Posted by: malia | February 24, 2015

saturday 9: freeway of love

Saturday 9: Freeway of Love (1985)

1) In this song, Aretha’s ideal car is a pink Caddy. What’s your dream vehicle?
i don’t really have one. well, i always wanted a pegasus. sorta a vehicle?

2) Have you ever owned a convertible?
nope. i don’t think i’d want to own one. i’d be afraid of things flying out or even at me.

3) Aretha longs to “drop the pedal and go.” Are you a careful, conservative driver? Or do you enjoy going fast?
i’m a careful, conservative driver. i don’t enjoy driving, period, so when i have to do it, i just drive and follow the rules. unless i really have to be somewhere urgent, like i’m about to throw up, or really have to go to the bathroom or about to miss the bus or something.

4) Aretha’s grandmother Rachel helped raise her. Tell us about one of your grandparents.
aw. i miss my grandma. to prevent me from crying, i will tell you about my other grandma. she’s still living, owns an iPhone, and posts to Facebook often. she was a hard worker. she always had the finer things in life and eats out every meal, but she earned that money from all the work she did. she carries herself very regally. we didn’t see her much growing up, only a couple times a year, whereas i saw my other grandma every weekend. she made up for not seeing us much by always getting us expensive gifts. she has 5 children, 14 grandchildren, and a smattering of great grandchildren. it has been quite depressing to talk to her in the past couple of years–she laments the lost youth; how everyone has grown up. i don’t blame her–i’d be like that in the later part of my life. heck, i’m like that now! but she’s my grandma, and i love her.

5) Aretha played a waitress in the 1980 movie, The Blues Brothers. Have you ever worked in food service?
no, i haven’t. i don’t think i could. my sister was a waitress for several years; she also has two culinary degrees, but it’s hard to get anywhere in such a male-dominated world, so she hasn’t really pursued anything to that end. and once you have those degrees, it’s hard to go back to waitressing, i think. she works in a totally different field now, but still occasionally likes to cook or bake things, using her skills more for charity than for pay.

6) Aretha was a chain smoker for decades and had a terrible time giving up cigarettes. What habit do you wish you could break?
being lazy. i live in such a nice place with beautiful areas to explore…but i’d rather stay all cozy in my bed. 😛

7) A sculpture of Aretha is at Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum in New York City. What’s the last museum you visited?
i went to a local museum, more for the planetarium than the actual museum.

8) Since Aretha has many honorary degrees, it would be appropriate to refer to her as Dr. Franklin. Who is the last person you addressed by his or her title (Officer, Father, Pastor, Dr., etc.)?
my doctor. i had to call for an appointment.

9) The daughter of a minister, Aretha enjoys singing “church music” and her 1972 CD Amazing Grace is one of the best sellers in gospel music history. Do you have any gospel music on your phone, iPod or MP3 player?
a couple of songs.

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