Someone sends me flowers!

No, before anyone gets over excited, starts making wedding plans for me, and anything else, its nothing like that! For one thing, they’re from a woman, and I know nowadays, but she doesnt rock that way lol! In fact, if she hadnt had ‘fun’ with the website, I suspect it would have been this,

alien-suit

or something similar, but when, and where I would have actually worn it, I have no idea. Mind, if someone wants to provide me with the matching flying saucer…? 😀

Yes, its a lovely floral display, with some silver, and gold in it, anyone would think she knew me far too well? I meant to take a picture today, but it hasnt happened, so for now, you’ll have to believe me. Even if I had, I’d have to find the lead to let me download it to here, so…lol. 😛

She’s actually one of a pair of Facebook friends I’m hoping I can get to meet next September, but given I’m not sure exactly what my long time friend has planned for me, I havent got anything concrete on that. I’m also hoping to get to New Hampshire to be brainwashed, sorry, hypnotized, so that I can find out more about my past life self. So throw in a proper break for both of us, and…we will see!

Yes, before you ask, its an early Christmas present, love it. Actually, I have been given another present already, today in fact. Yes, a lock for my metal collar, great stuff! It is currently locked, though I have the key still in it, for both quick release, if needed, and because with the issues with my fingers, I’m not sure how quickly I could put the key in, get the collar off, and stuff, if I didnt! Now, if I had that matching alien suit lol…A dominant alien controlling submissive little me, hmm? 😉 Or a nice robot suit, or…? Oh fine, if anyone other than S needs measurements, let me know, OK? 😉

All other presents will actually be waiting until Boxing Day, as the rest of the household here are away until then, after tomorrow, and I’m going to wait until they get back to open mine. I would ask if anyone wanted to turn me into a robot for the Christmas period (by any means), but I’m on feeding duties for cats, and gerbils, so maybe not, sadly. Still, for a day, or so…? I finish work Thursday evening, go back next Thursday lunchtime, if anyone wants to offer? No, probably not!

OK, the video. A total misnomer, but its a lovely song, and does mention flowers, so…

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Patriots Day, Boston

Ideally I wanted to post this yesterday, but hey, little things like work have a bad habit of getting in the way!

Thankfully, yesterday, Patriots Day passed off peacefully in Boston. So alright, fine, the Red Sox lost, but I cant have everything! Nearly pulled off a dramatic win (I got home in time for the bottom of the 8th innings), but it wasnt to be. But everything else…was beautiful, in its own way.

Unlike a year ago. Ironically, the Red Sox won that day, a walk off hit against the Green Monster gaining the result. The team then went off to get ready to fly out to Cleveland, where they were next playing. Meanwhile, downtown, the Boston Marathon was in its final stages, the winners having long since finished, the fun runners now filing in. As is known, 2 bombs went off near the finishing line, killing 3 people, and injuring over 200 more, an awful event. One policeman died 3 days later, when they were trying to capture the bombers.

Back at Fenway Park, they heard the explosions, just as they were about to leave for the Airport. By the time they got there, and even more so, by the time they reached Cleveland, it was all over the news. Ironically, Cleveland were now managed by a former Red Sox manager, Terry Francona, so the whole occasion was especially sad for more than just the visiting team.

Anyway, what happened next, is now history. The team picked up on the whole ‘Boston Strong’ matter, and for the rest of the season, said emblem was seen at Fenway Park. Neil Diamond turned up in person to sing ‘Sweet Caroline’, a Red Sox tradition now, and the team turned on the performances. Yes, thats right, they went from worst, to first, in one glorious year.

And on the celebration parade, at the point where the bombs exploded, the bus stopped, the players got off, and paid their tributes, a touching moment. Lets just forget the beards they grew though…facepalm!

So alright, I guess I ought to put up the Neil Diamond video, right? Wrong, this is much more fun. Besides which, I know my dear friend Kate cant stand the whole Sweet Caroline thing, so she might appreciate it more this way.

Given my love of vintage, discovering Postmodern Jukebox was an absolute delight for me. I have to say that my office is nothing like this, I only wish it was!

What is more, later this year, they are going on tour, dates below, and they are coming to Manchester, the UK version, though I have seen its on a Saturday, so might be tricky for me! But I will try to get there, I suspect. The dates:

We’re going on tour! Come visit the Postmodern Jukebox universe (preferably, while wearing your best vintage clothes)!

Confirmed shows (with more dates on the way):
June 2 – The Great Hall; Toronto, ON
June 3 – Cabaret Mile End; Montreal, QC
June 4 – Brighton Music Hall; Boston, MA
June 5 – Toad’s Place; New Haven, CT
June 6 – The Met; Providence, RI
June 9 – Highline Ballroom; New York, NY
June 10 – The Hamilton; Washington, DC
June 13 – Whelans; Dublin, Ireland
June 14 – The Ruby Lounge; Manchester, UK
June 15 – O2 ABC; Glasgow, UK
June 16 – The Institute; Birmingham, UK
June 17 – Dingwall’s; London, UK
June 18 – De Roma; Borgerhout, Belgium
June 19 – Divan du Monde; Paris, France
June 20 – Sugar Factory; Amsterdam, Netherlands
June 21 – DR Concert Hall; Copenhagen, Denmark
June 25 – Lucerna Music Bar; Prague, Czech Republic
June 26 – Magazzini Generali; Milan, Italy
June 29 – Bikini; Barcelona, Spain

Yes, they’re playing Boston, which is why I didnt mind sneaking this in. I would love to go to the Ruby Lounge, in vintage clothing, but given I would have to get there, and back by train, on a Saturday night, I suspect not! But if anyone has a vintage car, and wants to take me, boop, boop a doo! Might even be rumble seat weather by then, at least for going over!

I am I said

One of the long running jokes about my stories is how often ‘I’ seemed to appear in them. Yes, its amazing just how many Stephanie’s, or Louise’s appeared in the bulk of my works. Yes, it was deliberate, as most know, the stories were my fantasies, so I thought I might as well enjoy them. There are a few Steve stories as well from early on, when I needed a male character, just as much me in all honesty. Mind, 95% of the time she was young, if not necessarily pretty, I sort of worked out readers were going to be more interested in a twenty something being mc’d, than a forty something somehow lol!

Ironically my current story has neither name in sight, even if a certain Louise is the inspiration for one character, but it isnt me! Think most readers might be able to work out who she is somehow from previous blogs, if nothing else.

But what brought this post to life was the latest example of the nicest form of fanfic, ‘me’ appearing in someone elses story! It might only have been a one line performance, but when Heather includes you in a story, its a flattering thing.  There have been a few before now, 2 that immediately come to mind are Geo, and A Sinister Bent, both of whom wrote their pieces despite really only knowing me through my stories and the Forum. Both did very good jobs of it though, I must say. Someone I know a bit better called MCGuy seems to have featured me a few times in different roles, including that famous lengthy tome, The Jilliad which is very sweet of him indeed. If I’ve missed others, I’m sorry, but its hard to remember all of you over so many years of reading and writing.

Lets also admit that a good number of my characters were based on real life people that I knew as well, and ‘Louise’ in the latest story isnt the only one I know who I based a character on either!

The song, as so often, the title of the thread is the giveaway there. Yes, its a very young looking Neil Diamond, one of his earlier hits, filmed back in 1971. Hope some at least will enjoy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wYpVy9W29M