November 19, 2016

Life (and the Saturday 9) is a Cabaret

Saturday 9: Cabaret (1972)




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

1) In this song, Liza Minnelli encourages you to put down "the knitting, the book and the broom." Which of those three were you most recently doing: knitting, reading or housework?  Reading.  I've always been recently reading no matter when you ask.

2) She sings that we shouldn't allow "some prophet of doom to wipe every smile away?" Do you know anyone who reliably looks at the downside of life?  Oh my yes, but I'm not naming any names.  It really is a shame.  I've done some reading about the subject and the thinking is that negative thinking is often a habit. You fall into it and the more you do it, the more you rewire your brain to do it. You can UN-do it by making a point of thinking positively...a retraining of your brain.  By the way, I'm not poo-pooing depression...completely different thing.

3) In 1972, when this recording was popular, so was The Brady Bunch. In the two-part season premiere, The Bradys went to Hawaii. Do you have any warm weather vacation plans this fall/winter?   I wish.  By the way, that was my favorite Brady Bunch episode(s).

4) Though not her uncle, just a friend to both of her parents, Liza always called  Frank Sinatra as "Uncle Frank." Is there an older person in your life who isn't a blood relative, but who refer to as "aunt" or "uncle?"  All of the older people who lived in the houses immediately surrounding my grandparents' (then my parents' and now just my mom's) home.  All the adults were pretty much best friends and just like family.  I grew up calling all of them "aunt" and "uncle" because I knew them too well to use Mr. and Mrs. and back in the day it wasn't polite for children to call adults by their first name.

5) Liza collapsed onstage during a Christmas concert in 2007. She says she'd been nauseous before she went on and simply fainted. Sam has never fainted. Have you?  Nope.

6) People are often surprised when they learn Liza is good friends with Gene Simmons -- the KISS member with the long tongue. Tell us about one of your good friends.  My "bestie" is older than me but a dynamo that often leaves me exhausted in her wake.  I don't think she ever runs out of energy.  She can be the warmest person I know, but she doesn't suffer fools well and loses patience quickly.  She is always up for fun and life in her presence is always an adventure.  She is creative and artistic and completely sold out to God. Something that most don't know and that explains her sometimes short temper and tendency to massacre words is that she was in a horrible accident in which half of her brain basically died.  She had to relearn how to do everything afterward.

7) Liza told US Magazine that she loves to eat at Olive Garden. Do you? Sure. I could live on their "Zuppa Toscana."

8) She keeps apple juice and yogurt in her refrigerator at all times. Would we find either in your refrigerator right now?  No, there is usually yogurt, but I'm out at the moment.

9)  Random question: Which would be a more frustrating dinner companion -- someone who won't shut up, or someone who won't say a word?  Give me the talker.  That could be somewhat annoying, but I am terrible at small talk so a silent dinner companion would leave it up to me and it would be horrible.  I need someone who is comfortable talking to kind of lead the conversation...at least unless it is someone I know well and am comfortable with.





Thanks to Sam for coming up with the questions and hosting the Saturday 9.

17 comments:

  1. #4 -- Did you find that all confusing as to who was related to you and who wasn't? I ask because we had a nun in our family on my mom's side, and we all called her Sister Consuelo. It wasn't until she died that I realized she was my mom's great aunt. So I wonder if all these titles mixed you up at all.

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    1. I don't remember ever being confused by it, but I remember another girl in the neighborhood arguing with me that my grandmother really was her Aunt Mary and me trying to explain that she was not. My kids had a bit of confusion when they were small, but not much and it didn't last long.

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  2. That's quite a story about your "bestie."

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    1. It is. I didn't know her then, but her husband says she was nothing like herself afterward. She even had to learn her sense of humor all over again.

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  3. That is funny that was your favorite episode. I think that I like the earlier episodes better than the later ones.

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    1. I liked them all and as you said, we all wanted to be Marcia. I think it was the episode's very cheesy nature that made me like it.

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  4. It is wonderful to have good friends.

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    1. It is surely better than not having any!

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  5. I don't live near enough an Olive Garden to have it very often, so it's like a treat. Even though it's not quite authentic Italian.

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    1. We don't go often, usually Tim and I will choose seafood or steak over Italian, but virtually every time I do anything with his sisters that's where we go.

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  6. I enjoyed your Saturday 9! Seems like most of us like Olive Garden! Happy Saturday!

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  7. I liked the BB Hawaii episode, too, although I think my favorite was the one where Marcia was hit in the nose with a football. Valuable lesson learned. (And negativity is different from depression; I tend to have issues with the latter which enhances the former. Occasionally I am of good cheer.)

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    1. Those Brady's were always sneaking in a moral lesson, weren't they?

      You are right and negativity is a choice, depression is not. And I remember you being of good cheer. You've been through a lot...better days will return.

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  8. Wow. Your bestie has had to have a lot of guts to drive herself back from oblivion that way, and I don't wonder that she doesn't suffer fools easily.

    I think I'd like the talker, too. And for the same reasons.
    I love that close knit sort of place to grow up in. My mother was always very friendly so we also had an abundance of close Auntie types in our lives, though no uncles.

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    1. I can't even imagine. Her husband says she had no personality at all after the accident. It was pretty hard for him to watch.

      I wish the world was still like it was back then...I always feel like my kids' generation really missed out on a lot.

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  9. Me, too, Stacy. It was a time when you could stay out til dark, playing catch or hide and seek. It was just safer.

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