4-20-2009, John O'Hurley stopped in for an interview on one of our stations and graciously posed for pictures. He was in Anchorage playing King Arthur in the musical Monty Python's Spamalot. And we will always remember him as J. Peterman from Seinfeld and those GCI commercials.
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THE POLAR PLUNGE FOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS ALASKA is back again, December 21st at Goose Lake. We're Freezin' for a Reason--because the shortest day of the year will also be the biggest fund raiser for Special Olympics Alaska.
I will be emceeing this wild, fun event--and will be making my 5th plunge to support Special Olympics and the wonderful athletes it has been my joy and honor to meet over the years.
Help put smiles on the faces of these athletes as they cross the finish line and as they beam with pride receiving medals.
Please sponsor me in the Polar Plunge with a donation to Special Olympics Alaska, and then come out and cheer on all of the Plungers at Goose Lake. CLICK HERE to go to my Polar Plunge sponsorship page. THANKS!
I originally posted this short essay on my personal Facebook page and it got a lot of positive response, so I thought I'd re-write it and post it here.
MY TWO CENTS ON "HAPPY HOLIDAYS"
Choosing to be offended by "happy holidays" is just that; a choice. It's your choice.
It was always meant to be a way to wish good cheer for the multiple holidays that come close together. It was never meant as a way to avoid saying Merry Christmas, but a way to wish you a Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year, and perhaps even a Happy Thanksgiving. At least, that is what I believed when I heard it growing up.
And guess what--each time I hear it, I'm a bit HAPPIER because I find it nice that someone is polite enough or cares enough to want me to have a happy holidays, even if it is only a passing nice thought.
Happy Holidays was, in my opinion, never meant to be an anti-Merry Christmas slogan.
I think it has become childish to consider Happy Holidays to be a slight on those who celebrate Christmas. That is just another way for someone to CHOOSE unhappiness, bitterness, and anger. Now, aren't there enough REAL things to be worried about in this world without contriving new ones that didn't exist before?
Aside from that, choosing to be negative is not really embracing the spirit of the season if you do celebrate Christmas. Not embracing that positive meaning is also your own individual choice.
Someone wishing you happy holidays was never meant to be given as an insult. You choose whether to receive it that way.
Growing up in the 70's, I remember there were LOTS of gameshows. I recall that TV was clearly divided between three major channels, (four, if I wanted to watch Sesame Street through a veil of TV 'snow'), and it was further broken up during the daytime: kids shows, game shows, and soaps.
I'm also old enough to remember TV's with no remote controls and using Dad's needle nose pliers to change channels when the dial (yes...the dial) eventually fell out, but we won't go into that....
Me, around 1976, when Mom's soap operas came on.
70's Game shows were garishly colored, overly happy events that couldn't seem to make up their minds about being a contest, a sitcom, or a variety show. Many of them, like Match Game and Hollywood Squares, featured more celebrity guest starts than The Love Boat.
Some game shows actually featured the unofficial debuts of stars BEFORE they became famous. Check out this collection of videos of not-yet-celebrity game show appearances, including a pre-Cheers Kirstie Alley and non-cyborg Arnold. Just click the image below. ENJOY!
Thanks for checking out my blog. First, let me proudly announce that CASEY B. of 101.3 KGOT, which is Magic 98.9's sister station and next-door neighbor, will be joining me for the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Alaska, taking his first jump into icy Goose Lake to help raise money in support of our S.O.A. athletes!! THANKS KCB!
If you would like to sponsor either of us with a donation to Special Olympics Alaska, here is the link for CLEAR CHANNEL'S TEAM PAGE. The Polar Plunge for Special Olympics AK will be December 21st, so come out for the fun. Donations are greatly appreciated, and so is sharing our pages via Facebook and Twitter.
ATTENTION BIKE COMMUTERS:
I spotted this on my Facebook Newsfeed and just had to pass it along. This Kickstarter campaign is for the prototype SMART WHEEL pedal assist from FlyKly. It looks perfect for people that want to commute in to work via bike but don't want to be sweaty when you clock in.
It activates when you start pedaling, making it effortless and increasing your range so, as the video explains, you don't have to dress for the ride, you can dress for the destination. I am thinking about that towel and change of clothing I bring to work or the half hour I sit in front of a fan to cool down and dry off. Gone!
Plus, it incorporates smart phone technology to control its settings, lock it, prevent theft, and to electronically diagnose and report problems--and they have even incorporated recharging when coasting downhill, as well as a seperate wheel-generator for charging your phone and mounting it on the handle bars. VERY SLICK!
My only question is, can the Smart Wheel be disengaged for when you want to do an actual workout? I didn't see that in the article. READ MORE HERE!
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SO...y'know that gap between men and women when it comes to understanding each other? Well...I'm going to make it WIDER.
Yes, I'm sooooo guilty of that. But I'd be useless in this case. I can't hammer a nail straight to save my life, and probably couldn't remove a nail straight to save hers.
ANYWAY...let me stick to what I know: being a geek!! And proud of it.
Over the summer, I went to Las Vegas for my all-year high school reunion. I graduated from Zweibrucken American High School, on a US Air Base in (at the time) WEST Germany, class of '85. GO TROJANS!
While there, I was fortunate to reconnect with a friend that I'd shared some time with walking the footlights. Aimee' Hooverson Reese was in my senior year drama class and we acted in plays together. She went on to teach drama (like I initially wanted to do) and is an UBER sci-fi fan.
Here is her blog, The Musings & Gleanings of a Sci-Fi Chick, which has the theme of STRONG WOMEN IN SCI-FI FANTASY. We are planning to do some podcasting together soon with me here in Alaska, and Aimee' all the way down there in the tiny, cute state of Texas. That's where she has a wonderful life with her husband and two daughters, age 9 and 11 (when did we get all grown up?).
But just like a teacher, she's given me lots of homework to do (watch all seasons of Game of Thrones).
Aimee' has more sci-fi gleanings on her Facebook fan page. Log on and Like it.
Watch out, Bruce. That lady's dangerous. Yippi-ki-yay.
I'M THE TRAVELOCITY ROAMING GNOME!!
Instead of dark and scary, I decided to go with cute and cuddly this year. Also, I wanted a costume where my beard would look okay, even if the fake beard didn't work. So, I chose this advertising icon, the Travelocity Gnome. It also went well with my current roundish shape. After all, who wants to cuddle up to a skinny gnome?
I had so many ladies that wanted to pose for pictures with me, I had to call for backup. NO WAIT! DONT' BACK UP!!
This was the official costume licensed by Travelocity which I bought. I modified it by cutting off the face/beard part and going with fluffier facial hair. The eyebrows only lasted about an hour.
CLICK THE PIC to see more fun at a Halloween event I attended last weekend.
Have a fun, safe Halloween!
FOR MY BIRTHDAY, APRIL GAVE ME A DONGLE!! THANKS, APRIL!!
Stop giggling. A dongle is generally a device that only works when plugged into a port on your computer, such as a printer or a USB thumb drive.
USB stands for Universal Serial Bus. It's the most widely used type of port (even if half the time, your first attempt to plug in a device is upside down).
In honor of April giving me this wicked-cool USB COFFEE MUG WARMER for my birthday, and my new coffee buddy, I did a little digging around.
Here are some links for USB GADGETS FOR YOU TO ENJOY! Don't be surprised if you suddenly develop a need for some of these in your cubicle.
USEFUL USB DEVICES--this link has things like lights, office tools, a neck warming scarf, and a butt cooling seat pad. It's very well categorized.
FUNNY GADGETS--some of these are interesting office distractions, and other items could be very helpful.
TOYS & TOOLS--this is a great site with some very useful items as well as novelties. I liked most of them, but that USB tentacle freaked me out, man.
ENJOY PLAYING WITH YOUR DONGLES!
I think I have discovered the problem people have had with Miley Cyrus's twerking display at the VMA's. She is just too old for it. Twerking is for a much younger crowd.
Just look at these tiny twerk-oligists. Here is an example of your basic baby-booty drop.
(Please do not attempt this at home. They are professionals)
Do they make it look easy? Well, you're not considering that they are doing it in Pampers. This one has incorporated it into an entire floor routine--for the upcoming Olympic Twerking event. It's bound to happen.
And only the most advanced baby-twerkers can incorporate furniture into their moves. Be happy this kid is just twerking on the couch. At that age, I was trying to EAT a dining room chair. No joke.
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It looks like the new movie GRAVITY is seeing some out of this world box office success. Way to go, Sandra B. and George C.! I will be seeing it probably tonight or tomorrow (avoiding weekend crowds).
But being a space buff, I can tell you right now that as sharp and exciting as the movie is, micro gravity comes with it's share of mundane tasks and routines. Take, for example, how Sandra Bullock would have to wash her hair.
Well, at least she could get wavey, voluminous hair without needing conditioner. Kind of gives new meaning to the phrase, "letting your hair down," doesn't it?
Here's one of former ISS Commander Chris Hadfield having some fun draining an oxygen mask's expired tank.
FYI: If you haven't seen the movie Gravity yet...
Newton's Third Law of Motion states that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction (I hope that doesn't spoil the movie for you). Okay...on to the video.
Yes, an open oxygen tank can act as a means of propulsion in the International Space Station if you're not secured to something.
So, what do Alaskans have in common with astronauts working in zero gravity? You've got to have ANCHORAGE.