Saturday, February 20, 2016

14514.9558 Kilograms - Saturday 9

Saturday 9: Sixteen Tons (1955)
Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here

14514.9558 in Kilograms
1) 16 tons = 32,000 pounds, because there are 2,000 lbs. to a ton. Without looking it up, do you know how many ounces are in a pound?  16 oz to a pound. We have a scale that weighs Mr BC in kilograms, as that is how the kidney center wants his statistics....all metric.  One thing that is miraculous is that the kidney center has supplied most of the things we need for his dialysis.  I know that Medicare and his excellent insurance pays for it, but it is nice that we haven't had a lot of extra money going out because of his health issues.  That is why we have a scale that can weigh in kilograms.  That is 2.2 pounds to a kilogram. 

2) The singer describes himself as having "a mind that's weak and a back that's strong." Think about yourself. Which feels more powerful today, your body or your brain? Definitely, at my mind is a tad  stronger than my body. Actually it is about equal.  I am not as strong at anything, important, now days. 

3) The poor chap in this song has money troubles. Are you good at sticking to your budget?  Better than most, not as good as some.  

4) Tennessee Ernie Ford snapped his fingers as he recorded this song. It's been said that while it's possible to snap your fingers of both hands, the noise is louder with your "dominant hand." (So if you're a rightie, the finger snap will be louder with your right hand.) Try it yourself. Did you find this to be true? It makes I mentioned before not much of me is strong any more. Plus my arthritis....Strong it is! 

5) Mr. Ford appeared as "Cousin Ernie" in three episodes of I Love Lucy. What's your all-time favorite sitcom? Along the vein of Cousin Ernie, I will stop to watch the Andy Griffith Show any time I am switching channels.  When I was in Roanoke, a few years ago, traveling for the bank, one weekend, I visited Mt Airy, North Carolina, Andy's home town and the inspiration for Mayberry.  It was very nostalgic.  I remember watching the Tennessee Ernie Ford Show. as a family, every week when I was a kid.  He was very funny!

6) Tennessee Ernie took the money he made from his performing career and invested in a California cattle ranch. Think back to the last beef your ate. How was it prepared? I still have a real hamburger every once in a while. Sometime, if I am out for dinner I will have beef....since we eat only fish or chicken at home.

7) Mr. Ford passed away at age 72 in 1991. That year, Dr. Seuss also died. What's your favorite Dr. Seuss book? Oh, the Places You'll Go.  It is a favorite graduation gift....with a check tucked inside.

8) Gene Roddenberry also died that year. Mr. Roddenberry is best known as the creator of Star Trek. Who is your favorite Star Trek character? I am a bit of a Star Trek fan. If you search my labels, you will find a number of posts all about the shows.  We just watched a show on Roku, on PBS all about how prescient the creators of the show, were about the science fiction that is now or will be science fiction. Plus I loved the future of the 23rd Century. I liked Jean Luc Picard, he is my favorite character.

 9) Random question: We're having smoothies. What's your favorite? I got a single is actually about 2 servings....blender to make Mr BC smoothies. My favorite is Chocolate-peanut butter, made with PB2. When he didn't have much of an appetite, while he was so ill, I made him one protein smoothie-shake almost every day.  Other than having to do peritoneal dialysis every day, he is almost fit as a fiddle. We are hoping to go to CA in the RV this Spring.