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25 July, 2015
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!
Saturday 9: All the Way (1957)
... because The Gal Herself
is into Sinatra (and how could I NOT do it, given how much Paul loved Old
Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it
1) In this song, Frank sings, "who knows where the road will lead us?"
Which leads Sam to ask, does your vehicle have GPS?
The car doesn't have GPS, but we have a separate Garmin unit.
It came with an annoying female voice, but when we found out you could
change voices, we chose an English gentlemen we have come to call "Nigel."
I love listening to Nigel pronouncing Spanish names ... like ca-LA-verous
2) Sinatra introduced "All the Way" in the movie, The Joker Is Wild.
During that film he also sang "Chicago (That Toddlin' Town)." A few years
later, in the movie Robin and The Seven Hoods, he declared Chicago as his
"kind of town." Besides Chicago, can you think of another city Frank
immortalized in song?
New York, April in Paris,
3) When Frank was 19, he saw a pretty girl sitting on her front porch,
giving herself a manicure. He went and got his ukelele and serenaded her.
That girl became his first wife, Nancy. Tell us how one of your romances
My very first boyfriend was the nephew of the woman who lived next door
to us. I think she arranged for us to go to a movie, then he was in an
accident and was hospitalized. I visited him every day and when he got
out of the hospital, we dated for 3 years, until he went into the seminary.
4) Both Frank and Nancy grew up in New Jersey. When you think of NJ, what
else comes to mind?
Well, right now Chris Christie, of course. But also my good friend
Ron. And the boardwalk in Atlantic City where I spent one of the most
miserable afternoons in my life, walking around the Trump casino with my
friend and her one week old baby (the only chairs were in bars) while the
baby's father gambled (I hated that guy)
5) Sinatra made Las Vegas as famous for entertainment as for gambling. He
was so identified with the Strip, that when he played Caesar's Palace the
marquee simply said, "He's Here." Have you ever been to Vegas?
Twice. I hate Vegas. Too busy, too loud and I don't gamble. Last
time I was there was 1996, for our friend Merrell's 60th birthday party.
We went to the Liberace museum. You should always go to the
Liberace museum with gay guys.
6) Thin for most of his life, Frank was blessed with a metabolism that
allowed him to whatever he wanted without gaining weight. He especially
enjoyed clams posillipo. What's your favorite Italian dish?
Italian is not my favorite ethnic food, but I do enjoy lasagna and pasta
7) Perhaps because of his hardscrabble childhood, Sinatra was a soft
touch for charities devoted to kids. One of his favorites was Variety, which
sends disadvantaged children on day trips to museums, zoos and sporting
events. Here's your chance to tell us about a cause that's near and dear to
Anybody who is a regular reader of this journal knows that I sponsor 10
children through Compassion
International and write to 20 more that others sponsor. What
people may not know is that I also support the
David Sheldrick Wildlife
Trust in Kenya, which rescues orphaned elephants.
8) Sinatra was a neat freak who couldn't stand dust or clutter and
showered at least twice a day. He got this from his mother Dolly, who was
compulsive about housecleaning and hygiene. Can you think of a time when you
caught yourself doing something and thought, "I'm just like Mom/Dad!"
I cringe when I find myself realizing that I'm doing something my father
used to do, but if I'm honest, I am probably more like him than like my
mother (who was more like Sinatra's mother!)
9) In 1998, Sinatra was buried with the things he always had in tow: a
bottle of Jack Daniels, a pack of Camels, a Zippo lighter and 10 dimes. Why
the dimes? According to his daughter, "He never wanted to be caught not able
to make a call." Of course, 17 years later cell phones have replaced pay
phones. Anyway, tell us what you always carry.
My camera. And that's about it for unusual things. Of course
I have my keys, usually my cell phone and my wallet, but I certainly don't
want to be buried with them.