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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

'bout sums it up...

April so far...
If my flip flops are going to be covered in something white this time of year,
I think that something ought to be beach sand from St. Maarten! :-)

Speaking of flip flops and beaches, I've been reminded* that flip flops were, and in some places still are, also known as "thongs." So if you find yourself lucky enough to be packing for a vacation on an international beach, a thorough understanding of the different meanings of "thongs" can be critical...

*For you, dear Elephant's Child! :-)

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  1. All one can say to that is "You'll be lucky!"

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    1. I wish!! :-) Neither I nor my flipflops have white Caribbean sands in our near future, but at least the snow has melted from them. For now! (We keep getting hit with winter storms here).

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  2. Flipflops are known as thongs here and I have trouble adjusting. And I hope those pictured went nowhere near your poor toes. I LIKE the cold and wouldn't put them on.

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    1. They used to be called "thongs" here, too - I remember my mom calling them that when I was growing up. But they've been "flipflops" since I was a young adult. Your point, however, inspired me, as you can see from my amended post! :-)

      And no, these didn't touch my feet, not in that condition! I wouldn't want to put on a snow-covered flipflop any more than I'd want to slip into a snow-covered thong! LOL

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    2. HUGE smiles. Thank you. And that cartoon really exemplifies 'butt floss'. Eeeeuw.

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    3. I was hoping you'd return and enjoy my you-inspired additions! :-) "Butt floss" - eww is right! LOL

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  3. We're supposed to be at freezing here in central Oklahoma tonight...last week we had rain, snow (just a tad) and hail all within a few hours. 2013 seems to be a tumultuous year so far. The juxtaposition of snow and flipflops is an excellent imaging. :-)

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    1. Wow! I imaging you have (had?) all kinds of flowers and flowering trees blooming and leafed out already, that kind of cold has to be harsh! And then hail - that's just mean. We had several early flowers like crocuses and daffodils blooming and a few plants budding out here during our sunny-and-in-the-upper-60's weather, only to be hit with single-digit lows and snow. Some of them are resilient enough to take it, but some of them have been looking awfully pitiful. I agree that it's a tumultuous year so far, and not just weather-wise. April is one strange and often violent month, it seems, yet I always want to imagine it being soft and gentle!

      I'm glad you like the imagery! I was wondering if I was the only one who was going to appreciate the contrast! :-)

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  4. Oh my! We've been getting a lot of cold & rain, but no snow. Although, there are still some piles of it laying around. When will it all end?

    I could send you some sand from the beach here if you want.... :)

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    1. Really? And here I was, picturing you buried in snow to your 'pits!! :-) I'm surprised the rain isn't doing a better job of melting the remaining snow, but there must be enough of it and it must be stay ing cold enough to keep it around. "When will it all end?" is a pretty common lamentation around here, as these winter storms just keep rolling in. We dodged a bullet with Yogi, though, as Casper got about a foot of snow out of it to our mere inch or two!

      That's very generous of you, Molly! Just warm it up under a heat lamp first, okay? :-)

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  5. I'm tough but I'm not that tough!
    Jane x

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  6. It sure has been some April. Certainly not the worst ever but it's been a while since winter lasted this long and I certainly am looking forward to seeing the ground on my half mile driveway! Your photo of the flip flops said it all!

    That cartoon is too funny!! I didn't know that there was another meaning for "thong" and that was a super way to illustrate it!!

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    1. I remember too well what it was like to have late spring snows and a long dirt driveway! I hope when you see the ground at last, it's not a mud bog!

      You are the first visitor to this post since I added the cartoon, so I'm glad you found it as funny as I did! I actually put myself through the visual ordeal of searching for "thong" images for my reply to Elephant's Child, and after looking at way too many butt cheeks (male and female, young and old, firm and flabby), I got the bright idea to add the word "funny" to my search and struck gold with this result. (Though this one amused me too). :-)

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  7. Ken was in Denver at the beginning of the week and had trouble walking around outside because they had 9-1/2" of snow! He was lucky to get home on Tuesday.

    I used to call flip flops thongs until the "other" thongs gained in popularity. Now I call them flip flops. The comic is hilarious! I agree with you that your flip flops (and your thongs?) belong on a beach. :)

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    1. I'm not surprised to hear it, the Denver area has gotten the brunt of a lot of the winter storms that have rolled through the Rockies lately! What a contrast to Thailand that must have been for Ken! Glad he made it back home in a timely fashion.

      I can't remember calling them anything but flip flops, but I'm sure I did as a kid. They've always been my preferred form of footwear. :-) Isn't that a clever cartoon? Wish I'd thought of the other name for flip flops and found this cartoon before I'd published this post!

      Were I to find myself on a beach, the only thong I'd be wearing is the footwear variety (and not the way the cartoon lady is sporting one, either!) LOL Believe me, not even in my youthful, well-toned and well-tanned years when I wore what BW called "devastating" bikinis would I have considered the clothing-type of thong to be anything but underwear that's handy for preventing those pesky pantylines! :-)

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  8. Oh dear me, still having snow, you need a fur coat, not flip flops or thongs. Love your photo and cartoon.

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    1. Well, no snow today - but no flip flops either, and I still needed a coat! But never a fur (or leather or wool) coat! No body needs those except their original and rightful owners, and they're the only ones who look beautiful in them.

      I'm glad you like my photo, and I love that cartoon more every time I see it!

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  9. This winter has been crazy! Someone give Mother Nature the memo that it's nearing the end of April!

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    1. I'm getting a feeling that Mother Nature got the memo, crumpled it up, tossed it into the gale force winds, and when it landed she snowed on it. She's definitely in a MOOD! :-)

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  10. Hee hee :) The pics made me giggle!

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    1. I keep thinking so, but I keep being proven wrong! ("Zeus" has been dumping snow on us since yesterday morning, though at least it didn't start to accumulate till last night, and is now tapering off. But not before covering up the green grass and blooming daffodils with about 8" of wet, heavy snow!

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