By way of his selection of a Featured Image on this otherwise worthy post, Tod has more or less assured that I will not be going to the Front Page of Ordinary Times today until five more featured posts are put up.


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Will Truman (trumwill) is a southern transplant in the mountain east with an IT background who bides his time taking care of their daughter while his wife brings home the bacon. You will probably be relieved to know that he does not generally refer to himself in the third-person except when he's writing short bios on his web page.

12 Responses to Well, I Could Use The Free Time Anyway

  1. RTod says:

    OK, I’ll bite…

    Why?

  2. trumwill says:

    Fair enough. Longtime Hit Coffee readers know this, but others don’t.

    I have a wild, irrational fear and loathing of nail polish.

  3. RTod says:

    Is it the site, the smell, the concept?

  4. trumwill says:

    Yes, no, and yes.

  5. I won’t say it’s a *fear* or even *loathing*, but I really don’t like lipstick. Occasionally, my wife has to do an event where she has to wear a small amount of makeup and lipstick, and before I let her kiss me, I ask her to take off the lipstick.

    Nail polish doesn’t really bother me, though.

    • trumwill says:

      I have no problem with Lipstick. Mostly, it follows a track of “The more conspicuous it is, the less I like it”… and nobody’s fingernails are naturally red.

      (Oddly, the color I mind least is black. But only when worn in a costumy way. You know, I was raised in the Age of Goth and someone wearing black nail polish while dressed in all black… that was not the worst. If a woman is dressed particularly elegantly, and especially if she is dressed in red (or whatever color the nail polish is)… I mind least.

      But I never like it. It’s the aesthetic equivalent of windshield wipers across a dry windshield.

      • Weirdly (perhaps), lipstick strikes me as more conspicuous than nail polish does. I don’t think I notice nail polish much or at all. Or maybe I do on some subconscious level.

      • fillyjonk says:

        Nail polish generally does not bother me but blue nail polish does; one semester I had a student who was an EMT worker who had also spent some time working in a morgue and he had some comments about blue nails….

        I don’t wear it on my fingernails myself; I do enough labwork with solvents (and enough messy/rough labwork, like with soils) that I’d destroy a manicure in a day or less. I do wear it on my toenails but I pretty much stick to pink or magenta colors….

  6. In contrast to our host, I tend to cringe at seeing a young woman’s hands without any nail polish or acrylic nails.

  7. Peter says:

    I always think of long fake fingernails as akin to the practice of Chinese foot-binding: as a way of saying “I’m so upscale that I don’t HAVE to do any work.”

    • Brandon Berg says:

      In fact, having long fingernails was fashionable among mandarins in Imperial China for precisely that reason. Long fingernails meant that they didn’t do manual labor.

    • I remember at a Hallowe’en party about 15 years back, I let someone put fake long-fingernails on me. I was surprised at how difficult it was to do simple things with those long nails.

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