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How much would you pay for this ugly ugly lamp?
Apparently there's no accounting for taste.

Amazon just came out with a list of interesting stats for the holiday season. Among them: people bought enough Christmas Story leg lamps to reach the top of Mt. Everest.

That's 20,320 feet of "major awards" like the iconic lamp the dad won in the movie A Christmas Story. 

Now I'm a fan of the movie, but I certainly wouldn't want one of those lamps to be part of my shabby chic decor.  But apparently people were buying the thing like wildcakes!

Now they didn't do the math, and I won't either, but that would be a whole lot of 20 inch leg lamps at $47.96 each, or not quite as many of the 45 inch variety that cost $145.99.  I'm not sure if they counted all the leg lamp mugs, night lights, cookie cutters or Christmas tree lights in their measurement comparison, either.

Needless to say, somebody made a lot of money, and hopefully a lot of folks were please on Christmas morning. At any rate, it's safer than a Red Ryder BB gun. It's pretty hard to shoot your eye out with a lamp.


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Better than all those annoying holiday ads on TV..
Am I the only one who rushes to the remote to hit mute when a certain cell phone commercial comes on the TV? 

I really thought I had it with all television commercials after the onslaught of political ads pre-election, and now the extra annoying holiday ads with insipid grating music filling my head with malicious thoughts.

But then I saw this out-take reel of a couple of old folks cutting a commerical for a restaurant in Maine.  Now I want to see the finished ad!

As long as it doesn't start with a jingle that says "you got a new cell phone...blah blah blah blah blah...."

Enjoy!  And would somebody like to bake me a pie?
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Holiday spirit from Bob Dylan...
If you're feeling like the holiday spirit has passed you by this year, I highly recommend you spend a little less than three minutes with Bob Dylan.

Watch  the video for "It Must Be Santa"  and you might even feel drunk with happiness! 

The song came out on Dylan's Christmas album, "Christmas in the Heart," in 2009. Some folks thought it was pretty weird that Dylan, who is Jewish, would put out a Christmas album, but a lot of critics found it to be charming.
 
This video is extra crazy. I've posted it in my blog every December since it came out, and I have no intention of stopping!

Take note of the reindeer's names near the end of the song. It might give you a good little chuckle.

 
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10 Great Keith Richards quotes
Today is Keith Richards 69th birthday. During his many years on the planet he's said a lot of pretty interesting stuff--albeit you can't always understand what he's saying!

Here are ten of my favorite words of wisdom from the surliest Rolling Stone.

“Music is a necessity. After food, air, water and warmth, music is the next necessity of life.”

"Rock 'n' roll's great weapon is humor."

"Poison's not bad. It's a matter of how much."

“I hate predictions. They never turn out when I make them.”

“I’ve never turned blue in someone else’s bathroom. I consider that the height of bad manners.”

“If you're going to kick authority in the teeth, you might as well use two feet.”

“The rock's easy, but the roll is another thing...”

”Playing live with the Stones is like living in your own separate country. It’s like having an empire but no land.”

"Sometimes I think songwriting is about tightening the heartstrings as much as possible without bringing on a heart attack.”

“We age not by holding on to youth, but by letting ourselves grow and embracing whatever youthful parts remain.”
 

(Above picture from www.keithrichards.com where you can find more fascinating info about Keith..including his incredibly readable autobiography Life.)
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For any one who's ever gotten a bad gift...
Gift giving can be a serious challenge. I try my best to always give presents that people will really like, or will at least make them laugh.

Sometimes I miss the mark.

One year I got my younger brother a special T-shirt at the mall, at one of those kiosks where they will iron on just about any message or image. He was interested in becoming a pilot at the time, and the shirt said "Flying" and featured a picture of an airplane. It was hideous.

He never wore it.  I actually gave it to him for his birthday, and because he hated it so much I stole it out of his drawer, wrapped it up and gave it to him again, this time for Christmas! It's now become a running joke between the two of us.

But I digress. The main point of this blog was to tell you about an awesome website that asks "Why Did You Buy Me That?"  It lets you upload pictures of your crappy gifts for all to see.

Some of them don't seem that bad. Some are just helpful hints. Like the home marijuana testing kit or rolls of breath mints.

Others are just unconscionable. Justin Bieber alarm clock, I'm looking at you.
Check out all the crappy gifts here. And feel free to add your own!
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What Mayor Dave and Michael Stipe have in common
Every December for the last several years, Dave Cieslewicz, former Madison Mayor and current blogger extraordinaire, has come to Triple M to share with us and all our listeners.

What does he share? His thoughts on the current political situation? Of course not. He plays for us his favorite Christmas carol, "Good King Wenceslas," as sung by Mel Torme.

What does that have to do with Michael Stipe you ask? Well ever since he broke up R.E.M., Michael has reportedly been sitting on a shelf on the set of the Stephen Colbert show. But given the chance to croon this particular tune along with Colbert and actor Mandy Patinkin, he was inspired to sing! He must have some love for that same beloved carol, or he wouldn't have joined in.

I'm hoping when Dave comes in next Friday to play "Good King Wenceslas" he picks this version to celebrate his new kinship with the R.E.M. singer.

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New Rock Hall Class: At long last, Rush

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced its inductees for 2013. Drumroll please! Here you go..

Performer Category:
• Heart
• Albert King
• Randy Newman
• Public Enemy
• Rush
• Donna Summer

Ahmet Ertegun (non performer) Award:
• Lou Adler
• Quincy Jones


What's that? Did we read that correctly? The Canadian power trio Rush is finally getting in? Rush fans have been ticked off for years, as this was the first time the band was even nominated, even though they've been eligible since 1998. Will their nomination quiet their fans?

Geddy Lee tells Rolling Stone the band won't pull a no-show like Axl Rose or the Sex Pistols, because they're nice Canadian boys.  He says they'll show up smiling.

I've never been a huge Rush fan, probably because I get annoyed with Geddy Lee's singing voice, but I certainly think they're qualified to make it in...at least as qualified as the Beastie Boys or even Blondie!  It seems every guy I know of a certain age (let's say 48-48) has seen them live, at least once...and their musicianship and songwriting displays real talent.

Of the other inductees, I'm glad to see bluesman Albert King make the list.

And to be honest, I thought Heart made it in years ago.

 

Here's a Rush song about something they have a lot of in Canada....TREES!  Be sure to make note of Alex Lifeson's amazing guitar work.


 

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