Saturday, November 13, 2021

Saturday 9: Without You

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

1) Nilsson sings that he can't forget this evening. Did anything happen this evening (or last night, if you're answering during the day) that you expect you'll recall for a long time?

A. Not really. I finished listening to a book that I may think about for a bit, and I watched the final episodes of Supergirl, which made me a little sad because I am sorry the show is ending, but I am not going to pine over that for long.

2) In the 1960s, he worked in a very "un-rock-star" job: computer programmer in a bank. Looking over your career, have you more often worked in or out of an office setting?

A. I spent about 1/3 of my working days in an office setting and 2/3 working from home as a freelancer. Corporate world is foreign to me these days, so much has changed.
3) He fibbed to get the job, telling the bank he'd graduated from high school when in reality, he was a drop out. Have you ever fudged a fact on your resume? 

A. I've left off some jobs, or my age, but nothing overly significant. I mean, when I show up with my greying hair they will know I'm old.

4) The bank found out the truth but was so pleased with Nilsson's personality and performance they kept him on. Tell us about a friend or loved one's misbehavior that you have overlooked.

A. I think I'd rather not answer this question today. I don't want to hurt anyone's feelings.

5) Before finding success as a singer, Nilsson was a songwriter. He composed "Cuddly Toy," recorded by the Monkees. Do you have a favorite Monkees song?

A. Last Train to Clarksville. Speaking of the Monkees, there is a documentary about them on Amazon Prime that is quite interesting.
6) In 1976 Nilsson married Una O'Keeffe. They met in a New York restaurant, where she was a waitress. He asked her about her accent -- she was from Dublin -- and a romance ensued. While the waitress and the rock star seemed like an unlikely couple, they remained together until his death in 1994 and had six children. Do you know how your parents (or grandparents) met?

A. My parents met when my father asked if he could hunt worms under my grandparents mulberry tree and my mother went out to help him. I'm not sure how my grandparents met, but they lived in the same community in West Virginia so I suspect they grew up knowing one another.
7) Nilsson was a night owl and found he felt most creative late at night, right before he fell asleep. When are you at your best: morning, noon or night?

A. I am at my best from about 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

8) In 1972, the year "Without You" was a hit, Alice Clark Browne made history as the first African American aerialist to perform with Ringling Brothers and Barnum Bailey Circus. Did you ever attend the circus?

A. I went to the circus when I was a child and my parents took me, but I never attended as an adult.
9) Random question -- Think about last week. Would you prefer this week to be more exciting, or more boring?

A. My weeks are generally boring, so I'd like a similar amount of boring with just a touch of exciting, but only a touch.

I encourage you to visit other participants in Saturday 9 posts and leave a comment. Because there are no rules, it is your choice. Saturday 9 players hate rules. We love memes, however. 


  1. #3 -- I've left jobs off my Linked In profile, for the same reason.

    #6 -- Your dad must have been awful cute!

  2. Hunting worms--how funny! I was never into the circus--but I bet I'd like something like Cirque du Soleil.

  3. That is so cute about hunting worms. I agree with Gal, he must have been a cutie for your mom to go out and dig worms. :) Loved your answers! Have a nice weekend.

  4. I want to watch that Documentary!
    That's the best parental meetup that I've read so far!
    Also, I am not fine with almost all boring and just a touch of excitement for the day. Excitement might be maybe some ice cream?


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