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Monday, June 29, 2015

About Last Weekend-- Part 3: Blackhawks, Pizza and a New Place

SUNDAY, JUNE 21ST:  Bob Stroud had his annual Summer Show on Rock and Roll Roots on WDRV.  All that music from the 1960s and 1970s really got me in the mood.  See last week for the complete list of them.

I did some yard work and then we were out looking for Blackhawks gear at Wal-Mart, Dick's and Meijer's and actually found a pennant and a wall hanger at 5 Below.

We went to Hickory lodge in McCullom Lake (by McHenry) and had their excellent pizza and pitcher deal.  We were headed over to Captain's Quarters for the band, but stopped at Lakeview Place on Grasslake, ran into some friends and ended up staying there.  The place has been closed ever since Dirty Rooster moved  out to a place in Antioch on 173.  That is one beautiful view of Grasslake from their deck.

Stopped at Tommy's on the way home.


THE WISDOM OF WILL ROGERS:  If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is to stop digging.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

About Last Weekend-- Part 2: Looking for the Plug, Bobby's Barrel and Dog 'N Suds

SATURDAY, JUNE 20TH:  Did yardwork in the afternoon after calling West Marine and Skipper Bud's looking for a drain plug for the boat.  We found that it is missing and any boater knows that if you put your boat in without one, your boat will sink.  Kind of an essential piece of equipment.  Decided to get one at Skipper Bud's in Volo.

Drove there, but their parts department closed for the day, so were unable to get the plug.  Stopped at Bobby's Barrel Inn in Volo since we were there as we haven't been there for a long time.  Had excel;lent meals.  Then went to Dog 'N Suds in Ingleside where they were having a 50s-60s band, the Affects, playing outside along with a parking lot full of classic cars.  Kind of a neat, retro thing to do.  Met some old friends there, but left as the drizzle started getting a bit heavier.

Went to the Lagoon Lounge, dating to the 1950s as well and while there, it really started pouring.  We've had a very rainy season so far.  The Hat Guys were supposed to be playing at Fox Lake's Lakefront Park on Nippersink Lake, but had been rained out, so went to Sunnyside Tap in Johnsburg, where the rains continued.  Kind of strange being there with no Blackhawk game.

Rains Interfering With Fun.  --RoadDog

About Last Weekend-- Part 1: A Blackhawk Celebration, It's Thursday and a Fish Fry

THURSDAY, JUNE 18TH:  Went to McHenry looking at the store nurseries and for Blackhawk Stanley Cup stuff.  I only bought Hawk merchandise at Wal-Mart: pint and shot glass and tee shirt for Liz.  Had breakfast at Steak 'N Shale.  Came home and watched the Blackhawks parade and rally at Soldier Field.  The three jets that passed over while Jim Corneliuson was sing the Star-Spangled Banner passed over our house on their way to Chicago.

Worked in the yard some and then went to Antioch and had pizza at The Lodge and watched Alex and the All-Stars at the bandshell for the weekly It's Thursday party.  Stopped at the Lake Marie Lodge on the way home.

FRIDAY, JUNE 20TH:  Bob Stroud played his annual Ten at Ten Summer Songs show what with summer officially starting Sunday.  I did yardwork, then we met Frank, Liane and Taylor at Popeye's in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin for their fantastic fish fry.  Great view of Geneva Lake from the windows.

Stopped at Wal-Mart in Lake Geneva, but no Hawks stuff.  Those Cheeseheads.  Then went to Donovan's Reef and the Legion.

Looking for the Blackhawk Stuff.  --RoadDog

Enjoying the Front Porch

Most mornings I have been having breakfast or just coffee out on the front porch.  I have a rocking chair and a chair out there as well as two caladiums and a seven year-old poinsettia.

I enjoy listening to the birds and looking at the flowers in the yard.    Plus, several walkers, runners and folks walking dogs.  And, with all the rain we've been getting, here is nothing like that fresh smell that comes with it along with the rhythm of the drops.  Plus, every so often a flock of Canadian geese will noisily fly over.

Might as well enjoy it while I can as iy won't be too long before old man winter is here.

Sittin', Lookin' and Eatin'.  --RoadDog

THE WISDOM OF WILL ROGERS:  There's two theories to arguin' with a woman.  Neither one works.

Friday, June 26, 2015

WLS Top Ten for June 25, 1965

1.  I CAN'T HELP MYSELF--  Four Tops
3.  WONDERFUL WORLD--  Herman's Hermits

4.  WOOLY BULLY--  Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs
5.  HELP ME RHONDA--  Beach Boys
6.  A WALK IN THE BLACK FOREST--  Horst Jankowski
7.  CRYING IN THE CHAPEL--  Elvis Presley

8.  IT'S NOT UNUSUAL--  Tom Jones
9.  I WANT CANDY--  Strangeloves  (Great Frat Rock If There Ever Was Any.)
10.  GIVE US YOUR BLESSINGS--  Shangri-Las

11.  (I CAN'T GET NO) SATISFACTION--  Rolling Stones  (OK, get that opening riff out of your head!)
18.  YOU TURN ME ON--  Ian Whitcomb

"I Was Driving In My Car..."  --RoadDog

David Letterman's Top Ten Reasons the Cubs Haven't Won a World Series Since 1908-- Part 2

Given in 1989.

5.  The image of Lovable Losers gets us more tail than Sinatra.

4.  Since we got a police scanner in the dugout, real life crises make it hard to concentrate on a meaningless sport.

3.  Conferences on the mound degenerate into reminiscing about that great team of 1908.

2.  Hey, have you ever tried to hit a major league curveball?

1.  It's victory enough living in Chicago, home of the best damn audiences in the world.  (I think he must have been doing his show from Chitown.)

I Don't Know About #5?  --RoadDog

THE WISDOM OF WILL ROGERS:  Never kick a cow chip on a hot day.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Top Ten Reasons the Cubs Haven't Won a World Series Since 1908-- Part 1

From a 1989 David Letterman show.

10.  Can actually see the World Series better watching it on TV.

9.  Mistakenly thought low score wins, like in golf.

8.  Secure enough in our manhood to play gently.

7.  Trade high draft picks for candy & pocket flashlights.

6.  Too many guys from the 1908 team still on the roster.

Said the White Sox Fan.  --RoadDog

Mayberry's Bliss: The Reason Why

Liz came across this one on her Facebook page.

The author was wondering why things were so peaceful in the small town of Mayberry, North Carolina.

"It just dawned on me why Mayberry was so peaceful and quiet...nobody was married.

"Here are the single people that come to mind:  Andy, Aunt Bea, Barney, Floyd, Howard, Goober, Gomer, Sam, Ernest T. Bass, the Darli family, Helen, Thelma Lou, Clara.

"In fact, the only one who was married was Otis and he stayed drunk!"

Now You Know.  --RoadDog

THE WISDOM OF WILL ROGERS:  After eating an entire bull, a mountain lion felt so good he started roaring.  he kept it up until a hunter came along and shot him....  The moral: When you're full of bull, keep your mouth shut.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The Boat Is In!!! (A $4 Plug or $104 Plug?)

Yesterday marked the official beginning of our boating season, much delayed because of the weather and a missing drain plug and just too many other things to do.

We picked up the boat from the barn in Hebron, Illinois, on May 20th and took it over to Emerald Marine on June 3rd and picked it up June 9.  While it was in the driveway, I put five gallons of gas into it on three different occasions (cheaper than putting gas in on the water by at least a dollar and less distance to carry the containers).

Liz cleaned the boat out on the 19th and then we found that the drain plug was missing so spent the 19th and 20th trying to get a replacement.  Yesterday, I drove to Skipper Bud's in Volo and got one for $4.  (Hopefully it won't be a $104 plug as one of those photo-enforced lights may have gotten me at 120 and 12.)

It was now time to put the boat in the water, never a pretty sight as I am not real good at backing the trailer into the water to launch the boat.  I usually only do that twice a year (beginning and end) so don't have a real lot of practice, but I do know that with a sufficient amount of backing and rebacking I will get it in.

Took the boat over to the American Legion on Nippersink Lake and put it in.  Liz took it for a ride over to Rick's, where we keep it) and I took the truck and trailer back to the house where I will putRust-O-Leum on the parts that are getting rusty.

I went back and met Liz at Rick's then we went for our first cruise of the season in Fox Lake.  Stopped at Stormy Monday for a Chain Crawl passbook stamp and enjoyed watching a guy get hotted by some ghost pepper horseradish.

"School's Out...Forever" Is Back in the Water.  --RoadDog

Summer Songs to Get You Into the Mood-- Part 3

BEACH BABY--  First Class

SUNNY DAYS--  Lighthouse
IN THE SUMMERTIME--  Mungo Jerry  (My all-time favorite Summer Song.)

SUMMER SUN--  Jamestown Massacre
SUMMERTIME--  Billy Stewart

BUS STOP--  Hollies
HOT SUMMER DAY--  It's a Beautiful Day
SCHOOL'S OUT--  Alice Cooper  (Still thanking dear old Alice for giving us our boat name with this one.)
SUMMER IN THE CITY--  Lovin' Spoonful

"Chh chh-chh, uh, Chh chh-chh, uh.  You Can Stretch Right Up and Touch the Sky."  RoadDog

Summer Songs to Get You in the Mood-- Part 2

STREET FIGHTIN' MAN--  Rolling Stones

CATCH A WAVE--  Beach Boys

SUMMER--  War  (One of the greatest summer sounding records ever.)
SUMMER RAIN--  Johnny Rivers

SUMMER BREEZE--  Isley Brothers
COME ON DOWN TO MY BOAT--  Every Mother's Son  (And, we finally got our boat IN THE WATER yesterday!!)

"Riding 'Round Town With All the Windows Down.  Eight Track Playin' A'' Your Favorite Sounds."  --RoadDog

THE WISDOM OF WILL ROGERS:  If you get to thinkin' you're a person of influence, try orderin' somebody else's dog around.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Summer Songs to Get You In the Mood-- Part 1

From Bob Stroud's Rock and Roll Roots from June 21m 2015.  Hey, the first day of summer!!!

DO IT AGAIN--  Beach Boys
SURFIN' SAFARI--  Beach Boys

DANCING IN THE STREET--  Mamas and Papas
BACK TO THE ISLAND--  Leon Russell

SPILL THE WINE--  Eric Burdon & War
SUMMER WINE--  Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazelwood
HOT FUN IN THE SUMMERTIME--  Sly & the Family Stone

DAYDREAM--  Lovin' Spoonful

I'm In the Mood, How 'Bout You? "Imagine me, a Long-haired noble gnome..."   --RoadDog

THE WISDOM OF WILL ROGERS:  If you're ridin' ahead of the herd, take a look back every now and then to make sure it's still there.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Ten Best Summer Songs

From WXRT , 93.1 FM, Chicago.

These are songs that were hot in years past (not necessarily dealing with the season itself, just songs that bring memories of summers past.

1.  SLEDGEHAMMER--  Peter Gabriel, 1986

2.  UNDER THE BRIDGE--  Red Hot Chili Peppers, 1992

3.  PUMPED UP KICKS--  Foster the People, 2011

4.  SHOUT!--  Tears for Fears, 1985,

5.  LAST KISS--  Pearl Jam.  Old Wayne Cochran song.

6.  BAND ON THE RUN--  Paul McCartney & Wings, 1974

7.  CALL ME--  Blondie, 1980

8.  BLACK HOLE SUN--  Soundgarden, 1994

9.  (I CAN'T GET NO) SATISFACTION--  Rolling Stones, 1965

10.  HEAVY METAL DRUMMER--  Wilco, 2002

To See More Info and the Videos Go To WXRT Site.  --RoadDog

THE WISDOM OF WILL ROGERS:  Lettin' the cat out of the bag is a whole lot easir'n puttin' it back in.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Some Good Radio Listening This Week

TODAY, SATURDAY:  Even though the show was listed as being 1995, it is 1981 on WXRT's Saturday Morning Flashback with Wendy Rice.  It goes from 8 a.m. to noon CDST and streams at

TOMORROW, SUNDAY--  Bob Stroud's Rock and Roll Roots has his annual Summer Show.  Three hours of great summer-related music from the 60s and 70s.  WDRV from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Breakfast With the Beatles with Terri Hemmert on WXRT, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m..


Bluesbreakers 9-10 p.m. WXRT

Ten at Ten, WDRV 10 1.a.m. and 10 p.m.
Mon.  1980
Tues. 1968
Wed. 1975

All times Central.

"In the Beginning..."  --RoadDog

Ten Summer Songs

Since tomorrow marks the beginning of summer...finally, Bob Stroud played ten Summer Songs on his Ten at Ten on WDRV-FM, 97.1 in Chicago.  He has listeners vote of their top pick, so i will have the top vote-getters: percentages.

SCHOOL'S OUT--  Alice Cooper

SUMMER IN THE CITY--  Lovin' Spoonful  18%
MAGIC--  Cars
GOOD VIBRATIONS--  Beach Boys  16%

IN THE SUMMERTIME--  Mungo Jerry  18%
SUMMER OF '69--  Bryan Adams 10%

I picked "In the Summertime," my all-time favorite summer song.  Tomorrow, Bob Stroud plays three hours of summer music on his Rock and Roll Roots show on WDRV and it streams.

"When the Weather Is Fine."  --RoadDog