Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Seinfeldian Thoughts


I'm feeling a little "Seinfeldian" today....

Did you ever wonder why men's fashion shows are as bizarre as the women's shows?  I don't think I'd noticed until this season how crazy the trend had gone to making male models look ridiculous.  Although, I guess this is simply egalitarian treatment:  male or female, the models have to look artificial.  I prefer my fashion with equal dollops of fantasy, fun, excitement, sensuality, and creativity, but no "crazy."




Ever wonder what you'd do if they ever invented a time machine?  Would you travel back in time to see what your recent ancestors were up to, or would you go further afield and hang around with Abe Lincoln, Charles Darwin, Edgar Allan Poe  - or Cleopatra, Michelangelo and Mozart, for that matter?  


As a lover of history, I know what I'd like to do:  go back and see the European capitals in the 17th and 18th centuries.  Though I don't know if I could take the stench.  I'd love to see the great cathedrals newly built.  I'd be fascinated by what the people wore, what they ate, how they lived.  I'd like to look over Christopher Columbus's shoulder and put a bug in his ear about treating the people he found on Hispaniola better....Although time travel or not, I don't believe we could change history:  Columbus would not accept my 21st century ideas about "natives" any more than I can accept 15th century European thinking of what constitutes a human being vs an animal.

I've been watching programs on TV lately were scientists talk about the possibility of time travel: they think it might be possible, but not in our lifetime...actually many generations from now.  The particulars of it are confusing to me, but the general consensus is that it is possible, only with a technology far more advanced than ours.  Probably just as well that we won't see the day; I don't think we could handle it.  

Roger, my significant other, has been wondering if anyone has had sex in space yet.  After all, both male and female astronauts travel to the space stations.  I confess I had never thought of this one:  In my mind they're in very confined spaces up there, and frankly despite "Alien"-type movies, I can't really imagine what it looks like....That's why I love him, 'cause he's a thinker.


Until next time,
Angela

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Holland and Other Matters






I had an email today from holland.com, letting me know all the specials and deals on offer for trips to The Netherlands.  I love Holland - most especially because it was the homeland of Vincent Van Gogh, but also because it's a cool country with colorful architecture, scenic canals, the hippie scene of Amsterdam and a decidedly liberal bent (perhaps too liberal sometimes).  Not to mention the tulips and the Indonesian food...

I've been to Holland quite a few times (in better days) for business and pleasure and always enjoyed it.  The Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum should be on the "Must See" list of anyone who loves art.  Don't know when I'll be back there again, but in the meantime, I can enjoy the country vicariously --

One of the deals on offer on the website was quite alluring, I thought, since it offers the following:

Fashion & Luxury Arrangement with Gassan Diamonds
Gassan Diamonds has put together a unique “Fashion & Luxury Package,” consisting of a night at The College Hotel and a visit to the historical diamond cutting shop.
The College Hotel is housed in a 19th century building at walking distance from PC Hooftstraat, the most exclusive shopping street in Amsterdam. After a welcome drink at the hotel, you will be picked up for a tour of Gassan Diamonds. A personal shopper will show you the latest trends in terms of jewellery and watches. After the diamond tour you spend a night in the trendy hotel, including breakfast. The arrangement is available in the July-August period only. Price: € 250 for 2 persons. (approx. $300 at rate of 1.20).
For more information and booking options, please visit http://www.gassandiamonds.nl/en/diamond-experience/packages/fashion-luxury-arrangement.html 



This seems like fun!  Not only is it wonderful to think that I might have the funds to take a diamond buying trip to Amsterdam, but also that I'd be shown around by a personal shopper.  That's wonderful.  While I can't afford a little jaunt like this right now, I tell you what....the photos of the hotel certainly make me want to stay there.  I'm keeping this place in my mental file of places to go someday.  Enjoy the photos...




Monday, June 28, 2010

Monday, Monday

Well, it's Day 2 of my new blog life...Not much different, except that I found myself sometimes thinking about what I would write about this evening.  The conclusion is that the simplest is to write about what I'm currently thinking, doing, experiencing (no brainer).

I'm busy lately doing lots of internet-related stuff, which for someone of my generation may or may not be simple.  I recently created the website for my small company (www.mediterraneoresortwear.com) and that was a feat for me.  My daughter Jacqueline found me the means to do it, and while I won't say it was "easy," I can say that if I can do it....

Next, I came upon an article in The New York Times that mentioned a way to create a magazine online.  That was a revelation.  I plunged in and now have a new publication that I hope someone will see....there's a link at the bottom of this blog to take you to it (Mediterraneo Resort Wear - The Magzine).  In another life, I'd always wanted to be in magazine publishing - now somehow in a small, small way, I can be.  That, to me, is the magic of the web.

Today, I've been out at our homeowners' association clubhouse to look at the books in the library.  When we moved in last year, I donated about a hundred books, so today I went to see what they had that I could borrow - or keep.  Lots of books on offer; God, for a reader the difficult thing is never having enough time to read everything you want to.  There's an old "Twilight Zone" episode from the late fifties (I think) in which a bespeckled man who loves to read is always complaining about not having enough time to read because life gets in the way. Some kind of nuclear explosion (the big bugaboo of the 50s) takes place, leaving him as the only man on earth...he wanders around until he finds the New York Public Library - that marvelous bastion of learning.  He starts stacking books in great piles because now he can read all he wants without interruption...Except that he stumbles, falls, and his glasses break.  Now, he has all the time in the world, but he's unable to read!  Be careful what you wish for...

Anyway, more contemporary things from TV found their way into my consciousness yesterday and today:  Here in South Florida the news is always weird, strange or at the very least interesting.  It's never a dull moment for the local news folks.  Case in point:  A man shot to death on the 11th floor of a Miami Beach hotel on Saturday night.  A strange smell and vapors emanating from the hotel....The police evacuate the 1000 people at the hotel (including the guests at a wedding reception, and those attending a speaking engagement by the Prime Minister of Belize).  Hazmat was called  in.  The vapors dissipated, so they couldn't tell what the smell/vapor was and so everyone back inside at 3:00 AM.  And the murder victim:  police aren't releasing his name, circumstances or anything else about that incident....See what I mean?  Interesting.

Next, a man goes to relieve himself in the woods in the Everglades (believe me, it's the middle of nowhere).  What does he find?  Human remains.  The bones of some poor individual who was apparently dumped there by a murderer. Stay tuned.

Finally, a nice story: Video of a HUGE grouper fish off the coast of Florida.  The video captured a diver near the fish, so that we could gauge the size of the fish.  Suffice it to say that he would feed an entire village.  And, he was cute and non-threatening.

And, elsewhere on TV:  The horror that is "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" (the horror!).  Bravo has outdone itself with this show.  I can't look away.  On the other hand, still in reality-land, the hit show "Deadliest Catch" is fantastic.  I find myself thinking about poor Captain Phil Harris, who died early last year (although we're seeing the denouement unfold this season).  It's true drama and has made me feel like I know this man.  Those crab fishermen do a very dangerous job indeed and many of them seem to have rather complicated home lives as well.  Anyone who watched at least a season of "Deadliest Catch" must be engaged by this riveting show and the people it brings into our living rooms.  I add my condolences to those of thousands of others, to the Harris family.    

Let's see what tomorrow brings....Thanks for reading.

Angela

Sunday, June 27, 2010

My First Post - Sunday June 27th...

This is my first posting in my first-ever blog. I've been thinking about it for a year or so, thinking about jumping into the blogosphere...but of course, for anyone my age, there's a fear factor. Well, that's over now.

I'm calling it "Fifties Chic" because I was born in the 1950s and I'm in my 50s, and yes, I'm chic (not always...).

Blogging is for oneself after all - a way of writing a journal - but most of all it's to entertain an audience. I hope to be entertaining or at least intriguing. I'll be writing about things that capture my attention in the day's news, things that touch me, fashion, travel, family - anything.

Today, Roger (my significant other) and I went out to dinner. That's noteworthy because we dine out less often than we used to due to the state of our personal economy - which is bad. We enjoy dining out, but we also understand that we still have much more than others who are out there not just without jobs, but also without homes and the basic necessities of life. We remind ourselves often that even though our situation is not good, we are blessed compared to many others. I like to keep a sense of perspective.

As a matter of fact, today is the anniversary of our having moved into our home. Neither of us had been homeowners until last year. It's a step we took after much soul-searching, but our home makes us very happy. Other than our love for each other, this is the one thing that keeps us going, I think through these tough times.

Today is also significant because I took a step toward bringing production of our fashion line to the US. With so many people out of work here, it's the right time (and the right thing) to do this. But (there's always a "but") since our company is tiny-tiny, we have to keep costs down and trying to source fabrics and manufacturers of small quantities isn't easy. Our idea is to design the prettiest, easiest-to-wear natural-fiber tops we can. They are destined for women of varying sizes and ages and made to fit into a closet that already holds many pants, jeans and skirts. Some of the tops can go over a swimsuit for double-duty. Others are office-ready. All of them make a woman look good because they accentuate the positive.

Getting a brand off the ground isn't an easy challenge, but we're willing to fight it out. Of course, it would be easier if one of us won the lottery. We think we know what we'd do then...

Well, that's all for tonight. I hope you find my posts interesting...I'll be commenting on TV shows I like, magazines, books, movies, fashions, business, my multi-ethnic family, etc. etc. Perhaps you'll find something to connect with. Look forward to hearing from you.

Angela