Monday, May 17, 2010

In Praise of Brunettes

I get the fascination with blondes. It's something that doesn't happen in nature much, and represents youth; some people (myself included) were born towheads and darkened.

But for every icy blond there's a sultry brunette. Grace Kelly's cool flame in "Mogambo" is arguably upstaged by Ava Gardner's rampant Eloise Kelly.

And in "The Birds", Sego-slim Aston-Martin driving 'Tippi' Hedren is contrasted with whisky-voiced Suzanne Pleshette, who makes three minutes smoking in a robe more compelling than the rest of the movie..

Photo: the internets

Sunday, May 09, 2010

Saving the planet, hours and hours at a time..

Those of you who know me know that I take the bus to work. It's a carrot and stick deal; work pays for most of the pass and charges to park. Some of this has spilled over into real life. Like this Sunday when I decided to go to Nordstrom at The Grove to buy a new pair of Topsiders. For some reason I decided I wouldn't drive. Bottom line? 15 minutes at Nordstrom to make the purchase bracketed by an hour each way on the bus. To a mall that's two miles away as the crow flies.

This is the failing of Metro.

Photo: Daily Mail