Friday, November 10, 2006

Running gag

It's become a bit of a running gag. It started with my backpack. I knew before I came to Brizzle that I would be doing a lot of cycling after dark, owing to the fact that I can't afford a car and in the winter it gets dark here at like, 1:30 in the afternoon. I have one of those reflective crossing-guard stripe thingys (the kind that go around your waist and over one shoulder), but it always bothered me that when I have a backpack on the reflector is covered up. So I bought a lime green, hi-vis backpack with a super reflective stripe on the back and... (can you believe this?)... bright green blinking lights on it. I love it.

Then I needed a new fleece gilet/vest/waistcoat (depending on your country of origin), and at the time of my purchase the only colors available were black, which is boring, baby ass pink, which is unacceptable, and lime green. So i got the green.

Next came the shoes. (are you frightened yet?) Rubber, breathable, mesh sneakers that i can slip on and off easily when getting in and out of the boat, and since they're rubber mesh they dry out in 5 seconds if they get wet and they won't disintigrate. Color options: yellow, orange, green. So of course I got the green. By this point i was figuring 'what the hell,' you know?

Long story short (too late!), 2 years on half my kit is lime green. It's not that I'm a huge fan of the color, but it's become a bit of a running gag, particularly down at the club. It's useful, too, because a) no one EVER steals it (no one wants it and if they tried everyone else would instantly know where they got it), and b) if i lose stuff it always gets returned (for reasons mentioned above).

So when I decided i needed a new pair of leg warmers (by now you surely must know where this is going), is it any surprise that I just purchesed these:


Spinsterella said...

Head-to-toe lime-green?

I'll be seeing you round town some time soon then - don't reckon I'll miss you in that get-up anyhow.

Tedward's Missing Ear said...

Cycling in Bristol - you're brave. When I lived there many moons ago. I would cycle down Black Boy Hill but never quite have the energy to cycle back up again specially after a few too many in the Epi. Aah it takes me back.

Valerie said...

Woo! Unlike you and your accidental embrace of it, I love lime green. But the idea of that many lime green items in one outfit .. Very impressive. I should think people have odd dreams after seeing you out on the street! :-)

homo escapeons said...

Just a still town girl on a saturday night,
lookin' for the fight of her life
In the real-time world no one sees her at all,
they all say she's crazy

She's a MANIAC,
MANIAC on the floor
And she's dancing like she's never danced before!

Chaucer's Bitch said...

i sent that pic to the Pirate and he described them as "80's-tastic."


Chaucer's Bitch said...

spin: maybe and maybe not. i do try to avoid wearing my training kit out in public. for obvious reasons.

ear: hills suck. i like the Bristol-Bath railway path. it's flat. like home. none of this topographical hoo-ha.

val: i like to think i insprire a dream or two. ;-p

Anonymous said...

Are leg-warmers with-it again? Bugger me, never thought I'd live to see that.

Anonymous said...

I assume you don't wear them with shoes like that...

Anonymous said...

oops that was me.

Loganoc said...


Chaucer's Bitch said...

i have no idear if leg warmers are "with it" again. my purchase has nothing to do whatsoever with fashion, and everything to do with keeping my feet warm while training. I'm going on the theory that because my leggings are all too short (or my legs are too long), the blood is cooling off too much as it passes through my ankles and thus my feet are getting chilled. all i'm really tring to do is stave off the frost bite, to which i am dismally prone.

anon. certainly not. i wear them with trainers. while training. (and i never wear shoes that high as heels like that contract one's calf muscles too much and hinder one's flexiblity in the boat. it all comes back to rowing, sooner or later...)

Anonymous said...

Oh you're a boatie. That explains it then.

PS I think your theory of blood cooling in your ankles is interesting, but in the end, wrong.

Chaucer's Bitch said...

realdoc: you are new here, aren't you? i eat, breathe, sleep, dream, and generally live to row. it is my religion.

here's my logic on the ankle warmers. see if this makes more sense. my hands get cold easily (as do everyone's) and my coach is always telling us to keep our wrists warm on the theory that the wrists have no fat and the blood vessles are very close to the surface, thus the blood cools quickly and our hands get cold. this to me sounded logical, so i transferred the logic to the feet. is coach wrong about the wrist/hand theory? or is the logic not transferable?

Anonymous said...

In cold weather your peripheral arteries contract so less blood goes to your hands and feet. Whether the blood in the arteries is cold or hot is immaterial. Hope that clears things up.
I rowed for a bit at uni but didn't catch the bug, kept getting my arse caught in the sliding thingy.

First Nations said...

trying too hard to be a limey. I mean, rule brittania and all, but i dont think thats what queen victoria had in mind.
*kaff kaff hack gag barf*

Da Nator said...

But however will you get them over your ginourmous calves...?

(runs from the angry leprechaun)

Chaucer's Bitch said...

realdoc: ugh, track bites. yep, they suck. like everything else though you just get used to them eventually.

FN: hardy-har-har. very funny.

da nator!: i will s-t-e-e-r-r-r-e-t-c-h them until they are thin enough to read a newspaper through them. leprechaun? dude, i'm almost 6 feet tall! you are funny.