“Gotta Go” App

I started watching Chelsea Handler’s new series on Neflix: Chelsea Does…


I’ve never watched anything by her before. She’s very raw and not for the faint at heart. But the show is very provocative and interesting.

In the series, she examines four different topics in depth: marriage, racism, Silicon Valley and drugs.

In the episode about the Silicon Valley, she examines technology and pitches an app that she came up with to help her get out of bad dates.

It’s called “Gotta Go”.


The app allows the user to generate excuses and set alarms for text messages and calls. To use Gotta Go, you tap on the emoji associated with the excuse you want to use, add the contact number to your address book, and set the alarm.

Basically, the app can send you a text, a phone call or an email based on an scenario that allows you to leave. But, here’s the brilliant part, you can show the text to your date to prove that there really is an emergency. Your mom is sick, your dogs have escaped your back yard, whatever…

Gotta Go would be perfect to use on a blind date when you want to leave early. Or set it up to send you an alarming note to get out of a boring meeting.

I just wish I would have thought it up.  🙂

If you want, you can read more about it here… 

Mr. Fancy Pants

I listen to ESPN radio while I’m driving, and all the talk earlier in the week was about Cam Newton’s pants.

Cam-NewtonCam Newton, for those of you who don’t watch football, is the quarterback for the Carolina Panthers–one of the teams in the Super Bowl.

Cam Newton is one of if not the most controversial players in the NFL.

Football fans either love him or hate him. Nobody’s neutral. And given that he’s the odds on favorite to win Most Valuable Player, everyone who watches football knows who he is.

I’ll admit that at first I didn’t like him. But then Richie talked me out of my narrow-mindedness and encouraged me to enjoy Cam Newton for what he was–a man who loves life and loves football and isn’t afraid to show his joie de vivre.

He has his signature poses for first downs…

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 15: Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers celebrates during the second half against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field on November 15, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

He does a dance called the “Dab” after scoring a touch down…

And he wears flamboyant pants that sell out hours after he shows them off…


Love him or hate him, you won’t have a hard time finding him in a crowd. 🙂

From the Washington Post

Cam Newton took fancy pants where other pros dare not go

By Leanne Italie | AP February 3

Lots of athletes have style, but could they rock the Cam pants?

Super Bowl 50 is just days away and already has a breakout star: the $849 Versace skinny pants of Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton.

Newton was snapped Sunday in the zebra stripe, gold swirl rocker pants as he boarded a plane to California, immediately setting off a frenzy on social media and among TV talking heads.

We know Newton likes his flashy shoes. We know he can pull off a bushy foxtail hanging down one hip, but those tight, hair metal pants came straight out of left field. Would other pros dare to try?

New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey, fond of old school rock, great tuxedos and a little cool, fun experimentation in clothes, said there will be no rocking of Cam pants for him.

“I don’t know if many people can, but I know he enjoyed wearing them,” Harvey smiled Tuesday night at a fashion presentation by designer John Varvatos during a round of men’s shows in New York.

He was joined at Varvatos by Eric Decker, a wide receiver for the New York Jets — and another underachiever when it comes to football’s most famous pants.

“Oh, I don’t know if I could rock those pants but Cam definitely put a statement on Super Bowl week for sure,” Decker said.

How about Patriots quarterback Tom Brady?

“I don’t know if Tom would. I’m sure he could. He could rock anything,” Decker said. “I haven’t seen him in skintight pants like that yet so that would be a new style for him.”

Brady’s fellow Patriot, Julian Edelman, took in the rock-themed Varvatos show as well. The Patriots missed out on Super Bowl 50, but he considers himself a Cam pants contender.

“The Cam pants? … If you go out with a confidence I think I could. I think I could,” Edelman smiled.

As for Brady, he added: “Tom could rock anything. He’s Tom Brady.”

Newton kept the look classy up top, pairing his fancy pants with a V-neck sweater, a tie and some gold-tip shoes. His black leather motorcycle jacket added extra oomph.

So what’s the word within the fashion industry? We asked football fan Tommy Hilfiger to weigh in.

“I think he’s very cool,” the designer said ahead of his own fashion presentation, “and I think he’s not only an iconic athlete but he’s a fashion icon as well. People look up to him.”

The Panthers meet the Denver Broncos on Sunday. Could Newton’s nemesis, Bronco quarterback Peyton Manning, succeed in similar pants?

“Uh, I think Peyton might be a little old for them,” Hilfiger said, “but Peyton has rocked quite a few great things over the years.”

I Want One!

Called a Onewheel, this is a Segway, unicycle, and skateboard all-in-one!


And I want one BAD!!!!!!! Just think how quickly I could tire Sophie out on our walks… 🙂

From RideOneWheel.com


Solid-state inertial sensors and algorithms balance the board around the wheel.

Intuitive Control

Hands-free. Just lean forward to drive forward, back to stop and press your heels or toes to turn.

Hub Motor

With only one moving part, a revolutionary new type of brushless hub motor provides power and reliability.

Freedom to Roam

State-of-the-art lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4) batteries provide extended ride time. Ultra charger charges in well under an hour.

From CNN.com

Super Bowl + 9

Apparently there is a correlation between Super Bowl Champion cities and increase birth rates nine months afterwards… 🙂

From CNN.com

NFL scores with ‘Super Bowl Babies Choir’ commercial

By Remi Merhi, Special to CNN

The highly anticipated Super Bowl 50 commercials have been preceded by a spot the NFL released Monday to remind fans of the excitement that a Super Bowl can bring.

The “Super Bowl Babies Choir” commercial features babies, children and adults who were born nine months after their parents’ favorite team won the Super Bowl. According to the NFL, birth rates in winning cities increase nine months after the big game. The ad also shows snippets of reactions to past wins to show the excitement that could have caused this surge.

The “Super Bowl Babies” come together in choir form, each wearing apparel of the team responsible for their conception, and sing to a parody of Seal’s “Kiss from a Rose” with Seal himself singing along.

The combination of the adorable 2014 Super Bowl babies and cute lyrics left viewers praising the commercial.

The ad also prompted some viewers to ponder whether they might be a Super Bowl baby as well.


The commercial is successfully getting fans excited for the 50th Super Bowl between the Panthers and the Broncos. Now the only question is whether there will be a surge in birth rates in Charlotte or Denver nine months from now.

Two Toots for Yoga

I went to my first yoga class at the YMCA yesterday.

It was marvelous and very different from what I expected.

The class was entitled “Restorative Yoga”. This type of yoga combines slowing down and opening the body through passive stretching.


Rather than changing quickly from pose to pose, we held each yoga pose for about ten minutes.

Within the hour-long class, we completed about five poses. Focusing on passive stretching, the poses were very restful.

Mature woman doing yoga


I loved it and I will take the class again and again.

All of the poses we did involved forward ‘folding’ and ‘bending’.


Because I had just returned from a five-day trip, my guts were churning because they virtually stop working while traveling.

Unfortunately for those near me, I tooted a couple of times.

I tried to cover them up with a cough, but I don’t think I was successful.


Oh well… I will just put my yoga mat next to a new victim at the next class.  🙂


Here’s a brief description (from about.com) in case you are interested to learn more about restorative yoga:

Restorative yoga is something completely different. It’s about slowing down and opening the body through passive stretching. If you take a restorative class, you may hardly move at all, doing just a few postures in the course of an hour.

During these long holds, your muscles relax deeply. It’s a completely different feeling from other types of yoga classes since props are used to support your body instead of your muscles. Restorative classes are very mellow, making them a good complement to more active practices and an excellent antidote to stress.

In restorative yoga, props are used extensively to support your body so that you can hold poses for longer. Postures are usually adapted from supine or seated yoga poses with the addition of blocks, bolsters, and blankets to eliminate unnecessary straining.

For instance, a seated forward bend – paschimottanasana (see above) can become restorative by placing a bolster or several folded blankets on top of your legs so that your forward bend is fully supported with the entire torso resting on your props.

Barbie’s New Body

barbie (1)When I was a young girl, I played with a Barbie doll.

I wanted to look like Barbie–that perfectly wasp-like waist, those petite feet, and the long, artistic fingers.

Barbie was everything that I was not… Perfect.

After nearly sixty years, Barbie’s getting a ‘real’ make-over.

She will be made in 33 new styles–four new body styles with dozens of different features.

Now girls will play with a more realistic doll that will help them feel more comfortable in their own skin.  🙂

Pickleball Kool-Aid

I recently traveled to California to visit family.

Reno-PBActually, the REAL reason for my trip was to attend a pickleball camp and visit with Carol who also wanted to attend the camp.

The good news is that one of the family members I came to visit has recently started playing pickleball so I was able to combine both loves–family AND pickleball.

Pam-RobertPam recently retired from teaching 5th graders. She has some health issues and was worried about how she was going to fill her days after retirement.

I last saw Pam two years ago at a family reunion. While visiting at that reunion, I talked with her about pickleball. (Don’t all pickleball fanatics talk to others about pickleball whether their listeners want to hear about it or not? 🙂 )

Pam just said “Hmmmm…” and “Well, that sounds like fun…” while I talked with her about pickle. Actually I talked TO her about it, not WITH her about it.

glazed-eyesI’m pretty sure her eyes glazed over as I went on and on about this AMAZING sport! After she fell asleep on the couch, I went on to the next cousins to tell THEM all about pickle.

Pam was worried that her health issues wouldn’t allow her to play.

I didn’t convince Pam, but Myles, my nephew, went down to visit her six months ago. He’s a high school tennis player who picked up playing pickleball with my twin sister in Nevada.

He took four paddles and some balls and introduced Pam and a few neighbors into pickleball.

Pam was hooked! She fell in love with the sport and hasn’t stopped playing since.

pickleballSince her introduction to pickleball, Pam has accomplished a lot…

  • She started a club in her subdivision.
  • She’s convinced the home owner’s association to paint pickleball court lines on the seldom-used tennis courts.
  • She’s introduced the sport to her 80+ year old parents who now play twice a week.
  • She’s applied for and received a grant from the USAPA to help pay for nets and balls.

While attending the camp, Carol and I played with Pam’s club and gave a few helpful hints. Her group has a blast and is very eager to learn more about this fun game. They often meet to play on Friday nights and go out for pizza and beer afterwards.

Pam is still trying to convince others to try pickleball. She bugged one of her friends, Angie, for weeks to try it out.

Finally Angie gave in and came to an introductory session late one afternoon. Mainly, she just went to try to shut Pam up so that she wouldn’t keep talking about pickleball…

Angie called Pam early the next morning and said, “I drank the Kool-Aid! Buy me a paddle…”


Now Angie’s talking to others trying to get them to “Drink the Kool-Aid.” 🙂

Opening Doors

Thanks to Carol for finding this story!

I’m Josh Yandt – the Doorman. I was bullied in school. I made my high school a better place by holding doors and have inspired people all over the globe to be kind to one another. I speak to schools and workplaces promoting kindness.

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