Tuesday, March 26, 2019

State Capital Test

Earlier today, I took a test over naming the 50 state capitals.  Supposedly I missed two of them, but only remember one that I missed, the capital of Massachusetts.  However, I must admit that had we not had four choices for each capital I would have been hard pressed on these state capitals:  Maine, Montana, Kansas, New Hampshire, Washington, Delaware, Wyoming, North and South Dakota and Oregon.

Hey, 48 out of 50 isn't bad.  Thanks to my fifth grade teacher in Greenville, North Carolina, for making an impression.  It was pass  the test or get spanked.

You can take the test at Warped Speed:  Can You Name Every State Capital?  Go test yourself.

Made An Impression on Me.  --RoadPain

By the way, how do you pronounce the capital of Kentucky:  Louieville or Lewisville?

I pronounce it Frankfort.

Monday, March 25, 2019

I'd Celebrate That!!!! March 25-27: National Medal of Honor Day Today

**  I'd celebrate it.



INTERNATIONAL WAFFLE DAY--  **  Especially ones with stuff in them like blueberries or chocolate and different flavor syrups like at IHOP.

PECAN DAY--  **  Any kind of nut is alright with me.  Do you say Pea-can like me or puh-cahn?

NATIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR DAY--  **  The highest ward of bravery.


NATIONAL SPINACH DAY--  **  With lots of butter or in a pizza.

NATIONAL NOUGAT DAY--**    Nougat good!!!


MANATEE APPRECIATION DAY--  **  Poor guys getting wiped out by humans.  They just want to do their thing and be left alone.

NATIONAL JOE DAY--  **  In honor of all guys named Joe.  Just a day for the Average Joe.

NATIONAL QUIRKY COUNTRY MUSIC SONG TITLES DAY--**  And, there has been some really good ones.

She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy,  Red Necks White Socks and Blue Ribbon Beer, My headHurts My Feet Stink and I Don't Love Jesus,  Take This Job and Shove It.

I'm Doing the Song Titles.  --RoadDog

NOT THAT BASEBALL PLAYERS ARE GETTING PAID TOO MUCH MONEY, BUT:  Mike Trout will be making $24,591 an inning.

Sunday, March 24, 2019

WLS Top Ten for March 24, 1969: "Hair"

The Top Ten songs from Chicago's WLS 890 AM fifty years ago.  Debuts as well.

1.  AQUARIUS / LET THE SUNSHINE IN--  Fifth Dimension    Rose from #23 last week.
2.  HAIR--   Cowsills    Rose from #14
3.  TRACES--  Classics IV

4.  NO, NOT MUCH--  Vogues
5.  DIZZY--  Tommy Roe
6.  HOT SMOKE & SASSAFRASS--  Bubble Puppy
7.  TIME OF THE SEASON--  Zombies

8.  MAY I--  Bill Deal & the Rhondells
9.  INDIAN GIVER--  1910 Fruitgum Co.
10.  IT'S YOUR THING--  Isley Brothers


33.  TIME IS TIGHT--  Booker T. & the MGs
38.  MEMORIES--  Elvis Presley

30.  THE CHOKIN' KIND--  Joe Simon
40.  MERCY--  Ohio Express

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "When The Moon Is In Its Seventh House."  Answer below.  --RoadDog

"Aquarius / Let the Sunshine In"

I'd Celebrate That!!! March 24: National Cocktail Day Today


NATIONAL CHOCOLATE COVERED RAISINS DAY--  **  Love those chocolate covered raisins.  Also like chocolate covered peanuts.

NATIONAL COCKTAIL DAY--  **   And, we're not talking about fruit cocktail.

Think I'll Go Out and Get Me Some Cocktails.  --RoadDog

NOT THAT BASEBALL PLAYERS ARE GETTING PAID TOO MUCH, BUT:  Mike Trout, with his new contract, gets paid $66,978 an at bat.

Friday, March 22, 2019

It's That Tournament Time Again, I'm Talking 'Bout "March Madness"

Spent a lot of time yesterday watching the NCAA March Madness games.  As I've said before, I regard this as the best sporting event anywhere.  There are so many upsets, so many close games, so many who-are-theys.  Had to look up Belmont and Northeastern.

Yesterday, of the sixteen games played, I count two  upsets and a whole bunch of near upsets.  Six of them in fact.

In the first round, I always pull for the underdogs or little guys.  Even if they are playing a favorite of mine like Michigan State, Kansas or North Carolina.  Even if they end up getting blown out while doing that horrible intentional fouling at the end.  If the game is close, or the little guy is winning much of the game, I like it.

It is now so much better now that we can watch every game on the four different channels.  I used to hate it when Duke would be blowing someone out by fifty points and there was a close game going on elsewhere and we had to watch the boring Duke game.  Now, I can flip over to the "fun" games.

And speaking of Duke, which used to be my second favorite "Big Guy" team (behind UNC), I no longer support this team because they gave joined Kentucky as a one-and-doner team.  That cheapens college basketball.  I am so ashamed of Coach K going this route.

Doesn't Matter Who Finally Wins It As Long As It Is Not Duke or Kentucky.  --RoadDog

NOT THAT BASEBALL PLAYERS ARE GETTING PAID TOO MUCH, BUT:  With Mike Trout's new contract, he is getting paid $222,222 a game.  Good work if you can get it.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

I'd Celebrate That!! March 21-23: National Puppy and Kitten Day Saturday

**  I'd celebrate that.


NATIONAL FRENCH BREAD DAY--  **  With garlic butter, dripping.  YES!!

NATIONAL COMMON COURTESY DAY--  **  We could sure use more of it.


NATIONAL GOOF OFF DAY--  **  Something I HAVE NEVER EVER done.  That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

AS YOUNG AS YOU FEEL DAY--  **  The trick is to grow older and not up.


NATIONAL CHIP AND DIP DAY--  **  I must be in heaven.

CUDDLY KITTEN DAY--  **    Way too much fun.

NATIONAL PUPPY DAY--  **  Way too much fun.

Too  Much Fun.  --RoadDog

Past Movie Scratches: Inside-- Thor-- Iron-- Guardians-- Jurassic-- Independence

Past Movie Scratches--  Movies I watched on TV in 2018.

37.  INSIDE OUT--  4-27--  Not happy in San Francisco.

38.  THOR:  THE DARK WORLD--  4-28--  Loki's not a bad guy after all.

39.  IRON MAN 3--  4-28--  Careful what you do in the past.  It may come back to bite you in the ___.  How to destroy a perfectly good beach house mansion.

40.  GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY--  4-28--  Star Lord and his band of misfits.  The walking tree sure said a lot with just the words, "I am Groot."  And, the raccoon understood him.

41.  JURASSIC PARK 2--  4-28--  The "Hatari" hunt.  Lesson to be learned:  Don't steal the T Rex baby.

42.  INDEPENDENCE DAY--  5-4--  Remember, it's not over until the fat lady sings.  "Now, that's what I'm talking about."

Beware  That Seeking Arrow.  --RoadDog

Past Movie Scratches: Monster-- Hunger-- Jurassic-- Battleship-- Dodgeball-- Hunger

Past Movie Scratches--  Movies I saw on TV in 2018.

31.  MONSTER U--  4-4--  It's the unpopular nerd fraternity versus the cool frats.  It's "Animal House" all over again, but this time with nerdy monsters.

32.  HUNGER GAMES:  CATCHING FIRE--  4-20--  Back in the game again.

33.  JURASSIC PARK 2--  4-20--  Mom and Dad T.Rex taking care of baby T Rex.

34.  BATTLESHIP--  4-20--  The "Mighty Mo" to the rescue. Sometimes, analog better than digital.

35.  DODGEBALL--  4-21--  Misfits (the Average Joes) beat the studs.

36.  THE HUNGER GAMES:  MOCKINGJAY--  PART 1--  4-27--  The Revolution begins.  Pieta gets brainwashed.

--  RoadDog

TOP TEN TRIVIA:  Helen Keller could identify friends by their personal odors.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Eating and Good Times in the Area, Mar. 8-10

Still cold, but didn't stop us from having fun.  March 8-10


We went to the Grant Township Fish Fry at the Fox Lake American Legion.  Always a great meal and raising money for the Little League program.  Packed as usual.


We went to the Fox Lake Volunteer Fire Department's annual corned beef and cabbage dinner at the old fire station on Washington Street in Ingleside.  Then to Stucky's in Johnsburg and enjoyed the singing and antics of Uncle Will on the guitar.


Went to Stucky's for their $1.50 pints, $1 third pound burgers


Joe South-- Part 3: Hits for Billy Joe Royal and "Rose Garden"

Continued from March 13.

He also played electric guitar on Simon & Garfunkel's second album "Sounds of Silence."  Billy  Joe Royal did well with five songs Joe South wrote:  "Down In the Boondocks,"   "I Knew You When,"  "Yo-Yo" (later a hit for the Osmonds), "Hush" (later a hit for Deep Purple).

The biggest hit of his songwriting career was "Rose Garden"  (#3-1971) by Lynn Anderson.  It was a hit in 16 countries and two Grammy Awards.  He also wrote three other songs for her that went to #1 on the country charts.

He also has written songs for a huge array of artists.

Quite a remarkable career.


Music Deaths: James Ingram


Died January 29, 2019

American singer, songwriter, record producer, instrumentalist.  Two-time Grammy Award winner.  Had eight Top 40s on Billboard charts.

Just Once  (#17-1981)
One Hundred Days  (#14-1982)

Baby, Come To Me  (with Patti Austin)  (#1-1982)
Yah Mo B There (with Michael McDonald)  (#19-1984)

What About Me  (with Kenny Rogers and Kim Carnes)  (#15-1984)
Somewhere Out There  (with Linda Ronstadt)  (#2-1987)

The Secret Garden  (with a whole bunch of people)  (#31-1990)
I Don't Have The Heart  (#1-1990)

Monday, March 18, 2019

I'd Celebrate That!!! March 18-20 Wednesday Is First Day of Spring and International Earth Day

**  I'd Celebrate That


ACT HAPPY DAY--  **  (Celebrated the third Monday of every March)   Happy is always better than sad, I always say.

AWKWARD MOMENTS DAY--  **  Maybe you had one yesterday after too much green beer, Guiness and Jameson.

NATIONAL SLOPPY JOE DAY--**  One of my favorite things to eat and slop all over the place.  How do you eat and not spill?


LET'S LAUGH DAY--  **   Live Long, Laugh Often.



BIBLIOMANIA DAY--  **  A love of books.  But, perhaps too much.  I do love my books.

GREAT AMERICAN MEATOUT DAY--  **  Always the first day of Spring.  Eat no meat of any sort.  Guess II could do that for one day.

INTERNATIONAL EARTH DAY--  **  Always the first day of Spring.  A good idea.

NATIONAL RAVIOLI DAY--  **  I love any kind of ravioli.

Sloppy Joes and Ravioli.  --RoadDog

Music Deaths: Paul Whaley, Drummer of Blue Cheer and Mark Hollis of Talk Talk


Died January 28, 2019

Drummer who helped pioneer Heavy Metal with the band Blue Cheer out of San Francisco  Their biggest hit was a remake of  Eddie Cochran's 1958 Rockabilly song "Summertime Blues."  It went to #14 in 1968.


Died  February 25, 2019

Leader of group Talk Talk.    Their biggest hit was "It's My Life"  (#31-1984).

Music Deaths: Harold Bradley, Nashville A-Team Session


Died January 31, 2019

Played on many country, rock and pop songs as a member of Nashville's A-Team of session players which included Floyd Cramer on  piano and pedal steel guitarist Pete Drake.  One of the most recorded guitarists in music history.

Performed on hundreds of albums, including ones by Patsy Cline, Roy Orbison, Elvis Presley,  and Willie nelson.

Some of the well-known songs he performed on:  Crazy, King of the Road, Crying, Rocking Around the Christmas Tree, Harper Valley PTA, Stand By Your Man, Battle of New Orleans and I'm Sorry.

Rock and Roll 2019 Hall of Fame Inductees

Announced December 13, 2018:

Stevie Nicks

Janet Jackson
Roxy Music

Def Leppard


Induction is later this month, March 29 in Brooklyn, N.Y..

Congrats.  --RoadDog

TOP TEN TRIVIA:  Pound for Pound, hamburgers cost more than a new car.