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Friday, January 30, 2009

Top 10 Chains in Customer Satisfaction:

A new survey by Sandelman and Associates, a market research and consumer-trends firm, shows that customers mostly prefer regional or smaller national fast food and chain restaurants to gigantic soul-destroying megafood joints like McDonald's. Top 10 Chains in Customer Satisfaction:

  1. In-N-Out Burger, Irvine, Calif., 60%
  2. Raising Cane's, Baton Rouge, La., 59%
  3. Giordano's Pizza, Chicago, 56%
  4. Chick-fil-A, Atlanta, 55%
  5. Panera Bread, St. Louis, 54%
  6. Chipotle, Denver, 52%
  7. Pei Wei, Scottsdale, Ariz., 51%
  8. Firehouse Subs, Jacksonville, Fla., 51%
  9. Taco Tote, El Paso, Texas, 50%
  10. Qdoba, Wheat Ridge, Colo., 49%
IN AND OUT IS THE BEST! Here is a list of their secret menu.

The Hidden In-N-Out Burger (aka In and Out Burger) - The Most Accurate Secret Menu On The Web

In-N-Out Burger has a secret unpublished menu for insiders who are in-the-know. Next time you're at In-N-Out (i.e. tomorrow . . . or maybe tonight), order a bag of these off-the-menu specials:

"3-by-3" = three meat patties and three slices of cheese.

"4-by-4" = four meat patties and four slices of cheese.

"2-by-4" = two meat patties and four slices of cheese.

*Note: You may get a burger with the exact number of meat patties or cheese slices you want (up to 4x4). Just tell the In-N-Out Burger cashier how many meat patties and how much cheese you want and that is what you'll get! For instance, if you want 4 pieces of meat and 3 pieces of cheese tell them you want a "4-by-3."

"Double Meat" = like a Double Double without cheese.

"3 by Meat" = three meat patties and no cheese.

"Animal Style" = the meat is cooked and fried with mustard and then pickles are added, extra spread and grilled onions are added.

"Animal Style Fries" = fries with cheese, spread, grilled onions and pickles (if you ask for them).

"Protein Style" = for all you low-carbohydrate dieters, this is a burger with no bun (wrapped in lettuce).

"Flying Dutchman" = two meat patties, two slices of melted cheese and nothing else - not even a bun!

Fries "Well-Done" = extra crispy fries . . . even better than the regular!

Fries "Light" = opposite of fries well-done, more raw than most people like 'em

"Grilled Cheese" = no meat, just melted cheese, tomato, lettuce and spread on a bun.

"Veggie Burger" = burger without the patty or cheese. Sometimes we call this the "Wish Burger."

"Neapolitan" Shake = strawberry, vanilla and chocolate mixed together.

The friendly employees of In-N-Out Burger will take your special order without question, if you use the right terminology. The printed receipt will have your special request typed on it just as we said it.

Try it! Your friends will be amazed.

PERSONALITY TEST

Just 3 questions and the answers will surprise you. This is fun to do, but you have to follow the instructions very closely. Do not cheat. Get pencil and paper to write your answers as you go along. Put the following 5 animals in the order of your preference:

  • Cow
  • Tiger
  • Sheep
  • Horse
  • Pig

Write one word that describes each one of the following:

  • Dog
  • Cat
  • Rat
  • Coffee
  • Sea

Think of someone (who also knows you and is important to you) that you can relate them to the following colors. (Please do not repeat your answer twice. Name just one person for each color.)

  • Yellow
  • Orange
  • Red
  • White
  • Green

Answer interpretations:

This will define your priorities in your life.

  • Cow: signifies "career"
  • Tiger signifies "pride"
  • Sheep signifies "love"
  • Horse signifies "family"
  • Pig signifies "money"

  • Your description of dog implies "your own personality"
  • Your description of cat implies the "personality of your partner"
  • Your description of rat implies the "personality of your enemies"
  • Your description of coffee is how you interpret "sex"
  • Your description of the sea implies "your own life"

  • Yellow: Someone you will never forget
  • Orange: Someone you consider your true friend
  • Red: Someone that you really love
  • White: Your twin soul
  • Green: Someone that you will remember for the rest of your life.

Men's Health asked: Which famous body part would you most like to have?


  • 41% said Michelangelo's David's abs
  • 28% said Albert Einstein's brain
  • 17% said Dirk Diggler's unit
  • 7% said Hulk Hogan's arms
  • 6% said Lance Armstrong's legs

TILL DEATH DO US PART....NOT!


According to a report from the Census Bureau, women and men who married in the late 1970s had a less than 50% chance of still being married 25 years later. Check out these numbers:

  • 80% of first marriages that took place in the late 1950s lasted at least 15 years.
  • Only 61% of first marriages from the 1980s were still going strong 15 years later.
  • 70% of Americans married in the 1950s celebrated a 25th wedding anniversary.
  • Only 48% of people married in the 1970s kept the marriage together for 25 years.
  • On average, people who marry again typically do so in about three-and-a-half years.

Med students are among those most sought after for marriage. Yes, the top job that attracts lovers is a doctor, according to an international survey by Synovate, the market research arm of Aegis Group. On the other hand, actors, musicians, journalists and advertisers are among those whom people trust the least and are the least likely professions from which to choose a mate. The profession ranked the highest were doctors (16%), education (14%) and science % technology (10%). Ranked the lowest for marriage material were retail (1%), media and marketing (2%) and entertainers (3%).

THANKS FOR THE GREAT CALLS THIS MORNING!

Thank you for all the phone calls this morning on your favorite Super Bowl commercials. I did my best to find as many as I could. Check them out below and GO CARDINALS!!!

Budweiser Clydesdale Streaker Super Bowl XL Commercial

1995 Super Bowl ad bud frogs

Bud Lizards 1997 Superbowl Sequence

Miller High Life 1-second ads that didn't make the cut

Top Ten Super Bowl Ads 2008 - Commercials from Super Bowl 42

K-Flag Country Music Update

FAITH HILL GEARS UP FOR SUPER BOWL PERFORMANCE

Faith Hill is gearing up to sing "America the Beautiful" at the Super Bowl this Sunday when the Arizona Cardinals take on the Pittsburgh Steelers in Tampa, Florida. Hill is expected to perform prior to the official kickoff at 4:20 p.m. Hill is no stranger to the Super Bowl. She sang the national anthem back in 2000 in Atlanta. Still -- Hill tells the NFL Network that she's anxious about this weekend's performance:

"It's definitely the biggest stage. It's the biggest one by far. The nerves are huge. I have to say when I sang the national anthem, I never had experienced anything like that before. I thought I was cool and I'd be fine. And right before I walked out it was terrifying. I thought that I would never put myself in that position again, and here I am back."

Hill tells the NFL Network she was honored to get the call to perform:
"I couldn't refuse it. I love the NFL. They have been so generous to me. And it's just the greatest game in the world. And to sing America the Beautiful, I'm just honored to be back. And I'm just excited."

* The only other artists who have sung "America the Beautiful" before a Super Bowl are Vikki Carr (Super Bowl XI), Ray Charles (Super Bowl XXXV) and Alicia Keys (Super Bowl XXXIX).


KENNY CHESNEY SUFFERS FOR HIS FAME

Kenny Chesney bought a $5.7 million home in Key West, Florida last year, but has since changed his mind about moving in. Apparently news that the superstar would be living on the island at least some of the time has created such a frenzy that Chesney has opted to put the house back on the market.

He issued a statement saying, "It's funny how you can be moving out before you even move in. I may've been naive to think I could just go down to the Keys and disappear, because that was the idea. I wanted to find a place where I could just be, and thought I'd found it. But with all the buzz since we signed the papers, the last thing I want to do to someplace I love as much as Key West is change the dynamics, especially for the locals who have been so good to me, so, I'm stopping the insanity before it begins. The 'For Sale' sign is back up, and I'm just not going to be able to take possession of the house."

* The house is nearly 7,000 square feet and boasts five bedrooms and seven full baths.

SIDE NOTES

* Chesney is still trying to sell a multi-million dollar mansion he purchased in Malibu, California last year.
* His other properties include homes in the U.S. Virgin Islands and in Franklin, Tennessee.


MONTGOMERY GENTRY MEMBER PLANS FOR QUIET SUPER BOWL

It looks like a low-key Super Bowl Sunday (February 1st) for Montgomery Gentry's Troy Gentry. The singer tells us his plans started off big but will end up pretty tame.
"We've talked about having a party at our house. (We've) talked about going to parties, and it's dwindled down now to we may just quietly sit home with the family, order pizza and watch football for awhile and go to bed. I mean, there's not a whole lot of interest in it for me this year with the Titans being gone, the Eagles are out of it. If I'm pulling for anybody this year I'm kind of pulling for the Cardinals."

Gentry says the Cardinals have become his friend and fellow singer Blake Shelton's favorite team. According to Gentry, Shelton wasn't really into NFL football until a friend took the time to explain the game to him.
"The reason he got into it is one night he sat in front of the TV with a buddy of his, and one of the teams that were on was the Cardinals, and he was explaining the game to him about NFL watching the Cardinals play, so that kind of became his team, so I'm kind of rootin' for the Cardinals now and pulling for Blake."

* The Super Bowl game between the Cardinals and the Steelers will air live on NBC. Kick off is at 4:28 p.m.
* In other Montgomery Gentry news, the duo will host the inaugural "Country on the Beach" event to benefit the T.J. Martell Foundation. The all-inclusive trip will take place from December 3rd through the 6th a the Beach Palace Resort in Cancun, Mexico. The trip will offer fans such activities as local tours, celebrity auctions, volleyball, karaoke, a poolside/Oceanside clambake, celebrity bartending, spa experiences, water sports, a celebrity golf tournament at the Riviera Cancun Golf Resort, and private receptions and performances by Montgomery Gentry and special guests.
* For more information or to make reservations log onto travelininc.com or call (888) 473-8856.


DIERKS BENTLEY ALBUM SEES EARLY RELEASE ON MYSPACE

Dierks Bentley's brand new album, Feel That Fire, began streaming at myspace.com on Thursday (January 29th). This is the first country album premiere for MySpace Music. Bentley's album won't officially be released until Tuesday (February 3rd).

* Bentley said, "I know everybody always says it, but I REALLY mean it when I say that this is the best album I've ever made...we came off the road for the first time in six years and took our time to make sure it was just right."

FAST FACTS

* Feel That Fire is Bentley's fourth album.
* His self-titled debut CD was released in 2003.
* Bentley has charted five Number One hits since then.


JAKE OWEN PROVES HE'S NO FLASH IN THE PAN

The debut single from Jake Owen's upcoming album is doing for the singer what he had hoped -- giving him an identity. Owen co-wrote the song, which he tells us is helping fans to put a name with a face and a voice.
"I thought that this song for sure would be the song that kind of takes me from being a guy that has had a few hits to kind of people like really recognizing who I am cause I don't think I really got to showcase who I was as a singer. I think this song really lets me sing. I love to sing. It's what I moved to town for."

Owen says the song is also proving that despite his previous success with "Yee Haw" and "Startin' With Me," he's no one-hit wonder, so to speak.
"It's a well, simply-written song. The music's just kind of identifiable. It was the first time I've gone to radio with a song where they were like, 'Okay, we believe you now.' They kind of understood that I wasn't just like gonna bring 'em 'Yee Haw' and then never talk to 'em or see 'em ever again because I was here and gone."

* Owen debuted "Don't Think I Can't Love You" last June during CMA Music Festival in Nashville before a live audience at LP Field.
* His new album, Easy Does It, will be released on February 24th.
* "Don't Think I Can't Love You" is a Top 15 hit on the country charts.

JESSICA SIMPSON THANKS FANS FOR THEIR SUPPORT

Jessica Simpson alluded to the media's recent focus on her weight during a performance in Charlottesville, Virginia, Thursday night, telling the crowd, "Please remember, no matter what you go through in life, somebody else might have it harder. I feel like in our world today we focus on so many things that are completely pointless." While never mentioning the recent media coverage specifically, she did thank the fans for their support.

* Simpson opened for Rascal Flatts at the University of Virginia's John Paul Jones Arena.
* Simpson wore black pants, a V-neck T-shirt and a hip-length black jacket.


ALISON KRAUSS, KID ROCK ADDED TO GRAMMY PERFORMERS

Alison Krauss & Robert Plant, along with Kid Rock, are among the latest additions to the lineup of performers at the Grammy Awards. Previously announced performers include Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood, Coldplay, Jennifer Hudson, the Jonas Brothers, Paul McCartney, Katy Perry, T.I., Justin Timberlake, Jay-Z and Kanye West.

* The 51st annual Grammy Awards will take place on February 8th at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The show will air live on CBS beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET.

FAST FACTS

* Krauss and Plant together have five Grammy nominations this year -- Album of the Year and Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album for Raising Sand, Record of the Year for "Please Read The Letter," Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals for "Rich Woman," and Best Country Collaboration With Vocals for "Killing The Blues."
* Underwood is nominated for Best Country Female Vocal Performance for "Last Name."
* Chesney is up for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals for "Shiftwork" with George Strait.

Water Cooler Talk

# Men who are more sexually active in their 20s and 30s could face a far higher risk of developing prostate cancer later in life, according to a new study from researchers at Britain's Nottingham University.

# Kim Manners, the director and producer of "The X-Files" died on January 25 in Los Angeles of complications from lung cancer. He was 58.

# Elisabeth Hasselbeck of "The View" announced Thursday that she's pregnant with her third child, due in August.

# British singer-songwriter John Martyn, whose songs were covered by the likes of Eric Clapton, died Thursday. He was 60.

# The stunt man for Daniel Radcliffe in all those Harry Potter movies was injured this week on the set of another movie from an explosion.

# Michelle Obama will join her husband at Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum in March, at the Washington, DC, location.

# Now Donny Osmond says he won't be on "Dancing with the Stars" this spring.

# James Brady, a longtime celebrity columnist for Parade magazine, died Monday at age 80.

# The 45th anniversary edition of Mary Poppins is out this week on DVD. Just a spoonful of bonus features.

# Joan Rivers has two new books coming out this year, including a "tell-all" about her many cosmetic surgery procedures.

# Drew Barrymore says she's single because she can't find a guy that deserves her.

Are you ready for the Super Bowl? Here's your Friday Sports!

(AP) - Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt says practice Thursday was "really good" for the NFC Champions as they get ready for the Super Bowl Sunday. Whisenhunt watched running back J.J. Arrington go through a limited workout for the second straight day. Arrington missed all of last week's practices with a sore right knee.

Super Bowl
Sunday, Feb. 1
Tampa, Fla.
Arizona vs. Pittsburgh, 4 p.m.

(AP) - The Phoenix Suns were throttled last night by the San Antonio Spurs. Manu Ginobili made 18 free throws without a miss and finished with 30 points, and Tony Parker added 26 points in the Spurs' 114-104 victory. Amare Stoudemire led the Suns with 28 points and 10 rebounds.

(AP) - Shaquille O'Neal has been named to the NBA All-Star game for the 15th time after being snubbed last year. O'Neal and Suns teammate Amare Stoudemire are Western Conference reserves for the Feb. 15 game at Phoenix.

(AP) - Lucas Glover and James Nitties are clubhouse co-leaders through 18 holes of the PGA's FBR Open in Scottsdale. Glover and Nitties shot 6-under-par 65s on the TPC course for a one-stroke edge over Charley Hoffman and David Berganio, Jr. Play was called by darkness with nine players still on the course.

(AP) - Top-ranked Rafael Nadal is taking on fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdasco for a berth in the Australian Open final. Roger Federer already advanced to the final with a straight-sets win over Andy Roddick a day ago.

NBA Thursday's Games
Orlando 99, Cleveland 88
San Antonio 114, Phoenix 104

Friday's Games
Miami at Indiana,
Milwaukee at Toronto,
Boston at Detroit,
Washington at Philadelphia,
New Jersey at Atlanta,
L.A. Clippers at Cleveland,
L.A. Lakers at Minnesota,
Charlotte at Denver,
Oklahoma City at Utah,
Golden State at New Orleans,
Chicago at Sacramento,

NHL Thursday's Games

New Jersey 4, Boston 3, OT
Carolina 3, Tampa Bay 2
N.Y. Islanders 5, Atlanta 4
Florida 5, Montreal 1
Dallas 4, Detroit 2
Ottawa 3, St. Louis 1
Toronto 7, Colorado 4
San Jose 2, Phoenix 0
Los Angeles 5, Chicago 2

Friday's Games
Ottawa at Columbus,
Pittsburgh at New Jersey,
Philadelphia at Tampa Bay,
Minnesota at Edmonton,
Nashville at Calgary,

Top 25 Men's Basketball

Thursday's Games

( 9) Michigan St. 71 Iowa 56
(12) Clemson 86 Virginia Tech 82
Washington St. 65 (14) Arizona St. 55
(17) UCLA 81 California 66
Minnesota 59 (19) Illinois 36
(20) Gonzaga 69 (22) Saint Mary's, Calif. 62
Arizona 106 (23) Washington 97

Friday

(13) Butler vs. Valparaiso, 7 p.m.

Top-25 Women's College Basketball

Thursday's Games

(18) Florida St. 82 ( 3) Duke 75, OT
Georgia 67 ( 5) Auburn 58
( 7) California 64 UCLA 48
( 9) Stanford 81 Southern Cal 53
(10) North Carolina 77 Wake Forest 66
(12) Florida 74 Kentucky 59
(13) Tennessee 60 Mississippi 59
(15) Ohio St. 52 Michigan 44
(20) Vanderbilt 72 Arkansas 61, OT

Friday

( 8) Maryland at (19) Virginia, 7 p.m.
(21) Pittsburgh vs. Marquette, 7 p.m.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Thursday, January 29, 2009

SPORTS!!!!

Arizona Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt says the team is trying to stick to its regular practice routine at the Buccaneers' practice facility, despite the unusual nature of Super Bowl week. He says the Cards' practice tempo is as good as it's been all season.

Free agent pitcher Jon Garland and the Arizona Diamondbacks have reached a preliminary agreement on a one-year contract that includes a club option for 2010. The deal guarantees the right-hander about $7 million. Last year, Garland went 14-8 with a 4.90 ERA for the Los Angeles Angels, his highest ERA in a full season.

Tonight's pro sports schedule has the Phoenix Suns playing the San Antonio Spurs at US Airways Center and the Phoenix Coyotes visiting the San Jose Sharks. In Pac-10 college basketball tonight: No. 14 Arizona State will host Washington State and Arizona will be at home against Washington.

Last night in the NBA...

Indiana 107, Milwaukee 99
Toronto 107, New Jersey 106
Boston 119, Sacramento 100
New York 112, Atlanta 104
Miami 93, Washington 71
Detroit 98, Minnesota 89
New Orleans 94, Denver 81
Oklahoma City 114, Memphis 102, OT
Philadelphia 95, Houston 93
Dallas 117, Golden State 93
Portland 88, Charlotte 74
Chicago 95, L.A. Clippers 75

Last night in the NHL...

Pittsburgh 6, N.Y. Rangers 2
Calgary 5, Buffalo 2
Chicago 3, Anaheim 2
Nashville 5, Vancouver 3

This is the opening day of play the 2009 FBR Open. Former Arizona State star Phil Mickelson will be making his 2009 PGA Tour debut in the tournament, which is being played at the TPC Scottsdale.

Second seed Serena Williams will go for her fourth Australian Open title when she takes on No. 3 Dinara Safina in the final. Williams beat Elena Dementieva 6-3, 6-4 to earn the right to face Safina, who knocked off Vera Zvonareva 6-3, 7-6. On the men's side, Roger Federer advances to the final after beating Andy Roddick 6-2, 7-5, 7-5.

Duke has been beaten just two days after becoming the top team in the AP men's basketball poll, falling at No. 6 Wake Forest 70-68. The Demon Deacons blew a 13-point lead late in the game before James Johnson hit a tiebreaking layup with 0.8 seconds left.

Football coach Bobby Bowden has signed a one-year contract to coach a 34th season at Florida State. FSU offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher must replace Bowden by January 2011 or the school will owe him $5 million. Bowden's 382 career coaching wins are one fewer than Penn State's Joe Paterno, the all-time leader among major college coaches.

The Chicago Cubs have added a veteran reliever, acquiring right-hander Aaron Heilman from the Seattle Mariners for utilityman Ronny Cedeno and left-hander Garrett Olson. Heilman was traded to the Mariners in December after going 3-and-8 with a 5.21 ERA in 78 games for the New York Mets last year. Cedeno hit .269 in 99 games for Chicago in 2008 while Olson went 9-10 with a 6.65 ERA for Baltimore.

Twenty federal agents raided the home of the mother-in-law of Barry Bonds' personal trainer on Wednesday. Madeleine Gestas and her daughter Nicole Anderson, the trainer's wife, are the target of a tax investigation that the lawyer for Greg Anderson said is aimed at pressuring the trainer to testify at Bonds' upcoming trial.

Celebrity Gossip


JENNIFER ANISTON HAS MOST DESIRED CELEB BODY: Jennifer Aniston bumped Gisele Bundchen to claim the top spot on the 12th annual "Famed Hottest Looks" list compiled by the co-directors of The Beverly Hills Institute of Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery. According to the majority of their clients, Aniston has the most desired female figure, followed by Bundchen and Jessica Biel. The most sought-after celeb lips are Angelina Jolie while those with skin complexion in mind hope to emulate Cate Blanchett. Among the hottest heads of hair in Hollywood are the locks belonging to Isla Fisher, Blake Lively and Amanda Seyfried.

ANGELINA JOLIE WORE BACKWARDS DRESS TO SAG AWARDS: Angelina Jolie's stylist confirmed blog reports that the superstar wore her dress backwards at Sunday's (January 25th) SAG Awards. Jen Radle told Usmagazine.com that Jolie purposely turned around the dress -- which was Azria's spring 2009 collection -- to make it "more blouson." The plunging would-be neckline also allowed the mother-of-six to show off her tattoos.

DEBBIE MATENOPOULOS DEFENDS SELF AGAINST ESTRANGED HUSBAND'S CLAIMS: Debbie Matenopoulos is denying her estranged husband's claims that she's paying for nothing while living in their multimillion-dollar Los Angeles home. Jay Faires, who filed for divorce from the E! host last November, filed court papers seeking spousal support, claiming Matenopoulos "continuously lived beyond" their means during the five-year marriage. She told People magazine, "I am incredibly offended by these gross accusations and false claims that have no merit. I am very proud to say, not only do I currently pay my own expenses, I also did so for the entire duration of our marriage." A hearing on the matter is scheduled for February 23rd.

NEW MAN FOR PAMELA ANDERSON: Pamela Anderson's latest man is reportedly a scuba diver that she met in the Malibu trailer park she's been staying in until work is completed on her home. A source told Us magazine, "She is more in love than I have ever seen her before. He's a totally moral, nice, normal guy." The couple met when 42-year-old Jamie Padgett picked Anderson up in his golf cart and offered her a ride to the beach.

BART SIMPSON VOICE USES CHARACTER TO PROMOTE SCIENTOLOGY EVENT: Nancy Cartwright, who voices Bart on the animated Fox hit, The Simpsons, is using the character's name and voice to promote an upcoming Hollywood Scientology event in Los Angeles. Cartwright opens the ad by saying, "This is Bart Simpson," before admitting to the joke and identifying herself. Resuming Bart's voice, she announces the event and says, "It's gonna be a blast, man!"

JANE KRAKOWSKI AND AARON SORKIN DATING? 30 Rock star Jane Krakowski and The West Wing creator Aaron Sorkin are reportedly TV's hottest new couple. Star magazine reports in its new issue that the two are dating and buzzfoto.com claims that the pair met up at Beverly Hills High School last Saturday (January 24th) to watch his daughter's basketball game. Afterwards they reportedly went in separate cars to Sorkin's house, where Krakowski appeared to stay for the night.

COSMO'S GUYS YOU THINK YOU SHOULD DATE... BUT SHOULDN'T


  • Adrenaline Junkie -- This dude skydives, surfs, runs with the bulls anything for the rush. And he has the sick abs and chiseled arms to prove it. But to keep him happy, you need to be in perpetual motion, too. This guy does not like to sit on his ass and he doesn't like for you to sit on yours either. And it isn't just a phase. In his late 30s, he'll get into marathons, and they'll lead to triathlons and eventually to the Ironman competition. Yeah, that means a trip to Hawaii but instead of chilling on the beach, you'll be cheering him on from the sidelines. Having fun yet?
  • Nice Guy With a Chip on His Shoulder -- He'll ridicule the "tools who are trying too hard" with bold clothing choices to seem down-to-earth, but here's his dirty little secret: He spends just as much time picking out his outfit as his more fashion-conscious counterparts do. Under the casual exterior is a calculating killjoy with mom issues. He'll stand at the bar, thinking 'Why is that girl going for that dude over there? One day, she'll come to her senses and get with a nice guy like me!' The truth is, he's so preoccupied with being overlooked that he'd be totally oblivious to your attention.
  • Smooth Operator -- He's the type that rolls up to the club in an Escalade and holds court in the VIP section, ordering bottle service all night. Though he got Ds in high school, he now scores A, B, and C cups with entertaining small talk and name-dropping. Yeah, he's a Casanova in a skull cap, it replaced his trucker hat about a year ago. But this lid spells trouble. It takes confidence to pull it off with a straight face, too much confidence. There "is" such a thing. He'll shower you with attention, but beware: You may not be the only chick in that shower.
  • Workaholic Hotshot -- This guy is always dressed to the nines, because he's loaded. Simmer down the cash flow comes at a price. He toils until the wee hours, then loosens his tie and parties like there's no tomorrow. Unfortunately, there is tomorrow, and it starts in like three hours. What little time he has for you will be shared with his BlackBerry. The ugly truth: Money is the love of his life, and you're just a mistress or second mistress, since he's probably crunching more than numbers with his secretary. (Cosmopolitan)

THINGS GUYS WISH WOMEN KNEW ABOUT MEN


Shaunti Feldhahn, a syndicated newspaper columnist and author of "For Women Only: What You Need to Know About the Inner Lives of Men," offers these ten things guys wish women knew about men:

  1. Men would rather feel unloved than inadequate and disrespected
  2. A man's anger is often a response to feeling disrespected by his wife
  3. Men are insecure
  4. Men feel the burden of being the provider for their family
  5. Men want more sex (duh!)
  6. Sex means more than sex
  7. Men struggle with visual temptation
  8. Men enjoy romance, but doubt their skills to be romantic
  9. Men care about their wife's appearance
  10. Men want their wives to know how much they love them

3 Dog Bites and 2 Taser Zaps To Get This Guy!


In Elko, Nevada, a 19-year-old burglary suspect may not be the best criminal in the world, but he's one tough cookie! Sheriff's deputies said the teen had to be zapped with a Taser twice and bitten by a police dog three times before he finally stopped struggling with officers during his arrest. Police responded to a 911 call about a prowler at 3am when they spotted footprints in the snow by the home's doors, windows and even on the top of an air conditioning unit. So they brought out Besmo, the police dog, who caught the scent and led them to the suspect who was sitting in his vehicle and appeared intoxicated. When the guy refused to remove his hands from his sweat shirt pocket and exit the vehicle, the dog was ordered to jump through an open window and help extract him. Deputies pulled him to the ground but he still wouldn't comply so the dog was ordered to bite him again. Still unfazed, the suspect was zapped with a Taser but still wouldn't give up. A third attack by the dog and another blast from the stun gun finally did the trick. He's been charged with attempted burglary, obstructing an officer and destruction of private property. (myway.com)

We Love You Boss. We'll Work For Free! DONT GET ANY IDEAS CRAIG!


Dave Barham must be the best boss in the world. The owner of Mr. B's Pancake House in Muskegon, Michigan, has come on some challenging times as business has declined due to the economic recession. So to help out, lead server Mary VanDam asked co-workers if they might be willing to work one shift without pay to help Dave out. All 17 servers, cooks, busboys, dishwashers, cashiers and hostesses agreed and worked the day shift on January 18 for only tips from customers. VanDam said, "This is a wonderful business. We want to see it succeed." When customers heard about the workers' effort, they tipped a little more. The workers divided the tips equally and each took home $51. VanDam said Barham met his payroll more than once by dipping into his own pockets. (Muskegon Chronicle)

Can you hear me now???


Prolonged use of your cell phone can render you unable to hear consonants like "s," "f," "t," and "z." A study of more than 100 cell phone addicts discovered that those who yak on the device for more than 60 minutes a day can expect to experience hearing loss and, perhaps, become unable to follow conversations. Signs to watch out for include ear warmth and fullness and ringing in the ears. Using ear phones, rather than holding the phone up to your ear, may provide some protection. And if that's not enough, Cosmopolitan reports dialing a handheld device while driving increase the risk of a crash or near crash by nearly three times.

Believe it or not, we spend 70% less time at work...


than our ancestors did a century ago, but our leisure time hasn't increased at all, says a recent National Bureau of Economic Research study. As it turns out, we're devoting more "free" time to education, and we've also upped our housework hours. You might think the advent of appliances and technology would make for fewer hours scrubbing and scouring, but it seems we've gone and raised our spick-and-span standards in reaction, say the study's authors.

May I have a box of Tagalongs please??


It's that time of year when the Girl Scouts are asking you to buy Girl Scout cookies. But this year, if you order that box of Thin Mints, Do-Si-Dos, Tagalongs or Lemon Chalet Creme cookies, you may be in a for a big surprise. They've been downsized. AOL's WalletPop.com reports that a representative for the Girl Scouts blames it on flour prices, which are up 30%, and cocoa prices, which have soared 20%.

K-Flag Country Music News

FAITH HILL MAKES SUPER BOWL HISTORY WITH THIS WEEKEND'S PERFORMANCE

Faith Hill's Super Bowl appearance this weekend will be history-making. She will be the first artist to ever perform both the National Anthem and "America The Beautiful" in the Super Bowl pre-show, in addition to becoming only the fourth artist in Super Bowl history to sing "America The Beautiful." While Hill isn't singing the National Anthem at Sunday's game, she did perform it at the Super Bowl in Atlanta in 1999.

* Hill said, "I love a good football game, but I'm not making any predictions just yet. But the chance to perform this song, especially during these times, is especially meaningful to me. I'm just so grateful to have been given the opportunity."
* As the voice of NBC's Sunday Night Football for the past two years, Hill recorded a new Super Bowl opener in Nashville earlier this month.

FAST FACTS

* The Super Bowl between the Arizona Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Steelers takes place at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. Kickoff takes place at 4:28 p.m. AZ time. The game airs live on NBC.


DIERKS BENTLEY LIKES BEING ACCESSIBLE TO THE FANS

Dierks Bentley fans will get a chance to know the singer even better during Thursday night's (January 29th) premiere of the GAC special, Feel That Fire. The show follows the singer to his hockey game, his trip to Japan and even inside his Nashville home. Bentley used to turn down opportunities to bring the media into his personal life, but he tells us that these days he's gotten a lot more comfortable with it:

"Yeah, it's a slippery slope. Initially you say no to everything and then you start saying yes to something. 'Okay, we'll do a People magazine thing,' and then they wanna shoot about the baby . . . 'Oh, alright,' then once you do that you're like, 'You know what? Who cares. Come on in, check it out.' I've never overly ridden that public/private line too much. I mean, your house is like, pretty . . . It's like your last kind of thing there, but now it's like it's wide open, which is great. I've always kind of lived that way anyway."

Bentley adds that he's always had an open door policy with his fans:

"I'd like to think I'm one of the more accessible singers to country fans out there in general, the way we do our meet & greets, the way I run the website. It's pretty much wide open. There's no question that's off limits, and I want them to have as much access as they want to have. Even just making this record there's been a lot of behind the scenes stuff that's been available for free on the website, not even the paid part of it. Just go on the front page (and) you can check out how this record was made and a year's worth of footage, so I'm happy to have 'em in there and check it out."

* Dierks Bentley: Feel That Fire airs at 10:00 p.m. ET on GAC.
* Bentley also invites CMT cameras inside his home on the newest installment of CMT Cribs. The show also airs Thursday night at 9:00 p.m. ET.


TAYLOR SWIFT'S EIGHT-WEEK CHART RIDE CONTINUES

Taylor Swift's Fearless album maintains its grip on the top spot on the Billboard 200 album chart for an eighth week. While sales last week dropped slightly, Swift managed to move 63,000 copies of the project, enough to hold off Beyonce, Nickelback and Britney Spears.

FAST FACTS

* To date, Swift has sold more than two million copies of Fearless.
* The album was released in November of 2008.


MONTGOMERY GENTRY CELEBRATE NUMBER ONE, REACT TO LOSS OF LYNYRD SKYNYRD MEMBER

The latest Number One hit from Montgomery Gentry was the reason for celebration at a party in Nashville on Wednesday afternoon (January 28th). Winter weather in Eddie Montgomery's home state of Kentucky kept the singer from attending the event, but Troy Gentry was on hand to acknowledge the feat.

Montgomery Gentry's last single, "Back When I Knew It All," topped the country charts last summer. "Roll With Me" claimed the Number One spot late last year, marking a first for the duo, as Gentry tells us:

"You know, this is another mile marker in Montgomery Gentry history as it's our first back-to-back Number Ones. This is our fifth Number One, but this is the first one we've had back-to-back. (To) put icing on the cake, right before Christmas it was a two-week Number One, which with the record freeze and everything else with radio it makes it a four-week Number One, so it was a great Christmas present for Eddie and I both."

The festive mood of the party took a serious turn when Gentry reacted to the passing of Lynyrd Skynyrd member Billy Powell this week. Gentry got to know Powell when the two acts taped an episode of CMT's popular series, Crossroads, in 2004.

"It's a sad day, I guess, for anybody that grew up on southern rock. We grew up playing a lot of Lynyrd Skynyrd songs and have had the pleasure of performing with them onstage, or sharing the stage and onstage together with the CMT show we did with them. It was a big highlight just for Eddie and I just to be able to be around them and Billy Powell's one of the big names -- you know, Lynyrd Skynyrd. He'll definitely be missed, and I'll never forget any of the moments that we shared onstage, on and off."


TOBY KEITH HOPES YOU WANT TO DRESS LIKE HIM

He's thrown his hat into the restaurant business and the acting arena, and now Toby Keith adds clothing designer to his repertoire. The entertainer has created his own clothing line called TK Steelman. The line launches on February 18th at his own I Love This Bar & Grill in Harrah's Las Vegas.

* The line appeals to men in the 25-54 demographic with such attire as long-sleeve shirts, t-shirts, polos, sweatshirts, jeans, cowboy hats, baseball caps, bandanas, belts, and leather wrist straps.
* The look mixes the influences Keith brings to his own wardrobe, which are described in a release as a shy; "part rocker and part biker with a country sexy aesthetic. . ."
* The line is aimed at retailers like Kohl's, Target, Wal-Mart and Macy's. It will eventually expand to women.
* It was developed in partnership with Royal Merchandising Group, which already produces merchandise for Keith's restaurants. The launch date coincides with the MAGIC Marketplace convention, the world's largest fashion trade event, taking place from February 17th through the 19th in Las Vegas.

LEANN RIMES WRITES BOOK TO GO ALONG WITH SONG

LeAnn Rimes is making the leap from songwriter to author. The singer is taking a song she co-wrote on her latest album, called "What I Cannot Change," and turning it into a 128-page book. Also called What I Cannot Change, the book features a collection of stories from people who have gone on their own journeys of transformation and will include a CD of the song. Fans can pick up a copy of the book beginning on April 14th.

SIDE NOTES

* Rimes' latest album, Family, was released in 2007.
* Rimes is scheduled to present at the upcoming Grammy Awards on February 8th. She is also nominated for Best Favorite Country Female Performance for "What I Cannot Change."


LYNYRD SKYNYRD KEYBOARDIST BILLY POWELL DEAD AT 56

Lynyrd Skynyrd keyboardist Billy Powell died early Wednesday (January 28th) at his home in Orange Park, Florida, at the age of 56. The Associated Press reported that Powell called 911 at 12:55 a.m. claiming that he was having difficulty breathing. EMS workers performed CPR, but he was pronounced dead at 1:52 a.m. Powell had a history of heart problems and had missed an appointment for a cardiac evaluation the day before his death. A police spokesman said that a heart attack is suspected and that no autopsy is planned. Memorial plans are still pending.

The band issued a statement on their official website lynyrdskynyrd.com saying, "A Great Loss -- Beloved Pianist for the Lynyrd Skynyrd Band, Billy Powell, passed away last night. We will post more info shortly. The family and band request your respect and understanding during this difficult time. Thank you."

Billboard reported that the band's future shows have all been postponed. Skynyrd was due to play tomorrow night (January 30th) in Kinder, Louisiana, and on Saturday (January 31st) in Biloxi, Miss. A European tour beginning on May 20th in Finland is still up in the air.

* Powell and founding guitarist Gary Rossington were the only two surviving band members in the group that were in the October 20th, 1977 plane crash that killed singer Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines and his sister backup vocalist Cassie Gaines. Since the crash, guitarist Allen Collins and bassist Leon Wilkeson have also died. Drummer Artimus Pyle has been fired from the band.
* Powell started his career with Skynyrd as a roadie, and according to legend, after leader Ronnie Van Zant heard him play the piano part to "Free Bird," he was hired on as a full member. After the plane crash, Powell, Rossington, Collins, and Wilkeson formed the Rossington-Collins Band, and released two albums between 1980 and 1982.
* Back in 2004 we caught up with Powell and Rossington. Powell said the ongoing combination of rock and country was inspiring to him, with Rossington adding that he was hopeful it would have a direct benefit on Skynyrd:

(Powell) "We're a rock-and-roll band with a touch of country, and there's a lot of country bands out there, you know, that have a touch of rock-and-roll. And, and it looks like in 2004 there's a crossover thing happening. And I think it's pretty cool, you know, that rock bands are getting more country oriented, and, and vice-versa, I mean, you know, which I think is pretty cool." (Rossington) "Yeah, maybe CMT'll start playing some Skynyrd now."

Water Cooler Talk

* Billy Powell, a keyboardist for Lynyrd Skynyrd, died at his northeast Florida home on Wednesday. He was 56. Powell was one of two surviving band members who were with the group before a 1977 plane crash that killed three of its members.

* Author John Updike has passed away, after a short battle with cancer, at age 76. He gave us "Witches of Eastwick."

* David Archuleta will appear on Nickelodeon's iCarly on February 7.

* Director John Landis is suing Michael Jackson, saying he didn't receive his share of the profits from the 1983 video, "Thriller."

* The postmaster general asked Congress on Wednesday to lift the requirement that USPS deliver mail six days a week. If the change happens, Tuesday or Saturdays are likely to be eliminated for delivery of mail.

* Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will take the stage at the Super Bowl on Sunday, and then hit the road on a concert tour April 1.

* What you won't read in Candace Smith's bio as a contestant in the latest round of "Survivor" is that she was once named in a sex tape scandal suit by Colin Farrell.

* Next Monday will be the 50th anniversary of "The Day The Music Died."

* Penelope Cruz was staying at Selma Hayek's house and was planning to sleep through the Oscar nominations... but her host woke her up and made sure she heard her nomination.

* Jennifer Lopez is giving serious thought to starring in a Broadway musical.

* Amy Winehouse says she's going to visit her husband in jail to try and talk him out of filing for divorce.

* The former sales manager for the Philadelphia Soul arena football team is suing club owner Jon Bon Jovi and his partners for nearly $125,000.

* Argentina's president had invited Elton John to get together... but when she postponed their meeting by 5 hours, Elton said, "Forget it" and flew out of the country.

* Just back from their honeymoon, Fergie and new hubby Josh Duhamel say they plan to adopt a child as soon as possible.

* In Denver, a woman gave birth to her baby in a public library.

* Nancy Cartwright, the voice of Bart Simpson, has ticked off the creator of the Simpsons because she's using Bart's voice to promote a Scientology event with a pre-recorded, automated call.

* American Idol Runner-up Katharine McPhee was dropped by her record label, but then resigned by another.

* Wow, Meg Ryan's latest movie, "The Deal"... is going direct to DVD. Ouch!

* Now investigators says that Olivia Newton-John's ex-boyfriend staged his own death four years ago and is living on a boat somewhere.

* Sorry to say that a big craze in Hollywood is vandalizing the stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Taggers wrote "Old" and "Fur Hag" on Sharon Stone's star the other night.

* American Idol contestant Melinda Doolittle's gospel album comes out next month.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

YOUR CRAVINGS DECODED


(Glamour) Dying for Oreos or chips? Your body may be trying to tell you something about your diet, says Keri Glassman, R.D., a New York City nutritionist. Tune in and avoid packing on the pounds when you crave:

  • Salty or greasy food -- It could mean you're slightly dehydrated. "Salt holds water in," says Glassman. "Your body may be trying to hang onto the fluids it's got." Aim for eight glasses of water a day.
  • Candy or chocolate -- It could mean you need protein. Without its slow releasing energy, your body will try to get a quick fix to boost blood sugar. Try a cup of yogurt it has 24 percent of your daily protein total.
  • Bread or pasta -- It could mean you don't eat enough. Starches are already partially broken down, so your body knows carbs will give it energy fast. Be sure to eat at least 1,200 calories a day.

A WHOLE LOTTA SHAKIN'


Experts say the way you shake hands can make or break the kind of impression you project. check out the variety of handshakes below and choose the one that reflects your own personal style. Then read what your hand is telling people.

  • Lazy -- A handshake with no oomph is considered a sign of weakness or insecurity. Your lack of enthusiasm indicates a total disinterest.
  • Two hands -- Glad-handing can convey warmth and sincerity, but it may also put off strangers as assuming too much intimacy.
  • Bone crusher -- You can be proud of your buff bod with-out hurting others. Lighten up before you put someone in the ER.
  • Pull -- Pulling someone closer while you shake makes others think you're bossy. Try not to come across as so overbearing.
  • Firm -- Shaking with your full hand while maintaining eye contact is a winner. You're making a statement of confidence and self-esteem.
  • Underhand -- If you grip with an underhanded move that twists the other person's wrist, you are a total control freak.
  • Finger snag -- Shaking or squeezing the four fingers of your acquaintance denotes domination -- and it's creepy too.

10 funny flirting facts


  1. Flirting is good for you. Studies show that people who flirt have higher white blood-cell counts, which boost their immunity and keep them healthy.
  2. Think it ends at a little eye batting? Hardly -- all told, scientists say there are 52 "flirting signals" used by humans. Of these, the hair flip is the most common.
  3. In some places, flirting is illegal. In Little Rock, AR, an antiquated law is still on the books warning that engaging in playful banter may result in a 30-day jail term. In New York City, another outdated law mandates that men may be fined $25 for gazing lasciviously at a female; a second conviction stipulates the offender wear a pair of blinders whenever he goes out for a walk.
  4. Why wait for Happy Hour? Lots of people get their flirt on during their morning commute. A full 62 percent of drivers have flirted with someone in a different vehicle while on the go, and 31 percent of those flirtations, it turns out, resulted in a date.
  5. Flirting need not occur face to face. According to Pew Research, 40 percent of people who look for love online say they can easily flirt with someone via email or IM.
  6. In the Victorian era, fans were the ultimate playful prop that could communicate all sorts of messages. A fan placed near the heart meant, You have won my love. A half-opened fan pressed to the lips suggested, You may kiss me.
  7. These days, cell phones do the flirting. In one survey, half of all mobile phone users have texted suggestive messages to keep things interesting while away from their amour.
  8. Watch out, you can overdo it. According to the Social Issues Research Centre, the most common mistake people make when flirting is maintaining too much eye contact.
  9. Sometimes, flirty gestures aren't what they seem. Research has shown that men tend to routinely mistake friendly behavior for flirting.
  10. Flirting is universal. A woman living in New York City and one in rural Cambodia may not have much in common, but when it comes to attracting a little attention, they both employ the very same move: smiling, arching their eyebrows, then averting their gaze and giggling.

What is something that no one tells you before marriage?


We primed them with this list from Redbook: "8 Things No One Tells You About Marriage":

  1. You will look at the person lying next to you and wonder, Is this it? Forever?
  2. You'll work harder than you ever imagined.
  3. You will sometimes go to bed mad (and maybe even wake up madder).
  4. You will go without sex -- sometimes for a long time -- and that's okay.
  5. Getting your way is usually not as important as finding a way to work together.
  6. A great marriage doesn't mean no conflict; it simply means a couple keeps trying to get it right.
  7. You'll realize that you can only change yourself.
  8. As you face your fears and insecurities, you will find out what you're really made of.

Fast Facts



95% of women are most likely to pay attention to the vehicle's cleanliness both inside and out on their date's car, according to survey by Ford Motor Co. 58% said that the condition of their date's vehicle would at least somewhat impact their attraction to the person.

Having a romantic relationship makes both men and women happier, and the stronger the relationship's commitment, the greater the happiness and sense of well-being of its partners, according to a recent study from Cornell University and Pennsylvania State University. Interestingly, both husbands and wives have a far greater sense of well-being, compared to singles or co-habitators, even if the marriage is not a particularly happy one.


75% of teens online use Instant Messaging for about 40 minutes per day, compared with 42% of adults. Some 20% of teens have used IM to ask someone out and to break up as well. Almost a third of teens admit to saying something in an Instant Message that they wouldn't have said in person.


If you love hip hop music, chances are you have fared better in the bedroom than your friends who prefer country music. Hip hop fans are likely to have had more sexual partners in the last five years than fans of other types of music, according to a study from Britain's University of Leicester.


According to Women's Health, the average person loses 49 minutes of sleep each night when they share a bed with a snorer. And the mag estimates that 30% of women snore with some regularity.



Couples who smooch just for the heck of it have eight times less stress and depression than those who pucker up only when they have sex, a Berman Center Study found.



Teenagers, texting, and driving: Three words you never want to hear in a sentence. These days text messaging has taken over a quick phone call and even a conversation that could take 1

5 minutes, especially with our teens. California is trying to pass a law that does not allow teenagers to text while driving. The argument could be: should anyone be texting while driving. Is this safe? Is it safe for a young teenager or young adult to drive and text, or better yet at any age? We did a poll on our web page and be of people said that all electronic devices should be banned, be the drivers kids or adults.

Give the girl some space!


Glamour reports about women and their living space:

  • 36% say their biggest decorating splurge was their bed
  • The average young single woman pays $456 a month in rent
  • 35% of women younger than 45 own their own home
  • 85% say they clean their home once a week or more
  • 67% tackle their own project around the house
  • 37% would rather garden or paint their place than go shopping
  • 45% say they most often eat dinner on their couch
  • 47% of women ages 18-24 still live at home with their parents
  • 9% of women age 25-34 still live at home with their parents
  • 77% of women described their decorating style as cozy and casual
  • 39% of people do not decorate for the holidays

K-Flag Country Music News

TICKETS TO KENNY CHESNEY'S PHILLY SHOW GO ON SALE EARLY

Demand for tickets to Kenny Chesney's stadium show at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia went on sale yesterday, two weeks earlier than originally scheduled. The June 27th Sun City Carnival show will also feature performances from Sugarland, Montgomery Gentry, Miranda Lambert and Lady Antebellum.

* Chesney said, "This is our third year in Philadelphia, and it's becoming one of those markets like Boston, where the fans come out and make us feel like a big part of their summer. And you can tell, these fans are invested in the music, in who we are..."
* The Sun City Carnival tour stop in Boston on August 15th sold out in less than 10 minutes. This is Chesney's fifth consecutive sold out show at the city's Gillette Stadium.

FAST FACTS

* Chesney's 2008 Poets & Pirates tour was the only one last year to draw more than a million fans. This is the seventh year in a row that Chesney has managed that feat.
* The singer recently earned his first Grammy nomination for "Shiftwork," featuring George Strait. Chesney is set to perform live on the 51st Grammy Awards broadcast, which airs on February 8th on CBS.


TRACE ADKINS SAYS IT MIGHT BE WISE TO 'MARRY FOR MONEY'

Trace Adkins is a big fan of his new single, "Marry For Money." Adkins gets a kick out of the funny tune, which he told us could be the answer to someone's financial crisis.

"'Marry For Money'? That's a great song! It's my economic stimulus plan. I think that if everybody that has a lot of money in this country would marry somebody that doesn't, it could solve all our problems. And people that don't have money should try really hard to marry somebody that does."

* "Marry For Money" is featured on Adkins' new album, X (Ten).
* Adkins was among the artists celebrating their recent Grammy nominations during a party in Nashville on Monday (January 26th) night. The singer is up for Best Country Male Performance for "You're Gonna Miss This." The 51st annual Grammy Awards takes place February 8th in Los Angeles.


LITTLE BIG TOWN'S OPENING BAND CONTEST DRAWS BIG RESPONSE

The competition to be Little Big Town's opening act is heating up. The group recently announced a contest inviting local bands to compete for the chance to open one of four of Little Big Town's shows in March.

Group member Karen Fairchild told us that response has been incredible.

"I think that like as of yesterday there was like 145 bands had already entered, so now it's up to their fans to vote (for) them. The four of us luckily don't have that pressure, so we don't have the pick. The fans will dictate. Whoever has the most votes will get the opening slot."

Kimberly Schlapman and Jimi Westbrook recall their early days of trying to be heard:

"(Schlapman) We'll never forget those days. They made us who we are today, and it's so important at that point to just get your music out for people to hear. That's the main goal at that point, cause that's how you grow your grassroots and also, it's really great that we get to give another band that opportunity. (Westbrook) There's so many talented musicians in bands out there, and they deserve to be heard. This is just a great way to do it."

* Little Big Town kicked off their A Place To Land tour last weekend. This is their first headlining tour.
* Upcoming shows include Montgomery, Alabama tomorrow (Thursday, January 29th) night, Atlanta, Georgia on Friday (January 30th) and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on Saturday (January 31st).


CHUCK WICKS HELPS OUT HOMETOWN IN NEED

Chuck Wicks lent a helping hand to his hometown of Smyrna, Delaware over the weekend. The singer and his girlfriend, Julianne Hough, performed a benefit concert for the local Boys & Girls Club in the gym of Wicks' old high school. Wicks learned of the organization's need for building repairs from his aunt, who happens to be the superintendent of the city's school district. Admission to the event was the purchase of a Chuck Wicks CD. His record label then donated back the cost of the CD to the Boys & Girls Club. More than 6,000 CDs were sold at the show, in addition to auction items. All in all, the fundraiser brought in more than $25,000.

* Wicks told the Smyrna-Clayton Sun Times that he hopes to make the event an annual one.
* Wicks plays the Grand Ole Opry on Friday (January 31st).

SIDE NOTES

* Wicks and Hough began dating last August while on Brad Paisley's Paisley Party tour.
* Hough recently told People magazine that the two are contemplating marriage.


MICHELLE BRANCH IS ALMOST DONE WITH HER NEW SOLO ALBUM

Michelle Branch is hard at work on a new solo album and recently posted a clip of the new song, "My Way," on her website. There's no word on when the set, tentatively titled Everything Comes and Goes, will be released, but Branch say she's almost done. She wrote a note to fans on her website, explaining, "I love you guys. Thanks for attempting to be patient while I add the final touches. This is the best record I have made to date (in my opinion anyway) and I can't wait for you all to hear it." The upcoming effort will be Branch's first solo release since 2003's Hotel Paper. Over the last few years, she's released material with her country duo the Wreckers.

FAST FACTS

* Branch was born in Sedona, Arizona. She now lives outside of Nashville, Tennessee.
* She married her bass player, Teddy Landau, in 2004.

NO FEAR!


Men's Health asked readers what they fear:

  • 64% do not fear public speaking
  • 63% do not fear growing older
  • 65% do not fear death
  • 88% do not fear air travel
  • 57% do not fear a poor sexual performance

Water Cooler Talk

* A federal appeals court has ordered Taco Bell to pay $42 million to the creators of the little Chihuahua who made the phrase "!Yo quiero Taco Bell!" popular.

* Matt Lauer will have the first sit-down interview with President Obama since he took office... and you'll see that in the Super Bowl pre-game show.

* To trim your waistline and tone your abs, just play with a hula hoop! Personal trainer Lorrie Henry of Phoenix, Arizona says the still-popular toy is becoming a staple in many fitness and exercise routines.

* Notice how the TV stations have been yelling "February 17th is coming!" for a while now. Now it appears congress believes America is not ready to make the switch to digital TV quite yet... and are planning on delaying the deadline four months or so.

* How about this new celebrity couple: Kirsten Dunst and Josh Hartnett?

* Rapper Kanye West now wants to be known as Martin Louis the King, Jr., incorporating his love of the French designer Louis Vuittone with a tribute to U.S. civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.

* Marie's done it... now, Donny Osmond is said to be interested in "Dancing with the Stars."

* The ashes of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry and his wife will both be shot into space some time next year.

* Madonna tops Pollstar's top 20 concert tours with $5.153,252 in receipts and an average ticket price of $142.38.

* Hope you didn't have your fingers crossed for any more "Fantastic Four" movies. That franchise appears to be dead.

* Spice Girl Geri Halliwell is engaged to wed Italian yacht-company owner Fabrizio Politi.

SPORTS!!!!

Kurt Warner was having a hard time finding a job four years ago. No matter that he had been to two Super Bowls and won one of them, or that he'd been an NFL and Super Bowl MVP. Now he's getting ready to lead the Arizona Cardinals at the Super Bowl on Sunday. Coach Ken Whisenhunt says hopefully Warner should be recognized as "one of the best players to ever play his position."

Not all die-hard Arizona Cardinals fans heading to Florida this week plan to actually attend Sunday's Super Bowl game. Some Arizonans are going to Tampa just to be in the middle of Super Bowl madness, even though they don't have tickets to the big show. Kickoff for the Super Bowl matchup between the Cardinals and Pittsburgh Steelers will be 4:15 p.m. Sunday.

The Anaheim Ducks beat the Phoenix Coyotes 7-3 in Glendale last night. The Ducks are now even with Phoenix for fifth place in the Western Conference playoff standings. The Coyotes lost for just the second time in their last seven home games.

Also in the NHL last night....

Columbus 3, Detroit 2, OT
Boston 3, Washington 2, OT
N.Y. Rangers 3, Carolina 2
New Jersey 4, Ottawa 1
Florida 3, Philadelphia 2
Tampa Bay 5, Montreal 3
Minnesota 6, Toronto 1
Dallas 2, Atlanta 0
Buffalo 10, Edmonton 2
San Jose 3, Colorado 0

In the NBA

Orlando 135, Indiana 111
Cleveland 117, Sacramento 110
Denver 100, Memphis 85
San Antonio 106, Utah 100
Charlotte 117, L.A. Lakers 110, 2OT

The Chicago White Sox's new $100 million spring training complex in Glendale is expected to be ready for workouts when players report next month. The Sox will share the facility with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Chicago pitchers and catchers are scheduled to hold their first workout Feb. 15. Their first spring training game is set for March 1.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

FIND THE REAL HIM


(Cosmopolitan) To scratch beneath your man's exterior, ask yourself these questions. They are subtle but reveal a surprising amount:

  • Does he have fond childhood memories of his parents? -- If he didn't feel adored as a kid, he may have difficulty forming emotional attachments now. But if he felt loved, he can likely give his heart freely.
  • Does he refuse to work at a job he hates? -- A guy who sacrifices security to follow his passion doesn't cruise through life in the easy lane, which means he'll stick with you through thick and thin.
  • Can he laugh at himself? -- Being able to make light of his screwups is a sure sign that he has an easygoing disposition and probably won't come down too hard on you either.
  • Is he still tight with old male friends? -- Maintaining long-term close ties shows loyalty, and the fact that they are guys indicates that he isn't threatened by other men... or presumably, a strong female.
  • How does he feel about his ex-girlfriends? -- If he talks about them respectfully or is still friendly with a few, it's a pretty safe bet he's a stand-up guy since he was able to sever the relationship with grace.

WHAT DO YOUR FINGERNAILS REVEAL ABOUT YOU?


(Sun) If hands are your most valuable tool, fingernails are mute testaments to your interests and lifestyle. "the way you do or don't maintain your nails reveals important aspects of your personality," explains palmistry expert Jackie Metavoy. "The shape and contour also offers clues to your daily routine and habits." So what are your paws saying to the world? Choose the description and find out what your fingernails reveal about you:

  • French style manicure with square nails -- You're a charming dreamer whose head is often in the clouds as you think fanciful thoughts. The soft pink and while of your nails matches your sweet, warm nature, which remains positive even in the worst of times. You understand and accept the foibles of others, displaying an amazing amount of patience when life doesn't go your way. That generosity of spirit wins the love and loyalty of others.
  • No polish with slightly bitten cuticles -- You're a creative person who's too busy developing edgy solutions to everyday problems to bother with manicures. In fact, the short length of your nails is due more to nibbling than filing as a result of your high strung temperament. You're often super sensitive and wear your heart on your sleeve. But you're also quick to forgive a slight, especially if others are willing to pitch in to help you achieve your goals.
  • Long, narrow nails with a healthy glow -- You're a cool customer with a sophisticated air that impresses everyone you meet. You're ultra-feminine, which attracts the opposite sex in droves. But women are drawn to you, too, because of your enviable knowledge of the latest trends in fashion, decor and beauty. Family and friends can also attest to your thoughtfulness and warmth, which you offer in abundance.
  • Polished with attention getting color -- You're a bubbly extrovert who decorates everything from the walls in your living room to your fingernails with bright, happy colors. You're eager to try anything new because you're easily bored with the status quo. The eye catching polish makes your hands a focal point that you use like a maestro, gesturing extravagantly when talking to others. Your sharp brain assures you're never at a loss for words.
  • Clipped short and neat with clear polish -- You're a go-getter who charges through life full speed ahead. You back up your ambitions with plenty of hard work and a down to earth attitude that helps you succeed both at work and at play. Your neat nails reflect your ability to handle several chores simultaneously, completing them all with grace and flair. Your practical nature makes you the one person whom family and friends turn to in a crisis.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW


An ugly baby? Is there such a thing? And how would you know if a baby is truly cute or not? Apparently there is a scientific way of doing so. And guess who's the best at figuring out who's cute or not? Young women. Young women are much better than men of all ages at spotting a cute baby, finds a new study. The younger women beat older women at the task, too. Past research has shown that the chubby cheeks, big eyes and oversized foreheads of infants can trigger child-caring behaviors in mothers. But what causes this link between cuddly-cute babies and mothers has been unknown.

Do you think video games are a blessing or a curse? Many people bash video games saying that they make kids fat because children don't go outside to play anymore. I think not! Maybe some just sit there and play, but not if you have the Wii! We talked about a 10-year-old in Ireland who managed to walk again after for years in a wheelchair. She received treatment in a New York hospital, attending Wii therapy courses for six days a week. While she had conventional treatments, such as hydrotherapy, it was the Wii Fit that the girl took a shine to and which helped her back on her feet again.

Do you have the winter blues? What do you do to fight them? Scientists have a name for the winter blues: SAD: seasonal affective disorder. It's a form of depression with symptoms of SAD including feeling sad or blue during the winter months, with dissipation of those feelings with the arrival of spring. Don't believe it? SAD has been recognized by the medical community for over 20 years.

Are you ready to hear this?

30% of high school students have committed a crime -- specifically, stealing something from a store. In addition, 64% admit they have cheated on a test. That's the word from a large survey of nearly 30,000 U.S. high school students from 100 randomly-selected public and private high schools nationwide conducted by the Josephson Institute, a Los Angeles-based ethics institute. Even though they confessed to lying, cheating and stealing, the students still insisted they are good people with sound ethics. The survey also found that 35% of boys and 26% of girls (30%) said they had stolen something from a store within the past year.

Max is the most popular name for both dogs and cats.

For the sixth consecutive year, Max is the most popular name for both dogs and cats. That's according to Veterinary Pet Insurance, which insured some 466,000 clients. Only 13 dogs in VPI's database went by Fido in 2008, placing the name at number 2,866. Rover wasn't far behind at number 2,534. Lassie was number 1,572), Pluto was number 1,009), Spot was number 659) and Fluffy was number 338.

The top 10 names for dogs:

  1. Max
  2. Bailey
  3. Bella
  4. Molly
  5. Lucy
  6. Buddy
  7. Maggie
  8. Daisy
  9. Sophie
  10. Chloe

The top 10 cat names:

  1. Max
  2. Chloe
  3. Tigger
  4. Tiger
  5. Lucy
  6. Smokey
  7. Oliver
  8. Bella
  9. Shadow
  10. Charlie

How should you approach a co-worker you're interested in:


Stuff recently asked women how they think men should approach a co-worker they're interested in:

  • 54% -- Become friends first and see what happens. Downside: This could take days.
  • 17% -- a co-worker should never cross that line.
  • 15% -- Be bold and ask her out.
  • 13% -- flirt while having drinks after work, then make a move.
  • 1% -- grab her and kiss her. Risky, a 100-1 shot. But worth your career?

K-Flag Country Music Update

BLAKE SHELTON TOPS CHARTS AGAIN

Blake Shelton claims the top of the R&R and MediaBase Country Singles charts this week with his latest hit, "She Wouldn't Be Gone." This is Shelton's second consecutive chart-topper. "Home" reached Number One last year. "She Wouldn't Be Gone" has been a challenging song for Shelton to perform, both melodically and lyrically, as Blake tells us:

"There's no doubt it's a special song. I've been able to dump more emotion into that vocal than any other thing I've ever cut before, and there's a lot of reasons why, I think. I never quite heard a lyric to where -- as you listen to it -- it's pretty much over. But this guy believes if he could just find her there's just a little bit of a chance there that he could make things right and be able to fix this thing. But he knows he's running out of time, so the lyrics are written in kind of a panic, and so you're able to sing it with that type of emotion and energy."

* "She Wouldn't Be Gone" is the first single from Shelton's most recent release, Startin' Fires.
* The singer hits the road with George Strait this summer.



TAYLOR SWIFT HAS 'UNWAVERING DEVOTION' TO BRITNEY SPEARS

Taylor Swift is apparently a long-time Britney Spears fan. In a new MySpace blog, the singer writes about how her mother rearranged her bathroom while she was in Los Angeles recently to film an episode of CSI. When she came back home, Swift quickly noticed that her mother did some rearranging and was "startled" when she realized her Spears poster was missing from its original spot. She adds, "I searched the room frantically for a few seconds before finding its new spot. My Britney Spears poster (from 6th grade) had been relocated to my bedroom, which is another AMAZING upgrade. This way, I see it more often and it more proudly displays my unwavering devotion to Britney Spears."

SIDE NOTES

* Swift has talked being influenced by several artists, including Shania Twain, Faith Hill, and the Dixie Chicks.
* Swift's latest album is called Fearless.
* Meanwhile, Spears will kick off a tour in March.


CARRIE UNDERWOOD, RASCAL FLATTS TO APPEAR ON KATIE COURIC'S GRAMMY SPECIAL

Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts and Taylor Swift will be among the star-studded lineup of guests on an upcoming CBS All Access Grammy special, hosted by Katie Couric. The show airs on February 4th.

* Other artists set to appear include Justin Timberlake, Lil' Wayne, Katy Perry, the Jonas Brothers, Metallica, Ne-Yo, John Legend, Kid Rock, and Jordin Sparks.

FAST FACTS

* Underwood is nominated for a Grammy in the Best Female Country Vocal Performance category for "Last Name."
* Rascal Flatts is nominated for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group for "Every Day."
* The 51st annual Grammy Awards will air on February 8th on CBS.


BRAD PAISLEY ANNOUNCES 'AMERICAN SATURDAY NIGHT' TOUR

Brad Paisley's Paisley Party tour wraps up on March 14th, but the singer won't be away from the road long. He has already announced that his 2009 American Saturday Night tour will begin on June 5th in Charlotte, North Carolina. The 41-date run will feature special guests Dierks Bentley, who is currently on tour with Paisley, and Jimmy Wayne. The American Saturday Night tour is scheduled to wrap up on October 17th in West Palm Beach, Florida.

FAST FACTS

* The Paisley Party tour has sold over 750,000 tickets for its 59 dates.
* Paisley has charted 13 Number One hits throughout his career, including "Start A Band," a duet with Keith Urban. That song is Paisley's ninth consecutive chart-topper.


REBA McENTIRE BESTS DOLLY PARTON

Reba McEntire makes country music history this week for being the female singer with the most Top 10 singles. Her collaboration with Brooks & Dunn on "Cowgirls Don't Cry" puts her over the edge, surpassing Dolly Parton, with whom she was once tied for 55 Top 10's.

* McEntire said, "Wow! Dolly is one of my idols and good friends. To even be mentioned in the same sentence as her is huge to me. To be able to accomplish a 56th top ten hit while singing with my buddies, Brooks & Dunn, makes it all so much sweeter. I love country radio, and I plan to be a part of it as long as they'll have me!"

FAST FACTS

* McEntire has sold over 55 million albums worldwide and has charted 33 Number One hits.
* She is currently in the studio working on her debut single for Nashville indie label Valory Records. The new music is scheduled to hit radio this spring.


PAT GREEN ALBUM RELEASED TODAY

Pat Green's new album, What I'm For, hits retail outlets today (Tuesday, January 27th). The 10-song CD is the followup to Green's 2006 release, Cannonball.

As is the case with most artists, Green feels his latest is his greatest, as he tells us:

"There's no doubt this is my best record. As a complete composition goes it's one of those things where I can definitely point at it and say, "Man, the songs, I think, in my estimation are stronger, just as far as how they were crafted, just the whole feeling from start to finish. This time around I just feel like we hit the nail on the head.'"

Green said he took a little more prepared approach to What I'm For than he has with previous albums.

"There was definitely a great deal more focus coming into this record. I wrote 34 songs before we even stepped in the studio, so, I mean, we pretty much had a direction before we got there, whereas usually I walk into the studio with a blank canvas and sayin, 'I hope I write something good!'"

* So far, so good: Green's debut single, "Let Me," is a Top 15 hit on the country charts.

KELLIE PICKLER ADOPTS A MONKEY

Kellie Pickler has added a monkey to her growing family of pets. The singer has not yet named the animal, which is a marmoset monkey. The tiny companion only weighs three ounces, according to Pickler's MySpace page.

* The singer said, "She is so sweet, and she has the best personality. I absolutely love her."
* Pickler's other four-legged friends include a Chihuahua named Moo Moo, a cat named Pickles and a python.

FAST FACTS

* The former American Idol finalist is the new face of Sexy Hair products. She will be seen in advertisements for the company through the end of the year.
* Pickler's new single, "Best Days Of Your Life," was co-written with Taylor Swift.

K-FLAG SPORTS

More than 1,000 fans gathered at the Phoenix airport to see off the Arizona Cardinals as they headed to Tampa to face the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Super Bowl. Fans say it's satisfying to finally see their team in the big game after having suffered through numerous mediocre seasons.

Kurt Warner and the Arizona Cardinals flew into town ahead of schedule to get ready for an unexpected Super Bowl appearance. Warner won a Super Bowl title with St. Louis in 2000. He leads a team of Cardinals who are mostly newcomers to the NFL's biggest stage.

Shaquille O'Neal scored 29 points Monday night as the Phoenix Suns wrapped up a six-game East Coast swing with a 103-87 win over the Washington Wizards. O'Neal went 10-for-14 from the field, 9-for-10 from the free throw line and had eight rebounds in 36 minutes for the Suns.

In the NBA last night....

Miami 95 Atlanta 79
New York 104 Houston 98
Minnesota 90 Milwaukee 83
Oklahoma City 94 New Jersey 85
New Orleans 101 Philadelphia 86
Portland 113 L-A Clippers 88

TOP-25 Men's COLLEGE BASKETBALL

( 4) Oklahoma 89 Oklahoma St. 81
( 8) Marquette 71 Notre Dame 64

TOP-25 WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

( 1) Connecticut 93 ( 6) Louisville 65
(19) Virginia 75 Clemson 67

Houston guard Aubrey Coleman will serve a one-game suspension for violating the league's sportsmanship policy. That's for stepping on another player during the Cougars' game at Arizona. Coleman was ejected Saturday after stepping on the face of Arizona's Chase Budinger following a charge call with 9:51 left in the game. Arizona went on to win 96-90 in overtime.

Water Cooler Talk

* Britain's Prince Harry and his girlfriend of five years, Chelsy Davy, have gone their separate ways.

* VH1 has teamed up Dallas Cowboys receiver Terrell Owens, who will star in his own reality show slated to premiere in the summer of 2009.

* Gisele Bundchen says that, despite popular rumors, she and Tom Brady are not engaged.

* No Kevin Federline or Cindy McCain on the next round of "Dancing with the Stars." They've been officially ruled out.

* Michelle Obama is upset with the makers of Beanie Babies for naming two dolls after her daughters.

* Patrick Swayze is writing a memoir with his wife Lisa.

* Katie Stam of Indiana was crowned Miss America over the weekend.

* Aretha Franklin not only sang at Barack Obama's inauguration... but she also gave him copies of 17 sermons that her minister father had given, plus an engraved Bible.

* Producer James L. Nederlander has acquired the rights for a stage version of Michael Jackson's "Thriller" and "Off the Wall."

* Remember us telling you about that Dallas high school girls basketball team that beat another team recently 100-0? The coach of the winning team was fired for saying that he wasn't sorry they ran up the score.

* Dodgers manger Joe Torre has a new book coming out that contains a few stinging attacks on the New York Yankees... including how they referred to Alex Rodriguez as "A-Fraud." He'll be on Letterman to talk about the book next Tuesday.

* Illinois Governor Blagojevich told ABC's "Good Morning America" that he considered appointing Oprah Winfrey to that U.S. Senate seat left vacant by President Obama.

* Billy Werber, the oldest living former major league baseball player and last surviving teammate of Babe Ruth, died last week at age 100.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Angelina Jolie's former bodyguard is reportedly planning a tell-all book....


about the actress and her partner Brad Pitt. Mickey Brett's tome is thought to expose how the actress got together with Pitt while he was still married to Jennifer Aniston and include details of the couple's sex life. "He (Brett) knows everything about Angelina. It's going to be one of the most explosive books ever written," a publishing insider told In Touch magazine. Brett headed up the couple's security when the couple went into hiding in Namibia before the birth of their daughter Shiloh in 2006, but was allegedly fired by Pitt last year. The source said that Brett never signed a confidentiality agreement with the couple and that "It (the book) will include all the sordid details of how they (Pitt and Jolie) got together while Brad was still married to Jennifer Aniston." The pair have always claimed that they only started a relationship once Pitt split from the Friends star. (British Glamour)

THE AVERAGE AMERICAN


For all Americans who want to be above average, all you have to do is exercise for more than 17 minutes a day, or devote more than 24 minutes to daily grooming, or buy more than one bottle of wine. Those are just some of the statistics that define Mr. or Ms. Average American, according to a new Time magazine study. Here's what they found about the "Average American":

  • Spends an average of 8 hours and 38 minutes a night sleeping
  • About 30 percent of Americans suffer from insomnia
  • 40 percent snore
  • 85 percent have nightmares
  • Spends 18 to 36 minutes a day eating breakfast
  • 25 minutes commuting to work
  • 38 hours each year in traffic jams
  • 26 gallons of gas are wasted annually when trapped in traffic
  • Watches an average of 3 hours of TV a day that is based on averaging the 4 hours and 38 minutes men stare at the boob tube with the 1 hour and 28 minutes of TV time women rack up.
  • The average U.S. household has more TVs (2.73) than people (2.6)
  • 83 percent of Americans don't exercise at all
  • Fitness fanatics sweat enough to make us all look good with an overall average of exercising 17 minutes a day.
  • Purchases 7 bottles of liquor a year
  • Purchases 12 bottles of wine
  • Purchases 230 glasses of beer
  • The total tab spent on booze in the U.S. is $155 billion a year
  • On an average day, we purchase 160,968 bottles of Absolut Vodka
  • On an average day, we purchase 93,000 jars of Ragu tomato sauce
  • On an average day, we purchase 60 million fresh eggs
  • On an average day, we purchase 443,650 large orders of Burger King fries
  • On an average day, we purchase half-million Titleist golf balls
  • On the job, the happiest workers are priests, firefighters, and reservation and ticket agents.
  • The most miserable workers are gas station attendants, roofers and other construction workers.

YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT


Did you know that what you typically put on your plate speaks volumes about your personality? Discover what your choices mean by completing this quiz and find out more about you:

Your typical breakfast is:

  1. Hot cereal with blueberries.
  2. An English muffin.
  3. Eggs and toast.

Your favorite sauce over pasta is:

  1. Garlic and olive oil.
  2. Alfredo.
  3. Marinara.

You eat most of your food:

  1. At lunchtime.
  2. At night.
  3. By munching throughout the day.

When you're nervous, you tend to eat:

  1. Nuts, chips or fruit.
  2. Candy, cake or cookies.
  3. Ice cream.

Analysis

Mostly "a" - You're a practical person who opts for good nutrition that tastes delicious, too. You're also quite confident in the kitchen your favorite room in the house where you prepare innovative recipes for family and friends.

Mostly "b" - You're so energetic and open to new things that your food choices are an eclectic mix. You're more concerned with enjoying yourself than worrying about consequences. You figure pleasing your palate is worth some extra exercise.

Mostly "c" - You're wise enough to eat nutritious foods while feeling no guilt over an occasional indulgence. Being so conscious of what it takes to stay healthy makes you a happy person who's less likely to ever become overweight.

Celebrity Gossip


PRINCE HARRY AND GIRLFRIEND SPLIT: Prince Harry and his girlfriend Chelsy Davy have ended their five-year relationship. People magazine reported that the couple parted amicably after a recent vacation together. A palace source said, "They are remaining friends. There have been all sorts of reasons given [for the split] but suffice it to say they felt that it had run its course." Britain's New of the World claims that Davy, who spent a majority of the relationship away from her beau at school, broke things off with the 24-year-old prince because she was tired of his "playboy antics."

MOLLY RINGWALD PREGNANT WITH TWINS: Molly Ringwald is pregnant with twins. The 1980's film star, who is currently featured on The Secret Life of the American Teenager, will welcome a boy and a girl in August. A spokesperson for the ABC Family show said that the 40-year-old's pregnancy will be written into the program's storyline. Ringwald and her husband Panio Gianopoulos, who is 33, also have a five-year-old daughter named Mathilda.

SUSPECT ARRESTED FOR 'LIPSTICK JUNGLE' THEFT: A stage manager connected with Lipstick Jungle was arrested and charged with stealing nearly $30,000 worth of designer fashions from the show. The district attorney's office said that 27-year-old Arthur Moreira was busted in a sting operation on Friday (January 23rd) that included officer's buying stolen goods from him at his apartment. The crime was first detected by employees of French designer Sylvia Toledano after they found several items they'd lent to the show on eBay. Some of the stolen items included sequined mosaic clutches, an Oscar de la Renta snakeskin bag and Gucci coats.

JUDGE SIDES WITH KELLY RUTHERFORD IN CUSTODY HEARING: A judge ruled late last week that Kelly Rutherford is allowed to take her two-year-old son Hermes with her to New York where she films Gossip Girl. The actress's estranged husband sought an order that would keep the boy in Los Angeles with him, claiming Rutherford's schedule was not conducive to his well-being. Judge Michael Levanas decided that removing Hermes from his mother "cold turkey" would be difficult, therefore allowing Rutherford to bring him to New York would be the plan least likely to cause him trauma. Rutherford, who is pregnant with the couple's second child, was due to leave for New York on Sunday (January 25th).

'MAD MEN' ACTRESS ENGAGED TO 'SNL' STAR: Mad Men star Elizabeth Moss plans to wed Saturday Night Live funnyman Fred Armisen. The 26-year-old actress revealed the news to USAWeekend.com last Thursday (January 22nd), saying, "It happened just a few days ago. It's private, so I don't want to share the details of how it happened, but I will say it was perfect." 42-year-old Armisen has lately been best-known for his Barack Obama impression on SNL.

KELLY OSBOURNE BACK IN REHAB: Kelly Osbourne is back in rehab. Her mother, Sharon Osbourne confirmed that the 24-year-old is seeking treatment for an undisclosed issue at Oregon's Hazelden Alcohol and Drug rehabilitation center. She said, "Yeah, Kelly's in rehab. What else can we say? She knew that it was the right thing to do at this point and we're proud that she did it. The family is all standing behind her. Kelly knew that she needed help and she's getting it." EOnline.com reported that Osbourne spent time in similar Los Angeles-area treatment programs in Promises, when she was 18, and Las Encinas, at 20.

OLSEN TWIN'S WALK OF FAME STAR VANDALIZED: Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was vandalized by anti-fur protesters. PerezHilton.com posted a picture of the defaced star, which featured the words, "Fur Hags."

'CSI' STAR FIGHTS OFF WOULD-BE ROBBER: CSI actor Gerald McCullouch "slugged" a would-be robber who tried to grab his laptop on the New York City subway. McCullough told the New York Daily News that after he confronted the man, "He pulled a kitchen knife out of a black plastic bag. This thing must have had a blade 10 inches long. The other passengers started running out the door and into the next car." Eventually, cops rushed in and subdued the criminal and McCullouch escaped unharmed.

WATER COOLER TALK


  • The Miss America pageant was held over the weekend. Who knew? It was shown on TLC.
  • Jennifer Love Hewitt's fiance, Ross McCall, is dismissing reports the couple has split -- insisting they are "working it out."
  • Luke Song's hat shop in Detroit was responsible for that hat Aretha Franklin wore at the inauguration. Their phone has been ringing off the hook with women who want one.
  • Pope Benedict XVI joined U.S. President Barack Obama and Queen Elizabeth II on Friday by launching his own YouTube channel.
  • The newest Jenny Craig spokesperson? Phylicia Rashad.
  • When Kate Winslet was a young teenager, she had a crush on "Dirty Dancing" star Patrick Swayze and thought he was sexiest person she had ever laid eyes on.
  • The folks that make Beanie Babies have come out with some dolls named after the first daughters: "Sweet Sasha" and "Marvelous Malia."
  • Miley Cyrus can't stop texting -- even when it's inappropriate. Star magazine reports that Miley was caught texting her boyfriend in church, and the pastor gave her a good talking-to so she won't do it again.
  • That classical music you hear performed by Yo-Yo Ma and others at the inauguration? Pre-recorded. They decided it was too cold to perform the music live and have the instruments stay in tune.
  • In Japan, it's popular to use Barack Obama's book and CD to learn the English language.
  • Playboy reports Americans discard 426,000 mobile phones every day.
  • Alanis Morissette was in Brazil last week, exploring the Amazon, playing with monkeys and swimming with dolphins.
  • Don't ask Shia Lebeouf for a ride. After his accident last year, he's had his drivers license suspended for a year.
  • One Texas high school girls' basketball team has apologized to another after being them 100-0 in a game this past week.
  • Michael's lost love, Holly Flax, may be making a return soon to "The Office."
  • Sure, they divorced last year... but now we near that Pink and Carey Hart are trying a second go at it.
  • 88% of Cosmopolitan readers have been creeped out by a guy who has a crush on them.
  • So you know, there is a rumor out there that Cindy McCain has expressed interest in appearing on the next season of "Dancing with the Stars."

If you can't wait until spring, you're in luck!


It will arrive about two days earlier than it should, according to a new study by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley and Harvard University. HealthDay News reports that not only have average worldwide temperatures been rising for the last 50 years, but the hottest day of the year has shifted to almost two days earlier. And it's not just global warming that is to blame. Human activity is also the culprit in the shift in seasons. "We see 100 years where there is a very natural pattern of variability, and then we see a large departure from that pattern at the same time as global mean temperatures start increasing, which makes us suspect that there's a human role here," said Alexander R. Stine, a graduate student in UC Berkeley's department of earth and planetary science and first author of the report.

Has anyone ever told you how much you and your mate look alike?


Chances are, it's because you really do. Researchers from the University of Liverpool, in conjuction with the University of Durham and the University of St. Andrews, have determined that the longer we're with someone, the more we grow alike in appearance. Even more interesting, they found out that we tend to choose someone in the first place whose looks resemble ours. Why? Partners who are genetically similar to each other tend to have happier marriages, and similarities in personalities and physical features might be one way to measure genetic similarity.

The best city if you love to read is....


Minneapolis, MN and Seattle, WA, according to an annual ranking conducted this year by the Center for Public Policy and Social Research at Central Connecticut State University. The ranking was based on local newspaper and magazine circulation, library data, online news readership, book purchases, Internet resources and educational achievement in cities with a population of 250,000 or more. Here's the top ten cities for literacy:

  1. Minneapolis
  2. Seattle
  3. Washington, DC
  4. St. Paul, MN
  5. San Francisco
  6. Atlanta
  7. Denver
  8. Boston
  9. St. Louis
  10. Cincinnati, Portland (tie)

Friday, January 23, 2009


While in our nation's capital for the inauguration festivities, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw reportedly had dinner with Bruce Springsteen, Tom Hanks and Hanks' wife, Rita Wilson. The group gathered at the fancy Blue Duck Tavern at Washington, D.C.'s Park Hyatt hotel. According to People magazine, they enjoyed each other's company so much that they all went to dinner again over the weekend at Charlie Palmer Steakhouse Faith was among the ensemble who performed "America's Song," an anthem written by producer David Foster to mark President Obama's inauguration. She also sang "If My Heart Had Wings" at the Neighborhood Inaugural Ball.


Kellie Pickler is the new face of Sexy Hair products. She and Dancing With The Stars professional dancer Cheryl Burke have signed a multi-million dollar agreement with the company to appear in its consumer and trade publication ads and promotional materials, as well as participate in Sexy Hair's publicity campaign throughout 2009. Pickler said, "I've been using Sexy Hair products for a couple of years and I'm thrilled to be working with them. I need all the Sexy I can get!"Advertisements featuring Pickler and Burke begin in April and run through December is such publications as Allure, Cosmopolitan, Modern Salon, and American Salon.

SIDE NOTES

  • Pickler will join Dolly Parton, Brooks & Dunn's Ronnie Dunn, and Keith Anderson to perform at the "Gift of Music" benefit concert on February 2nd at Nashville's Wildhorse Saloon. The event benefits the W. O. Smith School of Music. General admission tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster.

Rumors about the men in Carrie Underwood's life seem to make tabloid fodder all the time, but there's only one constant companion in the singer's life right now -- her beloved little dog. Underwood says the two have a very special relationship:
  • Underwood is set to perform at the 51st annual Grammy Awards, coming up on February 8th. The singer is also nominated for Best Female Country Performance for "Last Name." The show will air live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on CBS.
Jason Aldean will release his career third album, Wide Open, on April 7th. The 10-track CD includes Aldean's brand new single, "She's Country," which he debuted on the CMA Awards in November. The song is the fastest-rising single of Aldean's career to date.
  • Aldean said, "Wide open is the only way I know how to live. When it came time to give this album a title, that track just summed it all up . . . it describes my personality and attitude 100 percent," explains Aldean. "Me and the guys in the band went into the studio and recorded these songs live, and tried to picture ourselves playing them in an arena down the road somewhere. I think you can definitely feel that energy. "

FAST FACTS

  • Aldean's first two albums have sold more than two million copies.
  • The singer wraps up his stint on Toby Keith's Biggest & Baddest tour on January 31st in La Crosse, Wisconsin.
Opry star Little Jimmy Dickens was moved to a Nashville area rehabilitation center to continue recovery after undergoing surgery to repair a subdural hematoma last week. Dickens will not be at the center for long, according to an Opry publicist.

FAST FACTS

  • The 88-year-old entertainer has been a member of the Grand Ole Opry for 60 years.
  • Dickens was made a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1983.

WATER COOLER TALK


  • So first, there was the stumble taking the presidential oath. Then, to cover the bases, President Obama and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court did a re-do in the White House... and now it's being pointed out that, at the second swearing in, no Bible was used.
  • Katy Perry, the 24-year-old singer known for her hit "I Kissed a Girl," has taken a vow of celibacy for one year.
  • Askmen.com asked its readers who the world most desirable woman was and the answer? Eva Mendes was #1, Meagan Fox came in second.
  • As expected, late Australian actor Heath Ledger was nominated for his supporting role as the Joker in "The Dark Knight."
  • Recognize the opening act at Toby Keith's concert? Yep, that's "Dancing With The Stars" pro, Julianne Hough, doing the singing thing these days.
  • Police in the Bahamas have launched an investigation surrounding an attempt to extort money from John Travolta.
  • Steve Martin's hosting SNL this weekend. That's his 15th time back!
  • George Clooney will be on one of the final episodes of "E.R." He's filming the scenes this week.
  • Hall of Fame receiver Micahel Irvin is launching a reality TV show in which 12 football wannabees will compete for a spot on the Dallas Cowboys' training camp roster.
  • "Twilight" will come out on DVD March 21st.
  • Will Ferrell's one-man show, "A final night with George Bush," opened on Broadway this week for an 8-week run. Almost sold out.
  • We wonder if Maureen Dowd knows that Tom Hanks came to her Inaugural Day party, was outside, but it was so crowded that he couldn't get in, so he just left!
  • If you don't want to wait, you can always pre-order season 5 of "Lost" right now on Amazon.com.
  • The American Kennel Club says that, for the 18th year in a row, the Labrador retriever is America's most popular breed of dog?
  • Web developer George Huger says he turned $5 into $35,000 when he bought the expired Internet domain name for former President George W. Bush's presidential library and then sold it back.
  • After a five-year break, Gwen Stefani WILL be back with no doubt for this summer's big concert tour.

SNEAKY WAYS TO READ YOUR BOSS


(Men's Health) Marc Salem is a mentalist by trade. That is, he makes a living toiling in minds. We know what you're thinking: "Cool, I'd love to be able to read thoughts." Who wouldn't? Then you'd know what your boss really thinks of you. Then you'd have advance warning that your girlfriend is going to dump you -- so you could beat her to the punch. Well, it can be done based on a sound principle of nature: The subconscious always rats out the conscious. By understanding how the brain and body react in certain situations, you can train yourself to decode the nonverbal messages people unwittingly transmit. As Yogi Berra once said, "You can observe a lot just by watching." Look for...

  • Mismatched gestures -- If your boss's hand motions don't match what he's saying, he could be trying to cover something. For example, he says, "I think you're doing a good job," but he points at you after he says it.
  • Tone shifts -- Most people speak steadily. Pitch changes quickly corrected signal truth-stretching. Same goes for voice cracks or changes in rhythm.
  • Avoidance or overfriendliness -- You know your boss... that's the baseline. If he becomes uncharacteristically aloof or buddy-buddy. You can bet that changes are afoot.
  • False smiles -- These are easy to spot: Remember, the insincere smile vanishes quickly; the legitimate one appears and fades slowly.
  • Eye darts -- Separate parts of the brain control real memories and fabrications. How his eyes move will clue you in.

WHAT DOES YOUR PET'S NAME REVEAL ABOUT YOU?

(Sun) Did you know that the name you chose for your pet is a reflection of your personality? Experts say it reveals a treasure trove of information about both you and your relationship with your furry or feathered friend. Choose the category that fits you and your pet, and see learn more about the real you:

  • Human name -- You're a warm, nurturing person who considers your pet a member of the family. Just like with your other loved ones, you're attentive to his or her needs, and you lavish your pet with affection.
  • Name to match appearance -- You're an easy going person with a practical outlook. So it figures you'd find a name like Shaggy or Spot that reflects your pet's looks and personality. After all, he or she is as individual as anyone else in your circle of family and friends.
  • Famous name -- You're a self assured type who loves flaunting your knowledge of pop culture, including naming your animal after a famous person. Your confident air also attracts people with the same flair.
  • Old fashioned name -- Although your pal's moniker may be Fido, you can't deny that you have a terrific imagination. In fact, using a name that's no longer popular emphasizes your creative side along with your infectious sense of humor.
  • Unique name -- You're an extrovert who loves to be the center of attention and giving your pet an offbeat name is a sure way to gain the spotlight. People are so intrigued, you find yourself in spontaneous conversations wherever you go.

WHAT WOMEN WANT IN THEIR MEN


From a Cargo magazine survey of 866 women asking for their opinions of men's fashion and hygiene:

What is the sexiest outfit a man can wear?

  • 58% - jeans and t-shirt
  • 19% - pants and a hip shirt
  • 17% - suit and tie

What kind of underwear should a man wear?

  • 48% - boxer briefs
  • 46% - briefs
  • 2% - none

What should men do with their chest hair?

  • 40% - trim it
  • 28% - keep it hairy
  • 22% - get rid of all of it

What should men do with their back hair?

  • 55% - remove any that sticks out of a shirt
  • 35% - get rid of all of it

What should men do with facial hair?

  • 42% - shave regularly
  • 31% - maintain a five o'clock shadow

What should men do with pubic hair?

  • 63% - trim it
  • 22% - leave it alone

Other interesting results?

  • 77% say too many men use too much cologne
  • 58% say men shouldn't wear sandals
  • 56% say men should wear traditional swim trunks at the beach
  • 3% say men should wear bikini suits at the beach

K-Flag Country Music Update

ALAN JACKSON RETURNS TO TOP OF COUNTRY CHARTS

"Country Boy" by Alan Jackson claims the Number One spot on the Billboard and R&R singles charts. This is Jackson's third consecutive chart-topper from his latest album, Good Time.

Jackson has earned an impressive place in country music history with such rare feats as album sales of more than 50 million units, 30-plus Number One hits, the majority of which he wrote, and being one of the most award-nominated artists in the genre. Despite all the accolades, Jackson remains humble.

"I feel like in today's standards I've earned some respect as an artist and songwriter. I never thought I was a great singer compared to some singers I know."

Jackson attributes his popularity and longevity to the universal messages in his music.

"I think there's something in the quality of the way we produce our records and the way I sing that has an honesty to it that regular people like, and I think I still connect with the working man, and that's where I came from, so I think that's helped endure me a little bit."

* Good Time was released last year and debuted atop the country and pop sales charts in its first week of release.
* Jackson's Good Time tour plays in Orlando, Florida, tomorrow night (Saturday, January 24th).



KEITH URBAN IS 'DEFYING GRAVITY' WITH NEXT ALBUM

Keith Urban has set a lofty goal for his next album -- Defying Gravity. At least, that's the name he's giving to the new collection of songs, which is due out on March 31st. Defying Gravity includes Urban's current hit, "Sweet Thing."

* Urban said, "Defying Gravity comes from the lyrics of a song on the album, and it just struck me at the time as a phrase that really defined the joyous, optimistic, and uplifting spirit that seemed to show itself while making the album."

SIDE NOTES

* Urban will kick off his Escape Together World tour 2009 in May. Exact dates have not yet been announced, but the singer will play in 58 cities across North America.
* Urban will team with a different touring partner in each city, including Sugarland, Taylor Swift, Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, The Zac Brown Band and Dierks Bentley.


KEITH ANDERSON CANCELS TOUR DATES, PREPARES FOR VOCAL SURGERY

Keith Anderson has been put on vocal rest, forcing him to cancel his upcoming tour dates for the rest of this month and all of February. The singer will undergo minor vocal cord surgery later this month.

* Anderson issued a statement saying, "I'm grateful to be able to take this time off during the dead of winter, a typically slower time on the touring schedule. I certainly look forward to hitting it full throttle in March."

SIDE NOTES

* Anderson's first show back will be on March 21st in Oakland, California at Oracle Arena.
* His new single, "She Could've Been Mine," is currently climbing the country charts.


JIMMY WAYNE AND THE 'MOTHERLY' PATTY LOVELESS

He's been talking about wanting to do it for years, but Jimmy Wayne finally got the chance to record a duet with his favorite female singer, Patty Loveless, for his current album, Do You Believe Me Now. The song is called "No Good For Me," and as Wayne tells us, it's one that finally got the thumbs up from Loveless.

"She and I talked about maybe doing some work together before, but I never had the song that she was into, but she calls me. She checks on me."

The two singers have developed a friendship outside the studio. In fact, Wayne says that Loveless treats him like a son:

"It was cool! One time I was on her bus and we were riding back from Indiana, and I was sleeping on the couch in the living room, and I felt something, like a blanket on me, like in the middle of the night, and I woke up real fast and she was covering me up 'cause I had fallen asleep on the couch. She's very motherly, and she went on back to bed. (She's) just a very nice woman."

* Wayne's current single, "I Will," is a Top 25 hit on the country charts.
* The singer plays the Grizzly Rose in Denver tonight (Friday, January 23rd).


'GONE COUNTRY' SEASON THREE KICKS OFF TOMORROW

The third season of CMT's Gone Country premieres tomorrow (Saturday, January 24th) at 8 p.m. ET. This time around the cast includes funk musician George Clinton; Miss USA 2006 Tara Conner; pop singer Taylor Dayne; Monkees lead singer Micky Dolenz; musician Sheila E.; actor Richard Grieco; and American Idol runner up Justin Guarini.

John Rich returns as host of the show.

FAST FACTS

* All seven competing celebrities live together in a Nashville mansion during the show's taping. Their goal is to transform themselves into the best all-around country performer. The winning artist will record and release their own song with Rich's help.
* Rocker Sebastian Bach won last season's Gone Country. Bach is currently working on his first country album.

Ever wonder what ex-Presidents are costing us every year?


(from KHQ.com) Today taxpayers are supporting our former presidents to the tune of more than $2.9 million. Their yearly salary pension is $191,000. Aside from that, each gets a staff; that staff costs you, the taxpayer, $96,000 per president. Among the amenities we pay for is rent for their office space - President Clinton's rent in Harlem is $516,000 a year, while the first President Bush spends $69,000 a year on "equipment" and want all the details?

  • We are paying for President Bush's (Bush 41) subscription to the Wall Street Journal which costs $242 a year.
  • Bush 41 also spends money on office furniture at Brookstone. His total for supplies in just January of 2006 alone was $7,538.
  • Former President Bill Clinton seems to spend the most across the board. His phone bill from the records KHQ received from 2006 cost taxpayers $104,000.
  • We also pay for the satellite TV in his office, complete with eight separate receivers and all the movie channels that come with the "entertainment package". Your cost? $1,800 per year.

When it comes to their hair......

more than two-thirds of women prefer it to be straight rather than curly reports Britain's Daily Mail of a poll of 2,500 women. The recent poll also found that the hair color most women prefer is brunette (43%) followed by blonde (33%) and red (12%). And get this, the average woman plunks down almost $70,000 in her lifetime on hair products, styling and coloring, as well as just under two years of her life washing, styling, cutting, coloring, crimping and straightening her hair at home and in salons. In a single day, the typical woman spends about 40 minutes on her hair.


Most women would give up sex for a new wardrobe. That's the word from a survey of 1000 women in ten U.S. cities by Unilever. Women on average say they would be willing to give up sex for 15 months for a closet full of new apparel. Two% said they would become celibate for three years in exchange for all those new clothes. Want more?

  • 61% said it would be worse to lose their favorite article of clothing than give up sex for a month.
  • The average woman between 18-54 has kept her favorite article of clothing for 12.5 years, which is one year longer than she has stayed in her longest love relationship.
  • 70% said they believed in love at first sight -- that is, when it comes to finding the perfect article of clothing. This compares to 54% who say they are that confident in spotting Mr. Right at first sight.
  • 48% said their favorite article of clothing was more reliable than their man when it comes to giving them confidence and making them feel sexy.

ShopSmart


A recent survey by ShopSmart magazine finds that 76% of American women enjoy shopping, but one-third say the most stressful part is waiting in checkout lines, followed by 29% stressed by interacting with salespeople. The average woman, says the report, spends 385 hours annually shopping. The ShopSmart Opinion Poll found that:

  • 87% of the female shoppers agreed that getting the best price was the most important thing to them
  • 25% would rather save time than save money
  • The most popular common non-grocery product purchased over the past three months by 95% of women was clothing (77%), shoes (58%), cosmetics (56%) and vitamins or supplements (52%).
  • 57% of American women find the best bargains at discount department stores like Wal-Mart and Target, while only 17% felt that the best deals were to be had on the web.
  • 56% of the shoppers said that price is least important when purchasing lingerie
  • 55% said sporting goods, 53% said auto repair and vitamins or supplements,
  • 51% thought that price was least important for cosmetics.
  • However, 72% of women said that price is key when purchasing clothing/groceries, 70% said travel, and 69% said house wares/small appliances.

Shoppers relied mostly on friends and family (45%) as trusted sources for shopping and products to avoid buyer's remorse, while the least trusted sources of shopping advice were sales people (39%), and advertising (31%).

Measure Your Feet Day


If you want to know what someone is really like, take a look at their feet, according to Dr. Nancy Sax, the world's leading personality on feet analysis.

  • Second toe larger than the others: You're the dependable, conservative type who always keeps your emotions in check. These types fare very well in the fields of medicine, banking and science. They're good providers, but don't expect any excitement or fireworks.
  • Big third toe: Look out! These unpredictable types have hot-and-cold personalities, they're totally charming one moment then erupt in a volcanic fit of anger the next.
  • Big baby toe: These people spread sunshine wherever they go.
  • Long toes: The sign of great intellectual capacity - these are the thinkers of the world. Authors, philosophers and great world leaders often have very long toes.
  • Little toes: These folks don't like to make a scene. But their little toes don't mean you can walk all over them! When backed up against the wall, they'll stand up and fight.
  • Wide feet: These folks are the backbone of society, the hard workers who have strong family values and dedication to their church, family and community.
  • Narrow feet: The shy, quiet type who don't like to draw attention to themselves. Beneath the shy exteriors is a relaxed, well-balanced person.
  • Webbed toes: A fun person who won't duck a good time! These extroverts are the life-of-the party types and make great salesmen and entertainers.

Friday's Sports

The 15th annual Laughlin Desert Challenge is underway, starting with last night's "Laughlin Leap" event. Larry Roeseler drove took his "Trophy Truck" into the Laughlin Night Sky to a distance of 161 feet 6 inches. Trophy Truck qualifying is today at 1:30pm NV time and racing gets underway on Saturday & Sunday Morning at 7am NV time.

Running back J.J. Arrington was sidelined with a knee injury as the Arizona Cardinals practiced for the first time since winning the NFC championship. Meanwhile, linebacker Travis LaBoy (biceps), defensive end Antonio Smith (knee) and punter Ben Graham (left groin) were limited in practice yesterday.

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Anquan Boldin is laughing off the negative reaction to his nationally televised run-in with offensive coordinator Todd Haley, calling it "hilarious." Boldin's shouting match with the coach on the sideline came as Arizona drove for the winning touchdown in Sunday's 32-25 victory over Philadelphia in the NFC championship game.


The Phoenix Suns will be looking to avoid a third consecutive loss while trying to remain perfect all-time against the surging Charlotte Bobcats. The Suns have won all eight previous meetings against Charlotte, but have lost four of their last five games entering tonight's game.

Phoenix Suns forward Amare Stoudemire has earned his first start in an NBA All-Star Game. Stoudemire edged Carmello Anthony of the Denver Nuggets for the second forward spot alongside San Antonio's Tim Duncan and Houston's Yao Ming in the Western Conference frontcourt for the game to be played Feb. 15 in Phoenix.


Only a couple of games played in the NBA last night...
Boston 90, Orlando 80
L.A. Lakers 117, Washington 97

Hockey rinks are dark as the best on ice are migrating to Montreal for Sunday night's All-Star game at Bell Centre. One star who won't be participating in the All-Star game is Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby, the top vote-getter who's out with a knee injury and has been replaced by Tampa Bay's Martin St. Louis.

The Memphis Grizzlies have fired coach Marc Iavaroni after a disappointing 11-and-30 start with no successor immediately named. The Grizzlies are the seventh team to fire their coach this season, following Washington, Toronto, Sacramento, Philadelphia, Oklahoma City and Minnesota.

According to the Web site Deadspin.com, Mark McGwire's youngest brother says in a book proposal that he injected the former baseball star with steroids. Jay McGwire, who is a bodybuilder, says Mark McGwire started using steroids in 1994, an allegation the baseball slugger has always denied.

The Chicago Cubs are getting new owners. The billionaire Ricketts family has been selected by Tribune Co. in a winning bid worth about $900 million in a deal that also includes Wrigley Field and a 25 percent interest in a regional sports cable franchise.

Pat Perez takes a two-shot lead over Briny Baird into today's third round of the 90-hole Bob Hope Chrysler Classic. Perez has shot 61 and 64 in his first two days and is the first player in PGA Tour history to play a 36-hole stretch in a tournament at 20 under par.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

WATER COOLER TALK


  • "Lost" is back on Wednesday nights. Others say "Lost" is now back in Texas.
  • Yes, former President Bush is now living back in Texas, so he can be closer to the Dixie Chicks.
  • A survey by AskMen.com found 71% of men have or would read their girlfriend's e-mail.
  • Sexy Mira Sorvino broke five of her teeth while filming the new TV series, "The Last Templar." Sorvino was filming scenes on a speedboat when a wave knocked her head into a hook.
  • Barack Obama announced today that he's running for re-election in four years... if for no other reason, to get another shot of doing the oath right. Maybe what Bush had was contagious?
  • Amy Winehouse's dad says the singer was recently at death's door. Fortunately for Amy, death looked outside and was afraid to open the door.
  • Grand Ole Opry star "Little" Jimmy Dickens, 88, has been moved from a Nashville-area hospital to a rehabilitation centre to recuperate from brain surgery.
  • Warner Brothers is going to cut 800 jobs over the next couple of weeks. Employees will know when the final cuts are made with the announcement, "Uh-thee-uh---thee-thee-thee-that's all, folks!"
  • A Cosmopolitan web poll found 81% of guys think a hookup can turn into a relationship.
  • Matt Dillon has pleaded not guilty to a December 30 speeding charge in which police say they spotted the actor doing 106 miles per hour on an interstate highway.
  • A musical based on the life of Barack Obama is going to hit the stage in London March 5th. The good news: It's not called "Obama Mia."

Celebrity Gossip


TRAVOLTAS FIGHTING EXTORTION THREATS: Less than a month after the sudden death of their 16-year-old son Jett, John Travolta and Kelly Preston are fighting extortion threats. The Tribune, a Bahamas-based newspaper, reported earlier this week that the police are questioning two people, "one believed to be a politician" in the investigation. Travolta's lawyers acknowledged that a scandal is brewing, releasing a statement that says, "Regrettably in a time of such terrible grief there are often a few individuals who attempt to make false claims in hopes of making millions of dollars. We will never let that happen." Jett Travolta died from a seizure while vacationing with his family in the Bahamas on January 2nd.

'GIRLS GONE WILD' FOUNDER DATING ATLANTA HOUSEWIFE? Girls Gone Wild founder Joe Francis is reportedly dating Kim Zolciak from The Real Housewives of Atlanta. Zolciak was best known on the show as the only white cast member who no one believed was actually 30-years-old as she claimed. Fox News's Pop Tarts says that the two were spotted "getting particularly cozy" in Park City last weekend and shared the same house at the film festival.

MATT DILLON PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO SPEEDING: Matt Dillon pleaded not guilty to a speeding charge through his attorney on Wednesday (January 21st). Lawyer Mark Kaplan said he hopes the case, regarding a December 30th incident in which Dillon was spotted driving 106 miles per hour in Vermont, could be resolved without a trial. Court documents say Dillon was cooperative and apologetic after being stopped by police, but he was charged with careless and negligent operation for speeding.

'TOP CHEF' JUDGE SAVES A LIFE: Top Chef head judge Tom Colicchio saved the life of a cookbook author who choked on a piece of chicken at a benefit dinner last weekend. Slashfood.com reports that after author Joan Nathan began choking, Colicchio stepped in to perform the Heimlich Maneuver and was able to dislodge the food from her throat. Colicchio downplayed the incident, saying "I just happened to be nearby," while Nathan praised her savior, revealing, "He's so strong!"

JOINT BANK ACCOUNT FOR LINDSAY AND SAMANTHA? Lindsay Lohan and Samantha Ronson have reportedly opened a joint bank account. The U.K.'s Daily Express claims that the financial move is more beneficial for Lindsay, who has had trouble finding work recently, than for Ronson, who regularly makes as much as $25,000 a night as a DJ. A source told the paper, Sam's very generous to Lindsay. She pays for everything when they go away together and Lindsay wants to show her gratitude by doing this." The insider added, "Sam is completely disinterested in shopping and things, whereas Lindsay loves to spend and always says she wants to be as rich as possible. Having a joint account with Sam is a huge step for her."

PETER FALK'S WIFE FIGHTING CONSERVATORSHIP BID: Peter Falk's wife of 32 years is opposing a bid by the actor's adopted daughter to put him under a conservatorship. Although Catherine Falk applied to be named conservator of her father's affairs last year because he was suffering from Alzheimer's disease, documents filed in court on Tuesday (January 20th) state that the former Columbo star entrusted his wife, Shera Danese Falk, to manage his affairs and care before his health deteriorated. The elder Falk contends that her husband is receiving adequate care and does not have a close relationship with his daughter.

JOLIE BODYGUARD WRITING TELL-ALL? In Touch Weekly claims that Angelina Jolie's former bodyguard is threatening to write a tell-all book that could destroy her relationship. Mickey Brett says that he and Jolie used to "laugh at what a poser Brad is," like when he got a tattoo to impress her. Additionally, he claims that Jolie has cheated on Pitt with at least one guy since daughter Shiloh's birth and has hooked up with a famous female pop star on numerous occasions.

'BACHELOR' FRANCHISE REJECTS DATING: Jesse Csincsak, who was recently dumped by The Bachelorette, DeAnna Pappas, is rebounding with another franchise reject. People magazine reports that the snowboard instructor is dating Holly Durst, who was a contestant on The Bachelor: London Calling. He told the magazine, "I have a great time with Holly. We're both from Ohio, we both have a lot in common, and I think that we both really enjoy hanging out with each other."

NEW LOVE FOR RENEE ZELLWEGER? Renee Zellweger was recently spotted on what appeared to be a date with MSNBC legal correspondent Dan Abrams. PerezHilton.com reported that the pair was seen "cozying up" at a hotel in Sag Harbor this past weekend.


GEORGE CLOONEY RETURNING TO 'ER': George Clooney is coming back to ER, People reports. According to sources, co-creator John Wells has ordered a closed set to keep Clooney's appearance under wraps. It is not known how many episodes Clooney will appear in during the NBC drama's final season. Clooney last appeared as Dr. Doug Ross on ER in a 2000 cameo with Ross's ex-Juliana Marguilies.

KATIE HOLMES GETS NEW MOVIE: Katie Holmes is returning to the big screen. Variety is reporting that the actress, who is wrapping up the Broadway production of All My Sons, has signed on for the comedy, The Extra Man. Paul Dano, John C. Reilly and Kevin Kline are reportedly also on board for the film, which is based on a Jonathan Ames novel, about a failed playwright who decides to work as an escort for wealthy widows.

OBAMA MUSICAL SET FOR LONDON STAGE: President Obama has inspired a new musical that will run briefly in London this March. Playbill.com reported that Obama On My Mind was penned by American crime writer and filmmaker Teddy Hayes and will feature "a humorous look at the weird and wonderful world behind the scenes of a small Obama campaign office and the larger than life characters who make the wheels turn, the cogs whirr and bring in the votes." Casting has not yet been announced.

MICHELLE OBAMA'S HAIRSTYLIST GETS REALITY SHOW: Michelle Obama's hairstylist has a development deal to star in a reality show. Former Chicagoan Johnny Wright signed a deal with 44 Blue, which produces such reality shows as Style Network's Split Ends and A&E's L.A. Gang Unit. The production company's executive vice president said she discovered him while looking for a reality show first and was impressed by his personality before she knew of the Obama connection. In addition to having styled the first lady's hair for the Democratic National Convention, her upcoming appearance on the cover of Vogue magazine and other events, Wright also has worked with Vivica A. Fox, Rebecca Gayheart, Lauren London and Sex and the City writer Candace Bushnell. The show will soon be pitched to cable networks as a docu-soap or a makeover series.

'VERONICA MARS' MOVIE COMING SOON: A Veronica Mars movie is in the works, the show's producer Rob Thomas told E! Online. After word got out that Thomas's midseason series Cupid was trimmed down from 13 episodes to eight, he said, "What that means for me is that I have a couple of months to write the Veronica Mars movie. I suddenly find myself with enough time to write that script. That's the next project." Although Thomas does not have a complete idea of what the movie will be, he thinks, "It would open just days before Hearst College graduation, so Veronica would be at the end of her college career." Although the movie cast has not been confirmed, the television series starred Kristen Bell as the title character.

A KISS IS JUST A KISS... NOT!



When it comes to kissing, women much prefer the tender kiss. Women also like it when men are spontaneous in their kissing. That's the word from a "Kiss and Tell" survey from a SoftLips Lip Conditioning Balm survey. Want more?

  • 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).
  • Those from the Northeast are most likely to indicate that they greet very close friends with a kiss (42%).
  • 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.
  • 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%).
  • 45% of women and 27% of males admit that they kiss their pets.
  • Tender kisses (42%) and lustful, passionate kisses (40 percent) 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%).
  • Women favor spontaneous kisses more than men (38% women, 31% of men).
  • One in 10 Americans prefer the kiss-and-make-up variety of kiss.
  • Women favor lots of small kisses more than twice as much as men (12% versus 5%).
  • 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.
  • More than half (58%) of men believe that the woman can make the first move for a first kiss.
  • 22% admit that their first "real" kiss happened when they were between 11 and 13 years old.
  • 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.
  • 4% of Americans are still waiting for their first real kiss.

TECH 911


(Good Housekeeping) Here are some quick fixes to try before calling customer support or the repair shop:

  • Dropped cell phone in the tub or maybe it splashed into a sink, a puddle, or the toilet; if you act fast, your phone might not call it quits. Remove the battery and SIM card, a portable memory chip in some models, then wipe everything off. If it fell in a non-water liquid, quickly rinse all parts with water, then wipe. Use a vacuum to suck out moisture, and let air dry for a day or two before reassembling. Don't power up before then, or it could short out. It still may not work, but what do you have to lose other than a busted cell phone.
  • A CD is tuck in your computer. For a PC, poke the end of a paper clip into the small hole on the CD/DVD drive to depress the internal button. Hold it in until the tray pops open. On a Mac, if dragging the disc icon to "Trash" doesn't do it, quit all applications, and restart the computer, holding down the mouse while rebooting.
  • Wi-Fi signal dropped during a download. Save what you're working on, and bookmark the download's Web site. Reboot your modem, the box that brings the Internet into your home, wireless router the device that transmits Wi-Fi signals on your home network, and computer, in that order. For a continuing problem, move the router to a more central location and away from other electronics including TV and desktop PC, that might interfere with its signal.
  • Spilled coffee on the keyboard. Turn the keyboard upside down and disconnect it. Let dry at least 24 to 48 hours before plugging it back in. A blow dryer set on cool can help. Take a premoistened wipe to the surface.
  • iPod stopped responding. Like a computer, it might need a reboot. First check that the "hold" switch isn't on. If it's off but the iPod is still stuck, toggle that switch on and off, then press and hold down both the menu and center buttons for about six to eight seconds, until the Apple logo appears. For other MP3 players, press the reset button, it's usually recessed, so use the end of a paper clip, or remove and reinsert the batteries.

THE KIND OF HOT DOG YOU PREFER SAYS A LOT


(Cosmopolitan) Experts say a person's go-to dog can reveal tons about his or her personality. This is what Alan Hirsch, M.D., Neurological director of the Smell and Taste treatment and research foundation in Chicago found:

  • With ketchup and/or mustard -- Anyone who likes a dog with just a squirt of ketchup and/or mustard is laid back and has an "if it's not broken, don't fix it" philosophy. Using basic toppings shows a belief that the simplest approach to life is best. If this is you, enjoy the fact that you're easily satisfied, like with a cozy night watching movies, but be aware that your partner may crave more spontaneous adventures at times. Dating this type? If you're looking to add some spice in the bedroom, you'll have to take charge and show your partner exactly what you want. But don't worry, their flexible nature means they're game to try what you suggest.
  • With sauerkraut and mustard -- People who prefer this pickled topping on their dog probably grew up eating it and like sticking with the tradition. Their strongest personality traits are loyalty, dedication, and introversion. If you're a kraut fan, keep in mind your love of rituals and try to be with someone who feels similarly, like a partner who enjoys having a regular Friday night dinner date. If you're involved with this person, you may need to prod him or her to get creative. While sauerkraut is a little more original than ketchup, it's not totally out there. So expect your mate to need coaxing to do things outside the norm.
  • With chili -- A heap of chili means the person eating it knows how to have a good time; there is nothing restrained or aloof about his or her style. Extroverted, emotional, and seductive are just a few adjectives that fit here. If you chow on chili, note that all or nothing personality is at times overwhelming, and your partner may occasionally crave a run of the mill but intimate night. Dating this person? Remember this: They don't go for subtlety it's one of the reason they want such big flavor in one bite so engage all their senses in bed to really turn them on. Light scented candles, show off your hot body, play sexy music, and give them a deep massage.
  • With the works -- Those who want a frank with the works are innovative and open. Their willingness to try a ton of condiments reflects an eagerness to experience anything once. Is this your pick? Little things don't get you down, meaning you think about the big picture and always choose the most adventurous route in life. But you may have to be understanding if your significant other doesn't handle things the same way. What you should know if you are dating this person: They want a partner who has the same level of curiosity. You'll wow them by clipping articles about new restaurants and suggesting the two of you check them out.

Laughlin Leap is Tonight

Join me as I will be announcing all the racing action of the Laughlin Desert Challenge this weekend starting with the Laughlin Leap tonight at 6pm NV time. This is the 15th year as the announcer of this great event in Laughlin. Every year is so much fun! I will be announcing from the VIP area, so stop by and say hello!

K-Flag Country Music Update

GEORGE STRAIT TAPS BLAKE SHELTON FOR UPCOMING TOUR

Blake Shelton has been added to George Strait's upcoming tour. The 17-date run kicks off on May 9th in Hidalgo, Texas at Dodge Arena. The shows will also feature previously announced opener Julianne Hough.

* Shelton said, "I have the utmost respect for George Strait and to be invited to be on his tour is a huge honor. He truly is a living legend. Thank you, George Strait, for this incredible opportunity."

FAST FACTS

* Shelton recently released his Startin' Fires album, which has produced the current hit single, "She Wouldn't Be Gone."
* Strait recently received four Grammy nominations, including Best Country Album for Troubadour, Best Male Country Vocal Performance for the song "Troubadour," and Best Country Collaboration with Vocals for "Shiftwork" with Kenny Chesney and "House of Cash" with Patty Loveless.
* Strait will receive the Academy of Country Music's Artist of the Decade award on April 6th in Las Vegas.


RASCAL FLATTS PUT THEIR 'MAGIC' TOUCH ON POTENTIAL HITS

Rascal Flatts is bringing fans more new music on April 7th with their next album, Unstoppable. The guys may find it more challenging to find fresh subject matter with each project, but their process for sussing out hit songs remains the same, as Gary LeVox explains:

"Jay (DeMarcus) may love a song that I don't care for or I may love a song Joe Don (Rooney) doesn't care for and we just kind of weed it out, or sometimes we'll go, 'Hey, let's go in and cut it.' We'll go in and try it and see."

Putting their vocals on a song can make all the difference in the world, according to LeVox and DeMarcus.

"Once the three of us put our stuff on there a lot of times the magic happens when the three of our vocals hit, and the things that Jay does on the bass or playing the piano or the things that Joe Don does on the guitar -- sometimes it can take (DeMarcus) An ordinary song. (LeVox) Yeah, an average song that we think is good and make it great, but you never know until you try, and for us I think the only recipe for success has been the best song wins, no matter who wrote it."

* The guys have already released the first single from Unstoppable, called "Here Comes Goodbye."
* Unstoppable is the band's first studio album since 2007's multi-platinum-selling project, Still Feels Good.

BROOKS & DUNN MAKE CHART HISTORY

Brooks & Dunn have surpassed supergroup Alabama this week as being the duo or group with the most Top 10 country singles -- 41 to be exact -- in the 19-year history of Nielsen BDS-monitored airplay. Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn's latest single, "Cowgirls Don't Cry," featuring Reba McEntire, climbs to Number Nine this week on the Billboard and Radio & Records charts.

* The special radio version of the song will be released as a digital single on February 10th.

FAST FACTS

* Brooks & Dunn's debut album, Brand New Man, produced four Number One singles in 1991.
* "God Must Be Busy,' which is featured on their current Cowboy Town album, is nominated for a Grammy for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. The Grammy Awards will be held on February 8th.


TOBY KEITH RETURNS TO THE ROAD WITH JACK INGRAM, JULIANNE HOUGH

Toby Keith will kick off the winter leg of his tour on January 22nd in Albany, New York. In addition to special guest Jason Aldean, who has only a few shows left on the run, Keith has added Jack Ingram to the lineup for a handful of shows. Newcomer Julianne Hough is also scheduled to open a couple shows along the way.

* Ingram joins the bill on February 5th in Asheville, North Carolina; February 6th in Louisville, Kentucky; February 7th in Pikeville, Kentucky; February 20th in Green Bay, Wisconsin; February 21st in Rockford, Illinois; and February 22nd in Des Moines, Iowa. Hough will perform on the Louisville and Des Moines dates.

FAST FACTS

* Keith's latest single, "God Love Her," is a Top Five hit on the country charts.
* The song is the second release from Keith's latest album, That Don't Make Me A Bad Guy.


DARIUS RUCKER RECOUNTS PERSONAL FAVES FOR COVER ALBUM

Darius Rucker hopes to make an album of his favorite cover songs in the future. The singer says that his picks change from day to day, but there are a few tunes that will definitely be on his list when it comes time to record. Rucker tells us that one Rascal Flatts hit makes the cut.

"'Take Me There' by Rascal Flatts. Any song that starts, 'There's a place in your heart nobody's been, take me there.' He could say, 'blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah' after that and I'm gonna listen to the whole song and love it. Just the opening line of the song and the performance . . . That song is actually my warmup song before I play. I play it every night."

Rucker also loves Dwight Yoakam's "Guitars & Cadillacs" and Josh Turner's "Me And God," but the singer says that two songs in particular are must-haves for his cover project:

"Lady Antebellum -- 'Love Don't Live Here Anymore.' That song and 'Walking In Memphis' are the only two songs I'm pretty sure that I didn't have anything to do with writing that God put here for me to sing."

* Rucker is currently on the road with Brad Paisley and his Paisley Party tour. The tour hits Austin, Bossier City, Tulsa and Lubbock this weekend.
* The tour also features special guest Dierks Bentley.


LUKE BRYAN TO CHAIR NATIONAL HUNTING AND FISHING DAY

Luke Bryan has been named honorary chairman of National Hunting and Fishing Day, which falls on September 26th. The day was proclaimed in 1972, and recognizes hunters and anglers for their leadership in fish and wildlife conservation.

* Bryan and his father are among America's 34 million hunters and anglers. Together, their licenses, permits and special taxes generate $100,000 every 30 minutes, totaling more than $1.75 billion per year, for fish, wildlife and habitat programs.
* Bryan said, "I feel very proud to be a part of this. I hope to help grow awareness of what hunters and anglers do for conservation, and just promote hunting and fishing overall. It's so important for young people to get involved in the outdoors. I couldn't imagine my life and career without the time that I've spent hunting and fishing."
* Previous honorary chairs of National Hunting and Fishing Day include Wade Boggs, Jay Novacek, Robert Urich, Ward Burton, Tom Seaver, George Brett, John Havlicek, Arnold Palmer, and Terry Bradshaw.

FAST FACTS

* Wonders of Wildlife in Springfield, Missouri is the official home of National Hunting and Fishing Day. The museum coordinates public education and awareness campaigns to promote traditional outdoor sports.
* Hank Williams Jr., Travis Tritt, Tracy Byrd and Jeff Foxworthy are among the country stars who helped build National Hunting and Fishing Day.


LITTLE BIG TOWN HOSTS COMPETITION TO FIND OPENING ACT

Little Big Town is offering aspiring entertainers a shot at the big time. The group is hosting a national competition to find opening acts for their upcoming A Place To Land tour. The top four acts will perform at different stops on the tour throughout the month of March. Fans around the country will determine the winners.

Fans and musicians can log on to eventful.com/littlebigtown to read the rules and enter to win. The competition continues through 2:00 p.m. PT on February 27th. The winning bands will be announced on that same day.

* Little Big Town's Karen Fairchild said, "We've had the honor of opening for John Mellencamp, George Strait, Martina McBride, Sugarland, Keith Urban and more. Because of our experiences, we wanted to find a way to give back to some bands that are just getting started in their careers. It's even more special because the fans get to choose. I can't wait to see who the fans select."

FAST FACTS

* A Place To Land is Little Big Town's first headlining tour, which kicks off on Saturday (January 24th) in Jacksonville, Florida.
* The Zac Brown Band, Ashton Shepard and Kate & Kacey are already scheduled to open shows on the tour.

SPORTS!!!!

David Lee finished with 25 points and 16 rebounds while helping the New York Knicks contain Shaquille O'Neal in a 114-109 triumph over Phoenix. O'Neal was held to just one field goal after scoring 18 points in the first half.

LAST NIGHTS NBA GAMES

Charlotte 101, Memphis 86
Boston 98, Miami 83
New York 114, Phoenix 109
Detroit 95, Toronto 76
Milwaukee 133, Dallas 99
New Orleans 102, New Jersey 92
Houston 108, Utah 99
Washington 110, Sacramento 107
Cleveland 104, Portland 98
L.A. Lakers 108, L.A. Clippers 97
Oklahoma City 122, Golden State 121

LAST NIGHT IN THE NHL

N.Y. Islanders 2, Anaheim 1
New Jersey 5, Montreal 2
Philadelphia 5, Atlanta 3
Dallas 4, Florida 1
Boston 4, Toronto 3, SO
Tampa Bay 5, Buffalo 3
St. Louis 2, Chicago 0
Los Angeles 6, Colorado 5
Calgary 5, Columbus 4, SO

Pittsburgh receiver Hines Ward is so certain his sprained knee won't keep him out of the Super Bowl, he believes he could play this week if necessary. Ward didn't miss a game to injury all season, and he says he's not about to miss the Super Bowl against Arizona.

The New York Jets have introduced new head coach Rex Ryan after signing him to a four-year deal reportedly worth $11.6 million. Ryan replaces Eric Mangini, who was shown the door following a late-season collapse that cost the Jets a playoff berth. Ryan spent the past four years as the Baltimore Ravens' defensive coordinator.

Water Cooler Talk

* "Lost" is back on Wednesday nights. Others say "Lost" is now back in Texas.

* Yes, former President Bush is now living back in Texas, so he can be closer to the Dixie Chicks.

* A survey by AskMen.com found 71% of men have or would read their girlfriend's e-mail.

* Sexy Mira Sorvino broke five of her teeth while filming the new TV series, "The Last Templar." Sorvino was filming scenes on a speedboat when a wave knocked her head into a hook.

* Barack Obama announced today that he's running for re-election in four years... if for no other reason, to get another shot of doing the oath right. Maybe what Bush had was contagious?

* Amy Winehouse's dad says the singer was recently at death's door. Fortunately for Amy, death looked outside and was afraid to open the door.

* Grand Ole Opry star "Little" Jimmy Dickens, 88, has been moved from a Nashville-area hospital to a rehabilitation centre to recuperate from brain surgery.

* Warner Brothers is going to cut 800 jobs over the next couple of weeks. Employees will know when the final cuts are made with the announcement, "Uh-thee-uh---thee-thee-thee-that's all, folks!"

* A Cosmopolitan web poll found 81% of guys think a hookup can turn into a relationship.

* Matt Dillon has pleaded not guilty to a December 30 speeding charge in which police say they spotted the actor doing 106 miles per hour on an interstate highway.

* A musical based on the life of Barack Obama is going to hit the stage in London March 5th. The good news: It's not called "Obama Mia."

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

WHAT MEN REALLY MEAN!

When he saysWhat he really means is
"Let's take your car.""Mine is full of beer cans, burger wrappers and completely out of gas."
"Woman driver.""Someone who doesn't speed, tailgate, swear, make obscene gestures and has a better driving record than me."
"Can I help with dinner?""Why isn't it already on the table?"
"Have you lost weight?""I've just spent our last $30 on a cordless drill."
"My wife doesn't understand me.""She's heard all my stories before, and is tired of them."
"I'm getting more exercise lately.""The batteries in the remote are dead."
"Hey, I've read all the classics.""Hey, I've been subscribing to Playboy since 1972."
"You cook just like my mother used to." "She used the smoke detector as a meal timer, too."
"I was listening to you. It's just that I have things on my mind.""I was wondering if that red-head over there is wearing a bra."
"Take a break, honey, you're working too hard.""I can't hear the game over the vacuum cleaner."
"It's a really good movie.""It's got guns, knives, fast cars, and Heather Locklear."
"Will you marry me?""Both my roommates have moved out, I can't find the washer, and there is no more peanut butter."
"I was just thinking about you, and got you these roses.""The girl selling them on the corner was a real babe."
"I brought you a present.""It was free ice scraper night at the ball game."
"This relationship is getting too serious.""I like you more than my truck."

Sport Scores

In the NHL last night

Anaheim 2
NY Rangers 4

Montréal 2
Atlanta 4

Washington 2
Ottawa 3

Carolina 2
Pittsburgh 1

Los Angeles 5
Minnesota 2

Columbus 3
Edmonton 4

Detroit 3
Phoenix 6

Vancouver 1
San Jose 2

In the NBA last night......

Indiana 81
San Antonio 99

Atlanta 105
Chicago 102

Minnesota 107
Utah 112

Sacramento 99
Denver 118

K-Flag Country Music Update

BILLY CURRINGTON TOPS COUNTRY CHARTS

For the third time in his career, Billy Currington tops the country singles chart with his current hit, "Don't." The song is the first release from his latest album, Little Bit Of Everything, which was released in October.

* Currington said, "This is such an honor for me. 'Don't' is one of my favorite songs I've ever recorded, and it feels so good for country radio and my fans to embrace this song."
* Currington plans to hit the road later this spring.

FAST FACTS

* Currington debuted in 2003 with the Top 10 hit "Walk A Little Straighter."
* His sophomore album, Doin' Somethin' Right, produced his first two Number One hits -- the album's title track and "Good Directions."
* Currington co-wrote five of the 12 tracks on his Little Bit Of Everything album.


TAYLOR SWIFT DOES SHANIA DUET WITH JONAS BROTHERS

Despite her bitter breakup with Jonas Brother Joe Jonas, Taylor Swift is one of the guests featured on the trio's soundtrack to their 3D Concert Experience film. Swift duets with the Jonas boys on a cover of Shania Twain's "I'm Gonna Getcha Good," according to Billboard. To be fair, 3D Concert Experience was shot while the guys were on tour last summer, which is when Swift's romance with Jonas was blooming.

* The soundtrack from 3D Concert Experience is due out on February 24th.

SIDE NOTES

* Rumors of Swift's romance with Jonas began being reported last August. The couple had split by October. Just a few weeks later, Swift began publicly bashing Jonas on various talk shows and in interviews. She even wrote a last minute addition to her new album about Jonas, called "Forever And Always."


FAITH HILL FITS IN A 'SIDE GIG'

Faith Hill has crossed a lot off her career "to do" list over the past several years. While she's far from finished, Hill tells us she's in a comfortable place and feeling no pressure to do anything other than be a great mom.

"I'm definitely satisfied. I'm not sitting, eating bon-bons and watching television. I'm a very busy mom, and that's really what I (am). I'm a mom who happens to sing on the side. It's kind of like my side gig now (laughs), but there are lots of things that I want to do. I'm working on a new album, and I also want to record a gospel album."

Since family comes first for Hill, projects get put on the backburner until the timing is appropriate, as she explains:

"There's lots of things I want to do, but they just kind of have to fit into my life, and if they fit nicely into my life then I can get 'em done. Like a movie takes so much time, or a tour . . . I'll do another movie at some point, but it has to be one where I can actually keep my clothes on and not be kissin' all over a man or a woman or whatever. That's all they seem to have for girls. It's true! It's just so sad

* Hill will perform during the pre-game festivities at the Super Bowl in Tampa on February 1st.
* She is one of the superstars who lent their voice to "America's Song," an anthem that was written to mark the occasion of Barack Obama's inauguration. Other artists who participated in the recording include Will.I.Am, Seal, Bono, and Mary J. Blige. "America's Song" was unveiled during The Oprah Winfrey Show on Monday (January 19th). It is available for free download at oprah.com.



KENNY CHESNEY TOUR TO HIT 12 STADIUMS THIS SUMMER

Kenny Chesney's Sun City Carnival tour schedule includes 12 stadium stops this year. His August 15th show at Boston's Gillette Stadium is already sold out, but fans in cities such as Dallas, Louisville, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Salt Lake City and Seattle still have a chance to get in on the fun.

Chesney is even trying to soften the hard economic blow that Americans have been dealt by offering a section of "working class tickets" at his August 22nd show at Ford Field in Detroit.

* The Sun City Carnival tour will feature opening acts Miranda Lambert and Lady Antebellum. The stadium shows will also include special guests Sugarland and Montgomery Gentry.
* For a complete list of up-to-the-minute tour dates, log onto kennychesney.com.

FAST FACTS

* Chesney has drawn more than one million fans to each of his tours over the past seven years.
* The superstar will perform on the upcoming Grammy Awards, where he is nominated for his very first Grammy for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals for "Shiftwork," a duet with George Strait.


GARY ALLAN FINDS THAT WOMEN ACROSS THE U.S. ARE 'SO CALIFORNIA'

Gary Allan co-wrote his latest single, "She's So California," about the women in his home state, but as the singer tells us, he's finding that females all over the country are connecting with the song.

"I thought it was a great idea just because I'm from California. I don't know, I just thought we did a great job on it. Anybody that's from California would love it and we've been playing it all over live in our shows and not just the California girls love it."

* "She's So California" is included on Allan's 2007 album, Living Hard.
* Allan will launch his 2009 tour on January 30th in Bossier City, Louisiana. The tour stretches into early June.

DOLLY PARTON TO PLAY FUNDRAISER SHOW IN NASHVILLE

Dolly Parton will play a rare show in Nashville on February 2nd at the Wildhorse Saloon. The show is a fundraiser for the city's W.O. Smith Nashville Community School, which provides music lessons to underprivileged kids. Parton will reportedly perform four songs, including "9 to 5" and "I Will Always Love You." Other celebs on the bill that evening include Brooks & Dunn's Ronnie Dunn, Kellie Pickler and Keith Anderson.

FAST FACTS

* Parton wrote the music and lyrics for the musical version of 9 To 5, which debuts on Broadway on April 23rd.
* The musical will include the film's original score, which was written and recorded by Parton, as well as 20 new songs.
* The movie 9 To 5 starred Parton, Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda and Dabney Coleman. It hit theaters in 1980.

Water Cooler Talk

* A memory pill that was first developed for Alzheimer's patients could be available for everyone in the next year or two.

* Kelly Osbourne has been taken into custody for allegedly slapping a gossip columnist who called her fiance dumb.

* Passengers aboard the US Airways jet that collided with a flock of birds, forcing the pilot to land in the Hudson River on January 15, will each be paid $5,000 to compensate them for lost luggage and other belongings.

* A Philippines police officer says he has captured video of the mysterious "White Lady" -- a ghost -- on his cell phone.

* Brad Pitt says he is not afraid of growing old, but is worried about how he will die. He's afraid of fire and tight places, but not sharks.

* By the way, his full name is Kiefer William Frederick Dempsey George Rufus Sutherland. You can thank his dad, Donald Sutherland, for those 7 names.

* New American Idol judge Kara Dioguardi is a distant cousin of Regis Philbin.

* ER's Parminder Nagra and her longtime boyfriend, celebrity photographer James Stenson, were married last weekend... just a month after announcing she was pregnant.

* Ozzy Osbourne and family are back in a variety-style show featuring skits, impersonations and audience games to air later this year on Fox.

* Country singer Jo Dee Messina has welcomed a baby boy into the world.

* Rachel Griffiths from "Brothers and Sisters" is expecting her third child in July.

* The man accused of killing three members of Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Hudson's family in Chicago has pleaded not guilty.

* Country singer Jo Dee Messina and her husband have announced the birth of their first child, a boy.

* Marcia Cross's husband, stockbroker Tom Mahoney, has been diagnosed with cancer.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

From a recent Men's Health survey: "What makes a woman sexy?"


  • Personality, 62.2%
  • Beauty, 55.5%
  • Sense of humor, 48.3%
  • Smile, 47.9%
  • Intelligence, 47.8%
  • Legs, 45.0%
  • Shapeliness, 47.8%
  • Breasts, 43.9%
  • Eyes, 43.7%
  • Hair, 37.6%
  • Sound of voice, 34.3%

WATER COOLER TALK


  • Another change in government: Col. Mark Tillman, who flew President George W. Bush 1,675 times in Air Force One, will leave his position as pilot after flying the president home to Texas.
  • Bob May has died at age 69. He was inside the robot suit in the old 1960s television show "Lost in Space."
  • Researchers from the University of California in San Diego have devised a test that helps gauge a woman's risk of heart disease by analyzing the nicotine content in her toenail clippings.
  • Over 24 million viewers tuned in for Grissom's last appearance on "CSI" last Thursday.
  • A nude photo of a 20-year-old Madonna is going up for auction next month and expected to get at least $10,000.
  • John Mayer is said to be planning to propose to Jennifer Aniston on February 11th, when she turns the big 4-0.
  • Warner Bros. and 20th Century Fox settled a year-long dispute over the superhero film "Watchmen." The movie will open in theaters as planned on March 6.
  • Penthouse magazine founder Bob Guccione, 78, has married his live-in girlfriend, April, a former lap dancer.
  • Stevie Wonder is considering a run at "Dancing with the Stars."
  • Amy Winehouse says she won't let her husband Blake divorce her.
  • More than half of teen users of MySpace include information in their profiles about their sexual behavior and drug and alcohol use, according to a new study by the University of Washington in Seattle.
  • Britney Spears' new single is causing some controversy... because if you say some words in the refrain fast enough -- "If you seek Amy" -- it could sound like you're spelling out a profanity.
  • The New York Times claims that Barack Obama has been quietly consulting with his former opponent, John McCain.

KFLAG Country Music News


Jo Dee Messina and her husband, Chris Deffenbaugh, welcomed their first child into the world yesterday (Monday, January 19th) in a Nashville hospital, according to People magazine. Noah Roger Deffenbaugh was born at 1:01 p.m., and he weighed in at 6 pounds, 15 ounces.

FAST FACTS

  • Messina, 38, married Deffenbaugh, 28, in October of 2007.
  • The singer will have baby-in-tow when she begins a new tour this April.

Brad Paisley kicked off the final leg of the Paisley Party tour to a sold out crowd in Memphis on Thursday (January 15th) night. Gene Watson made a special appearance as the night's surprise opening act, in addition to previously announced openers Darius Rucker and Dierks Bentley.

Paisley said, "The last time we played here in Memphis I got the worst review I think I've ever gotten. I remember it saying, among other things, that I was no Gene Watson. I certainly agree with that. That gave me an idea. In the spirit of giving everyone their money's worth, I asked Gene if he would join the show."

  • The Paisley Party rolls on to Austin, Texas on Wednesday (January 22nd).
Carrie Underwood will be performing at the upcoming Grammy Awards. The superstar is also nominated for Best Female Country Vocal Performance for her chart-topping hit, "Last Name."
  • Previously announced performers include Kenny Chesney, Coldplay, the Jonas Brothers, Lil Wayne, Katy Perry.
  • The 51st annual Grammy Awards will be held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 8th. The show will be broadcast live on CBS at 8 p.m. ET.

FAST FACTS

  • Underwood has previously won three Grammys -- Best Female Country Vocal Performance for "Before He Cheats" and "Jesus Take The Wheel," and Best New Artist.

Writer and producer David Foster appeared on a special episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show from the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., on Monday (January 19th) to unveil a brand-new anthem co-written with Will.I.Am to mark the inauguration of Barack Obama. With Foster on piano, the song "America's Song" was premiered with Will and special guests Faith Hill, Seal, Bono, and Mary J. Blige.
  • Winfrey is making "America's Song" available for downloading for free at her website, oprah.com.

SIDE NOTES

  • Hill will perform "America The Beautiful" during the pre-game festivities of the Super Bowl on February 1st in Tampa, Florida.
  • She previously performed the National Anthem during the Super Bowl in 1999.

The first single off Rascal Flatts' new album is already on its way to radio. The song is called "Here Comes Goodbye." The trio's new album, titled Unstoppable, will be released on April 7th.
  • The band wants fans to design the CD cover for the new project. Designs can be submitted online at PCAvote.com until tomorrow (Wednesday, January 22nd).
  • Unstoppable is the band's first studio album since 2007's multi platinum-selling project, Still Feels Good.

FAST FACTS

  • Since their career launched in 2000, Rascal Flatts have sold over 18 million albums and charted 10 Number One singles.
  • They are the reigning American Music Awards, Country Music Television Awards, People's Choice Awards, Academy of Country Music Awards and Country Music Association Awards Vocal Group of The Year.


Trace Adkins will be all over national television this week. He'll sing his hit, "You're Gonna Miss This," on The Ellen DeGeneres Show tomorrow (Wednesday, January 21st) (check local listings). Later that night, Adkins will perform his comical new single, "Marry For Money" on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, airing on CBS at 12:35 a.m. ET. On Saturday (January 24th), Adkins will perform acoustically on FOX's late night show, Talkshow with Spike Feresten. That show airs at 11 p.m. ET.

SIDE NOTES

  • Adkins is up for a Grammy for his performance of "You're Gonna Miss This." The tune is also nominated for Best Country Song.
  • The 51st annual Grammy Awards airs live from Los Angeles on February 8th.


Jewel is writing music for the follow-up to her debut country album, Perfectly Clear. In the meantime, she is getting ready to release a special album of lullabies sometime this spring.

Before any rumors of impending motherhood get started, Jewel said this is a project she's been wanting to do for a while. She said, "I have wanted to make a record of lullabies, soothing dreamy songs, for quite some time. The lullaby record will include mostly original songs that I have written and then some that are classic songs. Some of my fans will recognize a few of the tunes from live shows and some are new and have never been played out. . . It's a sleepy, dreamy-time mix of music that goes right along with rocking a baby to sleep or a warm bath after a long day."

FAST FACTS

  • Jewel launches her 2009 Perfectly Clear tour tomorrow (Wednesday, January 22nd) in Dubuque, Iowa.
  • The Perfectly Clear album was released in 2008 and debuted at Number One on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart.

COFFEE REVEALS HIS LOVE LIFE


Redbook spoke with Alan Hirsch, M.D. author of "What's Your Food Sign" on how to decode his coffee order. What kind of lover is he? Just eyeball his Starbucks receipt:

  • Black Coffee -- he's aggressive and ambitious.
  • Chai Latte -- he's shy, stubborn, and cranky.
  • Iced Mocha -- he's seductive, dramatic, and flirtatious.
  • Cafe Au Lait -- he's totally traditional.
  • Hot Chocolate -- he's a dreamy romantic.
  • Iced Tea with Lemon -- he's sexually shy and inhibited.

FIVE SECRET WISHES OF MEN & WOMEN


Vive la difference, as the French say "long live the difference" between the sexes. But don't you guys and gals out there wish you knew exactly how your spouses and significant others really think? Real Simple magazine is on the case, and after surveying 2,600 men and women, it compiled a list of the five top wishes each of the sexes harbor:

Men wish:

  1. They could really let loose on their bosses and let them know exactly how they feel. There are plenty of men who think they could do a much better job than the guy or gal getting paid way too much just to tell them what to do.
  2. For a wife who's better in the bedroom. What male wouldn't want to be married to a woman who's a lady in the living room and a tiger between the sheets.
  3. They had a spouse who makes more money. We could all do with a few extra bucks in our bank account.
  4. There were more kids in their clan.
  5. They could take separate vacations. We can only think this is so guys can go hunting or fishing together what other reason could there be?

Women wish:

  1. They had a hubby who makes more money. Oops we'd better hope men don't get their wish first.
  2. They could have plastic surgery. There are certainly ways that could go toward helping men get their second wish.
  3. They could tell their bosses exactly how they feel undoubtedly they feel similar to their male counterparts.
  4. There were more kids in the clan.
  5. They had separate bathrooms probably the closest most men will get to their separate vacations wish.

COSMO'S CLUES YOU'RE A PSYCHO EX-GIRLFRIEND


  1. When your ex asks for his stuff back, you say, "You know how to use eBay, right?"
  2. You've published a pamphlet to distribute to his future girlfriends entitled "What to Expect When You're Dating Scum."
  3. You continue to send his parents cards on special occasions.
  4. You daydream about your ex becoming quite successful and famous so one day you can go to the tabloids with all the embarrassing stuff you know about him.
  5. It's not uncommon for you to skip social engagements so you can stay home and cut up old photos of you and him.
  6. You've mapped out a new running route that takes you around his block eight times.
  7. He has a restraining order against you, as do his new girlfriend and his sister.
  8. While you were dating, he told you his password is always his dog's name - and how you use that info to check his e-mail in-box, voice messages, and what he's been buying from Amazon.com.
  9. You refer to him as "the force of evil."
  10. You send a picture of him with his address to the Department of Homeland Security, with no explanation.

So forget about penny-pinching.


Here are five major ways folks waste their money. Stop wasting money in these areas and you'll never fret about your latte spending again. (from SmartMoney.com):

  • New Cars - Because cars depreciate fastest during the first two or three years of ownership, that new-car smell probably costs you 30% or more than if you bought the same car used.
  • Brand Names at the Supermarket - At the drug store or supermarket, some brand items are simply not worth buying. The generic versions are just as good and cost much less.
  • At the Office - Granted, we're paid to work, so the workplace isn't your logical money pit. Answer this, though: Are you taking advantage of all benefits your employer offers?
  • Cell Phone Early Termination Fees - if you want to change your carrier, just trade your service with someone else. Sites like Celltradeusa.com, can help you get out of your cell phone contract.

Here are some funny things that kids have told their school nurse (from centredaily.com):

"My ear hurts when I burp."

  • "My lips are tired."
  • "I'm leaking plasma."
  • "I have a hernia in my knee."
  • "I think my sister has the weasels."
  • "My right eye is blinking."
  • "Somebody fwode up and it made me sick."
  • "I had a crustacean on my eye." "I had to see the eye optimist."
  • "My sister has mice in her hair."

Here's a look at what's new on home video this week.

"Saw V" is the latest in the horror franchise. But this time
psycho killer Jigsaw manages to continue his savage games, even
though he's dead. An unrated version of the film is available on
DVD and Blu-ray, accompanied by featurettes on the various traps
the movie sets for victims, plus commentary with director David
Hackl and collaborators.

"Max Payne" goes from a video game to the big screen. Mark
Wahlberg stars as a narcotics agent whose thirst for revenge over
the deaths of his family and partner hurls him into a seedy
underworld of conspiracy and supernatural hallucination. The
movie comes in both its theatrical cut and an unrated version,
accompanied by commentary with director John Moore.

"Igor" is an animated comedy, with John Cusack providing the
voice for the title character. He's a lowly, hunchbacked lab
assistant who dreams of playing a mad scientist himself. The DVD
has deleted footage and a behind-the-scenes featurette, while the
Blu-ray disc also has an alternate opening and commentary with
director Tony Leondis.

"The Express" stars Dennis Quaid and Rob Brown, in a drama
about football star Ernie Davis. He was the first black player to
win the Heisman Trophy and a pioneer against fan racism. Davis
died of leukemia before he could continue his career as a pro.
DVD and Blu-ray extras include a segment on Davis that features
NFL hall of famer Jim Brown, a featurette on the movie's football
action and deleted scenes accompanied by commentary from director
Gary Fleder.

This week's TV on DVD releases include "Moonlight: The
Complete Series," "Chris Rock: Kill the Messenger," "George
Wallace" starring Gary Sinise and Angelina Jolie, "The Rockford
Files: Season Six," and "My Three Sons: The First Season, Volume
Two."

Let us all bow our heads........


Not everybody prays because they want God to do something for them but most people do. A study at Massachusetts' Brandeis University found that 28% of people who pray ask God for something and another 28% thank the Almighty, but also make requests. Only 22% of prayers are just thank you notes to God. And prayer requests cover a wide variety of subjects. People plead for big things like health, jobs and good relationships, but also request little items like finding lost objects or getting parking spots. Interestingly, 90% of U.S. adults say they pray, with more than half praying at least once a day. Study head Wendy Cadge says it's important to know why people pray, especially if you believe prayer works.

It is time to catch the spin cycle boys!


These days, many men help out around the house, but a vast majority of them still consider doing laundry to be women's work. A new survey shows that two out of five men say they do up to five hours of household chores a week, and cooking is their favorite. But when it comes to fighting grass stains on pant legs and their dirty ring around the collar, men are nowhere to be found. Just one in 25 claim to enjoy doing the wash. (National Examiner)

A HISTORICAL DAY FOR OUR COUNTRY

People across the country and around the world will be watching today as Barack Obama is sworn in as the 44th President of the United States Of America in Washington, D.C. The ceremony as well as the subsequent parade and celebrations will be televised on most national networks and cable outlets. The swearing-in ceremony will begin at 9:30 a.m. AZ TIME, and should take a little more than one hour.

The official program calls for California Senator Dianne Feinstein to welcome attendees, followed by an invocation by Dr. Rick Warren of Southern California's Saddleback Church.

After a musical selection from multiple Grammy winner Aretha Franklin, Delaware Senator Joe Biden will be sworn in as the Vice President.

Another musical selection conducted and composed by Oscar winner John Williams, will feature violinist Itzhak Perlman, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, pianist Gabriela Montero, and clarinetist Anthony McGill.

At this point, the oath of office will be administered to President-elect Barack Hussein Obama by the Chief Justice of the United States, the Honorable John G. Roberts, Jr. Then new President Obama will offer his Inaugural Address.

The ceremony will wrap up with a poem by African American poet Elizabeth Alexander, a benediction by the Reverend Joseph E. Lowery of the United Methodist Church of Hunstville, Alabama, and the National Anthem performed by the United States Navy Band "Sea Chanters."

* The inauguration ceremony will be followed, at approximately 12:30 p.m. AZ TIME, by the Inaugural Parade down Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House. The route for the parade is just one and a half miles, and will feature presentations by all branches of the armed forces; political and social organizations; and marching bands from colleges, universities, and high schools across the country.
* The many inaugural balls begin at 5 p.m. AZ TIME. The Obamas are expected to make an appearance at a minimum of ten of these events.
* For more on the inauguration schedule, log onto inaugurationtoday2009.com.

FAST FACTS

* BET and TVOne will also carry all-day coverage of the inauguration, the parade, and several of the inauguration balls.
* As specified by the U.S. Constitution (20th Amendment), presidential terms of office begin and end at 12 noon on January 20th.
* The Presidential oath of office consists of just 35 words: "I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."

Here's the top 10 movie presidents:


If it were left to movie fans to choose a president, Harrison Ford would be sitting in the Oval Office right now. That's the word from an AOL Moviefone.com poll that asked moviegoers to choose their favorite movie president.

  1. Harrison Ford, "Air Force One" (1997)
  2. Morgan Freeman, "Deep Impact" (1998)
  3. Michael Douglas, "The American President" (1995)
  4. Bill Pullman, "Independence Day" (1996)
  5. Kevin Kline, "Dave" (1993)
  6. Dennis Quaid, "American Dreamz" (2006)
  7. Bruce Greenwood, "National Treasure: Book of Secrets" (2003)
  8. James Cromwell, "The Sum of All Fears" (2002)
  9. Jack Nicholson, "Mars Attacks" (1996)
  10. Jeff Bridges, "The Contender" (2000)

SPORTS

Rajon Rondo scored 23 points in the first three quarters, and Ray Allen scored 20 as the Boston Celtics coasted to a 104-87 victory over the Phoenix Suns. Shaquille O'Neal scored 16 with 11 rebounds for Phoenix, which had won seven of its last 10. Amare Stoudemire had just three points on 0-for-7 shooting.

In a possible preview of the NBA Finals, the Los Angeles Lakers topped the Cleveland Cavaliers 105-88 behind Pau Gasol's 22 points on 11 of 13 shooting. Kobe Bryant dislocated the ring finger on his shooting hand but played the entire game and had 20 points and 12 assists.

LOTS OF OTHER GAMES IN THE NBA LAST NIGHT.....
New York 102, Chicago 98
Dallas 95, Philadelphia 93
Atlanta 87, Toronto 84
Houston 115, Denver 113
San Antonio 86, Charlotte 84
New Orleans 103, Indiana 100
Minnesota 94, L.A. Clippers 86
Golden State 119, Washington 98
Detroit 87, Memphis 79
Portland 102, Milwaukee 85

IN THE NHL ON MONDAY NIGHT.......
St. Louis 5, Boston 4, SO
Washington 2, N.Y. Islanders 1, OT
Tampa Bay 4, Dallas 2
Buffalo 3, Florida 2, SO
Carolina 2, Toronto 0
Minnesota 4, Chicago 1
New Jersey 3, Nashville 1


Ken Whisenhunt hoped his Arizona Cardinals would be playing the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl 43. Whisenhunt and his assistant Russ Grimm were both Steelers assistants and were passed over for head coach in favor of outsider Mike Tomlin. Whisenhunt says he was rooting for Pittsburgh to beat Baltimore for the AFC crown.

The Arizona Cardinals are downplaying a screaming match between receiver Anquan Boldin and offensive coordinator Todd Haley. Coach Ken Whisenhunt calls it a "normal thing." Whisenhunt insisted the outburst would in no way disrupt the team. Boldin and Haley were seen arguing on television during the Cardinals' late touchdown drive in a 32-25 win over Philadelphia.

The New York Jets have found a new head coach, working out a four-year deal with Baltimore defensive coordinator Rex Ryan. The 46-year-old Ryan replaces the fired Eric Mangini and takes over a team that started this season 8-3 but missed the playoffs by losing four of its last five games. Ryan was a former Cardinals' assistant under his father Buddy.

Monday, January 19, 2009

WATER COOLER TALK


  • "Man Versus Wild" host Bear Grylls and his wife Shara welcomed a baby boy at their home in England on Friday.
  • Where was J-Lo's wedding ring at the Golden Globes. She's saying now that it just didn't go with the dress. Don't you hate that when it happens?
  • Faith Hill has signed on to sing "America the Beautiful" during pre-game of the Super Bowl.
  • NBC has renewed "The Office," "30 Rock" and "The Biggest Loser."
  • Kate Winslet has real breasts. How do we know? Oprah said so. On an "Oprah Winfrey" show to celebrate the 2009 Golden Globe winners, Kate was a featured guest and Oprah, commenting on her sexual scenes in "The Reader," said, "I love that you have real breasts. Your breasts do what real breasts do!"
  • To make sure you can see "Dark Knight" on the big screen before the Oscars, it'll be back in theaters on January 23.
  • American artist Andrew Wyeth died early Friday. He was 91.
  • How about "The Adams Family: the Musical"? It's scheduled to open in Chicago this November.
  • Who's going to be presenting at the Oscars? They aren't going to tell us, to add a layer of mystery to the broadcast February 22.
  • Authorities detained Johnny Knoxville on Thursday for allegedly bringing an inert grenade into Los Angeles International Airport. He was later released and may be charged later.
  • Leona Lewis is the latest singer to get her own perfume named... Leona Lewis.
  • Madonna has been getting counseling from a Rabbi in New York since her breakup with Guy Ritchie.
  • Charlotte Church gave birth to her second child a week ago and now says she plans to marry the father of her two kids this summer.
  • A Lithuanian debt collector is using an unusual approach. Instead of collectors tracking down deadbeats, he's hired a witch to place curses on them.
  • Former Culture Club singer Boy George was sentenced Friday to 15 months in jail after being found guilty last month of falsely imprisoning Norwegian male escort.
  • Conan O'Brien will hand off the reigns of "Late Night" to Jimmy Fallon on February 20.
  • Aerosmith was supposed to start the new year in Venezuela... but guitarist Joe Perry had to undergo emergency knee surgery.
  • Steve Carrell has bought a general store in the historic Massachusetts town of Marshfield Hills, where he and his wife own a summer home.
  • A new tell-all book is coming out from a guy who said he had a secret affair with Oprah back in the 80s and the two of them even smoked crack together.

Celebrity Gossip


JOHNNY KNOXVILLE DETAINED AT AIRPORT: Johnny Knoxville was detained at Los Angeles International Airport on Thursday (January 15th) for allegedly bringing an inert grenade on the premises. Security screeners spotted the grenade in the Jackass star's luggage, but a bomb squad determined it did not have a firing pin and didn't contain explosives. Knoxville was later released and allowed to board a flight, but prosecutors are deciding whether to charge him with bringing a prohibited item into a secure area of the airport. Knoxville told police the grenade was a prop he forgot to remove from his bag.

AMANDA BYNES DUMPS BOYFRIEND: Amanda Bynes dumped her boyfriend Doug Reinhart, Us Weekly magazine revealed on Thursday (January 15th). The actress began dating the baseball player -- made famous by his short stint on The Hills as Lauren Conrad's boyfriend -- in late 2008. A source close to Bynes told the magazine, "She ended it. She had had enough. Her friends didn't trust him. Everyone thought he was using her for celebrity. He was not good, and she was over it. It was definitely her who ended it." Earlier in the week Reinhart denied the relationship was in trouble, telling Us, "Everything is really good. We were just in the Bahamas, and we spent Christmas together ... everything's really solid."

LANCE ARMSTRONG ENGAGED? Lance Armstrong reportedly plans to marry the woman carrying his child. In Touch Weekly claims that the cyclist asked girlfriend Anna Hansen to marry him during a recent trip to Hawaii. A friend told the magazine, "Lance proposed on the beach. Although he has a reputation as a ladies' man, he's also very traditional, and just feels more comfortable being married before having a baby."

PARIS HILTON REPORTEDLY HAS LIP ENHANCEMENT: Despite past claims that she wouldn't have cosmetic surgery because she "hates needles," Paris Hilton has reportedly had her lips plumped. After photos of Paris sporting a fuller pout surfaced, cosmetic surgeon and dermatologist Dr. Lewis M. Feder told Fox News's Pop Tarts, "It definitely looks as though she had lip augmentation, probably with a hyaluronic acid like restylane on both lips." Hilton's manager, however, denied the rumor, telling the column, "She did not do anything to her lips. She has never had any type of plastic surgery whatsoever."

JEREMY PIVEN DEFENDS DIAGNOSIS: Jeremy Piven stood up to persistent rumors that he faked an illness to get out of Broadway's Speed the Plow on Thursday's Good Morning America. The actor insisted that he was forced to pull out of the show when doctors revealed he'd been suffering from mercury poisoning, the result of having eaten too much fish. He told host Diana Sawyer, "The last thing I ever thought about doing was not completing this run. I've never not completed anything in my life. They pulled me out of this thing, and that's the truth, Diane." He added, "The only protein I got for 20 years was from fish. I kind of thought I was doing the right thing."

STEVE CARELL BUYS MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL STORE: Steve Carell recently purchased the Marshfield Hills General Store in his home state of Massachusetts. The Office star, who is a part-time Marshfield resident, put his sister-in-law Tish Vivado in charge of the operation. The store's previous owner, Sherry Bechtold, told The Patriot-Ledger that she and her husband, Bob, sold the 155-year-old building and business to Carell after being convinced that he wanted it "for the right reasons." Vivado took over as store manager on January 1st.

'DANCING WITH THE STARS' PROS TALK ENGAGEMENT: Karina Smirnoff admits that when her new fiance Maksim Chmerkovskiy proposed, it didn't exactly go smoothly. She tells The Insider, "It was the most perfect proposal ever -- yet the most disastrous!" She added, "The box with the ring (a three-carat Harry Winston) was inside, and I thought it was the receipt or something. When I opened the box, I freaked out and closed it again. I re-opened the box, and he still wasn't saying anything! He tried to form sentences, but nothing would come out. We both stood there staring at the ring." Once he did start to speak, it took some time to find the right words. He said, "I started with, 'I've been with a lot of women...' My big advice to guys out there is to write it down and practice your speech!" The dancers, who will both compete on the upcoming season of Dancing With the Stars, say they hope to marry by the end of the year.

HEFNER EX IS STILL CLOSE WITH HIM: One of Hugh Hefner's ex-girlfriends says she has gotten even closer to the 82-year-old Playboy founder since their recent split. Bridget Marquardt, who is hosting the upcoming Travel Channel show Bridget's Sexiest Beaches, says Hef has "been really sweet" about the end of their relationship and has already extended an invitation for her future boyfriends to visit the Playboy mansion. She said, "We have gotten closer than ever. I will love him forever, there's no question."

JODIE SWEETIN CLEARS UP RELAPSE RUMORS: Jodie Sweetin has not returned to substance abuse in the wake of her impending divorce. The 26-year-old turned to People magazine to clear up rumors that have surfaced since she split with husband Cody Herpin late last year. She told the publication, "There are a lot of things being said about my using that are not going on right now. I want to make it known that I am absolutely, 100 percent sober." Although she admits to having a single relapse last summer during which she drank wine, the former meth addict says she "immediately called other people who are in recovery" and is maintaining her sobriety. Sweetin and Herpin are currently battling for custody of their nine-month-old daughter, Zoie.

BEAR GRYLLS WELCOMES SON: Man vs. Wild host Bear Grylls and his wife Shara welcomes their third child on Thursday (January 16th). The couple named their son Huckleberry Edward Jocelyne Grylls. They said in a statement, "Shara and the baby are both doing great."

SHARON OSBOURNE WINS SUIT AGAINST TABLOID: U.K. tabloid The Sun apologized to Sharon Osbourne for saying she put her husband Ozzy's life at risk by overworking him. The tabloid has also agreed to pay the family for libel damages and legal fees. Osbourne sued the paper after the 2007 article in which they accused her of "driving her frail husband Ozzy Osbourne to destruction."

DID YOU KNOW?


A study from Queensland University in Australia found drinking just three cups of green tea a day can prevent weight gain even if you continue to eat junk food. Scientists fed laboratory rats a diet high in sugary treats. As might be expected, the rodents began to gain weight rapidly. Their blood pressure soared. But after green tea was added to the regimen, the extra fat melted away and their blood pressure returned to normal even though they continued to gorge on high sugar foods. (Sun)

If you want to stay mentally sharp as you age, be sure to eat right, get plenty of exercise and play video games. A surprising new study showed that elderly folks who added video games to their daily routine had improved cognitive skills in all areas, including memory and multitasking. "This is one way in which older people can stay mentally fit," says University of Illinois psychology professor Arthur Kramer. "The more training on the video game, the more the benefit." Although the results are promising, Dr. Suzanne Sorenson of the Alzheimer's Society stresses that a healthy lifestyle remains the best proven weapon in fighting mental decline. (National Examiner)

The long held view that too much sweet food makes kids hyperactive is nonsense, reveals a new report. It's all in their parents' minds, say researchers at Indiana University School of Medicine, who point to 12 highly scientific studies that found no connection between sugar and hyperactivity. The Indiana team also debunked the theory that you lose more heat through your head than anywhere else and say there's no quick cure for a hangover. (Globe)

Good news for fans of the puzzles in Globe. Scientists say tricky words and numbers games make you feel happier about the world. While they may sometimes seem frustrating, they actually reduce stress levels and ease anxiety. Brain sharpening activities take your mind off your troubles better than undemanding pursuits like watching TV or doing the dishes, a University of California study found. Puzzles also improve concentration, often a problem with stressed out folks. (Globe)

Hours spent surfing the Web might not be so mindless. Doing an Internet search actually stimulates the brain's decision making and reasoning centers, according to UCLA researchers. Googling gives your brain a workout since it requires you to decide whether to click on one page versus another, says study coauthor Gary Small, M.D., who wrote iBrain: Surviving the Technological Alteration of the Modern Mind. (Ladies' Home Journal)

FURRY FRIENDS REVEAL YOUR LOVE LIFE


(Happen Magazine) How an individual responds to animals tells you a lot about how he'll relate to you in a romantic relationship. Want some proof? Here are a few common scenarios of how people interact with their furry friends -- and what that indicates for their love life.

  • Your date's a disciplinarian -- If a person is constantly yelling at a big, clumsy, slobbery dog for being a big, clumsy, slobbery dog, what could that possibly mean for you the day you rub your date the wrong way?
  • Pets chow down at the dinner table -- If your dinner conversation is constantly interrupted by Bubba's big blond head popping up from under the table to get the lion's share of the appetizers, your date may have some boundary issues.
  • Your own pet makes them jealous -- Dates who are threatened by the time and attention you spend with an animal will likely be even more jealous of other things in your life-friends, relatives, work.
  • They use their own pet as a proxy -- If your date says, "Well, I would like to go to the Cape for the weekend but Tiffany, my Rottweiler, hates the beach," you could have a passive-aggressive type on your hands.
  • Their pet is overly accessorized -- This might indicate that the owner is either rich (no complaints here), or harboring a deep sense of inferiority.
  • They don't like animals -- Forget about them. That's clearly an evil person.

WORKPLACE PET PEEVES


The number one pet peeve at work is idle gossip, according to a survey of by Harris Interactive for Randstad USA, followed by others' poor time management skills and messiness in communal spaces. Here's the top seven workplace pet peeves:

  • Gossip (60%)
  • Others' poor time management skills, including personal phone calls made at work and surfing the Internet (54%)
  • Messiness in communal spaces, such as unwashed dishes in the kitchen sinks (45%)
  • Potent scents, such as perfume, food and smoke (42%)
  • Loud noises, such as speaker phones, loud talking and loud phone ring tones (41%)
  • Overuse of electronic personal communications devices in meetings (28%)
  • Misuse of e-mail, especially hitting "reply all" when it's not needed or using the blind carbon copy feature (22%)

Only 34% said they would be willing to say something directly to the gossipy person, compared with 42% who would say something about loud noises or the 38% who would directly address a problem of messiness in communal spaces. In addition, just 8% said they would address a gossip problem directly with their boss, while 41% said they would do nothing about such idle chatter.

9 Ways to Reclaim Your Sex Life in 2009 (from Fox News)


Is one of your New Year's resolutions to reclaim your sex life? Here are nine easy tips to reclaiming your sex life:

  1. Just Do It! It might sound silly, but just have more sex.
  2. Connect. Do something non-physical -- together. You can't just turn sex on when it's time to go to bed.
  3. Be Positive. In times of economic crisis, many couples may argue over finances. It's important not to act negatively outside of the bedroom if you want to have a positive relationship inside it.
  4. Unplug. There's no urgent need to check your BlackBerry -- your relationship has to be a priority.
  5. Be Healthy. Believe it or not, your health factors into your sex drive, so maintaining a healthy lifestyle is imperative.
  6. Fantasize. It's important to understand that sex, especially in a long-term relationship, is mental.
  7. Pitch In. Men: If you want to get some action, it's time to take some action. Maybe you weren't getting any in 2008 because you weren't doing enough about it in 2008. Try helping around the house a little more and your female partner may suddenly be in the mood.
  8. Don't Fake It. Aim for honesty.
  9. Love Nest. Does your bed still have those outdated sheets that the baby once peed on? Is your bedroom cluttered with laundry just waiting to be folded? Maybe it's time to turn the bedroom into more of a "love nest."

10 things to say to keep the peace in relationships


We found a cool list on CNN.com that talked about the 10 things to say to keep the peace in relationships. See if you agree with these:

  1. "Thank you for your opinion. I'll think about it."
  2. "Is this a good time for you?"
  3. "Would you like my thoughts?"
  4. "Why don't we get the facts?"
  5. "I need your help. Can you please...?"
  6. "Let's wait on this until we have more information."
  7. "What did you mean by that?"
  8. "I don't like that, so why don't we do this instead?"
  9. "I'm sorry you're upset."
  10. "Let me get back to you."

Friday, January 16, 2009

Guess Who's Turning.................................

Happy Birthday to JESSI.


All she will admit to his this is her 19th Anniversary of her 21st Birthday.

Memphis better look out tonight!!!!

It's FFFFFFFFridayYYYYYYYY

Go Cardinals!!!

Yeah, I'm a Vikings fan, but I will be cheering for the Cardinals to win this Sunday against the Eagles! (Sorry Sean) I will also be rooting for the Steelers to beat the Ravens too! (that's for you Woody)

I hope you all have a great weekend! Saturday I will be out announcing the races at Mohave Valley Raceway, then watching the games on Sunday!

Jessi and I will be back in the studio on Monday morning. We will be announcing the final winner in our "Win'em Before You Can Buy'em" Dierks Bentley Ticket Give Away. Jessi said she saw Dierks in Memphis on Friday!

Next Weekend, It's the Laughlin Desert Challenge! I will be announcing all the action again starting on Thursday night with the Laughlin Leap! Then all the racing action on Saturday and Sunday starting at O dark Hundred NV time! I really enjoy doing this event!

Sooooooooooo be good and we will talk to you on Monday!

K-Flag Country Music Update

FAITH HILL TO SING AT SUPER BOWL

Faith Hill will perform "America The Beautiful" during the pre-game festivities of the Super Bowl on February 1st in Tampa, Florida. Despite her years of touring and performing before thousands of fans, Hill told us that getting in front of those stadium crowds can be a bit daunting.

"It is intimidating. You go out there trying to tackle sixty-five, seventy thousand people, trying to give them the spirit and energy but also trying to bring a little bit of artistry to it as well."


* This is not Hill's first trip to the big playoff game -- the singer performed the National Anthem during the Super Bowl in 1999.
* Jennifer Hudson is set to perform the National Anthem at the game.
* Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will headline the Super Bowl halftime show.

BRAD PAISLEY EXCITED TO HAVE HIS FRIENDS OUT ON THE ROAD WITH HIM

Brad Paisley began the last leg of his Paisley Party tour on Thursday night (January 15th) in Mississippi with special guests Dierks Bentley and Darius Rucker. Paisley told us he's particularly excited about having these two singers out with him because, in addition to being their friends, he is a fan of each:

"Dierks and I have a long friendship, going to back to when I had a deal prior to him having a deal and he handed me a tape at the Opry, and it's one of the few times I've actually been able to call somebody after hearing their tape and say, 'Hey, this is great!' This is back before he had a record deal. I left him a message and said, 'This is great! Good luck! I think you're gonna do great!" He actually did great, of course, and he's such a great artist. We're gonna have a ball. I think it's gonna be a great fit fan-wise. My fans are gonna love him."


Paisley first met Rucker when he was asked to play on the Hootie & The Blowfish frontman's debut country album, Learn To Live.

"I think he's just one of the coolest, most down to earth individuals, as well as of all the people that have crossed over lately, this is a guy who really, really loves country music. I've never seen anything like it. He likes it better than some artists that have never done anything but country music. I mean, this is a guy who knows his history. I think it's a real honor to have him out and to be one of the first tours where people will get to see this side of him."


* The Paisley Party tour runs through March, with a final show in Nashville on the 14th.
* This weekend's tour stops are in Little Rock on Friday, New Orleans on Saturday and Pensacola on Sunday.


JAMEY JOHNSON'S ALBUM TO BE RELEASED ON VINYL

Jamey Johnson's latest album, That Lonesome Song, will be released as a vinyl record. The special LP version will be in stores on January 27th. Since That Lonesome Song was released last summer, it has spent eight weeks in the Top 10 on Billboard's Top Country Albums Chart.

SIDE NOTES

* Johnson will be in Los Angeles to attend the Grammy Awards on February 8th. The singer is nominated in three categories -- Best Country Album, Best Country Song and Best Male Country Vocal Performance for "In Color."
* While in Los Angeles, Johnson will perform on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on February 5th.


EMERSON DRIVE MEMBER SHARES 'SCARY EXPERIENCE' ON FLIGHT

Emerson Drive lead singer Brad Mates and his wife, Jana, were returning from a vacation earlier this week when things went awry on their flight. The airplane, which was en route to Tennessee from Maine, was diverted to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport because, according to the Captain, they needed a longer runway. He followed up that announcement with another, warning passengers to expect a rough landing.

Flight attendants went over emergency crash positions with passengers, asking a few people to be in charge of opening the doors and helping people out of the plane.

Mates said, "As we descended toward the airport, the flight attendants made repeated announcements to 'duck and brace, duck and brace.' When we touched down, you could feel the plane was moving faster than it usually does for a normal landing. When the pilots pushed on the brakes, the plane vibrated, and then we finally came to a stop. I lifted my head from the crash position and looked out of the window to see several fire trucks, ambulances and other safety vehicles."

* As they were leaving the plane, Mates found out that the flaps on the wings would not work when the pilots had been cleared for landing, and without the flaps to help slow the plane, it lands at a speed unsafe for tires, brakes and control.
* Mates added, "It was a pretty crazy, exciting, scary experience to say the least. One I won't forget!"

FAST FACTS

* Emerson Drive will release their brand new CD, Believe, this spring. The debut single, "Belongs To You," is currently making its way up the country charts.
* Mates and his wife were married late last year.

COUNTRY TRIVIA

Q. Where did Ronnie Milsap attend a school for the blind as a child?
A. Raleigh, North Carolina

Sports

Glendale Mayor Elaine Scruggs is challenging Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter to a candy-coated wager for Sunday's NFC championship game. If the Arizona Cardinals beat the Philadelphia Eagles, Nutter must buy chocolate from Glendale's hometown confection-maker -- Cerreta Candy Company -- to give out
at his next City Council meeting. If the Eagles win, Scruggs will distribute Hershey's chocolates made in Hershey, Pa., during her next meeting.

The Phoenix Suns host the Minnesota Timberwolves tonight after a tough loss in Denver. Chauncey Billups scored five of his game-high 26 points in overtime and the Nuggets beat the Suns 119-113 last night. Grant Hill scored a season-high 25 points and Steve Nash had 20 points and 14 assists for the Suns. They played without center Shaquille O'Neal, who was inactive for the game.

Only a couple other games from Thursday night to report......
Portland 105, New Jersey 99

Chicago 102, Cleveland 93, OT

The Phoenix Coyotes have moved into a tie with the Vancouver Canucks and Anaheim Ducks for fifth place in the NHL's Western Conference standings. Joakim Lindstrom scored the first two goals and the Coyotes spoiled star goalie Roberto Luongo's return to the Canucks with a 4-1 victory last night. Luongo was back in goal after missing eight weeks because of a groin injury.

Elsewhere on the ice last night.....
Boston 2, N.Y. Islanders 1

Toronto 6, Carolina 4
Montreal 3, Nashville 2
Tampa Bay 4, Philadelphia 1
Minnesota 5, Edmonton 1
St. Louis 5, Colorado 2
Buffalo 5, Dallas 4, SO
Calgary 3, San Jose 2
Detroit 4, Los Angeles 0

Water Cooler Talk

* Amy Poehler's new series will be in the style of "The Office," with Amy having a job in a local city government office.

* CBS has finally canceled "Swingtown," if you care.

* Adults use too loud MP3 players longer than high schoolers do, risking hearing loss, a survey by the American Speech Language Hearing Association in Rockville, Maryland, notes.

* The topless revue "Les Folies Bergere" is closing after 49 years at the Tropicana hotel-casino in Las Vegas on March 28 to make room for a new production.

* CBS says they're close to a deal with John Mayer to host a music/variety show.

* A Pennsylvania couple has been arrested after they failed to call the bank when a glitch recorded an $1,750 deposit as $175,000. Randy and Melissa Pratt took the money and ran to Florida, where they were in the process of buying a house when arrested.

* Jackie Chan is in talks to remake "The Karate Kid."

* Howie Mandel is back at work and says he's fine after the 53-year-old comedian was hospitalized in Toronto earlier this week for an irregular heartbeat.

* Backstreet Boy Howie Dorough and his wife Leigh have a son on the way in June.

* Employees who are laid off even once are significantly less likely to engage in social activities like book clubs and PTA meetings, for years afterward, the journal Social Forces reports.

* "The Office" star Steve Carell recently bought the Marshfield Hills General Store. The 45-year-old actor is a part-time resident of the town on Massachusetts' south shore. He put sister-in-law Tish Vivado in charge.

* "American Idol's" new judge, Kara DioGuardi, got engaged in December. Word is just now getting out.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Once I boarded the plane












Once I boarded the plane I sat down next to Barbara and Shannon from Mississippi. They just moved to Mississippi from Canada. They were in Las Vegas for Shannon’s 21 birthdays because Barbara is just a cool mom. I mean come on, that is one special mom that takes you to Las Vegas for your 21st! Barb is also a pretty good at taking pictures too! She took these pictures of the Grand Canyon, the beautiful clouds and Memphis on our approch.
We landed, got our bags and said our goodbyes and I got on the bus for Country Cares for Kids bound for the Memphis Marriott where I hooked up with Angela our St. Jude Rep who has the rest of my really cool pictures. Since I got there kind of late she had me check my bags (with my camera in them) and get on the bus to go to dinner at the Rendezvous. The Rendezvous is just the most amazing ribs place. I have some really good pictures of the Rendezvous as soon as I get them off Angela’s camera. And, NO I did not eat any ribs. I had the tastiest dish of beans and rice I have ever had! So, we are all sitting there having a really good time, enjoying the best of Memphis cuisine and who walks in??? LADY ANTEBELLUM!!!!! Charles Kelly is not only incredibility handsome; he is as sweet as pie too! It is now my mission for the rest of the weekend to hook him up with Angela. There is a very nice picture of me, Angela and Lady Antebellum but it is on her camera. If I have to go buy the cord she needs to email them to me tomorrow I will because you just have to see. As a matter of fact I can’t go on any further because telling you about Beal St. and B.B. Kings without the photos just wouldn’t be right! It is 12:30 here anyway and I have to get up at 5am so I better go to bed! I will continue tomorrow with pictures, God Willing! So, check back soon!
xooxoxo
Jessi

Hey ya’ll I am in Memphis!


It is 21 degrees and I LOVE IT! I want to say thank you to General of Mill Tours for taking me to the airport! It was a stress free and comfortable ride! If you ever need to go to Las Vegas they are the people to call! 928-763-0022.

Once I got the McCarran and got my bag checked (Northwest Airlines charge $15 for your first bag and it goes up from there. That is just wrong!) and made my way up to D terminal, which of course is the furthest one, lugging my 30 pound carry on bag. Anyway, I got through security after taking pretty much everything out of my carry on and headed straight for the bar. I had one of the best Bloody Mary’s I have ever had in my life and talked to Kofi an Air Traffic Controller from Memphis who had a great time in Las Vegas. He went to see the Blue Man Group while he was here and said it was a fabulous show! If I have done everything correctly there should be a picture of him here.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY......

  • Andrea Martin (comedienne, formerly of Second City TV) (62)
  • Mario Van Peebles (actor, New Jack City, Ali, The Hebrew Hammer) (52)
  • Chad Lowe (actor; ex-husband of Hilary Swank) (41)
  • Regina King (actress, Boyz N The Hood, Jerry Maguire, Ray) (38)
  • Martha Davis (lead singer, the Motels) (58)
  • Phyllis Coates (actress, the original Lois Lane on the Adventures Of Superman TV show) (82)
  • Lisa Lisa (Lisa Velez) (member of Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam) (42)
  • Howie Day (singer) (28)

K-Flag Country Music Update

Kenny Chesney, Coldplay, the Jonas Brothers, Lil Wayne, and Katy Perry are the first round of performers announced for the 51st annual Grammy Awards on February 8th. The event will be held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and broadcast live on CBS beginning at 8 p.m. ET.

  • Kenny Chesney is nominated for Best Country Collaboration With Vocals for "Shiftwork," featuring George Strait.

SIDE NOTES

  • Chesney has yet to win a Grammy award.
  • "Shiftwork" peaked at Number Two on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.


Kenny Chesney's Sun City Carnival stadium shows will include performances by former tourmates Sugarland and Montgomery Gentry. The superstar recently announced that Miranda Lambert and Lady Antebellum will open all Carnival dates.
  • Chesney said, "I've been on the road with both Sugarland and Montgomery Gentry. Jennifer (Nettles) and Kristian (Bush) and Eddie (Montgomery) and Troy (Gentry) are all people who get the road, get the fans, get having fun and are all about getting out there and having the best time they can on that stage, and when Sugarland or Montgomery Gentry comes off, you know those people were rocked."
  • This year's stadium shows include Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio; Heinz Field in Pittsburgh; Chicago's Soldier Field; Qwest Field in Seattle; Ford Field in Detroit, and Lucas Oil Field in Indianapolis.

SIDE NOTES

  • A complete list of Sun City Carnival tour dates, cities and venues is now available at Chesney's official website, www.kennychesney.com.




Martina McBride's hometown team, the Tennessee Titans, may have lost their bid for the Super Bowl, but the singer will help cheer on the winner of the AFC Championship game on Sunday (January 18th) in Pittsburgh. McBride will perform the National Anthem before the Steelers take on the Baltimore Ravens at Heinz Field. The game airs on CBS at 6:30 p.m. ET.

FAST FACTS

  • McBride's new album, called Shine, will be released on March 24th.
  • The album's debut single, "Ride," is a Top 25 hit and climbing on the country charts.




The video for Keith Urban's new single, "Sweet Thing," will make its global premiere on myspace.com tomorrow (Friday, January 16th). This will be the first country music video to debut on the website.

The clip includes shots of Urban's vintage Ford Mustang.

  • Urban said, "It's a great thing to be able to shoot, edit and get a video out there as quickly as you can these days. The Internet and MySpace, in this case, gets the music to the fans fast, and I love that."

FAST FACTS

  • "Sweet Thing" is the debut tune off Urban's upcoming untitled album, due out on March 31st.
  • Urban recently announced plans for a 58-city North American tour this year. Official dates have not yet been announced, but opening acts will include Sugarland, Taylor Swift, Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Dierks Bentley, Glen Campbell and The Zac Brown Band.




Montgomery Gentry celebrates the 10th anniversary of their debut album, Tattoos & Scars, this year. They might have collected few more scars over the years, but they are definitely sporting more tattoos. Troy Gentry got new ink during his recent trip to the Big Island, as he tells us: "It's a sea turtle. I got it done over in Hawaii (during) our last trip over there. We visit Hawaii all the time, and I've always wanted to get a tattoo while I was over there and it just never had felt right 'til this time, and I found a local artist that did the Hawaii tribal kind of stuff and (I) had a leatherback turtle put on my right shoulder and (it was) just one of those 'had to do it' kind of things."

Gentry added that he had some reservations about getting this tattoo for several years before finally committing to it. "All the other tattoo places I've been in have just been really commercialized. (I) had asked around to a lot of locals that had the tribal tattoos on 'em. The one thing in common with all of 'em (was) they all had the same artist (who) did their tattoos, and I thought, 'Well, that was impressive,' so I got the guy's name and went over to his shop and hung out and talked to him for a little bit, and it was just . . . You know when something feels right, so it finally happened after nine years of going back and forth."

  • Montgomery Gentry recently charted their fifth Number One hit with "Roll With Me."


Keith Urban is certainly getting a lot of side work these days. In addition to having the Number One song in the country this week as part of Brad Paisley's hit, "Start A Band," Urban found time to lend his voice to Lee Ann Womack's latest album at the request of Womack's producer, Tony Brown.

Urban appears on a song called "The Bees," a collaboration that Womack told us she never thought would happen.

"Tony called Keith. I kept rolling my eyes thinking, 'Okay, now let's get serious. He's not gonna have time. He's havin' a baby and all this stuff,' and I thought they were probably in Australia, and I just didn't know, and one day I was on my way to the studio and Tony said, 'Hey, Keith just got here,' and I said, 'You're kidding!,' so when I got there he was putting the part on."

  • Womack's album, Call Me Crazy, was released in October of last year.
  • The singer will visit The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Monday (January 19th), followed by The Bonnie Hunt Show on Wednesday (January 21st).
  • Womack will also attend the Grammy Awards on February 8th in Los Angeles, where she's nominated for Best Female Country Vocal Performance




Grand Ole Opry star Little Jimmy Dickens is recuperating in a Nashville hospital after undergoing brain surgery on Tuesday (January 13th). The 88-year-old entertainer was diagnosed with a subdural hematoma, or a bleed in the brain. Dickens is said to be resting comfortably.

SIDE NOTES

  • Fellow Hall of Fame member Charley Pride underwent similar surgery five years ago.
  • Dickens was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1983.
  • He recently celebrated his 60th anniversary as an Opry member.

Sports

Arizona receiver Anquan Boldin practiced Wednesday, and says he will play in Sunday's NFC championship game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald form arguably the best receiving tandem in football. Boldin says a trip to a Dallas chiropractor has greatly improved his strained left hamstring.

Injuries have limited Brian Westbrook's production this season, but the Philadelphia Eagles still rely on their dynamic running back, even if he's only a decoy at times. Westbrook missed one game with an ankle injury and another with broken ribs. He also has sore knees.

Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin says his club is relatively healthy for Sunday's AFC title game against Baltimore.

The Ravens have some injuries, including top defensive stalwarts Samari Rolle and linebacker Terrell Suggs, but the Steelers say they expect all of Baltimore's players except linebacker Antwan Barnes to play.


NFC Championship- Philadelphia at Arizona, 1 p.m. AZ time
AFC Championship- Baltimore at Pittsburgh, 4:30 p.m. AZ time
Super Bowl- Sunday, Feb. 1 in Tampa, FL at 4pm AZ time

The Phoenix Coyotes skate in Vancouver tonight. Phoenix began its four game road trip Tuesday with a 6-3 loss at Minnesota. Captain Shane Doan had two assists in Tuesdays game to bring his team-leading point total to 41.

NHL Scores From Wednesday 1/14/08

Ottawa 3, Atlanta 2
Washington 6, Pittsburgh 3
Chicago 4, Buffalo 1
Detroit 4, Anaheim 3

The Suns grind it out tonight against the Denver Nuggets. Phoenix is 22-13, eight games behind the Lakers in the NBA's Pacific Division. Phoenix is coming off a 107-102 win Tuesday against the Altanta Hawks.

NBA Scores from Wednesday 1/14/08

Chicago 102, Toronto 98
Indiana 110, Detroit 106, OT
Philadelphia 100, Portland 79
Boston 118, New Jersey 86
New York 128, Washington 122
Miami 102, Milwaukee 99
Oklahoma City 114, Utah 93
New Orleans 104, Dallas 97
San Antonio 112, L.A. Lakers 111
Atlanta 97, L.A. Clippers 80
Sacramento 135, Golden State 133, 3OT

Water Cooler Talk

* An estimated 30.1 million people watched the season debut of "American Idol" on Tuesday night. The top-ranked drama last week didn't even manage to pull 20 million.
* Ricardo Montalban, who played Mr. Roarke in TV's "Fantasy Island," died Wednesday morning. He was 88.
* Eddy Curry, the center for the New York Knicks, has been slapped with a sexual harassment suit by his former driver, David Kuchinsky.
* It's called "sexting." When teens use their cell phones to send naked pictures of themselves to someone else.
* A new study from Durham University in the United Kingdom concludes that people who drink more than seven cups of instant coffee a day are three times more likely to hallucinate than those who drink just one.
* A meat that is increasing in popularity because of its price: raccoon. You can get one cleaned and frozen from $3 and up, that feeds 4-5 people. For the record, recipes for how to prepare raccoon were in the original 1931 edition of "The Joy of Cooking."
* Days after checking himself into a Los Angeles hospital for pneumonia, Patrick Swayze says his condition is improving. The 56-year-old actor, who is battling pancreatic cancer, tells People, "I am alive and plan on continuing to stay that way.
* Decorator Michael Smith from Los Angeles has been selected to design the White House private quarters for President-Elect Barack Obama.
* A week after their second daughter's birth, Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck have announced her name: Seraphina Rose Elizabeth.
* Howie Mandel was out of the hospital and back at work on "Howie Do It" yesterday.
* Patrick McGoohan, the Emmy-winning actor who created and starred in the television show "The Prisoner," has died. He was 80. He may be best known as playing the bad guy in the movie "Silver Streak" with Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor.
* W.D. Snodgrass, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet who had a nearly 40-year teaching career, has died after a four-month battle with inoperable lung cancer. He was 83.
* Daniel Radcliffe, forever to be known as Harry Potter, says that American theater audiences are noisy and rude and have no respect for the arts.
* Tito Jackson is being sued by a Brooklyn woman who claims that she is his daughter.
* Stevie Nicks and Fleetwood Mac are getting ready to hit the road for their "Unleashed" tour.
* You knew this had to happen eventually: the TV show "Prison Break" is in its fourth and final season.
* Taylor Swift is going to be a guest star on an upcoming episode of "CSI."
* Fergie just got married Saturday, but there's already a rumor going around that she's pregnant... with twins!
* Bridget Marquardt called her ex-lover Hugh Hefner "rude" for replacing photographs of her before she left the Playboy Mansion.
* Jessica Alba surprised her husband last weekend for his 30th birthday by rounding up 80 of his family and friends and flying them in for dinner in Las Vegas.
* Cherry Jones, the president on the latest installation of "24" underwent gall bladder surgery this week. It won't affect the show: her scenes have already been shot.
* "American Idol" is suing a Texas men's club for holding a "Stripper Idol" contest. Can you imagine the bad auditions for THAT one?

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Walk in Memphis with Me!

Hey Flaggers!

Thanks so much for dropping by the Red White and Blue Blog! I hope you enjoy all the cool stuff Kirt and I have posted for you here today.

Make sure you keep dropping by over the next few days. I am on my way to Memphis for the St. Jude's Conference and I will be blogging to you along the way and posting pictures of my trip!

Please email your thoughts and comments to: jessi@kflg947.com

Keep listening to the Morning Jolt all this week to win Charlie Daniels Tickets before you can buy them. He will be at Harrah's Laughlin April 24th! Also, DON'T FORGET to keep listening for Derks Bentley songs on Kflag. When you hear one write down the time and song then come back to Kflg947.com, click on Derks's gorgeous body and enter each one. For every song you enter you will have an entry to win. Kirt will anounce each day's winner the next morning on the Morning Jolt!

Miss me while I am gone! And, I will talk to you Monday at 6am! Enjoy the video

WATER COOLER TALK



Mariska Hargitay is suffering from a collapsed lung, the result of a freak skiing accident in the Hamptons on New Year's Eve.
The breakup rumors continue, but J-Lo and Marc Anthony are going to be in DC for the inauguration next week.
If you eat two eggs for breakfast every day for two months, you could very well lose weight -- as much as 65% more weight than if you eat a bagel instead, according to Pennington Biomedical Research Center's laboratory of infection and obesity.
Tom Cruise, who portrayed Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg, a Nazi who led an internal plot to assassinate Hitler during World War II told London's Daily Mail that the Nazis had "great uniforms." Whoops, he meant they were well designed.
Paul McCartney's ex, Heather Mills, is now sporting a very short haircut.
Ray Romano is returning to series TV for the first time since his "Everybody Loves Raymond" ended four years ago. TNT has ordered 10 episodes of his midlife-crisis drama "Men of a Certain Age," which is set to premiere this year.
Howie Mandel, 53, was hospitalized in Canada with an irregular heartbeat. He in Toronto taping his new show "Howie Do It!" Monday when he was taken to the hospital.
Jennifer Love Hewitt has won a restraining order against a 62-year-old man she says has been stalking her.
Joseph Brooks, the guy who wrote Debbie Boone's "You Light Up My Life" is being accused of sexual assault by several women who claim they were lured to his apartment for a movie role, only to be assaulted.
Britain's royal family says that their Christmas tree fell over right before they were going to open presents.
Never use Vicks VapoRub in children under age 2. This common cold remedy can actually cause respiratory distress in very young children when it is inappropriately applied directly under the nose, according to researchers from the Wake Forest University School of Medicine.
If you sleep less than seven to eight hours a night or you sleep fitfully, you're far more likely to catch a cold. Those who don't rack up enough time in bed are three times more likely to get a cold, while those who sleep poorly are five times more susceptible, according to a new study from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.
Neiman Marcus Inc. is cutting about 400 jobs across the country.

THE TRUTH ABOUT HIM AND HER


Since the days of Adam and Eve, gals have known one thing with certainty -- men don't have a clue. And, no doubt, guys feel the same way about women. But Barbara and Allan Please, authors of "Why Men Don't Have a Clue and Women Always Need More Shoes," have some advice that can help both sexes get a grip on what's going on and make a lasting love connection. Here's a test for the ladies. Do you agree with these statements about your relationships with men?

Nagging will pay off in the long run -- No. Stop nagging and re-train him. Leave his dirty shorts and wet bath towel on the floor until he figures out they don't wash themselves. He's not stupid, only lazy.
He should enjoy shopping as much as you do -- Never. Men find shopping stressful. But he can be trained if you go "hunting" for only one item. It's like bagging game. And keep shopping jaunts to 30 minutes or less with no browsing.
Without a remote to channel surf, he's lost -- True. Accept this fact. If it drives you crazy, get another TV and snuggle down with your pet and a good tearjerker.
They're stupid not to ask for directions -- Wrong. Incredibly, men have an innate ability to find their way without asking for help. But it can't hurt to keep a map in the car. If you're really lost, ask for a potty break and he can get directions without admitting he's up the creek without a paddle.
Guys how much do you know about women? See if you agree or disagree with these statements, then check out the Peases' tips for how you can get along better:

She wants you to solve her problems -- Wrong. Instead of instructing and problem-solving, listen and be supportive. Believe it or not, women can, and do, figure out solutions to their difficulties. All they need is your support and a hug.
Women have too many shoes -- Never. Accept it. There's no such thing as too many shoes. Stop counting and find something else to obsess about.
Women make such a big deal over the toilet seat being up -- True. If you've never fallen into a toilet in the middle of the night, you won't understand why it's such a big deal. The perfect solution is his and hers toilets. If this can't be arranged, be gallant and put the seat down.
They beat around the bush, instead of getting to the point -- True. Men and women communicate on different levels. You want her to get to the point, and she will -- eventually. Sit back, nod and agree, don't offer any solutions since you don't have a clue and give her a big smooch when she's done.

WHAT'S YOUR LOVE STYLE?


(Sun) Your romantic style can be anything from showering your mate with affection to handling chores for your over worked spouse. Discover how you show your love by taking this quiz:

How do you end a phone conversation with your partner?
A. Love you.
B. Bye-bye.
C. See you later, honey.

How would you like to celebrate your anniversary?
A. With a getaway to a bed and breakfast.
B. Working on a pet project together.
C. Dinner and dancing.

If you were a fabric, how would you be described?
A. Warm and cozy.
B. Machine washable.
C. Soft and durable.

When your mate has a bad day, what do you do?
A. Get out the lotion and rub his/her tired tootsies.
B. Coral the kids so he/she can relax.
C. Listen sympathetically.

Analysis
Mostly "a"
- Although you extravagant expressions of love may be appreciated, you might want to tone it down a bit. Whispered words of love and simple gestures work, too.
Mostly "b" - You're a practical person who shows love by doing something useful. But be sure to occasionally show your affection in more romantic terms, with love notes and kisses.
Mostly "c" - You enjoy all the trappings of romance, although your partner may not be overly affectionate. Ignite his/her passion by doing something unexpectedly sentimental.

WHY MEN CHEAT


From American Woman magazine, "Secret Reasons Why Men Cheat." Men don't cheat on their wives because they want a younger sexier more busty woman, psychotherapist and marriage counselor from New York City; Miriam Biddelman says the following are the true reasons.

Feeling flushed with sucess, modest amounts of power and money can be aphrodisiacs.
Feeling overshadowed by a spouse, her pay-raise or new found body may be keeping his ego in check.
Completing the past, when the so-called men were boys the girls that rejected them, now as an adult they try to succeed with.
Feeling unworthy of a spouse's love, men with self-esteem problems may feel gulity about their happy marriage or relationship, and seek to sabotage it by having an affair.
Buying into the male stereotypes, pop culture glamorizes the stud, so, many men have to brag about the extramarital conquest.

Are you in the know?


Self magazine says 55% of you don't discuss your salary with close friends. Keeping your wages under wraps is usually wise, but there is an exception, says Liz Weston, a financial expert in Los Angeles. If you suspect you're underpaid, telling a confidant in your field how much you make can offer a window into your worth.

Cosmopolitan reports eight glasses of water a day from the tap will cost you about 50 cents a year. The same volume of bottled water will cost you roughly $1,500.
A study in the New England Journal of Medicine found that having overweight friends and relatives increases your risk of obesity but what matters is how close you are personally, not geographically. What gives? Having a supersized friend, sibling or spouse may make tipping the scales seem okay, so you start eating more or exercising less. Your risk of bulging like your buds, if your supersize bud is your:

Same sex sibling, 55%
Husband, 44%
Female friend, 38%
Opposite sex sibling, 27%

The next time your compliment a co-worker on her gorgeous new bag and she boasts that it was a steal, be suspicious. Women are more apt to lie to a colleague than to a stranger about having snagged a bargain, the Journal of Consumer Research reveals.

A recent study from Hamburg-Eppendorf University in Germany reinforces what most married men have already come to accept as an unfair but immutable fact of life, a woman's sex drive winds down as soon as she hooks a man. Researchers found that 60% of women in their 30s wanted sex on a steady basis at the start of a relationship, but after four years, that figure dropped to less than 50%, then diminished to 20% after 20 years.In contrast, the sex drive of men seemed to keep chugging along even up to 40 years after marriage.

What ya got under there?


Everybody's talking openly about unmentionables these days. From thongs to pushup bras and from boxers to briefs, neither Victor nor Victoria has any secrets anymore. Even celebs like Michael Jordan and supermodel Heidi Klum hawk under-wares. The National Examiner offers these fun facts about underwear:

Feminist wouldn't have had any bras to burn if Mary Phelps Jacob hadn't tied two scarves together in 1913 to invent the first breast supporting system.
In 1928, Maidenform standardized modern cup sizes for brassieres.
Since 1991, the average cup size in the U.S. has ballooned from 34B to 36C.
The loincloth like the leather jockstrap sported by Tarzan was probably the first style of underwear. Easy to make and use, loinclothes remain the most popular undies in the world for many cultures.
Men's briefs didn't appear until 1935. The original knitted drawers, which came in long or short styles, featured an overlapping Y-shaped fly.
Polls reveal that 41% of men prefer briefs while 12% prefer boxers.
Polls reveal that 37% of women prefer bikini briefs while 17% prefer boy shorts.
For New Year's Eve, tradition dictate Italians don red underwear and Argentineans sport pink, while Brazilians can wear any color undies as long as they're new.
Brazilians launched the thong as a swimsuit in the '80s. Thong underwear has since become wildly popular among panty line conscious women.
Pantyhose were invented in 1959 by Glen Raven Mills in North Carolina. In 1965, the miniskirt craze inspired the company to make pantyhose seamless.

Happy Birthday to you!

Andy Rooney of "60 Minutes" turns 90. Of course, he's been acting 90 since he was 60 and that's why I'm confused.

Jason Bateman turns the big 4-0 today. You may not have heard of him, but mark my words, years from now when I say the name "Jason Bateman" you're probably going to pause and think for a moment and then say, "Who?"

L.L. Cool J turns 41 today. For this birthday, we're going to buy him another initial.

Funny guy Mark Addy turns 45 today. If you ever have a chance to catch his old series in reruns, "Still Standing," I think you'll get a laugh or two out of it.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

KFLAG Country Music Update


Brad Paisley charts his ninth consecutive Number One hit this week with his latest, "Start A Band," a duet with Keith Urban. Paisley is the first artist to pull off this feat in the 19-year history of Nielsen BDS-monitored airplay. "Start A Band" is the debut single from Paisley's new album, Play.

  • Paisley launches the final leg of his Paisley Party tour this weekend with shows in Memphis, Little Rock, New Orleans and Pensacola. Dierks Bentley will join the singer on the 25-date tour, along with Darius Rucker throughout January and Crystal Shawanda opening shows next month.
  • The Paisley Party tour will have played to over 60 cities when it plays the final show in Nashville on March 14th.

  • More than 200,000 tickets have been sold so far for the remaining 25 shows and will rank the tour as one of the top tours in the first quarter of 2009.
Kenny Chesney will get his Sun City Carnival tour started on April 17th with the first of two shows in Uncasville, Connecticut. The 50-date run wraps up on September 19th in Indianapolis, Indiana. In between, Chesney will visit such major markets as Dallas, Atlanta, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia and Detroit.

Chesney's show at Gillette Stadium in Boston on August 15th is already sold out.

  • Chesney said, "We're gonna try to mix it up again this year. We've got a bunch of football stadiums -- because that is an experience like no other, but we're also going to do some amphitheatres and arenas, and knowing us, we'll probably pop up in a bar or honky tonk or two along the way. What's important is getting out there, and bringing the music to life. That's so much a part of who I am, and what I do.... And I'm ready."

  • The singer will be joined on his Sun City Carnival tour this year by opening acts Miranda Lambert and Lady Antebellum. For a complete list of tour dates, log onto kennychesney.com. Information about fan club-based pre-sales can be found online at kennychesneyfanclub.com.
Reba McEntire is currently in the studio with longtime producer Tony Brown and new addition Mark Bright. She is working on her first album for Nashville indie label The Valory Music Company.
  • McEntire said, "As for the direction of this album, I've always tried to find the best songs I could. I'm delighted with the findings! I hope the fans like them too."

  • McEntire is expected to release a new single sometime this spring. The new album is due out this summer.

  • In the meantime, McEntire can be heard singing with Brooks & Dunn on their latest hit, "Cowgirls Don't Cry."

FAST FACTS

  • Prior to signing with Valory, McEntire recorded for MCA Records for 25 years.

  • McEntire returns as host of the upcoming Academy of Country Music Awards for the 11th time in April.
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Alison Krauss
and Robert Plant have reunited to begin working on their second album together. A source tells us that the two started the recording process in a Nashville studio yesterday (Monday, January 12th), where they are expected to remain for the next few weeks.

Their first album, Raising Sand, was released in late 2007 and is nominated in five categories at the upcoming Grammy Awards on February 8th.

  • Krauss and Plant won a CMA Award in November for Musical Event Of The Year for "Gone, Gone, Gone (Done Moved On)" from Raising Sand.

  • The album has sold more than one million copies in the U.S.

  • The two singers went on tour together last year in support of the album.

Toby Keith has invited Jack Ingram back out on the road this year to open a series of shows on the second leg of Keith's Biggest & Baddest tour. Ingram will perform in various markets throughout the month of February, beginning on February 5th in Asheville, North Carolina.
  • Ingram opened a string of dates last year on Keith's Big Dog Daddy tour.
  • Ingram will release a new album on March 17th. The project's working title is Big Dreams and High Hopes
It was 40 years ago today (January 13th, 1969) that Elvis Presley began his second most famous recording sessions. On the heels of his triumphant 1968 NBC "comeback special" he entered American Studios in Memphis to leave behind the artistic malaise that permeated most of his '60s soundtrack work. Alongside his 1953 to 1955 Sun Records recordings, and legendary '50s RCA/Victor singles, Presley's "Memphis" tracks have become known as his most important work, resulting in his massive comeback hit, "Suspicious Minds."

At the time, American Studios was one of the hottest studios in the U.S., the birthplace of hits including B.J. Thomas' "Hooked On A Feeling"; Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline"; and Dusty Springfield's "Son Of A Preacher Man" -- as well as her legendary Dusty In Memphis album. Producer Chips Moman ensured that Presley selected the best songs available from all music publishers, not just the companies Presley owned, ensuring that Presley's voice, matched with crack session players and great songs, would be an unbeatable combination.

  • For more than five weeks, Presley dug in and recorded seminal tracks including "Rubberneckin'," "Inherit The Wind," "Wearin' That Loved On Look," "Any Day Now," "Long Black Limousine," and "Stranger In My Own Hometown." Among the hits recorded during the sessions were "Don't Cry Daddy," "Kentucky Rain," the Number Three hit "In The Ghetto," and his first Number One hit in over seven years, "Suspicious Minds."

  • Over the years the songs from these sessions have been scattered over many different albums, starting with 1969's From Elvis In Memphis and 1970's Back In Memphis. Today, the best place to collect Presley's legendary 1969 American Studio Recordings is The Memphis Album, released in the 1980s. In 2003, an updated dance remix of Presley's "Rubberneckin'" charted throughout Europe.

WATER COOLER TALK



  • Patrick Swayze has pneumonia and has checked himself into a hospital for observation.

  • Actor Steven Gilborn, who appeared in scores of movies and television shows, most notably as Ellen DeGeneres's father on her mid-1990's sitcom, lost his battle with cancer on January. He was 72.

  • An author has been given permission to write a third "Winnie the Pooh" book, the first sequel since the 1920s.

  • Jennifer Love Hewitt has won a restraining order against a 62-year-old man she says has been stalking her.

  • Name one of the industries that was great last year? Comic books. Sales were up 5%. The best seller of all: Marvel Comics "Secret Invasion #1."

  • Polaroid cameras aren't coming back, but the company is coming out with the "Pogo": a digital camera with built-in color printer.

  • Jimmy Page's manager has said once and for all that Led Zeppelin will never reunite again.

  • Black Eyed Peas star Fergie and actor Josh Duhamel are officially husband and wife after tying the knot in Malibu, California on Saturday.

  • Amy Winehouse's incarcerated husband has launched divorce proceedings after seeing photos of her frolicking with another man in the Caribbean.

  • Billy Mays, that screaming infomercial guy, is getting his own show on the Discovery Channel, called "But Wait, There's More!"

  • For the record, men are losing jobs in this recession faster than women. Current unemployment rate: 7.2% for men, 5.9% for women.

  • Last Friday, in the town of Normal, Illinois, a couple exchanged wedding vows at a Taco Bell. They wanted to keep the ceremony simple and stress-free.

  • Not everyone is down-sizing. New government statistics show that 34% of Americans are obese, compared to 32.7% who are just overweight.

  • Jon Hager, who performed in the musical comedy duo The Hager Twins on "Hee-Haw," has died. He was 67.

  • Cheryl Holdridge, one of the Mouseketeers from the 1950s "The Mickey Mouse Club", has died. She was 64.

  • Taylor Swift will appear on an episode of "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" as a teenage girl whose family manages a seedy Las Vegas motel.

  • Jennifer Lopez was not the first choice to open the Golden Globe Awards. Rumor has it that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were originally scheduled, but bowed out fearing it could cost them a chance to present at the Oscars.

  • American troops in Iraq will be allowed to drink beer without fear of court-martial for this year's Super Bowl - an exception to a strict military ban on drinking alcohol in combat zones.

  • Charlotte Church finally gave birth to her second child, a boy, at her home in Wales on Sunday.

  • The Obama's haven't made their final decision yet on the first dog, but they have whittled down the list of possible breeds to just two: Labradoodle or a Portuguese water hound.

  • Yes, that was Alex Rodriguez out on a date last week with someone other than Madonna. In fact, it was Kate Hudson.

  • Those who get the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday off next Monday are heading into a 3-day weekend.

Celebrity Gossip


MARISKA HARGITAY ON THE MEND FROM COLLAPSED LUNG: Law & Order SVU star Mariska Hargitay is suffering from a collapsed lung, but her rep tells Access Hollywood it's not going to interfere with her work on the show. The rep also said that Hargitay was not injured on the job and was on vacation from SVU when her condition was diagnosed. A collapsed lung is usually caused by some sort of injury, but it can also occur spontaneously.

JENNIFER LOPEZ GETS BRANGELINA'S LEFTOVERS? Jennifer Lopez reportedly only opened Sunday's (January 11th) Golden Globe Awards because Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were not interested in the honor. A source close to the show's planning told MSNBC's The Scoop, "J.Lo wasn't the first choice. They were hoping that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie would open the show; it looked good, then all of a sudden, Brad and Angie weren't interested anymore. J.Lo was happy to do it, and there you go." The Scoop adds that folks involved with the Academy Awards were telling potential presenters that if they made a "splashy" appearance at the Globes, then their chances of a having a similar presence at the Oscars are less likely.

TOM BRADY AND GISELE BUNDCHEN ENGAGED: Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen are engaged. People magazine reported on Monday (January 12th) that the New England Patriots quarterback proposed to his girlfriend of two years last Friday (January 9th). A source close to the couple told the magazine, "He asked and she accepted." The insider added that an official announcement and preliminary wedding details are being prepared this week. "The couple is discussing a huge fashionista event in the spring or a more intimate and quicker ceremony in Costa Rica, where Gisele has a home." This is the first marriage for both, though Brady has a one-and-a-half-year-old son from his previous relationship with actress Bridget Moynahan.

KATE HUDSON HAS A NEW MAN? Kate Hudson is reportedly dating Australian golfer Adam Scott. Reports from the PGA tour say that the pair recently spent the weekend together at the Kapalua Resort in Hawaii. Scott, however, attempted to clear up the rumors with a denial at the final round of the Mercedes-Benz Championships. He said, "I'm not here with her but I know Kate. We met here (for the first time). We have a mutual friend so we met through him."

RENEE ZELLWEGGER ISN'T RULING OUT FUTURE MARRIAGE: Despite her short matrimonial experience with Kenny Chesney in 2005, Renee Zellwegger is not ruling out another walk down the aisle. The actress tells Marie Claire, "I never say never about anything, because I look back on my own personal history and it shocks me. If I would ever have said, 'Oh, for sure this is going to be in my future,' most of my experiences would not have been on my list. So I don't even bother thinking about it, because I've learned that there's no anticipating that stuff." Still, it'd be hard for Zellwegger to settle down even if she wanted to. The actress clarified her marital status, saying "I'm not single, I'm busy."

'UGLY BETTY' STAR WELCOMES A DAUGHTER: Ugly Betty star Christopher Gorham and his wife Anel welcomed their third child over the weekend. The actor, who played America Ferrera's boyfriend Henry on the show, told People magazine that daughter Alondra Cecilia Lopez Gorham, who was born on Saturday (January 10th) is "perfect." The couple already has two sons, Lucas and Ethan.

ISLA FISHER AND SACHA BARON COHEN READY TO WED: Long-time couple Isla Fisher and Sacha Baron Cohen are finally planning on tying the knot. The actress tells Allure magazine that after seven years and one child, a wedding is imminent. She said, "We are going to get married, really, really, even more now than ever. We have been talking about it and we have been very close, but it has been difficult to plan." The Confessions of a Shopaholic star converted to her fiance's religion of Judaism two years ago, shortly before the birth of their daughter, Olive.

RYAN SEACREST COMMENTS ON BRANGELINA RED CARPET DISS: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie dissed Ryan Seacrest on Sunday's (January 11th) Golden Globes red carpet. Although the mega-stars stopped to talk with NBC's Billy Bush, they ignored the American Idol host as he got up close to the couple and said, "Hi, guys. Brad? Angelina?" Referring to the incident on his radio program Monday morning (January 12th), Seacrest said, "I don't think Angelina thinks I'm that important. I don't think I'm top of mind for Brad and Angelina. I honestly don't believe they'd know who I was if I walked over there." Seacrest clashed with the Changeling star in 2006 when she gave curt replies to his questions, after which he called her "cold."

MATILDA LEDGER TO GET DAD'S GOLDEN GLOBE: Heath Ledger's mother said that her granddaughter Matilda will eventually look after the Golden Globe Award he won posthumously on Sunday night (January 11th) for his performance in The Dark Knight. Sally Bell told People magazine, "I should imagine that eventually it will be going to Matilda. At this stage she is only so young, but down the track she will have all these things. It will belong to her because she is part of him." She added, "It is such a fantastic and wonderful legacy for his daughter. Matilda will have so many people who will be able to speak to her about her father's abilities and (the) respect he had in the industry. That is such a wonderful legacy to leave."

ASKMEN'S WAYS WOMEN ANNOY MEN


  • Use sex as a weapon -- It's a man's universal weak spot, and therefore unfair to use for gain.
  • Talk incessantly -- With guys, you don't need so much detail.
  • Shop till they drop -- If that's unavoidable, leave us home, don't force us along for the hell.
  • Become too emotional -- we suck at dealing with a crying woman on our shoulder, we don't know the first thing about comforting woman. Don't lose it during every minor setback.
  • Invade our personal space -- You know the hell we'd pay for doing this to you, so stay out of our drawers! Well, at the least the ones that hold our clothes.
  • Speak in code -- The old "What are you thinking?" is timeless for testing how we feel about you. Please be specific or else we just don't get it.
  • Become needy -- Don't turn us into emotional crutches and overly use us for moral boosters, it can become too much.
  • Act jealous -- A strip club is just another place to talk football... and watch nude women.
  • Criticize other women -- It's not a crime if shoes don't match the purse. Why must everything be criticized from weight to hairstyle.
  • Pretend to be virtuous -- be honest, you've slept with just as many men as we have women... but you won't admit it. Find a man that appreciates your past.

WHAT YOUR HANDBAG SAYS ABOUT YOU

Ladies, forget about what your daily apparel says about you it's your purse that reveals your personality to the world. Kathryn Eisman, an Australian analyst and author of "How to Tell a Woman by Her Handbag," says the inner contents of your purse are also an important source of information. Here's what you handbag tells the world about you:

  • You prefer a spacious shoulder bag with lots of compartments that you can fill with a variety of stuff -- You're an eternal optimist who manages to accomplish your goals even thought it's often at the last minute. The miscellaneous contents of your bag assure that you're prepared for any and all situations. You try every day to make the world a better place.
  • You appreciate the sleek, clean lines of a clutch because you only carry the bare necessities -- You're elegant, sophisticated and focused, and amaze family and friends with your organizational skills. You're a champ at solving problems with little fuss. You also play your cards close to the vest, revealing little of your true feelings to those around you.
  • You like a sensible shoulder bag in a basic color that's roomy enough for all you "to do" lists -- You prefer to stick to the rules because you believe following tried and true constraints is the best way to tackle a situation. You may lose your cool in chaotic circumstances, but your disciplined approach to life usually keeps you in control of your environment.
  • You love an eye catching purse in bright colors or embroidery you can fill with mementoes -- You wear your heart on your sleeve and the loyalty and love of your friends and family are far more important than material things. You also have a unique perspective that's reflected in your unusual handbag you believe life should be lived as a great adventure.
  • You adore a squashy tote that matches your mood and features one large space. -- You're intelligent, fun loving and endlessly curious about everyone and everything. No matter what the problem, you're a master at boiling complex ideas down to their bare essence to produce smart solutions. Loved ones regularly look to your for innovative ideas.

HAIR'S THE THING


(National Examiner) It's easy to color your world when you know what hues go best with your hair. You can use your wardrobe to bring out the color in your face or your locks, or help downplay them, say experts. For instance, like the sunshine, yellow brightens anything it touches. Here are some other hints:

  • Redheads -- Wear colors that compliment red tones, such as deep beige, green and peach. If your tresses are more auburn, bright rust will de-emphasize the hue of your hair. You should not wear pink unless it is muted in some way. Russet or maroon is better. Orange is also good for auburn hair. Blue-violet is very flattering.
  • Brunettes -- Yellow is very flattering. Pale brunettes should not wear light blue because it gives you an orange-yellow tint. Dark reds are a good choice.
  • Blondes -- Purple clothes will augment your complexion, while bright yellow ones will tone down your hair. Wearing clashing orange can make your hair look dull and faded. Blue-green shades are the most flattering.

What's the best part time job that you've ever had?


According to Careerbuilder.com, here are some great ones:

  1. Pharmacy Technician - Average Salary: $12.32/hour (higher pay for weekend shifts and certified technicians) Job Description: Techs work in hospitals, health care facilities and retail pharmacies helping pharmacists prepare prescriptions for patients.
  2. Tax Preparer - Average Salary: $32.21/hour Job Description: Tax preparers help people and businesses file their annual income taxes. They know what expenses can be deducted and what forms need to be filled according to the law.
  3. Dental Assistant - Average Salary: $14.53/hour Job Description: Dental assistants help dentists with procedures by preparing equipment, taking X-rays and tending to patients.
  4. Personal & Home Care Aide - Average Salary: $8.45/hour (higher pay for more experienced aides) Job Description: Personal and home-care aides work at the homes or assisted-living residences of elderly, ill or disabled patients. They help patients perform daily tasks and ensure their surroundings accommodate their needs.
  5. Receptionist - Average Salary: $11.01/hour (Medical offices pay higher than the average rate.) Job Description: Receptionists greet and assist guests when they visit a business. Their duties depend on the type of business, but generally they perform administrative tasks. In medical offices they handle patient records.
  6. Clerical Library Assistant - Average Salary: $10.40/hour Job Description: Library assistants check out and reshelve books; they notify customers of overdue items; and ensure the library's materials, such as books, movies and music, are in good condition.

What's important for a successful marriage.


Men's Health compared a survey from 1990 to one taken today about what's important for a successful marriage. Here's what they found:

  • Fidelity, 95% in 1990 compared to 93% in 2007
  • A happy sexual relationship, 67% in 1990 compared to 70% in 2007
  • Shared household chores, 47% in 1990 compared to 62% in 2007
  • Adequate income, 46% in 1990 compared to 53% in 2007
  • A comfortable home, 42% in 1990 compared to 51% in 2007
  • Shared religious beliefs, 45% in 1990 compared to 49% in 2007
  • Shared tastes and interest, 44% in 1990 compared to 46% in 2007
  • Children, 65% in 1990 compared to 41% in 2007

Don't pop that top!


If you put that soft drink down now, you might be able to save your waistline. The typical American drinks almost 50 additional calories from sweetened beverages than they did 20 years ago, for an average of 300 calories daily, says new research from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. What does this mean? If you eat the exact same diet as you did in 1988 -- except for the extra 50 calories from the soda -- you'll gain five pounds a year. If you cut 300 liquid calories from your daily diet, you'll lose 2.5 pounds a month.

Monday, January 12, 2009

WATER COOLER TALK


  • Ugly Betty's Ana Ortiz is pregnant with her first child.
  • Lisa Bonet from "The Cosby Show" -- also known as Lilakoi Moon (she changed her name in 1995) -- has given birth to her third child, a son, that's she's name Nakoa-Wolf Manakauapo Namakaeha Momoa.
  • Children who are born four months before the height of cold and flu season have a greater risk of developing childhood asthma than children born at any other time of the year, according to researchers from Vanderbilt University in Nashville.
  • Patrick Swayze, fighting pancreatic cancer, says he's hoping to live another five years.
  • Two arrests have been made following the burglary of Greg Allman's Georgia home.
  • NBC's "ER," whose 15th and final season is this year has been extended by three episodes.
  • Patty Duke has done a commercial for Social Security as Patty & Cathy Lane, her characters from the old "Patty Duke Show."
  • This Wednesday, Marvel Comics is releasing a special issue of Amazing Spider-Man #583 with Barack Obama depicted on the cover.
  • Alfred Shaheen, the inventor of the Hawaiian shirt, has died at age 86. He'll be laid to rest with real lei's.
  • There may be a hidden reason you crave that designer bag: People are more apt to buy luxury items when they feel powerless according to the Journal of Consumer Research.
  • Angelina Jolie says she's going to take some time off from the movies... at least until twins Vivienne and Knox are toddlers.
  • Josh Radnor, Jason Segel, Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris and Alyson Hannigan -- the stars of CBS' comedy "How I Met Your Mother" -- are all getting new deals that will bring their salaries up to $90,000-$120,000 per episode.
  • Hundreds of small earthquakes at Yellowstone National Park in recent weeks have the rumor mills working overtime.
  • Lindsay Lohan is said to be in denial about her split with Samantha Ronson.
  • Kevin Costner was hospitalized overnight last Tuesday after experiencing some lightheadedness.

kflag Country Music Update


Kenny Chesney is putting members of his fan club first when it comes to his upcoming tour, and, specifically, his show at Boston's Gillette Stadium on August 15th. The superstar will give those faithful followers the first crack at tickets by offering them five to 10 days in advance of general on-sale via his official website. Fan club members will also receive a newsletter with special tour news and pre-sale information.

  • Chesney said, "It's kind of crazy how fast this stuff sells. One of the reasons we try to keep the prices down is so that the people who've been along for this ride, the fans who care about the music, who remember the old songs and want to come party with us every year can. This is and always has, for me, been about bringing all those people together."
  • So far, the Boston show is the only one announced for his 2009 Sun City Carnival tour.

SIDE NOTES

  • Chesney's official website is kennychesney.com.
  • Miranda Lambert and Lady Antebellum will be the permanent opening acts on this year's run.
  • Chesney has played to more than one million fans during each of his last seven tours.
Taylor Swift put her acting skills to the test during her weekend appearance on Saturday Night Live. The singer joined show host Neil Patrick Harris in a skit about Broadway characters who are down over the economic slump. Swift donned a red curly wig to play the part of little orphan Annie.
  • The teen star performed two songs -- her recent chart-topper, "Love Story," and "Forever & Always," a cut from her new album, Fearless.
  • Swift is the youngest country singer to ever perform on Saturday Night Live.
Keith Urban will get the crowd at the Daytona 500 revved up before the big race on February 15th at the Daytona International Speedway. Urban will sing three songs during the pre-race show, which serves as the season opener to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Fans will have to purchase a pre-race access pass in order to watch the show.

SIDE NOTES

  • Information on tickets for the race and the show are available online at daytonainternationalspeedway.com .
  • Urban will visit 58 cities this year on his 2009 tour. His opening acts will include rotating performers Sugarland, Taylor Swift, Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Dierks Bently, Glen Campbell and The Zac Brown Band.
  • Urban's official tour schedule has not yet been announced.
  • The superstar will release a new album on March 31st.
Josh Turner returns to the road later this month. He plays his first official show of the new year on January 28th in Denver, Colorado. While in town, Turner will likely take in some of the scenery instead of just hanging out on his tour bus.
  • Turner appears on The Martha Stewart Show today (Monday, January 12th). The singer will be cooking alongside the domestic diva. Check local listings for time.
Hee Haw star Jon Hager, one half of the show's Hager Twins, died on Friday (January 9th) at the age of 67. Jon was found dead in his bed at his Nashville home. His brother, Jim Hager, died last May of a heart attack at the age of 66.

FAST FACTS

  • The Hager Twins joined the cast of Hee Haw when it began in 1969 and continued on until 1986.
  • The brothers recorded six albums throughout their career.
  • Their biggest hit, "Gotta Get To Oklahoma ('Cause California's Gettin' To Me)," landed on the country charts in 1969.

THIS WEEKEND'S TOP TEN MOVIES -- JANUARY 9-11


  1. Gran Torino, $29 million
  2. Bride Wars, $21.5 million
  3. The Unborn, $21.1 million
  4. Marley & Me, $11.4 million
  5. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, $9.4 million
  6. Bedtime Stories, $8.6 million
  7. Valkyrie, $6.7 million
  8. Yes Man, $6.2 million
  9. Not Easily Broken, $5.6 million
  10. Seven Pounds, $3.9 million

Celebrity Gossip


LINDSAY LOHAN COMPLAINS ABOUT TABLOID LIFE, AGAIN: Despite having cleared up rumors regarding her alleged split from Samantha Ronson, the tabloids were still troubling Lindsay Lohan late last week, which she let the world know through her MySpace blog. The 22-year-old wrote, "Head games -- that's what the tabloids and pap's play with everyone .... don't they? Everyone plays games, but it gets to the point sometimes when you just want to know why." Lohan added that to distract herself, she's spent time watching Without a Trace. Lohan and Samantha have been seen together only once since break-up rumors surfaced.

'THE MENTALIST' STAR PREGNANT: The Mentalist's Maxine Bahns is pregnant with her first child. The 37-year-old, who plays Simon Baker's wife on the CBS drama, tells People magazine, "I'm very excited. The whole pregnancy has been amazing and I can't wait to love this baby." Bahns is due at the end of February and she and her husband Patrick Watson have already chosen to name their daughter Madison Rose. She added, "I love the nickname Maddie. And my husband's mom's name is Rosemary, so we wanted to honor her by giving our daughter the name Rose." Bahns and Watson have been married since October of 2007.

BROOKE BURNS HAPPY FOR ENGAGED DANCERS: Brooke Burke is not surprised by the whirlwind romance of Dancing With the Stars pros Karina Smirnoff and Maksim Chmerkovskiy. The show's most recent champion told People magazine, "You could see the chemistry. I'm really happy for them and I hope it works out." Burke added, "They say you're supposed to marry from the block. Culturally they have a lot of similarities and a really passionate, steamy love affair going on." The pair got engaged on New Year's Eve after four months of dating.

'DEXTER' CO-STARS MARRY: On-screen siblings Michael C. Hall and Jennifer Carpenter are married, the actor's rep confirmed. Craig Bankey announced that the Dexter co-stars were married on New Year's Eve in California. The couple made their first public appearance as husband and wife at Sunday's (January 11th) Golden Globe Awards.

'HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL' STAR WEDS: High School Musical star KayCee Stroh and her boyfriend Ben Higginson were married on Friday (January 9th). Stroh's rep told People magazine that the pair was wed in a private Mormon ceremony in Salt Lake City, Utah. High School Musical stars like Monique Coleman, Ryne Sanborn and Bart Johnson were present for the celebration. Stroh told People of the nuptials, "I am such a romantic and this is the wedding I have dreamed of having since I was a little girl." Stroh and Higginson, who are both 24-years-old, met through mutual friends at a concert in late 2007 and became engaged in May of 2008.

BRIDGET LEAVES PLAYBOY MANSION: The last of Hugh Hefner's Girls Next Door girlfriends is moving out of the Playboy mansion. On the heels of Kendra Wilkinson and Holly Madison's departures for other relationships, Bridget Marquardt announced that she too is leaving -- but not for another man. The 35-year-old says, "It's unrelated to Holly and Kendra moving out. Hef and I have a really special relationship. This all has nothing to do with my feelings for Hef. I care about him very much. It's just a good time for me to become my own person." Marquardt is temporarily leaving Los Angeles to film Bridget's Sexiest Beaches for the Travel Channel and Hef said she's welcome back into his home after production wraps. She added, "It's an open door for me. (Hef said) 'If you have a date you want to bring to the mansion, I'm supportive of that.'"

GAEL GARCIA BERNAL IS A DAD: Babel actor Gael Garcia Bernal is a father. Us Weekly reported that the actor and Argentinean actress Dolores Fonzi welcomed a son last Thursday (January 8th). The boy is the first child for the couple, who met in 2001 and has been dating since late 2007.

'SAY ANYTHING' STAR MARRIES: Iona Skye, who starred in the 1989 hit film Say Anything married Australian singer-songwriter Ben Lee. The Daily Telegraph revealed that the pair tied the knot in India on December 29th in a traditional Hindu ceremony. About 50 of the couple's close friends and family members witnessed the nuptials including Josh Radnor from How I Met Your Mother.

COSMO'S CAR SMARTS


  • Adjust all systems: climate controls, seats, the CD player, etc. before driving.
  • If you absolutely have to use a cell phone, have a passenger dial the numbers or pull off the road.
  • Don't read maps while driving pull over. If you have a GPS device, set it before starting your drive. If you're following written directions, ask a passenger to read them.
  • Stop driving immediately if you doze off, have trouble staying awake, miss an exit, etc.
  • Consume caffeine, the equivalent of two cups of coffee; even keeping a box of chocolate-covered espresso beans in the car can help.
  • What won't help, according to NHTSA, is rolling down windows or turning on the radio.
  • Do not take off and drive after an emotionally upsetting event. Take a walk instead.
  • Don't drive aimlessly, with no destination in mind.
  • Don't let friends drive emotionally either. Treat it like drunken driving: Take the keys or offer to drive her.
  • Yes, it's obvious, but wear your seat belt, and insist that everyone else in the car do the same. Young men are particularly reluctant to buckle up; don't let them get away with it. It's the law everywhere bun New Hampshire, although penalties vary from state to state.
  • Be wary of riding with a newly licensed driver whatever his or her age is.
  • Always arrange for a designated driver or call for a cab if you're going to be out drinking.
  • Remember that if you are extremely tired, having one drink can feel like having four and could have the same effect on your driving abilities.
  • Tell your inebriated friend that you heard a sobriety checkpoint has just been set up at a nearby intersection.
  • If you're hosting a party that got too boozy, offer a "hangover brunch" for anyone who wants to stay the night.

Girl Talk


Ladies, batting your eyelashes at someone other than your partner may improve your relationship. Women make an unconscious effort to strengthen their bond after flirting because we see it as threatening to our primary bond, reveals a study from McGill University in Montreal.

Meanwhile, women who are flirts at work -- wear short skirts, send flirtatious e-mail messages or even massage a man's shoulders -- get fewer pay raises and promotions than women who don't exhibit such sexy behavior in the office, according to a study from Tulane University.

Glamour lists the things women should never take for granted:

  1. Your right to vote.
  2. Any random morning you wake up happy and rested.
  3. Love, even if it comes from your parents.
  4. Your body right now (whatever it weighs).
  5. Male upper-body strength, that couch won't move itself.
  6. Your digital photos.
  7. Invitations RSVP, be nice, respond.
  8. The bliss of vacation sex.
  9. Everyday you don't have to call tech support.
  10. When they make your favorite bra, buy four.
  11. Your fertile years.
  12. The great guy who never takes you for granted.

The top secret most American women keep from the man in their life?


It's not about sex, or past boyfriends, or money. It's the number of shoes they own, according to a poll by the Consumer Reports National Research Center. The average American woman owns 19 pairs of shoes, even though she only wears four pairs regularly. 15% of women own more than 30 pairs of shoes. Want more?

  • Women buy, on average, four pairs of shoes a year.
  • 13% of women admit to hiding a purchase from their partner.
  • 60% of women regret at least one shoe purchase.
  • 43% admit they had been at least moderately injured by shoes

When a woman is around, men work out harder!


Well, duh! In a new German study, men pushed themselves 12% harder and complained less about pain during a bicycle stress test when a female doctor supervised than when a man did. Study author Christian Jung, M.D., says the results could translate to your gym: "Working out with a woman may help you push harder, probably because men are evolutionary programmed to impress women," he says. Choose your treadmill wisely. (Men's Health)

National Handwriting Day --


A day celebrate the importance of handwriting, in conjunction with John Hancock's birthday (1-12-37). Hancock was the first to sign the Declaration of Independence and is famous for his large, bold signature -- Here are some clues to people's character according to their handwriting:

  • If your letters slant to the left: Indicates introspection and a lot of emotional control.
  • If letter slant to the right: Reveals a person who's more impulsive, outgoing, friendly, and emotionally open.
  • If letters are straight up and down: The sign of someone who's ruled by the head, not the heart.
  • Letters that slant in more than one direction: indicates versatility and adaptability.
  • An erratic slant usually means a lack of flexibility.
  • Heavy pressure writing (like you can feel the rib made on the back of the paper) means the writer is agitated.
  • Moderate pressure (the writing is dark, but you can't feel the rib on the other side of the paper) shows ability to deal with stress.
  • Light pressure indicates someone who seems to take life in stride.
  • Tiny Letters: indicate the writer is somewhat low on self esteem but quite high on brain power.
  • Small Letters: are the hallmark of quiet, introspective types. They're generally detail-oriented and have good powers on concentration.
  • Large Letters: are usually the sign of a confident, easygoing individual.
  • Huge Letters: denote someone who's loud, theatrical and needs to be the center of attention at all times.
  • Wide Letters (their width and height are about the same): The mark of someone who's open and friendly.
  • Narrow Letters: Show someone who's kind of shy and inhibited but also very self-disciplined.
  • Letters that don't touch: are the sign on an impulsive, artistic, sometimes impractical free thinker.
  • Some letters connecting: Means the writer's personality blends logic and intuition.
  • All letters making contact: The calling card of someone who's highly cautious.
  • A curved first mark: Shows a person who's traditional and plays by the rules.
  • A straight beginning stroke: Reveals someone who's rigid and doesn't like being told what to do.
  • A final stroke straight across: is a clue that the writer is cautious.
  • An end mark that curves up: shows generosity.
  • Perfect penmanship: is the hallmark of a communicative person.
  • An indecipherable scrawl: indicates a person who's secretive, closed-up and likes to keep his thoughts to himself.

Friday, January 09, 2009

More Tickets! More Tickets!

That's right!

We just received word that we will also be giving away tickets to see the Charlie Daniels Band, live at Harrah's Laughlin on April 24th!!!! To win these tickets, Listen to Kirt and Jessi on the Morning Jolt every morning next week!

No! You can't even buy these tickets yet!!!!

Do we Rock or what!

Finally Friday!

Hey all!

It's Friday and we are ready for a Massive Music Weekend on K-Flag Country. And this weekend, don't be fretting that Monday is coming!

Starting on Monday and going through Friday, be listening for Dierks Bentley's music on K-Flag! When you hear one, log onto our website and enter to win tickets before you can buy them as he will be coming to Harrah's Laughlin on April 4th. We will draw a winner each day starting on Tuesday morning and announce who the lucky person is on K-Flag Country and right here on the Red, White and Blue Blog. We will announce Fridays winner on the following Monday.

Then on Wednesday morning during the Morning Jolt, we will be giving away Tickets and Room Stays at the Orleans Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas to see Reba McEntire! How exciting is that.

So enjoy the weekend and get ready for the winning all week next week with the Tri-States Best Country! K-Flag!!!!

THE COLD, HARD TRUTH


(Woman's Day) Each winter there are about 1 to 2 billion colds in the U.S., says Neil Schachter, M.D., professor of medicine and medical director of respiratory care at the Mount Sinai Medical Center and author of "The Good Doctor's Guide to Colds and Flu." To help you stay well, here are some reality checks on some common misconceptions:

  • Old thinking -- Kissing spreads colds. Truth is you're more likely to get a cold from a handshake than a kiss. Surprised? Think about it: How many germy surfaces have your hands touched today, and how many have your lips touched? To be on the safe side, try to avoid any direct contact with people who are sick.
  • Old thinking -- A flu shot can give you the flu. Truth is the vaccine contains a dead virus, which can't cause the flu. However, you may experience some pain or soreness at the site of the injection, or a low grade fever that lasts for a couple of days. This is a normal reaction that means your body is responding to the vaccine.
  • Old thinking -- You should never work out with a cold. Truth is moderate activity is a good way to promote sinus drainage, which can prevent that cold from turning into sinusitis. But if you're running a fever or feeling totally exhausted, then common sense tells you it's better to rest.
  • Old thinking -- You're not contagious unless you have a fever. Truth is you could actually be contagious before obvious symptoms, including fever, ever begin. The best advice to be cautious during cold and flu season and wash your hands frequently to avoid spreading germs.

WATER COOLER TALK


  • Sign of the times: this year's annual sled dog race in Frazee, Minnesota, has been canceled... because of too much snow.
  • The man who became famous as "Joe the Plumber" is taking on a job as a reporter for a conservative web site and heading to Israel.
  • Michael Jackson has signed a yearlong lease on a mansion in the swanky Bel Air area of Los Angeles for $100,000 a month. The home has seven bedrooms, 13 bathrooms and 12 fireplaces.
  • Congress has officially declared Barack Obama the next President of the U.S. after tallying electoral college votes.
  • Ashford and Simpson are going to release a new version of their 1984 hit, "Solid as a Rock"... and make it, "Solid as Barack," in honor of the newly-elected president. A brief version of the song was first sung on "Saturday Night Live."
  • Dolly Parton, Michael W. Smith, Dr. Bobby Jones, the Dixie Hummingbirds and producer Lari Goss will be inducted into the Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame next month in Nashville.
  • Aw, Hollywood... Lost star Naveen Andrews is in a court custody battle over his son, Naveen Joshua, 3. This is a child he fathered outside of his relationship with long-time girlfriend, Barbara Hershey. The mother of the baby claims that Hershey practices witchcraft and that Naveen and Hershey have "poisoned" the boy.
  • Astronomers have detected what a really loud noise coming from outer space, that they describe as a roar. And they have no idea what is causing it. Space.com reports that the strange cosmic sound is booming six times louder than expected.
  • So much for being the "American Idol" winner. Fantasia Barrino has hit the financial skids and is facing the loss of her $1.3 million Charlotte, NC, home in an auction set for noon Monday.
  • Wynonna Judd has announced that she's the new face of alli, the over-the-counter weight loss pill and plan.
  • Fergie and Josh Duhamel exchange vows tomorrow. Must be rehearsal dinner tonight.
  • Ken Burns is adding a 10th inning to his 9-episode mini-series on baseball. He felt it just needed an update.
  • If you're in London January 20th and can't back to the U.S. for inauguration day, no problem. Madame Tussaud's museum will let Americans in free that day to see their wax version of Barack Obama.
  • Rumor has it that Britney has been missing some of her rehearsals lately for her upcoming world tour because she's embarrassed by her dancing abilities.
  • Nicolette Sheridan and David Spade, while caught being more than friends recently in public, insist they are still just that.
  • Even if it's the weekend, you might want to set the alarm clock. People who sleep more than eight hours a night have far higher cholesterol levels and less of the "good" HDL cholesterol, according to new research from The Netherlands.
  • Keep your eyes for a racy new book coming out next month, called ""Toy Monster: The Big, Bad World of Mattel," in which you'll learn that the designer who popularized "Barbie" put on orgies at his Bel Air mansion and surrounded himself with Barbie-like clones.

Celebrity Gossip


'UGLY BETTY' STAR PREGNANT: Ugly Betty star Ana Ortiz is pregnant with her first child. People magazine confirmed that the 37-year-old and her husband, Half Life guitarist Noah Lebenzon, will welcome the baby at the end of July. A friend of the couple told the magazine, "They are thrilled and ecstatic. They can't wait to be parents."

JAMIE LYNN SPEARS PLANNING WEDDING: Despite reports claiming Jamie Lynn Spears and fiance Casey Aldridge were on the outs, the young parents are reportedly making plans to go through with their nuptials. In Touch Weekly claims that although no firm wedding date has been set, 17-year-old Spears has picked out a Monique Lhuillier gown, ordered invitations and chosen a three-tiered chocolate cake for the big day. The couple has a seven-month-old daughter named Maddie.

'FAT' SUPERMODEL HAS THYROID DISORDER? Although she appeared flawless at last winter's Victoria's Secret fashion show, supermodel Karolina Kurkova has been widely criticized for gaining weight and sources claim the extra pounds are due to a thyroid disorder. Although she adheres to a strict diet, an insider told Fox News' Pop Tarts that she adopted an even harsher eating plan and heavy work out regime in order to keep up with the other Victoria's Secret models. The insider says that the 24-year-old is among the 27 million Americans who suffer from the thyroid disorder hypothyroidism, which interferes with the body's metabolism.

JENNIFER GARNER 'DOING GREAT': Jennifer Garner is "doing great" following the Tuesday (January 6th) birth of her second daughter. The actress's close friend and former co-star Victor Garber told the NYPost.com's PopWrap blog, "I talked to her and she's doing great. It was a much easier birth, which I guess is true of most second births -- they're easier. She sounded fantastic. I'm very excited." He added that Garner and husband Ben Affleck are model parents to the new arrival and three-year-old daughter Violet. He said, "I just marvel at how they're being brought up. What a wonderful mother Jennifer is, and what a joy it is to be around that family."

LISA BONET PICKS WEIRD BABY NAME FOR SON: Former Cosby Show star Lisa Bonet gave birth to her third child last month. PerezHilton.com reports that Bonet and Jason Momoa welcomed a son, who they named Nakoa-Wolf Manakauapo Namakaeha. He is the couple's second child together. Bonet also has a 20-year-old daughter named Zoe with rocker Lenny Kravitz.

KATE MOSS GETTING READY FOR SECOND BABY? Kate Moss has fueled reports she is planning on having a second child after reportedly doubling her nanny's Christmas bonus, telling her, "She'd have twice as much work this year." London's Daily Mail claims that nanny Mary Davidson received nearly $4,000 for the holidays. An insider told the paper, "She told the nanny that she is the only person in the world she would want to be there if she had a new baby. Mary was so touched by Kate's words that she burst into tears." The model is currently dating 40-year-old Jamie Hince and has a six-year-old daughter named Lila Grace from a former relationship with magazine publisher Jefferson Hack.

'BIGGEST LOSER' CONTESTANT' ARRESTED: A contestant on the current season of The Biggest Loser has been arrested for allegedly assaulting a neighbor with a bag of flour. As she made her television debut on Tuesday (January 6th), 30-year-old Shanon Thomas was charged with domestic violence. The Detroit Free Press reports that on December 16th, Thomas "kicked open the door" to her neighbor's basement apartment because he had the volume of his television too high. She then allegedly threw flour in his face, damaging some of the personal property as she did so. The massage therapist was arraigned and released on $2,000 bond after being taken into custody. Thomas and her mother Helen Phillips joined the NBC hit as the Pink Team.

ANNE HATHAWAY WANTS 'LAW-ABIDING' BOYFRIEND: Anne Hathaway didn't reveal any dirt on her rumored new beau Adam Shulman during her Thursday (January 8th) appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, prompting the host to offer her skills as a match-maker. Joking about her 2008 split with jailed businessman Raffaello Folliero, Hathaway said of a potential new mate, "At this point I would just like him to be law abiding." She added that the public breakup taught her to have a sense of humor. The Bride Wars star explained that after it happened, "I'm sobbing, and I look up and I start laughing and said, 'This is going to make a great opening monologue on SNL.' So then, two weeks later I got the call that I was going to be on the show. I was like, 'You know what, I'm going to get through it. I'm going to laugh first and nobody is going to be able to laugh at me, and eventually it will just be something that happened to me' and now it is. I'm so thrilled."

JEREMY LICHT IS A DAD: Former Hogan Family star Jeremy Licht and his wife Kimberly welcomed a daughter on New Year's Eve. The 38-year-old actor told People magazine that Jordan Zoey Licht was born five-and-a-half weeks early. He said, "We were planning to go to a New Year's Eve party when my wife started having contractions. I'm thrilled -- shocked that it was this soon, but thrilled. Everybody's healthy, and it really was an incredible experience."

BRINKLEY DIVORCE CASE BACK IN COURT: Christie Brinkley and Peter Cook are still battling in court. Cook, who the supermodel divorced last year after he was caught having an affair with a teenager, filed papers in New York State Supreme Court on Tuesday (January 6th), asking for a judge to hold Brinkley in contempt for allegedly failing to turn over 13-year-old son Jack's passport in a timely fashion, thus causing the boy to miss a planned school trip to Egypt. Cook, who was supposed to accompany Jack on the trip, says he missed out on father-son bonding as a result of Brinkley's actions. Brinkley has until February 17th to file a written response to the accusation.

PICK YOUR MATE BY WHAT'S ON HIS PLATE


Attention ladies. The kind of food a man eats tells what he's really like. That's the claim of neurologist-psychiatrist Dr. Alan R. Hirsch in his book for finding a mate, "What's Your Food Sign? How To Use Food Clues To Find Lasting Love." After barraging 800 subjects with a battery of tests and grilling them on their favorite eats, Hirsch discovered that food preferences reveals personality and can predict compatibility.

  • Take breakfast and sex. Men who gobble grapefruit in the morning are sexually expressive and aggressive, while donut eaters are repressed. Fruit loving guys are optimistic, but strawberry eaters have an insecure streak.
  • Hirsch says women can put spice in their lives if they pick the right herb. Garlic, sage and saffron eaters lack confidence; parsley, paprika and basil lovers are easygoing, and curry, chili powder and cayenne sprinklers are logical and frugal.
  • Fun foods are also telling. Pizza lovers are perfectionists, taco munchers are risk-takers and spaghetti eaters are pessimists. Eaters of French fries are thoughtful.
  • As for dessert, ice cream can also reveal personality. Lovers of chocolate ice cream are self absorbed, vanilla appeals to the needy and butter pecan eaters stand up for principles. When it comes to making it, chocolate chip nibblers are the most likely to climb the ladder while rocky road fans are best at enjoying the fruits of their labor.

KFLAG Country Music News


Kenny Chesney has added rising stars Miranda Lambert and Lady Antebellum to his upcoming Sun City Carnival tour for the entire summer. Lady Antebellum will open all the shows, followed by Lambert in the second slot.

  • Chesney said, "This tour is going to be a wild ride. Miranda came out and did a few shows with us, and the energy is the right stuff. She rocks hard, but she's country from a place most people forget it's coming from. And she knows how to have fun, which is as much a part of it as anything."
  • Of Lady Antebellum, Chesney said, "You can't hear 'Love Don't Live Here' and not turn up the radio. That was a feel good record, and it seems to match the spirit Lady Antebellum puts out there. They're fresh and fun and are perfect to start this show."
Chesney has yet to announce his complete tour schedule for 2009. The only stadium show confirmed at this point is Gillette Stadium in Boston on August 15th.

Clint Black will compete for the title of "Celebrity Apprentice" on this season of Donald Trump's reality show. Fellow castmates this year include reality TV personality Khloe Kardashian, former Baywatch babe Brande Roderick, Olympic figure skating gold medalist Scott Hamilton, singer Brian McKnight, comedian Tom Green, former NBA star Dennis Rodman, TLC member Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins and former Monster Garage host Jesse James.
  • The celebrities are competing to raise money for their favorite charities.
  • The new season of Celebrity Apprentice begins on March 1st on NBC.

SIDE NOTES

  • Last year's season of Celebrity Apprentice featured Trace Adkins, who was runner up to British journalist Piers Morgan.
Dierks Bentley and three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Darrell Waltrip are last minute additions to this weekend's Sprint Sound & Speed event taking place today (Friday, January 9th) and Saturday (January 10th) at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium. Montgomery Gentry kick off the celebration of music and motorsports with a concert tonight. The show also features special guests Rodney Atkins and Julianne Hough.

Opry members Connie Smith and Charlie Louvin will also join the lineup of artists and race car drivers meeting fans and signing autographs tomorrow. Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Kyle Petty, Michael Waltrip, Ray Evernham, Reed Sorensen and David Stremme are among the drivers scheduled to participate. Previously announced country artists in attendance include Jason Michael Carroll, Josh Turner, and members of Diamond Rio.

  • Sound & Speed benefits the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and Victory Junction Gang Camp, a year-round camp for chronically and seriously ill children. The Camp was founded by Kyle and Pattie Petty.
Josh Turner will make his third appearance on The Martha Stewart Show on Monday (January 12th) (check local listings). Turner and Stewart have developed a friendship since his first performance on her show nearly three years ago. Stewart's assistant, Liesl Menning, is married to Turner's bandmate, Kevin Haynie. The couple met while Turner was a guest on Stewart's show, and they married last fall. Both Turner and Stewart attended the nuptials. They sat next to each other during the reception and traded stories about their dogs.
  • Turner will be doing a little cooking alongside Stewart on next week's show. He said, "Martha invited me to help her out with a macaroni and cheese dish. It was not part of my exciting gluten-free, dairy-free diet I'm on (due to allergies), but man was it good. We might be cooking together again soon. She said she'd like for me to show her how to cook venison."

FAST FACTS

  • Turner begins his 2009 tour on January 28th in Denver, Colorado. The show features special guest Ashton Shepard.

Most Irritating Invention of All Time!


Thanks to a new survey of 2,500 adults, we now know what the most irritating invention of all time is. And the winner is -- the Karaoke Machine! Invented in 1971 by a Japanese musician, karaoke, which means "empty orchestra", became popular in Asia before being introduced to the rest of the world in the 1980s. The inventor, Inoue Daisuke, made the huge mistake of never getting a patent for his invention, which he made by combining a car stereo, a coin box and an amplifier-- a mistake which has cost him an estimated $100 million! Other annoying creations included 24-hour sports channels, computer games consoles, mobile phones and alarm clocks. (Ananova)

Quickie Wedding Fans Now Have a Choice


Looks like Las Vegas will soon have some competition for the title of wedding capital of America. Lower Manhattan in New York City is now vying for that business after it upgraded its Marriage Bureau in a bid to attract couples who want a quickie wedding ceremony. The bureau, which used to be housed in a small office marked by cracked floor tiles and plastic chairs, was moved to a swanky 24,000 square foot palace. With the upgrade comes special services for couples who want to wed need on a moment's notice. Shops offer various wedding paraphernalia including a $9 fake diamond elastic ring, $4 hairspray, $16,25 one-use digital cameras and $1.75 tissue packs for those who may be moved to tears. The upgrade cost the city $12 million and was designed by Jamie Drake, who also designed Madonna's and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's homes. Weddings are Las Vegas' second biggest income source, after gambling, which is also on a decline due to the economic crisis. (AHN News)

Dear old mom may be killing you......


Living with your mother-in-law can be bad for a woman's health. Scientists say gals are up to three times more likely to develop heart problems if they have extended family living with them and that includes having their own parents under the same roof. The stress of being a mom, wife and daughter can cause high blood pressure and even diabetes, found researchers at Osaka University in Japan. (Globe)

AskMen.com provides ten reasons "Why women can't drive."


THIS IS JUST WRONG LADIES BUT HERE YOU GO!

  1. They let their dogs in the car
  2. They let their friends in the car
  3. They obstruct their vision with crap
  4. They sing while driving
  5. They use the mirrors to look at themselves
  6. They make calls and send texts while driving
  7. They have no interest in their cars
  8. They have no intesest in driving
  9. They have no spatial awareness
  10. They have no driving gene

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Thank you to todays guest DJ's!

Lori Hilliker and Scott Lander from Boulder Creek Estates, 3393 Rosslyn Dr. in Kingman, dropped by to tell us all about the beautiful 1 to 4+ acre lots available beginning at $70,000 with all the utilities already in and amazing views! Check them out at www.bouldercreekestatesaz.com or give Lori & Scott a call 928-753-1393 today!

SECRETS FOR A LONG, HAPPY MARRIAGE

How do people stay married for 40, 50 and 60 years or more? Turns out, they know something the rest of us don't. Those secrets were revealed to bachelors Matthew Boggs and Jason Miller, who traveled 12,000 miles around the U.S. to talk to couples they call the "Marriage Masters" -- people who had been married four decades or more. In an appearance on the "Today" show, the men, who wrote "Project Everylasting," shared these secrets for a long and happy arriage:

  • Divorce? Never. Murder? Often! -- Translation: Commitment is king. Couples who stay married a lifetime enter their marriage with the mindset that divorce is not an option. So when arguments, disagreements and other issues arise, they learn to work them out and don't run away. The only deal breakers are the three A's: addiction, adultery and abuse.
  • There's no such thing as a perfect marriage, only perfect moments -- It takes work to create a great marriage. As one wife said, "Whoever said being soul mates was going to be easy?" And her husband of 52 years added, "Marriage is a bed of roses -- thorns and all."
  • Unpack the gunnysack -- Translation: Don't be afraid to fight. Say what is on your mind. It's the unexpressed frustrations that will cause more problems in the long run as they turn into resentments that will eat away at your marriage. Those who have been married for decades advise "unpack the gunnysack" by opening up the lines of communication.
  • Never stop dating -- It's not just the quality of time you spend together; it's also the quantity that counts. Keep the romance burning by stoking the fire. Go out on dates, take getaway weekends and long vacations with just the two of you.
  • Love is a four-letter word spelled give -- Be selfless. Marriage is not 50/50. It's 60/40. You give 60 and take 40. And that goes for both of you.
  • Join the CMAT Club (Can't Miss A Thing) -- Life is short, so enjoy every minute of it. It's easy to get caught in the day-to-day busyness of life and in the process take your spouse for granted. Life is an adventure and all too soon it will end. So relish your sweetheart's presence now.
  • The discipline of respect -- You can have respect without love, but you can't have love without respect. According to all those interviewed, the No. 1 secret for a thriving, everlasting marriage is respect. When you respect your partner and your partner respects you, everything else flows into place: trust, connection, authenticity and love.

Do you know anyone with really bad habits at the office?

We read some excerpts from a CareerBuilder.com article that sparked some great calls:

  • Bad Habit: Missing deadlines. What you think: "If it's only a little late, it doesn't mean anything." What it really says: Your colleagues and boss can't count on you. What to do: Don't view deadlines as negotiable. Remind yourself that people are counting on you to do your job well, which includes completing tasks on time. Even if you just barely missed the deadline and everything turned out OK, you probably caused your teammates a lot of anxiety and extra work, which they won't forget.
  • Bad Habit: Dressing unprofessionally. What you think: "I'm the office free spirit with a quirky sense of style!" What it really says: You don't take the job seriously. What to do: You don't have to be a boring dresser to be professional, but you shouldn't look like you're about to go clubbing or strutting down a runway. Take a cue from your co-workers to see what's considered acceptable in the office.
  • Bad Habit: Not being punctual. What you think: "As long as I get all my work in, nobody cares." What it really says: You think your time is more important than everybody else's. What to do: Stick to the schedule. Everyone in your office would like to sleep in a little or leave early, but they don't because people rely on them to be on time.
  • Bad Habit: Checking your e-mail, playing games, shopping. What you think: "I'm discreet." What it really says: You're not doing your job. What to do: Keep the fun stuff to a minimum. Most employers don't mind if you check your e-mail every once in awhile or read your favorite blog for a few minutes in the morning. They begin to care when you minimize that game of Scrabulous every time they walk by your desk. You're being paid to work, not play.
  • Bad Habit: Gossiping. What you think: "I'm just saying what I heard." What it really says: You can't be trusted. What to do: Sure, everybody gossips a little here and there, but it shouldn't be your livelihood. Eventually you'll gain a reputation for not keeping anything confidential –whether it's a personal matter or work-related. Plus, your chattering could end up hurting somebody's feelings or reputation.
  • Bad Habit: Being negative. What you think: "Everybody complains." What it really says: You're the person to avoid. What to do: It's natural to grumble about work once in awhile. If you gripe and moan when you're asked to do anything, however, people will not only get annoyed, they'll wonder why you don't just quit. Keep in mind that work isn't always fun; keep the complaints to a minimum.
  • Bad Habit: Trying to be everybody's best friend. What you think: "I'm just sociable." What it really says: You don't know how to set boundaries. What to do: It's not uncommon for friendships to develop at work, but don't expect it to happen with everybody. Unless you have reason to do otherwise, treat your superiors, colleagues and subordinates like professionals, not like drinking buddies.

WATER COOLER TALK

  • Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner became parents again this week... daughter #2 is in the house.
  • Carrie Underwood's latest steady: Ottawa Hockey Player Mike Fisher.
  • The fashion color of the year is mimosa, a shade of yellow that reflects the flowers of the mimosa tree. That's the word from Pantone, who says this shade of yellow was chosen as the color of the year for 2009 because it exudes "optimism" in a time of economic uncertainty.
  • Alyssa Milano got engaged earlier this month to agent David Bugliari.
  • Lindsay Lohan says she hasn't split with DJ Samantha Ronson, despite media reports they had publicly sparred several times over the holidays.
  • Bristol Palin's future mother-in-law pleaded not guilty Monday to felony drug charges for allegedly selling the prescription painkiller OxyContin.
  • In a story posted on W magazine's web site, Brad Pitt insists he didn't cheat on Jennifer Aniston with Angelina Jolie.
  • For the record, Daughtry likes to have Lucky Charms backstage at concerts.
  • A group of honors students at LSU have formed their own quidditch team, playing a "muggle" version of the sport from the Harry Potter novels. They keep a broom between their legs for the "wizard" feel.
  • Yes, Paris Hilton has only slept with "a couple of people" -- because she respects herself too much. She tells Glamour magazine, "I've only done it (had sex) with a couple of people. People make up stories, but mostly I just kiss."
  • If you're keeping score at home, Hugh Hefner is now back up again to three girlfriends living with him at the Playboy mansion.
  • The 66th annual Golden Globe Awards are this Sunday beginning at 8pm on NBC.
  • Kate Hudson says no more "big deal" weddings for her. If and when she ever gets married again, she's going to elope.

ON THIS DAY

On this date in 1815, General Andrew Jackson led American troops in a win over the British in the Battle of New Orleans, ending the war of 1812. The two countries had been fighting over what name to call the war. It was a confusing time.

In 1918, President Wilson unveiled his plan of 14 points for peace. He was so far ahead of his time. Point #7 was keep Elizabeth Hasselbeck away from Rosie O'Donnell at all costs!

On this date in 1925, the first all-female state supreme court gathered in Texas. It was a great day in court for any guy who needed the men's room.

In 1946, Elvis Presley received an $8 for his birthday. He was also given a can of soda pop, which had been all shook up and, well, the rest is history.

10 Things You Should Know About Elvis Presley

  1. He was very polite. "He was always taught manners," Sam Phillips says. "His mother thought there was no reason to treat people except with great respect. If you didn't say 'yessir' and 'nosir', that was a cardinal sin."
  2. But you wouldn't like him when he was angry. "He was real slow to anger," Phillips says. "But once he was angered pound for pound I don't know of a person who was stronger. I remember one time at the gas station out the back of the Peabody Hotel. This one person who didn't like his long sideburns wouldn't leave him alone. Elvis had him down on the concrete in no time flat."
  3. Colonel Tom Parker really was a colonel. Kind of. Presley's legendary manager was given an honorary colonel's commission in October 1948 by Louisiana governor Jimmie Davis. Parker did serve in the U.S. Army in 1930 and 1931, but he didn't attain the rank of colonel. (Parker wasn't his real name, either.)
  4. Elvis's gold suit was the genuine article. The colonel had it designed for him for the opening date of a 10-city tour in 1957. It was made by famous Hollywood tailor Nudie Cohen and cost $2,500. During the show, Elvis fell to his knees and left a pile of gold leaf on the stage. Afterward, a distraught Parker begged him never to do such a move again.
  5. He really loved his mother, Gladys. At her funeral in 1958, he tried to jump into her grave. For days afterward, he carried him nightgown around with him.
  6. He was a very spiritual man. Larry Geller, who became Presley's hairdresser and guru in 1964, introduced him to spirituality. Geller gave him books he would cherish for the rest of his life: Autobiography of a Yogi, The Impersonal Life and Beyond the Himalayas. "I've always known there had to be a purpose for my life," Presley once said, "There's got to be a reason why I was chosen to be Elvis Presley.
  7. He made 31 movies over 13 years. "Elvis hated most of those later films," says friend and bodyguard Red West. "I mean, in Stay Away, Joe they had him singing to a bull."
  8. He never sold more records in a year than in 1956. That's when the single "Hound Dog" and its B-side, "Don't Be Cruel," sold 4.6 million copies in the United States.
  9. And never fewer than he sold in 1967. That year was the nadir of his Hollywood period. "The Easy Come, Easy Go EP never charted," Jorgensen says. "That's when Presley's management realized something had to change. The movie was horrible. The songs were poor and poorly recorded, with bad arrangements. And Elvis didn't sing them particularly well. I'm told the Cokes and burgers during the sessions were OK."
  10. Elvis was an officer of the Memphis police force. Shelby County sheriff Roy Nixon made the King a chief deputy in 1970. He had legal authority, and could have made arrests.

How Big of an Elvis Fan are you? Test your knowledge of the King and his hit records by completing the song titles.


Yes, the king of rock & roll, Elvis Aaron Presley, was born on this date in 1935.

  • Don't Be _____ (Cruel)
  • Hound _____ (Dog)
  • All _____ Up (Shook)
  • Let Me Be Your _____ (Teddy Bear)
  • Are You _____ Tonight (Lonesome)
  • _____ Minds (Suspicious)
  • _____ Rain (Kentucky)
  • Crying In The _____ (Chapel)
  • _____ Rock (Jailhouse)
  • Viva _____ (Las Vegas)

Wednesday, January 07, 2009






WATER COOLER TALK

A new survey breaks down what ticks you off about being back at work after the holidays: Co-workers eating noisily (28%), sniffing (26%), talking too loudly on the phone (21%) and even singing (5%).

Patricia Arquette has just filed for divorce from her husband of two years. They have a 5-year-old daughter. So much for True Romance.

Jennifer Love Hewitt and her fiance Ross McCall didn't survive the holiday season. The wedding and the relationship are both off.

Enjoy your morning coffee guilt-free. New research from Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan concludes that drinking coffee lowers the risk of developing cancers of the oral cavity and throat -- at least among the Japanese.

Tim Allen (55) and his wife Janie Hajduk (42) are expecting their first baby together this spring.

The first family is mourning the loss of the Bush family cat, India -- also known as "Willie" -- who died Sunday, at age 18, at the White House.

Rebecca Romijn and Jerry O'Connell are the proud parents of twin girls born December 28th. Their names: Dolly Rebecca Rose and Charlie Tamara Tulip.

Scarlett Johansson has won her lawsuit and that means the people who were running ScarlettJohansson.com without her consent will have to shut the web site down.

If you like to know a happy ending is on the way, the new "Bachelor," Jason Mesnick, says he's engaged. Of course, you won't know to who until the finale this spring.

"A seizure" is officially listed as the cause of the death of John Travolta's son, Jett, in the Bahamas last week.

Madonna's outspoken brother, Christopher, says that Demi Moore is a "diva" and treats gay men like handbags... whatever that means.

Robert Pattinson, the star of "Twilight," says when he was younger his sisters used to dress him as a girl and call him 'Claudia'.

Late Late Show host Craig Ferguson married his long-time girlfriend over the holidays.



TOP SEXIEST FEMALE MOVIE STARS

Hot "Transformers" co-star Megan Fox has been named the sexiest female movie star by both men and women in a 2009 poll of 5000 Fandango subscribers who were asked this question: "Which sex symbol do you want to see on screen in the coming year?"
Top 10 Sexiest Female Movie Stars (as voted for by men):
1. Megan Fox
2. Jessica Alba
3. Scarlett Johansson
4. Charlize Theron
5. Salma Hayek
6. Kate Beckinsale
7. Jessica Biel
8. Jennifer Aniston
9. Nicole Kidman
10. Halle Berry


YOUR BIGGEST FEAR!


Our greatest fear is being in plane crash, according to a new survey conducted by Harris Interactive for the American Diabetes Association. Here's the top five things we fear the most:

• Being in a plane crash: 16%
• Snake bites: 13%
• Being hit by lightning: 5%
• Getting a disease: 5% (cancer, 49%, 3% diabetes)
• A shark attack: 4%


POWER UP YOUR LIBIDO

What foods best power your libido? Everyone seems to think they know what the best food to "fuel their fire" is. But we went to the experts at MSN.com Health and Fitness:

1. Pomegranate juice
2. Shrimp salad
3. Oatmeal
4. Spinach
5. Citrus fruits
6. Honey
7. Blueberries


Checkin' Out Teens Online

WHAT ARE YOUR TEENS DOING?

More than half of teen users of the social networking site MySpace include information in their profiles about their sexual behavior and drug and alcohol use, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Washington in Seattle. The results were shocking as 54% of the MySpace profiles contained at least one reference to sexual behavior, drug or alcohol use or violence. Substance use was the most common, seen in 41% of profiles, followed by sexual behavior (24%) and violence (14%).

Top 10 Sexiest Female Movie Stars

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

WATER COOLER TALK


  • Prince is going to release three albums this year... all without a record label and with a "major retailer". (Wal-Mart?)
  • President-elect Obama is said to have requested Jennifer Hudson to sing the National Anthem at his inauguration.
  • According to Swedish researchers, children born to fathers who are older than 30 are more likely to develop bipolar disorder, which causes extreme shifts in mood, energy and ability to function.
  • Patricia Arquette has filed for divorce from actor Thomas Jane, citing irreconcilable differences. The couple, who were married in May, 2006, have a five-year-old daughter, Harlow.
  • You're going to need 3-D glasses to see the 90-second "Monsters Versus Aliens" commercial inside the Super Bowl game. 150 million 3D glasses are going to be given away for Super Bowl viewers to make sure you see it right.
  • During Charlie Rose's New Year's Eve salute to those who had died the past year, he saluted movie director George Butler. George called to say he's not dead yet.
  • Jack Black says he has two breakfasts each morning that he hopes will prevent him from eating all day long.
  • Karina Smirnoff and Maksim Chmerkovskiy from "Dancing with the Stars" spent their New Year's Eve together getting engaged.
  • Taylor Swift performs on "Saturday Night Live" this weekend, on her mom's birthday.
  • The number one New Year's Resolution is to lose weight. That's the word from a survey commissioned by Weight Watchers, which found that 45% of Americans say losing weight is their New Year's resolution (again!) for 2009.
  • Kevin Federline is coming out with a line of children's clothing.
  • Rumor has it that the Obamas will actually bring two puppies to the White House with them.
  • American Idol Season Six star, Gina Glocksen, married her longtime boyfriend, school teacher Joe Ruzicka, on New Year's Eve

Celebrity Gossip


JENNIFER LOVE HEWITT ENGAGEMENT CALLED OFF: Jennifer Love Hewitt and her fiance, Scottish actor Ross McCall have called off their engagement. A source close to the couple told People magazine, "They broke up over the holidays and have ended their engagement. They're both really sad about this. Even their friends are surprised; they seemed really happy. Everyone just wants the best for both of them." The Ghost Whisperer star and McCall got engaged in November of 2007 after having dated for two years.

TIM ALLEN AND WIFE EXPECTING CHILD: Tim Allen and his wife Jane Hajduk are expecting their first child together, his rep confirmed to People magazine. Marleah Leslie told the publication, "Tim and Jane are ecstatic about the upcoming birth of their first child together." She added that the baby is due in the spring. Allen has a teenage daughter from a previous marriage. The 55-year-old actor has been married to Hajduk since October of 2006.

PATRICIA ARQUETTE FILES FOR DIVORCE: Patricia Arquette filed for divorce on Monday (January 5th) from her husband of two years, Thomas Jane. TMZ.com reports that the legal papers, filed in L.A. Superior Court, list "irreconcilable differences" as the reason behind the split. The couple, who has a five-year-old daughter together, have no prenuptial agreement. Jane played Mickey Mantle in the HBO movie 61.

REBECCA ROMIJN AND JERRY O'CONNELL WELCOME TWIN DAUGHTERS: Rebecca Romijn and her husband Jerry O'Connell are the parents of twin girls, her rep confirmed on Monday (January 5th). Lewis Kay told People magazine that Romijn gave birth to Dolly Rebecca Rose and Charlie Tamara Tulip on December 28th. The girls are the first children for the couple, who married in 2007. Kay announced that, "Mother, father and both girls are all home and doing well." In November, the 36-year-old actress told People that after the birth, "I'm taking quite a bit of time off. I really want this to be my job for at least the next six months." Charlie is also the name of O'Connell's brother.

ROMANCE FOR '90210' AND 'TWILIGHT' STARS? 90210 star AnnaLynne McCord is reportedly dating Twilight actor Kellan Lutz. Despite reports that Lutz had to beg McCord for forgiveness after kissing another girl as the couple was celebrating New Year's Eve together in Miami, PerezHilton.com reported on Monday (January 5th) that the two were spotted leaving a Miami Beach nightclub together this past weekend.

MORE PROOF OF SPADE-SHERIDAN RELATIONSHIP: While the two have yet to declare their couple hood, David Spade and Nicollette Sheridan offered more evidence of their relationship while dining together on Saturday (January 3rd) in Las Vegas. A source told E! Online that, "Although there wasn't major PDA, they definitely were affectionate throughout their meal." The two were joined by another couple. Sheridan and Spade were first linked in early November and were spied cuddling and kissing and her 45th birthday a couple of weeks later.

GARY OLDMAN MARRIES AGAIN: The Dark Knight star Gary Oldman married his fourth wife last week, according to London's Daily Telegraph. The paper claims that the 50-year-old actor and jazz singer Alexandra Edenborough, who is 31, tied the knot in California. Oldman, who is also widely known for his role in the Harry Potter series, was previously married to model Donya Fiorentino, Uma Thurman and English actress Lesley Manville.

ACQUAINTANCE STOLE PARIS HILTON'S JEWELS? Los Angeles Police detectives reportedly believe that the burglar who stole $2 million of jewels from Paris Hilton is an acquaintance of the heiress. The Los Angeles Times reported that the thief appeared to have a good grasp of the house's floor plans, knowing exactly where to look for Hilton's valuables. Investigators are currently going over evidence from the December 19th incident and are narrowing their search down to a number of unidentified Hilton peers.

kflag Country Music Update


Keith Urban will hit the road in May and play in 58 North American cities before wrapping up the tour sometime this fall. Cities confirmed as tour stops include Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia, Charlotte, Nashville, Toronto and Vancouver. Each show will feature one opening act. Rotating openers include Sugarland, Taylor Swift, Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Dierks Bentley, Glen Campbell and The Zac Brown Band.

  • Urban is set to release a new album on March 31st.
  • The video for his new single, "Sweet Thing," will head to CMT and GAC later this month.

FAST FACTS

Taylor Swift continues her domination of the entertainment business as the year's first musical guest on Saturday Night Live this weekend (Saturday, January 10th). The show will be hosted by actor Neil Patrick Harris. The show airs on NBC at 11:30 p.m. ET.
  • Swift was recently named the best-selling artist of 2008 across all genres.
  • The singer is nominated for Best Country Song for "Love Story" at Wednesday night's (January 7th) People's Choice Awards.

SIDE NOTES

  • Saturday also happens to be Swift's mother's birthday. Mother and daughter will be celebrating the occasion together in the Big Apple.
Kenny Chesney closed out 2008 with the most-attended tour, drawing more than one million fans once again. The superstar's ticket prices were among the lowest of any act, averaging $71. Those low ticket prices kept Chesney from being the top-grossing touring act. In fact, the superstar came in fourth place overall, according to Pollstar, behind Madonna, Celine Dion, and the Eagles, whose tickets averaged $153, $119 and $128, respectively.
  • Chesney said, "People make all kinds of claims about how many tickets they sell or how much they make, but they do it before the numbers are published...It's not about the money, it's about the fans.There will always be tours that gross more than us, because I believe in trying to make it possible for anyone who wants to come out and rock with us to be able to do it."
Rascal Flatts will take the stage to perform live at the People's Choice Awards on Wednesday (January 7th) at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. The trio are nominated in two categories -- Favorite Group and Favorite Country Song for "Take Me There."
  • Fellow nominee Carrie Underwood is also scheduled to perform during the show.
  • The People's Choice Awards air live on CBS at 9:00 p.m. ET.
  • Other nominated country artists include Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney and Brad Paisley
The Jonas Brothers drew a star-studded crowd to their show at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium on Sunday (January 4th). Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Martina McBride, Brad Paisley, Michael W. Smith, Steven Curtis Chapman, Amy Grant and American Idol winner Jordin Sparks all took in the sold out concert. Some even joined the famous siblings on stage during their show. McBride sang her signature hit, "Independence Day," while Paisley honored Kevin Jonas' request to perform "Waitin' On A Woman." The entire group of celebrity guest singers joined the Jonas Brothers for a rendition of "American Pie."

Lady Antebellum will get an early jump on the touring season by performing their first show of the new year on Wednesday night (January 7th) in New York City. In addition to playing clubs, the trio will also open for the likes of Kenny Chesney and Keith Urban throughout the year. The group is scheduled to perform on NBC's Late Night With Conan O'Brien on Thursday (January 8th).

A Man Who Got His Dying Wish.........


In Danbury, Connecticut, you might say Donald Peters got his dying wish. He bought two $10M Connecticut Lottery tickets at a 7-11 convenience store on what would sadly turn out to be his last day on earth. Mr. Peters died later that same day after suffering a heart attack while working in his yard. Amazingly, one of his tickets won the lottery. Even more amazingly, his widow, 78-year-old Charlotte Peters, almost discarded the tickets but when she passed by a grocery store and checked the numbers, she was told that she won. She said she couldn't believe that the very last tickets his husband bought won the lottery because he usually bought tickets for 10 weeks at a stretch. At least now she won't have to worry about money for the rest of her life. (AHN News)

How old is your Car in People Years?


Remember how people have fun trying to figure out how old their dog was in human years? But now there's a new fad. Figuring out how old your car is, in "people-years". We had fun calculating our listeners "car age". Here's the formula:

  • Take the mileage on the car's odometer and divide by the model year.
  • The result is your car's age if it were a person.
  • Example: a 1994 Chevrolet Cavalier with 131,824 miles on it.
  • Do the math: 131824/1994 = 66.1.
  • That car would be a 66 year old person

Want some color for 2009


Getting a tattoo? Worried that it's going to hurt?

You may want to consider where you're getting inked. If you have several tattoos, where did it hurt the most to get one? Here's a short list of the most potentially painful places for body ink:

  • The eyeball. Believe it or not, some people do get permanent makeup inside the eye. The many nerves going into the front of the eye would make this an excruciating procedure without anesthesia. (Two other popular spots for permanent makeup -- the eye brows and lips -- are also painful, the lips especially so because of the many nerve endings located there.)
  • The mons pubis. The pain of getting a tattoo down under runs a close second to the lips. There are a lot of nerves, which provide pleasure (as opposed to pain) under different circumstances. If you try this in a tattoo parlor, ask for a cream.
  • The top of the foot or ankle. Lots of women opt for tattoos in this area so the eye-catching designs will be visible when they're barefoot or wearing sandals during the summer months. But it's also ouch-inducing because of the absence of fat.
  • Behind the ear. A tattoo here can be endearingly sexy. Just remember ladies, there's nothing in this spot but skin and bone -- and nerves (though not as many as on your lip surface).
  • The chest (above your rib cage). If you're thin, this might be one time you'd be grateful for a layer of fat around your middle.The absence of padding makes this one of the most painful places for men to get a traditional tattoo.

Little Boys Know Best!


There's a new love guru out there and it ain't Michael Myers. Nope, it's 9-year-old years old. Alec Greven, of Castle Rock, Colorado. His book of advice, "How to Talk to Girls," says the secret to his success was watching his friends at play. "I saw a lot of boys who had trouble talking to girls," explains Greven, an avid reader. His assembled his first collection of advice as a small handwritten pamphlet, which he sold for $3 a copy at the school book fair. It took off like a rocket, and now Greven's worlds of wisdom fill a 46-page book. Here are some of Greven's top dating tips:

  • Control your hyperness. Cut down on sugar if you need to.
  • Girls always like the smartest boys.
  • Girls win most of the arguments and have most of the power.
  • A crush is like a love disease. It can drive you mad.
  • Comb you hair and don't wear sweats.
  • Make sure you have good friends who don't try to take the girl you like.
  • Pretty girls are like cars that need a lot of oil.
  • Class clowns never make a good love story with a girl, if you catch my drift.
  • If you're in elementary school, try to get a girl to like you, not love you.

Monday, January 05, 2009

WATER COOLER TALK


  • Pat Hingle, who played Commissioner Gordon in the first four "Batman" movies in the 1990s, has died. He was 84.
  • John Travolta's 16-year-old son was was found collapsed in a bathroom at the family's vacation home on Grand Bahama late Friday morning before he was pronounced dead at a Freeport hospital.
  • Jon Bon Jovi is performing at a fundraiser for Hillary Rodham Clinton as she tries to close out her $6.3 million campaign debt.
  • Police in Illinois say actor and playwright Sam Shepard has been arrested on charges of drunken driving.
  • Heather Locklear evades DUI charges by pleading to a lesser offence on Friday. She plead no contest to a misdemeanour reckless driving and received three years of informal probation.
  • Hugh Jackman says his schedule won't allow him to play Mark Anthony in the rock version of Cleopatra, starring Catherine Zeta Jones.
  • Bernie Hamilton, who played the police captain on the old 1970s TV series "Starsky and Hutch," has died. He was 80.
  • It ain't over 'til its over. Pink spent New Year's Eve with her ex-husband, Carey Hart.
  • Seen out having dinner together: George Clooney and Paris Hilton.
  • Britney Spears big brother, Bryan, got married on New Year's Eve and brought the family together. He married Jamie Lynn's long-time manager, Graciella Sanchez.
  • A reminder that Fergie's wedding date is this Saturday...just in case your invitation got lost in the mail.
  • Doug Wilson of "Trading Spaces" fame joined the celebrity DUI parade last week. In fact, he was charged with "aggravated DUI."
  • Paula Abdul has a new show on M-TV where she coaches cheerleaders called "Rah! Paula."
  • Tom Cruise says if it were up to him, he'd have 10 kids with Katie Holmes.

THIS MONTH IS


Soup Month -- Ladies, the soup you slurp does more than take the chill off a cold day. Psychologists have discovered an astonishing link between what you ladle into a bowl and what kind of man will really bring your passion to a boil. "A recent study shows that a woman's choice of soup reveals her ideal fantasy man," says psychiatric researcher Miriam Douglas of Cincinnati, OH.

  • French onion -- You have a daring, adventurous personality, and you're always ready for a challenge. Chances are you're attracted to men with similar tastes, and you can best bond with them by sharing some electrifying experiences.
  • Chicken noodle -- You're a warm-hearted, nurturing woman who places your sweetheart at the center of your world. Smart men are a real turn-on for you, and you show your love by thoroughly pampering your honey.
  • Vegetable -- You're a responsible person who looks for a man who's a true partner, sharing in all decisions. And if your sweetie gives you the high degree of devotion you crave, you'll shower him with affection in return.
  • Clam chowder -- You have a habit of falling in love with love, and your taste for novelty may keep you changing partners on a regular basis. Don't be so quick to rush from man to man because you could miss your soul mate in the shuffle.
  • Cream of Tomato -- You yearn for the good life, and an ambitious man with a lot on the ball is right down your alley. You're willing to work right alongside him to achieve the financial security you must have to be happy.
  • Baked potato -- You're a straight shooter who demands a matching honesty from your mate. Most importantly, if a man shares your strong sense of community and volunteerism, he's sure to win your heart.

How do you make your New Year's Resolution Stick?


(At least past first week anyway...) Pauline Wallin, Ph.D offers some tips:

  • Examine your motivation for change. Are you just feeling full and bloated at this moment? Do you have a hangover from last night? Did your last cigarette give you have a hacking cough? Or is there a more enduring reason for your desire to change? If you can't think of a better reason than the fact that you're uncomfortable at this moment, then you're better off not making promises to yourself that you probably won't keep. However, if you are realistic and accept the responsibility of discipline required for change, your motivation will be sustained long after the discomfort from over-indulgence has passed.
  • Set realistic goals. Habits and behaviors that are changed gradually have a greater chance of success.
  • Focus on the behavioral change more than on the goal. For example, if you decide to control your eating, your goal for the day is not to lose a specific number of pounds, but to stick to your program. Such focus on your behavior will help you feel in control of your life. You will gain satisfaction from making sensible choices several times throughout the day.
  • Learn to redefine physical sensations of discomfort. Whenever we restrict ourselves, we have both physical and mental reactions. For example, a smoker feels bodily sensations when his nicotine level drops. However, he has a choice as to how he interprets these symptoms. He can define them as extremely unpleasant, or alternatively he can interpret them as his body cleansing itself of the drug. Someone who is restricting food intake will also feel physical discomfort. However, the successful dieter tells himself that his growling stomach is a sign that his body must go to the fat reserves for energy.
  • Make tasks non-negotiable. People who are most successful at implementing such changes are those who make their tasks non-negotiable. For example, if you debate with yourself at 5:30 a.m. whether you feel like getting up to exercise, you will probably opt for staying in bed for another half hour. But if getting up for exercise is no more negotiable than getting up for work, then you'll do it regardless of how you feel about it.
  • Allow for imperfection. No one is exactly on target all the time. In fact you should expect to falter every now and then. If you give in to temptation, do not use this as an excuse to abandon the whole program. Learn from your mistake and move on.
  • Do it now. If you're waiting for a more convenient time to begin behavioral change, it won't happen. It's almost never convenient to change ingrained habits. Now is just as convenient as any time. And if you begin now rather than later, you'll have a jump on a more satisfying future.

Lose Weight/Feel Great Week -- January 1-7


Want a terrific workout that tones up your body, makes you happy, gives you spotless skin and healthy teeth and helps you lose weight at the same time? Try sex. A good roll in the hay can do all those things and a lot more, according to experts. They say regular sex with a loving partner is a sure cure for what ails you, and they provide a list of the benefits of lovemaking. Here are just a few:

  • Sex is terrific exercise: Going to bed with your lover works out your heart and just about every muscle in your body. What's more, lovers stretch and tone as they enjoy themselves, leading to greater flexibility.
  • Sex boosts your sex appeal: Regular lovemaking increases your levels of pheromones, the sexy chemicals your body gives off that drive members of the opposite sex mad with desire. The more you have sex, the greater your passion perfume.
  • Sex makes you beautiful: Researchers have found that sex causes women to produce higher levels of estrogen, the female hormone. The extra hormone makes skin smoother and hair shinier.
  • Sex banishes depression: Satisfying lovemaking results in the release of endorphins in the body, which elevates the mood and produces a sense of well-being. The endorphins can dispel mild depression, making you more energetic and optimistic.
  • Sex is great for the skin: The glow of perspiration that results from a passionate encounter actually helps cleanse pores. And studies have shown tender embraces lead to lower incidences of skin rashes, dermatitis and even zits.
  • Sex relieves allergies: Passionate squeezes relieve the sneezes and wheezes of hay fever and asthma, acting as a sort of natural antihistamine. And sex helps unblock stuff noses, too.
  • Sex is a terrific tranquilizer: Lovemaking is 10 times more effective than tranquilizers in bringing on relaxation and lowering anxiety levels. What's more, it's completely safe and natural.
  • Sex burns calories: A good energetic sex session will help you cancel out the calories you piled on during a romantic dinner.
  • Sex is good for your teeth: the exchange of saliva during kissing helps clear food from the teeth and lowering the levels of acid that lead to plaque buildup and tooth decay.
  • Sex cures headaches: Rather than saying, "Not tonight, dear -- I have a headache," try heading for the bedroom when your head hurts. Lovemaking actually helps get rid of tensions that can restrict blood vessels in the brain and cause pounding headaches.

Sherlock Holmes Day -- how about some Sherlock Holmes trivia:


  • What musical instrument did Sherlock Holmes play? (the violin)
  • Who does Holmes fear the most? (Professor Moriarty)
  • Who was Holmes's roommate as well as his sidekick? (Dr. Watson)
  • Which city does Holmes live in? (221B Baker Street in London)
  • What are Holmes's hired street Arab children called? (The Baker Street Irregulars)
  • How many different types of cigar ashes can Holmes distinguish from one another? (140)
  • How many Sherlock Holmes novels did Arthur Conan Doyle write? (4)
  • Famous Holmes saying: "You see but you do not _____?" (observe)

FRY IT UP IN A PAN


Men's Health offers these facts about the average guy and the kitchen:

  • His first taste of cooking was working as his mom's sou-chef when he was a kid.
  • 2 out of 3 believe their cooking skills are now sound.
  • 1 out of 3 say the have the Food Network to thank.
  • 1 out of 5 think they can "throw down" with Bobby Flay.
  • Top reason the average guy enjoys cooking: It's a chance to be creative.
  • 1 out of 20 men cook to seduce women.
  • The entree the average guy feels most confident preparing is steak.
  • The aspect of cooking that stokes a guy most: Anything involving an open flame.
  • 1 out of 4 men have started a kitchen fire.
  • 1 out of 2 men clean up the kitchen as they cook.
  • 20% of men have never burned dinner because they've never made dinner.
  • The average guy spend 30 minutes a week at the supermarket.
  • The average guy spends 15 minutes a day turning his groceries into greatness.
  • 23% of men are willing to pay more for organic ingredients.
  • 46% of men don't care how unhealthy an ingredient is as long as it makes a meal taste better.
  • The average guy's ideal dinner guest is Jessica Alba.
  • 1 out of 3 men think their chef skills have surpassed those of their culinary Jedi Master, i.e. Mom.
  • The average guy cooks 7 meals a week.
  • 2 out of 5 men have had sex in the kitchen.
  • 36% of men have dropped food on the floor and served it.
  • Cuisine the average guy cooks most often in this order: Italian, American, and Mexican.

LONELY?????


If you're 40 and lonely, join the crowd. An Australian study of 1,300 people over age 18 has shown that more than one-third of adults describe themselves as lonely, and people in their 40s suffer the most. Here's some interesting facts about who is lonely and who is not:

  • People with strong religious beliefs are less likely to be lonely no matter their age. Women are more likely than men to have strong religious beliefs.
  • Loneliness is more common in the unemployed.
  • Being retired does not necessarily lead to loneliness.
  • Poorer people tend be more lonely than those who are wealthier.
  • Knowing a lot of people doesn't guard against loneliness. There is no link between how long someone lives in a community and how lonely he or she feels.

HOW MUCH OF A BITCH ARE YOU ANYWAY?

The celebrity persona I can identify most closely with:

  1. Jennifer Love Hewitt
  2. Angelina Jolie
  3. Courtney Love

My animal alter-ego would be a:

  1. Bunny
  2. Cat
  3. Snake

When I think about sex, I:

  1. Become overwhelmed with guilt and hurriedly push the thoughts from my mind.
  2. Feel a bit embarrassed, but get excited anyway.
  3. Reach for the closets battery-operated love toy from my extensive bedside collection.

I would most abhor being described as:

  1. A jerk.
  2. An idiot.
  3. A bimbo

In high school, I was:

  1. On the cheer leading squad and wore a lot of J. Crew.
  2. In the Spanish club, and watched a lot of movies.
  3. Dying my hair and wearing very dark eyeliner.

At 11 am on a workday, you can find me:

  1. Surrounded by co-workers, talking and laughing.
  2. Diligently typing away at my computer.
  3. Outside my office smoking a cigarette.

My primary goal in life has been to:

  1. Get married and have a big happy family.
  2. Write a best-selling novel.
  3. Travel the world, have passionate love affairs and crazy adventures.

My first boyfriend and I broke up when:

  1. He dumped me for another girl
  2. We mutually decided to go our separate ways and further our personal growth.
  3. I cheated on him with his best friend.

In love relationships, I don't believe in:

  1. Keeping secrets.
  2. Too much talking.
  3. Exclusivity.

My tried-and-true, no-fail flirting tactic is:

  1. To bat my eyelashes and wear lots of blush.
  2. To stare deeply into his eyes while I quiz him on philosophy.
  3. To ignore the guy until he is begging at my feet.

If you answered mostly:

A's, you've got zero bitch in you! You're a nice girl, a girl who takes pride in her high moral standards and classic family values. You believe in love at first sight and enduring romance. Your friendly, warm and sweet. That's all fine and dandy but remember to make time for yourself, let your hair down.

B's, you're one smart cookie - with a definite streak of bitch. You're more about substance than style, and you will never settle for anyone who doesn't allow you room to grow, learn, and do what you love. Have a few more margaritas or a no-apologies weekend fling.

C's, you BITCH you! You are feisty, fearless, and independent. People don't always know how to handle you. You can be a difficult pill to swallow-and that's a good thing.

TOP FIVE SIGNS YOU'VE BEEN WATCHING TOO MANY BOWL GAMES


  1. During "Sportscenter," they toss it to you!
  2. You describe when your alarm clock goes off as "First and go!"
  3. You decide which way to face at dinner by a coin toss
  4. Your family room has yard markers
  5. You know the name of the Mascot of Minnesota Tech

Here are 5 geeky predictions for 2009 (from CNET.com)


Do you have any tech predictions for the new year? Will there be another new Blackberry? Wi-Fi in your city? Here are 5 geeky predictions for 2009 (from CNET.com):

  1. PS3 pricing is reduced by $100
  2. Apple ends iPhone exclusivity deal with AT&T
  3. Blu-ray gains little ground on DVDs as streaming takes off
  4. Windows 7 hits store shelves
  5. Steve Jobs announces his retirement date

kflag Country Music Update


As we swing into 2009, Rascal Flatts and Taylor Swift continue to top Billboard's country albums and country songs charts, respectively. Flatts' "Here" has held the songs summit for two weeks, while Swift's Fearless has been welded to No. 1 on the albums for seven weeks. Owing to the paucity of new album and single releases during the holiday season, there aren't any album debuts to report and only three new songs, all Christmas carols. They are Carrie Underwood's "O Holy Night" and "The First Noel," bowing at No. 39 and No. 50, in that order, and Faith Hill's "O Come All Ye Faithful," edging in at No. 60. Two Tim McGraw CDs have staged comebacks, Let It Go, re-entering at No. 71, and Tim McGraw: Collectors' Edition, encoring at No. 74. Kristy Lee Cook's Why Wait returns at No. 75. Albums trooping in behind Swift in the Top 5 are Taylor Swift (the singer's unsinkable first album, now on for its 114th week), Rascal Flatts' Greatest Hits, Vol. 1, Sugarland's Love on the Inside and Hill's Joy to the World (the bestselling country Christmas album of 2008). In the No. 2 through No. 5 spots on the songs rankings are Sugarland's "Already Gone," the Zac Brown Band's "Chicken Fried," Montgomery Gentry's "Roll With Me" and the Brad Paisley-Keith Urban duet, "Start a Band." Congrats to Taylor Swift for selling more than 4 million albums during the past year, thereby establishing herself as the bestselling artist in American popular music. Didn't we all see it coming? Although overall U.S. music sales were up in 2008 -- with more than 1.5 billion albums, singles, music videos and digital tracks sold -- album sales alone dropped an average of 14 percent across all recorded musical formats. Sales of country music albums plunged from 62,696,000 units in 2007 to 46,657,000 in 2008, a drop of 24 percent, according to Nielsen SoundScan, the company that monitors actual retail purchases of music. But there was good news for country as well. Taylor Swift was the bestselling album artist in all popular music formats with 4,003,000 copies sold. Sugarland ranked eighth by selling 2,063,000. Lil Wayne's Tha Carter III was the single bestselling album of the year, moving 2,874,000 pieces across the scanner. The Nielsen SoundScan totals cover sales made between Dec. 31, 2007 and Dec. 28, 2008. Sales of physical albums slumped significantly in every format. Alternative rock dipped from 88,604,000 to 80,919,000; Christian/gospel from 34,017,000 to 29,793,000; classical from 18,044,000 to 13,323,000; jazz from 14,047,000 to 11,791,000; Latin from 31,853,000 to 25,125,000; metal from 52,951,000 to 50,476,000; new age from 3,210,000 to 2,943,000; rhythm & blues from 95,555,000 to 77,014,000; rap from 41,662,000 to 33,410,000; rock from 149,414,000 to 139,666,000; and soundtracks from 24,570,000 to 20,847,000. Swift had two of the Top 10 bestselling albums: Fearless, which ranked No. 3, on sales of 2,112,000 copies, and Taylor Swift, at No. 6, which sold 1,597,000 units during its second year on the charts. (Sales of Beautiful Eyes, Swift's CD/DVD package available exclusively through Wal-Mart, rounded out her grand total.) Swift ranked No. 2 among the Top 10 bestselling digital artists with 8,793,000 digital tracks sold. In this category, she outpaced Kanye West, Chris Brown, Britney Spears, the Jonas Brothers, Coldplay, Katy Perry, Leona Lewis and Jordin Sparks. Only Rihanna exceeded her. In addition, Swift's Fearless was the No. 5 bestselling digital album, racking up a total of 225,000 units. It was also the No. 4 bestselling collection via Internet orders with 82,000 copies shipped. Five country performers are among the Top 10 bestselling artists of the "SoundScan Era," a period that began in 1991 when that monitoring technology was introduced. Garth Brooks stands at No. 1, with 68,143,000 albums sold. George Strait is No. 6 (40,619,000); Tim McGraw No. 7 (37,591,000); Alan Jackson No. 8 (36,520,000); and Shania Twain No. 10 (33,707,000). Twain's Come On Over is the bestselling album of the SoundScan Era. It now boasts 15,473,000 copies sold. Nielsen Broadcast Data System, which monitors radio airplay, reported six country artists among the 10 acts getting the most airplay. They are Rascal Flatts (No. 2), Toby Keith (No. 3), George Strait (No. 5), Tim McGraw (No. 6), Taylor Swift (No. 8) and Alan Jackson (No. 9). No country songs made it into the Top 10 most popular ringtones last year.

Friday, January 02, 2009

Happy New Year from Dick Clark, Tamara Powers and Craig Powers!


And Tyrone too!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone!


Let's all wish, hope and pray for another good year here in the Tri-State area!

We are so lucky to live here, where the desert and mountain views are breathtaking, the air is clean and the stars are out in view every night! And the one thing I love the most....No traffic!
It just doesn't get any better than this! We have great casinos for entertainment and food, the river and lakes for recreation, the deserts for 4 wheeling and the mountains for hiking and camping!

New businesses are popping up all over, there is a new CVS pharmacy coming to Ft. Mohave, people from California are starting to buy retirement homes in Laughlin Ranch again. We have a new shopping center in Bullhead with some great stores...Anchor Blue, ColdStone, Target, Marshall's, Ross, PetSmart, Kohl's, Lane Bryant and many more! I bought something from each one during the holidays and it looked like their business was booming! People are out shopping! Wo-Who! Havasu has a great new shopping center with a Wal-Mart anchor store! Kingman's Hualapai Mountain Road is growing by leaps and bounds, there's new businesses and a new hospital coming to town, too! And what about the great snow we have had in Kingman over the Holidays? Can you say White Christmas!

I met some great new friends here in the Tri-State on New Years Eve and can't wait to get to know them better! We are lucky to be in one of the most beautiful spots on the planet! But don't tell too many people, we don't want this to turn into a Vegas type situation! LOL!

Happy New Year!

Craig Powers
K-Flag 94.7 and 95.9
Cameron Broadcasting
Director of Operations
cpowers@cameronbroadcasting.com


THE BEST IS YET TO COME


The folks at bspcn.com have complied a list of quotes of those who felt it necessary to predict the future of things to come. Check these out:

  • "We will bury you." -- Nikita Krushchev, Soviet Premier, predicting Soviet communism will win over U.S. capitalism, 1958.
  • "Everything that can be invented has been invented." -- Charles H. Duell, an official at the U.S. patent office, 1899
  • "I see no good reasons why the views given in this volume should shock the religious sensibilities of anyone." -- Charles Darwin, in the foreword to his book, The Origin of Species, 1869
  • "If anything remains more or less unchanged, it will be the role of women." -- David Riesman, conservative American social scientist, 1967
  • "It will be gone by June." -- Variety, passing judgement on rock 'n roll in 1955
  • "A short-lived satirical pulp." -- Time, writing off Mad magazine in 1956
  • "This antitrust thing will blow over." -- Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft
  • "Read my lips: No new taxes." -- George Bush, 1988
  • "That virus is a pussycat." -- Dr. Peter Duesberg, molecular-biology professor at U.C. Berkeley, on HIV, 1988
  • "The case is a loser." -- Johnnie Cochran, on soon-to-be client O.J.'s chances of winning, 1994
  • "Sensible and responsible women do not want to vote." -- Grover Cleveland, U.S. President, 1905
  • "Ours has been the first [expedition], and doubtless to be the last, to visit this profitless locality." -- Lt. Joseph Ives, after visiting the Grand Canyon in 1861

WHAT HIS TOUCH TELLS YOU


(Cosmopolitan) You can learn a whole lot about a guy by his hands... and what he does with them.

  • The Palm Pilot -- A stud who likes to constantly interlace his fingers with yours is a caring and affectionate person who will probably be a sensual lover. As for the man who holds your hand to be a gentleman -- say, when you're crossing the street -- he's the protective type.
  • The Handy Man -- A guy who frequently gestures with his hands while speaking is a good communicator and likely to be attentive and generous between the sheets. A man who keeps his hands in his pocket may be shy, but there is a good chance he'll be eager to please you.
  • The Touchy-Feely Guy -- A smitten dude will often deliver supersoft strokes. On the flip side, firmer contact from your man usually means he has one thing on his mind. And if he's a constant groper, he'll be insatiable.

WILL YOUR HEART DO YOU IN?


Maxim says that although you're deathly afraid of clowns and you're actually more likely to die from heart disease. Find your risk by adding or subtracting these numbers from 47 -- That's the average percent chance men have from dying from ticker failure.

  • Have three or more relatives died from heart disease? +3
  • Are you an overweight, coke-addled ex-SNL star? +20
  • Do you work out once or twice a week? -2. Three-plus? -4
  • Do you break a sweat only when on trial or on the toilet? +4
  • Is your cholesterol or blood pressure through the roof? +2 each
  • Are you a black man or a diabetic? +3 each
  • Are you 25 pounds or more overweight? +3
  • Do you smoke cigarettes regularly? +3
  • Do you smoke with both hands, as fast as you can? +6
  • Do you inhale secondhand smoke or excess carbon dioxide daily? +1
  • Has it been years since you last smoked -- if at all? -4
  • Are you stressed or depressed? +2

WHAT'S YOUR EXCUSE?


There's an excuse for everything, but in case you don't have one, here are a few you can use the next time you need one.

  • Somebody else must have been in here before me.
  • I did exactly what the directions said to do.
  • I was out that day.
  • I was set up.
  • I wasn't thinking straight.
  • I thought we were just kidding around.
  • Nobody gave me any warning.
  • I'm allergic.
  • The alarm didn't go off.
  • Everybody does it this way.
  • It seemed like a good idea at the time.
  • The salesman said this wouldn't happen.
  • I was just following orders.
  • It was here a minute ago.
  • I never said I was an expert.
  • You can't win 'em all.
  • It wasn't my idea.

WHAT HIS SHOWER STYLE REVEALS


(Cosmopolitan) Guys' bathing habits ready do run the gamut and they can shed light on naked truths. Find out what his washing says about the kind of boyfriend and lover he'll be:

  • He's a wash and go kind of guy -- Men who take quickies are practical and reliable they look at showering as a basic necessity to be banged out first thing in the morning. "This guy takes care of business," says New York City psychologist Belisa Vranich, PsyD., coauthor of Dating the Older Man. "He'll likely be there for you when you need a foot massage after a tough day." There's just one catch: He's not all that inventive. His idea of a great date is dinner and a movie. So if you crave more adventure in your romantic life, you may have to be the one to spur it.
  • He soaps up only a few times a week -- Here's a man who probably still thinks burping is hilarious. In other words, he's a little immature. "He does what he wants when he wants most of the time," says Daniel Goldfarb, Ph.D., coauthor of Red Flats! How to Know When You're Dating a Loser. If you're in a relationship with a guy who spends more time at bars than he does washing with them, you may have to remind him of your needs and desires in bed and out. It's not all bad news though. His laid back attitude means that if you tell him something is important to you, he'll most likely acquiesce.
  • His shower sessions are marathons -- A guy will occasionally tame a long shower if he's stressed or looking for a convenient place for solo sex. But if he's consistently logging long hours in the bathroom, he may be hiding a dirty little secret: narcissism. "Looking good is very important to him, and he's probably pretty vain," says Vranich. On a date, he'll expect you to tell him how hot he looks, and he'll need extra ego stroking in bed too. To maximize his mojo, compliment his technique. "Without positive affirmation, he may get self conscious and have trouble performing," says Vranich.
  • He takes several showers a day -- A buy who rinses off more than once or twice if he goes to the guy, in a 24 hour period isn't just clean cut, he's slightly neurotic. "Chances are, he always looks put together and needs his life to be very orderly," says Goldfarb. This regimented guy isn't one for spontaneity, so avoid throwing him surprise parties and booking last minute trips. Fortunately, his perfectionist mind set pays dividends between the sheets. He is very detail oriented and will do whatever it takes to ensure you're satisfied.

KFLAG COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS


Rascal Flatts have been added to the list of performers at the 35th annual People's Choice Awards taking place Jan. 7 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. As previously announced, Carrie Underwood will also perform on the show. Rascal Flatts and Underwood are each nominated in two categories. In addition to a nomination for favorite group, Rascal Flatts received a favorite country song nomination for "Take You There." Underwood, up for favorite female singer, also received a favorite country song nomination for "Last Name." Other country nominees for the fan-voted awards include Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley and Taylor Swift. The show will air live on CBS.

Robert Plant has been named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire as part of the traditional New Year Honors list issued by Queen Elizabeth II. He is one of several musicians recognized for their service to music. Best known for his work as the lead singer of Led Zeppelin, Plant's 2007 collaboration with Alison Krauss, Raising Sand, has spawned Grammy nominations for album of the year, record of the year, best contemporary folk/Americana album, best pop collaboration with vocals and best country collaboration with vocals. Jazz musician Courtney Pine is also receiving a CBE, and singer-songwriter John Martyn is being made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire. The queen presents the honors to reward excellence across the various sectors of British industry and culture.

Country music lost some singular and durable talents this past year. Eddy Arnold took his tender country sensibilities into the pop music marketplace and demonstrated there needn't be a division between the two formats. He was the best ambassador ever. Besides being a guitar player who could and did dazzle Chet Atkins, Jerry Reed also carried Nashville's banner to the outside world via his fine comic acting. Don Helms took with him not just his superb musical skills but also a storehouse of memories and stories about his boss, the great Hank Williams. Each exit chronicled left a tear in country music's tapestry.

Taylor Swift and Jamey Johnson each landed an album and a song on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the best music of 2008. Johnson's That Lonesome Song came in at No. 32 on the albums tally and his "High Cost of Living" at No. 38 on the singles list. Swift's new album, Fearless, is at No. 46 while her single, "Fifteen," is at No. 46. Other titles on the Top 50 albums list include Bob Dylan's Tell Tale Signs -- The Bootleg Series Vol. 8, John Mellencamp's Life, Death, Love and Freedom, Ryan Adams & the Cardinals' Cardinology and Lucinda Williams' Little Honey. The list of the Top 100 singles also includes Kid Rock's "All Summer Long," Lee Ann Womack's "Last Call," Old Crow Medicine Show's "Alabama High-Test," Lucinda Williams' "Real Love" and Sheryl Crow's "Now That You're Gone." Rolling Stone's top album honor went to TV on the Radio's Dear Science. Beyoncé's "Single Ladies" was chosen as the top single.

How does the adverage guy like to cut loose???


Men's Health says here are the ways the average guy likes to cut loose:

  • 7 parties is the average number guys attend every year
  • 38% of men arrive "fashionably late" to parties
  • 55% have checked out early by falling asleep
  • 20% of men say live music is the best party entertainment
  • 40% of men have been at a bash crashed by the cops
  • 45% of men avoid hosting parties because they hate cleaning up the mess
  • 25% of men have thrown a real party on less than $100; the Super Bowl is when the average guy is willing to dig deeper
  • 2.4 million have purchased a HDTV in anticipation of the "big game" in 2008
  • 20% increase in antacid sales over Super Bowl weekend
  • 33% of men can't remember their own 21st birthday party
  • 40% of men regularly forget the birthdays of people close to them
  • 50% of men have delayed passing out long enough to continue a party in private with a woman they'd just met
  • 90% of men don't regret the hookup
  • 41% of single guys expect to ring in the New Year with a kiss
  • 94% of men don't know the lyrics to Auld Lang Syne

 
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