Category Archives: Carmel

Take me back to a Carmel

And no, Stacie, dear, in this case, I’m not talking the one in New York State, but the one in California.

Firstly, before we get to the serious news of the day, let me confirm a few things. No, I didnt post over the weekend as normal, unfortunately I had a good reason. Saturday afternoon saw at least a couple more seizures (cant confirm exact number), and me rushed off to hospital in an ambulance, with the blue siren wailing merrily. No, I dont remember any of it. Anyway, finally,  after about 7 hours they decided they’d done enough for me to live, and parked me off to a hospital ward for the rest of the night. I finally woke up, about 26 hours after the big event, not remembering a thing, and later that day, with an extra set of pills (low calcium levels) I was sent home again. So I live again, though not sure how many more times I can pull that off? But now, to the serious, sad news.

When I was a very small child, 78 rpm records were either in their last days, or they had passed their last days, and thats why my parents got a few for me. Yes, back in those days, record players had 4 speeds, 16, 33, 45, and 78. The middle 2 lasted a while, the other two were on their last legs, or past them by then. One of those first 78’s in my collection, was True Love, by Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly, the other, Que Sera Sera, by Doris Day. So yes, guess which this relates to?

And one of those acting roles that got me interested in the whole acting life? Yeah, Calamity Jane! Even then I wanted to be a girl, even if she was a pretty butch one for most of the movie. Never did play ‘Calamity’ (probably because my singing voice wasnt great), and I guess I wont now. Neither sadly, any more, will Doris Day, who passed away earlier today at the grand old age of 97.

I’ve seen any number of her movies over the years, some great, some (especially one) that you wouldnt want to see again. Her albums, yeah, might have bought a few when you did that sort of thing. But one thing I’d always aimed to do, when I knew she lived at Carmel, not a million miles from San Francisco, and stuff, was to visit there, and see if I could see her, however unlikely that was. But now that chance is gone!

I did include Carmel in a story once, deliberately, I believe it was CJ (the modern day equal to Clara Johnson) worked there on a movie, but thats as close as it got in her lifetime. Maybe one day I’ll still get there, though now it will be too late to see Doris, unless she’s laid to rest somewhere public there, in which case…? Or maybe its one of those places that will remain on my ‘I wanted to visit, but…’ places?

RIP Doris Day, and thanks for some wonderful memories. At least you, your son, and Rock are all together once again

Video artist? Take one guess! Of course it is, double D! My favourite song from Calamity Jane, even if its not the ‘big number’ from the movie. Helps that it also has Howard Keel, just saying…

 

Together in Transgender Hopes

Firstly, for those of you who weren’t around 18 months ago, and I know there are some, let me remind you that I thought I was going to a wedding in Carmel (New York, not California, but…) as a guest, then as a bridesmaid. Anyway, to cut a long story short, I ended up as Maid of Honour! Not bad for an old Transgender Lady, and Stacie did find out how thrilled I was when offered that dream role. As some might also remember, my back was already gone by then, but I laid off the painkillers for 3 days (as instructed) before the big day, so I could drink, and thankfully the weather was hot enough to get away with that. For further details (if interested), go back to the blogs around September/ October 2017 for more information, and pictures.

Anyway, finally New York State caught up with a lot of places at the weekend, and passed some Transgender Equality Rights into law. Not that I’m likely to ever live there now (Florida, Arizona, or California is more my climate needs now), but I’m delighted for those that do. Thing is, probably as I might have said in truth, when Stacie was asked her opinion on this, she was obviously thrilled at the outcome, but commented that it would be another matter to see if it actually happens in reality. For giving this utterly honest answer, someone accused her of being trans-phobic. I know, I might have stopped laughing by the 2nd wedding anniversary in September, but anyway…

Thing is, in truth, having experienced the reality of life, I probably would have said much the same thing as she did, and I’m actually Transgender! In truth, any rules relating to LGBTI (sneaking intersex in) people being made, and actually being applied, are 2 different matters. So fine, I know the person who accused her is unlikely to read this, but whoever you were, you’re wrong, Stacie is not trans-phobic, just the opposite in fact. So think things through logically, before jumping to conclusions, pretty please.

Oh fine, I mentioned Carmel (California this time) before, and I’m going to mention it again, as a famous resident celebrated her 97th birthday there today, a certain Doris Day! Its fair to say that one is more winter suitable for me than the New York one, thats for sure.

Last connection for today. Over here at present, there is an advert on TV for Strongbow Cider. The amusement, the song is played on acoustic guitar, and old fashioned piano. Why is that funny? Well, the song is Together In Electric Dreams, and I’m pretty sure its all deliberate. Why, well, near the end, in the background, Phil Oakey, who of course sang the original version. I’m sure the ‘joke’ is lost on anyone under 50, but I can only hope…? So, yes, thats the song, but again its not Phil. I have no idea if Gary Simmons, and Kirsty Marr are still a couple, but fingers crossed, but this was done over 8 years ago. If either see this, maybe they can let the world know?