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Posts from September 2012

Day to Serve, Computer Scams and Friday Toys!
I love it when you get to Friday morning and you feel that surge of energy knowing that the weekend is almost here!

Today, Hans came in and mentioned that today is the "Day to Serve" where residents have been left a little thingy on their door handle to encourage helping out local food bandks. Day to Serve is a regional and interdenominational collaboration, not only across the state of West Virginia but also in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. Leaders have come together to urge their constituents to volunteer on Saturday, September 29th which has been designated a "Day to Serve". The day culminates a month long push for service in communities. On their website, there are lists of things that you can do to help. Check out the site here.

Friday Toy Memory: Tetherball. Nothing like a pole, with a rope, with a ball attached for hours of fun! We waited in lines 6 deep to play that dumb game. I loved it!!!! The picture on the left shows the intensity of this game and it's enthusiasts! You'll notice the one kid cheering for one of the players.

I also figured out what movie it was that had a tetherball scene...Napoleon Dynamite!

Police warn of computer scam.

Washington County Sheriff's Office is warning of a potential phone scam.
At least one person in the county has received a phone call from someone claiming to be with Microsoft, according to the office.  The caller gave the person instructions on how to "fix" their computer, directing them to websites and file downloads. Then the person may ask for $xxx.xx because they "fixed" the computer. Police are urging residents DO NOT PAY anyone who calls you with this information.

They advise folks to always be cautious if they receive a call like this.
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Today in coffee!
I guess I should get business out of the way first...

St. Joseph School in Martinsburg is closed today Thursday, September 27th for a power outage.

Saturday is known as Free Coffee Day. Here are all the places you can hook up your caffeine buzz.

National Coffee Day Freebies And Discounts

Saturday is National Coffee Day 2012, but several coffee chains are already celebrating. Here’s a rundown of where, when and how you can grab a free cup.

    7-Eleven:  Free large coffee on September 28th between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m.

    Dunkin’ Donuts:  Printable coupon for a 99-cent hot or iced latte through September 30th.

    Dunkin’ Donuts:  Printable coupon for six free doughnuts with the purchase of a Box o’ Joe through September 30th.

    Dunkin’ Donuts:  Printable coupon for $1 off the purchase of a dozen K-cups through October 28th.

    Eight O’Clock Coffee products:  Printable coupon for $2 off at any store that sells this brand and accepts manufacturer coupons.

    Einstein Bros. Bagels:  Pumpkin lattes are buy-one-get-one-free on September 29th. They’re also offering other coffee-related discounts.

    Kangaroo Express convenience stores:  Get a 12-ounce cup of Bean Street Coffee for 1 cent on September 29th between 8 a.m. and noon.

    Krispy Kreme stores:  Free 12-ounce cup of their new House Blend Coffee on September 29th. Krispy Kreme is also giving away free coffee for a year to 75 people as part of their 75th birthday celebration. To win, enter once between today and Saturday by completing a form online at

    McDonald’s:  Free cup of coffee every day through September 29th at participating locations.

    Seattle’s Best Coffee products:  Printable coupon for $1 off at any store that sells this brand and accepts manufacturer coupons.

    Tim Hortons Cafe & Bake Shop:  Printable buy-one-get-one-free coffee coupon good on September 29th.

    Wawa Inc. convenience stores:  Sign up to receive an immediate coupon for a free 16-ounce iced latte through October 2nd.

How much do you spend to decorate and prepare for Halloween each year? I know I usually stress about the costume and what I'm going to wear to parties.

Halloween Spending

With a record 170 million people planning to celebrate Halloween this year, the holiday continues to be embraced by many as a time to let loose and have a good time. That also means a lot of money will be spent. Spending on the holiday is expected to rise to $8 billion, up 17.5% from last year, according to the National Retail Federation. According to the survey, 70% of Americans – some 71.5% – will celebrate this year, up from 68.6% last year, and the most in the survey’s 10-year history. The average person will fork out about $79.82 on decorations, costumes and candy, up from $72.31 last year. A bigger part of the budget this year will go to costumes. Although the average person will spend about $28.65 on costumes, up slightly from $26.52 in 2011, retailers and costume manufacturers are saying that costumes continue to become more elaborate each year and shoppers are buying more accessories to go with their costume. Other survey highlights:

  •     About 15.2% of consumers will be turning to their friends on Facebook for costume inspiration, while about 7.1% will search the pictures on Pinterest for ideas.
  •     All told, families with children who plan to dress up for the holiday will spend about $1.1 billion on their children’s costumes, slightly more than last year. However, adults are expected to spend about $1.4 billion on costumes, up from $1.2 billion in 2011.
  •     About 15.1% of consumers plan on dressing up their pets, with spending on pet costumes reaching $370 million, up from $310 million last year.
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Easy Abs! Facial Hair Help, Bruno Mars pokes fun...and more!
Sorry I forgot to blog yesterday. Today's blog will be especially long as a result.

Last night, I went to the gym and got my butt kicked! There is this new iphone app that gives you great abs with no work at all. It's not available for android yet.
There are some crazy inventions out there for better abs. Just stay up until midnight over the weekend and watch the infomercials. They all promise the same thing: massive abs for minimal work. The app ABSmatic takes it a step further. You don't have to do any work. Period. The app does the work for you. Simply take a picture of your abs. The app gives you the option to choose between male and female abs. Each gender offers about a dozen different styles of abs that you can put over your own. Here's an article about that gives you some picture. <== Easier than going to the gym I guess.

Hans popped in this morning and as we were talking about the app. He told me that he also runs. Who knew? He was talking about the guy who puts on 5K's locally with Check out his site and maybe sign up for a 5K Run/Walk that will benefit a worthy charity.

I love guys with goatees. I really do. However, if they look ragged, I'm not into it.  Hans, hipped me to this new thing. Guys do you have an unsteady hand when shaving? This new " Goatee Saver" will help you get the perfect shave every time. Weird looking contraption ain't it? This guy's blog has a pretty funny take on why this is a ridiculous product. 
Want to buy one? They've got em on

Singer/songwriter Michelle Branch has joined the ranks of the celebrity chefs after signing on to host a new web series about innovative new cooking ideas. Branch has teamed up with top chef Michael Mina to launch “Cook Taste Eat,” a digital media company delivering free daily emails and a website featuring premium culinary videos and recipes. Together the duo hopes to encourage aspiring chefs and “curious foodies” to try new dishes and exotic, rare ingredients. Read about it here.

In other entertainment news....
Carrie Underwood gave a 12- year old fan a memory of a lifetime when she noticed he had a sign in the audience in Louisville, that said "Be My First Kiss". She pulled him onstage and did the deed. See the video below. It's really cute!

Another video. Bruno Mars knows how to poke fun at himself.  Here he is doing his version of "Whatta Man" (remember that song from Salt n Pepa?). Pretty much it's full of images of Bruno being "that guy" that rescues women from burning buildings, wakes up in tux and many other cute pop culture visuals. Love him!


Stuff from Yesterday's show.
Yesterday, I interviewed Catherine Cassidy. She's the Editor in Chief of "Taste Of Home" Magazine. You've seen them at the grocery store, bookstore, and even at home improvement stores. Taste Of Home has a new book of recipes called "Best Loved Recipes" that features almost 1,500 submitted recipes!  We talked about Tailgating foods. Here are 3 of the recipes we talked about yesterday. Appetizer Meatballs, Sandwich for a crowd, and Scrumptious Cookies n Cream Brownies.

Appetizer Meatballs
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Reports Yellow Springs, Ohio field editor Pat Waymire, "These tasty meatballs are a perennial favorite at our Christmas parties."
Prep: 15 min. Bake: 50 min.            Yield: 18 Servings
                    1 egg, lightly beaten
                    1/2 cup soft bread crumbs
                    1/4 cup 2% milk
                    1/3 cup finely chopped onion
                    1 teaspoon salt
                    1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
                    1 pound ground beef
                    1/2 cup ketchup
                    1/2 cup chopped onion
                    1/3 cup sugar
                    1/3 cup vinegar
                    1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
                    1/8 teaspoon pepper

In a small bowl, combine the first six ingredients. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into 1-in. balls.

In a large skillet over medium heat, brown meatballs; drain.

Place in a 2-1/2-qt. baking dish. Combine the sauce ingredients. Pour over meatballs. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 50-60 minutes or until meatballs are no longer pink. Yield: about 3 dozen.

Sandwich for a Crowd
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My husband and I live on a 21-acre horse ranch and are pleased to invite friends to enjoy it with us. When entertaining, I rely on no-fuss make-ahead entrees like this satisfying sandwich. -Helen Hougland, Spring Hill, Kansas
Prep: 10 min. + chilling Yield: 12-14 Servings
                    2 loaves (1 pound each) unsliced Italian bread
                    1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
                    1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
                    3/4 cup sliced green onions
                    1/4 cup mayonnaise
                    1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
                    1 pound thinly sliced fully cooked ham
                    1 pound thinly sliced roast beef
                    12 to 14 thin slices dill pickle

Cut the bread in half lengthwise. Hollow out top and bottom of loaves, leaving a 1/2-in. shell (discard removed bread or save for another use).
In a large bowl, combine cheeses, onions, mayonnaise and Worcestershire sauce; spread over cut sides of bread.

Layer with ham and roast beef on bottom and top halves; place pickles on bottom halves. Gently press halves together.

Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Cut into 1-1/2-in. slices. Yield: 12-14 servings.

Cookies N’ Cream Brownies
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You won't want to frost these brownies, since the marbled top is too pretty to cover up. Besides, the tasty cream cheese layer makes them taste like they're already frosted. The crushed cookies add extra chocolate flavor and a fun crunch. -Darlene Markel, Sublimity, Oregon
Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling Yield: 24 Servings
                    1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
                    1/4 cup sugar
                    1 egg
                    1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
                    BROWNIE LAYER:
                    1/2 cup butter, melted
                    1/2 cup sugar
                    1/2 cup packed brown sugar
                    1/2 cup baking cocoa
                    2 eggs
                    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
                    1/2 cup all-purpose flour
                    1 teaspoon baking powder
                    12 Oreo cookies, crushed
In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar, egg and vanilla until smooth; set aside. For brownie layer, combine the butter, sugars and cocoa in a large bowl. Beat in eggs. Combineflour and baking powder; gradually add to cocoa mixture. Stir in cookie crumbs.

Pour into a greased 11-in. x 7-in. baking pan. Spoon cream cheese mixture over batter; cut through batter with a knife to swirl. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out with moist crumbs. Cool completely on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 2 dozen.

Catherine ended our interview by saying if you order the book online now, you get free shipping AAAAND a free gift! Get your holiday shopping done NOW people! Here's link for the book! Best Loved Recipes
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Love that iphone! Skype'd wedding, Oh Madge...get a watch!

Welcome back from the weekend. It was beautiful. I was so busy this weekend that I think I might need a weekend from my weekend!

Over the weekend, a friend of mine got married. Unfortunately, her father took ill the week before and was in the hospital. So what did we do in this digital age? We Skype'd the wedding. So he could see everything that was going on during the ceremony and he was even involved.  They asked him to give his daughter's hand in marriage and all that...from his hospital room. Also, his room was decorated with wedding bells and a "Father of the Bride" sign on the door, and there were some hospital staff who came to the room for moral support. It worked out well...considering the circumstances. --What a wonderful digital age we live in!


Did you get the iphone 5 on Friday? If you did, you weren't alone. Here are some stats about people who waited in line to get the newest Apple technology. People certainly lovin’ The iPhone 5! has released the results of a poll fielded in New York City Friday morning of over 150 Apple fans in line for the new iPhone 5. The first-ever study of iPhone 5 purchasers reveals 51.7% of Apple fans value their iPhone over their wallet. Other results:

  • Of the Apple fans waiting in NYC lines, 74% were male and 26% were female and the average age was 25.

  • 40.6% of Apple customers have previously purchased three or more earlier models of the iPhone.

  • Apple fans waited an average of 2-4 hours in line to get their hands on the new release.

  • If Siri were a real person, most Apple fans in line (27.8%) imagine she would look like Angelina Jolie. Tied in a close second with 25% of the vote are Betty White and Cameron Diaz. <========= this is my favorite stat... I think it's pretty funny!

  • The new features Apple fans are most looking forward to using include the bigger screen with 41.7% of the vote; a stronger battery came in second at 29.2%. The sleek design received 25.7%; and a more powerful camera received 22.9% of the vote.

  • 32.2% of Apple fans are planning to buy iPhone 5 insurance.

The second most popular brand for Apple fans is Samsung. Other popular brands include Sony, Starbucks, Gucci and Nike.

Madonna did the first of two shows in DC last night. She took the stage 2 hours late. Apparently it's becoming a habit. I've seen two stories about it from about a month ago.

Did you watch the Emmy's last night? I did ...sorta. I was trying to get ready for another day here so I missed a lot of it. I did notice that Mad Men (my favorite show) got SHAFTED!!!! They had 17 nominations and received no awards! I'm bummed. I also noticed that the color on the red carpet was yellow this year. Interesting. I guess we'll see a lot of yellow next spring. All the info on the show, the academy etc is here. Here is a boildown of the winners and losers:

Emmy Winners
The 64th Primetime Emmy Awards were handed out last night. One of the highlights of the night was when host Jimmy Kimmel invited “30 Rock” star Tracy Morgan to lie on the stage, then asked viewers to post on Facebook and tweet that Morgan “just passed out” and turn on ABC right now to see it. It worked, with the message going viral and maybe even boosting the Emmy audience for a few moments. The big winners include:


Comedy Series: “Modern Family”

Comedy Actor: Jon Cryer – “Two and a Half Men”

Comedy Actress: Julia Louis-Dreyfus – “Veep”

Supporting Comedy Actor: Eric Stonestreet – “Modern Family”

Supporting Comedy Actress: Julie Bowen – “Modern Family”

Drama Series: “Homeland”

Drama Actress: Claire Danes – “Homeland”

Drama Actor: Damian Lewis – “Homeland”

Supporting Drama Actress: Maggie Smith – “Downton Abbey”

Supporting Drama Actor: Aaron Paul – “Breaking Bad”

Miniseries Or TV Movie: “Game Change”

Lead Actress In A Miniseries Or Movie: Julianne Moore – “Game Change”

Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or Movie: Kevin Costner – “Hatfields & McCoys

Supporting Actress In A Miniseries Or Movie: Jessica Lange – “American Horror Story”

Supporting Actor In A Miniseries Or Movie: Tom Berenger – “Hatfields & McCoys”

Variety Series: “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart”

Reality-Competition Program: “The Amazing Race”

Host For A Reality Or Reality-Competition Program: Tom Bergeron – “Dancing With the Stars”


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Sleep news, iphone madness, Friday Toys
Since the iPhone5 is on everyone's lips, I thought I'd look up how much we spend on our phones when they are damaged. LOTS it turns out....

iPhone Accidents Cost Americans $5.9 Billion

SquareTrade has released a new study showing that damaged iPhones have cost Americans $5.9 billion since their introduction in 2007. Based on a survey of more than 2,000 iPhone users, the results combined the cost of repairs, replacements and insurance deductibles for cracked, dropped, pummeled, kicked and water-damaged iPhones. The study also found that in the last 12 months alone, 30% of iPhone users damaged their device. As iPhones become an increasingly central part of our daily lives, accidental damage is 10 times more common than loss or theft. The study also shows that younger consumers are clumsiest with their iPhones: half of iPhone users under 35 have had an accident. The top five iPhone accident scenarios according to the study are:

1. Phone dropped from my hand
2. Phone fell into a toilet, sink, hot tub, swimming pool, lake, etc.
3. Phone dropped from a lap
4. Phone knocked off a table
5. Phone drenched by some liquid

The study also found that due to the often-costly expenses associated with repairing damaged iPhones, many consumers often resort to “desperate” measures. For example, 11% of iPhone owners are currently using a device that is cracked and 6% have taped up their iPhone as a solution.

Nomophobia...yes, there's a wikipedia page for it!

A California addiction center says it is creating a recovery group for people suffering from nomophobia – the fear of being without personal technology. The program is in response to customer demand from people with nomophobia – “no-mobile-phone-phobia” – Morningside Recovery Center in Newport Beach said. Studies suggest two-thirds of the population suffers from nomophobia, and as new mobile devices and technology hit the market nomophobia is on the rise, up 13% from two years ago. Staying connected has become an obsession for a growing number of people, and losing their cellphone, running out of battery life and dropping signals brings on fear and anxiety, experts said. Morningside psychologist Elizabeth Waterman said she has seen a deep increase in her “nomophobe” patients.

How much do you sleep in on the weekends? I could make it more difficult for you on Monday...

People who sleep in on Saturday do not catch up on sleep lost during the week – and it makes them sleepier Monday morning, researchers say. Dr. Gregory Carter, a sleep medicine specialist at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, said the daily or circadian cycles guide the body’s  weekends, the brain’s circadian clock can be delayed up to 2 hours, making it tough to get to sleep Sunday and even more difficult to wake Monday morning. Carter said turning in earlier was more effective than sleeping in later.<======== My commentary. Be that as it may with this study, I'm NOT waking up at 3:45am on Saturdays unless I have to pee. :)

Friday Toy Memory-Slip n Slide. Wheeeeeeeee!  Disclaimer: Don't try to make this at home! I'm just sayin, when we were young, our parents put us on essentially a  glorified tarp and let us slide around in the backyard for hours. Thank God we didn't injure ourselves. least I didn't injure myself.  The video below is of a kid who clearly has a degree in engineering our creating products. Wow. (scuse some of the language, I didn't make the video)

We are almost finished with September (where the heck has this month gone?). It's World Alzheimers Month. This month you've probably seen signs, commercials, and other information about Alzheimers disease. In fact today is Alzheimers Action Day. You are supposed to wear Purple clothing to work to raise awareness of the disease. If you need a little quick tutorial here's some info for you.

There is cookie stealer among us...
Police in Baltimore County, Maryland, are looking for a couple of cookie crooks who stole 24 pounds of goodies from a shop in the Towson Town Center mall. Officers say surveillance video shows two men hopping the counter and ripping off Great Cookie early Tuesday morning. Authorities say the same cookie shop was hit by hungry thieves in August. <========== My commentary: Why didn't they just come to Lite 97.5, where we have hit the motherlode of Girl Scout Cookies...for free. We would have gladly shared!
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Sideways shoe. Do Not Call. Cookiiiies!
Someone left the "motherlode" of Girl Scout Cookies here in the lobby yesterday. If you were me and you had 20 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies, what would you do? Here's a pic of what I'm talking about here. C'mon!

*I did finally break in to one of the boxes of Thin Mints. If I get in trouble for it, I'll just pay for the
box with melted chocolate on my hands and a smile on my face. :)

I signed up for the Federical "Do Not Call" list a few years ago. Lately, I've noticed more and more calls. I don't mind the surveys, or the calls to leave my stuff out for Vietnam Veterans of America (cause I have a lot of stuff to give away) but some of the stuff is just annoying! I was wondering if it was just me, and now after reading the story below, I realize it's not just me.

For a while, it seemed to be working – people signed up for the “do not call” registry – and people stopped getting calls day and night about commercial offers. But now it seems the number of calls are creeping back up. So much so that people are beefing at the federal government about the effectiveness of the “do not call” list. Most of the complaints are about pre-recorded pitches that offer everything from lower credit card interest rates to new windows for your home. The federal do-not-call list was set up nearly a decade ago to keep telemarketers in check. There are more than 209 million phone numbers on it. The Federal Trade Commission is now increasing efforts to fight off the latest onslaught of robocalls.

Below is on the front page of the "Do Not Call Registry" page.
Scammers have been making phone calls claiming to represent the National Do Not Call Registry. The calls claim to provide an opportunity to sign up for the Registry. These calls are not coming from the Registry or the Federal Trade Commission, and you should not respond to these calls. To add your number to the Registry you can call 888-382-1222 from the phone you wish to register, or go click on “Register a Phone Number” in the left column of this page.

Your registration will not expire. Telephone numbers placed on the National Do Not Call Registry will remain on it permanently due to the Do-Not-Call Improvement Act of 2007, which became law in February 2008. Read more about it at

Have you ever seen a lone shoe on the side of the road when you are driving around? My friend Judi addressed this exact topic yesterday on Facebook. She said "As long as I live, I will never understand the one shoe in the middle of the road. How did it get there? Where's the other shoe and the person they belong to?"

My response: "More importantly, why is said shoe always sideways?... as if it's trying to make a statement of some sort".   Just when I was starting to believe that my friends and I need a life, I found a blog post from someone who apparently thinks about the same thing. This makes me feel like I need less of a life. See the blog post here.

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Back on the box Ahoy!
It is Talk Like a Pirate Day. I've even changed my facebook page over to have English Pirate as how it appears. Check this out...this is what the logon Facebook page looks like... hehe!

Here's the link for the real "Talk like a pirate day" page.

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Starbucks Diet? Friday Toys
Happy Friday y'all. In editing the blog this week, I wanted to encourage you (if you haven't already) to vote for Martinsburg High School at They are vying to win $100,000 courtesy of State Farm Insurance. If they win, they will divide the funds between all the Berkeley County High Schools.

Hans and I got to talking about 1990's raspy voice bands. I made some comment about how Matchbox Twenty reminds me of those late 1990's bands.  Here are just a few that take me back to that 1998-ish era. Hans commented that it's hard to believe that was 15 years ago. We're old!

Eve 6-- Inside Out
Nickelback- How you remind me
Tonic- If you could only see
3 Doors Down- Kryptonite
Harvey Danger--Flagpole Sitta

What if you lost  85 pounds just eating at Starbucks every day? This lady did...
A Virginia woman claims she has lost nearly 85 pounds in two years by eating all of her meals at Starbucks. 66-year-old Christina Hall attributes her success to counting calories -- which she does by ordering the coffee chain's pre-packaged foods, which list nutrition information. Breakfast is always oatmeal and black coffee, for lunch and dinner she chooses between a bistro box and panini. However, she adds, "If I go for a bike ride, I can come back and have a brownie." Hall dismisses criticism from dieticians who say she may suffer from malnutrition and/ or gain the weight back. "Nothing hurts anymore, she says. "I feel like a kid again." See a video with Christina here.

Earlier today, I asked the ladies if they ever wished that they could go into a store and pick up a hot man right off the shelf. Well a company in France is doing that. French dating site ( has opened a store in which men are on the shelf -- literally. It showcases single guys by putting them on display inside human-sized toy boxes. The traveling shop is open in Paris for ten days before it moves to Brussels, Lausanne, Toulouse and Lyon. If you can't make it to any of those locations, don't worry -- you can always shop online. <========= It's in French so you can't understand it...unless you speak French. I don't. Here's an article in English to help!

Friday Toy Memory: The game BurgerTime! You as the chef had to run around and create a burger with elements of the sandwich all while being chased by mean hot dogs, fried eggs and pickles. You could easily kill any of these dastardly foodstuffs buy just stepping on the burger element to smash them into dust! Fun. I spent hours playing this nonsense. Remember it? Here's the video:
I'm off for a few days next week. Y'all have a great weekend now, ya hear! :)
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Bacon Barters?
What if there was a guy driving around offering free bacon. Would you take it? Um, is my name Rona? YES!!!!  YES!!! and TRIPLE YES!!!!!

Ahem. I digress. Read this...
Actor, comedian and writer Josh Sankey is seeking to make his way across the country in the next two weeks with only a dream and a trailer filled with 3,000 pounds of a new bacon. Sankey embarked this week on a promotion for Oscar Mayer that is being called the Great American Bacon Barter. Sankey’s trailer is filled with a ton and a half of its new Butcher Thick Cut bacon, which he’ll trade for food, fuel, a place to spend the night and anything else he might need during his trip from the New York area to Los Angeles. Sankey has no cash or credit cards. The idea is to turn him loose with his cache of bacon and see what happens, not unlike power barterers who start with a paper clip and wind up with a house. You can watch Josh’s adventure on and interact with him along the way, sharing what you would be willing to barter by tweeting @BaconBarter or at – ultimately giving fans the power to impact Sankey’s stops throughout his road trip. =============>I just saw that he bartered for a taxicab in NYC and got a place to stay in Louisville.  So fun!

Sheryl Crow Says Cell Phone Use Is To Blame For Brain Tumor

Sheryl Crow suspects that the benign brain tumor she has may have been caused by her cell phone. “There are no doctors that will confirm that,” Crow, 50, said while appearing on the premiere of “Katie,” the new syndicated talk show hosted by Katie Couric. “[But] I do have the theory that it’s possible that it’s related to that. I [used to spend] hours on the old archaic cell phones.” Crow, who says the tumor is in a part of her brain near where she often held her phone, says she started to suspect something was wrong when she began spacing out on stage, forgetting lyrics and generally feeling “mushy.” “I [was] worried I had an early [onset] Alzheimer’s,” she confesses. In the end, Crow says the non-cancerous tumor is “nothing I have to worry about,” but the breast cancer survivor said finding out she had a tumor was “definitely a sobering moment.”
<=============== Did you know that Sheryl Crow wrote the new Katie Couric show theme song? Click here!
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I still have my stupid allergies. In fact, this morning, I woke up at ....wait for it...... 2:36am. Argh!

I found this map of pollen across the United States. Now I understand why I've been sneezing, having and itchy throat, and watery eyes for the last few days. We are in the "medium" pollen range. Here's a link to the map.

I always love when I see these new terms added to the dictionaries. There are a few on here that I've never heard before.  My fave by far is AMAZEBALLS!!!! Awesome. I will be finding a way to use this in many times as I can. Check out some new additions to the (From Harper Collins)

Who here would eat 20 year old cheese? Read on...

AMERICAN CHEESE AFTER 27 YEARS _ A guy on the social news website Reddit has posted a photo of some really old fake cheese. The man and his mom were going through boxes from their last move -- in 1985 -- and found two wrapped slices of American, looking more like an eighth-grader's science project than actual food. Ew.

Update....Remember that dude that I reported wanted to sing a patriotic song 911 times? Read on...

Update: Utah Man Sings 9/11 Tribute Song 911 Times
A Utah man finished up his 911th rendition of Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA” on the 11th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terror attacks. Alan Foote’s voice was steady as he completed his patriotic tribute when the first hijacked jetliner struck the World Trade Center in New York City 11 years ago. The approximately two dozen people on hand at Staheli Family Farms applauded the Washington City man as he finished the epic musical tribute he started Sunday morning. “I will never get sick of [the song],” Foote said. Foote’s wife Sandi said he slept for 3 hours earlier Tuesday after getting far enough ahead on his schedule to be assured he could achieve his goal on time.
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Day of Remeberence

Today is September 11, 2012. Today is known as Patriot Day or the National Day of Rememberance.

In the United States, Patriot Day occurs on September 11 of each year, designated in memory of the 2,977 killed in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Initially, the day was called the Prayer and Remembrance for the Victims of the Terrorist Attacks on September 11, 2001.

U.S. House of Representatives Joint Resolution 71 was approved by a vote of 407–0 on October 25, 2001. It requested that the President designate September 11 of each year as "Patriot Day". President George W. Bush signed the resolution into law on December 18, 2001 (as Public Law 107-89[1]). It is a discretionary day of remembrance. On September 4, 2002, President Bush used his authority created by the resolution and proclaimed September 11, 2002 as Patriot Day.

On this day, the President requests that the American flag be flown at half-staff at individual American homes, at the White House, and on all U.S. government buildings and establishments, home and abroad. The President also asks Americans to observe a moment of silence beginning at 8:46 A.M. (Eastern Daylight Time), the time the first plane struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

Here is the official  9-11 Memorial page.

The official site of the national tribute of remembrance and honor to the men, women and children killed in the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 and February 26, 1993. The National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center Foundation, Inc. began formal operations in the spring of 2005. The site has released a remembrance guide, which includes a list of the nearly 3,000 victims of the attacks, interactive timelines, lesson plans about memorialization and ideas for sharing reflections through social media. The museum says it gets requests from groups seeking the victims’ names, educational materials or other information, so organizers decided to make their resources more easily available. Almost 4.5 million people have visited the outdoor memorial since it opened last September. The accompanying museum was originally set to open this September but has been delayed amid a financial disagreement.

Today is the 18th Annual United Way of the Eastern Panhandle's National Day of Caring.
Each year, volunteers converge on War Memorial Park and descend on Berkeley County and do all kinds of volunteer activities to give back to their community. This is the 18th year for this fantastic event.
In additon today the Young Professionals of the Eastern Panhandle are hosting their food drive to benefit CCAP/Loaves and Fishes. Find out more from this article in the

Man Trying To Sing Patriot Song 911 Times

Yesterday, a Utah man began an attempt to sing Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA” 911 times in 48 hours in remembrance of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Alan Foote was singing at the September 11th Tribute & Patriotic Marathon at Staheli Farms in Washington City. The event began at 6:30 a.m. Sunday and Foote was aiming to finish the song for the 911th time by tomorrow morning, coinciding with the 11th anniversary of the attacks in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania. The event will also feature actors dressed as former presidents for photo-ops and a Native American flutist.

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"Beautiful week!
This morning I really didn't get a chance to talk about too much but I did give away a Jiffy Lube Signature Service Oil Change, a pair of Thunder Over the Blue Ridge Tickets and Movie tickets...indeed a busy morning.

I'm so no up on the NFL or college football for that reason. This region is H-U-U-U-U-G-E for college football (Gooo Mountaineers!). I just saw that Darius Rucker (lead singer of Hootie and the Blowfish) is has his own fantasy football for college teams.

Darius Rucker has launched a new version of College Fantasy Football called Pigskin Fantasy U (PFU). This spin off of the original game allows participants to draft whole college teams, instead of individual players. Each week the participant selects teams to either start or bench and points are given when a starting team wins. Rucker is a graduate of the University Of South Carolina and an avid Gamecocks fan. He has been named the Celebrity Commissioner of PFU. “I can’t wait for football season to start,” said Rucker. “Watching games on Saturday is one of my favorite things to do and adding Pigskin Fantasy U to the mix is going to be awesome. My buddies and I needed another reason to talk about football and trash talk each other.” To participate in PFU, people can start a league for free until October 31st, long into the college football season begins. Similar to the original Fantasy Football, participants can play against friends from anywhere, and make their selections via an online, live draft. Get to the site here!

Do you love going to see all the beautiful autumn leaves? There is a great site called "The Foliage Network" that will allow you to monitor where the most scenic views of autumn trees are. Straight from their website

"The Foliage Network was developed to provide accurate foliage information for various locations across the United States. During the months of September, October, and November, The Foliage Network collects data from our foliage spotters twice a week. This data is collected, plotted, and analyzed by The Foliage Network. The end result is The Foliage Network Report which is transmitted to newspapers, television stations, and web sites. The Foliage Report uses actual data unlike other "reports" which use annual averages."
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Friday! Woo-Hoo!
Let's get the party started!

So do you have a hard time keeping track of all those little articles, videos, pics, and other things you'd like to look at later? I've found a new site called GETPOCKET.COM. It's a great way to "store your stuff" for free!

Do you ever find yourself discovering stories, videos and images on the internet that you don’t have the time to view when you see them? You no longer have to click past that interesting item and lose it, or try to find it again later. Just put it in your virtual pocket! A free subscription to Get Pocket keeps web pickings for you to view at your convenience. The site saves content with a click and makes it available on your phone, tablet or computer. Pocket is integrated into more than 300 apps and is available for devices and platforms that include iPad, iPhone, Kindle Fire, Android, Google Chrome and Firefox. The site lets you view your saves as a list or as titled thumbnails. You can search your list by title or url, and content can be ordered by newest or oldest items first, by title or by website. When you are done with an item, it can be deleted, archived or marked as a favorite.

We have such a great staff here at Lite 97.5. We have many hidden talents too. For instance one of our "voice guys" Joe (a guy you hear but you don't even realize it) is also a blacksmith. How cool is that? This morning I ran across an article about him. Check it out in the Herald-mail. Way to go Joe! If you guys are at the 41st Annual Boonesborough Days this weekend, say hi to him!
Did you watch the MTV Video Music Awards last night? I know I'm getting old because I don't care about that show anymore. It's all young people that I'm either not that interested in or don't know altogether. If you DO care, here's a boildown of winners...

MTV Video Music Awards Winners
The most shocking aspect of the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards last night was – the lack of shocking moments at the show, held for the first time at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Filled with stars, including Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry, Drake, Lil Wayne, Green Day, fun., Wiz Khalifa and others, the Kevin Hart-hosted affair ran largely by the book, with a mix of goofy gags, performances and awards. The winners include:


Video of the Year: Rihanna f/ Calvin Harris – “We Found Love”

Best Male Video: Chris Brown – “Turn Up the Music”

Best Female Video: Nicki Minaj – “Starships”

Best New Artist: One Direction – “What Makes You Beautiful”

Best Pop Video: One Direction – “What Makes You Beautiful”

Best Rock Video: Coldplay – “Paradise”

Best Hip-Hop Video: Drake f/ Lil Wayne – “HYFR”

Best Electronic Dance Video: Calvin Harris – “Feel So Close”

Best Video With a Message: Demi Lovato – “Skyscraper”

Most Share-Worthy Video: One Direction – “What Makes You Beautiful”

Friday Toy Memory: Who doesn't remember the bright colors, the smell and the hours of fun playing with Play Doh? That's my memory. I loved this commercial particularly. I didn't have the hair growing salon but I thought it was might funny!
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Sushi on your hot dog? What the tooth fairy is paying, What WON'T they sell on e
G'mornin! It's taken me waay to long to get this blog done today. It seems ever day that there is something that "pops up" and I get pushed back on my timeline of things to do. Do you ever have that happen? Like, you plan to get all these things done but instead, you  find yourself doing 14 other things and the things you needed to get done get pushed to the back burner?  Welcome to my life. I just found an app that helps with that, it's called Crazy Busy Life App. It's based on a book by Dr. Ned Hallowell. Check it out. Hmmm. I may need to try to get an interview with the people involved with this app. I'll keep ya posted!

I have now officially heard everything...

On e-bay, there is a listing for...wait for it....AN IMAGINARY DOG!!!!!

Item number: 170906308044

Bidding ends:  September 12th
No bids so far...
Item location:  Porto, Porto, Portugal

Seller says: “The imaginary dog is a male, and his name is Rocky. Rocky is a Chocolate Lab and he is very good with kids. He loves to go on imaginary walks and imaginary swims in the Chesapeake Bay. The best thing is, his poop is imaginary and is not that hard to clean up. I’ve had him for about 2 months, and I can not keep him, because the new house I’m renting will not allow me to keep dogs there. I found Rocky at the adoption center after she was living with a family that abused him. He is in great shape now, and is only about 6 months old. This dog has to be bought soon, or I will have to take her to the pound. I will ship the imaginary dog to you in an imaginary small box with a few imaginary holes poked in the top so she can breathe. You will also get an imaginary food bowl, imaginary water bowl, imaginary leash, and imaginary collar. She is a very good dog, and you will not be disappointed with your purchase. I know he is very expensive, but it is very rare to find an imaginary dog like this one.”
Don't believe me? Here is the link to the auction item!

You hear a lot about celebrity couples. Here are  the most Powerful Celebrity couples according to Billboard Magazine.
Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks take the top slot on Billboard’s Top 10 Celebrity Couples list with a combined 78.9 million albums sold since Nielsen SoundScan started in 1991. Music mogul couple Jay-Z and Beyoncé surprisingly made it to only number two with 62.3 million in sales. The top 10 on the list:

1. Garth Brooks & Trisha Yearwood
2. Jay-Z & Beyoncé
3. Tim McGraw & Faith Hill
4. Mariah Carey & Nick Cannon
5. Chad Kroeger & Avril Lavigne (Who recently got engaged)
6. Gwen Stefani & Gavin Rossdale
7. Alicia Keys & Swizz Beatz
8. Justin Bieber & Selena Gomez
9. Blake Shelton & Miranda Lambert
10. Skrillex & Ellie Goulding

What does the Tooth Fairy pay at your house? She's not immune to the changes in the economy you know...

Economic conditions in the U.S. are improving in at least one sector – children who receive money from the Tooth Fairy. A new survey by Visa shows that the Tooth Fairy is leaving an average of $3.00 per tooth this year, an increase of 15% over the $2.60 left in 2011. To help parents answer the perennial question of how much their children should receive from the Tooth Fairy, Visa has created a new mobile app and online calculator that recommends an appropriate amount to leave for each tooth. The free app and calculator uses Visa’s survey data and factors in demographics such as gender, age, home state, income and education levels to formulate how much money the Tooth Fairy is leaving. The calculator is available at; the app is available for iPhones and iPads at the iTunes Store. Additional survey findings include:

    3% of children receive less than a dollar, down from 7% last year.
    30% of children receive exactly $1. Last year’s survey showed that 29% of children received exactly $1.
    13% of children receive between $2 to $4, down from 18% last year.
    18% of children receive $5, the same amount as compared to last year.
    8% of children receive more than $5, compared to 3% last year.

I loooooove Hot Dogs! I really do. Check out these innovated ways to dress up your weiners. I'll be honest, I'm not so sure about the one that has ginger and wasabi. It's like sushi on your hot dog. Ewww. I got these tasty inspirations from Dash!

Listen to it (I think I was kinda funny...pardon my silliness)

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Fun Stuff from the show today

Men lie...more than women.

Men are more likely to lie than women, at least according to one survey. The average man tells 3 lies a day – or a whopping 1,092 a year, whereas women fib just twice a day or 728 times a year, research by BMW Financial Services revealed. But a role reversal happens when it comes to hiding new clothes from a partner, in that situation, 39% of women feel the need to lie about their latest wardrobe additions, compared to just 26% of men. Women are also most likely to pretend to be busy to avoid a phone call, 50% admit to this opposed to just over a 33.33% men.

How passionate are you about your car? You know every neighborhood has one. You know this person, they spend their evenings and weekends washing, polishing, and gazing at their cars because they love them so much.  If you are one of those people, read this...

Some drivers are taking their love for their car to the extreme – choosing to spend their free time with their vehicle over friends and family, according to a poll by The poll asked drivers how they like to spend their “free time” during evenings, weekends, and days off and found that 12% spend it washing and polishing their car, and taking it for a spin. The poll also found that 5% of drivers made their spouse/significant other wait at least a year before letting them behind the wheel of their car – and 20% made their partner wait at least three months. But it doesn’t stop there; motorists were also asked if they’d seek revenge on a partner’s car if a relationship went wrong. A staggering 1.6 million said they’d already taken revenge on their partner’s car, or would definitely think about it. The top five revenge methods were:

1. Scratch / damage the paintwork (41%)
2. Let the air out of the tires (29%)
3. Smash a window (26%)
4. Damage the tires (24%)
5. Leave messages / pictures in the dirt on the car windows (20%)

Poor Carnie Wilson can't catch a break!

A new sign for Cairine Wilson Secondary School  in Ottawa read “Carnie Wilson Secondary School” before it was quickly fixed. Cairine Wilson Secondary School was named after the first woman appointed to Canada’s Senate (pictured on the left). For a short time, though, it appeared as though the school was named after the Wilson Phillips singer (pictured on the right). The sign was repaired Saturday morning. (the correct sign below)

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Welcome to September!
Welcome back to the work week y'all! The best thing about a shortened work week is this: It's going to feel like a day off all week. That'll be great though on Friday!  Hope you enjoyed your weekend.

So today, you can help out a good cause and maybe even score a free T-shirt. The Student Nurse Association of Blue Ridge Community and Technical College is hosting a blood drive from 11:30-5:30 on Tuesday September 4 in the 3rd floor nursing lab. Be a hero, save a life. All who donate will receive a free tshirt!

I received an e-mail from Paranormal Patrol.  They are
a group that investigates reports of Paranormal activity, is looking for families to find the most haunted houses in West Virginia. Recently Paranormal Patrol was contacted by A&E TV to team up with them to find the most haunted house in WV to air in their TV series "THE HAUNTING". They are looking for families of 4 or more, with at least two teenagers to early 20's who have experienced paranormal activity. Due to the large production crew, they are looking for houses versus condos, apartments or townhouses. For more information visit For more info call Robin at (304) 279-8837.

Also, I saw this on another site about Shepherd University. Don't know if it's true or not but it is creepy! Click here for the story (it's #9).


When is the last time you have seen a $2 bill? They usually end up being tucked away in secret hiding places as souvenirs or used as birthday and Christmas gifts for kids. listed some facts you probably didn’t know about $2 bills:

    Although Thomas Jefferson has been featured on the $2 bill since 1869, it was Alexander Hamilton’s portrait that originally graced the front of the bill when it was introduced in 1862.

    Jefferson’s home, Monticello, was first featured on the bill’s reverse side in 1929. The Monticello gift shop reportedly now gives them out as change to encourage their circulation.

    In 1925, the U.S. government tried – unsuccessfully – to increase the popularity of the $2 bill by placing one in federal employee pay envelopes.

    After years of public indifference to the $2 bill, production was finally discontinued in 1966, only to be restarted as part of the American Bicentennial celebration in 1976.

    The revised $2 bill from 1976 replaced the Monticello with a depiction of John Trumbull’s painting, “Declaration of Independence.”

    People looking to create a money-making collectible had the new $2 bills postmarked by the U.S. Post Office on their first day of issue (April 13, 1976). However, so many of them did so that, even today, there are enough postmarked bills floating around to ensure they don’t command much above the $2 bill’s face value.

    As a general rule of thumb, if a $2 bill has a red Treasury seal and serial numbers, it’s at least somewhat-valuable. If the bill has a green Treasury seal and serial numbers, then it’s probably not worth more than face value.

    $2 bills are seen in circulation so rarely that some people still think they’re counterfeit upon first encountering them.

    In 2005, a Baltimore man was arrested and held in custody until Secret Service agents could verify that the 57 $2 bills he used to pay Best Buy for installing a radio-CD player in his son’s car were genuine.

    As late as the turn of the 21st century, there were more than $1.1 billion worth of the bills in circulation.

    The U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing continues to print $2 bills, including 230 million of them in 2006. Even so, $2 bills make up just 1% of all U.S. bills in circulation.

    Strip clubs reportedly include $2 bills in their customers’ change whenever possible to help increase tip income for their dancers.

Here's the Wikipedia page for $2.00 Bills
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