Saturday, November 04, 2017

Saturday 9

Saturday 9: Suddenly I See (2005)

1) This song is a tribute to Patti Smith, the rocker who inspired KT Tunstall. What woman who has inspired you? JBKO. She handled everything life threw at her with grace: an alcoholic father, two complicated marriages,  five difficult pregnancies yet leaving the hospital only twice with a baby in her arms, one husband shot while sitting beside her, losing her favorite brother-in-law to murder, her own battle with cancer ... Somehow she made this dramatic and painful life look effortless. As one who can be ruled by emotion, and wears my heart on my sleeve, I admire Jackie so much.

2) In this video, you can see a turntable and an LP. When is the last time you played a record? I don't even remember. My turntable is no longer hooked up to the speakers. I should get rid of the damn thing.

3) Growing up, Ms. Tunstall seldom sang at home because her father is severely hearing impaired and music interfered with his sensitive hearing aid. Do you, or does anyone in your family, wear a hearing aid?  No

4) In high school, she got experience performing on street corners. Have you ever tipped a street musician? No. I'm always compelled to share my change with the homeless, instead.

5) When this song was popular, Microsoft introduced the Xbox 360 to North America. Are you into gaming? Farmville 2. Sometimes I play canasta on Pogo.

6)  In 2005, Prince Charles married his long-time love, Camilla Parker Bowles. At the time of their wedding, 73% of Brits said they disapproved of her. Today, her popularity has increased somewhat and her disapproval has dropped to 55%. Do you know anyone who married someone you didn't like? Did their spouse grow on you with time? A buddy of mine was dating a slightly older woman, divorced, with a son. My friend was crazy about her and wanted us to love her, too. It was hard, though, because every time we all got together, she was virtually silent. We thought she was aloof and elite, determined to incorporate him into her life but uninterested in becoming part of his life. When he said he was going to marry her, I nearly cried. That was in 2008. Here we are, nine years later, and they are still going strong. We have, as I feared, virtually "lost" him. They moved out to a distant suburb and had a baby and he doesn't have time or opportunity to hang out anymore. I miss him, but I'm glad he's happy with her, happier than I ever would have predicted.
7) Harry Potter ad the Goblet of Fire was popular in theaters. Who is your favorite "Harry Potter" character? I don't have a favorite character. I haven't read the books or seen the movies.

8) In 2005, YouTube was introduced by three young men who met while working at PayPal. What's the last thing you paid for using PayPal? Skincare from the Body Shop's website.
9) Random Question: After a long, exhausting day of travel, you check into a motel. The room is not at all to your liking. It's next to the ice machine, so you can hear cubes dropping noisily into metal buckets. Your view is of the parking lot. The bathtowels and thin and tiny. In short, you feel like you're being ripped off. Do you grab your bag, turn on your heel and check out, hoping there are better accommodations nearby? Or do you say, "What the hell, it's only one night," and climb into bed? I'd just say "What the hell." And mentally compose my TripAdvisor review, so that some other unsuspecting traveler doesn't find herself in this same predicament.


  1. Jackie was one of those people that had so much yet, had such a sad life in so many ways.

  2. I'm sorry you lost your friend. People grow apart, come in our lives, leave, sometimes return - or not. Someone told me that when you learned whatever you were supposed to from someone, they left you. I never have understood what I was supposed to learn, except, perhaps, how to accept loss.

  3. You would make such a fascinating guest speaker about the Kennedys. If I taught that era, I would ask if you would do a mystery skype with my class!

  4. I like your hotel answer. I'd probably be composing a review too!

  5. PS - consider this. It is possible that those musicians playing music on the street are also homeless...and they give you something for your money!


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