A friend for life

I’ll give you advance warning, you almost certainly havent heard this song before, so please listen. This gentleman was a big star back in the 70’s, but is still turning out high quality, new music today, as this proves. Steve Harley, musical genius. Whether he was ever as arrogant as his 70’s persona, I have no idea, but it all seems gone now, regardless.

OK, stop pleading, and get back to the blog. Can you have a friend for life, who has been dead for 28 years? If so, I saw a friends gravestone today. If you cant, I saw the gravestone of a brilliant, under rated actress today. Alright, so maybe her antics led to that rating, by all comments, she was hell to deal with back then, and from the interview made in the 70’s, and her other antics, its not hard to doubt it was true.

Yes, amongst many things today, I visited the Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, just outside Rochester. Her grave took a bit more finding than I expected, but of course you have to allow for the fact that she probably had little money at the time of her death, so no big stone. Finding the section was easy, the map printed off at the Cemetery clearly marked that, but once you get to that area, the fun begins! There were more than a few stones there lol!

Staff helped me, but confusion still set in, because the map shows her as Mary Brooks, but the stone says Louise Brooks, so the poor man trying to help me, didnt catch on immediately. Thankfully there was another, who knew who I wanted, and this regularly visited stone finally got another visit. A peaceful moment, it wasnt, the reason I had so many helpers was that they were cutting the grass in that section when I was there. The setting would have been beautiful, but for the noise though. Yes, I said a few words, and no, unsurprisingly, I got no reply. Finally, I touched the stone, said thank you, and walked away, a poignant moment.

I had earlier had another poignant moment, revisiting the shore of Lake Ontario after 25 years. I’m pretty sure it wasnt the same spot, but after 25 years, well, who knows? A lot has changed since then for me, but the lake looked much the same. A beautiful, warm day, I stood there, even by the lake, just in a light blouse, wow! Tomorrow, rain, possible thunderstorm, normal service is resumed lol!

I dont know if Louise can count as a friend for life, especially given her record for getting on with people over the years, but…as I said, a lovely song, a great singer

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To look for America

Yes, thats what I’ll be doing on Saturday, looking out for America. Snag is, at 35,000 feet, there arent too many signs to say that you’re entering US airspace lol! I know, they have that map thing on the planes, but lets face it, telling exactly when you cross into the US isnt quite as easy as that. I will know, clouds permitting when we reach Canada though lol. I’ll know when I actually land on US soil though, at New York, unless the plane has the most unique landing system known! Funnily enough, it will be a moment of deja vu, as the first time I left US soil, it was from JFK, and that was 25 years ago. And do you know, I havent been back there since, before Saturday. And of course, one week later, it will again be the last piece of US soil seen by me for a while. Who knows, I might even get back there again, in less than 25 years from now! I suspect I wont be travelling like that by then anyway, given I’ll be 80 by then!

Its a funny thing though, if my ancestors, just over 100 years ago had gone west from Ireland, instead of east, well, I wonder where I’d be now? Maybe I’d be holidaying regularly in England lol! Probably not, but…

Its fair to say that this year, not only am I looking for America, I’m looking for one specific person from America, and yes, its not hard for regular readers to know her name, Louise Brooks. Thats why I’m heading for Rochester on Saturday, and Kansas in September! Yes, I know, in her life sense, its the wrong way round, but anyway…I’m looking forward to it, a return to Rochester after 25 years too, though as far as I can remember, all I saw then was the route to Lake Ontario, and the lake itself, on the way out, and a motel just off the interstate on the way back. So saying its a return visit may be pushing it a bit lol!

Ah, the video, yes, as so often, the title is a giveaway. Finding an original live performance of this, no, I failed, hardly surprisingly. But this is definitely live, so…

Way Up North…

No, not to Alaska, just the Northern part of New York State a bit earlier than expected. Those who visit here from the Garden already know the tale, and if you dont, why not? But for the sake of all the other folk coming here from various places, my holiday plans for next year have swopped around. So in April, instead of heading ‘Way out West’ to Wichita, I’ll be heading ‘Way up North’ to Rochester instead.

Yes, its a tactical thing, conjured up between me and Kate, but its fair to say that once discussed, I put my foot down, and said I was swapping the 2 trips over next year. Irony is, that was the original plan, then it got changed, and now its got changed back again! At least the ghost of Louise Brooks can tell me how awful Wichita was lol! Maybe…? 😉

There are a few other places around Rochester that I’m looking forward to visiting, both in town, and out of it. In town, the Kodak Eastman House is one of the obvious ones, though equally I’m hoping to track down the building Louise lived in, even if standing outside is probably as good an option as it gets. There is one other blindingly obvious place to visit, I’m sure I dont have to tell you that! I also plan to look out on Lake Ontario, as I did 25 years ago, it will be strange doing that again, but something I so want to do. As is going back to Buffalo for a day, and I do mean day, unlike that last time I was there, in the early hours of the morning.

English tourists, didnt realise it was a US Bank Holiday weekend, and we headed for Niagara! Unsurprisingly we couldnt then find a hotel room that night lol! We arrived in Buffalo about 2 in the morning, seeking coffee to try and keep us awake! The other trip (a lot nearer to town) will possibly be to see the Roc City Thunder play indoor football, yes, the American version of football. New team, but they are at home the Sunday I’m there. Its a few miles out of town, but if I can find a way, it sure would be fun!

Flight is now booked, so plans wont be changing again. Hotel will be booked shortly, just finalising options on that at present.

OK, the video is strictly about that place in the state where the city has the same name, and not about the state, but… this makes for a fun video this way. I may never be a native New Yorker, but I might live there, at least for a week, maybe more?

Err, yes, its a bit dated, and thats not even allowing for one obvious landmark that is now tragically missing of course.