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18 November 2017
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: Son of a Preacher Man (1968)
1) This song was originally offered to Aretha Franklin, who turned it down. What's the most recent thing that you said "no" to?
We were invited
to join Ned's in-laws for Thanksgiving dinner. Because it would be too
confusing for my mother and because she's 98 so I never know when her
"last" holiday is going to be, I said that I would be cooking dinner for
my mother instead, so we would not be able to come.
2) Two years later, Aretha recorded "Son of a Preacher Man." What's something you changed your mind about?
When I graduated from high
school, my plan was to become a nun. I had my trunk packed and my
plane ticket in hand to fly to St. Louis, where the motherhouse was. The
nuns weren't sure I was ready, so encouraged me to wait six months and
then decide. After six months I decided I didn't really want to do
that after all. I often wonder what I would be doing now if I had
gone ahead with my original plans.
3) This song tells the tale of Billy Ray, a young man who could be very persuasive. If we wanted to change your mind about something, would you be more easily swayed by an emotional argument, or with verifiable facts?
Definitely an emotional argument. My mind's made up---don't
confuse me with facts!
4) If you ordered a "Son of a Preacher Man" in a bar, you'd get a cocktail made with peppermint schnapps, gin and lemonade. When did you last have lemonade? Was it just lemonade, or was it spiked with alcohol?
don't remember. But whenever it was, it was just plain lemonade
I used to be
very good at reading maps. Now I'm hopeless. I use our GPS
to get me somewhere I have never been before.
didn't really have dreams but my father decided my life course (which
included becoming a teacher, which I knew I did not want to be). I
just wanted to be a secretary, which I eventually became--and loved it.
Oh lord, I
was so NOT a rebel!!! I think that's the 11th commandment of
Catholic girls' schools -- thou shall not become a rebel!
I've often wondered if I would be susceptible, but the fear of losing
control would keep me from volunteering, if I ever had the opportunity.
Just once. They are married now and their children are adults. It wasn't so much "matchmaker" as "facilitator," as they had broken up and had not seen each other for a few years. I made it possible for them to see each other again and the rest is history.
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