Archive for December, 2018

Dick Summer Connection

Monday, December 31st, 2018

Today’s podcast tells us that the smart guys with the statistics say 70% of you will have sex within the next 24 hours. Which answers the age old question, “What are you doing New Years, New Years Eve”? Personally, I do not intend to disappoint those smart guys. Nor should you if you have the opportunity. Happy 2019.

Dick Summer Connection

Sunday, December 30th, 2018

This is the last day for the Christmas podcast. Tomorrow we start welcoming in the New Year. We may start by wondering what the “Powers That Be” are going to do to us in 2019.

Dick Summer Connection

Saturday, December 29th, 2018

Your last chance to hear the most perfect “Merry Christmas” is in today’s podcast. A new “Happy New Year” podcast goes up tomorrow. If ‘Merry Christmas” seems to be getting too automatic, catch today’s podcast with our 3 year old while there’s still time to hear what happened to the Child born in Bethlehem so long ago.

Dick Summer Connection

Friday, December 28th, 2018

The most perfect “Merry Christmas” I’ve ever heard is in today’s podcast. It’s a childish “Merry Christmas” that’s as appropriate in August as it is in December. I hope someone says it to you…soon and often. Give a listen please. You can never tell what a kid is going to teach you.


Dick Summer Connection

Thursday, December 27th, 2018

In America, most babies are born in September. Today’ s podcast says that explains the age old question, “What are you doing New Year’s. New Year’s Eve?”

Dick Summer Connection

Wednesday, December 26th, 2018

We were trying to watch “It’s A Wonderful Life” again last night, and the DVD got stuck. Jimmy Stewart was about to jump off a bridge..the picture froze and he just kept staring to us. So I kinda fixed it. Other than that It was a great Christmas. Hope yours was too.

Dick Summer Christmas Connection

Tuesday, December 25th, 2018


Dick Summer Christmas Connection

Monday, December 24th, 2018

As Adam said to his wife on the day before Christmas, “It’s Christmas, Eve.” We had a huge family party yesterday. It was wonderful. And Lady Wonder Wench and I hope you have the same warm and loving gathering in your life too.

Dick Summer Christmas Connection

Sunday, December 23rd, 2018

6 Years ago, when she was 3, I recorded our Cecelia’s Christmas greeting. It blew me away, because it was EXACTLY Christmas is all about. That recording is in today’s podcast. And this is Cecelia today, holding her new little Christmas cousin, Nicholas. It reminds me of what another long ago very young girl must have looked like holding a very special Baby. Merry Christmas from the Summer family.


Dick Summer Connection

Saturday, December 22nd, 2018

To hell with “WELL” says today’s podcast. It has to do with the first thing you say when someone asks a question. Lots of questions at Christmas. Some have to do with a mouse that was “Stirring around the house” Our daughter in law Donna sent one to hang on our Christmas tree. And John sent this Christmas story to keep in your heart.

John Gfroerer


It is a funny thing how Christmas gifts work. Most shine bright for a bit, but eventually begin to fade, and even lose their attachment to the Holiday from which they came. But I have one that still holds on. It takes me back more years than I remember. I was young when I got it, I know that, maybe twelve or thirteen. It was the time in my life when I wanted to drive fast cars. I had a little shop down in the basement, John’s Speed Shop was the name over the door. I was a subscriber to Hot Rod Magazine, and the time when I would be able to drive a car seemed centuries away. My parents were not interested in these dreams of mine. I don’t know what they had in mind for me, but auto mechanics and fast cars was not on their list. But my oldest brother saw things from a different window. So it was that one year for Christmas he gave me a 15 piece 1/4” socket set. It was small, compact in its bright red metal case, and all the pieces were shiny chrome plated. There were ten sockets, a ratchet, two extenders, a flex piece, and a straight driver with a yellow plastic handle, like a screw driver. At that moment in time this set was beyond even being considered for my Christmas list.

Now my oldest brother and I live miles apart. We haven’t seen each other on Christmas in maybe forty years. And I couldn’t say when the last time we exchanged gifts. Let’s just say it has been a while. As brothers go, we are not particularly close. His politics appall me, maybe even more than mine appall him. We don’t have a lot in common except some DNA, a set of parents and siblings, and over sixty years of being in each others lives.

But that socket set is out in my garage. In fact, I used it just a couple weeks ago. The red paint is a little chipped and worn. The case doesn’t close as perfectly as it once did. One or two of the sockets may be missing. But the ratchet still works and that yellow plastic handle still feels perfect in my hand. The set is without dispute, the thing I have owned the longest that makes me think of Christmas and brother Pete every time I use it.