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Rejected Earth Day celebration ideas*

Like me, you probably try to be Earth friendly every day, but since it is Earth Day, you want to do a little something extra. Here are some ideas I considered, but for some reason decided against.

1. Hold a seance on Gaylord Nelson's grave. The Earth Day founder's cremated remains are buried in the family plot in Clear Lake, in northwest Wisconsin. Not carbon neutral.

2. TP the Aldo Leopold Nature Center with toilet paper made from 100 percent recycled materials. Earth Day pranks are so last year.

3. Sow seeds of discontent. Already handled by Bill O'Reilly.

4. Reduce phantom energy use by calling Ghostbusters. Really? An '80s reference?

5. Hug a tree. They don't hug back--and my life is full of enough rejection already.


For purposes of self-disclosure, I originally wrote this blog in 2009. For Earth Day, I thought it was appropriate to recycle it.

(Image credit NASA; public domain)
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Kitty's Picks for Record Store Day

Vinyl junkies are chomping at the bit for this year's Record Store Day, coming up on Saturday.

Created to draw attention to the cool independent stores that still sell vinyl, Record Store Day has turned into a phenomenon. Bands that are cooler than most are releasing extra special vinyl-only recordings that you can't get at the big box stores.

According to the Record Store Day website, these Madison stores are participating:

B-side 436 State
Earwax Record Shop 254 West Gilman
Mad-city Music Exchange 600 WIlliamson St.
Strictly Discs 1900 Monroe Street
Sugar Shack Records 2301 Atwood Avenue


Not all stores will have all releases, so you might want to do some research beforehand to find out which places will have what you're looking for.

Here are my picks for Record Store Day:

1. R.E.M. "Unplugged: The Complete 1991 and 2001 Sessions." Songs that didn't make it on air during the broadcast of MTV Unplugged. This is a 4 album set! This collection comes out on CD and digital formats May 20.

2. Creedence Clearwater Revival "The 1969 Singles." Most bands would be happy to have one hit a year, but CCR had several, including "Proud Mary," "Fortunate Son," and "Bad Moon Rising."

3. Nirvana "Pennyroyal Tea/I hate Myself and Want to Die" (single). This was going to Nirvana's next single, but because of Kurt Cobain's suicide and the unfortunate name of the flip side, it was shelved.

4. Velvet Underground "Loaded." Lou Reed's last album with the Velvet Underground, on pink black and white splatter vinyl.

5. Ray Parker Jr. "Ghostbusters" 10" picture disc featuring the Ghostbusters logo. Who ya gonna call?

6. Bruce Springsteen "American Beauty." 12" vinyl featuring songs that didn't make the cut for his most recent album "High Hopes."

7. Jimi Hendrix "Live at Monterey." This was the set that made Jimi a star in the United States. Watch the movie, then go buy the 12" vinyl.

8. Dave Matthews Band "Live Trax Volume 4." This 1996 live set features songs from their first performances using a sound system they had just inherited from the Grateful Dead. It includes a nearly 15 minute jam of the song "Jimi Thing."

9. Grateful Dead "Live at Hampton Coliseum." This is the first release of this 1979 show in any format.

10. Green Day "Demolicious" featuring out-takes from their recent Uno! Dos! Tre! albums.
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Songs for Tax Day

So I learned today that if you're getting a refund, there's no penalty for not getting your taxes in by today's deadline. But why would you want the government to keep your money any longer than they already do?

With that question in mind (and a few others) I present my Tax Day 2014 Playlist.

!. Sunny Afternoon by the Kinks (This is a very cute video).



2. 1040 Blues by Robert Cray with the clever line "I hate taxes"



3. Taxman by the Beatles. (Just to mix things up here's Stevie Ray's version!)



4. After Taxes by Johnny Cash. Everything you can't buy because taxes are so high.



5. What if We All Stopped Paying Taxes by Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings. I'm pretty sure I don't advocate this extreme option, but it's a pretty good song!

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Blood Moon: reason to stay up late, or end of the world?

There's a preacher in Texas who's a little freaked out about tonight's lunar eclipse, and the three that follow every six months over the next two years.

He thinks it's a signal of the end of the world!, and has even written a book about is theory.

I think it's just a good reason to stay up late (or get up early). Starting at 12:20 tomorrow morning, this astronomical phenomenon will begin.

Here's your new big word for today--"tetrad." That refers to the four "blood moon" eclipses that we can look forward to between now and September of 2015.

Now I don't really go for end of the world prophecies, because if I did, what would prevent me from having a chocolate milk shake every day with lunch?

Meanwhile, I was watching a special on PBS the other night featuring Jason Isbell of the Drive By Truckers. He says when he dies, he doesn't want it to be in a Super 8 Motel. That's also a bad place to be if it's the end of the world. On the other hand, you wouldn't have to worry about being late for check-out time, would you?

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Kitty's blog: what coming back from vacation feels like

I just returned from a wonderful vacation visiting family in the state of Oregon. We had some 80 degree days, I got to smell a little sea air, eat some great food, and try some outstanding beer.

All the same, it's great to be back in Madison. But I must admit, I'm feeling a little foggy.

Kind of like looking at the world through the bottom of a milk shake glass. In other words, I feel kinda like this little hedgehog.

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Kitty's 1000th blog

Wow! What a milestone! I am pleased to announce that this the 1000th blog I've written for Triple M.

Some have been poignant, others downright silly. And I'm pretty sure a few of them made no sense at all.

Kitty's Blog By The Numbers

352:  Blogs about growing up in Stevens Point.

328:   Music-related blogs. Some of them may or may not have involved the Beatles.

117: Blogs about various holidays, including complaints about how pre-scooped pumpkins are not a thing.

95:   Recipes and other gastronomical topics. And no, all of them were not about beer.

52:   Complaints about the weather. Surprisingly all of them were not from this winter.

28:  Videos of cute babies and kittens.

19:  Political posts (mostly making fun of politicians)

8: Posts about Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, and/or Miley Cyrus

1: Blog about blogging. (Which by the way includes my very first "selfie!")






 
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The uglier side of spring

The poet ee cummings has a couple great quotes about spring. One is that in the spring, "the world is mud-lucious and puddle-wonderful."

The other is "the earth laughs in flowers."

I've come up with another one along those lines. "The earth yells in giant parking lot snow turds."
 
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Playlist for the first day of spring

Hurray! Spring is finally here!

Okay, we still have large clumps of black oily snow everywhere, but at least the calendar says it's spring. And that means warmer days are right around the corner. (We hope).

Here are some songs to put a spring in your step.

 

 
 
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Kitty's 5 Shocking St. Patrick's Day facts

You probably already knew that St. Patrick wasn't Irish (he was born in Wales), and that he never drove the snakes out of Ireland.

But did you know these amazing (and somewhat troubling) facts?

1. Corned beef and cabbage is an American invention

2. An Irish seven-course meal is a 6-pack of beer and a potato. (At least that's what I've heard.)

3. The chance that you will ever find a 4-leaf clover is one in 10,000. I found several as a kid, so that may mean my luck has run out.

4. Much of the Guiness we drink in the United States comes from Canada. What? That appears to be true.

5. The Irish Rovers, while they do rove, are not Irish. They are from California. (But they do have that Irish gleam in their eyes).

 
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Jonathan & Kitty by the numbers

This Saturday, March 15th, will mark the 15th anniversary of Jonathan and me trying desperately to wake up Madison on 105.5 Triple M.

We'll celebrate Friday on our show, with some highlights from over the years. And by highlights, we mean moments that have been slightly less awkward than others.

I've been doing some calculating, tallying up some of the things that we've accomplished since that auspicious day in 1999.

JONATHAN AND KITTY BY THE NUMBERS*

47- Fights that almost resulted in fisticuffs

3012- Dream CD's played at 9am.

1-Triple M Baby born

364- Flower Power lunches delivered

1,033-  White Sox references

1,657-Rampaging animal stories

952- Stuff spilled on the highway stories

55,312-cold showers needed after Brian Olson's Sexy Slow Jams

1,139- Simpsons references

3,752- naked dances with the Gomers

354- waking up Madison with Bongo Bong

3-times we may have accidentally sworn on the air (don't tell anyone)

7,952- concert tickets given away via great games like "Cheese or Font"

852- Triple M Traffic Reporters appointed

0- broadcasting awards received

Millions and millions- times we should be thanking you for putting up with us all these years.  Thank you!  (There's one).
 
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