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I had an up and down weekend, filled with goods and bads. One bad came early on; I had ordered a beautiful 100% wool tweed suiting from Fabric.com, with the intention of making a rather nice Victorian hunting outfit. what came was 8 yards of completely unuseable green knit, not suiting, not tweed, and most certainly not 100% wool. This is completely unacceptable, and will be rectified.

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Sep. 29th, 2008 04:35 pm (UTC)
My facial expressions have evolved over time. As a child, I was often accused of frowning or looking angry when I was just . . . doing my own thing. Apparently, my "not thinking about anything in particular" face looked frowny. Of course, I was depressed as a child, so maybe that leaked over. Once, a thin-lipped relative told my father that I was pouting all the time and he actually said, 'No, that's just how a person with a visible lower lip looks.'

More recently, people have told me I have a nice smile, even when I did not know I'd been smiling. I must be happier these days . . .

One thing that really helps improve one's happy face/poker face is to work in retail for a couple of years. While manning a cash register I learned to look like I was having the most fun of my life when I actually wanted to skin people alive and make furniture from their bones. After all that practice in the art of looking approachable and friendly, the SCA is a piece of cake.
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Sep. 29th, 2008 06:24 pm (UTC)
"There are plenty of wonderfully interesting things to talk about without baring your soul. "

Agreed. I find that sometimes, all I need to do is smile, make eye contact, and occasionally say, "Oh really? And then what happened?" and people think I am wonderfully friendly. Tell one short funny story about something my dog did, and they won't notice whether or not I've told them anything personal about myself.

Sep. 29th, 2008 10:10 pm (UTC)
Yup - feed folks a couple of stories about yourself, they think you are really outgoing and that they know everything about you, and then they *don't ask personal questions*.
Sep. 29th, 2008 05:13 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'm with silverstah. We're touchy-feely in my family too. I can't say I've hugged Total Strangers, but close. I've been known to e-hug RL strangers but Virtual Friends.

And I have an annoying tendancy (at least I think that I do) to run my mouth when I shouldn't. It's something I work hard at, because I know too many people that will tell you their woes at the drop of a hat, and I don't want to ever do that to anybody!
Sep. 29th, 2008 08:18 pm (UTC)
I'm too English stiff-upper-lipped to be anything other than scary to a nation of people who hug perfect strangers

Personally, I wish the portion of American society that thinks that's okay would STOP. And even within the SCA, where strangers usually have some context and friends in common, ASK FIRST. I don't think people should ever assume the right to touch anyone else. I may have issues about this.

Sometimes I fantasize about moving to a country with more introverts.
Sep. 29th, 2008 09:35 pm (UTC)
You know, this may not be germane outside of Ansteorra, but I have found, strangely enough, that a properly timed murmur of 'DO watch out for the dirk in my belt, lord!' has a most pleasing effect in rendering a slightly more respectful to my personal space greeting. Though I might need another practiced phrase, in the off chance some lady might actually be the Hugger in Advance of Desiring the Gesture some day. But I don't think there is any need to rush on that practice, somehow.

ETA: Of course, this does work better if one is actually wearing a 10" long, triangular-profile lady's dirk in the cradle of one's right hip, point forwards in the frog on one's belt. It's actually a most comfortable position, preventing one from sitting on it or tangling it on a chair back - but not good for hugging, in general.

Edited at 2008-09-29 09:37 pm (UTC)
Sep. 30th, 2008 03:12 am (UTC)
Unfortunately, I don't typically wear weaponry is everyday life, nor does that go over so well in everyday life....
Sep. 29th, 2008 09:56 pm (UTC)
"I have to trust you before I'll let you in, and to some people, that means I'm an evil bitch who judges everyone and finds them wanting."

I am not English, but I resemble this remark. And yes, it seems to make me scary too.
Sep. 30th, 2008 02:00 am (UTC)
Icon love! :-)
Sep. 30th, 2008 03:07 am (UTC)
My Evil Quotient
I am sad. I am nowhere near evil...actually, they said exactly that. I am supposed to be angelic. No trace of evil in me...I think they lie. Thank you again for your webpage, Miss Attack Laurel, Mistress Sir...:-) I actually decided to try the handsewn Elizabethan seam...it is awesome!!! It lays so smooth and other than aching fingers was so easy to do! You can see my work at http://www.ottergoose.org/adventures.html I am so happy with the results! And you have inspired me to create my own page on what I am doing. I think it may actually help in learning to communicate intelligently about my projects and hone my writing skills.

Alright, enough sycophantic drivel...though you are lovely and wonderful and kind and generous and cool and...oh, yeah, no more drivel...hahah

Thanks again,

Pedro (Adam)
Sep. 30th, 2008 09:12 am (UTC)
Re: My Evil Quotient
Hiya. Love your website.

Could you possibly use another background, I am a bit nearsighted and I had a difficult time reading what you wrote

Sep. 30th, 2008 10:56 am (UTC)
Re: My Evil Quotient
Sorry folks, my need for grandeur keeps the pages a wee bit busy. Check it out now that it's on plain parchment and there are now buttons to take you to the contact page. Thanks for the input, I didn't realize the problem until you said something!
Sep. 30th, 2008 08:10 pm (UTC)
I had to chuckle when I read your description of English people. We moved here when I was 7, but I seem to have retained a lot of English traits. I have often been called "unapproachable". :-)
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