Pamela Meyer is an expert on LYING. She's studied people for DECADES to find the main signs that they're not telling the truth. And she put together this list of the eight secrets of spotting someone who might be lying to you. Check it out . . .
#1.) Liars distance themselves from the subject. Like, for example, how BILL CLINTON said "I did not have sexual relations with THAT WOMAN." Saying "that woman" was a way to distance himself.
#2.) Liars use qualifying language. Things like "to tell you the truth" or "if I'm being honest."
#3.) Liars look you in the eye TOO much. They also don't fidget, and freeze their upper body.
#4.) Liars offer up too many details.
#5.) Liars who are trying to avoid punishment are more likely to suggest strict punishments. For example, OJ'S hunt for the real killers.
#6.) Liars put barrier objects between themselves and the person questioning them. Even little barriers, like picking up a pillow, or putting a coffee mug on the table.
#7.) Liars repeat questions before answering them.
Thirty six million pounds of ground turkey were recalled last week because of a salmonella outbreak. But even when there's NOT an outbreak, food-borne illness is a threat.
--So the editors at "EatingWell Magazine" came up with a list of dangerous mistakes you might be making in the kitchen. Here are the top six.
Mistake #1. Not Checking Your Food When There's a Recall. According to a 2008 survey by Rutgers University, about 40%of Americans don't search their kitchens when food gets recalled. You can find an up-to-date list at Recalls.gov.
Mistake #2. Your Refrigerator Isn't Cold Enough. The temperature inside your fridge can creep up during the summer. So they suggest buying a thermometer to make sure it stays below 40 degrees.
--The food you keep on the door is the most vulnerable.
Mistake #3. Defrosting Food on the Counter. Two hours is the absolute max, because after the outer layer reaches 40 degrees, bacteria starts multiplying fast.
--So you should always thaw food in the refrigerator or the microwave.
Mistake #4. Using the Same Cutting Board for Everything. Washing it after you cut meat is usually good enough, but it can still leave bacteria behind.
--So ideally, you should use one cutting board for meat, and a second one for everything else.
Mistake #5. Not Using a Meat Thermometer. It's the only way to know your meat is DEFINITELY cooked enough. The recommended minimums are 160 degrees for ground beef, 165 degrees for poultry, and 145 degrees for ground beef.
Mistake #6. Eating Cold Leftovers. According to the USDA, all leftovers that used to be hot should be reheated to at least 165 degrees to kill any dangerous bacteria.
--So in other words . . . stop being lazy, and put your cold pizza in the microwave.
It's rare when someone takes a mugshot and looks good enough that it could double as a headshot. But 21-year-old Lorena Tavera of El Paso, Texas pulled that off.
--Lorena won the Miss El Paso USA pageant in 2008 and placed 6th in the Miss Texas USA pageant. On Friday night, she was caught stealing a $69 shirt from a Dillards. And she looks pretty good in her mugshot.
--She's facing theft charges. She told reporters, quote, "The story is wrong . . . It's been misconstrued and it's twisted, so I need to contact my lawyer."
Having sex for 15 minutes burns about 40 calories, and a few times a week can add up. With that said, it's about the equivalent of taking a ten-minute walk.
--That's only if you're on TOP so you can't really expect to lose a ton of weight JUST by amping up your sex life, but it can help. Here's a list from "Marie Claire" of three more ways having sex can actually make you more attractive.
#1.) It Helps Prevent Wrinkles. Having sex makes your body release endorphins and growth hormones that help heal skin damage caused by things like stress, smoking, and exposure to the sun.
#2.) It Softens Your Skin. When you sweat, your skin releases natural oils that lubricate your cells and hydrate your skin. One of the natural oils is linoleic acid (--pronounced "lin-oh-LEE-ick"), which is also found in olive oil.
#3.) It Can Help Get Rid of the Dark Circles Under Your Eyes. Your body restores itself while you're sleeping.
--And because of all the hormones you release during sex . . . and because it's just plain exhausting . . . sex is also a natural sleep aid.
--If you don't have a partner, then doing some jumping jacks before you take care of YOURSELF will also do the trick.
The Healthiest and Unhealthiest Kids Meals at Ten Popular Fast-Food Restaurants
Last week, McDonald's announced that starting in September, they're making Happy Meals healthier by adding apples and serving half as many French fries.
--According to the website TheDailyMeal.com, the healthiest option is to nix the fries completely and go with chicken nuggets, apples and apple juice, which have a total of 380 calories.
--If you get a cheeseburger instead and ask for just fries and NO apples, it's 700 calories. Now, here's their list of the best and worst options for kids at nine other popular fast food restaurants.
#1.) Subway. Even though some kids meals at other fast-food restaurants have fewer calories, they say Subway is the healthiest option, because it has the lowest AVERAGE number of calories for a kids meal.
--The Veggie Delight sandwich meal with apples and low-fat milk has 345 calories, which is the lowest.
--The kids meal with the most calories is the three-inch roast beef sandwich with apples and low-fat milk, which has 395.
#2.) Burger King. The chicken tenders meal with apple fries and low-fat milk is the healthiest with 350 calories. And they say the worst option is a hamburger with apple fries and apple juice, which has 430.
--But obviously, if you add cheese, it's even worse.
#3.) Taco Bell. All the kids meals come with cinnamon twists and a juice box, but the main course makes a big difference: If you get it with a crunchy taco, it has 360 calories. But with a bean burrito, it has 580.
#4.) Chick-Fil-A. There's one kids option that has less calories than Subway's Veggie Delight meal . . . but that's because it includes a fruit cup, low-fat milk, and only ONE chicken strip.
--The average kids meal at Chick-Fil-A has 441 calories, and the worst possible option is the chicken nugget meal with fries and low-fat chocolate milk, which has 660.
#5.) Kentucky Fried Chicken. The chicken strip meal with string cheese, corn, and a Capri Sun only has 280 calories.
--But the average kids meal has 446. And the worst option is the popcorn chicken meal with string cheese, potato wedges, and soda. All totaled, it has 663 calories.
#6.) Wendy's. The best option is chicken nuggets with apples and a soda and has 283 calories. The worst option is the chicken sandwich with fries and a soda, which has 623. The average kids meal at Wendy's has 502.
#7.) Sonic. The healthiest kids meal has 410 calories and comes with chicken strips, apples, and juice. The worst is the grilled cheese meal, which has 740 calories, and comes with French fries and chocolate milk.
#8.) Quizno's. Believe it or not, the healthiest kids meal is a ham melt sandwich with chips and a soda, which has 613 calories.
--The unhealthiest option is the "Cheesy toasted cheese sandwich" with a cookie and a soda. All together, it comes to 773 calories.
#9.) Dairy Queen. According to The Daily Meal, it has the worst options for kids, and the average kids meal has 737 calories.
--The best you can do at Dairy Queen is the chicken strip meal with applesauce, soda, and an ice cream cone, which have a total of 603 calories.
--The worst is a cheeseburger meal with fries, a soda, and a Dilly bar, which have a grand total of 883 calories. Obviously, it has a lot to do with adding dessert.
Did you hear us talking about KVUE not sending reporters out because of the heat? Well, KEYE is sending them out and they want you to know they are covering Austin no matter the heat. I love when TV Stations start duking it out.
Four Things to Think About Before You Send a Sext Message
Sexting is dangerous, and if you're under 18 you should NEVER do it. But sometimes, sending sexy pictures can help keep the spark alive in a relationship. Especially one that's long-distance.
--So the website YourTango.com came up with some guidelines for people who DO decide to start sexting. Here are the top four things you need to think about before you send a dirty photo.
#1.) Is the Photo Sexy? For some reason, guys think sexy means sending a photo of their junk like Brett Favre did. But believe it or not, most women don't find close-up crotch-shots sexy.
--So back off a little, and make sure there's more than just skin in the picture. A crotch-shot with underwear . . . like the one Anthony Weiner sent on Twitter . . . might be a better idea.
--And if you DO show skin, men and women should both think about doing a little grooming first.
#2.) Does It Show Your Face? This one's obvious, but it's important because if you break up and the person posts the picture online, you can just deny it's you. You shouldn't show any tattoos or birthmarks for the same reason.
#3.) Who's Going to See It? If you're in a serious relationship with someone, you can trust them to keep your sexting confidential. Or not. And if you have a terrible break-up, don't say we didn't warn you.
--But if you're sexting with someone you just met, there's a good chance they'll show it to friends. So just keep that in mind before you hit the send button.
#4.) Did You Double Check the Phone Number? Even if you've never sent a text message to the wrong person, you should always check the number twice before you send a dirty text message.
--If the photo goes to someone else by mistake . . . like your mom, your boss, or a friend you haven't talked to in five years . . . you'll wish you'd taken those two extra seconds to double check.
Four Small Changes That Can Make You a Lot Healthier
OPRAH'S show might be off the air, but her website is still churning out advice. And there's an interesting article right now about small changes in your life that can make you a lot happier and healthier. Here are the top four.
#1.) Brush Your Teeth With Your Other Hand. Using your non-dominant hand stimulates the production of a protein called BDNF that can improve your long-term memory, and even put you in a better mood. (--BDNF stands for "brain-derived neurotrophic factor.")
-According to Professor Moses Chao from the New York University School of Medicine, quote, "When you're depressed or under stress, your brain's production of BDNF plummets."
--One of the things antidepressants do is raise your BDNF level. Obviously, using your opposite hand to brush your teeth won't raise it THAT much, but it can help.
#2.) Don't Drink Unfiltered Coffee. More and more studies are finding that unfiltered coffee . . . like the kind you get from an espresso machine or a French press . . . can raise your cholesterol level.
--Researchers think it's because unfiltered coffee has more terpenes, which are compounds found in coffee bean oil. Just so you know, a regular cup of coffee at a place like McDonald's or Starbucks is filtered.
#3.) Eat an Apple 15 Minutes Before Lunch. Researchers at Penn State had one group of people eat apples, while a second group got the same number of calories, but in the form of applesauce and apple juice.
--And the ones who ate the apples consumed an average of almost 190 fewer calories at lunch. It's because a whole apple has more fiber and more nutrients. Plus it just FEELS like you're eating more.
--To make the study fair, they even had to take the peels off the apples, because otherwise the apple-eaters would have gotten WAY more fiber.
#4.) Eat an Ounce of Walnuts a Day. The average American's diet has a lot of fat and a lot of carbs. And most people don't realize it, but a bad enough diet can damage your liver and lead to cirrhosis . . . even if you've never had a drink.
--So in a perfect world, you should be eating more fruits, vegetables, fish and whole grains. But one of the easiest ways to improve liver function is to eat an ounce of walnuts a day. They help protect your liver because they contain omega-3s.
One of the great things about Austinites is that we buy local, always have and hopefully always will. Buying local has helped us survive the recent economic slump. So if I said you could buy local and help the environment, is that something you might be interested in. If it's not, I would recommend you moving somewhere else, because Austin just isn't for you. Our family decided to make a concerted effort this year to do something to help our environment, even if it is just one thing. Changing one thing in your day to day life gets easier and easier the more you do it. What did we decide to do? Something pretty simple really. We changed the bottle water that we drank. Have you ever heard of Texas Music Water. There are an Austin company and they are very cool. It plays "Wave on Wave" by Pat Green when you twist the top off of their biodegradable bottle. I'm kidding about the Pat Green tune, but I am not kidding about the biodegradable bottle. They also help support Texas Musicians, many of whom are self-employed and do not have health insurance. They help all over the city and they don't damage our environment. It is one simple thing that we are doing, I hope you can find one thing too.
What is "The Big Thank You?" It is your chance to thank someone on the radio that has helped you. It is one thing to say thanks on the phone or to send a card or a note. It is a whole other thing to say thank you with the entire city of Austin listening. We are going to give one person that chance this Friday morning (Feb 4, 2011) at 7:45.
Here is what you need to do. Send a short email to email@example.com telling us who you want to thank and why. We will go through all the emails and pick one. If yours is picked we will ask you to write a heartfelt thank you letter to your friend, then come to our studios in Westlake on Friday at 7:45 to read it. This is a powerful way to really say thank you. We will give you as much time and support that you need to complete your letter.
Stop and think; there has to be someone in your life that really helped you and deserves "The Big Thank You!'
Deadline for submissions is Thursday, Feb 3 at noon. Send your emails to firstname.lastname@example.org
I would be willing to bet that most of you are a lot like me. I do not like to do things that are not fun. Who does? No one does, that is who. Here are list of things that I donât like to do because they are not fun. Drive a car, paint a house, wash windows, and work out. If you have a lot of money, you can pay someone to do the first three, but you cannot pay someone to work out for you. Sure you could hire a trainer to show you how to work out properly, but that can get expensive, not to mention embarrassing. This is whey I love the new Kinect for Xbox 360. Playing games like âYour Shape Fitness Evolvedâ âDance Centralâ and âKinect Sportsâ and âYour Shape Fitnessâ are fun. One of the coolest thing about this, besides the embarrassment at the gym, is you donât have to hold a controller, your body is the controller. It really is the first of its kind and it gets results. My wife has forever been saying that she just wants to lose âThe last 5 pounds.â She has been doing âYour Shape Fitnessâ for the last 3 weeks and the pounds are coming off. I like playing Ping Pong in the âKinect Sportsâ package, it is fun and by the time Iâm done Iâm sweating and my heart rate is up.
Parents can no longer tell there kids to get off the Xbox and get outside. If you get them the Xbox for 360 you will want them in the house getting exercise, especially when the weather is bad. Iâve also heard about parents challenging their kids in all the games. Itâs always great to play with the entire family and get in shape at the same time. Do a challenge with your family, compete for high score and weight loss, see who can play âDance Centralâ the longest.
If I tell you about one cool thing this year, this is it. Get out and get a Kinect for Xbox 360
A Magician Screwed Up a Trick on TV . . . And Ended Up with a Spike Through His Hand
A magician in Bolivia went on TV and screwed up a trick BIG TIME. He lined up three paper cups, and one of them had a spike under it. He was SUPPOSED to flatten the other two cups with his hand.
--But he slammed his palm down on the wrong cup, and the spike went THROUGH HIS HAND. The best part of the video is how he keeps smiling and pretending nothing's wrong . . . even while he's pulling the spike out.
A Man Uses Facebook To Hack Into Women's Email . . . Find Their Nude Photos . . . and Send Those Photos To Everyone In Their Address Books
Maybe all the other warnings about fixing your privacy settings on Facebook haven't sunk in. Well this one should.
--23-year-old George Bronk of Citrus Heights, California isn't a high-level hacker. He's just an a-hole with a lot of time on his hands. And he used public Facebook pages to exploit, violate, and humiliate dozens of women.
--Bronk would scour Facebook for public pages where women made their email addresses viewable. Then he'd call their email providers, pretending that he'd forgotten the password, and ask them to reset it.
--And he could answer the security questions they asked him thanks to other info he found on their Facebook pages.
--Then he'd take the new password, log into the woman's email, and search her outbox for NUDE PHOTOS she'd emailed. If he found nude photos, he'd send them to EVERYONE in the woman's address book.
--Sometimes, he also tried to extort the women, saying he'd send the photos to their parents if they didn't send him a new video.
--Finally, one victim went to the FBI. She called the crime, quote, "virtual rape" . . . and that doesn't feel so far off. The FBI investigated and tracked down Bronk.
--Bronk pleaded guilty to seven felonies, including computer intrusion, false impersonation, and possession of child pornography. He's looking at six years in prison, and having to register as a sex offender.
Got the Kinect for XBox 360 and I am hooked on it and it is a great workout. As most of you know, I do not dance, at least not in public. BUt at home, when no one is looking, I am a dance machine while playing Dance Central. My wife used to just sit and laugh at me as I played along. The cool thing is that your body is the controller, you don't hold anything. Hard to explain but very very cool Now, Tricia and I compete against each other and get a pretty good work out while doing it....added bonus. Play a Kinexct for XBox 360, have fun and get a good workout
If you're a little heavier than you were before the holidays, don't panic. You don't have to starve yourself or go on an extreme cleanse to get back to normal. Here are four HEALTHY ways to detox after the holidays . . .
#1.) Avoid Sugar and Salt. If you're still feeling bloated, go easy on sugar and salt for at least three days, and avoid refined carbs like pasta, white rice, and white bread.
#2.) Eat More Fruits and Vegetables Than Normal. Doctors typically suggest eating at least five servings of each every single day. And if you've been eating junk for the last month, you need to step it up.
--Increase your intake of the healthy stuff to between seven and 12 servings. It'll help you get all the vitamins and minerals that aren't in chocolate, eggnog, and mashed potatoes.
#3.) Start Off Slowly at the Gym. Take it easy for the first week. If you're gung-ho on day one, you'll overdo it and end up being too sore to go back the next day. A lot of people make this mistake and then NEVER go back.
#4.) Drink Plenty of Water. It's the fastest way to start feeling healthier because water flushes out the toxins in your body.
--So here's the easy way to make sure you drink enough: Divide your body weight by two, then drink that many ounces of water a day.
--So if you're 150 pounds, you should drink 75 ounces of water a day, which is just over half a gallon.
Some veterans bear visible signs of their service: a missing limb, a jagged scar, a certain look in the eye.
Others may carry the evidence inside them: a pin holding a bone together, a piece of shrapnel in the leg - or perhaps another sort of inner steel: the soul's ally forged in the refinery of adversity.
Except in parades, however, the men and women who have kept America safe wear no badge or emblem.
You can't tell a vet just by looking.
He is the cop on the beat who spent six months in Saudi Arabia sweating two gallons a day making sure the armored personnel carriers didn't run out of fuel.
He is the barroom loudmouth, dumber than five wooden planks, whose overgrown frat-boy behavior is outweighed a hundred times in the cosmic scales by four hours of exquisite bravery near the 38th parallel.
She - or he - is the nurse who fought against futility and went to sleep sobbing every night for two solid years in Da Nang.
He is the POW who went away one person and came back another - or didn't come back AT ALL.
He is the Quantico drill instructor who has never seen combat - but has saved countless lives by turning slouchy, no-account rednecks and gang members into Marines, and teaching them to watch each other's backs.
He is the parade - riding Legionnaire who pins on his ribbons and medals with a prosthetic hand.
He is the career quartermaster who watches the ribbons and medals pass him by.
He is the three anonymous heroes in The Tomb Of The Unknowns, whose presence at the Arlington National Cemetery must forever preserve the memory of all the anonymous heroes whose valor dies
unrecognized with them on the battlefield or in the ocean's sunless deep.
He is the old guy bagging groceries at the supermarket - palsied now and aggravatingly slow - who helped liberate a Nazi death camp and who wishes all day long that his wife were still alive to hold him when the nightmares come.
He is an ordinary and yet an extraordinary human being - a person who offered some of his life's most vital years in the service of his country, and who sacrificed his ambitions so others would not have to sacrifice theirs.
He is a soldier and a savior and a sword against the darkness, and he is nothing more than the finest, greatest testimony on behalf of the finest, greatest nation ever known.
So remember, each time you see someone who has served our country, just lean over and say Thank You. That's all most people need, and in most cases it will mean more than any medals they could have been awarded or were awarded.
Two little words that mean a lot, "THANK YOU".
"It is the soldier, not the reporter, Who has given us freedom of the press. It is the soldier, not the poet, Who has given us freedom of speech. It is the soldier, not the campus organizer, Who has given us the freedom to demonstrate. It is the soldier, Who salutes the flag, Who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag, who allows the protestor to burn the flag."
This is why we all do it. Please help out this year. Your first chance is at any Austin area Whataburger, Saturday, Nov 6, from 7-10. $3 donation gets you all the pancakes you can eat and 100% of the money goes to kids just like this one that would never get a brand new bike. Please help out this year. Thanks
A New Invention Gives Men The Experience Of Breastfeeding Babies
I'm not sure any man has ever seen a woman breastfeeding and said, "Damn, I wish *I* could do that." So here's an invention that no one ever asked for . . . but still manages to be absolutely FASCINATING.
--A woman in Canada has invented a device called Nurse Me Tender . . . it's a chest harness that holds a bottle, which will allow men to have the sensation of holding a baby up to their chest and having it nurse.
--It's also targeted at women who want to bottle feed their babies but still want to use the nursing position.
--Christa Anderson of Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia, Canada invented Nurse Me Tender. She says she came up with it because she MISSED breastfeeding her son after she weaned him on to bottles.
--She also wanted her husband to be able to step in and carry on her feeding routine while she was out.
--Christa has a prototype finished and is planning to have Nurse Me Tender on the market by next spring.
My best friend, Brock Purslow (Cheeseburger Brock) has made a few changes to his "Top Cheeseburger in the Austin Area" list. And a new #1. Get out and enjoy a cheeseburger and a col' beer. Tell 'em Brock sent you.
Oct 7, 2010
Cheeseburger Brocks List
Top Cheeseburgers in the Austin Area: (no particular order except Dirty's currently is #1)
Some of my criteria include-must have good fries, a good shake is always a plus. And make it simple for the consumer and the atmosphere must be one you want to frequent.
This list does not include fast food. That is a separate category I am working on.
-Crown & Anchor-great atmosphere, spectacular fries, colâ beer from around the world. (Mustard only for me)
-Dirtyâs-more history and Longhorn tradition than any other joint in town. On anyday you could see Coach Brown, Coach Barnes, Coach Auggie, Ben Crenshaw and even Quinton Tarintino eating here. Go by yourself and sit at the bar. (Mustard and Pickle only on the large cheeseburger for me)
-Mikeâs Pub-simple but excellent. Nice grease on top of bun and coldest beer in town. (put your own fixinâs on, mustard and onion for me)
-Leeâs Almost by the Lake (Spicewood, Tx)- worth the drive to cure a hangover on Saturday. (all the way minus lettuce for me)
-Diamond Inn (Taylor, Tx)-Same grill from the original Diamond Inn in the 1960âs and 1970âs. Only serve cheeseburgers Thursdayâs-Saturday (order just like it comes, donât mess with a good thing)
-PTerryâs-easiest menu in town, quick convenient but darn good burgers and shakes. (I get mine without the special sauce)
-Shuggies-great hangout at the South Austin Trailer Park Eatery. Unique bun with the black pepper, large patties and beer battered fries. (mustard and pickle on for me)
-Hutâs-best variety in town. Cool place with good shakes. (Chubby Checker for me)
-Ski Shores-great place to stop by to refresh those burning ski legs or drive to after you run your dogs at Turkey Creek. (mustard only for me)
-Poodies on 71- worth the drive again. Go in the evening and you might catch Willie but you will probably catch some good live music and a good buzz. (mustard, pickle and onion for me)
-Billyâs on Burnett-great little spot for lunch. Nice thick pattie with some of the nicest people in Austin waiting on you. A Green Bay Packer joint with Beer Brats on Game Day. If you are a Packer fan which I am you gotta go on game day. (if ever in Green Bay you must eat at Krollâs, and it has to be Krollâs East not West. (mustard only for me)
-Jimâs-everyone knows about Jimâs. Next time look past the breakfast menu and order the Frontier burger. (I get mine just like it comes minus lettuce of course)
-Nauâs-old school cheeseburgers with history, enough said. (mustard, pickle and onion only)
-Casino El Camino-order like it comes or get out. No substitutions. nice greasy burger to warsh down your colâ beer.
-Red Robin-typically not a fan of chains but the Royal Red Robin (with a fried egg) is worth going. Great shakes. (like it comes minus lettuce of course)
-Mo Willy Golf Course-every muny golf course has a great greasy burger or its not a really muny. This is the best muny cheeseburger in town. They even have watered fairways now. (mustard only for me)
-Arkieâs-cool little spot on the east side. Sit at the counter get a burger, skip the shake and go right for the homemade pie. (mustard only for me)
-The Frisco Shop-(formerley Night Hawk for those true Austinites). Old school burger served wrapped in paper. Its gotta be good because its messy. (I get mine the way it comes minus lettuce of course)
-Gusâs Grill would make the list but I heard it closed. I have yet to confirm that. If open another great east side spot.
You can't believe everything you read . . . and you can't believe everything you're TAUGHT. Here are six lies about history that you probably learned in school . . .
#1.) VINCENT VAN GOGH'S EAR. The story you heard was probably that Van Gogh went crazy and cut off his own ear. But he actually lost it in a fight with artist Paul Gauguin.
--The crazy part is true though. And he may have even given the ear to his girlfriend as a gift.
#2.) POCAHONTAS. According to your teacher . . . and the Disney movie . . . Pocahontas saved John Smith's life, then fell in love with him. But in reality, Pocahontas was only 12 years old when they met.
--And Smith had a reputation for exaggerating his stories. So the part about her stopping his execution might not have happened either.
#3.) THE FOUNDING FATHERS' RELIGIOUS BELIEFS. In reality, not all of them were Christian. Thomas Jefferson rejected the concept of the Trinity and was against the idea of having a national religion.
--Meanwhile, Benjamin Franklin and John Adams were both Deists, which means they believed in God, but not Christianity.
#4.) ISAAC NEWTON AND THE APPLE. We've all heard the old wives' tale that Isaac Newton 'discovered' the law of gravity after an apple fell from a tree and hit him on the head.
--But the story was first told 60 years after it allegedly happened . . . which means it probably never did.
#5.) BENJAMIN FRANKLIN AND THE KITE. He did propose the idea of flying a kite in a lightning storm, but he never went through with it . . . because he was smart enough to know it would have killed him.
#6.) GEORGE WASHINGTON AND THE CHERRY TREE. The story about George Washington chopping down his dad's cherry tree, and then immediately confessing that he did it . . . probably didn't happen.
--It came from a biographer named Parson Weems, who wrote all kinds of amazing stories about Washington. But it turned out that most of them weren't true.
The Oxford English Dictionary Adds 2,000 New Words, Including Vuvuzela, Bromance And Hater
Every year, the Oxford English Dictionary adds a ton of new words that have entered pop culture . . .which basically legitimizes them as part of the English language. And every year we mourn how
DUMB our language is getting. And this year . . . is no exception. Oxford has added about 2,000 new words and phrases, some of
which have been making us cringe for years, and some of which are so old and lame, no one even says them anymore.
--Here are some of their high-profile additions . . .
--VUVUZELA. "Long horn blown by fans at soccer matches."
--BROMANCE. "A close but non-sexual relationship between two men."
--CHILLAX. "Calm down and relax."
--SOCIAL MEDIA. "Websites and applications used for social networking."
--BUZZKILL. "A person or thing that has a depressing or dispiriting effect."
--STAYCATION. "A holiday spent in one's home country."
--CHILL PILL. "A notional pill taken to make someone calm down."
--CHEESEBALL. "Lacking taste, style or originality."
--WARDROBE MALFUNCTION. "An instance of a person accidentally exposing an intimate part of their body as a result of an article of clothing slipping out of position."
--HATER. "Negative person."
--DEFRIEND. "Another term for unfriend (remove someone from a list of friends or contacts on a social networking site)."
--LBD. "Little black dress."
--INTERWEB. "The Internet."
--FRENEMY. "A person with whom one is friendly despite a fundamental dislike or rivalry."
--TURDUCKEN. "A roast dish consisting of a chicken inside a duck inside a turkey."
When you're a kid, most of the stuff you learn about sex comes from your friends and from watching TV. But you can't believe everything you see on TV. Here are four sex myths that just aren't true . . .
#1.) MEN THINK ABOUT SEX EVERY SEVEN SECONDS. According to the Kinsey Institute, 54% of men think about sex at least ONCE A DAY. But probably not every seven seconds.
--Somebody just made the seven-second thing up, and people believed it.
#2.) A GUY'S *BABY BATTER* IS HIGH IN CALORIES. Not true. It contains vitamin C, water, sodium, potassium, fructose and a bunch of other stuff, but the average SERVING is only about six calories.
--However, it IS possible for a woman to be ALLERGIC to it.
#3.) ALL WOMEN ARE A LITTLE BISEXUAL. Actually, there are more bisexual MEN than WOMEN. The Kinsey Institute says only 3% of women describe themselves as being truly bisexual, compared to 5% of men.
#4.) MOST WOMEN DON'T HAVE TO FAKE IT. Guys, the truth is only 30% of women can be FULLY satisfied just from having sex.
--But here's the good news: 62% of women in RELATIONSHIPS say they're satisfied with their sex lives anyway.
I havenât had a chance to test all of these out, but the ones I have listed here are the uses I found turning up time and again; not just on the web, but in books and magazines. If you have any more, feel free to share. And by the way, Iâm no Coca-Cola advocate, Iâm sure Pepsi or even store-brand would work just as well (unless that secret Coke ingredient is behind all of thisâ¦but I doubt it).
1. Remove grease stains from clothing and fabric (I had to start there)
2. Remove rust; methods include using fabric dipped in Coke, a sponge or even aluminum foil.
3. Remove blood stains from clothing and fabric.
4. Make gooey Coke funnel cakes .
5. Clean oil stains from a garage floor; let the stain soak, hose off.
6. Loosen a rusty bolt; pour on some Coke and wait for the magic to happen.
7. Kill slugs and snails; a small bowl of Coke will attract them, the acid will kill them.
8. Help a lawn become lush and green (see my lawn tonic article here )
9. Prevent an asthma attack! Apparently, the caffeine in two 12oz cans can prevent the onset of an attack.
10. Defrost a frozen windshield. Apply liberally and wait (Iâll see if this works in winter)
11. Clean burnt pans; let the pan soak in the Coke, then rinse.
12. Descale a kettle using the same method in 11.
13. Neutralize a jellyfish sting.
14. Clean car battery terminals by pouring a small amount of Coke over each one.
15. Cure nausea; let a can of Coke go flat then take a teaspoon of Coke every hour.
16. Also, flat coke can help relieve an upset stomach (aka âthe runsâ)
17. Make a Mentos & Coke exploding fountain. This one takes a 2-liter bottle of Coke.
18. Get rid of hiccups; gargle with a big mouthful of ice-cold Coke.
19. Shake up a can and pour it over your windshield to remove bugs and other crud.
20. Use the method in 19 for your car bumpers, too.
21. Clean your engine; Coke distributors have been using this technique for decades.
22. Relieve congestion; boil and a can of Coke and drink while hot to clear you up.
23. Make a sweet BBQ sauce. Mix a can of Coke with ketchup and brush over ribs or chicken.
24. Baste a ham roast with Coke as it cooks. The sugars will caramelize; the ham will be moist.
25. Add a can of coke to your pot roast to tenderize it and add extra flavor. (Thanks Linsey).
26. Make pretty pennies; soaking old pennies in Coke will remove the tarnish.
27. Make your hair curly; pour flat Coke onto long hair, leave for a few minutes then rinse.
28. Age documents and photos; for that antique look, apply Coke, pat with paper, leave to dry.
29. Clean tile grout; pour onto kitchen floor, leave for a few minutes, wipe up.
30. Mix a can of Coke with a packet of Italian seasoning; cook a tough steak in it.
31. Make better compost; Coke increases the acidity, adds sugars and feeds microorganisms.
32. Dissolve a tooth in it; Use a sealed container, this takes ages. Why would you want to though, unless youâre Hannibal Lecter?
33. Remove gum from hair; dip into a small bowl of Coke, leave a few minutes. Gum will wipe off.
34. Get silky skin; mix a spoonful of Coke with regular lotion and apply liberally.
35. Make low-fat brownies .
36. Pour a little in a cup and set it out an hour before a picnic, away from your site; it will attract wasps and bees so theyâre not bugging you and your grub.
37. Remove stains from vitreous china. More info on vitreous materials here .
38. Got a dirty pool? Add two 2-liter bottles of Coke to clear up the water (it acts as rust remover).
39. Add Coke to your laundry to remove bad smells, especially fish.
40. Remove (or fade) dye from hair by pouring diet Coke over it.
41. Mop a floor with Coke to make it sticky. Itâs a movie industry trick to stop actors slipping.
42. Remove marker stains from carpet. Apply Coke, scrub, then clean with soapy water.
43. Clean a toilet; pour around bowl, leave for a while, flush clean.
44. Apply to skin for a deep tan (although this seems like a recipe for skin cancer to me).
45. Supposedly, drinking an 8oz can of Coke every day can prevent kidney stones.
46. Add it to a Sloppy Joe mix
47. Perk up your Azaleas or Gardenias.
48. Coke and aluminum foil will bring Chrome to a high shine.
49. Strip paint off metal furniture; soak a towel in Coke, sit it on the surface for days. Make sure you keep adding Coke to keep the towel wet. (Seems like a hassle, Iâd rather buy paint stripper.)
50. Add it to vodka, rum or bourbon.
51. Drink it straight from the can, if you can (too sweet for me)
And a few Coke fallacies:
Coke is not used by the authorities to clean blood from the roads after accidents.
Coke will not dissolve teeth or nails OVERNIGHT. It takes a long time.
Coke and aspirin will not get you high.
Coke is not an effective spermicide.
Coke poured onto raw pork will not cause worms to come crawling out of it.
The acids in Coke do not make it dangerous to drink (your own stomach acids are much stronger).
Drinking too much Coke will not make you die from CO2 poisoning.
Coke does not contain cocaine (although it used to).
Coke did not become carbonated by accident.
I read this once a week and think and pray for the families that receive letters like this. I doubt any of todays letters could be so well written and with so much heart. I hope you will refer back to it occasionally and think and pray for the families that have lost a son or daughter or husband or wife, brother or sister, aunt, uncle or cousin.
I have been shown in the files of the War Department a statement of the Adjutant General of Massachusetts that you are the mother of five sons who have died gloriously on the field of battle.
I feel how weak and fruitless must be any word of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming. But I cannot refrain from tendering you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the Republic they died to save.
I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom.
Hey everyone, we are on vacation until Monday but wanted to say hello. Tricia, Landry and I just got back from a great visit to Omaha. We visited my family and went to a game at the College World Series. It is always great to see my parents, sister, brother-in-law and nephews. It is also fun to go back to the city I grew up in and just drive around. Driving around Omaha brought back so many memories. Things I haven't thought about in years. I recomend you doing it in your old neighborhood or hometown.
Landry, my 1 year old daughter did very well on the flights. She slept the entire way to Omaha, but squirmed the entire way home. It didn't help that we were delayed at the gate for 40 minutes in Dallas and our flight was late departing Dallas. Overall, she did very well traveling. However, next time, she will get her own seat.
We will be back on the air June 28th. Don't forget about us this summer
Was President Obama In The Music Video For "Whoomp There It Is"?
--Over the weekend, rumors hit the World Wide Web of Misinformation that Obama appeared in the video for the TAG TEAM song "Whoomp! (There It Is)" back in 1993.
--One minute and one second into the video, you see a light-skinned black guy wearing gold rings and a Compton hat, talking on an old-school cell phone, playing dominos.
--The guy is wearing sunglasses but smiles at the camera . . . and, well, he looks an awful lot like Barack Obama. And, since Obama has talked about how he's a hip-hop fan, it's not TOTALLY out of the question that he once was an extra in a video.
--BUT . . . now, for the reality check. It doesn't REALLY add up that it's Obama . . . in '93, Obama was a Harvard Law School graduate and a 31-year-old community activist in Chicago . . . probably NOT hanging around rap video shoots in Atlanta.
--Also, most people who claim it's Obama have made that call by looking at the low-resolution YouTube video. If you look at a high-quality screenshot from the "Whoomp (There It Is)" video, the guy looks a lot less like Obama.
Was President Obama In The Music Video For "Whoomp There It Is"?
HufferSome Moron Huffed An Aerosol Can While Driving . . . Passed Out . . . And Crashed Into A Building
There are only so many details available about this story. But what we know is so insanely stupid we just had to pass it along.
--On Monday morning, an unidentified man and was driving on the highway when he suddenly lost control of his car, jumped a ditch, and crashed into a car dealership in Highland, Illinois (--about 35 miles east of St. Louis).
--No one was seriously injured in the accident, and the cops aren't saying much about it. But we know this:
--The reason the driver lost control is because he was huffing AEROSOL KEYBOARD CLEANER while driving, and he passed out.
-One of the passengers was a guy named Ryan Dale. He says, quote, "He pulls the air duster out of his seat and he hits it. And I go, 'No, no, no, not in the car.'
--"Then he's like, 'I don't care,' you know, and he passes out. And he's gradually getting [to speeds] of about 60 to 65 miles per hour . . . I couldn't believe it all happened just like that.
"And I feel so lucky, because if I didn't have a seat belt on I would have gone right through a window, probably smashed my body against the building . . .
-"Don't ever do air duster while driving. Don't ever do air duster period."
Dr. Robert Marcus- Surgeon
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Here Are Five Foods That Can Supposedly Cure Common Ailments
According to "Prevention" magazine, you don't always have to hit the medicine cabinet when you're sick. Here are five common ailments and five FOODS that can cure them . . .
#1.) IF YOU'RE IN A BAD MOOD, EAT A TUNA SANDWICH. According to the American Psychiatric Association, the fatty acids in fish are an effective way to help treat depression.
--And combined with the 800 milligrams of omega-3s that are in one can of tuna, it can actually pick you up if you're having a bad day.
#2.) TO CURE A HEADACHE, EAT A POTATO. The 37 grams of carbs in a potato can ease a tension headache by upping your serotonin levels. But it works best if you don't use butter or anything else with fat in it. Sounds delicious . . .
#3.) IF YOU HAVE A COUGH, EAT HONEY. According to a study a few years ago, honey actually works better than over-the-counter cough medicines. But it can't just be REGULAR honey. It has to be BUCKWHEAT honey, which is darker in color.
#4.) TO CURE STRESS OR ANXIETY, EAT A BANANA. It's only about 100 calories, and it boosts your blood sugar, which can relieve stress.
--Plus, one banana has 30% of your daily-recommended dose of vitamin B6, which helps your brain produce serotonin and mellow you out.
#5.) TO COMBAT A YEAST INFECTION, EAT GARLIC. It has essential oils that can stop the growth of fungus, which is what causes pain and itching. Recent studies also suggest that thyme, and the oils from oranges do the same thing. (Prevention.com)
This study took place in the UK, but we think the results might be similar here in the States . . .
--According to a new survey, ONE in FIVE parents regret the name they gave their kid.
--19% say they gave their kid a "family name," just so relatives wouldn't get upset.
--13% purposely went with a name that seemed quirky or unusual at the time, while 10% named their kid after their favorite celebrity.
--15% of parents say their friends and family members make fun of the name they gave their kid. And ONE in TEN say they chose a name they thought was cool and clever at the time, but now the novelty has worn off and they hate it.
--Overall, the six boy names that parents regret most are:
#4.) Alfie (???)
--And the six girl names that parents regret most are:
Married people always ask OTHER married people for advice. And a lot of the same BAD advice gets passed around like it's Gospel. So here are five marriage rules it's okay to break . . .
#1.) NEVER GO TO BED ANGRY. This one might actually date back to the Bible, which says you should never let the sun go down on your anger. But it just isn't practical to try and work through a problem when you're exhausted.
--If you're too tired to keep fighting, then stop. Just make sure you pick it back up the next day. If you don't resolve it, it'll lead to something worse in the long run.
#2.) ALWAYS BE HONEST. With the big things, yes. But you don't have to be completely honest if you know it's gonna hurt the other person's feelings.
--And you don't have to be upfront about things like past relationships if it'll just make the other person jealous. We always tell KIDS they can't lie, but once you're an adult, you know that sometimes you HAVE to.
#3.) ALWAYS VACATION TOGETHER. Most couples think that if they have time off work, they should spend that time together. But you might not always want to do the same things. And sometimes a break is nice.
--Just don't ALWAYS take separate vacations. And make sure the other person is 100% okay with the idea before you buy the plane ticket.
#4.) DON'T SLEEP IN SEPARATE BEDS. Sleeping in different beds was NORMAL fifty years ago. Now almost NO ONE does it. But sleeping in the same bed shouldn't be a RULE.
--If one of you snores, tosses and turns, or likes to stay up later than the other person, then separate beds might make complete sense. Just don't do it to avoid intimacy or sex.
#5.) ALWAYS PUT THE KIDS FIRST. That's what GOOD parents do, right? Well, not always. If you ignore your relationship and concentrate only on your kids, your marriage will suffer. And you could end up headed for divorce.
--And that's the WORST thing that can happen for your kids. So a lot of therapists tell couples to concentrate on their relationship first, and THEN the kids. The idea is, if YOU'RE fine, the kids will be fine too.
Landry is now 11 months old and has discovered the joys of sticking her finger in her nose. Her mother is mortified, I can't stop laughing. Parenthood does come with alot of laughs
Planning Landry's 1st Birthday Party. We all know this is for the parents to drink drink beer and and hang out. I am keeping it simple, hot dogs and hamburger on The Weber Grill.
My 2004 Ford F150 is now over 130,000 miles. I am going for 200,000. I have never had a problem with it and still love it. Although, it does have a special odor to it after driving to Port A and back with 2 guys. It is not a good odor. Heading to Arbor Car Wash Tomorrow
Are you guys friends with Mix 94.7 on Facebook yet? Our goal is to reach 2000, please do it. Lots of cool stuff going on there.
With its huge box office take over the weekend, audiences were obviously pumped to see "Iron Man 2". Other films? Not so much. Find out which ones with today's list of the Top Least-Anticipated Summer Movies.
A website called SingleMindedWomen.com put out a list of the top 10 cities for single women. It's based on criteria like job opportunities, the cost of living, entertainment options, the ratio of women to men, and the number of people who are single.
--Here are their ten best cities in the U.S. for single women, in reverse order.
#10.) Austin, Texas. Austin has the largest single population of any city on the list, a ton of entertainment options, and a low unemployment rate.
#9.) Dallas, Texas. Dallas has lots of social opportunities, a strong job market, and a low cost of living.
#8.) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 29% of the population is single, and the cost of living is 49% less than New York.
#7.) Denver, Colorado. The male-to-female singles ratio is almost even, about 30% of the population is single, and Denver has the second-lowest unemployment rate of any city on the list (--only behind the number two city, Washington, D.C.).
#6.) Phoenix, Arizona. Housing is extremely affordable, zero winter leads to a lot of year-round outdoor activities, and the male-female single ratio is 50-50.
#5.) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. There are always a lot of single people in Philly . . . thanks to all of the colleges in the area constantly refilling the young unmarried population with new graduates.
#4.) Seattle, Washington. Seattle has a ton of cultural opportunities, good long-term career opportunities, and an even male-female singles ratio.
#3.) New York City. About 33% of the population is single and, with the largest population of any city in the U.S., there's always someone new to meet.
#2.) Washington, D.C. It's expensive to live here, but it has the lowest unemployment rate of any city on the list . . . a ton of museums and culture . . . and a 33% single rate.
#1.) Boston, Massachusetts. There are plenty of jobs . . . a reasonable cost of living . . . lots of cultural and sports activities . . . and a 33% single rate.
Sandy Note:Â One factor left out when compiling this list is that 99% of the women in Boston, Seattle and Philly are as ugly as a Mud Fence.Â Not True for Dallas and Austin.Â Austin was robbed on this list
Landry started walking yesterday, May 2. I got it on video but my wifes dress what pretty low cut and while she was getting her started she was pretty bent over and you could see right down her shirt so when I get it edited I will post it here. Cool?
I am heading to Port Aransas on my annual guys fighing trip this weekend. I've been going every year with the same guys for year. We always catch fish and have alot of laughs. If you have never been to Port A to fish, you should plan a trip. It is awesome. Three of us always split the cost of a guide and we use the same guide every year, Captian Jim Adams. THis guy wants his boat full of fish when we come back in. Even if you have never fished, he will show you everything and do everthing for you if you want. He says the perfect age for kids is 8 and welcomes them to. This guy lives to fish and he teach you as much as you want to know. Just pack a cooler. If you want Captain Jim's number, let me know, I will get it to you, and I promise you a good time.
To all you parents that told me, "parenting will be the most exhausting rewarding thing you will ever do" You are right so far and we have a baby that sleeps all the time. Still pretty tired at the end of the day.
My sister turns 43 May 6. Happy Birthday Liz, I love you.
Did any of you take my advice and bet of Supersaver in the Kentucky Derby? I posted my prediction an hour before the race on Twitter and Facebook. Follow me there predictions on the next two races in the Triple Crown. My time at the horse track as a youth was one well wasted.
A British Sniper Set A World Record By Taking Out Two Taliban Soldiers From 1.54 Miles Away
I didn't realize they kept world records for stuff like this . . . but, hey, let's hear it for Craig Harrison, a British military sniper, who just set the world record for "shooting and killing someone from the furthest distance ever."
--Back in November, in Afghanistan, Craig took out two Taliban soldiers from 1.54 miles away with a sniper rifle. For some perspective, that's a distance of about 22-and-a-half football fields, including the two end zones.
--He was so far away that the two Taliban soldiers wouldn't have even been able to hear the gunshots that killed them.
--Craig is a Corporal of Horse in the British Army, which is the equivalent of a sergeant in the U.S. military.
--The previous record belonged to Corporal Rob Furlong of the Canadian army, who killed an Al Qaeda sniper from 1.51 miles away in 2002. (--Which is about 19 Canadian football fields, with their giant end zones and all.)
--Craig says he was able to hit his targets because there was no wind, mild weather and good visibility.
--John Plaster is a retired U.S. Army sharpshooter and wrote the book "The Ultimate Sniper". He says, quote, "[Craig's shot] is about as precise as any marksman on the planet could shoot."
Here's What A Guy's Favorite Sex Position Says About Him
This is a great list for any of you amazing, beautiful women out there who like to get-it-on first, and get to know someone later. From the website TheFrisky.com, here's a list of what a guy's favorite sexual position says about him.
--MISSIONARY. He's a straight-edged, law-abiding guy with a traditional job and traditional hobbies. He probably wears a suit and tie to work, golfs on the weekends, lost his virginity well after high school and plays by the rules.
--"DOGGY" STYLE. He's a MAN . . . loud voice, regularly molests himself, strong, adventurous, up for anything, and not at all groomed down below.
--PILEDRIVER. This is where the woman is on her back, folds herself into a ball, and the guy positions himself on top, "driving" downwards. This position shows a guy has a LOT of experience, he's vain about his body, but insecure intellectually.
--TANTRIC SEX PRACTITIONER. A guy who practices tantric sex . . . meaning that he never "finishes" because knows how to channel that energy . . . likes yoga, is probably a vegetarian, and wants to connect mentally, not just physically.
--MAN ON THE BOTTOM. This guy is lazy, doesn't have a job, doesn't work out, and rarely cleans. He doesn't mind you taking control . . . especially since it means he doesn't have to do any of the work.
We've got a list today that can prove to the rest of the world they're wrong: There actually ARE some foods that all of us chubby Americans WON'T eat. From Yahoo, here's a list of the 10 most hated foods in the U.S.
#2.) Blue cheese (--This is really the only one on the list that surprised us.)
Here's What Your Sleep Position Says About Your Personality
--THE FETAL POSITION. If you sleep like this, you're most likely to put up a tough exterior and seem standoffish . . . but, once someone gets to know you, they'll find you're sensitive and friendly.
--THE LOG POSITION. If you sleep on your side, keeping your body perfectly straight with both arms down, it means you're a social, easy-going, trusting person . . . but you can also be too gullible.
--"YEARNER" POSITION. This is where you lay on your side with your arms extended out to the side. People who sleep like this are open-minded but still cynical. They also are stubborn about the decisions they make.
--SOLDIER POSITION. This is when you sleep on your back with your arms to your sides. People who sleep like this are reserved, quiet, low-maintenance, and hold themselves to a high standard.
--FREEFALL POSITION. If you sleep face down with your arms up near your head, you're loud, outgoing and hate being criticized.
--STARFISH POSITION. This is when you sleep on your back with your arms up near your head. If you sleep like that, it means you're good listener, helpful and uncomfortable being the center of attention.
1. Grill a steak. You may think it's bad for your heart, but you'd be wrong. Beef contains immunity-boosting selenium as well as homocysteine-lowering B vitamins. And up to 50 percent of the fat is the heart-healthy monounsaturated variety.
2. Watch a scary movie. Anything that causes your heart to raceâslasher flicks, a good book, even being in loveâalso makes your heart stronger, according to researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Upsetting the rhythm once in a while is like hitting your heart's reset button, which helps it keep on ticking.
3. Run indoors on hazy days. Researchers in Finland found that exercising outside on hot, hazy days when air pollution is at its worst can cut the supply of oxygen in the blood, making it more likely to clot.
4. Tell your wife to butt out. Or you may leave herâin a hearse. Researchers in Greece found that individuals who were exposed to cigarette smoke for just 30 minutes three times a week had a 26 percent greater risk of developing heart disease than people who rarely encountered secondhand smoke.
5. Dive in the pool. U.K. researchers found that men who burn just 50 calories a day in strenuous activities like swimming and hiking are 62 percent less likely to die of heart disease than men who burn nearly seven times as many calories â 340 per day â during less active pursuits like walking and golfing.
Americans buy more than 500 million bottles of water every week, making it the second most purchased beverage in the country after soda. And experts think that by next year, bottled water will actually be in first place.
--But according to a recent CNN story, bottled water is facing a backlash, mainly because half a billion plastic bottles a week isn't doing the environment any good. Even though most bottles are recyclable, 80% of them end up in landfills.
--So environmentalists want you to switch to tap water. In a YouTube video called "The Story Of Bottled Water," a woman named Annie Leonard says, quote, "Carrying bottled water is on its way to being as cool as smoking while pregnant."
-Here's why: First of all, bottled water is 2,000 TIMES more expensive than tap water. But half the time, it's lower quality. And in blind taste tests, people almost always prefer tap.
--In fact, Fiji water printed ads in a bunch of national magazines in 2006 that read, quote, "The label says Fiji because it's not bottled in Cleveland."
--So the city of Cleveland decided to compare the city's tap water with Fiji's bottled water. And according to their tests, Fiji water had 6.31 micrograms of ARSENIC per liter, while the tap water had none.
--6.31 micrograms isn't really that much. A bottle of water would have to have at least 10,000 times that much arsenic to be lethal. But still . . .
--So Fiji countered by running their own test, which showed that their water only had TWO micrograms of arsenic . . . which still isn't a very strong selling point.
--Here's one of the reasons for the difference: Bottled water is regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. But tap water is monitored by the Environmental Protection Agency, and they generally have stricter regulations.
--In fact, there's no telling WHAT might be in a bottle of water. There's a book called "Bottled And Sold: The Story Behind Our Obsession With Bottled Water", and it lists over 100 bottled water recalls.
--According to the book, bottled water's been recalled for containing all kinds of nasty stuff, including mold, bacteria, glass particles, and even CRICKETS.
--And here's the kicker: Half the time, you're drinking tap water anyway. Aquafina, is owned by Pepsi, and Dasani is owned by Coca-Cola, and they're just filtered tap water.
--So unless the water in your area has been deemed unsafe to drink, you can get the exact same thing by putting a filter on your tap.
--The E.P.A. website has links to water quality reports for different parts of the country, so to find out the water quality in your area, go to EPA.gov/safewater.
We all know the basics of what's good and bad for us. Exercise is good. Smoking is bad. Vegetables are good. Going on a sex tour of the tasty trannies of Thailand and forgetting to bring condoms is bad.
--But what we didn't realize: All of your bad habits can actually JOIN FORCES to pull a civil war on you from the inside.
-According to a study by the University of Oslo in Norway, there are four bad habits that can team up to cut up to TWELVE years off of your life. Those habits are:
#1.) Smoking cigarettes
#2.) Drinking more than 8-and-a-half shots worth of alcohol per week
#3.) Eating fewer than three servings of fruits and vegetables
#4.) Getting less than two hours of exercise per week
Sandy Note: May I add one here? Not having lots of Sex if you are married
--In the study, the researchers interviewed more than 4,800 adults back in the mid-'80s to find out about their bad habits. Then, they checked back in on them 20 years later.
--They found that people with all four of those bad habits were THREE times more likely to have heart disease or cancer than people with none of the habits . . . and had life expectancies that were 12 years lower than people with healthy habits.
--The good news: The researchers say that, if you have one or all of those habits, it's actually pretty easy to reverse the damage you've been doing. Quote, "Work on improving all four . . . meeting the cutoffs isn't very hard to do."
Â TONI BRAXTON was spotted at a restaurant in Los Angeles the other day, wearing a skin-tight body suit.Â And let's just say, after looking at the pictures, Toni's gynecologist and I know a lot of the same things about her.
Â There's talk online that a major celebrity is coming out of the closet in the May 5th issue of "People" magazine. --There's no word who it is, but this might offer a clue: The celebrity's publicist is a guy named Howard Bragman. --He's already orchestrated "outings" for several clients, including Meredith Baxter, Amanda Bearse from "Married with Children" and former NFL defensive lineman Esera Tuaolo. --He was also the p.r. guy for CHASTITY BONO'S transition to A MAN NAMED CHAZ. --Bragman's current clients . . . and we're not saying that any of these people are gay or planning to come out of the closet, necessarily . . . include the following: --Anderson Cooper, Ellen Page, Zachary Quinto, Kevin Spacey, 'N Sync superstar JC Chasez and Queen Latifah.
Sandy Note:Â It is Queen Latifah.Â Good for her.Â I hate when gay celebs are pressured in to coming out. It should always be done on your own terms, not because you are pimping a record or a movie
Britney Spears Was Spotted In Public Yesterday *With* A Bra
Â BRITNEY SPEARS was spotted in public yesterday WITH a bra.Â In fact, she wore it under a see-through top . . . which probably means she WANTED us to see it.
Â --At the same time, though, that story about Britney's father DEMANDING that she wear a bra when she goes out in public may have been bogus.Â According to TMZ, Jamie Spears LAUGHED when he heard it.Â
Sandy Note:Â This is the stuff that makes the news.Â We are sad sad society.Â Ceasar said, "You can judge a society soley on how it entertains itself"Â Amazing
Why am I having such a hard time remembering what day and date it is? I swear I have looked at my watch 10 times today to see what the date is. Is this a sign of bad things to come?
Mothers Day is coming up. I will be scooting my but as fast as I can that Sunday morning from Port Aransas to Austin to celebrate my wifes 1st Mothers Day. I always look forward to brunch with her and her mom and Landry. Oh, I am on my annual fishing trip that weekend and I have to be back in Austin by noon or my butt is in trouble. Did you order your Flowers from Proflowers.com? Do it. Do it before Friday and enter JB and Sandy in the top right hand corner next to the microphone. You get a great deal if you do that. Doooo IT!
Tricia is going to Houston with a friend to visit a friend this weekend. She is also taking Landry. Im going to play golf with a buddy and fish this weekend. Longhorns are playing baseball at 8pm Saturday night at Dishfalk, so Alex and I may checkout the game.
Listening to Bob Marley right now. When will they make a movie about his life? You know like the one about Johnny Cash and Ray Charles. I would love to see that and think Jamie Foxx would be an awesome Bob Marley.
My parents are talking about buying a place less than a mile away from me. How great would that be. I would love to have them here 1/2 the year.
We have four packs of tickets to Shlitterbahn to give away this week. Listen for details. Shlitterbahn is a great day trip for everyone.
I am excited about being the Master of Ceremonies for the Wounded Warrior Dinner May 27th at The Hyatt Regency. Love the cause. Get info at www.woundedwarriordinner.com
I as going through some old stuff and thought you might get a kick out of this 911 call911 Im Drunk
You've been doing it your whole life, but you still probably don't know much about passing gas. So here are four random facts about it . . .
#1.) HUMANS ARE THE EIGHTH MOST-FLATULENT SPECIES. Dogs, elephants, cows, sheep, zebras, and camels all pass gas more than we do. And the world's BIGGEST gas passer is . . . the TERMITE.
#2.) THE AVERAGE PERSON DOES IT 14 TIMES A DAY. Women do it just as much as men. And the average "release" moves at SEVEN MILES AN HOUR.
#3.) THE "SILENT BUT DEADLY" RULE IS SCIENTIFICALLY ACCURATE. Most of the gas you pass is just air you swallowed. Those are the ones that are basically odorless. But the air bubbles are big, so they make a lot of noise.
--The digestion process creates hydrogen sulfide, which is what's responsible for the smell. The bubbles created during digestion are usually small, so they don't make much sound. But they stink. In other words, they're "silent but deadly."
#4.) NERVE ENDINGS TELL YOUR BODY WHETHER YOU'RE GOING TO THE BATHROOM, OR JUST LETTING ONE GO. But sometimes . . . when things are more FLUID than normal . . . the nerves get confused. (OnlineEducation.net)
35-year-old Sarah Colwill has lived in southern England for almost her entire life. But if you just heard her speak, you might think she was from China, or Eastern Europe.
-That's because last month, Sarah suffered a series of intense migraines, and developed something called "FAS" . . . or "Foreign Accent Syndrome."
--FAS is an extremely rare condition that's usually caused by brain damage from a head injury or stroke. In fact, since it was first identified in the 1940s, there have only been 60 recorded cases.
--Basically, it screws up a person's linguistic functions. It causes them to lengthen syllables, draw out vowels, alter their pitch, or mispronounce certain sounds. In other words, they don't ACTUALLY get a foreign accent, it just sounds like it.
--Sarah says, quote, "I knew I sounded different, but I didn't know how much, and people said I sounded a bit Chinese. Then I had another attack, and when the ambulance crew arrived they said I definitely sounded Chinese. The first few weeks of the accent was quite funny, but to think I am stuck with this Chinese accent is getting me down. My voice has started to annoy me now. It is not my voice."
--Now Sarah's undergoing speech therapy to get rid of the accent.
Sandy Note: I don't even need the migraines, it happens to me everytime I order Chinese Food. I always end up sounding like them
--On Sunday, someone found a 120-pound black bear in Reading, Vermont with its head stuck in an old-fashioned milk can. According to the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife, the bear was stuck for about six hours, bumping into rocks and trees.
--A state biologist tried to lube the can off the bear's head with some soap, but eventually cops and firefighters had to cut the can off. The whole thing took about 45 minutes. (--This is what the bear looked like BEFORE that . . .)
Got married 2 years ago today. Just made the last payment on it last week. Huh? My recomendation, do exactly what I did. BLOW IT OUT! It was a fun wedding for everyone.
Landry is 10.5 months and will be waking any second. Shes doing great and wore her first pair of jeans today.
Prepping to MC The Wounded Warrior Dinner next month. Gov Perry and Lance Armstrong are speaking. I think I will keep my remarks short.
Didn't mention it on the radio, but the reason I was out last Tuesday and Wednesday was because I was in Myrtle Beach, SC. What was I doing there? Well, Hootie and The Blowfish have a Golf Tournament call "The Monday After The Masters" This was the 16th year of the event. I have always wanted to go and this year I was asked by a buddy of mine who plays on the PGA Tour, Rich Beem to go and caddie for him. It was a cool event. Lots of celebrities; Josh Kelly, Edwin McCain,, Branford Marsalis, Ric Flair, Jack Ingram etc. I met a bunch of them but the coolest person I met was a dude named Ben. Ben is a bad ass, he is a 28 year old medically retired soldier from the 82nd Airborne out of Fort Bragg, NC. Ben stepped on on an improvised explosive device and lost his right leg below the knee. He doesn't complain, he just keeps going forward. Dude saw combat in Falluja, Afghanistan and Baghdad when the accident ended his military career. I spent a few hours with him (he played a few holes of us and plays pretty damn well) I have thought about him every day since I got home. One of the guys in our group was a retired Brigadier General. I listened from a distance as Ben and The General talked about combat and Bens future. I could tell that this General LOVED Ben like he was his own son. He told him several times how proud of him he was, and that he would like to help him transition in to the civillian world. Ben told the General he was going to college, not because he wants to, but he feels like he has to because his employment options are pretty limited. The General then asked in a perfect world what would he want to do, Ben said, "Go back to Afganistan, join his platoon and finish the job" MACHO, most macho thing I have ever heard. Rich wanted to give Ben his email address, he said its real easy, he said, "you gotta write it down because once you have been blow up, your memory isn't very good."
I wanted to share this story with you with the hopes that you will continue to pray for our Troops and if you see a guy like Ben, say hi, shake his hand and say Thank You. It will humble you and that is good for the soul.
If Hair Growth Products Aren't Helping With Your Baldness . . . Why Not "Baldazzle" Your Chrome Dome?
According to a study in next month's "Consumer Reports", the most effective treatment for dealing with MALE PATTERN BALDNESS is Propecia. But only about 27% of Propecia users re-grow their hair. And Rogaine is almost completely ineffective.
--But there's a bald guy named Philip Levine who runs a website called PhilSays.com, and he's all about coming up with fun ways to decorate his chrome dome.
--His latest method is called "Baldazzling," and it's when you take gems and other stones and "bedazzle" them onto your head. (???)
--If you've never heard of the BeDazzler, it's a dumb product that's advertised on late-night TV, which allows you to affix studs and rhinestones to your clothes. (Style List)
A Sex Offender's Mugshot Looks More Like A Headshot
Dustin Winesberry is a 22-year-old registered sex offender from Aurora, Colorado, just outside Denver. On Sunday night, he climbed onto an apartment balcony in Boulder, Colorado, and told the women inside that he wanted to, quote, "hang out" with them.
--But instead of inviting him in, the women locked the balcony door and called police, and Winesberry was arrested on suspicion of attempted second-degree trespass.
--He told cops he was looking for some friends who were having a party. But basically this guy is just an unsuccessful pervert. Only, you wouldn't know it from his mug shot at the Boulder County Jail. . . which is the only reason we're telling you all this.
--In the mug shot, Winesberry is smiling, cocking his head with his eyebrow up, looking sideways at the camera with a suggestive grin . . . and holding his chin in his hand. It looks more like an actor's headshot than a mug shot.
--A guy named Bruce Haas is the administrative commander for the Boulder County Sheriff's Office's jail division. He said, quote, "I was surprised by this one as well . . . it looks pretty smug.
--"Sometimes people come in intoxicated, and we try to get the picture the best way we can . . . I'm going to be looking into this, to find out who took the picture, so we can make sure we don't make a habit of taking those kinds of photos."
--Winesberry is still being held at the Boulder County Jail on a $1,000 bond.
Seven Recomended Serving Sizes And What They Look Like
The portion sizes at restaurants have gotten completely out of control. If you want to make it easy on yourself, just eat half of what they give you, and take the rest home in a doggy bag. That's
--But if you want to go on a case by case basis, "Reader's Digest" made a list of seven types of food, along with seven everyday items that are about the same size as the recommended servings .
#1.) A THREE-OUNCE SERVING OF CHICKEN OR BEEF IS THE SAME SIZE AS A DECK OF CARDS. Yeah, that's the recommended serving size . . . just three ounces. The smallest steak they serve at Outback Steakhouse is twice that. And the LARGEST steak is almost SEVEN times the recommended serving.
#2.) A THREE-OUNCE SERVING OF FISH IS THE SIZE OF YOUR CHECKBOOK. Unless it's a really thick piece of fish. In that case, stick with the deck of cards analogy.
#3.) THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF PASTA IS THE SIZE OF HALF A BASEBALL. Not sure why "Reader's Digest" went with "half a baseball" on this one. How many times in your life have you seen HALF a baseball.
--If you're at a restaurant, hold out one hand and cup it. Then think of how much pasta you could hold without letting it overflow. That's how much you should eat.
--If you're cooking at home, just look on the box. It says the recommended serving size right there. An entire 16-ounce box of spaghetti is enough for eight people.
#4.) A CUP OF COLD CEREAL IS THE SIZE OF AN *ENTIRE* BASEBALL. Or, in other words, it's what you could fit in BOTH hands if you cupped them together.
#5.) THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF SALAD DRESSING SHOULD FIT IN A SHOT GLASS. It's two tablespoons. And actually, it's more like three-quarters of a shot.
#6.) AN APPLE SHOULD BE THE SIZE OF A TENNIS BALL. That's what's considered to be a "medium" sized piece of fruit. But a lot of the fruit you see at the grocery store is twice that
#7.) A SIX-OUNCE GLASS OF JUICE IS THE SIZE OF A SINGLE-SERVING CUP OF YOGURT. Or slightly bigger than a cup of Jell-O pudding, which is four ounces.
--At McDonald's, a CHILD SIZE glass of orange juice is 12 ounces. That's twice as much as you need, and WAY more than your kid needs.
Well April Fools Day has almost come and went, it has 1 hr and 57 minutes left as of this writing. I am watching my clock tick as one of my least favorite days of the year slowly says good bye.
Remember that golf tournament I told you about in my last Bullet Points Blog? I signed up for the tournament, it was an individual tournament. I have never had so much fun getting my but whipped. It was just fun to compete. You see something happens somewhere between 30 and 40 where you or maybe just me had no interest in competing in anything. I played a few years of Rugby with the Huns and I was competitive in that, but probably not as competitive as I should have been. In my past I was overly competitive, I was a win at all costs guy and that often lead to someone getting injured. I had to take a step back and try to find the fun in the competition, I think I found it last weekend while getting killed in an individual match play tournament. Sure, losing sucks, but the fun of competing is a blast. I think what I found was balance. Oprah would be so proud of me
Quick question: Have you guys noticed anything different in the radio show in the last 6 months? Thats all I am asking. If you have, I would love to hear what you have heard. Send it to me at email@example.com Thanks
Baby Formula is expensive! WOW $21 for formula. All the baby stuff is overpriced, but they got ya and they know you will pay it.
Go see Pat Hazell in "The Wonderbread Years" at The Longcenter. The show runs April 8-12th and I promise you will love it or I will mail you a piece of Wonderbread. Tickets at www.Thelongcenter.org
Already planning Landry's 1st Birthday party. I have saved a very nice bottle of Champagne for that day. I have always thought, if we can make it through the first year with out a major catastrophe, we should be ok. Well when baby bloys out the cake, I'm drinking that bottle of Dom something.
Guys! Wouldn't you like to get a hold of the guy that invented the pocket inside the pocket of kacki pants? I would like to throw him a huge beating. It drives me crazy digging through 2 pockets in one pocket.
And FYI, my wife is on of those people that talks really loud on her cell phone. Drives me insane.
When it comes to things that stress you out, there are some obvious ones like money, kids, work, and health. But there are plenty of LITTLE things that stress you out too. Here are four you might not have thought of . . .
#1.) YOUR DOG. An untrained animal can cause a lot of stress. If your dog destroys the house while you're at work, or barks all night long, it raises your general level of stress and screws with
your sleep patterns.
--But don't get rid of him. Think about hiring a trainer. Statistically, people with well-behaved pets generally live longer and have less stress.
#2.) YOUR ALARM CLOCK. Some research shows that alarm clocks with blue numbers can interfere with your internal clock, and basically make you feel like you're jet lagged.
--You're also more likely to have a heart attack in the morning than any other time of the day. So loud alarm clocks that jolt you awake aren't a good idea. Look for one that starts out quiet and
slowly gets louder.
#3.) FACEBOOK. Constantly hearing how great your friends are doing is fine, unless YOU'RE not doing great. If your friends are all getting married and having kids, and you're still single, it can take a toll on your self-esteem.
#4.) THE LIGHT IN YOUR BATHROOM. Fluorescent lights make every wrinkle look ten times worse. And research has even shown they increase A.D.D. symptoms in kids.
--If the light bothers you, replace the bulb with an old-fashioned incandescent one. It's a cheap and easy way to improve your self-esteem.
Stay with this video as this loud mouth gets his butt kicked by a guy that clearly has some form of wrestling or martial arts training. My favorite video of the year. FYI: This happened at the Whataburger at Oltorf and Burleson in Austin, TX WARNING: Foul Language
--But Xiao refused, so the thugs plunged a 10-inch knife into his SKULL. (!!!)
--Amazingly, the blade completely missed Xiao's brain, and all of his main arteries and nerves. According to his doctors, he's expected to make a full recovery.
--But you wouldn't know it from looking at the X-ray. From the photo, it looks like the blade of the knife goes right through the kid's entire head. It's insane.
You've got just over three weeks to get your taxes done. But don't freak out. Here are three tips from real accountants that might make tax season a little less stressful . . .
#1.) YOU PROBABLY DON'T NEED AN ACCOUNTANT. If money's tight, you don't have to spend hundreds of dollars to get your taxes done.
--H&R Block's online version guides you through the steps. If you just have a W-2 and you're taking the standard deduction, it's FREE. If your taxes are more complex than that, it ranges in price from $30 to $80 with an additional fee for state taxes.
#2.) DON'T TRY TO DO TOO MUCH. Some people SHOULDN'T do their own taxes. If you have a bunch of 1099's, or you worked in multiple states, use an accountant. Trying to figure it out yourself will drive you crazy. And mistakes can get you audited.
#3.) DON'T SHOW UP WITH A BIG BOX OF RECEIPTS. If you DO decide to go with an accountant, this is the thing they hate most. Don't make them sit there with you and add up every deduction. It takes all day, and it's stressful on both of you.
--Do that part while you're sitting at home watching TV. Split them up into categories like "travel expenses" and "home office expenses." Then bring in one piece of paper with all the final numbers on it. Or better yet, put it in a spreadsheet.
#4.) IF YOU'RE STRESSED OUT, JUST FILE AN EXTENSION. It's okay as long as you expect to get a refund. And it gives you until October 15th to get your taxes done.
--Just be careful. If you OWE money, you'll be charged interest. But it's usually less than one percent a month. On the other hand, if you don't file your return OR an extension, they'll charge 5% a month and up to 25% of your total balance.
Hey, I'm pretty sure that Tiger Woods has the best public relations experts money can by as he prepares to come out of his den and play the game that he has dominated for more than 10 years. Oh, did you not hear? Tiger Woods is going to play professional golf again this year at The Masters in Augusta, Ga. Ok, now that you know that, here is what Tiger need to do to get everyone to stop talking about him being the biggest dirty legger of all time. Tiger needs to change his look. For years whe have seen him look exactly the same. On Sunday, you never see him wear anything but black pants with a red shirt and black cap, the three days leading up to Sunday are normally something a little less dramatic, may be a blue shirt and light blue hat with tan pants..whatever. My point is, if he goes back to Augusta and looks like the same old Tiger, how in the hell is anyone going to be believe he is anything other than the same old the Tiger. You know, the guy with beautiful wife and two kids and all the money in the world, a yacht call "Privacy" and 2 homes in the exlusive Isleworth Subdivision in Orlando, who also has a huge appetite for sex, sex with lots of girls in different parts of the country and the world while all the while maintaing a a squeeky clean image and cashing those endorsement checks. No one but he and a few of his boys know how he pulled it off all these years, but he did and it is now ended. So Tiger, let's put all that behind us with a totally new look. I am sure the crew at Nike could throw togethere some sweet plaid knickers for you with a puffy shirt and a Payne Stewart type cap. Oh, not your thing, how about a big straw hat, with euro cut trousers with a big belt buckle in the shape of a peace sign. How about some groovy shades with a visor. I've never seen Tiger in a visor? Have you? Ok I am going a little over the top here, but I do think it would be a good idea for Tiger to change his look. It will give the commentators something else to talk about and it might send a message to the rest of us morons that he may have changed after all.
Wow, busy weekend:
Friday night was my parents last night in Austin after spending a month in a rented home a mile away from my home. It was wonderful having them so close. I enjoyed going to visit for happy hour every afternoon around 5pm. I wish I would have know my parents were so cool when I was a kid. It was also great seeing them play with Landry, who, by the way is now 9 months old. My parents plan on spending another month in Austin soon. I miss them.
Got a bid to get a new deck built in our backyard. It made me sweat alot and my heart pound. I think this only happens to men. I asked my wife to give me until March, well she didn't forget.
Making plans for this summer. I feel like we haven't gone anywhere or done much since Landry was born. Going to Omaha to see my family and go to the College World Series in June.
I entered a Match Play Golf Tournament that starts this week. I am going to get my ass kicked, but I will make it fun. 64 guys in the field and it last until May, I'm pretty sure I will be done after the first round. How is that for being positive?
I'm impressed how the Canadians are handeling there Olympic Gold in Hockey. I have heard and seen them say alot of classy things about our boys. Well done Canada.
SXSW is coming. JB is doing something really cool with SXSW. Keep listening for details
Nice weather we are having, huh? Yea, it sucks but the good news is that Lake Travis is above it's historic average for Feb, it is the first time that has happened since 2008. The drought is over. I know that 99% of you don't really care about lake levels, but the lake is my backyard and I am excited. I'm excited to get back on the lake and for all the people that have businesses on the lake. It has been a tough few years for them.
My daughter Landry is officially crawling and it is hysterical to watch. Hard to believe and 8 month old can bring so many laughs.
My wifes birthday is tomorrow (Feb 12) send her a tweet @tmcilree We are going out to dinner with two of her close friends. I actually got a reservation at this place that doesn't take reservations. I have been going there on a regular basis for 14 years, it nice of them to do for Tricia.
Valentines is Sunday. Are you watching my walled shrink? Ah, Tricia is cool about having her birthday and Valentines Day so close together. This is her 39th, next year will be a big deal.
Our second annual Wild Game Feast is a week from Sat (Feb 20th) this is when all my hunting buddies bring something that they hunted this year to my house and we eat and eat and eat. We invited women this year, we will see how that goes. Lots of food though, White Tail Deer, Axis Deer, Black Buck Antelope, dove, duck, goose, phesant. I look forward to it all year. I will be sure to post pictures here and on my twitter at @sandymcilree
My parents are here for the month of Feb. They rented a cabin right across from us. It is great having them so close. I love spending time with them. Sadly, the left Omaha because of the crappy weather and it seems to have followed them here. We have only had 1 nice day in the nearly two weeks they have been in Austin. I hope it changes for there sake.
My parents are spending a month in Volente, this month in fact. They rented and awesome cabin/cottage just over a mile from our home. They are escaping the brutal Midwest Winter, where as I write this it is 15 degrees and the high today was 19. That is reason enough for anyone to head for Texas in the winter. We are excited that they are so close. They both love Austin and most importantly, want to spend alot of time with our 8 month old, Landry. Welcome to Texas, Mom and Dad.
If you don't know who to cheer for, cheer for the Saints. It would be wonderful to see the people of a city that have been hit so hard, celebrate a Super Bowl. No one will throw a Super Bowl Parade like New Orleans. Sadly, I am a btting man and will make a small wager on the Colts.
Had enough of the political ads on TV? Me too, nuff said
Tired of celebraties giving themselves awards? Me too, nuff said
Tired of wating for the light rail system to get up and running? Me too, nuff said
Ready for the Jersey Shore crew to go away? Me too, nuff said
Ready for Entourage to get back on TV? Me too, nuff said
Ready for all the schiesters that want to buy your gold to go away? Me too, nuff said
Tricia and I have been paying off a credit card at 0% for 9 months, we only have 2 payments left. I will be so happy when I mail that last payment. If you haven't hunkered down with your debt, do it now. If can pay a little extra on your car or house payment do it. It will save you tons later. Talk to a pro about it.
So Drew Brees is a pretty amazing person.Posted by WilliamPitt in Sports
Thu Jan 14th 2010, 12:27 PMI don't know if Brees is one of those Tebow-esqe far-right fundy types. If he is, they should all be like this.
The Heart Of New Orleans He's been the NFL's most prolific quarterback over the past four years, but to the city that has adopted him, Drew Brees is much moreâa driving force in the ongoing effort to rebuild and renew
By PETER KING
January 18 2009
Last Thursday night, in a private upstairs room at Commander's Palace, the landmark New Orleans restaurant, Drew Brees convened what he calls his "secret society." In the dining room were seven of the city's richest men and biggest boosters, power players who have anonymously teamed with Brees for such post-Katrina causes as the refurbishment of Tad Gormley Stadium in City Park and the funding of the New Orleans Ballet Association's flagging after-school program. Brees calls the group (two of the members were absent that night) the Quarterback Club. As a token of thanks for contributions pastâeach man gave at least $25,000 in 2009âand future, Brees dispensed black-and-gold cuff links engraved with QB.
"I'd like to propose a toast," he said, lifting his champagne flute. "All of you care so deeply about the future of this city, not just from a business perspective but from a philanthropic perspective, and it's so desperately needed right now. A toast to you, and to New Orleans!"
"Hear, hear! To New Orleans!" the group responded.
Earlier in the Saints' bye week, their quarterback had spent two hours working on another of his pet projects, the Lusher Charter School, for which he'd help raise the money to build a new football field, weight room, scoreboard and running track after the September 2005 hurricane had devastated the facilities and the surrounding Uptown neighborhood. Now, nine days before New Orleans's playoff opener against the Cardinals in the Superdome, Brees chatted up and rubbed elbows with the men he knew could help him do real good for the city.
"Some guys might be playing 10 hours of Madden today, which is cool," Brees said as he took his seat after his toast. "But this is my outlet. This is what I love to do."
"When I visited New Orleans," Brees said last week, "I saw it all, the good and the bad. The city was devastated. Brittany and I saw the Lower Ninth Ward. Unbelievable. Cars lying on top of houses. Boats through living-room windows. I felt like I was driving through a World War II documentary. But I just thought, This is a chance to be part of something incredibleâthe rebuilding of an American city. I felt like it was a calling. Like I was destined to be here."
Imagine the differenceâfor football, for New Orleansâif Saban had ignored the medical prognosis. He would have had Brees, not Daunte Culpepper, at quarterback, and he might have stayed with the Dolphins rather than bolting for Alabama. Quite possibly the Crimson Tide wouldn't have been hoisting the national championship trophy last week. And the Saints might well be playing in San Antonio or Los Angeles instead of packing the refurbished Superdome for a playoff game, with a new lease at the stadium through 2025.
"I can't even think about that," says Owen Brennan, executive director of the Krewe of Bacchus, which runs the most storied Mardi Gras parade. Brees has been appointed the King of Bacchus for the 2010 edition, the first athlete so honored. "It's a nightmare. Don't even say it. Ooooo. What he's done for this city is absolutely immeasurable."
On the measurable side the Brees Dream Foundation has raised $1.85 million for its Rebuilding Dreams campaign. Some of the money goes to Katrina-related causes, such as athletic-field reconstruction. Some of it goes to needs that would otherwise not be addressed because so much funding has been diverted to hurricane relief. The latter projects include a home for families of cancer patients, and the Samuel J. Green Charter School's "edible schoolyard," in which students grow food on campus while studying nutrition and agricultural science. The produce they grow ends up on the school menu.
One of Brees's favorite causes is the Lusher School, a battered 76-year-old facility four miles southwest of the French Quarter. Like the Superdome, Lusher was damaged by wind and water, and it served as a shelter for those made homeless by the storm. Some lived for weeks in the school, which might never have reopened if not for the ambitious efforts of New Orleans educators. "Drew realized that nothing breathes life into a city neighborhood like kids playing," says Lusher CEO Kathy Hurstell-Riedlinger as she conducts a tour of the school and its grounds. "We had to rebuild the field, which was dangerous, and show the community that this school was here to stay."
Brees's foundation and two corporate sponsors donated $671,000. In New Orleans, where more than four years after Katrina so much remains to be done, it's a measure of progress that the once-ravaged Lusher looks for the most part like any average American school. BREES FAMILY FIELD, as the scoreboard in one end zone reads, would be the envy of many athletic programs.
"Before, it was a death trap out here," says senior Pierce Wisdom during a break in soccer practice. "I remember wondering if I made the right decision to come back to school here instead of going somewhere with better facilities. We all appreciate what Drew did so much."
Â As an American, it's practically your patriotic duty to become an obese, self-centered loud-mouth.Â But if you'd rather be a self-centered loud-mouth of average size, here are four diet tips to help you shed those extra pounds:
Â #1.)Â Start walking:Â The American Heart Association recommends you take 10,000 steps every day.Â That's like walking three miles a day.Â Or 1,095 miles a year.Â
Â --But while the average European walks about 237 miles a year, the average American walks just 87 miles a year.Â That's about 8% of how much you should be walking.
Â #2.)Â Eat slower:Â For most Americans, eating a meal involves stuffing their face with as much food as possible, as quickly as possible.Â But studies have shown that eating slowly can help you feel full quicker, which will prevent overeating.
Â #3.)Â Eat-in more:Â The average American eats more than half their meals at restaurants, while residents of the healthiest countries in the world eat out only on special occasions.
#4.)Â Be careful with tropical fruits:Â If you're trying to lose weight, eating more fruit is a good place to start.Â But watch out for tropical fruits like pineapple and coconut because they have the highest fat and sugar content of all fruits.
Â (That's Fit)
TEN WAYS LOSING TEN POUNDS CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE:
Â Most people want to lose weight so they can LOOK better.Â But dropping a few pounds can do a lot more than that.Â Here are ten ways losing ten pounds can change your life . . .
Â #1.)Â IT REDUCES YOUR RISK FOR DIABETES.Â Losing ten pounds makes you HALF as likely to develop type-2 diabetes.
Â #2.)Â IT'S GOOD FOR YOUR HEART.Â For every one percent of body weight you drop, your chance of developing heart disease decreases by 1 to 2 percent.
Â #3.)Â IT CUTS YOUR RISK OF CANCER.Â Excess body fat is strongly linked to breast cancer, kidney cancer, colon cancer, gallbladder cancer, and pancreatic cancer.Â And the list is getting longer.
Â --According to some studies, liver cancer, multiple myeloma, and certain types of leukemia are also linked to obesity.
Â #4.)Â IT IMPROVES YOUR SEX LIFE.Â In a recent survey, 20 percent of people who were obese reported problems with their sex drive, or said they had difficulty performing in bed.Â That's compared to just 5 percent of other people.
Â #5.)Â IT STRENGTHENS YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM.Â In a study at Boston University, researchers infected mice with the bacteria that causes gum disease.Â And the fat mice were 40 percent more likely to have tooth decay.
Â Â #6.)Â IT PREVENTS ARTHRITIS.Â According to a recent study at Wake Forest University, losing one pound of weight actually translates into a FOUR-POUND reduction in the weight your knees have to lift every time you take a step.
Â --So if you lose TEN pounds, that's a total of 48,000 pounds per mile that your knees don't have to lift.
Â #7.)Â IT GIVES YOU MORE ENERGY.Â Ten pounds might not sound like that much, but lugging that extra weight around all day is exhausting for your body.Â And studies have proven that regular exercise gives your energy level a natural boost.
Â #8.)Â IT MAKES YOU MORE CONFIDENT.Â You'll look better, but that's not the only reason.Â Losing weight isn't easy, so it's something you can feel good about and be proud of.
Â #9.)Â IT HELPS YOU SLEEP.Â Losing ten pounds can significantly improve your back pain.Â And obesity is one of the leading causes of sleep apnea.
Â #10.)Â IT COULD ADD YEARS TO YOUR LIFE.Â One-third of Americans are either moderately obese or severely obese.Â And an Oxford University study released last year found that moderate obesity reduces your life expectancy by about three years.Â
These High School kids tried to prank their Coach. They told him they had Final Four tickets for him if he made a half court shot. They were going to act like he made it, being certain they would not. Well, watch what happened
Â Â Last November, Lonely Planet came out with a new travel book called "1,000 Ultimate Experiences".Â
Â --According to the publisher, it contains, quote, "1,000 ideas, places and activities to inspire and entertain for travelers and lovers of life-lists alike."Â Whatever that means.
Â --Anyway, we're sure there are some decent trip ideas in the book.Â But a few of them are just awful.Â Here are five perfect examples:
Â #1.)Â Swimming with the orcas in Norway:Â Amazingly, the most dangerous aspect of this trip probably isn't that you'll be surrounded by killer whales.Â It's that you'll be swimming in water that's only about 45 degrees Fahrenheit.
Â Â #2.)Â Storm chasing in America's Tornado Alley:Â Every year, about 1,000 tornadoes ravage the plain states between the Rocky and Appalachian Mountains, with winds reaching more than 300 miles per hour.
Â Â --There are literally dozens of companies that book tornado-chasing tours, putting you directly in the tornado's path of destruction.
Â Â #3.)Â Walking safari among Zimbabwe's lions:Â If you've got a death wish, you might enjoy a WALKING TOUR of Zimbabwe's Matusadona National Park, which has the second-highest concentration of lions in Africa.
Â Â #4.)Â BASE jumping at Voss, Norway:Â Every summer, the town of Voss, Norway, holds an event called Extreme Sports Week.Â
Â --During the event, participants are actually encouraged to BASE jump off an 1,100-foot cliff.Â Which sounds like fun . . . as long as you're not one of the four people each year who DIES while BASE jumping.
Â #5.)Â Day-trip to Chernobyl, Ukraine:Â In 1986, Chernobyl became the site of the most catastrophic nuclear accident in history.Â Now, you can visit the ruins of the plant and the nearby town of Pripyat, which has been abandoned ever since.Â
--You know, because it might still be RADIOACTIVE.Â
(--You can buy Lonely Planet's "1,000 Ultimate Experiences" for about $16 here . . .)
The Haitian people are on my mind alot.Â Sad to see so many suffer, so many die and so many people lose loved ones.Â The dominant injury being see is crushed limbs that need to be amputated.Â It is being said that Haiti will become a country of amputees when the dust settles.Â I've never been to Haiti and know little about it, but I would guess it would be a very difficult life as an amputee there.Â It is hard everywhere, I just guess much harder in Haiti.Â Tricia and I made a donation.Â We wish we could do more, we did what we could, I hope you did or will too.Â Text Haiti to 90999 and make a $10 donation.
I've heard a few people complaing and saying things like, "Why do we (the USA) have to clean up other countries messes when ours isn't doing so great itself?"Â Pretty simple answer if you ask me, because it is the right thing to do, it is what America and it's wonderful Americans do.Â We help the world.Â Some may say we destroy it too, but all in all we help the world.Â Just by being able to read this blog you have more than most of the world.Â You can read, you have some sort of device that allows you access the internet, chances are you have eaten today and slept under a roof.Â That is something to be thankful for, we are the lucky ones and the lucky ones must help the unlucky.Â Text Haiti to 90999 and make a $10 donation.
My 71/2 month old daughter is getting ready to crawl.Â She is on her hands and knees rocking back and forth, ready to make that first move to mobility.Â All you parents know what I am talking about.Â Its fun to watch her grown and learn.Â I hope she has a lifetime of it.
Mom and Dad McIlree are moving to Volente, Texas for the month of Feburary and we are so excited.Â They rented a place a mile away from our home.Â They are escaping a brutal Midwest Winter and coming to visit.Â My wife and I are thrilled to have them so close if only for a month.Â I can thank the smallest McIlree for getting them down here.Â She is the real reason for the visit, I will take it any way I can get it.Â My dad will go back to Omaha with a sharp golf game to impress his friends with, mom will hold her grandbaby and we will eat, drink and be merry!
Massachutes elected a Republican.Â Wow, that's all I have to say about that.
If you and your kids watch our TV show every morning on KEYE TV, send us a picture of the kids watching TV.Â It is best if you take a picture with the TV in the background.Â We will show them at 6:55 on KEYE.Â Email them to firstname.lastname@example.org
Horns Lose, Cowboys Win. Still bummed the Horns lost in the National Championship. I really think we have a different outcome if Colt plays the entire game. Garret Gilbert has a huge future for the Horns, but it was asking alot for him to step in and play against a really good Alabama Defense. Thanks for a great season Texas, you made our fall/winter very exciting.
Cowboys whip the snot out of the Eagles. First playoff win since 1996. Up next Minnesota.
Frozen/busted pipe at my house yesterday. I've become quiet the plumber in the 5 years I have lived in this house. Had to drip water from all the faucets last night to avoid another frozen/busted pipe. I have actually gotten to wear I kind of enjoy fixing stuff. I guess it is because I know how to do it now.
Skype: I know it has been around forever, but I used it for the first time yesterday. Very cool, buying a camera today. A must have for families with family out of town. Now I have to get my parents on it. They are pretty internet savy, so it shouldn't be a problem.
Radio is a changing business right now. Some people are freaking out. I say just "do work" and everything will be ok.
Twitter can cause you to lose 3D friends. One friend (real in person friend) won't speak to me because I unfollowed him. I follow and unfollow people all the time. He got his boxers in a wad and now thinks I am the Anti-Christ. Wow.
Friendly reminder: Guys call for your Valentines Dinner Reservations THIS WEEK. They fill up fast. Just do it, it will relieve alot of stress.
We are here, and it is on.Â The National ChampionshipÂ atÂ The Rose Bowl in only a few hours away and I am just about to leave my hotel room to fight the masses at the tailgateÂ parties.Â I don't like crowds, but I make an exception for this on.Â I feel very blessed to be here, my job allows for alot of cool things, this is one of them.Â I hope the Longhorns win tonight, but if they don't I am sure Coach Browns Boys will handle it with dignity.Â Â Both teams have worked hard, both teams deserveÂ a victoryÂ schools and fans deserve a victory.Â The victory will come down to mistakes, hopefull we make less.Â Gotta Run!
Alicia from Wild Basin Fitness sent this awesome recipe out to everyone at the gym. With her permission I have posted it here, hope you like it. Also, check out her blog http://tinyurl.com/ygl9pc6
Happy 2010! The New Year is a time for starting over and wiping the slate clean. Everyone is making resolutions and vowing to be better at this and that. Well here is one recipe that you can easily make to help you start 2010 off in a healthy way! Enjoy!
1/4 cup flour (I use gluten-free all purpose flour)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves, cut into 2 inch 4 inch strips
1/4 cup reduced sodium soy sauce (I use gluten-free tamari)
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon dark sesame oil
2 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted
1/4 cup chopped fresh chives(optional)
In a gallon-size ziploc plastic bag, combine flour, salt and pepper. Add chicken, seal bag, and shake well to coat.
Coat a large nonstick skillet with nonstick spray and warm over medium-high heat. Add chicken to skillet and cook, stirring, for 3 to 4 minutes, or until no longer pink. Transfer to a plate.
Reduce heat to medium. Combine soy sauce and sugar in the skillet. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the sugar dissolves. Add oil and sesame seeds. Add chicken and chives. Toss and serve immediately. (I serve it over brown rice)
Nutrition Information per Serving (not including rice): 245 CALORIES; 4.4g FAT (0.8g saturated fat); 68mg CHOLESTEROL; 753mg SODIUM; 20.9g CARBOHYDRATE; 0.9g FIBER; 12.8g SUGAR; 29.7g PROTEIN
Thought you may want to see some of the amazing photos that Lauren Hammond of Lauren Lesley Photography shot at our Bikes for Kids Giveaway show.Â You can see even more at www.laurenlesleyphotography.comÂ click on the blog section then scroll down.Â Amazing photos of such a great event.Â Thanks to everyone that helped make this years "Bikes for Kids" on of the best ever.Â Enjoy the pics
Christmas 2009: Our daughter first Christmas.Â Alot ofÂ it is lost on a 7 month old.Â Â Im not sure she knew it was different than any other day.Â It was a techie Christmas at our house.Â I got the lastest iPhone, Tricia got a Mac Book Pro and a Kindle.Â I'm excited about the new iPhone.Â Lots of video coming your way.Â
I always watch alot more TV when I'm on vacation.Â I will stay up past midnight watching TV.Â I never do that when I am not on vacation, the 4am alarm clock comes early.Â Nat Geo has been doing a series called "Everest, Beyond the Limit" and I am obsessed.Â Climbing Mt Everest is the most macho thing I have ever seen.Â I won't bore you with all the dangers that are involved, I am sure you are well aware.Â Anyway, I can't stop thinking about it.Â Do I want to do it?Â Hell yes!Â Will I ever do it?Â Nope!Â Its a rich guy thing.Â A trip to the top is $50K and that does not guarnatee you will summit.Â The Sherpa's are amazing.Â Generations of living at altitude has made them the most amazing climbers ever.Â The record time to summit Everest is just over 16 hours.Â Did you know your blood actually gets thicker at altitude, making the risk for heart attack even greater?Â Holy crap, you gotta have brass you know whats to go for Everest.Â I just ordered "In Thin Air" from Amazon.Â This book won't end up in the stack of books I want to read, this one will get read.
Happy Holidays from our family to yours.Â What an amazing year 2009 has been.Â It was in this letter last year that I told all of you that my wife, Tricia and I were expecting our first child.Â At the time we thought we were having a boy, but after further inspection we found we were having a girl.Â More on that later. We will look back on 2009 as a year that we survived.Â With a record hot temperatures all summer (68 days over 100 degrees) and no rain to speak of, we watched Lake Travis disappear.Â We also said goodbye to some our favorite celebrities, yes it was the summer of death and the year of financial collapse.Â Â It was a tough year for a lot of Americans, so we find ourselves very fortunate to be working and surviving.Â I could sit here and write about a bunch of things that happened over the last year, but they all seem so small if compared to what happened at 8:10pm on May 30th.Â That is the time and day that my life and my wifes life hanged forever, that is when Landry Galan McIlree was born.Â At that moment, I finally understood what everyone that has kids has told me.Â That you will never love anyone or anything like you do your kid.Â I used to roll my eyes and say âWhateverâ The second I saw her little head sticking out of my wives belly (C-Section delivery) performed perfectly by Dr Briskey at North Austin Medical Center. I knew exactly what they meant.Â When I finally got to hold her, I upheld a long standing McIlree tradition and whispered in to her ear. âMcIlreeâs donât play soccer!â Â Iâve also learned over the last 6 months that all those guys that said âYour life is over!â and âMan are you in for a changeâÂ They were right and they were wrong at the same time.Â The life I had BL (before Landry) is over, and I am glad it is.Â The âyou are in for a changeâ is accurate too, but those that said these things made it seem like it was going to be a horrible thing.Â I have chosen to make it a good thing, what other option is there?Â The new life or the change they mentioned is a welcome one. Â Tricia is an amazing mother, who at times probably thinks she is taking care of two babies, Landry and me.Â My life has gone from it being all about me, to it being all about Landry.Â Is she hungry, is she wet, did she poop?Â Itâs about car seats and immunizations, cereal, formula, diapers and poop but most of all 2009 has been about love.Â A love I have never known before.Â Merry Christmas.
I have 30 minutes before I have to be in the gym.Â I do not want to go to the gym, I am being guilted in to it by my trainer and my wife.Â I did eat 2 hot dogs a hamburger and drank 4 beers last night at The Texas Stars.Â Maybe if I go to the gym, I won't feel as guilty about it.
We raised a ton of money at HEB at 2222 and 620 this morningÂ for Bikes for Kids.Â This is my HEB and my peeps did me proud.Â Thanks.
We bitch about the cold don't we?Â My parents had a high yesterday of 5 and a low of -10 with a foot of new snow in Omaha yesterday.Â I'm going to stop bitching.
Have I told you how much I enjoy working with Sara?Â Her enthusiasm is the best thing to happen to our show in a long time.Â Love Sara!
I'll be guest hosting/anchoring Â the 4pm "We Are Austin, Live" on KEYE with Judy Maggio Dec 21, 22, and 23.Â I am really excited about this.Â I'll remind you when we get closer.Â I am hoping to be a regular contributor to this show.Â
Did I mention that I have a 12' Santa in my front yard?Â Here he is.Â Â Hey, here is a thought, send me pictures of your Christmas Decorations and I will post them here.Â Indoor shots or outdoors.Â I'll post a couple a day until Christmas. Send them to email@example.com
JB and Sandy's Bikes for Kids is well under way.Â Thanks to everyone that came by Freescale this morning and donated, we raised a ton of money.Â We are hoping to see you tonight (Wed Dec 9) at the Texas Stars Hockey Game.Â It is Bikes for Kids Night at the Stars.Â If you buy tickets at the Box office, please buy the Bikes for Kids ticket.Â You get a $20 ticket for $15 and you help Bikes for Kids.Â The giveaway show is next Friday. Tomorrow we will be at HEB at Four Points, always a good stop for us.
Tiger Woods=IDIOTÂ Why even get married?Â Just stay single and nail all the women you want.Â The whole marriage looks to be a farse anyway.Â It was all part of building the perfect image to sell to us.Â We bought it, Tiger got rich and now Elin will get half.Â Whatever..I am about over this story.Â Tiger is a dirtbag, lets move on.
Biggest Loser always makes me choke up always will.
Excited about seeing the Horns basketball team play North Carolina at Texas Stadium the 18th.Â I've heard Jerry didn't miss a trick with the new stadium.
Colt will probably win the Heisman, although I wish just once I wish the voters would give it to the best football player in the country, that would be Ndamukong Suh from Nebraska.Â Â Even the most die-hard Longhorn fan would have to agree that he is the most dominate player in college football.
Tricia wants a Mac for Christmas, Tricia will get a Mac for Christmas.Â I'm still hanging on to this 5 year old PC.Â Works fine for me.Â I'm sure I will play with Tricia's Mac.Â That sounded dirty didn't it.
Ladies and Gentleman, this is Bud Adams. Bud is 86 years old and the owner of the Tennessee Titans. Bud is a rich 'ol bird and he knows how to shoot the bird too. This video was shot last weekend, it looks like it was shot in 1965. Bud doesn't like the Buffalo Bills fans, so he let him know. He was fined $250,000 by the NFL for this. I have a feeling Bud doesn't care and probably has that much in his wallet. I love BUD!
Tomorrow is one of my favorite mornings of the year and one of the toughest. Every year I take alot of pride in sharing the following story with you. I choke up every year and I am sure many of you will too. Listen tomorrow morning at 6:45 and 8:15, tell your friends and especially any Veteran you know.
WHAT IS A VET?
Some veterans bear visible signs of their service: a missing limb, a aged scar, a certain look in the eye. Others may carry the evidence inside them: a pin holding a bone together,a piece of shrapnel in the leg, or perhaps another sort of inner steel: the soul's ally forged in the refinery of adversity. Except in parades, however, the men and women who have kept America safe wear no badge or emblem. You can't tell a vet just by looking. What is a vet?
He is the cop on the beat who spent six months in Saudi Arabia sweating two gallons a day making sure the armored personnel carriers didn't run out of fuel.He is the barroom loudmouth, dumber than five wooden planks, whose overgrown frat-boy behavior is outweighed a hundred times in the cosmic scales by four hours of exquisite bravery near the 38th parallel.
She - or he - is the nurse who fought against futility and went to sleep sobbing every night for two solid years in Da Nang.
He is the POW who went away one person and came back another - or didn't come back AT ALL. He is the Quantico drill instructor that has never seen combat - but has saved countless lives by turning slouchy, no-account rednecks and gang members into Marines, and teaching them to watch each other's backs.
He is the parade - riding Legionnaire who pins on his ribbons and medals with a prosthetic hand. He is the career quartermaster who watches the ribbons and medals pass him by. He is the three anonymous heroes in The Tomb Of The Unknowns, whose presence at the Arlington National Cemetery must forever preserve the memory of all the anonymous heroes whose valor dies unrecognized with them on the battlefield or in the ocean's sunless deep.
He is the old guy bagging groceries at the supermarket - palsied now and aggravatingly slow - who helped liberate a Nazi death camp and who wishes all day long that his wife were still alive to hold him when the nightmares come.
He is an ordinary and yet an extraordinary human being a person who offered some of his life's most vital years in the service of his country, and who sacrificed his ambitions so others would not have to sacrifice theirs. He is a soldier and a savior and a sword against the darkness, and he is nothing more than the finest, greatest testimony on behalf of the finest, greatest nation ever known.
So remember, each time you see someone who has served our country, just lean over and say Thank You. That's all most people need, and in most cases it will mean more than any medals they could have been awarded or were awarded.Two little words that mean a lot, "THANK YOU".
Remember November 11th is Veterans Day. "It is the soldier, not the reporter, Who has given us freedom of the press. It is the soldier, not the poet, Who has given us freedom of speech. It is the soldier, not the campus organizer, Who has given us the freedom to demonstrate. It is the soldier, Who salutes the flag,Who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag, Who allows the protestor to burn the flag.
A few days have passed since the horrible shootings at Fort Hood. I hope that everyone has taken a moment and offered up a thought or prayer in their own way, and I hope you continue to do so. As we approach Veterans Day, take a moment out of your day to think about the men and women that serve our country voluntarily. These are people that are far away from home, far away from family and far from the comforts that we enjoy every day. As sad as it is, let the events at Fort Hood remind you that we are still at war in Afghanistan, at war with people that hate us, at war with people that killed more than 3,000 people on our soil on Sept 11th. Our military is the single greating fighting force the earth has ever seen. Take a moment every day to thank them. We will be doing a Veterans Day Tribute on Wednesday, please tune in, you won't want to miss it.
Here is what you need to do: By Tuesday morning Nov 9, Make a sign that says these three things: MIX 94.7, JB and Sandy and New Moon. Make your sign, be creative, be crazy then pick a spot on Congress Avenue between the river and The Capital. We will start cruising Congress Ave at 7am picking winners. Pick any spot on either side of Congress ave and get our attention. Good Luck!
Busy, Busy, Busy! Between the Bike for Kids Golf Tournament, getting the new TV show on the air with KEYE and being a dad, things are crazy. But I like it that way, makes the day go much faster.
Landry got her 4 month shots last Friday. Not fun. It was hard to not grab the nurse and make her stop hurting my little girl. This is another thing JB told me about years ago that I never really understood, until now. It is so hard to watch her hurt and struggle. If you don't have kids, I don't expect you to understand this now, you will when you do.
Credit Cards Suck: My Citibank Mastercard decided to raise my interest rate, I decided to close the account. I call the customer service number. I get a commercial for a home refinance and a hang up. I hate Citibank Mastercard.
We are on KEYE TV: Yes the radio show is now on TV from 6am-7am, check it out. KEYE has gone above and beyond in making this show look great. We have 4 mounted HD Cameras in the studio, full on studio lights, a groovy logo on a cool back drop. If you have never seen a radio show, its pretty interesting. Check it out every morning on KEYE TV
Bike for Kids Golf Tournament What a blast, we raised $40,000. A great jump start to our annual charity project. Thanks to everyone that played, sponsored and worked. Great time
FOUR STEPS TO LETTING GO OF A GRUDGE: Holding a grudge can feel really satisfying. But over time it'll just make you angry and bitter. And the stress can lead to things like anxiety and high blood pressure. So if you've been holding a grudge way too long, here are four steps to help you let go .
STEP #1.) FIGURE OUT WHY YOU'RE STILL ANGRY. You've probably been wronged or insulted by someone before, so why are you so angry THIS time? You have to find the REAL reason you're angry before you can let go of the grudge.
STEP #2.) REALIZE HOW IT'S IMPACTING YOUR LIFE. Are you constantly avoiding the other person? Is it affecting other relationships? If you realize how the grudge is affecting you, you'll see how much simpler life would be if you let it go.
STEP #3.) MAKE A DECISION. Do you still want to have a relationship with the other person, or not? If you do, then you have to stop being passive aggressive, and you have to start being honest about why you're still angry. Do it now, or you never will.
--If you decide to cut all ties, then DO IT. Don't decide to hate the person forever . . . then go to brunch with them on Sunday.
STEP #4.) LEAVE THE GRUDGE BEHIND. You have to do it whether you decide to have a relationship with the person or not. It's not for them, it's for you. So, when someone asks how the person's doing, resist the urge to trash talk.
Hey the show starts with KEYE 42 on Monday the 5th of October. We are really excited about this and really need you to tune in to the TV show and listen to the radio show. It will be live every morning from 6am-7am, then a repeat of that show the next morning at 5am-6am then live again at 6am. Make sense. Our studio is getting a heck of a makeover. Four cameras have been installed and they are controlled remotely at KEYE by our new director/producer Jeff. I can't say enough nice things about the people at KEYE, they have been very welcoming and total pros. Have you seen the promos on KEYE? They look great. I've seen our competition in the morning and think we will be a fresh alternative to everything else that is out there. We are working hard lately, but it will all be worth it. Gotta go, baby is going to bed. Late!
Here is a short video and a small part of what I did today to prepare for my challenge. THe challenge is to do 50 push ups, 50 Squats and 50 Pull Ups. Here is how it works. Say I do 5 pull ups and can't do anymore, I have to run 1/4 mile then come back to the pull up bar, do 4 more, run 1/4 mile 3 more run 1/4 mile etc. I do this until I reach 50. When I am done with that, I have to start on the squats until I hit 50, then do the push ups. Think you can do it. The record at Wild Basin is 36 minutes. I have no idea how long this could take me. Here is a small part of what I did today to prepare for it. I have 5 1/2 weeks to prepare.
Before my Random Bullet Points: Enjoy this video. It is my horrible golf swing, it is only 8 seconds long. What is amazing is that it was shot and uploaded to youtube by an iPhone. Amazing. I have to upgrade soon.
I have had a blast with my daughter all day. She had her first trip to Wal-Mart today, very exciting. Baby had a tough nite last night, Mom didn't sleep at all. I took over at 8:30ish. Together, Landry and I watched Stage 9 of the Tour de France. Thanks to Lance Armstrong for being there this year, he really makes it more interesting for everyone. My daughter should be quiet a sportsfan. Last weekend we watched Wimbeldon. We were both cheering for Andy Roddick. Her first of many heartbreaking sports moments. Keep in mind she is 6 weeks old.
Does Breast Milk stain furniture? Will it leave a pungent odor? Reason I ask is because I spilled some, actully alot on the couch today. Tricia pumped before running a few errands, I spilled most of it, baby is now starving. I'm kidding, I made her a bottle and she scarfed it down.
Does anyone have a home or condo in the mountains that we could use? Every year at around this time I need to get out of the heat and go to the mountains. We went to Northern Idaho last year and Jackson Hole the year before that. This year, it isn't in the cards.
I think about the families that have a loved one deployed all the time. If you are one of those people, hang in there. They will be home soon. I remember my Dad being gone. I also remember how kind everyone on base was. Just wanted to let you know I wish you well. Military families have a bond that non-military families will never understand. We speak the same language, (BX, PX, TDY, Base Ops, Commissary, PCS, NCO's, CO's, and Squadrons) understand each others feelings, and know that we could be stationed somewhere else tomorrow.
Austinite, Tim Petrovic is playing great golf at the John Deere Classic. I met him awhile back and he is a great dude and an impressive guitar player.
Happy 4th of July. As I write this fireworks are going off over Lake Travis. Today is the 3rd of July, a Friday. Is it just me or is this annoying? Independence Day is the 4th of July, not the 3rd. Can we not wait one more day to "oooooh and Awwwww" as things explode in the air? I have always been anti-fireworks. I guess it something about lighting your money on fire.
Lake Travis has only been lower 5 other times since the lake was built. It is ugly out there. You have to REALLY want to be on the water to be on Lake Travis. Someone asked me yesterday where a good place to launch their boat would be, I told them Florida.
I'm closing in on 2000 followers on Twitter, www.twitter.com/sandymcilree I'll be very proud when that happen. Hey, the world goes monkey nuts when Ashton Kutcher hit a million, I can be a little proud when I hit 2,000.
Be sure to watch Austin Uncut on KXAN Saturday, July 18th at noon. It is a very cool Austin show, and they are doing a piece on JB and me. Interesting angle, they are interested in what we do when we aren't on the air.
Tricia and I went on a date tonight. We had sushi then, on JB's recomendation went to Spiderhouse Coffee. Very cool coffee shop. It reminded me of the coffee shops in Amsterdam without the weed and hash. Funny how smells can take you back, (the coffee in the shop and the weed somewhere close by)
I am going to be the emcee at the retirement ceremony of several Austin Police Officers on Wednesday afternoon. I am flattered by the request. Also trying to schedule a ride out with Chief Acevedo. My wife has done it several times and says I will love it. I'll be sure to let you know on the radio show when it is going to happen and then tell you what happened.
Landry is now one month old. Hard to believe. We have had a few tough nights, but overall I would say we are doing pretty dood. It is great having a Grandma 10 minutes away. My wife is a Rock Star with her, I'm trying to keep up.
Monday, September 22, 2008 Cheeseburger Brocks List Top Cheeseburgers in the Austin Area: (no particular order except Crown & Anchor currently is #1)
Some of my criteria include-must have good fries, a good shake is always a plus. And make it simple for the consumer and the atmosphere must be one you want to frequent.
This list does not include fast food. That is a separate category I am working on.
-Crown & Anchor-great atmosphere, spectacular fries, col' beer from around the world. (Mustard only for me)
-Dirty's-more history and Longhorn tradition than any other joint in town. On anyday you could see Coach Brown, Coach Barnes, Coach Auggie, Ben Crenshaw and even Quinton Tarintino eating here. Go by yourself and sit at the bar. (Mustard and Pickle only on the large cheeseburger for me)
-Mike's Pub-simple but excellent. Nice grease on top of bun and coldest beer in town. (put your own fixin's on, mustard and onion for me)
-Lee's Almost by the Lake (Spicewood, Tx)- worth the drive to cure a hangover on Saturday. (all the way minus lettuce for me)
-Diamond Inn (Taylor, Tx)-Same grill from the original Diamond Inn in the 1960's and 1970's. Only serve cheeseburgers Thursday's-Saturday (order just like it comes, don't mess with a good thing)
-PTerry's-easiest menu in town, quick convenient but darn good burgers and shakes. (I get mine without the special sauce)
-Shuggies-great hangout at the South Austin Trailer Park Eatery. Unique bun with the black pepper, large patties and beer battered fries. (mustard and pickle on for me)
-Mighty Fine Burgers-only fresh cut crinkle fries in the great state of Texas. I once ate the largest cheeseburger of my life here because I ordered wrong. It was good but quite a challenge I wasn't going to back down from. (yellow and white only for me)
-Mooyah Burgers & Fries-new in town but moving up the ranks quick. Great bun and cheese is melted into the meat to give it the real "dive" taste. Fresh cut fries daily with good shakes. (mustard and pickle only for me)
-Hut's-best variety in town. Cool place with good shakes. (Chubby Checker for me)
-Ski Shores-great place to stop by to refresh those burning ski legs or drive to after you run your dogs at Turkey Creek. (mustard only for me)
-Poodies on 71- worth the drive again. Go in the evening and you might catch Willie but you will probably catch some good live music and a good buzz. (mustard, pickle and onion for me)
-Billy's on Burnett-great little spot for lunch. Nice thick pattie with some of the nicest people in Austin waiting on you. A Green Bay Packer joint with Beer Brats on Game Day. If you are a Packer fan which I am you gotta go on game day. (if ever in Green Bay you must eat at Kroll's, and it has to be Kroll's East not West. (mustard only for me)
-Jim's-everyone knows about Jim's. Next time look past the breakfast menu and order the Frontier burger. (I get mine just like it comes minus lettuce of course)
-Nau's-old school cheeseburgers with history, enough said. (mustard, pickle and onion only)
-Casino El Camino-order like it comes or get out. No substitutions. nice greasy burger to warsh down your col' beer.
-Red Robin-typically not a fan of chains but the Royal Red Robin (with a fried egg) is worth going. Great shakes. (like it comes minus lettuce of course)
-Mo Willy Golf Course-every muny golf course has a great greasy burger or its not a really muny. This is the best muny cheeseburger in town. They even have watered fairways now. (mustard only for me)
-Arkie's-cool little spot on the east side. Sit at the counter get a burger, skip the shake and go right for the homemade pie. (mustard only for me) -The Frisco Shop-(formerley Night Hawk for those true Austinites). Old school burger served wrapped in paper. Its gotta be good because its messy. (I get mine the way it comes minus lettuce of course)
-Gus's Grill would make the list but I heard it closed. I have yet to confirm that. If open another great east side spot.
Broke down, got an iPhone and I love it. Really thinking about becoming a full-time Mac guy. IT guy tell me my laptop is on its last leg. $1000 for a Mac Book is a little steep for me right now. Tricia wants one too. Need to pay of a couple of credit cards first. If iPhone represents Mac, I love Mac.
Sadly, due to budget cuts, we had to let Bri go. Times are tough in our business and we have to get by with less. I love Bri and hope she does well. Bri worked so hard, showed up on time, never complained and did her job. Sucks that money gets in the way. I love Bri and will do anything to help her. Many of you are getting your wish for us to get rid of her. I always loved Bri's work ethic and her amazing attitude. I know it isn't fair, but what are you going to do?
Baby is 3 weeks away. I will post pic when the baby room is 100% done.
I have a TFCC Tear (google it) in my right wrist. Not wakeboarding or golf for 4 more weeks. Sucks SUcks sucks. Why does this always happen at the start of summer for me? Ah, it could be worse.
Listening to Andrea Bocelli and I write this. I know nothing about him, hell I can't even understand him, but I dig his music. Just found out he is blind. Amazing. I bet he gets lots of ass..
Dinner at the new Oasis tonight with family from out of town. The place is amazing. I love how they have a couple of bars you can just grab a beer and chill in. You don't have to do the whole Oasis thing, you can just go, grab a beer and hang. Oh, and the food WAS GOOD. Very impressed. Perfect night in austin for it.
Hey, it has been a while since I've posted a full-on Blog here. Ive been all over Twitter, but nothing long form so here you go
Our baby is due in 1 month and 3 days. Hard to believe I am going to be a dad, but I think I am ready for it. Got a great book as a gift, "101 Things to do with your kids before they leave home" That is the stuff I look forward to. Things like, go to a museum and let the kid pick the museum. Plant a garden, etc. Tricia has her baby shower this weekend.
I will be doing a ride out with the Austin Police Department soon. I'm starting the paper work process and I am stoked to hit the mean streats of Austin with a cop. It should make for some great stories.
Surfed Lake Travis for the first time this season. The water is 75 degrees. I would love to see some rain come along and fill the lake up. Lake Travis Full = Pretty, Lake Travis not full = ugly.
Read a good book a couple of weeks ago, in fact it is the first Novel I have read in a long time. Its call Beat the Reaper by Josh Bazell. Cool book, had me interested from page 1. Read it, its fun to read.
So bummed that Jesse James didn't make the finals in Celebrity Apprentice. But Joan Rivers vs Annie Duke should make great TV. The finale is Sunday all 3 hours of it. 2 hours of the show and 1 hour reunion. Awesome show. I used to think of all the reality shows, I would want to on, The Amazing Race would be the one, now I think it is The Apprentice. It will never happen, because I aint not celebrity.
If you are looking for a great weekend or longer trip this summer and don't want to spend a fortune, I highly recomend fishing in Port Aransas. It's about a 4 hour drive from Austin and is totally unique. If you are going, send me an email and I will hook you up with Captain Jim Adams. Best fishing guide I know. You will have a great time with Captain Jim. Trust me on that.
Fixed stuff around the house today. The garbage disposal (no big deal) and took out and old dishwasher because we are getting a new one tomorrow. Pretty big deal. Normally, taking one out is not a problem, I ran in to a few unusual things with mine. Long story, I won't bother you with it.
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Check this out! Our friend gave these awesome letters for the baby's room. They are handpainted and come with hand painted pins to hang them from. They make a very cool gift. If you interested in getting some done you can contact Darla O'Guin with "The Writing On The Wall" in Bastrop, Texas. Her number is 512-698-2800 or check out her stuff at www.thewritingonthewalls.net Darla's email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Just a little background on the pirates the news will never report: In 1991, the government of Somalia collapsed. Its nine million people have been teetering on starvation ever since â and the ugliest forces in the Western world have seen this as a great opportunity to steal the country's food supply and dump our nuclear waste in their seas. Yes: nuclear waste. As soon as the government was gone, mysterious European ships started appearing off the coast of Somalia, dumping vast barrels into the ocean. The coastal population began to sicken. At first they suffered strange rashes, nausea and malformed babies. Then, after the 2005 tsunami, hundreds of the dumped and leaking barrels washed up on shore. People began to suffer from radiation sickness, and more than 300 died. Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, the UN envoy to Somalia, tells me: "Somebody is dumping nuclear material here. There is also lead, and heavy metals such as cadmium and mercury â you name it." Much of it can be traced back to European hospitals and factories, who seem to be passing it on to the Italian mafia to "dispose" of cheaply. When I asked Mr Ould-Abdallah what European governments were doing about it, he said with a sigh: "Nothing. There has been no clean-up, no compensation, and no prevention." At the same time, other European ships have been looting Somalia's seas of their greatest resource: seafood. We have destroyed our own fish stocks by overexploitation â and now we have moved on to theirs. More than $300m-worth of tuna, shrimp, and lobster are being stolen every year by illegal trawlers. The local fishermen are now starving. Mohammed Hussein, a fisherman in the town of Marka 100km south of Mogadishu, told Reuters: "If nothing is done, there soon won't be much fish left in our coastal waters." This is the context in which the "pirates" have emerged. Somalian fishermen took speedboats to try to dissuade the dumpers and trawlers, or at least levy a "tax" on them. They call themselves the Volunteer Coastguard of Somalia â and ordinary Somalis agree. The independent Somalian news site WardheerNews found 70 per cent "strongly supported the piracy as a form of national defence". No, this doesn't make hostage-taking justifiable, and yes, some are clearly just gangsters â especially those who have held up World Food Programme supplies. But in a telephone interview, one of the pirate leaders, Sugule Ali: "We don't consider ourselves sea bandits. We consider sea bandits [to be] those who illegally fish and dump in our seas." William Scott would understand. Did we expect starving Somalians to stand passively on their beaches, paddling in our toxic waste, and watch us snatch their fish to eat in restaurants in London and Paris and Rome? We won't act on those crimes â the only sane solution to this problem â but when some of the fishermen responded by disrupting the transit-corridor for 20 per cent of the world's oil supply, we swiftly send in the gunboats.
Lots of stuff going on at work. Most of it good, I think you may start hearing a little different version of the JB and Sandy Show. Think about that for a second. What do you think we may be doing? I'll keep you updated here.
JB and I hosted the American Women in Radio and Television Awards Gala tonight. Great crowd and nice people. However, we did not win the award we were nominated for. We get nominated every year and every year we go and every year we lose. I don't really see it as losing. I figure hosting it was cool enough to me. I got to meet Bob Cole from KVET-FM, hard to believe in 13 years we have never met. He is a class guy all the way around. Attendees of the event said it was the best job of hosting they have ever had. That made me feel good. Who knows, maybe next year we win an award. No biggie really.
Tricia and I are taking a weekend trip to Houston this weekend. We set a small part of our income tax return aside and thought it would be fun to stay in a hotel in Houston for a couple of days. The big question is, will I snore and keep her awake? We have been sleeping in seperate rooms for over a year now and we are cool with it. I did have some surgery to my nose and throat with the hopes of eliminating the surgery. I think it has, we will know for sure this weekend. This will be our last little getaway until long after the baby is due. Due date is June 7th. So we are looking forward to seeing Houston. The few times I have been there, I always like it.
It's that time of year to start working in the yard again. Just doing the little things around the yard and bushes. A basic cleanup and replanting is in store. I really want to get this done before it gets too hot. Yard work is good for the soul.
Did you notice my Twitter updates on the side of this blog? Pretty cool how you can intigrate the two.
Really thinking of making the switch from Blackberry to IPhone. My wife has an Iphone and I have been playing with it. It just seems cooler and better. That is my review of an Iphone, "cooler and better than a Blackberry" The truth is, I really don't want to spend the money of the Iphone when my Blackberry is working pretty well. I like that the Ipone has more storage for pictures and music. I do not like the keyboard of the Iphone. I have fat fingers and would struggle with it. Anyone reading this, that has had both, please give me your thoughts, and if you are feeling extra generious send me a few bucks so I can get one of these things. How long is the learning curve. Remember, you are dealing with a DJ here.....not so bright
Great seeing the students at Tamara Bell's Public Relations class at UT. JB and I talked to them about getting thier clients on the radio as guests. Great group. It was nice to see people excited about what lays ahead of them. I spend too much time worrying that my life and carreer will have a sad ending. I know I shouldn't think that way but I do. I have so much to be thankful for and fear that one day it will all just go away.
We are getting very close to getting to Ellen Degeneres. I would bet we have her on the show with in the next week. Brei has made it her mission to get Ellen on the show. I'm also VERY close to making the switch from Blackberry to Iphone. My wife got one and I have been playing around with it. I have to say, it is way cooler than the Blackberry. I just hate the thought of having to learn everything all over again. I hate that. Tricia is doing well. Her scores from her gestational diabetes test were perfect. I am proud of her, she studied very hard for it. 2 months and one day from today (April 1) we could be bringing home our little girl. Pretty crazy huh? I planon getting her some Dallas Cowboys and Texas Longhorn gear. Right now most of her stuff is pretty girlie. Does love seeing the Bluebonnets every spring make me a dork? If yes, then I am a dork. Love seeing them on 290 and 360. Caution, before setting your kids in the Bluebonnets for pictures, make sure there aren't any snakes. With the warm weather, snakes are starting to move around. Don't mean to scare you, just be careful. I swear one of these days I am going to put my 6'1" 235 pound body in a patch of Bluebonnets, take a picture, frame it, and send it to my mom. Oh, I lost 15 lbs. How? cut waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay back on the beer and Crown Royal. Lost of calories in that stuff. My neighbor who is a conspiracy nut almost has me convinced to stop drinking anything with Aspartame in it. He says it is a biological war weapon used by the gov't for something. I dunno, sounds bad though. Find out what I did to the girl in college at www.mix947.com, click on confessionals.
After tremendous pressure from the readers of this blog, I have decided to keep it and will make more effort to keep it current.
Thanks for checking out our LOCAL radio show. We really do talk about what is going on in Austin. Most stations in Austin don't. We love Austin and have no desire to share our comfy little show with little towns around the United States. The opportunity keeps presenting itself and we keep saying no. Why? It is just a bad idea. We have had a good run in Austin, we love Austin and it would make us sick to our stomachs to not be able to talk about Austin just because we are in some tiny market in NW Texas or SW Louisiana. I'n not an ego guy. I don't need to be heard in different towns to satisy my ego. I'm assuming that you know when you sell out to the man to do the show for other cities, you are no longer capable of talking about your home town . I am very happy doing the best local radio show I can do. I am happy living in Austin, my wife is from here, here family is here and we feel like we fit in. So thanks for listening to LOCAL RADIO with us on MIX 94.7 Austin. The baby is coming, the baby is coming. We are about 2 1/2 months away from the due date. Tricia is doing great. Tomorrow is crummy day for her. She has to take a gestational diabetes test tmomorrow which forces her to fast fo about 12 hours, and have blood taken every hour on the hour for 3 hours. I feel for her, but she is a trooper. The baby's room is coming along. We went with Pink and Green, I guess she is destin to be a Delta Zeta (I dated a DZ in college and remember their colors) I will have a vide of the room for you tomorrow. The room isn't done, but you will get the idea. I finally got to 1000 followers on Twitter.com/sandymcilree Thank to all of you that came over. I won't lie, it makes me feel good when I see the followers numbers go up. Tricia and I are already talking about having another and hoping for a boy. We originally thought this baby was a boy and we were going to name him Hudson. Well we got a girl and named her Landry Galan. I bring this up because a buddy of mine is expecting a boy and is leaning toward naming him Hudson. To me, that is a violation. They stole our name. Not cool. I'm going to have to talk to him about this. We have been greating guests on the show lately. This week we had Horation Sans, Kim Kardashian, and Chelsea Hightower from Dancing with the Stars. Next week we have Michael Lohan booked and we are hoping for Ellen Degeneres. Until we get Ellen D, we are going to interview an Ellen until we get Ellen D. Tomorrow we have an incredibly cute 11 year old Ellen. She will be on the show at 7:15. If you know an Ellen have her call us 512-390-5947 we would love to talk to her. If you know Ellen Degeneres that would be even better.
I'm working on our annual golf Tournament. This year it will benefit "JB and Sandy's Bikes for Kids" Details coming soon
Alexis Grace from American Idol is on the show with us tomorrow morning (March 24) at 7:20. Have you ever wondered how the Idols live when they aren't working on the show? Do they have roomies, do they live in hotels all alone? Alexis will give us all the scoop on that tomorrow
Kim Kardashian joins the show Thursday Morning. If you have a question for Kim, send it to me. If I use your question, I will give you a prize. I am not sure what the prize is yet, but it will be decent. We only give out decent prizes
Chelsea Hightower from "Dancing With The Stars" will be on with us on Friday. Same offer with the questions.
Letterman got married. Other than the intro of the show, he made no mention of it during his monologue. Lettermans best line so far was when he started talking about the NCAA Tournament and the teams reaching the Sweet 16, then said that was the Octogons goal too. I like how Dave keeps things on the down low. Happy for him, his wife and Harry (the kid)
I'm trying, I really am trying....to keep this blog alive. Once again, it is all about Twitter. So much better than a long winded blog. I can update photos so much easier from my phone. BTW I am thinking about getting an Iphone. My wife got one and so far she loves it. I really need more photos storage than I currently have on my Blackberry. Anyway, you will get so much more if you start following me at twitter.com/sandymcilree I really want to reach 1000 followers by the end of the week. I will continue to put videos and some photos here, but I would really appreciate a follow at twitter.com/sandymcilree
Since I am here, a few bullet points: Happy St Patricks Day, great seeing everyone at Fado this morning. As I write this I am sure the party is rocking. Great Local Radio this morning. We interviewed, The Austin Fire Chief, Rhoda Mae Kerr, Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo, KVUE's Olga Campos, Brad "The Bachelor" Womack, Austin Comedian Pat Hazel, Film Maker Turk Pipkin, Austin Mayor Will Wynn. Great LOCAL radio this morning.
Baby Update: Tricia feels the little booger move all the time. For some reason, when I put my hands on Tricia's belly to feel her, she quits moving. I feel like she already hates me. We'll see. We picked a color for the room. You will have to go to www.twitter.com/sandymcilree to see what it is. In case you missed it, the due date is June 7 her name is Landry Galan.
Very proud of Austin this week. JB and I checked out a show last night at Mohawk, Ausitn felt like a big city last night. SXSW is very cool thing. Amazing how it has grown over the years.
Watching American Idol for the first time tonight. It is Country night and it is aweful. Horrendous. Alexis Grace just butchered a Dolly Parton classic. Randy Travis is the guest. I remembering interviewing him back in the day. He was a very classy, kind superstar to a very nervous young DJ. I will always like Randy Travis for the 30 minutes I spent with him a long time ago. I am trying to figure out if us talking about American Idol makes any sense. It seems so played out. Do you guys really care about this show anymore? Do you care what we think about who did what? In the end, I guess it is great family TV. I'm thinking when I have a family and we have weather like we had today, we are going to outside doing something while American Idol is on TV.
Watch this video closely. There are womens clothes all over the street. Most of them are exactly in the middle of the road. This is on Bullick Hallow between 620 and 2769. What is going on here. It is driving me crazy.
A beautiful home one block off of S Congress. I guess the inside of the house was full and they needed to put some stuff outside. My friend who lives one block away tells me that it is always like this and the backyard is full of crap too. Amazing.
Have you adjusted to "Daylight Savings" yet. I hope you heard the clip this morning about people that say that can't adjust. "It's only an hour" "it's not like you just got off a flight from Australia" Very Funny. I'm so sorry I can't think of the comics name off the top of my head. When I do, I will post it on my Twitter Site. www.twitter.com/sandymcilree You should start following at Twitter, lots of inside info on contests and stuff coming up on the show.
We have tickets tomorrow morning, March 10 at 8:30, to see Adele at La Zona Rosa. The show is sold out, but we can hook you up tomorrow. Be listening at 8:30 to win.
St Patricks Day at Fado. It is an annual tradition. We will be doing the show from Fado (on 4th between Lavaca and Colorado Street) on the 17th. Take the day off, come hang with us. Beer is good with Breakfast.
We had a Bikes for Kids meeting today. Can you believe that? That is how long in advance we work on this project. We are going to be doing some very cool stuff this year.
Finally went to a couple of places JB has been telling me about on S Congress (I refuse to call it SoCo) A resturant called Woodland and a candy shop called Big Top. Big Top has every single candy you can imagine. I wasn't alive in 1950, but picture a candy store from that era. Cool place. Woodland is a comfort food joint. I also saw a cool old school barber shop which if I had hair I would go to.
"Let's Be Honest" we have a two women that are going to be great. You can hear one of them at 7:45 tomorrow morning. She has some juicy stuff she wants to ask one of her best friends. Put it this way, one of the questions has to do with her little brother. Hear her tomorrow, hear both of them on Wednesday. If you have never heard "Let's Be Honest" we have two friends ask each other 3 questions with the promise that they will answer with 100% honesty. Hear it all tomorrow and Wednesday on with JB and Sandy on MIX 94.7
I'm telling you guys, Twitter is where it is at. Follow me at www.twitter.com/sandymcilree I really want to hit 100 followers. Twitter is cool
I am downstairs, my wife is upstairs, I can tell she just got out of the shower because I can smell her. It is a nice smell, a very nice smell.
Back from upstairs :) You ever try Texas wine? I am no wine expert at all, but I know what I like when I taste it. I like this one, Messina Hof Gewurztraminer, I got it in Gruene, TX a month or so ago. I would try to explain it, but I would end up sounding stupid. It taste great.
Spring forward: Set your clocks forward this Saturday night when you go to bed. I love this time of year. I like it when you set the clocks back too. I love long days in Austin. This weekend signals lake season for me. Love hitting Lake Travis to Surf and wakeboard around 6pm and coming in at dark. Eating dinner and ging to bed. Life is good. It also the signals the end of Hunting/fishing season for me, and the golf slows down too. It's just too hot. I had my boat serviced today and I need to get the stereo fixed. Blew an amp some how, I guess I rock to hard, yeah right??
Baby is coming in 3 months. WOW! Tricia and I are getting ready. We have casual talks about parenting. I do best with casual talks, serious talks make me feel like I have to poop.
Our very own Heather Riveria was named #42 on Radio's Hottest 50 Women http://www.popcrunch.com/the-50-hottest-women-of-radio/ Very cool. I am glad to see someone on our station get some love. Lately it seems JB and I can't do anyting right.
Are your taxes done? Signed and filed mine today. Glad to get a refund, we really need it. Man Credit Cards can get away from you if you don't watch it.
Really www.twitter.com/sandymcilree is where it is at. I do this blog because I can be a little more long winded. Twitter is super brief. Check it out. More updates
Is Austin losing it's edge? I swear in the last few years, it seems like Austin is turning in to the rest of the world, and I hate it. Crappy syndicated radio shows are popular in Austin. How does that happen? Do you not care about what is going on in your own town. You would rather hear the same lame crap about Hollywood that you can get on the web? You don't want to hear why 2 helicopters landed in Zilker Park today, you would rather hear fart jokes? Man, Austin aint as cool as it used to be and it aint as weird. Sad really.
I'm making a seious effort to eat better. Here is my dinner. Organic strawberries and blueberries covered with organic plain yogurt and grape nuts. I'm sure it one of the worst things you could put in your body, but in my mind, it has ti be good.
Girl. There is no doubt about it, we saw the "Hamburger" plain as day today at the Dr's office. We were first told a boy, then a month later (last month) we were told maybe a girl, today it was confirmed. I have to admit, it took me a second to let go of the thought of having a boy. As my wife said, I had "gone all the way down the road" with the thought of a boy. Honestly, I was hoping for a boy, but that was for purely selfish reasons. I know boys, I have been one for 40 years. I know how they think and how they act, so a girl will be a whole new world. Now, I am just happy that everything looks good. Right now she weights 1lbs 13 oz, the Dr thinks she will be somewhere around 7 1/2 to 8 lbs when she arrives. Due date is June 7th, just in time for lake season. :) Her name is Landry Galan. Have you checked out www.twitter.com/sandymcilree do it. It is a much shorter version than this blog.
Did you watch the Academy Awards last night? This show was totally not for me. I mentally tuned out when Hugh Jackman said, "The musical is back" OMG, please shoot me. Song and dance numbers in the year 2009, didn't Fred and Ginger do that before there was electricity? I was happy to see "Slumdog" win. It is a great movie. I struggle with awards shows. Is there any other industry that so publicly pats itself on the back? I would love to see an Academy Awards show that honored Dr's and Scientists, people that save lives, not entertain them. That's just me.
I'm having surgery on my nose and throat on Thursday. The hope is that it will allow me to breath out of the right side of my nose and eliminate my snoring. I hope it works.
TMZ is reporting that this is a picture of Rhianna after she was abused by Chris Brown. *Personal note here* Someone needs to give Chris Brown an ass whooping. What kind of loser raises his hands on a women? What a loser. I hope he never sells another CD and he ends up living in a box on the street somewhere.
Great shows lately, hopefully you have heard. We are going to start giving you 2 episodes of Red Neck Women every morning 7:15 and 7:45. Tune in, these things are just getting started. My wife and I assembled the Baby's Crib tonight. We managed to do it without getting in a fight or having any extra parts. I thought I was going to have to add this to the list of things that couples should never do together. Things like 1. Paint a room 2. Load a boat on to a trailer 3. Pull your husband or wife behind the boat on a wakeboard, wakeskate or surfboard (only sissies tube or ski) 4. Hang Pictures 5. Hook up audio equipment. Couples should never do these things together. I'm excited to see Robin Williams at the Erwin Center Tomorrow night. I got good seats for the show, I've never seen him and have always wanted to. Reminds me, I have a busy day tomorrow. Tricia and I have a Dr appointment at 11am to finally find out if we are having a boy or a girl. We were told boy first, then a month later we were told a girl, so tomorrow we will know for sure. Check back here or listen Thurdsay morning for the verdict. I also have an appointment with my CPA tomorrow. I need to get my taxes done so I can get my refund and blow it on stupid stuff. At some point I have to get ready to go to Mexico. I'm going on a bird hunt with my buddy, Moore. Somehow he set up this incredible hunt for us. Check this place out http://www.riogranderancho.com/ Anyone have a good duck recipe. Sandy
I got tons of new followers at www.twitter.com/sandymcilree today. I still need more, twitter is the best way to find out what is going on with the show. Bree's big weekend is approaching. I will give another word jumble tomorrow morning to help you figure out what it is. If I hit 400 followers before 9am, I will keep it posted all weekend. If not, I will only post it for one hour. Had a great birthday dinner for Tricia at Fogo de Chao tonight. Great friends, food and wine. Looking forward to playing golf with the fellas tomorrow. Hosting the "Wild Game Feed" at my house on Sunday. We are serving all things my friend Moore and I hunted this year, including, Wild Hog, Aligator, White Tail Deer, Axis Deer, Antelope, Dve, Duck and Phesant. Happy to see my boy Rich Beem shoot 6 under par at the AT&T National at Pebble Beach. He is one shot behind the leaders and is playing great. Cheer Rich on this weekend. He is a great friend and a friend of the show.
Before we start, I really need some more peeps to follow me at www.twitter.com/sandymcilree For some reason it annoys the crap out of me when I see friends who don't have a radio to promote their blog or twitter have more people following that I do, and I have a damn radio show to pimp it on. So, I am now moving all type of contesting information to twitter. If you want the scoop on what we are giving away and when we are giving it check out www.twitter.com/sandymcilree This also a great place to check in to see what we are doing at any given moment.
Spent a good part of the day moving a tradmill out of the room that will soon be the baby's room. It was, how do you say? Hard! Very fricken hard. My wonderful neighbor Darrell helped me take it apart and move it. It weighs 350 pounds, good thing I bought the "Forearm Forklifts" http://www.asseenontvguys.com if you are moving anytime soon, get these things at any UHaul Store or Home Depot. They are worth the money. By the way, if you want to buy a Precor 9.33 Low impact Treadmill for $1500, I would be happy to sell it to you. Email me, email@example.com Carpet is going in to the kids room tomorrow, we wanted it to be warm in the babys room, Tricia picked out some nice carpet for the room.
I took some heat from some animal lovers today after we talked about my wild game feed on the the 15th. My buddy Moore and I hunted alot this year and we have a lot meat to eat. We talked about having an all guys cook out at my house with Dove, Duck, Antelope, Hill Country Axis, White Tail Deer, Wild Hog, Aligator and who knows what else. Anyway, some people that don't see things the same way I do sent a few emails suggesting that I have a very small penis and other parts of my body. I sent them back a picture of me and a Black Buck Antelope. These people crack me up, they really do. They think they can further their cause by insulting my genitals. My genitals have no idea that I like to hunt and fish, they just know that we do it together. Any further comments or questions about my genitals can directed to my wife at firstname.lastname@example.org
Well, the Super Bowl has come and pass, here are few thoughts on the game. First, I think it is one of the best Super Bowls ever. Probably not the best played (AZ had 11 penalties) but still very exciting. The official however get a grade of C- from me. The game seemed to get too big for them, they were very close to losing control of the entire thing. Gotta love the big guy going 100 yards at the end of the half to score. Epic moment in the history of Super Bowls. I think Ben Rothlisberger is in the same class as Peyton Manning and Tom Brady. The dude is 26 years old makes sic plays and has 2 Super Bowl Rings. Nice work Big Ben. I have added him to list of guys I would like to have a beer with. Some of the others on that list include a healthy Muhammed Ali, George Bush Jr, Glen Beck (just so I could tell him what a douche he is) Justin Timberlake, Nick Faldo and Bill Cower. This list changes all the time.
The best place to watch the Super Bowl Commercials is at hulu.com I really don't pay much attention to the ads, I'm too busy talking football with the guys. I watched the game with some friends at Twin Creeks Country Club in Cedar Park. Tricia and I got a great deal on membership and we use it all the time. Checkit out if you are in the area.
Michael Phelps hits the bong. With his lung capacity, I bet it would be fun to watch him rip that bong. Everyone else would be like "Dude, I only have a little" "Save some for me" We now know he finished off those 20,000 calorie breakfasts. A little wake and bake for Mike. I do admire the way he got up and owned it. At some point Mike to remembers that he is Michael Phelps and that he did win a ton of Gold last summer in the Olympics. Mike, if you are going to hit the Bong, make sure there are no cameras in the room.
My wifes birthday is next week. I got her present today and I think she is going to freak when she gets it. I was very observant at the right time and made a mental note and got her a killer prize. I even offered to give it to her early. She wants to wait.
Great having the day after the Super Bowl off. I think everyone needs it. Although, I was up early and ready to get out the door. I have gotten to where I want to get out and do stuff and not sit around the house all day. This is new, it probably won't last. Something else new is my little walk/run that I have gone on the last couple of days. Starting real slow. Walking for 10 minutes, running for 1, I do this for 30 minutes. It really is the baby steps of a cardio program. Hey, you have to start somewhere.
We will be doing the show from Breckenridge on Monday. JB, Alex and I leave on Friday and get back on Monday night. I have skiied once in my life and it isn't pretty, Alex has never skiied, JB is the most experienced. We should have some great stories for you on Monday. Listen this week to win a trip to Breckenridge. We also have Jerry Seinfeld Tickets all week. Be listening from 6:30-8:00 to win.
Finally, are you cecking out twitter.com/sandymcilree lots of great updates there.
We are still looking for our Hispanic Listeners, we are counting them too. I think we are up to 41