Saturday, April 09, 2016

Saturday 9

That's What Friends Are For (1985)
1) This week's song is performed by an all-star quartet: Dionne Warwick, Elton John, Gladys Knight and Stevie Wonder. You have your choice: which of these four would you most like to see in concert? Gladys. I love her voice, I love her music. Elton would be my second choice, because he was ubiquitous when I was growing up and I have so many memories attached to his music.

2) Dionne Warwick was Whitney Houston's cousin. Name a Whitney Houston song. This one is my favorite. It captures that flush of lust so well. (And I always liked the little jacket she wears in the video.)

3) Gladys Knight owns a chain of chicken and waffle restaurants around Atlanta. When you have waffles, what do you top them with? (Powdered sugar? Butter? Syrup? Fruit?) Melted butter and maple syrup would be nice, thank you.

4) Elton John has turned his bad eyesight into a hobby, claiming that over the years he has purchased well over than 200,000 pairs of glasses. Do you wear glasses? If so, how many prescription pairs do you own? I've got two pair of prescription glasses, one in my bathroom and another in my purse. Neither one of them is really strong enough, though. This fall -- when I run out of contacts -- I've got to get my eyes checked again.

5) Stevie Wonder has a scar on his nose from a 1973 car crash. Have you ever been in a car accident? Nothing noteworthy.

6) Burt Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager were married when they wrote this. Do you know a husband and wife who work together? No. My friend John worked for a husband/wife team who ran a small agency -- five employees, including the bosses -- and he reports it was weird on a daily basis. Mrs. Boss was crazy jealous of Mr. Boss.
7) This song celebrates friendship through good times and bad. Tell us about a happy time you recently shared with someone close to you. The aforementioned John took me to the annual Cubs Convention. I had the best time. It was a lovely and generous gesture John made to this ol' Cub fan.

8) Now share a time when you were there for a friend through a tough time. I'm trying to be there for my friend, Barb. (See post below.) Thanks to everyone who posted advice. I appreciate it, because I want to handle this with sensitivity.

9) Random question: When is the last time you were out of breath? Going up the stairs as fast as I could (don't know if that constitutes 'running') to catch the train.


  1. I guess we all face those things differently. When I discovered I had breast cancer, my husband said, whatever it takes, I will still love you. So thankful I didn't have the mastectomy because deep down I believed it would make a big difference in our lives. (That was my thinking, not his). I have a dear friend who went through this, and she was glad to be done with the breasts and have reconstruction. She was just thankful to be done with cancer because her mom died from that.
    Just being a sweet friend there to listen and encourage and be the same friend you always have been will mean a lot to her. Blessings.

  2. I remember going to an aerobics class that used that song (in the 80's of course). Every time that I hear that song the aerobic's routine runs through my mind

  3. I've got to get my eyes checked this summer. I need to get some fun and funky glasses.

  4. I had forgotten every Whitney song except the one I listed. I don't know why, as I enjoyed her music, and I like the one you listed.

  5. Vision is getting worse as I age. Night vision is shot so I don't drive at night any more. I also have to have lights brighter in the house as well.

  6. My friends both worked for the company where I worked and they were both draftpersons, one time when we were talking I suggested that one leave the company and get a job somewhere else just in case the company had a layoff. It turned out to be good advice because when they shutdown the company his wife got laid off and he still had his job at another company.


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