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16 March 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!

Molly Malone

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

1) Are you of Irish descent?

Yes.  On both sides of the family (plush Scottish on my mother's, and German on my father's).  My father's father was an Irish tenor in the waning days of vaudeville and I love all those popular Irish tunes like "Molly Malone."

2) Legend has it that the heroine of this week's Irish ballad was a real lass. 17th century birth and burial records confirm that a woman with that name lived in Dublin. Can you think of another song about a real historic figure?

American Pie (about the death of Buddy Holly), Simon and Garfunkel's "The Boxer" (about Bob Dylan), Elton John's "Candle in the Wind" (about Princess Diana), "Hey Jude," (about John Lennon's son) and Annie's Song (John Denver's salute to his wife).  And whoever "You're So Vain" is about!

3) Molly sold fish from a cart that she wheeled through the streets. What's the last seafood you ate?

We had salmon for dinner last night.

4) The lyrics tell us that, after her death, her ghost continues to wander the streets of Dublin with her wheel barrow. Do you believe in ghosts?

I do.  Sort of.  I'd like to meet one, but have never had that experience, but I have had the experience of feeling someone's spirit with me.  The first time was after my friend Gilbert died and I was driving alone on a very dark road.  Suddenly I had the feeling that he was with me in the car and then I could "feel" him leaving.  I didn't see any ghost, but I still believe he was really there.  There was also a time when we had our dog Toby put to sleep.  I had my hands on him and I could feel his spirit leaving and then things were different.  It was a weird feeling.  Haven't had it with any other dog, though.

5) This week's featured band, The Dubliners, are obviously from Dublin. They were introduced to American audiences on The Ed Sullivan Show. Today, Stephen Colbert tapes his show in The Ed Sullivan Theater. Who hosted the last talk show you watched?

I watch Colbert every night, at least until the first guest.  Depends on who his guests are whether I watch the whole show.  I don't watch The Daily Show as regularly as I did when Jon Stewart hosted, but I usually check out the opening monologue.

6) Corned beef and cabbage is a traditional St. Patrick's Day dish. Is it a favorite of yours?

I can't say it's a favorite, but I do like it and will be cooking it for dinner in my InstantPot on Sunday.

7) According to Irish legend, leprechauns earned the gold in the pot they guard by repairing shoes. Crazy Sam can't remember the last time she got a pair of shoes repaired. When the heels wear away, she discards the shoes and buys new ones. What about you? Do you get your shoes fixed (either by leprechauns or just by ordinary repairmen)?

I usually only have one pair of shoes and wear them until they wear out.  They are Birkenstocks, so it takes about 10 years before I start thinking about getting a new pair.

8) Do you look good in green, the signature color of St. Patrick's Day?

Green is a very good color for me.

9) Random question: Did you more recently sneeze or cough?

Probably cough.  I cough all the time, intermittently every day.  And I usually have one or two small sneezing attacks during the day, one in the morning when I sneeze about 4 times and another one in the evening.


Irelandís most holy mountain, Croagh Patrick,
It is named after the national saint, Saint Patrick,
who was said to have spent 40 days on the mountain in AD441,
fasting and praying that the Irish would further embrace Christianity.
A large statue of Saint Patrick surveys Clew Bay
Walt and the kids climbed to the top when we were in Ireland; I didn't.


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