Saturday Nine: Don't Sleep in the Subway (1967)

Saturday, April 22, 2017
This week's Saturday Nine:

  1. Subways can be bright and noisy. Do you need it dark and quiet before you can fall asleep? It's ideal, but not necessary. When I took the subway to school everyday, I could fall asleep standing up just holding on to a pole. Even now, I can fall asleep on the couch with all the lights on and the TV blaring.

  2. In this song, Petula encourages her lover to talk it out instead of walking out. Do you usually remain reasonable during a disagreement? I do now. I've been in management for a while, so I've learned to remain rational and calm all the time. But I definitely had a temper when I was younger; I was really stubborn and lashed out and held grudges.

  3. Petula was a child star in England during WWII. Her BBC broadcasts were very popular with the British troops, who nicknamed her The Singing Sweetheart. Soldiers pasted her photo onto their tanks for luck as they went into battle. Do you have any little rituals or good luck charms that calm/comfort you when you're afraid? I don't really have rituals or good luck charms. When I'm afraid of something, I do whatever I need to do to take my mind off of it. This usually means reading a book or watching a TV show/YouTube video/movie or talking to a friend on the phone.

  4. Now 84, she recently told London's Daily Mail that she's surprised and thrilled to have found love again with a new man. Do you believe you'll ever be too old for romance? Nope.

  5. Her family is far flung. She lives in London, her middle daughter is in Paris, her son is in Los Angeles, and her oldest daughter lives in New York with Petula's two grandchildren. Who is your nearest friend or relative? Which one is farthest away? My nearest friend is literally a five-minute drive away, and my nearest relative is about ten minutes away. I don't have long-distance friends, but the furthest relatives from me, including my dad, and several aunts, uncles, and cousins, all live in Hong Kong.

  6. In 1967, when this song was popular, Rolling Stone published its first issue. John Lennon was on the cover. Publisher Jann Wenner reports that, either individually or as a group, the members of The Beatles have appeared on the most Rolling Stone covers. What's the first Beatle song that comes to mind? "While My Guitar Gently Weeps."

  7. In 1967, Star Trek was in its second season on NBC. Who is your favourite Star Trek character? I honestly don't have one because I never cared enough to get to know any of the characters.

  8. Random question: When you slip into jeans or slacks, which foot do you put in first? My right foot.

  9. As you considered #8, did you mime pulling on your pants? Not physically, but I definitely had to envision it.
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