Oh it's taking me a while to get back my blogging spirit let alone get into the Christmas spirit. I think it's the sugar withdrawals. Or more likely cocktail withdrawals. Or holiday blues.
So, I just thought I would ask you about some stuff I have been tossing around. Just stuff that I store in the back of my mind and which rolls round and round ......and round (too much empty storage space obviously).
Feel free to throw in your own observations about any of this stuff which may happen to take your fancy.
1. Why are we obsessed with changing our skin colour? Many people in Oz are addicted to tanning beds, spray tans and slathering on their favourite orange hue to get that bronzed glow we seem to lust after (not all of us but enough of us for me to generalise). However, when I was in Thailand the girls kept touching my skin admiring its pasty hue (white as a ghost!!). Then, when I walked into Thai stores I found variations of skin whiteners on every shelf. Everywhere. Look at the advertising - "Whatever keeps my skin the purest white".
Thais have the most beautiful colouring yet they are buying products to bleach their skin in the same way Michael Jackson does. Why do we do this to ourselves? Where is the pressure coming from? It's kind of sad because no matter whether we are green, yellow, black, white or shades in between, our teeth are white and our blood is red. We are beautiful as we are. Besides, we have to be ourselves - because everyone else is taken.
2. What is your blog rating? Sandi mentioned that she realised she had a couple of kids following her blog and had to write to them to explain that her blog was for adults only. I guess it's something I haven't been that mindful of really. My blog, according to film ratings, is R rated (17 and over). Simply because I have used the words sex (3x), kill (2x), sexy (1x). I notice that Julie has a content warning on her blog (she needs another to alert readers to how hilarious she is).
So, should more of us be doing this? I guess there is a reason that the majority of journalists who end up in prison these days are bloggers. As bloggers, we say what we think, relate personal stories and let it 'all hang out' at times. Sometimes we press the publish button without thinking about who could be reading our blog. We do not have an editor or lawyer (some of us do) looking over our shoulder when we write our personal blogs.
3. Why are we obsessed with celebrities? Well I always wanted to look like Sharon Stone but I have just found out that I actually resemble Adam Sandler moreso (72% match). That's disturbing even if it is hilarious. If you want to have some fun and see which celebrities you most resemble then check here.
I used to enjoy reading about celebrities before I got a life and started blogging. I haven't bought any magazines for almost a year. I made a decision after Heath Ledger's death, and the subsequent fiasco, to quit feeding the papparazzi beast.
Except, I do have one remaining link to Hollywood (other than the fact I met someone on a Thai beach who is best friends with Bette Midler's PA and had some stories to tell - nice ones). Gwyneth sends me her newsletter (okay...along with millions of other people). Mmm, yes, Ms Paltrow. Gwynnie is a bit of a mentor for lots of people these days. She tells us how to get the holiday spirit, where to shop, what presents to buy, what to eat, what to cook, how to be the perfect mother, lover, actress and how to live every day (as if we are millionaire actresses, who are 6 ft tall, size zero, married to English rock stars and live in mansions with servants - no Braja I am not talking about you). Here is her website, called Goop. Go check it out and see how the other half live. I find it strangely fascinating. Even Gwynnie is a blogger. Do you think celebrities have their own blogging world that we regular people don't know about?
4. Should men wear mantyhose? No, I am serious. Men are getting in on our fashion domain ladies and I happen to like it for reasons I will explain later. "Mantyhose" are pantyhose for men, the latest in a string of men's fashion trends straight from the bizarre files. Take note Russell Crowe as I hear you are refusing to wear tights when you appear as Robin Hood in your next film.
Apparently everyone from truck drivers to cowboys are wearing them. Self-confessed male hosiery-wearer Harisnya is so passionate about the issue he set up e-MANcipate, a website aiming to "accelerate the acceptance of male pantyhose as a regular clothing item". Harisnya says the UK-based website is "as serious as fashion can be". "It's fun, but no joke," he said, and is adamant that both males and females should be allowed to wear the sexy sheer garment.
I have been thinking about this for a while. One of my biggest bug bears over the years has been that we women cannot claim pantyhose as a tax deduction. Some of us have to wear them for work and they last two seconds. So, I want my male readers to buy a pair (who are real men and wouldn't mind donning a pair for a good cause) and for my female readers to buy their men some Mantyhose this Christmas. I can guarantee that if more men wore them we would be able to claim pantyhose as a tax deduction in a very short period of time.
Well these are just a few thoughts. There are more......always more.
Oh, the winner of the Thai scarf from the previous post is Commenter No 16 which is Sandi. I used Random.org to draw the winner. There will be another Thai scarf on offer for one lucky commenter who leaves a comment on this post.