Some kind of fairy tale

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Songs for tomorrow

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chorus:
let’s sing an endless song for this shitty world.
let’s sing an endless song for all of these useless beings.
let’s sing an endless song for me, you and them.
let’s sing an endless song to make sure you’ll laugh on tomorrow.

there has been often times that i feel like i’m done for.
because people were just passing me by, and i was crying in all alone in night.

there has been often times that i feel like i wanna get out of here.
because the moment that the truth shows up is always fearful.

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i don’t like to have some chattings with people
if you are misunderstanding me, it’s not your fault.
but i’ll never forget you.

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let’s sing an endless song for this shitty world.
let’s sing an endless song for all of these useless beings.
let’s sing an endless song
the nights i had cried in all alone.
let’s sing an endless song
the days people call me “nuts”!!

(SarahMagdeline)

There’s always tomorrow, tomorrow’s a new day
In my youth I have dreams.
Someday surely, someday surely
You’ll come to understand this.
There’s always tomorrow, there’s always tomorrow, tomorrow is a new day.

There’s a guy from work who went off to form his own company
And I’m left behind at my job.
I convince myself, that there’s no need to rush,
there’s still plenty of time.
there’s always tomorrow, there’s always tomorrow, tomorrow is a new day.

My new superior is French.
Not even body language gets through to him
this is my big chance, this is my big chance
It could be good studying.
there’s always tomorrow, there’s always tomorrow, tomorrow is a new day.

One day I suddenly thought
What am I killing myself for ?
For my family ? For myself ?
The answer is in the wind.
there’s always tomorrow, there’s always tomorrow, tomorrow is a new day.

“Kids these days” often say it but,
things are much better than when I was young
Let’s overlook, let’s overlook
the fact that they can’t even speak properly.
there’s always tomorrow, there’s always tomorrow, tomorrow is a new day.

There’s always tomorrow, tomorrow’s a new day
In my youth I have dreams.
Someday surely, someday surely
You’ll come to understand this.
there’s always tomorrow, there’s always tomorrow, tomorrow is a new day.

(Brian Stewart & Takako Sakuma)

Elvis movie marathon

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elvisimpersonator When I was a kid in Texas with no cable there was a TV station that would pack it’s summer Sunday programming with Elvis movies.  They are mostly formulaic, have familiar faces, take very little commitment, and include spontaneous music.  I would commandeer the 4.5 inch portable TV and putter around in my room to the spontaneous Elvis-a-thons.  This is how I best know Elvis.  Over the fourth of July weekend I made cherry pie, and my husband and I embarked on an Elvis-a-thon of our own.  We had bought a few extra movies just for this occasion; we didn’t watch them all.

We started on Thursday after work:

Jailhouse Rock – 1957 – Vince Everett is in jail for accidentally punching a guy to death in a bar fight.  A young man, he forms a partnership with his cellmate, Hunk, who used to work the music scene.  Vince is talented, and Hunk takes advantage of his naivety by drawing up a 50/50 partnership contract.  Once Vince is out of jail he meets a woman who gets him set up in a recording studio, distribution deal, and whom he treats badly. Hunk gets out of jail and Vince treats him badly too.  Vince is basically the jerkiest of all jerks.  If you have favorable notions of Elvis, this movie might surprise you and possibly annoy you.  That’s probably why the Texas TV station of my youth never included this in their spontaneous Elvis-a-thons.

Flaming Star1960 – Pacer lives with his Dad, half brother and Kiowa mother in untamed Oklahoma.  Power struggles among the native tribe are testing the family loyalties and there are deaths and misplaced blame all around.  I totally thought they made up the tribe name for this movie, and am happy to find out the Kiowa Indians are the native tribe of Oklahoma.  My notes say:  “I’m just gonna concentrate on the horses ’cause the plot ‘s kinda losin’ me.”  Elvis sings very little.

And then continued on Friday:

Viva Los Vegas1964 – Lucky Jackson is a gear-head racer who is consistently thwarted in getting an engine for his car so he can win the big race.  He is in a friendly rivalry with an Italian count, that escalates slightly when they both set eyes on Ann Margaret’s character.  That’s pretty much the plot.  There is some racing derailment while Lucky takes various odd jobs both to get money and be close to his leading lady.  It all comes back around when they butt heads over him only ever thinking about racing.  Ann Margaret, triple threat, pretty much steals the show as she sings, dances and acts as both the perfect girl and a strong woman with standards.  She’s so frenetic it would be annoying if she weren’t so damn cute.

Blue Hawaii1961 – Chadwick Gates returns home to Hawaii from the army and spends the first few days avoiding his folks.  By the time he sees his parents, he’s got a plan to avoid the family pineapple plantation and is set up as a tour guide by his girlfriend’s boss.  His first customer is, of course, a pretty lady teacher and her 3 female students.  Flirtation, jealousy, and unacceptable behavior ensue.  Includes the most annoying female character of any Elvis movies I’ve seen to date.

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Cats

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The Formula For An Episode Of Murder, She Wrote – a post on Tom Francis’ blog

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You know I love Murder She Wrote. I found someone else who loves Murder She Wrote. At least, he watches it a lot:

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HANDSOME YOUNG MAN WHO WORKS FOR SOMEONE BUT IS OTHERWISE NOT REALLY INVOLVED:
I love you PRETTY YOUNG WOMAN WHO IS RELATED TO SOMEONE.

PRETTY YOUNG WOMAN WHO IS RELATED TO SOMEONE BUT OTHERWISE NOT REALLY INVOLVED:
Oh, but it’s no use HANDSOME YOUNG MAN WHO WORKS FOR SOMEONE! In some obtuse way this business merger makes our love impossible!

HANDSOME YOUNG MAN WHO WORKS FOR SOMEONE BUT IS OTHERWISE NOT REALLY INVOLVED:
This is weird but accurate.

Source: The Formula For An Episode Of Murder, She Wrote – a post on Tom Francis’ blog

What Jane Saw

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A historical art exhibit, rendered in colored drawing, capturing the perspective of a famous writer.  What more could you want?  Source: What Jane Saw

Stephen Chow movies on Netflix – watch this now

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Not long ago the only Stephen Chow movies you might stumble upon in any moderately sized, moderately international city in the U.S. were Kung Fu Hustle and an awfully dubbed version of Shaolin Soccer.  You probably had no idea that you were being deprived of a basic right to watch one of the funniest actor/directors ever.  You poor soul.  Thankfully, the universe has righted itself a little and put some awesome Stephen Chow films on Netflix!  Do you have Netflix?  Yes?  Have you watched these yet?  What do you mean no?

Go forth and watch Stephen Chow.  Watch The God of Cookery.  Watch them all.  And always remember rule number one to watching a Stephen Chow movie:  Cantonese is the only language.


Annie, Misfits style

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For the love of Florida

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I saw on the DVR that the next recorded episode of Stephen Fry in America was going to include Florida and I thought, ‘heh, I wonder what awfulness he’s going to find there.’  Not long ago I was actively looking for opportunities outside of Florida, and I have never been a fan of the traditional Florida fare of sunshine, beaches, mice, and water sports (citrus, I like).  Maybe because I have since settled down in my birth state, or maybe because it is my birth state, I was a little disgruntled when Mr. Fry’s primary visit was Miami, and his primary reaction was understandably scathing.  How, you might ask, can I be disgruntled when I understand his reaction?  Well, he visited Miami.  Except for The Golden Girls, there is and has never been anything tied to Miami that could entice me to visit there.  It’s like having someone come visit your house and they only see the inside of your garage, dented, stained holiday decoration boxes and all.

–by the by, I am in entertainment consumer love with Stephen Fry; as in, I love to consume and am terribly entertained by all his writing, speaking and acting.

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me at Cypress Gardens

So, partially as an exercise in state love, which I am still new to, I started wracking my brains for the bits of Florida that I’d rather have been seen by Stephen Fry.  What I realized, is that the bits of Florida that I think make it great are withering away.  Fewer and fewer of the quaint and wholesome tourist attractions of a hopeful postwar (WWII) U.S. can still be found in our tropical peninsula.  They are slowly making room for the attractions of today’s tourist.

Case in point:  Cypress Gardens.  I remember Cypress Gardens as a bright, hot, floral and fragrant fairy land of leisurely enjoyment.  As a typical American little girl, I was in awe of the pretty ladies who twirled their gigantic ball gowns into perfect circles of fabric as they perched on the green green lawns of the gardens.  At the time of my visit, Cypress Gardens was still doing well, but was most definitely the day trip that grandparents took their grandchildren on.  It was of their generation.   And, while they tried to pass it on to a new generation, most grandchildren, me included, didn’t spare it a second thought until it was too late.  Now that I’ve come around to my grandmother’s way of thinking, Cypress gardens has been swallowed up by LegoLand. (more…)

Highly invasive New Guinea flatworm spotted in Florida

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The more hours I spend in my yards the more I am becoming very aware and sensitive to how the native flora and fauna interplay.  I’ve tried to be careful to avoid plants termed invasive (even if they are sold by home stores to the home-owner gardener).

Beyond being alarmed by a newly spotted, highly invasive, transplant, this thing just ticks all my squeamish boxes (and I am a lot less squeamish after playing in the dirt every weekend).  This thing can climb trees!

Source: Highly invasive New Guinea flatworm spotted in U.S. – Boing Boing

Wildflowers

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It is Summer in full blast here, but before Spring let go – not long ago- I was running out in advance of the lawn-mower every weekend to collect the wildflowers that kept popping up in the middle of the back yard.  This is one day’s harvest; and they lasted longer than I expected them to.

I’m all about identification, so I looked them all up.  I had been calling the blue ones irises, but really they are Common Spiderwort.  The pink, trumpet shaped flowers would spring up within a day or two of a fresh mow and wave about a foot above the grass.  They are Rain Lily, and are, apparently, attached to bulbs that will sprout new flowers every year.  They also spread by seed.  Next year I think I am going to grow our rain lily patch.  The tiny pink flowers,  Meadow Beauty, are still going strong on the water’s edge along with some other crazy grasses that grow in ground too wet to mow over.

still brainstorming house colors

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The more time I have to mull over something the more I consider  other options.  There is a pretty, new, bright blue paint job on a house two blocks away that caught my eye and I realized how crisp blue houses always stand out in a neighborhood.  Then, a friend questioned my decision to avoid green (though I love it) because the gorgeously kept house across the street was green.  I would lean more to the avocado than the neighbors.  I like how the house seems to rise from the grass in that picture.  I also started playing around with a more obvious color variation for the chimney.  Why not, right?

Added to these mock-ups is a firming idea that I want to paint the slanted brick sills to look like slanted brick sills again.  The front door alcove is tiled in a terracotta color, so it would carry those red tones through the rest of the exterior.  This would be something I could do before painting the whole house, as is getting a screen-door insert from Old Florida Retro or Hip Haven.  Our screen door is probably original, but it is very simple.

NSA surveillance: how librarians have been on the front line to protect privacy | World news | The Guardian

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‘Librarians were the original search engine’ and long before Edward Snowden, thousands campaigned against the government violating privacy rights

Source: NSA surveillance: how librarians have been on the front line to protect privacy | World news | The Guardian

Jem, superhero

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There’s been talk about Jem and the Holograms, the movie and the comic re-visitation by IDW.  Jem is near and dear to my childhood heart and a solid evening filler from my DVD shelves.  ‘Trick or Techrat‘ is on our list of Halloween viewing every year, so I felt a little compelled to add my voice to the cacophony over the movie trailer’s laying out a to-be-successful-and-like-yourself-you-must-become-someone-else story without actual holograms.

I could re-iterate arguments on how the original Jem was empowering and the movie looks anything but, however, in thinking about just what about Jem was most important, I made an amazing discovery!  Jem is the pink fashion plate Batman of superheroes!  Consider, for one reason or another both Jem and Batman have to adopt alter egos.  They do so with pretty amazing technology and run around fighting bad people and protecting children.  They are both orphans, live in mansions, and have pretty successful real life identities.  Because of their complicated issues, alter egos included, they are ridiculously bad at romance.

Now, who would go to watch a movie about how Bruce Wayne get’s a lifestyle coach in order to come out of his shell and finally have a good relationship with his sweetheart?  No, Bruce Wayne’s story is great because of Batman.  And Batman isn’t just a handle Bruce uses on his fitness and training discussion boards, Batman is the costumed, tech-ed out, fighter of evil doers and symbol of justice.

Similarly Jem isn’t just make-up and a costume that a paralyzed performer puts on to get through the day.  Jem is a hologram extended to the entire band, misdirection that foils enemy plots, and a message to women and children a like to “Believe in Yourself,” and “Share a Little Bit of Yourself” because “Love Unites Us” and “We Can Make a Difference;”  “You Already Know” that you are “Truly Outrageous.” (Wikipedia)


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