Saturday Nine: Magic (1980)

Saturday, March 4, 2017
This week's Saturday Nine:

  1. This 1980 video depicts Olivia Newton-John as a performer in small club. For the past few years, she's been performing regularly at the Flamingo in Las Vegas. Have you ever been to Las Vegas? Yes, twice, but both times were before I turned 21 so there was no gambling or drinking or any sort of debauchery that Vegas is known for. I did have a fantastic time on both occasions, though. I just remember a lot of eating at all-you-can-eat buffets, walking up and down the Strip to visit all the hotels and taking pictures in front of landmarks, playing games at a ton of different hotel arcades and winning lots of random prizes (I still have the giant stuffed gorilla that I won from a ring toss game), and watching a ton of cool shows like Cirque du Soleil and David Copperfield. Honestly, I'd probably do the exact same things if I went now, with perhaps a few games of blackjack in there. I do quite like blackjack.

  2. Many tourists who want to get away from the glitz of Vegas travel less than 20 miles to visit Red Rock Canyon. This national park is known for its hiking trails, which provide a view of the desert flora and red rock peaks. Tell us about a time you were impressed by natural beauty. Pattaya Beach in Thailand, when I was 13. It sticks out in my mind more than all the other beaches I've been to (and I have been to a lot all around Europe and the Caribbean) because the water just seemed impossibly clear and turquoise and the sands almost ivory white, as if someone had taken a picture of a beach and turned up the saturation and contrast levels in Photoshop. Also Mount Fuji, Japan, when I was 15. It's a surreal moment when you see the subject in so much iconic artwork in real life.

  3. One of the best-reviewed restaurants in Las Vegas is Andiamo Italian Steak House. When you order a steak, how do you request it be cooked: rare, medium rare, medium, medium well or well done? Medium rare, always. If it's not bloody in the centre, it's a wasted steak.

  4. Olivia Newton-John's father was an officer in MI5, the UK's secret service. Sam's most recent encounter with the law didn't have much drama or intrigue: she asked a cop for directions to the highway. Tell us about the last time you spoke to an officer of the law. I was getting off the highway and there were police stationed on the ramp for the RIDE program (it's used around Toronto to catch impaired drivers). An officer asked if I had had anything to drink, and I said no, and he let me go. (The RIDE program is a breeze when you don't drink or drug.)

  5. ONJ was awarded the OBE — Order of the British Empire — by Queen Elizabeth in honour of her contributions to the arts. Here's your opportunity to boast. What is something you've done lately that you received praise for? I get praise for my makeup artistry and exceptional knowledge in makeup product all the time, from colleagues and clients alike.

  6. A breast cancer survivor, Olivia helped found a cancer centre in her hometown of Melbourne, Australia. When you think of Australia, what comes to mind? Koalas, kangaroos, Sydney Opera House, the Outback, the Great Barrier Reef, AC/DC, Sia, Silverchair, Natalie Imbruglia, Kylie Minogue, Savage Garden, Crocodile Dundee, The Crocodile Hunter, Baz Luhrmann, Cate Blanchett, Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, Naomi Watts, Heath Ledger, Rebel Wilson, Margot Robbie, Chris Hemsworth, Ruby Rose, Troye Sivan, emus, UGG boots, Vegemite, fairy bread...

  7. "Magic" was one of the top-selling records of 1980. Also that year, Post-It notes debuted. Do you enjoy shopping for office supplies, or do you consider it a chore? I love shopping for office supplies (especially pens), but sadly don't have much need for them anymore.

  8. In 1980, the NASA space probe returned the first photos of Saturn back to earth. Do you believe intelligent life forms from other planets are trying to learn more about us? Yep.

  9. Random question: Are you more confident in your looks or your intelligence? Intelligence.
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