For Chip: He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion. —Unknown

Monday, September 10, 2012

The Romantic Relationship of Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham

Stevie Nicks “It was my 16th birthday - my mom and dad gave me my Goya classical guitar that day. I sat down, wrote this song, and I just knew that that was the only thing I could ever really do - write songs and sing them to people.”

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

I Have Been to the Mountaintop

Martin Luther King

Well, I don't know what will happen now. We've got some difficult days ahead. But it really doesn't matter with me now, because I've been to the mountaintop.

And I don't mind

Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I'm not concerned about that now. I just want to do God's will. And He's allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I've looked over. And I've seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land!    

Monday, June 11, 2012

Henna and Hair

There are a lot of interesting sites in a salon.  As you scan the perimeter of any salon there are women looking their absolute worst.  There are various root and over all color, as well as stacks of foils that look like something from the movie Alien.  I have become a frequent customer at the threading/henna salon.  The threading process just takes minutes and the charge is $10 dollars or less. Waxing for a face at a salon will run around $25.

I have not used many of the services at the Henna salon.  My first shock was seeing someone with henna on their hair.  It was more  fascinating than all the foils that one could have on their head. After finishing the henna application on the client, the attendant was wiping up the floor with a paper towel and a bare foot.  When she motioned for me to come to her chair, I approached it very carefully.  I asked about the henna on the hair and she said it must stay on for two hours.  The client went to the door, paid and walked to her car.  I hoped that she got home without incident because the hair was quite a mess.  Apparently the client is instructed that after two hours they should go outside and wash the hair with a water hose.  I assume that the weather needs to be warm and that outdoors is preferred because henna will stain everything in site.

I am not sure of the cost, but this looks like a hassle.   If you have to leave the salon without removing the product, then the styling is left up to the client.  However, the result is truly beautiful.
After Henna

Someday I would like to have henna done on my hands or arms.  However,  I am not sure henna would fly in the board room as Donald Trump would say.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

The Filter Building

1.  It looks a bit rustic and may need more flowers.
     (It has concrete floors and looks like an old empty building.)

2.  What happened to using a church?
     (Does anyone use the  family church anymore?)

3.  Does this building have restrooms?
     (Never visited them.)

4.  Where is the nice carpeted parlor room for the bride to dress?
     (There is an upstairs room with concrete floors.)

5.   How will the wedding party know where to stand if there is no rehearsal?
      (Access to the building is limited to the day of the wedding.)
Filter Building at White Rock Lake
6.  What if it rains or is cold?
      (The wedding guests needed to go outside after the wedding so that the room could be  
      rearranged for the dinner, dancing and the band.)

7.  Will guests be able to find this secluded location?
      (It was on a winding road around White Rock Lake.)

8.  How many guests will this building hold?
     (The replies for attendance were larger than this building holds.)

9.  Can it be properly heated and cooled?
     (It is an old building with high ceilings.)

10.  Are there enough parking spaces?
       (If they park along the street they will be towed away.)

11.  Have other weddings been held here?
       (This is a popular location for weddings, with many pictures of the happy day.)

Jeff before Proposal at White Rock Lake
The wedding was beautiful.  It was a warm, sunny day with people enjoying visiting  outside while overlooking the lake.  I kept referring to the building as a church because there was a beautiful sermon (by the bride's brother-in-law) with scriptures, the vows, and a prayer by the brother of the groom.  The wedding party dressed at the hotel before coming to the Filter except the bride.  The upstairs room was perfect for the bride.  The wedding party rehearsed at the restaurant at the Rehearsal Dinner.  Everyone seemed to know where their places were even though rehearsing took place in a foreign location.  Signs  placed in strategic locations near the Filter Building helped guests locate the building.  

The bridal couple created a fabulous wedding with incredible music. Who could ask for more than strings, a DJ, and a Beatles tribute band?  It was a day full of fantastic  memories.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

"Rock and Roll Music" featuring James with Jeff & Carla


James sang "Rock and Roll Music" with the band
 From Us to You (Beatles Tribute Band) at the wedding of Jeff & Carla.  
Jeff & Carla joined James at the end of the song.  The crowd loved it!

Rock & Roll Music by 
Chuck Berry

"Rock and Roll Music" is a song written and recorded by rock and roll icon Chuck Berry which
became a hit single in 1957 and has been covered by many artists. 

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Girl from Ipanema by Cali McCord

Cali McCord  sings at her hotel in Las Cruces, New Mexico, Meson de Mesilla

Monday, March 12, 2012

Friday, February 24, 2012

Mother of the Groom Dress Part 2

The Dress
I decided to shop for a second choice for a Mother of the Groom dress. I went to a different store and quickly found a spectacular assortment of long dresses. I was anxious to try them on to see if they were as pretty on as they were on the hanger. I wanted to conform to the long silver dress of the bride's mother. I tried on several dresses that were dazzling. One dress was a purple elegant gown that had one jeweled strap. I had thought the one strap dress would make me uncomfortable, but this dress was a possibility. I tried on a few dresses that did nothing for my figure. The dress I fell in love with was a dark blue mermaid style with a nude top highlighted by jewels. The Adrianna Papell dress seems to be a popular influence in the store inventory. The dress hugs the body but has adequate ruching to make most women look attractive and curvy.                       

The dress was an excellent choice, but I texted several people to get their opinion. The general consensus was that this dress was more exciting than the short burgundy dress I had chosen earlier. The sales attendant suggested a silver shoe to match the jeweled dress with limited jewelry.

I asked the saleswoman about using spanx to hide any flaws. She said she did not know what I wanted to spanx and so I said thanks and left smiling.

I went by Victoria Secret as I left the store. As I viewed the multiple displays one of the sales clerks grabbed me. My sparkly black top was similar to a black bra that was in stock. As she fumbled through the drawers of bras, she finally pulled out a bra covered with sequins. It reminded me of a bra that would be worn in the movie Striptease starring Demi Moore. I thanked her and left the store as soon as possible. Instead of a sparkly bra I found silver glitter heels for my dress. Now with some modest and classic jewelry I am ready for the monumental event.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

The Salon II

I entered the hair salon around 3:30 p.m. and was anxious to leave quickly. Eric was sitting in a chair staring at his phone with his assistant in the room. It was excellent timing because I was the only client. We could breeze through the process without interruptions. Eric says that it will be a few minutes before we get started. I sit and wait as he keeps making calls and lists a dozen or so people that are on his DNR (do not reply) list. Most of the clients he was passing over to his assistant. He was making fun of most of the requests that he was collecting online. He would name each online request and talk in a silly voice as he stated their needs from broken hair to severe hair color.

Eric finally tells me to go to the chair, and he will be there in few seconds. He begins to mix the hair color. It appears he is going to get started, but he walks across the room. He needs to order some products before tomorrow. He starts talking on the phone and inquires as to the cost and ETA of the products. It is almost 4:00 p.m., and he had been on the phone for about 15 minutes. He finally walks over and starts to work on my hair but then the phone rings again and his assistant hands him the phone. Good chance he has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. He begins a task but will walk away and do something else. When he finally starts to put the product on my hair a new client enters the salon. This is going to be another distraction.Eric handles the next client with kid gloves. He had done her hair months ago but then she switched to another hair dresser and had returned to him to do a color correction. She is a beautiful woman as she lets her hair down.  Her hair is a mess with black roots and various shades of blonde. The client is uncertain about what color she wants. They finally agree on a color, and he begins the color process. The client tells Eric that she is pregnant after he starts applying the color. Hair color processes take about 30 minutes. I sit for over an hour with color.  He has agreed to give me the Brazilian Blowout after the color is complete. 

The assistant washes my hair and then he comes over and puts the Brazilian on the bottom layer of my hair. He puts on a heavy duty mask because he is leary of the ingredients in the Brazilian product. The bottle says no formaldehyde but we both know that tests have proved otherwise. Whatever is in it has a distinct odor with fumes. I ask if the hair should be dried, but he says it does not matter. He goes back to the pregnant client. She is afraid when she sees him wearing a mask. He finally puts the rest of the mixture on my hair and lets me sit. I know from experience that the next step is using a flat iron that will activate the product. Eric says he needs to finish the other client because she is pregnant. She had already left the room once and said she needed air.  I wait while he washes and dries the clients hair. During the drying process, the client does not like her color, and Eric volunteers to take her back to the bowl and add some highlights. He proceeds with more color, and I wait with the Brazilian blowout product on my hair. I do not want to complain, but the Brazilian fumes were burning my eyes and I searched for a Kleenex for my teary eyes.

The former assistant had called earlier and said she had broken up with her boyfriend. Eric told her to come over for coffee.  Eric is around 35 and Michelle is about 20. There is a lot of sexual tension between the two of them. Michelle recently got size "C" breast augmentation and Eric was giving all the details at the time of her surgery. She proudly raised her shirt to show me the improvement. Now he is telling her to leave her boyfriend in an authoritative voice. I do not trust his motive.

Several times Eric's girlfriend calls and asks when he is coming home. He keeps being extremely evasive with her and even mentions that he is doing the Brazilian on me. She calls back and threatens to come to the salon. He hands the phone to his former assistant Michelle.when he sees that his girlfriend is calling. I am sure the girlfriend must be irritated that the twenty something assistant is answering Eric's cell phone instead of Eric.  Eric has trouble concentrating on hair because he wants to know all about Michelle and details of the breakup. I doubt he is just a consultant and friend.

Eric finally comes to my chair. Out of the blue he makes a comment about spending $3000 that day.  I foolishly ask what he is talking about, and he walks away abruptly. He returns with a ring box and opens the box. Inside the box is a beautiful engagement ring. He says his client was wearing the ring, but the relationship did not work. Apparently he bought the ring from the client for $3,000 instead of the original $10,000. I tell him that it will be a tremendous mistake to tell the girlfriend how he acquired the ring. The other client agrees and says if he gives the rejected ring to his girlfriend it will amount to grave "juju". We all laugh because we are sure of the result. He says he never intends to marry the girlfriend who he has a child with, but the ring will make her happy. He says, "Who cares where the ring comes from".  He is thinking like a practical male; not a romantic female. 

My first boyfriend presented me an engagement ring after spending time in the military. It would not have been my first choice.  Finally, I asked where he got it. He had purchased it from someone that had a breakup. I never liked the ring, and we eventually broke up. Most women would like to think the ring was exceptional and not a discount deal.  

An old man walks into the salon, and wants to sharpen all the hairdresser tools. He tells Eric that if he does not use him that Eric will eventually call him back. He says other people that sharpen scissors rarely have success. 

Eric's cell phone keeps ringing and every time it rings the assistant hands the phone to Eric. He takes every call regardless of what he is doing.Eric stops drying the client's hair, so he can talk about his weekly grocery bill. He declares that no more than $150 should be spent a week on groceries at Walmart.  Meanwhile, Michelle goes from crying to laughing. The new assistant announces that she had a baby at 16 and recently dumped the baby's father after 4 1/2 years. How much drama could be involved in a tiny salon? Michelle quickly recovers as she discusses a potential new boyfriend that owns a private jet. I think of someone like a single Jerry Jones and wonder how this young girl ran into someone that wealthy. She does not know where she will stay for the night since the break up with her boyfriend. Eric volunteers his couch although I doubt this will fly with Eric's girlfriend. He says that they have trouble getting along but that sex is fantastic. I hope that he does not give any more details. I do not think anyone in the room wants to hear more stories.

Is there no end to this madness? How many diversions can occur? This has to be one of the most ill managed salons. He does admirable work, but it takes him hours to accomplish a task. He finally wanted to know when I got there. I told him 3:30, and now it was 8 pm. He said, "That's pretty lousy".

There is a category on my yearly evaluation at work concerning accountability and time management. Eric would fail in these evaluated areas. Did he ever think about people using their work time to come get their hair done? He seems to be extremely immature with his clients. He only worries about how things effect him. 

Eric asks what I am going to do for dinner. I planned on going to the restaurant next door to the salon.  He says, "Don't bother going there it closed last week." I laugh out loud as I anxiously walk out the door.