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14 July 2008 @ 11:30 pm
Give me a hand ...  
I was sitting at my desk quietly working today (on the dumbest story known to humankind), when an editor friend rushed in and said "Show me your hands!"

Convinced she was having an episode, we held ours up so that she could look at them. She grabbed mine. "Great! Can you hand model for me?"

I pointed out that my hands are old, fatter than they used to be, scarred and missing one knuckle that I smashed in one of my many cycle accidents. The art director said "No, that's fine, we can Photoshop the scars out! Your nails are good and you have long, slim thumbs."

In four decades, that is probably the oddest compliment I have ever received.

So for half an hour I held the product a little to the left, a little to the right, with one hand, with two, angled forward and angled back.

I now see why models have that vacant expression, they have been bored out of their minds (and are dreaming of a steak dinner).

I'll scan it in if I can lay my hands on a copy of the mag when it comes out. Certainly the oddest day in publishing I have had for a while.

On the other hand, it is very nearly my LJ anniversary. Good grief! It feels like three months/five years! Hopefully I will come armed with a present tomorrow (no, Mic, Annabel and other nice people, not the end of Fathers, but it is getting closer. Sorry.)

In the mean time, Happy Bastille Day!
libby_drew on July 14th, 2008 02:16 pm (UTC)
A whole year. Hard to believe.

Is it bad I'm now trying to picture your long, slim thumbs? Heh.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on July 14th, 2008 02:23 pm (UTC)
They're not freakishly long, though I do have a high ape factor when it comes to arm and hand length (and leg length, but not foot), which was always handy (boom boom!) when I used to climb.

I know, I still feel really new! And I still have dozens of fics that I bookmarked that I haven't read (let us not discuss the backlog of comments and recs!)
Kieranfilmatleven on July 14th, 2008 02:23 pm (UTC)
w00t! at least it's getting closer!

and yay for ljversaries! *pops open ...* well fuck. I have no champagne. how about wine? tea? cocoa? coffee? water? juice? I have those. just imagine the wine glass...with your perfect hands and all... =P
blamebramptonblamebrampton on July 14th, 2008 02:28 pm (UTC)
That's the thing, I do have nice hands, but they are nothing like perfect these days! 20 years ago I could have seen it, but not now!

Cocoa, I am in fact off to make a cup! Thank you very much for the virtual encouragement!
rickey_a: Dracorickey_a on July 14th, 2008 02:40 pm (UTC)
Wow - you're a MODEL!!!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on July 14th, 2008 02:42 pm (UTC)
Usually I'm just a poor role model. I have an urge to slather my hands in moisturiser and wear cotton gloves to bed ...
calanthe_fics on July 14th, 2008 02:59 pm (UTC)
Tell us your hand-y secrets, oh Brammerful one. It's copious amounts of spermy handcream isn't it?

Edited at 2008-07-14 02:59 pm (UTC)
blamebramptonblamebrampton on July 14th, 2008 03:01 pm (UTC)
Oh, you jest, but there were those years of lathering up with lubricant that would then be used on mares that cannot be discounted ...

Sunblock and gloves, Cal. My overly pretentious Goth years are finally paying off!
this mundane stuff called lifewinnett on July 14th, 2008 03:31 pm (UTC)
How cool! I think it's kind of funny. You never know where random stuff pops up.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on July 14th, 2008 03:44 pm (UTC)
Yes it was very amusing. The art director told me that their readership was mostly fiftysomething, so I suppose my well maintained fortysomething hands will be comparatively youthful ...

Looking at the shots blown up on the monitor I was all "and now I go away and buy heavy-duty moisturiser and lose 20 pounds and have a manicure ..." I do see why real models go mad; you're not meant to see yourself at 400%.
Bubbaabsynthedrinker on July 14th, 2008 04:29 pm (UTC)
I can't tell you how many times I have looked at my hands in the last two years only to realize that I have old man hands now. Be glad yours still look photoworthy.


parallel parking prodigyempress_jae on July 14th, 2008 05:15 pm (UTC)
...you have long, slim thumbs.


that sounds like a fic description of malfoy's hands as he works his fist into potter's arse. :P

i celebrated bastille day yesterday at this little botique that imports french shoes and chocolates! two pairs and 5 bars later i was a very, very happy girl. ;)
oopsoddishly on July 14th, 2008 06:20 pm (UTC)
Um. How's this for coincidence:

I was out for lunch today when this old couple came up to our table and started jabbering away in French at me, looking down admiringly at my hands on the table. Fortunately, the aunt I was with speaks French, and translated the jabber into, "You have exceptionally long fingers! Your hands are beautiful!" while they beamed away at me. Didn't know what to say, really, so just beamed back at them!

...they didn't ask me to model for them, though. ;)

And am now off to ooh and ahh some Bastille Day fireworks. Ah, beautiful symmetry!!

*lights LJversary fireworks*
Camden: Brainabusing_sarcasm on July 14th, 2008 07:18 pm (UTC)
Well, I feel better about my weird long thumbs. Maybe it's just hand model potential waiting to be unleashed! Lol...

Anyway, happy almost LJ anniversary! :D

gracefulfoolgracefulfool on July 14th, 2008 08:55 pm (UTC)
I have long, slim thumbs, too - my party trick is that any ring I can wear on my right-hand ring finger can be worn on any finger on either of my hands. Not a great party trick, but... ;)
Geoviki: haring - w00tgeoviki on July 14th, 2008 10:40 pm (UTC)
You realize, of course, what a different post this would have been had she said, "Show me your boobies!"
It's a Deensedeensey on July 15th, 2008 01:13 am (UTC)
Your journal anniversary is Bastille Day... Hunh.
Wenchiladawenchilada on July 15th, 2008 02:14 am (UTC)
Two thumbs up!
Gotta hand it to you... has that been done yet? It hasn't? Woot!

...bum... now I can't think of a witty follow up...
Jaeenchanted_jae on July 15th, 2008 02:50 am (UTC)
*gives you a hand* Clap clap clap!

Meredythmeredyth_13 on July 15th, 2008 11:10 am (UTC)
So, your hands have an eating disorder yet? Inquiring minds would like to know. Next they'll want a manager, and they'll be seen climbing out of the back of a limo with no rings on...