Straight Up (1988)
1) In this song, Paula sings about being in a dream. Did you dream last night?
Yeah, I dreamed that Beast had made a bad decision about how he spends his time, taking him backwards a couple of years. Thankfully it was just a dream.2) When Paula enrolled at California State University, she planned on studying broadcasting and becoming a reporter. Think about your career aspirations when you were 19. Did you follow through and stay on track or, like Paula, did you veer off and find success elsewhere?
I had no clue what to do post-college. All the things I enjoyed in school led mostly to teaching or business, neither of which interested me (teaching because of issues external to the actual teaching part of the job, business because yuck). I was in a program called something like Independent Study so I had fewer requirements than most college students, so I ended up getting a double major and a double minor and skipping a lot of the must-take classes (like calculus). So I'm degreed to the gills and unemployable. Brill. Hello, grad school!3) For a while she was a "Laker Girl" and performed at L.A. Laker games. Do you have a favorite NBA team?
I . Do . Not . Basketball looks to me like organized rioting with random breaks where everyone goes retro and gentlemanly.4) Paula was once married to Brad Beckerman of Stillhouse Spirits, a company that specializes in whiskey. What's your favorite alcoholic beverage?
Stoli. Not that I've had any in probably 6 months....5) Paula has been dancing since age 8 and, as you can see from the video, Paula moves very well in heels. Tell us about your most comfy shoes.
I have come to really love Sketchers because they are so comfortable to work in. I've got a couple of pairs and I need to go stock up on fall/winter footwear so there may be more in my future.6) Paula admits it was her passion for jewelry and that inspired her to design her own line for QVC and Avon. What is your favorite thing to go shopping for?
Shoes. Not even close. Seriously, I could easily buy 20 pairs of shoes every time I walk into a store. It's ridiculous.7) She advises young girls to "keep the faith and don't lose your gut instinct." How about you? Are you more logical or instinctive?
I'm both. I think I tend toward logical over time, but I've made a lot of big "gut" decisions that have worked out all right as well.8) In May, Paula traveled to Austria for The Life Ball, a fundraiser to help those afflicted with HIV/AIDS. When is the last time you left the country?
This makes me sad. I haven't been overseas since 2011 when we went to Italy and then to England for Rosellen and Spence's wedding. They are expecting twins this year so maybe we need to head over to see them and the rest of the family, including the other two babies born since 2011.9) Paula Abdul is a spokeswoman for Avon's "Go Check Yourself" campaign for breast health awareness. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Do you know anyone who has been touched by this disease?
I work with two people who have dealt with this. A church and P.E.O. friend is in remission, and another P.E.O. is in treatment right now. My mom had a brief scare towards the end of her life, but it turned out OK. I also had a sister die of a different 'brand' of cancer.
But the real scary thing in my circle is heart disease. My dad, my mother-in-law, my sister, and innumerable friends have dealt with this. It's far FAR more important to me to get a handle on heart-related diseases. Sorry, pink people.
I also loathe the color pink, so that might be part of my 'problem.'