Saturday Nine: Brokenhearted (2012)

Saturday, January 28, 2017
This week's Saturday Nine:

  1. This song is about a girl who is eager and anxious for her new lover to call. Do you owe anyone a call? An email? A text? Not that I know of.

  2. The lyrics are peppered with the informal English exclamation, "cheerio!" What pops into your head when you close your eyes and think of England? Queen Elizabeth II, Harry Potter, tea, Big Ben, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Queen, Elton John, Radiohead, Bush, Coldplay, Spice Girls, Amy Winehouse, Adele, Ellie Goulding, Ed Sheeran, One Direction, '70s punk music (e.g. The Sex Pistols, The Clash, Joy Division, etc.), '80s new wave/synthpop music (e.g. The Cure, The Smiths, Morrissey, Depeche Mode, etc.), '90s trip hop music (e.g. Portishead, Sneaker Pimps, Massive Attack, etc.), Britpop/rock (e.g. Oasis, Blur, The Verve, Placebo, etc.), the Union Jack, William Shakespeare, double-decker buses, Topshop, Selfridges, Harrods, Mr. BeanJames Bond films, Michael Caine, Alan Rickman, Kate Winslet, Judi Dench, Lush Cosmetics, Burberry, Marks & Spencer, "bloke," "chap," "bollocks," "loo," English football, David Beckham, bangers and mash, fish and chips, English breakfasts, Yorkshire pudding...

    So apparently, a lot of things pop into my head when I think of England.

  3. This week's artist, Karmin, is a husband/wife duo who met at college, and that meeting changed the course of their lives and careers. Think of someone who has had a huge impact on your life. Did you know, as soon as you met, that this was going to be a life-changing relationship? My first boyfriend. When I initially met him, he was working at the coffee shop that my cousin worked at, and even though I wasn't immediately attracted to him, I thought he was incredibly charming and interesting, and I wanted to get to know him. We became friends first (he had a girlfriend at the time) and then started dating six months later. I haven't talked to him since I broke up with him (almost nine years ago) but I think I grew up the most in the three years that we were together (maybe because I moved in with him). I learned a lot about myself, relationships, love, trust, independence, communication, and human nature.

  4. Though she sings about consuming tequila, the female side of Karmin, Amy, is a big proponent of healthy eating. She recommends organic foods that are free of pesticides, hormones, food colouring, and added sugar. Think about your most recent meal. Was it a good example of "healthy eating?" Not particularly; I had butternut squash ravioli in butter cream sauce and prosciutto and arugula pizza from Scaddabush. And also a massive slice of chocolate cake with vanilla buttercream and caramel because it was my friend Sam's birthday. I don't really give that much thought into healthy eating, to be honest.

  5. Husband Nick has his own Twitter account (@NickKarmin), but he doesn't use it often. His last tweet was back in August. What's the last thing you posted to social media? (No, your blog doesn't count.) Photos of the aforementioned food (see: #4) on Instagram.

  6. Karmin performed "Brokenhearted" live on Dancing with the Stars. DWTS is very big business for ABC-TV. So many people vote for their favourite couples each week that their phone and text systems often overload. Have you ever voted for a contestant on American Idol, DWTS, The Voice, etc.? No. While I'll watch select performances from these types of shows on YouTube, I never watch them when they're airing live. And honestly, even if I did, I just don't get invested enough to vote.

  7. In 2012, the year"Brokenhearted" was popular, the average cost for a gallon of gas was $3.91. In 2016, it had dropped to $2.40. When it's time to fill up your tank, do you shop around for the lowest price/gal.? Are you brand loyal and always return to the same station, regardless of price? Or do you just buy gas from the nearest station when you're running low? It depends on how low my gas tank is and where I am, but I generally go to the same station by my house. It's usually the same price at all gas stations in and around Toronto, and I'm not willing to waste gas just to drive around looking for cheaper gas.

  8. In 2012, the Space Shuttle Endeavor was retired and placed on permanent display at the California Science Center, a Los Angeles museum dedicated to encouraging excitement and enthusiasm about air and space travel. Let's say you had a long weekend to spend in Los Angeles. Would you go out of your way to see The Endeavor? What else would you like to do during your time in the City of Angels? Nah, I don't care enough to see it, especially when there are so many other things to do in LA. If I had a long weekend there, I'd take a stroll down the Venice Beach Boardwalk to see the performers and browse through random vendor stalls, look at all the art the Getty Center and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, walk around the Griffith Observatory, find some awesome restaurants to eat, and peruse the shops on Rodeo Drive just to see if I could afford anything there. If I had a week, though, I'd also squeeze in Universal Studios and Disneyland because I haven't been since I was a child.

  9. While we're thinking about aviation... Statistics show that it's still a predominantly male field, and less than 10% of commercial pilots are women. Would you be nervous flying with a woman pilot? Why the hell is that relevant? So long as you're a fully certified and licensed pilot, I don't give a shit what gender you are.
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