Friday, April 12, 2013

Random questions...

I've seen these questions making the rounds on people's blogs lately, and since I've been at a decided loss for meaningful words the past couple weeks, I thought I'd give them a go:

In baseball each player gets a “walk up song” that plays on his way up to the plate. What song would you pick?

Hmmm... this is tough, because I like so many different kinds of music. In fact, I'd probably be really weird and pick a different song for every at bat. Because how could I possibly settle on one??

And speaking of music and baseball, I was browsing a site called What Pros Wear, which mainly talks about, obviously, what pro baseball players are wearing, and where you can buy similar items. But one blog entry about the music used at Yankee Stadium caught my eye, because the author wrote that one "gripe about Yankee Stadium’s musical tastes is their insistence that Kate Smith’s rendition of 'God Bless America' be the one played for every 7th inning stretch since 2001 (unless we were lucky enough to have Ronan Tynan crush it).  I’m sure the woman had a great voice but she sounds like a foghorn in the version they use." I found this interesting because this is EXACTLY what I've been saying for years! I've heard that Kate Smith had a great voice, but the recording used by Yankee Stadium does her no justice -- it's like one part Ethel Merman, one part old-timey phonograph:

Kate Smith singing God Bless America at Yankee Stadium

Every time I hear it, I half expect her to finish the song and immediately segue into a static-y sounding, belted rendition of "Everything's Coming Up Roses." Why couldn't Yankee Stadium just use a recording of Ronan Tynan? He has such a great voice... bring Ronan Tynan back, Yankees!!

Okay, I kinda got off track... back to the questions:

What's the best thing that happened to you last weekend?

I did pretty much nothing interesting at all over the weekend, so that's hard to say. Oh, we did go to Peet's Coffee to pick up some coffee beans, and I tried their new Mayan chocolate mocha, which was awesome. Reminiscent of the spicy mocha that used to be available at Caribou Coffee... but it was then discontinued, and my mom has been searching in vain for it ever since. Also, Peapod delivered my groceries so I'm all stocked up to cook dinners this week. (Yeah, you know your life is exciting when the highlights of your weekend are coffee and groceries... :))

If you could have a starring role in any film already made, which movie would you pick?

The first thing that comes to mind is the Matrix... because I think it would be fun to play the part of a gravity-defying, acrobatic-karate-fighting, kick-all-the-bad-guy's-butts kinda role. (And for some reason, the second thing that comes to mind is Titanic... because it would also be fun to play the part of the damsel in distress who is rescued by Leonardo DiCaprio and gets to escape the sinking ship... go figure. :) Also, the historical aspect would've been really interesting.) 

What actor/actress would you have play you in a movie of your life?

Well, now I'm stuck on Titanic, so I'll go with Kate Winslet. I've always liked her anyway, because she comes across as more "real" than a lot of the actresses out there -- she doesn't starve herself or work out ten hours a day to achieve some unattainable "ideal," which seems to be rare in the acting world. She could even keep the British accent... I mean, everyone would wonder why the girl who was born in Buffalo, New York ended up with a British accent, but that would just make my story more intriguing, right?

What internet website do you visit the most?

Probably Facebook, sadly enough... although not nearly as much as I used to when I first joined the site.

Which of Snow White's 7 dwarfs describes you the best and why?

Well, duh -- anyone who knows me knows that it's obviously Bashful. (Although depending on the season, Sneezy sometimes fits, too.)

If you were on death row, what would your last meal be?

I always find this question really strange. I mean, if I was on death row -- if I literally knew that I had one more day on earth -- I would not be the least bit hungry. Why would I want to eat? What would be the point?? Do people seriously request lavish final meals on death row? How are they able to choke anything down with their own mortality staring them directly in the face?? I get the basic IDEA behind this question, I just think it needs to be reworded into another question entirely... like, "if you were moving to a remote arctic location with limited access to a variety of food, what would you eat the day before you left?" See, in THAT case, I would probably want some pizza, some Indian food, and a whole lotta cupcakes. And then I'd pack as many cupcakes as possible into my luggage and haul them up to the arctic with me... frozen cupcakes are still cupcakes...

What is the background of your computer? 

This picture of Piva, which I took a couple years ago when she was enthralled by a candle:

Cats are fun... :)


Mom said...

There is a lot of Kate Smith on youtube, but it will probably all sound the same because she has been dead for many years. But she is the one who introduced "God Bless America" to the country. She was the first to sing it on the radio in 1938. And she did have a great voice. (No I don't remember THAT far back.) :-)

Lisa said...

I knew you were going to say something about Kate Smith when you read this! :) I mean, I'm sure back in the '30s when you got to hear her in person she sounded great... I just wish someone could find a better recording to use at Yankee Stadium. (And lest anyone not realize I was kidding -- my mom was not actually around in the '30s... ;))

LL Cool Joe said...

I quite like Kate Smith's voice, but I wasn't too keen on the guys. Sorry!

I agree with you about the last meal, I mean who the hell cares if you are about to die??

I love the photo of Piva.