Saturday, May 24, 2014

Saturday 9

The Star Spangled Banner

1) Are you a veteran? Are there veterans in your family? (We are grateful and want to hear about it.) My dad was a hospital corpsman in Korea. My uncle was a foot soldier in Vietnam.

2) Memorial Day also kicks off the summer season. What's your favorite picnic food? Barbecue. It's the aroma as much as the taste. I love that BBQ smell!

3) Let's celebrate the Memorial Day holiday with ice cream. What's your favorite flavor? Mint chocolate chip.

4) This marks the weekend when Americans step up their outdoor activity and do things they may not have been able to do during the winter months. For example, when is the last time you rode a bike? Years ago, in Key West.

5) Or went hiking? If we define "hiking" as taking a long walk, then last Sunday.

6) Or rode a horse? Decades ago, visiting my cousin when she still lived in Albuquerque.

7) Or toasted a marshmallow? When I chaperoned my niece, then in first grade, on her first-ever Girl Scout sleepover.

8) As you answer these questions, is there an air conditioner or window fan on? The fan is in the open window, but it's not turned on.

 9) Crazy Sam needs your help: What song or a performer would you like to see featured in a Saturday 9 this summer? Diana Ross and the Supremes. 50 years ago they were the second biggest act in the world, topped only by the Beatles, with 5 consecutive #1 hits. It was an astonishing achievement at the time, for women of color to dominate the charts like that when much of America was still segregated. They truly helped change the world, and I think that's a very big deal.



  1. Oh yes, Diana Ross is great! Wonderful choice.

    Long walks count as hikes in my book.

  2. I hadn't thought about my horseback adventure in decades, so thanks for prompting that memory.

  3. I love a good barbequeue, too. I'm never allowed to do the cooking just the handing out bit...! son insists that he'll visit Albuquerque within 5 years. He thinks the name is ditzily cool.

  4. Anonymous12:18 PM

    i like your definition of hiking. i guess i do that more often :) the only thing i don't like about hiking is the coming down part. i'm okay with climbing, but it's the coming down that always frightens me. i always think i'm going to slide right off the mountain.

  5. I think long walks count as hikes as long as there is some terrain involved.

  6. Mint Chocolate Chip is a really good choice. I haven't had that in years.


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