Dear Q102 Listeners…
For those of you that didn’t hear the announcement this morning, we wanted to let you know that the last edition of the “Early Morning Crew” will be on Friday December 11th. This is very difficult to grasp since we’ve been waking up and riding to work and school together each morning for the last twelve years.
As many know, I have family that live out of town. My wife and I have decided to look at options of moving closer to them. While the decision... to leave is difficult, I know it is the right one.
Twelve years is a long time. I was told that our show is the longest running show ever on Q102 and one of the longest running local shows in Rome, GA radio history. That makes me proud. You, our listeners, made it happen and I thank you for all the support.
So what’s next? Julie and I will broadcast the next to last show on Thursday December 10th from Chick-fil-A and we’d love for you to stop by and visit one last time. The final show will be from the studio the next day-Dec 11th. I cannot thank my friend Julie enough for all she has done. I've often said she has no idea just how extremely talented she is. Her quick wit, her sense of humor, her comedic timing, her dedication to the show, and her ability to keep me in line (most of the time), made her an absolute joy to share a microphone with each day. Thanks Jules for an incredible journey. To my my former co-hosts...Ginger, Karli, Maddox, Dee, and Monica, you know I love you guys. Thanks for all the fun mornings...it was a pleasure to work with each and every one of you.
We will not leave you hanging! Two very talented and funny people, Bob and Sheri, will take the reins on Monday January 4th. They'll be on the show soon so you can get to know them.
Julie and I will miss doing mornings more than you will ever know. Always remember just how much we appreciated your calls, emails, social media posts, and just being there listening to our shenanigans each day.
It has indeed been a great ride!
Catch phrases you should quit saying according to Men's Health:
"I meant to..."
Translation: "I thought of you, and then immediately thought of something better." It's not always the thought that counts.
"I'm sorry you feel that way."
An apology doesn't need to be long or repetitious. You just need to mean it, and to acknowledge that you were wrong not that someone thought you were wrong.
"I'm not here to make friends."
Reality TV contestants say that to each other all the time. Seriously. Search the phrase on YouTube. Know when that attitude helps in the real world? Never.
"It's a win--win."
Say that and other people hear, "I win and you lose, but you won't realize that for another 2 weeks when I'm nowhere to be found, so in the end, I win twice."
"How much do I owe?"
Long division is for the classroom, not the restaurant. Pick up the check once in a while and you won't feel guilty when your friends do it. It all evens out.
"Here's what you should do."
Girls are right: You don't have to fix every problem. Listening is its own form of help. So let her or your buddy vent, and offer direction only if they ask, "What should I do?"
Anything you scream over live music.
We're not sure why you're at the show if you're not listening, but rest assured everyone else paid $100 to hear "Jungleland," not what you had for dinner. And when you scream into somebody's ear, it hurts.
It's like a British car on U.S. roads: ill fitting and dangerous.
"Oh, I know. That's like when I..."
When a person's telling a story, this is not an invitation to break in with your own anecdote. Your pal has the floor. When it's your turn, you'll appreciate his silence.
"Can you help me move?"
It's fun to move friends into dorm rooms, not into real homes. If you have a job, come on: Pony up for movers. Then you can invite your friends over for a housewarming party. You'll be amazed how much beer they're happy to carry in themselves.
"I'm a good multitasker."
No, you're not. Nobody is. And as you peck at your BlackBerry under the dinner table, everyone is silently offended. But at least whoever you're writing is enjoying a lousy e-mail.
"When are you going to stop talking?"
Maybe you're not saying it out loud, but we can all see it on your unengaged face. If a conversation bores you, make it better by contributing.
Healthy disagreement makes you an interesting guy to talk to. Dismissing someone's idea entirely makes you a radio yakker.
"Call you back later, okay?"
Men have a hard enough time reaching out. When your friend says, "Hey, I need to talk," he isn't being casual. He's downplaying. And whatever else you're doing can wait.
TEN GUYS YOU DON'T WANT TO DATE
Tired of being the psycho girlfriend, or fighting with your boyfriend's mother? Are you over going out on dates with guys who want to split the check? Noticing a pattern in your love life (or lack thereof)? Well at what point are you going to take some personal responsibility? It's time to stop dating losers! Here are 10 guys you should absolutely avoid:
1. The Stage Five-er
Feel like you're being followed? Double check to make sure he's not reading this over your shoulder. There's nothing sexy about a guy who acts like a little girl. Didn't he have friends before he met you? No matter how in love you are, you still need your night to watch The Bachelor, and no, he can't come to your cousin's baby shower. At the end of the day, the clingers never stick. He may have the best of intentions, but he may also need to get a life.
2. The Mysterious, Damaged Guy
If you've ever swooned over the Dylan McKay's, Pacey Witter's and Chuck Bass' of the world, then watch out. This is the guy who will sit at the end of the bar and shoot you a subtle smile and then just as you go over to talk to him, he'll get up and leave. He's basically begging you to save him as if you're his last hope ... but not even Dr. Meredith Grey can save this guy. You'll end up diagnosing yourself with a headache (and then a broken heart) if you decide to take this patient on.
3. The Not-So-Mysterious (but Damaged) Comedian
Unlike Mr. Mysterious, this guy's the life of the party-the one who always has a quick line. Now, this will be really attractive until you discover that every joke is a diversion from his innumerable and irrevocable, gaping wounds of baggage. This guy is almost worse than the plain old damaged guy, because at least the obviously-damaged guy is straight-up owning it.
4. The Gordon Gecko Wannabe
Watch out for the blue button-down shirts with the white collars and cuffs. Raise caution level if his cuff-links match anything else in his outfit, or are shaped like polo players. This guy LOVES talking about how much money he made today and how late he stayed out with clients last night. He uses words like "bro" and "doll" and throws a hissy when valet is full. It might be fun to date this guy at first, but the show might get old after a while.
5. The Serial Monogamist
"What's that? You've had 12 serious relationships? 12? And the last lady to round out the dozen left you just a couple of months ago?" Huge red flag, ladies. This guy loves being in love. You could probably show up with three missing teeth and a beard and he'd find you "endearing" in some way. Before getting serious with this dude, dare him to spend a Valentine's Day alone. If he survives, you might have a shot.
6. The Angry Drunk
Everyone loves this couple. You know the one. You're at the bar and you look over at some loud, obnoxious drunk guy getting in someone's face about whose lacrosse team was better 10+ years ago, Duke or North Carolina.
7. The Lazy Bones
It's a shame Play Station won't just hire someone to play "Madden NFL" for seven straight hours a day. You'd be dating a millionaire! No seriously, waiting tables is cool and all, but unless UNO's provides him with a 401K, he's digging himself a deep dish he won't be able to climb out of.
8. The Mama's Boy
My mother always said, "remember, you're not just marrying the guy, you're marrying his family." This is not a joke. Moms can be really mean, and if your guy's mom has brainwashed him to the point where he can't pick out a pair of jeans without her opinion, you're in trouble.
9. The Pretty Boy
This guy has more product than a Paul Mitchell warehouse and he'd never be caught dead without a neck scarf. I mean, couples eyebrow waxing appointments are romantic, but you might be one cleansing facial away from second guessing his masculinity. General rule-if his "getting ready" routine is longer than yours, leave him at home.
10. The Debbie Downer
No one wants to date a Debbie. This is the guy who could be swimming in a vat of chocolate ice cream as $100 bills shower down upon him, and he'd be complaining that the ice cream isn't vanilla. And yes, he WOULD like vanillaDitch the Debbie and find someone fun!
TIPS TO BREAK YOUR CELLPHONE ADDICTION
The power goes out, and you can't charge your cellphone. It's dead. What will you do? If this scenario gives you the shivers and is just too horrifying to imagine, you may have a cell phone addiction. Here is the question to ask yourself: Could you put down your phone and not check it for several minutes? How about an hour? How about a full day? Dr. James Roberts, author of "Too Much of a Good Thing: Are You Addicted to Your Smartphone?" and a professor at Baylor University, says it's possible to gain control over your smartphone -- if you take the right steps. "It's all about finding your 'digital sweet spot,' that magical place where you are still plugged in but have carved out time for the things that really matter," Roberts explained. "You, your relationships and community are the bedrocks of living a happy and meaningful life. They are also the first things that suffer when our lives get out of balance."
Five tips to break your smartphone addiction and get your life back in balance:
1. No smartphones while driving.
To make sure you don't use your phone while driving -- for voice or text messaging -- place it in the trunk.
2. Establish "smartphone-free" zones and times.
This includes the bedroom, dinner table, bathroom and all day at work except for two or three time of day you schedule to check it. Also, do not use your smartphone as an alarm clock. It's too tempting to check Facebook or watch a cat video before you have even showered.
3. Use airplane mode.
This is a good compromise in that it allows you the safety of having your phone for an emergency but no Internet access.
4. Put out a (social) contract on yourself.
Social contracts are a great way to change behavior. Simply write a contract that states the acceptable and unacceptable use of your smartphone and the punishment for such behavior. Then enlist your spouse, significant other, and/or kids to be the enforcers.
5. Commit to it and do it.
None of these suggestions will work if you are not totally committed to the cause. You must believe that curbing your smartphone use is essential to your happiness, because, yes, it will take steely reserve and discipline to make this happen.
First comes love, then comes marriage -- but many will say "I do" without an engagement ring. 66 percent of U.S. adults think an expensive diamond engagement ring is one wedding tradition that should be abandoned, according to a Harris Poll that assessed our attitudes toward wedding customs and rituals.
We say "I do!" to these wedding traditions:
We say "Maybe" to these wedding traditions:
We say "No way!" to these wedding traditions:
Kissing someone, especially for the first time, can unleash a torrent of butterflies that takes your breath away or stir up inner groans of revulsion. It's nature's way of helping us choose a partner -- either for the evening or a lifetime. Here are ten facts about kissing you may not have known, courtesy of Dr. Laura Berman:
1. Kissing is one of the few sexual acts that most of us have engaged in many times. A nationwide survey by Close-Up toothpaste found that the average woman kisses 17.5 men before settling down, while the average man kisses 24 women before choosing just one.
2. Girls report their first kiss happened at age 14, while boys are a bit slower and say their first kiss happened between the ages of 16 and 18.
3. Both men and women say their favorite kind of kiss is the French kiss.
4. The French kiss got its name in the English language in 1923, but the act of French kissing has been around long before France or anything French ever existed.
5. Many women will tell you that a kiss is the ultimate deal-breaker.
6. People in the Northwest United States exchange an average of 5.5 kisses a day, more than any other area of the country.
7. Those in the Northeast are the most confident of their kissing abilities.
8. Midwesterners are the most honest in their relationships and are most likely to confess when they have cheated and had a make-out session with someone else.
9. Kissing someone for more than one minute can burn as many as 25 calories.
10. Passionate kissing will not only help you unwind and relax, but also it can aid in boosting your immune system--and all without a doctor's prescription.