Just in time for Soul Train

September 1, 2011 • Posted in Beth Finke, Flo, Harper, radio, Uncategorized by

My metatarsals are whole again--the body's an amazing thing.

Sound the trumpets! The doc says I can retire the clodhoppers!! No restrictions! I can walk long distances, swim, ride the tandem, even hop on the train to Elmhurst to visit Flo.

How to celebrate my healing? That’s easy. I’m gonna strap on my dancin’ shoes, strut down to Millennium Park and shake my groove thang:

Monday, September 5 (Labor Day) at 6:30 PM

Jay Pritzker Pavilion

Groove to the beat of Soul Train with a concert in honor of the 40th anniversary of the Chicago-based, longest-running, nationally syndicated program in television history. The concert will pay tribute to Soul Train and its legendary founder and host, Southside native Don Cornelius, who will be on hand to participate in the program. Artists scheduled to perform include Jerry “The Iceman” Butler, The Impressions, The Chi-Lites, The Emotions, and Gene Chandler. They will be backed by a full orchestra of veteran musicians who have played and/or recorded with the artists listed above and will be led by conductor/arranger Tom Tom Washington.

Pre-Concert Dance Party

4-5:30 PM

Cloud Gate

Hosted by Chicago radio pioneer, V103 Radio’s Herb Kent, known as the “King of the Dusties” and the “Cool Gent”, hit records from the 60s, 70s and 80s will be spun prior to Chicago’s 40th Anniversary Soul Train Concert at 6:30 PM. Admission to both the concert and the dance party is FREE.

Thanks to all of you for your blog comments, your encouragement and your good wishes during my healing process – I might have lost my mental health completely without you. I’m serious.

I’d write more now, but hey, I’ve spent a summer in front of this computer keyboard already. Time for Harper and me to practice our dance moves.

Cheryl On September 1, 2011 at 1:43 pm

….”wish you love, peace and soul”…….Y (imagine that as the peace sign).

bethfinke On September 1, 2011 at 1:52 pm

Back at ya’, sister.

penn nelson On September 1, 2011 at 1:45 pm

I told you so I told you so, swing your boody baby!


bethfinke On September 1, 2011 at 1:53 pm

I’m swinging — and so glad you were right!

Gretchen On September 1, 2011 at 1:46 pm

Congratulations! I am going to share you notes on the foot with Nathan, who managed to break his nuvicular bone (not even sure I have that spelling right) in his first varsity soccer game of the season.

bethfinke On September 1, 2011 at 1:50 pm

Oh, poor Nathan! What the heck is a nuvicular

bethfinke On September 1, 2011 at 1:51 pm

Oh. Wait. I don’t think I want to know. Three months ago I didn’t know what a medatarsal was.

bev On September 1, 2011 at 3:13 pm


nb On September 2, 2011 at 3:02 am

Sounds like a gas! Hope they play Love Train. Wish I could be there. Yeah to leaving the clodhoppers behind!

bethfinke On September 2, 2011 at 7:02 am

Get on board!
Cause if you miss it, I feel sorry, sorry for you…

Annelore Chapin On September 2, 2011 at 3:48 am

Hurray….. and on to the next pleasure. Wish I could be there.

DO North On September 2, 2011 at 6:05 am

Yeah Beth!

Benita On September 2, 2011 at 8:50 am

Happy for you! You missed an entire socksless summer and you should celebrate by not wearing socks! “Boogie Oogie Oogie” is one of my guiltiest pleasures too! And why am I humming “Rock the Boat?”
Honey, you are back in bizness!

Barbara Timberlake On September 2, 2011 at 9:17 am

Great news! Swing and sway.

Audrey Mitchell On September 2, 2011 at 11:54 am

Look at that xray! Such nice toes. I wish.
Have a great time.
Soul Train is an excellent topic for our essay. Brings back a lot of good memories.

bethfinke On September 3, 2011 at 11:47 am

Note to blog readers: Audrey is one of the wonderful writers in the Wednesday memoir class — the assignment for this week is “Soul Train” and I can’t *wait* to hear what they all come up with.

marilee amodt On September 2, 2011 at 8:00 pm


Colleen On September 2, 2011 at 9:44 pm

Woo hoo, steppin’ out!

Lori On September 3, 2011 at 1:16 pm

Hooray for you Beth! A year from now this will have seemed to have happened longer ago than that, except you will remember that you missed summer. And you will appreciate it more.

bethfinke On September 3, 2011 at 3:30 pm

Very well said, Lori. I’m already looking forward to May!

Sandra On September 3, 2011 at 8:58 pm

Glad your foot is healed!!! Keep on dancing!

bethfinke On September 4, 2011 at 11:54 am

Will do!

Eva On September 5, 2011 at 1:22 am

Hello Beth,
Just want to say hi and hope all is going well with you and Harper!
My senior year just started and I still feel like it’s summer..NOT READY for school…yet. haha
But i am excited i can see my friend and her Guide Dog again… : )


I’m so proud « Safe & Sound blog On September 9, 2011 at 8:00 am

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A huge silly grin « Safe & Sound blog On September 24, 2011 at 11:37 pm

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