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I was born & raised in Marysville, Washington (the other Marysville).  I am the son of teacher parents so education was pretty important in my family.  I graduated with a B.S. degree in Organizational & Mass Communications from Eastern Washington University (after a lengthy battle over a typing compentency test, which I eventually won).  When I got to college I asked someone who had the best parties and they told me to try the Radio & Television Department.  So I got a job on the campus station and it turns out the guy was right, I got hooked on radio and the rest is the proverbial history.


I'd like to know what you are up too.  Send me an e-mail about your favorite things to do, fun websites you've found, funny stories or gossip you may have heard and things that you and your friends and co-workers are talking about (I can always use the material).  Thanks for listening and thanks for stopping by my page.  By the way if you have any thoughts about stuff you'd like to see here, send me an e-mail. - Manley



Manley's History lesson...



Monday July 6, 2015


*International Kissing Day or World Kiss Day: 6 
*Take Your Webmaster to Lunch Day: 6

*National Fried Chicken Day:  6


In 1854, the Republican Party was formed.


Helen Beatrix Potter was born on this date back in 1866. She achieved her fame from the "Peter Rabbit" books.


The first Picture Postcard is made in 1898 -- One of the tabloids did a test and found that postcards with sexy women on the front take a day or two longer to be delivered, compared to postcards of scenery.


On this date in 1932, the price of a postage stamp went from two cents to three cents. These days, that's the amount of an increase.


In 1933, baseball's first-ever All Star game was played.


This Week is...

National Unassisted Homebirth Week: 1-7
Freedom Week: 4-10
Be Nice To New Jersey Week: 5-11
National Farriers Week: 5-11
Creative Maladjustment Week: 7-14
Nude Recreation Weekend: 6-12



Mike's Blog De Jour

I hope everyone had a great 4th of July and you got a chance to relax and enjoy the day with family & friends.  I would normally wish that everyone would have a "safe & sane" 4th of July, but after seeing the traffic debacle that ensued at the Oroville fireworks, I can only hope it was a safe 4th because that was insane!




Nearly Impossible Quiz:



Monday July 6, 2015


Q:  According to a new survey, 44% of American workers are "less than very satisfied" with this. What is it?


A:  The quality of the coffee at the office.

Hollywood Hoopla


and other stuff I thought you'd like to know...



Monday July 1, 2015



  • 65-year-old actress Sonia Manzano is retiring... after spending almost 45 years as Maria on Sesame Street.
  • The U.S. unemployment rate has dropped to 5.3%, the lowest it's been since 1977.
  • After being dumped by NBC, the Miss USA pageant has been picked up by the cable channel, Reelz.
  • A new version of Bubble Wrap is coming out. Sad news -- it doesn't pop.
  • Chick-fil-A has been rated as the most popular fast food restaurant in the U.S.
  • A Russian cosmonaut has set the all-time record for living in space at 803 days.
  • The Wayback Burger chain is offering a high-protein way to cool down this summer: cricket milkshakes.
  • A study says that sugary soft drinks are linked to 25,000 deaths in the U.S. every year.
  • Race officials at the Daytona 500 say they won't ban Confederate flags from the race but will offer a free trade for an American flag.


In Case You Missed It...



(from www.diylife.com)


Drink Lots of Beer -- Rumor.
The rationale behind this gem isn't to have a good time, but that the alcohol and yeast are not appealing to a mosquito. Actually, the opposite is true. A mosquito actually prefers the blood of a beer-drinker over anyone else. You can try to trick them by leaving out open cans of beer around your yard, but it's more likely that Uncle Kenny will just drink the buggy brews instead.


Fire Up a Bubble Machine -- Real.
Though I suspect that this tip was actually submitted by a 5-year-old who desperately wants to improve their bubble output tenfold, mosquitoes have been found to be repelled by soap solutions. So it's less about bubbles and more about the suds.


Mix Up Some 'Dew Real-ish
Someone suggested mixing Mountain Dew and dish soap, then leaving the solution out in cups around the yard. Again, the mosquitoes were probably repelled by the soap rather than the soda. So save it for the refreshment stand and swap in water instead.


Wear Only White -- Rumor.
The thinking is that bold and dark colors absorb heat, which raises your body temperature, turning you into a buffet for bugs. But if it's hot out, you're going to have a higher body temperate no matter what you wear.


Rub Chives On Your Pulse Points -- Real, but gross.
Mosquitoes hate the scent of chives, but so does everyone else around you.


Eat Plenty of Garlic -- Real, but also gross.
Points to the reader who painted a terrible picture in my head by writing, "Eat garlic until it oozes out your pores." Lovely. But if you happen to be eating a garlic-leaden meal, great news, mosquitoes hate you.


Vacuum Them Up -- Real.
Of course, if you have the reflexes and the eyesight to be able to vacuum a mosquito mid-air, then I suggest you try out for the next "Karate Kid" movie.


Rub Yourself With Fabric Softener Sheets -- Real.
It goes back to tips #2 and #3, mosquitoes just don't like the taste or scent of soap. But use caution, since this idea just sounds irritating to the skin.


Spritz with Mouthwash -- Rumor.
A popular email forward from a few years back states that if you spritz yourself with a 10 to 1 mix of water to Listerine, you'll repel mosquitoes. While the menthol and eucalyptus doesn't appeal to the critters, the dilution won't be enough to make much of a difference. (And directly applying Listerine to skin will just dry you out.




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