Saturday, January 14, 2023

Saturday 9 ~ Hurting Each Other ~ 1/14/2023


Hurting Each Other (1972)

1) This week's song was written by Gary Geld and Peter Udell, who also wrote 1962's "Sealed with a Kiss." What was in the last envelope you sealed?

I am participating in a quilt block swap so the last envelope I sealed had fabric in it.

2) In "Hurting Each Other," Karen Carpenter sings she wishes she and her lover could stop making each other cry. Have you most recently shed a tear in the last week, the last month, or longer ago than that?

I try not to dwell on tears shed, so I don't know exactly how long it has been.  Probably within the last 6 months.

3) One of the Carpenters' first records was a cover of the Beatles' "Ticket to Ride." Both Karen and Richard were huge fans and nervous about how the Beatles would react to their version. They were thrilled to learn that Paul McCartney responded by saying Karen had "one of the best female voices in the world." Tell us some news you received recently that brightened your day.

When I got the call that I was chosen to be hired for my Human Resources job!  I didn't think I would have a chance but I am loving it :)

4) Karen died in 1983, but her musical partner and big brother Richard is still with us. He has said he grew up a big fan Top 40 radio, listening every morning as he got ready for school and every afternoon while doing homework. When you were a kid, did you like to study with music or the TV on? Or would you prefer quiet?

I always have music going in the background even now.  When I was a kid it was the same.

5) Karen and Richard spent their teen years in Downey, California. It has the distinction of being home to the nation's oldest, still-operating McDonald's. It's been on the same site on Lakewood Blvd. since 1953. Tell us about a business in your neighborhood that seems to have always been right there, in that spot.

My hometown is very small but the bank and the pharmacy (although they have gone through different owners) have always been right where they currently are.

6) The siblings may have had a squeaky clean public image, but Richard did have a brush with the law while in Downey. The Carpenter family lived for a time in an apartment complex, and one of their neighbors -- a policeman -- objected to Richard "banging on the piano" at all hours. When did you most recently interact with an officer of the law?

I work at our county courthouse so I interact with officers all the time.

7) In 1972, when this song was popularMark Spitz was America's premier Olympian, winning seven Gold Medals. A poster of Spitz wearing his red, white and blue swim trunks and all seven medals was a top seller. Can you recall a poster that decorated your bedroom wall when you were a kid?

When I was a kid I got a poster from the school book fair.  It had 3 kittens in a basket :)  I was never into putting posters of people on my walls.

8) Also in 1972, Liza Minnelli was encouraging us to "come to the cabaret." Without looking it up, do you know who Liza's famous parents were?

I know Judy Garland was her mother (right?) but I have no idea who her father was.  It was HARD to not look it up!  :)

9) Random question: Are you a better student or teacher?

I think I am a better student than a teacher.  I don't like being in front of people very much.  I do OK teaching kids though.

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  1. I knew Judy Garland was Liza's mother, but didn't know who her father was. Unlike you, though, I couldn't resist and looked it up!

  2. So you swap quilt blocks. Do you all make the same item?

    Enjoy your weekend!

  3. I still have a whole quilt's worth of blocks from a quilting group I belonged to in the 80's. We called ourselves, The Blockheads. It was fun. I should fluff those puppies out into a big king sized quilt! And it better be soon!

  4. I was at our country courthouse on Thursday. Lots of officers there. Music is very important. Sound is the last sense we lose before death. So many memories are tied to music.

  5. #8: I appreciate that you didn't cheat. :)

  6. #3 Congratulations on your new job!
    #8 It was hard not to look it up.


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