Saturday, September 11, 2021

Saturday 9--Jose Cuervo

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Saturday 9: Jose Cuervo (1983)

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

1) In this song, Shelly West sings that she woke up late on a sunny morning. How's the weather in your part of the world?

2) She wonders if she started any fights while under the influence. Who's the last person you quarreled with?

Hubs.  We both got over it. 

3) OK, margaritas for everyone! Shelly sings that she likes hers with salt. What's your order? Classic or strawberry? Salt or sugar on the rim?

Don’t drink, but way back in the day, when I did, I preferred a classic on the rocks with salt on the rim.

4) Jose Cuervo was a real person. He was one of the first to put tequila in bottles instead of barrels. Since bottles are easier to ship, it was a good decision. Tell us about a recent choice you're glad you made.

Super glad I made the decision to leave my previous job and take on a new challenge.  This job has about 95% LESS stress than the old one, is more interesting, and I still get to work from home.  Total WIN.

5) This week's featured artist, Shelly West, decided upon a career in music while still very young. She went on the road and sang backup for her mom, country music legend Dottie West, when she was still in her teens. When Sam was in her teens, she really didn't give her professional future that much thought. How about you? Did you already have career ambitions when you were in your teens?

Nope, had no idea what I wanted to do with my life.  I was going to do the standard eighties thing and get a business degree, but stuff got in the way.  Good thing too, because I ended up going to nursing school and taking on a career that I love.  It all worked out.

6) In 1983, the year this song was popular, Sally Ride became the first American woman in space. Do you ever fantasize about being an astronaut?

I love science fiction, but I have never had any interest in actually GOING to space.  I have terrible motion sickness, and I’m sure I’d be one of those people who would be throwing up constantly.  Just no.

7) Also in 1983, quarterback Aaron Rodgers was born. The NFL season is just kicking off. Do you have high hopes for your team this year?

Don’t have “a team” so no high hopes either.

8) In 1983, Motorola introduced the first cell phone. Do you have an easy time adapting to new technology?

Yes, it’s definitely a gift.  I’m really good with computers, software, and can pretty much figure out whatever I put my hands on.

9) Think of the last potato chip you had. Was it plain, sea salt, barbecue, sour cream and onion ...?

Just a plain old Lay’s Classic.  Not my favorite chip, but for whatever reason, Jersey Mike’s doesn’t carry any plain kettle-style chips or plain Ruffles.  Why is that?

Now for some thoughts on today.  What IS it about our culture that we re-traumatize ourselves over and over with tragedy?  I watched the towers come down on 9/11 from my couch.  It was horrifying.  The loss of life … I felt so bad for those who lost their lives, their families, the responders, anyone who was involved.  What I don’t understand is why we have to do this collective “never forget” thing every.single.year.   

That day, and what came after forever changed the political landscape of this country and got us to where we are now.  To me, that’s the bigger tragedy of 9/11—America going backwards with such fervor that we politicized a PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS, voting rights are being squashed, and states are attempting to overturn Roe v. Wade.  A sitting president incited an insurrection at our capital!  I wonder, if 9/11 had never happened, would any of these things have happened?   

Today, I choose to “never forget” the 690,000 (according to a new study) people who have died of COVID; the countless people who fought for voting rights, civil rights, and women’s rights; and the millions who have died in senseless wars never won.  Just for today, I’ll leave the poor folks of 9/11 to everyone else.   


  1. I never thought about this, but how awful would it be to vomit in space?

    I respectfully disagree with you about 9/11 for many reasons, but in 2021 it's especially relevant. The Capitol is going to be the site of another Trumpy "rally" next week. In addition to the Twin Towers and the Pentagon, civilians (ordinary citizens!) died trying to prevent a terror attack on the Capitol on 9/11. And now a lot of the same people today who are wringing their hands and claiming they will NEVER FORGET are going to conveniently forget those who died in a Pennsylvania field to protect Trump and cover up what happened on January 6 and will look the other way if it happens again next week. Apparently, we're only upset by terror attacks by non-white foreigners. We're good with homegrown angry white storming the Capitol with Confederate and Trump 2020 flags.

    So it's those who died on the flight to San Francisco 20 years ago that I'm especially not forgetting today. I will bring them up in conversation whenever I can and remind everyone how January 6 was a betrayal of their memories.

    Sorry to rant on. You can delete this if you'd like. This is your blog, and your opinion should reign!

    1. I always find your opinions interesting, Gal, and I think educated disagreement is a good thing. What an awful world it would be if none of us had the ability (or didn't care enough) to formulate our own opinions. No deleting here :)

  2. You and the Gal both have interesting takes and opinions. I need to formulate my thoughts (I'm a slow processor).

  3. I didn't even consider the motion sickness in going to space. It would make me so sick. Loved your answers. Have a nice weekend.

  4. I appreciate and share your opinion on the reliving of 9/11. I have not wanted to watch any of the shows about it, though my husband has. As a former firefighter, I think he feels he has a stake in it; I saw it happen live on TV and that was enough. I wrote something about it but scheduled it to go up later today, after most of the Sat 9 folks visited. These are such strange, hollow, sickening times.