Monday, April 05, 2010

Fictional People (Stereotypes?) Part 2



Emma is 33 and in management within a computer game company in London. She is single.

Emma lives a very active lifestyle and enjoys fencing and scuba diving. She also has a vibrant social life, frequently eating out with friends and going to clubs.

Emma has a shoes-off policy in her apartment. When she moved in, she was happy to walk about with her shoes on, but after a complaint from a neighbour below about the noise of her heels on the hardwood floor, she realised she would have to make her home shoe-free.

Naturally, it was necessary for Emma to require this rule of her friends. However, many of them also lived in expensive London apartments and had a similar rule. Emma tends to go out to socialise rather than entertain, though she and friends will sometimes have a drink or two at her apartment before going out. When she does have friends over, it tends to be for casual romantic movie watching occasions where shoe removal is pretty unconventional.

Edward and Florence

Edward is in his fifties and owns an organic farm in Herefordshire. He lives with his wife. His two grown-up sons have since moved out of the family home.

Edward served seven years in the air force. He has a passion for all things military and has a huge collection of uniforms and military equipment from the second world war.

He is also keen on politics, being an active member of the UK Independence party. He is convinced that the European Union is a key component of the New World Order that is intent on subjugating Britain. He often hosts UKIP meetings at his farm.

Edward's wife, Florence, is considered by some to be a little eccentric. She has written two books on the subject of fairies. She has a website dedicated to the subject of British folklore. Florence also has a talent for painting and has hosted several exhibitions of her work at the farmhouse.

Edward and Florence have a shoes-off policy in their home.

Anyone who has visited the countryside knows that their is plenty of muck there which nobody would want walked into their carpet. Edward and Florence tend to have lots of visitors and so have been clear that shoes-off is a requirement in their farmhouse. Florence also claims that removing shoes is a way of showing respect to the fairies that inhabit the place, citing traditions from Asia in support of this thesis.

Most of Edward and Florence's visitors are either attending political meetings or viewing Florence's paintings. They are normally informed through the relevant websites that visitors are expected to remove their shoes and are suggested to bring slippers.


Moderate Mouse said...

Too bad there's not a way to muffle heels. But then, between the discomfort associated with heels and not to mention wastefulness of the heels themselves (unless you have nowhere else to wear them), it seems barely, if at all, worth it to wear them in one's own home unless one is about to go somewhere (but that's just my thought).

Like Emma, I used to wear shoes at home all the time myself (sneakers by default). For a while, it didn't matter if I was going anywhere or not. These days, if I know I won't be going out anytime soon if ever, I'll usually wear slippers of the ballet flat variety. (You know, those don't look so bad with jeans. The ones I have on now are the white ones that I've had for a while. I managed to buy a black pair at a thrift store that I'm currently a volunteer at. Would you believe that I'm considering buying more slippers of a similar style, but of different colors if not patterns?)

Moderate Mouse said...

I meant for this to go with my original commentary, but I was getting self-conscious about how long it was getting, so I broke it up.

I'm really sorry to do this to you again, CF, but I noticed some typos which I'd hate to reflect poorly on you. (And if there was a way to bring them to your attention privately, believe me I would.) The first one was under the "Emma" story, fourth paragraph. Did you mean for "but" in the second sentence to be lowercased.

The second was under the the "Edward and Florence" story, third paragraph, more specifically the phrase "intent o subjgating Britian." The "n" is missing where I'm sure you meant to use the word "on."

While I understand how easy it is to get so focused on saying what one is trying to say at the time that the little things slip, someone who comes here by chance could think "Oh why should I believe this person if they can't even spell?" and if they wanted to, they'd leave a nasty comment with that sentiment. (I wouldn't do such a thing myself, but somehow I'm able to put myself in the mindset of someone who would.)