Saturday, December 1, 2018

Saturday 9: Call Me (Montez, not Blondie)

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

"Call Me" (1965)
by Chris Montez

1. Chris Montez sings that you can always call him, regardless of the hour. Do you believe that it's ever too late to phone someone?
Depends on who's calling and why. I'm usually not comfortable calling anyone after about 8pm unless it's really an emergency. If it's someone calling me — well, I guess the same rule applies. But there are people who can definitely call me at any hour if they need to. (Lookin' at you, Lissy-Lou. Hey I'm a poet!) 
2. He insists that you can depend on him, even when your friends desert you. Who is someone you can trust to have your back, no matter what?
My husband. The most dependable person I've ever known. 
3. Billy Crystal serenades Meg Ryan — via answering machine — with "Call Me" in When Harry Met Sally. Answering machines have been replaced by voice mail. Who most recently left you a voice mail?
Hmmm. Probably CVS letting us know a prescription was ready to be picked up. Or one of those robots telling me that I qualify for much lower rates on something. See how exciting my life is?
4. Chris Montez is a graduate of El Camino College in Torrance, California. The average daytime temperature in November in Torrance is 70º. How is the weather where you are today?
Sunny and warmer than it's been the last few days (writing this on Thursday morning). I think it's supposed to be in the 70s here today, too. The hubby is actually outside right now, tidying the yard a bit. The red cedar is keeping me indoors. 
5. Today Chris actively promotes a healthy lifestyle to children. He was honored for his efforts by the group SOPA (Stop Obesity, Promote Activity). Do you believe you get enough exercise?   
Not really. I do try to exercise everyday, but I could probably use more. We recently bought a new treadmill and I'm trying to use it more. Treadmill walking is boring, but much better than walking outside when it's cold or rainy.
6. Released in late 1965, "Call Me" became a big hit in 1966, reaching #2 on the charts. Even though it sold millions of copies and was certified as a Gold Record, it never hit #1. Is winning, or being the best, important to you?
Sometimes. However, I've never been hugely competitive. If I really care about something, I'll make a big effort, but it has to be really important.
7. In 1966, when this was playing on juke boxes, kids were watching Batman and Star Trek. If you had your choice of watching an episode right now, which would you choose: Star Trek or Batman?
Definitely Star Trek (I've always been a Trekkie).  
But I used to enjoy the old Batman TV show, too. Haven't seen any of the Batman movies because I don't want to spoil my memories of Adam West as the kitschy super hero.  
8. Also in 1966, celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay was born. Do you enjoy cooking?
Hate it. Never have liked cooking and never have been any good at it. One goes with the other, I guess. Love to watch other people cook, though. 
9. Random question — You have the opportunity to perform in the circus! Would you rather be shot from a cannon, or put your head in the lion's mouth?
Those are my only choices? I guess I'd pick the cannon since big cats are pretty terrifying. (Remember Roy Horn and the tiger?) But I'd much rather perform on the high wire or trapeze. As a kid, I thought I'd like to join the circus when I grew up. I used to climb up and walk around on the top bar of my swing set in the backyard. Drove my mother crazy, but I was really good at it. And lucky — never broke a bone and I'm still alive to tell the tale. 

Happy Saturday, everyone!
Live long and prosper.

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  1. Wasn't Adam West just the BEST?

    I loved your answer about voice mail because I get the same calls! I tend to get some super friendly guy offering to help me with my furnace.

  2. Walking on the top bar of the swing set...what a daredevil you were! The high wire or trapeze would likely be the LAST acts I'd ever give a try. Have a lovely Saturday!

  3. I feel the same about phone calls.
    You are brave to want to do the high wire or trapeze! EEK! Loved your answers! Have a great weekend!

  4. #7--I have only seen the George Clooney Batman because, well, George Clooney.

  5. I get the same calls, too. We live exciting lives! I find the treadmill easier if I am either watching TV (with the words across the bottom so I can read them) or listening to an audiobook. Otherwise it is indeed very boring.

  6. #1 -- thank you. I don't know what I would do without you.
    #9 -- I remember that. Do you remember how we used to turn flips on the side bar of the swing set? And how we used to walk along the wooden fence between my house and Aaron's house?


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