Earlier today we asked the question, "Is it too early for a Christmas Party?" Apparently, it's not! That's really good news for us because our annual and very private Holiday Kick-off Party is coming up on November 21st at Disney's California Adventure Park. We're giving away 4-packs of tickets from morning to night. So, keep listening for your chance to win on The KOST. We'll be asking you to call right around twenty minutes past the hour. If you're the corect caller, you could win a 4-pack of tickets to our private party. We have a limited number of tickets available, so it will be an intimate and special evening for everyone in attendance. I hope to see you there! Ted
I've worn some rather radical Halloween costumes in my lifetime. However, Heidi Klum wins the prize for the biggest surprise of all. Can you believe this? Heidi held a Halloween costume party this year and she was the talk of the party! Yes, indeed. It really is Heidi. Can you believe it?
I can't remember exactly where it is, but there is a restaurant that sits right on the state line with half in one state and half in the other. At least, that's what they want us to believe.
It's a very funny site. They have a clock on one wall that reflects one time zone. The other wall has a clock that's an hour earlier. Or is it an hour later? See, it's confusing no matter where you are.
Just for the record, Hawaii and Arizona refuse to play the Daylight Saving Time game. They don't move their clocks backwards or forward. They always stay the same. Interestingly enough, that keeps the sunrise and the sunset more consistent all year.
Did you set the alarm but woke up an hour early on Monday? A lot of people did. It's a hard habit to break. Bonus points to anyone who noticed that I used two different song titles by the group Chicago in this blog.
Rumor has it, Oprah Winfrey held the biggest garage sale ever on Saturday. It was a huge success for her and fans. Oprah decided to part with hundreds of personal items. The little yard sale netted more than $600,000 according to the Los Angeles Times.
In reality, it wasn't held at Oprah's home but rather the Santa Barbara Polo and Raquet Club and included antiques, art and more from Oprah's five homes across the states.
During the sale, Oprah tweeted that she was having "so much fun" and that the sale was going on and on. If you missed it, maybe next time.
Nobody likes to make mistakes, but they do happen. In fact, if you're a movie fan, you've probably seen some of the bigger visual boo-boos that have happened on screen. What's you favorite on-screen movie mistake? If you have one, share it on our KOST Facebook page or in the comments section at the bottom of this column. Believe it or not, the most movie mistakes happen in the action-adventure flicks where things move quickly.
Speaking of mistakes, have you ever left a cup of coffee on the roof of your vehicle and then drove away spilling the entire brew? That's the worst feeling, especially with other drivers watching and laughing.
There's a famous quote that says: "Mistakes are a part of being human. Appreciate your mistakes for what they are: precious life lessons that can only be learned the hard way."
So, here's to all the mistakes we've made. Perhaps, author James Joyce said it best. "Mistakes are the portals of discovery."
Now that most people have purchased their Halloween costumes and retail sales have been tabulated, we have the 10 Most Popular Halloween Costumes for 2013. The list has a few surprises!
8. Any animal costume
4. Any Superhero (except Spiderman or others listed).
2. Batman characters
It's believed that the recent resurgence of interest in "The Wizard of Oz" may have caused the increase in witch costumes. While Zombies and Vampires have always been popular, TV's "The Walking Dead" may be guilty of stirring up interest.
If you want to be unique on Halloween this year, you might try to avoid the above list and be more creative. Home costumes are always among the most popular at parties. My youngest son once went out as a Coke can. Homeowners loved it and he had a great time. Although, we almost ran out of red paint in the effort to create his homemade costume. Have fun and be safe on the 31st!
Readers are Leaders. The best journey in life is the journey through books. Over the years, I've heard all the sayings about the importance of reading books. Some people say that it's a lost art, now that we have so many other forms of entertainment available to us. Still, there's just something about holding a book in your hands and filling your mind with thoughts that entertain, excite and inform. So, even though I got off to a fairly slow start (not finding my love for books until the 1980s) you'll often find me reading a book. I found Malcolm Gladwell's latest book fascinating.
Malcolm Gladwell is the author of several best-selling books, including:
These are the kind of books that you just can't put down. I think the official term is page-turners. Gladwell's latest book is no exception. David and Goliath is great, but it's so different from all the rest. It's an incredible mind-opening read. For example, did you know that you are far more likely to be successful when you DON'T attend a well-known college? You'll have to see what Gladwell says about that issue, the benefits of being dyslexic and more.
I can guarantee this. You'll never see many things about life the same way again. Maybe, that's what makes today's book clubs and discussion groups so interesting. This is the kind of book that you could possibly discuss and ponder for hours and hours.
By the way, Goliath never had a chance. But, you might after reading "David and Goliath" by Malcolm Gladwell. Happy reading!
Halloween has always been a holiday full of surprises. Last week, I shared some special thoughts from my previous years as a Trick-or-Treat artist. This week, it's a short list of favorites. I'd love to know if any of your favorites match mine. Here we go:
Favorite Halloween Song: It's a TIE. "Monster Mash" by Bobby Boris Pickett or "Thriller" by Michael Jackson. A distant third would be "October Country" by the group with the same name as the title. Weird, huh?
Favorite Halloween Movie: "Ghostbusters" is the run away winner. But, when I was a kid, the 1948 classic "Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein" was the must watch movie on Halloween night. For scary movies, "The Sixth Sense" was a great one, too.
Favorite Halloween College: Anderson College in Indiana. Their school colors are orange and black. Their mascot is a raven. How can you top that?
Favorite Halloween Candy: Three Muskateers bars or almost anything caramel. Cotton Candy is good, too.
Favorite Halloween Drink: Hot chocolate.
Favorite Halloween Number: 31 (Which, strangely is 13 in reverse. Did you ever think about that one?)
Favorite Costume that I've Worn: Planet of the Apes Monkey or the Lion from Wizard of Oz.
Favorite Halloween Getaway: Either Oak Glen with their fresh apple pies or the mountain town of Julian near San Diego. They're both beautiful in the autumn.
Favorite Decoration: Colored leaves arranged on a table.
Favorite Amusement Park Ride: Haunted Mansion at Disneyland.
Favorite Haunted House: The ones that we built in my backyard as a kid. We had giant boxes from my father's furniture store. And, we were very creative with how we made people scream. The entire neighborhood loved it!
Have a safe and fun Halloween!
When it comes to Halloween there's a lot of controversy. First, at what age is it too old when it comes to going from door-to-door and asking for free candy? Then, there's the long-held belief by some that Halloween shouldn't be a holiday at all. What's your take on that one?
I will never forget the day when one of my 7th grade teachers stood in front of the class and declared that we were all to old to be trick-or-treating for Halloween. She didn't just make a suggestion. She was voicing a strong opinion that included scolding and a pointed finger.
Although, I had given up the door-to-door routine in the 6th grade (really!) I could see a look of uncertainty on the face of many fellow classmates. I'm sure it stirred up a rather lively conversation at dinner tables that night.
My reason for putting away the goodie bag was simple. It is definitely more fun to give than receive. I wanted to man the post at our own front door, watching cute kids and zany adults in their costumes - hearing that chorus of "Trick or Treat" and then "Thank you!" as they made a mad dash to the next house.
If you're a teenager and acting as an escort for younger brothers and sisters, maybe it's okay. Otherwise, it is a bit crazy to be thirteen and asking your neighbor for some candy. If not at thirteen, then when? I think that was my teacher's point. Where is the absolute cutoff age?
Secondly, what about the crowd that believes Halloween should not be celebrated as a holiday at all? Okay, I see their side of the argument. However, coming from what was could only be described as a rather conservative Midwestern family, my parents celebrated and relished the holiday. And, strange as it might seem, so did our family church - complete with annual costume contests and a full blown autumn party with all the fixings.
My memories of Halloween are mixed. One year, we couldn't afford to buy a costume. So, my mother created a quick and inexpensive outfit from linens in the closet. I still enjoyed the costume parade at school and was up for most original costume. I think I lost to a guy who came as a piece of peeled fruit.
When I was a toddler, my parents had a Halloween party and an adult with a scary mask looked through our living room window before knocking on the door. Somehow, that sticks in my mind to this day. It's connected in my brain to the word spooky, because it sure was to me.
My first auto accident happened on a Halloween night. Maybe the guy who ran the red light (disheveled and barefoot, by the way) was hurrying out to the nearest 7-11 to buy more candy. Who knows? I didn't stick around to ask questions.
But, I'll admit, I have been to some super Halloween parties and expect to attend more in the future. We all need more reasons to celebrate. (As I write that last sentence, I wanted to include the words - as an Angels and Dodgers fan, but I digress).
One year, my mother had a forewarning of a busy Halloween in our neighborhood. So, she purchased some extra candy. That was a good thing, because we had a record number of trick-or-treat guests numbering near 500. We still think the older kids went home, changed clothes and came back again.
Finally, who can forget the houses that gave the best candy? When most people threw a penny candy into your bag, some were willing to purchase entire packs of crewing gum or full-sized candy bars. I didn't grow up in Beverly Hills. I lived out in San Bernardino for most of those years. So, we were pleasantly shocked with the generosity of our neighbors. I'll bet I could still find those houses today. Although, I'd rather be standing at my own front door handing out candy. There's a lot of pleasure in watching other people have fun, too. Have a safe and delightful Halloween. It will be here before we know it.