CY What’s Happening – CYInterview http://www.cyinterview.com Celebrity Interviews, Entertainment, Sports and a Bunch of Cool Stuff. Mon, 11 Dec 2017 08:17:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.4 Kurt Busch Racing to Help Vegas: At Go Cart Race Event at Pole Position http://www.cyinterview.com/2017/12/kurt-busch-racing-to-help-vegas-at-go-cart-race-event-at-pole-position/ http://www.cyinterview.com/2017/12/kurt-busch-racing-to-help-vegas-at-go-cart-race-event-at-pole-position/#respond Mon, 11 Dec 2017 05:00:35 +0000 http://www.cyinterview.com/?p=20210 Continue reading "Kurt Busch Racing to Help Vegas: At Go Cart Race Event at Pole Position" ]]> On Tuesday November 28th, famed Nascar driver Kurt Busch held a Vegas Strong event at Pole Position to raise money for those impacted by the Mandalay Bay shooting back in September, that killed more than 50 people and injured over 500. Pole Position is an indoor go cart race track located near the Palms Hotel & Casino. See our photo with Kurt Busch at the event, above.

Proceeds from the evening benefited the Drivers for Vegas and Keep Vegas Strong charities. Drivers for Vegas is working alongside Zappos, who has been matching donations that have been made to the charitable organization.

A Las Vegas native, Kurt Busch tells us why he felt it was important to give back and be part of the Vegas Strong movement. Additionally, we speak about Nascar’s expansion in the Las Vegas market and what his Nascar future holds for him in 2018.

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Twilon Unctious, Third Cousin Twice Removed, a Tale http://www.cyinterview.com/2017/12/twilon-unctious-third-cousin-twice-removed-a-tale/ http://www.cyinterview.com/2017/12/twilon-unctious-third-cousin-twice-removed-a-tale/#respond Sun, 10 Dec 2017 05:00:53 +0000 http://www.cyinterview.com/?p=20205 Continue reading "Twilon Unctious, Third Cousin Twice Removed, a Tale" ]]> “Oo-ee, if that ain’t my third cousin twice removed, Twilon Unctious.” So said Nohap Twazzleknee. Nohap’s real name was Steve and his cousin, who really was not his cousin, was named Alfred at birth. Unctious and Twazzleknee were not their real last names either. What was going on? What indeed?

To further muddy the waters, the “oo-ee” Nohap let out upon seeing Twilon was the kind of exclamation you might have heard someone use in one of the southern U.S. states decades ago or in the 1959 hit song, Sea Cruise. The thing of it is these two characters lived in present day Brooklyn, where they manufactured super small batch craft beer and made bespoke bicycles from old plumbing.

We were left confused by these naming conventions so we decided to visit Professor von Knucklehead, who held the Potato Salad chair at the Center for the Study of Sociological Trends and Phenomenon and their Impact upon the Arts, in Flatbush. The chair was considered quite prestigious as it was named in reference to an individual who threw potato salad at lecturers about Dadaism, decades earlier.

Von Knucklehead explained to us that a new trend had emerged, which he called the 7th Iteration of Hipsterism in his book, The 7th Iteration of Hipsterism. The professor explained to us that man buns and ironic t-shirts had lost their charge and, so, hipsters were staking claim to a new set of behaviors in order to progress to the next level. We sat wondering what that level was. Von Knucklehead never enlightened us.

The Brooklyn of superior pizza, hot dogs, the Dodgers and affordable housing had, over the course of decades, given way to the way of the hipsters; whatever way that was. And now that way was becoming dated.

A tenant of hipsterism is that something widely in fashion is not hip. If something – music, clothing, whatever – is embraced by the mainstream it is considered fashionable. The hipsters had seen their conventions, clothing and grooming habits appropriated by non-hipsters and therefore, that which was hip became a fortiori non hip, you dig?

So daddy-o, what was up with these cats is that they were attempting to create a new wave of hipsterism, by crafting new conventions. Of course, over the course of decades or less, these hip ways of doing things might gain traction with the mainstream and consequently be relegated to the ash heap of the formerly hip.

At any rate, if you venture into Brooklyn and hear people referring to each other by implausible names, particularly preceded by the word cousin, you might have an inkling as to what is going on. Maybe. Or maybe this is all made up. You dig? But that would be hip, wouldn’t it?

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Juniper Vafflevash – Not Your Average Cat, a Tale http://www.cyinterview.com/2017/12/juniper-vafflevash-not-your-average-cat-a-tale/ http://www.cyinterview.com/2017/12/juniper-vafflevash-not-your-average-cat-a-tale/#respond Sat, 02 Dec 2017 05:00:16 +0000 http://www.cyinterview.com/?p=20196 Continue reading "Juniper Vafflevash – Not Your Average Cat, a Tale" ]]> [*Author’s Note: This is a work of fiction. Any similarities between the cat in this tale and any person or animal living or dead is merely coincidental.]

“One day you are running, giving it all you’ve got and the next day you are knitting decorative covers for your collection of stuffed mice. That is the thing of it. Life is variable. All activity has ups and downs. The tides of fortune roll in and out. It is up to us to catch successive waves of opportunity. We must not be drowned by the sorrows of spilt milk.” So began Juniper Vafflevash’s 36th discourse on what it meant to be a cat in a world filled with predominantly non-cats.

Juniper was a stunning, sleek black feline who enjoyed practicing levitation as well as developing incantations to ward off well-wishers who plied him with ever increasing amounts of albacore tuna in a can.

“Tuna is nutritious, but if you eat it every day for five years in a row, you might get bored of it, n’est-ce pas?”

(Now, should you think this is simply another anthropomorphized cat story, I ask you, what of it? Is there something less compelling about a talking cat than a silent human? Think about it? What might Schrödinger say? Verstehen sie? But I digress.)

“It is all the click-clattery that I cannot stand,” said Juniper. The odd thing is he was responding to a question from a giraffe in the audience, who wanted to know whether it was worthwhile to purchase a GPS unit for his car. It was these types of seeming non sequiturs that kept the assembled ping ponging between uproarious laughter and scratching their heads.

How does your average domestic cat become possessed of such a broad knowledge base and irreverent wit? Why was Vafflevash not like the other cats? Why couldn’t he just jump up on the furniture and meow or make himself into a ball on the bed and purr? Why indeed?

Life is filled with mysteries. We often ponder existence and how everything began. At times our imagination stretches to the far reaches of the universe and what we might find there. Sometimes we are drawn into thinking about what lies at the bottom of the deepest part of the ocean. However, what is truly mysterious is the life of the mind, particularly the potential for uniquely individual thought and creativity. The divergent processes of mentation that can exist between individuals brought up in the apparently same environment can prove vexing.

Juniper Vafflevash had an answer for this, “We are often too timid to examine the life of the mind, particularly if that mind belongs to someone who does not think like most of us. Why? Because it challenges our assumptions about life. It challenges the structure of our reality. It shakes up our ontological and cosmological applecart.”

Hmmm, cats can be smart. Sometimes, so can humans. Sometimes.

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Get Up and Into Your Kicks! We Bring You a Panel Discussion on Dance Therapy: Writer/Thinker Taylor Rae and Neuroscientist Dr. Kristen Willeumier are Back with Us for an Important Discussion About the Power of Movement http://www.cyinterview.com/2017/11/get-up-and-into-your-kicks-we-bring-you-a-panel-discussion-on-dance-therapy-writerthinker-taylor-rae-and-neuroscientist-dr-kristen-willeumier-are-back-with-us-for-an-important-discussion-about-the/ http://www.cyinterview.com/2017/11/get-up-and-into-your-kicks-we-bring-you-a-panel-discussion-on-dance-therapy-writerthinker-taylor-rae-and-neuroscientist-dr-kristen-willeumier-are-back-with-us-for-an-important-discussion-about-the/#respond Thu, 30 Nov 2017 01:00:44 +0000 http://www.cyinterview.com/?p=20186 Continue reading "Get Up and Into Your Kicks! We Bring You a Panel Discussion on Dance Therapy: Writer/Thinker Taylor Rae and Neuroscientist Dr. Kristen Willeumier are Back with Us for an Important Discussion About the Power of Movement" ]]> If you ever wondered how dance impacts our lives, you have come to the right place. Last year, CYInterview first introduced you to writer/blogger Taylor Rae. Hailing from Brooklyn, New York, she has joined us for some compelling conversations about a variety of topics, including minimalism and the digital age.

Now, Taylor is back with us to discuss dance therapy. Dance is an important part of Taylor’s life and she specifically wanted to talk about dance therapy for this, our latest segment with her.

Additionally, joining us for this panel is none other than neuroscientist Dr. Kristen Willeumier. Kristen has been with us numerous times and we always appreciate her powerful insights. This time, she provides us some in-depth analysis on how our brain reacts to dancing, movement and how we can connect with other people authentically through dance. Last month, Dr. Willeumier was featured in an article in the October issue of Marie Claire [see here].

Rounding out this panel is featured columnist Jay Bildstein, who joins us to talk about our fears when it comes to movement in general and dance in specific. Many people have anxiety about getting up in front of a group people and dancing. We look at why this happens and how our perceptions and emotional intelligence can grow through dance.

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Mighty Coach Leach is Back: Talks His Cougars’ Chances at Bringing Home the Gravy in the Apple Cup, Will They Beat Washington? http://www.cyinterview.com/2017/11/mighty-coach-leach-is-back-talks-his-cougars-chances-at-bringing-home-the-gravy-in-the-apple-cup-will-they-beat-washington/ http://www.cyinterview.com/2017/11/mighty-coach-leach-is-back-talks-his-cougars-chances-at-bringing-home-the-gravy-in-the-apple-cup-will-they-beat-washington/#respond Tue, 21 Nov 2017 08:07:39 +0000 http://www.cyinterview.com/?p=20172 Continue reading "Mighty Coach Leach is Back: Talks His Cougars’ Chances at Bringing Home the Gravy in the Apple Cup, Will They Beat Washington?" ]]> After a 35-27 win over Utah on November 11th, the stage is set for Washington State to move forward. The Cougars enjoyed a bye week before arguably their biggest game of the Mike Leach coaching era. If they are able to defeat their state rival Washington this week on the road in the annual Apple Cup, it would be the Cougars’ first Pac 12 North Division Championship in the program’s history. They would then continue on to the Pac 12 Championship.

Washington State head football coach, NY Times bestselling author Mike Leach told us what he thinks is most important going into the game against their arch rival, “The biggest thing is and probably the most important thing is, is don’t get distracted by them. Worry about what, just worry about what we can do. You know, worry about being the best team we can be. And, you know, it takes a certain amount of discipline to do that, but I think we need to continually reinforce that.”

Our 15 minute CYInterview touched on many topics for the upcoming game against Washington and what is at stake this week. Coach Leach also reviewed his team’s progress, his quarterback Luke Falk breaking the Pac 12 touchdown passing record, what he did during the bye week and how he makes a great gravy to go with a Thanksgiving dinner.

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Charlotte Moroz, Puppeteer Extraordinaire: Talks Puppets, Her Artist’s Life, More http://www.cyinterview.com/2017/11/charlotte-moroz-puppeteer-extraordinaire-talks-puppets-her-artists-life-more/ http://www.cyinterview.com/2017/11/charlotte-moroz-puppeteer-extraordinaire-talks-puppets-her-artists-life-more/#respond Sun, 19 Nov 2017 16:57:51 +0000 http://www.cyinterview.com/?p=20166 Continue reading "Charlotte Moroz, Puppeteer Extraordinaire: Talks Puppets, Her Artist’s Life, More" ]]> The world of puppets, puppet making and puppeteering is not something I suspect most of us know much about. That’s about to change. The multitalented Charlotte Moroz joined us to speak about her puppet artistry. A resident of Brooklyn, New York, she shares with us interesting information about puppeteering, within the realm of the performing arts.

Living in Brooklyn has, in part, given her the opportunity to create many unique performances with puppets. Her story of being a puppeteer, a theater maker, playwright and all around entertainer may give you a whole new perspective on puppets in general.

As someone who enjoys small and offbeat performance settings, Charlotte’s opportunity to grow as a performer has taken some interesting turns. She is a member of the Society for Misfit Puppets, for example.

During our conversation, Ms. Moroz gives us insight into the multilayered world of puppets. Her overall goal is to have a TV show one day. She says she has been working on developing a concept for one.

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Rhombus and Square, a Poem http://www.cyinterview.com/2017/11/rhombus-and-square-a-poem/ http://www.cyinterview.com/2017/11/rhombus-and-square-a-poem/#respond Sun, 19 Nov 2017 01:00:18 +0000 http://www.cyinterview.com/?p=20161 Continue reading "Rhombus and Square, a Poem" ]]> Sweet potato, luxury tomato, crouching little duck
Walking in the cold bright countryside
Wondering about our luck

Gone for gravy, seas are wavy, looking at a tree
Balloons in the sky, talking about why
Yearning to be free

Asked a barber, to lend his hardware, cut my hair myself
Passed a rock, and there was unlocked,
The secret by an elf

Zwölf, elf, zehn, I hoped would be gone my pain
But a metaphysical ache, does not dissipate
You must work to make a gain

Ah, there’s the golden door, a portal I abhor
Composed of promises and built on warm misses
As I come close, but get no cigar

Clever as can be, I look at the lake to see me
Don’t be Narcissus, better to work on wishes
And make them real to be free

1, 2, 3, the countdown is for me
We shuffle off this mortal coil
A dance of mystery

7, 15, 45, we get honey from the bee
Are we as productive or just self-seductive?
This is the fundamental query

Those in heaven hold their breath, waiting for our fate
Better to keep them guessing
I think I will come late

Grappa and kirschwasser, pickles and capers, savory little things
The best of our hopes, we trust they will float
And become birds with double wings

Jump back now, get up, wake before it’s done
There is lots to do, plenty of joy
Time to have some fun.

Now Dance! Now Dance! Now turn yourself around!
We can do it, we’ll get through it
It need not be profound

Square and rhombus, you make the angle, live your authenticity
Shout it loud or whisper it proud
Infuse abundant glee

This is your verse in the universe!
This is your verse in the universe!
This is your verse in the universe!

Fade in
Now Dance!
Now Dance!

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Wynn Las Vegas Sportsbook Maestro John Avello Gives the Straight Skinny on Renovations to His Book, Super Bowl Odds on Favorites, College Football Playoff Favorites, More http://www.cyinterview.com/2017/11/wynn-las-vegas-sportsbook-maestro-john-avello-gives-the-straight-skinny-on-renovations-to-his-book-super-bowl-odds-on-favorites-college-football-playoff-favorites-more/ http://www.cyinterview.com/2017/11/wynn-las-vegas-sportsbook-maestro-john-avello-gives-the-straight-skinny-on-renovations-to-his-book-super-bowl-odds-on-favorites-college-football-playoff-favorites-more/#respond Wed, 15 Nov 2017 03:00:53 +0000 http://www.cyinterview.com/?p=20151 Continue reading "Wynn Las Vegas Sportsbook Maestro John Avello Gives the Straight Skinny on Renovations to His Book, Super Bowl Odds on Favorites, College Football Playoff Favorites, More" ]]> Earlier this year, the sportsbook at Wynn Las Vegas went through renovations. The changes have taken the book to a whole new level. A great hangout and one of the nicest sportsbooks in town has now become a must see destination for any sports fan visiting Las Vegas.

Wynn Las Vegas sportsbook manager John Avello had input on the renovations. He says so far there has been nothing but positive reactions to the changes. On why people should come see the new sportsbook and Wynn Las Vegas, he told us, “Because there’s nothing like it in the world. It’s the eighth wonder of the world.” A veteran of Las Vegas’s gaming industry, the oddsmaker catches us up on a variety of topics.

In this, our latest CYInterview with Mr. Avello, we discussed favorites to the win Super Bowl and College Football Playoff, the Oakland Raiders moving to Las Vegas, how the Las Vegas Golden Knights have impacted hockey wagering in the town, what it will mean to have a Super Bowl in Las Vegas one day and many other topics.

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Times of Day, Ruts and Change http://www.cyinterview.com/2017/11/times-of-day-ruts-and-change/ http://www.cyinterview.com/2017/11/times-of-day-ruts-and-change/#respond Sat, 11 Nov 2017 16:19:41 +0000 http://www.cyinterview.com/?p=20146 Continue reading "Times of Day, Ruts and Change" ]]> Some people say, “I’m a night person.” Other people say, “I’m a morning person.” I have also heard folks say, “I am not a morning person.” Interestingly, I do not believe I have ever heard an individual claim they were a middle of the day person. It seems many of us are drawn to the extremes of the 24 hour cycle.

Some of this might have to do with age, occupation and circumstance. Those in college, for example, might tend to be more drawn to the night. Nighttime is often when people socialize, go to restaurants and go out dancing or if they work and go to school, when they have unimpeded time to study.

Farmers, by the nature of their work, have to get up early, so they become accustomed to the early morning. Certain individuals may perform shift work. If they are on the midnight shift for a long enough time, they might get used to that time of day.

There are other issues that could potentially affect what parts of the day we like the best. These include, but are not limited to, when we feel most energetic, when we are more or less hungry, fluctuations in our blood sugar, habit, etc.

We are all, to a greater or lesser degree, creatures of habit. We tend to get up at a certain time. We tend to go to sleep at a certain time. We tend to favor certain meals, etc. We have our tendencies. However, we are not robots. We can work to gradually alter our tendencies.

When it comes to favoring certain times of day, we might want to consider altering our tendencies, specifically if we feel we are not getting the most out of our time. For example, a person who dreads the morning might be missing out on the wonderful feeling that comes from being up early and getting to work while most folks are still rising.

Getting up and out early often has us missing traffic and getting in some quality work while things are quiet. It is during this time of day when we are less likely to be interrupted. You could argue that working in the middle of the night generally gives us time to perform tasks without being interrupted. However, there could be health considerations if we tend to do things in the middle of the night and, consequently, do not get a good night’s sleep.

The bottom line is simple. If you feel you are in a rut and not getting the most out of your day, consider changing to a more productive and hopefully a more healthful schedule. Yes, we are creatures of habit. Yet, we can change our habits and in so doing positively impact our life.

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Pro Wrestling Legend/WWE Hall of Famer Jake “The Snake” Roberts Sits Down at His Vegas Home and Talks: Sobriety, A Book about His Life, Working to Feel Good about Himself, Reaching Out to Ric Flair, More http://www.cyinterview.com/2017/11/pro-wrestling-legendwwe-hall-of-famer-jake-the-snake-roberts-sits-down-at-his-vegas-home-and-talks-sobriety-a-book-about-his-life-working-to-feel-good-about-himself-reaching-out/ http://www.cyinterview.com/2017/11/pro-wrestling-legendwwe-hall-of-famer-jake-the-snake-roberts-sits-down-at-his-vegas-home-and-talks-sobriety-a-book-about-his-life-working-to-feel-good-about-himself-reaching-out/#comments Wed, 08 Nov 2017 04:17:27 +0000 http://www.cyinterview.com/?p=20128 Continue reading "Pro Wrestling Legend/WWE Hall of Famer Jake “The Snake” Roberts Sits Down at His Vegas Home and Talks: Sobriety, A Book about His Life, Working to Feel Good about Himself, Reaching Out to Ric Flair, More" ]]> In his home in Las Vegas, Nevada, pro wrestling legend and WWE Hall of Famer Jake “The Snake” Roberts sat down with me for the first time in eight years. The last time I saw Jake was August 8, 2009. It was the day I graduated from the University of Florida. The wrestling superstar came to my graduation. See our photo above at his home this week.

Today, Jake says he has been sober for six years and has a new outlook on life. Almost a decade ago, the master of ring psychology had spoken about a doing a book on his life. Now, he says he has written 600 pages for a book covering the first half of his life. He plans to write a second book that would take us from there to the present.

Speaking candidly about his life, Jake talks about living in Las Vegas, how he avoids temptations in Sin City, his new pro wrestling school and why he wished he would have pursued sobriety sooner, among other topics.

With the Ric Flair documentary on ESPN, titled Nature Boy, debuting this week, Jake reveals to us that he and Diamond Dallas Page tried to reach out to Flair after his health scare earlier this year. He said they were interested in assisting him with his sobriety. Jake says Ric was not interested in receiving help from either him or Mr. Page.

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On his life today, Jake said this:

“I still struggle with, you know, not really feeling good about myself at times and I certainly give myself a reason to, but you know, enough’s enough and you gotta move on and where I’m at these days, man I just want to reach out and help as many people as I can, because I know that each time I do that I’m closer to getting my dream come true and that’s just to continue to live sober, you know, and to enjoy life.”

The pro wrestling legend does not have a publisher yet, but he says he has written 600 pages for a book covering the first half of his career. He wants to write a second book as well:

“We’ve got about 600 pages ready to go and right now I’m doing my last read. I’ve done about four last reads, but this is my last read for sure. I’m gonna go through it one last time and just check some things out and release it.”

Looking back: With Jake Roberts at my college graduation in 2009

After Ric Flair’s health scare in August, Jake says he reached out to the “Nature Boy” to help with his sobriety, but Flair was not interested in his or Diamond Dallas Page’s help:

“I even tried to help Mr. Flair and I hope Ric can do it. He’s sure going at it with the wrong attitude. He thinks he snapped his fingers, that he can just beat it. There’s a lot more to it. … He’s in the hospital and he’s made that decision to quit drinking. My God I made that decision a million times and he thinks that’s all there is to it. There’s a lot more to it because you know why he’s in that hospital, that disease we call alcoholism is outside doing pushups getting ready for him to come out of the hospital. You’re in a guarded position in the hospital. You know, there’s not a lot of alcohol around.”

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