Friday, September 13, 2019

Saturday 9- The Straw Hat Song

The Straw Hat Song (1955)

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 really do try to focus on staying positive, but I do worry sometimes.  It depends on what it is.

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 college roommate Dawn.  She got pregnant in college and dropped out of school.  I was not sure if she would come back.  She didn't in the time I was there, but she did eventually, got her degree and got a really good job.  She had 4 boys and married the father of her first son.  I found out recently she died and I still do not know how.  She was such a great person.

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.  Believe it or not...reading is my hobby now.  My son loves to read and I was always so jealous of people who read.  It is nice that I had all of you to get book ideas from.  I love getting lost in a book.

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 have!  I enjoyed it, but I did not like being on call all of the time. 

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?  not really as long as you are not dating an underage child.

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?  Not anything I made up.  We had a little boy last year that has autism and could not pronounce our names, so he called me Mrs. Yay and my friend Kris...he called Mrs. Kiss, Miss Yay and Miss Kiss.  We still call each other that.  HA!

7) Lucille and Desi named their son and daughter after themselves. Were you named after anyone?  My middle name Lynn is after my mom's cousin Linda.

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? depends what it is.

9) Random question: Who annoys you more, a know-it-all or an ignoramus?  know it all


  1. Miss Yay and Miss Kiss. Yes!

    There was one summer vacation that my friend Spewgie and I babysat Aaron and Christopher. Or Airy and Issy as they called themselves.

    They wanted to marry us. So sorry. I think a man should graduate from pre-K before settling down.

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  2. How great that we got you into reading!

  3. So sorry about your friend. It sounds like she lived life on her own terms, though. I hope she viewed her life as full and blessed...though over far too soon.

    There's nothing like getting lost in a good book!

    Have a great Saturday, Lori!

  4. Love that you and your son share a love of reading. My aunt and one of her granddaughters used to exchange books. Do you two do that? Or are your tastes too different?

  5. I think worrying does help, it creates "what if" scenarios in our minds and maybe we can then plan for problems ahead of time.

  6. So dad about your friend Dawn. When I hadn't heard from an ex-girlfriend, but still a friend, Cathy in a long time. I entered her name and added "obit" next to her name. I found it. She had died a couple of years earlier at 62. That sent chills up my spine. She was a great mother & grandmother. 62 is WAY too young. She battled a kidney disease for years. She lost the war...

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  8. Sorry Again I had to many letter reversals,, My fingers have dyslexia I do believe.SO sorry to hear about your roommate, but it is wonderful that her life turned around after having to leave school... It sounds like she did have a good life as short lived as it was! Have a great rest of your weekend!!!

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  10. Reading is such a solace. And, it's a great hobby, too!
    And, worry is a mother's duty, almost. It's nearly impossible to not worry, on the whole, but being a mother takes worry to a whole new level.
    Enjoy your reading! This weekend's memes have been fun and it's great to hear of everyone's favorites.


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