“What is a weekend?”–A Letter To Downton Abbey

My Dear Ladyship, Dowager Countess—Downton Abbey, England.

We do hope that the letter intended for the Dowager Countess does not fall into the wrong hands.  Here is where it needs to be posted.

We do hope that the letter intended for the Dowager Countess does not fall into the wrong hands. Here is where it needs to be posted.

Please excuse the intolerably long amount of time it took me to answer your delightfully simple question. I simply don’t have enough weekends in my life to take time to tell you about these things.

You see, Countess, there are usually two days off for working class people, traditionally Saturday & Sunday, that regressive governments & the cultures that support such things, want to take away from those who must earn a living. Later in the history of both our countries, you had Margaret Thatcher & we had Ronald Reagan. Both deplored the concept of being able to enjoy such benefits as time away from work. They were a sordid couple–much worse than George & Martha of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf. Oh, I am so sorry, that’s well after your time. Let me get back on track here!

As you probably don’t have much to do with staff scheduling, it’s likely that only a calamity would disrupt the day-to-day services that you have come to expect & enjoy.

People do many things for you, and you just are in no position to notice. It’s not your fault. If you had been more properly raised, your parents (if you had any) would have encouraged you to volunteer your time for the benefit of others. Had they done so, they might have seemed revolutionary, or stuck in some other dreary or awkward category. As it seems, you have not been exposed to life lived by the other half, and that’s why the writer of your show is in such a predicament now. He presented you as a one-dimensional character, and that’s all you’ve got to show for it: by asking such dumb questions.

You needed to explore your world a bit more. Princess Marie Bonaparte would be a good example for you, though she’s a bit after your time, she had curiosity, and did break through the Imperial ceiling a bit, saved many Jewish people from death. There were a lot of factors that led her in this direction, but a credible interest in life is a good guess as to what motivated her. Let’s hope your writer grants you that, belatedly, so that the question gets answered to your satisfaction. This may get you a stay of execution. If you want to know what that means, our French history is full of them. Have a nice long chat with your producers, but be nice.

One hint: Those two precious days go by very, very quickly, so don’t squander them!

Yours, Most Sincerely,

Her Imperial Highness, The Princess Melita Bonaparte.

The Dowager Countess Has A Question. Would you like to help answer it?

Princess Melita Bonaparte has tried to answer the Dowager Countess' question, but fears that there may be other answers out there for her.  Please, by all means, add yours!

Princess Melita Bonaparte has tried to answer the Dowager Countess’ question, but fears that there may be other answers out there for her. Please, by all means, add yours!


Virtues of the Dowager Countess of Downton Abbey-From You Tube

Captain Spaulding Look-alike Ranks Up Ladder of Success!

Now Captain Spaulding, like his counterpart, Princess Melita Bonaparte, is taking over America–He is just like a stealth bomb–wants all the tax money & none of the bother. “I don’t want to have to work for a living, I don’t go ’round putting rubber chemicals in bread, and I don’t take dogs inside of restaurants, hospitals, or welfare agencies, so why shouldn’t I get all the money & fame I want?” He pouts like this all the time, and the best thing is just to run the opposite direction when you see him posing in front of pre-dumpster disposal art. But look how wonderful those doomed displays are! That must be part of the poetry of pre-Dumpster detritus. It’s splendid one day & rotting in AMC Dumpsters the very next day! Captain Spaulding is joining forces with Princess Melita Bonaparte in an effort to protect this highly dismissed & unprotected legacy of our culture.

“I just want Paramount to stop calling me about my car. I don’t have a car. Put me in a blockbuster film, and everyone will be happy as a foot long Subway sandwich!”

If only Captain Spaulding would stop digressing & write a dissertation about this art work not being taken seriously by the film industry, maybe he’d get a trip to Stockholm out of the deal, and Princess Melita Bonaparte would get her grave back & she could haunt it happily ever after.

We just have to clam up on that one. It looks as if someone glued a Subway Footlong on Captain Spaulding’s head & he didn’t get it. Poor thing!

If you can’t get Captain Spaulding’s look-alike out of your mind, contact Paramount Studios. Tell them to bring back the Studio System, give him a ten picture contract & all will be well with the world.

A VOTE FOR CAPTAIN SPAULDING LOOK-ALIKE IS A VOTE FOR AMERICA!

This Captain Spaulding look-alike may creep you out, but he is the hope of America & for a world United against taking cinema promotional art & sticking in into a dumpster.  "No more Dumpster Babies made of cardboard," he implores.  Call Paramount-put me in pictures!"

This Captain Spaulding look-alike may creep you out, but he is the hope of America & for a world United against taking cinema promotional art & sticking in into a dumpster. “No more Dumpster Babies made of cardboard,” he implores. “Call Paramount-put me in pictures!”

Let us do everything we can to help Captain America!

Here is proof that the Captain Spaulding look-alike does his part to help Captain America!

"If I can't get into pictures, I'll answer the want ads," says the Captain Spaulding Look-alike. "I just want to do my part for Captain America."

“If I can’t get into pictures, I’ll answer the want ads,” says the Captain Spaulding Look-alike. “I just want to do my part for Captain America.”

CAPTAIN SPAULDING IS MORE THAN A CARDBOARD DECORATION WAITING TO BE DUMPED!

Can you help Captain Spaulding stand up for Film Promotional Art?  Can you keep him from ending in the Dumpster @ 1000 Van Ness Avenue?  Can  film promotional art be saved?  Maybe the Greek Monarchy can help us?

Can you help Captain Spaulding stand up for Film Promotional Art? Can you keep him from ending up rotting in the Dumpster @ 1000 Van Ness Avenue? Can film promotional art be saved? Maybe the Greek Monarchy can help us?

Site of the Missing Grave For Paranormal activities–gone, gone, gone

Site of the missing grave for Paranormal Activities--taken away before the film had even completed its theatrical release & tossed in the dumpster!  What a loss for film fans!

Site of the missing grave for Paranormal Activities–taken away before the film had even completed its theatrical release & tossed in the dumpster! What a loss for film fans!


Captain Spaulding was created by Rob Zombie, who makes films. His look-a-like wears a costume courtesy of Spirit Halloween Costume Stores, and his graven image is due to the technology of Dreambox.

Rainbow Bridge @ Riverton, Kansas-A Visual Delight

In May of 2013 I bought $5.00 worth of raffle tickets when I was back visiting in Kansas. The town of Galena, Kansas has several events of this nature during it’s annual “Galena Days” festivities. I believe that the town’s Fire Department benefits from the sales of the tickets. I saw this wonderful photograph of Rainbow Bridge, and just hoped that somehow I might end up with this prize. I was with my cousin, David Outt, and yammered on & on to him about how much I liked the photograph. This bridge is a place that, like Nelson’s Old Riverton Store, goes back to some of my earliest earth-bound memories. I returned home to my father’s house well before the raffled tickets were spun & randomly attached to their lucky winners. About 10:00 pm of that evening, my cousin called me to let me know that I had won an outside cooking grille. I thanked him, and told him that he could keep it, that the only prize in the array to be awarded that interested me was the photograph of the Rainbow Bridge. “You really would rather have that?” he asked me. “Let me see if I can do something,” he told me after I indicated the affirmative. Ten minutes later, he rang me up again, asking if he could drop by & deliver the photograph. I gather there were two happy campers from this raffle swap. It’s nice to be lucky, and to have a bit of benevolent nepotism once in a while. At any rate, it worked for the benefit of all concerned, and I am the happy owner of this lovely photograph of an old bridge that is still standing, beautifully doing what bridges have done for centuries, quietly making our journey easier.

Research on the Internet indicates that it was “slated for destruction but was finally saved with the help of the Kansas Route 66 Association.”
It must have taken all the powers of Heaven & Earth to keep it from being torn down. The Midwest is not a culture that shows much kindness for the preservation of historic architecture. Throughout most of the small towns in that area, wonderful, old buildings, mainly in business districts, are treated like old growth forests, and get torn down, or are allowed to turn into a state of perpetual dilapidation. Doubtless a lot of factors go into this, but some ‘need’ other than dollar value by square footage must enter the collective consciousness to reverse the trend of mindless Walmart takeovers. That this bridge still exists & was spared the usual destruction, is nearly up there with a Lourdes miracle.

Wikipedia adds that this bridge is “the sole surviving bridge of this type” on the Old Route 66. It was built in 1923. On 10 March 1983, it was protected from destruction by being placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Zoning laws often are the last resort over rampant profiteering in terms of saving these treasures.

This You Tube Video Tells of Route 66 Demise

One footnote, in the year 2000, country singer Brad Paisley performed "Route 66" on this Bridge for the The Learning Channel special "Route 66: Main Street America.”

You Tube Showing Brad Paisley, Rainbow Bridge, and Nelson’s Old Riverton Store–all within easy access of our Kansas home.

Thanks to the efforts of those who had the vision to put their collective talents together in the saving of the Marsh Arch Bridge, Rainbow Bridge, near Riverton, Kansas.

This is Rainbow Bridge-East of Riverton, Kansas.

Route 66 Theme-Television Series

What makes Super Duper Burgers Special?

In a world where fast food means Subway, McDonald’s, Burger King, Taco Bell, along with mega stores, Walmart & Target, where is the market for mid-range? How is it discovered & why & how does it seem to be thriving?

Super Duper:  is clever marketing making this work, or is it a better product?

Super Duper: is clever marketing making this work, or is it a better product?

Super Duper Burger seems to be the J. Crew of the fast food hamburger world, placing emphasis on a slightly ‘retro’ look & feel. Their marketing image is showcasing their products to be almost like home cooked. Signs, designed in a late 19th Century style draw attention to key marketing words such as ‘organic,’ ‘homemade.’ Even the buns have been designated as something a notch above the ordinary. It seems as if the creators of this business have, via intuition, latched on to the idea that people need places to go for a quick meal that does not have to taste nor feel as if it came from a food factory. I think this is the key to their success.

The pickles are not like those you find in Safeway or in other fast food restaurants.  There is a freshness about them.  They are an option, you get them yourself, if you want them, less salty, less sweet than what you might expect.

The pickles are not like those you find in Safeway or in other fast food restaurants. There is a freshness about them. They are an option, you get them yourself, if you want them, less salty, less sweet than what you might expect.

'Organic' is the word used to promote their soft serve ice cream.  Dairy Queen, take note!

‘Organic’ is the word used to promote their soft serve ice cream. Dairy Queen & all other Royalty take note!

Here is the Grand Prize: Super Duper Burger With Fries & Homemade Pickles!

The menu indicates that the burgers are cooked 'medium.' But they will depart & you can have yours well-done, if you ask.  It was very well cooked, not greasy--fries needed to be a tad warmer, but they were still nice.  And pickles are optional. If wanted, they are on a side counter.

The menu indicates that the burgers are cooked ‘medium.’ But they will depart & you can have yours well-done, if you ask. It was very well cooked, not greasy–fries needed to be a tad warmer, but they were still nice. And pickles are optional. If wanted, they are on a side counter.

For desert? Unable to make up your mind? Just try it all!

What to do when comparison shopping?  Do it all!

What to do when comparison shopping? Do it all!

This is a very nice customer service touch: They know their clientèle fits into two basic categories, both of whom tend to carry backpacks–those who dwell in San Francisco & those who are here as tourists! The hooks provided for backpacks are one of the best ideas I have seen in a restaurant!

Minimize clutter & space problems:  Super Duper has done it right! Hang your bag & enjoy your meal!

Minimize clutter & space problems: Super Duper has done it right! Hang your bag & enjoy your meal!

How to be hooked on Super Duper--detail of back pack hook device.

How to be hooked on Super Duper–detail of back pack hook device.

There was no need to go all the way to Elba to find a a glowing organic soft serve ice cream cone. Super Duper Burgers has them.

Organic ice cream takes on the air of mysticism, as Princess Melita Bonaparte, Imperial heir apparent, glows in her appreciation.

Organic, soft-serve ice cream takes on the air of mysticism, as Princess Melita Bonaparte, Imperial heir apparent, glows in her appreciation.

MiDNiTES for MANIACS & FILM NOIR FOUNDATION-Support Silent Film Festival

T H E F I L M G O I N G C O M M U N I T Y

LOVE OF FILMS & BEING ABLE TO EXPERIENCE THEM AS INTENDED, THAT COMMUNAL SHARING ASPECT, IS

VERY IMPORTANT! IT WAS LOVELY TO SEE THIS SLIDE PROJECTED-IT GIVES US ALL A BIT OF HOPE THAT

FILM GOING AUDIENCES WILL CONTINUE TO BE A PART OF OUR CULTURE. IRONIC, TO BLOG THIS, CONSIDERING

THAT THE BEWILDERING ARRAY OF ZEROS & ONES IS PART OF THE PROBLEM. PERHAPS IT WILL BECOME PART OF

SOLUTION! CONGRATULATIONS FOR THE MUTUAL SUPPORT & SHARING OF THIS UNIQUE ART FORM. APPLAUSE!

Linking & building appreciative film-going audiences is the important goal. This was terrific to see!

Linking & building appreciative film-going audiences is the important goal. This was terrific to see!

Dusty Springfield–Just thinking about her…(1939-1999) Too soon gone.

When I first remember hearing Dusty Springfield, I had no idea that she was not an American. It does not matter in the long haul, but she, more than many others, in the “British Invasion” Era, sounded more like what we grew up with–sort of more American than many Americans, the way we jokingly say more English than the Queen. I miss her. Her legacy is still with & within us, in recordings, You Tube, and the like. But, she is gone, and was taken far too soon.

I gathered a few of these, put them together, just as a way of having a sort of visit with her. I am glad she made it in this country & the interviews, a bit lengthy, perhaps, offer tribute to her from her peers in the music world. It doesn’t get better than that.

YOU DON”T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME…

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Interview from Peers About Dusty Springfield: B.J. Thomas & Petula Clark

The Sad Goodbye

THE SAINTS GO MARCHING ON!

Now, that the air has been cleared about electronic cigarettes, we now have a Saint Update. Catholics have a Saint for everything. So, for all those zeros & ones who used to feel so lonely, there is now room for blessing & being blessed. Here is the Saint for Digital Mobile Devices. We don’t want to get a head start on the Vatican, just help them out a little. So, now I can get one of these contraptions & Dial-A-Prayer! And maybe have a contest to assign a Saint to watch over our digital doings. Any thoughts as to who would be the best Saint to have for Mobile Devices? My pick is St Christopher, he was probably imaginary, plus, I have recently learnt that when ferrying over the Christ Child on his back, he dropped the very first Cellular Telephone into the river. He’d just invented it, and said, “Jesus Christ!” in a rather thunderous voice when this momentous thing happened. The rest is history. Then, when people, even non-Catholics, liked him so much, the Vatican stepped in & suppressed him, telling us he was not needed on the Universal Calendar anymore, that there was not enough information about him to authenticate his observance. Well, I just had a Revelation, and thought I’d share it with you. It looks like this Saint is a woman, so Christopher might be out of the running for a while longer. But she seems nice enough, and maybe she’ll help Chris get his back in place in line.

Keep your Spirits up, and let this Saint pray for us & act as an intercessor for our unspoken needs.

Word has it that this Lady discovered the very first Cellular Telephone that was invented by St. Christopher, but got dropped in the river. Her finding this relic assures her a valid role in watching over us  in  loving way.  Lord knows, we need it.

Word has it that this Lady found the long lost, very first Cellular Telephone that was invented by St. Christopher, but got dropped in the river. Her finding this relic assures her a valid role in watching over us in a loving way. Lord knows, we need it.

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