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Mar. 6, 2014 6:14 am
Mar. 3, 2014 6:08 am
Drunk Gambler Loses $500,000 - Sues the Casino
What?! Initially, this sounds like sour grapes from an incredibly stupid gambler. However, in my assessment, this might only be half true. The gambler is incredibly stupid. Mark Johnston of Ventura, California spent a weekend whooping it up at the newly opened Downtown Grand Casino in Vegas. He says he got "blackout drunk" and dropped $500,000 at the tables and is therefore not liable for the debt.
Apparently, there is a Nevada law that might be his release from this obligation. This law bans casinos from allowing obviously drunk patrons to gamble and serve them comped drinks. Johnston says he has witnesses and with the use of the casino's own surveillance video, he can prove he was seriously intoxicated and they continued to take his bets and serve him free drinks.
If Johnston wins this case, that will certainly open the floodgates for many others to cry foul in the future, even if they weren't "blackout drunk." Nobody wants to admit they were stupid enough to keep betting and lost everything. Conversely, we might start to see casinos dropping the hammer on those who seem remotely "tipsy" and not allow them to continue to play. Somehow, I think they will not be quick to pull that trigger. Casinos NEED people to keep betting, as that's how they make their money. What is more likely to become a trend in Vegas is the scaling back of those free alcoholic beverages. Sitting at a Blackjack table, sipping a FREE rum and coke will likely become a rarity Sitting at a Blackjack table and downing more than two or three FREE rum and cokes will likely become a thing of the past.
So, THANKS Mark Johnston, and all of the other stupid drunk gamblers out there, for ruining the one little highlight many of us enjoyed partaking in when we ventured to Vegas. Free drinks will likely become less and less likely to be given.
Move Over, Angry Birds, Here Comes Dierks!
Feb. 27, 2014 7:57 am
Best. Oscars. Ever.
Ellen DeGeneres absolutely killed it on the Oscars last night. I've always enjoyed her brand of comedy and especially her hosting style. She's funny and punchy, without being rude or obnoxious. Some of the highlights from last night's broadcast included her ordering pizza for the audience, then later handing it out to all of the hungry A-listers in their fancy clothes. Yes! Stars and starlets were wolfing down greasy pizza in designer duds on national television!! Ellen managed to get them to be human for all of us to see and then capped off the bit by passing Pharrell Williams' monster hat around to them to collect money to pay the delivery guy.
Probably one of the best moments occurred when Ellen decided to do a selfie (she did a ton of them throughout the evening) with Meryl Streep, which turned into a massive group selfie instead. Ellen told viewers to retweet it, so the record for retweets could be broken. Mission accomplished. The tweet reportedly was retweeted well over 1.8 million times, so much that it actually shut Twitter down momentarily!
The picture is a classic. Ellen had Bradley Cooper hold her phone and take the shot with his longer arms to attempt to get everyone in it. Personally, I pondered if Bradley deliberately cut Jared Leto out of the shot, because he had lost Best Supporting Actor to him earlier in the night. Nah. I'm sure that was just a coincidence, right?
There's a new bird on the block. Dierks Bentley has created an interactive game in support of his brand new album Riser. The game is called Riser Bird and is based around the thunderbird image that represents the album project. Dierks says, "There are so many addicting games about birds right now, and we thought it would be funny to create our own Riser Bird game. I'm all about finding interesting ways to get music out to the fans, and this is just supposed to be fun." Fans playing the game can preview the new music throughout the bird's journey as they try to conquer each level. Gamers can share their high scores and enter to win the grand prize trip to attend an upcoming "Riser Tour" rehearsal. Five additional fans will also win autographed copies of the new album. Riser Bird can be played by logging on to www.riserbird.com.
Where's My Thin Mints!
Feb. 26, 2014 6:59 am
Now here's an app you can really get into! Take it from the Girl Scouts themselves and ?Be Prepared? ? by getting this sweet new app! The Girl Scout Cookie Locator helps you find where Girl Scout Cookies are being sold near you, as well as when you can get them. The app locates specific sites - like churches and shopping centers- where Scouts are setting up shop, making it ideal for Thin Mints fiends who don?t personally know any Girl Scouts or someone who does. It also includes a countdown clock so you can get hyped for cookie season. We would definitely use this app...a lot! Here's the link to get the app.
Does This Egg-Cite You?
Feb. 25, 2014 6:14 am
Feb. 24, 2014 6:26 am
This may finally answer the age-old question, ?which came first, the chicken or the egg?? Hampton Creek Foods, a company that is working on developing an entirely plant-based egg, recently scored more than $20 million in funding from a wealthy Asian investor. The San Francisco-based company already produces egg-free products for use in certain foods. But their long-term goal is to make the entire egg industry ?obsolete,? replacing it with chicken-free eggs that are ?cheaper, healthier and more humane.? C'mon, a fake egg?! Do we really want to replace the lowly egg? Not only are we talking about fried, scrambled and over-easy, but what about all the things that call for eggs as am ingredient, like cookies. What do you think of this? Would you eat "fake" eggs? Do you think using real eggs is "inhumane" to the chickens? Drop us your thoughts: johnandjacklyn@kicks 1063.com.
Feb. 21, 2014 7:34 am
By the Numbers
While many fans and critics of NASCAR spent hours leading up to the Daytona 500, debating the return of the #3 to the Sprint Cup Series, the son of the legendary driver of said #3 put up some tremendous numbers of his own, after following through with a promise.
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. said prior to the Daytona 500, that if he won the prestigious race, he would FINALLY join Twitter. He had set up the account, but never sent one tweet. Fans and industry insiders have been hounding him for years to do so, but leave it to him to create even more buzz around his first ever tweet on the social media outlet.
With the long rain delay, stretching the race into the late hours, under the lights at Daytona, Earnhardt fans were at fever pitch, when the final caution flag flew, setting up a green-white-checkered finish. Earnhardt delivered, sending fans into a frenzy, as he crossed the finish line, grabbing the checkers and etching his name into the record books.
Earnhardt walked into the media center after all of the Victory Lane hullabaloo, letting out a huge "Woooooo!" and announced to the media there, that he "bet someone ain't come in here and screamed in 30 years!" Which is likely true and refreshing to see such joy from a winner of the historic race.
True to his promise, at approximately 1:32am, our local time, he tweeted for the first time ever:
He's boasting well over 254,000 followers as of 6am this morning and he just sent his second tweet, which also included a photo of his car in Victory Lane. With any luck, his activity will prompt more people to join Twitter, as I thoroughly enjoy the brevity of 140 characters. It leaves less opportunity for dirty laundry diatribes from people!
Love Is In The Air!
Feb. 13, 2014 6:59 am
If you?ve ever wished your food was more like a dirty diaper, you?re in luck! Researchers say baby poop may be the key to making sausage healthier. Bacteria from the baby waste could potentially transform cured meats like pepperoni and salami into foods that have health benefits similar to probiotic yogurts. The two kinds of bacteria used most often in probiotics are much more abundant in infant feces than adult excrement, so scientists gathered samples from healthy infants and made sausages with it. They found that not only were the sausages better for you, they also tasted just like regular, non-poop sausages. Not sure if they?ll be able to market that to normal consumers, though!
Valentine?s Day is tomorrow, and the results of a new survey on romance arrive just in time. The poll asked 1,000 married couples about the keys to romance?so listen up and take notes. The ingredients for a happy relationship include?
Feb. 10, 2014 5:54 am
-Kissing 10 times per week
-Saying ?I love you? 10 times a week
-Sex three times a week
-Three date nights a month
-Ten deep and meaningful conversations a month
-Three arguments a month
-Two vacations (together) a year
-Three shared hobbies or interests
And according to a separate study, another path to romantic bliss is going on double dates. Research shows couples who go out with other couples feel better about their own relationships afterwards.
What do you think are the keys to a happy relationship? Do you agree with this breakdown? Do you ever go on double dates? Do double dates make you feel better about your relationship?
Feb. 4, 2014 7:29 am
Up in Arms
So, this happened over the weekend.
U.S. figure skating team Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir did a routine to "Skyfall," the theme song from the most recent James Bond movie. In light of the subject matter, the pair got into character, which is standard fare for these productions. You might notice that Shnapir is sporting a gun holster? without a gun.
It wasn't long before social media was alight with the discussion about it. Many thought it was a nice touch to give a nod to "Agent 007," while others were upset and found it unnecessary and insulting that the U.S. would be represented this way. What do you think?? Drop us an email.
And The ACM Awards Goes to...
Jan. 30, 2014 7:07 am
America the Beautiful?
I'll admit it, when I heard the Coca-Cola ad during the Superbowl, with all of the different cultures singing "America the Beautiful," in different languages it was a bit of a jolt to me. I wasn't offended, per se, but it struck me as odd. Sort of like wearing someone else's underwear. Not that I have done that.
I suppose, mostly because hearing that song in a language other than English wasn't what I was accustomed to hearing. It was a visually beautiful ad and the voices were on perfect pitch. However, at the time, I pondered what the end game was on this ad. Let's be honest, ad agencies don't make decisions willy-nilly. There is a well thought out plan behind every piece of a production. Dare we say it? Advertising agencies are calculated in their decisions.
As is the case these days, most of us have our social media accounts opened up during a major event, so we can share our thoughts, sarcasm or insight, on what is unfolding live in front of us. My Twitter feed lit up with comments about that Coca-Cola ad and many of them were filled with vitriol.
If we were to sing the much beloved Chinese song, "Battle on Shangganling Mountain" in English. It would likely be met with Chinese eyebrows being raised and perhaps some jail time, mostly because they wouldn't know how to take it. For the record, that song is pro-communist and a victory celebration, depicting when the Chinese took up arms against the "American Imperialists" at Triangle hill (Shangganling) during the Korean War.
As a side note, did you know that a Chinese pianist played that song at the White House in 2011? That strikes me as distasteful, but perhaps I would be called a racist by some for feeling that way?
We are teaching our children to be tolerant of others. This is a good thing, in my opinion. However, it begs the question, are we allowed to have opinions on things? Being tolerant and having an opinion are NOT mutually exclusive. You may not like something, but are you required to shut your mouth, because someone else doesn't agree with your point of view? Are we teaching our children to just be quiet if they disagree with someone? I'd rather have a child who can have an educated opinion and debate things with others. I'd rather have a child who has the intestinal fortitude to stand up for their beliefs.
We are all entitled to our opinions. No where does it say we all have to agree on everything. Just the fact that we're having this dialogue about the commercial and what it meant to each other is good. If you're casting a blanket judgement over others because of how that ad made them feel, then shame on you. You're behaving exactly as you profess those who spoke out against the ad. I ask again, are we not entitled to our opinions?
Are there people in your circle of family and friends that agree with EVERYTHING that you believe? I mean EVERYTHING. I'll be the first to raise my hand and say NO. I have similar views on many things with a handful of people in my world. I vehemently disagree with several people in my circle on some of their views, but I'm not about to chastise them for having opinions. Actually, I enjoy talking to those folks the most. It's engaging to hear other views on things, why they feel the way they do and the backstory as to why that feeling resonates so strongly.
If someone wants to act like an asshat, in my opinion, they are free to do so. I don't have to agree with them and I might very well agree with them later on a whole different topic. Just because someone has a different opinion than you on an issue, doesn't mean that you have to tear them down for that. It makes you into that judgmental person that you profess to be speaking out against.
Silencing those who disagree with your views only narrows your own world view. I'd rather keep an open mind and hear as many different angles on a subject. How about you? Drop us an email.
Jan. 29, 2014 6:49 am
The nominees for the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards were announced yesterday, with Miranda Lambert and Tim McGraw leading the pack with 7 nominations apiece. Lambert's seven nominations at this year's show include her third nod for the night's top prize Entertainer of the Year and eighth consecutive nod for Female Vocalist of the Year. Other artists up for the Entertainer of the Year trophy this year include Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, George Strait and Taylor Swift. Coming in behind Miranda and Tim with six nominations is Keith Urban, who is up for an award in Male Vocalist of the Year category. Lee Brice, Kacey Musgraves, Blake Shelton and Taylor Swift each received 5 nominations, with Florida Georgia Line and Lady Antebellum both receiving 4 nods.
Here's the full listing of nominees:
Entertainer of the Year: Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Taylor Swift
Male Vocalist of the Year: Jason Aldean, Lee Brice, Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, Keith Urban
Female Vocalist of the Year: Sheryl Crow, Miranda Lambert, Kacey Musgraves, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood
Vocal Duo of the Year: Big & Rich, Dan + Shay, Florida Georgia Line, Love and Theft, Thompson Square
Vocal Group of the Year: Eli Young Band, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, The Band Perry, Zac Brown Band
Album of the Year: Based On A True Story? ? Blake Shelton, Crash My Party ? Luke Bryan, Here's To The Good Times ? Florida Georgia Line, Same Trailer Different Park ? Kacey Musgraves, Two Lanes Of Freedom ? Tim McGraw
Single Record of the Year: "Cruise" ? Florida Georgia Line, "Highway Don't Care" ? Tim McGraw Featuring Taylor Swift & Keith Urban, "I Drive Your Truck" ? Lee Brice, "Mama's Broken Heart" ?Miranda Lambert, "Wagon Wheel" ? Darius Rucker Featuring Lady Antebellum
Song of the Year: "Every Storm (Runs Out Of Rain)" ? Gary Allan, "I Drive Your Truck" ? Lee Brice, "Mama's Broken Heart" ? Miranda Lambert, "Mine Would Be You" ? Blake Shelton, "Wagon Wheel" ? Darius Rucker Featuring Lady Antebellum
Video of the Year: "Better Dig Two" ? The Band Perry, "Blowin' Smoke" ? Kacey Musgraves, "Highway Don't Care" ? Tim McGraw Featuring Taylor Swift & Keith Urban, "I Drive Your Truck" ? Lee Brice, "Mama's Broken Heart" ? Miranda Lambert, "Two Black Cadillacs" ? Carrie Underwood
Vocal Event of the Year: "Boys 'Round Here" ? Blake Shelton Featuring Pistol Annies & Friends, "Cruise (Remix)" ? Florida Georgia Line Featuring Nelly, "Highway Don't Care" ? Tim McGraw Featuring Taylor Swift & Keith Urban, "Wagon Wheel" ? Darius Rucker Featuring Lady Antebellum, "We Were Us" ? Keith Urban And Miranda Lambert
Songwriter of the Year: Rhett Atkins, Rodney Clawson, Ashley Gorley, Luke Laird, Shane McAnally
Jan. 23, 2014 5:43 am
Reading the Label on Your Weight Gain
Apparently researchers have been able to better define women's eating habits that lead to weight gain and allegedly, we all fall into one of seven categories. The eating profile determines your primary weight-loss obstacles. Here are the "eating personalities":
- Rushers: on-the-go people who blame their bad food choices on their busy schedules. The majority of women surveyed (about 70%) fell into this category.
- Pickers: people who snack between meals.
- Bingers: people who restrict their food intake all week, then go all-out over the weekend.
- Comfort eaters: people who eat to feel better.
- Reward eaters: people who congratulate themselves for a job well done with food.
- Socializers: people whose social lives--including drinking alcohol and eating out at restaurants--cause weight gain.
I don't know about you, but I actually could fall into at least three of these categories. I guess that means I have my work cut out for me to tackle the issues and have a real breakthrough for weight loss! What category do you fall into and do you think you can overcome it? Drop us an email.
- Settlers: people in relationships who gain weight because their eating habits catch up with their partners'.
Jan. 22, 2014 5:51 am
Love Life Revealed?
There's a silly game going around on the internet, where you're supposed to grab the nearest book and open it to page 45, which will explain your love life. Many of my friends have had stellar results with this. "Pretty accurate," "Freaked me out," "OMG it is SO me!" were just a few of the words of others who participated in this experiment.
Being one that enjoys fun little things of this nature, I searched around my desk for a book. The only one available was a thick paperback about urban legends. I quickly flipped to page 45 and this is what I saw:
So, that's encouraging. Have you ever participated in this game? Share with us what your results were! Drop us an email.
I Don't Think This Was Original Equipment!
Jan. 21, 2014 5:49 am
Queen of the Backup
That was a title that my mother held and likely still does, only now I'm giving her a run for her money. Yes, I've become my mother. When I go to the store, I buy two of something, to ensure that when the first runs out, I still have a "backup" on hand to carry us until I can get to the store again.
This plan is quite seamless and rarely is there a hiccup, unless my husband is involved. He's not the best communicator when his toiletries run low and I don't exactly check out the levels of his stuff, as I'm generally running arse-over-tea-kettle to get myself ready in the morning.
It has come to my attention that he is out of deodorant, not that he told me or anything. I happened to notice a big ol' armpit hair on MY deodorant this morning. At first, I panicked, thinking, "My God! Have I taken this winter no-shave thing too far?!"
But then I remembered that I have been breaking down and actually running the razor over the offending areas more frequently, mostly because I don't want stray cats to begin using my legs as scratching posts.
So there I was, staring at this nasty, long hair on my deodorant from my husband's arm pit. It was then that I cursed the advertising slogan of this particular brand: Strong Enough for a Man, But Made for a Woman. Well, bravo! It doesn't mean I wanted his hairy pit to be slathered with my stick.
I went back into the bedroom and nudged his snoring body in the bed.
"Hey, I know you used my deodorant. Are you out of yours?"
A fuzzy reply, "How do you know I used it?"
"Because there was a huge pit hair on it!"
The bed began to shake with his stifled laughter. Needless to say, I will be making a trip to get him his own underarm deodorant today.
Has your husband ever "borrowed" some of your products? Did he leave them "untainted?" Share your story with us!
Country Birthdays.... And Brantley Gilberts Jeans
Jan. 20, 2014 6:25 am
So here's the deal: I was putting a new battery in the KICKS 106.3 truck last week, and as I was tightening the cables on, I glanced down and saw this next to the lower part of the engine block:
I boxed it in in red so you can see what I'm talking about. So I says to myself, "That looks like the bottom of a phone. I wonder what piece of equipment that is?" Upon closer inspection, I discovered that it was indeed a phone! Not a cell phone, but someone's cordless landline phone. Here it is after I pulled it out of the engine compartment:
We have no idea who it belongs to or how long it was in there. We have had some work done on the truck like oil changes, etc., but really no idea where it came from! So if you've worked on the KICKS truck and you're missing a phone, we've got it!
Jan. 15, 2014 6:37 am
A milestone birthday today for a country legend: John Michael Montgomery turns 50 today!
And happy 29th birthday to Brantley Gilbert!
Brantley admits that at the beginning of his career, he stayed put in his home state of Georgia to make sure he stayed true to who he was as a singer and an artist. Now, Gilbert embraces the Music City as well as maintains exactly who he is. He shares:
"I was happy where I was at and I was just a little hesitant about Nashville. I didn?t want management, you know, in the beginning, a booking agent or a label. I was scared to death somebody?d try to slap some wranglers and a bucket hat on me and tell me to sing somebody else?s songs. So, I was a little standoffish but eventually we grew to the point where those things were a necessity."
I guess I'm just wondering how many of you ladies would like to "slap" those Wranglers!
Jan. 9, 2014 7:03 am
Give Me a Signal
I cannot afford a brand new car, so could someone please tell me, do the new models not come equipped with turn signals? I am forever amazed at people who do not use them. It's the simplest concept that nonverbally communicates your intentions to other drivers.
The turn signal is quite amazing. Did you know that it was a woman who invented it? True story. Florence Lawrence, a silent-film star in the early 1900's, came up with the idea in 1914. It originally was a "signaling arm," that when a button was pressed inside of the car, would raise a flag on the rear bumper to notify another driver which way the car was going to turn. She also fashioned a brake signal. It was a little sign that said, "STOP," which flipped up from the rear bumper when the brake was applied.
But I digress. This morning, as I was trekking my way into work, I had a vehicle come to an abrupt stop in the middle of the road. It was pitch black dark, so from my vantage point behind him, I could not tell if some little varmint had dashed out into the road in front of them or what was going on for them to hit the brakes. As it turned out, they were turning, without a turn signal.
I couldn't be certain in the dark, but I'm fairly sure it was a man driving. I say this, because so often it's women who get the bad reputation of not driving well. Yes, I keep a score card.
Regardless, I'm urging all drivers to USE YOUR TURN SIGNALS, it's particularly important in winter driving, when stopping and slowing can trigger a scene akin to billiard balls bouncing off of one another. Seriously, there is no excuse for not using your turn signals. If you're yakking on the cellphone with one hand and can't be bothered to flip the lever, because you only have two hands, then you are an even worse driver, who deserves to be shamed mercilessly in front of everyone.
And while we're on the subject, consider brushing the snow off of your headlights, taillights and other pertinent equipment on your vehicle this winter season for your own safety. It should go without saying that if you drive without clearing your windows you deserve to have your license revoked. You are a danger to everyone and most importantly, incredibly stupid.
What are your pet peeves when it comes to driving? Drop us an email.
Jan. 8, 2014 7:15 am
Death by Wedgie
I couldn't believe this was a legit story, especially because I heard about it from my nephew, who can spin a great tale. And like most nephews, he enjoys horsing around and delights in the art of the "wedgie."
But this is a true story. The source was Reuters. Yeah, THAT Reuters, respected news source to the world.
Wedgies, beer and death. A 33-year-old Oklahoma man, Brad Lee Davis was drinking beer and eventually got into an argument with his step-father, 58-year-old Denver St. Clair. According to the story, St. Clair started to bad-mouth his wife, Davis' mother.
Apparently, Davis decided to inflict an "Atomic Wedgie" on his step-dad in a fit of rage. It was a real brutal one, where the waistband of the underwear went over his head and around his neck, causing him to suffocate.
That IS one seriously Atomic Wedgie. The act left ligature marks on St. Clair's neck and blood spatter was found in various parts of the home. Davis is sitting in jail as I type. I think I might have to continue to follow this story as it goes to court.
It's a tragic story, but yet I find myself struggling not to laugh. It just sounds like a punchline to a joke, but it's a horrible way to go--death by wedgie. Mercifully, St. Clair's death certificate will read asphyxiation and blunt force trauma, not "Atomic Wedgie."
I suppose this makes a good case for going commando.
So Is It Bluetooth, Or Blueteeth?
Jan. 7, 2014 7:35 am
There was a time when I thought it would be hysterically funny to get Disney's "Tigger" tattooed on my inner thigh, hollering, "Hello-o-o-o-o-o" toward my nether regions. I've since realized that it's a good thing that my plans fell through and I did not go forward with it. I truly believe I would've regretted that.
Speaking of regrets, there's this guy:
Um? yeah. Kids, don't undervalue those weekly spelling quizzes that your teacher gives you.
I have nothing against tattoos. There are some incredible works of art that I've witnessed on skin. For me personally, I've never had that big of an attachment to something that I felt the need to permanently put it on my flesh. There have been times when I seriously considered getting one, but ended up tabling the idea.
Do you have a tattoo that you regret? Or maybe one that you really cherish? Share it with us! Drop us an email.
Wow! What will they think of next!?! Meet "Kolibree", the "world's first connected toothbrush". Announced this week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the Kolibree is able to provide users with details on their brushing habits, helping them to improve their overall dental health. The Kolibree uses Bluetooth to connect to an iPhone, automatically synchronizing data each time the toothbrush is used. A built-in sensor measures the amount of time that a user spends brushing and whether hard to reach areas were properly cleaned. Do we really need this? I guess I can see it helping teach kids how to brush properly, but how many other "personal products" can we connect to apps via Bluetooth to monitor ourselves. Bluetooth razors? Bluetooth hairbrushes? How about Bluetooth toilet paper? OK that's way out there, but who knows? Get more info on the Kolibree here.