Friday, July 07, 2023

Saturday 9

Saturday 9: Mercy (2013)
Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.
1) In this song, Shawn Mendes pleads with the girl he loves to be careful with his heart. Clearly he feels she's more important to him than he is to her. Do you believe that, in every relationship, someone always loves more? Yes. And I mean that about every relationship, not just romance.

2) He says that he'd willingly drive through the night just to be near her. Do you enjoy your time behind the wheel? Or do you consider driving necessary but not necessarily pleasurable? I don't drive.
3) He acknowledges that she has good intentions, but she hurt him anyway. Can you think of a time when you unintentionally hurt someone's feelings? Yes. I was sorry. I think I'll just leave it at that.
4) Shawn Mendes was a serious skateboarder during his high school years. Crazy Sam admits she's never even been on a skateboard. How about you? Are you more like Shawn or Sam, or are you somewhere in between? I have never been on a skateboard, nor do I ever expect to be on one any time in the future. But I'm happy about this question because it gives me the opportunity to share this photo. Here's 60-year-old Katharine Hepburn, learning to skateboard between scenes on Guess Who's Coming to Dinner.


Wasn't she fabulous?

5) While in his teens, he taught himself to play guitar while watching YouTube videos. Do you spend a lot of time on YouTube? If yes, what type of videos do you watch most often? I watch videos that relate to something else I've just watched or read. For example, after finishing Season 5 of The Crown, I rewatched (the real) Princess Diana interviewed by (the real) Martin Bashir.

Real vs. reel

6) When he's traveling or busy working, Shawn eats cold cereal for every meal -- breakfast, lunch and dinner. He says it's fast, tasty, and better than the fast food he'd grab otherwise. Will you be getting any meals "to go" this weekend? Kinda sorta. I picked up pizza on Friday afternoon and shall enjoy the leftovers Saturday.
7) In 2016, the year this song was popular, Game of Thrones was TV's hottest show. Were you a fan? Nope. I'm sure it was well made and entertaining but I just don't like sci-fi/fantasy.
8) Also in 2016, a German shorthaired pointer won Best in Show at the Westminster Dog Show. Tell us about a dog who holds a special place in your heart. Sheba was a collie mix who lived at the resort my family stayed at every year. She was -- unwisely, I felt -- allowed to wander free around the grounds. Sheba was as fond of me as I was of her, and so I kept her with me for the entire time we were there. At least I was sure she was safe when I was there. She'd sit by my towel on the beach, listen to Cub games with me on the porch of our cabin, sleep on my bed. Except for that last one, my mother was very understanding and indulgent. I really hated those vacations except for Sheba. I loved the fwap, fwap, fwap of her tail on the floor whenever I said her name. She belonged to Eddie, the chief cook at the resort, and when Sheba died he was kind enough to reach out to my family to let me know. He didn't want me arriving in July, running around calling her name, and no Sheba.

9) Random question: What's the subject line of the top email in your spam folder? "Accept your invitation to the 60601 Library Board." I don't live in zip code 60601. It was a misguided attempt at separating me from my money.