But there's a quote attributed to you and since I don't feel like fact checking I'm just going to assume that it's correct.
"We don't wake up for less than $10 000."
Damn, girl. Did you really say that? I mean, I absolutely agree. For you to shift your gorgeous ass an inch without a hefty paycheque would be an outrage because you are a queen. But going on the record like that takes some cast iron ovaries. And we have something in common, Linda. I don't get out of bed for less than 10K either.
Of course you were referring to the kind of cash unlikely to be shoved my way to make sultry faces while clad in only a man's dress shirt. My play on your words started as a joke about running. I don't get out of bed for less than ten kilometres, hahaha... and depending on the crowd, someone pipes up with, you mean fewer than, and I laughingly concede while mentally lowering this person's ranking on my tolerability index.
A lot of people interpreted your quote as an example of the ultimate diva 'tude. Those people are wrong, Linda. To me those words are the wisdom of a woman who works hard, acknowledges her worth, and is not interested in the nonsense of those unwilling to give her what she deserves.
That was the '90s, but as a woman in 2016 it's still hard to ask for what you want. It's even harder to take it without feeling like you have to apologize. Thankfully there have always been badasses like you setting a great example. Linda, I've got a busy unglamorous life, but every time I feel like I should skip or cut my run short because kids/work/fatigue/miscellaneous bullshit, I think of your words. I remind myself that I'm worth it, that I deserve to dedicate this time and energy to my own well being.
So thank you, Linda. I hope you're still demanding a fortune just to wake up.