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!

 

Advertisements

Sudden death with Buffalo

No, dont worry, its nothing serious thats happened, just the opposite in fact. But I had to do something to fit in with the video lol!

Yes, within the next hour or so, all the American Football left this season will be sudden death, knock out stuff. As I write this, the last ‘normal’ Bowls are being played, the last NFL season games were played yesterday, so after that…

Firstly, tonight, we get the 2 college football ‘semi finals’ for want of a better word, where Georgia take on Oklahoma, and Clemson take on Alabama. A week later, the two winners get to meet for their Championship. The most interesting thing for me has been the multiple shots of the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, to be honest. Well, except that with a little more discovery work today, I now know where, and when a certain young lady was born in Oklahoma! Yes, on 6th September 1905, a baby girl was born somewhere in Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma. Thats right, a baby named Clara Elaine Johnson! Tried googling for Oklahoma birth and death records, tried her name on the site, then lo, and behold… Looking at a map, she wouldnt have been a million miles from where Oklahoma University would have been! Of course, given she left Texas for LA in 1925, how long she lived there, no idea?

Ah, the title of the blog? Yes, thats the NFL bit. For over 30 years, through thick and thin, I’ve supported the Buffalo Bills. The late 80’s, and most of the 90’s were pretty good times, but other than that, no! Until yesterday, they were the team with the longest interval since previously being in the play offs, 18 years. Not now!
It wasnt hard to see them winning before I went to bed last night, and Baltimore were losing, 2 facts which meant they would be in, but there was still about a half of football to go for each. Bills won, but until nearly the end, Baltimore were clinging on for a win seemingly, then Cincinnati scored, Baltimore lost, and Buffalo were in the play offs.

Oh fine, I found out when I opened my emails this morning (one was from team, mentioning they were in play offs), which made a nice way to start 2018! They now get to play Jacksonville, who were last in the play offs in 2007, and last played a home play off game in 1999, the last time Buffalo made the play offs! No, they didnt play each other then! Oh, and I’d better mention the Los Angeles Rams, who won their division, leading to the first play off game in LA since 1994, though for much of that time, no team was in town! By coincidence, leading to another Georgia team heading to LA!

Right, video time. For those of you who read both, I used this video on the other blog recently, so you’re not seeing things. For those who dont, enjoy a classic 30’s musical! And all those girls sharing sleeping berths, shocking stuff lol! 😛

Not the planned blog!

Well, I had a few words of wisdom lined up for you tonight, but having just read the news, you might, or might not get to read them later.

Back in the mid 1980’s (yes, I really am that old), the first TV coverage of American Football reached the UK, and I got hooked. Originally, we got a highlight package, about a week behind, but that quickly turned into live coverage of a match each week, as Channel 4 cottoned on to the fact that they might have hit the jackpot here. But that was it, back in those pre internet days, we were lucky to discover any other scores before the following weekend. But I, along with many others was hooked.

Funnily enough, for me, I had once listened on the radio to part of a game, way back in the 70’s, I caught up with American Forces radio somehow, and listened entranced. I have no idea which teams it was back then, but…

Very soon, people had teams to support, and most flocked to the successful teams of the time, the Cowboys, the Bears and the like. Other perverse souls like me, chose lesser teams to support, and I picked Buffalo, franchise name, the Bills. That first year I supported them, they won 2 games out of 16 all season! Then, during that close season, a rival league shut down, and a quarterback named Jim Kelly signed a contract with the team. They’d drafted him a few years before, but the attraction of playing for an awful team like the Bills, he went elsewhere!

Anyway, for him, he got that deal, signed with the Bills, and things took off from there, aided by a shrewd coach named Marv Levy. Suddenly the team that couldnt win, could barely lose, and in the next few years, they went all the way to the Superbowl, 4 times in a row! Fine, they lost all 4, one on a horrific missed kick, but…they were the second best team in the land, for sure!

Since Kelly, Levy and co retired, the team has gone back to its old moderate (to awful stuff), and havent even made the play offs in a long while now.

But for the sake of this piece, thats all an aside. Back in 1960, a rival to the then National Football League was started, called the American Football League. One of those original teams was the Bills, and the owner was a young, but wealthy man, by the name of Ralph Wilson Jr. Yes, you’ve guessed it, until today, only one man has ever owned the Bills, that man. Tonight, I’ve just first seen the news on Facebook (of all places!) that he has passed away, at the grand old age of 95! He probably was responsible for keeping the team in Buffalo, a far smaller city than most playing in the NFL, so what happens now, who knows? Hopefully they stay there, but…

Rest in peace, great man, the team might have been poor in recent times, but we’ve had some great times in the past, thanks to you. So as they say, thanks for the memories.

Just an additional few words, on a sort of related basis, to mention that sadly Jim Kelly (at a much younger age) is suffering badly with cancer, and my thoughts go out for him, and hopefully you will do the same.

Sweet Home Alabama

Right, I think we are due another in the series of ‘brief pieces’ about people I know, in and around the Mind Control scene.

Tonight, I’m going to introduce you to one, with whom its fair to say that we’ve had a few ‘fun’ moments over the years, but plenty of good ones too. The name I know him best by, that you might recognise, at least if you’re into doughnuts (or donuts, depending where you’re from), is Kris P Kreme. Of course you might already know him as an author, and artist, if not, you can find more at

http://www.TalesfromtheKreme.com

Well worth a visit, especially if you’re into bimbos and the like. Just say Merry sent you, he’ll know who you mean! 😉

As I said, Kris and I have had some moments over the years, principally from the old days when he was posting stories on the Archive that werent really my scene, and I tended to say so. They were good, if you liked that sort of thing, but pregnancy (a major factor in many) is a major turn off for me, so all in all… But we soon got over it!

In more recent times, I received a lovely present from him, one of those flat stone type things (dont ask me the correct term) of a mermaid, one of my favourite things. I guess now if he repeated the deal, it would have to be a flapper! Mind, as he owes me, maybe this year…

And funnily enough, indirectly he was one of the reasons I went to Rochester this April. Initially I’d planned the trip to be to Buffalo, given that he was in the area at the time of planning the trip, so thats where I was heading for. I was planning an excursion to Rochester, to pay my respect to Brooksie, but then he moved back to Alabama. So I went to Rochester for a week, and the rest is history! I had planned a day trip to Buffalo, but never got there, too much to do.

One of these days, I hope I will meet him, either in 2015 or 2016, depending on how holidays play out. Well, assuming he stays put this time at least, once I’ve planned it out!

The video, well you could say its about his home state!

All I will say is, if he offers you a doughnut, check the glazing before eating it lol!

Far, far away

Well, why not, it makes for a good title, and it will be true in just over a week from now? it also gives away the song in the video, but thats old enough not to be recognised by all, I suspect?

Just a week from now, I will have left home, to start the journey to America. I know, I could do the Simon & Garfunkel song of that name, maybe I will the end of next week, or while I’m away, as its certainly what I do. Even more so, as this time I will be going on a Greyhound bus, for the first time, for the day trip to and from Buffalo. Yes, I’d rather do it by train if I had a choice, but that doesnt work schedule wise.

Oh, and no, no offers of a dinner companion as yet lol, shock horror!

Yes, the social rush is about to start, as after the week after next, I have the OMD concert in early May, and the trip to Ireland for cricket in June. Then all goes quiet until September, when it will be Kansas (somewhere, over the rainbow?), though I’m not sure of the full details on that one yet. I suspect that will be one of the matters discussed when I either see Kate when over there, or more likely, speak to her on the phone while there.

Only thing I hope for, is reasonable weather, could do with some of that. Oh, and the chance to catch up on sleep! Beyond that, some fun, and some due respect too.

The video, is only depressing in that I remember it coming out, and thats nearly 40 years ago now. Ah well… where I will be a week tomorrow

Shuffle off to Buffalo

Yes, a holiday piece lol.

Funny point, i’ve been to Buffalo once before, but never during daytime, and that was 25 years ago. Confused? its a long story.

It was 1988, my first ever trip to the US, with my partner of the time. We were over there, seeing her aunt in New England, and doing a tourist holiday combined. Anyway, one weekend, we decided we were going to head up to Niagara, just so we could say we’d been there. The silly thing, we didnt realise it was a US Bank Holiday weekend, looking at the dates this year, it must have been Labor Day weekend, I cant see any other it could have been.

Well, anyway, approaching Rochester (yes, there’s an irony), we decided it was about time to stop for the day. Thats when we discovered it was a Bank holiday weekend, all the hotels were full! Well, all the budget ones we tried were at least. We did do a brief trip down to see the lake, before heading on, thinking we’d soon find somewhere for the night. We didnt!

Eventually, after a couple of uncomfortable hours trying to sleep in the car, we ended up in Buffalo about 2 in the morning. A couple of coffees, and a quick walk round town later, we headed off to Niagara, arriving there about 6 in the morning. It was deserted, and no one manning the car park entrance. So we saw Niagara for free, and I got to see Bruce Smith (Bills star of the time) working out in the park! Finally, we had breakfast, confirmed there were no late returns for the Bills game, and started to head back, by passing Buffalo this time around. Finally, late lunchtime, we stopped, exhausted at a hotel on I-90, somewhere near Rochester, and crashed until the next morning. Well, she did, I watched the Bills match on TV, and then crashed until the morning lol!

So yes, 4 weeks from now, I’m planning a day trip to Buffalo, and I do mean daytime! It will have changed dramatically since then for sure, and beyond the tramway/railway running through the city, I dont remember a thing anyway. But yes, it will be a sweet memory, shuffling back to Buffalo after all this time, even if only for a day.

This is one of the changes to the original plans to this trip, I was originally going to stay in Buffalo, and visit Rochester instead. This was because someone I know through the forums was living near there, but he then moved back to Alabama, so I moved my base to Rochester instead.

Hey, the video! Well its only 80 years old lol, but that probably makes it about right for me? So, as I will be doing (though not married), they are shuffling off to Buffalo!

Way Up North…

No, not to Alaska, just the Northern part of New York State a bit earlier than expected. Those who visit here from the Garden already know the tale, and if you dont, why not? But for the sake of all the other folk coming here from various places, my holiday plans for next year have swopped around. So in April, instead of heading ‘Way out West’ to Wichita, I’ll be heading ‘Way up North’ to Rochester instead.

Yes, its a tactical thing, conjured up between me and Kate, but its fair to say that once discussed, I put my foot down, and said I was swapping the 2 trips over next year. Irony is, that was the original plan, then it got changed, and now its got changed back again! At least the ghost of Louise Brooks can tell me how awful Wichita was lol! Maybe…? 😉

There are a few other places around Rochester that I’m looking forward to visiting, both in town, and out of it. In town, the Kodak Eastman House is one of the obvious ones, though equally I’m hoping to track down the building Louise lived in, even if standing outside is probably as good an option as it gets. There is one other blindingly obvious place to visit, I’m sure I dont have to tell you that! I also plan to look out on Lake Ontario, as I did 25 years ago, it will be strange doing that again, but something I so want to do. As is going back to Buffalo for a day, and I do mean day, unlike that last time I was there, in the early hours of the morning.

English tourists, didnt realise it was a US Bank Holiday weekend, and we headed for Niagara! Unsurprisingly we couldnt then find a hotel room that night lol! We arrived in Buffalo about 2 in the morning, seeking coffee to try and keep us awake! The other trip (a lot nearer to town) will possibly be to see the Roc City Thunder play indoor football, yes, the American version of football. New team, but they are at home the Sunday I’m there. Its a few miles out of town, but if I can find a way, it sure would be fun!

Flight is now booked, so plans wont be changing again. Hotel will be booked shortly, just finalising options on that at present.

OK, the video is strictly about that place in the state where the city has the same name, and not about the state, but… this makes for a fun video this way. I may never be a native New Yorker, but I might live there, at least for a week, maybe more?

Err, yes, its a bit dated, and thats not even allowing for one obvious landmark that is now tragically missing of course.