File puptcrit/puptcrit.0811, message 312


To: <puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2008 08:54:17 -0500
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Puppetry folks wearing silly things


Thanks for the insight, Mary.

The original frog hat seems to have magical powers.
I think it definitely has to do with the comic relief you mentionned.
and the clown aspect brings back memories (was one, for a summer. Totally 
underpaid, but totally fun!).


I get superb service wherever I shop, whenever I wear that frog hat.
I think it's because of the smile it brings them, and even without doing it 
consciously, they want to thank the hat by going the extra mile. I'm not 
talking metaphorically here: I get stuff in bars and restaurants that aren't 
even on the menu, and they propose to make it anyways!

Maybe it's from the crappy day they usually get from working with the 
public. Sadly, the masses are mostly gloomy, with a big percentage being 
grumpy or downright rude to the service people. Try to keep a smile all day, 
when dealing with that!

My fear of public ridicule has become extinct over the years of frog-hat 
wearing.
I remember when I first started wearing silly things, it was partly to try 
to force me to be less shy and more outgoing. It worked!





----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Mary Horsley" <mphorsley-AT-earthlink.net>
To: <puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org>
Sent: Wednesday, November 19, 2008 6:37 AM
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Puppetry folks wearing silly things


Let's just say, what you may be, Mathieu, when you dress the role, is comic
relief to others who are so fashion concious that they couldn't do anything
else even if they tried. But secretly, they want the frog hat. I have done
similar things as well. Perhaps that is why I also love being a clown. I
think it shows wholesomeness and pride in what you do. I am always the one
that wears the silly hat or other at school. And it is ok.....my kids don't
look at fashion.

Every year on Dr. Seuss' birthday I don my hat, tie, and tail to wear.

Keep being who you are. And keep writing you know who even if she is slow to
respond.

Mary

On 11/19/08 2:14 AM, "Mathieu René" <creaturiste-AT-primus.ca> wrote:

> Hi all.
>
> Anybody else here wear silly things on a regular basis?
>
> Background:
> I lost my mittens.
> I won't cry, they were not warm enough anyways.
> So I made some to my own specs.
>
> I patterned myself a pair of three-digit monster paws. All black, long 
> fake
> fur on the back, and palms of a polar fleece-like fabric, with lining
> inside.
> Pics coming soon, when I have time to trim and really define the look of
> them.
> (Right now, the long fur hides the digits from the back, makes the 
> mittens,
> when closed, look like furry boxing gloves, which could be an option to
> keep).
>
> In order to make my tuque match with my mittens better, I added a patch of
> fur on it, which serve as hair with a part. There were already two eyes on
> the tuque.
>
> Which brings me to wonder...
> What makes me wear such strange attire?
> I understand about my regular "trademark" frog hat, which is rather 
> subtle,
> but come winter time with the need for warmer headgear and gloves, I go 
> all
> crazy and puppetize myself!
> Is it the cold, messing with my brain?
>
>  Anyways, some part of me tells me it's not that crazy. Some people wear
> Punk, some wear Goth, and I guess I wear Puppetry. I have a friend who
> believes it's "out of place" to advertise my interests in such a flashy 
> way.
> Oh well, I like to provoque some kind of reaction.
> And so far, I've seen more smiles than frowns. Let's face it, the weirdo
> with eyes on his hat and furry monster paws advertizes immediately he's
> harmless.
> Or is he?
> What if I were a threat to people's sanities?
>
> Anybody else here wear silly things on a regular basis?
>
> I have a client meeting tomorrow, for formalizing a puppetmaking contract
> (two short evenings to design and build a parrot puppet, which I'll lease
> and perform for a night in late November, then i'll keep the parrot and 
> try
> performing at birthday parties.)
>
> Somehow, I'm not worried about looking silly or damaging my cred.
>
>
>
>
>
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