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Saturday 9: I Wish It Would Rain

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Saturday 9: I Wish It Would Rain (1968)
... because Janelle recommended the Temptations

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

1) This week's song focuses on rain. Ombrophobia -- the fear of rain -- is fairly common in children. How do you feel about rainy days? 
They don't bother me. We actually get more rain here in Boise, Idaho, than we did back in Homestead, Florida. It doesn't seem that way, because the number of rainy days here is more spread out than the dumping deluge we got in Miami, but it's true. Anyway, I rather like them, especially a good thunderstorm.

2) Lead singer David Ruffin always wore corrective lenses. Are you wearing glasses or contact lenses as you answer these questions?
I'm wearing contact lenses. I often keep them in overnight as I sleep, because either I forget to take them out, or I'm feeling too lazy, or I just hate wearing glasses. However, I'm having a tonsillectomy in a couple weeks and will definitely have to wear my glasses then!

3) Those thick-rimmed glasses were David's trademark. When he custom-ordered a luxury car, he had the image of those glasses painted on the door. Tell us something that makes your vehicle distinctive.
That's weird. We still have a Florida plate (no front one is required there) on our car, at least 'til the end of the month, which stands out here in Idaho. And we have a lot of stickers on the back of our car, and my college and high school graduation tassels hang from the rearview mirror, so it's pretty easy to spot in a crowded parking lot.

4) David also had a penchant for mink. Rumor has it that he wore a mink-lined hat and even had that car upholstered in mink. If you could really splurge on anything right now, what would it be? Car? Travel? Clothes? Jewelry? (NO responsible answers allowed.)
I would spend it on travel all over our new home state. We want to camp, and hike, and explore, and we haven't had the money to do that yet. We will get there... eventually!

5) He sings that he badly wants to go outside. What are your plans for today? Will you be outdoors very much? 
I ran a few errands with my daughters today. They had to help me walk; I leaned on them a considerable amount. So much so that I've decided it's time to get a fold-up wheelchair to keep in the trunk of the car. I had a good cry about it.

6) The Temptations originally called themselves The Elgins because in 1960, Elgin watches were the high-end timepiece of choice. Today, in the age of cellphones and FitBits, wristwatches aren't that popular anymore. Do you often wear a watch?
Never. I have some, but I never wear a watch. That's what my phone is for! 
7) This sad song was inspired by a real-life event. Motown songwriter Rodger Penzabene discovered his wife was cheating on him. Much to his own surprise, he didn't want to divorce or even separate from her; he just wanted her to love him and only him again. Tell us about a time when you didn't react as you thought you would. (Your story doesn't have to be as dramatic as Rodger's.)
Having Bipolar I Disorder, I rarely react as I expect I would. I'm on good meds that more or less keep me "stable," but stability is a myth with me. Hm. It's hard to think of any one "fun" example.  I recently stayed in a super-fancy, 5-star hotel with one of my best friends since 6th grade. My daughter and I were with her in Salt Lake City, Utah. She said one thing that pissed me off, and we packed up and left on the spot. I wish we hadn't; I wish that hadn't happened. I feel very remorseful about it.

8) In 1968, when this song was popular, a Pittsburgh McDonald's sold the first Big Mac (two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickle and onion on a sesame seed bun). Describe your perfect hamburger.
I'm pretty good with a vegan bean burger, thanks. A bun, yes, but no condiments necessary. I also like to make pea falafel; they're so good. Might make me some for a late dinner tonight, as a matter of fact!

9) Random question: When you catch a cold, do you soldier through it? Or are you a big baby?
I don't really worry too much about a common cold. I never have given it much thought, with everything else going on. Only when it turns out to be something bigger do I start to bitch and moan about it.
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