Workin’ Nine to Five

“We were walking into the gate area and the man taking the tickets told me he would need me to turn my shirt inside-out before entering the park. I questioned why and he told me because it was a family park.” —Olivier Odom, explaining why she couldn’t wear a “Marriage is So Gay” tee while visiting Dollywood Splash Country water park with her partner. Dolly herself supports gay marriage. [Knoxville News Sentinel, via RML]


Dolly Parton is awesome.

And that’s all I have to say about that.

@TJ/ Jamie Sommers /TJ: I just saw her at the bowl on Saturday…she’s still giving an awesome show. The voice hasn’t aged much at all, and the woman can play any instrument you hand her. Amazing.

@Tommmcatt Be Fat, And That Be That: KPCC (a local NPR outlet) reported this AM that there are claims that she lip-synched parts of the show at the Bowl. What say you?

@JNOV: Nah, she’s just not small-minded.

@jwmcsame: Check this shit out, ese – Paul Anka doing Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun.”

. . . or the lounge version of “Smells Like Teen Spirit.”

@Dodgerblue: Maybe one song, late in the show. But, come on, she’s 63…

@Tommmcatt Be Fat, And That Be That: Dolly got rained out last week in Albuquerque (actually an outdoor venue at the tribal casino just north of ‘Burque.)

@redmanlaw: i’m checking them out now. if you want some good laughs, keep reading the knoxville news sentinel. i call it the FOXville NEWS sentinel. read the comments to the political/social issues stories. we got folks that make palin/bachmann/ teabaggers seem somewhat sane in comparison. i’ve been banned twice for fucking with the teabaggers in the comments section. i gotta a new email address at work now so i can re-enroll. my first two posting names were jwmcsame and hannityisherbtarlek. i can’t come up with a good new one. i’m thinking about cold dead fangers. get it?

@Tommmcatt Be Fat, And That Be That: burt reynolds hooked up with dolly back in the day. and burt don’t settle for second best.

@jwmcsame: The comments on the gun blog I lifted the story from by and large supported the women, although a few thought they were agents provocateurs looking for a payday in court somewhere.

@redmanlaw: i’ve been meaning to ask. what’s up with gary johnson? i saw him on a doc about the failed drug war advocating marijuana legalization and also making joe arpaio look foolish which of course wasn’t very hard to do. he seems only a little fucked up but not so much by typical teapublican’t standards of course. what’s his deal? will he have any viability as an independent or is he a single issue booby trap?

@jwmcsame: I personally know very well a man who was propositioned by Burt Reynolds and had hot man on man action with him. And I saw Dolly Parton in Nashville when she was the singer with Porter Waggoner, an experience that scared the shit out of me.

So I should think that anything is possible.

@jwmcsame: Johnson’s a fucking clown. Like Newt, he’s a wife dumper. She died in the past year or so of cancer alone while Gary was shacked up with an aerobics instructor. He cut public employment, deferred infrastructure spending, advocates abolishing the Federal Reserve, is a flat taxer, and a Ron Paulist.

@Benedick HRH KFC: I used to watch that show on TV. Buck Owens and the Buckaroos also had a TV show before Hee-Haw.

@redmanlaw: thanx. there’s some disenchanted teapublican’ts around here looking to support him on the pot single issue. i’ll spread the word.

@jwmcsame: She was in gingham. And sang a song about a dead child who was killed by Jesus to punish her sinful parents. I don’t remember giant bristols. And the guys were all covered in rhinestones. I quite liked some of the music. Waggoner had very pitted cheeks from what one assumed were acne scars. The make-up lady told me they were rat bites from his childhood. Plus I was very young and had never been in the South before. I had avery good time.

@Benedick HRH KFC: i tried to find “where grass won’t grow” , a duet with dolly and george jones. george is solo on that song all over youtube. the version i was looking for is from a duets disc called the bradley barn sessions, featuring george jones and other artists, including keith richard and dolly. where grass won’t grow is about a poor dirt farmer who can’t get crops to grow on his land no matter how hard he works the land and prays for rain. his young daughter dies tragically. the farmer buries her on his barren land and all of a sudden flowers grow and bloom all over above her grave “on land so poor, that grass won’t grow”. try to listen to it and not cry especially with dolly singing.

one last dolly deal. i saw an interview with jane fonda recently. jane spoke of dolly inviting the ladys from the 9-5 cast to sevierville, her hometown outside of knoxville where i am. dolly didn’t try to impress anyone with her wealth and new home, cars, etc. she took the cast to meet her family who still lived deep in the hills the old way and still played the home made instruments dolly learned on. jane was so impressed with dollys family because they were so unaffected by dollys wealth and prestige. dollys folks didn’t care about the stature of the cast and welcomed them as dollys friends showing them down home hospitality, serving dinner and entertaining them with the music dolly grew up on in the midst of what some would call poverty. jane said she had never felt so welcomed anywhere or been in a less pretentious environment. it brought tears to her eyes.

also, dolly has endowed scholarships to a local community college for anyone who graduates from her old high school. no questions asked. just show your diploma at the door.

@mellbell: Not small minded, too, but she is gay. Add Olivia Newton John and Goldie Hawn while you’re at it. Wait. Goldie Hawn might just be an obnoxious drunk. I’m not sure.

@redmanlaw: Whoa. The Teen Spirit one is mesmerizing. Whoa.

@JNOV: I refuse to believe that Goldie Hawn is gay, because that is a whole lotta wasted Kurt Russell.

@redmanlaw: Ol’ Buck could really rock a hall. A great showman.

@JNOV: She’s gay? Damn, I thought maybe I had a shot.

@Dodgerblue: You do. It’s a spectrum. I’ll have my way with Tomm soon enough.

@TJ/ Jamie Sommers /TJ: Yeah. I think Goldie is just a mean drunk. Not that’s there’s anything wrong with that.

@JNOV: Sure. If your “way” means playing Barbies and doing each other’s toenails you can have it your way right now.

@Tommmcatt Be Fat, And That Be That: While wearing ass-less chaps?

I have to join the cult of “don’t talk smack about Dolly, and that woman has a voice.” She’s been vocal about her support for gay rights, I suspect that she will contact these people and personally escort them around her park. Mr. SFL and I rented 9-to-5 on a lark last month and were struck by how amazing she is and Lily Tomlin, who is one of my favorite comedians…I took it as a compliment when Mr. SFL told me that Tomlin (or her character?) “reminds me of you.”

@Dodgerblue: A friend of mine saw her at a taping of “Austin City Limits” a few years ago. (Squeee! So jealous!) Said friend was in the third row (more jealous!!), and said that Dolly belted out torch songs and high pitched bluegrass for close to 90 minutes. After the show, Dolly hung out on stage and answered questions from the audience and posed for photos with every last one of them. I don’t know if that’s apocryphal or wishful thinking by my witness, but the only public figure I can think of who did something like that is Cal Ripkin from the Orioles.

@jwmcsame: I’m boycotting Amazon because they yanked Nojo’s beer money, but I may have to search for it. Does Steve Jobs have it on iTunes? /off to search

. . . working 9 to 9 here so far. Maybe I’ll be home by 10:30 or 11. I’m having a big goddam G & T for dinner when I get home.

@jwmcsame: Miss Fonda has a ranch in a little town east of Santa Fe called Pecos. She’s known to turn up for the annual river clean up and pick up trash just like everyone else.

@JNOV: If she likes girls, either she’s bi or her marriage of forty-five years is a sham.

@redmanlaw: Oy vey!

So you’re a late shift person. I’m definitely early shift – I find I get more shit done before 9:30 than I do the rest of the day – so 7:15 to 6:45 today, came home for my martini and baseball break, before tackling something else while watching the TeeVee. I met a huge deadline today, so maybe I’ll just have another martini and watch a movie…it’s not like I’m paid by the hour — I had an amusing conversation recently with one of our summer legal interns where I explained that people at my level are not paid overtime. He seemed shocked. God forbid he go to a law firm.

ADD @redmanlaw: I suspect that she’d prefer Ms. to Miss. Just a guess.

@jwmcsame: Steve Jobs & iTunes store have “The Bradley Barn Sessions” including George and Dolly for $9.99. Bonus: Emmylou Harris is also on the song. You can distinguish Dolly and Emmylou’s voices. Damn. Thanks for the recommendation.

@SanFranLefty: I believe the movie star convention is to use “Miss.” Judges?

@redmanlaw: Oooh, you’re setting Benedick and Tommcatt up for an argument that could take days to settle.

Or not.

dolly was asked during an interview what the secret was to her long happy marriage:
“when we start to argue, one of us leaves the house………for 6 months”
LOVE her.
also, “dolly, does it bother you that some think you are just a dumb blonde?”
“nope. cause i know i ain’t dumb and i know i ain’t blonde”

@SanFranLefty: i’m a HUGE Lily fan.
my favorite movie of hers is “All of ME” with steve martin. laugh out loud every time i watch it. you’ve seen it, right??

@mellbell: Shamish. They do get along very well.

@jwmcsame: Loved those clips, BTW. The Hee Haw was a lot like a show I did with the Red Clay Ramblers. That also had some kick ass ballads. I loved every minute of it. For some reason it never took off. But it was a lot of fun. The guy at the end of the song is like Bert Lahr. The Dolly song was called Jeanie’s Afraid of the Dark and it’s deeply troubling. Don’t know if Dolly wrote it. She writes great songs. It’s too bad they messed up Nine to Five when they did it as a musical.

I’m always a bit disappointed when Lily Tomlin acts because that’s not what she really does. She performs. And it’s different. But I’m here to tell you her one woman play Search For Intelligent Life was amazing.

@SanFranLefty: It’s ‘Miss’. As in Miss Barbara Stanwyck.

@baked: LURVE that movie. She and Steve Martin so perfectly riff off of each other in that movie.

@Benedick HRH KFC: Ahh. I stand corrected.

@JNOV: Sorry to keep playing the skeptic here, but what makes you say that?

@mellbell: Inside info. Take it with a large grain of salt. I think it’s reliable, but I’ve been wrong before.

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