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My dream 3/19/15

Posted in Just thinking with tags on March 20, 2015 by shebatt

I had the most amazing dream last night. This last week I have been having very vivid dreams and last night’s was no exception. The difference was last nights dream was so magical I don’t think I will ever forget it.

I was at the Regency center in SF attending a ball I go to every year. Of course like all dreams the place did not really look like how it does in real life. As a matter of fact, I had dreamed about it a few months ago and in last nights dream it looked more like that. I was in a room outside of the main ball room helping people set up. Before I realized it the ball had started and people started preforming. There was a woman in this side room playing a grand piano and singing. There were others playing with her but I can’t quite place the instruments they were playing, I think one was a flute and the other was a small harp or something like that. She was playing something that was across between You make me feel so Young and Dancing Cheek to Cheek. When I woke up I could not pin point which song either. I got up and started dancing. I was alone on the dance floor but I did not care. There were a bunch of girls around me sitting on some steps watching me and commenting on how I looked as if I was having so much fun just dancing. I remember running up to the girls on the steps and doing a flip right over their heads and landing on one of the steps sitting perfectly, I was trying to get them to dance too.

The feeling of dancing was euphoric. I remember the lights were really low in the room almost blacked out completely with just small spots of white incandescent lighting causing an almost yellow hue to the beams thrown to the floor. I kept dancing alone and it was the most wonderful feeling. A friend of mine came up and started to dance with me. I just let go and let him lead and before I knew it he had me flip over his back in one swift move that felt like flying.

The woman at the piano stopped playing and said the main band was starting to play. Since the friend I was dancing with was part of the band I went to go see him and the rest of them play but he was not on stage playing with the rest of them. In my head I remembered he was not playing this year but just there as a participant. I turned around and started heading back to the room where he and I were dancing. The people all around me were dancing. It was dark and strange and everyone was in costumes not to far from what people wear at the real ball every year.  The band was playing an almost waltz version of the song The Shadow of Your Smile.

Along the way back to the room a man started dancing with me and I over heard a woman saying “Oh he is very wealthy and single and now he has fond someone to dance with” meaning me. I broke away from him in hopes to go find my friend again. I walked into the room where he was before and found him off to the side looking in an old foggy mirror putting on silver lipstick. I remember he was wearing an outfit which looked a lot like a dress my sister has that was my mother’s. The pants were black and white stripe satin with a flair at the bottom that was almost a ruffle the top was a velvet jacket, with a white satin tux shirt underneath.  Turning around he saw me watching him. He took me into his arms and started dancing with me again and then he leaned in and kissed me getting silver lipstick on my lips. I buried my head into his chest and then realized I got silver lipstick on his shirt so while dancing I tried to wipe it off. We danced and danced until the dream started to fade and I woke up with the happiest feeling.

Something about dancing in my dreams always leaves me with the feeling I was flying and leaves me so happy when I wake up.


I am NOT perfect but I do try really hard and try to live by example.

Posted in Batt Rantts with tags , , on March 13, 2015 by shebatt
I wrote and posted this on face book because I am so tired of seeing people blaming the government for everything. People we need to start taking responsibility for our world.
I am NOT perfect but I do try really hard and try to live by example.

I am beginning to believe the more we blame the republicans, the democrats, the right, the left, the conservative, or the liberal, the more we are not really focusing on the truth of what is going on. If you really want to stop the corporate world from buying and paying for our government and ruling our pathetic lives then stop feeding into them.

Don’t watch TV or their ads selling you things you don’t need. Stop buying their shit you really don’t need. Start supporting local farmers and Non -gmo products. Start shopping at your local shops and not at the BIG BOX stores or even the chain stores.

I do not have cable in my home or internet. I am not buying a new bike because my old one does not fit me right, I am rebuilding the one I have. I go to the farmers market in Brisbane and buy as much as I can there so I don’t support the big name stores. I DON’T drink soda, I don’t eat fast food.

Living in the 80’s

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on March 6, 2015 by shebatt

For those of you who were not around then the title of this blog is also a line from a song by the 80’s band Killing Joke.

I met a young woman this Feb 14th who was stunningly beautiful and wearing the coolest dress. It was a retro 30’s/40’s dress that reminded me of my favorite styles of the 80’s. I talked to her and her sister for a while and she requested I write a blog entry about the fashions of the 80’s. Funny I was very much a renegade and I have never been one to follow fashion ever. For most who know me up until a few years ago my adult life was very jeans and ts with the occasional dressing up.

In the early 80s while in high school I never dressed in what was fashionable or even cool, I dressed in what I liked and what was comfortable to me. The fact that it was kind of Punk or kind of Ska or even Rockabilly did not matter to me. It was what I was feeling that day.

One fun fashion thing I do remember about that time was my friends and I would go out dancing and we would always dress up for that. Again I dressed to my mood. Sometimes I was in flouncy full skirts which fell into the New Romantic category and sometimes in pencil skirts which were both Punk or Ska depending what you had on with it. I have a friend who I still see once a year now who I went dancing with quite a lot. He would show up to my house dressed in really cool 30/40s retro military fashions to find that I too had dressed in the same mode that evening. Other times he would dress in the 80s skinny ties and padded shoulder coats and find me dress to match. We never talked about what we were going to wear but were always in sync with each other for some reason.

As I grew older I got out of dressing up and just started dressing for my mood all the more. Which is funny because that became more and more Goth, which is a whole blog post of its self which I should some day write, maybe that will be next.

Now at work I would put on nice pants and a sweater sometimes even a skirt.

Okay back to the beautiful girl on Valentines day. I told her I would post stuff about fashion and all I am talking about is how I don’t know much about it because it was about my moods.

This is for you. Oh and this is from someone in LA at the time. NY, London, SF and anywhere else I am sure were different.

Punk in LA was mostly plaid bondage pants or jeans for both girls and guys, T-shirts leather jackets and jean jackets with the occasional skirt for girls. For a short time girls started wearing fishnets (ripped mostly) and full petticoats as skirts until Madonna came a long and made it mainstream. Bitch. Good examples is Beki from the band Vice Squad thought she was British and even better from LA Exene Cervenka from the band X.

Exene Cervenka         x

Then there was Ska.

History of Ska:

The 3rd wave of Ska music was from bands like Madness, The Specials, English Beat (known as the Beat at that time) and quite a few more. The fashion was very 60s Mod looking with an 80s hint thrown in. It is my understanding that the 60s mod look was a lot more colorful then the 80’s Ska look.

ska 1         ska 3      ska 2

Now for Rockabilly:

History of Rockabilly:

This style has hung on for years. The fashions have change very little and resemble a cross between the 40’s and 50’s pin-up girl look and the greaser girl look. I happen to love the pin up girl look myself.

rock 1          rock 2


This leads me to New Romantic and I find myself out of time today. I will write more on this and New Wave in the next post but I really wanted to get this posted.