Wednesday, July 29, 2009

JSS: Laptop and Gazebo-- Boating Record-- Death of a Friend

JSS-- Just Some Stuff


1. LAPTOP AND GAZEBO-- Right now, at 8:12 AM, I am sitting out in the gazebo (Lazy Lizard Lounge) just-a-typing away with both my little fingers and enjoying another great morning here in the Midwest. Drinking my coffee and listening to Billy Smith, the old BSer on the Surf, 94.9 FM out of North Myrtle Beach. All this new technology isn't ALL bad. I can get my daily dose of Beach Music and not leave the house.

I was out here yesterday as well, only listening to WNCT-AM out of Greenville, NC, playing "Beach, Boogie, and Blues."

Enjoying the views of the flower gardens along the east side of the house, the east pine island, and gazebo garden. Several people out walking. Don't they have jobs?

Thinking about working on the hosta garden by the gazebo and going boating later. Definitely tough to be retired, but like the man says, "Somebody's gotta do it."


2. BOATING RECORD-- And, speaking of boats, I'm sure we must have some sort of a record as yesterday, we went out boating for the 9th straight day. We also went to our 14th different bar here on the Chain, Baja Benny's on Fox Lake. This was a main one for all the years it was Costello's Pub and Grub.

We also went back to the Aquarium on Nippersink Lake for the third time. This might be our main stop this summer. Enjoyed the 75 cent 12 ounce drafts and the best-ever BLT with fries for just $4.


3. DEATH OF A FRIEND-- Sad to find out when we got home that a good friend, Barb, had passed away. She and her first husband Don were great friends and neighbors when we moved to Round Lake Beach. We had a very close-knit neighborhood with the Krantzs, LaBoys, Jacobys, Bergstroms and later John and Mabel.

She later remarried after their divorce and continued to live in the same house while all of the rest of us moved to new places.

Our first house in RLB cost $33,000, today, about the cost of an upper-end car.

Definitely Sorry to Hear of Her Passing. --RoadDog

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Hagar Feels My Pain

I had to laugh at Sunday's Hagar the Horrible comic strip in the Chicago Tribune.

It opens with Hagar happily walking down the road, then he trips and sees his shoelace is untied. He kneels down to tie then three panels go by where he is trying to stand up. He then says, "Tying your shoe isn't the problem, It's getting BACK UP!"

Boy, is that ever getting to be true. Every year, I find it more and more necessary to hold on to something, accompanied with these strange grunts and hmmphs. Where's that stuff coming from?

Anybody seen my cheaters? Just let my get a menu in a dark restaurant and let the fun begin.

"Help, I've Fallen and Can't Get Up!" Isn't So Funny Anymore. --RoadDog

Where Were You July 5, 1969?-- Part 5

Getting near the end of July so thought it might be a good time to finish the list of top songs in Chicago for this date. This Sunday, Bob Stroud will go to August 2, 1969 and flood out those memories. The show will stream live from 7 to 10 AM on the Drive, 97.1 FM. www.wdrv.com

Finishing Up Now.


BABY I LOVE YOU-- ANDY KIM-- Remake of an old Ronettes number. (Always reminds me of Honey Hill in Wauconda, Illinois. Spent lots of days at that beach that summer.)
STAND-- SLY & THE FAMILY STONE-- Title track to one of my favorite albums from that summer. Out just a few months. (One of the Big Four artists played at the Delta Sig parties at NIU in 1970. Sly's GH, Temptations GH, Four Tops GH, and CCR's "Green River.")

ISRAELITES-- DESMOND DEKKER AND THE ACES-- a little ska in your radio. (My first intro to reggae-style music.)
BAD MOON RISING-- CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVVAL-- "A" Side of "Lodi." (That's my ringtone!!)

GOOD MORNING LITTLE SCHOOL GIRL-- JOHNNY WINTER-- Summer of '69, the year many of us would be introduced to the greatest blues guitarist, Johnny Winter. Debuted on his first Columbia album and what a milestone release.
MOTHER POPCORN-- JAMES BROWN-- That's some microwave popcorn right there, from the King, James Brown.

HONKY TONK WOMEN-- ROLLING STONES-- hit-bound. (One of my favorite Stones songs along with "Jumping Jack Flash." This is one of those signature songs of that summer for me. Reminds me of the trip to North Carolina.)
MEDICINE MAN-- BUCHANAN BROTHERS-- (This one always sounds like we're part way through it when it starts. "Don't you know that I'm a man, the only one who can understand.")

*****ONE-- THREE DOG NIGHT-- The band you can see this week at Harrad's Joliet (IL) for free, had the number one song. (How about that, "One" is Number one. How'd they know?)

Man, Those Were Some Memories. --RoadDog

Then There Were Three

That is the total of surviving veterans we have from the War to End All Wars, World War I, with Saturday's death of Britain's oldest man, Harry Patch, and the "Last Tommy," the last to have served in the infamous trenches.

I have been following the waning days of this "Noblest Generation," especially since my grandfathers both served in the war. My mother's father was in the army, but never went overseas, and my father's father was in the Merchant Marine. A great uncle served at the front lines as a lieutenant, came home, and drowned while saving a young boy from a flooded river.

My mother's father was also one of the first American Legion members in North Carolina.

It won't be long before we have to start the final countdown for our "Greatest Generation," the World War II veterans.

You can see more at http://cootershistorything.blogspot.com

They Won't be Forgotten.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Out on the Chain and Having a Great Time

Since this past Monday we've had the boat out eight straight times. In that time, we've done a lot of floating around, been to McDonald's three times, and visited 13 bars and restaurants. We also were caught out in two storms so the boat got a great wash.

July 20th, we went to Electric Harbor and Captain's Quarters on Fox Lake.
July 21st, we went to Blueberry Hill and the Aquarium on Nippersink Lake.
July 22nd, it was the historic Mineola, built in the 1880s, on Fox Lake.

July 23rd, it was a cruise all the way to the northern chain and visits to the Sandbar on Lake Marie, and Thirsty Turtle and Choppers on Channel Lake.
July 24th, we went to Hidden Point on Fox Lake.

Today, we started at the American Legion on Nipppersink; Castaways, Oak Park, and Famous Freddies on Pistakee Lake, and back to Blueberry Hill.

Our plans are to go to every bar on the Chain before the end of the season. And, that's a lot of bars!!! But not as many as there used to be.

We're Out on the Chain and Feeling No Pain. --RoadDog

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Mark Buerhle Got Us Wet

Great day for Chicago White Sox pitcher Mark Buerhle this past Thursday, what with that perfect game and all. However, as a result of his effort, five of us got quite wet when we got caught out in a rain storm on the Chain of Lakes here in northeastern Illinois.

Kevin and Kelly, Frank, Liz and I had decided to go boating even though the forecast called for significant rainfall. We cruised from Fox Lake, through Petite and Bluff Lakes, stopped at the Sand Bar on Lake Marie, then the Thirsty Turtle on Channel Lake.

We decided to go to one last place on a channel off Channel Lake, Choppers. The Sox game was on. I heard Hawk Harrelson say that Buerhle had retired all 20 batters he'd faces, so started watching. We agreed that we'd stay until Tampa Bay got a hit.

Well, they didn't, and even though it was clouding up and getting dark, we had to stay. By end of the eighth, it was pouring. No way we could leave now. Unfortunately, the reception went out for the first out, and what an out as we saw on the replay.

Two more outs and the 18th perfect game in Major League Baseball's history.

Waited until the rain let up and boarded a soaking boat. Unfortunately, the storm backtracked and we got soaked the rest of the way back to Fox Lake.

Thanks a Lot, Mark, But It Was Worth It. --RoadDog

Friday, July 24, 2009

Where Were You July 5, 1969?-- Part 4

Continuing Down Memory Lane. These were the songs playing on your radio and in your album collection forty years ago.

SEE-- RASCALS-- Never can remember the name of this one.

MARAKESH EXPRESS-- CROSBY, STILLS AND NASH-- The first single release from their debut album out a month and the word is spreading fast that this is not to be missed. Graham Nash from the Hollies, Steve Stills from Buffalo Springfield, and David Crosby of the Byrds to create something for the ages. (This was the second group I bought every single album as soon as it was released. The first group was CCR. What harmony these guys could do.)
49 BYE BYES-- CROSBY, STILLS AND NASH-- closing selection on the album. (My favorite song on the album.)

CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION-- TOMMY JAMES & THE SHONDELLS-- current release in the top ten. (Talk about your perfect laid-back summer song!)
A SALTY DOG-- PROCUL HARUM-- Sailing the high seas with their brand new album "Salty Dog." The title selection and beautiful composition. Great lead vocals from Gary Brookens.

LET ME-- PAUL REVERE AND THE RAIDERS-- latest. Big record here in Chicago as all of them were. (The lead guitarist for the band, Drake Levin, who played on many of their earlier hits, just died.)
THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO-- BEATLES-- Ase mentioned last time, not played by a lot of stations because of the word "Christ." (Christ you know it ain't easy. You know how hard it can be.")

A Week from Sunday, Bob Takes Us to August2, 1969. --RoadDog

JSS: Not the Same-- "Yo Quiero Taco Bell"-- The Apple Tree

JSS-- Just Some Stuff


1. NOT THE SAME-- It just isn't the same this morning without checking on those baby robins and see what's up at the nest. However, I can live with ut the mommy-daddy fuss whenever they saw us, AND, I got to enjoy that side of the deck for the first time. Parting is such sweet sorrow.


2. "YO QUEIRO TACO BELL"-- Sorry to hear of the death, July 21st, of the Taco Bell Chihuahua, Gidget, at age 15. That was one FUNNY dog. Gidget became the chain's spokesdog in 1997 and the commercials ran to 2000.

The one where she was trying to trap Godzilla in a small box was the best. "Here Lizard, lizard, here lizard, lizard." Then, upon seeing the shadow of Godzilla, "I think I'm going to need a bigger box."


3. THE APPLE TREE-- For years, I had a tree growing on the west side of the house that I didn't know what it was. Last fall, I had buddy Trov come over to trim the trees. He trims and cuts down trees for a living. I asked him what it was, and he said, judging by the apples, an apple tree.

In my defense, there were only a couple and this was the first year they'd ever grown AND, I hadn't seen them.

I would have known this year, as it is covered by apples. However, those lousy Japanese beetles have developed a taste for the leaves, unfortunately. So that is a battle.

Here Lizard Lizard. --RoadDog

Wedges Vs. Squares-- Pizza, That Is

WEDGES VS. SQUARES-- Yesterday's Chicago Tribune had and article in the Play section where Phil Vettel, restaurant critic, and Kevin Pang had a deep discussion about whether pizza cut into squares or wedges was better. Kevin likes the wedges and Phil the squares. The discussion got quite gooey.

Kevin said that the one who got the center piece of the square one was really lucky. That's the one piled high with all the goodies. He described it as the Paul Lynde slice: center square and too much cheese. Now, that is one good comparison.

Phil was very impressed with the Paul Lynde reference. However, it's true, those middle pieces on the square-cut are by far the best. I'm not as fond of the edges as there is generally less stuff. Give me more junk!!! The more the better.

Kevin feels the wedges are more democratic in that everyone gets a little piece of the good center along with the sparse edges.

Christopher Borrelli is from the east coast and chimed in that real pizza is served in wedges so you can fold the crust before "shoveling it into your face." Also, there is a third style, the rectangular called the pizza strip.

Personally, I don't care. Any way you get the pizza is good as long as it is piled high in what I like to call a garbage pizza.

How 'bout you?

And my most favorite of all, is the pizza buffet where I like to graze and sample MANY different types of the pie. Again, I don't care how it's cut.

Gettin' Hongry Typin' Dis. Perhaps the Pizza Hut Buffet in Round Lake Beach for Lunch. $5.99 and All the Grazing You Want. --RoadDog

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Officially Empty Nesters-- Part 2

At first, we thought we had just one baby robin, but after awhile, I saw a second beak, and last week, a third one. Talk about scrawny and all beak!!!

The last several days, we've really enjoyed watched those babies grow and get stronger. There was lots of scratching in the nest as they grew their feathers. By yesterday, one robin was perched on the side of the nest, so we figured it was about ready to go.

This morning, I only saw two, and actually mistook one for one of the adults at first. It was also perched on the edge. The other one appeared to be pushing it out. At some point, it flew off.

I woke Liz up so she could see the last one, who now also was perched on the side. He was smaller than the other two and didn't seem to be as developed so figured he might remain, but, suddenly, off he flew.

Bye Bye Birdies. Good Luck on Your Lives and Hope None of the Neighborhood Cats Get a Meal. --RoadDog

Officially Empty Nesters-- Part 1

The last baby flew off earlier this morning. That would be baby, as in robin baby.

While I was on the Mediterranean cruise and in North Carolina, a pair of robins built a nest out by our deck light. When I'm home, I strongly discourage this action as this is the main way out to the deck. Mom and pop robin just don't seem to grasp that I mean them no harm, and any trip outside is accompanied by a huge fuss.

That means trying to scare them off and dismantling the nest on occasion.

We have other doors we can use, however, and that is just what I do.

Don't get me wrong, I do like watching the nest and sure did that a lot these last several weeks. I have nothing against robins there, but I really hate the fuss. Have you ever been "fussed out" by a robin? Quite loud and a hassle I don't need.

More. --RoadDog

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

40th Anniversary of Movie "Easy Rider"

I didn't know about it until I heard Little Steven talking about it on his Undergroud Garage radio show, heard in Chicago on WXRT Sunday nights from 9 to 11.

Forty years ago, July 14, 1969, this movie was released and quickly became one of my all-time favorites, especially now that we've gotten into old roads. This is a great road trip among other things. Then, there was that great soundtrack. Not to mention, the generational and sectional shift in the US.

I have been writing about it on my Road Log Blog: http://roaddogsroadlog.blogspot.com.

Looks like I'll have to dig out my old LP and get that turntable moving again.

"Head Out on the Highway..." You Know. --RoadDog

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Boating's the Way to Go

The last two days, we've resurrected the time-honored boating effort called bar-hopping. We also spent quite a bit of time just floating, yacking, and listening to WDRV, the Drive.

MONDAY-- We got together with Kevin and Kelly and various relatives who spent Sunday night with them. We boated over to McDonald's in Fox Lake for breakfast, then cruised Pistakee Bay looking at the beautiful lakefront homes.

Afterwards, we went over to Electric Harbor and enjoyed the great view of Fox Lake from their gazebo. The $2 bottles didn't hurt either. Then, we boated over to Captain's Quarters, and sat outside enjoying the Johnsonville brat/fries $2 special and some more $2 bottles.

TODAY, TUESDAY-- Got together with Kevin and Kelly again. Floated, and then went over to Blueberry Hill and found our thrill sitting outside on their deck overlooking Nippersink Lake and drinking the $1.50 Busch bottles.

We then went a short distance to the Aquarium where we turned down invitations to join the Minnow Club (swallow or crunch a live minnow, YUCK!!), but did enjoy the 75 cent 12 ounce drafts. They also have a good $6 Italian beef and fries and $4 BLT and fries.

All the rain forecast finally caught up with us while inside, so had a wet drive back.

Oh, Well. Into Every Life, a Little Rain Must Fall. --RoadDog

Monday, July 20, 2009

Big Night Forty Years Ago: Man on the Moon

Forty years ago, I was visiting family in Goldsboro, North Carolina. All the radio and TV stations had very little else other than this landing on the Moon.

I was at my buddy Ronnie's house and we were watching it while listening to albums. I remember, we went outside and looked at the moon and thought, "Wow, we're really on it."

Pretty Impressive Stuff. --RoadDog

1001 or 998?

My Blogger Dashboard listed the last entry as number 1000. However, the count on the blog page, when added together, came to 997, now both one higher. I am not sure of why this is.

The blog page, before this one, counts by year:

2007-- 299
2008-- 430
2009-- 268

Regardless, that is a lot of posts.

I've Got to Find a Better Way to Spend My Time. --RoadDog

1000th Post!!

This is my 1000th post. Who'd have figured when I started it back in 2006, that I would still be doing this.

However, I have been keeping a journal since 1978, so imagine that if I could go that long, this isn't much of a problem.

This blog more or less started as a result of my having problems getting into my first blog, http://roaddogsroadlog.blogspot.com. This one is about old roads and my travels. My niece Andrea, helped me get started while visiting her and my nephew in Tennessee back in 2006.

When I returned home, I really had problems getting into that first one. While experimenting, I accidentally came up with this one. At first, it contained not only what I was doing and music, but also history and Civil War items I found of interest.

I've since started two more blogs on those subjects. The history one has become about 80% on World War II, and is at http://cootershistorything.blogspot.com. The Civil War Blog is at http://sawtheelephant.blogspot.com.

Will There Be a #2000? --RoadDog

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Got Crowned at Wedding in Milwaukee

This past weekend we attended the wedding of Kevin and Kelly's daughter in Milwaukee. They got married at one of the most beautiful churches I've ever seen at Marquette University. The stained glass windows were outstanding.

The reception was held at the Boerner Botanic Gardens in Hales Corners. They had arranged for buses to carry the reception party from the Wyndham Hotel by the airport to the reception, but, unfortunately, we missed it and had to take a cab.

We missed the cocktail hour and got there just in time for the meal and had some of the best lamb I've ever eaten. Kevin and Kelly are Irish, and everyone had a coffee mug, mini bottle of Jamison Irish Whiskey and the ingredients and recipe for Irish Coffee. Nice touch.

The reason we had the buses was to enjoy ourselves. And that we did. I made up for missing the cocktail hour with a steady stream of Crown Royals and soda. I had found Crown Royal as being a very popular drink earflier this year when we were in Panama City. There was also a 12 member band with a six-piece horn section called The Mr. Lucky Syndicate that played great Big Band Tunes to Blues Brothers.

Best of all, at the end, we didn't have to drive back to the hotel. The buses took us.

A Grand Time Was Had By All. --RoadDog

Friday, July 17, 2009

The Joe Jeffrey Group/ Wand Records

Bob Stroud played "My Pledge of Love" as being one of the big songs on the radio back July 5, 1969.

I have the single myself. On E-Bay, minimum bids are anywhere from $3 to $10 for it.

The song went to #14 on the Billboard Chart and is classified as pop-soul, although it never charted on the R & B charts. It was on the Wand record label.

Joe Jeffrey was born Joe Stafford, and it is thought that he changed his name to avoid confusion with pop singer Jo Stafford. The band was a fixture on the Cleveland club circuit. After "Pledge," none of their efforts did well and they finally called it quits.

They did cut "My Baby Loves Lovin'," but the British band White Plains got all the credit for their version.


WAND RECORDS

Started by Florence Greenberg in New York City in 1961 as a subsidiary of Sceptor Records. The Isley brothers, Kingsmen, Chuck Jackson, Maxine Brown and Canned Heat recorded for them as well as the Joe Jeffrey Group.

Where is Joe Jeffrey Now? --RoadDog

Where Were You July 5, 1969? --Part 3

More songs from WLS AM and WCFL AM. Chicago

Bob Stroud's quotes. Mine in parentheses.

MY CHERIE AMOUR-- STEVIE WONDER-- Started out as a "B" side. The "A" side was "I Don't Know Why" that sort of floundered and jocks started flipping the record over and found this killer ballad.

GET BACK-- BEATLES-- "A" side. When we last left June, this was #1 in Chicago. It had been replaced.
DON'T LET ME DOWN-- BEATLES-- "B" side

IT'S FOR YOU-- THREE DOG NIGHT-- Back to the debut album again with a Lennon/McCarthy song. English singer Cilla Black originally recorded it. Handles in the inimitable three-part harmony.
MY PLEDGE OF LOVE-- JOE JEFFFREY GROUP-- A great one hit-- out of Cleveland making them a classic one-hit wonder. (One of those special little songs that so reminds me of that summer.)

BRAVE NEW WORLD-- STEVE MILLER BAND-- A trip to the record store would find the third album of the band. Title selection.
WHITE BIRD-- IT'S A BEAUTIFUL DAY-- new band out of San Francisco. (This was Liz's roommate, Debbie's, favorite album. I ended up having to buy the LP when i somehow misplaced the cover. To this day, I have no idea what happened to it.)

GOOD MORNING STARSHINE-- OLIVER-- (I think from the musical "Hair.")
NEVER COMES THE DAY-- MOODY BLUES-- From the new album "On the Threshold of a Dream." (Let's put the album on the turntable and then put the earphones on to listen to this one.)

More Memories to Come. --RoadDog

Thursday, July 16, 2009

So, Finally Got the Boat in the Water

About the latest I've ever gotten it in the water as well.

April and May were just too cool, then, I was gone for two and a half weeks in June and the Chain of Lakes was down to no wake until the 4th of July. We don't go out during that holiday period; way too many people.

Then, I had to get it summerized.


A DAY OF BOATING

Picked it up today at Midwest Marine and launched it. Liz drove to Rick's in Fox Lake where we keep it. I dropped the trailer off at Kora's since our subdivision does not allow boats or trailers to be parked in driveways or yards.

Met Liz at Rick's and went for the first boating of the season. Lots of wind today so the water was rough. Plus, every so often, some really menacing clouds rolled through.

Even so, we floated around Stanton Bay and then cruised over to Captain's Quarters for their Thursday special 35 cent wings and potato skins. Hard deal to beat.

Anyway, I'm hoping to get out on the boat at least 30 times this year.

Hopefully, since the boat is in the water, we won't have too many problems with the zebra mussels.

A Boating I Will Go. --RoadDog

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

It's Them, Not Me: The NTN 9000

Played NTN/Buzztime at Hello Folks in Fox Lake, Illinois, yesterday, with a bunch of the NTNers from Donovan's Reef in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin. We had a pretty good run, including a #1 team and individual ranking and top twenties until we hit the sports game. What a disaster.

But, what I want to know is why NTN continues to go through posting how many points it takes to get the Players Plus Bonus. It used to vary, but now is a guaranteed 9000. Why waste the time?

I'm sure the company could come up with something else to fill those seconds.

Taking Bets That It Will Be 9000. Any Takers? --RoadDog

Where Were You July 5, 1969? --Part 2

Continuing with the memories.


LODI-- CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL-- "B" side of "Bad Moon Rising," a killer. (My old fraternity song from 1970-1973, only we had different wods and called it the "Buffalo Song." It involved some very off-key singing and drinking beer. I wonder where those Delta Sigs are these days?)
EVERYDAY WITH YOU GIRL-- CLASSICS IV-- latest (How sweet.)

TONIGHT I'LL BE STAYING HERE WITH YOU-- BOB DYLAN-- from new album of a couple months now, "Nashville Skyline." (I wonder how much of the album was influenced by the Band? My all-time favorite Dylan album. Great duet with Johnny Cash.)

SPINNING WHEEL-- BLOOD, SWEAT AND TEARS--latest from their second album. "Spinning Wheel" at #14 on the WCFL Survey. I know this because I have this big, heavy mother of a book called "WCFL Surveys 1965 to 1976" that was just published a few months ago by John Selaric, a local kid made good. A big WCFL freak like myself and so many of us who grew up in and around the Chicagoland area.

John has done exhaustive research and reprinted every single solitary WCFL survey from 1965 to 1976, so if you're kind of geeky and nerdy like me and love to look at old radio station surveys and especially one as legendary as WCFL, this is the book for you. Go to wcflbook.com website to find out where it's available. (I guess I'm a geek and nerd, then. Nothing finer than being in an old record store and talking music with like-minded folk.)

MORE AND MORE-- BLOOD, SWEAT AND TEARS-- I know that by looking at the survey that WCFL also played the "B" side and I'll play it for you now. (I liked both songs equally well. More blue-eyed soul from David Clayton and boys.)

I'VE BEEN HURT-- BILL DEAL & THE RHONDELLS-- Good year for them. Charted three times. (Hey, some of that good old Beach Music from Virginia. And I'm not talking Beach Boys either. Good old shagging kind of music like they used to play at OD. Uncle Billy, the old BS-er (Billy Smith on the Surf 94.9 FM from Myrtle Beach) would be so proud.)

I Sure Didn't Know I Was a Nerd, But If Liking Old Music Makes You a Nerd, I Embrace My Nerddom. --RoadDog

Not Only White Sox, But American League Too

Not only am I big White Sox fan (since 1965) , but I also back the American League in the All Star game and normally during the World Series (unless the Yankees, Cubs, Brewers, or Cards are in it).

It was nice to see the AL win for the 13th time in a row, especially since that gives them home field advantage in the World Series.

I can remember, though, when it was the National League winning year after year, that is until 1983 when it was played at Comiskey Park, and I was at the game!!! Now, that was a really good time.

Go You American League!! --RoadDog

News and Observation: The Prez Makes a Fashion Statement

Agree or disagree with President Obama, at least his choice of baseball teams to back is right on the mark. Even if he is throwing arm isn't quite all it could be.

It sure looked mighty good to see that black jacket with familiar script going down the front. That script? Sox, of course, and not that red stuff from Bean Town.

As dear old Andy the Clown would say, "G-o-o-o-o-o-o You White S-o-o-o-o-x!!!" Then light up his red nose. Now, there was a REAL White Sox tradition.

The Coz and Cruz are so proud.

As Is the Dog. --RoadDog

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Where Were You July 5, 1969? --Part 1

Bob Stroud's second installment of his Time Warp back to the Summer of '69 was July 5th.

In July, 1969, I was enjoying my summer after graduating from Palatine High School, working at Burger King in Palatine on Northwest Highway, dating Liz, and getting ready to be a freshman at Northern Illinois in Dekalb.

I was recording on an old Grundig reel-to-reel tape recorder. That summer, I got one of those new-fangled cassette recorders. I am still a tape head and still recording on them, but it is getting a lot more difficult. Just try to find a cassette recorder or cassettes anymore. Thanks Walgreen's for continuing with them.

Bob Stroud's words. Mine in parentheses.

We're back 40 years to the day. This is what your radio and record collection sounded like July 5, 1969. We have some things from the AM

GOOD OLD ROCK 'N' ROLL-- CAT MOTHER AND THE ALL NITE NEWSBOYS-- Band out of the UK and produced by Jimi Hendrix. (One of my all-time favorites. "When I was just a little boy, you know my one and only joy was listening to that good old rock and roll."
POLK SALAD ANNIE-- TONY JOE WHITE-- (some of that good old "swamp rock," Thanks JF, John Fogerty, for popularizing it. Anybody "Born on the Bayou?")

MY SUNDAY FEELING-- JETHRO TULL-- New group out of the UK. Their debut album just a few months old entitled "This Was." The lead off selection appropriately titled for what is going on today. (I was a big Tull fan even before Aqualing. Who'd have thought of the flute as a rock and roll instrument? Then, there was their Grammy for best heavy metal group. What was that about?)
IN THE YEAR 2525-- ZAGER AND EVANS-- on its way to the top of the charts. ((A chilling look into a not-too-bright future.)

PUT A LITTLE LOVE IN YOUR HEART-- JACKIE DESHANNON-- brand new (What the World needs Now is What?"
HEAVEN IN YOUR MIND-- THREE DOG NIGHT-- definitely the era we got to know Three Dog Night. Their debut album out just a few months now and they were starting to break really big in the record stores and on radio. Their debut album contains all kinds of great inspired covers because that's basically what they did, including a cover of this Traffic classic. (Blue-eyed soul)

Still Taking You Back. --RoadDog

Monday, July 13, 2009

It's Them, Not Me: That Time of the Year Again

Things That Really Burn My Butt.

I went into the local Walgreen's yesterday and saw the employees busily transforming an aisle into a glorious "Back-to-School" zone. AND, it's just a weekend after the Fourth of July!!! Hey, July 12th for crying out loud!!!!

Isn't that pushing it just a bit?

Not only that, but there were ads in the Sunday papers for school stuff. You know, those ads for some really CHEAP items like Staples' 1 cent reams of paper, 8-packs of highlighters for a buck, and eight-70 count spiral binders for a buck at Walgreen's.

Now, I realize that they keep moving the start of school up seemingly every year, but come on folks. One thing the poor kids don't need to have thrown in their faces is the fact that summer is nearing an end.

I know, that as a teacher, I hated to see all this back-to-school stuff. It meant that holiday was about over. Now that I'm retired, it is not as bad, though.

Oh well, looks like I'll just have to drive over and buy some stuff for my "office." These are just too good of deals to pass up. And, sadly, I really don't need anything, but, like I said....

Hey, Shopkeepers, Give Those Kids a Break!! --RoadDog

News and Observation: What Did Michael Do for Gary?

I've seem several articles recently regarding Michael Jackson's relationship with his home town of Gary, Indiana, a city that definitely needs ALL the help it can get. Michael Jackson did not do much for Gary. Some of the money spent on Neverland would have helped. Or even make Neverland in Gary.

The Mississippi town of Tupelo makes about $50,000,000 a year from visitors to Elvis Presley's childhood home, and Gary would like to get something similar going on there. During his lifetime, Jackson did very little for his hometown. Some of those millions definitely would have helped.

Elvis Presley returned to Tupelo to play a concert in 1957 and noticed that his boyhood home was for sale. He offered to donate the proceeds to the city if they bought his home and surrounding land and turned it into a park. It happened.

Instead, it took gambling to bring some money to Gary because of its proximity to Chicago, and I'm not really sure how much they get.

An article in the July 5th Chicago Tribune mentioned that Jackson did once plan a concert in the city, but it fell through when the city wanted too much control.

Let's Hope Some of This Jackson Hoopla Will Bring Relief to His Home Town. --RoadDog

Fighting the Civil War, Eating BBQ, and Going Back to the 60s

Saturday and Sunday, I helped man the Camp Douglas Sons of Confederate Veterans tent at the Lakewood Forest Preserve in Wauconda, Illinois, for the 18th annual Civil War Days. Camp Douglas was an infamous prison in Chicago where over 6,000 Confederates died after being incarcerated there.

We did quite well in the recruiting area, with three new members (remember, it's not easy recruiting behind enemy lines) and about six possibles. Plus, I was happy to hear the Confederation in Illinois might be growing two more camps, one in Rockford and another in Peoria.

I saw two battle re-enactments and definitely had to keep an eye out where you walked because of all the horses.

Saturday evening, Camp Douglas had a fantastic barbecue out at Compatriot Mark's farm west of Marengo. And then, there was that smoother-than-smooth "recipe" which we all enjoyed. One of the member's daughters did not know what a live turkey looked like (well, city gal, you know). These turkeys were descendants of the ones the Pilgrims brought.

I will have more about Civil War Days in my Civil War Blog: http://sawtheelephant.blogspot.com


SUNDAY: THE WAR AND THE BAND

Sunday, I was back there again, and after breaking camp, Liz and I went to Peterson Park in McHenry for Fiesta Days and saw the 1960s-1970s band, Berwyn's Pride and Joy, the Ides of March, who had hits with "You Wouldn't Listen," "LA Goodbye," and "Vehicle."

Then, member Jim Peterik had success writing with .38 Special and Survivor and especially the huge hit "Eye of the Tiger."

Really good show and worth the $5 to get in.

I'll write more about the show in this blog.

Having My War and Music Too. --RoadDog

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Heading Out to the War, Civil War That Is

In just a few minutes, I'm leaving for Lakewood Forest Preserve in Wauconda, Illinois, for the 18th annual Civil War Days, billed as the largest reanactment in northern Illinois.

I'll be there today and tomorrow at the Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp Douglas tent. Hopefully, the predicted rain will hold off as we don't want a repeat of last September's monsoon that washed out the reenactment at Lake Villa.

Should be a good time. If you're in the area and would like to find out how people lived back then from some very INFORMED folks, this is where you need to be.

Later, Camp Douglas will have a bbq in Marengo.

Getting My Civil War On. --RoadDog

Friday, July 10, 2009

Goodbye Casey, We Hardly Knew Ye

Well, actually we knew you quite well, almost 39 years. This past weekend, Casey Kasem told listeners to his America's Top 20 that this was his last show.

He started his America's Top 40, 39 years ago on July 4, 1970. In 2004, Ryan Seacrest took over the show.

Casey Kasem, 77, says he loved doing it, but now has time freed up to do other projects.

I've listened to Casey for more years than I care to remember, and especially now, I listen to the show to keep up with current music since I don't listen to pop stations much anymore. He was the Dick Clark of radio.

My Request is "Happy Trails to You" by Roy and Dale. --RoadDog

Thursday, July 9, 2009

News and Observation: Menu Beefs

A few days ago, the Tribune ran a list of things they didn't like that you might find on a menu in a restaurant.

Readers added their own "beefs" and the Trib listed some yesterday.

boneless wings
coldest beer in town
hand-selected
sherbert
garbage salad
garbage pizza
hand-crafted cocktails
grilled to perfection
world famous
Kobe burger
garden fresh
homemade melt-in-your-mouth

How About "Warm Beer and Cold Food," and the Ever-Popular "Boneless Chicken" Referring to Hard Boiled Eggs--RoadDog

News and Observation: 12:34:56 7/08/09

OK, I missed it. But, in my defense, NO ONE TOLD ME ABOUT IT and it just didn't enter my mind.

But, yesterday, at 12:34:56, both AM and PM, all those numbers lined up in just that manner. I was asleep for the first and at Bob's house having a great lunch with good friends for the PM. This only happens once (or twice) every 100 years, so guess I'll miss the next one.

This was in the July 8th Chicago Tribune (which I read at 5 PM).

It also listed some other mathematically-significant days like 9/09/09, especially at 9:09 AM and PM at 9 seconds.

We already missed 01:03 on 5/07/09, 3/03/09 (square root day). Guess when the next one is in seven years. See below.

Then, for the real math enthusiasts, there's 3/14 and 7/22, which is Pi Day.

BELOW-- 4/04/16.

File Under Stuff You Don't Need to Know.

Alright. Who Is Peter Sarstedt?

After seeing the name Peter Sarstedt and the top twenty song in the UK of "Frozen Orange Juice," (see previous post) I wanted to hear the song since I'd never heard of it before. Thanks to You Tube, I got the chance. Not a bad song, and definitely one that fit in perfectly with the time frame of 1969.

He was born in India in 1942 and is still performing after about twenty albums. In 1967, he had a song go to #1 in the UK with "Where Do You Go To (My Lovely)" about a poor girls who joins the Euro-jetset. It also hit #1 in Australia.

Other big songs were "Beirut," "I Am a Cathedral," and "Take Off Your Clothes," which I listened to as well. Not a dirty song, but one with revealing your inner self.

He also had a brother, Richard, who hit #1 back in 1961, performing as Eden Kane.

Didn't Know That. Ain't the Internet Great? --RoadDog

What Was on Your Radio July, 1969?-- Part 2

Again, using McAleer's book.

#10 COLOR HIM FATHER-- WINSTONS
#9 BAD MOON RISING-- CCR
#8 BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO-- BEATLES
#7 WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO WIN YOUR LOVE-- JR. WALKER & THE ALL STARS
#6 GOOD MORNING STARSHINE-- OLIVER
#5 LOVE THEME FROM ROMEO AND JULIET-- HENRY MANCINI
#4 ONE-- THREE DOG NIGHT
#3 CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION-- TOMMY JAMES & THE SHONDELLS
#2 IN THE YEAR 2525-- ZAGER AND EVANS
#1 SPINNING WHEEL-- BS&T

***Lots of music festivals going on in cities like Atlanta, Denver, New Orleans, Newport, and Toronto. All were overshadowed by the one coming up in August at that little place in New York, not Illinois as I thought.

***Don Kirshner, who brought us the Monkees, launched a cartoon band called the Archies who gave us that sweet, sweet song that was #1 in August.

***Diana Ross helped launch these five lads from Gary, Indiana, at a Beverly Hills club. Family surname was Jackson.


SOME TOP TWENTY FROM THE UK

#1 Something in the Air-- Thunderclap Newman
#3 Way of Life-- Family Dogg
#7 Honky Tonk Women-- Rolling Stones
#8 Proud Mary-- CCR
#9 Living in the Past-- Jethro Tull
#10 Give Peace a Chance-- Plastic Ono Band
#11 It Mek-- Desmond Dekker & the Aces
#12 Time is Tight-- Booket T. & the MGs
#15 Oh Happy Day-- Edwin Hawkins Singers
#16 Frozen Orange Juice-- Peter Sarstedt
#17 Gimme Gimme Good Lovin'-- Crazy Elephant

I'm Not Saying I Knew All the British Songs Like 3, 11, and 16.

Happenings Twenty Years Time Ago

One nice thing about keeping a journal for most every day since 1978 is that I can look back and see what I was doing all those years ago. It sure brings back people and events that I would otherwise have forgotten thanks to my CRS. I have been looking at my 1989 Journal (or do you call it diary?).

Back then, we were doing lots of boating, and 4th of July went to a bunch of places on the Chain for bands and celebrating. I saw in the papers that a bunch of airlines were offering $152 round trip to most places in the US. Where to go, where to go?

My buddy Rick suggested San Diego where we could stay with his brother. I'd only driven through the place once back in 1967 with my family. We flew out on the 6th. One nice thing about being a teacher during the summer was the ability to do something like this, and, even better, I wasn't deejaying for a week, so it worked out great.

Talked with San Diego sportswriter Barry Bloom on the way out to SD. Liz flew out the next day. The 7th, we went to Old Town and Pacific Beach and had $1.50 drinks at Jose Murphy's.

OTL Tomorrow and Tijuana the Next Day. --RoadDog

Suddenly, Michael's "Hot" Again

After years of declining record sales, MJ is storming the top of the charts, much as he did in his earlier days.

Three of the five best-selling records belong to him.

At number one is his "Number Ones" which sold 339,000 last week. At #2 is "Thriller" with 187,000 (if they allowed catalog albums to rank. The "Essential Michael Jackson" sold 125,000.

His catalog solo albums sold a total of 800,000 copies (or is that downloads these days).

I didn't jump into the hoopla, though. I bought nothing new, but went through my record collection and have a few already.

LPs
Thriller
Off the Wall
Best of Michael Jackson (1975)
Michael Jackson & Jackson 5-- Music That Inspired the Motown 25th Anniversary (Oh, just Moonwalk Me)


CDS

Bad
Dangerous
History
Jackson 5 Ultimate Collection

Funny how a little thing like dying will help sales. I wonder how many of these people were REAL fans and how many just got into the media frenzy.

However, most every artist enjoys a period of time when all they touch goes gold, and then, very little. Look at Paul McCartney and all the success he had with that group from Liverpool and then with Wings. Now, very little success with his albums. But, the concerts sell out.

One Great Performer Before He Went Weird. --RoadDog

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

What Was On Your Radio July, 1969?

Hard to believe that was 40 years ago.

From Dave McAleer's "Book of Hit Singles" based on the Billboard charts.

#20 RUBY, DON'T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN-- KENNY ROGERS & THE FIRST EDITION--
#19 SWEET CAROLINE-- NEIL DIAMOND
#18 BLACK PEARL-- SONNY CHARLES/CHECKMATES LTD.
#17 IN THE GHETTO-- ELVIS PRESLEY
#16 TOO BUSY THINKING ABOUT MY BABY-- MARVIN GAYE
#15 LOVE ME TONIGHT-- TOM JONES
#14 BABY I LOVE YOU-- ANDY KIM
#13 MOTHER POPCORN-- JAMES BROWN
#12 GET BACK-- BEATLES WITH BILLY PRESTON
#11 MY CHERIE AMOUR--STEVIE WONDER

"It Wasn't Me Who Started That Crazy Asian War." --RoadDog

July 4th Mission Accomplished-- Part 2

SPRING GROVE, Illinois PARADE

We had our US Representative Melissa Bean and Illinois Representative Jack Franks in floats as well. The parade announcer had a great sense of humor, and pointed out that the state police were behind them, something that Illinois politicians have to worry about these days. Bean gave a very short speech, something the mc also remarked on.

There must have been 50 antique tractors, alluding to Spring Grove's agricultural past. We even still have fields amongst the sprouting subdivisions. The local high school's (Richmond-Burton) marching band performed, and I also greatly enjoyed the two old military vehicles local business Scot Forge provided. The parade kicked off with three antique fire trucks.

Afterwards, we had the good old American stand-bys of corn on the cob, French fries, and Pepsi at the fairgrounds.

"I Love a Parade" As Sung by Clark Griswald While Walking Through the Desert in "Vacation." And You Know What the Indians Had to Say About Him. --RoadDog

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

July 4th Mission Accomplished-- Part 1

I intended to do the primo July 4th celebration, including TWO parades and festivals, two parties, and two sets of fireworks, and accomplished all of it.

Worked in the yard a little, then drove to Fox Lake, Illinois, and saw a disappointing parade due to the many gaps in the line up. I stopped watching and walked over to Millineum Park and took a look at the vendors and food. Bought an ear of corn for a buck. It was a Buck-an-Ear. Get it.

Then, we went to the Spring Grove parade for the first time ever. Usually, we are in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin, for their parade, but they had their celebration the weekend before.

Had a hard time getting to Horse Fair Park because of closed roads. Finally had to a very round-about drive to get there. It cost $5 to park (went to pay for the fireworks). Walked past Spring Grove School to Main Street, where the parade was to take place.

I was amazed at how many people were there, but, once the parade started, I understood. For a village of about 4,000, this was quite a parade. It lasted a little over an hour, with no significant gaps.

A Star-Spangled Kind of a Day. --RoadDog

Horrible Experience at JFK Airport

I started blogging about one of the l-o-n-g-e-s-t days of my life, June 21st, when we flew from Cairo, Egypt, to London, England, to JFK, New York City, and then to Raleigh-Durham, NC.

Counting the changes in time zones, we were in the air or on the ground 30 hours before arriving back in Goldsboro, NC.

We had a mess in Cairo where they said they couldn't find our tickets in the system. Then, there was a a five hour layover in London. But the absolute worst experience took place at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York.

I wrote about it on today's entry at the http://roaddogsroadlog.blogspot.com blog.

It Was a Day I'd Rather Forget. --RoadDog

Monday, July 6, 2009

McAngus Burgers at McDonald's-- Read About It, Ate One

I read about the new burger offering from McDonald's in the Chicago Tribune, the Angus Third Pounder. Sounded good, so decided to give it a go today.

It lists for $3.99, $5.69 with a meal.

This is one really good burger, complete with onions, lettuce, and tomatoes, and one that I will definitely order again. I'd say they have another hit. There are two other varieties as well.

I have to wonder, though, why they didn't call it a McAngus since they like to add Mc to the front of their stuff.

One other neat thing about the McDonald's in Fox Lake, Illinois, is that it is also accessible by boat. Imagine boating to your local burger joint. It is on historical US Highway 12 and Pistakee Lake. Always fun to feed the ducks.

Another Great McDonald's Offering. Great Job. --RoadDog

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Da Blues in Spring Grove... Who'd A-Thunk It

My wife came across an article in the July 4th Northwest Herald about a proposed Blues Hall of Fame and 2,500 seat auditorium being proposed for my home town of Spring Grove, Illinois, at the former site of Intermatic, maker of timers and outdoor lighting.

Evidently, talks have been going on for quite awhile. An official annexation plan will be presented in September. Also included will be a hotel restaurants, shops, a 24-lane bowling alley, and a six-screen movie theater.

The project promises to add 650 new jobs and provide $700,000 in tax revenue.

Who'd have thought little old Spring Grove would have a Blues Hall of Fame. The village is not exactly a hotbed of blues enthusiasm. I, however, am a big blues-lover and would really like to have it, especially as I imagine we would attract some big names in the blues genre.

Hey, I don't listen to Tom Marker's Bluesbreakers on WXRT every Monday night for nothing.

The Blues Here We Go. --RoadDog

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Getting Ready to Do My 4th of July Thing

I'll be heading out in a few minutes to see the Fox Lake, Illinois, parade at 10 AM and later, will try to catch the Spring Grove parade at noon. I'll also be attending the festival areas at both towns.

Spring Grove charges $5 to park by Horse Fair Park, which goes toward the fireworks.

Later, this afternoon, it's parties at two different places, then watching the fireworks on Mineola Bay and Spring Grove from the front and back of the house if the skeeters aren't too bad.

Sure hope the rain holds off. I've got some celebrating to do.

Happy 233rd US of A!!! --RoadDog

Friday, July 3, 2009

Doing the Cheap Thing

I sure love good deals on food and drinks, and I know where to find them in this area.

MONDAY-- Hello Folks-- Fox Lake, Illinois-- 6 wings for $1.99 and $1.50 domestic pints on Mondays. Also $2.99 Italian beef and fries.
American Legion-- Fox Lake-- 50 cent 10 oz drafts.

TUESDAY-- Rookies--- Ingleside-- 25 cent tacos and half price pizza on Tuesdays.
Pug Mahone's-- Fox Lake-- $1 domestic pints on Tuesdays.

WEDNESDAY-- Tommy's-- Spring Grove-- $5.99 four-piece broasted chicken dinner with fries and cole slaw. $1 Miller and Coors bottles on Wednesdays.

THURSDAY-- Donovan's Reef-- Twin Lakes, Wisconsin-- $4 giant Polish with fries and $1.50 domestic pints during happy hour.

FRIDAY-- Hello Folks-- 99 cent Chicago-style dogs and $1.29 fries.

Love Dem Good Deals. --RoadDog

Thursday, July 2, 2009

JSS: The Flowers Should Be in Pictures-- Mama Robin-- Where's Alvin-- The One That Got Away

JSS-- Just Some Stuff.


1. THE FLOWERS SHOULD BE IN PICTURES-- After seeing how many of my perennials that I don't know the names yesterday, I have decided to take pictures of them and then go to a nursery to find out their names.


2. MAMA ROBIN-- When I was gone, one of those robins built a nest on the deck light by the main sliding door I use to get out. This means that I can't use it until the kids are gone, a bit of a hassle.

I get the old scrutinizing eye whenever I walk by the door. Mama just doesn't trust me much. She sometimes is facing out and other times is turned toward the house. This spring, I must have taken two nests down and chased other pairs away who were eying it.


3. WHERE'S ALVIN?-- For some reason, I have not seen a single chipmunk out in the yard this year. There are usually lots of them and their holes. Two days ago, I did see a hole, but as yet, none of the little varmints. I have to admit that I kind of like them.


4. THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY-- Found another Japanese beetle yesterday, but it got away before I could smash it. Lucky feller.

Just Some Stuff. --RoadDog

OK, Who Was Henry Burr?

Definitely a bit before my time, but he was THE REALLY BIG singing star on phonograph records from 1890 to 1930, so big, he is sometimes referred to as the Original King of Pop, sorry about that Michael.

He had the number one song in the US this date in 1919.

He had over 5000 phonograph recordings (and not a single download) and is a member of the Songwriter's Hall of Fame. His "Beautiful Ohio," which was #1 in the US this date in 1919, 90 years ago, is also the state song of Ohio with lyrics about the beauty of the state.

Other songs he performed that I'm familiar with are "In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree" and "I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles."

So, That's Who He Is. --RoadDog

Top Songs This Date from the Past-- Part 3

The Fifties and Beyond.

1959 THE BATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS-- JOHNNY HORTON-- 1814 took a little trip and we fired our what and the British did what? Great song.
1958 PURPLE PEOPLE EATER-- SHEB WOOLEY-- It was a one-eyed, one-horned, flying one at that. By the pride of Erick, Oklahoma (on Route 66).

1957 LOVE LETTERS IN THE SAND-- PAT BOONE-- Was he ripping off another black artist with this one?
1956 CHERRY PINK AND APPLE BLOSSOM WHITE-- PEREZ PRADO-- Also a really fine song.

1949 RIDERS IN THE SKY-- VAUGHN MONROE-- That voice with that song, what a perfect combo.
1939 WISHING (WILL MAKE IT SO)-- GLENN MILLER-- Was it ever on a greatest hits compilation?

1929 THE WEDDING OF THE PAINTED DOLL-- LEE REISMAN
1919 BEAUTIFUL OHIO-- HENRY BURR

What Were You Doing in 1919? See Who Henry Burr Was. --RoadDog

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

JSS: Dadburn Japanese Beetles-- Got the Boat-- 965th Post-- Summer's Here, Sort Of

JSS-- Just Some Stuff


1. DADBURN JAPANESE BEETLES-- Yesterday, I espied something I always hate to see, the first Japanese beetle of the year. I REALLY hate those guys who regard my yard as their personal smorgasbord. Must have been a scouting party for the hordes to follow. War has begun. One dead Japanese beetle.


2. GOT THE BOAT-- It's about time, but I went to Hebron, Illinois, to pick up "School's Out...FOREVER," our boat. Would have liked to get it on the water earlier, but this was a very cool spring and I was gone most of last month. No use giving the dadburn zebra mussels more of a chance at the hull.

I sure would like to thank the Chain of Lakes Waterway Commission for not alerting us of their presence last year. Our water intake was half way clogged with them and we could have lost the engine. Way to earn your money!!!

3. 965TH POST-- This is my 965th post since starting the Down Da Road I Go blog back in 2007. The 1000 milestone is close ahead.

4. SUMMER'S HERE, SORT OF-- This past Sunday, after flying in from Raleigh-Durham Airport and cutting the grass, Liz and I did some barhopping. After all, it's the summer on the Chain and the time is right for partying on the water.

We went to four places along Grasslake Road, three on the water. Captain's Quarters had the Michael Lescher Band playing, one of our favorites, but the place was too crowded so we left.

Went to the new Southern Star (the old Harbour Lounge) and had a cocktail out by the gazebo overlooking Bluff Lake. Then went to Steitz's, also on Bluff Lake. Sat outside on their deck high above the lake and had another drink. Because of the rain, the Chain is no wake and watched one guy going very fast and were wondering where the boat police were, and then the lights came on and they spent a lot of time with the guy.

Last stop was Dry Dock, the old Kokomo and Fringe Benefits before that.

I Reckon Summer is Here Now. --RoadDog

Every Bloomin' Thing-- Early July

After taking a walk around the yard earlier today, I have to get a book on perennials and start looking up the names of some of the plants I have for which I have no clue as to their name. There are quite a few of them.

When I returned home Sunday, I immediately cut the grass which had been growing for two-and-a-half weeks with lots of rain. To say the least, it was looking more than a bit shabby. I have been working on the east side the past two days, pulling up weeds and the early daisies, which are now spent.

THE YARD'S ABLAZE

I strive to make sure there is a lot of color in the yard at all times of the growing season. Right now, I have lots of yellow and white flowers all over the place.

Here is a list of what I have in bloom:

Missouri primrose-- yellow
late daisies-- low, mid, and tall-- white
a purple perennial
another purple perennial
yellow perennial-- flowers growing up stalk and VERY INVASIVE!!! But, pretty
Stella Oro daylillies-- yellow
dianthus-- various colors
yarrow-- yellow
gladidoras-- red and yellow
Asiatic daylillies-- various colors, including some brilliant reds and scarlets
wild daisies
purple sage
clematis-- purple
orange perennial
a yellow spreading perennial
potentilla-- yellow

It's a Yard Thing, You Know. --RoadDog

Top Songs This Date From the Past-- Part 2

More Number Ones. The Seventies and Sixties

THE SEVENTIES

1979 RING MY BELL-- Anita Ward-- Ahh yes, that good old disco. Personally, I liked disco a lot, but didn't care for the lifestyle associated with it. That was some good music.

1978 SHADOW DANCING-- Andy Gibb
1977 GONNA FLY NOW (THEME FROM ROCKY)-- Bill Conti
1976 SILLY LOVE SONGS-- Paul McCartney-- Silly Song

1975 LOVE WILL KEEP US TOGETHER-- Captain & Tenille-- Silly hat, matey.
1974 ROCK THE BOAT-- HUES CORPORATION-- Early disco

1973 WILL IT GO ROUND IN CIRCLES-- BILLY PRESTON
1972 SONG SUNG BLUE-- NEIL DIAMOND
1971 IT'S TOO LATE/I FEEL THE EARTH MOVE-- CAROLE KING-- From "Tapestry," one of my all-time favorite albums.

1970 THE LOVE YOU SAVE-- JACKSON 5-- 39 years later, little Mikey was dead

THE SIXTIES-- A real mix of music from Motown to the movies, to the stripper, to the cars, and to the sweet.

1969 LOVE THEME FROM ROMEO AND JULIET-- HENRY MANCINI
1968 THIS GUY'S IN LOVE WITH YOU-- HERB ALPERT-- How sweet.
1967 WINDY-- ASSOCIATION-- Everybody knows, it's ___.

1966 STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT-- FRANK SINATRA-- Forget the words and just say "Shooby Dooby Do."
1965 I CAN'T HELP MYSELF (SUGAR PIE, HONEY BUNCH)-- FOUR TOPS-- I really liked Motown music.

1964 I GET AROUND-- BEACH BOYS-- Great song for the road. The Boys break the Beatles hold.
1963 EASIER SAID THAN DONE-- ESSEX
1962 THE STRIPPER-- DAVID ROSE-- Like I said, all sorts of music.
1961 QUARTER TO THREE-- GARY "US" BONDS-- 50s -style rocker
1960 EVERYBODY'S SOMEBODY'S FOOL-- CONNIE FRANCIS-- sang for the girls in the house.

Still More. --RoadDog

Top Songs This Date From the Past

Again, a big thanks to Josh Hosler and his website at www.joshhosler.biz/NumberOneInHistory/SelectMonth.htp. These are based on the Billboard Charts, the only Real Charts.

A new month, and a time to look back at the music past and not so distant as well.

These are the Number One Songs on July 1st.

2009-- Boom Boom Pow-- Black Eyed Peas-- still haven't heard this one, but, it's been around for awhile. I see it is on the NOW-31 that I just bought yesterday, so I'll hear it soon.

1999-- If You Had My Love-- Jennifer Lopez (don't remember it)
1992-- Baby Got Back-- Sir Mix-a-Lot-- Who'd have figured a number one song about the female butt.

1989-- Baby, Don't Forget My Number-- Milli Vanilli-- Great song, whoever sang it.
1986-- There'll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry)-- Billy Ocean-- Sure liked his music.

1985-- Sussudio-- Phil Collins-- Come on now, Let's All Slur Together. Say it ten times real fast.
1984-- When Doves Cry-- Prince

1983-- Flash Dance...What a Feeling-- Irene Cara
1982-- Don't You Want Me Baby-- Human League
1981-- Betty Davis Eyes-- Kim Carnes-- One really great song
1980-- Coming Up (Live)-- Paul McCartney

Bringing Back Some Memories. And Bob Stroud Will Be Time Warping Back to July 5, 1969 to See What Was Playing Forty Years Ago This Sunday On www.wdrv.com from 7 to 10 AM Central. --RoadDog