Saturday, August 23, 2014

Saturday 9

1) Popular music has produced almost countless groups, but not that many duos. Besides Sonny & Cher, can you name another? Hall and Oates. "She's Gone" has been running through my mind for a week now. That little earwig has really borne in!

2)  Hearing this recording from his clock radio is how Bill Murray woke up every morning in Groundhog Day. What woke you up this morning? My cat Rey decided at 4:30 that it was time to rise and shine. He can be a persistent little shit.

3) When she was growing up, Cher practiced her autograph for when she became a star. Is your signature legible? Or is it more of a scrawl? I have very nice handwriting. Which is worth very little in today's world.

4) In addition to show biz, Sonny & Cher had many careers: Sonny was a restauranteur and politician, Cher is an interior designer. Would you like to try your hand at any of those professions? Nope.

5) In 1965, when this song topped the charts, Sonny and Cher were as famous for their wardrobe as for their music. Sonny was fond of tall, heavy-heeled boots while Cher often paired granny dresses with bare feet. What's on your feet right now? I'm barefootin'.

6) By 1968, their career crashed. Cher's early attempts as a movie actress failed, their records stopped selling and the IRS came after them for back taxes. Have you ever been audited? Not an official audit, though twice I've received letters from the IRS explaining that they took a different view of my return than I did. That means twice they made me drink and cry and swear with worry. Fortunately both times my accountant cleared it up and I didn't have to pay any incremental tax.

7) In 1971 they were on top again with their TV show. But their marriage was coming apart. Sonny said, "For the last 5 years I worried about our career, not about us." Have you ever been guilty of putting career before relationship? No. I've been guilty of the opposite and shirking my professional duties because My Man needed me. Funny but in retrospect I do regret it. The men weren't worth it.

8) By 1972 they were living separate lives -- in the same house. For the sake of The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour, they pretended to be happily married another year and a half. Tell us about a time when you pretended to be happy, but weren't. HA! Daily! I work in a clown car -- four of squeezed into an office space better suited to two. It's so exhausting to pretend, day in/day out, that I don't hate the proximity of my coworkers.
That's me in the trunk

9) While their separation and divorce were bitter, they resumed their friendship when Cher showed up at the opening of his restaurant in 1976. Have you ever made the first move in repairing a relationship? Yes. I can be stubborn in relationships, to be sure, but if you're my friend I'm quick to forgive.


  1. I had a number of letter like that from the IRS one was for an amount well into the five figures, but my accountant also straightened it out. It was his fault, he didn't record all the data in the right column.
    It was a heart stopper when I opened the letter, I made some unladylike comments.

  2. I like me some Hall and Oats too. I forgot about them!

  3. I thought that was you in the trunk...

  4. I've also had She's Gone stuck in my head! I almost posted the video.

  5. I'm in a cubicle farm. Hate it. And thanks, now I'm going to be chasing around Hall & Oats in my head all afternoon :)

  6. I hope you get a bigger office. A nice one with a window and a view.

    Love Hall and Oates, didn't think about them! They were great.

  7. I sure hope that 'She's Gone' thing isn't contagious....

  8. Good penmanship is worth a great deal to me, believe me!! I work with a couple of people who never got much past crayon stage writing, and both the men in my family have atrocious handwriting. ...sigh

  9. How can you do your best work in such a crowd of clowns? hehe Hall and Oats is a wonderful duo. It's time to listen to more music again! Loved your answers and the "illustrations". lol

  10. I would hate that clown car scenario at work SO much. I don't think I could handle it without going crazy. I don't even like it when my own children stand too close to me when I'm working! haha