Saturday 9: Believe
1) In 1998, Cher became the oldest woman to top the Billboard Hot 100 with “Believe.” She was 52 at the time. At what age do you think you did hit/will hit your prime? I reject the notion one reaches a “prime” and everything is downhill from there. People who think of high school or college or even childhood as the best years of their lives sadden me. There is too much life afterwards to waste on feeling like the best has already happened. I view life more like learning math: each concept builds upon the previous concepts as the subject gets more complex. As I pass through each phase of life, I have the experiences of my younger self to draw upon. I have no one to blame but myself if the present isn’t my prime. So far, my thirties have been the best time of my life and I’m only getting better.
2) Cher is as well known for her outrageous outfits as for her singing. What’s the latest piece of clothing you added to your wardrobe? I believe the most recent clothes shopping I did was a trip the our local Goodwill store a few months ago. I picked up a bunch of cool stuff for crafting, modification and a few things that worked right off the rack. Everything was off the $1 rack, too. I love this black shirt for it’s 1940s flared silhouette. Chris took this picture for me at Costco several months ago for me to text to Kate to explain my outfit:
The brown embroidered skirt was especially exciting because it’s a size large from New York & Company. While it is stretchy fabric and *just* fits, I was still pretty excited to wear any bottom in a large:
I took this in-the-car-pic of the outfit I made with it – again to text to Kate – to show her how I’d put it together with an old pair of tights and one of the tops she’d brought me along with a bunch of other hand me downs fulfilling the promise she’s always made to hand-me-down her good stuff when we both slim down. The color match couldn’t have been better if I’d bought every item on purpose. Fashion serendipity is my favorite.
3) Cher credits her unique looks to her diverse ethnicity. Her father was Armenian and her mom is English/German/Cherokee. From where did your ancestors come? For several generations, my ancestors have been from Maine.
4) When she was a little girl, Cher produced and starred in a schoolyard production of Oklahoma. Were you involved in drama or theater in school? Nope. I wish I had been. I was fascinated by the drama kids who were in many of my classes in High School but I was too intimidated by by what I perceived as their coolness to attempt to get to know them.
5) Cher is open about her plastic surgery, speaking freely about having had her breasts ‘done’, her nose bobbed and her teeth straightened. If you could change one physical feature about yourself, which would it be? And what would you never change, under any circumstances? In the last several years, I’ve noticed the effects of gravity on the “girls” so if I was changing something by meme magic, I’d make them eternally perky as they were in my early twenties. What I wouldn’t change is my height. Sure, it’s often a hassle to be 4’8″ in a world built for 5’6″ and above, but being not just short but extremely short is one of my defining features. I have no doubt it gas shaped my personality and worldview in innumerable ways I’m not even aware of.
6) There’s a stubborn rumor, often denied, that Cher had a rib removed so that she could maintain her long and lean silhouette. What’s the most outrageous thing anyone has said of you? I have no idea what’s said about me behind my back. Not interested in finding out.
7) When she was a kid, Cher practiced her autograph. Do you have a clear, legible signature? Or is it more of a scrawl? It’s gotten worse over time with the overall deterioration of my handwriting but since I always write in cursive, my signature is legible enough.
8) Cher asks, “Do you believe in life after love?” Crazy Sam’s question is easier and less profound: Do you believe in luck? Yes, but luck is fickle. Not worth depending on. Hard work trumps luck every time and makes a person ready to capitalize if good luck strikes.
9) Did you make any resolutions for 2014? No resolutions. My theme for the year is “expression.” My goals to continue getting as physically, mentally and emotionally healthy as possible whilst having as much fun as possible.