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  • People Can Change

    My mother used to say that "a leopard never changes his spots", but she was wrong. I read recently that people surveyed regarding believing old adages such as the one above tend to believe them if they are in adage form, especially if they rhyme. However these same people surveyed did not believe the same statement when it was expressed as, "People never change" for instance. That whole concept fascinates me...how we say something can make it more believable. Oh, and the reason I know my mom was worng? I will be covering that soon in another bog...a great story that i cannot wait to be able to tell.

  • Stop Putting Off Being Kind

    This year I embarked on a new campaign to stop deferring any chance to be kind. For years I have given to charity, picked up hitchhikers and given money to homeless folks...now it is getting more personal. Now when I see someone whom I admire and/or made a diffference in my life I stop and tell them how they influenced my life and why I appreciate them. Most recently I stopped and offered a lift to an older gentleman who is smart and often published, in the letters to the editor column of The Wichita Eagle. He accepted and we had a nice conversation. I recommend doing this, it probably makes me feel better than the person I talk with.

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    I have created my own celestial event.

    Today is the Transit of Venus. When Venus appears as a small black dot passing across the Sun. I thought it was yesterday. I kept looking at the Sun...so today it appears that there is a small black dot passing across everything I look at!

  • Oh Yeah, I remember that Song

    I had a great time at the Survivor/Rick Springfield show. I hear that Rick loved our crowd! I was not that big a fan back in the 80's, but I loved hearing "I've Done Everything for You" and had forgotten that Rick had done the song. He and his band sounded fresh and rocked it. Survivor had many songs I had forgotten about and I also enjoyed local musicians Uche and Crash who were great!

  • Life's Bittersweet Moments

    Had a very nice time hosting a reception for a delightful, newly married couple last night. My husband's ex-wife and her husband hosted with us. We four had our picture taken together for the couple. The groom was our daughter's widower, the bride was our daughter's best friend. We love them both, just as our daughter did. The Petroleum Club was the setting for the evening and the staff there did a fantastic job (that's an understatement really) of organizing, catering, assisting and making the evening wonderful. We hope our daughter knew and was smiling.

  • Macaroni Wars

    Macaroni and Cheese seems like a simple dish. Not so, actually. My husband and I disagree as to what kind of Mac and Cheese is best. One of us likes a base of a creamy white sauce, with sharp cheddar cheese, browned to where the cheese is crispy. The other likes multiple cheeses melted over the boiled noodles and topped with bread crumbs which are browned under the brolier. I am wondering what type of Mac and Cheese is most popular?

  • I'd really like to give 110% but....

    Here's something that bugs me. It doesn't bug me a lot though. It doesn't ruin my day or send me into a tirade when I hear it, it's just a very minor pet peeve. People, usually athletes in interviews will say: "I gave it 110%" I say: "That's impossible." I know what they are trying to convey when they say that. It means they are going to give it all they've got right? Well, if you give it all you've got...that's 100%! That's giving it your all! You can't give 110%!! 100% is 100%! If all of a sudden you perform better and at a higher level than you normally do, that is your new 100%. Either that or you were never performing at 100% right??? It's like saying: "I'm going to eat 100% of that pie." If you eat all of the pie you've eaten 100% of it. Where did the other 10% come from? There are of course people who will beg to differ. People who will argue that indeed it is possible to give 110%. The absolute best example of two people debating the existence of the elusive number are the characters Nigel Tufnel and Marty DiBergi in the movie "This Is Spinal Tap." After all, giving 110% is kinda like turning it all the way up to 11.

  • Florida, where everything heinous happens!

    Everyday, Jan and I scour the news sights online to try and find weird and unusual stories. Stories a little off the beaten path. Sometimes they are stupid criminal stories, other times they are fun heartwarming stories or stories that start off bad but have a happy ending. HOWEVER...it seems that everyday at least 50% of these stories from AROUND THE WORLD happen in Florida!! 50%!!!!! That's why Jan and I have this phrase that everything heinous happens in Florida. Over the weekend I was talking to somebody about this and they didn't believe that so many stories came out of Florida so we logged on to a computer and went to msn.com to see if one of the stories on their front page came from Florida and if so, was it heinous. Lo and behold...the top story on the msn page when we logged on was this:

  • Just When I was Learning to Like KU

    Yes, I was really starting to forget that I bleed purple and find some love in my heart for KU. Then I find out they are supporting something I am not in favor of, making entry guidelines to KU tougher to meet. A kid could even have a great GPA, but if he or she doesn't score really well on the SAT, she or he won't have a shot at KU. Some kids just don't test well. If students are paying for the opportunity, I think they deserve a shot. I excelled far more in college than I did in high school. It used to be that state schools had to take you if you graduated from a Kansas high school. Then stricter requirements were created, now KU wants theirs to be even more strict. K-State and WSU are not planning to increase their standards. Makes KU look pretty elitest to me. Wonder if all their athletes can ace their SATs. What do you think about all this?~Jan

  • Maybe They Look like Really Big Dogs

    Each year we watch the Triple Crown Horse races. Tension fills the air at our house as we worry about the safety of the jockeys and the horses as well as the success or failure of our favorite. I don't know if our dogs, Happy and Halle were picking up on the tension this year...or if a camera angle that made it look as though the horses were headed towards us freaked them out, but our dogs went berserk, and went nuts barking to protect us from the thundering herd. The dogs probably thought they won that battle when the screen went to commercial. Anyone else have dogs that bark at the TV?

  • I can sign my name really well...I have practice!

    Very few people write in cursive anymore. I don't. If I'm going to actually write something I always print. Except when it comes to signing my name. That is the only thing I write in cursive. I pay my bills the old fashioned way, I write checks and send them in the mail that way I can actually practice signing my name. I did however get more practice signing my name than I will ever need to ever ever again!!! Yesterday I finally pulled the trigger and bought a vehicle. I hadn't purchased a car since 2005 and I was due. It is a used truck and I think I got a pretty good deal but without going into all the details I will say one thing...do you really need to sign 5,000 forms just to buy USED TRUCK????? Geeeeeeeezus!!!!!!

  • DLR explains...kinda

    David Lee Roth just posted a "public relations" video explaining why Van Halen decided to "postpone" a large portion of their U.S. tour. Watch the video. Does it seem like Dave is talking in circles??

  • If You Say There isn't Enough to Do in This Town....

    You Ain't Paying Attention. There are so many things to do in Wichita these days that I regret I don't have more time. The Ribfest this weekend, Cabaret Old Town's great production of Monky Business, The IMAX theater (The Warren theaters are the best anywhere in the world), then the Riverfestival is right around the corner and there are a host of concerts coming to town or nearby. No more need to complain. Just get off the couch and go!

  • Some People Have No Scruples, Some People Have No Sense

    Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt says people who bought Sketchers Rocker-Bottom shoes may be eligible for a refund. Seems the company which makes them may have made some misleading claims that the shoes improve health. It's unbelievable how many product manufacturers make ridiculous claims. My favorites claims are the ones made by make-up makers. The usually also make and market a group of creams that will make you look years younger and to back that up they say " most women saw noticable results in just 2-weeks" or something similar. Sure they did. Exactly what results? Got carded and they're 40? I don't think so. Buyer beware. If all the plastic surgeons stop practicing I'll think about trusting these ridiculous creams.

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    I know why they call them "Bug Lights"

    How can something be advertised as something and then turn out to not be that something that it is purported to be??? In particular: bug lights. You know, those yellow bulbs that emit that horrible yellow light that bugs see and say: "f*** it! I'll find another party to fly to!" ???

  • So, What Should I Ask Rick Springfield?

    I must admit that I am not as good a student of the life, times and music of Rick Springfield as I should be. Phil and I hope to talk to him soon. Sure I could ask about the new album or the big resort party he will attend with fans this Fall, but what question would you like me to ask him? Please respond here or on our facebook page facebook.com/1045thefox.

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    My hippie bedroom

    Jan and I were talking about how we had "hippie" bedroom decor in the late 60's to early 70's. I had this Beatles poster in my room complete with black lights, a Coca Cola clock, various other psychedelic posters, and that 7up can light that had a bulb with a flame inside that flickered. Remember those? Oh, and of course a lava lamp!

  • In Defense of the Chicken

    Okay, some people are disappointed there's a chicken on our festival buttons this year. I admit I was at first and then I realized maybe fictional chickens with clever expressions are funny or just plain fun to some people and that's a good tie in to the festival. Maybe people are too literal when trying to tie the River to the Riverfest button each year. Afterall, there is only so many ways to depict a river theme (and I am a lover of our two turbid but beautiful rivers) so let's branch out a little.

  • My best impersonation?...Vidal Sassoon.

    Hairdresser and trendsetter Vidal Sassoon has died at the age of 84. Why does that matter to me? Well it really doesn't but I did do an impersonation of him when I was in High School. I was pretty good at mimicing famous people but for some reason my finest impersonations were Vidal Sassoon and a local T.V. pitchman Kevin Craig, best know as "The Dillons Man." He too has passed away. I imagine the reason I was so good at those impersonations is because I watched a lot of t.v. and at the time Dillons commercials ran constantly plus there was a shampoo called Protein 21 and Vidal was the spokesperson for it and that commercial ran quite often too. In drama class I would regale my classmates with spot on impersonations of these two men. With the Dillons guy my quote would be (in my best baritone): "Take a look at Dillons, you've found your food store." My Vidal Sassoon was quite a bit longer because it was pretty much the first 15 seconds of the shampoo commercial. I can still remember it word for word to this day! It goes like this (in my best English accent): "The very action of teasing pulls and hurts hair now, you have to shampoo anyway so you might as well use a shampoo that not only cleans but puts back the protein that teasing takes out. Protein 21 maybe is not a miracle but it sure can help!"

  • I Wish I Loved Baseball

    I wish I loved baseball. For me, a non-lover of baseball, this is the slump period between the end of basketball and the start of football. I like college basketball and football and professional football. My sports calendar is therefore filled with fun from the end of August to the beginning of April. If only I could love baseball. I like the romance of going to the ballpark on a spring or summer evening, it's just that the game moves too slowly for me. I love the history of the sport, the crack of the bat for a homer! but I just haven't the patience to watch a game for long. I think to truly love baseball you have to love stats. I am not a fan of stats, still I wish I loved baseball!

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