Saturday 9: Fool on the Hill (1967)
1) Friday was April Fool’s Day. Did you pull any pranks? Did anyone put anything over on you?
no, and no, i don’t think so, anyway.
2) The practice of playing tricks on one another on April 1 dates back at least to the 14th century and Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales includes a mention of it. Geoffrey Chaucer has been called England’s greatest poet. Quote a bit of poetry for us. (It doesn’t have to be English, or great.)
the only poem i know, because of its brevity and the fact that it haunted me most of senior year because my english teacher made me feel like an idiot for being too literal in analyzing the meaning of the poem: “some say the world will end in fire / some say in ice / from what i’ve tasted from desire i hold with those who favor fire / but if it had to perish twice, / i think i know enough of hate / to say that, for destruction, ice / is also great / and would suffice.”
3) Beatle Paul is a huge Elvis fan and is happy to own the bass that was played on Elvis’ 1954 recording of “That’s All Right, Mama.” Tell us about one of your prized possessions.
i don’t know i think of any of my things as prized, except for my son, who is not really a possession. i guess he is, in a way, but it wouldn’t be nice to call him a possession.
4) In contrast to his easygoing persona, Sir Paul has been described by former band mate Ringo Starr as strong willed and “determined to get his own way.” Do you consider yourself strong willed and determined? Or are you more easy going?
i think people will say i’m easy going. although i would *like* to have my own way, i do yield to others. but i will grumble about it the whole time! 😛
5) The Beatles once bought a Greek island, planning to live and record there, but sold it after a few months because it started to seem like a bad, expensive idea. Tell us about a purchase that gave you buyer’s remorse.
i think most things i buy i have a twinge of remorse because i always think did you really need to spend money on that? haha. i can’t think of anything right now though where it was really bad.
6) Legend has it that the Beatles officially broke up in Disney World. John Lennon was staying at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort when he received and signed the court papers that dissolved the group. Have you ever conducted business while on vacation?
yes. well, i don’t know about “conducted” but i’ve worked during vacation and i think about work a lot even if i’m on vacation. i did sign my initial contract when i was on “vacation.”
7) George Harrison loved puttering around in the garden and dedicated his autobiography to “gardeners everywhere.” Do you have a green thumb?
no, not really. i only have one plant that was given to me years ago and it just has to survive on its own as i never water it or anything.
8) Ringo regrets not having saved more Beatles memorabilia, which he realizes now would be worth a fortune. Are you a pack rat?
um…kinda, and kinda not. i do have things that i should dump but it’s not like i hoard everything.
9) Random question: Which do you prefer, Girl Scout cookies or Boy Scout popcorn?
i like the popcorn, especially the cheesy ones. yum.
Saturday 9: I Don’t Know How to Love Him (1971)
1) This song is from Jesus Christ, Superstar. Though now a beloved classic, the play was controversial when it first premiered. Can you think of something else that originally made people uncomfortable, but went on to be accepted?
madonna? haha. well, i think she still makes people feel uncomfortable. i also think this whole digital age of paperless stuff made people feel uncomfortable, but now people are more accepting to it, i think.
2) Jesus Christ, Superstar was originally developed as a “concept album,” a collection of songs written to sequentially tell the story of The Crucifixion and Resurrection. Do you remember the first album you bought? Did you download it, listen to it on a CD player, your cassette deck, or record player?
oh my gosh i’m old enough that it was an actual vinyl record that you play on the record player. 😛 it was joan jett and the blackhearts’ “i love rock ‘n’ roll.” i do remember the first cd i bought though, a few years later–bon jovi’s new jersey album.
3) When the album’s songs were performed live in concert at the Pennsylvania Civic Arena, producers decided to stage it as a play and the rest, as they say, is history. Tell us about a really good idea you’ve had recently.
i don’t have many of those. i can’t think of anything I’ve bought of recently that was a good idea.
4) Jesus Christ, Superstar is a truly international phenomenon. During a revival tour that began in 2011, it’s been a hit with audiences in the United States, Canada, Britain, Ireland, Brazil, Hungary, India, New Zealand, Italy, France, Mexico, Chile, Bulgaria, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Iceland, Russia, Poland, Czech Republic, Greece, Australia, The Philippines, South Africa, Panama, Colombia, Croatia, Bolivia, The Netherlands and Portugal. Besides the United States, which of those countries have you visited?
the only place out of the u.s. i’ve been to is tijuana but i don’t think i could count that as mexico.
5) Peeps are big sellers every Easter. Would you rather have yellow chicks or pink bunnies?
i don’t like peeps at all. bleah. i’d choose the bunnies, i guess.
6) Jelly beans are also popular this time of year. One theory says they were introduced in Boston during the 19th century. What else comes to mind when you think of Boston?
um. *blush* new kids on the block. and then the celtics did; they were my dad’s favorite team. and then the accent came to my head for some reason (baaaahsten).
7) We’ve been talking a lot about sweets this morning. The only holiday that generates more candy sales is Halloween. When do you eat more candy: Easter or Halloween?
i try not to eat candy at all. but i guess i’ll pick easter.
8) Easter lilies will adorn many churches this Sunday. What’s your favorite flower?
pīkake. gardenias also flood my memories with my grandma, so i love that, too, even though it makes me sad.
9) Easter is considered the season of rebirth. What makes you feel refreshed or rejuvenated?
a long, uninterrupted sleep. 🙂
Saturday 9: Kiss from a Rose (1996)
1) This song is from the movie, Batman Forever. The movie Batman v. Superman will be out later this month. In that matchup, whom do you support — The Caped Crusader or The Man of Steel?
i have never watched one batman movie, but i have watched the first 3 superman movies when i was little, so i’ll have to choose superman. plus, christopher reeve. dreamy.
2) “Rose” became a popular name in the 19th century, when parents also began naming their daughters “Iris,” “Violet,” “Daisy” and “Lily.” Do you know anyone who has a flower name?
i know a few, actually–lehua, ‘ilima, liko, pua, loke, and pīkake among them. also, rose seems to be coming back as a popular middle name.
3) This week’s artist, Seal, has something to fall back on. At his parents’ insistence, before he pursued music he got an associate degree in architecture from a small college in Westminster. What’s the last grade you completed?
i have a masters degree from the university, so whatever grade that is 😛
4) Seal wrote this song back in the 1980s but didn’t really like it very much. His producer discovered it when they were looking for material to complete Seal’s second album and the result was several Grammys. Tell us about a time when something turned out better than you thought it would.
i was apprehensive about my new position but it actually turned out less stressful, so that was actually very good for me. there was also a time i was looking for something quick and easy to make for a grade level meeting a couple of years ago and just threw something together, and everyone loved it, even miss picky eater, who ate most of it. so that was nice. 🙂
5) Ex-wife Heidi Klum is not the only model in Seal’s life. He also dated Tyra Banks. Can you name another famous model?
well, i know the models of the ’80s & ’90s, like cindy crawford, claudia schiffer, and christy turlington. i don’t think i could tell you any of today’s top models.
6) Seal is currently involved with yet another model, Australian Erica Packer. Between them they have seven children. How many siblings do you have, and are you the oldest, youngest, or in the middle?
i have two siblings, and i am the oldest.
7) Seal’s birthday was back on February 19. Let’s think about your birthday. If you could have any type of cake you wanted, what would you request?
a mud pie! i don’t like cake, so make it out of ice cream and i’ll be fine. 🙂
8) In 1996, when this song was popular, Lyle and Erik Menendez were found guilty of murdering their parents in a crime and trial that dominated the news in Los Angeles. What are people in your town talking about?
probably a lot of politics. i try not to listen.
9) Random question: There’s an old saying, “Like nails on a blackboard.” Sam can’t recall ever hearing nails on a blackboard, but she knows she hates the sound of a dripping faucet. What sound bothers you the most?
oh gosh, nails on a chalkboard is a horrible sound! it sends shivers down my spine. i also on’t like the sound of kids trying to erase with pencils that have no erasers–that scrape of metal against the paper sends the creepy crawlies down my arms. ick!
Saturday 9: See You Later, Alligator (1956)
1) Crazy Sam’s mother is terrified of alligators. Just looking at a photo of one of those scaly reptiles gives her the creeps. Is there a member of the animal kingdom that scares you?
centipedes creep me out. i seriously shudder when i see one, even if it’s dead or it’s just a picture of one.
2) Gators are carnivores, but they aren’t picky. If meat isn’t handy, they’ll munch on fruit. Are you particular about your diet? For example, do you try to eat gluten free, low sodium, etc.?
sadly, i have to be picky for health’s sake. low sodium, low carb, no processed foods…it’s tough. it would be easier if i could have my own personal chef! 😛 ah, yet another thing to add to my if-only-i-were-rich list.
3) In Spain, this song was a hit under the title, “Hasta Luego, Cocodrilo.” Say something else in Spanish.
algo más 😛
¿qué quieres que te diga?
4) When this week’s artist, Bill Haley, was a little boy, he made a guitar out of cardboard and pretended to play that until his parents got him a real one. Tell us about something you wanted so badly when you were a kid.
i can’t think of anything i wanted so badly, besides a unicorn. it’s not that i got everything i wanted when i was a child–far from it, in fact–but i never really was much into material things, since we grew up with very little, i valued company more than things. plus, i was in my head a *lot*. 😛
5) Early in his career, Bill did whatever it took to get the gig. When singing cowboys were popular, the Michigan native pretended to be a cowpoke and renamed himself, “Silver Yodeling Bill.” Have you ever fudged on your resume or fibbed in an interview?
no, but i’ve said things that ended up not coming true. like, i said a goal of mine was to get national certification, but i still haven’t done that yet.
6) When his career was going well, Bill was generous and loved to give extravagant parties at his home, which he called Melody Manor. Do you enjoy playing the host?
nope. too much stress.
7) Bill was blind in one eye, the result of a botched operation when he was a child. Since the blind eye wandered and didn’t focus, he always wore a curl over the opposite eye, hoping to draw everyone’s attention to the other side of his face. What is there about your appearance that leaves you self conscious?
oh gosh, everything.
8) On the other hand, what is it about your appearance that pleases you, and that you would never change?
9) In 1956, when this song was a hit, Elvis Presley exploded onto the music scene and displaced Bill as rock’s top artist. The press and public assumed Bill was jealous of Elvis, but in reality he liked Elvis a great deal. Are you jealous by nature?
hmm. maybe. the “what-about-me?” syndrome those who grew up as the oldest get. 😛
Saturday 9: FortyFive Seconds (2015)
1) The very bad day described in this song began promisingly enough. The lyrics tells us, “Woke up an optimist, sun was shining, I’m positive.” How did your day begin?
i’m usually abruptly woken up by a jarring sound. can’t say it’s all that positive.
2) This song refers to Monday morning. What’s on your plate for Monday?
just more of the same.
3) The lyrics request, “promise you’ll pay my bail.” Have you ever had to bail anyone out of jail? (Or have you been bailed out?)
nope! and i hope i never have to.
4) Rihanna gets top billing in this all-star trio. She says that when she was a little girl, she used to walk around singing “A Whole New World” from Disney’s Aladdin. What’s your favorite song from a Disney movie?
well, because lion king just came out on tsum tsum, all i have in my head is “oh i just can’t wait to be king.” but maybe “hi, ho!” because it reminds me of my dad–he used to always sing that before he left for work.
5) Rihanna dated outfielder Matt Kemp when he was with the LA Dodgers. Opening Day is less than a month away. Are you a baseball fan?
6) Kanye West also sings on this week’s song. When he was a little boy, he spent a year in China with his mother. Have you ever lived overseas (as opposed to just visiting on vacation)?
7) Mr.West is part owner of the Fatburger chain. Do you like grilled onions on your burger?
8) This week’s third artist, Paul McCartney, is a vegetarian. Think about your most recent meal. Did it include chicken, pork, or beef? Eggs or dairy?
yes, they usually do.
9) Paul was born at 2:00 PM on a Thursday. Do you know what day of the week you were born? Do you know the exact time?
i was born on a friday–“friday’s child is loving and giving” was my line the poem. i was born in the morning; i know the hour but am not sure of the minute.
Saturday 9: The Times of Your Life (1976)
1) This song is all about memories. How far back can you remember? What’s your earliest memory?
i don’t remember a lot of early memories, just those tied to photographs. like iMarch remember my dad scolding me while he was taking a picture of me and my sister because my sister was slipping out of my arms and i wasn’t holding her properly, but i probably only remember that because i remember the first picture of me and her smiling, the second picture of her somewhat pouting as she’s lower in my arms, and the third picture of her crying and me with teary eyes trying to hold her up.
2) The first line is “Good morning, yesterday.” What do you remember about yesterday morning?
not much. the days all seem to run into each other nowadays.
3) This song was originally a 60-second jingle, featured in a commercial for Kodak film. Do you ever use film? Or are all your pictures digital?
right now, they’re all digital. i haven’t used film in years.
4) Who took the most recent photo of you?
i have no idea. i don’t like my photo taken. maybe a colleague who was visiting and took a selfie to send to another colleague.
5) This week’s featured artist, Paul Anka, was born in Canada and enjoyed appearing in a made-for-TV Perry Mason movie with fellow Canadian, Raymond Burr. Do you enjoy courtroom dramas?
i did like ‘law and order’ but i haven’t watched any of those lately.
6) At 15, Anka won a supermarket contest by collecting the most Campbell soup can wrappers. The prize was a trip to New York. Do you enter contests and sweepstakes? Play the lottery?
no, none of those.
7) This year Paul Anka performed throughout Florida (Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Clearwater and Fort Myers). The Sunshine State is a popular vacation destination. Do you have a favorite spot in Florida?
i have never been to florida.
8) In 1976, the year this song was on the charts, an earthquake hit China. Have you ever experienced an earthquake?
yes. i just happened to be laying in bed when all of a sudden, it started shaking. i called out, “what was that??” my son came running from his room because he felt it, too. it was weird. then we all texted each other: “did you feel that??”
9) Random question: Do you know CPR?
i did, as a teen. i don’t know that i can do it now.
Saturday 9: Sixteen Tons (1955)
1) 16 tons = 32,000 pounds, because there are 2,000 lbs. to a ton. Without looking it up, do you know how many ounces are in a pound?
i believe it’s 16.
2) The singer describes himself as having “a mind that’s weak and a back that’s strong.” Think about yourself. Which feels more powerful today, your body or your brain?
i was just thinking, mine’s the opposite. my mind is pretty strong, while my back (and rest of the body) is weak.
3) The poor chap in this song has money troubles. Are you good at sticking to your budget?
yes, most times.
4) Tennessee Ernie Ford snapped his fingers as he recorded this song. It’s been said that while it’s possible to snap your fingers of both hands, the noise is louder with your “dominant hand.” (So if you’re a rightie, the finger snap will be louder with your right hand.) Try it yourself. Did you find this to be true?
i guess so, but i can’t snap loud with either of them.
5) Mr. Ford appeared as “Cousin Ernie” in three episodes of I Love Lucy. What’s your all-time favorite sitcom?
gosh, i really don’t know. ones i can think of are tied to childhood nostalgia but i can’t choose a favorite.
6) Tennessee Ernie took the money he made from his performing career and invested in a California cattle ranch. Think back to the last beef your ate. How was it prepared?
it was fried, i think.
7) Mr. Ford passed away at age 72 in 1991. That year, Dr. Seuss also died. What’s your favorite Dr. Seuss book?
i guess it’s green eggs and ham. i’ve just about got it memorized, i’ve read it so much!
8) Gene Roddenberry also died that year. Mr. Roddenberry is best known as the creator of Star Trek. Who is your favorite Star Trek character?
i don’t know any star trek characters, only phrases like “beam me up, scotty!’, but i have no idea who scotty is or who even said that.
9) Random question: We’re having smoothies. What’s your favorite?
anything with mango or pomegranate, please.
Saturday 9: The Theme from Love Story (1970)
1) The very popular tagline for this movie is, “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.” Here’s your chance to rewrite it. “Love means _____________________.”
never being lonely.
2) The movie was famous for a montage of the lovers frolicking in the snow. Do you enjoy sledding, skating, skiing, snowball fights, snowmen, etc.? Or do you just want spring to hurry up and get here?
i think it’s too cold when the temperature dips below 70, so i don’t think i’d enjoy any of these snow activities. that being said, i’d like our cooler temperatures to stick around for a while; i’m not ready to go back to the heat of this past summer. it was miserable.
3) In the movie, Oliver asks his father for $5,000. The money is required for wife Jenny’s hospital treatment, but Oliver is too proud to tell his father why he needs it. Adjusted for inflation, $5,000 in 1970 is $30,000 today. How much would you be willing to lend a friend or family member without knowing the reason?
well, i would like to know the reason, no matter what the amount. i guess it depends on how close the person is.
4) In the movie, Jenny is the daughter of a baker who owns a little shop in Cranston, Rhode Island. Think of the last baked goods you consumed. Were they home made? Did you buy them from a bakery, the grocery store, or a coffee shop, like Starbucks? it’s been a long time since i consumed a baked good. it may have been homemade, because i felt like i had to eat it since the person who made it was offering.
5) In 1970, when the movie was first released, California’s First Lady Nancy Reagan said she liked it but was upset to hear Ali MacGraw’s character swear. What’s the curse word you use most often? (Feel free to spell it with *’s, in case Nancy Reagan stops by Sat. 9)
i don’t swear.
6) Now 75, Ali MacGraw has let her famous hair go gray. She says she’s glad to “look like a grown up.” Do you feel your age? Or older or younger than your years?
i feel my age. sometimes i even feel older.
7) MacGraw and her Love Story co-star Ryan O’Neal are currently on tour in the play, Love Letters, and they’re drawing big crowds of fans who remember them in their famous film. Tell us of another movie couple you felt had romantic chemistry.
i very rarely watch movies. john travolta and olivia newton john? haha. i don’t know.
8) Red is the signature color of Valentine’s Day. Are you wearing red right now?
no, i am not.
9) Because Valentine’s Day is such a big day for chocolate … would you prefer a large, solid milk chocolate heart or a small box of four assorted chocolates?
i’m not that big on chocolates. a small box is fine, thank you.