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."

Happy Saturday, everyone!
And have a great weekend.

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  1. I don't think any of us who were affected by Vietnam will ever completely get over it. I know it upsets me to think about those times.

    Ah, Austin! I had a friend who lived there for a time and has been heard to say wistfully, "I miss my little town."

  2. I always wonder about the day when new homes are built without phone jacks in the walls. That could happen sooner than we may think.

  3. I have a landline with an extension in the bedroom. Cell phones, though nice, have their limits. People don't realize this.
    What the Gal said about Vietnam. My brother almost had to go. I still have bad feelings about how that whole thing got used by big business to make a shedload of dough ray me.

  4. I like your last answer. I don't really know why anyone would want to "roast" me, either.

  5. I have a very attractive eye doctor. Makes me all atwitter during eye exams in the dark!

  6. I want a corded phone -- you know, one that stays put and doesn't walk off and doesn't run out of battery -- like we used to have.


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