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  1. avatar Richard says:

    Garfield Good and Friends and a full series of Clutch Cargo – Pipeline to Danger
    (can’t get any better than this after a boring day at school)


  2. avatar Richard says:

    Since Mike didn’t sell the first time, Chris is going to try again. Mike has promised her that this time it will work…

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  3. PattiB PattiB says:

    Just returned from Florida where I was entertaining the grandson at Disney World…not a Key West kinda trip but the wine was flowing…scored an upgrade to a 2 bedroom villa at a deluxe resort so had plenty of room for the cousins to join us…can’t wait for the Seeley girls to invade the Keys and send back pics of their wild girls’ weekend…they will be celebrating my birthday without me…at least my birthday partner, Sue will be in attendance. Let the month of partying begin!!!!

    • Sue B Sue B says:

      Oh I so wish you were coming with us! When we get back we’ll get together at our new spot, the Curragh in Glenview with our Mexipino waiter Freddy.

      • PattiB PattiB says:

        Gotta love a Mexican waiter at an Irish pub…enjoy your trip…say hi to Miss V for me and what new selection will you be singing at the drag queen bar?

        • avatar Richard says:

          Hopefully the bring a good videographer with them to document the debauchery…

    • avatar Richard says:

      Have any photos of you barfing red red wine all over Mickey Mouse?

      • PattiB PattiB says:

        No, was drinking my summer drink because of the hot Florida weather…gin and tonics! I was hanging out with Goofy and Donald and not MIckey…they are a lot more fun!

    • Sue B Sue B says:

      Bye kids, off to Key West!

  4. avatar Janis says:

    Happy Easter, Seeley!

  5. avatar Richard says:

    Just to add content..

  6. avatar Janis says:

    Richard, you say what you want to say through your humor, so allow me to say what I want to say. I dislike the picture of my brother Mike with the salvage sign. I don’t think it is funny, and I think Mike doesn’t like this. I think we go some cruel places on this website that aren’t funny, but what do I know? Your site, your call, however not funny.

  7. avatar Janis says:

    Am just pulling out of a forgotten week with Influenza A. Amazing they can do nasel swabs and infectious disease labs can tell you your flu type! Today is my last day on Tamiflu, which brought the days of very high fever down to something more manageable. Still can’t talk because it sets off coughing spells but other than that, can putter around and get stuff done again!

    • avatar Richard says:

      A cautionary tale indeed:

      CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older as the first and most important step in protecting against this serious disease. People should begin getting vaccinated soon after flu vaccine becomes available, if possible by October, to ensure that as many people as possible are protected before flu season begins. However, as long as flu viruses are circulating in the community, it’s not too late to get vaccinated.

  8. PattiB PattiB says:

    Richard, what’s the status on the Christmas time sailing vacation? Bill mentioned that he and Annette are in and I said Dan and I are up for it…how many can the boat hold and when were you thinking? I have many cousins who are interested!!!!

    • avatar Richard says:

      Never did a cruise ship before…

      • PattiB PattiB says:

        I hear vacation and I jump on it…if not on a boat in the Virgin Islands, what is he talking about?

      • avatar Janis says:

        S. S. Minnow? I am concerned about the way this is shaping up with you as Skipper (think: uncharted desert isle.) :)

      • Bill Bartz Bill Bartz says:

        Whadiya think? Keel boat or cat. In general I like keel boats but for island hopping you can’t beat a cat. They’re also eaiser on lubbers. So, what’s the scuttlebutt?

        • Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

          Do either have a plank?

        • avatar Richard says:

          Patti indicates her pack of cousins are all interested.. with cousins and wind goes green waves over the sides.. so, get with Patti et al and determine what size and type of boat we need.. only chartered a catamaran once in Belize.. but it would be easier on the landlubbers.. Conch Charters is a good starting point..

          • Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

            With that many women on the boat talking at the same time, your sails should always be full of air. “Thar’ She Blows!”

          • Bill Bartz Bill Bartz says:

            We gotta limit this charter (assuming a 40′ cat) to 8 people, 4 cabins, 2 to a cabin. I’m good with the Virgins or Belize, I’ve sailed both.
            I’d be happy to skipper, navigate or administer corporal punishment (why do corporals always get punished?).
            We can even bring a plank.

    • Sue B Sue B says:

      MIKE WANTS PAINKILLERS! BAHAMA BREEZE THIS SUNDAY 2:00 PM

      • avatar Richard says:

        Richard wants photos of painkillers this Sunday at Bahamas breeze…

      • avatar Janis says:

        What is in a painkiller? Rum?

      • Sue B Sue B says:

        Word is Ralph and Theresa are coming to Bahama Breeze!

        • Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

          What I love about this group and site, that, except for me, no one acts their age.

          • avatar Richard says:

            nonsense.. if you acted your age, you’d be worm food :)

          • avatar Janis says:

            “Ah, but I was so much older then, I’m younger than that now.”-My Back Pages, by Bob Dylan, made a hit by the Byrds (one of my absolutely favorite songs and lines!)

          • avatar Janis says:

            Thank you so much for putting this up :) What a rendition! (How can I pick a favorite musician on this song? I especially love Young, and Harrison, but all of them rock this! And Clapton’s solo…! Wow!) Makes me want to look up the whole concert now.

          • avatar Janis says:

            And lest I take it for granted, Roger McGuinn’s beautiful voice opening this performance! Sigh…the Byrds! And for you Clapton fans, he must have an apartment in our neighborhood, I am guessing on Central Park West (CPW). We thought we saw him on a bench early one morning waiting for someone who must have been in a race (Paul and I were, whoa! Is that Clapton?), and it likely was because a couple weeks after that I saw him as he walked right past me around 88th and Columbus, with him heading toward CPW. He was wearing cargo shorts (long, loose) and carrying two grocery sacks! Graham Nash also walked by me on Central Park West last year, easily identifiable because of the height, the hair, the age, and the guitar on his back!

  9. PattiB PattiB says:

    Hi Streeters…so a little piece of my lung and I will soon be parted. Will find out when and what type of follow up there will be…chemo, radiation, gin? Accepting any and all good wishes and happy thoughts and gin!!!

  10. avatar Richard says:

    Keeping up with tradition, the Grammy Awards were last night.. so I’ve added an additional page to the menu (2016 Grammy)… there are some of the Grammy winners or nominees that I have. Probably have a few more but I’d have to dig for them and these I found right away..

    • Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

      I just perused an alcohol survey, and the State of Texas’ favorite beer beverage is Miller Lite. Comments?!

      • avatar Richard says:

        Obviously all lies! Since the majority of the population is Hispanic, it should be Bud Light… but the largest minority group are Damn Yankees (Yankees who won’t leave or Calfornians from Silicon Valley) so those pervs are drinking all that Miller Lite…

        Real Texans drink Hefeweissbier…

        • Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

          Those damn Yankees….

          • Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

            Speaking of the Yankees, what’s new in NYC Lady Liberty nee Lyons? See you still have that job in the harbor of immigrants. That choice of beer should keep the Germans out. Eh, Richard. Oh well, be well. Back to work on my Lou’s Liquors Lego Set.

          • avatar Richard says:

            Great.. it would be the perfect next store neighbor to my Madam Letouche House of Illrepute Lego set with the optional Lady Changs Dominatrix Dungeon and Opium Den..

            We could arrange discounts for all the Seeley crowd..

      • avatar Janis says:

        Yes, Jim, he protests too much. Richard relocated there because of his love of Lite. (Vader: “Give yourself to the light side. It is the only way to save your friends.”)

        • avatar Richard says:

          The only light beer back in those days was regular Coors.. and the only place it was available was Fort Worth.. and Corpus was 400 miles down the road…

    • Sue B Sue B says:

      So last night I went to a Candlelight Bowl with Birgit, and I also saw the elusive Ralph and Theresa. After drinking Not Your Father’s Root Beer, I bowled 3 games as Birgit’s partner and we tied for last place. Ralph and Theresa send their regards.

      • Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

        Meeting the two of you in an alley? No way!

      • Sue B Sue B says:

        Lest you think my life is all fun and games and Lagunitas: Monday night I participated in a program at my library. We each recommended a favorite author and mine was Michael Raleigh, who wrote our book In the Castle of The Flynns. He recently published a new book, Peerless Detective.And in honor of that book, tonight I’m drinking Lagunitas Undercover Investigation Shutdown

        • Sue B Sue B says:

          Off to celebrate Ludy’s birthday! We’re seeing the play “Jeeves at Sea” then dinner and drinks at the Shangri-La. It’s almost summer!

          • PattiB PattiB says:

            Have a great time! I know you are celebrating our birthdays, as well!!
            Hoping any and all Streeters can make it to my house on Saturday, February 13th to welcome back to Chicago our own Ellen Swanson. Party starts at 6 PM at the Grunde’s!!

          • Sue B Sue B says:

            To those of you who knew the O’Brien family: Colleen’s mom passed away last month. I just found out today. I remember her at Hoffings. There is a memorial service at Bloomingdale Church this Sat at 11 a.m. Yes, that’s in Bloomingdale.

          • Sue B Sue B says:

            I’m bringing my bombers of Cappucino Stout. Have to share with someone.

          • avatar Richard says:

            I’ll share with you… get two chairs.. sit in one and have a shot.. switch chairs… pretend you’re me.. say something obnoxious.. have a shot… switch chairs… give me the finger… have a shot.. repeat..

            Don’t worry about Patti thinking you are wacko.. it’s already to late…

          • Sue B Sue B says:

            I thought I was drinking that black beer with you. . .

          • avatar Richard says:

            You are acting as both my principal and proxy.. besides, you get twice as much fine black beer..

        • avatar Richard says:

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          We brewed this especially bitter ale in remembrance of the 2005 St Patrick’s Day Massacre and in commemoration of our 20-day suspension that followed. The ABC conducted an undercover investigation of our brewery, finding us guilty of operating a “Disorderly House.” as well as “Moral Turpitude’… we had to look that up… it is defined as “devoid of social morals — we disagree! We did the crime. We did the time. We got the braggin’ rights.

  11. avatar Richard says:

    Okay.. Janis has been posting a bunch of lego photos of her lego set… the question is why does she have a lego set at home.. so let’s have a contest.. select one of the following or come up with an alternative…

    1) Joe has moved back in with the parents
    2) Janis is trying to keep up with the Benker clan and decided to reproduce more
    3) Janis is bored out of her mine and has New York condo fever
    4) Janis kidnapped an immigrant family to do the cooking and it’s to keep the children quiet..

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    The winner will receive a one year free subscription to this blog…

  12. avatar Richard says:

    Sailing My Way Back to Chicago

  13. avatar Richard says:

    Exclusive footage of Jim’s draft notice and his physical..

  14. avatar Richard says:

    Sue asked for it… and you got it …. Merry Christmas

  15. avatar Richard says:

    Yes.. this is a REAL product with a great commercial..

  16. avatar Richard says:

    Tis another holiday weekend in Chicago Land… may you all escape the clutches Salmonella, hangovers, and, wearing a high quality Kevlar vest, any pesky projectiles.

  17. avatar Richard says:

    Just a note of interest:

    Last weekend, one of Jim’s sons and I both partied like it was 1999 at the Wurstfest in New Braunfels, Texas… amongst the spilled beer, sauerkraut, and gastro contents..

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    • Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

      Tradition!!!

      • avatar Carlo D. Lombardo says:

        Did the band play both country AND western? Is that a Cordovox or an accordion?

        • avatar Richard says:

          The only “country” they played was Country Roads by John Denver.. all the other songs were in German… and it was an accordion (what else) and not seen was the fiddle player wandering the hall..

          The area was colonized in 1842 by the Adelsverein using German settlers (most were educated and artisans) and they continued immigrating to the area until the 1890s.. this is the origins of the Texas classic – Chicken Fried Steak with cream gravy.

          We were competing in the Wurstfest Regatta at Canyon Lake.

    • avatar Janis says:

      Northsiders remember 1969 and the weird series between the Mets and the CHICAGO CUBS! So, here we are, in the shadow of Shea, living a short commute from Citi Field where our beloved Cubs are coming for games one and two this weekend! Paul is wearing his Cubs hat on the streets of NYC. Enough said. 😉

    • Sue B Sue B says:

      What kind of newspaper is this? How funny! Note the date: Sept 10. Remember when the world series was played when it was actually still summer? And when did they stop using the term “the pennant”? And the outrage over $5 tickets. . .love this article, thanks for sharing. Perhaps Paul should be wearing a bullet-proof vest with his Cubs hat.

      • Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

        Hey Girls! Mr. tall and handsome here(that would be yours truly-me), was able to score a ticket thru Cubs Lottery for Tuesday’s playoff game. I would give it to Sue(who FINALLY agreed with me(I’m so easy!)), but I’m afraid while she is STILL flirting with the players, a ball is going to hit her between the eyes, and then her Mom is going to take her to Illinois Masonic via CTA.

        • avatar Richard says:

          No problem.. give her the ticket… getting hit between the eyes is how her mother used to get her attention… Sue has always been hard headed… at least that’s what everyone, but me, says…

        • avatar Janis says:

          Wow, Jim! Congratulations!!!! If you can’t attend, this is a highly valued ticket to sell in the secondary market.

      • avatar Janis says:

        I know, Sue! If I’d heard of The Heckler, I don’t recall it. Just googled it and I think this is actually a satirical paper that is recent (I didn’t know that when I posted it, which was naive of me, since some of those quotes are pretty unlikely! :)

        Crazy here for Paul…people telling him they can’t talk to him for this next week. Missed a call from Bartz, who left a voicemail saying he was thinking of Paul during this time. P.S. Remember last year and the story you texted me about the person walking the goat to Wrigley? This year, in some kind of misguided judgment, some Cub “fans” are eating goat to break the curse. Now let’s think about this…if the curse happened because a guy was refused to bring his goat in Wrigley field, wouldn’t the correct response be to treat goats WELL to undo the curse? You have to admire Cub fans enthusiasm, if not the accuracy of their follow through…. :)

  18. avatar Janis says:

    Pic of the day is me, a year and a half ago, in the parking lot of Woodstock (SINGS “paved paradise, put up a parking lot!”) That’s our “blue sky diesel” car that was the first car purchase Paul and I ever agreed on, both loving the respect for the environment, the torque, the mileage and the clean diesel engine (ahem!) Google VW diesel, if you don’t know the rest of the story…. :)

    • Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

      Janis, a fresh oil change and we rotate your tires, you’re good for another 3 years! Speaking of Woodstock reference, Sharon, the bride of my youth, was actually at the ORIGINAL one on Yasgur’s farm. At 14, she tagged along with her older sister and friends on a Greyhound Bus. She has several Polaroids which confirm absolutely nothing about this. But I believe her, like I did when she said, “Don’t worry, Jim, I’m on the pill”.

      • avatar Janis says:

        Jim, very cool that you knew someone who was there! Seeley question: do you guys remember the brother/sister teens/early 20s that moved to Addison Street kind of later in our group’s time? The girl dated Mike Fiechtner? I think she said she’d been to Woodstock. Was her name Charlene?

      • avatar Janis says:

        JG: Above, see the holy site. It was thrilling to be on, and it wasn’t long before Paul and I entered the area by the now rock rubble stage foundation. We climbed a fence to do it. Yes, there are concerts held in this field but everything is restricted now and you aren’t allowed to be on it when there isn’t an event in progress, and certainly can’t walk and stand on the stage and look up and see the artist’s vantage on the natural sloping amphitheater the hill provides. We did. We got on there quickly and were awed.

  19. avatar Richard says:

    Was this a holiday weekend in Chicago that I missed?

    • Sue B Sue B says:

      Are you referring to the lack of activity on the website? I think everyone is recovering from the latest topics. Butt transplants and spotted dick. What’s wrong with you?
      No official holiday but there was a wedding celebration in Ludy’s back yard. Ludypalooza all over again! And it was a same sex wedding, the grooms are from Austin TX.

      • avatar Richard says:

        Nope.. the normal holiday carnage but seems not to be a holiday.. maybe a weekly event…

        Guess they had to have it in the north.. I believe those weddings are still illegal in Texas.. at least according to the Texas attorney general.. of course he is currently busy with his felony charges for using his political positions for illegal gains ( I know.. business as usual in Illinios)

        • Sue B Sue B says:

          They actually got married in Texas a couple months ago. Now they’re having wedding celebrations all over the country. They’re celebrating their wedding the way Patti and I celebrate our birthday.

          • PattiB PattiB says:

            Celebrated this weekend on Bill’s boat with fellow birthday girl Sue and Cousin Sue, #2 of 79 and some gin and tonics. Will be celebrating again on Thursday with Cheryl and having margaritas. Then it is up to the cabin for the weekend with Cousin # 1 of 79 for some bloody marys…finally it is off to the hospital on Monday for a liver transplant!!! Then we start the entire process over again…

          • avatar Richard says:

            You definitely have a drinking problem.. you need professional help… there was no rum or beer included in your list…

          • Sue B Sue B says:

            Have a great wknd Patti! Wish I could join you! And I have the utmost respect for your varied menu.

        • Sue B Sue B says:

          Yesterday I got a call telling me I’d won a raffle prize from the art fest last weekend and guess what it is? Earrings by Peter Brenner!

          • avatar Richard says:

            Be careful… instead of the hands, your ears may fall off…

          • avatar Janis says:

            I love Brenner’s earrings. I loved the earrings my brother, Tom, made, when he was Brenner’s partner. You have to have someone take a picture of you with the earrings on! I know they will look fab! :)

        • avatar Janis says:

          Patti! That is a lot of wonderful Seeley socializing! Say hi to everyone!

    • Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

      Was in Chicago past weekend. Sunday morning @ Lincoln Park Zoo. What a wonderful place! What the hell happened to quaint artsy Old Town? Typical American Yuppie-dom, now, which probably doesn’t bother a couple in the group. And Piper’s Alley isn’t an alley anymore. You can’t go home again, which is literal for me. My house has been razed, and lot is someone’s side yard.

      • avatar Janis says:

        Hi Jim! First, I agree with you, RE Lincoln Park Zoo. Always a sentimental favorite of mine, cozy and old timey. I can’t estimate the amount of times I’ve walked it, and I am so glad they kept it a free zoo (although of course drivers have to pay for parking now, not like all that free parking down Cannon and Stockton drives that teens used to have! Second, Piper’s Alley- I remember visiting the alley and always being warned by my Mother (and my Dad, on the phone) to be very careful! I could only go in a large group and if a brother was part of that group. Saw my first bead curtains there, first John Lennon round specs there, and my first water bed there! Yikes! Your house is razed. That would feel weird. Mary showed me that they took down the house next to ours, and that was a shock. I can imagine what I would feel like if they took down ours.

        • Sue B Sue B says:

          I remember our trips to Old Town. I bought patchouli oil and a Spiro Agnew wristwatch.

          • Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

            Patchouli oil! HA! Nice! Sue, your could wear your watch while you play with my Richard Nixon hand puppet!

          • Sue B Sue B says:

            I threw the watch away. Spiro’s hands fell off.

          • avatar Janis says:

            I remember patchouli oil and Agnew watches from that time period! Also patchouli incense sticks! And the tricky Dick poster (was it a blacklight poster?) “would you buy a used car from this man?” !!!

          • Sue B Sue B says:

            I bought some patchouli oil in Key West last summer but it’s not the same. The stuff we bought in Old Town was real oil, and stained the skin, like iodine.

          • avatar Richard says:

            The old hippie type oil was probably steam distilled in old corroded pots that would give that reddish color… the good stuff should be colorless or maybe a bit yellowish..

        • avatar Richard says:

          You got to visit Sue at the zoo… she is the Queen Bee of her termite hive.. very important position…

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    • Sue B Sue B says:

      I didn’t believe Mia when she told me that today was National Black Dog Day. Well it’s true. So here’s to That Black Dog who’s a little nuts but very sweet, he sure filled a hole in my heart.

      • PattiB PattiB says:

        Happy belated National Black Dog Day! When is that Black Dog’s birthday…we can claim it as ours! Still wear patchouli…and it is the old kind…got it at a head shop in of all places, Rock Island (though they were always stuck in a time warp) when I was doen there last year. Have just a smidge left as the bottle has a cork in it and is about the size of an “iodine bottle”! Heading off to WDW fo a class trip with my students…it’s like herding cats! Cheryl says hi to all…I think she had a pitcher of margaritas by herself…she has also lost all her phone contacts, her e-mail contacts and her mind! Weekend at the cabin was fun…no volunteers to get into the water…but we did have G&T’s in your honor Sue, as well as samplings from the designated cousin #2 of 79’s wine bar. Visited the mandatory fish fry, Maiden Lake Supper Club and had a fire and s’mores…missed my birthday partner! Fall leaves were spectacular. Everyone have a great weekend! GO CUBS!!!!

  20. avatar Richard says:

    FYI.. Mike is currently in the hospital… he is having a butt transplant.. after being an ass for all these years.. he has finally worn it out :)

    On an alternate note: you all have to entertain me from Dec 16 – Dec 21 … Party till we drop !

    • Sue B Sue B says:

      I strongly recommend a field trip to the Lagunitas brewery sometime during that week.

    • Sue B Sue B says:

      Just visited with Mike and Chris at the VA. He hasn’t had his butt transplant yet because they can’t find one to fit him. Chris and I fed him white castle burgers so if his butt gets big enough he can get one transplanted from the Kardashians. Or he can have mine when I’m done with it because he says he’s going to outlive all of us.

      Save the date: Christmas party at Mike and Chris’ on Sat Dec 19th. I’ve gotten word that Ralph and Theresa are available and putting it on their calendar.

  21. avatar Richard says:

    I noticed, as did the rest of the USA, the fine Labour Day that Chicago celebrated… a weekend of rest from the everyday toil… except for the Chicago emergency clinics and staff…

    • PattiB PattiB says:

      Dan and I spent Labor Day on the boat with Bill and Annette…great food, drink, conversation and some hot weather and no wind…except from all of our yapping!!!

      • Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

        Yours truly(ME) is coming to Chicago this weekend to a nephew’s wedding near Old Town. Any Sunday notable events in neighborhood happening? Thanks.

        • Sue B Sue B says:

          How late will you be in town? Is the wedding Sat night? I have plans during the day on Sun but would be available in the evening…..

          • avatar Janis says:

            You guys could get together with all the September birthday folk: Bonnie who had hers on the 3rd, Bill B (his Bday is tomorrow Sept 11) Bill M (Sept 23) and of course Jim on Sept 24! Have fun in Chicago, Jim!

          • Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

            Sue- Give me a call if you are free(608-393-5253) Sunday is a bum around day for me. Don’t get to city often, so figured I might hit Lincoln Park Zoo(they say it’s all happening there). Just winging it.

        • Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

          Janis- You omitted Sue and Patti’s September birthdays.

          • avatar Richard says:

            As you said.. after that many birthdays, neither can remember one birthday from another.. basically they are suffering from birthday brain death… and their arteries are clogged with birthday cake residuals..

          • avatar Janis says:

            Richard’s joke notwithstanding :) , I heartily endorse us celebrating all our birthdays together! 😀

  22. avatar Janis says:

    Impromptu Belated bday party in the Seeley Street Pub! All invited.

    Give Richard whatever he wants, and I will have a Coors light over ice, and a chaser of water! Let the good times roll! :)

    • avatar Richard says:

      I am back.. been chased around the Caribbean by wantabe Hurricanes Danny and Erica… but the beer, rum, and gin supplies were abundant…

  23. PattiB PattiB says:

    Thanks to Sue for hosting her “Now and Then” Party. Good time eating Jiffy Pop(so what if it caught on fire), White Castle sliders, TV dinners and Black Cows and watching the movie! Tried to link up with Bill for choir practice but he left before I could get there….I told you I could not do 5PM but would be there by 6PM (I was only 20 minutes late)…you should have had another beer and waited for me! Looking forward to sailing on Sunday and then visiting with Mike on Sue’s (and my) birthday this Tuesday!!!

    • Sue B Sue B says:

      Thanks for bringing the PBR! Do they still make Hamm’s? So everybody’s welcome to celebrate our bday at Mike and Chris’ on Tues. I wonder if they realize they’re hosting our birthday party?

  24. avatar Richard says:

    Reminds me of Jim while we were at Audubon..

  25. Sue B Sue B says:

    Just wondering, how old do you think Mrs Zaucha was when we were in school? She seemed really old, but now I’m thinking she was probably about the same age we are now…..

    • avatar Richard says:

      Yes.. REALLY old….

      She wanted me to go to a trade school since she knew I could never make it through a regular high school … much less college… the old bat is probably turning in her grave at this point in time… I said it even though Carlo was “teacher’s pet” :)

      • avatar Carlo D. Lombardo says:

        I was her pet because I spoke Italian and she was Miss Italy in the 1933 Century of Progress (or was that 1893?) Exposition. I think she was always in her 70s, and that Gloria Swanson pancake makeup talc did not help. But I knew her only 3 years. I think she might have been the first Goth.

        • Sue B Sue B says:

          I don’t know what perfume she wore but it was distinctive. I was downtown with a friend once and one of us said “I smell Mrs. Zaucha” and sure enough we turned around and there she was.

          • avatar Richard says:

            Was it ode of cedar and moth balls?

          • Sue B Sue B says:

            It was probably Evening in Paris since that’s what the kids gave all the teachers for Christmas. We bought it at Woolworths. I remember her taking a group of girls to the Ivanhoe Theater

          • avatar Richard says:

            Remember that place.. I think they had an indoor glasses water fall and a nifty dungeon… and fruit drinks with an umbrella..

          • Sue B Sue B says:

            Didn’t they call that dungeon the Catacombs? I was too young for drinks with umbrellas. I think the building is a liquor store now

          • avatar Richard says:

            Catacombs sounds right.. but the umbrella drinks were virgin…

        • Sue B Sue B says:

          I like that. The first Goth.

          • avatar Richard says:

            Goth.. she could have been the first vampire.. the makeup was to protect her from the sun…

  26. PattiB PattiB says:

    Off to sunny Italy to sample some vino…I am now an official taster…have credentials and everything! Will be gone for 2 weeks…or more, if I get arrested!! Renting a villa on the Amalfi Coast with other seasoned party-people…no cousins, but Ellen will be there. Get a chance to party with our restaurant owner friends the Pagni brothers from Sabatino Restaurant…they are graciously entertaining us at their home in Pisa for a couple of days…ah, great food and wine!!! Ciao for now!!!!

    • avatar Carlo D. Lombardo says:

      Buon divertimento, cara Susanna! Make sure you stop at the Church (Saint Andrew?) in Amalfi. Have a magnificent time in Pisa, too.

      And don’t look down from the hills; it’s straight down.

    • avatar Richard says:

      You are probably just going to the Italian part of Disney World… and I’d say prove it by taking pictures.. but you don’t have a phone that takes pictures (nor even a phone) (and if you had one, you wouldn’t know how to send the said pictures)…

      But maybe Dan could do all the work for you…

      • PattiB PattiB says:

        I’m back…such a beautiful country and special time…we ate, we drank, we toured and then we ate and drank some more! I have pictures Richard, which Dan will upload, soon. Visits to Pisa, Lucca, Sienna, Florence, Positano, Sorrento and points in between. Our villa was spectacular…as Ellen said, “Can you believe 2 girls from Melrose street are here?” It was nice to see how the other half lives!!!

        • Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

          Heading down to Wrigley Field with oldest son this morning. Going to be Bleacher Bums along with my daughter in from Colorado, my youngest son, the Army Captain in from San Antonio with his fiancé, and also my grandson home from the Air Force in Altus, OK. Then back to the Dells for a week so they will probably all drink Wisconsinibly.

          • avatar Richard says:

            Sounds like a wild week and probably a need for a good bail bondsman…

            I started my July 4th weekend early by a student blowing up my lab… but this morning I had the lab assistant clean up the mess and the janitor clean up the blood…

          • Sue B Sue B says:

            I’m curious about the whole blown-up lab thing. Sounds like a desperate way to get some extra time off this summer.

        • avatar Richard says:

          Still waiting for proof.. sounds like the moon landings…

  27. PattiB PattiB says:

    So, Bartz has finally managed to get my son, Bill to crew for him…scary that both those Bills are together on one boat and beer is involved! Thanks Bill for allowing my son to experience the joys of sailing!

    • Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

      make sure he pays in cash.

    • avatar Richard says:

      Is your son charging Bill by the hour or is it a seasonal rate? Remember that crew is a negotiable position.. the boats need crew more than the crew need boats… and Bill should be paying for all the beers..

  28. PattiB PattiB says:

    Richard-Can you put The Righteous Brother’s “Your My Soul and My Heart’s Inspiration” on Bonnie’s Music Machine…I feel like slow dancing! Blue-eyed soul at its best!! If it is there and I missed it just tell me and I’ll scroll again…such an achingly beautiful song and the memories I have of dancing to this song are worth more than gold!! Your the best, music maestro!!!

    • avatar Carlo D. Lombardo says:

      M-M-M-M Duck and beer! That’s why the bear was so happy at the very end. I didn’t realize that bears love duck almost as much as they love salmon. From the land of sky-blue waters, lofty balsams. Hamm’s was my first beer (age 8). Tasted great then; can’t look at it now.
      That commercial was reminiscent of a Warner Brothers cartoon, based on On the Beautiful Blue Danube, with Elmer Fudd conducting the orchestra.
      Way to go, Richard.

      • PattiB PattiB says:

        Was out to dinner at a very yuppie, chi-chi place on Southport last Friday…a glass of wine was around $15! Children everywhere so we ate at the bar…everyone was drinking Schlitz…at $10 a can…what is up with that?

        • Sue B Sue B says:

          Well! We’re not going there!

          • avatar Richard says:

            Guess you lack any appreciation of an excellent malted beverage… and you must pay for that appreciation.. at least Patti must pay… the rest of us will go down the block to Helmut’s and have an under appreciated Hacker Pschorr Weisse for a much appreciated price of half..

    • Sue B Sue B says:

      Little trip down memory lane last night, or rather Lincoln Ave. Went out with our Patti to see a play at the Athaneum theater which is on St Alphonsus grounds. Found a new watering hole, Patsy’s Pub, on Lincoln. What used to be Woolworth’s is now the “60657 Lofts”. Driving home down Damen I saw Lou’s Liquors, hangout of Big Dick and Little Dick (per Carlo). Now it’s a pizza place. Hamlin Park is really impressive.

      • avatar Carlo D. Lombardo says:

        Another piece of Roscoe history gone:

        I was gone last week, but we lost Sal the Barber on the 11th or 12th. Below is his Obit. What a character. I’ll miss him.

        His real first name was Ottavio, but he went by his middle name, Sal, probably because of the association with the actor, and it seems all Sicilian first names are unpronounceable.

        Ottavio Mineo Obituary

        Mineo, Ottavio S. Age 77. Former husband of Pasquala Rosa (nee Frumentino); loving father of Anna Marie and Laura Mineo; beloved son of the late Anna and Settimo Mineo; cherished grandfather of Devlin Pighee, Selena and Jhenna Harden; great-grandfather of Brooklynn Jae Pighee; dear brother of Giacomo “Jack” and Geno (Stella) Mineo and Anna Maria (William) Hinkle; fond uncle of many. Visitation will be Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. until time of Service 11:00 a.m. at Cumberland Chapels at 8300 W. Lawrence Ave., Norridge, IL. Entombment will follow at All Saints Mausoleum.

        Published in Chicago Sun-Times on Apr. 12, 2015

        • PattiB PattiB says:

          Remember him well…Sal was a fixture on Roscoe. Thanks for the update Carlo.

          • avatar Carlo D. Lombardo says:

            More Neighborhood news (Hey, I was the editor of the Audubon Arrow):

            One of the two women who went on a shopping spree after stealing credit cards from a North Side school earlier this month was charged Monday after tips helped police identify her.

            Kizzie Cunningham, 37, was arrested Sunday afternoon after police received several tips from the public after releasing a surveillance photo of her at a Jewel located at 2940 N. Ashland about three weeks ago, according to a statement from Chicago Police.

            Cunningham and another woman–who remains at large–pretended they were enrolling a child at Audubon School at 3500 N. Hoyne on April 1, police said. During the visit, they went inside two classrooms and stole teachers’ wallets, police said.

            The pair then bought $145 worth of items from the Jewel using credit cards from the wallets. They also went on a shopping spree at other area stores, police said.

            Cunningham, of the 600 block of North Pine, was scheduled to appear in bond court Monday. She was charged with one count each of felony burglary and felony burglary from a school, police said.

            Detectives still need help finding the other suspect.

  29. avatar Richard says:

    Jim sent a little present for Patti and the girls. He shows you his dancing shoes.. you show him yours…

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  30. avatar Richard says:

    Michael Brown, the Left Banke’s brilliant baroque-pop leader, dies at 65

    • Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

      Oh great, another 65 year-olds Obit.

      • Sue B Sue B says:

        Here’s the latest beer: Taj Mahal. Got it at a great Indian restaurant in Morton Grove after seeing “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” with Ludy, Mari Guin, and Bon. There are no pictures so of course this didn’t really happen.

    • avatar Janis says:

      Paul and I have very different taste in music, but we both love this song, and love his voice. Thank you for the video! Cool story behind him, with his Dad playing on this record, I believe. And I love Pretty Ballerina!

    • PattiB PattiB says:

      Oh, I love the song “Walk Away Renee…requested it for Bonnie’s Music Machine and Richard was kind enough to put it on there. Sad…

  31. avatar Richard says:

    Rumour has it that, in celebration of St Patrick day, Sue dyed herself, from head to toe, bright green. But she is bummed out since everyone thinks she is an Orion Slave Girl… not a leprechaun as intended. She was hoping someone would be interested in her pot of gold.

    • Sue B Sue B says:

      In honor of St Patrick’s Day I have discovered a new beer in a cool green bottle. It’s called Lucky Buddha. I found this treasure in Weirton, WV this past weekend.

    • avatar Janis says:

      Happy St. Pat’s to all the Seeley kids and those they love! How many streeters are Irish? Mike, Tom & Jan, and Jim Gilbert…others? Show of hands! :) 😉

      • PattiB PattiB says:

        Janis-I am Irish on my dad’s side…my great-grandma, Catherine O’Connor came from County Cork and settled in Syracuse, NY and married a French Canadian, logger, who had another “wife” on the side. Being a good Catholic she wouldn’t get a divorce but kicked him out right after my grandma was born. I have never been able to find out his name…my grandma claimed she didn’t know it…great-grandma only referred to him as “that man”. She lived to be 100 years old and died in 1977.

        • Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

          Patti- Great story! Knew you had some Irish in you.

          • Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

            love this Irish lullaby my grandmother would sing to me:
            McGitty is dead and McCarthy don’t know it,
            McCarthy is dead and McGitty don’t know it,
            Both of them died in the very same bed,
            And neither one knew that the other was dead.

          • avatar Janis says:

            Jim, I knew that song as well when I was a kid! P.S. Your St. Pat’s video was a blast to see! Thank you!

  32. avatar Richard says:

    Put some more tunes up on Patti’s Motown and Jimmy G’s Philli …

    • Sue B Sue B says:

      HEY!! More notice this time: Sunday March 29th 2 pm. Meeting Mike and Chris Lyons at Bahama Breeze in Schaumburg. Mike likes the Painkillers there. Yes, it’s Palm Sunday, but Chris says we can all bring our palms and Chris and I will weave them into crosses and open a stall in Key West.
      I’ll send out an email…..

      • avatar Richard says:

        Hey.. make sure he gets the virgin painkillers… this is Mike after one half of one.. we stuck the virgin ones in after that because of obvious reasons:

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        • avatar Mike Lyons says:

          That photo is the last time [non medical!] that I left my house. Richard was here this past summer and took the picture. I did have a brief foray to my son’s wedding in Galena last fall.

          I am convinced that the grim reaper avoids the tropics as well as rum drinks. While we have few tropical places in Schaumburg we do have rum! As Richard and Sue point out, I do like Painkillers. {The picture above is an
          It now appears that the “good” do indeed “die young” and that I can no longer slip under that particular wire. Fate, it seems, has allowed me to journey onwards, at least, for awhile. Actually my health is now good.
          obviously Photoshopped fake …that silly grin was painted}

          Sue and I long for spring and as a pagan rite we intend to rush its arrival. Streeters and their Kin are invited. Schaumburg is in “the great land beyond O’Hare” so if you can’t make it we will be happy to talk about you. My 2nd painkiller assures that. Come if you can.

          • Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

            Mike- You have always been a better drinking buddy to me than Richard, and when you get down to it, what matters more? Let me know your Summer Schaumberg plans. Just bought a new Speedo I want to wear and model for the Streeters-Jimmy Gilbert

          • avatar Richard says:

            Of course you two are better drinking buddies… you both pass out after a couple of beers… leaving more beers for later… I, on the other hand, do not pass out and finish all your undrank beers…

          • avatar Janis says:

            Great picture of you, Mike! :)

      • PattiB PattiB says:

        Susie, you know your Seeley Side-Kick will be there! Hoping to drag the cousins with…maybe Bartz can keep them straight and remember their names after a few drinks!! Oh that’s right, last time he had something in his eye so he had difficulty seeing them!!! See you at the end of March, Chief!!!!

        • avatar Richard says:

          He needs to number them as I did… there is sister 2 of 2 and cousin 2 of 79…

          • Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

            No….you only shared a straw with me one time…now that’s a drinking buddy.

          • avatar Richard says:

            Real men 1) do not drink beer out of a straw… and 2) do not drink beer over ice…

            and I could add a third… do not drink light beer.. but I won’t…

        • Sue B Sue B says:

          Bartz assures me that his eye is now ok. Looks like Cousin Peggy is coming. Now waiting to hear from 2 of 79. Also waiting to hear from Cousin Beth. 3 of 79?

    • PattiB PattiB says:

      Richard, you are my musical hero!

    • Sue B Sue B says:

      Winter is over. I know this is true because I heard it on WGN radio.

  33. avatar Janis says:

    Happy Valentine’s Day, Seeley Friends & Family! :)

    • Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

      Not a Steve Wilkos fan or follower, but little local trivia. He graduated from Audubon and Lane Tech.

  34. avatar Richard says:

    Brief Request..
    Please look at the calendar on the menu bar and see if I have forgotten any birthdays or any of the dates are incorrect.. if any corrections or additional need to be made, let me know…
    thanks

  35. PattiB PattiB says:

    I’ve been MIA for awhile…so hope everyone enjoyed their New Year celebrations. Cold in Chicago but then again…IT”S CHICAGO! Wimps from CPS and the Catholic schools have closed for 2 days now but of course I have seen worse so we are in school. And, how is this for logic…we close schools but then open them as warming centers and babysitting centers if parents don’t have anywhere to send them during the day because they have to work and school is closed…duh, if you can get to the school to be babysat or warmed up, can’t you get there to receive and education?
    Meeting with Birgit, Sue and Cousin Sue for a mini Key West reunion. We’ll be thinking warm thoughts and downing Bloody Mary’s so all is good!

    • Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

      Ha! love it! my mailman left me note in box stating he couldn’t deliver my mail because walk wasn’t shoveled.

    • Sue B Sue B says:

      Ok so we’re postponing the mini Key West reunion for a week…..it could be balmy next week, after all this is Chicago! Hope everyone is staying warm. Richard is in Vegas and probably toasted.

      • PattiB PattiB says:

        Richard is either toasted or loaded! The Key West reunion WILL take place this week…I am more than ready for that Bloody Mary!

        • Bill Bartz Bill Bartz says:

          Time & place?

          • Sue B Sue B says:

            The Garage 6154 N. Milwaukee
            thursday 5:30 pm

          • avatar Richard says:

            Does a tree falling in a forest make a sound if there is no one around to hear it… is there a Key West Reunion with bloody marys (should realistically be gin and tonics) if there are no photos…

            thumb_SueBRichardSuePatti.JPG

            Oh no ! The ugly pants….

          • Bill Bartz Bill Bartz says:

            I’m OK with a basement but I think a garage is too f…..ing cold

          • PattiB PattiB says:

            Meeting at the Garage took place with Bloody Mary’s being consumed…several for Pat, Sue and Cousin Sue and a couple of “Make Mine a Double” for Bonita! No phone…no pictures…no evidence of wrong doing!
            Missed Bill and Annette for the evening…Cheryl has been MIA for a while and Birgit was sick with the flu and taking her own “meds”!
            Got a Christmas card from the Island City House…they really want us back…said the front porch hasn’t been the same without us!!!

          • avatar Richard says:

            And nothing to use for this website… oh well…

        • avatar Richard says:

          Back in Texas after being lost somewhere in Nevada… no water, no supplies but lots of beer.

          normal_nevada.jpg

          • Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

            That’s a beer??? Up here in REAL beer drinking Country Wisconsin, what you’re holding we call a Coca-Cola. Even Janis’ Lite -on-the- Rocks has more of a kick.

          • Bill Bartz Bill Bartz says:

            I here tell you cannot re-hydrate with beer, but I’d sure give it a try.

          • avatar Richard says:

            Being from the land of PBR, Blatz, Milwaukee’s Best and Miller Lite, you wouldn’t know a can of Newcastle Brown Ale from a Guiness Stout much less one of Sue’s breakfast beers..

          • Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

            Texas does have 96 breweries compared to Wisconsin’s mere 90, which makes Texas rank 42nd per capita and Wisconsin 11th. I have breakfast beer every morning. What are you pouring over your Cocoa-Puffs?

          • avatar Carlo D. Lombardo says:

            Lost..in…Nevada. Everybody I’ve ever known has lost in Nevada. All you came back with was a half a convertible and a can of Coke zero? Or is that a Carling? Hard to identify in shadow. Peace to all.

          • avatar Richard says:

            Newcastle Brown Ale…

            Having enough math to figure it out, I don’t gamble..

            I did turn a dollar into $40 on the slots, but it was only to bet a quarter for a friend… but the machines only take bills… I used a dollar and on the second push, it went crazy.. the very next button I pushed was cash out.. and I walked away…

          • avatar Richard says:

            Jim.. REAL MEN, don’t bother with the Cocoa Puffs..

          • Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

            Are you cuckoo?

          • avatar Ralph says:

            Newcastle, a UK brand, confessed to using what I would consider one of the most controversial food additives. Toasted barley is usually what gives beer its golden or deep brown color, however in this case, Newcastle beer is also colored artificially with caramel color. This caramel coloring is manufactured by heating ammonia and sulfites under high pressure, which creating carcinogenic compounds. If beer companies were required by law to list the ingredients, Newcastle would likely have to have a cancer warning label under California law because it is a carcinogen proven to cause liver tumors, lung tumors, and thyroid tumors in rats and mice.
            http://foodbabe.com/2013/07/17/the-shocking-ingredients-in-beer/

          • Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

            So, Ralph, you’re saying it’s a little better than the crocodile poison laced beer from Mozambique?

          • avatar Richard says:

            All of you light beer drinkers out there can’t really appreciate the robust full flavored malty beverages…

            Crocodile bile laced beer from Mozambique only makes you stronger… weeds out those pinky in the air light beer drinkers… toxins in their beer helped the British win both world wars…

          • Sue B Sue B says:

            One of my new faves is Not Your Father’s Root Beer. I have no idea what’s in it. I DO know that at the bar it’s 10% alcohol, while the bottled variety is much less. Got together with Pat, Cousin Sue and sister Bon at The Garage last night. my friend from work joined us too, she’s leaving for the Keys this wknd and it was our mission to prepare her for her trip.

          • avatar Richard says:

            Root beer was traditionally made from a selection of roots and berries that were boiled along with sugar then yeast was added = ethanol + carbonation…

            Nowadays they use a sweetener, root beer concentrate and carbonate with CO2..

            You had the REAL root beer that was really beer…

          • avatar Richard says:

            Obviously there was no meeting at the Garage since there is no photographic proof…

            Can any of the Seeley Street grandmas operate the camera on their cellphone.. or do they still use portable rotary dial models?

            BTW.. did I enjoy my Bloody Mary?

          • avatar Janis says:

            Nice picture of you Richard! That’s a keeper 😉

          • Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

            Keeper?! Throw ’em back!

          • Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

            Was Bill Bartz in attendance, or did he go to THE BASEMENT instead?

          • Sue B Sue B says:

            Yes, Richard, you liked your Bloody Mary. You had a spicy one. And there was bacon in it. You chemists kind of ruin our alcoholic beverages. Next up: Ludy and I are meeting some Wisconsin friends at Bahama Breeze in Schaumburg on Sunday. Perhaps I can take a picture on my flip phone. But first I will be stopping by Mike and Chris’. Maybe I should bring him some root beer.

          • avatar Richard says:

            No root beer for Mike.. bring him a lump of coal for his stocking.. it would go nicely with his stylist footwear… be forewarned that his footwear is diseased.. take appropriate medical precautions…

          • Sue B Sue B says:

            Nice visit with Mike and Chris and I would have brought him some root beer had I been able to find it. Apparently this Not Your Father’s Root Beer (brewed in Wauconda!)is a repeated sell-out. Anyway, Chris and I agreed no root beer for Mike until Richard is around to assist. We’re already planning a summertime party with my sister as bartender. I haven’t told her yet. Also a pre-summer gathering at Bahama Breeze, date to be determined but hopefully March when weather is more predictable.

          • avatar Richard says:

            No pictures? Is there anyone in Chicago who knows how to operate a camera… or is it just due to senile grandmas? Where are your spawn when we need them?

    • Sue B Sue B says:

      Superbowl party at Bon’s! 5711 W. Catalpa, near Milwaukee and Bryn Mawr. That’s this Sunday, folks! starting at 4ish. Check out Bon’s bartending skills. I’m bringing Not Your Father’s Root Beer.

      • avatar Janis says:

        I will still be digging out! We are expecting the largest blizzard in NYC history and they are closing Central Park! Have a Coors light over ice for me! :)

      • PattiB PattiB says:

        I’m bummed that I won’t be able to make the Super Booze party at Bon’s…I will be in Florida with the hubby, son and grandson! I’m hoping it’ll be around 75 degrees! Have a drink for me…go Seattle…didn’t care until the deflatabowl happened…anyway, as long as the Packers aren’t in it I’m happy!!!! Daughter Katie and son-in-law Russ will be in Key West this weekend for a wedding. They plan on doing the catamaran “Commotion on the Ocean” along with some bar hopping…look for them on bar-cam!

    • PattiB PattiB says:

      Richard has been talking about a “Bourbon Street” reunion…I’m in whether it is in New Orleans or just drinking bourbon on any old street! Just don’t plan it for June since I will be celebrating my Christmas present from Dan with a trip to Italy!!!

      • Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

        Now that’s Amore!

      • avatar Janis says:

        Wow, Patti! How completely lovely! I hope you get over to Sicily! I am sure Carlo and Judy would have lots of tips about what to see and do.

        • PattiB PattiB says:

          Janis…Will be there for a week. Renting a villa on the Amalfi Coast with Augie friends and Tom and Ellen! Hopefully we can make it to Sicily… don’t have the full itinerary yet.

          • avatar Janis says:

            That sounds like it will be a once in a lifetime event! I am really happy for you guys!

            Great news about a possible reunion! Please keep us posted!

  36. avatar Richard says:

    Sue’s Beer Review..
    Remember to never judge a beer on its taste, the bottle and label are what is really important.

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    Three Stooges Beer – a hilarious brew using the finest facetious malts, with farcical hops and a jocular finish.

  37. avatar Richard says:

    Okay.. just to have something to do… let’s play a game..

    We will call it the Chicago Holiday Shooting Pool…
    It will run from Wednesday afternoon to Monday afternoon…

    You will guess the following two numbers… the number of shootings and the tie breaker will be the number of deaths..

    The closest will win a prize yet to be determined… all entries need to be submitted by noon Wednesday… any personal shootings will not count toward your totals…

    • PattiB PattiB says:

      They may be gaining on us down in Missouri tonight. I’ll just stick to shooting the shit, the breeze, the moon, or my mouth off…it’s safer!
      On a much nicer note…Happy Thanksgiving to all of the Streeters…gobble, gobble!!!

      • Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

        Patti, I love your sentiments. You are the poet among us! And a Hey Gobble Gobble to all!!!

        • Sue B Sue B says:

          Hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving! My contributions to the table included White Castle stuffing and Ugly Pie.

          • PattiB PattiB says:

            Typical Grunde Thanksgiving…a 29 pound turkey, Cousin Sue’s sweet potatoes and 2 cases of wine!
            Best thing my daughter brought…a bun in the oven…going to be a grandma again!

          • avatar Richard says:

            Did you take a video of you running around the yard with a little hatch trying to take down a 35 pound turkey…

          • PattiB PattiB says:

            Richard, no hatchet, but I body slammed it and wrung its neck…then marinated it in cabernet!!!

          • avatar Richard says:

            Oh no…
            Now we all know what Jim will be dreaming about for the next week…

    • avatar Richard says:

      Final result…

      5 killed… 14 wounded

  38. avatar Richard says:

    Trimmed down the comment section here and figured out how to move them in bulk to a menu page… so all the comments in the Seeley Street Pub that were prior to Jan 2014 were moved to a menu item call “Old Pub Comments”… previously, I had to just nuke the older comments…

  39. avatar Richard says:

    The Benker Gang picking up younger firemen at a bar.

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    • Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

      Richard, It’s Peter(who?) Mills(who?)! He’s a grown man! He’s 26 years old.

      • avatar Richard says:

        Looks like you drank the cool-aid… he’s dressed as a fireman and being 1/2 their age.. he’ definitely younger… so don’t let the females convince you otherwise…

        He looks like he’s ready to bolt.. and maybe leave both arms behind in their clutches..

  40. avatar Richard says:

    It’s finally Fall in Texas… the perfect sailing weather.. the temperature has dropped to a comfortable 90 degrees and good winds… so this is what I did Saturday while Bonnie and Sue (sounds like a movie) were though how to make poo-foo drinks..

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    • PattiB PattiB says:

      Chicago is now official in the throes of fall and pre-winter…40’s for a high and 30’s for a low. Mad scramble to get all the plants inside and gearing up to scrape the frost off my windshield tomorrow. Jealous of Richard’s post and yet accepting of what is coming our way in Chi-town. Seasons change and I like that. Happy Fall to all the Streeters, wherever you reside!

      • Sue B Sue B says:

        Beautiful sentiment my dear Patti but I refuse to accept it. Summer forever!

        • Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

          So, Sue, I’m trying reaaalllly hard to imagine all that white stuff on my lawn this morning is sand.

          • avatar Richard says:

            Gets cold here also… today it dropped down to 71 degrees.. had to wear a coat… but next week it should be back in the 80s and 90s…

          • Sue B Sue B says:

            To maintain my delusion I click on the link to the webcam on Duval St. Seeing all those people dressed in summer clothes outside Sloppy Joe’s makes me feel warm and happy. Why, I even spotted the Cuban Coffee Queen’s delivery scooter!

          • Sue B Sue B says:

            For what it’s worth, there’s sand on my lawn too. there also might be frost on the pumpkin.

        • avatar Richard says:

          Someone needs to migrate south…

          • Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

            Sue- ‘Frost on the Pumpkin’? Richard’s in town?

          • avatar Richard says:

            just the opposite.. the last time I was with the Key West girls, they were all in heat…

          • Sue B Sue B says:

            Big shout out to Mike and Chris Lyons who are celebrating their son’s wedding this weekend! Patti and I were going to crash it but they won’t tell us exactly where it is. Somewhere in Galena. I wish them safe travels, great weather, and much happiness to the newlyweds!

          • Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

            I actually took a test with a battery of questions to determine which State I was most suitable for. Result was: Texas. Is my bad Karma finally kicking in?

          • Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

            Sue- Patti and you didn’t get invited? Hhmmm? Oh well, um, can I bring you girls back a commemorative souvenir from the wonderful event? A monogrammed napkin? Or twizzler stick? Wow, this is awkward…

          • avatar Richard says:

            Eagle Ridge Resort… you and Patti can have my invite… tell them you are with me… and I’m passed out in the suite suffering from jet lag…

            But I really have a large conference I’m suppose to attend this weekend… and since I am a major presenter, I kinda have to make an appearance …

          • Sue B Sue B says:

            Can’t go to the wedding after all. Bon and I are going to this fundraiser event for an animal shelter. The cast from “Chicago Fire” will be there. This is the truth. But Jim, you can bring me back a pen. I love pens.

          • Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

            “Passed out from jet lag.” Never heard that one before. I’m gonna use it. Thanks, Richard.

          • Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

            Sue- I never said I was invited. If they don’t have any pens, will a table setting do?

          • Sue B Sue B says:

            I never questioned whether you were invited or not. And a place setting will be fine as long as it has the hotel insignia.

          • PattiB PattiB says:

            Hot firemen, Sue…you didn’t tell me that!!!
            Congrats to the newlyweds and to Chris and Mike!
            Also, a happy birthday to Birgit who continues the proud tradition of downing Bloody Mary’s at the airport as she leaves for the “fun in the sun” of Aruba!!!

  41. avatar Richard says:

    In celebrating Mary’s cataract surgery, Bonnie made Mary some mimosas. No one said anything so Mary thought it was just her and Bonnie.. until she gets the bill for the champagne.

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    • Sue B Sue B says:

      I am back in Key West! well, sort of. Birgit sent me this link: http://www.liveduvalstreet.com/fantasyfest/
      Now all I need is a bartender to fix me some homemade sangria or a bloody mary or a rum something. I’ll be needing my pants too.

      • PattiB PattiB says:

        Streeters, let’s think of what will go into a drink called “Sue’s Ugly Pants”…talk amongst yourselves!

    • avatar Richard says:

      Mary got blind drunk.. how do I know?

      In the process of texting me, she passed out on the emote key…

    • Sue B Sue B says:

      So Bon and I did the mixology class today at her bartending school, and we used real alcohol. We started with Bloody Marys, also Manhattans, Old Fashioned, Pina Colada, Mojitos, Cosmopolitans, Negronis, and some concoction made with vodka and cucumbers and jalapeno peppers. Probably some other stuff too but I forgot because we actually drank all these things and I’m lucky to be alive. It was way fun and he does parties, which I think would be a great idea for a Seeley party!

  42. Sue B Sue B says:

    Sad but true. THE PANTS are packed away for the winter. The day I turn on the heat is the day I finally admit that summer is over. I will miss them as I know you will but in 6 months or so, I will be wearing them again.

  43. avatar Richard says:

    Bonnie the Bartender on Graduation Day…

    Now she will be invited to all the sailing cruises to service the thirsty crew…


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    • Sue B Sue B says:

      Even an old fart cynic such as yourself has to admit, this is cool.

      • PattiB PattiB says:

        Bon, you are now the official bartender at all my parties…let me know when you get your official bartending gig…we will make it the official Seeley Street watering hole!

        • Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

          Oh cool! A new saloon I can get 86ed from!

          • avatar Richard says:

            No problem there… since they know you, you would never be allowed in long enough to get 86ed…

          • Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

            43rd?

          • avatar Richard says:

            That’s right.. you don’t even get the full meal deal..

          • Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

            Patti does have a good idea there. Doesn’t seem to be too many bars in Chicago. My niece and hubby are in a partnership group that now owns and runs 8 (count ’em) bars. I have never been to any of them, but those of you familiar with the watering holes may recognize a name of one of them: Irish Oaks, Derby, Woodies, Fatpour, Diag, 404 Winebar, Brunch amd, and coming soon…Hopsmith.

      • PattiB PattiB says:

        Saw Bartender Bon last night at Nucky’s…we got to get her a gig so we can go visit…Wrigleyville…too, trendy, Gold Coast…too posh, Lincoln Square…too yuppie…why not on Roscoe? Plenty of watering holes there or maybe we should pool our resources and open our own Seeley establishment on the corner of Roscoe and Seeley! (With a satellite establishment in Key West, of course)!!

        • Sue B Sue B says:

          Oh girlfriend, I like the way you think.

          • PattiB PattiB says:

            Sue, seriously, you know I have been encouraging those Grunde boys to open a place and serve some of their craft beers…I am sure we could convince Vince and some of your nephews to get in on this…they already know all about us since we invaded my sons at the Windy City Inn and your kids know all about the Seeley Streeters antics. Let’s see if we can get some seed money and make this happen. Good investment…damn right since we have a lot of drinkers in the crowd…I’m even going to kick in my cousins! Richard, you can be a long distant partner with all the rights and privileges when you are in town…which I hope is often. Janis, you and Paul can be our East Coast distibutors and what a fun time we can have in naming the drinks after each one of us or special memories…get your thinking caps on Streeters and let’s see what interesting ideas you can come up with!

        • PattiB PattiB says:

          Jim, great list of bars…my former student and my son’s good friend is a bartender at Fatpour on Division. I’ve been there once to harass him and really liked it. It’s a little out of the way for me and definitely caters to a younger crowd but I knew the bartender so everything was all good! I’ll have to check out the others you mentioned, personally!

  44. avatar Richard says:

    Bonnie indicated in a text message that nowadays Sue selects beers by either the name or the nifty picture on the bottle… this little number is call Boombalatty beer.

    What it tastes like.. it is Belgian pale ale…

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  45. avatar Richard says:

    A dark dark day for the Lone Star state… henceforth, the iconic Lone Star beer will be owned and brewed by the Russian…

    “So what !!” you damn Yankees exclaim… well.. this includes Pabst Blue Ribbon, Schlitz, and Old Milwaukee… and we all know where they got their start… so now we know where they have ended up…

    • Sue B Sue B says:

      So do the Russians have Strohs too? I think so, because I think Strohs was acquired by PBR.

    • Sue B Sue B says:

      Where is everybody?
      Well the girls-who-always-have-fun are at it again, this Thurs evening, meeting by Patti’s about 5:45 pm and walking to one of the fine neighborhood establishments. If it’s nice outside we’ll go to the beer garden at O’Donovan’s. If it’s shitty we will appropriately go to LaShit’s.
      For anyone wanting to start the fun earlier, Bon and I will be going to stand in line at Hot Doug’s at Roscoe and California about 9:30 a.m. Must get some of those duck fat french fries before they close for good next month.
      See ya!

      • Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

        Drove down last Thursday for a wake for dear old friend Bob Gorny at Salerno’s on Harlem at Armitage. Friday funeral, then visited departed Gilbert family members at Irving Park Cemetery, cruised Oak Park, visited animals at Brookfield Zoo, then enjoyed niece’s wedding at Sheraton in Schiller Park.

        • Sue B Sue B says:

          Wow, you were in my hood. Brookfield Zoo. Well I don’t actually live in the zoo. I was in Oak Park thurs night, went to Ukulele night at the Eastgate cafe with my friend Evie. She’s 12. No word from Richard for 4 days now. I think he’s in shock over that whole beer thing.

          • avatar Richard says:

            I’ve been working the site… updated BMM, Jimmy G’s Philly Sound and Patti’s Motown Tunes..

          • PattiB PattiB says:

            Celebrating Sue and Bon’s mom, Natalie’s birthday tonight at Sabatino’s…Happy Birthday, dear Nucky…thanks Benker girls for sharing your mom with me…it has been special, she’s a great gal!!!

          • Sue B Sue B says:

            Many thanks to my dear Patti and sister Kathy for being so nice to my mom. Great dinner at Sabatino’s and we got the royal treatment, as always.

  46. avatar Richard says:

    Coming Soon to a Blog Near You:

    The video – FRESH INK

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  47. avatar Richard says:

    Latest Michael Update: 9/2/2014 via Chris

    Mike is awake, not yet alert, following his surgery today. It took a little longer than normal the surgeon said because he just wouldn’t go to sleep for them . So he was sedated but talking while they manipulated the device out of his abdomen. But he must have had an amazing amount of sedatives.

    Sounds creepy, right? So now he is good as “gnu” and will spend the tonight well attended by the nurses in SICU (aka Sick you)

    He is probably coming home Thursday afternoon after he gets set up with everything in the spinal cord unit.

    • PattiB PattiB says:

      Thanks for the update, Richard. Feel better soon Chief…we’re all thinking of you…sending Nurse Rachett, aka Sue, your way to make sure you behave yourself!

    • Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

      That’s great news! Sedated but talking. Mike was probably having psychedelic visions of showering with his favorite Nurse.

      • avatar Richard says:

        He really just wanted to get those pants of Sue’s washed… they should have never been given back… good case of what happens in Key West.. stays in Key West.. the pants should have remained…

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        • Sue B Sue B says:

          You caught my Kardashian pose!

        • PattiB PattiB says:

          I did hide them…several times…she found them after I left Key West…you should have taken them to your room Richard!
          Sue, a real Kardashian pose would have been taken from the back!

    • avatar Carlo D. Lombardo says:

      Here’s all the positive light I can send to you, Mike. Get better sooner. As Uhura said, ” All my hopes.”

    • Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

      Coming down to Schiller Park/Chicago this weekend for a wedding and a funeral (no not one in the same). Talk about time management.

      • avatar Richard says:

        Talk about a bride who wants to cash in on the groom’s insurance policy and presents to boot… in a very timely fashion… and less wear and tear on all the relatives and friend’s travel costs…

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  48. avatar Richard says:

    Latest Annelies Teresa photo shoot… styling design from Gundy Fashions by Patti…

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    • Sue B Sue B says:

      What a beautiful baby!

      • PattiB PattiB says:

        Takes after her grandmother!!!

      • avatar Janis says:

        Well, Annelies is beautiful beyond reason, like all Benker girls! And she is styin’ in that onesie with the colorful pineapples! (Love that outfit!)

        In some pictures she looks more like Sue and in some, Bonnie. Good DNA.

  49. PattiB PattiB says:

    Back from Laschett’s for a meal of sauerbraten and Julius Eichter…heading up to the North Woods for the weekend! Wishing everyone a happy 4th of July. Streeters, let’s get together and party, soon!!! Let’s meet in Key West!!!!!!

    • avatar Richard says:

      Did your intervention with Sue work? Is she off the caffeine and on the gin?

      • PattiB PattiB says:

        No…still addicted to the Java, but I am working on it…told her she needs to find a brew that she likes for Key West! Maybe a mojito or a frou-frou drink…she can collect little umbrellas or flamingo swizzle sticks!!!

        • Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

          I’m sure Richard has a large collection of those.

        • Sue B Sue B says:

          ooh! a flamingo swizzle stick?

          • PattiB PattiB says:

            Heard from Birgit…she’s gearing up for Key West!!!
            Key West roll call, count off now…
            Richard
            Patti
            Sue
            Cousin Sue
            Birgit
            ?…come on, add your name to the party list!!!!

    • Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

      Wow! Just checked prices in old neighborhood for condo/apts. $450,000-$626,000. It is true, you can’t go home again. Unless, of course, Richard leaves me as a Beneficiary.

      • avatar Richard says:

        You have that right… remember the house I lived in on Hoyne where we’d play guitars in the attic…

        Janis sent me a real estate listing on it a couple of years ago… listed at $1.2 million (as in 12 and add 5 more zeros to the end of that) dollars…

        • PattiB PattiB says:

          So true….house 2 doors down is going for 1.6 million and that is a 6 year old house not brand new construction. Wonder what the house going up next to Bartz will go for…we’re sitting on a gold mine. Seriously thinking of becoming snow birds…Wisconsin cabin in the spring/summer and someplace warm in the late fall and winter. Mine will be a tear down probably, but at least I’ll get $750,000+ for it. Not bad for our $68,000 initial investment! Bartz is going to sell and live on his boat or buy a bigger boat!!! Maybe I’ll find some property in Key West!!!!

          • Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

            What is the allure of that neighborhood, and where are the jobs? Basement meth labs? Is Stewart-Warner paying that well? I would understand it if Riverview was still there and Hoffing’s was still open.

          • Bill Bartz Bill Bartz says:

            The house being built where Mike F. lived will sell for $1.6M

          • Bill Bartz Bill Bartz says:

            I did a gut and rehab 20 years ago on my building and some stuff is getting old and tired and I’ve been thinking of going thru the place again, but nothing I do will increase the value of the property. The place is worth $600K no matter what shape it’s in. Whoever buys it will gut it to the walls and redo it as a single familly house or they will tear it down and build a new house. In a way it’s kinda sad. My grandfather, Mike’s dad and most of my neighbors spent so much time taking care of these buildings and it dosen’t count for jack s….. A junky, run down 800 square foot frame is worth just as much, maybe more cause it’s cheaper to tear down.

        • Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

          Next new investment! Trailer Park Trash Monopoly takeover in Woodway, Texas! I’m in for 2,000 sturdy trash bags(black) of Miller Lite Beer cans, including tabs.

          • PattiB PattiB says:

            Jim-The 30 somethings with kids want to live in the city and yet not worry about paying for a private education, so they move to the Bell School district to get a very good education for their kids for free. These people don’t want suburbia and don’t mind the lack of green space…they will go to all the available parks around us, the lakefront, or enroll their kids in hockey, ballet, violin lessons, karate, etc…they like all the big upgrades for their houses like garage decks with pergolas and brick pizza ovens or 7 bedroom homes with a chef’s kitchen, a media room and a small apartment for the nanny!!!!

          • Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

            Patti- Thanks for the enlightenment. I’m pretty sure a “pergola” is outlawed here in Wisconsin.-Jim

          • Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

            Patti- Ah! A pergola, not to be confused with a “green tunnel”. Actually, it is a pretty cool colorful idea. I remember a few of those growing in my childhood, draping down from the trestles of the Ravenswood ‘B’ Line.

    • Sue B Sue B says:

      Friday July 11th, last minute but that’s kind of how I play. Just got “low-censused” at work which means I’m off tonight if anyone is up for choir practice.

      • PattiB PattiB says:

        Sorry Susie Q…we were at a wedding downtown…another one today…by Sunday my feet will be killing me from all the dancing!!!
        We are on for the 31st with Cheryl no matter what…but if we can get Motown tickets I would be in heaven…my friend told me I have to see it!!!
        Note to Bartz…thought you and Annette were going to stop by for a drink in the yard on Thursday…the party group was there waiting for you!!!
        Hope sailing isn’t rained out today…thanks again for asking!!!
        Have a great Mac race and a good trip to Alaska…see you in August!

        • Sue B Sue B says:

          I ended up hanging with my grand daughter Fri night. What could be better? Guessing Bill didn’t sail on Sat. Hard to believe they actually cancelled the Taste.
          Pat, I’ll plan on going downtown on the 31st to hit Hot Tix for Motown.

          • PattiB PattiB says:

            Great…I’ll let Cheryl know…I know that my sister and cousin Sue want to go too!!!

  50. avatar Richard says:

    Just noticed a new series on HGTV – Fixer Up – on Thursdays…. it is in Woodway, TX which is the small town I live in…

    • avatar Janis says:

      I will try to catch this show! Love HGTV (probably too much! 😀

      Richard, what’s the deal with your address having two different town names, “Waco” and “Woodway”? And you USPS Streeters, is this common?

      • avatar Richard says:

        The town I live in is Woodway but the post office is in Waco… so either address is acceptable… but the USPS has decided to close the Waco distribution center and use Austin instead (100 miles away).. so if I mile a letter to myself it will go 100 miles to be stamped and then return 100 miles to be delivered to an address 2 miles away..

        • Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

          Mail a letter to yourself, Richard? So, is this all the fan mail you have been bragging about receiving?

    • avatar Richard says:

      Just watched the current episode of a Fixer Upper and… believe it or not… one of the three choice was actually a house we rented while at Baylor…

      • Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

        You home wreckers!

      • PattiB PattiB says:

        Richard-Which one was it…#3 the move in ready…certainly not the one they rehabbed for the missionary family? Nice to know you can still get a house for $68,000-79,000 somewhere!
        Also, that husband and wife can really stretch a rehab budget of $40,000..if they were in Vancouver with the Property Brothers, they could get a broom closet for that money! Here in Chicago it could get you bullet proof glass for your windows!!!

        • avatar Richard says:

          It was the two bedroom they rehabbed… it was in slightly better shape back then .. that part of town used to be called the “Baylor Slums”… older houses rented to Baylor students (used to be a black community back in the 50s but Baylor had the city run them off and acquired much of the land)… in the 80’s, the condo people came in and started buying up the older properties… we used to make beer in the old garage…

          And yes.. Texas is cheaper.. land is cheap and property is about 30% or less than in Chicago… had a friend move to Waco from the north… purchased a house twice as big and had money left over to buy a BMW convertible … and there was no state income tax on his salary nor hardly any property tax…

          • PattiB PattiB says:

            So the plan is to make sure you get a home in a place like Chicago or San Fran and then sell it and make beaucoup cash and go and buy something cheaper and larger in another city…like it. Maybe Dan and I can be snow birds and winter in Texas and spend the summers at our cabin in Wisconsin!!!!

          • avatar Richard says:

            It is a plan that really makes sense to more and more people.. spend winters at 80 degrees and summers at 80 degrees… trade in your current house for one that is larger, is brand new and have the extra cash to buy a cabin… or if cabin is already available, have first class tickets for years to come… and.. no state income tax..

          • PattiB PattiB says:

            It sounds tempting…but, I get bored easily…is there enough to do in those smaller cities? I don’t bird watch, quilt, golf, take water areobics, or other type of Sun City activities.

          • avatar Richard says:

            Lots to do and lots you don’t have to do…

            No snow to shovel … no three season wardrobe to tend.. no shooting of the day (except those whom were deserving)..

            You can hunt.. you can owe as many guns as you like… you shoot them guns.. you can carry those guns even to church… you can hunt down homosexuals and turn them in for mandatory counseling to change them…

            You can frequent the bar of your choice… you can drink heavily and still be considered a teetotaler.. you can help guard the border because it’s open season on wetbacks…

            Politics is easy… two parties.. Republicans and Tea Party… vote for the party who offer the lowest taxes and the most restrictions on your personal liberties…

            You will never be bored again… except counting all that cash you aren’t spending..

          • avatar Janis says:

            Richard, I hope that the area you live in is not as you satirically describe. But for the aspects of that assessment that come even close to describing condition there, I would say there is actually a significant price to living there, and maybe all your stacks of money should go to support the DSCC (Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee) and like-minded organizations. :)

          • avatar Richard says:

            Donate to the Texas Democratic Party is like flushing your cash down the commode.. they haven’t elected a state official since 1994… and they can’t even stop a 2/3 majority vote in the state legislature… only 1/3 of the congressional delegation are democrats.. on maps of blue and red states, Texas is red with metal flakes..

          • avatar Richard says:

            It wouldn’t be my pile of cash.. it would be Patti’s piles and piles of cash… she could stash it all in the mounted trophy heads from the game she hunted down and ate…

            She could get new Glocks for each holiday of the year… plus, of course, an M16 in case she needs a little more variety… she can mount it on the gun rack of her pickup truck…

          • PattiB PattiB says:

            I do like the idea of a pick-up truck but as far as guns…I could only get into skeetshooting. I’m not spending hours tracking or waiting in a blind for something to shoot at!!!

          • avatar Richard says:

            I’m sure glad that Chicago doesn’t allow guns (unlike Texas where everyone has at least two)… otherwise, someone might be shot during the Chicago holidays..

            Wait.. they are killing each other in Chicago… just think if they had more guns…

  51. avatar Richard says:

    Watching a two hour special on PBS… The Dave Clark Five…

    • PattiB PattiB says:

      Well, I’m Glad All Over!

      • Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

        And I Like It Like That!

        • Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

          Richard- I went for an interview today at local Chemical company. HR guy asked me if I had prior experience, I replied ‘of course’, so he asked me what Nitrate was, and I told him I hope it’s time-and-a-half.

    • Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

      Nice! Thanks for digging this out of the trunk!

    • avatar Janis says:

      I agree with Jim! Watched this first thing this AM. Lots of amazing bands from Chicago (and even more from Illinois at large! I used to like Head East!) Richard, what were some of your early band going experiences? I think I remember that you saw the Doors and the Who, way back when. Is that correct? What clubs did you go to? Any other bands that you saw way back in the day?

      • avatar Richard says:

        Never saw the Doors.. and never went to any clubs since I left Chicago before I was 21… most of the bands I saw were in conjunction with either Jim and/or Peter…

        • Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

          I remember major concert venue prices were like 4 or 5 bucks.

        • avatar Janis says:

          Silly guy! I know what age you were when you left! :) For some reason I remember that you went to see bands early, and at tiny venues where teens went. Remember those clubs? Like the Kinetic Playground? It was north of us, somewhere. I think they had the Doors early on. And there was also a club out near Arlington Heights, too, I believe….Anybody remember those?

      • avatar Richard says:

        It was called The Cellar… now an auto repair shop…

  52. avatar Richard says:

    This weekend I got to clean the baby boat’s bottom…. and it had nasty slimy strings hanging down…

  53. avatar Richard says:

    Well it finally happened.. Sue accidently texted me thinking it was Mayers…

    “I can’t wait to ride your weiner”.. in reply.. “I got the meat if you bring the heat”

    She so plans to be there…

    • Sue B Sue B says:

      You’re just jealous.

      • avatar Richard says:

        You’re right.. I’d love to ride that wiener down the street.. what a chick magnet… particularly if they were kosher…

    • PattiB PattiB says:

      I got to ride in the Oscar Mayer Weiner Mobile…everything on it ‘cept ketchup! Don’t know why it was in the neighborhood but it was at Damen and Roscoe. I think I still have my weiner whistle… a giant hotdog on wheels…sort of a disturbing childhood memory if you really think about it!!!

      • avatar Richard says:

        Apparently, Sue is still pursuing her dream of the Big Red Wiener vehicle…. now she will be jealous.. she only gotta touch it while you have be in it…

        • Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

          Wow! Youse guys are having all this fun at Damen and Roscoe, and yours truly is down here bored stiffed at Man-Jo-Vins.

    • avatar Janis says:

      Gail Geshrey and I went to the park in the fall that it closed. I think we went in September, after school, and that was the first time I went alone to Riverview with a friend. It was practically empty, like a ghost town, with maybe 20 people in the whole park.

      There was racial turmoil in Chicago then, and some of it spilled over to Riverview.

      • avatar Richard says:

        After mid-afternoon on school days after summer was probably the most active time for the park.. summers on the other hand were big… during the winter all the employees probably moved in with Jim in The Clown Capital – Baraboo (the only city in America where Jim looks normal)

        • avatar Janis says:

          I have the happiest memories of Riverview. Mom would take us there twice a year, once as our big visit, then often a second one later in the season for “dime day.” I loved the history of the place! I liked the Caterpillar with the green covering that came over you at a certain point in the ride, and I loved the Flying Turns! Was there also one called the Silver Streak that looked like a futuristic train? I liked the waterbug ride, that was like a little motarized intertube! I liked the smell of cigar smoke everywhere, too! To this day, the smell of certain cigars reminds me of the midway at Riverview!

        • Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

          My grandmother was the ticket taker for the Aladdin’s Castle, my grandfather for a period of time worked the Greyhound maintenance. At the age of 12, I was a Security Officer at Main Gate for a Summer. At initial interview, I was turned down for not being 14 years of age. My father went downtown to his job with the City, and came home with a “new” birth certificate, so I got the job. Tall for one’s age did have some advantages. Also, for two closing Seasons, Ken Fitze and I worked the Mardi Gras Parade, and yes, we dressed as clowns, and pushed a car-battery operated soap bubble blowing teapot which never work, and leaked a trail of soap every night!

          • PattiB PattiB says:

            Laugh your Troubles Away! Loved Riverview…just a short walk up Melrose and past the O’Henry’s! Charlie Weber Day, Mardi Gras, Flying Turns, Parachutes and of course the BOBS!!!

          • Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

            My brother and I had a view of the top of the parachutes from our bedroom window on Cornelia St.

          • avatar Richard says:

            That explains your eventual migration to Baraboo…

  54. avatar Richard says:

    It be updated.. please remind me to do this again in exactly one year …. thanks. :)

    • avatar Carlo D. Lombardo says:

      Thank you. One year? Oh yeah, I’ll remember. Anyway, on a totally different tangent, if anyone remembers the Mylanders on Roscoe St.–they lived next door to Hoffing’s parking lot–my patrols have brought me to Milwaukee Avenue (Rte 21) and Half Day Rd (Rte 22) to a place called “The Tax Guy.” This is Guy Mylander’s tax accounting business and he is very successful, having acquired an entire shopping mall as property. His brothers Eddie and Ronnie have not fared as well. I have not seen Eddie since 1981 and Ronnie in 10 years, but last time I saw them they needed some help.
      Just happened to be doing an annual rural mail count in the Lincolnshire Post Office and noticed a lot of mail addressed to “The Tax Guy.” I asked the carrier to confirm it was indeed our Guy Mylander and she did. He sends a fond hello to the friends from Roscoe.

      • Sue B Sue B says:

        I do remember that name! and funny that you were in that area. Don’t know if you remember Erika Woller Audubon class of ’67, but she lives right there. where she lives used to be called Prairie View, now it’s Lincolnshire. We’ve had several of our Audubon get-togethers there. I’ll tell her about the Tax Guy!

        • avatar Carlo D. Lombardo says:

          He’s at 430 Milwaukee, and part of Lincolnshire is still called Prairie View. Small world, huh? Erika left 3 years after me, so I probably didn’t know her, but I bet my sister Rose remembers her. Thanks, doll!

  55. PattiB PattiB says:

    Great time with the Benker girls last Saturday. We went to Luther North’s Trivia Night…our table’s theme was “Hot Fun in the Summer Time!…margaritas were flowing, along with some Boone’s Farm (for sentimental reasons). Big surprise of the night…Bonnie won “Split the Pot” raffle and went home with over a grand!!!!

    • Sue B Sue B says:

      Yes it was a “grand” time! I really thought we’d do better at the trivia, with all our combined knowledge. Hmmm. Did manage to firm up a date for Key West and here it is: Wed Aug 13th Pat and I (and whoever wants to join us) will be going to Ft Lauderdale and doing the drive to Key West. Pat will remain in Key West over the weekend, I plan to linger a few days longer. So who’s playing?

    • Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

      Nice!

  56. avatar Janis says:

    I see “Truckin'” was added to Bonnie’s Music Machine! Great(ful Dead) song!!! “…what a long, strange trip it’s been.” This should be our anthem for the Key West reunion!

  57. avatar Janis says:

    Another February Birthday coming up! Raaaaaaaalph! I just mailed his Bday card from NYC! Ralph celebrates this upcoming Monday, Feb. 24th!

  58. avatar Janis says:

    Hanging out in the Seeley Street Pub on Valentine’s Day! Unlike most establishments on this holiday – where the pub is filled with celebrating couples and not the usual gang of regulars – here at the Seeley Street, we do things right!!! 😉

    Happy Valentine’s Day to the sweetest group of friends in the world! :)

    • PattiB PattiB says:

      Celebrating Valentine’s Day at home…no school…suppose to be at an Urban Teacher’s Conference but blew it off…and not just because I was partying last night at Chief O’Neill’s with some of the Streeters! Key West in August…I know it is a strange time but we decided that it’s cheaper and quieter so that we can really stick out as a crowd that knows how to party and make their own fun!!
      Wishing all of you Seeley Valentiners, Peace, Love and Soul!!! Shout out to Don Cornelius and Soul Train…

  59. avatar Richard says:

    Well the 2014 Grammy’s are over and for the first time in a decade, it has been a musical disaster… I only had 8 of the Grammy winners.. record low … Daft Punk plunked me.. they came out of nowhere… but I did get one dark horse… Vampire Weekend.. oh well…

    • avatar Ralph says:

      What the heck are you talking about?

      • avatar Janis says:

        Ralph…you were always so busy working or playing soccer back during the Seeley years, I never got to ask you about your favorite music? The band you took us to see after the Phil’s reunion was a blast!

    • avatar Janis says:

      I have heard of Vampire Weekend. What is the name of the song that is so tropical? A punk? The one with “look outside at the raincoats gone.” Love that song. Very calypso-ish! Daft Punk really scored with their last album. Joe told me about it the minute it came out, and then I saw “Get Lucky” performed on Stephen Colbert. (Love the song, “Get Lucky!”) Colbert is another grammy winner this year for a comedy CD! And McCartney playing with Ringo is always a pleasure to see!

      Props to you always, Richard, for keeping up with music! Seems like you were a frontrunner with it then and now! :)

      • Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

        I see my ‘Dave Clark 5′ got snubbed again.

        • avatar Carlo D. Lombardo says:

          Well I for one am in pieces, bits and pieces, over said snub!!!

        • avatar Richard says:

          They just have to wait their turn.. it took 50 years for the Grammy Awards to recognize the Beatles… now if Jethro Tull can only bag a second Grammy for Best Heavy Metal Band… if they could bet Metallica and Iron Maiden for the honours, they can do it ago.. GO Grammies…

          • avatar Carlo D. Lombardo says:

            Quite so and indeed. If the Grammies were then what they are now, the Beatles would be the Walt Disney or the Chicago Symphony Orchestra with awards; instead, I think they got three for writing. (What today compares tho A Day in the Life? The 55 second last note should itself merit an award. Yeah, Tull as Heavy Metal–who’d a thought? Metallica must have communally rusted up when that happened. (Why do I always end up complaining about cosmic wrongs?) And the poor little Bieb getting all that bad press just because he wanted to drag race a two million dollar car. Doesn’t anyone love him? Peace to all.

    • Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

      Well, get some of them tunes on the ‘Music Machine’.

  60. avatar Richard says:

    After frenzied calls and emails about the massive solar flares heading our way from the solar sunspots, rest assured that I have taken all possible precautions… I have covered my computer in a silver reflexive blanket and Jim dug his trusty aluminum foil hat out of his closet (US certified against solar flares and government mind control.. testing is still underway as to prevention of space alien anal probing.. a side effect is the maintaining of one’s virginity)…

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  61. avatar Richard says:

    Lake Waco – January 1, 2015 (First Sail of the Year) – 65 degrees with 25 knot winds

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    Lake Waco – December 27 – 71 degrees with 15 knots wind

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    • PattiB PattiB says:

      Jealous…was up at our cabin in the great north woods…most people go south for the winter…duh…woke up to -26 degrees one day! Did warm up to a balmy 30 degrees so we could sled, ski and walk on the lake to visit the ice fisherman, then back to a nice cozy fire and lots of booze!!!

  62. avatar Richard says:

    Before she became a Grandy Sue, it used to be nice to be on her naughty list.

    Now.. not so much. Jim found out recently what it’s like to be on Grandy Sue’s naughty list. She paid him a Christmas visit disguised as Frosty.

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  63. avatar Richard says:

    I added a Step by Step Guide on how to make posts on the website including photos. It is under the Mrs Roll’s How To menu item under the Seeleystreet sign.

    http://seeleystreet.org/docs/HOW%20TO%20POST.pdf

    It’s not that complete, but it is a start. Remember that I can always clean up your post if you’d like.

    • Sue B Sue B says:

      OK I’ll check it out but not now. I’m tired.

      • avatar Richard says:

        Too much trolling the streets with Bonnie?

        Guess you can’t keep up with your younger siblings anymore.. grannyhood is setting in…

    • Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

      Richard and “clean”? Hardly synonymous. (Carlo, you may have to help him with this word)

      • avatar Carlo D. Lombardo says:

        Neither Mother Cabrini nor Walt Disney in the 60s could “clean” that up. On a more congratulatory note, Sue, congratulations on your grandmotherly status. Like I always like to remind the younger ones, only the lucky ones achieve certain social statuses such as having grandchildren. Except for Fred Schanmeier, who was a grandfather at 36. He owned the Village Tap next door to Hoffing’s twenty years ago, called it Freddy Feelgood’s. Have a great weekend everyone!

        • Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

          Richard- I sent you some snow your way today. Didn’t want you to feel left out. ENJOY! With Holiday Love-Jim

          • avatar Richard says:

            So… now I know who to blame for this… Sue is sure relieved… she thought she was going to get stuck with the bill from the insurance company… but I forwarded them your name…

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            BTW… you missed with the snow… just a bit of ice on the trees…

          • Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

            How much for the firewood? Other night watched 3 hours of Paul McCartney.

          • avatar Richard says:

            Firewood.. have I got a deal for you.. just bring a chainsaw…

          • Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

            Chain saw? Hhmm? Not sure if I’m allowed to use one. Get back to you on that.

          • avatar Richard says:

            Okay.. we’ll loan you a wood saw… and if that is too dangerous for you a wood file..

            Notice I didn’t mention anything about axes..

    • avatar Carlo D. Lombardo says:

      Totally different subject: This is the only moment I have in my office this week, so I will be brief (and possibly witty), since brevity is the soul of wit, and all that jazz. I hope you all have the most happy Christmas, Kwaanza, (already had Hanukkah), Solstice (for all of us pagans), et cetera, et cetra, et cetera. Whatever you celebrate, please enjoy the next millennium doing it.
      Love to all Calogero

  64. avatar Richard says:

    I see that Illinois is jumping on the same sex bandwagon… in Texas, it is still illegal for anyone who is not a Republican to marry… but they have eased the abortion restrictions a bit.. only Democrats and minorities are allowed… but only if they leave the state immediately afterwards and never return…

  65. avatar Richard says:

    Only in the good old days were children given the ultimate in home remedies..

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    • PattiB PattiB says:

      That’s a great price for cocaine…love that it is an instantaneous cure. I feel deprived…my mom just rubbed whiskey on my gums!

      • Sue B Sue B says:

        In nursing school we were told that women who wanted to be thin like the flappers took a pill that turned out to have tapeworms in them!

        • Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

          Sue, Did you go to the Ratchett School of Nursing?

          • avatar Richard says:

            Just because Sue was the role model for the movie didn’t mean that her nursing school was responsible… it was just some doctors were giving out tapeworms for diet control versus the norm of massive daily doses of amphetamines.

            Husbands objected to the tapeworm diet since the wife would just lie around the house all day eating bonbons… at least with amphetamines, the house would be spotless, clothes done, meal cooked even if it did occur all day and all night…

      • Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

        Amen! Likewise in my home!

    • Sue B Sue B says:

      Instantaneous cure. I just caught that.

      • avatar Richard says:

        What did you just catch that needed an instantaneous cure?

        That’s what you get when you hang out all evening with sick people… and I’m not talking about the Jim type…

  66. avatar Richard says:

    Still true today… but not as an advertisement..

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  67. avatar Richard says:

    The search is over for the use of those things…

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  68. avatar Richard says:

    Ads from the good old days..
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  69. avatar Janis says:

    Can’t remember where the destination reunion posts are, but wanted to recommend the book: Quit Your Job and Move to Key West. Very chill book that, according to those who have visited KW, really captures the feel of this remarkable place! I felt like moving there after reading it!!!

    And just to cover all options, I am also reading The 2014 Unofficial Guide to Las Vegas! 😉

    • Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

      I have never been to Vegas-despite the rumors and gossip-but I do not see the attraction. Cheap food, cheap airfare, cheap rooms, do we see the pattern here? Key West has history and romance, though I have never visited there either. I understand most of the recent romance there is Gay, but good cold ales are the cure all for all. Guess I’ve made my vote.

      • avatar Richard says:

        When I go there for a conference, the rooms average about $200 per night and the airfare is about the same as flying to NY or Chicago. Dinner normally runs about $75 to $100 (unless you like wine instead of beer)… Drinks are cheap if you gamble (but not cheap if you take in consideration your losses)… but if you do not gamble, the drinks are about the same as anywhere else…

        Yes, you can get some cheap rooms in some dive motels out in the middle of nowhere… but you have to rent by the hour… You can also stay in the old theme hotels for the kiddies or downtown (if all you plan to do is gamble)…

        But.. the Four Queens has the Chicago Brewery on site… and a great place to drink beer and smoke cigars…

        • Sue B Sue B says:

          Good. I was looking for a place to smoke cigars.

          • avatar Richard says:

            Make sure you bring your own and carry them in a portable humidor… otherwise, they dry out quickly…

            A fine hand rolled cigar and a liter stein of hand crafted beer (or Jack Daniel Single Barrel neat if you prefer).. live can’t get any better… at least at our ages…

        • avatar Janis says:

          Ever have LandShark Lager? I haven’t, but I am intrigued by the name.

        • avatar Janis says:

          Sorry for the double post, but any thoughts by anyone as regard to the month we would travel?

          • Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

            I know most of us have jobs, but Patti & Richard have REAL jobs where their presence is required daily(Richard’s is in body only), where schedules are strict and replacements impossible to find. Then, we will probably find within this framework, Patti & Richard’s “free” days/weeks/months differ. So, we should plan around the two of them. Some of us do have real “Winters”, and Jan(not Johnson)/Feb/March look real good to me. Johnson looks real good to me as well, but…you know. I have yet to do a snowbird vacay, but am ready for one, though I know if I do, it will become an annual trek. I vote for Key West. Not sure, what all there is to do there, but if I hang with Sue, I’m sure I won’t ever be bored. A project like building our raft “Minnow”, and floating to Cuba. Well, that’s my 2 cents worth(okay, quarter’s worth).

          • avatar Richard says:

            Sue does her partying 1/2 butt backwards.. while everyone is downing depressants, she is chugging simulants.. toward the end of the night while everyone is ready to veg, she’s bouncing off walls…

            I recommend bringing a net or some horse tranqullizers..

  70. PattiB PattiB says:

    Happy Birthday to Stormy and Jim Gilbert…two of our favorite Mr. Septembers!

  71. PattiB PattiB says:

    Kudos to Richard for posting some Dionne Warwick on Bonnie’s Music Machine per my request…saw the White House Gershwin Award program for Burt Bacharach and Hal David awhile back and suddenly had to hear some of those great songs!
    Richard, thanks for the “yes dear” moment!!!

  72. avatar Richard says:

    This and next year have and will be an exciting time in birthdays…

    A LOT of big 60 s …

  73. avatar Richard says:

    I put a new calendar up (menu on top) … if your birthday isn’t on it… or someone else isn’t on it.. please tell us who and the date… (the ones on it currently come from the old calendar)…

  74. avatar Janis says:

    Upcoming birthdays: Bonnie, Bill Bartz, Bill Myers, Jim Gilbert!!!!!!!

  75. PattiB PattiB says:

    Happy 4th to all the Streeters! Raise the flag and a cold one and celebrate the good old US of A! Despite all the crap going on of late, I’d still rather live here than almost anywhere…though Oslo,Norway, Vancouver, Canada and Edinburgh, Scotland are also appealing!!
    Of course, Richard lives in a whole different country…Texas!!!

    • avatar Richard says:

      And Texas is in the midst of an ice age … only mid 90s this week and even in the 70s in the morning…

      And this month, the legislature is about to pass the final laws making women chattel… now they have to somehow figure out how to keep them from voting..

      • avatar Janis says:

        NYC is “having a heatwaaaaaave, a wonderful heatwave!” Actually, it is a sauna out there!

        We go to Central Park early in the morning because they allow dogs to be off-leash before 9 AM.

    • avatar Richard says:

      Okay.. now that I’m back from my yearly week of boredom from hell (I has to do my annual checkup to see if I was still breathing and camp old fart), let’s start planning my August lost weekend…

  76. avatar Richard says:

    Flashing News…

    Janis was cited and fined $25 for flirting in New York City… she violated one of NY’s anti-friendly laws.. good thing she didn’t have a 64oz Big Gulp in her hands.. that would have meant jail time…

    • avatar Janis says:

      All kidding aside, this is a friendly place :) Someone said to me that Manhattan is actually very provincial (provencal is proper?), and it is true! Very different culture…lots of smokers, but not, as Richard points out, any big gulp drinkers. Two fisted drinkers, yes…lots of alcohol consumption. Streeters would feel right at home, although some bars don’t offer beers! Yep, that’s what I said. Wine and mixed drinks only. (wtf?????)

      Haven’t been flashing, but that reminds me: I did see my third Broadway musical, “Kinky Boots,” this week and wow! That show is an upbeat delight! It got the Tony for Best Musical of 2013, and will go national a year from this September! So far, I’ve seen Book of Mormon in April, Wicked in May (no theater in June because the puppy was a fulltime job) and now KB this week. I’ve walked right by (literally, shoulder to shoulder) Woody Allen on a side street (we made eye contact) and Carole King was singing Happy Birthday at a Mexican restaurant on 86th Street. Her table was adjacent to ours. I remember listening to Tapestry when Patti had it, and I still know every song!

      • PattiB PattiB says:

        Janis, I’m not going to be able to see Book of Mormon because it leaves in October and the shows are practically sold out and too damn expensive…I am so jealous you saw it. I will be able to see Kinky Boots in the fall and I am so excited…love Cyndi Lauper and loved the movie”Kinky Boots! I am definitely going to go see Motown!!!! Carole King…love her. Just finished watching her at the White House on PBS. Tapestry is still one of my favorite albums and I have the 45 of “Oh Carol” by Neil Sedeka, which was about her when they were dating! Woody Allen…I would have done something dumb like ask him how Mia was..I mean Sun Yee, or I would have just said, “Ladi Da, ladi da”.
        Glad you are adapting to life in NYC…miss seeing you but can’t wait to catch up at the reunion!
        Do you have something special that you’s like to do on Friday when you are in? I told Richard that I would try and plan something. We could always just crash in my backyard…I will have enough beer for Richard…and we are close to Laschet’s for choir practice!!!
        So excited…hope we can get more people to commit to the event, but we will have a great time no matter what!!!

        • avatar Richard says:

          I think that Janis volunteered to have the after party after party at her hotel room… as longer as the after the after party isn’t after 7:00 pm…

          BTW. there is NEVER enough beer…

          • PattiB PattiB says:

            Janis and Paul have to stay at least until it gets dark…but I’m thinking at least until 9 PM!

            I can keep the beer flowing since all 3 sons are making their own brew…can’t promise quality, just quantity. I can serve the good stuff first and then the swill after everyone has been over served!

            I have been listening to Patti’s Motown Sound and I am just a happy camper…I am bringing my stereo and 64 Motown Hits to Ludy’s to encourage some dancin and singin!!

        • avatar Janis says:

          Streeters are known for being late with RSVPs. We had an additional 5 show up when Mike and I did the Lou Malnatis gig! And that was wonderful!!!!

          Friday is wide open for us! Thursday (if the dentist is off the schedule) we are going to knock around the city, do some shopping, visit our old building, walk the dog in the park, etc. Should be a lovely weekend! Can’t wait to see everyone!!!!!!!!!!!! I am up for dancing to Motown!

  77. PattiB PattiB says:

    Thanks to commodore Bill and the fine sailing ship, the Corsair, for a lovely day of sailing on the high seas….and we got to be part of the gay pride parade!!!

    • Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

      I missed the boat–again! Had 30 June marked on my calendar. Unfortunately just too much for a one-day round tripper.- Gilliganbert

    • avatar Janis says:

      I am so glad you guys got together! I wonder if I will ever get my sea legs? Probably not until this silly knee is fixed.

    • Bill Bartz Bill Bartz says:

      What’ no pictures?

  78. avatar Richard says:

    I see that Chicago is following its normal holiday activities… massive shooting… but there is still one day to go…

    • Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

      SAMUEL ALONZO BESSENT(1949-1969). REMEMBERING YOU ON MEMORIAL DAY.

      • Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

        Richard, you there? Help.

        • avatar Richard says:

          Try the hospital… gerbil removal is not an area of expertise.. or is it some other type of help? :)

          • PattiB PattiB says:

            Richard…blow off finals…everyone gets an A or an F…you choose, and come to the reunion. I know that the Caribbean is more tempting, but I’ll fill up the wading pool in my backyard and put a palm tree next to it…Bill will let you sail his boat…Janis won’t come if you aren’t there. We need all our party people with us!!!! Summer reunion has to happen…we don’t want to have to wait until winter!!!!

    • Sue B Sue B says:

      SAVE THE DATE ALERT! A meeting of the great and powerful female minds has resulted in the planning of another Seeley event. Our own Seeley Summerfest is scheduled for Sat Aug 10th at the fantabulous yard of Ludy and Mari Guin Riesen. This is a perfect spot, right near Irving and Elston, very accessible for our chief Mike Lyons AND THEY HAVE A BAR IN THEIR GARAGE! Details to follow but book your plane tix, request the day off, whatever you have to do to be there

  79. avatar Janis says:

    I love the Troggs’ song “With a Girl Like You!” Wow, haven’t heard that song in a long time! :) Thank you!

  80. avatar Richard says:

    Just a note: I was forced to update the website this evening (I had no choice).. when the update finished, a bunch of the recent comments got nuked and I couldn’t recover them. The update just did its own thing…

  81. avatar Richard says:

    Well.. another front porch is here.. but still waiting for Bill’s, Patti, Jim, Ralph etc etc

  82. avatar Richard says:

    Added two photos to the photo album under the “Perfect Pet” category.. they are Bonnie’s two (as of yet) nameless dogs… I’m sure this detail will be corrected 😉

    thumb_bonnie_pets2.jpg thumb_bonnie_pets.jpg

    • avatar BonnieB says:

      They are Bambi and Gracie, who is wearing a “thundershirt” because she has anxiety issues

      • avatar Richard says:

        Do they make them big enough for Janis? And would it work… or being a new New Yorker, would she get anxious over her new fashion statement…

  83. avatar BonnieB says:

    Lol Richard I love it ! YEEE HAW !!!

  84. avatar Richard says:

    A Blast From The Past

    How many can identify this little piece of electronics?

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    • Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

      It’s a Grundig Whatchamajig.

      • avatar Richard says:

        More detail…

        • avatar Ralph says:

          I’m working on it…..
          Taken with an Apple iPhone 4S on March 12, 2013… with a flash of course.
          Did you use Adobe CS4?
          It almost looks like an RTV 380… AM-SW1-SW2-FM

          • avatar Richard says:

            More details.. what year was it purchased and the address it was purchased at and the salesperson… not seen are two speaker boxes (and an 8 track player which was purchased at a later date)…

      • Sue B Sue B says:

        .remember how we used to have to split those wires and wrap them around the screws in the back of the speakers? sorry I don’t know your technical terms…..but when I bought my first stereo the salesman told me: “Copper is positive and silver is negative and don’t forget or you’ll blow your amp”. I never forgot. I don’t know if it was true or not, but I remembered.

        • avatar Richard says:

          They are still split… at least on the bigger speakers… nowadays they use speaker cable that has one wire insulation jacket marked to avoid reverse polarity.. or whatever term Ralph would use…

          • avatar Ralph says:

            It doesn’t matter if it’s copper, silver, aluminum, polyester…. as long as both speakers are wired identically. And NO, you will not blow your amp. If they’re not wired up the same, it’ll still work, but the stereo effect will not sound right. I believe it was purchased late 60’s/early 70’s… if purchased new. I don’t remember the sales person’s name but he’s working as a greeter at Walmart now. Let me guess though… Art Grams?

          • avatar Richard says:

            1969… purchased new from a novice moog maker who went by the name of Ralphie or something like that…

          • avatar Ralph says:

            When I was working at Art Grams I remember a model similar, if not the exact one, right as you walked into the shop. The unique thing about it was the 5 preset FM tuner as seen on the left side.

          • avatar Richard says:

            It was the exact one.. not similar.. but the actual one in the above photo..

        • Bill Bartz Bill Bartz says:

          I’ve thought about this for years. All that was in those older speakers was a coil of wire with 8 ohms of resistance. Unless the speaker was grounded (they were made of plastic or wood, so they couldn’t be) or they had filtering or amplification in the speaker (which none of them did back then) it didn’t make a damn bit of difference which way that signal flowed through that coil. Just my opinion.

          • avatar Richard says:

            Coils had to be in phase…

          • Bill Bartz Bill Bartz says:

            Hmmmmmmm

          • avatar Ralph says:

            On the speaker connectors, one has a dot next to it. That means when the signal/voltage goes positive on that terminal, the voice coil will move outwards. You want both speakers to move in the same direction when the same voltage/signal is applied. You’re correct, Grasshopper, about not making a damn bit of difference which way that signal flowed through that coil. It’ll still make noise, but as Richard said, they had to be in phase.

          • Bill Bartz Bill Bartz says:

            OK, I stand corrected.

      • Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

        See… I knew I had correct answer!

        • Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

          My condolences to the Lyons family on the death of Mary Lyons. She lived a long full life, and was blessed by her children. She was the “keeper of the porch”, and the only fitting honor is to have “the porch” removed from its foundation, and have it bronzed in her sweet memory, which means, Ralph & Richard, you’re up.

          • avatar Janis says:

            This gave me the first smile of the day yesterday. Thanks, Jim. I love the idea of removing the porch, and just the sheer hooliganism of it! It will always be in my head now…the Seeley porch being taken in the dark of night, to places unknown, to be enjoyed and celebrated again by those who first gathered there years ago.

            I love that you wrote this.

          • avatar BonnieB says:

            Heartfelt sympathy to the Lyons’ also… : ( but loving and wonderful memories live on forever… yes gotta definitely steal the porch….

          • avatar BonnieB says:

            …or make an offer ???

          • Bill Bartz Bill Bartz says:

            Count me in, I have tools!

          • Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

            I’ve got a truck!

          • avatar BonnieB says:

            I’m in on the act !!!! Where will we put it ???

          • avatar BonnieB says:

            i am always up for an adventure !!!! : )

          • avatar Richard says:

            I have a trailer rated at 11,000 lbs…

          • Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

            We can store it at my place in Wisconsin…close to Capone’s hideout.

          • avatar Janis says:

            This is what I call teamwork! And Sue just told me she has cinder blocks so we can construct a temporary porch for the unsuspecting “porch donators” foolishly residing there!

            So we have a motive, we have the means…now all we have to do is create the opportunity, and our alibis!

            Signed,

            Policeman’s Daughter

          • avatar Richard says:

            I live in Texas… that’s my story and I plan to stick with it… and in Texas, it’s all about the back porch so why would I need a front porch…

            Janis, on the other hand, is now in NYC.. and they are all thieves and crooks there…

          • avatar Janis says:

            Richard, from what I can see, most New Yorkers would only steal a fire escape for outside seating. The few porches in the neighborhood are stone and attached, so what reason would I have for that little Seeley stoop?

          • Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

            Listen to the two of you, Richard and Janis! I am tired of this Texas talk, because they talk big, and still do, but the Republic of Texas was so bankrupt, they begged us/we Northeners to allow them into the Union. And Janis, you have already acclimated as a New Yorker. I have never heard a true Chicagoan refer to their front porch as a “stoop”.

          • PattiB PattiB says:

            I’m in for some porch poaching!!!

          • Sue B Sue B says:

            YES!! PICTURE ON THE PORCH!!

          • avatar Richard says:

            Since everyone else either has a concrete (so the other thieving NYers can’t steal it) or no porch since it already has been thieved, you would have the only wooden porch in NYC.. not only a reason, but an opportunity …

          • avatar Richard says:

            As a card carrying natural born Texan, I’m legally bound to give your Yankee butt fair warning that the Texas Rangers are on the way to Bonnie and Clyde you…

          • avatar BonnieB says:

            …and the point in “storing” the porch Jim ? I thought we were supposed to use it again….

        • avatar BonnieB says:

          Richard are you really a “natural born Texan”

          • avatar Richard says:

            By decree of George W Bush and the State Legislature… have the proclamation to prove it…

          • Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

            And don’t forget your “wetback”.

          • avatar Richard says:

            Didn’t get wet… used an airplane…

          • Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

            Bonnie, good to hear your “voice” again. By “store” I meant keep it up here in Wisconsin. No one would find it, not that anyone would be looking. Of course, it also does depend on what “uses” you may be referring to. Being a “good boy” from up north on Cornelia, I can hardly imagine.

      • Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

        Patti- You probably are aware of this already. There is a Motown Musical on New York’s Broadway. Good excuse to visit Janis.

  85. avatar Richard says:

    Okay..”I’ve Been Good To You” added to your list…

    • PattiB PattiB says:

      Danke!!!

      • PattiB PattiB says:

        I have my own list…so excited!!!

      • avatar Richard says:

        Tell me when you’ve finished those.. I have a bunch more…

      • PattiB PattiB says:

        Richard-Just keep the Motown hits coming my way…they start and end my day on a happy note, for which Dan is eternally grateful!

      • Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

        I know it isn’t MY list, but if one is accepting outside requests from Motown, do you have ‘Don’t Hang Up’ by the Orlons, and ‘Up On The Roof’ and ‘Under The Boardwalk’?

      • avatar Richard says:

        Yes.. I accept requests from Motown for the list… No.. the Orlons do not qualify for the list for two reasons…

        One.. they are not a Motown group…
        Two.. I don’t have them ;}

      • Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

        Oh, our Casey Casem(sp) of Seeley, the Orlons were out of Philadelphia recording with the Camco-Parkway label…3 BIG HITS…”The Wah-Watusi(1962), “Don’t Hang Up” (1962), “South Street”(1963).

      • Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

        Is that how one says thank you in Detroit?.

      • avatar Richard says:

        See… you thought you could trick me.. trying to sneak non-motown into the motown list… Principal Patti would have caught us and paddled our behinds…

        I’m also trying to put the motown songs in a rough order of their release dates…

      • PattiB PattiB says:

        No sneaking some of that Philly soul into the playlist…we can make a separate list for that and the Chicago soul bands! I have the “paddle” ready!

  86. PattiB PattiB says:

    Yes-Fire by Arthur Brown. Still have the album as well. I also have all my 45’s! Thanks Richard!

  87. PattiB PattiB says:

    Janis,
    I remember the Herd from Lane and Ascension. Didn’t get over to the Gordon dances much but I did go to the Irving Park YMCA alot…wonder if Bonnie and Sue remember those!
    Beth, Ludy, (maybe Mary) and I got picked up by the police for breaking curfew while coming home from a Lane social. We stopped for pizza at that place on Addison and I think Hoyne and then walked down the lit street of Damen because we thought it would be safer. Cops picked us up(should have kept to the shadows). Also remember getting busted down at Foster Beach for having Zapple wine(Ithink it was grad night from Schurz). Those were my only brushes with the law!

  88. avatar Richard says:

    Yes it was an actual series… but the chopped into small segments for the kiddy schools in the 60’s…

    Maybe we need a dose of a manly series like “Clutch Cargo” and the “Big X” (referenced later by Max Headroom)

  89. avatar Carlo D. Lombardo says:

    It might have been on Garfield Goose before (or after) Ray Rayner. Diver Dan (how many possibilities does that name open!) was Miss Minerva’s squeeze, and although I can appreciate the attraction at some level, I can also appreciate the intra-special problems such a relationship might have to overcome. Not to mention removing the helmet just to kiss her hello.
    Baron had the Bela Lugosi accent and the Conrad Veidt monocle. He also had a trigger man called Trigger, who was a triggerfish and spoke with a poifict Brooklyn accent, like Top Cat and his crew of Sgt Bilko cats, Choo-choo and Benny the Ball, etc. Happy Weekend everyone!.

  90. avatar Janis says:

    Yes, thank you! Much better! You even cropped it, and it looks less blurred as well! And it’s right side up! :) What a crazy incident for the CTA! I am glad that no one was seriously hurt.

  91. avatar Janis says:

    omg, was this ever on in our house! Clutch looked like “Mr. Clean” from the soap ads! The crazy human mouths were mesmerizing, and the only animated one seemed to be the dog, Paddlefoot! I still remember the high-pitched earnest sounding voice of Spinner!

  92. avatar Richard says:

    Better a screen door than a second floor picture window… apparently you all needed adult supervision… have to find a 90 year old great great great great grannie for grandma sitting duty..

  93. Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

    I’m available to chaperone.

  94. PattiB PattiB says:

    Forgot to mention that Susie gave me my very own wine purse…now I can get rid of that paper bag!

  95. Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

    A little ‘Music Machine’ Trivia. This is the only post-1970 song which was recorded by 3 different artists, and was on the Top 40 List at the same time. ???

  96. Sue B Sue B says:

    You’re kidding. I would have guessed “You’ve Got a Friend”, I know James Taylor and Carole King both had recordings at the same time. a third artist? Roberta Flack?

  97. avatar Richard says:

    You could be right… I just took a guess at it…

    Interesting fact… Carole King played James Taylor that song to show him what she had just written and was going to record… he then immediately went to the studio, recorded it, pressed it and distributed it.. oh well..

    (or a similar song)

  98. Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

    regarding “you’ve got a friend…” James Taylor recorded single, Carole King album only. Taylor first offered singles option to Apple mate Mary Hopkin who turned it down, and who has been on heavy drugs ever since. Yup, Theme from Love Story on Top 40 for 2 weeks in March 1971 with singles by Frances Lay, Andy Williams, and Henry Mancini. Good guess though, Sue. I would express a condolence, but as you well know, love is never having to say you’re sorry.

  99. Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

    Another tradition lost(sigh).

  100. avatar Richard says:

    In warmer climate, we use aluminum foil to reflect the heat… don’t want all the EtOH to boil off before you finish the wine… but Patti probably wouldn’t have that problem… she finishes her Ripple in less that 2 minutes and fine wines even quicker… no worries about her wine boiling after 5 minutes..

  101. PattiB PattiB says:

    That’s right…I don’t waste time when it comes to my vino, or my G and T’s or Bloody Mary’s or any alcoholic beverage I can think of…as I recall that is your motto, as well, Richard! By the way when are you coming for a visit? Sue and I are willing to make a trip to Waco and I bet we can get cousin #1 or #2 to join us!

  102. Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

    Is that a promise or threat, Richard? You are the Seeley Street Ladies’ man for sure. If the 4 of them show, please make a video. Has to beat all the Summer reruns. I have never tasted a G & T, which is probably a good thing.

  103. avatar Richard says:

    If you have never tasted a fine cool and refreshing G&T (using Blue Sapphire) you are not a real man… and any boy who feeds his girlfriend a G&T will quickly become a man…

    But Sue and I celebrated her son’s birthday this evening.. she drank coffee beer and had a Cuban sandwich while I had a fine hand crafted beer but substituted a non-terrorist Cohiba instead.. you all missed it..

  104. Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

    So, according to your premise about drinking G&T’s Richard, this makes Patti a REAL man. I’m going to start calling her Lola L-O-L-A Lola.

  105. avatar Richard says:

    Nope.. doesn’t make Patti a man… just more manly than others might be.. mentioning no names of course…

  106. Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

    I love when you paint yourself into a corner.

  107. avatar Richard says:

    Best thing about painting yourself into a corner is that you don’t have to share your beer… or in Patti’s case, the entire bottle of gin and all the tonic in sight..

  108. Jim Gilbert Jim Gilbert says:

    true