Tuesday, April 25, 2017

JSIS: Andie MacDowell-- Sox and Cubs Blow-Outs-- DaBears-- SOS Spring Safari

JSIS--  Just Some Interesting Stuff

1.  ANDIE MacDOWELL--  Oh, no.  That object of Bill Murray's affection in "Groundhog Day" is going to have a nude scene in her upcoming movie "Love After Love."  At age 59.  What happened to Rita?

2.  SOX AND CUBS BLOW-OUTS--  Yesterday, both the Cubs and Sox blew out their opponents.  The Cubs won 14-3 over Pittsburgh and the Sox beat Kansas City 12-1.  That means, of course, that both Cubs and Sox will lose today by one run as they "Used" up all their runs yesterday.

3.  DaBEARS--  It will be interesting to see if out beloved Bears will make a "Good" choice" in Thursday's NFL Draft in Chicago.  We need a quarterback.  Looking at the Bears' last three big choices, it doesn't look good.  These three "wonder qbs"  (because we wonder why they picked them) were Jay Cutler, Rex Grossman and Cade McNown.

4.  SOS SPRING SAFARI--  Listening to the Surf, 94.9 FM, right now and they are talking about the SOS Spring Safari that kicked off last weekend and goes to Sunday in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  This is considered the epicenter of Beach Music, one of my favorite kinds of music.  One of these days, we hope to go there.  Not to dance but just to listen to all that great music.

DaBears Need a Break.  --RoadDog

I Made It To Record Store Day-- Part 2: CD and K-Tel Albums

I went to the Vinyl Frontier Record Store in McHenry, Illinois, for Record Store Day this past Saturday.

I bought the Harry Nilsson Anthology CD with two CDs worth of his songs.  Always love the two-fers.  It has all of his Top 100 hits including "Me and My Arrow," "Without You," "Coconut," "Jump Into the Fire" and "Everybody's Talkin'."

Unfortunately, it did not have the song "Rainmaker" which was on the flip side of "Everybody's Talkin'" and was played so often at Rick's in DeKalb, Illinois, back during my freshman year at NIU.

I have a great love for the collection albums, where you really get your money's worth.  I often refer to them as K-Tel albums because of that company that put out so many of this type of album.  I know some record buffs don't like them and, at the mom and pop record stores, they are usually very cheap.

But, Give Me a K-Tel Anytime.  --RoadDog

SOME INTERESTING AND IRONIC PREDICTIONS (From the Wassup magazine):  "We don't like their sound and guitar music is on it's way out."  --Decca Records memo declining to sign the Beatles, 1962.

Monday, April 24, 2017

I Made It To the Vinyl Frontier On Record Store Day

Saturday, April 22, when I first went by the Vinyl Frontier in McHenry, Illinois, the line waiting outside was down the sidewalk and around the corner, so went on the Crystal lake for my Civil War meeting.

I did stop on my way back and bought three vinyl albums and a CD.


SMASH SOUNDS--  Atco Group  SD 850   1967  $3

THE SUPER GROUPS--  Atco SD33-279  1969  $3

BEAU BRUMMELS FROM THE VAULTS-- 1982 Rhino Records   $4.50

The first two were collections.

The CD was The Harry Nilsson Anthology  RCA/BMG   $7.99.

Even better, all records and CDs on Record Store Day were $1 off.

Going to Play Them This Week.  --RoadDog

STUPID UNITED STATES LAWS:  In New Mexico females are strictly forbidden to appear unshaven in public.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Today Is Record Store Day!!!

I am glad I was listening to Chicago's WXRT, 93.1 FM today as this date had completely slipped by me.  I knew it was Record Store Day, but had forgotten.  They reminded me.  Thanks, guys.

This is the day to go back into the past, go back to my time, when I used to love to go to mom and pop record stores, or even the big ones, and flip through those vinyl albums.  I could flip through them for hours, or until Liz got bored.  But, I had to go to clothing stores with her so this was a kind of payback.

I have gone to Record Store Day most years.  My local mom and pop record store is in McHenry, Illinois, and called The Vinyl Frontier.  I always felt that was a good name for a record store.  They get huge crowds for this day and open at 8 instead of the usual noon.  I tell you, it does my old soul good to see young people flipping through the albums and BUYING them in this digital download age.

I used to have a favorite record store in Crystal Lake, Illinois, where I'm heading in an hour for the McHenry County Civil War Round Table discussion group's meeting at Panera Bread at 10 a.m., about the month of April 1865, a really momentous month in U.S. history.  That record store was called Full Cyrkle Records.

I had another favorite one in DeKalb, Illinois, called Record Revolution and one in Goldsboro N.C., called The Record Rack.

So, I will stop at The Vinyl Frontier on my way to Crystal Lake.

There is a website and you can find record stores near you.  Just search Record Store Day.

WXRT has had many commercials about Record Day and starting at noon to midnight today, in homor of it, will only play vinyl records.  It streams.

Give Me That Vinyl.  --  RoadDog

Friday, April 21, 2017

A Trip Back For Us Last Weekend-- Part 2: The Old Stomping Grounds


We drove to Arlington Heights, Illinois, to put flowers and a U.S. flag on the graves of Liz's parents at Memory Gardens Cemetery.  We then cruised Northwest Highway from Arlington Heights to Palatine and ate at Photo's Hot Dogs.  This used to be the site of the Burger King I had my first job at and where we liked to hang out at during our high school days.

We then went by the old Palatine High School where we went and then the three houses our families lived in.

Stopped at J&D's in Wauconda and then watched the Blackhawks for as long as we could stand at Half-Times in Johnsburg.  They stunk again, losing 5-0.


Easter and we went to Grand Buffet in McHenry for their great meal.  Then to the PLAV and then to Sunnyside.


The End of the Blackhawk Dynasty?

I remember back in 2015, when the Chicago Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup, their third time since 2010.  Everyone was going around with the word "Dynasty" on their lips.  After they were swept by the Nashville Predators last night, I have to wonder about it.

The Hawks logo, is "One Goal" with a Stanley Cup on it.  For most of these sad four games, I would have been more than happy to settle for just one goal.  Three goals in four games for a #1 seed, just isn't very impressive.

Hopefully the coach will learn the importance of going into the playoffs hot, something the Hawks were not, losing their last four games and going 2-6 in the last eight.  No resting players when you're losing.  Now, they will have five-six months to rest.

Well, one good thing to come of it, I now have a real lot of time freed up.  Those playoff games seem like they go on forever and ever.  I am a Blackhawk fan, but not really a big hockey fan for anyone else.  If a hockey game happens to be on in a bar I'm in, I'll watch it, but otherwise not.

Plus, there is the amount of money I spend for souvenirs when the Hawks win the Cup.

A Big Savings For Me.  --RoadDog

WLS Top Ten for April 21, 1967: "Don't You Care"

2.  SAY SOMETHING STUPID--  Frank and Nancy Sinatra
3.  ON A CAROUSEL--  Hollies

4.  HAPPY TOGETHER--  Turtles
5.  DON'T YOU CARE--  Buckinghams
6.  YOU GOT WHAT IT TAKES--  Dave Clark Five
7.  MR. UNRELIABLE--  Cryan' Shames

8.   YOU'RE GONNA BE MINE--  New Colony Six
9.  CALIFORNIA NIGHTS--  leslie Gore
10.  HERE COMES MY BABY--  Tremeloes

How about that, the real biggie Chicago groups, Buckinghams, Cryan' Shames and New Colony Six all in the Top Ten.  WLS and WCFL sure pushed our local talent.

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "Nearer and Nearer By Changing Horse."  Answer Below.  --RoadDog

STUPID UNITED STATES LAWS:  In Nebraska a parent can arrested if his child cannot hold back a burp during a church service.

"On a Carousel"

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Movie Scratches: Kong-- Logan-- Life-- Ghost

Movie Scratches--  A Dog's-Eye View of today's movies.

21.  KING KONG: SKULL ISLAND--  3-14--  Woodstock, $6.  The big ape still has a soft spot for the pretty little gal.  And, then are those monsters he keeps having to fight.

22.  LOGAN--  3-21--  Round Lake Beach, $6--  A wild child finds her dad, the Wolverine.  But, he and Charles die.  Is this the end of the Wolverine and the Professor?

23.  LIFE--  3-28--  Round Lake Beach, $6--  Our first encounter with Martian life turns ugly.  The incredibly strong and adaptive Martian looks like an octopus and stalks the space station.

24.  GHOST IN THE SHELL--  4-5--  Fox Lake, $5--  A human brain in a synthetic super body.  Corporate greed, but the cat knew.  Really, really scary geisha girls.  Right up there with those "Oz" flying monkeys.

A Fire Alarm At the Theater.  --RoadDog

A Trip Back For Us Last Weekend-- Part 1: Even the Power Rangers Can't Help the Hawks


Saw the movie "Power Rangers", went to Billy's in Spring Grove for gyros and then to Sunnyside Tavern where we watched the Hawks forget how to score and lose 1-0 in the first playoff game against the Nashville Predators.  (See my blog entry "Why You Need To Go Into the Playoffs HOT."


It was a whole weekend of yard work for me as we had really nice weather.  Went to Sunnyside Tavern in Johnsburg and then the Legion in Fox Lake afterwards.


Music Deaths: Billy Bland


Died March 22, 2017

Born in Wilmington, S.C.  Sang with the Four Bees in New York  One of their songs was "Toy Bell" which later became a big hit for Chuck Berry as"My Ding-A-Ling."

In 1960 he worked with Titus Turner on "Let the Little Girl Dance."  His demo was released and went to #7 Pop and #11 R&B.

Check out the song "Toy Bell" by the Bees on You Tube.

JSS: The Lincoln Gag-- The House Flipping Gag-- What's With the Tubs?

JSS:  Just Some Stuff.

1.  THE LINCOLN GAG--  I don't know about you, but I almost gag whenever one of those disgusting Lincoln automobile commercials come on with the equally gagging Matthew McCaunaughy.  YUCK!!

2.  THE HOUSE FLIPPING GAG--  I also am tired of all those house-flipping commercials on the radio.  The ONLY guys making money "flipping houses" are those ones running the programs.

3.  WHAT'S WITH THE TUBS? --  And then, there are those confusing bathtubs on those ED commercials.  I still haven't figured out how they have sex sitting in two different bathtubs.

Inquiring Minds Would Like to Know.  Please Make Them Stop!!!   --RoadDog

STUPID UNITED STATES LAWS:  In Massachusetts an old ordinance declares goatees illegal unless you first pay a special license fee for the privilege of wearing one in public.  (Glad I shaved mine off, I guess.)

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Every Blooming THing, Early Spring 2017: Here Comes the Color!!

Spring has sprung.  All this rain and we're getting April flowers.  My goal is to have color from flowers throughout the year, and we are sure getting it right now.

Some of the tulips have opened up, but all the daffodils are brilliant yellow (and I have hundreds of them).  The hyacinths are blooming as well as are several other flowers that I don't know the name.  Creeping phlox is also coming into bloom.

The two remaining Bradford pear trees are white as is the weeping cherry pink.  One of the pear trees lost about half of it in a big windstorm last fall.  And speaking of wind, I have been doing a lot of limb and twig pickup from that fall storm as well as some storms earlier this month.

I have been doing a lot of mum and daisy transplanting the last two weeks and yesterday cut the grass for the first time.

Always Love This Time of the Year.  Plus, the Garden Centers Are Opening Up!!  --RoadDog

STUPID U.S. LAWS:  In Louisiana it is illegal to rob a bank and then shoot the teller with a water pistol.

Music Deaths: Two Blues Greats

The Blues Music community recently lost two of their best, James Cotton and Lonnie Brooks.

JAMES COTTON, 81.  1935 to March 16, 2017.

LONNIE BROOKS, 83.  Died April 1, 2017.

Born in Louisiana, moved to Chicago in 1960.  He had a huge hit with Robert Johnson's "Sweet Home Chicago," later covered by the Blues Brothers.

Lonnie Brooks was one of my all-time favorite blues performers, but his two sons carry on the family tradition.

Music Deaths: Clem Curtis, Member of the Foundations


Died March 27, 2017

Lead singer with the Foundations on their 1969 hit "Baby Now That i Found You" which went to #11.  Also sang lead on "Back On My Feet Again" (#59-1968)

Born in Trinidad and moved to England.

He left the group before "Build Me Up Buttercup."

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Them "Idge Phones"-- Speed Bump

From the April 8, 2017, Speed Bump comic strip.

A safari tour bus has stopped by two zebras and four tourists are off it and standing near the zebras, and have their cell phones out, but are not taking pictures as you'd expect.  they are all staring blankly at the screens.

One zebra says to the other:  "For some reason, whenever they're around me, they get out their phones."

The other zebra has the regular stripes that you would expect a zebra to have, but the one speaking has different stripes.

Must be something with those stripes that make "Idge" phone owners stare at their screens.

I didn't quite understand this one.