Working Las Vegas?

Before we get started, let me add that this article is now over 5 years old, and I have no idea what has happened with the whole concept since then, but given that someone mentioned it on Fembot Central today, lets work with it, and see what happens?

https://lasvegasweekly.com/news/2013/may/02/valley-bots-how-vegas-workshop-blurring-line-betwe/

Now, for me at least, what a way to work in Las Vegas that would be! Or indeed, working anywhere in one of those Showbot outfits, in truth. Yes, by the sound of it, I either need a casino that fancies me for the role, or a wealthy benefactor, lol.

Oh would I wear that? Oh please, is the Pope Catholic? 😉

The interesting thing mentioned that would actually be a benefit for me now, is the comment about how hot it was to wear it. Well, given that thanks to my damaged spine, my back loves as much heat as it can get, that just sounds like heaven to me! So if they are still available, and someone wants to spoil me by buying me one, I definitely wouldnt say no! Or if the manufacturers should read this, need a willing model for a shoot, or a convention, please, please give me a call!

OK, video time. Well, there’s a sort of Casino, but its definitely not Vegas! No, its somewhere I’ve been far more recently, Blackpool! Not sure anywhere there would fancy a Showbot, just maybe…? Its mainly Elvis, but there is enough David Morrissey to satisfy a wonderful Aussie friend of mine, I hope? Viva, Miss Showbot? Yeah, I only wish!

Blinded by a deed?

One of the things I enjoy about riding public transport in the US, is that it tends to be so wonderfully straightforward that nobody can get it wrong. Yes, in most cities I’ve been to, one fare serves all. You get on a bus (or a metro), and unless you’ve got a day pass, or weekly pass, the fare is the same. Seattle is a bit more complex (though not dramatically) than that, but LA is delightfully simple, I’m pleased to say. You just put your coins, or notes in the box, or register your pass, and on the bus you get!

Over here, its a whole different game! Its not quite every stop that you get on at, and get off at have a different fare, but there are lots of ‘zones’ involved, even in a shortish journey like mine into town. And pretty much, within town, most people do the same journeys, know the fare, and should have it ready, pay, and the bus can move on.

Oh, if only. You get people trying to say that they’ll pay the fare from the next bus stop where its cheaper, or that they are getting off a stop earlier than they actually do, to save about 30 pence! And of course, if its the getting on, you get a 2 minute discussion with the passenger, and the driver, before eventually said passenger slams down the right money, says something ‘less than delightful’ to the bus driver, and gets on. Either that, or glares at him for the rest of the journey, for making him pay the right fare. Of course, all this delays the bus, and annoys ‘passengers’ who have a connection to make in town, as some seem to do it every-time I see them travel.

The other thing that makes me a ‘grumpy old lady’ is the people who stand at the bus stop for 5 minutes or more, waiting for the bus to arrive, but only get their fare money, or pass out, when they reach the driver. What is so hard about being ready, folks?

OK, you’re getting this rant because this morning, I allowed 30 minutes to get somewhere, which should be a 14 minute trip. I got there with 4 minutes to spare!

Oh, funniest flat fare story. One morning I got on a bus at Hollywood & Vine stop, heading towards Glendale. A Man got on in front of me, deposited his fare (I believe it was $1.50 at time?) in the box, and sat down. No sooner had we pulled off, and he rang the bell, got off at the next stop, about 100 yards up the road, maximum. Seriously, he couldnt walk 100 yards (no, there were no visible issues, and he ran along street after getting off bus), had to catch a bus? Well…rolls eyes…?

OK, rant over, lets get to the song. This is actually the original version of this song, though many believe Manfred Mann’s Earthband were that. Wrong, lol!

That’s Entertainment?

OK, seriously readers, if you are anywhere within range of Blackpool on March 15th, you want to be at the Winter Gardens in the evening. Oh, and ‘Nancy’, the fact you’re in Brisbane is only a fair excuse, not a good one, lol! 😛 No, thats not her real name, but she will know… 😉

Yes, yesterday, I was working at said venue, for their open day, helping to promote the film festival in March (runs from 15th – 17th, if planning to visit), and the MGM musical extravaganza of that name is the big first night movie. And yes, if you think this is me in a glamorous outfit

me at blackpool

You will have to want to see what I’m wearing on the big night for sure. I suspect at my age that it might not be quite as revealing as many of the outfits Clara Johnson wore, but I doubt it will be that modest either!

Oh, and we’re doing Wizard Of Oz on the Saturday morning, and I’ve said I will where something for that too, if required. Tin Woman might be too much to hope for, lol! But who knows, and would you want to miss that?

I must admit that Blackpool, rather like Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard, has seen better days. But like Norma, there’s plenty of life in the old lady yet, and will be showing that in March. And yes, it will be warmer than January, hopefully! Certainly I’ll be glad to be indoors if I am doing the chorus girl look!

So seriously, if you’re reasonably nearby, or even if you’re not, but feeling adventurous, you know you want to be in Blackpool in March, if only to laugh at me, releasing my inner Clara!

Oh, for more details, darlings, go to http://www.wintergardensfilm.co.uk at the end of the week, for more details, and prices! See you there?

Video time. Astaire and Co, proudly present…?

Got a feeling the beagle ain’t fooling!

Also known as the moment when a suspicion of mind control happens in a TV advert?

We all know by now that most TV adverts are bland, boring, and unless you’re forced to watch them, something to avoid. And generally, you’re right! I have to say this advert amuses me though, because though any mind control is purely suggested, the end result of the advert does suggest that maybe that cute little beagle really has got mind control powers.

Notice: I know this works in the UK, where probably most people who know it, have already seen it. Given the copyright on such matters, I have no idea if it will work in the rest of the world

In case it doesnt, the premise is the selling of life assurance, and the end play is the beagle staring at the women in the advert until she actually buys some, saying its a no brainer. Question is, is that a free will choice, or because her brain has come under the influence of the dog, hmm?

I must say, that at the moment, due to the fact I’m working, and the in work death payment would more than cover my funeral, and I quite literally have no family, that beagle wouldnt work, staring at me, unless he really had mind control powers, and lets face it, I’d enjoy that way too much!

If anyone can suggest other ads that have an element of potential mind control to them, please let me know, and ideally post a You Tube link (if there is one) for my amusement. But until then…

OK, video time. A golden oldie, and yes, Miss Johnson is in the chorus line here, see if you can spot her! No, she’s not one of those that the guy jumps over, literally, if that helps. But yes, I’ve got a feeling that beagle isnt fooling, so… Oh, and if anyone wants to provide me with a copy of June Knight’s dress…Yes please!

To help you walk this way?

I guess its fair to say I’ve always been into diversity, and inclusion issues, given I’ve fallen under the LGBT banner for, err, a while. Nowadays I can also qualify under age, and disability too, it seems.

One thing I have discovered since my back started deteriorating, is just how much difference it all makes to my mobility. A few decades ago, I could go for a walk on a Sunday (betting shops never opened on Sunday’s back then), and quite literally walk miles. Now I’m finding the 3/4 of a mile or so from the Bus Station, to work, a major challenge! And a distance that not so long ago I could cover in just over 10 minutes, if I had to push it, now takes a minimum of 15! And yes, I’m quite literally killed for a few minutes if I try that!

But still I have one blessing that not all have, for now at least. I can walk, even if its getting more painful, and more difficult by the month. There are many others who are far less fortunate than me. Anyway, when trawling through Twitter this morning, 1 of my science connections had a post up about this.

https://lifeboat.com/blog/2019/01/can-nanotechnology-rewire-an-injured-spinal-cord

Yes, if you’re on Twitter, go track down Lifeboat Foundation (@LifeboatHQ) and tell him Harlean sent you, I’m sure he’d be thrilled for the publicity. Yes, my spinal cord is damaged, though thankfully at present, I still am able to walk. And yes, I’m a robot fetishist, so the idea of nanotechnology improving my ability to walk impresses me no end. If this does work, and allows those who cannot currently walk, to be able to have some mobility, wouldnt that be marvellous? But at the same time, I want to say to them, why not try it first on a less damaged spine, and see how it all plays out. Yes, me, as the guinea pig!

Oh fine, I’d love nanotechnology that transformed my body completely, into a nice new cybernetic one, but this could make for an interesting start. Yes, at least part of me would actually be machine, lol. In truth, I’ve seen similar articles for a few years now, and nothing practical has come of it, so far. But fingers crossed, this might be the one. It could definitely help me, but it could help others far more, and that has to be a good thing?

OK, video time. This is where Rap met Rock, and the collision was an interesting one.

The hypocrisy in the US

Right, I’ll make the offer loud and clear, and see if anyone will take me up on it. I am off work this week, and I hereby pledge to fill the usual blog spaces for you. Given that I’m not planning on anything more than a relaxing week until Friday (more on that Thursday) other than treatments, I’ve got the time to do more blogs. But if you want them to appear, I need some suitable subject matter, thats all. No UK/Europe politics, but other than that…? No, I dont expect to hear from anyone, but I can hope. stephmajor8@hotmail.com for emails will be fine, if you dont want to join on here.

I’m sure many will remember the fuss, and furore that Trump, and his friends made when NFL players took a knee for the US National Anthem? Thats right, all the fuss about being disrespectful to veteran soldiers, and all that.

Well, according to a group of Trump worshipping men from Kentucky, thats only an issue if the veterans are white, seemingly. I’m not going to tell the whole story, because lets face it, its only just happened in Washington, and its been over the news all over the weekend. Well, maybe Fox News covered it up, but otherwise…?

Thankfully, apart from a few White Supremacists, and their kin, especially from Kentucky, the whole event has been met with horror from others. So much so that the school has locked, or deleted all its social media outlets, the reaction was so bad. Sadly, the only (unsurprising, I guess?) reaction from the family of the ghastly youth who threatened the Native American Vietnam veteran was to defend what he did. Apparently, one of the senior staff at the school has called for Kentucky to secede from the union, and was doing that before this social media disaster, its just come out now, because the school has come under investigation!

Given Kentucky is one of the poorest, most impoverished states in the US, I have no idea how they think they would survive for long if they did secede! But anyway…

Part of the issue does indeed lay with Trump, and his friends, and their racist attitudes. The snag is, others have seen this, and think they can get away with it too. The difference is, he has money, and doesnt care how hated he is. Most in Kentucky have barely 2 dollar coins to rub together, let alone anything more. And fine, that corner of the country has a reputation for being racist, homophobic, and a few other awful things too. Might be why, beyond Atlanta Airport, I’ve avoided that corner of the South in all my US travels.

I’d love to think these young men will be dealt with properly, but given that another from that school has issues with a rape case, I’m not going to hold my breath on that. I’m also going to say that though Kentucky is the culprit this time around, its not the only state in that corner of the world with these issues that need looking into.

Maybe they need to change those MAGA caps to MARA, for that corner of the world at least. R for racist, naturally.

OK, video time. Native American related songs, well… This song originally is nearly as old as me, though this version is far more recent than that!

Down at the club

OK, lacking any great material, and given I havent done a story piece for a while, lets cheat, and use one that I read today for tonight.

https://mcstories.com/AlterationsBryansDance/index.html

Fine, this doesnt sound the sort of club for any kind of 60 year old, let alone one with disability issues, but fine, if I could (and it was for real), you might struggle to keep me out of this place. I know, I’m the weird one who loves the idea of having her mind tampered with, either short term, as in the story, or maybe a bit more? Yes, fine, I’m wondering if there’s a silver light among those menu options, lol!

But yes, even so, that sort of place does sound like fun to me. Part of me wonders if people would go to, or avoid a club like this one? After all, people go to clubs, take drugs, get high, so in truth, how different is something like this, if the mind control is only temporary?

Before anyone asks, no, I havent been in a club in over a decade, so I have zero idea as to what they’re like nowadays. Pretty sure they’re not for me, in so many senses, though fine, if there was one like this, I might be tempted in, just once…? Oh fine, maybe more?

Before anyone asks, beyond the sense of there being mind control, and oh gosh, sex involved, its actually a pretty feelgood story. As actually, is a related story, which the author co-wrote.

https://mcstories.com/KathrynsConfidence/index.html

Oh fine, that I’d enjoy done to me even more! So my advice, go read some of these, but I’m not going to mind control you to do so, lol!

OK, video time. Yes, this is old, 1965 in fact. So who remembers this, other than me, not many I suspect? But yes, the title works!