"It's good to be king and have your own way

Get a feeling of peace at the end of the day

And when your bulldog barks and your canary sings

You're out there with winners, yeah, it's good to be king

Yeah I'll be king when dogs get wings

Can I help it if I still dream time to time"

"It's Good To Be King"

~ Tom Petty ~

Lordy be, there is one more day left in this long month and it's on to February. Just when I thought I had the cold bug-a-boo taken care of, somehow or somewhere it's managed to sneak up on me again. Now it's time to re-stock the liquor ..oops.. medicine cabinet, crank up the ultra-expensive electric heat, wrap my hulking body up in multi-layers of comforters, and lose consciousness with some Write-Offs:


Write-Off: Speaking of colds, one of these days when I'm tinkering around with my home-made chemistry set, I'm going to become a millionaire by inventing the right formula to make a tissue strong enough to withstand an enormous nose blowing. Sorry if this sounds a bit gross, but saints and sinners, it gets frustrating when you go to blow your nose and the two main products are severely inefficient. Regular tissues are just too soft and accident-prone, while paper towels chafe the hell out of my nose. I'd like a tissue that can endure a noseful of congestion without any repercussions. I've tried Puffs, Kleenex, and all of those other goofy brands. They don't work. Then there is the alternative, paper towels, and I'm sorry, Bounty isn't the quicker picker upper and Brawny is too scrawny. Okay, I realize that this is getting out of hand, no pun intended, so I'll move on.


Write-Off: The Colonial Theatre has started their "Take A Seat Campaign" and if you're looking for a unique piece of Phoenixville history, stop on by and sign up for a pair of the over 60-year-old vintage seats. Tell me where you can find a better deal at $25 for a set of those seats. The Philadelphia Phillies were charging an arm and a leg for a pair of Veteran Stadium seats. Plus you have the opportunity to sponsor the new seats that'll be going into the theater. So you'd better hurry and enjoy the old seats while you can because at month's end, they'll be gone and in the living rooms or dens of those who sat in them in the past. For more information, contact Mary Foote at 610-917-1228.


Write-Off: Tonight, tonight, tonight, Lauren Hart will be returning to Phoenixville to perform at the Steel City Coffee House at 8:30 p.m. If you haven't come out to hear her sing, then here's your chance. Come on out, have a big mug of Butterfinger Cappuccino, pull up a chair, and listen to Lauren belt out songs from her previous releases, "Girl Keeps On" and "Painted Bride." Lauren told me on the phone the other evening that she's planning on doing a new song or two from her new CD she's working on, along with a surprise cover or two. I'm telling you, she's got a lot going on and her star is only going to shine brighter.


Write-Off: It never fails. Just when you think you've remembered everyone's birthday, you get a friendly reminder that you've missed a couple of them. Not that it was intentional, I just simply didn't know about them. With that, let's make up for it and wish my Monday Night Football partner-in-crime J.C. Collazo a happy and healthy birthday, and there is a Guinness with your name waiting for you to collect. Rich and Sherry Sweeney's baby boy, Ryan, had a spectacular birthday as well! Rich and Sherry hosted an awesome party for Ryan last weekend and everyone had a great time. Thank again for the invite.


Write-Off: This week's lyrics go out to my long-time friend, JVG. He's been to more Tom Petty concerts than most people have been to any single concert. Thanks for checking in and reminding me of my resolutions, the compliments, and for reading this column every week.


Until then, some final words of wisdom to "write-off" to - maybe it's just me, but isn't there a Super Bowl being played this weekend? Nevertheless, for those who care enough to watch the best, my prediction for the big game is the Patriots will beat the Panthers in a close one, 21-17. Oh, and there won't be any haircuts involved in this outcome.

Dennis J. Wright can be reached at dwright@phoenixvillenews.com.

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