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Nov. 7th, 2013

10:27 am - Wellington is a town of lookalikes

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OK straw poll time. Do you ever get those little pimple things behind your ears? Or am I a freak? Do you know what causes them? Is it something preventable?

If I am a freak, then so is Dr Wheel. We both have ear-pimples right now and (in my case anyway) it is making me Grumpy. Why do they have to hurt so much? It's not as if there are moving parts back there.


Anyone who knows me will have experienced an occasion where sometime during a movie or TV show I've gone "Hey, that actor looks just like [insert someone we know here]!" It's a thing I do a lot of, this spotting resemblances - and often it's only superficially in someone's facial features, and more in their mannerisms or the way they hold themselves. After a conversation with someone the other day about being grievously shortsighted (which I was from age 12 till 40 when I got my eyes lasered), I reckon this is part of that deal. You know how when you can't see someone's face you recognise them by other things, like the way they walk or whatever?

Anyway, so this recognition thing isn't just in movies, it happens when I'm walking around town too. The other day I totally passed Bill Kim from Prison Break on the street. And it was me that picked how much Derpy Cat looks like our fish and chip lady. But the best one was yesterday morning when I was waiting to cross the bypass and on the other side of the road was Anders.

Anders, people*.

Anders in a hoodie and board shorts, getting in his morning run round Wellington. Kind of like this:


(picture by the incredibly talented
Sirinne)


He looked slightly less grumpy than that, and he caught me sneaking looks at him while I waited for the light, which was kind of awkward and embarrassing, but it made me grin all the way to work.


Meanwhile, the shoe quest continues. I found a pair of mary janes I quite like at Gubbs, which I'll buy at some point. I have also come to the conclusion that there are no ankle boots in a style that suits me for under $300. I have a bit of a mental block about paying $300 for shoes. $300 is for flying to Melbourne to see rivet or for, I dunno, my annual work clothes budget. Or new tyres for the car, or even a bunch of leather strapping. But shoes? Shoes should be under $200, and spending more than that on them seems somehow more frivolous than spending it on leather so I can make videogame replica costumes.

Hey, I never claimed to be logical in my approach to spending money. And yes, if I want nice ankle boots it's seeming more and more likely I'll have to spend that much. But they'd better last FOREVER.

Here, have a thing courtesy of jvmatucha - a map of the United States filled in by an Australian who's never been there. Just because usually it's Americans being shown up for their lack of geography knowledge.

Aaaand, it seems LJ is now suggesting tags. I started typing 'ma' for 'making my morning' below, and it came up with 'maybe one day I'll be lovable again'. Um, LJ, I think you have misjudged my level of self esteem. I know it's supposed to be for emo whining, but that's taking it a bit far. I was impressed with the suggested 'anders staff of knowing' though. Enough so I added it.

* Full disclosure for the new here, I have a massive crush on an imaginary videogame character who some think is a terrorist and I am not ashamed

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From:ingenious76
Date:November 6th, 2013 09:31 pm (UTC)
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I get them. I also get spots in my ears, which really hurt.
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From:tatjna
Date:November 6th, 2013 09:32 pm (UTC)
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Do you know what causes them, or are they just some kind of extension to face ones?

Sympathy for the in-ear ones. I've never had that. O.o
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From:richaarde
Date:November 7th, 2013 01:50 am (UTC)
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A dab of Vicks VapoRub will stop the pain and draw out the pimple goo faster.
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From:pombagira
Date:November 6th, 2013 09:35 pm (UTC)
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oh yes i do the movie thing.. cause River Tam from Fire fly reminds me of tieke its the way she moves and hair i reccon..

oh yay for finding nice shoes.. i will be on the shoe hunt soon.. like early next year maybe aarrgghhhh... *is fearful*

do be do

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From:pombagira
Date:November 6th, 2013 09:36 pm (UTC)
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oh and yes i do get ear spots.. they are owie.. sometimes i get them in my ear shell that is more owie.. i figure it is because it is folds of skin and wrinkly bit thus it collects dirt, sweat and bacteria.. etc etc...


*ponders this*
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From:tatjna
Date:November 6th, 2013 09:39 pm (UTC)
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Yes, and Patrick of the Splosions reminds me of the sloth from Ice Age:





Edited at 2013-11-06 09:41 pm (UTC)
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From:thesecondcircle
Date:November 6th, 2013 09:56 pm (UTC)
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Waving to you from Washington 2!
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From:tatjna
Date:November 6th, 2013 10:00 pm (UTC)
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It's funny how everyone knows where Texas and Florida are.
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From:pickleboot
Date:November 6th, 2013 09:56 pm (UTC)
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omg, that map. it is hysterical.

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From:tatjna
Date:November 6th, 2013 09:59 pm (UTC)
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I want to know who lives in wibbly rectangle.
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From:pickleboot
Date:November 7th, 2013 12:57 am (UTC)
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i used to visit the wibbly rectangle often.

and our first car had a vanity plate of wibble 1, then we had wibble 2, wibble 3, and wibble 4. i love the word wibble. such a great word.

i showed that to keir and he said oh, why isn't there more redneck states? i pointed out that there are rednecks in every state.

and what kind of ankle boots are you looking for? i have a bunch of favorites depending on what you need. my favorite, hands down, are doc martens, but right now i find i am reaching for my slip on "motorcycle" boots- they are by some big company. i got them super cheap and are about 6 years old and i just shine them up and put waterproofing on them every fall and they are great until the snow gets too deep for them, then i switch to the taller ones by the same company. engineering boots- that is the style. i think they are dingos? so comfortable. i have the ankle boots and the calf length. i am a bit of a shoe person, though. the other brand i swear by is fluevog, but you are hitting $250 us for a pair of heels, the boots are over $300 us- i got mine either for free or with christmas money/on ebay. i have a bit of a shoe problem- i buy them way too often.

tuk has some nice boots right now if you want a vegan option, and they do leather as well. if you want me to search for you i am good at that. i just got two pairs of tuk shoes from a flash sales site for $28 us- a pair of heels and a pair of mary janes with vampire bears on the toes. yes, i am fully aware of my shoe issue. i do wear them all.

another brand to look at if you want a pair that will last forever is dansko. so comfortable and so nice looking. i tried on a pair of boots today that i might have to go back for, if i can justify yet another pair of black boots. i only have 15 or so......
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From:tatjna
Date:November 7th, 2013 01:02 am (UTC)
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I actually just finally found a pair I like that was on sale enough to persuade me to buy them. These ones.

This time round I was looking for work shoes, but I really like engineer boots and will probably get a pair eventually for myself.

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From:pombagira
Date:November 7th, 2013 03:01 am (UTC)
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oh i like those boots.. they suite you lots.. hooray!
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From:tatjna
Date:November 7th, 2013 04:04 am (UTC)
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It was a toss up between those ones and these ones, which have a nicer heel. But they weren't on special so I saved $90 by not being fussy about that.

;-)
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From:ms_hecubus
Date:November 6th, 2013 09:59 pm (UTC)
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Yes, I get them and they hurt really badly. Maybe because there's so little soft tissue underneath?
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From:tatjna
Date:November 6th, 2013 10:00 pm (UTC)
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Maybe. I can't think of a reason for having so many nerves there though..
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From:pombagira
Date:November 6th, 2013 10:05 pm (UTC)
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cooling system? that sends information to central nervous systems so the body can do that temperature regulation thing?

not that i actually know..
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From:richaarde
Date:November 7th, 2013 01:46 am (UTC)
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(Commenting here for both of your benefit)

A little dab of Vicks VapoRub on the offending pimple will reduce the pain, and will also help to draw the pimple goo to the surface and out of your skin.

Not sure if it's available where you are, Tatjna, so here's a link: http://www.vicks.com/products/vapo-family/vaporub-topical-ointment/ I'm sure some equivelant product is available near you. It's basically just petroleum jelly with menthol and camphor in it.
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From:tatjna
Date:November 7th, 2013 01:51 am (UTC)
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Yep, Vicks is universal. I think it's probably in the Periodic Table somewhere. ;-)

Nice tip!
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From:tyellas
Date:November 6th, 2013 10:14 pm (UTC)
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The shoe thing is why I order many of my shoes online, from overseas. Because even with shipping, it's still cheaper. (Seriously, there's a lot of local shoe marking-up going on, especially for professional women's shoes.)

I thrift with an eye open for shoes and I get lucky about twice a year, with my bizarre size. The Miramar and Jville thrift stores are good for shoes.
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From:tatjna
Date:November 6th, 2013 10:15 pm (UTC)
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The $300 thing was even with online searching. I spent a couple of hours at it last night.

But yeah, op shops seem like a good idea too - my feet are just small enough to be out of the average sizes, which makes the pickings a bit better.
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From:jvmatucha
Date:November 6th, 2013 10:53 pm (UTC)
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I used to get those ear things, but not anymore. They were seriously painful. Just a slight touch would send them throbbing!

Has anyone ever suggested that you look like someone famous? I've gotten Bob Gedlof and Joe Strummer.

My favorite states on that map are "Kite" and "Lava lamp". :)
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From:tatjna
Date:November 6th, 2013 10:55 pm (UTC)
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Yes, but she is a minor kiwi celebrity from the 1980s that most people don't remember any more. I definitely see the resemblance though.

I really like the bit where the mapmakers got drunk.
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From:jvmatucha
Date:November 6th, 2013 11:02 pm (UTC)
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The part where it says "Still rednecks?" is accurate. Yep. Still rednecks!
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From:tatjna
Date:November 6th, 2013 11:13 pm (UTC)
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I am quite concerned about the roadkill wolf as well.
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From:richaarde
Date:November 7th, 2013 01:48 am (UTC)
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A dab of Vicks VapoRub will stop the pain and draw out the pimple goo faster, if it happens again.
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From:c_maxx
Date:November 7th, 2013 12:17 am (UTC)
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Mentioning since you said you were not opposed to (semi) Doc styles shoes. I dont know what youre looking for in boots, but I've always loved my Danners, and they have new 5" and 7" "jack chocolate" ankle boots at their website in [American mens's] sizes. I just bought the 5" and like them a lot altho stiff when new, REAL leather (I lace a whiffle ball in the ankles to make a space for my sensitive leftie). They don't have the scientific footbed of the Explorers or Mountain Lights, which are rather narrow in the toe, altho *WONderful* shoes, and over $300. The Jacks are made in China, so less than that here, a well-made traditional-construction shoe like everybody used to make before everything was all-glued together, but a nice shoe, good materials and room for ALL of my toes! Check danner.com if you're interested. Bandaged finger, less punctuation!
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From:tatjna
Date:November 7th, 2013 12:45 am (UTC)
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There are some OM NOM NOM boots in that site. Sadly not quite the style I was looking for for work, but still one I'm bookmarking for personal shoe buying. Thanks!
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From:bekitty
Date:November 7th, 2013 12:28 am (UTC)
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It's not people from the movies that I see on the streets of Wellington. I most likely wouldn't recognise a celebrity if I fell over them. Instead, I SEE DEAD PEOPLE.
And it just makes me feel sad. There's nothing quite like the sensation of walking down Cuba St and seeing someone you know, being about to greet them by name, and then realising that it CAN'T be the person you're thinking of, because they died three years ago. And you're left thinking "well, fuck." and being really grief-stricken all of a sudden.

Bloody doppelgangers. :-/
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From:tatjna
Date:November 7th, 2013 12:44 am (UTC)
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It's not the celebrities I see, it's the characters. There's a difference.
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From:subtle_haven
Date:November 7th, 2013 12:40 am (UTC)
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Oooh. The map made me laugh, lots. Thank you!
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From:tatjna
Date:November 7th, 2013 12:43 am (UTC)
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I think Australia and the rest of the world should also be remapped by whoever did that. ;-)
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From:subtle_haven
Date:November 7th, 2013 12:55 am (UTC)
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YEEEEES!
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From:dragonvyxn
Date:November 7th, 2013 04:53 am (UTC)
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thanks for the great map, i laughed a bunch, totally excellent!

the quest for shoes is understandable. i grew out of all mine and whatnot, since i'm planning on more babies got rid of the too small shoes and am slowly increasing the collection based on need rather than "oh! shiny!"
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From:tatjna
Date:November 7th, 2013 10:22 pm (UTC)
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Wait, your feet have permanently grown since you had a baby? I've never heard of that one! Eek.
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From:blue_eye
Date:November 7th, 2013 05:44 am (UTC)
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Florida cracks me up! I am embarrassed to say I can't place every state either.
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From:tatjna
Date:November 7th, 2013 10:23 pm (UTC)
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Hehe me neither. And NZ doesn't have states so we're kind of off the hook with that one.

And I didn't think about Florida like that at all until someone mentioned it. Now I can't unthink it.
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From:blue_eye
Date:November 8th, 2013 05:53 am (UTC)
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I'm good on either coast, but get me in the middle and I am stumped on a lot of them...lol...'cept Texas. Can't miss that sucker. And I know Oklahoma is above Texas.
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From:meathiel
Date:November 7th, 2013 06:29 am (UTC)
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I don't know exactly how much 300NZ$ are but it sounds ... expensive. Okay - just googled it ... and I think I wouldn't even spend 200$ on boots ... the most I spent so far is 100$. Yikes ...
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From:tatjna
Date:November 7th, 2013 06:31 am (UTC)
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Shoes are expensive here. I've no idea why, it's not like we're short of leather.
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From:meathiel
Date:November 7th, 2013 06:33 am (UTC)
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*whispers* I just bought a pair of winter boots for 18€ - admitted, they're not leather but wtf!
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From:tatjna
Date:November 7th, 2013 06:47 am (UTC)
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You can get shoes that cheap here, (about $60NZ), but they don't last very long and tend to lack things like grippy soles and waterproofing.
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From:nick_101
Date:November 7th, 2013 08:21 am (UTC)
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The America map was so funny. LOL lava lamp.
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From:tatjna
Date:November 7th, 2013 10:23 pm (UTC)
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I think the whole world should be mapped like that.
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From:adam_0oo
Date:November 7th, 2013 02:17 pm (UTC)
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We have someone on our trivia team who is simply AMAZING at geography in many ways, so that when we have a round on it, we just pass the form for him to fill out. However, when he is not around, our answers are often very much like that map. And we LIVE here.

Post more of a description, picture, shoe size, name of the shoes you are looking for and let the internet help you try and find similar things/things on sale.

Ear pimples are just pimples that form...behind the ear? Then yes.
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From:tatjna
Date:November 7th, 2013 10:24 pm (UTC)
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I live in a country in which writing Wherethefuckarewe as a place name wouldn't actually look out of place, and if you said it out loud it'd fit right in.
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