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14 September 2019
The Straw Hat Song (1955)
1) In this song, Desi Arnaz encourages us to laugh and sing instead of concentrating on our troubles. Is this an approach to life you could adopt? Or are you a worrier?
Ned tells me I have a negative personality
and am a drama queen, so I guess I'm a worrier.
I knew that my boss at UC Berkeley had fled
Austria as Hitler was coming to power but until I found an extensive
interview with him on a Holocaust site on YouTube, I didn't know the whole
story behind his escape. Much more complicated than I realized.
I decided, on a whim, to take a cake decorating class because I always loved making fancy cakes for our kids. I ended up becoming "semi-professional," i.e., I made cakes for lots of people in town since the only bakery in town at that time was Safeway, and I even worked in a new bakery a friend opened until she could find a "real" cake decorator. I was very proud of the cakes I made!
4) He discovered he was not only a talented musician but a natural leader. By the tender age of 19, he had organized The Desi Arnaz Orchestra and they were performing in Miami hotels. Have you ever been a boss? If so, did you enjoy it?
I was the office manager for the medical
office where I started as a transcriptionist. I am of two minds about
it. I liked having the "power" to make decisions, didn't like having
the responsibility. Ultimately I lost the job because they said they
needed someone with a degree, which I did not have (the office had been
taken over by a big medical group). They needed someone immediately.
It took a year and four different temporary managers before they found
Generally speaking no, unless you're talking about ridiculous age differences.
6) Desi was the first person to call that famous redhead "Lucy." Throughout her entire life, friends, family and coworkers always referred to her as "Lucille," as she preferred. But Desi insisted on "Lucy." He said that name was his and his alone. Ironically it became the way the world referred to her. Do you have a pet name for anyone?
I always called my friend Gilbert "Gilbert,"
though everyone else called him Gil. I have a hard time calling other
people "Gilbert" and prefer to call them "Gil." For me there was only
My aunt Barbara. They were going to
call me Barbara but decided it would be too confusing to have 2 Barbaras in
the family, so named me Beverly, which was her middle name.
Interestingly, when Paul's best friend Kag and his wife had a baby boy, Kag
wanted to name him after Paul--but Kag's real name is Paul, so they gave him
the middle name of "Travis," which was the role Robert DeNiro played in
Taxi Driver, Paul's favorite movie.
Not nearly all that good now. (I don't
know if I ever was)
A know it all ignoramus, like the man in the
White House. I think a "know it all" is more annoying because a true
"ignoramus" can't help what s/he doesn't know...unless he tries to become a
"know it all" about it" (again, the man in the White House.)
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