Monday, May 22, 2006

Mannequin Manque

First, my apologies. To my few readers, I must excuse myself because I have been very preoccupied of late. I have been hunting for an apartment, which, having signed a lease, I have been spending every free second painting, cleaning, and bug proofing. It's a great place, great price, great location, but apartment building appears to have a little roach problem. (To think I've made it all these years in the big city without confronting this.) Any advice on how best to extermin the vermin would be appreciated.

Second, and more to the point of the title: at what point did all mannequins become headless? I noticed today as I walked by a bunch of storefronts that nary a one employed dummies with anything above the neck. Some go so far as to sever all appendages, leaving a disembodied torso to model the clothing. And the prevailing color is grey. I presume the idea is so that consumers are not distracted form the product. It is effective, because the oddity of these partial bodies never quite struck me before. In fact, it was one in a different position thatn the others that made me aware. Something about a jaunty young mannequin sitting on the ground, leaning back on one are, one leg stretched out, the other bent, sporting a Hawaiian shirt and khaki shorts, and minus a head, was very very odd; much more disturbing somehow than the others. Though maybe the strangest I saw was a trunk-only model that actually hung from a clothing rack by a hook that emerged from its neck. It looked like something out of a horror movie. I don't object as much to the erect-nipple mannequin phenomenon, but I also am not sure I like having making a sexual association to an off-white torso propped up on a metal stand.

Speaking of truncation, when there is something especially stressful or difficult, I tend to obsess over it. I focus exclusively on it and am unable to take pleasure in much else. This is not good for me and I know it, but very hard to avoid. I tend to think that by thinking about something every second of the day, I will move more steadily toward a solution, though very often, a little time off would make the work go more smoothly.


Amy said...

The Combat gel in the gold box is well-regarded for insect death.

Additionally, the little beasts really like spending their time in cracks and crevices, so caulking such places will reduce their preferred habitat. There is also something about pheromones and wood, but I forget what it is.

koslovskysmith said...

Roaches live on almost anything, but cardboard is one of their preferred foods, believe it or not, so get rid of your moving boxes A.S.A.P. Also, boric acid works well to poison the little beasts. (I apologize in advance for the damage to your karma). A lot of hardware stores sell specially-marked and marketed boric acid compounds as roach bait, but I believe any pure boric acid is supposed to work well. One caution: if you have pets, especially cats, who will lick the powder from their paws, make sure they can't walk through any deposits.

beckett said...

Thank you much.

Combat bait stations dispensed. Next for caulking. Then a little spraying and gel/boric acid laying. They don't stand a chance.

Did you win your battle, Amy?