Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Making a Statement...in Minionese!

When I was thirty years younger and launching my career as an author, I was expected to dress in a certain way. It was my fault, of course. My first two novels had very glitzy backdrops, so I was expected to look the part. I was clueless. I didn't know anything about fashion or designers. I still don't. I'm a Midwestern gal. I love being able to spend my life in jeans, shorts and T-shirts. My wardrobe is so limited that when a friend passed away recently, I had nothing suitable to wear to the funeral parlor.


If I had a do-over, those two novels would have both taken quite a different direction. It would have made my life a lot easier. I wouldn't have been pressured to lose weight. I wouldn't have made so many bad clothing choices and felt so awkward in my own clothing. I've looked at photos taken of me back then, and I looked pretty stupid most of the time.


These days, life is much easier. I do everything online. I can wear what I want. If I gain a few pounds, I get a lecture from my doctor, not my publisher. It's still frustrating, but at least it makes sense.


Most of my wardrobe (if it can even be called that) includes character T-shirts--mostly Minions. Those cute little yellow guys have proven to be great conversation starters. I'm always surprised by how many people come up to Collin and me on the street, in restaurants and at the movie theater to tell us how much they love the Minions. Recently, two hospital staffers approached Collin and me in the hospital cafeteria when we were there for one of the tests I had this month. They wanted to tell us how much they loved our King Bob backpacks. We each have several backpacks, but the only ones that get any attention are the one featuring the Minions.


A while back, we were at Golden Corral for lunch. The manager stopped us to talk about our Minion gear. I've even sold copies of my books to people who came to talk Minions and stuck around long enough to get to know a bit about us.

When I was young, I felt uncomfortable in my own clothing. Now that I'm a geezer, I'm having fun with it....

21 comments:

  1. I'm much more comfortable in jeans and casual shirts. I have only one dress shirt- and it's black. Like three quarters of my entire wardrobe.

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    1. That approach to dressing certainly has worked for guys like Mark Zuckerberg and Steve Jobs.

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  2. Of course, Minions will certainly draw attention!

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  3. Minions Minions Minions Yesh !
    or Godzilla

    cheers, parsnip and thehamish

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    1. Gayle, Eve's comment just gave me an idea. There's an online shop--it's called Zazzle or something like that--where you can do your own designs and market them. Buyers pay for them as they order. You're an artist. How about a Two Square Black Dogs (and Cats) line?

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    2. I have seen Zazzle, I get Godzilla stuff there.
      I have thought of that but lately there is never a good time to start. I send you an email later.
      Two Square Dogs would be great !

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  4. I understand this perfectly! If I need to dress up to go anyplace--funeral, wedding, dressy luncheon--I have to go shopping. Because the last time I had to wear anything other than pants and t-shirts, was usually years ago and the outfit I wore then no longer fits or is out of fashion! I end up buying a new dressy occasion outfit that if lucky gets worn one or two more times before being taken to the Salvation Army. Sigh.

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    1. Same here, Cheryl! I had bought a nice pair of pinstripe slacks that hung it the closet so long, I finally donated then. Sadly, through, as we get older, we find ourselves attending too many funerals, so....

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  5. I'm trying to wear my old 'executive'style wardrobe at home. I just trimmed a bottlebrush and some fan palms while in a skirt.The minions are super cute but in my mind they pale in comparison to Fiona and Pinky. 😎

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    1. Ah, but since there's no Fiona or Pinky merchandise on the racks, it would be costly to have it made!

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    2. There are some knockoffs with funny looking critters trying to emulate Fiona but I can spot a fake a mile away. Lol

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  6. It's the best time in life when the only people we have to impress are ourselves.. you go girl 😀😀

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    1. It's ironic that we don't figure this out until we reach our later years!

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  7. In Florida, I wear tee shirts and shorts. Unless I play golf. Then I wear a golf polo and shorts. In the winter when the temperature drops way down into the 50s and sometimes the 40s I'll wear khaki pants.

    Enjoy your Minions!

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  8. Jeans or sweats, or anything w. a comfortable waist band. I'm not fancy. Oh, and during the summer, at home I don't have to wear make-up!

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    1. Same here! I can get x-rays or most others tests and never have to put on one of those awkward hospital gowns. I once had an upper GI in my street clothes.

      I can't remember the last time I wore makeup, but I'm fairly certain mine is all past its use-by date.

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    2. Ohhh, funny about the make-up. I've had to throw away some stuff I don't even use any more.

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