In terms of "super groups", I think we all can agree that the Traveling Wilburys are tops. There are some that are part of my lifetime (like Temple of the Dog and Oysterhead) and plenty of them from way before my life including CSNY and Cream. Rolling Stone has a pretty good list here . The reason I bring it up is that I've come across a new (to me) supergroup: The Dirty Mac. Like all of you Google Music users, I've had to make the (TERRIBLE) migration to YouTube Music. Can I tell you how much I dislike YouTube Music? It, umm, feels like they don't really care if anyone uses the service. But, on there, I came across this Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus video of "You Can't Always Get What You Want" . Neat version, cool video. But, at the bottom of the description there's this little nugget: "The program also includes extraordinary performances by The Who, Jethro Tull, Taj Mahal, Marianne Faithfull, Yoko Ono, and The Dirty M
Just a couple of days ago, I posted an update on my Google Local Guides status with one of my photos (of Dogpatch in Naperville ) hitting 6M views. Like all of you with your location history turned on, Google also sent me a note showing my annual timeline. And, 2020 was certainly different. And my location history tells the story. (Thanks, COVID.) Normally, Google Maps will show all the trips you have taken in a year. In 2020, I made it to five states (Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan), but that Minneapolis trip took place pre-pandemic. The rest of those trips were from March --> December. We didn't go very far from home. Here is something pretty striking. My visits broken down by Shopping and Restaurants. Big cliff in March: My time on mass transit went to ZERO after March: Part of the report from Google shows some of the places that you went -and calls them "highlights". Interesting to see that ALL FIVE of my Places highlighted were parks/o
On all of our trips to campus to see a Fighting Illini football game down at Memorial Stadium, we do a few things: park at Frat Chi, walk the quad and buy some stuff at the bookstore or Gameday Sports. Or both. On one of those trips in the past few years, I guess I made an impulse buy that I recently came across. Doing what most of us do at the new year, I decided to clean out my desk drawers. In one of them, I found a package that contained this Fighting Illini football player minifigure you see below. He's wearing W-O-W or White - Orange - White...which isn't my favorite look (I'm much more of a traditionalist in O-B-O), but seems like something the team wears a lot these days. A few notes: 1. He's wearing #00 - which I think has to do with players not being paid to play. 2. If you look closely at the yoke, you'll see "Team Shield" showing up. Nice little detail. 3. He came with a football, but TKOTBS seems to have misplaced it. 4. The h
I received this note from Google Local Guides telling me that one of my photos on Google Maps has hit 6M views. It is of this pet store in Naperville that I posted back in 2016. I've been chronicling my Google Local Guides experience over time here on the blog . The last time I looked at the stats was back in May of 2018 when I had 4M OVERALL photo views . Before that, in February of 2017, I was at 2.5M views . So, this one photo has 6M views alone. And, when I went to look at my overall views, I'm now at 15M photo views. That's 4X growth in 32 months.
Back in November of 2020, McDonalds had a Happy Meal promotion with Walt Disney World that featured ride vehicle toys from the parks included in each Happy Meal. The promotion started (I think) right before Thanksgiving , but by the end of the month they stopped selling the toys due to an error of some sort with the QR code that came in the package . Of course, when they released these, we ran out to get a Happy Meal for the kids. They gave us two of the same toy (Goofy) and one Mission Space toy (Mickey). The ones we have are marked "Walt Disney World" and the Goofy one is from the newly opened (at least...new to us, since we haven't been to the Parks since the pandemic hit) Runaway Railway ride at Disney's Hollywood Studios. The Mission Space one is from the ride in Epcot below. You can see all ten of them here from WDWNT . Wonder if they'll ever bring the toys back? They kind of remind me of these Disney Matchbox cars that I have from when I was a kid
We packed the kids and their sleds in the car and spent an hour or so out at the White River County Park in Walworth County a couple of weeks ago . The photo at the top is the hill that greets you as you walk down from the parking lot towards the river. If you look closely at the top of the photo, you'll see the river winding around the bend. If you were pretty streamlined and had a good push, you could *ALMOST* reach the river by sled from the top of the hill. This is the county's largest park and is located just 10 minutes or so away from Lake Geneva. From the county's website : After we hit the hill a few times with the sleds, we took the kids for a little snow hike down the trail that is adjacent to the White River. We didn't get far, but we did see people doing it right - with snowshoes and cross country skis. Back near the parking lot, there's a large barn - not sure if it is in service, but it looks like it was original the property. Here's the bar
Recently, I was working in my office early one morning when I heard the BEEP, BEEP, BEEP, BEEP that comes with the backing up of a large truck. It sounded close, so it got me out of my desk chair to look outside. And, that's the exact moment when I remembered that I reordered some firewood from Best Firewood. I was the first delivery of the day it seemed. I walked out the front door and saw the guys unloading - by hand - our two face cords. One of Cherry. And the other of 'mixed hardwoods'. Like I did last Fall, I decided to forgo paying for stacking and had them drop the face cords on the driveway, close to where I intend to bring it around the back. Here they are unloading: And here's the beginning of the big pile. They started with the "mixed hardwoods" and the guy on the top of the truck is pulling the cherry firewood. It was just Friday that I posted about how we were down to around fifty pieces of firewood in our racks . For this season, we