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Never too old to act the fool

Halloween and the freaks are out…not that they weren’t before

Sightings today:

An old man in a Jason mask wielding a plastic chainsaw.  He was waving it in people’s faces as he walked down the street.  At one point he stopped in front of the plate glass window of H and R Block where a little old lady was sitting inside, and started waving it furiously up and down, mimicking sawing motions.  I wasn’t sure which one was closer to having a stroke – him for exerting himself so much or her for being scared witless.   It was amusing…I mean he finally gets to live out his fantasy of being a serial killer.  In broad daylight.  And people thought it was..ummm cute.

On the bus a guy with long straggly hair gives me a grin as I sit down.  Because I’m trying to practice being approachable I half-smile back and then immediately regret it.  He turns in his seat so he is facing me and proceeds to grin at me the entire bus ride all the while looking me up and down.  Because I was sitting his eyes weren’t getting very far down – in fact they rested way too often where he wasn’t welcome.  (Ahhh …so that’s where the long hijab comes in handy!!!).  Did I mention he was wearing a long flowy black cape?  All the way to his feet.  Very creepy.  This is why I do not make eye contact with people on the bus, or anywhere.  Forget approachable- I don’t think it’s for me.

But I need someone to answer me why it is considered completely normal for a grown-ass person to dress up like something the earth hurled out of its bowels, yet Muslim women are constantly harangued for wearing too many clothes.

The next person who comments on hijab or jilbab or niqab, I’m going to start stripping.  Seriously you want me to look like you?  Fine, tell me how many clothes I need to take off till you’re satisfied!  That’ll freak them out.  Or maybe not.  People are sick today.  Maybe I should just smack them.

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Pet Peeve 1

So I’m in the car with Jazz and walking down the street is a Muslim couple. It is a hot June day, the sun is blazing away and here is this Muslim woman dressed in a thick jilbaab and niqab.
You can barely see her eyes and the tips of her fingers, but at least it wasn’t black – She was jazzing it up a bit in a pale green. Meanwhile her husband was sauntering along in a t-shirt and some khakis.
Look I understand that mens’ dress requirements are less strict than for us women, but if your wife is going to go all out, can’t you even put on a kufi?
It irritates the heck out of me to see these men wandering around in shorts and t-shirts, and I swear tank tops, while their wives cover head to toe. And I know, I know, a beard is not the be all and end all of religious commitment, but c’mon…your wife is a niqabi and you can’t grow a little stubble just as a nod to the sunnah?
What would really be funny is if I ran into a guy in full sunnah garb and his wife was in shorts…actually you know I did see something like that once. My friend and I almost had a heart attack. The guy had a fluffy beard and SHORT PANTS, and was walking by with a girl in a skirt and t-shirt with no hijab. It was hysterical. I found out later he was doing dawah..(converting) her…They’re married now. I hope they don’t see this.

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