Halloween used to be one of my favorite holidays. But now it just seems to irritate me!
My biggest gripe: 2nd hand stores like Goodwill and St. Vinnies are so crammed with Halloween stuff that anything that might interest me is probably sitting in a back roomo somewhere. Not to mention all the thrift store newbies that are getting in my way!
I wasn't always this way. When I was in my late teens early 20's, I was all about Halloween, and actually put a lot of thought into my costumes. They didn't always work out the greatest, but I had fun. When I dressed up as the Grinch Who Stole Christmas, no one quite got it. "Seasick elf?" some one inquired. The ghost of John Lennon didn't turn out that great either, with somebody rudely saying "you are the ugliest woman I've ever seen!"
My favorite costume had to be the Cat from Outer Space.
It was based on a character from the musical "Cats," and it got the outer space theme when my mom and I found some insulated drapery material which we turned inside out, and my mom made me some kind of frock type thing.Â The shirt was an old 70's polyester shirt that my older brother seriously wore..with the collars cut off and stuffed, then used for ears.
One thing I know for sure--you're not going to find a costume like that at Goodwill!
Ride the Drive will take place this Sunday, September 25.
Ride the Drive is FREE, open to the public, family-friendly, and a whole new way to experience our great city.Â For this event, particular streets are closed to cars and open to bikers, walkers, roller-bladers and those out to share in the experience & fun atmosphere.
Along the route there will be activities, information booths, food vendors, and plenty of other ways to enjoy the city...including music stages!Â The stage is going to be switched around a bit this time to reduce rider congestion up on the square.Â It will be facing the capitol a little ways down MLKÂ Jr. Blvd. And here's the lineup:
*10-10:45am: Joe Bainbridge
*11-11:45am: Corey Hart
*12-12:45pm: Anna Wang &Â The Oh Boys
*1-1:45pm: Keefe Klug &Â The Surgical Precision
In order to support Ride the Drive, these artists have been kind enough to offer a free download! Right click on the song names below and save the file to download!
-Joe Bainbridge: Â "Searching for Satillites"
-Corey Hart: Â "Extinguish"
-Anna Wang & The Oh Boys: Â "Fickle Heart"
-Keefe Klug & The Surgical Precision: Â "The One"
It's not just the premiereÂ of the latest season of Survivor, but it's also Caption Wednesday! I'm pretty excited about both!Â
We are expecting frost overnight, so in honor of cooler weather, I have selected the perfect photo!
Please give me your best caption to this photo. The winner will receive CD's/ DVD's and other FABULOUS prizes!
Your deadline is FRIDAY AT 2 PM because I'm still filling in for Vince in the afternoon.
Have fun, be creative and play nice!
September 11, 2001 seemed like a pretty ordinary day at 105.5 Triple M in Madison. I was trying to get over a cold, Jonathan wasÂ back from a week long vacation and the 4th annual Madison Blues Festival had just happened a week earlier.
But quickly it was apparent that this day was like no other for me, Jonathan, or anybody else.
We had just finished the news and sports around 7:50 when we got a call on the M line. It was Triple M listener and Madison singer Lynette who called to tell us she just saw on TV that a plane had hit the World Trade Center.
"What?" I dashed into the newsroom down the hall to check out the Associated Press wire, and at that point there was only a one-line story that had come across. It wasn't even an "urgent" story much less a bulletin. It read, "Plane crashes into World Trade Center, according to television reports." I went on the air with it, and didn't think much of it. (Read the Associated Press timeline here).
Then came news of the second explosion, and I remember saying on the air that I hesitated to consider this a terrorist act.
But as the news kept coming in it became more and more obvious that it indeed was the work of terrorists. Regular programming was suspended on Triple M, and there was little any one could do but watch in horror. We only had one tiny little TV in the radio station. It was in the newsroom and staff members kept coming in to get the latest news.
I called my friend whose husband worked for American Airlines and found out he wasn't working that day, felt relief.
I couldn't leave the radio station...there was really nothing I could do to report on this huge story, but I didn't want to be alone.
When I did leave work,Â the gravity of the situation really hit home when I turned on my TV and found coverage on every station..even MTV! What in the hell? I know this seems ridiculous, but when I saw it on MTV, the situation became surreal. I remember just sitting alone in my apartment in silence.
Later that night when I knew my family members would be home, I called them to touch base. None of them lived in New York, but I just needed to reach out. Hear a familiar voice. Something that I knew was real, and could hold onto..even it if was just over the telephone.
So on this tenth anniversary, I'm reminded how important family and friends are. Hold them close. You never know when you won't be able to.
This is something I promise to make a bigger priority from now on.
This week, the caption contest recycles. We recycled the very first photo I had you caption. Now I have some recycled prizes, starting with some biodegradable golf tees made from corn. To go along with the tees, I have 2 DVD's that were given to me by a friend and I am re-gifting; Caddyshack and Grandma's Boy.
If that were not enough, this week's winner gets to browse the prize closet and select 2 unclaimed prizes to add to their fabulous recycled prize package.
It seems state fairs across the country are always trying to one-up each other. Deep fried beer! Deep fried butter! Hamburgers served on donut-buns!
The Wisconsin State Fair kicks off today, and while I'm pretty sure they have all that stuff, they're also trying to break a couple world records. One for world's biggest cream puff (Wisconsin's newly crowned official dessert), and the other for world's largest cheese sculpture.
Now they're teasing us a bit at the fair. While they do say that Sarah the Cheese Lady will be there August 12th thru the 14th to do the carving, they're not revealing what the the subject of the sculpture will be.
Hmmm. That gets my curiosity going.
Cheese in the shape of Wisconsin, or maybe a badger? How about Gov. Scott Walker? He doesn't live too far away from State Fair Park.
No, that might be aÂ bit ofÂ a security risk. A giant cheesy Brett Favre would have fallen into that same category a year or two ago, but now that would just be...well....sad.
My best guess is it will have something to do with Super Bowl Champions, the Green Bay Packers.
Or maybe it will be a cheese sculpture of a giant cream puff.
Find out more state fair weirdness here.
When I heard National Mustard Day was almost here..I had a momentary mustard flashback!
The flashback originates back in 1995, when John Urban and I co-hosted the Triple M Morning Show. We had Barry Levenson of the Mustard Museum on our show as a guest, and he invited us to come out to the museum to take part in Mustard Day festivities. That year one of the "festivities" was the Mustard Gauntlet.
I was younger then, and game for just about anything. And as some circus guy once said, there's a sucker born every minute.
Here's what we had to do...run in between two lines of people while they squirted mustard at us. We're still smiling for this picture, but weren't smiling when we found out there were no shower facilities. We each took turns in a back office trying to get off what we could with paper towels.
I wanted to throw away my newly yellow Triple M T-shirt, but John insisted his mom could get out the stain.
He was right. It was good as new. How did she get that shirt so clean? Some Ancient Chinese Secret?
Click here if you'd like to find out more about National Mustard Day this Saturday at the new Mustard Museum in Middleton.
Have you seen the A&E show Storage Wars? It's a lot like Pawn Stars and American Pickers, except in this case, treasure hunting entrepreneurs bid on the contents of abandoned storage lockers, without knowing what's in them. Sometimes they find something cool, but mostly it's a lot of crap...old shoes, sporting equipment, hangers. But sometimes it's pay dirt...antiques, vintage guitars, or baseball cards.
Now all those shows like that have several things in common: ridicule, drama, and surprise.
I have an idea for a new show that I think will be a huge hit. It has all of those elements...and more.
DRY CLEANER WARS!
First off, this show will offer the viewer a chance to ridicule and feel better than the person on the show.
VEWER: "They're paying money to get THAT cleaned? That is the most hideous dress I've ever seen....He spilled yellow mustard on that shirt!Â Any discriminating person knows the only appropriate condiment is grey poupon."
The element of drama could be demonstrated in several ways.
For example, this scenario:
CUSTOMER: "Look at this nasty wine stain on my grandma's wedding dress. Can you get it out?"
DRY CLEANER: "Ooh, that looks like it's really set in there. I don't know if there's anything we can do with that..."
CUSTOMER: "Oh, you've got to help me...I'm desperate."
ANNOUNCER: "Will that wine stain come out? Will Rebecca be able to face her family ever again? Find out, right after this."
You can feel the tension, I know you can.
But what about surprise? How can we be surprised at the dry cleaner?
That's easy..all we have to do is dump out the pockets.Â "Eww, what the heck is that? I've never seen anything like it!Â What is it? We'll tell you, right after this."
And once this show takes off, which I'm sure it will, I've already got a spin-off idea.
CELEBRITY DRY CLEANER WARS.Dry Cleaner Wars, Celebrity Dry Cleaner Wars, copyright 2011, Kitty Dunn Enterprises.
I was very excited that the Dodgeville Chamber of Commerce brought back their annual Blues Fest this year. It was canceled, due to the economy, last year but was back in full force for 2011.
In the past the fest was free, but this year they charged admission (still cheap...$7 or 2 for $10), and I was worried attendance would be down..but by the end of the night there was quite a crowd...so I'm hopeful it will be back in 2012.
One of the great things about this festival..they bring in bands that I've never heard of..but are always great!
This year the headliner was Dave Herrero, a blues guitar player and singer from Chicago. According to the bio on his website, he used to play guitar with Archie Bell and The Drells, and has toured Europe 13 times. He plays a lot at Buddy Guy's Legends as well.
Mike and I thought he reminded us a little of Jimmie Vaughan...a great player with a great voice. And that's a mighty pretty Les Paul he's playing in that photo I snapped (right).
This is one of the songs we rocked out to in Dodgeville on Saturday.
You can find out more about Dave Herrero here.
Game show host Alex Trebek turns 71 today! I plan on ingesting some potent potables later today in his honor.
I've been a fan of Jeopardy since it came back to TV in the '80s, and despite his smugness, I must admit I like Alex Trebek. Even when he gets so cocky with those French pronunciations.
And this is why I'm a little jealous that my dad got to meet him at a senior citizen conference in Stevens Point around 20 years ago. And he got his autograph..reportedly because he knew that would turn me 12 shades of green.
I did get to try out for Jeopardy several years ago, and even met a member of the Clue Crew, but sorry Jimmy McGuire, you're no Alex Trebek.
What would I do if I did meet Alex Trebek? I'd tell him to grow back that mustache.
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