~~ "It's All Life, until it's Over" ~~
Kilgore Trout

~~ " In the absence of justice, what is sovereignty but organized robbery?”" ~~
Saint Augustine

~~ “Nobody would do anything if they knew what they were in for.” ~~
"Amarante", in "Milagro Beanfield War"

~~ "May you Walk with Beauty All Around You" ~~
Navajo Blessing

Friday, February 3, 2017

Saturday 9: Are you feeling Lucky?

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: Some Guys Have All the Luck (1984)

Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.
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1) Do you consider yourself lucky?
No, in most respects, I do not.  I was a lucky in love person though.

2) When did you last risk money in a game of chance (lottery, raffle ticket, slot machine, etc.)? How did you do?
Well, I sure didn't win, or I'd have that horse ranch in San Inez Valley, wouldn't I? heehee

3)  There's a major football game this weekend. Will you be watching? Do you have any money riding on the outcome?  
No, no money on the game.  Though I do like watching football, so I guess we might watch it, if Mr. Z wants to.

4) The composer of this song, Jeff Fortgang, is an interesting guy who's had two disparate careers: first pop musician, then Yale-educated clinical psychologist. It's possible that many of the patients who see him for help with anxiety or depression have no idea that he wrote this song. What's something your coworkers (or, if you're not working, casual friends) would be surprised to know about you?
I'm a lateral thinker.  I don't like this term being defined from mostly a business point of view.  There are a lot of us out here.

5) Similarly, fans are often surprised to learn that this week's featured artist, Rod Stewart, is a history buff who loves reading about WWII. Is there a period of time or historic event that has captured your interest? 
I love history, from the very beginning of time.  I love knowing about the early Syrian and Persian civilizations, and Ancient Chinese, people who didn't get lost in the Middle Ages and saved antiquity for all.  There really was a world out there that had nothing to do with European civilization or lack thereof.

6) Rod met his current wife as the result of a dare. Penny Lancaster, then in her 20s, spotted the decades-older celebrity in a bar and only approached him because her friends bet her she didn't have the guts to talk to him. Are you, like Penny, vulnerable to peer pressure? Can your friends talk you into doing things you might not otherwise do?
It may be possible but it's never happened yet.

7) Rod vividly recalls being 11 years old and going to see  Little Richard perform in a film comedy called The Girl Can't Help It. When you were a kid, did you enjoy going to the movies? What do you recall seeing? 
Do you mean other than the cowboy movies that the kid's Saturday matinee offered up?  Well, there was, "Shane", and another movie with Alan Ladd in it where he got shot in the back while swimming across a swimming pool.  This was when I was 5 or 6, I screamed like a banshee (I've told this before) because I though it was real!  All the women in the theater, and it was mostly women, tried to comfort me.  My mother was very, very embarrassed.  She didn't know it was going to happen or would not have taken me.  Ah, Memories!

8) The lyrics tell of when Rod's car overheats and he calls a friend, who doesn't come through. Tell us about a time recently when you were there and helped a buddy out.
Well, this was not a friend but my sister.  A few weeks ago she had a water leak and it had gone unnoticed, for a long, long time.  They had humongous bills.  So the water was turned off, waiting for a good plumber to be free to work on it.  For three weeks, she and her hubby filled up everything they had in the house each evening.  When I'd go over there I would have to talk to her to calm her down.  Her disease is a total dragon (!!!) for stress production.

9) The lyrics mention that "some guys do nothing but complain." Who do you know who is like that? Do you have a friend, relative or coworker who just always seems to find fault?
No.  Life is too short to deal with other people's negativity.  I'm not talking about real problems, but someone with constant downer views.
There is always something of beauty, or sweetness, to focus on.   Life can be crappy, and Americans are about to find out just how crappy it can be.  This craptastic life has been being doled out overseas, until now.  We are starting to get a taste of what it's like to have a Two Year old running our wonderful, abiding country.  That is unless you are one of the top 1% and oblivious to it all.  Well, maybe even the top 10%.  Those country club types won't feel this but the rest of us will.  You know, real problems.

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. I loved Western Civilization in college but I hated memorizing all those dates and names.

    1. Wow don't you know it! Also, Will and Ariel Durant collaborated in writing the 11 volume, Story of Civilization that you might find interesting. It includes oriental as well as occidental civilizations. Pretty spectacular. I read it when it first started being published, and again in the mid 1980's. If you like history these books are excellent. And, no tests! :)

  2. I'm afraid you are right about the real problems. We must hang on to one another! I love history, too. Too bad we don't learn from it.

    1. The people who love power are the ones who get elected, at least in the last century and this one. They will obviously do anything to skew an election. Ike was not power mad, nor was JFK. Had he lived, JFK would have ended the CIA., and withdrawn troops from Vietnam. Trying to stop insane business men who think the business of America is business got another president killed when we invaded Hawaii, and he interfered.
      I'm sick of them all, frankly. Yes, agreed. We need to fight real problems, and if not in Washington, then closer to home.

  3. Your poor sister! We had a leak a few years ago, but caught it before it got too bad because the water company actually came to us and said, "Hey, we noticed you are going through a lot of water compared to normal. You should check for a leak." Thanks to them we found a very tiny one in one of the toilets. We didn't notice it but it was enough to add up over time.

    1. My sister's water company is not as pro-active as yours or mine is. Some companies are fools like no other. With the drought and all they are clearly at fault for not spotting and ending this problem, just as yours did.

  4. That trickle down stuff always makes short term money for the rich and drastic economic problems for everyone.

    1. Oh yes. And since no one has recourse unless they are high enough on the feeding chain to step in, we've been stuck over and over with a knife in the back. Putin is an enemy and now we have an unapologetic cur in office, who can have thumb screws applied because he painted a target on himself for a price.

  5. I love all of history. But my specialty is colonial America.

    1. Colonial History is lovely. I don't know that much about it, though, beyond K-12. I wanted, right away, to know what Immigration had been doing with the "quotas" they so famously used to reject people from other parts of the world.

  6. I'm no Trump fan, not by the longest shot, but I'm more hopeful than you are. Just today the courts slapped him down. I believe in our system of checks and balances. It got us through Nixon* and it will get us through this. (Though I think that comparison is unfair to Nixon. Either I'm getting soft in my old age or we've lowered the bar.)

    1. With Democrats refusing to take a stand on the stolen Supreme Court Justice seat that Republicans had no qualms about stalling, this lower court edict may not stand for long. I wonder how many other politicos the Russians have nobbled.
      We haven't lowered the bar. We've been stolen blind and with too many politicians having something grave to hide, they're human, they do shady things, we now got a royal mess. Nixon is the one who started pushing for "National Healthcare" because he said that "It was good for Business". OH yes, he belongs there with his "enemies list" *rolls eyes*

      Now you see why I must just knit and ignore. I've seen way too much.


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