It, the time warp version

Well, this wasnt the planned blog, but this will be far more fun, so…

Its funny, I went to post the other blog on Social Media, as per normal, which includes that pit of insanity known as Twitter. I know, I love it really (seriously?), but all the same… One of the things trending there tonight was Tim Curry, and my natural reaction, as was seemingly the one of several others was to hope he hadnt passed away. No, dont panic, he hasnt, its his birthday today, thats all. 73 today, Happy birthday, good sir.

So, yes, given I’ve mentioned him, you think its just a boring birthday blog about him. Now would I ever do a thing like that? No, this is one of those ‘be grateful to Stacie’ moments in fact. The afternoon after her wedding, I was relaxing at the hotel where I was staying, watching a bit of NFL when I got a call, asking if I fancied going to the cinema in the evening. I agreed to that, and asked her what movie we were going to see.

“It.” was the reply. Now for 98% (or more) of the population, that would clearly mean the Stephen King horror movie, right? Being unique in that sense, the only film that came to my mind with that name was the 1927 silent movie starring Clara Bow. Now I suspected it wasnt that, as neither Stacie, or Eric had struck me as the type who would be into 1920’s silent movies, nor was a local cinema likely to be showing it.

As you’ve worked out I’m sure, it was the horror movie (I gather the sequel is released soon?), with the scary clown, played by ‘you know who’. And yes, the other ‘It’ is still on my list of movies to see at this time. The only Bow movie I have seen in full, being the Oscar winning ‘Wings’.

But yes, for me, the archetypal Tim Curry movie in my life, is naturally ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’, and hopefully always will be. Yes, I would have loved to have acted (and would still love to act in) in a production of that, believe me! So yes, thats where I’ve gone for the video tonight, the famous Time Warp song. So all together now…

 

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The one area of California I still want to visit.

Its funny, 51 weeks ago, I was reminiscing on here about a golf tournament in the US that I watching on TV, and saying how much I loved the area. Yes, Riviera, in Pacific Palisades, somewhere I suspect I may well return to in May, given that I suspect that unless ‘I make it’, it will be my last visit to the area for quite a while, if not longer. Because in truth, I have no idea how much longer my body will stand up to West Coast flights. And besides, 3 holidays in a row in that area is just way too much lol!

At the other end of the state, I’ve been to San Francisco a couple of times, and loved the city, which definitely includes that baseball park, and the view. And no, that definitely isnt the Oakland Coliseum, though I have seen a game there!

But in between the 2 big cities is one small area that I’d love to visit, though its easier said than done, for a non driver. Yes, thats right, and anyone that knows their golf venues will have worked out, is the area around Carmel, and Pebble Beach.

Fine, as I havent played golf in about 40 years (beyond pitch and putt/ par 3 golf), I have no plans, or desires to actually play Pebble Beach, but I have to say that the golf course looks amazing, and the views even more amazing! Oh, and fine, probably my main reason for going to Carmel is to visit the town, where a certain famous resident lives, though I wouldnt see her. Yes, Doris Day, who will be 93, or 95 this April, depending on which version of her age you go by! I have been a fan of her for probably about 50 years by now!

But in truth the whole Monterey peninsula looks amazing, and I hope one day to get there, though I suspect Doris might not still be with us by then. But fingers crossed…?

So yes, I might have been to California 5 times after May, but it doesnt mean I’ve seen everywhere in the state that I would love to!

The video. Probably one of my favorite Doris Day songs ever, though sadly the only live versions I can find (unsurprisingly) is from the movie, Calamity Jane. Fine by that, but it does mean she doesnt sing the whole song herself, but Howard Keel isnt a bad singer lol!