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16 Sept 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 to answer the questions, however, and here is today's questions!

Saturday 9: Don't Talk to Strangers (1982)

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

1) When did you recently have a conversation with a complete stranger? What did you two discuss?

A guy recently won an award for designing a set.  I called to interview him about the award and his set design.  Kind of fascinating, actually.  He designed the set so it could be easily used for two different productions, by changing wall color, rearranging furniture, and changing stuff in the room.

2) In the video for this song, a woman is having a "hot" conversation on a corded, rotary dial phone in her bedroom. Do you have a landline? If so, do you have an extension in your bedroom?

Yes, we have a landline and yes, there is an extension in two of the bedrooms.

3) This week's artist, Rick Springfield, says he wrote this song when he was worried that his girlfriend (now his wife) would cheat on him when he was touring. Would you describe yourself as suspicious or trusting?

I've always been trusting.

4) He became a daytime heartthrob as Dr. Noah Drake on General Hospital. Do you think it would be cool to have a really attractive doctor? Or would it make you uncomfortable?

Well, since my doctors for the last 20+ years have all been women, does it matter?  My current doctor is an attractive woman from Bangladesh and she doesn't make me uncomfortable at all.

5) He's discussed how sad he was when, as a boy, he had to leave his dog Elvis behind when the family left Australia. While you were growing up, did your family often move?

My parents moved into a flat in San Francisco in 1942, when my mother was pregnant with me.  They moved out into their first home sometime after 1970, after Jeri was born.  So no, "moving" was definitely not a part of my growing-up experience!

6) In 1982, when this song was popular, Italy won the World Cup. Do you ever watch soccer?

Rarely.  I don't really know the finer points of the game, but if I find teams like Brasil or Australia playing, I might watch a bit of a game. Or if two teams I don't know at all are very close in scoring, I might watch, not cheering for either, but wondering how it's all going to end.

7) "Smiley," the first emoticon, was introduced in 1982. Do you use emoticons in your communication? Or do you avoid them?

I use them sometimes.

8) The Vietnam Memorial was dedicated in Washington, DC, in 1982. Do you know any veterans of that conflict? If so, tell us about him or her.

When we were at UC Berkeley, there was a kid who was a member of the Newman Club who was one of the first to be killed.  I didn't know him and don't remember his name.  Walt remembers his name, I know.

9) Random Question:  Your friends are throwing a birthday "roast" in your honor. Which one quality of yours are you sure will be singled out for laughs?

My photo taking and journal writing, I'll bet.  I have been the chronicl-er of our lives forever.



Oakland, 1970

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