Cycling Along The Way...

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Riders of the wheel. Racers, Roadies, Mountain bikers, Touring cyclists, Commuters, and others. Diamond frames, recumbents, trikes, and more. Sharing a web of connections often misunderstood or unappreciated by those who don't ride. Herewith, my attempt to share some of the more rational thoughts that flit around inside my head while bicycling, knocking back a brew or three, or just thinking about life. Reviews of bicycles, gear, touring, and more, plus some unsolicited posts about people, politics, and philosophy. Other things, too. Me: retired, gave up my TV in 1988, avid cyclist, several cross country tours completed with more to come. Your thoughts?

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

A Memorial Ride For My Friend, Bruce Doeren...

"Most people can't bear to sit in church for an hour on Sundays. How are they supposed to live somewhere very similar to it for eternity?" ~ Mark Twain

"Life doesn't cease to be funny when someone dies any more than it ceases to be serious when someone laughs." ~ George Bernard Shaw

Having worked as a counselor with the Burn and Trauma services, as well as in the Emergency Room at several hospitals/trauma centers, I have a pretty twisted sense of humor. My wife, Eileen, says that working 12 years in Burn and Trauma and the ER did not make me a better person. I'll spare you any of my humor except through my quotes in these posts.

Last November 12th, my friend, Bruce Doeren, died suddenly at home. His wife, Eloise, was away on her job as a drug rep. Both Bruce and Eloise are/were nurses. When Eloise arrived home after being away for 3 days, she found Bruce in bed and she thought he was asleep. Turns out he had died, most likely from an aneurysm. He was getting prepared for surgery on several aneurysms he had, but did not make it to surgery.

At his funeral, a few of us spoke of doing a ride in his memory. Bruce was my riding buddy and work colleague at UNM Hospital when we both worked there. So, it seemed fitting to do this. Last weekend, Oct 3rd, a few of us managed to get together to do the ride Bruce and I often did ... up South 14 outside of Albuquerque. Neil, John, me, Eloise, Ryan (his son), Seamus (Neil's son), and a friend of Ryan's, John. As luck would have it, the wind, and weather, were changing up rapidly and, after riding but a few miles up South 14, riders who were coming down alerted us to the fact that it was pouring rain at the top. So, like Bruce and I would do when the weather turned, we headed to Eloise's house and drank some beer instead. Bruce would have approved.

Some photos...
Neil and me. The jerseys we're wearing were designed by Bruce and me for the Albuquerque Century Tour that we coordinated for UNM Hospital...
Neil, Eloise, me, and Ryan (Bruce's son)...
Ryan, John, and John...
John, John, and Eloise...
Eloise, Seamus(Neil's son), Neil, me, and Ryan...
John and Eloise...

Eloise, Ryan, and Bruce's daughter, Miquela, are all persevering. "Doing well" just never seemed the right thing to say because I know that, after my Mom and Dad died, "doing well" never fit how I felt. I just tried to deal with their deaths as best I could and persevered, as Eloise, Ryan, and Miquela are doing. Despite it's unfairness, life does go on whether we like it or not. So, moving on is the order of the day, along with a few emotional breakdowns along the way, eh? I still yell at nobody in particular when I'm out riding and I think of Bruce, feel the anger/hurt of his being dead, and I let the world know how pissed off I am.

While this ride was short, we will do it again. Next year, we'll do it a little later in October, after the Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque. Fall in New Mexico is beautifull and it's a great time to ride. The thoughts we were all having were about Bruce, which is what was important vs. how far we rode our bikes.

So, a tune to exit with...the Yellow Jackets doing the "Imperial Strut" ( This was a favorite band of Bruce's. He frequently took me to his "music" room in the basement of his house and put on albums of his favorite jazz bands and made me listen to them, which I liked. I'm a jazz fan, but he expanded my view. You are missed, my friend...

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Wipperman Connex 10 Spd Stainless Steel Chain

"At 70 years old, if I could give my younger self one piece of advice, it would be to use the words "fuck off" much more frequently." ~ Helen Mirren

Now, I don't know for certain that Helen Mirren actually said this. It seems to me to be something she would say or would like to say. Also, even if this is not something she said, I love it and it's true. Additionally, I think she's a gorgeous, interesting woman and I'm glad to be old enough now to appreciate the spectrum of beauty in women that I never saw as a young man. I should have opened my eyes and mind much younger than I did. 

So, on to the Wipperman Connex chain. First, it's been a great chain. I purchased it back in December 2014 along with a new 10spd Ultegra cassette to replace the chain/cassette that had many, many miles on them. Putting the chain on was a breeze. Simplest setup I've ever done. And the cassette was the first one that I've ever removed/installed and set up the rear derailleur for it. To my utter surprise, I did it successfully. Didn't have to resort to my usual string of curse words that spill so easily out of my mouth when something is not going right...usually due to "operator error". The Wipperman Connex uses a link that is easily removeable by hand versus the usual pin seen in most chains. Makes putting it on or taking it off very easy.

My issue now is that it has been making a clicking noise that is irritating, to say the least. Not loud, but persistant. I took the chain off, soaked it in a cleaner/degreaser, and put it back on, but the noise didn't go away. I took my Phil Tenacious oil and lubricated the hell out of the chain and the noise went away, but the chain ended up greasy/dirty and transferred that to my hands any time I touched the chain. BoeShield didn't seem to help get rid of the noise like a heavy dose of Phil's oil. Today, however, the noise is back. I've removed the chain and have it soaking in a cleaner/degreaser solution. Tomorrow, I'll put it back on the bike and go for a long ride on Tuesday. If the noise is still there, I'll be replacing the chain. I put a new link on the chain, suspecting it might be the source of the clicking, but the noise is there with the new link.

Well, did the ride and the noise was there, so I ordered a new chain and cassette. Purchased the chain through ( and got it for $20 less than what Amazon was selling it for. Bike-Discount is based in Germany, where Wipperman chains are made. So, I put the chain/casette on and it works noise.

Wipperman Connex 10S1, stainless steel and nickel, weighjs about 260 grams with hollow pins. I'll let you know how long this one lasts.

Time to, a tune for you to enjoy. "Rock Lobster" by the B52's ( An odd one, but it reminds me of my friend, Bruce Doeren. More on Bruce in my next website post. 

Friday, September 18, 2015

John Isles and Cathy Colless, Aussies On The Move...

"It may be that your sole purpose in life is to serve as a warning to others." ~ Anonymous

"There is nothing more Australian than spending time in someone else's country." ~ Anonymous

John Isles and Cathy Colless serve as a warning to others...that you're all slackers!! These two Australians, who presently live in Cambridge, UK, have been bicycling the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route ( and stayed with Eileen and me while they regrouped, reorganized, and updated some worn out parts/tires on their bikes. And, like the other quote, they're spending time in several other countries. John and Cathy work in the Antarctic, doing 6 month contract work. This time, they opted to go on a trip and see what happens with the contract work. While here, they were in communication with a guy in England, trying to determine if they needed to buy airline tickets home or head into Mexico. Since nothing was finalized with their friend in England, they headed off to Mexico. They'd ridden parts of Central/South American and wanted to head to Mexico City (actually, past Mexico City) to visit friends, then continue on to where they'd left off on a prior trip. So, if you're lounging around the house or slacking on the couch, these two are not and serve as a warning to you. See what's out there. John & Cathy have a blog: See what they've been up to. 

Some photos:
Their bikes had racks that were part of the bike frame...first I'd ever seen like this.
                     John in the midst of putting new tires on their bikes.
      Preparing to leave for Mexico...
                 The loaded bike...

A few videos:
John & Cathy saying "Hello, Silver City!":
John & Cathy saying "Goodbye, Silver City!":

John and Cathy stayed with us 3 nights and we enjoyed their company. After much food, drink, and conversation, they headed off to the Mexican border on their way to meet up with friends. Somewhere along the way, I'm certain they'll square away their contract work plans. Hopefully, not before they get all the riding in that they hope to accomplish. In lots of ways, these folks are braver than I am. There are some countries that I have no desire to visit, for lots of reasons but mostly because of my insecurity. My travels have shown me that people are friendlier and helpful than the media portrays. One day, perhaps, I'll overcome my anxiety...

In reading their blog, I just discovered that John has a new 6 month contract and will be heading back to the Antarctic soon. So, while they got to Janos, Chihuahua, Mexico, they took a shuttle to Phoenix, AZ, to catch a flight to Frankfort, Germany, where they'll bicycle along the Rhine, making their way back home. Then, it's off to the southern most part of the planet.

So, now it's time for some music...Glen Campbell performing the Jimmy Webb song, "By The Time I Get To Phoenix":

Seems appropriate considering how their trip ended. Also, unfortunately, Glen Campbell was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2011 and is presently in an Alzheimer's long term care facility, unable to speak. So, in his memory whatever you may think of his singing, here's one more, "Gentle On My Mind" : Hope that you enjoy these songs...

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Compass Bicycles Cayuse Pass 700x26 Tires

"Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt." ~ Abraham Lincoln

True words. I will, however, speak out and let readers consider what I've said and make their determination. Bicycle tires. For what I like to do, these are critical accessories. Recently, I wrote a post about the Grand Bois Blue Cerf, 700x26, tires that had about 3500 miles on them (in my post, I mistakely credited them with 4000 miles). These were (yes, past tense) probably the best tires I've ever used on my Vitus or any other bicycle I've ever owned/ridden. Amazing durability and rideability. A few weeks ago, Eileen and I went to Willcox, AZ, to ride the Willcox Flyer (, a 66 mile ride out and back from downtown Willcox. 
Very good ride with the weather accommodating us with overcast skies most of the day, so it was cooler than anticipated. If you're looking for a good ride on quiet roads and pretty nice scenery, this one is for you. Lots of wineries and apple orchards add to the fun. A couple of decent restaurants and places to stay, too. This was Eileen's first organized ride and she was hooked. Now, she wants to do more, and longer, rides. I like this...

Well, on the ride, I had two in the back tire; one in the front tire. That's when I knew it was time to buy new tires. No sense in pissing into the wind. So, what did I do? Went to Compass Cyce ( and purchased two of the Compass tires called Cayuse Pass, 700x26 ( 

Say what? Why not buy two of the same tire that just gave me 3500 miles of great riding??? I wanted to try these other tires. They're more expensive, $76/ea, but lighter, so I wanted to see if they'd last as long as the Grand Bois Blue Cerf. We'll see, eh? I've done two rides in the mountains with the new tires to date and they've been fabulous. Fast, smooth, and I got up to 45mph coming down the mountain from Pinos Altos, NM. Will talk more about these after the new year and fill you in on how they've held up and what I think of them after some miles on them.

For now, it's time to close this posting. A about Queen performing, Bicycle Race ( Seems appropriate. Til next post...

Saturday, August 22, 2015

The British Are Coming! The British Are Coming!!!

"Studies have shown that riding a bicycle everyday makes you more awesome than the general population." ~ Anonymous even makes the British look better! Despite being Irish and having a bit of an attitude about England and Ireland, most of the Brits I've met have been good lads/lasses. I refrained from any rants about Ireland and England, so we got on quite well while Dan and Jon visited with Eileen and me prior to heading off to Las Cruces, NM. Dan and Jon decided a while ago to do Adventure Cycling Association's Great Divide Mountain Bike Route from Canada to Mexico ( These lads didn't follow it all the way, but made their own route and incorporated that into the Great Divide Route and made their own original bike tour. I like creating my own route most of the time while touring, so I was happy to hear that these riders were into making their own tour, as well.

Dan and Jon are from Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, England, and have been writing a blog during their travels, Jonny's On His Bike (, which you can read to find out what their experience on the Great Divide Route was like for them. Both are in their late 20's, in good shape, and were interesting/fun guests to have stay with us for a few nights. They were both surprised at The Toaster House in Pie Town, NM, which is owned by Nita Larronde, who used to live in the house, but has since moved into another house and opened the Toaster House to those who are hiking the Continental Divide Trail or those biking the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route...for free. Donations are accepted but not required. Jon thought a house like that in England would be trashed in no time. I bit my tongue and didn't make any comments about the British vs. Americans. My Mom would have been proud. They both were surprised with their encounters with Americans, which was very different than what they'd heard about Americans/America over in England. I believe, like most of us who venture out of our own small world, they discovered that rumor doesn't always live up to the facts. It seems that they found most of the people they met to be good, friendly, and helpful, which is fairly typical when touring.

Here are some photos of these guys at our house:
Jon and Dan relaxing after dinner...
Dan and Jon at the kitchen counter following their fantasy teams online...
Jon cleaning his bike for the last leg of their trip to El Paso, TX.
Me on my Vitus helping Dan and Jon get out of Silver City on less crowded roads...
Dan and Jon ready to go over Emory Pass and on to Las Cruces, NM.

And, of course, a few short videos:
In our kitchen with Eileen, Dan, and Jon:
Getting ready to leave Silver City:

These Brits were fun to have stay with us and are more than welcome should they decide to come back to America and ride their bikes through the Southwest. Maybe chase a rattlesnack or two??? On the way trhough the Mimbres Valley, Jon thought he might have been bitten by a rattlesnack, so I told him their was a medical clinic nearby where he could get it checked out. Fortunately, it was not a snake bite. Probably just a sharp roadside plant...

Now, a tune to exit with....hmm, what to choose??? Sinead O'Connor performing "Oro, se do bheatha abhaile", a song associated with the Irish rebels.

Maybe you two can be part of the generation of Brits who get England out of Ireland completely and help restore Ireland to the one country it is destined, and determined, to be. Tiocfaidh ar La...Our day will come.

Now, another that's not political. Michael Coleman doing, "The Trip To Sligo/Tell Her I Am":

Happy trails, lads!

Monday, June 29, 2015

A Gear Review: Cygolite Expillion 850, Ultralite Cot, Vittoria Randonneur Tire, And The Grand Bois Blue Cerf Tire.

"My biggest fear is that, when I die, my wife will sell my bicycles for what I told her they cost." ~ Anonymous

Well, since both my bikes are "classics" now and both are in the 30 years old range, I guess it really doesn't matter what they cost since the real value is the components on the bikes rather than the frames.  Now, on to some gear reveiws.  Some of this gear, I used on my recently aborted bicycle tour and some I've used here in Silver City.  Onward...

First up, the Cycgolite Expillion 850 rechargable USB bicycle light 
(  .  I did a recent review of this while touring, where I used it several times when I ended up riding at night because the wind was slowing me down so much.  Every time I used this light, it came through like a champ.  Bright, long lasting, and easy to use, even easier to charge via USB.  I bought it at Amazon (, which had the best price, $90.  For those who think they might be riding in the dark longer than I did, you can purchase an extra battery stick for it (, about $33.  Keep the extra stick charged, keep it on you, and, voila, you got light when you want/need it.
Some pics:
Highly recommend this light and I give it 5 Stars for durability, brightness, battery life.  Can't go wrong with this light from Cygolite.

Next up, my ultralite cot.  Yes, there are some great air mattresses and/or pads that can be used and that work well.  I'm willing to carry the weight to have that extra bit of comfort at night.  This cot does not care where you camp...on a slab of concrete, on rocks, on sand, on rough ground, on an incline, whatever...this cot rocks.  Well, not really, that would suck.  This cot works every where.  It's durable, comfortable, easy to set up and take down.  The poles break down and are short, but they do take up space.  Question remains...what are you willing to do for comfort?  I am willing to provide the space it needs and, as I said, to carry the weight for the comfort.  The people who created this cot are from Texas and now Cascade Designs sells it.  It's available on Amazon ( and now comes in a regular size and a wider size.  I have the regular and have no problem with it.  Some pics:
Read about it, read the reviews, and the best price is on Amazon.  Ebay may have a better price, too.  I really do love this thing and won't be sleeping in a tent without it, I assure you.  Great item and I give this a 5 Star rating, as well.

Now, on to some tires.  Vittoria Randonneur (  I got the first set of these from Twin Sisters ( several years ago for my Cannondale touring bicyle and used them around here in Silver City.  I was impressed and did a review of them stating that they worked well.  Now, after using a brand new pair for my latest, aborted tour, I had less than stellar success with them, particularly the rear tire.  Here's a photo that I took just before I removed it in Eureka Springs, AR:
This tire only had about 1,000 miles on it and was on the rear of the bike.  It is worn through the tread, as you can see.  The front tire was still acceptable, but I've had Schwalbe tires with several thousands of miles on them before replacing them and Specialized Armadillos that had over 5,000 miles on them.  So, in the bigger picture of touring tires, these failed miserably, in my opinion.  If you're just riding around town, no problem.  Don't consider them for touring.  There are several other models with much better reputations.  Grand Bois also makes some superb tires, as you'll read about in a moment.  In my opinion, 2 Stars tops, only because they're good around town with no weight carried on the bike besides the rider.

On to what has turned out to be an incredible tire.  Exceptional, actually.  Compass Bicycles  ( sells these Grand Bois Blue Cerf, 700 x 26 tires (  I purchased the set that's on my Vitus road bike in May/2014.  Since putting them on the bike, I have put about 4,000 miles on them and got my first two flats this past month with the front tire because of some glass that I ran over.  As any experienced rider knows, it's the rear tire that'll go flat first..or it seems that way.  Here's a  photo of the front tire on my Vitus:
When I got a flat this past month, I began to wonder when I had purchased these tires.  I know that I really like these tires.  They roll better and faster than other tires I've used and smooth out the rough roads around here.  So, today, I looked back on my blog,, and was amazed to see that I've had these for over one year and that they're still in good shape with the miles I've put on them.  My Vitus is my go to bike, so, when I'm out riding, I'm on the Vitus not the Cannondale.  I will keep a eye on these and see how they are with flats.  But, I am impressed.  Compass Bicycles has some great gear.  Some of it is pricey, but these tires are about $57/each and weigh 222g.  They have an array of tires, all of which I'm sure are good, but these were great.  Yes, I'll be buying a new pair when these are done.  For me, these deserve a 5 Star rating.  5 Star Plus!!!

Enough reviewing for today.  Now, on to a tune to close this post with.  Over the weekend, Chris Squire, founder and bass guitarist for YES died (, so, with that in mind, here's one of my favorite YES songs, in memory of Chris and a shout out to Joan Fish, who turned me on to YES back in Glens Falls, NY, in the mid 1970's.  In fact, here are two YES songs, starting with "Roundabout" ( and "I've Seen All Good People" (  This hardly does YES justice, but it's a start.  Do yourself a favor..go to YouTube and listen to them.  I still like this group.  Rock on, Chris.  God speed.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

On To Little Rock, Then Home To New Mexico!

"You can observe a lot by just watching." ~ Yogi Berra

"Always go to other people's funerals, otherwise they won't come to yours." ~ Yogi Berra

I love Yogi Berra's quotes.  He was such a character.  Ok, I left Conway, AR, with the sky blue and not much wind blowin' in my face.  Getting out of Conway meant dealing with a fair amount of traffic, but it soon thinned out.  I was on a smaller country road before I knew it and, voila, a donut shop.   Time for one of my favorite ways to consume calories...plain donuts.  They've always been my favorite, followed by glazed donuts.  And, of course, the plain donut has the most fat.  Didn't stop me from eating them.  Ok, a donut shop run by some Asians, not sure where they were from, but it did strike me as different... a donut shop in rural Arkansas run by a family who had moved to the U.S. from an Asian country.  How to turn your world upside down...  Ate lots of donuts and drank some coffee, then got back on the road.  It was only about 40+ miles to Little Rock, where I'd spend Thursday night, all day Friday, and then fly out Saturday afternoon, which would give me a little time to play around there.

In doing a little research about getting into Little Rock, I found a single lane bridge that crossed the Arkansas river and would put me near the motel I was staying at while in Little Rock.  The motel was near Spokes, the bike shop that would ship my bike back to Silver City, and near some cool neighborhoods, as well as being relatively close to downtown Little Rock.  The ride was pretty uneventful except for some asshole drivers in Maumelle, AR.  These people deserve to get awards for being assholes.  Fortunately, I was out of that hole in a short time and near the single lane bridge.

Of course, as I approached the bridge, which was in a more rural area along the river, I saw a sign saying, "Road Closed".  Well, I could see the gate that was closed, so I rode up to it to see if there just might be a possibility of taking my bike across.  Sometimes, when a road is closed, it's closed to motor vehicles, but bicycles can manuever through.  As I approached the gate, I thought that would not happen since there was no way around it and no one around to open the gate.  Preparing to turn around and seek another route, I pulled out my phone and began looking on Ride With GPS for some other way.  Suddenly, the gate began to open...YES!  I pushed the bike forward and was making my way through a small hydroelectric generating station when I heard a man's voice calling to me.  He told me that he couldn't let me through and he'd only opened the gate because he thought I was the rig that was due to arrive that day to replace some of the large gates over the large holes filled with water that I was trying very hard not to fall in.  Would not have been good.  With some hope in my voice, I asked him if what I was looking at not too far away was the other side of the river???  Another 5 feet and I'd be past these open water holes and onto the single lane bridge...but, no, he couldn't do that.  He would be fired if he did and he told me that I had to turn around and go out the gate I came in.  Explaining where I'd started and where I was headed....just across that bridge that was 5 feet from me didn't it was back out the gate to find another way.

Once on the other side of the gate, I looked at my phone again to see where I could cross the river.  Seemed like there was a bike path I could take that would take me to a pedestrian/bike bridge over the river that put me in the parking lot of the Bill Clinton Presidential Library.  Ok, let's see if I can find this.  With only some minor issues, I found the bridge and crossed over into Little Rock.  No, I didn't stop at the library.  While in Little Rock, I used Uber to get around and one driver said he wanted to open a cigar store next to the Clinton Library called "MONICA'S", with a replica of the blue dress, and a box of the cigars she liked...on sale, of course.  Thought he could make money for a while on that theme.

 Ok, found my motel, called Spokes, and brought my bike over to get it boxed up and sent out.  Talked with several of the Spokes staff, all of whom were very friendly, and they gave me some ideas for dinner.  Seems there were a few good sushi restaurants nearby.  I love sushi.  From that point on, I was using Uber to get around Little Rock.  The service is fairly affordable and no tipping either.  That was good.
I went to a couple of sushi restaurants.  The one in the photos above was quite pretentious, with the waitress trying to tell me what was on the platter the sushi chef gave me.  I interrupted her, informing her that I'd been eating sushi for 30 years and that I was aware of what was on the platter.  This was after she'd explained the menu to me when I first sat down.  She irritated me, which was not good.  The sushi was good, as was the sushi the night before.  The places shall remain nameless.  

The other thing I was looking for, but did not find, was decent espresso.  Despite the rave reviews, the places I went to did not live up to their reviews.  Again, they'll remain nameless.  There is one of these "espresso" shops that deserves mention...Andina Cafe ( in downtown Little Rock.  This has to be the worst espresso shop that I have ever been in.  How they got rated as being an excellent espresso cafe is beyond me.  The double espresso I got was in a regular coffee mug with no crema.  WTF???  Do not bother stopping in here.

The one place that I found in downtown Little Rock that was good was a pizza/microbrewery...Vino's (  The pizza was excellent and the stout was tasty.  Reminded me of East Coast pizza, which is my favorite.  Now, I'm sure there are plenty of good places to eat, and drink, in Little Rock.  I was only moderately successful, but it seemed like a fairly decent city.  Not sure I'd put it on my list of places that I want to visit again, but, should I be nearby  again, I'd stop at Vino's for sure.

On Saturday morning, I headed to an area on Kavanaugh Street, looking for an espresso shop that had good reviews.  To my surprise, there was a small festival going on...Etsy Little Rock...and they had a microbrewery set up to sell pints there.  The expresso was mediocre.  The beer was good.  I found a place for lunch, then called Uber to take me back to the motel, pick up my panniers, then take me to the Bill and Hillary airport.  While at the airport, I found a decent BBQ place and had another beer, which made things more pleasant while waiting for my flight to Albuquerque.  This wasn't how I expected my trip to end, but that's how it was.  I got into Albuquerque late and Isaac was there to meet me.  Too late to get something to eat, we headed to his house, had a bite, then went to bed.  In the morning, we had breakfast then he dropped me off at Albuquerque International, where I got my flight on Boutique Air to Silver City.  Below, a photo of the plane and my pannier inside the plane.
On arrival in Silver City at Grant County Airport, Eileen was waiting for me and I was extremely happy to see her.  I had really missed her on this trip.  So, we headed home and I have not regretted cutting this trip short.

Now, to end this post...a tune.  Since part of this ride was to attend my high school reunion again, here's a tune that was a big hit in my senior year, "Wooly Bully" by Sam the Sham & The Pharoahs (  And one more..."Hang On Sloopy" by The McCoys (  Oh, what the more, just to drive you crazy, "Eve of Destruction" by Barry McGuire (  Til the next time....