2017, some things will, some things wont (probably)!

Yes, I’ve looked back at 2016, which was a pretty unexceptional year, in so many senses, but now, as that year comes to an end, its time to look forward at what 2017 might hold.

The three things, everything permitting, that will happen, are passing probation at the end of February in my new job, returning to Hollywood in May, and returning to New England in September. Passing probation, providing I keep my nose clean, and do my job, all should be fine. Hollywood, well, I will visit that modelling/acting agency this time around, though in my heart, at my age, and having not done a lot in a while, no great expectations. But who knows? Beyond that, meet up again with some old friends, hopefully meet a few new ones, and just see where life takes me. One person I’d love to meet while there? Well, assuming Jean Harlow’s ghost isnt for real, it would have to be Vin Scully. Yes, I have no chance of meeting either lol!

New England, will be nice to go back, and see Kate again, after a couple of years, and again hopefully meet a couple of new people I’ve talked to online as well. The other person I’m hoping to meet is the hypnotist who ‘discovered’ Clara Johnson, and get her to give up a lot more secrets about herself. Unfortunately, as I suspect she’s probably buried in LA, is that if I do discover where she rests, it will be too late to take action on it, but all the same…will be nice to know! Given I’m planning on this trip to LA being the last one for a while, as it will be 3 visits in a row on US trips, I might get back there some day, assuming the body, and health holds up, but…

Talking of which, as I approach my 59th Birthday in March, my body, most critically, my knees! I have a horrible feeling that my right knee joint is just about gone, its what 50 years or so of little, or no cartilage in the joint will do for it. And fine, the left knee isnt a whole lot better. So I’m suspecting that come the Autumn, I might have to give in, and put myself in the hands of a surgeon, but I’m not looking forward to it. I dont like pain, I dont like incapacity, so all in all, I probably dont make a good patient. But fine, I’ve got to that point where putting it off much longer isnt going to happen.

What I’d love to happen, but I’m 99.9% certain wont, but a girl can dream. Yes, the arrival of a flying saucer/ space craft I can jet about in, would be handy. Equally, the arrival of a fully functional robot suit, or enveloping alien suit would be nice, but none of those are really likely to happen. Equally unlikely to happen, I’m sure, is finding a partner who is prepared to love me, or a Master/Mistress who fancies dominating me! But yes, for 365 days, I can hope!

OK, video time. Totally out of left field, other than that the lady concerned has recently joined the flood of people who have died this year. One of those songs I probably shouldnt love, but secretly do.

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Have I the right?

No, I’m not demanding too much, just the right to survive until 2017! Seriously, 2016 seems to have been a terrible year for famous people dying, but I’m sure that if you were to look back at previous years, the numbers really arent that much more significant than before, or even more of the same. The facts are though, that through social media, we have more people grieving in public nowadays than before, and also, just maybe its more noticeable for people of my age, because its my generation that is starting to die off at this rate.

Yes, I havent had as wild a life as some of these celebrities, nor the stress of fame they have to put up with, but yes, I still suspect that maybe my time is a bit more limited than would be ideal. Fine, there are times when I might be glad when it is all over, but for now at least, I have a few things I’d like to do, and a few places I’d like to see, but if my time is nearly up, not a lot I can do!

I’m not going to mention a whole list of names, because someone will object to someone I name, or someone I leave out, so…Oh fine, I’m going to mention Carrie Fisher, not because of Star Wars, but because she was one of few famous people prepared to come out and admit to having ECT treatments, and doing so in a positive way. Yes, she admits there are issues, but at the same time, she calls it a positive thing. Yes, I know, my book was my own humble attempt to get people to think about it, though judging by sales, success was limited. Oh fine, part of me definitely regrets not being able to do personal research on the matter, though equally, maybe a little less than standard might have been wise, but I guess its not going to happen now, regardless. Yes, part of me says shame to that!

Beyond all that, 2016 has been a funny year for me. First year in a long time that I havent left the UK, even longer since I havent even left England. I believe the former is 1995, the latter is 1967, or 1968! Yes, I know, I’ll try and make up for it next year. More of that on Saturday, when I do the forward looking stuff.

The other big event this year was the marvelous moment when I got offered a job, after about 15 months of trying. The biggest irony was being offered a short term job the day before that, but in truth, it was no contest as to which one I took. Yes, I definitely did the right thing, has to be said, and its going to take quite an offer to get me to move on from here, willingly.

Fine, if I get offered a nice acting run in a theater, or in a movie, or more jokingly (I think?) someone offers to turn me into a robot type being, then I might reconsider, but otherwise… Yes, I wish on the latter, but hardly likely to happen, shame! Or someone will crazily fall in love with me, or wish to turn me into their submissive… Oh fine, the robot concept is as likely!

Yes, fine, can somebody give me the right to live, and work in the US for a while, if not longer, pretty please!

The video, an absolute golden oldie, but I wanted to use it, so…

Stay for good this time, I wish!

Well fine, I still cant tell you what I got for Christmas, as I’m still the only one here at present. Having seen someone briefly on Facebook a couple of hours ago, I know they are about somewhere, but that could be anywhere between here, and London! I will actually have to go out for some supplies tomorrow now, as the milk is pretty much gone, and the 2nd loaf of bread purchased hasnt survived perfectly, but… Good job I’m not over concerned about what I am getting I guess, lol?

Anyway, what I started doing today, was to start looking at the final details of what I’m jokingly calling my present to myself, my 10 days in Hollywood next May! Given obvious budget limitations, then no, I’m not going to be staying at any of the swish hotels, unless someone else wants to pay! In truth, somewhere like here is probably more my end of the scale.

https://www.wyndhamhotels.com/travelodge/hollywood-california/travelodge-hollywood-vermont-sunset/overview

Or if I brave basic economy, mainly a leg issue, the money I could save would allow me something like this

https://www.wyndhamhotels.com/days-inn/hollywood-california/days-inn-hollywood-near-universal-studios/overview

which looks far nicer, is closer where I want to be, but yes, how hellish is that flight going to be?

The other option I’m considering, is what I did last time I visited Hollywood, and rent an apartment via Airbnb. To my surprise, I found a couple pretty close to Hollywood Boulevard that look decent, and are a reasonable price. For example

https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/3281853? or https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/3292367?

Which both look nice, and I could then at least save on food, as I could cook for myself, of sorts, some nights. So which route do I choose?

The advantage of hotels is that when I arrive, everything is there waiting for me. No need to go out dashing for provisions, everything is provided, well in a coffee making sense, at least! And the bed gets made, and in these cases, breakfast is provided, so… The disadvantage, you’re eating out each night, or even if you get food delivered, you’re paying for the privilege. Not that I mind doing so, but if you’re trying to budget…

The advantage of a rented apartment, the fact that you can save (for a few nights at least) by cooking for yourself, by buying cheap meals in a store, which is what I did last time. Main snag, the fact that when I arrive wonderfully jet lagged, I have to go out and buy basic provisions, almost before I do anything, if I want a drink, and the like, and I suspect I will! The other advantage is, if one day I get inspired to write (ha ha) instead of hitting the town, I can. Hotel, the staff want to do your room, you have to get out, and so…

I know, no one is going to give me an answer, or advice on this on here, but I can ask. So which would you do?

1. Fly in comfort (prem economy), stay in a pretty basic budget hotel.
2. Fly in economy (coach), stay in a nicer hotel
3. Fly in comfort (as per 1), and stay in an apartment.

At this moment, I’m tempted by 3, but I know I will not want to go shopping soon after I arrive, even if it should be late afternoon/early evening, not late at night.

So…?

The video. As so often, the clue is in the blog title!

Christ is born!

Thought strictly, as that line is sung in Latin here, it might give you a clue to the song, if not the group singing it! No, not Steeleye Span!

And yes, here at least, Christmas Day is nearly over, but in American Samoa, its 8.26 in the morning, and presents probably arent even handed out yet! No, I have no idea what Christmas Day is like in American Samoa, nor am I ever likely to, but all the same…Samoa itself, 9.26 on Boxing Day, other side of the dateline, so…

For me, today has been quiet, apart from 2 cats I’m minding demanding food at very regular intervals. No, they’re not starved, though you would think they were, the noise they make! Presents so far, just one, a gift from America, from a lovely lady. Rest I will open tomorrow (the few there will be), when the others get back from the South of England, said I’d be a good girl and wait! That one present, oh fine, it is lovely, so…

Digital Camera
Digital Camera

No, the aliens have failed to deliver the flying saucer, the alien body suit, or the robotizing pod I hoped for, guess I will have to wait until next year, unless they’re delivering tomorrow too! 😛

One delight I found this afternoon, was an (almost) silent movie. Yes, they showed The Artist on TV over here today, and unsurprisingly, I lapped that up. Actually thought it was really well done, and can see why it won so many awards. I’d have to ask my former self if it was really true to the era, but it felt that way to me!

Anyway, to all my readers, however much of the day you have left, or dont have left, let me send my Christmas greetings to you.

Right, the video, you might have worked out by now that its Gaudete, at least. I found this version by chance on You Tube, but given its medieval roots, I liked the video style here, because lets face it, only monks sang it back then! I know its modern synthesizer music, but those bells give it the right sound, I guess? Suspect its something you either love, or hate, in all honesty.

Peace on Earth?

So fine, I dont try to do politics too often on here, because I acknowledge that not everyone has the same ‘fairly liberal’ views as me, though its fair to say my views are pretty much in line with Jean Harlow, as much as I can tell, which is fine by me! So yes, this might be the point that rabid Trump fans should push that little red x in the top right corner, and go find something else to read!

Just to say, if needed, that all unpleasant political comments will be deleted, or not approved, depending on status, so no point insulting me as a socialist, or the type, and expecting it to show on the blog! Equally, I’d like to keep other comments tempered, so no actual insults for the other party either.

The last couple of days have seen an escalation of the nuclear arms race, on Twitter at least! Yes, we are talking about that idiot with a surname of Trump, if you had any doubt? Apart from the minor technical point that (thankfully) he isnt yet President, and in no position to make such decisions, its the announcement of it on Twitter, of all places that worries me the most! Yes, Putin is stirring things up, probably because he knew Trump would bite, and put his foot in it again, and it worked! The scary thing is all the innocent people in danger of suffering because of this, but lets face it, Trump would never let that get in the way of his ego.

Now before some jump on me as a Hilary lover, I’m not! Cant stand the woman, dont trust the woman, but at least she doesnt have the patience levels of a 5 year old before doing something. She waits, well, slightly longer than that! Equally, I can see why she lost the election, people dont trust her, and in truth, who can blame them?

But yes, at Christmas, supposedly a time of peace, and goodwill on Earth, we get this! Ah well…The only irony for me, Pence is even more scary for folk like me, given his views on LGBT folk, and Gay Conversion Therapy, and all that. Fine, I might enjoy all that electro therapy treatment, but not for the reason he believes in it!

So yes, the what I assume is not too serious talk, of independence for California would suit me fine, they might even approve working status for me then, lol! I know, I know, but I can hope! Lets just hope America can survive all this, in all honesty.

OK, video time. The song is apt, and also, given that Bowie died this year, it seems suitable. There are so many tales about the story of the recording of this, that which one is strictly true, who knows? Some of it is covered here at least

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peace_on_Earth/Little_Drummer_Boy

Yes, thats right, pretty much Bing Crosby’s last performance before his death! Still had it though. I’ve just taken the actual song clip, if you want to see the pre song stuff, its not hard to find.

Now, if my surgery was being done like this?

I might be a lot keener to have it done! A clue to what I mean by that?

knee-surgery

Thanks go to ‘Legion’ for finding that picture, and posting it somewhere I would see it, has to be said. I know his real name, but for here, that will do.

Yes, there might be one or two here that know, but I suspect dont, that in terms of healthy joints, my body would fail most tests! My wrists, and fingers are riddled with arthritis (not too severely, thankfully), and my knees are a total surgical mess, with little, or no cartilage in either knee, if we are being truthful. No great details, beyond an accident as a child, but the pain is getting worse, as I get older, and I am now. So yes, a new robot body would be handy in more senses than one.

In truth, I’m already suspecting that next year, I’ll have to get at least one, if not both knee joints replaced, but I’ve been putting it off as long as possible. Yes, the pain, and general discomfort around the op doesnt thrill me, along with the time I would need off, having just got a job, but anyway, it will have to be done I suspect, especially the right knee, but as things stand, it wont be before October, as I have a work probation, and 2 holidays planned before then, and nothing is getting in the way of those!

But yes, fine, if it was all going to be done like in that picture, I might be a whole lot keener on the idea, to put it mildly! I know, I know, if only…Yes, I’d get all my joints sorted out if that was the option! 😀 If anyone can arrange that, as a Christmas present…?

Oh, yes, its Christmas! Actually got a week off this year, the longest break I’ve had while working, in a very long time! Finished last night, and dont go back until next Thursday. Then 2 days in, then 4 more off for New Year, wow! One of those is my day off for the week, but even so…

So yes, I got driven home for Christmas last night, even if it was only a bus driver, who couldnt get to Huddersfield quickly enough for me to get my perfect connection home, but I survived. Yes, thats a clue to tonights video, one of those Christmas songs that gets less attention than some. And being a Chris Rea fan…

Someone sends me flowers!

No, before anyone gets over excited, starts making wedding plans for me, and anything else, its nothing like that! For one thing, they’re from a woman, and I know nowadays, but she doesnt rock that way lol! In fact, if she hadnt had ‘fun’ with the website, I suspect it would have been this,

alien-suit

or something similar, but when, and where I would have actually worn it, I have no idea. Mind, if someone wants to provide me with the matching flying saucer…? 😀

Yes, its a lovely floral display, with some silver, and gold in it, anyone would think she knew me far too well? I meant to take a picture today, but it hasnt happened, so for now, you’ll have to believe me. Even if I had, I’d have to find the lead to let me download it to here, so…lol. 😛

She’s actually one of a pair of Facebook friends I’m hoping I can get to meet next September, but given I’m not sure exactly what my long time friend has planned for me, I havent got anything concrete on that. I’m also hoping to get to New Hampshire to be brainwashed, sorry, hypnotized, so that I can find out more about my past life self. So throw in a proper break for both of us, and…we will see!

Yes, before you ask, its an early Christmas present, love it. Actually, I have been given another present already, today in fact. Yes, a lock for my metal collar, great stuff! It is currently locked, though I have the key still in it, for both quick release, if needed, and because with the issues with my fingers, I’m not sure how quickly I could put the key in, get the collar off, and stuff, if I didnt! Now, if I had that matching alien suit lol…A dominant alien controlling submissive little me, hmm? 😉 Or a nice robot suit, or…? Oh fine, if anyone other than S needs measurements, let me know, OK? 😉

All other presents will actually be waiting until Boxing Day, as the rest of the household here are away until then, after tomorrow, and I’m going to wait until they get back to open mine. I would ask if anyone wanted to turn me into a robot for the Christmas period (by any means), but I’m on feeding duties for cats, and gerbils, so maybe not, sadly. Still, for a day, or so…? I finish work Thursday evening, go back next Thursday lunchtime, if anyone wants to offer? No, probably not!

OK, the video. A total misnomer, but its a lovely song, and does mention flowers, so…