Saturday, February 9, 2019

Saturday 9: Waiting for a Star to Fall

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...

"Waiting for a Star to Fall"
by Boy Meets Girl (1988)

1. "Waiting for a Star to Fall" was literally inspired by a falling star. The singing/songwriting duo of Boy Meets Girl was at a big, outdoor concert and could have sworn they saw a falling star in the night sky. Have you ever seen a falling star?
I probably would call it a "shooting star." Yes, I've seen a lot of them. I'm old.
2. They offered this song to Whitney Houston, who declined to record it. Whitney did have hits with two other songs they wrote: "I Wanna Dance with Somebody" and "How Will I Know?" What's your favorite Whitney song?
I was never a Whitney Houston fan, so I don't think I could really say I have a favorite Whitney song. I used to sort of like the "How Will I Know" video on MTV, so that's the one I always associate with her. 
3. Boy Meets Girl were George and Shannon, a husband-and-wife team originally from Seattle, WA. In 2016, Seattle was named America's most "bike-friendly city." Do you own a bike?
We have a stationary bike that we use for exercise. Other than that, no bikes. I once almost crippled someone by almost running into them with a bicycle. After that, my bike-riding days were over (except for the exercise bike). 
4. George and Shannon met for the first time at a wedding. She was a guest, he was in the band. Think of the last wedding present you bought. Was it from the bride and groom's registry?
Well, it's been quite a while ago, but I think it was from a registry. Don't really remember what the gift was, though. Probably dishes of some sort. 
5. In 1988, when this song was popular, 98% of American homes had a TV set. Today, that figure has dipped to 96%, presumably because Millennials are watching more content online. What's the last video you watched online?
That's an interesting statistic. Well, I don't watch movies or TV shows online, but I do watch short videos on YouTube, Facebook, and other websites. And the last one of those I watched was this "Waiting for a Star to Fall" video because I wasn't familiar with it. 
6. 1988 saw the introduction of one of the most memorable slogans of all time: "Just Do It." Without looking it up, do you know what brand "Just Do It" promotes?
Nike, right? I've always thought it was sort of an odd advertising slogan, but it certainly caught on.
7. In 1988, Sonny Bono went from entertainer to Republican politician when he was elected Mayor of Palm Springs. Have you ever met the mayor of your town?
I don't think so. But I live in a small town and it's possible I've met him at some gathering and just didn't realize it or don't remember it. (I'm old.)
8. Michael Douglas took home the Oscar in 1988 for his portrayal of Gordon Gekko in the movie Wall Street. The American Film Institute named Gekko one of the "top movie villains of all time." Do you think bad guys are as interesting as good guys?
Oh, definitely. Usually the bad guys are much more interesting.
9. Random question: Have you ever seen a photo of yourself naked? (Baby pictures don't count.)
Yes, I have. I was much younger and in much better shape.

Happy Saturday, everyone!

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Friday, February 8, 2019

SkyWatch Friday: Winter Sunset

Last night's sunset was pretty spectacular. It started slow....

But a few minutes later, it sort of exploded in color.

The display almost made up for the fact that those clouds might be bringing us sleet and/or snow tonight or over the weekend.


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