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Saturday 9: See You Later, Alligator (1956)
Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.
1) Crazy Sam's mother is terrified of alligators. Just looking at a photo of one of those scaly reptiles gives her the creeps. Is there a member of the animal kingdom that scares you?
No. However, I don't like animals to touch me without first gaining my express written position. Unexpected surprised like a bug landing on me are what scare me.
2) Gators are carnivores, but they aren't picky. If meat isn't handy, they'll munch on fruit. Are you particular about your diet? For example, do you try to eat gluten-free, low sodium, etc.?
Yep. I have a high-protein, low-carb, low-fat diet requirement. I can't have more than 40-50 g of sugar per day, and I aim for 90-100 g of protein per day, all told no more than 1100 calories intake daily (although I usually manage about 500-750). I also am pescatarian: I don't eat animals, except certain sea creatures with whom I'm not on a first-name basis. In other words, if I studied them in college or grad school, I simply can't eat them. So feeding me is a challenge, needless to say.
3) In Spain, this song was a hit under the title, "Hasta Luego, Cocodrilo." Say something else in Spanish.
Puedo decir mucho en español. Lo entiendo bien, pero todavía estoy practicandolo, cada día.
4) When this week's artist, Bill Haley, was a little boy, he made a guitar out of cardboard and pretended to play that until his parents got him a real one. Tell us about something you wanted so badly when you were a kid.
I was a kid in the 80s, when Cabbage Patch Kids were all the rage. I got a redhead, but I desperately wanted a black CPK. I begged and begged forever. That Christmas, I got what I wanted so badly; I named her Tiffany Jacqueline. It surprises me now that I was successful in my appeal, given my father's level of racism. I'm kind of proud of him that he was able to get over himself enough to get me one. And I have no idea why I wanted one that badly, but it was probably a bit of foretelling, as I am the opposite of my father in almost all regards including that one.
5) Early in his career, Bill did whatever it took to get the gig. When singing cowboys were popular, the Michigan native pretended to be a cowpoke and renamed himself, "Silver Yodeling Bill." Have you ever fudged on your résumé or fibbed in an interview?
Not that I know of.
6) When his career was going well, Bill was generous and loved to give extravagant parties at his home, which he called Melody Manor. Do you enjoy playing the host?
Nope. I am a lousy host. I'm far too anxious for that.
7) Bill was blind in one eye, the result of a botched operation when he was a child. Since the blind eye wandered and didn't focus, he always wore a curl over the opposite eye, hoping to draw everyone's attention to the other side of his face. What is there about your appearance that leaves you self conscious?
Everything! I am extremely self-conscious; I always have been. But what bothers me the most right now are the blemishes on my face. I'm allergic to the kisses from our chihuahua, Paco, and he loves to sneak in a kiss every time I get near him!
8) On the other hand, what is it about your appearance that pleases you, and that you would never change?
My eyes. I think they're really nice.
9) In 1956, when this song was a hit, Elvis Presley exploded onto the music scene and displaced Bill as rock's top artist. The press and public assumed Bill was jealous of Elvis, but in reality he liked Elvis a great deal. Are you jealous by nature?
No, I'm generally not - though my husband is, quite! :O