Thanks to The Gal for authoring this meme. Click on the Sat-9 title of song on the next line below to play.
Song #1: “When You’re Smiling.” What made you smile this week? Skip this if you hate older folk complaining about their health. Monday I met with my doctor. This is a bit technical, but here goes: I have been reducing my oxicontin level for about two years. We have gone from 40ml from two years ago to 15ml. Not bad. I tried to go to zero, but I have a major problem with my right arm, won’t say more because I have not a specialist. My arm is in so much pain that I felt like doing nothing at all because of the pain. The doc won’t give pain pills because I got off of them. He told me to use a heating pad and come back in three weeks. Fortunately he has a great nurse practitioner that has helped me in the past. Same practice. I saw her yesterday and has agreed to be my caregiver. My doc is 72 and now part time. He has lost his fastball. What it is exactly, I can only guess. But when the nurse said she’s get me back on pain meds recommended a specialist to see, plus take over treating me for me. I was smiling ear-to-ear. My doctor who I’ve with since 1994 is toast.
Song #2: “Almost Like Being in Love.” We’ve all had many crushes, but love is rare. How many times have you fallen in love? My three wives for sure. And Kathy obviously is #1. Stupid comment on my part. I had a long distance love affair with The Peace Blogger that lasted a long time. We are still friends, and I’m glad about that. My high school girlfriend and the first girlfriend after my each of my two marriages. There was those girls in the dorms. I think that’s it. Eight? I’m 68. That’s not a lot considering the amount of women that I have have dated. Most I could buzz tomorrow, but wife # . Why? I have no idea. Plus I met her in February of 1994. But do I care? Of course not. WE met in 1993, got engaged in 1994 and married in 1995.
Song #3: “This Can’t Be Love.” This Rodgers and Hart song was introduced in the play, The Boys from Syracuse. Syracuse is the county seat of Onondaga County, NY. What county do you hail from? Hartford County. First time, long time. I’m back home. Five-point-five miles from the house that I grew up in, but the brass bands have not played “Onward Sedgwick” by my choir teacher I had for three years, yet I can’t sing a note. I’m not shy. I can’t sing.
Song #4: “Do It Again.” What’s something you’d do again, if only you had the time or money? (A book you’d like to reread, a recipe or pattern you’d like to make again, a vacation destination you’d like to revisit, etc.) My wife lived in England for several years. I spent a week there in 1973. We are planning to go back, hopefully next year. I ain’t getting younger, but other than the arm thing, I’m in great health. I feel great, and losing 40 pounds since retiring in 2017, helps.
Song #5: “You Go to My Head.” Judy forgets the lyrics, but gamely keeps going. Tell us about a recent moment when you chose to keep going, no matter what. Not really a “moment”, but keeping WTIT together through our 50th and now for another two years is kind of amazing. Especially since the number two guy, Johnnie, who passed in 2018, was such a large part of it.
Song #6: “Alone Together.” Is anyone there with you as you answer these questions, or are you alone? I am alone. While I think I’m sexy typing, somehow my wife doesn’t watch me. Or even taking time to read this.
Song #7: “Who Cares?” This song was written by brothers George and Ira Gershwin. They had a lesser known brother, stockbroker Arthur. Are you more creative and artistic, like George and Ira? Or more analytical and methodical, like Arthur? Yes, creatively. My problems with jobs was for un-diagnosed ADD. I wish I had known ten years ago. Now I don’t care, since retiring.
Song #8: “Puttin’ on the Ritz.” Judy sings that The Ritz is the place in New York
“where fashion sits.” If we wanted to see everyone “all gussied up” in your town, where would we go? We have some mighty fine dining here in Greater Hartford and a first class old style three tiered theater called the Bushmill. It’s where I had my pic with Bill Shatner taken.
Song #9: “How Long Has This Been Going On?” Judy sings about discovering how glorious romance can be. Have you made any new discoveries lately? It doesn’t have to be as groundbreaking as Judy’s. A new podcast or a faster route to work counts, too. I recently finish writing a sequel to a play that I’ve loved. It came out great and I’m going to adapt it so that WTIT can record it.
Hope your week’s going great. We will be back. Same time. Same blog. And it’s Peace Globe time. Click on The Peace Blogger link above for details…