Tom Petty's statement today about Sam Smith was incredibly refreshing.
About the Sam Smith thing. Let me say I have never had any hard feelings toward Sam. All my years of songwriting have shown me these things can happen. Most times you catch it before it gets out the studio door but in this case it got by. Sam's people were very understanding of our predicament and we easily came to an agreement. The word lawsuit was never even said and was never my intention. And no more was to be said about it. How it got out to the press is beyond Sam or myself. Sam did the right thing and I have thought no more about this. A musical accident no more no less. In these times we live in this is hardly news. I wish Sam all the best for his ongoing career. Peace and love to all.
Why can't we have more of this? When the story broke yesterday, some of the reports tried to make it seem as if there were some greater drama than there actually is. The Hollywood trash media are probably deeply disappointed there is none. Celebrity feuds a great guilty pleasure for readers, but become tiresome at some point. And isn't it great when you see an artist pay a little respect and courtesy to another artist? And I'm wondering (or maybe hoping) is this is a new trend in celebrity good behavior? Heck, even Justin Bieber struck a conciliatory tone, in this video this week after his appearance on Ellen:
Really Biebs? Has he turned over a new leaf? Or is he fresh off a lecture from label management before releasing a new single? Time will tell.
In the meantime I'll just look forward to Katy Perry's halftime performance at the Superbowl. I'm sure that's going to be amazing. Unless, as some have speculated, she disses Taylor Swift during the show. That's the only thing that would ruin it for me.
I wish Budweiser wouldn't reveal their new superbowl commercial before game day. I'd rather see it for the first time on the big day. But it came across my screen and I couldn't help it. I clicked it. And it absolutely DESTROYED me. It's so great!!
Here it is if you want to check it out early. I don't mind saying it made me tear up!
I know a lot of hipsters who are going to be jealous of this guy. Meet Bernas, the new orangutan at the Denver Zoo. He's from Atlanta but moved here to take advantage of the the mile high city's blossoming hipster scene. I can totally see this guy chilling at the Meadowlark or Sputnik. We've got to get him a weekend pass. Read more about Bernas here:
10. Bull Riding – I went to a rodeo last year. It was my first time. Pretty cool! Nobody is tougher than these guys.
9. Barbeque Competition – It's the first year for this! Nice addition Stock Show. Call me if you need a judge!
8. People Watching – The Stock Show draws such an eclectic crowd from rural ranchers from places like Idaho to city rats like me who are nervous even getting near a horse. It's really cool to see them all in one place and intermingling. Last year I saw a goth kid almost bump into a cowboy. The looks on their faces was priceless.
7. Selfies With Baby Steers – Oh stop it. I know they're called calves. But they're so dang cute my wife and I call them babies. So that's what they are. Go walk around the stables out back by the railroad tracks. You'll see some. This year I'm going to try to get a selfie with one.
6. Rodeo Queens - This probably falls under people watching.
5. Meeting People Not From Here – Talk to the vendors and ask them where they're from. You will always get an interesting story.
4. Free Parking!
3. Mutton Busting – Kids riding sheep. I could not stop laughing the first time I saw this.
2. Food – This was almost #1. Every year I love getting an ice cold draft beer and a giant burger! It's cheat day.
1. The Shopping - A few years ago I found this beaver hat at the Stock Show. Insert joke. This hat is so incredibly warm and awesome looking! I was going to get it but it was $250. If it's still there I might haggle for a lower price. Shopping tip: if you're there on the last weekend of the show, they sometimes lower their prices!
The news is slow this week. That may explain why Good Morning America spent a chunk of their show on Monday breaking the news about the new Girl Scout Cookie flavors for 2015. Not that this isn't important. But before anybody gets too excited about new ways to indulge on sweets for a great cause, you should be warned that two of the flavors are gluten-free and one is oatmeal and raisins with chunks of Greek yogurt. What's going on here? Oh yeah, there is a movement towards eating more healthy in America. I'm actually good with that. However, the best way to eat healthy, in my view, is to cut out desert all together rather than ruin it. But this ignores the fact the the Girl Scouts for more than 100 years have been empowering girls, giving them courage, teaching team building, self-esteem, leadership skills and trying to make the world a better place. Who am I to interfere with that? So next time I see them out in front of the grocery store I'll sample the gluten free cookie. But it's going to take a lot to get me off of 45 years of eating thin mints!
Buy some Girl Scout cookies.
Try some self imposed peer pressure. Tell a friend a task your struggling with, then ask them to check up on you later to check your progress. Sometimes a little friendly peer pressure can be effective. This tip is from Mindtools.com.
Don’t give in to feeling good now which ends up being short term gain for long term pain. Focus on being more protective of how you’re going to feel in the future as opposed to how you’re going to feel in the short term. Psychologytoday.com calls it “emotional intelligence”. Acknowledge the negative feelings and start the task anyway.
Sometimes we put things off because of our mood. We assume that we are in the wrong mood to complete a particular task. We falsely assume that our mood will be change in the near future and we’ll be better suited at that time to complete the task, but in reality that just adds anxiety, guilt and shame which make it even more difficult to harness the emotional and cognitive energy to complete the task. For more on this, check out this article in The Atlantic.
Try the “Seinfeld Strategy.” For him it’s to write at least one joke every day. He then puts an X on the calendar for every day he completes the task no matter how bad the joke. Then his goal is to just keep the chain going. The idea is to remove the focus from the individual performance and instead put the emphasis on the process. The top performers in every field are the ones who are more consistent. Read more here:
A BOTTLE OF STRANAHAN’S COLORADO WHISKEY - I've given this gift to my own Dad a few times and now he wants it every year. Mostly becuase he lives in Pennsylvania where he can't buy it. A tour of the distillery on Kalamath is also a cool gift.
SHOES. This is one item many Dad's don't enjoy shopping for and won't buy until absolutely necessary. Check his size and look at his inventory of shoes then head to DSW. Find something that matches his style and boom your done. You'll be surprised at how long he wears them.
BATHROOM ORGANIZER - Take an quick inventory of the items around his bathroom sink. He probably has stuff randomly scattered about. Then head to the Container Store and get him something to organize all those items in one convenient place!
COLORADO AVALANCHE OR DENVER NUGGETS TICKETS. For January games there are tix starting around 25 bucks for the Avs and for the Nuggets under 20 bucks. cool gift!
A BEER MAKING KIT! Is your Dad crafty? These can be really fun. Simple ones start around $50 at Amazon.com.
It's finally here! But not really. We have a trailer for the much anticipated Pitch Perfect 2. And in it we get to hear a new arrangement of Anna Kendrick's hit single from the first installment, Cups. It leaves us wondering if part 2 will yeild new radio friendly ditty from the unlikely songstress. In the meantime the trailer is chock-full of snarky barbs, slapstick humor and incredibly cute outfits. Take a peek! For the actual movie we'll have to wait till next May. Sigh.
It's one of the coolest prizes we've ever given away. Mix 100.3 is sending one lucky listener and a guest on a trip to see Denver play Kansas City on the road. We're providing airfare, hotel and game tickets! You can qualify every hour all week. Just be the 10th caller when you hear the Pigskin Plane cue to call. We're drawing the winner Friday!
It got me to thinking about some of the times I got to see my favorite teams on the road. So I've compiled a top 10 list of the most awesome things about seeing your team on the road. If you've seen any of your teams on the road and have something to add, I'd love to hear your thoughts!
10. It’s a great reason to visit a city you may never have been to before.
9. You get to see your team wear a different color jersey in person. This part is actually really cool.
8. You can go shopping in places you've never been.
7. During the trip you will meet other fans of your team and trade stories.
6. At the game you'll get the unexpected thrill of hearing the home crowd go silent when your team scores.
5. You can check out restaurants you've never been to.
4. While there is some trash talk, some people will actually welcome you. It's true!
3. You get to tell stories about your trip when you get home.
2. You can post Facebook pics on game day from your seats and make everyone at home jelly!
1. For years and years to come, every time you see that stadium on TV it'll remind you of your trip. And you can say "I was there!"
Who cares? If you have a window seat at work and it’s above the 2nd floor, these guys are laying it all on the line for you every day. And whether they chose this career to live on the edge or are just good with a squeegee and have bills to pay, they deserve our gratitude. So shout out the the window washers! Thank you and we’ll see you in a few months.