Cincinnati, never really noticed you before

Let me just say that anyone that knows this song is at least as old as me, and must have been a fan of this group, given this was the B side of one of their early hits. And sadly, thats why I cant find a ‘live’ video of it, I guess?

Most of the PR stuff I’ve seen coming out of the NFL this season, especially fan wise, has not been pretty, so I thought I’d better mention this, to try and balance the books. At the weekend, was the final week of the regular season. Remarkably, after 17 years of playoff frustration, Buffalo were still in contention for a place. Admittedly, a couple of results had to go their way, one of which involved them winning, which they did, but with a few minutes to go in other games, it was not going to be enough to break that jinx.

Why, because Baltimore were winning, Tennessee had already won, and if things stayed that way, then those 2 teams were going into the playoffs, and Buffalo would miss out yet again. But then, in Baltimore, the Cincinnati quarterback, Andy Dalton threw up a pass, someone caught it, scored a touchdown, took the lead, and suddenly Buffalo were in the playoffs! Yes, delighted, but thats not what this is all about.

You see, Andy Dalton, and his wife have set up a foundation that donates money to childrens causes in both Cincinnati, and the Fort Worth area (which I assume is where he is from?), and all of a sudden, some grateful Buffalo fans started making donations to it, mainly $17 (relating to the years of hurt), and then it all went viral! As of earlier today, grateful Buffalo fans (and possibly players, officials, and owners?) have donated over $200,000 to his foundation!

And all because of one pass, from a player on a team for whom victory wasnt going to change anything, but now… a lot of children will be very grateful to him for doing it. A moment that has turned into a wonderful story.

OK, the video, or tonight, the non video, of a moving kind at least. This 1971 B side seemed the most obvious song to use, somehow!

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Elf pictures, and actually spending some money!

No, dont panic, I’m not expecting you to pay me any money or anything to read this, or even look at the pictures. However, I was sort of collecting at work yesterday for breast cancer charity for doing this, and did consider setting something up for people to donate from here, but seriously, by the time Go Fund Me (or whoever) took their share out of what is likely to be a tiny sum, I cant see any point! However, if the amusement of this leaves you so inclined to do so, then feel free to do so directly to the relevant charity in your Country, they’ll probably get more money that way. If you dont want to do it for your own charity, for whatever reason, then send it to a UK one. If you want to say Harlean sent you lol…?

So yes, yesterday it happened, and I must admit, it was great fun dressing up again, this time as an elf. Oh, photo? Fine…Behave, girl!

Before you ask, 2 donations already, plus 1 more tomorrow, so…if you wish to add? 😉

There were 2 other wonderful people who also got dressed up for the day, so I didnt just have the idea to my(s)elf about this. I’m sure they wont mind me posting this, but if they do, and in years to come, this blog doesnt make sense, you know why!

Will I do it again, given the chance? You bet I will! Seeing theaters, and other media people arent rushing for my services nowadays, it will probably be the only way I do!

As for today, back as a human all day…

In recent months I got a couple of vouchers for various rewards, one for being a clever golf tipster, and one for the LGBT presentation I did for work. But being a practical Yorkshire lass, I hadnt got around to spending them, until today…

Given the old creaking bones nowadays find going out to work hard enough, the thought of going into town looking for things, especially at this time of year holds no appeal for me. So, I was limited to sites I could shop from online, that I could use through my ‘One4All’ reward card. So I looked at a few sites, suitably unimpressed, and then saw TK Maxx was available. So, checking it out, I found this https://www.tkmaxx.com/uk/en/womens-mod-box/coral-floral-lace-bardot-dress/p/15098674 and bought it! Put it this way, I certainly wouldnt buy it at the so called normal price, but at that price, of course I did!

I then went for the work voucher, which I put on Amazon to spend, and had a look around. After much looking, and trying to decide what to do, I ended up taking a different course to plan. I was hoping to find a ‘long’ flapper style dress for about the £25, but no joy. Then again, lets face it, young flappers were looking to show their legs, not hide them! But fine, I’m not young, so…I did find a nice, maxi length one, but it was about £40, so no… In truth, I do own 2 flapper style dresses, both above the knee, and never likely to be worn by me outside of home!

So what did I do, you ask? Well, of course I now know of a second movie that Clara Johnson appeared in, so I’ve added that to my collection. ‘Strike Me Pink’, supposedly starring Eddie Cantor, but for me, featuring a certain Miss Johnson will shortly be winging its way to me. I also went on a silver color clothing hunt, and found a silk skirt, with elasticated waistband, so got that instead. Both wont arrive until New Year, movie from US, skirt from China, but at least I’ve now finally spent the vouchers!

Oh, tonight’s video, nothing to do with the charity campaign, and everything to do with some ghastly Amazon adverts! Guess what, the video is that song, only sung decently by original Supertramp member, Roger Hodgson

 

National Elf Service

No, despite the play on the title, this is definitely not political, just saying! Rule of the job, lol!

This morning, on that site we all love to hate (to some degree, surely), namely Facebook, I found a new day to celebrate something. Yes, seemingly a week on Friday, 8th December, its National Elf Day. Well, it is as far as the Alzheimers Society is concerned at least. I mean, there is a serious side to all this, because lets face it, Alzheimers, and the relating dementia issues are not a nice thing, and something that all of us, as we get older, have to dread getting. I know, some of us might quite like the idea of having our mind wiped, but only in a sci-fi way, not like that. And lets face it, wheres the fun in that, if you cant get the pleasure of being a controlled person afterwards anyway? 😉

Oh, you want proof? Fine!

So yes, if anyone wants to provide me with a suitable elf outfit before Friday week, feel free to do so, and I’ll wear it. Yes, at work if permitted, though definitely not on the bus on the way to work! 😛 No, I dont think First Buses are ready for the sight of a 59 year old, in an elf outfit, somehow! Mind, if I do, and you want pictures, it will cost you a donation to Alzheimers Society, for sure! Where?

https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/elfday

Or if you prefer to do it through me, just to scare me as to how much money I can raise, I can set up a Just Giving page, if preferred? But yes, let us remember at this time of year, not just to think of ourselves, and present giving, lets also think of those who need support for other reasons as well.

OK, the video, definitely something new. The Barron Knights have been going nearly as long as me (Early 60’s), and incredibly, one of the originals is still in the band, even now! Basically, they’d take pop songs of their time, give them a little twist, and produce little gems like this

Not a model, but hopefully looking good

OK, before we get to the bit in the title, lets do the begging bit!

So fine, I have decided (in a moment of craziness) to actually launch a fund raising campaign, to at least partly (and hopefully more) pay for the costs of formally changing my name to Miss Stephanie Harlean Carpenter. Has a nice ring to it, doesnt it? Works all ways around, as those who know me as Steph can still call me that, but I can also legitimately use the name Harlean, as and when I want to. Lets face it, how many people use their middle name anyway? 😉

No, this campaign doesnt involve donating large sums of money, at a quick costing (allowing for fees, and things), £120 should be enough, though if it goes slightly over, it would be good. Fine, I know it wont, but no harm in hoping. Indeed, anything beyond what one wonderful friend has already donated would be quite something!

Fine, the link https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/e10ypc/ab/c2hJdb Even a couple of pounds will help, so please be kind, though more would be wonderful. But given that most reading this only know me through the blog, ah well…

Right, begging over, well in terms of giving to me at least.

Tomorrow night, I’m off to a fashion show. Its for a charitable cause in Leeds to sort of launch the studio for the people who I had my 2 photo shoot sessions with. Why sort of? Because its to launch the new studio, even if it has been operational for a while, this is the formal launch. No, I’m not modelling, just part of the audience, but it should be fun. The link, even though I know most readers of this arent local to me, is https://www.facebook.com/events/1608781949397731/ (apologies if you dont have Facebook, but its the only link I can find). Please check tickets remain before just turning up, just saying…

Yes, I will be there, using my old name, though if anyone calls me Harlean, I probably wont blink!

Lastly, the video. This is a Kraftwerk song, but this is definitely not their version! It is in German, but I’m sure you can cope, I prefer it that way anyway.

Ice, ice buckets

To be honest, its been pretty hard to miss the latest trend to hit the charity world, the ice bucket bath! It started off with celebrities doing it, and then the general public picked up on it, and sheer stupidity commenced.

Given the droughts in California at present, the amount of water that celebrities out there have been throwing over themselves, purely for publicity, is pretty depressing. So fine, in the bigger picture, those gallons might not have made all the difference, but even so…

Alright, it might be an age, and health thing, or it might just be that I’m not a fan of these crazy things, or the hype that goes with them. I give money to charity, the ones I want to support, by simply giving money, and not making any fuss about it. Breast cancer, LGBT issues, and a few other good personal causes are what I choose to support, not the latest cool (in this case, very cool) trend started by celebs, in a desperate bid to revive their career.

Most of my friends who have done the challenge took the hint, and didnt nominate me. Either because I had made it VERY clear that I was more likely to kill the person nominating me, than actually throw a bucket of cold water over my head! But there had to be one…

Yes, someone at work, who likes to tease me, nominated me. And yes, remarkably, at present, he’s still alive! But believe me, pressing me to get it done is more likely to get him an early funeral, than me being doused in a bucket of cold water.

To be frank, I cant see the point? I dont have a mobile phone, so I have no way of filming it, and for most, that seems to be the main part of the entertainment. I know, therefore, in theory, I could tell him its done, and leave it at that, but why should I need to?

The one Harlow connection to all this, she used ice on a part of her body, her nipples, just before shooting a sexy scene, presumably to make them stand up, and peek out. No, I have no idea what thats like, I havent tried to be sexy in years! Even then, in theory, if my partner couldnt get me going…Thats about the only reason I can see for throwing iced water over my top, another Harlow fulfilment, and one, like those scary eyebrows, I’m not rushing to match.

The video. Sorry, its one of the most awful songs of all time, but it fits for this

If you have a few spare pennies, cents or whatever

In a sense this fits in more with ‘my’ blog, but given that gets barely half the views that this one does, lets go down this road.

You see, at work, there is this really nice guy called Jake. No, nothing of that sort, before you get excited, he’s taken, I’m not interested, so all in all, but he’s fun to work with, all the same. Besides which, probably wisely, he’s leaving for a new job at the end of the month!

So why mention him? Well, starting off tomorrow, he, and another guy I dont know at all, are cycling across from coast to coast, to raise money for the Wakefield Hospice, a cancer charity over here. The link to donate is

https://www.justgiving.com/JakeGoesCoasttoCoast

Just say Merry Brooks sent you, and he’ll probably kill me!

Its over 200 miles, something I could never have done (admittedly a lot of that relates to medical issues) and it deserves support. Yes, I have given, and yes, I regularly support the Hospice charity shop in Wakefield too.

He’s reached 85% of his sponsorship target, lets see if this can help him hit it.

The video, very apt, and no, the woman on the bike isnt me, one of my medical issues is balance, I couldnt ride one without stabilisers lol!