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Along with my daily duties as founder and head writer of HumorMeOnline.com, in 2003, I took the Grand Prize in the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest (also known as the "It Was a Dark and Stormy Night" competition). I've also been a contributor to "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" and the web's "The Late Show with David Letterman". I also occupy my time writing three blogs, "Blogged Down at the Moment", "Brit Word of the Day" and "Production Numbers"...and my off-time is spent contemplating in an "on again/off again" fashion...my feable attempts at writing any one of a dozen books. I would love to write professionally one day...and by that I mean "actually get a paycheck".

05 July 2009

The "I'll (concede) of Capri" (Part II)

The other day I was on Maxwell Air Force Base and decided I'd go on over to the thrift store there. Oh, don't let it fool you - they have a LOT of brand new stuff there; things with tags even. I highly doubt anyone...at least not most people...would save the tags, wear the clothes for a year or two and then invest in one of those "plastic hang-tag doohickey" devices to pop the tags back on - in order to sell it for a whopping $5.00 instead of $3.00 at the thrift shop.

Well, I'm walking around and I find a couple pairs of pants and then I spy "them" - just hanging there with their tags intact. "Ralph Lauren" blue and white cotton...Capri pants!

But they aren't really Capri pants in the sense of the ones Marilyn Monroe had to change out of in "The Seven Year Itch" because, as Marilyn as "The Girl" says, "You just can't drink champagne in Matador pants." (I originally wrote "Capri" pants...but someone's comment, at another site I post this, got me thinking and I believe she says "Matador"...altho, technically the ones she wore in the film typically were known as "Capris" or "clamdiggers")...

(Actually a pair of Marilyn's own Capri pants at an auction site.)

...but wider, stumpier versions...

(Not mine...but supposedly an actual pair of Ralph Lauren Capri pants, which look totally different from mine, on another auction site.)

As you can tell - these are much less sexy versions...but...the kind that every woman around my age are sporting here in Montgomery, Alabama. And, if you remember my "Part I" blog about them (that blog here)...everyone that is...except me.

I walk away from them...but I am lured back by the $85 price tag still hanging on - angled to face me as if to say "c'mon, I USED to be $85 and now I'm $6.00 - you just gotta...even IF you never wear me".

So, I succumbed and tried them on.

I must interject...a little bit of backstory here...

I belong to an online forum which is predominantly made up of women - and I asked them "WHY? Why would ANY woman wear these God-awful things?" To my astonishment, they were wearing them as well - and LOVED them. Again, I must not have gotten that memo - but it surely was making the rounds...and dammit...I wasn't going to be THE only woman over 40 who didn't own a pair.

I bought them.

I have since worn them several times and, contrary to my self-conscious pre-conceived notions, no one looks at me like I'm an outcast...and not one person stopped in their tracks to point and laugh. To be fair about it, though, no one has come up to me and shown me any secret handshakes or anything. But I have been given multitudes of compliments about them -- so I gather the clandestine aromatherapy candle buying meetings and "Pampered Chef" party invites can't be too far off.


  1. Well, I have seen those pants around town from time to time up here in southern Virginia. And I was back in "Jersey" last week and might have even seen a few there (but I cannot remember). And STILL I must say, I have never worn them. Not sure why. Part of it is that "highwaters" phenonemon that I also experienced as a kid--who would ever wear highwaters on purpose!? But the other part of it is simply that whenever I wear pants, they have to be "full length" tapered or straight leg Levis. I don't like boot cut either. Just straight leg or tapered, all the way to the ankle. And it's even ok if I kind of step on the back edge of the hem. Just make sure they reach the ankle. I may be dragging my feet (and hems) but I don't think you will ever catch me in those short little pants that cannot decide whether they want to be shorts or pants.

  2. Well, I know what you are talking about - but, seriously everyone and their mother (again, seriously) wears them here. I didn't want to cave to peer pressure - and I still think these things look horrid...but mine actually are quite nice. I purposely didn't post a photo of them - I could have easily...but I thought the comment at the bottom of the photo I posted was cuter than my pants...so I let that stand.

    I did mention the whole "high waters" thing in "Part I" of my "Capri story"...it is true: pick a length and stick with it.

    I also can't stand the super long shorts - they look...well, just not right.

  3. I like the wider leg faux Capri pants. The proper Capri pants~~or otherwise known as "Mary Tyler Moore" pants are just not made for the fuller figure. The problem with MTM pants is that when I bend or sit, they seem to ride up in the crotch and catch me by the unawares.

    I enjoyed the fashion (well-I considered them fashionable--and comfy) of the short lived pajama pants. Now these were really comfy!!! However, sadly they are "out of fashion" but if I could find a pair I would still wear them~~fashion not being in my top 10 accomplishments. Comfort over fashion has always been my motto

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