July 15, 2006

Books, umbrellas, shopping, fashion, tattoos, religion.

Here in Madison, Wisconsin:

Outdoor Book Shopping

There's a lot of hot sun today, so shop in the shade, find a nice book and get into some air conditioning to do your reading:

Outdoor Book Shopping

Or just read the blogs and look at the pictures. And think about adding some commentary. A little fashion criticism, perhaps. Or ponder things religious, like does Jesus appreciate that tattoo?

Cross tattoo

When this young woman felt her skin pierced by the tattoo needle, did she think it was a fitting tribute to Christ?

As for that manly-esque leg.... just looking at it is suffering enough for me.

32 comments:

Jennifer said...

That looks like Althouse hell on Earth. Ack the shorts, the shorts...

Dawn said...

Dude, I got one word for you: sunlight!

My oldest is in the MN state girls softball tourney today, here in our town. It's 95 degrees, and we have another game at 3pm, when it's slated to be hovering at 100 degrees. That photo of State Street looks so inviting!

Ann Althouse said...

It was about 83° when I took that picture, and I did not like it. Give me a nice 55° day, any time.

Bladedoc said...

Being that Jesus was Jewish and tatooing is officially NOT OK in Judaism, I think not.

Ann Althouse said...

But Christians don't have to follow all those rules, else there would be no BLTs and lobster bisque. There are an awful lot of Christian tattoos out there.

Ron said...

Under the rubric of "She who smelt it, dealt it," I feel, now that there's the vlog, that the Althousian gams must make an appearance. (in shorts, of course!)

Lest we menfolk feel the unjust sting of calf critiques without opportunity for rebuttal...

Ann Althouse said...

Look at the first picture. There are 2 women displaying perfectly nice legs. One is in shorts. The other has a mini skirt. Can anyone say the shorts are more flattering?

Johnny Nucleo said...

Remember the Curb Your Enthusiasm where Larry's Mom dies and they won't let her be buried in the consecrated ground because of her tattoo? Great episode. One of the best. Also kind of heart-warming. Not sappy, of course, but kind of sweet.

Ann Althouse said...

Yeah, and I have a recording of a Lenny Bruce routine where he talks about how horrified his mother is by a tattoo he got in the Navy because he won't be accepted in a Jewish cemetery. I think he suggests that they could saw the arm off and bury it separately.

Jim said...

Folks who gratuitously comment on the look of others' legs have pea-brains. That's another reason it's more fun to hang out with geeks.

As my mammy said, it's unbecoming to comment about other folks if what you have to say is not true, kind AND necessary.

Ron said...

OTOH, I remember Jennifer Aniston in the red shorts in Along Came Polly...um, was there some other reason to see the film? Can't think of another offhand...

Ann Althouse said...

Oh, Jim, I bet you wear shorts!

Elizabeth said...

Ann, if that's the type of leg you have to look at, I can better understand your objection to men in shorts. Pasty-white legs with sockless topsiders as a finish are damned ugly.

Captain Ned said...

If my eyes do not deceive me she also has a crown of thorns tattooed on the top of her right foot.

Ann Althouse said...

Captain Ned: Yes, it's quite clear in the enlargement. Would it be very wrong to get the actually nail wound image tattoo'd on the foot? (Or the crown of thorns on a bald head?)

Robert said...

If the attitude of the person being tattooed was one of offering and humility, than I suspect Jesus would be OK with the tattoo.

If the attitude was "look at me! look at how pious I am that I SEAR MY FLESH with the mark of the Lord! Look at me me me me me me me!", then not so much.

Sissy Willis said...

A really stupid woman. If you have ugly shins, you never draw attention to them.

Al Maviva said...
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Al Maviva said...

Speaking as a bicycle racer, this is one of the few times that I feel really truly smug. For a guy who routinely wears humiliatingly tight lycra, and who spends a lot of time on the bike making porn faces and sweating, it is a rare triumphant feeling about the whole enterprise. (Most of the rest of it involves losing in races, crashing, and plotting ways to get better involving lots of suffering). Please don't wreck it for me.

Ps. Yep. Tanned, shaved, and regularly draws positive comments. I even have a leg fancying stalker in my office, and it's not even a guy. Sweet! Now if I could just figure out how to keep their eyes on my legs, and off the unspectacular rest-of-me...

Jim said...

Yeah, Ann, I do normally wear shorts here in Austin. For a hi-tech job interview the other day I made the mistake of wearing long pants, button-down shirt and polished shoes. Everyone there was dressed in shorts and t-shirt, some in sandals. Of the 40 geeks, two were women, whom I didn't see.

They have a beer cabinet that they open every Wednesday afternoon to socialize. There are women out there missing out on some great geeks.

Ann Althouse said...

Sissy: "A really stupid woman. If you have ugly shins, you never draw attention to them."

It's the cross she must bear.

Al: I have a longstanding exception for sports with shorts as the uniform or functional item as it obviously is for biking.

Jim: I guess if no women have to see it, it doesn't really matter. I don't care what your pajamas look like either. I offer no dicta about pajamas.

Ann Althouse said...

I should add that unless I have some reason to know what you look like, I picture someone who is good looking when all I have is a name. I have no idea why I do this. (I also picture places much smaller than they actually are.)

SippicanCottage said...

All I could think of, when I saw the close-up photos, was:

Is that natural casing?

Ron said...

"Would it be very wrong to get the actually nail wound image tattoo'd on the foot?"

Think of the stigmata jokes you could play on people, especially those you meet the first time! "Sorry, it's my time on the cross again!"

Jeff said...

Forget the tattoo. Does that guy have shaved legs?

John Jenkins said...

Jeff, yes, it appears so. Let's just assume he's a distance runner and does it to prevent chafing or something.

There are really only two fashion rules: size-appropriate clothing and age-appropriate clothing. That woman appears to be violating both (based on the rule that no one over the age of 13 should wear shorts when not directly engaged in sports).

Chum said...

'Can anyone say shorts are more flattering?'

Nope, not in the least. Example...
http://gofugyourself.typepad.com/go_fug_yours
elf/2006/07/amber_fugletta.html

Freeman Hunt said...

I should add that unless I have some reason to know what you look like, I picture someone who is good looking when all I have is a name.

I thought I was the only one who did this.

jason said...

Let's not make the mistake of confusing jorts (that's jean shorts) with actual shorts (of the khaki, mid-thigh-to-knee-length variety). Jorts are an abomination because the skonnie male thinks they're appropriate in every setting when, in fact, they're only appropriate for roofing one's house or resealing the driveway. And I can't imagine that they're at all comfortable on an 80-plus degree day. The rest of us dudes wear regular shorts that work on the golf course, strolling State during MSD and mowing the lawn. When paired with a madras shirt and accompanied by low-top Chucks, it's a classic American look.

Dash said...

I'm late to the discussion ... but the definitive work on Christian tattoes is the short story by Flannery O'conner called Parker's Back. It is quite possibly her best story.

Madison Guy said...

Maxwell Street Days through an improvised polarizing filter.

Kaley said...

I love how the green arrow is pointing toward her leg and the tattoo =]