Welcome back! I took most of the month of May off from blogging in order to deal with some pretty catastrophic health crises going on with Rob and me, but things seem to be under control now, so I'm back! I'm glad to be here amongst you all, my friends from Sat9. So let's go!
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Saturday 9: It's Impossible (1970)
Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.
1) In this song, Mr. Como maintains it's impossible to ask a baby not to cry. When did you most recently hold a baby? Did you ask him or her not to cry?
I would still call a toddler a baby, wouldn't you? I love babies. So when our little tiny neighbor, Ta'Leha, toddled over to me yesterday, I asked her if I could pick her up. She held up her arms and nodded. Oh, my goodness, it felt good to have a tiny one in my arms again. She was cheerful, though, so no crying.
2) Perry Como was known for his casual, easy going style. Therefore people were surprised to learn that he could lose his temper. His long-time musical director reported that bad drivers really got under Perry's skin. What is one of your pet peeves?
I'm with Perry. I can be driving along, in a fine mood, when someone in front of me stops and takes a half an hour to turn right. Oh, my God, people, you do not need to stop! Just GO, already! Sheesh. I get worked up just thinking about it.
3) Though Perry Como was born in Pennsylvania, he didn't speak English until he began grade school. His parents were Italian immigrants and the family only spoke Italian at home. Do you know any words/phrases in Italian?
I know a few, like Mangia! for eat and stuff, but my Italian is not that great, especially like now when I have a roiling headache. I can read it a lot better than I can speak or understand it spoken, like French, because of my background in Spanish.
4) He met Roselle, the girl he would marry, when they were both still in high school. Tell us about a high school classmate you were crazy about back in the day.
There was this boy on 4th and 5th grades who I had a crush on: Dennis. I think he liked me, too, but I never confirmed it. He was so cute, with blond hair and blue eyes. I think that might be my type? I'm a sucker for that. He's married to a friend of mine, a girl we both went to high school with, now.
5) When he was just 14, his father's ill health made it essential that Perry begin working after school to help support his family. He apprenticed to a barber but was so short, he had to stand on a box when he cut hair. Again, going back to school, were you taller than your classmates? Shorter? Or were you the average height for a kid your age?
Oh, short, very short. I'm 5'1.5". Most everyone is taller than me, but it's still surprising to people, somehow, that with a 5'3" dad and me as their mom, we didn't raise any Amazon children. The fact that our youngest, Sophia, is 5'4" is what boggles me. The other two have Noonan Syndrome (from their dad, we believe), which can affect short stature; Sophie didn't get the gene mutation(s).
6) While taping his annual holiday special in 1971, he fell from a platform and broke his knee. He had to wear a cast and endure 8 months of rehab. Have you ever broken a bone?
I've broken the same pinky toe on my right foot at least half a dozen times. My hands and feet, and my toes, and my toe nails are very tiny, so that pinky toe really sticks out. Damn thing.
7) During the decades when he was a recording and television star, Perry Como was also an avid golfer. He was so popular that many of the best pro golfers of the day -- Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, etc. -- were happy to play with him. It's estimated that it takes about 4 hours to play 18 holes of golf. What celebrity would you most like to hang around with for four hours?
Of the opposite sex? Matt Damon. It's those blue eyes, y'know. Of the same sex? Hm. Ellen DeGeneres, I suppose. I love to laugh, and she makes me guffaw regularly.
8) After he retired, Perry's passion switched from golf to fishing in the waters near Palm Beach, Florida. His catch of the day often ended up as his family's dinner. What's for dinner at your house tonight?
You know, it's 5:07 PM, and I haven't even thought about that yet! I guess it'll be spaghetti, then.
9) Random question -- They say "birds of a feather, flock together." But that's not always true. Can you think of an area where you are out of step with most of your friends/family?
You know, I really am having a hard time thinking of something! I am definitely not a cookie-cutter type, so maybe it's just everything? I feel abnormal in every way, compared to everyone I see who seems to have their shit together more. It bothers me, but I guess not as much as it used to.
I've got to go pick up two of my kids from the pool, so it's time to run. Thank you for stopping by, and I'll see you back for Sunday Stealing!