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Saturday 9: Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go

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Saturday 9: Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go (1984)

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

1) This song was inspired by a note WHAM! partner Andrew Ridgeley left for his parents. He accidentally wrote "go" twice. What was the last handwritten note you left for someone?
I wrote a sort of "IOU," but it was more like a "U-O-Me!" to a friend for some stuffI sold her.
2) Born Georgios Panayiotou, George Michael was the son of the Greek restauranteur in East London. When you think of Greek cuisine, what comes to mind?
I think of this post I wrote in 2008, from when we were on our European cruise (oh, my God, I was SO FAT then - how did I let myself get that big?!!), and were on a port stop in Katakolon, Greece. Hubs and I stopped in a little restaurant in town, and the food was amazing. I wrote, "We ordered  a small sampler platter, and this is what we received . Those are beans in the sauce, along with some olives, some fries, some yogurt dip, some pita, some gyro  meat, some  grape-leaf-covered somethings that I liked and Rob didn't..."

3) He was a terrible driver and admitted his license was suspended a number of times. Have you ever lost your license?
No. However, I have been told that I don't currently have a valid license (?!), because they are still looking at my old Florida DL from before we moved to Guam in 2002. Of course, I currently still hold a Virginia license even after living in Florida for four years, because of exactly this problem. Hopefully, when we get to Idaho, I can get a proper state license representing my current home! (Get with the program, Floriduh!)

4) WHAM! partner Andrew Ridgeley, on the other hand, is a talented driver who got to live his fantasy by racing Formula Three in Monaco. There are companies that sell racetrack driving experiences that allow you to spin around the track at dizzying speeds. Is this something you'd like to try? 
Not really. When we were in Monaco (on that same cruise), we didn't even get near the races. Instead, Rob and I went on a tour of Nice and Eze in France, but we did get our racecar-obsessed son, Jack, a Formula I-Don't-Know (Three, you say?) shirt in Monte Carlo. It still fit, like, five years later...

5) In 1990, Frank Sinatra famously gave George Michael advice. Ol' Blue Eyes told the younger man to enjoy his fame, to remember all those lean nights traveling from gig to gig by bus and, now that he's successful, "loosen up and swing, man." Who last gave you advice? Did you take it?
I can't even remember the last time I received, let alone took, someone's advice. I'm pretty hard-headed, you know. The closest thing I can think of was the other night when Hubs asked me if my lights were on. They weren't; I switched them on. Oops.

6) Mr. Michael's neighbors have reported since his passing that he seemed to live rather quietly, and that they usually saw him when he was out walking his three dogs. Tell us about the last time you spoke to one of your neighbors.
One of our neighbors, Ed, is the weekday morning gate guard for our community. So, I spoke to him yesterday, because he was off today.

7) Fansites tell us that George Michael's favorite cereal was cornflakes. What breakfast cereals are currently in your kitchen?
I need to get more; my kids live on that stuff. But we do have some Rice Chex and Frosted Flakes, I think.

8) In 1984, when "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" was popular, Murder, She Wrote premiered on CBS. Today it's still seen in reruns all over the world. Are you a fan?
Was Dick van Dyke a regular on that show, too? If not, the one episode I ever watched was when it was a new-ish shoe, and he was on it. That's all I can remember. I did enjoy Angela Lansbury as Mrs. Potts in Beauty and the Beast, though.
9) RANDOM QUESTION: What's your secret to a good night's sleep?
If there is a good secret, I don't really have it. I am a notoriously bad sleeper. I tend to stay up until I'm exhausted and then crash for entirely too long. I've been doing that for my whole life.
Thanks for stopping by! Have a great weekend.
P.S. Thanks for letting me relive our European delayed-honeymoon, Sam! ;)