Saturday, March 25, 2017

Saturday 9: Heat of the Moment

Saturday 9: The Heat of the Moment (1982)

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

1) What's something you did or said "in the heat of the moment?"

A. Quit a job. Actually, I stood up for myself and that led to my loss of a job. I was working for a two-lawyer firm, with another woman as a second (and senior) secretary. When I first went to work there, the drinks in the fridge were free. Then I was told I had to pay $0.50 for drinks (which were Sam's Club brand). So I started bringing in my own Diet Cokes. They kept disappearing. I knew one of the lawyers was drinking them because I saw the cans in his trash. Finally I marked one of the cans and when he came into my office with it in his hand, I pointed it out and asked for my $0.50 for the drink. He got very angry (though he handed me two quarters) and about two weeks later he "let me go" but gave no reason. He fought me on my unemployment but the state said he owed it to me since he had no real reasons for asking me to leave, so I collected it. Later, I found out that he and the other woman were having an affair; I am fairly sure that is the *real* reason I was asked to leave, because I was on the verge of figuring that out.

I'm not sure that's "heat of the moment" although I remember being angry when I saw for sure that he had my soda and was the one stealing from me. Jerk.

2) Asia's founder and bass player, John Wetton, passed away in January. One of his bandmates remembered him as a reliable performer who made everyone around him look better. Do you enjoy being the center of attention? Or would you, like Mr. Wetton, prefer to play a supporting role?

A. I would prefer the supporting role. The great thing about being a news reporter was I was there but invisible, participating but not. Seems like that would be a supporting role kind of thing.

3) Asia is a British band who played their first US concert at Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York. The nearest major city -- Ottawa, Canada -- is a 90-minute drive from Pottsdam. When you were last in the car for an hour or more? Where were you going?

A. We went to Rocky Mount, VA to hear Tommy Emmanuel play guitar at the Harvester Performance Center.

4) The song refers to disco hot spots, which apparently, by 1982, no one wanted to go to anymore. Let's make that negative into a positive. Describe your perfect night out with friends. Where would you go?

A. To see a fantasy movie and to the book store.

5) In 1982, the year this song was popular, someone laced bottles of Tylenol with cyanide. That's why we now have tamper-proof caps on many products. Have you used anything in a tamper-proof bottle yet today?

A. No. I have asked the pharmacist to remove the child-proof caps from my drug prescriptions. We have no children around here.

6) In 1982, Time Magazine's Person of the Year wasn't a person at all, it was "the computer." What do you use your computer for most often?

A. Writing, video games, reading (including Facebook, blogs, etc.), looking stuff up, and watching a live stream of a giraffe that refuses to have her baby, apparently.

7) 1982 also saw the premiere of The Weather Channel. Where do you learn the day's weather forecast? (Watching the local news on TV, checking your phone, looking out the window . . .)

A. I look out the window and check the local news station on the Internet.

8) In 1982, Arnold Schwarzenegger's movie, Conan the Barbarian, was a hit in theaters. When you settle down to watch a movie, is it usually a fantasy, like Conan? Or do you prefer another genre (action, comedy, adventure, romance, drama, classic . . .)

A. I like fantasies but will watch most anything except for those comedies that are full of poop jokes, farts, and young men objectifying women.

9) Random question: What is something you try to avoid?

A. Being uncomfortable.


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  1. What petty jerks to drink your soda. That's the kind of thing that drives me nuts.

    PS--I love your beautiful photos in the header.

  2. Lawyers are terrible (and I have lawyer friends!). The only job I quit in disgust was a law office.

    I am new to Alice's birthwatch and I feel sorry for everyone who has been watching her for months! I have a friend who has a barncam and sets it ups when one of her mares is about to foal. Lord, the first one, I would wake up in the middle of the night to check on the mare but by golly, it was middle of the night when she finally gave birth--and I watched it!

  3. You have me wondering if that Diet-coke stealing cheating lawyer has any Russian ties....
    Maybe he lives in DC now...

  4. Why is the people with money are the cheapest? How dare he feel put out over the 50¢ Though you got quarters. As one who is slave to coin-operated washers and dryers, I revere quarters.

  5. First off, I love the new spring pictures on your header. It's finally warm here, but nothing is blooming yet except daffodils.

    That boss was, indeed, a jerk. I had to deal with someone stealing pretzels from a big jar of them I kept at work a few years ago when I was there nearly all day. It turned out one of the other drivers was letting her daughter (who rode with her in the mornings) help herself. I put a big sign on the jar and they stopped disappearing.

    I saw a meme of that giraffe the other day, she was asking if anyone had Pitocin (the drug that induces labor).

  6. I just listened to Tommy Emmanuel Classical Gas, it sounded really good.

  7. I listened to a few of the guitar videos by Tommy Emmanuel and know what a thrill it was to see him. Fabulous!
    Oh yes, that Lawyer was a total jerk.
    Your new header is beautiful.
    And, I forgot about our online game. I just learned how to tame a beautiful, but deadly, Darkmare in a dungeon,,!!

  8. That was mean about drinking your soda. I had food Stolen from my lunch before. Someone ate half my peach and stick it back in the bag. It was disgusting. I did a double shift that day and was hungry but after that I just couldn't eat.

    I do love your photo. Have a good day.


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