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You’re in the Right Place

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

I’ve put my website on the back-burner since I’ve been getting most of my clients through word of mouth and social media. It doesn’t help that WordPress, BlueHost, and web standards are changing faster than the street view of Capitol Hill.

I’m trying to do a million things at once… some of them hearse-related, some of them not. Thanks for your patience, and thanks for contacting me at kat@dreamhearse.com with bookings and love notes.

Taken last weekend on the first day of Viadoom, here’s proof of my perfectly functioning existence:

Santa Barbie!

Friday, January 7th, 2011

Or, if you prefer, Barbie New Year!

The holiday season was full of magic and wonder, and the Barbie Dream Hearse was full of elves and party-goers celebrating Christmas and NYE. Driving the Sugarplum Elves was a great way to enjoy yet another Santacon, this time from the comfort of my living room on wheels. I dressed up as a santa girl, and all the elves were adorable. I took some fantastic dark, out-of-focus pictures on my Sidebrick, which is now probably sitting at the bottom of a lake because no pawn shop would take it. RIP, old phone. We will always remember the good times.

For Christmas, my website got a new navigation bar. Big thanks to Greg at Live Dog Productions for making my site more user-friendly while staying true to my logo and theme. If you’re reading this post on Facebook and haven’t taken a look yet, go now!

For New Year’s, I received a hand-me-down Crackberry to answer your calls and emails. Now I can officially call myself a busy business lady whose life is missing something but she doesn’t realize it because she’s so busy with business. Take the internet, for example. It’s serious business.

For Betweenodays*, I finally fixed the iPod connector on my jack-of-all-trades head unit. Although my taste in music is so excellent that you shouldn’t even want to play your iPod through my stereo, you are of course more than welcome to, especially now that it’s plug-and-play.

For January Afterburn*, I installed my fancy new(ish) air filter and got my oil changed. Econo Lube is now one of my favorite places in Everett, alongside Sam’s Gun Shop, Northway Aviation, and Water Tectonics. The guys there were friendly and knowledgeable, and (this is key) they were actually ready to do the work at the time of my scheduled appointment. I know this is a real shocker, but no matter how pretty you or your car may be, if a shop is busy, you have to wait.

So far, Barbie is rolling through the beginning of 2011 looking as fine as the day she arrived in Emerald City. Here’s to another year of wild rides!

*These are days I made up and probably don’t warrant gifts or celebrations from anyone’s perspective but mine, but I’m still pretty stoked.

FAVICON’D!

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

If you go to my website (linked for facebook readers), you’ll notice a new pink little devil-girl next to the address bar. That is my favicon. Until today, I had no idea what it was called or how to make one. Since I managed to do it this morning, you can be sure it’s pretty easy.

Thanks to browsing random online forums, I’m still hot on the heels of trend-setting in 2004!

What’s Been Going On

Friday, May 21st, 2010

As far as this site is concerned, I’ve been suffering from delusions of grandeur. I keep thinking I can still be the internet demon you know and love while my mobile dance card continues filling up. I’ve been having a great time driving Barbie this month, but you wouldn’t know it unless you’re like the folks in the Seattle area pinging me with random sightings on Facebook. (I enjoy reading those, by the way. Keep ’em comin’!)

In addition to writing about good times and fun, I also want to add a bar of links to the top of my site for easier navigation and to have the homepage redirect to an intro about me and the car instead of this news feed. You wouldn’t believe how fucking hard that is to communicate to someone. If I sit down and mess with it myself, it’ll get done, but it’ll take me longer than someone who does this for a living. And yet, I don’t really feel like paying $400 for a single navbar addition to a stripped-down version of my current site.

So, quick info-seekers, I apologize. For now, you’re getting a blog… an infrequently updated blog these days. I apologize for that too.

Here’s some stuff that happened:

SEAF
I drove VIP guests to the Artists’ Reception of the Seattle Erotic Art Festival. To sum it up, being a sponsor was FUN, and it was even sweeter because I got to bring some friends along. I managed to post a few photos between dressing up to attend the event for the next two nights. On Saturday, I was interviewed by a thin black man in drag named Ronaldo for a SEAF compilation video. Stay tuned to see how that went. I’m on pins and needles… and the pain is turning me on, dammit!

Barbie Dream Bike
I used the tips I made from driving SEAF guests to buy a used pink and white Kula bike from Belltown Pull Apart. If you’d rather pedal than put your feet up, I highly recommend talking to these guys. They customized my bike, and I bet they’ll do it for you too! Tell ’em Barbie sent ya!

Barbie Dream Condo
That’s right, I’m moving on up… the Hill. I came thisclose to moving to Capitol Hill, but First Hill is the devil I know. Fortunately, there’s more up there than the hell hole I survived in 2008, and I am happy to say my new place has everything, including an extra-long parking spot for Barbie! I don’t get three parking spasses like my old garage, but I’m also not paying through the nose to park in Belltown, so I’m pretty stoked about that.

Changing the Oil
Flushing out Barbie was long overdue, I’m embarrassed to admit. Thankfully, the guys at Zahntech Automotive were happy to help. I got the afterhours ringside special to see how it was all done. I hadn’t seen the underside of my car before and appreciated getting a rundown on the different parts I was looking at.

Visiting Vashon
One of the best things about living in Seattle is being able to drive onto a ferry and drive through one of its many neighboring islands in under an hour. Vashon is the home of the lead docent at SEAF, my initial cold contact that started the whole thing. She and I were in search of hearse curtains, but we ended up finding random stuff for my house and running into (figuratively!) a friend of hers who drives Vashon’s own version of the Barbie Dream Hearse. It’s a laid-back, no-frills ride home for the drunks, operated by a lady at least twice as cool as I am. That’s island life!

Auburn Wine and Caviar Company
I had a great time promoting my car at this diamond in the rough. The owner, Jim, is another friend made through SEAF, and I’d be happy to offer discounts to Seattlites wanting to visit his shop.

Chris Petty and Gramps Benefit Bash
Like I needed another excuse to hang my back end out of a tiny curbside space in front of the Comet! A bad car accident left Chris temporarily wheelchair-bound, so we got to test Barbie’s handicap accessibility. With a little help from my new pal Hilary, she passed with flying colors!

Here’s what’s coming up:

T-shirts
Mens and womens! Large and small! Goofy and serious! Please buy one! The womens shirts have the Barbie star logo featured on my Facebook fan page. The mens shirts are black with the regular logo (the banner on this site) and a catchy slogan that’s lewd if you’re lucky.

Flyers
Eli took a break from being an awesome new mom and was an awesome old friend for knocking this one out for me. They’re being printed now. I can’t wait to paper the town with these!

Lights
I’m getting an underbody kit and some rope lighting for the interior rear cabin thanks to Justin at Oznium.com. These will definitely brighten things up a little!

Corey’s Birthday
The new Evo in an old limo… that’s how we roll.

Fashion Show
I’ll be sponsoring the “Black” Rocker Diva Fashion Show and gracing the catwalk as a model. What could possibly go wrong? (I’m guessing they’ll supply the first two rows of the audience with raincoats, in case I get all Gallagher with it.)

Movie
The Barbie Dream Hearse has been asked to take part in the revelry of a group of marathon beer-drinkers, and I’m more than happy to come out and play. I’m not sure where we’re going or what we’re doing, but hey, neither are they.

Short Summary: The Suitcase Challenge is a documentary that follows five friends as they proceed to drink 24 beers EACH within 24 hours. While there can be only one winner, there can be millions of antics. This feature-length documentary features an array of Seattle icons including the Morphsuit Dancers and the Fremont Solstice Parade and Festival, not to mention a soon-to-be-named scooter gang.

Pictures
“Hey Kat, you know what you should do? You should take some pictures of yourself with the car.” This advice never stops being great. Please also advise a photographer to shoot me for free, the weather to be perfect, my skin to be flawless, my hair to be full and shiny, and my body to remain a size six. When those stars are aligned, you’ll be seeing quite a bit more of this star. (I’m talking about me.)

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Okay, that’s a lot of stuff, and I know I forgot something. I also have some car pictures that need to be uploaded, sized, and shooped before they’re posted. If you made it this far, thanks for reading, and here’s hoping June allots me a tad more time to break up my updates into more delectable, digestible morsels!

Cool Widgets, Brah

Friday, March 12th, 2010

I’ve been messing around with the widgets on here.   I’d be happy if someone could let me know if any of them look horrendously bad or out of place.  I’m not much a Twitter fan, but I guess it’s the way of the future.  I tried to get a Picasa widget, but it just fed my albums directly into the side bar and looked like crap.

Anyway.

Yesterday, I was driving through Sammamish and some old guy standing on the corner saw my car and began doing animated hitchhiking motions.  We made brief eye contact as I rounded the corner, and I shook my head slightly as if to say, “You’re in Sammamish and you’re old.  You have a car.”

Then I picked up Todd and we went to the lake.  As we pulled up, a couple of fisherman turned around and stared, eyes wide as saucers.  I guess they thought we had come to make a deposit.

Online Laundry Day

Sunday, March 7th, 2010

I’m in the process of moving my massive quantities of online tirades from Blogger to WordPress AND changing web hosts from Ipower to Bluehost.  As far as this site is concerned, I realize I’m basically doing the web design equivalent of wearing a plaid shirt with striped pants right now.  Please bear with me while I work on getting everything moved over and looking pretty!

Please Design a Website for Me

Monday, March 1st, 2010

With pie charts. For free.

So I’m not ready to play the role of a self-aggrandizing start-up shyster, but this blog is no longer cutting the mustard as an online presence. I need a prettier, more effective marketing website, and I’ve known I would for about a year.

I suppose I was suffering from delusions of grandeur thinking I would be able to put something together myself. While I can create basic websites that function and provide information, I can’t draw or otherwise create graphics to save my life, so I need to enlist some outside help.

In addition, three people who know what they’re talking about recommended WordPress independently of each other, and I’m considering moving everything over there (still using barbiedreamhearse.com as the domain name). Blogger is going to stop supporting updates via FTP, which is what I like to use for backup and other purposes. The other purposes mostly pertain to my little custom blog, PlatKat.com, with which the BDH site shares an account. Since the BDH blog’s template is solely within Blogger, I thought switching to Blogger’s publishing method would be easy enough. Sadly, the WWW-dot in front of the site name is too much for Blogger (and/or iPower) to handle as things stand. I must humbly admit I’m not sure how to fix this in the short term, despite some of the good efforts made by friends.

In short, it’s going to take some time. Like the BDH herself, marketing the BDH is going to be a work-in-progress for longer than I could have guessed. Web help is always appreciated, and if anyone has a crystal ball handy, it looks like I could use that too.