Power Pants

You know how businessmen have "power ties?" You know, the ties that they don on the day of an important presentation so that they, in turn, feel more confident. Well, red pants have much the same effect for unemployed college graduates. Well, at least one unemployed college graduate, anyway.

Granted, my greatest sense of confidence today was during a high school pep rally. My dad (a newspaper photographer) had commissioned me to take photos at the gathering. My job? Take pictures of the Homecoming King and Queen.

Halfway through the coronation, two giggly seventeen year old girls came and stood right in front of me. I was already sitting on the floor, in the middle of the aisle, my back to 500 people. I had ker-plunked myself there in hopes that I could get a few pictures and now, suddenly, teenage hands, ears, hair, arms, legs, toes, fingers, eyebrows, armpits ... it was all in my way.

I leaned forward. "Hey, girls, I'm sorry, but ... " they turned around at my whisper and stared at me, an intruder six years their senior. I sighed. "I'm taking pictures for
The Gazette, and I need to make sure I get some good shots, just so you know. I really appreciate it."

"OoooOOOOoooh!" They exclaimed, giggling. "Yeah, definitely!" Boom. One down, to my left. Boom. The other down, on my right. Obviously, it was the power of the pants (and not my gentle politeness) that made these girls sit down next to me.

Pants: 1
Teenage Girls: 0

After the pep rally, I went back home and took pictures of myself in the backyard because, duh,
everyone does that.

However, I didn't seem to come up with any good pictures this time, either. (If you would like a heavier dose of sarcasm, in addition to awkward cheese-colored sweater photos, go here.)

The obligatory overexposed "Headless-Horseman" shot.

The "I'm going to conceal my need to pee by crossing my knees and smiling gleefully" pose.

The "I'm just lounging on my steps. .... with my cat" pose.

Power Pants are powerful. And bright.



Pants: Old Navy (I do have "rock star jeggings," but "saucy red" isn't showing up.)
Sweater: thrifted
Shoes: Target, about six years ago
Pin: antique, found while cleaning my room
Forever 21


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