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  • Two to tie, three to be the hottest on record

    A few more days of triple digits and we will break the record for the summer with the most 100+ days in Do-Dah in history. Remember the 70's and 80's when Wichita was often referred to by natives as "Do-Dah"? The station I worked for at the time here in Wichita even had a little jingle we ran that had the first few notes of "Camp Town Races" and everyone knew what it referenced. Well, back in the DO-Dah days (1980 specifically) we had the second most 100+ filled days during the summer and we have surpassed that...so as of this morning, it was 2 to tie 1936 (during the dustbowl no less) and three to claim the title.

  • Found the Keys!

    Ever lost your keys? Mine were lost for a full day and as a result I am vowing to do fewer things in a hurry. About 8:00 Thursday night I was hurriedly trying to take everything out of my car so I could deliver it to the location where it could be detailed the following morning. The keys wound up beneath a box of junk I hurriedly pulled from the car. the box sat in my kitchen until I got my car back and went through the "junk" and pulled out what was to go back in! Big thanks to everyone who tried to help locate my keys! Now if I can just remember not to roll down the window...got some tinting done too.

  • Is it snowing in here?

    I have never had sheetrock work done before, but I imagined it would be messy. I had no idea HOW messy. My sheetrockers were conscientious pros, but that stuff is crumbly. What isn't crumbly is powdery and has seeped into the spaces between the boards in our hardwood floor...Can't find a vac strong enough, it seems, to get rid of it all. Have a feeling I will still be finding residual stuff when I am 80.

  • Wichita Walkers 08-19-11

    Lena was found stolling along in South Wichita on her way to visit her boyfriend.

  • Not All Who Wander Are Lost

    Phil and I are intrigued by people we see walking in Wichita. Colorful characters and some who seem to fade into the background. Average looking people, gorgeous people, bizarre looking people, people dressed in the garb of other nations. These people all have their stories and all share our space. Come back to this website for some of their stories!

  • The Trouble with Tombs

    Sure, it seemed like a good idea. The now dead Russian man had probably voiced no objections to being buried beneath the floor of his church. Little did he know that a house would later be built on the same site and his 800 year-old skeleton would be observable from the patio. Cocktails anyone? There is no way I could have a party on that patio...it would just seem so disrespectful.

  • Dogs Are Such Wonderful Friends

    If only all the world could be as loving and easy-going as our dogs. "Happy" had surgery in Kansas City and that meant Halle went to stay at a lovely pet resort. When we all got back together "Halle" was determined not to be separated from me. She jumped behind me and tried to nap literally on me as I was lying on the couch... she kept adjusting and tolerating her uncomfortable postion...just to make sure she was right with me. "Happy" was content to lie at my feet and use them as a pillow. He is doing well after surgery.

  • "Happy" To Have Surgery

    We are taking our dog, "Happy" to an specialist for eye surgery. I will be off Monday and Tuesday. i am concerned about the anesthesia but have hopes for the best. He is technically Kent's dog and Kent is due a break this year, with so many losses. Please keep good thoughts for us.

  • The New Mixer is Here, The New Mixer is Here!

    So, my huband is a great researcher and volunteers whenever we need to buy in anything that costs in excess of $50. So, after my beloved Kitchen Aid, my friend in the kitchen for 22+ years started leaking oil, we started researching which Kitchen Aid model to replace it with and how to get the best price. We went to a 'Big Box" store to order it shipped there in order to use a 20% off coupon and get a rebate. The nice lady there placed the order from the mixer department and we were to pay up front. DH was disappointed we'd have to pay shipping and I was settling for White rather than meringue. He got the smart phone...found the meringue with free shipping. 20% off, the same rebate, and two day delivery. It arrived yesterday and is a piece of art...coconut cream pie for DH to follow. Of course, we make purchases at the "Big Box" store nearly every week and did so, minu the mixer, that night. We want them to succeed too.

  • Ted Bundy's DNA Extracted

    Just read that some savy forensic tech was able to extract some DNA from a drop of Ted Bundy's blood and now that DNA will be put into a data base to see if he may be connected to more murders than we know of. At first I thought it odd that they did not have his DNA on file. Turns out DNA profiling was known about and had been done in England several years before Bundy was killed. However, DNA was not being taken on a regular basis in 1989. Should be interesting to see if there are any hits.

  • Hey, It's Pretty Clear He is innocent!

    Did anyone else see Dateline last Friday night? It was Keith Morrison's story of a man convicted of murder and serving time in Jefferson City, Missouri. Only problem is, it is patently clear he did NOT do this crime. Geez, what does it take to convince prosecutors? Of course the prosecutor in this case is now a judge. He should not be proud of the job he did on this one. If you saw the episode you know what I mean! More tomorrow!~ Jan and Phil

  • Can I Get A Call Back?

    Business seems to be booming here. If you doubt me, try and get any type of work done around your home. I am not blaming or complaining, just relating personal experience. If businesses are that busy, great. One example, we are trying to get a well put in, but the area to work in to dig is small. A company that can probably do it did not return a couple of calls from my husband. That meant another company might have to be utilized..one that would only be capable of putting the well right in the middle of our front yard (gee, if only it had a derrick attached). When my husband said "we could get one of those fake rocks to cover it". I swung into action and called the "silent" well digging company myself and left a message saying that I was desperate, and explaining the dire situation with the fake rock and begging for a call back to my husband. Someone did call...but my husband was up to his eyeballs in soot at a fire scene, so phone tag continues. AUghhh! A fake rock in the middle of our manicured front yard? Are you freakking kidding me?

  • Watching The Storm

    The drought has been horrible, but that is not why I watched the storm in such awe last night. The river birches were bending in the 60mph wind gusts and the various lines into the house were frantically dancing in the wind. Drivers were pulling to the curb to wait out the torrent of rain. I found it all quite interesting to watch, quite pleased to be living in the moment , sitting with my husband in the living room and not chastising myself for still being awake at 11:15. Because the power was out, there were lighted candles all about the living room, dining room and kitchen. I had chosen our wall colors specifically to enhance candle light and they did not disappoint.

  • Pet Safety is Paramount on These Hot Days

    Phil and I received a call from a very nice woman this morning. She called us in an effort to remind folks about pet safety, hoping to avert the tragedy she and her family have just endured. It seems her mom forgot her dog had been let outside and the dog succumbed to the heat in less than an hour. Please remember pets are not immune to dying from heat-related causes. What's more important, a clean kitchen floor or a safe, happy and healthy pet? You know how I'd vote.

  • How Hot CAN it Get?

    The record high temperature for Wichita is 114, set on August 12, 1936 during the dustbowl! The predicted high for today, August 2, 2011 is 113...but predicted highs each day have been broken all summer...will it happen today? If we get to 115 we set a new record. The anticipation and the heat are killing me!

  • How Can Anyone Think Littering is Okay?

    I was thrilled to read about the man in Leavenworth (the town not the federal prison) who set-up a camera to catch whomever had been throwing an empty bottle of tea his yard, each day for years. He caught the woman on tape and she was cited and fined a hefty fine. How could she justify what she did? How could anyone. I realized the other day that in every house I have lived in I have been near the corner. It seems those yards near the corner always get the most trash dumped on them. I guess people approach a stop sign to a busy street and say to themselves, "Well, here I go into traffic, better lose this beer bottle (pop can, chip bag, pair of socks) right now!

  • Take A Look at These Photos

    Yet another Wichitan is in a national contest, where voters decide the outcome! Alexis K. is featured on our facebook page, facebook.com/1045the fox. She is vying to be the new Wet Seal model. You can peruse all teh candidates and hopefully find our own candidate vote-worthy like we did.

  • Is it Time We Made Marijuana Legal?

    I have to admit something not very cool. I have never smoked Marijuana. I have not done so for several reasons...A) I have an aversion to feeling like I am in an altered state. B) It's illegal C) Don't want to damage my lungs. However, I dated many pot smokers and former pot smokers, so please don't think I was ever on a "high horse"about it...pun intended. It seems that pot is more popular than ever and it clearly has been effective in treating several medical conditions. One of my most conservative friends who works in a high position in law enforcement..again no pun intended...says he and many collegues think it would be better to legalize pot. We could reap the rewards of taxation, free law enforcement to focus on other things, and take away some of the profits from drug dealers. Maybe I am wrng in thinking some form of legalization might be a good idea. I want to know what you think. Please take our poll or call the J and P show any weekday morning at 436-1045.

  • Live to be 100? Exercise is Not The Key Says One Doctor

    Dr. Ephraim Engleman is a 100 year-old Rheumatologist who is still practicing medicine, with no plans to retire. He says exercise is not the key to longevity. He has his owns ideas about how to live to 100. Find them here: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/43903066#43903066

  • The Big12 Has It Right, Now

    A salute in last year's Pin Stripe Bowl that was ruled excessive celebration raised a lot of questions as to just what consitituted excessive celebration. At Big12 Media day yesterday, Big 12 Coordinator of officials, Walt Anderson had some welcome things to say about the celebration rules. I am so happy about this, I could just spin in a circle, do a back flip, pound my chest and throw my arms into the air! See all the details at http://www.kansas.com/2011/07/26/1948222/big-12-officials-address-the-salute.html

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