Saturday 9: Answer the Phone (2001)
Unfamiliar with this week’s tune? See the video and watch it below!
1) This song likens a relationship to a roller coaster ride. When did you most recently visit an amusement park?
Years. So long ago that I don’t even remember what year. But I know where… King’s Dominion in Virginia, some time in the early 2000s.
2) Lead singer Mark McGrath reasons that his girl should answer the phone because he knows she’s home. That was decades ago, when most homes still had landlines. Where were you when you took your last call? Were you at home?
I was home, and it was my eldest son FaceTiming me.
3) He remembers the glow of her face when he gave her a rose. Have you recently given or received a gift of flowers or a plant?
Not in recent memory. My husband gives me gifts, but not of the plant variety because I am a known plant murderer.
4) Sugar Ray’s debut CD was called Lemonade and Brownies. Crazy Sam admits she’d prefer milk with her brownie. What about you? Does the combination of lemonade and brownies sound good to you?
Since I can’t stand lemonade… nope! I’ll take coffee with my brownie!
5) In 2005, Mark McGrath was a guest judge on American Idol. At one time, Idol was the dominant singing competition show. Today, in addition to American Idol, viewers can also watch The Voice and America’s Got Talent. Are you a fan of any or all of these shows?
I haven’t watched American Idol or The Voice in years. I’ve watched AGT intermittently, but not for a few years.
6) Sugar Ray is a famous name in boxing circles. Sugar Ray Robinson and Sugar Ray Leonard were both world championships. Are you a boxing fan?
Sort of, although not the big time. My grandfather was a college boxer, a featherweight. His claim to boxing fame was getting KOd a few times by Kurt Douglas, who went to St. Lawrence University. Years later, I met the actor when I worked at the college, one town over from my hometown. I showed him an old mid-1930’s black-and-white photo of him with my grandfather in the ring. He was so funny and kind! I also love Army boxing. When we were stationed at Fort Huachuca, Arizona, we always went to the All-Army Boxing Championships.
7) In 2001, when this song was popular, the Leaning Tower of Pisa reopened to the public after more than a decade of renovations. Have you ever been to Italy? If yes, where did you go? If not, is a trip to Italy on your wish list?
I’ve never been, and while I wouldn’t say no if someone offered me a free trip, it’s not one of the places on my wish list.
8) Also in 2001, Liverpool’s Speke Airport was renamed John Lennon Airport. Liverpool’s is the first airport in the United Kingdom to be named after an individual. Tell us about something in your hometown that is named after someone.
Hosmer Hall at SUNY Potsdam is named for Helen Hosmer. She was the Dean Emerita of the Crane School of Music at the univeristy until her retirement in 1966 after 44 years. Clarkson University was named after Thomas S. Clarkson, who was an entrepreneur and humanitarian. There are a slew more, mostly named after founding fathers and politicians. Historically, we seem to produce a lot of famous lawyers, politicians, and athletes.
9) Random Question: Is the screen on your cell phone cracked?
Nope, thank goodness!