for TV, radio is a different story.

With no name attached to the story, other than ESPN.com news services, the story goes on to tell about Pacman and how he’s commiserating with Michael and how he may join the Boys soon and yadda, yadda, yadda.

On his possibly joining the Boys, Sir Pacman said “It’s obvious Jerry (Jones) does give people a second chance. He has a great heart. Hopefully, I can get one of those second chances.”

The story goes on to say “Dallas has had a measure of success bringing in players with troubled pasts.” They specifically reference Terrell Owens, writing “After his stormy tenure in Philadelphia ended with a suspension and release, he came to Dallas and has been one of the league’s most productive receivers the past two seasons.”

Boy isn’t that just swell and aren’t we all just sooo happy for TO. Of course ESPN.com news services conveniently forgets to mention that the reason for his “stormy tenure in Philadelphia” was a direct result of TO himself! Oops, forgot that part.

Tell you what, Big D, you can take on all the projects, rejects and malcontents you want. We got Rocky!

‘Til next time.

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