January 11, 2019
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
Sultans of Swing (1978)
Unfamiliar with this week's song. Hear it
1) The song begins by mentioning how it feels
to shiver on a rainy night. As you answer these questions, is it chilly ... or
rainy ... or dark?
It's bright and sunny, but chilly. I'm wearing a sweatshirt.
2) The lyrics describe a bar at closing time, when the owner announces,
"Goodnight, now, it's time to go home." Can you recall a time when you lingered
until you closed the joint?
We might have in the days when Lawsuit (our kids' band) was performing, but not
for many, many years. (Lawsuit ended in 1996)
3) This song was written years before it was recorded, back in the days
before Dire Straits was a success. Composer/lead singer/lead guitarist Mark
Knopfler recalls that, when he was working on "Sultans of Swing," he was worried
about paying his gas bill. Is anything troubling you this Saturday?
Not really. I have to write a review of a play I saw last night, but it's
not worrying me yet.
4) When this song was popular, Sam often played it on the jukebox because,
well, who doesn't like Dire Straits? 40 years later, both that jukebox and the
bar it was in are gone. Have you recently been in a restaurant or bar that has a
The only place I can think of that has a juke box is Mel's.
5) In 1978, the year "Sultans of
Swing" topped the charts, Garfield first appeared in newspapers all around the
United States. Over the years, it was revealed that the cartoon cat loved
lasagna and hated raisins. What's a food you love? What's one that you hate?
I love crab. I hate liver. I love artichokes. I hate beets.
6) One of People magazine's top-selling issues of 1978 featured Carrie Fisher
and Darth Vader on the cover. The article celebrated the theatrical re-release
of Star Wars and announced that the cast was on board for a sequel. How many
Star Wars movies have you seen?
I saw the first one. I slept through the second and I have seen a couple
of the later ones with the grandkids, but can't follow them. Not a Star
Wars fan. Now Star Trek is different!
7) The most popular movie of 1978 was Grease. What's your favorite song from
the Grease soundtrack?
Sigh. Grease. I have such a problem with Grease.
I hate the message that the only way to be popular is to be a slut, but I do
love the music. I don't know that I have a favorite but probably "You're
the one that I want."
8) In 1978, Yves St. Laurent made fashion news by putting his female runway
models in menswear-inspired suits, complete with neckties and pocket squares. Do
you know how to tie a Windsor knot? Can you fold a handkerchief into a pocket
No to both questions.
9) Random question: You're visiting a friend. He graciously offers you the
use of his super-expensive, brand-new luxury sedan for the duration of your
stay. Do you take him up on it? Or do you rent a car instead?
Depends on how good a friend it was. I'd probably drive the luxury