Saturday, January 05, 2019

Saturday 9: Brand New

Saturday 9: You Make Me Feel Brand New (1974)

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

Welcome to the first Saturday 9 of 2019!

1) As 2019 kicks off, what are your hopes for the brand new year?

A. I hope that people are kinder, for one. I hope that I feel better, for another. It would be nice if I could get well enough that my doctor would say, "Sure, go on back to work." I hope my husband can hold up under the pressures of his three jobs.

2) Just because an item isn't brand new doesn't mean it isn't valuable. Have you scored any fabulous finds at a second hand store or website?

A. Not lately, no. I did get my husband's aunt's china at her estate sale several years ago.

3) This song is sung by The Stylistics, a group from Philadelphia. Have you ever been to Philly?

A. I don't think so.

4) This song was co-written by Thom Bell, a Philadelphia-based musician/producer who was born in Kingston, Jamaica. The average daily temp in Kingston in January is 87ยบ. Do you have plans to get away this winter and go somewhere warm?

A. I wish, but no.

5) The Stylistics took their choreography very seriously. As you can see from the video, they even carefully synchronized their hand movements. Do you use your hands much when you talk?

A. When I am irritated or excited I do.

6) The lyrics tell us that the singer is grateful for a friend who will walk with him along a path that "sometimes bends." Looking back on 2018, tell us about a time that life's path took a bend you didn't quite expect.

A. I made an effort to get to know my stepmother in August.

7) In 1974, when this song was popular, Chicago's Sears Tower opened and was for years the world's tallest building. Its elevators can carry you to the 103rd floor in approximately a minute. When were you last on an elevator?

A. When I was in the county courthouse to pay my personal property taxes. It's a tiny little elevator, too. Smaller than a closet. Totally claustrophobic.

8) Also in 1974, the 55 mph speed limit was imposed nationwide. When you drive, are you careful to stay within the speed limit? Or do you have a led foot?

A. My initials are A. J. and I'm afraid I sometimes live up to them.

9) Random question -- It's time to pose for your Saturday 9 yearbook picture. Will you show us your right profile, your left profile, or will you look directly into the camera?

A. Left side.


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  1. #8 -- I get it! It took me a moment, but I get it!

  2. Good evening, A.J., I am your new follower... I came over to thank you for the nice comment you left at my page and low and behold I saw you are a Botetourt gal... I taught school at Troutville for 30 years from 1973-2003... I taught third and fourth grade there and loved it... well, except for those dread SOL's then teaching became a drudge... but I am guessing perhaps you live in the BLue Ridge area, but I just had to say 'HEY!" and hope you are having a very happy new year!!!

  3. I wish everyone would be kinder. That would be so nice!
    Your tiny elevator experience sounds a little scary. Loved your answers! Have a nice weekend.

  4. Everyone being kinder would certainly be nice!
    Good deal, getting the china. My parents gave us a service for 12 as a wedding present. For years I would pick up extra pieces as I came across them at yard sales and auctions so that I have 16-20 pieces of nearly everything now and no worries if anything breaks. Of course, we rarely use the china these days and I've noticed at auctions that china and glassware are very much out of fashion with the younger generations. Sometimes you could actually purchase a complete set of Noritake for 2 or 3 dollars. So sad.

  5. I will be rejoining this now that I can see your blog. I just wrote this out but will probably post later today.

  6. I know what you mean about those tiny elevators. I can only stand in the front of an elevator before I start freaking out.


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