In the end I went to the costume party as White Wedding and looked vaguely like a low-rent Lady Gaga - photos to follow. I still have the odd patch of fake snow in my hair which I really need to sort out before I go to work tomorrow because I look piebald and/or mangy, and neither of these is a look I wish to convey to my clients. Sigh, clients. More on new job later when I have more mental energy: for now, a bedtime story.
While I was up in Wellington, I saw someone being arrested in the middle of the day outside a convenience store - he was about 20, skinny, ginger, butt ugly and overall totally unappealing. A couple of cops had him up against a wall and he was shouting and swearing and being difficult, so they whipped out the handcuffs, then started marching him to the car, still wriggling about like some kind of sneering Carrot Top/eel offshoot. By this stage most of the people waiting for the traffic lights to change (including me) were watching and smirking. It was impossible not to smirk, he was just so arrestable. As the ginger kid whined, "I can fucking walk by myself!" a group of rough-looking older guys walked by and one of them said patronisingly, "Oh, harden up." And then everyone started laughing*. It was a nice community moment.
*except for arrestee and coppers, who are probably not meant to blatantly enjoy arresting people.
This picture is unrelated except that it happens when you google 'ginger' -
Why does it have hair on its calves? I mean, I know that's not the weirdest thing about this, but it seems to be the one I can't get past. It's like this baby has its own Ugg boots. But it's ok because you can shave them. Just like in real life. You can shave the baby. Why would the baby be so hairy? Is this baby part werewolf? Do ginger werewolves get mocked? So many questions, so few answers. Going to sleep now.