Chargers help Cowboys go .500

It’s another week in the NFL and the Dallas Cowboys went to California to play the San Diego, I mean the Los Angeles Chargers. The Chargers had multiple big plays called back because of penalties. In fact the referees seemed to really like throwing the yellow flag around on Sunday. The Cowboys played well, a very nice running game from both Zek and Pollard and Dak continues to spread his passes around to multiple receivers.

After last week’s poor performance from Greg Zuerlein, it was good to see him go 2/2 including the winning 56 yard Field Goal. The defense is starting to show some improvement (they couldn’t be worse than last year) and our number one draft pick Micah Parsons might have a little something.

Next week, the dreaded and feared Philadelphia Eagles which means we get the Touchdown Brothers on 96.7/1310 The Ticket this week.

Health Update September 2021 & other grab bag topics

Jesse takes a few minutes to share the latest news from his Doctor post Gastric Bypass surgery (spoilers it’s good news) He talks about the SMG network going away & what is in store for the rest of September.

Win a Set Lusting Bruce shirt

It’s short notice but for fun, I’d like you to predict the Dallas Cowboys record for this upcoming season.  I’m prediction 10 – 7 with them winning the NFC East.   Who ever correctly predicts the final win/loss record will win a Set Lusting Bruce t shirt.   IF more than one person correctly guesses the final record, we will do a tie breaker to be figured out later.   Post your guess below!

Change is on the way

This podcast has been part of the Southgate Media Group since its inception. Martha and Rob Southgate have been a wonderful and supportive mentors and owners. They have made the decision to move forward and to disband their podcast network. They are going to be taking on new challenges and I’m excited to see what fun material they are going to produce going forward.

This means that Set Lusting Bruce will become a free agent as of 10/1/21. At this point, I’m not planning on joining another network, unless one reaches out to me and presents a great case on why I should join their team. I’m going to just fund the show myself and keep sharing stories from Springsteen fans.

It does cost money to produce, edit and host the show. If you have ever considered sending a a dollar or two to help support the podcast, now would be great time. Your can read how to support the podcast here –

Sending in $5.00 a month gets you at least one unedited podcast a month and $10.00 a month gets you a Podcast Exclusive Episode. Everyone who signs up to support the podcast (starting at $1.00 a month) gets a handwritten note, a Set Lusting Bruce Sticker and a shout out once a month on the podcast.

And I guess I should throw it out there but if you have a business and would like for your ad to get in front of thousands of Springsteen fans, send me an email or give me a call.

For now, please keep listening, keep sharing the podcast with your friends and keep the faith because these are Better Days.

Regular Food!

My stomach surgery was on 5/25/21. As a reminder, they took out a big part of my stomach to remove a tumor that was there causing bleeding and nausea. The great news was that the tumor was benign. That means I didn’t have to worry about chemo or radiation, all I had to worry about is a new stomach the size of a plastic Easter Egg.

The first 3 weeks after surgery, I was on a liquid only diet. Once that ended, I moved to a soft food diet. I was able to eat most things but I needed to stay away from most starches (bread, potatoes, rice, pasta) raw vegetables (no salads, carrots, broccoli, etc) and of course any sweets. As of this week, I’m free to eat almost anything, I just need to see how my new stomach handles the food. Because of the smaller stomach, I am eating less and I still need to focus on getting plenty of protein when I eat my meals.

Thanks for keeping me company on this food journey. I appreciate the support.

In my office at work 8/25/2021

Top Ten Episodes (based on downloads)

We are almost at the end of the month and this month we are up just a little bit compared to last month. Usually the summer has fewer downloads than normal. Overall the podcast is doing well, what I find interesting is the number of downloads that past episodes get each month. My thought is that people find the podcast and then try to review older episodes.Here is my top 10 episodes based on downloads.

Episode Name Date Released Downloads

Episode 161 Peter: Human Touch Lucky Town 5/6/2018 1249

Letter to You – Initial thoughts 9/12/2020 828

Matt McGee SLB 6/27/2020 618

Mark Hornok 9/12/2020 604

Western Stars 6/18/2019 601

Skattershooting: E Street Band fandom 1/9/2019 585

Bruce Springsteen 70th Birthday Celebration 9/22/2019 572

David Porter 8/8/2018 563

Episode 159 Rob Magic 4/24/2018 551

Top 5 Opening Tracks 1/15/2019 530

The Latest Reviews for the Podcast

So fun⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐Jesse does a great job. He makes people comfortable and gets them talking. I love his enthusiasm for Bruce. I had a great time doing the show and listening. markhornok via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/12/21

Love this podcast⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐It’s so great to feel… connected. Especially in these times we’ve all just gone through. Jesse’s project helps all of us who are Bruce fans feel that way. Every song, every album, every concert provides a memory and a story all it’s own. We all have our individual ones, it we can also relate…Rich Holl via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/12/21

I’d love for you to leave me a review, follow this link – Apple Podcasts 

Levi Petree a song for me? 

Here is the story of this video straight from the originator Ian Braisby…

Hi Jesse

I hope you are doing OK on your recovery journey. Keep thinking about
you and sending positive thoughts your way.

So in his last Music Talks episode, Terry played Better Days and
dedicated it to you, which I thought was really moving.  I got to
thinking about the Bruce songs that help inspire us through hard times
and was especially thinking about No Surrender. The idea came to me
while making breakfast one day last week for an alternative final verse
especially for your current struggle. I got the words down OK, but
really thought you have enough to deal with at the moment without being
subjected to my playing and singing. So I contacted Terry and asked him
whether one of his more musically inclined guests might be prepared to
do something. He reached out to Levi and he went above and beyond.

So this is from us to you – the first part of the lyrics are what I
wrote for you, the second part is Levi’s, the performance all his and
the whole thing was facilitated by the John Landau of Edinburgh, Mr
Terry Smith.

I hope it will help you give you strength on the dark days.


Side Effects of Surgery

Overall things are going OK. I’m tired of just drinking protein shakes and I really miss solid food. But the biggest issue I’m having right now is insomnia. Normally, I have no problems going to sleep at night but over the past few days, I’m really struggling to go to sleep.

I just lay in the bed and sleep won’t come. My Doctor gave me a prescription for Ambien but that isn’t helping. It’s 11:50pm on Wednesday night and I’m sitting at the computer not being able to go to sleep.

Hopefully this is just a phase I’m going through and soon I’ll get back to my normal pattern but for now, I’ll just try to power through this time period.

A week later…

I’ve been on the pre-op diet for about 10 days now. I miss starches! I have found a new treat, take a cup of decaf coffee, a Premier Protein Shake and milk them over ice. It gives you a very nice way to start the morning.

I also have enjoyed red wine vinegar on my cup of mixed vegetables or salad. I also love sugar-free popsicles as my night time treat as watching TV.

I’m down about 7 pounds. Now the challenge is what to eat on Saturday while watching the first Maverick playoff game. I’m thinking a grilled chicken fajita salad with no cheese and no chips.

I’ll keep you posted!