The dj started playing his music about an hour and a half ago for out joint Mardi Gras party with the Osprey next door. We'll be having Cajun food and all sorts of music this afternoon in honor of next Tuesday's Mardi Gras. I myself am groovin' out to it right now while typin' away on this here laptop.
The waves of the Gulf of Mexico are crashing along the shore about 200 feet from where I sit. The sun is shining and it is at least 77 degrees. Not a bad way to spend a February 23rd.
The dj is also playing Motown and oldies. Just the thing for us oldsters.
This Valentine's Day also marks the anniversary nine years ago when a fiend entered a classroom at Northern Illinois University and opened fire, killing five innocent students and wounding another 17. He was at least good enough to then turn the gun on himself.
I'll never forget it. Liz and I were having a Valentine's dinner at K.C.'s Cabin in Spring Grove, Illinois, when we saw video on the TV. The sound was off and soon we remarked that the video looked like it was at NIU in DeKalb.
Then we saw writing at the bottom of the TV which said it was NIU and that shootings had occurred. We were shocked as were everyone else in the place, especially one couple who had a child going to Northern. they were even more worried when they couldn't get through to her at first, but then got a call from her.
We then went over to Lord Stanley's on Lincoln Highway, on DeKalb's Main Street. We got seats at the bar and watched the first two periods of the Blackhawks game. Lord Stanley's (named after the Stanley Cup, is a big hockey bar, especially for the Blackhawks.
They also have a great special: one of their famous 16-inch pizzas with one topping and two pitchers of beer for $19. A real hard deal to beat.
Drove back to the Red Roof Inn, parked and walked across Lincoln Highway to Pizza Pros and saw the end of the 'Hawk victory.
Sunday morning we checked out, drove around campus and the Lagoon and stopped at White Castle and tried one of their chicken waffle sandwiches. Mighty good.
Then drove to Woodstock, Illinois, where their Groundhog Days Festival was still underway.
I've always wanted to go to the Public House next to the old court house, where the bar scenes featuring "I drink to world peace" were filmed. usually this place is packed during the Groundhog Festival, but today it wasn't and we even got to sit where Andie and Bill sat at the edge of the bar.
Even better, we decided to give the sweet vermouth with a twist a try. And, of course, they had it. You could get a drink of it in a small glass with the Groundhog Day varmint on it and "I Drink to World Peace." It wasn't as bad as Bill Murray made it seem like.
We then went over to Wayne's Lanes, the bowling alley featured in the movie where Bill was sitting with the two guys complaining about having to live the same day over and over. We parked where the car was that they got in before being chased by the cops and playing chicken with the train.
After the basketball victories, we drove downtown to Lord Stanley's, right on the Lincoln Highway. This place gets its name for the Stanley Cup (which was given by Lord Stanley of Canada). And, this is a big hockey place, especially when the Chicago Blackhawks are playing. And, they were playing tonight. We've always wanted to see a 'Hawks game there, so this was a chance.
The jukebox was turned off and all TVs were on the game and lots of cheering.
Also, they have a famous food and drink special: two pitchers of beer and a 16-inch, one topping pizza for $19. We were always too full from football homecomings when we got there, but their pizza sure looked and smelled good. It was.
We watched two periods and then drove back to the motel and walked across Lincoln Highway to Pizza Pros and watched the end of the Blackhawks victory.
A Really Fun Day. --RoadDog
YOU'RE DRINKING TOO MUCH COFFEE WHEN: The taster's Choice couple wants to adopt you.
The second number is the highest it got on Billboard.
1. I'M A BELIEVER / STEPPIN' STONE-- Monkees #1
2. GEORGY GIRL-- Seekers #2
3. PUSHIN' TOO HARD-- Seeds #36
4. RUBY TUESDAY-- Rolling Stones #1 Who'd have figured they could sing sweet?
5. I LOVE YOU SO MUCH-- New Colony Six #61 Chicago band.
6. I HAD TOO MUCH TO DREAM-- Electric Prunes #11
7. NOTHIN' YET-- Blues Magoos #5
8. GIMME GOOD LOVIN'-- Spencer Davis Group #7
9. LOVE IS HERE-- Supremes #1
10. I THINK WE'RE ALONE NOW-- Tommy James & the Shondells
Name That Tune (from the above songs): "I Thought Love Was Only True In Fairy Tales." Answer below. --RoadDog
25. COLOR MY WORLD-- Petula Clark #16 From Epsom, England and as pretty and cute as a button.
24. NO FAIR AT ALL-- Association #51 Surprisingly that this one didn't go higher in the charts.
23. THE MECHANICAL MAN-- Ben Holt No ranking in Billboard's Top 100. This was a hard one to find on You Tube but worth it if you've never heard of it before. A really weird song and should be a great Halloween one. Someone commented that this one was playing on WLS during the Blizzard of '67 in late January. No kidding.
22. BABY, I NEED YOUR LOVIN'-- Johnny Rivers #3. Real name Johnny Ramistella. How about that? Him playing a cover song?
21. HOW DO YOU CATCH A GIRL-- San the Sham (And the Pharaohs) #27. Anybody else than me who thinks Pharaohs should be spelled Pharoahs? Domingo Samudio from Dallas, Texas.
Name That Tune (from above) "Take a Little Piece of Cheese and Put It In a Trap." Answer Below.--RoadDog
30. FOR WHAT IT'S WORTH-- Buffalo Springfield (Stop, Hey What's That Sound) (D) #7. Formed in Los Angeles in 1966. Richie Furay, Dewey Martin and Bruce Palmer (replaced by Jim Messina). Of course, there were those Stephen and Neil guys in it as well. Their only Top 10. The other 4 were #44 to #98. Broke up in 1968. Way too good.
29. SOCK IT TO ME-- Mitch Ryder (And the Detroit Wheels) (D) Their biggest hit. Real name of Mitch was William Levise, Jr.. White soul group renamed by their producer, Bob Crewe. Bob Crewe, of course, so much a part of the Four Seasons sound.
28. TELL IT TO THE RAIN-- Four Seasons #10. Another Bob Crewe song. He had one other one on the WLS chart other than these two. A good week for Bob Crewe.
27. INDESCRIBABLY BLUE-- Elvis Presley #33. Can anyone say an Elvis song I never geard of before? Slow and pretty bad song. Was it from a movie?
26. LOVIN' YOU-- Bobby Darin #32 His last Top 40. Written by John Sebastian and originally performed by the Lovin' Spoonful.
Name That Tune (from the above songs): "Honey In the Bee Hive, Honey Bunch." Answer Below. --RoadDog
YOU'RE DRINKING TOO MUCH COFFEE WHEN: People get dizzy just watching you.
Liz and I took a mini one-night vacation this past weekend and drove the 60 miles out to DeKalb, Illinois.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4
We stopped for our Slider fix at the DeKalb White Castle, got our motel room and then over to the Convocation Center on Lincoln Highway for NIU's Spring Homecoming. Both the women's and men's basketball teams played in the afternoon.
The women were honoring their 60th year of existence and also are having their best season ever right now. They had a close game, but won.
The men were paying tribute to one of their greatest coaches, John McDougal, who died in October. They also won and are having a rare winning season.
Tomorrow, we are going to DeKalb, Illinois, for our winter homecoming.
The women's Huskie team plays a game at 1 p.m., followed by the men at 3:30.
Then,we will go over to Lord Stanley's Bar on Lincoln Highway, yep, that Lincoln Highway which runs right through downtown DeKalb. Lord Stanley's used to be the Shamrock when we were students and for many years afterwards. This is when we used to do the Lincoln Crawl to see how many bars we could hit.
Lord Stanley's is named for the Stanley Cup and it is probably one of the biggest hockey bars anywhere around. And, it is especially a Blackhawks bar. And, the Blackhawks are playing tomorrow night.
We Should surely be getting our sports fix tomorrow.
Yesterday, February 2nd, of course, was Groundhog Day and Woodstock, Illinois, had their annual celebration with a prognostication by resident groundhog Woodstock Willie (unfortunately, he saw his shadow, so, six more weeks of winter weather for us).
I missed that part as it was too cold.
But I did see a free showing of the movie "Groundhog Day" in the Woodstock Theatre's Harold Ramis Auditorium (in the movie for the "Bronco Billy" segment and I ate at the Tagueria La Placinto Mexican restaurant on the site of the Tip-Top Cafe from the movie. I ate in the very spot that Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell sat at.
I then went over to the Woodstock Public Library and saw scrapbooks, photos and artifacts from the filming of the movie.
I listen to this guy and his sidekick.news gal Mary Dixon pretty much every morning on Chicago's WXRT, 93.1 FM. It is rare in radio that someone can be on a show that long, what with so many stations changing formats every several years.
And, he's very good, even if he is probably one of the biggest Cubs fan who ever lived. Too bad he can't give some of that love to Da Sox.
They are having a live show at Kings Bowl restaurant in Rosemont, Illinois, right now, so give a listen.
But, anyway, congratulations to you, Lin!!
Nothing Like Good Old Chicago Radio. --RoadDog
YOU'RE DRINKING TOO MUCH COFFEE WHEN: All your kids are named "Joe."
From the September 28, 2016, MidWeek (DeKalb County, Illinois) "Looking Back."
1966, 50 Years Ago.
"New street names as well as signs have been popping up on the burgeoning Northern Illinois University campus. So new are some of the names heretofore nameless campus roads that some departments' records and maps are lagging behind the names.
"Among the new names are :University Circle, Stadium Drive and Kishwaukee Drive.
The students attending NIU grew by a huge amount in the 1960s.
Last year, I saw 65 movies at the theater. And, you'd think that out of that many, I'd have seen more than one movie that received an Academy nomination for Best Picture. But "Hacksaw Ridge" was the only one.
Hell or High Water
La La Land
Manchester By the Sea
However, I have busy at work catching up and now have seen these since last week: "Arrival," "Hidden Figures," "La La Land" and "Manchester By the Sea."
Hopefully, the local theaters will be bringing some of them back. I like to see as many of the nominations as possible.
Sadly, many of these movies either weren't shown in our area or had very short runs.
Despite all the many, many gray, overcast days we've been having, we still managed to enjoy ourselves.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 27
We went over for those great breakfasts at KC's Cabin in Spring Grove (corner of Il-173 and Wilmot Road). (Buy One, Get One 1/2 Price) Later that night, it was Sunnyside Tavern in Johnsbirg and Jim Sieg performing. This is one really fun entertainer. If you can't party with Jim, you can't party.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 28
Wendy Rice's Saturday Morning Flashback on WXRT featured 1982 and some real great music. Got together with the Usual Suspects at a showing of Super Bowl XX, which, to us, is THE only Super bowl as it was the one our 1985 Chicago Bears played in. You know, "Super Bowl Shuffle," Sweetness and the Fridge.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 29
Bob Stroud's Rock and Roll Roots Show on WDRV in Chicago was devoted the Chicago's Blizzard of 1967, all three hours of it. Now, that was some REALLY GOOD MUSIC. I listed all the songs he played earlier this week.
We went to the Hickory Lodge in McCullom Lake, Illinois, for their $5 small pizza special and $5 draft pitchers. Stopped at Sunnyside Tavern on the way home.
Who Says You can't Have Fun in the Winter? --RoadDog
YOU'RE DRINKING TOO MUCH COFFEE WHEN: You're so jittery that people use your hands to blend their margaritas.
Member of the Contours "Do You Love Me" (#3-1962) and (#11-1988) Also "Can You Do It" (#41-1964)
ARMANDO "BUDDY" GRECO, 90. Died January 10, 2017.
Philadelphia crooner, started out with Benny Goodman for four years. Big hit solo with "Ooh! Look-A-There, Ain't She Pretty" (#15-1957) and "I Ran All the Way Home" (#30-1951 and had his own version of "Mr. Lonely" (#64-1962) which Bobby Vinton turned into a big hit in 1964.