Mad Gal


Interesting article about the gal who created the Mad Men avatars.

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I realized in real life I need new glasses AND have to wear more lipstick 🙂

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August 17, 2009. Tags: , , , , . designy. Leave a comment.

It’s a Java Kind of morning!

I don’t even drink coffee, but this song tends to be in my head on waking on wonderful sunny warm Saturdays like today. Great day to sleep in, be in Phoenixville, dog and husband at home finally, heading to the farmers market, seeing friends, catching up with neighbors, grilling. Life is good.

August 15, 2009. Tags: , , . I can't get it out of my head, muse kiss, phoenixville. Leave a comment.

Rialto Monday Morning 5:19

Glanced up at my CD collection last night while reaching for the plant food and saw Rialto. Classic song!

August 14, 2009. Tags: , , , , , . I can't get it out of my head, muse kiss. Leave a comment.

I Can Go For That, Can Do

Now if only they had the video of Inara and Mike Viola doing their duet from Just Before Dark. My 2 fave tastes that taste great  together!

July 7, 2009. I can't get it out of my head, I like!, muse kiss. Leave a comment.

It’s Our Boy, Howdy!

Staff photo by Tom Kelly IV - Howdy

Here’s an article from the Daily Local paper about the art exibit Cliff and I went to a few weeks back, and where I was tickeled to almost death that we were able to buy 1 of the 6  Jeff Schaller originals being shown (as an early birthday present for me!)

We call him Howdy, that’s him in the left hand corner (photo courtesy of the Daily Local and Staff photographer Tom Kelly IV) and if you’ve seen photos of The Hacienda you know he’ll fit in wonderfully. Check out the show while you can- it’s up ’til the 27th of this month!

July 2, 2009. Art, I like!. Leave a comment.

Human Nature

My 2 fave alternate versions of one of Michael Jackson’s many great songs.

June 26, 2009. Tags: , , , . Uncategorized. 1 comment.

OMG I’m only 35% White!

Well at least according to the website Stuff White People Like!

The whole list is pretty hysterical, one of my many fave quotes, from #93 Music Piracy (which I do not like) but this part kills me because it’s so true in my circles:

Because of the availability of music online, a very strict social hierarchy has been created within white culture whereby someone with a large MP3 collection is considered “normal,” a large CD collection is considered to be “better,” and a person with a large vinyl collection is recognized as “elite.”

These elite white people abhor the fact that music piracy has made their B-sides, live performances, and bootlegs available to the masses. Their entire life’s work has been stripped of its rarity in terms of both object and sound on the record. The best thing you can say to them is: “vinyl still sounds better.”

However, it is recommended that you do not let this conversation drag much longer. If you let them continue talking to you they are likely to spend hours talking to you about bands you’ve never heard of and providing you with a weekly mix CD of rarities that you do not want.

There are 126 things on the master list but these are the ones I could honestly say I had to admit to!

#126 Vespa Scooters – they’re so cool looking!
#123 Mad Men – also so cool looking, and vintage
#119 Sea Salt – well, I love all salt
#116 Black Music that Black People Don’t Listen to Anymore – jazz, Stevie Wonder, but no Blues
#114 America – I do get all teary eyed at parades and patriotic songs
#113 Halloween – I like to dress up, but am afraid of trick or treaters
#111 Pea Coats – I had one, guilty!
#109 The Onion – of course
#106 Facebook – a necessary evil
#104 Girls with Bangs – I’ve got ’em!
#103 Sweaters – I’ve got so many cardigans, I’m always cold
#99 Grammar – there, their they’re!
#97 Scarves – again, see the always cold remark, but only in winter
#94 Free Healthcare – you have to read the entry for this one, it’s hysterical
#92 Book Deals – I won’t be afraid to admit I’d love my own book deal
#88 Having Gay Friends – I’ve got ’em!
#84 T-Shirts – of course
#83 Bad Memories of High School – well who doesn’t have ’em?
#82 Hating Corporations – stick it to the man
#79 Modern Furniture – well not all but some
#77 Musical Comedy – Allan Sherman, Tom Lehrer, yep.
#74 Oscar Parties – only the one at the Colonial Theatre
#71 Being the only white person around – guilty at restaurants
#67 Standing Still at Concerts – force of habit, but you have to read the entry on this one
#64 Recycling – I’ve even got my own recycling bin under my desk
#53 Dogs – better than cats and kids, imho
#51 Living by the Water – ocean preferrably
#50 Irony – ironing?
#49 Vintage – guilty of telling folks I picked it up for a steal at a thrift store
#47 Arts Degrees – So useful! I have one.
#44 Public Radio – I listen all the time, am I being brainwashed?
#42 Sushi – Cliff’s fave, I’ve become a fan
#41 Indie Music – can I help it if the music  I like never gets popular?
#39 Netflix – who doesn’t like Netflix?
#37 Renovations – wish we could have some done to the Hacienda
#36 Breakfast Places – I love all food places, breakfast is fine by me
#34 Architecture – buildings are cool!
#28 Not having a TV – guilty
#26 Manhattan (now Brooklyn too!) – we had our first date in NYC other than that I’d pretend I didn’t like the city
#23 Microbreweries – indie beer
#22 Having Two Last Names – well Cliff has one last name and I have another, so there you go
#13 Tea – not a coffee drinker so what’s a gal to do?
#8 Barack Obama – someone’s got to help the country!
#5 Farmer’s Markets – yep, tho I can never buy as much as I want to
#3 Film Festivals – sure!

and you?

June 25, 2009. Tags: , . I like!, randomania. Leave a comment.

Musical Milestones – The Stray Cats

The first time I saw the Stray Cats was this appearance on the TV show Fridays in 1981. Yeah pretty much a life changing moment! I remember having my first real paying babysitting job must’ve been that summer and being so psyched to go to Strawberries Music and pick out a bunch of records. I know I got a number of them but now I can only remember Squeeze and The Stray Cats.

June 24, 2009. I can't get it out of my head, muse kiss, musical milestone. 1 comment.

What books are piled next to your bed?

Mine:

500 Things To Eat Before It’s Too Late – Jane & Michael Stern
Pink Flamingos- Splendor On The Grass – Don Featherstone
Summer Crossing – Truman Capote
Requiem For A Paper Bag – Davy Rothbart
The Design Of Everyday Things – Donald Norman
Roadside Attractions – Brian & Sarah Butko
Lettering And Alphabets – Albert Cavanaugh
The Death And Life Of Great American Cities – Jane Jacobs

June 23, 2009. Tags: , . randomania. 2 comments.

Modbetty’s dreams of a fun filled retro roadtrip style summer!

Here’s some cool stuff I’m looking forward to this summer:

* We just found out that Cliff and the Forward Thinkers will be playing in New York City on MY BIRTHDAY! Friday August 7 at the Lakeside Lounge. This should be a lot of fun, so if you’re in the area mark your calendar, or plan the visit now!

* My website www.retroroadmap.com is a lot of fun, and making me itchy for a roadtrip instead of sitting in my cube at work. If anyone has places to recommend/photos etc, please send them, so I can share them with the world, and myself. The latest entries on the site are from my pal Suzanne, and everyone is welcome to join in the fun!

* Speaking of roadtrips, I am trying to get Cliff to take a day off so we can roadtrip out to just north of Pittsburgh in August, where he’s going to be working a Patty Smyth &  Scandal show. Anyone have any roadmap worthy places for us to check out? I think there are some drive in movie theatres still around the burg, but welcome all tips!

* I’m having a big retro/vintage stuff sale on Saturday July 11, coinciding with Blobfest here in Phoenixville PA. I’ve got the thrifting bug but I don’t really need all the stuff I’ve collected so I’m sharing my finds. If you are looking for something let me know and I’ll check the basement, and if you’re in town for Blobfest, swing by the hacienda and say hello!

Other than that I’m eying the calendar at work hoping to take some time off during the summer, does anyone have any fun vacation plans?

June 23, 2009. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

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