“I like work: it fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours.”

I just got back from my monthly breakfast with friends, all who are, like me, retired. I wasn’t sure whether it was 9 or 9:30 so I went for 9. I was early so I sat in the car and watched the world round me. Fog came rolling down the street from the ocean. It also hovered over the marsh behind the houses across the street. An old man shuffled out of the breakfast spot to his car which had taken up two spaces: the front end had one and the back end the other. He opened his trunk, looked in and then closed it again. I guess all was well in his trunk. He got in his car and left which freed up two spaces. People went in and out of the small post office. In front of me was a grove of beautiful red trees. I listened to the radio while I waited and then when one of my friends came, we went inside.

The morning is spectacular. Fluffy clouds dot the deep blue sky, and it is time to change to sandals, time to put away my winter shoes. Yesterday it rained a bit, and I heard a long and loud clap of thunder, as loud as any I’ve heard in a while. I expected a downpour, but it never came; instead, it merely sprinkled for a while.

Last night was trivia, and we reigned supreme. Many of the answers worked in our favor, we who are a bit older. One bonus was name the mother in each sitcom. I figured Donna Stone of the Donna Reed Show was not going to be answered by the younger teams. Even the music was easy. Usually the questions ask for groups totally unknown to me. Last night the first question was what duo was originally named Caesar and Cleo. I hopped right on that one. The next music question was whose first hit was A Tisket A Tasket in 1938. East enough-I play it here some Easters. At the end, before the final question, we were tied for second, a spot we were in most of the evening. The category was states and we bet 25, the maximum. The question was name the state admitted to the union in 1863 which first wanted to be called Kanawha. It was another answer I knew right away but I had to convince a couple of my teammates: one of whom wanted Arkansas and the other California. They had no reason, just hunches. When I explained why, they went with my answer. That put us over the top and we won! It made me glad that some of my memory drawers are filled with answers which are generally useless except for trivia contests. They are the drawers with cobwebs and a few mice.

Nothing on tap for the weekend. Rain is expected so maybe I’ll clean out that cabinet I’ve been eyeing for a while. But then again, maybe I won’t. It sounds a bit too much like actual work to me. I think I’m allergic!

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12 Comments on ““I like work: it fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours.””

  1. Vintage Spins Says:

    Kat,
    I love hearing the original incarnations of performers who went on to have successful careers. Sonny and Cher’s ‘Love is Strange’ was a new one for me.

    Your trivia nights sound like a lot of fun. I’d be useful in the vintage pop music category, but lousy in the others.

    It’s raining here today, but I like it. I’m going to curl up in the La-Z-Boy, under the warm glow of my table lamp and read all day – maybe Richard Matheson’s ‘The Incredible Shrinking Man.’

    Marie

    • katry Says:

      Marie,
      I’ve posted a few other of their earlier music, but I hadn’t yet posted this one so here you are!

      Sadly, not many vintage pop questions: lots of food and beverage, random movies, geography and similar categories.

      I have to take my car to be serviced in Falmouth. A bit of a hike, and I could really use a nap!

  2. Birgit Says:

    Congratulations!
    Caesar+Cleo, Tom+Jerry and Tisket-Tasket is easy, but not Kanawha. Oh no, spoiler in tags 😉

  3. olof1 Says:

    I had read about Kanawha in another blog so I knew that one and I also knew Ella Fitzgerald (is that how it’s spelled?) She was very popular here in Sweden back in the days.

    I like to sit and observe people like that, I wonder what he was looking for in his trunk 🙂

    Chilly but sunny here most of the day but now it’s cloudy and I think it drizzles some. Nova is much better today, she has become better by the hour and now she have chased Sune around the garden for quite some time. I think we’äll know tomorrow if it is her back, running and jumping like that must show in some way tomorrow 🙂

    Have a great day!
    Christer.

    • Kat Says:

      Christer
      I’m sitting at the car place getting my car inspected and having any serving it needs. Today is warm like summer, a perfect day!

      I’ m glad to hear Sune is better. I hope tomorrow finds her perfect!

      Your spelling is perfect. I had never known that West Virginia could have been Kanawha. It was just an informed guess by me. I was glad it was a good one!

      Have a great evening!

  4. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I didn’t get any of them. 🙂 I thought A Tisket A Tasket had to be one of the sister groups; McGuire or Andrews, but nope. And forget Kanawha. I might have gotten Franklinia, though.
    It was a lovely sunny summer day but now the clouds are moving in a bit more aggressively. I did a bit of cooking and an even tinier bit of yard work and then I read and napped. Very satisfactory.
    Enjoy the rest of your day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I figure doing a music blog gave me an advantage for those two questions. I don’t know any new artists but those I knew.

      I didn’t know Kanawha, but I knew which states were admitted during the Civil War, and that gave me the answer.

      Beautiful day here as well. I went to short sleeves and sandals! I had to go to Toyota in Falmouth for my car inspection as well as its check-up. That blew my afternoon. I did take an hour nap when I got home.

      Enjoy your evening!!

  5. Bob Says:

    Today started out foggy here because of the rain yesterday. When the fog lifted the sky was beautiful with warm eighty degrees. I knew the great Ella Fitzgerald but West Virginia had me stumped. I would have thought Arkansas because many residence there are married to their first cousins 🙂 I guess the same could be said about West Virginia.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      I love fog, and this morning I could see it creeping from the ocean. It was great.

      We were either in the high 60’s or low 70’s as it was a wonderfully warm day.

      My friend Claire thought the same but had no reason. I don’t get why being married to first cousins has anything to do with Kanawha. I looked it up later and found out it is a river in West Virginia which is, I suppose, the reason for the name.

      • Bob Says:

        Kanawha has nothing to do with marrying your first cousin it sounds like a native American word. However, people in the back woods of both States are considered hillbilly’s and the joke is that they are all intermarried and therefore suffer from genetic deformities. Do you remember the movie Deliverance.

        You have to live next door to Arkansas to understand the joke.

      • katry Says:

        Bob,
        It could be a Native American word as I don’t know its origins.

        I so remember that movie. It was darn scary at times. If I close my eyes, I can see Ronnie Cox and his arm.


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