All seven of my blogs will have mention of this today as well as one American who died December 7, 1941. I will also have several postings about it in my World War II blog, "Tattooed On Your Soul." //// Not forgetting MANFRED C. ANDERSON of Hancock, Michigan (Upper Peninsula), 18th Bombardment Group, Hickam Field.
Just looking back at my journal for Dec. 5-7, 1983. //// I was keeping score at 7th and 8th grade boys and girls basketball games just about every day after school as I was the official scorer and ran the clock. //// Our superintendent came up with the idea for "White Alerts" when we had the possibility of a snowstorm which we had today. This allowed teachers to leave at the same time students did. //// I got my Secret Santa, Marcy. //// Dec. 7, 1983, we had a fire drill at 2:40 PM and we all had to go out in the cold. Both Magee Middle School girls teams lost to Woodland. //// "When I returned home, I found that my records (albums) had arrived from Columbia House, all 13 of them. I now need to buy 7 more records at around $11 apiece. That will come to $85 for 20 albums, not a bad deal considering most sale records now cost $6.99." Anybody remember Columbia House and BMG (and I think they had another name before becoming BMG) Records? I sure always enjoyed klooking at the ads for these companies and the pamphlets you'd get every month/4 weeks. The only problem was getting the featured album if you forgot to return the letter saying you didn't want it. //// --Collecting Those Albums. --RoadDog
Still recovering from the beatdown that Northern Illinois got last night from Bowling Green in the Mid American Conference Championship game. A victory meant that NIU was going to the Fiesta Bowl in Tempe, Arizona, in our second straight BCS Bowl game (earlier this year we were at the Orange Bowl). //// If someone finds our defense somewhere between Dekalb and Detroit, please show them the way home as they certainly did not find the field last night. Jordan Lynch played ok, but it was not one of his best efforts, especially with the interceptions. //// We were having discussions about going to the Fiesta Bowl game if the Huskies got there, but neither one of us really wanted to go, both preferring a return to the Go-Daddy Bowl in Mobile on Jan. 5th and that looks like where we'll be headed, perhaps to play against Arkansas State again. //// But what a great year for NIU football. Ended with a 12-0 regular season record, played in our 4th straight MAC Championship game, beat two Big Ten teams, all that Jordan Lynch for Heisman Award, retirement of Diesel and new mascot Mission and the Chessick Indoor Center dedication and opening. One other REAL GOOD THING, we probably won't have to find a new coach like we did within hours after winning last year's MAC Championship. Not only did we lose our coach to NC State in 2012, but also the team we played, Kent Stae, lost their coach to Purdue. //// Ah, the Trials and Tribulations of College Football. --RoadDog
Inside and trying to get the feeling back in my fingers. It is COLD out there, about 20 degrees and a strong breeze making it worse. It was just like that yesterday so froze as well. That is a major problem around these parrts along the Illinois/Wisconsin border. //// But, I have them all up except for the icycles from the garage eaves and along the front porch. //// Fortunately, I got all of the ones on the gazebo (inside and outside), the deck and sunroom up before I left for Thanksgiving in North Carolina. //// Thawing out for that big game tonight at 7 PM CST on ESPN2 for the MAC Championship. //// Deck the Lights With Frozen Fingers. --RoadDog
I looked out the kitchen window yesterday after I got back from my Thanksgiving trip to North Carolina and it sure looked strange not to see the big old Bradford pear tree out there on the west end of Frances' Back 40, the flower bed area on the southeast corner of the yard. It was easily 30-foot high and just as wide and had those remarkable white colors in the spring and the golden red as late fall into November, the last trees with color. //// That stormy Sunday we had on November 17th (with all the tornadoes in Illinois) brought it down as well as several big limbs from the Bradford pear tree by the deck. //// While I was gone, I had a friend come by and cut it up and cart part away and the rest he piled out by the wood pile. I'll miss that tree, which I planted as just a little sapling. Now, I have to decide if I want to plant another Bradford pear by the old one or perhaps a sugar maple or perhaps nothing. //// Well, at least I have a new supply of firewood. //// Decisions, Decisions. --RoadDog
From the June 27, 2013, U.S. News & World Report "These Are Six Dirty Jobs, But Somebody Has to Do Them" by Jada A. Graves. //// And, I still miss the printed magazine. //// As they say, there is no such thing as a perfect job, unless you're a sports announcer, I guess. //// 1. Oil Rig worker // 2. Slaughterhouse worker // 3. Crime Scene Cleanup Technician // 4. Dairy farmer-- In case you're wondering: squeezing the teets, animal waste, inseminating heifers. // 5. Plumbers-- Well, human waste and crack exposure. // Gastroenterologist-- Like a plumber, but for the human body dealing with disorders of the digestive system. //// Well, I Choose Retired. --RoadDog
Looking back at my journal for 1983 (I've been keeping it since summer 1978 and really wish I had been keeping it back to high school and college days) and saw that today, December 5, 1983, a Monday, Polk Brothers delivered the new 25-inch color TV console. Liz had bought it back on November 29th from Polk Brothers (there's a name for you Chicago folk) for $498, a goodly amount of money back then. I paid for it with deejay earnings and also had bought our first VCR (it's remote was attached by a cord). //// We had been watching a 19-inch color TV before that so had really "arrived" in the world of technology. We gave the old one to Liz's parents. //// Back in 1983, we were in the midst of quite a cold spell (just like we have coming in this year) and I had to keep the set turned off for two hours to warm up as it wasn't delivered until 6:30 PM to let it warm up as it had been in the truck all day. Not easy as I really wanted to watch it. //// AND, we still have that TV. Right now it isn't hooked up to anything as I had to replace it with my mother-in-law's 25-inch color TV as the '83 didn't have the hookup for all the new digital stuff our cable company Mediacom now has. That was just a few months ago. //// The set still works very well except for an occasional very temperamental volume control which goes off and on full sound at any given time. Either you can't hear it or get blasted out. //// Right now, I plan to move it elsewhere in the basement's North Woods area and use it to watch my old VHS tapes, both bought and recorded. //// I will be replacing Frances' 25-inch TV with a 55 or 60-inch HD one in time for our Bear party on Dec. 15th. //// Hey, The '83 Still Works. Why Get Rid Of It? --RoadDog
NOVEMBER 22ND: After leaving the museum, Denny and I backtracked a way into Dayton and had lunch and played NTN at one of the Cadillax Jack's you see so often in the national top twenty. //// Then drove the National Road (US-40) into Springfield, Ohio, and saw the new Madonna of the Trail statue location and then National Roaded it to Columbus where we took the interstate (I-271) north and got rooms at the EconoLodge Motel ($50 a night) then went to Dave Wickline's Route 66 Roadhouse nearby before driving to the Ohio National Road annual dinner and awards meeting at an Italian restaurant on US-40 in downtown Columbus. Afterwards, drove down Ohio State's party strip which was just beginning to hop what with the home game tomorrow against Indiana. This strip had to be three miles long, a real lot longer than NIU's Lincoln Highway party strip. Then, back to the Route 66 Roadhouse for drinks and back to the motel. //// --RoadDog
Arrived here about five hours ago after a two week trip to NC for Thanksgiving. Over 2,000 miles and lots of history, family and Christmas decorations. Always great to get back home. Typing on this and listening to some Christmas music on a recorded cassette tape. This one is a Little Steven's Underground Garage. --RoadDog
Very few postings the last two weeks as I was a a trip to North Carolina and the laptop did not work. Of course, this computer, an XP, will go down in April as whoever owns it is going to pull out of support to make some more money. I really hate those guys. -- Planned Obsolecense, Indeed. And here I Am Stuck With This Piece.... --RoadDog
NOVEMBER 21ST, THURSDAY-- Drove the usual way, Il-47 south from Woodstock, Il., but turned east at Forrest on US-34 instead of going to I-74. Took that east to I-65 and then to Indianapolis where I found confusing signage on I-465 and ended up on the west side of the city instead of the east. //// Went through the city on I-70 right during rush hour, but it wasn't bad. Finally stopped raining east of it and drove to Ohio and exit 29 (Englewood) on I-70 and had my Skyline Chili before getting a room at the Best Western. //// NOVEMBER 22ND, FRIDAY-- Drove to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton and met my buddy Denny. We took a bus out to see JFK's Air Force One on the 50th anniversary of when it flew him to Dallas from Ft. Worth and then carried him back in a casket and LBJ was sworn in as president. We then toured the museum and saw the goblets used in the Final Toast of the Doolittle Raiders. And, we weren't finished for the day.
This coming Friday, November 22nd and on the exact day of the week the event, that was mu generation's Pearl Harbor. While moving boxes of Christmas decorations upstairs earlier this morning, I came across two items that I had never seen before. One was a color photo poster of President Kennedy that is somewhat creased and the other was a thin, hard-cover book titled "The Torch is Passed: The Associated Press Story of the Death of a President." Liz said it wasn't hers and I know it wasn't mine. She thinks that perhaps she must have gotten the pair while cleaning out her mother's place after her death. Her parents, though Catholic, were staunch Republicans and not big Kennedy fans, so she is not sure why they would have them. ////
A dog's-eye view of today's movies: 45. COUNSELOR-- 10-28-- FOX LAKE $6-- Drug folks play for keeps and have no sense of humor, Brad gets a bolo and the cheetas get loose. //// 46. ENDER'S GAME-- 11-1-- FOX LAKE $6-- Youth Save the day, Kind of a Harry Potter and Hunger Games Mix. When a video game is more than a video game. 47. LAST VEGAS-- 11-11-- FOX LAKE $6-- The Flatbush Four do Las Vegas, many, many, many years later. A great show, but how could it not be with that cast. //// 48. THOR: THE DARK WORLD-- 11-13-- FOX LAKE $4.50-- Still hammering opponents after all these years. //// All Those Cell Phone Glows. --RoadDog
A dog's eye view of today's movies: 41. PRISONERS-- 10-16-- FOX LAKE FREE-- Don't mess with this guy's daughter. A real "who-dun-it." //// 42. INSIDUOUS: CHAPTER 2-- 10-16-- FOX LAKE $4.50-- Alice to the rescue. Here's Johnny bursting through the door. //// 43. CAPTAIN PHILLIPS-- 10-23-- FOX LAKE $6-- Leave my boat A-LONE!!! Capt. Jack he ain't. 44. CARRIE-- 10-28-- FOX LAKE $6-- One girl you'd best not mess with inder ANY circumstances. She'll rock your world. And what a mother!! --Popcorn All Over the Place. --RoadDog
Sad that this 2,000+ song marathon ends tomorrow. I'll be on the road, but will definitely be listening as long as I'm in range, probably about as far as Morris, Illinois. So, this will be my last entry on it. These are songs I've been listening to so far this morning: //// SHE WAS HOT-- Rolling Stones // SHE'S A BEAUTY-- Tubes // SHE COMES IN COLORS-- Rolling Stones // SHE'S ALWAYS A WOMAN-- Billy Joel // SHE'S LEAVING HOME-- Beatles // SHE'S NOT THERE-- Santana // SHE'S SO COLD-- Rolling Stones // SHE'S THE ONE-- Bruce Springsteen // SHE'S WAITING-- Eric Clapton // SHEEP-- Pink Floyd // SHINE-- Collective Soul // SHINE ON YOU CRAZY DIAMOND (PARTS 1-5)-- Pink Floyd // SHOCK THE MONKEY-- Peter Gabriel // SHOOT TO THRILL-- AC/DC // SHOOTING STAR-- Bad Company // SHORT PEOPLE-- Randy Newman // SHOT DOWN IN FLAMES-- AC/DC // SHOULD I STAY OR SHOULD I GO-- Clash //SHOUT-- Tears For Fears. //// Again, Enough Pink Floyd. --RoadDog