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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

JSS: 65-- Yardwork-- Trimming

JSS__  Just Some Stuff

1.  65--  Well, today I turn 65.  Thanks Mom.  I am "officially" now on Medicare.  Does this mean I am old?

2.  YARDWORK--  That time of the year and spending lots of time out in the yard as we have been having some great weather.  Lots of flower planting, weeding, transplanting and I am still working on bushes that had winter kill a couple years back.

3.  TRIMMING--  I generally enjoy working in the yard on a warm, sunny day, but I can tell you one thing, I don't much care for  trimming bushes.  I planted WAY TOO MANY bushes.  Especially the burning bushes, which I like, but do they ever grow fast in the spring.

Then, in a couple weeks, I will have to start trimming the yews.

I tell you that I am sore when I finish trimming, as I did Saturday and yesterday.  And, I still have one more day to trim the burning bushes.

--JSS--  RoadDog

N.C. Spring Trip, 2016-- Part 3: "Fiddler On the Roof"

MAY 1, SUNDAY:  Went to church with Mom and then Lantern Inn for lunch (old Lum's).  Saw an excellent local theater presentation on "The Fiddler On the Roof" at the restored Paramount Theater.

MAY 2, MONDAY:  Went to several of my favorite Goldsboro, N.C., stores including Big Lots, Books-A-Million and Ollie's.

MAY 3, TUESDAY:  Huge storms last night.  Went to Sam's Club, K-Mart (we have none of these around home), Goldsboro Antiques, where my brother Bob has a space and Trade-It.

MAY 4, WEDNESDAY:  Went to the Wayne County Museum with my brother Bob.  Checked out their new collection of weapons picked up from the Battle of Averasboro Battlefield during the Civil War and joined the historical society.

Went to Bible Study with Mom and made up flower containers for the first graders Mom is going to talk to tomorrow.


YOU'RE OLD IF YOU REMEMBER:  When you'd reach into a muddy gutter to grab a penny.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Ten Years of Retirement

This past Wednesday, Round Lake Schools had their last day before summer vacation.  My last day of teaching was ten years ago.

It is really hard to believe that it was that long ago since my retirement years seem to go by so fast.  I mean, REALLY FAST!!  It seems more like two or three years.

Well, I guess time really flies when you're having fun.

Hard to believe.  --RoadDog

Top Ten Famous Songs With Unknown Originals-- Part 2: "Twist and Shout"

5.  TWIST AND SHOUT--  Top Notes and later Isley Brothers / Beatles

4.  HOUND DOG--  Big Mama Thornton / Elvis Presley

3.  KILLING ME SOFTLY WITH HIS SONG--  Lori Lieberman / Roberta Flack and then Lauryn Hill.

2.  KISS--  Mazarati / Prince

1.  THE LION SLEEPS TONIGHT--  Solomon Linda & the Evening Birds / Tokens  The original title was "Mbube" and was recorded in 1939.  Pete Seger was the first to redo it.

Name That Tune:  "Strumming My Pain With His Fingers."  --RoadDog

"Killing Me Softly With His Song"

Top Ten Famous Songs With Unknown Originals-- Part 1: "Video Killed the Radio Star"

From the July 31, 2012, Listverse.

It was a big hit for someone else other than the orginal performers.

The unknowns first and people who had hits second.

10.  VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR--  Bruce Wooley & the Cameraz / Buggles

9.  SUZIE-Q--  Dale Hawkins / Creedence Clearwater Revival

8.  MOON OF ALABAMA--  Lotte Lenya / Doors   Became "The Alabama Song (Whiskey Bar).  Originally written in 1925 by Bertolt Brecht and set to music by Kurt Weill for the German operetta Mahogonny and sung by his wife, Lotte Lenya.

7.  THE CRYING GAME--  Dave Berry / Boy George

6.  PIECE OF MY HEART--  Emma Franklin / Janis Joplin

Name That Tune (from the above):  "I Like the Way You Talk, I Like the Way You Walk."  --RoadDog

YOU'RE OLD IF YOU REMEMBER: When a dime was a decent allowance and a quarter was a huge bonus.

"Suzie Q"

Friday, May 20, 2016

WLS Top Ten for May 20, 1966: "Monday Monday"

1.  MONDAY MONDAY--  Mamas & Papas
2.  A GROOVY KIND OF LOVE--  Mindbenders
3.  KICKS--  Paul Revere & the Raiders

5.  PAINT IT BLACK--  Rolling Stones
6.  RAINY DAY WOMEN 12 & 35--  Bob Dylan
7.  GOOD LOVIN'--  Young Rascals

8.  I AM A ROCK--  Simon & Garfunkel
9.  SECRET AGENT MAN--  Johnny Rivers
10.  BACK STAGE--  Gene Pitney

Name That Tune (from the above):  "When I'm Feelin' Blue, All I Got to Do Is Look At You."  --RoadDog

"A Groovy Kind of Love"

A Different Kind of Driver Education with Dad

From the May 19, 2016, Hi and Lois comic strip.

Hi's oldest son is learning how to drive.  Dad is in the car with him.

Frame 1:  dad says to son: "No texting, tweeting, chatting or skyping."

Kid:  "What's left."

Frame 2:  Dad says, "Driving while driving.

It Is So Sad I Could Cry.  --RoadDog

YOU'RE OLD IF YOU REMEMBER:  When nobody owned a pure-bred dog.  Mutts for Me.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

N.C. Spring Trip 2016-- Part 2: A Scary Drive Down the Mountain But Soothed With the 'Cue


Listening to the CD by the Brothers Osborne called Pawn Shop, a country band with a rock sound.

Took I-70 from Springfield through Columbus to US-33 on the east side and then southeast to West Virginia. Made my usual stop for gas at Dogpatch Crossing.  Gas everywhere in Ohio was $2.30 to $2.35. gas at the Crossing was $2.35.  I stocked up on my Grippo's caramel corn.  I am told there are no places in the area that sell Grippo's products and that it is out of Cincinnati.

Then I-77 in W.Va. to the Virginia Welcome center for my Virginia peanut fix and gas at Wytheville, Virginia for $1.96.   Best price yet.  Had major fog and mighty scary coming down I-77 the last eight miles to N.C..

Stopped at Hursey's Barbecue in Graham, N.C. for some of their great 'cue.

Then US-421 to I-40 through the Raleigh-Durham terror, US-70 to Goldsboro.


YOU'RE OLD IF YOU REMEMBER: When nearly everyone's mom was at home when the kids came back from school.

Music Deaths: Ned Miller and Johnny Sea

NED MILLER, 90, Died March 18, 2016.

Best remembered for the 1963 country crossover hit "from a Jack to a Jill" which went to #6.  He had 11 country hits but disliked touring because of stage fright and retired early.

JOHNNY SEA, 75, Died May 14, 2016

He gave a patriotic answer to "Eve of Destruction" titled "Day of Decision" (#35-1966), appeared eight times on country charts 1959-1968.  His biggest hits were "Frankie's Man Johnny" (#13-1959) and "Nobody's Darling But Mine" (#13-1960).

This name sounded somewhat familiar to me and then I remembered that while researching the WLS Weekly Top 40s for fifty years ago in 1966, I had come across the #9 song on the June 10, 1966 Survey as "Day of Decision" by a Johnny Sea.  I'd never heard it before so went to YouTube and listened to it.  More of a talk song, but a very patriotic one.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Good Times Last Weekend (Despite That Lousy Carnival)

FRIDAY, MAY 13TH--  We definitely were not happy to see that lousy Round Lake Spring Carnival set up, which meant we were really going to have crummy weather, which we did.  Rain, overcast, plunging temperatures and even frost Sunday morning.

Even then, we enjoyed meeting up with our Usual Suspects at the Legion in Fox Lake.

SATURDAY, MAY 14TH--  What better way to forget about crummy weather than to think about boating, so it was a great time to have the Kickoff Party for the Chain Crawl on the Chain of Lakes.  We picked up our passbooks, coupon book and tee shirts at Port of Blarney on Grasslake Road and then went over to Lake View Place on Grasslake for food and get-together.  It was fun to talk with Don and Pat and other boating friends.  There was even a guy there that remembers me from my deejaying days at the Puppet Bar and Jackson bay.

We then ended up at Sunnsyside.

SUNDAY, MAY 15TH--  Frost this morning.  We went to Sunnyside and watched the Sox and Cubs games and then to Half-Times in Johnsburg.

Good Times on the Chain.  --RoadDog

YOU'RE OLD IF YOU REMEMBER:  when all your friends got their hair cut at the kitchen table.

Music Deaths: Billy Paul

BILLY PAUL, 81  Died April 24, 2016.

Philadelphia soul singer who had the huge hit "Me and Mrs. Jones" (#1-1972).  Born Paul Williams and served in U.S. Army with Elvis Presley.  "Me and Mrs. Jones" was his only Gold Record and gave his a Grammy for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance.

It was his only Top Thirty hit.  His follow-up records were very controversial with songs like "Am I Black Enough for You" (#79-1973) and "Let's Make a Baby" (#83-1976).

Music Deaths: Lonnie Mack and Phil Humphrey

LONNIE MACK, 71.  Died April 21, 2016.

Best-known  for his 1963 instrumentals "Memphis: #5 and "Wham" #14.  Known for his pioneering style of playing guitar and charted 7 times on his own, but was also on a lot of sessions for James Brown, Hank Ballard and on "Morrison Hotel" by the Doors.

PHIL HUMPHRY, 78  Died March 29, 2016.

Was one half of the Fendermen who had a big hit in 1960 with "Mule Skinner Blues" #5.  The other member, Jim Sundquist, passed away in 2013.  The duo formed at UW-Madison.

Music Deaths: Prince

PRINCE, 57,  Died April 21, 2016.

This was a real surprise, considering his age.

I sure enjoyed a lot of his music, especially after he came out with "The Purple Rain" movie and soundtrack.  Plus, the songs "Little Red Corvette" and "1999" which sure got a lot of play New year's Eve 1999 and 2000.

I have quite a few albums and CDs of his music.

We were driving to Missouri for the Munger-Moss Motel anniversary celebration when we heard "Purple Rain" on WJEZ in Pontiac, Illinois, when the deejay told us that Prince had died.

This has been quite a bad year for music deaths, but I guess we are all getting quite a bit older.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Death of Chicago's "Mr. A" in 2004

I was very sad to find out that one of my favorite DJs, Alfred Hudgins who called himself "Mr. A" died at age 75 back in 2004.  I had been looking for him after finding an old cassette tape I had made of his show.

He ran a long-running overnight blues and R&B show on classical music station WNIB in Chicago until it was sold in 2001.

He then hosted a morning blues show on WNDZ AM 750 until he had to sign off due to health issues.

I used to record his show when I got up in the middle of the night and then listen to it later.

He sure played some great music.

Goodbye, "Mr. A."  --RoadDog

Music Deaths: Jack Hammer and Mike Lazo

JACK (EARL BURROUGHS) HAMMER, 90  Died April 11, 2016.

Co-writer of Jerry Lee Lewis' "Great balls of Fire,"  Wanda Jackson's "Fujiyama Mama," and the Cadillacs' "Peek-a-Boo (#28-1959)  Also a member of the Platters at one time.  "Give a listen to the last two songs mentioned.  They are very good.

MIKE LAZ0, 83  Died April 12, 2016.

Lead singer of the Tempos who did the original version of "See You in September" (#23-1959).