If I get a job this week, should I go wild?

I know, stop laughing, but stranger things have happened in life, and besides, wouldnt it be more of a blow, having set myself up for a residence in Hollywood, if it wasnt to happen? Despite one or two agencies telling me that the jobs start a week today, and everything else, I havent heard from them today. And given that one has done nothing but mess me about up till now, I’ve no great expectations of them coming through at least. I have got an agency visit to register tomorrow (applied for today, need to keep up efforts till after Job Centre on Friday, at least), and the Council, group assessment one on Wednesday, so maybe it will finally happen, but anyway…This is about a couple of crazy options if I do get that job…I know, I’m laughing too!

First one is this weekend, an Adult exhibition being held over in Manchester. Here’s the link http://www.sexhibitionexpo.co.uk/

I know, I have no interest in sex, at my age I’m not going to become a burlesque artist, or adult dancer or anything, but it might be fun. Indeed, it almost certainly would be fun to do, for nothing else, looking at the latex clothing, and other fashion delights! Mind, if I got there, and someone wanted to make me think I was sexy, at my age, lol! But yes, practically, if I’m going to Hollywood to live for a while, I wont be doing this, silly to spend extra money. But if I’m not…I might think about it, then finally decide on Saturday morning that I’m not going!

Maybe I should, might spice my life up, but anyway…

Second one would be even more fun, the weekend after, but far more expensive, so unless I am working, definitely out! Put it this way, I dont think I’ll be trying fund raising again, even if there are some strange folk who might enjoy photos of me in latex clothing. At my age, seriously? Yes, the studio in Leeds where I’ve done my 2 shoots are having a latex clothing photo shoot, which would be fun to do. At least then I’d know what its like to wear, probably the only way I will! But remember, I’m 57, and the words ‘Mutton dressed as lamb’ do come to mind. I’d love to do it, it will be done in a highly professional way, but £300…no chance without a good paying job, ah well…

More realistically, unless things happen, Saturday, I’ll be sorting out the booking for Hollywood, flights and apartment, just a matter of deciding for how long. But you never know, I might be going to Sexhibition…stop laughing!

The video, no idea why this came to mind. It is the censored version, but even so…be warned! Not my music, but it could hardly be ignored

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Tie me up, and a few other things

Seriously, if there is anyone out there who thinks I’ve had a thoroughly innocent past, you’re going to be disappointed. Fine, I’m not as kinky as some, but yes, I’ve done bondage, and electro play in the (distant) past, though sadly I’ve never got to do a robotisation role play as yet, but there’s still time. I’ve played with the pro’s, I’ve played in private, I’ve played in clubs, so…Not that my halo should slip too far in your imagination, given the mind control stuff I’ve written in the past, but anyway…Oh, and fine, I’ve been friends with a couple of massage parlour workers, and I dont mean the ones who work wonders on my back, either! No, I couldnt do their job, but because of the kinky stuff… 😉

Kind of ironic then, that my interest in actual sex is pretty much zero. I mean, I’ve never had much of a sex drive ever in my life, but this century, well, I just havent bothered full stop. Literally, the 15th anniversary of the last time is only 4 months away! Alright, a little personal attention, every week or two, but otherwise, absolutely nothing! And no, I dont miss it.

Equally, as I’ve mentioned in the past, my Twitter feed is a pretty eclectic mix. Everything from old movies, vintage clothing and stuff, right through to scientific stuff. Oh, and writing stuff of course, what I originally planned to use it for. Well, anyway, one of my ‘friends’ there not only does vintage stuff, she’s also into burlesque! Up to now, my only experience of Burlesque was at that amazing party in Hollywood, in April, and yes, it was entertaining. No, I couldnt do it now. Maybe when I was in my twenties, just maybe, but in my fifties, you have to be joking!

Anyway, one of her contacts on Twitter is one of the queens of burlesque, and made a posting about how liberating strip tease could be. So fine, you know me, I made a witty comment about it not being a career option for a 50 something, and it went’downhill’ from there! No, not literally, but it did get to the point where they were trying to convince me that donning tassels, and shaking my body, at my age, was still a viable option! Next thing I know, a couple of others have joined in, and I’m being told about an event happening in Manchester next month, this

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No, thankfully, or otherwise, I’m not yet stripping, or doing burlesque at this show, though I know one or two who might say why not? Well, the fact I’m 57, not overly pretty, and have a body in less than perfect condition, but otherwise, oh fine!

I’ll be honest with you, if I was younger and earning, going to something like this might be a lot of fun. No, not to join the burlesque show, but seeing some of the corsetry, and fine, the latex clothing might just be a lot of fun. Not that I’d buy latex clothing at my age, and however much I love corsets (and I do), having no one to tie me into one makes it a daft buy, as my physical limitations would make it impossible for me to tie myself into one. Besides which, I’m lousy at knots anyway! And yes, I dont deny the chance to meet some of the people who do these things would be interesting.

As some who delve the site might have noticed, there’s even a BDSM/Bondage room in the evening. Now, if I say the last time I did any bondage would be about 10 years ago…yes, been a while, but it used to be fun. The only thing I never got was the spanking/caning/whipping stuff, which I never enjoyed, far too painful for me. I know, getting zapped by nice amounts of electrics can be painful, but thats a different ball game for me!

So now I can hear you asking, will I be going? Lets just say I’ll think about it, more so if I’ve got a job by then, and not working that Saturday. It would be fun, even if I’m not likely to get tied up, and ‘fried’ during the day, and the evening do would be inconvenient, both in terms of cost, and getting home afterwards! But fine, I’m tempted to go over during the day, despite the cost, and the fact I cant afford to buy anything, but it would be nice.

Right, the video. One of those random You Tube searches under ‘Tie Me Up’ led me to this.

The holiday, story of the first 2 days

Its funny, how when you expect to have problems, everything goes smoothly. Pretty much sums up yesterday’s journey here.

OK, fine, the roadworks on the motorway getting to the airport was a pain, but in all honesty, I got there with time to spare, and walked to the booking in counter, in about 15 seconds flat, from the queue. The challenge of security…absolute stroll!

Plane took off pretty much to time, landed much the same. Funny point, I started the journey with a double seat to myself, then a few hours in, a man excused himself, and moved in next to me. Said his viewing screen wasnt working, but anyway…Fine, it must have been that, as he went back to his original seat about 30 minutes before landing. Ah well…

Then, the only low point of the whole trip, Philadelphia Immigration. Seriously, they are the main reason I dont travel more with US Airways, they are awful. Transatlantic jet arrives, hundreds get off, and 2 Immigration officers are on! Eventually, and I do mean eventually a couple more turn up, I get through, and… you have to go back through security after clearing customs, and generally at Philadelphia, thats as much joy as going through Immigration. Yesterday, sailed through! I was actually at the other terminal waiting for the Albany plane 20 minutes before boarding, instead of dashing on at the last moment. Hey, I even went to the rest room, got a coffee, and…amazing stuff.

Met at the airport as planned, and a smooth journey to the hotel. Hey, I suspect I even spotted the Albany hotel I stayed at in 1988, but dont quote me on that. But it was in the right area, had the right colour sign, so…

Hotel is very good, not that I expected anything else from Best Western, to be honest.

This morning I went across town, to meet up with James for a short while, then back into town, a bite of lunch, and currently, a little NFL. Oh, the lady in Dunkin Donuts loved my accent!

Tonight, I wont go too far to eat, just tossing up between the restaurant here, or a pub/restaurant about 2 doors up.

Tomorrow, off to New Hampshire overnight, to be hypnotised by an expert, and see what develops. I’m pretty sure, at some point, I will believe I’m Jean Harlow! Still, more of that on Tuesday, I suspect.

For now, a video that sums up how things have gone so far

Riding on the bus

And by that, I dont mean the public transit service around the towns, and cities on both sides of the Atlantic, though its a reasonably well known fact that generally I think the public transit service in the big cities, in the US, knocks ours for 6, both in terms of prices, and generally reliability too.

But in the US, long distance travel is a whole different ball game! Yes, if you have the inclination, flying between the major cities in America isnt too much of a challenge either. But you try to get from ‘smaller point’ A, to ‘smaller point’ B, and apart from the main coastal strips, it becomes a whole different challenge.

I know, most people wanting to get from those bigger cities, well, its still cheaper, and quicker to fly between the 2 points (even with a change of flight) than it is to travel long distance by train, or by bus, but all the options are generally there.

I mentioned it at the time I visited, but do you know the extent of public transit, into Cherryvale, Kansas? For passengers, pretty much zero! Freight trains, yes, but passenger trains, sorry…

Anyway, to get to the point. Medium distance travel, for non drivers.

I’ve actually crossed America, and back, by train. Fine, the last stretch from Philadelphia, to Atlantic City came about 6 years after the rest, but I’ve done it. And yes, you dont measure the journey time in minutes, or indeed hours, more like days! I liked Amtrak, though admittedly, I havent needed to use it since that day I completed that epic trip, back in 2009.

But, when people in the US talk about taking the bus, they dont mean the service bus into the city centre, they mean riding the coach, the Greyhound bus, to be exact.

Me, despite all my trips to the US, never done that. I’ve generally been in one city, or I’ve travelled with Kate, by car. And yes, I’ve seen ‘the bus’ a few times, I must admit. But now…

I’ve told you already about a friend, who is planning to hypnotise me, if we can get together on this trip. I’m pretty certain if he gets hold of my mind, not only will I look (a bit) like Jean Harlow, I’ll think I’m her too! Just one snag, I’ll be in Albany, NY, he’s near Manchester, NH (fine, not THAT close) but I cant give too much away…about 200 miles apart.

Over here, between those 2 points (both reasonably large cities), you’d probably have a number of coaches in a day, connecting them, either directly, or with one change. Today, I looked to see how practical getting to him would be. Albany, to the connecting point, yes, fine, plenty of choices. From there, to err, near Manchester, just one! Early evening going north, very early morning coming back south. Thats it!

Why, because most people drive, of course! Except, little old me! The fare (even Thanksgiving week, so I suspect it might be more than normal, is pretty reasonable. The number of services though…

So, to visit him, be hypnotised, do my past life regression, and become Jean Harlow for a while at least, becomes a logistical challenge. Lets see, the only way to do it, go up on the Monday afternoon/evening, stay overnight, then have my mind ‘played with’ on the Tuesday. Then the first chance to come back, is Wednesday morning, at the unearthly hour of 6.40 am! And we’d to leave his town before then, to get to that point anyway!

Of course, he might turn me into Jean-bot, and I never return, but somehow…lol.

So I might at last, get to ride ‘the bus’, or I might not, we will see. But I do wish the US had a decent long distance coach service like we do over here.

The only song I could immediately think of, that mentions Greyhound buses, was this one. So sue me, its Simon and Garfunkel, so I’m biased!

How long before its not just passports that are chipped?

I’ve actually had one of those passports, with a chip in it for a while, but this holiday has been the time where I’ve really noticed the difference it makes.

At Atlanta, last Saturday, because I had one of those, and because I had an ESTA thing for entering the US, I did pretty much all my immigration stuff by machine. Finger prints, photo, the works. I did still spend a few moments of ‘interrogation’, though I suspect that was as much to check I’d done everything correctly, than anything else.

But yes, it speeds things up, and I hope Philadelphia is set up in the same way, to be honest, its much easier.

Today, flying back through Manchester, there werent just 2 options to pass through passport control, but 3. Yes, the standard ones (EU and non-EU for simplicity sake), but a third one for those of us with chipped passports. Again, slide the passport into a reader, have the image checked, and through!

Of course, the question you have to ask, in this age of technology, is how long will it be before its not just the passport thats chipped, but the passenger as well! Strictly I suppose, as long as it only identified you, and nothing more…?

Fine, I enjoy the reduced waiting time, but there are limits! Didnt entirely help, as my case was one of the last to appear on the baggage carousel, ah well…

Personally, I suspect ‘personal chipping’ is still some way off, and given that I suspect that in 10-15 years time, my long distance travelling will pretty much be over, due to age and health, but who knows? By then I might be a chipped ‘robot’ with a stunning new body lol!

The video, well, I guess this might be how female air travellers could be defined, sometime in the future

Jean Harlow goes back to Kansas City

Well, fine, OK, not literally. Unless her spirit is planning to make the journey at least, and to be honest, nothing would totally surprise me on that front! But yes, this version of Jean will, tomorrow set off for Kansas City, her birthplace, with a transit in between in Atlanta.

You’re right, I cant wait!

Even supposing (faint chance?) I am Jean Harlow in her next life (or whatever number), I wouldnt expect to recognise Kansas City, lets face it, its nearly 100 years ago that she left, and a lot will have changed since then, to put it mildly! But agreed, if I see any of the landmarks she knew (some of her homes there still stand), will any faint recognition happen for me? Who knows?

No expectation, but we will see…

But I must say, it will be something special to visit a city, so precious to a young Harlean Carpenter (as she was then), if only to see what its like now. This time tomorrow (if you ignore the time zone jump), I will be there. Strictly, I’ve only just arrived in Atlanta, but if you ignore that 6 hour thing…

The other special thing for this trip will be going to a small city in Kansas, named Cherryvale, birthplace of a certain Louise Brooks. No, I dont look like her, and I hope to goodness I’m not as awkward as she could be, but… Will be so special to see where she first grew up, I must say.

So here I am, at a hotel next to Manchester Airport, from where I will set off in the morning, via Atlanta, to, as Jean would say, go home. Really looking forward to it, and meeting up there with Kate again.

In the meanwhile, the video is something Jean would definitely be saying about tomorrow, so who knows, maybe I am too? A live version, from Jon Anderson, recorded this year, showing he hasnt lost a trick, and the fact he can talk forever, given the chance.

The next blog will be from Kansas City. Whether its from me, or from Jean, lets just wait and see!

Are you sure this isnt the 1930’s?

Yes, seriously, it has to be said, that in terms of concert style, and feel, the last thing a Postmodern Jukebox show feels like, is, well, modern. Might be unfair to say 30’s, because equally there are parts where it feels like the 50’s, and others more like the 20’s, but, hey, whatever the era, its great fun!

When Scott Bradlee (the genius behind the group) first announced the tour, he suggested going to the concert, dressed for the part, i.e vintage clothing, I thought, why not, unsurprisingly, and jumped at the chance. But you know me, why stop at clothing (blouse and slacks, as you will see soon, rather than a dress), I’ll go for the make up (a rare treat for me, expertly done for me), and get my hair curled, a la Harlow, and do the whole thing, so I did. I might even have gone with a vintage style dress (actually got one on as I’m typing this), but it was a Saturday, with football folk about, having had a bit to drink, so, I took the easy option. Besides which, given a choice, Harlow preferred that look anyway!

What, you want a peek at how I looked? Oh fine!

silver 30's look 1

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I know, Harlow never wore glasses, nor tragically, did she ever reach the age of 56, so how literally I look like her, your call!

To be honest, those of us who dressed up the part were definitely in the minority, but I guess thats hardly surprising. But there were a few more, from various decades (20’s, 30’s, 40’s and 50’s) looking the part, which was nice.

Oh, the concert, as I say, if it wasnt for the mobile phones, you could have believed you were in a different era. Well, if you looked at the stage, not the sound system at least! It was really good, and the quality of performance really did stand up to those on You Tube, which isnt always the case. Yes, I would go again, given the chance, and you should too, if you get the opportunity, its really worth it.

The video, yes, they played this number last night, sounded pretty much as good.