Archive for February, 2003

Diamonds & Cookies

I must say that those Girl Scouts sure know where to position themselves and their cases of cookies to make a sale. I was walking to the train station today and sure enough, I saw some scouts with TONS of boxes. I decided to make my $3.50 contribution for a box of those yummy addicting shortbread cookies.

On a different note, a reader forwarded me a link to a pretty long article about the diamond business. Just as I suspected, the diamond business is THE most successful advertising campaign EVER. It cost millions of dollars and decades to pull off, but with much persistence, it has become “tradition” for a woman to receive diamonds as a token of a man’s love. The bigger the diamond, the more they love the woman.

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Hahah, neato, someone linked this picture I had of 5 Slurpees. I think it’s Swedish. This is the link http://www20.brinkster.com/serviceportalen/7-11/. Yeah, I’m being lazy. My photo is “Bild 6.”

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I was chatting with one of my friends recently and trying to figure out the allure of jewelry. You know, that diamonds are forever and that if a man loves his SO, then he’ll give her the gift of diamonds. Yadi yada.

Do we like them? Why are they so expensive? Are they really THAT rare? Is it true that those diamond guys hoard the diamonds so that they can artificially inflate the price? Why do we like them? Is it because they’re expensive? Do we like them because they are pretty? Are they really our best friend?

A lot of questions indeed. So I asked J if he could tell the difference between a fake one and a real one. He said he compared one of his mom’s engagement ring with a cubic zirconia $14 macy’s ring and said he couldn’t tell the difference. Then that got me thinking. Can I tell the difference? I don’t know because I’ve never taken the Diamond Challenge. Kinda like the Pepsi Taste test, except with my eyes, and with diamonds. Hmm.. so maybe it’s not quite the same, but you get the idea.

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In response to my previous posting on the thread count of bed sheets, one of my friends sent me this in an email:

High thread count sheets make a difference if you sleep nekkid, or with somebody nekkid!!”

Also, the same person let me know that there are sheets with up to 1000 threads. Can you imagine? Well, then one of my other friends told me that after a certain number, the threads are doubled, or something like that.

For instance, 300 count and 600 count are kind of the same, except that the 600 count would have thread twice as thick. [Hmm… I wonder if I have my facts straight.] So does it follow that the 600 count would be twice as good?

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High Thread Count

I went climbing yet again yesterday night. It was a whole lot of fun because a bunch of my friends went. I didn’t get many climbs in, but I did manage to struggle my way up a 10b. Okay, I’ll give myself till the end of March to be able to consistently do 10b’s.

Do fancy sheets really make your sleep all that much better? I know that growing up, my parents often bought the 180 thread sheets and they seemed fine.

In the more recent years, I’ve started to hear about and notice sheet sets with a 300 and 400 thread count. Then you hear all this about sateen, egyptian cotton, and percale. What the heck are the differences? Aren’t sheets just sheets? They come in different sizes to fit mattresses and have various designs.

I haven’t totally explored all of these different types, but I must say that I think cotton flannel sheets are awesome. In the coldness of my room, my bed feels soft and warm. As for high thread counts, I think I have a 300 count pillowcase. It’s not as soft and smooth as I had it built up in my mind, but I think it’s thick and less likely for me to be able to see through. Heheh. Still though, I’d say that the 300 count cases seem a bit nicer than the 180s that I had as a kid.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Furry Gloves

You know what I don’t get? I don’t get those bracelets of fur on the ends of gloves.Yeah, you know what I’m talking about.

I was walking to the train station today and I noticed this woman walking in front of me with really thick fur wrapping her wrists. Are they supposed to keep you warmer? You know, kinda like fur lining on the jackets of people up in the poles.

I suppose it’s purely ornamental, unless they’re trying to make a statement of some sort. I’m not sure what that statement could possibly be, but perhaps they want to say that they’re okay with wearing dead animal skin. Not to worry though, I’m not one of those super-animal-lovers who walk around with a bloody fur coat to make a statement.

Now, are those real animal skins or fake? *ponder*

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Good Selfish vs. Bad Selfish.

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Hands Don’t Lie

“Hands don’t lie.” I remember one of my friends saying that back in college. Well, you know how lots of people age well on their face while others may not. Well, one thing that seems to age normally are the hands. Sure, some people’s hands are rough because they use them more, but still, you can tell if someone is young or old by their hands.

Because I sorta believe in that statement, I was totally surprised when I saw a relatively young-looking cashier with REALLY old-looking hands. I mean, she talked and looked like someone in her late teens/early twenties, but her hands were like those of at least a 50 year old.

I would look at her face, then at her hands, then back at her face. I was so grossed out by her hands that tried not to look at them. I wonder if she has some sort of condition.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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I watched “Are We Almost There?” yesterday night and it was very entertaining. According to their website’s description:

The fast-paced show consists of comedy numbers about travel by car, plane, bus, bike and other modes - the frustrations, anxieties and travails of going places.

Although it was pretty short (a little more than 1 hour), the show made fun of most things that happen with all modes of transportation. We got there a little bit late, and missed 2 of the 20ish songs. It was weird too because I don’t think I’ve ever walked in late to a show or movie before.

It’s kinda like missing the first 5 minutes of a movie, and although you understand the gist of the movie, it’s just kinda weird settling in to it.

Woohoo, I love long weekends!

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Spidey Climb

So I went climbing today and I got my butt totally kicked again by that darn orange 10b. It’s weird how I can do some of them and not others. I shall try again another day and make it to the top!

Side note though. Some guy at the gym decided to show up in a Spiderman costume, mask and all. It was totally funny. I was sitting there changing into my shoes when in walks Spiderman. Heheh, it was pretty hilarious. Then he went on to climb and he was quite good too. I don’t know why he did that, but one of his pals was videotaping the climb. Perhaps it’s for some student film project. Heheh. That was definitely the highlight of the day.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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