Thursday, May 25, 2017

Turned 66, But Not On 66

Yesterday my odometer clicked over to 66, but I wasn't on Route 66.

But, we plan to be on Route 66 a lot this year since we are both 66.

Like Paul McCartney, we plan to drive the entire length of the Mother Road this fall.  Doing 66 when you're 66 has long been a dream.

Also, no posts for a few days as I am heading out to Indianapolis for this little old race they have there this time of the year.  Friday is Carb Day and along with final runs, we will be seeing two great bands:  Bare Naked Ladies and the Steve Miller Band.


WLS Top Ten for May 26, 1967: "Don't You Care"

1.  SOMEBODY TO LOVE--  Jefferson Airplane
2.  I GOT RHYTHM--  Happenings
3.  MIRAGE--  Tommy James & the Shondells

4.  HIM OR  ME--  Paul Revere & the Raiders
5.  DON'T YOU CARE--  Buckinghams
6.  LITTLE BIT OF SOUL--  Music Explosion
7.  MIDNIGHT HOUR--  Michael & the Messengers

8.  RELEASE ME--  Englebert Humperdink
9.  HERE COMES MY BABY--  Tremeloes
10.  WINDY--  Association

39.  STEP OUT OF YOUR MIND--  American Breed   Another Chicago group.

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "When the Truth is Found To Be Lies."  --Answer Below.  --RoadDog

YOU'RE DRINKING TOO MUCH COFFEE WHEN:  You're the employee of the month at the local coffee house and you don't even work there.

"Somebody To Love"

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

North Carolina A & T and Kutztown University


The Bears' second pick in Round Four, Tarik Cohen, came from NC A&T.

Located in Greensboro, N.C., the third largest city in the state with a population of 270,000.   Full name North Carolina Agricultural and Technology State University.

A historically black college founded in 1891, now has 10,725 students.  Teams are nicknamed the Aggies and are in Division 1's Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

One of their noted alumni was Ronald McNair, Class of 1972, who died when the Space Shuttle Challenger blew up.


Guard Jordan Morgan played at Kutztown and was drafted by the Bears in the 5th Round.

Located in Kutztown, Pennsylvania, (population 5,012) in eastern Pennsylvania near Philadelphia.  Established in 1866 as Keystone Normal School, name changed to Kutztown in 1928.

Student enrollment 10,000.  Teams called Golden Bears and participate in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference  Divison II.


YOU'RE DRINKING TOO MUCH COFFEE WHEN:  You spend your vacations visiting "Maxwell House."

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Ashland University

Yesterday, I posted about the players the Bears drafted a few weeks ago.  I'd never heard of the schools three of them came from so did some research.


The Chicago Bears' Second Round choice was Adam Shaheen from Ashland University.

Located in Ashland, Ohio.  Located in northern Ohio, near Lake Erie.   Founded in 1878.  5,700 students.  Ashland, Ohio, has a population of 20,361 and was established in 1815 as Uniontown, but changed its name to Ashland as another city in Ohio already had the name.

The teams are named the Eagles and are in Division II's Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

That Ashland.  --Roaddog

YOU'RE DRINKING TOO MUCH COFFEE WHEN:  You lick your coffee pot clean.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Bears Draft Three Non-Power Five Conference Players

In the recent NFL Draft, my Chicago Bears drafted five players... and three were not from those GRB Power Five Conferences.

1st--  Mitch Trubisky, QB  North Carolina   (Let's hope this is not another Bear wasted quarterback choice.  Our track record for QBs is Very Bad!!  And that goes with our sorry qbs Cutler, Grossman and McNown.

2nd--  Adam Shaheen  TE, Ashland

4th--  Eddie Jackson, Safety  Alabama

4th--  Tarik Cohen, RB  North Carolina A&T

5th--  Jordan Morgan, G  Kutztown

I'd never heard of Ashland or Kutztown.


YOU'RE DRINKING TOO MUCH COFFEE WHEN:  You can take a picture of yourself from ten feet away without using a timer.

Friday, May 19, 2017

WLS Top Ten for May 19, 1967: "Here Comes My Baby"

Talking about 50 years ago.

1.  MIRAGE--  Tommy James & the Shondells
2.  I GOT RHYTHM--  Happenings
3.  SOMEBODY TO LOVE--  Jefferson Airplane

4.  DON'T YOU CARE--  Buckinghams
5.  MIDNIGHT HOUR--  Michael & the Messengers
6.  HERE COMES MY BABY--  Tremeloes
7.  HIM OR ME--  Paul Revere & the Raiders

8.  SAY SOMETHING STUPID--  Frank and Nancy Sinatra
10.  SWEET SOUL MUSIC--  Arthur Conley.

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "Spotlight On Lou Rawls Y'all, Ah Don't he Look Tall Y'all." Answer Below.  --  RoadDog

"Sweet Soul Music"

Listening to the Radio This Morning

Right now I am listening to both Chicago's WXRT, 93.1 FM.  Linn Brehmer and Mary Dixon are doing their morning show live at the Dunkin' Donuts in Deerfield, Illinois, for the Cop On the Rooftop effort to raise money for Special Olympics, a good cause.  Sure pity those cops on the rooftop today as it is absolutely miserable to be outside.

Most weekday mornings I listen to WXRT and WVCO, 94.9 FM, the Surf, out of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  Well, actually Loris near North Myrtle Beach.  They play Beach Music.  Their morning man, Stevie B plays some of the best Beach and oldies ever.  I mean, he digs deep.  Way deep.

And, I am jealous of Myrtle Beach's weather today with sun and temps in the lower 80s.  I'll trade our blustery, overcast and 40s temps.

Of course, I can get WXRT over the local airwaves, but the Surf requires the internet.

I Love the Internet.  --RoadDog

JSS: Miserable Weather Today-- Not the Fault of the Round Lake Spring Carnival-- McHenry Moose Spring Carnival

JSS--  Just Some Stuff.

1.  MISERABLE WEATHER TODAY--  It is 38.4 degrees right now, overcast and with blustery winds.  That is just plain miserable weather.  And that is considering the 80s and sun we had the last two days, even though quite windy.  I wish those Canadians would keep their cold weather and quit sending it here.  No sitting out FP or OD for me today.  (FP--front porch, OD-- on deck)  WXRT's Lin Brehmer pretty well summed up the weather of late.  He said:  "Yesterday it was summer.  Today it is winter.  Tomorrow it is spring."

2.  NOT THE FAULT OF THE ROUND LAKE SPRING CARNIVAL--  However, we can't blame this on the infamous Round Lake Beach Spring Carnival which closed last Sunday.  This carnival has brought weather like we have today ever since 1977 with few exceptions.  That is 40 years of crummy weather and the last twenty it has been held for two weekends in a row.

However, May 5-7 wasn't too bad and last weekend was really nice.  Maybe its streak is over?

3.  McHENRY MOOSE SPRING CARNIVAL--  Just like the groans the Round Lake carnival brings with its arrival, the McHenry Moose Lodge's spring carnival has been bringing the crummy weather for the last fifteen years.  They were actually taking credit for it when we all know it is Round Lake's fault.  The fact was, they had theirs at the same time as the one in Round Lake.

However, they changed dates this year and are having their carnival this weekend.

This Would Make This Crummy Weather THEIR FAULT!!!  JSS  --RoadDog

YOU'RE DRINKING TOO MUCH COFFEE WHEN:  The only time you're standing still is during an earthquake.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

National Museum of African-American Music Groundbreaking

It will be at 5th Avenue and Broadway in Nashville, Tennessee.  The groundbreaking was held April 18 and they expect to be in the building by 20-20.

The 2017 Legends Luncheon was held to honor Patti LaBelle, Kirk Franklin, Teddy Riley and David Porter.

Always Great To Have More Museums, Especially One To that Great Black Music.  --RoadDog

YOU'RE DRINKING TOO MUCH COFFEE WHEN:  You have to watch videos in fast-forward.

Music Deaths: Sylvia Moy, Songwriter for Stevie Wonder


Died April 15, 2017.

Wrote "Uptight (Everything's Alright," "My Cherie Amour" and "I Was Made to Love Her" for Stevie Wonder.

Also wrote "It Takes Two" for Marvin Gaye and Kim Weston and "This Old Heart of Mine" for the Isley Brothers.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Movie Scratches 2017: Beauty-- Kong-- Rangers-- Zookeeper's

Movie Scratches:  A Dog's Eye View of Today's Movies.

25. BEAUTY AND THE BEAST--  4-10--  Fox Lake, $6--  He booked and saved her into falling in love with him to break the spell.  Another princess movie.

26.  KING KONG: SKULL ISLAND--  4-11--  Woodstock, $5--  So good, I just had to see it on the big screen a second time.  A hot dog, beer and opening day at Wrigley Field, a World War II vet's dream comes true.

27.  POWER RANGERS--  4-13--  Fox Lake, $6--  Morphin' sure ain't easy, especially with the kookie robot and wall guy.

28.  THE ZOOKEEPER'S WIFE--  4-24--  Round Lake Beach, $6--  German-occupied Warsaw, Poland  Saving Jews at the zoo.  I really liked that little running camel until the Nazis killed him.  I would nominate this one for Best Picture.

Sticky Cup-Holders.  --RoadDog

2017 Country Hall of Fame Class-- Part 2: Jerry Reed and Don Schlitz

Jerry Reed, from Atlanta, became a country star in the 1960s and was known for his finger-style picking that earned him the nickname "Guitar Man."  This was also the title of one of his signature songs.

Other hits were "When You're Hot, You're Hot" and :"Amos Moses."

He starred opposite Burt Reynolds in the "Smokey and the Bandit" films.  He died in 2008 at the age of 71.

Don Schlitz, 64, is from Durham, North Carolina and has written dozens of top country hits including "The Gambler," "On the Other Hand," "Forever and Ever, Amen," "The Greatest" and "When You Say Nothing At All."

His songs were cut by Kenny Rogers, Randy Travis, Mary Chapin Carpenter, the Judds, Tanya Tucker and many others.  He has won three CMA Songs of the Year and two Grammy Awards and has been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Love That Country Music.  --RoadDog

YOU'RE DRINKING TOO MUCH COFFEE WHEN:  You sleep with your eyes open.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

2017 Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees: Jackson, Reed and Schlitz

From the April 6, 2017, Chicago Tribune.

Country stars Alan Jackson, Jerry Reed and songwriter Don Schlitz will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame later this year.

Alan Jackson, 58, from Newnan, Georgia, broke out in 1990 with his neo-traditional style of honky-tonk music.  Some of his hit songs include "Chattahoochee," "She's Got Rhythm (And I Got the Blues) and the one that got everyone so badly after 9/11 "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)."

He has earned two Grammy Awards and was named Entertainer of the Year three times by the Country Music Association.

Two More.  RoadDog

Monday, May 15, 2017

Got Our Kicks on 66 This Past Weekend-- Part 3: Pontiac to Towanda

May 7, 2017, Sunday

We went to downtown Pontiac to get a Red Carpet Corridor button (all towns had a different one) but found out they had all been given out yesterday.

Drove to Chenoa and found out the same thing.  No buttons.  They must have been popular.

We then went to Lexington and walked on Main Street awhile, but didn't find any place with buttons.  It is nice to see that the old Filling Station restaurant will be reopening as Kelly's on 66.

Last stop was Towanda where we found about a half mile of the unused old Route 66 lanes converted into a half-mile long classic car show with lots of people and cars.  Sorry to see Schenk's Garage is essentially no more.

We then drove home.

Always a Great Time on the Mother Road.  --RoadDog

Every Blooming THing, Mid-May 2017

The lavender creeping phlox are in full bloom all over the yard as are a yellow perennial (I don't know the name of it, though).

The various hostas are either fully open or about to be.  The lilacs on the west side of the house are blooming.  The trees have all lost their blooms, but the sunburst honeylocusts in the front are about to leaf in that shot of yellow.

I am still busy raking leaves out of the flower beds and trimming off the branches of the part of the deck Bradford pear tree that was blown down last fall and burning them.  Also, now is the time to trim all the burning bushes and I sure have a lot of them.  Trimming bushes is one of the hardest things I do in the yard.  Next week I start trimming the yews (and I have a lot of them also).

I have also been doing a whole lot of transplanting.

I have a good-sized crop of dandelions, but am working on them.

--Color All Seasson.  --RoadDog

YOU'RE DRINKING TOO MUCH COFFEE WHEN:  You grind your coffee beans in your mouth.