So, The Carnival is Over

Yes, I know, tomorrow is the big day, and thats why I wanted to write something here tonight, in advance. For those of you that have only got here in the last 15 months, you’re in for a shock. Recently, I’ve been blogging every 2, or 3 days, pretty much without fail, but this is where that comes to an end. I’m not planning to stop the blog, but in truth, when I’m getting a weekend as my days off, as I will be for a while, most likely its going to go down to 1 blog a week. Maybe a longer one, but in truth, as I’m likely to present the news and views in one go, that will probably be it. There might be some weeks when there is enough material for 2, and certainly if I’m doing 5 from 7 again, then you may well get a couple a week, but that will be it!

In truth, I’d hate to think I’d have to give up on the blog, after all this time, so I doubt it will happen, but as to the regularity of them, sorry, no more. Well, until I can afford a holiday or something, but otherwise…Yes, I’ll miss you, readers, but it comes to a matter of time.

When I started the job hunt, I was hoping to find something for about 25-30 hours a week, doing something fresh, closer to home, and getting some writing done in the extra time. So yes, I’ve ended up going into a call centre, for 37.5 hours a week, in Leeds. Fine, I know, but in the end I’ve got beaten down, and everything.

OK, I’d love to think the training methods are going to be something, err, interesting, but I’m pretty sure that dream wont be fulfilled either. If I knew how to save, and post a rather delightful gif, I would, but as I dont have a clue…sorry. But yes, 4 lucky people, wearing helmets, with lots of sparking electricity, and a wire clearly downloading something into their minds, yes, you get my drift, would love that to be me!

I’ll be honest, I have mixed emotions over this. I’m delighted to finally be back in a job, and I know its something I can do, and at least its a different medium (broadband company), but even so, there’s so much there, that 15 months ago, I was eagerly looking to get away from, ah well…And yes, thats what I regret, obviously, but money talks, and all that!

So yes, my carnival is over, and I guess I’ll miss a few of my favorite programs from now on, but such is life, I guess?

Yes, in that sense, the blog title, and that last line are a massive hint as to what the video is!

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So how would you describe a colour to a blind person?

Today I had a job interview, nothing original in that statement at least. I had thought it would be the last job interview as Ms Nicholls, and in a sense, I wish it was, because it was actually fun. Sadly, now, it wont be, as I have one more tomorrow now, which will be very standard and boring (one of our bigger insurance companies), before sending off the passport, and when it returns, I will be Miss Carpenter in every sense of the word.

I know, a job interview that was actually fun, scary stuff? Well, to be honest, until the last step (the second interview), it was going in a fairly traditional form, of filling out forms, doing a couple of tests, and being interviewed about my job history, and what I could bring to the company.

Then events got fun. I went off for the second part of the interview, assuming this was when the competency based questions, which I so despise, would be asked. Wrong! This was questions from left field, and hey, it was fun! I had heard of these things, but until today, had never had one.

First question was my dream job. Well, I avoided being voluntarily turned into a robot, a mad scientist’s guinea pig (of any kind), and even the slightly more normal, astronaut. Yes, 1930’s movies actress, no idea who inspired that answer.

Fine, so next? Describe the colour yellow, to a blind person! Well, I rambled on about the warmth of the sun, and imagining its colour, and did the same with daffodils, but I got through. To be told I coped with this strange question far better than most!

So, my challenge readers, if you’re feeling brave, is to think about that question, and work out how you would describe any colour (of your choice) to a blind person? Not easy, is it? Oh, and if any one of you has an interesting dream job, feel free to consider that, or even, on both counts, if you’re really brave, answer them in the comments section for me.

Come on, its nearly Christmas, give me a present, say hi, and answer one of those questions, or both.

The video. One of my favourite groups of all time, and yes, when I was very young, I wanted to sing like Judith Durham. And it fits in with one of the questions, anyway.

The last days in Hollywood

Yes, as promised, the tale of yesterday, and today.

Yesterday, as planned, I headed for Glendale, and Forest Lawn, to properly say goodbye to Jean. Well, fine, I’ve done it again today, at a couple of landmarks, but thats where she’s at rest, so… OK, fine, it didnt go as planned.

When I got to Forest Lawn, there was a very large poster announcing a display at the museum, dedicated to leading ladies, both real, and fantasy. So yes, under the circumstances, I had to go find that. No, I never did, actually finding the museum there took me a long way out of my way, and I still never found it. So I have no idea whether Jean was featured there or not! Snag is, after that, Forest Lawn is huge, and I got thoroughly lost, trying to find the mausoleum again. In the end, I got back to the entrance, and started again. Oh, did I mention, it was hot yesterday, there isnt a lot of shade in that place, and I was wilting. But second time up the hill, I just turned in the right direction, and found her. Well, sort of.

Unlike April, the person on the gate at the mausoleum was one of those I’d heard bad things about. Very ‘Mr Jobsworth’, I could go in, for the exhibition there, and that was it. Fine, I ignored him, headed once out of sight for where Jean Rests, but this time the gate was across, and it wasnt moving, even if I had been tempted to flout the rules. So I spent a few minutes ‘talking’ to her at a distance, and that was it. Nothing like the 40 minutes or more I spent with her in April!

Ah well, its what I’d heard of Forest Lawn, so…

Then to today. Firstly to Mel’s Diner for a good lunch, a wonderful 50’s style place, and yes, that had been my last meal plan pretty much since I got here. Then a bit of needed souvenir shopping, and one last walk down Hollywood Boulevard. The most remarkable thing at this point was that, back in April, I was up at La Brea, and one wonderful gentleman (trying to get people on Hollywood tours) would talk to the “English lady” every time I saw him. Yes, even after I did the tour, and he knew I wasnt going to do it again. Yes, he remembered me, from 6 months ago, seriously! So we chatted for a few minutes (yes, he asked me if I wanted to do the tour again) before parting. This time, I’m sure it really was for the last time.

Oh, in between, I stood and paid tribute again to Jean, at her star, though not for long, as I knew where the special moment would be. Yes, the hand, and foot prints at the Chinese Theatre. After several minutes just talking to ‘her’, I put my hands in hers, and felt something. Now that could just be because I was bent over a long way, and my chest doesnt like me doing that! But then, when I put my feet on top of hers, I felt it again! OK, that all did nothing for my emotional state, I must say. Finally, finally, I decided I needed to walk away, and I guess I will never stand there again.

An ice cream later, I headed back to Hollywood Boulevard, with the plan of getting the train down to Vine, getting the bus home, and that would be it. The emotions of leaving this place behind were already getting to me, so it seemed wise. So fine, I walked down instead! I even found a few shops selling memento Hollywood Stars, but none of Jean, anywhere. Then just before I reached Vine, I found a shop selling Hollywood stars, you could put a name on, so crazily I bought one. No, it wont be my name, or Jean’s going on it. Lets just say, that for those who have been around a while, you’ll understand when I say that Clara Johnson (my past life self) is going to get that Hollywood star she never got! Maybe because she never made it as a star, but… And no, annoyingly, I still havent discovered her married name, to discover where she rests!

Fine, then home on the bus, for the last time, heading up Beachwood, looking at that famous Hollywood sign. I might get a glance of it in the morning, but that pretty much was it. And yes, the emotions hit me hard, I did come home and cry for a few minutes, knowing it was all over, and I will never be here again after tomorrow. Fine, I suppose I might be, but I cant see it.

Yes, I’m pretty much packed. One or two items I need in the morning, one or two clothing items, as I havent yet chosen what I’m wearing for the trip home, but thats it. Apart from the stuff I need in the morning, it will all be packed before I go to bed tonight anyway, which wont be late! I guess I need to be up about 6, as I will be leaving here about 7.45, and need to be ready to go when the shuttle gets here.

So yes, the carnival really is over now. And yes, that is a clue to the video! I have actually chased up a few leads by email today, and I have applied for a few in the last couple of day too, so back to that grindstone. Mind, I got rejected for one of those in 21 minutes! Not a perfect match, but not awful either, ah well…

Lastly, the video. Yes, you’ve seen the clue. Its a live version from 1993.

Colours Of My Life

Seriously, I dont think Meryl Streep has got anything to worry about, as far as selling movies go, but already I’ve sold 3, and had interest from 2 others. Not bad for a 55 year old who is never going to win any awards, I guess? At this rate, I’ll make more from my movie, than from my stories, ah well… Not that I mind, seriously I dont. That of course might be it, and no, I dont expect to get stopped in the street, and asked for my autograph, but…wow!

The other issue today, and the one that relates to the title of this blog, happened this morning, care of that ‘wonderful’ place known as Facebook. Yes, its like marmite, I suspect, you either love it, or hate it. I’d like to think I fall into the ‘I tolerate it’ brigade, but do seem to spend far too much time there, on non publicity issues, the only reason I opened the second account, for Merry Brooks. Never mind…

One of those group things there, is called Colorizing Hollywood. Yes, most of my readers here will see that spelling as fine, but we Brits…get to live with it, I guess. It seems to be a clever guy, turning old black and white photos of movie stars of the past into colour ones. This morning, one of those posted up was Louise Brooks. And yes, it was a nice job he did on her too. But…one of my work friends, in her comment, posted up my name, nothing more! My only reply, I wish!

Lets see, currently I have the wrong colour hair, no helmet fringe, and fail to look as beautiful as Brooksie. Apart from that, all very flattering, but…Might have been a Specsavers moment, but someone suggested I look like Jean Harlow, in those photo shoot pictures, again I wish! I could see a slight resemblance, I guess, but seriously…yes, very flattered!

All of which leads to the last thing I need to do this week, get my hair cut, and highlighted/ coloured. Now, before this morning, no contest, blonde again! Now I’m wondering if I should go back to a (slightly) more natural look, and go dark again, and really try for the Brooks look? No, I cant do the fringe, but arent there fringe extensions nowadays, that I could cheat with? And if so, do they just do a basic fringe, or can you get one to do the helmet look? If I was a betting person (and apart from the Grand National, I’m not), I’d still say blonde, but…there is also the factor of one person who has threatened to ‘kill me’ if I change from blonde, so…?

Choices, choices, isnt it fun?

The video, an absolute blast from the past, from a group I loved as a child, though this is from the 1993 reunion tour…in colour!

Its been a long player

That in joke might sail past any younger readers, but in the good old days, when you bought an album, or LP (long player, as they were known when I was young) they played at 33 1/3 rpm. And yes, 33 days from now, I wont be here in England, at least for a week, guaranteed! Well, I suspect I will come back at that point, as I have a return air ticket, but I wouldnt mind…lol!

Its a funny thing, by the time I was 9 or 10, I had a very decent collection of singles to my name, but not a single LP. Principally because at that time I wasnt actually buying my music, just choosing the singles I wanted, and that was the cheaper option. Therefore I was about 14 before I bought my first album, and must have had well over 100 singles by then. No, 40 years on, I’m not sure which was the first. If you twisted my arm, it would either be Osmonds, or Partridge Family/David Cassidy related I suspect? But as I say, dont quote me on that! I soon moved on to the likes of Gerry Rafferty, and Glam rock stuff, thats for sure lol! Though “The Plan” by the Osmonds certainly wasnt teeny bopper stuff, that much I do remember. “Crazy Horses” was probably one of the first ‘ecological’ releases, and on that album.

No, its a great song, but if you want to find it, you’ll need your own You Tube link lol! See if you can find “Are You Up There?” from the same album, if thoughtful religious perspective is your scene.

But no, after that piece of whimsical musing, this is really about what happens 33 days from now, a break from the insanity of work, for a wonderful week, with great friends across in the US, cant wait.

And musically tonight, two for the price of one, albeit the same song.

Firstly, the original, and well known version of this song, and tribute to a great singer recently taken from us

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKGZNZOkTPQ

Ironically, they hadnt planned to record it, the plan was for another wonderful group from my young years to do so, The Seekers. They finally did in 2002, after Maurice Gibb’s death as a tribute, and here that is too.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&feature=fvwp&v=CUfUNNN68eQ

The clue, think of a certain New England State, lol 😉

 

Seeking out fond memories

And yes, not only is the title of this piece a corny wordplay on the group in the videos, this blog only really came about through what I term a You Tube hunt.

Alright, the least fond memory, 3 months ago, about this time, I was getting crazy ideas that the Bills might well be play offs bound, given the way their season had started. Sadly the wheels did finally come off the rails halfway through the season, and this Sunday was the day they were eliminated of having any chance of doing so. I know, they beat the Patriots (sorry Kate), but suspect the rematch isnt going to be so pretty on current form lol.

So yes, having pounded through some reading, I thought I’d hit You Tube for a while, and amongst things. I found 2 songs from a group of my youth. Yes, the videos are black and white, though one of them is from 2002! Both are covers of songs from the 60’s by the way.

The first is a Bee Gees song, though not the era most remember them from. I dont actually remember the lights going down any night while I was there, but I suspect they did, it was just that I was asleep by then.  I had a lovely time in Massachusetts, got to meet 2 lovely people there (well more than 2, but 2 principally come to mind) and this song let me look back on that. This is a 2002 video apparently, you can tell by the age of the group, because the black and white film wouldnt give it away otherwise lol.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR=1&v=CUfUNNN68eQ

Ironically the older song has some colour images mixed into the film! Island of dreams might rank as a fanciful title for ‘The Cape’, but it certainly seemed a lovely place on my first visit. Planning to have a few more ‘dreams’ there next September too, really looking forward to that. There is Seatlle inbetween, which I’m looking forward to going back to, just hoping the long plane journey isnt too much for my aging limbs, thats all.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrny8mK6gCg&feature=related

The really frightening thing is, I  do 95% know what area I’m going to in April 2013, somewhere in Northern NY state, just the final destination to be decided even now. You could say its a B.A.R choice! 😉 Think it will be the B, but dont quote me on that!