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Sam and Lissa's Blog 4-24

Now that Christina is engaged and I will be the Mother (and Father) of the Bride a second time
I will admit every time I see the word "wedding" in a story I read it!!
This one at first stunned me, but then Sam and I talked it out and I said "heck yeah"

It's not about how much it costs to put on the wedding, but how much it costs to attend.
American Express is right-on with this. Almost 600 bucks to go to a wedding.
And mainly because so many couples now have Destination weddings and really a destination is anything that isn't the home town. You've got transportation costs, often lodging, and of course you need a new outfit.
Oh, and throw in the pre-wedding festivities that you get invited to like showers and dinners. So there you have it…all of a sudden you've spent an average $600. And no, that doesn't include the gift which costs according to this survey another $100 but $200 if it's a relative.

So what did we say this morning? Don't open that wedding invite unless it's from me..LOL!!!
No, DO open that invite. Who doesn't love attending such a happy wonderful occasion as a wedding!

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Sam and Lissa's Blog 4-23

Love this stuff.
America's Favorites…according to Business Insider

See which ones you agree with (if any)
Best Burger: Wendy's Classic
Best Pizza: Papa John's
Best fries: McDonalds (yes yes yes)
Best chicken sandwich and chicken nuggets: Chick-fil-A
Best Donut-Krispy Kreme
Best breakfast- McDonalds but Taco Bells Waffle Taco is moving up.
Best hangover food-Chipotle
Best Mexican food-Chipotle
Best healthy option-Subway
Best coffee: Starbucks

So how many did you agree with? They do seem like pretty good choices.

Best choice in the morning?….Sam and Lissa. Tomorrow starting at 5 you have a 1-4 chance if you're caller 9 at 800 948-5229 of guessing what's inside our piggy bank. We're talking lots of $$$$.Between $3092 and $3097. And as soon as we get a winner, we fill it back up for 6,7,8 and 9. It's going to be one great Thursday morning.

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Sam and Lissa's Blog 4-22

You bring up the word tipping and it sure does touch a nerve. Read all your great posts this morning on FB.
This is what started it all…an article on what can cause you to give your server more money.
The guy came up with six basic things. See how many seem to work on you.

If they touch you. It's true, customers who got touched on the shoulder or hand for even just a second when the check arrived gave more.

If they're blond. Hate to say it, but blondes still get better tips than those with other hair colors.

If they draw a smiley face on the check. Only if a gal server does it though. If a guy does it, it just seems weird. LOL

If they have something in their hair like a barrette, flower or some other hair ornament. Again, female servers only.

If they crouch next to the table. Makes sense. You have better eye contact with the server. Makes you feel closer.

And if they wear red…but again only if the female server is wearing it. Men who do the tipping apparently love the color.

Bet you pay more attention next time you go out

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Sam and Lissa's Blog 4-21

So have we all agreed…the day after holidays should be a day off as well?
Now, who do we talk to about that?
I just think my weekend was too big!! Jeff had his birthday. We went to Manresa in Los Gatos. Have you ever gone? We had not. Went with our friends Ron and Karen. I will be honest. I didn't think I was going to look it. I'm a very picky eater. Never leave my comfort zone and I knew how this evening went .Chef David Kinch has designed a restaurant not with a regular menu but a night of tasting. And pairing with wine Guess what…I loved it. While they didn't give my fish as they knew ahead of time I don't care for it…I was wowed by everything I ate. And the rolls (that's my weakness) were all home baked and the best I've ever had. We even got to meet the Chef!!!So friendly!!! And we dined for 5 plus hours. Fair to say, while pricey, it was our most unique and our favorite dining experience ever and it is an experience when you go to Manresa. We are still savoring it!!

And then of course on Sunday…as you probably know by now. Christina got engaged to her guy Ryan.
He asked for her hand on Monday…yes they do that now a days and believe it or not kept my mouth shut for the entire week. And I speak to Christina at least twice a day. But it's out now…let the wedding planning begin!!!.
Geez…I didn't get much time off, did I? Victoria's first year anniversary is this weekend. I knew I was in trouble when Christina caught the bouquet. All I know is I have 2 wonderful daughters who picked wonderful guys….sons I never had. Their Dad is so looking down and smiling. Mike had time to know Victoria's Matt since they were high school sweethearts. He never got to meet Ryan, but he would have gotten such a kick out of him. Like with Matt, they would have been good buddies. No doubt about it, he would be so proud of his girls and the guys they chose.
Where's that dang Kleenex….


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Sam and Lissa's Blog 4-18

You know how Sam and I get a kick out of taking" random" callers for our contests.
Well, this stuff is pretty random…but it's pretty interesting.
We'll call them 5 random facts for Friday:

E is the most common letter in English. Q the least.
There are only 2 words that end in "gry"…angry and hungry.
We as a nation spend 2.25 billion dollars on Easter Candy.
And BTW half of it will be eaten on Sunday.
Monday you'll need to call in sick with a stomach ache.
There is no difference between Slurpees and Icees. They're both made by the Icee Company. 7-ELEVEN's licensing deal lets them call them Slurpees.
And in Switzerland, it's illegal to own just one guinea pig. Guinea pets get lonely if they're alone so the law says you have to own at least 2. All I can say is that creates a lot of poop!!! We once had one.Like rabbits they poop all the time.

And speaking of rabbits…Happy Happy Happy Easter!!!

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Sam and Lissa's Blog 4-16

Not to get to personal …oh heck why not I always do!!!
How close are you and your spouse when sleeping?
Told you personal. LOL

Supposedly the happiest couple's spoon all night…and the least happy ones sleep on opposite sides of a king size bed. I'm excluded from this as Jeff and I are 20 miles away….he in Palo Alto I'm in San Jose. Thought that might get a chuckle!!!

8 of 9 couples who spoon all night…basically sleeping less than an inch apart are the happiest and couples who sleep at least two and a half feet apart are the least happy. I don't know what it means when you sleep in separate rooms!!!

And this is something to check out tonite at bed time. 4 of ten sleep on back to back. 3 out of ten sleep facing the same direction…and then come the stragglers…a few sleep facing each other, a few at least 30 inches apart and a few an inch apart.

And don't ask me where I find this stuff….I just do.

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Sam and Lissa's Blog 4-16

This so great!! Sort of goes along with yesterday's Mom Test.
A Boston agency posted this job listing online for a "Director of Operations".
SO 2dozen people applied…Not many people must need a job in Boston..LOL
And when they came in, they got the job requirements:

--Standing up almost all the time
--Constantly exerting yourself
--Working from 135 to unlimited hours per week
--Degrees in medicine, finance and culinary arts necessary
--No vacations
--The work load goes up on Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's and other holidays
--No time to sleep
--Salary: $0

They were told this is indeed the Worlds toughest job. No one wanted it.
But that's okay…because we already have millions of people doing it….The job is that of a MOM!!!!!

BTW…any other job requirements that should have also been included? How about counselor?

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Sam and Lissa's Blog 4-15

I'm not sure where my friend Gerald got this, but I love it!!
Here's the story in the Mom's words.
"I was walking with my 4 year old daughter. She picked something off of the ground and started to put it in her mouth. I took the item away from her and asked her not to do that. Why? the little girl asked. 'Because it's been on the ground; you don't know where it's been; it's dirty and probably has germs' I replied. At that point, the daughter looks at me with total admiration and asked 'Mum, how do you know all this stuff? You are so smart.' And I said all Moms know this stuff. It's on the Mom Test. You have to know it or they don't let you be a Mom.' We walked along in silence for 2 or 3 minutes, but she was evidently pondering this new information. As she then said "I get it. So if you don't pass the test you have to be the dad". Exactly, I said with a big smile on my face.
And the rest is history…

Send this to a Mom!!!! So she too can smile!!!!

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Sam and Lissa's Blog 4-14

It is so great having Mad Men back on…
Do you watch it? I was a late joiner but got all caught up with season two..and never miss it now..
Although I don't like what they're doing with their final season..splitting it in two with just 7 episodes at a time.

Anyway…Sam and I saw this today and thought it was so funny and so true…..the things that happen on almost every episode. Supposedly there are about 60 of them.But here are the ones we like the most.

1. "Sterling Cooper & Partners will pick up a client . . . Sterling Cooper & Partners will lose a client."

2. "Don Draper will sleep with whoever is his wife . . . Don will also sleep with someone who is not his wife."

3. "Joan Harris will do that sexy strut through the office."

4. "Roger Sterling will walk into someone's office, probably Don's, and pour himself a drink . . . Don will have an old fashioned . . . Actually, he'll have several."

5. "Peggy Olson will eat a sandwich from the snack cart."

6. "Roger will pull out a roll of money from his pocket and pay someone to do something for him."

7. "Everyone's immediate knee-jerk reaction to even a minor problem is to drink."

8. "Sally Draper will get into trouble."

9. "A lot of drama will go down in the office elevators . . . Actually, like half of the show happens in the Sterling Cooper & Partners elevators."

10. "Some old song will play at the end of the episode and over the credits, leaving you scrambling to decipher the meaning it has to what you just saw."

Got another obvious one?

Tonite of course it's Dancing with the Stars. Just a heads up!. Donny Osmond is going to be the guest judge. I don't know why they think they need one…They all end up voting exactly the same give or take 1 point.
Anyway…I'll be watching…even if he is on..LOL!!!'


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Sam and Lissa's Blog 4-11

Not often I say France is doing it right!!
Remember, they didn't like me so much when I visited a few years ago..LOL
Think I was too loud and silly, plus I didn't like snails and Brie cheese.

But sure like this…France has passed a law that bans you from checking work e mail between 6 at night and 9 in the morning… In fact, you can't look at anything work related on your computer. I guess the 35 hour work week isn't working that well anymore…people are again working close to 40 hours…not because they're at work but theyre at home looking at e mail. Im not sure who is looking out for workers but its fair to say its not the bosses sending the e mails. I guess this is the trend in Europe. Germany passed a similar ban last year.

The big question is how do they enforce this…I hope it doesn't mean Big Brother installs a camera in your house to watch you…LOL

I don't see how it can be enforced…sure is a great idea though!!!!!!

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Sam and Lissa's Blog 4-10

I knew this was going to happen…so much talk this morning about "A Small World" at Disneyland turning 50…that the song is stuck in my head. You too?
Actually, what it's really done is make me want to go to Disneyland.
So I am in July!!!
I used to go twice a year, but haven't gone at all in 2 years, so I'm way overdue.

Where are you heading this summer? Disneyland and Hawaii are the two photos that keep popping up on Facebook, and those happen to be my two favorite go-to places. I know I know I just went to Italy but that wasn't for summer vacation. LOL.

Loved the stuff on napping this morning…napping at work…
Seems you either go out to the car and take a nap or take one in the break room. Or you could be like Sam and take a Nap just sitting in your chair…and then there are the few who take a nap under their desk. I think you have to be short like me to do that. I prefer the car. I cant tell you how many times Sam and I have to meet some place and I tell him I'll be there a few minutes early napping in the car. He's had to bang on the window a few times to wake me up. I have so perfected napping in the car. When the girls were little and I had car pool duty I would get there a little early and take a nap..I'll never forget one day…an 11 year old was banging on the window…Ms. Kreisler…wake up!!! I was holding up the entire line…!!!
And then there was the time I……


Don't we all have a story….what's yours?
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Sam and Lissa's Blog 4-9

Nice to know we're getting that neighborly feeling back, or are we?
When I was a kid, and your story is probably the same, your best friends were your neighbors.
You walked next door or 3 doors down to see your bestie. Now with private schools and schools outside of your neighborhood, kids usually have their best friends living elsewhere…a drive away..

But what do you do when you need to borrow something…you don't want to be driving to a friends home to get some butter, milk or even a hammer.
So I like today's story that neighbors again want to be neighbors…and loan each other stuff..

And what's at the top of the list you can ask for….food… I am still so proud of the fact that when my neighbor asked me for a stick of butter…I actually had some. Was probably a year old but she was using it to bake. I didn't tell her. I'm sure the cookies came out fine. LOL

What else can you again ask to borrow? Tools, yard equipment, a bike, clothes, electronics, kids'toys, a car. Not sure about these two….a babysitter or your house. When I needed babysitters, we never wanted to share… good babysitters are hard to find…and I'm not sure I want you asking me to stay at my place while yours is being fumigated.

Hi Neighbor…it's nice to see you again!!!

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Sam and Lissa's Blog 4-8

The things you learn….
A new study says the easiest way to make people think you're smart to SMILE more..
You laugh….People must think I'm a genius…LOL.
Seriously, researchers had people guess the IQ of strangers based on just facial features and found you are more
Likely to think someone is dumb is they're frowning or scowling…and more likely to think they're smart if they've got a smile on their face. Again…I am so smart…LOL!!!

But this is what really made me smile this morning…all of your Facebook comments on calling Mom.
I so wish I still could. Can't believe my Mom has been gone for 24 years. Called her everyday of my grown up life and always at 5. And 24 years later, when I look at 5…that phone call is what I think of. You all a touching story..

But here's what they say is average….you call your Mom once a week, on Monday at 7pm (before TV starts) and talk for ab out 20 minutes.

You are so above average right? This Mom hopes so!!!

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Sam and Lissa's Blog 4-7

Ok girlfriends…lets see how you do on this.
And guys you can play along too…just think about your girlfriend or wife.

11 things every "fashionable" woman should own by the time she's 30.
According to Harpers Bazaar.

Start counting…
  1. A classic shoe. One that's timeless. Never goes out of style.
  2. A great suit. And fits you perfectly
  3. A flower…a flower that everyone knows is your favorite.
  4. A beautiful watch. (who cares if it really works..LOL)
  5. Your own fragrance. Something that suits you perfectly.
  6. Jewelry you never take off.
  7. Original Art you Love.
  8. A "forever" bag. I keep buying them so I can always give you one of mine.
  9. A fabulous winter coat.
  10. And yes..the perfect little black dress.

OK…share what's your count? What do you still need to get (providing you're 30 and over. You're under 30…we don't want to know …LOL!!!


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Sam and Lissa's Blog 4-4

We've got this great weekend coming up. A real warming trend
You've got places to go and people to see…so you'll be in your car a lot.
And according to this thing we read this morning, it's a perfect time and place to get into an argument with your spouse… Yes indeed, the place couples are most likely to argue is the CAR.

And there 4 different situations that bring out the "worst" in us..
So let me try and give you a heads up..LOL
Before or after you go shopping. A lot of guys don't want to do it to begin with and then
He or she says "we spent what just now"and here it comes…Argument #1

Date night. You have a wonderful dinner out but someone becomes the designated driver and doesn't really want to be. Argument #2

You're either going or coming home from visiting relatives. Argument #3

After eating at a restaurant. So like Argument #2, but this one is over the cost of the meal. Of course to make matters worse, there's always the chance you got on each others nerves during the meal.. Argument #4

Is there an argument #5 that could be coming this weekend.
Ah….be happy it's a weekend…and life is great!!!
And starting Monday at 5, you have the chance to crack open the Sam and Lissa Piggy Bank and get your share of $15,000…..WOW WOW WOW!!!!

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Sam and Lissa's Blog 4-3

"Passing the Purple Hat" seems to be making the rounds again.
I got the e mail from a couple of my closest friends this morning…. and maybe you did too.
It's one of those "chain" letters in honor of womens history month in March and also in memory of Erma Bombeck who lost her fight with cancer. You're asked to pass it on to five friends and it includes my
Very favorite Erma Bombeck poem that she wrote when she realized she was dying.

If I Had My Life to Live Over

I would have gone to bed when I was sick instead of pretending the earth would go into a holding pattern if I weren't there for the day.

I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose before it melted in storage.

I would have talked less and listened more.

I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained, or the sofa faded.

I would have eaten the popcorn in the 'good' living room and worried much less about the dirt when someone wanted to light a fire in the fireplace.

I would have taken the time to listen to my grandfather ramble about his youth.

I would have shared more of the responsibility carried by my husband.

I would never have insisted the car windows be rolled up on a summer day because my hair had just been teased and sprayed.

I would have sat on the lawn with my grass stains.

I would have cried and laughed less while watching television and more while watching life.

I would never have bought anything just because it was practical, wouldn't show soil, or was guaranteed to last a lifetime.

Instead of wiling away nine months of pregnancy, I'd have cherished every moment and realized that the wonderment growing inside me was the only chance in life to assist God in a miracle.

When my kids kissed me impetuously, I would never have said, 'Later... Now go get washed up for dinner.' There would have been more 'I love you's, more 'I'm sorry's.'

But mostly, given another shot at life, I would seize every minute; look at it and really see it; live it and never give it back.. STOP SWEATING THE SMALL STUFF!

Don't worry about who doesn't like you, who has more, or who's doing what.
Instead, let's cherish the relationships we have with those who do love us.

Always worth reading..glad you did!!!

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Sam and Lissa's Blog 4-2

Sam and I seem to be two of the very few people who never watched How I Met Your Mother.
So we can't say if the series finale was good bad or somewhere in between.
But a lot of people certainly didn't like it..
So we were talking this morning about all the shows that had bad finales…or at least not the kind of finale we wanted…
And of course number one had to be the Sopranos where they cut back to black in the middle of Journey's Don't Stop Believing, while Tony and family were eating onion rings.

And how can we ever stop complaining about Seinfeld and that stupid jail scene.
We found a whole list of bad finales..
Gossip Girl…
Desperate Housewives. Remember Susan sells her home on Wisteria Lane and she and her son MJ move to help her daughter Julie raise her baby.
The Hills…..remember the big "fake"
St Elsewhere…the snow globe inspired daydream.
Roseanne….she said the entire show was something she wrote for a book. Some of the stuff was true..others not.
Lost…I don't think anyone liked that ending..

Great endings…The Dallas Shower scene was pretty good. Love the way Friends ended.
What other ones do you remember good or bad?


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Sam and Lissa's Blog 4-1

Still can't get over this story…
And if you've been on pins and needles with your high school senior the last few
Weeks waiting for those college acceptance packets, you'll be stunned too!!

A 17 year old Long Island student has been accepted by all 8 Ivy League Schools.
This could very well be a first.
As Kwasi Enin said "The yesses just kept on coming" and from Brown, Cornell, Columbia, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, Yale and the Univ of Pennsylvania. He thought "how could this be happening"….Well, when you score 2250 out of 2400 on the SAT and you're in the 99th percentile for all students taking the test, you've got a pretty good shot at all your choices.

All I can say is good for him!!! I've watched the interviews with him…he is one nice kid…
So where is he going? Depends on the financial aid packages.
Such a problem…LOL!!

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