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A Staff Sgt is in Afghanistan now after tours with the Army in Iraq. And he travels with a radio-controlled model truck his brother sent.
The truck is not a toy. It just saved six soldiers' lives.The soldier's brother is a software engineer in Rochester, Minn. He rigged the remote control toy with a wireless video camera and shipped it to Iraq. The little truck is used by the troops to run ahead of them on patrols and look for roadside bombs.
Last week, it paid off.
The soldiers used it to check the road ahead when it got tangled in a trip wire connected to 500 lbs. of explosives. The bomb went off and the remote control truck was destroyed.
The six soldiers controlling the truck from their Humvee didn't get hurt.
Heat kills by pushing the human body beyond its limits. In extreme heat and high humidity, evaporation is slowed and the body must work extra hard to maintain a normal temperature.
Most heat disorders occur because the victim has been overexposed to heat or has over-exercised for his or her age and physical condition. Older adults, young children, and those who are sick or overweight are more likely to succumb to extreme heat.
Conditions that can induce heat-related illnesses include stagnant atmospheric conditions and poor air quality. Consequently, people living in urban areas may be at greater risk from the effects of a prolonged heat wave than those living in rural areas. Also, asphalt and concrete store heat longer and gradually release heat at night, which can produce higher nighttime temperatures known as the "urban heat island effect."
How can I protect myself from extreme heat?
Extreme Heat: Know the Terms
Prolonged period of excessive heat, often combined with excessive humidity.
A number in degrees Fahrenheit (F) that tells how hot it feels when relative humidity is added to the air temperature. Exposure to full sunshine can increase the heat index by 15 degrees.
Muscular pains and spasms due to heavy exertion. Although heat cramps are the least severe, they are often the first signal that the body is having trouble with the heat.
Typically occurs when people exercise heavily or work in a hot, humid place where body fluids are lost through heavy sweating. Blood flow to the skin increases, causing blood flow to decrease to the vital organs. This results in a form of mild shock. If not treated, the victim’s condition will worsen. Body temperature will keep rising and the victim may suffer heat stroke.
A life-threatening condition. The victim’s temperature control system, which produces sweating to cool the body, stops working. The body temperature can rise so high that brain damage and death may result if the body is not cooled quickly.
Another term for heat stroke.
Before Extreme Heat
To prepare for extreme heat, you should:
Install window air conditioners snugly; insulate if necessary.
Check air-conditioning ducts for proper insulation.
Install temporary window reflectors (for use between windows and drapes), such as aluminum foil-covered cardboard, to reflect heat back outside.
Weather-strip doors and sills to keep cool air in.
Cover windows that receive morning or afternoon sun with drapes, shades, awnings, or louvers. (Outdoor awnings or louvers can reduce the heat that enters a home by up to 80 percent.)
Keep storm windows up all year.
During a Heat Emergency
What you should do if the weather is extremely hot:
Stay indoors as much as possible and limit exposure to the sun.
Stay on the lowest floor out of the sunshine if air conditioning is not available.
Consider spending the warmest part of the day in public buildings such as libraries, schools, movie theaters, shopping malls, and other community facilities. Circulating air can cool the body by increasing the perspiration rate of evaporation.
Eat well-balanced, light, and regular meals. Avoid using salt tablets unless directed to do so by a physician.
Drink plenty of water. Persons who have epilepsy or heart, kidney, or liver disease; are on fluid-restricted diets; or have a problem with fluid retention should consult a doctor before increasing liquid intake.
Limit intake of alcoholic beverages.
Dress in loose-fitting, lightweight, and light-colored clothes that cover as much skin as possible.
Protect face and head by wearing a wide-brimmed hat.
Check on family, friends, and neighbors who do not have air conditioning and who spend much of their time alone.
Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles.
Avoid strenuous work during the warmest part of the day. Use a buddy system when working in extreme heat, and take frequent breaks.
An emergency water shortage can be caused by prolonged drought, poor water supply management, or contamination of a surface water supply source or aquifer.
Drought can affect vast territorial regions and large population numbers. Drought also creates environmental conditions that increase the risk of other hazards such as fire, flash flood, and possible landslides and debris flow.
Conserving water means more water available for critical needs for everyone. Appendix A contains detailed suggestions for conserving water both indoors and outdoors. Make these practices a part of your daily life and help preserve this essential resource.
First Aid for Heat-Induced Illnesses
Extreme heat brings with it the possibility of heat-induced illnesses. The following table lists these illnesses, their symptoms, and the first aid treatment.
Skin redness and pain, possible swelling, blisters, fever, headaches
Take a shower using soap to remove oils that may block pores, preventing the body from cooling naturally.
Apply dry, sterile dressings to any blisters, and get medical attention.
Painful spasms, usually in leg and abdominal muscles; heavy sweating
Get the victim to a cooler location.
Lightly stretch and gently massage affected muscles to relieve spasms.
Give sips of up to a half glass of cool water every 15 minutes. (Do not give liquids with caffeine or alcohol.)
Discontinue liquids, if victim is nauseated.
Heavy sweating but skin may be cool, pale, or flushed. Weak pulse. Normal body temperature is possible, but temperature will likely rise. Fainting or dizziness, nausea, vomiting, exhaustion, and headaches are possible.
Get victim to lie down in a cool place.
Loosen or remove clothing.
Apply cool, wet clothes.
Fan or move victim to air-conditioned place.
Give sips of water if victim is conscious.
Be sure water is consumed slowly.
Give half glass of cool water every 15 minutes.
Discontinue water if victim is nauseated.
Seek immediate medical attention if vomiting occurs.
( a severe medical emergency)
High body temperature (105+); hot, red, dry skin; rapid, weak pulse; and rapid shallow breathing. Victim will probably not sweat unless victim was sweating from recent strenuous activity. Possible unconsciousness.
Call 9-1-1 or emergency medical services, or get the victim to a hospital immediately. Delay can be fatal.
Move victim to a cooler environment.
Try a cool bath, sponging, or wet sheet to reduce body temperature.
Watch for breathing problems.
Use extreme caution.
Use fans and air conditioners.
he estimated death toll from Japan's disasters has climbed past 10,000 yesterday. The prime minister said it was the nation's worst crisis since World War II.
Nuclear plant operators were working to try to keep temperatures down in several reactors affected by the earthquake and tsunami. (Workers were dumping sea water into two reactors to avoid meltdowns.)
Rescuers pulled bodies from mud-covered jumbles of wrecked houses, shattered tree trunks, twisted cars and tangled power lines.
One rare bit of good news was the rescue of a 60-year-old man swept away by the tsunami who clung to the roof of his house for two days until a military vessel spotted him waving a red cloth about 10 miles offshore.Click here to see before and after photos taken by Google
Staying Army strong: Littlest Soldier, Brennan Daigle, receives biggest wish
by Rachel Reischling
03.04.11 - 10:37 am
On Saturday, Feb. 26, a 9-year-old boy arrived with his father to the Chateau du Bon Reve â which translates, from French, to the Castle of Good Dreams â a reception hall in Sulphur built to resemble a medieval castle. The boy, Brennan Daigle, often went fishing at the hall with his father â there is a pond surrounding the castle stocked with fish, and this fishing trip was a precursor to his 10th birthday party â but this day would be different. Brennan caught no fish; instead, awaiting him were more than 40 Fort Polk Soldiers in full formation and standing at attention.
No company commander called them to attention, nor was the National Anthem being played. The 40 members of Fort Polkâs Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade and members of the Louisiana National Guard stood at attention for Brennan Daigle.
Brennan was diagnosed in October 2009 with embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare form of cancer in which muscular tumors attach themselves to bone. The healthy young boy of 8, spindly and growing, began to lose weight and grow pale as the chemotherapy treatments he underwent took their toll.
By October 2010, the tumor had grown in size and mutated.
On Feb. 10 of this year, Brennanâs doctor gave his mother and Brennan the worst news of their lives: There was nothing more they could do for him.
âThe doctor told him theyâd done everything they could and that he probably had two weeks left to live. So she sent him home to be with us,â his mother said.
There would be no more needles.
After the doctor left the room, Brennan and his mother were left to absorb the news; Brennanâs mother had to come to terms suddenly with the fact that she would lose her only son and there was nothing in her power that could save him. The power to save, or accept, would have to come from beyond: From the familyâs faith.
âI know that with faith in God Iâll be OK,â he said. âI think God will lead me.â
Still, Brennan does not want to die. After hearing the news that he was being sent home to spend his last days with his parents and sister, he said so to his mother.
âI wonât see you every day,â Brennan said to his mother.
âOh, Brennan,â she answered, âyouâll be able to walk hand in hand with your grandma whoâs already in heaven, and youâll see us again.â
Even with his intense faith, Brennan is a typical 10-year-old; he enjoys fishing, having sleepovers with his best friend, Kaleb, and playing video games, many of which glorify combat and victory.
Brennan also loves all things Army.
As his mother planned a cancer society fund-raiser event, Brennan suggested a G.I. Joe theme. The image of a strong and healthy man battling his enemies connected with Brennan, who was fighting his own battle. Days later, Brennan and his family learned that his tumor was still growing.
To keep all of his family and friends apprised of his condition, his mother created a Facebook page, called, aptly, âBrennanâs Brigade,â with pictures and hundreds of comments from people around the world â including Soldiers who have written comments of encouragement.
âMany of these Soldiers write things like, âweâre over here fighting for our country while youâre at home fighting for your life,ââ said Daigle.
âWe even got a picture of Soldiers surrounding a HMMWV in Afghanistan, holding an American flag, who gave him the message âWeâre flying this flag in honor of you; weâre here to back you. Stay Army strong.ââ
From the âBrennanâs Brigadeâ page, Brennan began developing bonds with some of the Soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. He met one of the Soldiers who came home from overseas; that Soldier gave Brennan the X Box game âCall of Duty: Black Ops.â The Soldier, Adam Langley, often plays the game with Brennan online.
âItâs Brennanâs favorite game,â his mother said.
He could not have guessed that for his 10th birthday, like an image from the game he loves, he would be surrounded by a formation of Soldiers or that he would ride in a camouflaged HMMWV.
Instead, this past Saturday, Feb. 26, as Brennan dreamed of reeling in a fish or three, he stepped out of his fatherâs truck to the sight of the 1st MEB Soldiers, all standing at attention in front of a National Guard HMMWV. Brennan stood still, wide-eyed, uncomprehending. Then everyone â about 400 people â shouted âHappy Birthday, Brennan!â in unison and the entire crowd broke out in applause.
âWhen he realized it was a surprise, and for him, he couldnât say anything. All he could do was giggle. He was speechless,â said his mother.
A simpler party had been planned for Brennan, who had asked for an Army-themed birthday celebration.
âHe was under the impression that there would be a little birthday party this coming weekend,â said his mother. âHe had no idea about the castle, and we (her husband and daughter) had no idea that the Army would send Soldiers to fulfill Brennanâs wish,â â the wish to meet Soldiers before his illness worsens.
That wish was facilitated by Becky Prejean, executive director of âDreams Come True of Louisiana.â Prejean heard through word of mouth about Brennan and contacted his mother.
âKristy said he had two days to two weeks to live and asked if we did parties. He wanted an Army-themed party, so I contacted Katey Husband, Fort Polk community member and mother of a âDreams Come Trueâ child, who contacted Tresa Lawson, Fort Polkâs Community Relations Officer.â
Lawson asked for five to six Soldier volunteers; 40 answered the call.
âWords can never express what I felt seeing all those Soldiers there, knowing some of them had just come back from Iraq and still took time out for just one little boy,â said Kristy Daigle. âJust to know that they care enough to give their all, to give their love and support to a little boy is phenomenal. It says so much about our men and women who serve our country in the armed forces.â
As Brennan recovered from his initial surprise, Soldiers invited him to examine the HMMWV; he climbed in the driverâs seat and took the wheel, smiling widely. Then, Soldiers took Brennan and his best friend Kaleb for a ride in the HMMWV. Afterwards, Brennan and Kaleb stood out from the hatch at the top of the vehicle, posing as hundreds of cameras flashed.
After the HMMWV ride, Brennan walked to the front of the formation and each Soldier shook his hand. He was inducted as an honorary member of the Army, given a coin symbolizing merit and achievement of excellence and presented with passels of presents ranging from a military jacket with his first name embroidered on the pocket, an Army hat, his own personalized dog tags and a rucksack. Brennan stood still, accepting the gifts quietly but with a smile.
âIâm a little shy,â Brennan said later.
One of the dog tags presented to Brennan was inscribed with the seven Army values: Loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity and personal service.
âBrennan, you exemplify what personal courage means,â said Pfc. Kamesha Starkey, 1st MEB.
Chris Duncan, the mayor of Sulphur, honored Brennan with a key to the city and the title of Honorary Mayor of the Day; afterwards, Soldiers mingled for a while, talking with Brennan and his friends and family. Some hugged Brennan, some simply stood and watched in groups as Brennan explored his gifts.
Many of the Soldiers â even seasoned ones who have seen battle â were at a loss for words as they observed Brennanâs quiet grace.
âThis event is a profound one. A lot of us just wanted to be there for him, show him we support him totally,â said Sgt. Joe M. Battle, 1st MEB public affairs. âBut I canât say it wasnât hard emotionally.â
Pfc. Kyle Frederick added, âIt was good to be able to give back. It opened my eyes to a lot of things: How I take my kids for granted, how lucky we are, how we complain on a day-to-day basis and we really have it good compared to others.â
A reception was held in the castle, with barbecue and a three-tiered birthday cake. The cake was decorated with an Army emblem. Brennan made the ceremonial first cut, and picked the prime piece for himself: The piece with the emblem.
After people ate, chatted and gave Brennan more hugs than most people receive in a lifetime, he sat down to open the dozens of birthday presents guests had brought for him. Like every younger sibling, as he pulled out tissue paper from gift bags, he handed all the bits and scraps to his older sister Lauren, 11.
The next day, on the way to school â Brennan still attends third grade every day â he asked his mother âAm I really in the Army?â
âYou most certainly are,â she said. âThey donât just swear in anyone!â
âThatâs awesome,â he said.
Two things very close to my heart: our soldiers, and good dogs...please give this a read and tell me what you think.
By Ian Drury
L/Cpl Tasker was the 358th serviceman killed in the conflict while his dog Theo was the sixth British military hound to die in action in Iraq and Afghanistan
In life, they were united in their tireless work saving countless British soldiers in Afghanistan.
In death, they were united in tragedy.
Shortly after Lance Corporal Liam Tasker was killed in a firefight with the Taliban, his devoted Army search dog Theo suffered a seizure and passed away too.
Tragic loss: Liam Tasker was on patrol with his dog Theo at the time of the attack in Nahr-e-Saraj, Afghanistan
The pair had uncovered 14 home-made bombs and hoards of weapons in just five months â a record for a dog and his handler in the conflict.
L/Cpl Tasker, 26, this week became the 358th British serviceman to die in the ten-year conflict.
Only last month he described his joy at the close bond he had developed with Theo, a 22-month-old springer spaniel cross.
âI love my job and working together with Theo. He has a great character and never tires,â he said in an interview on the Ministry of Defence website.
âHe canât wait to get out and do his job and will stop at nothing.â
Theo and L/Cpl Tasker, an Arms and Explosives Search dog handler of the Royal Army Veterinary Corps, 1st Military Working Dog Regiment, were part of the Theatre Military Working Dogs Support Unit based at Camp Bastion.
On Tuesday they took part in a mission in the Nahr-e Saraj district in Helmand, a hotbed of the insurgency.
Theoâs task was to be the âfront manâ, sniffing out any hidden IEDs, weapons and bomb-making equipment.
But a firefight broke out with the Taliban and L/Cpl Tasker was shot dead.
After his body was flown back to Camp Bastion, his beloved Theo is thought to have died of a broken heart.
The soldier, from Kirkcaldy, Fife, leaves behind mother Jane Duffy, father Ian Tasker, brother Ian, sisters Laura and Nicola and girlfriend Leah Walters.
Dog handler: Liam was a member of the Royal Army Veterinary Corps. Theo also died after the attack
In a statement, his family said: âThere are three words that best describe Liam: larger than life. He lit up every room he walked into with his cheeky smile.
âHe died a hero doing a job he was immensely passionate about. We are so proud of him and everything heâs achieved. Words canât describe how sorely he will be missed.â
Miss Walters added: âLT never met anyone without touching their lives in some way. I am the proudest girlfriend there could ever be and there will be an LT-sized hole in my life forever. Sleep well, my darling, my soulmate, my best friend.â
Lieutenant Colonel David Thorpe, commanding officer 1st Military Working Dog Regiment, also paid tribute to L/Cpl Tasker, saying: âHe genuinely loved the dogs he worked with and was always able to get the best out of them.
âEpitomising the hard-working, determined and ambitious nature of our very best soldiers, he wanted to go to Afghanistan. He wanted to ply his trade in the harshest of environments, to be outside of his comfort zone and he wanted to be successful. He was.
âThe work he did in his five months in Afghanistan saved countless lives, of that I have no doubt.â
L/Cpl Tasker joined the Army in 2001 as a vehicle mechanic in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. But his passion for animals led to a transfer to the Royal Army Veterinary Corps in 2007.
He only learned about the dog unit when a friend showed him videos of them in action. He spent 15 weeks on a handlersâ course with Theo, where they learned to work as a team and developed their bond.
Once in Afghanistan, Theo was so successful at detecting explosives that his tour of duty was due to be extended by a month.
Major Caroline Emmett, Officer Commanding 104 Military Working Dog Squadron, said: âL/Cpl Tasker was one of the best people I have ever known. Kind, with a good heart, he always put others before himself. He and his dog Theo were made for each other.â
Defence Secretary Liam Fox said he was âdeeply saddenedâ by the news.
âIt is clear that L/Cpl Tasker was a dedicated and highly capable soldier whose skills in handling dogs were second to none,â he said.
âHe and his dog Theo had saved many lives and we will be eternally grateful for this.â
It's true, cut the worry out of your life, and you'll quickly find that it's indeed much more enjoyable. Take the following 9 out of your mind now, and watch the affect!
1. Drink eight glasses of water a dayThe Truth: Water's great, but you can also drink juice, tea, milk, fruits, and vegetables. Even coffee quenches thirst. The caffeine makes you lose some liquid, but you're still getting plenty.
2. Stress will turn your hair grayThe Truth: Too much stress does age us inside and out. But there hasn't been any scientific evidence that a bad day turns your hair silver.
3. Reading in poor light ruins your eyes
The Truth: Reading in dim light can strain your eyes. You squint and that can give you a headache. But you won't do any permanent damage except maybe cause crow's-feet. A good night's rest will help your eyes recover just fine.
4. Coffee's really bad for youThe Truth: Too much cam give you the jitters, but it has a lot of positives. Coffee has antioxidants and gives your brain a boost, too. Coffee also doesn't have any effect on heart disease.
5. Feed a cold, starve a feverThe Truth: Colds and fevers are caused by viruses that last seven to 10 days, no matter what you do. And there is no evidence that diet has any effect on a cold or fever. Even if you don't feel like eating, you still need fluids, so put a priority on those. If you're congested, the fluids will keep mucus thinner and help loosen chest and nasal congestion.
6. Fresh is always better than frozenThe Truth: Frozen can be just as good as fresh because the fruits and vegetables are harvested at the peak of their nutritional content, taken to a plant and frozen on the spot. Unless it's picked and sold the same day, produce at farmers' markets could lose nutrients because of heat, air, and water.
7. Eggs raise your cholesterol The Truth: Newer studies have found that saturated and trans fats in a person's diet, not dietary cholesterol, are more likely to raise heart disease risk.
8. Get cold, and you'll catch a cold The Truth: Mom was wrong. Chilling doesn't hurt your immunity unless you're so cold that your body defenses are destroyed and that only happens during hypothermia. And you can't get a cold unless you're exposed to a virus that causes a cold. The reason people get more colds in the winter isn't because of the temperature, but as a result of being cooped up in closed spaces and exposed to cold viruses.
9. Your lipstick could make you sickThe Truth: The reality is that lead is in almost everything. It's all around us. But the risk from lead in lipstick is really small. In fact, lead poisoning is most commonly caused by other factors like pipes and paint in older homes.
OK, I'm a music fan...any type (except rap...just sayin'). I grew up playing music in bands and ensembles, then of course now playing the radio, music is in my soul. With that said, I wanna introduce to you Sunny Choi, playing some of country's biggest hits:
It most certainly has been the best year ever at 93.1 The Wolf. We got to see some really awesome concerts, meet tons of new artists, help out some amazing folks, and played some stellar country music. If you missed the countdown show over the New Years holiday, I'd like to share with you the official rundown of the top 93 songs played in 2010 on 93.1 The Wolf!
Seriously...he sent me a video message from the North Pole!
I didn't know I made THAT list, though...and I have also learned that he watches a little too much...
Merry Christmas...lovemy Wolf Family!
You know I'm a transplant...but lots of you are from the ultimate redneck capital of the USA, West by God Virginia. I was asking around the neighborhood if the kids had the week off and everyone looked at me funny.
"Well no...Wednesday and Thanksgiving...that's about it..."
Of course, I show my inner blaze orange and Realtree side, explaining how we got the entire week off from school because no one would show up anyway...because today starts Gun Buck Season!
Man I loved skipping Algebra to sit in Dad's pickup looking up on the ridge for anything with horns...
Pass the Turkey? Heck no...pass the jerky!
According to months of data, viewers who vote Republican and identify themselves as conservative are more likely than Democrats to love the biggest hits on TV.Of the top 10 broadcast shows on TV in the spring, nine were ranked more favorably by viewers who identify themselves as Republican.
Liberals appreciate many of the same shows, but their devotion isn't quite as strong as right-wingers. Dems are more likely to prefer modestly rated titles.
A spokesman for the research firm said, "Looking at the Democrats side, they seem to like shows about damaged people. Those are the kind of shows Republicans just stay away from."
Fires, vandalism and violence... after San Francisco Giants won the World Series.
Bloggers posted live streams, including a live stream of the city's police scanner.
Crowds were surrounding and attacking police (at least one one officer may have been down), store windows were being broken, citizens were found unconscious, cars and at least one bus was set on fire. From the scanner alone, we are being shown a picture of utter mayhem.
A squad car containing assault rifles was reportedly broken into.
Twitter users were sending in mobile videos.
Fans were following the hashtags #SFRiots and #SFRiot on Twitter.com.
A study by Verisk Analytics. Verisk's Quality Planning unit looked at traffic tickets for 12 months through February to conduct its analysis.
Apparently the cars in the Top 10 are those preferred by motorists who like to drive fast. By contrast, big haulers like SUVs and minivans were among the least cited. The Buick Rainier, for instance, placed dead last.
The first number is the percentage in which the tickets were over the average. The second is the average age of the car's driver:
1. Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Convertible
2. Toyota Camry-Solara Coupe
3. Scion tC Coupe
4. Hummer H2/H3 SUV
5. Scion xB Hatchback
270% 37 40%
6. Mercedes-Benz CLS-63 AMG Sedan
7. Acura Integra Coupe
8. Pontiac Grand Prix Sedan
9. Mercedes-Benz CLK 63 AMG Sedan
10. Volkswagen GTI Hatchback
The first lady of France wrote a tell-all book about her husband, his ex-wife, and a private conversation she had with Michelle Obama.
When Carla Bruni asked Michelle O. how she likes being the first lady, Mrs. Obama replied, "Don't ask! It's hell! I can't stand it!"
The French first lady goes on to say that one term as French president for her husband is enough. She even goes as far as accusing the French government of trying to kill him with all the work he has to do.
She also put down Lady Diana for allowing pictures to be taken when she visited and African hospital full of AIDS victims. She feels that there is something obscene in promoting yourself when you are giving yourself, so she refused to let people take pictures of her caring a sick baby.
So this is what we're going to be reduced to when we fly in the future?Â Apparently these are the new seats being proposed to the airline industry, with the hopes that they'll be sold as a lower-class to the already cramped coach seats.Â They're a combination sit/stand/straddle seat meant for flights less than 3 hours.
Yep, you're seeing it right, apparently the bottom of the seat is a saddle-ish device, and you're only 23 inches away from the screamin' young'n in front of you...great.Â The creator says that the saddle situation shouldn't be a big deal, considering cowboys and cowgirls ride for 8 hours or more at a time...wait...aren't they gauded and bow-legged at the end of the day?
C'mon...flying used to be awesome!Â People would dress up to fly, and enjoy gourmet meals on planes!Â Now, this is what we've reduced ourselves to?
Fly the uncomfortable, awkwardly situated skys, I suppose.
No one has ever had this opportunity, but because I've had a crush on Sara Evans for so long (as does Chuck and Gunner), I let her have it. She knocked on the door to hand deliver her new single, A Little Bit Stronger, and...well...the video explains:
The first round of nominees for the 2010 CMA (Country Music Association) Awards were announced today.
Miranda Lambert leads the nominations with five nods, followed by Lady Antebellum with four and Zac Brown with three.
Lambert's "The House That Built Me" and "White Liar" are both up for Single of the Year and Music Video of the Year. Vocal Group of the Year nominees include Lady Antebellum, Zac Brown Band, Little Big Town, Rascal Flatts and the Band Perry.
The final nominees will be announced tomorrow on ABC's "Good Morning America."
The 2010 CMA Awards are set to take place on November 10th in Nashville and will air live on ABC.
Here are the nominees so far:
Entertainer of the Year
• Lady Antebellum
• Miranda Lambert
• Brad Paisley
• Keith Urban
• Zac Brown Band
Album of the Year
• Need You Know, Lady Antebellum
• Play On, Carrie Underwood
• Revolution, Miranda Lambert
• Twang, George Strait
• Up On the Ridge, Dierks Bentley
Musical Event of the Year
• "Bad Angel," Dierks Bentley feat. Miranda Lambert and Jamey Johnson
• "Can't You See," Zac Brown Band feat. Kid Rock
• "Hillbilly Bone," Blake Shelton feat. Trace Adkins
• "I'm Alive," Kenny Chesney with Dave Matthews
• "Till the End," Alan Jackson with Lee Ann Womack
Female Vocalist of the Year
• Miranda Lambert
• Martina McBride
• Reba McEntire
• Taylor Swift
• Carrie Underwood
Male Vocalist of the Year
• Brad Paisley
• Blake Shelton
• George Strait
• Keith Urban
• Dierks Bentley
• Luke Bryan
• Easton Corbin
• Jerrod Niemann
• Chris Young
• Zac Brown Band
• Lady Antebellum
• Little Big Town
• Rascal Flatts
• The Band Perry
• Zac Brown Band
• Brooks & Dunn
• Joey + Rory
• Montgomery Gentry
• Steel Magnolia
Single of the Year
• "A Little More Country Than That," Easton Corbin
• "Hillbilly Bone," Blake Shelton featuring Trace Adkins
• "Need You Now," Lady Antebellum
• "The House That Built Me," Miranda Lambert
• "White Liar," Miranda Lambert
Song of the Year
• "A Little More Country Than That," Easton Corbin; Songwriters: Rory Lee Feek, Don Poythress and Wynn Varble
• "Need You Now," Lady Antebellum; Songwriters: Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott and Josh Kear
• "The House That Built Me," Miranda Lambert; Songwriters: Tom Douglas and Allen Shamblin
• "Toes," Zac Brown Band; Songwriters: Zac Brown, Wyatt Durrette, John Driskell Hopkins and Shawn Mullins
• "White Liar," Miranda Lambert; Songwriters: Miranda Lambert and Natalie Hemby
• "Hillbilly Bone," Blake Shelton featuring Trace Adkins
• "Need You Now," Lady Antebellum
• "The House That Built Me," Miranda Lambert
• "Water," Brad Paisley
• "White Liar," Miranda Lambert
• Paul Frankin, steel guitar
• Dann Huff, guitar
• Brent Mason, guitar
• Mac McAnally, guitar
• Randy Scruggs, guitar
A Dover, New Hampshire high school student got shocked so bad in shop class that his heart stopped beating...
Now, he's suing his teacher, the school district and the city.
The kid attached an electrical clamp to one nipple while another student attached another clamp to the other. A third student plugged in the cord.
The student was critically injured and he suffered permanent brain damage.
His family says the teacher didn't warn him, or other students about the dangers of the electrical demonstration cords in their trades class.
The teacher has resigned from the school.
No word on how much money the kid is suing for.
Just my 2 cents...I think he had brain damage before he plugged his nipples in...
1. How is the person speaking?
A change in voice can be the tip-off to a lie, but to be sure, also pay attention to a person's speech rate and breathing pattern. If either speeds up or slows down, chances are you're not hearing the whole truth.
2. What is the person saying?
Liars tend to avoid words like "but," "nor," "except," and "whereas," because they have trouble with complex thought processes. Liars are less likely to use the words "I," "me," and "mine." Liars will also tend to communicate using fewer personal pronouns to distance themselves psychologically from their lies.
3. Is their face giving it away?
You might think disguising your true feelings can be accomplished with the help of a smile, but the expressions that flash across your face will give away what you're really thinking, whether you know it or not. Pay close attention to the micro-expressions that a face can't hide.
4. How is the person smiling?
A smile can mask a person's true feelings. Pay attention to how a person smiles as well as other facial movements. You might be able to see the emotions he or she is trying to hide. A true smile will incorporate both the lips and eyes.
5. Does the body language follow the story?
It's more important to look at a person's entire demeanor because there's no one feature that's will give away a liar. Honesty is characterized by features that are in sync with one another, so besides posture, look at the fit between face, body, voice, and speech.
6. Are they behaving uncharacteristically?
Pay attention to how he or she generally conducts themselves. You should weigh rate of speech, tone of voice, posture, and hand gestures against what you know, along with the context of the situation.
7. Is the question simple or embarrassing?
It's normal for someone to look away when they're asked a difficult question. But when you ask a simple question and someone avoids your stare, be suspicious.
THOMASVILLE, N.C. -- A man who had barricaded himself inside a Thomasville home on Sunday hid in an attic and fell through the ceiling into an adjoining apartment, Thomasville police said.
Police said they were called to a domestic assault at an apartment on Arthur Drive. When they got to the scene, officers said, they learned that Andrew Joseph Gordon, 35, had barricaded himself inside and may have been armed with a handgun.
Police said they attempted to talk Gordon into surrendering, but he wasn't arrested until he fell through the ceiling.
Gordon was charged with domestic assault on a female, resisting a law enforcement officer and damage to property. He was also served with outstanding warrants on charges of communicating threats, making threatening phone calls, domestic assault and breaking and entering.
He was being held in the Davidson County Jail on no bond.
No injuries were reporte
STOKESDALE, N.C. -- A man was arrested Sunday after deputies said he struck his ex-wife’s mobile home with his car and fired two gunshots that struck a neighbor’s home on Hendren Lane.
Deputies said Jason Scarlette, 26, was upset that a man was with his ex-wife in her mobile home when he drove his car into the structure.
Deputies said Scarlette then fired the shotgun. The neighbor reported to deputies that there were eight holes in his home due to the shots.
No one was injured in the incident, deputies said.
Scarlette was charged with discharging a weapon into an occupied dwelling and going armed to the terror of the public. He is being held on a $10,000 bond.
A long time radio friend of mine, Al Mayo, shared this cool story with me last night about high school football,West Virginia, radio, and an unexpected 'encounter' with a soon-to-be star...
"Back in the late 80's or early 90's (I honestly don't recall the year)--I was part of the team producing and broadcasting North Marion High School football. We went to Moundsville for a regular season game and it was just nasty rain all day. Thunderstorms and wind you know the type. It was also very warm and early in the season, so tornadoes were around too. My partner Jeff Carpenter and I arrived and did all the normal pre-game stuff--then got ready for the game. Just as we kicked off, the heavens opened and it rained harder that I've ever seen for about 15 minutes. The first quarter was actually underway and John Marshall was leading by about 13 points when BOOM--lightning struck nearby and the power went out. With mercury vapor lights it takes a few minutes to get them back to full power so we knew it was going to be a while--it was--45 minutes to be exact. Meanwhile the rain continues to fall totally obliterating the windows of the press box, where it seemed hundreds of people were congregating trying to stay dry. As a result the windows were totally fogged INSIDE as well. The game eventually restarted but instead of picking up where they left off, the officials determined they must RESTART the game from the beginning--which North then proceeded to win by shutout...thoroughly upsetting the JM fans and coaches.
Now--I told you that story to tell you this one. During the rain delay. A smallish kid from JM was in the box with us--his job was to be a gofer and run stat sheets. Nice kid who had a ton of questions about radio and music. I enjoyed talking to him and was surprised when I found a letter several years ago thanking me for asnswering his questions. Signed Brad Paisley."
I love playing the 'what if' game with my friends...it's interesting to see how people react to certain situations and scenarios.Â While, without a doubt, being the president has gotta be the hardest job in this country, I tend to believe that if I were the president (or prime minister, come to think of it) I would live my life just as I do today...like everyone else.
Take a look at this article from (granted, the source may make you doubt the truth, but I'm just sayin') the National Inquirer about the first lady's vacation in Spain, and ask yourself if this is a necessity in light of today's economic situation?
WRATH OF A NATION: MICHELLE OBAMA'S BIG SPENDING SPREE
Photo by: splash news online
The shocking truth behind MICHELLE OBAMA's $500,000 a day European "vacation".
Furious that her husband Barack Obama invited Oprah Winfrey to his Chicago birthday bash, first lady Michelle blew nearly half a million bucks on a shopping spree in Spain!
Now the first couple are facing a huge backlash because her extravagant overseas vacation will cost U.S. taxpayers an estimated $75,000 a day!
"With the American economy in shambles, Michelle took off on a lavish holiday all because she was angry that Barack had invited Oprah to his private 49th birthday party," a top Washington, D.C., insider told The ENQUIRER.
"Michelle decided to punish Barack, so she bought expensive clothing and designer dresses plus jewelry while staying in a luxury resort - not realizing how the public would react back home. Her selfish spending spree really backfired!"
Michelle, several friends and her 9-year-old daughter Sasha stayed in Marbella at the Hotel Villa Padierna, a ritzy resort with two golf courses, a spa and views of the surrounding mountains, where its royal villa costs $6,500 a night. While the first family picked up their personal expenses, taxpayers will foot the bill for the first lady's transportation - at least $146,000 for a U.S. Air Force 757 - and security detail, which included three shifts of uniformed and plain-clothes Secret Service agents.
Michelle and her entourage spent five days in Spain - at an estimated cost to taxpayers of $375,000.
And the first family was treated like royalty as the first lady also dressed the part - wearing a flashy one-shouldered top by designer Jean Paul Gaultier during a shopping jaunt.
"Michelle also bought an expensive necklace and bracelet in Marbella," said the insider. "While she wanted to make a side trip to the millionaire's playground of Ibiza, she had a personal shopper bring designer gowns and clothing, swimsuits and other trinkets to her instead."
Meanwhile, the American press roasted Michelle for her luxe getaway, with one newspaper columnist calling her "a modern-day Marie Antoinette" for vacationing while the economy lost 131,000 jobs.
Michelle responded by saying that she made the trip to spend time with a good friend who recently lost her father.
But those close to the first couple say the real reason for the vacation was her anger when she heard that Barack had invited Oprah to his birthday celebration.
With his wife in Spain, President Obama celebrated his birthday with Oprah and other friends on Aug. 4 in Chicago.
According to an insider, Michelle feels Oprah has tried to co-opt her position as the president's top adviser, and she's managed to shut out the talk-show queen from most White House events.
"Michelle is furious that Barack went behind her back and invited Oprah," said the insider. "But he's well aware that Oprah helped his campaign immensely by endorsing him for president, and he knows that he's going to need her again.
"He hates having Michelle mad at him, but he needs Oprah --Â on his side."
What do you think?Â Comment below...
ALLAN POLHEMUS IS ACCUSED OF HIDING THIS TWO POUND PACKAGE OF HOT DOGS IN HIS PANTS. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE ST. LUCIE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE.A man accused of hiding two pounds of hot dogs in his pants before leaving a grocery store sans paying faces a misdemeanor theft charge, according to a recently released arrest affidavit.A loss prevention worker at a Publix at South U.S. 1 and Prima Vista Boulevard last week told investigators she saw a man later identified as Allan Polhemus on aisleÂ five "conceal a package of hot dogs in his pants," an affidavit states.The 32 ounce package of Publix jumbo beef franks was valued at $6.99. The wiener packaging describes the dogs as "meaty & delicious" and as having "no fillers."
The loss prevention worker told St. Lucie County Sheriff's deputies she contacted Polhemus, 52, in the parking lot and asked him to come back in the store. She said a manager called 911.Deputies took Polhemus, of the 6100 block of Birch Drive in Fort Pierce, to jail and took photos of the franks, which often are served in a pre-sliced bun with relish, ketchup and mustard. CLICK IMAGE BELOW TO READ LARGER VERSION OF ARREST AFFIDAVIT
A group of students were at the Lincoln Memorial when they decided to start singing the National Anthem.
Suddenly, a security guard stopped them!
The students were members of the conservative Young America's Foundation. They were told by US Park Police that they were "were in violation of federal law and their impromptu performance constituted a demonstration in an area that must remain 'completely content neutral,'"
One of the students explained that the singing was spontaneous, not planned, and wasn't intended to be political.Are you serious...really?
Yesterday morning, Jenny quit her job with a (flash)bang by emailing these photos to the entire office, about 20 employees we're told. Awesome doesn't begin to describe this office heroine. Check back as we will be updating if we get more details.
Omar Bin Laden, the son ofÂ terrorist Osama Bin Laden, thinks his father is still alive...though he does not know where he is.
Omar says: "My dad is on the Earth but I don't know where. He's still alive. If that sort of person dies, you could never make it a secret. The world changes if he dies."
The 29 year-old says he still loves his father, but he does not want to be like him.
He says of his love for dad, "It's a weak son who just wants to be like his daddy.
"I still love him - of course I do - he's my father. That's a normal human situation. I miss him as a father but we are different. I want peace."
Omar also spoke about his love of American culture, saying that he enjoys Jim Carrey films, American football, rock music and even Laurel And Hardy.
He also said he wanted to visit America.
Omar added, "My father said the only good thing to come out of America were weapons - like Stinger missiles.
"But I want to go to America and I would love to meet Drew Barrymore. I am single now and she is the most beautiful woman in Hollywood."Story
I'm so proud of my truck. Every man should be required to have one...I'm just sayin'. I've been reading online about how to improve performance on this 225,000 mile gem (30,000 on the motor, mind you)...today, I decided to 'Seafoam' the truck. You can find this awesome product at O'Reilly or Autozone for about 10 bucks, and it can seriously clean the beejeezus out of anything with a motor, and get you better performance. This is what happened after I ran a can of it into the vacuum line behind the brake booster, let it sit for about 20 minutes, then fired it back up...lots of smoke in the neighborhood, but that's supposed to happen. The smoke is a byproduct of all of the unburnt fuel and crap left in the motor, and Seafoam is acting as a catalyst to burn that stuff clean, therefore getting better fuel economy and performance...trust me, this stuff really, really works.
1. If you're a woman who got married before the age of eighteen, your marriage faces a 48 percent chance of divorce within ten years. Study after study shows that the younger the married couple, the riskier. The risk drops to 40 percent for women who married at age eighteen or nineteen, 29 percent for women who married at age 20 to 24 and 24 percent for women who married at age 25 or older.
2. If you're a woman who wants a child-either a first child or an additional child-much more than your spouse does, your marriage is more than twice as likely to end in divorce compared to couples who agree on how much they do or don't want a child.
3. If you have two sons, you face a 37 percent chance of divorce, but if you have two daughters, the chances go up to 43 percent.4. If you're a man with high levels of testosterone, you're 43 percent more likely to get divorced than men with low testosterone levels.
5. If your child has been diagnosed with ADHD, you are 22 percent more likely to divorce before that child turns eight compared with parents of a child without ADHD.
6. If you are currently married but have lived with a lover other than your current spouse, you are more than twice as likely to divorce than someone who has never lived with someone.
7. If you didn't smile for pictures early in life, your marriage is five times more likely to end in divorce than if you smiled a lot.
8. If your child has died after the twentieth week of pregnancy, during labor, or soon after labor, you are 40 percent more likely to divorce than if you hadn't lost a child.
9. If you're a woman who has recently been diagnosed with cancer or multiple sclerosis, your marriage is six times more likely to end in divorce than if your husband had been diagnosed with those diseases instead.
10. If you're a Caucasian woman and you're separated from your spouse, there's a 98 percent chance that you'll be divorced within six years of that separation. If you're a Hispanic woman, the chance is 80 percent. If you're an African-American woman, the chance is 72 percent.
11. If you're a dancer or choreographer, you face a 43 percent chance of divorce, compared with mathematicians, who have a 19 percent chance, and animal trainers, who have a 22 percent chance.
12. If you're a farmer or rancher, you have only a 7 percent chance of divorce. Nuclear engineers also have a 7 percent chance. Optometrists have a 4 percent chance.
13. If either you or your spouse have suffered a brain injury, your marriage faces a 17 percent chance of ending in divorce.
14. If you're an African-American woman, your first marriage has a 47 percent chance of ending in divorce within ten years; for Hispanic women, the chance is 34 percent; for Caucasian women, it's 32 percent; for Asian women, it's 20 percent.
15. If you're a woman serving actively in the military, your marriage is 250 percent more likely to end in divorce than that of a man serving in the military.
A production crew donated their time to help grant the wish of one special little kid... he wanted a Star Wars fort. So, they made him one.
The 9-year-old was given a massive Millennium Falcon for his backyard... and it's pretty much an accurate model.
The ship itself will include solar powered LED interior and exterior lighting.
According to a survey for MSN.
The men who voted listed nine of the season's most popular garments or accessories as total turn-offs, along with all that lovely fringing on handbags and shoes.
INCLUDING: HAREM PANTS
Men hate them because women look as if they have just filled their diapers, and you can't see our legs or our buttocks, just folds of fabric.
They scream fashion victim, rather than sex kitten.
They make women look shapeless and worryingly Andy Pandy-like. As one man said: 'They're the ultimate in women-dressing-for-other-women. Confusing and overly clever. At best you look like a toddler, at worst like my mom in the Seventies.'
~~ UGG BOOTS
One guy says,Â 'There is no toe cleavage, no ankle. They smell pretty bad, too.'
The problem with leggings, is that there is no mystery. Every contour is revealed.
Plus,Â too many women wear them no matter their shape, which means too many sausage legs.
~~ OVERSIZED SUNGLASSES
One guy says:Â 'If I see a woman in these, I know she's hiding something. A drink problem, a lie...'
Another man said: 'A woman's best assets are her eyes. Why hide them?'
A woman at a New York Citibank has been fired for being too hot. The sexy banker was told her outfits, including business suits and turtlenecks....are too distracting for the male employees.
Her male managers actually gave her a list of things she couldn't wear...and she followed it. She even went in without make-up on, but then they told her she looked sickly.
The smoking hot banker even took pictures of other women who worked there and would dress more provocatively than she did. She was told because of her figure...certain clothes were âtoo distracting' for the guys who worked with her.
She's lawyered up and is filing a sexual discrimination lawsuit against the bank.
See more pics of her here
Growing up in Central West Virginia, there really wasn't much to do for a young'n, aside from the occasional trash fire, skunk shoot, and public appearance by the number one rock 'n roll show band on the face of the tri-county area, Rick K and the Allnighters (yep, that's all one word).Â Of course, after being blinded by their bedazzled jackets, it's obvious why I constantly wished I had the rhythm to be a drummer.Â Look close...
Rick K, I wanna grow up to be like ya'll one day.
The Los Angeles City Council voted to boycott the state of Arizona because of their new immigration law...
BUT... the Arizona Corporation Commission has some news for the city council.
One of the commissioners on the utility regulation panel says Los Angeles gets about 25% of its power from Arizona producers... so he fired off a letter to the LA Mayor:
Dear Mayor Villaraigosa,I was dismayed to learn that the Los Angeles City Council voted to boycott Arizona and Arizona-based companies - a vote you strongly supported.You explained your support of the boycott as follows: "Our goal is not to hurt the local economy of Los Angeles, but to impact the economy of Arizona. Our intent is to use our dollars - or the withholding of our dollars - to send a message." (emphasis added)I received your message; please receive mine. Approximately twenty-five percent of the electricity consumed in Los Angeles is generated by power plants in Arizona. If an economic boycott is truly what you desire, I will be happy to encourage Arizona utilities to renegotiate your power agreements so Los Angeles no longer receives any power from Arizona-based generation. If, however, you find that the City Council lacks the strength of its convictions to turn off the lights in Los Angeles and boycott Arizona power, please reconsider the wisdom of attempting to harm Arizona's economy.Sincerely,
Commissioner Gary Pierce
We're still celebrating graduation season here at The Wolf, with pictures of funny cakes, stupid stunts students have pulled that kept them from 'walking', and today, the best way to send off university students into the real world, with an inspiration speech from former Vice President, and inventor of The Internets™, Al Gore.
Most certainly, the oddest version of 'Oh! The Places You'll Go' I've ever heard.
So Lindsay Lohan says she's got her poop in a group:
I guess that's the case for the moment she was on camera...with her over-sized sunglasses on...then it got dark outside, and this happened:
Looks like you most certainly have your stuff together, kiddo.Â How's that sequel to that Herbie movie coming?
See more of Lindsay's fun from last night here
It's been a busy spring at the Walker Ranch in High Point, pulling out shrubs, killing dandelions and the like. Now, I can proudly say (with the help of 'White Lightning) that I now have dirt in my raised beds, and plants in the ground. However, the weekend event of planting didn't go without a problem...
See more of the pics now on my Facebook Page
Elvis Presley's longtime physician is claiming that it wasn't a heart condition that killed the King of Rock 'n' Roll-- it was chronic constipation.Dr. George Nichopoulos was never sure of the exact cause of death so he kept doing research. He talked to doctors that were doing research on constipation and different problems people get into with it.
In his book, "The King and Dr. Nick," Nichopoulos says that Elvis' colon was 5 to 6 inches in diameter. That's almost twice the size of the average person. It was also 8 to 9 feet long, compared with the normal 4 to 5 feet.
Also, when Elvis died, there was waste in his colon that was months old.
The theory is that Elvis suffered from a hereditary condition called bowel paralysis, which made it hard for him to go to the bathroom.
The doctor said that the condition would embarrass Elvis and that he'd have accidents onstage. He'd have to change clothes and come back because of the way doctors were trying to treat his constipation.
The doctor also thinks that if Elvis had gotten a colostomy, he'd still be alive today.
So much for the no-fly list.It didn't keep the Times Square suspect off the plane.Faisal Shahzad had boarded a jetliner bound for the United Arab Emirates Monday night before federal authorities pulled him back.
He reserved a ticket on the way to John F. Kennedy International Airport, paid cash on arrival and walked through security without being stopped.
By the time Customs and Border Protection officials spotted Shahzad's name on the passenger list and recognized him as the bombing suspect they were looking for, he was in his seat and the plane was preparing to leave the gate.
But it didn't. At the last minute, the pilot was notified, the jetliner's door was opened and Shahzad was taken into custody.
SO, WHERE WAS THE SECURITY BREAKDOWN?
When the airline (Emirates) sold the ticket, it was working off an outdated list. Airline officials would have had to check a Web list where updates are sent if it were to flag him. Because they didn't, law enforcement officials were not aware of his travel plans until they received the passenger list 30 minutes before takeoff.
By that time, passengers are usually on board.
Security experts say, the no-fly list is only as good as the nation's intelligence and the experts who analyze it. If a lead is not shared, or if an analyst is unable to connect one piece of information to another, a terrorist could slip onto an airplane because his name is not on the watch list.
Officials say that's (exactly) what took place ahead of the attempted Christmas Day attack on a Detroit-bound jet. In the case of the Times Square suspect, the intelligence process worked: Shahzad's name was on the list, but the airlines didn't check it when he bought his ticket.
Happy late Earth Day, ya'll! Watch as Obama's Chief of Staff does an interview with Charlie Rose...about green energy...and something about dependency on foreign oil...but at the :20 mark, that's pure, 100% domestic gas!
Yep, that's a real life fart...I wonder if he'll next talk about the endangered Barking Spider?
I made a fart joke...lol.
We at The Wolf are not taking the theft of our front row Martina McBride tickets very lightly. Dennis, and the other guys in the operations department of the radio station is reviewing security video and door entry records to better determine who this man, or woman is. In the meantime, we have no other choice than to wait for him, or her, to call the radio station so he, or she can play his or her little games.
Here's what we know so far:
8:15 a.m.: "All I want is a simple meal, but waiting for a table here is a really big deal"
9:15 a.m.: "I'm not a part of a mafia or mob, but one of my best friends, his name is Bob"
10:15 a.m.: "If you have yet to get my point, I'm not sitting around here getting high...and if you don't find me before the end of the day, you can kiss these front row Martina McBride tickets goodbye."
11:15 a.m.: "I don't remember which little piggie went to market, but on my way, the red light was on and I stopped for a 'hot and now'"
I'm going to sit here and wait for him to call at 11:15 a.m...let's hope for the best, friends.
Now that the weather has turned warm, I have no other choice but to shut off the X-Box, and turn on the weedeater, mower, blower, edger, and anything else that requires gasoline from the little red cans. Inspired by Chad, the neighbor with the awesome yard, here's the latest update on the Extreme Yard Makeover, where I've removed 10 sticky, sharp holly bushes, most of their roots, and replaced with raised bed vegetable gardens. My thoughts, why spend 1.99/pound on maters when you can have 64 bucks in the bed, plus a load of dirt, plants, and a higher water bill! Just sayin'. Check out the progress, cause I'm so proud!
Dogs sincerely amaze me. Not having any children (that I'm aware of), my black lab is as close as it gets. I never knew that a dog could reflect the personality of his or her owner quite quickly. What's more, I never realized how enjoyable it truly would be to spend time just throwing the ball at her...it's her crack. She really can't get enough of the pink ball.
If only I could get inside her head and hear what she's thinking when she's doing this...watch:
With prom season in full swing, I hate to admit that some sore memories have conjured up in my mind.Â Ya see, it may be hard to believe...I wasn't the coolest person in high school.Â But first, I must preface this with a little-known Walker history:
The way I look at it, I had a pretty good start on life...pictured here, a semi-cute four-year-old.Â I enjoyed playing in the dirt, eating dirt sandwiches, and reading dirt books...what little boy doesn't enjoy that, right?Â I had a cool bike...it was red.Â But then, puberty hit, and so did the awkwardness.Â I quickly learned that at 16 years old it was no longer cool to eat dirt...or glue...or worms.Â I had to trade in my cool red bike for a not so cool reddish car...a 1989 Dodge Omni, to be exact.
No self respecting girl wants to be driven around in a Dodge Omni.Â That, and the fact I was in the band...
And...I was in the band...strike two.Â Look real hard, and find me...you'll understand.
So let's just say that in order to go to prom, I may have just had to 'pay off' someone to go with...and find someone to loan me something to wear...
Thanks, Kat Ward...for boosting my ego in 2002, even if I had a Dodge Omni with no air conditioning.Â Happy prom season ya'll!Â Make it a memorable one, and BE SAFE!
Hey Wolf Gang...while Gunner and I are bringing you all of the NASCAR coverage from Martinsville live from The Wolf Sky Suite in turn 2, we'd like to give you this chance to see all of the driver's press conferences this weekend LIVE on your computer. Just click this link:
Driver Press Conference LIVE Video Feed
NASCAR DRIVER PRESS CONFERENCE SCHEDULE
Martinsville Speedway, March 26-28
Friday, March 26
9:15 a.m. – Kevin Harvick (No. 29 Shell/Pennzoil Chevrolet), 1st in points (774) … Media Center
9:30 a.m. – Kyle Busch (No. 18 Snickers Toyota), 10th in points (606) … Media Center
10 a.m. – Jeff Burton (No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet), 7th in points (677) … Media Center
10:15 a.m. – Clint Bowyer (No. 33 BB&T Chevrolet), 12th in points (601) … Media Center
10:30 a.m. – Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet), 3rd in points (760) … Media Center
10:45 a.m. – Matt Kenseth (No. 17 Crown Royal Ford), 2nd in points (773) … Media Center
1:05 p.m. – Tony Stewart (No. 14 Old Spice Chevrolet), 5th in points (685) … Media Center
1:35 p.m. – Greg Biffle (No. 16 U.S. Census Ford), 4th in points (750) … Media Center
1:50 p.m. – Paul Menard (No. 98 Nibco/Menards Ford), 9th in points (614) … Media Center
2 p.m. – Jeff Gordon (No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet), 11th in points (603) … #24 hauler
2:20 p.m. – Kurt Busch (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge), 6th in points (677) … Media Center
2:35 p.m. – Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88 AMP Energy Sugar-Free Lightning/National Guard Chevrolet), 8th in points (621) … Media Center
2:50 p.m. – Timothy Peters (No. 17 Red Horse Racing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series) and crew chief Jeff Hensley … Media Center
4:30 p.m.approx – NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Qualifying Post
5:30 p.m. approx – NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Qualifying Post
Saturday, March 27
9:45 a.m. – Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Freight Toyota) … Media Center
10 a.m. – Juan Pablo Montoya (No. 42 Target Chevrolet) … #42 hauler
4:15 p.m.approx – NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Post Race
Sunday, March 28
4:30 p.m.approx – NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Post Race
Typically, I'm against these 'zero tolerance contact policies' the school systems have been putting in place, but now I'm seeing good reason...dateline Portland, Oregon...
The hugs were out of control at West Sylvan Middle School.
Students could not pass each other in the hallway without a hug, the principal said. The girls were hugging one another all the time. Kids were late to class because of the hugs.
Classes would end, middle schoolers would eye a classmate at the other end of the hallway, "they'd scream, run down the hallway and jump in each other's arms," Principal Allison Couch said.
It was, Couch said, a virus of hugs.
So the principal banned hugs on the school campus in late February.
The campus of nearly 600 seventh- and eighth-graders joined a growing list of schools nationwide that have halted hugs as well as other behaviors deemed detrimental to teaching and learning.
Couch said she was prompted to act in part because of a school bus incident that drew police. Though she would not describe what happened, she said no students had been harmed.
Also, it appeared to her that some students were hugging others who did not want the sign of affection.
In a March 10 memo written to other school district officials, Couch wrote, "Several parents have called because their child is being hugged, and because there is a 'culture of hugging' here they didn't feel that they could say no."
In at least one case, hugging was used as a form of mockery -- when two eighth-grade girls hugged a seventh-grade boy, she said.
"'They did that to be mean,'" Couch said the boy told her later. "'They don't like me. They did that to be mean.'"
Also, parents reported that girls were using hugging as a game to see how fast boys could become aroused, Couch said, adding, "I was seeing evidence of it."
The policy may sound unreasonable to someone outside the school, she said, but if someone filed a lawsuit because of unwanted touching, a bigger news story would have resulted.
Schools can't look the other way with disruptive behavior, said Jollee Patterson, Portland Public Schools general counsel.
"It's the responsibility of the school district, when there are concerns among students, staff or parents, to respond with appropriate rules around conduct," Patterson said, "and that's what we did with this case."
The West Sylvan PTA is backing Couch, PTA board member Lee Rumaner said.
But several parents in the school about a mile west of the Portland Children's Museum in Southwest Portland have voiced objections to the policy in blogs and e-mails, he said.
"They have a very strong passion about what they're saying," Rumaner said, "but maybe they don't have the full message she's trying to give."
In Rumaner's view, Couch is doing her job: She saw something that she perceived was interfering with students' education, and she stopped it.
"A principal's role is not to be the best friend in school," Rumaner said, adding that his seventh-grade son views the no-hug policy as ridiculous.
West Sylvan has plenty of company nationwide among schools that have banned hugging or limited the duration of hugs. Each of these towns has a school that has taken action: Oak Park, Ill.; Prattville, Ala.; Mascoutah, Ill.; Mesa, Ariz.; Vienna, Va.; Milford, Conn.; Hillsdale, N.J.; and Fort Worth, Texas. In 2005, Sky View Middle School in Bend took action, and so has a school in South Australia, across the Pacific.
In fact, a Google search of "school bans" reinforces the impression that the seemingly carefree school days of yore are not anything like today's experience.
The Mesquite Independent School District in north Texas banned skinny jeans, a Massachusetts high school banned the word "meep," a California school district banned the Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary because of its "age-inappropriate" words, and several school districts have banned lunchtime games of tag and dodge ball.
Couch, who has been principal at West Sylvan for seven years and a school administer for two decades, can perhaps look forward to the day of hugging normalcy.
But in the meantime, she concluded her memo to school colleagues by saying she'd treated the hugging in schools like a computer with a virus.
"If any of you have any ideas about how to reboot so that we can come back to it appropriately, I would sure love to hear from you."
From The Daily Beast.com
The website describes the video in detail, based on accounts from multiple people who have viewed it. One source who has a medical background and has worked with pregnant patients says Rielle Hunter appears four or five months pregnant based on the swollen state of her belly and nipples. This would place the tape's filming somewhere around September or October of 2007, smack in the middle of John Edwards campaign for the presidency.
On the video, both participants are naked. Hunter is propped up against the hotel bed headboard, with John Edwards belly-down on the bed between her legs. As Hunter, the campaign's official videographer, holds the camera, a smiling Edwards performs oral sex. Because of the camera angle, Hunter's face is not visible, but her distinctive jewelry is.
Not only does candidate Edwards know he's being filmed, one source says, he's also clowning around and "graphically performing for the camera."
It's not just the raw nature of the video, but its context—a married presidential candidate with a cancer-stricken wife, roughly a dozen weeks before his make-or-break moment, the Iowa caucuses—that makes it so damning. A leading candidate to be commander in chief putting himself in an easy position to be extorted.
MORE GROSSNESS HERE
1. The Secret: Splurging on a Treat
If it's a one-time splurge and you used your own extra money, keep it a secret and move on.
When to tell: If you're racking up credit card debt or using money that the two of you have saved for something else it's time to tell him.
2. The Secret: Contacting your Ex
Even if you're finally ready to "just be friends" with someone from your past, your current partner may not be on the same page. If the two of you are exchanging quick "hellos" over email or reconnecting on Facebook, it's probably not a big deal.
When to tell: When the conversation turns flirty or you're scheduling meet-ups, get honest. Imagine how you'd feel if the roles were reversed.
3. The Secret: Snooping
If he's googling naked celebrities, it's probably not affecting the quality of your relationship, even if it makes you feel a little uncomfortable or insecure.
When to tell: If you stumble across something like flirty text messages with a female coworker, ask him what's up. It's probably nothing, but it's best to talk it out.
4. The Secret: You Don't Like One of His Friends or Family Members
When his sister gets on your nerves, there's not a lot you can do. Chances are, he doesn't love every friend and family member you have, either.
When to tell: When someone is making you feel weird or unsafe, say something to your partner.
5. The Secret: Dirty Habits
So, he thinks smoking is gross. If it's one drag every couple of months or so, it's not such a big deal.
When to tell: If you're developing a pattern, addiction, or risk for a serious health problem, let him know what's going on. He might be upset at first, but the two of you can find a way to deal with the problem together.
The lineup of next season's "Dancing with the Stars" was announced last night.
The eleven cast members are:
• Pam Anderson: former 'Baywatch' babe (who won't be moving in slow mo, as she did on the show)
• Kate Gosselin: The Jon & Kate Plus 8 mom
• Evan Lysacek: The recent Olympic gold medal-winning figure skater
• Buzz Aldrin: He was the second person to set foot on the moon, and now, at 80, he's the oldest man to ever compete on DWTS.
• Shannen Doherty: She's the third Beverly Hills 90210 alum to take a turn on the show.
• Nicole Scherzinger: the (HOT) Pussycat Dolls' frontwoman?
• Niecy Nash: Style Network's Clean House host.
• Erin Andrews: The sexy ESPN reporter who had stalker that shot video of her naked in a hotel room.
• Chad Ochocinco: The Cincinatti Bengals wide receiver...
• Aiden Turner: "All My Children" actor.
• Jake Pavelka: The latest Bachelor who just chose his new bride-to-be.
The competition begins March 22nd.
And if you were wondering why John Stamos turned it down, he tweeted:
“I’m not doing Dancing with the Stars. Flattered to be asked,” he wrote. “I’m not a dancer. I’d put my foot in my mouth faster than John Mayer.”
In my opinion, it's because he's going to single-handidly bring back the family-friendly 'power ballad' genre of music...
Charlotte, NC -- Police say the wife of pro wrestler Ric Flair has been charged with assaulting him in their North Carolina home.
In a statement, Flair called the incident an unfortunate disagreement and said he did nothing wrong.
Authorities say officers were called to Flair's home in south Charlotte on Sunday night. Flair said his wife attacked him after they went out for dinner. He had minor injuries, but refused treatment from paramedics.
Police charged 41-year-old Jacqueline Beems with simple assault. She was released from jail a few hours after her arrest.
The 60-year-old platinum blond grappler nicknamed "The Nature Boy" is currently wrestling for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling after a long career with World Wrestling Entertainment.
So I spent the past few weekends cooped up in the house, thanks to Mother Nature, watching any and almost every movie I could, just to pass the time. It's an understatement to say that it's amazing the magic movie makers can produce...until you see this video.
Triad, NC -- Four Needles have been found in products in stores within four days of each other.
It started over the weekend, when a needle was found in a pack of M&M's in a Walgreen's in Henry County, VA. on Saturday. The same day, a syringe was found in pack of hamburger meat in a Wal-Mart in Eden. Sunday, a needle was found in a box of Q-Tips in that same Wal-Mart.
Mondy, Kyle Sumrall of Reidsville was arrested in connection to the incidents. Police say he planted the needles in the products to create a distraction so he could steal merchandise. Police said he had an accomplice during the incident in Virginia.
Tuesday, another needle showed up in a product; this time at a Food Lion in Reidsville. Sumrall was in jail at the time and police are investigating whether there is a connection.
The string of incidents has Reidsville residents talking.
"I can't believe anybody would step that low, you know, and do that kind of stuff, just don't make any sense, I don't know what the world's coming to," said Bryant Turner.
"I think it's sad that some people have to resort to something like that that can harm other people," said Tammy Carpenter. "I do think there's probably copycat incidents that have happened or will happened because of this."Michael Smith said, "We have a six year-old and to know that somebody is going around doing that is a real concern."Sumrall is in the Rockingham County Jail under $500,000 secured bond.
Photos of Carrie Underwood's movie debut have surfaced. Carrie has a supporting role in the upcoming movie, Soul Surfer -- the story of Bethany Hamilton, the teen who lost her arm to a brutal shark attack while surfing. Carrie plays Sarah, a church youth leader who helps Bethany cope with her injury. The movie is being shot in Hawaii.
So by now you've hopefully heard Rascal Flatts' Fresh New Wolftrack 'Unstoppable'. Now, in anticipation of the 2010 Winter Olympics, they have released an Olympic version. Check it out here.
Thanks for taking The Wolf to Work!
The new Valentine's Day movie comes out in theaters on Friday, but you won't see Taylor promoting it...we told you on The Wolf she's down under on tour in Australia, but check her out in this quick clip from the movie:
Thanks for taking The Wolf to work!
As we count down to Daytona, I'd like to share with you some of the greatest moments in Daytona history...
The 1993 Daytona 500 provided a photo-finish fit for a family album, provided that family was the Jarretts.
In the record book, the result reads cold and concise — a .16-second margin of victory by Dale Jarrett over Dale Earnhardt. But this was a result with ramifications beyond the checkered flag, as it became one of NASCAR’s signature moments, memorable to say the least.
On the Daytona International Speedway tri-oval, the competition evolved into a fantastic “Dale vs. Dale” battle, with Jarrett chasing down Earnhardt in the closing laps. Jarrett was trying to win his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. Earnhardt was trying to finally win the Daytona 500 on what was then his 15th attempt.
Up in the television booth, Ned Jarrett had his own battle ongoing — to keep his composure. The invariably unflappable CBS commentator found himself torn between doing his job and cheering his son down the stretch. CBS’s Bob Stenner black-flagged protocol in deciding to see if the father could somehow do both. Stenner told play-by-play man Ken Squier to “lay out,” television lingo for basically getting out of the way and letting a situation develop naturally.
And develop it did.
Jarrett, a 36-year-old driver with the then-fledgling Joe Gibbs Racing organization, had the audacity to horn in on another late-race duel, that one involving Earnhardt and a heralded rookie named Jeff Gordon. Using an aerodynamic boost from longtime Earnhardt adversary Geoff Bodine, Jarrett went from third to first, getting past Earnhardt after their cars bumped in Turn 3.
Coming out of Turn 4, entering the DIS tri-oval and finish line, the nation’s television viewers heard Ned Jarrett at his finest.
“Come on Dale! Go, baby go! He’s gonna make it … Dale Jarrett’s gonna win the Daytona 500!”
Moments after that memorable call, the cameras found Martha Jarrett, Dale’s mother, crying her eyes out, happily. As for Ned, he was having the same experience, and became the welcome recipient of a box of tissues in the booth.
Dale Jarrett had delivered car owner Joe Gibbs his first NASCAR Sprint Cup win — in the sport’s biggest race, no less. There was serendipity at work; Ned Jarrett won two series championships in the 1960s but never won the Daytona 500. Interviewed post-race, Dale dedicated the victory to Ned and the rest of his family.
The 1993 Daytona 500 finish was NASCAR at its finest.
I got a note from the home office this morning stating that I had been reprimanded for violating the company dress code the past few days for wearing my Realtree Thinsulate Rocky boots into the station...what do you think?Â Should I try for an appeal?
An offhand comment the other day by a friend caught my attention—"Did you know that you can't watch the Super Bowl on a TV screen larger than 55 inches? Yeah, it's right there in the law."
With the Colts and Saints set to do battle in Super Bowl XLIV, this seemed worth looking into as a public service. Could it be that some of those giant flat panel TV sets now finding their way into US living rooms are actually violating copyright law?
Yes, it's in the law—sort of
Copyright law has a huge range of exemptions (like face-to-face classroom teaching), limitations (like fair use), and compulsory licensing schemes (like paying songwriters when you perform a cover version of a tune). Some are well known, but most are of interest only to specialists.
US Code Title 17, Chapter 1, Section 110 is called "Limitations on exclusive rights: exemption of certain performances and displays," and it lays out 12 of these exemptions to copyright restrictions. Are 55+ inch TVs mentioned specifically? They certainly are.
TV broadcasts and movie showings can only be displayed so long as "no such audiovisual device has a diagonal screen size greater than 55 inches, and any audio portion of the performance or display is communicated by means of a total of not more than 6 loudspeakers." So there it is in black and white—a ban on big TVs!
Sort of. While my friend was right about what's contained in the law, it's important to put the words in context. In this case, the context is exemption number five, which deals with TVs. The exemption opens by saying that turning on a TV set in one's house does not incur any sort of "public performance" liability under copyright law. So long as you're using a set that can reasonably be described as "a single receiving apparatus of a kind commonly used in private homes," you're in the clear.
(Okay, not completely. You cannot make a "direct charge" to "see or hear the transmission," though you can apparently ask friends to cover the cost of food and drink. You also cannot further transmit the broadcast "to the public," so diverting a live video stream onto the Internet and streaming it to the world is right out. Otherwise, you're fine.)
The rest of exemption five lays out a host of limitations to the exemption (yes, it's a bit confusing), but they all apply to "an establishment"—a public gathering place, not a home. The rules get remarkably specific, apply differently to small and large venues, and come with restrictions on how many TVs or radios can be used in a place of business without running into trouble.
The "55 inch" language applies to large establishments of more than a few thousand square feet. Such places can show the big game on a TV set, but only if they don't use "more than 4 audiovisual devices, of which not more than 1 audiovisual device is located in any 1 room, and no such audiovisual device has a diagonal screen size greater than 55 inches, and any audio portion of the performance or display is communicated by means of a total of not more than 6 loudspeakers, of which not more than 4 loudspeakers are located in any 1 room or adjoining outdoor space."
Translation: if you want to stick a bunch of TVs in a single public room (like a sports bar) or put up massive 80 inch panels in your fraternal organization, you'll need to negotiate some sort of arrangement with the copyright holder.
It all sounds boring and academic, but the NFL famously made waves back in 2007 when it went after an Indianapolis church for hosting a Super Bowl party. Fall Creek Baptist Church planned to 1) charge admission to cover the food bill and 2) show the game on a giant projector system of more than 55 inches. Both were no-nos. In the wake of the NFL's threat, churches around the country canceled get-togethers that year.
Though it was in fact written into copyright law, the NFL's action generated such bad press that several US Senators pressured the league to change its enforcement practices, law or no law. Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA, now D-PA) even introduced S. 2591, a bill which singled out "professional football contests" and allowed nonprofit groups to show the games on any size screen.
The bill went nowhere, but the NFL did call an audible. In late 2008, the league announced that it was changing its ways and would no longer go after churches simply for using a 55+ inch screen.
The league is also a big fan of trademark law, which it uses to attack any company using the terms "Super Bowl," "NFL," or "Super Sunday" in its advertising. To the NFL, such commercial uses of its trademarks are an attempt to create the impression of a relationship with the league, and this can lower the value of such relationships—one which "official sponsors" pay millions of dollars a year to maintain.
The led many advertisers to promote sales and special offers tied to "the Big Game" instead. So, in 2006, the NFL also filed for a trademark on "the Big Game." It backed off when Stanford and Cal objected; the two universities had called their own annual football game "the Big Game" for a hundred years already.
It was a big night for Taylor Swift, who won her first Grammy awards, starting with Best Female Country Vocal Performance and Best Country Song, both for "White Horse." She accepted those awards before the televised portion of the show saying, "Thank you to anyone who is a Grammy voter and who decided it was a good idea to vote for me for this, because I'm so happy. Thank you so much."Taylor went on to win two more during the live telecast -- for Country Album (Fearless) and the mac-daddy overall Album of the Year. Backstage she said, "When you have crazy dreams like, 'I wonder what it would be like to win a Grammy someday,' I never actually could fathom that it might happen until I was walking up there and winning one." Immediately following her brief backstage appearance, Taylor left to start the Australian run of her Fearless Tour. Lady Antebellum also won their first Grammy award -- "I Run to You" took Best Country Performance by a Group or Duo.Keith Urban took home the Grammy in the Best Male Country Vocal Performance category for "Sweet Thing." In the press room he said, "It seems that every year I have a new appreciation for just the nominations...to end up being given a nomination is truly an award unto itself. So to win it as well is crazy."Carrie Underwood also nabbed a golden gramophone, for her Country Collaboration with Randy Travis on "I Told You So." A very stunned Zac Brown Band got a chance to thank their families, friends and fans live during the televised portion of the Grammy Awards when they were named the year's Best New Artist. The win still hadn't sunk in when the boys went backstage. Zac told the press room, "We didn't plan on winning anything. We're performers and to be recognized on this level is insane."And congratulations also go to Steve Wariner, who took home the Country Instrumental Performance prizefor "Producer's Medley" from his tribute to Chet Atkins. In his acceptance speech Steve said, "I wouldn't be here today if it weren't for the great Chet Atkins. Receiving this award means so much to me because it recognizes and honors Chet's genius."
RECORD OF THE YEAR
Kings of Leon: Use Somebody
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Taylor Swift: FearlessSONG OF THE YEAR
A Songwriters' Award. Artist name in parentheses.
Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It): Thaddis Harrell, Beyonce Knowles, Terius Nash (The-Dream) & Christopher Stewart (Beyonce)
BEST NEW ARTIST
Zac Brown Band
BEST FEMALE POP VOCAL PERFORMANCE
BEST MALE POP VOCAL PERFORMANCEJason Mraz: Make It Mine
BEST POP PERFORMANCE BY A DUO OR GROUP WITH VOCALS
Black Eyed Peas: I Gotta Feeling
BEST POP COLLABORATION WITH VOCALS
Jason Mraz & Colbie Caillat: Lucky
BEST POP INSTRUMENTAL PERFORMANCE
Bela Fleck: Throw Down Your Heart
BEST POP INSTRUMENTAL ALBUMBooker T. Jones: Potato Hole
BEST POP VOCAL ALBUMBlack Eyed Peas: The E.N.D.BEST DANCE RECORDINGLady Gaga: Poker Face
BEST ELECTRONIC/DANCE RECORDINGLady Gaga: The FameBEST TRADITIONAL POP VOCAL ALBUM
Michael Buble Meets Madison Square GardenBEST SOLO ROCK VOCAL PERFORMANCE
Bruce Springsteen: Working on a Dream
BEST ROCK PERFORMANCE BY A DUO OR GROUP WITH VOCALS
Kings of Leon: Use Somebody
BEST HARD ROCK PERFORMANCE
AC/DC: War Machine
BEST METAL PERFORMANCEJudas Priest: Dissident Aggressor
BEST ROCK INSTRUMENTAL PERFORMANCEJeff Beck: A Day in the Life
BEST ROCK SONGA Songwriters' Award. Artist name in parentheses.
Use Somebody: Caleb Followill, Jared Followill, Matthew Followill & Nathan Followill (Kings of Leon)
BEST ROCK ALBUM
Green Day:21st Century Breakdown
BEST ALTERNATIVE MUSIC ALBUM
Phoenix: Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
BEST FEMALE R&B VOCAL PERFORMANCE
Beyonce: Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)
BEST MALE R&B VOCAL PERFORMANCEMaxwell: Pretty Wings
BEST R&B PERFORMANCE BY A DUO OR GROUP WITH VOCALSJamie Foxx & T-Pain: Blame It
BEST TRADITIONAL R&B VOCAL PERFORMANCEBeyonce: At Last
BEST URBAN/ALTERNATIVE PERFORMANCEIndia.Arie & Dobet Gnahore: Pearls
BEST R&B SONGA Songwriters' Award. Artist name in parentheses.
Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It): Thaddis Harrell, Beyonce Knowles, Terius Nash (The-Dream) & Christopher Stewart (Beyonce)
BEST R&B ALBUMMaxwell: Blacksummers' Night
BEST CONTEMPORARY R&B ALBUMBeyonce: I Am... Sasha FierceBEST RAP SOLO PERFORMANCEJay-Z: D.O.A. (Death Of Auto-Tune)
BEST RAP PERFORMANCE BY A DUO OR GROUP
Eminem, Dr. Dre & 50 Cent: Crack a Bottle
BEST RAP/SUNG COLLABORATION
Jay-Z, Rihanna & Kanye West: Run This Town
BEST RAP SONGA Songwriters' Award. Artist name in parentheses.
Run This Town: Shawn Carter, R. Fenty, M. Riddick, Kanye West & E. Wilson (Jay-Z, Rihanna & Kanye West)
BEST RAP ALBUMEminem: Relapse
BEST FEMALE COUNTRY VOCAL PERFORMANCE
Taylor Swift: White Horse
BEST MALE COUNTRY VOCAL PERFORMANCE
Keith Urban: Sweet Thing
BEST COUNTRY PERFORMANCE BY A DUO OR GROUP WITH VOCALSLady Antebellum: I Run to You
BEST COUNTRY COLLABORATION WITH VOCALS
Carrie Underwood & Randy Travis: I Told You So
BEST COUNTRY INSTRUMENTAL PERFORMANCESteve Wariner: Producer's Medley
BEST COUNTRY SONG
A Songwriters' Award. Artist name in parentheses.
White Horse: Liz Rose & Taylor Swift (Taylor Swift)
BEST COUNTRY ALBUM
Taylor Swift: Fearless
BEST GOSPEL PERFORMANCE
Donnie McClurkin f/ Karen Clark Sheard: Wait on the Lord
BEST GOSPEL SONG
A Songwriters' Award. Artist name in parentheses.
God in Me: Erica Campbell, Tina Campbell & Warryn Campbell (Mary Mary f/ Kiki Sheard)
BEST ROCK OR RAP GOSPEL ALBUM
Third Day: Live Revelations
BEST POP/CONTEMPORARY GOSPEL ALBUM
Israel Houghton: The Power of One
BEST SOUTHERN, COUNTRY OR BLUEGRASS GOSPEL ALBUMJason CrabbBEST TRADITIONAL GOSPEL ALBUMVarious Artists: Oh Happy Day
BEST CONTEMPORARY R&B GOSPEL ALBUM
Heather Headley: Audience of One
BEST AMERICANA ALBUM
Levon Helm: Electric Dirt
BEST BLUEGRASS ALBUM
Steve Martin: The Crow / New Songs for the Five-String Banjo
BEST TRADITIONAL BLUES ALBUM
Ramblin' Jack Elliott: A Stranger Here
BEST CONTEMPORARY BLUES ALBUMDerek Trucks Band: Already Free
BEST TRADITIONAL FOLK ALBUM
Loudon Wainwright III: High Wide & Handsome: The Charlie Poole Project
BEST CONTEMPORARY FOLK ALBUMSteve Earle: TownesBEST REGGAE ALBUM
Stephen Marley: Mind Control - Acoustic
BEST MUSICAL ALBUM FOR CHILDRENZiggy Marley: Family Time
BEST SPOKEN WORD ALBUMMichael J. Fox: Always Looking Up
BEST COMEDY ALBUM
Stephen Colbert:A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All!
BEST MUSICAL SHOW ALBUM
West Side Story
BEST COMPILATION SOUNDTRACK ALBUM FOR MOTION PICTURE, TELEVISION OR OTHER VISUAL MEDIA
BEST SCORE SOUNDTRACK ALBUM FOR MOTION PICTURE, TELEVISION OR OTHER VISUAL MEDIA
Michael Giacchino: Up
BEST SONG WRITTEN FOR MOTION PICTURE, TELEVISION OR OTHER VISUAL MEDIAA Songwriter(s) award.
Jai Ho (From Slumdog Millionaire): Gulzar, A.R. Rahman & Tanvi Shah BEST INSTRUMENTAL ARRANGEMENT ACCOMPANYING VOCALIST(S)Diana Krall: Quiet Nights
BEST RECORDING PACKAGEEverything That Happens Will Happen Today (David Byrne & Brian Eno)BEST BOXED OR SPECIAL LIMITED EDITION PACKAGENeil Young Archives Vol. I (1963--1972)
BEST HISTORICAL ALBUM
The Complete Chess Masters (1950--1967)
BEST ENGINEERED ALBUM, NON-CLASSICAL
Ellipse (Imogen Heap)BEST REMIXED RECORDING, NON-CLASSICALWhen Love Takes Over (Electro Extended Remix) (David Guetta f/ Kelly Rowland)PRODUCER OF THE YEAR (NON-CLASSICAL)Brendan O'BrienBEST SHORT FORM MUSIC VIDEOBlack Eyed Peas: Boom Boom Pow
BEST LONG FORM MUSIC VIDEOBeatles:Love -- All Together Now
Gotta give Mama Walker credit for this one. We were talking this morning about a few friends working in the coal mines in West Virginia. She asked if I saw the History Channel special, Hillbilly: The Real Story. Apparently, the true term 'redneck' came from a major event in WV history (I remember this from 8th grade, believe it or not). the only time in history Marshal Law was put into affect...the Matewan Massacre. Take a look:
Now, when you're in the Teeter, and someone yells at you from the exotic cheese aisle, and calls you such a seemingly derogatory term, remember, you have gotta be proud! Let that mullet fly!
I love Facebook, because these days, it's the only way I can truly keep up with those from my little hometown of Buckhannon, West Virginia. Out of no where the other day, my old high school buddy Gary Bonnett sent me a note, asking him to check out his music.
Music? I remember our high school talent show, Gary performing a cover Tim McGraw's Indian Outlaw...but I didn't realize that he has dedicated his life to twang! How COOL! He told me he's about to get signed to a good label, always a great sign...and he sent me a copy of his n new CD...really cool (could it be because he mentions landmarks in our hometown?!). Check some of his stuff I found on YouTube.
Congrats, Gary...so proud to see someone from back home make his mark!
From my buddy Ed...great advice, so take heed!
HOW TO STAY YOUNG
1. Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and height. That's why we live smart.
2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.
3. Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever. Never let the brain idle. 'An idle mind is the devil's workshop & dull living.' Experience new things...get out.
4. Enjoy the simple things...
5.Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.
6. The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person, who is with us our entire life, is ourselves. Be ALIVE while you are alive.
7. Surround yourself with what you love , whether it's family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge.
8. Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.
9. Don't take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, even to the next county; to a foreign country but NOT to where the guilt is.
10.Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity.
AND ALWAYS REMEMBER :
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.
We all need to live life to its fullest each day!!
Worry about nothing, pray about everything!!!
It's official, cabin fever's set it at the Walker house. Can't go out and mow, work in the flower beds, change the oil in the truck...so bad that Bella doesn't even want to go out and do her business. So after sitting, well, mainly laying and sleeping on the couch, I finally decided to give in and buy an X-Box. I've scrimped and saved over the last couple of months, hoping to use this little nest egg as an investment in my sanity...as a break from the daily duties at the house that keep me occupied. Now, after this purchase on Saturday, I now have to come to grips that those duties will have to be permanently postponed.
Sunday morning, I typically get up and make a big breakfast, then lay on the couch watching those house flipping shows on the TV...then nap with the dog, and it's back to business as usual. Yesterday, however, didn't fare as well. Turned out it was a cold bowl of stale cereal, and me glued to the TV set playing Call of Duty Modern Warfare for...get this...12 hours.
12 hours...no lie.
I swear I was sitting there no more than an hour...then I entered the vortex that is X Box time.
So I'm tabulating an invoice...sending it to Microsoft as we speak, so maybe I can just pay someone to fold the clothes and clean the house while I'm stuck in it's glorious black hole that is video gaming.
So after my massive FAIL on dog house building a few weeks ago,Â my killer neighbor Chad suggested that he aid me in my building endevors.Â It's totally a good thing, because this dude is like the Bob Vila next door.Â We went to Lowes, bought all of the materials, and he went off to building.Â I'll make no bones about it...the design, construction, straight lines cut in the boards...everything was the product of Chad.Â Certainly, I feel a tad bit less of a man, but nevertheless, I was able to chock it up and learn!
There's the house, end of day 1 in sub freezing temperatures.Â Everything's ready except the roof and trim.Â Who ever thought of framing a dog house?!Â Of course, this is coming from a man who can't cut a straight line.
Â From the front of the house, minus the roof and shingles.
The new house, beside my FAILED attempt...note where I attempted to cut the peak for the roof...Now that the new house is finished, it's time to lay wall-to-wall carpet for Ms. Bella!!!
Yep, it's a new year, decade, et. all. Time to wipe the 'ol slate clean, forget about the resolutions we didn't keep in 2009, and look ahead. I spent the holiday weekend working on my extensive list of predictions of the coming year...mark my word, I betcha at least some of these will come true!
1.) Mankind will finally get frustrated enough with cell phones with touch screens and tiny buttons that Apple will release the iCrank, the revolutionary communication device that requires one to crank it, then holler at Sara the operator to get in touch with your girlfriend.
2.) North Carolina will propose a new bill that not only keeps smokers from puffing inside, but also will force those who eat to do so outside.
3.) Chuck Marsh will cry during Words to Live By...
4.) Traditional exercise will be abandoned, moving to the 'flapping arm bird game' on Wii Fit. A Wii diet will follow, advertised on late night infomercials.
5.) Once the 2012 movie leaves theaters, we'll buy a new bomb shelter to only find out that the end of the world will really be in 2014.
Let's make it a great decade!
So Morgan and I were walking through Oak Hollow Mall last night, and she suggested that we get a picture with Santa...two grown people, getting a picture with Santa...what do you thing?Â In the meantime, enjoy our website pick of the day, sketchysantas.com.Â Have a Merry Creepy Christmas!
Boy I can't wait for Winterfest to come at Blowing Rock! A whole weekend in the mountains of NC, with the chili challenge, the polar plunge, ice carving contest, and so much more!
I know you're stuck thinking about what to get your significant other for Christmas, and a getaway to Chetola Resort would be perfect! Go ahead and book your package at Chetola for Winterfest before they sell out...Morgan and I got away back in November to check out everything, and it's hard to believe how luxurious everything is! More than spacious rooms, with a huge kitchen (I love to cook!), a great big fireplace, and the best view ever!
Check out Winerfest at Blowing Rock here and Chetola Resort here for a perfect getaway, close to home...and when you do, make sure you tell 'em that Clay JD Walker sent ya, ok?
2: Bruce Springsteen
4: Taylor Swift
5: Brittney Spears
6: Dave Mathews Band
7: Elton John
8: Jonas Brothers
9: Kenny Chesney
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Â 2: Nicolas Cage
3: Justin Timberlake
4: Adam LambertÂ
5: Amy Winehouse
6: Jessica Alba
7: Katherine Heigl
8: Kate Gosselin
9:Â Ashley Simpson
1. Hanalei Bay, Kauai, HawaiiÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 2.Siesta Beach, Sarasota, FloridaÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 3. Coopers Beach, Southampton, New York
Â 4. Coronado Beach, San Diego, CaliforniaÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 5. Hamoa Beach, Maui, HawaiiÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 6. Main Beach, East Hampton, New YorkÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
7. Cape Hatteras, Outer Banks, North CarolinaÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 8. Cape Florida State Park, Key Biscayne, FloridaÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 9. Coast Guard Beach, Cape Cod, Massachusetts
...all I want for christmas is a REALÂ G O O DÂ TAN
Ahhh what a great year for country music!Â As we close the books on 2009, let's recollect, shall we?!Â My top 9 country singles of the year!
#9: Jason Aldean - Big Green Tractor
This year has been HUGE for Jason, and I couldn't be happier!Â Slightly suggestive, tempo right in the 'pocket' as we all thank God for our roots in country!
#8: Eric Church - Love Your Love The Most
Carolina boy Eric Church has always had one of those grass-roots followings around the state, and boy did it show when we featured him at our first ever Wolf Low Dough Show in Winston-Salem.Â The day Carolina came out, we all got together and threw him a big 'ol party, and celebrated how most certainly there is a lot of things we love about our significant other, but loving being loved is the best.
#7: Jason Michael Carroll - Where I'm From
Daddy told me a when I was a young PMT that I must never forget my roots...more importantly, never get better than your raisin'...this is why JMC's Where I'm From chimes in at #7, as we all proudly remember where we're from, and how we got to where we are today.
#6: Chris Young - Gettin' You Home (The Little Black Dress Song)
I met Chris in late '08...and in this business we hear a lot of songs that sound just like every one else.Â This wasn't the case with Chris.Â His combination of twang and down-home soul styling make Gettin' You Home not only one of the most played songs of 2009 here on The Wolf, but also the song that will rocket-launch Chris to superstardom.Â Plus, it's great to use when you gotta pick up a girl...if ya know what I mean.
#5: Jason Aldean - She's Country
I admit that I have a reoccuring dream that I'm on stage with Jason and his band, slammin' on the drums to this song...it's cool!Â And let it be known -- there isn't anything better than a country girl, and use of the word 'bad mamajama'
#4: Lady Antebellum - I Run To You
It's apparent that the stars were aligned when Lady Antebellum formed.Â The intrumentation along with the powerful lyrics that describe how, when the world gets bad, we still have someone in which to retreat, where everything is safe.Â Add this one to your wedding playlist, and make sure the DJ doesn't say something swarmy before playing it, OK?
#3: Gloriana - Wild At Heart
W.O.W...at first glance, one would believe that Gloriana is a reincarnated Little Big Town...wrong.Â Sure, they harmanise, and there's two guys/two girls in the group, but scratch the folk-infused backing from LBT and substitute a neat pop feel.Â Regardless if you are still young and living the lyrics of the song, or if you're reflecting upon your own life, Wild At Heart reminds us that we don't need to be old all the time...it's great to let yourself go!
#2: Zac Brown Band - Whatever It Is
Let it be known: Zac Brown Band is the new Kenny Chesney...people will flock from all corners of the world to see this band live, and will quite possibly make it their sole purpose in life to follow the eclectic group's tour bus.Â I like how the ZBB sums up how a guy is attracted to a woman...we can't quite put our finger on exactly why...it's just whatever it is.Â Kudos ZBB.
#1:Â Justin Moore - Small Town USA
Talking to Justin after a show, he was stunned to think that people knew Small Town word for word.Â Why wouldn't you?Â This country certainly has a few big cities, but the majority of us are from a million small towns, and everything he talks about in this song we've all experienced.Â The warm feeling I get when hearing it takes me back to Buckhannon, WV, where I can't get away with doing anything bad...because my mom and dad will find out...they know everyone!Have a great 2010, and thanks for making 2009 so great for country music!-CJDW
I love watching stuff on YouTube. Really, I've considered canceling the TV and simply sit on the couch with the laptop in tow, entertaining myself for hours watching the stuff people put up there. As we kick off our best and worst of 2009, I present to you the top 9 viral videos from the interwebs:
#9: Stop Motion Lego: 4.2 Million Views#8: Piano Stairs: 8.7 Million Views#7: The Single Babies: 9 Million Views#6: The Sound Of Music: 12.5 Million Views#5: Evian Roller Babies: 12.5 Million Views#4: Stand By Me Around The World: 15 Million Views#3: JK Wedding Dance: 37 Million Views and 10 Million copied weddings.
So Christmas in Jail year 3 has come and gone...WOW what a turn out! We did things a tad bit different this year, with Chuck at Harley-Davidson of Greensboro, and Gunner and I on the road across the Triad. Gun and I went into this with a competitive spirit, with the expectation to get more toys in the back of our trucks than the crew in Greensboro. Lucky for all of us, we had about a 50/50 split with donations...so a tie.
Now, my favorite part of the entire toy drive is taking the cash donations people drop to us, and buy toys in Wal-Mart.
I know, it's the little things...luckily we work for a station that allows us to still be kids at heart. Thank you so much for your generosity this year, and may God bless you with a merry Christmas.
A dear friend of mine got his first full-time teaching job in Davidson County about three weeks ago. After the 'attaboys' and a few cold beverages later, his expression turned serious. He began to describe that the school is in a poor area of the county, and they participate in 'backpack ministries'.
I learned that this extension of Second Harvest provides food in backpacks for less fortunate children in elementary schools...including his. A tear came to his eye as he described how terrible that a child has to worry about where his or her next meal is going to come from. He also told me that this program provides 'kid friendly' meals in these backpacks. What that means, simply, is that they require no real 'cooking'....just heat & eat, pull tab cans, et all.
What happened to the innocence of childhood? Put all of your political opinions aside, as well as your stance on parenting, and put yourself in the shoes of these kids and families.
This weekend, myself, along with all other Triad radio broadcaster are teaming up to eliminate hunger in the region. We'll be in Winston-Salem tomorrow from 9a-5p, and in Greensboro on Saturday from 10a-3p. With the demand on all area food banks up almost 100%, these folks need our help now more than ever. I understand that we're all having a hard time, and you might have been able to help last year, but you're now on the other side. Anything, and I do mean anything helps.
Click here for all of the info on exact locations we'll be set up this weekend, and to donate online.
Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, and God bless.
So we went back to Lexington yesterday to check on the progress of the EMHE house...dang! To think that just Wednesday, we were in the pouring rain, packing up their belongings to the crew could level the home! Joe Nichols came by this morning for a Wolf Den show, and we talked about his hit Believers, and how it applies to all of the volunteers on the build.
It's only fitting that I show you the pics I shot yesterday...
Love ya'll. Thanks for believing. Video from today's Wolf Den show will be on WolfTV, more than likely, by the end of the week!
“EXTREME MAKEOVER: HOME EDITION” REBUILDS THE DECAYING HOME OF A
DEDICATED TEACHER AND MOTHER FIGHTING COLON CANCER
Lexington, NC - Lexington, NC. (November 11, 2009) – “Good Morning Creasy Family!” was the phrase enthusiastically shouted by Ty Pennington of ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition as the Creasy family ran out of their Davidson County house, they were about to receive the greatest surprise of their lives. Out of all the builders in the Triad area, ABC chose green certified Hedrick Creative Building to help one deserving family, the Creasy’s, of Lexington, North Carolina get the home of their dreams.
Tricia Creasey, a beloved teacher who is battling stage four cancer while her husband struggles to keep their home livable for their family. For the “Extreme Makeover” team, along with hundreds of local volunteers, it’s a heartfelt opportunity to give back to a couple who enjoy going above and beyond for their community in the face of their own medical and financial hardships.
William and Tricia Creasey have always been well known in Lexington as a wonderful and generous couple who are devoted to each other, their children, the school where they worked, and their community. Three years ago, Tricia was diagnosed with colon cancer. A dedicated seventh grade teacher, Tricia refused to stop teaching while undergoing the chemotherapy and major surgery her treatment required. In May of 2009, Tricia’s cancer returned and spread to her lymph nodes. To prevent the cancer from spreading any further, Tricia receives weekly chemotherapy treatments that cost the family $1,400 a month after insurance.
The Creasey’s bought their home as a fixer-upper, but the necessary repairs and renovations have taken a back seat to Tricia’s medical care. Numerous structural problems such as holes in the floor, walls, and roof where animals can get in, cracks in the foundation, lack of insulation, and extensive water damage from a leaking roof create additional, everyday obstacles and hazards for Tricia and the entire family. In addition, the house has only one bathroom, which Tricia must often occupy for hours a time to take care of medical necessities. Now, it’s up to Ty and the gang to build William, 40, Tricia, 37, Brittany, 12, Makenzie, 5, and Makayla, 5, a new home that will not only be a safe place for Tricia to battle her cancer, but provide a place for family, friends, and the community to gather and offer support to this warm-hearted family.
The Creasey family will go on vacation to Walt Disney World while “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” team leader Ty Pennington, designers Ed Sanders, Paul DiMeo, and Tracy Hutson, local builder Hedrick Creative Building, LLC, and more than a thousand community volunteers rebuild their home.
From my previous home, Charleston West Virginia:
State Police say a Boone County man arrested during a traffic stop was hiding drugs on his body. Trooper M.J. Napier stopped a Dodge Intrepid early Sunday morning after the vehicle drifted out of its lane on Interstate 64 west and rode along the rumble strip for a long period of time, according to a complaint filed in Kanawha Magistrate Court.
He was taken to South Central Regional Jail where he was again searched, the complaint said.
At that time, Henderson dropped a bag of marijuana on the floor and also was found to be concealing two other bags of marijuana and a marijuana blunt "underneath his saggy pectoral muscles," Napier wrote in the complaint. Henderson is 5 feet 9 inches tall and weight 310 lbs, the complaint said.
From now on, instead of you making fun of my man boobs, just tell me I have saggy pectoral muscles...makes me feel more 'manly'
This is a call for anyone who can help with some final supplies or financial support for the EMHO build that's gonna kick off on Wednesday. They need sheetrock, landscaping materials, and some other miscellaneous items. Start here.
This weekend, I was blessed to take some time to unwind, and remember the basics of life. First, we took off to Chetola in Blowing Rock (more on that in a future post)...which alone is simply amazing. Sunday, we checked out and traveled to the world-famous Grandfather Mountain, which is a mile above sea-level. If you ever questioned God's power and presence, check the video I put together below:
When I first hear that Extreme Makeover Home Edition was looking for a family in the Triad, a lot of people came to mind who most certainly deserved the blessing of a new home. However, above the tens of thousands of people I've met over the course of my tenure here at The Wolf, one family stood above and beyond others. Now, we won't know until Wednesday morning if my nomination was selected for the build, but regardless who the family, we all must remember how important this project is to our community. We all should take a moment and ask to ourselves how we can share God's blessings to our neighbors by doing the simple things. Remember, you don't get 'community' without unity.
I'd like to share the letter I sent to ABC on behalf of my faithful friend, whom is referred to in this blog as John Doe. Please comment if you like, otherwise, I hope to see you next week helping at the job site somewhere in the Triad.
Generosity is difficult to find in today’s society, now more than ever. With uncertain situations in front of us, causing others to question what tomorrow may bring, it’s a constant fight to truly find good in each other. It’s also difficult to look past our own problems in life, to, for once believe that someone else in our community may need a little uplifting more so than ourselves. However, through delicate searching, I have been able to find this rarity.
I moved to the Greensboro, NC area in mid 2007 in search of bettering my radio career. You know the one, living out of boxes, looking for the next ‘break’ in the business. Heck, my own career began to make me jaded, with constant pondering from listeners simply wanting things for free. That was, until I met ‘John Doe.’
When you first meet John Doe, you don’t consider him someone who may need help. Certainly, his car is in less-than-perfect condition, but his demeanor is that of one of the most positive I’ve ever been in contact. Quickly he introduced himself to me as if he and I were long lost brothers in life, finally reunited after years of no contact. He also was quick to talk about the beauty and blessings the day brought. It wasn’t until months of truly getting to know 'John Doe' that I started to understand how rare he is.
Standing outside of the radio station one morning, he started to tell me his story. He was born in 1964 in West Virginia (where I also spent the majority of my life), but at an early age moved to central North Carolina. He graduated from East Davidson High School in 1982, had a son, and the story grew from there. He also talked about his career in construction, until the economy took a turn for the worse, and he was forced into an overnight job in High Point, knitting socks in the wee hours of the morning for Harris & Covington Hosiery.
“The pay’s not so good, but we get by,” John told me.
John continued to describe his family situation, recalling about how he takes care of his disabled wife, her mother, his disabled son, and his two children. All of that, plus working third shift in a job that, to most, would be less than desirable on many different levels.
Of course, never in any of these conversations we had as the sun came up over Greensboro, did he mention any dislike of his current situation. He simply likes to give others every bit that he has (and, honestly, more than that at times).
A good example of his generosity stems from our radio station’s annual Christmas toy drive. John waits until payday, and takes the money that he should be spending on his family, to keep food on the table, and instead goes shopping for the needy children in our cause. Heck, we’ve talked between each of us on the staff at the radio station, noting that John should be the one getting help, above and beyond anyone else. He just says it’s what he was put on earth to do; others are in worse shape than he, and God’s place for him is to always put others ahead of himself.
Those same early-morning conversations John and I shared from that point forward always centered on me attempting to delve further into his state of mind. I too wanted to have the same satisfaction in my life as he, without having the same worries about making enough money to get by, or to catch my next break. One morning, during one of these sunrise-inspired conversations in the parking lot in front of the radio station, John took me back to his youth. Age eight or nine, of course, I can’t exactly recall, but that’s not important. He described a moment when he decided that it would be ‘ok’ to steal from a local store in Lexington. Again, what he stole wasn’t important. Under the premonition that he certainly was caught, he told me that he began to run as fast as he could away from the store to circumvent any reproductions. Inevitably, however, he ran into the street and was struck by an on-coming car.
I simply was shocked as he continued to describe the feeling upon impact, and how he remembers a moment where he was looking from above the scene of the accident, looking down on his tattered body, as if, for certain, he was gone for good. Then, he says, a nurse came out of nowhere, picked up his certainly expired body and rushed him to help.
Later, after the accident, he began to describe to others of the series of events. He was appalled to hear that it wasn’t a passer-by or a nurse or doctor that delivered him to help. No one knew what exactly how he got to help, just that he did. From that point forward, John always considered that nameless person, or being, his very own angel.
“This is God’s place for me…helping others,” John repeats to me daily. Even after recently receiving news that the knitting factory in which he’s employed for simply $8.25 per hour cut everyone to a 32 hour work week. For once, I’m honestly concerned about the welfare of my ‘long lost brother’. He simply cannot find a typical day job, as the demand his family brings prevents him from working any other shift than the overnight. He also believes it’s better to stick to what you know you have, rather than taking a risk at another job, only to be in a worse situation.
I pray daily for John and his family, as I do for everyone else in this country in the same situation. I wish that there was a way that everyone in true, genuine need, could get back just a little of what they gave forward. I also believe that this opportunity for Extreme Makeover Home Edition to visit John would not only give him hope for tomorrow, but it would also shine more hope into others who come in contact with the Doe family. A pure example of selflessness, putting others in front of one’s self would most certainly do this country plenty of good.
Below you’ll find demographic information about the Doe family, along with a recent photo of them for your records. Please feel free to contact me at the phone numbers and e-mail listed below. Thank you for the opportunity to nominate my friend for this show. This process has not only given me a chance to get to know John better than I have in the past, it’s also made me step back and truly remember how good life truly is.
-Clay JD Walker
Assistant Program Director
WPAW-FM – The All New 93.1 The Wolf
I've been talking about Extreme Makeover Home Edition coming to the Triad for a while now, and you understand how pumped I am. We've put the shout out to ya'll about getting volunteers, materials, ect. and as always, you've shared your blessings.
For that, I thank you.
If you're going to volunteer, hopefully we'll see each other on the work site next week.
My friends at Hedrick Creative Builders e-mailed me yesterday, looking for a few other items...if you or someone you know can help provide these, we'd really appreciate it!
Food (meals for builders, volunteers)
Just holler at Robin at firstname.lastname@example.org I'll see you at the build site!
The Johnsonville BIG TASTE GRILL is coming to Winston-Salem!
Johnsonville Sausage, the #1 sausage brand in America, is delivering the great taste of Johnsonville bratwurst to the below listed events with the help of the Johnsonville Big Taste Grillâ¢âthe worldâs largest touring grill.Â Proceeds from donations and sales at the grillâs appearances will benefit the Charities listed.
The Johnsonville Big Taste Grillâ¢ is no ordinary backyard barbecue.Â Weighing more than 53,000 pounds and measuring 65 feet long, this giant grill requires its own semi-truck to haul it from one location to another.Â It is equipped with hot and cold running water, a prep station, and a refrigeration unit.Â The grill has the capacity to cook more than 750 brats at a time â approximately 2,500 per hour â and can accommodate more than 12 âgrillmasters.âProceeds from sales at the grill benefit local charities and other non-profit organizations. To date, the Big Taste Grillâ¢ has raised well over 2 million dollars for charities across the United States and Canada.
You can view the Big Taste Grill in all its magnitude at http://www3.johnsonville.com/bigtastegrill/1st EVENT:Â Thursday, October 29 is the Deacon Tailgate Town Baity Street Bash.Â It includes the following attractions:
Big Taste Grill... hosted by the Brian Piccolo Cancer Fund, a Wake Forest student-run organization which raises money for cancer research.Â The Piccolo Fund has raised in excess of $1M for cancer research in its 20+ year history.Â Johnsonville brats and Pepsi products will be served from 6:00pm - 9:00pm.Â All proceeds benefit the Briand Piccolo Cancer Fund.Â A Johnsonville Brat and drink will be $2.00.
Jim Grobe Radio Show... broadcast live from the Lowe's Home Improvement stage on Baity Street from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm.Â Stan Cotten, Voice of the Demon Deacons, and Head Coach Jim Grobe discuss Wake Forest football and take calls from listeners.
Live Music... live band will play from the Lowe's Home Improvement stage from 8:15pm until.
Other entertainment include contests, inflatable games for kids, etc.
Event begins at 6:00pm on at Deacon Tailgate Town on Baity Street.Â Parking is free in the BB&T Field parking lots.
2nd EVENT:Â Lowes Foods is partnering with Johnsonvilleâs Big Taste Grill this Halloween to bring some much needed supplies to the elderly.Â The âThrill and Grillâ will offer an alternative to the traditional door-to-door candy collecting.Â The Big Taste Grill will be serving up their famous Johnsonville Brats, chips, and a drink for only $2.00 each.Â All proceeds from these sales will benefit Senior Services.Â This organization will also be collecting donations for the upcoming Holidays including Boost or Ensure, canned meats such as tuna or chicken and adult diapers.
The event will take place Friday October 30th from 4 until 8pm at the Lowes Foods store in Clemmons and promises to be fun for the kids as well.Â The Halloween festivities are to include a costume contest for ages 12 and below, decorating Halloween cookies, and Spooky Cauldrons.Â There will also be an appearance from the Wake Forest Demon Deacon during the night.
ISP Sports and Johnsonvilleâs BIG TASTE GRILL will kickoff the tailgating party this Saturday, October 31
At the Wake Forest vs. Miami football game.Â Game time is 3:30 pm.Â The Big Taste Grill will be located in Deacon Tailgate Town on Baity, which opens to the public at 12:30 pm.
All proceeds will benefit the Abundant Life Christian Counseling Center.
Morgan thought she'd scare the crap outta me last night by bringing over a copy of the original "Halloween" to watch after we decorated my house.Â Simply put, I fell asleep during the flick.Â However, we did carve outÂ a really cool jack-o-lantern!
Rusty, sharpish objects and a Wal-Mart pumpkin means you need to stand back.Â Nothing is spookier than tetanus.
Note the focus on my face, trying to get my side carved better than Morgan's.
The final product...the left side I carved, she carved the right...mine looks better, right?!
Alright Wolfgang...it's time to show the world how much we care! Thanks to my buddy Eric Gabriel from ABC 45 for keeping me in the loop about this...I'm SO pumped about tossin' in my help to this awesome cause!
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition is coming to the Triad area of North Carolina!
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, the Emmy-award winning hit reality show on ABC Television, is coming to the Triad to present one deserving family with an extreme home makeover. Lexington builder, Hedrick Creative Building, with a goal to construct a new home in one week, will oversee and implement the project that will make a miracle happen for a Triad family.
On Wednesday, November 11, 2009, a Triad family will answer a knock on the door and find Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Team Leader Ty Pennington and his design team waiting to transform their home and their lives. Five families in the Triad have been nominated by their friends and families to receive the home makeover in recognition of their general day to day heroism.
Volunteer to Build a Dream
A very deserving family is in desperate need of a home makeover. Hedrick Creative Building and ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition are going to make that family's dream of a new home a reality. And we need your help.
In one week (just 106 hours) we are going to destroy the old house, lay a newfoundation, frame, finish, trim, decorate and furnish a new home. This will include landscaping the home and a community improvement project. There is a lot of work to do and we need thousands of people to lend a hand to a family in need.
Volunteers are being separated into two categories:
Skilled Trade Volunteers and Non-Skilled Volunteers.
All volunteers must be 18 years old prior to November 1, 2009.
Click here to volunteer
Big props to my seller intern Candi for providing the extensive research on the whereabouts of the red wieners they put on the hot dogs when you go to a race at Martinsville.
Gunner and I went to the spring race back in '08 (froze our butts off however), and ate our fair share of those little red hot dogs...but what in the devil are they, and what's more, why are they red?
You know the Martinsville hot dog has been called many things in its tenure as NASCAR's most loved concession stand delicacy.
Some have called it artery-clogging and fat-laden while others simply say the $2 portable meat meal is a heart attack stuffed inside a bun.
Wow, that's just harsh and unfair.
Still, it doesn't stop Martinsville Speedway from selling at least 50,000 of these culinary gems every time NASCAR comes to town. Be it inside or outside the garage, rich or poor, everyone adores these Jesse Jones-made hot dogs officially dubbed the "Famous Martinsville Speedway Hot Dog."
So why must the consumers and industry insiders talk so much trash about their favorite wax paper-wrapped pork product? Because they are misinformed and they must know that below its cellulose casing, their beloved red-colored wiener has feelings.
Tired of the bad rap, the "Famous Martinsville Speedway Hot Dog" set the record straight on a few or five things about the Martinsville hot dog.
So you're telling me that by yourself, you're only 110 calories and contain no trans fat or byproducts?
"Yes, that is correct, and I think the problem is that I'm so good people automatically think I'm bad and fattening. People relate anything that tastes good with bad for you or high in calories. I've gotten a bum rap over the years and it's disheartening. I'm good and kind of good for you at the same time."
But the chili and coleslaw, that can't help.
"No, so I suggest dressing me with mustard only -- it's a low-calorie condiment. But you know people only get to enjoy my company twice a year so they can splurge. Just watch your weight before you get here. Then you can pile on the works. Besides, it's a special occasion coming to Martinsville Speedway and I'm just like anyone else -- I look a little better when I'm dressed up!"
LOL.Â Can't wait to eat another 32.5 of those little red wonders...I'll see you at the track on Sunday...I'll be the guy with the EMTs around him.
Alright, I'm going to be honest, I don't follow direction very well at all.Â A few weeks ago I was asked by the fine folks that organize the biannual High Point Market to host the Centennial Celebration, the Sunday after the race at LMS.Â OK, no sweat...this is simply what I do for a living.Â I really enjoy being amongst the community, being active and having a good time.Â I didn't imagine that this event would be anything different from the usual 'get on stage, hoot and holler, then introduce the act'...
I was far from correct on that one.
For once, I actually had to rehearse what was going to happen before the Gavin Degraw concert...Rehearsal makes me pucker, because I know for certain that I cannot remember instructions, then I get all psyched out and forget lines, places to stand, etc.
The major element about the preshow festivities was lighting a giant 100-anniversary of Market cake with the Honorable Mayor Smothers.Â I was told that the majority of the enormous cake was fake, with a small part for the mayor to cut...again, no big deal.
Listen, when I hear 'fake', I believe that it's really fake...not Styrofoam coated with icing...so, being the tallest person on stage, I reach up to light the sparklers, then notice that the cake isn't really fake...
Anyone wanna lick the icing off of my coat?Â It's blue...
Happy 100, Market.Â Now, anyone got any samples they wanna sell me for 50 bucks?
RCR Honors Fallen Winston-Salem Police Officer: Richard Childress Racing will run a memorial decal on its race cars [#'a 07,29,31,33 in Cup] this weekend at Lowe's Motor Speedway in honor of Sgt. Mickey Hutchens, the Winston-Salem, N.C., police officer who passed away October 12, 2009, after being critically wounded October 7 in the line of duty. RCR will donate $1 to the Hutchens family for every mile completed by its four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams and one NASCAR Nationwide Series team. A total donation of $2,300 will be made if each team completes every lap, 500 miles per Sprint Cup Series team and 300 miles for the Nationwide Series team.(RCR)(10-15-2009)
Alright...well it's almost midnight on night one at Lowes Motor Speedway, and we're set up in our Country Roads RV Mobile Command Center, ready and pumped for this weekend's race festivities, or as my buddy Neil says, 'We're goin' NASCAR'! Yeah, he's a good bit special, but that's beside the point.
Jeff, our buddy at Country Roads RV Center has really set us up right. We're right along the fence, 3/4 of the way along the back straightaway into turn 3, which means technically, Gunner and I can sit in the recliners and watch the race and not miss a beat...pretty cool, I think!
Gunner's relations, however, are getting on my nerves. Me thinks he started calling everyone last year and told them to come out of the hills and the hollers of East Tennessee to crash this little party of ours. Next door to us is an old 1974 Thomas school bus that was converted into a redneck riviera, and on the other side, another bus that had to be towed in...geesh.
I suppose one of the buses ran out of room, cause here comes Gunner's cousin/brothers knocking on the door of our sweet camper trying to score sleeping arrangements with us...
take a look...
Lord, beer me strength...it's gonna be a long weekend...see you on the radio starting at 5, as long as Gunner's relations don't fart the place up too much.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. â Country superstar Garth Brooks announced Thursday that he's coming out of retirement.
Brooks, 47, said at a news conference in Nashville that he will end his retirement.
The move has been rumored in the music industry for weeks.
"We're going to take the retirement roof off over our head, and I already feel taller," Brooks said Thursday.
Brooks said he has no immediate plans and will see how things go in the coming years.
"As for touring, if I can't eat it, sleep it, breathe it, then it ain't me," Brooks said.
Brooks retired in 2000 to spend more time with his three children. He's occasionally popped up in special appearances at awards shows and charity events, but has mostly stayed out of the limelight.
In an interview with The Associated Press last year, Brooks said he would like to return to the road once he raises his children.
The Recording Industry Association of America honored Brooks in 2007 with a career award after he passed Elvis Presley to become the top-selling solo artist in U.S. history. At the time, he had sold more than 123 million albums.
Brooks' last studio album, "Scarecrow," was released in 2001. His three-disc compilation "The Ultimate Hits" finished 10th on Billboard's 2008 list of albums and showed Brooks still has the muscle he displayed in the 1990s.
Brooks divorced his wife, Sandy Mahl, in 2001 and married fellow country starTrisha Yearwood in 2005. The couple lives in Oklahoma.
So this weekend, me and the Gun Man will be hanging out at Lowes Motor Speedway for the coolest race of the year...ooooo yeah the NASCAR Banking 500.Â I got to go down to Welcome/Lexington on Monday to take a look at the Country Roads RV's Wolf Mobile Command Center to get an idea of the diggs we'll have for the weekend...WOW!
It's like this...I am officially claiming this master suite as my own.Â It seems that every time we go somewhere, I have to sleep on the floor or couch.Â I claim the aforementioned land for the Prime Minster.Â And really, a queen sized bed in a camper?!Â Seriously cool!
That's the huge kitchen that we'll be doing all of our race-day gourmet meals, such as hot dog wieners and pig feet.Â I told Jeff at Country Roads RV that this kitchen is much better than the one I have in the house...but he did turn down my offer to simply squat in it there on his lot in Lexington.
'God's Gift' Howlin' Hottie Jill and Sabrina chillin on the couch that will be Gunner's HQ...look at the flat screen TV!Â It's the little things, ya'll.
To all of the gang at Country Roads RV in Lexington: thanks for being so cool and hooking us up for the race at Lowes Motor Speedway.Â I promise that Gunner and I won't mess your nice 5th wheel up...too much, at least.
So as the seasons change, I too explore the cornucopia of wonderful home improvement projects I've put off...well, since the initial purchase of my home over one year ago.
For example, there's a light that hangs over the sink in the kitchen that looked straight-up 1992.Â Back when Morgan and I began dating (10 months ago now, wow), I told her that I was going to replace it, so I straddled the sink, unbolted it from the ceiling and left the fixture dangle by two wires...for the last 10 months.Â In my defense, there simply wasn't anything at Lowes that really matched anything else in the kitchen.
Of course, at any given time, whilst washing dishes, that crappy light could have fallen on top of my head...so I'm real smart on that one.Â Luckily, I took the plunge and got a new light:
Next step was to figure out what in the devil was causing the front porch light and driveway lights not to light up...good 'ol Google told me to replace the bulbs (duh) then switches...of course, I now know that from now on, any task that requires me to remove a light switch cover, that I should first turn off the electricity to the house.Â Thankfully I only suffered a mild shock, enough to make me remember how stupid I was for not turning off the power, that's for sure.
The switch replacement fixed the porch light, but still no luck getting the driveway lights working.Â Dang, now I had to figure out how to climb that high (15 feet or so) to do the deed.Â Let me tell you, I hate heights.Â Jason, my killer cool neighbor came over with his giant extension ladder.Â So here I go, climbing my stairway to heaven (I say this, because the entire trip up I was so freaked out that my knees were knocking, and for certain I believed that I would plummet to my demise right there in front of the neighbor kids in High Point).
So I pulled off the defunct unit off of the house, still weak at the knees, and shuffled inside to test the bulbs, thinking "wow, this is going to take a very long time to do because I'm such a wuss".Â When I return, I see Jason at the top, nearly finished attaching the new fixture.
Cool...now, I feel like a jerk, simply because I cannot complete simple household tasks without bugging my cool neighbors.
Yes, to you, that ain't that high up in the air, but to your Prime Minister, simply forget it.Â Thank God for Jason and Julie...and Chad and Jenny...best neighbors ever!
From the Blackberry...I know I shouldn't have taken video from the Darius Rucker show, but ya know, it was worth it. Now, I've seen my fair share of concerts, and this one, by far, was off the hook! Look out, cause pics are coming soon!
First I want to preface this letter stating that I understand that you are an international superstar, and your time is very valuable.Â With that said, I understand that you will be in Winston-Salem at the Dixie Classic Fair with the North Carolina Education Lottery.Â However, I want to formally invite you to be a part of my radio broadcast sometime during your stay here in the Triad.Â Certainly, I will be happy if you simply call the station and talk about your new 'Woooo' tickets, however, I would be completely ecstatic if you could be here in the flesh.
I've worked very hard creating a detailed list with all of the reasons why you, Ric Flair, the Nature Boy should be live in studio with me, The Prime Minister of Twang:
1.) I will allow you to put me in a figure-four leglock, headlock, beat me with a ladder or folding chair (your choice) and film it for WolfTV.
2.) My intern will drive to your home in Charlotte and fold your laundry for a week, and take your bedazzled robes to the dry cleaner.
3.) I will treat you to a snack of your choice from the station's vending machine.
4.) I will replace The Wolf's trademark 'Howl' with your trademark 'Woooo' for an hour.
Ric, think about it.Â I know that you can take more punishment than anyone in the business, and that every woman wants to be with you and every man wants to be like you...I got it.Â However, if you can spare 15-20 minutes for my radio program, I'd be more than appreciative.
The distance between the Dixie Classic Fairgrounds and the Worldwide Headquarters of The All New 93.1 The Wolf is 16.8 Miles.Â See the directions below:
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Thank you for your consideration.Â I will begin practicing how to take a hit like a man just in case you decide to stop by, and take me up on the first offer.
Clay JD Walker - 93.1 The Wolf
This little piggie went to market...this little piggie stayed home...and those little piggies wound up rooting around Stokesdale.Â
C'mon...winter's comin'!Â We oughta turn 'em into those little Junior Johnson ham slices I like so much on my mustard biscuit!Â And we'll wash it down with his famous moonshine!
You know the one...when the one you love's walked straight out the door, and you wanna call, you want him or her back, but you just can't...
Thanks, Lady Antebellum, for reminding myself of that pain...haha...seriously, this has to be my new favorite song.
While sitting back thinking about 9/11/01, I remember playing a bunch of 'tribute' versions of JoDee Messina and Tim McGraw's 'Bring on The Rain'...which just had been released. When JoDee was in The Wolf's Den back in early '08, I got to ask her about the timing of that song:
God Bless America...never forget.
I want to preface this entry by stating the following: North Carolina is an awesome place to call home.Â However, home is where the heart is.Â Luckily, I was able to sneak back to my little hometown of Buckhannon, West Virginia last weekend for a much-needed couple of days with the family.Â Kicking back enjoying the simple life has gotta be the best vacation your Prime Minister could ever ask for.
Pictured from left to right: Me, Alley (the family cat), Mama Walker (squished between us), Papa Walker (who never looks directly at a camera), and Morgan, the girl who puts up with me.Â Going home reminds me of how important it is to slow down and enjoy what's around you.Â Staring at the stars on a clear, full-moon night, listening to the crickets and coon hounds...all of that.Â It also reminds me to 'never get better than your raisin'.Â I'll always be the baby of the family, a true redneck (regardless of my 'big city' status), and never 'too good' to help Papa Walker tear down a mower, work in the garden, help a neighbor in need, love and respect my foster grandparents, or just sit on the porch with a glass of sweet tea talking about the ups and downs of life.
Ya know, we all get a certain age where we all think that we're both better than our parents, and know more about life than them.Â You understand what I'm talking about; no one has ever seen or done anything better than you have...you have all the answers, etc.Â It isn't until you figure out that you don't have it all figured out when you truly understand how blessed it is to have the elders in your life to lean on.
I also have grown to really look forward to potential business opportunities with Papa and Mama Walker.Â Dad and I went to the middle of no where, turned a right and drove 12 more miles to buy a Chevy full of corn...75 dozen ears to be exact.Â Then we all set up over the weekend to sell the stuff.Â Sure, we didn't do as well as we hoped, but the bonding with Mom, Dad and Morgan were certainly worth more than the 4 bucks/dozen they were asking for the ears.Â And, as pictured on the left, the rare photo op with Mama Walker...priceless.
Never forget to enjoy the simple things in life.Â Call your grandparents, parents, brothers and sisters, and make certain you get to know your neighbors.Â God gives us support systems together for a reason!
And, for your consideration, a song Mama Walker believes is my theme song, by a local group from back home, The Davisson Brothers Band, called 'Big City Hillbilly.'Â I tend to agree
Big City Hillbilly: The Davission Brothers
Â Honest.Â All I need is an alley in my neighborhood, and I'd be a spittin' image of Hank Hill.Â I like propane, and propane accessories.Â I also really really love to mow my yard.Â The last couple of months have been full of nothing more than drama between me and my 22" push mower that Dad built for me when I bought my house.Â I was so sad to hear the news from him over the weekend back in West Virginia when he pulled the sheet over the deck and stated that 'there wasn't anything more he could do'.
There I sat, with the entire future of my lawn care life ahead of me, questioning how in the world I would continue to keep its height below city standards.Â I weighed every option, looking through Dad's mower 'bone yard' of spare parts, encouraging him to toss all of those parts together, then when that failed I scoured through Craigslist, Ebay and the like, hellbent not to pay full price on a new one.Â No luck.
Finally, when I thought my fate was stacked against me, I went to my neighborhood Lowes after work yesterday and explained to the mower guy my situation...that I was a tight wad.
He took me through the super-secret 'employees only' area of the store stating that he had a couple of units that were returned, and he'd be willing to cut me a deal.Â Sweet!Â So I bought a brand new mower for half the price that was on the shelf.Â
Life is so good, that I might just mow my yard again tonight after work...I tell ya whut.
Big props to the gang at Routh Signs in Greensboro for all of the hard work designing and applying graphics to the Trailblazer!Â Check out the pics!
That's Neil making sure that the back window film is on straight without any bubbles or anything on the back of the truck.
The view from the back of the truck.
And the final product from the driver's side.Â Keep your eyes peeled for the Walker Wolfmobile!Â Thanks again to John, Neil, Bo, DanielÂ and everyone else over at Routh signs for making such a killer cool addition to the fleet!!
So my lovely, talented redheaded girlfriend celebrated her birthday yesterday.Â If you were listening to the show yesterday, you remember me being totally clueless as to exactly what to do for her.Â I really am not that good at planning such celebrations.Â It's hard enough for me to get a good idea as to what to do, and execution is even more difficult.Â Seriously, when, in the rare occasion I am able to plan out a pseudo-romantic, semi-cool evening of events, something comes along that totally messes it up.Â It simply runs in the Walker family.
For example, back when Mama and Papa Walker first got married, Dad bought my mom a pair of nice diamond earrings for Christmas.Â Being the half-a**ed romantic that he is, he took the jewelry out of the box and stuck them into the trunk of the Christmas tree.Â Apparently, as the story was told, after all of the gifts were unwrapped, Dad finally realized that he had forgotten that he had this spectacular gift stuck in the depths of this Douglas Fur sitting in his living room.Â Trying to be smooth, he got up, walked over to the tree, and began to reach in to pull out the diamonds.Â Of course, in perfect Walker men style, he couldn't find them.Â Mom, being the savvy one in the family, realized something was a-rye and began asking questions.Â Dad began to panic.Â Long story short, he had to take the tree out on the porch, take off the decorations, and cut each individual limb off of the Christmas tree until he finally found the new diamond earrings he bought my mother for the holiday.
Well, with Morgan's birthday, I started thinking about what to do back when we really started getting serious with our relationship.Â I had thoughts of a get-away, extravagant gifts and such, but alas, those require lots of thought and funds that didn't exactly exist in the First Bank of Walker.Â So, credit goes to our very own Howlin' Hottie Jill (my officemate and confidant) and Miranda from across the hall.Â They plopped down around me after I got off the air on Monday as if an intervention was coming my way.Â They both began to quiz me as to my exact plans for Ms. Morgan.Â Following after my father, I stammered, studdered, and came to the realization that I was indeed a bass akward romantic.
Bass Akward Romantic: dfn/Has great romantic intentions, but has terrible execution.
Thankfully, the both of them came to my rescue and polished my plans so I would look like a superstar Romeo.
First, I bought a gift certificate from Balance Day Spa on ourHalf-Off Perks page here at the website.Â $50 bucks for $25, so she could get her nails done, et. all.Â The next step that was quickly corrected by Howlin Hottie Jill was dinner.Â I was going to take her to Cook Out for a BBQ plate.Â Not romantic enough I was told.
HHJ reccommended Romano's Macaroni Grill at Friendly Center.Â Apparently, they have this guy that sings 'Happy Birthday' in Italian.
This was an excelent dinner idea.Â However, the guy that sang in Italian spent the entire dinner hitting on Morgan, in a really creepy way.Â Not in the 'dirty uncle' kinda way, but in the 'way too much of a nice guy' kinda way.Â However, after my intervention with the ladies at the office, I didn't get all 'West Virginia' on him, but just took it in stride and went on to the next step of our celebration.
Since we were already in Greensboro, I took Morgan to a spot downtown that I found when I first moved to the Triad over two years ago.
For me, it was like 'Babe, Pig in the City', because where I live in High Point, there isn't such a cool 'city' feel, so being able to enjoy the summer's evening breeze while pointing and looking at all of the the cool stuff the city has to offer.Â Yep, I'm a redneck.
The awesome part was, when I took her back to her house, her family was there, lighting off a pickup truck load of illegal fireworks for her.
So remember, if you're trying to plan for your better-half's birthday, remember, make sure it comes from the heart.
If you've been following me on Facebook, you'll know that this weekend has been eventful in the line of yard work.Â First and foremost, I had to put my poor push mower to rest after her rings and valves went bad.Â I'm still hurting about that one.
However, as I gave 'er her last run across my .25 acres, I was appalled.
Underpants...tighty whities to be exact.Â Now, no one in their right mind just opens up a fresh package of perfectly good underpants and says, "I don't want these" and proceeds to tossing them in my yard.Â I know better than that.Â Hense why you see a stick in my hand to handle the evidence.Â Of course, while mowing, I quickly have to think about the best plan of action.Â Do I simply mow over them?
No, that would be a horrible idea...what if...well, you know.
So I resort to the stick-in-hand idea, snagging them and throwing them in the street.Â That's right, it's High Point's problem now.
But now, I can't help but think about how they got there, and why they're in my yard in the first place.Â I'd like to think that one of the neighbor's washing machine was out of service, so they walked their clothes down the street to use someone else's.Â Then, maybe on their return trip back to their house, there was a sudden gust of wind that caught the suspect and blew into my yard.
No, that sounds too logical for me.Â The other 'whys' and 'hows' simply go down hill from here, so I'll save you the disgust.
Today I remember the good times...I am trying to forget the fact that, after 20 years of boot scootin' and playin' something country, Brooks & Dunn are retiring...calling it quits...
You didn't ask me, the Prime Minister!
So what's going to happen now, without any new line dances and hot club tracks?Â Am I going to be stuck with the same ten studio albums B&D put out for the rest of eternity?
September 8th they put out their Greatest Hits album, then go on tour sometime in 2010 for the last time.
Just like 'The Song Remains the Same', I'll have to remember Brooks & Dunn in the same light as I do Zeppelin.
So, today, I put two of my favorite things together, so I don't feel so hurt.Â Brooks & Dunn and King of the Hill...
But yet, I still choose to attempt once every ten years or so...why, I'm not so sure. Yesterday was so ridiculously miserable that I put off mowing the yard...again...and went with Morgan to see our friends Charlie and Brenda down Burlington way. What an awesome afternoon hanging out with all of their riding buddies, trying my hardest not to drown in 4 feet of water.
Seriously, I'm a terrible swimmer. Their deep end is 8 feet. I'm 6' 3". That's 1' 9" of water over my head to touch the ground.
Yes, I'm a wuss.
I grappled hard on 8 or 12 of those foam 'noodles' to keep myself afloat, while Morgan and all of our friends pointed and laughed.
Now, it's Monday, and I'm burnt, but seriously cooled off after a blazin' weekend.
So Gloriana's new CD came out on Tuesday...turned out their debut turned into like the best seller of the day on iTunes and Amazon, plus could potentially be the biggest CD of the week...so, what does the band do? They attempt to steal their album from Best Buy in New York City. Smart...have you ever seen how tight security is in Best Buy!
You know, you're not the only person that's ever had your phone number.Â With that said, I have to be weary who has had my telephone number in a previous life.Â For example, I get calls at home asking for the pharmacy at Rite-Aid in High Point.Â Of course, when you try to be polite and explain, "No, this isn't the Rite-Aid...it's just me" people think you're actually the pharmacy just trying to play some cruel, unusual joke on him or her on the other line.Â
Listen, I may not have a 'life', but I do have lots of better things to be doing with my free time.Â Lucky for me, those calls aren't that frequent.Â As a matter of fact, my landline really is an 'emergency hotline' for people like my mother.Â When it rings, it's either her, or someone looking for pills.
Which leads me to my next concern: the cell.
I think my cell phone was a drug dealer in a past life.Â See, I've had this cell number since December '08, and without missing a beat, it seems that I get a thousand calls and text messages between 2 and 3 a.m. Sunday morning, usually from New Jersey and Kentucky (random, I know), looking for, no joke, 'Pat Sajak.'
Yep...Pat Sajak.Â Apparently, upon further investigation, after getting josteld out of bed at 2:45 a.m., a vowel was the only thing these people from Kentucky and New Jersey wanted to buy.Â Now, I'm not up on my drug-dealing etiquette, but I think 'Pat Sajak' is a street name, and a 'vowel' is code for some kind of drug.Â All I'm sayin' is that apparently cell phones are a lot like your partner's previous relationships:Â there are just some things that are better off not brought out into the open.Â As for these 'contestants' calling my house at all hours of the night, please leave me alone.Â These gameshow references are making my head spin.
So...I'll admit that I'm a sucker for new music...well, all music come to think about it, guess that's why I'm the Prime Minister of Twang, huh? Well, through some serious finageling and horse-trading, I was able to hijack a truckload of these new debut CDs from Gloriana to pass along to listeners on Monday...one of which will be a 'used' copy, since I wanted to wear the CD out on my own over the weekend. I'm going to tell you this: the Gloriana CD has to be one of, if not the best new CD I've listened to in a very, very long time.
You know how it is. When you buy a CD from one of your favorite artists, and there's like maybe two or three songs on it that you really love, but the rest are kinda 'ok', or just really suck. Honestly, I experience that with every new CD I get my grubby paws on. However, with the new Gloriana disc, I didn't find a single song that I believed was 'eh, ok'...trust me on this one, you want to listen up on Monday and try to win a copy for yourself.
I put info up on the website about the album, including a special way to preview some tracks on the album before you try to win it on Monday, or try to buy it Tuesday when it comes out.
Click Here to check it out, and I'll see you on the radio later on!
It's amazing how we tend to forget about the simple things in life, such as a roof over our heads or shoes under our feet (thanks, Darius).Â For me, it was air conditioning.Â Now, in West Virginia where I grew up, we at the Walker household didn't have that luxury, just box and ceiling fans...that's all.Â Needless to say, I didn't think it would be such a big deal when my AC started blowing hot air on Monday morning.
"Heck, this ain't nothin'...I'll just cut the windows open and crank up the fans," I said to myself as I prepared for work Monday morning...that was, until I arrived back home Monday afternoon in the high-humid hot as haties NC summer weather.
Thankfully, I still have a month left on my home warranty, so I was able to just pay the deductible and get an AC guy out to the house...but let me tell you...trying to get a night's sleep in 88-92 degree indoor heat...unbearable.Â Now, everything's fixed, after $500 of warranty-covered parts and labor, I'm back in sweet air conditioned bliss, and this guy won't ever take for granted the little things in life!
So I really hate weeds.Â I truly hate them when they appear in the various cracks and gaps in my driveway and sidewalk.Â Thanks to my father's wisdom, no longer will I be at the mercy of sales on Weed-B-Gone.Â Instead, I plan to spend this weekend putting together my very own weed burner, pictured below:
If you're not familiar with the technology, a weed burner is nothing more than a 20lb propane tank with a hose and long metal pipe attached to it.Â You provide the spark, and it provides all of the weed-eliminating BTUs one can stomache.Â That's right...it's a propane tank with a hose and metal tube that spits flames out of it.
I have a sneaking suspicion that this will be me:
So I'm going to go ahead and get the hose pulled out in the yard and stock up on fire extingusishers before I start this adventure!
It's your Prime Minister of Twang and all things geek here to introduce you to something we all here at The All New 93.1 The Wolf are excited to kick off.Â You're experiencing the brand new 931wolfcountry.com, Codeword WolfWeb 2.0!Â We've added some new features, and made others more easier to use and more interactive.
Let's start with the navigation bar at the top of the website:DeeJays: This is the section of the website that has all of the vital info about all of your favorite Wolf personalities, shows and scheduled airtimes.Â From here you can learn about each of us, e-mail us, check out our blogs (more about that in a few) and find out what time we all are on the air!
Listen: Hover your mouse over this link in the navigation bar and you'll see options to listen live on your PC with our online streamer, listen live on your phone (which, by the way, is a brand new feature to 93.1 The Wolf where you can take The Wolf anywhere in the world on your iPhone, Blackberry and other Smartphone device, and it's free! I use it religiously when I'm out of town, so check that out!), and to check out our Audio Vault.Â The Audio Vault section of the website is exciting, because this is where we're keeping the best of the best.Â You never know what you're going to find in The Vault, be it celebrity and artist interviews from The Wake Up With The Wolf Show, jokes from Nicholas, or maybe even a random musing from Gunner Jackson.Â Check it out often, because we'll be adding exclusive Audio Vault-only content that you won't want to miss.
Watch: You've told us many times that you really want to see what's going on at The Wolf, so we created the Watch section of the website, which features WolfTV, and a brand-new, upgraded photo gallery system, that allows you to search for photos based on who's in them, their content and more.Â Plus, you can rate each photo, and even comment on them!Â Oh, and one more thing: if the image looks too small on the page, simply click on the image itself and watch what happens.Â Gone are the days of sqinting, my friend!
Blogs: You're reading mine right now.Â The Blog section of 931wolfcountry.com is truly where you can get to know each of your favorite personalities a lot better.Â As time goes on, all of us will be writing in our blogs about this, that and whatever.Â You can comment as much as you'd like on our entries as well.Â As a matter of fact, we encourage it! Let us know what you think about what we have to say!Â Plus, you can click on the 'Subscribe to RSS Feed" on the upper right-hand portion of our blogs, and you'll be able share it with friends, post our feed on your site, heck, the possibilities are limitless!
Words To Live By are now published daily in the blog section of the website.Â Simply hover your mouse over the Blog heading on the site, and click on the 'Words To Live By' link .
Contests: Winning is so easy on the brand new 931wolfcountry.com!Â Just click this heading to get linked up to The Wolfgang, where you can enter to win your share of $10,000 in cash and prizes, play games and earn points!
Concerts & Events: The Wolf has always been ahead of the pack with all of the concert info you need to know, plus how to score the most free tickets.Â Now, just click on the 'Concerts' heading, and you'll get our entire Full Moon Concert line-up!Â Also, you'll get linked to our Paws for a Cause section chocked full of community events, and the Follow The Paw section that details where The Wolf's street team will be out and about!
The Fun Button: If you're looking for something fun to do, click on The Fun Button for a list of places that are Wolf-approved!
The Homepage As Heard On Air: If there's something we're talking about on the air at 93.1 The WolfÂ Â and you need more info, just click to 931wolfcountry.com, and hover your mouse over As Heard On Air, and then click the links from there!
Station Playlist: Click here and you'll get access to The Wolf's interactive Music Wall, where not only you can see what songs we've played, but you'll have access to lyrics, artist bios and even music videos!Â This is certainly a feature you're going to be addicted to!
Log In To The Wolf Gang: If you have a Wolf Gang account, just click here and you'll have access to all of the games, contests and prizes.
Request a Song: This takes the place of 'instant feedback' we had on our old website.Â Simply type in what you want to hear, and we'll get notification live in the Wolf studios when you make a request!
The Music WallNow Playing: This box is located on the front page of 931wolfcountry.com, and constantly displays what's currently playing on the air on The All New 93.1 The Wolf!Â You can scroll through the songs and get instant info about the time it was played, plus you can link directly to the interactive song and artist info on The Wolf's Music Wall.Â Also, click on the 'grab this' button so you can add this widget to your Facebook, MySpace, Blog or website!Â The possibilities are seriously endless.
So, that's the bulk of what's going on now at the brand new 931wolfcountry.com.Â Take some time and click around, and comment below to let me know what you think!Â If you have any problems finding certain sections, or if you like the new design, just let me know, or just call me at 336-387-7243.
Hope you enjoy the brand new 931wolfcountry.com, and The All New 93.1 The Wolf!
Over the weekend, my all-time favorite movie was on TV...again...Sling Blade!Â It still to this day amazes me that Dwight Yoakum was able to pull off such a unique role as Doyle.Â Ya know, Dwight is such an awesome name, so here's to my favorite Dwights:
Hate to be a wet blanket, but ya know, after the fifth time hearing that during a round of putt-putt with my girlfriend, I start to believe that my manhood is in serious jeoparody.
Morgan had been hounding me to take her to the High Point Putt-Putt course after a less-than-perfect performance by your's truly during our Myrtle Beach trip. I know her motivation, honestly. She knows that Putt-Putt is my weakness, and it's yet another opportunity for her to beat the tar out of me! Heck, she's already proven her superior Uno skills and Putt-Putt skills, so why in the world does she want to keep beating a perverbial 'dead horse'...c'mon.
Every time she sank a hole-in-one, she would raise her putter high in the air as if that instrument was some sort of midieval sword and she had just slain the biggest dragon in the land, and then shouted at the top of her lungs, above the chatter of young children, "WOOO I got a hole in one!!! Hole in one! Take that!!!"
It was cute the first couple of times...but it got to the point that the man running the Putt-Putt course announced over the public address system how sweet I must be to let my girlfriend win.
Yeah...that's the story...let...her...win...that's the ticket.
However, if you wanna know how I fared, it's like this...I did get two holes-in-one, and at the end, I only lost to her by two strokes.
I did, however, dominate her in ski ball...but not if you ask her.
So we've got bears in Winston-Salem, and now Kimberly Vanskoy from WXII stated in a facebook status update this morning saying that she saw a possum and a bobcat on her way to work this morning.
OK...I get it...we've got all kinds of critters here in the Triad. It makes me feel at home, if you ask me.
But NO ONE has what we had growing up...the ABAGUCHIE!
Also known to natives as a "Mountain Ape", the Abaguchie can be found roaming the mountains, hills and hollers searching for domestic and small farm animals to munch on.Â Many non-natives consider the Abaguchie an urban legend, however, let it be known, that my uncle Ricco has indeed seen the illusive Abaguchie one night while coon hunting.Â His two Walker coon hounds tracked the Abaguchie...where this photo was snapped...