Saturday, September 14, 2019

Why Go Anywhere Else?-- Part 4: 1973, Wild Turkeys, Pops' 96th and Joe


SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7

Enjoyed WXRT's Saturday Morning Flashback to 1973.  Three hours from that mighty busy year for me between graduating from college, getting a teaching job, my first apartment and married.

We went to the Fox Lake American Legion to help celebrate Pop's 96th birthday.  He is called Pops as a stand-in for all of us who have lost their farmers.  His son Ken is one day younger than me.  Afterwards, we stayed for three hours as had a great time with Joe Kadlek playing the guitar and goofing around.

Going over there, we twice had to stop due to flocks of wild turkeys on Sunset Road between Johnsburg Road and US-12.  I guess we live out in the country.

--RoadTurkey





Friday, September 13, 2019

Why Go Anywhere Else?-- Part 3: Magee Teachers and a High School Football Game


FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13

I drove Liz home and then drove to the Bristol 45 Diner in Bristol Wisconsin, where I got together with former Magee Middle School teach Bob for breakfast.  We made plans to go to a Northwestern University football game later this fall.  Got gas in Bristol for the lowest I've seen around here, $2.48.

Later that night I went to the Johnsburg Skyhawk-Rochelle high school football game at Johnsburg High.  It was an absolute beautiful night for a football game.  During the fall, if the weather cooperates, there are few places I'd rather be than at a high school football game.  You get all the fun of a college or pro game without all the hassles and prices.

Johnsburg High is two miles directly south of our house, but kids from out subdivision go to Richmond-Burton High School (as does a WHOLE LOT of my money, about $3300 a year).  We hang out a lot in Johnsburg theses days.  But I will pull for Johnsburg and game they play except Richmond-Burton.  Have to pull for my money.

As a matter of fact, I am about to leave for Richmond-Burton High School for the big rivalry game with Johnsburg.

Johnsburg beat Rochelle (which is west of DeKalb, Illinois).

Football Tonight.  --RoadBall

Thursday, September 12, 2019

9-11 Disease Deaths Grow


Continued from my Running the Blockade: Civil War Navy blog today.  It started in my Saw the Elephant: Civil War blog today.

**  One FBI agent was reported killed on September 11, 2001.  As of this August, the FBI reports a death toll of 15 from cancers linked to toxic exposure in the subsequent investigation and cleanup.

Some 90,000 people have reported exposure to toxic chemicals--  asbestos, burning jet fuel, burning computer parts, pulverized concrete and a myriad of other substances.

Significantly higher rates of blood cancers, and now kidney cancer are being diagnosed among First Responders.



"Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)?"-- Part 7


This was supposed to have been posted yesterday, but we lost internet connection.  Every year, now, I remember 9-11 in all my blogs.

This song sums it all up for me, well, and also Toby Keith's "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue."

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And the greatest is love

And the greatest is love.

Where were you  when the world stopped turning on that September day?

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Like I said, pretty well sums it up for me.

For the complete song, see my seven blog posts from yesterday and today.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Why Go Anywhere Else?-- Part 2: A Football Time With Da Bears and Packers Rivalry


Recounting a week in the life.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5

As usual, enjoyed the FP and OD and fed the chipmunks.

We went to Donovan's Reef in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin,  where we got a room behind the bar where we spent the night.  That way we could watch Da Bears and Da Pack open the NFL season at Soldier Field and not have to worry about driving home.

There was a lot of hoopla and the highlight was when the 1985, Super Bowl XX Bears came out on the field before the game.  That had the Bears fans in the bar standing and cheering.  But, Donovan's is just about three miles north of the Illinois-Wisconsin border, so that means the crowd is going to be about half Bear and half Packer.  There is a bar about ten miles from Donovan's which is called the Packer Inn.  Plus, Donovan's is about six miles from K.C.'s Cabin where a Packer fan was once duct taped to the stop sign.

Well, at least the Bears were able to score a field goal after that horrendous double-doink ended our season last year.  That was the offensive highlight for us.  Our defense played well, other than that four play Packer TD drive.  We lost 10-3.

However, both Liz and I got flagged.  During Bears and Packers games, the bars has "Flags."  On entering, you sign a ticker and every time there is a flag on the field, a ticket is drawn and that person gets to drink for free until the next flag and another ticker drawn.  However, you are guaranteed one drink, so as often happens there is another quick file and another ticket drawn.

--RoadBear

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Why Go Anywhere Else?-- Part 1: Pizza, Gyros, Bars and Movies


I often get asked why we don't go off on vacation during the summer.  Why should I go elsewhere when there is so much to do around here (and for a lot cheaper than those summer prices).

This past week:

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 2

Lots of bands playing in bars in the Chain of Lakes area because of Labor Day, but we instead got together with Kevin and Kelly at J's in Ingleside, Illinois, for half price pizza (BLT) and $1.50 draft pints.  We also played NTN trivia and placed three times in the top twenty places in the country.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3

Movie Day.  I saw "Angel Has Fallen" and "Hobbs & Shaw" for $5 each at the Fox Lake Theatre.  Also had a gyro dinner at Billy's in Spring Grove.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4

Went to Sunnyside Tavern in Johnsburg for a drink, picked up Rocky and drove to the McHenry American Legion for the afternoon.  Returned to Sunnyside.

Why Go Anywhere Else?  --RoadDog

Friday, September 6, 2019

Bear Down Chicago Bears


If you come to Chicago or its environs around this time of the year, there is the possibility that you just might hear this song, especially if you get around a bar or sports gathering.  And, even though things did not go well for us last night, it is still one great (and easy to sing) fight song.  We lost 10-3.

It is none other than "Bear Down, Chicago Bears."

The fight song was introduced in 1941 and written by Jerry Downs, who was actually Al Hoffman, who also wrote  many other songs, including "Mairzy Doats."  This was during the early stages of Da Bears' "Monsters of the Midway" era.    It was also the year Da Bears defeated  the Washington Redskins in a resounding 73-0 in the league championship game.

Hoffman, however, has little connection with Chicago or the Bears.  He was born in Russia in 1902 and his family emigrated to the U.S. in 1908 and lived in Seattle until he moved to New York City in the 1920s and got into song writing.  He wrote songs for Disney's original "Cinderella" cartoon, including "Bibbidi, Bobbidi Boo" and "The Work Song."

At home games, a version recorded in 1993 by Bill Archer and the Big Bear Band is played every time Da Bears score.

When our old Usual Suspects are together at the Squaw Bar in Ingleside, Illinois, we sing this song whenever the Bears win, which hasn't been often lately until last year.

So Bear Down Chicago Bears.  --RoadBear


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Thursday, September 5, 2019

The 1919 U.S. Army Transcontinental Convoy-- Part 1: Test Equipment and Find Out State of U.S. Roads


From the August 12, 2019, Clinton, Iowa, Chamber of Commerce news release.

The 2019 MVPA is covering much the same roadage that the 1919 one did.

In 1919, the U.S. Army decided to  plan and execute  a motor convoy of various vehicles across the country, mostly on the newly formed Lincoln Highway (it was no where close to being paved all the way).

They started at the White House in Washington, D.C. and ended in Lincoln Park in San Francisco.  They covered some 3,200 miles in 62 days.  It was the first  motor transport convoy to ever attempt that.

The Convoy had the following objectives:

1.  Put the equipment through  as grueling of a trial as could be devised.

2.  Study how the varying road conditions affected each branch of the service.

3.  A transcontinental recruiting drive for the Army.

4.  Demonstrate the need for good rads.

5.  And the unwritten  objective was  to say "Thanks" to the American people for their support during WW I.

--RoadVoy

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

2019 MVPA Transcontinental Convoy-- Part 3: The 1919 Convoy and Thanks to Our Veterans


The Military Vehicle Preservation Association (MVPA) Convoy welcomes the public to witness this historic trip across the United States by coming out to meet it at the various stops and/or just enjoy it as it passes by.  We sure did enjoy part of it that we saw while driving on the Lincoln Highway in Clinton, Iowa.

As the Convoy passes through the cities and towns of the Lincoln Highway, the MVPA intends, with the cooperation of the Lincoln Highway Association, to draw attention to this early road system.

Additionally, the MVPA will present both the historical significance of the original 1919 Convoy and the historical significance of  the military vehicles present  on the 2019 Convoy.  Finally, as the 2019 Convoy passes through the many towns along the route, the MVPA will take every opportunity to also say "thanks" yo out veterans in a most patriotic way.

Sure Glad We Got to see Some of It.  --RoadVoy

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

2019 MVPA Transcontinental Convoy-- Part 2: That's A Long Way


The convoy will follow the original Lincoln Highway as much as possible.  The old road crosses all of or part of eleven states going to San Francisco and the convoy will be joining it at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.  The route begins in the lowlands of  of the eastern seaboard,  traverses the rolling hills of Pennsylvania, travels the lush farmlands of the Midwest, crosses the high plains,  dips into the Great Salt Lake Basin in Utah, crosses the Nevada Desert, climbs the Sierra Nevada and descends into Lake Tahoe, and ends up in the splendor of California and the San Francisco Bay Area.

This is a convoy of historic military vehicles of all eras, from World War II to current.  The vehicle roster making the trip includes cargo trucks, through to Harley-Davidson WLA motorcycles, staff cars, jeeps,  to later model  M913 5-ton cargo trucks.  The Convoys' many daily stopping spots include many of the same ones used by the historic 1919 Convoy.

--RoadVoy

Monday, September 2, 2019

About That 2019 MPVA Transcontinental Motor Convoy-- Part 1


From the Military Vehicle Preservation Association (MVPA) site.

The MVPA will be conducting a 100th anniversary convoy across the United States in 2019 with as many as 90 military vehicles  retracing the original 1919  U.S. Army  Transcontinental Convoy route- much of it along the famed Lincoln Highway.

It will launch from Washington, D.C. on 11 August and arrive in San Francisco, CA. some 37 days later on September 14.  One of the highlights of it will be departing  from the MVPA 44th Annual International Convention in York, PA on August 10.

We are expecting over 50 historic vehicles to make the entire 3,200 mile run with over fifty others joining for parts of it.

--RoadConvoy

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Some of the Upcoming MVPA Stops in 2019 Motor Convoy


They were in Clinton, Iowa, on August 22 and are following the Lincoln Highway, as did the 1919 U.S. Army Convoy.

AUGUST 31--  Laramie, Wyoming

September 2--  Rowling, Wyoming

September 5--  Tooele, Utah

September 9--  Austin, Nevada

September 12--  Fallon, Nevada

September 14--  Stockton, California

September 15--  USS Hornet Museum   Alameda, California    End of the convoy.

--RoadVoy



MVPA 2019 Transcontinental Motor Convoy Stops At Clinton, Iowa


I wish I had seen this ahead of time instead of today.  We went to Clinton, Iowa, arriving on August 22 and caught the tail end of the convoy as it headed out west of the city.

From the Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce.  News release from August 12, 2019.

The Military Vehicle Preservation Association will be conducting a transcontinental motor convoy that will be stopping in Clinton, IA,  on August 22.

They will be parked up on the riverfront between the Clinton Riverview Pool and the NelsonCorp Baseball Field from 2p-3:30p.

Come check out as many as 70 historic military vehicles as they retrace  the route of the original 1919 U.S. Army's Transcontinental Motor Convoy.

Like I Said, I Wish I Had Seen This Ahead Of Time.  I Sure Would Have Been There In Time.  --RoadDog

Friday, August 30, 2019

Along 66, July 2019: Of Bottles, Of Mufflers and Al Capone


JULY 5--  Elmer Lang, 72, died June 22, 2019.  He was the eccentric creator of the Bottle Tree Ranch on Route 66 near Oro, California.

This is quite an example of folk art, not to mention eye-catching.

JULY 10--  A New Muffler Man named Frecs (short for freckles) is on Route 66 in Galena, Kansas.  It is a 19-feet tall miner and is just west of Front Street Bridge.  A muffler man for the miners.

You can never have enough muffler men.

JULY 11--  There was an Al Capone presentation at the Mill's 90th anniversary party in Lincoln, Illinois.  It was given by Illinois' own David Clark, aka "The Windy City Road Warrior."

I know of no one else who knows so much about Route 66 in Chicago, and, of course, Al Capone was a big part of Chicago.  I also don't know anyone who walks as fast as David.

Al Capone Slept Here?  --RoadDog





Along 66, July 2019: Route 66 Rising in Tulsa, The "Mayor of Route 66," A Museum Turns 50


JULY 3--  The official dedication of the Route 66 Rising statue in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  Quite an impressive structure and we'll look for it the next time through.

JULY 4--  Bob Russell is stepping down at the mayor of Pontiac, Illinois.  He is noted for often meeting busloads of folks traveling Route 66.  So much that he often is referred to as "The Mayor of Route 66.

He cites age as a factor for his decision as he will soon be 72.

I know the feeling, Mayor.

JULY 5--  The J.M. Davis Arms and Historical Museum in Claremore, Oklahoma, turned fifty.

Congratulations.

Pontiac, Illinois.  One City That Appreciates Its Route 66 Heritage.  --RoadDog