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Saturday 9: Don't Talk to Strangers


Saturday 9: Don't Talk to Strangers (1982)

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

1) When did you recently have a conversation with a complete stranger? What did you two discuss?
Does chatting with a server count? If so, then today.

2) In the video for this song, a woman is having a "hot" conversation on a corded, rotary dial phone in her bedroom. Do you have a landline? If so, do you have an extension in your bedroom?
Nope, we ditched our landline when we moved to Pennsylvania three and half years ago. When we did have a landline, though, we had an extension in the bedroom.

3) This week's artist, Rick Springfield, says he wrote this song when he was worried that his girlfriend (now his wife) would cheat on him when he was touring. Would you describe yourself as suspicious or trusting?
I'm way too trusting.

4) He became a daytime heartthrob as Dr. Noah Drake on General Hospital. Do you think it would be cool to have a really attractive doctor? Or would it make you uncomfortable?
I think it would be cool. My current doctor is right cute.

5) He's discussed how sad he was when, as a boy, he had to leave his dog Elvis behind when the family left Australia. While you were growing up, did your family often move?
Nope. My family lived in the same house for over 40 years. My parents had the house built in the mid-1930s; they sold it in 1978 (or was it 1977?). And, they moved out while I was on the road! At least I knew where they moved to -- I wasn't gonna let them get rid of me that easily!

6) In 1982, when this song was popular, Italy won the World Cup. Do you ever watch soccer?
Not often. I watch the US Women during the Olympics and World Cup.
7) "Smiley," the first emoticon, was introduced in 1982. Do you use emoticons in your communication? Or do you avoid them?
I mostly use them when texting or using Messenger.
8) The Vietnam Memorial was dedicated in Washington, DC, in 1982. Do you know any veterans of that conflict? If so, tell us about him or her.
I know many veterans of that conflict, not the least of whom is my big brother. He was a Navy medical corpsman, part of the Second Battalion, Fourth Marines, known as the Magnificent Bastards. He was wounded twice and earned a Bronze Star. I also met Jan Scruggs, who was responsible for getting the Vietnam Veterans Memorial built. He sent a letter to the Washington Post asking for pen pals and I responded. We wrote to each other for several months; he looked me up when he got home and we went on a date. I was a senior in high school at the time; too young for him, I think.

9) Random Question:  Your friends are throwing a birthday "roast" in your honor. Which one quality of yours are you sure will be singled out for laughs? 
Probably my clownish-ness. What do you think, friends? What you single out for laughs??