Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Eight Things About This Year's Indy 500 Attendance-- Part 2: More Than last Four Super Bowls Combined

350,000 People Is:

4.  More people than attended the last four Super Bowls-- combined.  It is almost five times bigger than Indy's Super Bowl.

5.  Nearly twice as many people as attended the record-breaking 2015 Kentucky Derby.

6.  Over 100,000 people more than attended all the games of the 2015 World Series.

7.  More than double the attendance figure of the last-reported Daytona 500 attendance in 2012.

8.  On Sunday, 1 out of every 1,00 people in the U.S. will be at the Indy 500.

Like I Said, Lots O' Folks There.  --RoadDog

Just Got Back from Indy Yesterday

And it took a whole lot of sleeping to catch up on sleeping lost Thursday to Sunday.

As usual, whole lot of fun and, this year we had an extra day, arriving on Thursday around noon instead of Friday. This gave us what is called Carb Day on Friday, which consisted of practice runs by the Indy qualifiers, an Indy Light car race of 100 miles, Pit Crew Challenge and a concert, this year by the group Journey.

Saturday was Legends Day and we saw old Indy cars making runs around the track as well as walking to Gasoline Alley and various car company exhibits.

Sunday, of course, the race and an all-time big crowd in attendance of  350,000.  We never even heard the name Alexander Rossi mentioned until the last several laps of the race when he won while driving on literally fumes.  Way to go rookie!!


YOU'RE OLD IF YOU REMEMBER: When your mom wore nylons that came in two pieces.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Movie Scratches: London-- Animal-- Cloverfield-- Zootopia

Movie Scratches: A Dog's-Eye View of Today's Movies.

29.  LONDON HAS FALLEN--  3-15--  Woodstock, $5--  Saving the president's life again and killing lots and lots of terrorists.

30.  ANIMAL HOUSE--  3-15--  Woodstock, $6--  An oldie but goodie.  Always good to see it on the big screen and a part of a salute to Harold Ramis.  "Christ!  Seven good years of college down the drain!"

31.  10 CLOVERFIELD LANE--  Fox Lake, $5--  "The "Room, Part 2"  Was there a real threat or was John Goodman just being mean to them?

32.  ZOOTOPIA--  3-16--  Fox Lake, $5--  Young country bunny goes to the Big City and overcomes all obstacles and finds a way for the peaceful Predators from going animal.

Pass the Popcorn.  --RoadDog

Thursday, May 26, 2016

WLS Top Ten for May 27, 1966: "Kicks"

1.  PAINT IT BLACK--  Rolling Stones
2.  A GROOVY KIND OF LOVE--  Mindbenders
3.  MONDAY MONDAY--  Mamas & Papas

4.  KICKS--  Paul Revere & the Raiders
6.  I AM A ROCK--  Simon & Garfunkel
7.  RAINY DAY WOMEN 12 & 35--  Bob Dylan

8.  EVOL NOT LOVE--  5 Americans
9.  BATMAN  & HIS GRANDMOTHER--  Dickie Goodman
10.  STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT--  Frank Sinatra

Name That Tune (From the above songs):  "Love Was Just a Glance Away, A Warm Embracing Dance Away."  --RoadDog

"Strangers In the Night"

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

N.C. Spring Trip, 2016-- Part 4: Gettin' My 'Cue On

MAY 5, THURSDAY--  'Cue at Wilber's.  And cole slaw, hushpuppies and tea.  That's real good eating.  I went to the first grade class with Mon where she gave a talk on flowers to the kids and the decorated the paper cups we had placed vincas in.

Went to Target (which we don't have near us anymore in McHenry), Berkeley Mall and I bought some CDs from FYE, a CD/DVD store.

MAY 6, FRIDAY--  We ate at another of Goldsboro's famous bbq places, Scott's which now is only open Thursdays and Fridays from 10 to 2.  My sister Julie arrived from Savannah and I learned how to polish silver.  I didn't much care for it.  I typed Mom's Memoirs the rest of the night.


YOU'RE OLD IF YOU REMEMBER:  When girls neither dated nor kissed until late high school, if then.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

JSS: 65-- Yardwork-- Trimming

JSS__  Just Some Stuff

1.  65--  Well, today I turn 65.  Thanks Mom.  I am "officially" now on Medicare.  Does this mean I am old?

2.  YARDWORK--  That time of the year and spending lots of time out in the yard as we have been having some great weather.  Lots of flower planting, weeding, transplanting and I am still working on bushes that had winter kill a couple years back.

3.  TRIMMING--  I generally enjoy working in the yard on a warm, sunny day, but I can tell you one thing, I don't much care for  trimming bushes.  I planted WAY TOO MANY bushes.  Especially the burning bushes, which I like, but do they ever grow fast in the spring.

Then, in a couple weeks, I will have to start trimming the yews.

I tell you that I am sore when I finish trimming, as I did Saturday and yesterday.  And, I still have one more day to trim the burning bushes.

--JSS--  RoadDog

N.C. Spring Trip, 2016-- Part 3: "Fiddler On the Roof"

MAY 1, SUNDAY:  Went to church with Mom and then Lantern Inn for lunch (old Lum's).  Saw an excellent local theater presentation on "The Fiddler On the Roof" at the restored Paramount Theater.

MAY 2, MONDAY:  Went to several of my favorite Goldsboro, N.C., stores including Big Lots, Books-A-Million and Ollie's.

MAY 3, TUESDAY:  Huge storms last night.  Went to Sam's Club, K-Mart (we have none of these around home), Goldsboro Antiques, where my brother Bob has a space and Trade-It.

MAY 4, WEDNESDAY:  Went to the Wayne County Museum with my brother Bob.  Checked out their new collection of weapons picked up from the Battle of Averasboro Battlefield during the Civil War and joined the historical society.

Went to Bible Study with Mom and made up flower containers for the first graders Mom is going to talk to tomorrow.


YOU'RE OLD IF YOU REMEMBER:  When you'd reach into a muddy gutter to grab a penny.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Ten Years of Retirement

This past Wednesday, Round Lake Schools had their last day before summer vacation.  My last day of teaching was ten years ago.

It is really hard to believe that it was that long ago since my retirement years seem to go by so fast.  I mean, REALLY FAST!!  It seems more like two or three years.

Well, I guess time really flies when you're having fun.

Hard to believe.  --RoadDog

Top Ten Famous Songs With Unknown Originals-- Part 2: "Twist and Shout"

5.  TWIST AND SHOUT--  Top Notes and later Isley Brothers / Beatles

4.  HOUND DOG--  Big Mama Thornton / Elvis Presley

3.  KILLING ME SOFTLY WITH HIS SONG--  Lori Lieberman / Roberta Flack and then Lauryn Hill.

2.  KISS--  Mazarati / Prince

1.  THE LION SLEEPS TONIGHT--  Solomon Linda & the Evening Birds / Tokens  The original title was "Mbube" and was recorded in 1939.  Pete Seger was the first to redo it.

Name That Tune:  "Strumming My Pain With His Fingers."  --RoadDog

"Killing Me Softly With His Song"

Top Ten Famous Songs With Unknown Originals-- Part 1: "Video Killed the Radio Star"

From the July 31, 2012, Listverse.

It was a big hit for someone else other than the orginal performers.

The unknowns first and people who had hits second.

10.  VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR--  Bruce Wooley & the Cameraz / Buggles

9.  SUZIE-Q--  Dale Hawkins / Creedence Clearwater Revival

8.  MOON OF ALABAMA--  Lotte Lenya / Doors   Became "The Alabama Song (Whiskey Bar).  Originally written in 1925 by Bertolt Brecht and set to music by Kurt Weill for the German operetta Mahogonny and sung by his wife, Lotte Lenya.

7.  THE CRYING GAME--  Dave Berry / Boy George

6.  PIECE OF MY HEART--  Emma Franklin / Janis Joplin

Name That Tune (from the above):  "I Like the Way You Talk, I Like the Way You Walk."  --RoadDog

YOU'RE OLD IF YOU REMEMBER: When a dime was a decent allowance and a quarter was a huge bonus.

"Suzie Q"

Friday, May 20, 2016

WLS Top Ten for May 20, 1966: "Monday Monday"

1.  MONDAY MONDAY--  Mamas & Papas
2.  A GROOVY KIND OF LOVE--  Mindbenders
3.  KICKS--  Paul Revere & the Raiders

5.  PAINT IT BLACK--  Rolling Stones
6.  RAINY DAY WOMEN 12 & 35--  Bob Dylan
7.  GOOD LOVIN'--  Young Rascals

8.  I AM A ROCK--  Simon & Garfunkel
9.  SECRET AGENT MAN--  Johnny Rivers
10.  BACK STAGE--  Gene Pitney

Name That Tune (from the above):  "When I'm Feelin' Blue, All I Got to Do Is Look At You."  --RoadDog

"A Groovy Kind of Love"

A Different Kind of Driver Education with Dad

From the May 19, 2016, Hi and Lois comic strip.

Hi's oldest son is learning how to drive.  Dad is in the car with him.

Frame 1:  dad says to son: "No texting, tweeting, chatting or skyping."

Kid:  "What's left."

Frame 2:  Dad says, "Driving while driving.

It Is So Sad I Could Cry.  --RoadDog

YOU'RE OLD IF YOU REMEMBER:  When nobody owned a pure-bred dog.  Mutts for Me.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

N.C. Spring Trip 2016-- Part 2: A Scary Drive Down the Mountain But Soothed With the 'Cue


Listening to the CD by the Brothers Osborne called Pawn Shop, a country band with a rock sound.

Took I-70 from Springfield through Columbus to US-33 on the east side and then southeast to West Virginia. Made my usual stop for gas at Dogpatch Crossing.  Gas everywhere in Ohio was $2.30 to $2.35. gas at the Crossing was $2.35.  I stocked up on my Grippo's caramel corn.  I am told there are no places in the area that sell Grippo's products and that it is out of Cincinnati.

Then I-77 in W.Va. to the Virginia Welcome center for my Virginia peanut fix and gas at Wytheville, Virginia for $1.96.   Best price yet.  Had major fog and mighty scary coming down I-77 the last eight miles to N.C..

Stopped at Hursey's Barbecue in Graham, N.C. for some of their great 'cue.

Then US-421 to I-40 through the Raleigh-Durham terror, US-70 to Goldsboro.


YOU'RE OLD IF YOU REMEMBER: When nearly everyone's mom was at home when the kids came back from school.

Music Deaths: Ned Miller and Johnny Sea

NED MILLER, 90, Died March 18, 2016.

Best remembered for the 1963 country crossover hit "from a Jack to a Jill" which went to #6.  He had 11 country hits but disliked touring because of stage fright and retired early.

JOHNNY SEA, 75, Died May 14, 2016

He gave a patriotic answer to "Eve of Destruction" titled "Day of Decision" (#35-1966), appeared eight times on country charts 1959-1968.  His biggest hits were "Frankie's Man Johnny" (#13-1959) and "Nobody's Darling But Mine" (#13-1960).

This name sounded somewhat familiar to me and then I remembered that while researching the WLS Weekly Top 40s for fifty years ago in 1966, I had come across the #9 song on the June 10, 1966 Survey as "Day of Decision" by a Johnny Sea.  I'd never heard it before so went to YouTube and listened to it.  More of a talk song, but a very patriotic one.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Good Times Last Weekend (Despite That Lousy Carnival)

FRIDAY, MAY 13TH--  We definitely were not happy to see that lousy Round Lake Spring Carnival set up, which meant we were really going to have crummy weather, which we did.  Rain, overcast, plunging temperatures and even frost Sunday morning.

Even then, we enjoyed meeting up with our Usual Suspects at the Legion in Fox Lake.

SATURDAY, MAY 14TH--  What better way to forget about crummy weather than to think about boating, so it was a great time to have the Kickoff Party for the Chain Crawl on the Chain of Lakes.  We picked up our passbooks, coupon book and tee shirts at Port of Blarney on Grasslake Road and then went over to Lake View Place on Grasslake for food and get-together.  It was fun to talk with Don and Pat and other boating friends.  There was even a guy there that remembers me from my deejaying days at the Puppet Bar and Jackson bay.

We then ended up at Sunnsyside.

SUNDAY, MAY 15TH--  Frost this morning.  We went to Sunnyside and watched the Sox and Cubs games and then to Half-Times in Johnsburg.

Good Times on the Chain.  --RoadDog

YOU'RE OLD IF YOU REMEMBER:  when all your friends got their hair cut at the kitchen table.

Music Deaths: Billy Paul

BILLY PAUL, 81  Died April 24, 2016.

Philadelphia soul singer who had the huge hit "Me and Mrs. Jones" (#1-1972).  Born Paul Williams and served in U.S. Army with Elvis Presley.  "Me and Mrs. Jones" was his only Gold Record and gave his a Grammy for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance.

It was his only Top Thirty hit.  His follow-up records were very controversial with songs like "Am I Black Enough for You" (#79-1973) and "Let's Make a Baby" (#83-1976).

Music Deaths: Lonnie Mack and Phil Humphrey

LONNIE MACK, 71.  Died April 21, 2016.

Best-known  for his 1963 instrumentals "Memphis: #5 and "Wham" #14.  Known for his pioneering style of playing guitar and charted 7 times on his own, but was also on a lot of sessions for James Brown, Hank Ballard and on "Morrison Hotel" by the Doors.

PHIL HUMPHRY, 78  Died March 29, 2016.

Was one half of the Fendermen who had a big hit in 1960 with "Mule Skinner Blues" #5.  The other member, Jim Sundquist, passed away in 2013.  The duo formed at UW-Madison.

Music Deaths: Prince

PRINCE, 57,  Died April 21, 2016.

This was a real surprise, considering his age.

I sure enjoyed a lot of his music, especially after he came out with "The Purple Rain" movie and soundtrack.  Plus, the songs "Little Red Corvette" and "1999" which sure got a lot of play New year's Eve 1999 and 2000.

I have quite a few albums and CDs of his music.

We were driving to Missouri for the Munger-Moss Motel anniversary celebration when we heard "Purple Rain" on WJEZ in Pontiac, Illinois, when the deejay told us that Prince had died.

This has been quite a bad year for music deaths, but I guess we are all getting quite a bit older.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Death of Chicago's "Mr. A" in 2004

I was very sad to find out that one of my favorite DJs, Alfred Hudgins who called himself "Mr. A" died at age 75 back in 2004.  I had been looking for him after finding an old cassette tape I had made of his show.

He ran a long-running overnight blues and R&B show on classical music station WNIB in Chicago until it was sold in 2001.

He then hosted a morning blues show on WNDZ AM 750 until he had to sign off due to health issues.

I used to record his show when I got up in the middle of the night and then listen to it later.

He sure played some great music.

Goodbye, "Mr. A."  --RoadDog

Music Deaths: Jack Hammer and Mike Lazo

JACK (EARL BURROUGHS) HAMMER, 90  Died April 11, 2016.

Co-writer of Jerry Lee Lewis' "Great balls of Fire,"  Wanda Jackson's "Fujiyama Mama," and the Cadillacs' "Peek-a-Boo (#28-1959)  Also a member of the Platters at one time.  "Give a listen to the last two songs mentioned.  They are very good.

MIKE LAZ0, 83  Died April 12, 2016.

Lead singer of the Tempos who did the original version of "See You in September" (#23-1959).

Monday, May 16, 2016

N.C. Spring Trip 2016-- Part 1: Clear Ride Through


I took the usual drive to North Carolina.  Illinois-120 to Illinois-47, to I-74, to I-70.

Sadly, Illinois-47 has built up so fast that it takes a lot longer to drive it, but at least they are finished doing the road work in Yorkville.  Now the mess is north of Morris.

It may be spring, but it sure is cold right now.  Global warming my foot.

I found another Hardee's in Illinois at the Love's Truck Stop in Dwight, near the old Route 66 bypass.

Unfortunately, leaving as late as I did, 9:45, that meant I would hit Indianapolis right at rush hour (with the loss of the hour going to Eastern Time Zone).  I went through the middle of it and was lucky as there were just a couple slow-downs to 20 mph, but the rest was clear-sailing.

Then I-70 to Dayton, Ohio, and a stop for my Cincinnati Chili fix at Skyline Chili.

Stopped at a Motel 6 in Springfield, Ohio.


15 TV Shows Likely to get the Axe in 2015

From the September 27, 2015, Yahoo! TV/Cheat Sheet by Michelle Regulado.

1.  Backstorm  Fox
2.  Stalker CBS
3.  CSI  CBS in 15th season
4.  Battle Creek  CBS
5.  Resurrection  ABC

6.  Forever  ABC
7.  A.D.: The Bible Continues  ABC  ran just one season
8.  Hannibal  NBC
9.  The Following   Fox
10. Constantine   NBC  one season

11.  The McCarthys  CBS  one season
12.  Weird Loners  Fox
13.  The Messenger  CW
14.  Mr. Robinson  one season
15.  Under the Dome  CBS  3 seasons.

I watched CSI, Battle Creek and Under the Dome.


YOU'RE OLD IF YOU REMEMBER:  When it took five minutes for the TV to warm up.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Well, At Least We Have the Chain Crawl Today

We'll have to dress warmly, but at least we can get our minds off that crummy Round Lake Spring Carnival Weather today as this is our first chance to pick up the passports, tee shirts and Chain Crawl books.

We will first go to Port O' Blarney on Grasslake Road to get our swag, then on to Lake View Place on Grasslake.

Hopefully, This Will help us Forget the Weather.  --RoadDog

Thanks a Lot Carnival!!!

The temperature right now os 40.1 degrees with a high expected at 48.  Lows tonight in the lower 30s and we have a frost advisory in place until Sunday afternoon.  Wind at about 20 mph with gusts up to 30, blowing all that cold right through your bones.

And, we all know who the culprit is.

That crummy old Round Lake Spring Carnival on Rollins Road.

I Really, Really HATE That Carnival.  Hope They Go Bankrupt.  RoadDog

YOU'RE OLD IF YOU REMEMBER WHEN: Boys couldn't wear anything but leather shoes to school.

Friday, May 13, 2016

The Carnival Did It Again!!

Today, Liz and I had our visit to the dentist in Round Lake Beach, Illinois.  We had heard that the weather this weekend was going to drop down to the 50s with a cold wind making it feel much worse, as well as rain.

I dropped Liz off and drove over to Big Lots and what did I see?  Why, the infamous Round Lake Spring Carnival was set up in the open land next to it.

Well, that would explain the lousy weather.  Every year, we get crummy weather during the several days it is open.  This week is no different.  And, i heard the weather wasn't great last weekend, but I wasn't here.

It has been bad ever since I was a Round Lake Area Jaycee back in 1977 and we hosted it.  I worked in the a ticket booth and the temperature was in the 80s and sunny when I got there.  Within an hour, it was 50 degrees and a blustery north wind making it miserable.

Someone's Got To Do Something About That Carnival!!  --RoadCold

WLS Top 40 Survey for May 13, 1966-- Part 7: Monday Monday"

What?  No Beatles?

10.  LEANING ON A LAMP POST--  Herman's Hermits
9.  SOUL & INSPIRATION--  Righteous Brothers

7.  TIME WON'T LET ME--  Outsiders
6.  SECRET AGENT MAN--  Johnny Rivers
5.  GOOD LOVIN'--  Young Rascals
4.  A GROOVY KIND OF LOVE--  Mindbenders

3.  RAINY DAY WOMEN 12 & 35--  Bob Dylan
2.  KICKS--  Paul Revere & the Raiders
1.  MONDAY MONDAY--  Mamas & Papas

Name That Tune:  "When I'm Feeling Blue, All I Got to Do is Look At You."  --RoadDog

"A Groovy Kind of Love"

WLS Top 40 Survey for May 13, 1966-- Part 6: "Bang Bang"

15.  BANG BANG--  Cher

14.  PAINT IT BLACK--  Rolling Stones

13.  SHAPES OF THINGS--  Yardbirds

12.  BACK STAGE--  Gene Pitney    Went to #25 on Billboard.  One of his latter hits.

11.  HOW DOES THAT GRAB YOU DARLIN'--  Nancy Sinatra

Name That Tune:  "I See a Red Door."  --RoadDog

"Paint It Black"

WLS Top 40 Survey for May 13, 1966-- Part 5: ""Eight Miles High"

20.  I AM A ROCK--  Simon & Garfunkel

19.  THE SUN AIN'T GONNA SHINE--  Walker Brothers    Went to #13 Billboard.  Bubbled Under Top 100 in 1965 for Frankie Valli.  L.A. pop group featuring blue-eyed soul.  Three of them and not one a brother.

18.  BARMAN AND HIS GRANDMOTHER--  Dickie Goodman    Went to #70 on Billboard.  All those songs in "break-in news" style.  A little bit of this song went a long way, especially the opera singer.

17.  EVOL NOT LOVE--  5 Americans    Originally from Oklahome.  Their biggest hits were "Western Union (#5-1967) and "Zip Code" (#52-1967) which came out shortly after we got zip code.

16.  EIGHT MILES HIGH--  Byrds    Drug song?

Name That Tune (from above songs):  "A Winter's Day In Deep and Dark December."  --RoadDog

YOU'RE OLD IF YOU REMEMBER: When there were just two types of sneakers for boys.

"I Am a Rock"

Thursday, May 12, 2016

WLS Top 40 Survey for May 13, 1966-- Part 4: ""I'll Go Crazy"

25.  MESSAGE TO MICHAEL--  Dionne Warwick

24.  GREEN GRASS--  Gary Lewis  Jumped from #30.

23.  TWINKLE TOES--  Roy Orbison  Went to #39 on Billboard.  Born 1939 in Vernon, Texas..  A Go-Go song.

22.  I'LL GO CRAZY--  Buckinghams   Did not make Bilboard's Top 100.  Chicago quintet.  They finally hit it big with "Kind of a Drag" in 1967.

21.  HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF--  Buddy Starcher    Went to #39 on Billboard.  The only hit by him.  From Ripley, West Virginia.  Comparing the Lincoln and Kennedy assassinations.

Name That Tune:  "Young Leaves That the Wind Blows."  --RoadDog

"Green Grass"

WLS Top 40 Survey for May 13, 1966-- Part 3: "Don't Bring Me Down"

30.  DON'T BRING ME DOWN--  Animals

29.  LET'S START ALL OVER AGAIN--  Ronnie Dove    Went to #20 on Billboard.  His biggest hit was "One Kiss for Old Time's Sake" (#14-1965)  From Virginia.

28.  I KNOW YOU BETTER--  Bobby Goldsboro    Went to #36 on Billboard.  Follow up to "It's Too Late"  #23.  His biggest hit was "Honey" (#1-1968.  Grew up in Mariana, Florida, then moved to Dothan, Alabama.

27.  KILLER JOE--  Kingsmen    #77 on Billboard.  If you like "Louie, Louie" you'll like this one.  The group formed in Portland, Oregon, in 1957.


Name That Tune (From the Above):  "The Love Bug Done Bit Me."  --RoadDog

YOU'RE OLD IF YOU REMEMBER When Kool-Aid was the only drink for kids,other than milk and sodas.

Love Is Like An Itching In My Heart"

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

WLS Top 40 Survey for May 13, 1966: "Love Me With All of Your Heart"

35.  WOULD YOU BELIEVE--  Baker Knight  Known for his funny, novelty songs, but he had no Top 100s on Billboard charts.  He also had a song titles "Dum, Dum Diddley Dum."  He died in 2005 and also wrote the songs "Lonesome Town", The Wonder of You" and "Don't the Girls All get Prettier At Closing Time."

34.  THE "A" TEAM--  Barry Sadler.  Went to #28 on Billboard, his second and last Top 100 single.  Of course, the other one was "The Ballad of the Green berets which went to #1.  Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army Special Forces.

33.  GIRL IN LOVE--  Outsiders   Went to #21 Billboard.  Slow, sad, follow up to "Time Won't Let Me" which is at #7 this week on the WLS survey.  From Cleveland.

32.  BAND OF GOLD--  Mel Carter    Went to #32 on Billboard.  His biggest hit was "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me."  Not to be confused with Freda Payne "Band of Gold."

31.  LOVE ME WITH ALL OF YOUR HEAR--  Bachelors  Went to #38 on Billboard.  Their biggest hit was "Diane" (#10-1964).  From Dublin, Ireland.

Name That Tune (from the above):  "12 Men Strong and True, 12 Men Fight For You"  --RoadDog

YOU'RE OLD IF YOU REMEMBER:  Being sent to the drugstore to test vacuum tubes for the TV.

"The 'A' Team"

Don't Make Waves at the Old Ballpark

From the May/June Saturday Evening Post "Don 't Make Waves" by Ed Dwyer.

Ed was writing about fond memories of going out to the old ballpark to see baseball played.  His dad was a huge Philadelphia Phillies fan and he remembers trips to the old Connie Mack Stadium.

However, there are certain things he doesn't like about Major League Baseball these days.  First among them are the really high prices.  that is my biggest problem with the games these days as well.

But, there are three things that fans do that he doesn't like.

1.  The "Wave"

2.  Individuals who spend almost the whole game staring at their "smart" phones

3.  People who stand for almost every play.

The Wave doesn't bother me.  I think the people in love with their cellphones are just stupid.  You pay all that money and then stay glued to your screen.  Hard to imagine.  And, yes, those constant up-and-downers do really bug me.

Sit Down!!  And Get Off Those "Smart" Phones!!  --RoadDog

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

WLS Survey Top 40 for May 13, 1966- Part 1 "Sweet Talkin' Guy"

Going back 50 years ago.

Dex Card 2-6 p.m. Sunday thru Saturday. Dex will play all of these

40.  STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT--  Frank Sinatra--  Debut, went to #1 Billboard.

39.  YOU DON'T LOVE ME--  Gary Walker--  Did not make Top 40.  Real name was Gary leader, the Walker Brothers drummer.

38.  SWEET TALKIN' GUY--  Chiffons--

37.  COOL JERK--  Capitols.  Went to #7 on Billboard.  Their biggest hit.  They had three Top 100s.  From Detroit.

IT'S OVER--  Jimmy Rodgers--  $37 Billboard.  Had five Top Tens from 1957-1958.  His #1 song was "Honeycomb."  He founded his first group while in the Air Force and had a string of crossover hits from country to pop.

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "Wondrin' in the Night What Were the Chances."  --RoaDdog

"Strangers in the Night."

Monday, May 9, 2016

Going Back to 1971-- Part 3: "Smoke On the Water"

TAKE IT EASY--  Eagles
TROUBLE MAN--  Marvin Gaye

I SAW THE LIGHT--  Todd Rundgren
LISTEN TO THE MUSIC--  Doobie Brothers

I'LL BE AROUND--  Spinners

HEART OF GOLD--  Neil Young
ELECTED--  Alice Cooper

30 DAYS IN THE HOLE--  Humble Pie


Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "I've Been Seachin'..."  --RoadDog

"Heart of Gold"

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Going Back to 1971-- Part 2: "Papa Was a Rolling Stone"

Continued from April 23, 2016.

BARE TREES--  Fleetwood Mac
THE WHEEL--  Jerry Garcia

YOU TURN ME ON (I'M A RADIO)--  Joni Mitchell

ONE WAY OUT--  Allman Brothers
TUMBLIN DICE--  Rolling Stones

I'LL TAKE YOU THERE--  Staple Singers

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "Cause There's a Man Out There, Might Be Your man."  --RoadDog

"One Way Out"

Friday, May 6, 2016

WLS Survey for May 6, 1966: "Monday Monday"

1.  MONDAY MONDAY--  Mamas and Papas
2.  KICKS--  Paul Revere & the Raiders
3.  GOOD LOVIN'--  Young Rascals

4.  RAINY DAY WOMEN 12 &35--  Bob Dylan
5.  A GROOVY KIND OF LOVE--  Mindbenders
6.  SECRET AGENT MAN--  Johnny Rivers
7.  TIME WON'T LET ME--  Outsiders

8.  SOUL & INSPIRATION--  Righteous Brothers
9.  LEANING ON A LAMP POST--  Herman's Hermits
10.  BACKSTAGE--  Gene Pitney

Name That Tune (From above) "Now Can You Tell What's Ailing Me"  --RoadDog

YOUR BANK'S IN TROUBLE WHEN:  Four words: Bank President Bugs Bunny.

"Good Lovin'"

25 Ways To Tell You're From Lake County, Illinois-- Part 6: Shoveling and Lamb's Farm

21.  You miss the albino crocodile in Gurnee Mills (a huge outlet mall), but know that you can get your reptile fix at the Wildlife Discovery Center.

22.  You complain about taxes.  A LOT!!  But, you would never, ever, dream of living in Cook County, McHenry County (Hey, that's where I now live), or, heaven forbid, Kenosha County, Wisconsin.  (Too many Cheeseheads and Packer fans.)

23.  You understand that no one is growing crops over at Lamb's Farm, but they are nurturing human dignity.  They also, in fact, do have lambs along with a sizable herd of goats and other lovable creatures.

24.  You help shovel your neighbor's driveway during a blizzard, but you don't stick a chair or ironing board on the space shoveled afterwards like they do in Chicago.

25.  If you're a parent, you follow Little Lake County to be in-the-know on where-to-go to  have fun with your kids.  (This is where I got the 25 things from.)

A Crock You Wouldn't Want to Wear.  --RoadDog

Thursday, May 5, 2016

5002nd Posting to This Blog

As I have said before, I spend far too much time on this blog and all the other ones.

I've Got to Get a Life.  --RoadDog

25 Ways To Know You're From Lake County-- Part 5: General Mitchell All the Way

17.  You have an annual subscription to the Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire.

18.  You know at least four different ways to avoid driving on Routes 120 and 176.

19.  You try to fly out of General Mitchell Field in Milwaukee because it is easier than it is to fly out of O'Hare.  Much cheaper daily parking and flights that actually leave on time.

20.  You can always find a seat on the Metra trains into Chicago (as you get on earlier).


Wednesday, May 4, 2016

25 Ways to Know You're From Lake County-- Part 4: Get Your Season Pass

Lake County, Illinois

13.  You have a season pass to Great America.

14.  When you are out of town and visit that area's Forest Preserve and think they are lame.

15.  40 degrees = short pants

16.  Sometimes, you visit Long Grove just because, even when there isn't a festival.

Tee Shirts Also at 40 Degrees.  --RoadDog

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

25 Ways to Know You're From Lake County-- Part 2: A Polish Connection

4.  You can correctly pronounce "paczki" and you know who Casimir Pulaski is... sort of.  (Well, I don't know for sure how to pronounce it, but they sure are good.)

5.  You understand that Route 83 isn't always Route 83 because sometimes it is Route 60 or sometimes it is Route 45, but it never is actually Route 137.

6.  People from Chicago think you live in Wisconsin.

7.  You know how to spell "Mundelein." ( "i" before "e", except when it is Mundelein).  Mundelein is one of our towns, or is it a village.

Not In Wisconsin!!  --RoadDog

25 Ways to Know You're From Lake County-- Part 3: Always, Chicago Suburbs

8.  You understand that North Chicago is not actually in Chicago, nor is it anywhere near Chicago.  The North part is right, though.

9.  You may be geographically closer to Milwaukee, but still say you're from a "suburb of Chicago."  (I'm looking at you, Antioch.)

10.  You have a relative who works for Abbott, CDW, Baxter or Walgreen's.  (Or, you work at one of them.)

11.  At least once a week you are late for work, school, practice or an appointment because of a freight train.

12.  You say "Great America" instead of "Six Flags."  (We had Marriott's Great America before it became Six Flags.)


25 Ways to Know You're From Lake County-- Part 1: You Own a Boat and Probably Have Packer Friends

From the Little Lake County site.

Lake County, Illinois, on the northeastern corner of the state.  We lived there for 20 years in Vernon Hills and Round Lake Beach.  After that we moved to McHenry County, next door, but are only a few miles from Lake County.

This list is quite funny if you are from Lake County.

1.  You own a boat, but it spends more time in your driveway than in the water.  (The Chain of Lakes is in the northwestern section.)

2.  You are never more than twenty minutes from a corn field.  (Lots of farms, but fewer every year.  Now, many fields grow houses.)

3.  You have almost as many Packer fans on your block as there are Bear fans.  (Lake County's northern border is Wisconsin.)

Ah Yes.  Packer-Bear Rivalry.  --RoadDog

A Munger-Moss Motel Trip-- Part 8: Home


Well, at least a couple good things about the Hawks elimination from the Stanley Cup playoffs last night are that I don't have to watch any more hockey games (especially those awful 8:30 starts) and I won't have to pend money, or time, looking for momentos had they won the Cup for a second consecutive time.

I went to Mel-o-Cream for a donut in the morning.

We drove Route 66 out of Springfield and had lunch at the Palms Cafe Grill in Atlanta, which has been returned to the way it looked in the 1930s.  Afterwards, I went to the Arcade Museum a few stores down from the cafe.

Sure Had a Great Time Revisiting Places and Friends On This Trip.  --RoadDog

REMEMBER!  Lost time can never be found.

Monday, May 2, 2016

A Munger-Moss Motel Trip-- Part 7: Rich Henry and Springfield


Drove past that ever-impressive Chain of Rocks Bridge on I-270 and on to I-55, getting off at Staunton and actually finding Rich Henry's Rabbit Ranch with no trouble.  Rich's was the first regular Route 66 stop we made on our first trip on the road and a big reason we ended up caught in the 66 fever.  Thanks a lot Rich.

Then Route 66 to Litchfield and I-55 to Springfield.  Checked into the Route 66 Hotel and then drove to a new place, Costelloe's.  This is owned by the the former members of Coz's, a famous Springfield restaurant.  Then to Curve Inn and to the Filling Station at the Route 6 Hotel where we watched the St. Louis Blues-Chicago Blackhawks playoff game.  It was game 7, winner goes on to the next round, loser goes home.

Sadly, we went home.


A Munger-Moss Motel Route 66 Trip-- Part 6: Eating Our Way Across 66-- Chicken, Tacos and Cookies

APRIL 25, 2016, Monday

Said our goodbyes to Ramona and we'll definitely get back sooner.  Got gas for $1.85 at a Road Ranger at Exit 163 which is by Hooker Cut.  We were happy to find a Chester's Chicken place at the station and had to get some.  Best fried chicken anywhere.  Drove Hooker Cut, my favorite stretch of Route 66.

Also paid our respects at John's Modern Cabins which fall apart a little more every time we see them.

Tacos at Jack's in Sullivan.  Of course.

Took I-270 around St. Louis to see the Chain of Rocks Bridge.  Stopped at McDonald's on the way and bought their 3 chocolate chip cookies for $1.  Had to wait as they were baking them.  Hot and gooey, some of the best cookies ever.