Wednesday, February 28, 2018
SWEET POTATO PIE-- Mama Dip's, Chapel Hill
A Chapel fixture for over 40 years. The pie has a custardy filling made with milk, eggs, melted butter and, of course, you-know-what.
PUMPKIN PIE-- Aboard the USS North Carolina
On Thanksgiving 1943, sailors on board the battleship USS North Carolina, stationed off the Gilbert Islands in the Pacific had a feast. Baked ham, giblet gravy, shipped potatoes, Waldorf salad, Grench peas, Parker House rolls, pumpkin pie and ice cream.
For the pumpkin pie crust, baker Donald Ayer's recipe required 200 pounds of flour, 96 pounds of shortening and 6 pounds of salt. The custardy filling included evaporated milk, sugar and eggs, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger.
Pumpkin Pie For 2,339. --RoadPie
LOVEMAKING TIPS FOR SENIORS: Set the mood with lighting. (Turn them ALL OFF!)
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
JSS-- Just Some Stuff
1. ACADEMY AWARDS-- A big thanks to Regal Cinemas in Round Lake Beach, Illinois, for devoting screens to showing the movies nominated for Best Picture in the Academy Awards. Of the nine nominated, I had only seen four of them (despite having been to theaters 55 times in 2017): "Darkest Hour", "Dunkirk", "The Post" and "Three Billboards."
I have since seen "Call Me By Your Name", "Lady Bird" and "The Shape of Water". I plan to see the other two this week.
2. DRIFTWOOD PROBLEMS-- I have actually been able to catch up on my blogs after having all sorts of problems while at Panama City Beach at the Driftwood Lodge, which would not accept my laptop and at one time we didn't have enough power to get on line.
3. PRINCE O'WHALES-- Last week, Liz called me from the computer downstairs to watch the episode on NCIS: LA in which the bar Prince O'Whales near Los Angeles was blown up. We'd visited the bar back in 2006 when we were looking for NTN sites to play trivia. It was surely a dive bar then, but still stands as an area in the back specially constructed for the site was blown up. They even had a "See Us Get Blown Up" party.
Love Those Dive Bars. --RoadDog
LOVEMAKING TIPS FOR SENIORS: Set timer for 3 minutes, in case you doze off in the middle.
Monday, February 26, 2018
Fifty years ago today, these were the top ten songs in Chicago according to WLS, 890 A.M. radio.
1. LOVE IS BLUE-- Paul Mauriat
2. VALLEY OF THE DOLLS-- Dionne Warwick
3. SPOOKY-- Classics IV
4. I WISH IT WOULD RAIN-- Temptations
5. DOCK OF THE BAY-- Otis Redding
6. SIMON SAYS-- 1910 Fruitgum Co.
7. BABY NOW THAT I'VE FOUND YOU-- Foundations
8. NOBODY BUT ME-- Human Beinz
9. I WONDER WHAT SHE'S DOING TONIGHT-- Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart
10. WALK AWAY RENEE-- Four Tops
Name That Tune (from the above songs): "If I Had Told Her That I Loved Her She Would Have Stayed Till Who Knows When." Answer below. --RoadDog
"I Wonder What She's Doing Tonight"
** I'd celebrate that.
MONDAY, FEB. 26: Pistachio Day** Tell a Fairy Tale Day
TUESDAY, FEB. 27: Kahlua Day**
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 28: Chocolate Souffle Day (Not sure what that is.)
THURSDAY, MARCH 1: Peanut Butter Lovers Day**
FRIDAY, MARCH 2: National Anthem Day** And you'd better bet I'll stand up!!
SUNDAY, MARCH 4: Corndog Day** Only, I want mine as a Cozy Dig, Springfield, Illinois, Route 66-style. And those home made fries.
"Oh Say Can You See." --RoadDog
SOME OBSERVATIONS: Why is the letter "W" in English, called "Double U?" Shouldn't it be called "Double V?"
Friday, February 23, 2018
JSS-- Just Some Stuff
1. VACATIONS SURE GO FAST-- We just got back from a sixteen day vacation to Panama City Beach in Florida. It was two, well three, days down and two days back. We were there by Feb. 2 and I was thinking, "Wow, we have eleven more days to go." Then, suddenly it was time to leave. Wouldn't it be nice if vacations lasted longer.
Well, for that matter, every day goes real fast when you're retired. Hey, we're almost through two months of this new year. Didn't it just begin?
2. GAS GOUGE-- Our local Fox Lake, Illinois, gas stations pulled their monthly gas gouge earlier this week. Monday, I filled up one car for $2.30. Tuesday that station had gas for $2.60. Because they can.
3. FLOODING-- Since we got home northern Illinois has sure entered the monsoon season. It has rained and rained. Thankfully, though, it was rain and not snow. Had it been snow we would have had at least 16-22 inches. The warm weather melted around eight inches of snow already on the ground and then all that rain as well as frozen lakes and rivers and all that rain, there was no where for the water to go so we had a lot of flooding, but nothing too serious.
BLUEBERRY PIE-- Olde Carolina Eatery, Burgaw
In a converted 100+ year-old drug store. Pender County is home for the annual N.C. Blueberry Festival, so, yep, they do grow famous blueberries. And lots of them.
TOMATO PIE-- Smokey Shadows Lodge, Maggie Valley
A family-run lodge features a cheesy tomato pie.
PECAN PIE-- Creedmore
About the richest pie you'll ever eat. But, for best, I'd have to go with Grandma Ebie's and Aunt Louise's pecan pies.
LOVEMAKING TIPS FOR SENIORS (From Wassup Magazine): Wear your glasses to make sure your partner is actually in the bed.
Thursday, February 22, 2018
TUESDAY, FEB. 6
Kinda cold this morning, but warmed up nicely. Caught some rays on the deck. Best day we've had so far.
We've been trained well by three local sparrows to feed them whenever they chirp.
Went back to Patches and, unbelievably, got a place to sit inside. Had cheap beer at Shuckums and split a half pound of fresh steamed shrimp. Donovan's of course.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7
Another nice day for the deck. At the Driftwood Lodge, our front door is about 200 feet from the Gulf of Mexico and with all that super white sand. Went looking for Cici's pizza, a favorite of ours, but it was closed. Ended up in Panama City at Golden Corral and all that food. Donovan's, of course.
Patches a Very Popular Place. --RoadDog
APPLEJACKS-- Wayne Couny Fair at fair time. (Nope, not a cereal.)
Last year, a church folded, fried and sold more than 8,000 of 'em. In case you're wondering, they are a crispy, just-fried apple hand pie, meaning you eat it without a fork... your hands. I had one once at the Fremont Daffodil Festival. Good eating anytime, anywhere.
GRAPE HULL PIE-- Duplin Winery, Rose Hill
N.C.'s oldest winery and largest by volume. These are muscadine grapes and some don't become wine. They become pies.
Pie Me. --RoadPie
SOME OBSERVATIONS: The word "swims" upside-down is still "swims." try it.
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
JSS-- Just Some Stuff
1. BILLY GRAHAM-- I was listening to the Surf, WVCO 94.9 FM out of North Myrtle Beach this morning. The song "Son of a Preacher Man" by Dusty Springfield was playing. At the end of it, the deejay said that he had just gotten the news of Billy Graham's death. Quite a coincidence.
2. WARM MYRTLE BEACH-- I am a bit jealous of Myrtle Beach, S.C., though. Temperatures there today are in the upper 70s, and even lower 80s in some places. Must be a Southern thing.
3. COLD HERE-- Well, as warm as Myrtle Beach is today, we are cold here in Northern Illinois. Yesterday we had 55 degrees, but it rained all day. We are so thankful it wasn't 21 degrees as it is today as we'd sure have had a real lot of snow.
Just Some Stuff. --RoadStuff
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 4
Rain (not so good) then sun and sat outside and enjoyed it. Stayed put today as we'd sure driven enough the last four days.
Walked across the street to Donovan's and watched the Super Bowl drinking $1 pints and quite an array of food. Mostly Eagle fans (everyone is tired of New England always being there. Great game and first ever Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl Championship. Congrats, the Eagle Has Landed!!
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 5
Enjoyed the deck on a nice day. Went to Dusty's, a favorite place of ours for a pitcher of beer and then Donovan's. Watched as much of the movie "Woodstock: Director's Cut from 10:30 to 12:30 a.m., until I couldn't stay up any longer. Earlier today an article in the Panama City News Herald about a woman living there who was at Woodstock and got her picture in Life Magazine.
So, Today Was Woodstock Day (Coming Up On Its 50th Anniversary). --RoadDog
From the March Our State Magazine by Emma Laperruque.
Since yesterday was National Cherry Pie Day (see the previous entry in this blog). This seemed appropriate.
When it comes to desserts, pies are always at the top of my list.
Here are some legendary and landmark pies in N.C:
PEANUT PIE-- Lumberton Originally at the long-closed Blanchard's Restaurant.
COCONUT PIE-- Blake's in Condor
Wait!! There's More!! --RoadPie
SOME OBSERVATIONS: Every time you clean something, you just make something else dirty.
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Here are some interesting days for you to celebrate or ignore. ** I'd celebrate that!!
Tuesday, Feb. 20: Cherry Pie Day**
Wednesday, Feb. 21: Biscuits and Gravy Day**
Thursday, Feb. 22: Margarita Day**
Friday, Feb. 23: Dog Biscuit Day
Saturday, Feb. 24: Tortilla Chip Day**
Sunday, Feb. 25: Chocolate-Covered Nut Day** and Clam Chowder Day**
I Just Don't Give a Doggone. --RoadDog
SOME OBSERVATIONS: Which letter is silent in the word "Scent," the "S" or the "C?"
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 2
We arrived in Panama City Beach (PCB) around noon and checked into the Driftwood Lodge. Went to Wal-Mart to stock up the beer and then drove the long, long way (distance, traffic and stoplights) out to the east end of PCB looking for a bar friends had told us about called Patches, but couldn't find it.
Disappointed as we were, we drowned our sorrows at Sharkeys, Pompano Joe's and finally, our favorite PCB watering hole, Donovan's Reef.
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 3
Had breakfast at Burger King and did some shopping at Dollar Tree and bought a king cake at Winn-Dixie. Hey, Mardi Gras after all. And, Mardi Gras in both Panama City and PCB was a big reason we came down this early in February.
Drove to Panama City for the St. Andrews Mardi Gras parade and collected a whole lot of beads even though we weren't really trying to get them.
We "found" patches on the way back, and it was everything we had heard it was, a locals favorite and quite the dive bar with patches of military, fire departments and police all over the interior.
Went to Donovan's, something we did every day we were in PCB.
Getting Into the Swing of Things. --RoadDog
Monday, February 19, 2018
1. LOVE IS BLUE-- Paul Mauriat
2. I WISH IT WOULD RAIN-- Temptations
3. SPOOKY-- Classics IV
4. I WONDER WHAT SHE'S DOING TONIGHT-- Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart
5. BABY, NOW THAT I'VE FOUND YOU-- Foundations
6. NOBODY BUT ME-- Human Beinz
7. VALLEY OF THE DOLLS-- Dionne Warwick
8. THERE WAS A TIME-- James Brown
9. GOING OUT OF MY HEAD-- Lettermen
10. DOCK OF THE BAY-- Otis Redding
Name That Tune (from the above songs): "In the Cool of the Evenin' When Every Thing Is Gettin' Kind of Groovy." Answer below. --RoadDog
In case you're wondering why so many of my blog entries of late have dealt with things that happened on specific days, we have been in Panama City Beach, Florida for a couple weeks and the local Panama City News Herald has a Today in History column.
On FEBRUARY 3, 1959, rock and roll stars Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson died in a small plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa.
ON FEBRUARY 9, 1964, the Beatles made their first live American television appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show," broadcast from New York on CBS.
The Beatles Sure Had a Huge Impact On Me. --RoadDog
SOME OBSERVATIONS: If poison expires, is it more poisonous or is it no longer poisonous?
Sunday, February 18, 2018
Past Movie Scratches: movies I saw on TV in 2017.
1. THE DARK KNIGHT-- 1-17-- Ledger's still the best Joker and always will be. What a warped character.
2. TITANIC-- 1-21-- One of the three big disaster stories I am most interested in, along with Pearl Harbor and the Alamo.
3. TED-- 1-22-- Thurder Brothers Forever.
4. PEARL HARBOR-- 1-25-- If this ain't an epic tale, I don't know what is?
5. STARSHIP TROOPERS 2: HERO OF THE FEDERATION-- 1-25-- Kind of boring.
6. STARSHIP TROOPERS 3: MARAUDERS-- 1-25-- Ricco comes back to save the day.
Past Movie Scratches. Movies I saw on TV in 2017.
7. GROUNDHOG DAY-- 1-25-- No doubt it's that groundhog keeping me stuck in this day forever. Must take care of it.
8. WALK THE LINE-- 1-27-- Ups and downs with Johnny Cash. Great, great music.
9. TITANIC-- 1-28-- Mighty cold water.
10. WAR OF THE WORLDS-- 1-28-- I could sure do without that grating little girl. Too bad the Martians didn't get her right away.
11. OH BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU-- 1-29-- Who says the Klan can't dance? Great music.
12. TWISTER-- 1-29-- Got to be some kind of fools to go around chasing tornadoes.
SOME OBSERVATIONS: What if my dog only brings back my ball because he thinks I like throwing it and slobbery balls?
Saturday, February 17, 2018
We went to Panama City Beach, Florida, in the early part of this month for our annual drive to the warm and Mardi Gras. We covered 2,350 miles, and went through Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama and Florida.
On the way down, we managed to catch a rush hour in Indy, the trucks from hell in Louisville the first day and, on the second day, with thoughts of making it to PCB , ended up spending a night in Enterprise, Alabama, when the front brakes on the car went out.
Fortunately, we found a Chevrolet place in Enterprise and they fixed it right away the next day to send us on our way.
Arrived at the Driftwood Lodge in PCB on Friday.
A Two-Day Trip Turned Into Three Days. --RoadDog
SOME OBSERVATIONS (From the Wassup magazine) Do twins ever realize that one of them was unplanned?
EDWIN HAWKINS, 74
Died January 15, 2018
Leader of the Gospel group Edwin Hawkins Singers, They had a huge hit with "Oh Happy Day" (#4-1969). They also backed Melanie on "Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)" (#6-1970)
The last song always reminds me of the Kent State riots at Northern Illinois University in May 1970.
Friday, February 16, 2018
It is just so sad to find out the horrible thing that happened at that Florida high school on Wednesday. Seventeen more innocents murdered by a deranged psychokiller. An, he didn't even have the decency to kill himself. Instead, the coward sneaked out of the school.
Yesterday, we saw his public defender saying he felt sorry for doing it and that it was because of his mental illness.
I wish media would refuse to show his picture or mention his name. Maybe he just did it to get his name and face out there.
First it was the five student murders at Northern Illinois University, now this.
It Is Too Bad He Was Taken Prisoner. --RoadDog
RAY THOMAS, 76
Died January 4, 2018
Original member, flautist and singer with the Moody Blue from their beginning until he retired in 2002.
He played on all those classic albums.
Bob Stroud spotlighted Ray Thomas' songs and the Moody Blues on his February 18th Rock n=and Roll Roots show on Chicago's Drive, 97.1 FM.
DANNY WOODS, 73
Died January 12, 2018
Beach Music lost a great one.
Co-founder of Chairman of the Board along with General Johnson. Had big hits in early 1970s, including "Give Me Just a Little More Time" (#3-1970) and "Pay to the Piper" (#13-1971).
Since the 1980s they have been really big in East Coast Beach Music. Some of their big Beach hits: "Carolina Girls," "Beach Fever," "I'd Rather Be in Carolina," and
"Down At the Beach Club."
He carried on with the group after the death of General Johnson.
One of my all-time favorite Pop and Beach Music groups ever.
Thursday, February 15, 2018
10. THERE IS-- Dells #20
9. BABY NOW THAT I FOUND YOU-- Foundations #11
8. SUNSHINE OF YOUR LOVE-- Cream #5
7. NOBODY BUT ME-- Human Beinz #8
6. GOING OUT OF MY HEAD-- Lettermen #7
5. I WISH IT WOULD RAIN-- Temptations #4
4. DIFFERENT DRUM-- Stone Poneys #13
3. SPOOKY-- Classics IV #3
2. I WONDER WHAT SHE'S DOING TONIGHT-- Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart #8
1. LOVE IS BLUE-- Paul Mauriat #1
Name That Tune (from the above songs): "You Cry and Moan and Say It Will Work Out." Answer below. --RoadDog
ACCIDENT REPORTS: "As I approached the intersection, a stop sign suddenly appeared in a place where no stop sign had ever appeared before. I was unable to stop in time to avoid an accident." Those really sneaky stop signs like to do that.
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
It is hard to believe that ten years ago the unthinkable happened at Northern Illinois University. A deranged murderer walked into a Cole Hall lecture class and opened fire.
Five young lives were snuffed out and seventeen other students were wounded.
We were at K.C.'s Cabin in Spring Grove, Illinois, when we saw video of the shootings and recognized some of the buildings. The sound was off.
I never thought it would happen at Northern. If you'd like to read my other postings on the horrible event, click on the NIU Shootings label.
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
15. BEND ME, SHAPE ME-- American Breed #5 WLS pushing a Chicago band again. Their biggest hit.
14. TOMORROW-- Strawberry Alarm Clock #23 West Coast psychedelic rock band.
13. THERE WAS A TIME-- James Brown #36 Born in 1928 in Macon, Georgia. "The Godfather of Soul."
12. VALLEY OF THE DOLLS-- Dionne Warwick #2 "(Theme From) Valley of the Dolls." From the movie Valley of the Dolls."
11. ITCHYCOO PARK-- Small Faces #16. Their biggest hit of two Top 100s. British rock quartet. One of my favorite songs from back then.
Name That Tune (from the above songs): "(What Did You Do There?) I Got High." Answer Below. --RoadDog
ACCIDENT REPORTS: "I pulled away from the sideof the road, glanced at my mother-in-law, and headed over the embankment." Sure.
Monday, February 12, 2018
20. SIMON SAYS-- 1910 Fruitgum Company #4 First hit for the New Jersey Bubble Gum quintet. I don't care what anybody says, I really liked that Bubble Gum Music. And, they even had the Shadows of Knight record some of it.
19. DOCK OF THE BAY-- Otis Redding #1 "(Sittin' On the ) Dock of the Bay" Recorded just three days before his death on December 10, 1967.
18. WE CAN FLY-- Cowsills #21 Family pop group from Newport, Rhode Island.
17. EVERYTHING THAT TOUCHES YOU-- Association #10 Formed in Los Angeles in 1965. Their last Top Ten.
16. GREEN TAMBORINE-- Lemon Pipers #1 "Green Tambourine." Psychedelic Bubble Gum quintet from Oxford, Ohio.
Name That Tune (from the above songs): "Sittin' In the Morning Sun. I'll be Sittin' When the Evenin' Comes." Answer below. --RoadDog
ACCIDENT REPORTS: "A truck backed through my windshield and into my wife's face." Sure.
"Dock of the Bay"
Sunday, February 11, 2018
25. YOU'VE GOT TO BE LOVED-- Montanas #58 The only hit for them, a true One-Hit Wonder group. Reminds me a lot of a Spanky & Our Gang song.
24. TOO MUCH TALK-- Paul Revere & the Raiders #19 A real 2:07 rocker. Love that fuzz on guitars.
23. JUDY IN DISGUISE-- John Fred #1 John Fred & His Playboy Band. One of three Top 100s The other two were #57 and #82.
22. I CAN TAKE OR LEAVE YOUR LOVE-- Herman's Hermits #22 Still turning out those great pop hits. But second to last Top 100 for them.
21. WALK AWAY RENEE-- Four Tops #14. A soul take on the Left Banke.
Name That Tune (from the above songs): "And When I see the Sign That Points One Way." Answer below. --RoadDog
ACCIDENT REPORTS: "The telephone pole was approaching fast. I was attempting to swerve out of its path when it struck my front end." Those telephone pole road hogs!!
"Walk Away Renee"
30. I THANK YOU-- Sam and Dave #9 Follow up to #2 "Soul Man." Samuel Moore and David Prater.
29. GET OUT NOW-- Tommy James & the Shondells #48 Came right before "Mony Mony."
28. MAYBE JUST TODAY-- Bobby Vee-- #46 Pride of Fargo, North Dakota.
27. A QUESTION OF TEMPERATURE-- Balloon Farm #37 A truly strange song. One-Hit Wonder. New York Flower-Pop quintet.
26. JUST DROPPED IN-- First Edition #5 (Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)" Kenny Rogers had left the New Christy Minstrels and formed and fronted this band.
Name That Tune (from the above songs): "I Want Everybody To get Off Your Seat." Answer Below. --RoadDog
ACCIDENT REPORTS: "I collided with a stationary truck coming the other way."
"I Thank You"
Friday, February 9, 2018
(D) means debut.
35. WOMAN, WOMAN-- #4 Their first hit. Before Gary Puckett stepped out in front. Had four straight top tens. All of them could pretty much get you arrested.
34. I WILL ALWAYS THINK ABOUT YOU-- New Colony Six (D) #22 WLS pushing a local Chicago band again, something they did a lot.
33. TO GIVE-- Frankie Valli #29 Born Francis Castelluchio. Italian, anybody?
32. MISSION IMPOSSIBLE-- Lalo Schifrin #41 Yep, that song.
31. DARLIN'-- Beach Boys #19 Not those sun, sand and surf guys anymore.
Name That Tune (from the above songs): "Have You Got Cheating On Your Mind." Answer below. --RoadDog
ACCIDENT REPORTS: "In my attempt to kill a fly, I drove into a telephone pole."
Songs from WLS Survey Oldies Loon. WLS was a major AM station in Chicago playing pop music back in the 1960s.
When I can't remember hearing the song, I go to You Tube and listen to it. Comments are from Joel Whitburn's "Top Pop Singles 1955-1993."
The number after the artist is how high it got on the Billboard Top 100. (D) is a debut song.
40. LOVE IS ALL AROUND-- Troggs (D) #7 Who says they can't be sweet after "Wild Thing"? From Paramus, New Jersey.
39. LOVE IS BLUE-- Al Martino (D) #57 So that is how Paul Mauriat's song goes. Al Martino had 34 Top 100s from 1959-1978.
38. KISS ME GOODBYE-- Petula Clark (D) #15 Pretty good song that I don't remember hearing. 3:56 long.
37. I'M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME-- Madeling Bell (D) #28 Actually her name was Madeline Bell. Her only hit. The Supremes and Temptations had a big hit with this song a year later.
36. JEALOUS LOVE-- Wilson Pickett (D) #50 Never heard this song. Anything by the Wicked Pickett, of course, is good. From Prattville, Alabama.
Name That Tune (from the above songs): "
Monday, February 5, 2018
1. LOVE IS BLUE-- Paul Mauriat
2. I WONDER WHAT SHE'S DOING TONIGHT-- Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart
3. BEND ME, SHAPE ME-- American Breed
4. GREEN TAMBORINE-- Lemon Pipers
5. GOING OUT OF MY HEAD-- Lettermen
6. JUDY IN DISGUISE-- John Fred
7. DIFFERENT DRUM-- Stone Poneys
8. SUNSHINE OF YOUR LOVE-- Cream
9. NOBODY BUT ME-- Human Beinz
10. SPOOKY-- Classics IV
Name That Tune (from the above songs): "It's Getting Near Dawn When Lights Close Their Tired Eyes." Answer below. --RoadDog
ACCIDENT REPORTS: "My car was legally parked as it backed into the other vehicle."
"Sunshine of Your Love"