HOLIDAY WEEKEND: SHE’S ON VACATION

OK Ladies, see if you agree with this:

A Women’s Health magazine poll gives you the scoop on vacation adventures:

  • 59% of women leave town for a vacation once a year
  • 44% of women are taking fewer vacations due to the recession
  • 1 week is the average length of their vacation
  • $500 to $1,500 is the annual amount the average woman spends on vacations
  • Her number 1 travel companion is her husband or boyfriend
  • The beach is her favorite escape

 

  • Top 3 reasons she gets out of Dodge
  1. to spend quality time with friends and family
  2. see the world
  3. take a break from her daily routine

 Also,

  • 25% of women say their “must have” hotel amenity is a gym
  • 19% of women don’t have a passport

What would you say? Sound about right? – Justin

Drinking & Driving The Worst On July 4th

There are more fatal traffic accidents during the Fourth of July weekend than any other weekend of the year. More than 400 Americans are expected to die on the highways over the holiday weekend.

July fourth is typically the worst day of the year for traffic fatalities. Although data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety shows July fourth is the deadliest day to travel, six of the 10 days with the most deaths were also holidays or near holidays. July 2 and July 3 are also in the top 10 worst days to travel.

Also, more motorcyclists are killed on July fourth than any other day. As you might have guessed, with the weekend barbeques and drinking, 41 percent of the deaths on July fourth involved people with high blood alcohol concentrations, as did 51 percent of the deaths on January first. 

Top-10 days for traffic accidents:  

10. September 2nd

9. July 2nd

8. August 12th

7. August 4th

6. August 6th

5. January 1st

4. August 3rd

3. December 23rd

2. July 3rd

1. July 4th

Wouldn’t be nice to wake up Tuesday and say “what a weekend”! Please drink responsibly. – Justin

Happy Birthday Maryann!

Our afternoon host, Maryann Curmi, is enjoying her birthday today (Friday 7/2/10)

Maryann joined Star 92.7 six years ago after serving the motherlode as an instructor of music and dance to our youth for 150 years! Many former students come to her to this day thanking her for her sacrifice. She can also be seen on the live stage from time to time at Stage 3 Theater Company.

Happy Birthday Ms. Curmi!

Learn more about our resident curly girl here : http://www.kzsq.com/airstaff/mary-ann

JULY 4TH QUIZ: Declaration of Independence

Past the time with family this weekend quizzing them with these gems:

1. On July 1st, a vote was taken by the Continental Congress, and all but two states approved the Declaration of Independence. Which two voted no?

Answer: Pennsylvania and South Carolina.

2. Only two people signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th. Who were they

Answer: John Hancock and Charles Thomson. Most of the rest signed on August 2nd, but the last signature wasn’t added until 5 years later. 

3. How many people signed the Declaration of Independence?

Answer: 56 

4. Who said, “There! I guess King George will be able to read that” when he signed the Declaration of Independence?

Answer: John Hancock 

5. Why was Thomas Jefferson chosen to draft the Declaration Of Independence?

Answer: Because he was from Virginia. Although Jefferson was obviously a gifted and talented writer, the main reason he was chosen to draft the Declaration was his status as a Virginian. The New England Colonies had already been branded as rebellious and unpopular, and it was thought that something written by a Southerner might be taken more seriously. Adams was not chosen because he was from Massachusetts; Franklin wasn’t chosen because his son was a staunch loyalist; Livingston because he didn’t like the idea of a Declaration; and Sherman wasn’t picked because he simple could not write.

6. Of all the colonies, which state had the most signatures?

Answer: Pennsylvania. There were nine delegates from the states. 

7. Where is the Declaration of Independence housed today?

Answer: The National Archives. The Declaration is housed in a special section of the rotunda of the National Archives in Washington, D.C., along with the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. They are stored in a vault at night and closely monitored by a state-of-the-art computer and $3 million camera. 

Check out the movie National Treasure — starring Nicolas Cage. It’s about a treasure seeker who discovers there’s a secret map located on the back of the Declaration of Independence. You’ll see the security surrounding the document — of course, it’s a movie, so Cage is able to steal it.

What Else To Grill?

There’s nothing bad about a hamburger or hot dog right off the grill, but why stop there? There are so many other things you could throw on the fire that you may not have even thought of.

Here are five extra things to grill (besides burgers and hot dogs):

5. Oysters. It’s pretty easy. Just throw the oysters on the grill, and when the shells open up, they’re done.

4. Grilled cheese and other sandwiches.

3. Pizza. Grilling the pizza provides a similar taste to a brick oven pizza.

2. Beer Can Chicken. Put a beer can inside a whole chicken and let the cookin’ begin.

1. Fruit. If you haven’t cooked fruit on the grill, than you’re missing out on one of the greatest things ever.

We had some friends grill up some peaches and they were the best! Just slice the peach in half and grill away. Delicious. – Justin

EXERCISE YOUR PATIENCE MUSCLE

Woman’s Day offers these ways to exercise your patience muscle. and I’ll say it again, YES I read Woman’s Day! I’m really losing my patience with you. 🙂

  • Time it — Next time you’re on hold or sitting in traffic, time how long you actually wait. Chances are it’ll be much less than it feels. Then ask yourself: What difference will an extra five to 10 minutes make in my day, anyway? Probably not a lot.
  • Interrupt the fight-or-flight response — The minute you feel yourself getting impatient, stop the release of cortisol by paying attention to your body. First, breathe deeply. Then roll your shoulders (which are probably near your ears by now) forward, up and back. Repeat. This interrupts your body’s negative physical reaction so the blood flow can go back to your brain and you can think more rationally.
  • Turn a “problem” into an opportunity — Caught in traffic with nowhere to go? Use that time to play a book on tape. Stuck waiting for an elevator? Get your daily exercise by climbing the stairs.
  • Follow the golden rule — The next time you want to honk at a driver who’s driving slowly or yell at an airline agent because your flight is late, ask yourself this: If I were in that person’s shoes and doing the best I could under the circumstance, how would I want to be treated? Extend grace, and it will always come back to you.

MEN DON’T HAVE A CLUE

Since the days of Adam and Eve, gals have known one thing with certainty — men don’t have a clue. And, no doubt, guys feel the same way about women. But Barbara and Allan Please, authors of “Why Men Don’t Have a Clue and Women Always Need More Shoes,” have some advice that can help both sexes get a grip on what’s going on and make a lasting love connection. Here’s a test for the ladies. Do you agree with these statements about your relationships with men?

  • Nagging will pay off in the long run — No. Stop nagging and re-train him. Leave his dirty shorts and wet bath towel on the floor until he figures out they don’t wash themselves. He’s not stupid, only lazy.
  • He should enjoy shopping as much as you do — Never. Men find shopping stressful. But he can be trained if you go “hunting” for only one item. It’s like bagging game. And keep shopping jaunts to 30 minutes or less with no browsing.
  • Without a remote to channel surf, he’s lost — True. Accept this fact. If it drives you crazy, get another TV and snuggle down with your pet and a good tearjerker.
  • They’re stupid not to ask for directions — Wrong. Incredibly, men have an innate ability to find their way without asking for help. But it can’t hurt to keep a map in the car. If you’re really lost, ask for a potty break and he can get directions without admitting he’s up the creek without a paddle.

Guys how much do you know about women? See if you agree or disagree with these statements.

  • She wants you to solve her problems — Wrong. Instead of instructing and problem-solving, listen and be supportive. Believe it or not, women can, and do, figure out solutions to their difficulties. All they need is your support and a hug.
  • Women have too many shoes — Never. Accept it. There’s no such thing as too many shoes. Stop counting and find something else to obsess about.
  • Women make such a big deal over the toilet seat being up — True. If you’ve never fallen into a toilet in the middle of the night, you won’t understand why it’s such a big deal. The perfect solution is his and hers toilets. If this can’t be arranged, be gallant and put the seat down.
  • They beat around the bush, instead of getting to the point — True. Men and women communicate on different levels. You want her to get to the point, and she will — eventually. Sit back, nod and agree, don’t offer any solutions since you don’t have a clue and give her a big smooch when she’s done.

Now that we ALL know the answers, let’s work harder to make our relationships better. – Justin

Top 10 Summer Songs Of All Music

Of the “Top 10 Summer Songs of all music”, we here at Star 92.7 are happy to play 8 of them for you in our current “Summer mix of 2010”! Thanks for listening and we hope you’re enjoying summer. – Justin

Now, the list:

10. “Cruel Summer” – BANANARAMA. This song from BANANARAMA’s self-titled debut was a big hit in their home country of ENGLAND upon its release in 1983, but it wasn’t until the next year, when it appeared in the hit film “The Karate Kid” that it became a Top 10 U.S. smash.

9. “All Summer Long” – KID ROCK. Only KID ROCK would have the ability to take the most popular songs from unlikely partners — like southern rockers LYNYRD SKYNYRD and singer-songwriter WARREN ZEVON — and somehow mash them together into a danceable, hip-hop-influenced ode to summer parties.

8. “Hot Fun in the Summertime” – SLY AND THE FAMILY STONE. You can feel and see the heat radiating off a hot city sidewalk when the horn section kicks in over the lazy shuffle of this sweet, nostalgic song. This was released on SLY’s 1969 “Greatest Hits” collection right after his triumphant appearance at WOODSTOCK.

7. “Summer of ’69” – BRYAN ADAMS. BRYAN ADAMS and co-writer JIM VALLANCE have had a friendly public debate about the meaning of this summer song. For VALLANCE, it’s a fond remembrance of the year 1969, when he turned 17 and discovered all sorts of wonderful music. For ADAMS, the number’s meaning is a bit more, shall we say, carnal.

6. “The Boys of Summer” – DON HENLEY. Rumor has it that none other than HENLEY’s EAGLES bandmate, JOE WALSH, owned the car that inspired the famous “out on the road today, I saw a deadhead sticker on a CADILLAC” lyric from this song on DON’s 1984 solo album “Building the Perfect Beast.”

5. “Summer in the City” – THE LOVIN’ SPOONFUL. Reportedly, the lyrics for this song were taken from a poem MARK SEBASTIAN (JOHN SEBASTIAN’s brother) submitted to a literary magazine. Dozens of artists have since covered this wonderfully evocative summer song, including BB KING, QUINCY JONES and JOE JACKSON.

4. “In the Summertime” – MUNGO JERRY. One line in this classic song from the 1970 album “Electronically Tested” is a bit too care-free when it comes to car safety, so when reggae star SHAGGY covered it in 1992, he changed the line “have a drink, have a drive” to the much safer “I’m going to ride and drive..”

3. “Summer Nights” – JOHN TRAVOLTA and OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN. JOHN and OLIVIA’s characters from the hit 1978 movie “Grease” share somewhat different, but equally fond memories of their summer romance in this duet — not realizing they are now attending the same high school. Confusion, comedy and lots of singing ensues…

2. “Summertime Blues” – EDDIE COCHRAN. Quite possibly the grand-daddy of all summer songs, this under-two minute blast of energy from 1958 still perfectly captures the excitement and angst of a teenager who simply longs for temporary escape from his summertime job. He seeks assistance from the highest of authorities, the UNITED NATIONS, who refuse to help since he’s not old enough to vote.

1. “Summertime” – DJ JAZZY JEFF AND THE FRESH PRINCE. Back before he was a huge movie star, and before he had a hit TV show, WILL SMITH was hip-hop’s “Fresh Prince.” With the help of DJ JAZZY JEFF’s laid back, but still thumping music track, SMITH’s lyrics perfectly capture the joys of a beautiful, trouble-free summer day.

 Question: What Is Your Favorite All Time Summer Song Of All Music Formats? For me it would be the “Fat Boys & The Beach Boys teaming up for a hip-hop version of Wipeout!” I can still do that beat box part too, 🙂 – Justin.

Michael, Farrah, and Ed. A year after.

With the 1 year anniversary of the death of Michael Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, and Ed McMahon, yeah I bet you forgot about Farrah and Ed. I found a fun website that is all about the 80’s! I mean these folks were a big part of the 80’s. So enjoy the project 80’s website. – Justin

Just click the logo below to get there.