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Have you ever wanted to own your own town?  Well know you can!  A small unincorporated town in South Dakota is on sale for just $400,000!  The whole town consists of a bar, workshop, three trailers, single house, and 6.16 acres of wide open prairie.  And you don't become Mayor, or town council or anything like that... you straight up own it.  Like Mr. Potter in it's a wonderful life (but hopefully less evil). 

Here is a picture of it's thriving downtown according to Google street view:

The town is called Swett, South Dakota and its current owner Lance Benson (who along with his wife make up the towns only official population)  is selling it so he can focus on his traveling concession business.  The main attraction of the town is the bar "Swett Tavern" which is the only watering hole for miles and miles around and apparently attracts a rough crowd.  One of the regulars once described it with "you need a Bowie knife to get in this place and a chainsaw to get out."   Which is the best description of a bar I've ever heard.   Although apparently according the the local news, Benson has cleaned the bars image up a bit since he has owned it.  The bar as it looks today is in the photo at the top of the page. 

But the best part is the lady who is actually in charge of selling the town has had her number posted all over the internet, her name is Stacie and I won't post it but you can see all her contact info at this local papers website.  Now that this story has gone viral I hope she puts her phone on silent for a while.  But who knows with all the Oil Boom money flowing in West Texas... maybe somebody does want to buy a town just for kicks and giggles. 
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Looks like this video was actually posted several years ago, but this dog gets "it".  I love the almost annoyed look on the pup's face when the music stops... and the head bob in rhythm is pretty cool too.

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You remember that video that went crazy viral a month or two ago about strangers having their first kiss on camera? If you don't it's right here:


Then Jimmy Fallon of course remade it with puppies and kittens because of course he did:

But now the internet has taken the parody video to it's logical conclusion with strangers slapping each other for the first time on camera.  Not only is the video awkward and hilarious but it definitely has a whole Fight Club feel to it as the strangers get really into it.  But the best part, is that for no explained reason whatsoever, one of the strangers is Haley "I See Dead People" Osment... why? who knows.  Enjoy it and celebrate your secret violent fantasies. 

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Every Wednesday Beth from Lone Star Sanctuary for Animals brings a pet in to Mike and Dana in the hopes they will get adopted.  Exactly one year ago she didn't have to try that hard because she brought in Festus the Bestus and I pretty much adopted him before he could could leave the studio.  Even though it doesn't even seem like a year (and really I'm only sure it is because I set the date on my phone as a yearly event)  I couldn't be happier with my best bud, and I couldn't be happier with Lone Star Sanctuary for bringing him into my life.  Festus had been abandoned out in the oil fields, luckily an oil field worker heard his cries and brought him to Lone Star.  Even though Lone Star was completely full, Festus was so small and pitiful at the time they couldn't turn him away.  They nursed him back to health and within a few weeks brought him into the studio, and the rest is history.  In fact through the power of the internet here is the video Mike made that day (he has since grown into his ears):


Adopt your own Festus at Lone star Sanctuary for Animals over at 4200 N. Fairgrounds Road in Midland.  They are open 1pm to 5pm every day except for Thursday.  And if you already have enough pets you can always volunteer!  Call (432) 683-7387 for more info. 

But enough words... how about some pictures! 

Here is Festus asking me what the heck is happening during Game of Thrones

Festus has Hetechromia aka one brown eye and one blue eye (try staring at that every night before bed)

Here is Festus straight up being Mufasa lording over his kingdom on our tiny patio

And here is Festus becoming a meme:
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Ever had that moment on the internet when you see something going viral & you're scared to look at it because there very well could be a picture of you?  I've had that the last couple of days as THIS > "80's hair that's so bad it's good" < kept popping up on my Facebook newsfeed.  Thankfully, my picture(s) didn't make it, but I rocked some of those looks.  Want more epic 80's hair?  Go HERE ... ~whew~ none of my junior high/high school pics on there either!
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I was thinking about love.  I was thinking about my sons and their wives and how right now, with new babies, they are more deeply in love with each other than ever.  And I was thinking how quickly they can start feeling overwhelmed by all the BABY that is in their lives.  Where did the “romance” go? 
Then I ran across this blog written by Tyler Ward:
The Hebrew word for love -- ahava -- has little to do with what one feels or receives. To the contrary -- ahava -- is actually a verb that means "I give." As it turns out, love is not the fleeting butterflies we get when looking into the eyes of our significant other. It's not something we fall into when dating. It's far simpler -- and far wilder -- than all of that. It's the everyday choices we make -- big or small -- to give to our spouse.
  • It's taking out the trash.
  • It's actively choosing to give him space when he is stressed.
  • It's a text message, mid-afternoon; to tell her you can't stop thinking about her.
  • It's the choice to not react to something he said, but asking what he meant and how it makes him feel, instead.
  • It's the time you're late for a meeting, but run back inside to tell your wife -- who you know adores being told -- how much she means to you that day.
  • It's the painful routine of taking the 3:00 a.m. newborn feeding shift so your wife can finally have three hours of uninterrupted sleep.
Love is not the fairy-tale beginnings as much as it is the small, mundane -- but generous -- things we do for each other every day. 
To that I say “Amen”.
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So coming up in a few days will be the one year anniversary of me adopting my dog Festus from Lonestar Sanctuary for Animals.  I'll have more detailed "Festus Chronicles" post coming up on the actual anniversary talking about all the wonderful hijinks we've gotten into over the past year but in the meantime I came across a video of something that every dog owner has done.  Bark at their dogs.  A lot of the time we pretend like our dogs are the stupid ones but every once in a while it is the dog who is like "bro, are you serious right now?"  Check it out below.  Also the dog "Torsti" in the video looks like a less scrappy version of Festus, which is why I clicked on the video in the first place. 

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Weather, am I right?  Specifically West Texas Weather.  Never quite sure what is going to happen.  Sometimes a 40% chance of rain means we get torrential floods, other times it is sunny skys.  Sometimes the forecast says sunny and there is rain hitting the window.  Needless to say, sometimes the hourly live weather breaks we do on KICKS are a crapshoot, so to make them more accurate I recently came across a website that tracks lightning in real time.  If there is a lightning strike on a radar in North America this website records it and it pops up on the map in seconds.  It is a neat little way to compare the forecast with what is happening in real time.  Check it out for yourself (that is if you really like looking at Google maps with dots on them) over at
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I, and every other sane person in the Permian Basin, have noticed the extremely aggressive driving on our roads.  I have become defensively cautious.  I now wait for a few seconds after the light turns green at an intersection for the inevitable red-light-runners. 
The problem is, I also get ridiculed by the male members of my family (especially my son and my brother) for being “too passive” when I drive.  My brother says “you have to claim the lane you’re in and don’t let anyone cut you off!”  My son says there is such a thing as “aggressive-defensive driving”.   Really?!!
I think what we need on our roads, in our stores, in our homes and at work…is more civility.  Let’s stop pushing and start being kind.  And I guess that means I have to stop screaming “Put down your phone!!!” when I am driving.  Hmmm.
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