Having faith is what keeps us going, isn’t it?
Faith over situations over which we have no control. Faith that the sun will rise tomorrow. Faith that our partners will be true. Faith that if we believe in God we will find everlasting life.
Believe it or not, I have even had faith that our government, the offices of good old Uncle Sam, would quickly and efficiently process my fiancee visa petition, which would allow Ann to come to the United States.
Well, that blind and dumb faith done flew out the window last week.
In December, I was notified by the L.A. Department of Homeland Security that my July 2009 application had finally been approved (after almost six months). The approval letter read that my petition was on its way to New Hampshire, where the National Visa Center (NVC) would process it within two to four weeks and then send it on to Manila.
Last week, after not hearing anything from the NVC in two months, I asked Representative Ann Kirkpatrick’s office to once again look into my petition status.
A couple of days later, Tiffany Kalaitzidis, from Ms. Kirkpatrick’s office, broke the bad news to me. She discovered that my approved petition was not in New Hampshire, nor was it even on its way — it was sitting in a storage room in the L.A. Homeland Security office!
And that’s how what little bit of faith that I still had in the government done flew out the window.
Now, onto this week’s music trivia question. Can you name the country western singer who recorded the 1970 song “Have A Little Faith?”
This singer/songwriter was born in Itawamba County, Miss. During the late ’60s and early ’70s, she dominated the country charts, scoring 17 No. 1 hits. Along with Loretta Lynn, she defined the role of female country vocalists in the ’70s.
She was elected the Country Music Association female vocalist of the year in 1968, 1969 and 1970 and to the Grand Ole Opry in 1970. She charted more than 70 hits over her 30-year recording career, including the favorites, “I Don’t Wanna Play House,” “D-I-V-O-R-C-E” and “He Loves Me All The Way.”
From 1969-1975, she was married to country artist, George Jones.
Is this “Stand By Your Man” singer A) Tanya Tucker, B) Emmylou Harris, C) Tammy Wynette or D) Christine Bollier?
If you are caller number five and have the right answer, you’ll win a CD of this artist’s top hits.
Now, let’s check out how we did with last week’s music trivia question: Which of the following songs was NOT a No. 1 hit for Hank Williams? A) Eleven Roses, B) Long Gone Lonesome Blues, C) Jambalaya or D) Kaw-Liga?
“Long Gone Lonesome Blues” (1950), “Jambalaya” (1952) and “Kaw-Liga” (1953) were big No. 1 hits for Hank Williams, topping the country music charts for 16, 14 and 13 weeks, respectively.
“Eleven Roses” was a No. 1 hit for Hank’s son, Hank Williams Jr. in 1972.
Congratulations to this past week’s first-time music trivia winner, Charlie Okander, who won a $20 gift certificate to Bob’s Western Wear.
A little about Charlie: She was born and raised in Great Falls, Mont. After she graduated from high school, she moved with her family to Arizona, where she attended ASU on a music scholarship.
Ten years ago, she met her husband, Allen, at the German Cowboy, which is now the Buffalo Bar & Grill. For their first date, they dined at the Landmark Restaurant in Mesa.
For the majority of Charlie’s life, she worked in the semi-conductor field. She is now a part-time seamstress. Allen works in the construction and remodeling business. In their spare time, both Charlie and Allen enjoy hunting and fishing.
Charlie’s favorite music genres are country-western, classical, blues and jazz. Her favorite artists are George Strait, Reba McEntire, Louis Armstrong and Dean Martin.
Lastly, pictures I have just added to my Web site are from last Friday evening’s luau dance at Julia Randall Elementary School. A “hau’oli” time was had by all!
Also, if you’re looking for a music entertainment this Saturday night, come on down to the Payson High School auditorium at 7 p.m. for the Payson Optimists’ annual “Lip Sync” competition. Seventeen high school acts will be “lipping off” for a chance to win between $200 to $500 in hard, cold cash.
Lip Syncing — where having a “fat lip” can actually be a good thing!
Web site: www.DJCraigInPayson.com