Saturday, April 21, 2018

Getting My Vinyl On Today: Record Store Day

The day is here.  No downloading today (I have never downloaded anything and wouldn't know how).

Today is the day to go visit your local mom and pop independent record store, flip through some albums and buy something.

In a short time, I will be leaving for the Vinyl frontier records in McHenry, Illinopis, located at 1326 N. Riverside Drive.  After that I plan to go to Siren records at 3819 Main Street, also in McHenry.  Very lucky to have not just one, but two places for old records here in the area (and within 12 miles of home).

There is also a Reef Records in nearby Antioch, but won't get there today.

And, as something to get the mind off this horrendous April we've been having, besides Record Day, we have signup for the annual Chain Crawl for the Chain of Lakes at Squaw Bar and Hilltop Lounge.

Records and Boats.  Alright.  --RoadDog

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Two Days to Record Store Day

Looking forward to visiting a couple record stores in the area.  We have three places withing 12 miles of us.

It is good to see all the young people going through the albums (and some CDs) these days.  Barnes and Nobles continues to expand their vinyl albums collections for sale, but my biggest problem with them is that they charge $22 to $30 for each one.  That is a whole lot more than I am willing to pay for an album.

So, I will just stick with the used ones instead.

Give me That Old Time Vinyl!!  --RoadDog

AIN'T IT THE TRUTH:  (From the January 2018 Wassup magazine):  I changed my car horn to gunshot sounds.  People get out of my way much faster now.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

12 McDonald's Food Items That Failed-- Part 2: Arch Deluxe

Continued from March 20.

5.  McSpaghetti--  On top of spaghetti, I lost my poor meatball.

6.  McAfrika--  Beef, cheese, tomatoes and salad on pita bread.  released in 2002 during a famine in Africa.  Didn't go over so well.

7.  Arch Deluxe--  1996 for adults.  quarter-pounder, peppered bacon, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, onions, ketchup and secret sauce.

8.  McHotdog--  Self-explanatory.


Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Four Days to Record Store Day!!

Mark it down.  We're just four days away from the annual Record Store Day!!!

It will be Saturday April 21.

This is your day to experience music the way it was intended to be.  None of that downloading stuff!!!

Go to the Record Store day site to find out your nearest Mom and Pop record store, if you don't already know where it is.

LPs and CDs, Oh My!!  --RoadDog

WORDS NOT YET IN THE DICTIONARY--  DOGSCARE:  running or operating a vacuum cleaner near your dog.

Music Deaths: Jimmy Wisner, Songwriter and Producer


Died March 12, 2018

Pianist, arranger, songwriter and producer.  He had a hit "Asia Minor" (#8-1961) under the name Kokomo.  He wrote "Don't Throw Your Love Away" for the Searchers (#16-1964).

As a producer, he worked with Tommy James, Bobby Rydell, Neil Sedaka, Freddy Cannon, Len Barry, Spanky & Our Gang, Carly Simon and many others.

I have been listening to "Asia Minor" and "Don't Throw Your Love Away" on YouTube.  Great songs.

Monday, April 16, 2018

JSS-- Snow!!-- Snowblower-- Daffodils-- Sox Postponements

JSS--  Just Some Stuff.

1.  SNOW!!  It snowed much of Sunday and has been snowing off and on all day today.  We have around 3-4 inches of snow on the ground.  I can't ever remember there being this much snow at the middle of April.

2.  SNOWBLOWER--  And, i am glad I didn't run off the gas mixture in the 2-cycle snowblower last week.  I used it today.  I've never used it this late in the month of April.

3.  DAFFODILS--  And, the poor daffodils and all that yellow are surrounded by a lot of white.  It is pretty, though.

4.  SOX POSTPONEMENTS--  Has there ever been a major league baseball team to have three straight snow postponements of games?  The Sox-Twins series in Minneapolis was postponed for all three games.  I heard that parts of Minnesota south of US-12 received twenty inches of the white stuff.

Real Tired of Winter Which Just Won't Go Away.  --RoadDog

JSIS: Kentucky Governor Inserts Foot-- Barbara Bush

JSIS--  Just Some Interesting Stuff.

1.  KENTUCKY GOVERNOR INSERTS FOOT--  This guy sure wouldn't get my vote next election.  He blames striking teachers for kids getting into drugs and getting raped because of the strike.  What an idge.

2.  Barbara Bush--   Sure sorry to hear that she is not long for this world.  Of all the recent First Ladies, I respected her the most.  Not many ladies can say they were married to a U.S. president and was also the mother of one.

A Wonderful Woman and a Dumb Governor.  --RoadDog

I'd Celebrate That!! April 16-22: Amaretto Day Thursday

**  I'd celebrate that.

MONDAY, APRIL 16--  Patriots Day**   Wear Pajamas To Work Day**

TUESDAY, APRIL 17--  Cheeseball Day**  Tax Day

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18--  Columnist Day

THURSDAY, APRIL 19--  High 5 Day   Amaretto Day**  I'd even drink to that!!

FRIDAY, APRIL 20--  Look Alike Day

SATURDAY, APRIL 21--  Kindergarten Day**

SUNDAY, APRIL 22--  Earth Day**

Pajamas--Work?  What Gives?  --RoadDog

WLS Top Ten for April 15, 1968: "Lady Madonna"

That's right, fifty years ago.  Really!!

1.  HONEY--  Bobby Goldsboro
2.  YOUNG GIRL--  Union Gap
3.  CRY LIKE A BABY--  Box Tops

4.  LADY MADONNA--  Beatles
5.  SUMMERTIME BLUES--  Blue Cheer
6.  TIGHTEN UP--  Archie Bell & the Drells
7.  MIGHTY QUINN--  Manfred Mann

8.  I GOT THE FEELIN'--  James Brown
9.  THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE UGLY--  Hugo Montenegro
10.  I'LL ALWAYS THINK ABOUT YOU--  New Colony Six

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "She Was Always Young At hear, Kinda Dumb and Kinda Smart."  --Answer below.  --RoadDog

WORDS NOT YET IN THE DICTIONARY--  EIFFELITES:  Gangly people sitting in front of you at the movies who, no matter what direction you lean, follow suit.


Music Deaths: Bill Burkette of the Vogues


Died March 1, 2018

Original lead baritone with the Vogues on hits "You're the One" (#4-1965), "Tuen Around, look At me"  (#7-1968) and "Five O'Clock World"  (#4-1966).

Whenever I hear "Five O'Clock World" I can't help but think of the skit they did on the "Drew Carey Show."

Friday, April 13, 2018

Movie Scratches: Shape-- Call-- Out-- Phantom

MOVIE SCRATCHES--  Movies I saw this year in a theater.

9.  THE SHAPE OF WATER--  2-16--  Round Lake Beach, $5--  Who says you can't fall in love with your fish?  Kind of a fishy "HellBoy."

10.  CALL ME BY YOUR NAME--   2-26--  Round Lake Beach, $5--  OK.  saw this one because it was nominated in two categories including Best Picture.    Had I known what it was about I would have taken a pass.

11.  GET OUT--  3-1--  Round Lake Beach, $5--  Never trust those white folks.

12.  PHANTOM THREAD--  3-2--  Round Lake Beach, $5--   Dealing with a very talented, very demanding perfectionist.

I sure do thank Regal Cinemas of Round Lake Beach for showing all the Best Picture nominees before the Academy Awards show.

Thanks.  --RoadDog

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Farewell Tours Announced

Elton John and Paul Simon have announced they will be having their farewell tours.

And, recently, Tommy Roe quietly announced his retirement.

Some Great Entertainers Here.  --RoadDog

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

About Those Six Things People Don't Have Anymore

OK, here's the scoop on me:

1.  CDs   I listened to the Kinks "Soap Opera" on CD in the '11 Malibu yesterday on the way to the Civil War Round Table meeting (and back).  The next car we buy will probably be a problem as I have to have a CD player.  As a matter of fact, I would like to have a cassette player as well.

2.  VHS Tape-- I have been watching VHS tapes of shows I recorded last week and have now caught up with them.  That's right, I still have a VCR.

3.  File cabinets--  Yep, I have several file cabinets in desks at home.  I still store papers and what have you in them.  I even have a couple spares in the garage.

4.  Wall calendars--  I have three wall calendars up around the house and several in reserve.

5.  Take out menus.  I have some, but not many.  I have never been much of a one for take out.  Why mess up the house when I can mess up there place?

6.  Alarm clocks--  I have them, but since I'm retired, I don't use them much unless I want to make sure I wake up in time to record Bob Stroud's Rock and Roll Roots on an audio cassette on Sunday morning.

And, I would like to add ROAD ATLASES.  We still have several and I prefer to use these when planning a big truck.  I do, however, use GPS for closer in directions.

I Guess I'm Just Technologically Impaired.    --RoadChallenged

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Six Things People Don't Have Anymore

From the Chicago History FaceBook page.

They asked people to tell them if they had two or more of these six.  I wonder how I'll do?

1.  CDs

2.  VHS Tapes

3.  File cabinets

4.  Wall calendars

5.  Take out menus

6.  Alarm clocks

How did you do?

--I Wonder, I Wonder?  --RoadDog

WORDS NOT YET IN THE DICTIONARY--  ECNALUBMA:  A rescue vehicle which can onlty be seen in the rearview mirror.

Monday, April 9, 2018

JSS: Late Christmas-- Sox Can't Get No Respect-- Snow Day Opening Day

JSS--  Just Some Stuff

1.  LATE CHRISTMAS--  I overwinter two poinsettias and have a giant Christmas cactus.  The cactus only had five blooms at Christmas, but right now is covered in blooms.  The poinsettias had no red leaves at Christmas, but a whole lot right now.

2.  SOX CAN'T GET NO RESPECT--  I am getting tired of going into bars and finding the White Sox game isn't on TV.  But I request it to be on TV.  Of course, if the Cubs are playing you can bet THAT will be on TV.

3.  SNOW DAY OPENING DAY--  The Chicago Cubs play their first home game this afternoon.  And, we have a couple inches of snow on the ground and right now, at 11:26, it is still snowing.  At least it isn't sticking to the roads and driveways.

Come On, Chicago HAS Two Baseball Teams.  --RoadDog