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Colors are used everywhere. We love them. Africans like to dress with as many colors as they can find, we, on the contrast, seem to prefer clothes which don't separate us from our environment. Take the boring grey or navy blue suits clones are wearing. 

 

To an alien who would feel somewhat the same as we do, he would see at us and think Africans love life whereas we hate it.

 

At least the men. 

 

Women can wear any sort of bright colors, and when a man does it, say, wear a bright red skirt, he will still have a pecker, but people will think he puts it in an unusual place. Maybe trousers, or, pants, were invented in order so when a tent appears when a beauty walks by is not easily visible ? Wearing a skirt it probably would :-)

 

Even when a man is NOT queer, why does he restrict himself ? Do we men have such a low self-esteem ?

 

So - the further North you go, the bleaker people seem to appear. Colors follow temperament, so it seems. 

 

Especially here in Central Europe. When you go to Scandinavia, Iceland and places like that, you see houses with roofs in any color you can imagine. Red, blue, green, whatever. Apparently they think that they have to brighten up their enivonment. 

 

When you do the same in, say, Germany or Switzerland, the authorities will show up and say, no, you can't do that. It doesn't fit into the landscape. Huh ? I'd rather think that there is some mentality at work which does not want that people show their individuality. Also, here's the place of the clones, and, surprisingly, the Japanese Salariman is the most extreme example. No idea how that could catch on so far away from us !

 

Colors are life. My favorite color is a deep blue sea/sky. Because it's a quiet color. I also like red at times, which is an aggressive one. And on yellow I almost puke ;-)

 

Sports teams use colors to provoke an image of power when wearing red shirts. Mostly red. When you get angry, your face turns red.

 

When you're on the verge of drowning, you become blue. Hmmmmm LOL.....what's your favorite color ?

Comments

Leroy Added Jul 17, 2017 - 12:38pm
People have asked me all my life, "What is your favorite color?". Why do I have to have a favorite?  Why can't I like them all equally?  I like the sky blue and the grass green.  In my old age, I seem to have a preference for dressing in black.  My wife calls it my mafia look.  Truth is I really don't care.  Today, I am in bright orange. 
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Jul 17, 2017 - 12:52pm
Tom
 
No thanks. I don't walk around with a tent. I guess in American that's called a hard-on LOL
 
The Burghal Hidage Added Jul 17, 2017 - 12:55pm
Hmm. Interesting thoughts. I'm a little partial to purple myself.
 
As far as attire? I am guilty of tending toward darker, understated colours. Its a subconscious thing I think, trying to avoid anything that might draw attention. Same is true with automobiles.
 
A curious thing in English...
 
To me green seems a colour representing life, after a long winter the world comes back to life in a flourish of green. Yet for some reason we say "green with envy". Seems a bit odd to me
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Jul 17, 2017 - 12:57pm
Leroy
 
Me too. I dress mostly black. Maybe I'm preparing for my own funeral ;-) But it's not so much the color, but the fact the society speaks of individuality, and then everybody dresses alike and has an iPhone.
 
Bright colors are nice to look at, be it in clothes or any other product. But apparently bright = not serious and dull = serious ? Strange.
 
Very individualistic. Really, PR has so much power. Tell people to be individual if they buy the same product by billions LOL
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Jul 17, 2017 - 1:02pm
BTW Tom
 
As you know I don't care for that LGBTQOPLZT shit. And I would NEVER allow myself to be influenced by that in any way - from clothes to language. I'm not up to losing my own identity.
Leroy Added Jul 17, 2017 - 1:05pm
I remember being at a dinner in China at a large table.  It seated 12.  Eleven had the very latest iPhone and were busily doing something with it.  I had my poor little Sharpe phone with a shattered screen.  My boss threatened my wife that if I didn't by a decent phone he was going to buy me an iPhone.  I guess that I am anti-Apple.
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Jul 17, 2017 - 1:10pm
Leroy
 
We're on the same boat there. iShit is proprietary all the way though all their products. And best of all: They use a diverted free Linux OS as their base and they sell that for HUGE margins by simply putting an own graphic environment on top of it. Hoax....
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Jul 17, 2017 - 1:12pm
Tom
 
Yep. I chose my basic view at about 25 and I'm not ready to give in an inch. That does not mean that I'm a guy who lives in the times of yesterday forever though ;-)
Dino Manalis Added Jul 17, 2017 - 1:50pm
Colors may be conservative or they may be vibrant!  Nice and colorful!
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Jul 17, 2017 - 1:55pm
Tom
 
My ears are excellent - because my eyes are so bad ;-)
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Jul 17, 2017 - 1:58pm
Dino
 
What do you mean by conservative ? Is a bright red tulip conservative ? ;-) WHY do some colors, or better, non-colors are "conservative" ?
 
Is it still the middle age where the aristocrats wore bright and expensive costumes and the peasants wore potato bags ? 
 
Clothes do NOT display personality. The simply display wealth. And that should change.
Lady Sekhmetnakt Added Jul 17, 2017 - 6:21pm
My favorite colors are turquoise and gold, although I do like red on occasion. 
 
And no iPhone for me, iPhones are for iDiots who like to buy low performing garbage at a ridiculous price just for a statis system. I'm a Android user all the way. 
Lady Sekhmetnakt Added Jul 17, 2017 - 6:22pm
Incidentally this article is about a fifth the size and yet twice as fun to read as was Peter Corey's stupid color theory article. 
Tamara Wilhite Added Jul 17, 2017 - 6:24pm
Those blue and gray suits are simply the corporate uniform.
Leroy Added Jul 17, 2017 - 7:50pm
"I'm a Android user all the way."
 
There's hope for you after all :) 
Michael B. Added Jul 17, 2017 - 8:01pm
I once worked with a dude from Nigeria who would wear shirts so bright and loud you practically needed a welding mask to look at them directly. At a minimum, you would have negative afterimages burned into your eyes for about 20 minutes. There was a white Metro dude who wasn't too far behind him in Chernobyl-like luminosity; one time he walked by in a particularly seizure-inducing outfit, and a woman said, "Mike, is it me, or does he look like an Easter Egg?" I almost soiled myself from laughter.
wsucram15 Added Jul 18, 2017 - 12:02am
To me, color is an emotion or feeling. Sometimes really loud like at a parade or sometimes muted, like hanging at the beach on a cloudy day.
blue and gray being corporate is a great comparison for the feeling of color, but it depends on the shade also.  Bright colors are great accents for the "norm". 
SEF, You dont need to be wealthy to have color, just creative. (clothing material and patterns is entirely different)  You know you can make your own designs on clothes at home, its not difficult and its original.
People wear what they like, Ive known a couple of gay men for a very long time and they are very well dressed.  I know another one, well dressed but more beach bummy vibe.  None of them are super wealthy but they have good taste and know how to shop inexpensively.   Color is important, when it is well placed.
What about Hawaiian shirts or I guess its called bohemian clothing?   Ive seen strait men wear that stuff casually. Perhaps there are rules when you can and cant wear these items for men. IDK there is a double standard for everything else why not that as well.
 
Go for it SEF...
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Jul 18, 2017 - 2:03am
Thanks Jenifer :-)
 
Yep, I think Android users are more on the techie side, at least I am ;-)
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Jul 18, 2017 - 2:05am
Michael
 
In Cameroon too people wear similar clothes. I have such a light colored linen suit with rainbow colors all over, but here in Switzerland I only wear the pants in summer with a white or black T-Shirt. I guess the whole thing would provoke similar visual effects in people here :-)
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Jul 18, 2017 - 2:06am
MJ
 
That's ok. Colors show life, as you say !
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Jul 18, 2017 - 2:11am
Jeanne
 
You see, that's what I hate, that double standard. I've seen men in black skirts here in Switzerland, especially in summer it's much more comfortable than shirt and tie, right ?
 
In Senegal or Mali, where it's hot all the time, I can't wear suits, it would make me faint within 5 minutes. So I wear linen boubous, mostly light blue or light brown, traditional clothes. I mean it's basically an African form of Muslim robes, but very comfortable in the heat, only 2/3 length with pants, and nobody looks strangely at me although I'm white and not a Muslim.
 
People are pretty pragmatic there - that's what I like about them.
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Jul 18, 2017 - 2:12am
Tamara
 
That's what suits are - uniforms. And I HATE uniforms LOL
wsucram15 Added Jul 18, 2017 - 6:19am
SEF- so buy a RED or Green Boubous and they are very colorful (I looked it up) for like holidays or celebrations, how could that hurt?
The ones women wear are awesome.
Leroy Added Jul 18, 2017 - 7:30am
"Yep, I think Android users are more on the techie side, at least I am ;-) "
 
I think you are right, Stoney.  My boss loves Apples.  As he says, "I just plug it in and it works.  I don't have to do anything."  He buys everything Apple that he can.  Perhaps it is more reliable, but it forces you to do it the Apple way.  If you like to be told what to do and how to do it, then Apple is right for you.  Android is for those bold living on the bleeding edge.
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Jul 18, 2017 - 8:04am
Jeanne
 
I bought a bright red boubou in Bamako, shaved my head, and my wife almost got a heart attack. NO MAN wears a bright red boubou !
But she got used to it and people took me for an Algerian Muslim LOL
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Jul 18, 2017 - 8:05am
Leroy
 
Well said :-)
Michael B. Added Jul 18, 2017 - 8:59am
An Algerian Muslim? I wonder why? lol
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Jul 18, 2017 - 9:56am
Because I wore Muslim clothes, had a shaven head and was heavily tanned after 2 years ;-)
wsucram15 Added Jul 18, 2017 - 11:59am
SEF..you go with that.  Colors reflect what you feel inside, so if you feel red that day...go with it.
I love shoes, and have bunches of them, now very few are plain. I like to make a statement with my shoes.  Some are painted and some are just designs on the shoes themselves.  But I do try to find shoes that are different, for various reasons.  I like shoes that donate to kids and have actually marched for Toms shoes barefoot to get shoes for kids.  I also like Bob's from sketchers who donate to various causes.  I have a pair of Run DMC adidas in red snake skin. ( i could not get them in the white).  I have plaid shoes (almost match my purse), striped shoes, block colored shoes, polka dot shoes, black and white shoes, flowered shoes, my own designed shoes..on and on..
But I usually buy finns or allegria shoes, they are different and no one has them..the styes are colorful and different.
I get a good bit of flack for that and I draw the line there...I like what I like and those shoes (all of them are comfortable).
Shirts I wear colorful (for the shoes) and either blue jeans or black and blue shorts.  I used to wear all the patterned outfits, but my kids told me I was too old for that stuff now and made me donate it and buy more conservatively.  They dont even like me to wear punk or band tee-shirts.  But I still do that.
The younger generation. Go figure.
 
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Jul 18, 2017 - 12:48pm
Jeanne
 
Women and their shoes. We men will never understand that. I got 3 pairs and in summer I always wear those Indian rubber sandals LOL
wsucram15 Added Jul 18, 2017 - 1:47pm
I used to be like that...i pair of jeans, maybe two, 5 or 6 shirts.  Work clothes, 2 pr of shoes for work black and brown, my docs (which I still own- almost 30 years) and and pair of shell toe addias, period.
Not now..I dont know what happened, maybe because the kids got older..dont know.  But I spend some money on shoes now.  I have sandals that cost more than some of my shoes, not too many but some.
I started with espadrilles, and have a closet full of them. Dont wear any of them but Toms or Bobs anymore, there is a Spanish shoe that is nice, but if I can spend 60.00 on a shoe as opposed to 110, then Im going with the cheaper shoe if its comfy.
I have 2 shelves and probably 4 or 5 boxes of mules. I swear best shoe ever invented and you should know Finns, they are not difficult but hard to find sometimes here.  I recommend the brand to women and men. Great walking shoe that looks nice for work or casual. Last a long time with care. 
wsucram15 Added Jul 18, 2017 - 1:52pm
But SEF, I can still pack my large weekend bag and go..in about 10 minutes colored shoes and all. 
Tubularsock Added Jul 18, 2017 - 1:53pm
Tubularsock has a blue flip-phone and Tubularsock doesn't give out his number ......... saves a lot of time!
 
Tubularsock is also color blind so doesn't know just exactly what color he has on at any given time. Many will say, "That shirt doesn't match those pants". Tubularsock responds, "Both have holes to put my limbs through!" Does it get better than that?
 
 
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Jul 18, 2017 - 1:59pm
Jeanne
 
Got a truck for that ? LOL
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Jul 18, 2017 - 2:08pm
Tube
 
I'm not color blind but I have problems seeing sharp. But sometimes it's an advantage not to recognize those empty faces. In Africa I got a VERY strong torch to move around at night and the kids who help me, since I fell into a hole in Bamako in 1999 and broke my wrist which didn't grow together properly due to a lack of hospital.
 
In the morning I visited a friend, stayed until about 12pm and walked home without torch, mp3 in my ears. During the day, they dug holes for lamp posts and didn't cover them - so I fell into one on the way back.
 
Couldn't get out with that broken wrist, yelled, and my neighbor drove me into Gabriel Touré hospital where they had a power break since several days. They put a cigarette carton around it, fixed it with some strings, and I didn't have the money to fly anywhere to let myself treated. That's why I had to give up my job as musician in our local band which played 5 nights in all clubs around Bamako.
 
Got it fixed 3 years later in Switzerland, but had a restricted range and couldn't play chords anymore. So I twisted and twisted with my guitar in my hand until the metal broke and I got my full range back. Looks crooked since then, but I can play again LOL
 
So much for bad eyes....
 
wsucram15 Added Jul 18, 2017 - 2:53pm
Nope, just told you..I can pack a weekend bag (also plaid) in about 10 minutes. No truck required, LOL.  But I am driving a truck to NOLA and flying back soon.  Just for  the trip.
So I promise I can be packed and ready in 10minutes at the airport in 15 and gone. The shoes will be here when I get back.  LOL
But back to color..live it large...I love color, lots of it.
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Jul 18, 2017 - 3:13pm
Jeanne
 
I can pack my whole belongings in two large suitcases. Most important: A laptop with 2 extenal harddisks for backup. And my Ibanez electric guitar. The rest I buy where I go to - it's cheaper anyway. I got my piece of land on the beach, build my little house next year - and that's it. I was never some guy who likes style or anything that's needed for more than survival. An old couch on the veranda with sight to the sea, a living room with some chairs and a sofa and some mattresses to sleep on.
 
What would I need the rest for ? Can I take it with me when I'm in the ashtray ? LOL
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Jul 18, 2017 - 3:15pm
....but I would employ a local maid to cook on FAIR pay. Because I can't really cook and have no patience for that :-)
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Jul 18, 2017 - 3:16pm
...and my wife, which is handicapped, would have some relief.
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Jul 18, 2017 - 5:22pm
Some sound at night...3 am...
 
For Jeanne :-)
wsucram15 Added Jul 18, 2017 - 5:45pm
Hey SEF..Im telling you I would be a great beach bum...dont tempt me.  I want a lot near yours, no shit.  I bet your wife is cool too.
I can live listening to that every night, so cool.  Ill cook, great cook, its one thing I do very well, not a chef though..too much froo froo for me. 
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Jul 18, 2017 - 7:09pm
Jeanne
 
My wife doesn't like that, she likes traditional Malian music, but my daughter likes it......but only because I'm her father. Otherwise she prefers Rihanna and stuff LOL
 
..but my wife is cool. She smells if someone is authentic. You gotta come to Africa one day - the door stays open - and I stay here as long as Autumn doesn't kick me out :-)
 
Getting some Goa feeling as it was LONG ago LOL
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Jul 18, 2017 - 7:12pm
BTW: I WILL start a new band in Senegal. We had one in Mali, so why not in Senegal ? Blues is for old people LOL Timeless......but I love FUNK too ;-)
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Jul 18, 2017 - 7:31pm
Caligula's Horse - Turntail
 
Couldn't resist. This band is, in my view, the best that came out in the last couple of years.
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Jul 18, 2017 - 7:40pm
When I listen to that band I see vastness, moments, all colors. One doesn't has to see colors, one can hear them too.
wsucram15 Added Jul 18, 2017 - 8:51pm
I know Caligulas Horse and its because of you. I know that also..think on this one, color is in the mind. I never thought about it that way before, but you can say a word and think a color, or hand someone something w/o looking and relate it to a color. 
So music would just be a relay to your senses and emotions, but a good one.
Tell your wife, I dont smell people, I feel their aura and know if they are ok or not, within seconds of meeting them, its a feeling I get.  Im not always right, but usually. Even people I might not like personally, might be ok people, they just arent my cup of tea.   I have though, thrown people out of my house instantly, on that feeling.
Glenn Verasco Added Jul 19, 2017 - 6:26am
I'm into green. Rice paddies in Southeast Asia give off an electric shade of green during the rainy season. It blows me away every time I see it.
 
I also like the dark shade of red many cough syrups have.
 
When it comes to fashion, I like grays, blacks, and blues. Sorry to disappoint! :)
opher goodwin Added Jul 19, 2017 - 11:56am
SEF - I am red/green colour blind. I guess that has an impact on me. I can see red and green but without the same brightness. My wife says I chose garish colours. But I like colour and I enjoy being brightly attired.
I have no favourite colour. I agree with you that everything has its place and is great the way it is. Green trees, green grass, yellow sun and blue sky. That does it for me. I can look at a sunset for ages.
Colour for me is an expression of fun.
One of my favourite albums was Ken Nordine - Colours - his voice is so resonant.
Tubularsock Added Jul 19, 2017 - 12:21pm
Stone: something a little ironic about falling into a future lamp post hole in the dark. It appears to Tubularsock that from that point in time you have “seen some light”. A house on the beach and a guitar in hand, could it get better that that?
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Jul 19, 2017 - 12:30pm
Jeanne
 
I feel their aura and know if they are ok or not, within seconds of meeting them, its a feeling I get.
 
That's cool. I'm not sensitive enough for that. I get people by their mimic and the way they talk.
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Jul 19, 2017 - 12:32pm
Opher
 
Kind of hard to imagine to be colorblind for me. But I agree - sunrises and -sets are some of the nicest things to watch. It's just - they're too short LOL
 
Will check that album, thanks.
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Jul 19, 2017 - 12:38pm
Tube
 
I was always some kind of night blind. But it has gotten worse now. I start to lose good view as soon as the sun has set.
 
A house on the beach and a guitar in hand, could it get better that that?
 
Really. I had a kid guitar with me the time I traveled the world. And since I was on that beach in Sri Lanka, Kalkudah in 1979 I told myself: Something like that will be a place and a way to live and die once ;-)
 
And now, almost 40 years later, I'm getting there slowly. And thanks to Internet I can still work and and stay in touch with the world if I want to from my place in Toubab Diallo/Senegal.
Tubularsock Added Jul 19, 2017 - 12:42pm
Life is good.
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Jul 19, 2017 - 12:47pm
Tube
 
It is. We all here are born lucky. Matter is what we make out of it and if we're strong enough to swim upstream when necessary.
opher goodwin Added Jul 19, 2017 - 2:08pm
SEF - all good things have to come in short spurts so we don't take them for granted. We already take far too much for granted, don't we?
Ken Nordine was Word Jazz - spoken word to a jazz backing. His voice is deep and textured.
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Jul 19, 2017 - 2:33pm
Opher
 
True. Nothing is for granted. But we can work towards a goal no matter how long it takes. It keeps us going. Having NO goal is the problem for many people.
opher goodwin Added Jul 19, 2017 - 4:51pm
SEF - agreed - too many people have vacuous lives of celebrity culture and pop crap fashion.
Having goals is vital.
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Jul 19, 2017 - 5:34pm
Opher
 
Too many possibilities - no goals........
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Jul 19, 2017 - 5:38pm
....I'm talking of "the West". 
 
In fact, there's a way: Learn some languages, pack your stuff and go. Leave it behind and have the courage to try new things - the world is big and people are more welcoming than you think.
 
But we're educated to be AFRAID. And the media wants to keep the sheep on board.
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Jul 19, 2017 - 5:41pm
BTW: Next year I will be 60. I won't have any medical or other insurance when gone. But I will have a lot of true friends and family around me. And no one will put me on a respiratory machine in a hospital one day.
 
I've had a good life so far and I intend to keep it that way.
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Jul 19, 2017 - 6:12pm


Facebook is amazing. Just got a reply from Jim Grey, the lead guitarist from the Aussie band Caligula's Horse. I love that band and feel like a teenie at ... 59 years. Hope they'll come to Africa one day. I'll work on that........


 
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Jul 19, 2017 - 6:21pm
BTBAM - Silent Flight Parliament
 
Which colors do you see ? Black and violet at first ?
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Jul 19, 2017 - 6:24pm
BTW: I don't like growling, but the musicians are excellent.
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Jul 19, 2017 - 6:32pm
The Mars Volta
 
To me who has a very bad eyesight music is a replacement for colors. And - Glenn - are you a comformist or are you requested to wear dull stuff by your job ? (no insult) :-)
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Jul 19, 2017 - 8:16pm
Out of subject:
 
Good news.
 
McCain has a brain tumor. Didn't he have that ever since ? 
 
I see a VERY deep blue sky and hear the birds.
Lady Sekhmetnakt Added Jul 19, 2017 - 9:32pm
And this is the comment on that.... John McCain “Please Just Fucking Die Already” https://medium.com/@caityjohnstone/please-just-fucking-die-already-acb3a879656e
opher goodwin Added Jul 20, 2017 - 5:51am
SEF - too much choice of mediocre garbage, no quality and nothing to aim for in life.
Too many people want to be famous for the sake of being famous instead of wanting to do something creative really well.
It's all about the money and the fame - not the art. They don't want to work at it.
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Jul 20, 2017 - 9:24am
Opher
 
We live in superficial times in the West. But that will change.
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Jul 20, 2017 - 9:26am
Jen
 
Good one. But he's already gotten older than he deserves to.
opher goodwin Added Jul 20, 2017 - 10:37am
SEF - I like your optimism. I see no signs of it. We have a general damping down that erodes any depth or thought. The biggest selling newspapers are the atrocious tabloids, TV is 4 million channels of crap, Pop music stinks. Where's the depth? Where are the green shoots?
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Jul 20, 2017 - 10:52am
Opher
 
The depths will come again from where they came to us once - from Asia and Africa. The less resources we have the faster the consumer crap society will end and we will be left with only one thing: Our marginalized mind. Only then we can rediscover it, not before.
opher goodwin Added Jul 20, 2017 - 10:54am
I hope you are right.
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Jul 20, 2017 - 11:34am
We won't be alive when it happens, but it's the only choice left. Otherwise humanity bye-bye.
Shane Laing Added Jul 20, 2017 - 5:03pm
At 56 years of age (its was my birthday yesterday) I'm at an age when I really don't give a crap about what other people think of the way I dress in my own time. If I want to wear a red, blue, white, green or orange shirt/T shirt with jeans with rips in then its up to me and if they don't like it they can just sod off.
opher goodwin Added Jul 21, 2017 - 9:23am
Shane - I've always felt that.
wsucram15 Added Jul 21, 2017 - 4:48pm
Hapy Birthday Shane..
SEF..where are you?
Shane Laing Added Jul 21, 2017 - 11:55pm
Thank you. Working night shift though so cant celebrate until Monday pfft.
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Jul 23, 2017 - 9:54am
Jeanne
 
Still in Switzerland until january 2018. Preparation take longer....:-|
 

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