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Mark Atwood
For the record, I don't like snow. I had my fill of it in Utah, Alaska, and Boston.

I'm at the Greenwood Chocolati Café. There is a little boy there, about 2, with his dad. His enunciation of the word cho-ko-lat is very clear and distinct.

I just got a pair of actually dress-up-nice slacks, for all the semi-formal events this season. They are very nice slacks, but I'm a little peeved at the retail clothing industry. Men's pant sizes are no longer trustworthy. I had to bracket sizes on waist and length to find a pair that fit right. If Levis ever starts to lie on their labels too, I'm going to be screwed.

Not all free wireless is equal. The free wireless at Café Vita, despite having excellent signal strength, is running thru a defective transparent proxy cache, has high latency, packet losses, and two out of three TCP session starts will fail. The free wireless at Chocolati Café is full, clean, fast, and hasn't dropped a packet in an hour and a half.

Current Music: random jazz

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docorion From: docorion Date: December 2nd, 2005 01:49 am (UTC) (Link)
Interestingly, I wear 34x34 Levi's, and a 37 Utilikilt. When I discovered this, I had shadesong measure my waist, and behold, it was 37 inches around. I wasn't particularly pleased about that, although 34x34 Levi's still fit fine.
fallenpegasus From: fallenpegasus Date: December 2nd, 2005 02:48 am (UTC) (Link)
I suspect that smaller run, hand made, and/or specialty clothing producers are less inclined to lie about sizing.
hipgnosis6 From: hipgnosis6 Date: December 2nd, 2005 02:55 am (UTC) (Link)
Utilikilts doesn't use vanity sizing. Since about 50% of our sales are done sight unseen, we went to an "honest inch" sizing to be better able to fit people via telephone and internet.
hipgnosis6 From: hipgnosis6 Date: December 2nd, 2005 02:53 am (UTC) (Link)

Vanity sizing

The fashion industry uses something called "vanity sizing". It affects women's sizes more than men's, and the better the brand the more likely it is that you'll find that the garments have "flattering" sizing. That is, it lies like a rug to make you feel good about the exhorbitant amount of money you just spent for a pair of slacks that cost the company about $20 to make.

There are no actual STANDARDS used by clothing companies; even the major pattern companies no longer use a really truly standardized size. And pattern sizes won't even come close to matching your clothing. They would, if it was 1960. About every 20 years, off the rack clothing manufacturers retool their sizing to flatter their customer base, so the standards set by the pattern industry - the ones everybody began to ignore in the late 80's, though the deviation from them is not as great as ready-to-wear - don't come close to matching pattern size, and come even less close to matching your actual measurements.
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