by Jim Berry
posted Oct 30 2014 1:10PM
Let me just start by saying I do not oppose musicals, I actually like them; but I don't go searching for them either. My girlfriend really wanted to see Kinky Boots; and I, or course, had heard a lot about the show. So I was able to secure tickets for media night last night. Now think about this, I gave up watching a very rare World Series game 7 to go to this show. I also know a happy wife means a happy life. I don't have a wife anymore, but the concept is exactly the same with a girlfriend. I WAS BLOWN AWAY! This production is so well written and thought out. The songs written by Cyndi Lauper were spot on perfect, and the choreography was flawless. The lead roles could not have been cast more perfectly with Steven Booth as Charlie Price and Kyle Taylor Parker as Lola, who is by far an away the best drag queen since Tim Curry of the "Rocky Horror Picture Show." My girlfriend kept thanking me over and over for taking her to the show to the point I had to make her stop. She was afraid I was mad I missed the world series; don't tell her, but I enjoyed this even more. There is something to be said about live theater and the emotion and interaction that it brings. Maybe it's been a while since you have experienced it, maybe you never have. Well, Kinky Boots is the perfect reason to go!
by Kevin McGowan
posted Oct 30 2014 11:01AM
Yes, this actually happened. Somebody stole John Denver's head. The bust was lifted from the 1st Bank Center during a concert. It was the last remaining piece of the Colorado Music Hall of Fame display, which is being moved to Red Rocks. This sad yet absurd caper reminds me of the Simpsons episode where Bart beheaded the statue of town founder Jebidiah Springfield, and even his hoodlum friends are appalled because joking about it is one thing while actually doing it is something else altogether. Here's hoping the drunken numbskull who did this will realize there's not much practical use for a purloined tribute to a Colorado music legend, and will make sure it goes back where it belongs. It's more likely Beavis will try to unload it at a yard sale. At least then somebody can buy it and deliver it to Red Rocks, right before sending the cops to his house.
by Jim Berry
posted Oct 29 2014 4:33PM
There was a list that came out the other day about the "Little Things in life that make us happy." I agreed with most all of them and really thought nothing more about it until today when in the mail I received a package. It was non other than my NEW HEADPHONE CABLES! I realize I am probably the only person that will be excited about this, but since my right ear in the headphones has been out for months, it was pure joy for me to listen in stereo again. I've been bouncing around the studio all afternoon to be able to hear the pure sound again of my 20 year old Sennheiser's rockin ' to the music. THEY SOUND SO AMAZING AGAIN! What makes you this kind of happy? Whatever it is, find it often. I think I am going to order another cord tomorrow. By the way, if you were curious...here's that list.
According to a new survey, 93% of people say the LITTLE THINGS in life make them happy. I guess the other 7% need parades thrown in their honor or something. Get some perspective, people. You're never getting that parade.
Here are the top 11 little things that make people the happiest . . .
1. Getting a compliment.
2. Getting an unexpected gift.
3. Sunny days.
4. Finding money in your pocket.
5. Getting into a bed with clean sheets.
6. A hug.
7. Reading a good book.
8. The sound of laughter.
9. Getting flowers.
10. Hearing a baby laughing.
11. Sleeping in.
by Kevin McGowan
posted Oct 29 2014 10:54AM
My wife's people-pleasing issues are never more obvious than on Halloween. It's not enough for us to have the big candy bars; it has to be the Costco Variety Pack of jumbos. Every Halloween word quickly spreads that we're the house to hit, multiple times. I always let the double-dippers know I'm on to them while they grab their second Twix of the night. A couple years ago, while Renee held out the big box o' treats for the kids to peruse, a little girl decided it would be more fun to dash inside the house and chase our dog down the hall than wait for her brother to make up his mind about the most delightfully overwhelming decision of his young life. A few minutes after her parents were no doubt wondering why they sent three to the door and got only two back, I made my way to the foot of the driveway and mumbled something like, "Hi. Nice to meet you. Here's your daughter. We're not child snatchers. Honest, we're not." I pretty sure they didn't return the next year.
by Jim Berry
posted Oct 28 2014 4:54PM
We all have had our ups and downs in life. Some of us have had an excess of both.. I'll share a few of mine. As a father I have been blessed with three of the most amazing daughters. They turned out even better than I could have imagined. I've never really "worked" a day in my life as a radio broadcaster because I was blessed to love what I do. On the other side of the spectrum, I've lost a 28 year marriage that completely broke my heart and as I was feeling sorry for myself, I found out I had inoperable cancer that was supposed to take my life within two years. (FYI...it hasn't...it's been 2 years and 2 months and I am still in full remission). When I was at my lowest low, I gave it all to God to handle, and he did. Since then, every day has been a blessing; and if you know me at all you know I have been blessed with love, and happiness, and of course my dream job at KOOL in Denver. Will it last forever? No. Will I be positive and happy either way? Absolutely!
posted Oct 28 2014 3:29PM
Actor Hugh Jackman wants others to learn a lesson from his mistakes - wear sunscreen. For the third time in under a year, he has reportedly been diagnosed and treated for skin cancer. The 46-year-old actor was previously treated for basal cell carcinoma in November 2013, and in May of this year. The disease is curable if detected early. Jackman's rep says that the actor is on the mend and "all good" now. In May, Jackman posted a photo on his Instagram page while he was receiving treatment for his second basal cell carcinoma. He was seen with a bandage on his nose and urged his fans not to "be foolish like me".
When I was younger, I didn't like to wear sunscreen. Like the most of us, I did because my mom made me. I didn't mind it so much on my face, but for some reason I didn't like to wear it anywhere else. It seems silly now, but it was mainly because I didn't like the way it felt on my skin. It was either to thick, greasy or smelled funny...sound familiar? One day, I finally got wise in my late 20's and have been using it daily ever since. You just need to experiment with different brands and find one that works for you and your loved ones! It's especially important to use sunscreen living in the "Mile High City" and surrounding Denver Metro areas. Let's be proactive. Get that sunscreen on. Prevent skin cancer on you and your loved ones!
My family's favorite is dermatologist recommended Vanicream SPF 60+ for sensitive skin and Neutrogena sensitive skin sunscreen 60+. You can find them in Walgreens, Target, Walmart, King Soopers and Safeway.
by Jim Berry
posted Oct 27 2014 2:24PM
I finally had to succumb to technology over the weekend, when my 4 year old I-phone decided to not hold it's battery power any longer. Of course I couldn't get the next model up that was free with my cell plan, NO I had to get the newest latest and greatest I-phone 6. I have to admit I feel like I've caught up with the rest of the world, and by that I mean my 3 daughters and my girlfriend. Apple sure knows how to make you feel good somehow about owning their new device makes it worth the $199 charge with a new two year contract, the $39.99 case, $39.99 glass protector, and umpteen other charges to insure it. So I have a smile on my face, even thought I'm sure it will be months before I actually know how to use this pocket computer.
posted Oct 27 2014 1:06PM
Matthew McConaughey's car commercials for Lincoln have been "interesting" to watch.
What's been more FUN is watching Ellen spoof him and Jim Carrey as well on SNL this past weekend!
#LoveThem!!! #MatthewMcConaughey, #Ellen and #JimCarrey
by Kevin McGowan
posted Oct 27 2014 10:51AM
The Giants' Pablo "Kung Fu Panda" Sandoval has rooting section that's hard to miss. The panda head-wearing fans will be in Kansas City for the conclusion of the World Series, braving their way into enemy territory to see (with limited visibility) their favorite team and player on the road. That's all well and good, but I'm sensing the possiblity of some tense moments when they come face-to-face with the two Royals fans who wear onesies with enormous cat heads on them as a way of supporting their guys. Don't ask me the meaning of this particular show of support. I have no idea. Maybe this potential showdown is just what baseball needs. TV ratings for the World Series are the lowest they've ever been, and only one of the games so far has been close and exciting. If a bizarre, animal-themed WWE Smackdown is what's needed to make the nation's pastime interesting again, I say bring it on.
by Jim Berry
posted Oct 24 2014 2:32PM
Let me start by saying I love Peyton Manning. I love the football player, the good sport, the humble man, the giving man, the caring man, the charitable man, and what seems to be a fantastic dad. I love everything about him. I even have friends that hate the Broncos, but love Peyton Manning. So it would be a reach to find anything wrong with the man, but I'm going to anyway because I can. Who puts those suit ensembles together? Last week he had a funky light blue plaid suit on that wasn't too bad, but this week I have to put my fashion foot down. Now I know for a fact that I am not the snappiest dresser, not even a little, but this post game suit he had on has to go. Peyton, you are WAY to good a man to wear a light brown plaid suit, with a striped shirt, and a polka dot tie! Who dresses this man? Come on, it's a hard reach to find a flaw in this Superman; but I like to poke fun too.