June 11, 2021

Saturday 9: Ain't That a Kick in the Head

Linking up with the Saturday 9 for some fun questions inspired by music. Thanks, Sam, for finding the music and thinking up the questions every week!

Saturday 9: Ain't That a Kick in the Head (1960)

Unfamiliar with this song? Hear it here.

1) Dean Martin asks the musical question, "How lucky can one guy be?" Tell us about a time when you got a lucky break.  I'm not a believer in luck, but one time I can think of that most would call lucky is the time my daughter and I bought VIP seats for a Toby Keith concert. You didn't know where exactly your seats would be until you arrived at the concert, but they were promised to be in the first 3 rows. 

There was a problem with the season ticket holders at the venue we were going to. They had paid big bucks for their seats for the entire summer concert season and were not happy that they were going to lose their seats for the concert. The venue and Toby Keith's organization got around that by putting 3 rows of folding chairs IN FRONT of those other seats. 

Those folks still weren't happy, but my daughter and I about fainted when we arrived and found out our seats were smack in the center of the front row and the stage (and Toby) was about 2 feet away. I could have reached out and touched him...if the security guard that was standing right by me the whole time wouldn't have tackled me. 

2) This song was introduced in the original Ocean's 11 movie. Have you seen it, or the remake and its sequels? 
I'm not sure if I've seen the original. I used to watch a lot of old movies so it's possible. I have seen the remake and one or two of the sequels. I've enjoyed them.

3) All the Ocean's movies are about heists. Why do you suppose audiences enjoy watching caper films?  With the Ocean's movies I think it's the adventure, the fast pace, and the fun ensemble cast. At least I always love a movie with an ensemble cast.
4) Dean was born in Steubenville, OH. Though he seldom returned to his hometown, he kept Steubenville in his thoughts, regularly donating toys to area children hospitalized over the holidays. Who received the last gift you gave?  My mom received flowers from me for Mothers' Day.
5) Dean was extremely claustrophobic and avoided elevators whenever possible -- and even when it wasn't. He was late for the first night of an engagement, even though he was staying at the hotel where he was performing, because he insisted on taking the stairs from his luxury suite to the showroom (18 flights). The hotel put him in a smaller, less prestigious room on a lower floor so he could more easily arrive on time for his own shows. Have you ever been stuck in an elevator?  Several times. The elevator in my college dorm was always breaking down.

6) He and Frank Sinatra were great friends, but they had their differences. For example, Frank loved to party and Dean hated it. One of Sinatra's favorite stories was about how Dean got bored with a party in his own home and went up to his bedroom to watch TV. When the guests didn't take his hint and leave, Dean made an anonymous noise complaint to the police, who came over and broke up the party. When it comes to parties, are you more like Frank or Dean?  These days I suppose I'm more like Dean, but my enjoyment of a party is proportional to the crowd attending and what's going on.

7) Dean Martin had a secret passion for comic books. He loved them, but was too embarrassed to buy them himself. What's your guilty pleasure?  Horrible cable shows like Ancient Aliens, Swamp People, Mountain Monsters, Finding Bigfoot, etc.

8) In 1960, when this song was released, Princess Margaret married photographer Antony Armstrong-Jones. Their relationship began when he was commissioned to take her official portrait. Who took the most recent picture of you?  My daughter. It was a selfie of her, her kids, and me at a drive-thru dinosaur show.

9) Random question (Not really so random, considering Dean Martin's reputation): Do you have a hangover remedy to recommend?  Not really. Even when I indulged in nightly partying I didn't get many hangovers. I've always been told the best thing to do is drink lots of water because a hangover is mostly caused by dehydration. I don't know if it's true. You can try it and let me know.


  1. I can't imagine being stuck in an elevator, I'm claustrophobic.
    Have a good Saturday!

  2. Hi Stacy. Fun post. That's a great story about the Toby Keith concert. What a good memory. We go to opera and plays - concerts not so much. I think the last concert I went to was Billy Joel - back when Charly and I was dating! Wow - that has been a long, long time ago. Have a good weekend.See you again soon.

    1. I've never been to an opera. I had to watch a few movies of them in school...not my thing, but I do love plays. My mom and I used to go quite a bit, but haven't for several years. I bet Billy Joel was awesome. He is one of my favorites.

  3. Oh Stacy, your concert experience sounds like a Dream.Come.True! Not so much the elevator experiences. I don't obsess about them, but ever since I read Hotel I'm not fond of elevators. Fun post!

  4. I love all the Ocean movies gteat cast. Number 1 was the best. Have a great Saturday.

  5. Love your concert story. I’d be flipping out, too

  6. In all the years I've used elevators, never got stuck. *knock on wood* I'm glad. Doesn't sound like fun. At least I'm not claustrophobic.
    I'm not a fan of any of the "Ocean" movies. My thing is the old sci-fi / monster movies. They're campy and fun, to me.
    Blessings. xx

    1. Oh, I love those old sci-fi/monster movies, too! I used to watch Soup's On on Saturday afternoons, Chiller Theater on Saturday nights, and the Sunday morning movies...all featured those great old campy movies. That's where I developed my love for Abbot and Costello!

  7. I love your story on #1! That is awesome. Loved your answers! Have a nice weekend.


  8. I'm a big fan of the Ocean's movies, I love a good ensemble cast.

  9. My husband likes Swamp People. I read while he watches it but I know who the characters are. My favorite was Liz when she was first on the show.

    1. At first I liked getting a peek into a different culture, but now I find their efforts to preserve the swamps and the Everglades from non-native species pretty interesting. They are nuts, but I'm glad someone does it. By the way, Liz is back.

  10. Hey... I LOVE Swamp People!! LOL We answered #3 about the same! This was a fun 9 (as always). Happy weekend, Stacy! xo

  11. Hi Stacy, thanks for visiting my blog. I have been so busy with my "camps". That is a great concert experience to remember! I am glad to hear I am not alone in the hubby go to bed early department. Enjoy your weekend!

  12. I love how you took those elevator snafus as they came. Not much more you can do, is there? And really, there's not much danger, is there?

    I thought it was so cool that you thought of me when you saw Bill Murray sing the stretch. Thank you! I didn't even try for tickets this weekend. I wanted to give the Wrigley Field staff a chance to work out the kinks before I descend on them. My nephew and I return to the ballpark next month. (Yay!)


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