Saturday, November 26, 2016

Saturday: Baby's in Black

Saturday 9: Baby's in Black (1964)

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

1) Black is this week's signature color because Friday, November 25, was "Black Friday," when retailers cut their prices and consumers flock to the stores. Did you score any "Black Friday" bargains?

A. Nothing worth talking about. I didn't go out, but I did a little online shopping.

2) Feasting and football are also popular Thanksgiving weekend pastimes. Do your Thursday-Sunday plans include pigging out or watching a game?

A. Just the pigging out part.

3) At Thanksgiving dinners, Crazy Sam's homemade gravy is always a hit. (Probably because she's so generous with the cognac, which gives the gravy a nutty taste.) What was particularly delicious at your Thanksgiving table?

A. I made candied yams, which I had never made before. They turned out ok.

4) Among the biggest the Black Friday advertisers are Target, Kohl's, Macy's and Best Buy. If you could have a $100 gift card to any one of those stores, which would you choose?

A. Target, right now, because they are being boycotted by the conservatives.

5) This week's song, "Baby's in Black," is about a girl who wears black because she's in mourning. Do you find that the color you're wearing reflects your mood?

A. Sometimes, yes.

6) The woman who inspired this song, Astrid Kirchherr, has been friends with Paul McCartney since he and his bandmates (John Lennon, George Harrison, Stu Sutcliffe and Pete Best) met her in Hamburg back in 1960. Tell us what you believe are the components of a strong, lasting friendship.

A. Trust and loyalty. Intelligence, common interests, and proximity. Plus pheromones. Or something like that. I am not sure what you call it when you look into another person's eyes and know the moment you meet that you're going to be close friends some day, even if the friendship doesn't blossom until years after the first time you met. That has to be something like pheromones. Or maybe just old souls connecting.

7) In the early days of the Beatles, Paul McCartney and John Lennon began writing a play but abandoned it. Do you have a novel, painting, play, song or poem that you're going to finish "someday?"

A. Only about 100 of them.

8) When he was 16, George Harrison dreamed of moving to Canada, Australia or Malta. In just a few years, he would visit all those places with Beatles and eventually decided there was no place like home and stayed in England. Have you ever thought about moving to another country? If so, where?

A. I wouldn't mind living in Southern France, except I don't speak French.

9)  Random question: Finish this sentence -- If you want me to give you "yes" for an answer, the best time to approach me is _____________________.
A. Around 11 a.m., depending on the question.


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  1. Target is so crazy popular here in blue state IL that I forget about that regressive boycott. I don't know if the people who take part in it are naive or ignorant about human sexuality (and our nation's proud secular history).

    "Old souls connecting." I like that.

  2. I wasn't aware that there's a Target boycott. Of course, I live almost 3 hours away from the nearest one.

  3. Pheromones...I wonder if anyone has ever done a study on what sparks that initial connection?

  4. In the internet age, I find "proximity" isn't such a detriment to friendship.
    If you decide to move to the south of France, maybe we'll see each other. I speak a little French, but definitely not enough!

  5. People are still ticked about the Target bathrooms? Do they realize that anyone has probably used either bathroom in the past- even in the stall next to theirs? Luckily, we have a state budget to gripe about in my state.... :)


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