Saturday, August 31, 2019

Saturday 9: Money for Nothing

Sam’s Saturday 9: Money for Nothing (1985) 

On Saturdays I take a break from the heavy stuff and have some fun…
I am going to be at a party this afternoon so I might not get to reply to you until this evening

Unfamiliar with this week's song. Hear it here.

Alert: The Northern Lights will be visible in the northern U.S. this Labor Day weekend

1) Sweatbands are prominent in this very 1980s video. What's the last thing you wore on your head?
A hat that I bought in Wellfleet last weekend.

2) The lyrics are from the point of view of a man who delivers and installs appliances. What's the biggest purchase you've made lately? Was it big in size or expense?
My hat it was a little expensive but I bought it for a number of reasons, first I like the looks of it on me, second I needed a sun hat, and lastly it was on the expensive side but it went to a local store and not some big box store.

3) The delivery man of the song imagines the worst thing that happens to a musician is a blister on his little finger or thumb. Do you have any minor aches or pains bedeviling you as you answer these questions?
Ha! At my age everything is an ache or a pain.

4) The term "dire straits" describes a troubling situation that's difficult to extricate oneself from. When's the last time you found yourself in dire straits?
About four months ago and I hope it is finally straightening itself out

5) There's a dinosaur called masiakasaurus knopfleri. It's a prehistoric, predatory lizard, and the paleontologists who discovered it were big Dire Straits fans, so they named it after lead singer/guitarist Mark Knopfler. Do you find dinosaurs fascinating, terrifying, or both?
I find that it is fascinating that they are still around; there was a flock of them yesterday afternoon picking the bugs off of my trees.

6) Prior to his music career, Knopfler was a junior reporter, covering the entertainment beat for the Yorkshire Evening Post. Do you believe you would make a better musician or journalist?
Since I am tone deaf I would have to go with journalism.

7) In 1985, when this song was popular, rib eye steak was $3.89/pound. Today it's more than twice that. Do you have any beef in your freezer right now?
Where’s the beef?

Yes I do have beef in my freezer.

8) In 1985, Michael Jordan won the NBA Rookie of the Year award after his first season with the Chicago Bulls. It was the beginning of a career that made him a hero and a household name. Who do you think today's young people look up to?
I have no idea, it is probably a sports figure or an actress/actor and not someone important like a scientist.

9) Random question: Friends take you to dinner for your birthday. The menu you're handed doesn't have any prices on it. Do you try to estimate the costs and choose what you guess is the least expensive entree? Or do you figure that since your friends want you to have a good time, you should order whatever you want?
I would go with the chicken or a fish they are usually the cheapest.

Last year four of us went to the Lobster Pot in Provincetown for our birthday party in October, we all had October birthdays and I had Lobster Newburg and a Pomegranate martini.

Thanks so much for joining us again at Saturday: 9. As always, feel free to come back, see who has participated and comment on their posts. In fact sometimes, if you want to read & comment on everyone's responses, you might want to check back again tomorrow. But it is not a rule. We haven’t any rules here. Join us on next Saturday for another version of Saturday: 9, "Just A Silly Meme on a Saturday!" Enjoy your weekend!


  1. Mmmmm, lobster Newburg. We don't really get lobster much out here in the Southwest, but when you do, hoo-boy it is dear ($$$). Have a great weekend :)

  2. Katherine Johnson has her own Barbie doll. That should make you smile.

  3. #8...exactly!
    I have lots of aches and pains too. UGH!
    I bet your hat looks great! Loved your answers! Have a nice Labor Day weekend.

  4. My friend Spewgies's daughter and my nieces look up to us but I didn't say that 'cause it sounds kind of show offy.

    Besides, they will probably grow out of it.

  5. The lobster newburg looks fantastic!

    I'm hoping to see the northern lights tonight!

  6. "Everything is an ache or a pain." Truth. The older I get, the more I ache.
    Seeing the Northern Lights is on my bucket list, but I will probably have to make a special trip to the north to see them. Even when they say we should be able to see them here, we never do. It's always cloudy. Same goes for meteor showers.