Alabama, and the rest

Even earlier than the start of the NFL, the college football season got under way in the last few days. In truth, if you believe the experts (and a friend called Kris), there is only 1 team that will matter, and that is Alabama. To be fair, the way they beat Florida State yesterday, who were ranked the 3rd best team, he may well be right!

But ignoring the matters of Washington (Seattle is a city I’ve loved forever), USC and UCLA (the LA teams), or even Yale (first team seen live), who I have affection for, in the end, there is 1 conference I will follow more closely, and a couple of teams there, with special emphasis on 11/18 this year. Yes, though I have no idea why, beyond the Kansas connection, I follow Kansas State, coached by the amazing Bill Snyder. My dear friend Kate, well, not only does she support Oklahoma State, its her alma mater, so I guess she’s entitled to, lol. So yes, a Big 12 girl, me!

Oh, and I might give honorable mention to Idaho, because they play in silver and gold!

Like most sports team I follow, including the Dodgers, I follow them, rather than act as crazy fanatic, as so many people do. So yes, though I’m hoping Kansas State will have a good season, especially as there are rumors it could be Bill’s last, he is approaching 80, mind, amazing man! But if they dont, I will be sorry for him, but it wont be the end of the world. Oh fine, it would be nice if we beat Oklahoma State, but only so I can tease Kate, rather than the more likely event, judging by the rankings, that she will be teasing me!

But yes, when it comes to college champions, at the end of the season, I suspect it will be Alabama, and the rest. Still, Kris will be happy with that!

Video time. Well, yes, I was looking for something Alabama related, and found this. Seems a good choice to me!

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The most incredible present ever

Well, yes, today officially was the big day, I hit 57. Unless you have done so elsewhere, feel free to leave greetings. OK, lurkers, I know you wont, but no harm in asking.

But in all truth, because of the way things work out with life, it was actually Saturday that proved to be the magical day this weekend. It wasnt in my plans to have Saturday off, but it suited work, due to the Cheltenham Festival and all that, but it made for a nice change.

And due to Nicole being elsewhere this evening, we took that chance to have my birthday celebration meal a couple of days early. And I took the chance to wear a strapless, green dress, most suitable for this weekend, given the cricket yesterday (not too much about that please), and the fact that its St Patricks Day tomorrow. Yes, I know its a silly thing, but I do love wearing a strapless dress nowadays, even if I’m not giving a big show of cleavage in doing so.

So fine, just after 6.30, we get back home, and I have an email from a friend, asking me for some personal details, for ‘something’. Given I know him well, I passed them on, hey, it was only my name as on my passport, nothing more anyway. He had mentioned leaving messages on Facebook, and Yahoo messenger as well, so I went off to those, to let him know the deed was done. He was still on Yahoo, so we started chatting. All I was told at this point was that something would be waiting for me in LA.

No, not a mad scientist who was literally going to turn me into Jean Harlow lol! Though given its Hollywood, there may well be one!

So fine, after a little while, the news came out, and for those who havent read the follow up comment on the last blog, its basically this. I am going to that party in Hollywood, and I dont have to concern myself about the cost, as the ticket, and dinner have been paid for, and given to me as the most wonderful present by James (yes, he was the one I was talking to), and Kate (who I soon ended up talking to as well). Words cannot describe how lovely a gesture this is, and now all I’ve got to decide is which dress I’m wearing!

Today has been calmer, got some nice stuff designed to make me even more beautiful from the folk here this morning as well, though I’m not sure how much of a miracle me looking stunning would take! But anyway…should look better after tomorrow, as I have a massage, and facial booked for the afternoon.

Oh, the cricket. Ireland did well, won more games than England in fact, but didnt make the quarter finals. But even so, its been a great few weeks, watching them down under. Hopefully at some point this summer, I’ll get to see them in the flesh, though job finding, and schedules may play a part in seeing how much, and when.

The video, from a time when U2 took themselves less seriously. And it sums up perfectly the gift received, from two truly wonderful friends, on Saturday evening. Just under 5 weeks from now, ‘Jean’ will go to the ball!

The adventures of Jean (not Thelma) and Louise

Though to be fair, Kate and I have absolutely no plans to end up as the pair in the film did. But given that in just over 2 weeks time, the 2 of us will get together in Kansas City, and have fun (well, as much as 2 ladies who wont see 40 again can do), the title seems apt, for a good reason.

Over the weekend, I got an email from Kate, with a few details, and more interestingly, a picture of her, after her last visit to her stylist. No, I’m not posting it, but lets just say that if Brooksie had lightened her hair, then Kate would be a pretty good match, her hair was styled in the perfect bob.

And given that after my visit to my stylist, a fortnight today, and her plans to turn my hair into Jean Harlow blonde curls, I thought where’s the harm in a play on the film title?

I have few clues as to what Jean and Louise will get up to, other than allowing both a much needed break from work. But for sure, we will have good company (well, I assume Kate feels the same way, or she wouldnt keep teaming up with me), and a good time, whatever we get up to. Will be kind of ironic mind, that when we visit Cherryvale, she will probably look more like Louise than me! And no, I have no idea if Harlow ever visited Cherryvale, but logic says she didnt. Equally, unless she visited it on a movie star tour, there is no great evidence of Brooks visiting Kansas City.

But this time around, ‘Jean’ and ‘Louise’ will visit both!

The video. Well, Harlow and Brooks never appeared in a film together, Louise’s US career was pretty much done before Harlow became a name. But, in a sense, they did work together…I’ll explain

In 1928, Louise made a film called ‘A Girl In Every Port’, a silent movie. In 1931, they remade it, as a talkie, called ‘Goldie’, and you guessed it, in the Brooks role, was a young actress named Jean Harlow! Irony is, that though both films survive, there are very few copies of either. To say the quality of the film here is poor, is putting it mildly. But, its the best connection between Jean, and Louise that I can find.

Me, on a date?

No, seriously, I cant remember the last time I went out on what would strictly be defined as a date. In a literal sense, I was taken out to lunch, by James, in Boston in 2011, but that was a purely platonic affair, so wouldnt qualify as a true date. Beyond that, no idea, but its a long time ago!

I’ve been chatted up once, or twice, most memorably on my train journey from Huddersfield one lunchtime, when hey, the guy even gave me his phone number, but I never followed it up. So fine, not going out on dates could be looked on as my own fault, but…! I guess I find the idea quite sweet, and something that would be fun, if it happened, but I cant see it.

Yes, I know, famous last words, and all that. I’ll meet someone in Kansas City, have him think he’s in love with me, and it will all develop from there. Kate and James keep telling me that the right person is out there for me, I just find it hard to believe. But… I agree, there, or Hollywood would be an apt place for a Harlow lookalike to find love, wouldn’t it?

So, 7 weeks or so from now, I’ll be being wined and dined, wearing a 30’s style dress, by a man. No, I’m joking, I think? Personally, I think I’d feel guilty for deserting Kate, but equally I suspect that if I got invited out for dinner, she wouldnt let me say no!

Yes, fine, this is what bought this little blog along, this picturejean harlow coloured 4

Seriously, if it wasnt for the eyebrows (and the quality of the jewellery), it really could be me! As in
photoshoot 9

So, who knows? 😉

No, I’m not planning the hen party yet! 😛

The video, well, I was looking for Baby Jane, and then I found this!

No, I dont think it relates to Harlow, but…

The bad beard club

Though officially they are known as the Boston Red Sox, they could certainly merit the other name at present, some of those beards (alright, probably all of them) are a pretty shocking sight! I guess its a team spirit thing, but please, get rid of them at the end of the season, hopefully the end of the World Series!

Yes, its baseball time again.

Having cruised past Tampa Bay, in what I will call the quarter finals (they have some trendy name, but in reality, thats what they are) pretty easily, but then the might of Detroit rolled into town. The first match summed up the strength of the pitching staff, 1-0 to Detroit. Just for information, on the same night, St Louis won 1-0 in their semi final too!

Second match of 7, going into the bottom of the 8th, and Detroit are winning 5-1, bit of a black hole for Boston. They managed to get runners on all 3 bases by various means, but also used up 2 of their 3 outs in doing so. Up steps David Ortiz, aka Big Papi, and just as the commentators are saying that he’s never got a home run off this pitcher, you’ve guessed it, first pitch gets smashed out of Fenway, and the scores are tied. Boston win in the 9th, but thats a side issue.

The entertainment here is in the little matters. Hunter makes a valiant effort to stop the ball leaving the park, and goes tumbling into the Boston bullpen as a result. The policeman there on duty, doesnt even notice, he’s too busy celebrating! All captured in this wonderful video.

I know, I know, I’m a Mariners fan! Yes, but Boston, and Kansas sit pretty high in my heart too. Oh, and I suspect that at some point Kate mind controlled me into becoming a Red Sox fan anyway, I just wish I’d known she was doing it lol! No, however hard she tries, supporting the Patriots is just one step too far though!

Enjoy the moment, enjoy the policeman’s celebrations even more!

All good things come to an end

Including seemingly, my holiday. Yes, I dont fly out until tomorrow afternoon, but its certainly on the last lap, thats for sure. Its been a lovely break, but now its back to work, and the insanity that creates on Monday. Ah well…

Funnily enough, despite saying goodbye to each other this morning, both Kate and I are still in the vicinity of Richmond. Me, here, her, near the airport, as not for the first time, US Airways have failed to provide a decent service, and Kate got stranded this morning.

But beyond that, I’ve had a lovely time here, just relaxing and chilling out from work. Oh, and also buying an expensive flapper style dress, just because! 😛

I’ll be honest, with US Airways, I wont relax until I’ve taken off from Philly, on the way back to Manchester. Until then, fingers will be crossed!

Finally, I’d just like to thank Kate for inviting me over, and look forward to seeing her again next year

The video, well as the end is near, what could be more apt?

Take a chance on me

And if one current contact sees this title, he can take it any way he likes, though I sort of suspect he knows in which sense I mean the words lol!

Also, should by the faintest miracle anyone in Virginia wants Merry Brooks to sign their copy of my stories, I’ll oblige, darlings! x No, I dont think I’ll be knocked over in the rush somehow lol.

What, someone thought I meant romantically, as in the song? Oh please, I’m no picture to look at, highly independent and feisty. Who in their craziest dreams would want me as a partner, either gender! No one with any sense, thats for sure.

Yes, I’m here in Richmond, got here fine. Kate gets here this afternoon, about 4, and then the fun will begin, for the rest of the week. Today’s highpoints, a walk to AT&T, to see if my little US cell phone can be revived, or I need a new one, and meeting up with Kate, most definitely. Oh, the email to my previously mentioned friend this morning was fun too, but not saying more on that!

Yes, the rest of the week should be more exciting than that! Hopefully see a bit of a Bills victory, but thats a wait and see job, dependent on both events, and the team of course.

Oh, and lastly in terms of taking a chance on me, 4 people will (hopefully) later today be getting a phone number to ring me on, if they wish. One may well do so, 2 others will have the chance if they want to as much as they say. The fourth, no, I dont hold out much hope of her ringing, but you never know, do you?

The video, yes, its the obvious one, I only wish I looked as gorgeous as Agnetha does then