Friday, August 17, 2018

Keeping Busy-- Part 2: Burger Shack and Sunnyside's "Adult Battleship"


We drove over to Burger Shack on Fox Lake for a Chain Crawl passport stamp.  For many years it used to be Korpan's Landing and then went rapidly through a succession of owners and names.  Burger Shack is this year's name.  It is too bad as they have one of the best views on the Chain of Lakes from inside the bar and that is not even mentioning the huge deck.

No draft beer either, just bottles so it is $3 a drink.  But, buy two and get a free burger and they sure smelled good.

We left there to drive over to Half-Times in Johnsburg for Customer Appreciation Day with all sorts of food and drink specials, including $1 pint drafts.  But, we stopped at Sunnyside in Johnsburg to check out their "Adult Battleship" game.  Just couldn't imagine how they'd do it.

Turns out, there was a good-sized kiddie pool divided in half.  Each half had four pieces of Styrofoam, each with two Solo cups (red, of course) with the objective of throwing a ping pong ball into the cups.  Get both cups and you sink your enemy's ship.

They seemed to be having a great time.

We had a really good time inside with the usual cast of characters.

Sunnyside, Your "Cheers" Kind Of A Bar.  --RoadDog

YOU'RE BECOMING A GEEK WHEN:  Before going to the bathroom you inform your friends you're off to download and log out.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Sure Gonna Miss Stan and Aretha

This past week has been a hard one with deaths.  First, we had Chicago great hockey player Stan Mikita die last week.  I have been wearing a Mikita #21 tee-shirt and a #21 jersey around in his honor and am surprised at how many people come up to me to talk about Stan Mikita.

Then Tuesday we heard that Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul and one of my favorite performers was near death and this morning she died.  When I heard Bob Stroud say something about her on WDRV, I started listening to You Tube's mix of her songs.  Right now I am listening to my "Aretha's Best" CD.

I'll be listening to a lot of her music the next couple days.


Keeping Busy-- Part 1: No Odyssey, PLAV, Half-Times, Yard, Legion and Margaritaville


We had rain threaten all day, but, unfortunately, didn't start until a couple hours before we were to see New Odyssey play their music at Veterans Park in McHenry, but the show was cancelled.  We did enjoy $1 miniburgers and $1.75 bottles at the PLAV  (Polish Legion of American Veterans) in McHenry and $1 pints at Half Times in Johnsburg.


Still no boat, the latest that we have never had the boat out in a season.  Difficulties getting parts being the reason.  Still working in the yard.  I can never seem to catch up in the yard.  My fault though as I planted way TOO many plants, bushes and trees.

Went to the Legion for 50-50, but didn't win.  Came home and enjoyed Margaritaville and the Ultimate Julebox in the basement.

No Band, But Found Something Else To Do.  --RoadDog

YOU'RE BECOMING A GEEK WHEN:  You have a monitor tan.\

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Going Back to the Summer of 1978-- Part 10: "Miss You"

These were the songs your radio and in your record collection August 5, 1978.  Forty years ago for those of you counting.  (Hey, that's close to a half century.)

MISS YOU--  Rolling Stones

BAKER STREET--  Gerry Rafferty
WHENEVER I CALL YOU FRIEND--  Kenny Loggins & Stevie Nicks

ON TOP OF THE WORLD--  Cheap Trick   Pride and joy of Rockford, Illinois.
CHAMPAGNE JAM--  Atlanta Rhythm Section
ROLL WITH THE CHANGES--  REO Speedwagon    Pride and joy of Champaign, Illinois

DRIFTWOOD--  Moody Blues
KING TUT--  Steve Martin   Wild and Cra--zee Guy!!

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "Well, Another Crazy Day, You'll Drink the Night Away."  Answer below.   --RoadDog

HOW COME:  Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after Blu-Ray?  I don't want to have to restart my collection.

"Baker Street"

Monday, August 13, 2018

I'd Celebrate That!!! August 13 to 19: Rum Day Thursday

From the August 2018 Calendar.  ** Means it is one I'd drink to

AUGUST 13,  Monday:  Filet Mignon Day**  Boy, I'd eat that.--- Left Handers Day**  Try shaking hands with one.

AUGUST 14,  Tuesday:    Creamsicle Day**

AUGUST 15,  Wednesday    Relaxation Day**    I can relax to that.0---Lemon Merengue Pie Day**  For eating or in-the-face?

AUGUST 16,  Thursday--  Tell a Joke Day**  But I forget the punch line    Rum Day**   Time flies when you're having "rhum."

AUGUST 17,  Friday--  Thrift Shop Days**   It's like a treasure hunt.  You never know what you'll find.

AUGUST 18,  Saturday--  Fajita Day**  Just don't touch the plate.

AUGUST 19, Sunday--  Aviation Day**  I used to like to fly, but they just don't treat me right on the airlines anymore.    Soft Ice Cream Day**

Lots To Ponder Over.  RoadDog

HOW COME:  You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment when you know that you just aren't going to do anything productive for the rest of the day.  (I might add, this is especially true when you're retired.)

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Way Too Much To Do Today

Just one of those summer weekends in northeastern Illinois with way more things I'd like to do than I can accommodate.

The Fox Lake American Legion is having their annual Legion picnic.  Always something we like to attend...

But, the St. John's Parish Fest in Johnsburg is today and they have one of our favorite bands, New Odyssey playing.  And, this is the last time for the band because they are breaking up after 40 years together.

And, the Keep the Spirit of '45 salute to the veterans of World War II and the Korean War takes place at Veterans Park in McHenry.

Not to mention bands playing this afternoon at various bars around the Chain of Lakes.

Unfortunately, these are all afternoon affairs.

Decisions, Decisions.  --RoadDog

Happy Eight-One-Two-One-Eight Day

As in 81218.

As in Sunday 8/12/18

Not too often calendar dates line up in order from either side like this.


WLS Top Ten for August 12, 1968: "Born To Be Wild"

Fifty years ago in Chicago.

1.  BORN TO BE WILD--  Steppenwolf
2.  CLASSICAL GAS--  Mason Williams
3.  PEOPLE GOT TO BE FREE--  Rascals

4.  HELLO, I LOVE YOU--  Doors
5.  SEALED WITH A KISS--  Gary Lewis & Playboys
7.  1, 2, 3 RED LIGHT--  1910 Fruitgum Company

8.  LIGHT MY FIRE--  Jose Feliciano
9.  STAY IN MY CORNER--  Dells

Quite a varied Top Ten in Chicago.

Name That Rune (from the above songs):  "Every Time I Try To Prove I Love You."  Answer below.  RoadDog

"1. 2, 3 Red Light"

TV Shows That Inspired Hit Spinoffs-- Part 2: 'Cheers Begat 'Frasier'

8.  "Happy Days" inspired "Laverne and Shirley" (8 seasons)

9.  "The Daily Show" inspired "The Colbert Report"

10.  Diff'rent Strokes" inspired "The Facts of Life"

11.  "Cheers" inspired "Frasier"

12.  "Star Trek" inspired "Star Trek: The Next generation" and "Star Trek: Discovery"

13.  "Law & Order" inspired "Law & Order": Special Victims Unit" and "Law & Order: Criminal Intent"

14.  "The Tracey Ullman Show" inspired "The Simpsons"

I'd like to add:

"CSI" inspired "CSI Miami" and "CSI New York"

"NCIS" inspired "NCIS:  LA" and "NCIS: New Orleans"

Too Much Time Spent Watching TV.  --RoadDog

HOW COME:  Bad decisions make good stories.

Friday, August 10, 2018

TV Shows That Inspired Hit Spinoffs-- Part 1: 'JAG' Begat 'NCIS'

From the May5, 2018, Cheat Sheet  "'The Big Bang Theory' and More Popular TV Shows That Inspired Hit Spinoffs"  Brenden Morrow.

1.  "JAG"   inspired "NCIS", now in its 15th season
2.  "All In the Family" (9 seasons) inspired "The Jeffersons" (11 seasons)
3.  "Breaking Bad"  (5 seasons) inspired "Better Call Saul"

4.  "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" inspired "Angel"
5.  "Big Bang Theory" inspired "Young Sheldon"
6.  "All That" inspired Ken and Kel and a bunch of others.  Never heard of these shows.

7.  "Perfect Strangers" inspired  "Family Matters"

And More.  --RoadDog

HOW COME:  I can't remember the last time I wasn't at least kind of tired.

Music Deaths: George Cameron of Left Banke


Died June 24, 2018

Original member and drummer with Left Banke.  He was on both Top 20 Hits "Walk Away Renee"  (#5-1966) and "Pretty Ballerina"  (#15-1967).

They had a sound like no one else.

High class rock and roll.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Going Back to Summer 1978-- Part 9: "Feeling That Way/Anytime"

That's right, 40 Years Ago.

ANYTIME--  Journey   Is there any deejay who has never played these two songs back-to-back?

LOVE WILL FIND A WAY--  Pablo Cruise
WITH A LITTLE LUCK--  Paul McCartney & Wings
TAKE ME TO THE RIVER--  Talking Heads

ONLY THE GOOD DIE YOUNG--  Billy Joel    What about those Catholic girls?


Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "We Can Make This Whole Damn Thing Work Out."   Answer below.  --RoadDog

"With A Little Luck"

Walks of Famers and Songwriters Hall of Fame.

From Oldies Music News.

Congratulations go out to Andy Kim who has been added to the Walk of Fame in Canada.

Congratulations to Brenda Lee and Ray Stevens who are now own the Music City (Nashville) Walk of Fame.

Also, congratulations to these new members of the Songwriters Hall of Fame:

Robert "Kool" Bell, George Brown and James J.T. Taylor   These three from Kool and the Gang.

Neil Diamond received the Johnny Mercer Award.


HOW COME:  Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how the person died.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Going Back to the Summer of 1978-- Part 8: "Hot Blooded"

These were the songs on the radio and in your record collection playing on your stereo forty years ago on August 5, 1978.

RUNAWAY--  Jefferson Starship  (I miss the Airplane, though.)

CANDY'S ROOM--  Bruce Springsteen
HOT BLOODED--  Foreigner

SO IT GOES--  Nick Lowe

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "You Always Won Everytime You Placed A Bet."  Answer below.  --RoadDog

"Still the Same"

Good Times In the Area Last Weekend-- Part 2: History, Radio, PLAV


The NAC, National Athletic Club, where we went for a drink and get our Chain Crawl passport book signed and was celebrating its 125th anniversary, is a survivor.  When the Chain of Lakes area was booming as a tourist destination back in the 1890s to 1920s, many organizations featuring hunting and fishing moved out to the area.  The Mineola Hotel, one of our most famous structures started out as a hunting club.

To my knowledge, the NAC is one of the last of such organizations around.

The Fox Lake American Legion started out as a boat building company.


Well, Bob Stroud went back to the Summer of 1978, the 40th anniversary  of it and played songs from August 5, 1978 that were playing on the radio or in your stereo collection.  Big fun listening to and recording that on cassette tapes.

We drove to McHenry for the PLAV's (Polish Legion of American Veterans) annual street party.  For $10 you got all the food (brats, Polish, burgers and hot dogs, corn on the cob and a variety  of salads and desserts, plus all the beer you could drink.

We enjoyed one of our favorite bands, The Three Aces, playing all that old country and pop songs as well as karaoke.

Last stop was at Sunnyside Tap in Johnsburg.

Too Much Fun.  --RoadDog

HOW COME:  Map Quest and Google Maps really need to start their directions on #5.  I'm pretty sure I know how to get out of my driveway and neighborhood.