A major windstorm ripped through Davis and Weber Counties this morning, and I was hit pretty hard. The damage at my house was limited to my garage doors and fences, and the rest of the neighborhood suffered the same results. Below are some photographs of the damage.
Damage in my neighborhood.
My back yard.
My garage door was ripped off and destroyed. It smacked into the back of our vehicles.
My neighbor's shingle was blown through the fence!
This is part of my neighbor's fence impaled in an old squash. The winds were so strong that you could lean completely against it, and it would hold you up. I hope you survived without a lot of property damage.
On Sunday, my family and I went to the Living Planet Aquarium to experience Penguin Encounters. Penguins are cute as hell, and if you pay $25, you can go into a private room in the penguin habitat and mingle with them. This is very controlled, and our group only had a total of five people, and they take excellent care of their penguins at the Living Planet Aquarium. These little guys are very curious, and they came waddling in as soon as the door was open. They are curious by nature, and it was an amazing experience to be right next to a bunch of penguins. Photos are posted below.
Yeah, we were all smiling and having a great time with the little penguins.
Yesterday, X96 and Iggy's in Layton held an ALL DAY show to help collect food donations for the Utah Food Bank this Holiday Season.
During the day, X96 listeners were invited to drop off food supplies, turkeys and cash to help meet the needs of the Utah Food Bank.
Here are the results:
- 1,652 pounds of donated food items - 900 pounds of donated Turkeys
- $310.00 in cash
Congratulations and BIG thanks to everyone who helped "fill the pantry" for those in need. May you and your families enjoy a wonderful time together this Thanksgiving !
- Anthony Magallanes (X96 Promotion Director)
Well, I decided to put of some of our favorite albums of 2011 up a little early this year. I have to say there were some pretty big disappoints for me from some of my favorite bands The Rapture (normally my favorite band to snowboard to), The Beastie Boys, Arctic Monkeys, Dredg had an amazingly awful album, Cold War Kids lost the piano I loved in their songs and my attention with it, The Decemberists surprised me with the most boring thing I heard all year with "The King Is Dead." On the other hand, I was surprised how much I enjoyed Red Hot Chili Peppers "I'm With You" though I was prepared to hate it. I was bummed by The White Stripes official break-up as my Facebook was flooded with condolences from friends only to have Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears fill in the bluesy hole in my heart. I could go on and on. I am X96's cranky critic and music director. 2011 is a year where folk-rock launched into the cosmos with Mumford and Sons and a sing-songy English woman couldn't not be avoided no matter where you went. Here are the top ten albums of 2011 from some of our staff. We argue over music all the time. I will follow up this blog with some favorite picks from some folks in Utah that influence some of my music tastes. -Corey
Corey O'Brien Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears "Scandalous" Bright Eyes "The People's Key" Cage the Elephant "Happy Birthday, Thank You" Grouplove "Never Trust a Happy Song" Does It Offend You Yeah? "Don't Say We Didn't Warn You" Pendulum "Immersion" The Strokes "Angles" Foster the People "Torches" Spank Rock Everything Is Boring and Everyone is a F**king Liar" Red Hot Chili Peppers "I'm With You" (if I had heard the Black Keys album "El Camino" I am sure it would have made it)
Todd Nuke'em Blink 182 "Neighborhoods" Cage the Elephant "Happy Birthday, Thank You" Coldplay "Mylo Xyloto" Foo Fighters "Wasting Light" Foster the People "Torches" Brogan Kelby "Skylights" Panic at the Disco "Vices and Virtues" Rise Against "Endgame" Switchfoot "Vice Verses" Yellowcard "When You're Through Thinking, Say Yes" Richie T. Blink 182 "Neighborhoods" Coldplay "Mylo Xyloto" Flogging Molly "Speed of Darkness" Manchester Orchestra "Simple Math" New Found Glory "Radiosurgery" Panic at the Disco "Vices and Virtues" Red Hot Chili Peppers "I'm With You" Rise Against "Endgame" She Wants Revenge "Valleyheart" Various Artists "Rave On, Buddy Holly: A Tribute"
Heidi: the Sales Princess Adele "21" Angels and Airwaves "Love Part II (To The Stars)" The Black Keys "El Camino" Bright Eyes "The People's Key" Fleet Foxes "Helplessness Blues" Foster the People "Torches" Hollywood Undead "American Tragedy" The Naked & Famous "Passive Me, Aggressive You" The Strokes "Angles" Tom Morello: The Nightwatchman "World Wide Revel Songs" Kandy Kane: The Self-Proclaimed Sales Queen The Airborne Toxic Event "All At Once" Angels and Airwaves "Love Part II (To The Stars)" Cage the Elephant "Happy Birthday, Thank You" Florence and the Machine "Ceremonials" Foster the People "Torches" Grouplove "Never Trust a Happy Song" The Joy Formidible "The Big Roar" The Naked & Famous "Passive Me, Aggressive You" Switchfoot "Vice Verses" Broken Bells "Meyrin Fields" El "Mike" Jefe Adele "21" The Airborne Toxic Event "All At Once" Awolnation "Megalithic Symphony" Beastie Boys "Hot Sauce Committee Part Two" Cage the Elephant "Happy Birthday, Thank You" Foster the People "Torches" Green Day "Awesome As F**k" The Naked & Famous "Passive You, Aggressive Me" Red Hot Chili Peppers "I'm With You" Blink 182 "Neighborhoods" Dude Buddy Adam Arctic Monkeys "Suck It and See"
Awolnation "MEgalithic Symphony"
Ben Harper "Give Till It Hurts"
Cake "Showroom of Compassion"
Cole War Kids "Mine Is Yours"
Death Cab For Cutie "Codes and Keys"
Eddie Vedder "Ukulele Songs"
Flogging Molly "Speed of Darkness"
Radiohead "The King of Limbs"
Social Distortion "Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes"
On Saturday morning, I went to the Muay Thai Institute to learn about Thai boxing. They were kind enough to give me a quick lesson. I've never been in a fight in my life, so learning to throw punches, kicks, elbows, and knees was a bit disconcerting. Below are a few photos of my experience.
Here I am with my trainer learning how to look tough.
They eventually put me into the ring with Robbie, who was completely cordial and very kind. He could have knocked me on my ass in half a second, but he was cool about not hurting me. In fact, he kept urging me to punch him in the face. I didn't want to, because he was such a nice guy.
I tried to hit him, but he dodged the punch.
Since the professionals were too big of a match for me, I decided to take on my teenage son.
...But Brogan eventually kicked my butt.
We do look tough with the boxing gloves, though.
Thanks to the Muay Thai Institute for their hospitality during our live broadcast.
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