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Saturday 9: Cat's In The Cradle

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Hey everyone! I'm here, in the middle of the Boise Pride Festival! It's my first Pride, and I'm representing as an Ally for two of my kids, so we're having a lot of fun with it. Stay tuned for posts on that later this weekend, hopefully. Link up here if you want to play along this weekend! And let's begin, with Harry Chapin:


Cat's in the Cradle (1974)
This song was chosen in honor of Father's Day. Hear it here.

1) This song began as a poem, written by Harry's wife Sandy before the couple even met. Have you ever tried your hand at writing poetry? 
Actually, yes. I used to write a lot of poetry, and I have had one poem, for which I won an award, published. That was a long time ago. I woke up in the middle of the night in my dorm room, in college, and I was so inspired. I brainstormed and wrote draft after draft after draft of this poem, and then I created the final version, which won and was dissected in the Forward of the anthology. I'm pretty proud of that.

2) The lyrics include a reference to "The Man in the Moon." The original Mother Goose rhyme ends: "It's time for the children on earth to think about getting to bed." Do you remember what time your childhood bedtime was?
About 8 PM, I think. I remember when my sister and I visited our grandparents, and she and I had bedtimes an hour apart. I'd go at 7:30, and she'd go at 8:30. Then we'd switch the next night. This was designed by my grandmother to avoid the inevitable arguing that happened if we went to bed (we shared) at the same time. It did not work well, haha!

3)  When did you go to bed last night?
Because of Pride - so much to do! and see! and so much swag! - it was after midnight. Maybe 1 AM. That used to be early for me...
4) In 1966, President Lyndon Johnson signed the proclamation that made Father's Day a holiday on the third Sunday in June. Can you name all 45 Presidents? (No, you don't have to list them here.)
No, I could not do that. I can recognize Presidential names if I saw/heard them, but I couldn't just rattle off all 45. And please don't ask me Vice Presidents. Oh, hell naw. If ever I were to appear on Jeopardy!, I'd really have to study for this category!

5) Since Sam's father is particular about his Cole Haan loafers, her Father's Day present to him is always a DSW gift card. Who on your gift list is especially easy to buy for?
Oh, gosh. Maybe my own dad would be, if I ever were to gift him something. I used to... before I truly realized what a complete dick he is. He's happy with anything Elvis Presley-related!
6) Sam's father is a voracious reader. So much so that the local librarian knows him on sight and by name. When did you last visit your neighborhood library?
Last week, to return George Orwell's 1984 and pick up Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye. Sophia, my 13-year-old, read it for school (we homeschool, lest ye forget), and she really enjoyed it. I'm going to read it next; never have.

7) Back when Sam was in high school, her father gave her driving lessons. Do you consider yourself a good driver? 
I used to be better before I married Rob and learned how many rules I break. Haha! BUT, now that I have teenagers who will soon be drivers, I am trying to be more careful. Never mind that I have gotten two $90 tickets for traffic violations - one in May, and one in June. Le sigh.

8) He is a stickler about car maintenance and reminds Sam to check her car's air filter regularly, because a dirty air filter can reduce mileage. Share your own car maintenance tip.
Uhh, I'm not great with cars. So my maintenance tip is: when a light comes on on the dashboard, take it to somebody who knows what they're doing, whether that be the (trustworthy) Hubs, or the (semi-trustworthy) mechanic down the road.
9) Whenever he fills up the car, Sam's father also stocks up on his favorite candy: LifeSavers. So Sam is celebrating Father's Day by giving everyone a roll. Would you prefer Wild Cherry, Butter Rum, Winter Green or Peppermint? 
I would like Wild Cherry or Butter Rum. I haven't had a LifeSavers candy in ages! Thanks!
Well, that was fun. Back to getting ready for this morning's Pride parade! Cheers!