1) This song takes places on "the third of June," which is described as "another sleepy, dusty" day. Describe the weather where you were on Friday, June 3, 2016. It was sunny and about 80º. Unfortunately I was chained to my desk all day.
2) In this song, the family sits down to eat and discuss the doings of their friends and neighbors. Mama, Papa, Brother and Sister were at the table. Who did you have dinner with on Friday? I consumed the salmon fillet and side of creamed spinach all by myself.
3) Young Billie Joe MacAllister playfully put a frog down another kid's back. Do you see many frogs where you live? Nope.
4) This song made Mississippi's Tallahatchie Bridge famous. What's the name of a bridge in your neighborhood? I cross the Lake Street Bridge every day, to and from work.
5) Bobbie Gentry often performed with Glen Campbell. Mr. Campbell's family is very open about Glen's battle with Alzheimer's. Is anyone in your life facing this terrible disease? My friend Mindy's mom may be dealing with it. She's in hospice now, receiving end-of-life care. Her caregivers believe that her "vagueness" may be from Alzheimer's because Mindy's grandmother died from it. However, the lady is dealing with very advanced emphysema and painful arthritis, so her powerful meds could be the cause.
6) "Ode to Billie Joe" was made into a movie directed by Max Baer, Jr. Mr. Baer is better known for playing Jethro Bodine in a famous 1960s era sitcom. Can you name it? The Beverly Hillbillies.
7) Bobbie Gentry made one of her last public appearances in 1981 on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. Johnny is now seen in reruns on the Antenna TV channel. Think of the last TV show you watched. Was it new or was it a rerun? I'm watching a Law & Order rerun right now. I'm amazed to report it's one I haven't seen before.
8) In 1967, when this song was popular, Sweden changed its traffic laws and Swedes began driving on the right. Have you ever driven in a foreign country? If so, did you have a hard time adapting to their laws? Nope.
9) Random question: Which would you rather have more of -- compliments or hugs? It's review time at work, so I'd prefer a compliment from someone in high places. (And a raise.)