We must play if we want to, but maybe we shouldn’t have?

To be fair to everyone, why someone in the Rugby Union hierarchy thought it was a good idea to arrange a tournament in Japan while they are in the middle of their typhoon season, I have no idea, but they did. It meant that all games yesterday were wiped out by the weather, or more strictly, by Typhoon Hagibis sweeping through the country, sadly with some loss of life, and all games planned for yesterday were cancelled, declared as 0-0 draws, and in truth, beyond the 0.001% chance of Italy beating New Zealand, it had zero effect on the teams who would make the play offs, though it might have changed who out of England, and France won their group, but beyond that…

The thing was, today, Scotland were due to play Japan in the last group match of the tournament, with the winner progressing to the quarter finals, the losers going home. Thing is, if like yesterday’s games, and one meaningless game today, this game was cancelled, then the host country would qualify, and Scotland would be headed home. So, given Scotland expected to win, they made all sorted of complaints about the situation, and efforts were made to move the game, so it was actual played.

The irony was, Japan played like an inspired country, they probably were, and at one point were winning by 28-7, and leaving Scotland looking a bit embarrassed, to put it mildly. They did eventually get the score back to 28-21, but because of the complex bonus points system, they would have needed to have won by more than 7 points to have qualified, anyway.  To be honest, I know they have home advantage, but Japan have ended up beating 2 countries (the other being Ireland) ranked above them, which is quite an achievement, and deserve to qualify, in truth.

But yes, the thing that amuses me the most, if Scotland had accepted the situation, they could have come home looking like the unlucky side of the tournament, whereas now…

OK, the video, well, yesterday at least, was spent as a Safety day for the teams involved in the tournament, so…

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Never rains on California golf courses?

I’m sure you’ve all heard the running joke, most noticeably about it never raining in California? Well, in the summer, and up until the last couple of winters, sadly that had been pretty true. Thankfully, last year, there was rain, solved most of the drought issues, and it seems currently they’re trying to avoid drought issues this winter too.

Last weekend, not only was there plenty of rain at the golf course at Pebble Beach, there was hail too, and indeed I saw a TV image where the complete green seemed to be a shade of white, from that event.

This week, they’ve moved down the coast to my favourite city in the world (probably), Los Angeles, and more specifically, that heavenly place on Earth named Pacific Palisades, where if money was no object, I would very happily retire too. Its gorgeous, relaxed, but close enough to LA for events at the same time.

They were due to start play at 6.40 am local time this morning, on a tight schedule so that they can finish the round before it gets dark again, just before 6 pm. Thing is, when they started, the rain was pouring down, and 40 minutes later, play was called, and they arent even going to consider playing again until 1 pm local time, let alone actually start then. So they’re not going to get far today, lets face it!

I must admit, on my visits to LA, I only remember it really raining once. And yes, when it did, it really did seem like the heavens had opened up. Thankfully I’d been warned, and was in my little apartment at Verbena Drive when it did! But watching the rain pour down, for a short while, and then stop, as if it had never happened, was quite something. As the temperatures soon rose again, it wasnt long before the evidence was gone again, in truth.

All I can say is that I hope that when I next visit Pacific Palisades (hopefully next year), it doesnt feel like I’m in the middle of the great flood, which is how it looked earlier today.

OK, the song choice wins no prizes for originality, just saying…

 

Never happy with the weather?

I know a lovely guy down Georgia (as in Atlanta) way, who regularly complains because he never gets to see snow in winter. Only the other day, he was complaining because the temperature there was in the mid 60’s, at a time when it was barely above freezing over here. I also know a lovely guy in LA who complains that its cold out there, and when I look, even in the chill of the night, its 10 degrees warmer than it is here in the morning! So yeah, he’d have something to complain about if he came over here in the winter, lol!

Yes, my friend in Georgia, I’ve jokingly offered to swap places with him, as my back is far less grumpy when the temperature is above 50. Well, generally it is, but I’m having a bad spell this weekend (to put it mildly), and though its not far off that mark, it feels like an axe has been thrown into my back, but anyway…

Unfortunately we cant just do a winter swap, some trivial item called Immigration rules, and all that, on both sides of the pond! I still hope to retire to somewhere that can fit my requirements post retirement, whenever that may be. Algarve is an obvious target (even more so after November) for me, though I’m not sure how easy that will still be, post Brexit, but fingers crossed. Unless someone (PLEASE!) wants to pay for me to move there before that happens, but otherwise…

But yes, dont ever complain to me about how hot it is where you live, and expect sympathy. An offer (if possible) to swap places, a whole different matter! So…?

I love the sun obviously, which is a corny reason for tonights video. This is one of Clara Johnson’s earlier outings as a chorus girl, though its more walking in an amazing outfit, than actual dance. If I’m right, she’s the last one before the horse rider appears near the end. To be fair, any number of these girls can be seen in tons of musical numbers, not just her!

To let me step out?

OK, firstly, to annoy all my US followers (or a few of them at least), let me just follow up on the last blog, by mentioning Europe’s narrow (ha ha) win over the US in the Ryder Cup by 17.5 to 10.5 points! 😛 Got it wrong, but thrilled to do so!

Right, to the meaningful stuff. Yesterday was just one of those days when everything that could go wrong during the day, did go wrong. Weather, work, public transport, and some idiot that nearly accidentally knocked me over…Yeah, you name it, it happened! So as you can guess, my back reacted accordingly, and at one point yesterday, on a pain scale of 1 to 10, my back was about 25! Thankfully, rest, and numerous painkillers (more than normal for a non working day today), and its probably down to about a 6 or 7. As to work tomorrow, I’ll see how it is in the morning.

In truth, the thing that created the issue, was the weather. The others just added to it, but…it was cold, and frosty yesterday morning when I went out. Might be expected at end of September in Svalbard, but not the UK, lol. As you can imagine, fractured spines, and very cold weather arent good friends!

So fine, I guess tonights blog from here, is most suited for scientists, and fashion designers, I suppose? What I ideally need is a full body suit (given I also have arthritis, and knee issues), that supports the whole body, especially the spine, while at the same time, not being so stiff that I can walk in reasonable comfort. Would be lovely if it could be worn as under clothes item, as catching a bus, in Yorkshire, wearing something that looks weird, and fetish, probably wouldnt work, lol. It also needs to be something that self cleans, or that I can have a few of, as I will need something like this throughout the winter.

I mean, if someone wants to come up with something a bit more kinky, for wearing at home at least, feel free to design, and suggest away. 😉 If so, metallic silver look might be fun!

Oh, and if some ‘mad scientist’ wants to design something that actually interfaces with my busted spine, oh please do! Yes, full interface, and more, just bring it on, I’d love it!

Yes, practically, I do have a budget, so designing 6 suits, at about £100K a piece, isnt going to work, unless I’m the guinea pig testing them for free! But equally, for a pain free life, I’ll listen to offers, and costs.

So yeah, if you, or someone you know might fancy this as a challenge, pass my details on, or theirs to me, just saying…

But yes, if life gets much more crazy, I need something, or I’ll have to start looking at disability benefits, and I’d rather have something fun to wear, than that. Of course, disabled benefits, and something fun to wear, hmm?

Right, video time. No, not Joe Jackson, someone more my era, Betty Grable! No, not when she was young, but still stepping out with a fine pair of pins!

PS, I have a friend in Hollywood, by the name of April, who’s the spitting image of young Betty. So if she wants to know how she’ll look in about 30 years time, lol…?

The Heat Is On

Oh, and anyone putting money on Glenn Frey, or Agnetha Faltskog being the video singer tonight, pay up, because you’re all wrong! This is the song sung more famously by one of that duo, but this is this versions original singer. So…?

Despite what numerous cranks, and a certainly ghastly, orange, bewigged person might say, we are experiencing climate change! This summer we are, especially. Not that in many senses I’m not complaining, because heat, and dry weather are far better for my thoroughly busted back than cold, damp, or heaven forbid, both. But yes, sometimes it can get a little too much. For example, some parts of Spain, and Portugal have been hitting 50C, which is over 120F! It hasnt got quite that hot here in the UK, but topping 30C/86F has become pretty much a regular occurrence this summer, even here!

Ironically, as I have discovered this week, even with all this glorious heat, if I try and overdo it, my back still complains way too much! Thats why I’m starting Physiotherapy on my back in Tuesday, even if I cant really afford it until my bonus finally gets paid at end of this month. But yes, needs to be done. It is my fault of sorts, I tried to do 3 days of travelling, and working in a row, and I’m now paying the price.

Oh, and agreed, I’ll be wishing for all this heat during the winter, for sure! If anyone wants to buy me a heat lamp for winter…? No, I dont mean the tanning type, just heat! Yes, I know, lottery win, lol!

But yes, thankfully my nice strong painkillers help me to sleep at night, despite the heat! But yes, honest, Mother Nature, if it dropped into the 70’s, I really wouldnt mind, honest!

OK, I’m not going to ask how many remember Noosha Fox, aka Susan Traynor from the 1970’s? But yes, the first person to record the song that helped Agnetha’s solo career, post Abba, this was it!

You know how to please me?

Let me say that I’m currently on a bit of a subject drought for these, now I’m doing 3 a week, instead of 2, so if anyone has any suitable ideas for subjects they’d like me to discuss (excluding anything UK politics related), feel free to either post in comments here, or send them to stephmajor8@hotmail.com , and if they appeal, I might just go with them!

This morning I got to see last nights baseball game between LA Angels, and Kansas City in the latter city. To say the weather was interesting for baseball would be putting it mildly. It would be fair to say that the second half of the game was played, quite literally in a snowstorm! Mind, its not exceptional, as apparently recently, a game there at the beginning of May had the same issue! They did get through, but you couldnt see a lot of anyone’s faces, shall we say? 😉

In truth, only a matter of just over a fortnight into the season, and lots of games have been postponed due to the weather. To say this hasnt been helped by the fact that the season started even earlier this year, to try and give more rest days for the players during the season, but in truth, a good number of these have come after the season would normally have started too. Snag is, now all these extra built in rest days for some teams arent going to happen, because of making up all their lost games in the future.

Of course, if sanity had prevailed, the MLB should have scheduled most of the games for the first couple of weeks away from the ‘frozen north’, though I guess that would have then caused issues late in the season for the warmer weather teams in having no home game revenues later in the season as they tried to compensate. But yes, seriously, games in Detroit, Minneapolis and Cleveland at the beginning of April, oops! You may have noticed Toronto missing from this list, which is even colder, but of course has a stadium that can shut a roof, and solve climate issues that way!

But yes, believe me, you wouldnt get me at a baseball game in a snow storm! Only once have I been to a game where the temperatures couldnt get out of the low 40’s, but that was minor league, in Rochester, in April! That was more than enough. Oh, 4 of their first 5 games, cancelled due to the weather!

Ah well, Seattle will hopefully be warmer, and besides, they have a retractable roof, so I should be fine this year. Famous last words!

Right, video time. Some live glam rock from the 70’s! Yes, its hard to find film from those days, has to be said. So who wants to Skweeze me, lol?

Lets all buy a camera!

Fine, anyone who can work out the video from that blog title, without looking, I’m stunned. Why? Because the song is over 40 years old, was only ever a B side of one of their more famous hits, but I loved it, and it fits, so… Yes, if anyone has heard the song before, please let me know! Well, unless you’re a fan of the group, but…?

Given that I’m now just under 6 years from retirement, and that my doctors have already advised me that I ideally need to move somewhere where its warm (or hotter) all year round, to ease my back issues, and to allow the fact that until today, the temperature here hasnt hit 40 degrees since heaven knows when, let alone where it should be in April, I thought I’d take a look into the possibilities.

So, if I start looking for somewhere where the temperature doesnt drop much below 60, all year round in Europe, you start looking south, a long way south! From what I see, Malta, Canary Islands, and possibly a few other places could work for me, if I can afford it. Also, for those, I have no idea if Brexit is going to make it more complex to move there, than it is now. And unless someone is prepared to offer me a job, or position there, suitable for a 60 year old woman, with a questionable back, its not going to happen before retirement day! No, I’m not considering the possibility of any wealthy person falling in love with me, and making me their partner there, lol!

Anyway, being curious, I had a look on You Tube, to see what places are recommended for retirees that would fit my needs. I cant see me moving to Asia, or South America, to be honest, but there was one country that seemed to regularly come at the top, or near to the top of all these charts, Panama. Yes, that gives a clue to the video, now name the group!

It seems the temperature is somewhere between 60, and 75 the whole year round, and though there is rain, its going to be warm rain, which surely isnt as bad as the freezing cold stuff here in winter! There are definite advantages, you dont need a fortune in savings to reside there (just as well really, short of a lottery win), and most speak English, though seemingly learning Spanish might be a wise move! There is also the Catholic country, and LGBT issue for me, but I’ve seen a lot worse countries for that to be honest. And fine, I’m single, and probably staying that way, so…?

Yes, ideally, I’d move to Florida, Southern California (San Diego is supposedly the perfect place for me to live), or Arizona (maybe a bit too hot in summer?) but as a UK citizen, that has issues for permanent US residence, unless there really is someone of either gender crazy enough to marry me! But all reasonable offers, lol…? Maybe a non sexual courtesan type might be more apt lol, or a marriage of convenience type! Not that they’re needed nowadays, unlike the Golden Age days, so probably not?

But yes, its all 6 years away, so I have plenty of time to think about it, but if its going to be done…?

Right, that video. Sailor had a few hits in the mid 70’s, but I have no idea if they crossed the Atlantic with popularity, or were just a UK thing? Either way, they had a catchy number, that ties into this blog quite nicely. You even have a choice tonight, the original line up, clearly miming…

Or a live version from 2002, with their line up at the time, which is surprisingly good, in truth