Saturday, May 23, 2015

Saturday 9

Battle Hymn of the Republic

1) This recording was made live at St. Patrick's Cathedral, during Sen. Robert Kennedy's funeral. (Hear it here.) While both of Bobby's older brothers were decorated war heroes, he served too -- enlisting in the Navy in 1943. Are you a veteran? Are there veterans in your family? (We are grateful and want to hear about it.) My father was a medic in Korea and my favorite uncle was a foot soldier in Vietnam. My nephew is currently in the Navy, assigned to the Nimitz. We're waiting to see if he re-ups later this year.
2) Memorial Day also kicks off the summer season. What's your favorite picnic food? Hotdogs, burgers, chicken, steak ... it's all good as long as it's slathered in barbecue sauce.
3) Name a scent that reminds you of someone special in your life. Black licorice reminds me of my favorite grandpa. He carried licorice flavored throat lozenges with him at all times, and I could smell them when he hugged me. (He was a great hugger.)
4) When was the last time you had your hair cut or trimmed? I had a haircut three or four weeks ago. I'm looking pretty shaggy and am pleased to report I have a salon appointment for next Saturday.
5) Crazy Sam runs on Dunkin'. Are you loyal to a particular brand of coffee? I don't drink coffee.

6) If money was no object, what home improvement would you like to make this summer? I'd love to finish my bathroom! Those icky tiles around the tub just have to go. If only I had the time and money ...

7) What was the last thing you bought purely for your own enjoyment? This book. I met the author while I was on vacation in Los Angeles and she signed it for me. I just started it, but so far it's very cool and evocative.

8) When was the last time you rode a bike? I rode the Lifecycle at the health club twice this week. It was a big deal because I'm trying to get back into working out after twisting my ankle back before Easter.

9) Sam worries that many of her song selections reflect her decidedly Baby Boomer sensibilities. Is there a song or a performer that you'd like to see featured in a Saturday 9 this summer? I've rediscovered Frank Sinatra and would be up for some Ol' Blue Eyes.

Happy Memorial Day!