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Because you had a bad day

You’re taking one down
You sing a sad song just to turn it around
You say you don’t know
You tell me don’t lie

You work at a smile and you go for a ride…

With job classes being offered at a plethora of Seattle Public Library branches and an increase in usage by patrons that have been laid-off, let go, or fired, sometimes you need a break from the resume writing and the job searching. Being a Lord or Lady of Leisure requires some down time to chill out from freaking out. Here are a couple entertaining movies in our collection that bring a bit of comedy to ease and on the upside it’s free!fired

After getting fired from a Woody Allen play, actress Annabelle Gurwitch turns to those around her. From family, friends and acquaintances both in and out of Hollywood, getting fired is something everyone seems to have experienced. Both in documentary and written form, Fired! gives you humor and an in-depth look at an all too familiar situation effecting those all across America.

elizabethtownIn the movie Elizabethtown, Drew Baylor, played by Orlando Bloom, has just gone through what some might call an epic fail. With an exercise bike, a giant kitchen knife, and duct tape he begins his next goal. But when his sister calls to tell him their father is dead, he even fails at killing himself. Now it’s off to Elizabethtown to put his father to rest and hope that the in-laws don’t foil his mother’s plans of cremation. On a red-eye flight from Oregon to Kentucky he will experience a different sense of turbulence in the intrepid flight attendant Claire, played by Kirsten Dunst, and his family waiting to change his idea of who his father was.outsourced

When Todd Anderson’s job gets outsourced to India, he is sent to train his own replacements and teach them how to sound American. Outsourced takes us from the rain-filled tech savvy city of Seattle to a bustling and bewildering India. Todd finds that by rejecting the life India has to offer all he does is lose, but when Asha starts to show him the magic of all that’s around him he starts to fall in love in more ways than one.

If you want to get to know a real life Lady of Leisure, check-out Keri Robinson’s blog: Ladies and Lords of Leisure. I find her hilarity a much needed fixation even for those of us without a pink slip.

Get Lost (Part 6)

                                                (Sixth in a series)

I’ve been to Hollywood…         

                 I’ve been to redwood…

                      I crossed the ocean for a heart  of  gold…

 

I’ve been in my mind,

                  its such a fine line…

 

That keeps me searching

                          for a heart of gold…

Third stop Vallecito and Redding: 2 days, 2 nights

The next couple days consisted of adventures! We headed from Napa in the early morning to Vallecito, California near the Motherlode to see the Moaning Cavern, which is the largest cave chamber in California. It was partly cloudy, but we had enough sun to try out gold panning and went inside to crack our geodes. We decided to do the walking tour of the cave rather than rappel down 165 feet by rope into the main chamber of Moaning Cavern. The walking tour was no easy feat though it consisted of a spiral staircase of 234 steps! The cave maintained a temperature of 61 degrees and we found going down much easier than going up.  We were able to see so many amazing rock formations, such as, cave bacon and stack of plates.

draperiesshastaAfter visiting the Moaning Cavern we headed straight up to Redding for the night and looked forward to a day of seeing Mount Shasta’s waterfalls. Sadly, when we woke up the rain completely took over our trip. We grabbed a couple pamphlets from the Motel 6’s lobby and discovered Lake Shasta Caverns!  It was decided we would go there instead and so off we went. The drive was a breeze it was the trip to the caverns we were unprepared for; a long walk down to the McCloud Arm of Lake Shasta, a catamaran across to the other side of the lake, a walk up to a small bus, and then bus up the winding and steep roads to Continue reading “Get Lost (Part 6)”

Get Lost (Part 5)

                         (Fifth in a series)

napa2Now I don’t know what I’ll find…

          Just want to get in the car and drive…

Been living too long this way…

                                              

It’s getting me down…

               I know what I need…

                                   What I need…  

          California sun…      It’s calling me…

Next stop Calistoga and Napa: 1 day, 1 night

About this time the winding roads have settled down a bit. Not completely, but enough to catch our breath. Although we pulled into Calistoga on an overcast day it was still awe-inspiring. We paid attention to all the little nooks and crannies. The old railroad car that was turned into a flower shop and a beautiful white walled complex, which we later found out, was a spa…sign us up!

California wines haven’t always been viewed in a spectacular light. Like all great things it takes awhile to fully appreciate and admire the toil that comes with working the land; like a fine art. Consider France and Italy known the world over for its wine making and bottled nectar of the vine.  No one in their right mind ever thought to compete with the regality of the European grape until the Paris wine Tasting of 1976.

bottle-shock-dvd-cover-731541In a wonderful depiction of this event Bottle Shock takes us to Chateau Montelena to meet Bo and Jim Barrett the son and father team working against debt and each other to cultivate the California vine. For Jim this is his life having left the corporate world to start anew, but he and his son don’t see eye to eye especially when it comes to Steven Spurier the man in charge of the Judgment of Paris. Bo sees an opportunity, while Jim sees it as a way to ruin. With Bo’s lackadaisical demeanor and privileged attitude that can seem immature it’s with his and his youthful generation’s hope that Montelena recovers. Continue reading “Get Lost (Part 5)”

Get Lost, (Part 4)

(Fourth in a series)

eureka

Low ebb, high tide…

 

                    The lowest ebb and highest tide…

      I guess we took us for a ride…

I guess it’s just a gesture…

      

      At the end of the continent…
 

                                    At the edge of the continent…

Get Lost enters California: First stop Eureka and Fort Bragg: 2 days, 1 night.

Eureka is a peaceful and beautiful Victorian town. We drove around a bit with our camera hanging out the window to document the sights of painted ladies and the mural at the Arkley Center for Performing Arts. We finally found a place to park and went on the adventure for food. We walked through a couple blocks of Old Town admiring the scenery and glancing at the Old Town Square water fountain, until  I decided to poke my head into a Continue reading “Get Lost, (Part 4)”

Get Lost (Part 3)

(Third in a series)

You look to the sky…haystackrock

                

               Set your course on into the night…

You say good-bye…                                

                            You hold your head high…

    Wherever you’re goin it’s alright…

Second stop was Cannon Beach and Salem: 1 day, 1 night

We headed out early morning on a sunny Sunday from Portland to Cannon Beach. As we made our way onto the bustle of South Hemlock Street we searched for a parking space for quite awhile among the beach front stores. We decided that this was not the Cannon Beach we wanted to see so we headed out of town and followed the coastline till we reached Tolvana Park. It had a huge parking lot and its location was close enough to Haystack Rock to make it a lovely walk. Immediately we were kicking off our flip flops and running into the waves with all the wild abandon and pure joy of small children.

We felt ourselves become light and the burden of our car ride washed down our shoulders into the sand at our feet. We contemplated the joyous day were given and looked forward to what lay ahead, we drew in the sand Continue reading “Get Lost (Part 3)”