Thursday, October 10, 2013

Film School Fridays






I compiled a list of 10 films I consider to be  inspiring for a little get together I'm hosting fridays for friends and family.  These 10 films are mostly lesser known gems or old enough to be overlooked.  They are the kind of critically acclaimed films that I think have a lot to teach about film making.  They are movies with a lot of heart and a definite love of the art.  So I thought I would post this list in the hopes of Introducing some or all of these to an eager audience of film enthusiasts.
( I ended the list with Moonrise Kingdom - Wes Anderson 2012.  I truly feel that all film fests of any genre should end with this film.  Like the movie Hugo, it leaves you with an intense love for the art of film and reminds you of the magic of film.)

1. The Fall of the House of Usher , American  1928




2.  Ikiru,   Ikira Kurusawa  1952




3.  Aguirre, the Wrath of God, Werner Herzog  1972




4.  The Reckless Moment,  Max Ophus  1949




5.  The Crime of Monsieur Lange,  Jean Renoir  1936




6.  Le Havre, Aki Kourismaki  2011




7.  A Woman Under the Influence, John Cassevettes  1974




8.  Slacker, Richard Linkletter  1991




9.  After Hours, Martin Scorcese  1985




10.  Moonrise Kingdom, Wes Anderson  2012




These should be watched with the lights out and plenty of homemade popcorn!  Moving pictures, we love you !!!

Friday, October 4, 2013

Javita Coffee



A friend of mine has bought in to the Javita money making plan and gave me her version of the 'hard sell' which ended in her saying that she is not very good at selling and she is glad she has sold enough to cover her investment.  Then she told me to look at the website because it will explain things better than she can.  I am going to assume that she probably represents 90% of the Javita sales team.  Implying that the other 10% are indeed making money. 

The first thing I noticed was page after page of Google items that matched my search "Javita coffee".  I guess the miracle of online sales technique goes beyond listing your website as a sales rep.  Next stop YouTube.  Again, all the  motivated sales reps have diligently posted videos showing the wonders of 'multi level marketing' with charts, graphs, and advise galore helping their prospective team members to comprehend the wonders of a ' network marketing structured business'. 

Then I checked Amazon and EBay and there were again lots of listings for the product at a bit of discount from the suggested retail ( or the price that the 90% of sellers are asking to try to get their investment back before calling it a day.)

Actually, the product itself is probably quite viable - a coffee that has added the herb Garcinia Cambogia which is an appetite suppressant.  Although, coffee is already kind of a diet helper as caffeine is the main ingredient in most weight loss supplements.  Still, the idea of 'weight loss coffee' should be easy to sell.  Especially when it has been enthusiastically endorsed by none other than Dr. Oz.  I'm sure one of the original sales team wrangled Dr. Oz at the get go and now he is probably one of the people who 'sit back and watch the money roll in'. 

I watched one woman's YouTube video and was not surprised to find her attempting to collect my email address with a very obvious ruse.  She first pointed out that she is an award winning Internet marketer and told a bit of a sob story about how broke and desperate she once was.  She talked in a very casual manner and gave just the right amount of professional 'I know what I am talking about' and personal 'I was once just as desperate and dumb as you' in her brief talk.  She rambled on about her kids and how important her time is and how her tried and true award winning method of Internet team building and sales paid so well that she had tons of spare time for vacations and soccer games etc.  Then ,of course, she leans in and conspiratorially drops the bomb - she is going to share her hard earned strategy with you.  She is going to tell you how she gathers 2,000 new contacts a week without phone calls or coffee party's at her house.  All you need to do is fill in your email address and she will send you the info.  Yeah.  Apparently, every week 2,000 people fall for this and fill out the space for their email and voila! she has her new contacts.  They are proving her strategy on the spot. 

They are not allowed to use the words 'pyramid scheme' for obvious reasons.  It's now referred to as a 'direct-selling industry'.  But the coffee is not what you are directly selling.  You are still a middle man as far as that goes.  You are directly selling the industry itself.  Your team has bought the idea of making money selling coffee and building their own team from you.

As you can tell I have a lot  of issues with this.  First of all, Dr. Oz...?  Really?  I can't believe anyone would believe anything from a guy who has the last name Oz.   The word Oz is literally a metaphor for fraud.  The man behind the curtain.  The 'great and powerful' lost little explorer from Omaha.

Then there is the unbelievable saturation of every single Internet avenue.  The bulk of these being about sales and joining the team and far fewer actual customer reviews bragging about their miraculous weight loss.   

Soooo.....  I am afraid this prettyluckygirl is going to pass on this opportunity to sell an amazing product, make possible millions and help others to do the same without ever having to leave the house or really do anything except cash all my checks that roll in each month.  But I won't stop anyone else from trying.  Who knows, the great and powerful Dr. Oz might really have something in his bag to make your dreams come true!




Sunday, September 22, 2013

AUTUMN/SWEATERS/KNITTING ARTS

She has the talent to make this, and made THIS...

So it's one month and 2 days since my last post... just wanted to fess up right from the start.
Fall is upon us and so is the desire for knit goods.  Awesome sweaters, thick socks, fingerless gloves, cozy headbands etc...  I even bought a super cozy Elizabeth and James cable knit sweater last week to get the ball rolling - this exact sweater:
impossible to be more comfy than this!

The thing is, I made a new year's resolution to learn to crochet this year and I haven't yet attempted a single stitch.  I do know how to do basic knitting 'knit one pearl two' but have never even tried the simplest of crochet techniques.  And the clock is ticking (basically 3 1/2 months left).  So with fall in the air and a desire for sweaters n such I thought I would look up some easy patterns.  I have been stocking up on yarn these past  9 months - (anytime I see something on sale) and quite a few different sized knitting needles, but have only one crochet hook.  And there seems to be a lot more easy start patterns for knit as opposed to crochet.
50 'must try' is quite a lot




I'm definitely in the mood to do some knitting but also need to get that darn resolution out of the way!
There are tons of cute projects to get started on:
really must make these
in a different color this wouldn't look like a baby blanket, it would just be cute

There are so many patterns for bizarre  stuff.  I mean, the yarn wizards out there seem to gravitate towards the ridiculous ( like the boombox).  Most of it seems to be geared towards babies because they can't say 'no, I don't want to wear a hat that looks like a cupcake' or weird stuff for the house that no one can really make fun of due to the obvious time and effort it took.
why...?
ok, these are really hilarious
someone has a little too much time on their hands...
his hair is pretty textured as well, the good old days- that can't be a cd in his hand...?

Well, the snag in my resolution is that I seem to want to knit rather than crochet.  So I guess I will find a simple tutorial on a crochet pot holder and call it a day.   Then get started improving my knitting skills so I can make some awesome stuff!
like this!!!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

BIRTHDAY #3






Another blog birthday!!!
Three years of blogging about random stuff and posting photos to go with said random bloggings...

My last blogpost was May 30th.  Today is August 21... That is the longest lull in PLG history.  If it weren't for the tremendous import of today's birthday recognition, who knows when I would have decided to sit down and scribble out a new post.  But here I am and a birthday is under way and celebrations need to commence!






Being the 21st of the month I would calculate that my blog is a Leo/Virgo cusp.  Some would say Leo but not me.  I didn't give any thought to the astro birth sign of my blog until now.  Which is weird for me.  Considering the attention-hungry nature of a blog, Leo/Virgo makes perfect sense.  It's funny that I do not relate to Leo or Virgo yet when I am blogging I think maybe I become that sort... Anyway, lets get this party started!





These are the kind of cakes and gelato that this blog deserves.   I have been neglectful and need to feed my blogs' inner child with fancy cakes and kind words.  It's been a strange summer, strange weather, strange goings on.  I guess I was uninspired to be witty and entertaining but now that summer is almost gone and PLG is having a birthday, things seem to be falling into place.  The mundane and trite realities of the blogosphere seem to be calling.  The world and all its' problems be damned; there is cake and ice cream to be eaten and confetti that needs tossing and even some music and dancing to be done!  This blog has had its' vacation.  It's back and ready for one more year.  Oh yes... at least one more year!  Mark my words - the best is yet to come.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Hitting the Road

For appropriate soundtrack click here


Hitting the road means different things to different people.  I'm not talking about a "road trip" which implies destination and stopping at wacky motels along the way.  That is certainly fun and I'm pretty much always up for that but I'm currently jonesing for a camper-type road trip where the road is kind of the destination.  I keep seeing all these cool-o caravan campers and vintage air stream type of things that I want really badly to own.  really need...












This just might be the life for me.  I am an experienced camper so I know all the downside.  But the upside is so up!  Sleeping in this adorable little gypsy-style bedroom is not hard to imagine.




Or this awesome vintage camper!  So cute and cheery!  And honestly it probably has about the same square footage as a New York studio apt !





So while I'm over romanticizing, I may as well picture a vogue fashion shoot outside my trailer!





Yes! I've made up my mind... I'm going to live in one of these.  Someday... soon.  I will keep you posted : ))

Thursday, May 9, 2013

THE LOVELY MONTH OF MAY







May used to be about springtime and flowers...although April kind of took credit for the flowers by way of showers, but in these modern times dancing around the Maypole has taken on new meaning.  May is now 'masturbation awareness month' and this week specifically is 'clitoris awareness week'.
Whew.  The festivities naturally have been off the charts! Here it is Thurs and clitoris week is winding down... I'm sure going to miss seeing these t-shirts everywhere -



All the clitoris parades and souvenirs... the crowning 'Miss Clitoris' gala.  It's been spectacular.  Luckily we still have the rest of the month to explore and debate 'masturbation month'.




Newsweek has it right!  Nothing says America better than Masturbation.  It does make one proud!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Farewell Twitter

4 Nov
I still think 'scrambles the death dealer' would have been a better name than . Credit : Nathan Explosion
So many new-fangled salutations - merry joy cheer! Happy season tidings! Lovepeace and shopping Yuletides ! So inspiring..
This was of course written at Christmastime.  Just a bit sour, I think.  People also feel the need to voice their opinion about every little news item.  I even managed to have an opinion regarding  several tv personalities.

Celebrities that confuse me: Justin Bieber Any Kardashian Nicole Ritchie One Tree Hill Jon Stewart's sexuality
This was Jan '11.  Apparently the time Jon Stewart  made gay marriage rights his sole mission in life.  There's no way he or any of his writers read that so what was my objective?
( Speaking of celebrities and twitter, this youtube video says it all! Must watch! click)

Bands that really need to go away: Coldplay Maybe another one Definitely Coldplay
Obviously Coldplay was getting on my nerves Jan '11. But why did I need to voice that opinion?


Twitter must be a symptom of a fear based mass neuroses. Sparked by insecurity and paranoia. Methinks.

I even answered my own question 2 years ago.  But that didn't stop me.

Axel Rose wishes he were Charlie Sheen.

I wrote this during Charlie Sheen's "winning" period.  It may be true but c'mon... how do I know what Axel is wishing.  I was picking on two nut jobs with one tweet.  Economical but unfair.

Man, I haven't had a 120 character thought in 18 days. Is that good or bad? (47 characters left) (so close) (just 13 more)

I actually think this one borders on genius.  Again, I have been fully aware of the absurdity  from the start, and yet kept up the charade for 2 1/2 years...

#prettyluckygirl I just played a 99 point word on Words With Friends! I didn't even think it was a suitable word. They really are my friends.

This one sheds a little light on the subject.  I was way proud of my 99 point word but there are few people you can brag about that to.  Really no people.  Except to broadcast it to the internets and somehow feel some invisible hand slaps and high fives.  ( pathetic in some circles; normal in others)

#prettyluckygirl So tonight is the season finale of and the season premiere of . That's tv magic right there.

This is just me talking to myself.

#prettyluckygirl National coffee day today? How much more can we celebrate coffee. It seems like all we do. How bout national healthy tap water day? Not easy

Occasionally  I get political... but that's a long dark road with no end to it.  Better stick to the dumb stuff!

#prettyluckygirl Forget '50 is the new 60'. I say 'dead' is the new 'live'.

I remember writing this.  I was in the sky lounge at the airport looking at all the people - it was terrifyingly appropriate.

I think I'm going to give up Mardi Gras for Lent 

That's pretty funny.  I'm sure I wasn't the first one to think of that though...

Jimi Hendrix is like the Jimi Hendrix of guitar gods.

Too true, yet a good tweet to end my tweeting on.  I leave you with one last tweet which was actually  a link to a very important video that I can only hope half of the world tuned into thanks to me!