Today in My History

2000:  Netstock Day 3
Upcoming Adventures In Pharmaceuticalland
Run, Tom of Warwick
Those Damn Potatoes
The Evening News
We Could Get a Barn! We Could Put on a Show!
To Reddering by way of Havana
Aunt Sam

2008: Social Networking
Good Friends
Calling Nostradamus
2011:  A Big Bag of Sadness
2012: Mad Dogs and Bostonians
2013: Sour Grapes

2014: Eh...What's That You Say?
2015: Potpourri
2016: Welcome, Little Ones
2017: Sunday Stealing
2018: With a Bang AND a Whimper
2019: Speaking Out
Testicle Sauce
2021: Heading Home

Books Read in 2022
 Updated 7/21
"Stay Close"
Harlan Coben
(book #34 in 2022)

My family

Bev's 65 x 365

Books Read in 2022
Books Read in 2021
Books Read in 2020
Books Read in 2019
Books Read in 2018
Books Read in 2017
Books Read in 2016
Books Read in 2015
Books Read in 2014
Books Read in 2013

Books Read in 2012
Books Read in 2011
Books Read in 2010

Cast (updated 7/21)

Some Background Links:
The Philosophy of Juice & Crackers
The story of Delicate Pooh
The story of the Piņata Group
Pumpkin pies
Who IS this Gilbert person?

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6 August 2022

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!

August will be devoted to story songs. Here's the first:

Big, Bad John (1961)

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

1) This song tells the story of a stern, enigmatic miner. None of the other miners knew much about him. When people first meet you, do you think they see you more as mysterious or straightforward?
I can't imagine anybody finding me in any way mysterious.

2) During a serious accident, many of the miners panicked. But not John. Think of your family, friends and acquaintances. Who would be the most dependable in a crisis?
Ned.  Hands down.  He is very straight forward, has lots of skills, and is very good at organizing things and getting things done.

3) His heroism allowed 20 miners to escape, but cost John his life. According to the lyrics, there's a marble slab on site of the mine that honors him. Is there a memorial to a local hero in your town?
We have lots of memorials to people in this town, including benches in the park and other places (one is for an Irish woman who comes to visit every year).  My favorites, though are the markers on two trees outside the local in memory of David and one in memory of Paul.  There is also memorial to David on the local Art Center.

4) This song was written and performed by Jimmy Dean. He began composing it on a flight from New York to Nashville. How do you amuse yourself while traveling?
If there is no good movie to watch, I read.

5) Jimmy Dean hosted a long-running variety show on CBS, which is best-remembered today for introducing Jim Henson's puppets -- especially Rowlf, a dog who sang and told jokes. While Rowlf didn't make it to Sesame Street, he was a recurring character on the Muppet Show. Are you a Muppet fan?
We are all huge Muppet fans.  I have a Kermit who has had a black arm band on his arm since Jim Henson died.  Walt was a Muppet fan when Jim Henson first started in the DC area and I don't think they were actually called "muppets" then.  Ned has an "Animal" tattoo, since he is a drummer.

6) Jimmy found success in business with The Jimmy Dean Sausage Company. He sold the company to Sara Lee in 1984 for $80 million. Today Jimmy Dean breakfast products are still popular in grocery stores all over the country. What's your favorite breakfast?
I have to laugh at the Jimmy Dean products advertised on TV because it always includes a message, supposedly from Jimmy himself, though he died in 2010 and would be almost 100 if he were still alive!  As for my favorite breakfast, it depends.  I love eggs Benedict (especially crab eggs Benedict), pancakes or waffles, and eggs with sausage and hash browns.  What I usually have for breakfast is some fruit and an English muffin.

7) In 1961, when this song was popular, Vogue asked if fashion sense is inborn or if could a woman could learn to be chic. What do you think? Do you think style is either something you have, or you don't?
Well, I don't really know.  All I know is that I definitely don't have it.

8) Also in 1961, Ernest Hemingway took his own life. Did you read Hemingway in English class? Can you recall any other novels you read for school?
I don't remember reading a Hemingway.  I can't really remember a lot of what we read other than Les Miserables, in French.  I checked out a list of things that high school students read and I've read just about all of them, but other than Macbeth, I don't remember reading them for class.

9) Random question: Think about the last "white lie" you told. Was it to make your own day easier or spare someone's feelings?
Oh definitely to make my day easier.  (And no, I won't say what it was or when it was!)


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