Nikki's Thinkin'

  • The Voice vs American Idol

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery

    american idol vs voice

    I have to say that I have changed my reality show allegiance this season from the long standing American Idol to The Voice and it's all because of the judges. I am a much bigger fan of the interaction and the vibe of the 4 coaches on The Voice than the mismatched dynamic of the 4 judges on American Idol. I thought American Idol would be better this year with Keith Urban on it, but the mix of Keith and Nikki Minaj and Mariah Carey just isn't working for me. However, the banter that goes on between the veteran coaches Blake Shelton and Adam Levine is awesome and Usher and Shakira being new fit in surprisingly well. 

    The ratings still don't quite match up. American Idol attracted 17.9 million viewers to The Voice's 13.4 million last week. However, American Idol's ratings have been dropping and The Voice's ratings were up from last fall so in reality The Voice is looking pretty good for NBC right now.

    What are your thoughts on the two shows?

  • This made me laugh today :)

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery

    losing my mind

    Hope this brightens up your Tuesday as it did mine :)

    Just goes to show it could be worse. LOL

  • Mary Tyler Moore Reunion on Hot In Cleveland

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery

    mary tyler moore showYou probably remember that Betty White played the promiscuous Sue Ann on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show." Now she's the hilarious Elka on "Hot in Cleveland." "Hot in Cleveland" has just been renewed for a 5th season and during this season there will be a Mary Tyler Moore reunion of sorts. The ladies of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" will come together to play Elka's bowling team. 

    Mary Tyler Moore guested on the show in season 2 playing Elka's prisonmate, Diane, and Georgia Engel is a reoccuring character, Mamie Sue. Those two ladies will join Valerie Harper and Cloris Leachman to round out the bowling team, The Gorgeous Ladies of Bowling. The episode doesn't have an air date yet. 

    Valerie Harper who played Rhoda on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and then starred in the spinoff "Rhoda" recently announced that she has a brain tumor and may have only a few months to live. It will be nice to see her in one more funny role.

     

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     Publicity photo of the cast of The Mary Tyler Moore Show picturing cast members from its first program in 1970 to its last in 1977. Photo left is the 1970 cast: From left: Top: Valerie Harper (Rhoda Morgenstern), Ed Asner (Lou Grant), Cloris Leachman (Phyllis Lindstrom). Bottom: Gavin MacLeod (Murray Slaughter), Mary Tyler Moore (Mary Richards), Ted Knight (Ted Baxter). Photo right is the 1977 cast: From left Standing: Ted Knight (Ted Baxter), Gavin MacLeod (Murray Slaughter), Ed Asner (Lou Grant). Seated: Betty White (Sue Ann Nivens), Georgia Engel (Georgette Baxter), Mary Tyler Moore (Mary Richards), .
  • Jessica Sanchez returns to Idol tomorrow night

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery

    Jessica SanchezJessica Sanchez returns to American Idol tomorrow night to perform her new single "Tonight". The Idol alum was one of my favorites ever so I'm excited to see her back. In fact, I may have to make it a point to watch Thursday's episode. I have been so bad about watching Idol this season. Even though Keith Urban is a judge I still don't find myself drawn to it as I have in the past. It used to be can't miss TV for me. I would even record it and watch it the next morning before work if I couldn't watch it the night it was actually on. This year I've seen bits and pieces here and there.

    Is anyone else feeling the same way? 

    Do you still love American Idol?

    Do you love it more now that there are new judges?

  • 16 Year Old's Brain Not Fully Developed, Defense for Rape?

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery

    Walter Madison, a lawyer in the Ohio Rape Case, went on "Piers Morgan" and said that he thinks it is unfair for his 16 year old client to have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life after raping a 16 year old girl with his fingers at a party. Madison claims that a 16 year old's brain is not fully developed...

    For those who may not be familiar with this case; two high school football players from Steubenville, Ohio were found guilty of raping a 16 year old girl. The teenagers were at a party where all were under the influence of alcohol, the girl more-so than the boys. The boys escorted her out of the party and assaulted her in the backseat of a car and again in the basement of a home where she awoke naked unaware of what had happened. She learned of the assault after seeing naked photos of herself that had been sent around via text message and a YouTube video the boys posted. Trent Mays and Ma'Lik Richmond were sentenced to at least one year in juvenile jail. Mays was sentenced to an additional year in jail for illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material.

    What are your thoughts should these teenagers be required to register as sex offenders for the rest of their lives?

     

    Blogger that complicated the case

  • Nikki in the Wall Street Journal

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery

    Grand PrixA Wall Street Journal reporter, Joseph B. White writer of the column Eyes On The Road, contacted me about being part of an article he was working on regarding people who love their old cars. He came across my autobody blog in which I wrote about driving my old car while my SUV was in the body shop after I hit the deer. I mentioned how much I love my 2005 Pontiac Grand Prix. 

    Of course I agreed, I could be in the Wall Street Journal! 

    Yesterday morning I recieved this email: 

    Nikki Montgomery-
    As a car guy and former Wausau resident, I enjoyed the mention and photo of you in this morning's Wall Street Journal.
    I grew up in Wausau but have lived elsewhere for more than 30 years (in Alabama, which also has a Montgomery), but still love Wisconsin, the Packers and . . . yes . . . Cars!
    Best Regards-
    Joe Veras

    I hadn't seen the article yet so I jumped online right away and read it. Read it here.
    Later yesterday I received a facebook message from NewsChannel 7 News Director, Mikel Lauber asking how I got into the Wall Street Journal yesterday. Followed by this email from a reader and fellow Pontiac lover in Alabama:
    Dear Mrs. Montgomery

    Today's Wall St Journal had a very nice article on cars and I just wanted to comment on your 1995 Grand Prix. Your love for your Pontiac is not really much unlike my love for my Pontiac. Mine is a 1994 GTP, Sport Red color, same as yours. One slight difference is that mine has 17-inch wheels and the car has 74,000 miles on it. It has always been garaged and has never seen a road with salt. I wash it weekly, pat it dry, and really take care of it. It surely doesn't seem like an old car to me! Well, I am now 79, don't really care anymore in life if someone looks at me as an old man with an old car. 

     It made me feel so good to read your comments, those of a young mother, who understands automobiles. I hope that you can let your little girl use it when she gets her beginner's license! That time will be here way before you know it! My wife and I have been married for 56 years and I know whereof of what I speak when it comes to time flying by. Incidentally, although my wife "loves" the Pontiac, I have her driving a 2011 Cadillac CTS. There are some differences!

    With best regards, 
    Wayne Smith in Huntsville, Alabama
    How many people take the time to e-mail people quoted in a newspaper article? I think it is so cool that these people reached out to me! 
  • Jessica Alba on Ellen Honest beauty tips

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery

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    Jessica Alba was on Ellen yesterday to talk about her new book in stores today called, "The Honest Life." It is about all that she's learned since becoming a parent and how to keep your family healthy and safe. She created the Honest company for good healthy all natural products for cleaning and beauty and everything in between. In the second segment she shared some of her all natural beauty secrets with Ellen.

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  • Happy Anniversary

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery

    80 years

    He's 101, she's 97, they've been married for 80 years!! So sweet!

  • Save a life, donate blood and get a free ticket to a Bucks game!

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery

    BloodCenter of Wisconsin partners with Milwaukee Bucks

    Tickets, autographed items available to donors

     

     BloodCenter of Wisconsin has partnered with the Milwaukee Bucks who are offering a buy-one, get-one free ticket to an upcoming game just for making a blood donation. 

     

    Whether or not you wish to attend the game, the Bucks want you to know that nothing else you can do so directly impacts the lives of others as giving blood.  The free ticket is available to all donors through March 31 and game dates include March 12 and 17, and April 3 and 15.

     

    In addition, all attempting donors from March 25 through April 6 will be entered in a drawing to receive a special VIP Milwaukee Bucks package including 4 lower-level seats to the Bucks game on April 15.

     

    Ministry Saint Michael's Hospital Blood Drive:

    Open to the public

    Friday, March 8, 2013

    9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

    Conference Rooms 6 & 7 located on 2nd Floor

    Walk-ins are welcome. For an appointment sign up on-line at www.bcw.edu/stmichaels or call BloodCenter toll free at 1-888-310-7555.

     

    Anyone 17 or older who is in general good health and meets eligibility requirements is encouraged to donate blood. Parental consent is required for 16-year-olds to donate. The entire process takes about an hour. Donors should bring a photo ID that includes birth date

     

    About BloodCenter of Wisconsin

    BloodCenter of Wisconsin is a private, not-for-profit organization that specializes in blood services, organ and tissue recovery, marrow donation and education, diagnostic testing, medical services and leading-edge research. BloodCenter of Wisconsin is the only provider of blood to hospitals in 29 Wisconsin counties. BloodCenter of Wisconsin advances patient care by delivering life-saving solutions grounded in unparalleled medical and scientific expertise. For more information, visit www.bcw.edu.

  • Worst SNL skit EVER

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery

    Saturday Night Live spoofed Walking Dead over the weekend. I think this is the worst SNL skit EVER!! Thoughts? 

  • Kaley Cuoco is in Hot Water

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery

    Kaley CuocoKaley Cuoco is a little loose lipped on Twitter. The hot, Big Bang Theory star, spouted off on Twitter about how much she loves the HOPPER and got herself into some hot water with her network. The Big Bang Theory is on CBS and right now CBS is suing Dish Network over the HOPPER which is a tool that allows viewers to record up to 6 programs at once and pause, rewind and fast forward live tv. This technology allows users to completely skip commercials which as we know is the networks' source of income and what pays Kaley Cuoco's salary (well that and syndication of course). 

    Apparently she got a talking to after posting her love of the equipment and a link to the commerical on Twitter. I guess she was oblivious to the lawsuit prior to this incident. Do you think she should have been made aware of the situation before this?

  • Google Glass Augmented Reality

    Posted by Nikki Montgomery

    The future of technology lies with Google! Google's Google Glass promo is out which is the common person's first step into augmented reality. Soldiers and pilots have had "heads up display" for years, but now everyday folk like us will be able to experience it through Google Glass. This will allow us to take a picture or video or even start a google plus hangout by shouting an order to your visor. 

    Like I said, this is the first step into augmented reality. There is another company working on similar technology only instead of wearing a visor it comes in a contact so it is much more discrete. Don't expect to see the contact version on the market any day soon though.

    The Google Glass unit will be available in late 2014 to those who pre-order and in stores in 2015. The lofty price tag though will probably make it inaccessible to many of us, but the idea sure is cool!