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Saturday, April 1, 2017

Saturday 9: the Too Fat Polka? Never!

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!

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

1) Have you ever danced the polka?
Yes, in the 1950's in Jr. Hi.  It was part of Phys Ed.

2) The centerpiece of a traditional Polish polka band is the accordion. The accordion is a substantial instrument. Have you ever tried to play it?
 I would have learned to play an accordion, but we were too poor for my parents to rent one for me.  I still adore the smaller one, the Concertina. Wishing I could play that one now.  It's easier to heft.

3) The plump lady of this song cannot fit into the singer's car. How many passengers does your car comfortably seat?  
The Jeep fits four.  but the back seat is really uncomfortable.  I dread having to ride back there, as my legs go to sleep, and I fell one Thanksgiving after getting out of that seat.

4) Would you like to lose a few pounds?
Yes.  About 14.  Last year I had a rough time reining in my chocolate eating.  Comfort foods like Salt and vinegar Chips didn't help things, either.  *rolls eyes*

5) In the long ago 1940s, this song was considered amusing. Do you think it's still funny today?
Wow I missed this one.  
6) Arthur Godfrey, who recorded this song, was a popular radio and TV host from the 1930s to the 1970s. Before this week's Saturday 9, had you ever heard of him?
Sure.  As kids, in the fifties, we got to watch his show.  And we watched Harry Owens and the Royal Hawaiians,too.  This is all there is in the web, and it's a bit ,er, "Bright"

7) One of his more popular radio shows was Talent Scouts. A 1940s-50s version of American Idol, this show gave previously unknown singers their first national exposure. Godfrey could point with pride to having helped discover Tony Bennett and Patsy Cline, but he made a mistake by rejecting Elvis Presley. Tell us about something you'd do differently if you could get a "do over."
 I just can not go there.  I'm too sad. 

8) In 1953, Godfrey made news by having one of the nation's very first hip replacements. Have you ever been/would you be part of a clinical trial, either for a new drug or a new medical procedure?
I've never been in a clinical trial, but I would do it if it would help people.  The surgery?  no...

9) RANDOM QUESTION: You and a friend are shopping. She tries on an expensive sweater and enthusiastically asks what you think. You think it looks awful. Do you tell her the truth?
I would most likely just tell her that it didn't compliment her beautiful eye color or her amazing hair.  After all, both are opinions, and one saves her feelings.

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Happy Weekend!

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  1. This song was popular when I was a little girl, a little girl who was fat. MYbgreat uncle used to sing it whenever he saw me. I see it as a hateful song, a song that could easily serve as an anthem for the anti-fat bias so prevalent today. And Arthur Godfrey was a cruel man to boot. NO fond thought here about that song at all.

    1. The West has such a stupid view of weight. I was almost all muscle, from working as a carpenter from age 11. Muscle weighs more so my weight was always above "normal". I'm sorry you had to suffer,too. And, Yes, it's a dreadful song!

  2. One of my grandparents HATED Arthur Godfrey because he fired someone on live TV. Or maybe it was on the radio. OK, I really don't know anything about it, except my grandma hated him for it.

    That clip was great. Isn't it funny to think that, not that long ago, our 50th state was like an exotic, faraway land.

    1. Your grandma was right! He was a dreadful person.

      About Hawaii: Harry Owens was one of the driving forces behind statehood for Hawaii. He was well aware of the whites' history there, and thought it would help the Native Hawaiians. Maybe it has?

  3. That was Julius LaRosa that he fired...they made up years later, I believe.

    We were fortunate to see Harry Owens and the Royal Hawaiians live in Honolulu one year. I fell in love with Haunani Kahalawai and have a couple of her records, which I can no longer play because we don't have a record player any more.

    1. Julius La Rosa was a fine singer/ songwriter. I listened to him a lot because he sometimes sang in Italian, and his songs made me happy. I missed that he was fired, maybe because the TV was repossessed? April fool! 🤓
      Harry Owens was a big advocate of statehood for Hawaii. I think he believed that the native Hawaiian would fare better as citizens than the were as subjects.
      We have a turntable that is for digitizing records. It plugs into a port on the computer. Maybe you also can find one used? It's lovely.

  4. My mom had a jeep for a while and I dreaded having to ride in the back seat. Aside from the uncomfortableness, I always thought the back doors were too narrow at the bottom. It was very awkward to get my feet and legs out the door without falling on my face.

    1. Those back doors are too narrow. Though we love our Jeep 🚙 (we needed to tow something light enough and a 4x4) that back seat is definitely not comfortable. We are careful how we drive it, too, since they have a short wheel base, and a tendency to roll.
      It's our "toad", and we love the four wheel drive. All the other options were too heavy or not enclosed, so I don't ride,often, in the backseat. That's Wolfie's domaine. 🐕

  5. Harry Owens and the Royal Hawaiians, oh how that brings back memories. My parents had a number of his albums.

    1. I can still hear the fascinating sounds of those Steele guitars. My ears were all a jingle with them in those years. I wish we had my parent's albums, but, alas. All of them were stolen from storage, some priceless Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller and Arty Shaw.

  6. I mostly know the accordian from Swedish music (believe it or not, there is a Swedish colony in Northern Maine!).

    1. Oh I believe you. In the late 19th century, Swedes,Germans and other Europeans emigrated to Canada, became citizens and then crossed over into the States as Canadians. There are a lot of Swedes in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Maine.
      This method of emigrating in two steps is still happening today, or was... now Canada is THE destination for Americans!
      Yay! I knew it was out there....I found a Minnesota man playing a Swedish waltz on an concertina. I'll put it up.

  7. My mother had a Jeep that she left me when she died. I traded it in as quickly as I could. The thing swayed like a boat and I could not stand to drive it.

    1. Yikes! No, you don't want that happening. 😱
      Our Liberty is pretty steady, but, we drive carefully, since any car can flip.
      Some of the bigger Jeeps are no better than those dreaded flipping SUVs.

  8. Now you have me thinking... maybe we did have a polka section in high school PE. I'm sure that I was a brat through it all though.

    1. I loved to dance 💃🏻 and my full heart went into it. You? A brat? Never!

  9. 14 lbs? That's a rather precise number. :)

  10. Hi Bud. And, yes, 'tis. I have a set weight. Stay there,all is well. Go above it? Worse luck. Below is nice but, like THAT is ever going to happen...*rolls eyes*


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