I'm trying to find an older (either late 70s or early 80s) science fiction story about a woman who was a sex worker on a long distance spaceship. I remember one line where she described a typical work schedule where she said "...and that boys and girls is too much of a good thing." I read it in one of the sf digest magazines. Thanks!

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    @user14111 The OP is using idiomatically cromulent English (although I would add commas). You can exchange "ladies and gentlemen" for "boys and girls" to get a similar thing with a different flavor. I would guess that the character is hamming up addressing an audience as though they were a group of young students (i.e. "boys and girls") because she has accomplished, or witnessed some kind of debacle unfold from an otherwise promising start. Try reading this: "And THAT, boys and girls, is too much of a good thing."
    – Lexible
    Sep 24, 2019 at 3:22

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Unemployment Problem by Jor Jennings

She was shipwrecked and out of a job, if you could call ship's whore a job. If only she could find her true calling...

It can be read on archive.org. The quote is: "And that, boys and girls, is way too much of a good thing."

  • +1 @user14111 Oh look, commas! ;)
    – Lexible
    Sep 24, 2019 at 15:07
  • Thank you, Ayshe! That has nagged at me for years.
    – MichaelR
    Sep 25, 2019 at 14:20
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