Saturday, February 5, 2022

Saturday 9

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Saturday 9: Lady of Spain (1952)
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1) The lyrics refer to serenading "caballeros," which is Spanish for "gentlemen." Can you say anything to us in Spanish this morning?
Hola, amigos y amigas. Espero que estén bien y felices. He extrañado hacer estos memes.
2) Eddie Fisher sings that he's loved this lady since he first saw her. Do you believe in love at first sight?
I believe it happens. I can say that it's never happened to me, not in a romantic way. I've fallen in love at first sight with some babies, though.
3) He was drafted and served a year in Korea. Then he spent the rest of his active duty period as vocalist for the Army Band, performing on military bases. (He was still technically PFC Edwin Fisher when he recorded this.) Did you ever play with a band? If so, what instrument?
I was in band (class) for 6 years in junior high and high school. I made it one year in college before I gave up. Play flute, and piccolo, and was first chair most of the time.
4) From 1953 to 1957, Eddie hosted Coke Time, a TV variety show sponsored by Coca Cola. What's your soft drink of choice?
Diet Dr. Pepper. Some things never change: I'm drinking a can of it right now. 😁
5) Though Coke Time is mostly forgotten today, Eddie was nominated for two Emmy Awards and won a Golden Globe for his work on the show. Have you ever taken home a trophy?
I don't think so, not one of my own, alone. I haven't ever done anything that involved trophies as a solo.
6) Today Eddie Fisher may be best known as the father of Carrie Fisher. She made more than 50 movies and wrote 8 books. Are you more familiar with her as an actress or author?
Actress. Despite my career, she will always be more Leia than writer.
7) In 1952, when this song was popular, hamburger meat sold for just 53¢/lb. Is there any beef in your refrigerator right now?
I think I've got some pre-made meals with ground beef in them. If not, there's probably some in the freezer in case I ever get enough energy to cook.
8) Also in 1952, Mr. Potato Head became the first toy to be advertised on TV. What recent TV commercial comes to mind?
I pretty much only watch TV at Beast's these days, and we are watching football, racing, or car shows. During the latter, I'm most annoyed with the Medicare (et al.) ads from all the TV stars of my childhood.
9) Random question: If you could live within any TV show ever, which would you choose?
Facts of Life. Or one of the CSI shows, in the lab.

Friday, February 4, 2022

Friday 5

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A regular feature on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert is a fun set of questions called the Colbert Questionert, the answers to which, the host claims, reveal who a person truly is. Search YouTube for “colbert questionert” and you’ll find a bunch of fun interviews, like this one with Jennifer Lawrence.

Although many of the questions have appeared multiple times in memes through the years, it’ll be fun to answer them in this arrangement. Conveniently, there are (supposedly) fifteen questions, so they break up evenly for our purposes. Here are the first 5!

1. What is the best sandwich?
I'm very partial to American cheese on white bread with butter on both slices of bread. Add a few potato chips and I'm in heaven. (I'm a very cheap date)
2. What’s the one thing you own that you really should throw out?
Everything in the storage space behind the spare room, barring ... no, just toss it all. It literally hasn't been touched in 5 years.
3. What’s the scariest animal?
For me, that would be a grizzly. I had a spate of reading a bunch of books about bears awhile back and it put the fear of god into me about pissing about in the woods near a grizzly bear, especially a mom or any hungry one. 
4. Apples or oranges?
I prefer fresh apples. If they aren't fresh (like now, for instance) I prefer an orange.
5. What’s your favorite smell?
"Clean." Or baking bread. Or clean babies. Or dogs' paws. I'm just glad to still have a sense of smell that works right.

Saturday, January 29, 2022

Saturday 9

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All of Me (1932) 
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1) In this song, Louis Armstrong calls his girl "baby." What's the last endearment someone used when speaking to you? 
Uhm. It was probably one of Beast's caregivers calling me "hon" or "sweetie." Or Beast, but I can't understand his words most of the time. Does Sparky calling me mom count?
2) He sings that losing his love made him cry. Do you cry easily? 
Not as much as I used to, but still more than "normal people" do apparently.
3) Louis was born in New Orleans, a city famous for music and cuisine. What's something you love about your home town? 
The town in which I was born is full of good history that I've only really learned once I moved far away. My current town (where I live) has a award-winning water-ski team. I mean, I really don't care, but we don't got much. Maybe the fact that Capone used to hang out here?
4) At age 11, Louis unwisely fired a pistol during a New Year's Eve celebration and was sentenced to 18 months in a juvenile detention facility. It was there that he met music teacher Peter Davis, who believed in Louis and taught him to play cornet and bugle. Tell us about someone who believed in you and made your life better. 
Ironically, this sounds like the sort of behavior that would fit right into my current town... Anyway, I have been blessed to be white in the U.S. and raised by and around people who thought I was amazing. My parents went without a lot of 'things' to make their kids' lives full of possibility. [I simply cannot imagine ANYONE in my pretty-much white town getting arrested for shooting a gun off]
5) Louis would say that arrest changed his life for the better because it was at the detention center that "me and music got married." After his release, he began playing on street corners, or in honkytonks ... any place he could hone his skills. What is something you have worked hard to be better at? 
I have been working hard all my adult life to be a better person, to be understanding and kind and useful. Often Sometimes it feels wholly futile, but I at least know I'm a better-rounded person than I was 25 years ago even if no one else agrees.
6) In the late 1920s, Louis led a jazz band called The Hot Five. His wife, Lil, believed he was too talented not to receive star billing. He just didn't feel ready. She went behind his back and convinced the management at Chicago's Dreamland Cafe to advertise: "The Hot Five, featuring Louis Armstrong: The World's Greatest Trumpet Player." It worked! At the end of the gig, Okeh Records signed him to a recording contract. Can you think of a time when, like Lil, you were glad you asked for forgiveness rather than permission? 
I have 100% started living this lately, mostly because I've learned not to worry so much about what others (those I don't care about) think. Do the thing, apologize later.
7) In 1932, the year this record was popular, the son of aviator Charles Lindbergh was kidnapped and killed. This famous case inspired Agatha Christie to write Murder on the Orient Express. Have you read the book? Seen the movie, the remake or the miniseries? 
I have read the book a few times. I think I've seen the movie? The old one, nothing made in the last 4 decades. 
8) Another aviator was in the news in 1932. Amelia Earhart flew 14 hours from Newfoundland to Londonderry. What is the longest flight you've ever taken? 
The longest single stint on an airplane were the trips to Germany, about 8 hours-ish. Mostly we were not staying in Germany, just changing planes to go on to somewhere else. Once to Rome. Once to Moscow. Once to Athens. Maybe elsewhere, I don't remember anymore.
9) Random question: You have the opportunity to travel safely in a time machine. Would you go back to the past, into the future, or say, "no thanks, I'll stay in 2022?"
What a quandary! Probably past, my my OWN past, just to visit, and only back to about 1980.

Friday 5

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1. What are the best and worst crunchy foods?
Best are definitely chips, specifically Cheetos. Worst...I'm going with stale bread or hard cookies. 
2. What are the best and worst chewy foods?
Best are cookies. No contest. Worst...depends on your dental work. Taffy isn't great (I like it, but jeez) but non-sweets...badly-cooked meats that require you to chew, and chew, and chew, and chew.
3. What are the best and worst oozy foods?
Fudge. And also chicken cordon bleu. I can't think of a bad oozy food. I like oozy food.
4. What are the best and worst crumbly foods?
Best is croissants. Worst is rice cakes. 
5. What are the best and worst mushy foods?
Mashed potatoes FTW. British "mushy peas" are apparently awful; I've never had them, on advice.
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