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Watching on Netflix the Frida Kahlo movie with Salma Hayek and Antonio Banderas this week. The cover talks about her controversial political and sexual reputation in that she was a communist and openly bisexual. Yet museums don’t avoid her artwork at all, and Netflix has about 12 full PBS specials on her. Laurel Thatcher Ulrich once said the popular phrase “Well behaved women seldom make history.” Kahlo was high on the list of examples to that rule.
Funny Facebook moment of the week.
The latest Pokemon update has Pikachu and Raichu wear a Christmas hat if you catch them in December.
Andrea E. Menzies in Mayfair Estates, Virginia.
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At long last Santa Pokemon is my Pokemon to use! Happy dance!
Andrea E. Menzies At long last I got the much sought after Raichu of Christmas 2016. It feels like you have to walk a million miles with Pikachu as a buddy to make him Raichu! I know I said I was not going to play anymore, and I deleted it off my phone for a long while. Yet the Christmas hats on Raichu made me want to play again for a time.
“Lestat nearly dies after becoming human again—his new body is wracked by pneumonia, which he ignores during a tour of Washington D.C. in the middle of winter. He is saved by the care of a nun named Gretchen. He enjoys a short love affair with Gretchen before she returns to South America, where she works in a convent, and Lestat sets out in search of his body. Lestat seeks help from other vampires but is completely ostracized by them. Marius is extremely angry at him for leaving such a powerful body to a thief and refuses to help him. Likewise Louis turns him away when he asks Louis to make his new body into a vampire, arguing that Lestat ought to be happy to be human again and also calls him out on his previous writings, accusing him of altering his actual past in favor of one that portrays him heroically. Lestat’s only ally is David Talbot.” – Wikipedia entry on Anne Rice’s book Tale of the Body Thief.
One good thing about Richmond, VA is that it is very close to Washington DC. I have been constantly going there lately, and can see why it is a place loved by writers.
No Order Payments
I was trying to sell make-up and no one payed me the money! Many people pay lip service to trying to help you get a weekend home based business off the ground selling crafts, freelance work, or make-up. They say they will order half of your full catalog, and hand you a page covered in orders. Then after you order it all with out of pocket cash very few or none will pay! I am having one of THOSE months at this point. It can be a money pit some days to try and make MORE money. Next time I will get the cash up front.
I’m sleepy after my bike ride on my fixed bike, and it was fun. I fixed the flat tires on the old broken bike, and took a good ride. I need a new bike because the gears are busted on my current mountain bike. In Europe folding bikes are all the rage. Youtube search folding bikes Europe to see many funny videos. One girl puts a full folding bike on one finger, the folding bikes that go on London Underground subways are so light weight. I have tried the ones with tiny tires; they are not that great you have to pump super-fast with your feet to keep them going. They can wiz down a hill nice. Yet the full sized 26’’ ones ride just like mountain bikes, and yet fold so that you can put them in the back trunk of even a tiny Uber taxi car. Yep, a folding mountain bike is my new dream bike this month I have to say.
Concert Review for Fallout Club:
The Aesthetic Perfection band tour is the best show I have seen in years! It had great energy. If you are anywhere near the bands Aesthetic Perfection, Venal Flesh, or Little Black Rain Clouds check out their shows. It is worth the wait in line.
Matt Herb, Tucker Graham and 4 others
I ran into many great friends, and I have not danced so much in years at the concert. Right when I don’t like going out in Richmond, they change things up and get great acts in town. Then going out is great again. Richmond is a far smaller town than when I lived in New Orleans, Austin, Portland, or Seattle. So I have been going into a bit of culture shock dealing with the smaller music scene. No long line for the bathroom, how dare a concert venue have no long lines? Yet the smaller towns can often have a closer knit and friendly social world, and so it can be a good trade off.
Venal Flesh did covers from the Imperative Reaction show I saw in Seattle at El Corazon in 2006. I had just been checking out their out Imperative Reaction’s newest stuff on Amazon.com music downloads, and so the coincidence was a happy one. The new stuff by both Aesthetic Perfection and Venal Flesh is now high on my download list.
Funny Facebook Moment of the Week:
A thing I hate about games, is the “Super Gamer” fans who try to make other players feel bad. It’s a KIDS game guys!
Funny Facebook Moment of the Week:
Pokemon made me fix my bike this week. Some stops are too big for a walk, too small for a drive in the game. Bikes have always been a big part of the game. It has the Team Rocket song stuck in my head. In addition, it has persuaded me to play Ingress, due to the high game cross over factor. Heck, I even downloaded Field Trip, the app that was the grandfather to both the Ingress and Pokemon Go games. Summer is a time when new hobbies are needed to keep people busy, and this is a very busy hobby indeed. I can’t figure out how some people have level 17 Pokemon already. Do these people never sleep? Do they live with a Pokemon gym IN their apartment building? Do they work on top of a Pokemon portal? Some people have all three on their side, and so the game is rather unequal in power potential.
Pokemon 2 B A Master – Team Rocket (Double Trouble)
Oh Team Rocket X3 Lyrics: (This is the boss – and I’m sick of waiting. I want Pikachu! And this time, don’t screw it up!) Prepare for trouble! Make it double…
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Andrea E. Menzies If you are looking for all the Pokémon portals, join Ingress and log in here to see the portal map of all the portals. Ingress.com/intel if you scroll your mouse over the corners of the triangles on the map a photo of local landmarks are all Pokémon game sites.
Ingress – Game Reality
The world around you is not what it seems. Our future is at stake and you must choose a side. Join my faction in…
Ever notice that the Ingress game logo looks a lot like the Invader Zim logo below? The real source of XM energy may in fact be the Irken armada.
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Andrea E. Menzies And Zim was popular BEFORE the Ingress game, and has much of the same fan base. I see Irken Elite triangle faces in all the link logos.
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Andrea E. Menzies Plus one of the Ingress teams is the resistance, and Zim had the Resisty episode. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Gv_Dy0OB8g
Invader Zim’s The Resisty
Choosing a name……
Here is my review of the fireworks in DC for the 4th of July. The fireworks were beautiful and long lasting. The area is filled with special food, 1776 actors dressed in costume, and free music events. Yet be careful to expect a crazed police state in DC if you go. I went to Washington DC to see the fireworks this year with Anne and Alexandria. However the blisters on my feet have their own baby blisters at this point. Plus I put on SPF 100 sunscreen, and STILL got purple sunburn. Pale Freckled Goth Girl problems with going out on July 4th.
It is a big deal in the United States to see fireworks on the 4th in DC because the 4th of July 1776 is when the Declaration of Independence was signed in DC, and the Declaration of Independence is stored at the National Archives in DC. So it is the focus of the source of the holiday. At the Smithsonian National Museum of American History Washington DC we ate Flag Cakes with USA flags for the holiday. My most loved part was the Smithsonian Museum of Air and Space had real space capsules to climb on. Also they had an authentic model of the real Startrek Enterprise used in the original Startrek TV show. It had newly been renovated and put on display which I was very happy about seeing it. At one point many of the science objects we love today were all once science fiction in the imagination of a dreaming inventor.
My most hated part was when they had airport style security gates surrounding every 50 feet of downtown DC due to terrorist threats. I understand sometimes we need extra security, but it was by FAR overkill on the need for security with what they had going on. They not only checked people, but re-checked them in nightmarish ways. For every person who was checking bags, eight were sitting around watching them with nothing to do. Military men in full cold weather uniform dress were loaded with guns watching every person. As there was 90 degree heat occurring that day soldiers were very irritable as they screened the public. By the 19th security station I had to go to on the way to the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History a stoner guy with dreadlocks who was an African American who was clearly stoned was put in charge by the soldiers to check bags. He randomly took expensive camera supplies out of my bag, and put them in his personal pockets. Then he took a bottle opener keychain out of my bag and said “You are not allowed to have sharped objects” and pocketed that into his personal pockets as well. I was so angry that if I had possessed a gun I would have shot his very stoned face. Every purse or wallet contains keys which are shiny and sharp, and so it is now illegal to have keys?
When they create busywork to employ people with searches, pretty soon very bored workers are going to MAKE problems to say people have. Shortly afterward tiny shampoo items and nail clippers are called deadly weapons by bored security workers. It was nightmarish and horrible. This celebration of American “freedom” was sadly demonstrating that our freedoms are being destroyed by a police state mentality. If you try to go to the events, be warned that Big Brother will be watching you.
Jean Brehm-stern, Brandon Powell and Chris Rosenbaum
Andrea E. Menzies We ate July 4th flag cakes at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History when waiting for the Fourth of July Fireworks in DC. Andrea E. Menzies in Washington, District of Columbia.
Saw the Fireworks for July 4th at the Jefferson Monument, even if it almost killed us with nightmare crowds, heat, and rain. But yes, it was amazing and super pretty.
Then we went to Don Pablo’s for tacos goodness.
Paul Bileci, Austin Moore and 6 others
Andrea E. Menzies Yummy food for Anne, Alexandria, and me on the way home from D.C.