Friday, February 15, 2019

Saturday 9

Saturday 9: Valentine (1993)
Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

This song was specially chosen for the Saturday 9 closest to Valentine's Day.

1) This is a love song written by Willie Nelson for his young son. Have you sent any Valentines this year to someone you love who isn't a romantic partner? Yes. I mailed a card to my friend Henry. It has macaroons on the front, and wishes him a "sweet day." The improvement in his condition over the past two months has been stellar, and worth celebrating at every opportunity.

2) Today that little boy, Lukas, is a singer/songwriter who wrote eight of the songs for the 2018 A Star Is Born soundtrack. Have you seen the Bradley Cooper/Lady Gaga big screen romance? I saw it back in the fall. I thought Bradley Cooper was just great. However, good as she was, Lady Gaga just isn't Judy Garland.

3) On Valentine's Day in 1876, Alexander Graham Bell patented the first telephone. Who did you most recently speak to on the phone? A coworker with a really boring question about a project.

4) Penicillin was also introduced on Valentine's Day (in 1929). When you get a shot, do you look away when the needle touches your skin? For shots, yes. But when I donate blood, I keep an eye on the tube. It never ceases to amaze me that we can give a baggy full of blood and not even miss it.

5) According to legend, a gift of red roses signifies love and romance. When did you last purchase flowers or plants? Did you buy them for yourself, or someone else? I haven't bought flowers in more than six months. I have no room for them in our new office space, and at home, I'm afraid my cats will confuse a floral arrangement with a salad bar.

6) This week's artist, Willie Nelson, can trace his family tree
back to the Revolutionary War. Captain John Nelson served with the Minutemen back in 1776. If you could go back in time to witness any great moment in American history, which would you choose? I'd like to go back to Springfield, IL, in 1861. That's when President-elect Abraham Lincoln left Illinois for Washington DC and he gave this really touching, completely impromptu speech at the train station. He spoke so eloquently, especially impressive for a man with little education, and he was off to do great things. 

I've been here!

7) Before he became a musical success, Willie was a door-to-door salesman, peddling first Bibles, then vacuum cleaners. INC magazine tells us that the traits of successful salespeople include resilience and good listening skills. Do you think you'd make a good sales person? No.

8) In 1993, when this song came out, Saved by the Bell aired its series finale. Crazy Sam likes to tease her brother because he once admitted to her that he has seen all 86 episodes of this teen sitcom. Is there a show that you believe you've seen every episode? Friends.

Photo chosen because it illustrates Questions 8 and 9
9) Random question -- We're having milkshakes! What's your favorite flavor? Strawberry.


  1. Ahem...NOBODY is Judy Garland!! (It's why I will avoid this version. I saw Streisand's and hated it)

  2. Friends... One of my husbands favorite TV series. He has been watching the show ever since we've met till we get married. And hooray for the strawberry! Nice answers.

  3. I loved Friends! Strawberry is my favorite flavor too!! Have a great Saturday!

  4. I could never really get into Friends,, but it sure is popular.. must be a generational thing !YIkes!!

  5. Oh how I love Friends! It is so darn funny. Loved your answers! Have a great weekend!

  6. I still watch Friends whenever I pass by it.

  7. To answer your question:

  8. Don't you write ads? Isn't that sales? Hmmm.
    What's with the strawberry milkshakes? I don't actually drink milk so I haven't had a milkshake since I was about 11, but strawberry was never my favorite.

  9. "...we can give a baggy full of blood and not even miss it."
    My good ol' brother was to embarrassed to tell them that he hadn't eaten all day. When he stood up after giving blood he passed out.

  10. I never saw the Judy Garland version and until someone else mentioned it, I totally forgot that I had seen the version with Babs and Kris. I'm guessing that means it didn't make a very big impression. Someone else mentioned it hits Netflix next week so I'll be checking it out.