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Was “The Wizard of Oz” a Cautionary Tale?

I think about this movie quite a bit (see my entry “Glinda the Good Witch Is a Psycho”).    I’ve wondered for years if maybe the movie was a cautionary tale.  Yes, I know it was based on the series of children’s books by L. Frank Baum, but even so, I think I may be right.


Let’s take a look at Dorothy Gale.  In the books, she was a child, 10 years old.  But in the movie, she was obviously MUCH older.  In real life, Judy Garland was 17. I’m not sure if this is true, but I read somewhere that they made her bind her breasts in an attempt to look younger, but it didn’t work.  Sister had a huge rack.


But that plays right into my cautionary tale as well.


The “Dust Bowl Migration”, as it was called, happened during the 1930’s.  The midwest was mostly farmland at the time. It had been overfarmed to death, and there was a severe drought that came in three waves: 1934, 1936, and 1939, but some places had a straight through drought lasting 8 years.  The topsoil (and any seeds farmed in it) pretty much blew away. It started in 1930 and lasted roughly 9 years, until 1939, affecting parts of Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas, and Oklahoma. The Great Depression (1929 – 1939) was already in full swing.  So now you had people who couldn’t afford food, and there wasn’t much to be had. Farmers couldn’t even grow enough to feed their own families, and were losing their land, either due to being unable to pay their mortgage, or because there was no point in keeping it when the ground was useless.

Many decided to head West, mainly to California.

I’m sure many of these people had stars in their eyes.  They would become a famous actor or actress, and be rich, and never have to worry again.  The streets would be paved with gold. I have no doubt that many then (as now) were taken advantage of by unscrupulous people, looking to take whatever they had from them, however little it was.  Surely there were some very pretty ladies who got into some very bad situations.


But this is where the warnings of The Wizard of Oz come in.  You’re going to California (Oz) to be a star? It’s a very strange place (Munchkinland).  There will be many strange, downright freakish, people, that may be thoughtless, heartless, and cowardly (The Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Lion).
There may be someone who can help you (Glinda the Good Witch), but watch that they don’t turn on you (The Wicked Witch of the West).  Don’t trust the men (The Great and Powerful Oz), they will say anything to gain your trust (pay no attention to the man behind the curtain, and of course I will take you home in my hot air balloon).  At the end of the day, when it’s all said and done, you will realize that THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME.


What do you think?


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V.I.Poo & PooPourri

Although this is a review, it’s not sponsored.

It’s funny, I ordered V.I.Poo (lemon scented of course) online, and it got delivered the same day that the mom unit came home from Bed, Bath, and Beyond with a bottle of PooPourri (vanilla mint scented).
We anxiously awaited a time where one of us needed to…y’know.  Anyhow, it wasn’t long.  According to both bottles, they tell you to spray 3 to 5 times before you do your business.  Maybe we just aren’t that bad, because 1 to 2 spritzes work just fine for us.  If you’ve got a MAN SIZE STINK, you may need 5 spritzes, who knows?
Anywho, you spray it right into the toilet on the water before you do your thing.

Our verdict is that they both work equally well, and if memory serves (we got these last month), the prices were close.  The bottles are small, but actually, if you’re only using a few spritzes each time you do a number 2, it’s plenty.  BONUS: they are small enough to carry in your purse for when you’re out in public and need to…drop it like it’s hot.  I was glad I brought mine when I had to use the toilet in the doctor’s office.  Those girls are so nice, I didn’t want them to gag from the stench.
The V.I.Poo we have is 1.85 ounces, the PooPourri is 4 ounces, the bottles are cute, and can sit on the back of your toilet until you need to used them (or hang out in your bag).
Final verdict?  Silly names, yes.  But it’s high time an actual product worked the way this does.  Our bathroom smells lemony fresh or like vanilla and mints instead of like some horrible perfumed air freshener and poop.



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R.I.P. Net Neutrality

With net neutrality dead in the water, likely this blog is too.  I am unemployed and cannot afford to pay for internet for things like this.  As it is, I don’t know how I’ll afford to pay for it to look for a job.  It was fun while it lasted.

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First Horror Movies

The first scary movie I ever saw was Poltergeist.  I was maybe 8 or 9, and I probably shouldn’t have watched it.  As a child, I was NOT into scary movies AT ALL.  I watched it because I was spending the night at a friend’s house, and it was on cable.  It scarred me for life (it’s the main reason I hate clowns).  I didn’t watch any horror movies for years afterward.

Fast forward to a few years later at a friends slumber party.  The first horror movie we watched there was one from 1982 called Pieces.  We spent most of the movie laughing at the clothes and hairdos and atrocious acting.  Then we watched a movie that I can never forget.

We watched Sleepaway Camp.

If you have watched this movie, YOU KNOW.  You know and I don’t even have to say anything.  If you haven’t seen this movie, please do so.  It’s got a twist ending that to this day makes people’s eyes pop right out of their head.  You spend most of the movie trying to figure out who the killer is, and when it’s revealed…..let’s just say that M. Night Shyamalan WISHES he could do a twist like this.
Let me say, that was my first time ever seeing a penis (and I am giving away nothing by saying this).  I wasn’t even sure what I was looking at.  I was 11.  I turned to my friend and said, “Is that a guy’s thing?”  And she said, “Yeah.”  I was absolutely HORRIFIED by it.  Not the penis itself, just that it was so hairy.  I mean you could barely see it in all that hair.  It really confused me.  Seriously, in all of my life, I’ve never seen one so damn hairy.

What horror movies scarred you for life?

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Hospitals and Prowlers

(Full disclosure: these are FB posts from 11/24/17 and 11/27/17 respectively, just to give you an idea of what’s going on.)

I’ve been m.i.a. (online anyway) for the past two days. Wednesday, I woke up at 2 a.m. with a migraine. I was supposed to go help my aunt with some stuff (and get paid), but I had to cancel. I spent the day on the couch with the TV on very low. I had my little eye shades on to keep the light out. The right side of my head hurt so bad, and a new thing, the right side of my face hurt as well. At just after 8 p.m., I couldn’t stand it anymore, and we took a cab to the hospital (I can only hope my Medi-Cal/ACA covers it). I wore my eye shades all the way there and in the emergency room as well. After waiting 45 – 60 minutes, I finally got seen, and they put me on a gurney. The kept me in a darkened area (bless them), and hooked me up to a heart monitor and blood pressure cuff.
They put an IV into me (god, I hate those), and gave me compazine and benadryl to see if that would work, as they can both relax you, and they were hoping it would relax whatever was misfiring in my brain. It didn’t. After another hour or so, I was crying in pain, and shaking all over. My teeth were even chattering so hard that my mom thought I might chip or break a tooth, and I wasn’t cold. They didn’t want to do it, but they gave me some morphine.
It worked.
Without about 30 minutes, my pain had gone down from 10+ to about a 6, and in less than an hour, it was a 2 and I told them I wanted to go home.
But the fun wasn’t over yet!
I got up, but I had been laying all day and had relaxing drugs in my system. My legs were shaky, I got dizzy and nauseous, and my body felt exhausted, like I’d just run 100 laps. I almost fell. I really wanted to go home. So I asked if it was possible to get a wheelchair, just to get to the lobby (mom still needed to call a cab to come get us). Luckily, they got me a wheelchair, and we went out and mom called a cab and we got home.
But I couldn’t walk well still the next day (Thanksgiving), so mom had to sit home with me instead of going to dinner at my aunt’s. We had french fries for dinner, but it wasn’t horrible. A bunch of the Resident Evil movies were on SyFy, so we watched those (mom’s a big fan).
I even got a lovely souvenir bracelet…


That was (NOT) fun.
Woken up from a sound sleep at 5 am by what sounded like rattling metal. Almost went back to sleep until I realized it was from the gate next to my bedroom (my bedroom is at the front/side of the building) being rattled by someone or something. Decided to peek out mom’s bedroom window. Didn’t see anyone in the little walkway between our building and the fence that separates it from the next building. Almost went back to sleep again, but something told me to look again. In the carport next door (of what is a secure building), I see a guy walking along. No big deal, I think he lives there and is going to his car to go to work. But again, something tells me to keep watching. I see him open a door down there, that was likely empty storage, then he tries the security door that leads to their stairwell. It’s locked. Around this time, I grabbed the phone and called 911 to report a prowler. It was kind of hard, as I didn’t know the address of the building, but they were able to figure it out. I watched as the guy put on some gloves, and pulled something out of his pocket, then started to fiddle with the door, I assume trying to pick the lock.
He worked at it for about a minute (me watching through a crack in the blinds the entire time), then he gave up and started walking away in the other direction. I stayed on the line with the dispatcher as he disappeared from my line of sight.
After he was gone, I saw a girl come from that direction, but she was just getting in her car to leave. I worry what would have happened if they had crossed paths.
The cops came in less than five minutes, no lights or siren (common when there is a prowler/robbery in progress). The cop went over and looked through the somewhat well lit carport, even checking all the shadows with a flashlight, then came to talk to me, and I told him what I saw and showed him the areas through the window.
It sucked because I couldn’t give a good description, other than it appeared to be a male (guys walk differently than girls). The guy was wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt/coat and had a black backpack, so he could have been anyone you see walking down the street.
I told the cop that I didn’t understand what he hoped to accomplish getting into the stairwell, as all the units have steel security screen doors, but the cop assured me that, “Whatever it was, he was up to no good,” and assured me I did exactly what I should have.
I may go over there later today and just give the manager a heads up.
I was already on edge as the cops were at our building twice last night for a guy violating his restraining order.
San Leandro Police SUV Angle

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Migraines and Halloween

I know, I’m a horrible person, I haven’t been posting.  I’ve been having a lot of migraines, so I’ll blame that.  FOR ALL THAT IS HOLY, DO NOT GIVE ME ADVICE.  I’ve been having migraines for 26 years now.  I have tried every OTC med there is, every prescription there is, every homeopathic remedy.  I’ve tried yoga, visualization, and chiropractic (that last actually gave me more migraines).  I’ve tried hot compresses, cold compresses, and changing my diet.  I have to unfortunately live with them.  They were sporadic most of my life, and lasted anywhere from 4 hours to 4 days.  But in the last year or so, they have lasted 4 days.  Every.  Single.  Time.   The pain is a crippling one, coupled with vision problems, dizziness, nausea, and sensitivity to lights, sounds, and smells.   I’ve been getting them once a month.  I tracked them and they are unrelated to my period, showing up randomly: beginning of the month, end of the month, waking me up from a sound sleep at times, others just hitting me out of nowhere.
I got TWO of them this month, again, 4 days each.  We’re trying to see if it could be related to cheese, of all things, as that is a trigger for some.  So I have to cut out cheese and see if they stop.  This sucks as I fucking LOVE cheese.  But hey, if it will make my head stop hurting, I’ll drop it.

In other exciting life news, I actually got dressed up and went out Saturday night for Halloween.  The little local dive bar I was at was having a costume contest, so I figured why the hell not, right?  I was up against some good costumes, though.  There was a gay couple dressed as Peter Pan and Tinkerbell, a drag queen who had to be 10 feet tall with a great ass, a husband dressed as Abe Lincoln and a wife dressed as Freddie Mercury (they were Lincoln-Mercury), and an NFL referee, to name a few.
And then there was me.
I was Abby from NCIS.
Pigtails, lab coat, NCIS badge, and giant cup of CafPow.


I honestly didn’t even think I’d place.  I hoped someone would take enough pity on my sad little costume and maybe buy me a drink.
Instead I won first place.

$100 CASH, kids.

That’s a LOT of money when you’ve been unemployed as long as I have!

So next week, I plan to go to the mall, and buy a few pairs of pants that actually fit (my size 10’s are so loose I need a belt or I’d be arrested, and my size 8’s are getting a little baggy, too), maybe some new sweats (mine are years old and falling apart), and maybe some yarn from Michael’s.

But damn, never thought I’d win.  Also, all of my “Abby” clothes are from my own damn closet.  #eldergoth


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Unilever Products Review

This post was sponsored by Unilever as part of a sampling activation for Crowdtap. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.

I was so excited to be asked to try this stuff…a whole box of goodies, just for ME!   I got a total of five things to try:

1) Degree UltraClear Pure Clean Invisible Solid Antiperspirant

2) Degree Clinical Protection Sheer Powder Anti-Perspirant

3) Pond’s Evening Soothe MoistureClean Towelettes

4) Tresemme Expert Botanique Curl Hydration Shampoo

5) Tresemme Expert Botanique Curl Hydration Conditioner


So let’s go right down the line.
1) Degree UltraClear Pure Clean Invisible Solid Antiperspirant
I wasn’t sure if I’d like this.  I generally use unscented deodorant, because they usually seem to clash/compete with my perfume!  However, the scent on this is very fresh and clean smelling, like laundry or something, and didn’t clash/compete.  Not only that, it works extremely well!  No wetness, no armpit stank…honestly, I use this everyday before I work out (the true test of any deodorant), and my moves are the only funky thing!  It doesn’t leave white marks on your dark clothes, either.  I wear a dark blue tank top to exercise in, and there have been no white streaks.  Highly recommended!

2) Degree Clinical Protection Sheer Powder Anti-Perspirant
I tried a few of the “clinical” deodorants when they first came out.  I found them to be lacking in protection, and some of them were irritating to my delicate pits, so I gave up on them.
Enter the kind folks at Degree!
On the package, it says to apply before bed.  It uses your “resting” body temp to kind of gauge itself.  Science!  It also says that you can use it the night before, and it will work all through the next day…even after you shower.  What witchcraft is this?  Witchcraft we need!
It WORKS.  I couldn’t believe it myself.  First night I used it, worked out the next morning, and my pits were dry, soft, and comfy.  Good for people who might forget to put on deodorant in the morning.  Not that *I* would know anything about that, nosireebob…

3) Pond’s Evening Soothe MoistureClean Towelettes
I wanted to like these, I really really did.  Pond’s is a name that has been around and been trusted for years.  I used these every evening for a week to clean my face at night.  I wear minimal makeup, and they were wonderfully easy, and streamlined my routine.  I used them for a little over a week.
Just yesterday, I noticed that the skin under one of my eyes was quite dry.  I thought that was odd.
Then I woke up this morning to a tight, dry, itchy face!  It was so dry that in the nine hours I’ve been awake, I’ve had to apply coconut oil all over my face, TWICE.  It is absolutely horrible, and I have to blame the towelettes, as that was the only new thing.
I actually threw away the package.
Two thumbs way down.

4) Tresemme Expert Botanique Curl Hydration Shampoo
My hair isn’t really curly, just wavy, but it’s a definite problem child!  It gets frizzy, it’s dried out, it looks dull…I think we’ve all been there.  I’ve tried other “hydrating” shampoos, and they didn’t help at all.  I don’t even wash my hair every day, only every other day, to keep from drying it out.  I didn’t hold much hope for yet another “hydrating” shampoo.
I am so surprised at how well this works!  My waves are defined, shiny, and beautiful.  Beachy hair?  That’s me!  No frizzies here!  I also loves the fresh, clean scent, not too heavy or perfume-y.  A definite win for curly and wavy haired girls!

5) Tresemme Expert Botanique Curl Hydration Conditioner
While I don’t shampoo my hair every day, I DO condition it every day (otherwise I wouldn’t be able to comb it!).  I have used this every day, and I absolutely love it!  Even when I don’t use the shampoo (as I only shampoo every other day), my hair is still soft, beautiful, and easy to get a comb through!  My waves are soft and silky instead of dry and frizzy, and it smells just as good as the shampoo!

So out of the 5 products, 4 of them have made me VERY happy, and I would recommend them.  I think maybe Pond’s just needs to go back to the drawing room and tweak their towelettes, I still think they are a good company.  🙂