Despite the crazy accusations and attack ads from my opponents I still ask for your vote tomorrow for Favorite DJ. I will fight to stop crime, lower taxes and make sure our Social Security is there when we retire. Â I will work hard to make sure your jobis Stress Free with Continuous Soft Rock and help you focus on not the bad things in life but the good. Iâm Steve Suter and I want to be your favorite DJ.
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by Ed Ryan
During our nationwide search for the best PD's in America I often came across a tidbit of information someone sends in that really grabsÂ my attention. Our goal is to make these lists more than just lists. We want you to know who these people are. Everyone's work is important and everyone's life is special. When I find that tidbit of information I do what any nosey reporter does, I pry. And that's what I did with Diane Newman, the Program Director at Entercom's legendary WWL in New Orleans.
Diane's role model isÂ 81 year oldÂ Althea Lanoix Newman, her mom. That's pretty cool when your mom is first on the list of people you admire. Mrs. Newman, Diane's Mom, is a breast cancer survivor and I'm sure pretty darn proud of her daughter. You know what they say about the "C" word. If it's in your family you better get checked out. So, about one year ago, Diane Newman goes in for a checkup and hears the words "suspicious mammogram." I don't want to give away too much of the story because Diane tells it so well. This is more than a story about a great PD at a legendary radio station. It's about company becoming family and in return being rewarded with great employees. It's a great story, for many reasons, and we're gladÂ Diane allowed us to share it all with you.Â
How long have you been in radio?
Iâve been in radio since February 1981.Â I was working on a masters in Communications at UNO â¦had worked in TV for a couple of yearsâ¦thought Iâd get a feel for radio and maybe stay a year.Â I was hired as a part-time studio producer for $3.81 an hour.Â My father thought I was out of my mind.Â He said, âDiane, I have tellers who earn more than that.Â You have a degree.âÂ 30 years later--here I am!Â Most programmers have to travel around the countryâ¦from smaller markets to bigger marketsâ¦until they land at their dream station.Â I started out thereâ¦WWL!Â
In 1989 Keymarket Communications, Johnny Andrews (GM) and Bob Christopher (OM), gave me the opportunity to be the Program Director for WWL.Â Â In 1999 Entercom bought our radio cluster.Â They named me Operations and Program Director in 2000.Â We had a lot of catching up to do.Â Entercom was so progressive.Â They were shocked that we were still using typewriters in the newsroom at the legendary WWL!
What's that like?
Programming a legendary station like WWL is an honor and a privilegeâ¦really.Â This station has been around since 1922.Â Itâs an institutionâ¦as much a part of New Orleans as St. Louis Cathedralâ¦gumboâ¦and the mighty Mississippi.Â President John F. Kennedy used the powerful signal of WWL to speak to the Cuban people during the Cuban Missile Crisis.Â Â
WWL helped rescue my family from flood waters in Gentilly during Hurricane Betsy in the 1960âs.Â Then, ironically, in 2005, I was programming WWL when it became a lifeline to New Orleans, the Gulf South and the nationâ¦during Hurricane Katrina.Â Itâs an amazing, powerful, demanding stage.Â You have to bring your âAâ game all the time.Â It settles for no less.Â And, people may think of New Orleans as a medium size market, but truth isâ¦when it comes to news, controversy, unexpected stories and eventsâ¦itâs a top 10 news market.Â It churns constantly.Â
Marry all that action with this radio station that reaches 5 states daytime/38-plus at nightâ¦and the demands of a News-Talk-Sports format thatâs live and local 19 hours a dayâ¦and youâre in constant motion.Â Katrina aftermath, BP Oil Spill, Saints win Super Bowl.Â Itâs exciting, demanding, fun.Â Â Andy Holt, my good friend who now programs KOIT in San Francisco always tells me, âDi, I could never do your jobâ¦Iâm not that smart.âÂ My response?Â âNot true.Â Besidesâ¦itâs called stamina and endurance.âÂ Sure you need smarts, but you better be readyâ¦all the time.Â Plan A, plan B, plan Câ¦ plan G?Â And, it helps to surround yourself with extraordinary people, who have gifts you donât have or talents that compliment yours.Â The one thing that made me fall in love with radio is its collaborative nature.Â You HAVE TO play team ball or you fail.Â At WWL we prepare, plan, play like the pros.
When were you diagnosed with breast cancer?
I was diagnosed with breast cancer in November 2010.Â I had a âsuspiciousâ mammogram.Â Iâve had that before, so I didnât panic.Â I get mammograms religiously, because my Mom had breast cancer in her early 40âs. (Sheâs my role model. Althea Lanoix Newman is now 81 years old. God is good!)
What was your initial reaction when you heard the C word?
After the ultra sound and the biopsy, I kinda felt it coming.Â The techs involved didnât SAY anything, but their actions said a lotâ¦avoiding eye contact, or being overly reassuring.Â But, when Dr. Stolier told me, âitâs cancerâ...suddenly the world fell silent.Â I could die.Â I cried for about 30 secondsâ¦then I put my war paint onâ¦âDoc, whatâs our game plan?Â What do we do next?âÂ We met the next morning.Â I donât know muchâ¦but I know when to surrender.Â I know radio.Â I donât know cancer.Â I know how to be a good daughter, sister, friend, loverâ¦I know how to danceâ¦I donât have the ability to remove cancer from my body.Â Dr. Alan Stolierâs the brilliant surgeon everybody recommended.Â I surrendered.Â
How did the operation/treatment etc affect your ability to work?
Once diagnosed I had to get numerous other testsâ¦a breast MRI, a body scan, more blood work, x-rays, another ultra sound. Iâd get my tests then go to work.Â I learned from my Mom that cancer has no power over you, if you donât keep it a secret.Â I told my staff and all my friends and co-workers in our clusterâ¦all they wanted to do was help me through.Â They even gave me a chemo shower!Â Seven of the guys shaved their heads and did a video to honor me!Â
And, what David Field (CEO), Deborah Kane (Regional President), Pat Paxton (Senior VP of Programming) and my boss Chris Claus preached from the start was âDi FIRST.Â Diane, YOU come first.âÂ David called me personally to tell me, âDiane from now onâ¦numbers 1 through 27 on your list of things to do are Diane Newman.Â Everything else can wait.âÂ It doesnât get any better than that!Â Â Entercom is so much more than a company, theyâre family.Â Â We all learned that during and after Katrina; this cancer episode reinforced what I already knew.Â Â
I had surgery at the end of December; I missed two weeks of work.Â That was tough--the Saints were in the playoffs!Â Then, I had to have another minor surgery - to get a port placed in my chest.Â This would allow them to pump the chemo drugs straight into your heart; a more efficient method than pumping it through your veins.Â After that - four months of chemotherapyâ¦ February through Mayâ¦every three weeks.Â I worked through chemo.Â My amazing chemo doc, Dr. Milton Seiler told me, âMost women work through chemo.Â Men, thatâs a different story.âÂ Â
I had chemo on Fridays.Â Iâd miss that Friday and the following Monday, then work until the next chemo.Â The effects are cumulative, so the more you go the tougher it gets.Â By chemo number four, I missed Friday, Monday and Tuesday.Â By chemo number five, I missed Friday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.Â By chemo number six, I missed Friday and the following week.Â Sure, I got nauseated.Â I lost my hair.Â Got thrush.Â Got flu-like symptoms from those damned Neulasta shots.Â My toenails turned purple.Â And, yes, I got tired.Â But, my jobâ¦my teamâ¦my partners at work (and, of course, my dear family and friends)â¦propelled me through.Â And, every time I went to chemo I had two angels by my sideâ¦Helen Centanni and Inez Glapion.Â They would NOT allow me to do chemo alone.Â (Inez fed me breakfast and kept me up through treatments.Â Helen delivered gifts to all of my fellow chemo patients like the Easter Bunny!)Â And, Deborah (Kane) came down to NOLA from San Francisco so she could support me through chemo #4.Â This is your regional president.Â Who does this?Â Goes to show you, family isnât just the people who share your blood and last name.Â
Throughout chemo they test your blood routinely to make sure your blood count is goodâ¦that youâre strong enough to continue.Â Luckily Iâm blessed with good genesâ¦we never had to slow or stop chemo.Â My blood work always came back good, excellent, amazing.Â And, by the time we took the final blood work Dr. Seiler told me all levels were back to normal; it didnât even look like I had chemotherapy.Â YES!Â
Rest for a few weeksâ¦well, rest and work.Â Mid-June Iâd start the next adventure in cancer care--radiation therapy.Â Dr. Stolier told me, âI know who Dr. Seiler uses for radiation therapyâ¦Dr. Ellen Zakris.Â Sheâs extraordinary.âÂ He was right.Â On the first day I met her she hugged meâ¦and spent forty five minutes explaining the impact on my body.Â She was so smart, generous, kind.Â After figuring out the best position for treating my breast & the deep position of the bed left by the tumorâ¦we started treatmentâ¦33 of âem.Â Iâd go every weekday at 11:20am.Â Iâd have my morning show meetings with Bob or Tommy and Susanâ¦go to radiation and come back to work in time for my âThink Tankâ meetings with Helen and Garland.Â It was all good, until the final two weeks.Â Yes, I got what felt like a severe sun burnâ¦my breast blew upâ¦then, the burn beneath the breast.Â It felt like a rope burn.Â I had to put a sock stuffed with gauze between my skin and my clothes.Â But, I never stopped working.Â Â
Itâs been about six weeks since my last treatment and Iâm doing good.Â But, like chemo, the effects of radiation therapy are cumulative.Â It hit me like a brick about 2 weeks agoâ¦the exhaustion from 33 radiation treatments.Â I took off last Friday and literally slept until 4 oâclock in the afternoon.Â Â And, all weekend my body just wanted to REST.Â Iâm trying real hard to listen.
What is the long-term prognosis?
The prognosis is as good as it gets for someone diagnosed with cancer.Â We caught it early.Â The tumor was small.Â It was completely removed.Â The two things they look for are cancer in the lymph nodes and cancer in the âmarginsâ around the mass.Â They found neither.Â We also had a bone scan of my entire body; there were no signs of cancer.Â I am blessed.Â And, thank God for big boobs!Â As Dr. Stolier said, âBecause you have âgenerousâ breasts, we can save the breast and do a lumpectomy.âÂ What science has shown in the past 40 years is this--your chances for remaining cancer free or having a recurrence are equalâ¦ 50/50 â¦ whether you have a lumpectomy or a mastectomy.Â I was willing to do whatever he told me to do.Â Surrender.
Have you done anything extra or different now that you are a breast cancer survivor, using your position at the station to raise awareness or raise money?
I just learned today that the New Orleans Saints want me to be their âhonorary captainâ at the Saints/Colts game at home in the Mercedes Benz Superdome on October 23rd.Â Â Itâs the only home game in October for the Who Dat Nation.Â I will be honored to represent anyone/everyone who has breast cancer, had breast cancer or helped someone battle this evil disease.Â
The toughest thing about getting diagnosed with breast cancer was telling the people you love.Â I wept for them as they wept for me.Â But, hope is what gets us through.Â We have to find a cure.Â
Now we've had a couple cool fronts but this is our first real COLD front. I got excited when I saw this weather advosory a little while ago from theÂ weather service.Â
...STRONG COLD FRONT TO MOVE THROUGH TUESDAY...Â A COLD AIRMASS WORKING OUT OF CANADA WILL MOVE INTO THE REGIONÂ BEHIND A STRONG COLD FRONT TUESDAY. THIS AIRMASS WILL BRING THEÂ COLDEST TEMPERATURES WE HAVE SEEN SO FAR THIS SEASON WITH HIGHS ONÂ WEDNESDAY STRUGGLING TO GET MUCH WARMER THAN THE MID 60S ANDÂ MORNING LOWS THAT COULD DROP INTO THE UPPER 30S THURSDAY MORNINGÂ ALONG AND NORTH OF THE INTERSTATE 10...12 CORRIDOR. TEMPERATURESÂ ARE EXPECTED TO BE AROUND 15 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL WEDNESDAY ANdÂ THURSDAY WIT ONLY SLIGHT TEMPERATURE MODIFICATION FRIDAY AND Â THROUGH THE WEEKEND.Â Â IN ADDITION TO THE MUCH COLDER TEMPERATURES WINDS WILL BE AN ISSUEÂ IMMEDIATELY AFTER FRONTAL PASSAGE. THE COLD FRONT IS EXPECTED PUSH THROUGH MUCH OF THE OUTLOOK AREA BY EARLY TUESDAY AFTERNOON. ONCE THE FRONT MOVES THROUGH WINDS WILL QUICKLY VEER AROUND TO THE NORTHWEST AND PICK UP IN SPEED. SUSATINED WINDS OF AT LEAST 20 MPH ARE EXPECTED OVER ALL LAND ZONES AT SOME POINT TOMORROW AFTERNOON BUT OVER THE SOUTHSHORE SUSTAINED WINDS WILL LIKELY RANGE FROM 25 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS APPROACHING 40 MPH LATE TOMORROW AFTERNOON AND THROUGH THE EVENING. OVER ALL OF THE MARINE ZONES WINDS WILL BECOME SUSTAINED AROUND 30 KNOTS WITH FREQUENT GUSTS TO 40 KNOTSÂ Â OR GREATER. THE TIME FRAME WILL LAST LONGER OVER THE WATER WITHÂ THE STRONGEST WINDS LIKELY OCCURING FROM LATE AFTERNOON TUESDAYÂ THROUGH MID WEDNESDAY MORNING. CURRENTLY A WIND ADVISORY FOR THEÂ Â SOUTHSHORE ONLY AND A GALE WATCH FOR ALL MARINE ZONES HAS BEENÂ ISSUED BEGINNING AT 4PM CDT TUESDAY.
Â Paul McCartney, 69, married American Nancy Shevell, 51, Sunday afternoon. She is his third wife. And the late-night wedding party did not go down well with his neighbors in London's posh St. John's Wood neighborhood. Â Officials said Monday that complaints from neighbors brought enforcement officers to McCartney's home early Monday morning as roughly 100 guests celebrated his wedding.
Officer Andrew Ralph says the volume of the recorded music was reduced and no further action will be taken. The former Beatle's guests included drummer Ringo Starr, Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood, model Twiggy, and other celebrities.
This afternoon, thousands are expected to line New Orleans streets for the funeral procession of Archbishop Philip Hannan.Â Visitation at Notre Dame seminary on South Carrollton Avenue continues today, but this afternoon, they move things downtown.
"At two o'clock, we will have a procession from Notre Dame Seminary to St. Louis Cathedral," said Archbishop Gregory Aymond.Â "I would expect that the procession would take probably about two hours."
A horse-drawn hearse will be led by a brass band will travel up Carrollton towards Canal Street.Â The procession will then head downtown to Chartres Street, then proceed to the cathedral.
"Arriving at St. Louis Cathedral, we will then have a continued wake that evening," the Archbishop said.Â The wake lasts until 9:00 p.m.Â The funeral mass is Thursday at 2:00 p.m. in the cathedral, then Hannan's remains will be laid to rest there.
My local religious hero has passed away. Former Archbishop Philip Matthew Hannan, who was a paratroop chaplain during three World War II campaigns and was assigned to New Orleans right after Hurricane Betsy, has died at the age of 98 after a long illness. Â He confirmed me at St. Edwards and probably alot of you. He was a great religion leader here till 1988 but still remained in public until just recently when he got to ill.Â The archdiocese said Hannan died peacefully shortly after 3 a.m. Thursday.Â Â Goodbye archbishop youâll never ne forgotten.
I know youâre not ready for Christmas music year but now is a good time for smart shoppers to start looking for what the experts believe will be the HOT toys this year and hard to find by Thanksgiving.
Â Taking a cue from last year's toy hits, many of this year's holiday favorites are toy sets or figures that kids can collect. But unlike last year, when Squinkies figures or Cepia's toy hamster Zhu Zhu pets mostly were collect by girls, this year's collectible toys are targeting boys.Â Â Among this year's collectibles are Hasbro's Beyblade Metal Fusion, a battling spinning top game for $5.99 to $39.99; Spin Master's Redakai, a trading card game, for $5.99 to $19.99; Cepia's DaGeDar collectible rolling balls for $4.99 to $19.99; and Lego's Ninjago construction sets for $3.49 to $119.99Â Â
Â Here's a complete look at the toys that made Time to Play Magazine's 2011 ``Most Wanted'' toy list, out Tuesday.Â
Â Cepia's DaGeDar, $4.99 to $19.99: Collectible decorated balls that come with track sets.Â
Â Hasbro's Beyblade Metal Fusion, $5.99 to $39.99: A battling spinning top game.
Â Hasbro's Nerf Vortex Line, $12.99 to $49.99: Foam dart guns.
Â iStar Entertainment's FyrFlyz, $10: A yo-yo like toy that glows in the dark.
Â Jakks Pacific's Spy Net Stealth Video Glasses, $39.99: Sunglasses that record video.
Â LeapFrog's LeapPad Explorer, $99.99: A tablet for tots, with games, e-books and a camera.
Â Lego's Alien Conquest and Ninjago Lines, $3.49 to $119.99: Popular construction sets with alien and ninja themes.
Â Mattel's Angry Birds Knock on Wood Game, $16: A block game based on the popular smartphone app.
Â Mattel's Fisher-Price Big Action Construction Site, $59.99: A construction site play set.
Â Mattel's Hot Wheels Wall Tracks, $29.99: A car track set that can attach to walls.
Â Mattel's Monster High Dead Tired Line, $14.49: Dolls that are the offspring of different monsters.
Â Mega Brands 3D Breakthrough Puzzle, $19.99: 3D Jigsaw puzzles.
Â MGA's Lalaloopsy Silly Hair Doll, $34.99: A rag-like doll with bendable hair.
Â Spin Master's Logo Board Game, $24.99: A board game that tests player's knowledge of popular brands.
Â Spin Master's Redakai, $5.99 to $19.99: A collectible trading-card game.
Â Thinkway Toys' Lazer Stunt Chaser, $39.99: A remote-control car that follows a laser.
Â Vtech's Innotab, $79.99: Another tablet device for kids that lets them, play games, color and read books.
Â WowWee's Lite Sprites, $19.99: Dolls that light up different colors with the touch of a wand.Â
Â Â Â Â Â On the Web: www.timetoplaymag.com.
So what can you say about your work on Facebook? Is âMy Boss Stinksâ OK? Even though he might see it are you protected by law? Some companies are still trying to figure out how far they can go in limiting what employees say about work online in the age of Twitter and Facebook. Confusion about what workers can or can't post has led to a surge of more than 100 complaints at the National Labor Relations Board _ most within the past year _ and created uncertainty for businesses about how far social media policies can go. Â Michael Eastman, labor law policy director at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, says employers are struggling to figure out what the right policies are and what they should do when these cases arise. The most important thing so far is the labor board's acting general counsel, Lafe Solomon, says federal law permits employees to talk about their jobs and working conditions with co-workers without reprisal. Now what if I say? My Boss Stinksâ on my Blog am I protected?Â Just in case heâs really a great sweet guy.
Some scoop on both games this weekend. Frist LSU is away this weekend so the Tigernation will be watching on TV Saturday nightÂ and before the game the winner of Â 2011 âAmerica's Got Talent'' show will sing the national anthem. Donât know if there are going to show that on TV before the LSU-West Virginia game.Â Â It makes since sheâs from there so West Virginia announced that Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. agreed to sing at Mountaineer Field prior to kickoff. She just won the talent competition earlier this month.Â Kickoff is set for 7 p.m on ABC.Â WhoDat nation is ready for another LOUD game Sunday in the Superdome and the scoop on the game is the Saints will wear their "60's" look throwback uniforms for this game. Hopefully they won't play like the Saints from the 60's.
French Quarter buggy drivers and Taxi owners are upset after âPedicabs'' began operating in the French Quarter last week. I know your thinking, whatâs a Pedicab'? Â Well it's people-powered transportation. It's aÂ seat with a person pulling it on a bike.Â (See Below)
But as is NawLuns tradition is corruption a foot?Â A business owner who applied for permission to operate some of the vehicles is appealing to the New Orleans City Council, saying the lottery process used to award permits was flawed. The rejected applicant says in his appeal letter to the council that some permit winners used multiple applications and proxy applicants to increase their chances of getting a permit. The council first approved the concept of using the pedal-powered rickshaws in September 2010. But legislative and bureaucratic complications followed, delaying the awarding of permits for monthsâ¦let me guess all this will wind up in courtâ¦for years. Same story over and over.
Bunch of new shows begin this weekâ¦ time to head back to the sofa every night to see your favorite shows. Ashton Kutcher kicked things off already with bragging rights over Charlie Sheen. Kutcher's debut on Two and a Half Men Monday was seen by 27.7 million people.
That's more than any other episode in the first eight seasons, when Sheen was the star. Some other big shows are still to come, Â Simonâs new show X-Factor Wed, Â Modern family Wed, the Office Thursday, the Good Wife now On Sundays and 1 couple from the new season of Dancing With the Stars will make an early exit tonight. The new season of The Biggest Loser starts tonight and Glee returns to Fox for its third season. Then there are a bunch of new showâs like Whitney and New Girl, and a new cop show, called Unforgettable plus the regular season premieres of NCIS and NCIS: Los Angeles are this week.
We have all heard the band at local events for years and on The Magic Of Christmas here on Magic, one of our most popular songs is âAll I Want For Christmas Is Youâ by Vince Vance. Vince Vance is an entertainer through and through, a creature whose DNA predisposed him to show business. Still, the singer, keyboardist and songwriter with the Heat Miser hair is amazed that his career has endured for four decades.Â
Â After 40 years in showbiz, Vince Vance still enjoys being the center of attention.Â
Â ``It seems almost impossible that I've done this with my life, 40 years of consistent shows,'' he said recently. ``Hopefully I handled it with some aplomb. Always gave 'em a smile. Always played a minute more instead of a minute less. Always been thankful and patient.''Â
Â On Saturday, Vince Vance & the Valiants celebrate their 40th anniversary with a four-hour ``Louisiana Legends'' show at Rock?'n'?Bowl in New Orleans. The expected parade of guest stars includes Jo-el Sonnier, Rockin' Dopsie Jr., Al ``Carnival Time'' Johnson and the Jokers' Art Sir Van.Â
Â The Valiants still average around 100 dates a year, mostly private functions. As a composer, Vance's credits include ``All I Want for Christmas Is You'' _ not to be confused with the Mariah Carey song of the same name _ which he co-wrote under the pen name Andy Stone. The Valiants' recording of ``All I Want for Christmas Is You'' scaled the country charts six times in the 1990s. LeAnn Rimes and Sammy Kershaw, among others, covered it. Vance says he could still live off the annual royalties ``if I wanted to live poor.''Â
Â He has written goofy Saints songs ("Gris-Gris on the Other Team'') and goofy political songs, including ``Bomb Iran.'' Set to the melody of the Beach Boys' ``Barbara Ann,'' ``Bomb Iran'' was omnipresent on radio stations around the country during the Iran hostage crisis of 1979-81. Years later, Vance cooked up ``Bomb Iraq,'' built on the Coasters' ``Yakety Yak.''Â
Â Much silliness with skits and costumes ensues during a Valiants performance. Vance describes the ensemble as ``a community of male and female artists who live a vaudevillian existence, making a living by singing and dancing and being comedic.''Â
Â Â Â Â But maintaining a band is not all fun and games.Â
Â ``Forty years . it's not been pleasant, really, for other people. It hasn't been that pleasant many times for me. It's been a struggle to keep a band together.Â
Â ``I just tweeted this morning, `None whom I began with stands with me now. Maybe I had bad breath.'?"Â
Â Vince Vance was born Andrew Franichevich Jr. in Oakland, Calif. He moved to New Orleans as a young boy and later graduated from Francis T. Nicholls High School. Along the way, he realized he possessed a ``sensitivity to music. I see numbers in front of me.''Â
Â He majored in English and music at Southeastern Louisiana University, then took a job as the band director at Donaldsonville High School while moonlighting as a piano player on Bourbon Street. One night in the summer of 1971, he was approached by a group of waiters who had started a '50s-style doo-wop novelty act along the lines of Sha Na Na.Â
Â He signed on as the keyboardist and musical director for the newly christened Vince Vance & the Valiants. He quit his high school job, and didn't bother to turn in his thesis for the master's degree in English that he had been working toward at Southeastern.Â
Â The Valiants' first gig was Sept. 18, 1971, at Your Father's Mustache in the 400 block of Bourbon Street.Â
Â ``I didn't care to take the spotlight,'' Vance said. ``It didn't start out that way. I wanted to be a musical director and write music. I thought of myself as serious. I'm just this nerdy composer, really.Â
Â ``But I was also like a mushroom, a fungi. (Get it? A `fun guy.') I had a knack for it.''Â
Â The original Vince Vance, James Etienne Viator, modeled his stage persona after Sha Na Na's greaser frontman, Bowser. By 1974, the former Andrew Franichevich had assumed the role of Vince Vance. He remade the character as a wild, Jerry Lee Lewis-like firebrand, playing keyboards behind his back and wearing animal skins onstage.Â
Â Since then, dozens of Valiants have passed through the ranks. Not all of them appreciated that the band continued after their departure.Â
Â ``It was like I had this destiny, and people resented it,'' Vance said. ``They wanted it to die when they left, to say it was over and no longer relevant.''Â
Â He loved it too much to quit. ``It was my life's work. It was like living a dream. This thing overwhelmed me, this fantasy world that I live in. You live your whole life as a fantasy, as this character named Vince Vance whose hair is 18 inches in the air.''Â
Â He always appreciated fantastic follicles. As a boy, he admired the coifs of James Brown, Little Richard and local rhythm & blues character Esquerita.Â
Â ``I really didn't have cool hair like Elvis and Frankie Avalon and Bobby Darin, guys I wanted to be like. One time, my hair looked exactly like that, and that was it. It was too curly and too weird.''Â
Â Especially frustrated before a 1975 gig in Phoenix, he brushed his hair straight up and sprayed it in place. ``Everybody looked at it and said, `Hey, dude, that's it!'?"Â
Â With that, his signature style was born. Maintaining the architecture atop his skull can be a challenge. Humidity adversely affects rigidity.Â
Â ``And people look at you in a strange way, like you're a girlie-man or a weirdo. But I believed that it made a stronger impression on audiences. I've dedicated my life to that, to making sure that each show is something that someone will never forget.''Â
Â The Valiants worked hard in the early years, 250 dates a year, mostly on the road. Late one night in October 1982, while traveling in Texas between gigs in Beaumont and Dallas, the band's van was struck head-on by a vehicle whose driver had fallen asleep. Guitarist Richard Heath was killed; the others suffered broken bones.Â
Â Â Â Â Vance insisted they return to the stage as soon as possible.Â
Â ``I made everybody in the band mad. Guitarist Nick Manousos said, `How can we go back and face this?' I said, `Guess what? This is what we do. We play gigs; we make money.' Nick had casts on both legs. We had to carry him onstage.''Â
Â Over the years, the group released 18 albums, some more successfully than others. The show grew more extravagant. The female Valiantettes all sport V-names. ``It's rather precious,'' Vance said. ``But it's something to talk about.''Â
Â He rocks an assortment of costumes: Elvis. King Tut. Elton John. A cop. A beach bum. He travels with three cases of props: dozens of sunglasses, 30 cummerbunds, 20 pairs of shoes, 10 bow ties, a dozen boas.Â
Â ``The girls have about a third of that. Even though I don't use them all the time, it's like a palette from which I can create a costume that is just right for a certain song.''Â
Â Vance is less comfortable discussing his offstage life. His wife passed away in 1987, and he has never remarried. ``I like girls, maybe too much. I really love women. It was a good idea to give up that rib.''Â
Â He has two sons, one of whom is the 9th Ward keyboardist and bandleader Ratty Scurvics. Like his father, Scurvics is not averse to costumes and theatrics, albeit of a more avant-garde nature.Â
Â ``He's out there doing his counterculture thing,'' Vance said. ``I used to try to book him: `Look, can you do at least one cover song?' He's never done anything except original stuff.''Â
Â Â Â Â Vance prefers not to disclose his age.Â
Â ``There was no age to Liberace. Little Richard is always Little. I'm not a person. I'm a character that I made up in my head. I'd rather be the character than the real person. I'm not Andrew J. Franichevich. I am New Orleans.''
So It's Concert vs. Football. Tonight would you rather see Katy Perry in concert or the Saints/Green Bay Game? Saturday Night would you rather be at Tiger Stadium for the LSU home opener or the Journey/Foreigner/Nightranger concert?
A man was arrested at Celine Dionâs home and accused of breaking and entering. They were not home at the time but not only did he break in he allegedly made himself right at home. Police say Daniel Bedard ate some pastry from the refrigerator and was drawing a bath when he was caught. What else can I say to that.
Well they all count now. Itâs time for the Saints regular season to start and the first game is a big one spotlighted as the âNFL Kickoffâ game Thursday night. Its last yearâs Superbowl champs against the champs from 2 years ago. You can watch it on NBC between the Green Bay Packers and Saints. If you watched TV at all you canât miss the commercials promoting the game and opening of NFL football's new season. The âTodayâ' show, the Weather Channel, Telemundo and E! Entertainment all are reporting live this week from Green Bay. Jay Leno is promoting the start of NBC's football schedule in his monologue, âTodayâ is encourage viewers to wear football jerseys to work or school and Jimmy Fallon has promised football-related sketches on his late-night show. Still up in the air is NBC's planned coverage of a one-hour football entertainment show prior to the game, which may conflict with President Obama's jobs speech. Too bad the Game is not a home game because this is some great tailgating weather.
So why can't we have Mid-week storms anymore. It always seems to be the weekend that gets washed out. In this case our Holiday weekend. Still uncertain what this thing is going to do but we know whatever strenght it gets and no matter where it goes we will feel the effects all weekend. The best place to be is in Dallas this weekend watching the LSU Tigers play Oregon. The rest of us hunker down and be safe. Don't drive into any flooded area.
Get ready!.... for what? We're not sure. Nobody not even those smart computer models can tell what this area of disturbed weather will do or where it will go. We already have some bands moving over us. Whatever it does, wherever it goes our Holiday weekend looks wet. It's close to being a Depression and it could form into a Tropical Storm and it's not moving much so it even has a rare chance to become a Hurricane but nobody knows so we will be updating you every hour.
So Tropical Storm Katia was gaining strength as it moved quickly across the AtlanticÂ today not a problem for us at all andÂ forecasters predict it could take a Northly turn and not hit the East coast at all. We hope so as they continue to deal with tha aftermath of Irene. So now we have KATIA. Wierd name huh? Well Storms are named years in advance and used over unless the name is retired after causing major damage. Are you following me?Â The name KATIA was actually KATRINA to be used again. But of course that name was retired so when it came up on the list theyÂ dropped the R and the N (KATRINA). Interesting huh?
Last year we had a lot more ceremonies around the area and more attention nationally on the 5th year anniversary of Katrina. But now 6 years after Katrina not alot of ceremonies around town the main focus for most of us is to continue to rebuild this great city and remember this day and all that we went through. We all have our stories but letâs also remember today the people that lost their loves 6 years ago..... Tropicals are quite just heat and smoke from a marsh fire to deal with today.
So who do you think is the most Powerful Woman in the World. Locally Saints part owner and Vice President Rita Benson LeBlanc has to be in the top 5. We have some strong powerful women on our City Council and working behind Mayor Mitch Landrieu. And we have some powerful business owners that are women, like the Demo Diva. None of them get onto Forbesâ annual 100 Most Powerful Women list? They come from: billionaires, business, lifestyle, media, nonprofits, and politics. Remember these candidates were ranked by money, traditional and social media influence, and their âreachâ or power base. The top 10 and some others.:
Angela Merkel: Chancellor of Germany
Hillary Clinton: Secretary of State, United States
Dilma Rousseff: President of Brazil
Indra Nooyi: Chief Executive of PepsiCo
Sheryl Sandberg: COO of Facebook
Melinda Gates: Co-founder and co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Sonia Gandhi: President of the Indian National Congress Party
Michelle Obama: First lady, United States
Christine Lagarde: Director of the International Monetary Fund
Buildings had to be evacuated and airports shut down for a short time today after an Earthquake centered in Virginia was felt all up the North East Coast. Didn't cause major damage or injuries, but major cities like New York were inspecting bridges and buildings and in Washington they closed museums and national monuments. It was a 5.9-magnitude quake and this weekend that same area may be dealing with Hurricane Ireneâ¦ an earthquake and hurricane in the same week?
One of the most beloved City Council menbers is leaving. I know City Council members are usually corrupt or unqualified. But that has changed in the last several years with Good poeple with visionary idea's. One of those people is leaving as Arnie Fielkow hasÂ resigned. He has a chance to make a whole lot more money for his family in a new job as the new chief executive officer of the National Basketball Retired Players Association but located in Chicago. he had helped rebuild this city, bring it's people together and kept the Saints here when Benson wanted out after Katrina. He is a great man and while we wish him well we worry about who is worthy to take his place.
I cannot watch a Saints game without turning down the sound on my TV and listening to Jim and Hokie broadcast on WWL the flagship station of the Saints Radio Network. Sometimes I put the big speakers on sometimes I have a mini radio with headphones, BUT now something to be excited about. You can now listen to Saints games LIVE on your computer at WWL.com!Â Itâs FREE you do have to first sign up for the WWL Big Talkers Club; they wonât share your email address with anyone.Â You only need to sign up once;you should note that running a live audio stream on your computer does count as data usage on your internet plan.Â You may want to check with your internet service provider if you think streaming several hours a week could make an impact on your data usage limitations with your particular internet provider. Itâs really cool because not only locals but the Who Dat nation including our troops overseas can now listen online. One problem if you watching the game with WWL broadcast on a computer it requires massive "buffering" of the audio to ensure that everyone can hear the game.Â That process does result in a significant delay between what you see on TV and what you hear on WWL.com.Â If you have a DVR, however, you could also pause your video to let the streaming audio "catch up,"Â and then you'll be in sync. GO SAINTS-GO WWL Radio
As quick as heavy storms form around here this is something we can relate too but tragically 5 people have died from their injuries when a massive gust of wind brought down a stage at the Indiana State Fair on Saturday night, killing at least 5 and injuring 24, officials said. Authorities said they feared more casualties. "A big gust of wind came through. You could see a lot of people panicking. All the scaffolding and speakers -- all that came crashing down -- and the whole stand just collapsed," said Aaron Richman, who witnessed the collapse at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis. The Indianapolis Department of Public Safety posted on its Twitter page the death toll and said that 24 people had been taken to area hospitals. Two local hospitals placed the number of injured at 43, including some walk-in patients. Capt. Brad Weaver, commander of special operations for the Indiana State Police, said he took the stage at 8:45 p.m. to warn the audience of severe weather. Ten minutes later, the wind gust blew through.Â Â He said he "saw the framework from the stage start to come over."Â He said he and others took cover behind a trailer, which was also struck by debris from the stage. Â Sara Bareilles had finished her set at the Hoosier Lottery Grandstand stage when the wind knocked down the rigging on to the stage. "I'm speechless and feel so helpless," Bareilles said on her Twitter page. "My heart aches for the lives lost." The show's headliners, country music duo Sugarland, was to take the stage next. "We are stunned and heartbroken for the fans and their families in Indiana." said Sugarland singer Jennifer Nettles. "We hold those injured in our prayers at this very sad time. There are no words. It is tragic."."
Just 24 hours away from Gameday and the start of the Saints preseason. Who Dat, itâs the 49âs from San Francisco at the Dome at 7pm. If you got tickets you will be one of the first fans to see all the newly completed upgrades to the Superdome. Some say all the improvements and âall the bells and whistles'' makes it like a new facility. The latest work is part of a multi-phase $336 million project begun after Hurricane Katrina wrecked the building, stripping away part of the roof and dumping water throughout.Â
Â Saints owner Tom Benson says the result is equivalent to the new facility he was pushing for before the 2005 storm. Gov. Bobby Jindal says work was done at a fraction of the cost of a new stadium and the Superdome will provide $41.1 billion in economic benefits to the city and state. GO SAINTS
The last few months have been, letâs say, challenging for Jennifer Lopez. And while Randy and Steven Tyler agreed to return as judges on American idol she remained undecided or held out for more money. But now its official Jennifer Lopez is returning to American Idol. Â Producer Nigel Lythgoe confirmed the news today that Lopez will return for her 2nd season with Steven and Randy. She will be paid more than $20 million, an $8 million raise from her first season. Guess that hold out really worked.
Conditions were perfect when she left Havana Cuba on Sunday evening, the water wasÂ Â glasslike like we see Lake Ponchartrain a lot but it can also get very choppy very quick and thatâs what happen as 61-year-old marathon swimmer Diana Nyad felt her right shoulder seize up with pain Monday afternoon as the ocean swells now rolled over her head and then she was struck by an asthma attack, her first ever, and struggled to breathe. But she kept swimming. But twelve hours later, halfway between Cuba and her destination of Key West, Fla., Ms. Nyad was treading water when she began vomiting. She then reluctantly allowed herself to be pulled aboard a support boat named the Bellisimo, where she was quickly wrapped in blankets. After swimming nearly 29 hours, Ms. Nyad abandoned her quest to complete the 60-hour, 103-mile journey, spread across three days, between Cuba and the United States. âIt was my decision to stop and nobody elseâs,â Ms. Nyad said during a phone interview Tuesday morning moments after arriving at a Key West marina. âIâm deeply grieved and disappointed, but I can hold my head up high. We pictured that moment of me crawling up on that Key West shore. We knew it was my year and my time, even at 61.â She added, âIt was a fairy tale, but the fairy tale didnât come true.â Her doctor, Michael Broder, said Ms. Nyad had not suffered from dehydration but was violently vomiting when she was hoisted out of the water. âPhysically, she is exhausted and mentally she is exhausted,â Dr. Broder said. âConsidering what she has been through, she looks pretty good.â Â Ms. Nyad said she had no regrets. She had concluded that the combination of her injured shoulder and the asthma attack made continuing impossible. âIt was over, I knew it,â she said. âMy body was at the absolute very end. Will power wasnât a part of it anymore.â
Â On Tuesday morning, she said that her goal had been to demonstrate to people in their 60s that âlife is not overâ and that the age of â60 is the new 40.â Â At the age of 29, Ms. Nyad set a record for the longest ocean swim: 102.5 miles from Bimini in the Bahamas, to Jupiter, Fla. A year earlier, she had tried to swim the Cuba-to-Key West passage. Strong currents and rough water had banged her body against a metal shark cage, forcing her to quit after swimming 41 hours and 49 minutes. This time, she tried the swim without a shark cage despite warnings that the warm waters are infested with sharks. She was guarded by a flotilla of boats equipped with satellites, global position systems, advanced navigation systems and shark shields. Â Ms. Nyad said she did not feel as if she had let them down, or the thousands of fans who had followed the progress of her swim on Facebook and Twitter. âIâll say this for myself and my team â there is no way 30 hours should have brought me to my knees,â she said. âEven yesterday afternoon, I really believed I was going to walk up on that shore, even though it wouldnât be the way I had wanted it to be.â that.â For people over 60, she said, the goal should be âto live a life with no regrets and no worries about what you are going to do with your time. Fill it with passion. Be your best self.â
Are you a good swimmer, check that a great swimmer. Could you make it across Lake Pontchartrain? Could you make it from Cuba to Florida? Someone is trying! This female swimmer Diana Nyad is swimming from Havana Cuba to Key West, Fla. Right now sheâs about a third of the way and oh by the way she's 61. Her Facebook page say she's experiencing some shoulder problems and asthma, but is still doing well. She can stop briefly for nourishment, but can't touch the support boat. She did it before and failed when she was 28. It's expected to take 60 hours to cover the 103 miles from Cuba's capital to Key West. And this time, she's not using a shark cage. She's relying instead on an electrical field from equipment being towed by kayakers to keep the sharks at bay.
With the school year coming up, Louisiana is having an annual sales tax holiday on Friday and Saturday. But lots of items are exempt from the 4 percent sales tax, not just school suppliesÂ The annual event exempts the first $2,500 of the purchase price of eligible items from the 4 percent state sales tax. The law defines eligible items as "individual items of tangible personal property for non-business use.''Â Â Â Â Local sales taxes still must be paid.Â Â What's not covered? Any vehicle subject to tax and title, restaurant and to-go meals and such services as hotel rooms, printing and telecommunications services, leases or rentals, repairs to personal property and tickets for athletic and other amusement and recreational events. Â To be eligible for the tax holiday, a shopper must buy and accept delivery of the item, put the item on layaway or claim an item previously put on layaway. An item that must be delivered is eligible, as long as the customer does not request delayed shipment.Â And there's something in it for merchants: a $25-per-machine tax credit is available for reprogramming of cash registers for the holiday.Â
Â The Department of Revenue also said shoppers should keep receipts for uniforms, books and other items students will need for the new school year, since many of those purchases can be claimed as state income tax credits.
Not that I'm not over the Heat butÂ is it just me or is time flying. I guess that's all part of getting older. But My daughter who's at LSU say's the same thing. So what's to look forward to this month. No Much. No Holidays till Labor Day in Sept. It's Back to School time and we also are getting into the busy part of Hurricane Season. Told you not much to look forward too but 2 more paychecks. But with a Holiday and some really good concerts next Month not to mention maybe some early cool fronts. Â And I have a feeling September will get here quickÂ just like August did.
If you saw some white stretch limo's downtown this morning that was for a wedding of Former
Â Gov. Edwin Edwards, who will be 84 next month, just got out of prison and married 32-year-old Trina Grimes Scott at the Monteleone Hotel this morning.Â The bride befriended Edwards while he was serving a federal prison sentence for a bribery and extortion scheme.Â Â Edwards wore a blue suit, while the bride wore a cream-colored, knee-length, bare-shouldered dress.Â
Â A reporter asked what the dress was made of. She said she didn't know. Edwards quipped: ``It's Italian silk, with a Cajun twist.''
Not that it's shocking news. There were rumors for months even Reggie tweeted, 'It's been fun New Orleans" after we drafted RB Â Ingram. So nowÂ that Reggie Bush leaves the Who Dat NationÂ toÂ play for the Miami Dolphins, what will Who Dat's do with their No. 25 jersey? At least he's not going to the Falcon's. And NO we don't play Miami this season.
Training camp practice sessions are open to the Public on a first-come, first-served basis. Bleacher seating is available along the north and west sides of the teamâs training facility.Â Standing room along the fence line is permitted. There is no admission charge for watching training camp practice and parking is free. Public parking is available in parking lots close to the team facility off of Airline Drive in Metairie.
Â 2011 New Orleans Saints Training Camp Schedule
DateÂ Â Â PracticeÂ Â Â TimesÂ Â Â LocationÂ Â Â NotesÂ Â Â Â Â
Wednesday, August 10Â Â Â Morning Â Â Â 8:50 am â 11:30 amÂ Â Â Outdoor FieldsÂ Â Â Open to the Public
Thursday, August 11Â Â Â MEETINGSÂ Â Â NO MEDIAÂ Â Â
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Friday, August 12Â Â Â GAMEDAYÂ Â Â 7:00 PM CTÂ Â Â 49ERS at SAINTSÂ Â Â LOUISIANA SUPERDOME
Saturday, August 13Â Â Â PLAYERS OFFÂ Â Â NO MEDIAÂ Â Â Â Â Â
Sunday, August 14Â Â Â AfternoonÂ Â Â 4:30 pm â 6:00 pmÂ Â Â Outdoor FieldsÂ Â Â Open to the Public
Monday, August 15Â Â Â MorningÂ Â Â 8:50 am â 11:30 amÂ Â Â Outdoor FieldsÂ Â Â Open to the Public
Tuesday, August 16Â Â Â Morning Â Â Â 8:50 am â 11:30 amÂ Â Â Outdoor FieldsÂ Â Â Open to the Public
Wednesday, August 17Â Â Â MorningÂ Â Â 8:50 am â 11:30 amÂ Â Â Outdoor FieldsÂ Â Â Open to the Public
Thursday, August 18Â Â Â MorningÂ Â Â 8:50 am â 11:30 amÂ Â Â Outdoor FieldsÂ Â Â Open to the Public
Friday, August 19Â Â Â Â Â Â TRAVEL TO HOUSTONÂ Â Â NO MEDIAÂ Â Â
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Saturday, August 20Â Â Â GAMEDAYÂ Â Â 7:00 PM CTÂ Â Â SAINTS at TEXANSÂ Â Â RELIANT STADIUM
Sunday, August 21Â Â Â BREAK CAMPÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
â¢Â Â Â Practice times and field locations are subject to change with little or no advance warning due to weather considerations or at the discretion of the Head Coach. Updates will be made hourly at the Saints twitter account @Official_Saints
â¢Â Â Â Media alerts, updates and schedule changes will be made daily on www.neworleanssaints.com once training camp starts.
PLEASE NOTE:Â Â Â In the event of inclement weather, (including rain, thunderstorms and extreme heat) practices will be moved indoors and will be closed to the public.Â Â Practice times and field locations are subject to change with little or no advance warning at the discretion of the Head Coach.Â Â Â Media and Fan alerts, updates and schedule changes will be made daily on www.neworleanssaints.com once training camp starts or by clicking on to twitter @Official_Saints
So this guy wakes up and it's freezing and realizes he's in a morgue fridge 24 hours after his family thought he had died. The day before his family called in an undertaker who sent him to the morgue after the 80 year old had some kind of attack and fell to the floor at home. So when the emergency crew got there, they examined the body, checked his pulse, looked for a heartbeat, but there was nothing. But a day after staff put the body into a locked refrigerated compartment, morgue workers heard someone shouting for help. They thought it was a ghost; everybody got scared and called the police. After opening the draw the man was pale and said, 'How did I get here?''' He was taken to the hospital and later discharged by doctors who deemed him stable.
Â Now the manâs family was informed while they were making funeral arrangements. and were happy to have him home, but all are still trying to recover from such a traumatic experience.
So I just blogged about the safest, sweetest movie Winnie The Pooh yesterday. And it brought some comment from listenetrs about other so called kids movies. Movies for kids aren't all sweetness and light, even if they're rated G. Bambi's mom dying, Old Yeller? Cruella De Vil wanting to make those poor little Dalmatians into coats? Scary scenes can make the happy ending worthwhile, but some kids canât handle some intense moments, even if mom or dad is close by. So here are some of the scenes from Movies that frightened their children -- and sometimes, the parentâs too.
Toy Story' terror
Most kids were scared by the cymbal-clanging monkey in Toy Story 3. My god child Kyle when he Â wants to watch the movie, he asks â even before I put the DVD in â if I will skip the monkey part. He's not a very frightful kid, but the monkey really scares him.â Toy Story 3, hands down was a popular choice most parents called the creepiest "children's" film. The incinerator scene in Toy Story 3 scared a lot of children even to the point of tears. A lot of parents that bought Toy Story and Toy Story 2 on DVD refuse to purchase Toy Story 3."Â
What happened to 'Nemo's' mom?
Young children seemed terrified of the opening scene in 'Finding Nemo,' where Marlin and Coral are attacked by that big fish and the fish eats Coral and all the fish eggs except Nemo. Some parents skip that scene when playing there DVD
Stop those 'Cars'
'Cars 2, Oh come on what one parent described as âa mix of 'Fast and the Furious' and 007 all in one. I was surprised to see so MANY guns in the movie. So many shoot outs, it was just too much for a 6 year old and a 3 yr old!"Â Â
'Ice Age 2,' 'Gremlins,' and Darth Vader
"The flood in 'Ice Age 2 The Meltdown' had many 3-6 years olds scared. Now 'Gremlins' is pretty scary for older kids and even adults and who wasnât scared of DARTH VADER!
'Ratatouille': Shoot those rats
More Gunâs to worry about in the Disney movie âRatatouilleâ. Wham-bam first scene is of a grandmother-type woman pulling out a shotgun and shooting her whole house up trying to kill all of the rats! Â
My sister who is near 50 still will not watch that movie. She is scared to death of E.T. And we heard from a few parents that it terrified there children as well. The very first scene that showed E.T.'s face put some kids over the edge. Even after explaining to them that E.T. is 'nice' and 'cute' but had no luck at convincing them that he was anything other than a hideous monster from outer space!â
'Coraline': Fake Mom needs a manicure
"The scene in 'Coraline' where the "Fake Mom" is chasing after Coraline and has extremely long nails was way too much for one 7 year old. She hasn't watched the movie since."
Murder in 'Mulan'
"There are several scenes in the cartoon 'Mulan' which were far too violent/disturbing for a child to see. Another Disney movie that a parent says failed to recognize the topic was that Genghis Khan was a murderer of millions of people, and there are some subjects that shouldn't be taught to young children until they are old enough to understand
'Heidi': Even Shirley Temple movies can scare
Reallyâ Yep, the 1937 movie, 'Heidi' starring Shirley Temple traumatized one small girl when she was 4 years old. She trembled when Heidi's grumpy grandfather or FrÃ¤ulein Rottenmeier, the mean and strict housekeeper were in the scenes! Sheâs now 20 years old and says it's one of the scariest movies ever!"
One of my favorite things to do after we go out and eat is to stop at a Book store and look around. Pick a few books to look over in those comfy chairs. Some of the Stores even have little coffee shops in them. So I was very sad to hear that Borders was declaring Bankruptcy and going to close their locations here in town on vets near causeway and that awesome building on St Charles Ave. BUT today we found out that Borders is seeking permission to sell 30 to 35 of its stores to bookstore chain Books-a- Million. Border said previously that an unnamed bidder was seeking to buy the leases and assets of 30 Borders stores. It named Books-a- Million as the bidder during a hearing at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York on Today and a judge is expected to rule on the matter as well as Borders plan to liquidate its remaining stores later on Thursday. Books-a-million said that they would keep any stores open that were not near and other of their stores which is great news for us because Book-a-million is currently located only on the Northshore and in Houma so let hope they keep both locations here in Open.
Call me a wimp but Pooh bear has always been special to me since I was a kid. So I find it very refreshing ion the movie world with the Hangover 2, Friends With benefits, Transformers, andÂ Harry Potter, Â I would skip me all to go see Disneyâs new âWinnie the PoohâMovie.Â Â Yes, really, will anybody else be in the Movie with me. Just the commercial is great I saw on TV last night. The commercial begins with all the characters youâve known your entire life happily marching along, a floating red balloon drifting up into the air over a bed of British pop band Keaneâs heartbreaking piano-ballad âSomewhere Only We Know.â
Â Then Pooh announces, âWe have a very important thing to do.â Clearly, that important thing involves disarming adults and rendering them powerless to the charms of a cartoon character they might have forgotten they loved. I do wonder how the old-fashioned âWinnie the Poohâ could survive this toilet tongue world we live in. I know you wonât hear a fart like in the too-grown-up-too-fast tone of the âShrekâ franchise. More than any other series aimed at the family audience in the past 10 years, âShrekâ and its endless imitators have helped turn childrenâs cinema into a litter box of visually frenzied animation and bad attitude starring digital chipmunks, a smart-aleck Russell Brand-voiced Easter Bunny, penguins that defecate all over Jim Carrey, guinea pigs who are also international spies and another bear named Yogi who found himself updated via digital 3-D, inserted into a live-action setting and forced to dance to âBaby Got Back.â Thanks for letting me vent. So not a person alive should call me wimpy for loving soft-spoken Pooh and his friends. And NO itâs not in 3-D. And donât think that the new âWinnie the Poohâ is just for 4-year-old kids obviously, the young kids will love it but itâs the household decision makers who are being courted and wooed here. Disney wants to reach out to the child inside the grown-ups who must drive the kids to the theater, hoping that those grown-ups will transfer their lifelong affection for The Hundred Acre Wood to a new generation. Thatâs why that Music is also important in the movie. The Keane song is so prominently placed, its lyric âOh simple thing where have you gone?â given prime space in the trailer. Itâs meant to beckon 40-year-olds to give 70 minutes to the memory of a time when mortgages and health insurance werenât even looming on the need-to-know vocabulary list. In this relaunched âWinnie the Pooh,â the biggest concern is finding Eeyoreâs lost tail. And itâs not just me. On YouTube, where the movieâs full-length trailer has more than a million hits, the usual inflammatory and profane comments section has turned into a confessional, with âWHY AM I WEEPING OVER THIS THING? IâM AN ADULT!â dominating the discussion.â
This scenario also gives Disney a chance to retro-brand their product after years of dilution and ill-considered attempts. (Biggest mistake: Tigger re-enacting the famous Marilyn Monroe up-blown skirt moment in 2000âs âThe Tigger Movie.â) The manic energy of everything else around â including recent Disney efforts like âTangledâ â just isnât a good fit for the animals in the Hundred Acre Wood, and the hand-drawn, 2-D style is a welcome signal that vintage Pooh is back. Purists can breathe a little more easily. The film is opening on the same day as âHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2,â hoping to siphon off parents of the very young for whom the Potter saga is too adult and intense. Itâs fitting, in a way, for a project that seems determined not to participate in modernity on any level besides employing the services of a weepy Britpop hit. Itâs classic counter-programming, on the weekend when the J.K. Rowling earthquake rolls across the entire country, for there to be another option, one thatâs sweet, quiet and kind instead of epic, violent and loud. Little kids will enjoy it all, while parents, when not checking their cell phones, will be thankful for the thoughtfully brief running time. Oh Botha.
Jennifer Lopez just released her new album called âLoveâ and her new single is called âStarting Overâ. Hummm. Now we find out that the Singer, actress and American Idol judge and husband singer Marc Anthony are divorcing after seven years of marriage. "This was a very difficult decision," the couple said in a statement. "It is a painful time for all involved and we appreciate the respect of our privacy at this time. The couple also said they have reached "amicable conclusions on all matters." They have 3-year-old twins, Max and Emme. Jennifer has not yet announced if she will return to the show. In addition to her musical career she has starred in films including "The Wedding Planner," "Maid in Manhattan," and "The Back-up Plan."In April, the pair announced plans for a television show together, "Q'Viva! The Chosen," with Simon Fuller, the creator of "Idol." The show was to feature the superstar couple as they traveled the world to find the best performers in Latin music, dance and other arts with the goal of creating a live extravaganza. The show had no airdate, and it's unclear if it will continue. In April, People put her on its cover declaring her the "World's Most Beautiful Woman." Â The marriage was the third for Lopez, 41, and the second for Anthony, 42. He was previously wed to 1993 Miss Universe winner Dayanara Torres. She was married to dancer Cris Judd and before that, to waiter Ojani Noa. Each of their previous three marriages lasted just a year
Had a listener call me and ask if the sales tax holiday is this weekend and NO it's not. But it is coming up so if you do plan a large purchase you might want to wait a couple of weeks when the Louisiana âannual sales tax holiday is scheduled for the weekend of Aug. 5-6. During those two days, the first $2,500 of the purchase price of eligible items is exempt from the 4 percent sales tax. Itâs mostly to save on back to school item but no sales tax up to $2500 helps. The items are largely for personal, non-business use. Vehicle purchases aren't covered by the holiday. Neither are most services, tickets for recreational events and restaurant meals. The state revenue department says expenses for school supplies, uniforms and educational equipment required by schools also are eligible for deductions on 2011 state income tax returns.
It wasnât that long ago I stopped at the Exxon station at W.Esplanade and Causeway and gassed up for $3.19 a gallon, the next week it was $3.23, the next up to $3.34, last week it was $3.42 and this morning $3.54. As crude oil prices go up, so do gas prices.Â Gas prices have jumped almost thirty-cents and that Exxon station always has the lower end gas price. Others in the area like Shell are $3.79 for regular unleaded. Very few stations remain under $3.60. But the price of crude oil jumped over the last couple of weeks and now gas prices are playing catch up. Often times, stations will raise prices drastically, but you ever notice when it comes time to drop prices, they do so much slower. And itâs not like we can do anything about. Itâs so frustrating to just pay what they say. But are Hybrids and electric cars really the answer?
Parents seeking healthier restaurant meals for their kids can start to look beyond chicken nuggets and macaroni-and-cheese.Â Â At least 19 restaurant chainsÂ including Burger King, Chili's, IHOP and Friendly's said today that they will include healthier options on their children's menus. At least 15,000 restaurant locations will focus on increasing servings of fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains and low-fat dairy. The items will have less fats, sugars and sodium.Â Â Less healthy foods like burgers and fries will still be on the menu, but the restaurants say they will do more to promote healthier options. Chili's, for example, will highlight a chicken sandwich with a side of pineapple or mandarin oranges on their kids' menu. Burger King has recently reformulated children's chicken nuggets so they include less sodium, and employees taking orders will ask if customers want healthier apple fries instead of just the standard "fries with that?''Â Â The effort is part of a new National Restaurant Association initiative to give kids more healthy options at restaurants and to make it easier for parents to find those options. Some of the items are already on menus, but restaurants will advertise them more prominently and flag the healthier menu items to make ordering easier.Â Â To be part of the program, restaurants must include at least one kids' menu item that is 600 calories or less and meets other nutritional requirements. A side dish worth less than 200 calories must also be included.Â Â ``This could provide a great push toward healthier offerings at restaurants,'' said Robert Post, the Agriculture Department official in charge of developing the department's dietary guidelines, which came out earlier this year. Those urged Americans to eat less salt.Â Â ``We hope this is a trend toward new items and voluntary reformulations,'' Post said.Â Â Chain restaurants large and small signing up for the initiative are Au Bon Pain, Bonefish Grill, Burger King, Burgerville, Carrabba's Italian Grill, Chevys, Chili's, Corner Bakery Cafe, Cracker Barrel, Denny's, El Pollo Loco, Friendly's, IHOP, Joe's Crab Shack, Outback Steakhouse, Silver Diner, Sizzler, T-Bones Great American Eatery and zpizza.Â Â Joe Taylor of Chili's said the company has responded to consumer demands for healthier foods. While diners looking for a healthier meal used to have to ask for substitutions, they now have more options.Â Â ``We've seen our guests customize their meals to a greater degree when they are looking to hold the mayo or add the broccoli,'' Taylor said.Â Â Patrick Lenow of IHOP said the restaurant will add two new children's menu items because of the effort, including pancakes with fruit and scrambled eggs with fruit. The company had already limited everything on their children's menu to fewer than 600 calories and made fruit a default side, instead of fries _ a change that has dramatically increased fruit consumption at the restaurants, Lenow said.Â Â Several restaurant chains haven't committed yet to joining the effort. Maggiano's, owned with Chili's by Brinker International, is not part of the program. Neither is McDonald's, the world's largest burger chain.Â Â Dawn Sweeney, president and CEO of the National Restaurant Association, said the group is hoping to add additional restaurants to the effort in coming months.Â Â First lady Michelle Obama last year attended a National Restaurant Association meeting in Washington and pleaded with them to take a little butter or cream out of their dishes, use low-fat milk and provide apple slices or carrots as a default side. She said Americans eat a third of their meals in restaurants, which have long been seen by many as the worst offenders in terms of nutrition.Â Â Many restaurant companies are starting to reformulate menu items and add new healthier sections to their menus, however, as consumers have shown a heightened interest in nutrition.Â Â John Dillon of Denny's said the company recently took photos of French fries off their menus.Â Â ``Where before we may have been concerned about not having French fries pictured on our menu, we're now finding that has actually helped our business,'' he said.Â Â Nutrition advocate Margo Wootan of the advocacy group Center for Science in the Public Interest says the effort is a good first step, but that restaurants need to do even more.Â Â ``It's not enough to have one healthy option in a minefield of high calories, high fat and high salt,'' she said.Â Â She says the best ways for restaurants to make a difference is to make a healthy side dish a default, as IHOP has with fruit, and to suggest healthier options to diners at the order point, as Burger King has with its apple fries.Â Â The federal government will also soon require restaurants to post calories on their menus. FDA guidelines will require chain restaurants with 20 or more locations, along with bakeries, grocery stores, convenience stores and coffee chains, to clearly post the calories.
Yeap the family still fights over the oil riches, the classic theme songÂ is back and so is JRâ âDallasâis back!Â Or at least it will be in the summer of 2012.Â The drama picks up a couple of decades after the originalÂ "Dallas" ended in 1991. In other words, J.R. and Bobby Ewing are still invested in their prolonged case of sibling rivalry, but itâs their sons who inherit the full family feud. Larry Hagman and Patrick Duffy reprise their iconic roles as the battling brothers, and Linda Gray returns as Sue Ellen. As for the next generation, Jess Metcalfe and Josh Henderson, both of âDesperate Housewivesâ fame, will take on the roles of Christopher and John Ross (aka J.R. III).Â Here is the very first promo for the upcoming TNT series.
The Lake Pontchartrain Causeway is again the owner of the title, "world's longest bridge."
Chinese officials claimed that a new bridge opened last week was the new champ with a length of 26 miles, two miles longer than the Causeway. Officials with the Louisiana bridge cried foul, and pointed out that while the Chinese bridge had 26 miles of roadway, most of the length is in a huge curve, covering far less distance when measured point-to-point.
"We'd wondered about the way the Chinese bridge was calculated," said Causeway General Manager Carlton Dufrechou.Â "It curves, and it's got a third spoke.Â They did use the aggregate length, which appears to be 26 miles." The record-keepers at Guinness agree.
Guinness has clarified the category as "world's longest bridge continuously over water," a title the Causeway again holds. The record-keeping organization has also created a category, "Longest bridge over water (aggregate length," ) for which the Chinese bridge now holds the record. "One way or the other, it's good to retain the title.
So there is lotâs of âBuzzâ about this new Movie "Horrible Bosses," which makes sense since a lot of you may work for Horrible bosses that would never be as bad as these bosses. Â Jennifer Aniston is one of the Horrible Bosses but I find it hard to believe that anyone could actually work for any of these types of people, because it would be lawsuit city. But in Hollywood everything and anything goes in this naughty really R-rated comedy. But if you love raunchy comedy -- say the "Hangover" crowd you will like this too. Without giving anything away. Three yo-yos have horrible bosses. Salesman Jason Bateman is stuck with an abusive, sadist-psycho boss played by Kevin Spacey, Jason Sudeikis actually has aÂ great boss in Donald Sutherland, but he dieâs after one scene, (sorry to give that away) which leaves Sudeikis at the mercy of his bossâ coke-head, party-till-you-drop son (Colin Farrell). The third horrible boss is well really Horrible. A potty-mouthed sex addicted Dentist played by Jennifer Aniston. (Jennifer!) These three abused employees meet up in a bar to vent about their bosses and to plot their murders. But they havenât a clue how to accomplish this so they hire one dude -- Jamie Foxx, to be their âmurder consultantâ, everything they try goes wrong, but ultimately -- The Three get more or less what they want without giving away the Movie too much. Â Out of 10 stars it gets a 6 for me.
So we all dream about it like our parents. One day you stop working, get aÂ watch for a presentÂ and then... just live life with no job. You travel, you go out more, you do whatever you want all day and still get paid. But for our generationâ¦NOT. According to a new study, a lot more of us are going to be working until we're 80, maybe even longer. According to the Employee Benefit Research Institute and their recent study titled "The Impact of Deferring Retirement Age on Retirement Income Adequacy," we'll be working a lot longer than our parents. Tulane Business Professor Mark Rosa says too many people are counting on Social Security benefits, which was never meant for retirees' sole form of income. "From its inception, it was meant to supplement another retirement plan from an employer." Of course, there aren't many of those kinds of plans anymore, as most corporations have chosen to roll employees over to a 401k plan that involves them saving and investing for their own retirement. I guess you could say 80 is the new 65. Rosa says, blame in part, the recession. "We've had people through this great recession that had retirement level assets maybe 6 or 7 figures of assets, dissolve right before their eyes. That's 20 or 30 or 40 years worth of savings that went away in about two years." This study shows the less a person earns, the longer they'll need to work. According to MarketWatch, Jack VanDerhei, one of the co-authors of the study says, "Those who earned (on average over the course of their careers) less than $11,700 per year, the lowest income quartile, would need to defer retirement till age 84 before 90% of those households would have just a 50% chance of affording retirement. "Those who earned between $11,700 and $31,200 will need to work till age 76 to have a 50% chance of covering basic expenses in retirement. Those who earned between $31,200 and $72,500 will need to work to age 72 to have a 50% chance and those who earned more than $72,500, those in the highest income quartile, catch a break; they get stop working at age 65 to have a 50/50 chance of funding their retirement. Now the reality about EBRI's findings is that many Americans, who are able to continue working and whose skills are still in demand, are already working past age 65. In 2009, 17.2% of Americans age 65 and older were in the labor force, according to recent AARP Public Policy Institute report."
Weâve gotten so many callâs about her and her new song âRollin In The Deepâ that Iâd thought Iâd share some info on Adele Laurie Blue Adkins. She is a 23 year old singer better knownas Adele is an English singer. She was the first recipient of the Brit Awards Critics' Choice and was named the number-one predicted breakthrough act of 2008 in an annual BBC poll of music critics, and at the 2009 Grammy Awards Adele won the awards for Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. Poor thing has been sick lately but Adele's tour will soon be rolling again. Just last month, the Grammy winner was forced to postpone the remaining dates on her North American trek due to a bad case of laryngitis. But sheâs heading back to the United States in August to resume her tour, and then return to the U.K. -- where she's spent the last month recovering from her illness--for another set of performances in September. Adele revealedthe good news while chatting Tuesday morning on BBC Radio 1. "It's basically a hole in your vocal cord, but I sang through it, so that's why it popped, but I'm better now.Â " OUCH!
Because of the drought condition Fireworks may not be such a great idea this year. You can see one of the best fireworks displays in the country Monday night at 9 on the riverfront for Go 4th on the River. But if youâre going to stop by one of the many tents around the area and pick up fireworks, it's important to follow a few fireworks safety tips.Â .Â .
Even before lighting a single match, it's critical to make sure youâre using fireworks safely.Â In 2005, about 10,800 people were treated in emergency rooms for fireworks-related injuries.Â Nearly half of then were under age 15.
In fact, using fireworks safely is paramount when children are involved.Â Children between the ages of 10 and 14 were at three times the risk of fireworks injuries than the general population.
About a third of the injuries were from small firecrackers, 21 percent from bottle rockets and 20 percent from sparklers. In 2004, fireworks caused $21 million in direct property damage.
The National Safety Council advises that the best way to practice fireworks safety is to watch a public fireworks display conducted by professionals.Â However, if fireworks are legal where you live and you decide to use them, be sure you know you are using fireworks safely:Â
Use outdoors only.
Obey local fireworks safety laws.Â If fireworks are not legal where you live, do not use them!
Always have both a garden hose and a bucket nearby.
Only use fireworks safely as they are intended, donât try to change or combine them.
Light only one firework at a time.
Never relight a "dud" firework. Wait 15 to 20 minutes and then soak it in water.
Dispose of fireworks properly by soaking in water, then disposing in trash.
Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers.
The shooter should always wear eye protection and never have any part of the body over the firework.
Use fireworks safely by using common sense.Â Spectators should keep a safe distance.Â
Shooter should avoid drinking alcohol and wear safety glasses.
Only kids over age 12 should handle sparklers of any type.
Never use homemade fireworks or illegal explosives.Â Â
We just lost our âWorldâs Longest Bridge Over Waterâ. Somebody else built a longer one that opened today. China has opened the world's longest cross-sea bridge that beats the Causeway by 2.5 miles. The Jiaozhou Bay Bridge is 26 miles long and links China's eastern port city of Qingdao to the island of Huangdao. The 110-foot wide bridge is the longest of its kind and cost more than 10 billion yuan (Thatâs $1.5 billion to you and me). The bridge passed inspections this week and opened today. The bridge supported by more than 5,000 pillars was built in four years. Guinness World Records will now make the change from the previous record holder for a bridge over water the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway to the Chinese bridge is they confirm is more than 2.5 miles longer.
Did you love Steven Tyler as a Simon replacement on American Idol? Producers of the show did, so heâs agreed to come back next season along with the big dawg himself, Randy Jackson. And why would Ryan Seacrest, give up that gig so heâs back. So that just leaves Jennifer Lopez as the sole holdout. So what's her deal? Well, the others return was pretty much a givenâJenn has been publicly coy about her possible return to the show."I don't know,"Â she said "I haven't been forced to make a decision and I'm glad about that because honestly I'm very kind of on the fence about it."I Â had an amazing time doing it and I loved it, but I have a lot of other things happening, and it's going to come down to me making a choice of what I want to do for the next year and I'm just really enjoying the time of just waiting and seeing." Sounds like to me someone was taking notes when they were taught how to get the most out of negotiations in superstar school. Â By the way she made 12 mill on her inaugural season.Â
Speaking of Talent shows âThe Simon and Paula Showâ â otherwise know as X-Factor Â Debuts Sept. 21 on Fox
So today Iâm eating a Chicken salad sandwich at my desk while doing some computer work and someone comes in with a question and sayâs, âOh youâre eating, Iâll come back laterâ. And I said âNo, Iâm good, whatâs upâ. And she said that I should eat in the kitchen so nobody bothers me with work stuff on my lunch break. But most people around here do eat at the desk unless they go out of the office. Most people who bring lunch I see eating at their desks. Now I have when the weather is nicer walked to some nice bench or place under a tree to eat outside but its way too hot for that now. But after doing some research I found out most of us have eaten lunch while hunched over our desks. I found a study at the Cornell Food and Brand Lab that said itâs a bad habit.Â People who eat at their desks eat more junk food, and they enjoy the food less than when they eat with a coworker.Â They say if you must eat at your desk, eat only hot foods.Â Not only does this make desktop dining less convenient, but hot foods tend to be more nutritious than those youâd find in a vending machine, snack bar, or at the bottom of a desk drawer. Now that Iâm finished my sandwich I know thereâs a Hershey kiss somewhere in this drawer..I gotta go.
In the new Newsweek magazine they imagine what Princess Diana would look like at 50, putting a digitally enhanced photo of her, alongside daughter-in-law Kate Middleton, on the cover of the latest issue. Diana, who appears trim with only a few wrinkles, would have reached her milestone birthday on July 1. In the cover story, Newsweek envisions that the Princess of Wales would have migrated to New York, dumped Dodi Al-Fayed, married twice more and made peace with her ex, Prince Charles, and his new wife Camilla. Newsweek adds that Diana would have enjoyed her new daughter-in-law and been best friends with Kate's mother Carole Middleton. To me itâs a kind of ghostly sight: a computer-generated image of a stylish Princess Diana walking with Kate Middleton? Really. The article inside was written by Diana biographer and longtime provocateur Tina Brown. She's also Newsweek's editor-in-chief. As we all remember Diana was killed in a car accident in 1997 and would have turned 50 on Friday. In April, Middleton married Prince William, the oldest son of Diana and Prince Charles. So it is appropriate for this âWhat would she have been like?'' article? Or is it shocking, brilliant or just plain cheap?
Well itâs been awhile since we heard any new songs from Barbra Streisand but no moreâ¦AÂ new Barbra Streisand album is due out in August and itâs not a greatest hits. The new album will include songs Streisand has never recorded, including her first single âThe Windmills of Your Mind.'' They donât reveal the name but I think it should be âSheâs Like Butterâ. The album will be out August 23rd
Just played Bruce Springsteenâs song âDancing In The Darkâ and reminded me I should post something about the great Clarence Clemons, the saxophonist in Bruce Springsteenâs E Street Band, whose funny onstage manner, soul-rooted style and brotherly relationship with Bruce Springsteen made him one of the most popular and beloved sidemen. He sadly died last week at a hospital in Palm Beach, Fla. He was 69. The cause was complications of a stroke he suffered. In a statement released Saturday night, Mr. Springsteen called Mr. Clemons âmy great friend, my partner. With Clarence at my side, my band and I were able to tell a story far deeper than those simply contained in our music,â he added. âHis life, his memory and his love will live on in that story and in our band.â Â
Beloved comedian Jerry Lewis has been hospitalized this evening in Sydney, moments before a scheduled appearance at a show on behalf of the Muscular Dystrophy Foundation of Australia. "We would like to apologize to people who purchased tickets for tonight's show," said David Jack, the organization's CEO, in a statement. "But in unforeseen circumstances Jerry was not well enough to take the stage."Â The 85-year-old comic legend, who has dealt with several health issues over the years, reportedly showed no signs of illness earlier in the day.Â In case you didn't know he recently announced that after 45 years promoting treatment and a cure for so many children he calls "my kids,"Â he is retiring as host of the Labor Day Muscular Dystrophy Association telethon that has become synonymous with his name. We all hope that his illness tonight isÂ nothing serious. Get Well Jerry!
Â What is the most popular cereal brand in American grocery stores?
OK, let me give you some hints: It's been General Mills' top name since 1951, 10 years after it was introduced and if you're a parent, you've vacuumed it from between the seats of the minivan and from under the highchair by the pound. Got it yet? Â Â The answer isâ¦ Cheerios.
Â Â Â Â I mention it today because the cereal is 70 years old today. So for their Bâday they get a free plug.
So while I was out on vacation (You didnât even notice I was gone did you). IO had a lot of time to watch some TV and besides re-runs nothing good is on. I canât stand the new Bachelorette and Iâm over the âTalentâ reality shows but I am interested in when Simon from American Idol gets back on TV. His new show "X Factor" marks the spot on Sept 21!Â Same network as Idol and Fox has revealed its fall premiere dates, and the highly anticipated talent competition "X Factor" will be taking "Idol's" Wednesday-Thursday slots. Simon Cowell's new show will debut over two nights starting on Sept. 21, from 8 to 10 p.m. on both evenings. Will it be worth the wait? And in case youâre interested here is when some of the other popular shows stop reruns.
Returning programs' premiere dates:
Since since I am going to a wedding this weekend it got me thinking that since June has always been a big month for weddings. Why not blog about it?Â So whatâs the history of June being the âWeddingâ month? According to the internet in the earlier agrarian era, if a couple were to get married in June and conceived a child shortly thereafter the wife would give birth before harvest time. That would ensure that the Mrs. would be well enough to work in the fields come harvest time.Â Romantic huh?
So here are 6 of this yearâs hottest wedding trends according to some of Americaâs top wedding planners:
1.Â For some reason, despite the economic woes facing our country, glamorous weddings are in this year.Â Simple and quiet weddings are out; elegance and sophistication are the in themes this year.
2.Â Embellishing the back of the wedding dress is a big trend this year.Â Common sense tells us that the wedding guests will be seeing the back of the dress so adding a little more detail to the back of the gown is always a good thing.
3.Â The hot color theme this year for the brideâs gown and the groomâs suite as well as the flowers and decorations is rich, bold colors such as purple, gold and, orange.Â Cute and sweet pastels are out this year.
4.Â Â Â Be square this year.Â Round tables at wedding receptions are out.Â Square tables tend to facilitate interactions between guests better than round tables and are easier to decorate.
5.Â If you are planning a destination wedding, the âinâ destination is the UK. Â Why?Â Blame it on the Royal couple and all the press and talk about them and their Royal wedding has made the UK an even hotter wedding destination.
6.Â There is even a new trend this year for the traditional wedding reception cocktail hour.Â Usually, the cocktail hour is when the after-wedding pictures are taken and the guests just mill around drinking.Â This year look to find live entertainment happening during the cocktail hour.Â Some weddings are just having your garden variety live music, while the more exotic wedding reception cocktail hours are being accompanied by impersonators, fortune tellers, and even fire eaters.
Toast to you. Steve
Some of my favorite memories with my friends as a young teenager was hanging out at Pontchartrain Beach especially after they starter the POP promotion, (Pay One Price) then you could ride all the rides as much as you wanted. As a younger child I remember those cool Vacuum trash cans they had a Lion and Elephant that you could hole up your trash by their mouth and the vacume would suck up everything. I loved that. One of the many things I wish would have lasted longer was Ponchartrain beach with that perfect location on Lake Ponchartrain at Lakeshore Drive and Elysian Fields Avenue. I donât remember the concerts much but I know there was a Beach stage that featured a variety of acts from Elvis Presley to the Human Cannonball.
And who can forget the long running radio and TV commercials that we should all be able t sing along withâ¦
â¦At the Beach, at the Beach, at Pontchartrain Beach. Youâll have fun; youâll have fun, every day of the week. Youâll love the thrilling rides; laugh till you split your sides, at Pontchartrain Beach.
Â Saturday I'll be at the LowesÂ in HammondÂ from 12-2 so stop byÂ and register for Taylor Swift concert tix and get some FREE t-shirts from Amdro.Â Remember Monday is not just about parities and family get togetherâs please take time to remember out veterans who have served and sacrificed. Fly the fly, thanks a veteran on facebook,Â visit the WWII museum in the Warehouse district, anything to remember what Memorial Day is really about.
Â Talk to ya Tuesday.
From her diets to Tom Cruise's antics, the queen of daytime TV has kept viewers talking
Oprah Winfrey is a kind of teacher. Since 1986, via her classroom called "The Oprah Winfrey Show," she's taught us it's OK to cry, OK to share our problems, OK to give away cars to an entire audience and OK to love books. In return, she has earned the uniquely American honor of being known by her first name only, and according to Forbes magazine, became the first female black billionaire. Â With the launch of her cable channel OWN in January, Oprah has already metaphorically left the stage, but she'll be doing so for real on May 25. So here, we take a look back at some of the biggest moments from the show that made this woman and her big heart a giant star.
Oprah and her little red wagon (1988) Oprah's ongoing battle with the bulge has kept her human and sympathetic in many viewers' hearts. She's living proof that all the money in the world can't buy you a size 6 body if your body ain't having it. But in 1988 she knocked everyone's socks off by wheeling out 67 pounds of fat in a little red wagon, the amount of weight she'd lost by going on Optifast and essentially eating nothing for four months. (Oh, and her bod was pretty rockin', too.) Sadly, she ruined her metabolism with the diet and has been going up and down ever since.
Interview with a mass murderer (1989) Oprah and crazed killers are hardly unfamiliar company, though she's more likely to bring in victims or relatives of the dead to speak about their experiences. (Examples: Jim Jones Jr. and John Wayne Gacy's sister). Maybe she learned her lesson from this never-aired segment: While interviewing a man who had killed eight people and some of his victims' families, she called a halt to the proceeding, deciding this was not the direction she wanted to go. Reclusive and already a bit odd in 1993 (though not yet an accused child molester), Michael Jackson rarely gave interviews. But when he decided to sit down for a free-for-all chat, he picked Oprah to do the questioning. She visited Neverland Ranch and went over just about every rumor that had been thrown at him, including his gradually whitening skin and whether he owned the bones of John Merrick (aka the "Elephant Man"). The 90-minute show was Oprah's most-watched, with 100 million people tuning in.
Mad cows and the doctor (1996) Oprah didn't want to know where the beef was in this segment â she wanted to know what was in the beef. After learning about mad cow disease from expert Howard Lyman, she stated she'd never eat another burger. Texas cattlemen saw their industry torpedoed by that opinion and sued â and lost. But another beefy result emerged from the trial: Oprah hired Phil McGraw's company, Courtroom Sciences, to assist in jury analysis. She liked the owner so much she started having him on her show regularly. Â In 2002, Dr. Phil got his own series. So far, it's been working pretty well for him
Reading is fundamental (1996) Book lovers can't understand a world where someone has no interest in reading, but Oprah knew there were potential readers out there who just needed to be reached. In 1996, she launched her book club to spotlight one book each month â the first was "The Deep End of the Ocean" â and in the process created superstar best-sellers of her choices, and almost her own genre. Despite the massive publicity and sales that would ensue from a mention on her show, not every author was happy to be chosen. Jonathan Franzen was embarrassed to have his "The Corrections" on her list. But whatever you may think of her choices, Oprah gets millions to read.
Philosopher, poet, boy of peace (2001) Though only 11 when he came on her show, Mattie Stepanek was a marvel of the human spirit beyond anything Hollywood has ever tried to capture on film. Confined to a wheelchair due to his diagnosis of a rare form of muscular dystrophy, Stepanek had three wishes: To have his poetry published, to meet his hero Jimmy Carter to talk about world peace, and to meet Oprah. All came true. Stepanek's numerous "Heartsongs" books hit the top of The New York Times' best-seller lists, and he met Carter and Oprah â both of whom who attended his funeral in 2004.
Heads blow up! Even people who didn't watch Oprah wanted the golden ticket to her annual smorgasbord giveaway of stuff â which is why these shows were never announced in advance. Starting in 2002, Oprah began giving away all sorts of gifts to her audience en masse, everything from food items to beauty products to top-of-the-line high tech gizmos. The only thing an audience could expect was the unexpected: One year she gave away prizes to an audience of teachers, and one year to volunteers of the Hurricane Katrina cleanup. She skipped 2009 ("For the last couple of years, it just wasn't feeling right," an executive producer had said), and then went overboard in 2010 with two days of "ultimate favorite things." Clearly, there's always a way to top yourself â even if you're Oprah.
Everyone getâs a car! And then there was the car giveaway. The episode started interestingly, with a highly promoted Pontiac car. Then Oprah brought 11 audience members to the stage and told them they'd each be getting one of the vehicles. Mayhem ensued. Tears were shed. Then she let the cat out of the bag: Under everyone's seat was a gift box, and inside one of those boxes would be a key to a 12th car. Nope! Each box had a key, and everyone in the audience got a brand-new car. Pandemonium ensued â plus the memorable sound of Oprah also losing it, shouting, "Everybody gets a car!" over and over. Of course, the episode was probably much more fun for those in the audience than the folks eating lunch on their La-Z-Boy recliner.
Cruise takes the couch (2005) For a long while, Tom Cruise's sexuality had been under question in the press. When he met Katie Holmes, everyone shrugged. Well, Cruise was not going to have any of that. When he went on Oprah for a chat, her mere query about his new squeeze drove him over the edge. He began gesticulating and kneeling, then got up and jumped up and down on the couch in what felt oddly like a planned display of overenthusiastic joy. Cruise never got an award for it, but in many ways it was Cruise's most memorable performance.
James fray (2006) Having placed James Frey's "A Million Little Pieces" "memoir" on her book-club list, Oprah was completely behind Frey when she brought him on her show in October 2005 in a segment called "The Man Who Kept Oprah Awake at Night." The book was propelled into bestseller nirvana â until The Smoking Gun revealed that Frey must have made up multiple segments of the book. Frey confessed, and then even more strangely went back on Oprah's show in January 2006, where she berated him for lying to the public. She apologized later â not that she needed to â and in a final coup de grace, Frey has been announced as one of her final guests, making another appearance before the May 25 finale of her show.
Written by Randee Dawn is a freelance writer based in New York, and was born with a remote control in her hand. She is the co-author of "The Law & Order: SVU Unofficial Companion
WDW= Wine Down Wednesday.
Looking forward to unwinding after work with you today. Invite some friends or co-workers for Wind Down Wednesday tonight at Copelandâs in Elmwood (6-8).Â Thatâs means drink specials and prizes to WIN! Â Happy Hour extended until 8pm with Half Price selected Mixed Drinks, House Wine, Domestic Beer, $5 Martinis and $5 selected Appetizers! Plus win a pair of tickets to the SOLD OUT Taylor Swift concert on 10/5/11 at the New Orleans Arena ($139) or a Pair of tickets to Michael Jackson âThe Immortal World Tourâ by Cirque du Soleil on 2/15/12 at the New Orleans Arena ($350) or Sound Oasis Sleep Sound Therapy System w/Sound Card ($70) or $50 Copelandâs Gift Cards (valid at all Copelandâs and Copelandâs Cheesecake Bistro locations. Card cannot be redeemed for cash and cannot be replaced if lost or stolen.) $30 The Little Pastry Shoppe gift card (Exp 11/30/11, no cash value)
Coffee drinkers get ready for a joltâ¦ not from the another cup but at the at the supermarket. The company that sells Folgers and Dunkin' Donuts brand coffees announced its second double-digit price increase this year. Starting today the price for most of its coffee products will go up 11 percent, on average, because costs keep rising for unroasted beans. The increase also includes Smucker's Millstone and Folgers Gourmet Selections packaged coffees. It's the latest in a series of coffee price hikes announced by Smucker because of higher coffee costs.Â Â The Orrville, Ohio, company said in early February it was raising coffee prices by an average 10 percent. Last August, it announced a 9 percent price hike, which followed a 4 percent increase in May 2010.
Get ready for alot of doomsday talk. Iâm sure youâve heard the end of days is soon, like in the Movie (2012) or as itâs called the upcoming days of reckoning. You know how the ancient people predicted 2012 as the end of the world. Â But now Iâm confused because some people are saying the end is as early asMay 21, and then there's Dec. 21. The former is a 2011 doomsday as predicted by 1,000 billboards worldwide; the latter is a 2012 doomsday as supposedly foretold by the ancient Mayan calendar.Â According to my fellow broadcasters at Family Radio, May 21 (aka this Saturday) will merely be the beginning of the end. On that day, and each day thereafter, up until about a month into the fall...God will completely destroy this earth and its surviving inhabitants." Â So is this it? Or do we have more time?
This time his wife Maria Shriver said, âHe wonât be backâ Former California Gov. Arnold
Â Schwarzenegger has acknowledged that he fathered a child with a member of his household staff, a revelation that apparently prompted wife Maria Shriver to leave the couple's home before they announced their separation last week. Schwarzenegger and Shriver jointly announcedÂ may 9 that they were spliting upafter 25 years of marriage. Yet, Shriver moved out of the family's Brentwood mansion earlier in the year after he said the child was his. âSchwarzenegger said in a statement.âI understand and deserve the feelings of anger and disappointment among my friends and family. There are no excuses and I take full responsibility for the hurt I have caused. I have apologized to Maria, my children and my family. I am truly sorry. "I ask that the media respect my wife and children through this extremely difficult time," the statement concluded. "While I deserve your attention and criticism, my family does not." Â Maria Shriver issued a statement: "This is a painful and heartbreaking time. As a mother, my concern is for the children. I ask for compassion, respect and privacy as my children and I try to rebuild our lives. So how long before sheâs on Oprah?
Took some video which you can see on my Facebook page along the river today. Just so happened a Coast Guard helicopter was slowly going up and down the river checking river levels I guess. Since the opening of both spillways now the river should remain where it is for awhile. So the 14 feet of water in Downtown New Orleans that some predicted won't happen. The water now is about 3 feet from the pier's along the river as you can see in my Video. Still feel bad for the people and wildlife that are being flooded so we can stay dry.
Â Look out American Idol, which is being beaten in the ratings by Dancing With The Stars has some more competition on the same network. As Simon's new show X-Factor is ready to go. All four panelists Simon, Paula Abdul, L.A. Reid and Cheryl Cole are taping the first shows this week. Itâs different from Idol because the competition is open to both solo artists and groups, has no upper age limit, and the judges act as mentors to the final contestants. Should be on sometime in September.
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Paul McCartney is in love and spared no expense when the time came to buy an engagement ring for NancyShevell, his love of nearly four years. Paul who is 68, proposed to NYC businesswoman Shevell, 51, two weekends ago "during a romantic candlelit dinner for two," As for that ring? It's estimated to be an impressive $650,000! More than my house, cars and college money I owe. This will be his will be the third marriage for the Beatle. His first wife, Linda, died of cancer at the age of 56 in 1998; married for 30 years, they had three children together. McCartney's second marriage to HeatherMills in 2002 ended with a messy, expensive divorce in 2008. So the question is ...did he ask her for a pre-nup.
Around this time every year the Social Security Administration releases the list of most popular baby names. So for boysâ itâs no big surprise since Jacob has been the most popular name the last several years. And for baby girls most picked for the second time was Isabella. The name Elvis BTW has left the list of 1,000 most popular names for the first time since 1954.Â Other popular boy names were Ethan, Michael, Jayden and William. Other baby girl names were Sophia, Emma, Olivia and Ava. Maci was the fastest-rising name for girls, and Bentley for boys. I still like Steve
We love Nurses and as we approach National Nurses Week, Magic 101.9 wants to thank nurses for all that they do by offering this contest to nurses only! Upload a pic of you in your scrubs for our Nurses Week Honor Gallery! You might WIN 20 tickets to see Josh Groban at UNO and meet Josh! Plus a set of Ecko Brand Scrubs and 4 cans of French Market Coffee to keep you going! You can see a sample of the scrubs. Experience the cutting edge style of Marc Ecko. Ecko Scrubs combine high-quality design with exciting fashion details that set your personality free. Available in todayâs hottest colors, Ecko Scrubs help you look and feel amazing.
It comes around quick Sunday May 8th is Mothers day. Itâs right around the corner: that special day once a year when we celebrate moms. And if youâre scrambling for some last-minute gift ideas, or just holding out hope that your husband actually remembers this year, consider this: Perhaps the best gift youâll receive this year isnât going to come in a package, and it may just come from the person you least expectâyourself. Â Flowers, cards, and breakfast in bed are great, but at the end of the day, what mothers really want is to feel a real, deep, and lasting emotional bond with their kids, right. This Website can help you, www.TheGoToMom.com. Â Itâs all about the concept of having a deep, emotional connection with your kids and while that may seem like a daunting task especially for teens, itâs not only possible for moms to make that crucial connection with their kids; itâs actually not as complicated as you may think. âThere are simple changes that any parent can make that will work wonders for creating the bond with her child that she desires. And once those small changes become habits, they will come naturally to her, all the time.âThe Website talks about seven simple ways that you can work toward building a deep, emotional bond with your kids, so that every day can feel like Motherâs Day. From playtime to down time. For young kids, Make time for playtime. Not only does play release energy and provide opportunities to be involved in a childâs world, Plug inâ¦emotionally. Children can experience a wide range of emotions each day (or even each hour, for that matter!); from happy to sad, frustrated to triumphantâwhat may seem to us a trivial moment can be a big deal for them. Make the effort to âplug inâ to what their children are feeling and that understanding what they are feeling and why can create a bond between you that is unparalleled. It takes patience, time, and, at times, a lot of effort, but the bond you build is totally worth it.â Build in a few extra minutes to your day. Whether you are rushing out the door for school in the morning, loading up for big brotherâs baseball practice, or just heading out to run errands with kids in tow, building in a few minutes can make transitions much less painful for both you and your children and can provide crucial opportunities for bonding. âIf you can make it into the car without a screaming fight, then you have a great opportunity to spend those extra 10 or 15 minutes really talking with your kids. Fess up when you slip up. Nobodyâs perfectâand as parents itâs a given that we will make mistakes as we learn and grow alongside of our kids. Your child learns that emotions are manageable, and he will feel comfortable expressing them in an appropriate manner. And that includes admitting when youâre wrong and saying that youâre sorry. Let your kids be themselves. Loving your childrenâs individuality isnât hardâyou appreciate and adore the quirks and habits that make them who they are. When it comes to kids, parenting and discipline are not a one-size-fits-all bargain. You have to respect your children for whom they areâand that includes honoring the ways they are different from one another and different from you. If you are a social butterfly with a son who is painfully shy, you have to respect that in him and not try to force your own behaviors and habits on him. Replace your anger with empathy. Make no mistake; kids can test the tempers of even the most mild-mannered mothers. When tantrums take over and tempers flare, it can be a constant challenge to keep your cool. Pick your battles and know that nothing is so important that it warrants extreme anger and coerciveness with your child. If you need to, walk away and take a deep breath, then return to your child to start over. And if you do lash out, donât avoid the issue or act as if it never happenedâthis only teaches children to deny their own poor behavior.
Take time for yourself on a regular basis. On special holidays like Motherâs Day, moms will often be treated to breakfast in bed, a day at the spa, or maybe even a little âfreeâ time to do something for themselves. However, most mothers get caught up in the hectic schedule of everyday life and neglect to take time out for themselves on a regular basis, It doesnât always have to be a big eventâtacking on 30 extra minutes to an errand to grab a latte or flip through magazines at the bookstore can work wonders for restoring your sanity and recharging your batteries.
MoreThe Go-To Momâs Parentsâ Guide to Emotion Coaching Young Children (Jossey-Bass/A Wiley Imprint, 2010, ISBN: 978-0-470-58497-2, $16.95, www.TheGoToMom.com) is available at bookstores nationwide and from major online booksellers.
It's another WINE DOWN WEDNESDAY tonight.Â Join me to relaz and unwind after work and enjoy drink specials, hors d'oeurves and lots of prizes.Â Special, discounted, validated parking at the Marriott or Premier Parking (bring your ticket for validation, usually $20, with validation $15) and following Wine Down Wednesday in the lounge,Â enjoy a 3-course meal in the restaurant for just $35!
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Remember Singer George Michael? Heâs returns to putting out new music with his remake of Stevie Wonderâs âYou and Iâ specifically as a gift to Prince William and princess-to-be Kate Middleton for the Royal Wedding. If you want to hear it click on the link below or you can download it for free from his website. Iâm never gonna turn down a free song, but Michael hopes that for every download, listeners might contribute to the Prince William & Miss Catherine Middleton Charitable Gift Fund. The song is pretty good. I guess the big question is will the Royal couple dance to it at the Wedding?
Not that Iâm a big Soap Opera fan although Iâll admit I catch âThe Young & the Restless every now and then at 11pm on Soapnet. Thatâs only because I know Christian Leblanc whoâs from here. But now the cancellation of âAll My Childrenâ and âOne Life to Liveâ sent shock waves through an already-reeling soap-opera industry. Remember last year, CBS killed off two of the longest-running daytime serials â âAs the World Turnsâ and âGuiding Lightâ â which was already a major blow for an industry that was losing viewers. But ABCâs surprise twofer announcement seemed to confirm that one by one, broadcast networks are giving up on the idea of daytime Soaps. Lets face it Soaps may have been the butt of jokes for years for their melodrama and over-the-top story lines, but they provided an original hour (or half-hour) of content five days a week without reruns. Imagine âMad Menâ or âThe Officeâ attempting that feat. I just interviewed 3 stars from Dayâs Of Our Lives and they made a point to tell how grueling it is to grind out soap episodes with no rest and very little time between script and air date, leaving performers to refer to their soap jobs as âacting boot camp.â Yet letâs admit that Soaps have produced major, award-winning stars such as Morgan Freeman, Julianne Moore, Meg Ryan, Marisa Tomei and Laurence Fishburne, to name just a few. For generations of loyal fans including our Momâs who were known to get wrapped up in all the tiny machinations of every character, soaps truly were the first must-see TV.
So did shows like Dallas, Dynasty, Peyton Place, Melrose Place, and today Greyâs Anatomyâ and Desperate Housewives erode the audience over the years? A gradual loss of fans led to less advertising revenue â which didnât impact soaps right away. But when the soaps became too costly to support the loss of revenue, their descent accelerated. So what's more popular than soaps? CBS replaced âGuiding Lightâ and âAs the World Turnsâ with âLetâs Make a Dealâ and âThe Talk,â The âAll My Childrenâ and âOne Life to Liveâ time slots will be filled by âThe Chewâ and âThe Revolutionâ â all talk, game or lifestyle shows. I guess the next big question is how long it will take before daytime viewers get tired of yet another cooking show or weight-loss show.
Wow so my Dad calls and says, âHey ya watching the Hornetsâ and I say âNo, is the game over?â and he saysâ, âThere about to beat the Lakers in LA!â So I run to the TV and put it on and watch the last 8 minutes of a great game. So apologies to the Hornets for not believing they had a chance. I mean they lost the last few games but did get into the playoffs but had to play the Lakers, one the NBA"s best teams so I wasnât alone. Nobody gave the hornets a chance especially with one of their best players Davis West out for the season with a leg injury. But The Hornets pulled off a stunner in the first game Sunday and stung the two-time defending champs, the Los Angeles Lakers, in LA so they have another game Wed night them come home to the hive this weekend which should be really buzzing. Â Iâd love for you to be there so listen all week for your chance to call in and win free tickets to the Hornets playoff game this Sunday night on Magic 1019
No need to panic today if you havenât done your taxes. Today is not tax deadline day. Becausethis year your taxes aren't due until Monday, April 18. Is this a late April foolâs joke no? Today (April 15) is Emancipation Day in Washington D.C., when the district celebrates the freedom of the slaves. It's a local holiday, why we donât have that Holiday is a good question but anyway the law says tax day may not fall on a weekend, or a holiday so you still have time to crunch the numbers over the weekend.
So everyone who watches American Idol was shocked last week when a really good singer was voted off the show. But if everyone knew what the "American Idol'' executive producer knows, we wouldn't have been surprised when Pia Toscano was voted off. Lythgoe tells the yahoo.com blog Reality Rocks that he knows how many votes each contestant got and she wasÂ "never a frontrunner.'' He says Pia "didn't connect with the audience the way we maybe think she did.'' Here is the big news Lythgoe says it's possible they may change the rules next season so voters pick the bottom three and the judges decide who gets voted off. Wow that would make a big difference. it could make it more of a singing competition that a popularity contest.
What is that? It's the Twins in Mariah Carey's belly. She tweeted a picture of her twin-size belly painted like a giant Easter egg with a red and blue butterfly. That egg is about to crack open any day now BTW.
Born in Pascagoula Mississippi Jimmy Buffet really does love this area. And he loves gambling, music and food. And now he can have it all at his new Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Casino & Restaurant along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. His plans were approved by state gambling regulators today. So now they can start construction on the $48 million resort with a 68,000-square-foot casino and restaurant, along with retail stores, an events center and a marina. The project will be built along Biloxi's Back Bay the target date for opening is the spring of 2012.
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Either late on March 31st or very early on April 1st sneak into a shared office and unplug two phones and re-plug them in with the lines crossed. Both victims will go nuts trying to figure out why they're getting each others' calls.
The Walls Have Eyes
Buy a bunch of googly eyes from a craft store and stick them everywhere all over a person's desk.
Stop the Calls
If the victim has a phone with a hook that presses down when the handset is in the cradle, tape it down. When he or she answers a call it will keep ringing.
Has your victim been working on an important document on their computer? Carefully hide the document in a safe place, then create a fake document with the same name. Fill the document with gobbledy-gook or a funny story. At the bottom put "April Fool's!"
Sneak onto your victim's computer and do a Google search for something really embarrassing (hemorrhoids, gender reassignment surgery, butt pimples, etc.). Leave the results window open for all to see!
Stuck in a Rut
Use string or wire to tie your victim's drawer shut. (You'll need to remove the drawer above to access the back so you can accomplish this.)
Did You Call Me?
If you have an office phone system that allows conference calling, you can prank two people at once. Call the first victim's extension, then very quickly call the second victim and push the conference button. Now both people will think the other person called them and will begin arguing over who called whom!
Time Off Trickery
Coordinate everyone in your office to play a practical joke on your boss. Throughout the day, each person should email, voicemail or leave a note for the boss, saying they need extended time off. Each person should give a different explanation: pregnancy, sick family member, etc.
Go into the victim's office and locate every pencil and pen in their desk. Paint the tips with clear nail polish. When they try to write, none of them will work. (After the prank is revealed, the nail polish can be removed by dipping the pens and pencils in polish remover.)
Take the Call
Use glue to secure the victim's handset to the phone (be sure to use glue that can be removed...check the label first because some glue will destroy plastic). Then go to a nearby phone, call their number and watch while they lift the entire phone to their ear.
Place post-it notes on every item on someone's desk labeling what each thing is. EVERY ITEM. Vintage office prank.
Can You Do It
If he has an overhead bin style cabinet, layer the bottom with paper, then attach the paper to the door (with tape or something) so it comes out when the door to the cabinet is open. Then fill it with empty soda cans. When he opens the door to his cabinet, viola, all the cans will come crashing out and it will be most embarrassing for him.
Borrow the victim's cell phone when they aren't around and change the language setting to a foreign language. Then watch and laugh as they struggle to translate the setting instructions on their phone.
Sheâs a Rock star, activist, mother of two, breast cancer survivor. How does Sheryl Crow have time to keep so healthy and fit? Sheryl knows how to eat right and deliciously thanks to personal chef Chuck White, affectionately known as âChef Chuck.â The duo met while Sheryl was battling breast cancer, which for her, was a wake-up call to eat better. Since then, Chuck has taught Sheryl how to do just that by cooking foods that are seasonal, locally grown, and vitamin-rich to keep her on top of her game and always ready to perform. This wholesome approach to every dish has been successfully integrated into all aspects of Sherylâs busy lifeâfrom dinner parties, to touring, to settling in at home near Nashville, TN with her two sons, Wyatt and Levi. Now Sheryl and Chuck want to bring their nutritious, delicious creations from her kitchen into yours with her new cookbook âIf It Makes You Healthyâwith about 125 recipes. The book will be filled with easy and flavorful recipes anyone can make. Along the way, Sheryl opens up about touring and home life with stories about her childhood, her early years as a backup singer, and her eventual stardom.
So my son stepped on his laptop in his room which makes sense because there is so much cloths and trash on his floor how would you ever see a laptop. But anyway he had the money to get a new one so we ordered a DELL which I regret, because they charged me tax on the internet. I could have gone down the street and got a better deal at Best Buy, whatever. But besides the cracked screen it's a really good computer. It got me thinking how many old cell phones, computers, printers and monitors I have stuck in closets around the house. So what to do with them. I mean with technological advances happening so quickly these days, you probably have a stash of old cellphones, video game players and other electronic devices cluttering up your house too.Â Now you can get good money for many of them from online companies such as NextWorth.com and Gazelle.com.Â A used iPhone (depending on age, condition and model) could net you $200.Â When you go to the websites and list what you have, you receive an offer.Â If you accept it, you get a check, PayPal credit or gift card.Â Your electronics are refurbished and resold, or recycled.Â A word of caution, though â be sure to delete all the personal data from any device you sell.
So the first Suter family crawfish boil was Sunday and while the mudbugs were small they were more small med and the tails were easy to peel and they were excellent. Plus we had potatoes in there and corn and love all that garlic. Mom made some stuffed artichokes and an incredible strawberry desert. Thatâs one great thing about living here is family boils so let me now about your boil. Already looking forward to the next Suter family crawfish boil on Easter weekend,
Want to get into show business but have no talent, Thatâs OK if can quack like a duck. Now is your chance to take a quack at doing the new voice of the annoying Aflac duck? Aflac is accepting submissions through April foolâs day for its search for a unique voice to replace Gilbert Gottfried's signature squawk. If you didn't hear Gottfried was fired last week after voicing the duck for more than 10 years because he made insensitive remarks on Twitter about the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. So anyone interested can submit a 30-second audio or video file quaking your best version of the "Aflac'' squawk at the website.quackaflac.com.
She was a star at age 12, a bride and a divorcee at 18, a superstar at 19 and a widow at 26. In all, she was married eight times -- twice to Richard Burton. She was always classy and beautiful and one of my favorites because she was like one of the last of the old-fashioned movie stars. Elizabeth Taylor died today surrounded by her four children of congestive heart failure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. She had been hospitalized for about six weeks. Elizabeth Taylor was 79. Â Â Â Â Â Her son, Michael Wilding, says his mother was ``an extraordinary woman who lived life to the fullest, with great passion, humor, and love.'' He says "her spirit will always be with us.''Â Â Â Â
Â Â Â Â A private family funeral is planned later this week.
No big deal right. Itâs just Brad and the fam walking to the store. Actually one thing brad and Angelina say they love about the city is they can walk around without a mob surrounding them. Guess cause is the big easy. But someone did click a pic of all six of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's kids together in one shot which is pretty rare. The kids, from left, Vivienne, 2, Shiloh, 4, Knox, 2, Zahara, 6, Pax, 7, and Maddox, 9,Â are show walking in the quarter looks like maybe Royal street. They were coming from the Verti market which is a great deli and grocery. Brad bought a place in the quarter back in 2007 when he filmed "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," and the family has since made several trips back to our city and of course Brad is heavily involved in the 9th wards Make it Right foundation since Katrina.
So I talk to my friends and family more now on facebook but are more and more of us are spending less and less face time with our friends and family because of that. I just saw this new poll of 1,000 adults by Esure, an insurance company, 41% of couples said they were more likely to text, e-mail, or use a social-networking site to relay message to their partners than speak in person.Â Efficient?Â Sure.Â But it doesnât allow for an emotional connection, says relationship expert Ian Kerner, Ph.D, âPeoples may become detached, which can lead to relationship strife,â he says.Â Instead, use technology to nab more face time.Â So every now and then remember to use texting or facebook to see people like... âHow bout Lunchâ or âR U free 2nite?â
Now with all due respect to the Irish. I cannot remember a St. Patrick day that I actually had off to go Parade, drink or whatever. I work, Â then I go home and sometimes I remember to wear green. But of all the holidays in my opinion St Patrickâs Day is not one of my favorite holidays.Â Donât get me wrong.Â Iâm not anti-Irish.Â As a matter of fact I am part Irish I think.Â Sop as someone with Irish heritage, I think how we celebrate St. Patrickâs Day only amplifies all of the bad stereotypes about Irish people.Â Think about it.Â What is the main activity people do to celebrate St. Patrickâs Day?Â They start drinking at breakfast.Â Geeez!Â And that color of green you see everybody wearing doesnât look good on anybody.Â Most people who wear it can only do so on St. Patrickâs Day because theyâd be ridiculed by the fashion police on any other day.Â So, I, for one, want to replace this holiday with something better. So, âWhat New Holiday Should Replace St. Patrickâs Day?â Iâd like to bring back the pre-Christian holiday May Day instead.Â The end of winter and the beginning of true spring, now thatâs something worth celebrating.Â And itâs a day we should get off work to enjoy the day and include everybody and not just one ethnicity and isnât that really what America is all about?Â Plus we all just want a real Holiday, one we donât work on.
Now Iâve falling snow skiing plenty of times but never really got hurt, but if I was 63 years old I can see where Iâd have a better chance of getting hurt. Thatâs what happened to James Taylor who says a broken leg won't keep him off the slopes. James fractured his left fibula and injured his left shoulder in a fall Monday on an expert trail while on a family vacation in Park City, Utah. Now Iâm just an amateur skier so one reason I donât get inured is because Iâm only snowplowing down the slope at 2mph but James is really good and was probably flying down a steep slope. He was treated at a hospital and had a doctor fashion a movable split he hopes will fit in his boot and allow him to ski later in the week. He had a great line when asked about his injury, he said, âGiven all the problems in the world, his mishap was nothing." He on vacation till his next big event when heâs scheduled to host and perform at a Carnegie Hall benefit next month
So when is it going to happen. When we'll we see Idol Judges Steven Tyler and Jennifer LopezÂ pull double duty this season. Howong before they leave the judges table toÂ get onÂ the âIdolâ stage and show the contestants just how the real stars do it. According to executive producer Nigel Lythgoe, itâs just a matter of time before Lopez sings for the crowd and Tyler is joined by the rest of his band for a primetime Aerosmith number â and not much time, either. WhenÂ askedÂ if such performances might happen on finale night heÂ revealed,Â âIt will probably be before that, actually,â
This is really cool and deserving. Today our own Dr. Will be inducted into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame. When you talk to Dr. John you realize first how humble he is, Â but he really is a historian for New Orleans' musical history, to which he's contributed by the way with songs like "Right Place, Wrong Time" with Allen Toussaint and the Meters. I have had the pleasure to meet him several times and he is the nicest guy and we are so proud that his peers agree with us and have inducted him into the Hall of Fame today. Singer John Legend was picked to induct him. Other inductees include Neil Diamond, Alice Cooper and Tom Waits joined byÂ Leon Russell and singer Darlene Love.
American Idol's" Top 13 are (bottom row from left) Paul McDonald, Ashthon Jones, Pia Toscano, Casey Abrams, Haley Reinhart and Scott McCreery. (Top row from left) James Durbin, Naima Adedapo, Jacob Lusk, Thia Megia, Karen Rodriguez, Stefano Langone and Lauren Alaina
Billy Joel who has had his problems lately with alcohol is telling all this year not in a new song but in a new book, The Piano Man book is called âThe Book of Joel,â' coming out June 14. The memoir will take fans on an âemotional rideâ from the writing of such favorites as âJust the Way You Areâ' and âNew York State of Mindâ' to his broken marriage to Christie Brinkley and his struggles with depression and substance abuse.
Â Billy said that âthere is a lot in this book that he has never revealed before.â'Duh, thatâs what sells books.
Very surprised to hear that of all people Christina Aguilera is in trouble with the law. She has been released from jail after being arrested for being drunk in public, but authorities don't plan to seek criminal charges.Â Los AngelesÂ Sheriff's officeÂ says the 30-year-old singer was in a car driven by her boyfriend that was stopped on a West Hollywood street at about 2:45 a.m. Tuesday. Twenty-five-year-old Matthew Rutler was booked on suspicion of driving under the influence. He remains jailed on $30,000 bail. Reports say Christina appeared extremely intoxicated and incapable of driving home, so she was taken to the West Hollywood sheriff's station and held until she sobered up. She was released out a back gate around 7:30 a.m., avoiding paparazzi at the front.
So I tuned in to Saturday Night Live this past weekend only to be disappointed that it was a rerunÂ with Anne Hathaway as host. Â I guess it made sense since she was hosting the Oscars the next night. But interestingly enough one of the skits they did was a funny Miley Cyrus show making fun of her and her dad and as the skit says it was...'pretty cool" but the interesting partÂ was after it was over they promoted that next week's SNL would be live and hosted by... da da da... Miley Cyrus. That should be interesting.
So despite other any American Idol favorites here are our local contestants who made it to the top 24 this week. Keep your eye on Jordan Dorsey of LaPlace and Jovany Barreto of Harvey and Lauren Turner fro the Northshore. Proud of your guys.
The most coveted award at this Sundayâs Academy Awards is undoubtedly Best Picture.Â However, winning a Best Picture Oscar doesnât guarantee a film will make the most money.Â Some best-picture-winners do better than others.Â Here are the Top 10 Highest-Earning Best Picture Oscar-Winners:1.Â Titanic 1997Â $1,848,813,795
2.Â The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 2003Â $1,129,219,252
3.Â Forrest Gump 1994Â $677,386,686
4.Â Gladiator 2000Â $457,640,427
5.Â Dances With Wolves 1990 $424,208,842
6.Â Rain Man 1988Â $416,011,462
7.Â Gone With the Wind 1939 $400,176,459
8.Â American Beauty 1999Â $356,296,601
9.Â Schindlerâs List 1993Â $321,267,179
10. A Beautiful Mind 2001Â $313,542,341
Here's your chance to ask a question of one of the stars on the red carpet at the Oscars. You can tweet your question to the Oscars Twitter page or post it on their Facebook page. If your question is picked, Maria Menounos or the other co-hosts of the official red carpet pre-show will get an answer for you from the celebrity. Pretty cool. the show is Sunday night.
This week new American idol judge Jennifer Lopez starts to see how the job can turn from fun to stressful to tearful. Last week Jennifer showed some aggravation for the first time as some of the contestants flubbed lines and didnât hit the right notes. Now as we get down to the top 20, grab your tissues before you sit down for Thursday's episode of "American Idol. According to the rumors Jennifer couldnât hold back the tears when one contestant had to be eliminated. The hopeful? Chris Medina, the man who stuck by his fiancee after a car accident left her with brain damage. Sources from the "Idol" set said that Jennifer became so overwhelmed by having to deliver the bad news that fellow judges Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson had to talk her through it. Of course any drama is great for ratings.
Â To make it a Happy Valentine's Day were spotlighting the greatest love songs of all time now through Monday.Â It's a bigger day than most guys realize. 192 million Valentine's Day cards are exchanged annually making Valentine's Day the second most popular greetings card giving occasion. (Mothers Day is the biggest) Last year the average consumer shelled out $103 on Valentine merchandise. Are you spending more, about the same or less this year?
Looking for something to do Sunday night? I hate to say watch TV but if you love music this is the big awards show. The 53rd annual Grammy Awards are Sunday.Â There are so many nominations and categories I wonât go into predictions on each one but I will predict you will hear these names a lot. Katy Perry, Lady Antebellum and Justin Bieber.Â But do look for a lot of great performances from most of the popular bands and artists and a special GRAMMY tribute to the Queen of Soul featuring Yolanda Adams, Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Hudson and Martina McBride and a surprise performance from Bob Dylan. Weâll find out who âThe Grammy Goes Toâ Sunday night.
I know we have a lot of things coming up, Valentines Day, Carnival Time and Mardi Gras but today is a very important day too. Being a parent with a teenager I am well away of the dangers and effects of bulling. Approximately 864,000 teens stay home from school one day each month because they fear for their safety because of a bully.Â The self-esteem building nonprofit group Hey UGLY (Unique Gifted Lovable You) has designated the second Wednesday in February as National Stop Bullying Day, a day for schools across America to conduct Stop Bullying classroom activities and school assembly presentations on how to eradicate bullying from schools and neighborhoods. More schools should participate. In high school I dealt with it, most everybody has a bully story whether it happened to them as a child or even as an adult.Â So itâs good to have a day dedicated to helping people through it and stop ignoring the problem.
This time of year I really start missing riding in Endymion.Â Me my Dad and brother rode in the parade for several years. It was such a wonderful experience to share with family but it wasÂ expensive and they say you donât miss something until itâs gone and thatâs the case with Endymion. As we look forward to this yearâs parade march 5th Endymion will feature floats depicting artists such as Louis Armstrong, Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson as well as floats carrying the actual musical performers Train and Pat Benatar who will perform at the Extravaganza which is at the Convention center this near because of renovations at the Dome.. Anderson Cooper, Kelly Ripa and her husband, Mark Consuelos, are Grand Marshals.
We know in past Superbowls artists have been accused of pre recording the National Anthem and lip syncing before the game well we now Christina Aguilera sang the national anthem live before the Super Bowl cause she messed up the words. I was just sitting down on the sofa as she was singing but then instead of singing âWhose broad stripes and bright stars, through the perilous fight/O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming''â¦ Christina Aguilera sang âWhose broad stripes and bright stars, through the perilous fight/What so proudly we watched at the twilight's last...'' and then a word that was garbled but sounded like ``dreaming.'' Did you notice at the time that she had already sung the ``twilight's last gleaming'' part correctly the first time. The TV showed some players who had puzzled looks on their faces. Ya gotta feel for her. Christina Aguilera says she flubbed a line as she belted out the national anthem at the start of the Super Bowl after getting lost in the moment and losing her place.Â Â Â Â Â She says in a statement, âI can only hope that everyone could feel my love for this country and that the true spirit of its Anthem still came through.'' It wasnât that bad but of course the mistake immediately set social networks abuzz with people commenting on the error.
Iâm getting a lot of calls about this so Iâd thought Iâd post this to give you more information. The band had no choice to postpone the concert tonight. Icy road conditions between New Orleans and last night'sÂ tour stop in Austin, Tex., have delayed the band's equipment trucks. The gear could not reach New Orleans in time to set up for tonight's show, so no show tonight. But Â Rascal Flatts does plans to reschedule the show at some point as the band continues itâs Nothing like This Tour but that has yet to be worked out so hold on to your tix but donât show up tonight or you will be left out in the coldâ¦for real cause it will be cold and you canât get in
Good thing Mardi Gras is late this year, other years we'd haveÂ parades this weekend. Lots of snow in North La and Miss today. Sleet covers most of the area right nowÂ North of I-12 and I-10. It's staying above frezzing here but Baton Rouge is right at 32 so they have a rain/sleet mix so traveling today will be scary.Â My daughter just called and is leaving ULL to drive home and I told herÂ to watch out for the icy overpasses. This morningÂ when the temps were below freezing at the ManchacÂ overpass at 1-10/1-55 there was a 15 car pile-up because of ice at the top of the bridge so it can get very dangerous.Â We hope nobody was seriously injured. We should have just rain by tomorrow as we stay in the upper 30's even 40's and much better for the weekend. Be carefull out there you know how I worry.
The new cast for the new Superman movie is being put together. The biggest role of course is the Clark Kent and that part goes to Henry Cavill...and from the picture all the girls in the office here say he looks pretty super. But the next question is who should play Lois Lane? Kristen Stewart from Twilight maybe. What about Rachel McAdams, Jessica Biel or how about a real news reporter. What local female news reporter do you think could play Louis Lane? Only one comes to mind... Angela Hill.
I eat Louisiana seafood just about every day even during the Oil disaster I was still eating our seafood and it really upset me to hear people say they are afraid to eat seafood because of the Oil disaster. These people need to educated because out local seafood business should be booming not going out of business. So the big question is? Do most people across America think our seafood is safe to eat now? Well the news is not good, according to a new nationwide marketing survey it shows that more than 70 percent of consumers polled nationally express some level of concern about Gulf of Mexico seafood safety following last yearâs BP oil disaster, and 23 percent said there have stopped eating Louisiana seafood.Â Scary stuff, so what can we do? Eat more Louisiana seafood and get others especially friends out of the state too. The Louisiana seafood promotion board is going to use 30 million bucks to start a new Louisiana seafood marketing campaign, BP better is paying for that!
Iâve been driving under this thing for the last 15 years. Iâm sure you recognize it in the pic the original canopy for the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway. Itâs been there since opening day back in 1956 I still know some people that were the first to cross the bride. But now the historic canopy along with the original sign was taken down this past weekend while we slept to eliminate trafficsnarls as they had to close the northbound entrance for several hours. It was a part of history that had to make way for improvements and flood controls to the south shore side of the bridge. Construction continues on an overpass that will make northbound commuters take an elevated overpass onto the causeway to pass over a new flood wall that will be built to protect the south shore from storm surge. Instead of demolishing the canopy and sign they should put in one of those grassy areas near the bridge and make a shady area to sit.
When I first heard this I thought they were saying donât do âPilatesâ. But duh I get it now. Donât know if I believe it but itâs interesting and Iâm willing to try anything when it comes to losing a few pounds. So the people say using real dinnerware makes you feel like youâve eaten a full meal and might help you snack less at other times.Â The study is from some smart people from Cornell thatâs sayâs people who ate from paper plates with plastic utensils tended to consider their food just a snack.Â Though paper plate people took in 116 fewer calories than the âreal plateâ group did, the scientists said they were more likely to eat another meal later because our foodâs environment influences how much we eat. ButÂ the big bonus wuth paper is not washing dishesâ¦right. But then sometimes thatâs the only workout I get.
Sorry had to miss the show last night to watch the Hornetâs exciting OT win against Memphis. But my wife seemed to like the revamped "American Idol âshow last night. Tonight we get to see the New Orleans auditions.Â But the show did lose millions of viewers from last year with the addition of celebrity judges Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler. Some 26.1 million Americans tuned in for the 10th season premiere of the singing contest, down 13 percent on last year's opening show when nearly 30 million watched, Â but those numbers still crushed all other programming on Wednesday night. But after weeks of hype and curiosity over what producers called "a new era," the numbers were disappointing for producers hoping to restoring sparkle to the aging show and reversing a four years ratings slide. Television critics were mostly unimpressed with the new Judges as they weeded out good singers from the thousands of early auditions -- without popular judge Simon Cowell. Remember Simon, quit to launch his own talent show on Fox later in 2011. Hope the show without Simon doesnât get to nice and sweet and happy and zippy, you get the idea. But like I said my wife enjoyed the show alot and Iâll be watching the New Orleans auditions tonight
Can ya believe it...TV without Reeg! And for such a famously excitable guy, Regis Philbin made his big announcement with surprising calm: He's retiring from his show. Regis delivered the news at the start of Tuesday morning's "Live With Regis and Kelly," which he has hosted for more than a quarter-century, most recently with Kelly Ripa. He said he would be stepping down from the show around the end of the summer, though he didn't specify a departure date. "I don't want to alarm anybody," he began, then said, "This will be my last year on the show." "It's been a long time, it's been 28 years. It was the biggest thrill of my life to come back to New York, where I grew up as a kid watching TV in the early days, you know, never even dreaming that I would one day have the ability, or whatever it takes, to get in front of the camera and talk to it. Â "There is a time that everything must come to an end for certain people on camera â especially certain old people!" cracked Philbin, who turns 80 in August. "I wish I could do something to make you change your mind," said Ripa. "Now waaait a minute," Philbin said. The show's distributors, Disney-ABC Domestic Television, said in a statement the "Live" franchise will continue, adding that a new co-host will be named to join Ripa, who marks 10 years with the show next month. But Philbin, referring to his time left on the show, assured viewers, "We'll have a lot of fun between now and then." How about doing one of your last shows here in New Orleans?
Did you notice a little more money on your paycheck? You should have a little more to spend because of the payroll tax cut that President Obama signed into law. The 2 percent decrease in the payroll tax should give you a few more bucks every month. The average worker will see take-home pay increase by about $700 a year as a result.
Itâs baaaack and how different will it be. Now that Simon is gone, will any of the judges really be brutally honest. I doubt it. New judges Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler told reporters that they're looking forward to using their experience to help guide new artists. The show starts its 10th season next week, with only Randy Jackson left from the original cast of judges. OK so what about Randy and his letâs say fondness for the word "dawg," Randy promises fans will see "a more assertive dog, a little bit more 'hair of the dog.â Nigel the executive producer said the new season of "American Idol" will be more about searching for an eventual winner of the show, "rather than stopping people getting there." When asked about the lack of a major recording star emerging from the last few seasons, the panel said the problem wasn't in the singers but the records they've released. Changes in "Idol" include extending the "Hollywood Week" auditions to cut the semifinalist field to a smaller number, 20, which gives the voting audience fewer singers to choose as finalists, and allowing contestants to perform their own material. The judges will also choose "Wild Card" finalists again, though it hadn't been determined how many finalists the panel would pick. The first theme will likely be the 1980s and this year no more inviting celebrities to mentor contestants. Get ready for next week but I donât think Idol is ready for what could be a tough ratings season.
So we are so proud of our white alligators but now a 70-year-old grandmother from Venice, Florida, has discovered what appears to be the world's first orange alligator. Sylvia Mythen She was returning from work on Thursday when she drove by the gator and had to back up for a double-take. Luckily, Sylvia wasn't frightened enough to miss out on a great photo.
Rumors have been flying for weeks and now itâs been confirmed that actress Meg Ryan has been dating singer John Mellencamp. Sources say the Youâve Got Mail star has always had a crush on the musician, who just announced that he and his wife are divorcing after 18 years of marriage. âMeg has liked John for a long time, and they are very comfortable together,â a pal told the PopEater website. âThey already looked like an old married couple when they strolled through New York's West Village or spent time on Marthaâs Vineyard. They donât care what people say. They are in love. As far as Meg is concerned, life is too short to not grab happiness when it comes along. She has nothing to prove to anyone.â Mellencamp and Ryan haveÂ been dating for around 7 weeks.
Meg Ryan starred in Sleepless In Seatle (93), French Kiss(95), Addicted to Love (97), City Of Angels(98) and You've Got Mail(98).
So even if you donât make a big deal out of a New Years Resolution most all ofÂ make one even if itâs just a quick thought. 83% of us will make a New Yearâs resolution this year but the bigger question every year isâ¦how many of us will actually follow through on them?Â Well according to some research I googled on the web 50% of those New Year resolutions will have been abandoned by June.Â Only 12% of New Year resolutions will last at least one year. I resolve not to waste youâre time of lame Blogs...looksÂ like I've already gave up on that resolution.
One of the great concerts here from last year was the Michael Buble show at the New Orleans
Â Arena. Such a nice, funny and talented guy makes you wonder why someone in his audience would try to hurt him but thatâs what happened when Michael Buble feared for his life after a crazed concertgoer tried to attack him in the middle of a gig. Michael was performing in Virginia when he decided to step off stage and into the crowd like he did here but then he came face-to-face with the madman. Buble was forced to defend himself as the guy tried to strike him, before authorities arrived to haul the man away. Michael tells Britain's OK! magazine, "A man try to kill me at a show in Virginia and he put wire in his hands and said I had stolen music from black people and tried to pop my head off. I went into the audience and he swung at me - I saw the fist and moved and pushed his face back. "The FBI came to pick him up and he kicked the window out of the back of the car to get out to get me again. He wanted me dead."
Usually driving downtown you see a lot of people wearing Black and Gold or LSU purple and gold but not today. And since the Sugar Bowl teams share the same color RED, itâs very hard to tell who has more fans in town for the Big Sugar Bowl game tonight at the Dome between Arkansas and Ohio State. Sorry Ohio got to go with The SEC.
I found this interesting...Facebook says 36.7 million users changed their relationship status to "married" in 2010.Â However...some 43.8 million changed their relationship status to "single". What does all that mean I don't know but it's like I said interesting.
You hear all of her great Christmas songs everyday on Magic but sheâs getting by on little or no sleep these days and now has a brood of three growing boys to look after. But six weeks after giving birth to twin boys â siblings for her nine-year-old son Rene Charles â Celine Dion has the luminous glow of a woman loving every minute of motherhood. Speaking in the Canadian magazine HELLO! This week, Celine says that the babies, Eddy and NelsonÂ - who were conceived after six IVF attempts - have made her life "extraordinary", and that she "doesn't know how women do it".Â Her Husband, Rene Angelil says "She barely sleeps but remains radiant. The 42-year-old mum says that the babies are already showing signs of individuality early on. "I think there's a Dion and an Angelil," she laughs. "You can see the Dion features in Eddy's nose and you see a lot of Angelil in Nelson."Â Celine â who admits living in her "pajamas all day â also has to figure out how she's going to juggle the trio when her Vegas shows start back upÂ in March.Â
I didnât but did you know there is a National Holiday Hotline (toll-free) to help home owners with fixing their holiday lights and pre-lit trees? Itâs a company called Ulta Lit Technologies in Chicago and their helpline has been open and available for years helping thousands of distressed people anxious to keep their holidays bright.Â Can you imagine some of the stories of frustration those people had to deal with so if your frustrated about the lightsâ¦this Hotline is here to help. Itâs open now M-F 9-5 PM (Central) through Christmas their phones are manned with lighting pros 7-days-a-week. Butterball can save your turkey; Ulta Lit Technologies will keep your holidays bright! The number?Â 1-888-858-2548
There are still a few, not much but a few tickets left for our Magic Of Christmas show with TSO tonight at 8pm at N.O Arena. We have been doing a Christmas show with them for the past 6 or 7 years. We first started with just a thousand people at the Saenger pre-KatrinaÂ to now selling out the N.O Arena. The show is that good. Their songs are always favorites every year on the Magic Of Christmas and even better with the lights. lazers and falling snow at the show. Once you go, you'll look forward to it every year.Â That's the first thing my kids ask my in November, "When is the TSO Show".Â Â Well it's tonight. I'll be there right before the show and come out and say Hi and Merry Christmas.
Now I know it's still early but every year thereâs that one toy that every kid has on their Christmas list that gets almost impossible to find as the holiday draws closer and closer.Â I think from what I hear and see that toy is Fisher Priceâs Dance Star Mickey, easily the most animated Mickey Mouse toy ever.Â This Mickey walks, talks, sings and dances to a variety of brand new grooves.Â There are a total of half a dozen tracks and a handful of diverse dances.Â Mickey even does Michael Jacksonâs historic moonwalk.Â Dance Star Mickey is for kids aged 18 months to 6 years old and retails for â if you can find one â somewhere between $80 and $90 depending on the retailer.Â If youâre looking for a popular kids gift this year you can't go wrong with that one but like I said will get harder to find everyday. And if youÂ do find a few theÂ Dance Star Mickey may be the toy you might want toÂ stock up on now so as we get closer to Christmas when the stores are sold out of them you can sell one to a panicky parent for twice as much...just kidding of course.
Now that Black Friday & Cyber Monday are over letâs not forget about our amazing local shops. From Magazine Street to the French Quarter you can find affordable and unique gifts and help our small businesses. My wife and I take one day every December and stay at our favorite French Quarter hotel The Maison Dupuy (They have special rates for locals) and spend the day shopping and enjoying all the Xmas decorations.
As Steve 'Santa" Suter an official Santa assistant in charge of Christmas music I am always updated on the latest Santa news.Â Just got the word that Google and NORAD are teaming up to track Santa thisÂ year. Of course Santa hasÂ not taken off yet but the site is already counting down: NoradSanta.org
I mentioned this on my show and got alot of calls so I'm posting the info dor ya. If youâd like to get your Christmas cards sent from Santa Claus this year â Santa Claus, Indiana that is â here is how to do that.Â You can get themsent with a decorative postmark from Santa Claus, Indiana by sending them pre-stamped in a large envelope to:Â Postmaster, Santa Claus Station, Santa Claus, INÂ 47579-9998. Pretty cool
Well we got lucky again this season. Although we had to deal with the Oil disaster at least we didn't get any Hurricanes. Now the busy hurricane season it's "Officially" over and not only New Orleans but the U.S. coast has been spared any major storms for a fifth straight year. But we had 19 named storms formed in the Atlantic this season and that's the third-highest total on record, and 12 became hurricanes, the second-highest total on record. But as we know it's not how busy the season is it's where they go. So no need to look to the tropics for at least for another 6 months.
Wondering why guys are friskier around the Holidays...It could be the dessert. In a new study of men 40 aromas were tested to determine which arouses men the most. The smell of Pumpkin Pie topped ladies perfumes...Â That does not apply to me. Happy Saintsgiving
OK so thereâs lots of people over for a Holiday party and lots of close talking so now is a good time to keep the mints handy and may watch out for Â certain holiday dishes. Not eating some of your favorites in order to keep your breath fresh may seem a bit extreme, but would you rather eat hearty and stand alone in the corner until January, or make a few adjustments and have a real shot at being kissed under the mistletoe? âThe fact is that brushing your teeth and using some mouthwash to eliminate breath odors is a great start, but the effects of that regimen pretty much wear off before you even make it to lunch,â according to my Dentist. âOf course you should brush your teeth and floss on a daily basis, but thatâs not enough to keep your breath fresh all day.Â Food is just one of the many variables that can cause bad breath, and watching what you eat is a good place to start.â So as a Public Service here ya go and youâre welcome.Â
The five worst holiday foods that cause bad breath
Â Â Â Candy CanesÂ (Really?)
Â Â Â Cranberry Sauce
Â Â Â Candied Yams
Â Â Â Mashed Potatoes
Â Â Â Egg Nog
If you'reÂ planning to fly for the Thanksgiving holiday, youÂ should be prepared for so-called "enhancedÂ bodyÂ searches"Â by TSA employees.Â So how can youÂ help it go smoothly?Â Â BillÂ Profita, with the Baton Rouge Metro Airport advisesÂ travelers to keepÂ metalÂ objectsÂ on their person to a minimum, and cooperate fully with TSA employees thisÂ holiday weekend.Â AnÂ Internet-based grassrootsÂ effortÂ isÂ under way to encourage travelers toÂ protest nude body scans and enhancedÂ pat-downs. Experts all agree when saftey is an issue protests neverÂ gain much realÂ traction. Good Luck
Twas the night before we played all Christmas music, when all through the control roomÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â not a creature was stirring knowing the Christmas music would start soon. The Christmas CDâs were stacked by the CD players with care, Â in hopes that the Christmas shoes wouldnât be there. The DJâs were nestled snug with their headphones in beds while visions of higher ratings danced in their heads. Â And the tired Program Director in his Santa cap finally got to lay down for a long executiveÂ nap. Â When on the air there arose such a clatterÂ he sprang up to see what was the matter. Away to the control room he flew like a flash... looked in the window and saw the EAS flash... and what to his wondering eye should appear... but a miniature sleigh and 8 tiny reindeer. With an old driver lively and quick...he knew in a moment it must be St Nick. And then he whistled and shouted...time for Holly Jolly, time for Silver Bells and Deck The Halls.Â Now play em, play em, play em allâ¦and with a wink of his eye and a push of a button he started the Christmas music like it was nutton. Â He spoke not a word my dear, Â but went straight to work filling the airways with holiday cheer, so the PD gave him a nod and walked down the hall knowing Santa had made the right call. Ending the night knowing the station was just fine...Â but heard him exclaim as he walked out of sight, Itâs the Magic of Christmas on Magic 101.9
Every Thanksgiving I look forward to all the great dishes especially the Oyster dressing. Thatâs been a Holiday tradition in my family forever but this year maybe not. Gee thanks BP! Hereâs the problem if you're planning to make an oyster stuffing for Thanksgiving you better get your oysters early and be prepared to pay about 50% more than last year. The reason you know the oil spill impacted much of Louisianaâs Oyster harvest and local Oysterâs are hard to getÂ so many stores will be carrying oysters but from Texas And Mississippi and there are going to be expensive.
As Halloween approaches you want the experience to be fun and exciting for your kids. Unfortunately there are some people who take advantage of children so for parents who would like to make sure the houses in the neighborhoods are safe can check out the links below and see what houses to avoid in your area before allowing children to go door to door this Halloween. Over the past several years, the public has demonstrated an increased interest about information on sex offenders living in close proximity of their neighborhoods. We now have a simple tool that will allow them to quickly and easily locate the addresses of local sex offenders.
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