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

Friday, September 28, 2018

JSIS: Lisa Freeman-- Waffle House Index

JSIS--  Just Some Interesting Stuff

1.  LISA FREEMAN--  Congratulations to Lisa Freeman who has been selected as Northern Illinois University's new president last week.  She is the first woman to hold the job.  We saw her earlier this month when she spoke at the alumni reception before the NIU-Utah football game.

2.  WAFFLE HOUSE INDEX--  One thing I learned about as Hurricane Florence approached North Carolina was this quaint, but accurate way FEMA categorizes storms like this.  It has to do with that very Southern eating place called Waffle House, which are always open.

If the Waffle Houses in the area affected are open with full menu, that means the storm isn't too bad.

Open, but limited menu means somewhat bad.

Closed means real bad.


An Oktoberfest Kind of Weekend-- Part 3: Radio, Stucky's, Uncle Willie, Bears


As always, listened to Bob Stroud's Rock and Roll Roots on WDRV from 7 to 10 a.m. and recorded Terri Hemmert's Breakfast With the Beatles (on cassette) on WXRT.  On the internet and the #1 song in Chicago Sept. 23, 1968, was "Fire" by the Crazy World of Arthur Brown.  If you want to see a crazy video, watch it on You Tube.

Drove by Sunnyside in Johnsburg to watch the Bears-Cardinals game, but it was too crowded.  We turned around in the Angelo's, Stucky's parking lot and saw a guy out on the Stucky deck singing, so figured we'd stop to hear him and enjoy the $1.50 drafts.

It turned out that the performer was Uncle Willie, one of our favorite entertainers these days, so we just stayed and partied with him.  He even knew and sang one of out favorite songs, "Two Hangmen" by Mason Proffitt."  That song takes us back to our college days as the group often performed at NIU and DeKalb.

Plus, the Bears really stunk it up in the first half.  When Uncle Willie quit, we went inside and watched the 4th quarter and Da Bears rallied to win!!!

Then to Sunnyside and home.

Too Much Fun.  --RoadDog

MURPHY'S PHOTOGRAPHER'S LAW:  The other best shots are generally attempted through the lens cap.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

An Oktoberfest Kind of Weekend-- Part 2: Oom-Pah, Polkas, Beer, Brats, Baseball and College Football


We then drove over to Peterson Park in McHenry where the Sunshine Rotary of that town was having their Oktoberfest.  We primarily went there o see one of our favorite oom-pah bands, Die Musikmeisters do their things.  We both love oom-pah music and polkas.  Those are fun times.

And, they did not disappoint with a wide variety of  music and plenty of "Ein Prosits," the toasting song.  Polkas, marches and, of course, "Hofbrahaus."  Also enjoyed ice cold beer and brats.

Came home and cut the grass and later went to Sunnyside Tap and watched the Cubs beat the Sox 8-3 and then Wisconsin beat Iowa which did not make Mark too happy.

Ein Prosit.  --RoadDog

MURPHY'S PHOTOGRAPHY LAWS:  (from the Otange Peel Gazette)  1.  The best shots happen immediately after the last frame is exposed.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

An Oktoberfest Kind of Weekend: Sox Win!! Beat Cubs, 1973


Last day of summer, fall starts tomorrow.  Sure hare how h\short the days are getting.

Went to Sunnyside Tap in Johnsburg and watched the Sox beat the Cubs 10-4.  This is the White Sox "World Series" as w are not going anywhere come the end of next week.  Enjoyed rubbing it in to the Cub fans, even though I do back the Cubs entirely UNLESS they play the Sox.

Sure love interleague play.  Before that, when the Cubs played the Sox, both teams brought up their minor leaguers, which proved nothing as far as who is better.

Enjoyed the $5 pitchers of beer.


Enjoyed listening to the year 1973 music on Chicago's WXRT, 93.1 FM Saturday Morning Flashback. Like I've said before, a real big year in my life with NIU graduation, getting married and first teaching job. Brought back memories.


I'd Celebrate That!! September 24-Sept 30: Friday Is Drink Beer Day!!!

**  I'd Celebrate That.

SEPTEMBER 24, MONDAY--  Cherries Jubilee Day**  I don't think I've ever had any, but sounds good.  Punctuation Day**  : or ;,

SEPTEMBER 25, TUESDAY--  COMIC BOOK DAY**  I sure loved my comics growing up, especially "Sgt. Rock and Easy Company."    I wasn't much into the superheroes though.  ONE HIT WONDER DAY**  They make fun of them, but they sure had one more song hit than I did.  VOTER REGISTRATION DAY**  You should be registered and vote every election.

SEPTEMBER 26, WEDNESDAY--  Pancake Day**  Women's Health & Fitness Day**

SEPTEMBER 27, THURSDAY--  Chocolate Milk Day**   Love my chocolate milk.

SEPTEMBER 28, FRIDAY--  Drink Beer Day****  Hey, they're playing my song.  Strawberry Cream Pie**

SEPTEMBER 29, SATURDAY--  Coffee Day**  As I sit here a-typin' away with my two fingers and drinking my cup of coffee.   VFW Day**  Great organization, and at the McHenry, Illinois, post you can get rich playing Queen of Hearts.  The lady who won last week will get $2.5 million after taxes.

SEPTEMBER 30, SUNDAY--  Chewing Gum Day


REPORTED IN THE PAPER:  A man walked into a Topeka, Kansas, Kwik Shop and demanded all the money in the cash drawer.  Apparently the take was too small, so he tied up the store clerk and worked the counter himself until police showed up and grabbed him.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

It's That High School Football Season Again

And, sadly, I have not been to a single Friday night game and they have already played 5 of the 9 games they play.

I follow five teams, well 6 now.

How they are doing.  All high school are in Illinois.

Richmond-Burton 4-1  We send a whole lot of money to this school because of property taxes.

Johnsburg   4-1    Right down the road and where we hang out at Sunnyside Tavern.

Palatine    1-4  Where Liz and I graduated, Class of '69.  A down year for them.

Round Lake    1-4    We lived in Round Lake Beach for 17 years abd taught in Round Lake schools for 33 years.

Grant   2-3   Fox Lake.  Where we kept out boat for 33 years.

And now, Mt. Carmel in Chicago  4-1  This is a traditional powerhouse and ex-NIU quarterback Jordan Lynch.

Friday Night Lights, You Know.  --RoadDog

REPORTED IN THE PAPER:  A man in Taomina, Italy, was hospitalized after swallowing 46 teaspoons, 2 cigarette lighters and a pair of salad tongs.

Monday, September 24, 2018

From Great Lakes Navy Base to Kelly's 40th to Spring Grove Pub


I called my brother Bob in Goldsboro, N.C., who said he was without power as expected because of Hurricane Florence and there are many trees down.  he had eight inches of water in his basement.

Went to the Fox Lake/Grant Township Historical Society meeting and heard an interesting presentation on the Great Lakes Navy Base in North Chicago.  It dates to 1911 and is the only Navy training base in the United States.

Later, we went to the Legion for Kelly's 40th birthday party.  Great food and the band Ask Jimmy outside on the grounds overlooking Nippersink Lake.

Afterwards to Spring Grove Pub.


Went to Donovan's Reef in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin, for the Packer-Viking game.  It is always more fun to watch the Pack in Wisconsin for some reason.  Unfortunately, after dominating the game early on, the Pack (we pull for the Packers unless they play Da Bears) let Minnesota back into the game and it ended up tied after overtime.


From a Hurricane and Eyes to a Frostee and Sunnyside


Hurricane Florence hit Wrightsville Beach, N.C., right by Topsail Beach and Carolina Beach, two of my favorite beaches in the world.  Until a year and a half ago, I owned a condo that I inherited from Mom on Topsail Beach, second tow from the ocean.  Sure glad I don't own it now.

Follow up eye exam with my eye doctor since I had cataract surgery yesterday.  Everything's fine.  We then stopped at Wendy's for those great 4 for $4 specials and split a 50 cent Frostee.  Love those Frostees!

Went to Sunnyside later in the afternoon.  ($5 pitchers on Fridays)

I Can See Again!!  --RoadDog

REPORTED IN THE PAPER:  Fire investigators on Maui have determined the cause of a blaze that destroyed a $127,000 house last month.  A short in the newly-installed fire prevention system.  But Wait Till Tomorrow.  There's More.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

You Can Put It On the Board...YES!!!!! Last Call for the Hawk

After so many years of calling the games for the White Sox, one of my favorites is retiring.  That would be Ken "Hawk" Harrelson.

I am really going to miss his little sayings like:


Grab Some Bench

You Gotta Be Bleeping Me

Right Size, Wrong Shape

The Dreaded Leadoff Walk

He Gone

Duck Snort

Souvenir Left Side

Dadgum It

Ducks On the Pond

And, these are just a few of the "Hawkisms" he was famous for.

We'll Sure Miss Him.  And You Can Put It On the Board!!  --RoadDog

WLS Top Ten for September 23, 1968: "Revolution"

Fifty Years Ago in Chicago.

1.  FIRE--  The Crazy World of Arthur Brown
2.  HEY JUDE--  Beatles
3.  REVOLUTION--  Beatles

4.  DO IT AGAIN--  Beach Boys
5.  HUSH--  Deep Purple
7.  SPECIAL ANGEL--  Vogues

8.  I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER--  Aretha Franklin
9.  DOWN AT LULU'S-- Ohio Express
10.  FOOL ON THE HILL--  Sergio Mendes

21.  SUZIE Q--  Creedence Clearwater Revival  I had to throw this in as it was the first-ever charting song of my all-time favorite 60s band, CCR.

One thing about that old AM radio,  You sure got a variety of music as you can see by this list.  For an interesting experience, check out the video of "Fire."at Totp Archives.  I tell you, KISS ain't got nothin' on this guy.

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "You're Gonna Burn."  Answer below.  --RoadDog

REPORTED IN THE PAPER:  A 9-year-old boy in Manassas, Virginia received  a one-day suspension under his elementary school's drug policy last week for offering a classmate a Certs.  A student in Belle, West Virginia, was suspended for three days for giving a classmate a cough drop.

The student's principal said it was because of the school's "Zero-Tolerance" policy, not to be confused with its "Zero-Intelligence" policy.


Saturday, September 22, 2018

Hurricane Florence Hit Special Areas To Me

The last two weeks have been hard on me to the extent that this hurricane/storm hit a part of the United states that is very special to me.

That would be the North Carolina coastal area ab well as into South Carolina.

Plus, I have relatives living there still, including cousins, nephews, nieces and my brother.  Goldsboro was hard hit and that is where my brother and I were born and we spent many times at both grandparents homes (in Goldsboro and Mt. Olive, N.C.) and then my parents bought my mom's house and lived in it until their deaths.

Plus, my mom had a condo on the second row of Topsail Beach, North Carolina.  In addition, Carolina Beach was the vacation spot we went to for so many years as we grew up.  (Mom's parents even owned a cottage on the ocean there until Hurricane Hazel came through in 1954.)

And, Liz and I used to spend a lot of vacations in Myrtle Beach South Carolina.

I tell you, that storm really hit home.


Thursday, September 20, 2018

JSS: Senior Moments-- Cataract Surgery

JSS--  Just Some Stuff

1.  SENIOR MOMENTS--  Well, I had two senior moments the other day.  Before I left to go shopping, I couldn't find my flip phone, or as Brother Bob calls it, my idiot phone.  Had to call it to find it.

Then, when I got home and then ready to go somewhere else, I couldn't find my keys.  Looked everywhere.  Took a different vehicle and when I got back home, Liz had found the keys.  They were in the ignition.

2.  CATARACT SURGERY--  This past Thursday I had outpatient cataract surgery on my right eye.  It went well and now the cloud on the right eye has been lifted.  But, those eye drops sure burn and I have to take three kinds four times a day.


Past Movie Scratches: Ghostbusters-- Zombieland-- Joe-- Trek-- Rambo-- Spy

Movies seen on TV in 2017.

43.  GHOSTBUSTERS II--  8-25--  All that  underground ooze.

44.  ZOMBIELAND--  8-27--  Can't beat fun at the old amusement park.  They killed Bill.  Oh No!!

45.  G. I. JOE:  THE RISE OF COBRA--  8-27--  Just when you think you got 'em.

46.  STAR TREK: INTO THE DARK--  8-31--  Kahn's a tough nut to crack.

47.  RAMBO--  8-31--  As usual, he saves the day, kills hundreds of bad guys and this time goes home.

48.  SPY--  9-23--  She sure caught onto spying fast.

Too Many Commercials.  --RoadDog

REPORTED IN THE PAPER:  Am Illinois man, pretending to have a gun kidnapped a motorist and forced him to drive to two different automated teller machines.  The kidnapper then proceeded to withdraw money from his own bank accounts.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Every Blooming THing, September 2018: End of Summer

As the days of summer RAPIDLY wind down.

The goldenrods and a miniature daisy perennial are in bloom as are the sedum.  The bees, wasps and all sorts of stingers really enjoy the goldenrod and the miniature daisies, so if you accidentally bump into these plants, you'd best run really fast.

A few of the mums are blooming, but the rest have numerous buds and will put on a splendid display soon.  The black-eyes Susans are almost all gone as are the purple coneflowers.  I am leaving the purple coneflowers upright as they are a favorite food source of the yellow finches.

The apple tree has more fruit than I've ever seen it have before.  The crabapple trees have managed to keep their leaves a whole lot longer.  The Japanese lilacs and honeylocusts are just now starting to turn colors.

But, the mosquitoes are the worst I've ever seen them, and they're hungry for your blood.  They swarm.  Today, we got in the car and had to beat off about six of them who got inside.  I can't even sit out on the front porch right now.

Love The Fall Colors.  --RoadDog

REPORTED IN THE NEWSPAPER  ( Orange Peel Gazette):  AT&T fited President John Walter after nine months, saying he lacked "intellectual leadership."  He received a $26 million severance package.  Perhaps its not Walter who's lacking intelligence.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Going Back to the Summer of 1978-- Part 13: "Two Out of Three Ain't Bad"

From the September 2, 2018, WDRV Rock and Roll Roots, 97.1 FM, Bob Stroud.

KING TUT--  Steve Martin

JAMIE'S CRYING--  Aerosmith
LOVE WILL FIND A WAY--  Pablo Cruise

MISS YOU--  Rolling Stones

GOT TO GET YOU INTO MY LIFE--  Earth, Wind & Fire

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "Born In Arizona, Moved To Babylonia."  Answer below.  --RoadDog

THE FOUR STAGES OF GROWING OLD:  You believe in Santa Claus, you don't believe in Santa Claus, you are Santa Claus, you look like Santa Claus.

"King Tut"

Monday, September 17, 2018

I'd Celebrate That!!! September 17 to 23: Friday is POW/MIA Day

SEPTEMBER 17, MONDAY--  Constitution Day**  Pretty Old, but still works.  Citizenship Day**  But don't do this like those looters at the Family Dollar store in Wilmington, N.C..

SEPTEMBER 18, TUESDAY--  U.S. Air Force's 71st Birthday**  Off we go.  Cheeseburger Day**  Rare with bleu cheese and two slices of grilled pineapple!!

SEPTEMBER 19, WEDNESDAY--  Talk Like A Pirate Day**   Arrrrgghhh!!  Belay That!!

SEPTEMBER 20, THURSDAY--  Punch Day*8  Well, if someone spiked it.

SEPTEMBER 21, FRIDAY--  POW/MIA Day**  Not forgetting.   International Day of Peace**  Sure would be nice.

SEPTEMBER 22, SATURDAY--  Hunting and Fishing Day**  Ice Cream Cone Day**  Hate it though when it melts all over your hand.

SEPTEMBER 23, SUNDAY--  Family Day**  Might even call my brother and sister.

"In Order To Form A More Perfect Union"  --RoadDog

TRUTHS ABOUT GROWING OLD:  With age comes wisdom, but sometimes age comes alone.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

WLS Top Ten for September 16, 1968: "Revolution"

Fifty Years ago on Chicago's WLS 890 AM.

1.  HEY JUDE--  Beatles  (up from #20)
2. DO IT AGAIN--  Neach Boys
3.  DOWN AT LULU'S--  Ohio Express

4.  FIRE--  The Crazy World of Arthur Brown
5.  MAGIC BUS--  Who
6.  REVOLUTION--  Beatles   (the flip side of "Hey Jude")

8.  I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER--  Aretha Franklin
9.  HUSH--  Deep Purple
10.  SPECIAL ANGEL--  Vogues

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "Take A Sad Song And Make It Better."  Answer below.  --RoadDog

TRUTHS ABOUT GROWING OLD:  Time may be a great healer, but it's a lousy beautician.

"Hey Jude"

Friday, September 14, 2018

I'd Celebrate That!! September 10-16: Cream-Filled Donut Day Today

Opps.  Almost forgot.

SEPTEMBER 10, MONDAY--  TV Dinner Day**  (Some of those are amazingly good.)

SEPTEMBER 11, TUESDAY--  Make Your Bed Day   (Only of someone's coming over.)  Patriot Day**  9/11 not forgotten.

SEPTEMBER 12, WEDNESDAY--  Video Games Day   (For better or worse, we've come a long day since Pong.)   Chocolate Milkshake Day**   (Especially those from Steak 'N Shake.)

SEPTEMBER 13, THURSDAY--  Positive Thinking Day**   Peanut Day**  (In the shell, shelled.  I love them all except the boiled one.)

SEPTEMBER 14, FRIDAY--  Cream-Filled Donut Day**  Eat A Hoagie Day**

SEPTEMBER 15, SATURDAY--  Linguine Day**    Double Cheeseburger Day**

SEPTEMBER 16, SUNDAY--  Wife Appreciation Day**  Thank you Liz.   International Ocean Clean Up Day**


About Last Weekend-- Part 3: Hardee's Breakfast, Saufen Und Spiel and Da Bears


We at Hardee's for breakfast.  We really like their breakfasts and were impressed with their new slider breakfast sandwiches.  Drove back to Spring Grove via the old way, Il-23 to Plank Road to Il-47 because of all the construction we encountered on the way to DeKalb yesterday.  This is the way we took from Palatine and later from Round Lake Beach.

Went to Sunnyside Tap in Johnsburg and watched the annual Saufen Und Spiel parade to honor  the village's German heritage.  We decided not to go to the Community Club grounds where they had bands, food, and, of course, bier.

Home and some yardwork before going to Spring Grove Pub to watch the Bears-Packers game.  Both Liz and I pull for the Packers UNLESS they play Da Bears.  Specials at the Pub were $4.50 pitchers of beer and a $5 pizza buffet. It being a new place, there weren't too many people there, but the ones that were had a good time in the first half of the game.  The less said about the second half, the better.

Parades and Da Bears.  How Much Fun Is That?  --RoadDog

TRUTHS ABOUT GROWING OLD:  It's frustrating to know all the answers, but nobody bothers to ask you the questions.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

About Last Weekend-- Part 2: NIU President's Reception, Huskie Football, Four Seasons


We drove to DeKalb, Illinois, for the NIU President's Reception and Huskie football game against the Utah Utes.  Decided that we'd not take Il-176 and Il-23 next time because of all the construction.

Parked at the Barsema Alumni Center for the reception which had several hundred people and featured a buffet, drinks as well as speeches by the president, athletic director and a performance by the NIU Marching band.

Afterwards we adjourned to Huskie Stadium where we had free tickets.  We were playing Utah, who are part of the Pac-12 Conference.  They are a Power 5 school, always difficult for a Group of 5 school like us, but we did lead 3-0 at half.

We had around twenty marching bands perform at half time.  Stayed until the end of the third when the wind got too much for us and we left with Utah leading 7-3.  Sadly, they beat us.

Had a few drinks and watched the Cubs blow a game at the Four Seasons Bowling Alley in Sycamore, near the Motel 6 where we spent the night.


ABOUT GROWING OLD:  When you get the same sensation from a rocking chair that you once got from a roller coaster.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

About Last Weekend: A Grand Buffet, Legion, 145,000 Miles and the Lincoln Funeral Car


A day of the doctors.  Afterwards a grand buffet at the Grand Buffet Chinese restaurant in McHenry.  You sure get some great food (including crab meat and shrimp) at a price just a bit more expensive than a Big Mac meal.

Went to the Legion for 50-50 but didn't win anything.  Enjoyed Margaritaville and the Ultimate Jukebox when we got home.


The 2003 Malibu rolled over 145,000 miles on my way to Antioch.  Before this car, we'd never had a car go over 100,000.  We're impressed.

I toured the Abraham Lincoln Funeral Car which was on display in Antioch, Illinois, by the bandshell behind Main Street.  That is an amazing recreation of the train car that carried the body of Abraham Lincoln from Washington, D.C., to Springfield, Illinois, in 1865.

I'll write more about this eventually in my Saw the Elephant Civil War blog.


TRUTHS ABOUT GROWING OLD:  When you fall down, you wonder what else you can do as long as you're down there.   That old "Help I've fallen, and can't get up" isn't so funny anymore.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

9-11, 17 Years Later

Earlier today, I put up my U.S. flags and, as I do, all seven of my blogs were about September 11, 2001.

I was teaching my seventh grade social studies class when a teacher came down the hall and told me about it.  I immediately went to my radio and that is what we did the rest of that class and for all classes that day.  I explained the background behind the attacks.

Seriously, I never thought those buildings would come down like that.  The images of those buildings standing with the dense smoke coming out of them near the top against that deep blue sky will forever be with me.  It is still weird to see a pre 9-11 movie or TV show with those towers on the screen.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Going Back to Summer 1978-- Part 12:"Old Time Rock and Roll"

From September 2, 2018, Rock and Roll Roots, WDRV, 97.1 FM, Bob Stroud.

I NEED TO KNOW--  Tom Petty
DREADLOCK HOLIDAY--  10 CC    Reggae anyone?  I was just becoming aware of this great music.
OLD TIME ROCK AND ROLL--  Bob Seger   As a deejay, I sure got tired of this song.

PROVE IT ALL NIGHT--  Bruce Springsteen
HOT BLOODED--  Foreigner

RUNAWAY--  Jefferson Starship


Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "I Got A Fever Of a Hundred and Three."  Answer below.  --RoadDog

"Hot Blooded"

WLS Top Ten for September 9, 1968: "Do It Again"

Fifty Years Ago, this week.  These were the Top ten songs in Chicago according to the WLS 890 AM Silver Dollar Survey.

1.  HARPER VALLEY P.T.A.--  Jeannie C. Riley
2.  1-2-3 RED LIGHT--  1910 Fruitgum Company
3.  DO IT AGAIN--  Beach Boys

4.  PEOPLE GOT TO BE FREE--  Rascals
5.  MAGIC BUS--  Who
6.  DOWN AT LULU'S--  Ohio Express

8.  YOU KEEP ME HANGIN' ON--  Vanilla Fudge
9.  I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER--  Aretha  Franklin
10.  HUSH-  Deep Purple

Now, you want to talk about a mix of music?  Here it is!

Name That Tune (from the above songs): "Mrs. Johnson You're Wearin' Your Dresses Way Too High." Answer below.  --RoadDog

TRUTHS ABOUT GROWING OLD:  Forget the health food.  I need all of the preservatives I can get.

"Harper Valley P.T.A."

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Going Back to the Summer of 1978-- Part 11: "Right Down the Line"

This past Sunday, September 2, 2918, Bob Stroud went back 40 years to the music we were listening to Labor Day weekend, 1978.

SURRENDER--  Cheap Trick

RIGHT DOWN THE LINE-- Gerry Rafferty
SHATTERED--  Rolling Stones
MY ANGEL BABY--  Toby Beau

SON OF A SON OF A SAILOR--  Jimmy Buffett
THE POWER OF GOLD--  Dan Fogelberg and Tim Weisman

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "AS A Dreamer Of Dreams And A Travelin' Man."  Answer below.  --RoadDog

ABOUT GROWING OLD:  (From the September 1, 2017, Orange Peel Gazette)    Growing od is mandatory; growing up is optional.

"Son Of A Son Of A Sailor"

Friday, September 7, 2018

Labor Day Weekend 2018-- Part 3: J's, BLT Pizza and NTN


More rain today.  We have had rain every day since Friday and lots of it.  How long before we have no wake or closed on the Chain of Lakes.  Beginning to look like we won't get out at all on the boat this year.  Plus, after 33 years, we are seriously considering selling it.

We went to J's in Ingleside, Illinois, and enjoyed their $1.50 draft pints and half price pizza.  Their BLT pizza is one of the best in the area.  That is bacon, lettuce and tomato to those of you who don't know and it is like getting a salad on top of your pizza.

We met Usual Suspects Kevin and Kelly there and played NTN trivia, something we used to do a lot, but rarely anymore.  We had several Top 20s as individuals and he bar.

Stopped at Sunnyside on the way home.


YOUR ENGLISH LESSON:  And that "eat" is the only word that if you take the first letter and move it to the last, it spells the past tense "ate"?

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Labor Day Weekend 2018-- Part 2: Going back to Summer '78 and a Band at Choppers


Bob Stroud did his Part 4 of the Summer of 1978, the songs on the radio and in your record collection from Labor Day weekend 40 years ago.

Some of the songs:  "Right Down the Line" Gerry Rafferty, "Shattered" Rolling Stones and "Old Time Rock and Roll" by Bob Seger.

We then went to Choppers on Illinois Highway 173 in Antioch, on the channel of Channel Lake.  We enjoyed John Piet and Aging Teen Idols and had some of those great 35 cent wings.

We then went to Sunnyside Tavern in Johnsburg.


Wednesday, September 5, 2018

A Wet and A Sick Labor Day Weekend, Didn't Stop Us Much-- Part 1

Liz and I aren't going to let little things like me getting a summer cold and a whole lot of rain Thursday to Monday.

Well, the sick stopped me Thursday and Friday.


Bummer.  Paid my $4,407.73 in property taxes this morning.  And, that's just half of the yearly property tax.
We went to the Fox Lake American Legion on Nippersink Lake and saw our favorite band, 3 Aces.  They play only pop and country oldies and is a big favorite at the Legion.  One group od boaters came in wearing Ole Miss shirts and we got into a talk with them.  They said the Ole Miss Rebels are now the Landsharks.  Hope that is not correct.  I hate these Confederate haters.

Sadly, we watched the Iowa Hawkeyes blow our NIU Hiskies out in a football game on the Big 10, 11-12-13-14 Network.

Then went to Spring Grove Pub & Pizza for a while.


YOUR ENGLISH LESSON:  Did you know that the word "racecar" spelled backwards still spells "racecar"?

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

WLS Top 40 for September 2, 1968: The Top Ten "The Magic Bus"

10.  INDIAN RESERVATION--  Don Fardon    #20
9.  BORN TO BE WILD--  Steppenwolf    #2
8.  DOWN AT LULU'S--  Ohio Express     #33

7.  THE MAGIC BUS--  Who    #25
6.  LIGHT MY FIRE--  Jose Feliciano     #3
5.  YOU KEEP ME HANGIN' ON--  Vanilla Fudge    #6
4.  DO IT AGAIN--  Beach Boys     #20

3.  PEOPLE GOT TO BE FREE--  Rascals   #1
2.  1-2-3 RED LIGHT--  1910 Fruitgum Co.    #5
1.  HARPER VALLEY P.T.A.--  Jeannie C. Riley     #1

Now, this is quite the mix or a Top Ten.

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "It's Automatic When i talk With friends."  Answer below.  --RoadDog

"Do It Again"

I'd Celebrate That!! September 3-9: Friday Is Beer Lovers Day

**  I'd celebrate that.

SEPTEMBER 3,  MONDAY--  Labor Day**

SEPTEMBER 4, TUESDAY--  Wildlife Day**  Newspaper Carrier Day**

SEPTEMBER 5, WEDNESDAY--  Cheese Pizza Day**  But I like mine loaded, garbage style.

SEPTEMBER  6,  THURSDAY--  Read A Book Day**  Coffee Ice Cream Day

SEPTEMBER 7,  FRIDAY--  Beer Lovers Day**********   Lazy Moms Day

SEPTEMBER 8, SATURDAY--  Ampersand Day    Not sure what this is all about.

SEPTEMBER 9,  SUNDAY--  Teddy Bear Day   Weiner Schnitzel Day**   Grandparents Day**  Sure miss mine.


YOUR ENGLISH LESSON:  (From Wassup magazine)    Did you know that "listen" and "silent" use the same letters?

Monday, September 3, 2018

WLS Top 40 for September 2, 1968-- Part 6: "Fool On the Hill"

15.  YOU'RE ALL I NEED TO GET BY--   #7   Marvin Gaye / Tammi Terrell  Terrell.  What a pairing.  At 2:35, much too short.

14.  FOOL ON THE HILL--  Sergio Mendes    #6   Who are those gals singing?     Sergio was born in 1941 in Brazil

13.  SOUL LIMBO--  Booker T. & the MGs   #17   A great instrumental.  If I ever had a radio show, this would be my intro-outro music.

12.  JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE MIND--  Amboy Dukes    #16    Their only Top 100.  They packed about 15 minutes of music into 3:34 thanks to the flying fingers of one Ted Nugent.  Watch him play on the video.  Amazing.

11.  I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER--  Aretha Franklin      #10  Her second song on the Silver Dollar Survey for this week.  We sure lost a voice a few weeks ago.  She did such a great job with call and response to her backup singers.

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "The Moment I Wake Up, Before I Put On My Makeup."  Answer below.  --RoadDog

"I Say A Little Prayer"

Past Movie Scratches, 2017: Major-- Pirates-- Tombstone-- Potter-- Vacation-- Ghostbusters

Movies I saw on TV in 2017.

37.   MAJOR LEAGUE--  7-29--  Cleveland Indians beating up on the White Sox.  We can't have that.

38.  PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN:  DEAD MAN'S CHEST--  Doubt that Davy Jones would have to shave that face.

39.  TOMBSTONE--  It's Virg, Morg and Wyatt versus the Red Sash Cowboys.

40.  HARRY POTTER: DEATHLY HALLOWS PT. 2--  Old No-Nose and Big Snake get theirs.  A lot of questions answered.

41.  VEGAS VACATION  8-24--  Good "Old" Papageorgio comes through.

42.  GHOSTBUSTERS--  8-25    Don't cross those streams.  "Dogs and Cats living together."    The Sta-Puff Man goes all gooey.

Darn Cable Goes Out.  --RoadDog

YOU'RE BECOMING A GEEK IF:  By some happy accident, you someday have kids, you want to name them after your favorite fonts.

Sunday, September 2, 2018

WLS Top 40 for September 2, 1968-- Part 5: "Can't Stop Dancing"

Top 40 songs fifty years ago according to the WLS Silver Dollar Survey.

20.  LOVE MAKES A WOMAN--  Barbara Acklin     #15   By far her biggest hit.   R&B singer/songwriter from Chicago.  Born 1944.  Another song you can'y help but move to.

19.  WORKIN' ON A GROOVY THING--  Patti Drew    #62   Great slow dancing song.  Love the guy with that bass voice.  Born in 1944 in Charleston, S.C..  Moved to Evanston, Illinois in 1956.  This song written by Neil Sedaka and Roger Atkins.

18.  CAN'T STOP DANCING--  Archie Bell & the Drells    #9  Actual title "I Can't Stop Dancing."  His second biggest hit after "Tighten Up" (#1-1968) earlier in the year.  Like he said, he's from Texas.

17.  HUSH--  Deep Purple    #4    Their biggest hit until 1973's "Smoke On the Water" which also peaked at #4.   British pioneer heavy-metal band formed by Ritchie Blackmore.  Cover of a Billy Joe Royal song from 1967 where they definitely took it for a different spin.

16.  ALICE LONG--  Boyce / Hart     #27   Actual Title "Alice Long (You're Still My Favorite Girlfriend)".  Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart.  Songwriting duo and production team.

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "I Got A Certain Little Girl She's On My Mind."  Answer below.  --RoadDog


WLS Top 40 for September 2, 1968-- Part 4: "Tuesday Afternoon

25.  TUESDAY AFTERNOON--  Moody Blues     #24    Who could craft a better tune?  Formed in Birmingham, England in 1964.    Actual title "Tuesday Afternoon (Forever Afternoon).

24.  EYES OF A NEW YORK WOMAN--  B.J. Thomas     #28   Hard not to move some part of your body to this song.   The B.J. stands for Billy Joe.

23.  FIRE--  The Crazy World of Arthur  Brown     #2   Watch the video with the burning metal helmet.  For some reason I always thought he was a black guy.

22.  ON THE ROAD AGAIN--  Canned Heat    #16   What a sound they had.   Blues-Rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1966.

21.  MY SPECIAL ANGEL--  Vogues   #7   Formed in Turtle Creek, Pennsylvania, in 1960.  Bobby Helms had the first hit with it in 1958 and it also went to #7.

Name That Tune (from the above songs):   "I Am The God Of Hell Fire."  Answer below.  --RoadDog

YOU'RE BECOMING A GEEK WHEN:  Your shrink says "Mother" and you say "board."


Saturday, September 1, 2018

WLS Top 49 for September 2,1968-- Part 3: "Sunshine of Your Love"

30.  THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT--  Aretha Franklin     #8  Especially considering she died a couple weeks ago.    Great Song.

29.  DREAM A LITTLE DREAM OF ME--  Mama Cass    #12   Taking an old standard from 1931 into the 1960s.  First recorded by Ozzie Nelson (you know, Ricky Nelson and the TV show).  Also by Wayne King and His Orchestra.

28.  SUNSHINE OF YOUR LOVE--  Cream     #5  Their biggest hit.   Unmistakable opening riff.

27.  THE WEIGHT--  Jackie DeShannon     #55   And I was sure the Band did it first.  After all it was their song..  But, the Band did it first, but it only peaked at #68.  One of my all-time favorite songs.  However, I don't sing it very well on karaoke.  But I try.
26.  HELLO, I LOVE YOU--  Doors   #1   Another grab you right away opening riff.

Name That Tune (from the above songs):  "I Pulled Into Nazareth I Was Feeling Bout Half Past Dead."    Answers below.  --RoadDog

YOU'RE BECOMING A GEEK WHEN:  You can type faster than you can speak.

"The Weight"

Music Deaths: "The Queen of Soul" Aretha Franklin


Died August 16, 2018

Born in Detroit in 1942 and her first recordings were gospel  At 18, she signed with Columbia and began secular singing.  Her biggest hit there was "Rock-A-Bye Your Baby (With a Dixie Melody"  (#37-1961).

In 1967 her career really kicked off when she moved to Atlantic Records and legendary producer  Jerry Wexler started working with her.  he took her to Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and she had a hit with "I Never Loved A Man (The Way That I Loved You)"  (#9-1967).

The two then recorded what would become Aretha's signature song, the Otis Redding song "Respect" (#1-1967)

Some other Top Ten songs:

"Chain of Fools"  (#2-1968)
""Spanish Harlem:  (#2-1971)
"Until You Come Back To me"  (#3-1974)
"Baby I Love You"  (#4-1967)

I've Been Listening to Several Greatest Hits CDs of Hers.