Saturday, December 31, 2016

JSS: Da Sorry Bears-- Da Lousy NFL Scheduling-- Cutler's Not Our Man

JSS--  Just Some Stuff.

1.  DA SORRY BEARS--  Our Chicago Bears are finishing one of the most horrible seasons of late, 3-12 going into Sunday's game.  We're hoping for a loss as that is the only thing we have to gain... and that would be a higher draft choice.  Of course, with the Bears, a high draft choice is usually wasted, especially with a much-needed qb.

2.  DA LOUSY NFL SCHEDULING-- We were all set to watch the Packer-Lion game at noon tomorrow at Donovan's Reef in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin, but now that it has been moved to 7:30, looks like we'll have to settle for Da Lousy Bears playing Da Worthless Vikings.

3.  CUTLER'S NOT OUR MAN--  Hopefully this season will convince Bear management once and for all that Jay Cutler is not the guy to lead us.  Sadly, all that skill and not the thing that makes for a winning NFL qb up in that head of his.

We should get a high draft choice, and it should be a quarterback.  But the Bears have a sorry record in our last high profile qbs:  Cade McNown, Rex Grossman and Der Jay.

Oh Well.  Gettin' By As Best Can.  Just Some Stuff.  --RoadDog

JSS: Gas Gouge-- New Year's Afternoon-- NCAA Football Championship

JSS--  Just Some Stuff.

1.  GAS GOUGE--  Gas here in northeast Illinois jumped to $2.50 before Christmas, then back to $2.40 before going to $2.60 yesterday.  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Big Oil GRBs!!

2.  NEW YEAR'S AFTERNOON--  As we have done the last several years, Liz and I are going to the Fox Lake American Legion for our New Year's celebration from 1 to 6 this afternoon.  Toast at 4 p.m..  Then home and a valiant, but probably vain attempt to stay up until midnight.

3.  NCAA FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP--  Not watching as I don't really care about any of the teams in it.  Sure would like to see it extended to at least 16 teams.  Then make some of the toilet bowl games a bit more important.

Also, have won for the Power 5 GRBs and one for the Group of 5 (6).  Like they do with the lower levels of football.

Just Some Stuff.  --RoadDog

WLS Top Ten for December 30, 1966: "I'm a Believer"


1.  STEPPIN' STONE / I'M A BELIEVER--  Monkees  (Probably hadn't discovered that the flip side was the bigger hit yet.  However, both are great songs.
2.  SNOOPY VS. THE RED BARON--  Royal Guardsmen
3.  KIND OF A DRAG--  Buckinghams    WLS supporting another local group.

4.  WINCHESTER CATHEDRAL--  New Vaudeville Band
5.  SUGAR TOWN--  Nancy Sinatra
6.  MELLOW YELLOW--  Donovan
7.  GOOD THING--  Paul Revere & the Raiders

8.  EAST-WEST--  Herman's Hermits
9.  WORDS OF LOVE / DANCIN' IN THE STREET--  Mamas & Papas
10.  DEVIL WITH A BLUE DRESS ON--  Mitch Ryder

Name That Tune (from the above):  "Ten, Twenty, Thirty, Forty, Fifty or More."  RoadDog

WE THE PEOPLE ARE OFFENDED:  By doctors that prescribe patients with pills and more pills and then wonder how we became a drug-crazed society.  (Big Profit for Drug Companies).

"Snoopy Vs. the Red Baron"

Friday, December 30, 2016

Movie Scratches: Reacher-- Joneses-- Train-- Strange-- Hacksaw

Movies seen at the theater in 2016.

61.  JACK REACHER: NEVER GO BACK--  10-25--  Round Lake Beach, $6--  Something about safe, seedy motels as opposed to expensive dangerous ones.

62.  KEEPING UP WITH THE JONESES--  10-26--  Fox Lake, $5--  Something mighty strange about the new couple on the cul-de-sac.

63.  THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN--  10-26--  Fox Lake, $5--  A real who-dun-it, the murder that is.

64.  DR. STRANGE--  11-8--  Woodstock, $5--  Call me Dr. strange, not Mr. Doctor  It's "Groundhog Day" all over again in the town where I saw the movie which is where the original was filmed.  Wong's sense of humor.

65.  HACKSAW RIDGE--  11-15--  Round Lake Beach, $6--  As much blood and gore as you can take.  Move over "Saving Private Ryan"'s D-Day scenes.

For the year, I saw 65 movies.  I won't be seeing anymore until after the holidays.

The Movies Get Too Crowded This Time of the Year.  --RoadDog

WDRV's End Year 2016 A to Z-- Part 8: "Jailbreak"

December 30, 2016.

Now on the letter "J."

IT'S STILL ROCK 'N' ROLL TO ME--  Billy Joel
IT'S THE END OF THE WORLD--  REM
IT'S TOO LATE--  Carole King

JACK AND DIANE--  John Cougar
JACKIE BLUE--  Ozark Mountain Daredevils
JACKIE WILSON SAID--  Van Morrison

JAILBREAK--  AC/DC
JAILBREAK--  Thing Lizzy
JAMES DEAN--  Eagles

JAMIE'S CRYING--  Van Halen
JAMMING ME--  Tom Petty
JANE--  Jefferson Starship

Name That Tune (from the above songs): "Two American Kids Growing Up in the Heartland."  RoadDog


"Jack and Diane"

WDRV's End Year 2016 A to Z-- Part 7: It's My Life"

December 30, 2016

It's a Lot of "It."

ISN'T SHE LOVELY--  Stevie Wonder
IT CAN HAPPEN--  Yes
IT DON'T COME EASY--  Ringo Starr

IT KEEPS YOU RUNNIN'--  Doobie Brothers
OVERTURE/ IT'S A BOY--  Who
IT'S A LONG WAY TO THE TOP--  AC/DC

IT'S ALL I CAN DO--  Cars
IT'S ALL OVER NOW--  Rolling Stones
IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITY--  Bruce Springsteen

IT'S IN THE WAY THAT YOU USE IT--  Eric Clapton
IT'S MY LIFE--  Animals
IT'S ONLY ROCK AND ROLL (BUT I LIKE IT)--  Rolling Stones

-Name That Tune (From the Above):"Got To Pay Your Dues If You Wanna Sing the Blues."  --RoadDog

WE THE PEOPLE ARE OFFENDED:  I am offended that the word "family" cannot be used to describe a house for sale for fear of offending someone without a family.

"It Don't Come Easy"

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Thursday, December 29, 2016

Popular TV Shows That Will End for Good in 2017-- Part 1

From the December 29, 2016, Cheat Sheet.

There were only two of these that I watched.  Name of show, network and number of years it has run:

1.  BONES--  Fox-- 12
2.  HALT AND CATCH FIRE--  AMC--  4  I watched this one some in the first season.

3.  GIRLS--  HBO--  6
4.  BATES MOTEL--  A&E--  5
5.  GRIMM--  NBC--  6.  I liked this one, but it ran opposite CBS' "Hawaii Five-O."  I could only record one show, so this was not one I got to watch very often, but enjoyed it when I did.

6.  PRETTY LITTLE LIARS--  Freeform--  7
7.  THE STRAIN--  FX, 4

--RoadDog

WDRV's End Year 2016 A to Z-- Part 6: "Heard It In a Love Song"

The A to Z starts at r a.m. each morning.  In the past they played it straight through the night hours which would cause me to miss the shows.

Now in the songs beginning with the letter "H."  And, a "Heart" quiz

HARDEN MY HEART--  Quarterflash
HARMONY--  Elton John
HAVE A CIGAR--  Pink Floyd

HAVE A DRINK ON ME--  AC/DC
HAVE YOU EVER SEEN THE RAIN--  Creedence Clearwater Revivial
HAVE YOU SEEN YOUR MOTHER, BABY--  Rolling Stones

HEAD GAMES--  Foreigner
HEADKNOCKER--  Foreigner
HEARD IT IN A LOVE SONG--  Marshall Tucker Band

Name the singers or groups for these "Heart" songs.  Answers below, if you need help.

HEART OF GLASS--
HEART OF GOLD--
HEART OF ROCK AND ROLL--

HEART OF THE MATTER--
HEARTACHE TONIGHT--
HEARTBREAKER--

HEARTBREAKER/LIVING LOVIN' MAID--
HEARTLESS--
HEAT IS ON--

Name That Tune (from above songs):  "New York, New York, Is Everything They Say."  --RoadDog

WE THE PEOPLE ARE OFFENDED:  From the Summer 2016 Menus and More for Topsail Island, N.C.:  I am offended by how thin-skinned and sensitive we human beings have become.

Answers to above songs:

Blondie
Neil Young
Huey Lewis & the News

Don Henley
Eagles
Pat Benatar

Led Zeppelin
Heart
Glen Frey

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

WDRV's End of the Year 2016 A to Z-- Part 5: "Easy to Be Hard"

December 28, 2016.

I have really been enjoying listening to these.  Such a great concept.  Name that group/performer on the last six.

DROP DEAD LEGS--  Van Halen
DUDE LOOKS LIKE A LADY--  Aerosmith
DUST IN THE WIND--  Kansas

DYER MAKER--  Led Zeppelin
EASY LIVIN--  Uriah Heep
EASY TO BE HARD--  Three Dog Night

EDGE OF SEVENTEEN--
EIGHT DAYS A WEEK--
867-5309 JENNY--

ELDERBERRY WINE--
ELEANOR RIGBY--
EMINENCE FRONT--

Name That Tune (from the above songs, answer below):  "Guess You Know It's True."  --RoadDog

Answers:

Stevie Nicks
Beatles
Tommy Tutone

Elton John
Beatles
Who

Name That Tune:  "Eight Days a Week"

WDRV's End of the Year 2016 A to Z-- Part 4: "Dreamboat Annie"

December 28, 2016.

Now into the letter "D" and early part of letter "E."

DOWN ON THE CORNER--  Creedence Clearwater Revival
DOWN ON THE WATERLINE--  Dire Straits
DRAGGIN' THE LINE--  Tommy James & the Shondells
DRAW THE LINE--  Aerosmith

DREAM ON--  Aerosmith
DREAM POLICE--  Cheap Trick
DREAM WEAVER--  Gary Wright

DREAMBOAT ANNIE--  Heart
DREAMER-- Supertramp
DREAMS--  Fleetwood Mac

DREAMS I'LL NEVER SEE--  Molly Hatchett
DRIFT AWAY--  Dobie Gray
DRIVE--  Cars

DRIVE MY CAR--  Beatles
DRIVEN TO TEARS--  Police
'DRIVER'S SEAT--  Sniff & the Tears

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "Asked a Girl What She Wanted To Be."(answer below)  --RoadDog

ONE THING I LEARNED IN LIFE:  Some things never change, some things should be changed, some things can't be changed, and sometimes after you change things, you widh you hadn't!

"Drive My Car"


Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Tornado-Proof Your House

From the December 27, 2016, Bizarro.

Two farmers are on the front porch of a farmhouse.  One looks out into the other's cornfield and sees a mobile home and says to the other:  "What's with the abandoned mobile home in the middle of your cornfield?"

The other one says:  "Keeps the tornadoes away from the house."

Good One.  --RoadDog

WDRV's End of the Year 2016 A to Z-- Part 3: "Can't You See"

Part 2 for December 27, 2016.  And, you get a quiz on your musical knowledge.

CALL ME--  Blondie
CALL ME THE BREEZE--  Lynyrd Skynyrd
CAN WE STILL BE FRIENDS--  Todd Rundgren

Can't you give the names of the groups for these "CAN'T" songs?

CAN'T BUY ME LOVE--
CAN'T FIGHT THIS FEELING--
CAN'T FIND MY WAY HOME--

CAN'T GET ENOUGH--
CAN'T GET IT OUT OF MY HEAD--
CAN'T STAND LOSING YOU--

CAN'T YOU HEAR ME KNOCKIN'--
CAN'T YOU SEE--

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "Color Me Your Baby."    --RoadDog

Answers to the "Can't Songs":

Beatles
REO Speedwagon
Blind Faith

Bad Company
Electric Light Orchestra
Police

Rolling Stones
Marshall Tucker Band


WDRV's End of the Year 2016 A to Z-- Part 2: "Cadillac Ranch"

DECEMBER 27, 2016

As we charge into day two of the marathon of music.  Now in the letter "C."  These are the songs I've heard since I've been on the old 'pute.

BULLET IN THE BLUE SKY--  U2
BUNGLE IN THE JUNGLE--  Jethro Tull
BURN DOWN THE MISSION--  Elton John

BURNING FOR YOU--  Blue Oyster Cult
BURNING SKY--  Bad Company
BURNING DOWN THE HOUSE--  Talking Heads

BUS STOP--  Hollies
BYE BYE LOVE--  Cars

CADILLAC RANCH--  Bruce Springsteen
CALIFORNIA DREAMIN'--  Mamas & Papas
CALIFORNIA GIRLS--  David Lee Roth
CALIFORNIA MAN----  Cheap Trick

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "All that Summer We Enjoyed It, Wind and Rain and Shine."  (Answer below)  --RoadDog

ONE THING I LEARNED IN LIFE:  That computers can crash and make our lives miserable.

"Bus Stop"


Monday, December 26, 2016

Past Movie Scratches: Jacket-- Potter-- Goblet-- Phoenix-- Prince

TV Movies Seen in 2015.

109.  FULL METAL JACKET--  The Marines!  Enough Said!!!

110.  HARRY POTTER: PRISONER OF ACKABAN--  Sirius Black is really a friend.

111.  HARRY POTTER:  GOBLET OF FIRE--  Lord Valdemort's back.

112.  HARRY POTTER:  ORDER OF THE PHOENIX--  Dumbledorf's anti- Tom Riddle group.

113.  HARRY POTTER: THE HALF BLOOD PRINCE--  Dumbledorf is killed.  Professor Snape that is.

--RoadDog

WDRV's Christmas 2016 A to Z-- Part 1: "After Midnight"

They're doing it again.  Chicago's WDRV, 97.1 FM, the Drive is having another A to Z where they play songs alphabetically for the next seven to eight days.  They will have played a little over 2,000 songs before they end sometime after New Year's Day.

It streams at www.wdrv.com.

So far:

ABACAB--  Genesis
ABACADABRA--  Steve Miller Band
ACCIDENTS WILL HAPPEN--  Elvis Costello

ACHILES LAST STAND--  Led Zeppelin
ACROSS THE UNIVERSE--  Beatles
ADAM RAISED A CAINE--  Bruce Springsteen

ADAMS APPLE--  Aerosmith
ADDICTED TO LOVE--  Robert Palmer
AFRICA--  Toto

AFTER MIDNIGHT--  Eric Clapton
AFTER THE GOLD RUSH--  Neil Young
AFTER THE THRILL IS GONE--  Eagles

AFTERNOON DELIGHT--  Starland Vocal Band
AGAINST ALL ODDS--  Phil Collins
AGAINST THE WIND--  Bob Seger

AH LEAH--  Donnie Iris
AIN'T EVEN DONE WITH THE NIGHT--  John Mellancamp

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "I Hear the Drums Echoing Tonight."  --RoadDog

ONE THING I LEARNED IN LIFE:  Old is always 15 years more than my current age.


"Africa"

Past Movie Scratches: Trek-- Oz-- Max-- Story-- Grumpy-- Four

Movies Seen On TV in 2015.

103.  STAR TREK: INTO DARKNESS--  Battling Khan and the rogue admiral and saving his crew.

104.  THE GREAT AND POWERFUL OZ--  At least one of those flying monkeys that doesn't scare me.

105.  MAD MAX: BEYOND THUNDERDOME--  Master Blaster,the Kids and Tina Turner.

106.  A CHRISTMAS STORY--  "Ho, Ho, Ho, Ho... and What Do You Want, Little Boy?"

107.  GRUMPY OLD MEN--  It's the Moron-Putz Show.

108.  FOUR CHRISTMASES--  And you thought your family was dysfunctional.

--RoadDog

Sunday, December 25, 2016

WDRV's Christmas Hootenanny and WXRT's Breakfast With the Beatles

Plenty of good Christmas music for us today at Chicago's WXRT, 93.1 FM and WDRV 97.1 starting at 7 a.m..

Bob Stroud is already into his annual Rock and Roll Roots Christmas Hootenanny show from 7 to 10 a.m.. CST on WDRV.  Terri Hemmert starts her Breakfast With the Beatles in WXRT at 8 until 10.  She promises lots of Beatles Christmas stuff.

After Stroud's show finishes at 10 the station will play two-hours straight of classic Christmas rock.

Also, tomorrow, starting at 6 a.m., the Drive will be starting their week long + A to Z where they play songs alphabetically by title.  That will go to past New Tear's Day at some point.

Both stations stream at www.wdrv.com and www.wxrt.com.

Get Your Listen On.  --RoadDog

Christmas Songs for You This Day

From my Ultimate Christmas #1 cassette tape that I made from Cds, records and other cassettes.

I've already watched "A Christmas Story" twice.  Have to get my annual fix.

This was side one.

WHITE CHRISTMAS--  Drifters
THIS CHRISTMAS--  Donnie Hathaway
GEE WHIZ IT'S CHRSITMAS--  Carla Thomas

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

PLEASE COME HOME FOR CHRISTMAS--  Aaron Neville
LET IT SNOW--  Aaron Neville
SUCH A NIGHT--  Aaron Neville

IT CAME UPON A MIDNIGHT CLEAR--  Aaron Neville
LOUISIANA CHRISTMAS DAY--  Aaron Neville
MERRY CHRISTMAS BABY--  Charles Brown

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

A Very Merry No Flagpoles.  --RoadDog

ONE THING I LEARNED IN LIFE:   The guy at the door of Wal-Mart DOESN'T say that to everyone.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

JSS: Snow-- Sunnyside Customer Party-- A Windhill Pancake Parlor Christmas-- Da Bears

JSS--  Just Some Stuff

1.  SNOW--  We received about an inch of the stuff last night, no problem.  My neighbor was nice enough to clear the 15-18 inches of snow we got while I was in North Carolina.  I have been knocking the heavy snow off the evergreens since I have been home and trying to pull out the covered Christmas lights.

2.  SUNNYSIDE CUSTOMER PARTY--  Last night, we had the customer appreciation Christmas party at Sunnyside Tap in Johnsburg.  Lots of friends there and good times.  Free food as well.

3.  A WINDHILL PANCAKE PARLOR CHRISTMAS--  Thursday, we drove into McHenry and went to this wonderful place which really goes out of their way to put up a Christmas display inside every year.  It is getting to be a tradition to go there this time of the year.  If you can't get into the spirit there, you aren't going to get into the spirit.

4.  DA BEARS--  Later we will go to the Squaw Bar in Ingleside to join the Usual Suspects in our final Bears game of the season. (Next Sunday we will watch the Packers play in Twin Lakes at Donovan's.)  With a record of 3-11, we will be pulling for a Bear win, but hoping for a loss for draft considerations.  We could really use a quarterback now that the Cut has proven to be not the guy.

--RoadDog

Ten Christmas Songs for You

And a Merry Christmas Eve.  These songs were played on the Drive's (WDRV 97.1 FM) on Friday, December 23 by Bob Stroud.

CHRISTMAS EVE/ SARAJEVO--  Trans Siberian Orchestra
HAPPY X-MAS(WAR IS OVER)--  John Lennon
PLEASE COME HOME FOR CHRISTMAS--  Eagles

SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN--  Bruce Springsteen
CHRISTMAS IN CHICAGO--  Leon Russell
HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS--  Pretenders
RUN RUDOLPH RUN--  Chuck Berry

THE CHRISTMAS SONG--  Chicago
JINGLE BELL ROCK--  Hall & Oates
CELEBRATE ME HOME--  Kenny Loggins

Merry, Happy, Ralphie.  I'll Be Watching "A Christmas Story."  --RoadDog

ONE THING I LEARNED IN LIFE:  Becoming an adult was painful --  Being an adult is the BEST.


Past Movie Scratches: Miracle-- Italian-- Max-- Story-- Gilmore-- Green

Movies seen in 2015 on TV.

97.  MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET--  The colorized version of the original.  I liked it.

98.  THE ITALIAN--  Very, very slick robbers.

99.  MAX PAYNE--  Blue liquid and dark angels.

100.  A CHRISTMAS STORY--  "I triple dog dare you."

101.  HAPPY GILMORE--  Hates Bob Barker and Gunner. No alligator will get his ball.

102.  THE GREEN MILE--  Good Ol' Mr. Jingles.

--RoadDog


Friday, December 23, 2016

WLS Top Ten for December 23, 1966: "Good Thing"

Fifty years ago, just before Christmas, these were the top ten songs in Chicago on WLS, 890 AM.

1.  WINCHESTER CATHEDRAL--  New Vaudeville Band
2.  KIND OF A DRAG--  Buckinghams    Good ol' LS supporting Chicago groups as usual.
3.  STEPPIN' STONE / I'M A BELIEVER--  Monkees    I'm guessing "Steppin' Stone" was the "A" side.

4.  SNOOPY VS. THE RED BARON--  Royal Guardsmen
5.  MELLOW YELLOW--  Donovan
6.  GOOD THING--  Paul Revere & the Raiders
7.  EAST-WEST--  Herman's Hermits

8.  GOOD VIBRATIONS--  Beach Boys
9.  SUGAR TOWN--  Nancy Sinatra
10.  WORDS OF LOVE / DANCING IN THE STREET--  Mamas and Papas

Name That Tune (from the above): "Ten, Twenty, Thirty, Forty, Fifty Or More."  --RoadDog


"Snoopy Vs. the Red Baron"

Past Movie Scratches: Monsters-- Wizard-- Christmases-- Breakfast-- Dream-- Royal-- Wonderful

Movies seen on TV in 2015.

85.  WIZARD OF OZ--  "And your little dog, too."

86.  FOUR CHRISTMASES--  Happy couple meets their crazy families.

87.  BREAKFAST CLUB--  Doobie Time

88.  DREAM GIRLS--  All that great singing.

89.  ROYAL HOLIDAY--  The king falls in love.

90.  IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE--  George finds out how life would be if he had never been born.  Mary hatch as a child, "I'm going to marry you George Bailey."  My third favorite Christmas movie.

--RoadDog

Past Movie Scratches: Vacation-- Hobbitt-- Polar-- Elf-- Scrooged-- Miracle

Past Movie Scratches.  Movies seen on TV in 2015.

91.  CHRISTMAS VACATION--  A Fun Old-Fashioned Family Christmas comes with those relatives and mishaps.  My second Favorite Christmas movie.

92.  HOBBITT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY--  Prequel to Lord of the Rings.  Bilbo Baggins and the dwarfs.

93.  POLAR EXPRESS--  Animation that looks really, really real.

94.  ELF--  Buddy, the human elf, saves Christmas.

95.  SCROOGED--  Billy Murray is a royal Scrooge, but gets his, especially from the Ghost of Christmas Present.

96.  MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET--  Remake.  Nearly as good as the original one.

--RoadDog

ONE THING I LEARNED IN LIFE:  ...Never let your kids find out your age.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Past Movie Scratches: Donovan's-- Skulls-- Birds-- Oz-- Black-- Ice

Movies Seen in 2015 on TV.

79.  DONOVAN'S REEF--  The all-fight to celebrate birthdays tradition.

80.  INDIANA JONES: CRYSTAL SKULLS--  The Jones men, father, Indy and Indy, Jr. battle it out with the Soviets and alien gods.

81.  FREE BIRDS--  It's a real turkey thing.

82.   WIZARD OF OZ--  Those terrifying flying monkeys still scare me.

83.  MEN IN BLACK 2--  K's back and grumpier than ever.

84.  ICE AGE: DINOSAURS--  Syd's kids.

Donovan's Reef, Where One of Our Favorite Bars Got Its Name.  --RoadDog

ONE THING I LEARNED IN LIFE:  ...There's nothing better than to be loved.  ...Well maybe eating chocolate!

Ethically Challenged

From the October 21, 2016, Shoe comic strip.

1st. Panel:  Senator Belfry is standing at a podium giving a speech:  "I am not a crook! ...

2nd Panel:  "I am ethically challenged."

Let's All Get PC Now.  --RoadDog

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Past Movie Scratches: Lost-- Goodfellas-- Independence-- Apes-- Millers-- Kong--

Movies seen on TV in 2015.

73.  LOST BOYS--  Even though you're a vampire, you're still my brother.

74.  GOODFELLAS--  "Do I amuse you?"

75.  INDEPENDENCE DAY--  "I got to get me one of these things!"

76.  RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES--  Caesar speaks!!

77..  WE ARE THE MILLERS--  Could have been a lot better. Way too much sex and language.

78.  KING KONG--  The big lug sure loved his little gal.

--RoadDog

Past Movie Scratches: Sahara-- Dog-- Adjustment-- Predator-- Steel-- Halloween 3

Movies seen on TV in 2015.

67.  SAHARA--  It's the CSS Texas taking on the helicopter.

68.  BLACK DOG--  Like "Smokey & the Bandit" but not as much fun.

69.  THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU--  Men with hats keep things going for God.

70.  PREDATOR--  It's Arnold vs. that alien, the Predator.

71.  MAN OF STEEL--  General Zod on a mission.

72.  HALLOWEEN 3--  Don't put that mask on.

--RoadDog

ONE THING I LEARNED IN LIFE:  Don't let a restaurant serve your food cold.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Past Movie Scratches: Sixteen-- Extraordinary-- Avengers-- Godfather-- Godfather-- Honor

Movies seen on TV in 2015.

61.  SWEET SIXTEEN--  Family forgot her birthday, but she got her guy.

62.  LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMAN--  The original "Avengers."

63.  AVENGERS--  The latter "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen."

64.  THE GODFATHER--  What Michael did while his nephew was being baptized.  Payback.

65.  THE GODFATHER 2--  The sequel and prequel rolled into one.

66.  MEN OF HONOR--  The Navy's first black diver.

--RoadDog

The Cubs Were a BIG Thing!

From the November 20, 2016, Chicago Tribune "Cubs catcher Ross' Game 7 gear fetches $50,000."

Harry Caray's restaurant chain paid this amount for it.  Other things sold:  a base from John Lesters's NLCS Game 5 win for $8,000 and Anthony Rizzo's "dumb bat." for $5,000.

Many collector's believe game-used baseball from the Series will go for $2,000.  But, there is not a lot of Cubs stuff out there as people are holding onto it.

--RoadDog

ONE THING I LEARNED IN LIFE:  ...the only person I have to be better than, is the person I was yesterday.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Past Movie Scratches: Future-- Monsters-- Teacher-- Gatsby-- Transylvania-- Breakfast

Past Movie Scratches.  Movies I saw on TV in 2015.

55.  BACK TO THE FUTURE 3--  Using the 1800s locomotive to get back to 1985.

56.  MONSTERS INC.--  Big, bad Scaremaster falls for little girl.

57.  BAD TEACHER--  So bad she's good.

58.  THE GREAT GATSBY--  "Old Sport."  How many times and ways can you say this?

59.  HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA--  Old Drac really has a good heart, but nasty drinking habits.

60.  BREAKFAST CLUB--  All the high school groups represented at this detention.

--RoadDog




Past Movie Scratches: Knight-- Hansel-- Outbreak-- Battleship-- Yeller-- Rings--

Past Movie Scratches.  Movies seen on TV in 2015.

49.  DARK KNIGHT--  And, I didn't think anybody could out-Joker Jack Nicholson, but Ledger sure did.

50.  HANSEL AND GRETAL:  WITCH HUNTERS--  All the blood and gore you could ever possibly want.

51.  OUTBREAK--  The monkey did it.

52.  BATTLESHIP--  The battleship USS Missouri to the rescue.  Still some fight in the old lady.

53.  OLD YELLER--  Good old dog.  First time I ever saw it.

54.  LORD OF THE RINGS: RETURN OF THE KING--  Golam gets his ring and the burning eye gets his.

--RoadDog

Friday, December 16, 2016

WLS Top 40 For December 16, 1966-- Part 7: "Good Vibrations"


10.  LADY GODIVA--  Peter & Gordon
9.  STEPPIN' STONE/ I'M A BELIEVER--  Monkees
8.  GOOD THING--  Paul Revere & the Raiders

7.  GOOD VIBRATIONS--  Beach Boys
6.  SUGAR TOWN--  Nancy Sinatra  (Her father Frank was also in the Top 20).  I imagine he had to be quite proud of his daughter also being in the Top Ten at the same time.  I have to wonder if there was another time when a father and daughter were both in the Top Twenty at the same time?

5.  SNOOPY VS. THE RED BARON--  Royal Guardsmen  It had jumped from #26 on the WLS Survey.
4.  DEVIL WITH THE BLUE DRESS ON--  Mitch Ryder

3.  MELLOW YELLOW--  Donovan
2.  KIND OF A DRAG--  Buckinghams
1.  WINCHESTER CATHEDRAL--  New Vaudeville Band

Name That Tune (From the above songs):  "Seems That This World's Got You Down."  --RoadDog



"Good Thing"


WLS Top 40 For December 16, 1966-- Part 6: "Poor Side of Town"


15.  POOR SIDE OF TOWN--  Johnny Rivers

14.  WORDS OF LOVE/DANCING IN THE STREET--  Mamas and Papas

13.  YOU KEEP ME HANGING ON--  Supremes

12.  EAST-WEST--  Herman's Hermits  Went to #27.  From Manchester, England.  One of my favorite songs by them.

TALK TALK--  Music Machine   Peaked #15 on Billboard.  Los Angeles rock quintet.  One of the best Garage Rock songs of all time.

Name That Tune:  "Set Me Free, Why Don't You, Babe."  --RoadDog



"You Keep Me Hanging On"

Thursday, December 15, 2016

WLS Top 40 for December 16, 1966-- Part 5: "It's Only Love"


20.  JUST ONE SMILE--  Gene Pitney   Peaked at #64 on Billboard.     Born in 1941 and had 24 Top 100s from 1961 to 1969.  He also wrote "Hello, Mary Lou,"  "He's a Rebel" and "Rubber Ball."

19.  THAT'S LIFE--  Frank Sinatra    Went to #4 Billboard.  Who'd have thought he'd still be having hits in the 1960s?

18.  SINGLE GIRL--  Sandy Posey   #12 Billboard.  Born in Alabama, raised in Arkansas.  She also had a #12 with "Born a Woman."

17.  CRY--  Ronnie Dove   Peaked #18 Billboard.  Born in Virginia and had 20 Top 100s and 11 Top 40s from 1964 to 1966.

16.  IT'S ONLY LOVE--  Tommy James & the Shondells   Went to #31 on Billboard.  Born in Dayton, Ohio.

Name That Tune: "You're Ridin' High in April, Shot Down in May."  --RoadDog



"That's Life"

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

WLS Top 40 for December 16, 1966-- Part 4: "Communications Breakdown"


25.  COMMUNICATIONS BREAKDOWN--  Led Zeppelin   Didn't chart.  I didn't know they were making music back in '66.

24.  SPANISH NITES--  Connie Francis   Went to #99 on Billboard.  Actual title "Spanish Nights and You"  Her 54th Top 100 near the end of her recording career.  She only had two others after this.

23.  NASHVILLE CATS--  Lovin' Spoonfull   Went to #8 on Billboard, one of their six straight Top tens in 1966.   Joel Whitburn refers to them as  a Jug-Band rock group formed in New York City in 1965.

22.  GRIZZLY BEAR--  Youngbloods   Went to $52 on Billboard and their first hiy.  Their biggest hit was "Get Together" (#5 in 1969)

21.  I GOT A FEELIN'--  Neil Diamond

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "Been Playin' Since They's Babies."  --RoadDog


"Nashville Cats"

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

WLS Top 40 for December 16, 1966-- Part 3: "Standing In the Shadows of Love"


30.  TELL IT LIKE IT IS--  Aaron Neville   (Debut)  Peaked at #2 on Billboard.    He also hit #2 23 years later in 1989 with "Don't Know Much."

29.  GALLANT MEN--  Senator Everett Dirksen  (Debut)  Went to #29 on Billboard.  U.S. Senator from Illinois 1950-1969.  His only ever hit single.  Talking about the bravery of our soldiers as the Vietnam War escalated.

28.  I'M LOSING YOU--  Temptations   (Debut)  Went to #8.  Motown, what can I say.

27.  STANDING IN THE SHADOWS OF LOVE--  Four Tops  (Debut)  To #6 Billboard.  Motown, some of my favorite music.

26.  I'M READY FOR LOVE--    Martha & the Vandellas     Went to #9 on Billboard.  Some more great Motown

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "If You Want Something To Play With, Go Find Yourself a Toy."  --RoadDog



"Tell It Like It Is"

What Are the Most Valuable College Sports Conferences in 2016?

From the October 21, 2016, Cheat Sheet by Jason Alsher.

This is just based on revenue streaming from football playoffs and bowl payouts, NCAA Basketball prize money and media rights deals.  It doesn't take into account smaller revenue streams like souvenirs, shirts, etc..

#5  ACC   $328 million, $21,900,000 per school

#4  Pac-12    $351 million, $29,300,000 per school

#3  Big 12    $302 million,  $30.2 million per school

#2  Big 10 (11,12,13,14)    $431 million,  $30.8 million per school

#1  SEC    $515 million,   $36.8 million per school.

It would be interesting to know what the MAC gets?

No Big Surprises Here.  The Rich Get Richer, While Conferences Like the MAC and Sun belt Get the Scraps... Maybe.  --Roaddog

Monday, December 12, 2016

WLS Top 40 for December 16, 2016-- Part 2: "If Everyday Was Like Christmas"


35.  I NEED SOMEBODY--  ? Mark & the Mysterians   Peaked at #22 on Billboard.  Follow up to their #1 hit "96 Tears."   If you like "96 Tears" you'll like this one.

34.  MAME--  Herb Alpert   Went to #19 on Billboard.  Born in Los Angeles.

33.  IF EVERYDAY WAS LIKE CHRISTMAS--  Elvis Presley  (Debut).  Didn't chart on Billboard.  Not too impressive.

32.  98.6--  Keith  

31.  THERE'S GOT TO BE A WORD--  Innocence   To #34 on Billboard  One of their two Top 100s.  Actually, they were the songwriting duo of Peter Anders and Vinnie Poncia.

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "Good Mornin' Sun I Say It's Good To See You Shinin'."  --RoadDog


Friday, December 9, 2016

WLS Top Ten for December 9, 1966: "Lady Godiva"


1.  WINCHESTER CATHEDRAL--  New Vaudeville Band
2.  MELLOW YELLOW--  Donovan
3.  GOOD VIBRATIONS--  Beach Boys

4.  DEVIL WITH A BLUE DRESS ON--  Mitch Ryder
5.  LADY GODIVA--  Peter & Gordon
6.  YOU KEEP ME HANGING ON--  Supremes
7.  KIND OF A DRAG--  Buckinghams

8.  GOOD THING--  Paul Revere & the Raiders
9.  I WANNA MEET YOU--  Cryan' Shames
10.  TALK TALK--  Music Machine

Name That Tune (from the above songs)  Answer below):  "When Your baby Don't Love You."  --RoadDog


"Kind of a Drag"

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Pearl Harbor, 75 Years Ago: No Shipping Out Party for Leo J. Zappa

Every year, I post about this to all my blogs on this date.

From Youngstown, Ohio, Pearl Harbor Survivor Profiles.

LEO J. ZAPPA

Was 22 at Pearl Harbor..  Died in 1993.

Born and raised in Farrell, Pennsylvania.  Dropped out of Farrell High School in 11th grade to enlist the day after Hitler invaded Poland.

He was in the quartermaster company.  Member of the VFW and the Idaho State Pearl Harbor Survivors Association.

Quote from his son:  "Pearl Harbor was an unforgettable experience for my dad.  Ironically, he was scheduled to ship out and be discharged from the Army on December 8.  His buddies were even getting ready to have a party for him -- obviously that didn't happen."

So Sad to See Them Dying of Old Age Now.


Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Music Deaths: Kay Starr

KAY STARR, 94  Died November 3, 2016.

Best remembered for her 1952 hit "The Wheel of Fortune #1 and 1956's "Rock and Roll Waltz" which also went to #1.

She was born Katherine Laverne Starks in Dougherty, Oklahoma.  She sang with Glen Miller and Bob Crosby before signing a solo contract with Capitol Records where she had hits like "Hoop-De-Doo" (#2-1950) and "Bonaparte's Retreat" (#4-1950).

Music Deaths: Country Songwriter Claude "Curly" Putman

CLAUDE "CURLY" PUTMAN, 85  Died October 30, 2016.

Country songwriter best known for writing or co-writing tunes like Tom Jones' "Green Green Grass of Home,"  Tammy Wynette's "D-I-V-O-R-C-E"  and George Jones' "He Stopped Loving Her Today."

Kind of a writer of downer songs.

He also wrote "My Elusive Dreams," "Blood Red and Going Down" and "It's a Cheating Situation."


It's a History Thing You Might Not Understand

From the November 22, 2016, Rubes comic strip.

A father and son are outside their car and are staring at a marker which reads:  "This historical marker marks the site of the first historical marker."

The father says to his son:  "Kind of makes you feel proud, eh, son!"

Proud to Love History.  Good ol' History on a Stick.  --RoadDog

ONE THING I LEARNED IN LIFE ...  Breath In, ... Breath Out.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Two Pilgrims

From the November 25, 2016, Bizarro comic strip.

Two Pilgrims are standing out by a field and one looks at the other, whose hat is in a pile on his head and says:  "What made thee want to take the belt off thine hat?"

A Little Bit of Puritan Humor, I Guess.  --RoadDog

An Epic Tale

From the November 28, 2016, Rubes comic strip.

You see an announcer's hand holding a microphone and talking to Ulysses who is striking a heroic pose on the front of his ship and holding a sword.....

Announcer:  "You've just returned from a decade long odyssey...  In one word, Ulysses, how would you best sum up your ten years of travel?:

Ulysses:  "Epic."

Saw That One Coming.  --RoadDog

Music Deaths: "The Cool Ghoul," Doug Edwards (Skylark) and Mentor Williams


JOHN ZACHERLE, 98 (Died October 27, 2016)

Better known as "The Cool Ghoul,"  Philadelphia horror TV show host.  Had a novelty hit with "Dinner With Drac" (#6-1958)

DOUG EDWARDS, 71  (Died November 11, 2016)

Guitarist with the Canadian group Skylark and co-wrote their only American hit "Wildflower" (#9-1973)

MENTOR WILLIAMS  (Died November 18, 2016)

Brother of singer/songwriter Paul Williams and composer of Dobie Gray's hit "Drift Away."

Past Movie Scratches: Rutles-- Jaws-- Independence-- Express-- Silent-- Identity--

Past Movie Scratches.  Movies seen on TV in 2015.

43.  THE RUTLES--  The Beatles they aren't.  A farce on the Fab Four.

44.  JAWS--  One big, nasty shark with an attitude problem.

45.  INDEPENDENCE DAY--  It's not over until ....

46.  THE EXPRESS--  The story of the first black Heisman Award winner at Syracuse.

47.  RUN SILENT, RUN DEEP--  Clark Gable gets the sub and destroyer that got his sub, but then dies.

48.   IDENTITY THEFT-  An interesting road trip.  Chased all the way.

--RoadDog

Past Movie Scratches: Dragon-- Jaws-- Jurassic-- Guardians-- Helsing-- Hogs

Movies Seen on TV in 2015.

37.  HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON--  All that stuff Vikings didn't know about those dragons.

38.  JAWS 2--  Big White's back and munching on teenagers this time.

39.  JURASSIC PARK--  "Clever Girl"

40.  RISE OF THE GUARDIANS--  Jack Frost sees the error of his ways.

41.  VAN HELSING--  A vampire's worst nightmare.

42.  WILD HOGS--  Unlikely motorcycle gang motors west.  An interesting road trip.

--RoadDog

ONE THING I LEARNED IN LIFE...:  Never to beam down to the planet if you're wearing the red shirt!  Members of the crew on "Star Trek" who wore the red shirts were the ones who would get killed.  They were expendable.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Living In Today's World: About Those "Idge" Phones


From the Nov. 16, 2016, Speed Bump comic strip.

A man and a woman are looking at a man jiggling five "Idge" phones and the woman says to the man:  "The amazing thing is, he's still texting on all of them."

From the September 24, 2016, Dogs of C-Kennel comic strip.

The pitbull and Kenny the husky are looking over a brick fence as several adult humans walk by engrossed with their "Idge" phones.  The pitbull says to Kenny:  "Call me nostalgic, but I would actually love to be whacked by a newspaper."

"Idge" Me baby, Eight to the Bar.  --RoadDog


Living In Today's World: Job Performance

From the Dec. 3, 2016, Dilbert comic strip.

1.  The Pointy-Haired Boss is behind Dilbert who is hard at work at his station and says to Dilbert:  "I am supposed to act interested in your well-being to boost your job performance."  Dilbert says:  "No thanks."

2.  Pointy-Haired Boss says, apparently not listening to Dilbert:  "So, how's your wife, or girl friend, or same-sex partner, or loneliness."  Dilbert replies:  "Fine"

3.  Pointy-Headed Boss:  "Okay, I think that covers it."  Dilbert:  "Look!  My productivity is soaring."

Ain't It the truth.  --RoadDog

ONE THING I LEARNED IN LIFE....  The older I get, the smarter my parents get.

Friday, December 2, 2016

WLS Top Ten for December 2, 1966: "Poor Side of Town"


1.  GOOD VIBRATIONS--  Beach Boys
2.  WINCHESTER CATHEDRAL--  New Vaudeville Band
3.  MELLOW YELLOW--  Donovan

4.  YOU KEEP ME HANGING ON--  Supremes
5.  POOR SIDE OF TOWN--  Johnny Rivers
6.  I WANNA MEET YOU--  Cryan' Shames
7.  DEVIL WITH A BLUE DRESS ON--  Mitch Ryder

8.  TALK TALK--  Music Machine (Up from #17)
9.  SUGAR TOWN--  Nancy Sinatra  (Up from #16)
10.  STOP STOP STOP--  Hollies

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "She's Got High Heel Shoes and an Alligator Hat."  --RoadDog

ONE THING I LEARNED IN LIFE  (From the Orange Peel Gazette):   "...if at first you fon't succeed, look in the waste basket for the directions."


"Devil With a Blue Dress On"

JSS: Catch The Ball, Bears-- Congrats to Johnsburg-- Congrats to Palatine-- Rochester High School

JSS:  Just Some Stuff

1.  CATCH THE BALL, BEARS--  Well another game, another coulda, woulda, shoulda.  This time, we were done in by at least ten easy catches that Bear receivers dropped against the Titans.  Oh well, more losses, better draft pick.

2.  CONGRATS TO JOHNSBURG HIGH SCHOOL--  We are so proud of one of out local high schools, Johnsburg, going all the way to the Championship game in Class 4A before losing to powerhouse Rochester.  Johnsburg H.S. is about two miles south of the house and I go to a lot of games there.

3.  CONGRATS TO PALATINE HIGH SCHOOL--  Way to go Palatine Pirates, where Liz and I graduated in 1969.  We went to the semifinals of the IHSA Football Playoffs before losing to eventual Class 8A winner Maine South.

4.  ROCHESTER HIGH SCHOOL--  And, speaking of Rochester High School, which beat Johnsburg Friday night, I's say it is about time to move them up to a higher class.  Obviously, they don't draft their players, but families move to the community so their kids can play winning football.

Rochester has now won six of the last seven Class 4A Championships.  The only one they lost was to Phillips, out of Chicago, last year.  And, that was the team the Johnsburg Skyhawks had to beat to get to the championship game.

Way to Go Pirates and Skyhawks.  --RoadDog


11 Best New TV Shows for 2016

From the Cheat Sheet.

Well, I watch exactly two of them, both on ABC.

Designated Survivor
Speechless.

--RoadDog

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Music Death: Bobby Vee

These music deaths are almost always taken from the Oldies Music News site.

BOBBY VEE, 73  Died October 24, 2016.

His career began with an unpaid appearance in his native Fargo, North Dakota, as a fill-in on Buddy Holly's ill-fated Winter Dance Party..

Before that, he had been in a group called the Shadows which featured a person calling himself Elston Gunn (Bob Dylan) for a short time.  As the group Bobby Vee and the Shadows they had one hit with "Suzie Baby (#77-1959).

He was signed by Liberty records and had a string of big hits:

Devil or Angel (#6-1960)
Rubber Ball (#6-1961)
Take Good Care of My baby (#1-1961)
Run to Him (#2-1961)
The Night Has a Thousand Eyes (#3-1963)

He was hurt by the British Invasion, but did have a come-back hit with 1967's "Come Back When You grow Up" which went to #3.

Altogether, he charted in the Top 100 a total of 38 times in 12 years.

One of My Favorites.

Ode to the Bee Gees-- Part 3: "I Started a Joke"


We went to New England for a vacation some time ago and one of the first sings we heard on the radio after landing at Boston, Massachusetts' Logan Airport and getting our rental car was "Massachusetts."  That being one of "Our Songs" made it a very special moment.

12.  I've Got to Get a Message to You

11.  Spicks and Specks

10.  More Than a Woman

9.  I Started a Joke

8.  Lonely Days

7.  Holiday

6.  In the Summer of His Years

5.  Night Fever

4.  How Deep is Your Love

3.  I Can't See Nobody

2.  Fanny (Be Tender With My Love)

1.  Stayin' Alive    Rob O'Connor had this to say about this song:  "There likely isn't a person alive who is conscious that doesn't know this song and enjoy it at some level.  What kind of nasty piece of work do you have to be to deny the joy of a song that demands you go for a fast walk, you slow-walkin' rebel, you."

It is always funny to hear the first beats of the song and watch everyone grimace, then get up and dance, or at least start doing the moves in their chair or nodding their head with the beat.

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "Well, You Can Tell By the Way I Walk."  --RoadDog

THE SHOCKING TRUTH ABOUT OKRA:  Well, actually, I really, really like fried okra when it is piping hot, like they serve at Lambert's Cafe's PassArounds..


"Stayin' Alive"


WLS Top 40 for December 16, 1966-- Part 1: " I Love You So Much"


40.  I HAD TOO MUCH TO DREAM LAST NIGHT--  Electric Prunes    (Debut)  Went to #11 on Billboard, their highest charter of two songs.  Seattle psychedelic rock band.  I always thought they said "I Had Too Much to Drink Last Night."

39.  IF YOU GO AWAY--  Damita Jo  (Debut)  Went to #68 on Billboard.  About put me to sleep and went on and on.  Her biggest hit was "I'll Be There" #12 in 1961.

38.  I LOVE YOU SO MUCH--  New Colony Six  (Debut)  #61 on Billboard.  WLS pushing a local band, again.

37.  ALL--  James Darren  (Debut)  Went to #35 Billboard.  From the movie "Run for Your Wife." His biggest hit was "Goodbye Cruel World" #3 in 1961.

36.  CAN'T YOU SEE THAT I STILL LOVE YOU--  Flock  (Debut)  Didn't chart on Billboard.   WLS pushing another Chicago band.  We sure had some great music in Chicago back then.

--Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "I Touched Your Golden Hair and Tasted Your Perfume."  --RoadDog



"I Had Too Much to Dream"

Ode to the Bee Gees-- Part 2: "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart?"


Of course, when I first heard the Bee Gees back in the 60s, I thought they were the Beatles performing under a different name.

22.  First of May--  from the Odessa album

21.  Black Diamond--  Odessa album

20.  Kilburn Towers

19.  Swan Song

18.  How Can You Mend a Broken Heart?

17.  To Love Somebody

16.  Massachusetts  (Hey, That's "Our Song!)

15.  New York Mining Disaster, 1941

14.  World

13.  Lemons Never Forget

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "Something's Telling Me I Must Go Home."  --RoadDog

THE SHOCKING TRUTH ABOUT OKRA:  You campers will be happy to hear that dried okra makes great bio-degradable tent stakes.

"Massachusetts"