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I'm gonna count to 7.....

Jun 30, 2015 -- 5:11pm
GETING A KICK OUT OF KIDS
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I had a laugh out loud moment on Saturday, when I was checking into a hotel. We were in line, and this lovely woman, who clearly was overwhelmed by 3 kids, while her husband was on his cell phone, btw....... 
Anyway, the lovely woman decided to try and negotiate with a 6 year old.
" I'm going to count to 7, and when I get to 7, you better have straightened up......"
 
7?????  Since when do kids get to 7?
My mom didn't even count, she just looked at me, and then it was over.
Game,Set,Match .
Mom wins. 
 
Again, I don't have kids.  I sit in awe of you guys that do. But I also am so curious about when the kids got the upper hand.  When did parents start negotiating with people under three feet tall? 
 
Oh, and bribes.  That's a whole new concept.  
I'm desperate to go back to when I was 6, and wait for my dad to bribe me with an Iphone or iPad to get me to do something.
 
Or better yet, negotiate with me like we're at the world peace summit, so that I would behave.
 
Again, not criticizing.  
Just observing. 
 
And summertime is the best kid watching ever.
I'm gonna count to 7!
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What to get the DAD in your life!

Jun 16, 2015 -- 5:53pm
 
Gifts for Fathers day~ 
 
I love my dad.  And I must tell you, I'm an excellent gift giver..
So thought I would pass along some ideas.
 
1} If you haven't taken the dad in your life to THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME, you're missing it.  He will LOVE it. It's really interactive, the whole family will enjoy, and you can make an afternoon of it.  Stop by Twin Smokers down on Restaurant Row on Marietta.  Best BBQ he'll ever eat.  The Brisket is ridiculous, and the potato salad...just trust me.  They make with greek yogurt ! 
 
2} Top Golf Gift Card.  This place is crazy!  It's a three story golf heaven on earth, you stand on these golf alleys, and hit golf balls, that have electric chips in them... If you don't golf, you wont' get it... But you will enjoy going with ... There's great food, music, full bar...it's a blast. 
 
3}Massage at Spa Sydell.  That's all you need to know!  7 different locations in and around ATLANTA.  He will get a 90 min massage that will make him sooo happy. Really nice facilities... highly recommend
 
4}Shoes!!!  Bennie's Shoes is my new go to place for kicks.  I've lived here for 20 years, and wasn't in there til a year ago.  Now I don't go anywhere else.  They're local and fantastic, Right in Buckhead.  All the Athletes go to this store for great size and style selections.  Ask for Brian!   Again, gift card is perfect! 
 
5} How about a new outside grill, patio ..or a steam shower?? Make a nice home improvement and go to PIRCH.  It's new in Buckhead, across from Phipps, where Dicks sporting goods is.  I Can't begin to tell you how cool the outside patios, grill kitchens, brick ovens are. How about a STeam Shower??? They've got it all.  Pirch is from San Diego, new concept on home improvement. You'll be impressed.
 
6} A new watch from Solomon Bros... They've got a really impressive selection, and really nice, knowledgeable sales peeps. Ask for Ron!  Prices start at $250.... Also have beautiful Tacori cuff links.  REally beautiful. 
 
7} How about a book??? The Energy Bus by Jon Gordon is a gift I keep giving. Great story about being positive, and getting rid of toxic people in your life.  It's an easy read, and can be life changing.  it was for me 
 
8} A weekend away..... How about renting a cabin at Elijay for the family or a group of couples???  My friend, Brad Spencer , runs Blue Sky Cabin Rentals.  Had NO idea how beautiful these gorgeous luxurious cabins are.  Hot Tubs, Fire Pits, hikes, outdoor grills, you will have a blast, and it's just an hour away.  You'll think you've died and gone to heaven with the mountain views !  
 
9}  A night out with his friends to watch sports! Get a gift card to Dantannas sports bar/Grill and make him a gift certificate for a free night out with his buddies!  He'll watch a game , and have an unbelievable night , while thinking you're the greatest girl ever! 
 
10}Workout wear from Lululemon.  It's pricey, and he's probably too intimidated to walk in the store, but it will be his FAVORITE GEAR.  I promise.  My friend Elizabeth runs the LULU store at Avalon. Go ask for her. 
 
Happy FATHERS DAY!!  hope this helps...All different price points! 
Super Sandra Shopper! 
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AMERICAN PHAROAH SMILED FOR THE CAMERA!

Jun 09, 2015 -- 6:04pm
AMERICAN PHAROAH SMILED FOR THE CAMERA
 
I'M NOT A HORSE RACING FAN.  NEVER BEEN TO A RACE, WILL PEEK AT THE TV WHEN THEY'RE RUNNING.
 
I BARELY PAID ATTENTION TO THE KENTUCKY DERBY AND THE PREAKNESS.
 
BUT, WHEN AMERICAN PHAROAH RAN AWAY WITH THE TRIPLE CROWN AFTER WINNING THE BELTMONT,  I HAVE TO ADMIT, I WAS IN LOVE. 
 
IT WAS THE MORNING AFTER, AND AROUND 8AM. NO COFFEE YET, BUT WAS ENJOYING THE TODAY SHOW.  
THERE HE WAS.
 
OH YES, HIS TRAINER AND JOCKEY WERE THERE TOO, BUT 'AP' KNEW HE WAS ON CAMERA, KNEW HE WAS A STAR. 
 
HE WAS LOVING LIFE!  
POSING, SMILING, 
YES, SMILING
 
IN FACT, THE NEW YORK TIMES CAPTURED THE "MONEY SHOT' AFTER THE RACE...VICTOR ESPINOZA'S HAND IN THE AIR IN CELEBRATION, AND THE HORSE WAS SMILING FOR THE CAMERA. 
 
LOVING EVERY BIT !  ( GET IT... )
 
SO, I WILL NOT PAY ATTENTION TO THIS SWEET HORSE'S RIDE .
THX FOR BRINGING OUR NATION TOGETHER.  WE GALLUP TOGETHER IN CELEBRATION!  
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Hawks Fan~ FoShizzle!

May 27, 2015 -- 9:48pm
Hawks fan.... foshizzle
 
 
In October of 2014, Steve Koonin came in studio and told me that he would win me over as a "HAWKS" fan. 
 
ok...
 
I mean, I' ve been here since 1997, hosted many a "Hawks" tv show, including HAWK TALK , for the past 3 years..... 
A fan, not so much.
 
why? 
A fan hates to stand in line, hates to lose, hates to not win.... did I say, hates to lose? 
 
So, Mr. Koonin.  I took you up on your offer early.
I went to a game vs. Nets . 
 
There was no long security line. There was no traffic. Youguys took care of that. 
The in game entertainment was OUTSTANDING.  I was entertained the entire night.
 
The talent on the court.  Well....
 
We won....
and then we won again....
 
and again...
 
This happend through January.... 
 
19-0.
 
I was sold on the HAWKS
 
THANK YOU~ 
I had the best experience as a Hawks fan.
I don't want to focus on the Cav's sweep.
 
I want to focus on the happy hawks fan that I was.  The Philips Arena experience that the national media was talking about.
the 4 all stars.
the 5 starters that were named players of the month for January.
 
The gear that I saw at the gym. 
The pac man logo that I saw at the airport.
in Orlando.
 
That's a win.
 
The tweets from Dan Quinn to Chris JOhnson  to Roddy White.
The city is in~ 
All IN.
 
Thanks Hawks! 
Helluvarun~
 
See ya next year, courtside, with my 
#TruetoAtlanta shirt on.
 
I am! 
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Mad Men=Mad Women

May 07, 2015 -- 7:15pm
 
 
MAD MEN=MAD WOMEN
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I'M IN A DEEP STATE OF DEPRESSION THAT 'MAD MEN' IS ENDING.  I'VE BEEN A DEVOTED WATCHER SINCE DAY ONE. 
SO INTRIGUED WITH DON DRAPER, AND PEGGY AND JOAN, AND YOU'VE HEARD ME TALK ABOUT ROGER STERLING, AS BEING ONE OF MY ALL TIME FAVORITE CHARACTERS .
 
SO THERE ARE ONLY 2 EPISODES LEFT AS I'M WRITING THIS.   AND IT'S BECOMING CLEAR TO ME HOW MUCH I RELATE TO BOTH PEGGY AND JOAN. 
 
WOMEN WORKING IN THE MAN'S WORLD IS SO FASCINATING. 
 
MY NEXT TV PROJECT WILL BE HOUSE OF CARDS. ... THEN NEWSROOM.  
I REALIZE THAT I'M LATE TO THE PARTY ON BOTH OF THESE. 
 
HAVE NO INTEREST IN GAME OF THRONES. OR HOMELAND.
I DON'T KNOW WHY.
 
MINDY PROJECT WAS CANCELED.  
JUST GIVES ME ANOTHER REASON TO BE PISSED OFF AT FOX. 
 
SEE THE SENTENCE 3 PARAGRAPHS UP.
 
GLAD THE NFL DRAFT IS OVER.  IT'S THE MOST RIDICULOUS 3 MONTHS OF NON STORIES REPORTED  ON A DAILY BASIS. 
 
APPLAUSE TO THE FALCONS ON DRAFTING VIC BEASLEY. HE'S A VERY SMART YOUNG MAN. 
 
MY BEACH TRIP WITH 15 LADIES WAS THE BEST IN THE PAST 9 YEARS.  THOUGHT IT MAY BE TOO MANY GIRLS, BUT IT WASN'T.  
TURNS OUT LAUGHTER IS PRETTY GOOD ON A GIRLS TRIP WHETHER IT'S 3 OR 15 IN ATTENDANCE. 
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Thank you, Alex Flanagan

Apr 20, 2015 -- 4:58pm
 
Thank you, Alex Flanagan
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This Britt McHenry story is gross.  I don't like it when people talk disrespectfully to one another.  
Don't care who it is. 
Tow truck employee or President of the United States.  
Everyone deserves respect. 
 
NBC Sports Reporter Alex Flanagan wrote the most extraordinary blog about Shelly Smith, I had to share! :
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The ESPN Reporter That Should Be Getting The Attention
 
ShelleySPeople have been asking me my take on the female reporter who was caught on tape insulting a tow company employee. I’ve kept my mouth shut for the most part, because I know in my 22-year career I’ve made a lot of mistakes, said things I wish I could take back and haven’t always treated people the way I should have.
 
I met ESPN reporter Britt McHenry on the sidelines of a football game this past season, but I don’t know her. I certainly don’t wish her any ill will. My “mother of two daughters voice” hopes she’ll learn that while she was hired, maybe in part, because she’s in shape, has nice teeth and is well educated, those things don’t make her a better person…neither does having a job on TV. In fact, a tow truck employee who endures the rage of angry rule breakers, pissed their car got towed and whose job requires them to keep their cool even when insults are being hurled at them, probably deserves more accolades and respect than someone like me who attends sporting events for free and regurgitates coach speak.
 
But here is where I really have a problem with this whole situation. The 28-year-old ESPN reporter went from being relatively unknown to being a household name this past week after that video of her degrading the tow company employee went viral. “No publicity is bad publicity” seems truer today than ever before. In our oversaturated TV market, executives want people who stand out, ones that can move the needle. It seems like more often than not, they don’t care what’s behind what’s making the needle move. The outcome of McHenry’s insensitive behavior is a higher Q-rating, an increase in Twitter followers and an explosion of Google hits when you search her name on the internet. In the long run, it will probably lead to her climbing the corporate ladder even quicker.
 
Since the incident, her face has been all over the place. Her story has been discussed on The Today Show, Fox News, in The New York Post and US Weekly, just to name a few. I think that’s unfair. Here is why. There are so many hard-working women in my line of work deserving of that kind of airtime who likely will never get it because they won’t have their own bad girl scandal.
 
Monday ESPN reporter Andy Katz will run in the Boston Marathon with the name of his colleague Shelley Smith written on his bib. Shelley has been a reporter for ESPN for more than 20 years. Like Britt, Shelley got into a nasty fight with an enemy. But you might not have heard about it. Shelly is battling breast cancer. She recently finished chemotherapy and before she starts a series of 25 radiation treatments in May, she’ll report for ESPN during the NFL Draft from Hawaii on quarterback Marcus Mariota. (#ESPNhookinmeup She writes on her twitter account twitter.com/@ShelleyESPN.)
 
I first met Shelley when I worked at ESPN some 15 years ago. I’ve admired her since.  Back then she was a working mom who focused on providing the best future she could for her little girl Dylann. Shelley’s love of sports rubbed off on her daughter, who grew up to be the captain of her college soccer team at the University of Oregon. I’ve never heard words like “diva” or “entitled” associated with Shelly’s name. She’s respected for being an excellent writer, a hard worker, a great reporter and a good teammate.  At 56 years old, and battling cancer, I would imagine being beautiful is the least of this baby girl’s worries. Her hair doesn’t look so good these days. Because of chemo, she doesn’t have any. But instead of being angry and irate, she’s treated her enemy with grace and poise and has become an inspiration for others on how to behave when you have been totally screwed for no good reason at all. I would absolutely have her back if after a bad day she wanted to “go off” and give cancer a piece of her mind. But I doubt she ever will. If you ask me, that’s the kind of story and TV personality who deserves some air time.
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