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Comment by sk8eycat on November 13, 2014 at 3:01pm

Dear Spud, you DO remember segregation, don't you? 

When I was touring with HOI, we played a LOT of cities in the South, and some of the "jumps" from town to town were at night after a performance via Greyhound, or some other bus company.

In 1957 one of the other girls had picked up a dark tan in Mexico and Cuba (That was the last year the show played Havana), and she was still quite tan 3 months later when we were playing Tennessee, Alabama, and Georgia.  I've forgotten which town we were leaving (those towns were ghastly and very forgettable), but one of the bus drivers refused to let her get back on on the bus after a "rest stop."  At all.  He was screaming the "n-word" at her.  We had to sit around for hours, in the middle of the night, while phone calls were made to Atlanta, New York, and Minneapolis.  I don't know who said what to whom, but we finally got another driver for that bus; I don't know if the driver was fired by the company or what. (He should have been!)

It's totally irrelevant, but Judy was a blonde, of Scandinavian ancestry, but to that ignorant redneck driver she was unfit to ride in his company's bus because she had a tendency to tan.

In the '50s tanning was a BIG deal for young (and not so young) women.  There was no such thing as sunscreen; we just used baby oil, and baked ourselves at the beach, or by a pool.  And I do have "age spots," and scaly spots all over myself.  I have also had several very dark moles removed in the past...none were malignant.

*YAWN*

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 13, 2014 at 3:00pm

Felaine, that sounds like a scary situation.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 13, 2014 at 10:18am

Chris, I know exactly what you go through with migraines.  I went many years suffering from debilitating headaches.  Loud sounds and bright light would be utterly painful.  Throbbing pain and vomiting.  Luckily I was able to find a medication that ended them completely.  I haven't had a headache in years.  

Spud, glad you got treatment for your facial growths.  I'm sure it will be nice to have the itchiness and bumps gone.  I've been lucky myself that I haven't had any skin cancer.  I'm the typical blond, blue-eyed, fair-skinned Scandinavian type who spent summers growing up without using sunscreen. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on November 13, 2014 at 10:17am

A little something by Thomas Hood:

No sun - no moon!
No morn - no noon -
No dawn - no dusk - no proper time of day.
No warmth, no cheerfulness, no healthful ease,
No comfortable feel in any member -
No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees,
No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds! -
November!

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 13, 2014 at 10:17am

I love the look of milky-white skin on a girl.  But even a naturally dark-skinned gal is more attractive than a light-skinned one that has tanned herself dark.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 13, 2014 at 10:14am

That's funny Felaine.  I never thought of the fact that tanning your bod in the south could get you sent to the back of the bus or worse.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 13, 2014 at 10:08am

When I worked for a company that had liquid nitrogen available, I used a Q-tip to apply it to the spots on my face, and after I bought a medical liquid nitrogen spray bottle on ebay, I used that.  One day I noticed that everywhere I had used LN2 was white and never tanned.  I guess I was a little heavy handed and killed the melanin producing cells in those spots.

Comment by sk8eycat on November 13, 2014 at 10:03am

Spud, to tan or not to tan (for women) has gone in cycles...especially in the 20th century.  Pale skin was considered aristocratic most of the 19th and early 20th Cen....indicative of someone who doesn't have to work in the fields.  Then a smooth tan became fashionable for women who had the leisure to just lie around in the sun....especially after WW2....bikinis.  THEN the MDs started keeping track of who kept getting skin lesions and stuff....

Of course, in the Southern states, a dark tan has never been fashionable, and could get you sent to the back of the bus....or killed.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 13, 2014 at 9:59am

Strange that.  I guess some people produce melanin easier than others.  I get a little tan when I'm outside a lot in the summer, despite wearing a large brimmed hat and long sleeves.  I don't wear sunscreen because I don't like slathering stuff on my bod. LOL.  Same reason I've never shaved with anything other than an electric razor.

I don't know if I could get very tan because I've never tried.  Probably not.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 13, 2014 at 9:20am

I'd like to slap the idiots that started the idea that tanned bodies look more healthy and attractive.

That idea never caught me.  I still think a woman with no tan looks a million times more attractive.

 

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