ALL ABOUT PASTA/CHI PASTA-DAL COMANDO DELLA PRINCIPESSA MELITA BONAPARTE-/BY COMMAND OF PRINCESS MELITA BONAPARTE

Those Bonaparte Bee-stung lips will bee there to help you transition.  The class is Pass/Fail.

Her Imperial Highness, The Princess Melita Bonaparte/Sua altezza imperiale, la principessa Bonaparte Melita

Her Imperial Highness, The Princess Melita Bonaparte, has declared herself to be the Protector of Italy. She has instructed her Adoring & Loyal Subjects to Obey this rule for the nutritional consumption & enjoyment of pasta.

“My Lords, Ladies, Loyal Subjects of the Nation-State of Italy, it is my pleasure & responsibility to address you this day about the eating of pasta. We have but one requirement of you, that it be done (unless you are all alone) in the company of sentient beings–all else is trivial pursuit. Please join me in the light, and avoid all darkness. I will be your Empress forever.”

Melita Bonaparte, Princess Imperial of the Holy Roman Empire, Empress Hereditary. 27 September 2013, A. D.

Sua altezza imperiale, la principessa Bonaparte Melita, lei stessa ha dichiarato al Protettore d’Italia. Ha incaricato il suo Adorare e fedeli sudditi di obbedire a questa regola per il consumo alimentare e godimento di pasta.

“Miei signori, signore, fedeli sudditi della Nazione-Stato di Italia, è il mio piacere e la responsabilità di rivolgermi a voi questo giorno, circa il consumo di pasta. Abbiamo un solo requisito di voi, che sia fatto (a meno che siate tutti solo) in compagnia di esseri senzienti – tutto il resto è Trivial Pursuit Unitevi a me nella luce, e di evitare tutte le tenebre sarò il tuo imperatrice per sempre “…

Melita Bonaparte, Principessa Imperiale del Sacro Romano Impero, Imperatrice ereditaria. 27 Settembre, 2013, A. D.

Meal Between Reels: Green Chile Pies on Church Street-Perfect For Film Festival Attendees Who Need A Break

If you like to attend Castro Theatre Film Festivals such as the Film Noir Film Festival or the San Francisco Silent Film Festival, or the Methodist Film Festival (I just started this movement & am waiting to see if it happens!), you have just enough time during the lunch breaks (after 12-noon) to make it to the Green Chile Kitchen-314 Church Street & eat a wonderful meal. You just run to the subway entrance @ Market & Castro, exit @ the Church Street Station & run South till you see the wonderful PIE sign.

MEALS BETWEEN REELS RIGHT ON CHURCH STREET–HOP ON THE SUBWAY & GO FOR IT!

Green Chile Stew & Salad make a great energy booster for those long & wonderful days @ a Castro Theatre-based film festival!

Green Chile Stew & Salad make a great energy booster for those long & wonderful days @ a Castro Theatre-based film festival!

CAKE FOR DESERT THAT QUEEN MARIE ANTOINETTE WOULD DIE FOR!

"Let them eat cake" was a Royal Proclamation.  Now, in San Francisco, we can respond to this Royal suggestion with cake made on  the level of a Command Performance!

“Let them eat cake” was a Royal Proclamation. Now, in San Francisco, we can respond to this Royal suggestion with cake made on the level of a Command Performance!

Who is J Crew?– TWO LOGOS IN SEARCH OF CUSTOMER LOYALTY

Many retail stores issue credit cards which further serve to reinforce their brand name. J. Crew does this. The initial offer, if you qualify for their credit card, is 10% discounted from your first purchase. Ten percent is really only a bit above sales tax, but a discount is a discount. I filled out the paperwork, simple in today’s world & ended up with a middle initial that is not mine. That took more time to fix than my actual shopping & looking around for items to photograph. One unsettling visual is the use of two logos. For a brand that is attempting to retain a loyalty-based shopping group, it seems a bit pulled in two directions, one logo being presented via simple, Latin-alphabet, block letters; the other logo is closer to cursive writing. This second effort seems to want to distance itself from the stronger & bolder simplicity of the J. Crew type font, the one that appears on the outside signage, the credit card, and the shopping bag. For this store, this brand, one logo, is enough, and to add the less distinctive, “softer” form diminishes the original & leaves a message of identity indecisiveness.

Despite the strangeness of being assigned a middle initial that I do not have, the staff were quite nice & certainly apologetic for this blip that seemed to be no one’s fault.

As things turned out, they did not fix the issue, and the robot prevailed. I am still, days later, after being assured that the problem had been fixed, in possession of their credit card which has reference to this randomly assigned middle initial. How they will deal with this may turn into another installment. Today, 22 September 2013-I presented myself in person just to address this issue a final time, being told that a new card, sans middle initial, would be issued. It would seem that a manual override would be one method of correcting such errors. But thinking simply often does not translate into the digital world of today (which is certainly not all it is cracked up to be!).

J. Crew is a nice store, a bit pricey for my day-to-day needs, but in order to learn more about a brand that became part of a class assignment, it seemed to behoove me to get acquainted with the style & the pace of the store.

Finding it was a bit problematic, the design layout of the upper floors of Westfield Centre, are not easy to navigate, and probably one of the reasons I don’t venture very far from the food court. Only a robot would love the layout of Westfield Centre. I do shudder to think what might happen in the event of a true emergency, getting all of those people out in an orderly fashion–a digression not to be taken lightly. But, find it I did & what follows is a bit of photo-journalism, reflecting my impressions of the experience.

Simple & straight forward type font, easy to read.  It could say 'understated' in parentheses--that was first impression.

Simple & straight forward type font, easy to read. It could say ‘understated’ in parentheses–@ least that was first impression.

Despite limitations of a small point & click camera, you can see that the simple & straight forward theme & concept is carried out in their other business to consumer messages in terms of how they present their brand persona.

Personally, I wish the use of the word Autumn would return to the culture.  Till then, it's FAST FORWARD TO FALL!

Personally, I wish the use of the word Autumn would return to the culture. Till then, it’s FAST FORWARD TO FALL!


At this point, I have not even entered the store, simply seeking out what messages this company, this brand, is sending to me. J. Crew member, Yes or No?

The visual imagery presented here is crafts scissors, spools of thread & sewing needle, monumental in size.  The idea that comes through is that the understated clothing is hand-made, using the most basic & time honoured methods.

The visual imagery presented here is crafts scissors, spools of thread & sewing needle, monumental in size. The idea that comes through is that the clothing is hand-made, using the most basic & time honoured methods.

Still outside, looking in–before taking the leap.

My photographic quality is not quite where I want it to be: So, the bottom line says "Quality worth waiting for, but you won't have to."

My photographic quality is not quite where I want it to be: So, the bottom line says “Quality worth waiting for, but you won’t have to.”

So, at this point the message that I am getting from the store window is one that tells me that I am about to enter an environment where upscale clothing awaits me in a casual setting, one that is enhanced by reminders of classic & vintage symbols from earlier eras-a poster from Let’s Get Lost, a documentary about the late Chet Baker, is the beginning of our shopping experience.

Poster from the 1988 documentary about jazz trumpeter Chet Baker--looking back to an earlier era @ J. Crew.

Poster from the 1988 documentary about jazz trumpeter Chet Baker–looking back to an earlier era @ J. Crew.


The monumental pin cushion seen in the store window, is reinforced by duplication of a functional sized model, at eye-level places throughout the store.

The monumental pin cushion seen in the store window, is reinforced by duplication of several functional sized models, at eye-level places throughout the store.

Books such as this one, ___are used as decorative pieces in the San Francisco Westfield Centre outlet.

Art books such as this one, are used as decorative pieces in the San Francisco Westfield Centre outlet.

The signals sent out by the store design & decoration are Janus-like in nature, looking two directions at once, to the future & referencing the past. While their online presence seems to be striking out in a direction that is a departure from the classic business wear they have been known for, the clothing & the design elements in the actual store look more to the past.

An Italian typewriter, well before the digital age, adds a splash of colour & a glimpse of the past in a 21st Century store seeking it's identity as a brand.

An Italian typewriter, manufactured well before the digital age, adds a splash of colour & a glimpse of the past in a 21st Century store seeking it’s identity as a brand.

There was Woodstock the Festival & Woodstock the typewriter, both long, both references to the past.

There was Woodstock the Festival & Woodstock the typewriter, both long ago & far away, both references to the past.

There is nothing wrong with the ties, if you want to get lost.  If you want style, something that defines a person who wants more from life, you will need to face the side of Janus that looks to the future.

There is nothing wrong with the ties, if you want to get lost. If you want style, something that defines a person who wants more from life, you will need to face the side of Janus that looks to the future.

More mixed signals from J Crew--The sofa looks something from sidewalk pickup spree. The rug is a beauty, but I'd be scared to take it home next to a couch that looks as if it were left on the streets!  Scary!

More mixed signals from J Crew–The sofa looks like a bedbug outlet. The rug is a beauty, but I’d be scared to take it home next to a couch that looks as if it were left on the streets! Scary!

Omission of the scary couch allows the viewer to focus on the shoes, which look casual & inviting.  Something one could bring into one's home.

Omission of the scary couch allows the viewer to focus on the shoes, which look casual & inviting. Something one could bring into one’s home.

Researching their website & other online resources indicated that J. Crew is attempting to become a global presence. Will they, like Sherwin Williams paints, cover the earth?

A word without boundaries is what this global view projects.

A word without boundaries is what this global view projects.

Understated, not complicated, that is the Branding persona of J. Crew.

Understated, not complicated, that is the Branding persona of J. Crew.

The bag with the simple & unembellished logo--ready-to-wear.

The bag with the simple logo, without embellishment–contents ready-to-wear.

CODA: If J. Crew can live up the the standards presented in the You Tube Holy Jackets, they will retain their loyal base without needing to dilute quality. The Holy Jacket will become their Holy Grail. Ciao

Sea Shells From The Sea Shore

A simple treasure from the Ocean that can give us a sense of peace, this is a ‘shadow box’ designed by Derek Hargrove of Back To The Picture. It was part of a display, intending to remind us of summer vacations. I got it for a cousin who enjoys the beaches of Santa Monica & Venice, California area.

Sea Shells From The Sea Shore From Back To The Picture. Sea Shells From The Sea Shore From Back To The Picture.

A LOOK @ SANTA MONICA BEACH

Views From Addison Street-Berkeley-Dedicated To Patrick Stewart

These images are from Berkeley, California. On the other side of Addison Street, you may attend the Berkeley Repertory Theatre. It’s a fine place to see plays, and access is made easy via Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART). It’s a nice area to explore. I hope to see more of nearby Bay Area locations in the near future. There’s so much to do & see in San Francisco, that it’s sometimes too easy to establish a comfort zone & not take the time to explore areas nearby that are not all that challenging in terms of the commute.

Berkeley has some interesting art work not inside Museum walls.  Check out the exterior scene on Addison Street.

Berkeley has some interesting art work not inside Museum walls. Check out the exterior scene on Addison Street.

Good Fortune may be found on Addison Street

Good Fortune may be found on Addison Street.

Artist credit for Good Fortune-Addison Street, Berkeley.

Artist credit for Diana Maria Rossi, for mosaic entitled Good Fortune

Fun sidewalk art on Addison Street.  Dedicated to Patrick Stewart.

Fun sidewalk art on Addison Street. Dedicated to Patrick Stewart.

Exterior light fixture from The Artech Building, Addison Street.  Notice, it radiates the shape of a Maltese Cross.  Dedicated to Patrick Stewart.

Exterior light fixture from The Artech Building, Addison Street. Notice, it radiates the shape of a Maltese Cross. Dedicated to Patrick Stewart.

Window from the Artech Building, Addison Street, Berekeley.  Dedicated to Patrick Stewart.

Window from the Artech Building, Addison Street, Berkeley. Dedicated to Patrick Stewart.

Sidewalk art from Addison Street.  Dedicated to Patrick Stewart.

Sidewalk art from Addison Street. Dedicated to Patrick Stewart.

Dedicated to Patrick Stewart.

Tile work of California wildlife that once inhabited the Bay Area. Dedicated to Patrick Stewart.

Dedicated to Patrick Stewart.

Additional Addison Street Tile work of California wildlife that once inhabited the Bay Area. Dedicated to Patrick Stewart.

Requiem: Jose Sarria-The Widow Norton-Empress of San Francisco 1922-2013

Tribute to Jose Sarria-HIbernia Beach, San Francisco, September 2013

Tribute to Jose Sarria-Hibernia Beach, San Francisco, September 2013

Memorial Programmes paying tribute to WWII Veteran & Empress Jose Sarria September 2013.

Memorial Programmes paying tribute to WWII Veteran & Empress Jose Sarria September 2013.

A few years ago,2009, I decided to ride my bicycle to Los Angeles as part of the AIDSLifeCycle. It was my very first time. I trained nearly every weekend, put my heart & soul into this & raised well over the required amount. It was a wonder. I had not ridden a bicycle in at least 20 years. One training morning, running late, I put my bike on the front bus device that holds them. When I departed, the driver, an older lady, asked me many questions about what I was doing & why. After I told her, with lots of enthusiasm, she said this to me: “You are about to do something very special. You are going to live out one of your dreams. Not many people EVER get to do that.” I remember being touched to the core by what she said & the tears just flowed (and still do) when I ponder the depth of what she expressed. How much so many of us miss in this life. I did not know Jose Sarria. I read with glee & wonder about him over the years. Today, I took matters into my own hands & attended his funeral–He truly lived out his dreams, too. And inspired others to live out theirs. I cry for all of us, tears of loss, tears of gratitude. It was a beautiful experience. I am so glad I let myself go & do this. It was unlike any event I had ever attended, truly a State funeral in every respect.

Jose Sarria created a realm of Royalty, a world in which we could all, on some level, become the Kings & Queens of our own Creation. On the day of his funeral 6 September 2013, every one in attendance, with or without crowns, was part of a family of Royalty. We were, each & every one of us, Royal, to ourselves & for each other–noblesse oblige was the Holy Order that prevailed during this splendid Memorial Service.

To latch onto the concept of becoming the Widow of Emperor Norton I of San Francisco & to BELIEVE it and LIVE it was the stuff of dreams, the stuff of Academy Award Winning Screenplays, the stuff of poetry. More importantly, the fantasy of both men, one long dead, the other who lived for so many years & touched so many lives in ways that gave courage as well as encouragement during times when our people dealt with so many insidious forms of oppression–it just staggers the imagination. Now, The Widow Norton, Empress of San Francisco, has come home for the last time. May The Emperor Norton I & his Widow, Jose Sarria find eternal bonding & beam that down upon us who seek out our dreams!

Her Imperial Highness, The Princess Melita Bonaparte, in attendance of the State Funeral of Jose Sarria, Empress of San Francisco.  Photograph by Gracious permission of Ron Henggeller 2013.

Her Imperial Highness, The Princess Melita Bonaparte, in attendance of the State Funeral of Jose Sarria, Empress of San Francisco. Photograph by gracious permission of Ron Henggeller 2013.

So, I Wrote A Letter To Miss Manners…

Dear Miss Manners:

Your gentle advice has on more than one occasion been the source of a less than gentle laugh on my part.

Nevertheless, I am finicky & even almost fanatical about this issue: the date format most Americans use is visually not appealing. Day, month, year is a much nicer format & conforms to the logical way we, who are still earth-bound, measure time–from the smaller unit (day) to the largest unit (year). You can actually omit a key stroke, for a bonus. The numbers are separated by a word, no comma needed.
I would be delighted to join you for tea! Understanding your busy schedule, may we make a date well in advance? 15 March 2014? Beware, I will probably only have tea bags, but it’s in the spirit that these things fully matter. Ides won’t matter in our case, March or otherwise.

Sincerely, Thomas Outt

P. S. If can, I will try to get something special from DAVIDsTea.

I was unable to resist the obvious!  Really like the quality & look of the sample cups!

I was unable to resist the obvious! Really like the quality & look of the sample cups!

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