Self-Portrait with a Mountain

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Ryan Calhoun on January 28, 2008

Nice to meet you, Jessica! A nice, kind of obscure, self portrait...the best kind, I think. :) Although, maybe you need some gloves and a hat. Wool would be best, of course, but--can you believe it?--I tried every store in St. Louis both before and after Christmas, and not a single one carries wool gloves anymore, not even the outdoors outfitters types of places. I don't know what the world is coming to. Sorry for rambling. :)

Greetings, Ryan

Jessica G. on January 28, 2008

:) Sounds like you should learn to knit and make some wool gloves for yourself!

I had a pair of gloves stuffed in my pocket to appease my grandmother, but it was far too warm to actually wear them.

Ryan Calhoun on January 28, 2008

Aren't grandmothers wonderful? :) I was just judging by the other reflections all wearing hats, but maybe they all had grandmothers there with them, and didn't have a choice.

Jessica G. on January 28, 2008

I guess you're right, there are two people wearing toques on the left. The funny thing is that my grandmother herself (in the middle of the photo) wasn't wearing a hat or gloves either!

Ryan Calhoun on January 28, 2008

:) Funny indeed. I guess the "bundle up" order is just given out of habit.

p.s. I had to look up what a toque is. I felt pretty silly for not knowing, until I found this on Wikipedia:

In the United States, this type of hat is more commonly referred to by other names: knit hat or knit cap, sock cap or stocking cap, watch cap, (to)boggan, skull cap or sometimes as a ski cap. In Australia, New Zealand and the UK, the term beanie refers pretty well exclusively to the knitted tuque-style hat, although that word is also used elsewhere to denote a more rigid cap that is not knitted but rather made up of joined panels of felt, twill or other tightly woven cloth. The lack of a consistent term for the tuque, outside Canada, is popular source material for Canadian comedians.

Go figure...

Marilyn Whiteley on February 6, 2008

Ryan, your comment and research made me smile. "Toque" was one of the words I had to learn when I moved to Canada two days after marrying a Canadian. Well, our wedding was in August, so I didn't hear the word for a few months, but when I did I was as puzzled as you! But that was in 1966, so I'm pretty used to it now ...

I'm not English/French bilingual; my accomplishment is that (usually) I can use the "right" word in each country--and, since I've written articles, historical dictionary entries, etc., to be published each place, I can generally use the spelling appropriate to either the U.S. or Canada, too.

By the way, Jessica, I came upon this discussion because I very much like the photo!


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Photo details

  • Uploaded on January 27, 2008
  • Attribution-Noncommercial
    by Jessica G.
    • Camera: Panasonic DMC-TZ1
    • Taken on 2008/01/26 13:50:42
    • Exposure: 0.006s (1/160)
    • Focal Length: 5.20mm
    • F/Stop: f/2.800
    • ISO Speed: ISO80
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash