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[personal profile] kaigou
I've watched Kichise Michiko in Bloody Monday and BOSS, and... bloody hell. I don't know whether it's the characters she chooses, or what, but the second the actress appears onscreen, I start fast-forwarding. She's just so smug. Strangely, it doesn't make me hate the character. It just makes me bored with her characters. There are some characters who simply never get taken down a notch like they deserve -- it seems to be a treatment endemic to television script-writing -- so I've learned not to hold out hope. Instead, I just want the other characters to stop paying attention to her. Then maybe the character will take the hint, or maybe the actress will start picking characters that don't make you want to smack that smug smile off her face.

Honestly, sometimes I don't know what I'd do without a fast-forward button.

Also: sometimes I cannot resist the urge to laugh, when looking at home storage ideas that other people have come up with. A way to store eighty-seven pairs of shoes? A way to store twenty-two lipsticks and thirty-four teeny jars of eyeshadow? We only have TWO FEET and ONE FACE. What the hell do you need eighty-seven pairs of shoes for? And don't even get me started on the notion of having an entire makeup counter stored in your bathroom vanity.

Seomday, I'm going to see an online house tour where the person throws open her closet and says, "here is where I store my six pairs of shoes." Or the woman-renovator opens her bathroom door and says, "here is the small five-by-five box where I keep ALL my makeup." That, I would really appreciate.

Maybe I just need to start a movement, or something.

Date: 23 Mar 2011 07:20 pm (UTC)
mongrelheart: flying cats with no legs (flying cats with no legs)
From: [personal profile] mongrelheart
As a recovering pack rat, I couldn't agree with you more on the absurdity of organizing excessive amounts of personal items. My new motto is "Don't Organize. Eliminate." :)

Date: 23 Mar 2011 10:04 pm (UTC)
nemonclature: Daria looking unamused (Default)
From: [personal profile] nemonclature
I will join that movement! One show box for make up, two shoe boxes for shoes. That's it, full stop, the end.

Of course, then there'd be the scene where I throw open the door and say: "Here is my SECOND HOUSE, full of BOOKS and DVDs! BOOKS AND DVDS! YAY!" And then I run in and am never heard from again.

Date: 24 Mar 2011 03:25 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] taithe
Ahaha, I have three pairs of shoes: regular wear (sneakers), formal wear (short heel dress shoes), and exercise/heavy duty wear. It's crazy how some people have walk-in closets just full of shoes.

Efficient use of space + minimalism = awesome home. One day I will have bookcases/cabinets embedded in interior walls. I want to take advantage of vertical space as much as possible too.

People often come into my apartment room and are taken aback by how austere it is. It's weird for them to see absolutely no furniture. My room is tiny -- if you try to fit a mattress inside it would take up half of the room. IMO, the extra space is worth it. I've got a carry-on suitcase doubling as storage, a single file folder rack, laptop, two small plastic containers for school supplies, and in the corner a growing stack of books. All of my clothes hang, and the shelf above the open closet is for the second suitcase. The only things that take up space are kendo equipment.

Although I'll admit that I'm a digital pack rat. I'm halfway through a terabyte external drive, and my laptop is always being filled by eBooks, .pdf files, music, pictures, manga, and anime. Occasionally I'll download wikipedia (you never know when there's a power outage).

Date: 24 Mar 2011 03:45 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] nagasvoice
Ahh, well, on that shoe thing... I have about eight or nine pairs of very, very used New Balance shoes sitting out waiting to get worn. I swap them out every day, sometimes twice a day. Each pair hurts my feet, eventually, in different ways. If you are about to argue that obviously my shoes are broken down and should be discarded, or that I shouldn't try to wear any one pair for that long if they hurt me (nine hours, gawwd) please know that I completely agree with you. When they discontinued one of the lines that worked best for me, I just about cried.
I should have bought some new pairs over a year ago, but gee, they're not cheap, and Mr. Schwartzenneger's furloughs took care of that for some time.
They're better for me than anything else I've found--and I've worn the soles and uppers off Wolverine boots back when I worked in the local nursery and mowed lawns.
If I was capable these days of wearing something like actual fashion, that'd be a whole different layer of contradictory demands. I do like some of the steampunk boots I've seen... if they had the practical shape that allows me to walk in them more than half an hour!
Edited Date: 24 Mar 2011 03:46 am (UTC)

Date: 26 Mar 2011 02:08 am (UTC)
nagasvoice: lj default (Default)
From: [personal profile] nagasvoice
Agree totally there, and I don't think the problem is that new shoes are built for younger-shaped feet, and us cranky old farts just gotta live with hurting. I think--from your description of blisters etc--the don't fit right and they don't support right!
I've thought about springing for custom-built boots, but I'm rather afraid it might take the bootmaker some time to work out the correct last shaping.

Date: 27 Mar 2011 08:05 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kathmandu
Even if the new brand-owners are still using the original Doc lasts---which may not be true---maybe they're using inferior materials that don't stretch and soften when worn. That could lead to not-breaking-in.

Date: 24 Mar 2011 07:56 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] maire
I am a happy pack-rat. I've never quite understood the whole 'I have little stuff, so therefore I'm doing very well' thing that some people seem to have.

I get that it's nice not to feel too distressed when one's pretty toys break or get lost or stolen, but I've never found that having little stuff changes my reactions on that anyway.

And I like my crowded spaces full of pretty things and useful things and interesting things.

I will probably end up with way too many pairs of shoes. My oldest boots are now 18. I just keep getting them mended and patched. And every couple of years I find I buy another pair of shoes, for one reason or another. I probably get rid of about one pair every four years.

My makeup, OTOH, is pretty basic, given I wear the stuff almost every day. The whole lot, including the facepaints and greasesticks, fits into a single vanity case.