Sunday, February 19, 2017

Got Beads? We Made It to St. Andrews Mardi Gras

Yesterday, we were expecting to be unable to see the Mardi Gras parade in St. Andrews (a part of Panama City now), but the extremely heavy traffic made it at one point to be unlikely, but we actually found a parking spot by a church near the beginning of the parade and got to see it after all.

Even though we weren't actively trying to get beads, we still managed to accumulate more than a few strands, some of which hit me in the face or head.  You have to be on constant lookout as the various Krewe floats come by.

Afterwards, we went to a  real dive bar, Joe's Corner near the bridge for their world famous wings and then to Christo's on the east end of Panama City and lastly to Donovan's Reef across from the motel.

Bead my Face.  --RoadDog

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Mardi Gras Parade Today in St. Andrews, Florida

Shortly, we will be heading over to Panama City, Florida, for their 20th annual Mardi Gras parade and celebration.

Beads Anybody?  RoadDog

Friday, February 17, 2017

Making a Scene in N.C.-- Part 1

From the March 2014, Our State Magazine.

The issue was devoted to movies and North Carolina.  Here is a partial list of some of the sites in the state where movie scenes were shot:

RODANTHE--  Nights in Rodanthe with Richard Gere and Diane Lane.

LAKE LURE--  Dirty Dancing with Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Gray

CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY--  Speedway, Stroker Ace, Days of Thunder and Talladega Nights.

CHEOAH DAM--  The Fugitive with Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones

SOUTHPORT--    Safe Haven, Under the Dome, I kNow What You Did Last Summer, Crimes of the Heart


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Looking Back to 1941: DeKalb-Sycamore Super Highway Finished

From the November 23, 2016, MidWeek (DeKalb County, Illinois) "Looking Back."

1941, 75 Years Ago.

"The big two-city jubilee over the completion of the super-highway between Sycamore and DeKalb came to its culmination yesterday afternoon with the public luncheon at the Fargo Hotel in the county seat (Sycamore) at which the capacity of the spacious dining room was taxed by attendance."

That New Road a Real Big Deal.  --RoadDog

Looking Back to 1916: Fire Station Sport

From the November  23, 2016, MidWeek "Looking Back."

1916, 100 Years Ago.

"The fire station boys are having a little sport these days.  They have an old automobile out in back of the station and are trying to rig up a car that will do ten or better, but whether they will succeed or not, remains to be seen.

"The engine goes one way as easily as another, and in order that the radiator will hold water they filled it to the brim."

An "Old Car" Back in the Early Days.  --RoadDog

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

9th Anniversary of the NIU Shootings

Nine years ago, five students at Northern Illinois University were murdered in their classroom by a deranged maniac.  Another 17 were wounded.

A big shock to the country and especially Liz and myself as we graduated from there in 1973.

Not Forgetting.

N.C. January 2017-- Part 6: It's a Peanut Thing, You Wouldn't Understand

JANUARY 13, 2017

Of course, it is absolutely necessary for me to stop every time I enter Virginia (after passing through that long tunnel) at the southbound Virginia Welcome Center to use the facilities and, more importantly, to get my sample of Virginia peanuts.  Those are the best peanuts, and I come from a state that has pretty good peanuts as well, North Carolina.

Sadly, it is just a real small little cup of them, but wow, what a taste!

I have often asked them to start selling the nuts there, but they say that state law does not allow for anything to be sold at Virginia Welcome Centers.  Too bad as I would sure buy me some of those goobers.

Love Those Peanuts.  --RoadDog

Monday, February 13, 2017

N.C. January 2017-- Part 5: Cruising in the Dark and Some Fog in W. Va.


I don't know, traveling on Friday, January 13th, perhaps not a lucky thing.

Had biscuits and gravy in the lobby, much better than you usually get at Super 8.  The clerk said they get a whole lot of repeat guests because of the cleanliness and price of the rooms.

Left at 6:15 and it was still dark outside for the 30 miles on I-70 to I-77 at Cambridge.  I left early as I was going to pick up my nephew Andy at Raleigh-Durham Airport.  Still somewhat dark until half way to Marietta, Ohio, on the Ohio River.

At least the pavement was dry, but I did pass quite a few snow plow trucks parked along the sides of the I-77.

Clear drive to Charleston, West Virginia, but after that it was drizzle off and on as well as heavy fog (at times I couldn't see more than 300-400 feet in front of me).  Paid my three $2 tolls to use the West Virginia Turnpike.


Saturday, February 11, 2017

Top Ten Facts-- "Groundhog Day" Movie-- Part 3: Now a Military Slang Term

7.  The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club claims that their Phil os 130 years old (verage life span for a groundhog is seven years).  According to them, the reason for Phil's longevity is due to the good loving of his partner Phyllis and a generous supply of groundhog stew.

8.  There is a recipe for groundhog stew.

9.  In Iraq,  "Groundhog Day" has become American military slang for any day during a tour of duty.

10.  Disney made a movie comedy called "Monday Monday" where a kid has to relive his first day in high school day after day until he gets it right.

Copy Cat?  --RoadDog

Friday, February 10, 2017

Top Ten Facts-- "Groundhog Day" Movie-- Part 2: Seer of Seers

4.  When Director Ramis would tell Bill Murray about upcoming scenes, Murray would interrupt him and say, "Just tell me -- good Phil or bad Phil?"

5.  The Tip-Top Cafe was a set created for the movie.  There is no Tip-Top Cafe in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.

6.  The real groundhog's name is "Punxsutawney Phil, Seer of Seers, Sage of Sages, Pronosticator of Prognosticators and Weather Prophet Extraordinary.  This is the name given him by the "Punxsutawney Groundhog Club" back in 1887.

"Don't Drive Mad."  --RoadDog

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Top Ten Facts About the Movie "Groundhog Day"-- Part 1: Phil Tom Hanks

From the January 31, 2008, Movie Moron "Top 10 Facts--  Groundhog Day."

1.  The original script had Bill Murray repeating the same day for 10,000 years, keeping track by reading a new page in a book each day.  In the actual movie, it is estimated that he spent around ten years in Punxsutawney.

2.  Tom Hanks was the first choice for the lead role, but Harold Ramis thought he was "too nice" for the part.  Tori Amos was considered for the role played by Andie MacDowell.

3.  The movie's screenwriter got the idea of the repeating days while reading about immortals in "Interview With the Vampire."

Do You Have Deja Vu?  --RoadDog

Looking Back to 1916: Working the Roads in DeKalb County, Illinois

From the November 23, 2016, MidWeek (DeKalb County, Illinois) "Looking Back."

1916, 100 Years Ago.

"Monsday was a big day at Carlton (Illinois).  Some forty teams and forty shovelers gathered there for the big job of unloading fifteen carloads of gravel and placing same on the road.  The Northwestern railroad gave the gravel to be placed on the road running east from Carlton as far as the new concrete road.

"This gives a good road the entire distance from Waterman to Carlton.

The farmers will now have less difficulty getting their products to a convenient railroad.  The work was almost entirely donated by public spirited people.

Imagine Railroads Helping Roadbuilding.  Kind of Backfired.  --RoadDog

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

The Historic Bankhead Highway

From the September 6, 2016,  Sr=tar-Telegram (Texas)  "Bankhead: 100th anniversary celebration of transcontinental road nears."  By Lance Winter.

This highway came about because of the Bankhead Bill introduced by Senator John H. Bankhead of Alabama.

The road was not to be the nation's first all-weather one connecting the east and west coasts.  That road was the Lincoln Highway.  But the Lincoln couldn't be used year-round because of the western mountains made it impassable.

The Bankhead Highway too the route across the southern part of the country.

Mush remains of the Bankhead Highway, but it often goes by other names.  However, the towns of Aledo, Willow Park and Weatherford still call it the Bankhead Highway on their street signs.  US-80, US-67 and Texas Highway 1 have replaced the olf Bankhead.


Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Made It to Groundhog Day in Woodstock, Illinois-- Part 3: On to the Library


After finishing the meal, I drove over to the library where they had a room set up with all sorts of scrapbooks and collections of items dealing with the making of the movie.  This was the first time I had done this over a Groundhog Days Festival.

They had location shots used for sites in the film, including an area where they were originally thinking about having Gobler's Knob, before deciding to have it in the square. I looked through a lot of scrap books and found that they even had menus with prices made up for the Tip Top cafe.

A woman there talked with me.  She was part owner of the building where the Tip-Top Cafe was in the film.  She also owned the building next door which was an embroidery shop.  She said that one day Bill Murray came in and ordered two really large throws which her shop made.


Looking Back to 1941: The Governor To Attend Dedication of DeKalb-Sycamore Road

From the November 16, 2016, MidWeek "Looking Back."

1941, 75 Years Ago.

"For the second time in the past few months Governor Dwight H. Green will be a guest in DeKalb.  The governor, accompanied by other state officials, to come here tomorrow morning to take part in the dedication of the DeKalb-Sycamore section of State Route 23."