Saturday, August 30, 2014

The Story Was Incomplete

Saturday 9: All Night Long (All Night)

(because Lia asked for an 80s song)

If you're not familiar with today's song, you can hear it here.

1) This music video was produced by Mike Nesmith of The Monkees. Can you name a Monkees song?

A. Hey Hey we're the Monkees . . . although I think they also did The Last Train to Clarksville.

2) The song includes the foreign sounding phrases, "Oh jambali Tom bo li d, say de moi ya," and "Oh, Jambo Jumbo!" Mr. Richie meant to include language indigenous to the Caribbean, but was writing the song under deadline and simply made those phrases up instead. Tell about the most recent time you cheated or "cut corners."

A. While writing an article recently, I was unable to get a source to talk, and I finally gave up and went with what I had. I knew it would mean the story was incomplete but it was the best I could do.

3) Richie was a frat boy at college. Kappa Kappa Psi, to be exact. Were you a member of a fraternity or sorority? 

A. I was not, exactly. I went through my college's "adult" program, though it was the same degree as traditional-aged undergrads. My senior year they instituted an honor group for older students, and I was elected to that. Unfortunately, the name of it escapes me at the moment.

4) When this song topped the charts (September 1983), Vanessa Williams became the first African American to be crowned as Miss America. Do you watch beauty pageants?

A. No. I do, however, have a young niece who has been crowned Little Miss multiple times, and I have gone to some of her events to watch and support her.

5) Since it's Labor Day weekend, that holiday established to
celebrate the American worker, let's talk about the workplace. Tellers work in a bank, actors work on a stage or a set, auto workers work on an assembly line. How would you describe your workplace?

A. A desk and a computer.

6) An estimated 40% of us have dated a coworker. Have you ever had an office romance?

A. No.

7) Labor Day is a big weekend for travel. How did you book your last vacation? (Online, through a travel agent, over the phone . . .)

A. My last vacation was in 2012. I think I did it online but am not sure. When I booked a hotel for my recent visit to a hospital in North Carolina, I did it online.

8) Mother Winters won't wear white again now until next Memorial Day. Sam thinks that's just crazy. Where do you fall in this heated mother/daughter debate?

A. I wear white sneakers year round. I really don't pay attention to fashion and never have. I wear blue jeans, a T-shirt, and sneakers most of the time, and put on a sweater when it gets cold. 

9) When you look at back on Summer 2014, what will you remember?

A. How my husband caught his arm and hand in the hay baler, and how I had to race him to the hospital, and how lucky he was that yesterday he was able to return to his job as a battalion chief at the city fire department (light duty for a while) because of the excellent care he received. He was very fortunate to have a good surgeon on call the day he was injured. Also, we spent nearly two months together because of his accident.  Even though we've been married nearly 31 years, this was the longest stretch of time we've ever had with one another without a break. It was an interesting look at how retirement might go, and I think we need to build another room onto the house so he can have some place to watch TV where I won't have to hear it. We have a very small home and at the least he is going to need a workshop or some place else to go sometimes.


  1. Whenever I read about your husband's accident, I shudder. I can just imagine what a nightmare it's been for you two! I pray the worst is behind you guys.

    I love that you have "sources." How cool is that?

    I read your TT (below) and agree, agree, agree! You're a smart lady.

  2. That is just so scary about your husband, and the thought that it could have been so much worse is just scary! I love that you're looking ahead to retirement and finding things for him to do LOL

  3. Those accidents are truly hideous. They happen too often, too. So good to hear that he is going back to his career spot and that he's getting well. A work shop sounds like a very good idea, but the TV could be solved with a remote listening device for over his ears. Especially if he has to have it turned up pretty high to hear it.

  4. So glad your husband is well enough to return to work, albeit light duty!

  5. My husband never takes me on vacations so I just started going with my daughter instead. At least we get to shop when we go :)

  6. I'm so glad he's better and able to go back to work! Cute that you're already thinking about how retirement will be like! :)

  7. Yes, it helps to have an escape hideout during retirement. Mr BC spends time with his cars in the garage, He is currently spending time at the car restoration garage and makes for a nice afternoon for me.

  8. 1 — I can name multiple songs. "Day Dream Believer" is another not mentioned by you.
    2 — I cut through a neighbor's yard last week, shaving two blocks off an already long (about 4 miles) walk.
    3 — I was in a sorority.
    4 — Do not watch beauty pageants
    5 — Workplace: desks, computers, fishing lures
    6 — No coworkers
    7 — My last vacation was so long ago I don't even remember it. :-\
    8 — I will occasionally wear a white top in winter
    9 — Summer 2014 was short, with below normal temps, but otherwise not very memorable.


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