Saturday 9: friends in low places (1990)
Unfamiliar with this week’s tune? Hear it here.
A side note… I adore this song. I’m not a country fan most of the time, but Garth Brooks is different!
1) In this song, Garth Brooks tells us he wore boots to a black-tie affair. When did you most recently get dressed up? What did you wear?
It was for the last Army ball before my husband retired. Valentine’s Day 2019. It was held at the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Waikiki, in one of the big ballrooms. Here we are!!
2) The lyrics refer to The Oasis, which was a real bar in Concordia, Kansas. What’s the name of the last bar or restaurant where you ordered a beverage? (Yes, Dunkin’ counts.)
The Haleiwa Beach Café a few months ago before tourism reopened and Hawai’i entered crisis mode for COVID.
3) Garth was having a stellar 2021. He kicked the year off by performing “Amazing Grace” at President Biden’s inauguration in January, and then over the summer he received the prestigious Kennedy Center Honor. Now that we’re past the halfway mark, how’s your year going?
See disclaimer above. I’m unapolegetically spicy.
It’s a mixed bag. My own personal stuff is fine. But I worry nonstop about my brother and SIL who are RNs in the front lines of COVID. I worry about my island, with COVID as bad as it’s been. It’s a small string of islands in the middle of the ocean. But the tourists don’t give a damn, and neither does too much of the younger sect of the military (which there is a lot of here.) It’s not their home, so why give a crap, right? Please note the sarcasm. In the meantime, hospitals have run out of space. Maui is in crisis mode with their hospitals, and my island, O’ahu, has the biggest population and the higher numbers. Our morgues are overflowing, refridgerated trucks now being used. A west Oah’u hospital filled so much they had to open an auxilliary tent hospital in the parking lot. And still, even after this long, people care more about themselves then their fellow man and refuse to take even the basest of precautions. Yes. I’m angry.
4) But earlier this month, Garth cancelled the remaining August and September dates of his big concert tour. He’s provided refunds for the 350,000 tickets that were sold. How do you tend to react when plans change? Are you easily annoyed, or do you roll with it?
I roll with it. Shit happens.
5) Before he sang about having friends in low places, Garth hung around in some. When he was as a struggling performer, he supported himself as a bouncer. What’s the most physically taxing job you’ve ever had?
It’s a toss-up between being a soldier and motherhood. Both are pretty physical!!
6) According to the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America), Garth surpassed The Beatles as the top-selling recording artist of the last 30 years. Who do you listen to more often: Garth or the Beatles?
7) Garth and singer Trisha Yearwood have been happily married for 15 years now. Trisha says that as much as she loves her husband, his whistling drives her crazy. Come clean: what’s your most annoying habit?
Probably trying to get stuff done when others don’t want to bother. I’m all about getting the stuff done now so we can all chill later.
8) In 1990, when this song was a hit, Soviet President Gorbachev traveled first to Ottawa to meet Prime Minister Mulroney and then to Washington DC to meet President Bush. Do you have any travel plans? We want to hear about them, even if you aren’t meeting any politicians or heads of state.
Not during a pandemic.
9) Random question: Your dear friend spends weeks planning a party. After just 30 minutes, you find yourself having a terrible time. Would you leave at the earliest (polite) opportunity? Or would you stay till the bitter end out of loyalty?
I would stay to the end.