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31 August 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 memes, however, and here is today's meme!

Money for Nothing (1985)

Unfamiliar with this week's song. Hear it here.

1) Sweatbands are prominent in this very 1980s video. What's the last thing you wore on your head?

I have a very large head and 99% of the "one size fits all" hats don't fit me, so when I found that this one DID fit me, I had to buy it (I haven't really worn it yet, tho)

2) The lyrics are from the point of view of a man who delivers and installs appliances. What's the biggest purchase you've made lately? Was it big in size or expense?

I succumbed to a Facebook ad and bought an "arctic air," mini air conditioner ,which promised to keep a whole room cool.  It cost $60 and came from China.  It is a bunch of junk and doesn't work at all.

3) The delivery man of the song imagines the worst thing that happens to a musician is a blister on his little finger or thumb. Do you have any minor aches or pains bedeviling you as you answer these questions?

My back and particularly my tail bone hurt constantly and my feet hurt often.  I've just learned how to live with it all.

4) The term "dire straits" describes a troubling situation that's difficult to extricate oneself from. When's the last time you found yourself in dire straits?

I was working for an attorney in town.  He was very strict.  There were only 4 or 5 of us working for him and he was so adamant that we never ever talked with each other that he would treat us to lunch after someone went on vacation so we could "get it out of our systems" and not feel moved to say anything in the office.  He also didn't give monetary bonuses, but asked you to go buy an outfit and then come and model it for him.  I reached my limit when he asked me to go to work, pretend to be working, but keep track of everybody who talked while he was in court.  I refused and quit.

5) There's a dinosaur called masiakasaurus knopfleri. It's a prehistoric, predatory lizard, and the paleontologists who discovered it were big Dire Straits fans, so they named it after lead singer/guitarist Mark Knopfler. Do you find dinosaurs fascinating, terrifying, or both?

Since they are extinct, they don't terrify me.  And I do find them fascinating. 

6) Prior to his music career, Knopfler was a junior reporter, covering the entertainment beat for the Yorkshire Evening Post. Do you believe you would make a better musician or journalist?

Since I am a journalist, I guess that's your answer.  I leave the music to my kids.

7) In 1985, when this song was popular, rib eye steak was $3.89/pound. Today it's more than twice that. Do you have any beef in your freezer right now?

No.  I did have hamburger in the freezer yesterday but I'm making meat loaf today.  In truth, I am eating less and less meat, especially beef.

8) In 1985, Michael Jordan won the NBA Rookie of the Year award after his first season with the Chicago Bulls. It was the beginning of a career that made him a hero and a household name. Who do you think today's young people look up to

Since I don't have any young people around and am unaware of who is popular in which area of entertainment these days, I don't have a clue.  (This is the sort of topic I would do TERRIBLE at if I were on Jeopardy.)

9) Random question: Friends take you to dinner for your birthday. The menu you're handed doesn't have any prices on it. Do you try to estimate the costs and choose what you guess is the least expensive entree? Or do you figure that since your friends want you to have a good time, you should order whatever you want?

A mixture of both, I guess.  My friends obviously knew I would not see prices, but wouldn't choose what I thought was the most expensive, but go make a modest selection, but not hamburger cheap.


The apple pie I made today

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