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Kitty Dunn

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Posts from March 2013


You've heard the Lumineers...now let's welcome the Chickeneers!
What flattery! To have your song covered by Jimmy Fallon, Blake Shelton, and Nick Offerman, all wearing chicken suits!

Can you imagine being a member of the Lumineers, and watching this unfold?

Priceless.
 
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Coming soon: Uno, the game show

It's not uncommon for game shows to have authorized TV versions. I've owned a few over the years--Password, Concentration, even Family Feud.

What is less common, and perhaps GENIUS, is taking a board game and making it into a TV game show.  Apparently that's what is happening with the card game Uno. In the card game, you basically match colored and numbered cards until you get rid of all of yours. The yelling of  "Uno!" is also involved.

According to the deal in the works with Mattel and a production company, "players will match colors, numbers and wits for a shot at the big prize, but only if they play their cards right!"

What could be more fun than that? I have several ideas.

I don't know if you're aware of this, but there are many spin-off, specialized versions of the card game Uno, and I think some of them might be more compelling. According to wikipedia, these are all real versions of Uno...and all could be made TV friendly.

Hello Kitty Uno: I like this one for obvious reasons.

Hot Death Uno:  I don't know what this is, but it sounds exciting.

Nascar Uno: This would be a guaranteed ratings winner if we could somehow incorporate car crashes.

Macy's Parade Uno: No, this one could only air on Thanksgiving. Not a good choice.

Uno Blitzo: Obviously this involves drinking, so I give it the big "thumbs up." When somebody's down to the last beer they yell "Uno!" And wackiness ensues.

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Was the Easter bunny trying to kill me?
I was just doing a bit of reminiscing with myself, when I got to thinking about the childhood joy of waking up Easter morning, hunting for Easter eggs hidden by that giant basket bringing rabbit.

A couple of things came to mind:

1) The Easter bunny was not very good at hiding things (oh look, there's one next to the table leg).

2) tThose eggs (hard-boiled and dyed by my mom, brother and I the day before) had been out for HOURS. Didn't the Bunny ever hear of salmonella? If the major sugar rush wasn't bad enough, the old eggs should have done us in.


I'm not sure if I'm remembering this accurately, but it seems to me we were in no rush to return them to the fridge after we found them. Did we leave them in the basket, waiting to be eaten until after all the jelly beans (jelly bird eggs) and peeps were eaten?  It's surprising our whole family didn't end up in the emergency room!
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5 things you didn't know about Elton John
Happy birthday Sir Elton John! He turns 66 today--and has been a household name since the early 1970s. But there are some things about Elton that I'm not sure everybody knows.

1. A lot of people know that Elton's birth name was Reginald Kenneth Dwight. But not too many know that his full name these days is Elton Hercules John.

2. Although he was HUGE in the 1970s, he didn't get a Granmy until 1987, for being part of a super-group of sorts with Dionne Warwick on the song "That's What Friends Are For."

3. Elton auditioned for the lead vocalist spot in the band KIng Crimson, but he wasn't their cup of tea.

4. As a session musician, he played piano on the Hollies 1969 hit "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother."  He was paid £12.

5. Elton was immortalized on a pinball machine, in honor of the Who song he covered, "Pintball Wizard." There's one you can buy on eBay right now for $2000.
 
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25 recordings for the ages
You think you have a lot of CDs? Somewhere in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, The Library of Congress has 93 miles of shelving available in an undergound storage facility--prepared to hold and protect our audio visual history.

They've just added 25 recordings in an effort to fill up some empty spaces on those shelves.
 
Among those added: the Simon and Garfunkel album The Sounds of Silence, Cheap Thrills,  Janis Joplin's 2nd album with Big Brother & The Holding Company,  Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon, The Saturday Night Fever Soundtrack, The Ramones self-titled debut album, and the Chubby Checker song "The Twist."

Blues enthusiasts should agree with the choice of the 1965 Junior Wells album, Hoodoo Man Blues. Not only does it include Wells' great harmonica playing, it also features Buddy Guy on guitar! The Library of Congress notes that because of contractual oblications to another record company, he was billed as "Friendly Chap" when the album first came out.
 
Here's Junior Wells from the American Folk Blues Festival in Berlin in 1966. I'm not sure if Buddy Guy is playing guitar, because they never show the guitar player. Boo.

 
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Best rampaging animal story of 2013
Did you hear the one about the cows that were so cold they decided to mooove it on down the road to find someplace warm to hang out?

This morning I was delighted to report about a family in Marathon County (Central Wisconsin) who woke up to find about a dozen cows had broken into their garage. Not only had they ambled a mile or so down the road, they actually passed by another garage that was open, only to break into a locked garage, turn on the lights, and open an electronic garage door.

Now those are some smart cows!

Jonathan wondered why no one in the house heard the rampaging bovines. I speculated it was because the residents were partying until the cows came home, and probably had the music up too loud. (Or were the cows partying until the humans came home?)

Now I've started wondering about the origin of the term "until the cows come home," so I looked it up. Apparently it goes way back, and you can read about it here.
 
If you'd like to listen to the Beatles use the phrase in a song, enjoy this video. You could watch it until the cows come home, if you so desire.
 
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5 Signs of spring (and there are some)
Yes, we got a couple inches of snow yesterday. Yes, the high temperature tomorrow is forecast to be 19. But even though it seems like the calendar is mocking us, there are signs that spring's arrival is imminent.

1. I am really really sick of my sweaters. I mean really.

2. The spring seasonal beers have arrived at the liquor store. Maibock anyone?

3. Shamrock shakes are on the menu at McDonalds.

4. Portable heaters are on clearance at Target.

5. Jimmy the Groundhog has gone into the Witness Protection Program.
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Anybody remember this "Irish" band?
Back in the early days of Triple M, way in the misty past of the 1990s, we used to play a record from a band called "The Young Dubliners."

Now they're not exactly Irish, but they do play Irish rock. And their lead singer, Keith Roberts, was actually born in Dublin.

I remember when they came to Madison to play the Triple M Taste of Madison stage, I got to ride in their bus with them. How exciting!

The idea was I would  help get them to the old Arthouse Cafe restaurant on Atwood Avenue, but it turns out I wasn't the best choice. I got all turned around and made them go way out of their way. (The square is still very confusing to me after living here almost 25 years).

Here they are getting their big break that skyrocketed them to instant fame on CBS This Morning a few  years ago.

Or not.

Enjoy! Erin Go Bragh!

 
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Why I miss the time and temperature lady
This probably happens to most people every once in a while when they're listening to music--they hear a lyric that makes them miss some one who's no longer in their life.

That's what happened to me the other day when I was listening to an Old 97's CD. The song was Big Brown Eyes, and it included the line "I'm calling time and temperature just for some company."
I know just how Rhett and Murry and the guys felt. I used to do the same thing. I just liked her lilting tone of voice. "Thank you for using AT&T. The time is____. The temperature is _____."

I felt she really got me. I was no longer alone when I had the time and temperature lady. And she provided such useful info!  But now with the advent of cell phones and computers that can tell you that kind of stuff instantly, phone companies no longer provide that service.

I'd almost gotten over missing her until Sunday morning when I was setting my clocks for daylight saving time. And then the Old 97s had to re-open the wound. Sigh.

Oh by the way, does anybody know what time it is?

Are you sure?

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