2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T Video Road Test

Our latest Video Road Test, the 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0T, has just been posted on Consumer Guide Automotive’s Daily Drive website.  Just click on the link to take a look 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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A 31 Year Fairy Tale

A long time ago in a land far, far away HimNHer went for a ride … ON AN ELEPHANT!

S&J riding on an elephant whose name really was "Killer."

S&J riding on an elephant whose name really was “Killer.”

Whilst on their journey, Him asked for the fair maiden’s hand.

She truly looked the part of a faire maiden he, on the other hand, wore Beatle boots & sunglasses.

She truly looked the part of a faire maiden he, on the other hand, wore Beatle boots & sunglasses.

She honored Him and agreed to be His betrothed. 7 months after this day as King and Queen of King Richards Faire HimNHer were married.

S&J best friends

Today we celebrate 31 amazing years.

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Spring Has Sprung!!

Yes, it’s official, even if it snows in April, it’s Springtime at our house.

No, it’s not your imagination, Johnnie actually did TWO trees this year.

Here is Easter tree #1.

Here's Easter tree #1

Easter tree #1

And, here’s a close up of tree #1.

A close up of Easter tree #2

A close up of Easter tree #1

As you can see, the close up of Easter tree #1 shows many listener made decorations, for which we thank you.

And, here is Easter tree #2.

Kids playing on the stairs.

Easter tree #2 with the kids playing on the stairs.

And, of course some of the kids had to come out and play.

However you celebrate whatever holiday you celebrate, as we put away our snow blower, we wish you a very HAPPY SPRING!

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WGN Radio Walk of Fame class of 2015

We had to share some pretty exciting news with you.

We are incredibly honored and humbled to be a part of the WGN Radio Walk of Fame class of 2015.

You’ll find all of the who, what and where information just by clicking on the link above.

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We hope you’ll join us May 29th at the Tribune Tower for the ceremony and live WGN Radio broadcast.  Thank you for all the years you’ve been nice enough to allow us to hang out inside your radio speakers.

Some days are better than others.  This was one of the good ones.  We think May 29th just might make the cut, too.

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St. Patrick’s Day Memories

St. Patrick's Day decorationsIn no particular order:

One year we were on WIND radio’s float, which was sponsored by Lenders bagels.  So, of course, it was our job to throw green bagels out to the crowd.  People started charging the float to get the bagels.  The city of Chicago wasn’t pleased and passed a law saying you can’t throw stuff from parade floats.  You don’t need to thank us.

Steve was on the WLS St. Patrick’s Day float waiting for the parade to start.  In the distance he could hear the clip-clop sound of a horse.  As the horse got closer and passed the float Steve was pleasantly surprised to see the rider was The Lone Ranger!  The real one, Clayton Moore!!  He looked amazingly fit and just like he rode out of your TV screen.

Waiting in the rain for the parade to start and seeing this grand old buggy come by with Channel 7’s Fahey Flynn and Joel Daley.  Yeah, even though we know some of these people, sometimes we get a little star struck, too.

Larry Langford is currently the Director of Media Affairs and Communications at the Chicago Fire Department.  He was a newsman when we worked together at WIND.  Rather than ride the WIND float, he asked Steve if he’d like to hop on the back of his motorcycle.  As the WIND float made it’s way down State St. Larry and Steve, on the motorcycle, would circle it.  Things went well untill they rode over WGN-TV’s cable and knocked them off the air.  Yes, WGN-TV was broadcasting the parade live … or at least they were untill that happened.

Him and Her got to ride the WIND float together and, even though it was brutally cold, Steve thought that the new hostess at WIND looked awfully cute in her fake fur coat and earmuffs.  Two years later we were counting down to our wedding, in April.

Steve’s mother, Mary Elizabeth, was born on St. Patrick’s day.  She was first generation born in the U.S.A., her parents having arrived from Ireland with little more than a concertina and the clothes on their backs.

Johnnie’s great-grandmother came from Ireland.

So, for the past 25 years Johnnie has been decorating seasonal trees with a special St. Patrick’s day tree in honor of our ancestors and a lot of good memories.

Johnnie's St. Patrick's Day tree!

Johnnie’s St. Patrick’s Day tree!

Here’s hoping you make some great memories.  Happy St. Patrick’s day!!

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2015 Kia Sedona SXL Video Road Test

It’s a new month and that means that our newest Video Road Test, the 2015 Kia Sedona SXL, 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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Why So Long Between Blog Posts?

That’s a good question and the answer is, for a couple of reasons.

First, the *%#@!!! flu bug that sidelined us in December and hung on, in various forms, for about a month decided to pay a return visit to both of us in February and hung on for a few more weeks.  As those of you who wrestled with this fellow found out, once he takes up residence, he really, really, really doesn’t want to leave.  We’re really, really, really, glad he finally did.

The second reason is related to the first in that, while we were down for the count with the flu, we didn’t have a whole lot of energy for anything.  As a result, we got really, really, really behind in writing our book on Les Paul.  As understanding as our publisher is, we have a deadline and, now that we’re feeling normal (Or, as close to “normal” as the two of us ever get.), we’ve been putting everything else on hold while we try our best to make up for lost time and meet it.

At the moment, we’re spending every day and, when we’re up late, a lot of nights working on the book.  Also, obviously, we want to put our a quality product so, even though we’re behind schedule, we’re  NOT going to just throw a lot of stuff together to get it in on time.  We want to be proud of the finished product.  We want to feel that Les would be proud of the finished product.  And, we want you to enjoy reading it.

So, now you know “the REST of the story” and, with all of the above in mind, we hope you’ll understand if we now back out of this blog and get back to work.

That is, assuming we haven’t misplaced our number 2 pencils.

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