Friday, September 20, 2019

A Football, Flooding and Oldies Kind of Weekend-- Part 1


Rained most of the night.  We've been having lots of rain this last week.  Went to Twin Lakes, Wi., an ate at Burger King and got gas at $2,45!!  That's the lowest we've seen it in awhile.    Went to Donovan's Reef and to bricks & Ivy on the way home.


And we had real heavy rain all night.  The drainage basin behind the house was about half full.  That's a lot of run-off water

Sorry to hear about the death of one of my favorite performers, Eddie Money.  Bob Stroud did his Ten at Ten on Eddie Money Songs:

Baby Hold On
Think I'm In Love
Walk On Water

Gimme Some Water
I Wanna Go Back
Rock 'n Roll the Place

Two Tickets to Paradise
You Really Got A Hold On Me
Take Me Home Tonight

We're hearing about serious flooding on the Fox River and Chain of Lakes.  We heard the Fox River is closed to boats and the Chain is all no wake.

I went to the Johnsburg-Richmond-Burton high schools football game.  Johnsburg High School is one of my Cubs-Sox, Packer-Bears teams.  I pull for Johnsburg unless they play Richmond-Burton, which is where the kids from our subdivision go as well as a real lot of out tax dollars.  (I also pull for the Cubs unless they play the Sox and Packers unless they play Da Bears.)

The R-B Rockets blew the Johnsburg Skyhawks out 49-0.


Thursday, September 19, 2019

At Least We Got Through That Horrid NFL Preseason, Now We Have That Horrid NCAA Preseason

I think most will agree with me that the NFL preseason is just a big waste of time.  Hardly any regulars play.  A big who cares.

However, now sadly, we are in the NCAA preseason when the Big Guys beat up on the Little Guys.  That is, the Power Five Conferences play the Mid-Level teams and generally blow them out (as seen with Nebraska beating my Northern Illinois 44-8 last Saturday.

Taking a quick look at the Lines for some college football games this weekend:

Iowa State by 19 over Louisiana-Monroe
Ohio State by 40 over Miami of Ohio
Clemson by 41 over UNC-Charlotte
Indiana by 27 over UConn
Miami by 30 over Central Michigan
Virginia by 31 over Old Dominion
NC State by 20 over Ball State

These are ridiculous games, even though on rare occasion one of the Little Guys beats a Big Guy.

College football needs to do something about these impending blow outs.

Granted, the Little Guys get a huge payday for playing these games, but even then, COME ON!!


Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Billboard's All-Time Biggest Summer Songs: "Tossin' and Turnin' "

Since we are in the last week of summer, here's a look back at the Billboard all-time biggest hits of summer.  This is based on tracking from Billboard's Hot 100 lists from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

I recognized all the songs except #2.

1.  I'LL BE MISSING YOU--  Pff daddy, Faith Evans, 112  To the tune of "Every Breath You Take" #5.  (1997)

2.  THE BOY IS MINE--  Brandy & Monica  (1998)

3.  TOSSIN' AND TURNIN'--  Bobby Lewis  (1961)

4.  BLURRED LINES--  Robin Thicke, T.I., Pharrell   (2013)

5.  EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE--  Police  (1983)

6.  WE BELONG TOGETHER--  Mariah Carey  (2005)

7.  I JUST WANT TO BE YOUR EVERYTHING--  Andy Gibb   (1977)  One of the Gibb Brothers.

8.  WHEN DOVES CRY--  Prince   (1984)

9.  (EVERYTHING I DO) I DO FOR YOU--  Bryan Adams  (1991)

10.  ALONE AGAIN (NATURALLY)--  Gilbert O'Sullivan  (1972)  Talk about a downer song.  This is about suicide.  I had never really listened to the words until somebody at Donovan's pointed it out and played it on the jukebox.

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "Every Step You Take, I'll Be Watching You."  Answer below.  --RoadDog

"Every Breath You Take"

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Goin' Back to the Summer of '79-- Part 12: "Dance the Night Away"

This is the fourth and final installment of Bob Stroud's annual Root Salute to the Summer of 40 years earlier.  This being 1979.  I am not sure what he will do next year since his Rock and Roll Roots show, aired on Chicago's WDRV, 97.1 FM on Sundays from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. features just music from the 1960s and 1970s.  Next year, of course, is 1980.

Anyway, these are the songs on the radio and in your album collection on September 1, 1979:

HOLD ON--  Triumph

LOGICAL SONG--  Supertramp
FINS--  Jimmy Buffett

I NEED A LOVER--  John Cougar
DAMNED IF I DO--  Alan Parsons Project


MY SHARONA--  Knack  #1 song in Chicago and all over the radio.

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "I'm Gonna Getcha Getcha Getcha Getcha."    Answer below.  --RoadDog

"One Way Or Another"

Monday, September 16, 2019

Past Movie Scratches: Smokey-- Wonka-- Outdoors-- Impact-- Starship-- Monsters

These are movies I saw on TV in 2018.

61.  SMOKEY & THE BANDIT--  8-29--  What about this movie makes you want to drive fast?  Sheriff Buford T. Justice?  What can I say?

62.  WILLIE WONKA & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY--  8-30--  Gene Wilder was definitely a strange bird.  Loved the Oompa Lumpas.

63.  THE GREAT OUTDOORS--  8-30--  John Candy.  A really funny fellow and just a regular guy.  Miss him.

64.  DEEP IMPACT--  9-11--  How would you spend your last day?

65.  STARSHIP TROOPERS--  9-16--  "Would you like to know more?"  One of my guilty pleasures to watch.

66.  MONSTERS, INC.--  10-13--  Boo!!  Corporate Greed.  Mike and Sully fight back.

I Wish Those Little Things They Show At The Bottom Would Tell What Movie You're Watching.  --RoadDog

STATE OF THE JOKE:  MINNESOTA.  What are the four seasons in Minnesota?  Almost winter, winter, still winter and construction.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

WLS Top Ten for September 15, 1969: "Easy To be Hard"

That's right, fifty years ago.

1.  SUGAR, SUGAR--  Archies
2.  EASY TO BE HARD--  Three Dog Night
3.  THIS GIRL'S A WOMAN NOW--  Gary Puckett / Union Gap

4.  GET TOGETHER--  Youngbloods
5.  I CAN'T GET NEXT TO YOU--  Temptations
6.  HURT SO BAD--  Lettermen
7.  I'D WAIT A MILLION YEARS--  Grassroots

8.  GREEN RIVER--  Creedence Clearwater Revival
9.  LITTLE WOMAN--  Bobby Sherman
10.  THE TRAIN--  1910 Fruitgum Co.



37.  RUBEN JAMES--  Kenny Rogers and First Edition

39.  MAKE BELIEVE--  Wind
40.  JESUS IS A SOUL MAN--  Lawrence Reynolds

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "Love Is But A Song We Sing."  Answer below.  --RoadDog

"Get Together"

Friday, September 13, 2019

WLS Top 40 for September 8, 1969-- Part 7: "Honky Tonk Woman"

Fifty Years Ago in Chicago, these were the Top 40 Songs.

10.  HONKY TONK WOMEN--  Rolling Stones   #1

9.  LAY LADY LAY--  Bob Dylan     #7

8.  SOUL DEEP--  Box Tops      #18

7.  GET TOGETHER--  Youngbloods     #5

6.  THIS GIRL'S A WOMAN NOW--  Gary Puckett / Union Gap    #9

5.  I'D WAIT A MILLION YEARS--  Grassroots       #15

4.  GREEN RIVER--  CCR    #2

3.  HURT SO BAD--  Lettermen      #12

2.  EASY TO BE HARD--  Three Dog Night     #4

1.  SUGAR SUGAR--  Archies      #1

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "Love Is But A Song We Sing.  Fear's The Way We Die."  Answer below.  --RoadDog

"Get Together"

Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)?

On September 11 and September 12, I posted the words to this Alan Jackson song.  Then I watched two videos of it on You Tube.

Gerard Vidal's one had photos from the event and The Grand Old Opry just had Alan Jackson and his band playing it.

Both really got to me,  just as Alan Jackson singing it back then did.

I mean, really got to me.

I had to go to AC/DC's "Thunderstruck" to get me out of it.

That was the sad side of me.  But my get 'em back side was Toby Keith's "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue."  I listened to this one as well.

Music Can Have Impact.  --RoadDog

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Deaths of 9-11 First Responders Continue

Continued from today's Tattooed On Your Soul, Not So Forgotten and Cooter's History Thing blogs.

Pulmonary fibrosis is among the diseases that can take decades to manifest themselves.  "We're not even two decades past the event,: Dr. Cosgrove says, "and  people with asbestos exposure for instance, for instance, don't begin to present until the third decade."

Doctors still don't fully understand how pulmonary fibrosis works.  It is relatively rare and causes are tough to track.  In addition, the lung injuries that cause some cases can stem from a wide range of factors.

The Ground Zero site contained dust that held heavy metals and asbestos among other hazards.  Over time, those irritants can produce scarring, or fibrosis in the lungs.  Some people will not develop it, but others develop progressive scarring over time.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)?-- Part 4

Continued from (in order)  Tattooed On Your Soul, Not So Forgotten and Cooter's History Thing blogs (see the side bar Blogs I Follow).

On this, the 18th anniversary of the Day the World Stopped Turning.

By Alan Jackson


Where were you when the world stopped moving that September day?

Teaching a class full of innocent children   (In my case, I was.)

Or driving down some cold interstate?

Did you feel guilty

'Cause you're a survivor

In a crowded room did you feel alone?

Did you call your mother

And tell her you loved her?

Did you dust off the Bible at home?

Did you open your eyes, hope it never happened

Close your eyes and not go to sleep?

Did you notice the sunset the first time in ages

Or speak to some stranger in the street?


How did Alan Jackson know I was teaching a class of seventh graders at John T. Magee Middle School in Round Lake, Illinois?

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

WLS Top 40 for September 8, 1969-- Part 6: "I'll Never Fall In Love Again"

Fifty Years Ago.

15.  OUT OF SIGHT, OUT OF MIND--  Little Anthony & the Imperials      #52     Didn't do anything for me.

14.  I CAN'T GET NEXT TO YOU--  Temptations      #1    Hard to beat Motown Anywhere, Anyhow.

13.  KEEM-O-SABE--  Electric Indian    Just 2:12.      #16    Very Indian instrumental.   Group made up of top Philadelphia studio musicians.

12.  I'LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN--  Tom Jones     #6    Make sure you watch the video.  Tom being Tom.  But, no ladies threw anything at him.

11.  THE TRAIN--  1910 Fruitgum Co.     #57    Never heard of the song before.  Good song though.  Bubble Gum Music with Soul?  Their last charting single.

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "I Can Make A Gray Sky Blue, I Can Make It rain Whenever i Want It To."  Answer below.  --RoadDog

"I Can't Get Next To You"

Going Back to the Summer of '79-- Part 11: "Don't Bring me Down"

The songs playing on the radio and in your record collection on September 1, 1979.  For those of you counting, that's 40 years ago.

I WANT YOU TO WANT ME--  Cheap Trick


GIRL OF MY DREAMS--  Bram Tchaikowski
LADY WRITER--  Dire Straits

IN THE EVENING--  Led Zeppelin

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "Your Love Is Like A Tidal Wave, Spinning Over My Head."    Answer below.  --RoadDog


Monday, September 9, 2019

JSS: Dumb Commercials-- Calvin & Hobbes-- Butterflies & Humming Birds

JSS--  Just Some Stuff


 How dumb is that Pepsi commercial with Nate and Kate as taste buds in your mouth?  Way too much flirting and stupid dialogue.  How much longer must we be subjected to it?

Plus, that weird little Prince-ish guy for Diet Dr. Pepper.

2.  CALVIN & HOBBES--  I sure wish the creator Bill Watterson would bring it back.  But, I go to Go Comics every day and see am old one.  On August 6, 2019, we see Calvin talking to his tiger, Hobbes, and saying:  "Dad might be a secret super hero but driving a car that isn't cool.  I know, ours doesn't even have a cassette deck."    Kind of dates the comic strip.

Today's kids wouldn't even know what a cassette deck is.  Shoot, in Chevrolets, you can't even get a CD deck anymore.  That will be a big problem when we buy our next Chevrolet.  I have to have at least a CD player.  Last year, we sold our '03 Malibu which had both a CD and a cassette player.  Now  that was a great sound system.  Our '11 Malibu at least still has a CD player.

3.  BUTTERFLIES & HUMMINGBIRDS--  Well, butterflies might be endangered now, but I sure have a lot out in the yard.  As a matter of fact, I usually have several fly into me whenever I'm outside.  I especially have a lot of monarch butterflies.  I also have several hummingbirds (even though I don't feed them) that scare me badly every time I see see them.  My first thought is, "Look at the size of that mosquito!!"

Just Some Stuff.  --RoadDog

STATE OF THE JOKE:  INDIANA--  What is the difference between Indiana sports fans and puppies?  Answer:  Eventually, the pups will grow up and stop whining.

Sunday, September 8, 2019

WLS Top 40 for September 8, 1969-- Part 5: "Did You See Her Eyes"

That's right, 50 Years Ago.

The number behind the artist is how high it got on the Billboard Hot 100 national chart.

20.  I'M GONNA MAKE YOU MINE--  Lou Christie    #10   Had that falsetto thing going.  Right, Frankie?  His biggest hit was 1966's "Lightning Strikes" which went to #1.

19.  DID YOU SEE HER EYES--  Illusion       #32   This is what I call Classic Rock.  rarely played on Chicago's Classic Rock station WDRV.  Five guys from Long Island, New York.  Their only Top 40 out of three Hot 100s.

18.  YOU, I--  Rugbys     #24    From Louisville, Kentucky.  Using that fuzz box, wah-wah pedal and one groovy organ according to Music Mike.  Also should be played on WDRV.  Their only-ever Hot 100 song.  So, that makes them a ....

17.  WHAT KIND OF FOOL DO YOU THINK I AM--  Bill Deal & Rhondells      #23   Well you know how I feel about Beach Music.  And, I'm talking about East Coast Beach Music.  Even if they are out of New York City.

16.  I WANT YOU TO KNOW--  New Colony Six    #65    This is WLS supporting our local bands.  These guys were so good.  Saw them many times.

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "I'll Try Every Trick In The Book With Every Step That You Take."  Answer below.  --RoadDog

"I'm Gonna Make You Mine"

Saturday, September 7, 2019

WLS Top 40 for September 8, 1969-- Part 4: "That's the Way Love Is"

The number behind  the artist is how high the song got on Billboard's Hot 100 national chart.

25.  A BOY NAMED SUE--  Johnny Cash    #2      His biggest hit on the pop charts.   "How do you do?  Now you're gonna die."  "Bill or George, Anything but Sue."

24.  DADDY'S LITTLE MAN--  O.C. Smith       #34   Kind of reminds you of "Little Green Apples."   Born Ocie Lee Smith in Mansfield, Louisiana.

23.  LITTLE WOMAN--  Bobby Sherman     #3   A great pop song.  Could be classified as Bubble Gum, but that's alright as I love my Bubble Gum Music.  I'd forgotten about this song.  Starred in TV's "Here Come the Brides."

22.  THAT'S THE WAY LOVE IS--  Marvin Gaye     #7     An early "I Heard It Through the Grapevine"?
Born Marvin Pentz Gay.    First hit with #34  "Stubborn Kind of Fellow" in 1962.

21.  YOUR GOOD THING--  Lou Rawls      #18   Whole name "Your Good Thing (Is About To End)."   The Pride of Chicago.  I'd also forgotten about this one.

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "My Daddy Left Home When I Was Three."  Answer below.  --RoadDog

"A Boy Named Sue"