Saturday, December 31, 2016

Saturday 9: Tammy

Saturday 9: Tammy (1957)

In Memory of Debbie Reynolds (and Carrie Fisher: May the Force Be With Them Both)

(Debbie Reynolds once lived in Roanoke, VA my closest city. She was married to a big real estate developer here, Richard Hamlett, and was in the area from 1984 to 1996. I never met her but she was "about the town" on occasion.)

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

1. In this song,Tammy sings of being able to hear "the breeze from the bayou." What sounds can you hear as you answer these questions?

A. Just the washing machine, the clocks ticking in my office, and my fingers on the computer keyboard.

2. This week's song was the theme of a popular movie about a girl who grew up on a houseboat in Mississippi. Looking back on 2016, did you spend much time on or around water?

A. No. We have a pond on the farm but it is on the other side of the property; I can't even see it.

3. In addition to being an Oscar-nominated actress, this week's artist, Debbie Reynolds, was a big movie fan. She amassed an amazing cache of movie memorabilia. Do you collect anything?

A. I collect books, Christmas mice, and clocks.

4. Though she never won a competitive Oscar for acting, Debbie Reynolds was awarded the Academy's Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award earlier this year for 60 years of charity work. While she supported many causes throughout her life, one she was closest to was The Girl Scouts. She was not only a Scout herself, she was a leader when daughter Carrie was young and a fundraiser throughout her life. Were you ever in Boy or Girl Scouts?

A. No. My mother worked a full-time job and I had no way to make it home from meetings.

Thanks for playing Sat 9 in 2016

6. The New Year's Eve fireworks celebrations in both Disney World in Florida and Sydney, Australia coordinate pyrotechnics and music. Are you expecting either fireworks or live music on your New Year's Eve celebration?

A. I only expect the sound of snoring on New Year's Eve.

7. According to the National Insurance Bureau, more cars are stolen on New Year's Eve than any other single day. Are you confident your vehicle(s) will be  safe and sound this Saturday night?

A. It should be, yes.

8. Do you have any New Year's Resolutions for 2017?

A. Only to try to live more healthily and to do my physical therapy exercises. I try to come up with power words or phrases for each year, but am not sure what it will be for 2017 yet. Last year it was HEALTHY. Maybe it needs to be HEALTHY again this year.

9. Looking back on 2016, what surprised you?

A. A lot of celebrities died. I think I saw something like 130 artists, musicians, writers, actors/actresses etc. passed away this year, including Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher, George Michael, Merle Haggard, Alan Rickman, Prince, Glen Frye, David Bowie, Morley Safer, Gwen Ifill, Nancy Reagan, Harper Lee, Florence Henderson, etc.

But the biggest surprise was the election of Mr. Trump as president and the loss of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. I was not surprised that my area went right, as it always does, but I was surprised that Clinton lost even thought SHE WON THE POPULAR VOTE BY ALMOST 3 MILLION VOTES, which I cannot repeat often enough.

Personally, I was surprised by some family changes, none of which directly concern me now but likely will over the remainder of my life.


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  1. I love your clean, white winter blog header.

    Clocks are a nice thing to collect. They can be both beautiful and utilitarian at the same time. I appreciate that.

  2. I had forgotten about Harper Lee passing.... :(

  3. I am with you on the surprises of 2016, but the election has upset me so much, I think I need to do something to calm myself down. I get too worked up!

  4. Good gravy on all of the deaths this year. It was a slap in the face kind of reminder that we are getting old too! uuugggghhhh.... on that whole 3 mill thing. There was certainly some shady stuff that we, as regular folks, may never know the whole story about. Happy New Year Dew!

  5. I chose "Fierce" as my word for the year. :-) I'm hoping to live up to it.

    #9 is surprising.


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