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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Foreign Films

You know I'm a weirdo already, right?  This will add to the list.  I like foreign films.  You know, the kind with subtitles.  And no, it has nothing to do with my poor hearing, although I can see a time in my future when I might have to keep the closed captioning on all of the time. 

Anyway, I was watching a Swedish film this morning and all of the female characters had long blond hair.  I'm sure many of you, like me, went through a period in your younger days when you wished you were blond.  For me, the California Surf Bands played a major role in those high school years.  Barbara Ann played on the lunchroom school jukebox every day.  Jan and Dean and the Beach Boys were everywhere and I wanted long blond hair and a Woody (the car/station wagon) with a surfboard on top. 

Now Houston is about an hours drive from Galveston (as in Glenn Campbell's Galveston, Oh Galveston).  But, as far as a beach like California goes, it is a long way from desirable.  However, it is all we had so, me and my 1950's Ford, beach towel, baby oil and a gaggle of girls would sneak down there.  Of course, I was not allowed to drive that far.  Teenagers, what can we say.

Back to the point of this blog.  I never did get blond hair no matter how much lemon juice I put on my brown mop.  A little orange was achieved at some points, but never have I reached a blond stage. 

So looking at all the Swedish blonds on the program made me think of this craving to be a blond.  I have to say, I still wish I had seen myself as a blond at least once.  But there you go.  Another unfulfilled item on the bucket list. 

And yes, I know I could get a blond wig to try on but really, the face looking back at me would not satisfy that 16-year-old craving.  Oh well, it could have been worse.  My Mom could have caught me driving to the beach and I would have been headless, blond or not. 


  1. Why can't you be blonde now? A soft warm blonde? I bet you'd rock that look Barbara.
    Why should this stay on a bucket list when you can make it happen? Besides not that drastic of a change really, you're not brown anymore :-) C'mon go for it!! I'm rooting you on from Virginia!

  2. Lol. I never wanted blond hair strangely enough. Added highlights in the summer though.

  3. I haven't thought about lemon juice in hair for many years, LOL!

  4. Well at least you saved yourself a lifetime of being the butt of blonde jokes. This cracked me up:I would have been headless, blond or not.

  5. My husband grew up surfing the Los Angeles area beaches and still talks about it - but not about the girls fortunately! I wonder if your parents really didn't know or decided it was the least harmful bit of teen rebellion you could do so let you have your secret?

  6. Lol! I longed to be blonde as a teenager as well. Do you remember the commercial, 'If I've only one life, let me live it as a blonde'? such drama! I've been every colour you can imagine. Now I'm growing out all colour and loving my silvers. Have a great day!

  7. was it something I said? My comment is gone. Are you not getting them again?