MADE YOU LOOK!
Miss Manners (or was it Heloise?) says that when one cuts one’s nails, one should put one’s hands inside a plastic bag. (The bag in which you brought the radishes home from Safeway will do.) This method protects others from both seeing and stepping on clippings. A tip for the tidy.
I’ve been doing a little obsessing about fingernails as of late. Ever since that ten-year-old kid insulted a lady at Taco Bell. I think the kid didn’t mean it as an insult, he merely said something aloud without running it through that little editor that grown-ups have in their heads.
He was wearing those ubiquitous roller shoes and did a fancy glide up to the table next to me, looked a little beyond me and made face like he was going gag.
“Gross!” he bellowed.
The diner at the next table had three inch curving nails extending from her fingertips. How could anyone not look? Middle aged, and well groomed , this lady was eating a taco held between her knuckles. She smiled at the attention.
“Freddie Krueger”, the kid mumbled.
“This is the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave” flashed through my consciousness. She was free to decorate herself any way she pleased, and she was brave enough to do it. Case closed.
But I couldn’t leave it alone. How did she tie her shoes? Zip her pants? Dial a phone? A few other grooming chores……
I decided I needed a professional manicure, stopped in at Cozy Nails and got an excellent short-as-possible nail clean-up and polish. I asked my friendly manicurist if she had any customers that want the ultra long nails. She’d had a couple. She applies false nails and does not cut the nails as they grow out. The fake nails protect tips from breaking and nature does the rest.
Then I checked the Guinness Book of World Records. Are there any stats for this? Yep.
Up until February ,2009, Lee Redmond held the world record for the longest nails. The combined total length was 28 feet. Her left thumbnail measured 2 feet, 11 inches. She had not cut her nails since 1979. Then she lost her title when she was ejected from the SUV in which she was riding and broke all ten nails. No other serious injuries. Here she is in her heyday.
I caught some other photos of nails too, both hands and feet, male and female! This is not a criticism on my part, live and let live. I just find it interesting.