SELF-GIFTING ON BLACK FRIDAY

A new Consumer Reports poll has exposed the secret, selfish underbelly of electronics shopping on Black Friday weekend: It isn’t all about buying for friends and family. A lot of consumers plan to buy gear for themselves. Some 70 percent of those who planned to shop on Black Friday weekend said they would be looking for electronics. While 78 percent of those gear buyers will be gift shopping, 55 percent will be shopping for themselves.

(From Justin) When you’re shopping on Black Friday weekend, are you looking for deals for yourself, too, or sticking strictly with gifts for others?

November 19th is National Thaw Day

According to the professionals, thawing a turkey, especially a big one, takes some time. I listed the recommended thawing methods and times below. Gobble Gobble – Justin Flores

Refrigerator Thawing:

  • Thaw breast side up, in unopened wrapper, on a tray in the refrigerator.
  • Allow for at least 1 day of thawing for every 4 pounds of turkey.

Cold-Water Thawing:

  • Thaw breast side down, in unopened wrapper, in enough cold water to cover it completely.
  • Change the water frequently to keep the turkey chilled.
  • Estimate a minimum thawing time of 30 minutes per pound for a whole turkey.

Progress on the Phoenix Lake Bridge

In our gallery, we have posted some great pictures of the progress of the Phoenix Lake Bridge. Thanks to Sharon Mikesell of the Tuolumne County Public Works Office for sending them in.

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THANKSGIVING 2009 MEAL COST DROPS

Menu items for a classic Thanksgiving dinner dropped 4% this year. According to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual price survey of classic items found on the Thanksgiving Day dinner, this year’s feast for 10 is $42.91, a $1.70 price decrease from last year’s average of $44.61.

… The AFBF survey shopping list includes turkey, bread stuffing, sweet potatoes, rolls with butter, peas, cranberries, a relish tray of carrots and celery, pumpkin pie with whipped cream, and beverages of coffee and milk, all in quantities sufficient to serve a family of 10.

… The cost of a 16-pound turkey, at $18.65 or roughly $1.16 per pound, reflects a decrease of 3 cents per pound.

… Milk, at $2.86 per gallon, dropped $.92 and was the largest contributor to the overall decrease in the cost of the 2009 Thanksgiving dinner.

… Other items showing a price decrease this year were: a ½ pint of whipping cream, $1.55; a 12-oz. package of brown-n-serve rolls, $2.08; a 1-pound relish tray of carrots and celery, $.72; and a 12-oz. package of fresh cranberries, $2.41. A combined group of miscellaneous items, including coffee and ingredients necessary to prepare the meal (onions, eggs, sugar, flour, evaporated milk and butter) also dropped in price, to $2.50.

… Items that increased slightly (less than 5 percent) in price this year were: a 14-oz. package of cubed bread stuffing, $2.65; two 9-inch pie shells, $2.34; and a 30-oz. can of pumpkin pie mix, $2.45.

(From Justin): That’s it! I’m hungry. I can eat a Thanksgiving dinner every week, how ’bout you?

THINGS YOUR GRANDFATHER WAS DOING BY THE TIME HE WAS YOUR AGE

I read this on the air and broke down cause I realized all 4 of my grandparents are gone. Very powerful stuff here. Hug a grandparent today! – Justin Flores

We live in an age of babies. I’m dead serious. By the time your grandfather was your age — 30 or 40 — he’d already lived 3 lives.

* CIVIL RIGHTS — Your grandfather was dealing with the issue of civil rights, segregation and race relations. No matter what race he was, this was an issue he was no doubt facing. The structure of entire cities, such as Detroit, Chicago and Los Angeles, were irreversibly changed because of racial riots that broke out two generations ago.

* HE FIXED HIS CAR BY HIMSELF — Nowadays, when a light comes on the dashboard we automatically take the car to the shop. We never think that we can fix the car by ourselves. With all of the electronics being used today, it’s easy to just leave it to the dealership to fix. Fifty years ago, however, it’s likely that most problems could have been fixed with some grease and a wrench.

* HE HITCHHIKED, OR PICKED UP A HITCHHIKER — In fact, after he left the military he probably did something awesome like hitchhike across the state… or the country.

* HE WAS IN WWII, KOREA, VIETNAM, OR IN DANGER OF BEING DRAFTED — We’re currently dealing with the war on terrorism, but your grandfather had to deal with the war against communism — and the knowledge that if he didn’t join up Uncle Sam would join him up. Today’s solider made the decision for themselves — your grandfather likely had the decision made for him.

* HE SHAVED WITH A STRAIGHT RAZOR — Four blades? Try one single blade, shaped like a knife.

* HE WAS GENUINELY PATRIOTIC — In the 1950s and early 1960s patriotism wasn’t just an idea talked about on Fox News, it was a common sentiment. America was coming off of World War II and there was a large amount of national pride. Rosie the Riveter had cemented the idea that everyone had pitched in and helped the United States win the war. This helped to reinforce a patriotic attitude that your grandfather still holds today.

100 BEST TECH PRODUCTS OF THE YEAR

PC World magazine has come up with a list of the 100 Best Tech Products of the Year.

1. The App Store. Apple’s application service for the iPhone and iPod Touch has sold 2 billion apps in just 16 months.

2. Google Voice. You’ve probably never heard of it, but if you’d like to get a single phone number that you can use for life, use with any device, and access from the web, Google Voice does it all. It gives you a single number for all of your phones to use, emails you transcripts of your voicemail messages, and sports a host of sophisticated calling features. Set up conference calls for free, record calls, even switch phones in the middle of a call. And it’s all free.

3. Intel X25-M 160GB Solid State Drive. Uh, yeah, super-geek stuff here. In a nutshell, solid state drives are replacing standard hard drives in computers. They’re full of awesomeness because there are no moving parts. Thinking of the SSD as a USB thumb drive with lots more storage tucked inside your computer or laptop. Less heat, less noise, faster, etc.

4. Nikon D300s. Photos, high-definition video capture, more. But at $1,700 it ain’t for casual photographers.

5. Twitter. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard of the microblogging service more than once this year. It’s not Facebook — because the world doesn’t need another social network that let’s us know that our friends are having coffee at Starbucks right now. Twitter has proven to be a top-notch build-your-own-personalized-news-feed service.

6. Dell Latitude Z600. The BMW of laptops this year. But it’ll set you back about two grand.

7. Microsoft Bing. It’s Microsoft’s new anti-Google. Instead of quick, text-based results like Google, Bing organizes its search results into Search Categories — subdivisions such as Web, Maps, Images, and Health.

8. Canon PowerShot SX200 IS. For $350 you get 12X optical zoom, HD video recording, and lots of bells and whistles.

9. The Beatles Rock Band.

10. Need a new HDTV? Get the Samsung LN46B750U. This 46-inch TV turned in the best performance PC World’s seen yet in tests for motion handling. Plus it has lots of inputs and connects to the web.

(From Justin): Anybody tried Google Voice? Sounds cool.

Veterans Day 2009

Many thanks to those who serve and have served in the United States Armed Forces, We love you!

Below is our Veterans Day Salute that aired during the Morning Show and a picture of those serving in Iraq, who received the Honor Scroll signed by the citizens of the Motherlode in 2008. Until I can get the player to play right you will have to click the file and then click the file again on the next page. Sorry.

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The Honor Scroll In Iraq

Flores House Is In The Spirit!

I mentioned on Monday morning’s show that our Christmas tree is already up, but only with lights. Someone called to tell us that their neighbor had Christmas decorations up the day after Halloween. Have you started yet? Send in your pictures! and thanks for listening to Star 92.7. – Justin Flores

Yay, it's up!

Top Ten Reasons To SHOP LOCAL

Thanks to George Segarini and the Tuolumne County Chamber of Commerce for this list.

Top Ten Reasons to SHOP LOCAL

  • 1. Saves you time
  • 2. Saves you money
  • 3. Saves you gasoline
  • 4. Boosts the local economy
  • 5. Friendly, personal service
  • 6. Sales taxes support community services
  • 7. Helps create new jobs
  • 8. Attracts new stores and services
  • 9. Rewards merchants who serve us
  • 10. Builds a stronger future economy

(From Justin) : Can you think of any other reasons to shop local?