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The beer of Kitty's dreams...
I have been given an amazing opportunity: to dream up an unexpected beer flavor..and then have the folks at Mobcraft make it.

If you're a beer lover and haven't heard of Mobcraft yet, you will!  Each month folks submit their own recipe or choose from others that have already been submitted by their users. The beer with the most votes gets brewed every month.

Henry Schwartz at Mobcraft has invited me to come up with three different recipe ideas... and then I'll be asking you to vote about which one should get made.

I've asked some of my beer-loving friends for suggestions--and I'm not sure about some of these ideas. I'm pretty sure fennel (licorice flavored) is not something that sounds too good to me. Other suggestions have included bacon, ginger, and chocolate mint. I'm also considering "Kitty Dunkel."

I've got to do some serious thinking about this. If you have any suggestions, please include them in the comments below.

Find out more about Mobcraft here.
 
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End of an era: We'll miss you Pat Gallagher
For the past 21 years, there's been a constant in my life--and that's that I'd see Pat Gallagher every day when I come to work.

That's coming to an end, as Thursday is his last day at Triple M. I'm not making a biking reference when I say he's had a pretty good ride.

You can see a list of his accomplishments here, but I thought I'd share some more personal memories about working with Pat all these years.

*I've only seen him get really mad once. Luckily, it wasn't at me, and it was for good reason. He threw his mail, and actually yelled! You know, I'm sure he's been irritated at me a time (or two), but I can't remember him ever yelling at me.

*Neither Pat or I are known for our singing voices, but we got to sing backup, as part of the "M5" for Marques Bovre at the Club de Wash. I believe Marques said after that "That's never happening again."

*When Pat started here, he was doing afternoons and I did afternoon news for him. I remember he was in a major panic when he realized he cued up the Allman Bros. Band's "Mountain Jam" instead of a shorter song...and it was time to play commercials!  I suggested he just fade the song out...which is what he did.

*Did you know Pat's a really good cook? The veggie lasagna he made me when I was recovering from surgery was delicious..and ENORMOUS. We just finished it last week!

Pat has been my boss and colleague, but he's also been a good friend. And I'm sure that friendship will continue. I'm pretty sure I'll run into him on the bike trail some time.

Good luck, Pat! We'll miss you.
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The perfect song for National Punctuation Day
Happy National Punctuation Day!

I could give you a list of my favorite punctuation pet peeves, which include misplaced apostrophes, or putting them in places where they're never needed (ie: your's).

But instead I'll flash back about 20 years to the best song ever written about punctuation. 

Dan Baird, singer of the Georgia Satellites, had a minor hit with this song. We loved it on Triple M, by the way.

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Can Ray Charles save the post office?
The United States Postal Service is paying tribute to the late Ray Charles, by issuing a Forever stamp with his likeness. It's being issued today, on what would have been Ray Charles' 83rd birthday.

The 46 cent stamp is part of the Postal Service's Rock and Roll Icons collection. Wouldn't it be great if so many people ran out and bought stamps that the struggling mail service would suddenly be making money instead of losing it? 

I'm glad I got to see Ray Charles before he passed away. He played the Madison Blues Festival at Olin Park years ago. He had a full entourage and sounded great..at least he should have sounded great. The sound at that show was probably the worst sound I've heard at any concert in my life. 

Hey, at least he still sounds good on youtube....

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I'm off to see the Wizard--in 3D!
So when I first read that Warner Bros. was releasing The Wizard of Oz in 3D and on Imax, I was pretty sure I wasn't going to want to fork out the money to go see it.

That's because when I paid around 40 bucks for the Blu-ray of the movie a few years ago, I didn't think it seemed that much improved over the regular DVD.  I refused to believe the nonsense hype of the man behind the curtain.

Then I started reading the reviews--and this is one that really caught my eye. Laura DeMarco of the Cleveland Plain Dealer wrote "The twister was terrifying! The poppies in the field look so real they made me sleepy."

Not that I want to fall asleep at the theatre--but that sounded intriguing. Add the behind the scenes info in the video below, and the fact that it is my favorite movie of all time...and it looks pretty certain that this one-time Munchkin will be heading to the theatre in the next week to see it on the really, really, really big screen.

The Wizard of Oz 3D is showing in Imax for just one week, and then the 3D Blu-ray will be released. In our area, it's showing at AMC Star Fitchburg. It opens on Friday.

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Dhani Harrison channels his dad, to sell jeans?
That's Dhani Harrison in an television ad for gap, singing one of his dad's old songs, "For You Blue," which appeared on the Beatles album "Let It Be."

He doesn't usually sing George's songs, he says, because their voices have the same cadence, but this time he's making an exception. In addition to the 30 second ad, you can buy the song via itunes, with proceeds going to charity, in this case George's Material World Foundation.  Check it out--the guitar's only got four strings!



And here's his dad with the other Fabs. What do you think? Do Father and Son sound alike?

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5 things Kitty loves about the Willy Street Fair
Wow! Summer sure went by fast...as evidenced by the fact that it's already time for the Willy Street Fair.

It happens this Saturday and Sunday on Willy Street, with 3 music stages on Saturday and 5 on Sunday. And it's all free!

Here are five of my favorite things about the fair.

1)The music:  I seem to always get turned on to new bands, and expand my musical horizons. This year I'm really looking forward to seeing the Jimmy's as they wrap up the festival on the Main Stage Sunday night. But I'm sure I'll fall in love with another performer or 2.

2)The colors:  It seems everyone is dressed in wild colors, some tie dye, some not. Some people even wear elaborate costumes for the occasion!  If you really want to see a color explosion, get there by 11am Sunday for the parade.

3)The food:  I always get chicken satay from Bahn Thai. This is a requirement.  I also really love the tiny cucumber salad that comes with it.

4)The t-shirts: Every year I buy a Willy Street Fair t-shirt, which supports the Wil-mar Neighborhood Center (as does the entire fair). And I always enjoy perusing the big pile of seconds and random shirts from Wildwood Productions. In fact, one of my festival shirts, which features the lady from Job Rolling Papers, was purchased from Wildwood Productions!

5)The people:  And this is the most important!  I always run into lots of friends--some whom I haven't seen last year's Willy Street Fair. It's great to reconnect...even though we all have that scary thought in the back of our minds. Winter is coming.

Find out more about the Fair here.

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Big honor for Santana, Billy Joel
Last year, the surviving members of Led Zeppelin were among those receiving Kennedy Center honors in Washington, D.C.  The new honoroees are almost as cool.

The John Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts announced that Billy Joel and Carlos Santana will be getting award, along with musician Herbie Hancock, actress Shirley MacLaine, and opera star Martina Arroyo.

Okay, I admit that Billy Joel isn't really cool..and his personality may have some glitches, but he did make some really great records in the 1970s. And Carlos Santana's legend started at Woodstock and kept right on going through the 1990s, and that album that sold eleventy million copies, "Supernatural."

The honor for Santana comes at an interesting time, as it was just announced that he's getting back together with some of his original band members to do some recording. That includes a couple of guys who went on to form Journey, Greg Rolie and Neil Schon.

The awards ceremony happens Dec. 8, to be broadcast Dec. 29 on CBS.

Find out more about the Kennedy Center Honors adn this year's honorees here.

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What Kitty would like the new iPhone to do
The tech world is all abuzz because a new iPhone is being unveiled. "What will the new features be?" every one seems to be wondering.

I don't have an iPhone. I have a Nokia Tracfone that is so old you can barely see the numbers anymore.  I would consider getting an iPhone if it had at least some of the following features:

1. The capability to load and unload the dishwasher.

2. The ability to tell me what to make for dinner based on pictures of what's in my fridge and cupboards. (This probably already exists).

3. It should come in periwinkle or thistle. (Two underloved Crayola Colors.)

4. It should send out a massive electronic shock if it's stolen in one of those snatch and grab iPhone thefts that have been so common in Madison.

5. It should look like this:


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Kitty's Beercation: 21 breweries in 8 days
We were on a mission: beat our old record of 17 breweries/brewpubs during a one-week vacation.

And we succeeded! We hit 21 different places--and sampled many delicious brews. Here's the rundown:

1. O'so in Plover (Picnic Ants Saison)
2. Bull Falls in Wausau (Irish Red)
3. Red Eye  in Wausau(I think I tried a pale ale?)
4. Great Dane in Wausau (Watermelon Wheat, pictured above)
5. Titletown in Green Bay (Cromulent Ale)
6. Legends in Green Bay (Duck Creek Dunkel)
7. Rail House in Marinette (Blueberry Wheat)
8. Fox River Brewing in Appleton (Buzzin' Honey Ale)
9. Stone Cellar in Appleton (Wis. Pale Ale)
10. Blue Heron in Marshfield (Swamp Castle Brown Ale)
11. Northwoods in Eau Claire (Floppin' Crappie, Bubba's Bumbling Honey Ale)
12. Leinenkugel's in Chippewa Falls (my favorite was the new Hoppin' Helles)
13. Das Bierhaus in Menomonie (Black Bear)
14. Lazy Monk in Eau Claire (Oktoberfest)
15. Fountain City in Fountain City (Original Lager)
16. Backwater Brewing in Winona (Nut Brown)
17. Pearl Street in LaCrosse (Pale Ale)
18. Moose Jaw in Wis. Dells (Pumpkin Ale)
19. Port Huron in Wis. Dells (Honey Blonde)
20. Karben 4 in Madison (Undercover Session Ale)
21. House of Brews in Madison (Bungalow Rye ESB)

So many beers, so little time.  I figure it will be a while before we try breaking this record.

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