Music Sunday: TLC Red Light Special

Yep, here’s some sassy and classic TLC for your Sunday. Do enjoy because it’s all yours!

F. M. Laster

“The best revenge is massive success.” – Frank Sinatra

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Noir Saturday: Fear

Here’s tonight’s noir, Fear.

Fear is a 1946 low-budget film noir directed by Alfred Zeisler. The film is considered a loose adaptation of Fyodor Dostoyevsky‘s 1866 novel Crime and Punishment.

A broke medical student who’s in desperate need of tuition money sells everything he owns to a dishonest professor. When the student’s scholarship is suddenly taken from him, he flies into a rage and kills the professor, whom he feels is responsible for his situation. His life then begins to improve, but as the student grows more reckless, police suspicion continues to grow.

Check it out tonight on TCM @ 11pm CST or 9AM CST. Have a great night.

F. M. Laster

“The best revenge is massive success.” – Frank Sinatra

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Friday Flick: Hard Candy

Here’s tonight’s flick, Hard Candy. Great performances from all present.

Hayley (Ellen Page) is a precocious teenager who goes to a coffee shop to meet Jeff (Patrick Wilson), the photographer she met on the Internet. Jeff thinks he is in for a real treat, but Hayley plays a trick on him. After drugging Jeff and tying him down, Hayley reveals that she knows Jeff preys on teenage girls and she has a plan to wring a confession from him.

F. M. Laster

“The best revenge is massive success.” – Frank Sinatra

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Throwback Thursday: More Jordan Pics

I have no clue where that jacket is, but I bought it in Saudi. I so miss travelling and I’m shooting for 2022. Trust baby, I’m making it my wild! This here is me when I was travelling in Jordan. Damn, I miss that life.

F. M. Laster

“The best revenge is massive success.” – Frank Sinatra

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Wayback Wednesday: Missy Elliot

Here’s a little diddi from wayback. I love Missy. Enjoy.

F. M. Laster

“The best revenge is massive success.” – Frank Sinatra

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Travel Tuesday: Wuling Yuan

Check out this view! OMG, it is ON for 2022! This place is SO on my radar! Just need to convince my man to come along with me.

F. M. Laster

“The best revenge is massive success.” – Frank Sinatra

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Black Barbie Chronicles: Black Barbie Declares Black Barbie Broken

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Here’s a little from one of my many, many mini mental breakdowns in Korealand.  It wasn’t all drunken adventures; I had some moments as well.  Check out this little gem.  Enjoy.

F. M. Laster

“The best revenge is massive success.” – Frank Sinatra

Black Barbie Declares Black Barbie is Broken.

There’s a point at which one has to drop all their defenses and just fucking own up to the fact that you are not okay. I almost did that on New Year’s. I’m thoroughly doing it right now. I’m not okay. I will be okay, but I’m currently not okay. Not even a little bit.

There is a reason that I occasionally refer to Korea as LaLa Land. America Land is this far off place that I intermittently refer to as The Real World. In my mind, it’s a place that was supposed to remain frozen in time. Before my departure, I carefully distributed “Nothing of Note” to Happen until November of next year, Flyers. Sadly, I didn’t do this nearly thoroughly enough. As it turns out, sometimes three and a half months is a long time. Sometimes, some things do change.

My residency in La La Land gives me the option of dealing with those things that are changing back home. Since my arrival in Korea three and a half months ago, some things back home have…. apparently… changed. The memos, people! Why didn’t you all get the fucking message? Christ.

     Brandy, a life-long friend, found out that she was pregnant about a month after I left. In case you hadn’t noticed by now that the sun rises in the east, I am grossly self-centered. Hence, my initial reaction to this was: “Dude! I’m going to miss the whole thing!” I later dealt with this by getting inappropriately drunk in Daegu and making what should probably be considered regrettable decisions. I mean, I still have a kidney infection to show for it! Months later! Damn you, bacteria. Damn you.

     Perspective is a funny thing. I would have been just fucking dandy if my life-long friend getting pregnant was going to the most significant change to happen back home while I was in Korea. But, again: the memos! They weren’t evenly distributed! The memo distribution system is broken!

I found out Sunday morning that another friend of mine, Brad Hart, had passed away.

Passed. A. Fucking. Way.

Are you kidding me? That only happens to other people! Like, people, I know, sometimes know other people who died. I don’t know people who die. This has sort of been a rule of mine for, well, life. And frankly, it’s worked out fantastically for me. Not having to deal with death has been fantastic!

I don’t mean to minimize the deaths within the family that have occurred during my lifetime; I was just too young to have the privilege to have built any serious rapport with my uncle, aunt, or grandmother. So, while their deaths were profoundly moving events that touched many of those close to me, they were relatively easy for me to deal with; as far as these things can be, that is. I also don’t mean to minimize past deaths of a couple of acquaintances who happened to be very close to my friends. I was certainly affected by both of those events. It’s just that I didn’t truly appreciate what it’s like to lose a friend with whom you have some sort of history or rapport until it happened to me.

And now it’s happened to me.

I’m not going to eulogize or act as if I was closer to the deceased than reality. While it’s come to my attention throughout the years that many people do this, that’s just not how I roll. That’s not my grieving style. Or something. Frankly, I’m not sure what my grieving style is.

I first received the news after returning to Busan from a 12-hour Daegu party night. It was 10:30 in the morning. I napped. I tried to get really into a tennis match when I woke up later… And I didn’t care. I tried to care. I really did. This is generally the sort of thing that has me sitting directly in front of the television screen and fist-pumping over excellent points. Those of you haven’t been exposed to Tennis Fan Black Barbie. It may be grossly confusing to learn that she occasionally embraces her inner jock in this manner, but it totally happens! I followed up on the tennis match with some coffee with a friend. I had to get out of the apartment. I felt tears and didn’t want them to flow. The next day was my first day of the workweek. I decided that there was no time like Saturday night to go drinking until 4am. Before meeting a couple of my Busan friends, both of whom have somehow avoided a tacky Black Barbie nickname, I purchased nail polish from 4 different stores. Within 15 minutes. I don’t even like painting my nails.

     And now it’s Sunday. Okay, it’s actually Monday at this point. Whatever. I went out drinking. Again. With the same friends, plus two. Among other things, they put up with my whipping out the obituary over drinks. Who does that? Apparently, I do. I received an email at work today with the obituary attached. I printed it off, put it in my purse, and glanced at it over drinks at the bar. Who does that? I’m not really sure what else to do with it at this point. Do I leave it in my purse? Throw it out? Put it with my other important papers at my apartment? Somehow, it’s easiest to just leave it in my purse.

     Given my lack of experience in dealing with death, I’m unsure as to where exactly I’m supposed to go from here. Do I reevaluate? Didn’t I just fucking do that at New Year’s? Do I reevaluate again? I chatted with a friend who passed away only one week ago. We both concluded that what I was currently doing was extraordinary. I am living my life to the fullest, more or less. I should probably take better care of my health and not lean on the bottle for support so much. Aside from that, I’m not sure which way to lean.

I will find a way. Somewhere, there is Direction just waiting for me to find it. Right? Of course.

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Music Sunday: Michael Jackson

Two of my fav’s Naomi and MJ. I just loved this video in my “youth” and it’s perfect for Sunday. Enjoy and I hope you like as much as myself.

F. M. Laster

“The best revenge is massive success.” – Frank Sinatra

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Noir Saturday: Nightfall

Here’s tonight’s noir, Nightfall.

In rural Wyoming, James Vanning (Aldo Ray) aids stranded motorists John (Brian Keith) and Red (Rudy Bond). But after James finds out that the men just pulled off a huge bank heist, they try to kill him. When a harsh storm suddenly hits, the crooks lose their loot, and James manages to escape to Los Angeles, where he goes into hiding. He receives an unwelcome visit, however, from John and Red, who believe that James knows more about their lost money than he’s letting on.

Check it out tonight @ 11PM CST on TCM or tomorrow morning @ 9AM CST on TCM. For now, check out the trailer below.

F. M. Laster

“The best revenge is massive success.” – Frank Sinatra

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Friday Flick: Dr. Strangelove

Here’s one of my fav scenes from my fav movie, Dr. Strangelove. A film about what could happen if the wrong person pushed the wrong button — and it played the situation for laughs. U.S. Air Force General Jack Ripper goes completely insane, and sends his bomber wing to destroy the U.S.S.R. He thinks that the communists are conspiring to pollute the “precious bodily fluids” of the American people.

It’s fav and classic of mine and I hope you enjoy as well.

Check out the trailer below and have a great one!

F. M. Laster

“The best revenge is massive success.” – Frank Sinatra

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