To the Pacific, and back, via public transport

Oh fine, I know, a lot of catching up to be done, so lets get things nicely up to date here.

Sunday

The main event of note on Sunday was a trip along Sunset Boulevard, to a lovely bookshop serving the acting industry, for a series of short pieces written, and directed by women. No, before the men reading this start muttering about rabid feminists, a number of the actors reading were men! Though fine, one of the funniest was a spoof about make up just for lesbians, and if you werent one already, and you wore it, well, you might soon be one! Met up again with some delightful ladies I met just over 2 years ago, had a great time.

Monday

Due to some good news, I had to start changing plans on my days out, more on the news, probably in next blog. So I headed out to one of my favorite coastal places around here, Pacific Palisades. Its funny, I’d normally groan at the thought of nearly 90 minutes on a bus, without comfy seats, but for this route, especially the last part, I can make an exception. Had a nice stroll around, though I passed on walking down the canyon to the beach, because I knew I’d see the ocean again, plus you limit your bus options back, if you do that. But yes, I’m going to miss that place.

Tuesday

Known now as the day that if anything could go wrong, it would. A lovely man I know purchased me a nice seat for the Dodgers game that evening, snag was, I had to get the ticket printed off, and obviously my apartment doesnt have a printer, and I dont have a smart phone, so…I walked to a Fedex office in town, got on their internet, to grab the email, print off the ticket, and… Hotmail decided it was suspicious activity, and so wanted me to get a code sent to another email address. Fine, except that when I tried to get into that box, to get the code, it wouldnt let me in, and wanted to send a code to the other address it wouldnt let me into!
Fortunately, he’d sent a copy of it to my Facebook messenger page, assuming I could save it on my smart phone which I dont have, but I printed that off, and it got me into the game. Snag was, I didnt notice at the time, it didnt give all the details of my seat number! More on that later…

Finally, about an hour later than planned, I headed to Venice, the California one! You know, with the beach, and the muscles, and…a certain statue! Back in 1922, a shy(?) student named Myrna Williams posed for a statue that was to stand outside the high school. Oh, you might know her by her acting name, Myrna Loy! Unfortunately, with everything, I arrived in the school lunch hour, which made getting to her trickier that it might have been if the students had been in class. Anyway, having given my regards to her, I set off back to the bus stop, to get a bus to the beach, and waited…and waited…and waited. In the end, 2 buses more or less came along together!
After a stroll along the boardwalk, I set off to find the muscle, on the beach. Yes, it might be lively at weekends, but on a Tuesday afternoon, grand total of 3 guys doing their thing! Fine, it was something, but…I suspect a weekend visit is more, err, fruitful in that sense?

Given that I needed to get back at a reasonable hour to get to the Dodgers game, I set off to get home, which should have taken 90 minutes max! Actually took just over 2 hours. Not traffic mainly, just crazy passengers delaying things! Which meant I ended up leaving here late, hitting the crowds trying to get into the stadium, and then…

I normally sit up ‘in the Gods’ at baseball games. Yes, your view is limited, but the seats are cheap! And when you’re on a budget… Last night, I was down at field level, which is a long way down from the entry area at Dodgers stadium. No idea where I was going, took the wrong turn, got there eventually, though I missed the first half of the first innings, ah well…Yes, thats when I found out my ticket didnt actually give seat details. Anyway, at the second attempt, I found a seat no one else wanted, and watched most of the game.

Yes, one of those games that goes on forever, I left at the 11th innings mark, and headed for the buses back into town, to head home. Unfortunately, despite the bus being very full, the driver wasnt keen on leaving while the game was still going on. Eventually he did, before the Dodgers finally won, after 13 innings! Snag was, there were a lot of very drunk, very loud youngsters on the bus, screaming and shouting at regular intervals, but eventually we arrived at Union Station, and… There is meant to be a train at that time of night, every 20 minutes. 25 minutes after arriving on the platform, a train finally turned up! Given there were already people waiting, I would guess, at least 30 minutes, if not more, after the previous one.

I’ll save today, as this is far too long already! I need to thank Sarah for finding this apt video for me. Looks like Madonna was trying to portray a few golden age actresses, but warning, it is Madonna, and some of it might not be suitable for children, just saying…

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These are the days of our baseball

Yes, I know, it only seems like yesterday that all the fuss about the Cubs winning the World Series, and now we’re about to start the new season. Well, technically we are, but…fine, the regular season doesnt actually start until April 2, but the pre season stuff starts on Wednesday, with one match between an MLB team, and a college team, but then its baseball, non stop (almost) for about 250 days, depending on how far the World Series goes. If it goes to Game 7, like last year, it will be 252 days!

As I say, almost. There is a 1 day break before the All Star game, and a couple of blank days after that to cope with. Its also likely that the first day after the end of the regular season might be blank, unless there is a play off game to decide a title, or wild card spot. And of course, if all play off series dont go to the last games, we might end up with a blank day there, but you get my drift!

I know, hardly anyone, if anyone plays in all 162 games. A few might get close, someone might do it, but on the whole…no! But the amount of travel these people, and the staff make in a season, frightening stuff. Even more so for teams a long way from anyone (like Seattle, for example), though of course coast to coast trips get planned to minimize the mileage as best they can.

The irony for me is that this year, the matinee games wont be as easy to watch as they have been in recent times. Working until 7.00 means that by the time I get home, the 1.00 (or so) ET games that ESPN tend to show will be 2/3 over by the time I get home. Ah well, the money is handy, but…

At least this year, I will get to some live baseball, in my beloved Dodgers stadium. Definitely going to 1 game in May, and if I can afford the time, and money, well, I might fit in 2! Snag is, one of those series is the Cubs, and I suspect that will be sold out before I get the chance. They play Miami, which definitely appeals, given they are managed by the former manager of the Dodgers! The one sad fact this year, Vin Scully will not be in the commentary box, and even if I dont get to hear him at the stadium, its going to be weird. Oh, and I have no idea whether where I will be staying will have the channel that covers the Dodgers games. Fingers crossed, but…

September, I have no idea if I’m getting to Fenway, or not, depends on what Kate has planned, and that will be top secret until I land at Logan Airport! Wont be the same without Ortiz hitting the ball miles, anyway.

Who will win it all? Who knows? One thing is for sure, we’ll find that out at the beginning of November, probably! Still hard to believe I saw a World Series game live, if only on TV. Cant see me doing it this October unless a very wealthy person falls for my charms lol!

OK, the video. That haunting last video that Freddie Mercury made with Queen.

108 years of hurt

Yes, it would be remiss of a baseball fan like myself, if I didnt mention events earlier this week. Yes, despite the fact that they knocked the Dodgers out in the previous round, it still has to be said, congratulations, Chicago Cubs!

Thats right, after 108 years, they’ve finally broken the jinx, and won the World Series again. There is no way to compare the team of today, with the team of 1908, even with the longevity of Wrigley Field, it wasnt their home stadium then! A humble, wooden built stadium called West Side Park hosted the Cubs in the glory years of 1907, and 1908.

The other huge difference between those World Series, and this year, all games back then were played during the day! No floodlights, and indeed the Cubs were the last team to bring in floodlights, as late as 1988! They still play more day games than most, a hint to that tradition.

The funniest thing about 1908? A few days after the Cubs beat the Detroit Tigers to win the World Series on the Wednesday, they played again on the Sunday, as part of the festivities! Also all sorts of other events were done around that game, including races, and the like. Yes, just imagine Anthony Rizzo having a foot race against Mike Napoli now, four days after the Series was over!

Ironically, the longest streak since a World Series win now passes to the team they beat, the Cleveland Indians. Yes, next season, they will have 69 years of hurt to try and solve! Fine, the Dodgers breaking that 29 year jinx would suit me better, but…

Meeting Vin Scully next May could cure a lot of personal ills, mind!

The video. Well, it wont mean much to baseball fans, but given its talking about 30 years of hurt, it seemed rather apt. Yes, baseball is coming home to Chicago’s north side, after 108 years, congrats.

A Californian in England!

As opposed to an Englishman in New York! Yes, I was contemplating a song of that title (possibly not the obvious one?), but suspect I might find that useful in a couple of weeks time lol!

In truth, this hasnt been a great weekend for Los Angeles sport. My dear Dodgers finally succumbed to the Cubs yesterday in the Championship series in the baseball, though in truth, its probably as good as they were, the Cubs seem to be the exceptional team this year, so I suspect that 108 years of hurt might end shortly, though Cleveland might end a 68 year blank period, who knows? Lets face it, they’ve won the NBA, the AHL, so…?

But yes, the amusing thing for me, Los Angeles sport wise, was happening a lot closer to me. This afternoon, my time, which was 6.30 am back home in California, the Rams played a home game in London! Yes, crazy, they move to get a bigger audience, then play a home game in London! Ah well…

Yes, 10-0 up, I had hopes for them, but no, that was it, they lost 17-10! As I say, a bad weekend for LA teams (though the Kings won in the NHL, I’d better add), but hopefully things will get better.

But fine, this old lady was wondering if there were any rich (optional, but if you can fly to London for a game…?), single people in London looking for an English partner to whisk back to LA? Or a submissive, just maybe? No, thought not, but no harm in asking lol?

Funnily enough, this time last year, I was an Englishwoman enjoying her last few days in LA!

Right, video time. I guess its fair to say I need a man, or a woman to do this to me! Yes, much under rated group, go check out some of their other stuff on You Tube, or elsewhere!

The commentator that saves me

Funny the things that come back to remind you of past events. This day last year, I got up just after 6.30 in the morning, to watch live NFL from London. Well, more a case of I got up about that hour, and it was on! Yes, sort of funny, watching it from my home country, from thousands of miles away very early in the morning. This year, I started watching at 2.30 in the afternoon, from about 150 miles away from Wembley.

The thing is, I’m used to either US commentary people, or the excellent group of people who provide the coverage on Sky Sports over here. To those wondering, we get the Thursday, Sunday, and Monday night games, plus 2 day games over here on a Sunday to view, a pretty good deal.

So yes, what happened this afternoon, err, not so good. Yes, it seems the London games this year are being covered on BBC, and to say their presentation team havent got a clue, would be putting it mildly! I know, those who dont subscribe to Sky, probably dont know how bad it was, and as for what Americans would have made of it, I dont want to know! Sadly, in 3 weeks time, I have to survive the BBC team again, and again a week later, for the other 2 London games, ah well…Even more so as the next one involves the LA team lol!

Oh, and while I’m mentioning commentators, for the last time, I promise, Vin Scully! Yes, tonight, in San Francisco, and then thats it, after an incredible 67 years! He’s decided he’s not doing any play off games, even though the Dodgers are there, so… Thanks for everything, Vin, even if I’ve only known you a few glorious years of your reign. Enjoy your retirement. Oh, and should you want to meet a strange, British lady next May, I’d love it!

Video time. I couldnt find anything that really worked for this, so I’ll go out of left field, and give you an acoustic version of a big Oasis hit. Even better news, its Noel singing, not Liam!

What A Difference A Year Makes

Well, yes, in ideal circumstances, I’d have written this on either Tuesday, or Wednesday, but if I planned to do that, in all honesty, it wouldnt happen. So lets settle for today, especially as Facebook conveniently reminded me about it this morning, not that I needed reminding!

Thats right, one year ago, which was actually the Friday, so I must have been keen, I was commenting on my forthcoming trip to Los Angeles, for 4 glorious weeks, starting on the Wednesday. Though actually, it was only the second thing on the comment, as firstly was the job interview I had on the Tuesday, the last thing I would do before leaving. As history now knows, I didnt get that job, actually found out that fact on arrival in California, ah well…

Now, here I sit, looking at a probable return to Los Angeles next May, though dates, and duration are currently yet to be decided, until I know what week work will let me have, and whether I can get a few days on top, either side of it. Also, I will have to take a look at finances early next year, see what I think I can afford, and play it from there. Ideally, 10 days, but if it has to only be 7, then so be it. In that sense, its going to be a hotel, not an apartment, just because it wont be practical to buy provisions for just 7, or 10 days, as opposed to 4 weeks.

Fine, if that little apartment in Verbena Drive was available, then maybe I’d have been tempted, but now… going to be a hotel, I’m sure.

But yes, its going to be funny when I leave here on Wednesday, and head to Bradford, not Hollywood, to think back about it. The other funny thing, that first proper pay going into my bank on Friday, that will be good.

OK, while we’re on about Los Angeles, lets talk baseball! Yes, the Dodgers are now one win, or one Giants loss away from winning the division again. Would be lovely if it happened today, as its Vin Scully’s last home commentary before retirement. He has got 3 more games, next weekend, in San Francisco, but that will be it, after 67 years! Yes, 8 years before I was born, he began commentating on Dodgers games, in Brooklyn, and only now he’s retiring! Believe me, he will be so missed! If there is one Dodger I would love to meet, its him, though technically he wont be one by the time I’m next there. So fine, Clayton Kershaw might have that role then, though the chances of me meeting either, is probably zero. Yes, about as likely as talking to Jean Harlow’s ghost at Glendale!

So where do I go to on Wednesday? Well, last year, it was Hollywood, this year, Bradford! At least the latter pays me money. Now, if Hollywood want to offer me money too…?

The video, well, I’ve given a clue, I guess?

Thoughts turn to holidays again, at long last!

Funnily enough, this time last year, at time of writing, I was stood in the Immigration queue, at JFK Airport, wondering if I was going to make enough progress to actually get my flight on to Boston, to meet up with Kate. Yes, I did, and I did, and it was a great week. The funny thing was, about 10 days after I flew back from that, I flew out to the US again, this time for that glorious 4 week break in Hollywood.

Well, in the sense of planning holidays, this week marked a landmark date since then, I had to start planning for holidays in the future! Yes, my new work place, we’re allowed to request 2 weeks holiday for next year, that will take priority over other later requests. So yes, I had to think about dates for that.

The first bit was easy, contact Kate, see what she thought looked a good week, and suited her, assuming she still wanted to see me (she does!), and work out plans. So fine, thats one week in September sorted, almost certainly for Northern New England. Who knows, maybe I can get to New Hampshire, get regressed again, and get Clara Johnson to give up a lot more details about herself!

Therefore the other week I was looking for, was the spring week. Given that Easter is late next year (mid April), I decided to look at May, between our 2 bank holidays that month. So, where am I planning to go, you might ask? Or maybe you think you know, and could well be right! Yes, definitely west coast, and providing the baseball gods are on my side, it will be Hollywood, or LA at least. Why the bit about the baseball gods, you ask? Well, next years schedules get released next Tuesday, and lets face it, if the Dodgers are out of town for my whole trip, that would count against going there. But yes, one decent game, and I’m pretty sure I’ll be going to town. If not, I suspect a return to Seattle, or San Francisco would probably be on the cards, again subject to fixture list. Regardless, I suspect it will be a hotel, not an apartment, just not worth it for a week, or 10 days (if I can swing the extra days), though I might take a peek, all the same.

Sadly, I’ll have to return again, unless someone is crazy enough to fall in love with me, or decides I will make their perfect submissive/slave material. I know, stop laughing, I am kidding, I’m sure! Ideally, robot servant, organic, or cybernetic, but thats even less likely!

But yes, after a year or so, its nice to be in a position where I can actually think about holidays again, I must say.

The video? Well given its my first choice destination for my solo break, and its early Village People, lets go with this.

Oh, and a quick early plug for my new ebook, coming out soon. I have the edited version back, just need to work out the funding method to top up my credit card sufficiently to pay for the cover. I know, $7, but I have to put a minimum of £30 ($40) on the card to pay for it, and funds are complex until the end of this month. But I’ll work it somehow!

I have no idea how well an ECT related story will sell, but it will be interesting to find out. I suspect a few wont buy it because of that, but hopefully a few others will, for the same reason. As to research, sadly just online, and taking the practical issues from You Tube (most of those scenes in movies are just so wrong!), and taking it from there. Yes, I’d hoped for, and enquired to the local Health Service about at least a placebo session, but never got a reply, ah well… Yes, fine, I’d have enjoyed a low voltage session even more, but certainly wasnt expecting to be offered that, in truth.