It never rains in Southern California!

It pours, man, it pours! Yes, big clue to the video there!

So yes, long before I got to LA for the first time, I’d read plenty about the drought situation out there. And to be fair, those first 10 days, in April 2015, not a drop of rain did I see! Not that I was complaining, but…

Equally, during the 4 weeks I was out there last October, it only rained once! But as the song suggests, on that one occasion, it really rained! Mind, the thing I remember about it more, was the messages coming over the TV from some meteorological station nearby, with flood warnings for some of the valleys north of the city. Yes, I saw some of the pictures, in the few days after, really was something. But yes, that was one day, for about 4 hours or so, and that was it!

So therefore it amused me greatly on Sunday, when Sky Sports went over to live coverage of the Rams game, and the rain was pouring down! Yes, I’m sure when they decided to finally give Jared Goff a start at quarterback, they thought he’d have a nice warm, dry day in LA, and that happened. I’m not saying he would have been great, even in good weather, but that was not the way he, or they would have wanted his career to start. Yes, it was that bad! In truth, the whole game was pretty awful, neither offense seemed capable of doing much, and how the Dolphins keep winning, no idea?

But yes, in his case, it never rains in Southern California, until the one time you dont want it to! Oh, but fine, yes, I hope they get some more rain this winter, because they sure need it in that area. Me, next May, I’d rather pass on it, the way it rains when it does, but I’ll also pass on earthquakes, pretty please! Sadly, another quite big one off Japan recently, I just hope they arent saving the big California one for me!

Oh fine, if you havent worked out the video by now, I give up!

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Pasadena, Glendale, and a little weather warning

OK, fine, I’ve cheated for once. Thats not a major clue to the blog material, nor is it the title song of the video…quite. But for all that, there is a link to the video in tonight’s edition.

OK, going back to Tuesday, and this is where the video connection kicks in, Pasadena. Yes, I went there on my trip out. There was a reason for going there (beyond an interesting place to visit) but that will get mentioned when we get to the tune. Pleasant enough place, had a nice lunch, had a look around a couple of nice (value) clothes shops, before heading to the big mall, which seems a bit of a work in progress at the moment. Oh, the cute moment, I went and had a facial, the first time in the US. There were a couple of differences to norm, the first one being the abundant use of steam in the first part, presumably to moisten the face, which it certainly did. Oh, and a few ‘toys’ used on my face, I have no idea what, but presumably its meant to strengthen the skin, or something? Then the fun started. Well, fine, strictly, I had an ice cream first, but then went to get the bus home.

For some reason best known to myself, I didnt wait for the express bus back, I got the stopping one. Fine, I was in no rush, but…Yes, there were a few, err, interesting passengers on board, shall we say, and leave it at that? Given I was rather warm (putting it very mildly) by the time I got back, I passed on the movie that evening.

Yesterday was a quiet day, and a livelier evening. Yes, off to see some nice vintage clothing, and spend some money! A dress, a pants suit, a couple of skirts, and a couple of pair of slacks (one of which is cream silk, Jean would love) later, then back into town. Fine, not without incident. I got dropped off, And dropped to the ground. Yes, I hadnt notice the concrete block, and tumbled straight over it. Scraped my right knee a bit, and its stiffened up a bit, but nothing serious.

So today, I’ve taken things relatively easy. A short trip up to the shopping centre at Glendale by bus, and back, and that was it. Nice enough place, but nothing exciting, but at least I now know that.

Tomorrow, a lot depends on how my knee is, and the weather. Yes, it might rain, and thunder a lot, but it might just pass us by. There have been rain, and thunderstorm warnings broadcast tonight in fact, for an area just a little way north of here, in Antelope Valley. Flash flooding, so I’m told, oh wow! Nothing here however, yet!

Right, the video. When I was much younger, there was a group called Manhattan Transfer. They worked with the Pasadena Roof Orchestra, a lot of the time. So yes, the Pasadena connection, and who is providing the music tonight. A real old song, to put it mildly

Shopping with ‘Jean’, and other tales of the last 2 days

So fine, picking up from where I left off last time around.

Yesterday morning, at 11.00, I was picked up from my hotel by S, and whisked back to Worcester, to catch the bus back to Albany. Another entertaining chat en route, which led to me discovering that in fact ‘Jean’ was still in my head, and just needed releasing, to make a show. First S did it, just to sort things out between him, her, and me. More correctly, him, my sub concious and me, but that’s just nit picking. Next thing I know, I’m told to do it for myself, and lo and behold, here’s Jeannie!

But before anyone gets any ideas, there are only 2 people that can wake her up, S, and me! Carla is safely tucked away though, before anyone thinks otherwise.

So fine, I’ve quickly discovered that there is a firm that makes Trans Pennine Express look punctual, and that’s Greyhound buses! Anyway, we finally get away from Worcester about 20 minutes late, and head for the Mass Pike, and the journey home. Big snag, accident on the Mass Pike, was a crawl (or slower) for the first 10 miles, and we finally reached Albany 2.5 hours late! Consolation, the most wonderfully sweet taxi driver on the way home, lovely guy, got a better tip than I normally would give, for sure!

Fine, it was well publicised on the news, and on websites that Albany was going to get hit by a big snow storm about the middle of today. So fine, I went out early, and not far, to a nearby Mall. Alright, time for a little fun, I let ‘Jean’ go shopping instead. Now, that was fun! Main moment of amusement, well it seems that Jean possesses quite a Kansas accent. Slightly combined with my own, but predominantly…

Fun moment, when I mentioned about flying back to the UK to one of the cashiers, given my Kansas accent, she asked me when I moved to the UK. I muttered some random year, and just left it at that! Alright, I did think about getting my sub concious to swap me back, change accents totally, (and huskiness of voice) and confuse her, but I’m a good girl, so I didnt.

By the time I got back out of there, the snow was in free fall, with plenty on the ground. Sadly this morning, I’d lived up to my blonde reputation, and only gone out in shoes, and a medium ‘strength’ coat, instead of boots and anorak. I knew it was coming, so why I did that…no idea?

Its different, seeing so much snow, when its only November. The last time I saw this, was about 2000, in Kirkenes, Norway, and thats the other side of the Arctic Circle! Mind, that was the beginning of November, not the end, so…

Right, you’re now up to date, and no, despite the clearness of the roads at least, I’ve decided to forego the Ice Hockey match in town tonight. I’m not the biggest fan of the sport, but if the weather had been good, I might well have gone. But now…

The video, sums up today’s weather really.

Reflections from another world

Yes, this is the night when supposedly this world, and the spirit world come closer for one night. For those of us of Irish ancestry, we call it Samhain. To Americans, its better known as Halloween.

I’ll be honest, I have no idea what Halloween in the US is like, I’ve never been there at that time of year. Though to be honest, in recent times, the event seems to have taken off in a similar way over here, so I guess I now have an inkling of what it must be like. Of course, that means I never got to dress up as a witch, or the like when I was young, we never celebrated it. Fireworks night, 6 days later, is a whole different matter! Of course, apart from putting on a warm coat, you never got to dress up for that!

Mind, the need to dress up today over here, was a moot point. I went out this afternoon in nothing more than a sleeved top (not sure I even needed the sleeves) and trousers, the temperature was nearly 70, at the end of October! Seriously, normally, somewhere in the 50’s would be quite good for now! Mind, we will probably pay for it very soon.

Anyway, just a quick word before I close, to a certain ghostly spirit, who is still meant to be around, haunting in Los Angeles. Jean, if you want to visit me tonight, through the ethereal barrier, dont make it too late, I’m on an 8.00 start in the morning. If however, you and me, as some suggest, are one and the same, just stick to the normal routine. 😉

The video, is an absolute 70’s gem, that I have no idea why it wasnt a bigger hit than it was. Not even sure that it was a hit in the US? I love it, just glad of the chance to slip it in here

In the heat of the night

Just a little fyi for all my North American readers (and the stats suggest I have a few), I should point out that today was the last bank holiday in the UK before Christmas. Yes, my US readers have a few before then, including one for which I will be in their country, Thanksgiving, for my very first time, really looking forward to that. Even if it might be slightly cooler (especially where I’m going) by then.

Yes, today, as is seemingly traditional in this country, the weather has been awful, rain for much (if not more) of the day. Hey, one big cricket match was abandoned without a ball being bowled due to rain, and the only surprising thing was how late they made the decision to do so.

Whereas, in Kansas City, there are heat advisory notices! Hey, it was 84 in the middle of the night last night, which is over 25 degrees higher than its reached here all day! And another fyi, as I type this, its 94! Heck, Cherryvale hit the century mark yesterday! Seriously Kansas, a few degrees lower in 3 weeks time, I really dont mind lol! Daytime round the 80’s will be fine by me! Honest, you dont want to see me in shorts, or short skirts, you really dont!

I’m not saying summer is gone over here, as September has a habit of providing decent weather, so we will see. But in terms of traditional summer holidays, this is it, as wet as ever.

Irony, Jean Harlow hated the sun, and heat, she was so fair that she burnt badly if she was out in it too long. I’m pretty fair, and do tend to burn, rather than tan, so just maybe…? As long as it doesnt put her ‘spirit’ off visiting me in KC lol!

The video, well, the title is apt. The song, hmm? But it should hold sex appeal for most at least.

Jersey day 2 – No, this bus isn’t going to St Brelades!

Yes, dont worry, I will explain the title away lol.

Sitting here in my room at the guest house, its hard to believe this is mid May in the UK! Seriously, its 72 degrees over here! Which might be fine, but the humidity is nearly 90%, and thats the killer for me. I’ve been in San Francisco, when its been 86, and 88 in Minneapolis, but because there was no real humidity on those occasions, it was fine. But seriously, this is like a sauna, and all I have on is a very light top, and trousers. Alright, bra and knickers as well, my name really isnt Jean Harlow…yet! Sadly, unlike her, I have just too much boob-age to go without a bra!

But alright, I mustnt really complain, it could be in the low 50’s, and raining hard, so…live, and let live, and all that.

Oh, fine, that title. I shouldnt laugh, but…

After visiting Corbiere, and enjoying the view of the lighthouse today, I decided to apply that well worn tactic of not coming back by the same bus route as I went out. Therefore, I got back on the next 12 (an hour later) and caught it to the end of the line, at Greve De Lecq, where it turns into a 9, and takes a different, and quicker way back to St Helier.

Fun started when the bus finally turned up, he didnt have the correct destination showing, he was showing St Brelades Bay, a point he had already passed through, instead of his destination. Apart from one couple, everyone listened to him, and all that wanted that route back to St Helier got off again. They didnt even realise until he was calling everyone off at Greve De Lecq! To be honest, they were ignoring him even then!

Finally he got the message through, or so it seemed, a bus to St Brelades Bay (a 9, turning into a 12) would be along in under 15 minutes, and after much discussion they got off to wait for it. Or so it seemed, because just as we were about to pull off, they jumped back on again. Despite again being told we were not going to their destination, they stayed put, and finally, about 10 minutes late, we pulled out.

I think they only finally got the message when we hit the main road to St Helier, on the front, and we turned left, when St Brelades was signposted right! I’m guessing that meant they would eventually get back home nearly 30 minutes later than if they had listened to the driver in the first place! Before you say anything, they spoke English, so should have understood what they were being told, but…all part of life, I guess?

So far today, the darling count is lower, though the bus driver on said bus did his best to keep levels up, I must say. Mind, as I havent gone out to eat yet, it might yet soar!

The video, a Steve Harley classic cover of a very apt Beatles song

A Somerset island

No, not a genuine one, as in the Arthurian legends, even though many believe that Glastonbury, and the area surrounding it, could have been Arthur territory. But there are other claims for that title, and anyway, that isnt what this is about, so…

To say the weather this winter has been wild, would be putting it mildly. Lets face it, friends in Atlanta, and Alabama are facing snow and ice at present, and thats not normal! Oh, and Atlanta has coped with it even worse than the UK, and thats saying something! Funnily enough, we’ve hardly seen any snow here yet this winter, but even with a day to spare, this is officially the wettest January in the UK, ever! Well, since records have been kept, but besides that…its been wet!

When I lived in, and around Yeovil, in Somerset between ’83, and ’99, I used to go visit a friend in Taunton, about once a month or so. When I moved away, I lost touch, and given (I’m estimating now) that I think he would be 95 by now, if still alive, I suspect he’s dead anyway. To get there, I would catch the hourly bus from Yeovil, winding through the countryside, until we reached Taunton. We passed near to a place called Muchelney, en route, not that you would have heard of it, unless you’re from the area. Its a smallish village on the Somerset levels, or well, normally it is. Currently, and pretty much for the whole of January, its been cut off from the outside world, by flooding. Thorne, another nearby village is pretty much a ghost town, for the same reason.

I suspect I must have been through these places by car, but dont remember them, if I did. But seeing them on the news, as they are, its a strange feeling, even if it has been a long time since I was in the area. The South West really has had it bad this winter, in a rain sense, but those low lying places are really suffering now.

And all the US gets is a Polar Vortex! Seriously, that was horrific too, just glad I wasnt there either, though I suspect (in a sense) thats easier to get through than flooding?

The video, well, I hope Muchelney isnt an island for much longer, though the weather forecast isnt entirely promising yet