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  • The death penalty for Punxsutawney Phil????

    It's late March.. Spring has 'officially started. So then WHY is snow in the forecast. This year has been pretty brutal with the cold temperatures and the snow that has hit hard in many places in the country and here in the midwest and Wichita, KS. I am from Texas, and just last month was down visiting family and I played golf and enjoyed 70-80 degree weather.

  • Celebrities doing stupid things....let's put that on TV!

    Last night on ABC, was the debut of the tv show SPLASH! A group of celebrities learn to dive into a pool of a diving board or platform. Olympic champion Greg Louganis is the coach and there is a training of them learning how to overcome their fears and learn to do trick dives in front of a live audience and then be judged. Contestants were Rudy from the Cosby Show to Kareem Abdul Jabbar to Louis Anderson.

  • St. Patty's Day weekend....

    Are you a fan of St. Patty's Day? Do you get into all the festivities? The parade, the beeds, the color green, the four leaf clover, the bagpipes and music, the food, and the 'green' beer. I love this holiday for the experience of just soaking up the environment and people watching. I have no family lineage of Irish but would love someday to visit the country of Ireland. There is a great event in the Delano district on Sunday that you and the family may want to go check out.

  • The R.E.M. song finally makes sense.....

    'It's The End of the World'...Is it just me, or lately, we've been hearing and actually seeing Astreroids near the earth. One actually hit us hard in Russia recently. I saw the movie 'Armeggedon' starring Bruce Willis. The movie, while science fiction, could actually happen. Is America, or better yet, is EARTH prepared for a large asteroid on a collision course with our planet? Can we unite together as a planet and protect ourself?

  • Spring Forward..........

    This weekend, its Daylight Savings time. Saturday night, be sure to move your clocks forward one hour. I'll be honest, I don't care about losing an hour of sleep. I don't sleep much anywy. What I am most excited about is that winter is over!!! Bring on Spring! Bring on the warmer weather. Bring on the short sleeve and shorts weather. Bring on the dog park weather for me and my dog SJ to stay at the park longer.

  • RIP Paul Bearer...

    I've been fortunate enough to meet some pretty cool people over the years. I've also been privileged to work with some cool people throughout my career. Many years ago, I did some ring announcing and interviews with an independent wrestling organization. On one of the cards, was a manager by the name of Paul Bearer. He gained fame from the WWE as the manager of The Undertaker. He was a great character and a really good guy in person. He was down to earth and very funny. I enjoyed meeting and working with him.

  • Your birthday month....

    Its the time of the year that happens to EVERYBODY... It's your birthday month. The time of the year that you start reflecting on the past year of things you did, did not do, and still want to do in life. As you get older, I suppose it turns into a 'bucket list'. Last year, I went to Europe. I visited cities in Spain, France, Monaco, and Italy. I experienced something that not everyone will do in their lifetime. Nothing has changed in my personal life and I continue to grow professionally. Here's to another positive and forward momentum year.

  • Dogs and snow....

    My dog hasnt really experienced snow to this level before. He was overjoyed running around the yard with a foot of snow and I threw snowball after snowball at him and he jumped and barked and ran around loving every second of it. As much as I am NOT a fan of the snow and weather I laughed and smiled the whole time watching SJ enjoy himself. Next up, summertime, where I will finally find a way to get him in water so I can watch him swim.

  • I guess I missed out....

    I go out of town for a 5 days and the biggest snow storm in 50 years hits Wichita..Coincidence??? haha I think not! I flew out of Midwest Continent Airport on Wednesday 2/20 with 4 inches already on the ground and the plane had to be de-iced. Then watching the news and The Weather Channel from 70 degree weather, seeing what hit Wichita, I couldn't believe what I saw. I came home last night to a huge amount of snow still in my driveway and yard and my dog enjoyed running around last night.

  • Want to go on a cruise????

    The cruise from hell has ended for the Carnival Triumph that was stranded in the Gulf of Mexico for the last week due to a fire that cut out the engines and most of the other essential things on the boat. I've been on 4 cruises now. And hearing this happen, while sad, will not deter me from doing it again. A mishap like this doesnt happen often and with more 50 cruises a week around the world happening every week, the odds are in your favor that this extent of a catastrophy won't happen. I would think that Carnival and the entire industry would be offering amazing deals right now to help repair the cruising image. This is probably the time to book a cruise on any cruise line to save money.

  • Stating the 'obvious' effect for a restaurant name....

    Another death has been reported about a customer at a restaurant. He was overweight. He ate at this particular establishment more than normal, which probably was a huge contributing factor in his ultimate demise. The name of the restaurant is appropriately titled 'The Heart Attach Grill'. One of the hamburgers on the menu is called the 'quadruple bypass burger' with an astounding 9,982 calories. Oh, by the way, the apparent cause of death was a HEART ATTACK!!!!

  • Happy 20th Anniversary to a 'classic'...

    Today, is the 20th Anniversary to a one of my favorite movies. The move was just plain funny. It's a movie, that if you see it on TV, you stop channel flipping. The movie is 'Groundhog Day' starring Bill Murray. The movie is about a guy who is less than perfect, who somehow gets to experience the same exact day over and over and over until he gets things right. Have you ever wanted to relive a day over and over????

  • It's been 600 years since............

    We woke up this morning to news that Pope Bendict is 'retiring'???? Can a Pope do that? This is the first time in 600 years that the Pope has done so. Pope Benedict is 85 years old, and he says he is just not capable of carrying out the duties to its full potential, so he has decided to step down. This brings me to how a new Pope is chosen. All the Cardinals gather inside the Sistine Chapel to decide who the next leader will be. I can truly envision that process now, since last year, my vacation was to Italy and I visited The Vatican City and actually went inside the Sistine Chapel. I am not of that faith, but I am looking forward to the process and seeing the smoke rise from the roof signaling the decision of choosing the next Pope.

  • I'll miss ya buddy.....

    TODAY is Dan Dillon Day.....

  • The life of Yoda, I would go see...

    I have admitted before and I am not ashamed. I am a huge trekkie and I am a fan of the Star Wars franchise. Recently, we heard that George Lucas sold the franchise to Disney for something like $4 billion dollars. And then we hear that Disney is planning to do more of the Star Wars story with Lucas's input and now we hear there will be spin-offs. I personally am ok with this. It will be interesting to see what they come up with for the spin-offs. Diving deeper into some of the characters that help make Star Wars what it is. The rumor mill is rampant now of a spin-off featuring a young Yoda. I WILL GO SEE IT... If it becomes reality, I think it will be great.

  • And next is that month of the year where college basketball is played in a single game elimination tournament.....

    Football is over. The BIG GAME was good. Congrats to the Baltimore team that played the last game of the year to determine the champion... Next up, is college basketball. The month of the year is March. In March, they play this tournament where 64 teams enter a bracket where it's a single game elimination. We can't tell you the 'name' of the tournament nor can I mention the league where those teams are associated with. I can't tell you the mascot names either. I CAN mention the school itself, and I CAN say they are playing in a bracket tournament. I CAN say there will be a winner..

  • Kansas weather!!! Really???

    70 degrees on Monday, today its 10 degrees with a high of 30? WOW! This is my second winter living in Wichita and the weather is bizarre. I am not complaining in the sense of at least its not or there has been a complete snow blizzard with a white out or anything that drastic. Summer is within reach and I look forward to 100 degree days!!!

  • WOW! It's been 40 years of KISS....

    This week marks the 40th anniversary of the band KISS. I've been a fan of KISS as long as I can remember when I was a little boy. I was intrigued by their make up and their 'presence'. I didn't get into their music until as a teenager. My favorite from the group, was drummer Peter Criss, 'Cat Man'. Two years in a row, I painted my face like Cat Man for Halloween. When I started to appreciate music, my favorite songs were 'Rock N Roll All Night' and 'Beth' and 'I Was Made For Loving You'. About 10 years ago, I had the pleasure of meeting and working with Gene Simmons. KISS had come out with perfume and cologne and Gene was visited the city I was working in at the time. I got to interview him and also introduced him on stage at the event. There were thousands of people in line to meet him. I was also a fan of the Gene Simmons show 'Family Jewels'. Also about 10 years ago, I finally saw a KISS concert. The concert was in New Orleans. It was everything I expected and I had a great time.

  • An American tragedy that truly hit home for me....

    Yesterday marked the anniversary...I can't believe its been 26 years since this national tragedy.

  • Are you a Trekkie or do you have the 'Force'????

    I am a fan of both. I loved the first three Star Wars films growing up and I also appreciated the newer three Star Wars films. I was also a fan of the Star Trek: The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine and Voyager. All in all, I love science fiction. It was just revealed that JJ Abrams will be the director of the new Star Wars film. I am on the fence with this. As I am a fan of the Star Trek movies that had The Next Generation characters and now the reboot of the Kirk cast, I thought Abrams did a great job. To hear that he has been chosen to now direct Star Wars is interesting. I always wished that the two universes should come together on the big screen. Would that make sense? haha. Anyway, back to the orignal thought, I hope JJ's vision of Star Wars is not convoluted with Trek ideas. We shall see.

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