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I arrived safely but my bag did not. Unfortunately, since I was packing lean and mean from Ouagadougou, and our container is still on its way from Antwerp to Galveston, this is resulting in an underwear crisis of mythical proportions. TMI: I'm wearing a sports bra and a bottom garment that I didn't take with me to Aspen because Claire, our housekeeper in Burkina Faso, was just a little too enthusiastic with the bleach. *le sigh* as mynuet would say.

Ramadan is ending, so mabrouk al wesher or bonne fin du Ramadan. MoBob has been invited to the Moroccan Embassy in Ouagadougou for one last round of festive harira. It's the one Moroccan dish I actually feel comfortable preparing, usually a vegetarian version. Although when MoBob makes it he insists on using celery leaves instead of the stalks. When it's his turn I save the stalks for cream of celery soup.

Undie Update: My bag is at the airport and will be delivered tonight, thank goodness. Otherwise I might have to make yet another trip to Wal-Mart.
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On October 23rd, 2006 03:53 pm (UTC), congogirl commented:
Due to my own bad planning (not enough drying time, even with the hairdryer...), I wore bathing suit bottoms back from DRC.
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On October 23rd, 2006 04:14 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
Oh my goodness I nearly choked on my morning oatmeal...I have many similar memories. Thank goodness I've never had to go commando!
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On October 23rd, 2006 04:17 pm (UTC), congogirl replied:
Me neither. I wouldn't want to do it in pants, but I could see doing it in a skirt if needed...
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On October 23rd, 2006 04:42 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
And then getting in and out of those huge LandCruisers....
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On October 23rd, 2006 04:45 pm (UTC), congogirl replied:
Oh, whoops. Good point.

So do you regularly wear The Garment?
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On October 23rd, 2006 04:51 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
Yep. As MoBob says: Another &%*$ing layer? What are you, an onion?
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On October 23rd, 2006 04:57 pm (UTC), congogirl replied:
Hah - that is so cute! An onion!

Are there rules connected with wearing The Garment? I mean, are you supposed to wear it all the time? I have done some cursory research, but I still don't fully understand it.
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On October 23rd, 2006 05:22 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
There are some rules, but "all the time" is pretty flexible. I don't wear them during sports, and, uh, other extracurricular activities.
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On October 23rd, 2006 05:35 pm (UTC), congogirl replied:
Phew, I was getting worried! (just kidding...)
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On October 23rd, 2006 05:40 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
I wrote an essay for a Mormon feminist journal called "From Victoria's Secret to Beehive Clothing" which was read at the Mormon Vagina Monologues. (You don't even want to know.)
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On October 23rd, 2006 05:41 pm (UTC), congogirl replied:
OH but wait - I think I do! Can I at least read the article?
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On October 23rd, 2006 05:48 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
Unfortunately it's not available on-line. But I will email it to you once I can track down the .pdf!
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On October 23rd, 2006 10:13 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
Your Monologue
Sylvia,

I think I can help you with a copy of your monologue. I've at least got that one keyed in. Still working on the last five or ten or so. Stayed tuned via your email for your contribution.

Thank goodness your suitcase has arrived. Nothing more distressing for many Mos than being without their "Super Shorts" as I like to call them.

Janet
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On October 24th, 2006 02:25 am (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
another friend of mine calls them magic knickers... ask me sometime about the london wax museum and the magic knickers story. glad your bags arrived.

becky
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On October 24th, 2006 04:47 am (UTC), meredith_eats commented:
How very interesting. I had heard of the "garment" but had no idea that it had protective symbols sewn on it or that magical powers were attributed to it.
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On October 24th, 2006 02:37 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
Yep. Lots of urban folklore associated with them too. Keeps me modest, anyway.
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