Monday, January 31, 2011

Did the Groundhog Thing

Saturday was an ode to the prognosticator of prognosticators, the famous groundhog name Woodstock Willie, the official one for Illinois.

His base for the weekend and for the next two days is Woodstock, Illinois. It is not that famous place in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, home of Punx. Phil, but the town is the site of the famous movie "Groundhog Day."

This is my kind of celebration, people, but not too crowded. You can actually go places without feeling sardined.

I started with seeing the movie on the big screen at the theatre featured in the movie. Whenever the theatre is seen on screen, it gets lots of cheering.

Then, I had my groundhog cookie from the Swiss Maid Bakery and filled up with chili in the cook off, before hitting a book sale at the mall and enjoying a couple folk duos.

The biggest thing I did was actually get to eat at the site of the Tip Top Cafe which was in many movie scenes. I have been wanting to do this for many years, but never had the opportunity. I would have liked to have sat in the nook where Bill Murray did, but a couple was already there. So I sat about where Ralph and Gus were.

I then went to the annual movie synopsis.

Hey You Woodchucks (Groundhogs)!! Stop Shucking My Wood. --RoadDog


TIMES CHANGE: 1978-- Trying to look like Marlon Brando and Elizabeth Taylor. 2010-- Trying NOT to look like them.

I Feel Your Pain-- Part 1

Two good comic striips in the January 28, 2011, Chicago Tribune.


BLONDIE

FRAME 1: Dagwood and his son are talking.

Dagwood: "How are things going with Kelly?

Son: "We're having communication difficulties! She keeps telling me to call her or post something sweet on Twitter or Facebook! (Well, I have called someone before.)


FRAME 2: Still talking.

Son: But, I'd much rather just text! Did you ever have those kinds of communication problems, Dad?"

Dagwood is looking puzzled.


FRAME 3:

Dagwood is walking past the kitchen with Daisy the dog and looking at the reader. Blondie is putting a roast into the oven.

Dagwood: "I don't need electronic gadgets to have communication problems!"

Blondie overhears him and says, "What did you say dear?"

The other one tomorrow.

Text? --RoadDog


TIMES CHANGE: 1978-- Seeds and stems 2010-- Roughage

Facing Down a Blizzard-- Day 1

We were welcomed by snow this morning, but no serious accumulation. And this wasn't even the real deal, just a small scouting party.

I went out to push the snow off the driveway which was nothing but perhaps a quarter inch. Temps in the mid-twenties melted what was left right away.


STARTING THE 'BIRD

I used the time shoveling to back the '85 Firebird out of the garage and run it a bit. Sure didn't want to start at first but then did. It has been sitting in the garage since mid-November without being started.

We only have minimum insurance on it right now and can't take it legally on the street, but I don't drive it during the winter anyway.


MENARD'S

Drove to Menard's in Volo, Illinois, (corner of Il-134 and US-12) to buy some sale items and also picked up one of those door rolls to keep out drafts. There was a run on salt, generators, snow shovels and snow blowers.

All you hear about is our impending doom with this storm with forecasts now of 18+ inches, ice, and 40 mph blowing snow. Not a pleasant future.

Fifteen Minutes for a Gallon of Gas and the Gas Gouge Next. --RoadDog


TIMES CHANGE: 1978-- Moving to California because it's cool. // 2010-- Moving to Arizona because it's warm.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Heading for the Groundhog Tomorrow

It starts tonight with the "Lighting of the Groundhog' and the "Dinner-Dance" in Woodstock, Illinois. The lighting will occur at the Woodstock Opera House (old City Hall) which was the Hotel Pennsylvanian in the movie and the Dinner-Dance is at the nearby Moose Lodge where it took place in the actual movie.

We'll be missing that, but did see our VHS copy of the movie this afternoon.

Tomorrow, it's back to the square to see the movie "Groundhog Day" on the big screen in the movie Bronco Billy took his masquerade date. Then its the annual chili cookoff at the Opera House, the walk to see the film sites, and movie symposium.

"Hey You Darn Woodchucks!! QUIT SHUCKING MY WOOD!!!" --RoadDog

TIMES CHANGE: 1978-- Acid Rock 2010-- Acid Reflux

It's Them, Not Me: CEOs Vs. Working Stiffs-- Part 2

Continued from yesterday.

MH is Mark Hurd, disgraced former CEO of Hewlett Packard. WS are the Working Stiffs.

PERFORMANCE-BASED STOCK UNITS:

MH-- With Hewlett Packard's stock closing at $46.30 on the day of Hurd's resignation, these will be worth roughly $15.3 million.

WS-- If you close your eyes, the door hitting you on the way out might feel like a firm pat on the back.


TIME-BASED STOCK UNITS:

MH-- 15,853 units granted last year worth about $733,994.

WS-- You get to keep the three pens and tape dispenser you stole last April.


TOTAL:

MH-- Estimated $28-$35 million, including health insurance and other perks.

WS-- Almost enough to take Cheryl to Subway, if she calls back.

Who Says "Life Ain't Fair?" --RoadDog


TIME CHANGES: 1978-- KEG 2010-- EKG

JSIS: Bears Cartoon-- Round Lake Schools-- Round Lake Murder

JSIS: Just Some Interesting Stuff.


1. BEARS CARTOON-- A really good Scott Stantis political cartoon in the Jan. 23, 2011, Chicago Tribune. It shows Halas and Lombardi with fedoras pulled down and Soldiers Field in the background. They're looking at each other and both say, "It is SO on!" Sure wish it had been more on, not just the 4th quarter.


2. ROUND LAKE SCHOOLS-- Jan. 28, 2011, Chicago Tribune. Nine years ago, the Round Lake School District was in dire financial straits, so bad, the state took over control. It was on the edge of dissolving which put all surrounding districts into hysterics, not wanting to take out students.

It is about to be turned back over to local control.

The district, however, still has problems as students don't make the annual progress expected of them by the state. About 70% of them are Hispanic, more than 60% from low income families and 20% speak limited English.

A bright spot is the Schuler Scholar Program for high-performing students. Senior Kevin Vargas is going to Yale next year.

I taught all of my 33 years in this district.


3. ROUND LAKE MURDER-- Jan. 27th Chicago Tribune. Yesterday, I saw that a man had been arrested in Tennessee for a 1982 slaying in Round Lake Beach, Illinois, about two blocks from our house at the time. It was at a house being used for a local motorcycle club, the Wheelmen.

Lots of people saw it but wouldn't talk until recently and Robert Bostic was arrested for the murder of Carlton Richmond.

Glad to Hear It. --RoadDog


TIMES CHANGE: 1978-- Long hair 2010-- Longing for hair

Thursday, January 27, 2011

It's Them, Not Me: CEOs Vs. Working Stiffs-- Part 1

OK, it's Comic Corner from the August 12, 2010, Chicago Tribune featuring Second City's Seth Weitberg. But part of it is true about Hewlett Packard's CEO Mark Hurd resigning for doing bad stuff. I'm laughing, but boy it hurts.

Here is Weitberg's comparison between his leaving and those of the regular Moes his dealings have also cost them their jobs.

Mark Hurd (MH) is first and Working Stiff (WS) is second.


REASON FOR LEAVING:

MH-- Forced to resign after company discovered inaccurate expense reports while investigating him for allegations of sexually harassing former actress and outside marketing consultant Jodie Fisher.

WS-- Laid off when the company has to downsize to cover golden parachute of outgoing executive.


SEVERANCE PAYMENT:

MH-- $12.2 million

WS-- Allowed to keep the money in your pockets


OUTSTANDING OPTIONS:

MH-- Deadline extended for exercising them, allowing Hurd to purchase up to 775,000 HP shares. (This could make him considerably richer is the stock market goes his way.)

WD-- Cheryl from accounting never got back to you about going out to dinner, so consider that one to still be on the table.

I've Got Three More Tomorrow. --RoadDog


REALITY: I got so depressed last night thinking about the economy, wars, jobs, my savings, Social Security,retirement funds, etc., I called the Suicide Hotline. I got a call center in Afghanistan and when I told them I was suicidal, they got all excited and asked if I could drive a truck.

JSS: Been So C-o-o-o-l-d-- Didn't Paint the Car-- Still Got Ice-- No Help From Snowmobilers-- Off to F-L-A-- Snowing Again!!

JSS-- Just Some Stuff


1. BEEN S0 C-O-O-O-L-D-- Another crummy winter. It got cold and snowy back on Dec. 4th, we had a melt in the snow (temps ABOVE FREEZING!!) early this month for four days, then below freezing ever since. Hopefully we break this streak Saturday.


2. DIDN'T PAINT THE CAR-- Our 2003 Malibu is black, but looks white now with all the salt on it.


3. STILL GOT ICE-- We had an ice chest set up before the Usual Suspect party back on Dec, 5th. It is still out in the garage and still half full of ice. It's been that cold.


4. NO HELP FROM SNOWMOBILERS-- And the lousy snowmobilers haven't been over even once to clear the snow off my driveway and sidewalk. It is the least they should do if I have to suffer so they can have fun.

Hey guys, come over here and clear my snow before you go off and have your fun!!!


5. OFF TO F-L-A-- When the going gets tough, the not-so-tough go to Florida. I'll be there this coming Thursday.


6. SNOWING AGAIN-- Adding insult to injury, it is snowing hard right now. The driveway and sidewalk are covered. Where are you snowmobilers? How many days to Thursday?

Just Some Stuff-- RoadDog


LAST QUOTES: And the cardiologist's diet: --If it tastes good, spit it out. --Unknown

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

"OK Campers, Rise and Shine"; It's Groundhog Day!!

"And don't forget your booties 'cause it's coooold out there today."

Famous words heard over and over in one of my favorite movies of all time, "Groundhog Day." Then, of course, came that song.

A guy by the name of Richard Henzel spoke it and he has attended some of the Woodstock, Illinois, Groundhog Festival the weekend before the actual day, February 2nd.

The festival has grown every year since it started with more attendees (but nowhere near the masses in the real Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania).

The film itself endures and seems to be even more popular today than when it was released.

Some recent honors:

2006: Premier Magazine selects it as one of the 50 greatest comedies of all-time

2007: Selected to be in the National Film Registry

2008: The American Film Institute (AFI) ranks it as the 8th Best Fantasy Film, not bad for a movie also considered to be a comedy.

Films are often shot on location, but few as much as this one was, plus the community was very involved as well, many of whom served as extras.

Rick Bellars was one. He was in the background during the Brinks robbery and his car can be seen in the falling out of the tree scene.

Check out the events at www.woodstockgroundhog.org.

"I've Got You, Babe." --RoadDog


QUOTES: By the time a man is wise enough to watch his step, he's too old to go anywhere. --Billy Crystal

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Movie Scratches:

A RoadDog's eye look at today's movies with a short, short, really short comment about each.

HOW TO READ:

The first number is the number of movies I've seen for the year.
The next number is the date.
Name of Film
Where Seen (Most will be in Fox Lake, Illinois)
Cost
Comment


1. 1-4 THE TOURIST-- Fox Lake $5.50-- Old Capt. Jack gets in over his head, or does he? Loved all the Venice shots.


2. 1-5 HOW DID YOU KNOW-- Fox Lake $4-- Sometimes, life doesn't work out the way you planned. Love Old Jack's last look.


3. 1-5 GULLIVER'S TRAVELS-- Fox Lake $4-- A slacker meets the Lilliputians and update to the now.


4. 1-12 CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE DAWN TRADER-- Fox Lake $8-- Dadburn 3-D and darn $2.50 more for dadburn glasses and no senior discount!! My eyes hurt. The two youngest return to save Narnia.

Sorry About Spilling My Pop on You. --RoadDog


QUOTES: Maybe it's true that life begins at fifty....But everything else starts to wear out, fall out, or spread out. --Phylis Diller

This Side of Twang

Definitely count me in as a fan of what is classified as Southern Rock. Just something about those "Wild-Eyed Southern Boys." And, of course, their completely politically incorrect display of Confederate flags. We're still waiting for a Southern Rock band to make it on the R&B charts.

Anyway, today, Bob Stroud featured Southern fried Rock on his daily Ten at Ten to be repeated at Ten pm tonight. WDRV FM 97.1.

Here they are:

THE SOUTH'S GONNA DO IT AGAIN-- CDB, Charlie Daniels Band
KEEP YOUR HANDS TO YOURSELF-- Georgia Satellites
SOUTHBOUND-- Allman Brothers Band
THERE GOES ANOTHER LOVE SONG-- Outlaws

DREAMS-- Molly Hatchet
KEEP ON SMILING-- Wet Willie
CAN'T YOU SEE-- Marshall Tucker Band

JACKIE BLUE-- Ozark Mountain Daredevils
DIXIE CHICKEN-- Little Feat
SWEET HOME KID ROCK-- Well, ALABAMA actually-- Lynyrd Skynyrd

Now, that's Some Mighty Good Southern Cookin'. --RoadDog


QUOTES: Don't worry about avoiding Temptation. As you grow older, it will avoid you. --Winston Churchill

Monday, January 24, 2011

No Super Bowl for Us-- Part 1

We cheered and hollered as loud and hard as we could, but to no avail. Da Bears got beat by Dem Packers yesterday 21-14. We had to console ourselves with lots of booze, shots and pizza at Fire Wood in McHenry, Illinois, the hq for our Usual Suspects nowadays.

Pitchers were $5 and the pizza was FREE!!

The place was packed with no Packer fans in view (but I think they were being secretive about it). We were already to raise a ruckus, but the Bears did nothing much we could cheer for.

Our defense stunk up the place on the Packers first series and let them march right down for a TD, but stiffened up after that, allowing just one more TD. It was our offense that was offensive.

Cutler was completely ineffective. I know many today are questioning his toughness because he left after just three plays in the third. But I was happy to see him out of the lineup. he was worthless. Even worse, he got his little "beat dog" look. When he gets that, it's all over. And he HAD IT.

I was hoping for at least a good game, but nothing about the first three quarters was "good" unless you were a Green Bay fan. Then the Bears put Collins in. He made Cutler look good; he was that bad.

Still Hoarse and Will Continue Crying Tomorrow. --RoadDog


QUOTES: We could certainly slow down the aging process if it had to work its way through Congress. --Will Rogers

A Delta Sig Incident

It's a Delta Sig Thing. You Wouldn't Understand.

No Fire Comes Between a Brother and His Food.

This news out of Macomb, Illinois, involving the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity house at Western Illinois. I was a Delta Sig many, many years ago at Northern Illinois. Some things don't change, or do they?

A Western Illinois student was ticketed when he chose to eat rather than evacuate the house after a fire alarm went off in the fraternity house.

Police and fire personnel responded and went through the house which was empty except for this one brother who said it had taken them too long to get there and he was going to eat his lasagna meal.

Firemen said the 22-year-old was uncooperative and police ticketed him for failure to evacuate. Officials say alcohol was a factor.

I'm not sure my old fraternity would have stayed for food, but just might have if leaving would jeopardize the booze supply.

Oh, Well. That Old Fraternity of Mine. --RoadDog


QUOTES: I never drink water because of the disgusting things that fish do in it. --W.C. Fields

Friday, January 21, 2011

If It's Good Times You Want, Don't Go to Old Chicago in Bettendorf, Iowa

We just got back from our annual trip out to the Mississippi River to see the bald eagles. We always stay at the Ramada Motel north of Bettendorf. It has very nice accommodations, is reasonable and a really nice pool area.

Even better, it is next door to an Old Chicago restaurant which had NTN. Now, that's nirvana for folks like Liz and myself who are real NTN, or do you say Buzztime, nuts.

At first, it was a great setup, but the last several years, they didn't have ANY drink specials except a happy hour and one at night where they knock a buck off a pint.

We went there Wednesday night and were shocked to find they charged $3.75 for a domestic pint!! I guess their customers must be independently wealthy to pay that much. And that is just domestic. They specialize in imports and craft beers. I can only imagine what they charge for that.

So, their drinks are rip-off-priced.

But, them, when I went to sign in on my board, it wouldn't let me, with a message that I would have had to have signed in before (which I had). I could play as a guest but not player plus. I tried on all their boards, but the same thing. Liz signed in right away.

The bartender tried to get me in, but when it wouldn't said I should just play as a guest. We have been to over 900 NTN sites across the United States and I never had this happen before.

As if the ripoff prices weren't bad enough, now I am not allowed to play there.

So, after spending out $7.50 for two Miller Lite pints (with at least 2 ounces of foam), we left and went to Buffalo Wild Wings about a mile away and had no problem signing in.

Believe Me, It Will Be a Long, Long Time (AS in Never) Before I Set Foot in There Again. Old Rip-off. --RoadDog


QUOTE: I don't feel old. I don't feel anything until noon. Then it's time for my nap. --Bob Hope

Bears-Packers Rivalry

The Jan. 20, 2011 USA Today had a comparison of the Packers and Bears on many different categories.

First pro season
original name
Hall of Famers
Super Bowl Records
NFC Title records
leading passer
leading rusher
leading receiver
weather games
retired numbers

and many more.

You can see the whole list at http://cootershistorything.blogspot.com

Gonna Be Quite a Game!! --RoadDog


QUOTES: Until I was thirteen, I thought my name was SHUT UP!! --Joe Namath

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

How About That: Da Bears Vs. Packers

Things are really hopping around here with Sunday's game between the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers. When you live right along the border between Wisconsin and Illinois, you get quite a mix of allegiances with most folks rabid for one team and deeply hating the other.

Our little village, Spring Grove, Illinois, made the news several years ago when a Green Bay fan was taken out of KC's Cabin up on Il-173 and duct-taped to the stop sign when he got too boisterous over a Packer victory. When the cops released him and asked if he wanted to press charges, he said no and went back in to continue his drinking.

We've met that Packer fan, and he is all cheese.

The two teams last played each other in a championship game 70 years ago on December 14, 1941. That's right, the Sunday after Pearl Harbor. So, it's been a long time.

Many are saying this is the real Super Bowl game and it sure is going to have most watching it Sunday. Our group,the Usual Suspects, already have our reserved area at Fire Wood in McHenry for the game.

Not Saying Who I'm Pulling For. That is BAD LUCK. --RoadDog


QUOTES: Money can't buy you happiness....But it does bring you a more pleasant form of misery. --Spike Mulligan

Where Were You January 9, 1977?-- Part 2

Some more songs on the radio back 34 years ago.

MAYBE I'M AMAZED-- WINGS-- A couple selections from the biggest-selling album from 34 years ago, Wings Over America, a triple vinyl set featuring Paul McCartney and Wings finally coming home to roost in America.
BAND ON THE RUN-- WINGS

MADEMOISELLE-- STYX-- Hometown heroes.
SOMEBODY TO LOVE-- QUEEN--

SORRY SEEMS TO BE THE HARDEST WORD-- ELTON JOHN-- From Blue Moves.
NEW KID IN TOWN-- EAGLES-- First release from their new album Hotel California.

PLAY THAT FUNKY MUSIC-- WILD CHERRY-- (One of the great party dancing songs ever. Who says white guys can't sing soul?)
ROCK 'N ME-- STEVE MILLER BAND-- (A really hot group at the time.)

YOU ARE THE WOMAN-- FIREFALL--
MORE THAN A FEELING-- BOSTON-- (I told my students these guys were going to be big back when they came out in the fall of '76. They were shocked when Boston was big. How could an "old guy" know that?)

STAND TALL-- BURTON CUMMINGS-- The Guess Who had called it a day and this was the first time out for the former lead singer.

BLINDED BY THE LIGHT-- MANFRED MANN-- #1 in Chicago this date. Written by Bruce Springsteen. (Those old "Doo Wah Diddy Diddy" guys back a long time later.)


Taking You Back. --RoadDog

That Was Quite the National Anthem

Watching the "Star-Spangled Banner" sung this past Sunday before the Bear-Seahawk game was definitely not your same old-same-old.

We had a taste of Blackhawk mania on the frozen turf of Soldiers Field.

It was LOUD and it was RAUCOUS!!!

And the singer, Jim Cornelison, who sings the national anthem before each Blackhawk game, has one of the better voices and can really hold a note. The Blackhawk tradition, which started in 1985, is to cheer at the top of your lungs throughout the song.

Perfectly-times, a flight of four military jets made a flyover right at the end.

Even though I am not sure I liked it, it sure was different.

This can sure fire up your team and I wouldn't be surprised if it happens again this Sunday.

It's a Hawk Thing, You Might Not Understand. --RoadDog


QUOTES: My luck is so bad that if I bought a cemetery, people would stop dying. --Rodney Dangerfield

Monday, January 17, 2011

Where Were You January 9, 1977?-- Part 1

Bob Stroud played an hour and a half on this date in 1967 and then Time Warped to the same date ten years later, 1977, or 34 years ago.

IWe were living in Round Lake Beach, Illinois, just a couple blocks east of Fairfield Road. We had a great group of neighbors and spent most weekends doing stuff with them. Plus, two neighbors and their wives were on a bowling team as were Liz and I and another couple of neighbors a couple houses away. It was fun when we played them in league.

Liz and I were both teaching in the Round Lake School District. I was at Magee Middle School in Round Lake teaching 7th and 8th graders social studies. Liz was at Beach School in Round Lake Beach teaching 1st grade.


HELLO OLD FRIEND-- ERIC CLAPTON-- (One of my favorite EC songs.)
FLY LIKE AN EAGLE-- STEVE MILLER BAND--

I WISH-- STEVIE WONDER-- the first of a couple of Steves
WALK THIS WAY-- AEROSMITH-- (I liked their "rap" version with Run D.M.C. also.)

LIVIN' THING-- ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA-- the latest for Jeff Lynne and his group. George Harrison's good bud.
THIS SONG-- GEORGE HARRISON-- (Being careful he didn't get sued for stealing "This Little Song."


QUOTES: Only Irish Coffee provides in a single glass all four essential food groups: alcohol, caffeine, sugar and fat. --Alex Levine

A Playoff Sort of Weekend

JANUARY 14TH-- Friday

We drove to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin and had a great fish fry overlooking Geneva Lake at Popeye's (nothing to do with the chicken chain). Stopped at Donovan's Reef in Twin Lakes on the way home and played some more NTN.


JANUARY 15th-- Saturday

We got a room at the Donovan's Reef Motel and spent the night. Watched the Steelers beat the Ravens. But the main reason we were there was the Packer-Falcon game. Nothing like watching the Pack in Cheesehead Land. We did a lot of cheering and drinking, not to mention the great free pizza at half time.

Even though the Falcons were supposed to win, the Pack clearly dominated and wil be going on to the NFC championship game. We had eight NTN Top Twenties even though we didn't play during the games.


JANUARY 16TH-- Sunday

Had breakfast at the Country Kitchen in Twin Lakes. Came home and changed out of our Packer duds into our Bear stuff (we're Packer fans unless they play Da Bears). Met the usual suspets (our 14 member Bears cheering section) at Fire Wood in McHenry, Illinois, for the Bear-Seahawk game. The place was packed and boisterous and we had a great win. Free pizza at half and $5 pitchers!!

So, it will be the Bears and Packers in the NFC Championship game!!! It will be nuts here on the Wisconsin-Illinois border.

We also watched that great Jets victory over Patriots. Who would have figured that?

I Need a Day Off of Drinking. --RoadDog


QUOYES: I never hated a man enough to give back his diamonds. --Zsa Zsa Gabor

The Way to Spend a Week

JANUARY 11TH-- Tuesday--

Stayed home all day as we ended up with five inches of snow. We'd just washed the car Monday and didn't want it get messed up. As bad as washing your car and birds getting it.


JANUARY 12th-- Wednesday

Saw the movies "Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawntrader" and "True Grit." later met the Kellehers at Tommy's for $10 pizza and buck bottles.


JANUARY 13th-- Thursday

Drove to Liz's eye doctor in Crystal Lake, Illinois, (she doesn't have to see him again after the retina surgery last fall). Eatin' fine at Steak 'N Shake. Disappointed in their new 3-way chili. Definitely not that great Cincy chili I was hoping for.

We then drove to Twin Lakes, Wisconsin, and had fifteen Top Twenties in NTN at Donovan's Reef. Liz's birthday party.

Just a Run-Down. --RoadDog


QUOTES: My wife has a slight impediment in her speech. Every now and then she stops to breathe. Jimmy Durante

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Poor Earl

From the Jan. 15, 2011 Chicago Tribune.

I am really starting to like the comic strip Pickles a whole lot. For some reason, I now can really relate to Earl.

FIRST FRAME: His wife is looking at the cat sound asleep on top of the sofa and says, "Is there anything lazier than a cat?"

SECOND FRAME: Earl is lying on the couch and asks his wife, "Opal, would you hand me the remote? It's just out of my reach." (It's on the coffee table about six inches away from his outstretched hand.)

THIRD FRAME: Opal says, "Well. I guess that answers THAT question."

I Am Not!!! --RoadDog


QUOTES: I was married by a judge. I should have asked for a jury. --Groucho Marx

Going Out to See the Eagles

Our annual bald eagle drive begins next week. Hopefully we will see some, but you never know. Last year was a bit disappointing as most were further south because of the extreme cold. And, it's been cold around here. I don't think we've had more than three days above freezing since the beginning of December. (I have a chest of ice out in the garage and there is still ice in it from our Bears party back on December 5th.

This year, we're planning on going out to Starved Rock down by the Illinois River for the first time. I hear there are a lot of eagles along with a nice bus tour to see them.

Then on to the Quad Cities, north on the Mississippi River to Dubuque, Iowa, and then back home after a stop in Galena.

Here's Hoping We See Some Eagles. --RoadDog


QUOTES: By all means, marry. If you get a good wife, you'll become happy; if you get a bad one, you'll become a philosopher. --Socrates

Where Were You January 9, 1967?-- Part 4

GOOD THING-- PAUL REVERE & THE RAIDERS-- a great rocker in the top ten. (At least these guys wore American duds. The two Chicago groups on the chart, the Buckinghams and New Colony Six had a British feel to their names.)
I HAD TOO MUCH TO DREAM LAST NIGHT-- ELECTRIC PRUNES-- (A great garage rocker, or is that Frat Rock? I used to think they said "I Had Too Much to Drink Last Night.)

LOVE YOU SO MUCH-- NEW COLONY SIX-- bona fide pop hit by Chicago's own. (My favorite Chicago 60s band.)
TRY A LITTLE TENDERNESS-- OTIS REDDING-- (Soul at its best. Otis wrote the dictionary of soul. sadly, we would lose him in 1967.)

KIND OF A DRAG-- BUCKINGHAMS-- Loads of Chicago bands in the radio on this date in '67. Top Ten and on their way to #1 in the country on Billboard's Top 100 chart with this song. (Now, doesn't Buckingham sound British or is it that Fleetwood Mac guy, or maybe a famous water fountain in Chicago.)

(I'M NOT YOUR) STEPPIN' STONE-- MONKEES-- The "B" side of the number one song in Chicago, a two-sided hit (by these lads from Liverpo...er US)
I'M A BELIEVER-- MONKEES-- The "A" side

So, There You Are, Music from 43 years ago. If You Can Remember These, You're Getting Old. --RoadDog

The Somoan-Chicago Bear Connection

Manumaleuna, Tinoisamoa, Toealna.

Not exactly your Tinkers to Evers to Chance threesome. But they all have something in common. They are all Bears players of Somoan or American-Somoan heritage.

OK, I was happy that the Tribune had a map of the location. I figured somewhere in the Pacific, but had no clue exactly where (southwest of Hawaii).

From the Jan. 15, 2011, Chicago Tribune "Somoans savoring Bears' run" by Gerry Smith.

That would be tight end Brandon Manumaleuna, linebacker Tinoisamoa and Matt Toealna.

You can bet the small group of Somoans in Chicago will be watching the playoff game Sunday and their pride in their players will shine through.

Somoa has a population of about 180,000 and American-Somoa about 65,000. Both suffer from poverty and many have moved away for a better life. There are only 150 in the Chicago area who claim Somoan descent.

The first Somoan to play in the NFL was Al Lolotai in the 1940s. Today, a surprising 30 Somoans play in the NFL with Pittsburgh's star safety Troy Polamalu probably the best-known. The Bears' opponent, the Seahawks have their own Somoan, linebacker Lofa Tatupu.

It is not too hard to locate Somoan players on the field as many have long black hair flowing out of their helmets and jerseys that barely contain their phonetically challenging last names (it sure took me a long time to type the names).

I sure didn't know about all these Somoans playing in the NFL.

Doing the "Siva Afi" the Traditional Somoan Knife Dance (Wonder If It's Like That Maori Haka?) --RoadDog


QUOTES: Santa Claus had the right idea. Visit people just once a year. --Victor Borge

Friday, January 14, 2011

Where Were You January 9, 1967?-- Part 3

Songs playing on your radio back then.

MELLOW YELLOW-- DONOVAN-- (What do they call him?)
IT'S NOW WINTER'S DAY-- TOMMY ROE-- Getting caught up in a winter head trip. What did they put in his eggnog, anyway? Just in time for winter '67. (One I have never heard before. Not too impressed.)

GIMME SOME LOVIN'-- SPENCER DAVIS GROUP-- brand new from a British Invasion band. (With that young Stevie Winwood singing and playing the keys.)
DEVIL WITH A BLUE CRESS/GOOD GOLLY MISS MOLLY-- MITCH RYDER & the DETROIT WHEELS-- Top ten. (The name of a song and group that never ends.)

TAXMAN-- BEATLES-- At this point in time, the latest we had from the Beatles. From the Revolver album released in August of 1966. We were a month away from a new Beatle single "Penny Lane" on the "A" side and "Strawberry Fields Forever" on the "B" side.
TOMORROW NEVER KNOWS-- BEATLES-- Closes the Revolver album.

The Number One Song in Chicago Up Next. --RoadDog


QUOTES: The secret of a good sermon is to have a good beginning and a good ending; and to have the two as close together as possible. --George Burns

White vs. Multi: How Does Your Family Stand?-- Part 2

Electric lights replaced dangerous candles in the early 1900s and the popularity of Christmas lights exploded after World War II.

I have had outside lights since we moved to Spring Grove in 1992. While in Round Lake Beach, Illinois, I had a problem because we didn't have outside outlets and I don't know if there were already outside timers even if I had the outlets.

Those outside timers are by far the key for me to have outside lights. If there were none, I wouldn't have outside lights. Few things in life are less enjoyable than going outside into sub-freezing weather at 10 or 11 pm from a nice warm house to turn off lights. It just wouldn't happen.

Plus, when we had our house built, I got four outside outlets.

Then, Emproprise brings up another distinct question, blinking or non-blinking lights? He says non-blinking.

Most of mine are non-blinking, but I do have a few strands of chasers at either end of the display as well as one of those blinking spiral trees. And I do have a cascading strand in the gazebo.

Enough Christmas Talk for Eleven More Months. --RoadDog


QUOTES: I had a rose named after me and I was very flattered. But I was not at all pleased to read the description in the catalogue:- "No good in bed, but does fine against a wall."-- Eleanor Roosevelt.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

White vs. Multi: How Does Your Family Stand?

And, we're talking Christmas lights here. It's an age old question that has divided neighbors and even families.

Do you put up strings of multi-colored lights or white (clear) lights?

I came across an article in the Dec. 23, 2010, New York Times "A Tug of War, With Strings of Lights" by Cara Buckley.

A lot of it details the trials and tribulations of the McCarthy family, who, in 2005, after their first child was born, , the husband began decorating their Bronx home. Over the years, claiming that it was "for the kids," he began decorating more and more until "every surface became his canvas." OK, he went overboard ala Clark Griswald in the movie "Christmas Vacation."

Only problem was he liked multi-colored lights while his wife was prone toward the all-white. After some arguments, they reached an agreement and alternate years.

Problem solves, but I wonder if Mr. McCarthy has his wife put up "her" lights or if he does it.

How About You? --RoadDog


QUOTES: Last week, I stated this woman was the ugliest woman I had ever seen. I have since been visited by her sister, and now wish to withdraw that statement. --Mark Twain

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Oh, Those Christmas Lights

Well, they're down here at the house, both in and outside. Liz said we ended up paying another $60 beyond what we normally pay in a month because of our lights. They're worth it though. I just hate putting up and taking them down outside when it's too cold or when there is too much snow on the ground and bushes.

Liz is in charge of the upstairs inside with the wall decorations, window lights, two trees and all the put-around stuff, especially the many-many Santa Clauses. Most of this is my fault as I have a hard time going into stores over the holidays, which begin in September, and not buying something that catches my eye. Lots of stuff catch my eye. Liz is always hesitant when she sees me toting a bag in the house during this period and thinking, now where am I going to put that.

I handle the sun room, outside and Margataville (the downstairs bar) and basement. Liz puts the railroad track around the main tree, but the village inside the track is my responsibility.

Liz gets mad because it takes me much less time to do my decorating. I have a system in place and put everything up in the order I need them for the following year. Plus, I have reduced the number of outside lights by about half over the years.

How many Days Until next Christmas? Liz Doesn't Want to Know. --RoadDog


The Last YOU'RE A FLORIDIAN IF...you recognize Miami-Dade as North Cuba.

Where Were You January 9, 1967?-- Part 2

Again, these were songs playing on your radio back all those43 years ago.

98.6-- KEITH--
CAN;T YOU SEE (THAT I REALLY LOVE YOU)-- FLOCK-- From Chicago, Illinois, their first local hit which made its CD debut on Rock and Roll Roots Vol. 11. (I don't remember it.)

NASHVILLE CATS-- LOVIN' SPOONFUL-- (I sure hated country music back then, but could handle this song.)
KNOCK ON WOOD-- EDDIE FLOYD-- New from Stax Records in Memphis, Tennessee. (Those great Booker T. & the MGs backing him up.)

DANCING IN THE STREET-- MAMAS AND PAPAS-- "B" side of two-sided hit. Cover of an old Martha and the Vandellas hit.
I NEED SOMEBODY-- ? AND THE MYSTERIANS-- Follow up to "96 Tears." (And sure sounded like it.)

LET'S SPEND THE NIGHT TOGETHER-- ROLLING STONES-- The "B' side of a double sided hit, the one you'd rarely ever hear on the radio back in those days. You didn't hear this ever on the radio because of the title and subject matter of the song which pushed the envelope just a little too much for January 9, 1967. The other side of the hit got all sorts of airplay.
(WE AIN'T GOT) NOTHIN' YET-- BLUES MAGOOS-- (Kind of psychedelic meets garage rock.)

Not Finished Yet. --RoadDog


YOU'RE A FLORIDIAN IF...You've worn shorts and used the A/C on Christmas and New Year's Day.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

JSIS: Gas Gouge-- Gov. Ryan-- This Date

Just Some Interesting Stuff.


1. GAS GOUGE-- Yesterday, it was all over the news that Chicago and surrounding burbs have the highest gas prices in the US!!! Hey, we're NUMBER 1!!! We're NUMBER ONE!! Just one more good reason to live here.


2. GOV. RYAN-- Sad to see what they're doing with former Governor George Ryan. His wife of all those years is dying and there is talk about whether or not to let him out of jail to be by her side for her last hours.

Hey, let him out and tack the time on to the end of his sentence. And I mean until she dies, the funeral and settling of affairs.

It's the right thing to do.


3. THIS DATE-- Looking at The Olde Disc Jockey's Almanac website:

Jan. 11, 1966-- The Best of Herman's Hermits was certified gold. This was the first album I ever bought, right, Mrs. Brown?

Jan. 11, 1967-- Jimi Hendrix began recording the song "Purple Haze: but didn't finish it until Feb, 3rd. Well, "Scuze Me While Kiss the ___!"

Jan. 11, 1969-- Jethro Tull releases first album "This Was." I became a real big Tull fan.

Love That "Purple Haze" Experience. --RoadDog


YOU'RE A FLORIDIAN IF...you were 25 before you met your first person who couldn't swim.

1-11-11

How's that for a date. January 11, 2011, as in the numbers 1-11-11. Sounds a bit onesy to me.

Of course, this is the third set of hmmnn numbers we've had in the last three months. Starting with October 10, 2010, 10-10-10, a date many marriages were held. "Let's see the groom forget this WEDDING DATE!!"

Then,just ten days ago we had January 1, 2011, or 1-1-11 if you cheated and didn't do 1-01-11.

And the Numbers Just Keep Going On and On. --RoadDog


YOU'RE A FLORIDIAN IF...you understand why it's better to have a friend with a boat, than to have a boat yourself.

Movie Scratches: Star Wars Series

At the end of last year, Spike ran all six Star Wars movies in order, well, the new order after the prequels came out. I have been wanting to see all of them at once and this was my opportunity.

EPISODE 1: PHANTOM MENACE-- Meet Jar Jar "How Rude" Binks and Anikin Skywalker with whom the Force is Strong. And don't forget the funny Droids who have nothing to do with phones.

EPISODE 2: ATTACK OF THE CLONES-- Anikin starts showing some serious defects.

EPISODE 3: REVENGE OF THE SITH-- Anikin goes over to the Dark Side and becomes Darth Vader. His twins are born and secret wife dies.

EPISODE 4: A NEW HOPE-- Meet Darth's kids, Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker. Luke learns he is a Jedi. Plus new buds Han and Chewbaca.

EPISODE 5: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK-- Luke grows up and finds that Darth is his dad.

EPISODE 6: RETURN OF THE JEDI-- The Final Confrontation between Luke and his dad. Darth is not AL bad, after all and saves his son.

"Luke, I Am Your Father." --RoadDog


YOU'RE A FLORIDIAN IF...you can pronounce Okeechobee, Kissimee, Withalacoochee, Thonotosassa and Micanopy. Huh?

Monday, January 10, 2011

Liz's 60th Birthday Today

Hard to believe, but Liz turned 60 today!!

We had a laid-back celebration, starting with a card and book gifts (Wizard of Oz and a historical look for the changes in the pictures book.)

Lunch was at one of our favorite places, the China Buffet in Fox Lake, Illinois. I'll never know how they're able to put all that great food out there for that price, $6.99 for lunch.

Looked at the pet store (and fortunately didn't find a puppy).

Then, on to Hello Folks where we got together with Rick , played NTN (three top twenty finishes) and enjoyed the $1.50 pints.

last stop was the American Legion and 50 cent 10-oz. drafts and the first half of the Oregon-Auburn game.

I'll be joining Liz at those heights near the end of May. Until then, I remain a "youthful" 59.

Growing Older, But Not Up. --RoadDog


YOU'RE A FLORIDIAN IF...you've hosted a hurricane party.

Where Were You January 9, 1967?-- Part 1

Yesterday, Bob Stroud did a Time Warp to that date in 1967 and 1977 on his Rock and Roll Roots program on WDRV in Chicago.

As usual, it took me back and I even heard two songs from '67 that I don't remember hearing then.

On January 9, 1967, I was a sophomore at Palatine High School in Palatine, Illinois, and taking the bus to school. At the time, I had a broken foot I'd gotten in wrestling the previous month.

I had gotten one of those hockey games where you pushed and pulled your metal players around the rink for Christmas and was getting quite good at it. As a matter of fact, no one could beat me. I had all that time to practice.

My brother was mad because I also got out of doing chores like shoveling snow. Little did he realize the Great Chicago Blizzard of 1967 was on its way. He still hasn't forgiven me for that one. He claims I broke my foot on purpose to get out of shoveling. I just smiled as he trudged out the door, snow shovel in hand and mumbling stuff under his breath.

As usual, Bob Stroud's comments first and mine are in parentheses.

These were songs playing on our radio in Chicago Jan. 9, 1967, on either WLS or WCFL.


PUSHIN' TOO HARD-- SEEDS-- out of Los Angeles, California. (And as good of garage rock as you can get. Poor Sky Saxon, the group's leader died June 25, 2009. His death was completely overshadowed by the death of Michael Jackson that same day.))
STANDING IN THE SHADOWS OF LOVE-- FOUR TOPS-- Follow up to "Reach Out, I'll Be There."

TELL IT TO THE RAIN-- FOUR SEASONS-- The Four Tops weren't the only Fours in your radio. (You know, those Jersey Boys.)
TELL IT LIKE IT IS-- AARON NEVILLE-- (From that great singing and playing neville family.)

More to Come. --RoadDog


YOU'RE A FLORIDIAN IF...you know the four seasons are really hurricane season, the love bug season, tourist season and summer.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Gone, But Not Forgotten: Rock and Roll Era Musicians

This past Jan. 2, 2011, Bob Stroud's Rock and Roll Roots show was dedicated to those musicians of our era who died in 2010.

I will be writing about them on my history blog http://cootershistorything.blogspot.com in the coming days.

But here is the list:

ROBERT LESTER of the Chi-Lites
JOHNNY MAESTRO of the Brooklyn Bridge and the Crests
MIKE EDWARDS of Electric Light Orchestra

Alex Chilton of the Box Tops and Big Star
JIMMY ROGERS of the Mauds
RONNIE JAMES DIO of Dio, Black Sabbath and Rainbow

CAPTAIN BEEFHEART-- Don Van Vleit
PETER QUAIFE of the Kinks

BOBBY HEBB
SOLOMON BURKE

DOUR FIEGER of the Knack
DALE HAWKINS

And, Stroud left out General Norman Johnson of the Showmen and Chairman of the Board.

Some Great Music Out of These Guys. --RoadDog

Thursday, January 6, 2011

A Heads Up for Sixties Fans!!

At 10 am CST, today and at 10 pm tonight (a rebroadcast), Bob Stroud is doing his Ten at Ten for the year 1967. Great music and news items taking you right back.

Also. this Sunday, Stroud does his Rock and Roll Roots Show from 7 to 10 am and he will time warp us back to January 9, 1967 for an hour and a half, then jump forward a decade to Jan. 9, 1977 for the last half.

You can listen to him at the Drive, on 96.9 and 97.1 FM or on the internet at www.wdrv.com.

Back to the Sixties Again. --RoadDog


YOU'RE A FLORIDIAN IF...shoes are for business meetings and church.

WLS Silver Dollar Survey Dec. 31, 1960

From the WLS 94.9 FM website.

It is great seeing the call letters WLS, although now WLS-FM, back on the air.

There was quite the mix of music being played at WLS way back fifty years ago!!

10. NORTH TO ALASKA-- Johnny Horton
9. RAT RACE-- Richard Maltby
8. ANGEL BABY-- Rosie and the Originals

7. LONELY TEENAGER-- Dion
6. YOU'RE SIXTEEN-- Johnny Burnette
5. A THOUSAND STARS-- Kathy Young
4. MAGNIFICENT SEVEN-- Al Caiola

3. EXODUS-- Ferrante & Teicher
2. ARE YOU LONESOME TONIGHT-- Elvis Presley
1. WONDERLAND BY NIGHT-- Bert Kaempfret

These are definitely songs you would expect to hear being played together on today's radio. But, that was then.

My Favorite Radio Station of Youth, Long-Long Ago. --RoadDog


YOU'RE A FLORIDIAN IF...a mountain is any hill 100 feet above sea level.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Still Our Favorite Bears-- Part 3

From the Nov. 6, 2010 Chicago Tribune "Ditka-Ryan Bear hug kicks off celebration" by Fred Mitchell.

Oh the stories they could tell, and they keep getting better with the passing of all these years. And there have been 25, hard to believe, years since that glorious '85 season topped off by the Super Bowl XX win.

Jim McMahon, decked out in a multi-colored sports jacket said, "It's great to see some of these guys that I haven't seen in 20 years. Returning 1985 Bears convened Nov. 5th at the Arie Crown Theater.

Da Coach hugged defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan, putting to bed their famous tiff.

Linebacker Wilber Marshall was a no-show, saying it had to do with a financial disagreement with the Bears. William "The Fridge" Perry wasn't there either because of health issues.

Jarrett Payton, the son of Walter Payton was there representing his father. He said, "And I think my dad would be so happy right now because they put a lot of work into this team. There's a reason the '85 Bears are still talked about to this day and why they are so special to Chicago."

Mike McCaskey, on behalf of the Bears organization, handed out gift boxes to those in attendance with their Bears jerseys.

Man, I Sure Would Have Liked to be There. --RoadDog


YOU'RE A FLORIDIAN IF...you get annoyed at tourists who feed the seagulls.

Less Than a Month to Groundhog Day!!

Twenty-eight days to be exact.

Last year, according to the St. Louis Today, PETA proposed using a robotic groundhog for the Pennsylvania Festival in Punxsutawney (and, I spelled it without looking it up). They believe it is unfair to keep a groundhog in captivity and subject him (or her) to bright lights and big crowds.

William Deeley, president of the Inner Circle of the the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club has said that Phil gets treated better than the average child in Pennsylvania and is inspected annually by the State Department of Agriculture.

Of course, there's the one out in Pennsylvania, but closer to the Midwest, we have our own one out in Woodstock, Illinois.

You can get all the information you need at www.woodstockgroundhog.org.

Will he or Won't He? --RoadDog


YOU'RE A FLORIDIAN IF...you have a drawer full of bathing suits and one sweatshirt.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Still Our Favorite Bears-- Part 2

The face of the Bears was no doubt, Da Coach, otherwise known as Mike Ditka. People still go to his restaurant on East Chesnut to pay $27 for a pork chop. Expensive, but "damn good pork chop.

If I had anything against the man, it was having to see him on TV back in the 80s selling any and everything. And he is still selling everything from cigars, wine, sweater vests, vacation packages, Arena Football tickets and words of inspiration. I seem to recall he even pitched for a male enhancement product at one time.

But there was no negating his passion of the football field. If you wanted to know how the game was going, all you had to do was observed Ditka's face.

Sadly, however, we lost the heart of that team, Walter Payton, far too young. Then, there is the rookie, the Fridge, who isn't doing well health wise.

As far as the '85 Bears, "The style of ball they played, the manner in which they dominated and the way they connected with the public made them unique in the history of pro football. There could never be another 1985 Bears."

After all, how many NFL teams have had their own Saturday Night Live skit?

Lovin' Dem Bears, Well, Da Bears. --RoadDog


YOU'RE A FLORIDIAN IF...Flip-flops are for everyday wear if you're not barefoot or Step on a Flip Top.

Movie Scratches: Morning-- Unstoppable-- Love

A quick look at movies I have seen.

In 2010 I got out to see 71 movies. I spent $228.50 and saw 15 for free.


69. MORNING GLORY-- 12-8-- FOX LAKE $4-- A grumpy, gruff old guy deals with a bubbly overachiever.


70. UNSTOPPABLE-- 12-15-- FOX LAKE $4-- This one will wear you out.


71. LOVE & OTHER DRUGS-- 12-15-- FOX LAKE $4-- Don't care starts to care, then really sad, then glad at end.

Thus Starts Another Year. --RoadDog


YOU'RE A FLORIDIAN IF..."Down South" means Key West.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Still Our Favorite Bears-- Part 1

We're so happy that the Bears are back in the playoffs again and also happy that the coach (not Da Coach) finally shows some expression.

But our all-time favorite team was the one from a quarter century ago, can it really have been 25 years ago? I still know most of the players names, more than I can say about this year's batch.

Back in November, the '85 Bears held a reunion in Chicago with quite a few in attendance. Hey, the 1985 Bears have never gone away.

Dan Pompei had an article in the November 5, 2010 Chicago Tribune about our Da Bears.

Many of us still have a VCR tape of Super Bowl XX tucked away somewhere. I know I have. Of course, many folks no longer have anything to play it on. I also still have yellowed newspaper clippings and my copy of "Super Bowl Shuffle."

That Friday, at least 25 of Dose Bears showed up at the Arie Crown Theater in Chicago to talk about that special season and some fans paid up to $199 a ticket to see Da Guys.

Pompei says there was a delightful transparency about those '85 Bears.

Chicago loved Dose Bears and Dose Bears loved the city right back, By Pompei's count, 20 of them still live here. You constantly hear of them being somewhere, signing autographs or opening a store.

And, I'm Not Finished Yet. --RoadDog


YOU'RE A FLORIDIAN IF... You think a six-foot alligator is pretty average.

It's a New Year's Celebration

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 30TH-- This was our trip to Kenosha, Wisconsin, playing NTN at Uncle Mike's the Brat Stop and Donovan's. The brats at the Brat Stop have to be the best I've ever had and that's saying a lot in Wisconsin, the Brat Capital of the US. The Brat Stop is one of the top tourist attractions in the area.


FRIDAY, DECEMBER 31ST-- We celebrated New Year's Eve at the Legion. It was everything you'd expect to have on this party, only earlier for us stay-up late challenged. Great food, friends and lots and lots of shots and beers.

Woke up before midnight, watched the Chicago fireworks and we sure had a lot around here.


SATURDAY, JANUARY 1ST-- Watched the Stooges and Tournament of Roses Parade. Went over to the Kellehers for a day of Bowl Games, food and drinking with them and the Clintons.

Definitely not a good day for the Big ten. Didn't mind Michigan losing, but the Northwestern and Wisconsin losses were hard to take.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 2ND-- Listened to Bob Stroud's annual "Gone But Not Forgotten show on Rock and Roll Roots.

Went to After the Fox Bar on Fox River and watched the Bear-Packer game. Too bad we lost, but I do pull for the Packers unless they play the Bears so am happy they're going to the playoffs.

A Good Time. --RoadDog


YOU'RE A FLORIDIAN IF...You know what a snowbird is and when they'll leave.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

What To Do New Year's Day

Listening to the Northwestern game right now. We can't watch it because we don't get ESPNU.

I just listened to Myrtle Beach's Surf radio station 94.9 FM play the yearly Top 40.
The number one song was "Boardwalk Angel" by the Sand Band. This is an old Billy Joe Royal song.

Off and on I will be watching the Three Stooges marathon on AMC. Love those guys, especially when they have Curley.

In a while, we're going over to some friend's house to watch bowl games. We're especially up for the Rose Bowl.

Speaking of which, I watched some of the Tournament of Roses parade and recorded the rest. That's got to be the best parade anywhere. Period.

New Year's Day. --RoadDog


YOU'RE A FLORIDIAN IF...You're on first name basis with the hurricane list. They aren't Hurricane Charley or Hurricane Andrew. You know them as Andrew, Charley, Frances, Ivan and Camille.

Number One Songs This Date-- Part 2-- Jan. 1, 2011

1973 YOU'RE SO VAIN-- Carly Simon-- show me some teeth.
1972 BRAND NEW KEY-- Melanie-- This song always reminds me of karaoke at Donovan's Reef in Panama City Beach now. One girl always sings it.
1971 MY SWEET LORD/ISN'T IT A PITY-- George Harrison-- not a bad effort.
1970 RAINDROPS KEEP FALLING ON MY HEAD-- B'J. Thomas-- From the movie "Butch Cassidy and Sundance Kid."

1961 ARE YOU LONESOME TONIGHT-- Elvis Presley-- Probably my all-time LEAST-FAVORITE Elvis song. Gag!!
1951 TENNESSEE WALTZ-- Patti Page-- Before you rock and rolled, you waltzed.
1941 FRENESI-- Artie Shaw-- Big Band Music

1931 YOU'RE DRIVING ME CRAZY! (WHAT DID I DO?)-- Guy Lombardo
1921 WHISPERING-- Paul Whiteman
1911 PLAY THAT BARBERSHOP CHORD-- Bert Williams
1901 MY BLUSHIN' ROSIE-- Albert Campbell

If the Raindrops are Falling on Your Head, Use the Umbrella. --RoadDog


YOU'RE A FLORIDIAN IF...you dread love bug season. (I don't get this one.)

Number One Songs This Date-- Part 1-- Jan. 1, 2011

As always, thanks to Josh Hosler at www.joshhosler.biz/NumberOneinHistory/SelectMonth for the list. You can pick any day and look at every #1 song from 2011 back to he 1890s.

2011 FIREWORK-- Katy Perry
2001 INDEPENDENT WOMEN-- PART 1-- Destiny's Child
1991 JUSTIFY MY LOVE-- Madonna
1981 (JUST LIKE) STARTING OVER-- John Lennon-- Gone way too soon.

1980 PLEASE DON'T GO-- KC & the Sunshine Band-- a non-disco song from them.
1979 TOO MUCH HEAVEN-- Bee Gees
1978 HOW DEEP IS YOUR LOVE-- Bee Gees-- Wonder why they were so hot back then?
1977 TONIGHT'S THE NIGHT (GONNA BE ALL RIGHT)-- Rod Stewart-- Pure sex from the mod one.

1976 SATURDAY NIGHT-- Bay City Roller-- How I learned how to spell that day of the week.
1975 LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS-- Elton John-- from the "Sgt. Pepper's" movie.
1974 TIME IN A BOTTLE-- Jim Croce-- Also gone way too soon.

Going Back to 2001. --RoadDog


YOU'RE A FLORIDIAN IF...you know that anything under a Category 3 just isn't worth waking up for.

A Happy 1-1-11 to Ya!!

It's January 1, 2011 as in 1-1-11 today.

The fifth year of this blog which began back in 2007 when I couldn't figure out how to get to my first blog, the Roadlog.

Objective this year is for, as usual, to have 365 entries.

This is my music and what I am doing blog.

Other blogs:

HISTORY: http://cootershistorything.blogspot.com
CIVIL WAR: http://sawtheelephant.blogspot.com
ROADS: http://roaddogsroadlog.blogspot.com

I may have to drop one of them one of these days. Between researching and two-fingered typing, that takes too long.

Where Did That Last Year Go Si Fast? --RoadDog


YOU'RE A FLORIDIAN IF...Every other house in your neighborhood had blue roofs in 2004-2005.