Saturday, July 02, 2022

Saturday 9: Back in the USA

Unfamiliar with this week's song? Hear it here
From the archives, with some tweaks

1) This song lists seven cities -- New York, Los Angeles, Detroit, Chicago, Chattanooga, Baton Rouge and St. Louis -- that Linda just loves. How many have you visited?

A. New York, St. Louis, Los Angeles.

2) The lyrics refer to hamburgers sizzling on the grill. What toppings do you believe make a perfect burger?

A. Mayonnaise, lettuce, cheese, ketchup

3) The original recording of this song by Chuck Berry has always been one of Linda Ronstadt's favorites, one she used to enjoy singing along with in the car. What's the most recent song you sang?

A. Back on the Chain Gang, by The Pretenders

4) Linda performed The National Anthem at Game 3 of the 1977 World Series. The New York Yankees won both that game and the series. How is your baseball team doing this season?

A. I don't have a baseball team.
5) On the sleeve for this record, Linda was photographed on roller skates. Emergency rooms report a spike in wrist injuries, with people falling off skates and skateboards and jamming their wrists catching softballs. Have you recently been to the Emergency Room or Urgent Care?

A. No, but I've been to the hospital for my husband's outpatient surgery.
6) It's July, so summer is in full swing. Bug bites are a big summer annoyance. Are you itching and scratching this morning?

A. No, I don't go outside unless I wear long sleeves and long pants because I know the bugs will eat me.

Since this is our last Saturday 9 before Independence Day, let's ask some questions related to the holiday. 
6) The Pennsylvania Evening Post was the first newspaper to print the Declaration of Independence. What's the most recent printed media you have read (newspaper, magazine, newsletter, etc.)?

A. The Roanoke Times. We still subscribe to the daily paper.

7) In high school, Sam was crazy about American history and got good grades. Science was her worst subject. In high school, where did you shine? In what subject were your grades not so hot?

A. I did well in most of my classes. My hardest subject was not intellectual - it was gym. I wasn't the best at math, but I was always on the A or AB honor roll and was a member of the National Honor Society and graduated 5th in my class. I am many things, but I am not uneducated or ignorant.

8) The first 4th of July parade each year is held at 12:01 AM in Gatlinburg, TN. Will you attend a parade or fireworks to celebrate the 4th?

A. Probably not, given my husband's recovery from his surgery.

9) Americans love to celebrate our independence. In fact, there are more than 30 towns all across the US called Independence. There are two in MN alone (one outside Duluth, the other west of Minneapolis). Please google it and let us know: does your state have an Independence?

A. Yes, Virginia has an Independence. It's a town in Grayson County, which is in far southwestern Virginia near the North Carolina border. It has about 950 people.


  1. I just heard "Back on the Chain Gang" in the car yesterday! The Uber driver had an 80s station on. I heard that, and "Hurts So Good" and "Rock and Roll Girls." Those songs made me so happy.

  2. I hope your husband heals quickly. You are very educated and I like your writing style. Enjoy your holiday weekend!

  3. I love how you differentiate between educated and ignorant. There is a wide divide. I hope your husband's recovery is going well.

  4. I struggled with P.E. The only thing I was very good at was the gymnastic portion. We did not do that very long because the boys didn't like it. The kids in my P.E. class were pretty awesome though. I took that my freshman year to get it over with. Loved your answers! Have a Happy 4th of July!

  5. #7 I hated gym, I was always the last person picked for the teams.

  6. Really love the Pretenders, too! Great Choice. Ah....PE. I was a Girl Scout and an outdoorsy type so I loved PE. I think that getting used to the gang showers was the hardest part of it. lol. Gah!
    Hope your Hubs is going to breeze through his recovery. Sending Healing VIBEs... Recover is always a bit of a worry though.
    And of course Virginia has an Independence... it would be just WRONG if it didn't. ;-)


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