Saturday, September 1, 2018

Saturday 9: She Works Hard for the Money

She Works Hard for the Money (1983) 
Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

PS:  I never really liked this song and was not a big fan of Donna Summer, but I will play along today.

1) This song is about a woman who works hard as a waitress. What's the hardest job you've ever had?

My first job was gift wrapping during the Christmas holidays at a very exclusive department store.  I was a freshman in high school in 1959 and the standards at this particular store were extremely high.  The lady in charge of us young wrappers was so demanding and she gave me a really hard time.  I went home crying every day.  I daily questioned whether the small amount of money I made was worth it.  But, she taught me well and I was a very confident gift wrapper the next year.

2) The lyrics tell us she has worked at this job for 28 years. What's the longest you stayed with one employer?

I was employed by the Morehouse Parish School Board for 25 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?

The lady who colors my hair. 

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?

One year while attending college.

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 am more like the daughter and Hubby is exactly like the father.

6) A little more than 10% of the American workforce is self-employed. Have you ever been your own boss?

Only in my own home, and even that is questionable.
7) Labor Day weekend may offer a golden opportunity for napping and sleeping in. Do you snore?

Not usually or that I am told.

8) Will you be attending a Labor Day picnic or barbecue? 
I will be spending the latter part of the day with my sister and we may go to her son's for dinner.  That's still yet to be determined.
9) Labor Day traditionally marks the beginning of the fall. Will you be adding any new fall clothes to your wardrobe?

I already have and you can find some of them on my Monday blog posts.  For example:


  1. I love the necklace you chose for your outfit.

    We strive for a wide range of songs. I know every week we can't please everyone, but hopefully every now and again one of our choices is one you just love.

  2. I loved reading your responses and you look fabulous in your outfit!

  3. I like that outfit. I could use someone to dress me sometimes. I feel like I look like a tramp.

  4. I love your outfit!! I would burn up in that where I love, but love it for fall! Loved your answers. I bet your gifts are beautifully wrapped. I wish I could wrap so nice. Have a nice long weekend!

  5. Oh, I worked in a department store wrapping gifts while I was in high school too. Think that's where my love of pretty wrapped gifts come from. Fun questions this week but I didn't care for the song either. Happy weekend!

  6. I grew up in the 70s and 80s and used to love that song. I think I may have even owned the album. I once worked at a chicken farm collecting eggs. It was not hard work, but it certainly was stinky! Thanks for sharing!
    Laughter and Consistency


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