Saturday, October 09, 2021

Saturday 9: She's Not There

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

1) This song is about a young man who is upset his friends didn't warn him against a girl who turned out to be untrue. Have you ever involved yourself in a friend's love life with advice about a relationship?

A. Only if I'm asked. Offering advice unless asked is simply not a good idea.

2) According to legend, this song was inspired by a girl who called off her wedding just weeks before the ceremony, humiliating her fiancé and breaking his heart. Do you know anyone who was similarly left at the altar?

A. No one comes to mind.

3) The Zombies first played together as a bar band, popular at an English pub called The Blacksmiths Arms. What's the name of your favorite local restaurant or bar?

A. We obtain take-out from Bellacino's, which is a pizza and grinder place. We ate there a lot pre-Covid.

4) The Zombies broke up after a few years but put all acrimony behind them in 2019 when they reunited to perform at their induction into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. Have you ever been to Ohio?

A. No. My nephew lives there and he is marrying on October 30. I wanted to go but chose not to because of Covid. They required a response back in May and I didn't want to agree to go then only to find that we were having Covid outbreaks. And since that is in fact what has been happening, I am ok with the decision, though sorry I will miss it. I gave them a nice gift.
5) While 1964 is remembered as the first year of the British Invasion, when rock bands from the UK dominated the airwaves, it was also the year Barbra Streisand became a major star, featured on the covers of both Time and Life. Are there any magazines in your home right now? If so, who is on the cover?

A. There are farmers and ranchers on the covers of our magazines, which include things like Farm Journal and Drover.

6) Also in 1964, actress Ena Hartman became one of the first African American actresses to have a speaking part on the country's top TV Western, Bonanza. Is your TV on right now, as you answer these 9 questions?

A. No, it is not. My TV is never on unless my husband is at home. The first biracial kiss occurred on Star Trek in 1968, when Captain Kirk kissed Lt. Uhura in the episode Plato's Children, although this is disputed in some circles. It's not disputed by the science fiction/nerd fandom.

7) The "It's a Small World" ride was introduced at the 1964 New York World's Fair. It's now at Disneyland, Disney World, Disneyland Paris and Disneyland Hong Kong. Have you ever taken one of these Small World rides?

A. We rode this when we went to Disney in Orlando in 1993.

8) General Douglas MacArthur's memoir was published shortly before his death in 1964. It became a best seller. Was the last book you finished fiction or non-fiction?

A. A non-fiction book.

9) Random question: You find yourself calling the local garage often to get updates on your car repair. Every time you call, the person who answers the phone is abrupt to the point of rude. Do you: (1) let the person know you'd appreciate a change in tone; (2) ignore it; (3) complain to the boss?

A. I might mention it when I pick the car up, but honestly, how often is "often?" Garages here give an estimate as to when a vehicle will be fixed and usually call if there is some issue, like parts not being available. Busy people shouldn't be rude, but then again, customers shouldn't be calling every day when they were told something would take a week to fix.

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  1. That is sad that you will miss the wedding but I do understand why.

  2. Star Trek had so many “firsts’, didn’t it?

  3. #6 I remember watching Star Trek when that show first ran and I didn't think nothing off it then it was all over the papers and TV news.

  4. I thought you would have more magazines for yourself.

  5. Agree with you on the “rude” parson answer. And Covid has really changed a lot of plans. It’s been a beast.

  6. Dang COVID, effing everything up. Sorry you missed the wedding.

  7. YES! I totally agree with you on #1 and #9. Sorry you will miss the wedding, but totally understandable. In would miss it too. Loved your answers! Have a nice weekend.


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