Saturday, December 03, 2022

Saturday 9: Broken-Hearted Girl

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1) In this song, Beyonce admits her feelings for a man she doesn't want to love. Do you believe we can choose who we love? Or does the heart go its own way?

A. It's pheromones. We're chemically attracted to certain people and repelled by others. I believe we can choose who we love to a certain degree, but sometimes you just love somebody because you can't help it. My answer would be we both choose and the heart does what the heart wants. It depends on the person and the situation.

2) In the video for this song, Beyonce plays with a red rose. Florists report that the most popular colors of roses are: red, white or ivory, yellow, pink, peach or orange, and lavender or purple. Do you have a favorite?

A. I like pink roses. "Pink roses symbolize femininity and tenderness. The meaning of pink roses is associated with the tenderness and the delicate nature of femininity."

3) The video was filmed in Malibu. Southern California is a popular vacation destination. Have you ever visited there? Have you ever lived there?

A. I don't recall if we made it to Malibu when I was in California in 1976. My guess is we weren't. I have never lived in California, but I have relatives who do.
4) When Beyonce was just 12, she appeared on the show Star Search as part of a vocal group called Girls Tyme. The girls lost, but Beyonce said the experience taught her that she wanted to be a performer for the rest of her life. Share a memory from your own junior high years.

A. We had a crazy band director. Band class was first period in the cafeteria, and the band director's name was Mr. Smith. He threw his baton at people, screamed a lot, and literally made 7th graders cry, me included and I was a top student. I played the flute and was always either first or second chair. He was a nut and had no business being in charge of a bunch of students. He expected us to sound like the Philadelphia Philharmonic or something and some of the students were lucky to get through Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.
5) As a girl, she helped her hairstylist mom by sweeping hair at the salon. Do you have a hair appointment coming up?

A. I had one on Monday, so my next one won't be until the new year. I strongly suspect I may be taking the scissors to my hair myself in about two weeks if I have a growth spurt.
6) In 2009, when this song was popular, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg unsuccessfully tried to buy Twitter. Elon Musk acquired Twitter last month. What social media sites do you spend the most time on?

A. I visit Facebook and Twitter about twice a day, once in the morning and again in the evening.
7) Also in 2009, Sony sold floppy disks at most retailers. But things change fast in the world of tech and by 2011, Sony quit producing floppy disks altogether. Floppies were replaced by flash drives, which have been replaced by cloud storage services ... Do you still have any floppy disks?

A. I am pretty sure there are still 5 1/4 inch floppies in my closet. I know there are 3 1/4 inch ones in there. And I still use a local hard drive for backup and USB flash drives. I am not a fan of cloud storage services, mostly because I have such slow internet and the backups would take forever.

8) In 2009, Michael Jackson died. Do you have a favorite Michael Jackson song?

A. Thriller. It's so well done and imaginative. 
9) Random question -- We're having a Saturday 9 potluck lunch! What will you bring?

A. Fudge, bottles of water, a tray of veggies, and veggie dip.

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


  1. Ugh, Mr. Smith! I hope he didn't stay at your school long!
    Our potluck is coming together nicely. So far, no duplicates.

  2. What in the world with that band teacher? That's crazy.

  3. I enjoyed Thriller a lot too! Loved your answers! Have a nice weekend.

  4. Your band director is the stuff of nightmares! I loved the information about pink roses--they are so lovely and delicate.

  5. I played flute, too, and we definitely had some great and some less stellar ones over the years!

  6. I never could get into Twitter. Now I've tried to quit it and can't. I cant get ON it, but I still get email about messages. I do, however, spend far too much time on Facebook.

  7. #4 I took trumpet lessons and I think my family was very happy when I gave it up.
    #7 Yeah I have some 5 ¼ inch floppies and 3 ¼ inch floppies. The 5 ¼ are for my Apple II+ that I fire up once in awhile.

  8. Flute made me dizzy though some might say I am anyway. That band teacher was a real character and I agree he had no business with teaching.

  9. Crazy teachers...I should have thought of that. I had a couple of those. Fudge? Sign me up for that! I love fudge but it never turns out right when I try to make it.

  10. Oh yes, it's definitely pheromones.
    And I also love pink roses. But the greens are coming along now too. Not as expensive, you know? I'm too old to plant anymore, though. If you are bringing Fudge, I'm going to be first in line! Yum!


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