Daisies. They're A' Bloomin' Now. I have several hundred of them.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Good Times Last Weekend-- Part 3: Summer Songs, a Band and Sunnyside


JUNE 23, SATURDAY--  Drove to Crystal Lake, Illinois, for the McHenry County Civil War Round Table discussion group meeting at Panera.  Today's discussion was Civil War Logistics which proved to be quite interesting.  Then went to Barnes & Noble and bought a couple magazines.  I sure enjoy going into that place.

Then I did yardwork and trimming despite the fact that it wasn't quite dry yet, but you do the best you can in the rainy season which we evidently have.

Drove over to Choppers in Antioch, Illinois, and sat out on the deck and enjoyed the band Aging Teen Idols and then went to Time To Bite, a fishing/bar).  We got Chain Crawl stamps at both places since they are on the Chain of Lakes.

JUNE 24, SUNDAY--  Bob Stroud played his annual Root Salute to Summer on his Rock and Roll Roots show on WDRV, 97.1 FM.  No better way to get into a summer kind of mood.  I'll be listing his summer songs next week.

Did some more yardwork and bush trimming and then went to Stucky's in Johnsburg and saw the band Element, but didn't much like their kind of hard rock.  Ended up at Sunnyside and had quite a good time playing oldies on the jukebox with the regulars.

Is Summer Finally Here?  (Well, I did pick up the boat from the barn in Hebron yesterday.)  --RoadDog

TRANSLATING PROJECT TERMS:  They say:  Test results were extremely gratifying.  They mean:  It works, and we are surprised.



Thursday, June 28, 2018

Good Times Last Weekend-- Part 2: Sitting Outside, Enjoying a Band and Drinking Beer


SATURDAY, JUNE 23

We finally have some decent summer weather.  Enjoyed listening to WXRT's Saturday Morning Flashback where they went back to 1970 as I drove to Crystal Lake, Illinois for the McHenry County Civil War Round Table discussion group where we talked about Civil War Logistics.  I didn't think this topic would be a good one, but I sure was wrong.  Keeping those armies supplied with food and ordnance and getting them from place to place was no easy thing.

Went to Barnes & Nobles afterwards, one of the few stores I still understand, and bought a Civil War Monitor and Naval History magazine.

We went to Choppers on Il-173 in Antioch and sat out on their deck and listened to Aging Teen Idols playing music.  Just something about sitting outside on a perfect summer day, listening to a band and drinking ice cold beer that makes this one great experience.

We then went to Time to Bite, which is part fishing store and bar and also had the Chain Crawl book signed.

--RoadDog

TRANSLATING PROJECT TERMS:  They say:  Extensive effort is being applied on a fresh approach to the problem.  They Mean: We just hired three new guys; we'll let them kick it around for awhile.


Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Good Times Last Week-- Part 1: Rain and Bars


It would appear that we might actually have simmer-like weather here, finally.

JUNE 20, WEDNESDAY--  Met Kevin and Kelly at Donovan's Reef in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin, ($175 24 ox. pints) and later adjourned to Sunnyside Tap ($1.25 pints) in Johnsburg, Illinois.

JUNE 21, THURSDAY--  Enjoyed listening to Bob Stroud play summer songs on hos Ten at Ten show on WDRV.  See the June 21 blog entry for his songs.

Later, met Kevin and Kelly at the Bulldog Ale House sand enjoyed their $2 drafts and I mean all 40 of them, including imports and craft beers.  We then went to McHenry Brewing Co., a craft brewery place and a stamp on the Chain Crawl.  Last stop was at Half-Times for $1 pints.

JUNE 21, FRIDAY--  We have had nothing but rain since Monday.  Getting a bit tired of it.  Went to the American Legion.

I'd Drink to That.  --RoadDog

TRANSLATING PROJECT TERMS:  They say:  The design will be finalized in the next reporting period.  They mean:  We haven't started this job yet, but we've got to say something.


Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Every Blooming THing, Late June


I am so far behind on yardwork I doubt I'll get caught up anytime soon.

Right now, I have a lot of flowers blooming.

Flowers I know the name of:

clematis
Missouri primrose
blue salvia
Stella D'oro daylillies
wild daisies
daisies
spirea
marguerettes
dianthus

Flowers I do not know the name of:

orange flowers
a blue perennial
a lavender perennial
a yellow perennial

A Mighty Colorful Show.  --RoadDog

REANSLATING PROJECT TERMS:  They say: Customer satisfaction is believed assured.  They mean:  We are so far behind schedule that the customer will be happy to get anything at all from us.


Monday, June 25, 2018

WLS Top Ten for June 24, 1968: "This Guy's In Love With You"


1.  THIS GUY'S IN LOVE WITH YOU--  Herb Alpert
2.  ANGEL OF THE MORNING--  Marilee Rush
3,  HOW'D WE EVER GET THIS WAY--  Andy Kim

4.  I LOVE YOU--  People
5.  PICTURES OF MATCHSTICK MEN--  Status Quo
6.  I NEED LOVE--  Third Booth
7.  SHE'S A HEARTBREAKER--  Gene Pitney

8.  MRS. ROBINSON--  Simon & Garfunkel
9.  THE LOOK OF LOVE--  Sergio Mendes
10.  JUMPING JACK FLASH--  Rolling Stones

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "Jesus Loves You More Than You Will Know."    Answer below.  --RoadDog



"Mrs. Robinson"

I'd Celebrate That!! June 25 to July 1: Catfish Day


JUNE 25, MONDAY--  Strawberry Parfait Day**  Catfish Day**  How about a fried catfish dinner topped off by a strawberry parfait?

JUNE 26, TUESDAY--  Beauticians Day    Chocolate Pudding Day**

JUNE 27, WEDNESDAY--  Sunglasses Day  Not a big fan.  Everything looks so dark.  PTSD Day**

JUNE 28, THURSDAY--  Insurance Awareness Day**  Wonder who came up with this.  Probably Geico.  Handshake Day**

JUNE 29, FRIDAY--  Camera Day**  Waffle Iron Day**  Careful make sure its off.

JUNE 30, SATURDAY--  Social Media Day  What's so social about people staring at their idge phones when they're together?

JULY 1, SUNDAY-- Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day**  Postal Workers Day**

--RoadDog

TRANSLATING PROJECT TERMS:  They say:  Developed after years of intensive research.  They mean:  It was discovered by accident.


Friday, June 22, 2018

Going Back to Summer '78-- Part 4: "Dust In the Wind"


These songs are 40 years old.  Time flies.

These are songs that would be on the radio or on your stereo back in June 1978.

DUST IN THE WIND--  Kansas
THERE'S NO WAY OUT OF HERE--  David Gilmour
WHEEL IN THE SKY--  Journey

IMAGINARY LOVER--  Atlanta Rhythm Section
A ROCK 'N ROLL FANTASY--  Kinks
CAN WE STILL BE FRIENDS--  Todd Rundgren

PROVE IT ALL NIGHT--  Bruce Springsteen
RIGHT DOWN THE LINE--  Gerry Rafferty   On of my all-time favorites.

Bob Stroud will be playing Summer Songs from 7 to 10 a.m. this Sunday on WDRV.  He will also be doing parts 2-4 of Summer 1978 around the second Sunday of July, August and September.  It streams so give a listen.

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "Winter Is Here Again Oh Lord."  Answer below.  --RoadDog



"Wheel In the Sky"


Going Back to Summer '78--Part 3: "Son Of A Son Of A Son Of A Sailor"


That's right, 40 years ago right now, these songs would be playing in your radio or on your stereo turntable.

KING TUT--  Steve Martin   Ya gotta love this song.
LISTEN TO HER HEART--  Tom Petty
SON OF A SON OF A SAILOR--  Jimmy Buffett

WEREWOLVES OF LONDON--  Warren Zevon   We had different words to the song during our teacher strike in 1994.  It wasn't too nice to the administration and school board.
FM (NO STATIC AT ALL)--  Steely Dan    From the movie of the same name.
SWEET TALKIN' WOMAN--  ELO

EVERY KINDA PEOPLE--  Robert Palmer
STONE BLUE--  Foghat
SURRENDER--  Cheap Trick

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "Walking Through The Streets of SoHo In the Rain."  Answer below.  --RoadDog

TRANSLATING PROJECT TERMS:  They say:  Major technological breakthrough.  That really means:  Back to the drawing board.

"Werewolves of London"


Thursday, June 21, 2018

Ten Songs to Welcome Summer 2018: "Summertime Blues"


Well, hard to believe summer is actually here officially today what with a steady rain and  temperatures in the 60s and feeling like 50s.

But, anyway, Bob Stroud did his annual Ten for Ten on Summertime.  That would be ten songs having to do with summer-type things.  He'll be doing it again at 10 pm tonight, CSDT on WDRV, 97.1 FM in Chicago.

SUMMER IN THE CITY--  Lovin' Spoonful
SUMMER OF '69-  Bryan Adams
HOT BLOODED--  Foreigner

IN THE SUMMERTIME--  Mungo Jerry
HOT GIRLS IN LOVE--  Lover Boy
SUMMERTIME BLUES--  Who
MR. BLUE SKY--  ELO

HEAT OF THE MOMENT--  Asia
GOOD DAY SUNSHINE--  Beatles
BOYS OF SUMMER--  Don Henley

Bob Stroud will be devoting his Sunday Rock and Roll Roots radio show on the Drive, WDRV, to summer songs from the 1960s and 1970s, well worth a listen.

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "You Can Stretch Right Up And Touch The Sky."  --Answer below.  --RoadDog

TRANSLATING PROJECT TERMS:  Project slightly behind schedule due to unforeseen difficulties.  They actually mean"  We got so sick of working on this that we decided to do something else.

"In the Summertime"

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Going Back to the Summer of 1978-- Part 2: "Feel Like a Number"


Songs on the radio or in your record collection on June 10, 1978.

ACCIDENTS WILL HAPPEN--  Elvis Costello
HEARTLESS--  Heart
EBONY EYES--  Bob Welch   After he left Fleetwood Mac.

FEEL LIKE A NUMBER--  Bob Seger
WITH A LITTLE LUCK--  Paul McCartney & Wings
LONDON TOWN--  Paul McCartney & Wings   These last two played at 8 a.m. when Terri Hemmert started her Breakfast With the Beatles show on WXRT.

LAY DOWN SALLY--  Eric Clapton   No longer with Cream at this point.
ICE CREAM MAN--  Van Halen
BECAUSE THE NIGHT--  Patti Smith Group

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

CUSTOMER GUIDE TO SUPERMARKET CHECKOUT:  Make sure at least three of your items don't have the codes or price on them.


"With a Little Luck"


Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Going Back to the Summer of 1978-- Part 1: "Heartless"


Every summer Bob Stroud devotes 4 of his weekly (every Sunday) Rock and Roll Roots programs to the songs playing on the radio or on your stereos from the summer 40 year before.  He plays one show each month June to September, usually the second Sunday of each month.

So, these are the songs playing on your radio or on your stereo for June 10, 1978.

Fifty Years Ago, You Know.

RUNNING ON EMPTY--  Jackson Browne
ON THE RADIO--  Cheap Trick    The pride and joy of Rockford, Illinois.
COUNT ON ME--  Jefferson Starship  Definitely not our old Jefferson Airplane.  By the wat, did you know that the term Jefferson Airplane referred to smoking marijuana?

LIGHTS--  Journey
SAY YOU LOVE ME OR SAY GOODBYE--  REO Speedwagon  The pride and joy of Champagne, Illinois
JUST THE WAY YOU ARE--  Billy Joel

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "And The Sun Shines On The Bay."  answer below.  --RoadDog

CUSTOMER GUIDE TO SUPERMARKET CHECKOUT:  Feel free to ask your checker anything you like.  How to prepare tonight's meal is a good question.  They'll know.

"Lights"

Monday, June 18, 2018

I'd Celebrate That!! June 17-24: First Day of Summer!!


88  Means I'd Celebrate It.

JUNE 17, SUNDAY--  Father's Day**  Apple Strudel Day**

JUNE 18, MONDAY--  Veterinarian Appreciation Day**  Go Fishing Day**  Sushi Day**

JUNE 19, TUESDAY--  Martini Day**  Juneteenth**

JUNE 20.  WEDNESDAY--  Ice Cream Soda Day**  Vanilla Milkshake Day**

JUNE 21, THURSDAY--  First Day of Summer*****  My question, though, what happened to spring?  Selfie Day**  Every Smile and Look Dumb for the camera.  Seashell Day**

JUNE 22, FRIDAY--  Chocolate Eclair Day**  Take Your Dog To Work Day**  Onion Rings Day**

JUNE 23, SATURDAY--  Pink Day**   International World Turtle Day**

JUNE 24, SUNDAY--  Pralines Day**

Eatin' and Drinkin'.  That's for Me.  --RoadDog

CUSTOMER GUIDE TO SUPERMARKET CHECKOUT:  Make sure you tell the checker/bagger, not to put the eggs and bread at the bottom of the bag.




Sunday, June 17, 2018

WLS Top Ten for June 17, 1968: "Yummy, Yummy, Yummy"


1.  THIS GUY'S IN LOVE WITH YOU--  Herb Alpert
2.  ANGEL OF THE MORNING--  Marilee Rusg
3.  MRS. ROBINSON--  Simon & Garfunkel

4.  HOW'D WE EVER GET THIS WAY--  Andy Kim
5.  YUMMY, YUMMY, YUMMY--  Ohio Express
6.  I NEED LOVE--  Third Booth
7.  IF I WERE A CARPENTER--  Four Tops

8.  I LOVE YOU--  People
9.  SHE'S A HEARTBREAKER--  Gene Pitney
10.  PICTURES OF MATCHSTICK MEN--  Status Quo

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "And You Were A Lady."  Answer below.  --RoadDog

CUSTOMER GUIDE TO SUPERMARKET CHECKOUT:  If something is too heavy to lift out of the basket, don't worry, checkers know all prices and won't have to walk around to it.

"If I Were A Carpenter"

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Movie Scratches: Rampage-- Avengers-- Party-- Book


Movie Scratches--  Movies I have seen in the theater this year.

21.  RAMPAGE--  4-26--  Fox Lake, $6--  Gotta love that George.  What a big lug when not under the control of the evil corporation.  Poor Chicago gets clobbered again.

22.  AVENGERS:  INFINITY WARS--  5-14--  Fox Lake, $6--  Hard time keeping up with all those heroes.  But real sad as almost all are now dead.  Marvel will have to figure out a way to bring 'em back.

23.  LIFE OF THE PARTY--  5-21--  Fox Lake, $6--Mom hoes back to college with her daughter.  Very funny without a lot of cussing.  Finally a "nice" fraternity.

24.  THE BOOK CLUB--  5-21--  Fox Lake, $6--  How many bottles of wine gave their lives in the making of this film?  Very, very funny.  Who says old people can't have a romantic interlude.  Too bad about what happened to "Coach."

Why Is That Seat Covered Up?  --RoadDog

CUSTOMER GUIDE TO SUPERMARKET CHECKOUT:  ALWAYS explain your reason for going paper or plastic.  And take a long time to do it.

Friday, June 15, 2018

WLS Top 40 for June 10, 1968-- Part 7: "MacArthur Park"


The numbers after the artist is how high the song got on the national Billboard charts.

10.  HOW'D WE EVER GET THIS WAY--  Andy Kin   #21
9.  LIKE TO GET TO KNOW YOU--  Spanky & Our Gang    #17
8.  I LOVE YOU-- People    #14

7.  IF I WERE A CARPENTER--  Four Tops     #20
6.  MacARTHUR PARK--  Richard Harris    #2
5.  ANGEL OF THE MORNING--  Marilee Rush     #7
4.  REACH OUT IN THE DARKNESS--  Friend & Lover     #10

3.  MRS. ROBINSON--  Simon & Garfunkel     #1
2.  YUMMY, YUMMY, YUMMY--   Ohio Express     #4
1.  THIS GUY'S IN LOVE WITH YOU--  Herb Alpert     #1

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "Now Would You Marry Me Anyway,"   Answer Below.  --RoadDog


"If I Were A Carpenter"


WLS Top 40 for June 10, 1968-- Part 6: "Tip Toe Thru the tulips""


15.  SHE'S A HEARTBREAKER--  Gene Pitney   #16   Born in 1941 in Hartford, Connecticut.  He had 25 Top 100s, including four Top Tens.  His biggest hit was #2 in 1962 "Only Love Can Break A Heart."

14.  TIP TOE THRU THE TULIPS--  Tiny Tim    #17   Born Herbert Khaury in 1930.    Remember him marrying "Miss Vicki" on the Johnny Carson Showe?

13.  MASTER JACK--  Four Jacks & a Jill   #18    From South Africa.  The Jill was lead singer Glenys Lynne.  The other ones in the group were guys.

12.  THE LOOK OF LOVE--   Sergio Mendez    #4   His group was Brasil '66 on this one.

11.  THINK--  Aretha Franklin    #7   Part of her 72 Top 100s.  Still love this song from the "Blues Brothers" movie.

Name That Tune *from the above songs):  "Let's Go Back, Let's Go back."  Answer below.  --RoadDog

CUSTOMER GUIDE TO SUPERMARKET CHECKOUT:  When asked if you want paper or plastic, take your time deciding.  There has been more heartbreak from hasty decisions on these.


"Think"


Thursday, June 14, 2018

How About a Quiz on Our Flag in Honor of Flag Day?


If you would like to take a quiz on the American flag go to "This scrap of flag inspired the 'Star-Spangled Banner'"  Take the one from the Fayetteville Observer.  Once on the site go to "How much do you know about the American flag?"

There are some really hard ones and some easy ones in the 12 questions.

I got 9 of 12 right, including one I figured was a trick questions.  I had to guess on some.  I missed #2, #9 and #11.  They rank you at the end of the quiz.

I am proud to say I am a "Real Patriot."

I'm So Happy.  --RoadDog

WLS Top 40 for June 10, 1968-- Part 5: "Mony, Mony"


20.  I NEED LOVE--  The Third Booth    Did not rank.  The group was from Canton, Illinois, which is near Peoria.  WLS backing local talent in Illinois again.  As good of garage/frat rock as it gets.  If you've never heard it before, go to You Tube.

19.  YOUNG BIRDS FLY--  Cryan' Shames   #99    WLS backing local talent again.  Their last top 100 of five.  Their biggest national hit was "Sugar and Spice" which went to #49.

18.  I COULD NEVER LOVE ANOTHER--  Temptations   #13    Full title "I Could Never Love Another (After Loving You)"    Recognized as America's all-time favorite soul group.

17.  BEAUTIFUL MORNING--  Rascals   #3    Whole title "A Beautiful Morning."  Their first song after dropping "Young" from their name.

16.  MONY MONY--  Tommy James & the Shondells   #3   Tommy James was born Thomas Jackson in 1947 in Dayton, Ohio.

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "I Think I'll Go Outside For Awhile."  Answer below.  --RoadDog

CUSTOMER GUIDE TO SUPERMARKET CHECKOUT:  Save all your pennies and change and dump them into the bottom of your purse and insist on using them at the express checkout.


"Beautiful Morning"

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

WLS Top 40 for June 10, 1968-- Part 4: "Choo Choo Train"


25.  TIME FOR LIVIN'--  Association   #39    Group formed in Los Angeles in 1965.   Their last Top 40 of seven Top 40s.

24.  LICKIN' STICK-PART 1--  James Brown   #14   Full title "Lickin' Stick - Lickin' Stick"   "Godfather of" what?  Formed his own vocal group, the Famous Flames.

23.  CHOO CHOO TRAIN--  Box Tops   #26   Pop-rock group formed in Memphis in 1966 with Alex Chilton as lead singer.

22.  A MAN WITHOUT LOVE--  Engelbert Humperdinck   #19   Whole title "A Man Without Love (Quando M'innamoro)"Born in Madras, India.

21.  PICTURES OF MATCHSTICK MEN--  Status Quo   #12   Is this psychedelic or what?    English rock quintet.  And, of course, there are those great introductory chords.

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "When I Look Up Into The Sky."  Answer below.  --RoadDog



"Pictures of Matchstick Men"

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

WLS Top 40 for June 10, 1968-- Part 3: "Lady Willpower"


30.  INDIAN LAKE--  Cowsills    #10   Family pop group from Newport, Rhode Island.   This one always reminds me of driving out to Honey Hill in Wauconda which was "Our" Indian Lake.  It was the scene we should make.

29.  LADY WILLPOWER--  Union Gap   (D)    #2   Group formed in San Diego in 1967.  Another jail bait song from the masters of jail bait songs.

28.  CAN'T YOU SEE ME CRY--  New Colony Six    #52   This is WLS and WCFL backing another Chicago band.  My favorite Chicago 60s band.

27.  THE HORSE--  Cliff Nobels & Company    #2  Instrumental    Actual name Nobles.  His biggest hit of three top 100s.

26.  IT'S NICE TO BE WITH YOU--  Monkees     #51   What were their names?   I don't remember ever hearing this one.

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "You take A Bus Marked Lakewood Drive."  Answer below.  --RoadDog



"Indian Lake"


WLS Top 40 for June 10, 1968-- Part 2: "You Don't Know What You Mean to Me"


35.  YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU MEAN TO ME--  Sam & Dave   #48  As in Moore and Prater.     How do you spell soul?  I spell it Sam and Dave.

34.  YESTERLOVE--  Smokey Robinson / Miracles   # 31    Actually "Yester Love."   Formed at Northern High School in 1955.  I don't remember this song, but classic Smokey.

33.  SOME THINGS YOU NEVER GET USED TO--  Diana Ross / Supremes   #30   Their next song, "Love Child" went to #1 in 1967.     Not one of their better-known songs, but a good one.

32.  BACK IN LOVE AGAIN--  Buckinghams   #57  A real shorty at 2:05 minutes.  Chicago band backed big time by WLS and WCFL.  Their last hit.  A good rocker with psychedelic fringes.

31.  HERE COMES THE JUDGE--  Shorty Long   #8.  His other two top 100s peaked at #97 and #75.  Born Frederick Earl Long in 1940 in Birmingham, Alabama.

Name That Tune (from the above songs): "And he Don't Take No Stuff From Nobody."  Answer Below.  Roaddog

CUSTOMER GUIDE TO SUPERMARKET CHECKOUT:  If the clerk tells you it is okay to have many more items in express checkout than you should have, that takes the pressure off them..  Now, all tose behind you will hate him, not you.


"Here Comes The Judge"

Monday, June 11, 2018

I'd Drink to That!! June 10-17: Jerky Day


JUNE 10, SUNDAY--  Nursing Assistants Day**  Rose (Wine) Day**  Maybe.  Iced Tea Day**  We had that and a lot of food goodies in Pontiac, Illinois.

JUNE 11, MONDAY-- b German Chocolate Cake Day**  Corn On the Cob Day*8  Do you eat it straight across or around?

JUNE 12, TUESDAY--  Red Rose Day**  Jerky Day**

JUNE 13, WEDNESDAY--  Weed Your Garden Day**  Too late, they already won.

JUNE 14, THURSDAY--  Bourbon Day*8  I have developed a taste for this.  And, we were just in Bourbon, Missouri.  Home of those giant water towers of BOURBON.  Flag Day**  I'll be hoisting mine.

JUNE 15, FRIDAY--   Lobster Day**  Photography Day**  Flip Flop Day**  Comfortable sometimes.

JUNE 16, SATURDAY--  World Sea Turtle Day**  This from a guy who used to have a place at Topsail Beach, N.C., with all those sea turtles.

JUNE 17, SUNDAY--  Father's Day**  For the guys who don't just donate sperm. but raise the kids.  Apple Strudel Day**

--RoadTurtle

CUSTOMER GUIDE TO SUPERMARKET CHECKOUT:  When in the ten-items-or-less line and you have 12-20 items, always ask the clerk if it's okay.


Sunday, June 10, 2018

I'd Drink to That!! June 4-10: Donald Duck Day???


JUNE 4, MONDAY--  Hug Your cat Day**  Cheese Day**

JUNE 5,  TUESDAY--  Veggie Day**  Love Em!!   Moonshine Day**  And, it's kind of legal now.

JUNE 6,  WEDNESDAY--  D-Day**  Eyewear Day**  Especially as my eyes get worse.  Running Day**  Well, sometimes.

JUNE 7, THURSDAY--  Chocolate Ice Cream Day**

JUNE 8, FRIDAY--  Best Friends Day**  Do I have any?  World Oceans Day**  An environmental thing, you know.

JUNE 9,  SATURDAY--  Donald Duck Day?**  Well, I's Celebrate It!!

JUNE 10, SUNDAY--  Nursing Assistants Day**  Rose (Wine) Day**  Iced Tea Day**  We celebrated that today in Pontiac, Illinois, at the Illinois Route 66 Museum.

--RoadDog

12 YearsRetired Already


Hard to believe, but I retired from teaching in 2006.

That is 12 years ago.

Where does the time go?

--RoadDog

CUSTOMER GUIDE TO SUPERMARKET CHECKOUT:  Never get into the 10-items-or-less line without at least 12 items.  (Believe me, the others behind you will be counting.)

Monday, June 4, 2018

WLS Top 40 for June 10, 1968-- Part 1: "Snoopy for President"


(D)  Debut

40.  SATURDAY'S FATHER--  Four Seasons   (D)    Did not rank.  A Four Seasons Seasons song that did not rank?  How can that be?  Never heard it before.

39.  NEVER GIVE YOU UP--  Jerry Butler   (D)   #20   Born in Mississippi, but Chicago's "Ice Man."

38.  THE STORY OF ROCK 'N ROLL--  Turtles   (D)   #48   Written by Nilsson.  All this and a history lesson too!!  I don't remember hearing it, but grows on you as you listen more and more.

37.  DON'T TAKE IT SO HARD--  Paul Revere & the Raiders   (D)   #27  Group formed in Portland, Oregon.  I don't remember this one either.  But really grows on you wit more listenings.

36.  SNOOPY FOR PRESIDENT--  Royal Guardsmen   (D)   #85    Novelty-Pop sextet from Ocala, Florida.  Kind of a "Battle of New Orleans" meets "Snoopy Vs. the Red Baron."  Riding the Snoopy craze.

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "Girl, You Treat Me Bad And I Know Why."  Answer below.  --RoadDog

CUSTOMER GUIDE TO SUPERMARKET CHECKOUT LINE:  After you have found your checkbook, search for your pen before borrowing one from the checker, then make sure to balance your checkbook before giving the check.


"Never Give You Up"



Sunday, June 3, 2018

Kicked Off the Summer 2018 Yesterday


Yesterday was one of those busy, fun days we have so often around here in northeastern Illinois in the Chain O' Lakes area.

First, we went over to Rosie's Italian Eatery (the old Grasslake Landing) and picked up our Chain Crawl stuff including tee shirt and passport book.  met up with a lot of boating friends.

Then, we went to Taste of McHenry in McHenry, Illinois and hit five of the 15 places before we got full and ran out of time.  We went to After the Fox, Little Chef, Bimbo's, Fox Hole and Corkscrew Pointe (all on the Fox River) and tasted boiled shrimp, BLT pizza, brusschetta, loaded mini Bloody Marys, sangria and cranberry tuna fish croissant.

Later, we drove over to the Fox Lake American Legion on Nippersink Lake and watched a duo perform from 3 to 6 in the afternoon.

Like I Said, Lots of Fun Stuff Going On Around Here in the Summer.  --RoadDog

WLS Top Ten for June 3, 1968: "Reach Out In the Darkness"


1.  YUMMY, YUMMY, YUMMY--  Ohio Express
2.  MRS. ROBINSON--  Simon & Garfunkel
3.  THIS GUY'S IN LOVE WITH YOU--  Herb Alpert

4.  REACH OUT IN THE DARKNESS--  Friend & Lover
5.  MacARTHUR PARK--  Richard Harris
6.  ANGEL OF THE MORNING--  Marilee Rush
7.  MASTER JACK--  4 Jacks & a Jill

8.  IF I WERE A CARPENTER--  Four Tops
9.  BEAUTIFUL  MORNING--  Rascals
10.  LIKE TO GET TO KNOW YOU--  Spanky & Our Gang

Name That Tune (From the above songs):  "I Think It's So Groovy Now."  Answer below.  --RoadDog

CUSTOMER GUIDE TO SUPERMARKET ETIQUETTE:  When in the express line, make sure all items are rung up before you start looking for your checkbook, cash of charge card.


"Reach Out In the Darkness"

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Movie Scratches: Raider-- Quiet-- Ready-- Chappaquiddick


Movie Scratches:  A Dog's Eye View of Today's Movies.

17.  TOMB RAIDER--  4-3--  Fox Lake, $5--  Lara Croft either biking, swimming or running for her life.

18.  A QUIET PLACE--  4-10--  Woodstock, $5--  Shhh!!  Shhh!!!  Make noise and die.

19.  READY PLAYER ONE--  4-16--  Fox Lake, $6--  Avatars of a different sort.  Indigenous people battle the evil corporations again.

20.  CHAPPAQUIDDICK--  4-19--  Fox Lake, $6--  "I'm not going to be president."  No kidding.

Keep Those Times Straight.  --RoadDog

12 Baffling Questions About 'Jurassic World'-- Part 3


9.  Why did the Indominator not use her powers again?  Remember,could use camouflage and was invisible to heat detectors.

10.  How did the Mosasaurus -Dino-Ex-Machina in at the end?  Remember, it saved the day in the last second.

11.  Are the parents still getting divorced?

12.  Who'd ever have thought that humans would get bored with dinosaurs?

Well, We'll See If Any Of These Questions Get Answered In the Next Flick.  --RoadDog

JACK BENNY once received an award and remarked:  "I really don't deserve this, but I have arthritis and I don't deserve that either."



Friday, June 1, 2018

Every Blooming THing, Early June


With all the rain and cold weather, the grass is posing a situation in keeping up with it.

The starburst honeylocusts in the front yard are bursting with yellow as the new leaves come in.

The white daisies, wild purple phlox are blooming as are the dianthus and two small growing perennials which are pink.  Also, the purple and gold irises are putting on quite a display.

Lots of Color.  --RoadDog

12 Baffling Questions About 'Jurassic World"-- Part 2: Was Jimmy Okay?

 5.  Is there a reason why no one let Claire keep that gun?

6.  Who thought it was a good idea to comfort a dying Apatosaurus?

7.  Is Jimmy Buffett okay?  Last we saw him running from the attack of the pteranodons with his margarita.  Did he survive?  Did he spill his drink?

8.  How did the movie not realize that Blue was the main character, or even the Indominus, the anti-hero, biding her time to get back at her tormentors.

Just Wondering.  --RoadDog

12 Baffling Questions About 'Jurassic World'-- Part 1: What About Those Gyrospheres?


What with the new Jurassic World' fixing  to be released soon, here are some questions that need answering.

From the June 16, 2016, Yahoo! TB Hitflix "12 baffling questions 'Jurassic World' refused to answer" by Donna Dickens.

1.  Is this movie about blockbuster nihilism?  The doors open to a Starbucks and a Margaritaville.

2.  Why is there no evacuation procedure.  The first movie had a hurricane and this one an escaped asset.

3.  Explain yourself, gyrospheres.  What if humans want to go on joy ride?

4.  Why does this movie hate women?  Four of five main female characters shown in a bad light.

--RoadDog

REAL LABELS - REAL PRODUCTS:  Seen on a camera:  "This camera only works when there is film inside."