Saturday, December 11, 2021

Saturday 9

Saturday 9: Drivers License (2021)

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

1) This song is about a girl who just got her drivers license. Who taught you to drive? My dad at home, Coach Brown at school, and I am no credit to either of them. I was a terrible driver.

2) Do you like your drivers license/state ID photo? It's OK. I've endured worse.

3) Think back to the first ticket you received. How old were you, and what was it for? Since I've never been a driver, I've never gotten a ticket.

4) In this week's song, Olivia Rodrigo is brokenhearted, driving through her boyfriend's neighborhood, certain that he has taken up with the sophisticated blonde girl. When it comes to romance, do you have a jealous streak? Oh, yes! It's wide and unattractive.

5) Olivia grew up in Temucula, California. Temecula is home to 40 wineries and dozens of tasting rooms. Have you ever attended a wine tasting? I've been to two. The first was a formal fundraiser for The Field Museum. It was so funny to see all these people (me included) among the dinosaurs, dressed to the nines, spitting into buckets. The second was a far more casual affair at a spa right outside Atlanta. I enjoyed the sweet port wines. Alas, now that even a sip of the grape gives me migraines, my tasting days are over.

The main hall, prepped for an event.

6) Her first on-screen appearance was in a commercial for Old Navy stores. Old Navy is owned by the same company as Banana Republic, Gap and Athletica. Have you done any of your holiday shopping at one of those stores? (Yes, their websites count.) Kinda sorta. I got Henry a Banana Republic gift card for his birthday (12/22). Last time I was in Key West (2019) we had a nice time shopping their pre-Christmas sale. If I know Henry, he hasn't bought anything for his husband Reg yet. Even if he's on it, I know he likes their chinos for himself. I predict one of our first Christmas Eve stops will be to the Banana Republic on Duval.

7) She went on to star in projects for Disney studios. That's also how pop stars Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Miley Cyrus, and Christina Aguilera got started. Arguably the first teen star created by Disney studios was Annette Funicello. Do you remember her? "Ask the birds and ask the bees and ask the stars above who's their favorite sweet brunette. You know each one confesses: Annette, Annette, Annette." When I was a little girl, my mom's dad lived alone in a pair of rooms he rented in this lady's house. He had his own bedroom and bathroom at the top of the stairs, but no kitchen! I found his living arrangement fascinating. Anyway, he kept a record player and some children's records for me to play when I'd come visit. "Annette" was a thick yellow plastic disc with a Disney logo, a paean to the most popular Mouseketeer. I played it all the time, but since Mickey Mouse Club wasn't on anymore, I didn't really know who Annette Funicello was until I was older and saw her Beach Party movies on TV.

Singer Jimmie Dodd and his Mouskamuse

8) "Drivers License" was one of this year's most popular songs. One of this year's most popular books is John Grisham's The Judge's List. Do you expect to do much reading between now and the end of the year? If so, what's on your TBR (to be read) list? I've been doing something new for me: reading Christmas chick-lit. I'm hoping it will help me get into the swing of things. Next up is The Matzah Ball (Kwizgiver turned me on to it). Then I'm going back to my "regularly scheduled" reading. There's a biography of Lady Bird Johnson I'm eagerly looking forward to. She was the First Lady I remember most clearly from my girlhood, but I know so little about her. Let's fix that! (I love reading about First Ladies.)

9) Random Question: What is the longest line you ever stood in, and was it worth it? I don't know that it's longest line I've ever stood in, but in December 2019 I waited forever in the State of Illinois building to get my new, TSA compliant Real ID. The memory is vivid because it was the last time I was in a crowd, surrounded by strangers (remember, everything shut down in March 2020) until my nephew and I went to Wrigley Field last summer. December 2019 to August 2021. Nearly 20 months. Wow. Covid.

The tree I stared at for hours in line