In my brainwashing pod?

No, not really, I’m not fortunate enough to own one of them, and sadly, I’ve never found anyone else with one either, that would let me be brainwashed by it, at least. Oh fine, as far as I know, strictly, they dont exist. But one thing that has been compared to them, is the sensory deprivation tank, better known as a flotation tank.

You know the things I’m sure, you lay down in body core temperature water, with tons of salt in it, so you literally cant do anything but float. But then you shut the lid down, and you’re in a soundproof chamber. Then you turn out the lights, just lay there, and relax… Yes, its meant to be good for me, and not just in a weird way, because it will quite literally take all pressure off my back while floating, and the sensation should help with the pain.

No, sadly, no one is likely to play a tape or anything telling me that I’m being brainwashed, or processed to be turned into a robot, but the chances of me imagining that, while laying there, well, it might happen!

To be honest, I dont know if, within an hour, even if someone did do that, whether it would make any difference to my mind, who knows? Several hours, or an overnight (and seemingly where I’m going, they do an all night float once a week) stay in the chamber, with said messages being fed to your mind, who knows?

In truth, I’ve fancied trying one of these things for years, even before my back went, for the ‘other things’ it might do to your mind. Now I have a legitimate reason for doing so. And thanks to a couple of wonderful guys (extra prize in year long golf competition), I can now afford to do so. So yes, assuming the booking is still available now (it was a few hours ago), I’m planning to go and get brainwashed, sorry, help to heal my back in a flotation tank on Tuesday! Ooh!

OK, video time. A real Beach Boys oldie, seemingly live!

Visiting California

Its funny how things play out, no sooner had I decided that next year that I would visit, Los Angeles, most specifically, Hollywood, and someone not in the tourist authority came up with this story

http://192.155.80.152/Draconia/index.html

Gee, if someone was trying to put me off going to the place, this would be it! Don’t worry, its pure fiction, or so I’m told! Mind, if the Dreamscape turned me completely into Jean Harlow, would that be a bad thing? 😉

On a more serious note, one of the things that the trip to Hollywood will give me, is the chance to add one (and possibly in theory, two, if I could be bothered to go to Anaheim) more stadium to my growing collection of baseball parks visited. Yes, a trip to Dodgers Stadium, fixture schedule permitting, is a safe bet.

Yes, I’d love to see Clayton Kershaw pitch, the man is amazing. But given I will have to roll with the fixture list, and the fact these guys only pitch every 5 days, my chances of doing so, may be slim. But there is one Dodger legend, named Vin Scully, that I will get to hear at least, as he will be back for an incredible 66th season commentating on Dodgers games next year! Hey, he’s been there so long, that he was with them in Brooklyn, pre 1957!

You could say, that just like Clara Bow, he left Brooklyn, for L.A, and never went back! What else Hollywood has in store for me, well, who knows?

The video, well, I’m old enough to remember this first time around, and thats nearly 50 years ago! Next year, again, for one week, I will be a California girl. Well, if I get invited by a movie star to play the role of Jean’s mother, in a new (and factually correct) biopic of Jean’s life, well, I might not say no!

A change of direction

Given that its Thanksgiving Day tomorrow in the US, which relates back to the arrival of the first immigrants to the US from here, its time to throw in a piece of hypothetical thought.

Just over a century ago,  my ancestors left Ireland, and headed to England to look for a better life. What made them choose England over North America, Australia, or other places, well who knows? Maybe they didnt want to follow the larger crowd to North America, maybe my great grandfathers had job offers already, or otherwise, I can only surmise.

But its an interesting thought, how different might I, and my life had been if they had gone west, instead of east, as so many Irish people did. Of course, if one set had headed in one direction, and the other had remained on course, I might not even have been born! If that had happened I might not have been holidaying in Boston this year, but living there!

Would I be different as an American, or Canadian woman? I dont know, I’m sure attitudes have differed over the years, musical tastes certainly have, thats for sure. Top British groups have never made it over there, top US groups have never really made it over here, so I suspect my musical influences would be very different. Politically, work wise and other things, would I have been different going through their system. For example, over here, especially when I was a teen, going to university was a pretty exclusive thing. In the US, pretty much everyone gets to go to college, or so it seems to me from over here. Would I have bettered myself with a college education, who can tell?  I might even have been a cheerleader, but I doubt it!

One thing is for certain, I might be used to colder winters than we get here lol! Though I guess that would ultimately depend on where my ancestors eventually moved to in North America, big difference between Northern Alaska and Southern Florida!

I’ve never as yet been in the US for Thanksgiving, so have no real idea what the day is like over there. Well beyond the fact you fill yourself with food, and then settle down to watch football. Of course thats a different form of football to what you’d get over here. In fact, over here the soccer doesnt get played until Boxing Day! Maybe one day I will, hopefully if I’m still up to it when I retire, I might be able to plan travel that way a bit better. Assuming of course anyone will invite me to Thanksgiving dinner lol!

My best wishes to all my American friends for tomorrow, hope you all have a marvellous day, but do remember your brave ancestors who travelled across the ocean in the past, especially those first few, now unknown pilgrims who first celebrated this day nearly 400 years ago.

Music video, well who knows, I might have ended up as a

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BADZW9tZ1uc

Though not looking like MM I suspect!