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  • Jinxed

    Posted by Lori Moore

    ...or REALLY lucky.

    There is something surreal about watching a major news story on t.v. that is unfurling at a place I just visited.  Just a few weeks ago I was with the throngs of revelers at The St. Patrick's Day Parade in Boston.  There were thousands and thousands of people gathered together to have a good time and comradery just as they were on Monday for The Boston Marathon.  The horror just seemed so much more personal seeing streets where I had just walked on my visit there.  

    Rewind to last fall.  It was a blazing hot, sunny glorious day in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  I had never been there before.  I walked the boardwalk, checked out the carnival, had the best time with my brother Greg and friend Patrick at an outdoor beach bar with the Bon Jovi/Bruce Springsteen cover band providing the entertainment.  A few weeks later I was parked in front of CNN watching all the places I just visited washed away by Hurricane Sandy.

    Just a month before my daughter Emma and I had a dream trip to New Orleans.  We had the most wonderful time.  There was one rainy afternoon where we got manicures and then settled in at a coffee shop waiting for the storm to pass.  There was a very memorable building on Canal Street that we looked at for quite some time while the palm trees swayed.  A couple of weeks later, that was the very spot where CNN reporters stood while reporting on Hurricane Isaac.

    Pretty weird, don't you think?

  • Have We No Shame?

    Posted by Lori Moore

    Okay.

    If my husband was working side-by-side with Shakira, I might be a little threatened too but was it necessary for Miranda Lambert to wear a darn near FRONTLESS dress to the Academy of Country Music Awards last night?

    There was a parade of "new" singers wearing towering high heels and low-cut dresses, but Miranda has ARRIVED.  The girl can sing.  She doesn't need to do that.  Tacky tacky tacky.

    But all the kids are doing it.

    On Saturday, Kim Kardashian pulled her shirt up to show the world her pregnant abdomen (I refuse to say BABY BUMP) on Twitter.  Perhaps it was reaction to some tabloid reports (the same that dogged Beyonce) that she wasn't really pregnant and was just fat and a surrogate was being used for gestational purposes.  Oh, the rigors of fame!

    I ain't no prude, but there is something to be said for leaving a little to the imagination.  Miranda, pull your dress UP.  Kim, pull your shirt DOWN.

    Thank you.

  • The OTHER Phil

    Posted by Lori Moore

    I always get them confused: Phil Spector and Phil Ramone.  Just when everyone was talking about the HBO movie about eccentric music producer, Phil Spector the OTHER Phil passed away Friday at the age of 82.

    I knew he produced all the biggies from Billy Joel, to Frank Sinatra to Barbra Streisand. What I didn't know:

    * He was a clasically trained violinist at Juilliard

    * In 1962, he engineered the scandalous performance of "Happy Birthday, Mr. President" by Marilyn Monroe at Madison Square Garden

    * And maybe his most unknown claim to fame--he's CD GUY.  He's credited with switching things over from vinyl to CD.

    Thanks for everything, Phil.

  • Phil Spector Movie a Dud

    Posted by Lori Moore

    Didn't you just love Al Pacino as Dr. Jack Kevorkian?  Who KNEW?  He was just so great in a rather unlikely role.

    I was REALLY looking forward to his portrayal of Phil Spector in the new HBO movie and he did not disappoint.  Al and his many wigs were great fun to watch.

    The movie?  Not so much.

    It got off to a rough start for me with the weirdest disclaimer ever.  It was something like: This movie is fiction based kinda sort of on real events but not necessarily real people and it's not meant to be a commentary on whether or not anyone is guilty blah blah blah.

    HUH?

    Anyone who followed the news at all already knew the story so I don't get it.

    My friend the criminal defense lawyer really liked Helen Mirren's portrayal of his defense attorney and all the court stuff.  I was just bored.

    I wanted more juice and more scenes like crazy Phil shooting up the recording studio.  Now THAT'S entahTAINment!  I'm very shallow.

    I just didn't think it was possible to make this great scandal dull, but unfortunately for me they succeeded.

    If you're looking for a really great fact based movie, check out the new Showtime documentary "Family Band: The Cowsills Story."  Seeing as how "HAIR" was the first record I ever bought (along with "DIZZY" by Tommy Roe), I checked it out.  WOW.  Their dad makes Joe Jackson seem like Mr. Rogers. He was a drunk, abusive, crazy psycho who stole all their money.  And did you know that The Cowsills were the inspiration for "The Partridge Family"?  You'll have great respect for  this family after learning what they went through.

  • Help Red Arrow Golf Course!

    Posted by Lori Moore

    I have such happy memories of Red Arrow Golf Course.  It's where I learned to golf in high school and continue to "learn" even today. (Do we ever really learn to golf?)

    It's great for your ego, too.  That first hole is only 75 yards and I feel like Tigress Woods when I get my game going.

    There have been so many great times there over the years with friends, co-workers and family members.  I even love the gross river smell.  

    We have a little problem there, though.  In order to keep up the grounds, it takes money.  As puny as the amount is for golfers, if there is nobody to take the money then it can't be collected.  There is no money in the budget to pay someone to man the cash register, rent clubs and sell snacks.

    THAT'S WHERE YOU COME IN!

    Diane Worden is volunteer coordinator at Red Arrow Golf Course.  She needs helpers to run the clubhouse starting mid-April.  With the help of the great team of volunteers last year, they were able to raise $14,000; just shy of their goal of $15,000.

    Call VOLUNTEER KALAMAZOO or DIANE @ 349-3624 to take a shift.

  • Kalamazoo's Sordid Past

    Posted by Lori Moore

    If you're looking for something fun to do on Sunday, Kalamazoo Valley Museum curator Tom Dietz is going to be giving a presentation on Kalamazoo's "Dens of Iniquity".  Did you know that we used to have a "Whiskey Alley", opium dens and Big Mary's Sporting House? WHOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!

    The 1:30 event is free.  Sounds juicy.

  • High School Ski Racing

    Posted by Lori Moore

    It is so great to see how much the sport of high school ski racing has grown.  It used to be quite the "boutique" activity.

    This year, the Southwestern Michigan High School Racing League was 90 strong and they held their annual awards banquet in Wayland.

    After skiing all season at Timber Ridge and Bittersweet, the coaches tabulated the scores.

    Congratulations to the top women's team: The Portage Alpine Team (comprised of skiers from Portage Northern and Portage Central)

    And the top men's team: Caledonia

    And my family and I are pleased to present this year's Andy Miller Award for spirit and sportsmanship to Emily Southerton, a senior in Caledonia who reached State Finals and is off to Aquinas College next year.

     

     

  • Die Fledermaus

    Posted by Lori Moore

    Get off the couch and enjoy something a little more highbrow than "Inside Edition". Western Michigan University's Opera Workshop is presenting "Die Fledermaus-A Night at the Ball" tonight at Dalton Center Recital Hall.

    I had the pleasure of seeing it last night and it's 90 minutes of visual and aural beauty. Under the direction of diva Susan Anthony, these students are awesome.

    Enjoy!

  • See You At The Parrish!

    Posted by Lori Moore

    I'm so looking forward to seeing the WKZO listeners and "Grey Gardens: The Musical" tonight at The Parrish Theatre.  Tonight is the night if you're holding passes.

    Matt Buck and I will be there to greet you warmly.

  • Mom Was Right

    Posted by Lori Moore

    I hardly ever chew gum in public because I know I look like a cow chewing cud and the more animated or agitated I get the worse it becomes.

    Didn't you just want to put out your hand and have President Obama deposit his chaw into it while watching him at the parade yesterday?  He was giving that Juicy Fruit quite the workout.

    It didn't look very "presidenty".

  • World Book Night

    Posted by Lori Moore

    Wouldn't it be fun to just hand people a fabulous book that you love without having to pay for it?  That's what's happening on World Book Night, April 23.

    This morning, Dean from THE MICHIGAN NEWS AGENCY told us to get registered by going to www.WorldBookNight.org by January 23.  By doing so, you will receive 20 copies of a book you select from a list (and can find at Michigan News).  You'll pick them up at her party and then off you go!

    Dean would love to talk to you about the event at 308 W. Michigan Avenue...343-5958.

  • Merry Christmas, Dahlings!

    Posted by Lori Moore

    Thanks to all the WKZO listeners who tune in every morning and play my reindeer games. I wish you a happy and blessed Christmas.  Talk to you Wednesday. Love, Lori