⦿Satan’s Waitin’ – Sylvester & Tweety cartoon, 1954

‘Satan’s Waitin ‘ –  Sylvester & Tweety.  Sylvester goes to Hell in 8 of his 9 lives.
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Note: poor quality in the giant-size embedding, a flaw of  the dailymotion site.
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           Alternatively :  click  direct link = or linked image =  for better quality.
.. direct link :    https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x3df6qz
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⦿ Mannequin on a Mission ~ ~ ~ vintage Levis ad

An inventive vintage Levis tv ad of a mannequin stalking a guy for his jeans, approx. 2004
             Music : I Put a Spell on You – Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, 1956 

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⦿ Fake subscribers on WordPress

Today I deleted over 60 fake or absent subs  going back 10 years.
To those who have blogs here  – I think it’s not fresh news that some other bloggers  ‘fish’  for subscribers to their own blogs by subscribing to others indiscriminately .  . . . ‘I subscribed to you,  now you subscribe to me’.    For me it’s not automatic, NOPE.  Sometimes they will  ‘like’  the latest entry, then you never hear from them again, and sometimes they don’t even do that,  no Views, apparently just expecting a reciprocal subscription.
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Some of these blogs are commercial, trying to sell me something (NO)…and others are just weird, with no meaningful content, such as just  photos of food with no narrative or recipes, and  no commenting / interaction. I still don’t understand what the purpose is for that style of blog, but I’ve seen a number of them, trying to solicit subscribers… but why ?

For a time there were  a lot of outright fakes, a rash of so-called subscribers with nothing but a glob of random letters for sender names on Outlook email (not WP users), signing up for email notifications.  I believe they were fishing for return email address harvesting, for sending spam, and/or perhaps even something more sinister.  There are so many people on the web  now pretending to be something they are Not, with evil intentions !  Those fake subbers were deleted immediately.

I don’t chase monetization or sponsors and I don’t care a fig about the subscriber count — I just do this for fun, and want for those who choose me  to be real about enjoying the content, period.   But to be clear – if I like  what I see in your blog, I will subscribe, my choice.
And I greatly appreciate my Real Subscribers … you know who you are !

p.s     Shortly after posting this I actually had a specific ‘invitation’  to subscribe to some random blog I’ve never heard of, and not even with a fake subscription as bait !. .  N O   haha

💜  Kate
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⦿Janis Joplin~Maybe & Little Girl Blue, live 1969

MAYBE.  Live. .The One and Only Janis – imitators step back !  (from German tv, 1969)
For those too young to have been there — she was the Real Deal
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Litttle Girl Blue.   Live.  (Tom Jones tv show).
. .  .  have a tissue handy
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. songwriter : Nina Simone
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⦿ Walter the Cat

Walter  the  Cat,  who thinks he’s a dog,  stars in these clever tv ads.
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Summer   ‘Walter, go get some firewood.’
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 Winter “Hey Walter, get this man some hot cocoa.’
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⦿ Jenny the horse

A sweet story : Jenny the horse has taken a daily stroll alone through Frankfurt for almost 14 years.

She walks alone since her owner has gotten older and is unable to ride anymore.
The locals know Jenny well and look after her, giving her treats and making sure that she gets home safe.


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⦿ Lionel Hampton ~ vibraphone. ‘Martin on Every Block’ – 1940

Catchy swing tune that I recently discovered.Martin on Every Block’  1940 – Lionel Hampton. Love that vibraphone !
I can easily imagine the vibe part played by fiddle for a country swing version.
  I wondered about the song title: it’s an homage to a famous radio guy in NY named
Martin Block, the first one to play records on the radio, in the ’40s, including Hampton’s.
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⦿ Remember the Night, 1940 film . . . . . . MacMurray & Stanwyck

Amazon.com: Remember the Night : Preston Sturges, Mitchell Leisen, Barbara Stanwyck, Fred MacMurray, Beulah Bondi, Elizabeth Patterson, Sterling Holloway, Willard Robertson, Mitchell Leisen: Movies & TV
A  wonderful lesser-known film with Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck…
.. .a different kind of love story with a Christmas theme. .  Sorry – not the best quality.
Click link
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https://player.vimeo.com/video/658768200
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⦿Vintage postcards : trains in orange groves

Once upon a time, you could ride a train right through the orange groves in Southern California

The Super Chief was one of the named passenger trains and the flagship of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway.
The streamliner was named “The Train of the Stars” because of the various celebrities it carried between Chicago and Los Angeles.  




Florida had one too: the Orange Blossom Special,  between New York City and Miami.
      Found on
 About my Trains.
via : https://www.messynessychic.com/2021/07/05/13-things-i-found-on-the-internet-today-vol-dlxi/?_
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⦿ Bill Gates’ Mugshot

 Bad Billy !  For some reason this just made my day. . .

Bill Gates’ Mugshot

In 1977 Bill Gates was arrested for driving without a license and
not stopping at a stop sign. Found on  Reddit.

Driving without a license is a misdemeanor,  w/ a fine or jail time, usually at the officer’s
discretion. Perhaps he failed the smartass attitude test…and why is he smiling about it.
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⦿You’re a Big Girl Now – Dylan 1974

Bob Dylan.  from Blood on the Tracks 1974, about the breakup with his wife Sara.
A most beautiful and heartfelt song, with stunning  acoustic guitar

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⦿ Tessa the Rescue Cat

Some years ago my neighbors, a retired couple, adopted a  young shelter rescue cat, Tessa. They’d ask me to look after her when they traveled, and Tessa and I developed a special bond – she was a sweet affectionate kitty.  When they  passed on their adult son came to sell the condo; we became friends.  The situation arose of what to do about Tessa – neither of us could take her in,  and I made great efforts to find her a new home,  but ultimately failed.  I wrote this story to find some resolution to my emotional involvement in the situation.
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This is her story,  in her voice.
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My name is Tessa.  I’m 12 years old — I’m no kitten anymore.  But  ever since I was little, I’m scared  of  loud  noises and  scared about  being alone.

I have 3 brothers and one sister and when we were kittens, one day our Mama didn’t come back, never ever.  We cried and cried, we were hungry and cold and scared.  Then someone put us all in a box and took us to a scary place we didn’t like at all.  There were big dogs barking real loud and howling–we were so scared we were  trembling.  There were a bunch of other cats too,  all  ages and  sizes  and colors,  all of them yelling and screaming and crying.  It was horrible.  We never were around  other cats  before, and we  didn’t like it !
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And  right away  the 5 of us were  separated. I heard 2 of my brothers calling for  the  rest  of us,  and  we all were crying for  Mama.  But we never saw Mama again, and I never saw my sister or brothers again. It was  a  bad  place,  allright,  and  I  was  alone  now.
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“Crybaby. . you’re such a crybaby.”  It was a calico in the next cage making fun of me,  just  to  be  mean.      A  black and white cat on  my  other side said  to the  calico  “Oh you shut  up over  there,  leave  the  baby  be . .  she just lost  her  mama.”
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To me she said   “You go ahead and cry.  I know how you feel, kid—they took  my  babies  away  from  me.  But  it’ s done.  Things  will  be  ok,  you’ll  see.”     
That made me feel not so alone and scared, someone being nice to me.  I was getting used to the  constant  noise and was suddenly  sleepy.   I  laid  down on the soft towel in  the  back of  my cage.
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The people in this place came around to give us food and water twice a day.  They were nice,  saying nice things and  petting us —  but I still missed  my family real bad. Sometimes some of the cats would be taken out of  their  cages to  be  taken  somewhere  else,  but  we  didn’t  know where.  Some  of  them were  brought  back  and  they  looked  so  sad, but  they  didn’t  talk  about  it.  Sometimes people would walk around looking at all of us, maybe pointing to one and smiling, and that cat would be taken out and didn’t come back.
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The day came pretty quickly for  my turn to come out. .  and I  got  adopted !!   A lady picked ME to be her  cat !  She was a real  nice lady with a  man,  and  they took  me to  their home.  I got put in a cage again and rode in a car, that was scary.  But then I didn’t have to be  in a cage anymore and  I  wouldn’t  be  lonely  any more — I  had  a  home,  and my own people !
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The lady was sweet and nice, so happy to have a companion. The man wasn’t so sure about me, but he tolerated me because I made the lady happy.  Sometimes the lady and man would leave on trips and  another Lady who lived upstairs would take care of me,  feeding me and playing with me.  I was sad when she went home but she came back later every time.  She gave me my favorite toy, my little pink mouse.
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But after a time  I was sad again, because my nice lady died, she was gone away.  The man was so sad, he didn’t know what to do.  But he had a good heart and came to love me, because  I reminded him of the lady.  He got me toys and talked to me, I was happy again.
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Then he was gone too. I was scared and sad again.  When the man died, I couldn’t live there anymore, I didn’t have my own people anymore.    I was very sad.  The man’s son came  there for a while and the nice Lady upstairs tried real hard  to find me  a new home and people,  but it never happened.
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The time came for all of us to leave.  The Lady & Man caged me.  WHY  are you doing this ?          Please,  no – I’ll be a good cat,  don’t take me to that place.  I’ll be good, I promise !  Please, no.

The Lady is crying, I’m crying too. Everything was fine before, the Lady brought me special treats all the time  and petted me,  and played red laser dots with me a lot.   She put my favorite toy, the little pink mouse, in the cage with me.   She was talking to me  but  I didn’t  want to listen anymore.
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I’m back at that place where I was taken as a kitten, where that nice lady came and got me out.  I do not like it here, at all !   The people at this place come by once a day and take some of the cats out of their cages.  They’re scared and we never see them again.  But I think they’re getting adopted like I did before.  It will be my turn soon,  just like before and I’ll have a new home with nice people again !
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Soon it was my turn to go.  I’m going to be adopted again !
A nice girl  held me as she walked, and she brought my little pink mouse too. I heard someone say  words I didn’t understand : “This is her second time here, she’s too old now.”
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We went into a bright room with tables and cabinets and strange metal things. It smelled funny and it frightened me.  The girl handed me over to a nice man. He held me close, the way I like, and said nice things to me as he  stroked me, and said my name.    I liked that.
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“This won’t hurt a bit, Tessa . . go to sleep, sweetheart”  as he gently slipped the syringe into my leg.
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He laid her down into a cardboard box and tucked the little pink mouse between her paws.
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⦿Japan’s Truck Gardening Contest

Japan’s Truck Gardening Contest  because : why not !

     Since 2016, a uniquely Japanese event has been held in Osaka each year :
The Kei-tora Gardening Contest. The kei-tora, formally known as the Kei Truck,
is a tiny but practical vehicle common in Japan. Landscape design and gardening
companies participate to see who can come up with the best garden within the
confines of the bed of the truck.

  Full article found on   Spoon & Tamago
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⦿ Happy Land ~1943 film. . . . . . . . . . Don Ameche, Harry Morgan

1943 film.  Don Ameche, Frances Dee, and a young Harry Morgan
A drama of a father dealing with the tragedy of his son killed in WW2.

Harry Carey as Grandpa
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⦿ My Mysterious Brain

A  mystery  to  me :  In the past 10 years or so, I’ve noticed a strange thing in myself.    Numerous times when heavily involved in something,  usually either in past ongoing intense cyber chats/ email conversations, or when  engrossed in writing fiction, in the back of my mind  I suddenly visualize a particular location for myself,  other than where  I actually am at the time.
A few examples for particular situations :: in the living room of my childhood house, sitting on the floor with my laptop in a present day chat, or on a  lawn under a certain giant oak,  or in a mountain vacation cabin from my teenage years, etc.   This is where I was, in my head, when conversing with particular people.
I have no idea how these images/ vague memories came to be associated with cyber conversations many years later, but once randomly established, they were there for the duration, every time.   The way I came to think of it was :  there is a virtual roulette wheel  with real random physical locations represented, which spun until stopping when  I began an email or chat conversation with someone.  And that’s the place I would be, with no logic to it.
Always in the back of my mind  I’d be vaguely aware of truly believing I was in these places, as if in a fugue state almost, to the point of when the conversation stopped, I’d be somewhat surprized  and startled to find myself suddenly in my present house.  But it wasn’t with everybody – again, apparently  random.  What’s going on in my brain ! ?  I wonder if this happens to anybody else.
On a smaller scale, often if I recall a random incident or memory while doing a particular thing, like making coffee,  then almost every time subsequently, that old memory pops up.  It can be quite annoying, as the memories or incidents are not necessarily ones I care to remember endlessly ! General advice for that sort of thing is – just stop thinking about it.  That’s like saying,  stop looking at the purple elephant in the room !
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Another oddity – I read an article in a magazine years ago about a strange condition called Synesthesia, where  some people can ‘see’ certain words, letters, numbers, music, or events as particular colors.  I’d never heard of that, and found it fascinating.
I mentioned it in passing to my stepmother after my Dad died.

I was flabbergasted when she told me : my Dad had told her  that when I was a little girl,  I was like that !  I’d say things like  ‘Today is a green day, yesterday was yellow, I like the blue fives, they’re pretty’.  My Dad never told me anything about that !  and I have absolutely zero memory of it,  and I no longer ‘experience colors’… although now I wish I still did !
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⦿Just Like Heaven~The Cure live, 2004

One of my all time favorite songs in a live performance from 2004.
Some people react to Robert Smith’s appearance, which has zero to do
with his talents as a songwriter & musician.  He is an individual who lives
as he chooses
with no apologies.
And by the way, still married to the love of his life for 33+ years !

 
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⦿ Porky Pig & Charley the Dog ~1940’s Looney Tunes

Two 1940’s Looney Tunes cartoons.
Charley the Dog is determined to be adopted by Porky Pig.
. . .  ‘You ain’t got no dog  and  I ain’t got no master’.

Little Orphan Airedale   1947 . .   click link or linked image.
https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x44hd9c


https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x44hd9c

Awful Orphan  1949.  Trouble viewing ?  click linked image
Image result for charley the dog looney tunes"

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⦿ Sophie’s Choice ~1982 film. Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline

A heavy drama, difficult to watch at times, but unforgettable for the stunning beauty
of the performances.   I was surprized to find this quality upload free on youtube.
Kevin Kline’s first film.


NOTE : English subtitles of the German are hidden for some reason — to access you need
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 press Pause, then the ‘cc’ button, lower right corner, on youtube
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⦿ What Does It Take (to Win Your Love)~~Junior Walker 1969

Another great oldie that’s like a time capsule of emotion. I remember how I felt then,
the things I thought about, and how my room looked in the dawn as I got ready for
school with the radio on.

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⦿ Bonnie Raitt ~ You Got It

 Bonnie Raitt, 1995.  The 1988 song by Roy Orbison,Tom Petty & Jeff Lynn.
Who doesn’t love Bonnie !  I’ve never heard of a bad word said against her,
she is widely respected for her character & values, as well as talent.
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⦿Whales are funny : Jim Gaffigan

Jim Gaffigan.  An oldie but goodie from the ‘Mr Universe’ tour 2012.
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his guy can go 5 or 10 minutes on any subject imaginable and never stop being funny.
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⦿Elmer Bernstein – ‘Hollywood & the Stars’ theme

The memorable beautiful theme by Elmer Bernstein for the tv show ‘Hollywood and the Stars’, 1963-64;
also used for a time at the Academy Awards.  A lovely piece of music that so many remember and love.

  To me it evokes a haunting melancholy,  yet at the same time a majestic grandeur..
Bernstein was a prolific composer, with 200+ well-known film & television themes and scores in 50+ years,
for a wide scope of projects : dramas, comedies and westerns — the iconic Magnificent Seven theme, for one.   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elmer_Bernstein
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⦿Palácio da Pena~Sintra, Portugal

Sintra Portugal-in the forest alt view
 I  love-love-love this photo !  It looks like something in a fairy-tale . . enchanting.

These places are in the hidden gardens of the Palácio da Pena ~ Sintra, Portugal.
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Sintra Portugal-the path   Sintra Portugal secret gazebo
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Sintra Portugal hidden stairs

Sintra Portugal - lake tower

Palacio da Pena Sintra Portugal

   . .              thanks to my lovely Portuguese friend  Teresa !
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⦿ Dandelion Wish Central

This just intrigues and amuses me. . . 

A dandelion wish-making facility in L.A.     This was for 2 days only ! 
‘The anonymous art collective simply known as the  Art Department transformed
a decommissioned building into a secret wish-processing facility.
More pictures on the Art Department  Instagram site.


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The full story is interesting, find the article on HyperAllergic
https://www.messynessychic.com/2019/05/27/13-things-i-found-on-the-internet-today-vol-cccliii/
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⦿ some more funny cats

 people still like funny cats on the internet


Did you tell me ‘NO’ ?!
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cat-cooking
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My mom told me  I’m  ‘special’ !
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   Viking Patrol 
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my dumbass cat does this–and there’s been NO drip for 2+ yrs
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and make it snappy . .


  I  am  displeased.
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  ‘Honey,  your cat is drunk… again!’
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. . . . . .     cat paw sox !

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⦿ Nazis in the house

 I was remembering the time years ago when I was in France on a 2 month working vacation. A young man we worked with graciously took us to his family’s country home in a town near Paris  for a weekend.  (I’ve forgotten the name of the town).  His lovely mother still lived there, as she had as a young newlywed when the Nazis  occupied France in 1941.  Her husband was off  fighting in the war, it was just she and her mother in the house. 
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She told me that one day 4 or 5 Nazis came along the country road, barging into houses at will  ‘because they could’.  In her house they demanded a meal to be prepared, with the best wine, as they ransacked the house.  They opened books, inspected photos, opened all cabinets and drawers, etc.  They took jewelry, some other small family heirlooms, liquor, and cash, and flicked cigar ashes on her rugs…. just being the a–hole  pigs that Nazis were.  So it was not only Jews who were targeted, it was anyone they pleased to terrorize, including 2 frightened women alone… just ‘because they could’.
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As this sweet lady was telling me about the incident she began to weep and sob.  At that point it had been many years since that day, but to her it was like yesterday.  My heart ached for her.  And  I realized I was in the very same room where  actual Nazis had stood, a living history — that blew my mind !

.no Nazis !
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