Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Tuesday 4 Meme- First Things First...


First Things First...


First High Heels by Amos Sewell
Hello! It's a new week and another installment of Toni Taddeo's Tuesday 4. I debated over the word episode and ended up with installment but I am still not satisfied. Oh well, here is is whatever it is and I do hope you enjoy joining in.

Let's talk about firsts in your life.

1. Do you remember your first pair of grown up style shoes, maybe high heels? How did that go?  I am not sure if they were my first high heels, but I remember having a red pair in high school.  My mom always got my shoes for me, so I have no memories of going to buy some.

2. When was your first date and do you recall their name and where you went and what you did?  It was not a big deal.  I do remember, we went out to eat and a movie.  My first dates were not that exciting.

3. Do you have any memories of your first job?  Of course.  I worked at McDonalds and it was so busy and fast paced.  We could take 3 orders at a time and I remember the first time I did that, I was so excited.

4. What do you remember about your first home away from Mom and Dad?  It was a dorm room at my college. I was the kid that was excited to get away from home.  It turned out that year that my roommate stayed with her boyfriend most of the time, so I had the place to myself most of the time.

Friday, February 16, 2024

Saturday 9: Paper Doll (1943)


Paper Doll

Saturday 9: Paper Doll (1943)

Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) The song is about a fellow who is exasperated by men flirting with his girl. Do you have a jealous streak? 

I did when I was young, but not really anymore.

2) He's blue after a quarrel with Sue. Did you exchange harsh words with anyone recently?  

Not that I can recall.

3) "Paper Doll" was #1 for 12 weeks in 1943-44, sold 11 million copies and remains one of the best-selling singles of all time. Had you heard it before today?  

Yes, I played my mom's 45's when I was a kid pretending I was a DJ and that was one of the records I played.  Well, now that I think about it more...that may not have been in my line up.  I have definitely heard it though.

4) As kids, the Mills Brothers worked on their harmonies in front of their father's Piqua, OH, barbershop, much to the delight of passers by. Do you often encounter street musicians in your neighborhood?  

Never.  I don't encounter much of anything.  It is quiet at my house most of the time.

5) The Mills Brothers were a long way from that street corner when, in 1936, they became the first African Americans to perform for the British Royal Family. It's about 4,000 miles from Piqua to London. What's the farthest you've ever been from home? 

1200 miles or so.

6) In the early 1930s, the Mills Brothers not only performed songs on radio, they sang jingles for Standard Oil and Crisco. What commercial can you recall having seen (or heard) lately? 

The only one I can think of is the Dunkin' Donuts commercial from the Superbowl-Dunkings.

7) In 1943, when "Paper Doll" was popular, WWII was raging and the US Mint began producing steel pennies because copper was needed for ammunition. Do you have any pennies in your pocket or wallet right now?  

oh yes, I do not spend coins like I should.

8) Also in 1943, a bottle of Coke was a nickel. When did you most recently have a soft drink? What was it?  

I had a Pepsi today.

9) Random question: Have you learned more from your successes, or your failures?  

I would say failures.  They say we always hang onto the negative things that happen to us and that it is our brain's way of keeping us safe.  You might be told 10 great things about yourself and one bad thing.  That bad things is the thing you will remember.  We talk in my classroom how we learn from our mistakes and that is ok to make mistakes and that has been my experience.  We learn and do better.  Give yourself grace!

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Happy Valentine's Day!


Happy Valentine's Day everyone!  Have a great day. ♥

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Tuesday 4- Banana Splits


Banana Splits

Amos Sewell's Banana Split

Welcome to Toni Taddeo's Tuesday 4 where we ask you just four questions weekly.
 The painting is named Banana Splits and is by Amos Sewell.   It tells a story but I think the story is left up to us to figure out.

1. What do you think the man in the painting is thinking?  Wow, that sundae looks good.  Maybe I should get one after I eat my lunch.

2.  In your story what  kind of sandwich and beverage is he having?

Grilled cheese and coffee.

3.  Do you think he is a stranger to the children or does he know them?  Why do you think so?  I want to think he is a stranger, why would he look at them that way?

4. Do you keep ice cream at home?     Banana splits usually have 3 or 4 scoops of ice cream.   What flavor ice cream should be in your banana split?   We have some Neapolitan right now, but I am a vanilla fan.  I would have the normal three, vanilla, chocolate and strawberry with great toppings if I had a banana split.  I don't think I have ever ordered a banana split.  I always get a  turtle sundae.    

Friday, February 2, 2024

Saturday 9: Poor Little Fool


Poor Little Fool

Saturday 9: Poor Little Fool (1958)

Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) Ricky Nelson sings of a girl with "carefree devil eyes." Are your eyes your best feature? If not, what is?  My eyes were a good feature of mine when I was younger.  They have glasses on them now so I can see.  I would say my smile might be a better feature now.

2) "Poor Little Fool" literally arrived at Ricky's doorstep. A pretty girl knocked on his front door, and played and sang her original composition for him. Who has most recently knocked on your front door (or rung the bell)?  Probably a delivery driver.

3) That girl was Sharon Sheeley. A teen model in Los Angeles during the 1950s, she met many of the early rock stars at promotional events. Elvis encouraged her to follow her heart and start writing songs, so she did. Who have you advised recently? Did they take your advice?  I can't remember.  This is what I get for filling this out at bedtime after being in a teacher conference all day.

4) With the success of "Poor Little Fool," Sharon gave up modeling and concentrated on music. Her songs were recorded by singers such as Richie Valens, Glen Campbell and Johnny Rivers. How many different occupations have you tried? Which was your favorite? McDonald's, grocery store, working with the mentally handicapped in supported living and teaching (4).  Teaching is by far my f

5) Ricky Nelson was the son of Ozzie and Harriet and brother of David Nelson. They began performing together as a family with their radio program The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet. They took the show to television in 1952, where they were referred to as "The Most Famous Family in America." What TV family would you like to hang around with?  I haven't ever even thought about it.

6) While Ricky eventually became the audience favorite, he wasn't initially a likely candidate for stardom. A producer described him as "an odd little kid," shy and small for his age. In those early days, big brother David was more outgoing and considered a natural actor. Thinking back to your preteen years, were you more like David or Rick?  Rick.  I was always shy.

7) Ricky never got over his shyness. He often closed his eyes as he sang on camera or before an audience because it helped him battle his nerves and concentrate on the music. Fan magazine oohed and aahed over his beautiful long lashes and young girls fantasized about Ricky closing his eyes before leaning in for a kiss. Who was your big pre-teen crush?  Ricky Shroeder when I was little.

8) In 1958, when "Poor Little Fool" was #1, American women were shopping for Italian-inspired footwear. Heels were lower, and the leather was textured and less shiny that the popular patent leather of years gone by. If you were to go shoe shopping today, what would you be looking for?   I would like to find some boots.

9) Random question -- Which of these parties sounds like the most fun: a) one you host yourself; b) one at a friend's home; c) a surprise party in your honor?  I will say B.