We'd been hearing warnings about this storm for several days, but didn't expect what we got. We get snow in November here in Northeastern Illinois, but usually nothing too bad. We've already had two snowfalls of two and three inches this month. No problem at all.
But what we got Sunday was rather jawdropping.
All morning Sunday, they kept talking about it, but nothing came of it. After listening to Bob Stroud's Rock and Roll Roots, I drove over to Jewel then came back and put the '85 Firebird out in the driveway as some buddies were coming by to look at it as I would like to have body and interior work done on it. It is in bad need of it.
They came at 12:30. As they were leaving, the storm hit, but nothing too bad at first, but with ice on the driveway, we decided not to go over to the PLAV or Sunnyside and we were sure glad we stayed home.
This was serious snowfall. And the biggest snowflakes I've ever seen. Some were fist size. And, they were coming down fast.
McHenry County got hit the worst of all of the Chicagoland area. Bull valley had 13.5 inches. Woodstock 12 inches. I am figuring we had 11-12 inches here.
That Is Sure A Lot For November. --RoadDog
THAT TIME OF THE YEAR: What does a Pilgrim call his friends? Pal-grims.
Fifty years ago these were the Top Ten songs in Chicago according to the WLS Silver Dollar Survey.
1. LOVE CHILD-- Diana Ross / Supremes
2. ABRAHAM, MARTIN & JOHN-- Dion
3. CHEWY, CHEWY-- Ohio Express
4. CINNAMON-- Derek
5. SHAME, SHAME-- Magic Lanterns
6. MAGIC CARPET RIDE-- Steppenwoulf Always brings back memories of that great juke box in the Senior Lounge at Palatine High School in Palatine, Illinois. And, heaven help an underclassman who ventured in there.
7. THOSE WERE THE DAYS-- Mary Hopkin Sad to thing that her "Days" are now our "Days" only to 1968.
8. WHO'S MAKIN' LOVE-- Johnny Taylor
9. FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE-- Stevie Wonder
10-. I LOVE HOW YOU LOVE ME-- Bobby Vinton
33. SEE SAW-- Aretha Franklin
35. LES BICYCLETTES BE BELSIZE-- Englebert Humperdink
37. CAN'T TURN YOU LOOSE-- Chambers Brothers
39. RIGHT RELATIONS-- Johnny Rivers
40. SON OF A PREACHER MAN-- Dusty Springfield
Name That Tune (from the above songs): "You Think That I Don't feel Love." --Answer below. --RoadDog
THAT TIME OF THE YEAR: Question Why did the Pilgrims' pants always fall down? Answer-- Because they wore their belt buckle on their hat.
While Jimi Hendrix was torching guitars and putting the polishing touches on "Electric Ladyland," Janis Joplin was shedding Big Brother and the Holding Company and starting a band of her own.
Out in Los Angeles's Laurel Canyon, Joni Mitchell's boyfriend casually walked into an impromptu jam session. There he found two other like-minded musicians -- an encounter that led to Crosby,Stills, Nash and Young, probably the most famous supergroup ever.
1. BOAT'S UP FOR WINTER-- This past Friday I took the boat over to the barn in Hebron where we keep the boat during the winter, thus ending a year of no boating for us as it turned out. Well, we did have 33 years of good boating before this.
2. BLACK FRIDAY-- It seems like we just got rid of all those politicians saying all those bad things about their opponents. Now, we have all this "Black Friday" stuff to listen to. Have you "Black Fridayed?"
3. ED BEARSS-- I understand ge will be giving a talk to the Northern Illinois Civil War Round Table in Arlington Heights on Pearl Harbor Day, December 7. I hope to be able to see this World War II Marine veteran. He is unique.
THAT TIME OF THE YEAR: Id April showers bring May flowers, what do Mayflowers bring? Answer: Pilgrims.
NOVEMBER 19, MONDAY-- Have A Bad Day Day National Blow Bagpipes Day** I love the sound of bagpipes. Don't care what anyone else says.
NOVEMBER 20, TUESDAY-- Absurdity Day** Do Something absurd or stupid. Peanut Butter Fudge Day**
NOVEMBER 21, WEDNESDAY-- Tie One On Day** What does that have to do with the day before Thanksgiving? Jukebox Day** Love 'em but don't like a buck for a song like most songs are priced at these days. Bring back the five for 50 cents juke boxes.
NOVEMBER 22, THURSDAY-- Well, Thanksgiving**
NOVEMBER 23, FRIDAY-- Eat A Cranberry Day** Sounds like a left over to me. National Cashew Day** Love them nuts.
NOVEMBER 24, SATURDAY-- Sardines Day I don't much care for sardines, but do like herring. Small Business Day** Got to support those mom and pop places.
NOVEMBER 25, SUNDAY-- Parfait Day**
THAT TIME OF THE YEAR: What is a pumpkin's favorite sport? Answer: squash.
1. BOAT'S BACK-- Wednesday, our mechanic brought the boat back to us. He had it since late July. We had some major mechanical problems and trailer problems and we did not go out boating a single time this season. That would be the first summer of no-boating since 1985.
Sadly, however, we have determined that we do not want to own the boat anymore, so if anyone of you knows somebody interested in getting into boating, let me know.
2. MORE SNOW-- We had about two inches of it this past Thursday and it is snowing again today, Thursday. So far I'm guessing we've gotten about two inches.
I even had to cancel taking the boat out to Hebron, Illinois, where we keep it during the winter. I don't know, snowing and boating (even pulling one) just doesn't go together.
IT'S ALL IN A NAME: Homeopathic doctor's son named Herb.
One half of the Philadelphia duo Don Gardner and Dee Dee Ford. Their big hit, and only Top 40, was "O Need Your Lovin' " (#20-1963)
They also had "Glory of Love" (#75-1962) and "Don't You Worry" (#66-1962. The duo split up in the mid-1960s.
"I Need Your Love" was a two-part song on two sides of the 45. Part two was the side that got the airplay. Give the whole song a listen. But what hooked me was how he started with that "Whoa, Whoa, Whoa, Whoa, Whoa" at the start of side two of the 45.
Dee Dee Ford was born Wrechia Holloway in Louisiana in 1936 and died in 1972. I couldn't ding much about her.
Id you go to You Tube, click on Don Garner Mix. It has four of his songs, including "I Need Your Lovin" " right away, but listen beyond that as there is some real good Soul and R&B songs I'd never heard before.
I put up my U.S. flags today in honor of two things. The first was the 243rd birthday of the USMC. The second was the end of World War I one hundred years ago and Veterans Day tomorrow.
This quote is from First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt in 1945.
"The Marines I have seen around the world have the cleanest bodies, the filthiest minds, the highest morale, and the lowest morals of any group of animals I have ever seen. Thank God for the United States Marie Corps."
1. SNOW-- We had our first accumulating snow of the season Thursday night, about two inches. But, it was good snow as none stuck to driveways, sidewalks or roads. I could live with snow if it didn't fall on anything I had to move or drive on.
Ans, it stuck to the trees and a snow covered tree is one of the great things to see in nature.
2. ONE-AND-DONE DUKE WINS-- I used to be a big Duke fan, but not anymore. I will not support any school that relies on those one-and-done players. I would have expected Coach K to be a better man than this.
3. NO WW I MAGAZINES-- I am surprised that I did not see any of those 100-page magazines you see these days at most places that still sell magazines on the end of World War I, which ended tomorrow, November 11, 1918.
Just Some Stuff. --RoadDog
IT'S ALL IN A NAME: A meteorologists daughter named Haley.
20. HI HEEL SNEAKERS-- Feliciano #25 Jazz it up, Jose. His follow up to his biggest hit, "Light My Fire."
19. BANG-SHANG-A-LANG-- Archies #22 Their first hit. More great Bubble Gum Music (one of four Bubble Gum songs in the top 40). Try not to tap your feet to this one. Studio group. Their biggest hit was "Sugar, Sugar."
18. HEY, WESTERN UNION ME-- Jerry Butler #16 Went to #1 on R&B chart. Pure Ice from the Man. Chicago's Ice Man Cometh. What's a telegram?
17. QUICK JOEY SMALL-- Kastentz Katz Singing Orchestral Circus #25 One-Hit Wonder. Another Bubble Gum song. Check out the funny video. Is that Charlie Chaplin? Just 2:24. They consisted of members of 1910 Fruitgum Co., Ohio Express and Music Explosion.
16. PIECE OF MY HEART-- Big Brother & the Holding Company #12 Their biggest hit. Who's doing the singing?
Name That Tune (from the above songs): "That Is What I Want You To Say." Answer below. --RoadDog
25. HEY JUDE-- Beatles #1 for 9 weeks The end of it is quite possibly the greatest audience sing-along song ever. Check out the video of them playing together. Poor Ringo was almost overrun.
24. FIRE-- The Crazy World of Arthur Brown #2 Probably one of RnR's skinniest singers. Again, check out the video of him with those burning horns and make up. Alice and Kiss don't have anything on this guy.
23. DO SOMETHING GOOD TO ME-- Tommy James & the Shondells #38 I don't remember this one, but a great T.J. song. Only 2:26, wish it was longer.
22. SUZIE Q-- Creedence Clearwater Revival #11 Whenever I hear this song, I am always taken back to that scene of the show in "Apocalypse Now."
21. WHO'S MAKING LOVE-- Johnny Taylor #5 If this don't get your body to moving, nothing will. His biggest hit "Disco Lady" (#1-1976)
Name That Tune (from the above songs): "Take A Sad Song And Make It Better." Answer below. --RoadDog
NOVEMBER 5, MONDAY-- American Football Day** Doughnut Day** Especially those Britt Donuts at Carolina Beach, N.C.
NOVEMBER 6, TUESDAY-- Election Day** I'll sure be celebrating the end of it. It's been a long year and a half. Nachos Day**
NOVEMBER 7, WEDNESDAY-- Job Action Day Not sure what this is. Hug A Bear Day** Well, not the ones out in the wild, but those lil' cuddly teddy bears.
NOVEMBER 8, THURSDAY-- Cappuccino Day** Especially pumpkin spice cappuccino, 99 cents for a large at Thornton's. (I'll probably never know how to spell it without looking it up. Parents As Teachers Day** Let's hope parents are doing some teaching.
NOVEMBER 9, FRIDAY-- Scrapple Day** Never had any, but I hear it is really good.
NOVEMBER 10, SATURDAY-- U.S. Marine Corps 243rd Birthday** The best.
NOVEMBER 11, SUNDAY-- Veterans Day** Fly Those Flags.
Tired. I am so tired of all this election mess. I'm so tired. And, it has been going on for two years. That is much of what passes for TV and radio commercials today here in Illinois. And, there are more signs by the roads than I ever saw. Talk about your sign clutter.
Much money has been spent by both Democrats and Republicans.
If we are to believe these commercials, pretty much everybody running for office should be arrested immediately and thrown into jail. We have reached a new low in mudslinging. To hell with what a candidate believes, let's slam something their opponent did.
Democrats are saying their opponents have Trump connections and Republicans are tying Democrats to the much-hated Illinois Speaker of the House, Michael Madigan.
We have a major contest for Illinois governor going on. Both men are extremely rich. Bruce rauner, current governor is very anti-Union which we don't like. J.B. Pritzer is Madigan's man. Picking the lesser of the two evils, I'd have to say we'll vote for Brauner.
That Madigan Is Bad Medicine. --RoadDog
IT'S ALL IN A NAME: From the July 1, 2017, Orange Peel Gazette. Profession / Name: Lawyer's daughter: Sue
The number behind the artist is the highest it got on the Billboard Top 100 National charts.
30. CINNAMON-- Derek #11 Group formed by Johnny Cymbal who had a 1963 hit with "Mr. Bass Man". After that song, he did not have much success Reformed with the name of his brother, but Johnny did the singing.
29. I'M IN A DIFFERENT WORLD-- Four Tops #51 Never heard it, but a REAL GOOD song. Classic Motown. It's all there.
28. CYCLES-- Frank Sinatra #23 He's lived through many phases and right now one a real downer, but he'll get through.
27. COURT OF LOVE-- Unifics #25 Formed at Howard University in Washington, D.C.. Never heard of it. Great choreography and dig those over-sized white gloves. I'll sure be listening to some more of this group on You Tube.
26. SWEET BLINDNESS-- Fifth Dimension #13 Check out the neat parade video. One person says the parade was in Cannes, France. And that outfit that Marilyn McCoo was wearing!!! Must have been poured into it. As one person said, "'LAWD HAVE MERCY!!!!"
Name That Tune (from the above songs): "Let's Go Down By The Grape Vine Drink My Daddy's Wine, Get Happy." Answer below. --RoadDog
35. BOTH SIDES NOW-- Judy Collins (D) #8 Her biggest hit. What a voice. A touchy-feely song.
34. ABRAHAM, MARTIN & JOHN-- Dion (D) #4 A very timely song for this era. A come-back for Dion. His last Top 100 was in 1964.
33. FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE-- Stevie Wonder #2 As good of Stevie as it gets.
32. GOODY, GOODY GUMDROPS-- 1910 Fruitgum Co. #37 Great Bubble Gum Music. Check out the guy with the tambourine in the video. He sure played it. 2:16 on pure toe-tapping pop music.
31. BRING IT ON HOME TO ME-- Eddie Floyd #17 Hey, this is some great soul music and what about that bass? Every bit as good as his better-known "Knock On Wood" (#28-1966).
Name That Tune (from the above songs): "Can You Tell Me Where's He Gone?" Answer below. --RoadDog
SAYINGS: "Nice Guys Finish Last." Sorry Leo Durocher, but not true. Studies have shown that, on average, nice guys finish third in a field of six. In Medieval Times, it was believed nice guys finished 26th.
1. BUSY DAY-- Today, I will be leaving in just a little bit and going to the Fox Lake American Legion for the Tom Grosvenor Marine Corps / Toys for Tots birthday breakfast. Afterwards I plan on burning leaves and limbs in the yard.
Then, if the weather holds good, there are two Illinois High School Association playoff football games nearby and I plan to go to one. After that, the Legion is having a band.
2. GOODBYE TO THE '03 MALIBU-- We were sad yesterday when friends came over to pay for and take title of our '03 Chevy Malibu. We bought it new and this was the first car where we ever got over 100,000 miles. The odometer read 145,265 miles.
It is in really good shape, but we figure it is time to buy a new car as the newest one we have is a '11 Chevy Malibu. (We also still have a 2005 Dodge Dakota and an '85 Firebird.)
We drove the '03 Malibu from Chicago all the way out to Santa Monica, California, from one end to the other of Route 66.
It was a really good car.
We'll Sure Miss It. --RoadDog
SAYINGS: "You learn something new every day." Actually, you learn something old every day. Just because you've just learned it, doesn't mean it's new. Other people already knew it. Columbus is a good example of this.
These songs were in the Top 40 in Chicago back 50 years ago according to the WLS 890 AM's Silver Dollar Survey.
(D) means it is a debut. The number after the artist is how high the song got on the Billboard Top 100.
40. STORMY-- Classics IV (D) #5 "Stormy" and "Spooky" Good songs for this season of the year. Quintet from Jacksonville, Florida. One of three Top 5s.
39. LITTLE ARROWS-- Leapy Lee (D) #16 A true One-Hit Wonder. From Eastbourne, England. How can you not like this catchy little tune? Give it a listen if you've never heard it before or haven't heard it in a long time (like me).
38. TAKE ME FOR A LITTLE WHILE-- Vanilla Fudge (D) #38 Psychedelic Rock band from New York formed in 1966. How to psychedelicize a great old soul song.
37. ALWAYS TOGETHER-- Dells (D) #18 From Harvey, Illinois. I'd never heard this song before. Good belly-rubbin' song. Smooth Soul.
36. I LOVE HOW YOU LOVE ME-- Bobby Vinton (D) #9 A great slow-dancing song. How romantic can you get? This would make a great first dance wedding song.
Name That Tune (from the above songs): "You Were The Sunshine, Baby, Whenever You Smiled" Answer below. --RoadDog
From Bob Stroud's Ten At Ten, October 31, 2018, Chicago's WDRV 97.1 FM, the Drive.
MONSTER MASH-- Bobby "Boris" Pickett
SPOOKY-- Classics IV
SCARY MONSTERS-- David Bowie
DEVIL INSIDE-- INXS
SPIRITS IN THE MATERIAL WORLD-- Police
I PUT A SPELL ON YOU-- Screamin' Jay Hawkins
DANCING WITH MR. D-- Rolling Stones
WEREWOLVES OF LONDON-- Warren Zevon
PSYCHO KILLER-- Talking Heads
SEASON OF THE WITCH-- Donovan
Name That Tune (from the above songs): "I Was Working In The Lab Late One Night." Answer Below. --RoadHowl
SAYINGS: "You Can't Take It With You" When you die. Well, that depends upon what it is. If it's your dark blue suit, you can certainly take it with you. In fact, not only can you take it with you, you can probably put some things in your pockets.