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.