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Saturday, October 15, 2016

Saturday 9: One of those "Not if I see you first" things

Welcome to Saturday: 9. What we've committed to our readers is that we will post 9 questions every Saturday. Sometimes the post will have a theme, and at other times the questions will be totally unrelated. Those weeks we do "random questions," so-to-speak. We encourage you to visit other participants posts and leave a comment. Because we don't have any rules, it is your choice. We hate rules. We love memes, however, and here is today's meme!

Saturday 9: If I Knew You Were Comin' (1950)

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

1) This song is performed by a woman who is positively tickled to have unexpected company. How do you feel when people  drop by unannounced?
A.  I used to love it but now, not so much.  I loved having my friend and her daughter stop by but she called several days ahead.  We could clear off the dining room table and such.  Odd how as you get older you can look at the clutter and see a nice space.  hahaha
This is what I need to do...  And now I can get rid of all the paperwork from my business.  It's official.

2) She is clearly proud of her skills in the kitchen. Do you enjoy baking? Cooking? 
A.  I still love to cook and bake.  I just don't do much of it anymore.

3) Reference is made to hiring a band. Tell us the last time you were at an event with live music.
A.  Sometime in the 80's we went to see Neil Diamond.  I still love this guy... This is a lovely song but the recording is a little "bright".  ouch!

After that the smokers got to us.  We loved to go hear the music at watering holes and small band venues, but the smoke was horrendous.  This was before smoking was banned indoors.  

4) After making recordings in the early 1950s, Eileen Barton appeared on daytime TV in the early 1960s -- including a game show called Video Village. Let's say we're all headed to a TV game show taping this morning. Would you volunteer to appear as a contestant? Or would you rather just stay in the audience?
A.  Since I don't know much about TV or about gaming, I'd have to stay in the audience or OUR team would take it in the shorts.  lol

5) In 1961, Ms. Barton got married in Juarez, Mexico. What's the longest distance you've ever traveled to attend a wedding?
I've been to Juarez but not for a wedding.  ;o)  Duty free Zone!  To answer the question, we drove to my niece's wedding  and that was about 20 miles.  She made a radiant and beautiful bride.

6) In 1950, when this song was popular, the Detroit Red Wings won the Stanley Cup. Are you looking forward to the upcoming NHL season?
A.  That's about Ice Hockey, isn't it.  I'd have to say no.  I do love to watch the US team play in the Olympics but that's a whole different thing.

7) 1950 also marks the first time anyone in the United States paid by credit card. Do you pay with a credit card to get rewards? If yes, what rewards are you accumulating (points, cash back, airline miles)?
Well, I did participate in something that gave points toward merchandise that was called Swagbucks  and was fun.  And, I notice that Microsoft is giving points for something to do with web surfing, and I'll check that one out.  I'm not very interested in getting anything.  If I haven't already got it, it's not likely I'll ever need it.  The sparkly world of "THINGS" have lost their appeal.  It's my age, I'd bet.

8) In 1950, an athlete named Florence Chadwick swam the English Channel. Are you a good swimmer?
 I am a very good swimmer, and I love the Pacific ocean. Most of the swimming that I did in the latter part of my life was in the ocean.  It's like magic, that enormous body of water.  It's not called  the Pacific for no reason but mostly, I think, because it's not the Southern Ocean.  The Southern Ocean is very, very intense sailing and lots of sailors had to go  that way in the olden days!  When they hit the Pacific it was pretty easy going! The Southern Ocean is not!

9) Random question: Think about the last "white lie" you told. Was it to spare someone's feelings, or to make your day go more smoothly?
I answered an, "I love you", with one back.  It wasn't quite a white lie, it was a matter of a real inability to trust this woman based on past behavior and hurt,  and, also, because I put the Commandment to Love central in my mind.  

Like many,  I try to live up to that all the time.  Yes, I believe it to be the most important thing a human being can do- love everyone as unconditionally as we love our children and close family. And it's important to see the soul behind the wounded and flawed human being so much like ourselves.

Wow that sounds like a sermon.  But them's the facts, Ma'am.

Thanks so much for joining us again at Saturday: 9. As always, feel free to come back, see who has participated and comment on their posts. In fact sometimes, if you want to read & comment on everyone's responses, you might want to check back again tomorrow. But it is not a rule. We haven’t any rules here. Join us on next Saturday for another version of Saturday: 9, "Just A Silly Meme on a Saturday!" Enjoy your weekend!


  1. Your answer to #9 is poignant. There's something very sad about relationships we wish were different.

    1. It is sad, and especially where there is no escape and no real trust can be built. But I think mostly of St. Francis, and how he dealt with things and see something good to emulate.

  2. Wonderful answers this week, Zippi. Number 9 was really from the heart. Here's a treat for you as a Neil Diamond fan...


    1. Oh that is GREAT! Loved it! Thank you thank you! The Neil Mobile. Lol!

      Well, thank you for that and also for reading here, Stacy. I'm examining my heart a little more than usual. I think it was that Earthquake that opened up a big crack in the Earth I thought of as solid uder my feet. You know? I think the worst may be over though.

  3. I like the video, I was on my uncle's boat when I was little and we got caught in a thunderstorm on Long Island Sound it was fun at first but then it like "OK that was neat, not let it stop."

    1. Yes, being on a boat in a thunderstorm is very scary and also exciting. I'll bet your Uncle was thinking some very unhappy thoughts because thunderstorms on the water are not nice.

      My aunt, who was 12 at the time, climbed up on top of a trellis to get closer to a thunderstorm. My grandparents and other aunts were freaking inside the house, but I think I got some of that dare devil in me after that. She was fearless, that one.

  4. I really enjoyed your number 9 answer. Love, love, even when we don't feel like it or that they don't deserve it. That's the kind of love we have from our Father.
    Just last evening we attended an outdoor concert and I was thinking how times have changed and how pleasant it was to be in a smoke free environment - even outdoors, the smoke was horrible back then.

    1. Wasn't cigarette smoke awful? Gah! And, in big cities, people had the smog on top of it.

      Yes, Love just has to be the healer of all hearts. There isn't enough of it around, though - it's sad to say. And yes, it comes from something beyond the human ego, there isn't enough of it left sometimes after the abuse people suffer through in childhood. I'm lucky to have found something outside myself early enough to eventually become a half-ways decent human being.

  5. Enjoyed your answers. I think being kind - which is a smaller type of love, I suppose - is a good reason to tell a "white lie." It hurts no one. You have a good heart, dear Zippi.

    1. Yes, kindness, good thought. And white lies are almost always more beneficial than the strident truth, and the effect can be a lasting one. And thank you for thinking that, and for the encouragement, too, CountryDew. Today I must go back into the Lion's Den. Shudders. But I know that I have my buckler and sword of love equipped. *winks*

  6. I've always loved Neil Diamond's voice. :)

    1. :) Hiya, Kwizgiver. :o) Another Diamond fan!

      You should be sure to watch that link above that Stacy left. It's so funny!


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