Closing out one really fine summer. Thanks Uncle Bob doe another trip down memory lane.
LOVE TO LOVE-- UFO
BARRACUDA-- Heart I have to wonder how many greatest hits compilations they have. Sure is a lot.
GRAND ILLUSION-- Styx Was there better Stadium Rock?
DANCING IN THE MOONLIGHT-- Thin Lizzy It's a wonder they didn't have more hits.
HANDY MAN-- James Taylor Doing an old Jimmy Jones classic. A real new groove to it.
CLOSER TO THE HEART-- Rush
TUESDAY AFTERNOON-- Moody Blues A live album cut of an older song.
YOU AND ME-- Alice Cooper Who says the Alice can't be sweet?
RIDIN' THE STORM OUT-- REO Speedwagon Bar none, that sound at the beginning of this song is one of the best rock has ever had.
I'M IN YOU-- Peter Frampton Proving that he can do more than just "LIVE."
THE THINGS WE DO FOR LOVE-- 10CC
SHE DID IT-- Eric Carmen To be raspberry or not. That is the question.
DREAMS-- Fleetwood Mac
Name That Tune (from the above songs): "And I'm Not Missin' a Thing Watchin' the Full Moon Crossin' the Range." Answer below. --RoadDog
1. HOT, THEN MORE HOT-- All last week and so far this week, it has been mighty hot around here, breaking the 90 degree level, not the heat index anyway. So hot, I haven't been out on the boat since Wednesday. Supposed to cool down, though, starting tomorrow.
And, when I get out-hotted, you know it is really hot. Gives new meaning to the old song "Hot, Hot, Hot" And that Third World Song "Ninety-six degrees in the shade, real hot in the shade."
2. NO RAIN-- In addition to the the extreme hot, we haven't had any rain for quite a few weeks. I have not cut the grass in three weeks now and still don't need to do so. I am quite tired of watering the flowers every day. And, I have a lot of flowers. I am keeping the grass over the septic fields watered as when that dies, it is REALLY hard to get it back. I'm guessing those two hurricanes kind of sucked all the precipitation out of the atmosphere.
3. CBS NEW SHOWS-- Monday night I watched the first two hours of the new CBS season. The four comedies, including the two new ones were great: Big Bang Theory, Young Sheldon, Kevin Can Wait and Me, Myself & I. bringing back Kevin James' wife from "King of Queens" was a good move. And the two new comedies show a weal lot of promise.
4. VIETNAM WAR-- Still enjoying the Vietnam War series on PBS. Another job well-done. I especially like it because it gives the other side's story as well.
Yesterday, Monday, September 25, I went over to the final Green Street Car Show in downtown McHenry, Illinois, as the featured cars were Pontiacs, which remains my all-time favorite vehicle. I have had a '67 Tempest, '67 Firebird convertible, '85 Firebird and two Grand Ams.
My all-time favorite car remains the Firebird, but since Firebirds were phased out and later the whole Pontiac line, I was thinking of getting a Corvette for my next middle (older) age crisis car, until they came out with the new Camaros. Everyone called the 1967 Firebird a middle age crisis car back in 1987 when I bought it.
But, yesterday, I came across a '67 Firebird that was for sale. It is not in perfect shape, but definitely good enough for me and a whole lot better shape than the '85 Firebird which we (well, I) still have. It has a 400 engine and the price is right at $10,000. Though, it had an 8-track player and I would have to do something to get a cassette/CD player and FM radio.
We have four vehicles right now: '85 Firebird, 2003 Malibu, 2005 Dodge Dakota and 2011 Malibu. I don't need another vehicle so would have to sell one, maybe two. All of these we've had since brand new. We paid cash for all of them as well.
But, I am seriously considering it, but trying to come up with reasons not to buy it.
I know this is the kiss of death as far as NIU losing this coming Saturday, but I still have to do some gloating about that unbelievable victory over Nebraska a week and a half ago. Believe me, I am a huge sports fan, but normally don't write about my teams when they are doing well, as that causes losses. It is my bit of idiosyncrasy I guess.
Besides NIU being one of the Group of 5 college conferences ,Mid American Conference, and Nebraska being in one of the Power 5 conferences, Big 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, and there is a huge gulf between the two in the caliber of athletes they get, this is the first time that any MAC team has ever beaten Nebraska.
In the two previous games between NIU and Nebraska, the Huskies lost 48-17 in 1989 and 60-14 in 1990.
Our defensive player, Juwuan Johnson was chosen MAC West Division Defensive Player of the Week after he intercepted and returned two Cornhusker passes for two touchdowns in the first half to five Northern a 14-0 lead.
And they just didn't "GIT-R-DONE," Not one bit they didn't. Big-time Nebraska fan Daniel Lawrence Whitney (you might know him better as Larry the Cable Guy) was quite a bit put out that a little guy like NIU would be beating his Big Guy team Nebraska and posted a lot of tweets during and after the game. I had always figured him to be from the South with that redneck demeanor and drawl, but it turns out he is from Nebraska and even attended the University of Nebraska a short time before going full-time into comedy.
And NIU was named the National Team of the Week for last week. This is awarded by the Football Writers Association of America. This is the first time Northern has had the honor since it started in 2002 (and we should have gotten it that year after we defeated Alabama when they were ranked as well as Maryland and Iowa State on our way to a 10-2 record, but no bowl game).
This was the third time a MAC team has been Team of the Week.
So Proud of Our Guys!! --RoadDog
MORE TOO MUCH COFFEE SIGNS: When someone asks you how you are, you respond with, "Good to the last drop."
Listened to Rock and Roll Roots and recorded Breakfast With the Beatles as usual.
We drove over to Sunnyside Tavern in Johnsburg to view the Saufen Und Spiel parade which passes right by the place. The name Saufen Und Spiel is, of course, German. Johnsburg and Spring Grove were settled by many Germans. Saufen und Spiel means drinking and games. And, we sure keep the tradition going.
It is a long parade with marching bands and lots of floats. We went inside afterwards and watched the Bears game. We lost, but at least didn't have to watch old pouty face, Mr. Jay Cutler, doing his pouting thing on the sidelines.
We were going to go over to the Saugen und Spiel grounds at the Community Club to see the band, but could find no parking places, so decided to get some Chain Crawl Passport stamps and drove over to the the Snuggery on the Fox River in McHenry and had a drink and did the same at Vickie's.
Capped it off at the PLAV, Polish Legion of American Veterans.
Good Time. --RoadDog
From the Orange Peel Gazette. MORE COFFEE SIGNS: You channel surf faster without a remote.
Terry Spizziri, one of our all-time favorite performers and good friend, died at age 66 last Sunday after a month-long sickness.
We had known him for 40 years and he played at both Liz and my 40th birthday parties.
For many years he performed solo, but in the last years had added his nephew Greg to his show which, as he oft-said "Spanned the Musical Horizons." He played everything from the 1940s to current, with a whole lot of oldies as well as Irish music.
He was very proud of his Irish heritage, even with a name like Spizzirri (his mother was Irish and father Italian). He liked to describe himself as half garlic and half Celtic. And could he ever sing the Irish music and was definitely in demand around St. Patrick's Day.
There was his long-standing monthly dates at the Irish Mill in Mundelein, Illinois.
St. Patrick's and Around the Chain Just Aren't Going to Be the Same. We'll Miss You Terry. --
Listened to Saturday Morning Flashback on Chicago's WXRT, this year to 1969, that great high school senior-college freshman year for me between Palatine High School and Northern Illinois University.
Did some yardwork and must remember to stay away from the goldenrod and sedum right now as it is high season for attracting stinging insects.
We went to Captain's Quarters on Fox Lake and saw the band Rumor Has It." Then to Sunnyside. Enjoyed watching that Notre Dame-Georgia football game. Go Dawgs. (I went to UGA for junior year before transferring back to NIU.)
Came home and enjoyed Margaritaville watching the Sox win, Cubs lose and enjoying the Ultimate Jukebox.
I went to the big rivalry game out here in northeast McHenry County, Illinois, the Johnsburg-Richmond-Burton (R-B) high school football game. Had we had kids they would have gone to Richmond-Burton, but we are just a couple miles north of Johnsburg High School. I pull for Johnsburg unless they play Richmond-Burton because I send a REAL lot of money there.
R-B scored a TD on an 88-yard running play on the third play of the game, but that was the high point in a 34-10 loss.
I came home and found a really great new internet station, Jukin' Oldies, which features one of my favorite deejays, 'Fessa John Hook. There are 14 djs on it and they play all sorts of music, including Beach, Boogie & Blues and oldies you've never heard of before.
As much as I am interested in the events and background of the war as it plays out on the TV, that soundtrack is something else. This would make a great album to have the whole of each song. I'd buy it.
I was listening to one of my pre-recorded cassette tapes "Twenty Great Oldies-- Vol. 7" as I was typing away yesterday, and B.J. Thomas' "Billy and Sue" came on. This is one of those songs that brings back the Vietnam War for me.It was his third single release after he had had great success with his first one, "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" by Hank Williams which went to #8 on the pop charts in 1966.
He then released "Mama" (#22--1966 and then "Billy and Sue" (#34--1966).
Billy and Sue met in high school and planned to get married, but then he got drafted for you-know-what war. While he was out fighting Sue started running around and stopped sending letters. Finally she sent one and it read "Dear John."
"A look came over Billy that would scare a ghost
Of a million soldiers -- coast to coast
And even though the air was filled with lead
Billy jumped up They shot him dead.
Billy was buried in a far away grave that read
'FOR HIS COUNTRY -- HE GAVE HIS LIFE'
But the epitaph -- was only a part
he didn't die from a bullet but he died
From a broken heart."
The Music of a War. --RoadBilly
LIFE'S LITTLE TRUTHS (Final One): Inside some of us is a thin person struggling to get out, but they can usually be sedated with a few pieces of of chocolate cake. (Or, cupcakes)
In the spring semester 1970, I pledged Delta Sigma Phi fraternity at Northern Illinois University. Tension on campus continued to get worse as the Vietnam War dragged on. There was quite a bit of this anti-war sentiment that flowed over to anti-establishment and fraternities and sororities were viewed as "The Establishment," so our groups came under increasing fire from the others.
I had a great time during pledging and I have to admit that my grades slipped quite a bit. To put it mildly, we partied a whole lot. Delta Sig pledges had to carry this big old empty bomb shell around campus and protect it, or dire consequences if it got "stolen." It was painted green with our Greek letters on it. We never lost it.
Of course, failing college was a REAL Good way to get yourself to Vietnam via Uncle Sam's Draft. You flunk, you get shot.
The frat house was on Augusta Avenue, east of campus (44 Augusta?).
Anyway, I became an active in April.
Hoddy Toddy, God-Almighty, Who the Hell Are We? We're the Delta Sigs. --RoadDog
I have been watching as much of this series on PBS as I can. Another excellent effort from Mt. Burns. I am of that era and have found out more about it than I ever knew.
I like how he goes back to the beginning of the French colonization and traces it to the 1960s and American intervention to stop the spread of Communism. So far, I come away with the idea that Ho Chi Minh was the George Washington of his country and the Viet Cong were the Patriots.
But, he gives the story from all sides: the enemy, the soldiers, the government, the generals, the grunts, the ant-war movement and so on.
I have already been writing about my experience in the war, though I did not fight in Vietnam, i sure came close.
Click on the My Vietnam War Experience to see prior blog posts and I will have more.
Saturday was a great day here in our household. Both Liz and I are huge Northern Illinois football fans (and alumni) and we sure had a HUGE victory over Nebraska!!! NIU 21 Nebraska 17
I missed the first half of the game while I was at the Civil War re-enactment in Hainesville, Illinois, but I watched it when I got home. Unbelievable.
The NIU banners are up all over the outside of the house.
Nebraska is one of those Power 5 schools and we are but a little Group of 5 schools. Plus, Nebraska is now Big 10, 11, 12, 13, 14.
This was a great win. And, sadly, now that I have been doing some boasting, that is going to be a kiss of death for our football program. Whenever I write about a team I back winning, they then start losing.
1. SHORPY-- (The Old Photo Site) If you want to see a World War II Home Front picture that just screams Norman Rockwell, look up the Shorpy website for June 8, 2017 "The Ladies Who Lunch" 1943. The photo was taken in Clinton, Iowa. These women were employed as railroad wipers while the men were away at war. The U.S. home front.
2. "THE GLASS CASTLE"-- To me it seems there just aren't many movies out right now that I want to see. I didn't know about this one, but it was too cold to go boating, so I went to the Fox Lake Theatre and saw this movie. As far as I am concerned, this one should get Academy Award nominations for Best Movie, best Actor (Woody Harrelson) and Best Actress for the actress who played the young girl.
3. COLD THEN HOT-- Crazy weather around here. First it was quite cool and lately it has been quite hot. At least it is not a hurricane. The cool temperatures have really started the trees to turning those great fall colors.
4. DON WILLIAMS-- Sitting here a-typin' away with my two little fingers and listening to a Don Williams greatest hits CD. You forget how good he was. We'll sure miss him.
4. JAY CUTLER ON LOSING-- I couldn't help but chuckle when our fearsome ex-qb Jay Cutler complained that the Bears lost too many games while he was there. Jay, might you have had something to do with all those losses? The Jay replacement, Glennon, hasn't proved to be much better, but at least we don't have to look at Ol' Sour Puss, Pouty Face sitting by himself on the sidelines and thinking about all that money he was earning for not doing much.
What is frightening, though, is what if Jay turns into a decent qb with Miami? After we had to put up with him for what seemed forever.
I'd Have to Find Him and Slap Him For Sure. --RoadDog
LIFE'S LITTLE TRUTHS: Freedom of the press: No-iron clothes.
A bit earlier today, I went out on the boat and in a short while, I'll be going to Richmond, Illinois, for the Richmond-Burton football game. Nothing like a high school football game on a warm September Friday night.
Tomorrow, Saturday, September 16, Grant High School in Fox Lake, Illinois, has its homecoming parade at 9 a.m.. From there I am going to the Fox Lake Grant Township Area Historical Society for a presentation on Commercial Fishing on the Chain.
After that I will go to Hainesville, Illinois, for a Civil War re-enactment.
Later in the afternoon and early evening, several bars are having bands playing outside, including Oak Park Lounge's Oaktoberfest.
Sunday, there are more bands and, of course, Da Bears game.
After Beer Can bridge, I saw a new wooden pirate ship, well, the front end of a pirate ship, complete with a Capt. Jack Sparrow statue and pirate flag. I always like new things like that on the Chain. By the way, I see that this Tuesday is "Talk Like a Pirate Day."
Not too far down from the new pirate ship is a real piece of Chicago Gangland History, the old Manning Hotel, where a shootout claimed 3 lives back in 1930. The Chain of Lakes was essentially a gangland paradise back in those days and several mob leaders had homes on the Chain.
And, if you're really into it, the hotel, now a private home, is up for sale. For $339,000 you could own your piece of history. That is a really good price for waterfront property on the Chain.
Next door to it is a funeral home. How convenient .
Next, I stopped at McDonald's. This is one of only two McDonald's that you can boat into.
AAAARRRR, Matey!! --RoadDog
LIFE'S LITTLE TRUTHS: It is bad to suppress laughter. It goes back down and spreads to your hips.
Drove over to Fox Lake and found gas gouged to $2.70. Sure glad I filled up last weekend at the Mobil station in Johnsburg which was at $2.47.
Took our boat (School's Out...Forever!!) out for a cruise through Fox Lake, Nippersink Lake, Beer Can Bridge and into Pistakee Lake to McDonald's. There is a reason they call our area the Chain of Lakes.
On the way, I passed the increasingly sad Mineola Hotel, which is falling into serious neglect. It was a mini Grand Hotel like the one on Mackinac Island and a beautiful structure. So sad to see it go.
Beer Can Bridge is so named because it is not very high and over the years boaters going under it have placed beer cans on its understructure. Not so cool anymore, though as about half the items are glass bottles.
Sat out FP (Front Porch) for breakfast and coffee as well as reading yesterday's Chicago Tribune. Must catch up on my newspapers. On the internet and doing some research on Major League Baseball players in World War II playing for the Great Lakes Training Base baseball players, coached by Hall of Famer Mickey Cochrane.
One of the players was Chet Hajduk who had a "Cup Of Coffee" with the Chicago White Sox in April 1941, who appeared in a major league game exactly one time before being sent to the minors for the rest of the season. He joined the Navy after the season and played for Great Lakes.
Last week, I wrote about the Navy Day in Dubuque, Iowa, August 23, 1942, where 32 Dubuquers were sworn into the Navy and there was a baseball game between the Great Lakes Naval Training Center and the Navy Pre-Flight School at Iowa City in my Tattooed On Your Soul World War II blog.
While I was researching and doing blog entries, I listened to 'Fessa Hook's Beach Music Top 40 for 1961. He played some mighty good stuff and should have it for another week. You can listen to it at beachshag.com. I'll write the names of some of the songs in the next post.
I went out boating on Fox Lake for awhile and then we met Kevin and Kelly at J's in Ingleside for half price pizza, $1.50 pints and played NTN. Afterwards, we went to Sunnyside Tavern in Johnsburg.
On the internet in the early morning and found out that Illinois evidently had our own ribbon highway, like that one stretch of Oklahoma's Route 66. And it went from DeKalb to Waterman, Illinois.
Enjoyed Bob Stroud taking his listeners, the Stroud Crowd, back 40 years to a summer I remember well, 1977, on Chicago's WDRV, 97.1 FM from 7 to 10 a.m..
We had planned to go to Cabana's on Pistakee Lake to see the band, but it was way too crowded, so we went to Oak Park Lounge nearby on the same lake. This is an original bar on the Chain of Lakes, dating back to the 1890s and a favorite of ours. We also got to see (and feed) the bar dog, Bomber. If there is another more spoiled animal in the world than a bar dog, I'd like to know? He has us all trained well.
We then went to the PLAV (Polish Legion of American Veterans) in McHenry for Bloody Marys and last stop was at Sunnyside in Johnsburg.
Part 4 of Bob Stroud's annual trip back to a summer 40 years ago took place on September 3. This time, 40 years ago was 1977.
I was back in school teaching 7th and 8th graders at Magee Middle School in Round Lake, Illinois. Liz was teaching 1st grade at Beach Elementary School in Round Lake Beach. We were living at 1013 Morningside in Round Lake Beach, Illinois, so both of us didn't have far to drive to school.
SMOKE FROM A DISTANT FIRE-- Townsend Sanford Band A lot of local bands also were using the two name name back then. We had the Thompson-Rydberg band in Lake County.
HIGH ROLLER-- Little Feat I didn't know about them back then, but now they are one of my favorite bands.
LITTLE DARLIN' I NEED YOU-- Doobie Brothers Getting their Soul thing on.
BLACK BETTY-- Ram Jam I suppose they couldn't sing this song in today's clime.
BREAKDOWN-- Alan Parsons Project
DON'T STOP-- Fleetwood Mac They were everywhere on the radio back then, the Peter Frampton of the year before.
WHAT YOU GONNA DO-- Pablo Cruise
ONE LOVE-- Bob Marley Good old reggae, but I didn't really get into it until around 1981. Big fan, now, though.
TELEPHONE LINE-- Electric Light Orchestra
Name That Tune (from above songs): "The Damn Thing Gone Wild (Ban-Ba-Lam)." Answer below. --RoadDog
LIFE'S LITTLE TRUTHS: Amazing! You just hang something in your closet for awhile and it shrinks two sizes.
Enjoyed the FP (front porch) and OD (on deck) I did some shopping in Spring Grove and McHenry and went to the American Legion in Fox Lake.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 2
FP and OD.
We went to the American Legion at 3 to enjoy one of our favorite bands, 3 Aces, playing all those great pop and country songs from the 1950s-1970s. We then went to Sunnyside in Johnsburg to see the band Central Stonerollers playing classic rock and some of their own songs.
Very good band, but like so many, they were way too loud considering how small Sunnyside is.
35. YOU NEED LOVE-- Beatles #1 Most of us know it as "All You Need Is Love."
34. BALLAD OF YOU & ME POONEIL-- Jefferson Airplane (D) #42. I always wondered where they got the name Jefferson Airplane from. Well, it is slang for a split paper match used to hold a marijuana cigarette. Go figure.
33. THE WINDOWS OF THE WORLD-- Dionne Warwicke (D) #32 Burt Bacarach makes an anti-war song, but in a Dionne-way. Dionne is actually her middle name.
32. HEY BABY-- Buckinghams (D) #12 WLS backing another Chicago band. Actual name "Hey baby (They're Playing Our Song)."
31. LOVE BUG LEAVE MY HEART ALONE-- Martha & the Vandellas (D) #25 Clocking at at just 2:10, as good as Motown gets for this little-known classic. Martha is actually Martha reeves. From Detroit.
Name That Tune (from the above songs): "The One We Used To Hear When We Used To Get Along." Answer Below. --RoadDog
LIFE'S LITTLE TRUTHS: Just when I was getting used to yesterday, along came today.
From WLS Oldies Loon and "Joel Whitburn's Top Pop: The Singles 1955-1993" Billboard.
There were a lot of debuts this week. Also, I was on You Tube a lot listening to the songs in the survey as there were a lot I never remember hearing and also a lot that you rarely hear anymore. I liked most of the ones I didn't remember, especially after hearing the song several times. They just grew on me.
(D) Debut. The number after the artist is the highest it got on Billboard's Top 100
40. GROOVIN'-- Booker T. & the M.G.s (D) #21 Putting a blast of soul onto the Young Rascals song.
39. WE LOVE YOU-- Rolling Stones (D) #50 Regardless of what others say, I really liked their "Satanic Majesty's Request" album and that 3-D cover. Psychedelic, MAN!!
38. LONELY DRIFTER-- Pieces of Eight #59 Formerly sung by the O'Jays (#93-1963) Great Beach Music song.
37. TAKE ME BACK-- Flock No rank Chicago group being pushed by LS. Started out originally as a rock group, but after 1969 became better known in Chicago for their jazz-rock sound. If you like horn songs, this one's for you.
36. A GIRL LIKE YOU-- Young Rascals-- #10 Most of the group were formerly with Joey Dee & the Starliters.
Name That Tune (From the above songs): "I Don't Know What It's All About But I Feel I'll Soon Find Out." --Answer below. --RoadDog
LIFE'S LITTLE TRUTHS: Life not only begins at forty, it begins to show.
1. BOATING (LACK OF)-- Try as I might, getting out on the boat "School's Out...Forever" is not easy. Monday and Tuesday this last week, it threatened to rain the whole day. I was able to do some cruising Wednesday. Thursday and Friday it was sunny, but very windy, and, even worse, lots of cold in that wind, so didn't go out.
This weekend, of course, is Labor Day Weekend. Way too many boaters out on the water, so probably won't be going out.
2. GAS GOUGE-- I was wondering when the gas prices around here were going to go up because of Hurricane Harvey. They went up Wednesday from $2.30 to $2.60 in Fox Lake. I, though, was able to find a Mobil station that hadn't raised their price yet and still was at $2.40, so filled up the '03 Malibu and got 5 gallons for the boat.
3. QUITE COOL-- Thursday and Friday, we had quite cool temperatures. Even worse, there was a lot of wind blowing the cool on you, even with a lot of sun. We also did not go to the McHenry Concert in the Park Thursday because of the cold.
This is the first year I have looked at Major League Baseball standings from a negative perspective. I only look at the Major League Baseball standings to see how my team, the Chicago White Sox, is doing as far as having the worst record in baseball. Of course, they are in the middle of a rebuilding process. The more games we lose, the better our draft choice. I'm pulling for the worst record = top prospects. The team with the worst record gets the #1 pick.
Of course, I "pull" for the Sox to win, but really "want" them to lose.
We have the worst record in the American league by far. But right now, the Sox are going to have to "overcome" two National League teams, San Francisco Giants and Philadelphia Phillies.
White Sox .391 52-81
Giants .387 53-84
Phillies .381 51-83
Good thing I love those furry lil' varmints or else they would be having some serious problems. We're essentially overrun with them. I've seen as many as four scampering about and climbing things in our back yard.
To me, they are close cousins of the wily squirrels.
You can challenge them, but you are not going to win. Just try to keep them out of a bird feeder when they like the seed. Ours are particularly fond of safflower and sunflower seed. At first you could just yell at them and they'd jump off, but now I almost have to walk over to the feeder before they jump off.
Right now, though, I have one who has trained me well. When I go out on the deck and eat peanuts in the shell, he (or she) comes up to me and impatiently waits to be fed. They are so funny when they eat, especially when they stiff the peanut or shell in their mouth and it bulges out the sides. I'm hoping to get him to take the peanut out of my hand one of these days.
The Little Rascals. Yes, Boss. --RoadDog
LIFE'S LITTLE TRUTHS: Brain cells come and go, but fat cells are forever.