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Saturday 9: The Promise of a New Day

For the last day of Holidailies* and the first day of 2022, here's the Saturday 9!

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

Welcome to the first Saturday 9 of 2022.

  1. In this song, Paula Abdul celebrates the promise of a new day. Here at Saturday 9, we're celebrating the promise of a new year. What do you hope 2022 will bring?
    A few things:
    * The end of the pandemic.
    * Donald Trump and his minions being tried and convicted.
    * Good health, success, and happiness for all of my loved ones.

  2. She sings that we should see the wisdom from mistakes of the past. What wisdom did you gain in 2021?
    * Every day is a gift.
    * Our democracy is a fragile thing.

  3. What is something you'd like to spend more time doing in 2022?
    Writing - this blog, various unfinished NaNoWriMo projects, an idea for a horror novel.

  4. Paula Abdul was once a "Laker Girl" and performed at L.A. Laker games. Do you have a favorite NBA team?
    I'm not much of a basketball fan, so I'll go with my hometown team, the Washington Wizards.

  5. In 2009, she hosted RAH!, an elite cheer leading competition. Do you remember any cheers from your school years?
    I vaguely remember a custom cheer featuring our school name, but the one I do remember goes like this:
    Thunder, thunder, thunderation,
    We're the team that beat the nation,
    'Cause we have dee-termination,
    We will cause a great sensation!

  6. While famous for performing, Paula has arguably been more successful for her work behind the scenes, winning an Emmy for her choreography. Are you comfortable being the center of attention? Or would you rather work behind the scenes?
    Well, I cannot tell a lie - my inner actor enjoys the spotlight, for sure. But I'm also good with being behind the scenes - as long as I get credit for my work.

  7. She taught actor Val Kilmer how to dance for his role as Jim Morrison in the biopic The Doors. What talent, knowledge or advice have you recently shared?
    At our recent team offsite, I was able to answer questions about our product that the product managers didn't know, thus proving the power of good documentation.

  8. Paula was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in 2005 and uses a prescription biologic every day to help her cope with pain in her toes. On your last trip to the drug store, did you pick up a prescription, or something else?
    I got my flu shot, so sort of a prescription.

  9. Random question: You have been house-hunting for months. You finally find your dream home and are just about to say "yes" when you spot a mouse scurrying across the floor. Would you take the house anyway?
    Sure! But I'd put a contingency in the contract specifying mouse removal.

* Well, even though it's still January 1, posting has already been disabled on Holidailies. Humbug!