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.