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Holy Crap! Keith is 70? 6 Great Keith Richards quotes
Much to the surprise of many, Keith Richards turned 70 today. And while his speech is often unintelligible, he often does say some pretty wise things.

Here are six of my favorite Keith quotes:

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

Everyone talks about rock these days; the problem is they forget about the roll.

Let me be clear about this. I don't have a drug problem. I have a police problem.

Rock and Roll: Music for the neck downwards.

The only things Mick and I disagree about is the band, the music and what we do.

You can't believe how great this job is. I'll do it as long as people want to listen to it.

Who else loves Keith's opening riff in this song?

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E Street Band gets into Rock Hall: It's about time!

When the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced its new inductees, I was pleased to see that the E Street Band is finally getting the recognition it deserves.

The E Street Band is being honored with an "Award for Musical Excellence," which was formerly known as the Sidemen category.

It would have ben preferable to induct them in 1999 when Bruce Springsteen got the nod, but despite very loud outcry from fans at the time, that did not happen. As I recall, Springsteen was none too pleased with the decision, and of course brought the whole band on stage to play with him that night.

It also would have been nice to have happened when saxophonist Clarence Clemens and keyboard player Danny Federici were alive.

Other inductees this time around include Kiss, Nirvana, Cat Stevens, Peter Gabriel, Linda Ronstadt, and Hall & Oates. The awards will be handed out April 10th in Brooklyn, NY.
 

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Time to bring back wassailing!
It's kind of like trick or treating, except it's for alcohol!  Who's in?

If you've ever heard The Wassail Song, you've heard about this practice, even though you may not have realized it. A few hundred years ago, peasants used to go door to door singing carols, stop at houses of lords and barons and the like, and demand refreshments. At times this got a bit violent, because those who wouldn't share often saw their homes vandalized.

I am in favor of a more peaceful wassail. We'd gather in groups and go from door to door at the houses of all the rich people (I'm thinking Maple Bluff), and ask nicely ifor some of their potent potables.

I doubt that most of the residents to be wassailed upon would actually serve us "wassail" but that's okay. It sounds nasty, involving apples and brandy and raw eggs (for protein). They could just open up their liquor cabinets or wine cellars instead. (Traditional Wassail recipe here).

Actually this walking door to door thing doesn't sound all that appealing. The song opens like this: Here we come a wassailing. Among the leaves so green, Here we come a wandering. So fair to be seen.

Not too many green leaves around here at this time of the year. So instead I think I'll just sit home with a six pack. If I'm feeling the holiday spirit, I just might share.

Here's a different take on the subject:

 
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You must watch this video every holiday season
Four years ago, Bob Dylan, who is Jewish, recorded a Christmas album.

It may be surprising to some that it was actually pretty good!  And it inspired him to be involved in the creation of this video, which is amazing.

If you've never seen it before, trust me. It's well worth the two minutes and 50 seconds it will take you to watch it. (Minus the commercial that runs first).

 
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Obama and "W" head to Africa; what you might overhear on Air Force One
Former President George W. Bush has accepted President Obama's invitation to ride aboard Air Force One to Nelson Mandela's memorial service on Tuesday.

That got me to thinking. Will the two do any talking during the flight? According to flighttimecalculator.com, it's a 15 hour flight between Washingon D.C. and South Africa. Even if you cut that down a bit due to the fact that Air Force One probably has its own set of rules, that's still more than a dozen hours on an airplane. That's a lot of dead air to fill!

They probably don't want to talk about policy, international affairs or national security, so I've come up with a list of topics that should be safe.

Watercolor Painting
Golf
Puppies
Those pesky Secret Service agents
The great nachos they whip up in the White House kitchen
Miley Cyrus
The 22nd amendment
Is Ron Burgundy overexposed?
Origami and or/decoupage
Ginger or Mary Ann?


If there's a real lull in the conversation, maybe they could break the presidential seal on a deck of cards and play a game of "War." I'm pretty sure they both know the rules.

 
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When your favorite holiday TV show airs
Some people's holiday traditions include chopping down their own tree, making intricate gingerbread houses, or fattening up the goose for a festive feast.

Others, like me, make watching television a holiday tradition. For me, it's not Christmas unless I get to watch Linus explain "what Christmas is all about Charlie Brown," or sing along with the Who's down in Who-ville, "wa-hoo doray, wa-hoo doray, welcome Christmas come what may." (I no longer dress as a Christmas tree and dangle ornaments from my glasses!)

So with that in mind, I present a list of some of the most popular holiday shows and when to watch, or set your DVR.

"A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS"
ABC:  7 p.m. Dec. 19

"A CHRISTMAS STORY"
TBS: 7, 9, 11 p.m. Dec. 24; 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11 a.m., 1, 3, 5 p.m. Dec. 25

"DR. SEUSS' HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS" (1966 animated version)
ABC:  7 p.m. Dec. 24
TBS: 2 p.m. Dec. 8, 7 p.m. Dec. 13

"FROSTY THE SNOWMAN"
CBS: 7PM Dec. 6

"IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE"
NBC: 7 p.m. Dec. 14, 7 p.m. Dec. 24

"NATIONAL LAMPOON'S CHRISTMAS VACATION"
FAM: 9 p.m. Dec. 3, 7 p.m. Dec. 4, 8 p.m. Dec. 11, 6 p.m. Dec. 12, 7 p.m. Dec. 15, 8 p.m. Dec. 20, 3 p.m. Dec. 21, 11 p.m. Dec. 24, noon and 8 p.m. Dec. 25, 6 p.m. Dec. 26

"RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER"
CBS: 7 p.m. Dec. 14

"SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN"
ABC: 7 p.m. Dec. 9
FAM: 9 p.m. Dec. 10, 1:30 p.m. Dec. 21, 7 a.m. Dec. 22, 5 p.m. Dec. 23, 7:30 a.m. Dec. 25

"WHITE CHRISTMAS"
AMC: 6 and 8:45 p.m. Dec. 13, 6 and 8:45 p.m. Dec. 14, 3:15 and 11 p.m. Dec. 15, 12:01 a.m. Dec. 18, 4:15 p.m. Dec. 19, 1 and 11:15 p.m. Dec 23
 
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Beware! The Holiday Flavor Explosion!
If you thought the snack food universe got a little weird at Halloween, with everything from pumpkin pie pop tarts to candy corn Oreos, brace yourselves.

The holiday flavors are here for another season, destined to make our bellies even more like bowls full of jelly.

So far, I've heard of Christmas Crunch (the Cap'n adds red and green crunch berries for a festive touch), candy cane peppermint Oreos, and white chocolate peppermint M & M's.  Last year Pringles came out with pumpkin pie and white chocolate potato chips, and have now added pecan pie to their arsenal of flavors. (One reviewer said that one tasted like French toast.)

I'm afraid this is just the tip of the iceberg. What other sickening holiday treats loom around the corner?  Here's a list of festive foods and beverages I never want to taste.

Candy Cane Beer (this flavor is already available as a shot of schnapps with a beer chaser).

Gingerbread Manwich

Hot buttered rum and coke

Oyster Stew Snickers

Mincemeat Helper

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