Friday, February 23, 2018

JSS: Vacations Sure Go Fast-- Gas Gouge-- Flooding

JSS--  Just Some Stuff

1.  VACATIONS SURE GO FAST--  We just got back from a sixteen day vacation to Panama City Beach in Florida.  It was two, well three, days down and two days back.  We were there by Feb. 2 and I was thinking, "Wow, we have eleven more days to go."  Then, suddenly it was time to leave.  Wouldn't it be nice if vacations lasted longer.

2.  GAS GOUGE--  Our local Fox Lake, Illinois, gas stations pulled their monthly gas gouge earlier this week.  Monday, I filled up one car for $2.30.  Tuesday that  station had gas for $2.60.  Because they can.

3.  FLOODING--  Since we got home northern Illinois has sure entered the monsoon season.  It has rained and rained.  Thankfully, though, it was rain and not snow.  Had it been snow we would have had at least 16-22 inches.  The warm weather melted around eight inches of snow already on the ground and then all that rain as well as frozen lakes and rivers and all that rain, there was no where for the water to go so we had a lot of flooding, but nothing too serious.


Legendary and Landmark Pies From N.C.-- Part 3: Blueberry, Tomato and Pecan Pies

BLUEBERRY PIE--  Olde Carolina Eatery, Burgaw

In a converted 100+ year-old drug store.  Pender County is home for the annual  N.C. Blueberry Festival, so, yep, they do grow famous blueberries.  And lots of them.

TOMATO PIE--  Smokey Shadows Lodge, Maggie Valley

A family-run lodge features a cheesy tomato pie.

PECAN PIE--  Creedmore

About the richest pie you'll ever eat.  But, for best, I'd have to go with Grandma Ebie's and Aunt Louise's pecan pies.


LOVEMAKING TIPS FOR SENIORS (From Wassup Magazine):  Wear your glasses to make sure your partner is actually in the bed.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Just Got Back From PCB-- Part 4: Sun, Bars and Eatin'


Kinda cold this morning, but warmed up nicely.  Caught some rays on the deck.  Best day we've had so far.

We've been trained well by three local sparrows to feed them whenever they chirp.

Went back to Patches and, unbelievably, got a place to sit inside.  Had cheap beer at Shuckums and split a half pound of fresh steamed shrimp.  Donovan's of course.


Another nice day for the deck.  At the Driftwood Lodge, our front door is about 200 feet from the Gulf of Mexico and with  all that super white sand.  Went looking for Cici's pizza, a favorite of ours, but it was closed.  Ended up in Panama City at Golden Corral and all that food.  Donovan's, of course.

Patches a Very Popular Place.  --RoadDog

Legendary and Landmark Pies of N.C.-- Part 2: Applejacks and Grape Hull Pie

APPLEJACKS--  Wayne Couny Fair at fair time.  (Nope, not a cereal.)

Last year, a church folded, fried and sold more than 8,000 of 'em.  In case you're wondering, they are a crispy, just-fried apple hand pie, meaning you eat it without a fork... your hands.  I had one once at the Fremont Daffodil Festival.  Good eating anytime, anywhere.

GRAPE HULL PIE--  Duplin Winery, Rose Hill

N.C.'s oldest winery and largest by volume.  These are muscadine grapes and some don't become wine.  They become pies.

Pie Me.  --RoadPie

SOME OBSERVATIONS:  The word "swims" upside-down is still "swims."  try it.

Music Deaths: Reese "Buzz" Clifford "Baby Sitiing Boogie"


Died January 26, 2018

Best remembered for his novelty hit "Baby Sitting Boogie"  (#6-1961).  From Berwyn, Illinois.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

JSS: Billy Graham-- Warm Myrtle Beach-- Cold Here

JSS--  Just Some Stuff

1.  BILLY GRAHAM--  I was listening to the Surf, WVCO 94.9 FM out of North Myrtle Beach this morning.  The song "Son of a Preacher Man" by Dusty Springfield was playing.  At the end of it, the deejay said that he had just gotten the news of Billy Graham's death.  Quite a coincidence.

2.  WARM MYRTLE BEACH--  I am a bit jealous of Myrtle Beach, S.C., though.  Temperatures there today are in the upper 70s, and even lower 80s in some places.  Must be a Southern thing.

3.  COLD HERE--  Well, as warm as Myrtle Beach is today, we are cold here in Northern Illinois.  Yesterday we had 55 degrees, but it rained all day.  We are so thankful it wasn't 21 degrees as it is today as we'd sure have had a real lot of snow.

Just Some Stuff.  --RoadStuff

Just Got Back From PCB-- Part 3: A Super Bowl, Dusty's and a Woodstock Flashback


Rain (not so good)  then sun and sat outside and enjoyed it.  Stayed put today as we'd sure driven enough the last four days.

Walked across the street to Donovan's and watched the Super Bowl drinking $1 pints and quite an array of food.  Mostly Eagle fans (everyone is tired of New England always being there.  Great game and first ever Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl Championship.  Congrats, the Eagle Has Landed!!


Enjoyed the deck on a nice day.  Went to Dusty's, a favorite place of ours for a pitcher of beer and then Donovan's.  Watched as much of the movie "Woodstock: Director's Cut from 10:30 to 12:30 a.m., until I couldn't stay up any longer.  Earlier today an article in the Panama City News Herald about a woman living there who was at Woodstock and got her picture in Life Magazine.

So, Today Was Woodstock Day (Coming Up On Its 50th Anniversary).  --RoadDog

Legendary and Landmark Pies of North Carolina-- Part 1: Peanut and Coconut Pies

From the March Our State Magazine by Emma Laperruque.

Since yesterday was National Cherry Pie Day (see the previous entry in this blog).  This seemed appropriate.

When it comes to desserts, pies are always at the top of my list.

Here are some legendary and landmark pies in N.C:

PEANUT PIE--  Lumberton  Originally at the long-closed Blanchard's Restaurant.

COCONUT PIE--  Blake's in Condor

Wait!!  There's More!!  --RoadPie

SOME OBSERVATIONS:    Every time you clean something, you just make something else dirty.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

I'd Celebrate That!: Margarita Day This Thursday

Here are some interesting days for you to celebrate or ignore.  **  I'd celebrate that!!

Tuesday, Feb. 20:  Cherry Pie Day**

Wednesday, Feb. 21:  Biscuits and Gravy Day**

Thursday, Feb. 22:  Margarita Day**

Friday, Feb. 23:  Dog Biscuit Day

Saturday, Feb. 24:  Tortilla Chip Day**

Sunday, Feb. 25:  Chocolate-Covered Nut Day**  and Clam Chowder Day**

I Just Don't Give a Doggone.  --RoadDog

SOME OBSERVATIONS:  Which letter is silent in the word "Scent," the "S" or the "C?"

Just Got Back From PCB-- Part 2: Hitting the Bars and Mardi Gras


We arrived in Panama City Beach (PCB) around noon and checked into the Driftwood Lodge.   Went to Wal-Mart to stock up the beer and then drove the long, long way (distance, traffic and stoplights) out to the east end of PCB looking for a bar friends had told us about called Patches, but couldn't find it.

Disappointed as we were, we drowned our sorrows at Sharkeys, Pompano Joe's and finally, our favorite PCB watering hole, Donovan's Reef.


Had breakfast at Burger King and did some shopping at Dollar Tree and bought a king cake at Winn-Dixie.  Hey, Mardi Gras after all.   And, Mardi Gras in both Panama City and PCB was a big reason we came down this early in February.

Drove to Panama City for the St. Andrews Mardi Gras parade and collected a whole lot of beads even though we weren't really trying to get them.

We "found" patches on the way back, and it was everything we had heard it was, a locals favorite and quite the dive bar with patches of military, fire departments and police all over the interior.

Went to Donovan's, something we did every day we were in PCB.

Getting Into the Swing of Things.  --RoadDog

Music Deaths: Hugh Masakela


Died January 23, 2018

Jazz trumpeteer from South Africa. Had a huge hit with "Grazing In the Grass" (#1-1967)

Monday, February 19, 2018

WLS Top Ten for February 19, 1968: "Baby, Now That I Have Found You"

1.  LOVE IS BLUE--  Paul Mauriat
2.  I WISH IT WOULD RAIN--  Temptations
3.  SPOOKY--  Classics IV

4.  I WONDER WHAT SHE'S DOING TONIGHT--  Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart
5.  BABY, NOW THAT I'VE FOUND YOU--  Foundations
6.  NOBODY BUT ME--  Human Beinz
7.  VALLEY OF THE DOLLS--  Dionne Warwick

8.  THERE WAS A TIME--  James Brown
9.  GOING OUT OF MY HEAD--  Lettermen
10.  DOCK OF THE BAY--  Otis Redding

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "In the Cool of the Evenin' When Every Thing Is Gettin' Kind of Groovy."    Answer below.  --RoadDog


The Day the Music Died and the Day the Beatles Arrive: Death and Rebirth of Rock and Roll?

In case you're wondering why so many of my blog entries of late have dealt with things that happened on specific days, we have been in Panama City Beach, Florida for a couple weeks and the local Panama City News Herald has a Today in History column.

On FEBRUARY 3, 1959, rock and roll stars Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson died in a small plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa.

ON FEBRUARY 9, 1964, the Beatles made their first live American television appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show," broadcast from New York on CBS.

The Beatles Sure Had a Huge Impact On Me.  --RoadDog

SOME OBSERVATIONS:  If poison expires, is it more poisonous or is it no longer poisonous?

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Past Movie Scratches: Knight-- Titanic-- Ted-- Pearl-- Starship-- Starship

Past Movie Scratches:  movies I saw on TV in 2017.

1.  THE DARK KNIGHT--  1-17--  Ledger's still the best Joker and always will be.  What a warped character.

2.  TITANIC--  1-21--  One of the three big disaster stories I am most interested in, along with Pearl Harbor and the Alamo.

3.  TED--  1-22--  Thurder Brothers Forever.

4.  PEARL HARBOR--  1-25--  If this ain't an epic tale, I don't know what is?

5.  STARSHIP TROOPERS 2:  HERO OF THE FEDERATION--  1-25--  Kind of boring.

6.  STARSHIP TROOPERS 3:  MARAUDERS--  1-25--  Ricco comes back to save the day.


Past Movie Scratches: Groundhog-- Walk-- Titanic-- Worlds-- Brother-- Twister

Past Movie Scratches.  Movies I saw on TV in 2017.

7.  GROUNDHOG DAY--  1-25--  No doubt it's that groundhog keeping me stuck in this day forever.  Must take care of it.

8.  WALK THE LINE--  1-27--  Ups and downs with Johnny Cash.  Great, great music.

9.  TITANIC--  1-28--  Mighty cold water.

10.  WAR OF THE WORLDS--  1-28--  I could sure do without that grating little girl.  Too bad the Martians didn't get her right away.

11.  OH BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU--  1-29--  Who says the Klan can't dance?  Great music.

12.  TWISTER--  1-29--  Got to be some kind of fools to go around chasing tornadoes.


SOME OBSERVATIONS:  What if my dog only brings back my ball because he thinks I like throwing it and slobbery balls?