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Kitty's 1000th blog
Wow! What a milestone! I am pleased to announce that this the 1000th blog I've written for Triple M.

Some have been poignant, others downright silly. And I'm pretty sure a few of them made no sense at all.

Kitty's Blog By The Numbers

352:  Blogs about growing up in Stevens Point.

328:   Music-related blogs. Some of them may or may not have involved the Beatles.

117: Blogs about various holidays, including complaints about how pre-scooped pumpkins are not a thing.

95:   Recipes and other gastronomical topics. And no, all of them were not about beer.

52:   Complaints about the weather. Surprisingly all of them were not from this winter.

28:  Videos of cute babies and kittens.

19:  Political posts (mostly making fun of politicians)

8: Posts about Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, and/or Miley Cyrus

1: Blog about blogging. (Which by the way includes my very first "selfie!")






 
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The uglier side of spring
The poet ee cummings has a couple great quotes about spring. One is that in the spring, "the world is mud-lucious and puddle-wonderful."

The other is "the earth laughs in flowers."

I've come up with another one along those lines. "The earth yells in giant parking lot snow turds."
 
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Playlist for the first day of spring
Hurray! Spring is finally here!

Okay, we still have large clumps of black oily snow everywhere, but at least the calendar says it's spring. And that means warmer days are right around the corner. (We hope).

Here are some songs to put a spring in your step.

 

 
 
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Kitty's 5 Shocking St. Patrick's Day facts
You probably already knew that St. Patrick wasn't Irish (he was born in Wales), and that he never drove the snakes out of Ireland.

But did you know these amazing (and somewhat troubling) facts?

1. Corned beef and cabbage is an American invention

2. An Irish seven-course meal is a 6-pack of beer and a potato. (At least that's what I've heard.)

3. The chance that you will ever find a 4-leaf clover is one in 10,000. I found several as a kid, so that may mean my luck has run out.

4. Much of the Guiness we drink in the United States comes from Canada. What? That appears to be true.

5. The Irish Rovers, while they do rove, are not Irish. They are from California. (But they do have that Irish gleam in their eyes).

 
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Jonathan & Kitty by the numbers
This Saturday, March 15th, will mark the 15th anniversary of Jonathan and me trying desperately to wake up Madison on 105.5 Triple M.

We'll celebrate Friday on our show, with some highlights from over the years. And by highlights, we mean moments that have been slightly less awkward than others.

I've been doing some calculating, tallying up some of the things that we've accomplished since that auspicious day in 1999.

JONATHAN AND KITTY BY THE NUMBERS*

47- Fights that almost resulted in fisticuffs

3012- Dream CD's played at 9am.

1-Triple M Baby born

364- Flower Power lunches delivered

1,033-  White Sox references

1,657-Rampaging animal stories

952- Stuff spilled on the highway stories

55,312-cold showers needed after Brian Olson's Sexy Slow Jams

1,139- Simpsons references

3,752- naked dances with the Gomers

354- waking up Madison with Bongo Bong

3-times we may have accidentally sworn on the air (don't tell anyone)

7,952- concert tickets given away via great games like "Cheese or Font"

852- Triple M Traffic Reporters appointed

0- broadcasting awards received

Millions and millions- times we should be thanking you for putting up with us all these years.  Thank you!  (There's one).
 
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5 Signs You're Ready to Kick Winter to the Curb
Oh, spring, you dirty little flirt.  You gave us a taste of your sunshine and warmth yesterday, but now you are gone, faster than doughnuts in the breakroom of a radio station.
Are you as ready for spring as I am? Take my little test and see.

TOP FIVE SIGNS YOU'RE REALLY REALLY SICK OF WINTER

1. You hate all your sweaters. And they hate you back.

2. Comfort food no longer gives you comfort. Mac & cheese and chili are so February.

3. You're out of Tom and Jerry mix.

4. You're pretty sure you just saw the image of Jesus in the piles of snow along your driveway. (Or maybe it was Justin Bieber).

5. You're considering taking your relationship with your snow shovel to the next level.


 
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Can a song called "Happy" get even happier? I say yes.
I am addicted to Pharrell Williams' song "Happy," and I didn't think I could like it any more than I already did.

Until I saw this video.  Yeah, it's pretty shallow humor, but it put a smile on my face!  Andthat's not something that's always easy to do on a Monday.

 
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A Hendrix movie without Hendrix songs?

Critics have been saying some good things about the new biographical Jimi Hendrix movie that's debuting at SXSW later this month.

For one thing, Jimi: All Is By My Side comes from film-maker John Ridley, who wrote the screenplay for the much heralded movie 12 Years A Slave.

People Magazine has a clip from the movie (check it out here), which makes it look pretty boring. And get this, the movie didn't get the thumbs up from the Hendrix estate, so it won't feature any Hendrix music.

The movie is set in the year before his name became a household word, so I guess that could justify the lack of Hendrix songs that weren't written until later. But if I'm going to watch a movie about Hendrix, I want it to have the music.

For Hendrix fans, a better plan would be to watch that PBS documentary that came out last fall. The music is included, and it includes a lot of information that you may have not heard before. It's called the Jimi Hendrix Experience: Hear My Train A-Coming, and you can buy it for around 12 bucks.

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For Fat Tuesday: the best thing to come out of Louisiana
I made jambalaya for supper last night--today I think I'll celebrate Mardi Gras with my favorite Louisiana export, Sonny Landreth!

I've had a chance to see Sonny around a dozen times, and he never fails to impress. When he opened Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival in Chicago in 2010, Clapton called him "my hero, Sonny Landreth."  My friend Wendy Darnell captured the above picture of Sonny last year at La Fete De Marquette in Madison!

Sonny hails from Lafayette, Louisiana, and currently lives in Beaux Bridge, Louisiana (the Crawfish Capital of the World).
He has a couple tour dates in Chicago in April, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed that he comes back to Madison soon.

 
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Smart Studios Kickstarter: Get Involved!
You may have driven by that seemingly rundown brick building on East Washington Avenue hundreds of times, but you probably never got to go behind the scenes at the iconic recording studio that brought us so much great music in the 1990s.

While Smart Studios called it quits in 2010, the stories of Smart Studios will live on in a documentary being made by filmmaker Wendy Schneider, that is if she can come up with the cash to make sure the film is done right.

That's where you come in! She's launched a Kickstarter page in an effort to raise $120,000 by Sunday, March 30th.

If you kick in, you can get cool Smart Studios swag--and if you give $10,000 or more you'll even get dinner and drinks with Smart Studios owners Butch Vig and Steve Marker.

Schneider says the movie will be about the great music that emanated from Smart Studios, but also its connection to the Midwestern music scene, and of course Madison's music scene in the '90s. 

Find out more about the Kickstarter campaign, and watch the film's trailer here.

 
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