Do-rags (updated)

I’ve been thinking about do-rags of late. Until I came to the US of A I’d never even heard the term before. I’m not even sure what I used to call them anymore.

Anyways what I’ve been thinking is how come when some people put on a do-rag they look like a gangsta, or a pirate, or a gangsta pirate, or just cool? Yes, I’m looking at you, Holly Black! And when other people put them on they look like a peasant or a cleaning lady?

I fall into the latter category, which I’ve decided is fitting as I’m definitely from peasant stock on both sides of the family, and I once worked as a cleaning lady. Twas one of my many jobs while I was an undergraduate. To be honest I liked it heaps better than being a receptionist or a waitress. It paid better too.

I comfort myself by thinking that with my do-rag on I look like a kind of cool cleaning lady, but I suspect I’m deluding myself.

Update: Thanks to Scalzi, I have just learned that Noah and the other builders of the ark all wore do-rags. I’m trying to decide if they look like gangstas, pirates, or cleaning ladies.


  1. Justine on #

    Yah know I was gunna but then my photoshop broke.

  2. Patrick, The Space Lord on #

    Well, I think we need a picture of you in a do-rag rag rag, da do-rag-rag.

  3. Eric Luper on #

    When I wear a do-rag, I look like the mistake side of a pencil.


  4. Justine on #

    Eric: I have to see that! Post a picture!

  5. zebediah on #

    Funny! pirates i think noah is a pirate. i’m in computuer class.

  6. zebediah on #

    my birthday was the best!

  7. Celia on #

    I prefer to think that I look like a hippie chick than either a peasant or a cleaning lady, but since one of my friends called me a babushka the last time I wore one, I think I may be fooling myself. (The fact remains, they’re the best way I have to keep from burning my part, so regardless of what I look like, I’ll keep wearing them as needed.)

  8. Justine on #

    Celia: Cleaning lady! Welcome to my world. And like you I’ll continue to wear ’em cause it’s hard to cook with my hair falling in my eyes.

  9. him on #

    norman gentry, baltic nobility ! Lawyers wiil be in touch.

  10. Tez Miller on #

    Were you thinking of bandannas? (Not sure of spelling.)

    Have a lovely day! 🙂

  11. ruth on #

    they were definitely called bandanas in oz in the late 80’s…

  12. Justine on #

    Him (otherwise known as my father): Yeah, yeah, the Larbalestiers had their fiefdom for about ten seconds and the Bernklaus were peasants through and through. Please!

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