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How many people remember MySpace? I remember finding this track, along with “All I Ever Wanted” during the summer of 2006. This would have been an amazing video from start to finish. Reb Beach opening the track with a blistering guitar shred. Paul Taylor adding his riffs. Rod Morgenstein pounding the skins. Then the ageless hunk, Kip Winger. A truly amazing voice & he’s got incredible talent on Bass. The critics should be eating crow for everything they’ve said about them during the 80’s Winger had more talent in their bodies than many of today’s Rock acts.

An amazing kick ass collage paying respects to those amazing acts of the 80’s. Featuring 18 amazing acts, including Winger. You’ll never have another decade like the 80’s ever again. RIP to Steven Maynard Clark, Robbin Crosby, Jani Lane & Eric Carr for their contributions to this genre. You’re still rockin’ in Heaven & we’ll never forget it.

Bands: Mötley Crüe, Whitesnake, Bon Jovi, Kiss, Iron Maiden, Guns N’ Roses, Judas Priest, Europe, Poison, Def Leppard, Van Halen, Helloween, Scorpions, Ratt, Warrant, Lita Ford, Skid Row, Twisted Sister.

I remember listening to a late night Sports Talk show. The host made a comment while “Pour Some Sugar On Me” from Def Leppard was playing.

“There’s probably some 40+ chicks dancing at a bar to this track.”

Don’t let my profile pic fool you. I might look very young, but I’ll be turning 42 next month. I returned to enjoying Hard Rock during the fall of 2008. This after discovering Satellite Radio & Sirius XM station called Hair Nation. Here’s a memorable line used in their commercials:

“We play the songs you grew up with….and possibly threw up with.”

Back then I was a month shy of turning 36 years old. Six years later there’s no signs of that love dying. In fact, it’s getting stronger.




Hey, hey, hey RATT N ROLLERS!!!!!!!! Hope we’re all having a great week. Thank goodness the week is almost over. It’s been another week of uncovering more stories from this awesome Sunset Strip quintet. Been listening to several other RATT albums and here’s one of those reviews.

On August 23, group member Oscar Fernandez gave this review of Dancing Undercover. Their 3rd album:

“I can’t think of a more sleazy, sexy Glam Metal album than Dancing Undercover. I used to play this in the kitchen when I used to cook at a bar and I would crank it. My boss would tell me “Man, that sounds like something straight out of a strip club.” Lol I can see how he could come to that conclusion with songs like “7th Avenue, Body Talk, Slip Of The Lip & Enough is Enough.”

Truer words that weren’t better said. Toss in “Looking For Love, Take A Chance & One Good Lover” It’s a shame that I stopped listening to them after “Invasion Of Your Privacy”, but I’m glad to have reconnected after hearing 8191. That’s where I found three of those tracks, including my favorite track “Dance.”

Whenever I’m working in the back area washing glasses, this album gets my engine running & chores just fly faster.

The best complement you can receive from a coworker is how much energy you bring a workplace. I entered the building Sunday afternoon, singing at full blast. Miriam gave me a crazed look, saying “Are you crazy? What are you doing?” A new server came over during our dinner break & said “I turned around & heard how loud you were singing. You’ve got quite a voice.” It’s always how I make my presence known upon arrival.

She also said “I’ll do that, but in the privacy of my own home.” LOL

BTW, here’s the song I was singing upon arrival:

It’s one thing to make your guest’s night. However, it’s more surprising when those guests do that for you. I was heading to work on 6/7 & crossing the street at Jane & Interchange way. A motorist was turning left on Jane Street & caught me moving and grooving to a classic Winger tune. Six hours later I delivered two liquor bottles to a bartender when both guests approached me & asked “Were you crossing the street earlier this evening at Jane & Interchange Way?” To which I replied “Was I wearing blue jeans & a denim jacket while moving & grooving to music?” He replied yes & we both started laughing. His response was “You really love your job, because you have so much energy & passion.” I said that I saw your car turn right just as I finished crossing the street. Here was my response, using Friday’s “quote of the day” from Z1035 On-Air personality Hammer Matt Wreggitt:

“Working hard for something we don’t care about is called STRESS. Working hard for something we love is called PASSION.”

I migh never see those guests again, but their complements made my Saturday night. It also took away the sting of having to work Sunday’s double shift. BTW, here’s what I was singing while crossing the street:

TGIF Ladies:

It’s Sir Mix-A-Lot presenting his cocktail of the week. Guaranteed to have you thinking about drinks after work, Girls Night Out or entertaining guests at home. Here’s your recipe & the story behind its creation.  Enjoy.


This story was so nice it needed to be shared twice. During a martini bar reception last summer, a guest came over and asked “What can you do with Soho Lychee liqueur & Orange Juice?” Immediately the ideas starting coming together. Combining Lychee liqueur with Orange & Cranberry juices. Now came putting everything together. The result: Lychee Sunset Martini.


Lychee Sunset:  Grenadine, 1.5 oz Soho Lychee Liqueur, Equal parts of Orange & Cranberry juice.

Add a dash of Grenadine syrup, followed by lychee liqueur. Then add Orange & Cranberry juices, shake & strain into a chilled martini glass.


This drink became an immediate hit. So popular that guests were saying the following:

  •  I need another red drink
  •  My wife needs more of that drink to loosen up
  • The bridal party requests that you bring several of those to their table.


Now it’s my signature martini. Drink up & enjoy.


Rockin’ out

C. J. Nighthawk


A Crazy Friday the 13th

So many feeling associated with Friday September 13, 2013


1. Happiness

2. Pride

3. Satisfaction

4. Sadness

5. Honor


It was a very crazy Friday at Paradise Banquet Hall. I received a call late Friday night from Marie to work the martini bar for Joe Pandolfo’s 50th birthday party. The Pandolfo’s were the higher ups & I needed to have my A game going all night long. A challenge I would not only embrace, but excel with every drink made.


1. Happiness: It’s a pleasure mixing drinks at the Martini bar every time there’s a wedding reception. Since October 2011, I’ve been given the keys to making delicious, mouth watering cocktails. The responses have ranged from “That’s great to This tastes absolutely delicious. The creativity I’ve shown every weekend keeps getting better every time. It originally started at Paramount Conference & Entertainment Venue in 2008, I’ve revived it & have kept getting better.



2. Pride: I take great pride in having the ability to put these drinks together. Even better is when people come up, saying “I need a martini that knocks my socks off.” or “What was that delicious drink you made?” Other comments have included “We need you to deliver these drinks to the bridal party’s table.” I means a lot to hear those words & the “Thank Yous” that come along with those granted requests.



3. Satisfaction: At the end of the night, people come and deliver the following complements:

  • You were awesome tonight
  • You’ve been the best bartender we’ve ever had
  • Your drinks were absolutely amazing.

Hearing those complements makes the dirty uniform & sore feet worth the experience. It also opens the door to bigger & better things.


4. Sadness: Friday the 13th would have marked my father’s 69th birthday. He passed away 4 years ago, 2 1/2 weeks prior to his 65th. Nevertheless, I went into the workplace, saying “Give your best effort like he’s watching you.” I definitely kept doing that with drink after drink. Knowing that he was watching over & smiling down made this special day even better.


5. Honor: Prior to this party, I worked another party for them August 18. They were so impressed with my efforts that afternoon they requested my services for their party. I really was on Cloud 9 when they came over & said those words. It also spoke volumes on how far I’ve come since joining the Paradise Banquet Hall staff.


It’s been quite a journey since joining Paradise Banquet Hall. Three years ago, I remember losing my job at Paramount Conference & Event Venue – Starting over as a French server wasn’t in the plans. However, I’ve made it work & gradually regained my confidence. In addition I’ve won the respect & admiration of coworkers & guests. Their loss has been Paradise’s gain & nothing will stand in the way.


“Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve. Thoughts are things! And powerful things at that, when mixed with definiteness of purpose, and burning desire, can be translated into riches.”

- Napoleon Hill


Despite the bright sunshine on Sunday April 6, I wasn’t having a great day. Not having enough sufficient hours for work that weekend wasn’t helping. I didn’t even bother to attend my Sunday afternoon bowling league, because my heart wasn’t into playing. While sitting around in the Apple Shop inside Yorkdale Shopping Centre, two young Filipino boys were watching comedy videos on YouTube. I was also watching a comedy video on Youtube, and that’s when we started to exchange laughs.

The kicker came when they introduced X-Factor. There were two epic performances which were truly embarrassing. One of those performances left me speechless & unable to laugh. The other one took shocking to a whole new level before I laughed non-stop. I didn’t care if this was a public place, I just needed the laughs to let myself loose. Here the first video:

It takes exceptional talent to not only shock me, but leave me speechless & unable to laugh. This idiot was successful at accomplishing both. Bless your soul, young man.

The second video already had me laughing before the outrageous began. From the costume attire to the looks on Paula’s, Nicole’s & Simon’s faces to his outrageous actions. I’ll never look at auditions the same way again. Here’s a look:

When the parents came over to get their sons, I thanked them for helping to get me laughing. The mother said they’re very knowledgeable with their home computer. I then asked if they knew more than both parents combined. Her response was with her exposed palm “I plead the 5th.” I may never see them again, but their ability to brighten my Sunday afternoon really helped.

Laughter is good medicine for the soul

Rockin’ out
C.J. Nighthawk


Hello fellow bloggers. Well, it’s high time to finally enter the world of blogging, so here’s to taking the plunge & writing about life in general. So many time I debated about doing this, saying the following things: Nighthawk finally took the plunge. After months of dithering, debating & procrastination, he’s finally found the courage to start writing a blog. He’s done it before, only to ditch it halfway & lose interest. Now thanks to a bloggers seminar & his brother’s success on WordPress, he’s ready to write & have fun doing so.

  • What if nobody even reads it?
  • When will I know if people are reading it?
  • How will I reach my audience?

On & on. There were so many questions I kept asking myself, yet I never bothered to try. As one person quoted “Stop worrying about what could go wrong & start wondering about what could go right.”  Where will the world of blogging take Nighthawk? Anywhere his imagination desires. Now sit back & relax with a cold beverage at hand. Prepare to enter Nighthawk’s world. There’s plenty of stories waiting to be told.


Rockin’ On


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