WHIRLWIND…that’s the word I’d use to describe the past ten days of my life. Things have not slowed down for a minute since arriving in Albany, NY last week for my new job doing mornings at B95.5. I’ve looking for apartments every single day, shopping for furniture for an apartment I don’t yet have, learning my way around town, meeting new people, making new friends, taking 40 listeners to a NY Yankees game…oh yeah, and working on a new morning show! But ya know what? I wouldn’t have it any other way.
I’m hoping once things settle down that I’ll have a chance to blog every day…but for right now it looks like once, maybe twice, a week will be it for the short term. The show will officially launch next Monday…so I’m taking a breather this weekend and heading back to Maine to watch Nick play in an All-Star Little League tournament. Although it’s only been ten days, there are moments when it feels like ten weeks…especially when it comes to spending time with Jack and Nick. I also missed Charmen’s birthday yesterday…of course she most likely doesn’t want to celebrate that event anyway! But it did get me to thinking about the different milestones in our lives.
A SURVEY BY PFIZER…found the average age for different milestones in people’s lives. Supposedly you have your first kiss at age 15…you’re financially independent from your parents at 22…and have the best summer of your life at 24. Age 32 is when you start reminding yourself of your parents…38 is when you start feeling your age…and you should stop having kids when you turn 41.
BEING HONEST…what’s the one thing about your spouse or significant other than drives you nuts?
If you’re like most guys…you hate your woman’s argument techniques. Ladies you hate your man’s lack of cleanliness. Here are the top five lists for both…
What Men Hate About Women
1. Saying “I’m fine” when they’re clearly not.
2. Talking too much.
3. Constantly asking what men are thinking.
4. Winning fights by crying.
5. Never saying sorry, even when they’re wrong.
What Women Hate About Men.
1. Not listening properly.
2. Not putting the toilet seat down.
3. Leaving nail clippings and beard shavings wherever they fall.
4. Having friends they don’t like.
5. Hogging the TV remote.
IT’S SUMMER JOB SEASON…if you think you have a crappy job, don’t worry…someday you might be a rich, famous rock star. Because even those guys had to work “regular jobs” before they got their big breaks.
THANKS for the growing number of people signing up as members of the website…and on my Facebook page. I promise to start doing more with my Twitter page soon…but in the meantime go there and follow me. I love hearing from all of you and do my best to respond to all of the comments, posts, private messages and e-mails in a timely manner. So keep ‘em coming!
You guys have been so great to me over the years…and I can’t wait to launch The B95.5 Breakfast Club with Bill & Laura for you. Check my Facebook page on Monday for a link to the show’s new page, pictures, and more.
FINALLY, SOMEONE TOLD KIDS THE TRUTH…and of course now he’ll have to live with the consequences! A few days ago, an English teacher spoke at his high school’s graduation in Boston. His message to the graduates was… YOU’RE NOT SPECIAL and even if your parents have told you that every day…no one’s going to hand you anything in the world. So if you want anything from this point on, you have to earn it.
Here are a few of his best quotes. Amen to all of them…
“Yes you’ve been pampered, cosseted, doted upon, helmeted, bubble-wrapped. You’ve been feted and fawned over and called sweetie pie. We’ve been to your games, your plays, your recitals, your science fairs.”
“Smiles ignite when you walk into a room and hundreds gasp with delight at your every tweet. And now you’ve conquered high school…here we all have gathered for you. But do not get the idea you’re anything special. Because you’re not.”
“Across the country no fewer than 3.2 million seniors are graduating about now from 37,000 high schools. That’s 37,000 valedictorians, 37,000 class presidents, 340,000 swaggering jocks, 2,185,967 pairs of Uggs.”
“But why limit ourselves to high school? Even if you’re one in a million, on a planet of 6.8 billion, that means there are nearly 7,000 people just like you.”
“You see, if everyone is special, then no one is. If everyone gets a trophy, trophies become meaningless. We Americans have of late come to love accolades more than genuine achievement. We have come to see them as the point.”
“No longer is it how you play the game, or even whether you win or lose, or learn or grow, or enjoy yourself doing it. Now it’s ‘So what does this get me?’
“As you commence, I urge you to do whatever you do for no reason other than you love it and believe in its importance. The fulfilling life, the distinctive life, the relevant life, is an achievement, not something that will fall into your lap because you’re a nice person or mommy ordered it from the caterer.”
“Exercise free will and creative, independent thought not for the satisfactions they will bring you, but for the good they will do others…and those who will follow them. Then you too will discover the great and curious truth of the human experience is that selflessness is the best thing you can do for yourself. The sweetest joys of life, then, come only with the recognition that you’re not special. Because everyone is.”
That teacher may be my new hero. However, I’m fairly certain that some namby-pampy helicopter mom or dad will take issue with him and try to drag him through the mud before this story is complete.
In my case, after reading about his speech it reminded me of the Baz Luhrmann song, Everyone’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen).
I’M NOT WHAT YOU WOULD CALL A NASCAR FAN…or even a racing fan. But I am a fan of funny and/or cool names…and these are some of the best ever. The fact that they just happen to belong to race car drivers makes it even better.
The website Jalopnik.com asked its readers for the 10 Most Ridiculous Race Car Driver Names…and this is what they came up with. Oh yeah, just in case you were wondering…these are all 100% real names of real drivers.
AT ONE POINT IN TIME…everyone loved Mr. Rogers. That’s why this is the coolest video of the day…bar NONE.
TWO MOVIES OPEN TODAY. If you have young kids, get ready to shell out the bucks on movie tickets, the related toys, and the Happy Meals forMadagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted.
Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Gloria the Hippo, and Melman the Giraffe are still fighting to get home to their beloved Big Apple and of course, King Julien, Maurice and the Penguins are all along for the comedic adventure.
To be perfectly honest…I love this brand! My family actually own the first two on DVD. C’mon…you’re telling me those penguins don’t crack you up? And that King Julien? Hilarious.
Premethius. A team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a thrilling journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.
JOB STATUS UPDATE: Great news! We’ve finally worked out all of the details on my new job at B95.5/Albany, NY. We’ll take all of next week to build, plan, and prepare…and if all goes as planned, the new morning show will launch on on Monday, June 18th at 5:30.
I couldn’t be more excited about this next chapter in my career and life. Thanks to all of you for your continued support. I hope you will all listen either in Albany or online.
Look for more updates and more info about the new show on my Facebook page. If you’re on Twitter you can find me there too. Have a great weekend.
DON’T FEEL LIKE EXERCISING TODAY…
or ever? Then use this new excuse: exercise might be BAD FOR YOU.
A new study by Louisiana State University contradicts every other study or piece of common sense. They found that for about 10% of people, exercise was actually unhealthy.
Those people saw negative effects on either blood pressure, insulin levels, or bad cholesterol after working out. About 7% of people actually got worse on two of those. All of those can increase the risk of heart disease and strokes.
They aren’t exactly sure how that’s possible…and they’re worried it could actually become an excuse for people to avoid exercising. So before you decide you’re one of the 10% who shouldn’t exercise, you might want to wait for another study that backs this one up. Because, ya know, every other study ever…doesn’t.
TAKE IT FROM ME…everyone loves a compliment, especially a guy. So the editors at Match.com talked to relationship experts to get some advice on how you should…and maybe more importantly…how you shouldn’t compliment us. Here are the top four tips they came up with:
1. Don’t Say You Like Our Shirt…Tell Us We Look Good in It. There’s a slight difference, but it’s an important one: If just you say it’s a nice shirt, you’re complimenting our fashion sense…and honestly, the overwhelming majority of us don’t care much about that. We just usually buy what’s on sale at Target…and a lot of times you actually bought it for us. But if you tell us we LOOK GOOD in it, you’re complimenting our looks, not the shirt.
2.Compliment Our Friends. First, figure out what WE like about them. Then try to echo it. For example, if we think the dude is hilarious…and you do too…then let us know. If we know YOU think our friends are cool, we’ll feel cool too. And as crazy or immature as it sounds…just don’t go overboard with it because then we might get jealous.
3. If We’re Chivalrous and Open The Door for You, Make a Big Deal About It. Sadly, chivalry isn’t engrained in men the way it used to be. And most guys have to actively think about doing things like opening doors and pushing in chairs. So if you thank a guy for it and mention how most guys never do stuff like that, it gives us a mini ego boost.
4. Don’t Talk About How Great Our Job Is…Tell Us We’re Really Good at It. Guys like to hear how good they are at things, especially their job…even if they hate their job. But if you just started dating and tell us our job is great, we’ll probably assume you mean it must pay well. Then we start wondering if you’re just after our money…even if we don’t make much.
Does it sound like a lot of ego stroking? Maybe. But think about it…everyone likes being complimented. And if it leads to a great relationship, what’s the problem? Is it really that big of a deal? The key is don’t go overboard because most of us will see through it eventually and think you’re just playing us. So be sincere…and enjoy the rewards.
A FEW NEW MOVIES OPEN TODAY…but nothing as big as the past two or three weeks.
Snow White And The Huntsman.Kristen Stewart plays the only person in the land fairer than the evil queen (Oscar winner Charlize Theron) who is out to destroy her. But what the wicked ruler never imagined is that the one girl threatening her reign has been training in the art of war with a huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) who was dispatched to kill her. Sam Claflin stars as the the prince long enchanted by Snow White’s beauty and power.
Battlefield America. If you have kids…this is probably what they’ll want to go see. This is a young Hip-Hop dance battle movie for a new generation of dancers. It takes a steady look at the underbelly of the youth battle dance culture in Long Beach, CA.
I’m a sucker for movies based on real life. So this is my personal pick for best movie of the weekend.
FINALLY…that’s a good word to describe the end of today’s blog AND my long 12 month job search! If you missed the announcement yesterday on my Facebook page…I’ve finally found the job I’ve been searching for.
I’m going to be the new Morning Host at B95.5 in Albany, NY. I’ll be teaming up with market veteran, Laura Daniels for what promises to be a very real, very fun morning show. Musically…if you like John Mayer, Maroon 5, Adele, and classics from Goo Goo Dolls, Smash Mouth and Train…then you’ll love B95.5.
I’ll be taking next week to meet with our entire team to create a very fun, fast paced, real-life, topical morning show that I’m sure you’ll really want to listen to each morning. And YES…we stream. Just click on the hyperlink I provided in the last paragraph and you’ll be taken right to the website.
Of course I’ll do my very best to keep you updated on how things are going as we lead up to the launch of the very first show. Check back here and on my Facebook page or Twitter page to find out how things are going.
I can’t say THANK YOUbig enough or loud enough to all of you that have stood by me over the last year. Your love and words of encouragement have meant more to me than I can ever express. Every morning radio guy should be so lucky to have the quality of…not just listeners, but friends…as I do.
From the bottom of my heart…THANK YOU for caring and keeping me top of mind. I promise to create a great show that you’ll be happy to listen to AND tell your friends to listen to.
Have a great weekend. Hard to believe…but the next update will be from Albany!
THE UNDISPUTED QUEEN OF DISCO, DONNA SUMMER, PASSED AWAY YESTERDAY. In a year that has already seen so many stars die, this one was more shocking simply because many of us didn’t even know that Donna had cancer. Reports are that she had worked hard to keep it quiet and out of the public eye.
Donna had an iconic voice, a bunch of big disco hits, and an unparalleled ability to get people on the dance floor. But here are six things you may not have known about The Queen…
1.Why She Stopped Singing Love to Love You Baby: In December 1975, Donna told Time magazine that she put aside her Christian beliefs to write the song that strong sexual overtones. Time counted 22 orgasms in the extended version of the song.
In 1979, she recommitted herself to her faith and stopped performing the song saying, “If I were to do that song like I did it in the old days, the fire department would have to be at the show!” She wasn’t joking either…at the height of her career when singing the song, riots broke out in Argentina and Italy.
2. Why She Wrote She Works Hard for the Money: Donna was at a Grammy party and went to the ladies room. On her way she saw an old lady… the bathroom attendant…sleeping at the end of the bar. At the exact same moment, a group of ladies walked into the room and started spraying their hair and fixing themselves up. Donna told Nightline that her first thought was, “God, she works hard for her money, that lady.’” Realizing she had a song, she went to get her manager, and they went back into the bathroom and started writing the song on a piece of toilet paper.
It’s also one of the first songs I ever played on the radio.
3.The Song That Inspired Her Career: In 2008, Donna told Nightline that Mahalia Jackson‘s I Found the Answer made her realize she was meant to be a singer. That was the first song she sang when she started singing solo in church. She was only 8 years old.
4. The Song She Sang When No One Was Watching: Marvin Gaye‘s What’s Going On. In the same Nightline interview she said, “When I go to my beach house I throw that on, and I’m dancing around the house by myself, singing out loud, screaming, nobody else knows I’m there. That remains, for one reason or another, one of my favorite songs.”
5.Her Nickname: Up until the end, the Queen of Disco’s friends called her the Queen. It started off as a joke but became so frequent that it just became like part of her name.
6.How She Influenced a New Generation of Singers: Beyonce sampled Love to Love You Baby on her hit Naughty Girl. Jennifer Lopez recorded a cover of On the Radio, Last Dance has been performed multiple times on American Idol, and for the season seven finale, Donna even joined in.
R.I.P. Donna Summer. We’ll think of you every time we hit the dance floor.
PEOPLE ARE MAD ABOUT LAST NIGHT’S AMERICAN IDOL RESULTS. While not mad…I am shocked.
There’s been a lot of talklately that the judges have favored Joshua Ledet throughout the season, and did their best to sabotage Jessica Sanchez. I’m not sure that’s true because I feel like Joshua has always been just a hair better than Jessica. My earliest prediction was Joshua and Jessica as the final two. I thought Phil Phillips was going to be eliminated weeks ago, and that Skylar Laine was going to make the Top 3.
So now the speculation begins…who will it be: Jessica or Phil? What do you think?
IT’S A BIG WEEKEND FOR NEW MOVIES. The summer blockbuster season is getting underway with the release of a couple of really big movies…
Battleship. An epic action-adventure that unfolds across the seas, in the skies and over land as our planet fights for survival against a superior force. It’s based on the classic naval combat game.
The Dictator. Sacha Baron Cohen in a satirical tale of an oppressive, democracy-hating dictator and a goat herder…both played by Cohen…whose misadventures in America lead to a series of outrageous culture clashes.
MAYBE NOW WOMEN WILL STOP COMPLAINING about the gender gap. My wife is a rabid…umm, avid supporter of women’s rights, issues, and equality. However, I’m not so sure this news will please her.
I guess we can forget about Bonnie & Clyde…it looks like Bonnie is going solo. According to the FBI, the latest crime statistics show that women are pulling off nearly one in ten bank heists in the U.S….that’s almost double the rate from a decade ago.
Researchers say there are two primary reasons for the growth in female bank robbers. The first is more independence on the part of women. The second is because of the economy. In other words, females rob banks for need and not for the thrill.
One of the big differences between male and female bank robbers is the use of violence. Men tend to brandish guns, while females are more likely to use a note. Well, I guess that part might make my wife pleased…she hates guns almost as much as she hates inequity!
WAL-MART IS TRYING TO KILL YOU! A guy in Idaho was walking through the gardening aisle at Wal-Mart when he reached down to pick up a stick from the middle of the floor. The only thing is…it wasn’t a stick. It was a rattlesnake that latched on to his hand and bit him.
The guy says he screamed, then shook the snake loose and stomped it to death. His doctors expect him to remain hospitalized until Tuesday.
While we all should feel bad for the guy that got bitten…let’s not forget about the poor snake. Before he was stomped to death that poor snake was only employed part-time, but still working 39 and a half hours a week with no health benefits. Just sayin’.
FOX ANNOUNCED ITS 2012-13 SEASON SCHEDULE YESTERDAY. The biggest change with the returning shows is that Glee is moving to Thursday nights at 9, following The X Factor at 8. Touch also moves to Friday night as a lead-in to Fringe.
They’ve also picked up a couple of new half-hour comedies…The Mindy Project and Ben and Kate.
FOX also added one new drama to the fall schedule. The Mob Doctor, is about a surgeon who is caught between her medical career and her family’s debt to Chicago’s mob. It will air Monday nights at 9.
SEVERAL MOVIES ARE OUT TODAY ON DVD. Here are three of the big ones…
The Grey. Liam Neeson stars as an unlikely hero forced to lead a group of roughneck guys in their fight to survive and return home when their plane crashes into the remote Alaskan wilderness. Battling injuries and merciless weather, the men must escape the icy elements…and a vicious pack of rogue wolves on the hunt…before their time runs out.
One For The Money. Katherine Heigl plays the proud, born-and-bred Jersey girl, Stephanie Plum. Desperate for some fast cash, Stephanie turns to her last resort: convincing her sleazy cousin to give her a job at his bail bonding company…as a recovery agent. True, she doesn’t even own a pair of handcuffs and her weapon of choice is pepper spray, but that doesn’t stop her from taking on Vinny’s biggest bail-jumper: former vice cop and murder suspect Joe Morelli…the same sexy, irresistible Joe Morelli who seduced and dumped her back in high school.
Rampart. This is the movie that I can’t wait to rent. I’ve read some great reviews…and it sounds awesome. Set in Los Angeles in 1999, Woody Harrelson is a Vietnam vet and a Rampart Precinct cop, dedicated to doing “the people’s dirty work” and asserting his own code of justice…often blurring the lines between right and wrong. When he gets caught on tape beating a suspect, he finds himself in a personal and emotional downward spiral as the consequences of his past sins and his refusal to change his ways in light of a department-wide corruption scandal seal his fate. Filled with fear, anguish and paranoia as his world…complete with two ex-wives who are sisters, two daughters, an aging mentor dispensing bad advice, investigators galore, and a series of seemingly random women…starts making less and less sense. In the end, what is left is a human being stripped of all his pretense, machismo, chauvinism, arrogance, sexism, homophobia, racism, aggression, misanthropy; but is it enough to redeem him as a man?
SOME THINGS ARE BETTER LEFT UNSAID…or at least not posted on Facebook. According to a national survey, 90% of us think people are sharing too much information online.
The top pet peeve? 59% say constant complaining. Hey, I get it…we all have issues to deal with and yes, occasionally we’ll all use social media to vent our frustrations. But really…who wants to log on to Facebook and see a constant stream of posts from someone complaining about how their life sucks? It’s just a huge buzz kill…and the fastest way for me to cut you from the herd.
Second on the list, at 55%, is inappropriate or explicit pictures. Amen! If you know me in the least bit, then you know I’m not a prude. But my kids will
occasionally look over my shoulder when I’m on Facebook, and I don’t need them looking at pictures that would make the producers of Girls Gone Wildblush. Keep that stuff private.
That sort of goes hand in hand with number three…53% of us say it’s inappropriate to share information they consider private. Again, I understand venting, but there are some things that should be dealt with in private, and shouting it to the world online probably isn’t going to help solve the problem. As a matter of fact it will probably make things worse.
All of this doesn’t mean that you should vacate Facebook or cancel your Twitter account. After all, almost a quarter of us feel we’re missing out when we’re not able to share or consume info online.
So keep the comments, the gossip, and the funny stories coming…just don’t share too much.
Like many…I was shocked to hear a sitting president say he supports gay marriage. Sure, Vice-President Cheney said he didn’t have a problem with it…but then again how could he? His daughter is a lesbian. What kind of dad would he be if he stood up against it? And quite honestly, he waited until after leaving office to reveal his feelings.
Politics aside…I just hope the presidents comments actually have some impact on equality.
DID YOUR FAVORITE TV SHOW GET AXED? I’m still in shock that one of my favorite TV shows have been cancelled…despite being the second highest rated show on NBC! Solid writing, great characters, and an amazing cast couldn’t save Harry’s Law for a third season. And in typical fashion, the show’s star Kathy Bates made the announcement on Twitter.
The legal drama starring Kathy Bates as a Cincinnati lawyer was one of the networks highest rated shows except in the coveted 18-49 year old demo. In other words…it looks like old people liked the show! Well, I’m not old…as a matter of fact I’m in the 18-49 demo and LOVE the show. I’m really hoping that a network is smart enough to snatch up the show and bring it back. Are you reading this CBS or ABC?
THE ONE SHOW THEY SHOULD CANCEL is Survivor. I used to love that show. As a matter of fact, I don’t think I missed an episode the first five seasons. But then it just got old. Really…how many times can you bring back Boston Rob? Sure it was cool at first, but quickly lost it’s appeal to cooler, more relevant shows like The Voice, The Amazing Race, and of course American Idol.
Despite being the Myspace of reality shows, Survivor continues to…well, survive. Last night they actually crowned the winner of the latest season; Survivor: One World.
WHAT A CRAZY, BUSY WEEK IT’S BEEN! This is only my second post of the week because my schedule got thrown out of whack this week…which isn’t a bad thing…especially when I have the chance to spend an entire day with my son and his friends on a 4th grade field trip.
As many of you know, I’m continuing to search for a new job. Radio jobs are hard to find…good radio jobs are even harder to find…and when you’re a successful morning show host, believe it or not, it’s darned near impossible! I know that sounds crazy, but it’s true. Most Program Directors, Brand Managers, and Market Managers assume because you’ve been very successful in big markets that you won’t be happy in a smaller market…or that you’ll be too expensive. In my case, nothing could be further from the truth. Sure I can’t raise my family on $35,000 a year anymore…that’s just a fact…no matter where I live or how great the economy is. So that does eliminate some stations. However, I also don’t have to have six figures.
I’m not sure if I’m happy about it or not, but I’ve actually turned down three or four offers in the past few months. When people hear that, the first thing they ask is why. The answer is simple…it has to be the right fit. Not just for me, but for my family. It has to make good business sense AND good family sense.
The great news is that I continue to have a lot of interest from stations all across the country, I’ve been doing lots of interviews, and I’m VERY optimistic that it’s just a matter of time before one of them is a really good fit.
The reason there wasn’t a blog post on Tuesday is because I took an entire day to work on a presentation for a company that has a great reputation and some really good stations. So now I’m waiting and hoping that it turns out well.
Thanks to all of you that continue to pray, send encouragement and positive comments my way. I can’t begin to express how much strength I gather from you.
God willing this is the week that Hollie Cavanaugh finally goes home. I believe she HAS to be in the bottom two tonight along with Phil Phillips. Although I loved his version of Volcano last night.
As much as Phil has grown on me over the past few weeks…how can he beat Jessica Sanchez or Joshua Ledet? Especially after Josh pulled off what I think may be the BEST performance EVER on American Idol.
The only thing that concerns me with Joshua is that he occasionally comes off a little smug. Maybe it’s all of the attention going to his head. Hey, that’s normal and I understand how it could happen. But he needs to get over that quickly because in all seriousness, I’m not sure he’ll be as big a star once he leaves the show as he and others seems to think he’ll be.
While I’m not crowning him the winner just yet…I think he is a nose out in front of Jessica. I can’t wait to see what happens tonight.
I LOVE MY KIDS. They’re far from perfect, but I love being their dad and yes, on occasion I have been know to brag on them. I try not to be that dad…but I’m fairly certain that I have been at times.
A lot of my Facebook posts have to do with my kids. I try to focus on the funny stuff they say or do, and status updates to keep my parents in the loop on Jack’s and Nick’s life here in Maine.
However, there are five things parents should NEVER post about on Facebook.
1. Laundry Updates: No one wants to hear about the pile of laundry approaching the ceiling in your bedroom. It only reminds us that we need to do laundry too. And really, is anything more depressing than thinking about sorting , washing and folding all of that stuff. The only exception to this is if you accidentally turn all your clothes pink or fill the basement with soap suds…now THAT’S a story we want to hear.
2. Diaper Blow-Outs. I have some friends that recently had their first baby. And boy are they enthusiastic about posting updates…on EVERYTHING! Look, I understand the excitement that you and your spouse experience with every new discovering about your baby and being a parent. It’s an amazing time in your life filled with wonder and joy. But believe me when I tell you…NO ONE wants to see pictures of your baby’s poopy diaper. NO ONE!
3. Snotty Noses. Like diaper blow-outs, this is something that needs to be kept on the down-low. It’s perfectly fine to let us know that your kids are sick, but don’t feel the need to give the blow-by-blow on the disgusting snotty, barf-filled details.
4. Potty Training. This is truly one of the most rewarding AND frustrating times of early parenthood. I remember it like yesterday. So yes, celebrate a potty using victory. Heck, run a lap around the house because little Johnny is finally learning to poop on the potty. But please, don’t tell us every time he goes! And just a friendly tip that will hopefully pay off when they become older…teach them how to flush!
5. What You’re Eating…Or Not. You’re on a new diet. Congratulations! I hope you lose the weight. Oh…you’re off your new diet. That’s a bummer. You’re snacking on Doritos. Hmmm…you’ve eaten the entire bag while watch a special on Titanic. Well…OK then! Whether you’re a mom or not, nobody needs to know your caloric intake or how much you exercised this morning. Plus, now I feel guilty for eating this entire box of Girl Scout cookies!
SOMETHING A PARENT SHOULD POST…is a cool picture like this one. Here’s the lunch a mom created for her grade school kid. They’re either going to be the cafeteria rock star or the playground buffoon who’s mommy made them a Goofy lunch! I still think it’s cool though.
IT LOOKS LIKE A GOOD WEEK TO RENT A MOVIE. Check out previews for these three new DVD releases that are out today.
HAYWIRE. Mallory Kane is a highly trained operative who works for a government security contractor in the dirtiest, most dangerous corners of the world. After successfully freeing a Chinese journalist held hostage, she’s double crossed and left for dead by someone close to her in her own agency. Suddenly the target of skilled assassins who know her every move, Mallory must find the truth in order to stay alive.
JOYFUL NOISE. Hard times have fallen on a small town in Georgia, but the people are counting on the Divinity Church Choir to lift their spirits by winning the National Joyful Noise Competition. The choir has always known how to sing in harmony, but the discord between its two leading ladies now threatens to tear them apart. Their newly appointed director, Vi Rose Hill, stubbornly wants to stick with their tried-and-true traditional style, while the fiery G.G. Sparrow thinks tried-and-true translates to tired-and-old. Toss in a rebellious grandson with an ear for music, and an eye for Vi Rose’s beautiful and talented daughter…and sparks will fly!
I’M A MORNING PERSON. I can usually jump out of bed, get a shower, scarf down some breakfast and a cup of coffee, and I’m good to go for the day. However, a new study shows it takes a little more to get most people firing on all cylinders first thing after waking up.
As much as most of us hate to admit…
Mom was right…the key to a productive morning starts with breakfast. And as if she needed the support to prove her point…a recent review of 134 breakfast studies found that your memory, problem-solving skills, verbal fluency, and a bunch of other measures of cognitive ability all suffer when you skip breakfast.
Here are 5 Steps To A More Productive Morning…
1.Eat like a cow. Verbal reasoning and problem-solving ability improves almost 35% among those who divide breakfast into four smaller meals spaced an hour apart. This gives your brain a more consistent supply of energy in the form of blood glucose.
2.Go nuts. Eating a small handful of walnuts every day improve working memory 19%. The polyphenols in walnuts have been shown to reduce oxidative stress…which may help improve communication among your brain’s neurons.
3. Walk your brain awake. Just 20 minutes of walking improves your your brain’s ability to produce a flow of ideas and answers when presented with a problem by 16%.
4.Protein power. Eating a protein-rich breakfast results in a nearly 20% boost in brain activity compared to either no breakfast or a breakfast high in sugar. That’s because protein, unlike sugar, provides your brain with a consistent energy source. Eggs are a great source of protein, not to mention a lot of other good stuff.
5. A better source of caffeine. A recent study found that as little as 20 to 30 mg of caffeine boosts brainpower…regardless of how alert the subjects felt. That’s about 100 mg less than your average cup of coffee. Sorry…but higher doses didn’t provide any additional brain boost. You can also have a small amount of dark chocolate in the morning. In addition to giving you an energy boost…dark chocolate improves blood flow and cholesterol levels, and may even help you lose weight. One ounce…that’s about two 1-inch squares…with 70-85% cocoa has about 25 mg of caffeine.
I’M HORRIBLE AT BUYING GIFTS FOR MY WIFE. It’s not that I don’t like buying her gifts…I’m just not good at it. With that in mind, I’m always on the lookout for tips on what to buy…and maybe even more importantly…what NOT to buy.
Since Mother’s Day is only a couple of weeks away I’m trying to get an early jump on things. And since I know a lot of guys are in the same boat as I am…here’s a list I found of things moms DON’T want.
Good luck guys. Who knows…maybe I’ll see you at the mall.
THE DOG WHISPERER IS IN THE DOG HOUSE.Cesar Millan…The Dog Whisperer
…recently got divorced. And to keep his ex from whispering about their sex life he’s agreed to pay her off to the tune of $400,000!
But that’s just the beginning. He’s also agreed to pay her $23,000 a month in spousal support, and another $10,000 in child support.
In return Cesar gets the assurance that no “intimate, personal and/or private information about the other party…
including details of their personal and/or sexual relationships” will be revealed. Of course that includes any “photograph, film, videotape, recording which is not commercially available” must remain private.
Sounds to me like The Dog Whisperer has a sex tape! Who knows…maybe doggy-style isn’t his best trick.
ONE OF THE HOTTEST CONCERT TOURS of the summer has to be Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw. Kenny by himself is a great show, but adding Tim cranks this show up to 11.
For those of you that still think Country music is all steel guitars, whiny, cry in your beer lyrics, and redneck noise…I challenge you to listen to this song and tell me it doesn’t rock. Go on…give it a listen. Here’s the new…”just released”…video for the song, Feel Like A Rock Star.
HERE’S A LIST OF DATES for the Brothers of the Sun 2012Tour.
YOU NEVER GET A SECOND CHANCE TO MAKE A FIRST IMPRESSION. And according to a new study there may be nothing more important than having nice teeth to make a lasting impression.
About two-thirds of us say we’re more likely to remember attractive features than those we find to be unpleasant. Topping the list of attractive features… a great smile. Here’s what else they found…
Making a Lasting impression:Nearly 29% of people say the first aspect of someone’s face they typically notice is his or her teeth, and 24% say this is also the facial aspect that they remember the most after meeting someone.
Straight Teeth = Success: When looking at images, people perceive those with straight teeth to be 45% more likely than those with crooked teeth to get a job when competing with someone who has a similar skill set and experience. They’re also seen as 58% more likely to be successful, as well as 58% more likely to be wealthy.
Love at First Sight: When it comes to attracting a possible mate on a dating site, those with straight teeth are seen as 57% more likely than those with crooked teeth to get a date based on their picture alone. Crooked Teeth = Dull Social Life: About 38% of us would consider not going on a second date with someone who has misaligned teeth. That’s far less than the 23% that would ditch someone who lives with their parents.
Straight Teeth = Good Personality: People connect more positive descriptions with men and women who have straight teeth than those who have crooked teeth. Those with straight teeth are 21% more likely to be seen as happy, 47% more likely to be viewed as being healthy and 38% more likely to be perceived as smart.
A Nice Smile Goes a Long Way: 73% of us would be more likely to trust someone with a nice smile than someone with a good job, outfit, or car.
The Want List: 57% of Americans would rather have a nice smile than clear skin. 87% say they would give up something for a year in order to have a nice smile for the rest of their life; more than one-third of these folks would give up dessert or vacations.
AS PAINFUL AS IT WAS…the greatest thing my parents EVER did for me was get me braces as a teenager. It was four years of my life that have paid off tremendously. When I get compliments it’s most always about my great smile. Thanks Mom and Dad.
THEY ALWAYS PASS IN THREE’S. Another rock legend has died…singer and drummer forThe Band, Levon Helm passed away yesterday at 71 years old. He had been diagnosed with throat cancer in 1998, and passed away yesterday in New York.
Known originally as Bob Dylan’s backup group, The Band went on to be one of rock’s legendary acts with songs like The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, The Weight, and Up on Cripple Creek.
Ryan Seacrest touted that a season record 53 million votes were cast the night before…but obviously none of them were from teenage girls. Is it possible that Hollie Cavanagh is still hanging around because the Brits are texting in their votes instead of brushing their teeth? I don’t have the answers…but I wish I did because I’m not thrilled with last nights results.
THERE ARE TWO NEW MOVIES that look like their worth seeing this weekend…
THE LUCKY ONE. A Marine returns from his third tour of duty in Iraq, with the one thing he credits with keeping him alive-a photograph he found of a woman he doesn’t even know. Learning her name and where she lives, he shows up at her door, and ends up taking a job at her family-run local kennel. Despite her initial mistrust and the complications in her life, a romance develops between them, giving him hope that she could be much more than his good luck charm.
This is the film adaptation of Nicholas Sparks novel of the same name. And while this sounds like a straight up chick flick…and you can put a nice romantic twist on it…it also sounds like a bad case of stalking!
THINK LIKE A MAN. Four interconnected and diverse men have their love lives shaken up after the ladies they are pursuing buy Steve Harvey’s book and start taking his advice to heart. When they realize they’ve been betrayed by one of their own, they conspire using the book’s insider information to turn the tables and teach the women a lesson of their own.