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SF Sorrow is born

Wasting time on the internet this morning I can't stop looking at pictures of the Apollo 11 (1969) moon landing. It is my obsession of the moment. The photos strike me as being stunning, surreal, evocative and bizarre. I don't doubt that the moon landing really happened, but somehow I still can't quite wrap my head around it. Being the first nation to walk on the moon was stunning show of nationalistic prestige for the United States, but why? What was the point of it? Other than to demonstrate our nation's supernatural might relative to other nations, I can't think of any logical reason to want to travel to the moon. At all. It is so very strange. Perhaps it is even the weirdest thing to happen in the entire crazy 1960's decade. And it was done by our government. In fact, the space program as it was designed by president Kennedy in 1961 has been called the largest military financial expenditure performed by any country during peacetime. 25 billion dollars just to prove a point. At least they didn't kill anyone in the process.


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The astronauts of Apollo 11 brought many moon rocks back to planet earth with them as souvenirs. One of the moon rocks was given to the Washington National Cathedral in Washington D.C. (website here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Cathedral). Then, as if to prove that nationalism, science, the military, and religion could all peacefully co-exist (if only in symbolism); cathedral artisans took the lunar rock and designed an entire stained glass window around it. Now the first moon landing is enshrined on the cathedral walls along with the birth of baby jesus and the gospel of John. The same cathedral also boasts the world's only sculpture of Darth Vader on a religious building (really!). I find organized religion personally distasteful, but I will always have a deep underlying appreciation for gothic cathedrals, art and architecture.



The infamous space window at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C. The moon rock lies in the center of the red sphere.
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Help me pay my tuition!

Sorry for the shameless plug, but I'm nearly desperate for money this month. Next month I'm headed back to school and still haven't figured out how to afford it all yet.

My auctions this week are on fire, and they're ending today (8-7-08)! Quick click:

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Holy...!

60's fashion affectionadios check out the many mind-blowing Rudi Gernreich couture fashion vintage movie clips on this German website. This is the best thing vintage fashion-related I've seen in a very long time! Certainly the best thing 60's-fashion related. Film # 5, titled aptly "fashion is dead", in which Mr. Gernreich predicts the advent of unisex fashion and contact lenses is a must see for everyone.



Warning: Website content is not "adult" in nature, however the page is not entirely work safe due to Gernreich's infamous 1964 topless swimming suit design, depicted in all its bosom-revealing glory.

By-the-way: I posted new auctions.
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I'm off!

I almost had a heart attack this morning when I couldn't find my passport. Not funny!

Tomorrow I leave for Tokyo. Wish me luck.

If you want a postcard, email me your address:

opal_lalia@yahoo.com
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Alice Cooper

Lately I've been feeling so anxious about the fate of my chosen presidential candidate, Barack Obama. The suspense of this current primary election is killing me! Does anyone else feel the same way?

In my current state of political anxiety, I find Alice Cooper's hysterical (1973) music video "Elected" so comforting.



Rock on!
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MySpace

My shiny new cell phone was tragically stolen from Lestat's Coffee house late last nite. I'm getting with the the 21st century now (finally) and am building a MySpace page. It is in its rough draft, but add me, now.

Here it is: http://www.myspace.com/opallalia
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Picture Post

My new favorite 60's celebrity fashion icon is Mariska Veres from 60's Dutch power-pop rock band Shocking Blue. Just look at these photographs and I think you will agree that she had the most amazing sense of style.


It doesn't get any hotter than Mariska and her three handsome bandmate/boyfriends.

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crossposted to 60s__fashion
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Small Brag:

Check them out ladies!! My new
modder-than-all-get-out real 60's vintage go-go boots:



(not for sale because they're my size and I'm keeping them)
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