Thursday, August 28, 2014

Sixties in Sight

Since I'm scheduled to turn 60 in a few months, and I believe in doing my advanced pre-planning ahead of time, I decided to start a series of sixty-centric posts.

First I want to deal with worries:  What will 60 be like?   Will my life force drain away?  Will I look like a hag?  Will I be poor?  Some research is in order.

One advantage of being born at the end of the Baby Boom is seeing one's age-related concerns chewed over in the media long before one reaches the age in question.  For instance, we frequently read that "60 is the new 40."  That being the case, I can get an idea of what to expect by examining some old 40s.  Below are some women who turned 40 in the 50s or 60s.


Here is actress Patricia Jessel at 40 in The City of the Dead.  She appears to be pretty tough.


 Here is Coleen Gray (39) next to Dolores Faith (19) in The Phantom Planet.  Coleen is holding up pretty well.

Here is Lady Bird Johnson.  When she was 40, in 1952, she used some of her inheritance to buy a TV station, KTBC-TV/7, a move that would eventually make the Johnsons millionaires.

OK, this is what I can expect at 60.  What's next?

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Evolution of Slang

Here's a passage from a 1930's British crime novel*:

"I had made no arrangements as to where I was going to stay, so I took a taxi out to Hampstead.  Some years ago I had rooms there in Fellows Road and I knew the landlady was an obliging sort--so I knocked her up and got her to take me in."

Obliging indeed!




*Bude, John The Cornish Coast Murder. London: The British Library, 2014 p. 225.( First published in 1935.)

Saturday, June 28, 2014

My Roses are Blooming



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This year I got a tomato plant, even though I only get light half the day.  I hope I get a tomato.




It's a nice day to relax.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

It's Better to Have Gifts Than Receipts

Rosemary returned from her trip with some cool stuff for me: socks, a Golden Gate Bridge magnet, and chocolate from San Francisco.


A spirit frog from Alaska.



Saturday, May 24, 2014

The Cars of Black Mass

Yesterday I took snaps of many 70s-era cars with 70s-era license plates.








Friday, May 23, 2014

Cambridge St. Dressed up as 70s South Boston

Late last night the Black Mass crew shot a driving scene.  I was too tired to check it out, but this morning I did notice that several shops had new signs.








Thursday, May 22, 2014

Moviemaking is a Slow Process

Rosemary and I chatted with this production assistant for Black Mass.   He says he gets plenty of work in Mass., even though he is freelance.  Check out the badge the crew wears.

Part of the story takes place in Belfast, Ireland.  They fixed up Warren St. to portray Belfast.  Here's some 70s-era IRA graffitti.




Here they are shooting at night.  The director, in the upper left, wore a Ghostbusters tee shirt.


The people in the window had a great view.  The white building in the background shows up so well because they had bunches of lights in its parking lot pointing up.  We wondered why they wanted it to show up.  My theory is that the extra light made it look as though there were bunches of tall building out there, like this little neighborhood was on the edge of a thriving metropolis.  If you have other theories, please share them.


 A man makes a call in a phonebooth, then walks up the street.  You can see him on the right.  He's wearing a suit.  They did about one million takes.

This woman is ready for Johnny.