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Great music, great cause
What are you doing Sunday March 9th? Why not spend the afternoon supporting a great cause, and enjoying some fantastic music?

It's a benefit for the family of a young Madison girl, Anna Mischnick, who is battling brain cancer.

The event goes from 3pm to 6pm March 9th at McFarland High School, and features the Oak Street Ramblers, and Count This Penny, which recently made the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel's list of Wisconsin bands to watch in 2014.

There will also be a bake sale, silent auction and art activities for the kids.

Get a little taste of what Count This Penny sounds like, with this cover of the Warren Haynes' "Soulshine."

 
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80s trends that need to come back
I took a journey into the 1980s last night when I went to see the musical Flashdance at Overture Center. The musical was quite the trip. I loved the dancing, the costumes, and the staging.

Out in the lobby, they were selling Flashdance legwarners, and I was thinking that's a trend that doesn't necessarily need a comeback. I never even owned owned any, but my mom did. Pink ones and purple ones. But I digress.

Here are some 1980s things I would like to see make a comeback.

1. Acid wash jeans, but only if the pockets and cuffs are in a different color acid wash denim than the rest of the pants. And while we're talking legwear, how about stirrup pants!?

2. Perms. (See above). Also, mullets.  What's wrong with being business in the front and party in the back?

3. Stroh's Beer. I used to drink a lot of that beer in the 80s. I think I liked it mostly  becaused when you read the neon light from the inside of the bar, it said "Shorts."

4. Trivial Pursuit. Whenever I played this game, I was super into it. I remember when a friend of mine and I took on an entire room of smart people and nearly beat them. And we would have too, if we had remembered the three things you add to Kraft Mac and Cheese, according to the box, are milk, butter, and SALT.

5." Moonlighting: The Twilight Years."  Admit it. You want to see Bruce Willis and Cybill at long last back together again!


 
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5 Great George Harrison quotes
George Harrison may have been "the quiet Beatle," but over the years, he's said some pretty profound (and funny) things.

On what would have been his 71st birthday, I thought I'd share some of my favorite George quotes with you.

"We were the Spice Boys."

"As long as you hate, there will be people to hate."

"The Beatles saved the world from boredom."

"The Beatles exist apart from my Self. I am not really Beatle George. Beatle George is like a suit or shirt that I once wore on occasion and until the end of my life people may see that shirt and mistake it for me."

"All the world is a birthday cake, so take a piece. But not too much." (from the Beatles song "It's All Too Much."

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The most influential candy bar and how it shaped me, by Kitty Dunn
Time Magazine has just released a list of the most influential candy bars of all time, and what do you know, my favorite tops the list. That my friends, is the Kit Kat Bar, due in part to the fact that it was the first candy bar used in socializing. Hey! Who wants to come to my Kit Kat party!  (See the whole list here.)

Yes, it's cookie goodness and creamy chocolatey-ness is delicious, but how has it influenced me?

1. When I was a kid, Kit Kat bars had five chocolate sticks. My mom would buy a candy bar, give me two sections, my brothers two sections, and keep just one for herself. This taught me about maternal sacrifice.  Later, it taught me product downsizing.

2. Kit Kat bars are quite addictive. That's something I learned after finishing a whole bag of fun sized bars before Halloween. I may be influenced in this same way again next year.

3. The candy inspired me to go by the name Kit Kat insteady of Kathleen. Later this was changed to Kitty.  Okay, that's not true, but it could have been.

4. Just the thought of one can influence me to break into song.
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This octopus will freak you out

In a song on the Abbey Road record, Ringo sings that's he'd like "to be under the sea in an octopus's garden, in the shade." Well I've got some advice for Mr. Starkey. If you go to a certain octopi's garden, do NOT bring your camera.

Check out what happened in the ocean off of Carmel, California the other day. Definitely freaky.

I wonder how they got the camera back?

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The candy Democrats like most
From the newspaper that cracked the Watergate scandal--another cutting edge, super-important, cutting edge political story. Here's the headline: "Valentine's Special: What your candy says about your politics."

I'm sure this story gets a hearty thumbs-up from Willy Wonka, and is also on the short list (or at least the sweet list) for the Pulitzer prize.

Basically, the story says if you like Hershey's Special Dark or Junior Mints, you're probably a Republican. If you favor Snickers, Airheads, or Nerds, you're a Democrat. (No political commentary intended with the Airhead or Nerd references, right?)

Members of both parties like M&M's, while Dems prefer the almond ones, while the GOP likes the peanut butter variety. The dark chocolate peanut M&M's are beloved by both. Talk about ground-breaking, earth-shattering news!

When I checked the byline of the story, I have to tell you I was pretty astonished that neither Woodward or Bernstein were responsible for any of the content.

You can read the whole story here and see their nifty blue and red colored graph.

 
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What? Tina Louise is 80?
Does it seem weird to you that Shirley Temple and Tina Louise, who played Ginger on Gilligan's Island, weren't that far apart in age?

Shirley Temple black passed away last night at age 85, and Tina Louise turns 80 today. To me, it seems like Temple should have been older, and Ginger, I mean Tina, should be younger.

For those of you you fancied Mary Ann, she's a young whippersnapper at age 75,

Now that I've pondered the question of the ages, here's something you'll really like.

It's the original intro to Gilligan's Island, with the pedal steel, in living COLOR.

You're welcome.

 
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The Beatles live (or a reasonable facsimile)
Are you enjoying all the news stories about the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' appearing on Ed Sullivan? I know I am! But guess what..there's a way for you to to get the experience in person!

Okay, I don't have a time machine. But there is a cool benefit coming up at Wisconsing Brewing Company in Verona Saturday, February 15th. Not only does it involve Beatles music, there's also beer!

Two bands are on the bill. The fun starts off with British invasion tunes from Fuzzy Side Up, followed by a silent auction of fab gear stuff, and then Get Back-Wisconsin takes the stage to recreate the Beatles appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show so many years ago.  They'll even have Ed Sullivan's image projected onto one of the big beer kettles! 

Proceeds benefit Joey's Song and Madison CURE Epilepsy, both working to raise awareness and much needed funding for research in epilepsy.

The fun starts at 6pm and includes tasty appetizers from Bluephies. And of course there will be plenty of outstanding Wisconsin Brewering Company beer available as well!

Find out more and buy tickets here.

 
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Where's my invincible summer?
The French writer Albert Camus once said, "in the depth of winter, I find within me an invincible summer."

I've been searching for my invincible summer, but so far, all I could find was a deep sense of longing.

This winter seems more brutal than most, and every one is bitching about it. It's hard not to get drawn into the fury.  But what's my alternative?

I could mix up some boat drinks and crank the heat at my house. But that wouldn't sit well the Triple M Green Team.

I could pack my bags and head off to Redding, California or Swakupmond, Namibia. Those are two of the sunniest places on the planet, according to a story in the Huffington Post. Alas, my travel budget prevents that. 

While I work on my list of "invincible summer ideas," and wait for May or June to arrive, I leave you with this video. Hope it warms your invincible heart.


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