A place to have a cold beer, a few shots, and a small frozen pizza. Just throw the peanuts shells on the floor; the beer wench will clean them up later.
Remember that “Anything worth doing, is worth doing in excess. Moderation is for monks!” (or Janis).
First real snow of the winter and I’m hunkered down by the fire with a wine (or two) listening to the Righteous Brothers…life is good!
Well enjoy the snow for a couple of days before you hit the Florida sunshine. Soon, instead of the Righteous Brothers, you’ll be listening to the refrains of “it’s a small world”. Have fun!
Hate that ride! Much preferred the sitting on the lounge chair by the pool with a drink ride!!
Yeah, that Small World ride is the reason I’ve never been back to Disney World. I like your idea of a ride much better.
Well yeah. But not here.
A fun time at the Biergarten… the HB was most excellent…
I like the Spotted Cow from New Glarus. Apparently we can’t buy it outside Wisconsin but Patti and I are planning a day trip to Bohners Lake. Or Ludy and Mari Guin can do a beer run for me next time they visit Barbara Ann!
Do you mean..this spotted cow?
Joe Metz died suddenly this past week. Information at legacy.suntimes.com.
Joe’s paintings still hang in the corridors of Audubon. His front yard is decorated with many of his sculptures and carvings. I used to see him a couple times a year in the past twenty. He still lived on the southeast corner of Hoyne and Cornelia.
Alas, one less artist among us. Sorry to be the bearer of sad tidings.
I will miss him because as kids we both spoke foreign languages better than we spoke English.
Thank you for telling us Carlo! I am a fan of his work and although he received recognition, I feel he deserves more. Let’s see if I can post my favorite painting.
Attention All Streeters…LUDYPALOZZA 2018 “NOT THE LAST RODEO” WILL TAKE PLACE ON LABOR DAY, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 3RD. ALL COWPOKES WELCOME! DETAILS TO FOLLOW.
Taking this opportunity to wish our favorite Chicago sailor a very Happy Birthday. Sue and I would like to come celebrate our birthdays with you!!!
for those who can’t figure out it is Bill, the Commodore’s, birthday. I am sure he is going to celebrate with a sail and then dinner at his favorite restaurant.
Might that be Laschet’s? We must remember to let Carlo and Judy know the next time we have choir practice.
The Benker Sisters do Cape Cod on the Love Boat
Be Afraid…. Very Afraid
Benker Babes take on the East Coast…the Jersey Shore Girls have nothing on these Midwestern beauties!
Now, Susie, Cousin Sue and Birgit leave for Put-In-Bay for a week of debauchery…Ohio will never be the same! Have a fun time ladies!
Having a great visit with Ellen and Tom…Lots of liquor flowing, especially at Saturday’s party which included a Bloody Mary Bar, Martini/G & T station, Wine Bar, Beer Bar, Whiskey Room and a Mimosa Station…fun times but we missed many of the old group and hope to see you at the next Ludypalozza (fingers crossed that it is a go) in September!
Richard I’ll have Dan or Sue send a picture…
Save the date! September 3rd, Monday, will be the next Ludypalooza.
Details will follow.
It’s been great to see Ellen and Tom this weekend, let the fun continue……
Let me check my calendar.. looks like i have an opening that day.. I’m in.. let’s get our on!
Nice evening out celebrating Richard’s successful eye surgery, Bartz’s elbow surgery and Sue and my anatomy enhancement or reduction surgeries at Laschet’s. We talked about all of you with much love!
Wish I could have been there! What the heck happened to Bill’s elbow anyway?
I know I am older than all of you, but does anyone remember the name of the pool hall on Roscoe St. between Damen & Seeley?
Johnson’s Billiard Academy, my brother.
Ah, thank you. Many a young neighborhood boy was educated there.
Sooooo, Richard didn’t realize Audubon had a library?
Good thing Richard didn’t shove me; we would have knocked Mike off his chair.
Help Richard, I can’t access any music…what am I doing wrong…Dan is seeking your help as he is tired of me recreating these playlists with my own lovely voice…you can e-mail me your snide comments and instructions!!!!
I’m sure he can figure it out.. after all, unlike you, he can use a smartphone.. you are still trying to figure out how to get text off that 1960 rotary phone you use… and quit harassing Dan about not getting any reception on it while in the car…
Wanted to let everyone know that Ellen’s husband, Tom, is doing well after prostate surgery. Ellen is nursing him back to health so Tom’s recovery is on a fast track. Must be the year for prostate stuff…glad that our Commodore Bill is doing well. My better half, (I can hear a collective, Yes he is!) is 5 years prostate cancer free.
Hope to enjoy some time together with Ellen and Tom in April.
Birthday Apologizes… My auto posting program messed up and didn’t post the birthdays.. I could see them, but no one else could…
You just never know who you will run into in the old neighborhood. Went to Man-Jo-Vins and had lunch with Stormy Meyers and Larry Williams! They were in visiting Joe Brown. Nice to share stories about Flash Gordon, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, David Bowie, The Brown Family and of course, Man-Jo-Vins…it was an eclectic conversation!
Hey is Bill in the race to Mackinac? I heard it was really windy and rough.
Still racing.. made a post for it..
So true! And, in the case of memory loss…I drink gin!
Is that why Sue always carries an extra bottle or two in her purse? And a case of tonic water in her car.. and has stashs of limes around the city..
Taste of Cuba was a hit! Loved the food and company…the owner was a Lakeview grad (several years younger) who lived around Belmont and Sheridan, back in the day. We discussed the old neighborhood and going to the Fullerton rocks. Susie, Betsey Callahan from Schurz, sister Kathy, Cousin 2 of 79, Cheryl and Chris were in attendance. Did Cousin Sue sent you the picture, Richard? Next time we visit, the owner is going to sit and drink with us. Party continued at Bar Louie where we just made it for “Happy Hour” with beers, G & T’s and Cheryl and Cousin Sue splitting a bottle of wine! Next gathering is on July 27th (almost Susie and my birthday) at Cheryl’s house…come one come all!
cousin 2 of 79 indeed did send.. been behind since I had to get a new iPad and apple ios, as normal, broke the mail server.. my isp was not happy.. but they got it all redone to satisfy apple.. will post all the photos today..
Congratulations to Captains Bill’s First Place finish in the 2017 Chicago NOOD this weekend…
Wow! Big accomplishment! Congratulations, Bill!
WOW that is gr8!!
Congrats Commodore! Need to celebrate!
Want to wish Susie, Birgit and Cousin #2 of 79 a great time in Key West! Take pictures, drink lots of Bloody Mary’s and say hi to Miss V! Dan and I will be celebrating our 40th Anniversary in NOLA at the same time with Tom and Ellen…we will be drinking Hurricanes…can’t promise any pictures!
My daughter Annie was recently in New Orleans. She showed me a drink menu. The one that intrigued me was “that bitch Katrina”. She also brought me a can of Cafe du Monde. Delicious, but I’m off to my Cuban Coffee Queen and the Key West Rum Distillery. Fun to all!
Rumour has it that Patti has crawled out from under the water heater after a winter of hibernation and is choking down fresh raw meat in anticipation of another 9 months of stealing birthdays..
When I was playing with your calendar, I almost added the names “Patti” and “Sue” to every single birthday event, but then I thought, naaaaw, we already know they celebrate those days with us! 🙂
Sorry for the second post but just saw the Galactic Defender & Aquatron commercial (it wouldn’t load in the space till I clicked on it so I almost missed it!) Why were toys cooler then?
I’M BACK! Rough Feb. and March but I am back to welcome in spring! Great time at Brauhaus…Richard I went sans wine and had several Julius Eichter’s…now setting up a Mexican Fiesta with Cheryl for Cinco de Mayo (or however you spell it)! Going to celebrate May Day with a little vodka, as well! Pickled Liver Day will be celebrated with a beverage of choice!!!! Wilhelm Bartz…when is choir practice? It is 79 degrees out and I’m on Spring Break!!! Also, party at Benker’s new pad…no one will get kicked out…she’s the landlord!!!!!!!
Sue may disgust herself so much, she just might kick herself out.. no problem.. more booze for us..
Take photographic proof.. and send it..
Patti! Sorry to hear you have a rough Feb and March 🙁 Did you have bronchitis? There was so much of that going around this spring. Happy to hear you have celebration plans and are out and about again! 😀
Party at Benker’s was a Mia Mimosa Party for Mia’s college graduation. The elder statesmen behaved themselves but the guest of honor broke her champagne glass and was wiping up champagne and wringing it out into a Solo cup when I left!
Richard can you post a Celebration with Cheryl on Thursday, May 11th at Don Juan’s in Edison Park at 5:15 PM. Margarita’s and Sombrero’s for everyone! We want to get as many people as possible to come out because Cheryl is like the groundhog…she only pops her head out on rare occasions and then disappears for another 6 weeks! She knows I am giving her shit about it so it is all good.
Also, I know you told me once but when are you free in August? Starting to plan the August shindig at Patti’s Party Palace and need the dates you can come in. You can e-mail me the info. If you need a place to crash, Goose Island John as an extra room!
You are now an official Seeley Street event…
I put a google map link, webpage and their YouTube commercial..
Also, two blocks from Edison Park train stop..
Great time drinking margaritas with Cheryl, sister Kathy, Sue, Bonnie and Schurz friend, Betsey Callahan! We are trying to make this a monthly gathering for anyone who can join us. Next outing is Thursday, June 22nd at “Taste of Cuba” on Touhy and Caldwell for mojito’s…be there, comrades!
Pic of the day is majorly cool, and I had no idea this exhibit existed, let alone is coming to Chicago! I am definitely going to see it! I also hope the museum finds a way to let kids who can’t afford the exhibit, to view it.
This year, not only can you see real dinosaur fossils inside The Field Museum, you’ll be able to imagine what it would have been like to walk among these breathtaking animals in Jurassic World: The Exhibition.
Get closer to dinosaurs than ever before in Jurassic World: The Exhibition! Based on one of the biggest blockbusters in cinema history, the Exhibition immerses audiences of all ages in scenes inspired by the beloved film. Now, the park that was only a promise comes to life…right before your eyes.
Travel to Isla Nublar as a VIP guest and explore Jurassic World. Stare in wonder at a towering Brachiosaurus; come face-to-face with a Velociraptor; and get a rare up-close look at the most vicious dinosaur of them all, Tyrannosaurus rex.
Created in close collaboration with renowned paleontologist Jack Horner, the Exhibition is infused with interactive educational elements—drawn from the real-world science of dinosaur DNA that allowed Jurassic World to come to life. Visitors of all ages can now learn all about these incredible prehistoric creatures.
Don’t miss the awe-inspiring journey into Jurassic World: The Exhibition. The Field Museum hosts the Midwest debut of the exhibition starting May 26, 2017.
I’m so going to this. Just watched the movie with my grand dtr this week. She’s not even 3 yet. She loved it!
Save a few bucks, and just look thru the Seeley Street Photo albums.
Just saw Exhibitionism, the Rolling Stones exhibit and experience here in NYC. Lots of cool things, original art, (early sketches and final works by Warhohl, among others) funny Q & A sheets filled out when they were first dealing with the press. Saw the ’57 Les Paul that Keith painted when he was facing jail time. He was on acid, had the paint sticks and painted his white boots first then did his guitar. Lots of other guitars, including an acoustic Gibson that some of the country sounding songs were written on. An epiphone guitar that Keith said had too much reverb. Early Vox amp Keith used when they were starting out that he had a nickname for, the golden something. Saw original lyrics sheets, (“Missed You” had something like “I’ve been holding on so long, so I’m writing you this song….” the latter part of which obviously didn’t make the final draft.) Sound boards, original mixes of the music, notes and mockups for the stage design (last saw the Voodoo Lounge tour, 1994 so seeing all the prep for that was fun!) All the costumes throughout the years displayed on mannequins, videos and audio running everywhere, and a series of tiny little notebooks that Keith wrote in to critique their rehearsals and notes on who he hoped would drop in on the next one. This is coming to Chicago in April for the streeters who are interested. PS Groupon offers money off, and I am sure they will do the same thing for the Chicago show, so watch for it! So far now, Paul and I have been to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts (on the site of Woodstock 1969), Rick Nielsen’s “Rick’s Picks” museum in Rockford, IL, and today, the Stones.
Happy to announce that son, John’s brewing skills have finally turned into a money making venture…just hired by the Goose Island Brewery as an assistant brew master! Field trip…
Grab a cot.. we’re moving in..
When are we going? Definitely time for an outing. Congratulations to John! Kumbaya College paid off!
I could teach there.. Fire water 101… sit around a campfire distilling hooch while drinking beer and a nice haggis…
You could have your own TV show spin-off about a chemistry teacher: ‘BREAKING WIND.’
You loved the haggis and you know it…
I thought that cat’s name was Walter White, not Walter Wheet.
Old Belmont Trolley
I wrote that newer trolley on Belmont before they tore up the tracks and then on occasion I would take the bus home from St. Luke (not often). Usually walked home down Lincoln to Melrose…if we had money we would walk down Belmont and stop at the penny candy store!
Don’t remember riding the track ones… the Belmont trolley with wheels I remember…
I remember riding the trolley on Western Ave. One time a car going West on Roscoe t-boned a trolley and knocked it off the tracks. Ah, memories!
The Lincoln Park spot
We all remember this day ..
Gary Lauer and I made like 8 bucks pushing cars out of snow banks.
As long as there was no shoveling involved… and I thought you were a suburbanite that year?
Only snow day we ever got… but they did wait until we got to school to tell us there was no school… also got to watch people walking by the front windows level with the 1st floor… which in Chicago was the equivalent to other town’s second floor..
May have been, but I was in the neighborhood that day. Lauer and I walked down to North Ave to get his mother from work and walk her home.
Walk.. more like Arctic trek…
Foolish ‘utes’, trying for the sun.
And, the schools just released you to go home…didn’t matter if you lived 6 blocks away and had to walk in the blizzard…there’d be a lawsuit if you did that today.
Remember my Uncle Orville(Beth’s dad) shoveling out parking spaces for his car and one for my dad who was on the way home. Of course, they held the spot with some old wooden horses that someone in the neighborhood moved and parked there…Uncle Orville and my dad buried the car and then took the hose and poured water on it so it froze…sorry, it is the Chicago way!
Just think if you had to walk to high school…
I true Chicagoan wouldn’t have buried the car in snow.. to much work… a tire iron to the windows would be been easier…
Richard, your ‘walk’ statement? Are you being facetious?
No way.. we had to walk 9 blocks to Lane and then the reverse trek.. it was a grueling arctic adventure froth with peril.. the drop offs from households keeping with with the shoveling.. the dangerous snowball attacks from the indigenous population.. waist deep snow.. and no shepa to carry the books or make a path…. the horror of it..
Love their style!
A photo from the 50s and 60s… can you identify it?
Nope, what is it?
I have finally been able to log in, thanks to Richard.
Happy Birthday to all that I missed, and are in the near future.
Sounds like Patti and Dan had a great time in Portland. Aren’t we always in for drinks and food???
I hope to visit again soon. Happy Fall!
5th floor Wieboldt’s cafeteria?
nope… has to do with school field trips…
Correct.. another young soul forced to look at stuffed and bony dead things year after year… and little cartons of milk pre pictures of kids..
Ah, the Willett Bus trips. That’s where I learned all the lyrics to 99 Bottles Of Beer On The Wall.
2nd verse(almost) same as the 1st.
Where’s Mason and Rodriguez? No can find here.
Back from my visit to Portland and “Adventures with Ellen”! We basically ate and drank the entire week…drove to the coast for some fresh salmon and drinks, then a trip on a paddle boat down the Willamette River where we met a lovely babooshka from Russia and ate breakfast and lunch and then drinks by the pool before dinner, a trip to the winery where Tom and Ellen are charter members was wonderful…very Tuscany…then back for a lovely dinner at La Province and more drinks…a get together with Ellen’s condo neighbors (she knows Everyone) for more drinks and dinner, and an Agatha Christie marathon back at the condo with, you guessed it, more food and drinks. Of course there were a lot of laughs, memories and a pledge to get together again for a destination vacation together. Ellen and Tom send their love to all and can’t wait to have a Seeley reunion out west…maybe in Vegas!
Fun report from Portland! Seriously, you guys did a lot! Please keep everyone posted if a Vegas thing happens! Seems like a very equitable idea to accommodate our streeters in the west (and wouldn’t it be fun to get Mike F, as well?)
Did you ever get to use your vocal cords except to order a cool and refreshing G&T, or did you just use hand signals for the drinks?
Never got a word in edgewise so the hand signals were the only way to go…Ellen did try to pawn off some concoction of gin and Fresca on me but it was quickly dispatched to the flower box on her patio!
Ellen or the drink?
RE Image of the day: Richard, what is the story with the Japanese beer cans stacked on Susan’s front porch? Methinks you played some part in that! (Great Cubs flag, btw!)
Nope.. nothing to do with it.. ask Sue
Added lost footage of the Herman Hermits Concert found on Birgit’s phone (do these females ever delete stuff)
Added addition photos to the Ludypalooza Album now that I have my photo editing stuff. Includes the rest of the week activities.
Added additional events to the calendar for July and August..
Here’s the deal. The band Chicago is playing in Madison, WI Tuesday night 8/16. My “date” is in California, so I have one gratis $100 ticket to the show. The upside and downside is one will have to spend that time with yours truly.
Richard…in preparation for our “All Chicago” Ludypalozza could you please download the Cryan Shames Up on the Roof and Could be we’re in Love along with any of the New Colony Six tunes that you haven’t already posted on the site. thanks and see you on Saturday…are you drinking beer or gin and tonics…after all it is summer!!!!
Ah, Patti! I still remember that Cryan’ Shames album with Up on the Roof and Could be We’re in Love! Wow…great album!
Still have mine…though I spilled some candle wax on it so it skips in one place…I just sing over that part!
Already there and I have them on my iPhone for tomorrow unless the stereo doesn’t do USB, Bluetooth or a stereo plug… if not we can get a microphone and put in front of my phone speakers…
Or, I’ll just sing!
That’s worth the price of admission right there!
Have updated the calendar to be more user friendly and can give more detailed information about all planned events.
Thanks Richard…I need constant reminders…please place my doctor and hair appts on the calendar…I’ll give you a list! Bar dates are covered…Sunday through Saturday!!!
If you go to the calendar and click on an EVENT, it brings up more detail on the event… if you want even more detail click on “read more”, and times, addresses, websites, and even a google map appear… try it for Ludypallooza…
When an event is past, it is shaded out and some of the detail is eliminated.. try Janis’ Pizza Party..
Also, if I need to add any birthdays or correct, let me know.. or any events planned.. like a Sue inviting her friends to Bloody Mary Services…
Pub crawl in Brookfield tomorrow night.
Since Sue is getting close to retirement age and her offspring are concerned with her permanent care, options were considered:
1. A part time career as a superhero who fights beer crimes at night (Zythology Girl with a great crime fighting costume)
2. The full time retirement job with complete care including health, room and board..
Cute to put up the tee shirt pic for Ludypalooza!
Please tell me that’s a photoshop….Ah! Texas!
Happy Father’s Day to the fathers of Seeley! Salut!
And Happy Anniversary to Pat and Dan!
Thanks for letting me know, Sue! I hope to remember their date next year! Just put up a picture of them. It is one of my absolute favorites!
Mine is Patti tossing her cookies all over his shoes at the last Christmas party… she blames the haggis.. but I think it was the dozen white castles she snarfed down..
What… no appropriation of Father’s Day and anniversaries by you and Patti… tell it it’s not true !
Patti and Dan !! Happy Anniversary !!!!
Keep the party going !!
Hey Richard, Can you please post a video of the Smokey Robinson episode at “Live at Darryl’s House” where Smokey and Darryl sing Sara Smile and Ooh, Baby, Baby and I’ve been Good to You as an early birthday present to me? It just makes me smile!!!
You’ve exceeded your birthday limit on this site, so Sue and you will have your birthdays donated to the more deserving and, at this point in time in regards to birthdays, about a half century younger..
Richard- Log off and get back in the hot tub!
No way… you’ve been in that hot tub for four hours and have finished off two six packs of light beer… and you have a teeny weeny bladder…
I thought the water felt kinda warm…
After much trial error I found an easy and delicious way to prepare tofu..
1. Throw it in the trash
2. Cook meat instead
Really? Here it’s a great spot remover.
The red meat or the tofu?
Great Thursday outing to O’Donovan’s (formerly Schulien’s) on Irving Park with Susie B, my sister, Kathy and cousins #1 and #2 of 79! It was a fund raiser for a pet rescue and both cousin #2 and Susie B won some wine…then back to my place to drink it! Susie B consumed a Goose Island Fulton Street Coffee Ale instead of wine, while cousin #1 of 79 spilled her wine and I walked into a screen door…all in all a good time was had by all!
Hi Richard! I put up a pic of the day, but even when I went to edit the file, and clicked on the rotate +90 degrees, nada! So now the Blue line REALLY looks like a crash!!! 🙂
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