Anonymous asked, "Are your brothers as attractive as you are?"
My mother likes to say “I didn’t have ugly or stupid children”.
Most of my straight female, and gay male friends like to tell me how attractive my brothers (and sister) are often. I’ll let you decide for yourself though, and I’ll post pictures of the two legal ones (The youngest is still underage, so I won’t post his picture.)
Avery (left), and Tristan (Right)
Also, here’s my little sister, Sarah, in case you were curious.
I call this one “crying the ONE TIME I forget to wear primer so I look like a fucking mess the rest of the day”. :D
When I was younger, one of my favorite boutiques was Urban Forest. The shop was decorated like a mystical forest, and they sold item like folkmanis puppets, marionettes, hand dipped incense, witchcraft supplies, scrying tools, pagan holiday cards, and one of a kind Halloween/Samhain, Yule, Beltane and Christmas decorations. Every month had a color code, and if you found something of that color in the shop, you’d get it for half off. In December, the colors were red and green, and October was orange and black. I once found a little finger puppet frog that was green with a red tongue, and got it for half the price. Finding items in said colors was always fun because it was like a scavenger hunt, and the owner of the boutique was a darling, and always helpful. When you specified something was a gift, they’d wrap it up in pretty gift paper and ribbons for free. I really miss this place, but sadly it, and other smaller shops started disappearing more and more over the years. The bay area’s economy tanked, and small businesses began to suffer. Many of my favorites shops and boutiques, and even cafes are gone now. They’re now being replaced by big stores like Walmart, Starbucks and Target. I feel that these stores are killing what little culture and charm we have left in our communities. People favor quantity and convenience over quality nowadays. These big stores sell cheap, mass produced, bad quality items because they know people become dependent on their low prices and will continue to buy from them. I get depressed just thinking about it. Another huge difference I notice is the vibe of the employees at these establishments; at small businesses like Urban Forest, the employees were always nice, and smiling and eager to answer any questions. When you walk into a store like Walmart, the greeter is almost robotic, and looks miserable. I’ve always wanted to own my own little business, but I wonder if it’s even worth pursuing anymore? I think about this a lot and get a bit depressed. I happy San Francisco still has some good small shops to go to, but even those are vanishing. I found out recently one of my favorite wig shops went out of business. I know if Loved to Death, Puppets on the Pier or Musée Mécanique ever closed down, I’d cry forever. It’s all so terribly depressing…
…and I will always regret not buying that praying mantis marionette back when Urban Forest was still in business. It was pricey, but perfect, and worth it.