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20 August 2016

NO WAY I'm not doing this one!!!
Welcome to Saturday: 9. What we've committed to our readers is that we will post 9 questions every Saturday. Sometimes the post will have a theme, and at other times the questions will be totally unrelated. Those weeks we do "random questions," so-to-speak. We encourage you to visit other participants posts and leave a comment. Because we don't have any rules, it is your choice. We hate rules. We love memes, however, and here is today's meme!

Saturday 9: The Trolley Song (1944)

... Because Stacey suggested Judy Garland. Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) In this movie clip, just about everyone (except Judy) is wearing a hat. Do you wear hats for fashion, for warmth or for both?

I have a large head and "one size fits most" hats do not fit my head.  They sit on top like a cherry on a sundae.  I hear Oprah has the same problem, so she has her hats specially made.  Not having Oprah's budget, I just don't wear hats.  Period.

2) This song is from Meet Me in St. Louis, which was a huge hit and the second highest grossing movie of 1944. When is the last time you watched a movie in the theater

We went to see Room in January.  It is the only movie we have seen this year.  So far. (But I really want to see Florence Foster Jenkins next week)

3) The movie follows the Smith family as their hometown, St. Louis, prepares to host the 1904 World's Fair. What's the biggest thing happening in your hometown

I can't think of anything specific right now, but the last biggest thing I remember happening was the gathering in central park to unveil the new wall for the bathroom.  We had a band and refreshments and newspaper coverage.  It was a Very Big Deal.

4) This week's featured artist, Judy Garland, is best known as Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz. That movie is shown so often that Sam thinks she may have seen it a dozen times. Is there a movie or holiday special you've seen over and over?
I don't know how many times I have seen Judy Garland in A Star Is Born, but easily more than 100 times since I first saw it in 1953.  It made a Judy Garland fanatic of me.  (I even got to see her perform live three times, and met her once.)
5) Judy admitted to being perpetually tardy. Are you usually prompt? Or are you always running late?
I am almost never late.  In fact it's eerie how often  arrive exactly on time, to the minute, whether I plan it that way or not.

6) Judy's first professional performance was a rendition of "Jingle Bells" when she was just two. How old were you when you entered your chosen profession
Well, since I worked all of my life typing in some capacity or other, I guess that would be when I was a junior in high school.  The last 15 years or so I was a medical transcriptionist and I got started at that in about 1987, when I was 44.

7) Thinking of "Jingle Bells," here's a wintery question for a hot summer day: What's your favorite carol?
I have always loved "Silver Bells," but can anybody resist Judy's version of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" in Meet Me In St. Louis?

(with Margaret O'Brien)
8) Judy was a very demonstrative person. She enjoyed hugs and admitted that, when she nervous, she took emotional support from physically reaching out. Are you demonstrative?
It depends.  I can be.  But I can also be reticent too.

9) She told Barbara Walters that people would be surprised to learn that she was a good cook and specialized in desserts. Do you have a sweet tooth?
Is the Pope Catholic?



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