saturday 9

American Pie

1) In the lyrics, Don McLean refers to having once been a paper boy. When you were a kid, what job or household chores did you do for spending money? as kids, we had a rotating chore chart: vacuuming, dusting, cleaning the bathroom, laundry, etc

2) Them good old boys were drinking whiskey and rye. What's the last drink you ordered? a white zin spritzer

3) He drove to the levee but it was dry. When is the last time it rained where you are? it has rained four of the past five days

4) When McLean was working on the song, he wrote the lyrics out in long hand. It took him 16 pages of lined notebook paper. Today it's a laptop/smartphone/tablet world, and Sam can't remember the last time she hand wrote anything longer than a sign on her front door that read, "Bell broken. Plz knock." What about you? What's the last thing you wrote with pen or pencil? I corrected a student paper using pencil

5) McLean's most recent CD is called "Addicted to Black," in reference to Olivia in The Twelfth Night. Quick! Without looking it up, name another character from Shakespeare. Ophelia

6) Don was born in New Rochelle, New York, which was named one of The Best Walking Cities in America by the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA). What about your neighborhood? Is it easily walkable? yes, it is

7) In 1971, the year this song was popular, Walt Disney World officially opened. Have you ever been to DisneyLand or Disney World? my original plan for my Fifty & Fabulous birthday was to go to Disney World, but alas $$$$

8) Also in 1971, Mattel introduced Malibu Barbie. This doll was a "sun-loving California girl" and had a distinct tan. Have you ever used a tanning bed? yes, before I went to Aruba--since it's equatorial, I didn't want to sizzle my winter skin

9) American Pie is also the name of a 1999 movie. Have you seen it? I have not seen it


  1. I don't think I'll ever go to Disney World because I don't like amusement park rides. So if I went it would be to just walk around.

  2. Is there a Six Flags/Great America nearer by? It's cheaper and the rides are more of the thrill variety, but it would still be a great place for a 50th party.

  3. My 50 and Fabulous (this year, yikes!) is going to be in Vegas. I figured I'd do it up big. :)

  4. Disney is crazy expensive now. Universal too. Crazy.

  5. We're hanging out with the characters in the same play, I see.

    I think we are the last two people on earth who haven't seen that particular movie. Which of us will cave in first?

  6. It's amazing that every set of answers I read said that it rained within the past week...even here in drought=stricken California, where it rained enough to use the windsheild wipers, but not enough to get the sidewalks wet.

    I'm glad I visited Disneyland when it was still (mildly) affordable. I have no desire to go back again.

  7. I was so hoping you would get to go to Disney World for your 50th. I loved this song....and remember it well the year it came out. I had my oldest son that year

  8. I'm sorry you aren't making it to Disney. I would like to go back - so much has changed. There's even a Harry Potter thing at Universal that I'd like to see. I hope you make 50 wonderful, somehow.

  9. Now that I look back on things, I wish my parents would have implemented a chore chart.

  10. My soon to be ex loves her white zin. Perhaps you can drink together? Nah, bad idea...

  11. 50 is wonderful. I hope you find a lively, bodacious place to celebrate! Life begins at 50. I won't tell the joke about this line because it talks about the death of a pet.

    Chore charts were so necessary but my mother was too shell shocked and my dad too stoned to think of ever changing the "Order" of things. My sister was shocked when I left because she had to start washing the dishes!