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Saturday, November 19, 2016

Saturday9: Liza wants us to put down our knitting?

Saturday 9: Cabaret (1972)

Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it HERE

1) In this song, Liza Minnelli encourages you to put down "the knitting, the book and the broom." Which of those three were you most recently doing: knitting, reading or housework?
Housework and reading this:
I am not putting this down, Liza.  Not for all the tea in China.

2) She sings that we shouldn't allow "some prophet of doom to wipe every smile away?" Do you know anyone who reliably looks at the downside of life?
No.  Not that now they -the prophets of doom - all aren't saying, "I told you so!" or something like that.  Or this: "Things were bad enough, and look, they just got a whole LOT worse!"  

None other than Mr. Universe himself - Stephen Hawking - said the human race has only about a thousand years left.  That's a sad run up for the newest kid on the block, you know?  Say, I'm pretty good at this "prophet of doom" thing.  

3) In 1972, when this recording was popular, so was The Brady Bunch. In the two-part season premiere, The Bradys went to Hawaii. Do you have any warm weather vacation plans this fall/winter? 
I live where people come to escape the frigid cold.  Their cold weather is so cold that it makes me feel a bit silly when I think it's freezing at 60°.  But, darn it, it IS chilly for we little SoCalian Lizards!  

There was a line in a show last night, that had me LMAO.  A detective, probably DiNozzo, asked another detective, maybe a local Leo, wasn't he just a little too warm - or something to that order - dressed like that?  The other detective was dressed in a hunter's hat and a sheepskin/suede jacket,  He answered to the effect that, "Hey, I come from Phoenix, Arizona.  We think 93° is cold!" 

4) Though not her uncle, just a friend to both of her parents, Liza always called  Frank Sinatra as "Uncle Frank." Is there an older person in your life who isn't a blood relative, but who refer to as "aunt" or "uncle?"
When we, my sibs and I, were kids (well actually even now) when we say Aunt Jeanne, we all know who that person is.  She was the friend who was as close as a sister to my mother.  She was a very special lady to us all.

5) Liza collapsed onstage during a Christmas concert in 2007. She says she'd been nauseous before she went on and simply fainted. Sam has never fainted. Have you? 
Yes, once.  Big surprise to me, and to my mother.  She heard the crash, as I fell against the stove and a room divider.  She said, " What the dickens!  "L", would you just quit faking it!"

6) People are often surprised when they learn Liza is good friends with Gene Simmons -- the KISS member with the long tongue. Tell us about one of your good friends. 
Ok Ill tell you about my wonderful, neighborly friend.  I called him my big brother.  He was the best big brother to me.  I still miss him.  He's the one who once told me, when I was totally exhausted, "The first hundred years are the hardest."  He was full of jokes and laughter and a very kind man.  I'll always miss him.

7) Liza told US Magazine that she loves to eat at Olive Garden. Do you?
No.  I really don't.  I don't like chains when it comes to Italian foods. or any ethnic foods.  I like the little restaurants that people start up to preserve their mother's or grandmother's (or grandfather's?) recipes, and then their kids keep it all going.  They are the best, imho. 

8) She keeps apple juice and yogurt in her refrigerator at all times. Would we find either in your refrigerator right now?
*dashes off to have a look see*
Yogurt, yes, you would find that but apparently not apple juice right now.  We do have pure cranberry, which we mix with apple juice, and there is a green blend that is also very tasty.  Yum.  See?  Now you've made me hungry, or is that thirsty?  

9)  Random question: Which would be a more frustrating dinner companion -- someone who won't shut up, or someone who won't say a word?
Gee, that's a hard one.  I  don't know any people that garrulous or that silent so I can't really say.   I guess I'm good at tuning people out, so if they are silent, that wouldn't bother me either.  Maybe the talkers would be really just trying to fill the spaces I left in the air?  Sometimes that taciturnity is the signal to talk, well, into the silence.  See?  I just can't decide.  

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  1. Your answer to #5 sounds harrowing! No wonder it's such a vivid memory.

    1. Happily, I fell down the side of the bookcase divider wall before I hit the stove. lol

  2. There is a nice little Italian restaurant in town run by two Greek brothers.

    1. Oh sweet! I think the Italians stole a lot of things from the Greeks, like all their Gods and Goddesses, so maybe they stole food preps, too? *smiles* Marco Polo seems to have done a lot of "exaggerating".

      such a fibber..

  3. When my aunt and her boyfriend come to visit from Arizona, the boyfriend wears longjohns...even though he's only been here in July or August when it's in at least the upper 80s and humid. He was raised in Montana, you'd think he'd be a little tougher. LOL That said, we're bracing. The storm system that hit Minnesota yesterday is blowing in here today. It started out sunny and around 60 degrees, but it's getting dark and the wind is picking up. Everyone will be running to the store for milk, eggs, and toilet paper!

    1. If that storm has hit I really hope they give you a time out from driving that bus if the storm lingers.
      And yes, Arizonans don't like to be hot but Montanans don't like to be cold, so it must have messed with your mom's friend's internal heater gauges. Poor fellow.

  4. We use to visit my parents in Florida every winter and we would be amazed that the people were bundled up at 70 degrees while we were in t-shirts. SoCal is a bit too sunny for me- as in the sun is so much stronger than in the Midwest. I may think differently, of course, in a month from now... Happy Thanksgiving Zip!

    1. Thanks Harriet! We potluck the whole dinner and it's great!
      I hear you about Floridians being cold in 70° weather; a SoCalian can so understand it.
      My cousins in Colorado laughed at us in Jackets in their 65° summer nights. We played football under the lights at the local park.
      I know what you mean about the intense sun here. It's like Australia.

  5. I do miss So Csl during our MO winters. That is why I always go to Santa Barbara for the kids birthdays in Feb.

    1. Santa Barbara is gorgeous, anytime of the year. But it's best in those months. I've another friend in MO, and the weather has turned brutal, after indian summer, where she is. Hope you are snuggled in all proper and all. Happy Thanksgiving!

  6. We don't have any good ethnic restaurants around here--or any chains (other than fast food), so Olive Garden is a treat when I actually get to one.

    1. I can understand that. The places are pretty, really, and the wait staff is attentive. Being in San Diego has us spoiled for Italian cuisine. There's even great take out here. I give all the credit to Italian housewives who first opened up little tratorias like they have in Italy.

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    1. Thank you CountryDew. She was a godsend for my mother, and in most ways for me. She was a cop's wife and she had her nights to herself so she and mom had a lot of time to bond. Great lady....
      Happy Thanksgiving to you and your lovely mate.


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