Saturday, March 12, 2016

Saturday 9: See You Later, Alligator

Saturday 9: See You Later, Alligator (1956)

Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

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?

A. I bet Crazy Sam's mom doesn't watch Swamp People, then. I am not a fan of creepy crawly things but I have had to kill snakes and spiders and mice and such all by my lonesome. Snakes in particular give me the creeps but if one messes with me it will get its head chopped off with a hoe. Mice I think are icky and germy. Blah.

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.?

A. I wish I was particular about my diet. I try to watch my sodium and try to lose weight but I am still fat and unhealthy. I yam what I yam, I guess. Hormone imbalanced and totally imperfect.

3) In Spain, this song was a hit under the title, "Hasta Luego, Cocodrilo." Say something else in Spanish.

A. El burro sabe mas que tu. (The donkey knows more than you. It's the only insult I know in Spanish.)

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.

A. I suppose the answer "to feel loved and wanted" is not what you are looking for, eh? Well, how about a Howdy Doody ventriquilist doll? I wanted one of those once.

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?

A. Not that I recall.

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?

A. Having guests makes me a nervous wreck. I seldom have people over.

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?

A. I'm overweight and I limp.

8) On the other hand, what is it about your appearance that pleases you, and that you would never change?

A. I have been told many times that I have nice skin. So I guess I'll go with that.

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?

A. I don't think so. My brother would probably say otherwise.

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  1. The older we get, the more important good skin becomes, so good for you!

    Your comment about wanting to feel wanted reminds me of what I heard Patti Davis say on The Today Show. “The feeling was sort of like, if a band of gypsies came and took me and Ron [Jr.] away, they would miss us, but they'd be fine.” So maybe your family was just more Presidential than you realized.

  2. Speaking of mice, I found one in a muose trap under the kitchen sink the other day, he must have been there for a number of days... Eww

  3. Nice skin is a good thing, especially as we get older. Having guests over is something I've had to get over in the past few years, but it is still not easy. Your photos are lovely.

  4. I got a puppy who grew up to become a large protective dog. The beauty of this is that people can't come into my house :)


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