Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Attracted To Bright and Shiny Objects



Guilty!  

Yes, I am guilty of being attracted to bright and shiny objects.  Sometimes I think I was born with a flashing lights disco ball in my Mom's hospital room. 

One of my favorite movie scenes if Marilyn Monroe singing "Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend."




From a very early age, when I spied one of my uncle's diamond pinkie rings, I wanted a diamond ring. 

I thought that was the ultimate, to own a diamond ring.  And, since I was a guy and not a girl, it wasn't likely that a handsome beau would buy me a diamond ring. So on January 8th, 1970 I bought my very first diamond ring at Cooper's Jeweler's in Philadelphia.  It was a one carat, almost perfect, brilliant cut diamond with a 18 carat gold band. 

I cleaned out my savings account at that time ($1,100) to buy this thousand dollar diamond ring (plus tax).  But you know folks, I've never regretted that buy since because to me, that diamond ring meant that I was treating myself well.  I wasn't dependent on someone else's largess or charity and I certainly wasn't subject to "strings attached."

Since that date almost 45 years ago I've "treated" myself several times to baubles.  Bright, shiny baubles. 

Not that I needed them mind you, but just BECAUSE.

Yesterday it was TIME again.  I received my Apple watch.  

Me checking out my new cool Apple watch - feels good on the wrist!

Now you may ask "Did you need a new watch Ron?"  And I would answer "No."  But this watch was so cool I just HAD to have it.



Could I afford this watch? Well, no but I didn't have to take out a loan to buy it either.  I paid for this watch out of my "disposable income" or more accurately my nest egg for my future care at assisted living for Old Gay Males.  Sorry Brandywine Assisted Living, you're going to have a little less funds to suck from me when you have me in your clutches.



We all choose how we want to spend our lives.  For some it is the comfortable and safe environment in their old age in an assisted care facility like my friends Jim and Bob above.  For me, I'll take a new bauble any day and live out my remaining years here at Casa Tipton-Kelly with my shiny, bright objects. 








22 comments:

  1. If it's shiny and makes you happy - - go for it.
    I used to have a passion for antique jewelry. Actually, I mean ancient jewelry. I have a large collection of rings and crosses that are several hundred years old.
    I don't collect crosses because I'm religious - - I use them to ward off vampires (am I trying to be funny? Naw....)

    Shiny objects are far more enduring than cute asses.....

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    1. Jon,
      Oh I do like a cute ass. One of my requirements. I go for both - bright and shiny objects and a cute ass.
      Ron

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  2. Ron - that is one super watch. You are the modern day Dick Tracy. Carrying on a conversation without even carrying a phone with someone calling you up. And heart rate, temp, messages. It is a worthwhile timepiece to have with all those functions compared to the regular ones that just tell time. It's the way things are going to be I'm sure. Cartier better start getting smart watches happening and then shroud them in diamonds if they want to keep with the times. Because I think a lot of the newer as well as contemporary generations of the world are going to be more intrigued by science than glitter.

    Pat

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    1. Pat,
      I'm loving this watch! Thanks for the tip. If it wasn't for you extolling the virtues of this magnificent piece of technology I would not have purchased it.
      Ron

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    2. Pat stole my line...

      I'm sure you had one of the first Dick Tracy 2-Way Wrist Radios!!!

      :-)

      -Andy

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    3. Andy,
      This is one cool watch.
      Ron

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  3. Ron - thanks too for the Marilyn piece. So often put down - but so totally a talent.

    Pat

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    1. Pat,
      Marilyn's talent was never truly recognized. She had it all. Talent, beauty and likability. It's a shame that so many took advantage of her and she died alone. An American tragedy.
      Ron

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  4. You can't take it with you, and a nursing home makes a poor person out of a middle class person on average in just a little over a year.

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    1. David,
      My two friends pictured in this blog, both had over $100,000 in savings that the assisted care facility that they were staying quickly gobbled up. $7,000 a month to have someone remind you when to take your pills and a little cubby hole to live in? No thanks, I'll take home health care or I'll get in my car, with the garage door closed and turn on the engine.
      Ron

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  5. I love it! I like bright, shiny objects, too! I am a true gadgeteer, and if it's techy AND shiny, I get twice as combobulated!

    Peace <3
    Jay

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    1. Jay,
      I love sequins and someday will have an all sequin shirt. Not a dress mind you, I'm not into cross dressing but I do like bright and shiny.
      Ron

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  6. I wondered what you thought of Baz Lurmann's 'Moulin Rouge' with Ms Kidman singing the same song in razzle-dazzle surroundings - or is she, because of her once being attached to the diminutive Mr Cruise, also someone whose image you just cannot tolerate. For what it's worth, although of course, Marilyn was and will always be irreplaceable, I though the said Ms N.K. did very well, as she did in the entire enjoyable film.

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    1. Ray,
      I.CANNOT.STAND.NICOLE.KIDMAN. And not the reason you think although being Tom Cruise's "beard" tarnished her reputation in my eyes, I lost any respect I had for Ms. Kidman when I saw her in a movie where she mumbled the lines. It was the movie that she was the governess of two little brats who went into a closet into another world. "Secret Garden" or something like that. If I can't understand an actor (Alan Bates is a prime example of a mumbler), I don't bother with them anymore. Unfortunately Ms. Kidman falls into that category with me. I am not impressed with her although many seem to be.
      Ron

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    2. Although I too am particularly maddened by mumblers, Ron, as you well know from the number of times I've complained about this trait, I wouldn't have put said lady in that category (ditto for the late Alan Bates) - rather strangely in the light of your comments. In fact, dare I say it, Ms K is one of my favourite actresses. (She wasn't in 'The Secret Garden' but you admit to it being "or something like", so I'm not sure to which one you're referring.) But there you are. We'll have to remain in disagreement. However, even that aside, I thought that 'Moulin Rouge' which, I'm assuming, you've not seen, was a remarkable film on several levels.

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    3. Ray,
      Some actors and actresses (yes, I call female who act "actresses", forget the "actor" BS), annoys me greatly. The movie of which she mumbled her way through was "The Others" made in 2001. I like psychological thrillers but I COULD NOT understand a word she was mumbling so I ejected the DVD about fifteen minutes into this film. To me actors and actresses who mumble are the equivalent of jazz musicians who are so not themselves and arrogant that some of them turned their back to their audience while playing their "genius" so-called music. To me on of the basics of an entertainer is to entertain your audience, not indulge in your self-asorbed hubris which, to me (again) is what the likes of Alan Bates (he mumbled his way through "The Rose") and Nicole Kidman do when they "act." I don't have time for that and am not impressed with them but they obviously are with themselves. Having said that, I may see "Moulin Rouge." Maybe.
      Ron

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    4. Actually, Ron, I DO remember being annoyed with 'The Others' - and, I'm pretty sure, a large part of it was because of the indecipherable dialogue. (I'm not just saying it to agree.) I also recall the part where her little daughter appears under a veil, and is supposedly turned into an old woman, but only because I later found out. When I saw the film her face was so obscured by the net covering I thought that she was still the young girl so the intended 'shock' was lost on me!
      I don't recall Alan Bates being a mumbler in 'The Rose' but I've only seen it that once when it was released back in 1979.
      There is at least one other present day actor whose weak 'vocalisations' I just cannot stand and it's Ian McKellan, who seems to think it beneath his dignity to make an effort to project - particularly strange when his background and training was entirely in the theatre. Mumble, mumble, mumble..... the entire time! (And his new film 'Mr Holmes' is released today here, and with some very good reviews. Oh dear! I suppose I must see it.)

      Btw: Your mention of jazz singers tempts me to open a whole new can of worms, though not about jazz specifically. I cannot abide singers of any songs whose words one cannot hear - applying to the majority of pop singers these days, and has done for at least the past 20 years. They could be singing about ANYTHING for all I know, with their dropping of consonants everywhere and their pretentious, silly nasalities. They might as well be singing in Mandarin for all I get out of it! (Better stop. I feel my B.P. rising!)

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    5. Ray,
      Alan Bates in "The Rose" was the first time I encountered mumbling as an acting form. I remember being very annoyed because I couldn't understand half (or more) of what he was saying. And Ian McKellan, now there is an actor who is way too full of himself. Mr. Dumbledore himself. Give me a break. One image I can never get out of my mind was Sir Ian sitting in the audience at an Oscar telecast some years ago (I believe he was nominated for an Oscar for his portrayal of James Whale) with his VERY young boyfriend. They were hold hands (how cute). That was when I lost all respect for Sir Ian. Hey, I'm gay and don't have a problem with PDA of older gay men with their young paramours but Sir Ian was obviously making a Major Point. Frankly, (no pun intended) I thought he was disgusting and I do to this day. A few weeks ago I mistakingly ordered a British comedy series that he is in with that other Actor Who Is Way Too Full of Himself Derek Jacobi. I almost threw up watching their "comedy" of playing two old bitchy queens, which there are obviously in real life as in reel life. I cannot ever watch anything ever again with either of them. They are a good example of how otherwise good actors let their egos ruin their careers and respect people have for them.
      Ron

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    6. You've said it all, Ron. If I added anything I'd spoil it - and you've already given me a fair old chuckle. End of this particular strand :-)

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    7. Thanks Ray. I always enjoy our discussions. You are the expert on movies.
      Ron

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  7. Bright and shiny objects are my bane. My kryptonite. No apple watch for me. I want Apple - blinders.

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    1. Dr. Spo,
      My prediction, you will get an Apple watch. I said "No Apple watch" too, but then I saw the wonders that it does. Why just this evening at dinner, I received a video from Pat on my Apple watch. Plus I receive all my reminders on my Apple watch and of course I impress others with my new, bright, shiny object. You will get an Apple watch. It's just a matter of time.
      Ron

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