9 January 2021
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: All Shook Up (1957)
Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it
Chosen because January 8 is the anniversary of Elvis Presley's
1) In this song, Elvis shares quite a list of maladies: he's
itching, his hands are shaky, his knees are weak, he has chills ... How are you
feeling this morning?
I always have itches somewhere.
2) He also mentions being "tongue tied." The dictionary defines it as,
"unable to speak freely, as from shyness." Do you often find yourself tongue
Often, often, often. It's why pen pals are so great.
3) Even after he was wealthy, Elvis never lived away from his parents. At one
point Graceland Mansion was home to four generations of the family: his
grandmother, his father and stepmother, Elvis, his wife and daughter. Have you
ever lived in a multi-generational household?
Now. My husband and I live with our son and his wife, or I guess it's more
accurate to say that our son and his wife live with us.
4) Thinking of family, Elvis Presley was a distant cousin of President Jimmy
Carter. Both of their family trees can be traced back to the 18th century and
Thomas Preslar (before the surname was changed to Presley in the early 1800s).
Have you traced your ancestry? If not, is it something you'd like to do?
I have not but my cousin did extensive ancestry tracing. We know that our
family came from Scotland to Canada, where their name was changed to "Scott" and
the place they lived was called Scott's corners. If you continue back in
Scotland, we are related to a guy who was a buddy of Robert the Bruce.
5) As an adult, Elvis never wore denim (except for a movie role). That's
because when he was in school, his classmates teased him for "dressing poor" in
jeans and coveralls. Is denim a big part of your wardrobe today?
I haven't worn denim in 20 years or more. I have nothing that fits.
6) Before becoming famous, Elvis drove a truck in and around Memphis. Have
you ever had a job that kept you behind the wheel most of the day?
No, other than driving back and forth to San Francisco when I was volunteering
with The Lamplighters (it's a 1-1/2 hour drive from here, so that would be 3
hours in a day)
7) In 1957, the year this song was a hit, the Allstate Mechanical Freight Set
was popular, too. Kids would wind up the engine and watch it pull two cars and a
caboose around the track. To enhance the realism, sparks would shoot from the
engine's smoke stack as it rumbled by. Did you ever play with a toy train? If
not, tell us about a childhood plaything you remember fondly.
No. I always wanted a train, but those were for boys. My friend
Stephen had a train and I loved playing with it with him. I was always
disappointed that Walt never let our kids see his childhood train.
8) The best-selling book of 1957 was Peyton Place, a scandalous tale of life
in a small New England town. Do you suppose there are enough steamy stories
behind closed doors in your town to fill a novel?
Gee, it would be fun to think so.
9) Random question: Can you do 10 push ups?
I can't even get to the floor because I can't get up again.
Thanks so much for joining us again at Saturday: 9. As always, feel free to come
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Enjoy your weekend!