Thursday, April 7, 2016

ALL Roads lead to Downton Abbey REHAB!

I think I'm on the ROAD to Recovery! Downton Abbey was my favorite Sunday evening past time on PBS...DA Cabernet Sauvignon uncorked & ready to be poured,no phone calls...just Me and the DA Crew....


Thomas says it well...I'm getting stronger! But it's hard after 52 glorious Episodes and Six Seasons from 1-9-2011 to 3-6-2016_What's a girl to do? I know !Order More Wine! Keep the Six Packs coming... 
         My Favorite....http://www.downtonabbeywine.com/ 



NOT sure if I follow all those Rules...well,at less I use a Wine Aerator! My greatest Wine discovery from this show was "Claret"....very nice glass of Wine....Coppola Wines makes a good one~bottled enclosed in gold wiring. 


This brings me back to my REHAB...just doesn't seem fair now with DA Series ended...like forever! Without DA on Sunday evening,I'm questioning...

Be That As It May...I started to ponder about other Series in which I had the same sentiment.Some of YOU will NOT remember these but here goes my all time favorites of TV Land.

#1 PEYTON PLACE  
Peyton Place is an American prime-time soap opera which aired on ABC in half-hour episodes from 9-15-1964 to 6-2-1969...I was 15 years old when it first aired!!


Based upon the 1956 novel of the same name by Grace Metalious,the series was preceded by a 1957 film adaptation.A total of 514 Episodes were broadcast in black & white from 1964 to 1966 and in color from 1966 to 1969.At the show's peak,ABC ran three episodes a week.A number of guest stars appeared in the series for extended periods,among them Dan Duryea,Susan Oliver,Leslie Nelson,Gena Rowlands and Lee Grant(won an Emmy).The series served a s a springboard for Mia Farrow,Ryan O'Neal,Barbara Parkins,Lana Woods. 

The 1957 Film preview:


The 1964 TV preview:
That was one Damn good TV Series...I read all of her books,Peyton Place,Return To Peyton Place,Tight White Collar & No Adam For Eve,purchased the 1957 Film & followup film_"Return to Peyton Place" & was able to find 94 DVD Disc online for the TV Series of 1964,visited all the towns that the book was based upon(Gilmanton,Laconia,Alton & Manchester,NH where Grace was born)_when we lived in New Hampshire! A Fan or WHAT????


#2 DALLAS TV Series 
Dallas is an American prime-time television soap opera that aired from April 2,1978 to May 3,1991 with 357 Episodes and 14 Seasons.The series revolves around a wealthy and feuding Texas family_The Ewing's_who own the independent oil company Ewing Oil and the cattle-ranching land of Southfork.The series originally focused on the marriage of Bobby Ewing and Pamela Barnes,whose families were sworn enemies with each other. As the series progressed,oil tycoon J.R.Ewing grew to be the show's main character,whose schemes and dirty business became the show's trademark.When the show ended in May 1991,J.R. was the only character to have appeared in every episode.The show was famous for its cliffhangers,including the "Who Shot J.R.?mystery.

Dallas Season 1 1978 preview..
Aired first on Saturday nights,moved to Sunday then Friday Nights until 1991. A couple of Reunion TV  Shows also aired.

#3 DYNASTY TV Series 
Dynasty is an American prime-time television soap opera that aired from 1-12-1981 to 5-11-1989.Created by Richard & Esther Shapiro and Produced by Aaron Spelling,the show revolved around the Carringtons_a wealthy family residing in Denver ,Colorado.It was the competitor to DALLAS. John Forsythe was Oil Magnate Blake & Linda Evans was his new wife Krystle.The Fun starts when his Ex-Wife Joan Collins(Alexis) arrives! By 1985 Dynasty was the #1 show in the United States. Other cast members included Pamela Sue Martin,Heather Locklear,Diahann Carroll,Emma Samms,Rock Hudson,etc. It was one of the first shows that highlighted  the subject of homosexuality...Stephen(Blake's son) was a closet gay at the time. 
Undoubtedly,the most famous Dynasty cliffhanger is the so-called "Moldavian Massacre" during the May 15,1985 5th season finale! A Royal Wedding is interrupted by terrorists during a Military coup in Moldavia...60 million viewed. Then of course the rivalry between Alexis & Krystle with many catfights_especially "THE LILY POND" brawl.....that was good!
 There were many extra television events and a Spin-off called "The Colby's".Nolan Miller (Costume Designer) created by DEMAND from Viewers a women's clothing line~The Dynasty Collection~ and books were written influenced by the popularity of the series.





The Nolan Miller~Dynasty Collection~ inspired many  young & older women to wear SHOULDER PADS...tooo funny! 

Here's How they Compare...
Peyton Place_514 Episodes_5 Seasons_1964 to 1969
Dallas_357 Episodes_14 Seasons_1978 to 1991 
Dynasty_220 Episodes_9 Seasons_1981 to 1989
Downton Abbey_52 Episodes_6 Seasons_2011 to 2016 

NOTE: When Peyton Place aired on TV in 1964_ABC hoped to bring the Soap Opera to America like England's successful "Coronation Street" soap.Thus...PEYTON PLACE marked the birth of Prime-Time American Soap Operas! 

With all this THERAPY & Wine at the plush Downton Abbey's  REHAB (undisclosed location)...I still miss the waging Tale..... 


Hats off to Julian Fellows for writing such a beautiful and captivating story line. 

I fell in love with him when I saw him in "Monarch of the Glen" where he played Kilwillie! I still laugh just thinking about that role. Between Seasons of Monarch he started writing Downton Abbey! His works are awesome to name a few...Gosford Park,The Young Victoria.....AND,Drum Roll...he's working on "The Gilded Age" 

http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2012/11/28/julian_fellowes_gilded_age_tv_series_downton_abbey_creator_developing_a.html

Hats Off to the Actors that made it happen...I will survive!
  



Tuesday, October 13, 2015

~THIS IS THE VOICE!....ANNOYING ~ Valley Speak!

Whoa...I'm NOT talking NBC's ~The Voice~ NOPE! First off,I love all of the Judges...well maybe not CeeLo Green & Christina Aguilera so much_but the others have been Awesome! Especially, MY Secret Boyfriend Blake Shelton! Shhh,my husband doesn't know just yet. 



Love_his Charming demeanor,good looks and personality. 

This Blog Post is about a recent Event I attended_of which at some point I just "Excused Myself" to give my ears a Rest. Honestly, I really thought the Days Of Paris Hilton,Brittany Spears_"SPEAK" had disappeared. Boy,was I wrong.I'm Talkin'_ 

It was Non-Stop,Ebb & Flow Decibels,Octaves at  a FREQUENCY of 440 Hz with the Highest Note above 880 Hz+...Annoying! I thought those VOICES  had faded with the 80's as in FAD. Picture this_small room in a basement of an 101 year old Hotel for a Wedding Reception filled with Late Twenty somethings into Early Thirty somethings Women.At one point,I just wanted to be totally CRAY-CRAY,stand up & Shout above the Noise_ Just Stop! 

It was like Mariah Carey Highest Octave on Steroids"x 20+ people talking at the same time  greater than the highest vocal Octave known to Man_10!!

And/Or...

I realized that these Young Women came up during the 80's Era of...
                                 BARBIE SYNDROME 


                                  BRITTANY SPEARS



                                        PARIS HILTON



                                        "CLUELESS"
At some point, I morphed into that ValleySpeak in my head! I Kept repeating to myself...

Honestly, I have not been around this age group_ (THANK GOD)_ for any period of time. Maybe this is the way Young Women speak_ I rationalized. These are all EDUCATED Young Women of all ETHNIC GROUPS,University Graduate,Successful,etc.


I shared my experience with a good friend_she started laughing because_she'd been invited to a Bridal Shower the SAME weekend,encountered the same_"VOICE"_& excused herself shortly thereafter as well. NOTE: I do NOT believe that all Young Women talk like this...it's only a certain sector of the population!They have been in Training since the 80's  & can NOT change_as they are "Vested in that VOICE"! 


So,I started to google on this "Valley Speak Syndrome".Urban Dictionary is not so KIND in their definition _A spoiled, idiotic adolescent female from the Southwestern part of the United States, typically rich and white, whose language is insulting to human intelligence. Proof that the San Andreas fault needs to hurry up with sinking California back into the Pacific Ocean.Just watch the "Clueless" movie or TV show to see a good example of what a valley girl is.


Here are a few examples of "The VOICE": 
Seems, The height of the "Valley Girl" period was during 1982-83, with several films, shows and music of the New Wave Era embodying the "Valley" atmosphere of the San Fernando Valley during that time. In 1982, composer Frank Zappa released the single "Valley Girl", with his 14-year-old daughter Moon Unit speaking typical "Valley Girl" phrases. Zappa intended to lampoon the image, but after the song's release there was a significant increase in the "Valspeak" slang usage, whether ironically spoken or not.The 1982-83 CBS TV show Square Pegs featured Tracy Nelson playing Jennifer DeNuccio, a popular Valley Girl at the high school.The 1983 film Valley Girl starring Nicolas Cage centered on a group of "Valley Girl" characters and featured several characterizations associated with their lifestyle (such as going shopping at the mall or"Galleria" suntanning at the beach, and going to parties).The protagonist of the 1995 film Clueless has been described as a caricature of 1990s "Valley Girls," though she is actually from nearby Beverly Hills. 





Then there's this...The high rising terminal (HRT), also known as upspeak, uptalk, rising inflection, or high rising intonation (HRI), is a feature of some accents of English where declarative sentences are uttered with rising-pitch intonation. 

And,




AT 2:58 ...she says _"It INQUIRES...I think she meant REQUIRES? NOT my recollection of what a  Kentwood,Louisana a rural town in Tangipahoa Parish,Louisiana near the Mississippi border, population was 2,205 at the 2000 census sounds like. This is toned down from earlier days. 






Bottom line,this drove me INSANE!  


So.....
It was a Memorable experience that will linger in my Memory...."just sayin". Pray tell me NOT every young Educated Woman  or Man has the "VALLEY SPEAK  Syndrome" in 2015 ??? 
Recuperating Nicely... 


Friday, September 11, 2015

Past Occupation-"Professional Flatulist",BUTT,it could Happen Again!

Sometimes you've gotta take a break from all the serious things going on in the Universe ! Today YOU are Lucky! I had a 
"Bright Idea" after randomly reading a couple pages from a very small book that permanently resides in my "Throne Room". Unfortunately, "My Throne Room" doesn't compare to the "Royal Throne Room" I visited while at the Iolani Palace in Honolulu.It was located in a rather large walk-in type closet next to this_the "Official Throne Room"..BTW,didn't check to see if Reading material was available!

DISCLAIMER: This may offend some_"Butt"_Humor others.
A sense of humor is, simply put, the ability to be amused. Most people have one, and are able to laugh at jokes, humorous situations, and a variety of other potential sources of amusement. In humans, it develops at a very early age, and is often considered to be a vital part of human development.Humor appears to be an important part of human survival. The ability to laugh can dispel tension in a time of complex situations.People with a well-developed sense of humor appear to be happier in psychological studies, and some are healthier as well, suggesting that it may just be good for you.Not everyone has a sense of humor. People with Autism, Asperger's syndrome, and a variety of developmental disabilities sometimes lack one.~Psychology Today~ 

That being said...let's get on with it! I opened the book_

to this page_
Indeed,that got my attention! I read on...

By this time,I'm going SERIOUSLY? 

So, "Petomanie" means someone who can break wind at will. That's all I needed, I was on the hunt to find out if any of this was TRUE. **** For the rest of the story,Ya Gonna just have to buy the book (amazon.com for both)_it's a good read along with this other book I purchased in the 90's with amazing stories as well. 

Turns out back in the day,if you ventured into the Outhouse & decided to smoke your Corn Cob Pipe or in England /Australia a Fag (aka Cigarette),strike a match to light up_while surrounded by methane gas_BOOM!!!Folks,You'd be Done & Done!

Plus,the cartoons and pictures of the creative minds on this subject are hilarious! One of my Favorite Photos is...

There are other Books on the market_



Nope Not Buying A Cook Book with a title like this!

& DVDs



AND..this character  "Mr Methane"...I can't!Just say...No!
If you are brave enough...this is awful...LOL!
https://www.youtube.com/user/MrMethane1 

Now,back to the MAIN SHOW...this guy really did exist! 
Le P├ętomane was the stage name of the French Flatulist (professional farter) and entertainer Joseph Pujol (June 1, 1857 – 1945). He was famous for his remarkable control of the abdominal muscles which enabled him to seemingly fart at will. He was the HIGHEST PAID Performer of all acts during his time! Some of the highlights of his stage act involved sound effects of cannon fire and thunderstorms, as well as playing"O Sole Mio"and"La Marseillaise"on an ocarina through a rubber tube in his anus. He could also blow out a candle from several yards away. His audience included Edward Prince of Wales;King Leopold II of the Belgians;and Sigmund Freud. 



1900 Early Silent Movie Clip_amazing since it could not be heard...RIGHT? 

In 1979 _The full short film biopic of Joseph Pujol act starring Leonard Rossiter . http://www.leonardrossiter.com 


***Note the Nurses standing in the aisles.They were required at all of his performances because people laughed themselves into hysterical states & had to be taken to waiting ambulances...no kidding! 

As a Kid,I remember people playing jokes on folks with this trick_claiming something was wrong with their finger.If you pulled it there's a terrible sound & smell. I was always the one that would NOT do it! 

Lesson Learned...
“On the highest throne in the world, we still sit only on our own bottom.” ~Michel de Montaigne~ "The Complete Essays" (of which I've been reading for the last 3 years,tiny,tiny print,5 million pages & lots of Wisdom). 



*XTRA!!!
Check out Side page "MENTAL-LOCITY"Column for the story behind "CRAPPER". Also, read a former Post that's related... http://sagebookwhisperer.blogspot.com/2012/04/getting-caught-with-your-pants-down.html