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balloons and geena davis

So, uh, we went to the store for the balloons and Avi asked for a pink one and a purple one, specifically lavendar. Now, I'm cool with that -- the whole pink and purple girl thing is a cultural deal and if my three-year-old boy wants a pink balloon, I'm not going to give him a hard time -- I'll buy the pink balloon. But the lady at the counter wasn't quite sure how to deal with that. ::shakes head::

Also, for the THIRD time since Rice left I had someone tell me I look like Geena Davis. This would not be the first time I've had someone tell me this; it happens to come up a lot, quite frankly, but not so often so close together.

Usually it starts out with someone saying, "Anyone ever tell you you look like that actress?" "Which one?" (Because depending on who they mean the answer is yes or no.) "You know, the one who drove over the cliff in that one movie," or, "The one chick in Beetlejuice," or "That one lady who is in all those movies with that guy who was in that dinosaur movie."

Thankfully, the very first time someone told me I looked like her (when I was a freshman in college) was some fellow gentleman freshman who was thoughtful enough to say, "You look like Geena Davis" vs. "Anyone ever tell you you look like that one actress?"

Why am I going into all this? Because today some lady said, "Anyone ever tell you you look like the president?" "The president?" "Yeah, you know of the United States."

I was mortified. I mean, how would you feel if you were a 29 year old female who has the political views I do and just had someone tell you you looked like the President? I think I just looked at her for a minute, not sure what to say. I mean, what do you say?

And then she added, "You know, on that one show where the lady who was in that baseball movie with Rosie O'Donnell is the President?"

I take it Geena Davis has a new TV series.

I have had two other situations where someone has told me I look like her that stand out in my memory: the time I was getting my hair cut and the stylists informed me I looked like Davis and that I should do my makeup and hair like her, and the time (after we established who the actress who went over the cliff was) the lady said, "You're not really her, are you?" I laughed. I thought she was joking. Then she said, totally series, "No, really." Uh. I said, "No, I think she's much taller." The lady said, "I was going to say that I thought you'd be taller."

You know, when I was a kid, I thought I might end up taller, too.

I think today's comments (before the clarification) top the other two.

Also, my apologies -- I went back recently and went over some of my more recent posts and was annoyed with myself for not proofreading them -- there's spelling errors, and grammatical errors and punctuation errors... But I only have so much time in the day, so I hope you all can cope. At least for now.

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