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