Sunday, October 28, 2012

Accessory Accidents - The Missing Earring

Note to Self: Fish out missing earring of the vacuum cleaner dust bag. Take tweezers and try to reach down to the bottom of the bag to pick up earring. Drop tweezers. Sweat. Try to reach for tweezers by hand. Get stuck in the opening of the bag. Sweat. Wriggle your wrist out of the opening. Get a fridge magnet to fish out both tweezers and earring. Congratulate yourself.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Faux Fur Boots

The trimming looks just like the real thing, yet no furry animals were harmed in making these boots.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Bad Hair Day

I woke up this morning very early. I went to the bathroom and looked in the mirror with half-closed eyes. What I saw scared me. It was someone with an Elvis-like hairdo, sans the sideburns, staring back at me. After a few seconds, I realized that it was me. I screamed, grabbed some hair gel, rubbed it on my hair, and with a few swipes with the palm of my hand I more or less restored it to its natural state. Satisfied, I went back to sleep. An hour later I woke up again, went back to the bathroom, looked in the mirror, and what I saw was the same stranger with the same Elvis-like hairdo I had seen an hour before. The only difference was a thick layer of hair gel on the hair gleaming in the morning light. I screamed again. And then I remembered going to bed with wet hair the previous night. 

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Double the Fun

Talented dancers performing at last week fashion show. They were dressed in a half black half white costume.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Hear Me

Fashion shows are primarily for the eye. However, when background music is too loud, it's necessary to protect the ear. For me, any music that is far too loud to enjoy is not music but noise. Noise can be damaging depending on intensity and time of exposure. Prolonged exposure may result in immediate or gradual hearing loss that is either temporary or permanent. NIHL stands for Noise Induced Hearing Loss. 

Hair cells in the inner ear are one of the key players in the hearing process converting sounds to electrical signals. That's what healthy hair cells in the inner ear look like. 

Damaged hair cells can't function normally so they don't perform the conversion.

To protect the ear, there are various types of hearing protection devices available. My present earplugs are from the pharmacy. They are not fancy, but they work just fine. It's very important to insert them properly. I use them on a regular basis. Rather than in need of a hearing aid, I think it's much better to keep my biological hearing system intact.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

In My Eyes

I went to the mall to see a fashion show. I liked it, but the music was close to unbearable thanks to the volume. It was so loud that I felt the floor vibrate under my feet. Usually I have a pair of earplugs in my bag for such an emergency, but this time I couldn't find it. Taken into account that I'd already missed the first fifteen minutes, I decided to stay.

I still don't understand why the technicians set the volume so high. They had heavy equipment fit for a huge stadium. It was as if they wanted to attack us with sound bombs and blast our ears off. First I tried to cover my ears with my hands. And then I desperately stuffed some kleenex in them. It wasn't a very bright idea, but it was more than nothing. My ears kept throbbing long after the show.

When music is close to deafening, I find it hard to concentrate. I wish I could have asked the sound technicians if I really needed any other sense organs beyond the eye for viewing their fashion show! If I did have a chance to ask them, I am sure they couldn't have heard my question.