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Friday, August 26, 2016

So It Begins: High School Football Begins Tonight

Friday Night Lights Are Back!

For the next nine weeks, if the weather is good, that's where I'll be.

Fortunately, I have two schools close by and several others not too far away that I back big-time.

Plus, a lot of my favorite and local schools are ranked by AP in the Illinois Football Top Ten Preseason Poll.

CLASS 8A:  #7 Palatine

CLASS 7A: #7 Jacobs and Lake Zurich received votes.

CLASS 6A:  #3 Cary-Grove tied with Prairie Ridge.  And DeKalb got votes.

CLASS 5A:  #7  Sycamore

CLASS 4A  #6  Marengo, #8  Johnsburg, #9 Richmond-Burton

Go Teams.  --RoadDog

WLS Top Ten for August 26, 1966: "Wouldn't It Be Nice"

That's right.  Fifty Years Ago.

2.  SAY I AM--  Tommy James & Shondells
3.  BUS STOP--  Hollies

4.  SUMMER IN THE CITY--  Lovin' Spoonful
5.  SEE YOU IN SEPTEMBER--  Happenings
7.  LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD--  Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs

8.  WOULDN'T IT BE NICE--  Beach Boys
9.  SUNNY--  Bobby Hebb
10.  CHERISH--  Association (from #20)

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "Bye-Bye, So Long, Farewell,  Bye-Bye, So Long."  --RoadDog

MORE SUTHEN-ISMS:  Southern women know men may come and go, but friends are fahevah!  If you're a Northern transplant, bless your little heart, fake it.  We know you got here as fast as you could.

"See You in September"

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Ouch!! We Got Gas Gouged Again!!

For the third time in three weeks, we had gas prices make a big jump here in Fox Lake, Illinois, located in the northeast section of Illinois.

Gas prices yesterday were $2.30.  Today, they are $2.50.  Last Wednesday, they jumped from $2.20 to $2.40.

Twenty cents seems to be the number they like to go with when they gouge us.

And, the price of crude oil continues to drop, but we get increases and not just a few pennies.

Something Stinks in Denmark.  --RoadDog

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Rock 'N' Roll's Most Revolutionary Year-- Part 1

From the August 14, 2016, Chicago Tribune by Randy Lewis.

Answering this question brings lots of responses.

Some might say 1954, the year Bill Haley & His Comets recorded "Rock Around the Clock" and when Elvis Presley first stepped into Sam Phillips' Sun Studio.

Others might say it was 1964 when Beatlemania exploded onto the world and launched the British Invasion.

Some might say 1967 with the Summer of Love, the blossoming of Flower Power and psychedelic music.  Not to mention the Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" album.

Still, others would say 1977 with the arrival of that "young, loud, snotty" music called punk rock.

Then there is the case of 1982 with Grand master Flash & the Furious Five's "The Message," putting rap music on the national map.

More recently, the year 2001 saw the birth of iTunes and redefined -- as well as broadened -- how we listen to music.

Of the ones listed here, I would have to say 1964.

What Say You?  --RoadDog

MORE SUTHEN-ISMS:  And, for those of you who are not from the South but have lived here for a long time, all y'all need to hang a sign to hang on y'all's front porch that reads, "I'm not from the South, but I got here as fast as I could."

Monday, August 22, 2016

Every Blooming THing: Late Summer 2016

As summer approaches its end, my main flower right now is the many, many black-eyed Susans I have blooming.  The purple coneflowers are still blooming as are the tall phlox and mums as starting the come in.

Meanwhile, my mountain ash is starting to lose limbs and my Austrian and Black Forest pines are not looking good.  The crabapple trees are also losing leaves very quickly.

The grass is starting to come back after the drought, but the weds and crabgrass are doing real well.  When I cut the grass, it is to mostly cut the weeds.

The U.S. flag flies from the garage door wooden sides.  I've always wanted to fly it, but with nothing but brick to attach it to, couldn't.  I saw a house flying a flag on that part and realized I could do that as well.


MORE SUTHEN-ISMS:  And to those of you who are still having a hard time understanding all this Southern stuff ... bless your hearts, I hear they are fixin' to have classes on Southerness as a second language.

Friday, August 19, 2016

WLS Top Ten for August 19, 1966: "Little Red Riding Hood"

Yep, 50 years ago.

1.  SUMMER IN THE CITY--  Lovin' Spoonful
2.  BUS STOP--  Hollies
3.  SAY I AM--  Tommy James & the Shondells

4.  SEE YOU IN SEPTEMBER--  Happenings
5.  RESPECTABLE--  Outsiders
7.  LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD--  Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs

8.  SUNNY--  Bobby Hebb
10.  YELLOW SUBMARINE/ ELEANOR RIGBY--  Beatles (from #30)

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "Back Of My neck getting Dirt and Gritty."  --RoadDog

"Summer in the City"

Going Back to 1967-- Part 3: "(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone"

A few songs from 49 years ago.

I'M WAITING FOR THE MAN--  Velvet Underground
THE LETTER--  Box Tops

IT TAKES TWO--  Marvin Gaye

MERCY, MERCY, MERCY--  Cannonball Adderly
SEE EMILY PLAY--  Pink Floyd

FOR WHAT IT'S WORTH--  Buffalo Springfield
I THINK WE'RE ALONE NOW--  Tommy James & the Shondells

PAPER SUN--    Traffic

LITTLE BIT OF SOUL--  Music Explosion
COLD SWEAT--  James Brown
LONELY TOO LONG--  Young Rascals

KIND OF A DRAG--  Buckinghams

TRAMP--  Otis Redding & Carla Thomas

Name That Tune (from the above songs): 'When Your Baby Don't Love You."  --RoadDog

MORE SUTHEN-ISMS:  And a true Southerner knows you don't scream obscenities at little old ladies who drive 30 MPH on the freeway.  You just say, "Bless her hearty," and go on your own way.

"Kind of a Drag"

Thursday, August 18, 2016

11th Year of Retirement for Me

Today the teachers in the Round Lake (Illinois) School District went back to school.  It was just welcome and meetings, no students.  But, even so, they had to go.

This marks the beginning of my 11th year of retirement!!  They go back and I don't!!

I marked it with meeting Terri at the Iron Horse Grill in Round Lake for breakfast.  I worked with her for 25 years.

My only question, "Where did the time go."  Seems like I only retired a couple years ago.

O.K., another question, "How was I able to do all that stuff when I worked and how come I can't anymore?"

Oh, Yes.  I'll Do It Tomorrow.  --RoadDog

MORE SUTHEN-ISMS:  Only true Southerners say "sweet tea" and "sweet milk."  Sweet tea indicates the need for sugar and lots of it --  we do  not like our tea unsweetened.  "Sweet milk" means you don't want buttermilk.  Well, I for one, don't like sweet tea.  Makes my teeth hurt.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Help, We Got Hit By a Gas Gouge Yesterday!

Yesterday, I went to the Walgreen's and Jewel here in Spring Grove, Illinois,and saw that our rip-off Marathon gas station had raised their gas from $2.20 to $2.40.  Sounded like a gas gouge to me, so I quickly drove into McHenry to see if it was true.  the Marathon station there was also at $2.40, but the Murphy USA station was still at $2.14, so I filled up the truck.

Later yesterday we drove to Fox Lake, Illinois, and the gas there was also $2.40 at all the stations.

This is the second gas gouge we've had since August 4th.  Gas then was $2.08 and jumped in a matter of seconds to $2.38.  It had taken the next two weeks for them to drop their prices to $2.19.

It always galls me to see gas go up in price so fast, but then take a real long time to drop back down.

I Hate Those Guys.  --RoadDog

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

North Carolina Summer 2016-- Part 10: Leaving the Beach and Beach Music


Read the paper and had breakfast on the front porch and took a walk on the beach.

The appraiser came over and looked at the condo and took a lot of pictures.  Before and after he came I worked on Mom's memoirs, making corrections.

Closed the place up (and only left my I-Pad charger and wash cloth and bath towel).  I went to the Topsail Beach Town Hall and had the water/garbage bill transferred to my name and then closed out the cable, telephone and wi-fi at Holly Ridge.

Stopped at Paul's Famous Hot Dogs (a family tradition) in Rocky Point, N.C..  Drove back to Goldsboro.

later that night, my brother Bob and I went to the Center Street Jam downtown and saw one of the hottest beach bands around these days, Jim Quick and Coastline, and ate at Torino's Mexican Restaurant.  One mighty good steak nachos.


Going Back to 1967-- Part 2: "Strange Days"

SHE'S A RAINBOW--  Rolling Stones
FRIDAY ON MY MIND--  Easybeats

PURPLE HAZE--  Jimi Hendrix

SOMEBODY TO LOVE--  Jefferson Airplane
CHAIN OF FOOLS--  Aretha Franklin

A DAY IN THE LIFE--  Beatless
I'M A MAN--  Spencer Davis Group
THE BEAT GOES ON--  Sonny and Cher

Name That Tune (from above songs): "Excuse Me While I Kiss the Sky."  --RoadDog

MORE SUTHEN-ISMS:  When i hear someone say, "Well, I caught myself lookin'," you know you are in the presence of a genuine Southerner!

"Purple Haze"

Monday, August 15, 2016

Going Back to 1967-- Part 1: "I Am the Walrus"

This past Saturday, Wendy Rice went back to the year 1967 on her Saturday Morning Flashback show on Chicago's WXRT.  This was a great high school year for me as I was a sophomore and then junior at Palatine High School in Palatine, Illinois.  I started working at Burger King on Northwest Highway (US-14) in Palatine and I met Liz.

I have since had two 1967 vehicles.  The first was a 1967 Pontiac Tempest which I drove a lot to school and also to NIU for my Master's Degree.  The other one was a 1967 Pontiac Firebird convertible.

These are the songs she played:

I AM THE WALRUS--  Beatles
SWEET SOUL MUSIC--  Arthur Conley
SWALBR--  Cream

SOUL MAN--  Sam and Dave
(WE AIN'T GOT) NOTHIN' YET--  Blues Magoos


Name That Tune (from above songs):  "The Taxman's Taken All My Dough."  --RoadDog

MORE SUTHEN-ISMS:  Every Southerner knows tomatoes with eggs, bacon, grits and coffee are perfectly wonderful; that red eye gravy is also a breakfast food; and that fried green tomatoes are NOT a breakfast food.

"Sunny Afternoon"

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Get Your Radio Ears On: 1967 on WXRT :"I Am the Walrus"

Right now, Wendy Rice is back to one of my all-time favorite years, 1967, on her Saturday Morning Flashback Show on Chicago's WXRT, 93.1 FM.  It streams at and goes to noon here in CDST.

So far, some of the songs she has played"

I AM THE WALRUS--  Beatles
SWEET SOUL MUSIC--  Arthur Conley
SWALBR--  Cream

SOUL MAN--  Sam and Dave
(WE AIN'T GOT) NOTHIN'  YET--  Blues Magoos


I am tuned in.

Tomorrow, Sunday, Bob Stroud goes back to the 60s and 70s on his Rock and Roll Roots from 7:00 to 10:00 a.m. CDST.  Plus, next week, his Ten at Ten (at 10 a.m. and repeated at 10 p.m.) features these topics (ten songs each).  All shows stream at

Monday--  Blue Monday
Tuesday--  Crazy
Wednesday--  Free Wheelin'  (I imagine about cars, so you Roadies might be especially interested.)

Also, Sunday, it's Terri Hemmert's Breakfast With the Beatles on WXRT from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m..  Monday it is Tom Marker's Bluesbreakers show on WXRT from 9 to 10 p.m.

Give Them a Listen.

Name That Tune (from above)  "Coming To You On a Dusty Road, Good Lovin' I Got a Truckload."--RoadRadio

MORE SUTHEN-ISMS:  Southerners know grits come from corn and how to eat them.  Yes. shrimp and grits.

"Soul Man"

Friday, August 12, 2016

JSS: This Weekend-- Rain, Finally-- '85 Firebird At Mechanic-- Yesterday

JSS--  Just Some Stuff.

1.  THIS WEEKEND--  Busy weekend as always on the Chain.  Later tonight we go to Sunnyside and the Legion.  Saturday we go to Dueling Pianos at Cabana's on the Chain in the afternoon and then to the Spring Grove Fire Department Steak Fry.

Sunday, we will go to the Rally By the Lake old car show at the Fox Lake Lake Shore Park on Nippersink Lake, then we see New Odyssey playing music at the St. John's Parish Fest in Johnsburg and then the Keeping the Spirit of '45 Alive event honor our World War II G\"Greatest generation" at the McHenry, Illinois, Veterans Memorial Park.

2.  RAIN, FINALLY--  No boating or outside work today because of the much, much-needed rain we are having.  I am getting tired of watering.

3.  '85 FIREBIRD AT MECHANIC--  In July, I discovered that my '85 Firebird was leaking oil big time so today the mechanic came over and towed it to his place so they could find out what the problem was.  I am hoping it is not the end of it, but will see.

4.  YESTERDAY--  I did yardwork on the overgrown part of my west side of the house and then cut the weeds.  With this drought, the grass isn't growing, but the weeds and crab grass sure are.  IO then saw the new "Star Trek" movie.

I was planning to go out boating, but the skies were questionable so didn't.  We went to Grasslake Landing on Grasslake and had half price pizza and pitchers.  Sadly, they are closing this Sunday.  We also got our Chain Crawl passport book signed.

After that, we went to the final It's Thursday show in Antioch and saw an excellent country band named Hillbilly Rock Starz.

Good Times in the Area.  --RoadDog

WLS Top 40 Survey for August 12, 1966-- Part 6: "Hungry"

10.  WILD THING--  Troggs
9.  SEE YOU IN SEPTEMBER--  Happenings
8.  I SAW HER AGAIN--  Mamas and Papas

7.  SUGAR & SPICE--  Cryan' Shames
6.  SAY I AM--  Tommy James & Shondells
5.  HUNGRY--  Paul Revere & Raiders
4.  LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD--  Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs

2.  SUMMER IN THE CITY--  Lovin' Spoonful
1.  BUS STOP--   Hollies

Name That Tune (from the above songs): "Who's That I See Walking In these Woods."  --RoadDog

"Little Red Riding Hood"