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AJ Silver

AJ Silver here! I lived in Lancaster CA until I was about 4, and have spent the remainder of my years in the Tri State area. I LOVE every aspect of my job every day!! I love to have a good time, and make sure I enjoy every second. I am a huge fan of music, film, and art! I love supporting local artists and have Aj's Artistic Freedom, so send your work to my email below! Just include a picture of your "art" and a short bio. I always love hearing from you so hit me up in the studio or through Facebook by clicking the link below! I like to have too much fun, so make sure you hook me up with stories (and pics) from your CRAZY weekends (or not so crazy)! We can compare!!! Cheers!

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Posts from August 2013
by AJ Silver posted Aug 30 2013 5:00PM
Useless Knowledge

Q: This is an unusual major at Brigham University.
A: Ballroom Dancing
Useless Tuesday

Q: This human body part perspires half a pint of fluid a day
A: The feet.

WINNER: Kaitlin Starr
Useless Knowledge

Q: One in fourteen women in America are what?
A: Natural blonde
Useless Knowledge

Q: John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Monroe have this in common?
A: They all died on July 4th.
Useless Knowledge

Q: 14% of all what are made up and 27% of people know that fact.
A: Facts and statistics

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Topics : Human Interest
by AJ Silver posted Aug 29 2013 4:10PM
Open Faced Grilled Skirt Steak with a Whomp

  • 1.5 - 2lbs. skirt steak
  • Olive oil
  • Denny Mikes Cow Bell Hell
  • 2Red Onions sliced
  • Crusty bread – Italian or French
    • Slice into 1 ½” slices
  • 1 Jar Mayonnaise
  • 1 Jar Meat Mitch Naked Whomp Sauce
  • Garlic spread
  1. Brush Olive Oil onto both sides of skirt steak
  2. Apply DennyMikes Cowbell Hell BBQ Rub to both sides of meat
    1. Refrigerate for 1 hour (up to 4 hrs)
  3. Combine 1 cup Naked Whomp Sauce and 2 cups Mayo to make Whomp BBQ Mayo - refrigerate.
  4. Set up grill for high/direct heat
  5. Oil grates and grill skirt steak for 3-4 mins per side
    1. To 125 degrees F (med rare)
    2. Set aside and let rest for 5 mins
  6. Place Onion slices on grill and grill along with skirt steak
  7. While skirt steak is resting apply garlic spread to one side of bread slices
  8. Place on grill spread side down and grill for 1 min until toasted – do not burn.
    1. Set aside when done
  9. After resting steak for 5 mins, slice thin against grain
  10. Stack sandwich - Bread grilled side up, a little Whomp Mayo, Skirt Steak slices, grilled Onions, drizzle again with Whomp Mayo - EAT
Note:  For added flavor add crumbled Blue Cheese or crumbled Gouda over top
by AJ Silver posted Aug 29 2013 12:37PM

Season three "Voice" winner CASSADEE POPE has released the video to her song "11". That's how old she was when her parents got divorced . . . and the video features real family photos that help tell the story of how her world changed at the age of 11.

by AJ Silver posted Aug 28 2013 2:09PM

Someone made a fake trailer for the Batman / Superman team-up movie . . . featuring Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Bryan Cranston . . . who's RUMORED to be playing Lex Luthor.

by AJ Silver posted Aug 23 2013 4:50PM
Useless Knowledge

Q: In every episode of Seinfeld there is what?
A: there is a Superman picture or reference somewhere.
Useless Tuesday

Q: Who is Annie Mae Bullock?
A: Tina Turner
WINNER: Melissa Bruckheart
Useless Knowledge

Q: What is the second most spoken English word
Useless Knowledge

Q: What is Arachibutyrophobia (A-Rack-Ee-Boot-TIE-Ro-Phobia)
A: The fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of your mouth.
Useless Knowledge

Q: These are made out of cotton and linen?
A: US Dollar Bills

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Topics : Human Interest
by AJ Silver posted Aug 22 2013 5:10PM
Jennifer Oberholzer
I am a writer. Inspiration for what I write comes from anywhere......something I see, hear, or just ponder. Here are some of my works. Enjoy.

Summer Symphony
Went out to sit and watch
the lightning roll 'cross the sky
Sat on the porch to relax and enjoy
and pass the evening by.
But the longer I sat, the louder it got
the noise was so deafening
I think every critter created decided
it was time to come out and sing
The crickets were chirpin', the locusts would chime
the bull frog joined in with three quarter time
The breezes were blowin', the sky lit up bright
no better way to spend a warm summer night
But the noise just got louder as the symphony sang
as all harmonized with a bit of a twang
My head was a'ringin, just buzzin with sound
as everything made noise from sky to ground
Enjoyable it was and I'd listen again
It was a wonderful way to wait for the rain!
Jennifer Oberholzer
August 15, 2012 ©
Having spent so many years
Hiding behind my self built walls
I've been able to tune out things
Only answering certain calls.
It doesn't mean I have no care
For others who've been hurt
It simply means I'm cautious
Protecting my own worth.
Believing there are lessons
In all things, good or bad
I now must look within myself
To know why I'm so mad.
For people have no right
To end another life
No matter what their pain or fear
No matter what their strife.
Taking innocent babies
Before they're even born
Or killing precious children
Forever we will mourn.
This world is lost and dying
Full of hatred, anger and sin
We must begin to search
And look so deep within.......
To find out what our hearts hold
To seek out what we need
We need to find those answers
Making changes in word and deed.
The change begins in each of us
Love and forgiveness we must share
Reach out and help another
A burden gladly bear.
It's time to begin removing walls
Stop hiding out from others
Take time to lend a helping hand
To our sisters and our brothers.
Jennifer Oberholzer ©
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by AJ Silver posted Aug 16 2013 4:50PM
Useless Knowledge

Q: These were first invented and used in the building of the Hoover Dam in 1933.
A: Construction workers hard hats.
Useless Tuesday

Q: What is “Groaking”?
A: Groaking is to watch people eating in hopes that they will offer you some.
WINNER: Harold Simmers
Useless Knowledge

Q: The volume of this is the same as the volume of the Pacific Ocean.
A: The earth’s moon.
Useless Knowledge

Q: This is the only cat that cannot retract its claws.
A: Cheetah
Useless Knowledge

Q: February 1865 is the only month in recorded history to what?
A: Not have a full moon.

Filed Under :
Topics : Human Interest
People : Harold Simmers
by AJ Silver posted Aug 15 2013 5:10PM

Fun With Needles is your one stop shop for hand stitched art and jewelry with an edge. Michelle Neal uses cross stitch and embroidery to create geeky, fun (and sometimes weird) pieces of art that are sure to surprise you. Her shop can be found here:

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People : Michelle Neal
by AJ Silver posted Aug 15 2013 4:51PM



 -Minced Garlic 1 tbspn
 -Beer – Stout/Brown Ale ¼ cup
 -Brown Sugar (Dark) 2 tbspn
 -Olive Oil/Corn Oil 1 tbspn
 -Worcestershire Sauce 2 tbspn

 Sirloin Steak (thick) 24-32 oz (4 steaks)

 1. Fresh Cracked Black Pepper
 2. Texas Rib Rangers Championship Steak Rub

 1. Mix all the marinade ingredients together and pour into 1 gallon zip-lock freezer bag
 2. Add meat to bag and turn to coat steak(s) with marinade evenly
 3. Place in refrigerator overnight, turning it every now and then to insure even coating of

 1. Remove steak(s) from the marinade and place on plate or glass container
           a.Keep the marinade!
 2.Rub sirloin with olive oil and season all over with fresh cracked pepper and Texas Rib Rangers
        Steak Rub
           a. Using fingers, press pepper into steak(s)
           b. Season well, but don’t kill it!
 3. Grill – light charcoal and get grill started for offset cooking
           a. Tremendous heat on one side
           b. No direct heat on the other
 4. Place steaks directly on hottest side of grill
           a. 3 minutes per side for Rare
           b. Baste with remaining marinade while searing
 5. Remove from grill when meat is cooked to preference
           a. For medium – well done steaks, remove from direct heat after 3 minutes per side and
               finish cooking on indirect side of grill to achieve desired temp

Note: I prefer corn oil to olive oil for this particular recipe. Also, be careful when basting the meat as
the beer in the marinade will cause flare ups – don’t burn your knuckles.

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Location : Texas
by AJ Silver posted Aug 15 2013 12:17PM

KELLY CLARKSON released the video for her song, "Tie It Up". It features fan-submitted wedding videos and photos . . .

CRAIG MORGAN released his new video "Wake Up Lovin' You".

by AJ Silver posted Aug 13 2013 12:54PM

MIRANDA LAMBERT dropped the video to her song "All Kinds of Kinds". It features shots of people holding signs describing what "kind of kind" they are . . . plus clips of her performing in concert.

by AJ Silver posted Aug 9 2013 4:50PM

Useless Tuesday

Q: More people are allergic to this than any other food?
A: Cow’s milk

WINNER: Mikayla Thomas
Useless Knowledge

Q: 40% of all people who come to a party in your home do what?
A: Snoop in your medicine cabinet
Useless Knowledge

Q: This animal that lives in Indonesia has a wingspan of nearly six feet?
A: Giant flying foxes
Useless Knowledge

Q: When this animal takes a bite, their eyes roll back and their teeth jut out.
A: Sharks

Filed Under :
Topics : Human Interest
by AJ Silver posted Aug 9 2013 12:22PM

"Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters" (PG)
Logan Lerman returns as Percy Jackson, the mortal son of the god Poseidon. In this one, he and his friends undertake a mission to go into the Bermuda Triangle to find the Golden Fleece . . . which they need to save their home, Camp HalfBlood. Stanley Tucci plays the camp director Dionysus . . . Anthony Head from "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" takes over as the centaur Chiron, who was played by Pierce Brosnan in the first movie . . . and "Castle's" Nathan Fillion appears as Hermes.

"We're the Millers" (R)
Jason Sudeikis is a small-time drug dealer who gets his stash stolen. His supplier, Ed Helms, tells him that in order to set things right, he'll have to personally smuggle their latest shipment across the border from Mexico. Jason doesn't want to get caught so he gets a stripper, a runaway, and a horny virgin to pose as his family while he makes the trip. Jennifer Aniston is his stripper "wife", Emma Roberts is his runaway "daughter", and Will Poulter from the Narnia movie "Voyage of the Dawn Treader" is the kid posing as their son.

"Elysium" (R)
Matt Damon stars in this sci-fi movie that was written and directed by "District 9's" Neill Blomkamp. Elysium is a space station where the Earth's wealthiest people live in luxury as the rest of the world suffers with crime and poverty. He's desperate to get up there for a cure that can save his life, so he accepts a dangerous mission that could bring the whole system down. Jodie Foster is in charge of Elysium's security and "District 9's" Sharlto Copley is her hired killer.

"Planes" (PG)
Dane Cook stars as Dusty, a single-propeller cropduster with a fear of heights, in this new Pixar movie inspired by the "Cars" movies. Stacy Keach plays his mentor, Teri Hatcher is Dusty's mechanic, and Brad Garrett is his fuel truck. John Cleese, Cedric the Entertainer, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus are also in it . . . "Top Gun" fans will get a kick out of Val Kilmer and Anthony Edwards as a pair of fighter jets . . . and Pixar good luck charm John Ratzenberger does a cameo too.

by AJ Silver posted Aug 8 2013 5:10PM

Renelle's Dolls.  They are a local sculpting duo in Waynesboro. They have sold to customers across the country and some of their pieces to customers in Europe.  This is a labor of love for both of them.

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Topics : Business_Finance
by AJ Silver posted Aug 8 2013 4:49PM


 - 4 chicken breasts, skinless and boneless
 - 3 Roma tomatoes, sliced thinly
 - 4-8 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into 1/4 inch slices
 - 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
 - 2 teaspoons olive oil
 - 3 Little Pigs Traditional Memphis Rub

 1. Trim chicken breasts (remove excess fat) and lay each breast between
          (2) pieces of plastic wrap (or do 1 at a time in a gallon freezer bag).
 2. Using meat tenderizer/mallet, beat chicken breasts to uniform
                a. Chicken will cook more evenly
                b. Ends won’t dry out before center is cooked
 3. Season chicken with 3 Little Pigs Traditional Memphis Rub
 4. Top one side with sliced tomato, parmesan, and mozzarella cheese
                a. As much as desired
5. Fold in ½ and seal with a toothpick or skewer
6. Preheat grill for medium-high heat.
7. Coat chicken lightly on both sides with olive oil
8. Season outside of chicken with 3 Little Pigs Traditional Memphis Rub
9. Grill chicken for 3-4 mins per side, turning only once.
10. Cook chicken to 165 deg F internal temp (6-8 mins)
11. Remove from grill.
12. Serve with salad of fresh slice tomatoes, fresh mozzarella chunks
           drizzled with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, sea salt, and fresh ground
           pepper and a side of buttered and grilled Italian bread slices.

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Location : Memphis
by AJ Silver posted Aug 2 2013 4:44PM
Useless Knowledge

Q: This is illegal as a high school sport in every state except Rhode Island
A: The hammerthrow
Useless Tuesday

Q: Where did we get the saying “Behind every successful man, there is a woman with a road map.”
A: For much of the way, the Lewis and Clark expedition was led by a woman, Sacagawea, a Shoshone Indian. That’s where that saying came from
WINNER: Jennifer Pittsnogle
Useless Knowledge

Q: What is a Hedenophobic?
A: Someone with the fear of pleasure
Useless Knowledge

Q: A group of finches is called a what?
A: Charm
Useless Knowledge

Q: These are nearly 20 times taller than Niagra Falls?
A: “The Angels Falls” in Venezuela.

Filed Under :
Topics : Human Interest
Location : Rhode Island
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