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Green Room - Week 16 - Day 5

There have been some important issues brought up lately. Issues that deserve to be put out there for serious thought and discussion.

But this might be the most important one of them all:

Does anyone have any ideas for an outfit for an 8 year old to wear to school based on the vocabulary word obstreperous.

Yes, for the next person who complains about Idol topics, that's the kind of word an 8 year old has to use to use as their inspiration! ;)

Obviously, it can't be anything too disruptive/it needs to be appropriate for school.

I know this is an extremely creative group of people. I'm sure someone can come up with something!

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In other news: Second Chance results are in: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/536491.html
SCI has a new topic: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/537059.html
which also means there is a new poll for the main competition: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/536750.html

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cheshire23
Feb. 28th, 2012 05:17 am (UTC)
Hmm...you could go the stereotypical fake punk rock look, maybe? Loud and clashing and wild hair?
sweeny_todd
Feb. 28th, 2012 05:18 am (UTC)
So.... just had my farewell lunch. Cried. A Lot. Got a present (wasn't expecting) - 2 tickets to A Chorus Line, for when I am in Melbourne. I am so loved!
pixiebelle
Feb. 28th, 2012 05:19 am (UTC)
*hugs* saying good bye can be so hard.
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lrig_rorrim
Feb. 28th, 2012 05:21 am (UTC)
Obstreperous practically DEMANDS a one-man-band sort of approach. Cymbals. A recorder around the neck on a string. Castanets. Bells around the ankles. A kazoo. Noise noise noise!
pixiebelle
Feb. 28th, 2012 05:33 am (UTC)
Oh I like this idea a lot!!! I second it!
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nyxocity
Feb. 28th, 2012 05:22 am (UTC)
Obnoxiously conflicting colors and patterns--as many of them as possible, that's what I recommend for your costuming needs *G* At the very least, lots of conflicting patterns, although I'd go for boisterous colors to clash, too. It's all good as long as they're normal clothes put together.

Yeah, I'd have a lot of fun working with our kids for this "topic" :D Also, thanks for teaching me a new vocabulary word.

Yay, Green Room! I'm actually up late enough to take part in this one. I really hate not being able to access LJ from work most of the week.

How's everyone feeling about their entries this week? I know I spun on the topic for quite a while before I could write anything.

As for what I'm doing, I'm looking at sleep here soon, maybe turning over some ideas on my next story and reading some Idol entries in the meantime.

pixiebelle
Feb. 28th, 2012 05:30 am (UTC)
You beat me! I suggested the same thing, but I'm slow! I'm glad I'm not the only one who learned a new word though :)

I usually refrain from talking about how I feel about my entries. I struggled a bit this week. I wanted to go fiction, it didn't work. I almost went really personal, but that got too painful. I always feel awkward sharing deep entries about myself... And I did that this week (though considering its lighter than the other personal piece I wrote, its not too bad). I love the comments I'm getting, people are just too awesome here.
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alien_infinity
Feb. 28th, 2012 05:24 am (UTC)
You could do pajamas, as a "too obstreperous to get dressed today" kind of thing?

Or a shirt with "NO!" written on it in fabric paint?

If the 8 year old is sufficiently stubborn, they could just go as themselves because "I'm too obstreperous to do the assignment?"

That's all I have for now.
pixiebelle
Feb. 28th, 2012 05:27 am (UTC)
That last one is really fitting, I think!

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pixiebelle
Feb. 28th, 2012 05:26 am (UTC)
Well thanks to Gary, I learned that my phone does something new! I went to copy that word to look it up and saw that I had a "define" option. I clicked and it opened up a dictionary definition. Holy crap, that's cool! I learn something new every day! Now I need more words I don't know so I can look them up that way. One more reason I'm slowly turning away from my laptop in favor of my smart phone.

In fact, I read an entire tribe tonight from my phone. Commented and voted too. It's raining, so my dog and I took the lazy road and decided a short walk and no dog park was the way to go! She hates the rain, so no complaining there!

So loud clothing... You could put vivid colors all mismatched with crazy patterns? Or maybe have a shirt with speakers glued to them! My creativity kinda sucks tonight, I'm sorry.

Off to scrub my cats chin alone for the first time. Considering the blood she drew with Java's help, I'm sure this will be fun. It can't beat her spitting her medicine back in my face like she did last night though (and yes, Java was laughing uncontrollably at that).

jem0000000
Feb. 28th, 2012 07:12 am (UTC)
Good luck!
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sweeny_todd
Feb. 28th, 2012 05:31 am (UTC)
Today is my last day at work too! I should be trying to pack my office, but I seem to be responding to people on lj instead...
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sweeny_todd
Feb. 28th, 2012 05:30 am (UTC)
Ooh! maybe a street urchin, Oliver Twist style?
kickthehobbit
Feb. 28th, 2012 05:51 am (UTC)
I like this. :)
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kickthehobbit
Feb. 28th, 2012 05:52 am (UTC)
I second the idea to wear something "loud"—clashing prints or whatever. :)
alephz
Feb. 28th, 2012 06:15 am (UTC)
Just dress the kid up normal and give 'em an airhorn and/or a boombox (or whatever the modern equivalent is) full of thrash metal and encourage the child to play it whenever they get bored?
ecosopher
Feb. 28th, 2012 08:14 am (UTC)
I like this a lot ;D
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michikatinski
Feb. 28th, 2012 06:15 am (UTC)
I'm picturing a costume made of noisemakers--and perhaps hair covered in a pound of hairspray. And bright, preferably shiny clothing.

:-D
roina_arwen
Feb. 28th, 2012 06:22 am (UTC)
Or a pirate! Pirates were totally obstreperous!!
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roina_arwen
Feb. 28th, 2012 06:21 am (UTC)
Hmm... Obstreperous is basically noisy, unruly, and defiant so I'd think the punk rocker or grunge rock look would work well - torn jeans, band Tshirt, black eyeliner and spiky, colorful hair should do the trick.

Gosh it's late - I need to get some sleep, I've got bowling this (Tuesday) evening! Goodnight greenies!
lapis_lazuli615
Feb. 28th, 2012 06:29 am (UTC)
Harpo Marx
jem0000000
Feb. 28th, 2012 06:35 am (UTC)
For the noisy definition:

Walmart sells little bells; you could tie them to her/his clothes. Or sew them on, but make sure you use relatively wide stitches -- they're easier to remove. Not too wide, though, or he'll/she'll catch them on something.

Definitely loud patterns and bold colors. What about a jester hat? Does the school allow hats? Cowboy bandana, in 80s colors? Layer clothing on top of each other -- two shirts with the cuffs of the bottom showing under the cuffs of the top? Plaster a regular t-shirt with flowers (think Scooby-Doo) cut out of paper or felt? Deck out in leftover mardi gras beads? Costume jewelry, temporary hair color, eat a lolipop right before school for that blue-tongue look... glitter? Face paint?

For the stubborn definition:

Solid black, perhaps with little silver bells to allude to the noisy definition in passing? Walmart's bells are gold, though. You might have to hit up a craft store for silver. They do sell them, though; I just don't remember what store I found them at.

But solid black, torn, maybe a collar? I don't know if they make collars for eight-year-olds, though. Definitely not spikes -- spikes are inappropriate for kids and probably count as weapons anyway -- but a nice soft collar might work. Be careful it's loose.

Or a chain necklace, that might be more age-appropriate than a collar. One of the coolest versions I've seen was to take a medium-sized chain (links about fingernail-sized) and use a lock for the clasp, worn in front, of course. You could use one of those little diary locks rather than a real one, given her/his age. (They also sell fake "chains" in little-kid necklace sets, usually at either the dollar store or a party store. But they're frequently pink. Although I've seen both purple and blue versions.)

A do-rag, ball cap, or other headgear would also be appropriate to "stubborn", but you might want to check the school's hats and headwear policy.

You'll want to tailor either approach to the child, of course.

What does he/she want to do? Is she/he into bright colors or more sombre attire? Would bells appeal? What about eclectic jewelry? Is he/she crafty? Y'all could make something out of pipe cleaners (chenille stems) -- belled bracelets, chains or collars, a headband or crown, even spell the word out in linked letters draped like a sash across one shoulder. Letters and chains can also be made out of felt or construction paper, as can hats/crowns.
jem0000000
Feb. 28th, 2012 06:39 am (UTC)
It also occurs to me that a humanoid speaker would not go amiss. One might be constructed out of stapling poster board in the appropriate colors to an old sweatshirt; you should be able to rip the poster board off and remove the staples afterwards, if it's sturdy cotton, so as to salvage the sweatshirt. Don't use a favorite, though, just in case.

Black or silver construction-paper strips woven together and cut into a circle would work for the "speaker" aspect.

Alternatively, one might also consider a humanoid iPod. Except, of course, for the whole getting sued by Apple thing.
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porn_this_way
Feb. 28th, 2012 06:43 am (UTC)
Can you dress him up as the Idol Green Room?

*runs like hell*

No? OKAY FINE. I think the one-man-band idea lrig_rorrim brought up is brilliant. Easy to put together with random junk from a dollar store\discount store (kazoo, bike horn, toy tambourine, all that jazz, literally and figuratively) and DEFINITELY fits the definition.
jem0000000
Feb. 28th, 2012 07:23 am (UTC)
Lol!
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