Saturday 9: Lowdown
Sunday Stealing: Sleepy Rambles

Saturday 9: Standing On The Corner

Hey, guys. I realize I missed you all on Sunday Stealing this week, but I have a good (hospital-related) excuse. It has been a hellish week every single day since then, and I am only barely able to keep my mood stable and remotely upbeat, so I can't predict what kind of mood I'll take when answering these questions that I haven't even read yet. We'll see... let's go!


Saturday 9: Standing on the Corner (1956)

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

1) In this song, four friends congregate on Main Street to look longingly at pretty girls. In your town, where is the best place for people watching?


Well. I know I'm (a) super-biased and (b) new in town, but I love people watching best when my children are there. When it comes to my children, whom I helped create, I'm infatuated and definitely have a staring problem! But it doesn't just come down to that. I love watching the people around my kids, too, because watching strangers do odd things completely fascinates me!

2) This song was written for the Broadway musical, The Most Happy Fella. Who is the happiest person you know?


Probably my newly-minted teenager, Sophia... it's hard to bring her down!

3) The members of The Four Lads met at Toronto's St. Michael's Choir School. Growing up, did you attend parochial or public school?

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I went to public school. This one, in Baldwinsville, New York.

4) The Four Lads always wore jackets and ties when they performed. Do you enjoying dressing up? Or would you rather keep it casual?


I like dressing up. I was almost always dressed up in Miami. Since we've moved here, I've inexplicably put on a bunch of weight, so now I'm all frumpy and slouchy in sweat pants and tees all the time. I hate it. I'm looking forward to taking off the weight in time for summer and getting back to my cute little dresses again!

5) While this song was a hit for The Four Lads, they were completely overshadowed in 1956 by Elvis Presley and "Heartbreak Hotel." Who do you think dominates today's music scene?

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I believe that honor clearly belongs to "Queen Bey," Beyoncé.

6) The Wizard of Oz aired on TV for the first time in 1956. Sam was never crazy about those flying monkeys. Tell us about something that frightened you when you were a kid. 

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I was terrified of roller coasters and never went on them, as opposed to my fearless older sister, Stacey. I've gone on a bunch now - but I still have to be begged and pleaded into going!

7) What scares you now?

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This insane gun-crazy society I find myself living in, in 2018 United States. It's disgusting.

8) Since this week's song is about pretty girls: 1956's Miss America was Sharon Ritchie of Colorado. Today Colorado has the distinction of being the home of more microbreweries than any other state in the union. Which are you most particular about -- your beer, your wine, or your coffee?

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Well, I like some wine, but I really don't know enough about it except that I know what I like. So not that. With coffee, I'm definitely most particular; I have to doctor up my java until it's pretty much no longer recognizable as a coffee product (Splenda instead of sugar, please, for health requirement reasons). Incidentally, Idaho has quite a beer scene going in its own right. We have a store, Brewer's Haven, right down the street that caters to the microbrewing population around Boise. We go there on occasions on Wednesday evenings for their free beer tasting nights. I'm learning a lot about beer as a result, and I'm homing on my preferences, for sure!

9) Random question: We all have small, irritating habits, like soup slurping or not replacing the cap on the toothpaste. What's your nasty little habit?

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Well, I pride myself on personal hygiene, and so I try not to have any nasty little habits. I'm sure I do have a few, though, including that, when nothing resembling a tissue is handy, I'm not above wiping my runny nose on my sleeve! Haha, what a funny question! I can't wait to read the other responses to this.


Thanks, Crazy Sam, for a fun little meme. I enjoyed it. Happy Saturday, all!