Thursday, October 18, 2018

Getting Into October-- Part 3: A Perfect Bloody Mary


Both Bob Stroud on his Rick and Roll Roots (WDRV, 97.1) and Terri Hemmert on her Breakfast With the Beatles (93,1 WXRT) featured John Lennon since his 78th birthday was coming up Tuesday, Oct. 9.

The Bears had a bye today, so drove to Twin Lakes, Wisconsin, to watch the Packer-Lion game.  Always more fun to watch the Pack in Wisconsin.  We found Donovan's Reef to be too crowded, so went to Main Street Tap, also in Twin Lakes.

We have not been there in several years and I was in serious need of a Bloody Mary.  They were the first place I know of in the area to  have premium Bloody Marys and now we have a lot of places featuring mega-Bloody Marys.  They are now $5.50, but come with a shrimp and a giant spear of items.

And, A Chaser.  --RoadDog

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Getting Into October-- Part 2: Entertainment and a Po' Boy

October 6, Saturday

Met Glen and Barb at the American Legion and from 3 to 6, enjoyed the music of Sean on guitar.  Always great to get some entertainment on a Saturday afternoon.

Afterwards, we went to Spring Grove Pub, but it was closed, and ended up at Bricks & Ivy in Spring Grove and had a delicious shrimp Po' Boy sandwich.

Sadly, we heard at Bricks & Ivy, that the newly opened Spring Grove Pub is permanently closed.


Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Getting Into October: A Thursday Band, A Trial and the Legion

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4  Doing yardwork preparing for you-know-what season fast approaching now.WE went to the Grove bar and restaurant here in Spring Grove and they had  a band playing outside in their heated tent, but there was no room so sat inside.  It was National Taco Day and we enjoyed their $1 tacos.  Also saw the band.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5   Really sad about the anticipated rioting that would take place if police officer Van Dyke was found innocent in his trial.  This had Chicago on edge.  This is no way to run a judicial system where one group gets to dictate guilt.

Enjoyed the Legion with the Usual Suspects.


HOW TO LIE TO THE BATHROOM SCALE:  When weighing, remove everything, including glasses.  In the case of glasses, blurred vision is good.  Don't forget the earrings, these can weigh a pound or more.

Monday, October 15, 2018

I'd Celebrate That!!! October 15 to 21: Thursday Is Chocolate Cupcake Day

**  I'd Celebrate That.

OCTOBER 15, MONDAY--  Mushroom Day**    Especially on a pizza.   Cheese Curd Day**    Oh, yes!!

OCTOBER 16, TUESDAY--  Boss's Day**  May you have a good one.

OCTOBER 17, WEDNESDAY--  Support Your Local Chamber of Commerce Day*8  They do a lot for the community.    Pasta Day*8  Where's the nearest Olive Garden?

OCTOBER 18, THURSDAY--  No Beard Day   Does any 20-40 year-old guy not have one?  Chocolate Cupcake Day**

OCTOBER 19, FRIDAY--  Mammography Day**  Seafood Bisque Day**

OCTOBER 20, SATURDAY--  Sweetest Day**  Get out the flowers, chocolate and dinner reservations.  Part way to Valentine's Day, you know.

OCTOBER 21, SUNDAY--  Reptile Day    Pumpkin Cheesecake Day**  Never heard of it, but I'd sure give it a try.


Retirees Seek To Stay Put, Including Us

From the October  2018 AARP Bulletin.

3 in 4 Want to Retire in Place.

Well, Liz and I would be in that number.

While other friends of ours almost immediately move to somewhere warmer within a year or less of retirement, we are still here after retiring in 2005 (Liz) and 2006 (me).  We're even still in the same house.

A new survey of people 50+ by AARP shows that 3 in 4 people --77 percent-- agree with the statement, "I'd really like to remain in my community as long as possible."

This survey was conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago.

Stayin' Put As Long As Possible.  --RoadPut

HOW TO LIE TO THE BATHROOM SCALE.  Never, ever, weigh yourself with wet hair.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

WLS Top Ten for October 14, 1968: "I Gotta Get A Message To You"

1.  OVER YOU--  Union Gap
3.  FIRE--  The Crazy World of Arthur Brown

6.  SUZIE Q--  Creedence Clearwater Revival

8.  WHITE ROOM--  Cream
9.  HEY JUDE--  Beatles
10.  SPECIAL ANGEL--  Vogues

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "I Like The Way You Walk, I Like The Way You Talk."  Answer below.  --RoadDog

HOW TO LIE TO THE BATHROOM SCALE:   (From the Orange Peel gazette0:  Weigh yourself with clothes on, after dinner.  Weigh yourself again in the morning, without clothes.  It's nice to see how much weight you lost overnight.

"Suzie Q"

Saturday, October 13, 2018

My Vietnam War Experience-- Part 5: The Cambodian "Incursion" and Kent State

Protests against the Vietnam War continued at Northern Illinois and across the country.  Some of the other schools had their protests turn quite violent, but not so much in DeKalb.

However, on April 30, 1970, President Nixon went on TV to say we had had an "incursion" into Cambodia to cut off supplies the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese were receiving in South Vietnam.  The Ho Chi Minh Trail.  Well this set off a powder keg of protests at colleges all across the country, including at Northern.

It all came to a head on May 4, when National Guardsmen opened fire on students protesting at Kent State University in Ohio and four were killed and several wounded.  Some of the students had been protesting, others watching and some walking by on the way to and from classes.

Things got violent at campuses all over the country, although NIU was tense, but there was no violence.

That is until Father Groppi, a noted civil rights activist from Milwaukee, was going to come to campus.  That is when we started hearing that the anti-war people were planning some really big things.

If you want to read all my previous posts on this, hit the My Vietnam War Experience label below.

Things Really Heating Up.  --RoadDog

Friday, October 12, 2018

Music Deaths: Lowrell Simon of the Lost Generation


Died June 19, 2018

One of Chicago soul music's foremost singer-songwriters.  Led the late-1960s-early 1970s Lost Generation.

With the group Vondells he had a regional hit in Chicagoland with "Lenora."  With Lost Generation, he had a #30  song in 1970 with "The Sly, the Slick,  And the Wicked."


Thursday, October 11, 2018

I'd Celebrate That!!!! October 8 to 14: Happy 243rd Birthday U.S. Navy on Saturday

**  I'd Celebrate That.

OCTOBER 8, MONDAY--  Columbus Day**   Native American Day**   His coming was not a red letter day for them.

OCTOBER 9, TUESDAY--  Sub/Hoagie/Hero day**   I love 'em all.

OCTOBER 10, WEDNESDAY--  ER Nurses Day**   Mental Health Day**

OCTOBER 11, THURSDAY--  Sausage Pizza Day**   Well, but it would be better more loaded with "Stuff."  The more the better.

OCTOBER 12, FRIDAY--  Farmers Day**  And we have a bunch of them around the Spring Grove, Illinois, area.   Gumbo Day**  Bon Ton, you know.

OCTOBER 13, SATURDAY--  U.S. Navy's 243rd Birthday**   Anchors Aweigh Mr Boys!!!    Motorcycle Ride Day   I'd love to, but too scared.

OCTOBER 14, SUNDAY--  Bald & Free Day**    Clergy Appreciation Day**


Tuesday, October 9, 2018

John Lennon's 78th Birthday Today: "Imagine"

He was born this date in 1940.

Bob Stroud did his Ten at Ten today on Chicago's WDRV 97.1 FM on this man.  You can hear it again tonight at 10 p.m. Cebtral Time.

INSTANT KARMA--  John Lennon
WOMAN--  John Lennon

HELP!--  Beatles
TWO OF US--  Beatles

IMAGINE--  John Lennon

He also featured John Lennon on his Sunday Rock and Roll Roots Show.  Terri Hemmert devoted her whole Breakfast With the Beatles show on him as well this past Sunday.

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "When I Was Younger, So Much Younger."  Answer below.  --RoadDog

WALLACE WOOD'S RULES OF DRAWING:  3.  Never trace what you can cut out and paste down.


Deaths: Tab Hunter


Died July 8, 2018

Starred in many movies.

Had a huge hit with "Young Love"  (#1-1957).  Also "Ninety-Nine Ways"  (#11-1957).

Monday, October 8, 2018

Every Blooming THing, Early October 2018

The trees are starting to change color around here in northeast Illinois.  The Japanese lilac trees have the lime green leaves but are falling off rapidly now.  The honeylocusts are their brilliant fall yellow, but unfortunately, the leaves don't stay on long.

I still have the white daisy like plants, each with hundreds of small blooms, are still blooming and dangerous if you get up close to them because of the bees and other stingers hanging around them.  The sedum all have their flower tops in glorious shades of red.

And, the several hundred mum plants in the yard (most of them yellow) are starting to bloom.

The hostas are still around.

My burning bushes are just starting to turn to their reds, but others in the neighborhood are already brilliant.  I must have "slow" burning bushes.


WALLACE WOOD'S RULES OF DRAWING:  2.  Never copy what you can trace.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

WLS Top 40 for October 7, 1968, The Top Ten-- Part 7: "Girl Watcher"

These were the Top Ten songs in Chicago this date fifty years ago.  The number behind the artist is the top position on Billboard's Top 100.

10.  SUZIE-Q--  Creedence Clearwater Revival    #11  Hey, my all-time favorite groups first top ten in Chicago!!!
9.  HEY JUDE--  Beatles    #1
8.  LITTLE GREEN APPLES--  O.C. Smith    #2

7.  GIRL WATCHER--  O'Kaysions     #5    Early Beach Music cracking the Top Ten.
6.  SHAPES OF THINGS TO COME--  Max Frost     #22
5.  REVOLUTION--  Beatles   #12
4.  SPECIAL ANGEL--  Vogues    #7

3.  OVER YOU--  Union Gap     #7
2.  MIDNIGHT CONFESSIONS--  Grass Roots     #5
1.  FIRE--  Crazy World of Arthur Brown    #2

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "And It Don't Rain In Indianapolis In the Summertime."   Answer below.  --RoadDog

"Little Green Apples"

WLS Top 40 for October 7, 1968: "White Room"

Fifty years ago.

15.  WHITE ROOM--  Cream      #6     The way to begin a song.  Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker.

14.  HUSH--  Deep Purple    #4    Their first of three straight reimagined cover songs.  "Kentucky Woman" and "River Deep-Mountain High."  Watch out for that wolf.  Great opening guitar and organ riffs.

13.  TIME HAS COME TODAY--   Chambers Brothers    #11.  Their biggest hit.  One of my all-time favorite songs.  The perfect change to or from Daylight-Savings Time song.  Four brothers from Mississippi.  "Cuckoo!!"

12.  I GOTTA GET A MESSAGE TO YOU--  Bee Gees   #8   Born in Manchester, England.  Moved to Australia and back to England in 1967.  When I first heard them "New York Mining Disaster 1941" I was sure they were really the Beatles singing under another name.  Hey, Bee Gees could be Beatles, you know.

11.  ON THE ROAD AGAIN--  Canned Heat     #16   Great road cruisin' song.    Blues-Rock band formed in Los Angels in 1966.  Bob "The Bear" Hite on lead vocals and harmonica.

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "The Preacher Talked To me And He Smiled."  Answer Below.  --RoadDog

WALLACE WOOD'S RILES OF DRAWING:  Never draw what you can copy.

"I've Gotta Get A Message To You."

Music Deaths: Vince Martin "Cindy, Oh Cindy"


Died July 6, 2018

With the Tarriers who only had one chart hit, "Cindy, Oh Cindy" (#9-1956) .  But, this group hugely influenced  a generation of folk and folk rock artists.

Give it a listen on You Tube and you'll see what I mean.