Oh Harlean, you’ve gone and opened a door

Anyone that can work out the video from that title, I’m impressed. There’s a name change, for a non hit record, so…But it has a great connection.

That door I’ve opened, its the being offered a job one! Yes, after last week, and the final cracking of my head at last opening a door, its become a habit! Yes, thats right, been offered another one as well!

Last month, long before the smooth passage called being offered a job in Leeds, I went for an interview in Bradford, to work in a Civil Service Call Center in Bradford. Better hours, more money, more interesting role, but…I’ve got a job now! Thing is, these people in progressing things, dont move quickly. So yes, I’d sort of given up on them, even though those sort of places always let you know, of hearing anything positive about it. Yes, thats right, yesterday, got an email, provisionally offering me the job, subject to the standard security checks!

Alright, fine, what I’ve decided to do, is…Start this job on Monday, and see how it goes. If its great, just simply withdraw my application, screaming inwardly while doing so, and stay there. Otherwise, wait and see what happens when the checks get sorted, how I feel, and then decide which to go with. I know, knowing me, I wont move again, but while I’m in the trial period, it could be done? No, I dont like the idea of doing that, but…its the one that I want, lol, to quote a famous song.

Mind, if either wants to offer me a more interesting training method, no contest! 😉

Yes, never rains, but it pours, does it?

The video, as I say, a song from the 70’s that most, if not all of you, will never have heard. But yes, the band are from Bradford, which is the connection I’m playing up here

The Perfect Call Center Worker?

Yes, hard to believe really, that this time next week, after 15 months (forgetting 2 weeks I want to forget), I will be a working woman again. Put it this way, I know its going to seem strange next Monday, going off to work again, especially as for one day, I will look the classy business woman, dressed in my black dress, though I’m pretty sure high heels will not be part of the outfit, unless someone wants to sponsor me for a large sum of money to do so? Especially if you were to offer it soon enough that I could actually afford a nice day out this week, before I get back to the grind.

In truth, I’d love that, even if I dont really need anything new, or anything, but hey, I could cope with a day at cricket, or a day at the races, or something, if anyone wants to offer? Just not tomorrow though, but the rest of the week, I could manage.

Why not tomorrow, I hear you ask? Simple, because I’m already booked up for the middle of the day. In truth, there are 2 things I really ought to get done before I go back to work, and one is getting my eyebrows trimmed/waxed, or whatever, and the other is getting my hair colored. I’m still working on whether I can afford to get my eyebrows done, on current finances (I think its going to have to happen, regardless), or not, but…Yes, fine, the hair really has to be done! It would have been due to be colored next month, regardless, but now it needs to happen sooner, just so I can look good when I start at work.

Is it irony if I say, sadly, its getting done by modern methods? I know, its safer to have your hair curled by modern methods, and todays coloring methods are far better, but anyway, fine, I’d just love, once, to have it curled like this

getting my hair permed

Yes, thats Jean, suffering for her pride, from ‘Libeled Lady’. Cant say she looks like she’s enjoying it, but fine, I wouldnt mind suffering like that, just once. Of course, the other thing that always tickles my imagination at the hairdressers is the hair dryer. Yes, the resemblance to a brainwashing machine is just way too good for me, especially the ones where the visor drops down over your eyes, and… Fine, I’d love it if there was 2 optional settings, one just to dry your hair, the other that did that, and brainwashed you at the same time! Sadly, never happened yet, and I suspect, never will!

Still, my new employers might appreciate the perfectly programmed call center worker, so if anyone knows how to arrange it, I’d love it to happen too! Or if someone just wants a perfectly programmed being, of any kind, then fine, I’d love that to happen as well!

One thing is for sure, I’m going to have to change how much I do online, once I get back to work, thats for sure! How much, not sure, but I suspect a fair bit, but I will see on that.

OK, the video. Its one of those weird, mind control type videos of sort, certainly not your average tame 80’s video, for sure! Much under rated song, I must say

Is there life on…?

So fine, the EU vote didnt go the way I wanted it to, or expected it to, but anyway, regardless, I accept the result of the democratic vote, unlike more than 2 million others, who are demanding another vote, because it wasnt the result they wanted. I know, just over a million, on a vote of over 33 million, but we have to take it, that needs to be faced. I am at least, whatever I think.

Alright, fine, if I actually qualified for an Irish passport, I might have taken my chance by applying for one, just to be able to stay in Europe. Only thing is, last distant point in lineage for that is grandparents, and my last known lineage is great grandparents. Equally, if I was at an early point in my working life, I might look to move over there, and work, but seriously, at 58, its not going to happen. Its been hellishly hard finding work over here, without attempting to find work over there, so I guess I’m stuck with it.

Irony, getting a Green card to go to the US is far easier for Irish folk, than British ones, but all the same…

And no, I dont think at this point in my life, moving to a part of Europe that involves learning a whole new language is going to work with me, either! Well, unless someone can offer me a direct neural download to make me fluent in just about any language, and then you have a deal, regardless! Yes, I’d enjoy that FAR too much! 😀

Moving further afield? Well, yes, fine, I’d love to move to North America, but given my age, my talents, and everything else, its not going to happen, unless some crazy soul proposes marriage! No, I cant see that happening either! But yes, if someone wants to take a chance on me (job sponsorship, marriage, or whatever), feel free to offer.

Even further afield? Well, as far as I know, currently, all other planets, and the Moon, are pretty much out for habitation at present. If someone knows otherwise, I’ll go as human, robot, or cyborg, open to all suggestions there. Oh, and if an alien wants me to go even further afield, then feel free to come and get me, ideally in one of these!

CJ and Todd

OK, video. As I said, at present, life on other planets is out of the question, but it didnt stop Bowie mooting the subject. Live version, a bit different to the studio one

A funny thing happened yesterday

Well, its funny, or amazing, depending on how you look at it, I finally got offered a job yesterday!

Yes, I know, amazing stuff.

The boring details, starting on the 4th of July (yes, for me, an ironic start date), I will again be working in a call center in Leeds. No, not the same one as before, not the one of the December debacle, but somewhere fresh. It is inbound, it is 5 days from 7, so yes, I will again suffer the ‘delights’ of commuting on a Sunday, but it has to be done.

I know, I know, I wanted something different, and ideally closer to home, but it wasnt to be. Yes, in the end, anything positive won out, I just hope it doesnt end up getting to me too much. I’m sure I’ll survive, and I’m pretty sure, knowing me, I wont bother to look for something better, as I probably should, but anyway…

OK, the ironical funny thing. I need to find money from somewhere! Nowadays, you get paid monthly, in arrears (understandably), but before then, I have to pay out for a months worth of travel passes (£150-160, depending how I do it), and I also have to pull myself into shape, as hair, in more senses than one, has been sort of neglected while I havent had spare cash. The obvious one, the hair on my head, which was soon due for coloring anyway, had to go ahead and book it now, while I can. But additionally, I havent been waxing anywhere since September! The big issue is my eyebrows, they probably need sorting with a pair of scissors, before waxing, in truth. The other area seriously in need, is under arms, but I suspect that they will be covered up at work anyway. Being frank, the whole body needs to get hairless, but besides that…Help!

I did consider doing a fund raising thing, but in truth, given the result of the last one, I cant see any point! I havent got anything to offer, but my sanity, so…If anyone does want to help, shout, and I’ll let you have some Paypal details, or something. Yes, I’d love to be ‘robot smooth’ apart from the hair on my head, but thats not going to happen without help! Fine, I’d love to be a ‘robot’ at work, but doubt thats on offer!

Lastly, by the morning, when I wake up, we should know if we’re still in Europe, or have decided to leave. Yes, I’ve voted, but no, I’m not telling you which, as politics, in blogs, isnt a favorite subject of mine! But fingers crossed, people make the right decision (or my idea of the right decision, at least), we will see.

OK, the video. Given most of my audience here are in countries that prefer their songs in English, I’m providing this version

Personally, I prefer the Bilingual, or French version, but anyway…they arent hard to find!

Which one is you, Miss Johnson?

Wouldnt it be handy if in the movies, all the cast, and I mean all the cast got pictures of them shown in the credits. Why? Because if you’re trying to work out who a small part actress is, it would make my job a lot easier, when you dont know what she actually looked like! Yes, we are talking my past life self here, Clara Johnson!

When we sought her out, after that amazing hypnosis session, on IMDB, we found her credited for 1 movie, because back in the glorious days of the 20’s, and 30’s, bit part actresses (and chorus girl dancers) didnt get credited for their work, seemingly. A shame, as it means finding much of her work, nigh impossible, if not harder, because of that fact. So until I get the chance to go under again, and have someone ask her lots of questions, we know of only that single movie, that we can find her in. Its a skating/dancing musical, called ‘Thin Ice’, made in 1937, starring Sonia Henie, and Tyrone Power, and clearly not starring Clara Johnson! But she’s in it, in a minor role, which I suspect is her dancing, that I do know! To put it mildly, finding a copy of this movie is not easy!

So fine, as I mentioned a couple of blogs back, I won a £10 voucher at Amazon, for a survey I filled in for the Choice Hotels group. Given that at present I have no real need for more clothes, I did consider chocolates, but in truth, with the amount of exercise I’m getting at present, it might not be the best option. Yes, I jokingly put the movie name in the search option there, for movies, and lo and behold…Thin Ice (1937) appeared! The featured item cost about £18, which even with a £10 voucher, is still a bit much for a piece of fun, especially when you add on posting. But then I spotted it, an alternate new option costing just £11.23, plus £1.26 postage and packing.

Yes, thats right, for the grand sum of £2.49, I can watch a movie that I know Clara Johnson is in. Fine, working out which one is her might be a challenge, but…Yes, though credited for this movie, no name credit is given for who she played in this, which means she’s in a small part (dancer, pretty sure), that if I blink for too long, I could miss, but even so…If nothing else, wondering if said dancer is her, or not, going to be fun!

Sadly, its coming from the US, so its going to be a couple of weeks or so before it gets here. Then I need to find time to watch it, then I need to work out which one is her…but I cant wait for the chance!

The video, well its as close a name catch as I could think of. Besides which, given Billy Paul is amongst the many great music starts who have left us this year, it makes for a nice tribute.

If you want to be a mermaid (of sorts)?

Oh to be in Coney Island tomorrow, with my friend. Why? Because its the Mermaid parade there, and that would be just so much fun to be part of. Sadly, unless someone dispatches a space craft overnight that can get me to New York at the speed of sound, or faster, its not going to happen! Thankfully, my friend, Stacie will be there though, lucky woman.

As far as I can tell, the wearing of a mermaid tail, is purely optional, though going by the promotion page, on the website, some people will be doing so. Stacie, no, shoes, or so she’s admitting to me, anyway. That link?

http://www.coneyisland.com/programs/mermaid-parade

Oh fine, I might be a bit old for something like that, but hey, just once, it would be so much fun! And yes, me, if I could get myself fitted with a tail, you bet I would wear one. Ideally one that is removable afterwards, but only ideally! Fine, I’ll pass (for now at least) on the surgery to enable me to breathe underwater, but if the offer was there? 😉 Would be fun, but as far as I know, not yet possible!

So yes, if you’re in the area tomorrow, and I’m hoping a few readers might be, and read this in time, go down to Coney Island, have fun, and enjoy the parade. Oh, and if you see a cute little space craft parked somewhere nearby, you can come and chat to me too! No, I wouldnt hold too much hope of that lol! But you never know…?

Right, the video, this is nearly as old as me! Very tentative link, I guess, though mermaids surely ‘walk’ along the sands at times, when we humans arent looking! Video quality isnt great, but hey, its over 50 years old!

Lets liven up the All Star Game events!

Before we get to the entertaining developments surrounding Baseball’s forthcoming All Star Game, which I had planned for tonight, lets get sadly serious first.

Over the weekend, very sadly, 50 brave people (at the last count) lost their lives in a club in Orlando. Well, actually, 1 of those dead was the lunatic who carried out the massacre, but anyway…Given he was a homophobic wife beater, maybe his death was for the best? The other 49 though, a very tragic loss. Just to say that all my thoughts, best wishes, and sympathies go out to the families, and friends of those whose lives were taken by this ghastly man.

I also briefly want to mention the thankful fact that before a white man, equally equipped with weapons was stopped, before he reached L.A Pride is only a blessing. Just proves, only too sadly, that the fight against homophobia is far from over.

Oh fine, now lets get to the, err, serious(?) stuff.

Given the baseball season is fast approaching halfway, it means that we are getting ever closer to the show, that is the All Star game. Like most of these games, its generally taken less than seriously, probably for the best, but its the only one that actually affects other events, in that the winning conference gets the extra home game in the World Series. But despite that, its not the most competitive game of the year, shall we say?

One of the side events at this, is the lunacy known as the Home Run Derby. This is where the best hitters of the conferences get fed soft pitches, and attempt to smash as many out of the park as possible. Well, thats what happens normally, this year might just give us something different. The AL pitchers only ever hit when they play in an NL park. So its fair to say that most of them have hitting skills, only slightly better than mine. Yes, that bad! In truth, most of the NL pitchers arent a lot better! But there are a few, who not only enjoy batting, they are quite decent at it too!

The best one, plays for the San Francisco Giants (the Dodgers fan in me turns away at this point), goes by the name of Madison Bumgarner, and this guy really can bat. Hey, he’s hit 2 home runs off my beloved Clayton Kershaw, and there’s not many that can say that! And, being a character, and a good bat, he wants to have a go at the Home Run Derby himself. The snag, it means one less top hitter from the NL having a go, but given events like this could always to with a shake up, it might not be that bad a thing? His team, understandably arent sure about the idea, mainly because of the injury issue, so whether it will happen?

The thing is, now a few other pitchers, who enjoy hitting the ball, also want to join in!

http://www.12up.com/posts/3325545-report-pitcher-home-run-derby-being-discussed-for-all-star-weekend?a_aid=40030

I must admit, if the clubs involved will agree to it, it would be fun. I admit it, adding another challenge to the Kershaw/Bumgarner/Greinke (among others) rivalry like this, would be a lot of fun. The snag of course, is that generally, its at least theoretically a contest between the 2 leagues, and the AL pitchers, well, they cant really play a part in this, because they dont bat. So I dont know, maybe the 3 divisions in the NL could do something?

I’m not sure if the new event could be fitted into the schedule this year, or not? I suspect if it was impossible, that MLB wouldnt discuss the matter, so I assume it can. Equally, I suspect Madison wants to go in the Home Run Derby proper, so we will see? Yes, I hope so!

Now all we need is to convince Vin Scully to commentate on the All Star Game festivities, and… 😀

Fine, video time. What a baseball might be saying to a pitcher, at the All Star Game, just maybe?