saturday 9

The Straw Hat Song
Unfamiliar with this week's song. Hear it here.

1) In this song, Desi Arnaz encourages us to laugh and sing instead of concentrating on our troubles. Is this an approach to life you could adopt? Or are you a worrier? I tend to worry then to shrug it off, but I need to really worry first

2) Because Desi's public persona was carefree, people are often surprised to learn his early life was hard. In 1933, his wealthy family was targeted by Cuban revolutionaries. Their home was destroyed and were forced to flee the country. In Miami, they lived in a warehouse and 16-year-old Desi helped support the family by cleaning cages for the man who sold canaries outside a drugstore. Think about your friends and acquaintances. Whose life story turned out to be very different than you originally thought? my oldest sister

3) While still in his teens, Desi got his first job as an entertainer. As a boy in Cuba, he expected to be a lawyer, not a musician. He only began playing guitar because he noticed girls like musicians and he liked girls. Tell us about a hobby of yours, and what inspired you to pick it up. after many, many failed attempts--it clicked and I am an avid knitter

4) He discovered he was not only a talented musician but a natural leader. By the tender age of 19, he had organized The Desi Arnaz Orchestra and they were performing in Miami hotels. Have you ever been a boss? If so, did you enjoy it? I am a natural leader and it is a strength of mine but I don't always love being the leader

5) When he was 23, he went to Hollywood to try his hand at movies and met a 28 year old actress named Lucille Ball. In Hollywood back in 1940, it was considered embarrassing for a woman to date a younger man. Their initial attraction was so powerful she quickly got over it. Do you think age matters when it comes to romance? it depends on the age difference and the people

6) Desi was the first person to call that famous redhead "Lucy." Throughout her entire life, friends, family and coworkers always referred to her as "Lucille," as she preferred. But Desi insisted on "Lucy." He said that name was his and his alone. Ironically it became the way the world referred to her. Do you have a pet name for anyone? I do have pet names for my sisters

7) Lucille and Desi named their son and daughter after themselves. Were you named after anyone? I was named a variation of my mother's mother's name

8) Desi was the founding force behind Desilu. One of the first great production studios of the television age, Desilu grossed $15 million in 1957 (more than $135 million in today's dollars). He credited his success to his unconventional and creative approach to problems. Are you a good problem solver? yes, usually I am

9) Random question: Who annoys you more, a know-it-all or an ignoramus? oh brother--that's a toughie. deep down, though, I am more annoyed with a know-it-all


The Gal Herself said...

I believe my sisters have pet names for me, too, but they are probably unprintable. So this is it! I'm doing it! I'm gate crashing your family.

Diana_CT said...

#5 A married couple that I know, one is 65 and her partner is in their early 30's.

勝美 said...

When my grandfather was placed in assisted living, our lunch partner was over one hundred years old and his wife was sixty-seven!

Very interesting man. He was a retired police officer from Manhattan. Walked a beat in Hell's Kitchen.

Stacy said...

I would think it would get tiresome to ALWAYS have to be the leader, but I wish I had a little of that natural ability.

Stacy said...

I also wish knitting would have clicked with me. I failed so many times!