July 07, 1985 - Chicago, IL

Day Off - Sunny/Hot/Humid

I woke up at 5AM. Hot, sweaty - I couldn't stretch out. I woke up every hour on the hour until 10AM. Got dressed - sat in van until 11AM. Dave R. showed up. We walked for cigarettes. Up to the apartment. We had coffee and danish etc. Dave R. Joe, Rod and I went to Eyelab. Sheila, her sister and Paul went to her parents house for a barbecue. Dave B. stayed at the apartment and cleaned his axe and talked to Lisa from Get Smart.

What's the deal with going to get an eye exam? Weird. As mentioned before, Get Smart! were a fellow Fever Records band from Chicago.

Dave R. and I got eye exams while Joe and Rod ate at Mickey D's and shopped at the nearby mall. We left eye place and stopped at Burger King and ate. Back at Sheila's I discovered my camera was missing. I hope I can find it soon. Drank beer - writing this.

Called Cole - to his place and then to South Side for dinner at a soul food place - Gladys' Luncheonette. Had smothered chicken, rice, green peas and corn muffins. Food was not great but the place had atmosphere. There was a guy - old black man in a white tux, cape, cane and top hat. We were the only white people in the place. Fun. Cole took us here because he heard that when Bob Dylan is in town, this is where he eats his chicken. My chicken was the worst part of the meal.

Gladys' Luncheonette is still there I believe. Gladys passed away in April this year, but the restaurant is now run by her daughter (also named Galdys). This was a Sunday and I remember that everybody there was dressed to the hilt (except us of course).

After dinner we headed over to the Gingerbread Man Pub - next to the Metro. Met us with Lisa from Get Smart. Drank lots of Bass Ale. Talked and talked. Listened to Rod talk. Talked until 2AM. Left pub and gave Lisa and Cole rides home. Back to Sheila's in Evanston. Everybody drunk and getting real analytic about the band, tour, record, etc. I drove and didn't catch most of the conversation. To bed at 2:30-3AM. (Rod in van)

I still like to listen to Rod talk. You can too - make sure you check out the daily "Thoughtless For The Day".

Posted by Dean at July 7, 1985 12:05 PM

Hey Dean, I love this so far. Better than any novel.
Question: Is it me or do these entries spend alot of time talking about food in great detail?

Posted by: BigTimeOperator at December 8, 2003 07:38 PM

Uh - yeah - there is a lot of food talk. Have you noticed that we really only eat two meals a day? No wonder I was thinner!

Posted by: Dean at December 8, 2003 07:55 PM

the pub is called The Ginger Man. It still exists and has a great jukebox. Oddly cool place for being a block from Wrigley Field.

Posted by: Scott at December 10, 2003 09:52 AM

I think it was around this time that I went to a party with a friend of the folks in Get Smart, whom I would later refer to as "The angriest woman in the world." It's a memory that I'm still trying to suppress. When Dean says, "Listened to Rod talk" he's been judicious. The line should really read "Listen to Rod rant incoherently until everyone at the table wished his vocal chords would snap."

Posted by: Rodney Anonymous at December 10, 2003 04:42 PM

We stay with Get Smart in tomorrow's entry. Yes - there is a party involved. You were out til 4:30AM. I call her weird. I forgot the angry part.

Posted by: Dean at December 10, 2003 08:50 PM

Hey, I liked the chicken at Gladys!

Posted by: Cole at February 17, 2004 10:47 PM

Hey Cole! Is Gladys still open? Are you still in Chicago? Do you know what happened to the Get Smart folks? Where are they now?

Posted by: Dean at February 18, 2004 07:24 AM

Dean, I have been in DC for around 7 years and have not made it back to Gladys in many years. But it appears to still be there

There is a Get Smart! (remember the exclamation mark) page at:


Lisa Wertman (Crowe) seems to still be around at


and may be able to answer questions about Frank Loose (drummer) and Marc Koch (guitar).

I am glad to see all you guys are still around and well; let me know if you ever make it down to DC.


Posted by: Cole at February 18, 2004 10:42 AM