Saturday, May 04, 2024

Saturday 9: Rocket Man

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

Welcome to Saturday: 9. What we've committed to our readers is that we will post 9 questions every Saturday. Sometimes the post will have a theme, and at other times the questions will be totally unrelated. Those weeks we do "random questions," so-to-speak. We encourage you to visit other participants posts and leave a comment. Because we don't have any rules, it is your choice. We hate rules. We love to answer the questions, however, and here is today's questions!

Sam's Saturday 9: Rocket Man (1972)

Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.
1) In this song, Elton John tells us he's taking off for outerspace at 9:00 AM. What will you be doing at 9:00 AM tomorrow morning?
Hopefully sleeping!

2) He sings that even though he uses it for his astronaut job, he doesn't understand science. Was science one of your better classes in school?
Yes I was a member of the Science Club.

3) Lyricist Bernie Taupin recalls writing the first verse of "Rocket Man" while stuck in traffic as he tried to make his way to his parents' home. Have you recently been stuck in traffic? If yes, where were you headed?
Not recently, however, when I go up to Cape Cod there will be because side of the bridge on I-195 in Providence is closed. It will mean long delays in going over the bridge or going north by the way of I-90 and I-495.
I might go that way once to see how bad the delays are on the bridge.

4) Thinking of cars ... Nigel Olsson, who plays drums and sings back-up on "Rocket Man," is a self-proclaimed "race car fanatic." What hobby are you passionate about?
Photography, but lately I haven’t gotten motivated to take photos. I hope that once the weather gets warmer that I will be out with my camera.

5) Davey Johnstone, who plays guitar on "Rocket Man," recently posted on Facebook that he was thrilled to meet Joni Mitchell. Are you on Facebook? Instagram? Twitter? Pinterest? Tik Tok?
Just Facebook and I am friends with one Sat 9er on Facebook and friends of one former Sat 9er.

6) Elton John once played charades with Bob Dylan. But only once. Elton laughingly says he can't get over how "hopeless" Dylan was at the game. What's the last game you played? Did you win?
Um… it was so long ago that I don’t remember. I hope that “Game Night” starts back up again at the local art gallery this fall.
Video games I play 0 AD.

7) In 1972, when this song was popular, Winnie the Pooh was on the cover the Sears Christmas Wish Book. That year, kids asked Santa for plush Pooh, Tigger and Eeyore. Did you have many plush toys as a child? If yes, do you still have any of them?
Yes and no. I used to have a "Teddy" bear but I don't still have any of them.

8) Also in 1972, TV cowboy Dan Blocker died. He played the middle brother, "Hoss," on Bonanza. Do you enjoy watching westerns?
I did and I watch old reruns of westerns like “Tales of Wells Fargo”

9) Random question: What inspires you?
Well that is a wide open subject… inspired to do what?
Photography? College and all the photo majors.
My MSW? The desire to be busy in retirement.
My activism? My desire to help others.

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!

The webcam of I-95 bridge repair after the accident last Thursday.

A multi-vehicle collision on Thursday caused a gas tanker to erupt into flames and damage an overpass above I-95 in Connecticut, near Norwalk.
By Saman Shafiq, Thao Nguyen, & Krystal Nurse
May 3, 2024


  1. I love when you share photos. You have quite an artistic eye.

  2. I haven't taken many photos recently, either. I think the political climate quashes creativity at the moment.

  3. Ugh, I will wish you luck with the traffic. Summer traffic is always awful but then throw in road construction....
    I'm friends with a few Saturday 9'ers on FB, too.

  4. Hopefully you will get back to your photography. I am going through pictures now. I liked science, but math was my downfall so I bombed out of chemistry. The experiments were interesting but the calculations were hard. You were probably smart in math.

  5. Maybe you're just waiting to capture warmer weather and blue skies with your camera.

  6. The bridge thing … I hope the traffic isn’t terrible