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Book Review: The Dead Janitors Club by Jeff Kilma

[ 0 ] June 30, 2011 |

Well, not for the squeamish over 45 year old Woman, is it?  If you like horror movies and true to life accounts..then this may just be your book!

~~The Chief Blonde, Still Blonde after all these YEARS!

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Book: Dead Janitors Club, Pathetically True Tales of a Crime Scene Cleanup King

Author: Jeff Klima
ISBN:13-975-1-4022-3829-1
MSRP: US–$15.99
Publisher: SourceBooks
Pages: 352, oversized Paperback, non-fiction

Having toiled for minimum wage for years, Jeff Klima got an unexpected offer: to head up a brand new crime scene cleanup company in Orange County. The upside: a chance to make incredible money in a field with no competition. The downside? Everything else about the job. The Dead Janitors Club is an engrossing, hilarious, and morbidly fascinating memoir of life and death from someone whose life is all about death. Klima brings the hidden world of crime scene cleanup to life.

Klima paints readers a vivid, raw, uncensored picture of what this job is really like. His accounts range from his first job-where a piece of brain fell off the ceiling and landed in his eye -to finding bloodstains missed by cops and sparking a reopening of a crime scene.  And that’s only what happen on-site, the stories about  what went on at the office are filled with corruption and deceit. The Dead Janitors Club is more than just a retelling of crime scenes and what it takes to clean them up; it is a memoir of struggling to survive college, love, and life, morals and ethics while keeping sane when one never knows if, the next time the phone will ring, you must delve into the darker side of life and death.

Still Blonde small The Chief Blonde Reviews The Dead Janitors Club by Jeff Kilma

Eww ewww eww..  Crime scene realism at its deepest and darkest.  Not what happens during the crime…but what happens after, and it ain’t pretty. Here’s a little excerpt, where he talks about his cleanup job:

There was the old man who’d died from falling off his concrete porch and smacking his head open with the business end of a rake or the job I did at the Motel 6 in Fontana where a man, knifed in the gut, had dragged himself along a hundred feet of walkway and rounded a corner before finally collapsing in the stairwell.

Stuff like that required serious equipment to do the job correctly, equipment that Dirk (his boss) didn’t want to shell out for.  Instead, he believed in his method of using a small furniture scrubbing brush like a glorified toothbrush and scrubbing the blood out inch by inch.

Uh-huh?  Well, not for the squeamish over 45 year old Woman, is it?  If you like horror movies and true to life accounts..then this may just be your book!

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Book Review: Errol & Olivia, Ego & Obsession

[ 0 ] June 30, 2011 |

“Women over 45, if you can tear yourself away from  the beautiful photographs, Robert Matzen explains the story and relationships (of Errol and Olivia) behind the movies, the gossip, and the innuendo and tells us for the first time what we really want to know.”

–The Chief Blonde, Still Blonde after all these YEARS!

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Book:  Errol & Olivia, Ego & Obsession in Golden Era Hollywood

Author: Robert Matzen
ISBN:978-1-9711685-8-9
MSRP: US–$39.95
Publisher: GoodKnight Books
Pages: 208, oversized Hardback, deluxe paper
Illustrations: Full Blaring Color and B&W as appropriate

Errol & Olivia: Ego & Obsession in Golden Era Hollywood is the first book ever to delve into the incendiary relationship between the great motion picture stars Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland. In Errol & Olivia, Robert Matzen goes behind the scenes the Golden Era to tell the intimate story of how Errol and Olivia battled the studio system—and each other—in the name of ego and ambition to achieve lasting fame.

Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland first laid eyes on each other in 1935—and their lives were forever changed. He fell in love with her, and she with him, and through eight motion pictures these two Hollywood luminaries earned millions for the WarnerBrothers Studios—plus rich contracts and international acclaim for themselves. All the while, discontent slowly built as they made one classic picture after another, including the Academy Award®-winning The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938). But what caused such unhappiness for Errol and Olivia? Here, told for the first time, is the story of the years Flynn and de Havilland spent together at Warner Brothers, learning the business together and then growing apart—until unlikely events made them allies and forged a bond that would last forever.

Still Blonde smallThe Chief Blonde Reviews: Errol & Olivia, Ego & Obsession in Golden Era Hollywood

Ahh, the Golden Days of Hollywood..the passion, the angst, the looks, the passing kisses.  And yet, there is always the other side of the Silver Screen–True humans who after being thrown together in picture and after picture develop all kinds of emotion for on another–that is the story of Errol & Olivia, Ego & Obsession in Golden Era Hollywood.  I found myself captivated with the endless posed and candid pictures of the two stars.  Truly, I can say, this is the part of the book I enjoyed the most.  You can see such vulnerability in the unposed shots, such raw emotion!  Women over 45, if you can tear yourself away from the  the beautiful photographs, Robert Matzen explains the story and relationships behind the movies, the gossip,  and the innuendo and tells us for the first time what we really want to know.  What were Errol & Olivia really like and what was their relationship?
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Book Review: Ripley’s Believe It or Not: Enter If you Dare!

[ 0 ] June 30, 2011 |

“Women over 45–Got a teen in your family who doesn’t like to read?  They won’t put Ripley’s Believe it or Not 2011 Annual: Enter if you Dare! down.  It’s better that Strategy guide for World of Warcraft.”

–The Chief Blonde,  Still Blonde after all these YEARS!

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Book:  Ripley’s Believe it or Not: Enter If you Dare

ISBN:978-1-895951-63-1
MSRP: US–$29.85 Canada–$25.00
Publisher: Ripley’s
Pages: 256, oversized Hardback, deluxe paper
Illustrations: Full Blaring Color

Ripley Publishing builds on its worldwide success with their 2011 annual, the seventh in its multimillion bestselling series. Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Enter If You Dare! is an all-new collection of the strangest stories and features from around the globe.

A mind-boggling array of incredible and bizarre facts, stories, interviews and features are presented in a stunning new design. New highlights include “Ripley’s Revealed,” an in-depth behind-the-scenes look at such subjects as contortionism, fire-eating and sword-swallowing. Enter If You Dare! also includes interviews with some of the planet’s most extraordinary people that explore their motivations, while “Ripley’s Research” boxes explain the science behind some of the most incredible tales in the book.

Stories from Ripley’s Believe It or Notinclude:

  • A Wisconsin man spent 17 years building a sports car in his cellar – then realized he had no way to get it out of his house. You won’t believe what he did to get it out!
  • A Nepal teenager is the smallest man on earth. He stands 22 inches tall and weighs just 10 pounds.
  • A real-life fat cat in England weighs a whopping 22 pounds and likes to pig out on cheese-and-onion potato chips. He was chosen to be part of a weight loss group for porky pets.
  • A Chicago woman needed something to wear to a party, so she made a dress – out of salami and bacon.
  • A man spent 15 years building a model out of matchsticks – 4,000,000 matchsticks!

Still Blonde small The Chief Blonde Reviews Ripley’s Believe it or Not: Enter if you Dare!

I remember when I was a little kid, my grandma had a Ripley’s Believe it or Not Book. I would spend hours with my brother, just pouring over the book and looking at the black and white illustrations.  It was so fantastic, like a 1940s comic book!  Fast Forward to 2011, here I am again, pouring over the 2011 version of the Ripley’s Believe it or Not 2011 Annual: Enter if you Dare! While still the same crazy, mixed up, all over the page format, this edition is printed on top quality coffee table high gloss stock in an oversized edition and the color is so in your face–you almost need sunglasses.  As usual, I can’t help but pause and stare at Tiny Iron who sports Monster arms, or the Mice Kebab from Malawi (really yucky), or Leandro Granato, an artist from Argentina who paints using his eye as a paintbrush (you really need to see the picture for this one!)  Simply hours of fun, for young and old.  Women over 45–Got a teen in your family who doesn’t like to read?  They won’t put Ripley’s Believe it or Not 2011 Annual: Enter if you Dare! down.  It’s better than a Strategy guide for World of Warcraft.

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Book Review: World’s Best Origami, Nick Robinson

[ 0 ] June 30, 2011 |

Women over 45 will adore this book for the interesting Origami creations they can master! World’s Best Origami is everything you could want to unlock your paper folding dreams”

The Chief Blonde, Still Blonde after all these YEARS!

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Book: World’s Best Oragami, Over 100 Amazing Models from Top Origami Artists

Author: Nick Robinson
ISBN:978-1-61564-053-9
MSRP: US–$20.00 Canada–$25.00
Publisher: Alpha (Penguin)
Pages: 312, oversized paperback
Illustrations: Black and White

Many school children fold paper airplanes, but don’t realize they are participating in an ancient Japanese art form. Nick Robinson’s new book, World’s Best Origami(ISBN9781615640539, Alpha Books, November 2010, $19.95), allows readers to revisit their paper-folding days and transform the simple airplanes of grade school into beautiful, three dimensional sculptures with a rich history.

In World’s Best Origami, Robinson shows readers how to transform a flat sheet of material into a three dimensional sculpture through folding without the use of cuts or glue. “Origami is an integral part of our everyday lives: recreation, therapy, entertainment, problem solving, engineering, and education. Despite all these varied possibilities, most people make origami for fun and relaxation,” says Robinson.

When beginning a new hobby, it’s easy to rush into the most challenging or exciting project available. Many times this leads to frustration, and, in origami’s case, a lot of wasted paper. World’s Best Origami provides the first-time folder with the basics and progresses towards more difficult models. It also includes a thorough refresher course for more experienced folders. This book teaches readers how to:

· Create the ideal environment to fold in

· Choose the ideal paper for each project

· Read an origami folding diagram

· Make the basic folds more complicated works are founded upon

· Create birds, animals, flowers, people, containers, and more from step-by-step instructions

The book also includes information on what to do after the basics have been mastered. How to establish a style, get creative, join an origami club, and inspire others are also covered within the chapters. It is the most comprehensive origami book on the market with more than 100 pieces.

“Each chapter starts with relatively simple models, moving smoothly toward more-challengingworks,” says Robinson. “By the time you’ve folded the entire book, you’ll be in a position to tackle origami at any level of complexity.”

Still Blonde small The Chief Blonde Reviews World’s Best Origami:

A wonderfully structured and laid out book which presents the world of Origami to the masses.  Challenging  enough for the expert, simple enough for the beginner–incredibly detailed, World’s Best Origami is everything you could want to unlock your paper folding dreams.  We enjoyed the sections that World’s Best Origami were laid out in, which included Basics, Birds, Flower and Practical (think Wallets) to name a few.  Our favorite creation, hands down, was the Fancy Swan followed by the Simple Santa (the Chief Blonde collects Santas!)    An excellent table of contents and index round out the book, making the paper item that you never knew you wanted to make, right at your fingertips!  Fold On! Women over 45 will adore this book for the interesting creations they can master!

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GOOGLE PAGERANK UPDATE FOR JUNE, 2011 MEANS NOTHING! BUT HOW DO YOU FEEL?

[ 85 ] June 28, 2011 |

People always say,  “Provide Great Content and They will Come!  Don’t Pay Attention to Google PageRank!”

 

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I have so much to say about Google PageRank Update,  I just cannot begin to type.  But Women over 45, know that a  picture says a 1000 words doesn’t it?  This is how I felt yesterday, June 27, 2011 when the Google PageRank Update started to roll out: Women jumping off building! Now today, I feel more like this: Bozo the ClownYou remember BOZO, the Clown–Don’t you?  Well he personifies how I feel today after dropping from 3 to a 2…Like a Clown.  Now there isn’t anything wrong with a 2 unless you are dropping DOWN to it!  I know because when I was a Google PageRank 3 versus when I was a 2 it made a difference in the ads/opportunities/etc. that I was offered.  But you know what BOZO , the Clown says in his Theme song right?

Just keep Laughin’!  Don’t you ever Frown!  BOZO is Back…the one and only BOZO the Clown!

 

So that’s what the Blonde is going to do…”Just Keep Laughing” because as you know…I am the one and only Chief Blonde!  Teehee?

 

I know some of you were really pleased with your Google PageRank.  Congratulations!  I am thrilled for you (Really!) Some of you were not! (I shake my Fist in the Air for you!)

 Update 2012: The Chief Blonde has once again been elevated to a PageRank 3!