Help me to remember

One of those moments that I blame for my fascination in brainwashing, was as a young child (well, pre-teen at least), was actually a comedy movie, one of the Carry On series, that will possibly mean nothing to my US readers, as it was a very British thing, a film called ‘Carry On Spying’. In one scene at least, the joke was that a very busty, blonde secret agent would have been brainwashed, only they couldnt find a brain to wash. Said blonde was an actress named Barbara Windsor, the butt of numerous jokes, for obvious reasons, in said series of films.

Well, given the strange, messed up kid that I was when young, it left me with a fascination of what it would be liked to really be brainwashed, and I guess it never went away. Then when a few years later, I saw Metropolis, and I was ‘ruined’ for normal life after that lol! In truth, I suspect the Cybermen, and others had already gripped my imagination, but those 2 things had big effects on me.

Sadly, its now come out that Barbara Windsor is being ‘brainwashed’, and not in a nice way, diagnosed with Alzheimers. So far in my life, I’ve been fortunate that no one I have been close to has suffered from it, but it must be awful, both for the person suffering, and their surrounding friends, and family. Who knows, maybe if I live long enough (and given my health issues, I have my doubts I’ll get that far), I’ll suffer with it too?

Oh fine, I’d love to be brainwashed with a nice sparking helmet, or even a non sparking helmet, wiping my mind, making me blank, and obedient, but this is a whole different matter. But yes, it makes you feel old when people you grew up watching on TV, and this happens to them.

Video time. Yes, I knew what I wanted, had no idea of the artist though, so thank goodness for search engines. I think its fair to say that Men In Black found their theme tune through this, though the connection is apt!

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Who’s the Doctor?

Well, yes today, after months of hype, expectation, and everything else, they finally got around to announcing who would would be the (unlucky?) 13th person to portray Dr Who on TV, in said TV series. Well, today, finally, after today, not only will the Doctor get to regenerate yet again, but this time around, the good Doctor is going to discover that deal includes some gender reassignment too!

Yes, something I never thought I’d see fifty years ago, or even far more recently than that, the new Doctor will be a woman, Jodie Whittaker. And before you ask, despite coming from only a few miles from here (Skelmanthorpe), I know nothing about her. Yes, I know, me, and modern TV lol…

One unique claim I can currently make is that I’ve seen at least 1 episode of every actor to play the Doctor (one only made 1 appearance) so far, so yes, I suspect at Christmas, I’ll be watching the new one, to see what I think, and to get her reaction to the dramatic change, which should be fun! My favorite (easily) of the new group would have to be Tennant, and of the original group, Pertwee, and Tom Baker would probably be the ones.

I know, at some point in the future, I’m not going to see the new Doctor, because I’m pretty sure they’re going to outlast me! But for now…Yes, fine, I’d still rather play a Cyberman, anyway! ­čśŤ

Right, the video. Nothing very original, though the tribute was out of date, even before now, as no Capaldi in it.

Looks like I’ve been upgraded!

Oh believe me, I wish that was for real! Mind, if anyone out there reading this is saying, it can be easily done, or even trickily done, then yes please, I’d love it to happen! Feel free to shout, if you can!

So, tell a short story, last weekend, I decided I hadnt done any selfies in quite a while, so thought I’d give it a go. I did do a few at Christmas, but they werent great, so that means the last decent ones were in Hollywood, last October. This time though, I decided to have a bit of fun, and play up the whole robot look, while doing it.

Fine, I got a silver dress out, that I havent worn in a very long time, if ever, given its length, as its the perfect silver metallic look. Fine, for a robot, it needs sleeves, and in truth, it needs to be longer, at my age, given its definitely mini length, well above the knees! So fine, discretion, especially given the state of my knees, I put on a pair of silver leggings as well. The end result, this

Digital Camera
Digital Camera

As I say, too much flesh showing, but given I dont have a long pair of silver gloves, not a lot I could do. But fine, there was one bit of flesh that I could cover up for sure, my face. So tracking down my Cyberman helmet, and attempting to take pictures with limited visibility, I took these

Digital Camera
Digital Camera

Or for those who prefer a close up

Digital Camera
Digital Camera

Sadly, when I took the helmet off, I discovered I was still human underneath it, ah well…

Yes, it would be a lot easier if someone else was taking the photos, especially while wearing the helmet, as you really cant see a lot, wearing that, so if anyone wants to take a few for me like that (I have no funds to pay for lots of expensive photos) for whatever reason, then again, shout.

Or ideally, if someone wants to genuinely turn me into a robot, oh please do!

Right, the video. A tribute to the most famous robot ever, just maybe? Yes, fine, maybe I should have gone with the original, Debbie isnt as strong a singer as she used to be, sadly. Hardly surprising, at her age, but anyway, who am I to talk?

No Brainwashing, No Massage either, sadly

No, sadly I didnt get brainwashed within the Aqua Massage machine yesterday. I know, its only someone like me who would think of that as a letdown lol! Sadly, I didnt get the massage either, the ‘conversion pods’ were all missing when I got to Manchester yesterday, what a let down. I assume its because business wasnt good enough, seems to be quite a popular trend at the moment lets face it, especially over here, and after all, it was a bit of a niche market, so… And yes, I’d checked, their website, and the Arndale one still showed it there, but anyway…

So sadly, my knees are still as stiff as they were, and my brain sadly is still intact, and fully functional, and not cleansed in the slightest. I know, the latter wouldnt have happened anyway, but they robbed me of my 10 minutes of fantasies too lol! Sadly I dont know anywhere else around here that has one of these, so its back to standard massage treatments again, I guess?

And no, I’ve had no other brainwashing offers either, funnily enough! What is this world coming to, lol? Even better, could someone set me up for a session on this little baby, please! Oh, and no rescuing me when she fires up the electricity either!

Why Gwen wanted to resist, I have no idea! Me, I’d love to give that a trial session, believe me!

Oh, I found this too, though I suspect only Brit’s may get the joke here sadly.

I hope M&S dont sue lol, or even just get the video taken down!

Anyone got a brainwashing session available this weekend, by any chance? ­čśë

Is it an age thing, or just the long distance travelling?

Its funny, I never used to get bothered by the time and distance involved in travelling to the west coast of the US, but I’m beginning to notice just how much tougher this long distance travel is getting of late. It might be an age thing, certainly the old body doesnt seem to enjoy being confined to a plane seat for long periods now, and I’ve noticed that on 2 trips to the east coast this year, Toronto and Boston! I suspect the monotony of the flight plays a part as well, but I know my legs have been complaining this time around, even with decent legroom.

So I’ve pretty much decided that its time this middle aged lady eased off a bit, and I’ve decided I’m going to cut out the west coast trips…after the next one that is! Chicago/Minneapolis, and a sort of line there on will then be the limit, at least until the body disintegrates some more, or I get an upgrade lol! So where is the one place left to go to, before I retreat, why Seattle of course!

Its funny, I’d never even seen Seattle until 2003 (I nearly said my age, but thats something a lady shouldnt do, lol!) but instantly fell in love with the place. Maybe it was the climate, maybe it was the people, most likely a combination of both. I was fortunate enough to spend a good period of time out there then, and loved every minute of it, even if the budget was a bit tight at times! I was also lucky enough to go back a few years later for a week, when the budget wasnt as much of a concern! And yes, I still loved the place.

So unsurprisingly, I want to go back one more time before the old body screams enough, and see the┬ácity again. It will be funny knowing its probably for the last time (both times previously I knew I would be back), but I’m fast approaching my mid fifties, and the┬ábody is beginning to wear out a bit, and travelling that far is becoming a struggle. And alright, I want to see the Mariners play at some point too!

Next autumn will be east coast, thats for sure, I’m hoping I can get at least a few more years of┬ácoping with that length of journey at least, but a lot will depend on how the body (especially the knees) hold up, I guess. Well unless MIT, or the Cybermen can upgrade me anyway lol!

Musically, I could have picked Nirvana or something, but they were never my scene, so I’m not! So finding Seattle area artists came down to 2 that are more my era, or before. One was Judy Collins, the other, even older, and the one I chose, The Fleetwoods! I doubt a jet plane comes softly anywhere, but…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7yh6HFKAMs