- ALL LOT OF FOLKS ARE GOING TO BE ON THE ROAD TODAY AS WE HEAD OUT TO VISIT FAMILY AND FRIENDS, FILL OUR STOMACHS WITH TURKEY AND THEN TAKE AN EARLY NAP AS WE PREPARE FOR “BLACK FRIDAY”, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS “SHOPPERS HUNTING SEASON”. BOTH DOC~N~DUCK WILL BE OFF THURSDAY FOR THANKSGIVING, AND DUCK IS TAKING A LONG WEEKEND TO TRY TO GET THAT “30 POINT BUCK” SO FROM BOTH DOC~N~DUCK & WALT….HAPPY THANKSGIVING FROM EVERYONE HERE AT FOX 103….NOW PASS THE GRAVY AND GIVE ME A DRUMSTICK
A native of Murfreesboro, Tenn., Chris Young grew up performing in children’s theater where his family and friends discovered his singing talent. The youngster enjoyed the full support of his parents from the start. Whenever he asked for help, they came through without hesitation, whether it meant paying for vocal lessons or buying his first guitar. In high school, rather than playing sports, Young focused on getting better at music. With help from his family, he and his friends rented out a storage unit and, despite a lack of air conditioning, practiced daily, giving up summer afternoons to rehearse. Young went to college, taking music business classes first at Belmont University in Nashville, then at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro. After two years of studying, he was performing more than 150 shows a year. He soon gained the attention of talent scouts from leading Nashville record labels and top music publishing companies. When a Texas nightclub agent invited him to front the house band at the Cowboy’s honky-tonk in Arlington, Texas, Young accepted. One of his more faithful fans insisted he audition for the TV talent competition, Nashville Star. Young at first balked, until the friend told him that this year’s winner would, for the first time, get a recording contract with RCA Records. The friend paid for Young’s ticket to audition in Houston. Young won the competition in 2006 and released his single, “Drinkin’ Me Lonely,” a few months later. His RCA label debut was produced by Buddy Cannon.
Birthdays for Wednesday, 11/25/09
Percy Sledge 69/singer, “When a Man Loves a Woman”
Amy Grant 49/singer, “Baby Baby”
Mark Lanegan 45/singer, Queens of the Stone Age, Screaming Tress
Stacy Lattisaw 43/singer, “Let Me Be Your Angel”
And the late:
Etta Jones–1928-2001/jazz singer
Ben Stein 65/actor-game show host, TV’s Win Ben Stein’s Money
John Larroquette 62/actor, TV’s Night Court, Boston Legal
Christina Applegate 38/actress, TV’s Samantha Who?, Married…With Children
And the late:
John F. Kennedy, Jr.–1961-1999/lawyer, son of JFK
Ricardo Montalban–1920-2009/actor, TV’s Fantasy Island, Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan
PSA: Smoking is so bad it voids your computer warranty
Heads up, schmokers: Lighting up near your computer is heresy enough that Apple says it voids your warranty should you need to bring a smoke-exposed computer in for repair.
Specifically, in at least two instances in different parts of the country, Apple has voided the warranty and refused to provide repair service on Macintosh computers exposed to environments where cigarette smoke has been present. Calling cigarette smoke residue (tar and whatnot) inside a computer a health risk and a “biohazard,” in both cases Apple customers have been denied service despite having time left on a valid warranty.
Apple is standing by the decisions, saying that repair centers have the authority to make decisions like this on their own, citing OSHA rules that include nicotine in a list of hazardous substances that could damage the health of someone exposed to it. (Consumerist, which digests the issue with its typical aplomb, adds that sucrose, talc, and calcium carbonate are all also on the OSHA hazardous materials list.)
Apple isn’t formally commenting on the issue or responding to media requests for comment, namely regarding whether there’s a threshold for cigarette smoke exposure beyond which a computer won’t be serviced. Is one cigarette too much? 200? The answer is probably far less scientific than that: If a technician doesn’t like cigarette smoke and your computer smells a bit smoky, it probably won’t get serviced.
I can understand the policy here, but Apple’s failure to mention this issue in its warranty materials is out of line. To leave consumers on the hook for repairing their multi-thousand dollar machine by themselves, without notifying them in advance that cigarette smoke exposure could void their warranty, well… sounds a lot like typical Apple behavior, to be honest.
No word on whether other computer vendors have the same or similar policies. If you’ve encountered this issue in the past, please let us know about it here.
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