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Category: Stuff I Like
Like pretty much the entire universe I’ve been enthralled by the series Serial on npr. One of the most intriguing aspects of this story to me is the way Adnan Syed, the “star” of the series sounds. Though he’s Pakistani/American and son of immigrant parents on the radio he sounds like a black man. And when I say “sounds like a black man” I don’t mean in the stereotypical pseudo gangsta hip-hop way. Or using AAVE, which is almost universally off-putting. No, this is something more in a rhythm of speaking, tonal inflections and syntax. Some non-blacks try to do it, but much like southern accents, many try, but very few succeed. Even Robert Downey Jr.’s hilarious turn in Tropic Thunder didn’t quite master it, but then again he was playing an Australian who was playing a black guy, so he was being funny on purpose.
I’ve encountered people who speak this way before but oddly enough it’s almost universally non-black men. I don’t recall hearing a non-black woman who “sounds” black, but I’m sure it happens. Of course, there’s always Hillary Clinton’s embarrassing attempt during the 2008 primaries. Listening to Adnan made me curious as to how common this phenomenon is.
I listen to the radio a lot, and I remember when President Obama nominated Arne Duncan to be Secretary of Education. I listened to Duncan on npr and assumed he was a black man. It wasn’t until months later that I realized my error. (And looking at his picture, I still wasn’t sure.) Lisa, who lives in Chicago, told me that his mother had run an education program in low-income neighborhoods and had taken Arne with her, so his formative years were spent primarily around black kids.
I can definitely see that happening, but it’s odd to me that when these guys are no longer are no longer in a black environment they don’t stop speaking that way. Or maybe they do. I suppose it’s even possible that they “code switch” much like black people do. Though, if that were the case you’d think Duncan would do so when talking to the press, but he doesn’t.
Have you met people who “sound black?” How do you feel about it? Does it make you wonder about their background? If you’re a black woman, are you put off by non-black men who “sound black” when they approach you romantically?
My swimsuits arrived last week and I finally got a chance to try them on. I was definitely not disappointed. At this price point ($27 a piece!!!) I expected lightweight flimsy fabric and poor craftsmanship. Nothing is further from the truth. Don’t get me wrong, you’re not going to find the heavyweight Miracle suit material for this price, but for me that’s okay. I basically spend most of my time at the pool running after the kids. Mainly I’m concerned about coverage and not looking like and old woman and these are more than up to the job. I sized up from my usual 16 to an 18, and that was fine for everything except the pink top. I should’ve remembered that I’m short waisted, so that made the top too long for me. I’ll probably send it back and get a smaller size or a different style. I love both bottoms, but the purple stripe is particularly awesome because it’s so high waisted and has the ruching on the side. Really comfortable and great for ye ole muffin top. I love the purple top as well for the same reason. I was worried that it would be too clingy and show too much, but the ruching on the sides does a great job. The polka dot bottoms are absolutely adorbs. They look so flirty and fun peeking out from under the ruffled top. I’m totally annoyed that they don’t carry these suits in the stores, I mean you have to practically go on an excavation to find them on the freaking site! Target is many things, but their website is absolutely appalling.
Indeed, my only complaint is: CARRY THE DAMNED THINGS IN THE STORE!!!
So Anthropologie? Yeah, to die for. Unfortunately, the prices and sizes are to die for too. I’m just realizing though, that most of their stuff is oversized and they do carry XL, but they sell out quickly. I found this dress, and bought it the first time I saw it. Wore it for date night and Whit’s eyes were just agog. Incredibly figure flattering, nice emphasis on the bosom without being vulgar. And the fabric is even prettier in person. I wear a size 16, and am short-waisted, but the XL fit great. Nice heavy fabric so I know it’ll hold up well. Just perfect.
I’ve been looking for a cute plus size tankini for a while now. Most tankinis ride up exposing the midriff, and I need two pieces because usually I have Kell in the bathroom at the pool and getting totally undressed to pee is so not on. Anyway, I found these on the Target website. (They don’t have them in the stores, and yes, this pisses me the hell off, but whatever.) Cute colors and prints, pinks, purples and a lovely mint. Not that horrible tropical print that they always put on plus size suits. I got this one, with a polka dot bottom. Cute and flirty. The prices are to die for too. I was able to get a couple to mix and match. I have a red card so shipping is free. Mine hasn’t arrived yet, so I’m not sure about fit, and at this price I assume they’re probably pretty flimsy, but the only other place I found this top with the ruffles all around the back too was at Land’s End and it was $75! And the plus size only came in two colors (black and dark purple grrr!) with no cute print bottoms to match. I found a similar top at Macy’s, but the ruffles don’t go all the way around. I don’t know about you, but I have back fat too!
Can you tell I’m bubbling over with excitement? I haven’t been this excited over someone else’s book since I don’t know when. Anyway, here’s the blurb:
Bounty hunter Perish Blackburn has an unquenchable need to make money. The world is a dark, dangerous place in 2075, a place where only the strong and the wealthy survive. Perish is strong, but she wants to do more than just survive. And to do that, she needs money. Those without money are little better than slaves, a fate she is determined to avoid. Fortunately for her, in a world where paranormal beings are literally falling at her feet, she has a unique arsenal of skills. Her talents are quite valuable, especially for someone who isn’t squeamish about putting those abilities to use, or particular about whom she uses them for. Things are going quite well and she’s on her way to accumulating another sizable sum of cash when she comes to the attention of the one organization that can totally derail her plans, end her life, and quite possibly the world in the process. They have need of a talent Perish has just discovered she has, and given that they’re not the kind of people you can just say no to, she has to figure out a way to say yes and live to tell about it. She’s pretty sure she can, even with the unwanted help of a werewolf with the disposition of an Old World gentleman, a housemate who can only be described as eccentric and a couple of relatives who have been dead for centuries.