One for the Record Books

2015 has started off as a great year for FTVLive.com.

By January 22nd, FTVLive had our best month ever traffic wise and we still had 9 days left in the month.

Thanks to each one of you for helping to spread the gospel of FTVLive.

Most of all, a big thanks to our AWESOME sponsors that took a chance when FTVLive decided to come out from behind the paywall and become a free site.

We have great plans for 2015 and it is off to an incredible start. 

Thanks to all of you!

Meet FTVLive's Newest Member

You might have to pardon me for the next couple of weeks.

Yesterday, I started fostering a rescue dog that I hope to adopt. Meet Rory, a 4 year old Fox Terrier mix that was thrown out of car and left on the side of a road.

Right now, Rory is trying to learn to get along with the cats at the FTVLive World HQ and if that goes well (it's not so far) then Rory will be in the FTVLive staff full time.

Other than scaring the crap out of the cats, little Rory is a great dog. He loves car rides, going to walks and trying to edit FTVLive with his paws (which he may have less typos than I do).

I really hope and pray that Rory and his new brothers and sisters can get along and that he will become a full time staff member soon.

Day One in the Gym

Yesterday, I told you that I have a goal of getting back into shape, although I will argue that round is a shape, so I'm already in shape.

But, I want to get in better shape and maybe less round. I want to make 2015 a great year on the golf course and to be honest that is the main reason I am working out and dieting.

Yesterday was day one.

I ate a total of 1653 calories and went to the gym both in the morning and then again last night. Surprisingly, I'm not that sore, which means I was in better shape than I thought, or I need to take it up a notch.

I did learn that if you have a girl with a great ass in front of you on the elliptical, you can go for a lot longer on the treadmill. Just a tip to you guys out there.  

Every journey starts with one step.

Yesterday was the first step. 

Time for a Change

Today, December 9th I'm going to start working hard to be half the man I used to be.

I'm getting into the gym and starting a diet. 

For the first time in years I have joined a gym and plan on using it at least 6 times a week. I figure I need to drop about 15 pounds and would love to make it 20 or 25.

I am going to fully commit to this and that is one of the reasons I am telling you guys about it. I figure if I put it out there, it will look much worse if I fail. 

How serious am I?

I am not going to play another round of golf till February, which will be my longest layoff in 8 years.

I really want to push myself and this is the start. 

Maybe at the end of March I post post a naked selfie on my Twitter account.

Take that Geraldo! 

You Can't Always Get What You Want....

The Rolling Stones sang that, "You can't always get what you want..." and that might be true.

But, I'm hoping with the help of my faithful FTVLive readers, I can get something I really want and NEED.

My iMac desktop computer is almost 5 years old and it's starting to show it's age. I sit in front of my iMac for hours upon hours each day and it is kind of like watching an old friend die. My buddy iMac doesn't have the zip he once had, his screen doesn't look as crisp and quite frankly, sometimes his slow work ability pisses me off.

But, like anyone that has a good friend that just isn't the same as he used to be...I want to dump him and find a new better friend. 

I have already picked out my new buddy, but sadly it is going cost money to be his friend. You know, kind of like Rev. Al Sharpton.

I have my heart set on Apple's new iMac with Retina display. My new friend will cost $2500 and sadly that money is not in the FTVLive budget.

So, I'm hoping that some of you will want to show your appreciation for the work we do, by pitching in for a new desktop computer.

Months ago when I needed I new laptop, the FTVLive community stepped up and helped out. I'm hoping some of you others will do so again. 

Here is a Paypal link for you to securely send a few bucks our way.

You can also stop by the Apple Store and purchase a gift card and send it our way. You can even do an online gift card and send it to our email address (ftvlive@gmail.com) with no postage needed. 

So Much for a Quiet Day

As you know, at the end of last week I was battling a stomach bug or something that had me under the weather.

By Friday night I was feeling better and on Saturday I was hoping to hit the golf course. When I woke up Saturday morning it was raining, so I figured I would take a day trip to Orlando and stop by my favorite store IKEA.

I got down to O-Town around noon and headed into the store. As I was just getting in the store, some guy flies past me like he was in a big hurry. I didn't think it was the sale on table lamps that he was headed to.

Just after that, cops with guns drawn start swarming the store and everyone is ordered to evacuate the building. I hadn't even got a chance to order the Swedish meatballs, before I'm being told to leave the store.

It seems that the cops were looking for Mr. Hurry Guy that I met when I walked into the store. It seems Mr. Hurry had pulled a gun on some guy in a road rage incident.

40 cops or more started searching the store and Mr. Hurry and another guy were brought out in cuffs. 

While police searched the store, I had to sit outside for almost 2 hours while they went through the entire building.

The Orlando news media also showed up. I took this picture of an WFTV Reporter that seems to be so excited to be on the story. 

My quiet day, was anything but.

The good news?

When they opened the store back up, I was first in and was first in line for the meatballs.

So, every cloud does have a silver lining..... 

It Smelled Fishy from the beginning

You may remember a few days ago, I told you that FTVLive was sent email saying he had a big exclusive for us. A Reporter at a southwest station had sent naked pictures to a "viewer" and had been sexting with the said viewer.

The person that sent us the pictures said he wanted to give us the story first. We told you that we passed on the story. The story seemed fishy from the beginning and we knew that if FTVLive ran the story, the Reporter in question was going to have his life wrecked. The entire story just didn't add up and we did not do it.

The emailer then sent along the story to other TV websites, hoping one of them would bite on this bogus story. As we figured, only one TV website did do something on the story and included the Reporter's name.

Today, the emailer posted an apology and said that he made up the entire story. The TV website also posted a small blurb, without the Reporter's name this time, linking to the apology. 

As for the Reporter, sources tell FTVLive that he has been "relieved from work for the time being." A close friend of the Reporter thinks it is likely he will lose his job over this.

FTVLive smelled a rat from the beginning and we passed on the story. But now, a Reporter that is caught in a personal spat with another person is paying the price.

I can only hope that the station sees this for what it was, nothing but revenge and a vendetta and let's the Reporter return to work.

FTVLive is also glad that we saw it for what it was and played no role the ugly crap that just went down.  

No Thanks, We'll pass....

A person sent FTVLive an email saying he had a big exclusive for us. A Reporter at a southwest station had sent naked pictures to a "viewer" and had been sexting with the said viewer.

The person linked to a website that showed the texts and some of the photos, they promised us that FTVLive getting the story first. The emailer said that at Noon, he would send a link to the other TV websites.

Well, the other TV websites can have the story, FTVLive doesn't want it. This same emailer had tried to get me to bite on this story before and I didn't.

There is no question that this is all about revenge and it is sad that this person is so bent on getting the Reporter fired.

Sexting by people that work in TV news is common. I'm not saying that it is smart (see our advice on sexting and other social media that we did a year and a half ago) and you would be wise not to partake in it.

But, sexting is part of the culture we live in and it is not likely going away.

FTVLive's goal is to critique TV news, call out those that deserved to be called out and praise those that deserve it as well.

If a talent at a station is sexting someone that is of age and it is with that person's consent, then to be honest, it's not a story in our mind. If some Anchor likes to dress up as little Bo Peep while she has sex with her husband in her own bedroom, it's strange for sure, but it's not a story.

Sure, posting a story like the "sexting Reporter" would drive up clicks and get the chatter going, but it would also ruin a person's career. 

There are some people that work in this business that need to have their TV career ruined, but not like this.

The person that emailed us, claims that he also emailed a link to the corporate bosses of this Reporter's station. There is a good chance that this Reporter could be fired. But, FTVLive is not going to help that happen.

If the other TV websites want to be part of that, then so be it.

We're going to sit this one out.

I've Been Hacked!

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Today I went to the local grocery store and purchased a few items, my total bill was $6.82.

I ran my debit card through the scanner, put in my password and "Transaction Denied" popped up. I figured I hit the wrong key while putting in my password, I went through the process again. "Transaction Denied!

I log onto my app for my bank and it showed that I made a $970 purchase at Best Buy in Tampa on Monday. I haven't been to Tampa in 5 years and I surely wasn't there yesterday. 

So, I call my bank and after jumping through hoops, they have taken my dispute claim and will investigate it. In the meantime I was popped for a number of insufficient fund charges that my bank tells me I can't get back until my dispute claim is investigated and ruled in my favor. 

Tomorrow, I have a number of bills, including my mortgage due and my checking account is short $1000+ dollars.

So, how's your day going?

....because my day sucks and worst part of it, I still don't know what my debit card bought at Best Buy.

I hope it was something cool.

A Big Thank You!

Not long ago I told you guys that my old laptop had finally given up the ghost and I would need to buy a new one.

I asked if any of you wanted chip in and help poor old FTVLive with this purchase?

A number of you did!

People gave anywhere from $10 to $250 to help get us back online when we are away from the office.

I can't begin to thank those you that saw it in their hearts to give us a few dollars and help out this website.

I'm happy to report, this morning I went to the Apple store and purchased a new MacBook Air!

I would love to see how it looks and fire it up, but right now the Boss is using it:

If she ever gets off the box, I will fire up the air and get it setup for posting stories on FTVLive.

Thanks again to all of you that helped out.

It means more than you will ever know.