Thursday, December 31, 2009

JSS: All Dem Lights-- Packer and Deere Trees-- No Movie for Me

JSS-- Just Some Stuff


1. ALL DEM LIGHTS-- Last night, we got together with some friends and went over to the Cuneo Garden Light display in Vernon Hills, Illinois. Monday to Thursday, it is $5 a car load ($10 Friday to Sunday). Lots of lights and especially impressive at the end.


2. PACKER AND DEERE TREES-- After the lights, we went to Kip and Susie's place in Grayslake. We were impressed with his Packer and John Deere trees, both decorated in theme and with lots of lights and ornaments. Kip is a big-time Packer fan and living on his farmette, has several John Deere products.

I have a John Deere tractor


3. NO MOVIE FOR ME-- I have to remember to take a "movie vacation" during the two weeks kids are off from school this time of year. All those parents take all those kids to the show, making for lines and crowded theaters. Yesterday, I had plans to see "The Morgans" and arrived about five minutes before show time, but there had to be 40 people in the line. No way I'd get to the show on time, so I came home.

Definitely spoiled by retirement.

Just Some Stuff-- RoadDog

Thoughts to Ponder: Life is sexually transmitted.

The Stooges and Me

Up at 6:30 and hurried downstairs so I could record as much as I could of Countdown with the Stooges on AMC.

Twenty-four hours of pure Stooge Mania. And the old, grainy black and white shorts have been cleaned up and digitalized so we see just what the folks back in the 30s and 49s saw. Plus, the period shots of buildings, styles and down towns take you immediately back to the era.

"Quiet numb skulls, I'm broadcasting!" Love that quote from Little Steven's Underground Garage in the intro.

Great contrast between the rich and regular folk. And you especially have to like the way they "get" the upper crust.

Too many commercials, though. The Stooges are best served straight. All so far have been with Curly, my all-time favorite. Definitely not a good idea to be in their proximity if you want to avoid pain. Always looking for a way to make a buck in the depression.

Stooge Fan for Life. --RoadDog

Thoughts to Ponder: Life is like a roll of toilet paper, the closer you get to the end, the faster it goes.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Must've Been the Ditka Jersey

My wife Liz got me two Bear jerseys for Christmas. I won't wear any of the new guys' numbers because, as the old man on "A Christmas Story" said, "They're playing more like the Chicago Chipmunks." Right, Alvin? ALvin, ALVin, ALVIN!!!

One was Walter Payton's number 34 and the other Mike Ditka's 68. I took the Ditka jersey out last night to Tommy's here in Spring Grove for the Monday Night Game against the hated Vikings and their new qb, a long-time nemesis.

We usually watch night games at home in Margaritaville, but felt we needed shoulders to complain on as everyone figured this was going to be a real train wreck. Minnesota is a much superior team to the Bears this year.

This was not the Bears we've come to expect that took the field. The old fire was back. These guys wanted to win and performed for a change. Even Old Stone Face was animated on the sidelines.

We had ourselves a grand old time. Lots of cheering and quite a few other guys wearing old Bear jerseys. Besides some Paytons, there was a Butkus and even a Nagursky, as in Bronco Nagursky. Now, there is a BEAR fan! Liz went up to him and he thanked her for noticing the jersey. He also wears a Bear hat with a bear head on it, and said most ask him about that and not the jersey.

Enjoyed those $2 23-ounce arm curls as well.

Lots of TVs to watch as well, but Tommy's should put a bank of them in the center of the bar.

Are Da Bears Back? One More Game to See. --RoadDog

Monday, December 28, 2009

OK, How Happy Are You?

I came across a list of the Happiest States, counting District of Columbia.

According to the list, the Top Ten:

1. Louisiana
2. Hawaii
3. Florida
4. Tennessee
5. Arizona
6. Mississippi
7. Montana
8. South Carolina
9. Alabama
10. Maine
12. North Carolina
45. Illinois
51. New York

This was compiled with statistics before Hurricane Katrina. Three million people were asked how happy they were, then statistics such as how crowded, air quality, house prices and quality of life were added to come up with the ranking.

I'm from Illinois, but am a Bear fan as well which might account for the sadness and tears.

Going to Watch the Minnesota Game Tonight, But Know It Will Be a Disaster. --RoadDog


You might be Taliban if you can't think of anyone you haven't declared Jihad against.

"Cheezborgers and Cheeps" 75th Anniversary

Congratulations to Chicago's landmark Billy Goat Tavern which turned 75 today.

The first one opened this date back in 1934 across from what today is the United Center. Of course, the famous one is the one under the "El" tracks.

Great food, drinks, and a slice of Chicago even with the exorbitant sales tax.

The Billy Goat was made famous by the Saturday Night Live sketch where "Cheezborgers, no fries, cheeps" were ordered.

Cub fans lament the Billy Goat incident which must be the reason the current futility continues. Back in the 1945 World Series, the LAST one the Cubs played in, the Billy Goat's owner brought his pet goat to the game and were thrown out. He angrily declared that the Cubs would NEVER win a World Series after that. They lost that one and have never been back. Coincidence?

Did they say "Cheezborger" or "Cheezboiger?" --RoadDog

You might be Taliban if you think vests come in two styles: bullet-proof and suicide. Our soldiers maintain their sense of humor. We're proud of you.

JSS: Another Three Inches-- Winter Wonderland-- Keep Me Away from After-Christmas Sales-- Losing Them Bowl Games-- Tommy's, No Choppers

JSS-- Just Some Stuff


1. ANOTHER THREE INCHES-- Sunday, I had to go out and clear off another three inches of the white stuff, bringing Saturday's snow fall to 10 to 12 inches. All the while, I heard the sound of snowmobiles in the near distance. Hope they're enjoying themselves. Their treat is my sore back.


2. WINTER WONDERLAND-- One good thing about all this snow, however, is the scenery. The trees and bushes are covered with the stuff. We even had to take a ride around the subdivision to look at the trees. We knew we had a lot of Douglas firs and the like, but the white trimming really brought the numbers into focus.

I had to take the movie camera and digital cameras out to capture Key North (as we call our place).


3. KEEP ME AWAY FROM AFTER-CHRISTMAS SALES-- Just got back from a run on some of the local stores' half-price Christmas sales. That was a quick $60. But that was some really neat stuff.


4. LOSING THEM BOWL GAMES-- If you want to insure that your team wins its college football bowl game, you need to contact me and for a nominal sum, I'll back the other team. I think last year only five teams I backed won. This last Saturday, Ohio, North Carolina and Boston College all lost close games.


5. TOMMY'S, NO CHOPPERS-- Yesterday, we were heading up to Chopper's in Antioch for 25 cent wings and $1 pints. Ran into Kora at Walgreen's and ended up at Tommy's here in Spring Grove where we enjoyed $1 tacos, beer nuggets and $3 23-ouncers. Too bad about the Saints and Colts.

Just Some Stuff-- RoadDog

A Winter Statistic: 98% of people say "Oh $H!T" before going into a ditch on a slippery road. The other 2% are from Wisconsin and say, "Here, hold my beer and watch this."

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Don't Let It Snow, Don't Let It Snow, Don't Let It Snow

What we're getting is the old "Let It Snow" three times song. And plenty of it. I've already been out twice to clear the snow off the driveway and sidewalk. The first time it was four inches and five more inches the second time. That was a couple hours ago and it hasn't stopped snowing yet. So much for the 1 to 3 inches forecast.

The only nice thing was that the snow was light and coming down fairly straight without any wind. I shoveled the whole first time while listening to WDRV playing classic rock.

I shoveled about half the second time and then got the snow blower out.

It could have been much worse, however. It rained the last two days and had that been snow, we really would have been up to our...in snow. I understand that the midsection of the country is really getting clobbered worse.

This is the third straight really bad December as far as weather is concerned.

Just Can't Take Much More of All This Global Warming, Al. --RoadDog

Friday, December 25, 2009

And a Merry Christmas

IT'S A TREE THING

Yesterday's Chicago Tribune had an interesting graphic on Christmas trees.

I didn't know that McHenry County in Illinois, where we live is the top county in the state for Christmas tree farming with 15,117 harvested in 2007. We have one farm about a mile away from us.

It is not in the top five, though, when it comes to Christmas tree farms. Madison County has the most with 15.

Interesting Christmas Tree Facts:

1850-- the year in which Christmas trees were first sold commercially.

291-- number of Christmas tree farms in Illinois.

17 million-- number of Christmas trees harvested in 2997.

$385 million-- the value of those trees.

50-- the number of states in which Christmas trees are grown (even Hawaii?)

#1-- Oregon leads all states with 1,852 Christmas tree farms. Illinois is #17.


THE CHRISTMAS SONG

"The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)" is 65 years old now. It was written during a sweltering Los Angeles during the summer of 1944 by Mel Torme (Judge Harry would be so proud) and Bob Wells.

It has been performed by over 100 artists and is one of the top-selling Christmas songs of all time.


THREE

I've now seen all three of my favorite Christmas movies at least twice now this season.

Last night, I saw "It's a Wonderful Life" on NBC. I also saw "A Christmas Story" on TBS last night and just watched "Christmas Vacation" on AMC.

Rocking Around the Christmas Tree. --RoadDog

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Getting in the Christmas Spirit

I am getting into the Christmas spirit even if 144 years ago a Union fleet was commencing one of the biggest bombardments ever in history up until that time on Fort Fisher, guarding Wilmington, North Carolina.

Earlier today, General "Beast" Butler had exploded a ship loaded with powder in an effort to knock the earthen walls of the fort down, but had not succeeded in much more than waking the garrison up.

The date, December 24, 1864.


"A CHRISTMAS STORY"

I'm getting set to watch this movie a couple times on TBS. I have been writing a lot about the house featured in the story in my travel blog:

http://roaddogsroadlog.blogspot.com

I see that AMC is running a "Christmas Vacation" marathon this year. No doubt cashing in on the success of TBS. I'll see that one at least once as well. Go squirrel, Go little squirrel!!!


FESTIVUS

According to the Chicago Tribune, we missed it. It was Wednesday. Was it George or Kramer's family holiday on that Seinfeld episode?

You can get a 6-foot Festivus tree at festivuspoles.com out of Milwaukee for $39. Such a deal.

Happy Festivus to You and Yours. Let us now have the airing of grievances.

Desperately Seeking Egg Nog, But Will Settle for Irish Cream. --RoadDog


Military Humor: You might be a Taliban if you wipe your butt with your hand but consider bacon unclean.

Movie Scratches: Demons-- Smithsonian-- Trekin' Again-- Fallen

A Dog's Eye Take on the Movies.


DEMONS AND ANGELS-- 5-20-- Fox Lake $4-- Some humor amid a lot of gross. Tom Hanks battling the Illuminati or did they really do it?


NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: BATTLE OF THE SMITHSONIAN-- 5-28-- Fox Lake $5.50-- Larry, Abe, Amelia and NY guys battle Pharaoh, Napoleon and henchman for the world.


STAR TREK-- 5-29-- Fox Lake Free-- Worth seeing second time. I understand the time aspect better.


TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN-- 7-10-- Fox Lake Free-- More action than you can ever hope for. Who knew Transformers could be funny? Love that new Camaro.


Yuck! Gum Under Arm Rests. --RoadDog

Military Humor: You might be a Taliban if you refine heroin for a living, but have a moral objection to beer.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Doing Our Wassailing, Er, Irish Creaming

Last Friday, we went over to friend Pam's and joined Ed and Sue for a good old time making batches of Irish Cream from scratch. For years, we have been getting a bottle of Pam's famous Irish Cream and for years I've been asking if we could help her make it. We finally got the opportunity.

I'm not sure if we liked the making or testing/tasting better. Plus, we had plenty of snacks and later pizza and home made split pea soup. Good drinkin' and good eatin'.

To make Pam's Famous Irish Cream (I can't reveal amounts which are a closely guarded secret), you start with Seagram's 7, then add eggs, light and heavy cream, chocolate syrup, vanilla extract, and evaporated milk.

That evaporated milk is nasty stuff and I'm not volunteering to open or pour those cans anymore. Talk about sticky. Another "fun" job is corking the bottle. Those corks were mostly too big. We'll need to get more easy twist offs next year.

We ended up making thirty batches and drinking a batch or two or three.

On the way home, we went out looking at Christmas lights, another fun thing to do. Saw some mighty impressive displays.

A Very Pleasant Way to Spend an Evening. --RoadDog


Military Humor: You might be a Taliban if you have more wives than teeth.

Some Really Good Christmas Music-- Part 2

Now, for Side 2 of "Ultimate Christmas #1."


BOOGIE WOOGIE SANTA CLAUS-- Band of Oz
ROCKIN' AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE-- Entertainers

WINTER WONDERLAND-- Breeze Band
RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER-- Band of Oz

GOD REST YOU MERRY GENTLEMEN-- Garth Brooks
THE OLD MAN'S BACK IN TOWN-- Garth Brooks

SANTA LOOKED A LOT LIKE DADDY-- Garth Brooks
CHRISTMAS ISLAND-- Jimmy Buffett

JINGLE BELLS-- Jimmy Buffett
HAPPY X-MAS (WAR IS OVER)-- Jimmy Buffett

BACK DOOR SANTA-- Clarence Carter
SANTA WANTS SOME LOVIN'-- Tinsley Ellis

BOOGIE WOOGIE SANTA CLAUS-- Charles Brown
CHRISTMAS ON THE BAYOU-- Lonnie Brooks

JOY TO THE WORLD-- Jambalaya Cajun Band
JINGLE BELLS-- Harry Fontenot

Personally compiled by myself of my favorites. The first four are by Beach Bands.

Gettin' in the Spirit. --RoadDog

Military Humor: You might be a Taliban if you own a $3,000 machine gun and a $5,000 grenade launcher but can't afford shoes.

These Might be a Taliban are compliments of pal J.C.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Some Really Good Christmas Music-- Part 1

I am sitting here right now listening to the Surf radio station out of North Myrtle Beach, SC, 94.9 FM and also listening to a cassette tape I made a few years back that I call "ULTIMATE CHRISTMAS #1."

It is my own compilation of my absolute favorite Christmas songs.

SIDE ONE

WHITE CHRISTMAS-- Drifters
THIS CHRISTMAS-- Donnie Hathaway

GEE WHIZ, IT'S CHRISTMAS-- Carla Thomas
MERRY, MERRY CHRISTMAS-- Koko Taylor

I'M YOUR SANTA-- Lil Ed & the Blues Imperials
DECK THE HALLS WITH BOOGIE WOOGIE-- Katie Webster

PLEASE COME HOME FOR CHRISTMAS-- Aaron Neville
LET IT SNOW-- Aaron Neville

CHRISTMAS BAYOU-- Beausoleil
IT CAME UPON A MIDNIGHT CLEAR-- Beausoleil

LOUISIANA CHRISTMAS DAY-- Aaron Neville
MERRY CHRISTMAS BABY-- Charles Brown

CHRISTMAS COMES ONCE A YEAR-- Amos Milburn
SANTA CLAUS IS COMING-- Hank Ballard

And, Even better, It IS On Cassette Tape!!! --RoadDog

A backward poet writes inverse.

"A Christmas Story"

I have been making entries the last two days on the house featured in my all-time favorite Christmas movie, "A Christmas Story." The actual house is still there and the interior has been recreated to look like the one in the movie (interior shots were filmed on a sound stage).

You can see the entries at http://roaddogsroadlog.blogspot

The man who survived both mustard gas and pepper spray is now a seasoned veteran.

JSS: Nicer Snow-- Yes, Virginia There Really is a Desktop-- My Desktop Reward

JSS-- Just Some Stuff


1. NICER SNOW-- Just came in from my second exercise session out on the driveway and sidewalk. We got snow starting at some time last night and continuing up until now. At least it was lighter, fluffier snow, so I shoveled most of it until it got too deep.

I'd say we have a new six inches on the ground. With temps in the twenties, little wind and light snow, I don't mind shoveling, especially with the garage radio tuned to the classics on the Drive, 96.9 FM radio station.


2. YES VIRGINIA, THERE REALLY IS A DESKTOP-- And I'm not talking computer either. Well, there is a desktop computer, but I refer to the top of my desk in the study. I hadn't seen it for a couple months, but was pretty sure it was still there. After a concerted two hour attack, I found it.

Give me a flat surface and I will CLUTTER. It's just what I do. Just ask my wife.


3. MY DESKTOP REWARD-- One nice thing about clearing off my desk in the study was that I was able to sit in there earlier today and watch the snow coming down and accumulate on the bushes and trees. I was listening to this past Sunday's Little Steven's Underground Garage Christmas Show and eating some of Pam's split pea soup while the furnace blew hot air on my feet.

Now, that's the way to enjoy a snow storm.


Getting About Time to Head to the Beach. --RoadDog

A short fortune teller escaped from prison. She is now a small medium at large. (snicker, snicker)

Da Story Behind Da New Bear Fight Song

Sunday, December 20th, I wrote about the new Bears Fight Song that is steadily gaining popularity with Bear fans all over the Chicagoland area.

Here's some background on the song according to the December 18th Chicago Tribune.

It all started back on a thorough 41-21 thumping of the Bears by the Cardinals back in November (at our other Bear Party). Fan Joe Schmitt sat in Soldier Field with buddies and they began altering the words to the "Bear Down" fight song.

Riding home, he began putting the finishing touch on his new and more appropriate fight song. This last Thursday, he and friends gathered to shoot a video which he has dubbed "Chicago Bears Fight Song (frustrated fan version)."

See Sunday's entry for the words, and, if you are a Bear fan, sing along.

The video was available on the Chicago Tribune site or liedownchicagobears.com

I just couldn't get it out of my mind while I watched the latest effort in futility against Baltimore. To paraphrase Bluto in "Animal House," where's the Delta fire I used to know?

Hard Times in ChiTown. --RoadDog

A chicken crossing the road is poultry in motion.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Da Sad, Sad Bears

Watched what will probably be the last Bear game of the year for me. Why waste my time when they're not going to show up.

I have seen some really bad Bear teams, but never have I see none with as little fire as this one has. There is nothing at all.

Two more losses might get a whole new coaching change as well as ownership.

This is just sad. What was $30 million guy's quarterback stats for yesterday's affront to Beardom? Come on Jay, time to say you're sorry and give some of the money back. Then apologize and take about $10 million off of next year's undeserved salary.

Time to go with ANYBODY who is not first string.

A Sad Time to Be a Bears Fan. --RoadDog

Again, a big thanks to friend Lulu for sending these. Hope she sends even more. I sure enjoy these little sayings.

Here's a new one:

A small boy swallowed some coins and was taken to the hospital. When his grandmother called to ask how he was, the nurse said, "No change yet."

Sunday, December 20, 2009

The New Bear Fight Song

As reported in the last Just Some Stuff.

Actually, a lot of us were hoping the Bear game today wold be completely canceled. That would be one less loss. I've been watching these guys for a long time and have to believe this is the worst team ever.

Where is the fire? Even the other bad ones had a certain fire, but these guys have nothing.

Anyway, Bear fan Joe Schmitt has come up with a new Bear Fight Song to the tune of the old one, but with words closer to this team's spirit.


LIE DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS


Lie down, Chicago Bears,
snatch defeat from the jaws of victory;

Lie down, Chicago Bears,
let them score and you've lost your dignity.

We'll never forget the way you bored the nation
with your punt formation.

Lie down, Chicago Bears, you've failed to convert on third down.

Haven't had a man since Jim McMahon,
Chicago Bears, lie down.


About Sums it Up for Me!! --RoadDog

A sign of the lawn of a drug rehab center said, "Keep off the grass."

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Movie Scratches: Obsession-- X-- Girlfriends-- Trek

Next year, I will do a better job keeping up with these instead of having to do all these at the end of the year. Anyway, here are my comments on movies that I saw at the theater this year with date, where I saw it, and cost (not counting popcorn and pop).


OBSESSION-- (Besides having a time trying to figure out the where and how many "s" go in its spelling.) 4-28-- Fox Lake $4-- Fatal Attraction Part 2.


X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE-- 5-6-- Fox Lake $4-- "You wanted the animal? You got the animal." A different kind of brotherly love.


GHOSTS OF GIRLFRIENDS PAST-- 5-6-- Fox Lake $4-- An updated "Christmas Carol." Hilarious.


STAR TREK-- 5-13-- Fox Lake $4-- James Tiberius Kirk puts his crew together for TV while battling misguided Romulan and losing Uhuru to Spock. Great casting for the younger crew.

Sticky Theater Floors, yuck. --RoadDog

I wondered why the ball kept getting bigger. Then it hit me.

Closing Out the Naughts, Bringing On the ?s

Or whatever you call this decade we're finishing up in a few days. Maybe you called it the "Os," "Ohs" or "Zeroes." I called it the "Retired Decade" as I finally reached that magical time in "oh six."

For me, it was also the "Pute" decade as I got my first computer. I also made the mistake of starting a blog, then two, then three and finally four. I even had thoughts of a fifth but thankfully never got around to it. It wouldn't be so bad if I didn't have the goal of an average of a post a day

Maybe it was the "Naughts" or "Oughts" as in I oughta've done this or that.

Anyway, we now face a new quandary. What do we call the new decade? "Teens" come to mind but don't really cover 2010, 2011 or 2012. Maybe "Preteens and Teens?" Or, "Oh Ones?"

Dazed and Confused in a New Decade. --RoadDog

Friday, December 18, 2009

Good Party, But Bears Stink

This last Sunday we had our annual Bears-Packers party, and again the Bears let us down with a loss to those cheeseheads up north. At one point, I thought we might win when we had a 14-13 lead, but then the $30 million man threw one of his patented interceptions.

As usual, Old Stone Face had absolutely no facial expression. Hopefully he is on his way out and we can get a REAL Bear like Singletary or Rivera.

Anyway, we again went through a whole keg with the 36 guests we had. Too bad, I sure like the Day After parties where we finish off kegs like we have with Kevin and Kelly. But, evidently our friends like their beer.

Ran out just about the end of the game.

As usual, we provided the Aldi spiral sliced, precooked ham which is hard to beat. Plenty of sweets, dips and other snacks were brought along as well.

Afterwards, some folks stuck around for Name That Tune which we played for another 4 hours. Everyone also enjoyed listening to Pat Dailey's "Raw Bars" album as well and several expressed interest in a summer trip out to Put-In-Bay to see him at the Boathouse and Mike "Mad Dog" Adams at the Round House Bar.

Best comment came from a friend who was here for the first time. "This is just one big bar museum." I do have a lot of 1980s mirrors and lights all over Margaritaville and the North Woods.

New Bear Song, "Lie Down Chicago Bears." --RoadDog

Two hats were hanging on a hat rack in the hallway. One hat said to the other, "You stay here; I'll go on a head."

JSS: Talking "Avatar"-- 30,000 Miles-- The Fun with Outside Lights-- "Lie Down Chicago Bears"

Just Some Stuff.


1. TALKING "AVATAR"-- I just got back from seeing the movie "Avatar." Probably one of the best movies I've ever seen and I will no doubt go back to see it again. My suggestion to you, Go See It.

I wasn't too happy to find out it was 3D so had to purchase the glasses for an extra $2 at the Fox Lake Theatre here in Illinois. Total cost was $7.50.

There is just too much to see.


2. 30,000 MILES-- Forgot to mention that the truck (2005 Dakota) just hit 30,000 miles as I was returning from the Legion with the keg Sunday.


3. THE FUN WITH OUTSIDE LIGHTS-- I just got back inside from checking lights outside and this time of the year that is a C-O-L-D job. Some of the C-9s were burned out and part of a strand of icicle lights were out. These required some jostling but they came on right away.

I've also had to get the strands around the garage and northeast corner on as well as the big wreath in front of the house.


4. "LIE DOWN CHICAGO BEARS"-- Today's Chicago Tribune had a video that pretty-well sums up this year's edition of our Chicago Bears. Go tot he web site www.chicagotribune.com and right now you can scroll to it. Otherwise look up "Lie Down Chicago Bears," the Team's New Fight Song.

More Fun Than You Can Imagine. --RoadDog

Atheism is a non-prophet organization.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Movie Scratches: Haunting-- Observe-- Monsters-- Play

Short takes on movies I've seen this year.


THE HAUNTING IN CONNECTICUT-- 4-15-- Fox Lake $4-- New and better take on "Amityville Horror." True tale?


OBSERVE AND REPORT-- 4-15-- Fox Lake $4-- All these years and no movies on the tribulations of shopping mall security. Now, two in three months. Didn't need to see the flasher in toto.


MONSTERS VS. ALIENS-- 4-22-- Fox Lake $6 (including 3D glasses)-- My first-ever 3D movie. Gotta love those monsters, especially Bob, or is it Blob?


STATE OF PLAY-- 4-22-- Fox Lake $4-- Great thriller. This time not your evil and greedy corporations.


What, $3.50 for a Really, Really Small Popcorn? --RoadDog

Top Quotes of 2009-- Part 1

The December 17th Chicago Tribune had a list compiled by Yale researcher Fred Shapiro's list of the top ten quotations from 2009.

10. "You give me a ware board, Dick Cheney and one hour, and I'll have him confess to the Sharon Tate murders." Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura during a CNN interview May 11th. Dick and Jesse tandem tortures.


9. "The governor is hiking the Appalachia Trail. Spokesman for South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford regarding Sanford's disappearance June 22nd. Is this getting to be a governor thing. What did the Blago have to say about it?


8. "The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with down syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama's 'death panel.'" Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, posting on her Facebook page on Aug. 7th. Another governor? What was a Death Panel anyway?

Senate Seat for Sale. Highest Bidder.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Movie Scratches: Reader--- Knowing-- Man-- Adventureland

Some more movies I saw at the theater this year.


THE READER-- 2-28-- Fox Lake $5.50-- After all that steamy sex, a gripping movie. An aspect of WW II you don't usually see.


KNOWING-- 4-8-- Woodstock $4-- What do those numbers stand for? Oh, the end of the world.


I LOVE YOU, MAN-- 4-13-- Fox Lake free-- A Chick Flick for Guys. Don't leave before the credits are over.


ADVENTURELAND-- 4-13-- Fox Lake $5.50-- Not your standard teen sex and pathos. "Rock Me Amadeus."

Spilled My Popcorn. --RoadDog


Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like bananas.

Christmas Time in Our Little Home

Christmas has come to our little Spring Grove home, Margartitaville in Key North, the name of the bar downstairs and house here in Spring Grove. Looks like Santa Jimmy paid us a visit.

I'm listening to a tape I made of Little Steven's Underground Christmas show right now and getting into the spirit. I like his show because he plays a lot of Christmas songs you don't hear all that often. Cruising in my truck, I have a new Trans-Siberian Orchestra CD, "The Christmas Attic" that I am enjoying. Of course, we've played Jimmy's Christmas CD as well as the Beach Boys one many times.

We have six big Christmas trees: one outside, two upstairs and three downstairs. There are probably ten other small Christmas trees as well. Every window has inside lights as well. Lots of artificial poinsettias are around as well as one real one. Liz has amassed quite a collection of Christmas wreaths as well.

We have a toy train track under the main Christmas tree and there is a village inside the tracks.

We probably have forty Santa Clauses and a host of other Christmas characters as well as about ten Christmas lighthouses.

Each year, we say we won't buy any more things, but the main culprit is me. I go into a store with Christmas decorations and I can't help myself. It's a disease I tell you!! That's my excuse, anyway.

Tis the Season to DECORATE!! --RoadDog


Two silkworms had a race. They ended up in a tie.

JSS: Oops, Forgot Anniversary-- Way Too Cold-- Bug Man Not Cometh-- Little Steven

Just Some Stuff-- JSS.


1. OOPS, FORGOT ANNIVERSARY-- Completely slipped my mind yesterday, but it turns out it was Liz and mt anniversary. No, not wedding anniversary, but the anniversary of our starting to "Go Steady."

We were high school sweethearts, dating back to December 15, 1967. For you counters, that was 42 years ago. As my Dear Old Dad used to say....


2. WAY TOO COLD-- About 6 degrees right now. Can Florida be too far off?


3. BUG MAN NOT COMETH-- Yesterday, our exterminators didn't show up for the winter application even though we were scheduled. The spiders get another few days to play.


4. LITLLE STEVEN-- If you get a chance, make sure you tune in to hear Little Steven's annual Underground Christmas Show this coming Sunday. It is a national show, but here in the Chicago area it is on WXRT, 93.1 FM which streams over the net. It is on from 9 PM to 11 PM Sunday.

He plays a lot of Christmas songs you don't normally hear.


Just Some Stuff. --RoadDog


A grenade thrown into a kitchen in France would result in linoleum blownapart. (Who comes up with these?)

Kross Inn

I should mention some prices at the Kross Inn which just got NTN-Buzztime.

A mug of beer is $1.50. Pints are $2. There are also daily drinks specials.

Tuesdays they have Italian beef and fries for $4.25.

Thursday are two burgers for the price of one. Mondays is the best with $3 burgers and $1 brats (both with fries). The brats taste as good as Johnsonvilles.

Good Eatin' and Drinkin', Cheap, and Now NTN!!! --RoadDog


A dog gave birth to puppies near the road and was cited for littering.

Here's a New NTN-Buzztime Site That Might Make It

Yesterday, I stopped off at the Kross Inn in Fox Lake, Illinois, on Grand Avenue, after having those great 25 cent tacos at Rookies on Il-134.

On Monday, I had seen that they had just gotten NTN so wanted to check it out. This place has been there for many years and at one time was owned by Al and Marge who we know very well from the American Legion. This is not one of your BW3s, Friday's or that type of place.

I'd describe it as more of a Cheers place.

Considering they've just had it for a few days, I was surprised to see three people playing when I walked in. One was the bartender and every TV in the place was tunes to the game. This is a great indicator of a place that just might be a success with the game.

The bartender is really hooked on it and played whenever she wasn't serving customers.

When at least one TV is on the game and the bartender is a fan of the game, the chances of the game being a success increases dramatically.

We played well, but no Top Twenties as the games were "Seen Its" so a lot of really high and perfect scores from those who had obviously already seen them.

This brings my total of new-to-me sites visited for the year to 141, has to be some sort of record. I need to get myself a life.

Too Much NTN. --RoadDog


No matter how much you push the envelope, it will still be stationery.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Second City Celebrates It's 50th-- Part 3

Like I said, these are some of the people I regard as the funniest ever. Of the whole list, I'd have to say I liked John Belushi the most.


RICHARD KIND--1983-- Spin City

RYAN STYLES-- 1988-- Whose Line Is It Anyway

COLIN MOCHRIE-- 1988-- Whose Line Is It Anyway

MIKE MYERS-- 1988-- SNL, Austin Powers

ANDY DICK-- 1989-- News Radio

CHRIS FARLEY-- 1989-- SNL, Tommy Boy

STEVE CARRELL-- 1991-- The Office

STEPHEN COLBERT-- 1993-- The Colbert Report

SCOTT ADSIT-- 1994-- 30 Rock

DAVID KOECHNER-- 1994-- SNL, The Office

TINA FEY-- 1996-- SNL, 30 Rock

JACK McBRAYER-- 1999-- 30 Rock

JASON SUDEIKIS-- 2001-- 30 Rock

Some of these folks were from other Second City troupes other than Chicago.

A regular Font o' Funny. Congrats Second City. --RoadDog

The butcher backed into the meat grinder and got a little behind in his work.

On the Radio Christmas 1978-- Part 2

The Top Ten Songs for December of that year.


10. TIME PASSAGES-- Al Stewart

9. (OUR LOVE) DON'T THROW IT AWAY-- Andy Gibb-- The Gibb Brothers era.

8. MacARTHUR PARK-- Donna Summer-- Move ober Richard Harris


7. SHARING THE NIGHT TOGETHER-- Dr. Hook

6. TOO MUCH HEAVEN-- Bee Gees

5. MY LIFE-- Billy Joel

4. I LOVE THE NIGHT LIFE (DISCO ROUND)-- Alicia Bridges-- The Dusco Era


3. I JUST WANNA STOP-- Gino Vannelli

2. YOU DON'T BRING ME FLOWERS-- Barbra and Neil

1. LE FREAK-- Chic-- One of the best-ever Disco songs.

Deck the Halls with Disco. --RoadDog

A rubber band gun was confiscated in algebra class because it was a weapon of math destruction.

$5, $5 Dollar Footlongs

That little tune can sure get in your head these days. It's all over TV. Once you get it in your head, you're good to go humming it for several hours. Stop it right now, I know what you're doing!! As Cousin Barn would say, "Nip It!! Nip it in the bud!!"

The November 10th Business Week had an article about the phenomenon which has pretty well put poor Jared out to pasture for Subway. It actually started five years ago when Subway operator Stuart Frankel had two small shops at either end of Miami's Jackson Memorial Hospital.

He noticed his stores did very little business on the weekends, so on those two days he sold foot longs for $5, about a buck less than they usually cost. Eventually the Subway Corporation adopted it and it is all over the place and has helped generate $3.8 billion in sales.


FAST-GROWING COMPANY

Subway is the fastest growing fast food place thanks to the low-cost franchising system. Currently, some 40 new stores open a week. Subway is in line to pass McDonald's in total stores early next year.

Top Subway brass were getting tired of Jared Foyle who lost 245 pounds on a diet of Subway sandwiches. They also envied the success of McDonald's Dollar Menu. This is why we have that incessant and irritatingly addictive song in our heads.

"Five Dollar, Five Dollar ____ ____." --RoadDog

She was only a whiskey maker, but he loved her still.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Second City Celebrates Its 50th-- Part 2

Continuing with the Tribune's list of Top Fifty Foremost Faces.

BETTY THOMAS 1973--Hill Street Blues

DAN AYKROYD 1974-- SNL, Blues Brothers

GILDA RADNER 1974-- SNL

GEORGE WENDT 1975-- Cheers

SHELLEY LONG 1976-- Cheers

MARTIN SHORT 1977-- SNL, Three Amigos

JIM BELUSHI 1978-- SNL, According to Jim

Like a Who's Who of Today's Comedy. --RoadDog

I thought I saw an eye doctor on an Alaskan island, but it turned out to be an optical Aleutian. Thanks Lulu.

On the Radio Christmas 1978

As you were getting ready to go out and buy that someone special (or yourself) that LP (album if you know what that is), these songs were tops over the airwaves.

These were rankings for the whole month according to Billboard as found in The Book of Hit Singles Top Twenty Charts from 1954 to Present Day by Dave McAleer.

#20. Straight On-- Heart-- the band with twenty Greatest Hits albums
#19. Alive Again-- Chicago
#18. Promises-- Eric Clapton
#17. Double Vision-- Foreigner
#16. Ooh Baby Baby-- Linda Ronstadt-- Covering yet another song.

#15. How You Gonna See Me Now-- Alice Cooper
#14. Strange Way-- Firefall
#13. Hold the Line-- Toto-- I very much overlooked group.
#12. How Much I Feel-- Ambrosia
#11. YMCA-- Village People-- Played this song about every time I deejayed. Never failed to get folks going.

Top Ten Coming Up. --RoadDog

The roundest knight on King Arthur's Roundtable was Sir Cumference who acquired his size from too much pi.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Second City Celebrates Its 50th-- Part 1

Chicago's own Second City comedy troupe is celebrating its 50th anniversary with all sorts of goings on this weekend. I have never seen them live and knew that I was familiar with some of their people like John and Jim Belushi, Tina Fey, and Bill Murray.

The December 6th Chicago Tribune had a whole section dedicated to Second City and a huge list of alumnae under "Second City's 50 Most famous Faces. I was familiar with a whole lot of them and there were a lot I've never heard of before as well.

ALAN ARKIN 1960

JOAN RIVERS 1961-- The Late Show

DAVID STEINBERG 1964

ROBERT KLEIN 1965-- Comedy Tonight, Reign Over Me

PETER BOYLE 1967-- Everybody Loves Raymond, Young Frankenstein

BRIAN DOYLE-MURRAY 1969-- Caddyshack, SNL

HAROLD RAMIS 1969-- SCTV, Ghostbusters

JOHN BELUSHI 1971-- SNL, Animal Hose, Blues Brothers

JOHN CANDY 1973-- SCTV, Uncle Buck

BILL MURRAY 1973-- SNL, Caddyshack, Groundhog Day

SNL stands for Saturday Night Live

Lots More to Come. --RoadDog

Movie Scratches: Push-- Not Into You-- Shopaholic-- Taken

Some More Short Movie Reviews from Earlier This Year.


PUSH-- 2-10-- Fox Lake $4-- Regular folks with some really extreme powers. Move over X-Men.


HE'S JUST NOT INTO YOU-- 2-13-- McHenry $4-- Chick-Chick Flick. Falling into and out of love.

CONFESSIONS OF A SHOPAHOLIC-- 2-13-- McHenry $4-- Chick-Chick Flick. "Ugly Betty"...sort of.


TAKEN-- 2-23-- Fox Lake free-- Take Liam's daughter, pay the price. "I will find you and I will kill you." "Good Luck."

Slip-Sliding to the Movies in the Ice. --RoadDog

Movie Scratches: Road-- Slumdog-- Defiance-- Mall Cop

Movie reviews-- Dog Scratch Style

Here are some others I saw this year.


REVOLUTIONARY ROAD-- 1-26-- Round Lake $7-- "Mad Men" Part 2. Smoking a lot in the 50s. Kate and Leonardo on dry land.


SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE-- 1-27-- Fox Lake $5.50-- How to "experience" your way to 20 million rupees. "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire," Indian-style. Who is the third musketeer?


DEFIANCE-- 1-27-- Fox Lake $5.50-- Living free is winning vs. the Nazis.


PAUL BLART: MALL COP-- 1-28-- Fox Lake $4-- Misfit with heart of gold becomes hero and, gets the girl. Kevin James is a REAL FUNNY GUY.

Sticky Floors and All. --RoadDog

Movie Scratches: Paranormal-- Fourth-- Goats-- 2012 (Twice)

Movie Reviews, Dog Scratch-Style.


PARANORMAL ACTIVITY-- 10-26-- Fox Lake $5.50-- What a $15,000 movie looks like. Blair Witch II. Boring, then a bit scary.


THE FOURTH KIND-- 11-6-- Fox Lake $5.50-- Did humans get abducted? You decide.


MEN WHO STARE AT GOATS-- 11-9-- Fox Lake $5.50-- Army goes hippie.

2012-- 11-18-- Fox Lake $4-- The Mother of all Disaster Movies. So good that I saw it again on 12-7.

Too Much Salt on the P-Corn. --RoadDog

Friday, December 11, 2009

JSS: VA Hospital Christmas Dinner-- Making Mashed Potatoes-- Stayed Home All Day-- More Nasty Snow-- NTN-Buzztime at Donovan's

JSS-- Just Some Stuff.


1. VA HOSPITAL CHRISTMAS DINNER-- Today, I spent several hours helping out at American Legion Post 703s annual Christmas dinner for the patients and staff at the North Chicago VA Hospital, just a way to say thanks. There we around 60 attended and they got turkey with all the trimmings, desserts. ice cream, cookies and lots of pop. Quite a few got up and sang karaoke. I believe they really enjoyed themselves.


2. MAKING MASHED TATERS-- John was looking for a volunteer to make mashed potatoes for the veterans and I volunteered. I am definitely not known for cooking anything in anyway. But, hey, it was for the veterans.

I ended up making three big pans of the stuff and learned not to raise the blender up while it was still spinning.


3. STAYED HOME ALL DAY-- Yesterday, we ended up staying home all day as the snow was really drifting badly. I had had a real lot of fun driving home the short distance from the theatre in Fox Lake the day before.

We did get the train set up under the Christmas tree (not much fun) and the Christmas village as well.


4. MORE NASTY SNOW-- Before going to the Legion, I cleared the snow drifts off the driveway. I had figured it would be fairly fast since it was light snow. Well, it wasn't so light and it took nearly an hour. AND, NOT ONE SNOWMOBILER VOLUNTEERED TO HELP.


5. NTN-BUZZTIME AT DONOVAN'S-- After the Legion, we went over to Donovan's in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin, and got some Christmas cheer and played NTN-Buzztime. We had a pretty good run with seven top twenties. $1.50 a pint, pretty good deal these days.

Just Some Stuff-- RoadDog

Thursday, December 10, 2009

And I Am Told I Have Too Many Records

I have quite a large collection of albums, 45s, cassettes and CDs, but back in 2008, there was a really large collection offered for sale with a price starting at $3 million.

The March 7, 2008, Chicago Tribune had an article "For the audiophile who has everything" by Sean D. Hamill.

Paul Mawhinney had been trying to sell his collection from his Record-Rama store north of Pittsburgh for over a month. And, this is NO LITTLE COLLECTION. He refers to it as "The greatest collection collection in the world," and with the 3-million plus albums, singles , CDs, tapes and 8-tracks which he has spent his lifetime collecting, he has a good case for the claim.

I have never counted, but probably have around 4,000, many as a result of the nearly 27 years I spent deejaying.

He says the Library of Congress says he has twice as many as them.

And, his is organized. He claims that he can find anything in a minute.

I can sort of do that as well.

Way Too Much Time and Money In This for Me. --RoadDog

It's Them, Not Me: A Nobel Peace Prize

I found it really hard to believe that President Obama got a Nobel Peace Prize so soon after he was elected to office, especially when he hadn't yet really done anything to deserve it. I guess it was all part of the change he was promising.

He really should have turned it down at the time. Now he goes to get it. Right after he announced sending all those new troops to Afghanistan. It's time for the US to say we've done all we can do over there and leave.

I will try to avoid reading or hearing anything about it; not likely though.

I heard one funny line about Obama winning the Heisman Award because he attended a college football game.

Too Bad. --RoadDog

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

The "Woist Kinda" Snow

Woke up this morning and had to go out and play in the worst kind of snow there is--wet and heavy!!! And about five inches of it to boot.

It took me about three times as long to clear the driveway and front sidewalk as usual. My snow blower is good on a regular snow up to six or seven inches, but struggles with the wet stuff. My usual walking up and down the driveway would not suffice. I had to start from the middle and walk to the sides and stop often to clear the sludge out.

I tell you, I'm getting TOO OLD for this.

And, NOT one single snowmobiler stopped to help me. It's the LEAST they could do so they can have THEIR fun.

The Dog and the Aching Blacktop. --RoadDog

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Top TV Shows of the Decade

The December 4th Chicago Tribune had an article on the top ten TV shows of this decade, whatever you call it.

YEAR, show, average number of viewers. ** means I saw it.

10. 2000-- Michael J. Fox's final episode on "Spin City," 32.8 million**

9. 2005-- "Everybody Loves Raymond" final episode, 32.9 million**

8. 2000-- Niles reveals his crush on Daphne on "Frazier," 33.7 million**


7. 2000-- "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" episode, 36 million**

6. 2006-- A thrilling "Grey's Anatomy" post Super Bowl show, 38 million**


5. 2007-- "American Idol" kicks off its sixth season, 28.1 million

4. 2000-- Dr. Carter fights for his life on "ER," 39.4 million**


3. 2003-- "Joe Millionaire" season finale, 40 million

2. 2000-- Richard Hatch wins "Survivor," 51.7 million

1. 2994-- The "Friends" gang says goodbye, 52.5 million**

I spend too much time watching TV, but never watch any reality shows.

Must Get Myself a Life. --RoadDog

Movie Scratches: Couples-- Zombies-- Citizen-- Stepfather

A quick look at the movies.


1. COUPLES RETREAT-- McHenry $4-- 10-9-- Fantasy island, Part 2. "Da Plane, Da Plane!!"

2. ZOMBIELAND-- $4 Fox Lake-- 10-14-- Who'd have thought killing Zombies would be so much fun? Woody Harrelson and Bill Murray, too!!

3. LAW ABIDING CITIZEN-- $5.50 Fox Lake-- 10-16-- Best be careful who you mess with. Charles Bronson has nothing on this guy. Definitely meaner than a junkyard dog, right, Leroy!!

4. THE STEPFATHER-- $4 Fox Lake-- 10-21-- One of the creepiest movies I've seen in years.

Put Some Extra Butter on That Overpriced Popcorn. --RoadDog

JSS: Dadburn Snow's Back-- One Down-- " 2012" Again

JSS-- Just Some Stuff


1. DADBURN SNOW'S BACK-- Just got in from shoveling about two inches of heavy snow with another 11 forecast. I still think that the lousy snowmobilers should have to come over and clear my driveway and sidewalks before they go out and have fun. Why should I have to suffer so they can have fun?


2. ONE DOWN-- Last Friday, I watched the first of my Big Three Christmas movies, "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation." "It's a Wonderful Life" is on this Saturday. Of course, "A Christmas Story" will be on the 24-hour marathon Christmas Day.


3. "2012" AGAIN-- Yesterday, I went to the Fox Lake Theatre and saw "2012" again. I still consider it the "Mother of all Disaster Movies." I still didn't see all the destruction. I have heard the so-called "critics" have panned it, but they obviously are on a different planet.

I's Go See it Again. --RoadDog

Monday, December 7, 2009

It's Them, Not Me-- Sure Hits Home for Me

Recently, one of my favorite comic, Zits, had a strip that I couldn't agree more with.

FIRST PANEL: The dad is watching as Jeremy and Pierce are on their blackberries or I-Pods or whatever.

JEREMY-- "The next big thing is..."

PIERCE-- I've heard they're coming out with..."


SECOND PANEL: Dad is still watching with somewhat of a bewildered look on his face. Jeremy and Pierce are walking off, still deep in conversation.

JEREMY-- "Pretty soon everybody is going to be..."
PIERCE-- "It won't be long before..."
JEREMY-- "So Much faster than..."
PIERCE-- "It's right around the corner."


LAST PANEL: Jeremy's dad looks to his wife and says "I'm sick of the future."

My feeling exactly, Dad.

Time to Slow Down. --RoadDog

Pearl Harbor Day 2009

Today marks the 68th anniversary of the surprise Japanese attack on American forces at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. This plunged the US into World War II the following day following day after President Roosevelt's "Day of Infamy" speech.

This battle has been of great interest to me since reading Walter Lord's "Day of Infamy" book back in 7th grade. Today, I have several books on the subject and write about it a lot in my history blog.

http://cootrshistorything.blogspot.com Look up Pearl Harbor on the labels.

I find it interesting that both the place where the war began and ended for the United States would both be located within a half mile from each other. The USS Arizona and USS Missouri are both there on Battleship Row. The explosion of the Arizona was one of the major moments of the attack on Pearl Harbor and the surrender of Japan took place on Missouri.

Right now, the Missouri isn't there. Last month it was moved to dry dock for repairs. However, December 5th, a new USS Missouri joined the US Navy, a nuclear attack submarine.

A Day to Always Remember. --RoadDog

Saturday, December 5, 2009

NTNin' Down Da Road

Of course, when I'm on the road, I always keep an eye out for a place to play NTN, especially now that my playing days are numbered what with this switch to e-mails only.

I didn't play at any place on my way to NC, or while I was there. Goldsboro doesn't have any sites and the short time I was in Greenville was taken up by the East Carolina game against Southern Mississippi.

I did play at four places on my way home:

PARKERSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA--

BW3 (Buffalo Wild Wings)
J.P. Henry's


BROWNSBURG, INDIANA

Quarter Mile Pub
Tripp's

This brings my total of NTN sites visited to 140 for the year and 854 overall. I doubt that anyone else has been to as many. These are all different sites.

Spendin' Too Much Time Playing NTN. --RoadDog

Friday, December 4, 2009

Top of the Charts This Date-- Part 2

More Number Ones from This Date.

1969 NA NA HEY HEY KISS HIM GOODBYE-- Steam-- As a White Sox fan, this is a theme song that too many others have copied. Sorry to see Sox organist Nancy Faust is retiring after this year. She was the one who started it.
1959 MACK THE KNIFE-- Bobby Darrin

1949 MULE TRAINER-- Frankie Laine
1939 SCATTER-BRAIN-- Frankie Msters (See Below)

1929 TIP TOE THROUGH THE TULIPS-- Nick Lucas-- (See Below)
1919 OH! WHAT A PAL WAS MARY-- Henry Burr
1909 I'VE GOT RINGS ON MY FINGERS-- Ada Jones


FRANKIE MASTERS

Born 1904, Died 1991. had a dozen hit records between the 30s and 40s. Big Band leader noted for singing and guitar playing. Scatter-Brain became his theme song. Featured what he called bell tone music where the chords were staggered to give a different sound.


NICK LUCAS


Born 1897 Died 1982. Called the "Grandfather of Jazz Guitar." Very popular from the mid 20s to early 30s. Of course, when I think of "Tip Toe Through the Tulips," I immediately think of Tiny Tim. Lucas became friends with Tiny Tim and sang this song at Tim and Miss Vicki's wedding on the Tonight Show. Sold over 84 million records.

Give Me That Good Old Music. --RoadDog

Top of the Charts This Date

Using Josh Hosler's website http://www.joshhosler.biz, these are the top songs on the charts for December 4th on selected years.

2009 EMPIRE STATE OF MIND-- Jay-Z & Alicia Keyes
1999 SMOOTH-- Santana and Rob Thomas (was it really that long ago?)
1989 WE DIDN'T START THE FIRE-- Billy Joel-- Great history lesson. How'd he sing so fast and even a better question, how'd he remember all those words? Want to do something fun? Try singing this at karaoke.

1981 PHYSICAL-- ONJ-- getting down and dirty. What would John T. say?
1979 BABE-- Styx
1978 LE FREAK-- Chic
1977 YOU LIGHT UP MY LIFE-- Debbie Boone-- Oh well.

1976 TONIGHT'S THE NIGHT-- Rod Stewart
1975 FLY, ROBIN, FLY-- Silver Connection-- real early disco
1974 KUNG FU FIGHTING-- Carl Douglas-- Everybody was doing what?
1973 TOP OF THE WORLD-- Carpenters

1972 I AM WOMAN-- Helen Reddy-- I always think of the "Coach" episode where the women's basketball coach puts the cow in Hayden's office with a placard "I Am Cow, Hear Me Moo."
1971 FAMILY AFFAIR-- Sly and the Family Stone-- one of my favorite groups of the era and one of my fraternity Delta Sigma Phi's party albums (Greatest Hits).
1970 I THINK I LOVE YOU-- Partridge Family-- I sure liked this one. Singing it in my head right now.

Not Finished Yet. --RoadDog

JSS: Big Ten Wins, Finally-- Christmas Movie Favs-- Welcome to the Cold-- 2,191 Miles

JSS-- Just Some Stuff


1. BIG TEN WINS, FINALLY-- With the Illini coming back from 21 points down, I'm happy to report the Big Ten finally has its first win against the ACC in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge, with the Midwest taking 6 of 11 games. That's close, but it's a WIN!! Some mighty good college B-Ball this early in the season.

I am also an ACC fan, especially of Carolina, Duke, NC State (don't tell my dad) and Wake Forest. But these ten straight challenge losses were getting a bit old.

FINALLY!!


2. CHRISTMAS MOVIE FAVS-- Too bad Classic Cinemas Tivoli Theatre is so far away in Downers Grove, but they are running holiday classic movies on the big screen, including my three all-time favorites: It's a Wonderful Life (3) this weekend, A Christmas Story (1) Dec. 14th and National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (2) December 17th.

I'll be watching them on TV, however. I did buy a DVD of Christmas Vacation as well.


3. WELCOME TO THE COLD-- Temp was at 24 degrees this morning, going to a high of 28. Monday, it was almost 70 in NC and I caught some rays. Guess I have gotten back to the North. How long till Summer 2010?


4. 2,191 MILES-- That's how far I drove the last 15 days. Love the road, but really like home as well.

Just Some Stuff-- RoadDog

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Great Show, But All Pledged Out-- Willie & the Wheel

Just finished watching PBS' Ed Sullivan Rock and Roll Classics Show on Chicago's WTTW. I had seen it in NC this past Saturday. Great show with the Beatles, Stones, Mamas and Papas, Turtles, Young Rascals, Beach Boys and many others.

The ONLY bad thing was that this is Pledge Time. So, there was about 45 minutes of performers and an hour and a half of pleading. I'm already a member and sure hate to sit through all that.


WILLIE & THE WHEEL

Congratulations to Asleep at the Wheel and Willie Nelson for getting a 52nd Annual Grammy nomination for Best Americana album for this year's Willie & the Wheel Album. Some really great music on it. I bought a copy the week it was released.

Waiting to see if ol' Kanye will rush the stage while Brother Ray is up there.

It's a Music Thing. --RoadDog

Just Got Back-- Got My McRibs

Arrived home about two hours ago after two days on the road with about 1050 more miles under the wheels.

Rained most of the way, and yesterday some serious fog as I was climbing the mountains into Virginia on I-77. A smattering of snow as I neared home.

I was able to get my McRibs last night and this evening. Last night it was at the McDonald's in Zanesville, Ohio, and earlier today they were at the one in Gibson City, Illinois.

The Gibson City experience was one of the slowest ever. There were two customers ahead of me and I ended up waiting about ten minutes before placing my order. Had it not been a chance to get at that delight, I would have been so out of there. The things I will endure for one!!!

Then, while eating, a train caused a backup on Il-47. As I left. another train blocked traffic north of town, then stopped and backed up. Curses on you Frank.

Full and Glad to Be Home. --RoadDog