As cold as it got today, if the president needs his famed border wall, let it be on the Canadian border so we can let them keep their cold weather on their side.
Went to the Fox Lake Theatre and saw "It's a Wonderful Life" on the big screen, a special treat as I wasn't even born when it was released in 1948 and it is, after all, my third favorite all-time Christmas movie.
Later, I went to Sunnyside in Johnsburg for awhile before going over to Stucky's where they were having their auce five-course dinner for $12.99. I ate just what they brought out and still have enough for two more meals at home. What a deal!
Then, back to Sunnyside for more drinks (this month $1.50 pint drafts Monday-Wednesday).
I've been watching and recording (on VCR, that's right, VHS tapes) the various "Star Wars" movies in preparation for seeing the "last" one, "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" after schools are back in session and people go back to work. I don't like crowds. I'm a "Star Wars" fan.
We went to Half-Times in Johnsburg, Illinois, and met up with Usual Suspects Sue and Paul as well as Pam. We used to do this at least once a month before Sue and Paul moved to New Mexico, so this was definitely kind of like old times. Also, great pizza deals and cheap beer. Our preferred pizza there is our special: black olives, pineapple and sausage.
It was fun talking with them and planning our trip to the Indy 500 this coming May. Stopped at Sunnyside afterwards.
Came home and watched "Star Wars: A New Hope," the original "Star Wars" in 1977.
It streams at www.wdrv.com. This will continue until sometime after the new year begins and includes more than 2,000 songs. They put it on pause between midnight and 6 a.m. (and tomorrow from 7 to 10 a.m. and 7 to 10 p.m.).
Here are some of the songs I've been listening to today:
IN A BIG COUNTRY-- Big Country
IN-A-GADDA-DA-VIDA-- Iron Butterfly
IN MEMORY OF ELIZABETH REED-- Allman Brothers
IN MY LIFE-- Beatles
IN MY TIME OF DYING-- Led Zeppelin
IN THE AIR TONIGHT-- Phil Collins
IN THE CITY-- Eagles
IN THE DARK-- Billy Squier
IN THE EVENING-- Led Zeppelin One of the problems with the Drive is way too much Zeppelin and Pink Floyd.
IN THE LIGHT-- Led Zeppelin
IN THE MOOD-- Robert Plant
IN THE SUMMERTIME-- Mungo Jerry
IN THE YEAR 2525-- Zager & Evans
IN YOUR EYES-- Peter Gabriel
INDIAN RESERVATION-- Raiders
INDUSTRIAL DISEASE-- Dire Straits
INSTANT KARMA-- John Lennon
INTO THE GREAT WIDE OPEN-- Tom Petty
INTO THE MYSTIC-- Van Morrison
INVISIBLE SUN-- Police
INVISIBLE TOUCH-- Genesis
IRON MAN-- Black Sabbath One of the coolest-ever songs.
Name That Tune (from the above songs): "If Man Is Still Alive, If Woman Can Survive." Answer below. --RoadDog
Rock and Roll Roots featured the Dave Clark 5 group today in honor of drummer Dave Clark's 80th birthday. They were the first British Invasion Group to come over after the Beatles and since they were more rocking, I even liked them better than the Beatles.
As a matter of fact, the first 45 single I ever bought was either the Dave Clark 5's "Anyway You Want It" or the Hollies'"Look Through Any Window." I can't remember which one I bought.
Went to the Squaw Bar in Ingleside, Illinois, for the Bears-Packers game with the Usual Suspects and because Sue and Paul were visiting from New Mexico, there was a full turnout, including Pete, Katrina, Pam, Glen and Barb, and Laura and Ed.
1. "A CHRISTMAS STORY"-- My all-time favorite Christmas show starts in a few hours and runs a 24-hour marathon on both TNT and TBS. I will watch it straight through at least twice and definitely will catch parts here and there. Watch out for whose dogs? We will be having out Christmas dinner at a Chinese buffet, a regular tradition, but no Chinese goose.
2. THE DRIVE'S A TO Z-- It started at 6 am this morning and will run until sometime after New Years Day. They do take a stop from midnight to 6 am. There will be over 2,000 songs arranged alphabetically by title. It streams at www.wdrv.com.
First song was "Abacab" by Genisis. They are up to "At the Station" by Joe Walsh right now.
3. "THE LAST JEDI"-- The last two weekends, I have watched all the first seven "Star Wars" movies on TNT as I get ready to see the Rise of Skywalker after schools go back in session. This Sunday they will run "Rogue One" at 1 pm, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" at 4 and "The Last Jedi" at 7. I'll be recording on my VHS tape.
We went to the McHenry (Illinois) American Legion where we watched the Army-Navy college football game in Philadelphia. The place was nearly full of folks pulling for the Army or the Navy and lots of banter and boasting going on.
I had been pulling for the Army the last ten years because of Navy's domination. I just have a tendency to pull for the underdogs. But, since Army had won the last three games, I was pulling for my real favorite, Navy. I won a Navy hat.
And the Army fans were having quite the good time early on, but eventually the better team won.
Went to Sunnyside, came home and watched my favorite superhero movie "Guardians of the Galaxy."
DID YOU KNOW: Dueling is legal in Peru as long as both parties are registered blood donors.
Guitar player with rockabilly band Sparkletones (also known as Joe Bennett & the Sparkletones.
Teenage band (they were ages 14-17) from Spartanburg, S.C. Had a #17 in 1957 with "Black Slacks." That kicked off with "BBBbRRrrr" and was 1:57 of try to keep up. Also had a #42 in 1957 with "Penny Loafers and Bobby Socks."
Theses were the Top 40 songs in Chicago according to pop station WLS, 890 AM fifty years ago this week.
15. SMILE A LITTLE SMILE-- Flying Machine #5 Brings back those NIU memories. "Rosemarie, you'll get over it." A studio project of British songwriters Tony MacAuley and Geoff Stephens. Their only Top 40.
14. LEAVING ON A JET PLANE-- Peter, Paul & Mary #1 One comment said it was the last song he heard before leaving for Vietnam...and the first song he heard returning from Vietnam. Lots of comments were about the Vietnam War. Their last charting single and biggest hit. Saving the best for last.
13. BABY, I'M FOR REAL-- Originals #14 It was quite popular in Chicago, but for some reason I don't remember it. Great song, though.
12. HOLLY HOLY-- Neil Diamond #6 Kind of a set piece with "Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show." Born Noah Kaminsky.
11. UP ON CRIPPLE CREEK-- Band #25 One of my all-time favorite bands from then. "A drunkard's dream if I ever did see one" you know. Their biggest hit on the charts.
Name That Tune (from the above songs): "When I Get Off This Mountain, You Know Where I Want To Go." Answer below.
American psychedelic, rock and jazz rock bassist. Featured on three albums by the Doors.Played on their debut album and on seven of ten tracks of "Strange Days" album. During those sessions, was invited to join the band full-time but turned it down.
Played on all but two tracks of "Waiting for the Sun."
The number after the artist is how high it got on Bilboard's Hot 100 songs.
25. BACKFIELD IN MOTION-- Mel & Tim #10 Love as a football game. This one always puts me back at NIU. Their biggest hit.
24. LA LA LA (IF I HAD YOU)-- Bobby Sherman #9 I don't remember it. Sounds a bit like his "Little Woman" song. Someone made a comment on You Tube that you could get a free copy of t on the back of a box of Honeycomb cereal.
23. ELI'S COMING-- Three Dog Night #10 Always reminds me of the Grant resident hall at NIU's snack bar called the Barn. Their first Top Ten that wasn't a song from "Hair."
22. HEAVEN KNOWS-- Grassroots #24 Group formed in San Francisco in 1964.
21. WONDERFUL WORLD, BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE-- Jimmy Cliff #25 My first taste of reggae and I didn't even know it. And, I really love reggae.
Name That Tune(from the above songs): "Well You better Hide Your Heart, Your Loving Heart." Answer below.
30. SHE-- Tommy James / Shondells #23 Not one of their better known songs. But repeated listenings and it grows on you.
29. AND WHEN I DIE -- Blood, Sweat & Tears #2 More horns, more harmonica. Takes me back to those good old days at NIU. Written by Laura Nyro. The last of three straight #2s.
28. TAKE A LETTER MARIA-- R.B. Greaves #2 Another defining song from the era for me. One of the comments on the video said that he had a friend in Vietnam who dedicated it to his soon-to-be ex-girlfriend. His biggest hit.
27. BARBARA I LOVE YOU-- New Colony Six #78 Slow song from one of those great 1960s Chicago bands with Ronnie Rice singing upfront. One comment said that the Association was singing the background vocals, but I don't know. Both WLS and WCFL really pushed our local bands.
26. JINGLE JANGLE-- Archies #10 Pop Music. Bubble Gum Music? A fun song, though. Their second biggest hit after, of course "Sugar, Sugar."
Name That Tune (from the above songs): "Last Night As I Got Home About A Half Past Ten." Answer below. --RoadDog
Theses were the Top 40 songs in Chicago fifty years ago this week.
WLS, 890 AM and WCFL, 1000 AM were the two biggest stations that young people listened to.
40. SUNDAY MORNING-- Oliver #35 (D) Never heard it before. Starts off slow, but gets better.
39. WHEN JULIE COMES AROUND-- Cuff Links (D) #45 A forgotten gem, even with a pretty silly video.
38. I'LL HOLD OUT MY HAND-- Clique #45 I didn't remember it. Their biggest hit was a few months earlier with #22 "Sugar on Sunday." They had the first version of "I Am Superman" with which REM had a big hit. Give it a listen.
37. WINTER WORLD OF LOVE-- Engelbert Humperdink #16 (D) Quite the ballad from quite the crooner. Born Arnold George Dorsey in Madras, India.
36. WEDDING BELL BLUES-- Fifth Dimension-- #1 Wow!! That Marilyn McCoo!!
Name That Tune (from the above songs)L: " Bill I Love You So, I Always Will." Answer below. --RoadDog
From the November 30, 2019, ListVerse "10 studies proving everything you believe about Millennials and Boomers Is Wrong" by Anthony Sfarra.
First to clarify: Boomers are those born between the end of World War II and the mid-1960s. Millennials were born between the early 1980s and either the mid-1990s or early 2000s depending upon who you believe.
These are based on recent studies. You can get more information by going to the site.
10. Baby Boomers aren't killing Social Security.
9. Millennials read just as much as older generations. (Books)
8. Baby Boomers have embraced technology too.
7. Millennials are more religious than you might think.
6. Boomers aren't ready for retirement.
So, Take That Stereotypes. --RoadBoomer
DID YOU KNOW: Donald Duck's middle name is Fauntleroy.
1. SO TIRED OF CYBER MONDAY-- If I heard it or saw it once.... They just don't give it up. By the way, I didn't order anything over the internet Monday or even leave the house on Friday. Sorry guys, you lost that bit of your advertising dollar.
2. NEW CHRISTMAS MOVIES-- I heard that Hallmark Channel has 40 new Christmas movies. One of these days I might have to watch one of their Christmas movies.
3. MY FAVORITE CHRISTMAS MOVIES-- I have added a fifth to my list of favorites. It is "Scrooged." Hey, Bill Murray.
4. SNOW DIDN'T STICK-- It snowed over night on Monday, but did not stick on the driveway, sidewalks or street. I sure don't mind snow when I don't have to mess with it.
5. THE DRIVE IN LIGHTS-- One of the three Chicago radio stations I listen to, WDRV, 97.1, 96.9 FM, the Drive, has a contest where the winner gets $1,000 if they have the best WDRV lights up in their yard.
Thinking About It. --RoadDrive
DID YOU KNOW. Telly Savalas and Louis Armstrong died on their birthdays.
Singer, songwriter and lyricist with the Grateful Dead.
Born Robert Burns and reportedly was great-great grandson of Romantic poet Robert Burns. When his mother remarried, he took the name of his step-father. Became friends with Jerry Garcia before the Grateful Dead was formed.
Wrote the words to many Grateful Dead hits, including:
Box of Rain
Friend of the Devil
Touch of Grey
Uncle Jon's Band
Last night, in a chilly DeKalb, Illinois, at Huskie Stadium, Home of the NIU Huskies, the Richmond-Burton Rockets completed a wonderful 14-0 season with a big win over Murphrysboro.
Richmond-Burton serves students from Richmond and Burton townships and the villages of Richmond and Spring Grove. We live in Spring Grove and our subdivision's high school students go there so it makes this an even bigger win for us.
And, what a season it was for the Rockets. They were a scoring and defensive juggernaut.
1. SO TIRED OF BLACK FRIDAY-- I will be so glad when today is over. For the last that is just about all I've been hearing. Black Friday, Black Friday, Black Friday. Give me a break. And, we didn't even go out of the house so you wasted all that advertising money on us.
2. THAT 70S MUSIC ON THE DRIVE-- In case you really like the music from the 1970s, Chicago's WDRV 97.1 FM the Drive, is playing music from 1976 today. Tomorrow its 1977 and Sunday 1978. It streams.
3. FIRST CHRISTMAS RADIO, NOW CHRISTMAS TV?-- Of course, some of the Christmas radio stations fired up on Nov. 1 and all are going now. Now, we have two cable channels showing pretty much nothing but Christmas movies. Lifetime and Hallmark. I've heard that most of these movies have pretty much the same plot. I haven't seen any yet, but might just have to watch some to make up my mind on them.
4. CHRISTMAS TOILET PAPER?-- And this pushes the boundaries a bit much. Charmin even has a Christmas toilet paper song. We've sure come a long way since "Please don't squeeze the Charmin."
Too Much, Man. --RoadTP
DID YOU KNOW: Tigers also have striped skin, not just striped fur.
Last night, the Northern Illinois University (NIU) football team ended its season at 5-7 with a 17-14 victory over Mid-American Conference division rival Western Michigan. This was Thomas Hammock's first year as head coach.
It was also the first year I didn't even make it out to Huskie Stadium for even one of the five home games played there.
A few days ago I wrote in this blog about how often it is better for first year coaches not to have too good of a record and this fits the case. Shoot, even our best ever coach, Joe Novak, had about as bad a record as you could have in his first three years at Northern. In 1996, he was 1-10, 1997 0-11, and 1998 2-9.
Movie Scratches-- Movies I have seen at the theater this year.
25. ZOMBIELAND: DOUBLE TAP-- 10-29-- Fox Lake, $5-- I did a whole lot of out-loud laughing, something I rarely do. It was that funny. Watch out for the Homer Zombies. Make sure you sit through the closing credits.
26. MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL-- 10-29-- Fox Lake, $5-- Should be Maleficent the Mistress of Good. The Queen as the bad one. As was the queen's evil hench woman.
27. THE ADDAMS FAMILY-- I guess if you live in New Jersey, you might have a problem with this movie. Not as good as "Hotel Transylvania, but, "The Thing" stole the show.
28. JOKER-- 11-5-- Fox Lake, $5-- As the Joker falls further into mental illness. I thought it would be hard to beat Heath Ledger as the Joker, but Joaquin Phoenix takes it.
Classic Cinemas Sure Has Comfortable Seats. --RoadDog
DID YOU KNOW: There are only four words in the English language which end in "-dous": tremendous, horrendous, stupendous and hazardous.
Case in Point, the 2018 Chicago Bears and the 2019 Bears.
We were all really, really happy last year when Da Bears had that 12-4 unbelievable turn-around season under first year coach Matt Nagy. That sure got hopes up and excitement for this season. But with that 3-3 record (and especially after Sunday's excuse for a game) things aren't too happy for the Monsters this year. Now, the Bears are 4-5.
And, of course, because of that record and the excitement, the Bears have a whole lot of night and late afternoon games this year.
Well, if this season ends up tanking, at least we won't have so many late games next year.
On that note, first year Northern Illinois University coach Thomas Hammock is off to a poor start with NIU now at 2-5. This brings to mind the greatest Northern coach, Joe Novak, who went 1-11, 0-12 and 2-10 his first three seasons before he turned the NIU program into the winner it is today. Now the Huskies are 4-6.
1. EDMUND FITZGERALD-- Almost forgot to mention that the Great Lakes ship Edmund Fitzgerald sank on November 10, 1975. Go ahead and play that Gordon Lightfoot song. What started out as a one-day presentation on the ship, using the song, eventually turned into a three-day presentation when I taught school.
2. MASH FINAL EPISODE-- On Monday, Liz mentioned to me that MeTV was showing the entire MASH final episode show in honor of Veterans Day. You forget what an excellent show that was. And at least there was no Henry Blake leaving MASH.
3. MARIJUANA COMMERCIALS-- We either get diabetes commercials these days, health sign up or, now that Illinois is getting around to legalizing recreational use of it on Jan. 1, we are sure getting a lot of marijuana commercials. Those persons who were so smug that they could use it for medical reasons or angry. And the places who got them the permission are saying you can still do better if you get it for medical purposes.
Samuel Lawrence Taylor was an American bass guitarist who was in Canned Heat and worked with the Monkees, John Mayall and Tom Waits. he was the younger brother of Mel Taylor, long-time drummer with the Ventures.
Played with Canned Heat from 1967 to 1970 and was with them at various festivals, including Woodstock. He also played as a session musician on the first two Monkees albums.
1. WINTER ARRIVES EARLY-- It definitely has arrived early. We had 5 inches of snow on Halloween and another 5 inches yesterday. And today, temps never much got past 20 degrees all day.
2. HALLOWEEN DECORATIONS-- Unfortunately, I had taken down the Halloween outside decorations but not brought them inside. Now they are covered with snow. I'll have to wait for a warm up. I sure hope it gets a bit warmer.
3. EVEN COLD IN MYRTLE BEACH-- I usually listen to WVCO, 94.9 the Surf in North Myrtle Beach most mornings and they are talking of temperatures below freezing and wind chill tomorrow of around 20 degrees. So, I don't feel so bad.
4. HOW ABOUT THAT WALL, MR. PRESIDENT?-- I know our president would like to build a wall along our border with Mexico. But I have a better idea for a wall. Let's build it where an even bigger problem exists, and that would be along our northern border.
Now, don't get me wrong, I like Canadians, BUT I sure don't like THEIR WEATHER!!! I think they should keep their weather on their own side of the wall and quit sending it to us.
Come On, Mr. President. Build That Wall. --RoadWall
DID YOU KNOW: The symbol on the "pound" key (#) is called an octothorpe.
I started writing about this venerable site in today's Cooter's History Thing blog. This is where Chicago's Veterans Day ceremony will be held today.
The design of Soldier Field is Neoclassic style with Doric columns rising above the east and west sides. I am so glad they kept the columns after its interior was demolished and rebuilt with that huge bowl thing in 2002.
The stadium cost $13 million to build, a very large sum of money for a sporting venue at the time. By comparison, the the L.A. Memorial Coliseum cost $1 million.
In its earliest configuration, 74,,280 spectators could be seated with additional seating that could raise attendance to 100,000. Now, attendance is limited to 61,500.
Was the third famous New Orleans person to die in a little over a month. The others being Dave Bartholomew and Dr. John.
Keyboard player and founding member of the Meters. Art "Poppa Funk" Neville. New Orleans music icon won multiple Grammys. The Meters formed in the 1960s and he also formed the Neville Brothers with his three brothers.
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Dick Boccelli, who performed under the name Dick Richards was the original drummer of Bill Haley & His Comets. he performed with them on their biggest songs :"Rock Around the Clock: and "Shake, Rattle & Roll."
Sang background vocals during recording sessions. Joined Comets in 953 and left in 1955.
Born Eugene Duncan Jr. Adopted at birth and name changed to Gary Ray Grub. American guitarist and singer, most famous for his time with Quicksilver Messenger Service, a San Francisco Acid-Rock group featuring guitarist John Cippolina. Their biggest hit was "Fresh Air" (#49-1970).
A big part of the Haight-Asbury San Francisco Scene.
American musician, bandleader, composer, arranger, record producer prominent in all things New Orleans music. In many music genres, including rhythm and blues, Big Band, Swing Music, Rock and Roll, New Orleans Jazz and Dixieland.
He was a big reason for Fats Domino's success, co-writing and producing big hits that crossed over to white audiences.
Some of the songs he was involved with:
Wrote "My Ding-A-Ling," a big hit for Chuck Berry.
I Hear You Knocking-- Dave Edmunds
I'm Walking-- Ricky Nelson
Ain't That A Shame
I'm In Love Again
Walking to New Orleans
My Girl Josephine
That's Two First Rate New Orleans Music People Dying This Month.
Well, Dr. John. What can I say. Perfect New Orleans. A real gumbo here in music.
Real name Malcom John Rebbennak Jr, but best known by his stage name, Dr. John. Became popular in the 1960s after the release of his album "Gris Gris." Had quite a theatrical stage show, complete with medicine shows, Mardi Gras costumes and voodoo ceremonies.
Had thirty studio albums and 9 live albums. Won six Grammy Awards and inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011.
He only had four songs make it into the Top 100 pop charts. The two biggest were ""Right Place, Wrong Time" (#9-1973) and "Such A Night" (#42-1973).
Well, it would appear that winter has arrived here in the Midwest.
JSS-- Just Some Stuff
1. MERRY HALLOWEEN-- All we want for Halloween is snow. Wait, that's for Christmas. It started snowing last night and has continued until now at 2:12 p.m.. I'm figuring we have at least 4 inches of snow on the ground.
2. NO SNOWBLOWER-- And, I haven't gotten my snowblower working yet and am really hoping a ran off the gas-oil mixture this summer, but can't remember. Will find out soon enough.
3. PINE STRAW STILL DOWN-- And, I had just begun to rake the pine straw from around the pine islands. Can't see the pine straw anymore.
4. FLOWERS STILL OUT-- And, I still have some flowers out in pots. But, I have taken the ones I want to overwinter inside.
5. HAUNTED DRIVEWAY?-- Well, my driveway has snow on it. The folks across the street? Their driveways have no snow on them. Mine must be haunted.
After the last couple months, I would have to put these two likely axioms in play for sports.
Blowing Out Your Opponents Just Means That You'll Be Losing Some Close Games in the Future.
The Chicago Cubs blew out the Pittsburgh Pirates three straight games in September as they were fighting for a post season berth. The scores were 17-8, 14-1 and 16-6. Sure, we enjoyed those. And they even won the next game, beating Cincinnati 8-2.
BUT: Then came the nine game losing streak with five straight games lost by just one run.
4-2, 3-2 (10 innings), 5-4 (10 innings), 2-1, 9-8 and 3-2. Cubs out of playoffs.
And, the St. Louis Cardinals blew Atlanta out in that one NLDS game and then lost four straight to the Nationals to bow out of the World Series.
Why, they even call the area where Penn State is located "Happy Valley" even though it really refers to the fact that the area wasn't hit as hard during the Great Depression because of Penn State being located there.
More than 100,000 fans descend into a cozy Pennsylvania town (42,353) every football weekend and transform it into one of the grandest parties in college sports. Parking lots open on Thursday night as pop up towns of tents and RVs cluster around Beaver Stadium.
Students set up camps for first-come, first-served seating in their section, helping to build anticipation before game day. Stroll through the tailgating area before kickoff and you're likely to be invited to share a beer or a brat in somebody's tent.
It's hard to beat the raucous atmosphere of a whiteout during a night game in State College with students chanting, "We Are Penn State!!"
The downside? Traffic is miserable with a two-lane road in and out of town.
I sure would like to have done some of (or all of) the research for this article.
Can't Beat Fun at the Old Football Game. --RoadBall
I have only been to a whole bunch of games at Northwestern's Dyche Stadium, now Ryan Field, and one U of Illinois and one Indiana University game, so that is the extent of my Big 10 football experiences.
The writers of the article in the Tribune last year said they weighed factors such as atmosphere, tailgating, tradition, food and even parking to rank fan experience at each school.
They think you should put some of these on your bucket list, but say you might want to skip the East Coast. I personally believe that those East Coast schools: Maryland and Rutgers, are a blemish on the Big Ten, 11,12,13,14.
3. NEBRASKA-- Even if the game is a dud, you'll never forget your first trip to Memorial Stadium. It is well-situated near booth the campus and downtown Lincoln, where the most intense pregaming takes place.
The "O" Street area is full of college bars and the Haymarket part of downtown is just the place for you late 20s and 30s folks.
The experience of the fans of the visiting team is unmatched, with upbeat "Sea of Red" locals saying, "Welcome to Lincoln! Hope you enjoy the game!" and inviting you to their tailgate for free food and drink.
Eat a corn dog and ask who the third-string punter is. Husker fans will know.
2. WISCONSIN-- Tradition and winning combine for a fantastic atmosphere. Wisconsin has it all. When "Jump Around" blasts at Camp Randall before the fourth quarter and the stadium literally starts rocking, you know you're at the Big Ten's best parties.
Wisconsin doesn't have a central tailgating area, but feel free to pop onto a lawn for a house party and buy a red Solo cup and tap a keg. Fans mill in and out of bars on regent Street. Grab a couple of Spotted Cows (craft beer, hey, it's Dairy Land for crying out loud) and some brats to feel like one of the locals.
Fans even stick around for the postgame celebration with the marching band, known as "The Fifth Quarter."
So, Who's #1? --RoadDog
DID YOU KNOW (From the Orange Peel Gazette): The longest one syllable word in the English language is "screeched."
5. OHIO STATE-- The first time you see the "Shoe", you might be awed by its size and grandeur. There is a massive tailgating area and then, that marching band, which bills itself as TBDBITL: The Best Damn Band In The Land" and they live up to that as well.. Before the game, about 10,000 fans go to the St. John Arena for a concert. However, OSU fans have a reputation for being less than cordial to visiting fans.
Though I am definitely NOT an OSU fan, one year a buddy and I were in Columbus when the Buckyeyes played Indiana at home. And, I was pulling for OSU, something I thought I'd never do. But it is always more fun to be cheering with the home team when you are in their home. I had a real good time at several bars.
4. IOWA-- When "Back in Black" plays, the crowd roars in anticipation of "The Swarm" where Iowa players lock arms before running onto the field.
And recently, they have added another tradition, "The Wave" as fans show support for patients in the children's hospital that overlooks the stadium. That to me is probably the greatest college football tradition anywhere and really moves you as you can see the kids waving back. I'm getting tingles just typing this.
Kinnick Stadium is a classic brick stadium that seats about 70,500 fans, but there are often 100,000 or more people in black and gold milling around.
9. MINNESOTA-- TCF Bank is the most modern stadium in the Big Ten and a huge improvement from when they played their home games in the Metrodome. Finally a home field on the campus and, and you can buy beer.
8. INDIANA-- The Hoosiers have a late arriving crowd, especially for noon games. There might be 15,000 fans in the stadium at kickoff and twice as many in the parking lots.
7. MICHIGAN STATE-- A huge, underrated walk along the Red Cedar River on a fall day as the leaves are changing is a must.. Spartan Stadium is blah, but the tailgating is astounding. Drink beer, not the water.
6. MICHIGAN-- The Big House is an intimidating, massive stadium, sometimes referred to as a crater with a football field at the bottom. Some consider it a sure-fire bucket list item, and that fight song will sure stick in your mind.
Football Saturday, You Know. --RoadPunt
CROSS PURPOSES: "Ferry Cross the Mersey" was a 1964 hit song for which British Invasion group?
Singer, songwriter of the psychedelic band 13th Floor Elevators from Austin, Texas. They were a One Hit Wonder band with just "You're Gonna Miss Me" (#55-1966)
Early in her career, Janis Joplin considered joining this band. The band was a vocal proponent of the use of marijuana and and psychedelic drug use and as such, were constantly under attention of law enforcement groups. They were the first group to call it Psychedelic Rock.
If you haven't heard this song, go to You Tube. Very interesting. Surprised that it didn't chart higher (excuse the pun). Also, they have an hour-long album "The Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators." Worth a listen. They sure liked that strange sound on their songs.
About as unique of a musician as you can get. His music defies genre. Specialized in jazz, blues and Tin Pan Alley songs. Easily recognized by his Panama hat and dark sunglasses. Released eighteen albums and sang the theme song to TV's "Mr. Belvedere."
Provided the voice of snowman Leon in the movie "Elf."
I have several of his albums. For some reason I always thought of him as being from New Orleans with his eclectic music.
Bass singer with the popular Soul Music group, the Dells for over fifty years. The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004. The fictional group in the movie "The Five Heartbeats" was based on the group.
The group formed in Harvey, Illinois, and had hits such as "There Is" (#20-1968), "Stay In My Corner" (#10-1968) and "Oh What A Night" (10-1969)
I was unable to listen to these songs on You Tube this time because of all the problems I've been having with the computer, so will just say whether I remember the song, how high it got on the Billboard Hot 100 national chart and perhaps something Joel Whitburn wrote about the group or song.
35. SON OF A LOVIN' MAN-- Buchanan Brothers #61 Their second and last Top 100. Their big hit was "Medicine Man" (#22-1969). A Two-Hit Wonder. I don't remember this song.
34. LOVE WILL FIND A WAY-- Jackie DeShannon (D)
33. YOU'LL NEVER WALK ALONE-- Brooklyn Bridge #51 Out of Long Island, New York. One of seven Top 100s. My fraternity Delta Sigma Phi at NIU, had a song based on this song "walk on, Walk on, with Delta Sigma Phi, and you'll never walk alone."
32. HOLLY HOLY-- Neil Diamond #6 (D)
31. TAKE A LETTER MARIA-- R.B. Greaves #2 Born Ronald Bertram Aloysius Greaves. Half American Indian. His biggest hit of 5 songs making the Top 100.
30. ANY WAY YOU WANT ME-- Eve Sands #50 "Any Way That You Want Me" by Evie Sands. I don't remember this song.
29. THE TRAIN-- 1910 Fruitgum Co. #57 I don't remember this song. Their last hit. No more Bubble Gum Music from them.
28. WHEN I DIE-- Motherlode #18 A true One Hit Wonder.
27. DON'T IT MAKE YOU WANNA GO HOME-- Joe South #41 Born Joe Souter in Atlanta.
26. JACK & JILL-- Tommy Roe #53 I don't remember this song.
Name That Tune (from the above songs): "Last Night As I Got Home About Half Past Ten." Answer below. --RoadDog
These were the Top 40 songs on Chicago's WLS 890 AM back fifty years ago. A (D) means it is a debut song. The number after the artist is how high the song got on Billboard's Hot 100 national chart.
I usually listen to all of the songs in the top 40 but have been having serious computer problems which hopefully now are solved. I only listened to 36-40. The rest of the songs will have just comments by Joel Whitburn in his "Top Pop Singles 1955-1993" book.
40. TEN COMMANDMENTS-- Little Anthony / Imperials #82 (D) Full name "The Ten Commandments of Love." A bit too much, but grows on you with repeated listenings.
39. LEAVING ON A JET PLANE-- Peter, Paul & Mary (D) #1 Such vocalizing. Give me some Folk!!!
38. YOU'VE LOST THAT LOVIN' FEELIN'-- Dionne Warwick #16 (D) Move over Righteous Brothers. This is Dionne putting her spin on the song.
37. SMILE A LITTLE SMILE-- Flying Machine #5 (D) Love that horn at the beginning of the song. Who is this Rose Marie?
36. ROOSEVELT & IRA LEE-- Tony Joe White #44 (D) "Polk Salad Annie" Part 2. watch where you're steppin'.
Name That Tune (from the above songs): "All My Bags Are Packed, I'm Ready To Go." Answer below. --RoadDog
Last Friday, I bought a new personal computer at Wal-Mart, an HP all-in-one Windows 10 for $399 and today I am going to attempt to install it.
I do not expect to succeed, given my continuing record dealing with all this new technology/ I am, as they say, technologically challenged. Our current pcs are XPs and no longer supported by Windows as I see every time I turn mine on.
I would gave gotten a new pc earlier, but again, I have to learn how to set it up and use it, something I am not good at in any fashion.
I still use a 2003 flip phone and still hardly know how to use it.
1. PLANTS IN-- With the crashing temperatures and freeze warnings Friday and this weekend, I brought in the plants outside that I overwinter in the sunroom.
2. BEARS/PACKERS-- This past weekend was one of those crummy times when neither the DaBears nor Packers were on TV Sunday. In the past it was because they usually both had byes. Da Bears had a bye this week, but the Packers played Monday night. That left us with no football to watch since we only watch these two teams on TV unless we happen to be in a bar and another game is on.
3. HALLOWEEN-- I've been putting up Halloween decorations outside and inside, because you-know-what is about here. Of course, everybody knew about it as Halloween Creep set in early in September.
4. BURNING-- We can only burn leaves on weekends in October and November and what I'd like to know is why we get the worst weather those two days most every month. Last weekend was a prime example with it being too wet and windy on Saturday and way too windy, overcast and cold on Sunday.