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Bye Bye Clydesdales?

Schlitz may have been the beer that made Milwaukee famous - for better or worse - but Budweiser is the beer that made Clydesdales famous.

When you think of the giant draught horses, don't you instantly think of them pulling a Budweiser beer wagon?

If you're between the ages of 21 and 27, maybe not. And you're the target market that Budweiser's after, in an attempt to regain its market share, which has been slipped steadily for the past ten years.

And the folks who market Budweiser don't think that the majestic Clydesdale is the best way to reach that demographic.

I'm not a Bud guy, but I have to admit, I'm tempted to give it another try every time I see an ad like this. How about you?

 
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The Force Awakens Slowly

We've still got to wait another 13 months for the arrival on the big screen of Star Wars: The Force Awakens - aka, Star Wars Episode 7.

But the team at LucasFilm is already putting out trailers to pique our interest.

Two hit the internet this week. So check them out.

Will you wait to pass judgment? Or are you currently salivating like a Wookie?

 
 
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"I See a Darkness in You"

The debut of Season 5 of Game of Thrones is still months away, but the folks on the production team don't want us to forget about them.

So why not tease us with a 10-second glimpse into what's to be?

This one's all about Arya, the headstrong and fiercely independent youngest daughter of the House of Stark.

Don't blink - you don't want to miss anything.

And if you sign up with the website - ThreeEyedRaven.com - you'll be able to receive further updates via Twitter as they come along.

What GOT fan wouldn't want something like that?
 
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Things I am thankful for... a brief list.

I'm thankful for The Philadelphia Eagles, cold beer, my 55" flat screen, a good steak, the DVR, macadamia nuts, Hawaii Five-O and anything that drives Selena crazy...
I'm thankful for the NFL Sunday Ticket and the Red Zone Channel as well as the Multi View NCAAF channel and the way that DCTC's Amy Jo keeps Piper in awe for hours...
I am thankful for Barrett's chicken wings and bar pie pizza (with mushrooms) a semi-dry Chianti and a Love Boat of sushi...
I am thankful for the heated seats in my car and really good blue cheese...
Buffalo chicken flavored Doritos and horseradish cheddar by the block...
I am thankful for Bacon, in all forms, on all things, Oink...
I am thankful for a beautiful, and crazy, blonde goddess named Erika and her nearly perfect five year old daughter Piper and the unspeakable happiness that have brought to me since becoming a part of my world...

And I am thankful for you, yes you, who listens every day, and laughs, and tells (or forces) your friends to listen. I do this job, and keep this position on a day to day basis because of you and I thank God for this job and your dedication to our show more than you will ever know.

Happy Thanksgiving

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Brides - STOP BEING BULLIED!

After seeing Eric in my bridesmaid dress, it made me reflect on the headaches brides have to endure (like difficult bridesmaids -- sorry sis!). But the biggest headache, was wedding gown alterations. I posted this just after my wedding dress was altered, almost 6 years ago ... and I'm still shocked by how I was treated. Don't let this happen to you....

I am not an expert at preparing a wedding (this is my first, and hopefully, LAST one!), so I definitely felt like I was at the mercy of wedding specialists. Unfortunately, there are a few who take advantage of that...The final straw was getting my bridal gown alterations.

Tip #1: If you're asked, "Are you an outside bride?", be wary.
A shop was recommended to me by a friend who has bought and altered dresses there before. When I called the shop, I was first asked, "Are you an OUTSIDE bride?" Yeah, what the heck does that mean? Turns out, they want to know if you your gown was purchased in their shop. Sometimes, it's just a matter of whether alterations are included with the "in-house" gown. Plenty of shops are happy to accommodate inside and outside customers. But for this particular shop, it led to tip #2...

Tip #2: If the shop doesn't set an appointment for you, find another shop.
Because I was an "Outside Bride," the shop wouldn't set an appointment with me. This particular shop only sets appointments for in-house brides; everyone else is told to come "whenever". "Whenever" means, "when you're not in the way of our 'more important customers.'"

Don't be shooed into the corner like I was; I was left standing there for an hour as they catered to THREE other customers who came in AFTER me ("Hon, move over for them"). I even overheard the owner say to her assistant while glancing over at me, "I didn't even know she was coming in..."
REALLY?! I CALLED TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT!!

Tip #3: Take the dress -- pins and all - and RUN if the seamstress ever says this:
"Hon, I've been doing this for 20 years. Your dress is no different than the sweatshirt on that girl..."

Yup. She said that. Even better...that sweatshirt was on a customer that came in after me - and finished before me - as I stood there in my gown, in shock.

Tip #4: You may need more than one fitting. Make sure there's time between the first fitting and the wedding for additional alterations.

I should have left after Tip #3, but I didn't know my options. So I sucked it up and asked, "when will I be able to come in for my second fitting?"
...I was told I wouldn't be able to see my gown until FOUR DAYS before the wedding!

What, is she holding it ransom?!!

Tip #5: Have amazing friends that know how to take charge when necessary.

My bridesmaid and great friend, Jessica, is my hero. She insisted on going with me to get my dress back a few days later.
While the owner was insisting I still pay for taking an hour of her time (her time? I was hovering in the corner for an hour, remember?!), my friend, unbeknownst to me, was examining the dress. Next thing I know, she is calling from outside the shop, "Let's Go!"

...she took off with the dress!!! I couldn't believe it! No qualms about it! What a friend!

So, should I have paid the owner? Well, some people tell me no, because she "undid" the service by taking the pins out without asking.

Oh, and FYI, she stepped all over my dress as she brought it in!! Accident?! Hmmmmmm
Now, I'm sure the owner has her own version of what went down with a "bridezilla", but, so what. Is it too much to ask for some respect? She can call me what she wants, but, as one person eloquently said, we have a name for her:

"THE GOWN-ZILLA!!"
Good luck, and best wishes in planning, Brides!!
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Brides - STOP BEING BULLIED!

After seeing Eric in my bridesmaid dress, it made me reflect on the headaches brides have to endure (like difficult bridesmaids -- sorry sis!). But the biggest headache, was wedding gown alterations. I posted this just after my wedding dress was altered, almost 6 years ago ... and I'm still shocked by how I was treated. Don't let this happen to you....

I am not an expert at preparing a wedding (this is my first, and hopefully, LAST one!), so I definitely felt like I was at the mercy of wedding specialists. Unfortunately, there are a few who take advantage of that...The final straw was getting my bridal gown alterations.

Tip #1: If you're asked, "Are you an outside bride?", be wary.
A shop was recommended to me by a friend who has bought and altered dresses there before. When I called the shop, I was first asked, "Are you an OUTSIDE bride?" Yeah, what the heck does that mean? Turns out, they want to know if you your gown was purchased in their shop. Sometimes, it's just a matter of whether alterations are included with the "in-house" gown. Plenty of shops are happy to accommodate inside and outside customers. But for this particular shop, it led to tip #2...

Tip #2: If the shop doesn't set an appointment for you, find another shop.
Because I was an "Outside Bride," the shop wouldn't set an appointment with me. This particular shop only sets appointments for in-house brides; everyone else is told to come "whenever". "Whenever" means, "when you're not in the way of our 'more important customers.'"

Don't be shooed into the corner like I was; I was left standing there for an hour as they catered to THREE other customers who came in AFTER me ("Hon, move over for them"). I even overheard the owner say to her assistant while glancing over at me, "I didn't even know she was coming in..."
REALLY?! I CALLED TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT!!

Tip #3: Take the dress -- pins and all - and RUN if the seamstress ever says this:
"Hon, I've been doing this for 20 years. Your dress is no different than the sweatshirt on that girl..."

Yup. She said that. Even better...that sweatshirt was on a customer that came in after me - and finished before me - as I stood there in my gown, in shock.

Tip #4: You may need more than one fitting. Make sure there's time between the first fitting and the wedding for additional alterations.

I should have left after Tip #3, but I didn't know my options. So I sucked it up and asked, "when will I be able to come in for my second fitting?"
...I was told I wouldn't be able to see my gown until FOUR DAYS before the wedding!

What, is she holding it ransom?!!

Tip #5: Have amazing friends that know how to take charge when necessary.

My bridesmaid and great friend, Jessica, is my hero. She insisted on going with me to get my dress back a few days later.
While the owner was insisting I still pay for taking an hour of her time (her time? I was hovering in the corner for an hour, remember?!), my friend, unbeknownst to me, was examining the dress. Next thing I know, she is calling from outside the shop, "Let's Go!"

...she took off with the dress!!! I couldn't believe it! No qualms about it! What a friend!

So, should I have paid the owner? Well, some people tell me no, because she "undid" the service by taking the pins out without asking.

Oh, and FYI, she stepped all over my dress as she brought it in!! Accident?! Hmmmmmm
Now, I'm sure the owner has her own version of what went down with a "bridezilla", but, so what. Is it too much to ask for some respect? She can call me what she wants, but, as one person eloquently said, we have a name for her:

"THE GOWN-ZILLA!!"
Good luck, and best wishes in planning, Brides!!
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Scranton celebrates XXXmas

Looks like Scranton's a little too excited for the holidays ...

It's a common problem, but this is what happens when you put the lights up too soon. Don't be embarrassed.
If the lights don't go out in four hours,call a doctor....

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A few words about choices...

I feel the need to talk with you a bit about choices.

From the outside a choice is the simple and common act of deciding on something seems pretty mundane… you choose an option every second of everyday almost. Choices are usually tiny and require little thought or time to consider, they are done and over in a second and we barely know we've made a choice.

Choices like: should I eat in or take out or glance at that person, walk a bit faster or sit on this chair; simple, fast and usually uneventful… but the choices I am speaking of are the ones that seem small but are anything but.
I think it's important to first say that the choices you make for yourself today will dictate the very life you'll be living tomorrow. Remember that!

What you choose to do today will alter the best laid plan you may have for yourself in the future, maybe even your immediate future.

Example:
-You promised yourself you'd lose weight (and you plan on it) but eating the super-sized meal today is what you chose to do.
-You knew that if you were late to work one more time you'd get fired but you stayed out till 3am last night and couldn't get up anyhow.
-Your spouse will be very mad if you don't help with the laundry but going to the mall today was what you ended up doing! Etc.

This week marked the passing of a friend that had made so many bad choices in his existence that he felt certain that his future was doomed, and he ultimately took his own life. His choice to do so has sent a ripple effect through the family he left behind, a precious 4 year old daughter, the woman who truly loved him, his circle of stunned friends, and the community that he lived in. In truth he was a kind hearted man, yet he felt that the telling truth, and the act of doing the right thing, was just too boring and instead chose to inflate himself and his image through grandiose lies, as well as dodge his creditors and all his responsibilities. His denial of making the correct choices in life led to his inability to see things clearly at all… his tangled up life, that was easily fixable, was of no value to him -and he ultimately chose to end it.
Sad… but the life choices we make can and will do irreparable damage.

So now I ask you: What choice will you make today that will move you closer to your dreams? Will you admit that you need to make changes to get there, or will you lie and disguise the depth that you fallen to again? Will you walk confidently in the direction of your dreams or will you cower to the fear of the unknown?

Whatever you do, choose wisely today, and every day, and remember that you are going to either be rewarded or punished by what option you chose to make. Tomorrow is waiting… choose carefully.
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The Winners!!

Entertainer Of The Year

 

BlakeShelton

Blake Shelton

GeorgeStraight

George Straight

Keith Urban

Luke Bryan

Miranda Lambert


Male Vocalist 

 

BlakeShelton

Blake Shelton

Dierks Bentley

Dierks Bentley

Eric Church

Keith Urban

Luke Bryan

Luke Bryan


Female Vocalist

Carrie Underwood

Carrie Underwood

Kacey Musgraves

Kacey Musgraves

Martina McBride

Martina McBride

Miranda Lambert

Miranda Lambert

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift


Vocal Group

Eli Young Band

Eli Young Band

Lady Antebellum

Lady Antebellum

Little Big Town

Little Big Town

The Band Perry

The Band Perry

Zac Brown Band

Zac Brown Band


New Artist

Brandy Clark

Brandy Clark

Brett Eldredge

Brett Eldredge

Cole Swindell

Cole Swindell

Kip Moore

Kip Moore

Thomas Rhett

Thomas Rhett


Vocal Duo

Dan + Shay

Dan + Shay

Florida Georgia Line

Florida Georgia Line

Love and Theft

Love and Theft

Kip Moore

The Swon Brothers

Thompson Square

Thompson Square


 
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The Winners!!

Entertainer Of The Year

 

BlakeShelton

Blake Shelton

GeorgeStraight

George Straight

Keith Urban

Luke Bryan

Miranda Lambert


Male Vocalist 

 

BlakeShelton

Blake Shelton

Dierks Bentley

Dierks Bentley

Eric Church

Keith Urban

Luke Bryan

Luke Bryan


Female Vocalist

Carrie Underwood

Carrie Underwood

Kacey Musgraves

Kacey Musgraves

Martina McBride

Martina McBride

Miranda Lambert

Miranda Lambert

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift


Vocal Group

Eli Young Band

Eli Young Band

Lady Antebellum

Lady Antebellum

Little Big Town

Little Big Town

The Band Perry

The Band Perry

Zac Brown Band

Zac Brown Band


New Artist

Brandy Clark

Brandy Clark

Brett Eldredge

Brett Eldredge

Cole Swindell

Cole Swindell

Kip Moore

Kip Moore

Thomas Rhett

Thomas Rhett


Vocal Duo

Dan + Shay

Dan + Shay

Florida Georgia Line

Florida Georgia Line

Love and Theft

Love and Theft

Kip Moore

The Swon Brothers

Thompson Square

Thompson Square


 
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