Friday, November 29, 2019

Saturday 9

Saturday 9: Baby's in Black (1964)

Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.  From our archives.

1) Black is this week's signature color because Friday was "Black Friday," the day when retailers cut their prices and consumers flock to the stores. Did you score any "Black Friday" bargains? Yes. I hadn't expected to go shopping on Friday because I'm just so over the crowds. But a local grocery store has a tree with paper ornaments made by kids from lower income households. On the back of each ornament, the child shares what they'd like from Santa. I drew Emily, a 4-year-old who wears a size 6 and wants "Anna and Elsa." 

I bet she'll like this better than the sweater
Old Navy was busy but not crazy, so I slipped in and got her a fuzzy green sweater (50% off!) and some slipper socks (on sale for $1!). Then I stopped by the local independent bookseller. Instead of cutting prices, they're donating 10% of sales to a homeless shelter. There I found a Big Golden Book based on Frozen 2. So Emily is set!

2) Feasting and football are also popular Thanksgiving weekend pastimes. Do your Thursday-Sunday plans include pigging out or watching a game? While I tend to pig out on weekends anyway, I have no specific dining plans, and I seldom watch football.

3) At Thanksgiving dinners, Crazy Sam's homemade gravy is always a hit. (Probably because she's so generous with the cognac, which gives the gravy a nutty taste.) What was particularly delicious at your Thanksgiving table? I had "The Works," with pumpkin pie for dessert. It was all excellent, but I was especially happy with the turkey and gravy.

4) Among the biggest the Black Friday advertisers are Target, Kohl's, Macy's and Best Buy. If you could have a $100 gift card to any one of those stores, which would you choose? Target, because I can pick up groceries. This whole needing to eat thing is such a drain on my budget!

5) This week's song, "Baby's in Black," is about a girl who wears black because she's in mourning. Do you find that the color you're wearing reflects your mood? Yes. It makes me happy to wear Cub-related gear. (Right now, I'm wearing a XXL Anthony Rizzo 44 t-shirt as pajamas.)

6) The woman who inspired this song, Astrid Kirchherr, has been friends with Paul McCartney since he and his bandmates (John Lennon, George Harrison, Stu Sutcliffe and Pete Best) met her in Hamburg back in 1960. Tell us what you believe are the components of a strong, lasting friendship. Availability. I work at this. I want my friends to know that I'm free to talk, email or get together when they need me. Or just want me. These days, our lives are so busy, and time is at a premium. Friends are worth the time.

7) In the early days of the Beatles, Paul McCartney and John Lennon began writing a play but abandoned it. Do you have a novel, painting, play, song or poem that you're going to finish "someday?" Every year I do Nanowrimo. It's my opportunity to write fiction for myself, not for publication. As a copywriter, I'm used to being given a topic and a deadline. Compliance departments make sure every word I write is within guidelines. Nanowrimo is a good exercise, and fun for me.

8) When he was 16, George Harrison dreamed of moving to Canada, Australia or Malta. In just a few years, he would visit all those places with Beatles and eventually decided there was no place like home and stayed in England (though he did also maintain a home in Hawaii). Have you ever thought about moving to another country? If so, where? No.

9)  Random question: Finish this sentence -- If you want me to give you "yes" for an answer, the best time to approach me is _____________________. After a Cubs win.


  1. I hear you about groceries. Too expensive anymore. I see those brandied cranberries on the menu.. now that sounds pretty awesome, Same with the Bourbon pecan pie!! Oh my goodness.

  2. Good for you! We did an "Angel Tree" at work. I shopped for a 12 year old girl the day I got the tag. I think they have to be turned in by tomorrow, but mine's been in for weeks.

    I also like to support "Shop with a Cop." Do you have that one in Chicago? People donate money and at Christmas time area police officers (local and state) take needy kids Christmas shopping one on one. The kids get what they need and they get to see that the police can be nice guys.

    Sigh...busy friends. I'm like you in trying to always be available unless I absolutely can't, but I find that to be very rarely the case in return. :(

  3. Wowza,that menu is amazing--I'll bet the cranberries (a favorite of mine) were outstanding!

  4. I love your answer for #1, that is a lucky girl <3
    Speaking of cranberries, on the way up to the cottage on the Cape I pass cranberry bogs and they were harvesting the cranberries. And they do flood the fields to harvest them.

  5. I am delighted you're doing the angel thing for this child. I have done them in the past (not this year, too much going on) and always found it incredibly gratifying. And thank you for your kind note on my blog earlier in the week. I appreciated it more than you will ever know.

  6. Lol.. "This whole needing to eat thing.... I so get that!
    Friends are, indeed, worth the time. You are a very good friend to yours. And Boy o' Boy do we want the Cubs to win lots, and just for you to be jazzed!

  7. Oh this baseball talk is making me want to hear some baseball news for the Cardinals, but I doubt they do anything that big of a deal. *eye roll* I do enjoy watching the Cubs make moves though. Loved your answers! Have a nice weekend.