Seeking out fond memories

And yes, not only is the title of this piece a corny wordplay on the group in the videos, this blog only really came about through what I term a You Tube hunt.

Alright, the least fond memory, 3 months ago, about this time, I was getting crazy ideas that the Bills might well be play offs bound, given the way their season had started. Sadly the wheels did finally come off the rails halfway through the season, and this Sunday was the day they were eliminated of having any chance of doing so. I know, they beat the Patriots (sorry Kate), but suspect the rematch isnt going to be so pretty on current form lol.

So yes, having pounded through some reading, I thought I’d hit You Tube for a while, and amongst things. I found 2 songs from a group of my youth. Yes, the videos are black and white, though one of them is from 2002! Both are covers of songs from the 60’s by the way.

The first is a Bee Gees song, though not the era most remember them from. I dont actually remember the lights going down any night while I was there, but I suspect they did, it was just that I was asleep by then.  I had a lovely time in Massachusetts, got to meet 2 lovely people there (well more than 2, but 2 principally come to mind) and this song let me look back on that. This is a 2002 video apparently, you can tell by the age of the group, because the black and white film wouldnt give it away otherwise lol.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR=1&v=CUfUNNN68eQ

Ironically the older song has some colour images mixed into the film! Island of dreams might rank as a fanciful title for ‘The Cape’, but it certainly seemed a lovely place on my first visit. Planning to have a few more ‘dreams’ there next September too, really looking forward to that. There is Seatlle inbetween, which I’m looking forward to going back to, just hoping the long plane journey isnt too much for my aging limbs, thats all.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrny8mK6gCg&feature=related

The really frightening thing is, I  do 95% know what area I’m going to in April 2013, somewhere in Northern NY state, just the final destination to be decided even now. You could say its a B.A.R choice! 😉 Think it will be the B, but dont quote me on that!

Against all odds.

For some strange reason, a good number on both MC Forums seem to want to see pictures of other members, while at the same time not posting pictures of themselves. And even more strangely, I seem to be one of the popular attractions on this front, something I really cant work out.

Its not like I’m young, pretty, or indeed as some would probably hope for, I dont have silver skin either, and its certainly not made of metal lol! I’m just a plain, fairly boring looking fifty something who seems to attract a lot of attention for my looks all the same. Alright, there are pictures of me on here, and on the Garden and Forum, but all the looks are hidden under a silver zentai suit, quite handy I would say, and quite a relief I would have said for others, but anyway… Well, of course there is a faceshot here, a small one on my avatar,  I would have said about the right size. It is a few years old now, but still a reasonable match, as something else will prove very soon.

And alright, I’ve seen pics of a few, I’ve even met 2 members, so I certainly know what they look like! There are 1 or 2 others that I’d love to know what they look like (or a better image in one case), but I respect privacy all the same. The funny thing is, some people are just so linked to their avvies, its well known that most have an image of Jo related to what is probably her most famous one, I’m sure many know which I’m talking about. And does Heather look anything like Louise Brooks lol, I’d love to think so, because of her avvies, but somehow I suspect not.

The one I really regret never seeing a picture of, and wont do now, is the one many know as Sara C, or Castle depending on where you knew her from. Though I suspect she too looked nothing like the image I had of her, so maybe it was for the best?

Anyway, alright, what some seem to have been waiting for, no idea why? I’m not a model, my boobs arent that big, and indeed I would say I’m probably a bit butch looking too, just with long hair! This was taken soon after I got home from having the hair extensions put in last week, so if I look a bit frazzled, you know why!

Hope no one is screaming in horror at this moment lol! 😛 And dont expect any more either!

Right, the video tonight, if anyone is still here after seeing that. I suspect the blog title is a total giveaway, and yes, its the Phil Collins version, I certainly was a fan of his. I know nothing about the film to be honest, just loved the song, and rather apt here.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=fvwp&NR=1&v=PW71En5Pa5s

Why do I suspect the site visit numbers might jump up over the next couple of days lol?

Pretty in pink?

aka Whatever happened to Molly Ringwald?

Alright, 90% of this blog has nothing to do with the film, but I still think its a pertinent question!

Most of it actually relates to events today, and on Thursday, before anyone asks. The pretty in pink bit, well the colour scheme for the company dinner this year is black, and yes, you guessed it, pink! I’ve got a pink top I will be wearing, though which one depends on how warm the weather is , on Thursday. Black trousers and jacket though, as then I can be comfortable in flats, as opposed to being hopeless in heels if I wore a dress lol!

Ah, today, yes, the hair extensions are now in, and got a bob hairstyle into the deal, even if the fringe is far more limited than the delectable Ms Brooks would manage, but blame that on my hair, not her. And alright, I’m blonde, but hey, arent they supposed to have more fun? 😉 All I’m prepared to say at this point is that it looks, and feels great, and there are pics, which I might post sometime when I dont mind disappointing my fans as to how dull (and butch) I look in real life, as opposed to the image of Robotunit8 they probably have lol. And no, not a hint of silver anywhere on my body either!

Maybe if I’m asked nicely, and bribed accordingly…?

Mind, if I were to find a pink flapper style dress…nope!

Still wondering what happened to Molly Ringwald though? 😛

I hate to be the bearer of bad news (or good, if you see it that way?), but this will very likely be the last posting here for nearly a week. 4 late (or lateish) shifts for the rest of the week, and no internet at all on Thursday evening, as I will be otherwise engaged. Friday isnt too bad, but as I will be trying to catch up on at least 36 hours of stuff, you get my drift?

How many are assuming Psychedelic Furs at this point? Wrong! 😛 Its a song from the movie though, and you might just recognise the group name too, I’ve played their music here before, one very famous song does come to mind. Its not the official video, its shots from the movie coupled with a great OMD song, hope you like.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDFmRETqKTs

I write the songs, oopsie, I write the stories

No, dont worry, there is no need for a Barry Manilow warning alert, its not his version. Not that I’m sure this is much better, but he was a heart throb when I was a teen, so…

This might end up sounding like one of those Oscar winning speeches, but I promise not to go on for 25 minutes, nor burst into tears at any point.

There are 2 ironies today, the first one being that I had my first posting at the EMCSA today in a very long time. Not a total drought of stories in that time, just that 2 of the recent ones havent qualified for the place, and apart from one, ‘Georgy Girl’, I havent had much time, or inclination otherwise. Not for lack of tlc from my beloved editor, or indeed one or two gentle kicks up the backside as well, its mainly been a time thing.

But with a holiday, a very friendly spirit muse from the 20’s, and help from one or two special people, its happened today. I suspect this story has got at least 2 more chapters to go, though they make take a while before its all finished. Chapter 2 is in hand, but the third chapter might hit time problems yet, but I hope not. Oh, and a certain 90’s pop video may have played a part as well.

The funny thing is, this inspiration whose first name was Mary (though not the name she was best known by) hasnt just inspired my writing, but my friend Heather as well. And strangely enough, the start of her story appeared today as well! And coincidentally, a certain editor named James has worked on them both!

As an editor as well as a friend, James is wonderful for me. My grammar skills leave a lot to be desired, and as he pointed out to me twice on this piece, he spots my silly blonde errors too! He is patient, knows when to push me, and generally when its best to leave me alone. He is also wonderful in real life btw. Heather I’m yet to meet, though hopefully one day…her avatars I’ve always loved, not only for her favourite actress in them, but for the style as well. She’s also been an amazing help with lots of other things, including finding me a snippet of ‘Mary’ talking, of which there arent many.

So alright, you all know ‘Mary’ is Louise Brooks, but anyway… 😛

I’ve never actually met Andy McCluskey either, though I did go to an OMD concert ‘many, many’ years ago, but thats as close at it ever got. Ironically he’s the only original OMD member on Pandoras Box, though the reformed band (all the originals) have certainly performed it since. That video took my eye, as well as loving the song, and yes, I wanted to know more about the actress concerned.

Unsurprisingly, I never met Mary Louise Brooks, for a very obvious reason, I only discovered her a few years after her death. But if things go to plan (and this is 16 months from now!) I’m hoping that in April 2013, on my trip to the US that I can come and pay my respects at least in Rochester NY, at your graveside. Now, wouldnt that be a great place for me, Heather, and her spirit to all meet up?

I couldnt post Pandoras Box again, much though I’d love to. So I ask you to instead put up with David Cassidy singing, yes, you guessed it…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_6cwUso8CA

Oh, and today, in a charity shop in Ilkley (Yorkshire), I found a silver sequin type top that is so 20-ish, its unreal! Sat in it now, feeling like a proper flapper girl! Sadly its dry clean only, so wearing will be limited, but its wonderful to own at least. And cheaper than it was originally, thats for sure!

‘Cause I’m a blonde

Silliness blog alert…

Well alright, only because its coloured that way, but anyway… Snag is, in terms of volume, and in terms of hair at the front, its as thin as the naturalness of me being a blonde. Well alright, not quite that thin, but as a couple know, it wouldnt qualify as Dolly Parton type volume lol. Alright, nowadays some of her’s is a wig, but… what, surely you knew? 😉 I’m not as big as Dolly is naturally somewhere else, but thats beside the point!

Yes, you can cheat. If I wanted a pair like Dolly, I could use enhancers. I could also have cosmetic surgery, but thats expensive, and rarely looks natural anyway! I might actually use enhancers sometimes, but not that often in public. You can also cheat on the hair. If you can get, and afford a really good wig (and Dolly clearly can), then you can go down that route. But the more modern thing (and even at my age I can try to be modern) is to give hair extensions a try.

No, I’m not going for the Rapunzel look, with hair halfway down my back and all that, though I suspect it might end up longer than now all the same. Hopefully it will give me more volume on top (needed, especially for social events at this time of year), and hopefully I can get more of a natural looking, and longer fringe than at present. How well it all works out, ask me after Tuesday! I’d love for it all to work out so well that I can go for a long bobbed look, but that might be a step too far I suspect?

The other option would have been to book in at a hair salon in Chrystal Heights, but the snag is, the only place I can find that is in some wonderful fiction lol! Mind, if I did, I’d probably have the Dolly Parton type boobs thrown in as part of the deal, wanted or not! As some know, I have a wonderful lady who looks after my nails (with colour), my face (with facials), and my back and knees (poor things) with plenty of massages. She is also quite a wonder with make up, which will be handy on Thursday too. No, I dont do it myself, well hardly ever, mainly because I have a slight tremor in my hands, so doing anything delicate is a bit too much of a tricky operation for me. So when an important event comes round, she gets the call. As is my current thing, I mentioned a 20’s look (cant think why…) but how practical it is, will have to wait and see, have left the details in her very capable hands. A blonde version of LB would be wonderful, but making me look that good would either need a miracle, or a Chrystal Heights type transformation lol.

Oh, the video, you really want one? 😉 I think the title of this gives it away really. So, here is Julie Brown, from Earth Girls Are Easy, this is your moment.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0rNfZxgkH7k