Sunday, April 30, 2006

Things people have said to me upon seeing my raddled visage without make-up

  1. Are you ill?
  2. Have you been crying?
  3. Your face is all red.
  4. You look really tired.

and my long-time favourite:

  1. WHAT'S THE MATTER WITH YOUR FACE? (Shouted very loudly by a young twat in front of about fifteen of our colleagues.)

But I think that comment has finally been trumped.

I was visiting my uncle in hospital today, and the murse said; "Is that your brother?"

My uncle is fifty-fucking-five.


  • Yes but men look like that most of the time - so we're a bit of a shock when we're bare-faced. I have a very slight not-that-noticeable-ty-v-much mole on my face. Busy breakfast table - in someone else's house.
    Little kid pipes up 'S... why do you have a nipple on your face?!'

    You've never heard such spluttering into cornflakes!
    I don't even know how I responded as it was so embarrassing I probably died a bit!

    By Blogger Sooz, at 10:48 PM  

  • OUCH...I'd have been tempted to trip her on the way out. All by accident of couse. Found you via BE.

    By Anonymous Grins, at 1:20 AM  

  • OOh. I got the "what's wrong with your face thing once."

    From my GRANDMOTHER.

    I was 19. I had wicked fucking acned. And I was fat. And i had ZERO self esteem. So naturally when she met me at the airport (i was flying home from uni for a holiday) the very first words out of her mouth were not "hello dear" or anything pleasant of that ilk. nope. FIRST WORDS: what's wrong etc.? Bitch.

    She's dead now tho, so that's ok.

    By Blogger Chaucer's Bitch, at 2:54 AM  

  • I would suggest that your uncle must be a very youthfull 55

    By Blogger GreatSheElephant, at 3:01 PM  

  • thats what people say when i DO wear makeup. that, and 'wow! you look way better!'

    By Blogger First Nations, at 3:04 PM  

  • You have long red curly hair, right?

    The only bloke I can think of in the 50-ish age range with long red curly hair is Mick Hucknall.

    The male nurse is obviously MAD.

    By Blogger Betty, at 7:43 PM  

  • my stepmum sat me down at my brother's wedding and said "you're not pretty any more. don't you want to be pretty?"

    she said i had nice teeth tho, so that's alright.

    By Blogger surly girl, at 8:19 PM  

  • If it makes you feel better, a friend was looking through some of my photos on the weekend. There was a pic of you and she said (and I quote) "She is really pretty."

    So there, nasty Mr Murse!

    By Blogger Miss Meep, at 8:22 AM  

  • Hah... Yer. Being told you scrub up well is always interesting, though your's tops the big ole biscuit. Sometimes over the phone people think I'm mum, which is depressing...

    By Blogger No Shit Sherlock, at 10:12 AM  

  • is raddled a word?

    By Anonymous riddledwiththepox, at 10:59 AM  

  • I've variously been told:
    "Never mind, you'll be a handsome old woman"
    "You are lucky to be so plain. Beautiful women suffer so when they age."
    and, from my dear ex-mother in law:
    "I don't want you to worry about your looks - at least you are clever"
    and on seeing my wedding photos
    "never mind, I expect your outfit didn't photograph well"

    Why do people feel they have to say anything?

    By Blogger GreatSheElephant, at 2:24 PM  

  • rad·dle1 tr.v. rad·dled, rad·dling, rad·dles
    To twist together; interweave.

    [From dialectal raddle, stick interwoven with others in a fence, from Anglo-Norman reidele, stout pole, possibly from Middle High German reidel, rod. See reidh- in Indo-European Roots.]

    adj 1: worn until no longer useful; "battered trumpets and raddled radios"; "worn-out shoes with flapping soles" [syn: worn-out] 2: showing the wearing effects of overwork or care or suffering; "looking careworn as she bent over her mending"; "her face was drawn and haggard from sleeplessness"; "that raddled but still noble face"; "shocked to see the worn look of his handsome young face"- Charles Dickens [syn: careworn, drawn, haggard, worn]

    By Anonymous Mr Pedantic, at 3:10 PM  

  • I can vouch for the fact that Spinny is, in fact, very attractive indeed.

    I'm not coming on to her, though. Just to make that clear, probably for LC's benefit.

    By Blogger patroclus, at 5:06 PM  

  • i stand corrected.

    By Anonymous raddledwiththepox, at 5:44 PM  

  • Betty, I'd love to have flaming red hair. I reckon it'd suit my personality much better than the mousy brown i'd been saddles with.

    Miss Meep and Patroclus, thank you for your kind comments, but there was, of course, always some make-up involved.

    By Blogger Spinsterella, at 7:26 PM  

  • The first thing my ex-mother-in-law said to me was: "K usually goes out with tall, handsome men."

    Clearly deranged.

    By Blogger Wyndham, at 9:56 PM  

  • I'm sorry about that incident, Spinny - you know how I get when I'm trying to impress the other twats. Water under the bridge? Quits? Me old mucker?

    Love on ya,


    btw - you never did tell me - what IS wrong with your face? Isn't there some sort of gel you could use Spin? Or I have some nice brown paper bags knocking around. If you can stand the smell of shitake, they'd tide you over until you can get to Boots...

    p.p.s the w.v is ugdie - you couldn't make it up, could you???

    By Blogger Robert A. Swipe, at 10:52 AM  

  • Assholes, hey? I'm sure you looked just fine and that the fuckwits weren't wearing their glasses.

    By Blogger anika, at 7:51 PM  

  • UGH! "You look tired" is the WORST! Why don't they just come out and say "you look like crap."

    When people tell me that I say "I'm not, actually. I just had a kidney transplant, so this is me healthy. Yep, this is as good as it gets. Thanks for your concern." (said with a sneer.)

    Have you noticed that the people who say most of those things about a makeup-less face are other women? Men don't really seem to care.

    By Blogger Stepho, at 12:55 AM  

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