Saturday, September 03, 2016

Saturday 9: Man's World

Saturday 9: It's a Man's Man's Man's World (1966)

Since Labor Day was introduced to celebrate the American worker, we are highlighting the hardest working man in show business: James Brown. Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) Before he was able to support himself as a musician, James Brown shined shoes, boxed, picked peanuts and delivered groceries. He admitted he didn't enjoy any of those jobs. What was your least favorite job?

A. Chief toilet bowl cleaner of the household.

 2) What job have you enjoyed the most?

A. Working as a news stringer for the local newspaper and writing freelance articles. I was able to meet many people, including folks like the current Democratic candidate for Vice President (once a former governor of Virginia), and regular ol' joes who also had stories to tell. I loved the excitement of it, the glory of finding out a truth, and being the first one to break a story. I did it well, too.

3) James loved performing and in the mid-60s, played 335-350 dates/year. Do you have time off this weekend? Or will you be working?

A. I will be off, since I am no longer working.

4) With that grueling schedule, James spent a lot of time on the road. Do you enjoy traveling and staying in hotels? Or are you a homebody who prefers to sleep in your own bed?

A. I am now a homebody who prefers to sleep in her own bed.

5) While Millennials are the largest generation in the workforce, millions of Baby Boomers are still part of American labor. Do you think it's easy or hard for people of different generations to work together? Or don't you think age matters?

A. I think it is probably hard for older folks to work for younger folks, especially if the age difference is vast. For me, it would depend upon whether or not the young person still respected me for my age and experience, regardless of title.

6) 72% of employers report that they give their employees sick days. Tell us about a time when you called in sick, but weren't.

A. I have worked from my home office since 1993. I don't think this really applies.

7) According to the 2010 Census, 5.9 million Americans regularly work from home. Is working from home something you have/you would enjoy? Or do you benefit from interaction with coworkers?

A. I like working from home but the beauty of writing for the paper was it also made me leave my little nest and forced me to have interaction with other people. Being home alone working is fun but you do have to have contact with others. Plus, if you're self-employed, you have the burden of all of it - bookkeeping, sales, marketing, everything. It's not all it's cracked up to be.

8) 12% of workers report they prefer to report for work early -- before 7:00 AM -- so they can get more done. Are you a morning person?

A. Not any more.

9) The NFL season starts on September 8. How do you think your team will do this year?

A. I don't have a team. My husband roots for the Dallas Cowboys, so go Dallas.


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  1. "Regular ol' joes who also had stories to tell." That's why we read our local newspapers, isn't it? What a wonderful answer.

  2. You'll never guess what I just got done doing.
    Yep. Toilet bowl cleaning. Hail to the chief.

  3. I am too shy to be a reporter. I've done lots of interviews in my day and enjoy them when I get into them, but die the death anticipating sounding like an idiot. I learned eventually that a question like "tell me all about yourself" got them going and I didn't have to say anything. But then I'm only doing theater, not investigative reporting.

    And about that morning person thing, funny how it goes as you get older. Five years ago, I would never dream that i would sleep past 8 a.m. in the morning, but that's more the norm now than unusual.

  4. I've never been self-employed, so it never occurred to me the burden of managing every aspect of the business... yuck!

  5. I also love to sleep in my own bed but from time to time it is great to get away
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