Dana's Dailies

Dailies for 11.16.2005

Free At Last

Dana @ 10:38 PM | Filed under: General

I met a woman today who had 1″ long, dark purple finger nails.

Watching her hands move as she ordered a soup and a roll, I remember how, when I was about 13 years old, I got a grooming mandate while watching my favorite soap opera — All My Children.

Palmer Courtland was scolding his daughter Nina that it was unlady like to have long nails and that it was a further disgrace to paint them a color.

I remember glancing down at my long painted pink nails and thinking,

“As much as I hate to see you go, CUT YOU I MUST!”

I mean Palmer Cortland was the standard of snobbery, at the time, and I was looking for any bit of info; I was noticing every little detail that would establish me as –

clee-ass-y; as someone who had taste and was cultured.

Well today, looking at this well dressed woman with her 1″ long purple painted nails, I glanced down at my short nails with their clear neutral polish and this time I was thinking,

“Go fly a kite Palmer Courtland! Who are you to tell Nina or me or the thousands of other young girls that we had to cut our nails! “

Thousands of girls no doubt threw away their colored polish that day and conformed to your snobby ways.

Well, I have seen the future and she was –

wearing purple polish!


  1. I have been fasinated by the superlong, curved nails that certain women wear. How can they work with such long claws? I think they are ugly and look like they belong on an animal.

    Comment by jill — 11/17/2005 @ 1:41 PM

  2. When I was younger, I interviewed at an investment bank for a job. My nails were painted red, not super long, but it must have been longer than what was considered acceptable. I knew that the interviewer had noticed my nail, ’cause I saw him look at it. I didn’t get the job. That was actually the only time I had them long. I actually like them short and clean. Well, that’s life.

    Comment by jnntt — 11/18/2005 @ 2:10 AM

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