I KNOW HOW TO EAT CHOCOLATE! OR DO I

It is amazing to surf the internet and find out that I Dave Denton have been eating Chocolate wrong

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Apparently so!  According to Chocolate Fetish we’ve all been eating chocolate wrong our whole lives.  According to the Chocolate experts, here are four ways to make it taste even better . . .

  1. Stop chewing it so much.  You’ll taste it more if you press it up on the roof of your mouth, and let it dissolve by sucking on it. (Like I have the will power to do that)
  2. Stop eating it in huge chunks.  Breaking it up into smaller pieces releases the aromas.  So you taste it more, especially if it’s good chocolate.  Rubbing it with your thumb also helps. (Who ever said break me off a small chunk so I can rub it with my thumb?)
  3. Smell it before you eat it.  Just like wine, experts say you should smell you’re chocolate before you pop it in your mouth.  It primes your taste buds, so you get more of the flavor. (My taste buds are always primed)
  4. Stop washing it down so fast.  The taste of chocolate lasts a fairly long time if you let it linger.  So you keep getting the flavor without eating more, which also saves calories.  (But I wash my Chocolate down with Chocolate Milk)

This is so silly! Next thing you know they will be telling me I am eating Bacon the wrong way.

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RECYCLE AND SPUDS

A few years ago a friend and I had a disagreement about recycling.  My friend is a little more liberal and I tend to be more conservative.  So on this issue he said he thought recycling was pretty much a waste of time while I think we should recycle as much of our trash as possible.

Why?  Yes the environmental reasons are there and I agree with those.  But to me a huge reason to recycle is to take pressure off our landfills.

Finding landfill space is difficult and where to put a landfill will usually wind up in court.

So I say Recycle your trash and do it to save our environment and to have less lawsuits in our courts

Friday Today is National Recycling Day.  Here are five common MYTHS about recycling. .

  1. “You can put electronics in the recycling bin.”  No.  The lithium ion batteries in smartphones and other electronics can explode and catch on fire.  You CAN recycle electronics, but they must go to a specialty facility that knows how to handle them.
  2. “Plastic bags are recyclable.”  This one is a little complicated, but ultimately it comes down to the fact that recycling facilities just don’t want them because they’re difficult to separate from other recyclables, and can clog up the equipment.

But keep in mind, that’s only for traditional plastic shopping bags.  Other types of plastic bags like sandwich bags and one gallon freezer bags CAN be recycled, as long as you snip the zipper off first.

  1. “Separating trash from recyclables isn’t important.”  Just like with plastic bags, garbage can also clog up the recycling equipment, so it IS important to separate trash and recyclables.
  2. “An item can only be recycled once.”  It’s true that plastic has a fairly short recycling life, but glass and metals like aluminum cans can be recycled over and over.
  3. “Stuff you recycle must be in good condition.”  A common myth is that you can’t recycle a soda can if you crush it.  But most recyclables just get melted or compressed into pellets at the recycling center anyway, so it’s fine.

The one exception is broken glass, but only because it can be dangerous for the people who collect your recyclables.

Friday is also “CLEAN OUT YOUR FRIDGE DAY” Go to the back throw away the jello mold with mold. Destroy that which used to resemble food.  I read today the meat and veggie trays are the dirtiest areas in the kitchen.

Several years ago when I was single I hosted a Thanksgiving dinner that had lots of leftovers including Mashed Potatoes which never were used in the leftover meals.  The spuds made it to the back of my fridge where they were forgotten about until that day when I was ambitious and cleaned the fridge.  Let’s just say my gag reflex is happening just thinking about it. The container and taters made its way to the garbage and landfill!  I think the site of those potatoes inspired several hideous monsters in Sci fi movies.

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WHY DID I JUST REALIZE THAT THANKSGIVING IS 2 WEEKS FROM TODAY

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I have found myself a little …. Ok a lot confused about what day it is and when Thanksgiving is.  I even think I said Thanksgiving is one week from today. BUT NO!

Then on top of that today is Thursday not Friday.  Yep right before I started today’s blog I was planning my weekend as soon as I could leave today.

I told you I am confused today but I have figured out why.  I have a lot coming up in the next 2 months and I am planning so far in advance that my days are just running together.

I have told you about the surgeries I need to have and I need to take time off to heal.  Then again I have certain responsibilities with my work and in my personal life that need to be planned out so others will have fewer problems when I am laid up.

So all that brings me to thinking that Thanksgiving is one week from today. I would love to blame the impeachment hearings in Washington but politicians are different kinds of Turkey’s.  HAHAHAHAHAHAHAH really feeble attempt at humor.

I love the holiday season but look at the calendar and you will realize that t in 2019, we have the shortest possible holiday shopping season. The shortest since 2013.  So the realization that I need to finish my Christmas shopping too!

But I shouldn’t worry, why because my wife planned ahead and we are done.  Or should I say she is done Christmas shopping.

Now all I have to worry about is wrapping the gifts!

OH WHO AM I KIDDING, SHE DOES THAT TOO!  If you ever saw my wrapping skills you would realize why.

So I guess like most of us I need to chill out.  I think I will eat a pickle on National Pickle day.

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IT’S GENTLY DOWN THE STREAM ANYMORE!

 

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The way we get our video entertainment is changing so fast it makes my computer crash.

Yesterday “Disney +” made its debut and not without problems.  Here are some of the complaints.

  • The various issues included people not being able to access the service or some of its features.  Some people couldn’t even sign up . . . or once they did, they couldn’t log on.
  • Some people bought Disney+ online, then couldn’t get it to load onto their Smart TVs or the PlayStation app.
  • Some people clicked on titles, only to find them “unavailable”.  Others experienced long load times, or the app crashing once a movie or TV episode was exited out of.
  • By 10:00 A.M., Disney issued a statement saying, quote, “The consumer demand for Disney+ has exceeded our high expectations.  We are working to quickly resolve the current user issue.  We appreciate your patience.”
  • Another complaint that’s come up, that has nothing to do with glitching, is the fact that “The Simpsons” is presented in the wrong aspect ratio . . . which means that some of the sight gags are CUT OFF.

So what are we going to do, we complain about the high cost of cable TV, and then if you want to stream certain types of programing and movies the cost adds up.

It is a question I ask myself a lot “Should I just subscribe to streaming services?”

But there are so many! Istream.com has this to help you decide.  Now remember these things seem to change every day with Apple and Disney in the picture and some people all up in arms because of programing choices changing.

  1. Netflix

Netflix is the ultimate solution for watching movies and TV shows. Therefore it’s our top pick out of all streaming services available out there. When it comes to content quality, ease of use and entertainment Netflix is hard to ignore. It has an excellent collection of TV shows and movies to choose from, and the best part is there are no ads! You can subscribe to Netflix for just $7.99/month.

  1. Hulu

Not a fan of Netflix? If it doesn’t suit your needs, you can always go for the next best alternative, Hulu. It is a less expensive version of Netflix and a great choice for TV show lovers. Hulu offers a range of different TV shows, network shows, and cable shows a day after they air while also giving access to a variety of good movies and anime. The service does have ads however, even if you purchase a subscription. So if you’re willing to live through a couple of minutes of ads then Hulu is a decent alternative to go for.

  1. Amazon Video

Amazon’s very own TV streaming service Amazon Video provides access to original TV shows as well as granting access to top shows from a number of other service providers like HBO. You can either subscribe to Amazon Video for $8.99 or Amazon Prime for $12.99 unlocking access to even more content in addition to a heap of shopping discounts, rewards and other perks. Amazon Video also lets you purchase or rent movies that you like and supports 4K HDR streaming.

  1. HBO Now

HBO Now’s video library consists of the latest and popular TV shows like Game of Thrones and also some classic shows like The Sopranos. It also lets you watch movies from different genres like Comedy, Action, Adventure Sci-Fi and more. However, the service is available exclusively in the US and certain US territories.

  1. DirecTV Now

DirecTV Now offers several live TV channels as well as the option to purchase exclusive channels like HBO. You can get it for a $40 subscription to gain instant access without installing any satellite dish or cables. DirecTV Now is therefore great for TV streaming.

  1. Sling TV

Starting from $20 a month Sling TV Sling TV s access to a variety of TV channels including HBO, Disney, CNN, etc. You can also add more TV channels for just $5. It also provides the feature of recording TV shows to watch later.

  1. Crackle

The Sony owned platform that lets you watch various movies and TV shows free. Its content includes some popular movies as well as original TV shows. The downside is that you have to bear through a fair amount of commercials.

  1. YouTube TV

With a diverse collection of some of the best news and live sports channels. It also covers content from some famous entertainment networks like NBC, AMC, CNN, and ESPN. YouTube TV is as of now the most subscribed to service in the US. It remains one of the best options for live TV streaming.

  1. Vevo

Vevo is the perfect streaming solution for music fans. You can find your favorite music bands and artists or discover the latest music streams. It is totally free to watch anything

  1. Twitch

Undoubtedly the best streaming service for gamers. You can stream yourself while you play a video game or browse and watch other gaming channels or popular gamers. You can even watch live sports channels for free.

Now for me I do have a couple of the free streaming services like Pluto which I got specifically for a channel of MST 3000 that runs 24/7

Fite TV for some Pro Wrestling show I enjoy

The one I pay for is WWE network, you know the wresting things.

So what is the answer to how much you pay just remember how everyone jumped on the CableTV bandwagon and now complain because of cost.  I see the same thing happening now with streaming service.

Dang if I didn’t love TV so much I would probably read a book!

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MONEY OR THE LACK OF IT.

“Money talks, I just wish mine had a larger vocabulary”

The founder of Motown Record Barry Gordy Jr co-wrote a song called “MONEY”

I quote a line “Your love gives me such a thrill…but your love don’t pay my bills”

I am not trying to sound cynical, but sometimes have a little extra cash takes a little stress out of lives.

To be fair we do need to keep a perspective about our money and I hope we all can find time or money to help others.

Why all this deep thinking about money… To paraphrase a popular quote ‘MONEY IS THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL AND MY ROOTS NEED TO BE A LITTLE DEEPER”

Not that I want to be evil!   It’s just sometimes having a few extra bucks is nice.   Am I broke? NOPE!    But who couldn’t use a little bit more.  But then again when was the last time you heard someone say.  “MAN I THINK I HAVE PLENTY OF MONEY, I DON’T WANT ANYMORE”?

Even Bill Gates who is shall we stinking #$& rich said he was willing to pay more taxes on his money but scoffed at the thoughts of his tax bill reaching 100 billion dollars.

Here are some great quotes about money

 “Never spend your money before you have earned it.” —Thomas Jefferson

 “It’s good to have money and the things that money can buy, but it’s good, too, to check up once in a while and make sure that you haven’t lost the things that money can’t buy.” —George Lorimer

 “Many folks think they aren’t good at earning money, when what they don’t know is how to use it.” —Frank A. Clark

 “You must gain control over your money or the lack of it will forever control you.” —Dave Ramsey

 “A wise person should have money in their head, but not in their heart.” —Jonathan Swift

 “The quickest way to double your money  is to fold it in half and put it in your back pocket.” —Will Rogers

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BRING ON THE TURKEY OR SOME HOT DOGS

I love Thanksgiving!   It has the three: F’s”

FAMILY

FOOTBALL

FOOD!

I guess you could add Parades in there but it’s my blog and I don’t like watching Parades!

 A recent survey of 2000 people found there are some traditional Thanksgiving foods that we eat only because of tradition.

68% said there’s at least one classic Thanksgiving food they secretly dislike but eat anyway.  And the most popular answer was . . . canned cranberry sauce.

Some people hate the taste, and some find the can shape revolting.  Almost 30% said they secretly dislike it, but still eat it if it’s served.  Here are the top five answers . . .

  1. Canned cranberry sauce.  29% hate it but eat it anyway.
  2. Green bean casserole, 24%.
  3. Sweet potatoes or sweet potato casserole, 22%.
  4. Pumpkin pie, 21%.
  5. Turkey, 19%.  So almost 1 in 5 people secretly hate eating turkey on Thanksgiving.

The survey also found 23% of us have no interest in leftovers.  WHAT IS WRONG WITH THESE PEOPLE!

Another survey found 63% of people say that Thanksgiving dinner NEVER goes exactly like it’s planned . . .

  • Not all of the cooking is done on time.
  • Running out of wine.
  • Spilling something on the floor.
  • Forgetting a key ingredient in one dish.
  • At least one thing is cold by the time it’s served.
  • Running out of something before everyone gets some of it.
  • Cooking something wrong.
  • Forgetting someone’s food allergy or dietary restriction.
  • The turkey is burnt.
  • The turkey is dry.

A few years ago at a family Thanksgiving dinner we could not get the turkey to cook.  About half cook the rest was raw.  Yes we thawed it but we had a defective Turkey.  So my mother in law had an alternative HOT DOGS!

Yes we had Hot Dogs with all the traditional Thanksgiving fixings.  Every year I crave hotdogs on Thanksgiving.

 

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FINDING TREASURE

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We have all dreamed of becoming Indiana Jones and finding incredible treasure, to become incredibly Rich!  It does happen but not to us.

Some people live the dream I just watch.  The new season of the curse of Oak Island started this week    will they find anything of real material worth or just more nails and rusted metals with a few buttons?  I hope they find something or I will have watched and be let down again THANKS GERALDO RIVERA!

My treasure hunt includes a few items like comics, action figures and some toys.  I have yet to score that one item!  Oh like the guys on Oak Island I have found a few small items.

A rare Batcaver poster, some Beatle items, and a couple of comics but nothing like Detective 27, Action comics # 1 or Amazing fantasy 15.  The hunt continues and after all it is the hunt that is where the fun is.

So tonight I dive into the hunt I search the couch and the car and hopefully I will find enough missing quarters enough to buy a Diet Mt, Dew and a Burger.

MMM TREASURE TASTE GOOD!

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COOKIE MONSTER AND ME

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When Sesame Street first came on the air I was just started my brain dead I mean teen age years.  I was just too KOOL to watch it.  That was until I was assigned to watch two nephews.  So I did what any responsible care giver would do.   I let them watch “Sesame Street”.

But a strange thing happened

I learned my A B C’S… no I learned of the brilliant writing and performances on the show, which taught kids how to count and read and how to accept others who were different than them.  They did this some of the most brilliant comedy ever written.

Lots of the jokes were not aimed to amuse the kids, they were aimed to adults without crudeness.

We learned last week that Cookie Monster is the favorite character.

I would have to agree but not because I have been known to sing along with “C, IS FOR COOKIE”.  But the skits he was used in.

I have watched that video over and over and laugh every time;

Monster piece theater is classic

I can’t say I have ever binged watched Sesame Street but I do know I love it.

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NACHO MEMORIES– A BAD DATE

The small holidays can bring back memories.

Today is International Stress Awareness day!  Hey I am aware of my stress!!

Today is Saxophone day.  A day to remember all the great rock and roll songs that feature a mean Sax solo.

So to relieve stress I guess we can listen to Kenny G today.

And today is Nacho day

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I admit I don’t really like Nacho’s!  That’s Ok, because I have heard of people who don’t like BACON!  I know I was in shock when I found a friend was a non- bacon eater.

Nacho day brought back a strange memory from back in the day when I was single and I was set up on a blind date.

I drove an hour and a half into St. Louis to my friend’s house.   I waited with my friend and her new husband making small talk until my “Date “arrived.  We decided to go see the latest Star Trek movie.

We get to the theater and I sprung for movie snacks. Popcorn, soda and yes NACHO’S.

Finding a seat we started munching and talking, my date seemed nice until she offered me some of the nacho’s I bought for her.  I politely declined which seemed to offend her in some way.  She offered again, I declined.  She looked at me like I had just stepped on her cat’s tail.

So our conversation started going downhill as I explained I just didn’t care for nachos mainly because I don’t like cheese very much and what is the main ingredient of nachos?

I was so glad the Star Trek movie started.  Which movie was it?  One I didn’t like!  But I still liked it more than Nacho’s and I liked it more than my date!

So go out and enjoy your Nacho’s today!  Me I will have a BLT hold the L and hold the T.

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WORKING 9 T0 5 . I AM NOT DOLLY

Is it possible to have a three day weekend every weekend?   For some jobs the answer is yes!

Last August, Microsoft Japan decided to test what would happen if they had their employees work four days a week instead of five.  So they let all 2,300 of their employees have Fridays off for the month.

And the result was . . . a huge success.  Productivity went up 40%, so even though people were working for less time, they were getting more done.

And that wasn’t the only way it was good for Microsoft.  People took 25% fewer vacation days than normal because they were already getting those Fridays off . . . they printed 59% fewer sheets of paper . . . and they used 23% less electricity.

Microsoft Japan says they’re planning to do the four-day work weeks again next summer.

The four day work week does mean longer work days and that doesn’t work for some.  A good friend of mine was given the option of a five day or four day work week, she jumped at the chance to have three day weekends but after a few months she went back to a five day week.  Why?  Hers was a high pressure job that required hr. to be on her feet almost the whole time.

As for me radio is not a 9 to 5 job! My job starts at five am and ends only when the job is done.

I hear you saying “but Dave, you are only on the radio from 6 am to 10 am”

True: somewhat but there is a lot of behind the scenes stuff that requires some long hours.   Then when you add in remotes and appearances the hours can add up quickly. And a three day weekend turns into a no day weekend!

I am not complaining because I love what I do, and I knew exactly what I was getting into but on some days …………..

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