I've been thinking about gymnasiums and tattoos.
My work computer's updates didn't go well yesterday. This was a Lotus Notes update, expected to take less than an hour. After six hours and three attempts, it's still not done. The install kept telling me that Lotus Notes or Symphony was running. My computer said otherwise. We reached an impasse. No matter how many times I tried killing the program, per directions, the kill instructions kept replying, "There's nothing to kill." The forums offered little help. It'll just have to wait for another day but the whole unproductive experience killed a day of planned work and fouled my mood. A couple glasses of wine and dinner with my wife cured that but I felt betrayed by their expectations. That's my one weakness: I always buy the sizzle.
My wife and I went shoe shopping in the SF Bay Area last week. DSW was visited. I had no need for more shoes so I was just killing time by wandering the aisles, looking at shoes. I've noticed in the past that women's shoes are much more original and colorful than men's shoes. Not so any longer. Men's shoes have taken a design leap forever. More colors populate the shelves. Most interesting are the soles.
Red soles, blue, purple, electric yellow, gray, lime green and tangerine were all present. I thought, but what about the floors?
Back when I want to school, in the good old days, we were always warned what soles were allowed on the floor. It amounted to one color, a bland, unoffending dull gold. Any other color would mark the floor and send the cleaning crew, teachers and coaches into spasms. The same thing happened later at racquetball and handball courts during my military career. Big warning signs abounded about the authorized soles. If your shoes were seen to make a mark, you were expelled from the floor until you came back with approved soles.
So what is the impact of these tangerine, blue and yellow soles? Have they figured out ways to make these soles so they won't affect the floors? Perhaps they've changed the floors. Maybe gymnasiums are no longer used or the cleaning staff has come up with new ways to clean the shoe marks off and no longer complain. Just curious, as the expectation back then was that no colors were acceptable, lest they mark the floor.
In other areas of expectations are tattoos. It's amazing how many people have them but women seem to have more of them then men in my area. Yet tattoos on women were called tramp stamps in my childhood. The women sporting them were wild and irresponsible, the sort men sought and mothers warned about. Tattoos have a place in cultures. Guess it's place in cultures are changing.
My wife does not approve. We saw tattoos on youngs women's breasts and asses. My wife said, "Yeah, they look hot now, honey, but wait until you skin starts sagging and is not quite as firm." I thought that led to a great bar name, The Sagging Butt Rose Tattoo. People could say, "Let's go to the sagging butt for a beer."
I'd go there, mostly because they sold beer.
Causes Michael Seidel Supports
Kiva, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Propublica.org, Doctors Without Borders, GreaterGood.com