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Saturday, November 12, 2016

Saturday9: The Ballad of Gilligan's Island

Ballad of Gilligan's Island

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: Ballad of Gilligan's Island (1964)

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

1) This is about the fateful cruise of the S.S. Minnow. If you had a boat, what would christen it?
Probably a plastic glass full of Champagne daringly aimed at the bow.  I'd tie a string to it so that I could retrieve the glass so it wouldn't end up in the Mid Pacific Gyre , aka the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.  But if you meant what I'd name, it would be  "Pleiades", or "Seven Sisters".  This was a secret name I had for the gathering of all the seven girl cousins at birthdays and such.  Seven little Sisters. However, things hardly ever work out for the poetically inclined. 

2)  "No phone! No lights! No motorcar! Not a single luxury!" To Sam, those sound more like everyday essentials than luxuries. If you were shipwrecked with the gang, what standard amenity would you miss the most?
I'd likely miss yarn and needles, aka, my knitting.  Hopefully there would be something, ANYTHING, I could find to unravel and remake into hats or sandals.  Sticks would be everywhere....

3) The uncharted isle was in the Pacific, near Hawaii. Have you ever been to our 50th state?
No, sadly, I have not ever been there.  I'd have loved to live there when we were young.
  I love Styx so very much!!
The Full Concert!   Rock ON!!! "Return to Paradise"

4) Natalie Schafer, who played Mrs. Howell, refused to divulge her age. Are you honest about how old you are? Or do you fudge it?
I used to fudge it upwards when I was 19.  Now, I just don't.  It's just never occurred to me to keep on fudging it is all, since I'd missed being able to vote - by four years - in the first election of JFK, a person that I truly admired.  It's impossible to lie to the Board of Elections.  Perhaps they can be scammed but not a face to face lie.  Four years later, I would have missed JFK's second election by one month, but of course, the point of it all was by then moot.  
5) Gilligan's Island featured many dream sequences. (Like the one where Gilligan dozes off and dreams that he's Jack from Jack and the Beanstalk.) Have you had any vivid dreams lately?
Yes, a few.  I see them as instructive.  In one a light haired, smiling, odd looking older man was pouring out a cup, over and over.  He had missing teeth and looked like an ancient, semi-blond Guru of sorts-naked to the waist.  I know exactly what this dream means, having heard the story of the "Too Full Cup" from my trainer a few years ago.  So, now, I'm pouring out my cup to make room for someone to pour something new into it.  New knowledge from Sage like teachers.  The Link goes to Bengt Wendel's blog.  I used his because it's not monetized.

6) The pilot was filmed in November, 1963, in Honolulu. The cast and crew were actually onset when they learned of President Kennedy's assassination.* Because on location filming was so expensive, they couldn't afford to take any time off.  Tell us about a time when you had to work, even though your heart and head weren't in it. 
I guess that time is now.

7) During the show's run, Mary Ann (Dawn Wells) was the clear fan favorite, receiving twice as many love letters as Ginger (Tina Louise). Have you ever written a fan letter (or posted a fan tweet or Facebook post)?
Well, my social media are nearly null, so not the latter two.  And I can't remember ever writing a fan letter, either.  I had my head buried in my books most of the time.  I have written to presidents from time to time.  Sometimes  they were fan-ish letters but mostly not. ;o)

8) Sam chose this week's song because it was going through her head, over and over again! Tell us a song that burrows into your head and stays there.

Last night it was the Scarecrow's Song from Wizard of Oz.  

I just feel so completely brainless right now.

9)  Random question: You went to a discount store and got an amazing bargain -- a pair of dress shoes for just $4.99. You go to a formal event and someone compliments you on those great shoes and asks where you got them. Do you tell the truth?
At a formal event, I would just say, "I can't remember where I got these.  Maybe they were a gift? But they are very comfortable and I'm grateful to have them."  Formal events are not the place to "tell all", or expose your soft underbelly of thrift. 

*That's why, in the credits for the black and white seasons, the flags are at half-staff when The Minnow leaves the harbor.

And, Here is a LINK BACK to Saturday 9 so you can join in this fun weekly meme.  Come on, you know you like music and stuff....


  1. Wow. There's so much in here to comment on! I love you knitting with twigs on the island. And JFK has been on my mind so much lately, too. We'll get through this. We will!

    1. it's fun to make your own needles from sticks. They are all gnarly and stuff but you need fruit woods or birch, none too plentiful on South Pacific Islands, eh?
      JFK was such an intelligent person. He was ready to make some moves when he was killed.
      I hope we get through this..

  2. I like your poetic boat name. Alas, poets are not welcome in today's world of harsh, mean, snide and unjust capitalism. Poets belong to another realm entirely. We will join hands there, you and I.

    1. Thanks. I always thought DH and I would own a boat, but alas. Still we found a lot of solace in Bounding around the desert and mountains with our Rockhound pals.

      But, nere' the less...Let us depart then, you and I, hand in hand! I'm ready for another realm of the mind to live in,even if only for half days. If we take all our meals there, we can meet at the pub.

  3. I think I would like to see what you managed to knit from some unraveled thing using sticks.

    1. Hammocks? No, that's fish net making and macrame. I do that, too. People knit with strips of recycled plastic bags. They make incredible things with that. Try Google?
      Sticks would be hard to find unless there were trees other than palm trees. But, it seems there are, now. I like survivalist challenges.

  4. I know what you mean by feeling brainless, all week I was like that

    1. We have to remember that less than one quarter of the eligible voters got him into the catbird seat. This tells us something - actually lots of things, Diana. The rest of us have a job and a half but we will be a laughing stock of the world if we don't work to create the changes needed to make this a real democracy,eh?

  5. You just reminded me that I would 'fudge' to the older age at one time too.

    1. Fudging age in the early years is like a rite of passage. Now it's a little easier if you count voting and the draft.

  6. I didn't even think of not having knitting goodies without luxuries.

    1. I would not want to be without my knitting and it's so very, very useful. Most knitters travel with their knitting again, at least I think they do.
      I guess weaving palm fronds would be useful, too. As a young adult I watched an Amazonian Indian tribe build a palm tree shelter once, probably in a National Geo special. It shed heavy rain. Native people were/are very clever using bits and pieces.


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