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Dick Clark will once again be on hand Wednesday night (December 31st) to usher in 2009 with his New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest, which is celebrating its 37th consecutive annual broadcast. Clark and Seacrest will kick off the show beginning at 10 p.m. ET on ABC. Seacrest has signed a multi-year deal to co-host and executive produce the show with Clark, and will eventually take over as sole host when Clark retires.
Clark, who's now 79, has made steady progress after suffering from a stroke in December 2004, only weeks before that year's Rockin' Eve telecast. He told The Associated Press that although he's not carrying the full on-air hosting duties any more, the show is still nothing less than a labor of love for him: "Obviously, I'm not able to be as actively involved as I used to be out on the street, up on a platform and interacting with the crowds in Times Square. Thank goodness my friend Ryan Seacrest is able to handle that end of the activity on the show these days."
2009 promises to be one of Reba McEntire's busiest years to date. She'll release her first single for the Valory Music Company in early spring, just in time to host the Academy of Country Music Awards for the 11th time in April. Look for the complete album by summer.In the meantime, you can also catch Reba singing and starring in Brooks & Dunn's new video for "Cowgirls Don't Cry," which the trio performed together for the very first time on November's CMA Awards.The "red-headed stranger" may seem even stranger in 2009. In March, a set of Willie Nelson recordings titled Naked are set for release. The tunes were originally put out in the sixties and have been stripped of their string arrangements for the repackaging.
- A few years back, Dick Clark explained one of the many reasons that New Year's Eve piques everyone's excitement year after year: ["There's something about the exhilaration of New Year's that gets to everybody. It's an event. Sometimes you're alone at home watching television, sometimes you're at a party or maybe you're at a massive event, but it never, ever gets tiring. It's always something exciting."] SOUNDCUE (:12 OC: . . . always something exciting)
- Clark shed light on the aftermath of his 2004 stroke: "Your life changes overnight...I am one of the fortunate ones who survived and have been minimally impaired, so I'm just thankful I'm still able to enjoy this once-a-year treat of bringing in the New Year."
- He says that he's happy, comfortable and enjoying an active personal and professional life, explaining, "My wife and I may join friends for dinner at a restaurant, attend a movie or just grab a bite to eat by ourselves away from home. Occasionally, we'll attend a music concert. Recently we've seen Barry Manilow, Bette Midler, Frankie Valli and Cher."
- Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest, with guest hosts Fergie and Kellie Pickler, will feature performances by Lionel Richie, the Pussycat Dolls, Jesse McCartney, Solange, Ne-Yo, Robin Thicke, the Jonas Brothers, will.i.am, Taylor Swift, Natasha Bedingfield and others.
The cover art, however, may be even better than the album itself. It's a photo of the 75-year-old in a bubble bath that he took himself with his iPhone. Apparently the iPhone isn't Willie's only hi-tech gadget either. He tells Rolling Stone he also likes to bowl on the Nintendo Wii.
You may have to wait a bit longer for a new Big & Rich CD, but come January 12th, there'll be new music from a solo John Rich. His first single, "Another You", is a preview of the album Son of A Preacher Man, which is due in May.
Rich also recently wrapped the third season of his CMT series Gone Country, which premieres January 24th. Taylor Dane, George Clinton, Mickey Dolenz, Sheila E., Richard Grieco and Justin Guarini are among this season's contestants.
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- Despite rumors that Big & Rich are done for good, their website promises new tour dates next summer.
A BLONDE'S YEAR IN REVIEW
January -- Took new scarf back to store because it was too tight
- February -- Fired from pharmacy job for failing to print labels... bottles won't fit in typewriter!
- March -- Got excited... finished jigsaw puzzle in 6 months... box said "2-4 years!"
- April -- Trapped on escalator for hours... power went out!
- May -- Tried to make Kool-Aid... 8 cups of water won't fit into those little packets!
- June -- Tried to go water skiing... couldn't find a lake with a slope
- July -- Lost breaststroke swimming competition. Learned later, other swimmers cheated, they used their arms!
- August -- Got locked out of car in rain storm... car swamped, because top was down
- September -- The capital of California is "C"... isn't it?
- October -- Hate M&M's, they are so hard to peel
- November -- Bakes turkey for 41/2 days... instructions said 1 hour per pound and I weigh 108!
- December -- Couldn't call 911... there's no eleven button on the phone!
(Sun) Hangovers can be really nasty. Your head hurts, you're nauseated and you're just plain dog-tired. To combat "the morning-after-sickness," drink a lot of fruit juice. It contains fructose, a sugar that helps burn off the alcohol faster. Take an aspirin or ibuprofen if necessary to relieve headache symptoms. Many people say they fell better after drinking clear soup, which replenishes the salt and potassium levels in the body. Vitamin B-complex helps shorten the duration of your hangovers. Experts at the Alcoholic Beverage Medical Research Foundation in Baltimore say that to avoid a hangover:
- Drink slowly.
- Drink on a full stomach.
- Vodka causes fewer hangovers than brandy, so stick to the white stuff.
- Avoid bubbly drinks like champagne, gin and tonics, and rum and cokes. The bubbles put the booze into your bloodstream faster.
- The smaller you are, the less you can drink. Most 110-pound women cannot compete with a 250-pound male in a drinking contest.
- Take an Alka-Seltzer before bedtime.
- Have two cups of coffee. This amount of caffeine will help reduce the swelling of the blood vessels that causes a headache.
HOW TO STOP A DRUNK FRIEND FROM DRIVING
(Cosmopolitan) Lisa M. Najavies PH.D. Associate professor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and author of "A Woman's Addiction Workbook" offers these tips to stop a friend from driving drunk:
- Be cool and calm. When people are under the influence, their emotional response is heightened, so they're far more likely to overreact and get defensive if you take an accusatory tone. When talking to them, it's critical to stay steady, not raise your voice, and maintain eye contact.
- Come up with plan B. Make it easy for your drunken friend not to drive. Suggest an alternative, rather than just telling them no. Offer them a ride (and a promise to drive them back to pick up their wheels tomorrow) or call a cab.
- Use delay tactics. If your pal insists she is not drunk and is absolutely fine to drive, then ask her to sit with you -- no drink in hand -- while you have a cup of coffee. The effect of alcohol diminishes with time, so the longer she can be prevented from getting behind the wheel, the better. And you can use this window to talk her out of driving.
- Next time, plan ahead. One of the smartest ways to avoid this dilemma is to name a designated driver before you head out. Alternatively, eliminate all temptation to drive drunk by leaving the car at home. Instead, catch a cab, take public transportation, or organize a pickup.
TOP 5 BEST PLACES TO 'RING IN' THE NEW YEAR
The Verdin Company, one of the oldest makers of clock and bells have compliled the top 5 best places to ring in the New Year:
Palace of Westminster, London, England
The Palace of Westminster in London, England features the world famous Big Ben. The name Big Ben actually refers to the 13-ton bell hanging in the 316-foot tower. The BBC broadcasted the chimes of the bell December 31, 1923 for its first worldwide New Years celebration.
Mahanay Memorial Carillon Tower, Jefferson, Iowa
The Mahanay Memorial Carillon Tower located in Jefferson, Iowa, will be played by Carillonneur Bill Monroe at the stroke of midnight. The tower stands 168 feet with 14 bells that are played electronically or manually.
World Peace Bell, Newport, Kentucky
The World Peace Bell in Newport, Kentucky is the home of the world's largest carillon and swinging bell. The carillon consists of 84 bells, stands 12 feet tall and weighs 33 tons.
Shafer Tower, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana
Shafer Tower built in 2000 at Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana, will ring its 48 bells electronically at midnight. The 145-foot tower is named after former Ball State University Foundation president Phyllis Shafer and her husband, Hamer.
St. Louis Cathedral, Jackson Center, Louisiana
St. Louis Cathedral, located in, Jackson Center, Louisiana, is the oldest active cathedral in the United States. Standing as the crown jewel of the famous French Quarter, the cathedral has been rebuilt twice since 1849 because of a hurricane and fire.
EVE OF MANIA
Without the steady hand of Ryan Seacrest, the rest of the world predictably loses their minds on New Year's Eve.
- Best for losing an eye: Moscow. The 10,000-plus crowd deals with the cold by guzzling vodka. Then, when the Kremlin bells signal the dawn of the new year, everyone drains their bottles and mindlessly throws the empty glass containers into the air.
- Best for rich hotties in bikinis: Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands. This tiny Caribbean island hosts a cracking New Year's beach party. The island's population is normally 140; on New Year's Eve it swells to the thousands of well-to-do bikinied lovelies descend.
- Best for Fireballs: Stonehaven, Scotland. Residents of this village take part in an ancient celebration of lighting oily rags attached to ropes and swinging them above their heads. Bad news for visitors: Fireball-swinging is for locals only.
TOP FIVE SIGNS YOU PARTIED TOO MUCH ON NEW YEAR'S EVE
- You just woke up
- Lindsay Lohan tells you that you party too much
- There are tire marks on your back
- The only thing that'll clear up those eyes is industrial-strength Visine
- In the paper: a picture of you riding the ball down in Times' Square
BREAK OUT THE BUBBLY!
This New Year's Eve, when you toast with champagne, you're part of a 300-year-old tradition. Champagne has long been the centerpiece of celebration. It has launched ships, christened babies, blessed weddings and rained down on graduates. The drink that has come to be associated with good times was discovered by a french monk named Dom Perignon in 1688. When carbon dioxide was trapped in a bottle of his wine that had begun to referment - voila! - a tradition was born. The effervescent wine from the Champagne region was eventually exported to America, where legends say George Washington drank one of the first supplies at a Senate dinner in 1790. After World War II, bubbly sales skyrocketed when Americans began splurging for the glamorous beverage they'd seen in movies. It is even rumored that Marilyn Monroe once bathed in 350 bottles of champagne. (Ladies Home Journal)
THE NEW YEAR'S EVE KISS!
According to a Match.com survey, this New Year's Eve only 43% of singles said they are confident they will start off 2006 with a romantic midnight kiss. Singles agreed that delicate kisses are more appealing than rough ones with 91% singles wanting to kiss with their eyes closed. 72% of singles believe they will be able to tell how their date feels about them by the way they are kissed. And for both men and women, bad breath is the most commonly cited kissing turn-off. Here are Match.com's New Year's Eve Kissing Tips:
- Floss, gargle and brush well. Bad breath is unlikely to lead to a great kiss.
- Location, location, location -- if you're without a date at midnight, but find yourself interested in someone you see, be sure to be standing close by, and looking available as the clock strikes twelve.
- Eyes closed, lips comfortably (but not widely) open.
- Don't be concerned with your beard, stubble, lipstick or flavored lip gloss. Most singles surveyed don't seem to care.
- Stay in the kiss and in the moment. There will be plenty of time for conversation later.
Also, 15% of singles surveyed regretted last year's New Year's Eve kiss. When asked to look back on the person they were most recently dating, 75% of singles felt that they were a better kisser than their date. Both men and women believe that women are better kissers than men. Singles in the survey were the most likely to say their New Year's resolution for 2006 was to improve their romantic lives. Other popular resolutions included working out and getting in shape and getting one's financial life in order.
NEW YEAR'S TRIVIA
- Chinese celebrate their New Year on the second new moon after the winter solstice. (This is when the Spring Festival starts and people look forward to the new harvest. Many Chinese ring in the New Year by sweeping the house, to rid of it bad luck, getting a hair cut and settling debts. The Chinese calendar is 2,698 years older than ours)
- During the Scottish ceremony, Hogmanay, the townspeople join in the "Creaming of the Well." The person who drinks from the well first is guaranteed a "mate." (People would stampede to get a drink of the cream (the first water drawn). It is said that if a woman gets the first drink, she is guaranteed marriage within the New Year. To marry your ideal sweetheart, you must get him to drink from the well before the end of the day.)
- The Ecuadorians cleanse their faults for the New Year by writing a list of the family's faults. (They dress up a straw man in the family's clothes. Then someone writes a last will and testament citing all the faults of the family members. At midnight, the will is read and the straw man burned, thus cleansing the family.)
- On the morning of the Vietnamese New Year, Tet, children are not allowed to "cry." (Most Vietnamese people believe that the events surrounding the weeks of Tet [pronounced TATE] are an indication of the "spirit" of the weeks to follow. So, in order to avoid a "bad" year, everyone must be happy on New Year's Day. Therefore, children are not allowed to cry on this day. It is believed that the one who cries will bring bad luck no only to himself but to his family as well.)
- Nevada has grown the most in population during the last 2 years. (Jumping almost 9% in growth)
WRITE OFF POUNDS
If slimming down is on your list of New Year's resolutions, start a food diary. It may double your weight loss, say experts at the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research. Writing down what you eat makes you more mindful of your food intake increasing your chances of diet success. (Good Housekeeping)
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What happens when it's TOO LOUD and TOO FAST!
If you want the guests at your New Year's Eve party to place their drinking, keep the music soft, advices French researcher Nicolas Gueguen, Ph.D. When he and colleagues at the University de Bretagne-Sud secretly monitored 40 customers at two bars, they found that cranking up the volume on Top 40 songs led to more and faster guzzling of beers. patrons may have been hyped up by the high decibel onslaught, Gueguen speculates, or they simply couldn't engage in conversation because of the noise and focused instead on their drinks. Some previous studies have also found that faster music results in faster drinking. Your playlist guide: low and slow, so guests will sip the bubbly, not gulp it. (Good Housekeeping)
HOW TO KEEP YOUR NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION
New Year's resolutions are easier to make than to keep -- but you can increase your chances of success by following these tips from experts.
- Choose an obtainable goal. Resolving to look like a fashion model isn't realistic for most people, but a goal of exercising daily is quite possible to achieve, said fitness expert Lynn Bode.
- Don't choose a resolution that you've been unsuccessful at year after year. You're likely to fail.
- Ask friends and family members to help you with your resolution so you have someone to be accountable for.
- Be specific. "Vague goals are impossible to achieve," said Stephen Willis, a specialist in stress management.
- Limit the number of resolutions. One is best. Never choose more than three.
- If you fail to keep your resolution, dust yourself off and start all over again.
A Men's Health online poll asked women: "Which New Year's resolution do you wish your man would make?"
- 31% said "he's fine as he is"
- 25% said "improve in bed"
- 23% said "drop some weight"
- 12% said "earn a promotion"
- 9% said "upgrade his clothes"
Redbook asked readers what their "usual" New Year's resolution is:
- 47% said "lose weight"
- 27% said "manage money better"
- 17% said "other"
- 7% said "have more time for your family"
- 2% said "volunteer"
Men's Health magazine reports men's plans for the new year:
- 71% say they want to have better sexual endurance.
- 80% say they want to take her to the peak every time.
- 22% say they plan to pop the question this year.
- 82% say bigger arms are a priority.
- 70% say they want to find more time to work out.
- 18% say beating the blues is a top goal.
- 21% say quitting smoking is a top goal.
- 60% say they want to stop skipping breakfast.
- 58% want to conquer their food cravings.
- 65% say they're eager to get over their fears.
- 75% of dads say they want to be a better father.
- 87% say they want to make more money.
- 76% say they want to take better vacations.
- 23% say they want to learn to play the piano.
HOW TO GET THE GIRL
Maxim magazine offers these tips to guys on how to get the girl.
- Give her chocolate. If she's allergic, dip the chocolate in medicine.
- Take her for a long, romantic walk. Too tired to walk? Follow her on a minibike.
- Take a trip together. If you can't afford a trip, enlist in the Navy.
- Exercise is a sure way to make her hot. If she's still not hot after exercise, suggest plastic surgery.
- Slash her tire. Then leave a new tire on her doorstep, ring the bell and run. You're her hero.
- Invite her over for a quiet dinner at home. While you're at it, invite some friends over, too. Might as well get a keg. Party!
- Introduce her to your friends. Don't have any friends? Take her to a cemetery and say that all your friends died on a class trip. Make your move.
- Tell her she looks beautiful. If she doesn't react, that means she's sleeping. Gently wake her and reiterate how beautiful she looks. If she screams in terror, serve her breakfast in bed.
- Send flowers to her workplace. Unless she works in a floral shop. In that case, send a beehive. The bees will help pollinate all her plants.
- Relationships can grow stale over time. Keep things fresh by having sex with other women.
- If she likes to dance, take her to a club. If she doesn't like to dance, let her sit in a wheelchair while you push her around the dance floor.
- Arrange activities that you both enjoy. Such as watching you suffer.
- Arrive on time. If you think you're going to be late, drive faster.
You may think you know your husband better than anyone, but chances are he has at least one ''don't-tell-the-wife'' secret -- and he may have as many as 11. Men get smarter as they age. While a younger man might think being honest is always the best policy, he quickly learns that some things are best kept secret the first time he confesses to his girlfriend that yes, he was watching that pretty young thing in the bikini wash her car. Magazine writer and editor Ty Wenger reveals what every woman wants to know:
- Yes, he falls in lust 10 times a day -- but it doesn't mean he wants to leave you.
- He actually does play golf to get away from you
- He is unnerved by the notion of commitment, even after he has made one to you
- Earning money makes him feel important
- Though he often protests, he actually enjoys fixing things around the house
- He likes it when you mother him, but he's terrified that you'll become your mother
- Every year he loves you more
- He really doesn't understand what you're talking about when you discuss "issues" in your relationship. It makes no sense at all to him--even though he will nod in agreement and apparent understanding
- He is terrified when you drive
- He'll always wish he was 25 again
- Give him an inch and he'll give you a lifetime. Translation: Let him be a dumb guy and play poker with his buddies or go on vacation alone, and he'll love you forever for that
According to a poll of emergency rooms, more and more patients are going to the theater to see the latest flick and departing in an ambulance in a phenomenon called "Movie Rage." "Movie Rage makes Road Rage look like child's play," says Dr. Jorge Gonzalez, an ER physician at Our Lady of Angles in The Outfield in San Diego. "I patched up a woman who was viciously stabbed with a nail file. She kept answering her cell phone during a movie. The lady sitting next to her went berserk." The survey showed that the behaviors most likely to result in assault with a deadly weapon are:
- Crunching popcorn
- Repeatedly sucking the last two dribbles of soda from a straw
- Answering a cell phone
- Rattling a plastic bag of candy
- Tipping boxes of Raisinettes or SnoCaps so the contents slide back and forth
- Blurting out the ending of the movie
- Kicking the back of the person's seat in front of you
How do you know you're about to get dumped?
Here are some ways to tell according to a recent Yahoo Personals article:
- Picking fights. No one is saying you have to get along 24/7. Constructive conflict can actually be good for your relationship. But if you find that your partner has become argumentative over petty issues like your clothes or choice of restaurant, that should serve as a warning sign that he/she may be looking for an excuse to bail.
- Forgetting to call. Used to be that your phone would ring all day long with your sweetie wanting to make plans or calling just to say, "I love you." Now your significant other doesn't even call when he/she is running three hours late. It may seem obvious, but going from speed dial to a blocked number is a sure sign that your relationship may be nearing its expiration date.
- Changing their stripes. A major change in appearance can be a sign that your partner is looking toward greener pastures. Whether they've chopped off their hair, lost 40 pounds or gone from a bold brunette to a sultry blonde, major cosmetic changes should be noted. Of course, there's nothing wrong with being a little vain, but if the change is accompanied by any of the other signs listed here, you may need to get ready to go solo.
- Criticizing. If your sweetie isn't feeling you anymore, don't be surprised if he/she becomes less tolerant of everything, from how you brush your teeth to how you tie your shoes. Constant criticism is a telltale sign that your days as a twosome are numbered.
- Losing sexual interest. A healthy sex life can make or break a relationship. If you find that your partner is becoming more sexually aloof, you need to get to the root of the issue. While it's natural to have less sex as you settle into a comfortable groove together, waiting weeks or months to have sexual contact is a sign that something is amiss.
There's a new 2-way cell phone and GPS that attaches to your dog's collar
The speaker system is so your dog can hear you and you can hear your dog! And since you don't want your "pooch-pestered" by telemarketers, it only accepts calls from the ones you program. It costs $500 and goes on sale in early 2008. http://www.petsmobility.com
10 traits every man is looking for in a serious girlfriend:
So what do men look for in a girlfriend? Syndicated relationship columnist Lisa Daily, the author of "Stop Getting Dumped," has some pretty good ideas. Here are her 10 traits every man is looking for in a serious girlfriend:
- She has a life of her own -- and it's pretty good to boot
- She never makes the first move
- She is sexy without being trampy
- She waits to have sex
- She does little things to show she cares
- She should be her boyfriend's best wingman -- err, wing woman
- She never turns on the pressure
- She does not take any crap -- from anyone
- A good woman always chooses a good man
- She knows that love is the biggest part of the mating equation
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Apparently unable to hock their baby pics to the highest or even lowest bidder, Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz posted pics of their bundle of joy online for free. Wentz had blogged earlier this month they were offered "mounds and mounds of money" for the pics, but declined.
Eartha Kitt -- the legendary actress, singer and dancer -- died yesterday of colon cancer. She was 81. Kitt was perhaps best known for her role as Catwoman on 60s TV series "Batman" -- a role that was later played with diminishing success by Michelle Pfeiffer and Halle Berry. She recently won back-to-back Daytime Emmy awards for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program for the show "The Emperor's New School."
The memorial service for Scott Ruffalo was sadly missing one crucial thing -- Scott's body.
The private service, attended by family, had to be held without his remains because, according to the New York Post, the coroner needed the body "longer than usual" for the police investigation. This week, Scott's body was released and cremated. The coroner ruled Scott's death a homicide, and the case is still under investigation.
Seems everyone in the world has seen "The Dark Knight" –- everyone except about a billion Chinese folks. That's because "DK" hasn't been released by Warner Bros. in mainland China, reports the Huffington Post, because of "prerelease conditions" and "cultural sensitivities." There's a scene that takes place in Hong Kong where Batman corrals a gangster, and another involving a famous actor who got caught up in a sex-pic scandal, and those scenes may have worried the studio. Of course, as HuffPost points out, bootlegs have been available for months in China.
True Blood Actress Marriage Sucks! Danielle Sapia has filed for divorce against her husband of three years, Gregg Adam Gellman -- not a vampire. Sapia, who has appeared in "True Blood" and "Dirt," cited irreconcilable differences. No kids, no spousal support -- she just wants out.
STUDY SHOWS HEALTHY HEART REQUIRES GOOD NIGHT'S SLEEP
A new study shows that there's a link between sleep and heart health. According to a report in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the sleep habits of 500 people over age 40 were monitored to determine exactly how many hours of sleep they got each night. The study found that those who got 5 or fewer hours of sleep were 4.5 times as likely to develop coronary artery calcification. It's not known exactly why sleep has the impact it does on the heart, but researchers theorize that it could be related to blood pressure rates or hormone levels.
ASKMEN.COM'S 2009 DATING RESOLUTIONS
- Make The First Move - When you ask somebody out you have a 50/50 chance of them turning you down. But, if you never ask them out you have a 100 percent chance of nothing happening. It's worth going for the chance they'll say "yes."
- Don't Stick Around If A Relationship Is A Dud - If you're in a relationship that's going nowhere all you're doing is wasting your time (and your partner's.) It's time to move on and continue your search.
- Plan Dates At Original Locations - Don't just go to the same local restaurant where you've always gone. Look for interesting, new places to go with your date.
- Stop Being Picky - Some people just don't have chemistry, so leave it at that rather than trying to find superficial excuses to not like your date. If you stay in that negative rut for the next person you date, you'll never find any positives with anybody.
- Take It Slow - Just because the first date went great doesn't mean you should introduce including meeting the parents on date number two. Treat the first few dates just like a first date and move slowly.
- Get A New Look - Maybe it's time for a makeover. Grab a men's magazine to scout out ideas for a new hairstyle and shell out some extra bucks to go to a higher-end stylist. As for outfits, try going to a better department store and looking for a sales associate whose style you like. Let them help you pick out some new duds.
- Try Online Dating - Online dating is no longer considered the loser's way to find a date. The beauty of online dating is you can cut to the chase and find out more about potential dates than you could standing around in a bar. Pick a site that reflects your preferences and set up an honest profile.
- Develop A New Dating Tool - Do you have a specific thing you do to impress your dates? Maybe it's time to pick up something new like learning about wine or working on your dance skills. Maybe you could take some cooking lessons and serve her a gourmet meal.
- Meet More People - Don't just hunt for potential dates, think about widening your existing circle of friends who could introduce you to a potential love interest. Try doing new activities, going to places where you don't normally go, or go to the gym, cafe or supermarket at a different time of day.
- Forget The Past - Having your heart broken can be a learning experience, but it's time to absorb the lessons you've learned and move on. Every new relationship should start with a blank slate.
Off Beat Briefs
WOMAN FIRED FOR WEARING PIN WITH CHRISTMAS MESSAGE - A woman in Tennessee claims she was fired from her job at Lowe's for wearing a pin that said, "It's called Christmas, for Christ's sake." The woman said that one of her customers was wearing the pin and when she said she admired it the customer gave it to her. A different customer complained to management about the pin's slogan and by lunchtime the woman was fired. Store policy dictates that no employee can wear a pin supporting a religion. Employees are, however, allowed to say "Merry Christmas." (WCBS-TV)
COUPLE HAVE GARAGE SALE WITH SOMEONE ELSE'S STUFF - A couple in Natchez, Mississippi are in trouble for having a garage sale with the contents of the home they were renting. Apparently, the couple sold everything in the fully furnished home, pocketed the money and moved to Louisiana. The woman was arrested when she was stopped for a traffic violation in Bossier City, Louisiana and her husband was arrested when he came to bail her out. (AP)
SATANIC BOSS POKES EMPLOYEE IN BUTT WITH PITCHFORK - The owner of a garden store in England was in court this week on charges of assaulting an employee multiple times. Michael Parker allegedly attacked Mark Reene with a chainsaw on one occasion and on another he stuck a pitchfork in Reene's bottom. Reene told the court that he kept returning to work because Parker had threatened that he would hurt Reene's family if he quit. Parker's lawyer said, "Mr Parker sets very high expectations for himself and when these aren't met by other people, he tends to lash out." (UK Telegraph)
SNOWZILLA RETURNS TO ALASKAN'S FRONT LAWN - A giant snowman who has become an annual attraction in a neighborhood in Anchorage, Alaska, wasn't supposed to make an appearance this year. But, the big guy is back even though the owner of the property where he stands was ordered not to build him this year. Billy Powers claims that he doesn't know who built the 25-foot behemoth this time around. Apparently the city sent Powers a cease-and-desist letter after neighbors complained about increased traffic from visitors who came to gawk at Snowzilla. City officials said they would deal with the issue after the holiday. Meanwhile, on Christmas Day, seven snowmen of average height appeared in front of the Anchorage city hall "carrying" picket signs that read "Heck No We Won't Go," "Snowpeople Have Rights" and "Save Us Obama." To see photos of them, go to snowzilla.org. (AP)
CHRISTMAS AROUND THE WORLD
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- Criss Angel and Holly Madison held a birthday party for each other last week at the Las Vegas Luxor Hotel and during the party, $100 bills rained from the ceiling. Nice party favors.
- Backstreet Boys singer Brian Littrell is asking fans to pray for his 6-year-old son, Baylee, who is in the hospital. No details as to why.
- Fergie and Josh Duhamel have set a date: January 10th in Los Angeles.
- Ever watch that cable show, "17 kids and counting"? The mom had her 18th kid over the weekend.
- A burglar broke into the Hollywood home of Paris Hilton and made off with $2 million in jewelry.
- Sherry L. Johnston, the mother of Levi Johnston and the future grandmother of his child with Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's daughter Bristol, was arrested in Wasilla, Alaska, Thursday and charged with six felony counts of misconduct involving a controlled substance.
- An Egyptian man has offered his 20-year-old daughter in marriage to the Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at President Bush.
- Anne Hathaway doesn't have the groom in mind yet, but she says she has already planned out the music for her eventual wedding.
- The tabloids are claiming that Michael Jackson is not doing well and is battling something that has left him half blind and needing a lung transplant.
- Topless pictures of Amy Winehouse romping on a beach in the Caribbean are all over the Internet.
- Kevin Federline has a new girlfriend: volleyball player Victoria Prince.
- Former Guns 'n Roses drummer Steve Adler is back in rehab. This time, state-induced as an option to going to jail.
- Guy Ritchie has already moved on and has hooked up with heiress Jemima Khan. One her more famous ex-boyfriends is Hugh Grant.
- So you know, Jennifer Aniston, Marcia Cross, Kate Hudson and Julia Roberts all went Noble Fir this year for their Christmas trees. One of the popular Beverly Hills lots is "Mr. Greentrees," where a 7-8 footer would cost you $190.
KFLAG Country Music News
The Recording Academy will honor country legends Brenda Lee and Roy Acuff with Lifetime Achievement Awards on February 7th, the day before the Grammys. Both are already members of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Lee is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as well.
Singing cowboy Autry is known for signature songs like "At Mailcall Today" and "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer." He died in 1998. Lee is known for pop hits like "I'm Sorry" and "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree," as well as country hits like "Big Four Poster Bed."
Tonight, you can hear Faith Hill sing songs from her first holiday CD Joy To The World on the CBS special Home For The Holidays. Faith's husband Tim McGraw will perform a song previously recorded by Trisha Yearwood called "It Wasn't His Child" on the adoption-themed show as well.
- Also receiving Lifetime Achievement Grammys: Blind Boys of Alabama, the Four Tops, Dean Martin, and folk singer-songwriter Tom Paxton.
Not only do Robert Plant and Alison Krauss have the 8th best-selling album of 2008 according to Billboard, Plant says it's a partnership that's likely to continue-- even at the expense of a Led Zeppelin reunion. In October, bassist John Paul Jones announced he was teaming up with guitarist Jimmy Page and drummer Jason Bonham for a tour. They have been searching for a singer to replace Plant, who had decided not to be involved. Now, months later, Plant maintains that a complete Zeppelin tour probably won't happen, but does say he's still in touch with some of the guys.
- Home for the Holidays airs tonight at 8 Eastern on CBS.
- You can also catch Faith's Joy to the World special, originally taped for PBS, as it re-airs on GAC throughout the holidays.
According to NME.com, Plant told the BBC he's content to continue working with singer and Raising Sand partner Alison Krauss, explaining, "I'm doing very well with Alison and I'm enjoying that. I still see Jimmy quite a lot and he's very complimentary and supportive of what I'm doing. But we are in different places now and you have to go on to do different things." Meanwhile, Page, Jones and Bonham are reportedly looking for another singer. One of the possible contenders could be Alter Bridge frontman Myles Kennedy.
Country newcomer Eric Church is set to sing at the Inauguration in January-- but this one will take place in North Carolina instead of Washington. The Tarheel state native will perform "Carolina" at the inauguration of governor-elect Beverly Perdue on January 9. The song is the title track from his sophomore CD, set for release in March. The first single, "Love Your Love The Most," hits airwaves in January.
- Led Zeppelin reunited last December for a concert at London's O2 Arena. Ever since, reunion tour rumors have been circulating.
- Alison Krauss and Robert Plant took home the trophy for Musical Event of the Year at November's CMA Awards.
Church is known for his Top 20 hits "How 'Bout You," "Two Pink Lines," and "Guys Like Me."
- Eric once worked as a page in the North Carolina governor's office.
CHRISTMAS CAROLS FOR THE PSYCHIATRICALLY CHALLENGED
- Schizophrenia: Do you Hear What I Hear?
- Multiple Personality Disorder: We Three Kings Disoriented Are.
- Dementia: I Think I'll Be Home for Christmas.
- Narcissistic: Hark the Herald Angels Sing About Me.
- Manic: Deck the Halls and Walls and House and Lawn and Streets and Stores and Office and Town and Cars and Busses and Trucks and Trees and Fire Hydrants and...
- Paranoid: Santa Claus is Coming to Get Me.
- Personality Disorder: You Better Watch Out, I'm Gonna Cry, I'm Gonna Pout, Maybe I'll Tell You Why.
- Passive-Aggressive Personality: On the First Day of Christmas My True Love Gave to Me (and then took it all away).
- Borderline Personality Disorder: Thoughts of Roasting on an Open Fire.
OLD JOCK'S TALES
Handling a toad will give you warts. An apple a day keeps the doctor away. Chocolate causes acne. These old wives' tales have been around for centuries but are they true? "Some are simply false, some are based on a seed of truth and yet others are right on the money," says Thomas Craughwell, author of "Do Blue Bedsheets Bring Babies?" Here are 10 familiar tales and whether or not they're the straight dope:
- A dog's mouth is cleaner than a human's -- False. A canine mouth contains 53 types of bacteria while a human mouth breeds only 37. So think twice before giving Spot a kiss on the mouth.
- Reading in dim light will ruin your eyes -- False. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, you can't wear out your eyes by using them in poor light.
- Toads give you warts -- False. The skin glands of a toad secrete a substance that can give you hallucinations, but neither the slimy toxic gunk nor the toads cause warts.
- Crack your knuckles and you'll get arthritis -- False. While certain repetitive actions can lead to arthritis, knuckle cracking isn't one of them.
- If you cross your eyes, they'll stay that way -- False. Stabismus, the disorder that causes misaligned eyes, only affects 4 percent of American children. Crossing the eyes does not cause the disease.
- Arthritis flares up in wet weather -- False. People swim and shower without flare-ups and most people stay inside when it rains.
- Spicy foods create stomach ulcers -- False. A bacterial infection or overuse of pain medications are the culprits.
- Walking under a ladder is bad luck -- True. While a stroll under a ladder won't endanger your soul, it poses potential dangers from falling buckets and tools.
- An apple a day keeps the doctor away -- True. Apples are packed with antioxidants that fight the free radicals that cause cancer and other diseases.
- Chocolate causes acne -- False. You can eat as much chocolate as you want and not worry about breakouts, which flare up when the pores of the skin become blocked with oil.
TOP FIVE REASONS SANTA MIGHT SKIP YOUR HOUSE THIS YEAR
- You run General Motors and with the bailout money, who needs Santa?
- Who knew he'd be offended when you left out reindeer milk
- Tired of falling for that "rubber cookies" trick
- He still hasn't forgotten that time you put grease on the roof
- That recall campaign you launched against him last year
Face It -- You Love To Torture People!
Jerry Burger of Santa Clara University in California says, "What we found is validation of the same argument -- if you put people into certain situations, they will act in surprising, and maybe often even disturbing, ways." He's referring to the latest research that measure's people's willingness to torture other's with electric shocks if ordered to do so. He was replicating an experiment published in 1961 by Yale University professor Stanley Milgram, in which volunteers were asked to deliver electric "shocks" to other people if they answered certain questions incorrectly. Milgram found that, after hearing an actor cry out in pain at 150 volts, 82.5 percent of participants continued administering shocks, most to the maximum 450 volts. The experiment surprised psychologists and no one has tried to replicate it because of the distress suffered by many of the volunteers who believed they were shocking another person. Burger modified the experiment, by stopping at the 150 volt point. In Burger's modified experiment, 70 percent of the volunteers were willing to give shocks greater than 150 volts. Burger said, "That was surprising and disappointing." (AHN News)
Could you use some extra $$$$$$$?
Here are the top 5 ways to get some extra cash (from Smartmoney.com):
- Borrow From Friends or Family - There's no lender more sympathetic to your financial woes than the Bank of Mom and Dad. Loans from those you love can be far more painful, though, if handled improperly.
- Sell on eBay - Clearing out clutter can make you some fast cash on web sites like eBay. The auction giant permits listings of as little as 24 hours, as well as three- and five-day increments. Just about anything goes, from that tragic '80s bridesmaid dress to your half-used Outback Steakhouse gift card.
- Use Credit Card Checks - Save those credit-card balance transfer checks that show up in your mailbox. Most issuers will allow you to simply write out a check to yourself and cash it for any reason.
- Peer-to-Peer Lending - The kindness of strangers isn't far out of reach, thanks to the increasing popularity of peer-to-peer lending sites like Prosper.com and Virgin Money, which facilitate loans between individuals.
- Dip Into Your 401(k) - Make no mistake: Tapping your 401(k) is a loan of last resort
What do you think was the top news story of '08?
The New York Times online has released their most read news stories for the year:
- Found in a rundown Boston estate: Barack Obama's aunt Zeituni Onyango
- International Olympic Committee launches probe into He Kexin's age
- Sarah Palin: conservatives find the girl of their dreams
- CEO murdered by mob of sacked Indian workers
- President Bush regrets his legacy as man who wanted war
- Lifelike animation heralds new era for computer games
- Russell Brand calls George Bush a retard at MTV awards
- Coming soon - superfast internet
- Nouriel Roubini I fear the worst is yet to come
- Credit crunch may take out large US bank warns former IMF chief
- Barack Obama lines up a cabinet of stars as John McCain struggles on
- Oral history: The Monica Lewinsky scandal ten years on
- Soldier forced to sleep in car after hotel refuses him a room
- Get Osama Bin Laden before I leave office orders George W Bush
- Saddam Hussein's body was stabbed in the back says guard
- Scientists find bugs that eat waste and excrete petrol
- Barack Obama is warned to beware of a huge threat from al Qaeda
- Royal Navy in firefight with Somali pirates
- Horror as teenager commits suicide live online
- Google could be superseded says web inventor
Your favorite song of the season reveals your personality!
(Sun) Christmas carols put us in the holiday spirit with memorable lyrics and catchy tunes. But did you know that your favorite song of the season reveals your personality? "Whether it's a popular ditty or an old fashioned carol, the Christmas music you enjoy the most is a clue to the real you," says Denver psychologist Dennis Grantham. "For instance, a person who's all business the rest of the year may show a soft sentimental side." Here's some of the most famous Christmas songs ever written. Find out what your favorite says about you:
- It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas -- You get in the spirit of things several weeks before the big day. Your excitement begins with decorating earlier than anyone in the neighborhood, and your practical nature assures that all your presents were purchased before Halloween.
- Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree -- No matter how exhausting it gets preparing for the holidays, your positive spirit keeps everyone smiling. Even if your bank account is a bit low this year, family and friends will be charmed by your creative, if inexpensive, gifts.
- Jingle Bells -- You're a born organizer who's sure to gather everyone together for a sing-a-long at holiday parties, both at work and at home. You also have a flair for choosing just the right presents for loved ones and friends because you make note of their wishes throughout the year.
- Oh, Come, All Ye Faithful -- You loved the traditions your family tobserved during the holidays of your childhood, and you continue to practice them to this day. From the special homemade cookies to the cherished tree ornaments hung, you bring a special nostalgic touch.
- White Christmas -- You're a strong leader with a hard nose approach to most situations, but this song brings out your sentimental side. Family and friends are delighted when you forget the bottom line and jump into the festivities with boundless enthusiasm.
- Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer -- This silly "classic" tickles your funny bone because it's as irreverent as you are. You're all about the celebratory rather than the religious aspects of Christmas, holding court as the life of the party and showering loved ones with presents.
Merry Christmas from Craig and Tyrone!
Top 10 Things I'm Thankful For this Christmas...
10) The beautiful Sunsets every afternoon in the Tri-State area! Breathtaking!
9) Clear Skies 350 days a year! Fresh air!
8) No traffic!
7) All the great people at Cameron Broadcasting! (My new friends Mike and Chris!)
6) The awesome new country music that came out in 08!
5) Doubleshot Sunday's! (Have you heard them yet?)
4) My mentors...Billy, Chris and Don! Dick and Pat, My Dad, George and Lynda!
3) My daughter Marissa and her husband Stephan. (She's such a great daughter!)
2) My dream girl Tamara Powers!
1) My health, happiness and home!
A guy couldn't want for anything more!
Wishing you all happiness, health, a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Craig and Tyrone
PS: Wait til you see what K-Flag is going to do in 2009!
KFLAG Country Music News
This week, Taylor Swift knocks Britney Spears' Circus from atop The Billboard 200, as Fearless returns to number one. This officially pushes Taylor's total sales past the 5 million mark, with only two albums under her belt. Overall, Billboard ranks Taylor 2008's fourth best-seller of all genres, just behind Josh Groban, Alicia Keys and Miley Cyrus.
Carrie Underwood will kick off 2009 singing at the People's Choice Awards in L.A. The American Idol winner is up against Alicia Keys and Rihanna for Favorite Female Singer. Kenny Chesney and Brad Paisley take on Chris Brown for Favorite Male, while Rascal Flatts squares off with Coldplay and Maroon 5 for Favorite Band.
- Taylor is also Billboard's top country songwriter of 2008.
- Taylor Swift's 2006 debut has sold 3.7 million copies, while this year's Fearless has already moved 1.5 million units in only five weeks.
- You can catch Taylor in the January issue of Vanity Fair, and in the upcoming E! Special Young Hollywood From A to Zac.
If you think Darius Rucker's solo success on the country chart means his band is over, the Hootie and the Blowfish frontman says you're wrong. He'll reunite with his South Carolina bandmates for four dates this spring, and even expects to record with them again, most likely sometime after the year 2010. Rucker says the band's hiatus comes mainly from a desire to take a break from endless summer touring and do different things, not from a desire to part ways.
- Carrie's "Last Name" competes for Best Country Song, against Taylor Swift's "Love Story" and Rascal Flatts' "Take Me There."
- Online voting has already closed for most categories in the fan voted awards, which air live on CBS Wednesday January 7th at 9 Eastern. Queen Latifah will host.
- Last year, Rascal Flatts took home the Favorite Band trophy, and "Stand" was named Favorite Country Song.
Meanwhile, the successful solo star says he's itching to start his follow-up to Learn To Live for Capitol Nashville, and hints at forthcoming details about a big summer tour. In 2009, Darius will do a three-week stint with Brad Paisley and Dierks Bentley.
- "Don't Think I Don't Think About It" made Darius Rucker the first African-American to top the country chart since Charley Pride did in 1983.
- The most current Hootie and the Blowfish CD, Looking For Lucky, was released in 200
WATER COOLER TALK
- Whoops! Something went wrong with a David Copperfield trick involving a large fan Wednesday in Las Vegas. An assistant left the stage with a broken arm and a facial puncture.
- Majel Barrett Roddenberry, the widow of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, died last week at age 76.
- When it comes to Mother Nature, the most dangerous places to live in the U.S. is the Great Plains states and the South. The two biggest killers aren't earthquakes or hurricanes, but rather heat and thunderstorms, according to research from the University of South Carolina.
- This will sound like I'm making it up but I'm not: the Oxygen network is going to have a new show that combines a weight-loss competition with dancing called "Dance your ass off!"
- Jermaine Dupri says on his blog that he and girlfriend Janet Jackson haven't split up -- and she isn't pregnant.
- Up to 25% of fantasy sports players are women, according to a Ipsos Research survey for the Fantasy Sports Trade Association.
- The Kleenex that Scarlett Johansson blew her nose with on the Tonight Show last week has found it's way on to eBay. Last time we checked, over 60 bids. The top: over $2,000.
- The next U2 album, "No Line on the Horizon," comes out March 3.
- So you fancy yourself a singer, eh? Now you can test your pipes against Elvis Presley at http://www.singwiththeking.com
- Mark Felt, who revealed himself as the anonymous Watergate source "Deep Throat," passed away last week at the age of 95.
- Insiders say that Oprah Winfrey is home shopping in the Washington, DC, area so she can be as close to Barack Obama as possible.
- Angie Harmon and husband Jason Sehorn have welcomed their third daughter. Emery Hope Sehorn was born last Thursday.
- Whitney Houston is being sued by her step mom. It's a battle for the money in her late father's estate.
(Womens Health Think you're prepared to fend off the next chocolate doughnut that enters your field of vision? Find out how much you really know about your cravings:
- Chewing gum can help reduce cravings. True, a study presented at the 2007 annual scientific meeting of the Obesity Society found that chewing gum at one, two, and three hour intervals after lunch significantly reduced the desire to eat.
- Cravings are your body's way of communicating that it needs certain nutrients. False, this is probably just wishful thinking. Researchers have found no evidence of it for the vast majority of commonly craved foods.
- The most successful dieters never give in to their cravings. False, a 2007 Tufts University study found that dieters who occasionally give in to cravings have the most weight-loss success.
- Eating the same thing every day can increase the number of cravings you have. True, according to a study published in the journal Obesity in 2006, eating the same foods all the time can increase your number of cravings.
- Chocolate is the most craved flavor. True, a study in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association found that while there's not yet proof that chocolate is biologically addictive, it is the most sought after flavor in North America.
- The easiest way to kill a craving is to think about something else. False, smell or look at something else instead. Researchers at Flinders University in Australia found that visual and olfactory distractions could help.
- Women crave more. True, at least when it comes to snacks: In a University of Illinois study, women were more likely than men to crave foods like cookies and candy.
DID YOU KNOW?
The way you take a seat reveals important information about your personality, say the experts. "Your posture and the position of your arms and legs when you're seated all make a subtle statement," says body language authority Glenda Casteel. "The way you sit also makes an immediate impression on others, who subconsciously take note and even make assumptions based on what they see." Discover what your typical sitting position says about you:
- Sit with your legs crossed -- You're an outgoing person who's self-assured in almost any situation. You're blessed with the gift of gab. People enjoy your clever quips and witty opinions on everything from current affairs to the latest movie. Your ease with both friends and strangers makes you a perfect candidate for a job working with the public. Loved ones appreciate your honesty, loyalty and directness. You do have some weaknesses a short temper and lack of tact. But your good points far outweigh any shortcomings you possess.
- Sit with your feet apart and toes pointed to the sides -- You're a determined person who's very sure of your opinions and quick to make your preferences known to others. You're highly observant, getting all the facts and weighing all your options before making a decision. You have no time for frivolous activities, and you seldom make an appearance at parties unless it is a family affair. You tend to set goals and accomplish them with as little fuss as possible. You may become stubborn at times, but it's only because you feel you're not being taken seriously enough.
- Sit with your legs close together and vertical to the ground -- You're like Little Miss Muffett, sitting quietly in the corner, too timid to speak up and make your presence known. Your shyness can keep you from taking advantage of opportunities. You're particularly reticent with strangers and authority figures. But if people have patience and understanding, they will eventually discover how delightful you can be. Beneath your still waters hides an articulate, dreamy, emotional person with amazing creative abilities and a wellspring a love and affection for a fortunate few.
- Sit with your legs together and slightly tilted to one side -- You're a gentle, ladylike person whose graceful movements bring to mind a classical dancer. You also have a terrific sense of style and your charisma is so potent that you can charm even your enemies out of their socks. You handle acrimonious situations with poise and sensitivity that instantly eases tensions. You're also a bit of a steel magnolia, hiding your hurt feelings in public and never letting them see you sweat. Your stiff backbone makes you the person on whom family and friends depend. (Sun)
How do you know you're going to be fired?
According to Fortune magazine, here are 8 signs that you could be on your way out.
- You don't fit in. Your values don't match the company's.
- Your boss doesn't like you and you don't like him or her. If your boss never asks your opinion, and never wants to chat or have lunch with you, and if you disagree with her agenda and dislike her style, your days are numbered.
- Your peers don't like you.
- You don't get assignments that demonstrate the full range of your abilities.
- You always get called upon to do the "grunt work."
- You are excluded from meetings your peers are invited to.
- Everyone on your level has an office. You have a cubicle in the hallway.
- You dread going to work and feel like you're developing an ulcer.
How do you know that you're too drunk to drive this holiday?
How do you know that you're too drunk to drive this holiday? Take some advice from across the ocean. Police in Suffolk, England have launched an anti-drinking and driving campaign, publishing impossible phrases to say when drunk, to encourage responsible drinking. Here are a few:
- Thanks, but I don't want to sleep with you
- Where is the nearest toilet? I can't possibly vomit in the street
- Good evening, officer, isn't it lovely out tonight?
- No fries for me, thank you
- I'm not interested in fighting you
- Good evening, officer, isn't it lovely out tonight?
- Oh, I just couldn't – no one wants to hear me sing
Any other ones that you'd like to add to their list? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
First Full Day Of Winter
The National Energy Commission says to winterize your home this winter make sure you check for air leaks, check your insulation & weather stripping and don't forget to check your heating system. That's great for most of the country, but what about those warmer climates like Southern California and Florida?
- Make sure you have enough SPF-30 handy for those "brrrr" 75 degree sunny days.
- A supply of clean, long sleeve t-shirts for those chilly winter days.
- Keep your lawnmower sharpened... that "dead, dormant" lawn will still need to be mowed twice a month.
- Fuzzy head covers to keep your driver and 3-wood warm during those frigid 65-degree days on the golf course.
- Charcoal, cold beers and blue & gold board shorts to wear at those NFL tailgate parties.
- Ladies, you may have to drop the hem an inch or so on your mini-skirts to stay warmer at those outdoor happy hours.
- Make sure your strappy sandals straps are at least 3/8" wide. You'll need the extra "warm" toe-coverage when partying on Saturday nights, and those 5-inch stilettos may need to come down to 4-inches... with the occasional sprinkle you won't want to slip and fall on those treacherous sidewalks.
- And most importantly... try to locate the extra sheet for your bed to keep "toasty warm" at night.
A BIG Thank you to my guest dj's today!
I want to thank Lisa McCabe, VP of the All New Aquarius and Jim McCabe, Mohave County Deputy Sherrif for being my guest dj's today! We had a great time and hope you did too! An extra special thank you to Lisa for passing along to our lucky Flaggers the tickets for the Mongomery Gentry concert March 27, 2009 and Travis TrittMay 16, 2009. Don't forget the smoking package deals available at http://www.theaquarius.com for rooms and preferred seats!
Water Cooler Talk
The world must be ending as it snowed five inches in Las Vegas! The last big storm was in 1979 when 7.8 inches fell.
Taylor Swift has had all of her wisdom teeth removed. Ouch!
Jennifer Aniston gave the necktie she wore on the cover of GQ to David Letterman while she was on his show. He immediately put it on.
Country singer Mindy McCready has been hospitalized after an apparent suicide attempt.
The rumor is out there that Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony's marriage is at the breaking point. J-Lo's not helping by not wearing her wedding ring at her appearances. But a spokesperson says they're doing just fine.
Aretha Franklin will sing and Yo-Yo Ma will play the cello at Barack Obama's inauguration.
Vince Vaughn's new steady love is said to be Kyla Weber, a Canadian real-estate agent.
Because of the slowing economy, "Canadian Idol" has been scrapped for 2009.
It's said that Britney Spears has asked Kevin Federline to move back in with her.
34% of women have recently had a nightmare, compared with 19% of men, a study from the University of the West of England in Bristol shows.
Elisabeth Hasselbeck says she's bummed that she didn't get an invite this year to the White House Christmas party.
Scarlett Johansson says all she wants for Christmas is a ticket to the Inaugural Ball.
A KISS IS JUST A KISS... NOT!
While both men and women say they enjoy tender kisses, as well as lustful and passionate kisses, women much prefer the tender kiss. (Men, not surprisingly, like lustful, passionate and wet kisses.) Women also like it when men are spontaneous in their kissing. A little surprise smooch can really brighten a woman's day. That's the word from a "Kiss and Tell" survey from Harris Interactive conducted for SoftLips Lip Conditioning Balm that uncovered everything you ever wanted to know about kissing.
Greeting a Stranger -- 40% of respondents are uncomfortable when someone they've just met tries to kiss them when saying hello or goodbye; more women than men indicate that this lip maneuver makes them feel uncomfortable (49% women, 30% men).
Who's Kissing Where -- Those from the Northeast are most likely to indicate that they greet very close friends with a kiss (42%).
A Family Affair -- About one-third (37% total; 32% males, 41% of females) will only greet immediate family members with a kiss; those from the Midwest (42%) and the South (41%) are more likely to say this.
"Hello, Dahling" -- An air kiss is more likely to come from women (15%) than men (10%); fewer men and women express their preference for the double-cheek kiss as a casual greeting (7%).
Smooch the Pooch -- 45% of women and 27% of males admit that they kiss their pets. Kisses That Spark Fireworks Top Kisses: Tender kisses (42%) and lustful, passionate kisses (40%) rank the highest on the list of favorite types of kisses for both sexes; however, women consider the tender kiss to be the best (48%), while men prefer the lustful, passionate pucker (46%).
Surprise Smooch! -- Women favor spontaneous kisses more than men (38% women, 31% of men).
First...and Forbidden -- 27% of adults surveyed consider their first kiss to be one of their favorite types of kisses, while 12% feel that a forbidden kiss is tops.
Kiss and Make Up -- One in 10 Americans prefer the kiss-and-make-up variety of kiss.
Butterfly Kisses -- Women favor lots of small kisses more than twice as much as men (12% versus 5%).
The Nuptial Sealer -- Only 8% of all those surveyed--equal among men and women--feel that the "you may now kiss the bride" kiss was one of the best kinds of kisses. The Manners of Kissing
Opening Kiss -- 58% of total respondents feel that it is perfectly fine to kiss on the first date, though men are more apt to be open to first date frolicking (65% men, 51% of women).
Ladies, Take the Lead -- More than half (58%) of men believe that the woman can make the first move for a first kiss.
Goodbye Kiss -- Men and women differ when it comes to bad dates and kissing: 39% of women say they will never kiss a bad date good night, compared to only 26% of men who won't. Interestingly, 13% of the men state that they have ended a bad date with a kiss, while only 6% of women replied the same.
The Preteen Peck -- 22% of respondents admit that their first "real" kiss happened when they were between 11 and 13 years old.
High School Hot Lips -- The most common age for a first "real" kiss to have happened was between the ages of 14 and 16 (37%), with 18% getting their first memorable smooch between 17 and 19 years old.
Still Waiting -- 4% of Americans are still waiting for their first real kiss.
CHRISTMAS CARDS REVEAL PERSONALITY
The type of Christmas card you send reveals your true personality according to Dr. Ellnor Kinarthy. The expert tells what each type of card says about you:
Religious scenes -- You spend lots of time deep in thought and you value the true meaning of Christmas. You like to help others and often donate time and money to charity. You value the traditional family in which the wife stays home while the husband goes off to work.
Family photos -- You're a busy person who likes new and different experiences, like living in different places, eating at new restaurants and tasting different foods. But Christmas gives you time to pause and reflect on how much family and friends mean to you.
Humorous -- You're a fun-loving optimist who can see the humor in even bad situations, but you're also very sensitive to other people. You're a good listener who gives friends a shoulder to cry on. In addition, you love animals and are inclined to have pets.
Winter scenes -- You're very competitive and throw yourself into everything, even your hobbies. But you enjoy pictures of winter because they remind you that it's also important to relax and enjoy the tranquility of the season.
Santa cards -- You're a people-oriented person who likes going to big parties and enjoys making new friends. You consider all those tasty Christmas foods the best part of the season, and like Santa, you have a tendency to put on a little weight.
Christmas trees -- You take pride in your personal appearance and your home. You have an artistic nature and are very creative. Your strong sense of beauty shows through in your home, which probably looks like it was professionally decorated.
Current themes (like Santa compiling his list on a computer) -- You are very future-oriented and want to be ready for what tomorrow brings. You like video games, new car shows and all the latest gadgets. You may also be well-informed about investments.
WHAT CHA LOOKIN' AT?
(Lifescript.com) Given that average breast size has grown from a 34B to a 36C since the 1970s and clothing styles are smaller and snugger, it's no wonder the line between appropriate and "look at those!" has blurred. "I don't think women are stupid," says Elisabeth Squires, author of "bOObs: A Guide to Your Girls." "I just don't think anyone knows the rules." Check out these six rules for "best breast etiquette":
Acknowledge the obvious -- Sex sells. And like it or not, breasts are the dynamic duo that get beer sold and burgers bought. So it's not such a stretch to realize your ta-tas are more likely to get checked out than, say, your knees or collarbones. As such, it makes a case for doing a double take in the mirror before walking out the front door in the morning.
Sometimes less is more -- In some industries, it is completely appropriate – in fact, required – to play up your cleavage: entertainment, fashion, Hooters, to name a few. However, unless your career success rests on your chest, it is probably wise to rely on other assets at the office.
Sometimes more is more -- All bets are off when the sun goes down. Feel free to flaunt your curves and play up your cleavage for a night out on the town. Just remember that outfit definitely doesn't double as office attire.
Be age-appropriate -- The scientific reality of being a woman is that gravity will eventually win in your quest for perky breasts. And since you can't fight physics without a boob job (or a lot of duct tape), those not willing to go under the knife should aim for a look that complements a natural and mature bust line. Wear a well-fitting bra, but skip boosters to avoid an unnaturally high, crinkled cleavage.
Always flatter your rack -- Wear a well-fitting bra and consider a minimizer if you are particularly well-endowed.
Be adaptable -- Like snowflakes, no two breasts are the same, not even those on the same chest. And as your girls change, it is important to remember that maintaining a sexy, powerful presence isn't just about your cleavage.