Reflections from another world

Yes, this is the night when supposedly this world, and the spirit world come closer for one night. For those of us of Irish ancestry, we call it Samhain. To Americans, its better known as Halloween.

I’ll be honest, I have no idea what Halloween in the US is like, I’ve never been there at that time of year. Though to be honest, in recent times, the event seems to have taken off in a similar way over here, so I guess I now have an inkling of what it must be like. Of course, that means I never got to dress up as a witch, or the like when I was young, we never celebrated it. Fireworks night, 6 days later, is a whole different matter! Of course, apart from putting on a warm coat, you never got to dress up for that!

Mind, the need to dress up today over here, was a moot point. I went out this afternoon in nothing more than a sleeved top (not sure I even needed the sleeves) and trousers, the temperature was nearly 70, at the end of October! Seriously, normally, somewhere in the 50’s would be quite good for now! Mind, we will probably pay for it very soon.

Anyway, just a quick word before I close, to a certain ghostly spirit, who is still meant to be around, haunting in Los Angeles. Jean, if you want to visit me tonight, through the ethereal barrier, dont make it too late, I’m on an 8.00 start in the morning. If however, you and me, as some suggest, are one and the same, just stick to the normal routine. ๐Ÿ˜‰

The video, is an absolute 70’s gem, that I have no idea why it wasnt a bigger hit than it was. Not even sure that it was a hit in the US? I love it, just glad of the chance to slip it in here

Half an hour (or so) with my man

No, dont get too excited, folks, its only a hopeless crush, nothing more.

Normally, I get to see ‘my man’ once a year, on a Monday night, sometime in September. The rest of the year, well, I have pictures of him, for my memories. But now, this year, in all, we will get together 3 times, once last month, again last night, and then again, in 4 weeks time.

His good looks, his wonderful voice…

Oh fine, as I said, dont get excited, I’ve never even met the man, nor am I in all honesty likely to, its Jon Gruden, presenter on Monday Night Football, in the US.

The once a year thing? Well, yes, normally every September I spend a week in the US, and when Monday Night Football comes on, I can sit on the sofa (or whatever I have at the hotel), and swoon at his looks, and his voice. I missed one year, as my room in Boston was at a retreat centre, so no TV. But otherwise…

This year, I knew I had a bonus, the extra trip (as things played out) to the US in November, meant I would see him again, but…for one week only…

The combination of a 10 pm finish (getting home about 50 minutes later), and the fact that due to the US dropping the clocks back an hour, a week after us, everything fell into place. So at 12.15 this morning, the TV was set to British Eurosport (the channel that covers MNF over here), when they went over to the ESPN feed for the game. And there he was, my man, Jon. Fine, I was nearly straight on the computer, but for the next half hour or so, while I finished things off…

I’ve actually known Jon about 15 years or so, firstly as a coach in the NFL, then as the presenter of MNF on TV, when he finally got fired by Tampa Bay. And yes, even back then, it wasnt hard to have a crush on the guy. Those looks, that voice, all do something for me, I must admit.

As you know, I’m not one for love, romance, and all that stuff, but if one man was going to sweep me off my feet, yes, he would be my perfect choice.

So fine, now you know!

The video, what I am again now, until 4 weeks time, at least as far as seeing ‘my man’ is concerned

I had no idea he was still performing in all honesty, until I found this, this song was a hit 42 years ago, so…

The most beautiful girl in the world?

No, not me. Seriously, I wish lol.

But as these 3 pictures from my recent photo shoot show, when someone does my hair, and my make up for me, and I put myself in the hands of a master photographer, I can look pretty good all the same!

2nd Photoshoot picture 3

2nd Photoshoot picture 5

2nd Photoshoot picture 11

See what I mean? ๐Ÿ˜‰

There are many more, about a dozen in fact, so if you want to see more, send me an email address, and I’ll send them off to you. But as far as on here goes, thats all you get!

Wonderful, arent they? I’ll wait for the romance proposals to pour in lol!

The video, an oldie, from my teens, the clue is in the blog title

Oh, and as those of you on the Garden, or the MC Forum might have noticed, I’ve changed my photo on there, and indeed, my ‘name’ on the Garden too. Yes, I look far more like Jean, so I might as well play that way too. There is no way I could look like Louise Brooks, if I tried! Changing my name on the Forum is harder, so I will stay as Merry Brooks in name, if not in picture on there.

So, my new look

Blue eyed babe

Just look into my big blue eyes, and… ๐Ÿ˜‰

Jean Harlow really was a Royals fan!

With many thanks to my friend, Kris, for these two marvellous, err, photographs of Jean, clearly a big Royals fan

JeanHarlow-RoyalsCap

JeanHarlow-RoyalsShirt

The video, well, what can I say. Both teams seem to adore this song, so wonderfully apt, for what should be a great series.

Yes, I want the Royals to win, but the Giants are probably my favourite NL side, so…I’d live lol!

World Series 2014: Kansas City and San Francisco, a personal look

Yes, tomorrow night, in Kansas City, the culmination of the baseball season begins. Given that the game will actually start at 1.00 am in the UK, on Wednesday morning, I wont be watching. But in spirit, albeit a sleeping spirit, I will be there.

Its a rare treat, in that I have actually been to both stadiums where the games will take place, and actually enjoyed visiting both of them. The last time there was a World Series when that happened, 1993 when Toronto took on Philadelphia. The Toronto stadium at that time, was the once I visited, but the Philadelphia one wasnt, having being demolished in 2004, and replaced by a very modern stadium that well, I didnt fall in love with!
The last Series between 2 teams I have seen play is far more recent, just 2 years ago, when San Francisco played Detroit. I saw Detroit play, in the now demolished Metrodome in Minneapolis.

But these two…

So lets start with where people leave their heart, San Francisco. AT&T Park is probably one of my all time favourites, probably helped by the fact that the first time I went there (have been twice), I went to an evening game, and not only did I get to watch the baseball, in a wonderful setting, I got to see the sunset over San Francisco Bay, and that was worth the money in itself.
But all in all, its a wonderful setting to see baseball played, though sadly, no one hit a home run into the water while I was there. Have seen it on TV a couple of times, but…

So yes, ironically, under any other circumstances, I would happily support them against most teams, but not this time around.

Because they are playing Kansas City!

So far, I’ve only had the one visit to Kaufman Stadium, about a month ago, when they lost to Boston. As was mentioned in the blog at the time, the service that Kate and I got from the staff, was truly amazing. And seeing those famous fountains, at the other end of the stadium…really good!

I must admit, there are 2 ladies who are the reason I follow Kansas City, Brooks and Harlow. One came from the city, one came from the state of Kansas, so all in all…a big soft spot for me. Neither of course saw the Royals play, they only started playing in 1969. Lets face it, pre war, travel made it impossible for teams to play that far west. And when teams started moving west, California became the big target, so…

And before you ask, I have absolutely no evidence that either lady ever saw a baseball match anywhere!

Given that San Francisco have won it all twice in the last 4 years, Kansas hadnt even made the play offs since 1985, when they actually won the World Series themselves, I might have supported KC anyway. But now, probably the first time I’ve really rooted against SF in all honesty.

Hopefully KC will win, as that would be perfect for me. But at the same time, if a National League team has to win it, well, San Francisco might be my call. But even so, I have to say it, go Royals!

The video, well its about KC, and produced in Cherryvale, surely the perfect combination? I have to thank my friend, Tina for posting it on Facebook in the first place.

Oh, and if any manip/photoshop experts out there want to send me a picture of Jean Harlow, in either a Royals top, or cap, I would so love it, and would post it up. I know, wherever she is watching it from, she’ll be rooting for her home town team

Forever (or at least temporarily) young

I was reading a story earlier today, written by a gentleman who may well be hypnotising me in just about 5 weeks time, doing a past life regression, to discover (or more likely not discover) that I was Jean Harlow in a past life. Realistically, the chances of that happening, must be slim, despite the resemblance and everything else, that would just be too amazing for words. But, I might be, I guess?

Anyway, that isnt what this blog is about, as the title might have given away.

In this story, a lady named Jeanette (and yes, I suspect I know where that name comes from) gets regressed from her real age of 36, to be 16 again, and acts accordingly. Its wonderfully done, and beautifully written. Thing is, I have some knowledge as to what that feeling is like, and it really is quite something!

When I did my session with Lex a while back, my flapper ‘self’ was a 22 year old girl. No, short of watching the whole video to find out, I cant remember her name! But it was an interesting experience in both senses, both seeing the modern world through the eyes of a 20’s girl, but I genuinely felt so much younger at the time. No, I doubt any of the arthritis, or general aches and pains of life went away, but the younger me didnt notice them.

Oh, and even greater fun, ‘she’ was allowed to do the journey home by train, and to my surprise, as someone who is a regular commuter, was how different the whole journey felt, through her eyes.

Oh, yes, in the story, she goes back to her real age before the end! But how strange would it feel to be left so young again?

The other thing I always wonder about, is what it would be like to be 5 ft 2, as Jean was, instead of 5ft 11? Talk about a whole different perspective on life! I must admit, I wouldnt mind being a few inches shorter, though I suspect that losing 9 inches might be a bit too strange now! But I guess I could be hypnotised to enjoy it lol?

I have no idea if he has plans to make me think I am Jean Harlow, while under hypnosis, or longer, but that would certainly be interesting. Of course, that may just be letting Jean loose, if I was her in a past life! Anyway, in about 6 weeks time, I, or Jean will tell you all about that!

The video, something a little different

The last couple of days, plus baseball!

So fine, lets fill you in on the last couple of days, they’ve been something, to say the least.

Started off with the interview yesterday, which had a pair of firsts, the first time I’ve worn a dress to work (top and slacks/top and skirt, like always!) due to the interview. Definitely the first time I’ve worn high heels at work, but they only lasted about an hour (around, and during the interview), as I changed back into my more comfortable shoes straight after, and due to events (early call to interview), I only put them on just before it started.

Yes, it went well, or seemed so to me. The result, I wont know until the later stages of next week, but we will see…fingers crossed.

Then. after work, just after 3.00 (short shift), I headed off to see the results of the photo shoot. I was told the pictures were good, and they were right, they were good, or even better! I only wish I could show you some, but until the email versions of a few arrive, you’ll just have to believe me. But as soon as I get them…you’ll see them. Hey, I want you to see them, they’re that good!

Today, I had my MOT, and I passed. No, not a real MOT, a medical check over, and beyond the known arthritic joints (right shoulder, back, knees), all was fine. So yes, I’ll carry on travelling for a while yet! ๐Ÿ™‚

The video, well, you might be saying this of me, after the photo shoot

Oh, and lastly, as promised, the baseball.

Lets just say that Jean Harlow was asked how she felt about the Kansas City Royals performance so far in the play offs, and this was her reaction

Happy to see you

Go Royals!

Sheโ€™s a model, and sheโ€™s looking good

(For those of you shrewd enough, and knowledgeable enough to read both blogs, they are the same tonight, just saying…)

Yes, absolutely no prizes for working out what the video delight is tonight, but you get a little (superior in my opinion) bonus on top of the English version of the song.

No, I havent officially taken up employment as a model, but today left me feeling like one, or perhaps more aptly, a famous film star, no prizes for working out who! ๐Ÿ˜‰

I did a photo shoot before with Cocoture, when they were working out at Rawdon, and it was an amazing experience, for someone who had never done anything like that before. Yes, you’re right, thats where the whole Jean Harlow thing took flight, when people got to see the pictures from the shoot, and commented on the resemblance.

I’ve known for a little while, that they were planning to start up a studio in Leeds, so I held off on doing the ‘Seriously Jean Harlow’ photo shoot until then, simply because its so much easier for me to get there, and back. Anyway, today was the big day!

As a good model probably should, the day started with coffee. Yes, I mean the one at home this morning, btw. Unlike Jean, I suspect, I had to get my own! Anyway, about 10.15 or so, I set out for Leeds, complete with dress collection, and a pair of high heel shoes.

Fun started when I got close to the studio, I knew the address, but couldnt see any obvious signs. Anyway, I asked at the hair salon, and helpfully got guided upstairs by a wonderfully helpful lady. I dont know her name, but Karen probably will, when she reads this.

First things first, get the model looking her best, and Bethany did just that. Stylish make up, abundant curls all enhancing the look. To be honest, I know how Jean must have felt when having her’s done at the studio! Then Dave, and Karen had their time, first outfit, first change, and the ‘film star’ in me, took control. Dave has a good style, and combined with my confidence, and nous, as to what poses he might be looking for, the filming flowed. We passed through several dress changes, a number of accessories, and I had a marvellous time.

I’m not sure if I reached a point where ‘Jean’ took control, but I felt so much like a model/movie star being posed, that she might have done. Of course, we could be one and the same, but…?

Oh, and yes, guys, a short dress was worn, you should get to see my legs!

Then a fun thing happened, we filmed in another building. The ‘Leeds Club’ next door is a wonderful Victorian building, and we went off (with permission) to get a few shots there, in the gentlemans toilets. Not your basic humdrum place, this looked like somewhere straight out of the Victorian era, an incredible place for a vintage shoot. Yes, hilarity ensued, when a poor man walked in the entry door, to find 2 women inside, as part of a photo shoot! All went fine, we took one more shot, thanked him for his patience, and then back to the studio.

A few more shots, an appointment made for next Tuesday afternoon (after work) to view the photos, really looking forward to seeing them. I cant praise Karen, Dave, and Bethany enough for their work today, I certainly felt like Jean, at a photo shoot, I must say.

So finally, if you’re in the Leeds area, and want a really good shoot done, vintage, or otherwise, then I highly recommend Cocoture to you. Hopefully Karen can provide me with a phone number, or add one in the comments, as I suspect the only phone number I can find, is the Rawdon one.

Tonorrow, back to the day job in the call centre. Until Hollywood calls lol…

The video, Kraftwerk, The Model. Firstly, the English version

Then, in my opinion at least, the far superior German version, a very different sound too.

Who is that girl?

Might be a question I’m asking myself at some point tomorrow, during the photo shoot. Is it me, being Jean Harlow, or is it Jean Harlow, being me, being Jean Harlow, or…are we one and the same? As I havent yet had my past life regression done, I cant answer the latter, but I doubt it, much though it would be amazing if true!

A while back, I had a photo shoot done, with Karen and Dave, and though at the time I was just looking for a vintage style look, one answer came out a lot, after I finally was able to post the photos, and that was that I looked just like Jean Harlow. A couple of examples, to make your own call…

photoshoot 9

photoshoot 12

But yes, once I could accept being compared to such a glamorous woman, I could see their point!

The difference this time around, is that we arent messing about, we’re aiming for the Harlow look, right from the start. So yes, the dresses might be a bit more stunning lol! The ones I’m taking along, include one that is above the knees, and a couple of midi length ones, so if you’re lucky, you might in time get to see pictures of my legs! Not sure that’s a good thing, but anyway…?

As far as I know, the only things they are planning to do to me, are my hair, and my make up, so I’m assuming that the Harlow mindset is down to me. Hopefully I can pull it off, in style! Of course, they may have some device (or hypnotist), that will make me think I actually am Jean, temporarily or otherwise, but I doubt it! To be honest, how much difference you’d notice lol…?

Anyway, I, or Jean, will let you know how it went in tomorrow nights edition, I’m sure, really looking forward to it!

The video, not A Flock of Seagulls finest moment, by any stretch, but it seemed apt, given I wont be certain if its me, or Jean doing the photo shoot tomorrow. To be honest, if I just let the inner Harlow flow, they will probably look better. To be honest, Dave, the photographer is so good, I will almost certainly be unable to be anyone else!

Life in the old girl yet!

Not that I’m saying its right, because it isnt, but generally nowadays, if you’re job hunting post 50, and especially post 55, job hunting becomes a whole lot more complex. Employers should be equal in these matters, but lets face it, the world isnt perfect!

But yes, you’ve guessed it, I’ve got a job interview next week. No, its not quite as dramatic as it might sound, given its an internal interview at work, for a different job, but all the same, it should be fun. Actually, it probably makes it easier, in that its a ‘nothing to lose’ situation, though I admit it, getting this new job would be nice.

And much though I tend to dress ‘nice’ for work nowadays, putting on my interview best (whatever that might be?) for one more challenge will definitely be fun. As they say, there is life in the old girl yet, so lets see how it goes. Might, or might not be the last fling at these things before retirement, as I guess that once you hit 60 (only 3 and a half years or so), that is pretty much it, new job wise, even if it shouldnt be.

So this time next week, or even sooner, if you want to stop by, and wish me luck, feel free to do so. Oh, and if someone wants to offer me an outfit to wear, that will knock the interviewers for 6, feel free to offer!

Oh, and a sentiment that the feisty Bow, Harlow, and Brooks would have to agree with, for the video