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Senior Blogs Ahead ...
   Oscar de la Renta
   Zip-lining ... Another Senior Blog
   The Ghost of Autumn Fashions
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The biggest sunspot of the current solar cycle is turning toward Earth   Spaceweather.com - October 21, 2014

This morning when astronomer Karzaman Ahmad of Malaysia's Langkawi Nagtional Observatory looked through the eyepiece of his solar telescope, he declared AR2192 a "monster" and snapped this picture:

Senior Blogs Ahead ....

When you get to my age, 71, you have seen the world though the eyes of a child, the emotions of a teenager, the 20's as a young adult, and the decades that followed. It's all about your programming. If you are lucky like I am, you have good health, people who love you, and enjoy your day from moment to moment always embracing the journey until the dream we call life, fades to black. Try to remember how you viewed the world at each decade - not only through your emotions, but as a total experience.

Oscar de la Renta

July 22, 1932 - October 20, 2014

I have always followed the world of fashion having many clients who are designers, models, muses, and more here in the city. Growing up, my father was a men's fashion designer in NYC, my mom's family, tailors - so designing is in my genes. I briefly studied fashion design considering it as a possible career but was guided to be a teacher. I wish I still had some of the designs I created back in school - mostly gowns and other women's fashions. Oscar de la Renta was a well-known icon in the industry - not only back in the day but until the day he died - yesterday. Oscar de la Renta will honored and remembered for his never-ending fashions most recently Amal Clooney.

We live in an era of globalization and the era of the woman. Never in the
history of the world have women been more in control of their destinies.

Oscar de la Renta Quotes

"The only realities in life are that you are born, and that you die.. We always think we are going to live forever. The dying aspect we will never accept. The one thing about having this kind of warning is how you appreciate every single day of life." - June 2013 - New York's 92Y "Fashion Talks"

  Designer Oscar de la Renta dies aged 82   BBC - October 21, 2014
US fashion designer Oscar de la Renta, who dressed former first ladies Jackie Kennedy and Hillary Clinton, has died aged 82. De La Renta, who most recently designed Amal Clooney's wedding dress, was diagnosed with cancer in 2006. Born in the Dominican Republic in 1932, he left home at 18 to study painting in Madrid, Spain. He soon developed a love of fashion design and began an apprenticeship with Spain's designer Cristobal Balenciaga. De la Renta made his name in the early 1960s when the then first lady, Jackie Kennedy, frequently wore his designs. He launched his own label several years later. Over the following decades he dressed nearly every first lady up to and including Michelle Obama, who he once chided for not wearing American designers.

  Oscar de la Renta, legendary fashion designer, dies at 82   CNN - October 21, 2014
The man -- often described as the "sultan of suave" -- dressed every first lady since Jacqueline Kennedy. Among those whose glamor factor his dresses jazzed up: Oprah Winfrey, Ann Hathaway and, most recently, George Clooney's bride Amal Alamuddin. "We will always remember him as the man who made women look and feel beautiful," former first lady Laura Bush said late Monday night. De la Renta designed the wedding dress for her daughter, Jenna. The cause of his death, announced by close family friends and industry colleagues, was not immediately clear. He was diagnosed with cancer in 2006, but said last year he was "totally clean."

The Ghost of Autumn Fashions

When I worked and modeled, I always wore the latest fashions, often by famous designers - some of whom became clients later on. As I got older, fashion seemed less important while comfort became more important than brand names. There are clothes for work, media, play, raising children, weight loss and gain, and more. When you look good, you feel good, (and the other way around) and people are attracted to your energies.

This winter is about boots ... short and high ... with jeans and pants for me. Like Hillary Clinton, I'm not much into skirts - perhaps summer dresses - but not that often.

Monday I stopped to see my friend Lorraine, 60's and beautiful, who works in cosmetics at Walgreens in Bay Ridge - and always dresses well.

Dressing up is the only way to go for hairdressers and many who work in the make-up industry. They wouldn't be caught dead without looking perfect. People in the city who are in the fashion and the design world, usually wear black and are very skinny - straight or gay. Hairdressers have interesting programing. They always start their conversation with the words most psychics hate to hear, "What do you see?"

Back to Walgreens ... There we were in the cosmetic aisle ... talking about products that are said to erase the lines, but really don't. We know about botox, but I would never use it, though many of my neighbors botox every 6 months and look great.

Still losing weight ...

Wanting to have some fun for a Halloween blog ... I had a bright idea ...

"Let's checkout the Halloween aisle, talk to some ghosts and take a few photos for a Halloween," I suggested.

This is the best we could do as Frank the manager laughed at us.


I can make an adventure out of just about any experience. Here's an example... writing this blog today knowing Mercury was retrograde, I realized it would take forever to get it done ... try 3 hours ...

Here's what happened. Saturday I had three new Time Warner cable boxes installed replacing the old ones. The new ones can record up to six shows at a time, while the old ones only recorded two. It seems that when you change your plan the price comes down and the quality goes up. Time Warner is also my Internet provider ... not cheap.

I had decided to make this change during Mercury retrograde because my bill was over-the-top ridiculous. The new plan was cheaper, gave me more channels, and better cable boxes or so I thought. Still the question remained ... should I let them bring the new boxes during retrograde? I agreed ... followed by the arrival of a cable guy Saturday afternoon. In my heart I knew this was just the beginning - repetitions and/or delays. The first cable box was broken ... enter another cable guy arriving with three new boxes. Three hours later everything seemed to be in place and the guys left.

On Sunday morning I noticed a problem ... the cable boxes were not communicating with each other and two boxes did not show cable stations like HBO. I called Time Warner and they promised me a repair guy Monday between 2 and 5. As you may have suspected he never showed up calling me at 7 PM but by that time I had called ... complained and was promised a cable guy this morning at 8:00 AM. At 8:10 the phone rang Time Warner calling to say the cable guy was on his way. By that time I had started this blog.

The cable guy arrived a few minutes later and I explained all of the problems on all of the cable boxes. 3 hours later ... There's nothing wrong with the boxes but they're so new to Time Warner that some of the kinks have been worked out at their end ... the cable guys not understanding how to fix them ... though they all said they are taking workshops. This reminds me of downloaded a new OS and Apple unable t help me fix it. (It's away as best to wait). Apple has just updated to OS X Yosemite.

Did I go back to three old cable boxes? No! I explained Mercury retrograde to the cable guy but he already knew about it which means people are very savvy to these things in the city. What's really wrong with the boxes is that they are not communicating with each other meaning that if I record something on one box the others should pick it up and they're not. We decided to wait till Mercury goes direct which is .. give or take ... the end of next week. So now all the cable boxes are working alone. I can watch all my new shows and finish this blog ... though auto-correct needs help.

Zip-lining ... Another Senior Blog

This is something I would love to experience...

My friend Dean, also in the world of fashion (jewelry) design here in the city, emailed that his 74 year old mom in L.A. went zip-lining for the first time this year at the San Diego wild animal park. She also owns 5 horses that roam her 5 acre property. Bravo for someone in my age group having fun. Her birthday is February 16 - mine the 17th.

A zip-line or zip wire consists of a pulley suspended on a cable, usually made of stainless steel, mounted on an incline. It is designed to enable a user propelled by gravity to travel from the top to the bottom of the inclined cable by holding on to, or attaching to, the freely moving pulley. Zip-lines come in many forms, most often used as a means of entertainment. Zip line tours are becoming popular vacation activities, found at outdoor adventure camps or upscale resorts, where they may be an element on a larger challenge or ropes course. The jungles of Costa Rica, Florida, Puerto Vallarta,and Nicaragua are popular destinations for zip line enthusiasts. Read more ...

Turning 100 in Brooklyn

Years ago it was unheard to reach the age of 100 ... yet alone be functional. It's all changed...

Here's a cute story and video about Florence Levine who turned 100 on Sunday and had quite the party! Her family started out in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. Brooklyn Woman Florence Levine Turns 100 Years Old   NY1 - October 20, 2014.

My mom's name was Florence. Though my last name was Levine when I was married, after divorcing Ralph I went back to my maiden name, Crystal.

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As thousands waited for something to happen on December 21, 2012, based on the Mayan Calendar, nothing prophesied occurred ... or was the date slightly off? "Sarah and Alexander" ends on July 4, 2012, as they spiral out of existence along with the hologram. That day the God Particle (Higgs Boson) was discovered opening doors to the multiverse, time travel, black holes, with emphasis on proving we exist in a holographic universe, and more. Fade to Black.

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