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25 August 2018

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!


Think (1968)
Unfamiliar with this week's song. Hear it here.
In fond remembrance of The Queen of Soul (1942-2018).

1) As befits one of America's premiere artists, Aretha Franklin sang at three Presidential inaugurations. The first was Jimmy Carter's in 1977, when she sang "God Bless America." What's your favorite patriotic song?

Probably "God Bless America.'

2) The daughter of a Baptist minister, Aretha grew up with church music. She told Rolling Stone one of her favorite songs was the hymn, "Victory Is Mine." What's your favorite religious song?

Haven't sung any in a long time.  I've forgotten.

3) She welled up a bit when President George H. W. Bush presented her with the nation's highest civilian award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005. When is the last time you shed a tear?

I shed tears nearly every day at something on TV, whether a political atrocity, a tear jerking movie or a moving commercial!

4) In 1980, the Queen of Soul sang for the Queen of England in a Command Performance at The Royal Albert Hall. Have you ever been to London?

Several times.  It's one of my favorite cities.

5) Since Aretha had many honorary degrees, it would have been appropriate to refer to her as Dr. Franklin. Who is the last person you referred to by his or her title (Officer, Father, Sgt., Dr., etc.)?

My friend, Rachel, who just got her PhD.  Fun to call her Dr. Blackburn

6) In this week's song, Aretha tells her lover that it doesn't take a high IQ to understand what's going on in their relationship. Do you know your IQ?

I know what it was in high school, but age and approaching dementia have, I'm sure, lowered it quite a bit.

7) A sculpture of Aretha is on display at Madame Tussaud's in New York. Do you think wax museums are cool, or creepy?

Well...really neither.  I've enjoyed going through a museum or two, if only to laugh at how terribly wrong they got the figure represented.

8) Aretha and Motown legend Smokey Robinson were literally lifelong friends, since they were playground buddies in Detroit. Smokey is one of the only people who can claim to have seen The Queen of Soul with a bucket in a sandbox. If we went to the playground today, would you head for the swings, the slide or the jungle gym? Or, like Aretha, would you play in the sand?

If the swings were strong enough to hold my weight, I'd swing.  I used to love swinging. On the playground.

9) Random question: Do you like pumpkin seeds?

Not really.  I've had them, but they are not a favorite.

Aug 25 1968:  When Ned opened his xylophone, he lost all interest in other boxes and left the opening to more capable hands, while he played with his new toy.

Ned is certainly a music lover.  If no record is playing and the TV is off, he runs over, pointing to the record cabinet and when he catches my attention, points to record player and starts bouncing up and down.  He's very good about not hauling records out any more and seems interested in the record cabinet only as a source of music.

51 years old today and he hasn't changed much!!!  Happy birthday to my favorite enforcer.



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