Thursday, March 31, 2011

Cutting Down Those NCAA Nets

I found an interesting blog on Yahoo Sports about where the tradition of cutting down the nets came from. It has to do with the state of Indiana and a college in North Carolina.

To see it, go to my history blog, today's date, at
http://cootershistorything.blogspot.com

Eric Clapton's Top Sixteen Bracket

Based on the bracket formula, these are my favorite Eric songs.

1 I SHOT THE SHERIFF
16 TULSA TIME

WINNER: I Shot the Sheriff (An early intro to reggae.)

8 I CAN'T STAND IT
9 WONDERFUL TONIGHT

WINNER: Wonderful Tonight (Great slow-dancing song.)

5 WHITE ROOM
12 HELLO OLD FRIEND

WINNER: White Room (Liked both, but I'm a big Cream fan.)

4 FOR YOUR LOVE
13 FOREVER MAN

WINNER: For Your Love (I'm a big 'Birds fan.)

6 PROMISES
11 AFTER MIDNIGHT

WINNER: Promises (Liked both of them.)

3 SUNSHINE OF YOUR LOVE
14 WILLIE & THE HAND JIVE

WINNER: Sunshine of Your Love (Both had great guitar riffs.)

7 LAYLA
10 I'VE GOT A ROCK N' ROLL HEART

WINNER: Layla (But I also like Rock N' Roll Heart a lot as well)

2 LAY DOWN SALLY
15 CROSSROADS

WINNER: Crossroads (Like I said, Cream fan.)

Big upset of the first round, "Crossroads" beating out "Lay Down Sally."

Round Two Tomorrow. Elite 8. --RoadDog


WHY TEACHERS LOOK LIKE THAT:
Q. How is dew formed?
A. The sun shines down on the leaves and makes them perspire.

Eric Clapton's Sweet Sixteen

This being bracket season and all that, last Sunday, Bob Stroud featured Eric Clapton's Sixteen Biggest-Selling Hits of Eric Clapton, no matter what group he was with. Or, at least I think it was his best-selling hits as I didn't hear the show, being in North Carolina and all. EC-- Eric Clapton

16. TULSA TIME-- EC
15. CROSSROADS-- Cream EC
14. WILLIE & THE HAND JIVE--
13. FOREVER MAN-- EC

12. HELLO OLD FRIEND-- EC
11. AFTER MIDNIGHT-- EC
10. I'VE GOT A ROCK AND ROLL HEART-- EC
9. WONDERFUL TONIGHT-- EC

8. I CAN'T STAND IT-- EC
7. LAYLA-- Derek & the Dominoes
6. PROMISES-- EC
5. WHITE ROOM-- Cream

4. FOR YOUR LOVE-- Yardbirds
3. SUNSHINE OF YOUR LOVE-- Cream
2. LAY DOWN SALLY-- EC
1. I SHOT THE SHERIFF-- EC

In keeping with the spirit of the b-ball tournament, I'll run the songs like games, with 16 playing 15, 14 playing 13 and so forth to come up with my favorite-ever Eric Clapton song. Hopefully, I'll do better than i did with my basketball picks.

Wait a minute, I'll have to do them #16 vs. #1, #15 vs. #2.

I'll rewrite the pairings.

Shouldn't Have Started This. --RoadDog


WHY TEACHERS LOOK LIKE THAT:
Q. What causes the tides in oceans?
A. The tides are a fight between the earth and the moon. All water tends to flow toward the moon, because there is no water on it, and nature abhors a vacuum. I forget where the sun joins the fight.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Sure Glad I Don't Bet on Those Dumb Brackets "No" More

I used to bet, but not any more. As a matter of fact, i fill out several brackets at different places, but don't even look afterwards.

Why should I look? I won't do well anyway. Nothing but red lines through most names. And, O watch college basketball a lot as a way to get through these lousy winters. Liz picks schools she likes or has been to and almost always does better than me.

Who would have figured these final four teams. OK, UConn and Kentucky, maybe. But definitely not against Pittsburgh, Duke, Kansas, or Ohio State.

And, then, the OTHER TWO? I even had to look up to see where Virginia Commonwealth was. I found out Butler's location about four years ago when they started having ranked teams. Butler? Who? And then last year they went to the Championship Game!!

By the way, obviously I didn't have any of these.

Still My favorite Sporting Event of the Year. --RoadDog


WHY TEACHERS LOOK LIKE THAT:
Q: Explain one of the processes by which water can be made safe to drink.

A: Flirtation makes water safe to drink because it removes large pollutants loke grit, sand, dead sheep and canoeists.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Here in North Carolina-- Part 4-- No Joy in Tarheel State

This has been a hard four days on the rabid Carolina and Duke fans in this basketball-crazy state.

Thursday night, they had to endure Duke's complete collapse versus Arizona. How could they blow an 11-point lead like that? So, those Cameron Crazies are now the Cameron Cryers.

Then, yesterday, the Carolina Tarheels met a similar fate, a loss to Kentucky. There was a five-point plateau the Tarheels just couldn't surmount for most of the game. They were down by nine by the time we got to the Oak Ridge Boys concert in Kenansville.

After Billy Dean played, someone came on the p.a. and said the game was tied, but that was the last we heard of the game. When we got back to cousin Graham's place, we watched the last ten minutes which he had recorded and they did tie it up, but unfortunately lost.

Graham was even so unhappy that he said he was going to erase the game. But, Graham, they still lost.

Now Folks in NC Don't Know What to Do Next Weekend for the Final Four. --RoadDog

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Here in North Carolina-- Part 3: Eating at Mae's, Beachin' and Freezin' with the Embers

MARCH 25TH-- FRIDAY

Mom and I drove to Seven Springs, (pop. 85) about 13 miles from Goldsboro. We had a feast for breakfast at Mae's Restaurant: $5 for a loaded western omelet, double grits (Hey! NC!!), toast and coffee. Quite an experience.

We then drove around to various sites connected with the Civil War Battle of White Hall, the Methodist Church on the hill above town from where Union batteries fired on Confederate troops and the CSS Neuse, and one of the two hotels built to provide rooms for people visiting the springs, each one of the seven reputed to help with a different disease,

On the way back, we went to the Cliffs of the Neuse State Park which are 70 feet above the Neuse River.

Back in Goldsboro, I went to Berkely Mall and enjoyed browsing through the CDs at the FYE store. These days, choices of CDs are getting harder and harder to find.


MARCH 26TH-- SATURDAY

My brother Bob and I drove over to the Fremont Daffodil Festival and enjoyed the Beach band Embers who have been playing music together since the late 1950s. They are one of the best Beach Music Show Bands in the state and put on an excellent show.

I also talked with men from the local Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp and had my first-ever applejack pastry. Good eatin', can I have another?

Too bad the weather was so unseasonably cold. We left before the end of the Embers show as I was beginning to see my breath and it was starting to drizzle.

"I Love Beach Music" a Song by the Embers. --RoadDog

Friday, March 25, 2011

Don't Eat These!!

From the March 21st List Universe.

Ten Common Plants You Didn't Know Were Toxic

For pictures and text, see Listverse.

10. Poinsettia
9. English Ivy
8. Easter Lily

7. Lockspur
6. aloe vera
5. azalea

4. dumb cane
3. oleander
2. foxglove

1. detura stramonium

Fortunately for me, I never had any intention of eating any of these.

Also, Don't Drink the Water. --RoadDog

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Here in North Carolina-- Part 2: Too Much Old Time 'Ligion?-- 'Cuein in the Tarheel State

MARCH 23RD-- WEDNESDAY: ONE DAY, FOUR CHURCHES

Went to the Salvation Army building in Goldsboro to prepare for tomorrow's barbecue dinner. Then went to Lenten services at a black Baptist church outside of town and had lunch.

At 5, went to dinner at the Fist Baptist Church and part of their Bible study. Left early and went to the Madison Avenue Baptist Church for a show presented by the Chowan University Singers, a forty member group. Instead of spring break at a beach, they were doing their spring concert tour. Quite impressive group.


MARCH 24TH-- THURSDAY: THAT'S A LOT OF 'CUE

From 9:30 to 2:30, I was at the Salvation Army for the Women's Auxiliary annual Barbecue Dinner. The 'cue was from Wilber's so you know it had to be good. Not a bad deal, either and for a good cause: barbecue, potato salad, cole slaw, hush puppies, dessert and drink for $7.

I ended up spending most of the time on delivery to various places with Norman Edgerton and had a great talk with him when I found out he was the go-to guy in Goldsboro on all things East Carolina University. I'm a big fan too so we had great talks driving out to the places.

Aunt Louise came over from Mt. Olive as well.

Love That Wilber's Barbecue!! -- RoadDog

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Here in North Carolina-- Part 1: Just Flew In and Are My Arms Tired

MARCH 21ST-- MONDAY: A FLYING I DO GO

Flew out of Milwaukee's Billy Mitchell Field on Continental and with a layover in Cleveland. Had to bypass a storm system out of Cleveland which added some time on the flight to Raleigh-Durham.

Brother Bob and wife Judy picked me up at the RDU and drove me to Goldsboro. Along the way, wee solved all the problems of the world.

Gas here was $3.50 to $3.60, about as bad as at home.


MARCH 22ND-- TUESDAY: WARM and FOOD

Sure enjoyed the 80 degree temps today, especially when it was 36 today at home. Brother Bob and I went to B&G's for lunch. It is downtown Goldsboro, just of Center Street and quite popular. Lunch specials are $6.50 (with tax) and include main course, two sides, hushpuppies and drink. Today was either meatloaf or chicken pastry.

Also went to Sam's Club (since Bob belongs to it).

Took a walk around Herman Park, across the street from my mom's and Bob's place. The Weil family gave it to the City of Goldsboro back 1890.

Good to Be Back in Carolina. --RoadDog

Monday, March 21, 2011

Songs for a Spring Fling-- Part 2

MAGNOLIA BLOSSOM-- Tom Petty
WILDWOOD FLOWERS-- Jim Stafford
DANDELION-- Rolling Stones
RAIN-- Beatles
LET IT GROW-- Eric Clapton

SCARLET BEGONIA-- Grateful Dead
PICTURES OF LILY-- Who
DAISY JANE-- America
COMING UP-- Pail McCartney
HERE COMES THE SUN-- Beatles

THE RAIN, THE PARK & OTHER THINGS-- Cowsills
SPRING FLOWERS-- Orleans
GARDEN PARTY-- Rick Nelson
FRESH AS A DAISY-- Emmett Rhodes

I See Bulbs Pushing Through Now!! --RoadDog


WHY TEACHERS LOOK LIKE THAT:
Q. Name the four seasons.
A. Salt, pepper, mustard and vinegar.

Songs for a Spring Fling-- Part 1

Yesterday, Bob Stroud featured songs having to do with spring on his Rock and Roll Roots show on WDRV in Chicago.

After all, it was the first day of spring. All we got around here for it was rain and a whole lot of thunder.

BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP-- Foundations
SUGAR MAGNOLIA-- Grateful Dead
LET IT RAIN-- Eric Clapton
FLOWERS NEVER BEND WITH THE RAINFALL-- Simon & Garfunkel
WILDFLOWERS-- Skylark

GREEN ONIONS-- Booket T. & the MGs
DEAD FLOWERS-- Rolling Stones
SHOWER THE PEOPLE-- James Taylor
OCTOPUS' GARDEN-- Beatles
STRAWBERRY FIELDS-- Beatles

SAN FRANCISCO (WEAR SOME FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR)-- Scott McKenzie
POLK SALAD ANNIE-- Tony Joe White

Want Some Rain with That Dirt? --RoadDog


THE LAST MAXINE SAYS: I smile because I don't know what the hell is going on.

It's Them, Not Me: What the Hey!! Did We Ever Get Gas-Gouged!!

Saturday, while driving over to the Fox Lake Historical Society meeting, I saw gas at the BP station was still at $3.48. Right down US-12, the Phillips 66 was at $3.70!!! Yesterday, it was at $3.48!! Uh-oh, better top-off.

Did a quick turn-around and filled up at $3.48 (still a rip, but better than $3.70). Gas at other stations in Fox lake was also $3.70.

Those GRB Axis of Evil (Big Oil, speculators and Middle East)folks are really putting it to us!!

On the way home, the BP station was at $3.70 as I had expected.

Excuse me, but a 22 cent increase in a manner of hours is just a bit too much. Of course, that gas in their tanks cost them additional money or is just an attempt to make-some-money by using crises? Inquiring minds want to know.

Just wait until Big Oil has to give their quarterly profits. There is a good chance that they'll be pretty big. You think?

When Are We Going to Get Some Sort of System to Control the Greed on All Groups of the Axis? --RoadDog

JSS: NCAA-- Heading to NC-- WNCT/Lighthouse Restaurant

JSS-- Just Some Stuff


1. NCAA-- How do you get better sports than this. In the third round Saturday, there weren't too many close games. But that Butler-Pittsburgh game was something else. You went from sad to glad so much in that last few minutes. Don't touch, don't touch!! The Wisconsin-Kansas State game was a good one as well.

SUNDAY there were four good ones (defined as "close"): UNC-Washington, Duke-Michigan, Marquette-Syracuse and Arizona-Texas. What happened to Purdue and Notre Dame?


2. HEADING TO NC-- At 4 pm today, I fly out of Milwaukee to Raleigh-Durham by way of Cleveland for a visit with family in North Carolina. I would have liked to drive, but not with these gas prices.


3. WNCT/LIGHTHOUSE RESTAURANT-- Listening to WNCT AM out of Greenville, NC, right now over the net. Love that Beach, Boogie and Blues and Allen Vick in the morning.

I've been hearing commercials for the Lighthouse Family Restaurant in Mount Olive which boasts the "best" bbq in Eastern North Carolina and fresh fish as well. Reckon I'll have to get over and check it out this next week.

Just Some Stuff. --RoadDog


MAXINE SAYS: The original point and click interface was a Smith & Wesson.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

My Last "Brick" of Cassettes?

I may have bought my last brick of ten cassettes at the Fox Lake Walgreen's today for $7.99. Yesterday I saw the Walgreen's in Antioch had bricks of five cassettes for $7.99. The Fox Lake and Spring Grove Walgreen stores also had the five brick packs for $7.99.

I'm not going to pay that price! Fortunately, I have been stock piling cassettes and probably have a year to go before I run out. At that time, I will be "forced" to start downloading and buying that stuff. I wonder if I'll be able to record off the radio which is what I mainly do now?

I stay with something until I can no longer get it or it becomes too expensive.

I knew this day was coming.

Soon, that will happen to my CDs as well.

I am really getting tired of people taking things I like away from me.

Thanks a Lot You Downloaders!! --RoadDog


MAXINE SAYS: Ever notice that the people who tell you to calm down are the ones that got you mad in the first place?

Over in England March 1965

From Dave McAleer's Book of Hit Singles.

We've taken a look at the songs playing in Chicago back in March 1965. Over in the UK, the Top Ten Songs for March were.

1. IT'S NOT UNUSUAL-- Tom Jones
2. I'LL NEVER FIND ANOTHER YOU-- Seekers
3. SILHOUETTES-- Herman's Hermits
4. COME AND STAY WITH ME-- Marianne Faithfull

5. THE LAST TIME-- Rolling Stones
6. I'LL STOP AT NOTHING-- Sandie Shaw
7. I MUST BE SEEING THINGS-- Gene Pitney

8. GAME OF LOVE-- Wayne Fontana & the Mindbenders
9. DON'T LET ME BE MISUNDERSTOOD-- Animals
10.YES I WILL-- Hollies

I never heard of 4, 6 and 10.

Others:

TIRED OF WAITING FOR YOU-- Kinks
CONCRETE AND CLAY-- Unit 4 Plus 2

Good Music Back Then. --RoadDog


IRISH MAXINE SAYS: May the wind at your back not be theresult of the corned beef and cabbage you had for lunch.

JSS: NCAA-- Last Snow-- Last CB&C?

JSS-- Just Some Stuff.

Watching and listening to the close Kentucky-West Virginia game while typing away.


1. NCAA-- Five close or upset games yesterday: Texas 85 Oakland 81; George Mason 61 Villanova 57; Arizona 77 Memphis 75; Washington 68 Georgia 65 and the VCU (Guess we'll have to figure out what that stands for now) 74 Georgetown 56.

How do you beat this for a sporting event?


2. LAST SNOW-- We have one last little pile of snow hanging in there in front (north side) of our house. Good riddance!!! Lousy winters!!!


3. LAST CB&C? As in corned beef and cabbage. Going over to the Fox Lake, Illinois, Volunteer Fire Department's St. Patrick's Day Dinner/Dance later. Got to get that one last corned beef and cabbage meal in.

Next week, it's Carolina-style pork BBQ!!! I can live with that.

Love That Corned beef & Cabbage!! --RoadDog


IRISH MAXINE SAYS: If you find a "Lucky" four leaf clover that means that you have entirely too much time on your hands.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Going Back to the Music of March 1965

From the Book of Hit Singles by Dave McAleer.

These are some songs that were hot back in March 1965 that Bob Stroud did not play.

THE BIRDS AND THE BEES-- Jewel Akens
THE JOLLY GREEN GIANT-- Kingsmen (Ho, Ho, Ho, No Louie Here.)
RED ROSES FOR A BLUE LADY-- Bert Kaempfert
HURT SO BAD-- Little Anthony and the Imperials

DOWNTOWN-- Petula Clark
THE BOY FROM NEW YORK CITY-- Ad Libs (While the Tradewinds were saying new York's a Lonely town when you're the only surfer boy.)
LITTLE THINGS-- Bobby Goldsboro (One of his few songs that don't gag me, the worst being "Honey.")
COME HOME-- Dave Clark Five (Don't know that I've ever heard this one.)
PEOPLE GET READY-- Impressions

Good Memories. --RoadDog


IRISH MAXINE SAYS: Pinch me on St. Patrick's Day and the road's gonna rise up to meet your face.

Everything You Could Expect-- NCAA Tournament

Sure enjoyed watching parts of those 16 games yesterday. There were those three upsets and eight other close games. Just what I like.

Regardless of my picks, which are generally losers anyway, I pull for the underdogs.

Watched the earlier ones at Donovan's Reef in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin. They had the games on four different TVs, which didn't prove a good way to watch them. You really only got to see the game closest to you.

I found the better way to watch them was at one, watching one TV, and flipping channels when a game got good (meaning close). Watched some of them in Margaritaville, out basement bar and the last ones upstairs in my messy study.

These were GREAT games:

West Virginia 84 Clemson 76 (real close until the fouling began)
Butler 60 Old Dominion 58 (Buzzer-beater)
Morehead State 62 Louisville 61 (who'd have figured this?)

Temple 66 Penn State 64 (didn't get to see it)
Kentucky 59 Princeton 57 (the best game that would have been better had Princeton won)

Richmond 69 Vanderbilt 66
BYU 74 Wofford (close most of game)
Wisconsin 72 Belmont 52 (close until last ten minutes. Took record for players with least amount of tattoos)

Kansas State 73 Utah State 68
UCLA 78 Michigan State 76

Getting My B-Ball On. --RoadDog

IRISH MAXINE SAYS: St. Patrick drove the snakes from Ireland. Wonder if I could get him to stop by my office.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Getting My St. Patrick's On

Getting ready to head over to Donovan's (good Irish name) reef in Twin Lakes for some Irish whiskey, green beer, corned beef and cabbage, and green NTN.

I may be of British ancestry, but St. Patrick was British. That's my excuse, anyway.

Besides, I really LOVE corned beef and cabbage and Irish whiskey, especially Jamison's.

I had a blog entry on things you might not know about St. Patrick on my history blog today. http://cootershistorything.blogspot.com.

Hit the St. Patrick's Day label below and you can find more green stuff.

Here's an Irish Toast. --RoadDog


MAXINE SAYS: The trouble with life is that there is no background music. (Well, today, there is Irish music.)

And, So It Starts-- NCAA Time!!

I'll be watching games as much as possible these next four days. My idea of the best sporting event anywhere. Of course, I'm pulling for all underdogs, even when they play my favs.

I have three brackets completed, but no money bet as I am tired of losing money. Liz picks strictly according to who she likes and where she's been and usually beats me.

I should probably fill out a bracket of who I think is going to win and then fill out a "real" one picking against myself and I'd most likely do better.

I picked Ohio State going all the way (usually when I tell my favorites in a game, that is the kiss of death so am putting a whammy on them. They're the best team, but I don't like OSU in any way.

Hey, when's Northern playing?

Best Sporting Event. PERIOD. --RoadDog


MAXINE SAYS: Ham and eggs. A day's work for a chicken, a lifetime commitment for a pig.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Some More Songs from March 6, 1965

When Bob Stroud comes back from commercial breaks, he usually plays parts of other songs from that date that were on your radios.

These are those songs. After the massive success of "You've Lost That Loving Feeling" their old record label, Moonglow, started re-releasing their older stuff, including "BRING YOUR LOVE TO ME."

HE WAS REALLY SAYING SOMETHING-- VELVELETTES-- From Stroud's hometown of Kalamazoo, Michigan.

GOLDFINGER-- SHIRLEY BASSEY

KING OF THE ROAD-- ROGER MILLER-- the late great Roger Miller.

ORANGE BLOSSOM SPECIAL-- JOHNNY CASH

Wow, 46 Years Ago!! Who'd Have "Figgered?" --RoadDog


MAXINE SAYS: A picture is worth a thousand words, but uses up 3000 times the memory.

Where Were You March 6, 1975?-- Part 3

Finishing up Bob Stroud's March 6th Time Warp back to that date in 1975.

All of these were songs playing on Chicago radio stations back then according to WLS and WCFL charts.

THE NO NO SONG-- RINGO STARR-- His latest. (I always get a smile when I hear this song.)
JACKIE BLUE-- OZARK MOUNTAIN DAREDEVILS-- Brand new.

SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL-- GRAND FUNK RAILROAD-- (Probably my favorite of the many songs the two versions of this group did. Remember, there was the earlier, heavy version and then the one geared to pop hits.)
FIRE-- OHIO PLAYERS-- (How can you start a song better than this.)

PHILADELPHIA FREEDOM-- ELTON JOHN--
ELDORADO OVERTURE/CAN'T GET YOU OUT OF MY HEAD--

BUNGLE IN THE JUNGLE-- JETHRO TULL-- From album War Child. (Heavy Metal Grammy winners?)

BLACK WATER-- DOOBIE BROTHERS-- The number one song in Chicago. Originally the "B" side of the 45. Once the "A" side "Another Park, Another Sunday" ran its course, disc jockeys began flopping it over and found this one. (Talk about your two-sided hits? Personally, I always turned my 45s over to hear what was on the other side and often found that song to be as good or better as the "A" side.)

Good Stuff, Maynard. --RoadDog


MAXINE SAYS: He who dies with the most toys is nonetheless DEAD!!!

It's Them, Not Me: Dadburn Downloaders

Last year, 2010, was the fourth straight year where sales of albums (CDs) were down, and they dropped by 20%!! Their days are numbered.

A total of 326.2 million units were sold, the lowest since 1991. Only 13 managed to break a million in sales.

Most record stores or out of business and when you go into Wal-Marts, K-Marts, Best Buys and the like, every few weeks, the amount of space they have goes down. It's just a matter of time before there will be none.

And the culprit? All you downloaders and the record companies as well. Record companies should have drastically lowered the price of CDs.

Sadly, you downloading types will never have the pleasure of going to a store and physically thumbing through albums or CDs, talking music in mom and pop stores, and finding that one or two "right" offerings.

Just Something Else "They" Are Taking Away from Me. --RoadDog


MAXINE SAYS: They call it PMS because Mad Cow Disease was already taken.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

JSS: Warmer, Warmer-- Robins-- Brackets

JSS-- Just Some Stuff


1. WARMER, WARMER-- That lousy old winter, fourth bad one in a row, is slowly melting away. Temps today in upper 40s, 50s tomorrow and 60s Thursday. Too bad all you snowmobilers!!


2. ROBINS-- I spotted a pair out in the yard yesterday and saw them again today. A definite harbinger of spring as we never see any during winter. Perhaps they are our "babies" of which we've had 9 in the last three years: 2, 3 and 4.


3. BRACKETS-- I've gone online twice and also picked another NCAA Tournament Bracket today at the new Snuggery in McHenry, right on the Fox River. I'm picking Ohio State to go all the way, but will be pulling against them all the way as I don't like the Buckeyes.

Just Some Stuff. --RoadDog


MAXINE SAYS: A journey of a thousand miles begins with a cash advance.

Where Were You March 6, 1975?-- Part 2

These songs were playing here in Chicago back 36 years ago.

LADY-- STYX-- Hometown heroes who broke out locally and nationally with this one. (Dennis DeYoung and boys)
YOU'RE NO GOOD-- LINDA RONSTADT-- (An old Everly Brothers song.)

PART OF THE PLAN-- DAN FOGELBERG-- (My favorite song by him. I liked this a lot better than "Longer."
ROLL ON DOWN THE HIGHWAY-- BACHMAN-TURNER OVERDRIVE-- (As good of a road song as you're going to find.)

BEST OF MY LOVE-- EAGLES-- Top Ten.
EMMA-- HOT CHOCOLATE-- A little soap opera called Emma. (Or, was it Emoline they were singing about.

So, Where Were You? Really? --RoadDog


MAXINE SAYS: Stupidity is not a handicap!! Park somewhere else!!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Done Deejayed

I did deejay from 11 to 5 Saturday at George's Cedar Inn in downtown Lake Villa, Illinois. It was the first time in a year (since I last played there) and I was happy to see that it came back to me.

I played nothing but Irish until 2:30, then played oldies from the 50s and 60s and country music interspersed with Irish music the rest of the time. I played George's favorite "No, I Don't Want to Do Dat" by the Happy Schnapps Combo four times and, of course, had to do the "Unicorn Song." Something about those GREEN alligators.

For the last five or six years, George and I have been trying to figure out how many years I've been playing at his place after the St. Patrick's Day parade. We knew it was a lot. His daughter found a flyer from the very first parade which was in 1993. I didn't start playing until the following year.

So that is, count 'em, 18 years.

I told him again that as long as my equipment works and he has the place, I'll be back.

Was I ever beat when I got home, though and that equipment has gotten REAL heavy. I wonder how I used to work five days teaching and then deejay two or three times over the weekends.

Oh, yes. I remember now. I wasn't as old then.

What Would Maxine Say? --RoadDog


MAXINE SAYS: I smile because I don't know what the hell is going on.

No Time Like the New Time-- Part 2

Some more "TIME" songs:

TAKE YOUR TIME-- Buddy Holly
TIME IS RUNNING OUT-- Steve Winwood
TIME WON'T LET ME-- Outsiders
TIME WAITS FOR NO ONE-- Rolling Stones
NO TIME-- Guess Who

TIME MACHINE-- Grand Funk Railroad
ISN'T It TIME-- Babys
HIGH TIME WE WENT-- Joe Cocker
TIME PASSAGES-- Al Stewart
FOURPLAY/LONG TIME-- Boston

TIME IS TIGHT-- Booker T. & the MGs
AIN'T WASTIN' TIME NO MORE-- Allman Brothers
TIME IS ON MY SIDE-- Rolling Stones

Time Out for YOU!! --RoadDog

No Time Like the New Time-- Part 1

Daylight Saving Time is Here...Again. Wish we could keep it all year round.

Yesterday, I missed the first hour of Bob Stroud's Rock and Roll Roots on the Timely subject of TIME, where he played "lotsa" songs dealing with you know what. I could have been up as I set clocks before going to sleep Saturday night, but needed that hour.

Can you name three songs with the word "Time" in them?






Here Are the songs Bob played:

TIME HAS COME TODAY-- Chambers Brothers
TIME OF THE SEASON-- Zombies
GIVE ME JUST A LITTLE MORE TIME-- Chairmen of the Board
TIME IN A BOTTLE-- Jim Croce
YOUR TIME IS GONNA COME-- Led Zeppelin

TIME-- Pink Floyd
OUT OF TIME-- Rolling Stones
ANYTIME AT ALL-- Beatles
NOT A SECOND TIME-- Beatles
DOES ANYBODY REALLY KNOW WHAT TIME IT IS-- Chicago

LONG TIME GONE-- CSN
NO TIME TO LOSE-- Taney-Spencer Band

Oops, Ran Out of Time. More to Come. --RoadDog



MAXINE SAYS: H Hangover is the Wrath of Grapes. (Well, If You Drink Wine.)

Friday, March 11, 2011

Deejaying Tomorrow

And I sure hope I remember how to do it. The last time I deejayed was for this party a year ago.

When we got back from Florida, I had to take the equipment out to make sure it still worked before taking the job to deejay the St. Patrick's Parade party at George's Cedar Inn on Lake Villa, Illinois.

Hey, this deejay still uses cassette tapes so I'm just a little behind. Just a wee bit.

Last night and today, I recorded a cassette tape of Flogging Molly, Dropkick Murphys and Mumford & Sons for a new slant on Irish music. I've gotten into these bands in the last year.

I no longer deejay, but told George that as long as he'd have me or the equipment worked, I do his party. I've been doing it the last 15 or 16 years. I don't charge him either.

Here's hoping I remember how to deejay after this long layoff.

By Tomorrow, I'll be REAL Tired of Irish Music. --RoadDog


MAXINE SAYS: I have a degree in Liberal Arts. Would you like fries with that?

JSS: Spring Fever-- "Battle: Los Angeles"-- Not That I Shop, But...-- $3.50 Gas

JSS-- Just Some Stuff.


1. SPRING FEVER-- Temps were in the mid 50s here today and everyone, including me, got a bit o' that spring fever. Sun was out, birds were chirping and all that grand stuff.


2. "BATTLE: LOS ANGELES"-- Just got back from seeing this movie. My kinda movie and might just go back to see it a second time. Lousy aliens!! Think you can take on the Marines and win? Ha!!!


3. NOT THAT I SHOP, BUT...-- Yesterday, I got as bad as a girl and "attacked" the big boxes over on Il-31 in McHenry. Ate at Steak 'N Shake, bought two CDs at Best Buy, got printer ink at Office Max, bought two World War II books at our Borders which will be closing soon, bought Cheeze-Its at Meijer's, a green White Sox hat at Wal-Mart for St. Patrick's Day and looked around Target.

Hey, as long as I'm in the area, my as well shop. Boy are my feet tired.


4. $3.50 GAS?-- I was shocked to see the price of gas in Fox Lake had dropped a full 8 cents since yesterday. It never goes down that fast.

Just Some Stuff. --RoadDog


MAXINE SAYS: Procrastinate Now!!

Where Were You March 6, 1975?-- Part 1

After playing the songs from March 6, 1965, Stroud jumped ahead ten years to that date 1975.

I was in my second year of teaching and we had just bought a new house in Round Lake Beach for $33,000 at 1013 Morningside. They broke ground on St. Patrick's Day and we moved in that June. How about $33,000 for a house? That will buy you a nice car these days.

Compared to 2008, when all you had to do was "say" you had enough money to buy a house, you wouldn't believe all the hassle they put us through to get that FHA loan at 8-and-a-half percent.

Liz had just gotten a job with the Round Lake school district as well and was teaching at Beach School.

We were commuting from our apartment at Villas By the Lake in Vernon Hills, Illinois.

LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS-- ELTON JOHN-- Another Beatle song in your radio (the #1 song this date in 1965 had been by the Beatles). John (Lennon) played on the track as Dr. Winston O. Boogie.
#9 DREAM-- JOHN LENNON--

PICK UP THE PIECES-- AVERAGE WHITE BAND-- first hit (Also known as AWB and I really liked how they formed the "w.")
DON'T CALL US, WE'LL CALL YOU-- SUGARLOAF-- back around for the first time in a number of years. (They had had an earlier hit with "Green-Eyed Lady where they didn't have to perform in the nude.)

More to Come. --RoadDog


MAXINE SAYS: Wrinkled was not one of the things I wanted to be when I grew up.

Movie Scratches: Rite-- Speech-- Eagle-- Unknown

A quick look at today's movies.


13. 2-9-- RITE-- Fox Lake $4-- The Devil's Gone to the cats.


14. 2-11-- THE KING'S SPEECH-- Fox Lake $5.50-- Here's your shilling. The trials of King Bertie (and definitely deserved all Academy Awards.) We need more movies like this.


15. 2-14-- THE EAGLE-- Fox Lake $5.50-- War and action. Doesn't matter what era. My kinda movie.


16. 3-9-- UNKNOWN-- Fox Lake $4-- Best not to get Liam mad, even when he's confused.

Why Does That Seat Have Plastic Over It. --RoadDog


MAXINE SAYS: Being over the hill is much nicer than being under it.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

It's Them, Not Me: Now We Know What It's All About

And, it is as bad as you can get. Wisconsin's governor, his minions and t-partiers have shown their true colors after all this time of saying it was just a budget thing. With what they pulled off last night, there can be little doubt that their assault is intended to destroy unions, the last bastion of the middle class and working man in this age of corporate and GRB avarice.

We just can't allow these groups to run rough over regular folks. The line is drawn in the sand. We can't have a country with a small percentage of very rich and no middle class.

All the GRBs want to do is take and take and make themselves even richer.

Planning on heading up to Madison myself along with a lot of friends to support the cause.

That governor is very dangerous.

It's a Telephone Kind of Day

And these days, it is REALLY telephone as most everywhere, folks as young as 4 have phones sprouting out of their ears or permanently disfigured thumbs from all that texting.

But, anyway, 135 years ago, one Alexander Graham Bell spoke the words "Mr. Warson. Come here. I want to see you." And the rest, as they say, is history despite there is some question of whether Bell stole the phone from Elisha Gray.

In honor of the event, today, Bob Stroud featured the telephone on his Ten at Ten on WDRV in Chicago.

TELEPHONE LINE-- ELO
867-5309 (JENNY JENNY)-- Tommy Tutone
OPERATOR-- Jim Croce (my favorite Jim Croce song)
DON'T LOSE MY NUMBER-- Phil Collins

LOVE ON THE TELEPHONE-- Foreigner
RIKKI DON'T LOSE MY NUMBER-- Steely Dan
TELEPHONE SONG-- Vaughn Brothers

CALL ME-- Blondie
DON'T CALL US-- Sugarloaf
MEMPHIS-- Chuck Berry

One Ringy-Dingy, Two Ringy-Dingy. --RoadDog


MAXINE SAYS: It's scary when you start making the same noises as your coffee maker.

Where Were You March 6, 1965?-- Part 4

Closing out the year.

MY GIRL-- TEMPTATIONS-- Hands down, their most famous ballad written by million-seller Smokey Robinson. (How could you miss that famous intro and then, there was that fantastic choreography the Temps did up on the stage.)
NEW YORK'S A LONELY TOWN-- TRADEWINDS-- One-hit wonder. (Well, did you really expect to find surfers in New York City? Perhaps surf on ship wakes in the Hudson?)

FERRY CROSS THE MERSEY-- GERRY AND THE PACEMAKERS-- Top Ten. (This one always takes me back to MYF, Methodist Youth Fellowship, in Palatine, Illinois. We had a sock hop and that was one song they played but I was too 'skeered to ask a girl to dance.)
CAN'T YOU FEEL MY HEARTBEAT-- HERMAN'S HERMITS-- Top Ten. (OK, I was getting ready to buy my first album and it was between Herman's Greatest Hits and the Beatles. I went with the Hermits. Hey, I really liked them too, Mrs. Brown.)

DO YOU WANNA DANCE-- BEACH BOYS-- An outrageous production by Brian Wilson. Brand new. The first and really only time Dennis Wilson would sing lead vocal on a Beach Boy hit with an old Bobby Freeman song. It was included on the upcoming album The Beach Boys Today. (Under the moonlight. Go Denny!!)

I DON'T WANT TO SPOIL THE PARTY-- BEATLES-- The "B" side.(The number one song in Chicago this date was a two-sided hit by who else?)
EIGHT DAYS A WEEK-- BEATLES-- The "A" side. (Imagine there being Beatle songs playing on your radio back in '65? Imagine them having a two-sided hit? Inconceivable!!)

Getting Ready to Jump Ahead Ten Years. --RoadDog


MAXINE SAYS: Ever stop to think and forget to start again?

Drinking Cheap Down on the Coast

Of course, Liz and I have been known to have a toddy or two when on the road. Never when we're in route, but once we are in place, it's the drinking hour is near.

All of these places were in Panama City Beach.

DONOVAN"S REEF-- We were in here every night and enjoyed the $1.25 Natty Lights (that's the local name for Busch Natural Light Beer. I'd also occasionally have a $3 Corona for a change of pace.

REGGAE J's-- At Pier Park, an upscale Yuppy sort area. But every day 4-7 pm, they had Happy Hour with $1 domestic bottles and pints and $2 import bottles and pints. Always hard to get a seat in here for some reason. They also had a ten wing plate for $5. Their resident macaw was quite a character.

DUSTY'S-- Besides great food and noted for their oysters, they have 75 cent 12 ounce drafts from 11 am to 6 pm and $1.50 pints after that. Good luck finding a parking place.

SHUCKUMS-- Another oyster joint with $1 draft all the time.

BAREFOOT BEACH CLUB-- Right on the Gulf and happy hour 4-7 pm $2 cans.

SHARKY'S-- Also on the Gulf. Happy Hour 11 to 6. $1.50 16 ounce drafts.

CALYPSO-- $2.15 pints. Some days it is just $1.25.

Of course, all these prices were pre-March and most probably went up with the influx of spring breakers.

Drinkin' cheap and enjoyin' it.

Nothing Like Warm Weather and Cold Beer. --RoadDog


MAXINE SAYS: Consciousness, that annoying time between naps.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Where Were You March 6, 1965?-- Part 3

ALL DAY AND ALL OF THE NIGHT-- KINKS-- (As much as I liked them back then, I am liking them even more in the last couple years.)
THIS DIAMOND RING-- GARY LEWIS & THE PLAYBOYS-- their first hit, the first of many. (One of the great intros of all time and a song that takes me back right away.)

NO REPLY-- BEATLES-- Two songs from the Fab Four's latest album we had, Beatles '65 which came out right before Christmas. This one opened the LP.
EVERYBODY'S TRYING TO BE MY BABY-- BEATLES-- This one closed the LP. An old Carl Perkins Rockabilly classic so aptly handled by George. (My favorite Beatles music was what took place before Sgt. Pepper's.)

TELL HER NO-- ZOMBIES-- Their follow up to "She's Not There."
BABY PLEASE DON'T GO-- THEM-- brand new with a kid named Van Morrison fronting the band.

Still More '65 to Go. --RoadDog


MAXINE SAYS: The gene pool could use a little chlorine.

JSS: Scary-- Weird Thumb Epidemic-- Goodbye Borders-- Saved Two Cents on Gas

JSS-- Just Some Stuff


1. SCARY-- Had to bring the Malibu into Ray Chevrolet yesterday as the check engine light was on. Turned out the engine had done a check on itself and did it while I had the gas cap off putting in $3.60 gallons of the stuff.

No charge, AND, they washed the car.


2. WEIRD THUMB EPIDEMIC-- Ate at Tommy's tonight and noticed a family of four come in. Never saw one of the kids look up from their cell phone and thumbs moving real fast. The older son was on his phone off and on and father every so often.

Is this what family dining out has come to?


3. GOODBYE BORDERS-- The bookstore chain Borders declared bankruptcy and shut down 200 stores. Unfortunately, the one in McHenry that I use was one of them. They want me to drive some thirty miles away to use ones that remain. Seriously doubt that will happen. And I try to avoid doing stuff over the internet.


4. SAVED TWO CENTS ON GAS-- I was amazed that the price of gas HAD ACTUALLY DROPPED TWO CENTS TO $3.58 today. What a deal. Are the GRB folks at Big Oil, investors and Middle East gone soft?

They can raise it by 10-15 cents instantly, but does it ever take a long time to drop.

New Axis of Evil: Big Oil, investors and the Middle East. --RoadDog


MAXINE SAYS: God must love stupid people. He made so many.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Where Were You March 6, 1965?-- Part 2

One thing about the short songs of 1965, you can really play a lot of them in an hour and a half. Stroud played 25 tunes during that time.

STRANGER IN TOWN-- DEL SHANNON-- Always thought that Springsteen gave it a hard listen before he composed "Born to Run." (A great, little-known song.)
LAND OF 1000 DANCES-- CANNIBAL AND THE HEADHUNTERS-- their version of the song. West Coast band. (Na, na,na,na,na and a whole lot of nas.)

STOP IN THE NAME OF LOVE-- SUPREMES-- Motown. latest release out of Detroit. (Loved the choreography of this song and those tight dresses.)
LAUGH LAUGH-- BEAU BRUMMELS-- From San Francisco. (One of my all-time favorite songs.)

DON'T LET ME BE MISUNDERSTOOD-- ANIMALS--
IT'S ALRIGHT-- ADAM FAITH AND THE ROULETTES-- Barnstorming with the British Invasion and sounding a lot like the Dave Clark Five on that one.

AROUND AND AROUND-- ROLLING STONES-- Latest album by the group 12 by 5, out for a couple months now and this was the lead off track done originally by Chuck Berry.
MIDNIGHT SPECIAL-- JOHNNY RIVERS-- years later, this served as the theme for the for the NBC weekend music show, the Midnight Hour.

More to Come. --RoadDog


MAXINE SAYS: Ny-Quil, the stuffy, sneezing, why the Heck is the room spinning medicine.

Getting Rid of Those Winter Blues

On our vacation, we spent nine days at Panama City Beach, Florida at the Driftwood Lodge, a real mom and pop kind of place amidst the ever more numerous high rises. Our room was as near to the water as you could get. There was a deck up by the sand dune and you could see the Gulf about 50 yards away when you were sitting at the picnic tables.

No swimming in the Gulf, though as that water was REALLY cold. We did have a heated pool though and there was a hot tub next door at the Osprey, also part of the complex.

Every day except one and our final day were perfect in the weather department. Not like last year when it was way too cool (but still 20-30 degrees warmer than back home).

We spent part of every night across the street at Donovan's Reef as well as hitting a lot of bars for food, drinks and some of them had NTN.

There is also a bar right next to Donovan's called Calypso, which is a great one, but unfortunately, they are usually dead as far as people and fun. We went there the first night to see if anything had changed, it hadn't. We were also there the last night where they had a guy out at their Tiki Bar performing and we had a good time.

Why Are We Back Here? --RoadDog


MAXINE SAYS: Out of my mind. Back in five minutes.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Where Were You March 6, 1965?-- Part 1

Yesterday, the Drive's Bob Stroud Time Warped us back to that date in 1965 and 1975.

March 6, 1965, I was in 8th grade at Winston Park Junior High School in Palatine. We lived in the huge Winston-Muss subdivision, having moved into a new house (for $22,000) in the summer of 1962.

I had a group of friends from school and we played sports, usually baseball or football, at the open ground across Anderson Drive from our house, weather permitting.

I was also in MYF, Methodist Youth Fellowship, at the Palatine Methodist Church downtown.

We survived even if our parents could not stay on constant touch with us over the cell phones. We also walked or rode our bikes everywhere in town.

Bob's quotes first. Mine in parentheses. Like Bob said, the British Invasion was definitely on.

SHOTGUN-- JR. WALKER & THE ALL STARS-- Motown in your radio. (loved the gun sound at the beginning.)
YEH YEH-- GEORGIE FAME AND THE BLUE FLAMES-- brand new.

GO NOW-- MOODY BLUES-- British Invasion group's first hit, the cover of an obscure R&B song.
I GO TO PIECES-- PETER AND GORDON-- British Invasion song written by American Del Shannon.

Short Songs in 1965. --RoadDog

For This, I Gave Up the Sun and the Sand?

Well, here I am sitting here with some sort of a cold (which I'll blame on Liz. She ALWAYS blames me whenever she gets sick, and all she did on the way home was hack and hack away). I didn't leave the house the last two days other than to get the Sunday paper and feed the birdies today.

And, the weather was mostly overcast and cold. Not exactly what we were enjoying the last two weeks in Panama City Beach, Foley, Alabama and Biloxi. We probably should have just stayed.

And then today, my printer went on the whack and Saturday, while driving home from the Fox Lake Business Expo, the check engine light came on in the Malibu, which we took on the trip. Hope it's nothing serious, but i did say that we had broken 100,000 miles. Probably bad luck.

Shoulda Stayed. --RoadDog


MAXINE SAYS: I am not a complete idiot. Some of the parts are missing.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Where Were You February 6, 1979?-- Part 2

HOLD THE LINE-- TOTO-- I really liked this studio band.
HOT CHILD IN THE CITY-- NICK GILDER--

PROMISES-- ERIC CLAPTON--
SEPTEMBER-- EARTH, WIND & FIRE--

MY LIFE-- BILLY JOEL--
WE'VE GOT TONIGHT-- BOB SEGER & THE SILVER BULLET BAND--

SHAKE IT-- IAN MATTHEWS--
DOUBLE VISION-- FOREIGNER-- Or was it Bad Company?

KISS YOU ALL OVER-- EXILE-- Quite a suggestive song from a country group.
DO YOU THINK I'M SEXY-- ROD STEWART-- Rod the Mod goes Disco on us.

SOUL MAN-- BLUES BROTHERS-- Number 1 in Chicago. Sam and Dave would be so proud.

Remember What You Were Doing? --RoadDog


MAXINE SAYS: Earth is the insane asylum of the universe. (Hey!! Not Me!!)

Where Were You February 6, 1979?-- Part 1

Tomorrow, Bob Stroud Time Warps back to March 6, 1965 and March 6, 1975, so I figure I need to finish up on his last Warp.

Back in 1979, I was teaching social studies, primarily geography. at John T. Magee Middle School in Round Lake, Illinois. We were living at 1013 Morningside in Round Lake Beach (there is also a Round Lake and Round Lake Park.

Liz was teaching at Ellis School where she had just transferred from Beach School, both in the same district we taught in.

All remarks are mine as I did not hear the show as I was in Florida Feb.6th.

TIME PASSAGES-- AL STEWART--
STRANGE WAY-- FIREFALL-- Essentially, a two-hit wonder, but on this most recent Florida trip, I bought their greatest hits album, and really liked most of the songs with their country rock/Eagles sound.

HOT BLOODED-- FOREIGNER-- Or was this Bad Company? I can never keep the two groups apart.
NEW YORK GROOVE-- ACE FREELY-- A Kiss member goes solo.

LOTTA LOVE-- NICOLETTE LARSON--
BICYCLE RACE/FAT BOTTOMED GIRLS-- QUEEN-- I really loved the album pull-out with all those bare girl bottoms on the bikes. Truth in Advertising to the extreme.

More to Come. --RoadDoh (Sorry, Homer!)


MAXINE SAYS: Beauty is in the eyes of the beerholder.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Back Home Again

Arrived home last night a little after 9 pm after driving 2,593 miles, 9 states (Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, Arkansas and Missouri) and 15 nights in motel rooms. Eleven of those days were right on the Gulf of Mexico.

Unlike last year, we had great weather and sure enjoyed sitting outside. It was way too cold to go swimming in the Gulf. We spent nights in Hopkinsville, Ky; Prattville, Al; Panama City Beach (9 nights), Fl; Foley, Al; Biloxi, Ms (2 nights); and Sikeston, Mo.

On average, we spent about $58 a night, including tax.

We went to lots of bars and ate at some noted restaurants and saw some history stuff. I got my history fix at Beauvoir, Jefferson Davis' home in Biloxi and Fort Pickens by Pensacola, Florida. As mentioned before, we did get in one Mardi Gras.

Ran into lots of midwestern snowbirds and interesting locals along the way.

But, Always Great to Get Back Home. --RoadDog


MAXINE SAYS: I used to have a handle on life, but it broke.

Number One Songs This Date: March 4-- Part 2

1965 MY GIRL-- Temptations-- What a great way to start a song!
1964 I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND-- Beatles-- Quaint. Imagine what the rappers want to hold.
1963 WALK LIKE A MAN-- Four Seasons-- How do you not sing a long with this one?

1962 HEY! BABY-- Bruce Channel-- Then, there's that new line dance they do to this one.
1961 PONY TIME-- Chubby Checker-- What the stallion said to the mare.
1960 THEME FROM "A SUMMER PLACE"-- Percy Faith

1951 BE MY LOVE-- Mario Lanza
1941 FRENESI-- Artie Shaw
1931 THE PEANUT VENDOR-- Don Azpiazu

1921 WANG WANG BLUES-- Paul Whiteman
1911 UNDER THE YUM YUM TREE-- Arthur Collins & Bryon Harlon
1901 THE STARS AND STRIPES FOREVER-- Sousa Band-- Wonder how this would play on today's music list?

Way Back 110 Years Ago. --RoadDog


QUESTIONABLE HEADLINES: Typhoon Rips Through Cemetery; Hundreds Dead. Oh yeah, before or after?

Number One Songs This Date: March 4th-- Part 1

Taking a look back at Billboard's #1 Songs for this date going back 110 years. Thanks to Josh Hosler for preparing this list. www.joshhosler.biz/NumberOneinHistory/SelectMonth.htm.

2011 BORN THIS WAY-- Lady Gaga
2001 STUTTER-- J-J-Joe
1991 SOMEDAY-- Mariah Carey

1981 I LOVE A RAINY NIGHT-- Eddie Rabbitt-- One of my all-time favorites. You could hear those wipers clapping time.
1971 ONE BAD APPLE-- Osmonds-- Oh, well!!
1970 BRIDGE OVER TROUBLES WATERS-- Simon & Garfunkel-- How do you do better than this!

1969 EVERYDAY PEOPLE-- Sly & the Family Stone-- Old No-Show Sly.
1968 LOVE IS BLUE-- Paul Mauriat
1967 RUBY TUESDAY-- Rolling Stones

1966 BALLAD OF THE GREEN BERETS-- S/Sgt Barry Sadler-- Let's Go get some Cong!!

More to Come. --RoadDog


QUESTIONABLE HEADLINES-- Hospitals Are Sued By 7 Foot Doctors. They musk keep hitting their heads on the doorways.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Heading Home

We actually were expecting to be home by now, but with all the reports of cold and snow back home, that sure took a lot of desire out of it for us. We ended up staying two days in Biloxi and enjoyed the sun out by the Super 8 pool.

Today, we started driving north through Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas and am now in Sikeston. Missouri. Judging from the much colder temperatures, tomorrow, I have to switch from my shorts to long pants as well as pull out the sweat shirt. Sigh!!

Hoping we can make it home while we can still afford it. Gas today was anywhere from $3.20 to $3.50. Thanks a lot to the GRB investors, Big Oil and Middle East for really putting it to us.

Home Here We Come. --RoadDog

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Cruisin' and NTNin'

The last two days, we have been heading west along the Gulf Coast from Panama City Beach to Biloxi where we are today.

We've spent time out at Fort Pickens by Pensacola, Florida, ate at Lambert's Cafe "Home of the Throwed Rolls" in Foley, Alabama, and sat in a clinic in Daphne, Al., while Liz was in seeing a doctor about a respiratory infection.

We've been stopping at places with NTN along the way:

Paco's Grill in Navarre, Fl.
Mellow Mushroom in Pensacola, Fl
BW3 in Pensacola
Seville Quarters in Pensacola (a real taste of New Orleans in seven bars in one building)
North Shore Pub in Orange Beach, Alabama
The Jungle in Foley, Al.

Yesterday we stopped at:

Shep's Fort Bayou in Ocean Springs, Mississippi
The Quarters in Gulfport, Ms.

Play Way TOO Much of the Stupid Game. --RoadDog

Sitting Here in Biloxi

Checked in last night at the Super 8 Motel a little west of Biloxi and looking out the window at the Gulf of Mexico, shimmering across US-90, just past some palm trees.

We've decided to stay another day and catch some sun and perhaps pool time as it will be 70 degrees and sunny (even though there's a definite chill in the air right now).

I'm going to go to Beauvoir in a while. This is the last home of Confederate President Jefferson Davis and it was closed the last time we were here, two years after Katrina. We saw it last night with that brilliant white fence surrounding the property as well as lighting, and it was impressive.

Later, we'll drive along US-90 out to Waveland to look at what has happened since Katrina.

One More Day in the Sun Before Heading Back to Winter. --RoadDog