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Utah Eccentric: 5 Quirky Road-trips 

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There’s something about this time of year – we start feeling a bit cheated, we didn’t stuff enough fun into those short summer months! We deserve more! While the weather is still (mostly) pleasant here in Utah, you still have a shot. How to take advantage of this last-minute opportunity when you’re (likely) broke and short on planning time?  Pleasingly, there’s a big fat bunch of options for a short road trip along the Wasatch Front.  If you’re looking for something a little quirky, maybe off the beaten path, you’re in the right place, honey.

Utah Eccentric: 5 Quirky Roadtrips

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1. Travel To A Desert Island: 

Antelope Island is the largest in the little chain dotting the Great Salt Lake.  Step foot onto the island and you’re sent back to frontier life with roaming buffalo, wagon rides, clouds of hummingbirds and primitive camping.  Floating in the pungent, briney brew of the Great Salt Lake is best from there–just be sure to get all those brine shrimp washed off in the campground showers.

 

Beaver Creek Nudist Ranch[4]

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2. Beaver Creek Nudist Ranch: 

Beaver Creek is mostly entertaining for what it isn’t–a nudist colony.  A group of Samak mischief-makers put up the sign years back to trick the unsuspecting into thinking they’re going to see some naked bits racing alongside the road up the Mirror Lake Highway past Kamas.  After laughing at your overly hopeful friends, stop by the Samak Smoke House for some incredible smoked trout and salmon and camp in one of the well-kept and surprisingly un-crowded campgrounds. 

 

Old Mine Shaft Entrance

3. Lark, Utah–Extra Creepy Ghost Town:

Lark, Utah used to be a bustling lead and copper mining town.  After a tragic explosion in the lead mine in 1950, 5 miners were lost and their spirits were reported wandering helplessly by the mine’s entrance.  Lark started fading and was eventually shut down by the Kennecott Copper Mine’s executives in the early 1970s.  About 4 miles west of Herriman in the Oquirrh Mountains, it’s a fascinating and creepy destination. But I’d be out of there by nightfall…

 

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4. The Antelope Springs “Footprint” Mystery:

Millard County is a bonanza for even the newbie rockhound, thousands of trilobites to ferret out and marvel at the Awesome of your very own fossil collection.  Then grab a beer in Delta and start the endless argument over the authenticity of the Antelope Springs Footprint: a fossil found by William Meister in the ’60s that looks like the imprint of a shoe.  Gasp!  Aliens?  King Arthur?  Who knows?  Easy camping and inexpensive hotels for overnighters.

 

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5. Buddying Up To The Bear Lake Monster:

Having worked a summer at Bear Lake 60 miles north of Logan, I am adamant that the Bear Lake Monster exists.  He’s described as half carp/half eel in appearance, and I swear I heard his roar echo over the waters at least twice that summer.  While you’re searching for the elusive serpent, be sure to stop by Raspberry Days and grab a gigantic raspberry shake from the Hometown Drive-in in Garden City.  There’s campsites on the beach and inexpensive rentals all around the lake and in nearby Logan Canyon.

 

Find more fascinating and entertaining Utah adventures at EnjoyUtah.org.

Utah’s Five Most Haunted Spots

Utah’s Five Most Haunted Spots. You’re a busy person. You don’t have time to be wandering around a graveyard, tripping over gopher holes and looking for a ghost to terrify you. So, we rounded up the five most haunted spots along the Wasatch Front. Get in, scream like a little girl, get out. (Editor’s note: I picked some uber scary spots that aren’t always the first ones you hear about. They’ll just creep up on you.) It goes without saying: please do not trespass on private property, be polite, leave everything in better condition than they were before.

BTW: Ready for the ooky-spooky corn maze or a pumpkin patch? Find our complete guide to every single haunted house, corn maze and pumpkin patch along the Wasatch Front here. Seriously. My fingers are bloody stumps after typing that monster.

Utah’s Five Most Haunted Spots

The Rio Grande Railroad Depot: 

The old Rio Grande Railroad Depot may have been restored to its former glory, but security guards and visitors say the spirits weren’t scared off by the remodeling. The cafe and the ladies’ room on the main floor are prime spots to see the beautiful, dark-haired spirit said to have been run over by a train at the Depot. There’s also a shadowy apparition that’ll begin to approach you on the main floor- then vanish.

96% on the Creep-O-Meter.

 

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Old Bountiful Museum:

Frankly, the place just looks creepy enough by itself, but the old mink farm turned museum turned abandoned building still has piles of discarded artifacts that perhaps brought their spirits with them. Ghost hunters report terrifying encounters with dark spirits and strange, flashing lights on both floors.

84% on the Creep-O-Meter.

 

The Kirk Hotel in Tooele:

Guests and housekeeping report items floating through the air on their own and doors opening, then slamming shut. If you’re an orb freak, this is your place.

83% on the Creep-O-Meter.

 

Ben Lomond Suites in Ogden:

Rooms 1101 and 1102 are notorious for ghostly activity. Legend has it that a bride drowned in the tub on her wedding night, and when the groom came searching for her, committed suicide in his grief. Visitors report that the water turns on by itself in the tubs in those two rooms and broken-hearted sobbing. The elevators in the hotel are often said to work on their own.

85% on the Creep-O-Meter

 

Rock Canyon Trail in Provo: 

If you’re willing to rough it to get scared spitless, you’ll encounter anything from the apparition of a miner angrily swinging his pickaxe to the spirit of a man in 1980’s style clothing who falls off a cliff and disappears. The creepy part here? Sometimes, the entities follow you out of the canyon.

72% on the Creep-O-Meter

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Kevin Bacon’s Passing Out Blankets At The SLC Rescue Mission

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Kevin Bacon’s Passing Out Blankets At The SLC Rescue Mission. Kevin Bacon was in town for the Sundance Film Festival, and he took a drive down the canyon- not to meet with the “Beautiful People,” but to hand out blankets at the Salt Lake Rescue Mission as part of his ongoing charity, 6Degrees.org. Because he’s awesome like that.

You can hear the whole story here on The Todd and Erin Daily Stream.

New Resolutions Series – The Secrets To Your Success

New Resolutions Series – The Secrets To Your Success. In our New Resolutions series, if one of yours is building your career, Dan Young from PC Laptops is here to tell you how.

 

Imagine bringing your son from North Carolina for a holiday visit, and the high altitude here in Utah sparks headaches so violent that a trip to the ER reveals he has brain cancer… just in time for treatment. It’s a miracle. There’s a GoFundMe account raising money for his treatments, you can find it here.

Porch Pirates & Christmas Shopping… Todd & Erin Style

Porch Pirates & Christmas Shopping… Todd & Erin Style. Did you know that Salt Lake City is number two in the NATION for porch pirates? You know, those sleazebags who cruise your neighborhood, spot a package on your front step and steal it? Todd and Erin discuss this and the “true” meaning of the holidays. Happy Holidays!!!

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Go For “Good Enough” This Holiday And Be HAPPY!

Go For “Good Enough” This Holiday And Be HAPPY! When did the holidays change from “This is GREAT!” to “Oh, I hope I can make it through the holidays.” Probably around the same time we all decided we had to be perfect and only post perfect things we’ve baked, crafted or decorated on social media. Here’s our new challenge: post something imperfect and show that “Good Enough” is great. Here’s a wonderful pep talk from Dr Julie Hanks teaching us how. Make this your happiest holiday yet by embracing imperfection.

 

Go For “Good Enough” This Holiday. Erin here- as you can see from the picture above, these are my totally feeble Milano Reindeer Cookies- it’s a miracle the cookie company hasn’t emailed me, begging me to not make them look bad. But they were made with my 7 year old Zoe and a lot of… uh… heart. We don’t have to be perfect to be happy for the holidays. I am embracing my imperfections! (Editor’s note: If you still want to try the no-bake Reindeer Cookies, because they really are tasty, find the video and recipe here.)

An Exhaustive List Of Every Christmas Light Show Along The Wasatch Front

An Exhaustive List Of Every Christmas Light Show Along The Wasatch Front. I must hate myself. Really.  I do this to myself EVERY YEAR, but to my Littles, the light cruises are an indispensable part of the Holidays.  We circle city blocks for hours, marveling at the lights and amazing creations that people with more time, money and (clearly) intelligence can put together. Since the only thing it has to cost you is a gallon or two of gas, it’s one of the most affordable options. Here’s a breakdown by county along the Wasatch Front, including the wildly enthusiastic amateurs. You’re welcome.

(Editor’s note: if you’re looking for more ways to instill meaning and fun into the Holidays with the people you love, take a look at our post on “Creating Holiday Traditions” here.  And what about taking care of yourself, enjoying the Holidays instead of just “getting through another one,” by checking out our tips here.)

 

An Exhaustive List Of Every Christmas Light Show Along The Wasatch Front

 

 

Utah County:

6-10-pm: Spanish Fork Festival of Lights-runs every night through New Year’s Day. Tickets $7-30.

6:30-10pm: The Christmas Light Cruise on the Provo River-tickets are $8.00, children under 2 free.

5:30-10:30pm: Pond Town in Salem-a sweet light display on the pond at the center of town, free admission. The display runs through 1.2.15

5-10pm: The Shops At Riverwoods-is ablaze with lights through January 1, 2018.  There’s carriage rides Friday, Saturday and Monday.  Free admission, small charge for the carriage rides.

5-10pm: Provo Town Center-watch the free holiday light and music show through December 31, free admission. 351 W Center St, Provo

5-10:30pm: Christmas in Color– now at the Utah Lake Stake Park – Marina, 4400 Center St, Provo. $25-30 per car- no limit on how many passengers.

 

The Plucky Non-Professionals UC: free admission

936 S 200 E, Orem: 100,000 lights set to music

Adam says to be sure to hit the Fibernet building in Orem. The building is just East of the University Mall-they’ve added even more lights this year!

 

Salt Lake County:

5-10pm: The Lights At Temple Square-of course, the Grand MamaJama of all holiday lights is the heart-stopping display at Temple Square.  Open seven days a week through December 31, admission is free.  Be sure to stop by the reflecting pool.

6-9pm: Candlelight Christmas at This Is The Place State Park-discover the warm glow of a pioneer Christmas with dancing, crafts and a visit with Father Christmas.  Dude.  Hardcore…  Tickets: adults $11, kids $8, children under 2 free.  Runs December 8-27 Monday through Saturday, closed 24-25th.

5:30-9pm: Zoo Lights at Utah’s Hogle Zoo-I’m seriously considering putting sunglasses on the kids this year, it’s that wildly colored and bright.  Open through December 31st, tickets are $4-6 for members, and $7-5 for non-members.

5-11pm: Light Up The Night At The Gateway Mall-hundreds of thousands of lights. including a wildly rotating color wheel on their gigantic Christmas Tree.  Free admission, open through January 2, 2018.

Noon-6pm: Gallivan Center Ice Skating Rink and Light Display-gorgeous neon splashes of color all over the Gallivan Center, plus ice skating and a fire barrel! Check here for sudden closures or schedule changes.  Admission to see the lights is free, ice rink is a small fee.

5-10pm: The Lights At Gardner Village-there’s free admission and Elf Hunts!  Runs through December 31.

Dusk to 11pm: The “Tree Of Life” is a beautiful addition to the Draper City Park–thousands of white lights that have created kind of a draw for spiritual seekers to the tree.  Draper City Park, 12500 South 1300 East.

5:30-11pm: Christmas in Color – a high-tech animated display from the group that creates the Midway Ice Castles. $20 per car on weekdays, $25 on weekends. (No limit to how many per car.) Salt Lake County Equestrian Park, 11161 s 2200 W, South Jordan.

 

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The Plucky Non-Professionals SLC: free admission

Christmas Street: 5400 South 3200 West, Salt Lake City.  Best seen on foot.

Christmas Street Sugarhouse: the oldest neighborhood to claim the title here in Utah. Glen Arbor St, Salt Lake City

Christenson & Hymas Light Display: tune your radio to 99.5 for the music that goes with the show. 11693 S. 700 E., Draper

Frosty’s Winter Wonderland: something new goes up every night, slow for a moment and Frosty or one of his kids will trot over to hand you a candy cane. 805 E 18th Ave, Salt Lake City

1528 W 8740 S, West Jordan:

Lights on Wakefield: if you’d like to donate, they’re raising money for the Mascot Miracles Foundation (pediatric cancer) tune your radio to 87.9fm. 6388 S. Wakefield Way (5885 W.)

 

Toole County: 

6-9pm: Clark Historic Farm, live nativity and luminary walk.  Tickets $2 per person, or $1 with food donation.

 

The Plucky Non-Professionals TC: free admission

Lights on 1310: Sunday-Thursday 6-10pm, Friday-Saturday 6-11pm

Wait!  There’s more from the Toole Transcript here.

 

 

Davis County:

Dusk-11pm: Layton City Lights In The Park-free admission, open through January 1.

 

The Plucky Non-Professionals DC: free admission.

1600 S 1100 W, Syracuse: 25 years of light display madness

2413 N 2100 W, Clinton:

1385 S 2600 W, Syracuse:

354 E 200 S, Clearfield

223 N 1400 W, Clearfield: Christmas lights dance to the music, set your channel to 93.7fm

The Lights On Sherwood Drive: huge display in Kaysville – 5:30-10pm

 

Weber County:

5-9pm: Ogden’s Christmas Village-free admission, meet with Santa, take a tour of the homes.  Crafts, photos with Santa and food available for sale.  Runs through December 31.

 

 

The Plucky Non-Professionals WC: free admission

Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Exeter Dr, Morgan: admission is free, but they’re asking for donations for Primary Children’s Medical Center if you’re so inclined.

 

Box Elder County:

5-10pm: Fantasy At The Bay, Willard Bay State Park-my kids LOVE this wonderful display.   Take a horse-drawn wagon ride through the lights for free, but PLEASE tip the driver–this sweet man offers the service for free because he doesn’t want any child disappointed.  Admission is 50% off on Wednesdays, and get a $1.00 off coupon here.  It’s worth the drive.  Open through December 31, seven days a week.

 

The Plucky Non-Professionals BEC: free admission:

The Hooper Holiday House:  The Goodrich family is proud to invite you, turn the radio to 90.5 for musical accompaniment.

Tremonton-102 S Tremont St: lights synchronized to music, 5:30-11pm

 

Heading down south?

St. George has a huge collection of Holiday light displays, and the ambitious Braden with HedgeHog Electric compiled them all for you–it’s part of a fundraising drive for the Southwest Utah Habitat For Humanity.  You can find that excellent Holiday map here.

The St. George LDS Temple’s light display is back and exceptionally beautiful this year. Details here.

 

Okay, seriously, I can no longer feel my fingers.  I’ve been writing this post for the last 5 hours.  Yet, there are more! Be sure to check here for more enthusiastic amateurs.  There’s bound to be a house or two near you.  I’m sure that there’s great places I’ve missed.  Please add your two cents in a comment below.  C’mon!  It’s for the children…

Join Todd & Erin’s Shop Local Holiday List!

Join Todd & Erin’s Shop Local Holiday List! So… how would you like your locally-based product or service introduced to over 600,000 of our close, personal friends in the next month? For as low as $50- become part of our “Todd and Erin’s Shop Local Holiday List!”

 


This is the year more and more Utahns are resolving to shop local- to buy from businesses here- instead of a faceless conglomerate. Be one of the wealth of lovely locals to provide the perfect gift this holiday season. Send us a message at toddanderinshow@gmail.com for more info. Jewelry? Clothing? Woodwork? Pet products? House cleaning? Quilts? Snow shoveling? Local eatery? This is your time to shine.

Adding your local offering to the Todd & Erin’s Shop Local Holiday List puts you in front of over 400,000 of our Pinterest friends in the next 30 days, 200,000 of our Facebook buddies, and countless more on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, on the Todd and Erin Daily Stream show and on our email newsletter to nearly 5,000 friends every week. You can find more information about our media reach here. It’s going to be a blast! Be one of the cool kids!

How To Keep Every Student In High School – East High’s Innovative Approach

How To Keep Every Student In High School – East High’s Innovative Approach. The eternal question: HOW do you help the kids in desperate need at your high school without creating the social divide of “us vs. them?” The PTSA and Student and Family Support Organization at East High School in Salt Lake City has created a genius program. There’s a large number of kids under the poverty line, refugee students who might even be the head of their little household, homeless kids stubbornly coming to class every day.

 

But they need more than just food. Maybe a bus pass because they don’t have transportation, an emergency dentist donating time if a student knocks his tooth out in football practice (true story.) So they created the Stash, where all kinds of students- athletes, student body leaders, and those who are truly, truly hungry stop by for healthy snacks.

 

There’s school supplies, toiletries, even groceries to take home for their family. But it’s so much more! A place to shower, make phone calls, wash their clothes. The Leopard Boutique where they can find clean, attractive clothes. It’s genius. Want to donate items, money or your time? Please contact: Kris.Barta@slcschools.org

Making Magic Wands For Halloween

Making Magic Wands For Halloween. Magic wands here at Chez Collard are a crucial part of Halloween. How can you turn that one annoying trick or treater into a toad without a good spell or two? Half the fun is creating a spooky new one every year. It’s the easiest DIY you’ll do this fall.

 

Most of the materials can be found in the backyard, and grab some ribbons, glass gems and whatever else is rattling around in your crafts bin and voila! Your wands!

(Editor’s note: if you like the goofy-looking eyeball thingie in the jar with the wands, it’s one of The Todd’s genius little “corn critters,” learn how to make them here. And if you need more materials for your wands, find everything you see on our Amazon page here.)

Shows

Low-Stakes Halloween Crafting – the Medallion Wreath! 10.22.19

Low-Stakes Halloween crafting – the medallion wreath. It’s a pretty Halloween wreath with almost zero effort. The low-stakes crafting we’ve all been looking for!

BTW: are you looking for more easy Halloween crafts? Try out our adorable Corn Critters here, make your own custom Harry Potter-esque wand here, and create your own Halloween Tree here.

 

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Do you realize we’re in the Turkey Zone? If you don’t eat it now, you really can’t have it until Thanksgiving. Here’s Todd’s No-Fail Turkey video. BTW: if you haven’t checked out Todd’s classic cooking a turkey on a Weber grill – more room in the oven for side dishes! – it’s one of our most popular YouTube videos here.

 

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When did Pennywise the Clown become Halloween’s most popular costume? I have clown “issues” as it is! We’ve got the complete list of the most-Googled Halloween costumes for 2019. Sexy unicorns? Really?

Erin’s in a Bathtub with Six Kittens. It Just Gets Weirder. 10.18.19

So Erin’s sitting in a bathtub with six kittens and the director of the Utah Humane Society, and it just gets weirder from there. It seems every animal shelter along the Wasatch Front is bursting at the seams with lonely cats and dogs and goats and rabbits and all manner of creatures. Can you adopt a new pet? If not, can you foster a pet or two? Let’s talk.

 

Also, congratulations, Utah! We were just named number one in the nation for something! And The Todd has created an instructional video about it.

 

As we’re drawing closer to the Women of Worth Gala on November 9th, I want you to know more about this incredible program and the women it benefits. Have a look…

Best (and Heaviest) Mountain Rescue EVER – 10.15.19

Do you ever take a look at something growing in your garden and have no idea what it is? We’re in this dilemma and the internet is not helping. So, we’re cutting the thing open on the podcast today and find out what spliced with what and then grafted with who. Enjoy our unintentional genetic experiment!

 

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There’s 200 birds at the West Valley Animal Shelter who need you. Like, right now. An animal hoarder was busted in West Valley City, and the poor city shelter’s been turned into an emergency aviary. Ever wanted an exotic bird? Here’s your chance! This is a great time to consider fostering a pet as well. Find more information here.

 

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The Salt Lake County Search and Rescue saves the life of a very heavy victim and gets him down the mountain. I am not body-shaming. You’ll see what I mean at 14:45 into the podcast.

The “Pumpkin Spice Everything” Taste Test! 10.10.19

The “Pumpkin Spice Everything” Taste Test!

1. The Pumpkin Spice taste test! What’s not so bad? What was truly horrifying? We’ll tell you.

BTW: in the mood for some toasty fall foods? Try the Todd’s Tasty Chili, recipe here.

2. There’s one thing that 80% of Americans who say they’re “really happy” do. And it’s so easy!

3. So your dad’s King of Sweden, you figure you’re getting a pretty excellent inheritance, right? Yeah, no.

Fortnite is “Deliberately Addicting” Your Kids. And There’s a Lawsuit. Of Course. – 10.8.19

Fortnite is “Deliberately Addicting” Your Kids. And There’s a Lawsuit. Of Course. There’s a $100 million dollar lawsuit against Fortnite developers, who the attorney claimes “worked closely” with psychologists to make the game “as addictive as possible. Given that this game is gigantic and sponsors a $30 million dollar “World Cup” style tournament every year, maybe that $100 million is pocket change?

There’s fall camping spots along the Wasatch Front that are spectacular! And Wilderness Todd will show you where they are on the podcast today.

 

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For all of us who’ve waited tables or worked in a restaurant or a bar, you know how hard you work for those tips! Given that the IRS is taxing you 15% on those tips, you have to really hope that you get tipped well. But now there’s new legislation that would allow restaurant owners to take all of your tips, then “redistribute” them to everyone else in the restaurant as well. We have 50 furious emails from servers today!

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Given the devastation in the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian tore through, lots of little groups in Florida are raising money to help the recovery. There’s a little place called the Siesta Key Oyster Bar where the tradition has been to staple a dollar to the wall or the ceiling when you order a drink. This has apparently been going on for a long time. A really long time, because the staff’s been carefully taking down all the dollar bills to donate to hurricane relief. So far, they’ve carefully pried over fifteen thousand dollars from the bar.  An amazing Tell Me Something Good!

 

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Your Complete Guide to Every Single Haunted House & Pumpkin Patch in Utah – 10.4.19

Your Complete Guide to Every Single Haunted House & Pumpkin Patch in Utah.

1. Our complete list of every single haunted house, corn maze and pumpkin patch is out for Halloween! Plus, how to make your own Halloween Tree. BTW: looking for some kid’s crafts to make for the season? Try our DIY magic wands here, and the ever-darling Corn Critters video here.

2. We’ll tell you how you can win a personal meet and greet with “America’s Got Talent” Kechi Okwuchi.

3. It’s National Taco Day, we’ll tell you where to find the best taco in Salt Lake City.

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What’s Your State’s Favorite Halloween Candy? Who Picked Jolly Ranchers? Really? – 9.27.19

What’s Your State’s Favorite Halloween Candy? Who Picked Jolly Ranchers? Really? And who on earth would pick Necco Wafers as a favorite?  I know I’m getting all judgey here, but really? Neeco Wafers are dusty little discs of death. I’m not sure they’re even edible. And yes, if you were expecting saltwater taffy to get an award of distinction here in Utah, you would be correct. In fact, there was some weird love for that particular sweet in the landlocked states.

 

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Where are you most likely to get a parking ticket in Salt Lake City. Given that the cheapest ticket is now $38, this is something worth knowing, eh? We’ve got your hotspots, right down to the street and the time of day. Also, the sinister newcomer that everyone’s getting nailed for downtown- the infamous “backing in” parking space.

 

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There’s a wonderful little photo making the rounds on Facebook this week- of a homeless gentleman changing a woman’s tire for her. But the story behind it is even sweeter. Anna Davidson owns Jessie Jean’s along with her husband, Ron. She posted this photo with the following:

“looked out the window to see this happening. This is Chuck .. he’s homeless and works his ass off helping every day in the cafe . This is “one of those people” that get labeled. Ya know the ones everyone wants outta sight, outta mind.. I didn’t see anyone else out helping this young lady, just Chuck .. the homeless guy.. thank you Chuck #findthekind #kindnessmatters

This amazing little place often offers meals to the homeless in Ogden, and you’ll often find regular customers chipping in an additional $6.25- the cost of a meal that then pays for a hungry and homeless soul, who’s treated with kindness and respect. You can find out more about their philosophy on their Facebook page.

 

Now that’s finally getting chilly, you know, that kind of chilly where the kids need a jacket when you drop them off at school and you’re blasting their air conditioner when you pick them up? It’s time for the Todd’s Bacon-Lobster Chowder recipe on the podcast today. You’re welcome.

BTW: Are you in the mood for more fall-style recipes? Todd’s Tasty Chili recipe is here. And his Tender Braised Beef Shanks recipe is here.

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Drunk Grocery Shopping. It’s a Thing. – 9.26.19

Drunk Grocery Shopping. It’s a Thing. Would you like a beer garden in your local grocery store? It’s an idea that Smith’s is proposing. (What would you call that? SUI? Shopping under the influence?)

 

Our Pinterest-worthy magic wand DYI video. Wingardium Leviosa! BTW: Getting all Halloween-y? Check out our 5 Minute Corn Critters hereLooking to build some new Halloween season traditions with your kids? We’ve got some fun ones here.

 

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You’ll never guess who’s the new celebrity voice for Alexa and Echo. I want the uncensored version. “Alexa, please make big celebrity guy sing me Happy Birthday?”

 

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Jennifer Lawrence is getting married! And someone put up her wedding registry. Well, actually, Jennifer put up her wedding registry on Amazon.com like, she’s wanting you to buy her that cheese slicer. And while she’s always struck me as the kind of girl who’d be fun to go out and have a beer with, here, she sounds reeeally different.

“Planning a wedding is sooo exciting, but it can be hectic. For anyone needing a little inspiration, I thought it would be fun to collaborate with Amazon to share some of my favorite wish-list items…”

Does this seem creepy to anyone else? Amazon is calling Jennifer an “actress and a philanthropist.” For posting $80 martini glasses? I don’t know, do you see it differently?

 

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Things you wouldn’t think you would have to specifically forbid your police force to do- like sexting while on duty. Seriously. The agency that certifies and disciplines police officers in Utah actually had to write a specific clause to ban police officers from sexting or… uh… “entertaining” themselves while on duty. Now that I know this, the next time I’m signing a speeding ticket (it’s an annual thing) I’m using my own pen, thank you, officer.

 

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For something much happier in Tell Me Something Good: the amazing billionaire who spoke at Morehouse College’s graduation last year told the all African-American graduates that he was paying off their student loans. Can you imagine? Now, he’s telling all the parents and extended family who scrimped and saved to help their kids through college that he’s paying off the loans they took out for their kid’s education as well. The bar has been set, my friends.

Congratulations! You can go Topless Here in Utah! We Think… 9.25.19

Congratulations! You can go Topless Here in Utah! We Think… So if you’re a big fan of going topless, there’s a new ruling from the Tenth Circuit Court that should make you happy, we’ll explain. This jumps into the realm of what happens when a higher court makes a ruling, and then the local government tries to interpret it.

 

And we’ve got a 5-minute Halloween craft that’s so freaking adorable that you’ll never throw away another corn husk again. BTW: Are you in the mood for more Halloween crafting? Check out our Pinterest-worthy Harry Potter wands here. Or, I create a pretty paper medallion wreath here.

 

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There can’t be anything more heartbreaking than losing your father- especially in the line of duty as a police officer. But when the son of a fallen officer in Mission, Texas played his first football game, the stands were packed for him. I dare you not to tear up over this Tell Me Something Good.

 

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You Spent HOW MUCH on a Hostess Gift? – 9.24.19

You Spent HOW MUCH on a Hostess Gift? You visit New York City with a friend, staying at his aunt’s place. You want to send a hostess gift, of course. Your friend informs you that you will be required to spend $200 on said gift because his family “expects it.” Are you kidding? Would you shell out that kind of money?

 

Also! Roast Pork with Apple Chutney in Todd’s Test Kitchen. BTW: is the pumpkin-spice pressure of fall getting you in the mood for more hearty meals? Try the Todd’s Braised Beef Shanks recipe here. Or his utterly sublime Leg of Lamb recipe here.

 

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I’ve never felt more empathy for Disney employees… I know that when we’ve all saved our money to bring our family to the Most Expensive Place on Earth, we want it TO BE PERFECT. But when you hear some of the horror stories from employees (getting punched in the stomach because they want to be in the front row of the rollercoaster and you’re pregnant) you’re going to be SO MUCH nicer to these poor folks.

Did you hear about that heartbreaking tour bus crash in Southern Utah last weekend? It was a huge group of tourists from China and no one to interpret for them. Which is where the epic Jason Chang comes in. This courageous college student answered a frantic call for someone who spoke Mandarin Chinese… and his story is incredible.