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27 April 2019

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 are today's questions.

Saturday 9: Every Time You Go Away (1985)

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

1) This song is about separation. Who is the last person you said goodbye (or maybe just "so long") to?

My son Ned, who was here working on stuff and went home before lunch.

2) This week's featured artist, Paul Young, was a gifted athlete during his school days and briefly played professional football (aka soccer). Sam enjoys playing tennis, though her serve doesn't give Serena Williams anything to worry about. What's something you enjoy doing, even if you don't excel?

I enjoy writing and think that I am good at the kind of writing I do, but am aware of my limitations.  I'm no Erma Bombeck, though I always aspired to be.

3) Mr. Young and his wife Stacy were married for 31 years, until her death in 2018. What do you think is the key to a happy marriage?

Well, we are about to celebrate 54 years, so we must have the key, but I couldn't name it.  We enjoy the same things and we have the same sense of humor.  We always joked that we stayed together for the sake of the children, since if one of us left, we'd insist the other one take them.  Now that they are all adults, that is no longer and issue.

4) Paul Young's performance of this hit song was one of the highlights of the July 1985 Live Aid Concert. This international benefit raised more than $100 million to alleviate hunger in Ethiopia. Tell us about a charity you support.

I sponsor 14 children through Compassion, International, whose mission statement is to release children from poverty in Jesus' name.  I am not particularly religious, but I feel the need to do something to help at least a few children in need of assistance around the world. I can't do big things, but I can do big things for a child or two (or 14).  At the time I discovered Compassion, this was the only organization that not only allowed but encouraged communication between child and sponsor.  So I started with a young girl in India and now I have kids in 13 different countries, including some that I don't sponsor, but write to because their sponsors don't want to write.  I've seen several go through the program to graduation and miss them, but there are always new kids who need help.  With the current border mess, I find I am drawn to kids in the central American countries who are fleeing violence in their home countries and merely want to find safety somewhere.

5) This song was written by Daryl Hall, of Hall and Oates. What's your favorite Hall and Oates song?

I had to look up Hall and Oates songs and the only one I have ever heard of was "You've Lost that Loving Feeling" so I guess that must be it.

6) In 1985, when this song was popular, the New Coke was unsuccessfully introduced. What's the last beverage you drank?

Water.  Other than coffee, that's about the only beverage I ever drink.

7) In 1985, the New York Stock Exchange had to close because of Hurricane Gloria. Has a hurricane shared your name? (Find a list of recent/upcoming storm names here.)

Apparently there has never been a Hurricane Beverly.

8) 1985 was the year that the Titanic wreckage was discovered. There have been at least 11 movies and TV shows about the fatal voyage. Have you seen any of them?

Interesting question since I just saw a musical about the disaster movies of the 70s!  I checked disaster movies of the 80s and the only one I saw was Airplane, which is more a comedy than a disaster movie.  Oh, but this asks if I've seen any movies about the Titanic.  At least two, maybe three, if you count The Unsinkable Molly Brown.

9) Random question: Would you rather own and run a coffee shop or a shoe store? Why?

I hate shoes, and I hate touching people's feet, so I would rather than do just about ANYTHING than run a shoe store.  I would love to run a coffee shop, though I'd probably end up weighing 400 lbs if I did.


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