After the meeting, I drove over to the nearby Illinois emission testing station and the Malibu passed. Then drove south to Randall Road, one of the busiest and most congested roads in the Northwest Suburbs. Always hate driving it, but have to to get to my favorite store still remaining, Half-Price Books.
I mean, they have vinyl records, CDs and books, three of my most favorite things. And, they are all fairly cheap, even better. Bought a Civil War book and two CDs, one the Beatles "Hard Day's Night" and the other a compilation of Cajun music.
Then, a stop at White Castle for sliders and they now have those great crab cake sliders.
Later, we went to the Fox Lake American Legion and enjoyed listening to Mitch Edwards playing his great selection of songs.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24
There was a real hard wind blowing today. We wanted to watch the Chicago Blackhawks game since they were playing a rare afternoon game at 2 pm. But, the first three places we went to were too crowded (and most were watching the NASCAR race). We ended up back at Half-Times for the game, which, unfortunately, we lost.
COME SAIL AWAY: In the Bible, who hoped to flee from the presence of the Lord by sailing to Tarshish?
I think we've had exactly four days since Woodstock Willie predicted a warm remaining winter and early spring on February 2. I'm for locking him up till next Groundhog Day.
But, life goes on in these cold and snowy times/
THURSDAY, FEB. 21
Went to Half-Times and Sunnyside.
FRIDAY, FEB. 22
Funny that the ultra-left trashed the statue of the wrong Lee in North Carolina. Idiots. Went to the Legion for Half and Half. Friend Kelly won.
SATURDAY, FEB. 23
Went to Crystal Lake for the McHenry County Civil War Round Table discussion group on Sherman's 1865 Carolinas Campaign. We had a young kid there who played several Civil war songs on his violin and is interested in the war. Always good as we Civil War buffs are aging quickly these days. Maybe there is hope.
COME SAIL AWAY: Poopdeck Pappy was the father of which fictional sailor?
Born Bonnie Buckingham. Best-known for her 1957 crossover hit "Dark Moon." First female country singer to have hit cross from that chart to the pop chart. Co-founded Dolton records which helped launch careers of the Fleetwoods and Ventures.
Check out "Dark Moon," "Mister Fire Eyes" and I'm Living In Two Worlds."
Best-known for her backing vocals vocal work. Sang with Steely Dan, Rolling Stones, Barbra Steisand, Bob Dylan, Linda Ronstadt, Joe Cocker and Joe Walsh. She was a member of Joe Cocker's "Mad Dogs and Englishmen."
Along with Merry Clayton, she sang Backing vocals on Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama."
Also sang solo. Check out her "Our Romance" from 1957 and "A Casual Look" from 1956. Great doo-wop.
Today or tomorrow, depending upon which date you think is correct, George Harrison was born in 1043. Bob Stroud is doing a Root Salute on his Rock and Roll Roots show on Chicago's WDRV, 97.1 FM (www.wrdv.com) and Terri Hemmert is doing nothing but George Harrison music on her Breakfast With the Beatles show on Chicago's WXRT, 93.1 FM. (www.wxrt.com) Both are on right now, so get your George Fix there. They'll be on until 10 am, CST.
Fifty years ago in Chicago on WLS, 890 AM.
1. EVERY DAY PEOPLE / SING A SIMPLE SONG-- Sly / Family Stone
2. YOU SHOWED ME-- Turtles
3. RAMBLIN' GAMBLIN' MAN-- Bob Seeger (Seger)
4. I'VE GOTTA BE ME-- Sammy Davis Jr.
5. PROUD MARY-- Creedence Clearwater Revival
6. THIS MAGIC MOMENT-- Jay & the Americans
7. I GOT A LINE ON YOU-- Spirit
8. GAMES PEOPLE PLAY-- Joe South
9. BABY, BABY DON'T CRY-- Smokey Robinson / Miracles
10. BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP-- Foundations
34. THE WEIGHT-- Aretha Franklin
35. MR. SUN, MR MOON-- Paul Revere / Raiders
37. MAYBE TOMORROW-- Iveys
38. THE LETTER-- Arbors
39. BACK DOOR MAN-- Derek
40. IN THE STILL OF THE NIGHT-- Paul Anka
Name That Tune (from the above songs): " 'Cause I Was Born Lonely Down By the Riverside," Answer below. --RoadDog
COME SAIL AWAY: In which Italian City was Christopher Columbus born?
These last two entries should actually have been in my Cooter's History Thing, but I didn't know how to move them nor did I care to retype them. So, here they are.
From the September 26, 2018, MidWeek "Looking Back."
1918, 100 Years Ago.
"Much interest has been taken locally, as well as all-over the country, in the new gasoline rules which go into effect Sunday, by which owners of automobiles are requested not to use their machines for pleasure riding on Sunday."
From the October 26, 2018, MidWeek (DeKalb County, Illinois) "Looking Back."
1918, 100 Years Ago.
"One of the first industries to be affected to any serious extent by the work or fight order, and is also included as a nonessential industry, is that of the Tir-O-Fox company, which started operations here a year ago and since that time has been kept busy continually in filling orders for the tire remedy."
1. TWO NIU PEOPLE KILLED IN AURORA-- As if Valentine's Day isn't bad enough fot Northern Illinois University, because of the five murders 11 years ago, but the day after it this year, two people with NIU connections were murdered by another gunman, Trevor Wehner was starting his internship in preparation for his May graduation and alumnus Clayton Parker were both killed.
2. ALABAMA OMITS LINCOLN-- Monday was Presidents' Day and Alabama did not include Abraham Lincoln. Some called it racism, but it was actually a Yankee thing. By the way, I didn't know Presidents' Day was a day to honor all presidents, not just Washington and Lincoln.
3. SUPER SNOW MOON-- The last two nights were almost as bright as daylight because of it. No sneaking through the blockade these last two nights.
CLEAN OUT YOUR BOOKCASE DAY-- Dust it, wipe it down, arrange it, donate what you don't need. I need to seriously dust my bookcases. I should, but won't donate any books. Sorry. I like 'em, even if I haven't read them.
LOVE YOUR PET DAY-- Well over half of Americans have one or more. My sister has lots of cats. I mean, lots. But I still have more books. We've only had one pet, a dog named Brandy.
NATIONAL CHERRY PIE DAY-- What would Homer do?
CARD READING DAY-- If you've kept any that were sent over the years, time to pull it out and read it. Brings back the memories, I reckon.
SINGLE TASKING DAY-- Multi-tasking causes mistakes and takes too much time. I'm not listening to Chris Stapleton's "Traveller" right now. Not much, anyway.
NATIONAL STICKY BUN DAY-- Loves my sticky buns. Don't sit on them though. Real messy. Better to eat.
CRAB-STUFFED FLOUNDER DAY--** Two of my favorite things together? You kidding me?
NATIONAL DRINK WINE DAY--** Drinkin' wine spo-de-doh. I remember those college days with Ripple and Annie Green Springs. Actually, Liz was given a bottle of Kenny Reid's home-made wine last month and we'll be drinking to his memory. Miss you Kenny.
PRESIDENTS DAY--** I was of the opinion this was to honor Washington and Lincoln, but now learn it is to honor all presidents. Since I just mentioned Millard Fillmore being buried in Buffalo, New York's Forest Lawn Cemetery in my War of 1812 blog, I will honor him.
THUMB APPRECIATION DAY--** Imagine life without 'em. Much more difficult. I came close to losing my right one back in 2008.
NATIONAL LASH DAY-- Eye lashes that is. What's with the gals with those two-inch-long lashes? Weird if you ask me. But, when they bat their lashes, at least you can get a nice breeze on a hot day.
INTERNATIONAL TUG-OF-WAR DAY--** Few things more fun than this, especially if there is a big ol' mud puddle between the teams, but only if you're on the winning team.
IWO JIMA DAY--** Today marks the beginning of it back 74 years ago. I'll put up my flags.
NATIONAL CHOCOLATE MINT DAY--** Candy!! Good!! Frango Mints and Andy's Nibts and those Girl Scout chocolate mint cookies. Order me a box.
SAILOR QUESTIONS (From the Wassup Magazine): Which sailor appears in the "Arabian Nights" stories?
1. VALENTINE'S DAY-- Liz and I really don't "celebrate" this contrived holiday. But, we did go to CorkScrew Pointe in McHenry, Illinois, with intentions of having a muffuletta sandwich, but, unfortunately, the kitchen didn't open until 3 and we had to be at a Kenny Reid's funeral by 3:30.
We ended up eating at Burger King, which is alright as I worked at the Burger King in Palatine, Illinois, when I met Liz and we ate there often. Liz was an especially "cheap" date yesterday as she got the chicken nuggets, 10 for $1, and value soda for $1.19. Thanks Liz.
2. BETTER UNIFORM CHOICES-- I sure hope NIU's new football coach will be able to better pick uniforms for our team than the last guy. His solid white uniforms with white helmets with just player number on them was extremely blah. And, for crying out loud, we have a good-looking logo finally and let's return it to the helmets.
3. NIU BASKETBALL HOMECOMING SATURDAY-- Planning on going out to DeKalb tomorrow for the basketball homecoming. For $5, you get to see both the men's and women's basketball teams at home.
Yesterday marked the 11th anniversary of a very sad day in Northern Illinois University history when a lone gunman murdered five students and wounded seventeen more. At least he did the decent thing and killed himself.
We were at K.C.'s Cabin in Spring grove, Illinois, and had just gotten their burger special when we saw on the TV screen video of what appeared to be the NIU campus. There was no sound on at the time, but eventually the words NIU shootings came across the screen.
We were shocked. It was one of those, well, it happens elsewhere, but not here moments.
On Monday, we went to the funeral of a good friend, Jim Terryberry, 72, in Antioch, Illinois, at Strang Funeral Home. He is a friend from back in Round Lake and he and his wife would come out to see me deejay at Tom's Cafe in Johnsburg, Illinois, pretty much every St. Patrick's Day.
Plus, we would run into them at various festivals in the area during the summer.
Thursday, we went to the funeral of Kenny Reid, 68, at Justin Funeral Home in McHenry, Illinois. Wherever you would find Kenny, you'd find fun. That was just the way he was. A graduate of McHenry High School, Class of '68, he was instrumental in their yearly reunions which were real blowouts.
He also played NTN with us a lot at Donovan's Reef in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin.
1. CHICAGO'S MAYORAL ELECTION-- Many, many folks running for it after the Rahm "decided" not to run after the McDonald affair. But, one thing I am enjoying about the commercials is that they are not attacking each other, but saying what they want to do. I get so tired of all the mud-slinging in the other elections.
Listening to the other commercials, it would appear that all of the candidates should be in jail or in one of the lower realms of hell.
2. GRAMMYS-- Watched parts of the Grammy Awards on Sunday. I was amazed at how many musicians I'd never heard of before. Guess I am now officially out of the music loop.
3. TAX COMMERCIALS-- I don't know about you, but I sure am tired of the near-constant barrage of do-your-tax commercials we are getting bombarded with until April 15. Need a break. And they will be happy to get you your refund immediately for a NOMINAL FEE.
Music? What Music? --RoadDog
GREAT TRUTHS THAT LITTLE CHILDREN HAVE LEARNED (From the Wassup Magazine): 2. No matter how hard you try, you can't baptize cats.
Our local groundhog, Woodstock Willie, an offspring of the groundhog in the famous movie about Groundhog Day, did not see his shadow, nor did Punxsutaney Phil in Pennsylvania, This is supposed to mean that we were to have a warm winter and an early end. Well, this is beginning to be one of our worst.
We have been chased home by sleet, snow and ice the last four days running. But, we still manage to enjoy the frigid, icy northeast Illinois.
FRIDAY, FEB. 8
Saw two movies, "Cold Pursuit" and "A Dog's Way Home" at the Fox Lake Theatre. Looks like those bad guys would eventually learn to leave Liam Neeson's family alone. Then, we met up with Kevin and Kelly at the Legion for 50-50.
SATURDAY, FEB. 9
The 18-piece Lakes Area swing band played all that great Big Band and Swing music at the Fox Lake American Legion for the annual Valentine's Dance. I imagine that is what it was like in the 1930s and 1940s.
SUNDAY, FEB. 10
Bob Stroud Root saluted Carole King and Gerry Goffin on his Rock and Roll Roots show on WDRV, the Drive as Saturday was Carole's birthday and Monday was his birthday. What an output of music.
We went to Johnsburg for the annual Boy Scouts Pig Roast and then to Stucky's and then Sunnyside where we watched the Chicago Blackhawks win their seventh game in a row.
GREAT TRUTHS THAT LITTLE CHILDREN HAVE LEARNED: 1. When your mom is mad at your dad, don't let her brush your hair.
10. HOOKED ON A FEELING-- B.J. Thomas #5
9. I STARTED A JOKE-- Bee Gees #6
8. THIS MAGIC MOMENT-- Jay & the Americans #6
7. RAMBLING GAMBLING MAN-- Bob Seger #17
6. BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP-- Foundations #3
5. CRIMSON & CLOVER-- Tommy James & Shondells #1
4. THE WORST THAT COULD HAPPEN-- Brooklyn Bridge #3
3. YOU SHOWED ME-- Turtles #6
2. TOUCH ME-- Doors #3
1. EVERYDAY PEOPLE-- Sly / Family Stone #1
Name That Tune (from the above songs): "Girl You Don't Realize What You Do To Me." Answer below. --RoadDog
FUNNY ANSWERING MACHINE MESSAGES: I can't come to the phone right now because I have amnesia and I feel stupid talking to people I don't remember. I'd appreciate it if you could help me out by leaving my name and telling me something about myself. Thanks.
Fifty years ago on Chicago's WLS 890 AM. By the way, the "LS" in the station's call letters stood for "Largest Store" in reference to Sears. So sad to see Sears being destroyed like it is by its present owner.
20. BUT YOU KNOW I LOVE YOU-- First Edition #19 Kenny Rogers' old group. As folk music goes rock. Kenny form,ed and fronted the First Edition in 1967. Their next sing, "Ruby, Din't Take Your Love To Town" it was Kenny Rogers and the First Edition.
19. I'M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME-- #2 Supremes / Temptations Imagine having a hit with these two groups singing together?
18. CAN I CHANGE MY MIND-- Tyrone Davis #5 Try to not start moving at the start of this song. His first hit. Born 1938 on Greenville, Mississippi.
17. BABY LET'S WAIT-- Royal Guardsmen #35 What!! No SNOOPY!!!!! What! A guy pleading with his high school girlfriend to WAIT!!! Novelty-pop sextet from Ocala, Florida. Their last hit.
16. GAMES PEOPLE PLAY-- Joe South #12 Let's all do the "La -Da-Da-Dee." Born Joe Souter in 1940 in Atlanta.
Name That Tune (from the above songs): "I'll Sacrifice For You, I'll Even Do Wrong For You." Answer below, --RoadDog
LINES FOR WOMEN: Man: What do you do for a living? Woman: I'm a female impersonator.
Last week was somewhat chilly here in the Chicagoland area as some of you might know. But we sure had a nice warmup in the weekend and it sure felt like spring had arrived, despite temps in the 40s.
FRIDAY, FEB. 1 Met the retired Magee teachers at the Bristol 45 Diner in Bristol, Wisconsin. Good to get together with old friends. Went to the 50-50 at the Legion at night.
SATURDAY, FEB. 2 Went to Woodstock for their Groundhog Day festival. This is where the famous movie "Groundhog Day" was filmed. Enjoyed it despite the bigger crowds. Then Liz and I went to the American Legion in Fox Lake in the afternoon and enjoyed the duo Twice As Nice.
SUNDAY, FEB. 3 Bob Stroud Root Saluted Buddy Holly on his Rock and Roll Roots show on WDRV 97.1 FM on the 60th anniversary of his death in Iowa. Watched the first three quarters of the Super Bowl game at Stucky's in Johnsburg. Too bad you know who won.
Movie Scratches-- A Dog's-Eye view of today's movies (Seen at the theater). After title, date seen, where, cost.
1. HOLMES & WATSON-- 1-8-- Fox Lake, $5-- "No s**t Sherlock." How Holmes got his hat. This film owes a big thanks to Monty Python.
2. ON THE BASIS OF SEX-- 1-24-- Fox Lake, $6-- The life and times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Should have gotten Academy nominations. Quite a woman. Before this I just thought of her as the strange-looking Supreme Court Justice.
3. GREEN BOOK-- 1-27-- Fox Lake, $6-- One of the best movies I've ever seen. Sure glad it's not that way so much anymore. A movie on many levels. I'd be surprised if this one doesn't get Best Picture.
4. VICE-- 1-29-- Fox Lake, free-- The life and times of Dick Cheney Going for ultimate power by a very scary guy.
Sure Glad Some Theaters Are Now Showing Nominated Movies.-- RoadDog
IN 50 YEARS OF LIVING YOU LEARN: Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance.
National Thank A Mailman Day** Especially this last week.
Rosa Parks Day** It took real courage to do what she did. White folks in the South back then weren't particularly understanding.
National Homemade Soup Day** Nothing like it on a cold day. Shoot, I'll even take it out of a can. National Stuffed Mushroom Day** Just let me see them on a buffet line!!!
Chinese New Year** They've sure been around a long time.
National Weather Persons' Day** Used to be Weatherman's Day. I hear what they say and then look outside, though.
Western Monarch Day*8 One really beautiful butterfly. Always makes my day to see one. And Mom always said that Dad came back a a butterfly.
National Frozen Yogurt Day** Mmmm, yogurt, or is it ice cream?
Lame Duck Day For those politicians running out the rest if their term after either losing an election ir retiring.
Pay a Compliment Day** Everyone can use a compliment every now and then.
Rose Day** Love roses. Hate the thorns.
National Girls and Women In Sports Day** They deserve credit.
IN 50 YEARS OF LIVING YOU LEARN: Your friends love you anyway.
He was the "Captain" of the husband-and-wife duo with wife Toni Tennille.
They had seven Top Tens from 1975 to 1979.
Love Will Keep Us Together (#1-1975)
The Way I Want To Touch You (#4-1975)
Lonely Night (Angel Face) (#3-1976)
Shop Around (#4-1976)
Muskrat Love (#4-1976)
You Never Done It Like That (10-1978)
Do That To Me One More Time (#1-1979)
FEBRUARY 1-- Bubble Gum Day As I teacher I fought a losing war against it. Change Your Password Day** If I remember. G.I. Joe Day Never got into him that much. I was too old. Hula In the Coola Day** Never heard of it, but the idea of putting on a hula skirt and coconut bra might be just thing.
FEBRUARY 2-- Crepe Day** I like a good crepe every now and then. Groundhog Day** Of course, Must watch the movie and get over to Woodstock, Illinois, where it was filmed. Sorry Punx.. Heavenly Hash Day** Will warm your insides. Hedgehog Day** Well, why not. Kind of a distant cousin. Tater Tot Day** What would Homer say? MMMMMMnnn, Tater Tots.
FEBRUARY 3-- American Painters Day** Especially Rockwell and Kinkaide. National Carrot Cake Day** Few things I like better than carrot cake. Super Chicken Wing Day*8 Always on Super Bowl Sunday. Always my favorite part of the chicken, even before they got popular.
1. BBBBBRRRRR!!! Yep, mighty cold here in Spring Grove, Illinois, of late. Never got over -10 degrees on Wednesday and Thursday at 9 a.m., it was -23 degrees. But, today, predicted high of 22 degrees. Then Saturday our first day over freezing in weeks at 41 degrees and possibly 50 degrees by Monday.
When it hits 41 degrees on Saturday, folks will regard that as almost shorts and tee shirt weather. We didn't go out at all Wednesday, but I'm imagining that even the dumb high school and college boys weren't out in their winter tee shirts and shorts.
2. COLD OR HURRICANES & FLOODS-- Listening to the Surf in North Myrtle Beach, SC, on Thursday and it was 27 degrees going to the mid 40s. DJ Jim Morgan was talking about how much better it was living there than in Chicago. But I just have to think of their hurricanes and floods.
Even when they don't get hit by these, they have to worry about pretty much any tropical storm out in the Atlantic. If I have a choice between hurricanes and cold, I'll go with the cold.
3. GROUNDHOG DAY FESTIVAL-- In Woodstock, Illinois, where the famous movie "Groundhog Day" was filmed. It started Thursday and goes to this Sunday. For the events, go to my RoadDog's RoadLog blog. And, this year, Steve Tobolowski, who played Ned the insurance salesman will be there.
And, Lake Geneva, Illinois, has their annual winter festival with snow sculpturing and all sorts of other stiff this weekend.