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Teal Leg Day [20100428|19:10]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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On my way home from the station today, I saw no less than three other women wearing teal tights. I concluded that it must be the hitherto unrecognized Teal Leg Day. So if you aren't wearing teal tights now, I recommend you go and don a pair. Or if you don't have any, order some online. Go! Do it! Get some for your girl friends! Get some for your man friends! Only £4 from asos.com! Be brave! Be colourful!

Ahem. Anyway, I did something terribly un-British today. I like to speak to fellow commuters occasionally. It's a minor cultural rebellion that lets me remind myself that after over five years in this country, I'm still American. (I hope daily that my accent doesn't leave me completely so I can continue getting away with it.) I stopped a woman with the most stunning grey bob while alighting from the train to tell her that she had beautiful hair. She giggled happily and said, "Oh thank you! That's so sweet!" I had a smile on my face for the whole of my walk home.
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[User Picture]From: flexagain
2010-04-28 18:33 (UTC)
I've bought tights, but from assos.com not asos.com. Unfortunately none of them are teal, they're all black!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-04-29 09:04 (UTC)
I see they have blue, red, yellow and white, but not teal. Disgraceful.
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[User Picture]From: slutbunwalla
2010-04-28 18:57 (UTC)
no teal leggings and no money.

I did a similar very un new york thing which is also to talk randomly to strangers....maybe a compliment here or there but I was just like HI! WHAT'S GOING ON!?
Being a girl certainly helps neutralize the creep factor, though.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-04-29 09:06 (UTC)
I think for those who possess only other colours of leggings, an exception to the colour rule can me made.
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[User Picture]From: slutbunwalla
2010-04-29 18:19 (UTC)
oh good. I've got plum.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-04-29 09:06 (UTC)
I think it is. Thank you.
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[User Picture]From: cosmiccircus
2010-04-29 00:19 (UTC)
You look lovely here! Do many people wear cowboy boots over there? That seems like a very American thing to do!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-04-29 09:08 (UTC)
Thank you. No, there aren't many cowboy boots over here. I bought the ones in the picture the last time I took a trip home, from a misplaced sense of nostalgia and also because they're great. (I've never lived in Texas or been much of a horse rider, which is why I call the sense of nostalgia misplaced!)
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[User Picture]From: sanat
2010-04-29 01:40 (UTC)
Patterned tights are the thing here in Wellington. Can't swing a latte mug on Cuba St without hitting at least one pair in plaid/diamond/zebra/etc.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-04-29 09:11 (UTC)

Oh-so-trendy London

Patterned tights were common here last year, but only in terms of shape, not colour. Everyone's donig this colour-blocking thing now.
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[User Picture]From: sanat
2010-04-29 20:14 (UTC)

Re: Oh-so-trendy London

So we're 12 hours ahead and a year behind; yeah, that sounds about right. ;)
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[User Picture]From: cataragon
2010-04-29 01:49 (UTC)
On a random pimping note: if you like coloured tights, have you ever been to welovecolors.com? It's crazy, but awesome.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-04-29 09:13 (UTC)
I have now! Ahhh, spandex shoulder-length gloves. Crazy, but awesome.
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[User Picture]From: minirth
2010-04-29 03:44 (UTC)
That is a lovely picture!

I'm sometimes compelled to tell a stranger that her hair is beautiful, especially if she has grey hair, because I think grey hair is sexy as hell and should be encouraged. :)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-04-29 09:14 (UTC)
Absolutely. I don't approve much of dying hair to cover grey. By all means, dye your hair if you want it to be funky colours, but not to cover grey. Grey is beautiful.
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[User Picture]From: sneakypeteiii
2010-04-29 05:08 (UTC)
...we go around the forest looking for fights!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-04-29 09:15 (UTC)
We may look like sissies, but watch what you say or else we'll put out your lights!
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[User Picture]From: painted_dreams
2010-04-29 08:24 (UTC)
Teal tights <3 I've been wanting some hot pink ones to wear but can't seem to find any.

Why is it that they don't speak to strangers on public transit? When I lived in Hawaii, that was all we did.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-04-29 09:19 (UTC)
I think my friend cataragon up there may have just solved your problem: We Love Colors.

I think it's partly that it's a more restrained culture and partly that there are just too many people smashed together all the time here. When I commute in the morning, the carriages are completely full of seated passengers and it is quiet as a church. People read or nap or work on their laptops, but no one speaks. I think it functions as a way to reclaim a sense of privacy in public. When you encounter hundreds or even thousands of strangers a day and they're forced in to your personal space, it can be pretty overwhelming.
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[User Picture]From: sanat
2010-04-29 20:23 (UTC)
There's nearly the same level of restraint around here, but with 20% the population. Just goes to the show the enduring power of British cultural conditioning.
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[User Picture]From: recycledfaery
2010-04-29 14:14 (UTC)
LOL That is just most awesome. I offered a lady on the tube a band-aid for a blister on her foot one day. At first she looked at me reaaaaaly suspiciously and then she took it, put it on and dropped the leftover paper bits from the back on the FLOOR. I wasn't sure how to take that. Was I the cause of littering? *grins*
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-04-29 20:48 (UTC)
Well, you may have enabled littering, but I don't think that makes it your fault. The lady sounds like a very grudging recipient of charity. Perhaps that was her way of mitigating a sense of obligation? I'm not sure what sort of moon-logic you have to apply to make that work, but it's the best I've got!
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