Saturday, October 06, 2018

Saturday 9: Treat You Better

Saturday 9: Treat You Better (2016)

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

This song was chosen because October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Please share this information about The National Domestic Violence Hotline. Let's spread the word that there's help out there.

1) In this song, a young man advises his neighbor to stop wasting her time with a guy who makes her cry. What is something you regret wasting time on? (It doesn't have to be a romance.)

A. Video games, sort of. I know they are time wasters but I find them calming.

2) Much of this video takes place in a very sparely-decorated apartment. Because Shawn Mendes and the girl he’s singing to both appear young, it’s easy to assume they are both in their first apartments. Tell us about the first place you ever rented.

A. My husband and I first rented a 4-room little house that was freezing cold. We only stayed there about six months. It was very small with a living area, kitchen, bedroom, and bathroom. It had a cellar you could only reach by going outside and that was where the laundry was. The pipes froze a lot.

3) It's clear he can hear his neighbors' conversations and arguments through the walls. Are your neighbors quiet? Do you consider yourself a quiet neighbor?

A. I don't have any near neighbors. The only time my neighbors irritate me is when they are shooting guns for hours at a time. I don't mind occasional gun shooting - this is a rural community - but when it goes on and on it wears on you.

4) This song received a lot of attention and airplay because it was used in a Southwest Airline commercial. When you last visited an airport, were you traveling yourself or meeting someone?

A. I would have been meeting someone.

5) This week's artist, Shawn Mendes, was a serious skateboarder during his high school years. Sam has never even set foot on a skateboard. How about you?

A. I had a skateboard when I was young. I was not good at it.

6) Shawn is happy eating cold cereal with milk for every meal -- breakfast, lunch and dinner. He prefers cereal with almonds in it. What about you? Do you have a favorite cereal?

A. I like the kid's cereals better than the adult ones. I prefer the Chex cereals because they are made with rice. But mostly I don't eat cereal because I don't drink milk. Milk makes my asthma worse.

7) He says he started eating cereal beyond breakfast because it's convenient, and it helps him avoid "junk food" when he's in a hurry. Do you often order your food "to go?"

A. I wouldn't call it often. Sometimes when my husband has fellows here helping him with hay I will bring them all sandwiches from the local sub shop.

8) In 2016, when this song was popular, a German shorthaired pointer named CJ won Best in Show at the Westminster Dog Show. Is there a dog who holds a special place in your heart?

A. I had a mutt - I think she was part terrier and part Alaskan something, who lived with us for 17 years. I bought her for $5 at the flea market the second year we married, after we had moved into another place. I named her Ginger for unknown reasons. After she died in 2001, I did not get another dog.

9) And this week, we're trying a random fill in the blank: I wish someone would create an app that _____________________________________.

A. Acted as a therapist.


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  1. My first place had a basement/laundry room like that, too! It was such a drag in winter, to have to traipse through the snow just to move the clothes from the washer to the dryer! When I was looking to buy, I kept insisting the the realtor that the unit have a laundry inside the building. She thought I meant in the unit itself. No ... So thank you! Now I know I'm not the only one who ever experienced this!

  2. Interesting to think about a therapist in an app. I know there are websites, but an app? That would be convenient.

  3. I find video games calming too! They relax me.
    I love your idea of a therapist app! My so would benefit greatly from that. Loved your answers! Have a nice weekend!

  4. My grandnephew is glued to the video games.
    During the holidays when I visit their house he is always off by himself playing video games.

  5. That is amazing that you both got a dog that cheap at a flea market and that it lived so long. Sounds like the perfect pet!


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