Friday, October 13, 2017

Saturday 9: Chattanooga Choo-Choo


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


"Chattanooga Choo-Choo" by Glenn Miller

Listen to it HERE.


Glenn Miller was my mother's favorite band leader when she was a young woman.
She always said that she and my father sort of considered Miller's "Moonlight Serenade" their song.
I don't recall her saying anything much about "Chattanooga Choo-Choo." 

1.  Chattanooga is Tennessee's fourth largest city. Have you ever visited Tennessee? If so, where did you go and what did you see?
I have been to Tennessee many times, although never as an actual destination. When we lived up on the East Coast and drove to Texas for visits, Tennessee was always a good stopping point. Camped out several times in one or another of their lovely state parks. (Natchez Trace has great facilities.) And we spent a very pleasant evening exploring Beale Street in Memphis on one trip — delicious gumbo and great music. Also went to see Graceland once, but we were on a tight schedule and only got as far as the gates. 
Graceland from the front gates, 2004

Didn't even have time to leave graffiti on the walls. Do they still allow that?

Graffiti on Graceland's wall

Since Glenn Miller's recording of "Chattanooga Choo-Choo" was awarded the first-ever gold record, we're going to devote the next questions to your firsts.

2. What was the first award or accolade you ever won?
The earliest one I can remember is a spelling bee I won back in second or third grade. Actually, I might have come in second. But I got a little gold paper "medal" with a white ribbon attached. I was thrilled.
3. We know about your blog. But which was the first social media site that you posted to? (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, MySpace ...)
I did have a MySpace account in the very early days — almost forgot about that. I got it because I heard Grace Slick had one and I wanted to see what she posted. But I never did anything with mine. (Gracie never really did anything with hers, either.) I've never been much of a social media person. Even now, I only have a Facebook account because so many of my family and friends are there. But I frequently forget about it for weeks at a time. Never got involved in any of the early things like chat rooms or bulletin boards, either. I did post a few questions on some of the old genealogy info-seeking websites in the '90s. But I think my first real internet presence was actually my book blog (just called Joy's Blog in those days, now A Little Reading).
4. Where did you go on your first plane ride?
Mexico City.
5. Tell us about your first cell phone.
We got our first cell phone back in the late '90s (1998 maybe?) and it was huge (and heavy) by today's standards. It didn't do much of anything, just made phone calls. No internet connection or camera. (This was probably before phones started getting "smart"?) It had a little carrying case that would clip onto your belt. We had it for years. One day the hubby left it in the men's room of an Olive Garden (or maybe Chili's) in Fall's Church, Virginia, and when he went back to look for it, the staff had it waiting for him and said they'd been pretty sure it was a phone but had never seen one that old. We knew it was time for an upgrade.
6. Tell us about your first tattoo: Where is it on your body? Where did you have it done? What does it depict?
A tattoo? Moi? Surely you jest. Actually, I've always sort of wanted to get a tattoo, but if I did I'm not sure the Hubs would let me back in the house. I suppose I could get one and not tell him, and just see how long it takes him to notice.
7. How old were you when you had your first piercing?
My first piercing? I'm assuming we're not talking vaccinations here, right? Only my ears are pierced, folks. And I was in my twenties when that happened. 
8. What had you been drinking the first time you suffered a hangover?
That's way too long ago to remember. Probably bourbon and Coke. 
9. Was your first ticket for parking or was it a moving violation?
I have never been ticketed. Never even had a warning. I am a very careful driver.


Happy Saturday, everyone!
And have a great weekend.

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SkyWatch Friday: Ghost Moon


I always love it when the moon comes up before the sky starts to darken in the evenings. It looks so pretty up there in the pale blue. A little ghostly, too — perfect for this time of year.









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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Unconscious Mutterings: Week 766



Haven't muttered in a while. These mutterings are for the week of October 8th. Unconscious Mutterings is hosted by LunaNiña. And here we go....
  1. Stock :: cattle, supply
  2. Village :: Voice (Do they still publish this paper? I once wrote a poem about sending a letter to the Village Voice. Long, long ago.)
  3. Show :: Biz
  4. Heartbreak :: Hotel (We miss you, Elvis. Oh, yes we do.)
  5. Ding! :: Dong! 
  6. Had to :: ...go to the dentist this week (Bummer.)
  7. Henry :: Fonda, Ford, the 8th
  8. Pasta :: YUM!!! (Lead me to it!)
  9. Theft :: loss, robbery
  10. River :: San Antonio


Photo for Wednesday: Great Horned Owl





Travis County TX
October 2017


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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Weekly Ramblings

Some odds and ends from the past week, in no particular order. Actually, from the past couple of weeks.

🌼 Well, M and I are back from the Hawaii trip, and pretty much adjusted to being home again. Honolulu is so gorgeous and I do love going there. But the trip from/to Austin is long and exhausting. Of course, when you get there, you get scenery like this.


... and this.


I'm sure I'll be posting more Hawaii photos in the days to come. I took hundreds!

🌼 I had a birthday! Went out for lunch, to celebrate. Just Olive Garden, but hey! — they're just about my favorite restaurant in this area. The Hubs took a photo to prove I was there (I'm usually the one doing the snapping, and therefore often not in the picture). Next time, must remember to remove the eyewear!

So now I'm over 70! Pretty scary. But Google tells me Susan Sarandon, Sally Field, Diane Keaton, Susan Lucci, and Cher were all born in 1946, too. So I'm in pretty good company.

🌼 I got a birthday card!


It's from my cuzzie MLB, and really perked me up. An actual card sent through the mail is a rarity these days, at least for me. No one I know sends "real" cards anymore, and e-cards are sort of going out of style too, what with the popularity of texting and Facebook and all the other social media sites. My husband's aunt usually sends cards — her birthday is in September, too. But she and her family live in the Houston area, and were a little preoccupied this year. (They were all fine, although they did have some flooding.)

🌼 The weather here has been really nice since we got home from the trip. Lots of sunshine, high temps in the 90s and not much rain, although it's been very humid. In fact, we've had so much moisture in the air, we got a very pretty rainbow the other day even though there was no actual rain anywhere around.


Guess that's it for now. More ramblings next week. Maybe.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Saturday 9: Don't Talk To Strangers


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


"Don't Talk To Strangers" by Rick Springfield

Listen to it HERE.

I didn't think I'd heard this song before, but when I went and took a look at the video on YouTube, it did seem a little familiar. I guess it just didn't make much of an impression back in 1982. Which is weird because I was sort of an MTV junkie back then. Never a Rick Springfield fan, though.

1. When did you recently have a conversation with a complete stranger? What did you two discuss?
Well, while we were on vacation recently, I talked to lots of strangers, but didn't have any real conversations with many of them. I think the closest we came was a short exchange we had with the lady who sold my husband a Hawaiian shirt. Turns out, she has a son who's moving to Austin to work for Dell — so she was interested in anything we could tell her. Mention Austin and you can usually get a conversation going. 
2. In the video for this song, a woman is having a "hot" conversation on a corded, rotary dial phone in her bedroom. Do you have a landline? If so, do you have an extension in your bedroom? 
We do have a landline. And yes, there is an extension in our bedroom even though we never use the phone there. 
3. This week's artist, Rick Springfield, says he wrote this song when he was worried that his girlfriend (now his wife) would cheat on him when he was touring. Would you describe yourself as suspicious or trusting?
Probably more trusting than I should be.
4. He became a daytime heartthrob as Dr. Noah Drake on General Hospital. Do you think it would be cool to have a really attractive doctor? Or would it make you uncomfortable?
I do have a really attractive doctor. She's gorgeous. Also very sweet and a wonderful doctor. If she were a gorgeous male doctor, yes I think it might make me a little uncomfortable. Actually, it makes me a little uncomfortable that she's also my husband's doctor. 
5. He's discussed how sad he was when, as a boy, he had to leave his dog Elvis behind when the family left Australia. While you were growing up, did your family often move? 
Fortunately, no. From birth to age 10, I lived in only two different houses and really only remember one of them. Then after my father died, my mother moved us back in with her parents, and that's where I stayed until I got married and moved into my own place. (That's very sad about Rick's dog. A pet is a family member, and that must have been a very traumatic experience.)
6. In 1982, when this song was popular, Italy won the World Cup. Do you ever watch soccer?
Not often, although I have enjoyed the few games I've watched.
7. "Smiley," the first emoticon, was introduced in 1982. Do you use emoticons in your communication? Or do you avoid them?
I'm not an emoticon user or enthusiast. I don't actually avoid them, I just never think about using them. Probably just a generational thing.
8. The Vietnam Memorial was dedicated in Washington, DC, in 1982. Do you know any veterans of that conflict? If so, tell us about him or her.
I don't really like thinking about the Vietnam War. I don't know many people who served in the military during that period, but I know a lot of people who were affected by the war even though they weren't doing any actual fighting. Some made it through OK. Some didn't. Some of the memories are not happy ones.
9. Random Question:  Your friends are throwing a birthday "roast" in your honor. Which one quality of yours are you sure will be singled out for laughs?
This is a tough one to answer. Honestly, I can't imagine anyone I know throwing a "roast" in my honor. It just wouldn't happen. I don't know any "roaster" types, and I'm not a good candidate for being a "roastee."

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