July 7, 2017

Speaking of the Pompitous of Love

Sweet! Sam is featuring one of my song suggestions in the Saturday 9 this week. Thanks, Sam! This is my favorite song by the Steve Miller Band. You made my day.

Saturday 9: The Joker (1973)
because Stacy recommended it. 
Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) In this song, Steve Miller claims he's a picker, grinner, sinner, lover, smoker and joker. Do any of those six words describe you?

Hmm...well, I'm definitely a grinner. I like to be happy and usually always try to find the bright side of things.  We're all sinners, so that's me, too.  A lover? That's one part of marriage, so that one, too.  And joker?  Yeah, in my group of friends and at work I'm the one who's always cracking wise and trying to joke everyone into a good mood.  The only ones that don't fit are picker (I'm assuming he's talking about playing the guitar) and smoker (can't stand the stuff).

2) He maintains he's still a midnight toker. When's the last time you got high?

Confession time...I smoked pot a couple of times in college.  That was it, so.....1984.

3) The lyrics include a reference to peaches. Name your favorite fruit.

4) This song had a big impact on the character of Joey on Friends, who had an imaginary friend named Maurice with the occupation of space cowboy. Did you ever have an imaginary friend?  

Not that I remember.  Did you know Joey also had a thing for pineapples?

5) Steve Miller is the pride of Milwaukee, WI. What else is Milwaukee famous for?

Fonzi and the Happy Days gang lived there!  So did Laverne & Shirley.  I think it's where they make Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer.  And a quick peek at Wikipedia reveals that an amazing number of professional athletes, actors, politicians, and musicians hail from Milwaukee...including the guy who made "The Chicken Dance" popular!

6) Steve Miller considers himself a serious blues guitarist. When did you last feel like singing the blues?

When I was paying the bills!

7) In 1973, when this song was popular, you could buy a portable 8-track tape player for $44.50. On what device do you listen to music most often?

The car radio.  Sometimes on the stereo in the house.  Once in a while on the laptop.  Pretty much never on my phone.

8) A Curious George book packaged with a Curious George plush toy was a big seller at Christmas 1973. Tell us about a toy -- either given or received -- that brightened a holiday or birthday for you.

My parents gave me a white and lime green Schwinn for my 7th birthday in 1971. That thing was suh-weet!  It had a glittery lime green banana seat and the ape hanger handle bars with glittery lime green and white streamers.  I LOVED that bike and rode it all day in nice weather until I was 11 or 12.  I'd love to find one now, but searches haven't ever turned up one just like it.
9) M*A*S*H was one of TV's top-rated shows in 1973. Who is your favorite M*A*S*H character?

Hawkeye.  It was always Hawkeye.

That was fun!  If you enjoyed yourself, 
please, be sure to visit the Saturday 9 site
where Sam posts the questions and the "rules."  
You can check out links to the other players, too.

Thanks for playing along!


  1. Congratulations! Today you are Queen of Saturday 9!

    Our answers to #6 are (sadly) similar.

    1. Thank you, I'm enjoying it!

      Yeah...paying the bills is a sad reminder of how much is taken out of my husband's pay to cover taxes and insurance. It keeps edging up and is somewhere between a third and half at this point. It's ridiculous. My husband makes a very decent living, but you'd never know it thanks to those two things.

  2. Oh yeah,I forgot that Happy Days and Laverne & Shirley was set in Milwaukee

    1. Those were my two favorite shows through most of the 70s and the finale for Happy Days was an event second only to the final episode of M*A*S*H.

  3. I love your answers! :) The Charlie Brown Chicken Dance video made my day.

    1. Yeah, I liked how pleased ol' Charlie looked with himself.

  4. I enjoyed reading your answers and laughed at that last graphic about MASH! Happy Saturday!!

  5. Those banana seat Schwinns were all the rage. Of course, my parents got me a fake one with green stamps - lol.

  6. 6. Lol!
    And, Bee had that same bike. Her sister Elle had pink. They got theirs in 1969 for Christmas. You joggled my memory strings. (threads that are threadbare!) Bee's Pappa sprained his ankle riding it one year. lol Family Fun, not!

  7. Loved the Charlie Brown chicken dance. Totally worth seeing. And you may call me "Maurice" if you like. I've certainly been called worse! LOL.

  8. That bike sounds great. I can totally understand why you'd be riding it all the time. Hope you find a replacement someday!


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