At home

I'm back at the grinding wheel and am working on a new feature that I need for myself, but also one that will be (I hope) invaluable to suspension groups and so on that need to have the full features of an IAM diary, but limited to a usergroup subset of IAM. Anyway, I'll post more on that later today.

When I was out today a doctor approached me and said, “I really like the markings on your face… What do they mean? Are they family markings?”

I just thought it was be awesome to be asked that question — clearly someone with no preconcieved notions about what a tattoo means other than history (ie. African scarification, Maori tattoos, and so on). I told him that yes, calling it that would be one of the more accurate ways it could be described.

I also went to Starbucks for the first time in a long time just as a little treat (before you get mad, realize it's the only place in the area that can serve me iced soy coffees). I have to admit that it definitely succeeded in its “guilty pleasure” role and was much appreciated by the gulliver.

As I go out more since some tasks and errands move to me for obvious reasons, it continues to shock me how incredibly positive the reaction is to my facial tattoos. I really expected people would react more negatively — not that I'm complaining! I don't think I've had a single person that I've dealt with even really look at me funny, and all the questions and responses I've gotten have been genuinely inquisitive in a good way — that is, people seem to like it and want to know more (rather than simply posing judgements in the form of questions).

Wow Shannon, that's really annoying! What is it, 1997 on Geocities? Retroweb is NOT cool!

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