After your trick-or-treaters are tucked in bed, remember to move your clocks back 1 hour. Daylight Saving Time ends Nov. 1.
In a survey of parents, here are the weirdest Halloween handouts:
Animal Food — Doggie bones and cat treats?
Random Foodstuff — Besides apples, kids received canned vegetables, potatoes, bulbs of garlic and frozen dinners.
Toiletries — Dentists commonly give out toothbrushes, but other personal hygiene frequent finds included sample-sized soaps, shampoo, conditioner and even band-aids.
Odds ‘n Ends — Free trial software CDs, golf balls, batteries, and packs of pushpins, bobby pins, staples and paper clips.
Out of Season Candy — Halloween candy is supposed to be gross — fake ear wax, boogers, scabs, and even gooey eyeballs are all fair game. But what’s really gross is the obviously leftover candy from a way-past holiday, like old chocolate Easter eggs and Christmas candy canes.
Marketing Material — Cards and coupons for everything from babysitting and bowling to roof repair and real estate have been discovered among the sweeter scores.
(From Justin) : What’s the weirdest thing your child ever brought home from a night of trick-or-treating?
I lost half my weight overnight! woohoo!
» “When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn’t bend over and paint her toe nails anymore. So my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis too. That’s love.” Rebecca- age 8
» “When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You just know that your name is safe in their mouth.” Billy – age 4
» “Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne and they go out and smell each other.” Karl – age 5
» “Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you any of theirs.” Chrissy – age 6
» “Love is what makes you smile when you’re tired.” Terri – age 4
» “Love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him, to make sure the taste is OK.” Danny – age 7
» “Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it everyday.” Noelle – age 7
» “Love is when Mommy gives Daddy the best piece of chicken.” Elaine-age 5
» “Love is when Mommy sees Daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he is handsomer than Robert Redford.” Chris – age 7
» “Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day.” Mary Ann – age 4
» “I know my older sister loves me because she gives me all her old clothes and has to go out and buy new ones.” Lauren – age 4
» “You really shouldn’t say ‘I love you’ unless you mean it. But if you mean it, you should say it a lot. People forget.” Jessica – age 8
(From Justin) : Share what your children are saying about love. Register as a user (It’s Free) , and comment on this story.
So, Our first non-scientific poll is over. I appreciate the votes. It always amazes me how many people refer to Star 92.7 as KVML. Star 92.7 is KZSQ not KVML. KVML is our sister station on the AM dial at 1450. Although 70 of you actually got it right, there was 7 who said KVML.
Another fascinating thing about listeners to the station, or so called listeners, is that they like to call us 92Q. Now we have not gone by that moniker since 1999! 10 years ago! I’m beginning to wonder if we should switch back to that name. What do you think? Should we become 92Q again? Is it easier? Random thoughts, I know, I work in radio and there’s just not a lot of seriousness going on in our silly lives. I really do hope you are enjoying the new website and hope you become a registered user of the site (It’s Free) and comment on stories and give your input.
Have a great week, talk to you soon.
If you think riding the stationary bike at the gym is exhausting, imagine riding your bike 28,000 miles through 37 countries in eight years. Keiichi “Kei” Iwasaki of Japan began such an adventure when he grew tired of working at his father’s air-conditioning company. He said, “I thought to myself that ‘My life will soon be over before I do what I want to do.’ so I decided to start this trip.” Iwasaki left his home in Japan in April 2001 with around $2 in his pocket with the intention of biking through Japan. He enjoyed the trip so much that he caught a ferry to South Korea. He has since been robbed by pirates and arrested in India, nearly died after being attacked by a rabid dog in Tibet, and narrowly escaped marriage in Nepal. Iwasaki’s bikes (he’s on his fifth now; two were stolen and two were broken) have been his main form of transportation throughout the journey. He says he does not want to fly because he wants to “see and feel everything” with his own skin: “With bicycle, I can always feel the air and atmosphere of the place.” According to his blog, other than the occasional ferry, the only time he did not ride his bike or walk was when he used a rowboat for 35 days in India. He counts his biggest achievement as climbing Mount Everest from sea level without using any transportation, the first Japanese man to do so. Iwasaki is currently in Switzerland waiting to climb Europe’s highest peak, Mont Blanc. Iwasaki funds his travels by performing magic tricks on the street. He plans to travel to Africa, through the Americas and finally, back to Japan. He believes the rest of the trip will take him five years, after which he wants to write a book about his adventures.
(From Justin) : If you could do it, what would you do?
It’s important to know what ails you — so you can stop the spread of something serious by staying HOME. So here’s what your symptoms point to, and what you can do about it. We got this from Health magazine.
You have seasonal flu if your fever hits 101 or 102 degrees, and comes with chest discomfort plus major aches and exhaustion. That’s the word from Dr. Niel Schracter, author of The Good Doctor’s Guide to Colds and Flu. He says take pain pills for fever and aches, get some rest, and drink lots of liquids. Those who are at a higher risk for flu complications — such as pregnant women, elderly adults and people with chronic illnesses — may need antiviral medications, such as Relenza and Tamiflu.
You have a common cold if you have a runny nose, a little cough, and a low-grade fever — a little high, but under 100 degrees. Your body won’t feel achy, like the flu. You need to stay hydrated, which will boost your immune system and help relieve congestion.
Then there are allergies. If you’re sneezy, itchy, and have a runny nose you may be having an attack. It’s a good idea to keep allergy medicine on hand. Using a saline nasal spray, and breathing steam to keep your sinus passages irrigated, will also help.
How can you tell if you have H1N1? Dr. Schracter says that the H1N1 virus feels a lot like seasonal flu — it may even feel milder — but it often comes with gastro issues, such as vomiting and diarrhea. This makes it even easier to become dehydrated. So again, drink plenty of liquids and follow the standard flu treatment. Also, a characteristic of swine flu is coughing — because it can get in your lungs. So stay home — since swine flu is highly contagious — and call your doctor if you’re in the high-risk category, or you aren’t better after a week. ANY flu can develop into pneumonia, and you want to avoid that.
(From Justin) : I got a fever, for more cowbell! 🙂 Have a great week and keep washing your hands.
A 16-year-old Australian steered her bright pink, 34-foot yacht out of Sydney Harbor on Sunday to start her bid to become the youngest person to sail solo and unassisted around the world. Jessica Watson’s plan to make a 23,600-mile journey through some of the world’s most treacherous waters sparked a debate in Australia about whether someone so young should be allowed to try such a potentially dangerous feat. Watson and her family insist she is an experienced and capable sailor who has studied navigation, electronics and maritime safety procedures. Although she will sail solo and unassisted, she will be in constant contact with her support team via radio, email and a blog.
… Too young to sail around the world? On her blog Jessica posted this quote from Mark Twain: “Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you did not do than by the things you did do. So, throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
(From Justin) : Here’s Jessica’s personal website with links to her blogs and the route she’s taking plus other fun stuff. I pray she has a safe journey. http://www.jessicawatson.com.au/
• Neither teenagers nor cats turn their heads when you call them by name.
• No matter what you do for them, it is not enough. Indeed, all humane efforts are barely adequate to compensate for the privilege of waiting on them hand and foot.
• You rarely see a cat walking outside of the house with an adult human being, and it can be safely said that no teenager in his or her right mind wants to be seen in public with his or her parents.
• Even if you tell jokes as well as David Letterman, neither your cat nor you teen will ever crack a smile.
• No cat or teenager shares you taste in music.
• Cats and teenagers can lie on the living-room sofa for hours on end without moving, barely breathing.
• Cats have nine lives. Teenagers carry on as if they did.
• Cats and teenagers yawn in exactly the same manner, communicating that ultimate human ecstasy — a sense of complete and utter boredom.
• Cats and teenagers do not improve anyone’s furniture.
• Cats that are free to roam outside sometimes have been known to return in the middle of the night to deposit a dead animal in your bedroom. Teenagers are not above that sort of behavior.