Respect yourself, Miss Harlow

I seem to be fast becoming the Diversity Queen of the DWP, which has to be a good thing, and I’m proud of anything I can do to help with this matter, for sure. I’m not quite in movie star mode for interviews, in that I still have to get to them by bus, definitely so sign of a chauffeured car at present, ah well…So no, not quite in the Harlow class just yet. Maybe the film studios are saving that for May, in Hollywood, but I very much doubt it! But a lady can dream, for at least 2 more months, so…?

On Tuesday, I was enhancing my Harlow look, with the semi perm make up top up session, though it didnt involve me being shrunk to a mere 5 ft 2 ins tall, or anything dramatic like that. Sadly, it didnt involve me becoming 20 something again either! But the eyebrows are now even more 30’s style (though with a saner width to them), and I have the Harlow rosebud look on my lips, so, playing Mama Jean at least, absolute piece of cake! So, if some studio wants to call, and discuss the part? Yes, I wish!

The intriguing thing about being a stats loving type, is that I do tend to look at the stats for my 2 blogs more than I probably need to. The main thing that interests me, is what blogs, other than the most recent ones, are attracting a lot of interest. As I’ve mentioned before, there are 4 regular candidates who appear a lot, but of late, in just the last few days, this one has rocketed back up the viewing charts!

https://robotunit8.wordpress.com/2016/08/17/youve-got-the-power/

Yes, the one I did when I was looking for assistance with the last story, that ECT one. No, I never got an offer, not even a placebo one. I mean, dont get me wrong, I wasnt seriously expecting anyone to offer me a full voltage session, but I thought that maybe, if nothing else, I might have got an offer of a look at a suite, and maybe experience a non voltage session, but no. But the last few days, someone, or a lot of someone’s in the US (yes, you get country location in your stats) have been looking intently at this blog. No, no one has actually offered yet, I might add.

I know what you’re saying, the books written, even sold a few copies, so I dont need to do the research any more? Maybe you’re right, but all the same, yes, if given the opportunity, to any degree, I’d definitely take it. Hey, I can edit the story if needed lol! 😛 Oh, that story, for those who wish to be reminded…

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/667260

As if an actress would ever do anything like that? 😀

Right, video time. Resisting the temptation to avoid Bruce Willis quite easily lol. Something that all LGBT people, and indeed all people need to do! Folks, let me introduce most of you (I suspect) to the Staple Singers!

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When all is said and done

Right wingers, look away now!

So fine, its happened, Trump is now President. The world hasnt ended yet, though I have little faith that given 4 years minimum in charge, he might try for that yet. Yes, I deliberately set out to avoid all coverage of the Inauguration, though with a combination of being at work when it happened, and avoiding the news channels since then, its not one of the harder challenges I’ve faced. Irony is, I remember a time when there were 2 channels on the TV over here (the 3rd began in 1967), and it would have been on the news on both here, if not a live broadcast!

I think most here know I’m not a Trump fan already, but equally, not a Clinton one either. I suspect if Sanders, or Biden had been the Democratic candidate, we may not be in the position we are now, but we will never know? As is the way with so many fake news websites nowadays, I have no idea how many people attended the Inauguration. I’ve seen tiny crowds in pictures, but I’m told there were more than that, though not as many as either of Obama’s, but anyway…

Today, what was initially planned as one protest about Trump, and his sexist, racist ways was meant to happen in Washington. Indeed, probably has already happened, but I’m still on news avoidance at present lol! But there hasnt been just one protest, there have been hundreds, if not thousands, all around the world. Probably not in Moscow, mind, but fine, thats getting sarcastic, so…

I’d love to think these protests will make a difference, but in truth, Trump is such an egotist, and his friends on the ‘religious right’ are so oppressive towards women, and other minorities, I doubt it will. Great shame, but being realistic… Still, for now at least, I can hope! To counter that, some people have over reacted to matters, and lets see what actually comes about before screaming louder.

To which: Yesterday evening (my time), and today, there have been numerous people complaining about the pages taken down from the White House website. Yes, the ones concerning, LGBT, Climate Change and Disabled being the main ones noted. Thing is, they dont remember, or dont want to remember that the same thing happened 8 years ago, when Obama came to power, they archive off the previous presidents work. And expecting Trump to have people in place to put them back up, with his opinions, oh please. Fine, the fact that he hasnt even started on replacing all the Ambassadors is beside the point, and probably of as much concern. In truth, he wants the power, without the hard work involved, and everyone else (but his wealthy friends) will suffer accordingly.

So no, I’m not saying those things will go back on the website, but he needs to be given time to do so. Hopefully not 3 years, 364 days, though with him, that wouldnt surprise me! But when all is said and done, USA, he’s your President (unless impeached, or resigns) for at least 4 years, we just have to survive that time as best we can.

The video, one of those last Abba songs, from 1981, very poignant, very sad, but possibly very apt at the moment.

 

Gimme, gimme, gimme, a different apartment to stay in

So yes, firstly to confirm, I do have somewhere to stay in Hollywood, its just not where I expected it to be! Landlord greed, which backfired on him badly. What would you rather have, £747 for a booking 4 months in advance, or nothing because seeing someone wanted to book your place, you hike up your rates 15%!

For those who dont know, when you try to book somewhere on Airbnb, you end up having to request the apartment, and it gives the landlord 24 hours to accept, or reject, or whatever. So yes, given I’d been told which place to book, and that he’d love to have me stay, I thought this would be a formality, but wrong. He just ignored it for the 24 hours, much to my surprise. Until…

Before I went looking elsewhere, under the circumstances, I sent a line to check why he hadnt taken the booking. Back came a reply saying that seeing he was starting to get interest, he wanted to raise the prices slightly. Fine, it was near the top of the range where the apartment option was only slightly cheaper than the budget hotel, but fair enough. A couple of days later, I checked again, to find out the price had gone up by 15%! Despite a request to let me know when he’d done it, I’d heard nothing! So funnily enough, I’ve gone elsewhere! I know, in town, he’ll probably get others who will pay the new rate, but seriously…!

In a matter of irony, I went and looked again. Now, whether this was down before because of a request, or whether he’d taken it down while he did something with his ad, or whether I had just been blonde, but who knows? OK, it doesnt look quite as nice as the other one, but it looks fine, its in an area I know (Just slightly further down towards town in Hollywood Hills area, and quite a bit cheaper! So yes, I applied, got accepted, and am now sorted! The other guy, well fine, serve him right if no one books it, but I doubt that will happen!

Now all I need to sort out, nearer the time, is my ESTA clearance, my travel insurance, and my shuttle. And then, California, here I come!

The video, some live Abba, for which the clue is in the blog title! Mind, if Mike Pence wants to arrange me some ECT as gay conversion therapy, purely for past book research, then maybe I might need a man after midnight too lol! I know, I’m bi, but I’m flexible, if he’s fussy…removes tongue from cheek!

Peace on Earth?

So fine, I dont try to do politics too often on here, because I acknowledge that not everyone has the same ‘fairly liberal’ views as me, though its fair to say my views are pretty much in line with Jean Harlow, as much as I can tell, which is fine by me! So yes, this might be the point that rabid Trump fans should push that little red x in the top right corner, and go find something else to read!

Just to say, if needed, that all unpleasant political comments will be deleted, or not approved, depending on status, so no point insulting me as a socialist, or the type, and expecting it to show on the blog! Equally, I’d like to keep other comments tempered, so no actual insults for the other party either.

The last couple of days have seen an escalation of the nuclear arms race, on Twitter at least! Yes, we are talking about that idiot with a surname of Trump, if you had any doubt? Apart from the minor technical point that (thankfully) he isnt yet President, and in no position to make such decisions, its the announcement of it on Twitter, of all places that worries me the most! Yes, Putin is stirring things up, probably because he knew Trump would bite, and put his foot in it again, and it worked! The scary thing is all the innocent people in danger of suffering because of this, but lets face it, Trump would never let that get in the way of his ego.

Now before some jump on me as a Hilary lover, I’m not! Cant stand the woman, dont trust the woman, but at least she doesnt have the patience levels of a 5 year old before doing something. She waits, well, slightly longer than that! Equally, I can see why she lost the election, people dont trust her, and in truth, who can blame them?

But yes, at Christmas, supposedly a time of peace, and goodwill on Earth, we get this! Ah well…The only irony for me, Pence is even more scary for folk like me, given his views on LGBT folk, and Gay Conversion Therapy, and all that. Fine, I might enjoy all that electro therapy treatment, but not for the reason he believes in it!

So yes, the what I assume is not too serious talk, of independence for California would suit me fine, they might even approve working status for me then, lol! I know, I know, but I can hope! Lets just hope America can survive all this, in all honesty.

OK, video time. The song is apt, and also, given that Bowie died this year, it seems suitable. There are so many tales about the story of the recording of this, that which one is strictly true, who knows? Some of it is covered here at least

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peace_on_Earth/Little_Drummer_Boy

Yes, thats right, pretty much Bing Crosby’s last performance before his death! Still had it though. I’ve just taken the actual song clip, if you want to see the pre song stuff, its not hard to find.

God Bless America?

So fine, much though a left-centrist lady like me might prefer to ignore what happened on Tuesday night, it happened, and we have to live with it, for better, or for worse. You could say its more entertaining than it might have been, given Trump won the electoral college, but Clinton got more votes, but hey, its the system, we have to live with it!

Strange thing, Trump this year has done a couple of things supporting the LGBT community, whereas Pence is in the ‘crazy’ community when it comes to gay conversion therapy, and all that. Fine, I might enjoy that electro shock stuff, but hey, I suspect thats limited to me, and me only! By the way, do Bi’s get the full dose, or only half dose, just curious lol? No, not really, but anyway…

Fine, lets end the politics there, please!

Wednesday morning, when I went to the Twitter web page, I found this posting

Hey! #England ! I am interested in moving there. I’m a hardworking female with a drive to appease and entertain people. #actress #model

No, its not an actress name I recognize, but thats not saying much with me, and modern actors lol! So anyway, being the wicked minx that I am, I came up with this reply,

Hey America, I’m brave enough to work as a model, or actress over there in the next 4 years, just need the opportunity! Hardworking,you bet!

No, so far at least, I’ve had no offers, though if you know anyone who might? 😉 But before you ask, yes, absolutely, I would! So, if Mr Trump wants to offer a Brit the papers to act, and model over there, I wouldnt say no. Funny, I remember some European model who went over there to do some work, without papers, I wonder what happened to her? Sorry, Mrs Trump, just teasing! Oh fine, she’s young, pretty, and well, I’m 58, and not a stunner lol! 😛

The other offer I’ve had this week, was in a lighthearted manner, offering to do a property swap with someone I know in Alabama for 4 years. Yes, I’d love that, and I’m sure I could get some work (acting/model/writer) done while there, with luck, but seriously… No, I’m sure he didnt mean it, mainly because he has a very nice house, and I have a very nice, err, studio flat, to describe it best! So yes, it would be win/win for me, but anyway… Would I go if he had meant it? Not sure, Alabama isnt my dream state to live in, but I suppose it could grow on me?

Anyway, lovely guy, but I’m not expecting to move there anytime soon!

OK, video time. If anyone is expecting that anthem, sung during many baseball games, sorry, no! But its a line from this OMD song. Rare sight, first time in about 30 years they’d done it live, so…

Working my way abroad

When I was younger, I always fancied taking the chance to work abroad, but it never happened, for whatever reason. In my time, around the turn of the century, I finally set to, in an attempt to achieve this aim, applying for jobs in Bermuda, and Russia. Both in the betting industry, but no joy on either count. Lets face it, the first was a tropical tax haven, and the second was one of those crazy openings that occurred after the Iron Curtain came down, and gambling took hold in Russia, especially Moscow.

Ironically, when I was finally offered the chance to work abroad, in 2003, in the US, I went and turned it down! No, the jobs werent glorious, but they were interesting, but at the time, having just lost my mother, and all that, I wanted to return home. Easy to say in hindsight that it was the wrong call, but anyway, at the time…ah well!

The other tempter I had at the time, was to go and work in Estonia, a country that I loved (and probably still would), but it would have required me to learn the language, and lets just say its one of the harder languages to learn, and leave it at that. So eventually, I let that dream die too.

Since then, apart from the crazy dream that someone might take on this poor waif while she was in the US, and employ her, its a dream that had died, until today. Oh, PS American folks, especially those in California (even more so LA area), if anyone does want to do a crazy thing, and employ this poor, battered waif, she’d love you forever! Fine, I know, but no harm in begging!

Yes, until today. Among other calls today (yes, I still sometimes get one), I received one from an agency, asking me if I would be interested in working in Greece. Yes, Greece, you know it, the one with the biggest financial hole in its economy in the first world, thats the one! Not that I’m sure if the situation is as bad out there now, as it was, as its disappeared out of the news at present. Wages arent great, but when you see the cost of living out there, it really doesnt matter! I’d actually seen this role before, last year, when things were bad, and thought ‘no thank you!’ and left it at that. But now, whats it like, especially as I’m reaching desperation point? To be fair, I suspect they are widening their job hunting options, as I suspect many still arent keen to go and work out there.

I did think I could talk myself out of it, as I had no great expectations of Greece being an LGBT friendly country, but it seems I’m wrong. Its not utopia (its a country dominated by Orthodox religion, for pity’s sake!), but better reports than I expected.

So maybe I will get to work abroad, though being the cynic I am, when it comes to jobs, I wont hold my breath just yet!

The video. Well, you could say I’ve been working my way around to that!

Do you want me, baby?

Fine, much as I suspected, changing the advert on the dating agency to woman seeking woman, has proved a complete failure. I’ve not even had one message, let alone the chance of anything more! Funnily enough, one of the men I was talking to before is still in contact, but thats about it, and for whatever reason, he seemingly wants to do no more than chat, saying that I’m too far away, even if it is only about 20 miles!

Oh, and the guy from Houston who was so interested, not a whisper on when he’s actually coming to the UK, so I’ve written him off too! And until the passport actually arrives, I couldnt do much on that front either.

On that subject, funny story. On Monday, I got a letter from the passport office, asking me to prove I’d also changed my name on my driving licence, as no record of doing so had shown up. So I rang them, and told them the very good reason for that, I dont drive, therefore dont hold a driving licence, so I had no need to change it. She wasnt quite as shocked as people when I say I dont have a cell phone, but quite good, all the same. Anyway, I gather that was the last issue, so hopefully it will arrive soon. I hope so, as I have 1 registration to arrange when it does, and another that I will have to follow up with, after tomorrow, as another are doing an interim thing until it gets here, so they can put me forward for a job.

Right, thats not to say that the whole dating stuff has been a total waste of time, yet.

There is one wonderful gentleman from Long Island who is interested in me, actually a relative of Jean Harlow, roughly my age, so who knows, we might get together yet, and have a wonderful time. I’d love it if it happened, he seems wonderful, we both love the old movies, though our political views are a little way apart, lets leave it at that! Of course, if he wanted to change my mind on that, in a very special way, fine by me!

The other one, of significant interest, is also in the US. Yes, I know, very annoying, though I guess if it means in the end, I get into the country, then great, but planning things in the early stages…sheesh!

Not that he wants me as a partner, he wants me as a robot! Fine, its only going to be hypnotized to believe I am one, not the real thing, but anyway…about as good as is realistic, given modern technology. There are small issues at present, and no, not just the building of the robotization chamber, I wish!

Maybe I’m just being cynical, rather than wishful, but if you asked me honestly, I suspect I’ll end up staying a singleton, and not just because I’m a robot either! I guess I’d happily take either, but I must admit, genuinely being part of the Carpenter clan would be great. But equally, if I lived out the rest of my life, as a robot, no complaints whatsoever!

Oh, and being practical at present, if anyone reading this is feeling charitable to a beaten down, unemployed, middle aged lady, I wouldnt say no! More than happy to work for money, either as human, or a robot (ha ha), if that can be easily arranged. Just feeling the despair of seeing the bank balance dropping to less pleasant levels is doing nothing for my cheerfulness at present.

Lastly, the video,, what I seem to have said in an online sense of late, at least.