Saturday 9: My Valentine

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

 1) Paul McCartney sings that he won’t let a day go by without remembering why he loves his valentine. What blessings are you thankful for today?
My friends and family, particularly my husband and adorable son. And our two asshole cats. And my job, given the fact that there was a brutal round of layoffs and I somehow made the cut.

2) Paul directed the video of Natalie Portman translating his song into American Sign Language (ASL), which is the third most commonly used language in both the United States and Canada. British Sign Language (BSL), commonly used in EU countries, is very different. Do you find it easy to learn new languages? You know, I haven’t really tried since high school and I know that it gets harder as you get older, but I did very well with it then and am confident that if I decided to, say, try to at least learn some basics for a vacation or something, I could get by.

3) The song is on Paul’s Kisses on the Bottom CD, for which he won one of his 18 Grammy Awards. What compliment or accolade have you recently received? One of my writing professors from college recently had a very good essay published, and my sister-in-law, who was also one of her students, and I both commented on how much we loved it. In response, she said our writing inspires her, which I took as a huge compliment. I also urge you to read the essay–it’s one of my favorite pieces of her writing.

4) Paul is an honorary NYPD detective. He was given this designation for performing a charity concert after 9/11. Do you know anyone in law enforcement? My husband has an uncle who’s actually a homicide detective.

5) Bob Dylan has said of Paul, “I’m in awe of McCartney. He’s about the only one I’m in awe of. He can do it all. He never lets up. He’s just so effortless.” Tell us about someone whose talent you admire. The aforementioned professor, Lori Jakiela.

This is the last Saturday  9 before Valentine’s Day and so this morning we shall focus on the upcoming holiday. 

6) The holiday is also known as The Feast of St. Valentine. Do you have a special meal planned for February 14? Nope. Not a fan of the holiday.

7) The phrase “wear your heart on your sleeve” began in medieval times. On Valentine’s Day, men would celebrate the holiday by displaying their lady love’s name on their sleeves. If you were going to adopt this custom, whose name would you wear? My husband’s, Paul.

8) Women buy and send more Valentines than men do. Who received the last greeting card you sent? I sent out a very late round of Christmas cards, so one of my friends. Based on a text in reply, Tessa was the one who received the card most recently.

9) Men buy and send more roses at Valentine’s Day than women do. What’s your favorite flower? I do love a classic rose.

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