Malfunctions in different work areas can annoy me, slow me down
and also, sometimes create ‘havoc!’ In the zone I was filling my
orders at the warehouse today,there was a ‘ghost!’
I would go to push a button out (they have a light and a Pick #
on them) and the light would ‘flicker’ and go out! Huh?!
Before I actually pressed it! I felt like I was going a little
crazy, since it would then light the next ‘pick’ and just as my
arm went to grab the parts, trying to ‘beat’ it from going out,
the ‘ghost’ would push me forward to the next pick.
I stopped my Filipino friend, Felda, who was in the next zone,
asking her to come and verify what was going on. Unfortunately,
for my sanity’s sake, she was not able to see it happening from
her side of the conveyor belt.
I hurried to the office, telling our order filling ‘clerk,’
Danielle, about my ‘ghost’…
She replied, “That happens when Don is over there! Log off
and try to re-start your picks and I will call Jeff, our
‘systems guy.'” (Well, at least Danielle didn’t think I
was ‘loony tunes!’)
I logged off, scanned my two labels and found the same
frustrating thing going on. I logged off, wrote the time
down and started to sweep, pick up trash and ‘kill’ time.
You never want to be caught doing ‘nothing’ at our
warehouse! (We hand in ‘records’ of our time used, called
time sheets, so what I was then doing was using ‘Indirect
Shortly, Jeff arrived and watched the ‘ghost’ firsthand.
He validated my crazy moments with a big dose of reality.
It would take him almost 40 minutes to figure out how to get
the system to stop this ‘ghost!’
By the way, this is how serious ‘Indirect Time’ is, my boss’
boss, Mike, came running down my zone after about 15 minutes,
catching me bending over and getting dusty, fallen parts and
putting them back where they belonged. He told me to,
“Make sure you write this down under the heading, “Cleaning,”
for ‘Indirect Time.'” Apparently, we have Big Brother on the
other end of our system, and big warning, flashing lights
must go off when Robin may be “Dilly-dallying!”
As I was sweeping, I thought about Angela An, on CBS Channel
10 this morning. She said that she thought the part of the
Billboard Music Awards Show, where Michael Jackson danced
with others, as a hologram, was “Creepy.” That is the word
this female broadcaster used.
I reflected how it makes me feel very warm, fuzzy, and happy
when I watch my Dad’s VHS tape of him following my two young
children and me, while holding my six month old youngest at
the Lancaster, Ohio Rising Park. I love the way he is walking
while holding the camera, so it jiggles. I also laugh at his
little comments to the camera, as he is gazing at my children
on what we used to call the “Rock and Roll.” It was like a
big metal barrel, sideways, where about six children, using
their weight could rock the barrel back and forth. It would
make me dizzy, just watching it! It would make me dizzy,
watching it on this tape. (It had been transformed or
transferred to a DVD, thanks to my good friend’s husband.)
Anyway, I thought of Michael Jackson’s family, they must have
felt their chests fill with pride while watching this Awards
Show! I imagine that it made them smile, thinking a bit of
him was ‘still here on Earth.’
I feel blessed and lucky to watch the only tape my Dad took
of the kids at a park. There is another short segment (filmed
at a different time) of my youngest daughter while her older
brother (age 3) and older sister (age 5) were playing on the
Vermilion Showse Park’s gym set. She is looking inside an old
lunch box which has Raggedy Ann and Andy on it, taking out
some little kitchen items in and out, that my Mom had put in
there. The half and quarter cups and the metal measuring spoons
clattered and made noise when the ‘baby’ would close the
lunch box shut and shake it up.
My Dad is using a lilting, ‘baby talk’ voice while trying to
get her to look up. He is trying his best to capture this
precious moment in Time. Watching this, listening to his voice,
gets me teary-eyed. I love the way he is saying her name,
repeating it until my youngest looks up at him and grins.
She is concentrating so hard, on the ‘task at hand!’
Hearing my Dad’s voice floating across time and space gives me
a combination of comfort and brings me sadness, too. I wish
he could have seen my youngest graduate from college. Been here
to see how the others are today. Grown and having families.
This is exactly how I feel about Michael Jackson’s Hologram.
I feel wistful and happy, for his siblings, mother, father
and especially his children. That his music and his image is
captured in ‘videos’ (oh, I mean film!) and this Hologram shown
last night. I don’t imagine that is was at all “Creepy” to them!
The other famous people who have utilized Holograms, include
Natalie Cole singing with her deceased father, Nat King Cole,
to me, showed the transcendence of time. I think it is beautiful
to see father and daughter, transported to a place where they
can sing together.
I don’t consider that “Creepy,” either. I love the combination
of both their voices singing a duet, that without the taped
image of Nat King Cole and his fine voice, a daughter and her
father couldn’t have sung this special and sweet song:
“Unforgettable” is so lovely as a duet reproduced in 1992.
Just to remind you, Nat King Cole died in 1965. If they
had not been able to use technology, his daughter would
not have been singing, as an adult, with her father. I am
very amazed and marvel at this ability to combine both
their beautiful voices together. I enjoyed this when it
came out, then again today, listening to their harmonizing.
It would be like Elvis singing with his daughter, Lisa Marie.
I would embrace this duet, as I do Natalie’s and Nat’s.
Here is a list that my table of coworkers collaborated with me,
to make. It includes, images, faces and full body poses of
famous people who have been videotaped, filmed or otherwise
duplicated by using other amazing ‘tricks of the trade’ to
create commercials or print advertisements.
1. Marilyn Monroe, (for perfume or cologne)
2. Audrey Hepburn, (in magazines for jewelry, recently a lookalike
in a television advertisement.)
3. Elvis (and his lookalikes, too.)
4. “Singing in the Rain” trio, Gene, Debbie and Donald.
5. The Three Stooges.
6. Laurel and Hardy.
7. Superheroes for advertising. (Maybe this could be ‘Creepy?’)
Have you noticed any deceased famous people featured in commercials?
How do you feel about Michael Jackson’s Hologram?