Premature Death of Hostess: Or I Am A TWINKIE ZOMBIE?

Just a few, short months ago–union workers were blamed for the demise of Hostess. I needed them for Glen Acornn, who is sort of like Pandas who can only eat bamboo shoots. Glen Acorrn can only eat Twinkies, it’s the only source of nutrition his fragile inner-ecosystem can tolerate. With any other food, let us gloss over this part. Let’s just say, it’s not a pretty journey!

Now, on to topics that would not cause me a scolding from Miss Manners. You see, the whole Twinkie/Hostess hostage thing was totally rigged. In that respect it’s like going to college, getting a good job, and buying a house. You can’t do any of these things any more in America, not legally. It used to be a mantra: “To get a good job, get a good education.” That turned out to be a load of crap, worse than any non-Hostess product would cause Mr Acorrn to produce, or outsource. You can’t afford to go to a good college. If you do go to any college, you won’t find work in the area you studied–so, enter as a data entry operator, with some other name, get paid low wages (I forgot Walmart is an option for some), and be willing to work 12 hour days, with no time & a half. Buy a house, you will find out that (1) you can’t keep up the payment. And (2) if you live there for a while, and try to sell it, you won’t be able to fetch the remaining costs of the house. Forget about any profit on the house thing, that’s no longer part of the American way, unless you are already rich.

So, back to Twinkies, they are back! You can get them @ Safeway or other fine supermarkets, and they have a longer shelf life, longer than ever, so I have read. If I had only been clever enough to buy a gross of them, froze the damned things, I might have made enough to get myself in debt for a house payment. But, alas, I did not think of this.

Tell you this, they don’t taste as good as the pre-bankruptcy ones did. And the ones that we had back when I was a mere wisp of a lad, tasted even better than the pre-bankruptcy ones. Perhaps, all that was because my taste buds were underdeveloped, or maybe they had not refined the preservatives, and preservatives before the British Invasion were more flavourful? I don’t know, can only speculate about these horribly scientific matters.

For now, they are back, you can eat them while you still have a desktop computer with Windows, or your mobile device actually starts calling you on its own, and you no long know anyone off-line, your life is virtual–no more real-time–now, get to eating!

THEY ARE BACK–THE ZOMBIE FOOD GROUP HAS COME BACK FROM THE DEAD!

They are back--Risen from the dead!  Sate your inner vampire!  Eat them!

They are back–Risen from the dead! Sate your inner vampire! Eat them!

Can't they bring back Woolworth's & Pan Am?  Nuns?   Catholic schools?  Connie Francis?

Can’t they bring back Woolworth & Pan Am? Nuns? Catholic schools? Connie Francis?

DAVIDsTEA–Westfield On Market Street-San Francisco

First noticed the art design before actually tasting the tea–That was the initial attraction. I often am tempted by art & design before I know anything about the content. (Sounds like how people meet & marry!). Nearly everyone has heard the old saying about a book & its cover. At DAVIDsTEA (the calligraphy of their name grabbed my attention), you can have both a good book with a good cover in the form of their wide array of teas.

I went to the Mall outlet @ Westfield Centre & asked the staff if I could take some photographs & they were quite lovely about it, not put off at all. I steered clear of customers, so as not to disrupt things & it was a nice experience. They gave me one of their splendidly designed booklets. Appropriately entitled the tea menu. The variety is wide & has several with clever names “cold 911”–“forever nuts”–no doubt to drink when reading Forever Amber?!

I like the teas I have tried & enjoy the shop’s upbeat energy. It’s upbeat without being intrusive, and that’s a huge thing in this world of stress & high pressure sales.

One question I have not asked anyone is “What is Kosher tea?” I noticed that most of the teas are labelled as such. Perhaps drinking tea is a religious experience?
I just seek pleasant flavour.

They sell their teas for individual enjoyment, or as gift packages. The seasonal design we see now looks like the call of Autumn. Happy Tea Time!

DAVIDsTEA--maYbe theY can turn Fall into the more desirable Autumn-Autumn is a beautiful word that wold do well in the hands of the right calligrapher!

DAVIDsTEA–maYbe theY can turn Fall into the more desirable Autumn-Autumn is a beautiful word that wold do well in the hands of the right calligrapher!

I was unable to resist the obvious!  Really like the quality & look of the sample cups!

I was unable to resist the obvious! Really like the quality & look of the sample cups!

The Great Wall of DAVDsTEA!

The Great Wall of DAVDsTEA!

MaYbe DAVIDsTEA will help bring back the word Autumn & use Day-Month-Year format, two digressive cultural changes I would like to live to see happen.  But look how engaging the design is!  Enjoy Fall in the Autumn!

MaYbe DAVIDsTEA will help bring back the word Autumn & use Day-Month-Year format, two digressive cultural changes I would like to live to see happen. But look how engaging the design is! Enjoy Fall in the Autumn!

My thanks to the staff who provided me with this lovely menu!  It's thoughtfully designed & nice to hold & enjoy on its own merit.

My thanks to the staff who provided me with this lovely menu! It’s thoughtfully designed & nice to hold & enjoy on its own merit.

HERE IS A YOU TUBE ABOUT DAVIDsTEA!
You will hear a bit about branding–seems to be the word of the moment–Keeping up with buzz words is nearly as big a job as whatever one’s chosen business is these days!

A Tribute To Julie Harris (1925-2013)

Frozen in my mind’s eye, Julie Harris always (despite her non-stop growth as an actress) conjures up images of her role as “Frankie” in MEMBER OF THE WEDDING. Perhaps this is because it was televised two, and sometimes, three times a year via WTTV Central Indiana, where I grew up. It seems to me that I watched it as often as I could in those pre-adolescent days–drawn to something in Julie Harris that connected to some personal inner sanctum that remains intact after all these years.

THE MEMBER OF THE WEDDING 1952

THE HAUNTING 1963
“The dead are not quiet in Hill House.”

My first time to see this story of Hill House, The Haunting, was also via television. I vividly remember when Julie Harris asks, “Whose hand was I holding?”–I was terrified from that moment forward, afraid to walk up the stairs to go to bed, convinced that I would wake up & experience the same thing. I absorbed the fear that she projected as my own, such was the power of her acting. The power of the acting & the projection of fear, all done without special effects–just a good script & the talent of those who gave it life.

Truth of the matter was Julie Harris went on to create other iconic roles, particularly as Poet Emily Dickinson.

THE BELLE OF AMHERST 1976

Thanks to You Tube, I can now see Belle of Amherst & thought it fitting to add this to my tribute to this fine performer, who translated a full life into the roles that she played. She left the world of theatre a richer one for all of us.

RECIPE FOR HOLY WATER: BOIL THE HELL OUT OF IT!

Normally, I can’t cook anything more complicated than Pop Tarts. It’s just not my area of expertise. I enjoy cleaning the kitchen, pushing dust from one end of my realm to another, but I do make gourmet quality Holy Water.

You will need a stove. You will need a container for water. This may sound obvious, but we live in a very stressful world, but the bigger the container, the more water you can put in the container. Don’t feel bad if you wouldn’t have thought of this.

If you have indoor plumbing, you will need to learn how to use the faucet of the kitchen sink. Draw the amount of water that you need in the container, then boil the Hell out if it. You can watch this, and prove that a watched pot will boil. So, you will be doing something scientific as well as spiritual in this process.

This is going to be the critical part. You see, there are filthy people in this world, Fred Phelps, Pat Robertson–They will require total immersion. If opportunity knocks & you get the chance to save their Souls, don’t worry about their bodies. Let the Total Immersion & fond memories of any of your favourite Alfred Hitchcock or Roman Polanski films take over & you can just immerse the bejesus out of them, with the kindest of intentions, I must add.

This recipe is proven to work, but only if one has the Right Intentions.

These are the basics for gourmet Holy Water recipe: water, container, stove.  The work is simple.  Just pray that you get it right & avoid scalding yourself.

These are the basics for gourmet Holy Water recipe. water, container, stove. The work is simple. Just pray that you get it right & avoid scalding yourself.

This water still has some Hell in it. It has not been boiled or blessed.  It won't do you a bit of good to throw it on the Wicked Witch of the West, or Pat Robertson or Fred Phelps.  It will only be good for drinking or watering plants, things like that.

This water still has some Hell in it. It has not been boiled or blessed. It won’t do you a bit of good to throw it on the Wicked Witch of the West, or Pat Robertson or Fred Phelps. It will only be good for drinking or watering plants, things like that.

The water to the left has had the Hell boiled out if it. It will be ready for Blessing as soon as it cools down.  You will need it when you read about the outlandish & Hellish things that Pat Robertson or Fred Phelps do or say.  Keep this in mind, they need it far more than you do!  They just don't know it.

The water to the left has had the Hell boiled out if it. It will be ready for Blessing as soon as it cools down. You will need it when you read about the outlandish & Hellish things that Pat Robertson or Fred Phelps do or say. Keep this in mind, they need it far more than you do! They just don’t know it.

Now, only if inclined, the last part is having the Hell-free water Blessed.  I called upon the Infant of Prague to do this task.  My image of this Manifestation of Christ came from the Good Will Store. His hand was broken off, and paint was chipped a bit here & there, and his gown needed some sewing.  So, I did all that stuff, and He stepped up to the plate to return the favour.  Now, it's up to Pat & Fred to get all cleaned up!

Now, only if inclined, the last part is having the Hell-free water Blessed. I called upon the Infant of Prague to do this task. My image of this Manifestation of Christ came from the Good Will Store. His hand was broken off, and paint was chipped a bit here & there, and his gown needed some sewing. So, I fixed all that stuff, and the Infant stepped up to the plate to return the favour. Now, it’s up to Pat & Fred to get all cleaned up or Totally Immersed.

Marilyn Mirage: The Image That Endures

5 August 1962, at age 36, the actress known to the world as Marilyn Monroe, was found dead. More than 50 years have passed & her image is still as prevalent as ever. Various likenesses of her image continues to generate sales for all sorts of items. In a very real sense, she is the ultimate of what the business world calls branding. The items range from those appropriately related to her such as biographies, copies of her films for home viewing, to junque souvenirs that have no connection to her career or her life, to art work that is striking in its tribute to an American Film Star, one whose life is generally considered full of sadness, despite the success and acclaim she received while still living.

Articles have been written that are clear about one thing: She made more money (for others) after her death, in the millions, probably more than most others in the entertainment world, with the possible exception of Elvis Presley. While some items that bear her image trespass into the realm of atrocity, some are nice. As in all beauty, it’s entirely in the eye of the beholder.

In the case of Marilyn Monroe, Andy Warhol's prediction about 15 Minutes Of Fame did not apply to Marilyn Monroe.  This  is a numbered limited edition of

In the case of Marilyn Monroe, Andy Warhol’s prediction about 15 Minutes Of Fame did not apply. This image is a serigraph of an original by Andy Warhol. This photograph was taken & shared by Derek Hargrove of Back To The Picture.

Here is a photograph of the same image, taken from the disadvantage of having to look up several feet with a simple point & click camera.

The good news is that the tints came through nicely, but the glare, annoying at it is, does not take away from that very special presence of the subject matter.

The good news is that the tints came through nicely, but the glare, annoying at it is, does not take away from that very special presence of the subject matter.

One of the finest examples inspired by this Enduring Legacy may be heard, rather than seen as a visual image. That is the song from “BLOOD BROTHERS”Tell Me It’s Not True, splendidly & soulfully rendered by Petula Clark.

Tell me it’s not true,
Though it’s here before me,
Say it’s just a dream,
Say it’s just a scene,
From an old movie of years ago,
From an old movie of Marilyn Monroe,

Read more: The Blood Brothers – Tell Me It’s Not True Lyrics | MetroLyrics

iPad is making use of the icon--The icon of the Church figured heavily as an influence on Andy Warhol in his depiction of those who were not Saints, but had @ least that Precious 15 Minutes of Fame.  This shows Marilyn Monroe in context with other images.

iPad is making use of the icon–The icon of the Church figured heavily as an influence on Andy Warhol in his depiction of those who were not Saints, but had @ least that Precious 15 Minutes of Fame. This shows Marilyn Monroe in context with other images.

Marilyn Monroe, out of context, but more iconic than ever.

Marilyn Monroe, out of context, but more iconic than ever.

THE FILM MY WEEK WITH MARILYN: Shows how much the British culture embraced her…

On the revers of this 2010 vintage it says, "Marilyn Monroe is a trademark of the Estate of Marilyn Monroe LLC."

On the revers of this 2010 vintage it says, “Marilyn Monroe is a trademark of the Estate of Marilyn Monroe LLC.”

Then there is Marilyn Merlot–Crass or Clever?–It’s a Cash Cow & Milking the Estate for every possible nickle. We may never know as the woman who was manufactured to become Marilyn Monroe is not with us to comment. But, sizing up what is known of her life, she seemed to have a desire to be taken seriously. Somewhere along the line, even in death, that have proven elusive. The Green Family laughs all the way to the bank. But the wine is good. Good taste in wine at the expense of appropriate taste in branding has never been a hot issue for those seeking any method at all to keep money coming in. What will be the next posthumous portal of Estate prosperity? Stay tuned.

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