9 October 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: She's Not There (1964)
Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it
1) This song is about a young man who is upset his friends
didn't warn him against a girl who turned out to be untrue. Have you ever
involved yourself in a friend's love life with advice about a relationship?
Oh lord, Yes. It was a long time ago. One of my best friends
was in a bad marriage and met a man who fell in love with her. I helped
them carry on an affair and I supported her when she left her husband and moved
across the country with her lover. Later, it turned out that he was a real
bastard, not only as a partner (they never married) but also as a father.
I spent several weeks with them after their child was born and was so terrified
of him that I blocked the door to my bedroom each night, fearing that he would
break in and attack me. It was years later before I confessed his
attentions to me to my friend and it ended our friendship.
2) According to legend, this song was inspired by a girl who called off her
wedding just weeks before the ceremony, humiliating her fiance and breaking his
heart. Do you know anyone who was similarly left at the altar?
I don't believe so.
3) The Zombies first played together as a bar band, popular at an English pub
called The Blacksmiths Arms. What's the name of your favorite local restaurant
I'm a fan of Chinese food and my favorite local Chinese restaurant is Ding How.
We also loved deVere's Irish pub, which had a place here and one in Sacramento,
but they both closed this week, financial victims of the pandemic.
4) The Zombies broke up after a few years but put all acrimony behind them in
2019 when they reunited to perform at their induction into The Rock and Roll
Hall of Fame in Cleveland. Have you ever been to Ohio?
In 2000 my friend Steve Schalchlin performed in Cincinnati. Walt and I
went for the weekend with a bunch of
Session groupies. Jeri did summer stock at a theater in Ohio and
we went to see her both years. In one of those years, we also stayed with
Georgia Griffith, the
"Helen Keller of the Millennium."
While 1964 is remembered as the first year of the British Invasion, when rock
bands from the UK dominated the airwaves, it was also the year Barbra Streisand
became a major star, featured on the covers of both Time and Life. Are there any
magazines in your home right now? If so, who is on the cover?
I get the Food Network Magazine, with food on the cover. Also the
Pioneer Woman magazine, with Ree Drummond on the cover. And we get The
Week magazine (the cover of this week's issue is at left, with General Mark
Milley on the cover.)
6) Also in 1964, actress Ena Hartman became one of the first African American
actresses to have a speaking part on the country's top TV Western, Bonanza. Is
your TV on right now, as you answer these 9 questions?
The TV is on almost all the time. I just finished watching Victoria
on PBS and will be watching Stephen Colbert soon, so I left the TV on, but with
the sound muted.
7) The "It's a Small World" ride was introduced at the 1964 New York World's
Fair. It's now at Disneyland, Disney World, Disneyland Paris and Disneyland Hong
Kong. Have you ever taken one of these Small World rides?
I've only been to Disneyland, so I have only been on that Small World, but have
ridden it many times, with our kids and with foreign guests.
8) General Douglas MacArthur's memoir was published shortly before his death
in 1964. It became a best seller. Was the last book you finished fiction or
Fiction. It was "Teacher," by my friend Alec Clayton. Now I'm
reading a Harlan Coben crime drama and Anderson Cooper's book about his mother
and the Vanderbilt family
9) Random question: You find yourself calling the local garage often to get
updates on your car repair. Every time you call, the person who answers the
phone is abrupt to the point of rude. Do you: (1) let the person know you'd
appreciate a change in tone; (2) ignore it; (3) complain to the boss?
If it only happens once, I'd ignore it. If it happens more than once, I
would write a letter to the boss.