4 June 2016
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!
Ode to Billie Joe (1967)
If you're not familiar with today's song, you can hear it
1) This song takes places on "the third of June," which is described as
"another sleepy, dusty" day. Describe the weather where you were on Friday,
June 3, 2016.
Hot...hot...hot. 102 here in Davis today...with plans to continue in
triple digits through the middle of next week.
2) In this song, the family sits down to eat and discuss the doings of
their friends and neighbors. Mama, Papa, Brother and Sister were at the
table. Who did you have dinner with on Friday?
The same person I have dinner with every night: Walt. We
will have a Blue Apron meal:
lemon-butter salmon with creamy barley and zucchini salad.
3) Young Billie Joe MacAllister playfully put a frog down another kid's
back. Do you see many frogs where you live?
I have never seen frogs or toads in this town, despite having a special town
for them. And I've lived here 43 years.
4) This song made Mississippi's Tallahatchie Bridge famous. What's the
name of a bridge in your neighborhood?
This is the Stevens bridge, which is covered with graffiti,
perhaps the thing it is most famous for.
5) Bobbie Gentry often performed with Glen Campbell. Mr. Campbell's
family is very open about Glen's battle with Alzheimer's. Is anyone in your
life facing this terrible disease?
Regular readers of this journal know that my 97 year old mother has had
dementia for many years, worsening lately. Does not seem to be
Alzheimers type, but still it has taken the mother I have known all my life
from me and left a shell of a woman who has little interest in anything but
sitting in a chair and watching the leaves on the trees outside her window
and who has zero short term memory.
6) "Ode to Billie Joe" was made into a movie directed by Max Baer, Jr.
Mr. Baer is better known for playing Jethro Bodine in a famous 1960s era
sitcom. Can you name it?
Of course. The Beverly Hillbillies (I always remember shows
named after me!)
7) Bobbie Gentry made one of her last public appearances in 1981 on The
Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. Johnny is now seen in reruns on the Antenna
TV channel. Think of the last TV show you watched. Was it new or was it a
I'm binge watching House of Cards.
8) In 1967, when this song was popular, Sweden changed its traffic laws
and Swedes began driving on the right. Have you ever driven in a foreign
country? If so, did you have a hard time adapting to their laws?
No, I have not driven in a foreign country. I leave that to Walt.
My depth perception is so bad, I hate to think about driving on the "wrong"
side of the road. I did go biking in Australia and it was very
difficult trying to remember to stay on the left.
9) Random question: Which would you rather have more of -- compliments or
Depends on the day! But probably compliments.