Tolkien, artist

Working Hard, Revisions, Project Runway and James Bond

So Chickie is taking the last of her vacation today (and yesterday afternoon) so I have to work hard. It's not that I don't work hard when she is on the sales floor, it is more that I know I have someone who covers my back without a specific request. At least most of the time. But when she's out of the shop (or when I'm out of the shop to be totally fair) we have to work harder. Although Jim can be a tremendous help and resource, his hearing loss is acute and interacting with customers is often an afterthought. If the store is crowded or if I'm really busy helping someone, it is annoying to have to specifically direct him to help a customer (two customers is one too many) when normally I would never have to ask. We're a retail store. We help customers. It's our JOB! Really? REALLY?

Old time mercantile stores were all about customer service.

Normally when I am revising stories I just overwrite and save the new version over the old. The story I am currently writing on was started on Tuesday, revised on Wednesday, and then I started keeping versions saved instead of overwriting. I am now onto Version Four and actually much happier with the story. Eventually I'll dump the versions I don't want, but I may combine some things too, or revisit a sentence that may have been changed to bear no resemblance to the original. It's interesting to have a history available.

After a tumultuous season we're down to the Final Four.

I'm not going to mention specific names just in case someone is reading who follows Project Runway, but I am very happy with the four chosen as the finalists. All four of them will now produce collections to be possibly shown at New York Fashion Week, but of those four collections, only three will actually make it to the catwalk. We're getting to the end of this season and the next All-Stars will start in a few weeks. Project Runway and Face Off are my favorite 'reality' shows. Although I have been a Survivor addict for years, this season's cast is boring me to tears, so I'm not watching it. I don't care who wins or not so there is no point to watching the train wreck. I'd rather watch Ghost Hunters.

Happy Birthday James Bond!

And speaking of watching, happy birthday to James Bond in cinema. Fifty years ago on this very day, Doctor No was released to the theatres, beginning a franchise that is still going strong today. Long life to you, James Bond, I lift my martini to you.
I look forward to watching my tape of Project Runway tonight. I hope my favorite from the beginning -- Dimitry -- is one of the finalists!
It's a good episode and I know you'll love what Dimitry designed.

- Erulisse (one L)
Goodness, the designers did a great job! I agreed with the judges that Sonjia's look was a bit messy, and I'm thrilled that I recognized Dmitry's talent from the very beginning. I hope he wins, if only to see him smile a few more times. What a solemn young man!

Goodness, Zoe Saldana is gorgeous.

"Project Runway" always makes me realize how ancient and non-stylish (but comfortable) my own wardrobe is. Ah well!
I agree, they did an amazing job. I liked the judge's comment that it always seemed like Dimitry's women should be holding a whip. I loved the image and they were very right - his work is intense.

My wardrobe is a train wreck :-)

I want either Christopher or Dimitry to win this, I think they both are hands above the other designers. I'd be happy with either one.

- Erulisse (one L)
I used to overwrite, too, but then I realized that just because something isn't working for the current story, that doesn't mean it won't work for something else someday! So now I keep everything. (Though I'm not good at thinking of good names for the bits I save. How many "Alec story" files do I have? I don't even want to guess.)
Oh, how I wish I could read some of those snippets. I'm sure I would adore them.

The fourth version of my current effort is finally starting to jell. I can't believe how many 'wasted' words had to go past before I got hold of this wiggling and slippery fish!

- Erulisse (one L)
I spent last night watching Numb3rs; probably old stuff, don't know (ex night worker never saw TV anyway). Actually enjoyed the maths. LOL

Doctor No. Never saw, but do remember it. And do remember my then family trying desperately to get into the old Tower Theatre for Thunderball. The lines went down Broadway for MILES. We opted for a comedy and frankly I remember that film to this day; it WAS hilarious. Now what it was called? hahaha don't ask me, my brain lost that ages ago.

That photo of the old time Mercantile sure takes me back. I remember as a very very little child going to White Front and Woolworths in San Francisco. Woolworths was awesome with it's customer service and one on one sales and of course! the soda bar. hahaha
Oh Woolworth's. I used to just love that store. I'd spend hours looking and save my pennies for some yarn and, if I was really cash flush, a milkshake at the soda bar.

My parents refused to allow me to see James Bond until I was quite a bit older. I always envied my cousins whose Mom didn't care. They saw it all on first-run, I didn't catch most of them until 2nd or 3rd release.

I loved watching Numb3rs, great show.

- Erulisse (one L)