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Friday, August 31, 2018

Saturday 9: Donna Summers, "She Works Hard for the Money".

Welcome to Saturday 9. What we've committed to our readers is that we will post 9 questions every Saturday. Sometimes the post will have a theme, and at other times the questions will be totally unrelated. Those weeks we do "random questions," so-to-speak. We encourage you to visit other participants posts and leave a comment. Because we don't have any rules, it is your choice. We hate rules. We love memes, however, and here is today's meme! 

Gal, thanks! I love this song, and remember singing along with it.

She Works Hard for the Money (1983) 

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

1) This song is about a woman who works hard as a waitress. What's the hardest job you've ever had?  
Building houses in the desert, though I did love the work. And, in those day, the sky out there was magnificent!  And now, it's time for a for a very interesting factoid.

They are coming for us.... he he he

2) The lyrics tell us she has worked at this job for 28 years. What's the longest you stayed with one employer?  
I can't remember how long I worked for any particular employer but I worked as a carpenter for the longest amount of time - over 8 years.

3) Donna Summer was inspired to write this song during an awards show. She ducked into the bathroom and met the elderly ladies' room attendant, whose job it was to make sure the room the spotless, the complimentary hairspray and moisturizer was abundant, and there was a hot towel for every celebrity who used the facilities. "Wow," Donna thought, "she works hard for those tips." Who is the last person you tipped?  
It was on my birthday last year, the Waiter.  And yes, people who wait on others work very hard.  My niece worked during College as a waitress, and my Aunt was a waitress for most of her life. They both worked hard.

4) Early in her career, Donna was in the touring company of the musical Hair. It played in Munich for so long that she became fluent in German. What's the longest you have ever lived away from home?   You must mean my parent's home?  That would be 56 years.   I've never had to live away from my own home.

5) Sam's dad is naturally outgoing and enjoys striking up conversations with waitresses, librarians, the checker at the supermarket, etc. Sam is always polite but more private. Are you more like father or daughter?  
I'm much more like Sam's father.  Everyone is a brother or sister to me.  I talk to anyone and anywhere.  I haven't always been as confident that other people were friendly, but most people are.  In fact, sometimes they are totally amazing!

6) A little more than 10% of the American workforce is self-employed. Have you ever been your own boss?  
Yes.  I had a craft business, in the 80's and 90's, called  Strawberry Moon Studios, which, apparently was a popular name to steal.  I have a logo and it is copyrighted and also trademarked.  
But American design thieves were already decimating the handicraft industry at this point, and did in all of our guild shows - our Guild just dried up and turned up it's toes.  I think the Midwestern shows and crafters suffered the worst, but it wasn't good for a lot of little businesses like mine.  I used to blame China but then I learned more.

7) Labor Day weekend may offer a golden opportunity for napping and sleeping in. Do you snore?  Sometimes, yes.  I guess I can wake the dead with it, or so DH says. lol  

8) Will you be attending a Labor Day picnic or barbecue? 
Nope.  We might make some bean or potato salad for dinner though.  Maybe a pasta salad.  Hmmm?  I love all sorts of picnic foods.  

9) Labor Day traditionally marks the beginning of the fall. Will you be adding any new fall clothes to your wardrobe?  
No, not really. But I am going to get the commercial sewing machine head (Riccar) set up AND running this winter.  Hopefully everything on it still works. 
The poor thing has been sitting
down below my cutting desk since the 1980's!

Additionally, you can all see that I graduated, with honors, 
from the Bad Cell Phone Blind Drunk Photographer's Classes at the local Pub. 🥂
I love her Machine!  It looks like it is a treadle.  
I have two treadles, one of which, a New Home, that I sewed my high school clothes on,
 and one that was my grandmother's Singer treadle, which I received later in life.

Thanks so much for joining us again at Saturday: 9. As always, feel free to come back, see who has participated and comment on their posts. In fact sometimes, if you want to read & comment on everyone's responses, you might want to check back again tomorrow. But it is not a rule. We haven’t any rules here. Join us on next Saturday for another version of Saturday: 9, "Just A Silly Meme on a Saturday!" Enjoy your weekend!


  1. As one who has spent her adult life in offices, I am so jealous of the professional experiences you had in both the desert and with the guild. I know it wasn't always easy for you, but it sounds so varied and interesting.

    1. and I admire that you can be so successful in such a competitive field!

      Working in the desert and other counties was interesting. And hard. We did everything by hand...Carrying rock bags up the ladders and mopping tar... doing layouts and building walls, and cutting rafters...building window frames and door frames since nothing was pre-fab in those days.
      It was over a long period of time since my brother and I both earned money that way for schooling, we started early in our pre-teens until we were full fledged carpenters by our teen years.
      The guild was a gas. I really loved it. Hard in a different way.
      Have a great relaxing weekend!

  2. I think that I snore but I never heard it myself. :)

    1. Heehee.. Isn't it the truth!
      I have, in the past, woke myself up with a loud snort. So, I have to hand it to a guy who is nearly deaf to be able to hear my performances. ;o)
      Have a lovely Labor day weekend, Diana. Enjoy the heck out of it.

  3. Your job building houses sounds so awesome! It is hard work, my husband does commercial construction. I do not know how he does it. Enjoy your long weekend! I loved your answers!


    1. I was really as strong as an Ox when I was young, before the horse took out my backbone, that is.
      But commercial buildings are just way beyond what I had to do. Even though we had to cut all the rafters and build the roof from scratch, i.e. on a ridge rafter and build all the hips and valleys, it was easy enough. I'm not sure if I could have done the work after almost every roof was done with trusses. My hat's off to all the Carpenters!
      Happy Long Weekend! Enjoy yourselves and eat good things!

  4. I would never have been physically able to build houses. I admire that.

    1. Basically, It was just a trick of fate. PsychoDad was a sub-contractor, with a sideline.
      I started out loving books and being bookish...Now I'm proud to be that again, to be honest, it's still hard NOT to pick up the hammer (I still have mine!) and make something.
      Nowadays, girls can take wood shop without turning a single head. I had to argue my way into it in the 7th grade.
      Not many little girls get the chance handed to them to be builders, or even hold a hammer.
      I think I had become a howling tom boy in those days, plus we lived in a semi rural area that had scads of space for running around and howling activity. My bro and I built forts.
      Carpentry made my back strong for when I had to rebuild it, so I'm glad that the chance to be a carpenter availed itself to me. "six of one...." ;o)
      Have a good time with your Sis. Enjoy the extra day!

  5. You have had such a varied life. Great experiences. A life well lived, I'd say.

    1. Thanks, CountryDew. Once I got away from the clutches of a dragon, I got rid of my "insanity", but it took some time. Still, there were good things that happened, too. This made me realize it wasn't all about a person's childhood. That just sets some hurdles but not the life story..

  6. I'm thinking if the 9'ers ever got together for a convention/retreat/reunion (?) we'd need to bring a big supply of ear plugs! LOL
    That is such a shame about the thieves who stole your designs. You've talked about them before...I wish I could have seen them. I'm sure they would have been lovely, just like their maker. :)

    1. We would have a great old chin wag!

      Design thieves stole the cabbage patch kids idea, and that had to hurt big time, to the producer. That guy who did it should rot somewhere in the tropics!
      It comes with retail selling. I was not experienced enough to say, "oh well".
      Now I know what happened to me was piddly compared to what happened to American craft in the Midwest. People who sold in Branson, say, were coming up against designs that came out of China that were ripped right off from Americana designs. These are the people would stay in their basements and craft over the winter, and spring, and hit the road in summer and fall. Sad, really. And wide spread.

      Wouldn't it be a gas to get together. Somewhere in the middle... :O)


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