Saturday, April 09, 2016

Saturday 9: Friends

Saturday 9: That's What Friends Are For (1985)

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

1) This week's song is performed by an all-star quartet: Dionne Warwick, Elton John, Gladys Knight and Stevie Wonder. You have your choice: which of these four would you most like to see in concert?

A. I've seen Elton John; he was fabulous. I think I'd have to go with Stevie Wonder as my next choice.

2) Dionne Warwick was Whitney Houston's cousin. Name a Whitney Houston song.

A. I Will Always Love You (originally written in 1973 and recorded in 1974 by Dolly Parton)

3) Gladys Knight owns a chain of chicken and waffle restaurants around Atlanta. When you have waffles, what do you top them with? (Powdered sugar? Butter? Syrup? Fruit?)

A. Syrup and butter, and preferably the waffle is the kind with the blueberries inside of it. I eat them like I do pancakes, though I prefer pancakes to waffles.

4) Elton John has turned his bad eyesight into a hobby, claiming that over the years he has purchased well over than 200,000 pairs of glasses. Do you wear glasses? If so, how many prescription pairs do you own?

A. I have five pairs of prescription glasses here, none of which I can see well out of at the moment. I have a prescription for a new pair but have not been out to price shop. The last ones, which I am wearing now, cost me $600+ so I am in no hurry.

5) Stevie Wonder has a scar on his nose from a 1973 car crash. Have you ever been in a car accident?

A. Yes. I was in a couple of accidents as a child, nothing major, and I rear-ended a vehicle around 1992, resulting in a massive contusion of my knee and the need to take a driver's education course to keep from getting a ticket. And then there was the time I backed over my husband's motorcycle . . . fortunately he wasn't sitting on it at the time. He'd parked it in my blind spot and I just didn't see it.

6) Burt Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager were married when they wrote this. Do you know a husband and wife who work together?

A. My husband and I sort of work together on the farm; he does the sweaty work and I keep the books. I am sure there are other couples I know who work together but at the moment my thinker isn't thinking.

7) This song celebrates friendship through good times and bad. Tell us about a happy time you recently shared with someone close to you.

A. My husband and I had a really nice trip to Charleston, SC back in the fall.

8) Now share a time when you were there for a friend through a tough time.

A. I have a friend who has a serious illness; I try to boost her spirits, keep in touch, go to lunch when we can, make her laugh. And recently another friend's brother passed away and I called and checked on her frequently for several weeks afterwards. I guess that is "being there."

9) Random question: When is the last time you were out of breath?

A. When my husband came in with his smelly hay clothes on and my asthma kicked in almost immediately. If you mean like from exercising, it is has been a while because of my health issues.


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  1. I'd like to see Elton John in concert too. Loved that you got away in the fall.

  2. I'd like to see Elton John in concert too. Loved that you got away in the fall.

  3. We both like our waffles the same way. And I do make pancakes more often than waffles. Yes, the things you described about helping your friends is definitely being there.

  4. Dolly's performance of "I Will Always Love You" is so much more intimate than Whitney's. Unfortunately, it was in a very bad movie and so it gets overlooked -- as does her wonderful "Hard Candy Christmas" and Charles Durning's surprisingly deft dancing. Too bad Burt Reynolds, Dom Deluise and Jim Nabors ruined "Best Little Whorehouse" with their mugging. Dolly and Durning deserved better. (She said, stepping off soapbox and slipping it under the futon.)

  5. I have the kind of eye prescription that a $600 pair of glasses would be a bargain. At least it's a tax write-off...


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