Tijuana Taxi: A Blast From My Past (a 1970's Home Movie)


Tijuana Taxi!

Circa 1974!

All Star cast!

Thrills and Chills!


A Home Movie with a Plot!

A Child Star in the Making!

Jeffrey A. Brown

Keith Brown

Christopher Brown

Eric Nicholas Brown (Child Star)

Jeanette Brown

Jennifer Semple (Brown) Siegel

Directed by Jeffrey A. Brown

See it TODAY!

Rhia and Goofy


Walt Disney World: Rhia Meets Goofy at The Animal Kingdom



VIP ALERT!!!! Interview with YouTube Star Rhia About....Disney World!


VIP ALERT!!!! Interview with YouTube Star Rhia About....Disney World!

Bugzita says,

Four-year-old Rhia talks about her upcoming trip to Disney World with Daddy Eric, Grandma Jennifer, and Grandpa Jerry.

We know, we know; other kids aren't as cute as your own kids, but what can you do?

Rhia's goofy grandparents think she has star quality, perhaps as a comedian.


Disney's Hollywood Studios: YouTube Star Rhia and Character Encounter, Part 1


Disney's Hollywood Studios: YouTube Star Rhia and Character Encounter, Part 2



Color-Change Stone: Alexandrite? Garnet? Spinel? Synthetic?

Mix of Daylight and Energy Smart Light*

Mix of Daylight and Energy Smart Light*

Incandescent Light (Slightly more red than depicted here)*

Incandescent Light (Slightly more red than depicted here)*

Incandescent Light (More red than depicted here)*

I bought this ring last week at Savage Mills Mall in Columbia, Maryland. The tag said the stone was Alexandrite; I really have serious doubts, but I can see why the seller might think so. However, the price I paid was NOT equal to natural Alex prices--not even close (which is why I was able to afford the ring), so I bought it on the assumption that the stone is NOT Alex, but is likely to be another kind of color-change stone (garnet, spinel, sapphire, or even a synthetic corundum: Worst-case scenario: glass. Yikes!).

Total carat weight of ring: 36.5.

14 KT, at least I think so--I can barely read the mark--but it looks like gold and passes the magnet test. The gold color in the photos is accurate. The metal has a nice "old" patina with some slight scratches on the inside. Could the ring be from the 1920's or 1940's? It kind of looks Art Deco-ish. The ring is dirty (which explains some of those spots on it), and there is some wear along the facets of the window. Obviously, the former owner(s) wore it a lot.

I'm not sure how to clean it safely.

It is solidly set--no loose prongs. Still, I worry. It looks so vulnerable.

I'm guessing the stone is 15-20 carats--it's BIG. Dimensions 14 mm round, 6.5-7 mm deep. "Ostentatious" is a great descriptor, yet it's not a girly-girl ring (part of its appeal to me).

It could be synthetic Alex, but I don't think it's Russian lab; I have a known Russian lab stone, and it's not like the stone in the ring at all. For one thing, the Russian lab is darker; the daylight color is a definite emerald, and the incandescent color is a deep purple, almost a black.

In the above photos, I was (more or less) able to capture the two main color changes. The photos aren't perfect, though; they make the stone look more like blue and purple Tanzanite.

I compared the stone under incandescent light with a known amethyst (deep purple color) stone in an antique gold setting, and my mystery stone had more red in it--more like raspberry.

Try as I might, my camera could not catch the color seen under a mix of fluorescent and daylight: a brilliant London Blue with flashes of aqua, purple, and red--it is really quite breathless. My photos show just blue.

A mix of fluorescent and daylight; unfortunately, my camera could not quite catch the stunning London Blue with aqua, purple, and red flashes*

Other colors:

Clear day, in shadow: bluish, maybe bluish-violet.

Daylight, direct sunlight: pink with blue flashes.

Cloudy day: Medium icy blue/green, a bit like light aquamarine, although a bit darker. Depending on angle of light, sometimes a smoky spot, either in the middle or along one edge.

Setting sun (deep slant): red with purple lashes.
* Note: all photos are un-enhanced; however, they have been cropped.*

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Fasting would surely come into fashion again at some future date, yet that was no comfort for those living in the present. What, then, was the hunger artist to do?

--Franz Kafka, "A Hunger Artist"

In all her life she had never been afflicted by ill temper and she looked upon it now as a demon which, along with hunger, was taking possession of her soul.

--Andre Dubus, "The Fat Girl"

Art Deco Bug Brooch

This is the expensive little critter that I mentioned in the sidebar. No markings. I don't know if the opal is real or synthetic, but it does generate a lot of fire.

Another view of the bug.

A view of the underbelly (Sorry, it's kind of blurry).

I don't know anything about this piece, other than I like it, and it's not for sale.