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Bob Grebe's "Making It Up As He Goes" Blog

Wednesday 7/20

    Grebe's garden is filling up - with weeds.  It's been way too hot to get out there and carefully pluck and pull.

    On the other hand, the tomatoes are growing and there is plenty of green fruit on the vine.  Now on to the important matter of getting those green tomatoes to turn red before animals eat them up or disease sets in.

    If you're interested in gardening, check out the Grebe's Garden page here on

    Also, please upload pictures of your garden and email any questions you may have.  If your garden is "something to crow about" let me.  Shoot me a note and I may come out and do a story about your garden.  Send your emails to


Thursday 4/25

    I can't believe it's been a month since my last blog post.  A lot has changed since then, including the wrap up to the weight loss challenge with Brent Watts.

    We participted together in the Salem YMCA Y Not Be a Loser program.  Our team did quite well, and individually, Brent and I both hit our goal weight.

    But in the end, I defeated Brent in percentage of pounds and inches dropped.

    I want to thank everyone for all the support you've given me over the past eight weeks.  It was a tough journey, but I feel so much better now that I'm down to 225 lbs.

    The next challenge is to continue the exercise routine and maintain this weight loss and work to lose several more pounds.  My new goal is to get down to 215 lbs by the end of summer.

Thursday 3/24

    We're now past the halfway point in the Y Not Be a Loser program.  I'm down 11 pounds and feel pretty good.  The exercise routine was tough to get used to, but now my body wants the challenge.

    My current weight is 232 pounds, which is 2 pounds less than my finishing weight the last time I participated in the wellness challenge.  With 4 more weeks to go, I'd like to lose another 10 pounds, but that may not be a realistic goal for the short time period.

    A big part of my success has been educating myself on food.  Calorie intake, fat content, portion size, etc.  The packaging can be pretty misleading so you have to be careful.

    We have switched to 35 calorie bread in our house.  I bring a sandwich to work everyday, so over the course of a week I'm saving 400 needless calories.  Also, the smaller meals/snacks approach has helped.  I'm not hungry enough to over-eat.

    Our viewers have been helpful with suggestions... Here's a tip from Kitty in Martinsville:

"I wanted to warn you about the hidden sugar in foods. I have discovered that
there is sugar in things you would never expect it to be in. I expect sugar in
such things as cake, cookies and candy, but I never expected it in things like
corn flakes, Rice a Roni and dry roasted peanuts. It's a sugar epidemic. It's even
in canned vegetables.
Take care and happy dieting."

Friday 3/18


    It's all I think about.  That's a big change for me.  Before the weight loss challenge I really didn't pay mind to food.  When I was hungry, I would eat whatever I wanted and not give it a second thought.

    Now, I carefully watch my portion size, calorie count, fat grams, sugar, total carbs, etc.

    Eating healthy can be a struggle.  Not because of the food not tasting good, but because it's not always readily available.  Junk food is easy.  It's everywhere.

    Healthy food takes planning.  Grab a banana or an apple before you go.  Pack a sandwich with low calorie, low carb bread.  Use mustard or low-fat mayo.  It's not hard to get use to, but it does take more thought and planning.


Thursday 3/17

    I was a little out of control today.  With the start of the NCAA tournament came the annual trip to Buffalo Wild Wings.  I typically order standard wings with medium buffalo sauce or "Asian zing."

    I decided to order the "boneless wings" because they were the daily special.  Honestly, they weren't that great.  Ten boneless wings with the sauces equated to about 1,200 calories.  Thankfully, I went with a light breakfast and dinner so I had a few daily calories to spare.

    If I had just "indulged" with the boneless wings and left it at that, I would have felt okay with myself.  But since St. Patrick's Day only comes around once a year, and McDonalds only offers them for a limited time, I decided to cap off the night with a Shamrock Shake.  Cue the "Price is Right" loser's horn.


Monday 3/7

    Portion control, peeps.  Portion control.  That's my focus this week.

    I didn't feel well this weekend so I didn't make it to the gym.  I'm a bit worried I won't lose any weight this week.  But at least I'll have my portion control.  Didn't Prince have a song about that?

Friday 3/4

    I'm currently down six pounds!

    Once again I find myself in a familiar condition - overweight.

    But I also find myself in a familiar position - atop the leaderboard in a weightloss challenge.  Like Charlie Sheen, I have a long history of "winning" these things.

    January 1998, six months before my wedding, I made a bet with some friends to see who could lose 10% of their body weight.

   Ding, ding - WINNER!

    Again, two years ago, I was able to rise up to the challenge of my rival, Joy Sutton.  I lost 16 pounds in eight weeks.  Joy lost 5.  Winner, winner, chicken dinner!

    And now, my toughest opponent to date - Brent Watts.  Like Charlie Sheen, Brent is known to tell me to "bring it."  Well, guess what, Brent.  I'm bringing it.

Wednesday 3/2

   "Winning" - Charlie Sheen.

    That's my new motto when it comes to the weight loss challenge with Brent.

    See also - "Bring it."


Monday 2/28

   I'm just not a fan of cardio.  I mean, I really don't like doing cardio.  Sorry for the brevity of this blog post.  But I'm simply out of breath.


Wednesday 2/23

   Who's up for some ice cream?  Not me.  I'm on a diet, remember? 

   Temptation is everywhere. 

    I was in the grocery store yesterday and was assaulted by a display of Cadbury Eggs.  I love those things.  I checked the packaging and discovered each treat is 150 calories.  That's not terrible.  I bought one and ate it.  Listen, I'm not going to deprive myself entirely in the name of wellness.

    Here's how I reconciled my decision.  Two pieces of wheat bread equal 120 calories.  Why not skip the bread on the tuna sandwich and save those calories in favor of the Cadbury Egg?  It's only a 30 calorie difference.

    I understand that "not all calories are the same."  But I've worked hard at the gym.  Every once in a while we should reward ourselves for that effort.  It's only 150 calories, right?


Monday 2/21

    If you haven't heard, I entered another weight loss challenge.  This time my foe is Brent Watts.  Yes, the Brent Watts.  You may remember two years ago I defeated former News 7 reporter, Joy Sutton.

    Am I up to the challenge again?  We'll see.  The weigh-in was Friday and I tipped the scales at 243 lbs.  Brent was 208 lbs.  My body fat was 27%, only 1% higher than when I finished the last weight loss challenge.

    Our friends at the Salem YMCA will be putting us through our paces.  Brent and I will be on the same team working out together.  Should be "fun."  If your idea of fun is being put through excruciating pain in the name of "wellness."

    Be sure to keep up with how Brent and I are doing on the News 7 Mornin' page of


Monday 7/26

You should hear the back and forth rumblings between Susan and Justin over whose blog is going to get the most hits.  Good stuff.

This morning we had Roanoke's David Krawczyk (pronounced Kroff-Check) as a guest on News 7 Mornin'.  A really nice guy who is looking to win the grand prize of the "Roommate of the Year" contest presented by

He made a video explaining why he is a great roommate.  While most of the other contestants submitted videos talking about how they cook and clean, David's story is the opposite.  He goes to college in Brooklyn and shares a small apartment.  He likes to ride his bike through nearby streets keeping an eye on things people leave outside for the trash collector.  David picks up odds and ends, like old TVs, radios, small appliances, etc. and refurbishes them to sell.

His roommate in the cramped apartment, at first, was not in favorite of their available space being taken over by discarded junk.  But that was before David started selling the fixed up items and making extra cash.  Soon, the roommate and David went out together to look for junk to claim.

The video he submitted, "The Accumulation" is really well produced given his limited resources.  David's in the finals against more polished videos, but his is unique both in story and substance.

The deadline to vote is Friday, July 30th.  The grand prize winner gets $10,000 and free rent for a year.  Here's hoping we get to have him as a guest again being named "Roommate of the Year."

Wednesday 7/21

Wow! Thanks for stopping by and checking out my blog. 

I haven't given you reason to do so in a very long time.  But here we are.  Glad to be back.

If you get up early with us and watch News 7 Mornin' you know I often put myself in some uncomfortable situations.  Take yesterday for example when I had a health check performed on live teevee.

Blood glucose and cholesterol were fine.  Weight, waist circumference, and BMI were not so good.  To remedy that, I will start a new cardio workout routine next week.  We have a really nice workout room here at Your Hometown Station® and I will start taking advantage of it.

In addition, I will be cutting out fast food in the morning.  We have gotten into a bad habit of stopping for food after our live shots (Sausage McMuffin™ and hash browns on the dollar menu being the main culprit).  I will now stick to my bagel with peanut butter and perhaps throw in a banana.

The point here is to drop 10 pounds (and hopefully more).


Monday 11/23

Hey, look whose back on the blogging horse.

Truth told, Facebook has really taken the place of blogging in my world. But here I am, once again, taking keyboard in hand and the topic of today's rant has to do with one song that has no business being on radio stations' holiday playlists.

The song in question is called "Same Old Lang Syne" by Dan Fogelberg. It's a tune that really has nothing to do with the holidays other than the narrative takes place on Christmas Eve.

With lyrics like these:

We went to have ourselves a drink or two
But couldn't find an open bar
We bought a six-pack at the liquor store
And we drank it in her car
We drank a toast to innocence, we drank a toast to now
And tried to reach beyond the emptiness but neither one knew how 

I ask you what's the holiday message? Does that paint the same type of picture as chestnuts roasting on an open fire?

Don't get me wrong. I like the song, I like Dan Fogelberg's music, but this should not be played interchangeably with holiday classics like Mariah Carey's "All I want for Christmas is you."


Thursday 6/4

We're having fun on News 7 Mornin'. At least at the end of the newscast.

In the viral video world we live in I'm more than happy to share the "next big thing on youtube."

Collin Wynter, 28, of Calgary was video taped by no less than 5 different people at the Sasquatch Music Festival in Washington State. In the videos he's seen dancing by himself when no one else around him is even swaying to the music.  Eventually one person joins him, then a few more... and just like the expression goes... nothing attracts a crowd, like a crowd.  By the end of the song ("Unstoppable" by Santigold) there are several hundred getting into the groove.

Wynter's friends reportedly hope the producers of the Ellen DeGeneres Show will pick up the video.

He seems like an interesting guy. I think he'd make a good guest.


Wednesday 6/3

This is a special day in the Grebe household.  It happens to be the 15th anniversary of my senior prom.  My date eventually became my wife.  So that worked out well for me (and her too - that's probably debatable).

As I shared this morning on News 7 Mornin', I was turned down by the first person I asked to the prom. 

I met Faith Hill on March 16th, 1994 at the Philadelphia Spectrum.  She was the opening act for a concert headlined by John Michael Montgomery and Reba Mcentire.

At the time Faith had two #1 singles, but was still new on the scene and signed autographs after her shows.  I waited in line with some friends for two hours to meet her.

As I approached I didn't intend to ask her to the prom (or had even thought of it), but somehow blurted it out.  She asked me when it was and I said "June 3rd."  Keep in mind I never thought she'd say yes, but just to reinforce the point, some guy with a pony-tail stepped in and said "she's busy on tour that day."

Apparently it wasn't that far-fetched of an idea.  In 1998, a high school senior wrote a letter to country singer Chely Wright asking her to the prom and she went with him.

Faith eventually found Tim and they have three children.  I found Mary and we have three children as well. 

It all worked out in the end for both of us.  But it would have been pretty cool if she had said, "Take me as I am."


Tuesday 6/2

You weren't supposed to see that.  If you happened to be up this morning at 5:30 and watching News 7 Mornin' you may have seen me looking at myself in the mirror. 

#1 My eyes were red from seasonal allergies and I was checking to see if the eye drops had kicked-in.  #2 I rarely look at myself in the mirror on set.  #3 That's the exact reason why.  You never know when the director will punch the wrong button and you'll be caught on camera doing something stupid.  #4 It won't happen again.

It was funny though.


Thursday 5/28

Today is a big day for  A big anniversary.  The problem is, I can't tell you about it.  It's too inside.

Just know I've been waiting for this day for months and it's finally here.  We're not making a big deal about it in the newsroom, but if I had more time, money, and time and money, I would have bought balloons, confetti and refreshments.  This is an anniversary to behold and celebrate.

I wish I could tell you about it.  I really do.  I enjoy sharing inside information with our viewers.  Giving you a peek behind the curtain to see how we make magic happen.  But this is too inside to share.  I wish I could though.  Sorry.  Just know, something happened on this day a year ago and has not happened since.  And it was big.


Wednesday 3/25

We're happy to introduce the newest member of our family, Colson Dean Grebe. He was born on Tuesday and weighed 6 pounds 6 ounces.

He's the most laid back infant I've ever seen. Hardly a peep out of him and it's amazing how alert he was out of the womb. My wife did an amazing job!

I can't wait to see how Emmett and Olivia interact with their new little brother.


Thursday 8/28

I was reading an article online about questions you may be asked in a job interview. Not that I'm in the market for a new gig, but the information was informative...

One of the questions was, "how would your best friend describe you?" That's deep.

I'm not one to have just one best friend so the answer would depend on which friend we're asking. One might say, "he's the real life Drillbit Taylor." But chances are the interviewer didn't see that movie (who did?) and wouldn't get the reference.

Another might say "on weekends he works as a body double for Chef Paul Prudhomme - minus the beard and hat."

I guess this speaks more about my friends (or how I perceive my friends) than it does me.

Anyway, I'm going on vacation for a week. I'll work on some fresh material for my return.

Thanks for reading.


Tuesday 8/26

I'm working on a pitch for a Will Ferrell movie. Picture Smokey and the Bandit and Cannonball Run meets Old School.

I like the 70s period movies Ferrell has already done (Anchorman and Semi-Pro) so we're reproducing that look and feel.

But this time... wait for it... he's a trucker!

Imagine this - Ferrell, John C. Reilly, and Vince Vaughn are best friends from childhood. Ferrell's dad (played by a coke-bottle eyeglass wearing Randy Quaid) owns a trucking company that's $100,000 in debt. Ferrell, Reilly, and Vaughn enter a cross-country 18-wheeler race to win the cash to pay off the note.

We'll figure out the title after production begins.

The plot thickens as the rival trucking company in town also enters the event hoping to put Ferrell out of business (think Dodgeball, but with truckers - hey, no one said it had to be original; just funny).

Did I mention Burt Reynolds will own the rival company?!? I thought that would be a nice tip of the cap to "The Bandit" himself.

The subplot includes Ferrell's ex-wife (played by Kristy Swanson) cozying-up to Reynolds after the divorce. Also, Ferrell's little sister is pregnant (casting either Leslie Bibb, Christine Taylor, Jamie Pressly, or an unknown). Who's the father? It could be Vaughn or Reilly: the thought is heart breaking and infuriating to Ferrell. But first things first - saving the family trucking company.

The laughs and trucker lingo will be plentiful and the race will be action-packed.

I'm thinking of having both Wilson brothers in the film. That's usually not done, but fits here. Owen can be a truck mechanic with coveralls covered with grease. Luke can be a used-truck salesman with slicked-back-hair and a pencil-thin mustache.

I'd also like to work Gary Cole into a prominent role - maybe a police officer (an homage to Jackie Gleason's Sheriff Buford T. Justice?).

Other cameos during the truck race portion will include Jerry Reed, Paul Rudd, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Seann William Scott, and maybe even Martin Kove.

This movie has so much potential it's crazy if it doesn't get made.

If we can get Adam McKay, Todd Phillips and Hal Needham on board this thing is destined to be greenlighted and you'll have me to thank.


Wednesday 8/13

You may recall country singer Johnny Napp's performance on News 7 Mornin'.  It was in mid-June.  He'll be back on the air with us Friday morning and taking the stage at Cattle Annie's in Lynchburg Saturday night.

I recently looked at the footage from Johnny's first visit to our studios and noticed my "shorter" haircut.  In fact, that was the last time I had a haircut - two months ago.

That's a long time for me to wait to have my locks sheared.  I bring it up because I'm getting a trim tomorrow afternoon and will debut the "do" Friday morning - just in time for Napp's return to News 7.

I think Johnny's an excellent talent.  Hopefully my 'cut will look as good as he sounds.   


Friday 8/8

Boy, am I in trouble!

8/8/08, lucky? My foot!

I overslept this morning by two hours. That meant being late to work and earning the evil eye from my fiery-haired producer.



Here's what she does to those who are late.

Thankfully she doesn't hold a grudge too long.

To make it up to her I thought about flowers. But that would make my wife mad because I don't bring her any.

So I've decide to use a long-distance dedication... here goes:

          Dear Kasey,

          I was late for work today and caused my boss lady to have a headache (an even bigger headache than I normally give her!).

          I'd like to dedicate two songs from Firefall to let her know how important she is.

Kim, this is for you and this one is too!



Thursday 7/31

Did you catch Rick Springfield on the CBS Early Show this morning?

"Jessie's Girl" - total classic. Makes me think of my youth and how 25 years from now today's music will be a memory to the youth of today.

In my opinion (IMO) 80s music has a caché that current music does not. The same goes for prime-time television shows. I grew up with Growing Pains, Who's the Boss, Mr. Belvedere, ALF, Dukes of Hazard, The Wonder Years, Cosby Show, Cheers, etc.

What programming does today's kids have to choose from? Reality show after reality show and Cop/Lawyer/Doctor dramas.

In the 80s, family shows had catchy theme songs. Can you think of a current show that has lyrics you'd be able to recall two decades from now?  Alright, probably Family Guy.  But that's not a family show despite the title.

It's a shame. Children today will not be able to "show me that smile again" or go "where everybody knows your name."

I guess that's what TV Land is for.  Oh wait, it's showing reality shows now too.  At least we have clips on youtube.

For now I'll leave you with this last question to ponder, "what would we do baby, without us?"

Sha la la la.


Monday 7/28

The start of another work week means we're another week closer to the start of the new edition of 90210.  It's nice to see some of West Beverly High School's class of 1993 returning.  We'll have Brenda, but no Brandon.  Kelly, but no Dylan.  Donna, but no David.  One can only hope Ray Pruit (aka Jamie Walters, minus the rest of The Heights) will come back with another ballad.  Is the Peach Pit still the cool hangout?  What has become of the Peach Pit After Dark?  We'll know soon enough. 

I haven't been this excited since the AC Slater Dance made its way to youtube.


Wednesday 7/23

Cue the Europe CD, the final countdown is approaching zero. The brand new WDBJ work out room will be open soon for employees.

The question is, will I use it? I certainly need to.  At my current weight of 252 pounds, that's not in question.

As far as work out rooms at the workplace go, this one's pretty nice. Professional treadmill, stationary bike and elliptical machine. And the best part - no membership fees!

I've been a member of a fitness club in Pottstown, PA, two in Concord, NC, and one in Bluefield, WV. Like many other people, I started out going faithfully. But each time, I eventually stopped going but kept paying. The guilt of not going to the gym is just as painful as the feeling of seeing all of the original weight come back - and then some.

My problem is poor eating habits and lack of exercise. The formula for weight loss is simple - burn more calories than you take it. It's all about changing one's lifestyle. I'm just not active enough and often choose to eat convenience food. Too often that convenience food is sugar-filled junk instead of vitamin-filled fruit.

I imagine a "biggest loser" type competition will evolve from the opening of the new fitness room. At least I hope so.  That may be the carrot at the end of the stick I need to get motivated to drop some pounds. That and C & C Music Factory.  I'll keep you posted on the pounds shed or gained.


Tuesday 7/15

Listen. (do dah do) Do you want to know a secret? (do dah do)  Do you promise not to tell? (woh, woh, woh)  Closer. (do dah do)  Let me whisper in your ear. (do dah do)... okay, by now I hope you got the Beatles reference.

But seriously, I'm going to share with you a secret. A secret the stars use to keep their powder dry and keep their shine in check.

Toilet seat covers.

You heard me. Toilet seat covers.

I have a problem with my skin looking shiny. But not in the radiant, glowing way. No, no, rather in the oily, greasy, unhealthy way. What's more, no matter how much loose powder I dowse my face with, the shine shines through.

But that was before the morning that News 7 director Gena Miller told me about the magic power behind the powder coat on the paper toilet seat covers we all take for granted and then flush away.

Blotting one's face with tissues, napkins or paper towels merely wipes away one's makeup. But somehow, some way, the toilet seat covers absorb the excess oil and leave one's face with a lovely matte finish.

Now if I could just do something about my excessive sweating and spare tire... but that's a topic for another blog entry. In the words of Matthew McConaughey, "JK living." (that's Matthew McConaughey code for Just Keep Living, in case you needed to know)  Fool's Gold 2... Coming soon, I hope! (jk, just kidding).


Monday 7/14

Thanks for stopping by for my maiden voyage into bloghood. I'm the proud poppa of this blog where you can expect many typos, missing words, ellipses, exclamation points, and misinformed opinions! Please temper your expectations now.

Let's keep it casual. Nothing too heavy. I'll share my musings, anecdotes, asides, dated/obscure references, and links to things I find funny on the web.

I'll also share insight into the daily life of News 7 Mornin' and the fun things that happen at home with my family.

Sound good?

We went to have ourselves a drink or two
But couldn't find an open bar
We bought a six-pack at the liquor store
And we drank it in her car

We drank a toast to innocence, we drank a toast to now
And tried to reach beyond the emptiness but neither one knew how

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