Thursday, September 5, 2013

Mott the Opal

(Shana Tovah, all)

Some of you got the Mott the Hoople reference.  It was actually a threefer.

* There was the basic pun.

* A few of you pointed out that Mott was one of the original Glam (or Glitter) Rock groups.  Opal is definitely a glam rock.  Or a glitter rock, I suppose.

* There's something of a gender reference as well.  Glam rockers were known for wearing outrageous or at least androgynous clothing, hairstyles, and makeup.

As an added bonus, Mott's best-known song is "All the Young Dudes" which contains lyrics such as

Now Lucy looks sweet cause he dresses like a queen
But he can kick like a mule it's a real mean team

And their second-most well-known song is arguably "All the Way From Memphis."  She is actually from Points Further South, but most recently my roommate Charity came here, well, all the way from Memphis.

Finally, my friend Rhonda took a close look at the ring and wrote

BTW, the ring is really nice. And shiny. VERY shiny. Looks like you took reasonable precautions when photographing a reflective object (e.g., clothes on), although I've only been able to get the magnification of the ring up to 400X (just kidding). It does look like two people, the one on the right looks to be in a white top with a high collar of some sort. The one on the left is blurred. 

I've got to figure out my ring size so I can shop for some nice ones. Have you had luck buying rings on-line? How about bracelets and bangles? Even my small hand doesn't fit through most of the bracelets that I find in stores. 

Addressing the last issue first, finding your ring size is pretty easy.  Go to any jewelry store (even Kay's or something like that) and ask them to size you.  They have a ring of rings in different sizes.  They'll tell you the size of any finger in a second.  OR you can bring in a ring that fits and they drop it on a long thin conical "finger."  Whereever it lands, you read your size.  And men's and women's sizes are the same, so don't worry if you're deep in the closet ~ get your finger sized at one store while you look at men's rings, then go to another and say "she'd like this ring.  Can I get it in an 8?"

7 is my size, by the way.  And the jewelry show had women's rings up to 10, possibly 11.  I forget.  Most had separate trays with different sizes so you didn't have to hunt much.

As for that picture (reproduced below)....

Well, I was the only one in the room.  That's me behind the flash (on the right), but there's definitely someone to my left wearing something cute and frilly.  I can see the bodice and an arm.

Is that you, Thalia?  Did you finally show yourself?

Me, right.  ??, left


  1. Good ring sizing advice. If you run into any size 15s, let me know. I think the closest I'd get to an opal ring would be a wheel bearing from an Opel 1900.

    I think we just broke through the writer's block. I'm sitting on a few MtH and Ian Hunter records. Earworm time.

    May your Rosh Hashanah be pleasant and thoughtful.

  2. Meg -

    Have a good holiday!


    ps: I once had a 10-11 ring size... Like the rest of me having grown large - 10-11 no longer....


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