I am a silver machine?

Oh fine, I wish! Irony is, we are apparently doing a dress up day at work on Halloween, and if I thought I could find (suspect I know where it is, actually), and more critically could still get into one of my robot suits, then yes, I’d be tempted to wear one for the day. Not that I could wear a Cyberman helmet (later addition) to the outfit in a call centre, but besides that… I might yet see if I can afford to try and find a nice witch outfit for the day, though sadly I suspect I will have to rely on First Buses to get me to work, not a broomstick, and no, I dont think I would be wearing the Witch outfit on the bus, anyway!

Well, I could just try and find a metallic silver cape, and hood, and do the robot thing, because… I have an Ebay account, but very rarely use it. I know you can get quite a lot on ‘buy it now’ nowadays, just like a shop, but rarely buy anything nowadays, due to a minor issue called lack of funds.

This therefore leads to the fact that every few months or so, I get an email from Ebay, offering me £10 off to use on ‘buy it now’ stuff on the website, and I got one last week, for fashion items. Well, I saw a number of dresses I liked, some of which were in a sensible size (when a UK 12, is an XL size, I despair), one of which was this rather nice, metallic silver maxi length dress, which would then only cost me about £13, with the voucher, fine, I was tempted. Snag was, voucher had to be used by Monday, and though I tried to load money on the pre paid card on Friday morning, it didnt get processed in time for use that day. Which meant it wasnt going to get loaded before Monday, which is a working day for me. Oh, and the bidding closed on Sunday! 😦

Thankfully, no one bid for it, the seller put it back on the market again, and I grabbed it yesterday evening, which meant I got to bed about midnight by the time I’d sorted that out, and done everything else. But yes, its heading my way. Fine, you want to see it, I hope?

metallic silver dress

I know, shows a bit too much flesh in the chest area for a robot, so I either need to find a metallic silver top, or cape, or something, ideally. Oh, and a silver hood would be nice, lets face it, but not sure I can afford all that!

But yes, fine, the inner robot won out, lol! Not quite sure when I wear it, but I’m sure I will sometime soon! Halloween, maybe, but probably not without accessories, which I cant afford, lol!

And yes, you’re right, probably wont buy on Ebay until I get my next voucher in a few months!

Right, video time. I have no idea who the lady is in this video, but consider this, if still alive, she’s probably a pensioner by now! Well, I’m 60, and was 14 when this was made, and I’m assuming she was at least 18, so…? But yes, if anyone actually wants to turn me into a silver machine, please let me know!

Keeping to the rules, or otherwise

Fine, I’ll get to the title matter in a minute, but for now…

Sunday evening started with a change of plans, a trip to the cinema, to see It. No, not the 1927 silent movie starring Clara Bow, though I’m sure she would have looked adorable, even in a clowns outfit. No, this was the recent (shock horror) movie based on the Stephen King book instead. Something very different for me, but impressed with it, all the same. Mind, the final outcome (of this section at least) appealed to me no end. The actress playing Beverley caught this actresses eye, as someone to watch for the future, just saying…

After that, a dose of ‘The Orville’ which is a new series on Fox over there, which seems to be a witty take off of Original Star Trek, among other things. Yes, the big attraction for me, the chrome robot, no surprise. Yes, if they ever want an actress to play his female companion… 😉 Suspect its just CGI, in truth, sadly. Not sure when I see any more of it mind, over here, but will keep an eye out for that.

Yesterday was the last full day (for a while) in the US, most of which I just spent relaxing, before heading for home, via JFK, in a shuttle. Yes, wisdom prevailed, given the state of my body at present, only way to go. Before that, I did get to see the Creature from the Black Lagoon thing, though sadly not wearable lol. But if anyone wants to make one, and let me wear it…?

Beyond the traffic levels to JFK (its NYC, for pity’s sake), that all went smoothly, and so did the ride through security. Then the fun began! I was taken to the gate on my boarding pass, for my plane home, fine. Thing was, the departures board was showing a different gate, some distance away, and some ‘know all’ told me my plane was going from there. So I struggled down there, only to find a short while later that my pusher had known what she was doing, and the know all was an idiot! So yes, I struggled back to the original gate I’d been left at.

There was 1 wheelchair waiting there, mine, and yes, someone came this time, and took me to the plane. At this point, someone asked me to swap seats, so he could sit with someone, and I agreed. Unfortunately, the idiot I soon discovered I had the ‘delights’ of sitting next to on the way home, thought rules were for everyone but himself. As in, mobile phones must be switched off before leaving the gate, and only be put back on, in flight mode, when we were in the air. Him, oh no! Trying to hide from everyone (very badly) that he was still using his phone after this point, and indeed continued to use it, until after the plane accelerated for take off. Even then, I’m not sure if he switched it off, or just hid it away. He was certainly still doing something with it post take off (not meant to be switched back on while seat belt light is on), so who knows? Put it this way, he was still using it this morning, up to, and including landing, long again after having been told to turn it off. Oh, and then everyone else decided to be an idiot, as more than half the people in the plane were standing up, long before the seat belt light went off at Manchester.

Then it got, err, better! There was only 1 wheelchair used at JFK to load a passenger, mine! So, at Manchester, only 1 is sent to the plane, to disembark me. Thing is, seemingly, 5 other people then decided they needed a wheelchair to disembark, despite not requesting one. My name was called, I stood up to get in, and another woman took my chair! She clearly wasnt going to move willingly, so in the end, they tried to round up another wheelchair for me, only to discover 4 more people wanting one! No, Manchester Airport doesnt employ psychics, to know that all these additional people suddenly would want a chair.

Finally, and I do mean finally, I was on the move. Snag was, with 4 pushers, and 6 chairs, movement was erratic, and slow. Not improved when I finally got to passport control, and there is a group of 3, from the sub continent, who were clearly being shifty about their reasons for entering the country. Finally, he decided to let them in, I passed through quickly, but then we had to get all these wheelchairs down to baggage claim. Then pick out the right black expanding suitcase, from dozens of them, but we got there in the end. So only about an hour later than expected, freedom, and greetings! Then at last, go home!

Oh, and one last thing before we move on from the holiday, and back to more mundane events, one of the movies shown on the flight across. A movie called Blended, which given my knowledge of modern movies, I had to look up when I got home. Take my advice, give it a miss. It has a shocking review rating, and the actress in the main female lead role was dreadful. One look on her face throughout the movie, basically rabbit caught in headlights! Yes, I swear even now, after a few years off, I could have acted the pants off her! So come on Hollywood, let me prove it, lol!

Thats it, then. Lets close by thanking Kate, Stacie, and Eric (mainly, but there were others) for such a marvelous holiday experience. Yes, being Maid of Honor, at a wedding, very special.

So what happens now? Another suitcase, in another hall (Evita)? Probably not! To a big degree, a lot depends what the doctors say about my back in the next couple of weeks, and how many days of work, per week, I can get through, post medication. I’m currently suspecting the answer will be 4, but we will see. Maybe a magic cure, or a nice new cybernetic body lol? Oh, I wish for the latter! I suspect I will be getting the airport wheelchair experience again too, but we will see?

In theory, if I could get there next month, I could go to NYC again for a reading for a production by 2 friends, surrounding the life of Clara Bow, but money (definitely), and holiday time (possibly) mean thats unlikely to happen. Ah well, might have knocked them over on Broadway, especially if they were looking for a middle aged woman confined to a wheelchair for a role lol. Still, keep on dreaming…

Right, video time. One thing a plane is called, is a silver machine, though I doubt thats what they’re talking about here! Dont think its a robotizing pod either, but its almost more likely! Yes, thats Lemmy, of Motorhead fame!

Popularity thing?

Its funny how things go, isnt it? One of the things you get with WordPress, is plenty of stats, and for me at least, they make interesting reading. Apart from the obvious home page one, do you know the post that simply stands out above all others for hits, even now, its the one about the real silver suit, designed for a robot wannabee robot like me! Possibly I guess, because if anyone types ‘silver robot suit’, or just ‘robot suit’ into Google, then I guess it must come reasonably high up the list?

Of course, the amusing thing is, that for all the hits it gets, not one offer of a suit has ever come my way from any designer, or a roboticist offering to change me so that I dont actually need a suit lol! I know, the odds on any designer actually reading this is less than say, the robot fetishists of this world, but you would have hoped for some crossover at least.

Interestingly, the brainwashing helmet piece also does quite well, though I’m not expecting to the same degree to get offered a chance to try one of them out for real as well lol! Surely a good roleplay version (with, or without electrodes) could be designed by someone, and at least try that out on me.

Of course, a combination of both would be pure heaven lol! And before you ask, no, the robot hypnosis idea doesnt seem to get many hits, it seems to be more the techy, fantasy stuff that attracts readers, I cant think why? 😉

Any offers on any of the above? Probably not, but no harm in asking.

The video, well you could say this is apt. One thing is for sure, its not new, and equally sure, that woman in the video isnt me, I would only have been 14 or 15 at the time this was made.