I spent an hour the other night despairing over the state of my skin. I got so frustrated that I got out the zit popper thing and tried to get rid of a couple of blackheads - and I never get blackheads which is why I was upset. I then discovered they weren't blackheads at all but new freckles. I must increase my use of sunblock and buy a big hat.
I'm very disappointed with current fashions. I don't like these long blousy tops. I also hate capri pants. I hate stretch jeans. I am stuck in the 90's and want faded holey levis, white tee-shirt and sport jacket - once upon a time a woman could wear that and not look like a man. You could wear whatever shoes you wanted. The problem is - let's be honest - the next big thing to come back into fashion is going to be grunge and heroine chic - don't be shocked it's obvious. I'm going to start stocking up on XL flannel shirts, denim shorts and try and find me a pair of Army surplus black boots. starvation diet begins tomorrow as does my buying stock in kohl. Why does fashion suck so bad?!
I was watching a little bit of Oprah - which I don't normally do anymore because Oprah is really far up her own butt now. I liked Oprah in the 80's and 90's but for some reason turning 50 made her into a snore-bore know-it-all. As if turning 50 was a graduation into wise-woman-crone. Anyways, she was talking about how African Americans have tendencies toward high blood pressure. She said "African American" so many times it seemed ridiculous. It's not just African Americans you know...it's African Australians, African Japanese, African Italians, African Britons, African French...do you see where I'm going with this? African American isn't a description of race. Are white people born in Africa called Caucasian Africans? Someone born in Africa in African - but they don't necessarily have to have dark skin. The thing is, I don't think anywhere else in the world uses the term "African" before a country of origin to specify one's race. Most places just say black people...is that bad now? I honestly think if African American didn't have such an easy alliteration it wouldn't be used.
Does anyone else remember the episode of Barney Miller (I get goosebumps from the bass line of the opening music on that show) where Ron Glass's character Ron Harris was researching his family tree and was desperate to find his African connection but he got back a few hundred years and could only find his family in Scotland?
I've tried looking around the internet to see if the term "black people" is now racist, but I can't find anything. But I did find this nugget of interest and I think it's genius. When misconception and societal boundaries collide. Nothing like smacking up stereotypes together and having a party. The best part about it is: Is it racist?? Debate. Oh, and my favourite quote from the letters section "I love the website. It highlights another interesting phenomenon that happens whenever I answer people about my ethnicity. Seems whenever I tell interested folks I'm a Native American, they always state they're part Cherokee. I'm sure the Cherokee nation had a toga fest and shagged all the white folks. Get real America."
And last of all is that my hair absolutely refuses to be straight even after a torture session with the scalding hot flat irons - I see steam with every pass and really that can't be good. Even after the irons, and a forced session with a hat to ensure flatness, I got straight, sleek hair and then it began to rain. All efforts shot to hell in a matter of minutes.
I'm going to listen to Barney Miller one more time and then do my laundry.