I hate you, Mr Wagner

Or maybe it should be I hate you, Mr Masked Writer? Why, well, maybe this

https://mcstories.com/WhateverGetsYouThroughTheNight/WhateverGetsYouThroughTheNight13.html

And to save you reading it all, especially as it wont make a ton of sense without the other 12 chapters, the quote is…

Another showed him as a proud Viking warrior, complete with the horns that Vikings didn’t wear until Wagner glued them onto some helmets.

Why do I hate this piece of reality, you might ask? Well, because as a woman, one of the parts I always wanted to play, despite the fact that I cant sing all that well, is to dress up like the Valkyrie women, with those amazing bodypieces, and the helmets with the horns, like the Viking women supposedly did, and then I find out that it wasnt really true! I suppose I shouldnt be totally surprised its all false, as I doubt many, if any women went on those Viking missions in the first place, but a girl/woman could dream.

Mind, I suppose that by now its so written into folklore, and that so few people would know the truth, that if the opportunity should arise, there’s no reason I couldnt still do it, while trying to remind myself that it was only a Wagner ornament, and not the real look, ah well…

In truth, I know, I only want to do it because of the crazy look, but I at least thought it was a genuine crazy outfit, but now even that dream is broken. As I say, in truth, there probably wasnt even any female Viking warriors, let alone wearing anything as excessive as that, but all the same.

But yes, you’re right, if someone came up to me, asked me to put on the whole Valkyrie costume, and perform, though hopefully not sing, of course I would, and love it!

Not sure I’ve ever included opera in any video, on either blog before, but there is always a first, and here it is!

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Shuffle off to…?

Well, but for events of about 5 months ago, I’d now be thinking about a holiday in the US  next month, teaming up with Kate for a week or so. As to where it would have been, we will never know. At the time, prior to the first seizure, it was safe to say it was down to 2 options, New England, or possibly Oklahoma, for one very obvious reason. Yes, it might strictly be Kate’s home state, but it was someone else that I would have been going there for, also from that state, Clara Johnson! I suspect New England might have won out anyway, but we will never know for sure.

Mind, if someone has his way, I might be retiring to Oklahoma as Clara Johnson! No, I cant afford Los Angeles, which is where I’m certain her life ended, but anyway…But yes, I might (if even possible) retire as Clara Johnson, but somewhere slightly warmer in winter, lol! Someone might suggest Oregon, lol?

Its funny, I was watching a video on You Tube last week, the 50 cheapest cities to retire to in the US, and both the big cities in Oklahoma made the list. Mind, a lot of them were either in the ‘frozen’ north, or in that Deep South area which wouldnt be suitable for an LGBT lady like me! Yes, a reason why they are the cheapest areas, not the loveliest to live in.

The funny thing is, assuming I get cleared to fly to the US is now where my next trip will be? If it is later this year with Kate, a lot of the US, including New England is going to be a ‘bit’ chilly by then (given its not going to be September, and October is doubtful), but whether she will think something through, who knows? Otherwise I think Oregon might be possible, and I might end up a whole new woman, though doubtful that will be a robot one. Oh, I wish! Mind, I’d settle for an AI brain replacement for starters, lol. Now wouldnt that be fun? Even more so if it came complete with young, Clara Johnson body!

In truth, actual holiday plans now are more likely to be next year, but who knows? Getting back to the retirement list, as a link to the video, and to Clara Johnson, one from the frozen north list, Buffalo. I’ve got to be honest, this is one of very few sections of film that I’ve seen her in where she’s not dancing, once the musicals kicked in. Yes, its 42nd Street, she did dance in the film, a lot, but all she gets to do here is a little singing, and to look cute in a rail sleeper carriage, with another girl, little minx! Mind, I did once, a very long time ago shuffle off to Buffalo, but in a car, with my partner at the time. No, we split 20 years ago, and I have no idea where she is, if even still alive, as she was a bit older than me!

 

The problem with passwords

The problem nowadays with this modern computerised world is that you need passwords for just about everything you do. Dont get me wrong, its a very good idea to have all your important stuff securely protected, but there are times when it just messes you up. For me, Monday was one of those.

Dont get me wrong, the whole Capital letter stuff, and using a number is fine for all things (and I do), but there are the odd ‘very secure’ site that needs something extra, and I keep a safe list of those at home, because thats the only place I’m likely to need them. If you saw the action I had to do when changing laptop, you dont want to know, lol.

But Monday, I had to take some paperwork in, so they can start the process for getting me my medically related benefits, but what I didnt know was that I had to put something on the website before taking it in for them to confirm, and I didnt know that. Now my username, yes, I know that. My password, not, seemingly. So I had to come home, sort it out, and thankfully my friend, Linda could go in with it the next day, so its all sorted now. Yes, I had to use one of those non letter/number things in the password, ah well… Yes, thankfully, they saw how ‘damaged’ I was, and said I didnt need to go back in, thank goodness. But yes, still felt guilty about Linda needing to go back in, but thats just me!

Yes, I wish someone would fit me with an AI unit in my brain so that I didnt have to remember all these things ever again! Oh, and fine, I’d enjoy that op, anyway.

Right, video time. I know it wasnt the alphabet bit of the password that stumped me, but I still thought this rather apt!

Working with the queen of hearts

Strictly this video should have been written last night, but do to various events, its only happening tonight. In truth, there were follow up murders on 10th August, 1969, to supposedly cover up the events of the 9th, I’m using that as my alibi. Yesterday was an event that I have so many tenuous connections to, that I had to mention it when it was pointed out to me. Yes, the murder of Sharon Tate, 4 others, plus her unborn baby (she was 8 1/2 months pregnant at the time) happened 50 years ago yesterday, carried out by a number of followers of Charles Manson, as part of their devotion to him. The irony being that in all likelihood, Tate wasnt his target, she was just the person in the wrong place, at the wrong time. The wrong place was 10050 Cielo Drive, Benedict Canyon, Los Angeles.

Reading up more about it today, once I realised the anniversary, the person Manson really had the grievance with was Terry Melcher, the son of Doris Day, who was producing, and playing with the Beach Boys at the time. Basically one of the Beach Boys, Dennis Wilson fell under the spell cast by Manson, and asked Melcher to help Manson to release an album. All we really know is, it never happened. There are stories that Manson sounded awful, the songs were terrible, or the fact that (quite rightly) Doris Day told her son that there was something ‘wrong’ about Manson, and that he shouldnt help him. Whatever the reason, he didnt, but between the rejection, and that fateful day, Melcher moved out of Cielo Drive, and Tate, and Roman Polanski moved there instead.

But because Manson was fixated more by the address than anything else (he probably wouldnt have the new address for Melcher) he sent a number of his followers there to murder anyone they found there. I’m not going to bore you with all the history, especially as the film, ‘Once Upon A Time In Hollywood’ has just been released, which covers many of these events.

The other connection is actually through Jean Harlow. Sharon Tate, shortly before her death is said to have visited the Bern/Harlow home nearby on Easton Drive, and saw Paul Bern’s (her 2nd husband) ghost, who warned her about events to happen shortly after. None of it is truly confirmed, but its a story that survived down the years, all the same.

Right, video time. Same song, two artists, a song that probably described Sharon Tate, in truth. Firstly, the original Juice Newton version (love some of the dresses)

Then the version of the song I grew up with

A bad day for actresses?

To be fair, I wouldnt even get close to either of these in terms of ability, and I suspect that if you take any date on the calendar that you could find famous actresses passing away, but for me at least, and my tastes, August 8th is not a great date. Still, as long as I get through the next 4 1/2 hours…? 15 years ago today, and covered a lot more in my other blog, Fay Wray passed away. Mind, given she was born in 1907, and survived until 2004, she did pretty well for someone that groped by a gorilla lol. Maybe it was the time in the wax museum that preserved her, lol?

19 years earlier, Louise Brooks also passed away on the 8th August in Rochester, New York. The funny thing was, as got discussed earlier today, until just more than 2 years earlier I’d lived in Rochester, though the UK one, and had lived there for over 20 years, not the one in northern New York state. But now, the most recently visited one is the New York one. The subject came up earlier today in one of the Louise Brooks groups I’m a member of, when a poster from the UK version of Rochester posted about her death, mentioning the town connection.

Of course, in my time, I’ve not only visited the other Rochester (the US one), I’ve also visited Cherryvale too. Not yet got to Wichita (home there is demolished anyway), but other than that, completed the circle.

So yes, if I never post again, then maybe I was the 3rd to die on August 8th, though technically, on the 19 year thing, I’ve got 4 years to go, lol?

OK, video time. No, its not the obvious Pandora’s Box, nor is it Sweet Louise (because I cant find a video version, just audio), but still gone with the New Seekers, all the same.

Rotwang, someone still loves you

Its fair to say that outside of Metropolis, and a certain Queen video (yes, its coming), its fair to say that Rotwang’s moment of fame is probably quite limited. I’m probably one of few who have used him in more than one story in their career, and in a positive way, I’m possibly the only one! But yes, fine, he made the perfect foil for Belinda Nicholson/ Frazier, along with Maria in a way that never happened in the film for sure. Some might say I made him a far more entertaining character than he ever was in the film, for sure. To be fair, I did the same for Maria, but anyway…

Sadly (even if it was truly practical), I’d have to now pass on visiting him in September anyway, let alone be turned into a robot, but for a positive reason. Yes I’ve already got the new date for my MRI, 7th September. I will have to use a modern day taxi (probably) to get to and from the appointment, as the others are away at that point (Linda will be working), and I was never really going to get to see Rotwang anyway, but such is life.

I’ve also got a lovely lady trying to set up the medical to confirm I’m unable to work again too. I know, formality, but it has to be done all the same.

Still, hopefully get all this out of the way, then get turned into a robot, yes, I only wish! Could jokingly get turned into a Stepford Wife, I guess, again I only wish!

So anyway, fingers crossed I can get on with the rest of my retired life after 7th September at least.

OK, yes, the video, as suggested, is the obvious one, so just enjoy, and imagine me in Miss Helm’s place, oh please! And if you want to read about Belinda, and Rotwang, and help a poor author

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/406177

Calling occupants of interleague baseball teams

Apologies for the brevity tonight, but I’m running late, havent got a really good second blog subject, so this will need to do.

Every year up to this one, there has been a big trade deadline date in the MLB at end of July, but then until the end of August there was a secondary way of trading players, but not this year, its done now. I’m sure that in the next few days, one of the big teams is going to lose a major player, will not be able to trade for a replacement, and all hell will break out, especially if its the Yankees, lol. As long as its not the Dodgers, lol…

Of course they can still bring in free agents (unlikely to be many major pieces at this time of year), or players from their lesser quality teams. Of course it will be interested to see how this plays out, as I think that will show whether its a one year wonder, or not. I think the theory was that it might boost the market, but seems to have had the opposite effect, due to more teams being in contention, so I suspect we will be back to 2 trade dates next season, somehow, lol. But yes, if events at the end of July have a critical effect on events at end of October, well…?

Oh, and mentioning crazy end of year dates, the main part of the US golf year ends tonight! So they can get the playoffs out the way before the NFL season starts, seriously? Mind, the 2020 season starts in September, so…

Right, video time. The song is obvious, but its a single length version of the Klaatu version, as opposed to the long length Carpenters version!