Last weekend I was in New York City.
My daughter and I made our annual trip to the BlogHer conference.
We like to go to the conference a day early so that we can tour the host town. This year the host town was New York City.
Something that we did on our ‘tour day’ was visit the pubic library. The New York Public Library is an architectural gem.
Wikepedia says that the New York Public Library (NYPL) has nearly 53 million items and is the second largest public library in the United States (behind the Library of Congress), and fourth largest in the world. There are 87 branches of the library throughout the boroughs of New York.
Obviously, we have all seen the library in countless movies etc.
This is one of the amazing sites you can visit in New York and the best part is that it is free!!!
Anyway…getting on with Saturday stuff…
Saturday 9: All the Way (1957)
… because The Gal Herself is into Sinatra
Unfamiliar with this week’s tune? Hear it here.
1) In this song, Frank sings, “who knows where the road will lead us?” Which leads Sam to ask, does your vehicle have GPS?
I actually use my phone for gps.
2) Sinatra introduced “All the Way” in the movie, The Joker Is Wild. During that film he also sang “Chicago (That Toddlin’ Town).” A few years later, in the movie Robin and The Seven Hoods, he declared Chicago as his “kind of town.” Besides Chicago, can you think of another city Frank immortalized in song?
I am guessing Hoboken since that is where he was from.
3) When Frank was 19, he saw a pretty girl sitting on her front porch, giving herself a manicure. He went and got his ukelele and serenaded her. That girl became his first wife, Nancy. Tell us how one of your romances began.
At the bar at Bennigans
4) Both Frank and Nancy grew up in New Jersey. When you think of NJ, what else comes to mind?
Trash, housewives, and closed bridges.
5) Sinatra made Las Vegas as famous for entertainment as for gambling. He was so identified with the Strip, that when he played Caesar’s Palace the marquee simply said, “He’s Here.” Have you ever been to Vegas?
Vegas IS my bucket list.
6) Thin for most of his life, Frank was blessed with a metabolism that allowed him to whatever he wanted without gaining weight. He especially enjoyed clams posillipo. What’s your favorite Italian dish?
What kind of crap is that? My husband has that kind of a metabolism.
Who isn’t going to say pizza here?
7) Perhaps because of his hardscrabble childhood, Sinatra was a soft touch for charities devoted to kids. One of his favorites was Variety, which sends disadvantaged children on day trips to museums, zoos and sporting events. Here’s your chance to tell us about a cause that’s near and dear to your heart.
Feeding stray dogs who live in my house.
8) Sinatra was a neat freak who couldn’t stand dust or clutter and showered at least twice a day. He got this from his mother Dolly, who was compulsive about housecleaning and hygiene. Can you think of a time when you caught yourself doing something and thought, “I’m just like Mom/Dad!”
Every day honey…every day…
9) In 1998, Sinatra was buried with the things he always had in tow: a bottle of Jack Daniels, a pack of Camels, a Zippo lighter and 10 dimes. Why the dimes? According to his daughter, “He never wanted to be caught not able to make a call.” Of course, 17 years later cell phones have replaced pay phones. Anyway, tell us what you always carry.
Eye glasses so that I can see. I’ll probably be buried with them on so that I can see when I come back to haunt people who deserve a good haunting.