Monday, December 18, 2006

claustrophobia, hats and secret cameras

Looking through the Economist this morning as I was awake far too early. Had a little sneezing fit, probably from sleeping on the floor on a wool carpet in the kids room, and the thought of waking the girls up was too dreadful for words, so I was up at six thirty..... Dreamt about Lady Di too. NOTE TO SELF: stop reading trashy tabloids over people's shoulders while in aiports, there is a payback.

Little tired here, I'll try to focus. The Economist said there was another blogging crowd called VOX I think, run by a husband and wife team, and others I imagine, who are bloggers themselves as opposed to a corporation. Sounded interesting, and there are different sections to the blog so you can have a private journal section, or sections that have to be signed into by friends, or sisters or whatever....hope I have the name right, I will try and look it up tomorrow, but it is 1 am, and I got up at six....

In Warsaw now, I will not whine about the constant waiting, crowds, and being generally treated shabbily that is part and parcel with the current air travel experience. Consider the topic closed.

Scored a room of my own here at my sister's house, and it even has the computer and the internet hook-up. Yipee!

I had forgotten how claustrophobic I find London, loud and the sidewalks are way too small, and way too crowded and way to busy. The people all uninhibitedly jostle you as well. I was worried I would feel this way in Spain as well, but it is OK, the sidewalks in Barcelona are generally wider, and in our town, you can basically walk on the street..... My sister agrees, she still gets driven mad by being constantly pushed and bumped into in line. Europeans just seem to have a smaller circle of what is personal space, and we end up feeling invaded.

Saw an amazing hat on a guy in Barcelona airport....should have had a camera. It was made of a white fabric which I will guess was velour, and cushy stuff at that. The brim was white, and the crown came straight up at the sides and was flat on top. A boater, but a fuzzy cushy one. Then on top of this there were seven cushy velour candles with flames. I just LOVED it, a birthday cake hat! You've got to have time for a guy who will sport a hat like that in an airport, especially with all the security these days. Cocking your snoot....

Also saw a guy with a tatoo that swirled over half his face. Literally the whole right side of his face was covered. Now I don't know if he is planing on living to old age, but it seems to me he hasn't thought this through.

Would have needed a James Bond tie clip camera to get that picture, either that or a ton of nerve to just ask him. Actually, I could see me doing that, and my kids DYING of humiliation. My husband too. I am going to be such a cross for them to bear as teenagers.

Baaaaaahahahahahahahahahaaaaa

Yes, they fought all day today too.

6 comments:

Beth said...

One of the best things about your blog is how observant you are - great with the descriptions and details. I get to "see" the world through your eyes from the (relative) comfort of my computer chair.
I think you should purchase a James Bond tie clip camera.
I know I embarrassed my kids when they were teenagers - now they appreciate having a wacky mom. So keep up your wacky ways!

Dorky Dad said...

Dorky Dad Rule No. 312: Do NOT under any circumstances laugh at men with tattoos covering all or part of their face.

Also: I'm pretty sure that it was The Economist, and not the wool carpet, that gave you the sneezing fit.

oreneta said...

Beth: thank you so much for your comment.... and a tie clip camera would be SoOO much fun, like those guys with their pants too low, bum shots.....Oh I could go on and on.

I agree with you. Wackiness rules.

DD: You never know, he may have been flattered. You don't get a tattoo like that unless you want to be seen.....no?

Anonymous said...

I always thought that with tattoos. Even a little one on your arm or bum is going to look blooming awful with droopy buttocks and and bingo wings in old age. Still you could make it like an optical illusion that people had to guess what it was originally before old age distorted it!
Bonne Noel! Boo

oreneta said...

Great to hear from you Boo. So should I assume that you are a tattoo free zone? But are your kids.....

I know, I will have my turn to ask that same question of myself.

Nomad said...

Wonderful images of Cake Man and Cheek Scroll. Yes indeed it is fabulous to travel.

I am all for wierdness as indeed I cultivate as much personal wierdness as possible and hold of ustmost value the highest possible wierdness quotient in the nearest and dearest...