RUSH: Rick in Reno, you’re next on the EIB Network. Hello.
CALLER: Rush, I’ve been trying to get hold on of you since the 12th. I sent you an e-mail. I had a birthday on the 11th of November, turned 64.
RUSH: Happy birthday, sir.
CALLER: I finally got my wife listening to you, and on that date, that also was our 31st anniversary. And she said, ‘Guess what? Rush has convinced me that the Sleep Number Bed we need. We are going to get another one.’ So I have an IOU from her that prior to Christmas. She’s going to end up ordering a brand-new, pillow top Sleep Number Bed. So not only do I need to thank you for all the things that you end up doing for all of us every day, Rush, I thank God that we have a day like tomorrow when we can all kind of get together and say thank you for all of the things that we have in this country. And I think that a lot of those things are brought daily from you to show us what we really have here.
RUSH: Well, thank you very much, sir. You’re going to love the bed. What did you do — or what did I do, rather — to bring your wife around?
CALLER: Well, I’ll tell you, she retired two years ago, and she never listens to the radio very much. When she worked at the location she worked at it was always on a music station because that was what everyone else listened to. I listened to you because in my job I have an office, and so consequently I listen to you every day and have ever since you’ve been on the radio. So I finally convinced her at home, I said, ‘You need to end up listening to Rush on a daily basis.’ We talk about you, we both have the same ideas that you have, and she finally started. During her retirement she would end up leaving the radio on so when she’s outside or whatever she’s doing she’d come back in and you’d be on. She found herself listening to you more and more, and was very thankful that I had ended up telling her that. Then one day she heard you speaking, I don’t know whether it was an advertisement or what it was, about the Sleep Number. A number of years ago I got the, I believe it’s the 1000 series. So anyhow, she had had some problems with it. I was never able to get it adjusted correctly to her, and she kept saying, ‘Well, maybe it’s the fact it’s not a pillow top,’ so anyhow when she heard you talking about it and how great it was she decided that’s what she wanted to get —
RUSH: See, the husbands never know anything.
CALLER: What, sir?
RUSH: The husbands never know anything.
CALLER: (laughing) I do know that
RUSH: (laughing) Let me ask you. Do you take Zicam?
CALLER: No, sir.
CALLER: Don’t need to.
RUSH: Oh, you don’t get colds?
CALLER: No, sir.
RUSH: You don’t even have it around in case you get a cold?
CALLER: Well, you know, I do think that I have some in my cupboard but it’s probably been there for about five or six years.
RUSH: Hold onto it. It’s golden.
CALLER: I know the new stuff doesn’t have the same, does it?
RUSH: Oh, no. It works just as well. But you have the gel swabs, right?
RUSH: Yes. They go right in the rhinovirus area there right in the nostrils.
CALLER: Yes, sir.
RUSH: If you’re Henry Waxman it’s easier to use than if you’re not.
CALLER: (laughing) Well all I can say, Rush, is thank you very much. My wife asked me back in 1978 what I wanted for my birthday and I said, ‘I’d like to end up having you as my wife,’ and we’d been going together for about a year-and-a-half at that time, and she said, ‘Why do you want to get married on your birthday, so you don’t forget your anniversary?’ I said, ‘No, I really just don’t want to continue to remember my birthday.’ I didn’t feel there was any need to celebrate my birthday, so after 31 happy years — oh, by the way, that’s the last time I asked her for anything for my birthday. Just so you know.
RUSH: Well, you shouldn’t have to ask for anything.
CALLER: Well, I figured that that was enough. But we’ve got 31 years in, and two beautiful grandkids — grandboys — and, as a matter of fact, whenever they come over, they want to sleep on that bed also. They run the thing down to about 25 and they enjoy it while it’s so soft.
RUSH: Well, thanks for the call. Look, you’ve made my day here. Everybody that Snerdley’s put on here that’s thanking me, I appreciate it more than you will ever know — and do not throw that Zicam out. Keep it with you because what’s going to happen. You just angered the cold gods. You just said you never get a cold. The cold gods don’t like that. It’s sort of like when you’re out playing golf and you hit a great shot, and you say, ‘I got this game figured out!’ The golf gods nail you on your next swing. So the cold gods are going to get this guy. He’s gotta have it around. You should have it around, too. At the first sign you think you’re getting a cold, take it. There’s a couple different forms and lots of different flavors. It works. It’ll reduce the severity and the length of time you have the cold.