Saturday 9: Heartbreak Hotel (1956)
1) Elvis checked in to the hotel at the end of Lonely Street. Where was the last hotel or motel you stayed at?
Last summer I think it was La Quinta. So-so breakfast.
2) He sings that Heartbreak Hotel is always crowded. The fear of crowds is so prevalent that it has four names (enochlophobia, ochlophobia, demophobia and agoraphobia). Are you comfortable in a crowd?
Depends on how many people in said crowd have proper hygiene.
3) The desk clerk at Heartbreak Hotel is dressed black. Do you often wear all black?
I usually have something on that is black. Can you guess what it is today?
4) The song was written by Mae Boren Axton, who said it was inspired by the story of an anonymous young man’s suicide in a hotel. She said she read in The Miami Herald that the John Doe left behind a note that said, “I walk a lonely street.” What’s the last note you handwrote? (Hopefully it was more upbeat.)
I wrote down some numbers as I was doing some book work.
5) When Elvis was 11, his parents bought him a guitar. He had asked for a rifle, but his mama convinced him a guitar was a better idea. Tell us about a time one of your parents was right about something.
My mom was big on calcium supplements.
6) Not long before “Heartbreak Hotel” was recorded, Elvis’ father recommended he give up the guitar and become a truck driver. Tell us about a time one of your parents was wrong about something.
I’m sure it was something I was doing or going to do. Who cares now really?
7) There are many stories about Elvis’ manager, Col. Tom Parker. One anecdote, about his career before Elvis, has the Colonel painting sparrows yellow so he could sell them as canaries. Have you ever been ripped off?
My husband forgot my last birthday. That was a freaking ripoff. Wouldn’t you say so?
8) Speaking of birds, Elvis once owned a peacock. It damaged his cars, so he gave it to the Memphis Zoo. In earlier days, it might have been dinner, for peacock was considered a medieval delicacy. What’s the last poultry you prepared?
I haven’t really been big on poultry in a long time. I eat a lot of fish these days.
9) Random question: You and a friend have dinner at a restaurant. Your friend left her wallet at home, so you pick up the entire tab of $62, including tip. A few weeks later, you two meet for lunch and when the bill comes, she puts down half. Do you remind her that she still owes you $31 from the last time you dined together?
Like my friends would ever eat anywhere that cost that much. Besides, they are all rich in plastic.