Saturday, June 13, 2015

Saturday 9: American Pie

Saturday 9: American Pie (1971)

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

1) In the lyrics, Don McLean refers to having once been a paper boy. When you were a kid, what job or household chores did you do for spending money?
I babysat and delivered newspapers - I always had a job of some sort. I always got an allowance but don't remember doing my chores (doing the dishes and cleaning my room) for money.

human transport: newspaper pile on bicycle (via firsttimeuser.tumblr 17401188510)

2) Them good old boys were drinking whiskey and rye. What's the last drink you ordered? 
Diet Coke.

This house runs on love and Diet Coke  So true, I'm addicted, I'm drinking a 44oz of Diet Coke right now! :-)

3) He drove to the levee but it was dry. When is the last time it rained where you are?
All last week!!

4) When McLean was working on the song, he wrote the lyrics out in long hand. It took him 16 pages of lined notebook paper. Today it's a laptop/smartphone/tablet world, and Sam can't remember the last time she hand wrote anything longer than a sign on her front door that read, "Bell broken. Plz knock." What about you? What's the last thing you wrote with pen or pencil?
Just now, in my reservation book.

Hey, I found this really awesome Etsy listing at

5) McLean's most recent CD is called "Addicted to Black," in reference to Olivia in The Twelfth Night. Quick! Without looking it up, name another character from Shakespeare.
Romeo & Juliet

Romeo and Juliet     sigh......  70's movie memory. One of my faves!

6) Don was born in New Rochelle, New York, which was named one of The Best Walking Cities in America by the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA). What about your neighborhood? Is it easily walkable?

7) In 1971, the year this song was popular, Walt Disney World officially opened. Have you ever been to DisneyLand or Disney World?
I've been to Walt Disney World 8 times, my most recent visit in February 2015.
We LOVE Disney!!

#Disney8) Also in 1971, Mattel introduced Malibu Barbie. This doll was a "sun-loving California girl" and had a distinct tan. Have you ever used a tanning bed?
I have in the past, but it's probably been 3 years or more since I was last in one.

... and go for a 5 minute tan. I know tanning beds are bad for you but sometimes I'll go in for a few minutes and just let the heat relax me. My skin and muscles feel less tight and relaxed afterwards.

9) American Pie is also the name of a 1999 movie. Have you seen it?


The Gal Herself said...

Love all your photos. They bring your answers to life.

CountryDew said...

Gosh, 8 times at Disney. You must love it. I think you win the prize for most visits.

I am Harriet said...

I use to babysit for spending money too

Zippi Kit said...

Drat! Now to Google Amazon for pink pencils. See what you've done? ;-) Baby sitting, the Girl Scouts and the Red Cross both now have courses you can take for learning HOW to babysit.

Kwizgiver said...

I loved babysitting when I was younger. I even managed to pay for a year of college with my babysitting money.

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