Saturday, August 06, 2016

Saturday 9

1) The song begins with a chess reference. Do you play chess? Not well. Haven't even tried in decades.

2) The lyric also mentions losing altitude. Often airline travelers complain thattheir ears pop as the plane loses altitude. When you fly, does this bother you? Yes. And I never remember to bring gum. (I've heard chewing gum helps.)

3) Four of the original members attended the same school -- Fairfax High in Los Angeles. Fairfax High's mascot was The Lions. Do you remember what your school team (grade school, high school or college) was called? Grade school was the Panthers, high school was the Bull Dogs.

4) The band has appeared on The Simpsons. Which is your favorite character from the long-running Fox cartoon show? I don't think I've seen more than 5 episodes in my whole life. I don't know why. It's not like Seinfeld, which I've seen but never could stand. I've just never gotten around to watching The Simpsons.

5) Bass player Michael Balzary, or Flea, cofounded The Silverlake Conservatory of Music, a non-profit educational organization for under-privileged children. Share a memory from music class in school. In grade school, when we were learning songs from around the world, I was taught a Czech polka and the lyrics have always stayed with me: 

Water from mountain flows, 
melted from winter snows,
turning she gaily goes, circling the maple tree.

Water from mountain flows, 
melted from winter snows,
turning she gaily goes, calling to me. HEY!

6) The Red Hot Chili Peppers have played at massive outdoor festivals all over the world. Do you enjoy listening to concerts outside, under the sun or stars? Or do you prefer air conditioned indoor comfort? Indoors. I'd prefer to sit down and not be bit by mosquitos. Hell, I'm old.

7) Red bell peppers are used in Giada De Laurentiis' popular Italian sausage, pepper and onion recipe. Would you prefer to have your portion served in a bowl or as a sandwich? In a bowl, so I can more easily pick out the pepper and onion. I don't like spicy foods.

8) Red cayenne peppers are very hot. Do you enjoy spicy foods? See above.

9) Random question: Are you a spender or a saver? A spender. And I regret it, now that my earning years are coming to an end. When I was young, I never really believed I'd ever be old. 


  1. Yawning, especially with your mouth closed, is VERY good for ear-popping. I grew up in the mountains, so I learned the tricks early. Even just "chewing" without gum will help. Based on the babies I've seen on planes, screaming might work too. ;-) And if you're at all plugged up, take some Sudafed before flying!

  2. #9, unfortunately is my answer, too! I never thought I'd live long enough to have to worry about it.

  3. Taking a big breath and swallowing can help with the ears.

    I'd prefer to watch concerts sitting down these days, too, but always end up standing because everyone in front of me stands up. Honestly, we pay all that money for decent seats...use them!

    Same here on the spending. We never think old age is coming, do we...and now I'm a little panicked over the whole thing.

  4. I'm a spender too, and its starting to catch up with me. I am getting too old to spend on crap I wont use. Curses Amazon!!!

  5. If you start writing books about your lives, you will have money to spare. You've had interesting lives.

    The polka song was lovely to hear. Oddly, a lot of polkas sound like mariachi music to me and that is pretty peppy too, HEY!!

  6. Gum does help with the ear-popping thing. I find it quite aggravating and painful when mine do that.


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