Monday, April 30, 2012

Monday with Hayley Mills: News Stand

What's this magazine cover have to do with Hayley Mills? The answer is just above the head of the little girl where the edge of one of the Hayley Mills paper doll books can be seen.

You can print out and play with your own Hayley Mills paper dolls by going to this link here: Summer Magic featuring Hayley Mills.

Show your work.

Cover from The Westerner #194 (January 1966).

Monday, April 23, 2012

Monday With Hayley Mills: Interview

The tweet-based Hayley Mills Army cut orders to the troops to listen to a nice audio interview with actress Hayley Mills, one of the stars of the movie-turned-stage play Ladies in Lavender currently in production in the UK.

For your listening pleasure the interview is hosted on line and is a little over 19 minutes in length. That's not enough Hayley time if you ask me but I will take what I can get. The link is here: Hayley Mills interviewed by Richard Oliff - 19 April 2012. Report for listening duty, soldier!

Disclaimer: The HMA is NOT affiliated with the Hayley Mills Celebratory Complex here in sunny San Diego! Standing armies, even adorable ones, are against our LILO treaty.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Shirts and Skins

Even without counting Metallo, who is technically nude (Hey, sexy robot women count, why not men?), Bane and the Evil Martian are showing about the same amount of skin. But let's face it, there are some basic differences in the way these costumes are presented. The togs of Star Sapphire and the Cheetah are designed to be sexy and titillating as a  typical male fantasy fulfillment. The clothing of the men are not to excite but meant to display power and prowess albeit of the "Jersey Shore ab-display" variety.

On the plus side Star Sapphire is depicted as having more fabric in her outfit than the comic book version but that probably has more to do with the standards and practices of a video meant for a somewhat younger audience.

Image from Justice League: Doom (2012)

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Happy Birthday Hayley Mills!

Today is April 18th and that means it is the birthday of none other than the star of stage, screens both big and small...Hayley Mills!

Hayley may mark this occasion only once a year but here at Lady, That's My Skull EVERY day is Hayley Mills Day!

I post the link to Hayley's first screen appearance a lot but that is so fans new to Hayley or the site can find it. Every time I post it a number of folks discover it anew. Even some die-hard Hayley fans have let me know they were surprised it existed as they usually go by her official biography when following her career.

So again here is Hayley Mills as an infant in an uncredited role in the 1947 film So Well Remembered.

Sit a spell and browse through everything Hayley Mills on Lady, That's My Skull! Don't miss the virtual tour of the sprawling San Diego-based Hayley Mills Celebratory Complex, America's #1 rated Hayley Mills-centric theme park!

Fresh off of the Australian television series Wild At Heart Hayley Mills is starring in the play Ladies In Lavender. The play is getting nice press and her fans are gushing over her performance and those of her colleagues. Here is a synopsis.

And here is Hayley in The Truth About Spring delivering one of my favorite movie quotes ever.

Happy Birthday, Miss Mills!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Awright back to work

HIATUS: A couple of friends and readers noticed that it has been a few weeks since any postings were made here and a few other places. The reason for that amounts to the one thing I hate whining about on the blog and that is: Health. Thanks for those who dropped a line and asked what's up.

BACK STORY: About a year ago I noticed I was getting tired faster than was usual. I figured it was age and a few of the more rough and tumble activities of years past catching up with me so it didn't worry me any. Tweaked the diet a bit more and felt marginally better but noticed a few other things happening. Getting ill more often, hard time getting through an eight hour work shift. Then one day after a rain while walking to my car I tried jumping over a puddle and couldn't. I landed right in the middle of it. At that point I knew something bad was going on. So I made an appointment to get a check up. But before my scheduled doctor visit I ended up in the Emergency Room.

Apparently I had developed diabetes at some point over the last 2 years and health problems snowballed. That's what I get for being positive and telling myself that nothing was wrong and everything would work out alright eventually. So far I'm doing fine but I have up and down days. I'm usually a cheerleader at work but some days I can barely stand. The last 4 weeks have been more down than up. There is a constant pain that goes down my leg that made it impossible to stand for more than a few hours. The pain is somewhat blunted by lots of meds that often leave me loopy or sleepy.

SAY WHAT: A few months ago a manager made a comment that I shouldn't be working at their job site because my health may affect the store performance reports. I can think of a couple of laws that violated. Right after that I noticed things going on at work. Schedule was changed past available working hours, the schedule changed after it is posted (so I would be late for work), and receiving unlikely complaints. This in spite of always receiving 100% on secret shopper tests and other evals. Having in the past worked in Human Resources I can recognize when someone is getting managed out. Unless I'm blacking out periodically and demonstrating Tourette's in a fugue state there is no way I'm doing what is claimed. So last several weeks I've been in discussions with the Union and HR to keep my job. I'm pretty sure that however they start out, some work environments evolve to ensure loyal, hard-working, caring employees end up not caring about anything further than a paycheck and doing the absolute minimum required to get by. I'm not like that and never will be.

UPDATE: Today I found out I am not getting terminated. That's great and I've requested a transfer to another site because I feel I am in a hostile work environment. I can hack it but I don't want to lose a job because someone thinks I'm hostile or grouchy when what I really am is being on the verge of passing out. I'm wary of a manager that expressed I shouldn't be there because my being ill might make her look bad.

LIFE CHANGES: It's clear that some life changes are coming as I doubt I'm going to be able to continue what I do now for employment past a few years. There is too much lifting, bending and crouching at my current profession. Going forwards I probably need a sit down job. I can get a waiver from a doctor but it is accepted by an employer on a case-by-case basis and if they want you gone or feel there is to much liability risk they don't have to accept it. It may be I have to go on disability, a prospect I despise, until I find a job where I can sit in a chair all day.

BLOGGING: I enjoy it so I'm going to keep doing it. Yesterday was my first post here in a while and I'm hoping to keep it up by at least three original entries a week. I've determined that at least one post a week has to be socially relevant (though I'll decide what meets that criteria). Whenever I post something about religion, activism or politics I usually lose a follower but gain two or three. I can live with that. One post will probably be about Hayley Mills and the other will be something stupid. A few weeks ago I surpassed two million recorded visits to the site and that is pretty cool. Might be more but I don't think the stat-counter I use is all inclusive.Took awhile to get to that number and that's okay.

ACTIVISM: There's a project I've been sitting on for a while. I want to roll it out but I'm waiting for a copyright and other marks confirmation so I have some grounds to stop any aholeoid that ganks it for etsy or Zazzle or something. I've got some ideas to spread the message but I don't want anyone making any sort of profit from it.

WRITING: If in the future I'm not going to spend 12 hours a day working and then the rest looking after the family then I plan to start writing again. Haven't done it seriously for decades. A nice sit down job somewhere will allow me to focus. The last year or so I've been too exhausted to even think of pounding a keyboard like I used to. For sure though I won't be looking for a publisher. Probably go the self-publish route and hope it doesn't come off as fan-fic.

ART: Used to draw and do lots of multimedia art. Might do that again for fun if I can make a large enough work space in the house. The spouse used to make a living painting so maybe we can both get into something.

So anyhoo, that's it. Tomorrow is Hayley Mill's birthday. Not promising a big deal because of the tiredness issues but at the least there will be a post and links of some sort.

Monday, April 16, 2012