I've had my new computer for about 3 weeks now and this is my first post from it. I'm still transitioning between the PC and the Mac, gradually my Mac time is increasing. Unfortunately, I am having a hard time finding a replacement for LiveWriter - an offline editing tool - that works on the Mac AND with Blogger. I haven't written a post via the web in a few years. I dislike Blogger's web-based tools SO much and Live Writer worked flawlessly. My search will continue, but for now since most of my computer time is spent stumbling around the learning curve (and trying to finish next week's book club book), a Saturday 9 copied and pasted into a new post will have to suffice for now.
Saturday 9: I Will Always Love You
1) The Bodyguard is the best-selling movie soundtrack ever and this is the song most often associated with Whitney Houston. Is it on your iPod/mp3 player? It is not. I don't have any Whitney on my playlists anymore. But I have to admit that I've been known to belt it out if it does ever come on in the car.
2) In the movie, Rachel (Whitney) sings "I Will Always Love You" after she realizes she can never see Frank (Kevin Costner) again. What song reminds you of a past love? I actually tend to connect music to events, so to pick just one is hard. Many, many songs remind me of something - good or bad.
3) Despite the movie's and the song's overwhelming popularity, Whitney Houston was awarded a Razzie Award as the worst actress of 1992. What's the most recent criticism you received? I can't think of anything blatant or specific recently. This past summer, I spent an exorbitant amount of time working on the creation of our new Common Core curriculum plans and assessments for our district. It's new, and we're not really sure what it's all suppose to look like yet. So our time was spent flying blind, with the understanding that it's a work in progress and will be revised numerous times until we are comfortable with it. With that being said, as we move through the year and the teachers who were not involved in the summer work complain about how difficult/stupid the new curriculum is, it's hard not to take personally. Even though it's unintended, at times it feels like criticism.
4) On the bright side, share the last compliment you received. Hmmm, compliments embarrass me, so I was probably too busy waving one off to remember.
5) In the 1980s, when Whitney first burst onto the scene, a trendy woman wore big hair, big bows and big shoulder pads. Can you think of anything you wore that was fashionable at the time, but looking back, makes you cringe? Big hair was all the rage in the 80s and as much as I tried, I could never make it BIG. My oldest friend had the best 80s hair ever when we were growing up, and I was so envious of it at the time. A few years back we found a picture with it in all its glory. She was mortified and I laughed and laughed and laughed. I will admit that I did take part in shoulder pads, neon colors, and giant belts like nobody's business.
6) When this song was popular, cell phones were uncommon and Facebook was unheard of. Which has had a bigger impact on your life -- smart phones or social networking? Oh my iPhone for sure. I might not be able to live without it. Facebook? Meh, I could care less.
7) Whitney's marriage to Bobby Brown left many people shaking their heads. Whitney and Bobby's daughter recently married the young man who was raised as her brother. Have you ever been in a relationship your friends/family didn't approve of? Just one, and even then not until his true colors were revealed.
8) Whitney Houston's grave marker reads, "I Will Always Love You," so obviously her family is very proud of the success of this recording. How would you like to be remembered? As someone who worked hard and was a good person. "I will always love you" would be nice too.
9) Whitney was born in Newark, the largest city in New Jersey. It's a major air, rail and shipping hub, and it's in the Eastern Time zone. Have you ever been to Newark ... or any town in New Jersey? I have a flown in and out of Newark a few times. A friend of mine from college lives in Metchuchen, NJ which is nearby. Also, Newark is often cheaper to fly into than JFK or LGA when traveling to New York City. I'm a fan of Newark's former mayor Corey Booker who has recently taken a US Senate seat.
Ugh! I forgot about all the html code in Blogger's web posting. Why won't it just skip a freaking line?!?!? Anyone have a good off-line editor they would recommend?
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