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Good luck deer hunters!
I've never gone deer hunting myself, but I come from a family of deer hunters. The town I grew up in was full of deer hunting madness and in November I'm pretty sure its official colors are blaze orange and blaze orange.

That's why I get a little ticked off when I hear people promote the crazy stereotype that all deer hunters do is sit around in "deer camp"  slam down cans of cheap beer, eat beef jerky and pass gas.

Most deer hunters I know are very serious about it, and certainly would not go out into the woods drunk or even with a hangover!

My dad went hunting every year. He was more successful in the years before I was born (see picture above), he usually came home with nothing in his trunk but a spare tire. That didn't stop him from enjoying every minute of the tradition, and the preparation that went with it.

My favorite part of being around my dad at hunting season? He always had full size Hershey bars in his coat pocket for "energy," and every once in a while there would be one left for me.

Good luck hunters---be safe!
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This song for a Cadillac ad?
I was kind of surprised the other day when I was watching a football game and a commercial came on the TV for Cadillac.

What? Fountains of Wayne pitching Cadillac?  I think the spot, featuring the song "Stacy's Mom" is pretty funny, but I'm not sure who the ad agency is targetting here. Perhaps women who fancy themselves as cougars (or that other acronym I will not mention)?

I love Fountains of Wayne. I think when it comes to clever lyrics and catchy melodies, they're right up there at the top. I'm not sure however if any of their other songs would be good for car commercials.

For example, I don't think "Planet of Weed" would fit. Nor would "Supercollider,"  as the concept of collision is not one that you want people to think about when they're car shopping. 

Fountains of Wayne does have a song called "92 Subaru." I think that would do the trick if you were trying to sell a 21 year old Subaru.

(I apologize in advance for getting the song "Stacy's Mom" stuck in your head for the rest of the day.)

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Time traveling with the Beatles
We're going to be hearing a lot about the Beatles in the next few months, as this February marks the 50th anniversary of the official start of Beatlemania in the United States, with their appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show.

The Beatles are no slouches when it comes to taking advantage of commercial opportunity, so this week a new compilation of recordings has come out from the Liverpool lads, back when they were hot as a pepper in England, and were all over the BBC. It's called "The Beatles On Air: Live at the BBC Volume 2."

I haven't listened to this two disc set yet--I would like to, but am not sure it's worth 20 or so bucks to buy something I will only listen to once or twice.  (My first volume of Live at the BBC performances has been sitting on my CD rack, unplayed, for years!)

Rolling Stone did give it four stars, so that makes it tempting. But I'm hoping someone else I know will buy it and I can listen to their copy!
 
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Happy 68th birthday Neil Young!
In interviews, Neil Young has been known to call himself a "rich hippie."  Well, now he's definitely reached the level of "rich OLD hippie."   He turns 68 today, and keeps going strong!

He's still working for charity, taking part in Farm Aid again this year, as well as his Bridge School benefit concert, where he even jammed with Arcade Fire.

Neil continues to press on with his electric car, The LincVolt, despite the fact that the first one was destroyed in a fire. And Neil continues to wage his battle against the crappy sound of computerized music, creating Pono, which is a way of downloading music in higher resolution. According to a recent article, it may be available next year.

I also hope that Neil is working on a new memoir. His first one, Waging Heavy Peace, was the best rock memoir I've ever read--as Jon Stewart put it, it was like we were hanging out with Neil while he puttered away in his garage, sharing old stories. (It's now available in paperback, by the way.)

I'm also still holding out hope that he will do a reunion tour with Buffalo Springfield, or at least another go-round with his buddies Crosby, Stills and Nash.  Neil is always full of surprises. So I wouldn't be too shocked to hear he's putting out an album of nursery rhymes, accompanied only on the church organ!

(I took the above picture at Farm Aid in Milwaukee in 2010.)


 
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A Veterans Day Salute!
Many members of my family have served in the military. I haven't talked to many of them about the time they spent serving, but I did have quite a few conversations with my dad, who was a waist gunner on a B-17 in World War II.

He told me he and his crew flew two missions on D-Day. In one of the missions they got lost and had to break radio silence to get help. It was actually quite dramatic. One of the crew members pointed a gun at the radio operator's head and said "if you don't call for help, I'm going to blow your head off."

Naturally, I asked my dad if he was scared during that mission or any of the others. What he said surprised me.

"We were too busy to be scared."  He said they had so many jobs to do and things to remember, there was no time for fear.

To all of those who served, including many members of my family, and others, thank you. Thank you for doing your job, and keeping us free.

(That's my dad in the front row, on the right)
 
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Toy Hall of Fame: the time is now for the Rubber Duck
The National Toy Hall of Fame has released its nominees for induction in 2013. Twelve are nominated, but only two will win a spot in this coveted Hall, to stand side by side with other Hall of Fame toys like the Stick, the Ball, and the Blanket.

This year's nominees are: bubbles, chess, the board game Clue, Fisher-Price Little People, little green Army men, the Magic 8 Ball, My Little Pony, Nerf toys, the Pac-Man video game, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the scooter and the rubber duck.

While all the toys have their attributes, I must cast my vote for the rubber duck. I bet you didn't know this simple bathtub toy has such a storied history.

In 1992, during a storm in the Pacific, 29,000 plastic ducks floated off a ship, and some are still turning up to this day. While some floated to Indonesia and Australia, others ended up in the Bering Strait between Russia and Alaska, where they got wedged in Arctic Ice.  What a harrowing adventure for those tiny birds!  Surely this must be taken into consideration by the historians who make their pick.

On the other end of the spectrum is the whimsical nature of the rubber duck. How awesome was it when an artist created a huge rubber duck and floated it around in the harbors of major cities. (See photo above. Image source wikimedia commons).

But I think the most earnest plea (pun intended) comes from Ernie, or Ernie and Bert fame.

Yes, rubber duckie, we're awfully fond of you!

 
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Why are all colds stupid?
Blecch.

I have a cold. A stupid cold, at that.

For some reason, those two words go together.  STUPID + COLD.  No one has an intelligent cold, or a smarty-pants cold or even a sassy cold.

They're just plain stupid.  Now if they go beyond the "stupid" phase, the brain power of the virus is no longer mentioned. Suddenly, it becomes a NASTY cold or a HORRIBLE cold. (But I'm assuming its IQ is still relatively low.)

And if colds are so stupid, why can't we outsmart them? What does that say about us?

Here's one way to TRY and outsmart a cold--with an over-the-counter medicine.

Check out this commercial from 1990, featuring Tony-award winning actor Nathan Lane. He's been in movies too, and also plays Cam and Mitchell's excitable friend Pepper on Modern Family.




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