Saturday, July 02, 2022

Saturday 9: Back In The USA


On Saturdays I take a break from the heavy stuff and have some fun…

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

From the archives, with some tweaks

1) This song lists seven cities -- New York, Los Angeles, Detroit, Chicago, Chattanooga, Baton Rouge and St. Louis -- that Linda just loves. How many have you visited?

Of course New York but I have also visited Chicago, Chattanooga, and St. Louis.

Chicago when I was doing field trips for work, I landed at O'Hara and rented a car to drive to one of the rural towns. Chattanooga when I was knee high to a grasshopper and we were visiting all the Civil War battlefields like Lookout Mountain and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Mammoth Cave National Park, and the Blue Ridge Parkway.

2) The lyrics refer to hamburgers sizzling on the grill. What toppings do you believe make a perfect burger?

Oh… as I rub my hands thinking about hamburgers for the 4th

  • Tomato,
  • Lettuce,
  • A mild onion because you want it to overpower the other ingredient.
  • The hamburger meat which has a high fat content I mix with an egg, bread crumbs, Worcestershire sauce, a dash of Montreal Steak Seasoning and blue cheese.
  • On a hard roll and hope that the roll doesn’t crumble.

3) The original recording of this song by Chuck Berry has always been one of Linda Ronstadt's favorites, one she used to enjoy singing along with in the car. What's the most recent song you sang?

Ha! it was so long ago that I don’t remember. I know when Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody comes on I sing it.

4) Linda performed The National Anthem at Game 3 of the 1977 World Series. The New York Yankees won both that game and the series. How is your baseball team doing this season?

What team? I really don’t have any favorite, the close that I come is the Red Sox. Being in New England you do not have a choice.

I was asked why Connecticut is divided between the Yankee and the Red Sox I think that the rivalry was created by radio and then TV. A long the shore the media stations carry the Yankee’s and in the Hartford area the media follows the Red Sox. Also it is passed down through generations, many times my brother has taken his grandchildren to Fenway Park. 

5) On the sleeve for this record, Linda was photographed on roller skates. Emergency rooms report a spike in wrist injuries, with people falling off skates and skateboards and jamming their wrists catching softballs. Have you recently been to the Emergency Room or Urgent Care? 

Not since 1998.

6) It's July, so summer is in full swing. Bug bites are a big summer annoyance. Are you itching and scratching this morning?

Ha, ha, they mosquito were so bad up here on the Cape that it made national news.

‘Biblical' Mosquito Swarms Plague Town on Cape Cod

P.S. My cottage is in Wellfleet.

Since this is our last Saturday 9 before Independence Day, let's ask some questions related to the holiday. 

6) The Pennsylvania Evening Post was the first newspaper to print the Declaration of Independence. What's the most recent printed media you have read (newspaper, magazine, newsletter, etc.)?

My local rag, a free town newspaper.

7) In high school, Sam was crazy about American history and got good grades. Science was her worst subject. In high school, where did you shine? In what subject were your grades not so hot?

Science. I hated English, they give all these rules to follow and then they say “Oh by the way, these are the exceptions to the rules” it seems like there are more exceptions to the rules than there are rules. In math 2 + 2 = 4 with no exceptions.

8) The first 4th of July parade each year is held at 12:01 AM in Gatlinberg, TN. Will you attend a parade or fireworks to celebrate the 4th?

No, I was thinking about going to the beach to photograph the fireworks in P’town but see my answer to #6.

9) Americans love to celebrate our independence. In fact, there are more than 30 towns all across the US called Independence. There are two in MN alone (one outside Duluth, the other west of Minneapolis). Please google it and let us know: does your state have an Independence?


Did you know that New England has two Mount Washington?


  1. O'Hare Airport is, for all practical purposes, in Rosemont, IL, and is about a half hour outside of Chicago. The City of Chicago annexed the land O'Hare is on for tax and public relations purposes back in the 1920s. Anyway, don't think you've seen Chicago if you flew into O'Hare and then drove to a rural town. Our city has a tremendous amount to offer -- including diverse and historic architecture -- and you just can't see that from Rosemont (which is an park, lots of chrome and glass office buildings and highways but little else). I hope you'll come back some day.

  2. That has to be the tastiest burger! Sign me up for a medium rare, please!

  3. That sounds like a good burger. Almost like a meatloaf but not.

  4. There are two #6's. I hate that about the mosquitos at the Cape! I cannot stand mosquitoes.
    I had to do some professional development about English and all of the exceptions last school took all year and we got credit for a master level class, but I know what you mean. It is so confusing. It was eye opening though. I am horrible at math, I wish I wasn't. :(
    I love singing with Queen, but Freddie's voice can do so much more than mine. Loved your answers! Have a Happy 4th of July!

  5. I love your burger recipe. Got to try it with impossible burger.. Aha.. the English lesson that everyone has to learn when doing grammar. The exception List! A before E except after C, or something like that.

    What a trip and a half that song by Queen is/was! Love it! I need to make an MP3 off my vinyl. Enjoy your Fourth!

    1. Did you know that there are free programs that you can download the sound tracks from YouTube videos? "Any Video Converter"

  6. Your burger recipe makes me think of meatloaf and that made me think of mash potatoes. I enjoy the music of Queen. Thanks for sharing!

  7. I didn't know there were 2 Mt. Washingtons. We drove up the one it Vermont? The highest mountain east of the Mississippi? I was 12 at the time and it was so foggy and I was absolutely terrified we'd meet a car on its way down.