Oh Tuesday

Glad to see you.

 “Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. "Pooh," he whispered.
"Yes, Piglet?"
"Nothing," said Piglet, taking Pooh's paw, "I just wanted to be sure of you."”

Hello Monday

Let's do this.

When you come in on Monday and you're not feeling real well does anyone ever say to you sounds like someone has a case of the Mondays? Shit no man, I believe you'd get your ass kicked saying something like that man.

Office space
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I love knowledge Fridays

http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2008/05/12/einstein460x276.jpg*I love knowledge Fridays* will be a weekly feature here on my blog. I thought about making it Mondays, but decided Fridays were better for weekend conversation. You know, when your out to dinner with friends or having a dance party at your place. The ILKF subject could be something you toss into a discussion (between dances of course) and impress all your friends with your KNOWLEDGE.

The phrase "I love knowledge" is from an episode of Designing Women. For those of you who might not know the show here's a brief plot summary  via IMDB

 Designing Women focuses on Julia Sugarbaker, a soft spoken southern woman and her ex-beauty queen and snobby sister Suzanne who own "Sugarbakers Design House" in Atlanta, Georgia. Their co-workers included the pretty red head Mary Jo and the sometimes dimwitted but also pretty Charlene. Anthony was a black ex-con just recently out of prison who got a job at Sugarbakers doing delivery work. The series mainly focuses on the five of them, but they got frequent visits from their friends, family and customers.

I don't remember the episode, but it's from the first season - here's how it went:

Mary Jo: And why do you know all the capitols of every country, Charlene?
Charlene: Because, Mary Jo, I love knowledge. As a matter of fact, I yearn for it.

I laughed my ass off, and have been quoting it ever since.
I hope you will too.

Dim Bulbs

Did you wonder why Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels mentioned a light bulb in his State Of The Union rebuttal?  Here's what he said, in case you missed it.

"In word and deed, the President and his allies tell us that we just cannot handle ourselves in this complex, perilous world without their benevolent protection. Left to ourselves, we might pick the wrong health insurance, the wrong mortgage, the wrong school for our kids; why, unless they stop us, we might pick the wrong light bulb!"

Here's why.  New federal standards were to kick in after the New Year requiring 100-watt bulbs to be more energy efficient. Then Congress, in a bill passed this month to keep the government running, blocked enforcement of the law until October.

Four of today’s commonly purchased incandescent bulbs are targeted: 100-watt, 75-watt, 60-watt and 40-watt. Those numbers refer to the amount of power the light bulbs draw; they’re in the cross-hairs because much of the power they consume is released as heat, not light.

Sometime in October 2012 a bulb that puts out the same amount of light as today’s 100-watt bulb will be required to draw only 72 watts of power. In January 2013 and January 2014, similar new standards will go into effect for the three other light wattage.  The bulbs we know and love are on their way out. For all the right reasons in my opinion. (I could go on about the politics of  Gov. Daniels snide bulb remark, but will spare you my rant.)

 My hesitation in giving up incandescent has been 'of course' the efficient bulbs are so ugly!
Until now. Check it out.  LOVE.


Low energy light bulb

The Plumen 001 is the world’s first designer energy saving light bulb.
The energy saving light bulb is a neglected, yet inspiring invention. It uses 80% less energy than the traditional incandescent light bulb, keeps down electricity bills and is better for the environment. It also lasts around 8 times longer.

Despite this, we tend to buy them out of moral obligation. To some the problem is the light they give off, to others it is the way they look. Both can be solved. We believe the answer is in the design.
Make the bulb attractive and people will spend a bit more and enjoy a better quality of light and a design they appreciate every day. Glass tubes can be bent is many different shapes so why are there thousands of manufacturers but only three designs? Plumen aims to address the problem.
The name Plumen comes from the “plume,” the decorative feathers of a bird and “lumen,” the unit of light. You can purchase them through the Plumen  website or  West Elm.


Q: How many procrastinators does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A: One - but he has to wait until the light gets better.

Let's face it

In most works, Manzo places the figures in the foreground with rarely a sense of an environment. Thus, the viewer is forced to focus on the fragmented visages and figures that are painted with an expressionistic fervor.  Check him out

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 I pretty much try to stay in a constant state of confusion just because of the expression it leaves on my face.

According to someone

Ailurophile A cat-lover.
*Assemblage A gathering.
*Becoming Attractive.
Beleaguer To exhaust with attacks.
*Brood To think alone.
Bucolic In a lovely rural setting.
*Bungalow A small, cozy cottage.
Chatoyant Like a cat’s eye.
Comely Attractive.
Conflate To blend together.
Cynosure A focal point of admiration.
*Dalliance A brief love affair.
Demesne Dominion, territory.
*Demure Shy and reserved.
Denouement The resolution of a mystery.
Desuetude Disuse.
Desultory Slow, sluggish.
Diaphanous Filmy.
Dissemble Deceive.
Dulcet Sweet, sugary.
*Ebullience Bubbling enthusiasm.
*Effervescent Bubbly.
Efflorescence Flowering, blooming.
Elision Dropping a sound or syllable in a word.
*Elixir A good potion.
*Eloquence Beauty and persuasion in speech.
Embrocation Rubbing on a lotion.
Emollient A softener.
Ephemeral Short-lived.
*Epiphany A sudden revelation.
Erstwhile At one time, for a time.
*Ethereal Gaseous, invisible but detectable.
Evanescent Vanishing quickly, lasting a very short time.
*Evocative Suggestive.
*Fetching Pretty.
Felicity Pleasantness.
Forbearance Withholding response to provocation.
*Fugacious Fleeting.
Furtive Shifty, sneaky.
Gambol To skip or leap about joyfully.
*Glamour Beauty.
Gossamer The finest piece of thread, a spider’s silk.
*Halcyon Happy, sunny, care-free.
Harbinger Messenger with news of the future.
Imbrication Overlapping and forming a regular pattern.
Imbroglio An altercation or complicated situation.
Imbue To infuse, instill.
Incipient Beginning, in an early stage.
*Ineffable Unutterable, inexpressible.
*Ingénue A naïve young woman.
*Inglenook A cozy nook by the hearth.
Insouciance Blithe nonchalance.
Inure To become jaded.
*Labyrinthine Twisting and turning.
Lagniappe A special kind of gift.
Lagoon A small gulf or inlet.
Languor Listlessness, inactivity.
Lassitude Weariness, listlessness.
*Leisure Free time.
*Lilt To move musically or lively.
Lissome Slender and graceful.
Lithe Slender and flexible.
*Love Deep affection.
Mellifluous Sweet sounding.
Moiety One of two equal parts.
*Mondegreen A slip of the ear.
Murmurous Murmuring.
*Nemesis An unconquerable archenemy.
Offing The sea between the horizon and the offshore.
Onomatopoeia A word that sounds like its meaning.
Opulent Lush, luxuriant.
Palimpsest A manuscript written over earlier ones.
*Panacea A solution for all problems
Panoply A complete set.
Pastiche An art work combining materials from various sources.
Penumbra A half-shadow.
*Petrichor The smell of earth after rain.
Plethora A large quantity.
Propinquity An inclination.
Pyrrhic Successful with heavy losses.
*Quintessential Most essential.
Ratatouille A spicy French stew.
Ravel To knit or un-knit.
Redolent Fragrant.
Riparian By the bank of a stream.
*Ripple A very small wave.
Scintilla A spark or very small thing.
Sempiternal Eternal.
Seraglio Rich, luxurious oriental palace or harem.
*Serendipity Finding something nice while looking for something else.
*Summery Light, delicate or warm and sunny.
Sumptuous Lush, luxurious.
Surreptitious Secretive, sneaky.
Susquehanna A river in Pennsylvania.
*Susurrus Whispering, hissing.
*Talisman A good luck charm.
Tintinnabulation Tinkling.
*Umbrella Protection from sun or rain.
*Untoward Unseemly, inappropriate.
Vestigial In trace amounts.
Wafture Waving.
*Wherewithal The means.
*Woebegone Sorrowful, downcast.

I found this at andreainspired  and thought I'd share. My  favorites from the 100 Most Beautiful Words In English list have an asterisk next to them.

How about you, any of your faves represented here? If not, share a few won't you? 

This time last year

I started this blog.


  *My very first blog, Red man check it out.  

Thanks to all who follow - I really, really appreciate it! I'm having a blast! How about we celebrate same time next year?  LOVE.

Do you know it was a year a ago today?
Jay London 

For the love of Polaroid

 The simplest ideas are often the coolest.

Example: A giant Polaroid for your wall, back-lit? I would say that qualifies wouldn't you?

Well,  Polaboy   takes the magic of a Polaroid and blows it up 10:1, with a wooden frame and LED back lighting.  LOVE.

  How about Polaroid scarfs by Philippe Roucou ? I'm in.

image via (LOVE)

There are always rumors that the real Polaroid  camera will make an appearance and be back in our lives forever. Until then.


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Shh you got to, shake it, shh shake it, shake it, got to shake it
(Shake it Suga') shake it like a Polaroid Picture


It's all in the wrist my friends.

Who's on first

That's me in the back behind my mom.
I  recently read an article  in Psychology Today  about birth order and personality. I'm the second born in a family of six, all girls. This is important.  Had I been born a boy - I would have the personality of the first born even in my family of six because I would be the first and only male. (would that make me an only child too?)

As children, first-borns strive to emulate and please their parents, and often dominate and care for their younger siblings. Parents tend to delegate responsibility to firstborns, who identify with their parents and with authority. Therefore, relative to their younger siblings, first-born children tend to be more extraverted and confident, more conformist and conservative, more conscientious and academically inclined, and more dominant and authoritarian.

First-borns are likely to be least comfortable in situations that require radical change or innovation, in self-managing teams where roles and status are fluid and ambiguous, or in expatriate assignments where they need to adapt to a foreign culture.

Additionally, firstborns may be uncomfortable when they are required to work in subordinate roles.

Is this true first- borns?

 Because second-born children enter a family system in which the first-born niche is already taken, their incentive is to be different and to create their own niche.

Second-born children, relative to their older siblings, tend to be more flexible and open to new experiences, more empathic and altruistic, more creative and innovative, and more rebellious, liberal and interested in foreign cultures, and more concerned with justice and fairness.

Because as children they have less to lose by taking risks, second borns also tend to be more comfortable taking risks.

How about it seconds?

Middle siblings, who lack the dominance of firstborns and the higher degree of attention given to last borns are in a precarious situation and therefore must learn to be diplomatic and political in order to get their way. Relative to their siblings, middle children tend to be more diplomatic and politically skilled, and good at negotiation and compromise.

What do ya say Sis #4,#5?

Only children tend to resemble firstborns, and are achievement-oriented and motivated to please their parents.

Only- borns?

What I know for sure, there are no pictures of me as a baby. It appears I was five at birth. There is, however a giant  portrait of the first born as a baby. Talk to me people.

I must confess, I was born at a very early age.
Groucho Marx

Why Hello

Font face

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Do you have a favorite?

I got in a fight one time with a really big guy, and he said, "I'm going to mop the floor with your face." I said, "You'll be sorry." He said, "Oh, yeah? Why?" I said, "Well, you won't be able to get into the corners very well."
Emo Philips

The eyes have it

I've always wanted to apply false eyelashes (better for winking) and have a pair just waiting to be applied. Now, I have step by step instructions.  Let the winking begin.



Maybe that's what life is... a wink of the eye and winking stars.
Jack Kerouac

Stripes and the Ballerina

Question everything. Every stripe, every star, every word spoken. Everything.
                                                                   Ernest Gaines

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It takes two


It takes two to make a thing go right
It takes two to make it outta sight
Hit it!

Rob Base & D.J. E-Z Rock

Just because

Just because something doesn't do what you planned it to do doesn't mean it's useless.
Thomas A. Edison

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Raspberry In Blue

Raspberry is such a lovely color. Not quite red - not quite pink. It's not on the official color forecast list for 2012, but I've just added it.  Don't you just love it?



"People who believe a problem can be solved tend to get busy solving it”

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color forecast

The PANTONE FASHION & HOME Color System is a vital tool for designers in the apparel, home furnishings and interior design industries for selecting and specifying color used in the manufacture of textiles and fashion. The System – consisting of 1,925 colors in cotton or paper format – is ideal for assembling creative palettes and conceptual color schemes, and for providing color communication and control in the manufacturing process.Through a partnership with Clariant International, one of the world’s largest textile colorant and chemical producers, the PANTONE SMART Color Swatch Card System enables designers and manufacturers to expedite the color development cycle efficiently and accurately, dramatically increasing speed-to-market and reducing costs.
The PANTONE VIEW Colour Planner is a biannual trend forecasting tool that offers seasonal color direction and inspiration 24 months in advance for multiple usages, including menswear, women’s wear, activewear, cosmetics and industrial design. Introduced in 2004, PANTONE VIEW Home is a comprehensive forecasting tool for the home furnishings industry.

Below are the Pantone colors for 2012.

Top of the list: a favorite of mine, orange in a tangerine shade.



"Knock, knock!"
"Who's there?"
"Banana who?"
"Knock, knock!"
"Who's there?"
"Banana who?"
"Knock, knock!"
"Who's there?"
"Orange who?"
"Orange you glad I didn't say banana?"

The Cookie


            My co-worker Allison and I made our first business trip as fabric buyers to the Big Apple in the early 90's.  We arrive at JFK early in the morning, retrieved our luggage and grabbed a cab. We are staying in what we were told was the hippest hotel in the city. We are so excited.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3473/3304831464_6373d4df34.jpgThe cab pulls up to the hotel where we're met by the doorman. He's wearing a grey Nehru jacket with charcoal slippers, his hair is jet black.  He looked quite emaciated, and I had my doubts as to whether he could lift our bags. Frankly, he just didn't look well, his jacket and skin were the same shade of grey. My instinct is to help the poor, pale, malnourished  guy so I reach for my bag, to place it on the cart.  He snapped "put that down" and glared at me. So, I drop it like it's hot (props to Snoop Dogg.) We follow the little fellow into the lobby where there's more grey. Every shade from light to charcoal. It was like walking into a storm cloud. All ominous and moody.

 Then a guy who looks just like the doorman appears behind the desk. I look at Allison, she looks at me...... isn't that the doorman?  We're checked in with no conversation, given our keys and told to wait by the elevator, someone would be right with us. Sure enough the doorman desk - clerk appears. We all get into the elevator... after what seems like a life time we arrive at our floor, get to our room where the doorman takes our bags off the cart and stands glaring waiting for his tip...  "I've got a tip for you... eat a sandwich in the sunlight little man" (I say this to myself of course.) I give him five bucks. Begone.

Finally alone, we start laughing uncontrollably... okay... it's the same guy, right ?  We agree. It's the same guy, or we're not in a hotel at all, but a cloning laboratory made to look like the hotel and if  that's the case, I'll take the first watch. We take a look around the exceptionally small intensely grey room. The only bright spot is the food that the "Hotel" has kindly left for us to consume. We are famished. So we each take a large cellophane wrapped cookie - unwrap and start to eat. Half a cookie into it, I read the wrapper. Oh My God... SEVEN dollars....Allison stop eating! Like the scene, from the movie "Big" cookie comes flying out of mouths. We work for a crazy man and were told specifically not to order anything from room service nothing additional was to appear on the bill! Okay, okay, we can fix this. We had both eaten about half a cookie each, so we take the remaining half and make one. Re-wrap and Ta Da a whole cookie. We'll simply pay cash for the one we ate. We place the cookie back from whence it came (kind of)  it wouldn't go exactly in the same spot, but close enough (we thought.)

We leave and go on with the first day of our three day trip  (we had a few adventures along the way - best left for another post.) On the day we check out the doorman shows up, takes our bags and goes ahead of us to the lobby. Further evidence there is only one guy doing every job in the hotel. We once again find only the two of us in the lobby waiting for the "desk - clerk" to check us out. He finally shows up and presents us with the bill. You guessed it  -  in big, bold jet black letters,  mini bar - fourteen dollars. Honestly WTF  how did that happen.. we put it back  (we learn there are no put backs in a mini bar land.) We pay cash for the cookies and much to his disgust we insist the desk - clerk reprint the bill minus our  cookie fiasco.

We wait in the lobby while outside the doorman is hailing us a cab. As we walk out of the lobby into our waiting cab, I see out of the corner of my eye the desk-clerk, on the phone. Oh. My. God. the desk clerk and the doorman are not the same person, but two people who look exactly the same. Clones. I knew it. Lucky we kept watch.


Stop eating!

We've  had cloning in the South for years. It's called cousins.

Robin Williams


100 year old Ruth’s Life and Style Tips

1.”I never go to bed with my makeup on. that is number one.At night you must let your skin breathe.”

2.”I use a lipstick brush to paint on my lipstick—It stays on longer that way. I can also use a lipstick longer than anyone else because I can dig into it.”

3.”Every night before I got to bed I use Elizabeth Arden’s 8 hour beauty cream on my lips. You must keep your lips moisturized.”

4.”When it comes to fashion you must be aware of your skin tone. You don’t wear orange lipstick with a red dress.”

5.”I make myself go out everyday, even if its only to walk around the block. The Key to staying young is to keep moving. You are never too old to exercise.”

6.”Invest in Quality pieces, they never go out of style.”

7.”Don’t look at the calendar, just keep celebrating everyday.”

8.”I dress up everyday and I don’t wear blue jeans. I dress up even to mail a letter, you never know who you will meet along the way.”

9.I have been active my whole life. An old Elizabeth Arden Ad said,”If you want to look like this when you are 40 start when you are 20.”

10.I wake up every morning and say, “This is the day the lord has made.”

I don't know her, but I love her.

 From the movie Up

Dug: I was hiding under your porch because I love you.