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Friday, July 1, 2016

Gettin' Our Fourth of July On

I already have all my U.S. flags up outside.

Wednesday, we went out to Grant High School in Fox Lake and saw our American Legion team defeat Lake Villa 7-5, then stopped at Hello Folks and paid Rick for our summer pier space on Fox Lake.  Last stop was the Legion.

Yesterday, we went to Donovan's Reef in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin,  for their Italian beef sandwiches and then to Antioch, Illinois, for their It's Thursday concert.  We saw Barstool Soldiers and R Gang.

Earlier today, we had those great breakfasts at K.C.'s Cabin and in a few minutes we're off to the Legion.

Tomorrow, Saturday, we're off to Twin Lake, Wisconsin, for the parade, then back to Fox Lake for their parade and festivities, then to the Legion for a band, then to a party at a friend's house in Johnsburg.  Later, a bonfire on the Strand and watching fireworks from the house.

Sunday it's the Fox Lake Historical Society ice cream social at the museum and a band at Captain's Quarters.

Monday we have the parade in Spring Grove, the festivities, a band and then watching the fireworks from our front yard.

Tuesday, let's hope we get the boat in the water...finally.

A Salute to the United States.  Happy 240th.  Now, let's Find Someone to be President.  --RoadDog

Movie Scratches: Jungle-- Darkness-- Money-- Captain

A dog's-eye view of today's movies.

37.  THE JUNGLE BOOK--  5-11--  Fox Lake, $5--  A bear like you've never seen before.  Great job Bill.

38.  THE DARKNESS--  5-17--  Round Lake Beach, $5.  Another "Poltergeist," but this time with angry Indian spirits.   Stay out of caves and if you see something DON'T take it with you.

39.  MONEY MONSTER--  5-15--  Fox Lake, $5--  Who was the real "Bad" guy.  Total greed.

40.  CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR--   5-25--  Fox Lake, $5--  Splitting up the old gang.  Plus we now have Spidey and Ant Man.

Sticky Floors.  --RoadDog

Root Saluting the Summer of 2016-- Part 3: "California Girls"

And, don't forget that Bob Stroud will be going back to the Summer of 1976 on his Rock and Roll Roots Show on Chicago's WDRV, 97.1 FM this Sunday from 7 to 8 a.m. CDST.  It streams on www.wdrv.com.

VENTURA HIGHWAY--  America
SUMMER IN THE CITY--  Lovin' Spoonful
SATURDAY IN THE PARK--  Chicago

MR. BLUE SKY--  ELO
DO IT AGAIN--  Beach Boys
CRUISIN' MUSIC--  Raspberries

IN THE SUMMERTIME--  Mungo Jerry  (My all-time favorite summer song.  I'd like to be the one going, "Chh, Chh, Chh.")
BUS STOP--  Hollies
SUMMER BREEZE--  Isley Brothers

RACING IN THE STREET--  Bruce Springsteen
CALIFORNIA GIRLS--  Beach Boys
SUMMER--  War

Now, if this doesn't get you in the mood, nothing will.

Name That Tune:  "I Think It Was the Fourth of July."  --RoadDog



"Saturday in the Park"

Root Saluting Summer 2016-- Part 2: Hot Fun in the Summertime"

Nothing like Bob Stroud's annual salute to summer show to get you in the mood.

SCHOOL'S OUT--  Alice Cooper   (Dear Alice, thanks for coming up with our boat's name.)
GOOD DAY SUNSHINE--  Beatles   (You can always tell when it's 8 a.m. as a Beatles song or two are played.)
ONE SUMMER DREAM--  ELO

HOT FUN IN THE SUMMERTIME--  Sly & the Family Stone
WARMTH OF THE SUN--  Beach Boys
HOT SUMMER DAY--  It's a Beautiful Day

SUMMERTIME--  Billy Stewart
DANCING IN THE  STREET--  Martha & the Vandellas
YOU TOOK THE WORDS RIGHT OUT OF MY MOUTH (HOT SUMMER NIGHT)--  Meatloaf

RIDE THE WILD SURF--  Jan and Dean
BACK TO THE ISLAND--  Leon Russell
SUMMER RAIN--  Johnny Rivers

Name That Tune (from the above):  "Callin' Out Around the World, Are You Ready for a Brand New Beat?"  --RoadDog

SILLY PUNS:  What does a clock do when it's hungry?  It goes back for seconds.

"Dancing in the Street"


Thursday, June 30, 2016

It's All About America on Today's Ten at Ten: "Born in the U.S.A."

Bob Stroud did his salute to the 4th of July today as the Drive, Chicago's WDRV, 97.1 FM, starts doing a "Led, White & Blue" holiday weekend at 6 p.m. tonight until Monday night.  Every 4th song played will be a Led Zeppelin song, so, if you're a Zep fan, tune in.

I should also remind you that Bob Stroud will be doing his part two of his Summer of 1976 Rock and Roll Roots Show this Sunday from 7 to 10 a.m. CDST on the Drive.  A real trip back into time.

Today's "America" show.

BORN IN THE U.S.A.--  Bruce Springsteen
SATURDAY IN THE PARK--  Chicago
R.O.C.K. IN THE U.S.A.--  John Mellancamp

AMERICA--  Simon & Garfunkel
LIVING IN THE U.S.A.--  Steve Miller Band
BORN ON THE BAYOU--  Creedence Clearwater Revival
LIVING IN AMERICA--  James Brown

AMERICAN GIRL--  Tom Petty
4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY)--
AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL--  Ray Charles

Name That Tune:  "Now, When I Was a Little Boy, Standing to My daddy's Knee."  --RoadDog

SILLY PUNS:  When you get a bladder infection, urine trouble.

"Born on the Bayou"

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Those "Idge" Phones Again

"Idge" for "Idiot."

From the June 15, 2016, Shoe comic strip.

The Professor is in Roz's diner/bar with a drink.

1.  Professor:  "I was at a restaurant and saw something shocking..."
Roz:  "Good Heavens! What?"

Panel 2:  Professor:  "Two people talking to each other instead of texting."
Roz:  "GASP!"


Times Are Getting Sad When You See Most on Their "Idge" Phones at Bars and Restaurants.  --RoadDog

SILLY PUNS:  PMS jokes aren't funny.  Period.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

JSS: No Such a Thing-- Robins Gone-- A Legion Win-- Ania's Polish Deli-- Stoplights on US-12


JSS--  Just Some Stuff.

1.  NO SUCH A THING--  Liz is putting together the table for our new 32-inch HD TV.  The instructions say easy-to-assemble.  No such a thing!!

2.  ROBINS GONE--  We believe we had two baby robins in the nest over the porch light to our back deck.  They both flew away last Tuesday.  These were the first robins hatched there in several years.  We enjoyed watching them.

3.  A LEGION WIN--  I drove to Lake Zurich, Illinois, last night to see the Fox Lake Bulldogs (sponsored by our American Legion) play the Lake Zurich Bears.  because of stoplights on US-12, I didn't get there until the top of the second inning with our boys down 4-1, eventually down 5-1.  Things looked bleak.  But they came back and ended up winning 7-6.  Way to go Post 703 Legion baseball team.

4.  ANIA'S POLISH DELI--  Before going to the game I went to Ania's Polish Deli and Grocery next to the Lake Zurich Wal-Mart to use an Entertainment Book coupon at 50% off.  I order a tenderloin sandwich and this was one really, really big sandwich.  I've eaten on it twice and still am not finished.

5.  STOPLIGHTS ON US-12--  Like I said, there are a REAL LOT of stoplights on US-12 between Spring Grove and Lake Zurich and I caught most of them just as they turned red.

Sure Made My Day.  --RoadDog

SILLY PUNS:  A dyslexic man walks into a bra.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Root Saluting Summer 2016-- Part 1: "Sunny Days"

As usual, the Drive's Bob Stroud, WDRV 97.1 FM in Chicago, plays three hours of summer songs from the 1960s and 1970s on the first Sunday of summer and this year was no different.  That really puts me in the mood for summer.

BEACH BABY--  First Class
ALL SUMMER LONG--  Beach Boys
SUNNY DAYS--  Lighthouse

A SUMMER SONG--  Chad and Jeremy (or was it Peter and Gordon, I always get these two duos confused.
SUMMERTIME BLUES--  Eddie Cochran
SPILL THE WINE--  Eric Burdon & War

COME ON DOWN TO MY BOAT--  Every Mother's Son
INDIAN LAKE--  Cowsills   This one always reminds me of going out to Honey Hill in Wauconda, Illinois, before my shift started at Burger King in Palatine.
SUNSHINE SUPERMAN--  Donovan

UNDER THE BOARDWALK--  Drifters   This has got to be the place I'd least like to make out.  All that stuff that drops through the boards and sand that gets no light and is damp.  Such a smell.
SUNNY AFTERNOON--  Kinks
WAKE UP SUNSHINE--  Chicago

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "I Was Once Out Strolling One Very Hot Summer's Day."  --RoadDog


"Spill the Wine"

We Raised Some Money for Veterans to Go to D.C. on Veterans Day 2016

And, we sure had a good time doing it.  The McHenry Polish League of American Veterans held their fundraiser at Sunnyside Tavern in Johnsburg, Illinois, over the weekend on Saturday and Sunday.

It was hot, extremely hot with temps in the nineties both days, but everyone had a good time.  There were plenty of brats (this was being called "Brat Fest" but, sadly, there was no sauerkraut and everyone knows a properly "dressed" brat has to have sauerkraut) as well as pints of beer.

Saturday, we had four bands and we stayed for two of them:  Wildwood Drive and we really liked Blindspot, a band we hope to see more often."  I know of no other band that plays Cream songs like "Badge" and "Sunshine of Your Love."

There were silent auctions and raffles as well as 50-50 all day.

Sunday kicked off with a leisure motorcycle ride to four area bars after a breakfast and then we had the band Practice in Public playing outside.

A Good Time for a Good Cause.  RoadDog

SILLY PUNS:  They told me I had type A blood, but it was a type O.

Friday, June 24, 2016

WLS Top Ten for June 24, 1966: "Paint It Black"

Just 50 years ago!!

1.  HANKY PANKY--  Tommy James & Shondells
2.  PAPERBACK WRITER/RAIN--  Beatles
3.  STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT--  Frank Sinatra

4.  I AM A ROCK--  Simon & Garfunkel
5.  PAINT IT BLACK--  Rolling Stones
6.  DIRTY WATER--  Standells
7.  WILD THING--  Troggs

8.  THE PIED PIPER--  Crispian St. Peter (from #15)
9.  YOU WOULDN'T LISTEN--  Ides of March
10.  HUNGRY--  Paul Revere & the Raiders

11. THE MORE I SEE YOU--  Chris Montez  (from #23)
12.  RED RUBBER BALL--  Cyrkle  (from #21)
13.  HEY JOE--  Leaves  (from 17)

Name That Tune (from above):  "You Make My Heart Sing, You Make Everything Groovy."  --RoadDog


"Wild Thing"

Good Times Around Here This Weekend

Most of it will be taken up with the two day fundraiser Saturday and Sunday at Sunnyside Tavern in Joghnsburg which will be hosting the McHenry Polish Legion of American Veterans (PLAV) as they raise money to send veterans to Washington, D.C., to see the memorials.  There will be five bands over the two days as well as food and beer tents.  Sunday there will be a motorcycle ride.

Also Saturday, there is a band at Captain's Quarters on Fox Lake and one Sunday afternoon.  Plus, the New Invaders (British Invasion) will be playing at Fox Lake's Lakefront Park.

There is a blues jam at The Grove in Spring Grove on Saturday afternoon.

Too Many Places to Be.  Not Enough Time.  --RoadDog

SILLY PUNS:  I did a theatrical performance about puns.  It was a play on words.

Music Deaths: Julius LaRosa

JULIUS LaROSA, 86, Died May 12, 2016.

He joined the Navy at age 17 and his new buddies promoted his talent to Arthur Godfrey who hired him upon his discharge for his morning and prime time shows.

His big hits were "Eh Cumpari (#2-1953) and "Anywhere I Wander" (#4-1953).

I really like his "Eh Cumpari" song.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Movie Scratches: Greek-- Boss-- Allegiant-- Huntsman

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

33.  MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING 2--  3-29--  Round Lake Beach, Il, $5.20--  With this family you get far too much support.  One of the funniest movies I've seen lately.

34.  THE BOSS--4-12--  Woodstock, Il, $5--  Buy our brownies, or else!!

35.  THE DIVERGENT SERIES: ALLEGIANT--  4-13--  Fox Lake, $5--  The pure and not-so-pure.  The Battle for Chicago continues.

36.  THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER'S WAR--  5-11--  Fox Lake, $5--  Dwarf put-down and two evil queens, one by her sister's evilness.

Pass the Popcorn.  --RoadDog

JSIS: DeKalb-- Surf City

JSIS--  Just Some Interesting Stuff

From the June 20, 2016, USA Today "State-By-State."

DEKALB--  Illinois:  The Labor Relations Board certified a new faculty union at Northern Illinois University, the Daily Chronicle reported.

SURF CITY--  North Carolina.:  Thirteen sea turtles are back home in the waves after their release by workers on the coast.  The turtles were released on the beach after treatment at the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center.

This center used to be at Topsail Beach where my mom has a condo.

--RoadDog

JSIS: So Long Wilted Rose-- Cubs-- Sox

JSIS--  Just Some Interesting Stuff

1.  SO LONG WILTED ROSE--  Yesterday at Donovan's in twin lakes, I was talking about watching the NBA Championship game Sunday in Englewood, Ohio, and the  recalled the Bulls' glory years in the 1990s with Jordan and company with my friend Kevin.  I said it will sure be good when the Bulls get rid of the poison on the team, the one I refer to as The Wilted Rose for his attitude and effort.

I was shocked when Kevin asked me if I had heard that Wilted was traded today.  He wasn't too happy, though, as Kevin is from New York City and the Knicks are his team.

2.  CUBS--  Despite the sweep over the North Siders by that St. Louis team, this is an exciting group to watch.  Let's just hope we don't have a repeat of the 1969 season or the Bartman incident.  Remember...They ARE the Cubs!!

3.  SOX--  What started off as a great season for MY team has certainly hit the skids of late, even with the recent sweep of the Red Sox.  Still pulling for them though.

Too Bad, Kevin.  --RoadDog

PUNS TO BRIGHTEN YOUR DAY:  I'm reading a book about gravity.  I can't put it down.  (Maybe this will put a smile on your face Kevin.)