I love watching black and white films. There’s just something so stunning yet simplistic about these films- they just draw me right in. I love imagining being a part of that era- Old Hollywood. Without all of the special effects and distraction of color I am totally focused on the actors- it’s a totally different experience than watching films of today. Many of my friends and family say the hate B&W films- I’m shocked because most of the time I would prefer B&W. So I thought that it would be a great idea to share a B&W movie a week on this here blog.
My first pick, which I watched last night, is The Fuzzy Pink Nightgown.
Laurel Srevens (Jane Russell), a movie star is kidnapped by a pair of amateurs, Mike Valla (Ralph Meeker) and “Dandy” (Keenan Wynn). But their hearts aren’t really into their work and they decide to let her go. Laurel, worried abut the effect a phoney kidnapping will have on her career, tells them they’ve got to go through with it for real. She points out that in the past, she’s been a party to number of outrageous publicity stunts and, because they abducted her on the eve of the release of her new film, “The Kidnapped Bride,” she tells them her career will collapse unless they make the kidnapping look like it was on the level.
I’m so thankful that I’ve been blessed with another year of life! I woke up this morning to messages from friends and family wishing me a Happy Birthday, kisses and hugs from my kids, and gifts!!!! What a way to start my day. The crappy part is that I work allllll day- seriously like a 13 hour day ahead of me. But it’s okay I’m going to make the best of it and focus on the positive. I’ll have lunch with a couple of girlfriends that are meeting me and I just got an alert for my FREE birthday gift from Sephora (which I’ll be taking full advantage of getting on my break!)- so there will be some excitement today. The fun stuff will be postponed for later this week- My Dad bought me a spa gift certificate that I’ve already made an appointment to use tomorrow, followed by my sister taking me out to lunch, and Saturday night I’ll party hardy!
Some celebrities that share my birthday…
Paige Davis from “Trading Spaces”
Events that took place on this day…
Ike and Tina Turner split up as a musical act in 1976
The Premiere of “I Love Lucy” in 1951
Just about everyone has a phone camera, usually in-hand, waiting for the next interesting thing to capture to share via social network. Over the last month I have seen so many videos by bystanders showing things like police brutality, domestic violence, road rage and violence between individuals in public places. Though there are advantages to being able to video tape these types of incidents for evidence- there are times when people just cross the line when it comes to privacy. For example when you pull up next to someone and notice them singing in the car next to you (which I do all the time) it’s crossing the line to video tape them and post it for everyone to see. I hope to god there are no videos of me belting to Celine Dion floating around out there… so embarrassing. I’m not the most graceful walker either- I’m constantly tripping and falling and I would hate for someone to capture that and share it. I am always telling my oldest son to really be careful about the things that he post- not just of himself but of his friends too. I also tell my kids to conduct themselves like they’re being watched, because there are people out there that could very well catch you in the act of doing something wrong or capturing something that you wouldn’t want other people seeing. It’s sad that the world has come to this- teens these days don’t think about how the things they post could cost them getting a job or even ruin their reputation. I’ve seen so many teens in videos being taped by other teens doing very inappropriate things, and it’s floating all over Youtube and other sites. Some of these kids don’t even know they’re being taped and later find themselves in situations where they become depressed and even want to take their own lives. I think that as parents the most important thing is to educate our kids on the long term consequences of posting ANYTHING on social media- and to respect the privacy of others.