What's your favorite bedroom sound? Is it complete quiet, the radio and music, the TV or every other little noise that goes squeak in the night?
Sleep is important to all of us. Reserachers now tell us that people feel their best after a minimum of eight hours sleep. It some cases, it's more quality than quantity. We know that it's important to keep the room as dark as possible. But, what about the noises that wake us and turn on the imagination machine known as our mind?
With the hot weather and the frequent Flex Alerts from Edison, we've kept the air conditioner at a minimum this summer. That means, more fans around the house to circulate the air and keep things manageable. The added benefit is the "white noise" that all the fans produce. And, do you know what? It especially helps at night to mask the sirens, the neighborhood dogs, the owl that sits right outside my Bedroom window.
What are your secrets to a better night's sleep? Share with us on the KOST Facebook page. We'd love to hear your best tips.
How do you feel when you're constantly compared to someone famous? It's always a bit of a surprise for me. When I look in the mirror every morning, I only see me. However, those who catch a glimpse of me often have a different opinion. I'm sure, at some point, you've been compared to a movie star, TV star or politician. My apologies if you've suffered through the latter. Nevertheless, I have another great story to share.
Earlier today, I grabbed a last-minute sandwich at a nearby shop. Now, granted, we're just a stone's throw from Hollywood. So, maybe that caused the confusion. Anyway, here's a brief overview of the conversation. It went something like this.
Waitress: Excuse me for staring at you, but you remind me so much of Alec Baldwin. You know, the actor?
Me: (a smile and a chuckle)
Waitress: Of course, I mean Alec Baldwin since he lost all of that weight - the thinner Alec Baldwin. You're about the same age I would guess.
Me: (another smile and a chuckle)
Waitress: You're not Alex Baldwin are you? But, I'll bet you get that a lot from people. You could actually be his double. Has anyone ever told you that before - that you look like Alec Baldwin?
Me: Well, no. Not really. Although, I used have people say that I looked a lot like Pierce Brosnan (Remington Steele, the James Bond movies, Mrs. Doubtfire and other shows) or maybe Nathan Fillion (the star of ABC's TV show Castle).
-- Obvious at this point, the waitress is much too young to know either Brosnan or even Fillion, but she knows Alec Baldwin!
Waitress: Are you as funny as Alec Baldwin?
Me: Actually, I'm a whole lot funnier!
(This was followed with a roar of laughter from the other cashiers, people in line and a big group of people eating behind me).
My Final Thought: Gosh. Maybe I am a lot funnier!
Have you ever been compared to a TV or movie star? Who?
When was the last time you took a close look at your pocket change? Once, after paying for dinner at a Glendale restaurant, I looked at the change that I received after paying my bill. To my amazement, I had received an Indian head penny worth more than $30. There have been infrequent times when I've received a two dollar bill as change. That's pretty uncommon, too. In years past, most two dollar bills were considered bad luck. However, many uncirculated (near perfect condition) two dollar bills now are worth nearly $3 each.
Some buffalo nickels are worth between five and thirteen dollars. That's a pretty nice profit margin. However, there are some true gems out there. Maybe you've seen the latest news about a single gold coin from 1880. It was minted here in the U.S. but never officially circulated. The $4 gold coin contains six grams of pure gold and is so rare that only about 10 to 12 still exist. The coin will be offered at auction later this month here in Los Angeles. It should reportedly fetch close to $1.5 Million.
Don't miss the spectacular sky show tonight after sunset. The moon and Venus will pair up on the southwest horizon. Some are calling it a celestial meet-up of grand proportions.
Both the moon and Venus are the brightest objects in the evening sky at the end of twilight. You should expect a good view about 45 minutes past sunset tonight (Sunday, September 8th). The view will be less than ten degrees above the horizon, so don't tilt your head back too far.
Weather permitting, eastern friends may also enjoy this cosmic show that doesn't require special gear. Isn't Venus the Roman goddess whose functions encompassed love, beauty, sex, fertility and prosperity? Then, it only makes sense for you to bring along a special companion for the party.
(photo: Getty Images)
My wife openly admits it. She isn't much of a fan - of anything! While she has her favorite TV shows, movie stars, sports teams and radio personalities, she doesn't collect autographs, photos or the latest gossip on all of the above. But, of course, never say never. There is one big exception. She's always been a fan of actress Betty White.
Our congratulations to Betty, who just had her name and bio placed in the Guinness Book of World Records. The actress, now 91, has the longest TV career of any female entertainer after spending 74 years on the small screen. Yeah, Betty!
It would be crazy to ask Betty her favorite role. Besides, I think we already know the answer. Undoubtedly, she would say it was that of loving wife to TV's game show host Allen Ludden who passed away in 1991.
Thanks for all you do Betty - for the animals, for the laughter and for reminding us that fun still happens at any age.
A new study being published in the Journal of Adolescent Health claims teens’ social behaviors can be influenced by what they
see their friends doing online.
Researchers at USC say teens that see friends drinking and smoking in their profile pictures on social networking websites were MORE likely to engage in those same behaviors and habits.
According to the report, which was conducted during the years 2010 and 2011, found that 30% of one school district had smoked, and nearly 50% had at least tried alcohol. Four out of five of those surveyed used social networks to communicate with their friends.
So, now that we know, what do we (as parents) do about those findings? By the way, the above mentioned study was done right here in one of our local school districts.
Today is Labor Day and nobody labored longer or harder than the workers who built the pyramids. Of course, that truth applies only if you believe everything history tells us. What did they use for tools?
Who really built the pyramids? How did they accomplish such an amazing feat? And, how long did it take them to complete the task? More importantly, are the pyramids even older than we believe?
Who has the correct answers? I don't see any hands going up. It's just one of many fascinating things that we may never really know. It's fun speculating, though.
What are the strangest stories you've heard about the pyramids? Share with us on Facebook.
Sometimes, I feel like I was cheated as a child. While I was playing touch football in the streets, riding my bike and throwing water balloons, other kids were out laying in a meadow and looking at the sky. Was that you?
Apparently, there's a pastime of looking at clouds and trying to find shapes and things. Silly me. I thought you were supposed to look at the pretty sunsets. But, there is a story in the clouds.
Thanks to my high school classmate Kathy who spotted a cloud formation in the desert this weekend. Can you see the bride holding her bouquet? It's on the left-hand side of the picture. Maybe, it's like those 3D pictures. Some people see it, some people don't. For those who don't, I'll include another photo of last night's great sunset. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
Although we haven't hit any record highs yet, it's just too hot! If my memory is correct, it gets super hot almost every long Labor Day weekend, doesn't it? But, the humidity seems worse than usual this year.
A lot of people saw the above picture on my personal Facebook page and thought it was excellent. I took this last night before sunset at the Irvine Spectrum. My aunt always called the puffy clouds a buttermilk sky. Whatever it's called, it was beautiful - especially with the palm trees swaying in the breeze. Enjoy!