I carpooled with Raye Ann and we talked about people who roll through stop signs. My husband, a white male, insists that it is OK to slowly roll through stop signs as long as you could stop in time if someone else is already at the intersection and has the right of way.
I beg to differ. Some (if not most) don't have the reaction time or braking distance to stop in time. Plus, little kids and critters are down low, where you don't notice them until you are on top of them. So, no. It's not just the law; it's a good idea.
So how did a guy reach 40 with such a selective interpretation of the law? I call it driving while white. I have seen so many blacks and latinos (and some Asians) pulled over for driving like my husband. Yet, he's sure that the way he drives is fine because he's never been pulled over for his rolling "California stops".
When you come from a position of privilege, it's easy to think that everyone has it as easy. You don't think you are lucky; you think that you are just good.
It's like having a tailwind through life.
When viewed on the global scale, I also live a privileged life.
For example, I read that if you asked people around the world where they would most like to visit (if money and visas were no object), San Francisco is at the top of the list and Santa Fe is not far behind. In the month of April, I spent long weekends in both.
Here I am, taking a break from art gallery hopping with my husband on Sante Fe's Canyon Road while wearing Butterick 5816.
Cafe Pasqual's in Santa Fe. It shares a plate with cold beet soup and kale salad. Yum. We managed to eat three meals (2 lunches and one dinner) there in one weekend.
Marcy Tilton's blog, but I'm not saying that she hasn't earned her success. This is just a convenient example of a privilege that is denied me by racism.
Many blogs feature photos of store windows while on travel. Marcy posted some lovely photos of Parisian store windows from her recent trip of digitally-printed flower images on clothing.
The way the store personnel treated me was just plain racism.
If a knock-off manufacturer wanted to rip off the designs, they would send a well-dressed white person to take the pictures or to even go into the dressing rooms with the clothes for a more detailed look. Actually, rather than to wait for the clothes to hit the stores, they would use runway pictures, which appear right after fashion shows.
Storefront photos abroad are conspicuously absent from my photo album. Instead of flower images on clothing, I have flower images period. BTW, the roses were in glorious full bloom at the South Coast Botanic Garden yesterday.
Prada's Spring 2013 RTW collection, you need only purchase an used copy of Kumido Sudo's Fabled Flowers book, published in 1996. Although I've only made one project from the book, it's chock-full of techniques to create all manner of three-dimensional flora embellishments in fabric.