Saturday 9: Black Magic Woman (1970)

Unfamiliar with this week’s tune: Hear it here.

Okay, first of all, we need to talk about the fact that Fleetwood Mac did this song originally–before Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham joined, obviously–and I never knew that until they played it live earlier this month with Stevie singing.
1) Black is this week’s signature color because Friday, November 23, was “Black Friday,” when retailers cut their prices and consumers flock to the stores. Did you score any “Black Friday” bargains? I think the only thing I bought all holiday weekend was my sugar scrub I use, mostly because it was 25% off and it’s almost never on sale. Nothing else caught my eye or seemed worth it.
2) On busy shopping days, carts often litter parking lots. After loading your items into your car, are you careful to return your shopping cart to the store or the designated cart receptacle? Yes, because there are only a tiny handful of good reasons not to and none of them apply to me.

3) Who on your gift list is hardest to buy for? My in-laws, followed by my dad. I just never know what my in-laws would want or need, and I’ve exhausted the few ideas I’ve had over the years. My dad’s tough for similar reasons, mainly limited interests, but he’s also a foodie and I usually find something neat that appeals to that side of him. I’ve done various food kits the last few Christmases and birthdays, like kits for making cheese, infused olive oil, an herb garden, and I think I did a sauerkraut one once.
4) Feasting and football are also popular Thanksgiving weekend pastimes. Do your Thursday-Sunday plans include enjoying leftovers or watching a game? Leftovers always, football never.

5) Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade is an annual event. It began in 1924 as a local event in New York. Today it’s nationally televised. Did you watch it? Parts of it. I’ve never really cared for it, especially the blatant lip syncing, even though I know it’s out of necessity. It annoys me.

6) What did you give thanks for on Thanksgiving 2018? We didn’t go around the table and say what we’re thankful for, probably because I’m a smartass about it every year, but my husband, my family, and my whole inner circle. And having a new house this year!

7) At the first Thanksgiving, there were no forks. Pilgrims ate with spoons and knives, and forks didn’t become popular until the 18th century. Think about your Thanksgiving place setting. Did you have both a salad and a dinner fork? Nah. We don’t get fancy.

8) Pies are a popular Thanksgiving dessert. What kind of pie did you enjoy? Or did you have ice cream? Or did you skip dessert? Since my brother had to work Thursday, my family did Thanksgiving dinner on Wednesday night. My dad made pumpkin creme brûlée, so I went for that, although it’s not too far off from pumpkin pie, really. The next day at my in-laws’, I had apple pie, and then we got sent home with a couple pieces of chocolate cake.

9) This week’s featured band, Santana, was named for its founder, Carlos Santana. He was born in Mexico. When at a Mexican restaurant, what do you usually order? Usually something simple and vegetarian, like a quesadilla. If I’m at local chain Mad Mex, though, their tofu tacos all the way. They’re so good. I’ve only ever ordered something different one time, and I liked it, but I was like, “Man, should’ve got the tofu tacos.” And I’ve never ordered anything else since.


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