Monday, July 24, 2017

The White Sox "World Series" Starts Today

For the next four says, the Chicago White Sox and the Chicago Cubs will be playing in their annual Crosstown Series, starting with afternoon games today and tomorrow at Wrigley Field and then two night games Wednesday and Thursday at Comiskey Park (I don't call the park the other names).

Since the All-Star game, the Cubs are 8-1 and the Sox are 0-9.  I don't have much hope (I am a White Sox fan) for anything good coming out of the series for us.  If we win one, I will call that a big win for us.

I pull for the Cubs unless they play the Sox.

Actually, the Sox have traded off most of their older players and are stocking up with youth in a rebuilding year.  So, losing games doesn't hurt as then we can get a higher draft choice and another future player (maybe a star).

But, these are four games I would LIKE TO WIN!!!

Go You White Sox!!!  As Andy the Clown Used to Say.  --RoadSox

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Chain Flood 2017-- Part 10: Rain, Rain, Go Away


Yesterday, we had a short storm come through in the afternoon, but not a problem.  Forecasts called for a lot of rain starting in the evening.  We decided not to go to Antioch's Taste of Summer to see the Suburban Cowboys because of it and those annoying, pesky mosquitoes.  Glad we didn't.  It started drizzling when we went to the American Legion, then turned into an off-and-on downpour.  Again, we sure don't need any more rain.

It rained much of the night, but isn't right now at 7 a.m..

Rumor has it that we are in for another five inches of rain by Sunday.  If that happens, the boating season on the Chain of Lakes will essentially be over.  The flooding would be massive.

While at the Legion, I went to the jukebox to see if they had "Rainmaker" by the Cryan' Shames or Harry Nilsson.  They didn't.

But, when I got home I watched the Sox game on TV in Margaritaville and got my Ultimate Jukebox going and among those 300 CDs, I had the Cryan' Shames' version of it so listened to it several times.

Today, forecasts call for scattered showers with a 35% chance of rain, 83 degrees, 82% humidity and we are in a flash flood watch.  Weather Bug has chance of rain at 65%.

We'll have to see what thuis will do to our going to McHenry's Fiesta Days this afternoon.  Plus, our local Dog 'N Suds is having a band and classic car show in the parking lot from 6 to 9 pm.  Also, Antioch is having three bands in its Taste of Summer and 125th birthday party.

Like the Song Said, "Rain, Rain, Go Away.  Come Again Another Day."

Friday, July 21, 2017

JSS: Back-to-School Creep Here-- Top Color-- Decisions

JSS--  Just Some Stuff.

1.  BACK-TO-SCHOOL CREEP--  We are deep into.  Every store is advertising back-to-school specials and they all have big displays.  I sure used to hate this, but back when I was a student and a teacher, it didn't start until August.

I knew that school was around the corner and sure didn't need to be reminded.

But now it starts right after (and a little before) the 4th of July.

I also have a weakness for these back-to-school sales and buy stuff I don't need.

2.  TOP COLOR--  The yard is right at peak color right now.  I can't look at it enough.  Color here, color there.  Color all over the place.  Like I said, I try to have color all season long.  This is as good as it gets!!

3.  DECISIONS, DECISIONS--  As I wrote in my RoadDog's RoadLog Blog, these next several days will be ones of hard decisions to make between Antioch's Taste of Summer and McHenry's Fiesta Days.  Right now I am thinking Taste of Summer tonight and Fiesta Days Saturday and Sunday and Taste later Sunday afternoon.

But, We'll See.  --RoadDog

40th Anniversary of the Summer of '77-- Part 5: "Margaritaville"

These were songs playing on your radio and in your record collection on July16, 1977.

DARK STAR--   Crosby, Nash & Stills
HEADKNOCKER--  Foreigner

MARGARITAVILLE--  Jimmy Buffett   Attention all you Parrot Heads, the song that started it all.

NETHER LANDS--  Dan Fogelberg
JET AIRLINER--  Steve Miller Band   We just saw him in late May at the Indy 500 Carb Day.  After 50 years, he's still got it.
157 RIVERSIDE DRIVE--  REO Speedwagon   Illinois' Own.  From Champaign.

TOO HOT TO HANDLE--  UFO   This is the one Coz always gets me on in his Name That Tune.
BLACK BETTY--  Ram Jam   Probably couldn't be released today.  Somebody might be offended.

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "Nibblin' On Sponge Cake, Watchin' the Sun Bake."  Answer Below.  Nope, Not UFO, Coz.  --RoadDog

LAWS OF PARENTING:  The longer it takes you to make a meal, the less your child will like it.


Chain Flood 2017-- Part 9: Another Rain Storm and Skeeters

We did get rain Wednesday night and all through Thursday morning to about 7 a.m..  Just what we needed.  More rain on top of all that we already have had and all the flooding.

Fortunately, the rain wasn't as hard and we had maybe 1-2 inches over eight hours.  Water levels went up a little, but has been slowly receding the last two days.

It is sad to see piles of ruined stuff and furniture in front of some lower homes.  Quite a few homes and businesses are sandbagged.

The boat is still floating as of yesterday afternoon.

But, we are already getting another "present" from all the rain and flooding.  Mosquitoes are all over the  place.  As a  result of their activity, we had to cut short our enjoyment of the Neverly Brothers last night at Antioch's Taste of Summer Festival.  Plus, they are becoming extremely annoying when I'm out in the yard.

I tell you, this flooding is the gift that just keeps on giving.

Plus, we have more storms forecast tonight and Saturday.  Sunday calls for sun and "NO Rain."

What was it they said at Woodstock in 1969?

"No Rain, No Rain, No Rain!!!"  Maybe If Ee Segue Into That Santana Song It Will Help.  --RoadDog

Thursday, July 20, 2017

40th Anniversary Summer of '77-- Part 4: "Couldn't Get It Right"

This past Sunday, Bob Stroud had The Summer of '77 Part 2 on his Rock and Roll Roots show on Chicago's WDRV, 97.1 FM, the Drive.  This was my 4th summer as a teacher in Round Lake, Illinois and our third summer in our new house in Round Lake Beach.  I still had not decided to become a deejay, but deejays were really starting to get popular in local bars.

SIR DUKE--  Stevie Wonder   Had been #1 song in Chicago on June 11, 1977
TIME IS RUNNING OUT--  Stevie Winwood
COULDN'T GET IT RIGHT--  Climax Blues Band

I'M A ROADRUNNER--  Peter Frampton
SIGNED, SEALED, DELIVERED--  Peter Frampton    This guy really did a great job on these two Motown songs.
HEARD IT IN A LOVE SONG--  Marshall Tucker Band    As good as Southern Rock gets.

LIDO SHUFFLE--  Boz Scaggs    Never sure if  it is Skaggs or Scaggs.
JAMMING--  Bob Marley   One of the first reggae songs I'd ever heard.  I liked it.

Name That Tune (from above songs):  "I Ain't Ever Been With a Woman Long Enough."  Answer below.  --RoadDog

LAWS OF PARENTING:  Toys multiply to fill any space available.

"Heard It In a Love Song"

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Chain Flood of 2017-- Part 8: Thunderstorm's A-Coming and We Sure Don't Need Them

We just got back from Donovan's Reef in Twin Lakes and The Grove in Spring Grove and I sat out in the gazebo and then the front porch.

Judging from the amount of thunder and lightning, and the 75 mph windstorm cast, we're in for a really bad thunderstorm.  Sadly, that  will at least be the end of us.  Rick's pier will never be able to stand up to it.

It is 9:15 pm and it is pouring rain as hard as that Wednesday morning storm.  And we sure do not need more rain.


Chain Flood of 2017-- Part 7: Storms Predicted

The storm hat has been plaguing us hit a week ago today in the early morning hours and a couple times after that.

Water has crested in the Chain of Lakes and is dropping very slowly.  Lots of flooding.  The boat is still floating at the pier as of yesterday.  I have gone out and checked t every day since last Wednesday.  Liz will not go look at it as it will bother her too much, even though I tell  her if we have flooding it is far better to have a boat than a house in danger.

Hey, boats float!!

The flood is the subject of part of ever conversation everywhere we go.

Yesterday, we met Paul and Sue at Half-Times in Johnsburg.  Their boat is still on the lift in Long Lake.  They, like us, can't do anything about getting it off and onto land.  They spent a lot of the weekend working with sandbags at Squaw Bar and a friend's house on Squaw Creek.

And the worst part of all this is that we are forecast to essentially have major storms until Sunday.  More rain would be bad,   but strong winds would be a disaster as the piers are stressed to the maximum.


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The Chain Flood of 2017-- Part 6: Boat's Up Mighty High

The flooding is bad for us as we worry about the boat.  However, the flooding is even worse for those who have to worry about their houses.  Hey, boats float, homes don't.  I'd much rather have to worry about the boat.  Our biggest problem is wondering where it might float to if it comes lose from the pier.

The crest of the flood came yesterday, Monday, but it is still staying high.  It sure is something to see the boat up so high from where it usually is in the channel.

I worry about the boat rising so high that the rope lines slide over the top of the post.  Saturday, i saw several boats at the American Legion tied off to trees.  I didn't think of that.  Next time, believe me, I will.

The marina by Beercan Bridge is essentially its own little lake onto itself.  Grand Avenue between Rollins Road and east of the Shell station is closed and detour needed to get around the flooded street.  And, Silver Dollar lake, which was filled in in order to build the plaza at Rollins and Grand, is now back as well.

Hoping for the Best.  --RoadDog

It's a Backwards-Forward Time These Days: 7-18-17

And. it's been that way since July 11, a week ago:


How About That!!   --RoadDog

LAWS OF PARENTING (These are from the Orange Peel Gazette.)  For a child to become clean, something else must become dirty.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Every Blooming THing-- Mid July 2017

The yard is approaching optimum color right now between flowers already blooming and coming into bloom.  Plus, I have been buying lots of annuals that are on sale.  Our local Menard's has been selling six packs of annuals for 45 cents and geraniums for 32 cents.

Between them and the perennials, the color is exploding.

Right now, my second round of daisies are blooming.  these don't get as tall or full of flowers as the first batch that blooms at the end of May and into June.  The purple coneflowers and black-eyed susans are coming into bloom and I have hundreds of them.

Plus, I have lots of light purple plants blooming as well as tall white wild daisies (each with hundreds of real little flowers all over the place.

The yellow yarrow are blooming as are a lot of the hostas.

Daylillies and Asiatic lillies are ablaze as well

Coreopsis, gladidora and dianthus are also blooming.  I also have a lot of orange flower plants.

Almost TOO Much Color!  Nah, You Can Never Have Too Much Color.  --RoadFlower

LAWS OF PARENTING:  The later you stay up, the earlier your child will wake up in the morning.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

The Chain Flood of 2017-- Part 5: "How High's the Water Mama?"


I went to where the boat is docked in Rick's channel.  Happy to report it is still there, just a lot higher.  The top of the windshield, is about as high as Rick's deck.  Best yet, it is still tied, but I worry about the water rising high enough that the rope knot will slide off the top of the plastic pole.

The pier was mostly underwater yesterday, but now is a little above the water as the it is floating.  Sure hope the poles hold.

Headlines in yesterday's Chicago Tribune "Record flooding likely for Chain O'Lakes, Fox River."  That'd be us.

It hasn't rained since Wednesday morning, thankfully, but we're getting runoff from Wisconsin....and lots of it.  Thanks a lot Cheeseheads!!  The Fox River in New Munster, just over the border, is expected to crest at 17.4 feet, 2 feet above its previous record.

So, it is strange to see the lakes rising even with no rain.

Last night, one of the songs played in the "water set" was Johnny Cash's "Five Feet High and Rising" or is it "How High's the Water Mama?"  A real good song for these days.

The latest I heard about an hour ago is that we can expect about another foot of water.

Where Are My Paddles?  --RoadDog

The Chain Flood of 2017-- Part 4: At Least the Boat Floats...But

In just a little bit, I will be going over to Fox Lake, Illinois, to see how the boat is faring.  The flooding continued yesterday.  I went to the boat at 1 p.m. and retied it to the pier poles.  Normally we have mooring lines to the dock, but the dock is now under water.  Mooring lines tied to it can pull your boat over and sink it.

This was difficult as I had to stand in the water for much of the operation and go into the boat to get the mooring lines that we use when we're out and about.

All accounts say this will be one of the biggest floods ever on the Chain of Lakes, if not THE BIGGEST FLOOD on record.  Crest is not expected to come until Sunday some time.

I wouldn't mind taking it out, but that likely won't happen as so many boat launches are under water.

Last night at the Legion, friends of ours said they had Mineola Marine take their boats out.  If they still are and I can get there, I'll let them do that.  I'd rest a whole lot easier.

Last night at the Legion, two guys played a whole bunch of songs connected to rain, flooding and water.  We didn't pick up on it until Kelly, our bartender, told us, as we were belting out "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald."  getting that old sinking feeling.

So, I get rid of that condo at Topsail Beach, North Carolina, whose lower level flooded whenever there was a big rain and now, the boat in a flood.  At least it floats.

Fun and Games On the Ol' Chain.  --RoadDog

WLS Top 40 for July 14, 1967-- Part 8: The Top Ten ""Let's Live for Today"

The Top ten songs on Chicago's WLS, 890 AM radio fifty years ago.

The number behind the artist is the top position it got to on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles list.

10  TRACKS OF MY TEARS--  Johnny Rivers   #10
9.  WHITE RABBIT--  Jefferson Airplane   #8
8.  LITTLE BIT SLOWER--  Jon & Robin    #11   "Do It Again A Little Bit Slower"

7.  MERCY, MERCY, MERCY--  Buckinghams    #5
6.  LET'S LIVE FOR TODAY--   Grassroots   #8
4.  COME ON DOWN TO MY BOAT--  Every Mother's Son   #6

3.  WINDY--   Association   #1
2.  LITTLE BIT OF SOUL--  Music Explosion    #2
1.  CAN'T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU--  Frankie Valli   #2

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "Now When You're Feelin' Low and the Fish Won't Bite."  Answer below.  --RoadDog

"Little Bit of Soul"

WLS Top 40 for July 14, 1967-- Part 7: "I Like the Way"

15.  I'M JUST WAITING--  New Colony Six

14.  WE'RE IN LOVE--  Cryan' Shames   #85   Full name "It Could Be We're in Love."

13.  I LIKE THE WAY--  Tommy James & the Shondells    #25

12.  ROMEO & JULIET--  Michael & the Messengers    (No rank)  "Just Like Romeo and Juliet"  The real mystery band, but probably at one time called the Messengers out of Milwaukee (There was also a Milwaukee Messengers.)    A group called the Reflections had a #6 hit in 1964 with this song.

11.  C'MON MARIANNE--  Four Seasons

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "Whoa Ho Ho, Here I Am On My Knees Again."  Answer below.  --RoadDog

"C'Mon Marianne"