Three Days to go to New ‘Late Night’


Three days to go before Jimmy Fallon takes over for Conan O’Brien and he admits the pressure is starting to get to him.

He told NBC’s “Today” show that if “Late Night” doesn’t do well, “then we got the Al Roker Hour.”

Fallon figures that Monday night’s show will be “one of the biggest nights” of his life.

Joining him on his first night will be Robert De Niro, Justin Timberlake and Van Morrison.


Conan O’Brien went out on a high note.

O’Brien’s last time hosting “Late Night” was watched by an average 3.5 million people. That’s his biggest audience in four years.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

End of an Newspaper Era


“God’s on the Phone For You”

Recently, Google introduced a new device called ‘Latitude’ where you can track people’s every movement (if they have their cell phones programmed.)

Do we really need this? Isn’t this like Big Brother?

Thanks to Facebook and especially Twitter I can know what you’re thinking, eating and dreaming about every second of the day.

It just seems like this concept is a ‘look at me, look at me’ trend du jour. Do you really need to know I’m thinking about eating coffee ice cream right now? And do I really need to respond to an entry like that?

To make it worse, some people actually gauge their virtual popularity by how many people follow them or reply to them!

What happened to real life with real people you can talk to face-to-face? I actually enjoy human interaction, but maybe I’m in the minority now.

I have a hard enough time keeping up with email!


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Beauty is Only Commercial Deep

You can’t deny it – our landscape is rapidly changing thanks to the rough economy.

I really started to notice it last weekend when I visited my parents in Sparks.

While tooling around the valley, I kept a mental tally of closed stores.

  • Gottschalk’s
  • Silver Club Casino
  • TGIF
  • Northgate Golf Course
  • Circuit City – almost there
  • Both Mervyn’s
  • Both Shoe Pavilions
  • Denny’s in Spanish Springs and South Meadows
  • And a few more I can’t think of right now…..  

Butcher Boy has even filed for bankruptcy.

But while some things are shutting down or are already vacant, other projects are moving right along like the Triple A baseball stadium in downtown or the new shopping center at the corner of Longley and McCarran.

Either way our local landscape is going to drastically change over the next few months/years. So get ready.

Precious Cargo

HER LITTLE MAN photo | Kate Winslet Splash News Online

Fresh from her Best Actress win at the Academy Awards, Kate Winslet handles her Oscar trophy with care as she arrives at New York’s JFK International Airport on Monday. Earlier, Winslet appeared on Oprah Winfrey’s talk show and joked that her 8-year-old daughter Mia was not a fan of her Oscar fashion. “She was absolutely mortified I wore a gray dress,” Winslet said.

Jimmy Fallon Working Hard on Monday’s Show Premiere

Jimmy Fallon is the busiest he’s ever been getting ready to take over for Conan O’Brien Monday night. He says he’s 10 times busier than when he was at “Saturday Night Live.”

Fallon says he’s not worried about competing with Craig Ferguson, who’s been getting a bigger audience than O’Brien. He says his main compteition is people’s urge to go to sleep. He says he needs to be “the Red Bull of late night.”

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)