Friday, September 20, 2019

Saturday 9

Unfamiliar with this week's song? Hear it here.

1) This song is from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, starring Gene Wilder. The movie was remade as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, with Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka. Which Wonka did you prefer? 
Not even close
By the way, two castmembers from the original Wonka film went on to appear on gameshows. Leonard Stone, who played the father of "blueberry girl" Violet, won a trip to Bermuda on Wheel of Fortune. Just last year, Mike Teevee (Paris Theemen in real life) came in second on Jeopardy! and left with over $6,000.
2) In the movie, this song is sung by Bill, the candy store shopkeeper. Think about the last counter person you dealt with. We know that he or she likely didn't break into song, but did you two engage in conversation? Friday was the first day of a neighborhood food/music fest. As I was placing my order at one of the food booths, the band began their soundcheck. It was earsplitting. (And I'm from the "if it's too loud, you're too old" school.) The young man behind the counter told me that he was sure by end of day Saturday, he'll be used to the volume and won't even notice it anymore.
3) The lyrics tell us that The Candy Man can make the world taste good. What's the last thing you ate? Was it delicious, or just OK? At the aforementioned fest, I got barbecue ribs and a side of mac-and-cheese. It was pretty damn good. It was especially satisfying because it smelled so yummy.
4) The most popular recording of this song was by Sammy Davis,  Jr. Sammy was in a horrific car accident when he was 29 years old. His cheek and nose were broken and he lost an eye. That he survived at all left him reflective and after his hospitalization, he converted to Judaism. Do you still worship in the faith you were raised in? I was raised a Lutheran. I now worship as a Unitarian. My fundamental Christian belief hasn't changed, I just feel more comfortable observing my faith in a different setting.

5) Sammy was proud of the honorary college degrees because he received because never formally attended school. As a child, he performed on the road with his father and uncle. In addition to depriving him of an education, that lifestyle kept him from kids his own age. He would later describe his childhood as, "in a word, 'lonely.'" Give us a one-word description of your childhood. I've struggled with this because it's hard to find a single word that conveys what I mean. I'll go with deceptive. The way our life looked outside our home did not reflect the reality within.
6) Because he spent so much of his youth on the road, living on buses, trains and hotel rooms, he loved eventually having his own kitchen and being able to cook his own meals. This weekend, will you spend much time in the kitchen? As little as possible. (Maybe I'll go back to the food/music fest and visit the booth of my favorite pizza place.)

7) Sammy enjoyed experimenting with clothes and jewelry. What about you? Do you consider yourself conservative in dress or are you fashion forward? I'm casual in my work wardrobe and lazy in my dress away from the office.

8) When he died, Sammy was in debt to the IRS. Do you handle your own taxes, or do you use the services of an accountant? I use an accountant.

9) Random question: If you had to tell nothing but the truth (not even the tiniest white lie) for 24 hours, do you think

you'd get yourself in trouble? Yes.


  1. "deceptive"is a great word. I should have thought of that.

  2. A food and music festival sounds perfect! (Why are these things always scheduled for the weekends I have to work?) I hope you get back to it and have fun!

  3. At my 50th high school reunion the DJ played the music so loud, most of us just wanted to sit and talk to our old classmates but the music made it impossible.
    You made me wonder where were the kids now from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory so I googled it

  4. I am amazed really that so many of us have made it past 50, given the childhoods we had.

  5. How interesting about the Jeopardy wins .. I ownder waht Mike TEevee looks like today. He sure was a cute youngster!

  6. The festival sounds fantastic!!! I hate when music is too loud. I like to listen to my music in the car loud, but the music at our church is too as in I have to cover my ears or leave the sanctuary when they are playing music and come back when that part is over. It is dumb, so we usually just watch online now. Loved your answers! Have a nice weekend!

  7. Food trucks at a festival might actually make me leave my house.

    I can't believe I'm the only regular player that is a flashy dresser! I love color, pattern, texture!

  8. Interesting about the cast of that movie. I don't like loud music and never have even as a kid. Enjoyed reading your answers. I am afraid I used this Sat 9 to rant a bit.