Friday, January 13, 2017

Finnair Flight 666 laughs at your superstitions

You know, I'm not superstitious, but this one just feels like you're asking for trouble:

To review:
1 - It's flight number 666.
2 - Today is Friday the 13th.
3 - The airport it's flying into is abbreviated HEL.

From the full article:

Finnair has been making the flight for many years, but it gets particularly attractive whenever it happens on Friday the 13th.

This writer's definition of "attractive" apparently differs from mine. Attractive maybe, if you're a masochist.

"It has been quite a joke among the pilots. I'm not a superstitious man. It's only a coincidence for me," pilot Juha-Pekka Keidasto said previously.

Hilarious, those Finnair pilots. Oh, and just so you know:

Flight AY666 from Copenhagen to Helsinki took off at 12:15pm GMT and landed safely at 13:31.

Finnair 666 cheats the fates again and lives to fly another day.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Could you please pray, if so inclined....?

Officer Stevenson is the son of a friend of my Mother's. He has a wife and adorable young (2-3 years old) son. He was injured in an accident while in response to a fatal hit and run.

Pomona officer in critical condition.

Updated 1/12/17: A Go Fund Me page has been set up for the officer and his family.

This one is so good I couldn't wait until the month-end Words of Wisdom post

The shallower the brook, the more it babbles. --Indonesian proverb

So, so many reasons to love that one. Mostly personal.

OK, this isn't a brook, it's a beach in Hawaii. But I needed a
pretty, peaceful picture to go with this quote, and apparently I
don't get to brooks much.

Monday, January 9, 2017

This has been a public service announcement

Couldn't help it - this made me laugh.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Open up that Golden Gate, California here he comes!

Huell Howser left us four years ago. Still wrecked about that. What a neat guy.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Kindness...making the turn from Orange Grove onto Colorado Boulevard

If - unlike me - your talents are more of the artsy than written type, you have a shot at seeing your work come to life as a Rose Parade float. From The Rose Examiner:

The theme of the 129th Tournament of Roses will not be announced until the installation of officers on Jan. 20, 2017 but the hints that 2018 Pres. Lance Tibbet has given indicate a theme that centers around kindness and the impact small acts can have. Most people have both experienced kindness and passed it on to others. Readers who have a story to share and can picture it as a design for a Rose Parade float can enter competitions run by the six self-built float associations.

All the info is here.

How cool would it be to see your work in the Rose Parade? If I was an artist I'd be all over this.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

This is just nuts!!!

"Heart shaped". Uh-huh.

H/T and LOL to Silence is Consent on FB.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Temporarily out of stock

Some musings on the deaths of Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, now that we've had a whole week to adjust to the idea.

Via Amazon:

I wonder what Carrie Fisher would have thought if she'd been able to see how much her death would affect people.

There is a petition to make Princess Leia an official Disney princess. Apparently Disney has a rule in place that their princesses must be animated. Who knew? I'm thinking that Disney will make an announcement at some point waiving the rule for Leia, if for no other reason that it would buy them an incalculable amount of good will.

New Orleans paid tribute to Carrie/Princess Leia in their own unique way.

Fathom Events had scheduled theater screenings of Singin' in the Rain prior to the deaths. I tried to buy tickets for the one near me a few days ago and it was sold out.

I think the tribute that got to everyone was the one posted by Todd Fisher on Twitter after their mother had joined Carrie in death:

HBO will air its Debbie Reynolds/Carrie Fisher doc Bright Lights this Saturday evening.

So far 2017 has spared us deaths of beloved celebs, although cops are unfortunately still fair game in the minds of thugs and lowlifes. But that's another post for another day.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

My 2017

Not entirely exclusively of course, but it's going to be my focus.

Friday, December 30, 2016

December Words of Wisdom

Some people walk into your life as a blessing. Others walk out of your life and it feels like one. --Steve Wentworth

Mermaids never lose sleep over the opinion of shrimp. --Unknown

For what it's worth: It's never too late, or in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There's no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. --F. Scott Fitzgerald

Softness does not equal weakness. It takes courage to stay delicate in a world that is sometimes cruel. --Ashley Galvin

Maybe you should eat some makeup so you can be pretty on the inside, too. --Unknown

The moment you start acting like life is a blessing, it starts feeling like one. --Unknown

Do what is right for you. No one else is walking in your shoes. --Unknown

You don't really understand an antagonist until you understand why he's a protagonist in his own version of the world. --John Rogers

The fact is, I don't know where my ideas come from. Nor does any writer. The only real answer is to drink way too much coffee and buy yourself a desk that doesn't collapse when you beat your head against it. --Douglas Adams

Keep writing. Even if you think it's terrible, keep writing; you will only get better with practice. And learn to finish the things you begin, because the ending is the hardest part. --Lucy Saxon

Real situations always expose fake people. --Trent Shelton

If you want to see the truth, you must be big enough to look. --Rune Lazuli

A pessimist is somebody who complains about the noise when opportunity knocks. --Oscar Wilde

Nothing that happens to a writer - however happy, however tragic - is ever wasted. --PD James

Have regrets. They are fuel. On the page they flare into desire. --Geoff Dyer

Creating is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun. --Mary Lou Cook

Censorship is the tool of those who have the need to hide actualities from themselves and from others. --Charles Bukowski

The era of the pajama boy is over on January 20th and the alpha males are back. --Dr. Sebastian Gorka

The beautiful part of writing is that you don't have to get it right the first time, unlike, say, a brain surgeon. --Robert Cormier

The winner was NOT decided by a racist and craven nation - it was decided by millions of disgusted Americans desperate for real change. The people did not want a politician. The people wanted to be seen. Donald Trump convinced those people that he could see them. Hillary Clinton did not. --Mike Rowe

There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor. --Charles Dickens

It's truly astonishing that some guy hiding in the Ecuadorean Embassy did more for truth in this election than all of the American press. --James Woods

Never underestimate the power of human stupidity. --Robert A. Heinlein

I am free because I know that I am morally responsible for everything I do. --Robert A. Heinlein

Your heart knows the way, run in that direction. --Rumi

We will show the whole world how proud we are to be American. --President-Elect Donald Trump

Have no fear of perfection - you'll never reach it. --Salvador Dali

Trust takes years to build, seconds to break, forever to repair. So think twice about trusting a person who has let you down more than twice. Once was a warning, twice was a lesson and anything more is taking advantage. --Unknown

To get on with animals you must have a sense of humor. --Saki (Hector Hugh Monro)

It's okay if you're the only one who can hear the music of your soul. Dance to it anyway! --Sue Krebs

It takes a lot of time being a genius, you have to sit around so much, doing nothing. --Gertrude Stein

Ask your heart what's right and follow it. --Arny Mindell

You will never be able to escape from your heart. So it's better to listen to what it has to say. --Paulo Coelho

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Because we can all use a good laugh after the past couple of days...

Via Twitter: The queen of photobombs!

 Look closer...


I get a kick out of the old gal...I mean Her Highness.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Fex-Ex "Gripe Sheet" is hilarious

This was posted by The Federalist Papers on FB. According to the comments, this may have been going around for a while and attributed to various sources. Regardless of where it came from, it is hilarious.

So the story goes that after every flight, Fed-Ex pilots fill out what is referred to as a "gripe sheet" detailing any issues they had with the aircraft. The mechanics charged with fixing the problems are apparently comedians. Here are some of their responses. And here are some of my personal favorites:

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Words of Wisdom - Carrie Fisher edition

"Stay afraid but do it anyway. What's important is the action. You don't have to wait to be confident. Just do it and the confidence will follow." --Carrie Fisher

Photo snicked from
Carrie Fisher passed away this morning at the age of 60. Who would have thought that as far and away the youngest of the original Star Wars trio, that she would be the first to die.

I only just saw her one-woman show Wishful Drinking a couple months ago (on DVD) and was impressed how she could find such entertainment and humor in what was not always a happy or healthy life. Her biography is well-known enough that I don't need to repeat it here, but in addition to her fame and the Hollywood privilege she was born into, the woman dealt with a lot demons. She was a survivor and will be missed by a lot of people. I only wish she had at least lived long enough to survive her mother - having to bury your child has got to be the worst thing imaginable, regardless of their age.

TCM has had to update its 2016 "In Memoriam" segment twice, to add Zsa Zsa Gabor and now Carrie. We've got four days left, here's hoping they don't need to update it again.

Updated 12/28/16: This tweet says it all:

Updated 12/28/16: You can't make this stuff up - the day after Carrie's death, her mother Debbie Reynolds has diedSingin' in the Rain was one of the greatest things ever. I think everyone knew Carrie's death would be crushing for her, but not this fast. Condolences to everyone involved.

Monday, December 26, 2016

TCM Remembers 2016

Turner Classic Movie's annual memorial is predictably - and reliably - beautiful and heartbreaking. We lost some good ones this year. A couple days ago while watching TCM I noticed that they added Zsa Zsa Gabor in at the end, right before Gene Wilder (she's not in this original version, which was created prior to her recent death). Here's hoping they don't have to add Carrie Fisher at the last minute. 2016 has been brutal in celebrity deaths.

Updated 12/27/16: Unfortunately they had to add another one in today - RIP Carrie Fisher.

Updated 12/28/16: You can't make this stuff up - the day after Carrie's death, her mother Debbie Reynolds has died. Singin' in the Rain was one of the greatest things ever. I think everyone knew Carrie's death would be crushing for her, but not this fast. Condolences to everyone involved.

Sunday, December 25, 2016