Lazy Man’s Mirror

June 29, 2007 at 1:59 pm 8 comments

Last weekend at the family reunion, I tied my hair back and wanted to check the integrity of my work.  Rather than get up and consult a mirror in the restroom, I took my camera snapped a quick picture and checked the results.

No missing strands of hair and eyeliner is in tact.

And with that I realized I left off a key cell phone duty in my “Cell Phone… As Versatile as Duct Tape” post.   I often use my cell phone as a quick mirror.  This may seem absurdly lazy.  But I’ll have you know I most frequently use this technique at airports.

Airport Commodity
I often braid my hair at the gate.  If you aren’t familiar with traveling alone at airports, then trust me– going to the bathroom at the airport is a pain in the ass.  Having someone watch you luggage is a luxury you take for granted.  When traveling alone you have to take all your luggage with you.  You can suddenly find your trek extended thanks to remarkably poor-timed bathroom cleanings.  And when you finally get there, gawd forbid, you actually have to use the toilet.  Managing a rolling suitcase, a laptop and a plastic bag full of provisions in a cramped stall is like playing one of those sliding number games, but in much more disgusting circumstances.

Slide Vicky and her luggage around the bathroom stall to open the inward opening door.  Note: Game not to scale– there is not this much wiggle room in an actual airport bathroom.

Anyway– I’ll braid my hair and rather than consulting a mirror I’ll use the cell phone.  I usually delete the pictures right afterwards, but here is a reenactment for you:

Pretend my living room is the gate and pretend Jimmie and Henry are actually passengers making out.

But…there are times when I do it when I am just purely lazy.  Here is a shot I took of myself when I was working and on a whim wanted to see my chin sag status:

Checking on my chin, February 15, 2007 

Usage Disclaimer
I do have a usage disclaimer about the Lazy Man’s Mirror.  If you are using it, make sure you are in the position to take any corrective action, if necessary.  Otherwise, it only serves to depress you. 

Last year’s away game at Wake Forest is a good example.  I’m the master of mismanaging blemishes and I woke up the morning of the game with gruesome evidence of that fact on my face.  It was soooo bad, I considered skipping the game.  When I proposed the notion to my husband, he burst out into song.

You’re so vain,
You probably think this game is about you, don’t you, don’t you?

My husband doesn’t usually sing, so the ditty left enough of an impression for me to go get dressed in orange and maroon and get in car.  And of course, we see all our friends there and of course, we see friends we haven’t seen in years.  Back when Sean and I first started dating, one guy told Sean he should date someone who was “you know, not thirteen.”  Of course, that guy was at the tailgate and here I was ten years later… with the complexion of a thirteen year old.  I managed to stand steadfast through the entire tailgate. 

It was hours later in the stands, I decided I would take a quick peek.  I used my phone to take a picture of Larry Bowman (a distraction) and then I took a picture of myself.  The results were… let’s just say, horrendous.  And there was absolutely nothing, nothing I could do about it.  I was concealerless and I was well lit under stadium lights.  Luckily, there seemed to be some truth to Sean’s song — all eyes did appear to be directed at the game.

Still, dear readers, I do feel a sense of responsibility to warn you.  Exercise caution with the Lazy Man’s Mirror.  Objects are as ugly as they appear. 

Actually probably uglier as cell phones have such small resolutions.  🙂

Entry filed under: acne, Airport, Cell Phone, Football, Travel, Virginia Tech.

Drained Duck Pond Pig Pickin’ 2007

8 Comments Add your own

  • 1. tgaw  |  June 29, 2007 at 2:06 pm

    For those who do travel alone at airports, I do recommend checking bags even if they fit on carry-on. It makes the bathroom situation slightly easier (still a pain)… and in the event you have a tight connection, you only have to sprint with a laptop and a “personal item”

  • 2. Cell Phone… as Versatile as Duct Tape? « TGAW  |  June 29, 2007 at 2:09 pm

    […] Mirror  […]

  • 3. tgaw  |  July 1, 2007 at 12:33 am

    Welp, my Lazy Man’s Mirror may have been trumped… by Miss Roanoke Valley.


    In Madison VanDuyne’s case, you might be surprised by what’s not in her purse. The Miss Roanoke Valley contestant doesn’t carry a compact mirror.

    “I just use the reflection from my cellphone if I need to check my makeup,” she said.

  • 4. Simpsons and South Park Avatar « TGAW  |  July 3, 2007 at 11:20 pm

    […] Hair color is accurate….for now.  In a few weeks, the greys will be back and then it is anyone’s game what color I’ll dye it for Assateague.A ponytail would have been more accurate, but as I demonstrated with the Lazy Man’s Mirror, […]

  • 5. Self Portraits « TGAW  |  August 19, 2007 at 10:55 pm

    […] self-taken composition is definitely improving.  Perhaps it is all my usage of the Lazy Man’s Mirror I have to thank for […]

  • 6. garythescubaguy  |  November 29, 2007 at 10:38 am

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  • […] doing carry-on with my suitcase on business trips. I have resisted, remembering what it is like to manage luggage in an airport bathroom stall. That, and I am not inspired to re-architect my toiletries to comply with the 3-1-1 rule. Plus, […]

  • 8. Kelly D  |  November 23, 2011 at 5:22 am

    Love the blog!!! Not many posts…
    I look forward to the next one :0)


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