Saturday, July 20, 2019

Saturday 9--Secret Agent Man

Secret Agent Man (1966)

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

1) This is the theme of a TV show that ran on CBS from 1964-1967. The series was produced, and originally aired, in England. The BBC has shared many shows with American audiences over the years. Can you name another?  Downton Abbey—I own the whole set.  Can’t wait to see the movie.  I also loved Orphan Black.  Tatiana Maslany was amazing.

2) The show is about John Drake, a special agent dedicated to exposing plots that threaten world peace. A quick check of Netflix and Goodreads reveals that spy stories are just as popular today. Is espionage a genre you enjoy? Do you read books, or watch shows and movies, about spies?  I don’t enjoy reading espionage books, but I do like movies and TV with spies.  Love the James Bond and Daniel Craig iterations of James Bond; Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy was a cool movie too.

3) The lyrics tell us Drake travels from the Riviera to Bombay. Where were you when you last spent the night away from home? Why were you there (vacation, business, international intrigue)?  I was home at my Mom’s house in Aiken, South Carolina for a family visit.  I really needed to reconnect with my Mom, sister-in-law and brother on a different level after the grief of the last several months during my Dad’s illness and passing.  It was a happy, positive trip and we shared lots of wonderful memories about Dad, plus made lots of new memories of our own.

4) The refrain states, "They've given you a number and taken away your name." In today's digital world, that could now be said of all of us. Are you good at remembering your computer passwords?  Nope.  I use a password vault, because I’m paranoid about getting hacked.  Dashlane creates all my passwords, and stores them for me.  I use a master password to access them that is about 20 characters long and random.  Memorizing THAT was a beast, but worth the peace of mind.  We have a similar thing at work on an enterprise level.  I use at least 10 different applications, with constantly changing passwords, so thank goodness we have something like that!

5) Patrick McGoohan, who played Agent Drake, went from being a good guy to appearing as a murderer on Columbo four times. Were you a fan of Columbo?  Not especially.  I thought it was sort of goofy.

6) Born John Ramistella, this week's featured artist, Johnny Rivers, grew up in Louisiana. He took "Rivers" as his stage name because he grew up along the Mighty Mississippi. If you were to change your last name based on the geography of the area where you grew up, how would you be known?  My last name could be Desert, Mountains, River, Mesa, Valley, Arroyo, or Bosque.  I kind of like Mesa, Arroyo, and Bosque.  Arroyos are dry rivers that only fill when it rains, which is practically never.  They run down from the mountains into the Rio Grande eventually.  The Bosque is a land area on either side of the Rio Grande that is cottonwood forest.  It’s a beautiful stripe of green, and gold in the fall, that winds through the Rio Grande valley.  Here's the view from the West Mesa, looking down over the Bosque and the Rio Grande River, and across to the Sandia Mountains....this is from the backyard of our first house in New Mexico.

7) In 1966, when this song was popular, Jacqueline Kennedy was the woman most Americans admired. What famous woman do you admire most? (She doesn't have to be American.)  Well, I was going to say my Mom, but she’s not famous.  Famous…hmmm.  I’m a pretty big admirer of Elizabeth II, Queen of England.  She was never supposed to be queen, but managed to pull it off for all these years.  She’s an interesting person to read about. 

8) 1966 also found another Jacqueline was in the news. Jacqueline Susann's first novel, Valley of the Dolls, was atop the best seller lists, even though it was savaged by the critics. What's your guilty pleasure? What book, movie, TV show, or song do you enjoy, even though you know it has little artistic merit?  Baby Shark.  LOL!  That song is an earworm.

9) Random question: Imagine you've been stranded alone in the woods for 10 days. No companionship, no internet or phone or TV. You have been sleeping in the dirt, living on berries and river water. Your rescuers drive you to a hotel. Upon check-in, what's the first thing you do?  Take a shower.  Stat!


  1. A Shower seems to be the universal desire! I didn't think of that one. I always wanted to see New Mexico but never have even though I lived in Utah for ages.

    1. LOVE Utah. Spent 10 days hiking/biking Canyonlands, Arches, and Bryce Canyon back in the day when I was young and in shape, lol. Gorgeous country.

  2. Losing a parent sets you on such a journey! My heart is with you. It's not easy, it's not predictable, but it is the natural order of things. Good luck, and be sure to be kind to yourself along the way.

    1. You are so right--journey is exactly what it is.

  3. You have the absolute best choices for a name! I've been to New Mexico twice on mission trips to the Navajo reservation. We started out near Gallup in Gamerco both times and then went out to have camps for a week...once at a state park in NM and once at a camp in AZ. I LOOOOOVE it out there! I'd sign up to move in a heartbeat, but the hubs isn't quite on board with that.

    1. The joke around here is that it's the Land of Entrapment....once you've been here, it sticks in your heart and soul. Thank you for your service to the Navajo/Dine' people. I'm sure it was much appreciated.

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