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Saturday, December 3, 2016

Living In Today's World: About Those "Idge" Phones

From the Nov. 16, 2016, Speed Bump comic strip.

A man and a woman are looking at a man jiggling five "Idge" phones and the woman says to the man:  "The amazing thing is, he's still texting on all of them."

From the September 24, 2016, Dogs of C-Kennel comic strip.

The pitbull and Kenny the husky are looking over a brick fence as several adult humans walk by engrossed with their "Idge" phones.  The pitbull says to Kenny:  "Call me nostalgic, but I would actually love to be whacked by a newspaper."

"Idge" Me baby, Eight to the Bar.  --RoadDog

Living In Today's World: Job Performance

From the Dec. 3, 2016, Dilbert comic strip.

1.  The Pointy-Haired Boss is behind Dilbert who is hard at work at his station and says to Dilbert:  "I am supposed to act interested in your well-being to boost your job performance."  Dilbert says:  "No thanks."

2.  Pointy-Haired Boss says, apparently not listening to Dilbert:  "So, how's your wife, or girl friend, or same-sex partner, or loneliness."  Dilbert replies:  "Fine"

3.  Pointy-Headed Boss:  "Okay, I think that covers it."  Dilbert:  "Look!  My productivity is soaring."

Ain't It the truth.  --RoadDog

ONE THING I LEARNED IN LIFE....  The older I get, the smarter my parents get.

Friday, December 2, 2016

WLS Top Ten for December 2, 1966: "Poor Side of Town"

1.  GOOD VIBRATIONS--  Beach Boys
2.  WINCHESTER CATHEDRAL--  New Vaudeville Band
3.  MELLOW YELLOW--  Donovan

4.  YOU KEEP ME HANGING ON--  Supremes
5.  POOR SIDE OF TOWN--  Johnny Rivers
6.  I WANNA MEET YOU--  Cryan' Shames

8.  TALK TALK--  Music Machine (Up from #17)
9.  SUGAR TOWN--  Nancy Sinatra  (Up from #16)
10.  STOP STOP STOP--  Hollies

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "She's Got High Heel Shoes and an Alligator Hat."  --RoadDog

ONE THING I LEARNED IN LIFE  (From the Orange Peel Gazette):   "...if at first you fon't succeed, look in the waste basket for the directions."

"Devil With a Blue Dress On"

JSS: Catch The Ball, Bears-- Congrats to Johnsburg-- Congrats to Palatine-- Rochester High School

JSS:  Just Some Stuff

1.  CATCH THE BALL, BEARS--  Well another game, another coulda, woulda, shoulda.  This time, we were done in by at least ten easy catches that Bear receivers dropped against the Titans.  Oh well, more losses, better draft pick.

2.  CONGRATS TO JOHNSBURG HIGH SCHOOL--  We are so proud of one of out local high schools, Johnsburg, going all the way to the Championship game in Class 4A before losing to powerhouse Rochester.  Johnsburg H.S. is about two miles south of the house and I go to a lot of games there.

3.  CONGRATS TO PALATINE HIGH SCHOOL--  Way to go Palatine Pirates, where Liz and I graduated in 1969.  We went to the semifinals of the IHSA Football Playoffs before losing to eventual Class 8A winner Maine South.

4.  ROCHESTER HIGH SCHOOL--  And, speaking of Rochester High School, which beat Johnsburg Friday night, I's say it is about time to move them up to a higher class.  Obviously, they don't draft their players, but families move to the community so their kids can play winning football.

Rochester has now won six of the last seven Class 4A Championships.  The only one they lost was to Phillips, out of Chicago, last year.  And, that was the team the Johnsburg Skyhawks had to beat to get to the championship game.

Way to Go Pirates and Skyhawks.  --RoadDog

11 Best New TV Shows for 2016

From the Cheat Sheet.

Well, I watch exactly two of them, both on ABC.

Designated Survivor


Thursday, December 1, 2016

Music Death: Bobby Vee

These music deaths are almost always taken from the Oldies Music News site.

BOBBY VEE, 73  Died October 24, 2016.

His career began with an unpaid appearance in his native Fargo, North Dakota, as a fill-in on Buddy Holly's ill-fated Winter Dance Party..

Before that, he had been in a group called the Shadows which featured a person calling himself Elston Gunn (Bob Dylan) for a short time.  As the group Bobby Vee and the Shadows they had one hit with "Suzie Baby (#77-1959).

He was signed by Liberty records and had a string of big hits:

Devil or Angel (#6-1960)
Rubber Ball (#6-1961)
Take Good Care of My baby (#1-1961)
Run to Him (#2-1961)
The Night Has a Thousand Eyes (#3-1963)

He was hurt by the British Invasion, but did have a come-back hit with 1967's "Come Back When You grow Up" which went to #3.

Altogether, he charted in the Top 100 a total of 38 times in 12 years.

One of My Favorites.

Ode to the Bee Gees-- Part 3: "I Started a Joke"

We went to New England for a vacation some time ago and one of the first sings we heard on the radio after landing at Boston, Massachusetts' Logan Airport and getting our rental car was "Massachusetts."  That being one of "Our Songs" made it a very special moment.

12.  I've Got to Get a Message to You

11.  Spicks and Specks

10.  More Than a Woman

9.  I Started a Joke

8.  Lonely Days

7.  Holiday

6.  In the Summer of His Years

5.  Night Fever

4.  How Deep is Your Love

3.  I Can't See Nobody

2.  Fanny (Be Tender With My Love)

1.  Stayin' Alive    Rob O'Connor had this to say about this song:  "There likely isn't a person alive who is conscious that doesn't know this song and enjoy it at some level.  What kind of nasty piece of work do you have to be to deny the joy of a song that demands you go for a fast walk, you slow-walkin' rebel, you."

It is always funny to hear the first beats of the song and watch everyone grimace, then get up and dance, or at least start doing the moves in their chair or nodding their head with the beat.

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "Well, You Can Tell By the Way I Walk."  --RoadDog

THE SHOCKING TRUTH ABOUT OKRA:  Well, actually, I really, really like fried okra when it is piping hot, like they serve at Lambert's Cafe's PassArounds..

"Stayin' Alive"

Ode to the Bee Gees-- Part 2: "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart?"

Of course, when I first heard the Bee Gees back in the 60s, I thought they were the Beatles performing under a different name.

22.  First of May--  from the Odessa album

21.  Black Diamond--  Odessa album

20.  Kilburn Towers

19.  Swan Song

18.  How Can You Mend a Broken Heart?

17.  To Love Somebody

16.  Massachusetts  (Hey, That's "Our Song!)

15.  New York Mining Disaster, 1941

14.  World

13.  Lemons Never Forget

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "Something's Telling Me I Must Go Home."  --RoadDog

THE SHOCKING TRUTH ABOUT OKRA:  You campers will be happy to hear that dried okra makes great bio-degradable tent stakes.


Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Ode to the Bee Gees-- Part 1: Just One Brother Left Now

From the May 21, 2012, List of the Day by Rob O'Connor "Robin Gibb and remembering the Bee Gees.

The Bee Gees were not just a disco group.  Barry is now the only remaining one of the Gibb brothers.  Andy Gibb died in 1988, Maurice in 2003 and Robin in 2012.

After not recording for awhile, i see that Barry Gibb has a song "In the Now" that is #23 on the November 19, 2016 Beach Music Top 40 Chart.  The Bee Gee's "Massachusetts" was one of Liz and my "Special Songs" when we first started dating and going steady back in high school.

This is a career overview list with a few obscurities thrown in as well.  Mr. O'Connor gives some more information on each one, but I'm mostly just listing the songs.

25.  If I Can't Have You--  Barry did this one with a voice that reached sky-high.  Best known by Yvonne Elliman.

24.  Melody Fair--  From the red "Odessa" double album with the red velvet cover.

23.  Words

Little Old "Magnolia Breath" Me..  --RoadDog

THE SHOCKING TRUTH ABOUT OKRA:  Consuming fried okra north of the Mason-Dixon line is considered gastric perversion and may lead close friends to refer to you as "magnolia breath."

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

19 Famous Cubs Fans Flying the "W" For the World Series-- Part 2

11.  Jim Belushi
12.  Nick Offerman ("Parks and Recreation" TV show)
13.  Joe Mantegna (actor "Criminal Minds")
14.  Gary Sinise
15.  Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave)

16.  Hillary Clinton
17.  Jeff Garlin (actor)
18.  Bonnie Hunt (actress)
19.  Scottie Pippen

What, No Michael Jordan"  --RoadDog

THE SHOCKING TRUTH ABOUT OKRA:  Remember, boiled okra is so slippery, you may think you're swallowing little green oysters.

Monday, November 28, 2016

19 Famous Cub Fans Flying the "W" This World Series-- Part 1

From Celeb Chatter.

1.  John Cusack
2.  Bill Murray
3.  Eddie Veder (Pearl Jam)
4.  Vince Vaughn
5.  Jake Johnson (not sure who he is)

6.  Jack White (White Stripes)
7.  Brett Eldridge  (country singer)
8.  Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men)
9.  Bob Newhart
10.  Pete Wentz (guitarist Fall Out Boy)

Bill Murray, One Really Funny Guy.  --RoadDog

THE SHOCKING TRUTH ABOUT OKRA:  Okra can be boiled, fried, steamed or pickled.  But no matter how you do it, its still tastes exactly like okra.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Music Scratches: Seven-- Sully-- Storks-- School

Movie Scratches, a Dog's Eye View of Today's Movies.

57.  THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN--  10-19--  Fox Lake, $5--  "So far, so good."  Really unlikely group beats a really, really bad guy.

58.  SULLY--  10-20--  Fox Lake, $6--  "Brace for impact!!"    FAA tries to fry a hero.

59.  STORKS--  10-20--  Fox Lake, $6--  Wolf bridge, Wolf boat, Wolf plane.  Pretty smart group of wolves.

60.  MIDDLE SCHOOL: THE WORST YEARS OF MY LIFE--  10-25--  Round Lake Beach, $6--  Battling the man (principal), bullies, rules and loss of brother.

Love Those Nathan's At Regal Cinemas in Round Lake Beach ($1).  --RoadDog

WLS Top Ten for November 25, 1966: "You Keep Me Hanging On"

1.  GOOD VIBRATIONS--  Beach Boys
2.  WINCHESTER CATHEDRAL--  New Vaudeville Band
3.  YOU KEEP ME HANGING ON--  Supremes

4.  POOR SIDE OF TOWN--  Johnny Rivers
5.  LADY GODIVA--  Peter & Gordon
7.  MELLOW YELLOW--  Donovan

8.  STOP STOP STOP--  Hollies
9.  I WANNA MEET YOU--  Cryan Shames   Good ol' WLS pushing our Chicago local bands again.
10.  DEVIL WITH A BLUE DRESS ON--   Mitch Ryder

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "Her Long Brown Hair, Hangin' Down Around Her Knees."  --RoadDog

THE SHOCKING TRUTH ABOUT OKRA:  A pod of okra on a gold chain makes an excellent conversation piece.  You can tell everyone that it's an elk's tooth -- with plaque.

"Lady Godiva"

Thursday, November 24, 2016

This Being the Day to Eat Bird, the Drive's Ten at Ten: Gone to the Birds

In just a little bit, I'm off to eat some bird, as in turkey.

On Tuesday, the Drive's (WDRV 97.1 FM) Ten at Ten was Gone to the Birds.  Every song has to do with birds, be it the title or group:

BLACKBIRD--  Beatles
FLY LIKE AN EAGLE--  Steve Miller Band

SONGBIRD--  Fleetwood Mac
TUFF ENUFF--  Fabulous Thunderbirds
MOCKINGBIRD--  James Taylor & Carly Simon
FOR YOUR LOVE--  Yardbirds

FREE BIRD--  Lynyrd Skynyrd
BLUEBIRD--  Buffalo Springfield

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "Take These Broken Wings and learn to Fly."  --RoadDog


Thanksgiving Planes, Trains, Automobiles and Alice's Restaurant on Chicago's Drive

Today, Chicago's WDRV, the Drive, 97.1 FM, is playing the whole "Alice's Restaurant" by Arlo Githrie.  Hey, it's a Thanksgiving, draft song.  They played it already at 6 a.m. and will play it again at noon and at 4 p.m..

It streams at and times are CST.

Also, all weekend now, they will be playing songs about planes, trains and automobiles since it is a time to visit relatives and friends by these three modes of transportation.

In the last hour, they played:

HITTCHIN'A RIDE--  Vanity Fare
CRAZY TRAIN--  Ozzy Osbourne

JENNY TAKE A RIDE--  Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels

You Can Get Anything That You Want.

Name That Tune (from the above):  "And We Decided That One Big Pile Was Better Than Two Small Piles."  --RoadDog

THE SHOCKING TRUTH ABOUT OKRA:  Even people who don't eat okra may find it useful -- for example, as a green plumb-bob for a vegetarian architect.

"Alice's Restaurant"