Wednesday, June 11, 2008

NYC is a dangerous place

Despite how it may seem, I think it was Helen who picked this fight. I've always suspected that Helen may actually be able to hold her own in a scuffle, if only because she's pure scrap. And I have to admit she looks pretty cunning and stealthy here. Have there ever been Chinese ninjas?

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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

The Right Shade of Beige

When I was in college, my dad bought me a car. Eager to seize a good deal, he finalized the sale right then and there, before I could see it. He called and broke it down for me: "Geo Prizm... Only 30,000 miles... Beige."

"Hmm," I thought. "A beige Geo. Not my first choice, but I could do much worse. And anyway, who cares? It's just a car."

When I rolled up to meet him and my new ride, I saw a Geo, but it wasn't Beige. In fact, it was the farthest you could possibly get from Beige. It was a distinct hew not found in nature, derived from the 1980s color wheel: Turquoise, Fuscia, and Neon. The label on the little touch-up paint bottle said Tropical Green.

I should probably mention here that my dad's color blind, which wasn't a surprise to any of us. He just had never made such a gross misjudgement before.

Since then, my family's never let him live that down. "Brian's Beige Geo" will always be known not as a red flag about his poor eye site, but as a source of endless amusement at my father's expense.

My girlfriend thinks this story is especially hilarious, and she's always on the lookout for cars with that identical shade of Tropical Green. They're a rare species. (I wanted to show you an example, but even Google couldn't find one).

The other morning I got an email from her from Italy, where she's touring with the dance company she works for. Attached was this pic:

And this caption:

I call this "TG does Trieste"... The woman was SO confused when I was taking a picture of her and her electric mobile. But this is the closest I've ever seen to your shade of beige (not too turquoise!!!!), and I wanted to commemorate the moment.

In other my car-news, my friend, Cynthia sent me this recently. Seems Geos are making a come back. Guess my dad was ahead of the times.

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