Posted by: malia | February 22, 2014

saturday 9: susan

Saturday 9: Susan

1) In this song, our hero tells Susan that “no other girl could ever take the place of you.” Crazy Sam feels that no other earmuffs could ever take the place of the ones she left in restaurant coat room last month. Tell us about something you recently broke, lost or misplaced.
there is something that is lost, although i wasn’t the one who lost it, i was responsible for it. it’s been bothering me all week. 😦 i’m hoping it will somehow show up somewhere, but i have a feeling it is gone, taken by a student, i think. 😦

2) When this song was first released back in 1968, the name Susan was very popular. According the Social Security Administration, it was one of the top 10 baby girl names of the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. Today it’s not even in the top 100. Do you know anyone named Susan (or Suzanne)?
yes, my aunty’s name is susan. and she was born in the 50s, so i guess she was part of the trend. she insists everyone call her “sue,” though, but her parents (and me) still call her susan. i really liked her–she was not only physically very beautiful, but she was the nicest person i’ve ever met. when she and my uncle divorced, i was so sad that i would never see her again (my uncle is my dad’s brother–she was only related by marriage), but even to this day, whenever we have anything, she will show up! she’s so wonderful.

3) The Buckinghams were Chicago’s attempt to get in on The British Invasion begun by the Beatles. (Hence the silly suits.) But they took their name from Chicago’s famous Buckingham Fountain. If Crazy Sam visited your neighborhood, what local site would you recommend she check out?
hmm. i guess not far from here is the disney resort area. or there’s a water park that’s a bit closer. i don’t know if those are the things she would like?

4) Chicago is known for deep dish pizza. Describe your dream pizza. (Calories, carbs and gluten need not be a factor because it’s dream pizza!)
i like the dough to be a bit doughy, but crispy, if that makes sense–basically, i want a fat crust, but i wanted it crisped on the outside. i love a lot of sauce. throw on some sausage, olives, and mushrooms, and i’d be happy. although i also like those spinach garlic ones with the white sauce–those are good, too.

5) The Buckinghams got their big break by winning a local “battle of the bands.” Do you often go to concerts or bars to listen to live music?
not as much as i used to in college.

6) The best-selling book in 1968 (the year “Susan” was released) was Airport by Arthur Hailey. It was set during a snowstorm at Lincoln International, a fictional airport based on Chicago’s O’Hare. What’s the most recent airport you flew to? Why were you there?
the most recent one was last summer when i went to kaua’i for a short vacation with my son. it was lovely. i wish i could’ve stayed longer, and i wish i didn’t have to drive. but we had a nice time.

7) Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs, Sox … Chicago is a big sports town. What’s your favorite pro team?
i have to say the chargers. they’re not really, but i have to say that. i also liked the broncos. the braves would always hold a special place in my heart because i used to watch them with my dad when we first got cable–suddenly you could watch them nearly every day on tbs. lots of daddy-daughter bonding moments.

8) Thinking of sports, did you watch the Olympics? If yes, which events?
no, i don’t.

9) Do you consider yourself an idealist or a pragmatist?
hmm. i guess a pragmatist, with leanings toward an idealist.


  1. The trip with our son sounds like so much fun!

    • It was! We learned a lot, were quite amused with the amount of chickens there, and just appreciated the beauty of nature. He also got to see his favorite bird, which he did not get to see on our previous trips, so he was thrilled.

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