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Sam and Lissa's Blog 9-30
The stuff people do. I don’t even know how they come up with the ideas to begin with.
Especially this one since it’s called STEALING!!!
A 48 year old school district accountant down in Southern California for the past seven years has allegedly been taking cash off the top as she counted up the lunch money which she did every day. They think she stole 3 million dollars…and how did she sneak the money out every day. They claim she stuffed it in her bra!!!
So let’s think about this one….to steal $3 million in seven years, that would require stealing at least a few thousand dollars just about every single school day. That must have been one big bra…with what an F size cup!!!
Holy Victoria Secrets!!!


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Sam and Lissa's Blog 9-27
Just realized today that I have never been to a “real” tailgating party. I’ve gone early to
a game like the 49ers, and had a few  chips and maybe a margarita, but never a “party” where you’re sitting in a lawn chair next to your car….and someone is bbqing.
Wow, have I led a sheltered life!!! What have I been missing out on?
I’ll have to ask you if these 8 do’s and don’ts for successful tailgating are correct or not.

1.  DO go to bed early the night before.  You need to get up early to get a spot close to the stadium.
 2.  DON'T bring frozen Costco hamburger patties.  Show respect for the tradition, the game, and YOURSELF.  Make your own burgers from ground beef.
 3.  DO bring enough food, maybe even to share, on either side of you.
 4.  DO bring extra ice . . . more than you think you could ever possibly use. 
 5.  DO bring a TV to keep up with the other games.
 6.  DON'T leave a mess behind.
 7.  DO carry a case of beer around the parking lot and talk to other fans.  You don't have to spend the whole time in your own spot.  And if you're single, walking around with beer you're willing to share is a good idea, for obvious reasons.
8.      DON'T get so drunk that you miss the game.
Is there another rule I need to know about?
And I don’t know about you, but who wants to be full before you go into the ballpark. Half the fun to me is going from place to place for a hot dog, peanuts, soda  and of course a chocolate malt!!!



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Sam and Lissa's Blog 9-26
If your guy said “get in the kitchen and make me a sandwich, you’d probably
tell him where to go…and that would be Subway, but how about Stephanie Smith of Brooklyn. She not only lets her guy get away with this, she has decided this is her way to an engagement ring.. She is making a gourmet sandwich every day in return for a ring around her finger…and apparently the magic number is 300. She has more than 120 sandwiches to go.
I’m thinking they’ll honeymoon at the Carnegie Deli!! I just hope that by sandwich number 297, he doesn’t tell her he found someone else and she works at Subway.
It does remind me though of when Mike and I were dating way back when…It was year 6 and I finally said “hello…time is running out.” He then made a deal with me….he hated my bad habit of biting my nails…so he said if I would stop….he would get me an engagement ring. I stopped cold turkey!!!  So yes..I finally got my ring!!


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Sam and Lissa's Blog 9-25
Here we go…cough, cold, runny nose, sore throat, aches, pains.
Tis the season, everyone is getting sick. Sam’s got something. So does my daughter Christina. Since she’s a kindergarten teacher, she spends almost the entire year fighting off something and yesterday at the drugstore, 3 people were buying humidifiers.
What are the chances of that?
And then this morning…a survey that 2 out of 3 of us get sick and still go to work.
Interesting reasons why…

  1. “Hey, I’m too important”
  2. “I don’t get sick days”
  3. “I have too much work to do”
  4. “I don’t want to seem like a slacker”
  5. “I need to  save my sick days for when my kids are sick”
  6. “I don’t want to get fired”.
I’m thinking that person (#6) needs to get a new job!!!
Did you hear my story this morning on Yelp? Boston University did a study and determined one of every five reviews are fake. They said be skeptical of both five and one star reviews. 4 stars they said are the most legitimate.
I use Yelp a lot for restaurant reviews….and to be honest, I haven’t been steered wrong yet. Although I always do read them with a “grain of salt”. Bad pun, sorry!!!


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Sam and Lissa's Blog 9-24
The 7 saddest signs you’re becoming a grown-up!!
Keep count.
1.  You find yourself in constant conversations about buying homes, square footage, interest rates, and whether or not it's a good time to buy.
2.  You find yourself getting jealous of your friends' vacuum cleaners, knives, and coffee tables.
3.  You stop sharing even remotely embarrassing things on Facebook.
4.  You understand you can't show up to a party empty-handed.
5.  You make an effort to keep your place clean . . . even if you have a cleaning lady.
6.  You can't remember the last time you even considered asking your parents for money.
7.  You cook something to bring to dinner parties, instead of just grabbing something from the grocery store on the way.
So what’s your tally?  Only 4 of the 7 apply to me.
Yeah I feel better already because after all who wants to be a grown-up!!!! It’s much more fun to act half your age!!!! Oh, wait a second that would make me a grown-up!!!.  


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Sam and Lissa's Blog 9-23
Had the OMG moments this morning….both from the Friday iPhone line.
A guy in Pasadena hired 80 homeless people t o stand in line outside the Apple Store with the promise of paying each $40 when he got his phones. Apple didn’t like that idea…shooed the people out of line. The guy refused to pay and then the homeless folks turned on him…Well they should!!!
And then there was the story out of Houston….2 armed robbers at 5 in the morning
held up the 11 people standing in line outside the AT and T store. Must have stolen their phones as well as their money because no one was able to call for help.
But here’s the good story of the morning. Well, maybe not for the bride, but she and her parents did something incredible. When their huge wedding got called off, I’m guessing the groom turned out to be a bum, the parents instead of trying to get their money back  invited 200 needy families .Each of the guests were treated to a four course meal. The parents hope maybe their story will inspire others to do something for the community if given a chance. You know I think this was even a good weekend for the bride….who needed that bum!!!

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Sam and Lissa's Blog 9-20
Big TV weekend..Emmys Sunday night and the best part is it starts at 5.
Normally, its an all day event for me..LOL. Turn on E at about 1 and start watching the pre red carpet and then the actual red carpet, but the Niners are on so I may have to skip a lot of the pre fanfare!!!  I hate that I have become such a Niners fan!!!! It’s interfering with other stuff…ha ha!!
This morning we did the 25 most memorable moments in TV history. Didn’t get to cover them all, so here’s the list:  
1.  The Apollo 11 Moon Landing, 1969 
2.  The September 11th Attacks, 2001 
3.  Hurricane Katrina, 2005 
4.  Walter Cronkite announcing the death of JFK, 1963 
5.  Walter Cronkite denouncing the Vietnam War, 1968
 6.  The Fall of the Berlin Wall, 1989
 7.  President Nixon resigning, 1974
 8.  The Kennedy / Nixon Debate, 1960 
9.  "Roots", 1977 
10.  The O.J. Simpson chase, 1994 
11.  The Beatles on "Ed Sullivan", 1964 
12.  Elvis Presley on "Ed Sullivan", 1956 
13.  The "Black Power" salute at the Mexico City Olympic Games, 1968 
14.  Election Night 2000, when Bush beat Gore 
15.  The last episode of "M*A*S*H", 1983 
16.  Muhammad Ali lighting the Olympic Torch in Atlanta, 1996 
17.  The Rescue of "Baby Jessica", 1987 
18.  Johnny Carson's final "Tonight Show", 1992 
19.  Sammy Davis Jr. doing a guest appearance on "All in the Family", 1972 
20.  Richard Nixon's speech on "Checkers" the Dog, 1952 
21.  The episode of "I Love Lucy" where she goes to the candy factory, 1952 
22.  J.R. getting shot on "Dallas", 1980 
23.  The finale of "The Fugitive", 1967 
24.  The Miracle on Ice, when the U.S. Olympic hockey team surprised everyone by beating the Soviet Union, 1980 
25.  The Wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, 1981
What’s missing? How about Janet Jacksons Super Bowl wardrobe malfunction.
Got another one?



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Sam and Lissa's Blog 9-19
Does this sound right…You forget about 4 things a day?
Don’t feel bad!! It makes you average and don’t we all want to be “average!!!
Now let’s see if you’re above average.
Here are the top ten most common things we forget…
1.  Why you went into a room.
2.  Where you put your keys.
3.  Things you wanted to buy at the grocery store.
4.  People's names after you meet them.
5.  Where you put your pen.
6.  Taking meat out to defrost.
7.  To respond to an email.
8.  To mail something.
9.  What you wanted to search for online.
10.  Where you parked your car.
What did we forget…he he

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Sam and Lissa's Blog 9-18
Still seething over the fact someone stole an online delivery from my front porch
And then this morning  Sam and I each got the same phony emails . Sam opened his…oops…I did not. I get so much spam every day that I am now wise to it.
So many thieves and con artists out there!!!! What the heck is going on!!!
And did you hear about this? There is now a list of most dangerous celebrities to search for on the Internet from the McAfee computer security company. For some reason if you look these ten up on the Internet you have a 15% chance of getting some kind of spam, adware, spyware ,viruses or other malware . And my I mention…there is not a Kardashian in the bunch…how about that!!!!
So here are the celebrities you don’t want to search on the Internet:
Phil Collins daughter actress Lily Collins
Avril Lavigne, Sandra Bullock, Kathy Griffin, Zoe Saldana, Katy Perry, Britney Spears, John Hamm, Adriana Lima and Emma Roberts.
And may I repeat…you can continue searching the Internet for anything and everything about the Kardashians. They are “safe” territory!!!


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Sam and Lissa's Blog 9-17
So here are the 8 easy things that a lot of people simply can’t do…
Blow bubbles with bubble gum.
Snap their fingers.
Wink. It turns into a blink.
Roll their R’s when they’re saying a Hispanic name.
Curl their tongue.
Shuffle Cards.
Touch their toes without bending their knees.
I’m one for 8 and the only reason why I can do the last one is I’m short!
Your count?
Are you good on 2 hour shows? As much as I love TV I have come to realize I am basically done after an hour. I can watch 2 different shows in a two hour time but not the same one. Even last nite while watching Dancing with the Stars I was looking at the clock. Am I the only one who wishes there was an hour limit on TV shows, unless it’s a movie.  Maybe watching 2 hour shows  is number 9 on the list of things a lot of people simply can’t do…LOL!!!



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Sam and Lissa's Blog 9-16
Always looking for a favorite story of the morning.
I like this one.  An elderly man in Bakersfield has been spending $80 a week on lottery tickets. Been doing it for years and every time he’s bought them from the same clerk. And he would always say to her “when I win big, I’ll do something nice for you”.
You know the rest of the story, don’t you? Max Coronado last week won 1.5 million dollars in the Mega Millions Lottery. And he’s sending the cashier who sold him the ticket on a $10,000 vacation. Max is sending her entire family to their home in South Korea.
I wonder how many winners do that? I bet not many.
Would you do the same?
I hope I would.
But in order to do that, I would have to buy lottery tickets and I never do. Although the Powerball jackpot this Wednesday is at $400 million. I just might have to!!!!!


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Sam and Lissa's Blog 9-13
If there’s one thing Sam and I have in common it’s we’re always on a diet?
You too?
He’s on some meat/chicken diet right now and I’m on Weight Watchers. I’ve actually lost 9 pounds and ever so slowly…like a pound a week. I know you’re looking at me like I’m crazy but we all know where we want to be on the scale. And speaking of scales, we were cracking up this morning as a few weeks ago when I went to weigh in, I gained 2 tenths of a pound and I was so sure the scale was wrong….so I tried all 3. And the entire time the woman was looking at me with disdain pointing to the sticker on the scale that says it’s been calibrated by Weights and Measures.
Anyway we’ve always got diet on the brain…so today we had the 5 weird weight loss tricks that work…or so they say

  1. Have dessert for breakfast. They say people who ate a breakfast with a sweet treat kept off more weight than those who ate a smaller breakfast with no goodies. You’re basically supposed to get your sweet temptation out of the way quickly.
  2. Cut up your food. Little pieces may trick your brain into thinking you’re eating a lot.
  3. Exercise in the morning…never mind!!
  4. Drink warm water before a meal. You fill up faster and eat less.
  5. Eat More…5 or 6 meals a day can boost your metabolism…especially if you load up on lean protein, fiber and other nutrients.
I say we just repeat number one!!!! 


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Sam and Lissa's Blog 9-12
Thanks for all of your great posts on the gadgets, kitchen items and other gimmicky products you just had to buy but never used. Unbelievable that the average family has blown over $1000 on stuff that seemed good for a day..LOL!!
SO keep count…here are the top ten.
How many did you buy?
1.  Chocolate fondue fountain.
 2.  Foot spa. 
3.  Workout DVDs. 
4.  Fondue set. 
5.  Digital photo frame. (I’ve got 3 in my garage, but they were gifts)
6.  Pasta-making set. 
7.  Juicer.
 8.  Bread machine. 
9.  Cocktail shaker. 
10.  Sleep tracker or monitor.
I’m sure this list could go on and on and on…


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Sam and Lissa's Blog 9-11
How great are these three ideas?
Found them at Recyclebank.com
Under their fall tips for re-purposing old kitchen utensils.
Now I know Sam uses his cheese grater all the time. I have one but haven’t used it in years because they sell cheese already grated…
So I just may try this out.
Cheese graters can be used as an earring organizer.  As they say “You can use the grater in original form or spice it up by painting it”. And if you do that I want to see pictures!!
Tea Cups and Saucers as Jewelry Organizers. “Presumably for the things that won’t fit on the cheese grater”
Wine Bottle as Boot Props. “Put empty wine bottles in the barrel of the boots to maintain the straight shape”. And this is actually a “two-fer” as you get to drink the wine first!!!
And tomorrow more fun stuff…. all those household products that you absolutely had to have and spent a ton of money on but used what once or twice?
You will love these at 7:10. I bet we strike a nerve!!!


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Sam and Lissa's Blog 9-10

These are so good…the 8 unwritten rules in life you really need to know…everyone should know!!! Covered them this morning….and they are really so right on!!!

Here you go:



1.  If you're not passing someone on the freeway, GETOUT OF THE LEFT LANE.


2.  When someone shows you a picture on their phone,don't swipe left or right . . . you don't want to see something embarrassing.


3.  When the host starts cleaning, the party's over and you need to go home.


4.  Let people get off a bus, train, or elevator before you get on.


5.  Don't make plans with friends, or talk about plans with friends, in front of people who weren't invited.


6.  If there's an awkward silence, don't SAY,"Awkward silence" . . . because it just makes things worse, notbetter.


7.  If someone's wearing headphones or trying to sleep on a plane, they don't want to talk.


8.  Unless you're REALLY broke or you're under 30,don't ask your friends to help you move.  Hire movers.

Have a number 9?



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Sam and Lissa's Blog 9-9
I haven’t been to Tahoe in years…..many years.
I admit I am afraid of driving over the Summit on Highway 50.
So haven’t gone since Mike passed away…even years before that.
But I saw this and it really made me smile. Made me remember my parents who loved to go to Tahoe and we did so often as kids. We used to stay at a place near Stateline that I think was called the Red Carpet Inn. Very cheap!!!! Wonder if it’s still there but my Mom would always want to go to Cal-Neva. She was in love with Frank Sinatra. In fact when she grew up in New York she used to cut school all the time to go see him sing. I think she was 14.  Getting back to Cal Neva, Frank and Dean Martin co owned it until the gaming people decided Frank shouldn’t own it anymore and for obvious reasons. Somehow it stayed open all of these years, looking ever so rundown. But it’s got new owners and they’re renovating the place…They plan to restore the 219 room, 10 story hotel and 6 thousand square foot casino and bring it back to its ring-a-ding-ding days… and I think that is just great. My Mom is smiling from her grave!!!!
Opening day…next December 12th….which would have been ole’ blue eyes 99th birthday


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Sam and Lissa's Blog 9-6
Remember when kids got to be kids?
Saw a study this morning that the average kid “works” 54 hours every week.
Doing what?
Here goes…..32 and a half hours of school
7and a half hours of homework
2 and a half hours of extra circular activities or lessons
12 hours of reading with or learning lessons from Mom and Dad.
I know some of that “work” is fun stuff…karate, soccer, Girl Scouts…..
But that’s a lot of stuff per week for a kid.
And my two girls were busy too.
But yes..maybe too busy!!
My childhood wasn’t like that and I came out okay!!!
I think… 


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Sam and Lissa's Blog 9-5
Let me just start by admitting…
I am a shoe-holic!!!
Are you nodding your head in agreement?
And I so fit into this study. Bet you do too.
Women wear just one fourth of the shoes in their closet.
How many shoes? On average 20. I think I have 80.
Average price $38.
And why oh why don’t we wear three-fourths of our shoes?
“didn’t like them as much when I got them home”
“were given them as a gift and don’t like them”
“so expensive, I’m afraid to damage them”
“can’t seem to match them with an outfit”
“just to uncomfortable”
Did I cover them all? Probably not. What reason did I forget?
How about “just because”…LOL
See you at the shoe store…actually in my case it’s almost always Macys. Funny how they have the shoes right around the corner from the parking lot entrance front door. I never walk into a Macys without stopping at the shoes. Not only is there always a sale, I always have a coupon!!!!!!!!!!!



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Sam and Lissa's Blog 9-4
Waited with anticipation to hear the new cast  for Dancing with the Stars…but again you’ve got to agree it’s the D list. Although do you really expect a big name star to put themselves through the rigors of the season. Its hard work…really hard work…and you can get hurt…LOL!!! Plus, if you’re already big why do you need to do it?
So while you may have heard the “stars”, here are their partners as well.
• Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi/Sasha Farber
• Christina Milian/Mark Ballas
• Valerie Harper/Tristan MacManus
• Elizabeth Berkley Lauren/Val Chmerkovskiy
• Leah Remini/Tony Dovolani
• Amber Riley/Derek Hough
• Bil Nye/Tyne Stecklein
• Brant Daugherty/Peta Murgatroyd
• Jack Osbourne/Cheryl Burke
• Bill Engvall/Emma Slater
• Keyshawn Johnson/Sharna Burgess
• Corbin Bleu/Karina Smirnoff
The good news, and I do enjoy watching, is that the s how is only on one day a week. But for the first week, someone will be voted off at the end of every show. How? It will be based on the Judges votes from the current show and the viewers votes from last weeks s how….which doesn’t seem right, does it?  


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Sam and Lissa's Blog 9-3
Love the story about the Beach Boys.
Last month, an Ohio couple was in the middle of their wedding when it was suddenly interrupted by the Beach Boys.
The ceremony was right next door to the Cleveland venue where the Beach Boys were performing that night and in the middle of their vows, things were interrupted by a loud sound check with the song “God Only Knows”.
Someone told someone who told someone and the next thing you know the band had found out about their bad timing and invited everyone at the wedding to come to the show and they’d get in for free.
Some guests did….at least those who knew who the Beach Boys were. It was a young crowd so some did not. The bride went, although I think the groom stayed with his friends. Too bad he didn’t as the Beach Boys brought the bride onstage and Mike Love sang “Fun, Fun, Fun “
The couple said it was a perfect “add-on” to their wedding. Their new song is now “God only Knows”.
I’m thinking it should be “Good Vibrations”!



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