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5 Great Willie Nelson Quotes
Today's Willie Nelson's 80th birthday--and you know, he is a wise old fellow. In addition to writing some great songs, playing the HECK out of his beat-up guitar, and even acting in movies, Willie's said some pretty profound things.

Here are five of my favorites:

1. "My doctor tells me I should start slowing it down - but there are more old drunks than there are old doctors so let's all have another round."

2. "Ninety-nine percent of the world's lovers are not with their first choice. That's what makes the jukebox play."

3. "You know why divorces are so expensive? They're worth it."

4. “The early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.”

5. “If you’re not crazy there’s something wrong with you."



And while we're talking about Willie, did you see this?

 
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Who's up for 100 miles of garage sales?
It may be time for a road trip.

Rummage sale fanatics will be flocking to the Great River Road on the Mississippi River this coming weekend for 100 miles of garage sales.

No, not 100 garage sales. 100 miles of them in 15 different towns on the river, in Wisconsin and Minnesota.

I've been to some pretty major townwide sales before, in places like Cottage Grove and Evansville, but this sounds like the mother lode. I think it would be fun to bring a group and have a scavenger  hunt--we could try to see how many large inflatable crayons we could find, or perhaps the crappiest piece of garbage for the highest price, or the item you can't believe somebody would try to sell.
I was at a yard sale once and I noticed that some one was trying to sell one of those little plastic doohickeys that often go in delivery pizza to separate the pizza from the box (as pictured below). They said it was a Barbie table and they wanted ten cents!

And I bet with 100 miles of sales this weekend I could find at least one of those being offered up next to a broken VCR or a trashed copy of Barry Manilow's Greatest Hits.

More info about the 100 mile garage sale here.

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So long George Jones
Considering the history of country singer George Jones, you'd think he would have died in a bar fight or a drug overdose.  But it was a high fever and irregular heartbeat the claimed his life at the age of 81.
 
Known for his wild lifestyle and four marriages (including a stormy one to Tammy Wynette), Jones also has garnered respect and admiration for his amazing voice, which USA Today describes as "honky tonk eloquence" (although I'm sure they stole the line from some one else). His career spanned 50 years and he won two Grammies, and has a spot in the Country Music Hall of Fames.

While I'm not a huge fan of the music they call "country" these days, I do have a soft spot for that smooth, smooth voice of Mr. Jones. Honky tonk eloquent indeed.

Jones' "He Stopped Loving her Today" may be the saddest song in country music history.

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Kitty's Presidential Library
Today's the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Library.  It's huge--more than 225-thousand square feet, the biggest of all the presidential libraries.  That's 100 times bigger than my house, and a heckuva lot of space to fill.

Now I know that I'll never be president, but I wouldn't mind having a presidential library some day. In fact, I've got a lot of important papers that I believe future generations should have a chance to see. 

Here is just a partial list.

1. Old grade school folders, like the one pictured above. In the 1970's, it was okay to have a sticker advertising beer at school.

2. A 6th grade report on "The Unexplained of Ancient Times." This handwritten report spent a lot of time on the theories of Erich Von Daniken, which said that the pyramids and other such structures were built by aliens.

3. An unfinished novel in a blue spiral notebook. Having just read The Outsiders, I have around 80 pages of a story about a gang of hoods in New York who find and adopt a baby.  The gritty realism is astounding.

4. A folder filled with newspaper clippings about the death of Elvis Presley. Glued to typing paper, and nicely faded.

5. The TV script I wrote for the TV show Fame  when I was in college. It was a project that was supposed to be completed over an entire semester.   I wrote it in 3 days. 

6. My autobiography, written in 8th grade. It was supposed to be around 15 pages long, but at that point I'd only made it through kindergarten. Including photos, it was more than 50 pages.

7. A wide assortment of birthday cards, including some sent to my parents when I was born.

8. Programs from junior high school football games I attended.

9. Copies of my junior high school newspaper, The Patriot Press. I was a key contributor, often writing the horoscopes and word search puzzles.
 
10.  A letter from the people with the TV show Hoarders, offering to help me cut through the clutter. No wait...I haven't received that yet.

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How that Top 200 Jobs List Got It All Wrong
So I suppose you have seen that ranking of 200 jobs, when it comes to work environment, stress level, and hiring outlook. According to Careercast.com, actuary is #1, and newspaper reporter is #200.

Where does radio personality come in? It took awhile for me to click through the list of jobs, at 20 per page. Hey!  There I am, at #179--Disc Jockey.  Job description: Selects and plays records or tapes; comments on areas of interest to a particular radio audience.

Wait, that can't be me. I haven't played a record or tape in years. This is downright crazy, my job can't rank even LOWER than that? Can it?

Oh here it is, at #185--Broadcaster.  This job description fits more closely. Prepares and delivers news and related presentations over the air on radio and television.  Yep, that's me.  15 away from the bottom of the list.

Now that's just silly!  My work environment is great!  Who wouldn't like to be trapped in a tiny room with Jonathan Suttin at the crack of dawn? And stress?  "Oh my goodness...I just had ten seconds of dead air! Think of the ramifications!" (Okay I do admit I get a little freaked out when I push a wrong button or something when I'm on the air, but I get over it quickly.)

So in conclusion, especially if you are one of my supervisors, I really really love my job. The work environment is pleasant, and the stress is low.   I wouldn't mind hanging on to it for another couple decades.

Because from what I understand the hiring outlook is not that good.

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Remembering Richie Havens
The first performer to take the stage at Woodstock so many years ago moves on to the great music in the sky.

Richie Havens died yesterday of a sudden heart attack at age 72.

As legend has it, Havens was scheduled to go on fourth, but because of the mess on the New York State Throughway, other bands were either stuck in traffic, or their gear hadn't arrived yet.

So he got up and played and played..and played. He said his original four song set turned into every song he knew!

While Havens never became a household name, the fame he got from performing at Woodstock made it possible for him to continue a recording career and play gigs up until his retirement last year. He cited health reasons.

Havens did have one Top 40 hit, a cover of the Beatles' "Here Comes the Sun" in 1971.

 
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Hey Jude, different
I am a sucker for a song in a minor key.
Nevertheless, when I came upon this in my facebook newsfeed, I was only hesitantly curious.

A resident of the Ukraine, Oleg Berg, has taken a bunch of songs and by the magic of some sort of keyboard wizardry, and transformed them from major into minor keys. (More about the project here).

While the original version of "Hey Jude" is a classic (and the Beatles best selling record of all time), I felt this one to be wonderfully hypnotic.
 
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Here it is: The Hunger Games Catching Fire Trailer
Let the hype begin!

The second movie in The Hunger Games trilogy doesn't open until November 22nd (the Friday before deer hunting season), but the excitement is building as the trailer for Catching Fire was just released over the weekend.

I read all three Hunger Games books a couple of years ago, and loved the second bookm Catching Fire. The trailer does make this second one seem exciting, but for some reason doesn't ring too many bells with me as far as the plot goes. (Maybe my memory just sucks).
 
One thing that's interesting for those of us that read the books, is that the second book is being split into two movies. That's a great plan because it gives the movie people more time to figure out what do with that third book-- which was NOWHERE near as good as the first two. It's definitely going to need some reworking to make it watchable.
 
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Crossroads envy
Eric Clapton's having a few friends over to jam this weekend, and I wish I could be there.

This weekend it's Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival, and this time he's having it over two nights at Madison Square Garden.

That's disappointing to me and a whole lot of Midwesterners, who were hoping it would be back in Chicago, like it was in 2010. Apparently the 90-plus degree temps were a bit much for Clapton and a lot of the other guitar slingers, who'll have a much more climate-controlled experience this time around.

I took a look at this year's lineup, and it seems to have many of the same characters that played for us three years ago at Toyota Park.  One difference--the Allman Brothers Band will make it there this time. They had to bow out last time because Greg Allman was busy getting a new liver.
 
Not playing this year--ZZ Top. I remember when I saw them at the 2010 festival I wondered if they had some kind of air conditioning in those suits.
 
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Fleetwood Mac gets it right--sometimes an EP is enough
Fleetwood Mac is releaing an EP of new material very soon....and when I first heard that, I thought--an EP? Is that all you've got? You're one of the most popular bands of all time who've recorded dozens of amazing songs and multi-platinum hits, and now all you can come up with is an EP? Just a few songs instead of a full album?

But then I thought...that's a great plan. No one really listens to full albums any more, and quite often the new albums that come out from classic artists like that are just not that good. The creative fire has smoldered too long and the bright flashes are few and far between.

For example, when the Eagles came out with that only-at-Walmart album, Long Road Out of Eden, in 2007, it was a two disc set.  Who really wanted to hear 20 new songs from the Eagles? The only good song was "How Long," which was in fact not written by an Eagle, but by J.D. Souther.   I think that an EP would have sufficed.

Here's Lindsey Buckingham talking about their newest music and the band playing a new song:

 



Like a bluebird with his heart removed...remember this one?
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Witchcraft, lesbianism, and prostitution...and other unlikely college courses
I was perusing the internet this morning when I came across a list of college courses that seemed too good to be true.
Among them: Surviving The Zombie Apocolypse at Michigan State University, Invented Languages: Klingon and Beyond, at the University of Texas at Austin, and from Oregon State a class about bugs that used Gary Larson's comic strip as a starting point--The Far Side Entomology.

Now I went to UW-Stevens Point a long long time ago, and none of those courses were offered there. I did however take a history class called "Witchcraft, lesbianism and prostitution."

It was one of the most fascinating courses I took because the teacher really made it interesting, but I was a little disappointed that I didn't learn how to cast spells.

And I couldn't believe there wasn't a single lecture about Samantha Stevens and her bewitching little nose.
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Can I make friends with dandelions?
Today is National Dandelion Day, a day to celebrate the first weed of spring! 
 
I'm sure it won't be long before I see them popping up in my yard, cascading yellow from house to sidewalk. I will swear at them (they will be unphased), and I will try to dig them up with my trusty garden thingy (their roots will evade my reach and rise to torment again).

I didn't always hate dandelions, and I bet you didn't either. I would pick them and bring them to my mom, who would pretend to like them and put them in a jelly jar filled with water on the windowsill in our kitchen.

I remember once when I was very small, I wandered down the block to a house owned by an old lady who I thought was kind of scary.  Her lawn was FILLED with dandelions, so I was eagerly picking them making a lovely bouquet for my mother. The old lady came out of her house and saw me and I freaked out.... and apologized profusely. I remember she just smiled and told me to pick as many as I wanted.  I did just that, and no longer thought she was very frightening at all.
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Why Jimmy Fallon rocks my socks off..
Jimmy Fallon is more than deserving to sit behind that Tonight Show desk.  I've never thought Jay Leno was funny--but I always get a kick out of Jimmy.

I love that he has the courage to do absolutely CRAZY things with musical guests. I love his impressions of popular rock icons like Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen. They are usually so stupid they transcend to the level of awesome.

I just wonder how stoked he was when Paul McCartney agreed to do perform the song "Scrambled Eggs" with him, with lyrics obviously concocted by Jimmy and his writers.

"Scrambled Eggs" was the original, working title to "Yesterday."


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Kitty's top 3 music books
There have been a lot of great rock and roll memoirs written, and a lot of lousy ones as well..Eric Clapton I'm looking at you!  Here are my top three favorite rock and roll memoirs.

1. Neil Young's autobiography Waging Heavy Peace is like taking a little trip thru Young's head. It's not in chronological order, doesn't give away any of his secrets to great songwriting or guitar playing...but is so entertaining! I could hear Neil's aging hippie voice in my head the whole time I was reading it.
 
2. Keith Richards Life. I'll admit I did skim over some of the stuff about open guitar tunings and illegal drug use. But I learned a lot about the Rolling Stones and what it takes to keep a band together for half a century.

3.CASH, the autobiography of Johnny Cash. The book which was released in the late 90's detailed a lot of stories I had never heard before. For example--he had to get armed guards to protect his home in Jamaican after his family was robbed there at gunpoint during Christmas dinner.
 
Honorable mention: Wonderful Tonight, by Patti Boyd; John by Cynthia Lennon; Bob Dylan Chronicles Volume 1
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Tolls on the beltline, the google chip, and....
As you know, Jonathan & Kitty in the Morning is known for breaking the big news stories. Woodward and Bernstein, move over.

That's probably why it should be no surprise that we were the only news outlet reporting about the Radiant Tropospheric Shield that Madison is getting to protect us from asteroids and meteorites.

Just to refresh your memory, these are some of the other BIG stories that we broke on April 1 in years past.

1. Tolls on the beltline. Special cameras would capture your license plate number as you enter the beltline. Monthly bills would be sent to your home.

2. Changes at the Farmers Market on the Square. Republican shoppers would stay on one side of the square, and Democrats on the other, to minimize clashes and unrest.

3. Google Chip. In order to get the super duper high speed internet provided by google, residents would be asked to get a "google chip" inserted into their finger so Google could keep track of their every move.
 
4. Haliburton Hall. The Overture Center was to be renamed Haliburton Hall, and the Dick and Lynn Cheney Foundation would bail out the financially struggling arts center.

5. Compact Disc Ban. Then Mayor Dave Cieslewicz proposed banning CD's because they often got stuck on the beaks of seagulls.

6. Show Tunes Tuesday. We already have New Music Thursday, why not add to the musical spectrum with a few show tunes?
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