1. I am with you on Gandalf the Grey being a lot better than Gandalf the White. Others disagree.
2. Are tights a single-use item in your household?
3. Do not underestimate the sheer desperation factor when people look for babysitters. I've know several otherwise sane humans who would turn into screaming lunatics, roaming the streets shouting, "Babysitter? Babysitter? Are you a babysitter? Is ANYONE a babysitter?" when faced with this issue. It can apparently even cloud the mind to such an extent that the Greek alphabet suddenly contains the lost letter Asterisk, known only to a handful of peripatetic Etruscans.
2. No, I had worn them several times before Sunday, but they are now run from hell to breakfast, which is neither inevitable nor surprising when I go from a church with middle-aged chairs to a convention to my parents' house, which was partially equipped with godchildren, all in the same day, all while having vertigo (=more likely to stumble into things that can snag and run my tights).
3 has improved my day. :)
I know several children who I think would be delighted at the prospect of being baby-sat by Asterix, if it could be arranged.
Asterix would make a great baby-sitter. Obelix, not so much.
Well done! I think you did a better job than I did -- metaphorically gray things seem more in keeping with the spirit of the thing than the "well, it's sort of purple..." I had going with some of mine.
Gray is easier to do that with than aubergine, though. Nobody has a wizard character called Barnard the Aubergine.
*goes off to write 50 lines of, "I will not write a wizard character called Barnard the Aubergine."*
I am inclined to suspect that Barnard the Aubergine is actually a lost stray inspiration for an ursulav
But does he not already have a star named after him ?
..I think this goes in the same folder as the AH with Auguste "Perry" Rodin.
I think it's an Asterisk. :)
[laughing] If your willpower lapses, I want to read what transpires!
Barnard Dashley, age 10, knew that all the best wizards had colors associated with them: Gandalf the Grey, to take the best example. He wanted a color that was vivid. Something original. Something that did not say "I slum around in shabby robes your grandmother might have made from the curtains."
"Call me Barnard the Aubergine," he said to his elder sister Susan.
She did not look up from her book. "And shall I be Susan the Cauliflower?"
"Aubergine the color, not the vegetable. All the best wizards have colors."
"Susan the Pale Lilac, then?"
Barnard considered. Pale lilac was just the sort of wimpy color that would suit Susan, if not her magic. "If you like," he said magnanimously.
"What about Susan the Gently Paisley Print?"
They were back to ancestral curtains. "I'd stick with the pale lilac if I were you."
Susan put her finger in her book and stared at him. "What's gotten into you today? First you tried to make toast with magic when we have a perfectly good toaster. Then you were experimenting and the dog had to be a frog for awhile until I could come fix him. And now you're on robe colors? Wizards don't wear robes any more. It doesn't matter."
Edited at 2010-04-07 06:25 pm (UTC)
Wizards don't wear robes anymore? ACK!
Will it turn out that Barnard has psi-powers?
Write it! Write it!
Barnard the Aubergine sounds awesome.
Even if he can't make toast.
He can! Just with the toaster, not with magic.
Which is why they have a toaster: making toast with magic is way more trouble than it is generally considered to be worth.
Isn't that a David Gerrold novel?
I now have "Touch of Grey" running through my head over and over. :) Which is nice.
Nice Scando touch there too. (The sign on the Carlsberg brewery in the center of Copenhagen, "Probably the best beer in town" still cracks me up.)
Oh. Um, I hadn't even noticed that. Because it was such a natural phrasing for everyone involved.
woo woo #1!
I too enjoyed the snippit of Barnard, though I'd question whether anyone of that name would willingly associate themselves with anything resembling purple, given the dinosaur related mocking it would invite from one's peers.
I am missing the reference here, possibly due to tired.
Barnard = Barny
+ purple = dinosaur & mega teasing
Ah. I just don't think of that nickname. When someone called the Bernard in my life "Bernie," I was startled and a bit affronted on his behalf. (He did not look thrilled either.)
IN a purely practical way:
The buttons cut through thread, probably, because they have burrs. Burrs are like little sharp knives. If you de-burr the holes, the buttons will stop cutting through threads.
There are various ways to de-burr, based on what the thing looks like and what equipment you have. Rolling find (400+ grit) sandpaper into a cone and rolling it through the holes often works well. The idea is to smooth the sharp edges of the hole into rounded ones, so whatever might do that is a good choice.