2015 Mitsubishi Outlander GT Video Road Test

Our Video Road Test, of the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander GT has just been posted on Consumer Guide Automotive’s Daily Drive website.  Just click on the link, take it for a spin and see what you think.

And don’t forget, if you want to check some of our previous road tests and some of the other goodies we’ve been pouring into the Daily Drive tank, just point your browser right here.

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Gluten-Free Winter Warm Ups!!

Come on snow!! Chicken noodle, hot & sweet cabbage & French onion soups ready to give us strength to shovel! (All gluten free)

Johnnie's chicken noodle, hot & sweet cabbage & French onion soups

Johnnie’s chicken noodle, hot & sweet cabbage & French onion soups

With the snow and cold expected to cover up everything outside, this weekend, we thought we’d share a little hint of what’s helping us stay warm & cozy inside.  Yes, the recipes will be in the Johnnie’s Gluten-Free cookbook.

Of course, we have to finish our Les Paul book first.  But, hey, we have to tease you with some of Johnnie’s Gluten-Free goodies every now and then, don’t we?

Stay warm.

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S&J & The Flu … The Saga Continues …

Because it’s been a while and many of you have been nice enough to e-mail us privately or post something on one of our social media sites to ask how we were doing, we thought it might be time for an update.

Long story short:  This *^%$!! flu keeps lingering on.  One day we’ll feel a bit better, the next … not so much.  The good news is that it looks like our temperatures are staying close to normal.  Unfortunately, our stamina is still more limited than we would like.  We ventured out for some essentials and by the time we got back home we were exhausted.  We’ve been told that this is the norm for a lot of people and that staying cozy inside and away from crowds is a really good thing to do.

One upside is that this has forced us to stay inside and, when we have the energy, work on our Les Paul book.  Steve’s brother, Lee, and brother-in-law, John, have been dealing with similar symptoms for longer than we have and their doctor agrees that it may take around 3 weeks for them to start feeling normal, too.  All the news reports are indicating that this is a much worse than usual flue season and that it just might continue into May.

So, the take away for us is that, we’re not in the hospital, we’re following doctor’s orders and improving slowly, we’re, mostly, staying inside where it’s cozy and we’ve got each other and lots of Johnnie’s homemade turkey soup and other wonderful creations that keep our kitchen and much of the rest of the house filled with incredibly good smells.

And, as much as we missed being able to finish our Christmas/New Year’s “drive-by” at WGN, there will be other times for us to pop back inside your radio speakers.

For the moment, we’re where we should be, as the song say’s “Feeling Stronger Everyday” and thankful for your concern and friendship.

Now, if you’ll pardon us, that turkey soup is calling.

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What Are We Doing New Year’s Eve?

The question of the day is “What are you doing New Years Eve?”

Sadly, our answer is that we’re NOT going to be spending it with you on WGN radio. Although we’re slowly making progress, the flu bug we’re both fighting is not going away as quickly as we had hoped.

We’ve got our fingers crossed that by Friday we might be able to jump back inside your radio speakers without infecting the surroundings.

For the moment, we’re just going to use this forum to say thank you for hanging out with us online and on the air. We never take your friendshlp lightly. Most importantly, PLEASE, have a SAFE, healthy and Happy New Year and let’s continue our friendship in 2015.

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The best laid plans get changed and, unfortunately, ours have been.

Hi kids. Unfortunately, we have to let you know about a change of plans. Both of us are battling 102 degree temperatures. Our doctor says, it’s official, we’ve got the flu. We’re taking Tamiflu to get rid of the virus and additional meds to bring our temperatures down. To say we feel like #*&^! is an understatement.

So, the bottom line is, don’t expect to hear us on the air Monday or, probably, Tuesday. The rest of the week is up for grabs, too, depending on how this plays out.

We’ll keep you updated.

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We’re HOME For The Holidays With You On WGN!!

Just a quick reminder that starting Monday (Dec. 22) we’re back on WGN radio filling in for Bob & Marianne for the next two weeks. We won’t be on Christmas Day or New Year’s Day due to special programming.

We’ll kick off this week with a short show, stepping aside for Northwestern basketball on Monday.

This Tuesday one of our special guests will be R&R Hall of Fame member, Duane Eddy! As a special Christmas gift, you get to open up a free download of Duane’s Christmas songs.

Wednesday we rock around the Christmas tree with Chicago’s own Ronnie Rice (formerly of the New Colony Six).

Steve & Johnnie rocking around the Christmas tree.

Steve & Johnnie rocking around the Christmas tree.

Lots more surprises planned over the next two weeks, so we hope you’ll join us!

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A Christmas Present From Us To You!

Here is a little Christmas present from us to you.

It’s an original song Steve just recorded at Jim Peterik‘s World Stage studio called “Christmas From The Roots Of Rock & Roll.”  This song has taken a long time to get from idea … to song … to studio … to you.

How long?

The idea for the song first popped up in the late 90’s when we hosted the “Street Carols” concerts at the Star Plaza Theatre, in Merrillville, Indiana.  The promotional tag line for the concerts was “Christmas From The Roots Of Rock & Roll.”  At the time Steve thought it was a great song title.  Morphing from song title to completed song did not happen quickly.  Anyone who has written a song knows they don’t always come easy.  Proving the point, it was over a decade later that the final verse found it’s way to the song.

It became an annual event around our house to hear the phrase “This year that song will get recorded and be available in time for Christmas.”  “This year” would turn into “next year” and “someday” soon became the norm.  Well, “someday” turned back into “this year” when, while going over specifics for our hosting The Ides Of March 50th anniversary Christmas concert, at the Arcada Theater, in St. Charles, Jim Peterik told us that he had a small hole in his World Stage studio time.  We quickly realized that, if it was going to happen, “someday” needed to turn into NOW.

This past Monday, it did.

Steve recording at Jim Peterik's World Stage studio.

Steve recording at Jim Peterik’s World Stage studio.

Another member of The Ides Of March, Larry Millas, deserves special mention for, along with his musical ability, bringing his significant talents as an engineer to the session. Other than drums, Steve played all the instruments you hear on the recording.  It was such a good vibe and enjoyable experience that, after we finish the book we’re writing about Les Paul (Did we tell you we’ve signed with a publisher?) we plan on blocking out more time at World Stage studio to give birth to the album of original songs Steve has been threatening to unleash on the unsuspecting public.

But, that project is in the future and this is NOW.

And right NOW we’ve made “Christmas From The Roots Of Rock & Roll” available as a free download on WGN radio’s Steve and Johnnie page.

Hopefully, you’ll enjoy the song and Santa will recover from the trauma.

While you can listen to the song and download it free, we would ask that you consider making a donation to the WGN Neediest Kids Fund.

Thank you.

Merry Christmas!!

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