Saturday, August 12, 2017

Saturday 9: Start Me Up

The Saturday 9  is hosted by Sam Winters. Nine questions posted every Saturday — sometimes random, sometimes with a theme. This week, the theme is...

"Start Me Up" by The Rolling Stones

Listen to it HERE.

1. That's a goat wearing a high heel. What's on your feet as you answer these questions?
A pair of light gray terry cloth Isotoner slip-ons, size Medium.
2. More fashion: In the video for this song, Mick is wearing white pants with an elastic waistband. Are you wearing a belt as you answer these questions?
No, I am not. Oddly enough, I am wearing white pants with an elastic waistband. Obviously channeling Mick. He is skinnier.
3. In this song, Mick pleads, "Don't make a grown man cry." When is the last time you shed a tear?
Seems I answer this question a lot, or versions of it. Same answer: can't really remember the last time I cried. I don't do a lot of weeping.
4. Keith Richard has said this is a song he could play "forever and ever." What in your life doesn't get old, no matter how often you do it?
Just sitting around, chatting about this and that with the hubby. Sounds boring, I know, but it's my favorite thing.
5. While The Rolling Stones enjoy performing songs, like this one, from Tattoo You, Mick Jagger has dismissed the songs from their 1967 album Their Satanic Majesties Request as "rubbish." Do you have a favorite Rolling Stones song?
I love the Stones, and really it would be impossible to choose just one favorite among all their tunes. If I had to pick one? Maybe "Sympathy for the Devil"? Or "Gimme Shelter"? Or "Satisfaction"? Or "Let It Bleed"? Or "Wild Horses"? Or "You Can't Always Get What You Want"? Or ??? 
Strange that Mick would call the Satanic Majesties album rubbish — "She's a Rainbow" was always one of my favorites too, and it's from that album.
6. This recording of "Start Me Up" features a cowbell. Do you remember which Saturday Night Live host made, "More cowbell!" a catchphrase?
No. I stopped watching SNL after the early '80s. So if this was more recent, I probably wouldn't have seen it.
7. Bassist Bill Wyman once said he thought he should have been a archivist because he loved to make lists. Do you have a to-do list?
I have many lists, to-do and otherwise. Love making all kinds of lists. I've also always thought I should have been an archivist. Bill and I should get together sometime and compare lists.
8. Mick finds it hard to stand still when he sings, not only on stage but also in the studio. The engineer for this song reports that Mick would have to run across the room to get back to the microphone for his vocal. Are you more fidgety, or still?
Yes. Both. Sometimes active. Sometimes dormant. Hmmm. Does that make me sound a little too much like a volcano? Well, I do erupt sometimes.
9. Random question: Do you believe men are inherently more sensible than women?
Say WHAT????

Happy Saturday, everyone!
And have a great weekend.

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Unconscious Mutterings: Week 757

Mutterings for the week of August 7th. Unconscious Mutterings is hosted by LunaNiña. And here we go....
  1. Headache :: migraine (Haven't had one in a while, fortunately.)
  2. Leftover :: doggy bag 
  3. Corrupt :: politicians (Sorry if I'm stepping on any toes here.)
  4. Vent :: let off steam 
  5. Equipment :: tools 
  6. Jack :: Nicholson
  7. Business :: commerce, employment, transaction (All the boring stuff.)
  8. Joint :: getting stoned (Child of the '60s, y'know.
  9. Internship :: learning period, apprenticeship 
  10. Pain :: headache

Monday, August 7, 2017

Random Musings: Monday 8/07/2017

Thoughts for today:

● There should be a law against rain on Mondays. Storms overnight with some really vicious thunder and lightning; then, rain most of the morning. The sun peeked out later in the afternoon, but the early rain had already triggered my seasonal affective disorder blues. Mostly spent the day sitting around, hoping for better weather. And eventually, it showed up!

● Downloaded one of the Brother Cadfael books by Ellis Peters (pseudonym of Edith Mary Pargeter, 1913-1955) to my Kindle today. It's set in 1139 and that got me thinking — if I'd been born in any earlier time, I would never have lived to be this old. In fact, I probably wouldn't have survived infancy — the whooping cough I had as a baby would have killed me. So thankful for modern science!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Unconscious Mutterings: Week 756

Mutterings for the week of July 31st. Unconscious Mutterings is hosted by LunaNiña. And here we go....
  1. Baby:: ...doll
  2. Hoops :: basketball (Go, Spurs!)
  3. Vulnerable :: at risk
  4. Literally :: really, exactly, word-for-word; sort of the opposite of virtually (though they seem to be used interchangeably these days)
  5. Relationship :: connection
  6. Best :: ...friend, ...In Show, ...Western Hotel
  7. Aggressive :: pushy, violent, unstoppable 
  8. Comfort :: Texas (a very pretty little area, northwest of San Antonio)
  9. Tunnel :: disappointing mini-series on PBS
  10. Cancer :: too scary to mutter about

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Saturday 9: Angel

The Saturday 9  is hosted by Sam Winters. Nine questions posted every Saturday — sometimes random, sometimes with a theme. This week, the theme is...

"Angel" by Sarah McLachlan

Listen to it HERE.

1. Sarah McLachlan wrote this song about someone she barely knew. She read the obit of Jonathan Melvoin, keyboard player for the Smashing Pumpkins, who died of a heroin overdose. What's the most recent news story that touched you deeply?
Well, first of all, I'm very sorry to hear about Jonathan Melvoin, even though I had never heard of him before and don't really know anything about Smashing Pumpkins. And honestly, aside from political news, I don't actually pay a great deal of attention to all the current event stories going around. But the story of Charlie Gard, the English infant on life support, was one that caught my attention recently. Very sad. 
2. Ms. McLachlan performed this in tribute to Linda McCartney at the 1999 Concert for Linda. She was expressing her hope that, in death, Linda found relief and peace after a long and painful battle with cancer. What do you think happens to us when we die?
Wow. Well, I'm not religious, so I don't really believe in any sort of afterlife heaven or hell. I do, however, believe that energies can somehow linger on. OK, folks — I'll just go on and admit it — I've seen ghosts. And that's hard to square with the "no afterlife" theory. Guess I should just say "Not sure" and leave it at that.
3. Daytime dramas General Hospital and As the World Turns used this song on-air after a major character died. Do you follow any "soap operas?"
Just the ongoing Trump Family Saga — does that count? Seriously, I didn't even know there were any soaps left. Thought they'd been replaced by talk and game shows. For a while back in the '70s I watched All My Children pretty seriously, but never followed any of the others. But I'm old enough to remember the ones my mother used to listen to on radio — The Guiding Light, One Man's Family, Our Gal Sunday, Lorenzo Jones, Backstage Wife, Young Widder Brown.
4. In 2007, Sarah donated her recording of this song to the ASPCA. Do you have a pet? If yes, how did you get it (shelter, pet store, etc.)?
No pets at the moment. When I was a child, I had a parakeet that flew into our yard one day, and got captured by my father. We named him Tweety because he told us that was his name (yes, he really could talk). He used to imitate my mother calling my name in the mornings to wake me up. Also had a wonderful toy fox terrier given to me by a neighbor of my grandparents. And the hubby and I used to have cats that came from a grad school friend who had taken in a mamma cat with a bunch of kittens. 
5. She admits she can't watch those ASPCA commercials, where her recording of "Angel" plays over sad photos of animals. Is there a TV commercial that really gets to you (in either a good or a bad way)?
Yes, those ASPCA commercials. I feel the same way — just can't watch 'em, even though I'm an animal lover and an ASPCA supporter. I switch channels, or mute the sound, or leave the room when one comes on. Aside from that, there are many, many, many TV commercials that "get to" me — usually in a bad way. I do like funny commercials, though. Here in central Texas, we have a supermarket chain (HEB Stores) that makes commercials featuring players from the San Antonio Spurs basketball team, and they're always very funny and clever and fun to watch. 
6. In 1994, Sarah was stalked by an obsessed fan. Tell us about a time you were really frightened. In retrospect, was your fear commensurate with the threat?
I'm a very nervous person. Many things make me jumpy. I worry a lot. But I don't really frighten easily. (OK — tornadoes do sort of terrify me. And I definitely try to stay away from these giant hornets we've got around here.) Most of the time I can reason myself out of being afraid of things. I suppose the one time I can remember being really frightened was when my father died. I was ten years old, and pretty much scared out of my wits. Was the fear commensurate? I'd say yes. The world as I had known it up to then just changed overnight. Life reorganized itself. I got on with it, but nothing was ever the same.
7. Sarah was adopted by Jack and Dorice McLachlan. Though she has a friendly relationship with her birth mother, she always considered Dorice her mother and sees herself behaving with her son the way Dorice did with her. Is there anyone in your family that you feel you resemble, either physically or by behavior?
Definitely. In fact, the older I get, the more I seem to look and behave like many of my family members — my mother and father, both my grandmothers, several aunts, and especially one cousin. I guess whether we like it or not, heredity eventually catches up with us.
8. McLachlan is one of the founders of Lilith Fair, a summer concert series designed to showcase talented female performers. Do/did your summer plans include an outdoor concert?
No plans for any concerts, outdoors or in. Actually, I haven't been to any kind of concert in quite a while. And I don't do a lot of outdoor activities this time of year. Even at night, the heat in this part of Texas makes that kind of unappealing. 
9. Random question: Which of these men would you most like to be seated with at dinner -- Clint Eastwood, Prince William or Jimmy Fallon?
Definitely Jimmy!

Happy Saturday, everyone!
And have a great weekend.

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

SkyWatch Friday

The Austin area had some scary-good rainstorms blow through recently. I caught a few photos of one of them a couple weeks back. Actually, the rain was probably happening somewhere between Austin and our place, maybe Lakeway? Whatever ... it produced some pretty dramatic skies.

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