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Sugar & Spice Album.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Another Good Weekend-- Part 2: The Shadows of Knight at Taste of Summer


We went to Antioch, Illinois, for their Taste of Summer festival.  Jimmy Sohns and the Shadows of Knight were playing from noon to 2.  It was Jim's first time performing after suffering a bad stroke back in April.  Of course, they are best known for their 1966 song "Gloria" which went to #10 on Billboard.  It was a real trip back.

However, the hot sun and warm temperatures beat us down so bad, we decided not to go to The Grove for the Blues Jam right after it.

Later that evening, we went to Sunnyside.


After listening to Bob Stroud's Rock and Roll Roots, we went to Hickory Lodge in McCullom Lake for their great pizza and beer special.  Then, we went to Sunnyside.

Came home and I got to enjoy sitting out in the gazebo.


AIN'T IT THE TRUTH:  Success is when you look back at your life, and the memories make you smile.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

North Carolina Summer 2016-- Part 3: The Problem With Croakers and Mom's TVs

JULY 21ST, THURSDAY:  Bob's shredder gave out, so I went out and bought one.  Spent the day sorting through mostly medical records and destapling, tearing and sorting them out.

Bob and I went to a buffet place called Murray's in Goldsboro.  Good food, other than their fish-of-the-day, croaker.  I didn't think I would ever find a fish I didn't like. but this was one!!  Besides more bones than I could count, was that ever a fishy taste.

Later I had the '11 Malibu's oil changed and did some shopping at places we don't have around us at home like Big Lots, Books-A-Million and Target.


One thing about Mom's TVs,  I have always had a problem turning them on.  Anywhere else, I just hit power and I have it.  But not Mom's TVs.  There are several steps you have to go through and me being technologically challenged, this is not an easy thing to do.

A whole lot more "paper" work.  Dollar Tree (for Mom's church donation Thank You notes), gas ($1.97), Ollie's (kind of a junky Big Lots, but you never know what you are going to find), K-Mart (none within 40 miles of us at home) and a visit out to Mom and dad's graves at Willow Dale Cemetery.


Saturday, July 23, 2016

Summer North Carolina 2016-- Part 2: Mom's Death and the Aftermath

This would be the usual time I would go down to North Carolina to visit with Mom and Bob in Goldsboro, but since last month, things have gone topsy-turvey with Mom's unexpected death at age 85.

This means a whole lot of work going through her papers and talking with people about this and that.  I mean she kept records of all sorts dating back to 1998 when Dad died. And, I have to look at every single paper.  It is slow going.

I also stand to inherit the condo at Topsail Beach.  It is paid for, but there are association dues, electric (no gas at least) water, garbage, cable, land telephone and wi-fi to take care of and that is a job in itself.  Since I live about 1200 miles away and long a go we decided not to have a second home somewhere, we can afford it, but don't want the hassle of owning two places.  One is bad enough.

Of course, this means getting an appraisal, dealing with the condo association, fixing the lower level after the floods from several months ago, listing it and so forth.

Plus,we don't won't to be tied down to just one place we have to go every time.

I Am At  the Condo Right Now.  --RoadDog

Summer North Carolina 2016-- Part 1: Gettin' My Cincy Chili, Chocolate Uglys, Snappy Lunch and Wilber's 'Cue Fixes


I left for North Carolina to help settle affairs with my mom's estate and took the usual route there, now becoming very familiar with the third trip in as many months.  I got through Indianapolis during rush hour without a problem and stopped for my usual Cincy chili fix at Skyline Chili.  I drove to the east side of Columbus, Ohio, and then went on to Athens, Ohio, where I stayed at Super 8.


On US-33 to I-77 in West Virginia.  No Virginia peanuts at the Virginia Welcome Center, but they said they had it on order.  I need my Va. peanut fix as well.  Stopped at Wytheville, Virginia, for the cheapest gas of the trip, $1.90, and got my Chocolate Ugly fix.

Then stopped at Mt. Airy, N.C., for my Snappy Lunch porkchop sandwich fix.  I-40 was busy, but made it through the Raleigh-Durham "Strangler' always a horrible traffic jam.  Arrived in Goldsboro, N.C., and went to Wilber's BBQ for my 'cue fix with Bob and Andy.

Gettin' My Fixes.  --RoadDog

Another Good Weekend-- Part 1: Antioch's Taste of Summer


After yardwork, we went to Donovan's and then to Antioch's annual Taste of Summer Festival where we saw the Neverly Brothers, a popular regional act with three guys playing music from the 50s in the first set and 60s in the second.  They consist of an upright bass, lead guitar and stand-up drums.


Worked on the arboretum and The Grove in Spring Grove and listened to Arthur Wolff playing a lot of great classic rock.  Met friends John and Sherry there.  We then went to the American Legion on Fox Lake for the 50-50 drawings.

Good Times in Our Own Backyard.  --RoadDog

AIN'T IT THE TRUTH:  At my age "getting lucky" means walking into a room and remembering what I went in there for.

Friday, July 22, 2016

WLS Survey for July 22, 1966: "Hanky Panky"

1.  WILD THING--  Troggs
2.  PIED PIPER--  Crispian St, Peter
3.  HUNGRY--  Paul Revere & the Raiders

4.  SUMMER IN THE CITY--  Lovin' Spoonful
5.  HANKY PANKY--  Tommy James & the Shondells
6.  THEY'RE COMING TO TAKE ME AWAY--  Napoleon 14 (from #17 in just its second week on the chart)
7.  I SAW HER AGAIN--  Mamas and Papas

8.  SUGAR & SPICE--  Cryan' Shames
9.  THIS DOOR SWINGS BOTH WAYS--  Herman's Hermits
10.  RED RUBBER BALL--   Cyrkle

Name That Tune (from the above):  "You Know That Little Girl Is Mine."  --RoadDog

AIN'T IT THE TRUTH:  If God had wanted me to touch my toes, he would've put them on my knees.

"Sugar & Spice"

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Those "Idge" Phones Again

From the July 13, 2016 "Bizarro" comic strip.

1st Panel:  1915:  Boy chasing another boy, reaches out and says, "Tag, you're it."

2nd Panel"  2015:  A boy is by himself on a couch, lying down and on his "Idge" phone.  The "Idge" phone has a message on it, "#urit."

Ain't It the Toot.  --RoadDog

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

"But, Wait!! Things You Wish Those TV Deals Would Say

From the July 13, 2016, "Momma" comic strip.

1st Panel:  Momma is in her easy chair, staring at the TV and frowning as the announcer says,  "Yes, think of it...  This entire set of nifty gadgets ti make your life easier, for the low, low price of only #14.95!!  Imagine... only #14.95!!!"

2nd Panel:  TV announcer continues:  "But, Wait!!!  Call right now and we'll promise never to run this infomercial again!!"  Momma now has a smile.

I always enjoy trying to say "But Wait! at the appropriate time during these commercials.  I can think of some other commercials I would like to see far less of during viewing TV.

But Wait!  Have I Got a Deal for You and You Can Double Your Joy.  --RoadDog

Monday, July 18, 2016

Congratulations to the Fox Lake Bulldogs, 10 District Illinois American Legion Baseball Champs

This past Saturday, American Legion Post 703's (Fox Lake, Illinois) baseball team won their first-ever 10th District championship by defeating Lake Villa.

They were 9-1 regular season and 3-1 in the playoffs.

Next they go on to the Division 2 round in Barrington, Illinois.

Here's hoping for North Carolina where the American Legion World Series will be played.

Way to Go, Boys!!  --RoadDog

AIN'T IT THE TRUTH:  Of course I talk to myself; sometimes I need some good advice.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Cryan' Shames "Sugar and Spice"

I just noticed that the Cryan' Shames had the #8 song on the WLS Silver Dollar Survey on July 15, 1966, fifty years ago.  It was the title track of the album by them that I have at the top of this blog and has been for quite some time now.

It would eventually peak at #4 in Chicago and hit #49 on Billboard in August.  Joel Whitman wrote this about tge group:  "Six-man rock band from Chicago-- Thomas Doody, lead singer."

Coincidence?  How About That?  --RoadDog

AIN'T IT THE TRUTH:  I would rather be judge by 12 than carried by 6.

Friday, July 15, 2016

WLS Top 40 Survey for July 15, 1966-- Part 6: "I Saw Her Again"

10.  THIS DOOR SWINGS BOTH WAYS--  Herman's Hermits
9.  YOU DON'T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME--  Dusty Springfield
8.  SUGAR AND SPICE--  Cryan' Shames   Another Chicago group

6.  HUNGRY--  Paul Revere & the Raiders
5.  RED RUBBER BALL--  Cyrkle
4.  I SAW HER AGAIN--  Mamas and Papas

3.  THE PIED PIPER--  Crispian St. Peter
2.  HANKY PANKY--  Tommy James & the Shondells
1.  WILD THING--  Troggs

Name That Tune (from the above):  "I Should Have Known You'd Bid Me Farewell."  --RoadDog

"Red Rubber Ball"

WLS Top 40 Survey for July 15, 1966-- Part 5: ""Over, Under, Sideways Down"

20.  OVER,UNDER, SIDEWAYS, DOWN--  Yardbirds   #13 on Billboard.
19.  STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT--  Frank Sinatra
18.  LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD--  Sam the Sham   #2 on Billboard

17.  THEY'RE COMING TO TAKE ME AWAY--  Napoleon the 14th  Actually, Jerry Samuels, a recording engineer from New York.  Went to #3 on Billboard.  definitely not pc.
16.  YOU WOULDN'T LISTEN--  Ides of March   Another WLS/WCFL Chicago band.
15.  SUMMER IN THE CITY--  Lovin' Spoonful    Jumped from #38.
14.  MOTHER'S LITTLE HELPER--  Rolling Stones

13.  SWEET PEA--  Tommy Roe
12.  ALONG COMES MARY--  Association
11.  DIRTY WATER--  Standells

Name That Tune (from the above):  "Remember When You Ran Away and I Got On My Knees."  --RoadDog

AIN'T IT THE TRUTH:  I don't have gray hair, I have "wisdom highlights."  I am just very wise.

(They're Coming To Take Me Away"

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Great Time Around Here Last Week-- Part 2: Bands, Craft Beer and a Fish Fry

FRIDAY, JULY 8--  Lots of yardwork, then went to Kevin and Kelly's place on Fox Lake and enjoyed Kelly's homemade strawberry ale.  We then adjourned to 'Cuda's on Grasslake Road for their Pabst beer-Battered fish fry and watermelon beer.  Last stop was at the Legion.

SATURDAY, JULY 9--  Again, more yardwork.  We went to captain's Quarters on Fox Lake  and saw the band Ear Candy then to Sunnyside Tavern in Johnsburg.

SUNDAY, JULY 10--  We went to Sunnyside, then to Twin lakes Roadhouse i Wisconsin to see the band Blindspot play on the deck.  On the way home, stopped at Donovan's and The Grove in Spring Grove.

Why Go Anywhere Else? --RoadDog

Ten Songs for Bastille Day: "C'est La Vie"

On today's Ten at Ten on Chicago's WDRV, 93.1 FM, Bob Stroud played ten songs with connections to France in honor of this special day for them.  They all had French words in them.

MICHELLE--  Beatles
PSYCHO KILLER--  Talking Heads


DON'T ASK ME WHY--  Billy Joel
MY CHERIE AMOUR--  Stevie Wonder

Name That Tune (from the above):  "Lovely As a Summer Day."  --RoadDog

"My Cherie Amour"

WLS Top 40 Survey for July 15, 1966-- Part 4: "Pretty Flamingo"

25.  THE LAND OF MILK AND HONEY--  Vogues   #29 on Billboard.    From Turtle Creek, Pennsylvania.  Met in high school.

24.  THE MORE I SEE YOU--  Chris Montez

23.  BUS STOP--  Hollies

22.  LOVE LETTERS--  Elvis Presley   #19 on Billboard   Title song to a movie.  Was a #11 hit for Dock Haymes in 1945.

21.  PRETTY FLAMINGO--  Manfred Mann   #29 on Billboard.  Manfred Mann was born Michael Lubuwitz.

--Name That Tune (from the above):  "All Summer Long We Enjoyed It, Wind and Rain and Shine."  --RoadDog

"Bus Stop"