Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Just Hangin' 'Round Here-- Part 1: Ten at Tens, Crummy Weather, Bars and Friends


As the days keep getting shorter and the early onslaught of winter (we've had about 12 inches of snow since Halloween and temps around 20-30 degrees colder than usual, rarely getting over freezing), we've still managed to cope.

As usual, during the day and early afternoon, we are on the internet (I'm doing these confounded blogs).

Later today, we went on our weekly excursion to Donovan's Reef in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin, a regular Cheers kind of place where everyone generally knows everybody else.  On the way home, we stopped at The Grove in Spring Grove, Illinois, and had their saganaki cheese "OooPahh!! and loaded nachos.

Met good friend Tom from Fanella's Pizza in Ingleside and talked with him.  He used to own Tom's Cafe in Johnsburg where I deejayed quite often.


After the usual morning (which often also involves recording Bob Stroud's Ten at Ten on Chicago's WDRV, 97.1 FM, the Drive.  Yesterday it was ten songs from 1978 (my pick was "Magnet & Steel" by Walter Egan) and today Cocktails, ten tunes about drinking.  My pick of them "I Drink Alone" by George Thorogood.

Later we went to another Cheers kind of bar, Sunnyside Tavern in Johnsburg.

Too Much Fun To Go Elsewhere.  --RoadFun

Saturday, November 16, 2019

US-12 vs. US-14 IHSA Football Showdown Going Into the Third Round

The second round has ended

These US-14 (Northwest Highway) teams lost their second round games:

8A   Fremd
7A  Hersey, Prospect

Teams remaining:


Prairie Ridge
Cary Grove

Route 14 has two teams left.


These US-12 (Rand Road) teams lost their second round games:

8A  Fremd
7A   Hersey

These US-12 (Rand Road) teams remain:


Lake Zurich



US-12 has two teams remaining.

Going into the third round this weekend  US-14 and US-12 are tied at two apiece.


Friday, November 15, 2019

IHSA Lincoln Highway-Route 66 Showdown-- Lincoln Highway Teams Remaining

These Lincoln Highway teams lost their second round games:

6A  Kaneland

5A  Sterling, Marmion Academy

These Lincoln Highway teams are still in the running:


Lincoln Way East




Providence Catholic


Joliet Catholic


Newman Central Catholic



Lincoln Highway has six teams left, as does Route 66, so right now, it is a tie.

Third Round Is This Weekend.--RoadDog

Thursday, November 14, 2019

IHSA Lincoln Highway-Route 66 Showdown Results of Second Round: Route 66

These Route 66 teams lost their second round game:

8A  Edwardsville
7A  Normal Community

Teams Remaining:


East St. Louis


Joliet Catholic
Sacred Heart-Griffin



There are six Route 66 teams remaining.


Wednesday, November 13, 2019

In Honor of Veterans Day: National Veterans Art Museum in Chicago

On November 10 and 11, I wrote about five places you should visit in honor of our veterans in my Not So Forgotten:  War of 1812 blog.

From Wikipedia.

I had never heard of this one.

The National Veterans Art Museum was formerly the National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum and is located at 4041 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago's Six Corners neighborhood.  Originally just for the Vietnam War, it now encompasses all wars.

It was originally a traveling exhibit, but when Chicago's Mayor Richard M. Daley saw it, he insisted Chicago have its permanent home.  The entrance hall had 58, 226 dog tags hanging from it, one for each American killed in Vietnam.

There are nearly 2,500 works of art in the museum.


Tuesday, November 12, 2019

In Honor of Veterans Day: My Trip to Pearl Harbor

My mother took the family to Hawaii and then she took my sister and me on to Australia and New Zealand.

I have always wanted to go to Oahu so that I could go to Pearl Harbor.  If you don't go to that honored spot, you might as well not have gone to Hawaii.

Besides the Civil War, my three really interesting historical places are the Alamo, Titanic and Pearl Harbor.  I buy any books or magazines I come across on these  events.  And, of the three, Pearl Harbor is #1.

I just never will understand how we got caught so by surprise as we were.  Come on, you had to know that the Japanese fleet, when it escaped detection, was headed somewhere to bring about a knock out blow.  Everybody in the Pacific Ocean should have been on the highest alert.

So, the absolute highlight of my trip to Hawaii was Pearl Harbor.   That trip by boat from the visitors center/museum to the USS Arizona Memorial was a solemn one.  It reminded me of the Vietnam Wall.  The names on that wall of the men below us still entombed in ship.

But, what got me the most were the drops of oil still coming up from the ship.  It was like the ship was bleeding and a real connection to December 7,1941.

There were a lot of Japanese tourists there as well.  I had to wonder what they thought about it.

Thanks Mom.

In Honor of Veterans Day: The National World War II Museum in New Orleans

On Nov. 10 and 11,  I wrote about five places you should visit to commemorate Veterans Day in my Not So Forgotten:  War of 1812 blog.  This is one of them.

From Wikipedia.

Formerly known as the National D-Day Museum, it was founded in 2000, but later designated by Congress as our National WW II museum.  The museum opened on the 56th anniversary of D-Day, June 6, 2000.

New Orleans' D-Day legacy came from the fact that this is where those Higgins boats were made.  They were those small boats loaded with Allied soldiers coming ashore on that day.

This place is definitely on my list of places to visit, but sadly, that won't happen for awhile because I am boycotting one of my favorite cities in the world because of what they did to those Confederate statues.  But at some point I will get over it and will be there.

Looking Forward to That Time.  --RoadDog

Monday, November 11, 2019

In Honor of Veterans Day: My Trip to The National U.S. Air Force Museum at Wright-Patterson AFB on Anniversary of JFK's Assassination

I have been writing about five places to visit to honor our veterans on this day in my Not So Forgotten:  War of 1812 blog.  This is one of those places.

Back in 2013, I decided to stop and check out this museum on my way to visit my mom in North Carolina.  I always take I-70 from Indianapolis to Columbus, which goes right by Dayton, where the AFB is located as well as the museum.

What made this even more of a special stop was that it the date I would visit was November 22.  That would be exactly a half century after President Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas.  His body was taken back to Washington, D.C. on Air Force One and this is where Lyndon Johnson was sworn in as the next president.

And, that airplane is at the museum.

Talk about history and I was going to experience it exactly fifty years to the day  after it occurred.  You could just feel the history all around you.  I saw the room where Johnson was sworn in as president with Jacqueline Kennedy standing next to him in that blood-smeared dress.  I saw the area where seats were cut out to carry JFK's coffin.

When it happened I was in 7th grade at Winston Park Junior High in Palatine, Illinois.  I sure remember that day and the next days after it.

Saturday, November 9, 2019

10 More British Places With Hilariously Rude Names-- Part 2: Where Is Sluts Hole?

Again, go to the site to find pictures and more information. I'm just listing these funny names.

5.  Mudd

4.  Wide Open

3.  Penistone

2.  Sluts Hole

1.  Fanny Hands

So, the next time you're over there, some good photo ops.

Wide Open.  --RoadMudd

Friday, November 8, 2019

10 More British Places With Hilariously Rude Names-- Part 1: Crapstone

From the November 5, 2019, ListVerse by Matt Garrow.

I am just listing their names.  Go to the site to see pictures and a lot of information.

So, next time you're in England and driving around, visit these places.

10.  Bitchfield

9.  Townland of Stranagalwilly

8.  Crapstone

7.  Brokenwind

6.  Hole of Holcrum

Photo Ops?  --RoadDog

Thursday, November 7, 2019

First Round Results IHSA US-12 vs. US-14 2019 Showdown: US-14 Leads 5-4 Going Into 2nd Round

The first round games were played last weekend.

There were six teams from US  Highway 12  (Rand Road) that entered it.  Two were eliminated:

8A   Maine South

7A   Grant


These four teams are still playing:




Lake Zurich



Northwest Highway  (US-14) leads Rand Road  (US-12) 5-4.

Go You US-12.  --RoadDog

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Results First Round IHSA US-14 vs. US-12 Showdown: Five US-14 (Northwest Highway) Teams Left

The first round of the playoffs, featuring 256 high school teams in eight classes of 32 teams is in.


Four of the teams lost: 8A   Maine South and Barrington

6A:  Crystal Lake Central and Crystal Lake South.

Five teams are still in:






Prairie Ridge
Cary Grove

Go Northwest Highway.  --Road14

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

IHSA Lincoln Highway-Rt. 66 Showdown, First Round: Ten Lincoln Highway Teams Still Remain

The first round of the Illinois High School Association football playoffs of 2019 has been played.

Nine Lincoln Highway teams of the 19 who made it lost:

8A:  St. Charles East, Plainfield East, Plainfield North, Plainfield South
7A:  Lincoln-Way West, DeKalb
4A:  Dixon
3A:  West Frankfort
1A:  Aurora Christian


Lincoln Highway teams still in the playoffs:


Joliet West
Lincoln-Way east




Providence Catholic


Joliet Catholic
Marmion Academy


Newman Central Catholic

1A:  Morrison


Lincoln Highway still has ten teams in the playoffs and leads Route 66 by a 10-8 margin.

Go You Lincoln Highway.  --RoadDog

Monday, November 4, 2019

The Results Are In for IHSA First Round Lincoln Highway-Route 66 Showdown: Route 66 Teams

Seven of the fifteen Route 66 teams were knocked out of competition:

8A:  Joliet West, Plainfield East, Plainfield North, and Plainfield South.  Definitely not a good weekend for Plainfield.

6A:  Springfield, Normal West

3A:  Carlinville


Remaining Teams Play This Weekend:




Normal Community


East St. Louis


Joliet Catholic
Sacred Heart-Griffin




Route 66 has eight teams remaining.

Go You Route 66.  --RoadDog

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Filling Shoes At the 'Shoeless' Joe Museum in Greenville, South Carolina-- Part 1

From the Oct. 22, 2019, Chicago Sun-Times by Mitch Dudek

Chicago bartender heading to South Carolina to run shrine to tarnished White Sox legend.

He may have been the greatest baseball player ever, but sadly is disgraces and was kicked out of baseball with the 1919 Chicago Black Sox.

Dan Wallach is a huge Joe Jackson fan.  His right foot even has a tattoo of Joe Jackson's autograph.  Even if his tattoo doesn't match the real Joe Jackson autograph.

Dan Wallach, 32, is abandoning his life in Chicago and moving to Greenville, S.C.  That means, selling his home in Skokie and quitting his job at Yakzies (across from Wrigley Field) and taking over operations at the Shoeless Joe Jackson Museum.

And, yes, despite working by Wrigley Field, Dan is a bona fide White Sox fan.

That museum is inside Joe Jackson's house.

Go You White Sox.  --CootSox