Saturday, April 13, 2024

Saturday 9: She'd Rather Be with Me

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

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

1) In this week's song we learn that this particular girl would rather be spending time with her lover. Instead of answering these 9 questions, what would you rather be doing?
Why answering the 9 questions at 3AM Friday morning what else would I be doing. It is pouring and highs winds making sleep fretful.

2) Lead singer Howard Kaylan was a very good student. First he won a Bank of America Fine Arts Award, then he was the valedictorian of his graduating class, and was awarded a scholarship to UCLA. Tell us about something that distinguished your high school career.
The Science Club… we built a Tesla Coil and we made it into the New York Times in ‘67.

3) Howard Kaylan formed this week's group, The Turtles, with Mark Volman. They met while performing in their high school choir and continued working together for 55 years. Are you still in touch with old friends from high school?
On Facebook.

4) First Daughter Tricia Nixon was a big Turtles fan and brought them to the White House to perform for a private party. They almost didn't go. When the engraved invitation came, tied with ribbon, the boys thought it was an elaborate practical joke. Have you ever successfully pulled off a practical joke?
I don’t believe in practical jokes.

5) The Turtles' bass player was Chip Douglas. He left the band in 1967 to produce The Monkees. It's Chip that Davy Jones refers to at the beginning of "Daydream Believer" ("What number is this Chip?" "7A!"). What's your favorite Monkees song?
Of course Daydream Believer

6) The Turtles broke up in 1970. Pressure from their record label to do more and do it cheaper was just too much of a hassle. But Howard and Mark continued to work together, renaming themselves Flo and Eddie. They sang backup on records by Frank Zappa, Alice Cooper and Bruce Springsteen and on children's TV shows like The Care Bears. Backup work provided less money but more fun. Given the choice, would you rather do a job that paid well that you didn't enjoy, or a job you liked that earned you a smaller paycheck?
How about both? With my engineering degree I became the department manager and when I retired I become a social worker.

7) In 1967, when this song was popular, the RMS Queen Mary was retired after 31 years of service. Now docked in Long Beach, the ship has been refurbished with state-of-the-art wifi, satellite hookups, and projection screens and is a popular choice for conventions and annual business meetings. When were you most recently on a boat or ship?
Good question… and I can show the 2019 crossing.
We made plans to meet for for a nice leisurely day in Orient Point on November day but Mother Nature had other ideas. I made the reservations for the New London - Orient Point ferry and the weather started to turn for the worst! When we docketed at Orient Point they announce that they would be stopping if the weather got worst. We had a quick but good lunch and zipped back to the ferry and I was the last one on the ferry. When we cleared Plum Island and got to the open stretch of water things got interesting! As you can see in the video things got rocking and rolling, I’m always fascinated by the color green people can turn. I thought it would be very interesting if I got something to eat and sat down besides them, but I had a big lunch.

8) Also in 1967, Elvis married Priscilla. You don't need last names to know who we're talking about, do you? Can you think of another couple with whom the world is on a first-name basis?
Harry & Meghan, I just saw something about them having another spat with his brother the king.

9) Random question: If your phone were to ring right now, who do you think would be calling?
It would be trouble! It is a quarter to 4 in the morning!

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. Yes, night phone calls almost always mean bad news, don't they.

  2. In all my many trips from Long Island to New England I have never taken the ferry across the Sound. You had quite the interesting trip that say,